This holiday weekend you can enjoy your meat on a barbecue, but we’re getting ours on the big screen! “Magic Mike XXL,” the surprisingly touching story of buff male strippers, hit theaters yesterday and we’ll be beating the heat in a cool theater. LGBT ally Channing Tatum returns, along with our favorite out actor Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and “CSI:Miami” alum Adam Rodriguez. Enjoy this film at The Classic Gateway, 1820 E. Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale. Check local listings for show times.
There’s no more patriotic musical than “George M!,” celebrating the life and career of George M. Cohan. “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Give My Regards to Broadway” are just of a few of the songs in the concert version of this show currently playing through July 19 at The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Former Miss America Susan Powell stars. Your toes will still be tapping all the way home after this memorable show. Tickets are $55 at TheWick.org.
It’s Independence Day and the recent Supreme Court decision makes this holiday just a little more poignant for LGBT Americans. After the barbecue or pool party, celebrate with fireworks. Fort Lauderdale hosts its annual beach party beginning at 4 p.m. In Palm Beach County, observe an “Old Florida” holiday with a sand sculpture contest and live bands beginning at 8 a.m. Singer Nicole Henry performs at Lummus Park in South Beach at 7 p.m. or join “America’s Beach Bash” in Bayfront Park in Miami.
What’s more American than mom, apple pie and Chevrolet? How about a trip to the zoo? Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. in Miami, hosts Red, White and Blue Days all weekend. Just wear red, white and blue and you’ll get a discounted $10 admission, July 2 – 5, along with goodies from Ford, IKEA, Tampico and Nesquik. Celebrate our nation’s birthday with the zoo’s 3000 animals and take a ride on a safari cycle through the miles of lushly landscaped grounds. For more information, go to ZooMiami.org.
What do you do on the Monday after a long holiday weekend? Theater stages are dark and the local sports teams are taking a break. Even the broadcast networks are running reruns. Check out “Grace and Frankie” on Netflix. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as two seniors who learn their husbands, portrayed by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, are gay and leaving them to get married. It’s a smart comedy with excellent performances by all. Check it out at Netflix.com.
We love the sultry sounds of LeNora Jaye. The New York City native is the master of jazz, blues, soul and funk and she performs three sets tonight at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. in the Manchester Room at Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. She especially shines when singing the iconic hits of Diana Ross and the Motown divas. Enjoy delicious discounted bar bites until 7 p.m. and 2-4-1 drink specials until 9 p.m. For more information, go to AlibiWiltonManors.com.