We can all admit that being a science geek wasn’t cool in school, but science can be fun, especially when you’re 21! Tonight, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach, presents the 3rd Annual Science of Wine and Beer event from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn all about the chemical reactions responsible for making these delicious concoctions. The evening will include food, music, giveaways, trivia and special demonstrations – including a liquid nitrogen beer ice cream demonstration. Local brewers will also be offering samples. Tickets are $20 in advance at SFScienceCenter.org or $30 at the door.
They’re back! Chances are, if you’ve ever been on a gay cruise or traveled to one of the many Pride celebrations around the country, you’ve enjoyed the music of this Chicago duo. Amy Armstrong’s bluesy voice and bawdy humor are complimented by the incomparable musicianship of pianist Freddy Allen. The twosome will be in Wilton Manors again tonight to celebrate the first anniversary of Village Pub, 2283 Wilton Dr. The performance begins at 9 p.m. and is free. Stop by for the music, but also enjoy birthday drink special, prizes and giveaways. For more information, go to VillagePubWM.com.
The Broadway Across America season has arrived in South Florida with two long-running shows pulling into Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Mamma Mia! the long-running musical set to the ‘70s sounds of ABBA opens at Miami’s Arsht Center tonight, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13. You’ll be dancing in the aisles all night long to the catchy tune. Tickets start at just $26 at ArshtCenter.org. Meanwhile, Kander and Ebb’s dazzling 1920s courtroom drama, Chicago, starring John O’Hurley (Dancing with the Stars), plays at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 20. Tickets start at $34.50 at BrowardCenter.org.
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, nurtured and grown under the direction of Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev since October 1997, leaps into its 16th season with the intriguing Pentimento, set to excerpts from Johan Sebastian Bach’s Four Suites for Orchestra, and Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant Firebird. The company presents the program at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center, Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m., and at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets for both venues are $25 and can be purchased at BrowardCenter.org and AventuraCenter.org.
Almost every gay man has encountered that unfortunate trick who bucked like a bronco between the sheets, but there’s nothing quite like a real cowboy riding a real bull to submission in the rodeo arena. This weekend, the Professional Bull Riders Invitational comes to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13. We all know how the guys posture in the bars, but these men are seriously riding hundreds of pounds of Grade A beef that explodes into action when the gate opens. Don’t forget your boots! Tickets are $20 - $105 at HardRockLiveHollywoodFL.com.
The never-ending summer of Monday play readings continues into October. Tonight, GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables, offers a free reading of Colin McPhillamy’s new play, An Actor Walks into China. Brit McPhillamy tells the story of an actor who is transferred from Little Rock, Ark. (think Wal-Mart and Bill Clinton) to Beijing, China (where Shakespeare is known as Sha-shi-bi-ya), to help the Chinese government spend a little bit of the country’s massive financial reserves for culture. The performance is free and parking is available in the lot north of the theater’s Biltmore Hotel home. For more information, go to GableStage.org. JW Arnold