Friday, April 6
Miami Beach Gay Pride presents their VIP Gala at the world-famous Faena Forum from 7:30-10:30p.m. They invite everyone to join them as they kick off the 10th anniversary of Miami Beach Gay Pride and pay special tribute to the organizations founders with special guests Gus Kentworthy and Roxanne Vargas. The event is hosted by Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard with music by DJ Adora. Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 day of event and can be purchased at Pridegala2018.BrownPaperTickets.com.
Twist presents a special appearance by DJ TonyYNot (of NYC and Fire Island) with a “Wurkout” CD Giveaway, and a closing set by DJ Mika and full liquor bar until 7a.m.
The Pub Wilton Manors presents Sherry Vine live at 9:30p.m.
ArtsUnited hosts an opening reception for The Naughty Show tonight from 6 to 9p.m. at Tedds Art Works, 2422 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors. There is a $10 cover. This erotic art exhibit will be on display from tonight through May 11 during gallery hours. For more info, go to: Artsunitedflorida.com.
Score Productions and Hilton Wolman proudly present the official Saturday night event of Miami Beach Gay Pride, URGE: Proud starring DJs Paulo and Nacho Chapado. Extended hours from 10p.m. to 7a.m. Advance tickets available at UrgeMiami.com.
The Pub Wilton Manors presents “Battle of the Bitches” with Sherry Vine and Jackie Beat at 10:30p.m.
The Club Fort Lauderdale features their bi-monthly (1st and 3rd Saturday of the month) Res-Erection Naked Blackout event at 10p.m. This is always a sold-out event, so get there early!
The Ramrod presents Pig Dance #116 (first Saturday of the month), with DJ Daniel Kristopherre from 10p.m. to 3a.m.
The Manor Complex presents, back by popular demand, DJ Drew G of Dirty Pop in the ballroom. Noche Latina Saturdays, inside the Ivy Dance Room and Patio, presents special guests Lana Novva Lanudde and Angelica Monroe, along with resident DJ Larry Larr and sexy Latin go-go papis. Saturdays at the Manor feature NO COVER before midnight (FL res) and only $7 after for members and $10 for non-members (18-20 – $12 all night).
Sunday, April 8
Miami Beach Gay Pride presents the Parade and Festival. Although events have been going on all week, this is the final and major day that you do not want to miss. The parade starts at noon, and the festival goes until 10p.m. with Thelma Houston and Taylor Dayne performing at 8 and 9p.m., respectively. For more information, see the five page feature in this issue or go to: Miamibeachgaypride.org.
Flip Flops Dockside Eatery presents their monthly T Dance (first Sunday of the month) from 4 to 7p.m., hosted by Amanda Austin with DJ Robert Lavalle spinning and this month’s special guests: Starlet Skye, Taina Norell, and Jasmine Lords.
The Pub Wilton Manors presents Jackie Beat live at 9:30p.m.
Twist presents Beach Ball Pride 2018 T-Dance starring DJ Alex Infiniti at 6p.m.The entire club opens at 10p.m., including their famous Gaiety dancers. Arrive early to avoid the line!
Tuesday, April 10
The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (219 SW Second Avenue) will host an exclusive “Behind the Stacks” Tour of its Hoch Heritage Research Center, Library and Archive. This unique, exciting and educational tour, marking the centennial of the end of World War I, will feature rare books, curated photos and artifacts that highlight diverse perspectives of how residents of early Fort Lauderdale and other Floridians participated in the Great War. The special program is being held in honor of the 60th anniversary of National Libraries Week and in recognition of National Library Workers Day, takes place from 10a.m. to noon, and is free with museum admission. General admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children ages six and under. Tickets are available online at eventbrite.com at https://bit.ly/2FZ4AMR or at the door.
Wednesday, April 11
Temple Sinai of Hollywood (1400 N 46th Ave), is commemorating its 75th anniversary by collaborating with Temple Solel of Hollywood for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) at 7p.m. The program includes a presentation about the history of the Third Reich and how the Nazis perpetrated their crimes. The congregation will honor member survivors, next generation and the memories of marginalized communities. The program features performances by members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Rabbi Noah Kitty of Congregation Etz Chaim, Wilton Manors, and Father Joe Spina OSF of the Franciscan Order at Sts. Francis & Clare will memorialize the millions of LGBT, Gypsies and other marginalized communities as well as the clergy and Righteous Among the Nations who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis. This event is free and open to the public. For more information go to: Sinaihollywood.org.
This is HOT
For those of you who know me, you know I love me some BROADWAY! Therefore, you can only imagine how much I loved the book, Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution. ($32 for the 400-page hardcover).
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s first musical, Oklahoma!, opened on Broadway on March 31, 1943, and mark’s its 75th anniversary this spring. That show, along with Carousel (whose new Broadway revival opens on April 12), South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music firmly established Rodgers and Hammerstein at the apex of the great age of the American Songbook. The two men had previously written dozens of Broadway shows with other collaborators, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, which was a sharp break from the past and created the template on which all future musicals would be built.
Author Todd S. Purdum’s portrait of these artistic partners, offers a fresh and revelatory look at the personalities of these legendary figures, their relationship with each other, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations.
Something Wonderful is full of illuminating anecdotes about the biggest stars of the day, including Ethel Merman, Yul Brynner, Mary Martin, and Julie Andrews, as well as Stephen Sondheim and Irving Berlin, both of whose work benefited from their association with Rodgers and Hammerstein. Purdum also introduces readers to many other creative artists on the R&H team whose contributions and innovations are not as well-known but should be. He also sheds light on the partners’ emotionally distant relationship, even as they created one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of the twentieth century.