Sav­ing the Earth, one bikini at a time

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - South Broward - - THE GO GUIDE - Ben Cran­dell

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 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: Face­­caBash.

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: Face­

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.

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