The Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest facilities of its kind in the nation, recently launched a campaign to nearly double paid memberships from 350 to 600 by June 30.
Membership, which starts at $35 for individuals and $50 for households, supports SNMA programs and exhibitions and also comes with the opportunity to check out materials from more than 28,000 books and 3,000 DVDs in the lending collection. As an additional incentive, new and renewing members will receive discounts from area businesses and cultural attractions.
Museum Director Hunter O’Hanian also announced members will receive complimentary subscriptions to SNMA’s new quarterly journal, “Archeion: Journal of Queer Archives.” The journal offers in-depth scholarly articles reflecting on recent exhibitions and drawn from the archive of over six million pages, as well as a platform for writers, archivists, curators, artists, performers, and poets.
“Stonewall is poised to actively share contributions from a range of contemporary professionals working in LGBT culture and history,” O’Hanian said. “It allows us to chronicle contemporary voices in a timely way.”
To become a member or for more information, visit stonewall-museum.org.
West Palm Beach, Coral Gables Theaters Move Online
After nearly a year into the pandemic, Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach is finally resuming operations with William Luce’s “The Belle of Amherst,” streaming online April 2 – 6 and co-produced with Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables.
Luce’s 1976 one-woman show stars award-winning actress Margery Lowe and explores the life and writings of enigmatic poet Emily Dickenson, although it avoids longstanding questions about her sexual orientation.
“It’s a big deal for us, and very exciting,” said Dramaworks Managing Director Sue Ellen Beryl. “To see our rehearsal space, our costume shop, our scenic shop and our mainstage alive with activity is really quite moving. We exist to put on shows for a live audience. Although we can’t do that right now, watching ‘The Belle of Amherst’ come to life gives us a sense of normalcy and reminds us that there are better days ahead.”
Dramaworks plans to resume live productions in their Clematis Street theater in October with the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s “The People Downstairs,” based on the people who hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during World War II.
Tickets for “The Belle of Amherst” are $30 at PalmBeachDramaworks.org or by calling 561-514-4042 ext. 2.
Miami City Ballet Returns to Broward
Miami City Ballet will present a special outdoor pop-up performance in Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park near the Broward Center at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. The free 50-minute program will include several short new works choreographed and performed by the company’s dancers. Each of the works was inspired by a vibrant Miami neighborhood. From classical ballet to modern to flamenco and more, the movement and the music come together to reflect the unique cultures of South Florida.
The performance is free, but tickets are required. Use the promo code POPUP. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Seating will not be provided.
For tickets and more information, go to MiamiCityBallet.org. The program can also be viewed online through Friday, April 30.