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What’s Hot South Florida: September 16 – 29

Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors features RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Trinity K. Bonet Performing Live

Thursday, September 16

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is pleased to announce the world premiere of Birds Of Paradise, a series of dance-based queer solo portraits and an ensemble piece which explore the themes of agency, survival and transformation. Created by the Arsht Center’s Artist-in-Residence Pioneer Winter and commissioned by the Arsht Center, Birds Of Paradise confronts our notions of dance by exploring movement with people of varied physical ability, body type, gender identity, race, ethnicity and experiences. The new work features interwoven filmed and live dance performance and will be experienced in the round beginning in the Center’s intimate Carnival Studio Theater and ending in the Peacock Foundation Studio. The shows runs through Monday, September 19, and tickets are $40 and in honor of the Arsht Center’s 15th birthday this season, $15 tickets will also be available as part of the Center’s “Sweet $15” program to make the arts accessible to all. Arshtcenter.org. 

Friday, September 17

Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors features RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Trinity K. Bonet performing today and tomorrow, Saturday, September 18, with two shows nightly at 8 and 10pm. Make your reservations online at hamburgermarys.com/wiltonmanors.

Art Explosion, presented in collaboration with ArtsUnited, ArtServe’s “Stories from Within” exhibition explores LGBTQ culture, history, and experience in South Florida and beyond through the presentation of multidisciplinary works inspired by the LGBTQ+ social movements, its resilience, sense of community and artistic expressions.  The “Stories” exhibit (1350 East Sunrise Blvd) runs through Saturday, October 23 weekdays from 9am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm. Opening Reception is tonight 7pm to 8:30pm. Then from 8:30pm to 10pm they present a fashion reaction and awards ceremony.

The World AIDS Museum presents Night at the Museum Open House from 6-9pm which will be entitled Chronology of AIDS Reimagined, and Intersections: Living with HIV in the

Time of Covid. Photography and Interviews by Parvir Aujla, who is medical student at Nova Southeastern University, who has spent a great deal of time learning about both the social and medical implications of HIV & AIDS.  When the Covid-19 pandemic started, he worried what the impact would be on people living with HIV. Come and enjoy the stories of those who participated in this exhibit.  

Saturday, Sept 18th 

Today Miami Beach Pride’s festival presents Latin Superstar Paulina Rubio performing on the beach at 12th street.

The Pub presents Lady Marissa’s Variety Show featuring drag and live singers at 10pm. Tonight’s guests are Jordana Forrest, Sasha Lords and Shawn Robitaille.

In a triumphant return to lift South Florida voices and spirits in harmony, the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (FTLGMC) will present “We Are Family (Dedicated to the memory of Jim Fahy),” at 8pm at United Church of Christ (2501 NE 30th Street in Fort Lauderdale). The inspirational and entertaining live evening will include selections from Bette Midler, Leonard Cohen and the smash Broadway show, Kinky Boots. General admission tickets for the “We Are Family” tribute concert are $25; VIP tickets in the first five rows with priority seating are priced at $40, plus a small service fee, and are available online at fortlauderdalegaymenschorus.org or by calling (954) 832-0060.

Alibi Monkey Bar presents “Beast Ball” starting at 10pm with music by DJ/Producer Mark Oz.

The pop icons, Smash Mouth,  will perform at the 10th annual Brazilian Festival in Fort Lauderdale at 9pm. The two-day festival today and tomorrow Sunday, September 19 will take place on the beach just south of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park at 1005 Seabreeze Blvd. Tickets can be purchased online for only $10 at BrazilianFestival.org. 

Celebrate a return to arts and culture with FREE tickets to History Fort Lauderdale (231 SW Second Avenue), as they take part in Smithsonian magazine’s national Museum Day.  This year’s Museum Day theme is “Experience America,” and participants can explore South Florida history from prehistoric to the present. Permanent exhibits in the New River Inn History Museum include “Dugouts to Dream Yachts – the story of boat building on the New River,” “Seminole Arts & Culture,” “Archaeology of the New River,” “Henry Flagler & FEC Railroad,” “The Bryans of Fort Lauderdale,” “Juliette Lange: A Portrait of a Mezzo Soprano” and more. Also, on display is “The Art of Tim Forman: Florida Everglades,” featuring colorful impressionist environmentally inspired works. To register for two free tickets, go to: smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2021.

Sunday September 19

This is the final day of the 10-day festival of Miami Beach Pride, and they saved the best for last as today features the annual Parade, and festival with performances all day on the 12th Street beach. For more information, go to: Miamibeachpride.com.

Twist presents the “Show Me Love Pride 2021 T Dance” starting at 6pm and featuring the sounds of DJs Adora and Bill Hallquist.

Tuesday, September 21

“Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” premieres today at 9pm on FOX. The series takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful black elite have come to play for over 50 years. From writer and executive producer Karin Gist (“Star,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and executive producer Lee Daniels (“Empire,” “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”), Our Kind Of People follows a strong-willed, single mom as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of black women. But she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever. The series stars Yaya DaCosta (“Chicago Med,” “Whitney”), Morris Chestnut (The Resident), Joe Morton (“Scandal”), Nadine Ellis (“Let’s Stay Together”), Lance Gross (“Hawaii 5-0”), Rhyon Nicole Brown (“Empire”), Kyle Bary (“Ginny & Georgia”) and newcomer Alana Bright.

The Charlie’s Angels TV Series which ran from 1976-1981 will celebrate its 45th Anniversary today.  Simultaneously CharliesAngels.com will finish celebrating their 25th anniversary of the Angelic Heaven Newsletter this month and begin celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the CharliesAngels.com website. The creator of CharliesAngels.com, Mike Pingel, is celebrating with the release of his new book, Angelic Heaven: 25 Years of Charlie’s Angels News, which is now out for sale.  The book takes a look back at how Pingel created the “Angelic Heaven” newsletter, bringing the newsletter to the internet, and how Pingel’s passion for “Charlie’s Angels” turned into 25 years of Angelic news for fans round the world.  The book will also contain the first 4 years of the printed newsletter, fans memories of the series, the newsletters’ achievements and legal battle over the CharliesAngels.com domain.

Wednesday, Sept 22

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood will present a live public screening and discussion of its documentary short film Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, located at 1530 Hollywood Blvd. The evening begins at 6:30pm with a reception, followed at 7pm with the screening and discussion of the 20-minute film in the church sanctuary. Todd Delmay of the Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council will lead the interactive talk with First Presbyterian Pastor Kennedy McGowan and Temple Beth El Rabbi Alan Tuffs. For more information, visit artandculturecenter.org, or call 954.921.3274.

Thursday, September 23

Champions of Equality presents its Gala this year Virtually at 7pm hosted by Representative Brian Sims with performances by Robbie Elias and friends. The 2021 honorees are United States Congressman David Cicilline, Florida State Senator Shervin “Shev” D. Jones, Miami Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins, Captain Kevin Cho Tipton (APRN) and artist and illustrator Edel Rodriguez. Register at Championsofequality.com. 

Friday, September 24

The South Florida Men’s Wellness Conference presents a virtual 2-day workshops and discussions. Today from 9am to 12:30pm and tomorrow Saturday, September 25 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The weekend events will feature Live Yoga, Nutrition, HIV Health, Sex Talk, At Home HIV Testing Kits, and more. Register today at: Hotspotsmagazine.com/menshealth.

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the first of four dates for the Garden After Dark live music series. The Garden’s lush grounds provide the perfect setting for these intimate, outdoor shows featuring a slate of music performances designed to provide rousing entertainment while still offering safety protocols in a Covid-conscious environment. This first concert features The French Horn Collective at 6pm. Led by Paris native Vincent Raffard, the group delivers a spectacular concoction of old school Paris jazz mixed with influences from New Orleans, gypsy jazz, and a dash of Miami, of course. Cost is $35 non-members,  and $25 members.

Saturday, September 25

The Box Gallery has partnered with Latin American Arte in a joint effort to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month by presenting The Environment, an international exchange exhibition of paintings by Colombian artist Moisés Morales Duque. The first of five in a series of events, the exhibit opens with a reception today from 7-9 PM and continues through October 30. For more information go to: TheBoxGallery.info. 

Wednesday, September 29

Wilton Art and Broward County Cultural Division welcomes members of the community to join them today, for a special evening with Artist Spenser Little and see how he creates his incredible sculptures. You will also learn about Wilton Art and the process that brought this project to life with a special screening of the documentary film “Up in the Air.” In 2020, Wilton Art commissioned wire sculptor Spenser Little to create multiple one-of-a-kind sculptures to build public art throughout Wilton Manors. The sculptures were donated to the City during December during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Hagen Park Community Center.

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