Things to do for July 21, 2011

The Weekender

Pork Brunch, Beach Volleyball and Jazz

Get to know the weekend’s softer side.

Thursday
Channeling NOLA in the Gables
WONDERFUL WORLD

Channeling NOLA in the Gables

Tonight you may find yourself grooving to some N’awlins jazz in (where else?) a church. The jazz trombonist Glen David Andrews (whom you may recognize from Treme) will be performing his mix of Louis Armstrong vocals and modern funk. If there’s one thing you love, it’s bringing the funk.

Saturday
Volleyball 101 on South Beach
NET EFFECT

Volleyball 101 on South Beach

Beach volleyball: in general, you’re more of an enthusiastic spectator than a fierce competitor. But that could change—pro players from Equinox will lead you through the basics and some drills before taking you on in a match. BYO Gabrielle Reece look-alike.

Saturdays starting Jul 23, 10am-noon, no cost, on the beach between 7th and 8th streets

Beer, Followed by Margaritas
CRAWL TO WALK

Beer, Followed by Margaritas

Helping the needy is a priority for you. So is beer. Which leads us to believe this six-venue bar crawl that benefits the homeless may hit your sweet spot. You’ll start at Gordon Biersch and wind your way through Brickell’s hot spots, banking good karma along the way. With booze.

Jul 23, 3-10pm, $20, starts at Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Ave, 786-425-1130

Sunday
Mister Collins Does Brunch
DUCK, DUCK, PIG

Mister Collins Does Brunch

Finally, you can enjoy duck confit hash and peanut butter pancakes the way you like: on a massive patio overlooking the ocean. Mister Collins has launched brunch, with homemade donuts and three kinds of pork—bacon, belly and prosciutto—to go with your duck eggs. Go ahead, order all three.

Endless Grilled Meat at Essensia
SPATULA KING

Endless Grilled Meat at Essensia

You’ll want to pace yourself at brunch because a few hours later, Essensia launches their backyard barbecue extravaganza with a smorgasbord of grilled meat. The bounty includes Kobe beef hot dogs, burgers, slow-roasted pulled pork and $5 beers. Might want to leave the vegan girlfriend at home.

Sundays through Sep 4, 6-9pm, $29, Essensia at the Palms Hotel, 3025 Collins Ave, 305-908-5458

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