Years before Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Midler, Madonna and Lady Gaga, Sophie Tucker was an iconic superstar, “Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, radio, Broadway, Hollywood and television. “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker,” a new documentary about the bold, bawdy and brassy legend, makes its world premiere in South Florida theaters beginning tonight. Check local listings for show times in Miami, Miami Beach, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Tamarac, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, go to MenemshaFilms.com.
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens presents “Cruising Down the River: Speakeasies, Gangsters and Rum Runners” today, Saturday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. on the Carrie B. Hear about the history of Fort Lauderdale and the scallywags and scoundrels that lived, worked and played along the New River. Melissa Timo, of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at FAU, and Birch Willey, long time Fort Lauderdale resident, will be the featured speakers, with live music by Gold Coast Banjos. Tickets are $45 and $55 and include two glasses of wine. For reservations, go to BonnetHouse.org/calendar.
Nearly 300 outstanding musicians attending the Lesbian and Gay Band Association convention in Fort Lauderdale this weekend will take the stage of the Broward Center’s Au Rene Theatre at 7 p.m. The concert, “Fiesta Caliente,” will feature fiery Spanish-themed repertoire, as well as special guest performers from the Gay Men’s Chorus of South. The program includes “Danza Cubanas” by Robert Sheldon, “America” from “West Side Story” and Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana.” The local South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble is the host for the convention. Tickets are $30 at BrowardCenter.org.
The Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach, is devoting its 2014-15 season to the works of women playwrights. The season kicks off this weekend with “The How and Why” by Sarah Treem. This play, starring Laura Turnbull and Elizabeth Price and director by Lou Tyrrell, addresses the meeting of two scientists at a conference and their contrarian approaches to success in a male-dominated field. The play runs from Wednesday to Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. through Nov. 30. Tickets start at $30 at ArtsGarage.org.
November is Transgender Awareness Month and the Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors, is offering a series of cultural, lifestyle and educational events. Tonight at 7 p.m. the center will screen “Just Gender,” a documentary film that explores the lives of transgender people across the country. Afterwards, a talkback session will be held with the filmmaker and several of the subjects profiled in the film. The screening and talkback will take place in the Main Hall, Schubert building on the center campus. For information, go to PrideCenterFlorida.org.
The Symphony of the Americas presents the magic of Cirque de la Symphonie to the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center tonight at 7:45 p.m. Artists include amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs from throughout the world—aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen. Each artist's performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music performed by the musicians of the symphony, all under the director Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Arrive 45 minutes before the performance for an informative talk about the program. Tickets are $62-85 at BrowardCenter.org.