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The COVID experience has encouraged me to be open to new things. I’m not a big Florida Georgia Line fan, but have to admit their Tortuga performance in 2018 shook up the crowd like few before it. So, the screening of their concert film on Saturday? Should be fun. … I’m not man enough for most of the drinks they serve at the Mai-Kai, but the restaurant’s Tiki Marketplace on Sunday is attractive. … Doing yoga in glow-in-the-dark body paint? There will be tequila, so …
The Veranda is a new rooftop party spot on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard — its elevated locale brought down to earth on Saturday with a concert film by acclaimed country duo Florida Georgia Line. Set atop the shops to the east of the Riverside Hotel (Tommy Bahama, et al.), the 13,000-square-foot open-air venue will show the FGL concert, featuring Nelly and Chase Rice, at 8 p.m. on an 18-foot screen, with food and drink for sale. Tickets cost $15 (bring your own beach chair), or $40 for VIP (includes premium seating, two cocktails, snack bag, pre-show reception (7:30 p.m.) and VIP swag. The 21-and-older event is sponsored by the Riverside Hotel, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Twilight Features and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This is the Veranda’s first public event (mostly weddings so far) and organizers say that if all goes well, look for a concert-film series and more to come out of it. Visit LookoutLasOlas.com.
The water-damaged Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale is still being renovated for an unknown future, but this weekend brings the iconic Polynesian-themed restaurant’s Tiki Marketplace, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot at 3599 N. Federal Highway. You’ll find a wide range of vendors (including Delray Beach’s Vatican Tattoo, if you’re in the mood), live entertainment (yes, fire dancing) and, of course, hair-raising cocktails (to put you in the mood). Visit Facebook.com/maikairestaurant.
I know this is this weekend, but I’m already thinking about next weekend: King Crimson on Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach on Friday, July 23. King. Crimson. Then, the Square has Living Color and Hoobastank on Sunday, July 25. Like the old days. But, somehow, it feels better. Get tickets at OldSchoolSquare.com.
Trusted curators of the local creative and maker scene for years, the folks at Indie Craft Bazaar host a monthly, smaller-scale gathering, dubbed the Mini Indie, at Backyard (outdoors) and Revolution Live (indoors) in Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee District noon-5 p.m. on third Sundays. This weekend you’ll find more than 70 vendors, which doesn’t feel so mini. Admission is free. Visit Instagram.com/indiecraftbazaar.
Always something different going on in the MASS District near downtown Fort Lauderdale, the site of a vegan market and dining event called Veg Night Out 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by Sean Russell of SoFlo Vegans and Melissa Guzman from the Caribe Vegan, the night will include plant-based food and vegan products from local vendors, entertainment and that chill crowd you’re looking for. Visit SoFloVegans.com.
Gables Cinema is screening a new 4K restoration of the Federico Fellini masterpiece “8 1/2” (one of those films you have to have seen, or say you have seen) 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:35 p.m. Tuesday. Also this weekend, the grand old theater continues its Werner Herzog retrospective with his only horror film, “Nosferatu,” 9 p.m. Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Visit GablesCinema.com.
Miami-based rock icon Juanes will perform at the Fillmore Miami Beach Sept. 16-17 to open a U.S. tour in support of his critically celebrated album “Origen” (Rolling Stone called it a “masterpiece”). Tickets start at $105 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster.com.
Silky-voiced country duo Dan + Shay will play Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on Nov. 3, with openers the Band Camino and Ingrid Andress. Tickets cost $125, $105, $95, $75 and $55 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at MyHRL.com. A venue presale (password: EXIST) is happening on the Hard Rock Facebook and Twitter pages.
Maybe you, too, spent most of COVID watching an uncomfortable amount of “The Office.” You can put your knowledge of bears, beets and “Battlestar Galactica” to good use on Saturday during the That’s What She Said! Trivia Bar Crawl in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Sign-up is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Backyard (100 SW Third Ave.), with the crawling until 10 p.m. A costume might win you something at the closing party. Tickets (starting at $16.99) and details at WeLovePubCrawls.com.
World of Beer Bar & Kitchen Coconut Creek celebrates its 11th anniversary 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday, but we don’t count last year, so let’s just call it an even decade. For some reason, WOB is throwing a “Miami-themed, block-party-style anniversary event,” with live music, giant beer pong, beer from Wynwood, M.I.A., and Veza Sur breweries and cocktails made with Miami’s E11EVEN Vodka. Because, what, we don’t have any of those things in Broward? Hey, we party! (Steps down from soap box.) Admirably, a portion of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit Amigos Near Foundation, which supports underprivileged children worldwide. Visit Facebook.com/wobcoconutcreek.
Wait, I take it all back. Nowhere but Miami would we get an event like Pata Sucia Palooza, also known as The Hialeah Summer Olympics, which will pit teams from local bars and restaurants in competition for the coveted Golden Chancleta at Kush Hialeah (1000 E. 16th St.) beginning at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. As competitors show off chancleta-wielding skills — chancleta being a term for flip-flop, the time-honored (and feared) disciplinary tool — guests can enjoy DJ music, drinks, free food from the Gator Caja China and play-by-play from former Power 96 radio personality Lucy Lopez (a Hialeah native) and Chef Michael Beltran. Admission is free. Visit Facebook.com/Kushhialeah.
Pioneering South Florida chef and TV food personality Jeremiah Bullfrog this week opened Square Pie City at Time Out Market Miami (a few steps from Lincoln Road on Miami Beach), where he’ll focus on boxy, flavor-to-the-edge Detroit-style pizza. If he’s cooking, we’re eating. Visit SquarePieCityMiami.com.
You know how much I love glow-in-the-dark body paint and yoga. Flow + Glow is a glowing yoga and meditation “experience” on the fourth-floor oceanfront BalQony at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. There will be light bites and drinks (Quiereme Mucho Mezcal and Bodvar Rosé will have pop-up displays). Tickets are $25 with advance RSVP at bit.ly/flowglow721. Bring your own mat.
Things to look forward to next weekend: LauderAle will throw a seventh-anniversary festival Friday and Saturday, July 23-24, filled with new beer, music, community. Visit Lauderale.co. … The new Movies by Moonlight Summer Series brings a free, full-moon screening of “Moonstruck” to the lawn at Las Olas Oceanside Park on Friday, July 23. Visit MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com. … On Saturday, July 24, Burlock Coast at the beachfront Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale will offer Full Moon Picnic meals prepared by celebrated chefs Paula DaSilva and Brooke Mallory. Visit Facebook.com/BurlockCoast. … Did I mention King Crimson?