Laughter can help heal wounds and on Thursday, Aug. 2, the Fort Lauderdale Comedy Club will donate the proceeds from its weekly open mic night to Caleb Medley, one of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado shootings and an aspiring stand-up comic. Medley was a regular performer at local Denver comedy clubs before he was critically wounded in the “Dark Night” attack. Medley’s wife and unborn baby survived, but Medley lost an eye, suffered brain damage and is in a medically induced coma.

“Like everyone, we were horrified by the news of the shootings,” said Pete O’Neil, manager of Fort Lauderdale Comedy Club. “But, when we learned that Caleb was a comedian, we knew there had to be a way to use laughter to heal his wounds and help his family meet the soaring hospital bills.”

Donations to Caleb Medley’s medical fund will be accepted. There is no cover for Open Mic Night at “The Fort” and sales of $3 beer special will also benefit Medley.


954 Glow Features Prizewinning South African Film

The Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s monthly film series, 954 Glow, at the Gateway Theater continues on Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. with “Skoonheid” (“Beauty”), the first Afrikaans film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival and winner of the gay film prize. The South African film details the double life of Francois, a 40-something Afrikaner, successful businessman and father, who falls for Christian, the son of a friend. Like so many films in this genre, Francois must reconcile his awakened homosexuality with a deeply engrained culture and belief system. It should provide a fascinating look at the challenges of coming out in a very different society. Tickets are $9 for members, $11 for non-members at

Strike Up the Band

It’s time to dig that old clarinet or trumpet out of the closet because the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, the region’s LGBT and allies concert band, is starting up rehearsals for the fall concert. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Aug. 8 in the band room of St. Mark’s Episcopal School, 1750 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park. Instrumentalists of all abilities over the age of 18 are invited to join the band, which is one of the leaders in the lesbian and gay band movement and performs three concerts each year at the Broward Center. Visit