A private collection of artworks by Keith Haring is on display through March 5 at Island City Cultural Center, 600 N.E. 21st Ct. in Wilton Manors.

The exhibition is organized by the World AIDS Museum and timed to coincide with the artist’s death on Feb. 16, 1990. 

Haring's popularity grew from his graffiti in New York City subways ­– chalk outlines of figures, dogs, and other stylized images on blank black backgrounds. After gaining public recognition, he created large-scale murals, many commissioned, eventually producing more than 50 notable public artworks between 1982 – 1989. His later work often promoted safe sex and tried to destigmatize AIDS, all while utilizing his signature iconography.

The exhibit is on display on Thursdays through Saturdays from 5 – 8 p.m. For more information, go to Facebook.com/WorldAIDSMuseum.

Burlesque Buzz Continues Across Florida

Florida residents are still talking about the “West Side Story”-inspired burlesque shot AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) presented at Las Olas Circle on Feb. 12. The show was also presented in Houston, Tampa and Orlando before arriving in Fort Lauderdale and was timed to coincide with International Condom Day observances. 

In addition to the burlesque shows in Texas and Florida, AHF also organized free HIV testing and condom distribution, interactive social media campaigns, awareness-raising rallies and flash mobs, online and in-person panel discussions, as well as other events, many of which were conducted internationally and with focus on young people. 

If you weren’t lucky enough to score a ticket to the live performances, AHF produced “I Feel Frisky,” a parody of the musical’s classic “I Feel Pretty.”  

Watch the video on YouTube.com.

Mental Health Forum at Island City Stage

Island City Stage will host its third “Behind the Red Curtain” free public forum, “State of Mental Health – Recognizing Who Needs Help,” on Monday, March 7 at 6 p.m., preceding the March 17 opening of its production of Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly, Last Summer,” a gothic mystery which tackles the weighty subjects of insanity, repression and greed. 

The forum will offer a frank discussion about the state of mental health, including access, modes of therapy and greater acceptance. Experts will explore traumatic events and their impact on our lives plus offer insight into the history of the mental health profession and how society has advanced in recognizing calls for help. Artistic Director Andy Rogow will moderate.

The forum is free; advance registration is requested at IslandCityStage.org/Behind-the-Red-Curtain-Community-Forum.

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