Thursday, April 12
The Lakeworth Playhouse presents the award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dicken’s novel Oliver! which springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and songs ever to hit the stage. Follow Oliver’s journey on the streets of Victorian England from poorhouse to pickpocket and, finally, the true love of family. Oliver! Is a musical theater masterpiece. The show opens tonight and runs through April 29. Buy tickets online at Lakeworthplayhouse.org/Oliver.html or call (561) 586-6410.
Twist presents their monthly Flamboyance Party starring superstar DJ Power Infiniti.
The Pub presents Menergy: Leather Vol 2, a social dance party for those into leather and kink. The party gets rolling at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 14
GLLN is excited to host its 7th annual gala at The Flagship, a historic venue in downtown Fort Lauderdale tonight from 4 to 7pm. Proceeds from this year’s gala, which, will go to Stonewall National Museum & Archives. Ticket prices are $125 per person. For a $1,000 contribution, you will receive a reserved table, 5 tickets to the gala, 2 bottles of champagne, and recognition at the event. To order a VIP package, please contact Meghana Saoji at Saoji@cclawpa.com or (954) 525-6566. To purchase tickets to the Gala or to make a contribution to the Fund if you are not able to attend, go to GLLN.org.
Fort Lauderdale’s Second Annual Taco Battle & Craft Beer Fest, sponsored by Tabañero Hot Sauce, returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale from 1 to 6pm. This year, foodies and craft-beer aficionados from all around South Florida will be able to sample a bounty of craft beverages as well as gourmet tacos from local restaurants and food trucks vying for the Best of the Best Award! This free, general admission, family- and pet-friendly event has something for everyone: from live music to free kids activities, eclectic vendors and plenty of food. For information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elizabeth Slowey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (954) 279-3362.
The Ramrod presents Underground Invasion (2nd Saturday of the month), where it’s all about the music. This month’s edition stars DJ Tomas Arias.
The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens presents their Second Saturday Seminar: Ten Best Plants For Pollinators from 10am to noon. Barbara McAdam of Florida Yards and Neighborhoods will give a talk on how to beautify your garden while attracting bees and butterflies. Discover some of the best plants to attract pollinators that thrive in our South Florida climate. Attendees for workshop go home with plants to start attracting pollinators. The lecture is free, and the workshop, which starts at 11am, is $20. Register online at mbgarden.org/calendar/tickets.
Sunday, April 15
The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts presents Che Malambo at 8pm. This Argentina-based company excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, the company’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that tested the skills of agility, strength, and dexterity. Zapeteo, their fast-paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in company’s native Argentina. Tickets start at $30.
Equality Florida presents their fifth annual Palm Beach Gala from 5:30pm to 8pm at Lakes Pavillion (101 South Flagler Drive, WPB). All proceeds benefit Equality Florida’s Safe and Healthy Schools Project (SHS). Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at Equalityflorida.org/palmbeachgala or by calling (813) 870-3735.
Tuesday, April 17
Wilton Manors Commissioner Julie Carson, Commissioner Tom Green, and Stephan Rioux, along with former Mayor Sandy Steen, Lillie Harris, Scott Herman, Sal Torre, Tom Runyan, George Castrataro, Scott Rivelli, Kenny Silverman, Cliff Esserman, and Timothy Christopher cordially invite the entire community to a Meet and Greet with Vice Mayor Justin Flippen, candidate for Wilton Manors Mayor. The event takes place from 5:30-7:30pm at DrYnk Bar and Lounge (2255 Wilton Dr). Suggested minimum contribution: $50. Maximum contribution under Florida law: $1,000.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents their April Mixer at J Marks restaurant from 5:30-7:30pm. Admission is free for GFLGLCC members and only $10 for future members and includes one complimentary Reyka Vodka drink and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. For more information contact Ramond@gflglcc.org.
The Pub presents Show Tunes Special Edition starring the Dynamic Duo (Eric Swanson and Gerianne Ditto) at 8pm. This will be followed by Show Tunes with Michael Scott and Nathan (the Hairy Pianist).
This is HOT
On April 20, Island Def Jam/UMe is set to properly fete Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco and The First Lady of Love, with Summer: The Original Hits. This catchy collection of chart toppers is a companion to Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, an exciting new Broadway musical based on her rich and storied life. Previews for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical began last month at the legendary Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City, and the show opens on April 23.
Summer’s signature style is on full display on The Original Hits in such iconic tracks as the forever-seductive “Love To Love You Baby,” the defiantly declarative “Bad Girls,” the MTV-era female-empowerment anthem “She Works Hard For The Money,” the fiery dance/rock mesh of “Hot Stuff,” and the urgent ballad-to-crescendo disco blend of “Last Dance.”
Summer’s influential work is given a fresh, but respectful update with two rare remixes by renowned Grammy-nominated remix producer Ralphi Rosario: “MacArthur Park (Rosabel’s Radio Mix),” a No. 1 Dance hit in 2013, and “Hot Stuff,” a new rework in collaboration with Erick Ibiza, that debuts on this collection. Another rarity on the album is the German-language rendition of “White Boys” that Summer recorded while in the German cast of Hair.
Even though Summer sadly passed away in 2012, her cultural impact and sonic legacy carries ever onward; she garnered a well-deserved posthumous induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. If you’re lookin’ for some hot stuff to listen to this evening, look no further than Summer: The Original Hits.