Thursday, January 4
ArtsUnited presents its annual two-week arts festival Art Explosion starting today and going through January 20. The spectacular event features the work of local artists and several cultural activities all over South Florida, including gallery receptions and exhibits, performances, theater, fashion and cuisine. Art Explosion has become one of the most exciting art events on the South Florida cultural agenda. For more information, or for advance tickets go to: Artsunitedflorida.com.
Friday, January 5
The 20th Anniversary World Tour Riverdance comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts from Jan 5-7 with tickets starting at only $30. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland – in rock, music, theatre and film – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.
If you were a fan of Chelsea Lately, then you undoubtedly heard of comedian Jo Koy who appeared as a season regular roundtable guest. If you liked him, go see him at the Palm Beach Improv tonight at 7:30 p.m., with tickets starting at $25.
Saturday, January 6
Florida Grand Opera Family Day at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is a fun-filled day for those new to the genre or seasoned opera aficionados. Come and explore the world of opera through hands-on activities, performances, interactive experiences, and the thrill of live theater starting at 10am. Enjoy a special presentation of Hansel & Gretel by the FGO Children’s Opera. The day is FREE but a ticket is required. Visit SMDCAC.org or call the Box Office at 786-573-5300. The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay.
The Club Fort Lauderdale features their Bi-monthly (1st and 3rd Saturday of the month) Res-Erection Naked Blackout event at 10 p.m. This is always a sold-out event so get there early!
The Ramrod presents Pig Dance #113 the first Saturday of every month) with this month’s guest DJ Doug Jackson.
If you were a Smash aficionado like me, and are still mourning the loss of this show (Ok, it was cancelled a few years ago) then you can’t help but love Jeremy Jordan. Well if you do, or you just want to see a sexy and talented entertainer you can catch him tonight at the Parker Playhouse as part of the Broadway Concert Series with Seth Rudetsky. The show is at 8 p.m. with tickets starting at only $23.
Multi-talented artist, esteemed choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer Bill T. Jones brings his company to the Arsht Center for the very first time tonight at 8p.m. They present Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist. In Part Two of the Analogy Trilogy, we meet Lance, whose battles with his own personal demons-drugs and excess-exposes us to another type of war.
Sunday, January 7
Flip Flops Dockside Eatery presents its monthly T Dance, the only T dance in Fort Lauderdale on the Intracoastal. The party is from 4-7 p.m, hosted by Amanda Austin with DJ Robert Lavalle. This month’s special guests are Anna Rexia, Joanna James and Rianna Petrone.
Tuesday, January 9
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the winner of the 2014 Tony for Best Musical will premiere tonight at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The show runs through Jan 21 with tickets starting at only $30, and tell the story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars!
Wednesday, January 10
The one and only, Johnny Mathis, the voice of an angel, comes to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 8 p.m. with tickets starting at only $30. Best known for Grammy Hall of Fame classics Chances Are, It’s Not for Me to Say and Misty, the magical Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records’ longest-signed artist, recording more than 80 albums and scoring 50 hits on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart. Says Barbra Streisand of his smoldering voice and enduring style: “There are a number of good singers, a smaller handful of truly great singers, and then there’s Johnny Mathis.”
FYI, the Alibi 2017 drink tokens will expire on February 1, so use them or lose them. Only the new 2018 drink tokens will be accepted after February 1.
This is HOT
Battle of the Sexes – Emma Stone and Steve Carell bring their A game to this crowd-pleaser based on the electrifying true story of the 1973 tennis match between women’s champion Billie Jean King (Stone) and former men’s champ Bobby Riggs (Carell). Filled with heart, humor and biting wit, Battle of the Sexes is a triumphant celebration of the historic contest that changed the game!
Battle of the Sexes is rated PG-13, has a run time of 121 minutes and is available now nationwide (Amazon – DVD: $14.95; Blu-Ray: $19.99)