Best things to do this week in South Florida: Aug. 22-Aug. 26
Perhaps you’ll spend Monday, heck, the whole week, bickering over Sunday night’s introduction to a new generation of those wacky Targaryens in “House of the Dragon,” HBO’s prequel spinoff of “Game of Thrones” — when “GoT” premiered in 2011 your office probably hummed with people and what looked like productivity, interrupted by chatter about the show at an actual water cooler. There are other ways to be culturally conversant. Below are some things worth talking about, and actually doing.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, FTX Arena, Miami; $25+ at Ticketmaster.com
Rock icon, conscience of a generation and an oracle for the next, Roger Waters and his rhetorical cudgel finally hit South Florida on his pandemic-delayed “first farewell tour.” Our friends at Brooklyn Vegan called Waters’ “This Is Not a Drill” Tour set “a triumphant, sobering, hits-heavy career survey where the political messages got as much applause as the Pink Floyd classics the people came there to hear.”
6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, Coral Gables Art Cinema; $10, $20 at GablesCinema.com
In observance of Ukraine Independence Day, Coral Gables Art Cinema screens “Olga” — winner of best screenplay honors at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival’s La Semaine de la Critique awards — in coordination with Coral Gables Museum and its exhibit “Painting In Excess: Kyiv’s Art Revival, 1985-1993.” The film, about a young Ukrainian gymnast in exile during the 2013 Euromaidan protests, will be accompanied by a pre-recorded conversation with lead actor Anastasia Budiashkina (also a Ukrainian gymnast) and filmmaker Elie Grappe. After the film, the audience is invited to a candlelight vigil across the street at the museum. Tickets for the film cost $10, or $20 to include the film and museum exhibit. A portion of the proceeds from the film will go to Direct Relief Ukraine.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach; $22.25+ with four-pack at LiveNation.com
Enduring blues-rock duo Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney — their recently released “Dropout Boogie” arrived 20 years after their debut album, “The Big Come Up” — know how to please, with a spotlight during this tour on time-honored favorites such as “Howlin’ for You,” “Little Black Submarines,” “Tighten Up” and “Lonely Boy,” along with “Wild Child” and “Your Team Is Looking Good” from the new album. But the most treasured moments for many critics have come with detours into 2021′s “Delta Kream” and the music of forebearers such as John Lee Hooker (“Crawlin’ King Snake”), R.L. Burnside (“Goin’ Down South”) and Junior Kimbrough (“Stay All Night”). The excellent Band of Horses is the opening act.
3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; TimpanoLasOlas.com
After closing with the onset of the pandemic nearly 30 months ago, Timpano Las Olas is set to reopen its doors in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday with a dramatically different decor and menu. Chef Michael Ferraro (“Beat Bobby Flay,” “Iron Chef” and “Bar Rescue”), who managed the project, describes the new menu as “approachable Italian, but sophisticated.” Dishes range from his father’s namesake Georgio’s Meatballs antipasti to a two-person dish called Uni Alfredo, with housemade fettuccine and uni (sea urchin roe) that can be gilded with a dollop of Timpano’s branded Kaviari Siberian Caviar. Fear not, the old Timpano’s roasted mussels have been retained on the new menu.
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Palm Beach Meats, West Palm Beach; $85 at AnnaBakesFL.com
Anna Ross of Anna Bakes (inside Candid Coffee in West Palm Beach) and Caroline McGinley of La Gringuita Cookies (in local stores and Sunday mornings at Gardens GreenMarket in Palm Beach Gardens) join forces for that dinner party of your dreams: five courses, all desserts. Each serving can be further elevated with an optional wine pairing (additional $60) orchestrated by Brett Hartt, sommelier at Pedro’s Fine Wines, the pop-up inside Palm Beach Meats. He also will offer an optional nonalcoholic pairing with a variety of infused milk (additional $35), using small-batch milk from Sutton farms in Okeechobee. Prices include tax/tip.
The Weekender – South Florida Events
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8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Aug. 25-26; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28; Lake Worth Playhouse; $38+ at LakeWorthPlayhouse.org
This sequel to “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” reunites the gang from Armadillo Acres and finds them loaded up on holiday cheer and keg nog as they decorate “North Florida’s premier mobile-living community” in an effort to win a contest from Mobile Homes and Gardens magazine. When a freak accident gives the park’s resident Scrooge amnesia, the group has to rally to show her the true meaning of Christmas. Performing this show in August only adds to the kookiness.
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach; $69+ (resale) at LiveNation.com
An evening of smooth grooves from two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts on their “Miraculous Supernatural Tour.” “Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” “Smooth,” “Shining Star,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “September,” “Let’s Groove” … Perfect late-summer soundtrack to start the weekend.
8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Las Olas Oceanside Park, Fort Lauderdale; free; TheLoopFLB.com
The Movies by Moonlight series returns to the Main Lawn at Las Olas Oceanside Park with a free National Dog Day screening of “Best in Show,” the 2000 dog-show spoof starring Fred Willard, Christopher Guest and future “Schitt’s Creek” stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. 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 at this family- and dog-friendly event.