Thursday, September 14
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, History Fort Lauderdale, will present the return of “Viva Fort Lauderdale: Celebrating Hispanic Art & Culture” from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, October 15. This fine art and sculpture exhibit celebrating the contributions of our multicultural Latin community will feature work from local artists including Leonardo Montoya (Colombia), Lifrancis Rojas (Venezuela), Isabel Perez Salazar (Venezuela) and Florencia Clement de Grandprey (Spain). The exhibit will open with a free artist meet and greet reception and preview today at 6pm at the New River Inn (231 Southwest Second Avenue). Guests may register for the free preview reception at bit.ly/HFLVivaFTLArtPreview2023. Tickets are available online at historyfortlauderdale.org.
Celebrated in the United States annually from today through Oct. 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched the nation and society. Recognizing the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens, whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, The LOOP’s month-long celebration will shine a spotlight on the people behind the small businesses who participate in its weekend markets. A special weekend of festivities will take place Sept. 29–Oct. 1. Each Sunday, from 12–3 p.m., Sept. 17–Oct. 15, The LOOP will feature live performances from various Hispanic musicians and bands. Attendees are invited to relax at one of the tables under the shaded canopies and umbrellas to enjoy the rotation of live music while they shop and stroll The MKT vendors. The MKT is open on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. For a preview of the makers and small business vendors who proudly share their passion and Hispanic pride at The MKT at Las Olas Oceanside Park, visit theloopflb.com/hispanic-heritage-month-2023/.
Saturday, September 16th
The 12th Annual Island City Art Exhibition takes place at Art Gallery 21 (600 NE 21st Ct, Wilton Manors) at 7pm. Don’t miss the Juried Art Exhibition! Meet the artists, see the pieces that were selected for exhibition, and join them for refreshments as they celebrate the winners of this year’s competition.
Twist presents sexy DJ Mike Trotter spinning all night, and as always, no cover!
Sunday, September 17
Pub on the Drive presents a benefit for Oscar Novva, Mr. Stonewall 2023, to send him to Mr. Florida M.E. 2023/24 during Fantasy Sundays hosted by Kimberly Venom at 9pm. The night will feature some of south Florida’s favorite entertainers performing, silent auctions, live auctions, and raffles. If you can’t make it and would like to donate to Oscar’s goal, go to: Cash App – $OAOky.
Ramrod will be celebrating their 29th Anniversary from 10pm to 2am featuring $2,900 in cash and prizes with a balloon drop at midnight. As always, no cover!
Stork’s artist of the month is Daniel Roemmelt and his art will be on display and to purchase from today to October 15.
Tuesday, September 19
The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents their September Mixer at Pier Six Rooftop Pompano Beach (200 N Ocean Blvd) from 5:30 to 7pm. The event includes a complimentary welcome drink, Cash Bar with happy hour prices, and complimentary lite bites. Admission is free for members with early registration or $5 within 24 hours of event; future members $10 with early registration and $15 within 24 hours of event. For more info, contact Keith at Keith@gflglcc.org.
Dine Out For Life Palm Beach is a benefit for Compass where participating restaurants give back a portion of their sales. The restaurants participating are: Don Ramon – WPB – 7101 S Dixie Hwy, 5 pm to 9 pm; Hullabaloo – WPB – 517 Clematis St, 5 pm to 10 pm; Kapow Noodle Bar – WPB – 519 Clematis St, 5 pm to 10 pm; Kapow Noodle Bar – Boca Raton – 402 Plaza Real, 5 pm to 10 pm; Dada – Delray Beach – 52 N Swinton Ave, 5 pm to 10 pm; Howley’s Restaurant – WPB – 4700 S Dixie Hwy; 11 am to 1 pm; Subculture Coffee – Boca Raton – 402 Plaza Real Boca Raton, 9 am to 12 pm; Subculture Coffee – Palm Beach Gardens – 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #5090, 9 am to 12 pm. For more information, go to Compassglcc.com.
Thursday, September 21
Stonewall National Museum, Archives and Library presents a Back to the Drive Celebration with Billy Porter at The Venue Fort Lauderdale from 6 to 9pm. Join Stonewall for a night of music, dancing, and fun! Open bar and food all night long. Proceeds from this evening support Stonewall’s programs and exhibitions many offered free to the public year-round. One of Stonewall’s programs, the Stonewall National Education Program (SNEP) ensures our most marginalized students have a safe and welcoming school environment, and that our history and culture are taught. When books and education are under threat in a growing number of states and regions across the USA, when Black and LGBTQIA+ history and culture are under attack, who better than the brilliant Billy Porter to stand up and call it out. For more info or to purchase tickets go to: https://stonewall-museum.org/snep-fundraiser/
The AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is thrilled to premiere Jane Goodall: Reasons For Hope, beginning today. This large-format documentary film is co-produced by Science North in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute, Cosmic Picture, and film producer-director David Lickley. The film features renowned British-born ethologist, environmentalist, animal-rights activist, conservationist, author, educator and UN Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall, who has spent the last 60 years working extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. For tickets, please visit mods.org/tickets and for showtimes, please visit mods.org/showtimes.
Ronnie Larsen in association with “Plays of Wilton (pow)” announces its next production, a killer new comedy “Clark Gable Slept Here,” which was created by two of south Florida’s biggest theatrical superstars: Michael Mckeever, and Stuart Meltzer. “Clark Gable Slept Here,” will be performed, from today through October 15, at the Foundry, 2306 N. Dixie Highway, in Wilton Manors. When the corpse of a naked male prostitute is found in his client’s hotel room during the Golden Globe Awards, Hilliard and hotel manager Gage Holland are left to sweep things under the rug. Time to call in some favors…But, when you work in the make-believe world of movies, everyone’s acting, and nothing is what it seems in this hilarious jet-black comedy about what it means to be a “man” in Hollywood. Warning: contains nudity. For more information or tickets, go to Ronnielarsen.com or playsofwilton.com.
Friday, September 22
Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors presents, Direct from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Detox and Mayhem Miller and from Drag Race UK, A’Whora along with Jewels from Long Beach. This is sure to be amazing shows with two seatings: 7:30 and 9:30pm. If you can’t make it Friday, no worries as they will all be performing on Saturday as well, same show times. These shows are bound to sell out, so to book your reservations go to: Hamburgermarys.com/wiltonmanors.
The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum (SBRHM) invites fun-loving local history buffs to the 9th Toasts, Tastes & Trolleys, the first since 2019. This unique and festive event will be held today starting at 6 pm. This popular and delicious fundraiser will begin and end at the Waterstone Resort & Marina, 999 E. Camino Real in Boca Raton (33432). Guests will kick-off the evening with a Champagne reception before boarding a colorful trolley to start the sip-and-sup tour to a series of local eateries for dinner-by-the-bite taste sensations washed down with signature cocktails. Tickets are only $150 per person and can be purchased online at BocaHistory.org, or by calling 561.395.6766, ext. 100.
Stonewall National Museum, Archives and Library and World Aids Museum presents My Fabulous Disease, Chronicles of a Gay Survivor – Mark S. King today at 6:30pm at ArtServe Auditorium, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. Join Mark King and others for a panel discussion about King’s new book “My Fabulous Disease”, in which King navigates sex, love, addiction, and family as a gay man living with HIV. Event is free but you must rsvp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 23
The Manor Complex presents 3 different vibes, 3 different rooms. In the Ballroom they present “Menergy” starring DJ Alexander Rendo from LA. In the video lounge they present VJ Gio with open format and fun videos, and snacks. Noche Latina Saturdays, now back in the Ivy Dance Room and patio, celebrates the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence. The night will star Latina princess Erika Norell, and Mr. Stonewall 2023 Oscar Novva, as well as DJ Duniel and sexy Go-Go Papi’s Jonathan and Justin. Doors open at 11pm and admission is only $5 for Fl Res until midnight.
Prepare to immerse yourself in a mesmerizing realm of art and queer expression as Broward Art Guild proudly presents “Queertopia Unleashed: Igniting a Creative Revolution.” This groundbreaking art show unites the extraordinary talents of four visionary artists, who courageously explore the depths of queer identity and inspire dialogue through their exceptional visual narratives. The grand opening of “Queertopia” will take place today from 6-9pm at Broward Art Guild.
Pub on the Drive presents a Yappy Hour from 2-5pm at The Pride Hub (their patio) where all dogs are welcome (all dogs must be on leash and have updated vaccinations).
The Alhambra Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Daniel Andai, joins Miami Dade County Auditorium to present a free concert celebrating our Hispanic community, with Doral Symphony Orchestra as special guest at 7:30pm at the Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 West Flagler Street. Everyone will enjoy hearing a full orchestra perform Gloria Estefan hits, music from Encanto, tangos, popular songs, and classical favorites including Ravel’s famous Bolero. The Alhambra Orchestra is Miami’s community orchestra, with a mission of giving everyone access to great classical music.
Sunday, September 24
As part of the Arts United “Provocative Art Show” at the Hotspots/Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean, tonight is the Artist Showcase from 5 to 8pm featuring Tape Artist/comedian Abby Ballin and Thespian/singer/director Pamela S. Hankerson. The Provocative Art Show is a juried art exhibition with $1,000 cash prizes awarded and features 45 artists and 69 + art works. This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, September 27
Compass’ September Pride Business Alliance social takes place today from 6-8 pm at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach at the Rinker Playhouse (701 Okeechobee Boulevard). Those attending will receive a preview of the upcoming Kravis Center season, and also learn about some of the new initiatives they are working on! Ticket prices in advance for the Pride Business social are $10 for members & donors and $25 at Compassglcc.com.
The 51st annual Miss Florida F.I. Pageantry weekend takes place on Sunday, October 1 (Mr., at Large and Supreme) and Monday, October 2 (Miss Florida) in the beautiful “Crystal Room” at the Venue Fort Lauderdale with doors opening at 7pm and pageants starting at 8pm each night. Tickets are now on sale at https://MissFloridaFIPageant.com. For more info call 954-478-4587.
The Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida extends its heartfelt congratulations to Mayor Betty Resch and the dedicated Commissioners of the City of Lake Worth Beach for their historic decision in becoming the first LGBTQ+ sanctuary city in the state of Florida. This commendable step reaffirms the city’s commitment to inclusivity, equality, and social justice for all its residents, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. The establishment of Lake Worth Beach as an LGBTQ+ sanctuary city is a remarkable milestone for the LGBTQ+ community in Florida as it is for all of us. By taking this pioneering initiative, the city has set a shining example for others to follow, demonstrating that equality and acceptance are not just words but values that are actively upheld.