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What’s HOT South Florida: April 11 – 20, 2024

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Thursday, April 11

Claudia Castillo ART studio is excited to announce their Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening celebration at 6:30pm at their new studio location at 2180 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Small bites and refreshments compliments of MYTH Gastrobar and live performance by singer Mailyn Soulfree. The celebrations continue through the week. Feel free to stop in the new studio to see them.

Friday, April 12

ArtServe to Unveil the “Florida Power & Light Company Gallery” Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30pm which coincides with free, public opening night reception for ArtServe’s new exhibit “Looking Forward—Healing Through Art.” ArtServe will name its main art gallery as the “Florida Power & Light Company Gallery” to honor FPL’s generous support of ArtServe’s many programs and artistic mission. RSVPs at artserve.org are suggested for the events, both of which are free and open to the public.

The producers of Friday Night Sound Waves are giving guests the opportunity to check #41 off author Christiana Lilly’s “100 Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale Before You Die” list, with a spring revival of the popular free concert series at The LOOP (Las Olas Oceanside Park), every Friday, today through May 17, from 6:30–9:30pm. Presented by the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Business Improvement District, Friday Night Sound Waves welcomes locals and visitors, the young and the young at heart, to enjoy some of South Florida’s best musical talents, performing an eclectic range of genres ranging from Reggae, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Top 40, Motown and R&B. Attendees are invited to come early to enjoy various pre-concert games on the main lawn starting at 5pm, along with local artisan vendors and a rotation of food and drink vendors to peruse during and after the show. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit FridayNightSoundWaves.com.

Saturday, April 13

Riverwalk International Food Festival’s new date is Saturday, April 13 from 12-4pm at Esplanade Park. Showcasing Fort Lauderdale’s favorite international restaurants and food trucks serving up dishes from around the globe. International Tasting Village – $25. 

Sunday April 14

Today is the final day, and the biggest day, of Miami Beach Pride with the Parade starting at noon down A1A and then the festival going on the beach until 11pm. In addition, there are after parties. To check out all the happenings at Miami Beach Pride go to Miamibeachpride.com.

Wednesday, April 17

Johnsons Fort Lauderdale invites everyone to their new Wednesdays “Stripper Ball Bingo” from 8 to 11pm…get to the club early for full details.

Scandals Saloon presents the start of a new Wednesday, “Texas Hoe-Down” featuring Hot cowboy Go-Go boys.

Become enraptured in the drama of Tchaikovsky and the sprightly Highland-inspired melodies of Bruch as South Florida Symphony Orchestra (SFSO) presents an exuberant April Masterworks finale to a triumphant season! Led by Sebrina María Alfonso, SFSO will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minorOp. 64 and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, Op. 46 featuring Huifang Chen, SFSO’s associated conductor and concertmaster, on violin at 7:30pm tonight at The Parker in Fort Lauderdale (707 NE 8th Street) and on Thursday, April 18, at Temple Israel of Greater Miami (137 NE 19th Street). A pre-concert chat with Dr. Alan Mason illuminating the works and composers will take place 30 minutes prior to The Parker concert, only. Single tickets for this Masterworks program begin at $15 for the Parker in Fort Lauderdale and $36 for Temple Israel of Greater Miami. For tickets and additional information, visit southfloridasymphony.org, or call (954) 522-8445.

Thursday, April 18

Starting tonight and going through April 28 Outshine Film Festival presents its Miami 2024 edition. For more information check out the feature in this mag or go to Outshinefilm.com.

Friday, April 19

Leboy presents America’s #1 rising star in adult entertainment, Drake Von, live and in the flesh tonight and tomorrow night, Saturday April 20.

Saturday, April 20

For those of you who have been in South Florida for a while, I think you will agree with me that the biggest event this weekend is when Promoter extraordinaire, Hilton Wolman, teams up with the Manor Complex to celebrate his birthday and for the Salvation anniversary and reunion weekend. On Friday (yesterday) they celebrate with Guest DJ Tom Stephan, and today they celebrate with Grammy nominated, DJ/Producer/remixer/ Salvations Resident DJ Abel. They will also have performances by TP Lords and Salvation resident Kitty Meow along with spectacular décor and visuals. In the Ultra Room and Patio, Noche Latina Saturdays, celebrates and honors SELENA QUINTANILLA’S Birthday starring Erika Norell and Miranda Monterrey, along with guest DJ ICE spinning the best mix of Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Bachata, Latin house, and more, and Sexy go-go papi’s. Doors open at 11pm and there is NO COVER for Fl Res until midnight, so go early and have a great time!

The Boys of Chokoloskee present “Drag Brunch” with Gays in The Glades at Havana Café (195 Smallwood Dr, Chokoloskee) with shows at 4pm and 6pm. The Brunch is hosted by Alandra Matthews and stars Lisa Renee, TP Lords, Cylo Lords, and Serena Cha Cha with music by DJ Alex Ferbeyre. To make a reservation call 239-695-2214 or go to Havanacafe.com.

The Bears of South Florida and Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida present: The Wilton Manors Community Sing-Along at 3pm at Hunters Nightclub. Sing along to some of your favorite Hollywood musical moments, Disney classics, and other Iconic showtune performances. Music by DJ Richie Rich, and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advanced tickets include a free drink ticket.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to present The Forgotten Founding Fathers written and produced by hip-hop legend Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins, a frequent collaborator with hip-hop mega group and “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” co-stars, The Roots, as part of the Center’s Family Fun Live! Series. The Forgotten Founding Fathers will be presented tonight at 3pm and 7:30pm and April 21, at 3pm inside the Center’s intimate Carnival Studio Theater. The Forgotten Founding Fathers takes the audience on a captivating, theatrical and hip-hop journey that explores American history through the lens of African American, Latino, and Indigenous heroes during some of the country’s most pivotal times, including the American Revolutionary War, Civil War and Reconstruction. Tickets for The Forgotten Founding Fathers  are $30* and may be purchased now online at arshtcenter.org, or  by calling (305) 949-6722.

Swim Across America – Florida Keys is #makingwaves to #fightcancer! Celebrating its 3rd year, this year’s swim will be held, at Founders Park in Islamorada, Florida. There are several swim distances available: half-mile, one-and-a-half mile and two-mile plus a fun Kids’ Splash! Boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders and land volunteers participate in this inspirational event. Funds raised go directly to support cancer research and patient care programs at Miami Cancer Institute. To date, they have donated more than $110,000 to Miami Cancer Institute. To register as a swimmer or a volunteer, or to donate, visit swimacrossamerica.org/floridakeys.

Artwalk Wilton Manors returns today (3rd Sat of the month from Oct to May) from 6-9pm, and will feature 6 locations: 6th Ave Park, The Well/Indelible Art and Tattoo, Shoppes of Wilton Manors, Castelli Real Estate, Apt 9f, and Dixie Village. On Dixie Village there will be a cake raffle where you can win a cake for any occasion courtesy of Ronnies Bake Shop and Ginetta’s Vendetta: The female powerhouse blows trumpet, sings, composes and leads her dynamic power trio. For more information, go to AWWM.org.

Hotspots Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean presents the Artist Showcase from 6-9pm with author Erick Alvarez Book signing of “Muscle Boys.” Exhibiting artists are Joel Baxter, Giancarlo Balisciano, Eileen Shaloum, Tedd Davis, Rene Farias Amores, Francisco Sheuat, Adrienne Walker and Susan David.

Hot Stuff

Holy Cross Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician employed group of more than 130 physicians providing services throughout Broward County, has added Robert Gioia, B.S., D.O., DDS to its team of dedicated primary care physicians at the group’s Wilton Manors office. “I am delighted to extend primary care services to the Wilton Manors community,” said Dr. Gioia. “I look forward to building strong relationships with my patients and providing comprehensive and compassionate care to meet their healthcare needs.” Dr. Gioia is licensed to practice medicine in Florida, Michigan, band Texas. His office is located at 1402 NE 26th St. in Fort Lauderdale. To schedule an appointment, call 954-565-7789 or visit holy-cross.com for more information.

From breathtaking views atop the Downtown Miami skyline at 200 feet, to museums, to the arts, The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is making it easier and affordable to discover top cultural and adventure-filled activities with the return of Miami Attraction & Museum Months.  From now through May 31, families and culture-seekers can take advantage of special discounts, savings on admissions, and BOGO deals from more than a record-breaking 50 participating partners, including:

  • Skyviews Miami– 20% off general admission to check out unparalleled views of the iconic Miami Skyline and beat the heat in your fully enclosed private gondola.
  • Treetop Trekking Miami– 25% off admission to swing through the trees at South Florida’s only aerial adventure park.
  • Fairchild Botanic Garden– 20% off admission: Experience mind-twisting, eye-tricking exhibits and learn the exciting science behind paradoxes with over 70 paradox-based exhibits.

For a complete list of special offers and events available from the GMCVB’s Miami Temptations Program, visit www.MiamiTemptations.com.


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