Restaurant reservations are already hard to find on Valentine’s Day, so why not romance your special someone with a film at one of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) theaters?

Enjoy a classic movie, a bottle of wine and popcorn to share at the Gateway and Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale or Cinema Paradiso in downtown Hollywood. 

At Savor Cinema, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in the 1953 romance “Roman Holiday,” while Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson headline the contemporary rom-com “Marry Me” at Gateway Cinema. Cinema Paradiso will be screening “What’s Up, Doc,” starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal and Madeleine Kahn. 

Tickets at Savor Cinema and Cinema Paradiso are $30 per couple and $40 per couple at the Gateway. Learn more at

Black History Month Exhibit at Brightline

To commemorate Black History Month, Brightline partnered with the Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida to display artworks by Purvis young, a renowned artist who was born in Liberty City and lived in historic Overtown, both African-American communities in Miami.  

The exhibit is on view inside Brightline’s Miami Central premium lounge and features 19 original works, along with QR code links to videos of the artist detailing his works and creation process.  

Young’s art has been collected by Jane Fonda, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Damon Wayans and Lenny Kravitz. In 2010, Young died at 67 years old and shortly after, the Black Archives received almost 400 pieces of his artwork from the Bass Museum of Art.  

Riders taking Brightline and looking to explore more of the Overtown neighborhood surrounding the Brightline station can also visit the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, Dorsey House, Red Rooster and Lil Greenhouse Grill.  

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Art at the Miami Botanical Garden

Miami Beach Botanical Garden is hosting a new exhibition, “I Was Born in the Spring: The Paintings of Jenny Perez.” The exhibition is currently on view in the Butterfly Gallery through Feb. 27. 

Perez is a Caribbean-American painter and visual artist based in Miami, Florida. Early in her career, she quickly became recognized as one of the pioneering artists fueling the rise of Miami’s street art movement. A self-taught painter, she immersed herself in a disciplined studio practice exploring abstract expressionism with notes of pop art, eventually translating her paintings onto walls and, most recently, into monumental three-dimensional public sculptures.  

Throughout her career, Perez has been invited to be a part of various group and solo exhibitions around the world, worked with several nonprofit organizations to support causes she is most passionate about and been featured in global campaign collaborations for notable brands. 

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