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What’s Hot South Florida: May 13 – May 24

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Art Walk Wilton Manors

Thursday, May 13

Claudia Castillo ART studio (2215 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors) presents “Erotica” by Kou Shou from today through July 2nd on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-10pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 4-11:55pm or by appointment at 954.274.7047. Visit the studio exhibit or shop online at: ClaudiacastilloARTstudio.com. 

Business for the Arts of Broward’s 7th Annual Art & Soul is once again taking place as a virtual exhibit to support its ongoing arts programs and local artists. Over 100 pieces of art at affordable prices from local artists, including ceramic, photography, mixed media, painting, graphite, paper and fiber art can be purchased now through May 31 at BFAbroward.org/product-category/art-soul/.

To honor Haitian Heritage Month the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) will launch a series of activations and educational programs throughout the month. They are: May 1-June 27: “After the Rain Comes Light: Portraits of Resilience,” by artists Morel Doucet and Stephen Arboite; Wed., May 19; 7pm: Conversation at MOCA: Morel Doucet and Stephen Arboite; and starting May 27: Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art Catalogue. “MOCA’s mission is to reflect cultural diversity through our exhibitions and programming,” said MOCA Executive Director Chana Sheldon. “We are proud to offer programs that celebrate the Haitian culture in North Miami and beyond.”

Friday, May 14

Netflix presents the limited series Halston, which follows the legendary fashion designer (Ewan McGregor), as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame, literally defining the era he lives in, 1970’s and ‘80’s New York — until a hostile takeover forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset… the name Halston itself. The series is Executive Produced by Ryan Murphy, and others.  The cast includes Ewan McGregor – “Halston;” Krysta Rodriguez -”Liza Minnelli,” Rebecca Dayan – “Elsa Peretti,” Bill Pullman – “David Mahoney,” Gian Franco Rodriguez – “Victor Hugo,” David Pittu – “Joe Eula,” Sullivan Jones – “Ed Austin,” Rory Culkin – “Joel Schumacher,” and Kelly Bishop – “Eleanor Lambert.  For more information go to: Netflix.com/halston.

In theaters today (remember them?) a criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw. Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.

Saturday May 15

Noche Latina Florida invites the entire community to come out and celebrate their 23rd anniversary at Noche Latina Saturdays at The Manor Complex. The theme for the night will be “Paraiso” (Paradise) and star Erika Norell, Sasha Lords, Oscar Novva, along with DJ Duniel Juna and sexy Latin go-go papi’s. In addition, there will be over $2,300 in raffles, and giveaways. Saturdays at the Manor the doors open at 10pm and feature NO COVER before 11pm (FL res) and only $10 after for res and $15 for non-residents.

The Pub along with The Pride factory presents the Pet Projects “Boxers or Briefs Underwear Auction” from 3 to 5pm. The hottest guys will strut the catwalk with the cutest pups. For more information go to: ThePetProjectFL.org.

WMEG presents their monthly Art Walk Wilton Manors, which takes place on Wilton Drive every third Saturday. The event features multiple art clusters (groups of vending artist) and LIVE music along The Drive. Interested vendors can send in their applications at Awwm.org.

Dance NOW! Miami, Florida’s leading contemporary dance company returns to the Broward Center for a live, in person performance after the COVID-19 crisis presenting two powerful world premieres and an historic reconstruction. “Dorian’s Reflection” is a contemporary treatment of Oscar Wilde’s iconic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Other works on the program include “Anusim, what is hidden is never lost,” also from Salterini & Baumgarten, inspired by the 1497 decree in Portugal forcing all Jews to be baptized as “New Christians,” but allowing them to practice their own religion in secret, and “La Malinche,” the first piece José Limón choreographed for his own company in 1947. It is based on the real-life story of an indigenous Nahua woman who played a key role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire and is a legendary character in Mexican cultural history. Seating at this event allows for 6ft of physical distance for your safety. Tickets for this event will only be available in allotments or 2 or 4 patrons seated together. At BrowardCenter.org for $40 each.

Sunday, May 16

Ederick Johnson, a public figure in South Florida known for his HIV/AIDS advocacy work, will have the day officially recognized in Wilton Manors by proclamation as “Ederick Enrico Johnson Day.” The great honor will take place to mark Johnson’s historic ascent as not only the youngest but the first openly gay Worship Master (aka President) to the 124-year-old Prince Hall Origin Masonry of Florida. Johnson’s Worship Master installation and the reading of the proclamation by Wilton Manors Commissioner Chris Caputo will take place at 3:30pm at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave.

The Pub presents Brunch with Miss Bouvee and Jennifer McClean from 2-4pm.

Wednesday, May 19

Today is the world premiere of Lasting Impressions: The 3d led experience (going through June 16). General admission is $42, and VIP is $85. Prepare for the world’s greatest impressionist paintings to come alive and envelop you in a groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind new exhibit Lasting Impressions is a towering, experiential installation of sight and sound that transports guests into more than 100 of the world’s most recognizable masterpieces. Step onto the Arsht Center’s 18,000-square-foot stage to become part of the experience, viewing these impressionist masterpieces in a way that has never been available beforeCustomized portable museum seating (free to all guests) will allow everyone to enjoy the experience in comfort and at their leisure. Lasting Impressions is a one-hour, timed-entry experience that is perfect for all ages and wheelchair-accessible. Safely distanced, limited-capacity presentations are available from 10am to 10pm. For more information, go to arshtcenter.org or call 305.949.6722. 

Thursday, May 20

The 20th anniversary of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF) brings along with it a great deal of pride, reflection and hope starting today and going through Sunday, May 23. All net proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. For more information go to: Sobewff.org.

The second and final season of “Special” premieres today and will include Eight 30 minutes episodes. Originally a short form series, the final season of Special expands to a full half-hour comedy and dives deeper into fan-favorite characters. Ryan O’Connell is the Creator, Executive Producer and Writer. Ryan Quote: “After two seasons, Special is sadly coming to an end. Thank you to the fans and Netflix for allowing me to make exactly the show I wanted to make and for giving me 30-minute episodes to finish the story. Creating this show has been the highlight of my g-damn life.”

South Florida’s #1 Drag Queen Bingo will be calling numbers and letters for a cause today from 6 – 8 p.m., at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s Palm Court Market. Hosted by entertainer Nicole Halliwell, this hilariously inappropriate game night is just $25 per person and benefits the FLITE Center, a nonprofit organization that guides those aging out of foster care and other vulnerable youth for successful transition to independence through housing, education, employment, and system of care coordination. Tickets for Drag Queen Bingo are available at http://bit.ly/TheGalleriaDragBingo. This event will adhere to social distancing guidelines and health and safety protocols.

Friday, May 21st

“P!NK: All I Know So Far,” featuring international superstar P!NK, will launch globally today exclusively on Prime Video. Join award-winning performer and musician P!NK as she embarks on her record-breaking 2019 “Beautiful Trauma” world tour and welcomes audiences to join her chosen family while trying to balance being a mom, a wife, a boss and a performer. Mixing footage from the road, behind-the-scenes interviews and personal material, director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) gives audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of the circus that she calls life.

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a coalition of partners including the Ford and MacArthur Foundations have partnered with MTV Entertainment Studios to produce “See Us Unite for Change,” a first-of-its-kind special hosted by Ken Jeong and featuring notable AAPI celebrities and allies. The event will simulcast worldwide across the platforms of the MTV Entertainment portfolio (MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel, Pop TV, VH1, CMT, TV Land and Logo) as well as BET and Nickelodeon and  stream exclusively on Facebook Watch.

The Palm Beach Improv presents Cedric the Entertainer tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday.

Over the course of a career spanning 30 years, actor/comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” has solidified his status as one of the world’s premier performers on the stage, in film and on television. General Admission is $45 and can be purchased at Palmbeachimprov.com.

Saturday, May 22

Today, our sister city in Central Florida presents Tampa Pride with the theme 20/20 +1 Many Voices – One Vision. The festival expo takes place from 11am to 4pm with the Tampa Bay Pride Band opening festiva starting at 10:45am. During the festival there will be many performances at the Cuban Club Stage along with the headliners: Pepper Mashay and Jay Miah (The Voice). From 4pm to 6pm is the Community Tribute & Tampa Pride Diversity Parade down 7th Avenue. Also, from 4 to 6 iHeart Radi DJ’s will be spinning at the Cuban Club Stage. The Pride at Night at the Cuban Club takes place from 6pm to midnight and stars Martha Wash. For more information, go to: TampaPride.org. 

The Pub presents Drag Bingo from 1pm to 3pm, and at nighttime catch the “Come What May Show” hosted by Lady Marisa at 10pm.

The Lakeworth Playhouse presents “Send In The Queens,” a one night only performance at 8pm. This annual Drag Show fundraiser is back by popular demand for the 13th consecutive year! A high-end, high-energy drag concert that features a cast of dazzling drag divas. All proceeds will go to benefit the Playhouse. Featuring performances by Melissa St. John, Vasti Love Montana, Shardee L Ross, Velvet Lenore, Danielle Montgomery, Daizee Deluxx and Lupita Hollywood. Tickets, which are $35, can be purchased at lakeworthplayhouse.org/welcome/limited.

May 24

Speaking of the Lakeworth Playhouse, they are having auditions for their upcoming show “We Will Rock You” today and tomorrow with no appointment necessary. Audition Requirements: Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided for you – please provide sheet music. In addition, smartphones and digital devices with an accompaniment track are accepted provided it is cued correctly prior to your audition. All those auditioning will also be taken through a basic dance audition. Please come dressed to move. Some actors may be asked to read from the script. For questions, contact Artistic Director Daniel Eilola at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org. Rehearsals begin May 31, 2021. Show opens July 23.

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