HAPPENINGS
JDRF's First Annual Casino Night

Next Saturday, March 9th, South Florida has the opportunity to help put an end to diabetes by participating in JDRF’s First Annual Casino Night. Known formerly as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF is leads the pack when it comes to funding type 1 diabetes research, including finding better treatment and prevention along the path to finding a cure. Taking place at Palm Beach Lamborghini Showroom, the Greater Palm Beach County Chapter of JDRF plans to put on a great party to benefit their cause with an open bar by Mission Capital and great nibbles from Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar and Grease Burger Bar. Those attending will also be able to participate in exciting casino games and bid on some items at a live auction hosted by Palm Beach County Sheriff, Ric Bradshaw.

BEST OF
Valentine's Day dining in Broward & Palm Beach

For those of you who don’t reside in the 305 or just don’t want to deal with Miami’s infamous traffic and parking, there are many restaurants north of County Line Road where one can have a delicious and memorable Valentine’s Day. Whether you decide to dine on bustling Las Olas Boulevard or in quirky Delray Beach, Joonbug’s Broward/Palm Beach dining guide for V-day will help point you in the right direction. Here are a few of our picks:

Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 727-0307

IN THE MIX
Exclusive Interview With 'Pavarotti Secondo' Eric Barry

If you stop to think about it, symphonic music is probably one of the most ubiquitous sounds out there. You hear it everywhere from movies to television to Starbucks. It's probably not the first thing on your bucket list, but attending a live symphony or opera can be an unforgettable experience.

The soothing, classical sounds of Schoenberg and Mozart drifted throughout Dreyfoos Hall at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach last week. The music created by the Munich Symphony Orchestra and the Gloriœ Dei Cantores choir was as exquisite as the detailed gold and red velvet decor of the theater itself. Soprano Valentina Fleer, soprano Julie Cherrier, tenor Eric Barry and baritone Benjamin Bloomfield added another layer of luxurious sound to the concert.

DAILY BITES
Cinco De Mayo Rocco's Style!

As we all know Cinco de Mayo is this Thursday and one of South Florida's beloved Mexican restaurant and Tequila Bar, Rocco's Tacos is throwing three huge Cinco de Mayo block party celebrations at each of their locations. Each party will have Cinco de Mayo drink specials along with several surprises including live entertainment, Mariachi bands, DJs, prize giveaways and free tequila pourings. Free tequila? Sign me up please! For the ultimate Cinco de Mayo fans that don't want to miss any of the action, hit all three locations with Rocco himself on the Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar Taco and Tequila Express, a party bus visiting all three restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach locations.

THE SCENE
Fashion For Your Weekend

Now that we're down from our Funkshion and Miami Beach International Fashion Week highs, we were dreading going back to being, well, bored. It turns out that won't be the case, at least for this weekend, because there's plenty fashionable events happening every day. From trunk shows to vintage garage sales, a good time is guaranteed, giving us another reason to TGIF. Take a look at our fashion itinerary:

C. Madeleine's Annual Vintage Yard Sale

GROUPIE
Sum 41 Talks Warped and Album

Despite the fact that big summer shows like Christina Aguilera have been cancelled due to high ticket prices and the drowning economy, the Warped Tour continues to thrive. With a lineup that includes 50 plus bands for far less than $50, the tour continues to sell out venues across the country including Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, which will host the show Saturday, July 24.

In anticipation of the all-day celebration of punk music, Mike Rothman sat down with one of the headliners, Sum 41 drummer and co-founder Steve Jocz to talk about the band’s new album “Screaming Bloody Murder” set to be released October, the Warped Tour itself and how it helped form Sum 41, and even a bit about the Avril Lavigne breakup.

BAYFRONT PARK
Mayer, Goo Goo Dolls Announce Fall Shows

Two major acts announced upcoming shows in South Florida. John Mayer will be performing at the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on September 11. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, June 4 at 10am, and are sure to sell quickly. The Goo Goo Dolls will be at Bayfront Park on August 14, tickets are on sale now.