arts

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

  • With the arrival of an effective COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year, both artists and audiences alike rejoiced as life slowly returned to shuttered stages and concert halls across the region.

  • 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. 

  • FUNDarte’s Out in the Tropics, April 7 – May 7, is a month-long, multi-disciplinary arts festival founded more than a decade ago to bridge the diverse cultures of South Florida with an emphasis on the Latin community.

  • 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.

  • Starting a nonprofit is tough. Being able to nurture and develop it long enough to celebrate a second anniversary is an accomplishment.

  • 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.

  • When was the last time you saw an opera singer undress on stage?

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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.

  • Thursday, 2/27

    Film

    Join film buffs at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, at 7 p.m. for movie night. In honor of Black History Month, the museum will screen “Black Is….Black Ain’t,” a 1994 feature-length documentary by Marlon Riggs. The documentary uses the filmmaker’s own grandmother’s gumbo as a metaphor for the rich diversity of Black identities across the country. Riggs, who died of AIDS in 1994 at the age of 37, also make an appearance. Free, for information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org.

  • Thursday, 1/2

    Television

    If you’ve been celebrating the holidays all week, then a quiet night at home is certainly well deserved. Tonight, check out CW Seed, the CW television network’s online channel. The network is offering up Husbands, a hilarious comedy about a couple of quirky, gay newlyweds starring Brad Bell and Sean Hemeon. Each 7-10 minute episode offers the stuff of tabloid sensation because our husbands also happen to be celebrities experiencing wedded bliss under the lens of the paparazzi. To view all available episodes, go to CWSeed.com.

    Friday, 1/3

    Dance

    Christmas may seem like a distant mystery—funny, since CVS, Wal-Mart, Target and the like kicked off the commercial blitz as early as September—but you can still experience the magic of the holiday with the Miami City Ballet’s heartwarming performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s timeless music comes to life in this holiday tradition at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, tonight through Sunday, Jan. 5. Performances Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets at BrowardCenter.org.

    Saturday, 1/4

    Theater

    Ghosts, Lesbians, lusty widows and lab reports!  No wonder Danny wants to escape down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. At 81, the world Danny has always loved is falling apart. Joe Feinstein’s new play, Last of the Aztecs, gets its South Florida premiere on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan 5 at 5 p.m. at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale, and Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. Tickets are $15 at SmartTix.com or LakeWorthPlayhouse.org.

    Sunday, 1/5

    Dance

    Tap your feet to the beat. Tap: The Show offers nonstop, rhythmic dance wrapped in dazzling costumes and backed by a soaring orchestral score. An extravaganza featuring award-winning dancers and singers, this show offers breathtaking re-creations of Broadway showstoppers, soft shoe, flamenco, Irish step, and more at Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton. You’ll be dancing in the aisles before it’s over. Experience the magic on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25-40 at Give.Lynn.edu/TheatreArts.

    Monday, 1/6

    Sports

    LGBT sports fans will be tuning in tonight to the BCS Championship Game, the biggest game of the college football season, this year pitting Florida State University Seminoles against the Auburn University Tigers. What better place to cheer on your favorite team than South Florida’s most popular gay sports bar, Sidelines, 2031 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors? Kick-off is at 8:30 p.m., but be sure to arrive early for a great seat at the bar and the 2-4-1 happy hour specials. For more information, go to Sidelinessports.com.

    Tuesday, 1/7

    Theater

    No story has touched the LGBT community more than L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, the tale of Dorothy Gale, a farm girl from Kansas who is whisked away by a tornado to adventures in the magical land of Oz. This timeless story, retold through the theatrical magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber, returns to the Broward Center tonight through Sunday, Jan. 19. Expect plenty of surprises, including new songs from Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. Tickets start at $34. For show times and tickets, go to BrowardCenter.org.

  • New York-based cabaret and drag artist Joey Arias will headline FUNDarte’s eighth annual Out in the Tropics LGBT arts festival, June 22 – 25 in Miami Beach.

  • A new exhibition currently on view at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA) George Hester Gallery showcases vintage photographs by LGBT pioneer Robert Giard (1939 – 2002).

  • The Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) in Fort Lauderdale recently received a $50,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to digitize its collection and update information systems. 

  • Michelangelo would be proud. A bright, huge mural connecting several buildings on the campus of Sunshine Cathedral was dedicated on May 7.  

  • Some days we just scratch our heads at the press releases that land in our inbox.

  • Artists, this one’s for you.

  • For decades, lesbian, bisexual and queer women in South Florida have felt overlooked by arts organizations and entertainment venues, outnumbered by the region’s large and influential population of gay men.

  • Local symphony orchestras, theater companies and film festivals all made a crucial pivot to streaming performances after COVID-19 shuttered venues across South Florida.

  • “Friends” is the title of the exhibit that opened Nov. 13 at Art Gallery 21, 600 NE 21st Court, in Wilton Manors.

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