You may have to look for The Plaza Theatre. It’s tucked away in an unassuming strip mall on Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan, just south of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County, but you won’t want to miss the company’s big musical productions. Tonight, Mia Matthews kicks off Plaza’s new cabaret series with “Close to You: An Evening of Karen Carpenter.” Roll back the clock a few decades for some mellow music this Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and again next weekend, April 10-12. Tickets are $30 at PlazaTheatre.net.
If you haven’t heard, the Sunshine Stampede, Florida’s gay rodeo, is back in town. You’ll find the hot cowboys — and maybe some cowgirls, too — out tonight at the “Cowboy Up” Rodeo Bash, starting at 10 p.m. at Ramrod, 1508 NE 4th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. The Ramrod, the region’s most popular Levi/leather/uniform bar is an appropriate destination for boys who like to rope ‘em and ride ‘em….pun intended. Get out those jeans and boots tonight for a taste of the LGBT country-western lifestyle. For more information, go to FGRA.org.
Without a doubt, the hottest ticket in town is to a concert by the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. The chorus, under the direction of Gordon Roberts, already presented two sold out concerts last month at the Sunshine Cathedral, but there’s still one more chance to hear the latest program, “No Man Stands Alone.” Reserve your seats for the encore tonight at 8 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Fort Lauderdale, 2501 NE 30th St. Tickets are $35 at GayMensChorus.whindo.com or call 954-563-4271.
One of the most talked about entries on the LGBT festival circuit last year was James Franco’s “Interior. Leather Bar,” a sexy reimagining of the much rumored lost gay S&M footage from the controversial 1980 film, “Cruising,” starring Al Pacino. Well, here’s your chance to see it for yourself and determine if it’s more concept or art. The film comes to Fort Lauderdale’s art cinema house, The Classic Gateway, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Friday for a limited run. NR – male nudity. For tickets and show times, go to TheGatewayTheatre.com.
The Palm Beach International Film Festival kicks off with a special sneak preview-in-progress screening tonight at 7 p.m. of Rick McKay’s “Beyond the Golden Age.” The second installment of the filmmaker’s “Golden Age Trilogy” chronicles the story of Broadway in the 1960s and ‘70s and includes hundreds of interviews with Broadway legends, as well as the original casts of “A Chorus Line,” “Pippin,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and more. The evening will be capped with a Sardi’s-inspired party in the premier level of Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton. For tickets, go to PBIFilmfest.org.
The Symphony of the Americas brings its season to a close tonight at the Broward Center with “Classical Favorites and the Best of Broadway” at 8:15 p.m. The annual pops program is always an audience favorite, featuring familiar classical melodies and selections from the hottest shows on Broadway. Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese conducts a program that ranges from Manuel de Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance” to selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” and Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls.” For tickets, go to SymphonyOfTheAmericas.org.