November 19 – Dec 2
Friday, November 20
Island City Stage (2304 N. Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors) presents Dixie’s Happy Hour at 8pm. Right now, the world needs a drinking buddy, and there’s no one more qualified for the job than Alabama’s favorite daughter, Dixie Longate – a gal who’s never too far away from a cocktail. You are invited to join Dixie for this uproariously raucous joyride where Dixie will serve the four basic food groups: gin, rum, vodka and tequila. Dixie’s Happy Hour will also take place on Saturday, Nov 21 at 2 and 8pm and Sunday, November 22 at 5pm. Online streaming performances are also available. Tickets are $35 + $3 processing at islandcitystage.org
Today is recognized across the nation and around the globe as the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This solemn occasion serves as an opportunity for us to come together in solidarity and community to pause, reflect, grieve and honor the memory of the transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming lives taken from this world due to acts of hatred, transphobia and violence. Everyone is invited to join TransInclusive Group, The Pride Center, and their community partners and collaborators including Arianna’s Center, SunServe, HRC South Florida, FLUX, The Poverello Center, South Florida Transgender Medical Consortium, and Talkin’ T virtually as they unite with individuals, communities and organizations around the world to honor the memory of the transgender and gender nonconforming individuals whose lives were lost because of acts of transphobic violence and hate. Their Transgender Day of Remembrance event will be held online on Facebook Live from 6-8pm. A panel discussion will be followed by a virtual memorial as they Say Their Names and honor the memory of those who have been lost.
The Artwork of Mr. Brainwash (starts today and goes through Dec 20) is an exhibition at New River Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale that explores the alternative macrocosm of internationally renowned Post- Pop Artist, Mr. Brainwash, as he explores bold color, graffiti style markings, splatter paint, black stencils, silkscreened iconology, and audacious street art aesthetics. An art extravaganza, not to be missed, Keep it Real will be a virtual and in-person exhibition featuring new works by Mr. Brainwash (b. 1966) as he utilizes artistic undertones of Norman Rockwell inspired, but rebellious American Nostalgia. Keep it Real delivers a sumptuous ostentation of graphic reverence dedicated to the prevailing king of conducive play. Keep it Real consists of over 25 works of art.
Saturday, November 21
The 2020 Fort Lauderdale Air Show has been rescheduled for today and tomorrow over Fort Lauderdale Beach. The U.S. Air Force has scheduled all four of its fighter jet demonstration teams to perform at the show – the F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lighting II, F-16 Viper and A-10 Thunderbolt II. “The U.S. Air Force is providing an unprecedented level of support by sending all of their fighter jet demo teams to perform,” said Bryan Lilley, Co-Chair of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. “The 2020 air show season ends November 15,” said Chris Lagerbloom, City Manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale. “Extending the schedule for all these teams by an additional week really shows how much the Air Force values our world class destination as a performance venue.” Originally scheduled for the weekend of May 2-3, the show was postponed due to COVID-19. To that end, show officials in November will be implementing a series of “Stay Safe and Separate Initiatives” to ensure the safety of guests and spectators at this year’s event. For more information, please visit the event website at https://fortlauderdaleairshow.com.
Welcome back to Art Walk in Wilton Manors! Starting at 5pm artists from all over Florida will be showcasing one of a kind art, wares and creative designs. Three of the most popular Art Walk locations are back and with limited space available – so hurry! Artist and vendors are welcome to request a waiver for free vendor registration. Contact [email protected] with subject line: “NOV ARTWALK WAIVER.” No artist will be turned away.
Tuesday, November 24
The perfect turkey awaits on the next segment of The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s Cooking with The Galleria free virtual tutorial series with Seasons 52 Chef Elvis Bravo. Join Chef Bravo on Facebook Live, at 2 pm, as he provides tips and techniques regarding how to prepare this traditional Thanksgiving favorite with a citrus mojo marinade twist. Also featured on this segment will be the upcoming winner of The Galleria’s Taste of the Holidays recipe contest who will prepare his/her special accompanying dish. Viewers are invited to try this entrée at home or dine with Seasons 52 this Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, to enjoy a full holiday meal. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale has resumed its normal operating hours of 10am to 9pm, Monday through Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sunday, plus continues to institute additional safety measures complying with government guidelines. Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and P.F. Chang’s are offering full-service dining and take-out. Blue Martini is now open.
Friday, November 27
The 26th Annual Hurricane Showdown Softball Tournament will occur during Thanksgiving Weekend, starting today and going through Sunday, November 29th at Mills Ponds Park in Fort Lauderdale. This year will be the largest tournament to date, with 65 teams signed up to play. For information, visit HurricaneShowdown.net
Lambda Men’s Brotherhood is pleased to announce The Leather Masked Ball XV will be held at Eagle Wilton Manors (2209 Wilton Drive) from 9pm till 1am. With music from DJ Daniel Kristopherre and DJ Rentboy, hot guys, and great drink specials; it’s the leather party of the year! Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door, so make sure to get yours early! Masks are required, and it IS the Leather Masked Ball so get creative! They will also be performing temperature checks for the safety of all patrons and staff! Advance tickets are exclusively available online at lmbftl.org.
Saturday, November 28
The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is presenting their very own holiday movie special event today and tomorrow at 7pm, which you can see as a safe and enjoyable drive-in movie at the spectacular new multi-use development, Dania Pointe (139 S Compass Way, Dania Beach)! Go enjoy some memorable performances from the past, plus some incredible new music recorded safely in recent months! Special Guest Performances by Linda Eder, Alan Cumming, and More! An encore performance will take place on Sunday, November 29 at 7pm. Only 175 spaces each night. Order yours today at: https://www.gmcsf.org/holidays.
The Broward Center presents “Men Who Dance,” which takes the audience on an artistic journey, exploring the role of men on the dance stage. Join performers from Miami City Ballet, Dance Now! Miami, Cuban Classical Ballet, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Tango Out, Mestre Gustavo Guru, Florida Grand Opera and others. Seating at this event allows for 6ft of physical distance for your safety. Tickets for this event will only be available in allotments or 2 or 4 patrons seated together as they maximize the available seats. There will be no single tickets available. Showtime 8pm, with tickets $35 at Browardcenter.org
Sunday, November 29
The Box Gallery announced that they have joined the Artists Sunday alliance, and that they will promote local artisans and craftspeople on Artists Sunday, which is celebrated today, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Artist Sunday, falling between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, is a day dedicated to encouraging consumers to shop with artists and give something special, unique, and hand-crafted this holiday season. The Box Gallery appreciates the culture artists create and the impact they have on our local community, while adding expression and beauty to our lives. It is their commitment to their resident and invited artists from the Palm Beach County arts community to open their doors to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm to help artists, as they have been some of the hardest hit groups during the COVID19 Pandemic. It is their hope that guests looking for holiday gifts support our local arts community. Artists from across the country are participating in Artists Sunday, representing a full range of art, hand-crafted items, and performances. The diversity of artisans allows consumers to ‘shop art’ this Artists Sunday and give something personal and meaningful this holiday season.
Monday, November 30
Everyone is invited to the 6th Annual Bishop SF Makalani Mahee Transgender Equality Awards, presented by TransInclusive Group, The Pride Center, and The Florida Department of Health in Broward County and held virtually this year on Facebook live at 7pm. Each year, awardees are nominated by the community representing transgender, non-binary and ally individuals, along with businesses and medical providers who have advanced Transgender Equality in the community. Awards are presented to an individual or business receiving the highest number of nominations in each of six categories.
Tuesday, December 1
Start your World AIDS Day with WAM (World AIDS Museum) at The Galleria Mall! This morning event (8:30-10am) is a great way to start your 2020 World AIDS Day. Their theme this year is “Rock the Ribbon”– Featuring music and remembrances of the ways HIV has affected the music industry. There will be live musical performances, an opportunity to add your own memories and messages about our community’s response to AIDS, and lite refreshments. For more information, please contact us: [email protected].
Tonight and tomorrow, Voss Events presents Drive ‘N Drag Saves Christmas at Westfield Broward in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets which start at $69 per car for two people with 100 VIP spots, closest to the stage available for $150 per spot are available now on VossEvents.com. Additional passengers are $25 each. All general admission spots are assigned upon arrival.
The Slutcracker, a retelling of The Nutcracker
Lon Haber & Co is thrilled to announce AFM (American Film Market) world market premiere of The Slutcracker, a retelling of The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s famed 1890s ballet, “Casse Noisette,” or “The Nutcracker,” in fabulous feminist form. While the story has been altered to chronicle Clara’s sexual empowerment, the original structure of the ballet has been well-preserved and remains true to its artistic integrity. The Slutcracker will be available to the public starting on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, at 12:01am EST via the production’s official website: Slutcracker.com.
Uncle Frank Available on Prime Video This Thanksgiving
In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is a revered literature professor. She soon discovers that Frank is gay, and living with his longtime partner Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Peter Macdissi) — an arrangement that he has kept secret for years. After the sudden death of Frank’s father — Beth’s grandfather — Frank is forced to reluctantly return home for the funeral with Beth in tow, and to finally face a long-buried trauma that he has spent his entire adult life running away from. Writer-director Alan Ball’s heartfelt and hilarious road movie travels from the bohemian scene of post-Stonewall New York City to rural South Carolina, following Frank’s painful journey from hitting rock bottom to acceptance and forgiveness and, finally, reintegration into his family and into life itself. Bettany reveals Frank’s fragile core by peeling away the layers of Frank’s sophisticated but guarded persona. Sophia Lillis plays Beth as a naive but observant young woman whose eyes are opened to a world she could never have imagined. Peter Macdissi also has a standout performance as Wally, a man whose capacity for compassion runs deeper than he even knows. Ball (known for his ensemble TV work on Six Feet Under and True Blood) also elicits strong turns from his superb supporting cast, including Stephen Root, Margo Martindale, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer and Lois Smith.
“Ice House” Coming to DVD & VOD on November 24
Mill Creek Entertainment is excited to announce the home entertainment debut of the suspense-filled thriller Ice House, premiering on DVD and across digital VOD platforms. Grant, an arrogant man of privilege and wealth, invites his childhood friend, Wayne, an Afghanistan veteran, blue-collar good ol’ boy, out to join him on an excursion to a frozen lake fish house for an evening of camaraderie. What seems to be a harmless outing between two friends slowly evolves into a murderous plot between two men, both with hidden secrets and mysterious agendas. Ice House stars Greg Berman (Chicago P.D.), Roger Wayne (Quantico, The Black List) and Tabby DeLaRosby, caught in a deadly triangle of betrayal in this riveting character study filled with dark twists and unexpected turns. Director Steven Elbert of New Century Pictures filmed and produced this Hitchcockian story on-location against the frozen backdrop of northern Minnesota.
Hillbilly Elegy In select theaters November and on Netflix November 24
J.D. Vance (Gabriel Basso), a former Marine from southern Ohio and current Yale Law student, is on the verge of landing his dream job when a family crisis forces him to return to the home he’s tried to forget. J.D. must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Amy Adams), who’s struggling with addiction. Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to embrace his family’s indelible imprint on his own personal journey. Based on J.D. Vance’s #1 New York Times Bestseller and directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard, Hillbilly Elegy is a powerful personal memoir that offers a window into one family’s personal journey of survival and triumph. By following three colorful generations through their unique struggles, J.D.’s family story explores the highs and lows that define his family’s experience. For more information, go to: Netflix.com/hillbillyelegy.
Neil Diamond With The London Symphony Orchestra, Classic Diamonds
Capitol Records announced the November 20th global release of Neil Diamond With The London Symphony Orchestra, Classic Diamonds, the new studio album from the iconic, multi-award winning songwriter, musician and performer Neil Diamond. Order Neil Diamond With The London Symphony Orchestra, Classic Diamonds at: neildiamond.lnk.to/londonsymphonyPR. The 14 classic song collection features new vocals from Neil Diamond paired with a new interpretation of Diamond’s most celebrated chart-topping hits performed by The London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded at both the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London and Neil Diamond’s studio in Los Angeles, the album was produced by Grammy-winning producer/arranger Walter Afanasieff and co-arranged by Afanasieff and Grammy winning conductor/arranger William Ross, who also conducted The London Symphony Orchestra for the recording.