Looking for something fun to do in South Florida?
David Parr’s “Slap & Tickle,” playing at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale through June 9, offers a generational portrait about how drugs, politics and HIV have changed the landscape for gay men in America from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The play is set in a contemporary bathhouse and features stories that range from first loves to last kisses. Tickets are $22.50–$35 at EmpireStage.com.
Compass Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 201 N. Federal Hwy. in Lake Worth, is throwing its annual youth equality prom tonight and it’s a galactic affair with a space theme. Admission is free to both LGBTQ high school students and allies. Enjoy music, dancing, refreshments and more at this Palm Beach County tradition. Register at 2019EqualityProm.Eventbrite.com. For more information, go to CompassGLCC.com.
It’s Memorial Day weekend and there’s only one place to be—the beach. Fort Lauderdale hosts the Great American Beach Party today from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at S.R. A1A and Las Olas Blvd. Enjoy performances by Blood, Sweat & Tears and other bands, kid zone, sand castle contest, classic car show and a salute to the armed forces by the U.S. Southern Command para-commandos. Info at FortLauderdale.gov.
Carson Kressley, everybody’s favorite fashionista, returns to South Florida for the Fort Lauderdale Home Show at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Kressley, best known for Bravo’s groundbreaking “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “Get a Room with Carson and Thom,” will appear today at 2 and 4 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 at HomeShows.net.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Kim Chi and DJ Joe Gauthreaux are the featured entertainers at the 21stannual White Festival at the manor, 2345 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. Doors open at 10 p.m. but the party will go on into the wee hours of the morning since Monday’s a holiday. Limited number of early bird tickets available at Showclix.com/Event/White2019. VIP tickets include private lounge and photo with Kim Chi. More information at TheManorComplex.com.
Memorial Day marks the traditional start of summer, but when you live in South Florida, the distinction often goes unnoticed. Why not enjoy a day beside the pool and cook out, or better yet, head down to Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors and enjoy brunch and cocktails with friends at one of the many popular restaurants and bars? There’s nothing quite like a three-day weekend in the gayborhood. See you there!
If you missed Wanda Sykes at the Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood just a couple of weeks ago, you can still check out her new original special, “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal,” on Netflix. We’ve loved the sharp-tongued queer comedian since she was a regular on “Mad TV” nearly 20 years ago and you can watch reruns of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” on TVLand. Watch “Not Normal” at Netflix.com.
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