Sam Smith Releases New Track
Sam Smith and Burna Boy join forces on Smith’s new track “My Oasis,” out now via Capitol Records. “My Oasis” marks the start of a new chapter for Smith who has to date sold over 25 million adjusted albums worldwide. Born from a mutual respect for one another, Smith and Burna Boy made this cross-continent collaboration happen over the last few months and the result is a brilliant song of love lost and longing, intertwining their distinctive vocals. “This track has been a beautiful release of emotions for me during this time,” says Smith who wrote the track with Jimmy Napes and Burna Boy. “I’ve been a fan of Burna Boy for years now and am so happy to have a tune with him.” Download/stream “My Oasis” at: Samsmith.world/MyOasisPR.
Tom Goss’s New Summer Anthem “Nerdy Bear”
“Nerdy Bear,” Tom Goss’s new summer anthem, pays homage to the subset of plus-sized gay men that enjoy superheroes, play video games and wear cute glasses with clever graphic tees. It’s a pop track, with a big, snappy sound and an infectious melody, that also contains a smooth sultry R&B vibe along with instrumentation that will make listeners feel like they’re sliding into silk sheets. “We’ve all seen the movies where the nerdy girl is hot, but she doesn’t know it,” says Tom. “She has to take off her glasses and let down her hair for the world to recognize her beauty. I say hell no to all that. The nerdy bear is already as cute as can be!” Tom Goss’s “Nerdy Bear” is available on iTunes, Spotify and all major digital platforms. Its music video is on YouTube.
Digging Up Dorothy is now available on Amazon Prime.
The short film follows a drag queen who stages a protest in a cemetery when she discovers the remains of Hollywood legend Judy Garland are going to be moved. Based on true events, the film’s screenwriter wrote the script after reading an article on Liza Minnelli’s plans to exhume her mother’s remains. “I was all set to walk the red carpet this film festival season,” says Digging Up Dorothy’s screenwriter and lead actor, Darren Stewart-Jones, who plays drag queen Ruby LaRue. “Most of the festivals that the film was accepted into are either cancelled or postponed.” “I just want people to see this movie,” says Stewart-Jones, who founded the Toronto Queer Theatre Festival eight years ago. “The film was a labor of love for me and I was so disappointed when festivals in Philadelphia and Atlanta that planned to show the movie were cancelled. Of course, safety had to come first.”
OUTshine Film Festival Goes Virtual
The Virtual Edition of the Outshine Film Festival will feature an Opening Night OUT Drive-OUT movie experience beginning Thursday, August 20th. OUTshine will Showcase over 40+ screenings in 11 days. Including virtual social events, live Q&A’s, filmmaker & talent appearances, and much more to maintain that true “festival” experience that only OUTshine delivers year after year! From first-run narrative feature length films and documentaries to short film programs and community screenings, OUTshine’s Virtual Edition program will not only be available in South Florida, but throughOUT the entire state of Florida as well! Learn more at OUTshineFilm.com. The Virtual Film Program, Tickets and Festival Passes are available now.
The Broward Center For The Performing Arts Presents Piff Virtual
Piff the Magic Dragon: Live from Las Vegas brings the magic to you at home through the power of Zoom! Whether you’re eight or eighty, you can laugh your head off from the comfort of your couch with this interactive magic-comedy show. Piff wowed the nation on “America’s Got Talent” and blew away Penn and Teller on their CW show “Fool Us.” David Copperfield called Piff “a true original.” Now it’s your turn to host the hilarious, record-breaking magician in your very own living room. The one-hour event comes to you live from Piff’s studio in Las Vegas, featuring never-before-seen tricks that will unfold right in your own hands. It’s a completely new magic experience that only happens online… don’t miss out! Each pass allows viewing on one device, so you can enjoy the show solo or bring the family in on the fun. Capacity is limited. Get your passes and experience the power of Piff. The show takes place on Friday, August 7 and 14 at 7pm.To purchase tickets, go to: Passportshows.com/portfolio/piff-broward-center/
The event which takes place Sunday, August 9 from 10am to 1pm, features guest artist New York-based photographer Mike Ruiz, best known for his high-impact, surreal brand of celebrity and fashion photography. Mike will talk about how Tom of Finland has influenced his work. The cost is $10 in addition for screenshots. Screenshots are to be used as reference to finish your drawings and may NOT be shared or posted. Screenshots of other artists is prohibited unless you have permission from them. By joining the online drawing events, you are agreeing with the screenshoot rules. RSVP required via email with digital confirmation of ticket purchase by Saturday 8th August by 9pm. Instructions will be sent out the day before to join the Zoom meeting. Music will be played while the model is posing, which you may turn off and listen to your own. Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes. For more information, go to: tomoffinland.org/events/tom-of-finland-foundation-drawing-session-online/
Art Serve Presents Dr. Corinna J. Moebius
As ArtServe continues to advance the arts for social good, the award-winning non-profit will present noted South Florida “ChangeMaker” Dr. Corinna J. Moebius during “ArtServe Live Cultural Convo” on Monday, August 10 from 3 to 4pm. The event is free and sponsored by WLRN. The public is encouraged to watch, comment and ask questions on Facebook Live and Zoom. As the director of Imagine Miami, the South Florida civic engagement initiative of Catalyst Miami, Dr. Corinna J. Moebius facilitated large-scale community dialogues and developed a series of “Changemaker Conferences” during which grassroots leaders connected for knowledge-sharing, capacity building and leadership development. She also designed South Florida’s first summit on arts, culture and civic engagement and leads annual workshops on arts and civic engagement for the ArtServe-affiliated Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute. Joining Dr. Moebius as guests will be Broward art activist Niki Lopez and Pinellas County-based Leigh Davis, co-founder of “The Words Project.” ArtServe’s ongoing “Cultural Convo” virtual discussion series examines the arts world through the lens of cultural content creators as well as cultural organization leaders and entities which provide cultural engagement with the community. Learn more at facebook.com/pg/ArtServeFlorida/events.
Mapleworth Murders Premiering On Quibi August 10
From the creators of SNL comes this comedic crime procedural starring Paula Pell as a murder-mystery writer that features guest victims and suspects. It all leads to the bigger question: why the hell are there so many murders in one small town? Also stars Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, D’Arcy Carden, Tim Meadows, Patton Oswalt, Jack McBrayer, Pam Murphy, Ben Warheit, Annie Mumolo, Ike Barinholtz, Mary Holland, James Anderson, and Drew Tarver, with guest appearances by Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes, Chris Parnell, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Nicole Byer, and Jimmy Carlson. New Chapters Every Weekday until August 21.
Seasons 52 Chef Elvis Bravo’s Presents The Art of Cooking with Eggs
We’re eggs-tatic about The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s Seasons 52 Chef Elvis Bravo’s next segment on Cooking with The Galleria, a free virtual tutorial series! Join Chef Bravo on Facebook Live on Tuesday, August 11, at 2 pm, as he demonstrates how to prepare No-bake Garden Frittata, Gruyere French Omelette, Deviled Eggs with Caviar and Ciabatta Crostini with Quail Egg. Launched in April on Facebook Live, Cooking with The Galleria has successfully entertained thousands in the local community. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is currently open with limited hours and additional safety measures complying with government guidelines. Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and P.F. Chang’s are offering full-service dining and take-out. Please visit Galleriamall-fl.com/current-updates-due-to-covid-19.
FLIFF Drive-In Cinema Presents Mamma Mia on Saturday August 8
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Drive-In Cinema is held at Pier Sixty-Six Marina South at 2150 SE 17 Street in Fort Lauderdale (on the SE corner of the 17th Bridge). Gates open 7pm. All cars must be in position by 8:15pm. Movies begin at 8:30pm. Food trucks are available on site. Admission per carload is $30 General Admission, $20 Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina neighbors, and $15 FLIFF Production Assistant & Director Level members. Drive-In Guidelines: Arriving, give your name to the Staffer at the Gate. Follow parking directions – Taller vehicles in the back. If you leave your vehicle to go to the Food Truck or concession or rest rooms, WEAR YOUR MASK! Do not congregate – Maintain Social Distancing! Tickets must be purchased in advance online at FLIFF.com
From Chris Manley, President of Gaydays
“Our concern for the health and safety of our partners, guests, vendors, sponsors, and staff is of utmost importance. Since April when we rescheduled Gay Days 2020 to the Halloween Weekend, the Gay Days staff has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States and the world. In partnership with our Gay Days Host Hotel, Margaritaville Resort, and adhering to the Federal, state, local and CDC guidelines, we have rescheduled the Gay Days Halloween 30th Anniversary event (scheduled for October 27 to November 2, 2020). It will become Gay Days Disco Inferno 2021, and take place Tuesday, June 1, 2021 to Monday, June 7, 2021. We’ll all be ready for a party then.” For additional information contact Chris Manley at Chris@gaydays.com.