Things were going so well.
Dining rooms have been packed from Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale and the dynamic waterfront in Pompano Beach to Boca Raton’s Mizner Park and lively Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. The Sun Sentinel’s copious list of South Florida restaurant openings and closings has been leaning heavily toward the former.
Indoor concerts of surprising intimacy are being announced: Metallica at Hard Rock Live in November, a four-night October residency by Steely Dan at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
The fall arts calendar is stirring with its traditional optimism and surprises: The 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival just added a screening of the Guy Clark documentary “Without Getting Killed or Caught.” This weekend, the Movies of Delray art-house theater will return from a pandemic hiatus.
Hospitals are overwhelmed, again, by a scourge both predictable and preventable, with patients who are younger, sicker and nearly all unvaccinated.
To protect the unvaccinated — from COVID and themselves — we are likely to start seeing more mask policies and other measures go into effect. Again. Among the first is the Casino @ Dania Beach.
“Due to the highly contagious Delta variant, we believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to reinstate our mandatory face mask policy until further notice,” said Arnaldo Suarez, CEO and general manager at the casino, in a statement this week . “We’ve worked tirelessly this past year to create a safe environment for our patrons and want to keep it that way.”
This is what responsibility looks like. But, after all we’ve been through, it’s a shame.
The Pier 6 Rooftop Lounge just opened near the foot of the Pompano Beach Pier, offering a full bar and unobstructed views of the ocean and the beautifully revitalizing Pompano Beach waterfront. The bar, open 5-11 p.m. nightly, sits atop the Home2/Tru by Hilton hotel, at 200 N. Ocean Blvd. Food service is slated to begin later this month. Visit Facebook.com/pier6rooftoppompano.
The Yellow Green Farmer’s Market, the sprawling Hollywood destination (at 3080 Sheridan Road) for shopping, outdoor dining and drinking, and live music, will launch expanded hours this weekend, open Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (it had been closing at 4 p.m.). Visit YGFarmersMarket.com.
Throughout August (National Rum Month), Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard will send 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of its Cuba Libre cocktails to Cuba Decide, a nonprofit working for change in Cuba’s political system. Cuba Libre chef-partner Guillermo Pernot says: “Our restaurant’s name, which translates to ‘a free Cuba,’ signifies our hope for the future of the treasured island nation.” Visit CubaLibreRestaurant.com.
Founded in South Beach, and one of the hotter spots in downtown Fort Lauderdale since its opening last year, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila will have a grand opening of its new Aventura location on Aug. 13. Located just south of Aventura Mall at 19129 Biscayne Blvd., the 1,500-square-foot space features the brand’s signature indoor Airstream trailer, a modern take on Mexican food (including gluten-free tortillas, kale bowls, cauliflower rice), Mexican beers, sodas and frozen margaritas. West Palm Beach, you’re next, with a location set for later this year. Visit BodegaTaqueria.com and follow @BodegaTaqueria on Instagram.
A recent trip out of town (Black Mountain, N.C.) reminded me how pleasant it can be to dine/drink outdoors. To shut me up about that, a friend recommended the intimate patio at Bulegreen Café Yard in Oakland Park (3299 N. Dixie Highway), where they brew coffee at your table (bule is the pot used in the process based on the provincial style of Brazilian farms) and they serve brunch all day, every day. I haven’t been yet, but the pictures of their coffees, juices, sandwiches and breakfast staples are extraordinary. Looking forward to it. Visit Bulegreen.us.
The Movies of Delray art-house theater (7421 W. Atlantic Ave.) will end its extended pandemic shutdown on Friday with a 7 p.m. champagne toast and a full slate of films. The lineup includes the romantic, musical Cannes hit “Annette” (with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard); senior-community rom-com “Queen Bees” (starring Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin, Loretta Devine and Christopher Lloyd); and the heartfelt WWII drama “Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog.” The first 15 “Shepherd” moviegoers who show a photo of their dog will receive a “My Jewish Dog” food bowl. Tickets cost $6. Visit MoviesOfDelray.com.
Friday is International Beer Day. Not to be confused with National Beer Day (April 7) or National IPA Day (Thursday, Aug. 5). Where else to celebrate but World of Beer in Coconut Creek? Because World of Beer. And they have beer from all kinds of intriguing places: Poland and Kenya, Haiti and Cuba, Peru and Singapore. Even Texas. Visit WorldOfBeer.com.
Consistently funny actor-comedian Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (her resume includes “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Shield” and a stint as an Oakland Raiders cheerleader) has six shows through Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $35 at PalmBeachImprov.com.
The Weekender – South Florida Events Newsletter
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Marvin Dixon is the host of an ensemble night of performances, “50 Shades of Comedy: The Classy T-Shirt Edition,” 8 p.m. Saturday at Stage 954 at the Casino at Dania Beach. Tickets start at $25 at CasinoDaniaBeach.com. Remember your mask.
Donald Fagan’s 15-city Steely Dan tour kicks off with a four-night residency at the Fillmore Miami Beach Oct. 5-6, 8-9. Tickets (starting at $76) are on sale at FillmoreMB.com. … Tickets (starting at $20) went on sale this week for Art Alexakis and Everclear at Old School Square in Delray Beach on Oct. 9. Visit OldSchoolSquare.org. … John Legend has set a new leg of his Bigger Love Tour, including an Oct. 10 stop at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at JohnLegend.com. … A Day to Remember will play Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on Nov. 5, with tickets ($95, $75 and $55) on sale 10 a.m. Friday at MyHRL.com. … In case it needs to be said, Metallica’s Nov. 4 show at Hard Rock Live is sold out, unless you have a couple of grand in your sofa cushions for the venue’s plush couch seating. Visit MyHRL.com.
Bumblefest and normalcy are not words that often appear in the same sentence, but the Sept. 17 return of Steve Rullman’s modern-rock hootenanny in downtown West Palm Beach now feels like a comforting symbol of back-when. Headliners Unwed Sailor and Surfer Blood will be joined by a long lineup of local performers in and around the 500 block of Clematis at Bumblefest 2021, which celebrates 10 years of Rullman’s PureHoney magazine. Tickets cost $20 and are still available (expect a sell-out) at Bumblefest.com.
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s Broadway Actors troupe will offer a free outdoor performance of “Into the Woods JR.,” an adaptation of the Tony-winning musical based on classic Brothers Grimm fables, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the ArtsPark Amphitheater at Young Circle. Seating starts at 7 p.m. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Visit ArtAndCultureCenter.org.