Saving the Earth, one bikini at a time
In the millennia-long conversation between the Earth and humanity, the planet has been doing most of the talking lately: The mass extermination of coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, historic floods (pick a place), the hundreds (perhaps thousands) dead under debris in Ecuador.
It is something to think about this Earth Day weekend, rather than not think about, as a lot of us seem more comfortable doing.
One of the tragedies of the scandalous mess left in the wake of the Floatopia event on Miami Beach last weekend was, yes, the literal amount of garbage that had to be removed from the sand and water, but more so the confirmation that too many millennials and the generation younger have little regard for the planet and the rest of us riding along. Get daily updates on South Florida entertainment and things to do at South Florida.com and on Twitter at @Ben Crandell
Another booze-bros-and-bikinis raft-up will occur this weekend when the Boca Bash returns to the shallow waters of Lake Boca on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. No one is saying it shouldn’t happen — life should be lived, with booze and bikinis as needed — but can we do what wehave to do to avoid a repeat of Floatopia? We’re better than that. Info: Facebook.com/TheBocaBash.
The second-best place to celebrate Earth Day is at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a cathedral of nature at its most divine and majestic, right in the middle of all the hubbub at Fort Lauderdale beach. The best place is at the daylong Earth Day festivities at Green Bar & Kitchen (1075 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale), which will offer free samplings, local vendors, music by local troubadour Phil Barnes and the Earth Day Burger, with a portion of its sales directed to support the park. Info: Facebook.com/GreenBarKitchen.
Deeper thinking about all this may be inspired at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, with the exhibit “Kay Pacha: Reciprocity With the Natural World,” a collection of more than 1,000 ancient stone, metal, wood, ceramic and textile objects from Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.
The name of the show, “kay pacha,” is from the Quechua language of indigenous people of the Andes, and translates, roughly, as “the surface of the earth” or “the world here.” Curated by Traci Ardren, a UM anthropology professor, the exhibition catalog notes that no other exhibition has attempted to explore “how humans used art to express their gratitude, fear and indebt-
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” will screen at Gables Cinema Saturday night.