This is the last weekend to catch the hilarious, “Shorts Gone Wild 2,” a festival of adult- and LGBT-themed short plays presented by Island City Stage and Miami’s City Theatre at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flager Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. See what happens when you take eight playwrights, six actors and four directors whip them up into an evening of provocative plays with a sexual twist. Playwrights Michael McKeever, Tony Finstrom and Michael Leeds are among the writers and there’s even some beefcake thrown in for good measure. Tickets are $30 at IslandCityStage.org.
The biggest names in burlesque will take it off tonight and Saturday at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th St. in Fort Lauderdale, at the first annual Florida Burlesque Festival. Produced by Bambi la Fleur, the festival will showcase international stars Ophelia Flame, Blanche DeBris and dozens more performers. You won’t want to miss the “boylesque” performers, either. Ray Gunn and Bazuka Joe will demonstrate that the art of burlesque crosses the genders with their masculine, yet sexy moves. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 at FloridaBurlesqueFestival.com.
Two of the giants of comedy, Steve Martin and Martin Short, share the stage tonight at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Paradise in Hollywood. The two Martins of “The Three Amigos” will join forces for “A Night of Stupid Conversation,” featuring individual Q&As, along with singing, banter and banjo playing presented in an interview-style format. These “Saturday Night Live” legends will relive the heydays of the long-running skit comedy show and talk about their long movie and television careers. Tickets start at $69.95 at HardRockLiveHollywoodFL.com.
The Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan, continues its summer cabaret series with “Leading Men of Stage and Screen Musicals,” performed by one of South Florida’s most debonair leading men, James Cichewicz. He’ll showcase the signature songs of three of the greats, Gene Kelly, Robert Goulet and Gordan MacRae, in this special program. All moved from stage to screen, thanks to determination, talent and charisma. Catch the performance Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. through Sept. 15. Tickets are $25 at PlazaTheatre.net.
Stonewall National Museum & Archives presents the exhibit, “Trenscending Gender: Bodies & Lives,” at the Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Dr. The exhibit addresses the intersection of gender and transgender people as part of the larger LGBT acronym, along with a timeline of the cultural and human rights struggles of transgender people in the U.S. “Just Gender,” a 23-minute version of the short film by George Zuber, will also be available for viewing. The exhibit is open through Oct. 19. For more information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org.