It’s that time of the year when the networks pull out all those old chestnuts like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” But for something different, tune in to the brand new adaptation of “The Wiz Live” tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC, starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Stephanie Mills, Ne-Yo, and David Alan Grier as your favorite characters in this funky urban take on that LGBT favorite, “The Wizard of Oz.” Check you local listings for show times and channels.
Head down to Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale tonight for Chillounge, a unique and fascinating outdoor lounge party sponsored by Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. The evening will showcase live band performances from local artists, pyrotechnics, a dazzling fashion show along with a captivating daybed parade, a colorful Brazilian Samba Troupe and the graceful AeroSphere arial balloon performances hovering above. Tickets start at $25 at Chilloungenight.com.
Arts Radio Network Theatre Project presents a live radio-style performance of Frank Capra's holiday masterpiece, “It's a Wonderful Life,” complete with live sound effects, an original score and a cast of truly "wonderful" actors who bring the small town of Bedford Falls to life. The production recreates George Bailey's heartwarming Christmas Eve journey in the Abdo Room at the Broward Center on Friday, Dec. 4 and tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at BrowardCenter.org.
Five years ago, Stonewall Library and Museum made a home for GayWrites, a group of gay, lesbian and transgender writers that meets weekly to read and critique each other’s work. Members have published short stories and book reviews in magazines, produced plays, and self published novels. Today at 2 p.m. at the Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, GayWrites members will showcase their best works. Free, refreshments provided. Information at Stonewall-Museum.org.
Oscar nominated filmmaker Amy Berg examines the meteoric rise and untimely fall of one of the most revered and iconic rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time, Janis Joplin, in a powerful documentary screening this week at Cinema Paradiso Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. “Janis: Little Girl Blue” reveals the singer’s life through concert and personal footage, interviews with friends and family and rare personal correspondence. For show times and tickets, go to ParadisoCinemas.com.
C’mon everybody, let’s get kinky! The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, “Kinky Boots,” comes to Miami’s Arsht Center for one week only beginning tonight (and hits the Broward Center for a longer run next year). Sing and dance along with the fierce, loveable drag queens who teach the owner and workers of a failing British shoe factory what it means to be true to yourself. Performances tonight through Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets at ArshtCenter.org.