While some folks starve themselves to fit into their summer swimwear, others couldn’t care less and, instead, stuff their faces at burger eating contests like the one taking place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at the Summer Festival Block Party at Rok Brgr South Miami, 5800 SW 73rd St. You can challenge, torture and stuff your innards for giveaways and prizes, or you can just smash a ball into the dunk tank in-between sampling beer at tents by Funky Buddha, Wynwood Brewing and Concrete Beach. A street BBQ will provide food for the rest of you and live music by The Problem Kids and DJ Hans will possibly make you move a little bit to work it all off so the only thing you’re stuffing into your bathing suit the next morning is your svelte, well-fed self.
Beverly Hills Redux
Many moons ago, before craft this and star chef that and gastro whatever, Beverly Hills Cafe in South Miami, among other places, was like the Peach Pit of Miami. A place where everyone knew everyone, portions were big and the only mixology happening was in your salad bowl. Today things have changed and Bev’s founder, Mark Richman, is keenly aware of that, which is why his Entertainment Restaurant and Lounge, 5829 SW 73rd St. has been created not for food bloggers or Bon Appetit, but rather, says Richman, to “entertain us” with “live music, comedy, sports, open mic, karaoke and a giant screen for video concerts as well as a state of the art sound system.” Starting at 8 p.m. through Saturday, July 25 is Adele on the big screen, followed by Billy Joel from July 28 – Aug. 1. All concerts are free and twice nightly at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. “Eat, drink, dance, live, love and laugh,” Richman says, adding, “See old friends and make new ones.” The spirit of Beverly Hills Cafe is alive and well. Fore more information, call 305-666-6669.
Ready, Set, Pisco
In celebration of Peruvian Independence Day, Radio Bar, 814 First St., is teaching barflies how to mix up their own Pisco-based cocktails – a Pisco Sour and a Pisco Mule – from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. The mixology class will be taught by Radio bartender Teddy Collins and a “surprise guest.” In addition to imbibing in your own concoctions, students of this boozy study will get “take home gifts” at the end of the session. Space is on a first come, first served basis. For reservations, go to radiosouthbeach.com/events.
Movie theaters are pretty cool these days, serving booze and offering seats that recline so far back that even the most action-packed flick could cause you to doze off. That could be a scary proposition if you fall asleep during Grapeland Water Park’s (1550 NW 37th Ave.) Dive-In Movies, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, July 24 with a screening of the Disney animated flick “Big Hero 6”. Sure, it’s a fun flick, about a robotics prodigy and whatnot, but imagine watching it from a raft, noodle, or simply floating on your back at the park’s Captain’s Lagoon, where the cool waters may lull you to sleep? Stay awake, swim, tread water and enjoy. Admission is $5. Park opens at 5:30 p.m. for those who want to play on slides and whatnot. Coming Aug. 28: “The Lego Movie.” Everything is, indeed, awesome.