SFGN Publisher Norm Kent will be honored by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival before the screening of “Nora Highland” on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Cinema in Fort Lauderdale.

A reception will follow the film.

A graduate of both Hofstra University in 1971 and the Hofstra School of Law in 1975, Kent moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1976, where he has maintained an independent law practice for over 40 years, practicing today as the Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida, alongside his law partner Russell Lonnie Cormican. He is known as a fierce champion for civil liberties and free speech.

Kent has been a longtime radio personality, originally serving as morning drive time host on WFTL, and later founded the Express Gay News paper in 1999. After selling Express, he launched SFGN a decade ago. His current radio program, “The Norm Kent Show” can be heard weekdays on WWNN 1470 AM and 95.3 FM.

A popular comedy feature on the LGBT festival circuit, “Nora Highland” chronicles the casting process of a notable gay character in an upcoming Broadway revival and explores the phenomenon of straight performers being lauded for their work in queer roles. Adapted from a play of the same name, “Nora Highland” was shot entirely on computers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and tickets, go to FLIFF.com.

 

Hard Rock Live Resumes Live Performances

An estimated 7,000 fans filled the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood last weekend to see “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, signaling that business is back to normal at the state-of-the-art venue closed last year by COVID, just months after opening.

South African Noah, joined by rising young comedian Josh Johnson, relished the opportunity to comment on South Florida’s rapidly changing weather and residents’ driving habits, as well as the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, to a sold-out audience.

Because the resort is located on tribal land, COVID precautions are much less strict than at civic- or county-run venues across South Florida. Masks are not required inside the complex, although many patrons did choose to wear them inside the casino and theater. Hand sanitizer stations and other protocols are also in place.

Upcoming acts include Dan + Shay, Nov. 3; Metallica, Nov. 4; ZZ Top, Nov. 7; George Lopez, Nov. 19; Disco Ball featuring the Jackson, Tavares and The Trammps, Nov. 20; and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Nov. 24.

For more information and tickets, go to SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com.