Thursday, August 24

Arc Broward’s Traveling Plate pop-up dinner series continues at 7 p.m. with Chef David Peck of Box of ChacosThe Traveling Plate gives students of Arc Culinary the opportunity to work with local chefs. The revenue generated helps students with disabilities and other life challenges transform their lives and build new futures. The menu for the August Traveling Plate includes dishes with a mix of flavors from all across Asia, blended with Chef David’s take on Latin cuisine. Wine pairings will be provided by Jackson Family Wines. The event will be held at WorkBar 735 NE 2nd Ave Fort Lauderdale, Arc Broward’s employment training center that also serves as a resource for workplace diversification training for hiring partners and businesses. Tickets for this event can be purchased at Arcbroward.com/travelingplate for $75 each.

Internationally renowned artist Deborah Bigeleisen 25-piece exhibition Sublime Chaos: a journey from realism to abstraction will run from today until the 26 at The Gallery at the Wine Scene, 501 Fern Street in downtown West Palm Beach. The public is invited to the opening reception for the colorful and dynamic new exhibition on tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Wine and tapas will be served by The Wine Scene and entertainment will be provided by two extraordinary musicians: pianist Dr. Robin Arrigo and cellist Dr. Claudio Jaffe. For more information, please visit Deborahbigeleisen.com.

Join the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, an inclusive, community-based organization of gay, bisexual, and transgender men and supporting people that inspires and changes lives through the power of music. They are gearing up for our holiday show, “Joy to the Gurl,” a celebration of holiday songs from our favorite divas. If you’d love to be a part of that, they are holding voice placement auditions today from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. as well as: August 31, September 7, and September 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For information about the voice placement audition process, visit: MGMchorus.org/sing-with-us.html.

Stonewall Gallery Wilton Manors (2157 Wilton Drive) presents Stonewall Movie Night at 7 p.m. with the movie The Children’s Hour (1961), This event is free to attend with a suggested donation $5. Refreshments courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Based on the 1934 play by Lillian Hellman. Longtime friends Martha (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen (Audrey Hepburn) run a boarding school for girls. When an unruly child, Mary (Karen Balkin), is punished for lying, she concocts a story that Karen and Martha are having a lesbian relationship. When the story spreads, parents withdraw their children from the school. The women’s lawsuit for libel hits many snags when they lack witnesses to speak for them. All the stress adversely affects Karen’s engagement to Joe Cardin (James Garner).

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Friday, August 25

Mr. TBRU Bear presents “BrutBears” at Southern Nights Fort Lauderdale starring DJ Branden Vidal. This event will be accepting donations for local charity “Kids In Distress.” There is no cover and complimentary pizza at 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 27

If you are a rider or crew of the Smart Ride, they will be featuring a free picnic today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Easterlin Park (1000 NW 38th Street, Oakland Park). The picnic will feature a meet and greet, great food and ball playing. For more information, go to TheSmartRide.org.

Scandals Saloon presents their monthly Lady Fancy’s Gospel Jubilee at 6 p.m. which is a joyful celebration of Southern Gospel Music.

Upcoming Events

On Thursday, August 31, the Boardwalk presents the GRAND Finals for Golden Boy. The 10 preliminary week winners will come back to compete for the $1,000 in cash based on audience applause.

Stonewall Museum Dinner Fundraisers

Thursday, Aug 24 – Enjoy a great night of fine cuisine, sumptuous desserts and delicious cocktails with friends, old and new, who support SNMA for a night out at Mojo Restaurant & Lounge (4140 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale) From 5 pm – 10 p.m., 20% of dollars spent on regularly priced menu and bar items directly support the mission of SNMA. View the menu and make a reservation at Mojo.com.

Monday, August 28Gather your friends for a great dinner out at Bona Italian Restaurant (2468 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors) and meet more community-minded people as Bona gives back to our local communities. A portion of your bill (minus tax and gratuity) will be donated to SNMA. Dinner hours are 4 – 10 pm and all dine-in, take-out orders are included. Delivery not included. Reservations are encouraged. Call Bona Italian Restaurant at 954-565-7222.

This is HOT

GRAMMY winner Melissa Manchester tips her hat to some of the most iconic male singers of the 20th century on her new album, The Fellas, which will be released on September 8 via her independent label, Long Run Entertainment, LLC.  

“In 1989, I released my Tribute album to honor the great women singers who meant so much to me as a young artist – singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Rosie Clooney, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gormé … that rarified bunch,” says Melissa Manchester. “Ever since, I’ve wanted to complete the idea with another album paying homage to the great male singers who, likewise, set the platinum standard for the rest of us – Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin … the greats.”  

Barry Manilow joins her on a special rendition of “For Me And My Gal,” as a tribute to movie star legend, Gene Kelly. The album was mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman. See below for track listing.

Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes, Manchester established herself as a solo artist with Top 10 hits like “Midnight Blue,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and the GRAMMY-winning “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Her songs have been heard in motion pictures, netting her two Oscar nominations, and recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss and Roberta Flack. Manchester has appeared on both the large screen in movies (For The Boys) and small screen in television (Blossom), as well as the stage. The Fellas is her 21st studio album.  

For more information on Melissa Manchester visit MelissaManchester.com.