The Miami Short Film Festival, running through Nov. 7, features a showcase of LGBT-themed short films, “All the Good Ones Are Gay,” tonight at 7 p.m. at Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave. Eight shorts, ranging from 4 min. – 20 min. from Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States, touch on topics of love, sex and gender identity. Among the titles: “Pussy Chronicles” and “In Bed with Fred and Ruben.” Festival schedule and tickets at MiamiShortFilmFestival.com.
We don’t care what the World Health Organization has to say! Tonight at 7 p.m., there’s only one place to be: Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale for the Riverwalk Bacon Bash. Local restaurants will dish up bacon-inspired dishes and there will be plenty to drink at the VIP biergarten. You’ll be “as happy as a pig in poo” by the time you leave. Prepaid general admission is $35 and the biergarten is $75. Proceeds benefit Covenant House Florida. Tickets at GoRiverwalk.com.
Miami City Ballet opens its 30th anniversary season tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. The program includes legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s masterpiece, “Swan Lake,” set to the music of Tchaikovsky, as well as Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free,” about three sailors on liberty in Manhattan. “Viscera,” the ballet’s commission from young gay British phenom Liam Scarlett, rounds out the program. Tickets available at MiamiCityBallet.org.
Zoetic Stage opens its 2015 – 16 season this weekend at the Arsht Center in Miami with the world premiere of “Stripped,” by award-winning playwright Christopher Demos-Brown. A moving, irreverent, portrait of one woman’s quest for true freedom, the play chronicles the struggles of Masha, an immigrant, an exotic dancer and a mother. When the state takes custody of her daughter, she must persevere to reunite her family against the odds. Tickets start at $50 at ArshtCenter.org.
Now that we have marriage equality, what’s next? Our Fund, the local LGBT charitable community foundation, hosts the 5th annual National LGBT Leadership Forum tonight at 5 p.m. at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale’s Horvitz Auditorium, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. The in depth discussion will feature nation leaders to bring insights on the next steps towards LGBT equality. A reception will follow. Admission is free but advance registration is required at Our-Fund.org.
The Symphony of the Americas continues its season at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater tonight at 8:15 p.m. with the West Point Glee Club. These talented future soldiers from the U.S. Military Academy will demonstrate musical prowess and precision under the direction of Connie Chase and symphony artistic director James Brooks-Bruzzese. Don’t miss this patriotic evening of rousing symphonic and choral masterpieces. Tickets start at $50 at SymphonyOfTheAmericas.org.