12 date night ideas (You owe her, dude)
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.