Author Tracy Baim discusses her new biography, “Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer,” about the mother of the LGBT rights movement, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, as part of the Stonewall Author Series. Years before the Stonewall riots, Gittings was among a handful of brave activists who publicly picketed to end discrimination in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. The event is free. For more information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org.
It’s been 30 years since Boy George and Culture Club burst onto the global music scene, fueling some of the earliest public dialogues about homosexuality, cross dressing and gender identity. Their colorful music videos are also credited with leading to the rise of cable network MTV. Tonight, the band performs their greatest hits, including “Karma Chameleon” and “Time” at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 – 149.50 at Ticketmaster.com.
Island City Stage and City Theatre of Miami present “Short Gone Wild 3,” a collection of short plays, all with a certain adult sensibility. These 10 minute plays, all of which explore sexuality, relationships and LGBT themes, are the result of a unique collaboration between eight playwrights (four local), six actors and four directors. Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. through Sept. 6 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $30 at IslandCityStage.org.
How exactly do you describe the spectacle that is Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil? The inventive international troupe of aerialists, acrobats, dancers, clowns and musicians returns to South Florida with “Varekai,” Aug. 12 – 23 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. This dynamic arena production takes place in a mystical forest on the slopes of a dormant volcano and explores the myth of Icarus, the foolish young man who dares to fly and touch the sun. Tickets are $40 – 100 at CirqueDuSoleil.com.
Summer is the season for big studio blockbusters and this weekend, the latest classic television series to get a big screen reboot is the Cold War spy thriller, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” We’re looking forward to seeing sexy Brit Henry Cavill (“Superman,” “The Tudors”) in an action role that doesn’t rely on endless CGI effects while Armie Hammer gets a chance to redeem himself after his disastrous flop, “The Lone Ranger.” Check local listings for theaters and show times.
You might be surprised to learn that a statistically significant number of physicians are also accomplished musicians. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Kretzer Piano Foundation presents its annual Physicians Talent Showcase at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace, West Palm Beach. Fourteen skilled doctors will share their musical abilities with proceeds benefitting music programs for disadvantaged youth. Tickets are $75 (tax-deductible) by calling Complete Ticket Solutions, 866-449-2489.