Gary Burton

JERSEY BOYS

“Too good to be true” raved the New York Post for this 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30. The show features the hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Opens March 10 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $35. www.kravis.org

AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Founder and producer James Drayton teams up with the Kravis Center to bring this fifth annual series of films on “Africans in the Diaspora.” The series’ first film is The Agronomist, a 2003 American documentary directed by Jonathan Demme, and starring Jean Dominique, the Haitian radio personality, investigative journalist and political activist who was assassinated in April 2000. The original score is by Grammy-Award winning artist Wyclef Jean. March 11 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 per night or $25 for the entire festival. www.kravis.org

OPEN WINGS – BROKEN STRINGS

An acoustic evening of rock featuring three of the most innovative guitarists of the past 15 years. Open Wings-Broken Strings is an opportunity for you to get to the heart of your favorite artists and their songs in a unique and compelling way. Stripped down, intimate and acoustic, you’ll hear the strings on the guitar vibrate and buzz, the vocal chords hum and pulsate as the songs you love come to life like you never knew they could. In this intimate environment, the rockstar steps out from behind the layers of decibel and drama to greet you with the essence, the story, and the song. Quiet, just might be the new loud. Featuring Eddie Kowalczyk of Live, Art Alexakis of Everclear and Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer. March 12 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $24. www.arshtcenter.org

MIAMI CITY BALLET PROGRAM IV

Dances at a Gathering (Robbins/Chopin). Ten dancers, live Chopin piano music, endlessly beautiful and original invention—a celebration of dance, dancers…and life.

Who Cares? (Balanchine/Gershwin) Classical dance presented in the style of a Gershwin musical, Who Cares? is a breezy, romantic work where one man woos three women against the backdrop of a New York skyline. March 12 -14 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start $19 www.browardcenter.org

GARY BURTON’S NEXT GENERATION BAND

A multiple poll-winner, six-time Grammy-awarded artist, Gary Burton, is the premier vibraphonist and educator of this era. This will be the first Florida performance of his Next Generation Band that features Julian Lage, a fast-rising star on guitar, Ukrainian-born pianist and composer, Vadim Neselovskyi, bassist Luques Curtis, and drummer James Williams. This is an extraordinary quintet. March 13 at the Miniaci Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $35. www.browardcenter.org

 

Bravissimo 210

Sunshine Community Foundation hosts Musical Extravaganza with Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese directing Broward’s own Symphony of the Americas, followed by exceptional vocal talent from South Florida, singing Broadway favorites under the direction of acclaimed tenor, Kurt Litzenberger.

Mark your calendars for BRAVISSIMO 2010!

The highly anticipated performance, show­casing seasoned talent from the Symphony of the Americas and local Broadway vocal voices will take place, on March 27 in the spectacular newly renovated Walt Lawrence & Stephen Lewis Center for Worship and the Arts, 1480 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. The performance begins at 8:00 pm.

Garbourney Sibide in Precious

Precious is about an illiterate, obese, African-American teenager living in 1980s Harlem. The film is based on Sapphire’s 1996 novel, Push. Precious’—played by Gabourney Sidibe—family is quartered in Section 8 Housing and collects welfare.

The film won six Image Awards, including best actress for Sidibe, best director, best film and best independent film.

Carl, her father, has gotten his sixteen-year-old daughter pregnant. Twice. While her mother, Mary, has furthered Precious’ bleak life by abusing her mentally, physically, and sexually. Her first child a—daughter with Downs Syndrome—is raised by her grandmother.

Kristian Digby

Less than two weeks ago, an openly gay and very popular BBC personality, Kristian Digby was found dead in his East London home. He began his career in 2001 by hosting BBC’s “That Gay Show” and had since acted as “presenter,” or host, and panelist on other British programs. He was 32, partnered for 8 years, successful, and very attractive. After finding his body, authorities removed a plastic bag and a belt from his bedroom.

Police sources told London’s Daily Mail that they believe Digby died during “a solo sex game which went tragically wrong.” Police say that there are no suggestions of suicide.

Cirque Dreams Illuminations

The nighttime glow of South Florida will be brighter this weekend as the latest production from Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Illumination arrives at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood for a five-day run.

While this production has been touring the country, the stop at Hollywood’s Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Resort will be more like a homecoming for the company, which is based in Pompano Beach.

Openly gay dancer Antoine Banks-Sullivan is one of the 29 acrobatic and artistic performers from 11 countries who will bring the imaginative new show to South Florida audiences.

“Cirque Dreams Illumination is an amazing show, like nothing you’ve ever seen,” Banks-Sullivan explains. “It’s hip-hop, raw, edgy, new.”

Sydney Gay Pride 2010

Thousands Celebrate Gay Mardi Gras in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of people in lavish costumes and various states of undress danced and partied their way through Sydney’s streets on Saturday, in Australia’s annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

The parade—one of the world’s largest and most flamboyant gay pride events—had 9,400 participants and 135 floats and featured the theme, ‘History of the World’—a look at gay history.

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