Weekend things to do in South Florida: Sept. 9-Sept. 11

This is one of those not-summer-but-not-season-yet weekends when South Florida starts to turn, showing more color, like the leaves up north. There are interesting dining experiences, including Food in Motion in Flagler Village on Friday and the Burmese pop-up at Palm Beach Meats on Saturday. Matisyahu is back this weekend, and so is the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. The night of rock en español tribute bands at Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers may be the most fun night of all. We’re also playing French Toast Roulette in West Palm Beach’s SoSo neighborhood and celebrating Beer & Fried Chicken in Coral Springs. We like our comfort food.

Flagler Village Picnic: The free monthly community picnic known as Food in Motion returns to Peter Feldman Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village from 6 to 11 pm Friday, with music, food trucks and a lineup of creative vendors. We need to value these evenings while we can, as construction of a 12-story, 252-unit residential project called Advantis Station at Flagler Village is supposed to break ground on the northeast corner of Sistrunk Boulevard and Northeast Third Avenue (across the street from the park) by the end of the year. Who knows what will happen once the dust settles? Visit Facebook.com/FlaglerFoodInMotion.

Free coffee: The new wow near downtown Fort Lauderdaleat the corner of West Sunrise Boulevard and North Andrews Avenue, opened on Thursday morning and will celebrate with free coffee through Sunday. Visit Wawa.com.

Weekend laughs: comedian Sam Morrill — star of the new Netflix special, “Same Time Tomorrow” — has multiple shows at the Dania Improv on Friday and Saturday. If you want a taste of his comedy, try his Instagram (@sammorril). There you’ll find a post titled FLORIDA, in which — I am not making this up — he says: “Tampa is pretty cool, surprisingly.” With a straight face. Tickets cost $25+ at DaniaImprov.com.

Take the kids: The free Screen on the Green waterfront movie series in downtown West Palm Beach returns at 7 pm Friday with the family sing-along hit “Encanto.” Featured food truck vendors will be Mr Serrano and Carvel ice-cream. Win-win-win. Visit wpb.org/events.

Just say Yes: By all rights, we should have already had a major reappraisal of the distinctive, era-defining celestial grooves of Yes, with a meeting of Anderson, Wakeman and Bruford. Why can’t they have their Britney moment? The prog-rock pioneers recently announced a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their revolutionary 1972 album “Close to the Edge,” including an Oct. 14 stop at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse. The band is guitarist Steve Howe (who played on the album), keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison, bassist Billy Sherwood and touring drummer Jay Schellen (RIP Alan White). Tickets go on sale at 10 am Friday, with prices starting at $59.50+. Visit ParkerPlayhouse.com.

weekend brunch: There are many reasons to visit The SoSoa 4-month-old cafe at 4802 S. Dixie Highway in the section of West Palm Beach south of Southern Boulevard that inspired its name. The dining room is bright, airy and crisp, only to be outdone by the soothing covered patio out back, each demanding to be brunched in. Served 11 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday, the brunch menu includes an item called French Toast Roulette ($15), a name that stems from the fact that no one knows what it will be until Chef Cesar Brea Jr. arrive with an idea and ingredients on Saturday morning.

“We like to say, we’ll tell you, if you’d like, but it’s more fun if you don’t ask,” says co-owner Alex DiSchino, also kept in the dark until the cooking begins. “He’s done some pretty cool ones. Like we’ve done a Cinnamon Toast Crunch-encrusted french toast. He’s done a pineapple upside-down cake, and one that was like an apple tarte tatin with a really bruleed apple flavor. Last week he did a mango-and-coconut kind of play on mango sticky rice. That was a really awesome one.” Visit TheSoSoWPB.com.

More weekend laughs: An actor, author, podcaster and comedian, the multitalented Amy Schumer is also, if you squint, almost, nearly a member of the exclusive EGOT club: She’s won an Emmy, was nominated for a Grammy and a Tony, and recently co-hosted the Oscars. So, yeah. Schumer’s Whore Tour, her first in four years, stops at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood at 8 p.m. Saturday. Scattered tickets start at $48 and, as you’re probably used to by now, allow extra time to check your phones. Visit MyHRL.com.

Weekend beers: On Saturday owner-brewer David Martin will be celebrating the third anniversary of his consistently appealing Fort Lauderdale hub of beer and conviviality, Orchestrated Minds Brewing, and the advent of Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week, and the fact that his beloved Tennessee Volunteers are ranked No. 24 in the land (and playing on television sets at 3:30 pm against No. 17 Pitt). He’ll be tapping curated kegs from friends in low places, and also showing off a couple of new OMB bottles and an IPA can. You’re invited. Visit Instagram.com/orchestratedmindsbrewing.

Clandestine dinner: Chef May Aungthet of Ahmay’s Kitchen will again join forces with Chef Emerson Frisbie of Clandestine Culinary on Saturday night for another intimate after-hours tasting experience centered on burmese food did Palm Beach Meats in West Palm Beach. Aungthet earned a degree in culinary management at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale before working at Morimoto at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and Sushi By Bou. Previous editions of this dinner in June and July were sellouts. The 7-10 pm seating is limited to 20 guests and costs $195 per person. Visit PalmBeachMeats.com/events.

Beach music: charismatic vocalist Matisyahu and his band (led by original “Stubbs” guitarist Aaron Dugan) return to one of South Florida’s prettiest stages at the intimate Miami Beach Bandshell (formerly North Beach Bandshell) at 8 p.m. Saturday. lyricist Felix Free opens. Tickets start at $32+ at NorthBeachBandshell.com.

Still more weekend laughs: There’s probably been no more, uh, interesting time to be a teacher, especially in Florida. Teacher-turned-comedian Eddie B. will mine that rich vein of humor and horror during a stop on his national Teachers Only Comedy Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Parker in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $47. Visit ParkerPlayhouse.com.

Viva los tributes: Miami’s SurDeluxeoffering covers of music by Hombres G and Enanitos Verdes (Green Dwarves), will be joined by Chicago-based Mana tribute band Revolucion De Amor for a night of rock in spanish sing-alongs 9 pm Saturday at Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $25. Visit Facebook.com/SurDeluxeBand.

Beach party: oceanfront miami beach come palm house and the Instagram hunter-gatherer known as Miami Food Porn (Lesson for you kids out there, anything’s possible) will co-host the fundraising party Sunset Evening beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be DJ sets; food from Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Gogo Fresh, My Cuban Spot and The Blakery; and a cash bar curated by BarLabalong with complimentary drinks ranging from rum cocktails by Coconut Cartel to cold-brew martinis by The Sister Yard. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Feeding South Florida. Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP at PalmHouseMiami.com.

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Food, drink, music: Miami Food Porn is a catchy name. You know what’s better? Beer & Fried Chicken. That’s the party 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Basser’s Fine Wine & Craft Beer in Coral Springs. A collaboration with King Fox Brewery in Hialeah and Boca Raton’s iconic Frans Chicken Haventhe event will include music from local singer-songwriter Jesse Young. Cost: $20. Visit Facebook.com/bassersfinewine.

Never forget: The South Florida chapter of the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads (FOOLS) and the Firehood Foundation will be at Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale from 6 to 10 pm Saturday to shine a spotlight on 9/11 sacrifice and its continuing toll. They will display Guardian Packs, with names of first responders who have died of cancer, suicide and on-the-job injuries, as well as a 9/11 Backpack, which holds 343 links of chain, for the number of firefighters who died on 9/11. Each link has a tag that visitors can inscribe with names of lost firefighters, and there will be a memorial toast at 9:11 pm Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will go to a firefighter recently injured on the job. Visit SouthFloridaFOOLS.com, TheFirehoodFoundation.org.

Also on Saturday, Riverside Market Plantation will host Hero Day festivities from 7 to 11 pm, including beer bingo, a Mr. and Mrs. Patriotic contest and a tap takeover by American Icon Brewery. Among the beers will be American Hero, with a portion of sales going to a local charity. Visit Facebook.com/RiversidePlantation.

Heroic run: Tea Runner’s Depot Fire Hero 5K takes place at 7 am Sunday along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk from Charnow Park. The oceanfront run will include a post-race buffet, trophies for top three finishers in each age group (with special awards for firefighters) and finisher medals. Cost is $30 in advance, $35 on race day, with all proceeds going to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Packet pickup is 10 am-5 pm Saturday at Runner’s Depot in Davie. Visit Facebook.com/Firefighters5k.

Back at the Culture Room: indie rock titans Built to Spill share music from the trio’s just-released album, “When the Wind Forgets Your Name” (out on Friday, Sept. 9), on Sunday night at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. They’ll be joined by openers The French Tips and Orua. Doors open at 7:30 pm Tickets cost $30+. The show kicks off what looks like an expanding schedule of fall concerts at the revered rock club. Check it out at CultureRoom.net.

Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at bcrandell@sunsentinel.com. follow-on Instagram @BenCrandell and Twitter @BenCrandell.

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