Op-Ed: Mirror, Mirror, Is In Your Halls

This week, SFGN is proud to share with you the release and publication of our Fall Mirror, the arts and entertainment edition, featuring Sir Elton John on the cover.

An internationally renowned gay icon, John has launched a farewell tour, which will take him to five continents over a three year span. He is definitely more of an optimist than me. I hope I can live that long. I have had a rough year. I don’t even buy green bananas.

Anyway, John is coming to South Florida on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, and I will be sure to be there, God willing. Well, you know what they say: “You want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.” No, I am not a pessimist. The truth is anyone who can laugh at themselves will never cease to be amused.

From features on shows, producers, and the arts, to a wealth of promotions illuminating the South Florida theatrical scene, it’s a stunning, spectacular, and special issue. There is a historical piece on the origins of the Mattachine Society, our earliest crusaders for the rights of queer America. There is another very modern piece on the tech craze amongst lesbians, and a news feature about how Judy Garland’s ruby slippers were lost and recovered.

You can’t be everything to everybody, but this arts and entertainment issue of the Mirror has a little something for everyone. As you might expect, we have style and fashion, home and garden, and what’s hot around town. There are artist spotlights and personality profiles as well.

Even the advertisements in the Mirror are cutting edge. Instead of just an employment ad, the Broward Sheriff’s office profiles a popular gay sergeant, Josh Sapp, who always dreamed of being a law enforcement officer. I see that our friends Dr. Cunningham and Gottardi are now offering Botox, which you might need if you spend your Sundays having brunch from the 24 homemade items at the Grille on the Drive.

I have to tell you about my favorite ad, though. It’s on page 20, a half page, and it showcases the astounding Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts on South Federal Highway in Dania Beach, just south of the airport. This month, it features Florida’s Museum of Ceramic & Glass Art, displaying Royal Dalton, Lalique, Moorcraft and Fairyland, amongst other favorites.

It is all a part of the Gallery of Amazing Things, a great place to hold an event. Certainly not grandma’s banquet hall, this is a venue with 40,000 square feet of flexible space on two floors that can accommodate up to 800 guests. The establishment features an eclectic display, guaranteed to make your experience a most memorable one. You can run a corporate gala or host a wedding. Check it out. It goes by the name of WMODA, and has been awarded the 2018 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.

So it is a great issue of the Mirror, whether you are reading J.W. Arnold’s feature on Del Shores, the creator of “Sordid Lives,” or attending the December 8-9 Parker Playhouse showing of “Lillusion du Plumage.”

I am thrilled to be able to promote the Palm Beach Symphony’s Sapphire Season and The Center of It All for Art, Culture, and Learning in Boca Raton. Leonard Bernstein is the season opener of Master Chorale of South Florida, and Vivaldi’s Gloria will be presented by the Nova Southeastern University singers right after Thanksgiving.

Yes, this month’s Mirror has something for everyone, even a homeowner whose roof leaks. It’s time to call Joe Festa at A & A Roofing. Oh, and I do mean everything. Once again, our friend Dr. Victor Loria, a renowned cosmetic surgeon, is offering his service, confidentially and sensitively, of course, for you to get a bigger and better penis this fall. Don’t laugh. Dr. Loria and his practice have helped thousands of patients over the years safely increase their size and improve their self-esteem.

That about wraps it up for this shameless self-promotion. But I am not boasting. I am really proud that our LGBT community has enabled our staff to create such a powerful book, bold with content, ripe with color, reflecting our lives as we live them. And that is why we call it the Mirror. Enjoy it. Around town everywhere.



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