12 date night ideas (You owe her, dude)

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Em­bed­ded as you have been in the mind­numb­ing minu­tiae of the NFL Draft (as if Vita Vea’s 40 time re­ally mat­ters), still reel­ing from the time wasted on the Mi­ami Heat play­off de­ba­cle (nice to see Wade step up, though) and bleary-eyed from the Mi­ami Mar­lins’ wee-hours tele­casts from the West Coast (OK, Ker­shaw, I’ll grant you), imag­ine how this sad spec­ta­cle looks to her. Re­mem­ber her? No doubt, you owe her a date night this week­end. Take it from a re­cov­er­ing draft­nik, it doesn’t mat­ter who the Dol­phins take with the 227th pick. It just doesn’t.

The in­au­gu­ral Full Moon & Pad­dle­board Party on Satur­day brings live mu­sic, DJs, ven­dors and food trucks to Mu­seum Park in down­town Mi­ami, kick­ing off with sun­set pad­dle­board­ing next door at Bay­walk, on the north side of Amer­i­canAir­lines Arena. The Vir­ginia Key Out­door Cen­ter will pro­vide pad­dle­boards ($40) and two-per­son kayaks ($45) 6:30-8:30 p.m. From there, you can walk to the 7-11 p.m. Full Moon party, spon­sored by So­cial Xchange Mi­ami and the Mi­ami Down­town De­vel­op­ment Author­ity. Ad­mis­sion is free. Visit So­cialXChangeMi­ami.com, Face­book.com/Down­townMIA.

Lon­don-born crooner, song­writer and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Nathan Mer­cado, who has set­tled into the South Flor­ida mu­sic scene as Spi­der Cherry, bal­ances ro­man­tic vul­ner­a­bil­ity and soul­ful in­ten­sity like a poor man’s Ed Sheeran, with bet­ter hair. At 7 p.m. Sun­day, you’ll find Spi­der Cherry not in just an­other bar, but at the Arts Garage in Del­ray Beach. As you may re­mem­ber, the Arts Garage is BYO-what­ever, in­clud­ing al­co­hol and food. Tick­ets cost $10, $12 for ta­ble seat­ing, $15 for a pre­mium ta­ble. Visit Art­sGarage.org, Spi­derCherry.com.

For a re­lax­ing, flat-shoes-only night out, it’s hard to beat Sons and Daugh­ters Farm and Win­ery in Lake Worth, where a smart, en­gaged crowd will gather by the fire or un­der strings of lights by the big barn out back for the Tarantino-sexy mu­sic of Gold Dust Lounge 7-11 p.m. tonight. There will be pizza, beer and made-on-the-farm wine and kom­bucha. Ad­mis­sion is $5 per head at the gate. Visit Face­book.com/Son­sAndDaugh­ter­sFarm.

The Mi­ami Down­town Jazz Fes­ti­val, pre­sented by public ra­dio sta­tion WDNA, 88.9-FM, re­turns this week­end with a di­verse lineup of sounds in a va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions. Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Olympia The­ater, the fes­ti­val will of­fer the smoky rich­ness of Dr. Lon­nie Smith on the Ham­mond B3 or­gan, fol­lowed by the four-oc­tave im­pro­vi­sa­tion of Grammy-win­ning vo­cal­ist Kurt Elling. Tick­ets start at $25. Visit Mi­amiDown­townJaz­zFes­ti­val.org.

Merely go­ing into the cel­lar is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence at Le Chat Noir in Mi­ami’s Brick­ell dis­trict, but at 10 p.m. Satur­day, you’ll en­counter the pul­sat­ing rhythms of lo­cal fa­vorites Eddy Bal­zola and Ori­ente down there. Tick­ets cost $15. Be­fore the show, you can check out the menu of pani­nis, cheeses and char­cu­terie up­stairs. Visit LeChatNoirDe­salis.com.

Al­ways good for a ca­sual night of peo­ple watch­ing and drink drink­ing, Art Walk re­turns to Fla­gler Vil­lage and the MASS Dis­trict in Fort Lauderdale on Satur­day. Make sure one of your stops is C&I Stu­dios, host­ing a per­for­mance by in­die rockers Su­per­gold, a new set­ting for the charis­matic vo­cals of Alex Al­ston (the Tak­ers and Leavers). Visit Face­book.com/CIS­tu­dios.

Witty, hand­some and thin, co­me­dian John Mu­laney may re­mind her of all the things you used to be at the Hard Rock Event Cen­ter at the Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel and Casino in Hol­ly­wood, where his Kid Gorgeous tour pulls in for an 8 p.m. Satur­day show. A hand­ful of tick­ets re­main, be­gin­ning at $40. Visit MyHRL.com.

Per­haps you need to class things up. Flor­ida Grand Opera closes its sea­son with “Floren­cia en el Ama­zonas,” which fol­lows the pas­sen­gers of a ship on the Ama­zon in the early 1900s, in­clud­ing a na­tive opera star look­ing for lost love, a story in­spired by the mag­i­cal re­al­ism of Colom­bian nov­el­ist Gabriel Gar­cía Márquez. Per­for­mances are Satur­day-Sun­day, May 1, 4-5 at the Ar­sht Cen­ter in Mi­ami. Puerto Ri­can-born star Ana María Martínez por­trays Floren­cia (so­prano San­dra López on Sun­day). Tick­ets cost $12-$250. Visit FGO.org.

At the invit­ing North Beach Band­shell on Sun­day evening, the lit­er­ary crew at O, Mi­ami presents Be in Mi­ami: A Com­mu­nity Cel­e­bra­tion, with the great Afrobeat out­fit An­tibalas, poet Roger Reeves, DJ Le Spam, Gui­tars Over Guns and Young Mu­si­cians Unite. The 6-9 p.m. gath­er­ing, with food and drinks avail­able, is free with a pay-what-you-can sug­ges­tion. For more


DJ Le Spam (An­drew Yeo­man­son) is part of the lineup at O, Mi­ami’s “Be in Mi­ami: A Com­mu­nity Cel­e­bra­tion” on Sun­day at the North Beach Band­shell.

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