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From Drinksgiving on Wednesday through Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving, if you like) to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and National French Toast Day on Sunday, we’re celebrating this weekend in a way that feels more familiar and uplifting than in 2020. Thanks again, science.
Here are some of the ways South Florida is getting together in the next few days, in all our shopping, skating, dining, drinking, laughing and Led Zeppelin-ing glory.
The Friendsgiving party at personable Fort Lauderdale brewery LauderAle 6 p.m.-midnight Wednesday includes a can release of four-packs of its C Porter, Senora Mexican Lager and Citramax IPA in 16-ounce cans — think of it as holiday shopping — with 7 p.m. trivia inside (natch), Verace Artisan Pizza out in the garden and soulful rock from Eric Charles at 9 p.m. Visit Facebook.com/lauderale.
Batch New Southern Kitchen in West Palm Beach wonders if you are looking for “a new place to rage with all your friends from high school” on Thanksgiving Eve. They are calling Wednesday night an “unofficial, all-schools, all-years reunion party.” Like you need an excuse to do a $5 Pumpkin Bomb. Visit Facebook.com/batchwpb.
A Thanksgiving Eve tradition for nearly 20 years, Sweat Records’ annual ‘80s Prom returns from a pandemic pause at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Oasis Wynwood. The trashy tribute includes multiple DJs, decorations, party favors and photo booth, a performance by the State Of and a late-night Smiths set from Ordinary Boys. Dress the part. Tickets cost $15 advance, $20 at the door. Visit Facebook.com/sweatrecords.
The 10th annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot returns to the beach beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The popular event, sponsored by the Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Institute, is doing advance registration ($45) now at TurkeyTrotFTL.com, or you can register day-of beginning at 6 a.m. at Las Olas Oceanside Park. Shirts and medals to the first 2,800 participants.
South Florida movie theaters are open on Thanksgiving, screening two films that allow you to flaunt local connections for the out-of-towners. “King Richard” follows the rise of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, longtime residents of homes up and down the coast of South Florida (Venus has a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale). “House of Gucci” stars Lady Gaga, an unknown in 2008, introducing herself as Stefani, when she asked the manager at Bill’s Filling Station in Wilton Manors if she could perform some of her songs.
In my experience, when you don’t have family around, there’s no better place to find a new one than down at the pub. Among the warm and welcoming spots open for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday will be Tim Finnegans in Delray Beach (TimFinnegansIrishPub.com), the Dubliner in Boca Raton (Facebook.com/dublinerboca) and the Field Irish Pub & Eatery in Fort Lauderdale (TheFieldFL.com).
The quirky Comedy on the Green series returns to Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater on Friday night with two shows by New York-based actor and stand-up Christian Finnegan (VH1′s “Best Week Ever,” “Chappelle’s Show”). As discussed previously, Comedy on the Green offers seating on blankets, Adirondack chairs and conventional folding chairs for a kind of picnic vibe — with bar service. Tickets for performances at 6:30 and 9 p.m. start at $35 for general admission at Ticketmaster.com. The series continues Dec. 10 with “Tonight Show” regular Mike Vecchione the headliner. Visit ComedyOnTheGreen.org.
A new shop-local bazaar and night picnic called Lauder Night Market debuts 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, filling Peter Feldman Park in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village with vendors, yoga, live music and more. Visit LauderNightMarket.com.
It’s called Black Friday because that’s the debut of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, the OG of this style of beer, in taverns across the country. There are a lot of places to get it, but I’m headed to the Field, the exceedingly hospitable Irish pub on the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale border (3281 Griffin Road). They open at 3 p.m. Friday. Visit TheFieldFL.com.
John Bonham’s boy, Jason, performs a homecoming show when the Delray Beach resident leads his powerful tribute, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, 8 p.m. Friday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. A must for Zeppelin fans. Scattered seats remain, starting at $40. Visit MyHRL.com.
About this time last year, former Dillard Center for the Arts musicians Black Violin — Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste — were earning their first Grammy nomination for the album “Take the Stairs.” The universally lauded release included what is still one of the best antidotes to fear about COVID and political toxicity, the song “Impossible is Possible” and its uplifting companion video filmed by FAT Village creatives at C&I Studios. The duo, whose collaborations range from Alicia Keys to the Wu Tang Clan, will perform at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts 8 p.m. Saturday on their Give Thanks Tour, supporting the holiday album, “Give Thanks.” This will be the pair’s first shows at the venue since two sell-outs just weeks before pandemic closures. Tickets start at $20. Visit BrowardCenter.org.
C&I Studios was at the vanguard of creating the chill, creative vibe that made Saturday night’s FAT Village ArtWalk so popular in the first place. ArtWalk, which now rolls over the blurry lines of Flagler Village and the MASS District, returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale beginning at 6 p.m. Special this time is a new exhibit at the FAT Village Arts District (521 NW First Ave.) called “Purvis Young: An Iconic African American Visionary Artist,” curated by Ludlow Bailey, managing director of Contemporary African Diaspora Art. Visit FATVillage.com.
After recently hosting pandemic-abbreviated versions of her popular shopping event, Amanda Weiner will bring the full-size version of Indie Craft Bazaar to Revolution Live, Backyard and Stache in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. This edition includes the usual: free DIY gift-wrap station, $5 mimosas, a photo booth and free swag bags for the first 100 guests. Admission is free. Weiner, of course, specializes in the cool and unusual at Indie Craft Bazaar. Exhibit A: The makers known as Something Bent, who fashion rings, earrings, necklaces and keychains out of garage-sale silverware. Genius. Visit Facebook.com/indiecraftbazaar.
Dashed by rain last week, the LOOP and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will present their 25th anniversary screening of “The Birdcage” (starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane) 7:30 p.m. Saturday during the Movies by Moonlight series on the main lawn at Las Olas Oceanside Park. Admission is free, but a $10 donation gets your popcorn and a soft drink and benefits Pride Fort Lauderdale. It’s BYO blanket or lawn chair. Visit TheLoopFLB.com.
The Rhythm Foundation’s disco-themed Beach Skate returns to the beautiful North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach 5-10 p.m. Saturday, with a special DJ set by the Godfather of Electro, Arthur Baker. Tickets cost $10 for two-hours, $20 for an all-night pass. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, but no skate rental, so bring your own skates. Visit RhythmFoundation.com.
The Weekender – South Florida Events Newsletter
Get a roundup of the best events and things to do in South Florida so you can make it an epic weekend.
So, yes, we’re on the Florida Panthers bandwagon. The first-place hometown hockey team plays 6 p.m. Saturday at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, our first look at the new Seattle Kraken. Tickets are available starting at $41 at FloridaPanthers.com. Another way to see it is the pre-game Pucks & Pints Beerfest, a fundraiser for the Florida Panthers Foundation with pours from local breweries in the beer garden from 3 to 5 p.m. A $65 Pucks & Pints ticket gets you unlimited sampling, a souvenir mug and an upper end-zone ticket. You’ll find beers from local favorites such as Funky Buddha Brewery, Saltwater Brewery, 26 Degree Brewing, Biscayne Bay Brewing Co. and Yeasty Brews, plus a newcomer, 3 Mavins. The Lauderdale Lakes-based brewery will showcase its new release, Encore IPA, which debuts next week in several South Florida locations of The Fresh Market. Visit 3mavins.com.
A consistently thoughtful curator of stuff you just won’t find anywhere else, Fort Lauderdale resident Carley Sumner brings the popular Flamingo Flea to Tarpon River Brewing in downtown Fort Lauderdale, an indoor-outdoor market open noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Not to distract you, but Tarpon River Brewing makes a very fine house burger to go with your beer. Visit FlamingoFlea.com.
Pop Hits Brunch & Bingo at Crazy Uncle Mike’s in Boca Raton noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday is about the soundtrack (by DJ Gio Black), music-themed bingo (with prizes, beginning at 1 p.m.) and the under-rated brunch. For those of you celebrating National French Toast Day, know that the menu includes the French Toast Brick, a cake-thick chunk of carbs topped with a bourbon-vanilla glaze, candied pecans and whipped cream ($15). Visit CrazyUncleMikes.com.