It’s turkey day and, if you’re like me, you’ve been eagerly awaiting the most hallowed of American—and gay—traditions: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Don’t miss the giant balloons, marching bands and, yes, the performing artists who “sing” to those awful recorded tracks (as if we really care). After stuffing yourself with turkey and putting up with the family, head down to Wilton Drive to get a jump on the long weekend. Or, you can go to Walmart for those Black Friday door busters.
Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, the legendary dance company Momix Botanica transports audiences to a fantasy world of inventiveness and beauty through its trademark use of athletic dance, riveting music, colorful costumes and novel props—not to mention, pure talent—all set to an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi. The program will be repeated on Nov. 29 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Tickets at BrowardCenter.org and Kravis.org.
Geraldine Chaplin (“Doctor Zhivago”) stars as a European expatriate who falls in love with a younger local woman in the countryside of the Dominican Republic in “Sand Dollars,” a new film playing at both Cinema Paradiso locations in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood this weekend. The touching, but risqué film is also the island nation’s submission in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards. Opens Nov. 27 and plays through Dec. 3. Tickets are available at FLIFF.com.
Andrews Living Arts, 23 NW 5th St. in Fort Lauderdale, presents a “mammoth” production of the classic drama “The Elephant Man” in its intimate FAT Village space through Dec. 6. The disturbing play, written by Bernard Pomerance, details the struggles of John Merrick, a young 19th century British man with a rare, disfiguring skin and bone disease who survived by appearing as a freak attraction in traveling side shows. Tickets are currently half price, $15, at AndrewsLivingArts.org.
Stop by the Stonewall National Museum & Archives – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, to check out “Life Savers: AIDS Posters from the Wolfsonian – FIU.” On loan from The Wolfsonian in Miami, the Broward County premiere of this show coincides with National AIDS Awareness Month and chronicles the highly visible role of posters as both a tool for education and activism during the darkest days of the crisis that ravaged a generation. For information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org.
It’s snowing tonight on Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale’s swanky shopping district, as thousands head downtown to get into the holiday spirit. Slide down the sledding hill, sip on spiked cider and hot chocolate, stroll by the shops with colorful window displays and enjoy performances by local musicians on the multiple stages. For more than 50 years, Christmas on Las Olas has served as the official kick-off for the city’s holiday festivities. For information, go to LasOlasBoulevard.com.