Find out just how far ahead of her time Abigail Van Buren — best known for her nationally syndicated advice column, “Dear Abby” — was on issues of LGBT compassion and understanding. An exhibit, “Dear Abby: Letters and Advice on Homosexuality” is currently on display at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, through Feb. 22. With a daily readership in the millions, Van Buren’s wisdom did much to promote civil public discourse and acceptance. For more information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org.
There are no gays in Sochi — at least that’s what the Russian city’s mayor insists — but we’re betting there’s more than a little homosexual magic behind the show stopping opening ceremonies broadcast tonight to kick off the biennial sports extravaganza. Be sure to cheer for the LGBT delegates (figure skater Brian Boitano and tennis pro Billie Jean King, among others) and the impromptu expressions of solidarity that are inevitably going to pop up as the world turns its eyes to this remote resort on the Black Sea. Check local listings for more information.
Chocolaty confections will abound, much to the delight of science-lovers and chocoholics at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s 9th annual Science of Chocolate event on Saturday, Feb. 8and Sunday, Feb.9, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors will experience instant chemistry with a variety of interactive chocolate experiments, including armpit fudge, chocolate playdough, senses of chocolate station, chocolate Olympic torches, a liquid nitrogen ice cream demonstration and a never-ending chocolate fountain. Activities are free with a paid admission ($15 for adults). For more information, go to SFScienceCenter.org.
Critics are raving about Slow Burn Theatre’s production of the historical musical, “Parade.” Based on a dark era in the South when anti-semitism was as prevalent as racism, “Parade” triumphantly chronicles the tragic case of Leo Frank, who was unjustly tried for the murder of a young woman and later killed by a violent lynch mob. This is your last weekend to catch the show, Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., at West Boca High School, 12811 W. Glades Rd. in Boca Raton. Tickets are $40 at SlowBurnTheatre.org.
The Gateway Classic Theater, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, is screening the South Florida premiere of Alain Guiraudie’s sexy, smart and dark thriller, “Stranger by the Lake.” Set in a gay cruising area by a remote lake, the film explores the emotions of Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps), who witnesses his romantic interest, the mysterious Michel (Christophe Paou), drowning another man. There’s plenty of nudity and some explicit sex scenes to heat up the onscreen intrigue, also. French, with English subtitles. For show times and tickets, go to ClassicGateway.com.
Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese conducts the Symphony of the Americas in “Songs for a Desert Island” tonight at 8:15 p.m. in the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theatre. The program features music considered so iconic, when people were asked which classical pieces they would want to have with them if they were stranded on a desert island, these were among the most popular: Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor and Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in e minor. Tickets are $60-80 at BrowardCenter.org.