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What’s Hot South Florida: June 24 – July 3

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Friday, June 25

Scrubs & Beyond, a national retailer known for its wide variety of fashion forward scrubs, is debuting a brand-new location in Pembroke Pines today. Scrubs & Beyond seeks to transform what otherwise might be a mundane task – shopping for medical clothing – into a fun experience. The 5,300-square-foot Pembroke Pines location will carry merchandise from top industry labels such as Barco, Cherokee, Med Couture, Koi, Dickies, Dansko, Landau, Littmann and more; as well as fashion-forward private label collections, including its very own Beyond Scrubs collection, only found at Scrubs & Beyond.

Multi-GRAMMY Award winner Jennifer Nettles will expand her musical versatility with a much-anticipated genre defying new album of American Songbook classics, titled Always Like New from Concord Records. The new album will be released on CD, Vinyl and Digital today. For this project, Nettles teamed up with GRAMMY and Tony Award-winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, best known for his work on Broadway’s critically acclaimed shows Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and In the Heights, to reimagine, arrange and produce some of the most beloved songs from the stage, infusing each with her signature sound and giving these timeless works of art a new context and meaning in our current landscape.Nettles shared, “As a child who grew up in musical theatre, this album feels like a homecoming to me. I savored every note of singing and arranging these songs with Alex Lacamoire. It is thrilling to be able to celebrate this amazing songwriting with arrangements and vocals that allow them to be rediscovered anew.” To purchase Always Like New, go to: https://found.ee/jennifernettles_alwayslikenew

No Matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past. F9 is the ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious Saga, which has endured for two decades and has earned more than $5 billion around the world. Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena). The film stars returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Oscar winner Helen Mirren, with Kurt Russell and Oscar winner Charlize Theron. F9 also features Grammy-winning superstar Cardi B as new franchise character Leysa, a woman with a connection to Dom’s past, and a cameo by Reggaeton sensation Ozuna. For more information, go to: thefastsaga.com

Saturday, June 26

The Manor Nightclub presents, direct from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13, UTICA, with music by Festival DJ Alexander. There will be a meet and greet for the first 100 guests in line. Noche Latina Saturdays presents special guests Mr Noche Latina 2019 Erik Lopez and direct from Orlando Kamilah Crown along with DJ Duniel and sexy Latin Go-Go papi’s. Doors open at 10pm with FL Res only paying $10 and $15 for non-residents. This is an 18 and up event, and 18-20- $20 all night.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is pleased to announce the return of CommuniTea Dance, its annual LGBTQ+ Pride Month celebration, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. For its fourth installment, CommuniTea Dance will be presented as a reimagined in-person event directly on the Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House stage. CommuniTea Dance will feature a stellar lineup of South Florida-based LGBTQ+ artists, including international superstar DJ Citizen Jane, choreographers Alaina Andersen (of Miami City Ballet) and Randolph Ward (creative director of RTW Dance Productions), plus a soul-inspired rock ’n’ roll concert by Patrick & The Swayzees that will make audiences twist and shout! Tickets to CommuniTea Dance are $15 and can be purchased now at arshtcenter.org or by calling the Arsht Center box office at (305) 949-6722. Audience members will be socially distanced while comfortably seated at tables of up to four guests on one of the largest performing arts stages in the country.

321 Slammer presents DJ Bryan Reyes and its only $8 with a membership before 8pm.

Sunday, June 27

The Pub presents Joyful Noise Gospel Brunch from 6pm to 8pm.

Join the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) for their onsite Third Annual Family Pride Celebration event and a FREE virtual event. Pride Day at MODS is in alignment with the nationally celebrated LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The Museum welcomes individuals from all walks of life to experience, connect and discover inspiring science. MODS supports all family structures, creating a culture of hospitality where diversity is celebrated. Inclusion and accessibility are at the Museum’s core and what MODS aspires to be for the community. For a full list of Pride Day activities, please visit: https://mods.org/third-annual-pride-day-at-mods/.  General Admission is $5 and FREE for City of Fort Lauderdale residents with proof of address. To register, please visit mods.org/2021pride or visit the Museum box office on June 26. To register for the FREE virtual event, please visit mods.org/virtualprideday.

Monday, June 28

TCM presents Pride Documentaries, and they are: 8pm – Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (1989); 9:30pm – The Celluloid Closet (1995); 11:30pm – Paragraph 175 (2000); 1:15 AM – The Times of Harvey Milk (1984); 3am – Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977); 5:15am – Before Stonewall (1985).

Wednesday, June 30

Twist invites the entire South Florida community to come out and celebrate its 28th anniversary with an open bar and Hors D’oeuvres from 9-11pmm and shows and performances by TP Lords, Josefina La Globos and DJ Sushiman.

Friday, July 2

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents a pre-Flock fest official dance party and fundraiser. $10 cover after 10pm with all proceeds going to Flock Fest.

Summer of Soul – In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more. SUMMER OF SOUL premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. It will stream on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s BIPOC Creator Initiative; and Searchlight Pictures will release it theatrically.

The Miami Improv presents Michael Yo, today and tomorrow, Saturday, July 3. Michael is a 2-time Emmy nominee, a regular on the Joe Rogan Experience, he is a comedian/actor/host keeping busy in all of Hollywood’s platforms. In stand up, Michael came up under the wings of Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy and now headlines all over the country. Michael just dropped his hilarious stand-up comedy special, Blasian. In acting, Michael recently reoccurred on “Kevin Can Wait,” shot a Damon Wayan Jr.’s pilot “Happy Together” for CBS and was a principal in Facebook’s upcoming Facebook Watch first sitcom series, “Starter Pack.” Michael was previously seen covering celebrity news on “The Insider,” “Extra,” “E! News,” as well as guest co-hosting CBS’ “The Talk.” Michael continues to appear as a hot topics guest on “The Wendy Williams Show.” The self-proclaimed “Half-Black Brother with a Korean Mother” was born and raised in Houston and now lives in Los Angeles with his family. Tickets are $22 at Miamiimprov.com.

Saturday, July 3 

The Pub presents Queer Stand-Up Comedy: Laugh Your Yasss Off, the first Saturday of every month at 8pm. The event is hosted by Auntie Maim and starring Leetah Faye, Brook Cartus and Hernando del Castillo. At 10pm they feature Alexis Couture’s “Decades: 70’s, 80’ and 90’s. This month’s special guests are Erika Norell, Skye Beckett and Anna Rexia Lords.

Sin Morera presents “Raw” at Eagle Wilton Manors starting at 9pm. After 10pm there is a $10 cover.

Pride Collection Cookies

As Pride month is coming to a close check out Maya’s Cookies, America’s #1 Black-Owned, Female-Owned, Gourmet Vegan Cookie Company! During the month of June, Maya’s Cookies is offering the Pride Collection, which contains six beautiful sugar cookies showcasing bright and vibrant sprinkles, each representing a color on the Pride flag.  For each collection sold this month, a portion of the proceeds will be going to The Center whose mission it is to enhance and sustain the health & well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, nonbinary, immigrant, and HIV communities to the betterment of the entire San Diego region. To learn more or to order cookies, go to Mayascookies.com.

Art Frenzie adds Artist

My friend Debbie at Art Frenzie is adding a new artist to her roster of amazing artist, Robert Poole. In addition to this Debbie has some exciting news about the future of Art Frenzie…..stay tuned to this column for what that is!

Lake Worth Playhouse Open Auditions

They are auditioning for the Great American Trailer Park Musical. Audition dates are July 5 and 6 at 7pm with performance dates September 3-12. There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres – and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. The story has, at its center, a love triangle between an agoraphobe, a highway toll collector and an exotic dancer with an unhinged ex-boyfriend. A Greek-chorus-eque trio of trailer park women helps guide the narrative, playing any character or gender they choose while breaking the fourth wall at whim to air their own dirty laundry. The result is a sense of informality and community – the lifeblood of neighborhoods everywhere. For questions, contact Artistic Director Daniel Eilola at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org.

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