The Fort Lauderdale Art Walk returns Saturday, untangled from the confusion that formed as the urban stroll expanded over the years and meandered from FAT Village (the original, FAT Village Art Walk) through Flagler Village (Flagler Village Art Walk?) and into the MASS District (MASS Dist … never mind).
This is the first downtown Art Walk since FAT Village was formally and officially emptied and laid to rest at the end of July. This in preparation for its demolition and the rise of a “new” FAT Village, home to two residential towers at least 24 stories tall, along with requisite retail spaces.
Until we are able to see what that completed project looks like in 18 to 24 months, perhaps even after the new FAT Village opens, the MASS District will be the focal point of creativity in general and the monthly Art Walk specifically. (Not that it hasn’t always been deserving of such attention, but some folks may require an introduction to FAT Village’s wise-guy little brother. Many have been there without knowing it.)
An acronym for Music & Arts South of Sunrise, the MASS District is home to perhaps your favorite restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Heritage. It has one of the city’s coolest, quirkiest bars, arcade-game mecca Glitch. It has the brilliance of fried chicken in an ice cream cone at Chick’nCone.
Of course, it also boasts a bunch of artists who work with paint, light, ink, music and beer — who first made the neighborhood what it is.
The new, nearby residential property Quantum Flagler Village has noticed the energy radiating from the MASS District and will collaborate on a new block-party series called the Spin at Quantum Street Festival, taking place noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.
The outdoor event will be set along Northeast Fifth Terrace, between Quantum Flagler Village residences and the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Downtown hotel, home to The Easton Rooftop Pool & Lounge. A collaboration with the MASS District, Art Walk and Sunny Side Up Market, the event will feature two stages, three large bars, food trucks, a lineup of artisan vendors, and a performance by salsa greats Timbalive.
Spin also will include access to the Easton, where an afternoon pool party will transition into a nightclub atmosphere at night. Both events are open to the public, and admission is free.
“It is a neighborhood festival, with an emphasis on neighborhood,” says Warren Zinn, food and beverage director for Prime Group, the real-estate company that created Quantum Flagler Village. “It is a festival that is geared for everybody in the community, young or old. You could come with your kids, you could come as teenagers, come in your 20s and 30s, or older, and there will be something going on for you.”
Quantum Flagler Village is a new project — while the hotel has been open for 16 months (famously debuting with a performance by DJ Diplo), the two residential buildings are just about to start welcoming residents.
Zinn says the property was always intended to have an artistic and cultural component, and the partnership with the MASS District is critical to that effort.
“We’re very, very excited to be partnering with them. The MASS District has that cachet. They know the people we want to partner with,” he says. “We have a great venue, but we certainly would like to piggyback off of their history and what they’ve been doing with the creative community in Fort Lauderdale.”
The Fort Lauderdale Art Walk is from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. For specifics on all of its events and the MASS District, visit MASSDistrict.com. For more information on Spin events, visit SpinAtQuantum.com.
Canine lives: Friday is National Dog Day, which we take seriously in these parts. Among the places to celebrate is The Hilton Palm Beach Airport in West Palm Beach.Check out the dog-friendly Tails from the Tiki at its tiki bar overlooking Pine Lake from 4 to 8 p.m., with Tito’s drink specials and swag, plus raffles to benefit Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Visit PeggyAdams.org.
The monthly Dogs, Beaches and Brews happy hour returns to Fort Lauderdale’s World Famous Parrot Lounge, where your scamper on nearby Dog Beach can end with 5-10 p.m. festivities. There will be live music, raffles and a free drink with a $5 donation to Everglades Angels Dog Rescue. Call 954-563-1493.
Down the beach in Fort Lauderdale, the Movies by Moonlight series returns to the Main Lawn at Las Olas Oceanside Park with a free, dog-friendly screening of the dog-show satire “Best in Show.” The park’s weekly market, which includes food vendors offering movie-snacking options, begins at 5:30 p.m. There will be a limited number of chairs and blankets available to borrow. Visit TheLoopFLB.com.
Take the kids: The Nights at the Museum series returns to the Cox Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, with interactive science crafts and activities, a planetarium show, touch tanks, mini golf and a chance to view the night sky in the observatory (weather permitting). Food is available for purchase at Nuts About Sugar. Tickets for Nights at the Museum (purchased at the door) are $17.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors, and $13.95 for kids age 3 to 12 . Planetarium shows are $5. Visit CoxScienceCenter.org.
A new brunch: The bright and beautifully designed Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão just opened in downtown Fort Lauderdale (201 E. Las Olas Blvd.) with an intriguing Saturday-Sunday brunch. Offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, the Fogo Churrasco Experience features a dozen unrelenting options of meat, including tableside cuts of filet mignon, top sirloin, ribeye and classic picanha, plus bacon-wrapped chicken and steak, ribs, pork chops and more. Paired with a selection of sides, including warm pão de queijo (the signature cheese bread), the cost is $43.95 per person, half-price for children age 7 to 12, and free for those 6 and younger.
The Fogo Churrasco Experience includes access to the Brunch Market Table, a buffet with seasonal salads, imported cheeses, cured meats, along with made-to-order crepes and omelets, Brazilian sausage, black-pepper candied bacon, Greek yogurt parfaits and bolo de fubá (sweet cornmeal cake) with whipped banana créme. If you just want to dine on the Brunch Market Table buffet, it costs $32.95 per person. Visit FogoDeChao.com.
Disco inferno: The new-old-cool cocktail-forward Delray Beach gastropub The Falcon, which Annie Blake conjured a few months ago from the shadow of her popular bar Death or Glory(RIP), will host the late-night Studio 54 Soiree beginning at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Dress the part (Blondie, Warhol, Bowie, Grace Jones and Truman Capote all partied there, just saying) and get a free drink. Visit Facebook.com/falcon.delray.
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Lemon Aid: The tarts at the Wharf Fort Lauderdale host the inaugural When Life Gives You Lemons… Lemon Cocktail Festival beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring lemon drink specials and food items, plus live music. Can I request my guilty-pleasure U2 song, “Lemon”? Free lemon jello shot (before 8 p.m.) for your RSVP at WharfFTL.com.
Weekend jam: Local big-band reggae group The Resolvers have a new single out this weekend, “All the Lovin’,” a soulful, cool-rocking message of positivity featuring lead vocals by O’Jay Smith, son of famed Jamaican reggae singer Ernie Smith. The song will be available for download on Friday on multiple digital platforms and would make a fine mood-enhancing addition to your weekend playlist. In June, the band released the righteous “Awake David,” with powerful vocals by Ernie’s daughter, Sahara Smith. Hear the music live at 8:30 p.m. Saturday when the 10-piece band will squeeze onto the stage at Crazy Uncle Mike’s in Boca Raton. Crush Company opens. Tickets: $15. Visit Crazyunclemikes.com or Facebook.com/TheResolvers.
Farewell, Daddy: We’re coming up on 20 years since Daddy Yankee fueled the first wave of mainstream popularity of reggaetón with “Gasolina,” but he’s still the king of the genre and an influence on acts including Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Anuel AA and many others. His farewell world tour stop at 8 p.m. Saturday at Miami’s FTX Arena is, not surprisingly, a virtual sellout. Ticketmaster’s Verified Resale tickets start at about $190 for upper deck GA seats. Visit Ticketmaster.com.
Tell all the folks: The Love Train is pulling into South Florida for the last time as The O’Jays’ Farewell Tour hits Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Saturday. The O’Jays — still led by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Eddie Levert (he just turned 80) and Walter Williams (79), joined by Eric Grant — made some of the best music of their era, including “Love Train,” “Back Stabbers,” “For The Love of Money,” “I Love Music,” “Use Ta Be My Girl” and the under-appreciated “Stairway to Heaven.” And nobody wore it better. Tickets start at $60 for GA lawn seating. Worth it just to say thank you to Levert and Williams. Opening act: Gerald Alston and The Manhattans. Visit Miramaramp.com.
Art and wine: Sunday is Fort Lauderdale Neighbor Day at NSU Art Museum, with free admission and two-for-one wine in the cafe from noon to 5 p.m. (with photo ID or utility bill proof). Sunday also offers the debut of a new exhibition, “By the Sea, By the Sea: Waterscapes and Beach Scenes by William J. Glackens and the Ashcan School,” drawn from the museum’s vast collection of Glackens’ work. Visit NSUArtMuseum.org.
Blue Sunday: When an audience member’s review of a Colin Kane performance called him “offensive, vulgar, disgusting and insulting,” the comedian knew it was meant as the highest praise, and he includes it in his digital resume. The New York native brings his NSFW show to the Dania Improv at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20+. Visit DaniaImprov.com.