Take the kids
Beach kicks it, uh, old school, tonight with a mini rock festival featuring Everclear, Candlebox and Sister Hazel, along with food and drink vendors set up all around from 6 to 10 p.m. Can you hear “Santa Monica” too many times? Admission to the Rock the Square party is $25 (lawn), $50 (bleacher seating) and $100 (VIP). Info: OldSchoolSquare.org.
This is the final weekend of the Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park, with a theme called Carnivale Masquerade. Sounds like ’70s Elton John to me. Info: Ren-Fest.com.
I like my beer like I like my beer. I like it to taste like beer. Coffee, too. I put coffee in my coffee cup. Nothing else. So, Due South Brewing (Boynton Beach) this week has its Café Ole Espresso Porter in cans. Beer and coffee together. I should not like this. But the beer is from Due South, and the coffee is from Argyle Coffee Roasters (Fort Lauderdale), both consistent sources of thoughtful taste-making. So I trust. Info: Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing, Facebook.com/ArgyleCofffee.
Surfing celebrity and motivational speaker Bethany Hamilton, whose recovery from a shark attack was chronicled in the film “Soul Surfer,” will make an appearance 4-6 p.m. tonight at BC Surf and Sport (1701 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale). A portion of the proceeds from sales of Hamilton’s signature sandal collection will be donated to Friends of Bethany, a nonprofit organization supporting sharkattack survivors and amputees. Hamilton lost her left arm in her attack at age 12. The first 200 customers to buy the sandals will get access to an exclusive autograph meet-and-greet. Info: BCSurf.com.
Who knows if “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” will have the original platesmashing charms to go with original stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett when it debuts this weekend? If it’s enough to inspire your local Greek place to celebrate the movie in some noticeable way on the menu, what’s not to like? Or your local movie theater could celebrate the food. Silverspot Cinema (4441 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek) will do it during Big Fat Tapas Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a familystyle Greek dinner, music and dancing for $15. Among the eight Silverspot screenings on Tuesday are dinner-friendly showings at 4:55, 7:10 and 9:25 p.m. Info: Silverspot.net.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ annual uniform-unveil party set for Wednesday night aboard the Anticipation IV on downtown Fort Lauderdale’s New River reached capacity in less than a day, which says something about something. The Strikers begin their 2016 season 7 p.m. April 2 against newcomers Miami FC, a match that may soon rival those against the Tampa Bay Rowdies and New York Cosmos for anthem-singing, name-calling intensity. Tickets start at $12. Info: Strikers.com.
The Smashing Pumpkins this week kicked off a new leg of their acoustic-electro tour called “In Plainsong,” which is scheduled to conclude May 1 at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts. In the 2015 edition of the In Plainsong tour, frontman Billy Corgan and bandmates Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder performed acoustic versions of Smashing Pumpkins songs, as well as selections from Zwan and Corgan’s solo catalog. Tickets for the show, which not incidentally includes Liz Phair as the opening act, cost $49.50-$79.50 at BrowardCenter.org.
Palm Beach books
Reminder: Burt Reynolds, Molly Ringwald and Eriq LaSalle are among the celebrity authors scheduled to take part in the Palm Beach Book Festival, April 1-2 at Palm Beach Dramaworks and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. Info: PalmBeachBookFestival.com.
Filmmaker Courtney Marsh will take part in a Q&A after a screening of her Oscar-nominated short documentary, “Chau, Beyond the Lines,” next month at her alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. The title character of the 34-minute film is a teenager living in a Vietnamese hospital for kids disabled by the chemical Agent Orange and, despite malformed arms and legs, dreams of becoming an artist. “Chau” will be shown at 7 p.m. April 18 in the school’s Bienes Center for the Arts (2801 SW 12 St.), and will be preceded by a meet-and-greet with Marsh. Tickets: $6. Info: BCA-STA.org.