SFGN Nites: Arts, Entertainment and Events in South Florida
Pub Celebrates Grand Opening with Cabaret Duo
Get ready Wilton Manors because the Village Pub is bringing in one of the most popular acts on the LGBT cabaret circuit to perform at grand opening festivities this weekend.
Vocalist Amy Armstrong and pianist Freddy Allen—collectively performing as “Amy & Freddy”—have been wowing audiences for more than 17 years. The Chicago-based musical duo has headlined more than 50 gay cruises, numerous Pride events around the world and taken the stage at virtually every cabaret and club in between.
“We’ve done everything from big theaters to bandwagons,” laughs Allen, who was paired up with Armstrong after she performed at an open mic night at Gentry, a former piano bar located on Halstead Street in Chicago.
He recalls their meeting, “I had just finished my show and was sitting at the bar when she walked in and sang a couple of tunes. The owner of the bar hired her right there on the spot and told her I was her new piano player.”
Together, they’ve tackled every genre of music from blues and jazz to pop, rock and, of course, showtunes, recording five albums in the process.
“Our Fort Lauderdale friends already know us well,” he says. “And they’re going to want the raunch Amy,” noting Armstrong’s quick, biting wit. “She’s funny as hell. She’ll make you laugh one minute and make you cry the next.”
Amy & Freddy perform at the Village Pub, 2283 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors, Sunday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. Both performances are free. For more information, go to VillagePubWM.com
Pride Wind Ensemble Plays Music of the Big Screen and Broadway
The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, the region’s LGBT band, takes the stage for its annual fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Amaturo Theatre of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Under the direction of Artistic Director Dan Bassett, the 60-plus musicians will offer another inventive program, this time a salute to the music of movies and Broadway. In its 26th season, the wind ensemble has also become known for transforming ordinary concerts into artistic experiences with the use of multimedia, performers, dancers and acrobats. Bassett promises no less in this performance. Tickets are $25 and are available at BrowardCenter.org.
They Don’t Look a Day Over Four!
It’s true — she’s getting older. Lips, the popular Oakland Park drag cabaret cum restaurant is turning five and to celebrate, is holding a week-long celebration, Nov. 13-18. In addition to regular events such as Game Night on Tuesday, Dinner with the Divas on Thursday and Sunday night, and the ever popular Sunday Gospel Brunch, the restaurant’s glamorous entertainers will host “Salute to the Women of Country” to benefit Live Free Be Strong on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. The special dinner and show, hosted by Nicolette and Misty Eyez, will relive the beloved hits of Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, K.D. Lang, Tammy Wynette and the other queens of country music. Proceeds will support programs to end bullying and support LGBT youth. Tickets are $40 and include the show, three-course meal and one complimentary glass of wine or frozen cosmopolitan. VIP packages are also available. Guests are encouraged to wear their boots and best country gear. For more information, go to LipsUSA.com or cal 954-567-0987.
Broadway Across America Kicks Off Season at Broward Center
Be among the first to see the beautiful updates to Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center when Broadway Across America opens its season in the Au Rene Theatre with the Tony Award-winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet. The show, running through Nov. 18, is inspired by the true story of a famed 1956 recording session that brought together musical legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. This greatest jam session of all time includes timeless hits including, “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog” and more. Tickets start at $29.50 and are available at BrowardCenter.org or by calling 954-462-0222.
Drag: There’s an App for That!
There’s some real drama brewing in the gaming industry with the upcoming release of Dragopolis, a gender-bending app that spices up the endless runner game genre with a new kind of heroine — a drag queen!
Dragopolis is a “fantabulous adventure starring a drag queen fighting for the spotlight, as they usually do.” Users must get the heroine to the nightclub to reclaim her title as Queen of Dragopolis by jumping and clawing her way past increasingly difficult fierce minions of the evil drag queen, Apocalypstyk, all while serving up new looks for the paparazzi. Along the way players can customize their ferocious drag character with sickening wigs, outfits, and even their own faces.
“I’ve been a huge fan of drag performers for years,” said Jeff Meador of So Much Drama Studios, which also created the hit game, Fireflies! “The whole genre has such a bold style that really resonates with me. There’s a humor, bawdiness, and theatricality to drag that I just love. Putting drag queens in a game like Dragopolis is a natural fit. You haven’t seen a game like this before – from and for the LGBT community.”
Dragopolis will be available for free download on iTunes for iOS devices on Nov. 14, with an Android version of the game to be released later in 2012.