More than 3,500 men will be arriving in South Florida tonight in preparation for Saturday’s departure from PortMiami of the RSVP cruise on the MSC Divina. Bars and clubs from Miami Beach to Wilton Manors will be rolling out their red carpets and serving up plenty of drink specials to welcome passengers. We have no doubt cruisers will be wowed by the sights of Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and the Bahamas, but suspect most of the real action will be taking place onboard ship. It’s not “The Love Boat,” but could come close!
Ronnie Larsen’s cult play, “Making Porn” returns to Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Feb. 10 — March 16. Set in San Francisco in the early 1980s, the comedy focuses on the lives of six people involved in the gay pornography industry. Jack Hawk, a straight, out-of-work actor is hired by gay porn producer, Arthur Mack, to star in his newest porn movie entitled, “Cops.” Complications arise when Jack’s wife, Linda, finds out about his new career. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets $30 at EmpireStage.com.
Pianist Gordon Roberts, an incredible talent best known as the dynamic conductor of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, joins dazzling soprano Kristin DiNonno for “Showtunes and Cocktails,” tonight at 4 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2511 N. Ocean Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. This intimate concert in the round will feature light opera arias and the best of Broadway, as well as sophisticated libations, to benefit the music ministry at the church. Tickets are $15 at the door or reserve seats for $10 by calling 561-482-8262.
Merlin’s magic crystal ball will once again illuminate the festivities of the 22nd Florida Renaissance Festival, weekends through March 16 (including President’s Day) at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Kings and queens, knights and knaves, lords and ladies, and dozens of musicians and magicians will again be on hand for the largest festival in the Southeast. This year, a special “Game of Thrones” theme will be inaugurated, along with the new “Mystery Quest” interactive search. Admission is $20 for adults. For tickets and more information, go to Ren-Fest.com.
Long before his hit daytime television talk show, Regis Philbin was a song and dance man, the playful television sidekick to Rat Packer Joey Bishop on “The Joey Bishop Show.” Philbin, the suave crooner, will debut on the stage at the storied Royal Room in Palm Beach’s swanky Colony Hotel tonight to sing some of his favorite pop standards, including songs from his 2004 album, “When You’re Smiling.” He’ll be performing through Saturday, Feb. 22. Make your reservations for prix fixe dinner and a show at TheColonyPalmBeach.com.