For July, both the South Florida Symphony Orchestra and Stonewall National Museum & Archives are offering events to the public that will feature music, movies, and conversations with writers.

Stonewall National Museum & Archives

According to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives’ website, SNMA presents an ongoing 12-month schedule of exhibitions on LGBT themes and public programs, including author presentations, films, panel discussions, and collaborative events at its museum and library in South Florida and in cities across the U.S.

Below is the Stonewall National Museum & Archives’ schedule:

Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Zoom conversation with writer and curator Hugh Ryan

Hugh will be in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O'Hanian about his book, “When Brooklyn Was Queer.” Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history — a great forgetting. When Brooklyn Was Queer explores the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond.

The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register. Upon registration, a link and password will be emailed to you.

Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Zoom conversation with artist, activist and writer Avram Finkelstein.  

Finkelstein will present from his book, “After Silence: A History of AIDS Through Its Images,” and take part in a conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O'Hanian. 

Early in the 1980s AIDS epidemic, six gay activists created one of the most iconic images that would come to symbolize a movement: a protest poster of a pink triangle with the words “Silence = Death.” 

The graphic and the slogan still resonate today, often used — and misused — to brand the entire movement. As a co-founder of the Silence = Death and Gran Fury collectives, Finkelstein shares behind-the-scenes stories about art and activism, the formation of collectives, the political process, and tactical practices, offering fresh insights into the history of HIV/AIDS and a toolbox to help future generations develop new strategies for making life-saving art. “After Silence: A History of AIDS Through its Images” is a personal account intended to open space for the many counter-narratives of HIV/AIDS that fall in the shadows of how we talk about it, and considers the political meanings of the way histories are constructed. 

The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register. Upon registration, a link and password will be emailed to you.

South Florida Symphony Orchestra 

South Florida Symphony, led by Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso, keeps the music playing by bringing the music to the community via Facebook and YouTube with its Intermission Music Series, featuring livestream recital concerts, movie watch parties and more.

Below is the Intermission Music Series’ schedule:

Sunday, July 12 at 7 p.m.

Concert and Live Chat with Pianist Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin — The Music You Love, Part 2

Free on Facebook, YouTube and SFSO’s website.

Martin returns to the Intermission Music Series with her second installment of “The Music You Love.” Enjoy masterpieces such as the Albonini Adagio, a controversial work that’s wildly familiar for its frequent use in film scores; a haunting melody from the Italian Renaissance, Ave Maria; Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, written for the 1941 World War II love story film Dangerous Moonlight; and a medley of works from some of the greatest classical composers all time: Rachmaninoff, Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more.

Experience the magic of passion, and raw emotions of joy, sorrow, delight and love. Sofiya will join the watch party and share her insights on the moving music — including two of the greatest mysteries in musical history.

Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. 

Movie Watch Party: “Imagine Being a Concert Pianist”

Free on Facebook and SFSO’s website

“Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist” gets under the lid of this extreme form of musicianship. Celebrated pianists Yevgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Chinese wunderkind Lang Lang, talk intimately about their lives, work and motivation. This 58-minute BBC documentary gives a frank and personal perspective on a profession for which the only real qualification is genius, richly illustrated with specially recorded rehearsal and performance.