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  • Queer filmmaker Catherine Gund has a history of choosing fascinating LGBT topics for her documentaries.

  • Practically every gay guy knows someone just like Gerry, a fast-talking, flamboyant — no, make that flaming — queen with a quick quip for every occasion.

  • While most performing arts organizations and venues remain dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilton Manors-based Island City Stage recently announced steps to safely reopen on a video conference held on Monday, Aug. 31. 

  • Even with the coronavirus, the Pride Center is abuzz. Seniors are moving into the newly opened Residences at Equality Park, improvements are being made around the campus, staff members continue to connect with the community via Facebook Live, and by the end of the month, a 3,000 square foot mural will be erected. 

  • The Boca Raton Arts District Exploratory Corporation (BRADEC) recently announced a new capital gift of $1 million from a member of the board, philanthropist Elizabeth Dudley.

  • Curator Rolando Chang Barrero is showcasing the works of South Florida LGBT artists at his Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Rd. in West Palm Beach, July 17 – 31.  

  • The critically acclaimed Maltz Jupiter Theatre will be reopening in January and the pandemic shutdown was put to good use with a $36 million expansion to the Indiantown Road complex.

  • Gabe Salazar will be the new artistic director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida following a nationwide search, the chorus announced late last week.

  • The OUTshine LGBT Film Festival recently announced the bill for its summer 954 Glow series screenings at the Gateway Cinema, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, and on demand. 

  • Miami finished in the top half of the Best 50 cities in the U.S. for artists, according to Rent.com.

  • As the widespread COVID-19 vaccination rollout bolsters confidence, South Florida regional theaters are announcing ambitious and enticing schedules for the 2021-22 season.

  • Everyone could use a little distraction during these difficult times. That’s why ArtServe is presenting a virtual event to talk about the power of art activism, featuring “ChangeMaker” Dr. Corinna J. Moebius.

  • You don’t need a designer gown to be considered “Best Expressed” at Art Warehouse’s upcoming Fashion Art Ball in Delray Beach May 8, just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month.

  • Long before Wonder Woman’s sword was used tostir the pot,women have been fighting off screen for representation and career opportunities — so much so that in 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission following a University of Southern California study of women directors in Hollywood.

  • Government relief finally arrived this summer to tens of thousands of arts and entertainment venues that may or may not have qualified for previous federal grants and loans to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP).

  • Jai Tahlea Allen-Ible is the founder of The Uproar Project which promotes peaceful co-existence, normalizing peace rallies, and inclusivity through the arts and entertainment.

  • Broward College will host the third annual Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival, April 20 – 23. The festival will feature dozens of experimental performances by emerging artists in sometime unconventional venues.

  • This week read about pro rugby player Jack Dunne coming out as bisexual, trans teen Victor Langlois' artwork selling for $2.16 million, and "Rugrats" reboot featuring Betty DeVille as a lesbian.

  • In her youth, Carol Wartenberg always dreamed of a career on the stage.

  • Zoetic Stage, the regional theater company in residence at Miami’s Arsht Center, is honoring local gay playwright and theater patron Tony Finstrom with the first annual Finstrom Festival of New Works, debuting online next week with streamed readings of five new plays.

  • On Thursday, the City of North Miami announced plans to construct a sculpture dedicated to the LGBTQ community.

  • Florida Grand Opera (FGO) recently announced a 2021-22 season featuring a mix of classical favorites and 21st-century works performed at the Arsht and Broward Centers, as well as new venues in both counties.

  • Arts organizations have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with theaters and performing arts venues largely shuttered until a vaccine can be developed.  

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the LGBT arts scene in South Florida. The shutdown impacted theaters, art walks, musical performances, and an entire community of people working in the arts and beyond. 

  • Quirky and colorful, fierce and fabulous, the Pajaro Pride Wall Project is a collaborative artistic vision driven by South Florida artist and activist Rolando Chang Barrero.

  • The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (FTLGMC) had just resumed rehearsals in June before a freak accident left the 35-year-old ensemble’s future in question.

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    Thursday, 4/24

    Film

    Movie Night at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, features Robert Mamoulian’s gender-bending classic, “Queen Christina,” the pre-Hayes Code film starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. Garbo, who was both bisexual and Swedish, lends her trademark “ambiguous sexuality, tragic aloofness and boyish playfulness” to her performance as the eccentric, cross-dressing monarch. The screening begins at 7 p.m. Gather early for refreshments and stick around for discussion afterwards. Information at Stonewall-Museum.org.

    Friday, 4/25

    Theater

    The House Theatre of Chicago (“Death and Harry Houdini”) brings its latest imaginative production, “Rose and the Rime,” to the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theatre as part of the center’s Theatre Up Close series. When the town of Radio Falls, Mich., is trapped in perpetual winter for a generation, it’s up to the only remaining youth, a young girl named Rose, to break the curse of the Rime witch. But, the residents learn to be careful what they wish for. Through Sunday, May 18. For tickets and show times, go to ArshtCenter.org.

    Saturday, 4/26

    Music

    Lorna Luft returns to South Florida tonight at 8 p.m. for an intimate interview, audience Q&A and live performance at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Not only will Luft shed some light on her relationship with her mother, the iconic Judy Garland, she’ll discuss her own career and perform some of the songs that have made the women in her family famous. Tickets are $30 online and $40 at the door for “Up Close & Personal with Lorna Luft & Scott Nevins.” For tickets, go to SunshineCathedral.org.

    Sunday, 4/27

    Poetry & Prose

    Arts at St. John’s presents “Writing Women’s Voices,” a program of diverse readings—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoirs—from the Women’s Writers Group, today at 2 p.m. at St. John’s on the Lake church, 4760 Pine Tree in Miami Beach. The program will include readings by Irene Sperber, “Have You Ever Been Crestone(d);” Ginger Vela, “Street Songs; and project director Carol Hoffman-Guzman, “Coño Means ‘I Love You’.” Other featured writers include Cassandra Buery, Rossie Cortes, Rosalind Merrit and Dena Stewart. The program is free. For more information, go to ArtsAtStJohns.com.

    Monday, 4/28

    Event

    Hey, sailor! It’s Human Fleet Week Port Everglades and hundreds of sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are arriving today for a week of liberty in South Florida. They’ll be participating in a wide variety of community service projects, as well as recreational and professional activities. The festivities kick off tonight at 6 p.m. with the All Hands on Deck Welcoming Party at the Seminole Paradise Shoppes in Hollywood. The public is invited to welcome our men and women in uniform. For a schedule of Fleet Week Port Everglades events, go to BrowardNavyDaysInc.org.

    Tuesday, 4/29

    Film

    One of our favorite “bisexual” actors, hunky Brit Tom Hardy (“Star Trek: Nemesis,” “Dark Knight Rises”), will be appearing live in a special video uplink at the Classic Gateway tonight before the screening of his new film, “Locke.” The thriller, which takes place over the course of a car ride, is a riveting exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of Hardy’s character, a seemingly successful, content construction manager and family man. For show times and tickets, go to TheGatewayTheatre.com.

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