Friday, March 29
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is thrilled to welcome back Rachelle Coba as part of its monthly “Jazz at MOCA” series. With riffs that can bring down the house and a voice that awakens the hearts, Coba sweeps away her audiences with her own high-powered brand of blues; from soul, to country, to uptown, onto the stage. Her take on the blues is unexpectedly honest and mesmerizing. After years of performing in festivals like Chicago Bluesfest and opening for renowned artists including Dr. John, The Cate Brothers and Candye Kane, Coba has crafted her own style and formed The Rachelle Coba Band. With an exciting new trio, Coba has relocated back to South Florida and is playing to steadily growing audiences in the US and abroad. The public is invited to enjoy the jazz rhythms of the Rachelle Coba, rain or shine! The museum will be closed for installation of its upcoming exhibition.” This event is free and open to the public, but for more info go to: mocanomi.org.
Saturday, March 30
The Pub starts “The Good Times Saturday Brunch” starring Maryel Epps singing jazz, and gospel from 2-3:30pm.
Compass Community Center presents the 28th annual Pride of the Palm Beaches today and tomorrow from 12-6pm (don’t forget the annual parade at 11am on Sunday). Tickets are $8 in advance (Compassglcc.com) and $10 at the gate.
The Harvey Milk Foundation and the Pride Center at Equality Park presents the fifth annual Diversity Honors at the Seminole Hardrock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. This event honors those who are transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusiveness. For more information, see the feature in this week’s magazine or go to DiversityHonors.org.
Magic City Casino presents their annual Ultimate Miami Drag Queen at 9pm. The night will feature special appearances by Rupaul’s Drag Race’s Shangela and Miss Vangie as well as current winner Tiffany Fantasia and the 2017 winner Athena Dion. Tickets are just $25 (VIP Tables are available) at theultimatemiami.com.
The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus proudly presents Boys on Broadway featuring songs from their favorite shows – Guys and Dolls (sans the dolls), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, West Side Story, South Pacific, Cabaret and many more – that have been sung by men or groups of men…with a twist or two here and there. The show takes place at 8pm at Coral Gables Congregational Church located at 3010 De Soto Boulevard. Tickets are $25 for adults (in advance at MGMChorus.org). Children 12 and under enter for free.
The Manor Complex presents “The Manor World” in the ballroom starring International DJ/Producer Dani Toro and performing live, Nalaya, the voice of Ibiza. Noche Latina Saturdays, in the Ivy Dance room and Patio, celebrates the Latin Pop Divas with performances by Viva Mirage and Lana Novva Lannude. The night will also star DJ Cubano Miik and sexy Latin Go-Go Papi’s. Doors open at 11pm to 4am, and feature NO COVER before midnight (FL Res) and only $7 for members after midnight and $10 for non-members (18-20 – $12 all night).
Sunday, March 31
The Pub presents Lady Fancy’s Gospel Jubilee, which is a church of a different kind and features good old fashioned Southern Gospel music at 7 pm.
The annual Japanese Spring Festival returns today from 10am to 4 pm to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, located at 2000 Convention Center Drive. Admission is free with registration at bit.ly/MBBGarden. The Japanese Spring Festival invites guests to experience Japanese culture firsthand through interactive and immersive encounters including thundering performances of Taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko, Ikebana floral design workshops, traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, hands-on origami lessons and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to shop for unique artisan items in a Japan-inspired marketplace. For more information visit mbgarden.org.
Tuesday, April 2
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) invites you to kick-off the Miami Beach Pride celebration by attending our Spotlight Mega-Mixer. Mingle and network with over 200 Chamber members, guests, visitors, and the community at large. The event will take place from 6 to 9pm at the Oasis Patio of the Shelborne South Beach, and features food bites, open bar (courtesy of Bacardi), and music. Admission also includes participation in a drawing for great prizes provided by Chamber members including VIP tickets to Miami Beach Pride and the opportunity to be on the Chamber’s float in the Pride Parade along Ocean Drive on April 7th! Admission is: Pre-Paid Online = $10 (Chamber members) and$20 (Others), and at the door = $15 (Chamber members), and $25 (Others). Portion of the proceeds to benefit Miami Beach Pride.
Wednesday, April 3
A new art museum, called the George Daniell Museum (1205 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach), will open in South Beach today in conjunction with Miami Beach Pride events. It will feature the full collection of prominent American photographer and artist George Daniell, a gay man who worked for Time, Life and Esquire Magazines, and who captured the images of many celebrities (Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Lena Horne, Georgia O’Keefe, etc). Many of the photographs also feature his more personal photographs, which bring a homoerotic sensibility to his work. This is the first time the entirety of his collection will be available for public view. The grand opening celebration is open to the public at 6pm. The grand opening will feature music by DJ’s Andres Aguirre and Mayra Jaimes, an open bar, food and access to the museum galleries. The event is free to attend. In addition to the new museum, there will be a George Daniell pop-up shop that will offer first access to limited edition photography prints and books by the artist.
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