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What’s HOT South Florida: January 18 – 31, 2024

Art Walk Wilton Manors

Thursday, January 18

Claudia Castillo ART studio presents “Emotions” by Sylvia Restrepo, showing through March 1, on Sun, Wed, and Thurs 4-10pm, Fri and Sat 4-11:55pm or by appointment 954-274-7047.  Visit the studio exhibit (2215 Wilton Drive) or shop online at ClaudiacastilloARTstudio.com.

Broadway superfans Jeff and Judy eagerly await their idol Idina Menzel after her performance in If/Then at the stage door every night. But when a sexy stranger enters the scene and upends their decades-long friendship, the musical theater aficionados must go off book to rewrite their own finale in Island City Stage’s production of Which Way to the Stage by Ana Nogueira. This playful yet profound comedy about friendship, ambition, and what happens when dreams fall just out of reach runs from today through February 11. Tickets start at $40 by visiting Islandcitystage.org, by calling 954-928-9800 or by e- mailing boxoffice@islandcitystage.org.

Schartt$ Creek: Honeymoon In Wilton Manors by Jamie Morris plays tonight through March 3 at Empire Stage Theater. The show debuted in 2022 and was extended twice, playing to sold-out houses all summer long in Provincetown. Ptown Magazine said, “The laughter begins upon arrival and does not subside the entire show.” Ptownie named Schartt$ “Favorite New Show” of the season. The show then went on to play for three months in Puerto Vallarta. The PV Mirror said, “The acting was hilarious!” Schartt$ picks up where the series leaves off. David is on his honeymoon. Patrick cannot make it. The entire Rose family arrives to cheer him up, and then proceed to make the entire trip about themselves. Starring Jonathan Joseph Peters, Eric Maul, Jamie Morris & Benjamin Schaevitz and directed by Christopher Kenney. Tickets are 440 at Empirestage.com or by calling 954-678-1496 (Save $5 – Promo Code – EARLY).

Saturday, Jan 20

Art Walk Wilton Manors adds new location as they expand to Dixie Village (Dixie Hwy between NE 23rd Dr and NE 24th St) from 6-9pm. The Dixie Village Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with City Officials is at 6pm. For more information, go to: AWWM.org.

The Pride Center’s Wellness Program presents “Holistic Health Exhibition” from noon to 3pm at Hagen Park Community Center and Pavilion. They invite you to explore a range of complementary health modalities with hands-on demonstrations. Light bites served and free swag for the first 200 attendees.

Pinecrest Gardens is thrilled to announce the return of its beloved annual tradition, the Art & Design Fair, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. This year’s Fair rebranded and expanded to include an exciting array of designers and artisans alongside traditional artists, is scheduled for today and tomorrow, Jan 21 from 10am to 5pm. For more information, go to: pinecrestgardens.org.

The Ramrod presents Underground Invasion, where it’s all about the music. The night stars DJ Trevor Oldroyd, and as always no cover.

Let’s get Funky in the Park as Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale & Funky Buddha return for Rhythm & Brews from 12-4pm at Esplanade Park. Indulge in delectable treats served up by BurgerFi Food Truck and HaloProject. Grab a cold Funky Buddha Brew, your blanket and lawn chair and enjoy the good vibes of The Joey Calderaio Band. If you make a donation to Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Funky Buddha will reward you with some great swag.

The Manor Nightclub presents the Fort Lauderdale’s Sail Away Party starring Festival DJ Isis Muretech in the Main Room along with shows by TP Lords and fabulous décor and production. In the Ivy Dance Room and patio, Noche Latina Saturdays celebrates with Miss Noche Latina 202, Kimberly Venom, special guest direct from Orlando Altese Aurom, with host Oscar Novva; resident DJ Duniel and sex Latin Go-Go papi’s. Doors open at 11pm and there is no cover till midnight for Fl Res.

Sunday, Jan 21

The Ramrod presents EDC (Enforced Dress Code) where boots and 2 pieces of leather or fetish gear required to enter the patio from 9pm to 12am.

Monday, January 22

Hosted by Berger Singerman and presented by the Castle Group and the Cathy and James Donnelly Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward, Business for the Arts of Broward’s (BFA) Arts Mean Business Speaker Series (AMB) continues with an intimate cocktail reception including a conversation and meet and greet with multimedia Afro-Caribbean American portrait and figurative artist Kandy G Lopez today from 5:30 to 7pm at Berger Singerman, 201 E Las Olas Blvd., Suite 1500 in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit BFAbroward.org or contact Robyn Vegas at 954-940-4933 or rvegas@bfabroward.org.

Wednesday, January 24

The Miami Beach Orchid Society invites everyone to join them for their first meeting of the year today from 6:30-8pm! Their speaker is Aaron R. Milanese (PhD Candidate). He will be giving an overview of Orchid Root Anatomy and Mycorrhizal Symbiosis and will also talk about propagation techniques from seed on gel. Aaron’s expertise is roots and the microbes that live on them. The Miami Beach Orchid Society meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and topics vary from month to month. Dues for membership are $25 per year.

Thursday, January 25

The City of Wilton Manors invites everyone in the community to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Thunderbunny, a permanent public art installation, at 12:30pm in Justin Flippen Park (2109 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors). Artist Hunt Slonem, who created the monumental mosaic sculpture, will be in attendance to help cut the ribbon and officially welcome Thunderbunny to the City. Thunderbunny is one of over two dozen public art installations in Wilton Manors, with more planned in the coming year as part of the City’s public art plan. The piece is on display as a result of a partnership between the city, the artist, and New River Fine Art.  To learn more about public art installations in Wilton Manors, visit inplainsightwm.com.

Friday, January 26

My good Judy, Christopher Hamblin, has his first big solo show in South Florida entitled “Here in The South” at 8pm at The Sunshine Cathedral Performing Arts Center. To purchase tickets, go to: sunshinecathedral.org.

Featuring high-voltage drama and a sensuous score, all set against the backdrop of real-life locations in Rome, Palm Beach Opera opens its highly anticipated 2024 Season with Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” 100 years after that great composer’s death in November 1924. Performances are set for today through Sunday, January 28 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. “Tosca” will be sung in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage. Single tickets start at $25 and season subscriptions start at $60.

Saturday, January 27

Disco Stars Entertainment and Mlicata Entertainment present Gotta Love The 80’s at The Parker tonight at 8pm. Artists include: The Original Covergirls, George Lamond, Freedom Williams of C&C Music Factory, Noel, Alisha, Company B, Nocera, C-Bank and Giggles. Your Host, Charlie Rock and Billboard Award Winner, DJ, and songwriter Lewis Martinee. To purchase tickets, go to Parkerplayhouse.com.

Acclaimed cabaret singer and bandleader Eddie Bruce celebrates the music and the life of the legendary Tony Bennett in an extraordinary new show, “The Music and Magic of Tony Bennett,” at The Studio at Mizner Park in Boca Raton at 7:30.  Philadelphian Eddie Bruce, who is making his South Florida debut with this program, will be accompanied by three of South Florida’s finest jazz musicians: Pianist/Musical Director Phil Hinton, bassist Chuck Bergeron, and drummer Frank Derrick. Tickets are available at Thestudioatmiznerpark.com.  For more information on Eddie go to: Eddiebruce.com.

Sunday, January 28

The Quadracci-Cabrera Family and the national LGBTQ Task Force present the 3rd annual My Hollywood Pride in downtown Hollywood from 1 to 6pm. For more information go to: Myhollywoodpride.com.

Every last Sunday of each month, Fort Lauderdale residents receive FREE admission to NSU Art Museum as part of Fort Lauderdale Neighbor Days. For free admission, residents must show a photo ID, driver’s license, or residential utility bill with proof of Fort Lauderdale address. Visit the Museum Cafe & Store and receive 10% off books published by NSU Art Museum.

The Ramrod presents the Closing Party for Florida Leather Weekend from 8pm to 2am.

Thursday, Feb 1

The monthly Pride Skate (first Thursday of the month) at Xtreme Action Park (5300 Powerline Road, Ft laud) takes place from 7-10pm and happens tonight with the theme of Valentines Day, where they invite you to come with your Valentine or come and meet your Valentine. The night will star Velvet LeNore, Rianna Petrone, DJ T-pro, and a full liquor bar and lots of fun! Pride Skate Nights are a benefit for Stonewall Pride.

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