Theatre Datebook by Brian Swinford
*THRILL ME: The Leopold and Loeb Story
Based on the true story of Leopold and Loeb, the so-called thrill killers who murdered a young boy in 1924 in order to commit the perfect crime. While this crime was previously depicted in the film dramas Hitchcock's Rope and Compulsion, this is the first musical version, and reveals the couple's mutual sexual attraction. Takes place Oct. 21 to Nov. 20. Visit Risingactiontheatre.com
Comedian Paula Poundstone in concert Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach. It’s impossible to attend a Poundstone performance without marveling at her ability to interact spontaneously with audience members in conversations bound to garner riotous laughter. Visit Playmardigras.com
Beauty and the Beast
The most beautiful love story ever told comes to life at the Broward Center on Nov 15-27. Based on the Academy Award winning animation feature film, this eye popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 25 million people worldwide. Visit BrowardCenter.org
The Brundibár Experience
Ms. Weissberger will speak about her experiences as a young Jewish girl coming of age in 1940’s Czechoslovakia as a prisoner in the Terezin concentration camp, Hitler’s “Model Ghetto” on Oct. 22. Ela was chosen to play the role of the cat in Hans Krása’s children’s opera, Brundibár, performed over fifty times by the children of Terezin. Visit Kravis.org
Mamma Mia! Is the ultimate feel-good show. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island they last visited 20 years ago. The show features many of ABBA’s timeless songs. Oct. 25-30. Visit Kravis.com
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
This morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth telling, examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. This play is showing at The Palm Beach DramaWorks Clematis Theater Nov. 12 through Dec. 11. Visit PalmBeachDramaWorks.org
Turn off the TV Theatre: The Good Life!
Every Saturday at The Luna Lounge in Lake worth for an evening of community Theater featuring burlesque, variety, comedy, and entertainment. Turn off the TV Theater hosts an evening of entertainment in downtown Lake Worth Florida! The dinner theater offers a 3-course meal and two shows every sat night. Dinner at 8:30 p.m. and shows at 9:30 p.m. Visit Turnoffthetvtheater.com
*Horror at Honeymoon featuring: Bare
The BARE sound is a product of deep roots in rock, west coast hip-hop (as part of the Vital Mindz collective) and aggressive drum ‘n’ bass (as past alias Reborn). These influences, combined with ultra-crisp drum programming, slick melodies and mind altering bass modulation, spawn face melting dubstep anthems that practically rewind themselves. Come see this concert Oct. 28 at the beautiful Fillmore. Visit Fillmoremb.com
*KORN with Datsik & Downlink
Korn comes to the intimate Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. This is part of the Cruzan Concert Series. Korn’s cathartic alternative metal sound positioned the group among the most popular and provocative to emerge during the post-grunge era. Visit Fillmoremb.com
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
Get ready for a holiday treat Dec. 7 through Jan. 1 at the Actors Playhouse. Move over Scrooge, it’s time for Jacob Marley to tell his story! Join Marley and his heroic behind-the-scenes effort to save old Scrooge’s soul - and in the process save his own, in this delightful gem of a show. Visit Actorsplayhouse.org
Stage Door by J.W. Arnold
Finally, a degree someone can really use!
Naomi Wilzig, owner and curator of the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach, was recently bestowed the degree Honoris Causa Doctor of Art in Erotology and Sexuality by The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, the “Harvard” of human sexology study -- not surprisingly located in San Francisco. The degree was conferred based on Wilzig’s “lifelong contribution to humanitarian causes of art education” and her creation of “a magnificent collection and museum,” said president Robert Theodore McIlvenno. Wilzig has been a strong advocate for the LGBT community. To learn more, go to WEAM.com.
No wire hangers!
Thirty years after spilling all the family secrets in “Mommie Dearest,” Christina Crawford is back with more in her one-woman multimedia show, “Surviving Hollywood,” Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University. The show covers 100 years of entertainment history and includes film clips, archival interviews and photographs from both Crawford and her adoptive—and allegedly abusive—mother. Tickets are $35 at BrowardCenter.org.
“This Art is So Gay!” – Call for Artists
Fun facts to bore your friends, or not….
Whether you love architecture or you’ve just been besieged by visitors escaping the coming winter months up north, here’s your chance to learn more about historic Miami Beach: The Miami Design Preservation League is offering its Art Deco and MiMo Tour Guide Academy, which focuses on the history, architecture and preservation of the Art Deco district. Participants must complete two days of lectures and walking tours and they will also be certified to become a local tour guide of the district. Cost is $80 per person and classes will be held Nov. 5, 12 and 19. For more information, go to MDPL.org or call 305-672-2014.
The truth is out there
Don’t miss your last chance to see “Circumstance,” at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave. This film, set in contemporary Tehran, just before the 2009 presidential elections, is part psychodrama, part “Iranian Girls Gone Wild,” and will definitely dispel the stereotypes of young people growing up in the Islamic theocracy. Tickets are $15. For tickets and showtimes, go to GablesCinema.com.