Photographer Lorraine Michels discusses her new book, “Celebrating Cherry Grove and The Invasion of the Pines,” tonight at 7 p.m. at the Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive. Her book chronicles the heyday of the famed Fire Island community that is a summer playground for LGBT people from up and down the East Coast. The presentation is part of the museum’s Stonewall Author Series and is open to the public. For more information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org.
The Pride Wind Ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary tonight at 8 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. The critically acclaimed LGBT and allies concert band got its start three decades ago as the Flamingo Freedom Band, marching in local Pride parades, and has grown and evolved ever since. Artistic Director Dan Bassett conducts the entertaining program of favorite musical selections from the band’s history. Tickets are $30 at BrowardCenter.org.
The Cleveland Orchestra opens its 2015-16 Miami residency this weekend at the Arsht Center with the triumphant “Organ” Symphony of Camille Saint-Saëns. The program, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero, also includes Chavez’s spirited Symphony No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring the virtuoso Johannes Moser. Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Knight Concert Hall. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39 at ArshtCenter.org.
Island City Stage opens its new season this weekend with a bang, literally, with Topher Payne’s explosive new play, “Angry Fags,” at its new home, 2304 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. The “Oscar Wilde–meets–Fight Club fantasia” about how good ideas go bad takes a provocative foray into American politics, bomb building and pistachios as speechwriter Bennet and his roommate morph into a gay Thelma and Louise in this stage romp. Tickets are $35 at IslandCityStage.com.
With political relations thawing, interest in Cuba is growing. A new photography exhibit of 30 compelling images, “TransCuba,” by Mariette Pathy Allen, explores the transgender community in the island nation. President Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela, a sexologist, is credited with leading the revolution for LGBT people. On exhibit through Nov. 28 at Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St. in Miami. Call (954) 235-4758 for gallery hours and to schedule an appointment. Info at YeelenArt.com.
The South Florida Symphony, under the direction Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso, opens its season this week with “And the Tony Goes to….” a salute to Broadway, featuring songs from “Guys and Dolls,” “Oklahoma,” “Evita” and more. The symphony is joined for this musical extravaganza by a star-studded cast of Broadway veterans. Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University in Boca and tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center. Tickets at SouthFloridaSymphony.org.