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What’s Hot South Florida: April 1 – 12

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Miami Beach Pride / JR Davis

Friday, April 1

Starting today and going through Sunday April 10 is the annual Miami Beach Pride. They feature many events throughout the 10-day festival with the main days Saturday and Sunday April 9 and 10 (Parade on the 10). For a full line up or more information see the feature in this mag or go to: Miamibeachpride.com.

Fans of musicians who tickle the ivories and are masters of the keyboards will get three days of musical delights as the first ever “Keys On The Key” comes to beautiful Key Biscayne starting today through Sunday, April 3. Both the Key Biscayne Community Center and Key Biscayne Village Council Chamber will be turned into a musical marathon showcasing some of Miami-Dade County’s best homegrown talent, and admission is free. At Keys on the Key audiences will be able to move between the venues following mini concerts, sampling different styles of piano music (classical, pop, jazz, new age, and improv) performed by various piano virtuosi. The weekend will take on a mini-festival format where space between venues will highlight spot performances as well as food offerings featuring Key Biscayne-based restaurants and businesses. All participating artists will be South Florida-based and will perform for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. Artists from Miami-Dade will be selected through a County-wide call. For more information or to RSVP for free admission or live streaming go to: Keypianofestival.org.

Saturday, April 2

Hotspots! Art Gallery with Dennis Dean (3500 NE 12th Avenue in Oakland Park) presents the April opening night reception from 6-9pm featuring artists: Heather Neiman, Rosaria Vigorito, Michael Jude Russo, Robert Reda, Suzanne Barton, and Dennis Dean.

Hotspots! Art Gallery with Dennis Dean

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents “Jungle Zoo” starring DJ Paulo with a $15 cover all night.

The Manor Complex presents “Menergy” starring DJ/Producer Alexander in the ballroom. In the Ivy Dance Room and Patio, Noche Latina Saturdays stars Taina Norell with special guest Natsh D’Witshe Venom, Resident DJ Duniel and Sexy Go-Goo Papi’s. Doors open at 11pm and FL Residents are only $5 until midnight.

Monday April 4

O, Miami Poetry Festival presents Queer Art Showcase featuring photography, paintings, poetry and spoken word created by 10 LGBTQ+ artists at Roxy South Beach from 6:30-8:30pm. Celebrate the art of the South Florida queer community while getting in the groove with throwback classic vibes curated by Deejay SmeeJay. Featuring poetry readings at 7pm & 8pm by Clayre Benzadon, Ranijun Ruado, and Agua Dulce.

Wednesday, April 6

Hotspots Magazine and Happening Out TV present Pride Skate which this month celebrates “Mardi Gras” at Xtreme Action Park from 7-10pm. Pride Skate, which takes place the first Wednesday of every month is a fundraiser for Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and street festival. The event features DJ T-Pro mix, divas Velvet Lenore and Rianna Petrone, skating, and a full liquor bar.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to: Xtremeactionpark.com/stonewall-pride-skate-nights.

Pride Skate

The Game Commences today through April 10th when the LEXUS International Gay Polo Tournament Presented by Douglas Elliman returns to The International Polo Club. Tickets and more info on each event may be found by visiting www.gaypolo.com.

The Key West Business Guild presents their April Luncheon sponsored by Web Strategies takes place at the Marriott Beachside from 12 to 1pm. There will be a special presentation by Chief Brandenburg, and Autism Society of the FL Keys. For more information or to RSVP (required) go to: Gaykeywestfl.com.

Friday April 8

Its National Empanada Day so go to your favorite empanada place and chow down.

Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors presents RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Dida Ritz tonight and tomorrow with two seating’s each day. To make your reservation call 754-779-7424 or go to: Hamburgermarys.com/wiltonmanors.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Spoken Soul Festival are pleased to present Spoken Soul Showcase VOL. 14: A Journey Through Joy, an immersive, multidisciplinary spoken word experience featuring women-centered narratives. The free event, curated and performed entirely by local female artists, will take place during National Poetry Month inside the Center’s Peacock Foundation Studio at 7pm. For more information, please visit Spokensoulfestival.com.

Saturday, April 9

Claudia Castillo ART studio (2215 Wilton Drive) presents “Intentional” by Joachim Lombard showing today through June 3 (Sun, Wed & Thurs 4-10pm, and Fri & Sat 4-11:55pm) or by appointment by calling 954.274.7047. VISIT the studio exhibit or shop online at ClaudiacastilloARTstudio.com.

Sunday, April 10

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s Broadway Concert Series welcomes Lucie Arnaz  at 7 pm. Celebrating a life on stage, Arnaz returns to her theater roots with I Got the Job!  This special performance looks back at some of Arnaz’s memorable performances, from her first role at 14 as The Cheshire Cat in Alice In Wonderland to a grandmother hanging upside down on a trapeze while singing about the preciousness of life in Pippin. With music director Ron Abel, Arnaz celebrates great American musical theatre with anecdotes and fond memories about her co-stars, directors and musical collaborators. In this latest offering in the Aventura Broadway Concert Series, she delivers iconic songs and hidden treasures from some of Broadway’s greatest shows and a look at the backstage magic it takes to create them. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: aventuracenter.org.

Tuesday April 12

FLIFF’s Drag Out The Movies at Savor Cinema for April is Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. Burlesque is the story of a small-town girl who ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer. Once again Blamie will be the hostess. Happy Doors open at 8pm with general admission is $15. Special Combo: 1 Ticket, 1 Drink (Savor has a full bar as well as non-alcoholic beverages), and a medium Popcorn is $35.

Symphony of the Americas presents American Classics – Gershwin and Bernstein’s Broadway, conducted by Artistic Director Pablo Mielgo, at 7:45pm in the Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. “Broadway is America’s gift to the world where musical and theatrical styles collide to create a national identity. From the brotherly dream team of George and Ira Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein, their music is forever ingrained into the American musical and social fabric,” commented Pablo Mielgo. The performance features the Symphony of the Americas performing some of the greatest music by Gershwin and Bernstein, with vocals by special South Florida guest artists: Kyaunnee Richardson, Alexander Zenoz, and Anna Lise Jenson. The evening’s finale will feature the trio in a performance of I Got Rhythm from the Gershwin brothers. Tickets range from $35 to $75 and can be purchased at Browardcenter.org.

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