A&E: Your Pride Month A&E Guide

Caption: The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble is one of several local arts organizations celebrating Pride month with special performances.

Pride month isn’t just about parades and parties. Local arts organizations are celebrating LGBT Pride with concerts, exhibitions and more. Here’s your guide to what’s happening at South Florida stages and studios:

ArtsUnited 20thAnniversary Celebration and “United & Proud” Show 

ArtsUnited, the local visual, performing and literary arts collective, gets a jump on Pride month with its 20thanniversary party, “Dining with the Divas,” on May 30 at Lips, 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park. Celebrity servers and performers will be there, along with Michael Dean starring as Cher. Tickets are $50 and include dinner and cover.

ArtsUnited officially celebrates Pride month with “United & Proud,” an annual member show featuring paintings, photography, sculpture and a wide range of mixed media works. The show will be on exhibit at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., 6thFloor, in Fort Lauderdale from June 3 – 28. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

For more information, go to ArtsUnitedFlorida.com.

South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble “On Broadway”

Gays have always loved their show tunes and on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m., the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, the region’s LGBT and allies concert band, will celebrate the music of Broadway. Artistic director Dan Bassett will conduct the program at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, featuring guest performances by Carla Bodonada, Marie Cowley and the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida.

Tickets are $30 at BrowardCenter.org. For more information, go to PrideWindEnsemble.org.

“Our Night Out” at the Venue

Island City Stage, Stonewall National Museum & Archives, ArtsUnited and the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida are collaborating—with support from the Community Foundation of Broward—on an immersive evening of the arts on Friday, June 14 at the Venue, 2345 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. “Our Night Out” will feature performances and interactive arts experiences, dancing and more and is the official kick-off event for Stonewall Pride on Saturday. 

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $80 for VIP (including exclusive seating and reception) at Facebook.com/OurNightOutFTL.

Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride

The Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride parade and street festival is always one of the biggest events of the year in the Island City, attracting tens of thousands. This year, the 20thanniversary will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15. In addition to the parade at 4 p.m., celebrate Black, Latin and Trans Pride with stages devoted to urban and Latin music and featuring many of the region’s most talented singers, dancers and drag performers. DJ Maximus 3000, Alex Ferbyre, will be spinning on the main stage at the intersection of Wilton Drive and N.E. 6thAve. 

Admission to the parade and festival is $5 at WiltonManorsStonewall.com.

“Up Rise Sing!” in Lauderhill and Miami

The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Original Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus and Miami Gay Men’s Chorus team up for the first time to commemorate the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall riots in music. The choruses co-commissioned a world premiere work that tells the story of that seminal event, “Quiet No More,” also being performed by gay men’s choruses around the world. 

“Up Rise Sing!” will be performed on June 21 at 8 p.m. at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 N.W. 11thSt. in Lauderhill, and June 22 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, 536 Coral Way in Coral Gables. For tickets and more information, go to GayMensChorusOfSouthFlorida.org and MGMChorus.org.