Weekend things to do in South Florida: Jan. 19-22


At around 8 p.m. last Friday, my better half and I arrived at the newest location of Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village to find a one-hour wait and a small-but-determined crowd biding its time outside. Impressive, given temperatures in the low 60s.

We were not so determined. Because we had walked there, our options were limited. A few steps east on Northeast Fourth Street, the wood-trimmed warmth of Santiago’s Bodega beckoned.

In the eight months since it opened last year, we had never been to Santiago’s. Its inviting patio was perpetually empty and, from the street, there never seemed to be much going on at the restaurant. One couple we knew had offered a positive report, but how could it be that this was the only trusted review we had to work with?

Well, on that Friday, it was packed. And it was a revelation.

From the tapas-style menu, we made five selections and, as they streamed to our table, each seemed more impressive than the last, from the dates wrapped in prosciutto and filled with goat cheese (crispy-creamy gems) and Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche (fresh and piquantly assertive) to cherry-hoisin glazed Beef Short Ribs (tender and sweet).

The atmosphere was stylish and the service, led by personable staffer Roxy, was attentive, upbeat and informative.

Lunch hour in the stylish dining room at Santiago's Bodega shortly after in opened in May 2022.

It was a very enjoyable evening at a new favorite restaurant — on a block that has not been on anyone’s to-do list, once you get past Rhythm & Vine — that we owed to the too-popular opening of another restaurant. It’s this kind of synergy and serendipity that make cities fun to live in.

For future reference, Santiago’s also happens to have a late-night happy hour (11 p.m.-1 a.m.), with half-priced draft beers, wine and sangria by the glass, and well drinks (same as their traditional happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily). And there’s an intriguing tapas-style brunch menu ($47.95, 12 and younger $15.95) served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more on Santiago’s Bodega, visit SantiagosBodega.com.

Ticket window: Madonna will bring her greatest-hits tour to Miami-Dade Arena (formerly FTX) on Sept. 9, with fan-club and VIP presales happening until the public on-sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Visit Madonna.com. … Tickets (starting at $108+) also are on sale for Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Feb. 15. A venue presale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday via the Hard Rock Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, prior to tickets being available to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. Visit MyHRL.com. … Also at Hard Rock Live: Nostalgia rockers Cheap Trick will perform on March 14, with tickets (starting at $50) available Thursday through the Hard Rock Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, then on Friday at MyHRL.com.

JITG lineup: The 16th annual Jazz in the Gardens series just announced that it will return to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens March 11-12 with a strong lineup that includes Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Ari Lennox, Sean Paul, Jodeci, Keyshia Cole, El DeBarge, Mike Phillips, Adam Blackstone and many more. Two-day passes are on sale starting at $135+ at JazzInTheGardens.com.

Weekend laughs: Actor, podcaster and Friend of Rogan comedian Bryan Callen has a five-show run Thursday through Saturday at the Dania Improv. Tickets start at $27+ at DaniaImprov.com.

Styx and friends: The five-day celebration known as RokIsland Fest continues Thursday through Saturday at Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater in Key West. A haul, sure, but headliners include 38 Special on Thursday (joined by Quiet Riot, Slaughter and Lynch Mob), Styx on Friday (with Extreme, Stryper and Black ‘N Blue), and Tesla on Saturday (with Queensrÿche, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt and Autograph). One-day tickets start at $129+ (Thursday) and $149+ (Friday and Saturday). Visit RokIslandFest.com. … While we’re looking south, just a reminder that Mile 0 Fest takes place in Key West on Jan. 24 to 28, with an Americana-leaning lineup of more than 40 acts that includes American Aquarium, Shane Smith & The Saints, Pat Green and personal favorites such as John Fullbright, Morgan Wade, The Red Clay Strays and Kaitlin Butts. A five-day pass starts at $499+, but individual tickets are on sale for $139+ (Jan. 24 is $69+). Visit Mile0Fest.com.

Seaglass, which drew thousands of rosé wine fans to the beach in Fort Lauderdale in 2022, returns from Friday to Sunday. Proceeds support  AutoNation's DRV PNK cancer research initiative.

Drink pink: The beachfront fundraiser known as Seaglass: A Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience returns to the tented and cabana-ed sand opposite the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Friday-Sunday, with more than 30 varieties of world-class rosé wines, spirits and craft beer paired with an expanded food menu. Tickets cost $125 per day (all food and drink included), $225 for early VIP access. Entertainment includes Miami’s The Collektives (led by singer Tatiana Blades, niece of Ruben Blades) on Friday, suave ruffians The French Horn Collective on Saturday and jumpy hooligans Spred the Dub on Sunday. Suggested attire: Pink. Proceeds support AutoNation’s DRV PNK cancer research and treatment initiative. Visit SeaglassExperience.com.

More weekend laughs: The yin to Bryan Callen’s yang, comedian Christina P. (also known as Christina Pazsitzky, another alias to obscure the fact that she’s Tom Segura’s wife), star of Netflix special “Mom Genes” and the hit podcast “Your Mom’s House,” has four shows set for Friday and Saturday at the Palm Beach Improv. Tickets start at $25+ at PalmBeachImprov.com.

Pompano Beach jazz: The second annual Jazz Fest Pompano Beach returns this weekend: Jazz fusion icons Spyro Gyra are Friday’s headliner for an 8 p.m. concert hosted by SiriusXM Jazz Radio’s Mark Ruffin on the Great Lawn, south of the pier, on the city’s beautifully renovated waterfront. On Saturday, the festival moves to multiple stages in Old Town Pompano, with music beginning at noon and hosted by Tamara G. from 101.5 LITE FM. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Grammy-winning saxophone great David Sanborn will perform. Reserved seating for the festival is sold out, but free general-admission tickets are available at PompanoBeachArts.org.

South bound: The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton will lean into a comfortable kind of Southern sound this weekend, beginning with alt-country-rock quintet Red Wanting Blue at 9 p.m. Friday ($20+), veteran Virginia-spawned strummers Carbon Leaf at 7 p.m. Saturday ($35+), and Memphis-based soul band Southern Avenue at 7 p.m. Sunday ($30+). Visit FunkyBiscuit.com.

Wilco? Yes and no: Alt-rock heroes Wilco will release a new album, “Cruel Country,” on Friday and this week announced a spring North American tour. The closest the band will come to South Florida is Hard Rock Live in Orlando on April 18 (visit WilcoWorld.net), likely because bandleader Jeff Tweedy is already booked to perform at the three-day GroundUp Music Festival at the Miami Beach Bandshell on Feb. 5. Also coming to GroundUp is venturesome singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham, a Grammy nominee who is the subject of a recent profile worth checking out at Relix.com. For ticket information and updates on GroundUp, visit GroundUpMusicFestival.com.

Poet of the pines: Among the finest songwriters and storytellers in popular music at this moment, Alabama native Jason Isbell looks this nation in the eye and listens to its varied carols as few men do. He and his excellent band, the 400 Unit, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Tickets are available, starting at $55+, at MyHRL.com.

Good fun: One of those spots that gives downtown Delray Beach its magnetic otherness, the “modern schoolhouse” Space of Mind will host Pub at the Hub from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, a fundraiser featuring food and drink from top local chefs, reggae-funk band Xperimento and an art exhibit curated by Craig McInnis of The Peach artist collective and Chelsea Graubert of Space of Mind. Proceeds from the $150 tickets, artwork purchases and sponsorships will help SoM complete the Community Classroom Kitchen. Founder and CEO Ali Kaufman describes CCK as a “community culinary school, event space, workforce training program and chefs collective … committed to improving mental health in the restaurant kitchen community.” Visit YourCCP.org.

Weekend movie: The 25th anniversary of the Coen brothers’ iconic slacker picaresque adventure “The Big Lebowski” will be celebrated with a 10 p.m. screening on Saturday at the Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale. Presented by the Miami Jewish Film Festival, Laughing Gas Festival and The Film Junkies, tickets cost $9. Visit TheFilmJunkies.com.

Night of Wonder: Genre-bending Miami orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble unveils another of its inspired evenings on Saturday at the Miami Beach Bandshell with a program that includes bandleader Sam Hyken’s reinterpretation of the idiosyncratic double album “Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants” and a collaboration on music from Wonder’s classic album “Innervisions” with New York soul-pop group Lawrence. Remember, the canopied bandshell has food and drink for sale. All the makings of a great date night. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $70+ at Nu-Deco.org.

Brother-sister duo Clyde and Gracie Lawrence will help Nu Deco Ensemble explore the music of Stevie Wonder on Saturday.

Monkey business: Proving again that a great brewery is also a reflection of its distinctive environment, LauderAle Brewery & Tap Room in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday will host a fundraiser for the Dania Beach Vervet Project, an education and conservation effort on behalf of the free-ranging monkeys that have been part of the Dania Beach community since their escape from the Dania Chimp Farm in the late 1940s. The 2-5 p.m. event will include a presentation from Deborah Williams, who created the project in 2014. Donate $5 and receive $1 off a beer (up to five beers). Visit Facebook.com/lauderale.

Take the kids: The two-day Boca Strawberry Festival takes over the lawn at Mizner Park Amphitheater from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a variety of associated food and drink, vendor shopping, bounce houses, trampolines, video gaming, a petting zoo and more. As seen on “America’s Got Talent,” the Puppy Pals comedy dog troupe (the cast is mostly rescue dogs) will perform. Admission is $15+ for one day and $22+ for a two-day pass. Kids age 2 and younger get in free. Visit BocaStrawberryFestival.com.

Music and pizza: Riverwalk Rhythm & Brews, a free outdoor gathering in downtown Fort Lauderdale sponsored by Funky Buddha Brewery, returns to Esplanade Park 1-6 p.m. Saturday with a Battle of the Bands competition. Along with the traditional lawn games, food and drink, there will be performances by The Piro Band, Atomic Pleasures, Sixx Gunns South and Lyrical Reign. There also will be food trucks (not to single out anyone in particular, but Pizzeria Magaddino) and vendors (Radio-Active Records). Visit FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com or GoRiverwalk.com.

Rabbit run: Kapow Noodle Bar will celebrate Chinese New Year on Sunday — the Year of the Rabbit — with the hope that you will hop (sorry) on Brightline to party in both Palm Beach County locations. Kapow in West Palm Beach and the new location in Boca Raton will both offer all-day New Year specials including $3 draft beers and $5 Jade craft cocktails, plus DJs and dragon dancers. At 4 p.m., a portion of the party will gather with the dragon dancers at the new Brightline station near the Boca Raton restaurant to catch a 4:38 p.m. train for West Palm Beach. With dragon performances continuing during the trip, the train will arrive at 5:05 p.m. at the WPB station, a block and a half from Kapow on Clematis Street, where Brightliners get a free cocktail. The group will take a 6:43 p.m. train back to the Boca location for more celebrating. Brightline is offering a 25% discount with the code KAPOW. Visit Facebook.com/kapownoodlebar.

Free movie: The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will host a free screening of the documentary “Only in Theaters” at 12;30 p.m. Sunday at Savor Cinema in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Specifically about the history of the Laemmle Theatres, an imperiled, family-owned 84-year-old art-house chain in Los Angeles, it is also about the future of cinema and the community it inspires. The 94-minute film includes commentary from Cameron Crowe, Ana DuVernay, James Ivory, Kenneth Turan and others. The screening at Savor Cinema will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Phillip Dunlap, director of the Broward Cultural Division; Edson Jean, actor, director and founder of Bantufy Films; and Christy Andreoni of the Fort Lauderdale Film Commission. Visit FLIFF.com.

Recommended dining: NOBO Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach will host a beer-pairing dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 25, featuring the enticing Burmese cuisine of Boca Raton-based Chef May Aungthet. The five-course dinner takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the brewery’s new event space. Tickets cost $75+. Visit Facebook.com/nobobrewing and AhmayCuisine.com.

Billy club: South Florida’s favorite piano man, Billy Joel, returns to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Depending on how you roll — $900+ work for you? — a small handful of tickets are available. Visit MyHRL.com.

Future laughs: As seen on “WTF With Marc Maron,” “Veronica Mars” and all over the internet since 2016, “Liberal Redneck” comedian and author Trae Crowder will bring his tour to Sunshine Cathedral Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Tickets start at $35 at SunshineCathedral.org.

Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at bcrandell@sunsentinel.com. Follow on Instagram @BenCrandell and Twitter @BenCrandell.

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