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Weekend preview: Saving the Earth, one bikini at a time

More than 30 things to do in South Florida this weekend and beyond.

In the millennia-long conversation between the Earth and humanity, the planet has been doing most of the talking lately: The mass extermination of coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, historic floods (pick a place), the hundreds (perhaps thousands) dead under debris in Ecuador.

It is something to think about this Earth Day weekend, rather than not think about, as a lot of us seem more comfortable doing.

One of the tragedies of the scandalous mess left in the wake of the Floatopia event on Miami Beach last weekend was, yes, the literal amount of garbage that had to be removed from the sand and water, but more so the confirmation that too many millennials and the generation younger have little regard for the planet and the rest of us riding along.

Another booze-bros-and-bikinis raft-up will occur this weekend when the Boca Bash returns to the shallow waters of Lake Boca on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. No one is saying it shouldn’t happen — life should be lived, with booze and bikinis as needed — but can we do what we have to do to avoid a repeat of Floatopia? We’re better than that. Info:

Bikinis are optional at Art After Dark at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach on Thursday (April 21), where an eclectic Earth Day observation is planned for the youthful crowd at these weekly gatherings. There will be screenings of the BBC documentary “Planet Earth,” tours of the exhibit “O'Keeffe and Nature,” and a soundtrack from South Florida retro-lounge trio the Quiet Villagers.

Of special interest, at 6:30 p.m., is a Curator’s Conversation from Glenn Tomlinson, who will discuss the museum’s Dale Chihuly installation “Making Waves,” an assemblage of more than 600 glass-blown, marine-themed pieces bursting with the colors disappearing from the Great Barrier Reef. See it now: “Making Waves” is scheduled to go into storage in a few weeks as the Norton prepares for its major expansion. Info:

The second-best place to celebrate Earth Day in Fort Lauderdale is at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a cathedral of nature at its most divine and majestic, right in the middle of all the hubbub at Fort Lauderdale beach. The best place is at the daylong Earth Day festivities at Green Bar & Kitchen (1075 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale), which will offer free samplings, local vendors, music by local troubadour Phil Barnes and the Earth Day Burger, with a portion of its sales directed to support the park. Info:

Deeper thinking about all this may be inspired at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, with the exhibit “Kay Pacha: Reciprocity With the Natural World,” from the Lowe's collection of more than 1,000 ancient stone, metal, wood, ceramic and textile objects from Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

The name of the show, “kay pacha,” is from the Quechua language of indigenous people of the Andes, and translates, roughly, as “the surface of the earth” or “the world here.” Curated by Traci Ardren, a UM anthropology professor, the catalog notes that no other exhibition has attempted to explore “how humans used art to express their gratitude, fear and indebtedness to the harsh natural world of the Andes.”

Maybe it’s time we expressed more gratitude to the Earth. Couldn’t hurt. Info:


Saturday was supposed to bring an opportunity to give the Palm Beach Zoo a metaphorical hug (or literal, as the spirit moves you) during the regular Food Truck Safari, but the mood there isn’t right for this kind of gathering just yet, so the event has  been cancelled. This week the zoo announced that it has renamed the upcoming 5K benefit for Malayan tigers in honor of late zookeeper  Stacey Konwiser. Part of the zoo’s annual Big Cat Race Series,  the Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K, will take place May 14 and honor Konwiser’s work with the zoo’s four critically endangered Malayan tigers.  Info:


Pizza Craft in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee District will offer a special edition of its weekly Doggy Style Happy Hour 1-4 p.m. Saturday in a benefit for the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of the Everglades Rescue. A $10 donation gets you a drink ticket redeemable for one of the pup-themed cocktails, including the Old Yeller Fashioned, Don’t Stop Retrievin’ Martini and Melon Collie Mule. There will be bowls of water for your dog, and if you don’t have one, the rescue will have theirs on hand to adopt. Info:,


The engagingly organic get-together known as Tacos and Hip-Hop returns to Subculture Coffee (509 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) at 8 p.m. Friday. Cool little community-building scene. Info:


What is your name? What is your quest? Most important, what is your favorite color? Answer those questions, and they’ll let you pass at Gables Cinema’s almost-midnight movie screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” at 11:45 p.m. Saturday. Beer and wine are two-for-one. Tickets: $7, includes a free popcorn. Info:


Your favorite color? You’ll get all of them at the Color Run in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday morning, the family-friendly and famously pigmented 5K beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Huizenga Plaza (32 E. Las Olas Blvd.), with music and festivities running through noon. Open to teams and individuals of any (or no) running ability, registration costs $34.99, $14.99 ages 5 and younger, and gets you a T-shirt, headband, finisher’s medal and a color packet. Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and the girls-empowerment group Defined With Purpose are partner charities for the event. Info:,


Art making over a few beers has become a thing. On Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight, downtown West Palm Beach’s World of Beer (101 N Clematis St.) will host Concrete Beach Paint the Pint, in which you apply your creativity to a glass of the good stuff made by the Miami brewery (motto: “Drink Art Make Beer”). Info: On Tuesday at 7 p.m., Copperpoint Brewing (151 Commerce Road, Boynton Beach) will have Rock N' Roll Paint Night, when $30 gets you canvas, materials and step-by-step instructions, courtesy of Mobile Masterpieces, plus a pint of what they do at Copperpoint Brewing. To take part, call or text 561-573-9047, or email Info:


Louie Bossi’s Ristorante on Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale next week will kick off a weekly “Bossi Ball” tournament each Tuesday at 10 p.m. on the court in the beautiful garden out back. You can help your bocce game with $3 Peronis, $5 Finlandia Vodkas and $6 Aperol Spritzers. Winners can take home items from a rotating list that includes bar tabs, bottles of wine and liquor, concert tickets and more. Info:


Food eating over a few beers is still a thing, right? The popular Foxy Brown restaurant in downtown Fort Lauderdale will join forces with Boca Raton’s Barrel of Monks Brewing for a five-course beer dinner at its sister spot, nearby Top Hat Deli (415 NE Third St, Fort Lauderdale), at 6:30 p.m. April 29. Sample dish: seared diver scallop, apple-parsnip puree, mushroom-asparagus ragout, blood orange buerre blanc and truffle essence, paired with BOM’s Amarillo Dry Hopped Endless Enigma Belgian Pale Ale. Tickets: $69.57 at


Thursday (April 28) in the Fieldhouse at Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach) is Young Professionals Brewery Night, apparently different from every other night in downtown Delray Beach. Along with specialty brews (cash bar) and the rubbing of elbows, you’ll get the earthy hometown Americana of Hillside Spirit Revival at 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Info:


The organizers of this weekend’s Pompano Beach Seafood Festival were thinking about more than what seafood to serve. The long lineup of music includes one of the best local bands around, Suenalo, renowned classic rockers the Guess Who and Michaela Paige, the faux-hawked Boca Raton native who was part of Team Blake on NBC’s “The Voice” a couple of seasons ago. Festival tickets cost $10 Friday, $15 Saturday and Sunday, $30 for three-day pass. Info:


Speaking of Team Blake, tickets for Gwen Stefani’s July 27 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre concert go on sale 10 a.m. Friday ($22.95-$142.95) at and all Ticketmaster outlets. Coincidentally, reviled (by Team Gwen) ex Gavin Rossdale will bring Bush to the Fillmore Miami Beach Friday night. Info:


The Sweet Corn Fiesta brings rides and live entertainment to the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, highlighted by the professional corn-eating contest sanctioned by Major League Eating (Joey Chestnut’s league). The 2010 record still stands: 46 ears in 12 minutes by Joe LaRue. Fair admission: $8 ($7 advance), $5 ages 6-11. Info:


Get all those things off your chest beginning at 7 p.m. Monday at Dead Poetry Jam, an open-mike celebration of National Poetry Month at the Blind Monk in downtown West Palm Beach, hosted by official Blind Monk poet laureates Devon Pearse and Cary Polkowitz. Info: A similar vibe will ensue Tuesday at ArtServe in downtown Fort Lauderdale, with Open Mic Tuesdays hosted by actor-singer-dancer-comedian Michelle Rose Domb. The monthly fourth-Tuesday Open Mic is at 7 p.m., with performer sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Food and drink available for purchase. Admission: $5. Info:


Punk legends NoFX sign their autobiography at Books and Books in Coral Gables (5:30 p.m., and play Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale at 7 p.m. Friday ( …  Bluesman Joel DaSilva & Midnight Howl play a free show on Fort Lauderdale beach Friday ( … The Jim Wurster Experience is at Luna Star Café on Friday ( …  Latin Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Buika performs Friday at Miami’s Arsht Center ( …  Brazilian rock-rap-reggae dynamos O Rappa are at the North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach Friday ( … International hitmaker J. Balvin is the headliner on a long bill of Latin acts at AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday ( …  Boyz II Men and En Vogue perform at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center on Saturday ( …  Marlow Rosado and Larry Harlow are the double-bill at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach on Saturday ( … The fifth annual Deerfield Beach Country Music Festival will feature headliner Dylan Jakobsen on Saturday ( … Tiempo Libre plays a free show at Miami’s Ball & Chain Saturday ( … Jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding is at the Arsht Center on Sunday ( … Pop eclectic Santigold performs at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on Tuesday ( … Beyonce opens The Formation World Tour at Marlins Park in Miami on Wednesday ( … Tokyo Police Club are at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale on April 28 ( … Comic Frank Caliendo will likely break out his Gruden on during his performance on April 28 (NFL Draft Day) at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse ( …

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