Thursday, January 5
Power Access announces the full line-up for the 7th Annual South Beach Jazz Festival (SBJF), from today through January 8. Sixteen performances by world-renowned Jazz greats and local Jazz favorites will take place at venues throughout Miami Beach. From an exclusive night with Grammy-nominated legendary jazz pianist Monty Alexander to Mambo Night with the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra’s first-ever appearance in Miami. To purchase tickets and view the complete schedule, please visit sobejazzfestival.com/tickets.
Following the highly successful, critically acclaimed and completely sold-out run of “Red Speedo,” Ronnie Larsen will kick off the 2023 season with “Sauna,” now through January 14. “Sauna,” which played to packed houses and is being reprised for a short run is a sexy romp through a sauna in an ordinary gym. Men of all ages, races, and body types and sexual orientations. What happens when you get a bunch of horny naked men squeezed together in a tight, hot, and sweaty box? Well things are bound to happen, right? This production features nudity. “Sauna” is performed at The Foundry, 2306 Dixie Highway, and is intended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $35 – $50 and can be obtained at Playsofwilton.com.
Friday, January 6
Key West Gallery (601 Duval Street) presents an exclusive two-part event experience to take place today with a live appearance and Q & A with Ms. Priscilla Presley at the Helmerich Theater at the Key West Studios (533 Eaton Street) from 4 pm – 6 pm, followed by a glamorous reception at famed Key West Gallery. The actress, author, producer, and philanthropist will share personal stories about her life, meet and greet guests and co-host the reception with artistic luminary Adam Rote. The in-gallery cocktail reception & Art Experience is from 6 – 8:30pm. Tickets can be purchased directly at Key West Studios Box Office. For more information and/or to inquire about the VIP Experience Package: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org via email or 305.923.1696. For more information, visit https://keywestgallery.com/pages/presleyvip.
The 15th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race starts tonight and Pub on the Drive presents a weekly viewing party starting at 8pm hosted by Velvet Lenore. After Drag Race Velvet will host her popular weekly show: Fierce Fridays with special guests every week.
Continuing its commitment to welcoming local residents and visitors alike to engage in “Infinite Experiences for Everyone Under the Sun,” The LOOP reimagines its popular Friday Night Sound Waves series, launching the first of its new immersive music weekends with “All Shook Up – A Tribute to Elvis.” Coinciding with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s 88th birthday, the two-day celebration will take place today and tomorrow, Saturday January 7. For complete details and ticket information, visit https://theloopflb.com/events/all-shook-up/.
Saturday, January 7
LeBoy will be celebrating their 8-year anniversary all night long, so stop by and wish Charles and all his staff Congrats!
Ricky Smith (Keith’s Husband) presents a Celebration of Life for the one and only Keith Allen at 4pm at Lit Wilton Manors (2440 Wilton Drive). Ricky said it will be a great party just as Keith would have wanted. On a personal note…Keith was special to all of us, so let’s come out and celebrate his wonderful life!
Hotspots/Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean is moving to Wilton Manors and today is the grand opening at its new location: 2401 N Dixie Highway from 6-9pm. The opening will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and amazing new artists.
The 13th Annual Riverwalk Stone Crab & Seafood Festival takes place from 11am to 4pm at Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Presented by Rivertail Fort Lauderdale, this festival has become a South Florida favorite attracting some of the best local gourmet food trucks and restaurants. Also featured is a VIP Beer Garden with unlimited samplings courtesy of Stephen’s Distributing. There’s also great music and activities for all ages, including the crowd-favorite hermit crab races brought to you by Finster Murphy’s Fresh Seafood. Admission to the festival is free and seafood dishes start at $5. The VIP Beer Garden tickets are $25. thereafter. For information or to become a vendor, please contact Donisha Brockington at (954) 468-1541 extension 204 or at Events@GoRiverwalk.com.
The House of Prodigy presents “Gianni” their 20th anniversary house ball at La Scala De Miami (905 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami). The Masters of Ceremony is Icons Gorgeous Jack Gucci, Kevin JZ Prodigy and Snookie West. Grand Prizes are $9,000 for realness ad $12,000 FQ Face.
Sunday, January 8
Pun on the Drive presents Boozy Belters brunch at 2pm with Miss Bouvee and Jennifer McClain. Later that day at 6pm they present “PUBlicity” hosted by OG Drag queens Electra, Tiffany Arieagus and Nikki Adams.
LIT Wilton Manors presents “The Boys” final show from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Monday, January 9
Island City Stage is enjoying its 11th South Florida season, and with it, the continuation of its popular “Behind the Red Curtain” free community forum series, from 6:30 – 8 pm. The theater company will present “Living the Truth – Seeing the Trans Community Through a Different Lens.” The community forum will educate and inspire others about how to interact with transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse people. Guest panelists will be Franchesca D’Amore, Nic Zantop,; Arianna Lint, Ryan Papciak, and Carvelle Estriplet,. This enlightening program will be moderated by David B.Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW, FAU clinical instructor and owner of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy. Tickets are complimentary, but registration is required at www.islandcitystage.org/behind-the-red-curtain.
Funding Arts Broward (FAB), celebrating 20 years of preserving and cultivating the arts in Broward County, will present its sixth annual “Black & White: A Night At The Museum” from 6pm – 8pm. This cocktail party at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will feature exclusive exhibit tours, live entertainment by Dillard High School Center for the Arts students, DJ Israel Charles, champagne, culinary delights, and a decadent dessert table. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite black and white cocktail attire, and tickets are $85 per person and are available by emailing email@example.com. For more information, please call (954) 353-7673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, January 11
The monthly Vibes on the Drive takes place from 5-8pm at 6th avenue park (every second Wednesday of the month). This month starring Channing Ramsey.
Friday, January 13
The Eagle Wilton Manors presents “Live to Dance Weekend” featuring DJ Mogote Coyote tonight and then tomorrow, Saturday Jan 14, features DJ Jamey Boozer.
Saturday, January 14
The Gay Men’s Project presents “An Exploration of Aging, Sex and Intimacy” at The Pride Center at Equality Park today and tomorrow. Registration is $179 which includes meals, sessions with facilitators and a comprehensive workbook (scholarships are available). Please contact Michael Rohrs for more information at: Michael@gaymensproject.com or call him at 754-801-0330.
NSU Art Museum presents Creativity Exploration: Wish Jars from noon to 1:30pm. This adult class will be held in person. Workshops are led by award winning instructor, Lark Keeler, a specialist in mindfulness education. Set an intention for the new year, creating a visible and tangible reminder to inspire and move towards the future with your goals in mind. Fill a jar with images, words, and objects that keep you on your path. Advanced reservations are required by going to NSUartmuseum.org. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members, and this is an 18+ event!
The Gamma Mu Foundation presents “Celebration: at Richardson Park featuring Grammy award winner form Kool & The Gang, Sir Earl Toon performing many of their hits. For more information on this event or any of the events happening over this weekend or to purchase tickets, go to: Gammamufoundation.org
Sunday January 15
Pub on the Drive presents Shasta’s Dragging it to Brunch at 2pm featuring live singers and drag performances. Then at 6pm, they present Rhythm Chicks, which is a trio of Ladies singing Top 40 Hits.
Aventura Arts Center presents Rachel Bay Jones, who is best known for originating the role of Heidi Hansen in the Original Broadway Cast of Dear Evan Hansen, and receiving a Tony Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Lucille Lortel Award, and Drama League Nomination for her performance. Additional Broadway credits include Pippin, Hair, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. The show starts at 7pm and tickets, which are available at Aventuracenter.org, start at $57 (Discounted tickets available for students and teachers) and VIP tickets at $87 and include a post-show meet & greet/photo opportunity with Rachel Bay Jones.
Tuesday, January 17
History Fort Lauderdale, celebrating 60 years of stewardship of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, will present a free book signing and meet & greet with Donn R. Colee, Jr., author of “Legends & Lore of Fort Lauderdale’s New River,” from 6pm – 8pm. Colee’s appearance is part of History Fort Lauderdale’s “Florida Scribes & Stories,” a meet the author monthly series that offers literary and history enthusiasts a chance to speak with local authors, purchase their latest releases and have them signed. For more information about History Fort Lauderdale, please call (954) 463-4431 or visit historyfortlauderdale.org.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents their January Mixer at Hunters Nightclub from 5:30 to 7pm. The event includes a complimentary welcome drink (Vodka Beer or Wine); complimentary Hors D’oeuvres, a complimentary drink card for future use and a chance to win a gift basket. Admission is free for members with early registration or $5 within 24 hours of event, and future members $10 with early registration and $15 within 24 hours of event. For more info, contact Keith at Keith@gflglcc.org