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What’s HOT South Florida: January 4 – 18, 2024

Pride Skate Nights

Thursday, January 4

Tonight, is the monthly Pride Skate (first Thursday of the month) at Xtreme Action Park (5300 Powerline Road, Ft laud) from 7, and as a New Years present this month, they are staying open 1 hour later to 11pm. The night will star Velvet LeNore, Rianna Petrone, DJ T-pro, and a full liquor bar and lots of fun! In addition, this month there is a FREE RAFFLE where someone will win 2 lower-level tickets to the Panthers PRIDE NIGHT. Pride Skate Nights are a benefit for Stonewall Pride.

The 8th Annual South Beach Jazz Festival, presented by Power Access, starts today and goes through Sunday, Jan 7 and brings star-studded names from the jazz world to key venues throughout the city. Celebrating the unparalleled artistry of global jazz sensations Cécile McLorin Salvant, Alfredo Rodriguez, the extraordinary pianist Matthew Whitaker, the dynamic ensemble of Something Else!, multiple grammy winning trumpeter, composer Brian Lynch, passionate jazz pianist Tal Cohen, and many more from the full spectrum of jazz, this year’s festival promises to be an unforgettable four days of music from top-tier internationally recognized artists, favorite regional bands, emerging local and student artists, underscoring a commitment to both musical excellence and the festival’s vital mission of inclusion and accessibility. In partnership with the Rhythm Foundation, the South Beach Jazz Festival is a must for jazz fans. Tickets and reservations including a limited “All Access Pass” at sobejazzfestival.com.

Friday, January 5

A1A Theatrical Productions and Rainbows & Ribbons in Coordination with Empire Stage present Playwright, Palm Beach Post columnist & Rodney Dangerfield joke writer Mike Vogel’s full-length comedy “Second Chance.” Retiree Jack Korman fights tooth & nail against being placed in an independent living facility by his closeted, yuppie-lawyer son Larry, then becomes the senior home stud! Jack immediately hooks up with Violet, a vibrant soulmate his age. But when a younger woman also pursues him, Jack faces a sudden, life-altering choice and a moment of reckoning for Larry, who finally confronts his dad about his sexuality. 90 Mins, No Intermission, Starring Ross Hewitt, Richard Fitch, David Hoffman, Laurie Tanner, & Grace Cirillo. From today through Jan 14. Tickets are $32 at EmpireStage.com or by calling 954-678-1496.

The Sunshine Cathedral for the performing Arts presents Varla Jean Merman’s “Stand By Your Drag” at 8pm. Tickets are $35-$65 and can be purchased at Sunshinecathedral.org/arts.

Saturday, January 6

Guy Harvey, Ph.D., world-renowned artist, scientist, conservationist, and entrepreneur, will be available for meet-and-greets, photo ops and signings at his gallery and shop in Las Olas Blvd today and tomorrow, Sunday January 7. A portion of proceeds from sales of all Guy Harvey apparel and merchandise at the store and online benefit ocean research, education and conservation initiatives through the Guy Harvey Foundation (GHF). The non-profit organization is dedicated to saving the seas, supporting groundbreaking research, and helping foster the next generation of ocean conservationists. As an additional treat, enter to win a limited-edition Guy Harvey art reproduction and receive a free gift with your purchase. For more information, call the store at 954-769-1996 or visit guyharvey.com/pages/las-olas-store.

The 14th Annual Riverwalk Stone Crab & Seafood Festival – Presented by Rivertail takes place from 11 am – 5 pm at Esplanade Park. Enjoy some of South Florida’s premier seafood establishments (landlubber fare also available!) as well as the fan favorite hermit crab races! This is a free event but there is a $30 VIP Beer Garden, and a Cash bar available. For more info go to: goriverwalk.com/.

The Manor Complex presents the first party of the New Year starring the one and only DJ Abel with performances by TP Lords and spectacular décor and productions in the main room. Noche Latina Saturdays in the Ivy Lounge and Patio presents “Los 3 Reyes Magos” starring our 3 kings: The OG King Jose Vega, our current King, (Mr. Noche Latina 2023) Joseph Thiels, and our host King (Mr. Stonewall 2023 and Mr. Noche Latina 2021) Oscar Novva along with our maestro King DJ Duniel, and sexy Latin Go-Go papi’s. Doors open at 11pm and there in NO COVER until midnight for Florida residents.

Sunday, January 7

321/Slammer presents Ray Dalton’s Fornication Tour (A Big DProduction) from 4 to 8pm starring Dallas Steele, Alan Brock, Ryan Pup and Pup Kilo with DJ Bryan Reyes. Purchase tickets only at Fornicationparty.com.

Monday, January 8

The Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival is the premier culinary event in Broward County, featuring activations throughout the year and culminating with a week-long celebration, the festival puts the spotlight on Greater Fort Lauderdale’s hospitality industry all year long.  The festival’s goal remains steadfast in shining the spotlight on Greater Fort Lauderdale’s restaurants, hotels, chefs and mixologists while raising much needed funds for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.  Release Your Inner Foodie and join Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival taking place from tonight to January 14. For a full list of events or for more information, go to: Vlfoodwine.com.

Wednesday, January 10

Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar presents a new Wednesday night promotion entitled “Kings” starring Sin Silva, DJ Frank-O and a rotating cast of male performers starting at 9pm.

Sunserve presents “Sunsocial: Young Professionals Mixer” will be held at Blu Egg Interiors and Art Gallery (2724 N Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors) from 6 to 8pm and will feature small bites, cocktails, 10% giveback raffle, networking, and lots of fun. For more information, go to Sunserve.org/sunsocial.

Friday, January 12

Anthony JV Rufolo announces the long-anticipated opening of AJVR Photography Studio and Gallery at 2378 Wilton Drive by hosting a special reception with his models from 6pm to 10pm. The gallery will feature a retrospective of his recent photography in Wilton Manors. Anthony is a published portrait, physique, and lifestyle photographer living and working in Wilton Manors. He is also a proud member of both Arts United and the Broward Art Guild. For more information and to see some of his photography, visit www.AJVR.Photography.

The YMCA of South Florida’s 20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Celebration, which honors Dr. King and his legacy through activities that bring communities together in celebration and service to others, kicks off today with a breakfast in Broward County (7:30 a.m. at First Baptist Fort Lauderdale, 301 East Broward Blvd.) and a luncheon in Miami-Dade County (11:45 a.m. at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail). The keynote speakers are Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of Rev. Dr. Ralph David and Mrs. Juanita Jones Abernathy, co-founders of the American Civil Rights Movement with Dr. King; and Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela and co-founder and chairman of Africa Rising Foundation. More details and sponsorships/tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/3ptt2zfw.

Saturday, January 13

Back by popular demand, Joe Posa and Seth Sikes will reunite for a performance of “TRIBUTES,” a stunning homage to iconic female legends, from 8pm to 10pm, at Sunshine Cathedral Center for the Performing Arts (1480 SW 9th Avenue). This showcase, produced by the accomplished duo, unites two worlds of performance art – female impersonation and live song. Joe Posa will impersonate Joan Rivers, Barbra Streisand, and Liza Minnelli while Seth Sikes will enchant audiences with his soulful voice, singing nostalgic melodies made famous by Judy Garland, Bernadette Peters, and other artists. The cleverly choreographed show includes duets with Seth Sikes and Joe Posa as Barbra and Liza. Tickets for “TRIBUTES” (18+) start at $35 with an option to purchase a $25 pre-show reception ticket including beverages and light snacks. To purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/Tributes2024.

Latinos Salud presents their 15th Anniversary Gala “Quinceanera” at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort – Convention Center with the VIP Cocktail hour starting at 6pm and the main event starting at 7pm. To purchase tickets, go to: Gala.lsalud.org.

The Florida Panthers present their annual Pride Night presented by Stoli at Amerant Bank Arena starting at 6pm. To purchase tickets, go to Floridapanthers.com.

Starting tonight, and every Saturday thereafter, Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors features Nicky Monet’s “The Outcast Show” at 10pm.

Twist presents special guest DJ, south beach icon, DJ JRNY.

Tuesday, January 16

The GFLGLCC (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, cash bar with happy hour prices, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to win a $100 gift card. Admission is free for members with early registration or $5 within 24 hours of the event; future members $20 with early registration and $25 within 24 hours of the event. For more info, contact Keith at Keith@gflglcc.org. 

Hot Stuff

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announced the return of Miami Arts, Culture & Heritage Months. The program, which runs from through January 31, invites locals and visitors to celebrate Greater Miami and Miami Beach’s diverse arts and culture scene and runs alongside the robust “arts season” anchored by the Art Basel Miami Beach. Miami Arts, Culture & Heritage Months offer something for everyone, including discounts and BOGO deals from a record-breaking number of more than 35 participating partners including art galleries and exhibitions, museums, musical performances, culinary tours, and special events. Discover how various cultures and traditions have left their mark on the destination as you explore the Wynwood Art District, Opa-Locka’s rich history, Miami Beach’s culinary scene, and more. For a full list of offerings, visit MiamiTemptations.com.

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