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What’s Hot South Florida: April 15 – 24

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Thursday, April 15

The Young Professionals Network of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents “Elevating Your Career in 2021” at Skin Elements (7295 NW 2nd Avenue “Little River” Miami) from 6-7pm. The speaker will be Mike Lasley who is the Director of Recruitment and Career Coach for Northwestern Mutual. He will be speaking about: Making an impression to stand out above other applicants; Resume do’s and don’ts; optimizing Social Media for your job search; pre and post interview tips; and networking and the impact that makes on your future career. Admission is $10 for members and $20 others, but there are no walk ins, so you have to pre-register (max capacity 50 people) at Gaybizmiami.com.

Friday, April 16

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is pleased to announce their next Garden After Dark live music series. The Garden’s lush grounds provide the perfect setting for these intimate, outdoor shows featuring a slate of world music performances designed to provide rousing entertainment while still offering safety protocols in a Covid conscious environment. Tonight at 6pm they feature Spam Allstars in their first public concert with an in-person audience in over a year, Spam Allstars promise a groove heavy, funky, hip-shakin’ set that will have you dancing and smiling all night long. Andrew Yeomanson, AKA DJ Le Spam, spins vintage tropical vinyl before and after his band’s performance. Location: Great Lawn. Cost: $35 non-members, $25 members. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: mbgarden.org.

The Palm Beach Improv presents Jon Lovitz today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Jon Lovitz has been one of the best-known comedians for the last twenty years. He began taking classes with the famous improv comedy group, “The Groundlings” in 1982. One year later, after being accepted into “The Sunday Company”, Jon got his first acting job on the television show “The Paper Chase: The Second Year”. Then, in September of 1984, he was accepted into the main company at “The Groundlings.” On March 28, 1985, “The Groundlings” appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” where Jon premiered his character “Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous”. Following the introduction of this persona, Jon got an agent, and booked a movie, a series, a voice over for a cartoon, and “Saturday Night Live”. The rest is history. General admission tickets are $30, and VIP tickets are 440 at Palmbeachimprov.com.

Saturday, April 17

American Idol sensation Ada Vox returns to the Pub tonight at 10:30. If you can’t make it to see Ada tonight, she makes a encore appearance on Sunday, April 18 at 10:30pm.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents the Symphony of the Americas: A Classical Return – A Trip Through Europe on their Backlot live today and tomorrow Sunday, April 18 at 7pm. To purchase tickets which range from $10 to $50 go to BrowardCenter.org.

Gay Men’s chorus of South Florida presents “Lift Every Voice and Sing; Songs of Hope, Freedom and Justice. Join them for a concert to honor the legacy of our African American musical ancestors and the composers and performers inspired by them. Everything from spirituals to jazz, from gospel to rhythm and blues, from rock ‘n roll to rap, is a part of their songbook because of them.  Our nation’s rich diversity is the surest sign of our greatness, and the music of Black America is a big piece of that greatness. Special Guest Commentary by Latrice Royale. Enjoy this spectacular concert event as a drive-in movie on Saturday, April 17th or online Sunday, April 18th. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: gmcsf.org/spring2021.

Sunday, April 18

The Pub presents Brunch in paradise starring Lenore Jay from 2-4pm.

Dave Koz presents “Cruisin’ on a Sunday afternoon” livestream concert with special guests Keiko Matsui, Eric Darius, Vincent Ingala, Adam Hawley, Chris Walker and Host Pat Prescott. For details, or to buy tickets, go to Davekoz.com.

Determined to make Palm Beach County the destination for auto enthusiasts around the world every year, the producers and their sponsors were planning on presenting the 11th Annual Supercar Week in January 2021, but due to Covid it was moved to this weekend with the grand Finale taking place today at Flagler Drive Waterfront from 10am to 5pm and is free to the public. For more information go to supercarweek.com

Tuesday, April 20

Its 420 day…not telling you what to do but have fun!

Wednesday, April 21

The Miami Improv presents comedian Matteo Lane tonight and tomorrow Thursday, April 22. Matteo Lane is a New York-based comedian whose stand-up special can be seen on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup. He’s also appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Late Night With Seth Meyers, HBO’s Crashing and Will & Grace. Matteo is currently developing an animated series Kickass Drag Queen, together with Bob the Drag Queen, Gary Sanchez and Unicorn Island Productions, and co-hosts the podcast Inside the Closet together with Emma Willmann. Not limited to just stand up, Matteo also performs a live cabaret, Streisand at the Bon Soir, to great critical acclaim. Fluent in five languages and with a singing range of six octaves, Matteo lived in Italy as an oil painter and opera singer before starting his comedy career. Tickets $22 at Miamiimprov.com.

The Equality Garden Club presents a Virtual Unique and Unusual Plant Auction. Join them for one night only in their virtual garden of curiosities and wonders at 6:30pm. It’s an easy online registration: 1) got o facebook.com/groups/egcplantauction, 2) Answer the admission questions completely to be accepted and 3) wait to be admitted. Admission is Free and items start at only $10.

This Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is hosting “Michael Richards: Are You Down?” ― the first museum retrospective of the work of Michael Richards. The Afro-Caribbean artist’s sculptural and drawing practice reflects on issues of racial inequity, anti-blackness, and diasporic identity. Co-curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin, “Michael Richards: Are You Down?” marks the largest exhibition of Richards’ work to date and will be on view through Oct. 10. Richards passed away in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks while working in his Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views studio, located on the 92nd floor of World Trade Center Tower One. The exhibition commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The Lakeworth Playhouse presents two acting cases for adults that start today. The first is Fundamentals of Acting For Adults on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7pm and the second is Intermediate Acting for Adults from 7 to 8:30pm and they both are taught by David Simson and run through May 26 (6 weeks). For more information or to register for classes go to Lakeworthplayhouse.org/adult-classes.

Friday, April 23

Netflix premieres Shadow and Bone. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive. Shadow and Bone is a Netflix production from 21 Laps Entertainment, starring Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), and Ben Barnes (General Kirigan). For more information go to: www.netflix.com/shadowandbone

Naked Boys Reading, which is a Ft Lauderdale a monthly event, will focus on “Cancel Culture” as a subject matter this month.  It promises to be a night of interesting, thought provoking but fun literature and entertainment.  Shows will take place at Empire Stage (1140 N Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale) today and tomorrow Saturday, April 24th at 7:30 and Sunday the 25th at 2pm.  For more info call (954) 678-1496 or go to Empirestage.com.

Saturday, April 24

Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival presented by AHF Pharmacy takes place today and stars Lil’ Kim, Trina, and pre-Walk entertainment from DJ Alex. Don’t miss out on the feel-good festival making a difference in the fight against AIDS. They are working hard to plan a safe and fun event, and they hope you can join! Whether you’re walking, running, or donating, your support makes a difference. It takes all of us, working together, to bring this walk to life. For more info go to: Floridaaidswalk.org.

The Arsht Center presents Zoetic Schmoetic, which is a fun, fast-paced, 80-minute performance of high-energy improv comedy you don’t want to miss. Six of South Florida’s funniest improv performers will entertain you through various games and stories. With a little help from the socially distanced audience, their actors will thrill and delight with brave, contemporary and Miami-based humor. The show is at 5 and 9pm and tickets are $15 at arshtcenter.org.

Slow Burn Theatre Co presents Topsy Turvy cabaret on the Backlot of the Broward Center at 6pm. It has been a full year since a terrible curse has swept our land and it has kept our amazing local talents locked away in dungeons with only windows to wave through. As the curse begins to lift, Slow Burn Theatre is giving our community a chance to stand before their people once again, rejoice, and JUST BE! Seating at this outdoor event allows for 6ft of physical distance for your safety. Tickets for this event will only be available in pods of 2, 4 or 6. Face coverings are required at all times unless actively consuming food and beverages in designated seating areas. Tickets are $25-40 at BrowardCenter.org.

This is HOT

Little Black Book, a new rock musical about the life and times of Heidi Fleiss, announces the release of a concept album on the Grammy-winning Broadway Records this spring.  With music, lyrics and book by Billy Recce, and starring Alice RipleyOrfehMandy Gonzalez, Jessica VoskBrittney JohnsonDiana DeGarmoVonzell Solomon, Kuhoo VermaSamantha PaulyNatalie Weiss and Lillias White, the album centers on the infamous Hollywood Madam of the 90’s who now resides in the middle of the deserts of Nevada with her forty parrots.

The digital album is available now on Apple and Amazon and on BroadwayRecords.com.  The cd version will be available 4/30.  Pre-orders for the CD of Little Black Book are available on BroadwayRecords.com and other major music retailers.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK Track listing:

    1. Opening (Heidi) – Amanda Lopez, Sarah Kleist Lauren Robinson
    2. Little Black Book – Mandy Gonzalez
    3. Streets of LA – Jessica Vosk
    4. My (Much, Much Older) Man – Brittney Johnson
    5. One of the Girls – Kuhoo Verma, Lillias White
    6. Enterprise – Orfeh
    7. No Sympathy – Vonzell Solomon
    8. Pandering – Samantha Pauly, with Amanda Lopez, Sarah Kleist Lauren Robinson
    9. Serial Fuckup – Diana DeGarmo
    10. Cage Song – Alice Ripley
    11. Summer in Nevada – Natalie Weis

For more information about Little Black Book, visit littleblackbookmusical.com.

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