One morning back in the 1980s, I walked out to the breakfast table to find a man seated there, reading glasses perched on his nose, arms outstretched with the Sunday New York Times. It was like looking at a young version of my dad. Except for the chest hair shaved into a cross.
My interaction that morning with Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra was cursory. He had things to do — he was there at the invitation of a friend (let us call her a collector of punk and indie musicians) — and places to be, as the band reminded him, vigorously, when we dropped him at his Houston hotel later.
The show we’d witnessed the previous night is likely the last I’ll see with Jello in front of the DKs (that relationship beyond repair), but hearing the band play “Nazi Punks F— Off” at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on Sunday may again trigger fond memories of seeing my young dad. And it’s Father’s Day. Tickets for the all-ages show start at $32 (purchased in advance at the club box office). Visit JoinTheRevolution.net.
Weekend pie: This is opening weekend for Flagler Pizza & Pasta, at 656 N. Federal Highway, next to Shuck-N-Dive in the Victoria Park Shoppes center, across from Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village. The kitchen is led by family man Pablo Crespo, who spent 16 years as a chef at the popular Casa D’Angelo Ristorante in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. The eatery has a full menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes, along with a dozen pizzas (12-inch for $16-$17; 16-inch for $19-$22), wine and beer, a dessert menu and a kids’ menu. Mini review: Our 12-inch margarita pie there this week was excellent and obviously made by a professional, the pillowy crust at once airy and crisp, the tang of tomato sauce present but not overly assertive, the basil leaves freshly torn. Our companion pronounced his chicken parm sandwich equally rewarding, especially when you consider that it was part of the 11 a.m.-3 p.m. lunch special: sandwich, fries (also superior) and a drink for $10. Also look out for the Gnocchi a la Mama ($14), with pasta handmade in-house by Crespo. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Call 954-368-5443 or email [email protected]
Movies and more: The American Black Film Festival brings films, discussions, seminars and awards presentations to multiple venues in Miami and Miami Beach through Sunday. Among the highlights is a sneak-peek screening of the Kevin Hart-produced documentary “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution” at 6 p.m. Friday at the Regal South Beach. Set to premiere June 29 on the A&E Network, the film explores how comedians have used humor to translate the Black experience, from Redd Foxx and Moms Mabley to Key & Peele, W. Kamau Bell, Tiffany Haddish and Hart, among others. Tickets for ABFF screenings start at $12. Visit ABFF.com/miami.
Happy little trees: Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park will host its inaugural Bob Ross-inspired paint-and-sip event called Ross-O-Rama 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Highlights include the painting session led by a big-screen version of Ross (canvas and paint supplies $10-$20), a Bob Ross look-alike contest (winner gets a Funky Buddha Brewery tour and tasting for 10 people), beer tastings, a cash bar and light bites. Admission is free. Visit FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com/events.
Dining, drinking: If you are looking for a distinctive meal for the Old Man this weekend at an off-the-beaten-track spot, consider Toro Latin Kitchen, the sleek dining room inside Le Méridien Dania Beach hotel, where acclaimed chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval blends influences from South America and Japan (“toro” a pun on bull in Spanish and tuna in Japanese), and other Pan Latin and Asian elements. It’s also worth a visit for the bar, La Biblioteca de Tequila, home to more than 400 tequilas and mezcals, some hard to find in Florida (including Mezcal Clase Azul Guerrero and Del Maguey Tobala). The bar last month hosted the inaugural Mezcal Lauderdale festival. Visit ToroDaniaBeach.com.
Weekend laughs: Going out on a limb here and surmising that actor-comedian Maz Jobrani is the only person on the planet to have appeared on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Shameless,” given two TED Talks, been a regular on NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” and written a bestselling book (“I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man”). Jobrani brings his Things Are Looking Bright Tour to the Dania Improv for multiple performances on Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $30. Visit DaniaImprov.com.
Weekend movie: Filmmaker Warren Pereira will be at Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton on Friday and Saturday to share stories about the eight-year journey revealed in his documentary “Tiger 24.” The film, which has multiple daily screenings through June 23, follows India’s famous T24 tiger, a national icon who mauled a staffer at Ranthambore National Park in 2015. Pereira will introduce the film and participate in audience Q&As at 6:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit FAU.LivingRoomTheaters.com.
Pride and prejudice: The Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival returns to Wilton Manors on Saturday, with the Wilton Drive street fair from 3 to 11 p.m. and the parade at 7 p.m. This is the first parade since 2019 that will feel “normal,” if anything about these “Don’t Say Gay” times is normal. Admission to the street festival costs $7 in advance, $10 at the gate. Visit StonewallPride.lgbt. In advance of the events, Wilton Manors Police Chief Gary Blocker this week posted a remarkable letter to the community on the City of Wilton Manors Facebook page, a heartfelt expression of unity and support for LGBTQ+ residents in his city. It’s a shame that his sentiments feel so extraordinary, but they are. Visit Facebook.com/OfficialWiltonManors.
Speaking of Juneteenth: A celebration of music, poetry and Black culture — with headlining rapper Talib Kweli joined by “Def Poetry” Tony Award winners Black Ice and Georgia Me — Mello Fest will honor Juneteenth at 8 p.m. Saturday at Stage 954 inside the Casino @ Dania Beach. With a lineup that also features wordsmiths KLove, Just Mike and Bertrand Boyd, the evening will be hosted by Will Serius, Quick the Poet and Ingrid B. The night includes live music by J Howard and tunes by DJ Heron. Tickets start at $40 at MelloFest.us.
Last-minute shopping: Fort Lauderdale brewery LauderAle hosts the Project Local Pop-up Market on Saturday, with a variety of local vendors gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. Reggae band Caribbean Element performs at 7 p.m. Visit Lauderale.co.
Gift of music: Does your dad rock? There are tickets available for less than $30 (Ticketmaster verified resale) to see Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium. Visit Ticketmaster.com. … Or is he more country? You can still get seats for Saturday’s 7 p.m. show by Keith Urban at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, starting at $29.50. Visit LiveNation.com.
Vinyl warning: Saturday is Record Store Day 2022 part deux, with titles that, for a litany of logistical reasons, could not be delivered in time for original RDS events in April. Independent record stores across South Florida will celebrate, including Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village, which is opening at 8 a.m with expectations for “pure, unchecked chaos.” Visit Facebook.com/RadioActiveRecords.
Motherhood is messy: Best-selling South Florida writer Kristen Arnett (“Mostly Dead Things”) will be at Book & Books in Coral Gables at 7 p.m. Saturday to discuss her latest book, “With Teeth” (Riverhead, $16), which the Washington Post listed among its 50 favorite fiction works of 2021 and the New York Times called “sublimely weird, fluently paced, brazenly funny and gayer still.” In an interview with the literary organization PEN America (100 years old this year), Arnett said of her Orlando-set story: “I have deep fondness for messy characters. In writing Sammie, who is a queer stay-at-home mother, I wanted there to be this look at what it’s like to know you’re being watched because people want you to fail — two gay moms raising a son in a red state — but the opposite side of that coin are the queer people watching it unfold as well, a kind of pressure to not mess things up for everyone else. It’s a kind of pressure cooker.” RSVP to attend: BooksAndBook.com.
Cool scene: Chillout Fest returns to the Northwood Art & Music Warehouse in West Palm Beach 1-11 p.m. Saturday, with food and drink, vendors and live music by the likes of Joel DaSilva, Matt Brown, the Holidazed, Joey Calderaio, Summer Gill, Brett Staska and others. Admission is free, with VIP entry $50. Visit Facebook.com/northwoodwarehouse.
Car guys: As the saying goes, the way to a dad’s heart is through his wheels. The inaugural Delray Concours D’Elegance will bring more than 100 vehicles to downtown Delray Beach, centered at 101 SE Second St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, with car entry fees and donations benefiting four local charities. Visit DelrayConcours.com. … On Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the 10th annual Mizner Park Downtown Drive Car Show will rally some 150 unique vehicles at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. Admission is free, with car entry fees and donations going to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Visit MiznerPark.com.
Weekend barbecue: The Wharf Fort Lauderdale is throwing a Summer of Love party on the New River all weekend — for Grandfather’s Day? — with drink specials and a flowery atmosphere. The antidote to all that can be found at The Wharf restaurant pop-up for Red Cow BBQ, a recently opened version of the cult-favorite spot that sat across from the Classic Gateway Theater before closing during the peak of COVID. Best ribs around. Visit Instagram.com/redcowftl.
The Weekender – South Florida Events
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Martini time: Sunday also is National Martini Day, when the pros at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila will be featuring their Mexican Martini — think margarita meets dirty martini — exclusively in the mezcaleria upstairs at the Clematis Street location in West Palm Beach (where it costs $14). As a gift to you, Dad, they have shared the recipe so you can make it at home. The Mexican Martini combines 1.5 ounces of Patron Blanco and a half-ounce each of Cointreau, agave syrup, olive brine and orange juice, along with .75 ounces of lime juice. Shake (or stir) and salt (or sugar) the rim as desired. Visit BodegaTaqueria.com.
Day drinking: There’s more to Dad than what he drinks, probably. But the Small Wine Shop in Flagler Village, which does all kinds of interesting things along with selling wine, on Father’s Day will host one of its Sunday School classes, this one devoted to “the Big Daddy of American wine regions, Napa Valley.” From noon to 1:30 p.m., unfussy proprietors Tim Graham and Tracy Pell will lead an informal/informative discussion and tasting of six of some of the best wines Napa has to offer, along with light bites. Price: $65. Visit SmallWineShop.com.
Dad sings!: If you’ve got a karaoke dad in the house, he may like the Father’s Day tour stop by Styx, REO Speedwagon and Loverboy at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Tickets for the 6:45 p.m. show start at $22.25 when you buy a lawn-seating four-pack at LiveNation.com.
Weekend brunch: The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial, a taut intertwining of tragedy and toxicity, was all kinds of awful. But here in South Florida, we find humor. The Tin Roof in Delray Beach will host the Johnny Depp Club Brunch on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., with guests encouraged to dress as their favorite Depp character. “Cry-Baby” was a fun movie. Visit TinRoofDelrayBeach.com.
Rimes on the water: For something kind of different, you’ll find Grammy-winning country star LeAnn Rimes performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park (80 Las Olas Circle, on the south side of the Las Olas Bridge). Sponsored by Fort Lauderdale LIVE! and Pride Fort Lauderdale, the performance is part of Rimes’ national tour, titled “the story … so far,” which supports her forthcoming album “god’s work.” Tickets start at $20 at TheLoopFLB.com.
Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at [email protected]