The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center will present “Through the White Door,” a documentary photo project by photojournalist Smiley Pool from April 8 – 30 at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.
The exhibition, consisting of 40 poignant images captured by Pool in South Africa, Romania, North Carolina, Texas and beyond, and depicts the life struggles and triumphs of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Most of the photos also appear in Pool’s book of the same name.
An opening reception with the photographer will be held on Wednesday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and are available online at bit.ly/WAMThroughTheWhiteDoor. Proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibits and programs.
LGBT Voices Speak in Verse
April 1 rings in that annual month-long celebration of all things Miami in rhyme, the “O, Miami” Poetry Festival. The mission of the annual festival is for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem through readings, workshops and creative public events. On April 7 at 8 p.m., LGBT poets Gregg Shapiro, Caridad Moro-Gronlier and Maureen Seaton are among a group of writers featured in online reading, one of 40 presentations and 20 projects planned this year.
For more information, go to OMiami.org.
“The Niceties” on Stage at Island City
Race, history and power clash in a riveting, provocative confrontation between a brilliant Black student and her lesbian professor in “The Niceties,” opening April 2 at Island City Stage in Wilton Manors. In this taut drama by Eleanor Burgess, as “the niceties” are stripped away, audiences find it harder to choose a side and are left wondering if winning is really an option.
Director Michael Leeds is passionate about the play: "What struck me about ‘The Niceties’ was realizing that even the most progressive and educated people in our community have allowed systemic racism to thrive, often while claiming that they didn't have a racist bone in their body. We spend so much of our time berating the far right for being racist, but we don't often look to ourselves to see how we might be perpetuating the system … That's why this is great theater; it forces us to think about how to create change in ourselves and our society."
Tickets for “The Niceties,” April 2 – 18 at Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors, are $35 at IslandCityStage.org. Masks are required and social distancing is observed at all performances. A professionally recorded performance will also be available for streaming online from April 16 – 25.