Welcome to the SFGN Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide

We are coming to the end of a long, hot summer. Labor Day 2013 is upon us. Our gay community, from Key West to Palm Beach is thriving amazingly. Growing in stature and size, in breadth and diversity, more of you find us online, as we try to catch up with you from Duval Street in Key West to University Drive in Coral Springs. Today, we showcase in print the breadth and diversity of our emerging and intertwining multinational cultures, enriching our lives with arts and entertainment.

Welcome then to the show that never ends; to SFGN’s first ever Fall Arts and Entertainment Guide! South Florida has often been demeaned for not having culture, but the truth has always been quite different. The South Florida arts scene is thoroughly vibrant, and enhances your LGBT newspaper every fall.  Just flipping through this booklet demonstrates the energy and nature of our community’s daily options and engaging nightlife.

Honestly, we thought this section was at first going to be a small insert into our first issue of the fall. But this new guide will keep you abreast of everything from the rocking to the rolling, all making intriguing headlines. You can plan a group function at the Broward College Speakers’ Series and sit down with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. or schedule a gay bachelor party at the new Swinging Richards’ in Pompano. Whatever your disposition or desire, there is much for you to do in the South Florida night this fall.

From museums in West Palm, to monthly boxing matches at the Manor Entertainment Complex, there is diversity and breadth, featuring actors and music, or film festivals as traditional as the one hitting the Gateway Theater this month, or as cutting edge as the Miami and Fort Lauderdale gay fests.

We are home to a schedule of plays as enriching as The Book of Mormon, courtesy of Broadway in Fort Lauderdale, or Dance Theater as unprecedented as the Duncan Theatre fall schedule. We are home to sculpture gardens and sand castles, symphonies, dinner theaters, and the Miami City Ballet. You can go snorkeling with dolphins in the morning, catch a Dolphins game in the afternoon, bare it all for Broward House at the Hard Rock, and then gamble to your heart’s content in the Seminole Casino. You have choices from horse racing, featuring the sport of kings, to magnificent gay choruses, featuring scores of queens. Can I say that?

The LGBT community is growing, and we have a presence in big places like the Kravis Center in the Palm Beaches, Broward Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale and Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center to the smaller venues like Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts, Coral Gables Arts Cinema and the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. We have iconic venues like the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West, where our history is rich, and our lives are enriched. This newspaper and this issue is dedicated to illuminating and showcasing the times and treasures of our lives.

Hopefully, it is a keepsake on your coffee table until our Winter Guide comes out after the holidays in January. Norm Kent

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