So last weekend’s St. Pat’s parades and events were, to quote the bard Allen Iverson, just practice. Practice, man. This is St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
A St. Pat’s party featuring the probably-not-Irish DJ Laz and not one but two U2 tribute bands? That would be the weekend hosted by Murphy’s Law Irish Pub at Seminole Paradise at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, of course. The Battle of the Bonos kicks off Friday with U2 tribute band 2U playing Murphy’s at 7 p.m., followed by the Journey covers of Almost Journey, the consistently awesome Swinging Richards and a menu of drink specials, including the obligatory Irish Car Bombs. On Saturday, Laz spins the Shamrocks and Shenanigans party at Passion (PassionNightclub.com, 954-235-6164), while Murphy’s hosts St. Practice Day with the Swinging Richards and DJ Gary Malone, from Limerick, beginning at 9 p.m. On Sunday, South Florida U2 tribute band UV plays from 4 to 8 p.m., followed by the Swinging Richards swinging into the wee hours (looking a lot like the video below). Admission is free during the day, with a $10 cover at Murphy’s after 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and after 4 p.m. Sunday. Info: SeminoleParadise.com, 954-585-5112.
It’s not easy to come up with something unique for your St. Pat’s parade, but the 45th annual Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday —— the centerpiece of a full weekend of food, music and kids’ activities expected to draw 150,000 visitors —— manages that feat. Hundreds of firefighters from multiple departments will position antique and modern fire trucks at six points along the route with their ladders, draped in flags, creating an arch under which the parade floats will cruise. Throw in bagpipers, dalmatians and professional fire clowns, and you have a special family experience. The Park Tavern-sponsored parade begins at 2 p.m. at Seventh Avenue just west of the Intracoastal and moves west on Atlantic Avenue to the fire department at Fifth Avenue. Info: FestivalManagementGroup.com, 561-279-0907.
The temptation to try a new Irish pub is always tempered by logistics: The exotic tavern must also be driven home from. So that is my lame excuse for never having pulled up a stool at a place like Tim Finnegan’s (2885 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach). With the slogan “All Irish all the time” and classes in both Irish dance and the Irish language, Finnegan’s will flaunt its authenticity with a full slate of St. Pat’s events this weekend, including a performance by Boston's Erin Og Friday through Sunday as well as Lahinch Mob Saturday and Sunday. Info: TimFinnegansIrishPub.com, 561-330-3153.
At Slainte Irish Pub and Kitchen in Boynton Beach (1500 Gateway Blvd.), three days of free tented events will include Saturday’s sixth annual St. Baldrick’s Day head-shaving event, a fundraiser for the national foundation fighting childhood cancer (StBaldricks.org). An Irish breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m., with the traditional head shaving from 2 to 9 p.m. (More than 300 people took part last year.) Kids’ activities, games, street hockey, the Florida Panthers party van and free scoops of Blue Bell ice cream are part of the fun. Admission all weekend is free. Info: SlaintePubs.com.
Also mentioned last week, and still recommended: Maguires Hill 16 (535 N. Andrews Ave.) in downtown Fort Lauderdale will put up the traditional tent for music by Celtic Cross, Uproot Hootenanny, and Randi and Bluefire. Sunday admission: $10. Info: MaguiresHill16.com.
At Dania Beach’s homey Field Irish Pub and Eatery (3281 Griffin Road), the indoor-outdoor events spread over Saturday and Sunday. Buy a ticket Saturday ($5), and you get comped on Sunday’s $10 admission. Bands include Celtic Bridge, Celtic Mayhem and Ian Millar from the Irish Rovers. Info: TheFieldFL.com.
As is its habit, Fadó Irish Pub (900 S. Miami Ave.) in Miami gets you in the mood on Saturday with green beer at 10:30 a.m. for the big-screen BBC telecast of Six Nations Rugby. Sunday’s daylong party begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and a side of Guinness. Admission: $10 starting at 9 p.m. Saturday; $20 starting at 1:30 p.m. March 17. Info: FadoIrishPub.com/Miami.
The beer-y reverie of St. Pat’s too shall pass. But Julian Siegel at Riverside Market has your back. On Tuesday, Siegel will gather some of South Florida’s foremost hop heads for the inaugural Riverside Market Home Brew Competition. Home brewers will show off their best stash to spectators and compete for prizes in categories ranging from Double IPA to Tutti Fruity, with a panel of judges including Siegel, Native Brewing’s Adam Fine, beer sommelier Brett Hubbard and Eric Barton of the Barefoot Mailman blog.
“Our customers include such a dynamic group of home brewers, that it would be a tragedy for the general public not to enjoy the home-brewed fruits of their labor,” Siegel blurbed. “It was our duty to provide a platform for these brewers to showcase their talent.”
Spectator admission for the 7 p.m. event is $10 and allows you to participate in the sampling and vote for the People’s Choice winner. The Riverside Market is at 608 SW 12th Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Info: Facebook.com/RiversideMarket, 954-358-8333.
THE GENESIS OF SNOOP LION
If the Vice Films documentary “Reincarnated,” opening at O Cinema in Miami this weekend, comes coated in self-promotional gloss —— watching the transformation of rapper Snoop Dogg into reggae disciple Snoop Lion, it’s difficult to separate spiritual evolution from a calculated updating of the brand —— there are moments of genuine poignancy. Snoop’s smoke-filled journey to Jamaica “to find the truth” (and record an album with DJ-producer Diplo), takes him to Bob Marley’s old Trench Town neighborhood and a face-to-face meeting with reggae icon Bunny Wailer. Seeing each other for the first time in a darkened room at Wailer’s home, Snoop bows and grips the hand of his host (looking like a small, bearded shaman), and whispers “Respect.” Wailer responds, “It’s a pleasure, it’s an honor… to have Snoop Lion in my face.” Snoop looks to the camera with a broad grin and quietly exults: “Lion!” It appears to be the moment of creation for Snoop Lion (left unsaid is whether the reference is to Rastafarian icon the Lion of Judah or if Wailer thinks he is meeting Calvin Johnson). Much of “Reincarnation” involves Snoop distancing himself from the rap cliches that made him famous (there’s an extended reflection on the death of his mentor and Death Row labelmate Tupac), and at 40 he recognizes the need for a new audience. As he says during a studio session with Diplo: “F--k Snoop Dogg. Don’t think about anything he raps about. Hustlin’ and makin’ money and shootin’, all that shit’ll be out of here … and straight on with the peace, the struggle, the reincarnation …” You can see “Reincarnated” Friday-March 22 at O Cinema Wynwood (90 NW 29th St., Miami). Info: O-Cinema.org, 305-571-9970.
A JOB ON THE BEACH
It will surprise no one here when S3, the new spot from the Restaurant People (led by Peter Boulukos, Alan Hooper and Tim Petrillo), who have brought us everything from Tarpon Bend to Yolo, attracts a major audience on Fort Lauderdale beach. There is no shortage of people looking for a well-appointed, midpriced, family-friendly restaurant (for comparison, Petrillo has thrown out the name of his former employer, Houston’s), and to have it on the beach is a win-win. You can get in on the ground floor this weekend during a “hiring event” for greeters, bartenders, servers, barbacks and food runners at S3, at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort (505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.). Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. You can email your resume to email@example.com or call 954-326-0848.
THE MAZEL MAN
As you may have heard, Andy Cohen of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” will bring something called “A Conversation With Andy Cohen” to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton at 7 p.m. March 21, which is sure to involve a lot of witty pop-culture banter and more than we want to know about the Real Housewives. Tickets for the evening, sponsored by SouthFlorida.com, cost $50, or $100 for the VIP (includes a meet-and-greet with Cohen, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres). A portion of the proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. Buy tickets at SouthFlorida.com/AndyCohen.
SOUNDS OF CAMAGUEY
On Ultra Weekend, a different kind of dance music can be found on Miami Beach Friday through Sunday during Global Cuba Fest, highlighted by a performance from the Creole Choir of Cuba, direct from Camagüey. The choir performs 7 p.m. Sunday in NOrth Miami Beach at the North Beach Bandshell. Tickets: $10. Info: Fundarte.us.
Miami City Ballet this weekend reprises its Open Barre evenings, an up-close examination of two ballets in the intimate, 200-seat Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Theater, bracketed by 30 minutes of free, open-bar wine and soft drinks before and a question-and-answer period after. MCB artistic director Lourdes Lopez and Opus One Orchestra principal conductor Gary Sheldon will discuss how choreographers Jerome Robbins and Michael Fokine used Chopin in “Dances at a Gathering” (Robbins, 1969) and “Les Sylphides” (Folkine, 1909). The theater is at 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday (open bar at 6:30) and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $35. Info: MiamiCityBallet.org, 305-929-7010.
THAT'S MR. SUGA TO YOU
On Saturday, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St.) will bring added muscle to its live Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz UFC watch party with a free meet-and-greet with UFC face-puncher and former light-heavyweight champ Rashad “Suga” Evans. Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs and take photos with Evans at Center Stage from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., when Evans will join fans in watching UFC 158 at Stax Poker Lounge and play in a bounty poker tournament throughout the fight. The tournament starts at 8 p.m. with two-hour late entry. Info: SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com, 954-977-6700.
How does Chino Moreno summon the vocal fire for a song like “Leathers,” off the Deftones’ late 2012 release, “Koi No Yokan”? If they could bottle it, you’d keep the pills on your bedside table. The album, the band’s seventh since 1995, is a black-of-night bonfire of brutish percussion, unexpected melodics, glistening, almost delicate guitar and Moreno’s signature vocal shape-shifting. Catch it all live when the Deftones hit the Fillmore Miami Beach on Tuesday. General-admission tickets: $33. Info: FillmoreMB.com.
HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI
Women walking around in various states of undress may seem like just another night at Vibe Las Olas, but Thursday night’s event comes with professional walking-around women as the Redline Xtreme Girls do a swimwear show to unveil and sign their 2013-2014 16-month calendar. The show begins at 10 p.m. with sounds by DJs Adam Foster and Todd Stylez. Vibe Las Olas is at 301 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Info: Facebook.com/VibeLasOlas, 954-713-7313.
Speaking of muscle, the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach on Saturday will be home to the 31st annual Sunshine Classic Bodybuilding Championships, the 20th annual NPC Wheelchair National Bodybuilding Championships and the sixth annual CJ Classic Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships. The morning pre-judging begins at 10 a.m. with $20 admission. The main event is at 7 p.m. Admission: $40, VIP $45. Tickets and info: 561-627-9638.