Looking for something fun to do in South Florida?
Thursday, 12/8 - Theater
What happens when a disgruntled out-of-work actor takes a job as an elf at Macy’s during the holidays? “The Santaland Diaries,” the wickedly funny, sarcastic, and politically incorrect one-man show by beloved NPR humorist David Sedaris, opens tonight through Dec. 30 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Brooks Braselman stars as Crumpet. Tickets start at $20 at EmpireStage.com.
Friday, 12/9 - Holiday
Christmas is right around the corner. Head over to Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway in Oakland Park, tonight through Sunday, to pick up special gifts and get into the holiday mood. Take a selfie with Santa, grab a bite to eat from the food trucks and peruse the gifts and crafts for sale while enjoying live music by Wildfire and Mr. Nice Guy. The event is free. For more information, go to OaklandParkFL.gov
Saturday, 12/10 - Concert
The New World Symphony, America’s orchestral academy, performs a special holiday concert of Russian masterworks tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the orchestra’s Frank Gehry-designed center in Miami Beach. Get tickets to enjoy inside or, instead, take in the free “Wallcast” performance outside. Peter Oundjian and Dean Whiteside conduct with violinist James Ehnes. For more information or tickets, go to NWS.edu.
Sunday, 12/11 - Cabaret
Local cabaret artist David Meulemans shares holiday memories and smooth vocals in “December Songs,” a program of traditional Christmas and Hanukkah favorites sprinkled with new works at 3 p.m. at the Tennis Club, 600 Tennis Club Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Phil Hinton backs Meulemans up on piano and Sally Mayes directs the show. Cover is $20 with a two drink minimum. For reservations, call 954-547-2819.
Monday, 12/12 - Movies
Jake Gyllenhaal has had us swooning since “Brokeback Mountain” got straight film audiences squirming in 2005. If you’ve already binge-watched “The Crown” on Netflix, then consider checking out the adorable actor’s latest movie, “Nocturnal Animals.” Amy Adams co-stars in this disturbing thriller directed by multitalented gay fashion designer Tom Ford. Check local listings for theaters and show times.
Tuesday, 12/13 - Concert
Folk icon Judy Collins performs “A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim,” tonight at 8 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the campus of Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth. Collins sings the songs that inspired a generation of composers, along with her own biggest hits, including “Both Sides Now,” “Some Day Soon,” “In My Life” and “Send in the Clowns.” Tickets are $45 at Web.Ovationtix.com/TRS/PR/964306.