Tonight is the opening reception for Art Explosion 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at ArtServe, 1330 Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Art Explosion is the largest annual exhibition of LGBT art and features a variety of works by local artists including Jeff Larson, Steve Shires, Mark Caldaron, Angel Giraldo Rodriguez and Frank Papandrea. The reception will include live performances, refreshments by Courtyard Café and a silent auction. A $10 donation at the door is suggested and proceeds benefit ArtsUnited programs. For more information, go to ArtsUnited.org.
Miami City Ballet premieres Program III: “Passion and Grace” tonight at 8 p.m. at the Arsht Center in Miami. The varied program includes Richard Alston’s “Carmen,” a flamenco-fueled, modernist interpretation of the classic Iberian love story; Twyla Tharp’s “Sweet Fields;” and George Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante,” set to the music of Tchaikovsky. Performances also on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $25 at MiamiCityBallet.org. The program will be repeated at the Kravis Center, Feb. 27 – March 1, and the Broward Center, March 20 – 22.
It’s Valentine’s Day and if you’re not celebrating with a special someone, maybe you’ll meet him tonight at le Boy, 1243 NE 11th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tonight, celebrity choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard and dancer Joel, stars of E! Entertainment Television’s “Men of the Strip” will be appearing, live in the flesh, at the new club, which features some of South Florida’s sexiest dancers. DJ Miik will be in the booth and be sure to stick around for the star search contest at 11 p.m. You just might wind up on TV! For more information, go to LeBoyTonight.com.
More than 80 talented tri-county high school musicians will take the Amaturo Theater stage at the Broward Center tonight at 7 p.m. to perform with the Youth Pride Band. The honor band, formed to help combat anti-gay bullying through music, is a program of the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, the region’s LGBT and allies’ concert band and has grown considerably over the past four years. Internationally acclaimed composer Frank Ticheli will conduct the program. Tickets are $30 and are available at BrowardCenter.org.
Here’s a fantastic staycation for the long President’s Day holiday weekend: Visit the Florida Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Time travel is the theme for the weekend and on Monday; guests are invited to join the cosplay. The village opens itself up to time travelling pioneers, aliens, Browncoats, Federations and Empires, and yes, even superheroes and anime characters. Take in a performance on one of the 10 stages and don’t forget to chow down on a giant turkey leg, too. Admission is $21 for adults. For more information, go to Ren-Fest.com.
There’s always something happening at the Pride Center at Equality Park, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. Tonight at 7 p.m., the Women with Pride hosts a screening of “Appropriate Behavior,” the story of an Iranian-American bisexual Brooklynite who must pick up the pieces after breaking up with her girlfriend. A discussion will follow the movie in the main hall of the center’s Schubert building. The screening is free. For more information, go to PrideCenterFlorida.org.