Arts Garage Radio Theater sends audiences back to the golden age of radio with the Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” tonight and Friday, Dec. 19 at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach. In this nostalgic holiday story, an angel helps a compassionate but desperate businessman by showing him what would have been if he had never existed. The tale is performed live with audio effects provided by specially designed devices recreated for Arts Garage Radio Theater from historical examples. Tickets are $20-30 at ArtsGarage.org.
Tonight is Museum Friday. On the third Friday of each month, explore two of Wilton Manors’ world-class museums, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive and the World AIDS Museum, 1201 NE 26th St. in Wilton Station. Check out the permanent and traveling exhibits or meet up with friends for a night of LGBT history and culture. Both museums offer free admission and free Hopper shuttle bus service will run from 7 – 11 p.m. For more information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org and WorldAIDSMuseum.org.
Still looking for that special present? Visit the shops and galleries along Wilton Drive tonight during the Island City Art Walk and check out the creative works by local, national and international artists in just about every medium imaginable. While you’re on the drive, check out the works of watercolorist Kevin Peterson at Art Frenzie, 2151 Wilton Drive. Peterson, a new artist to the gallery, combines classic male figures and colorful tropical allusions for a unique, breathtaking artistic statement. For more information about the Island City Art Walk, go to ArtWalkOnWiltonDrive.com.
Ring in the holidays with a little jingle bell rock at the Y100 Jingle Ball, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. All-star performers for this year’s concert will include Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, MAGIC!, Charli XCX, Jessie J, Rixton, Mary Lambert, Kiesza, Becky G, Jake Miller and Shawn Mendes, with special guest host Nick Jonas. We hear Santa may even make an appearance. Proceeds benefit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation to inspire youth through music-focused programs. Tickets start at $65 at Ticketmaster.com.
Even the animal kingdom can get into the holiday spirit. Explore Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St. in Miami, through Dec. 30 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25.) The zoo has been decorated with more than half a million lights in the shapes of the many different animals resident at the zoo. Enjoy "ice-skating," carousel rides, photos with Santa, holiday carolers and more. On select days throughout the season, come early to watch the animals open their Christmas gifts. Admission is $5 from 7 – 10 p.m. For information, go to ZooMiami.org.
Set in the late 1950s in Switzerland, “The Circle” uncovers a powerful and little known history of underground gay life and activism, mixing lushly directed narrative sections with documentary segments. Two men, a bashful teacher and a German cabaret performer, get to know one another in the Swiss homosexual organization called Der Kreis (The Circle) during a virulently anti-gay time in Europe. Tonight at 8:15 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $10 general admission or $8 for seniors and students at FLIFF.com.