Weekend things to do: Firefighter beer, Grandma Pizza and a drive-thru haunted house in Aventura

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Sep 30, 2021 2:31 PM

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Remember when there was so much to do on a weekend in South Florida — music, movies, drinks, pizza — that you felt a little overwhelmed by all the great events you would not be able to hit? Someday, when we look back, it may be hard to say exactly when that feeling returned, but we’re saying it: Oct. 1, 2021.

It’s hard to keep all these rock-jawed country guys straight, but I know Brett Eldredge because his “Sunday Drive” got a lot of radio run this summer, and it’s a great track that recent Boca Raton acquaintance Diane Millie described as a celebration of “the little things, appreciating them on the road in life.” Eldredge will perform Friday night at Mizner Park Amphitheater, the venue’s first concert in more than 18 months. Tickets start at $35 at Ticketmaster.com. The amphitheater will host country chart-topper Brett Young (“Lady,” “Catch,” “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Mercy”) on Nov. 20.

I know a few Fort Lauderdale firefighters, and they know food and beer. So, the ninth annual Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Oktoberfest home-brew event 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Fort Lauderdale Fire & Safety Museum (1022 W Las Olas Blvd.) is win-win. A $25 entry donation includes food and unlimited beer samples. It’s actually win-win-win, because proceeds support sick and injured firefighters through the Fort Lauderdale Firefighters’ Benevolent Association. Visit Facebook.com/FLFireBA.

The nurse will see you now: Horrorland Drive-Thru Halloween, a haunted house in your car, debuted in Miramar in 2020, and will be seen this year next to Aventura Mall beginning Friday, Oct. 1.

The nurse will see you now: Horrorland Drive-Thru Halloween, a haunted house in your car, debuted in Miramar in 2020, and will be seen this year next to Aventura Mall beginning Friday, Oct. 1. (Jennifer Lett/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

We’re coming up on holiday shopping season, a terrifying time to be in your car near Aventura Mall — the dread and panic induced by all those brake lights, as far as the eye can see. Which may make it the perfect location for a return of the Horrorland Drive-Thru Halloween experience Oct. 1-31. This “haunted house” that you cruise through in your car was an unexpected pandemic-inspired hit when it debuted in Miramar 2020. This year’s event includes eight themed passages filled with chainsaws, clowns and demonic Krampus in a parking lot on the east side of the mall. The drive-thru is open 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Thursday and Sunday. Admission starts at $58.99 per car, with guests 10 and older and waivers required. Visit TheHorrorland.com.

Pizzeria Sophia in Delray Beach will celebrate National Pizza Month in October with a tribute to Grandma Pizza, a 16-inch square pie baked “upside down” (cheese then sauce) said to have originated on New York’s Long Island (you got a problem with that?). Pizzeria Sophia will offer the limited-edition pie by the box (eight slices) with proceeds from each sale benefitting Palm Beach County-based RU4Me Pet Rescue. Visit Facebook.com/PizzeriaSophiaDelray.

Primo Liquors, just south of the New River on Federal Highway in downtown Fort Lauderdale, has been my secret weapon both for statement-making gifts and general weekend lubricants. The staff knows their stuff and they seem to have everything or can get it. Primo will host weekend festivities Friday-Sunday, with almost nonstop tastings, to celebrate the grand opening of a new location (their fifth in Broward) at 2541 E. Sunrise Blvd., across the street from the Galleria. Visit Facebook.com/primoliquorsandfinewine. Click here to RSVP.

Through the end of the month, spirited cocktail destination Death or Glory in Delray Beach will be serving themed drinks such as Dead on Arrival, a communal drink housed in a blood bag on an IV stand, and the Lizzie Borden, an Old Fashioned served on an axe. Facebook.com/deathorglorybar.

You know you. Are you the kind of person who will enjoy the conversation-starting Cannes hit “Titane,” which IndieWire calls “the wildest Palme d’Or winner ever” and “almost certainly the sweetest movie ever made about a serial killer who has sex with a car”? As said killer, newcomer Agathe Rousselle’s ferocious performance has earned her rave reviews and the inevitable talk about a quick crossover into mainstream movie stardom. For now, we have “Titane,” opening in several South Florida theaters this weekend, including the AMC Pompano Beach and Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton. You may never listen to the Zombies classic “She’s Not There” the same way again.

As EDM acts go, Above & Beyond has always been a personal favorite for their musicality. The work of songwriters and producers Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki is informed by their live-music backgrounds, best celebrated on their 2016 album “Acoustic II,” arrangements of their songs played on piano, guitars, drums, strings and other instruments. Above & Beyond has two shows scheduled at Oasis Wynwood on their Anjunafamily Reunion Tour on Friday and Saturday night. Discounted tickets are gone for each show, with remaining tickets going for $85 at AboveAndBeyond.nu.

Above & Beyond is Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamaki. Catch them Oct. 1-2 at Oasis Wynwood in Miami.

Above & Beyond is Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamaki. Catch them Oct. 1-2 at Oasis Wynwood in Miami. (Courtesy of the artist)

The 2022 Hooters Calendar will be unveiled 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Hooters of Weston (2282 Weston Road), with appearances by nine of the women in the calendar from around the country, including cover model Gianna Tulio of Boca Raton and centerfold Deeanna Krakowski, who works in the Weston restaurant. The appearance kicks off a fundraising autograph tour at restaurants around South Florida. Calendars cost $13.95, with a dollar from each sale supporting the Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Fund. Other stops on the tour include 6:30-8 p.m. at Hooters Boca Raton (2240 NW 19th St.), 8:30-9:30 p.m. at Hooters Cypress Creek (6345 N. Andrews Ave.), 5-6 p.m. Sunday at Hooters of Pembroke Pines (7990 Pines Blvd.). Visit HootersCalendar.com.

The City of Boynton Beach on Friday kicks off a free monthly concert series, First Friday at 5, at the amphitheater in Town Square (120 E. Ocean Ave.), with food trucks, beverage vendors and a wide range of kids’ activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Playing the inaugural concert will be local classic rockers AudioTramp. Visit Boynton-Beach.org/concerts.

Tickets are two-for-one through Friday for the Love-in Music Fest at Greynolds Park (18501 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach), which makes its comeback with groovy intentions 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. The soundtrack will be by Mr. Nice Guy, the Heart tribute Pure Heart and the Bruce Springsteen homage The Boss Project. Tickets cost $15 (kids 10 and younger free) at MiamiDade.gov/lovein. Order two tickets on Friday and get one of them free with the promo code LoveInEarlyBird.

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