Henry Golding on the set of Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Skydance.

Thursday, July 22

The Wilton Manors Business Association presents “Lunch & Learn” from 11:45am to 1:15pm at Tropics Grille (2000 Wilton Drive). The subject for the luncheon will be “What you Don’t Know About Business Credit and Bankruptcy” and the featured speakers will be Chad Van Horn of Van Horn law Group and Tim Moffitt of Umbrella Credit Services. Admission is $25 for members in advance at WiltonManorsBusinessAssociation.com or guests at the door $30.

Claudia Castillo ART studio (2215 Wilton Drive) presents “Si !” by Salvador Di Quinzio showing through Aug 6 on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10pm, and Friday and Saturdays from 4-11:55pm or by appointment 954.274.7047. VISIT the studio exhibit or shop ONLINE at ClaudiacastilloARTstudio.com.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is pleased to present its most recent “Art on the Plaza” commission, “We’re All in This Together,” by Miami-based collaborative Nice’n Easy on view through Aug. 22. For this playful yet thought-provoking temporary public installation, MOCA’s front fountain is cleverly transformed to resemble a swimming pool with the addition of a ladder, bright kitschy pool toys, and human characters. Disrupting the pleasant scene, each of the configurations of objects introduce an element of the uncanny; what at first seems familiar to the eye reveals something unexpected, humorous, and at times, dark. Nice’n Easy is a collaborative endeavor by Miami-based artists Allison Matherly and Jeffrey Noble. Often referencing themes of self-help, recovery, and interpersonal dependency, their fabricated environments utilize romantic tropes to enhance the collective emotive truisms between participants and create a platform for intimate exchange.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange Council (GLBX) presents an Open House Mixer at the Woman’s Club of Wilton Manor’s (600 NE 21st Ct) from 5:30-7pm as they bring their members together and encourage cash donations for the Pride Center’s school supplies fund for area children. For more information or to register for this free event go to: FTLChamber.com/GLBX

Friday, July 23

The Summer Olympic Games, also known as the Games of the Olympiad, are a major international multi-sport event normally held once every four years and starts today and goes through Sunday, August 8. In the United States the Olympics will be broadcast on NBC, USA, NBCSN, CNBC, Olympic Channel, Golf Channel and NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Papi’s and Bears are coming together for  one of the sexiest parties in Wilton Manors….PAPI BEAR at Eagle Wilton Manors starting at 10pm and starring DJ Ed Wood

The Lakeworth Playhouse presents “We Will Rock You” from today until August 8. Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and many more, “We Will Rock You” follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world. In an age where algorithms predict our every preference, “We Will Rock You” is a musical for our time: a fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality. Tickets available online at  Lakeworthplayhouse.org/we-will-rock-you/

Out today, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him. Based on the iconic G.I. Joe character, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins also stars Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta and Iko Uwais as Hard Master. 

In theaters starting today, “Old,” is visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan unveiling a chilling, mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly … reducing their entire lives into a single day. The film stars an impressive international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abbey Lee), Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Emun Elliott, Kathleen Chalfant, and Thomasin McKenzie.

Saturday, July 24

Alibi Monkey Bar presents “What’s your Alibi?” with music by DJ Aulden Brown starting at 10pm.

Backyard Fort Lauderdale (100 SW 3rd Avenue) presents 3rd Avenue Takeover Car Show from 4 to 8pm. The event will feature Street Rods, Hot Rods, Customs, and Classics as well as food, drinks, prizes and trophies.

Outshine’s Glow series presents “Swan Song” at 5pm at the Gateway Cinema. An aging hairdresser escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead woman’s hair for her funeral, rediscovering his sparkle along the way. Starring: Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans, and Michael Urie. Swan Song will also be showing at Outshine at home from July 25 through August 1. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: https://outshinefilm.com/films/info/1487/swan-song

The Pajaro Pride Wall Project is a collective art installation created by artist and activist Rolando Chang Barrero, BFA, MAAT that celebrates community. Over 100 artists, friends, allies, and community leaders donated an embellished work of art on a woodcuts of his iconic Pajaro design to create a cornucopia of styles, vision, and color exemplifying the diversity and intersectionality of the LGBTQA+ community, allies inclusive. visit PajaroPride.com for details. The Pajaro Pride Wall installation preview and auction is on July 24. The auction will benefit SAVE LGBT and Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. For more information, go to: TheBoxGallery.Info

For 25 years one of the most acclaimed ballet festivals in the world, The International Ballet Festival of Miami, considered one of the most important in the US, has been a summer highlight event in South Florida, inviting renowned national and international ballet companies represented by their stars from: Europe, South America, Asia and the USA. They are very excited to announce from today through August 15 the spectacular 26th Edition of this “must see” event, a true testament to its enduring level of artistic quality. The XXVI International Ballet Festival of Miami has seven LIVE performances and four Live Streamed at some of the most important and iconic theaters. For full schedule, and ticket information, please visit     Internationalballetfestival.org.

The Manor Complex presents Superstar festival DJ Jackinsky with an opening set by DJ Sushiman in the Ballroom. In the Ivy Dance room and Lounge, Noche Latina Saturdays celebrates the birthday of Latin Icon, Jennifer Lopez on her actual birthday. The night will star Sasha Lords and Kalah Mendoza who will both be performing as Jennifer all night long, as well as DJ Duniel and sexy Latin go-go papi’s. Doors open at 10pm and admission is $10 for FL Residents and $15 for non-residents.

Sunday, July 25

The Pub presents Joyful Noise at 8pm. The event is all about Gospel Music and is hosted by Candy Cox and RaeJean Cox with special guests. You’ll be clapping your hands and stomping your feet!

Thursday, July 29

The MDGLCC presents the “Young Professional Network (YPN) Educational & Social Networker” at Novotel Miami Brickell from 6-8pm sponsored by PNC Bank & Care Resource. This event is geared towards young professional between the ages of 21-39 and is free of charge and open to both members of the Chamber and the community at large. Cash bar with complimentary drink and food bites for those who pre-register. Guests will have the opportunity to engage with healthcare professionals from Care Resource who will be on-site offering free Covid19 vaccinations. Guests are also welcome to enjoy a Movie night (movie selection will be announced soon) at the rooftop and pool (bring your swimsuit) starting at 8:30pm. For more information or to register go to Gaybizmiami.com

Saturday, July 31

The Pub presents Electra in Bathhouse to Broadway at 8pm. Electra is more Bette Midler than Bette Milder!

Eagle Wilton Manors presents the sounds of DJ AJ Reddy from 10pm to 3am.

The Galleria Fort Lauderdale presents Cooking with the Galleria, Meet The Chef. You have watched Seasons 52 Chef Elvis Bravo on Facebook, and now you can meet him in person. Go watch, learn and get a taste of what he is cooking at The Galleria at 2pm. Admission is $20, and a portion of the proceeds benefit Heart Gallery of Broward in support of their “Eat Your Heart Out Fundraiser” at the Galleria on October 7.

Compass Palm Beach presents the 2nd Annual “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Pub Crawl” at 7pm. There will be 5 bars, giveaways, and raffles, as well as contests for best dressed (most creative and best themed group). To purchase tickets, which are $15, go to: SOTR2.eventbrite.com

Tuesday, August 3

Lips presents “A Night of Stars” at 7pm to benefit The Smart Ride. This event will be hosted by Nicolette with a special guest appearance by Michael Dean as Cher and celebrity guest servers: Rich Schultz, Chris Caputo, Josie Smith-Malave, Ryan Young and Avi Ram. There are 2 price levels which can be purchased at: thesmartride.org/product/a-night-of-stars-2021, and they are $60, which includes a three-course dinner and show or the $80 VIP which includes above plus premium seating and a cocktail.

The movie “Pray Away” hits Netflix today. In the 1970s, five men struggling with being gay in their Evangelical church started a bible study to help each other leave the “homosexual lifestyle.” They quickly received over 25,000 letters from people asking for help and formalized as Exodus International, the largest and most controversial conversion therapy organization in the world. But leaders struggled with a secret: their own “same-sex attractions” never went away. After years as Christian superstars in the religious right, many of these men and women have come out as LGBTQ, disavowing the very movement they helped start. Focusing on the dramatic journeys of former conversion therapy leaders, current members, and a survivor, “Pray Away” chronicles the “ex gay” movement’s rise to power, persistent influence, and the profound harm it causes.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida Welcomes Ron Smith

The GMCSF is excited to share with you that their new Director of Marketing & Sponsorship, is Ron Smith. Ron is a talented professional who will be responsible for building their brand, engaging the business community, and increasing their ticket sales.  Ron Smith is an impactful visionary specializing in entertainment marketing and brand development. He has overseen brands like Equinox when launching in new markets and continues to manage for Bohemia Group, an international talent management firm overseeing the careers of notable music, film, and TV personalities. Ron’s background as an actor in film, television, and theater introduced him to valuable relationships in the industry and eventually landed him in the world of entertainment management and marketing. We look forward to working with Ron as we build the future of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Ron can be reached at rsmith@gmcsf.org or (954) 763-2266, Ext. 107.

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