Hot Weekend Happenings in South Florida, November 18-20, 2011

An S3 in your future?

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An early sketch of S3, on its way Fort Lauderdale Beach, courtesy The Restaurant People.

The masterminds behind Yolo are opening a new restaurant on Fort Lauderdale beach, but it’s not what you think.

If all goes according to plan, S3 will be open on the ground floor of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort (505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) by the middle of next year. S3, which stands for Sun, Surf & Sand, is the brainchild of The Restaurant People, led by Peter Boulukos, Alan Hooper and Tim Petrillo, who made Yolo a glitzy, gossipy ground zero for Fort Lauderdale nightlife. That Yolo also turns out expertly executed food is sometimes lost in the shuffle.

While many of the details are still coming together on a project that Petrillo estimates will cost around $4 million, he said the target consumers for S3 are locals and tourists looking for a well-appointed, mid-priced restaurant on the beach — those pining for something between bar food and STK 954.

“We’ve looked, and there just aren’t many options,” Petrillo said.

Based on the preliminary sketches, S3 will not be lacking in style, but Petrillo, a father of young children himself, said kids will be welcome. He compared the vibe at S3 to Houston’s, the classy, family-accessible chain where Petrillo got his start in the business.

A signature of the new restaurant will be the outdoor space in front, a series of sofa-ed terraces flowing down from a large, circular outdoor bar. “It will have a theater effect, looking out on the ocean,” Petrillo said, emphasizing that he, Boulukos and Hooper are very bullish on the direction of Fort Lauderdale beach.

“We think it’s really going to take off, “ he said.

100 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL As for interesting new dining/drinking spots that are actually open, this is the first weekend to take in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s new gastropub, Tap 42 (1411 S. Andrews), which debuted with a soft opening this week. It’s located on a stretch of Andrews Avenue (across from Broward General Medical Center) that may require a little sense of adventure, but that’s not a bad thing. Continue that theme as you let the liquid menu wash over you: 42 beers on tap, 100 bottled versions, 50 bourbons… Where to start?! More info: tap42.com, 954-463-4900.

DID SOMEONE SAY ‘CHOCOLATE’? There may be no more passionate audience than that to be found Saturday and Sunday at the Festival of Chocolate in the Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Sure, there will be practical, educational and instructional aspects to the event, which is expected to draw 10,000 adherents, but don’t let any of that virtue distract you from what’s truly important: Getting your hands on some of the best chocolate in the world. Admission is $12, $8 for kids. For more on the festival, go to WestPalm.FestivalofChocolate.com or read Sun Sentinel food guru John Tanasychuk’s take.

Craig Ferguson and D.L. Hughley are both in South Florida this weekend.

larry-the-cable-guy-tour-kravis-west-palm-beach.jpgWHO’S LAUGHING NOW? Most comedians, especially those running for office, try to position themselves as the friend of the regular working stiff, the voice of the people. So it’ll be fun to watch a guy like Larry the Cable Guy (right) dance around Occupy. He’ll probably make it work. Mr. Git-R-Done performs at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $25-$95. Info: kravis.org, 800-572-8471.

Craig Ferguson has weighed in from the get-go on his late night talk show: “The Occupy Wall Street protests continue to grow. They’ve started to attract a very unsavory element — celebrities.” Ferguson performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Tickets: $57.25, $88.75 via Ticketmaster. Info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

D.L. Hughley  — sometime CNN analyst, sometime Bill Maher foil —  may have been one of the celebrities that Fergie is talking about: He’s actually been to Zuccotti Park, close to his apartment in New York. But here’s betting that Hughley spends more time on presidential politics (and his Twitter dust-up with Herman Cain supporters) than anything else. He’s got multiple shows this weekend (8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7 and  9:45 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday) at the Improv CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Tickets: $30. Info: improv.com, 561-833-1812.

AVETT BROTHERS IN BOCA RATON The Avett Brothers, whose Carolina-bred jangle got a boost when they jammed with Bob Dylan and the Mumfords at the last Grammys, will perform at Sunset Cove Amphitheatre (12551 Glades Road, Boca Raton) on Feb. 10. Tickets are $35 in advance ($40 at show) beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at the box office or at Ticketmaster outlets, including 800-745-3000.

ELVIS IS BACK IN THE BUILDING Tickets for the rescheduled date for Elvis Costello and the Imposters at Hard Rock Live on April 25 go on sale at 2 p.m. Thursday at the box office for $49, $69 and $89, as well as at all Ticketmaster outlets. The show is a makeup date for Costello’s unique Spectacular Spinning Songbook show cancelled by a family illness in September. Tickets for the original show will be honored on the new date. Info: 954-797-5531, hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

The trailer for John Leguizamo’s “Ghetto Klown.” Some of the language is about what you’d expect.

HEEEERE’S JOHNNY LEGS Emmy winner John Leguizamo will bring the 2012 tour on his Broadway show “Ghetto Klown” to the Fillmore on Miami Beach for three performances, March 9-11. “Ghetto Klown” takes audiences from Leguizamo’s adolescent memories in Queens, N.Y., through the early days of his acting career and on to the sets of major films, including Baz Lurhmann’s “Romeo & Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge,” “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” and “Carlito’s Way.” Says Leguizamo: “I love that all my peoples are showing up to witness the latest chapter of my life onstage. I want to keep this show open until I’ve messed up my 10-year-old son enough for him to be my understudy.” Tickets ($53-$78.50) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at LiveNation.com. Info: ghettoklown.com.

trolley2.jpgBUS LOOP DE LOOP The ever-popular Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop is back on Friday night, raising spirits and money for some worthwhile local causes from 6 to 11 p.m. This edition of the Bus Loop will take off from downtown Fort Lauderdale at Esplanade Park (400 SW Second Street) and in front of Yolo (333 E. Las Olas Blvd.). For the uninitiated, you pay $20 (advance, $25 at door; free for designated drivers) and get free trolley service on a route that runs from America’s Backyard to Rare to Café del Mar on the beach, and a free drink or menu item at each participating spot. Proceeds benefit Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, Riverwalk Trust, Young Professionals for Covenant House, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Jack & Jill Children’s Center and Broward County Gator Club Scholarship Fund. Info: busloop.org, 954-574-6000.

SERAPHIC FIRE HOUSES The stylish and modern chorale ensemble Seraphic Fire, celebrating its 10th anniversary season, presents the Firebird Chamber Orchestra in “Tchaikovsky: The Serenade” through Sunday Nov. 20. Tickets are $35 and again this season a limited amount of unsold tickets will be made available for free to those 30 and younger. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church (100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton), 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church (536 Coral Way, Coral Gables), 8 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church (333 Tarpon Drive, Fort Lauderdale) and 4 p.m. Sunday at Miami Beach Community Church (1620 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach). Ticket info: SeraphicFire.org or at 888-544-FIRE.

TAKING IT TO THE STREET One of the popular events at the world-renowned Miami Book Fair International is this weekend’s free Street Fair, which runs Friday-Sunday. Among the highlights are more than 300 authors reading their work; the arts and crafts, theater and storytelling found in the Children’s Alley; and a new section for kids and teens. The Miami Book Fair is on the Miami-Dade College campus, 401 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. Info: miamibookfair.org, 305-237-3258.

Lady-Panthers-calendar-hard-rock-2.jpgMORE HOT, HOT HEAT The Florida Panthers’ Redline Lady Panthers (formerly known as the Ice Dancers) will show off their hip checks Friday night at Seminole Paradise as 29 squad members unveil their 2012 swimsuit calendar, an event that includes fan interaction, calendar signing, picture posing, and a swimsuit fashion show. The 10 p.m. party at Seminole Paradise’s Center Fountain is free, and calendars are $10. Seminole Paradise is at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Info: seminoleparadise.com.

CARL EDWARDS VS. TONY STEWART, FOR FREE! The free NASCAR Championship Drive fan festival is Thursday-Friday at Lummus Park on South Beach (Ocean Drive between Seventh and Ninth streets), an official kick-off for Ford Championship Weekend racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. On Thursday, a 12:30 p.m. fan Q&A with Sprint Cup rivals Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart  will provide a bold beginning to the festival, which includes contests, giveaways, driving simulators and interactive fan areas. The day culminates with a free 7 p.m. concert by country stars Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes. Friday events include the daylong NASCAR Youth Fest, the Hot and Spicy Cook-off competition between fire and police departments in Broward and Miami-Dade counties beginning at 4 p.m., and a race-viewing party from 7 to 10 p.m. More info: nascar.com/championshipdrive.

Tickets for the three races in Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway — the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford 200 (8 p.m. Friday), the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford 300 (4:30 p.m. Saturday) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 (3 p.m. Sunday) — start at $55 at homesteadmiamispeedway.com or 866-409-RACE.

TWILIGHT PARTY If you can get your hair to do a decent Pattinson, you may win a big TV or an iPad. Glomming onto the weekend’s “Twilight” mania, Warren Henry Volvo (20800 SW Second Ave./441, Miami) is throwing a family-friendly party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, with “vampire bites,” beverages, goodies and a blood drive. If you come dressed and can convince the hosts you are the biggest Twi-hard fan, you might walk away with one of the three top prizes, which include a 32-inch TV, an iPad and free tickets to “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.” Info: warrenhenryvolvo.com.

3-2-1 LIFTOFF! The Himmarshee District hot spot Side Bar has a goal for Friday night: to get you sideways. Beginning at 9 p.m., they’ll begin serving $3 martinis, mojitos or premium cocktails. If that’s not your style, there will be $2 shots. And for a chaser, you can do a $1 Hurricane Reef beer. The sister restaurant next door, PL8 Kitchen, will have a selection of apps available: mini meatballs, Parmesan potato wedges or a prosciutto and basil brick oven pizza. A DJ sets up at 10, and the fun runs until 1 a.m. Info: pl8kitchen.com, 954-524-1818.

Amy Vulpis is a full-time real estate professional with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Florida 1st  in Fort Lauderdale, FL who specializes in waterfront property.  She is dedicated to providing her clients with the finest customer service available. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is an international residential real estate franchise company with a growing global network of brokerages and real estate professionals. For more on the Florida Real Estate market contact Amy Vulpis, Realtor @ 954.591.4280 or visit www.amyvulpis.com.

Article Courtesy of Ben Crandell, Sun-Sentinel

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