SFGN Nites for the Week of March 20-26, 2013

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Thursday, March 21

Head down to Stranahan House and Laura Ward Park, 335 SE 6th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, tonight for ClueLess on Las Olas, the annual fundraiser for Partners in Education. Join in the fun at this mystery party, this year themed, Kosmic Killer: The Final Edition. Patterned after the board game Clue, ClueLess on Las Olas participants read an original mystery and then solve seven one-of-a-kind clues to determine which of the six suspects committed the murder and along with the location or weapon. Individual tickets are $40 at BrowardPartners.org. Call 954-288-7201.

Designers from over 25 countries will showcase their creations at Miami Fashion Week, through March 23 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Ranked fifth on the world fashion calendar and recognized as the second largest and international fashion event in the United States, Miami Fashion Week includes twelve multi-designer runway shows with collections ranging from swimwear to eveningwear to menswear. Tonight, shows beginning at 7 p.m. will feature daywear, African designers and evening wear. Friday’s shows will include a prêt-a-porter showcase and bridal couture. Visit MiamiFashionWeek.com.

Friday, March 22

Iconic jazz musician Jane Monheit will be featured in A Grand Art Salon: Love on the Blue Note tonight at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 Las Olas Blvd. The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. with an intimate champagne reception with the artist before moving over to the Horvitz Auditorium for an interactive musical experience. Created by the Venetian Arts Society, the Art Salon’s "conversational" atmosphere offers a relaxed, yet focused, setting that takes the pressure off the students, artists, and audience participants and creates a nurturing and all encompassing learning experience for all. Tickets are $60 at VenetianArtsSociety.org.

Robert Rodriguez’s Tango and Ástor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires will be the first operas to be performed in the Design District this weekend. This provocative double bill of short, tango-themed operettas performed by young artists of the Florida Grand Opera are the first installment of the “Unexpected Operas in Unexpected Places” initiative supported by the Knight Arts Challenge. The young performers will transport audiences to the gritty dance halls of Buenos Aires Thursday through Sunday evenings, March 21-24  at 9 p.m. (7 p.m. on Sunday) at the Stage, 170 NE 38th St. in Miami. Tickets are $25 at FGO.org.

Saturday, March 23

The sexy athleticism, exuberant personality and joyous movement of the ten dancers in Parsons Dance returns to the Palm Beach State College’s Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth. Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of American dancer/choreographer David Parsons, who works of extraordinary artistry have been both engaging and uplifting to audiences around the world. Catch the performances on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. The dancers, their choreographers and technicians will remain for a behind-the-scenes talk-back session. Tickets are $37. Visit DuncanTheatre.org.

Sunday, March 24

CNBC television Host Rachel Maddow will be interviewed today at 4 p.m. at the University of Miami Field House by university President Donna E. Shalala during a special program focusing on Drift, Maddow's witty and intelligent new book about America's gradual shift away from its original ideals, coming dangerously close to becoming a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war. Purchase a copy of Drift at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Miami Beach or Bal Harbour Shops for one voucher good for entry and one autographed copy of the book. All books will be distributed on March 24.

Photo: Rachel Maddow

Experience the power of 150 male voices when the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida shares the stage with Broward County’s resident professional orchestra, Symphony of the Americas at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theatre. Artistic Directors Gordon Roberts and James Brooks-Bruzzese will both take turns on the podium leading the talented musicians in beloved classics and snazzy showtunes. From Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and a rousing rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic to New York, New York and the always touching Somewhere Over the Rainbow, there’s something for everyone on the program, which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $25 at BrowardCenter.org. JW Arnold


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