The Arsht Center in Miami will celebrate Pride Month with its fifth annual CommuniTea Dance on Saturday, June 25 at 5 p.m.
Miami DJ Hottpants will be spinning for the party on the Center’s Thomson Plaza of the Arts and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan favorite Miz Cracker will offer a special performance. Guests may also explore the Pride Marketplace spotlighting dozens of local LGBT organizations, artisans, creatives and small businesses. Happy-hour food and drink specials will be available throughout the event.
Tickets to CommuniTea Dance are FREE and must be reserved in advance at ArshtCenter.org.
LGBT Movie Nights at Savor Cinema
In celebration of Pride Month, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is presenting special free screenings of the feature “Kiss Me, Guido” at 7 p.m. on June 23 and 25 at Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. 6th St. in Fort Lauderdale.
One hilarious mix-up follows another as straight-arrow Frankie (Nick Scotti), a pizza maker from the Bronx, comes to terms with Greenwich Village gay culture, and his new roomie, actor/choreographer Warren (Anthony Barrile), comes to terms with Frankie.
For more information and to reserve tickets, go to FLIFF.com.
South Florida in Film
Local company Top Cat II Productions has begun pre-production of a Mario Van Peebles film, “The Price for Freedom,” the true story of NAACP organizer Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette, who were the only husband and wife to give their lives to the civil rights movement when a bomb exploded under their bedroom floor killing them as they slept on Christmas evening at 10:30 p.m. in 1951. No one was ever convicted of their murder.
Van Peebles (“Empire,” “The Last Ship,” “Sons of Anarchy”) will direct and also star as Moore opposite Aisha Jackson, the first Black actor to portray the role of Anna in “Frozen” on Broadway.
Filming will take place for six weeks in Davie, beginning in late July, in an orange grove setting that strongly resembles the Mims, Florida home in Brevard County where the Moores worked, lived and died. Top Cat II Productions will complete exterior and interior shots with three specially constructed sets that replicate the Moore home.
A school educational curriculum developed in conjunction with the production now faces uncertainty due to a new state law commonly referred to as the “Stop WOKE Act,” which restricts how racial history and issues may be addressed in classrooms.
For more information, go to ThePriceForFreedom.com.