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The Broward LGBTQ+ Get out the Vote Action Center open last Thursday at the former Boomerang’s Pet Thrift Shop at 2365 Wilton Drive. The building is under renovations and they are at the NW entrance inside the chain link fence. Plenty of parking, so enter in the rear. Their hours of operation are M-F 2pm – 9pm, Sa 10am – 9pm, Su 2 pm – 7 pm. Due to COVID-19, they are limiting the number of people in the center at a time, requiring masks and social distancing. They encourage everyone to make a 15 minute appointment by going to www.lgbtqdems.org/2020-gotv-office/

Also on Thursday from 8 pm to 11pm the Pub closed for an employee Appreciation party where employees were treated to lots of yummy food and an open bar. It’s great to see when owners and management appreciate their staff. Thanks to Alex and Michael for such a great event! 


Thursday, October 15

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is opening its doors to the public with the long-awaited unveiling of its exhibition, “Raúl de Nieves: Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart.” The exhibition, curated by Risa Puleo, will be on view through March 21. It’s the first exhibition to consider symbiosis between the artist’s solo sculptural work and collaborative performances as well as de Nieves’ most comprehensive survey to date. The artist and Puleo worked closely together to design the exhibition as an immersive experience in which individual sculptures, installations, and audio performances blend into a cohesive experience of the spiritual, familial, and self across time.  Multimedia artist, performer and musician de Nieves drew his inspiration from memories from his childhood in his hometown of Michoacá, Mexico, where public religious rituals and private devotional acts included elaborate costuming, performances, and theatrical components. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, MOCA has instituted new health and safety guidelines that require social distancing and face coverings, among other measures. For the safety of its visitors, staff members, and volunteers, the museum is also implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols, such as the placement of signage and hand sanitizer throughout the museum.

Saturday, October 17th

Pride Fort Lauderdale presents a car wash at Dick’s Service Station from 11am to 3pm. This is a fundraiser for their non-profit, and they will be socially distancing and you can even stay in your car while they wash it. They are also looking for volunteers, if interested email Robyn@pridefortlauderdale.org or sign up at https://signup.com/go/CAvrqDi. Dick’s Service Station will provide hamburgers, hot dogs & cold refreshments for a charitable donation.
This event is sponsored by: AHF, and they will be onsite for free HIV testing and giving away safe sex kits. Get tested and receive a FREE haircut certificate from Dick’s Service Station. 


Tonight is the monthly Art Walk Wilton Manors hosted by The Shoppes of Wilton Manors on private property from 5 to 8pm, with live music starting at 5:30pm. Each business will be able to participate and artist are encouraged to put out 10 x 10 tents to showcase their art work. Social distancing and masks will be mandatory for the event in our COVID-Conscious community. Touch-free payment processing is encouraged for each artist selling their artwork. Artist are required to provide sanitizer at points of sale or where surfaces are contacted. Artist are required to register online at AWWM.org.


Stonewall National Museum and Archives Virtual Fall Fun-Raiser

This annual fundraiser takes place on Thursday October 15 from 7 to 8:30pm featuring comedian Judy Gold (standup comedian, actress, and author of Yes, I Can Say That – When They Come For the Comedians We Are All in Trouble and the writer and star of two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) and Broadway star Sean McDermott (is one of Broadway’s leading performers starring in Miss Saigon, Falsettos, Starlight Express, Grease, Chicago and many others). Tickets are $35, and you can purchase them and raffle tickets (Grand Prize: Exclusive Getaway to the Turks & Caicos at the Luxurious World-Renowned Grace Bay Club! Restaurant for two, personal concierge service, afternoon tea and more, and First Prize: (6) Six Months Delivery Dessert of the Month Club from Harry & David, and Second Prize: Black Leather Hard Rock Hotel Weekender Tote from Canyon Outback Leather Goods) at: https://stonewall-museum.org/virtual-fun-raiser/


Mind Body Social Goes Virtual

The “new normal” has called us all to redefine our approach to life’s most basic needs and physical and mental fitness are more important than ever, as we aim to keep our lives in balance. As a response, Mind Body Social will be hosting over 30 events from now through October 17th, featuring more than 30 top experts & instructors, in a festival of virtual activities that provide the ultimate wellness experience, aiming to connect the local community, LIVE from iconic locations throughout South Florida. For more information or a list of events, go to: www.wowsoflo.com

Social Distance drops on Netflix on October 15

Set in the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Social Distance is an eight-part anthology series that showcases the power of the human spirit in the face of uncertainty and isolation. Each standalone episode is told through a virtual lens and captures the unique emotional experience of being forced apart by circumstance and having no choice but to communicate remotely and rely on technology to maintain any sense of connection. Through these varied and deeply human stories, Social Distance aims to provide some much-needed catharsis during a tumultuous time while also capturing a snapshot of this singular moment in history. Stars Danielle Brooks, Mike Colter, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Oscar Nunez, Asante Blackk, Peter Scanavino, Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Guillermo Diaz, Okieriete Onaodowan, Max Jenkins, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Lovie Simone, Lachlan Watson and more. For more information, go to: netflix.com/SocialDistance


Acting Aging Expo on October 17

The Pride Center at Equality Park presents their annual Active Aging Expo; this year going virtual and taking place online on Saturday, October 17th from 10am until noon. They hope everyone can join them for what will be a very exciting morning! This year’s Virtual Expo will provide Active Aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) adults with a unique, comprehensive overview of community resources, with virtual exhibits reflecting health, finance, insurance, legal, travel, entertainment, retirement, and a number of helpful community organizations. Register for FREE at ActiveAgingExpo.org to be eligible to win a host of great door prizes and giveaways including a large screen television! 


Rebecca Hits Netflix on October 21

After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas). Directed by Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Free Fire) and produced by Working Title Films (Emma, Darkest Hour), REBECCA is a mesmerizing and gorgeously rendered psychological thriller based on Daphne du Maurier’s beloved 1938 gothic novel.

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Drops on October 15

When high school freshman Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart) reluctantly agrees to babysit Jacob Zellman (Ian Ho) on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be recruited into an international secret society of babysitters who protect kids with special powers from monsters. In order to keep Jacob safe from harm, Kelly teams with no-nonsense chapter Vice President Liz Lerue (Oona Laurence), tech genius Berna Vincent (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson), creature expert Cassie Zhen (Lynn Masako Cheng) and potions master Curtis Critter (Ty Consiglio) to defeat a Boogeyman known as “The Grand Guignol” (Tom Felton), a glamorous witch named “Peggy Drood” (Indya Moore) and their legion of mysterious monsters. Based on the first installment of Joe Ballarini’s popular scary book series of the same name, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is directed by Rachel Talalay, produced by Ivan Reitman and Amie Karp, with Naia Cucukov, Tom Pollock, and Ilona Herzberg executive producing. Alessio Scalzotto, Tamsen McDonough, Ashton Arbab, Crystal Balint, and Ricky He also co-star in this action-packed adventure about working together to overcome your fears.


Patti LuPone Live Streaming on Sat, October 24 at 8pm

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents a livestream concert featuring two-time Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone streamed live from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios cabaret-style, showcasing a mix of Broadway show tunes, pop songs, and personal stories from the life of a Broadway star. At-home audience members will be invited to email in questions to be answered during the livestream. Proceeds from this event will support our Road to Recovery Campaign. Tickets are $30 per household and includes access to the livestream performance and an additional 72-hours of on-demand viewing access to a video recording of the livestream, available one hour after the broadcast ends. Each ticket purchase includes a license valid for one household only. Sharing login credentials with anyone will result in exclusion from the event without refund. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to: BrowardCenter.org.


Billy Porter Releases For What, It’s Worth

Grammy/Emmy/Tony-winner Billy Porter released For What It’s Worth (Something Happening Here Remix featuring Stephen Stills)..  Available on all streamingplatforms and digital retailes. Said Porter “This song means so much to me. I am first generation post-civil rights and this song speaks truth power as much today as it did when it first came out. Stephen has been so gracious and lovely to work with. It was such an honor to perform with him on the DNC – virtually, of course. As we close in on this fever-pitch of an election, I hope that our version of “For What It’s Worth” will raise people up and inspire them to take action, use their voice, and vote, vote, vote.”


Sade Releases “This Far (6 Vinyl Albums Boxset)
This boxset ($179.98) features remastered versions of all of Sade’s studio albums to date, on pure 180-gram black vinyl – the first complete collection of their studio work up to the present day. All six of the band’s acclaimed albums: Diamond Life (1984), Promise (1985), Stronger Than Pride (1988), Love Deluxe (1992), Lovers Rock (2000), and Soldier of Love (2010) are packaged into the beautifully finished, white case-bound box. revisiting the audio, the band and Miles Showell worked from high resolution digital transfers of the stereo master mixes, from the original analogue studio tapes, remastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios. The elaborate, half-speed mastering process has produced exceptionally clean and detailed audio whilst remaining faithful to the band’s intended sound. No additional digital limiting was used in the mastering process, so the six albums benefit from the advantage of extra clarity and pure fidelity, preserving the dynamic range of the original mixes for the very first time. The six album sleeves have been meticulously reproduced in exact detail with authentic paper and printing methods, perfectly replicated for the first time since their original release. Pre-order at: https://store-us.sade.com/product/


Nina West Presents Heels of Horror

Drag Superstar Nina West is continuing her reign as the Queen of Halloween with the first ever digital production of Heels Of Horror. For 12 years, Nina West has written, produced and performed a Halloween Variety show LIVE in her hometown of Columbus, OH. Fans would come from all over the US to see the show, selling out tickets in a matter of hours and raising over $1million dollars for LGBTQ+ charities. The entirely new show is split into 3 episodes each featuring a different Halloween theme. They will be streamed exclusively via a ticketed event on VIMEO and will feature some of Columbus’s finest performers as well as special guests Sydney James Harcourt (Original Cast Member Hamilton on Broadway), Jennica Tastrophe, Gretta Goodbottom and The Skeleton crew, Jamz Dean and surprise cameos from the world of stage and screen. The show is sponsored by the generous support of the presenting sponsor Equitas Health. Equitas is a regional non-profit health system serving the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ in 13 cities in the Midwest. Throughout the run, Nina will be asking for donations to Equitas Health to continue its mission. The production is also supported by the Columbus-based, national companies White Castle and Big Lots. Tickets are just $30 and are on sale now at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/heelsofhorror


The Trial of the Chicago 7 Premieres on Netflix October 16

What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history. The movie stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella,John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong, Noah Robbins, Danny Flahery, Ben Skenkman, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin Fitzgerald, Alice Kremelberg, John Doman, J.C. MacKenzie, Damien Young, Wayne Duvall, and C.J. Wilson. 


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