Brian's Datebook and Community Calendar for January 16, 2013

Theatre and community events in South Florida

Theater

Broward County

*Story Pirates

Local students are the playwrights of the hilarious and interactive performance by Story Pirates on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. as the final show in the Family Theater Series. Every show is unique as teaching artists and performers also take suggestions from the audience to create stories on the spot. Tickets are $15 visit Miramarculturalcenter.org

*Harlem Gospel Choir

Made up of the finest singers and musicians from various churches in Harlem, N.Y., the Harlem Gospel Choir will perform on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. as part of the Signature Series. The choir performs songs of inspiration that touch the depths of the soul and raises spirits to angelic heights. Tickets are $35, $40 and $45 with subscription packages available. Visit Miramarculturalcenter.org

*Eating Alabama

The Southern Circuit Independent Film Series continues with Eating Alabama on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. A thoughtful and often funny look at community and sustainability, the documentary follows a young couple who set out to eat locally and seasonally, the way their grandparents did, yet they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed.  Following the screening, the film’s director and producer Andrew Grace and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker.  Tickets are $15 with subscription packages available. Visit Miramarculturalcenter.org

*Tosca

The Miramar Cultural Center and Teatro Lirica D’Europa presents Puccini’s Tosca on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera Series. This opera is a sizzling drama of love, death-defying loyalty and villainous deceit.  Sponsored by Novus Realty, LLC, the performance features a live orchestra and is sung in Italian with English projected subtitles. Tickets are $40 and $45 with subscription packages available. Call 954-602-4500 or visit Miramarculturalcenter.org

Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company

Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company at the Amaturo Theater stage on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. with a world-class performance that will inspire audiences with its exhilarating passion. Comprised of some of flamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers from Spain. Tickets are $35 and $45. Call 945-462-0222 or visit BrowardCenter.org

Natalie Cole

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts the one-night only concert by nine-time Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater.  Natalie Cole will perform hits from her 20 albums, which showcase her unique style of music that is a crossover between R&B, soul, pop, gospel and adult contemporary.  Tickets are $39, $49, $59, $69 and $79 with Club Level seats available for $119.  Call 954/462-0222 or Browardcenter.org

Marriage of Figaro

The Opera Series at the Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark kicks off with Teatro Lirica D’Europa’s presentation of The Marriage of Figaro on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.  This witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness follows the mayhem that ensues as a wedding party tries to get to church on time.   The performance features a live orchestra and is sung in Italian with English projected subtitles.  Tickets are $40 and $45. Call 954-602-4500 or visit Miramarculturalcenter.org

Pig Tale – An Urban Faerie Story

For anyone who’s ever found themselves staring at their partner – wondering what in the world happened to that hot, handsome man they first started dating – playwright Chris Weikel is happy to explain it in his own twisted bedtime story. Set in the wilds of New York’s East Village, Chris Weikel’s Pig Tale explores some of our worst dating fears. The ticket price is $30. Through February 2. Call 954-678-1496 or visit Islandcitystage.org, Empirestage.com or Smarttix.com or call Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

An innovative program of musical genres selected by audiences through surveys and Facebook suggestions during the past year. Selections range from Mozart, Vivaldi, Gershwin and tangos to original works performed by string quartets and rhythm sections with Spoken Word artists. At the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Theater on Jan. 26. Visit  ArsFlores.com

Monty Python's Spamalot

At the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26 at 8 p.m.  Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people.  Tickets start at $25, $39, $49, $59 and $65 with Club Level seats available for $109.  Call 954-462-0222

Laffing Matterz

Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center continues in the Abdo New River Room Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and selected Sundays throughout the season at 4:30 p.m. Taking on the latest scandal, social media, current events and everything in-between, Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center combines the best of dinner theater with the hilarity of topical satire. Admission is $59 and $65 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread. Visit BrowardCenter.org

Palm Beach County

A Raisin in the Sun

In this powerful, classic drama, a substantial insurance payment could have life-changing consequences for a poor black family living on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s. This play is directed by Seret Scott and produced by Calla & Ralph Guild. At the Palm Beach Dramaworks on Feb 1- Mar 3. Visit Palmbeachdramaworks.org

Singing in the rain

This high-energy romantic comedy overflows with splashy song-and-dance numbers, including glorious songs such as "Good Morning," "Make 'Em Laugh" and the show-stopping title number, "Singin' In the Rain." The golden age of movie musicals comes alive as we follow silent movie actor Don Lockwood's journey into the talkies of the late 1920s. At Maltz Jupiter Theatre through Jan. 27. Visit www.JupiterTheatre.org/

Miami-Dade

Blood, Sweat and Mouseketears!

Blood, Sweat and Mouseketears! with Lindsey Alley on Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan.19 at 8 p.m. as part of the Cabaret by the Bay Series. Former Mousketeer Lindsey Alley, who began her career on the Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aquilera, hosts the show.  Singing such favorites as "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Someday My Prince Will Come," as well as new favorites like "Part of Your World" and "Go the Distance," she shares stories about her quest for the elusive "happily ever after." Tickets are $34.50. Call 877- 311-7469

Broadway in Miami 2012-13

This season Ziff Ballet Opera House through May 12 will hold the Broadway In Miami spectacle.  Experience the return of the world's greatest musical spectacle - Les Misérables - in its lavish new 25th anniversary production, along with the Miami premieres of Broadway's biggest fun-filled hits - including the high-stepping Mary Poppins, the outlandishly colorful Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the awesomely cool Rock of Ages, and - the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical - Memphis, a triumph of explosive dancing and powerhouse songs. Visit  Arshtcenter.org

Community Calendar

Broward County

*2013 Anti-Bullying Summit

HRC South Florida is proud to announce its 2013 Anti-Bullying Summit being held at Sunrise Middle School in Fort Lauderdale. This Summit is in partnership with Broward County Public Schools and Sunrise Middle School. The goal of the Summit is to educate students, faculty, administrators, legislators and our local community about the dangers of bullying and identifying ways to prevent it in our community. This is a free, community event and takes place January 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Water, Sports and Travel Festival

The first-ever Water, Sports & Travel Festival, presented by leading water sports organizations will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and several locations throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale from April 26-28. The Festival exhibition will feature four co-located shows including “The Board Show”, “The Dive Show”, “The Boating & Water Toys Show”, and “The Travel Show.” Visit Wstfest.com

Floral Designs for the Holidays

“Flower Designs for the Holidays”. Janice Hamlin, Master Flower Show Judge from the Manatee River Garden Club in Bradenton, Florida will inspire us by demonstrating the creation of flower designs for the holidays. Call 954-561-8475. Visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LGBT Quit Smoking Groups - Free Nicotine Patches

Did you know that LGBT people are more likely to smoke than most any other population group in the United States? Being around other

Smokers can make it more difficult for people in our communities to quit. But many of us are trying, and the Quit Smoking Now Program in

Wilton Manors is here to show us how to quit and stay without smoking. Visit My.vcita.com/myquitcoach QuitsmokingWM.com or call 305-942-6378

The 6th Annual I Care I Cure…I Run 5K

The 6th Annual I Care I Cure…I Run 5K and Family Fun Day! is on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 a.m. at the BB&T Center  (formerly BankAtlantic Center), 1 Panther Parkway,  Sunrise, Florida.  Register online at: www.icareicure.org, Adults $25 and Children $20. The I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation supports the development of, and raises public awareness about, cutting-edge research for targeted therapies for childhood cancer. Contact Sue Trilling at 800-807-8013

Island City-Wide Yard Sale

Annual Island city-wide yard sale. The Yard Sales are held at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, on the second Saturday of the month through April 2013 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The City Yard Sales spaces will be available to purchase. February 9. Last year, the yard sales hosted from 60 to 90 vendors, so register early while there is still space. More info call the Leisure Services Department at 954-390-2115 or 954-390-2130.

The Four Noble Truths

We all have certain things that feel to us like true sources of happiness, but which in reality have caused us no end of suffering, time and time again. It is our mind of attachment that continues to deceive us, causing us to relate to these things in mistaken ways, and leading us straight into problems and misfortune. Learn how to break this cycle. $10/class or $30/series includes vegetarian food after class, members free. Visit MeditationInFortLauderdale.org

Pozitive Attitudes

Topic driven Peer lead support group for gay and bisexual men who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.  Meets every Wednesday 7-9 p.m. at the Pride Center 204 N.Dixie Hwy Room 204.   Refreshments, no charge, open meeting. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.PozitiveAttitudes.com

Queer Youth Friday Nights

LGBTQ and allied youth group for people13-21. This Is a drop in group anytime from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This youth group will be SunServe building on 1480 SW 9th Ave on the second floor. A Safe Space to be yourself! Queer Themed Movie showing at 7 p.m. on Friday nights. This group is a safe hangout to meet new friends, free Wi-Fi to bring your laptop or your iPad, plus board games that you can bring or play the ones that they provide at the group.  Visit Sunserve.org/youth/index.htm

GLBX Business Advantage Referral Group

GLBX Business Advantage Referral Group will be held at the chamber offices on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 8 to 9 a.m. The leads group is looking for additional members. If you are interested joining, please contact Ken Stollar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if your category is open and to attend as a guest. Visit Ftlchamber.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=GLBX_home&category=GLBX

Queer Youth Nights

LGBTQ & allied youth 13-21 are welcome any time after 6 p.m. at the SunServe building on Wilton Drive for a great place to meet new friends, play board games and a Queer Themed Movie at 7 p.m. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Latinos Salud's programs

Multiple programs and groups for bi/gay Latino guys. Latinos Salud's SOMOS program is for guys 18 to 30. All proceeds will benefit Latinos Salud in our efforts to educate on HIV Prevention and testing.  Every Thursday night at 7 p.m. join the Core Group, and help plan alternative activities. Also offers Popular Opinion Leader group for guys ages 25 to 44 and a Life Coaching program for guys ages 18 to 44.  Come by Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for free one-on-one life coaching with certified CRCS coaches. Located at 2330 Wilton Drive. Call 954-533-8681 or visit Latinossalud.org

Man2Man Discussion

Man2Man Discussion Group meets at the Pride Center on Mondays from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Any subject may be discussed. Members regularly reassemble afterwards for 'repast' at The Courtyard, PeterPan Diner. Visit Glccsf.org

Meditation After Work

On Mondays from 6-6:30 p.m. there will be Guided meditation w/ western Buddhist teacher Gui Passow. Looking for a way to rest and re-charge before starting your evening? Come in for a free guided meditation to clear your mind at the end of the day. This class is free at Drolma Buddhist Center. Call 954-537-9191 or visit meditationinfortlauderdale.org

Buddhist Meditation Classes

All the happiness there is in the world arises from wishing others to be happy. By abandoning self-centered thoughts and replacing them with the belief that others are important, we will overcome our suffering and find true happiness inside our own hearts. $10/class or $30/series includes vegetarian food after class. Call The Drolma Buddhist Center at 954-537-9191.

Dream Car Classic

Every Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-1980s classic cars, modern classics and custom cars from 1981-2012 will be showcased. $10 car registration from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Show Car Entrance: 20th Avenue & Tyler Street). People's Choice Award - 2 Classes; Top Ten Vehicles Award. Call  954-214-2457

Living Healthy

Fusion in Wilton Manors will be having a free workshop on healthy choices, and healthy living on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This workshop provides interactive learning, practice and mastery techniques for a healthier and more active life, and positive changes for quality of life. Call 954-630-1655

Life Coaching

Latinos Salud's Life Coaching program is for Latino gay/bi guys ages 18-44.  Come by Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for free one-on-one life coaching with certified CRCS coaches.  Set your goals, and meet action steps to make them come true. 2330 Wilton Drive. Call 954-765-6239.  Visit Latinossalud.org

Sex & Love Anonymous

S.L.A.A. believes that sex and love addiction is a progressive illness which cannot be cured but which, like many illnesses, can be arrested. It may take several forms -- including, but not limited to, a compulsive need for sex, extreme dependency on one or many people, or a chronic pre-occupation with romance, intrigue, or fantasy. Meets at The Pride Center at Equality Park in Bldg A, Room 200 Fridays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit Slaafws.org

Survivor Support

A Survivor Support Group is being held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the 211 Community Center, 250 NE 33rd Street, in Oakland Park. The Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP) is sponsoring this free support group and is open to all family members and friends of those who have died by suicide. Call 954-384-0344 to register. Meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Visit Fisponline.org.

Eating Disorder Support

Meets Friday evenings from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. At Sun Serve’s Wilton Manors location at 2123 Wilton Drive, second floor. A “drop-in” psycho-educational support group.  Free. No registration required. Donations welcome. Call 954-764-5150

Sunday Jazz Brunch

First Sunday of every month. An ideal way to relax and enjoy Fort Lauderdale's scenic Riverwalk. Live, outdoor concert series bringing the area's best local jazz artists. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages. Well-behaved, leashed pets welcome. Plenty of room for chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.

Young Adult GLBT

A social group open to all LGBT people ages 18-35. Meets Fridays at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors from 7:15-9 p.m. Meeting starts with a discussion on current events followed by introductions and then a group activity. Visit PrideCenterFlorida.org/contact-us

Boardwalk Friday Fest

Come out to Hollywood Beach Theatre East of A1A at Johnson St and the ocean. Admission: Free every Friday of every month. Live jazz, blues, pop and everything in between along Hollywood's signature 2.5 mile boardwalk. Charming oceanfront cafes and restaurants serve up delicious innovative cuisine while you enjoy the best array of live music and tropical ocean breezes. Visit Hollywoodfl.org or call 954-924-2980

Toastmasters

Most Toastmasters meetings are comprised of about 20 people who meet weekly for an hour or so. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian. Toastmasters meet at the GLCC/Pride Center Monday at 7:15 p.m. Call Ted Verdone at 954-566-2074 or email: [email protected]?ast.net

Tuesday Night Eatin Meeting

Tuesday Night Eatin’ Meeting will be held at The Alternative MC Clubhouse at 4322 NE 5th Ave in Oakland Park. Fun, food, and fellowship. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, all the fixins, cold drinks, desserts, and snacks. Meeting begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Visit Alternativemc.com/events/florida-events

Gay Male Empowerment

Topic discussions include issues and concerns about being a gay man in South Florida. Meets Thursdays at the Pride Center from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Call 954-353-9155

PFLAG

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tues. of the month at the Sunshine Cathedral at 1480 SW 9th Avenue to support the parents of LGBTQ youth in Broward. No charge. Visit Community.pflag.org/pflagfortlauderdale

SunServe Therapy Groups

Provided for the LGBT community at SunServe on a regular basis. Call the Intake Coordinator at 954-764-5150 to learn which therapy groups have openings. Groups Include a Gay Men’s HIV+ Long Time Survivors’ Group, a Safe “T” support group for gender variant adults, an Intimate Partner Abuse group and others.Visit SunServe.org

Fusion Wilton Manors - Connections

Gay men’s group discussion. Different subject every week. Dr. David Fawcett, a gay therapist, who has been in private practice in Fort Lauderdale for the last ten years, leads the event. No charge. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-630-1655.

Women4Women Support

A safe and loving place to explore all the concerns and topics raised by group members. This open drop-in meeting is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New Sun Serve Building at 2312 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call 954-764-5150

Man2Man Discussion

Man-2-Man talk is an informal discussion group of gay men, with all age ranges and backgrounds welcomed. Bldg A, Room 206. Visit Glccsf.org/calendar/

Palm Beach County

*"We Got Love!"

Extend your Valentine celebration with 25 men who have been in, through, and over love, way too many times! Classic love songs, beautiful melodies, and just a touch of sarcasm! Post-concert reception featuring wine and sweet treats (and some savory treats, too!) This concert will be performed by the best chorus group around, The Gay Men’s Chorus of the Palm Beaches. This event will be on Feb. 17 from 4 p.m to 5:30 p.m. at the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth. Call 561- 582-6609 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Coming Out Support Group

Coming Out Support Group for all ages, men and women.  Meets every Thursday evening at Compass, GLCC of the Palm Beaches , 201 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, Florida from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call Forrest @561-479-8313

*South Florida Fair

The South Florida Fair is back and better than ever Jan 18-Feb 3 at the West Palm Beach fair grounds. Bring the whole family out for rides, animals, and some good old fashioned funnel cakes. Tickets are $15 at the gate and kid get in free that are under 5. Visit Southfloridafair.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.main

*Middle Eastern Festival

Join the Celebration of Middle Eastern Cuisine and Culture in this amazing Festival. Come and enjoy the food, music and vendors. Tons of games and activities- you will be occupied for hours! Hours range from Friday, Jan. 18: noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20: noon to 6 p.m. Admission is Free. Visit MiddleEasternFestivalFL.com

Lake Worth Bike Night

The Lake Worth bike night is fun, and it’s for a cause. Join loads of people in downtown Lake Worth every Thursday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.. The event is free and open to bikers and non-bikers. Visit Lakeworthbikenight.com

Alternative Life Style Show

Featured guests contribute to the community. All are welcomed to call in. Many give aways and prizes including a contest for free buffets at  Isle Capri Casino in Pompano. You can also listen by adding W4CYRADIO to SKYPE or call in at  561-623-9429. Up coming spotlights on parties of interest and special events.

PFLAG

PFLAG is a monthly support, coming out and rap groups for families of & for Gay, Lesbian, Bi, and Transgender people. Meeting in Palm Beach County is at 6:30 on the third Wednesday of the month. Call or email Carol at 561-716-9464 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Alternatives

Social group with regular outings and social mixers for LGBTQ ages 18 to 30. This meeting will take place at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Visit Compassglcc.com.

Sober Sisters AA

Support group is dedicated for lesbians who are recovering from alcoholism. Meeting happens every Monday at 7 p.m. at Lambda North Clubhouse. Visit LambdaNorth.net

PBC Gender Support

All ages support group dedicated for transgender individuals. This meeting happens the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:30  p.m. These meeting will take place at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County. Visit Compassglcc.com

Good Orderly AA

These meetings now take place at Lambda North at 18 S. J Street, and geared toward recovering alcoholics. Every Tues. and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and on Sat. at 5:30 p.m. These meetings will help recovering alcoholics cope with the stress of everyday life without the use of alcohol. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seniors vs. Crime

Seniors vs. Crime is a free service that provides help to seniors who have been victimized by businesses or service providers and need assistance. This event will take place at Mae Volen Senior Center at 1515 W. Palmetto Park Road. By appointment only so call 561-736-3820 or 561-395-8920.

Yoga On The Waterfront

Lake Pavilion at 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL / Yoga On The Waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach on Wednesday Evenings at 5:45 p.m. Residents $40 per 8 week session, Non-Residents $50 per 8 week session, Drop-ins $10 per class. To register, please call 561-804-4902.

YOGA Among the Orchids

It’s time for Yoga Among the Orchids at the American Orchid Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach. Relax and replenish the flower inside with an hour of breathing exercises, toning, and yoga poses under a canopy of lush orchids. Classes are Wed. at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 and RSVP is suggested. Call 561-404-2011. Visit OrchidWeb.org

Jazz on the Palm

Jazz on the Palm - Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront - Gather with friends and family to enjoy the diverse vibrant sounds of jazz under the stars every 3rd Friday of month at the new Downtown West Palm Beach waterfront concert series. Free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit Wpbgo.com/2010/06/jazz-on-the-palm

BrothasSpeak

This group is a black gay men’s discussion group that is held at the Compass in West Palm Beach. Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. this group will be directed toward issues for and about black men. Visit Compassglcc.com

Paths

Paths is a social/discussion group held at Compass in Lake Worth. This men’s group takes place every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Paths men’s group will be discussing relationships, coming out, safer sex issues and more. Visit Compassglcc.com

Yoga

Yoga with Deborah will change your life. Bring a mat and get ready to stretch the stress away every Tuesday at The GLCC in Palm Beach from 6 to 7 p.m. This yoga experience will uplift and transform your life. $6 Entry Fee. You must bring your own mat. Visit Compassglcc.com

Living Buddhism

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Compass in Lake Worth will be holding a discussion group for overcoming obstacles and obtaining happiness. This group is great for getting internal enlightenment. Release your inner stress, and become free. Visit Compassglcc.com

Miami-Dade

*4th Annual Pride Cruise

From Ocean Drive to the ocean waves, Miami Beach Gay Pride 2013 is setting sail once again with Source Events for the “Miami Beach Pride Cruise” immediately following all the Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities.  The Pride Cruise takes place from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19. Visit SourceEvents.com

*Miami Beer Festival

The inaugural Miami Beer Festival brings together dozens of craft and international breweries, as well as Southern Florida's best local breweries. The event will feature live music, food trucks, and some delicious beers. Admission is $40 for general admission and $50 for VIP. This event takes place January 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. Visit MiamiBeerFestival.com

*South Miami Rotary Art Festival

Held in the vibrant downtown area of South Miami on Sunset Drive between U.S. 1 and Red Road, the show offers a weekend of exhibition by 148 exhibitors of fine arts and crafts. Free admission for patrons and ample garage and street parking are available in this exciting area filled with historic buildings, trendy restaurants and unique shops. Come and support your local arts community on Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Visit SouthMiamiArtsFest.org

Kart Racing Tour

On Feb. 8-10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy The Florida Winter Tour which is one of the world's largest, and longest running kart racing programs. In 2012 the FWT featured over 400 drivers from 28 countries and all six karting continents, and for the 5th consecutive year was the world's largest official Rotax Max Challenge series and event. General admission viewing is free. Pit passes are $10. Call 305-469-6188

Ransom Mondays

Need an excuse to keep partying well after the weekend is over? The Monday-night party at the recently renovated Collins Park lounge. This amazing party will take place at Mokai in Miami Beach. The party, hosted by Mark Lehmkuhl, sort of takes now-defunct Bella Rose's Black Sunday murder mystery theme but gives it a Patty Hearst twist. Every week, some prominent nightlife fixture gets held for ransom, and the only way it gets returned is if you party your ass off. Only $20 to attend. Visit Mokaimiami.com

Rainbow Circle

Rainbow Circle is a peer-led LGBTQ support & discussion group. Topics covered often include coming out, relationships, bullying, peer pressure, drugs & alcohol, depression and self-esteem. You pick and develop discussion topics and are able to express your thoughts and feelings without fear in a safe and supportive environment. This group will take place every Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Miami, Flipse Building #302. Visit Pridelines.org

Sex Talk

Sex Talk: Peer Health Educators are young LGBTQ adults who learn how to talk to other young adults about sex, sexuality and HIV/STD prevention. You’ll conduct outreach events, record video messages, participate in a series of performances and organize special events with a purpose. This event takes place the second and fourth Thursday every month at Pridelines Headquarters located at 9526 NE 2nd Ave #104 In Miami Shores from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Visit Pridelines.org

Lambda Dade Clubhouse

A meeting place for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender communities and friends in recovery.  Hosts Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), Debtors Anonymous (DA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA), meetings.  (305) 573-9608.  212 NE 24th Street.  Miami. Visit Lambdadadeclubhouse.org

Key West

*January House Tours

The Conch Train rolls a new track through Old Town on Jan. 18 to19 from 4 to 8 p.m. This amazing house tour will bring you by some of the most historic houses in Key West, like 421 Virginia. This vernacular cottage located a few steps off Duval was abandoned, deteriorated and close to demolition just a year ago. Amazingly, it is now a comfortable 3br/2.5 bath in-town retreat. Call 305-294-9501.

*19th Annual Master Chef’s Classic

The 19th Annual Master Chefs Classic, held at the Westin Resort & Marina on Jan. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. and is the premier culinary tasting and competition of the Lower Keys. This is a fundraiser for MARC (Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens). Attendees are treated to amazing culinary creations in appetizer, entree and dessert categories. Awards are given from a judging panel as well as the People's Choice Award decided on by you, as one of the lucky attendees. This event has sold out in advance for the past three years, tickets will be available at: Keystix.com.  Call 305-294-9526 ext. 25

*The 48th Annual Old Island Days Art Festival

The Old Island Days Art Festival is a two-day juried outdoor fine art festival. That will take place on Feb. 23-24. The show, which is in its 48th year, is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, and was originally held to raise money for the renovation of the building at 301 Front Street. This show will be filled all sorts of beautiful art from a lot of locals in Key West. Visit KeyWestArtCenter.com/festival.html


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