From the Publisher: Theatrical Community Supports SFGN

American Idol season 2 3rd place contestant Kimberly Locke kicked off the Cabaret Series in December. Locke is know as being a straight ally.

Frequently, SFGN is often writing about the major theaters and Broadway type openings that cast star actors at places like the Broward Center and Kravis Center. But guess what? As our community grows, so do the venues and vehicles for showcasing arts and culture. And the concept behind Sound Bite Q is to celebrate the many businesses and venues which enrich our days and enhance our lives.

The best example I can give you is ‘The Cabaret by the Bay’ series launched at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Following the December debut of American Idol star Kimberley Locke, the Cabaret by the Bay Series has brought to the table for its inaugural season a group of remarkable women sharing stories, songs and their own unique perspectives on the world of entertainment.

Blood, Sweat and Mouseketears! with Lindsey Alley opens on Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19 at 8 p.m.  It is a musical revue from the Disney Songbook- presented from the unique and hilarious perspective of a former Mousketeer, Lindsey Alley. Called “a force to be reckoned with,” by Broadway World, Alley sings such favorites as "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Someday My Prince Will Come," as she shares stories about her quest for the elusive "happily ever.”  The show is autobiographical, but a commanding performance makes it one you can take your mom to, your niece, or your family and friends.

Aventura’s ‘Cabaret’ series is not unlike the inspirational European pieces that the city of Hollywood Cultural Arts Center puts on regularly, which we also advertise in SFGN, thanks to their generosity. Just like the Joe DiMaggio Legends Game coming up later this month at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, or the Gay Polo Tourney coming to Wellington again in April, our lives are not just about bars and beaches. We bring to the table diversity and depth, and I am guessing a lot of gay men will be joining me at the Hard Rock to see Willie Nelson next month. We are proud to be able to promote and showcase these performances in SFGN, and we hope you contact our Datebook editor to make sure your event gets the print it deserves.

Having said that, the ‘Cabaret’ series by Aventura will also feature Puerto Rican-born star Carla Bordonada singing some of Broadway's greatest Latin inspired blockbusters in ‘Canciones de Broadway’ on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. While the show is mostly in English, the last time I looked our community has a little bit of a Hispanic flair, and Bordonada will be performing hits from such shows as West Side Story and Evita. Headlining on March 8 and 9 will be the Emmy Award winning actress and comedienne from the TV show that changed America forever, All in the Family. That’s right, Sally Struthers.

Renowned cabaret pianist Rick Leonard serves as musical director and joins the artists in the series. Author of It’s a Fabulous Life, David Sexton serves as the series artistic director. I have been watching these gentlemen perform a popular cabaret show at the Manor Entertainment Complex for over two years, so it is exciting to see them engage a more authentic cabaret for all of South Florida.

With Rick as musical Director and David as Artistic Director, they lined up four exciting artists for their season.

Tickets for each performance in the Cabaret By the Bay Series are $34.50. Tickets, group discounts and scheduling information for all performances are available through the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center's box office at (877) 311-7469 or online at www.AventuraCenter.org

So whether it is the Coral Springs Center for the Arts featuring a show this Saturday entitled ‘Three Hysterical Broads’, or Dame Edna headlining in the Manchester Room of The Alibi, our community is alive and vigorous, diverse and dynamic.You can appreciate the hundreds of men performing in our choruses or the dozens of boys swinging artistically on polls at local male strip clubs. Everyone brings to the dance unique talents. We all see the world through different colors.

Choose, enjoy, embrace, and help support those good and kind businesses reaching out to you, using our newspaper as their advertising vehicle. It is their way of saying they have faith in us, but more importantly, it is a recognition that we count, our dollars matter, and our lives have the diversity and depth, the reach and the righteousness, we know in our hearts and souls we have always expressed.


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