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JANUARY 2017 • Vol. 6 Issue 1

2017 arts & eNtertaiNMeNt

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JANUARY 2017 | VOL 6 | ISSUE 1 2520 N. Dixie Highway | Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Phone: 954.530.4970 Fax: 954.530.7943

Publisher NORM KENT Chief Executive Officer PIER ANGELO GUIDUGLI Associate Publisher/ JASON PARSLEY Executive Editor Associate Editor JILLIAN MELERO


TABLE OF  CONTENTS NEWS FEATURES The GAY MEN’S Health Crisis  8 Gay Ranger Finds His Story  14 It’s All Downhill From Here  16 Trans Surgery in Prison  20

FOOD Appetite for Applause  10

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Winter Arts Preview  26 Concerts & Comedy  28 Classical & Jazz  30


Senior Features Reporter CHRISTIANA LILLY A&E Editor / Design J.W. ARNOLD Webmaster BRITTANY FERRENDI

SALES & MARKETING Director of Sales MIKE TROTTIER & Marketing Sales Manager JUSTIN WYSE justin.wyse@sfgn.comm Senior Sales Assoc. KEVIN HOPPER Advertising Sales Assoc. EDWIN NEIMANN Advertising Sales Assoc. TIM HIGGINS Distribution Services ROCKY BOWELL BRIAN SWINFORD Printing THE PRINTER’S PRINTER

10 Hot Tickets  36

National Advertising RIVENDELL MEDIA 212-242-6863

Regional Theater & Opera 38

Accounting Services CG BOOKKEEPING

First Look: Something Rotten  32

Broadway  40 Movies & Television  42 Downloads: Books, Music, Videos and More  46 Destination: On Broadway  48 Find a Festival  52 DIY: Glass Blowing  54 Datebook  56, 58, 60

The Mirror is published quarterly. The opinions expressed in columns, stories, and letters to the editor are those of the writers. They do not represent the opinions of The Mirror or the Publisher. You should not presume the sexual orientation of individuals based on their names or pictorial representations in The Mirror. Furthermore the word “gay” in The Mirror should be interpreted to be inclusive of the entire LGBT community. All of the material that appears in The Mirror, both online at www.themirrormag. com, and in our print edition, including articles used in conjunction with the Associated Press and our columnists, is protected under federal copyright and intellectual property laws, and is jealously guarded by the newspaper. Nothing published may be reprinted in whole or part without getting written consent from the Publisher of The Mirror, Norm Kent, at Norm@ The Mirror is published by the South Florida Gay News. It’s a private corporation, and reserves the right to enforce its own standards regarding the suitability of advertising copy, illustrations and photographs. M E M BGay E R, Inc. MIRROR Copyright © 2017, South Florida

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arts seasON ‘tHere’s NO tHere LIKe BeING tHere.’ nOrM KEnt nOrM KEnt


ooking for something to do in South Florida in the evening? The array of choices is staggering. This ‘winter’ issue of SFGN’s Mirror Magazine captures the incredible dimensions and breadth of arts and entertainment coming our way this season. From the debut of ‘Something Rotten’ to revivals of ‘The Phantom,’ there is a ticket and tour for everyone. Still, I noticed for all we covered, there is so much more to do. South Florida provides us with the luxury of the outdoors, from January to December. There are weekend cruises you can take, gambling junkets to the Bahamas, and evening or weekend fishing trips. There are tennis courts and softball diamonds, fishing tournaments and motor car races. If you are in Miami, down the road from the intimate Adrienne Arsht Center and a host of museums, you have got Marlins Park and the American Airlines Arena hosting pro basketball and the Heat. In Broward, hockey fans can enjoy the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center one evening, and Billy Joel the next. Heck, he spent the last two New Year’s eves there. We also have amazing community theater in our market, from the award-winning Pembroke Pines Theater of the Arts to intimate venues in Palm Beach. The truth is our community has an embarrassment of riches, a wealth of diversity, and a fortune of outstanding choices. Staying home is not an option. Up yee thee arse now from that lounge chair of laziness, I say! I command you! Recently I enjoyed front row seats to the Roundabout national touring production of ‘Cabaret.’ Randy Harrison, from Queer as Folk, young, strong and well-bodied, was powerful as the emcee, a far cry from the way Joel Grey played it on Broadway 25 years ago. But the energy of live theater, a stage presence, and a masterful musical being performed live right in front of you is compelling. There is nothing like it in the world. That’s what my mom would say, and she was dancing with the ‘Lime Bay Tappettes’ well into her eighties. You know, there are lots of new channels on television. From the Space Channel to National Geographic, you can watch the Earth and our stars unfold before your eyes with millions of pixels 80 inches wide. But there is even a bigger view at an IMAX theater or touring the museum. Yes, you can watch an opera star on WPBT or you can go out with friends and see the Gay Men’s Chorus at the Sunshine Cathedral. There’s no there like being there. In the theater, as “Hair” showcased, you can ‘let the sun shine in.’ On stage, like Ben Vereen once did, you can find your ‘little corner of the world.’ At the opera, you become one with the four tenors, even if you spend most of your nights at home as part of a barbershop quartet. Take yourself to the “South Pacific,” and ‘wash that rain right out of your hair.’ Hold your breath as the Chandelier crashes in the Phantom. There is a magical moment waiting for you right here in a South Florida theater. But you have to do it. Get up and go, on a bike ride or to Zoo Miami. Even if you have no partner, there is always an animal that will play with you. But get out and do it, because if you do, I’ve got a wonderful feeling it’s going to be a beautiful day. That’s what my mom would say, and that’s good enough for me.  January 2017








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feature • history

The GAY MEN’S Health 35 Years Later


Christiana Lilly

“A combination of anger and hope is what leads to action. And so I am 50 percent hopeful and 50 percent angry and I think the combination of that leads me to have to believe that this can get done as long as the political will is there.” - Kelsey Louie in response to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to end HIV/AIDS transmission in the state by 2020


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It wasn’t called that back then, but rather, a “rare cancer” that would later vilify gay men as it was renamed gay-related immune deficiency (GRID). Gay men were falling ill and dying in droves faster than any doctor could treat or chaplain could pray over. So a hat went around the room in Kramer’s home and $7,000 was raised. The next year, 1982, the group of soldiers in the war against the mystery illness would become the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Now, 35 years later, HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was. “We educated the public, we gave people good and accurate information that helped to dispel some fear,” said Kelsey Louie, the CEO at GMHC. “I think the antidote to fear is accurate information so people learn how to protect themselves, people learn the importance of getting on medication.” In honor of the first HIV/AIDS service group’s anniversary, The Mirror talked with Louie about how far we’ve come and what we still need to do to eradicate the disease. What programs are you most proud of at GMHC? I’m incredibly proud of the longstanding programs that GMHC runs, like the information hotline, the Buddy Program, hot meals, vocational programming, and our HIV testing and prevention. I’m also incredibly proud of the new program that we’ve added, which is comprehensive STI testing, Hep C testing, mental health and substance abuse services, and what I’m really excited about is supportive housing. Kelsey Louie In 35 years, what have been the biggest changes? The biggest change is the medication and where we have come so far in terms of the medical advances. The other thing that has changed is an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence and people are in fact living longer. What hasn’t changed, though, is the cultural attitude toward people with HIV and AIDS and the stigma associated with having an HIV diagnosis. Since it’s no longer a death sentence, are we seeing a growing problem of complacency? The younger generation of today, they haven’t seen a period of time where HIV and AIDS decimated an entire community. They didn’t have all of their friends getting sick and dying. Because of that, people are, I think, maybe less worried about HIV. That affects a lot of things — that affects potential funding, that affects fundraising, that affects how often people talk about it, that affects the number of times people will mention it in terms of safer sex practices and healthcare in general. Is it off of healthcare providers’ radar as well? I think that, combined with stigma is allowing people to talk about it less and especially to young people. Part of Stonewall March (Photo by Rick Guidotti)

our [mission], at GMHC and other organizations like ours, is to keep HIV and AIDS in the forefront of people’s minds, especially because we have statistics like the fact that there are 50,000 new HIV infections across the country every year and that number has held steady over several years. While we are making improvements in some demographics, we are going in the opposite direction in other demographics, in particular there are geographical areas in the south in the U.S. as well as age, younger people, younger gay and bisexual men of color, transgender women, those are the groups where HIV is on the rise. HIV and AIDS don’t discriminate. HIV is not a function of who you are and what you do. Anybody who is either having sex or injecting drugs is potentially at risk. Today, you can get rapid HIV testing at many community events and centers. That is so critical because access to testing and testing itself is one of the first things that we need to do in order to end this epidemic. The first thing we need to do is to understand who is HIV positive and direct them and link them to quality healthcare, have them retained in healthcare, and have them achieve viral suppression.

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It was 1981 in New York City. A group of 80 men was gathered in Larry Kramer’s room, determined to tackle a problem that was destroying their community: HIV/AIDS.

What do you think about the public’s reception of PrEP? PrEP hasn’t been taken up as quickly as we had hoped and I often say to people, “Could you imagine what it would have been like had we had a pill to prevent HIV in the early ‘80s? What that would have meant for HIV and AIDs?” And so when people question whether or not they should take it or is it effective — it isn’t the magic bullet, it isn’t designed to prevent everything, but studies have shown that it is effective in preventing HIV transmission. The other reason why PrEP isn’t being taken up is there is stigma. What does it mean if you are taking PrEP? I think PrEP is facing the same thing that birth control faced. What does it mean if you’re taking birth control? It means that you’re having sex, and the stigma attached to that can be dangerous. New York has pledged to end HIV/AIDS by 2020 in the Empire State. How optimistic are you? A combination of anger and hope is what leads to action. And so I am 50 percent hopeful and 50 percent angry and I think the combination of that leads me to have to believe that this can get done as long as the political will is there. And when I say political will, I don’t mean a speech, I don’t mean a promise, I mean the dollars. We need action, which is the same message that the founders of GMHC were saying 35 years ago. What can we do? [People] can donate to GMHC, of course. They can also donate to their local HIV and AIDS organization. They can volunteer their time, and they can speak to someone that they care about about HIV and AIDS. Especially a younger person. Especially someone who is gay, bisexual or transgender. January 2017  THE


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Appetite f or

Applause riCK



As a kid, I used to watch old movies on television. I especially loved the scenes when Nick and Nora Charles would go to a supper club. They’d be having a wonderful meal and watching a singer or floor show when a waiter would come by and Nick would order, “Two martinis, please.” Myrna Loy, as his lovely wife Nora, would then look up at the waiter and say, “That sounds delightful, I’ll have the same.” I was only a child, I didn’t know what a lush was, but I knew I wanted to grow up to be one! The days of the elegant supper club have passed, but there are still a few places where you can enjoy dinner while being entertained. Here are a few local spots to check out.


3355 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale 954-689-2344 Fishtales, as you might expect from the name, serves up some pretty good seafood, but there are also burgers and other fare for carnivores. Primarily a neighborhood hangout, near Galt Ocean Mile and a short walk to the water taxi stop, the venue presents live entertainment every night of the week; happy hour features Butch Corridori, channeling the great lounge singers. On other nights Anthony Corrado sings and plays almost an entire orchestra of instruments. Weekends feature a high-energy dance/rock band, The Crush.

Revolution Live

100 SW 3rd. Ave., Fort Lauderdale 954-449-1025 Revolution Live, a good, mid-sized, concert venue, with capacity for about 1,300 people, it often features nationally known artists (recently Tegan and Sara). It adjoins and is affiliated with America’s Backyard, which boasts that it is a space for “Grillin’ and Chillin.’” However, there is no menu listed anywhere on the website, except for catering for private events. So be aware, food isn’t at the forefront here, but if you’re heading there for a concert and need something to soak up all that booze, it’s a possibility.


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Obsessing over food (when you are going to eat next, what you are going to eat, etc.)

Isolating from others so you can eat as much or as little as you want without others commenting.

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Sage French Café & Q-Bar Burgers and Blues 2376 N. Federal, Fort Lauderdale 954-565-2299

The lion’s share of the menu at Q Bar is good, old American gastropub grub prepared with French finesse while you’ll also find classic Louisiana Creole dishes such as seafood gumbo and jambalaya. If you prefer something a little more upscale, Sage, it’s sister business next door, offers classic French fare, with two-for-one dinner entrees Monday & Tuesday. Bands, playing blues and smooth jazz, change nightly and there are even occasional open mic nights.

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The Downtowner

10 S. New River Drive E., Fort Lauderdale 954-463-9800 Dating all the way back to the Roaring ‘20s, the historic Downtowner, offers pub food, classic cocktails and a parade of boats and yachts with a picture-postcard view. The landmark spot features live music, usually cover bands, on Saturday nights.

Aruba Beach Cafe

1111 N. Ocean Dr, Hollywood 954-874-4444 Speaking of Jimmy Buffett, how could we forget the new Margaritaville in Hollywood? Not only is it a stop on the water taxi route, but there are plenty of dining opportunities, from high-end; such as JWB Prime Steak and Seafood to more casual fare, including LandShark Bar & Grill, License to Chill Bar, Lone Palm Beach Bar and Floridays Airstream Café.


1 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 954-776-0001 Waterfront location? Check! Fresh seafood? Check! Entertainment? How about a steel drum band to finish off the Caribbean theme? It may be a tourist destination, but the food is actually pretty damn good and in addition to the steel drum it also features folk-rock performers and Jimmy Buffett wannabes.

3599 N. Federal, Fort Lauderdale 954-563-3272 It’s hokey and the faux Polynesian cuisine is beside the point. The shows depicting “authentic Hawaiian culture” are fun and the halfclad men and women are not bad to look at. It should be experienced at least once.

It should go without saying that three Wilton Manors landmarks also offer dinner and entertainment, but for snowbirds or newcomers, you should also check out:

Tropics 2000 Wilton Drive 954-537-6000 Now under new management, the menu has been given a makeover and now offers ten entrees for $10 each on Mondays, two-for-one entrees on Tuesday, specials on Wednesday (prime rib) and Thursday (brisket) and, of course, Sunday brunch, now with karaoke. In the evening, you can enjoy dinner in the dining room while the entertainment takes place in the bar, or you can order at the bar while enjoying such favorites as Chris Autore, Ruben Gonzales or Tony & Gloria.

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Alibi Monkey Bar 2266 Wilton Dr. 954-565-2526 The community fave offers burgers among many other options on its vast menu, which now features Asian influences and popular nightly specials. Entertainment in the Manchester Room regularly showcases such performers as Michael Walters as Dame Edna, LeNora Jay, Antonio Edwards and Wilton Manor’s diva extraordinaire, Jennifer McClain.

Lips 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park 954-567-0987 Drag queens serve your food and put on a show. What more do you need to know?

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GAY RANGER FINDS HIS Story± In Park service’s Centennial, F


or Gary Bremen, 2016 was a special year. An interpretive ranger for the National Park Service, Bremen participated in the agency’s centennial celebrations throughout the year. Working out of Biscayne National Park, Bremen leads boat tours, hikes and various other informational exercises into the natural world. But it took a gay bar in New York City to open a new chapter in his career. “I feel like the creation of Stonewall National Monument has given me permission to talk about things I never felt I could talk about or was afraid to talk about before,” Bremen said. The Park Service’s designation of Stonewall Inn as a National Monument was part of an overall effort to broaden the nation’s narrative. Incorporating stories from America’s minority communities adds to the country’s rich history. In announcing Stonewall’s designation, the White House issued the following statement: “From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans – no matter who they are or who they love.” Bremen was at the Stonewall designation and marched –in uniform – in last summer’s pride parade in New York City. He would tell his coming out story at a program in Wilton Manors titled “Songs and Stories of Our National Parks.” “That was a career highlight for me,” Bremen said. Bremen’s coming out story delves into an 18year relationship with his partner Roger and the couple’s journey into the Grand Canyon for selfdiscovery. Waking up early one morning, Bremen ventured into the Canyon and hiked down the South Kaibab trail. As the sun began to rise, the colors and landscape came to life. “After 32 years, I was coming to terms with who I really was,” Bremen said. “I began to look at the Canyon as a metaphor for my life. It was dark and coming out into the light. All the rough, craggy edges were smoothed out by the snow… like a brand new beginning. For over twenty years, I too had been lurking in the shadows, ashamed of who I was because so many around me told me I should be. I had never doubted that I was gay; I just never thought I would say those words aloud.” Bremen grew up in Miami. He decided he wanted to be a park ranger at age 7 and by 12 knew he was gay. Raised Catholic, Bremen discovered there were others like him when his mother decided to sign Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” petition.

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“I knew exactly who I was at age 12 and knew it was something to never speak about,” he recalls. He is speaking about it now – and with the government’s blessing. In addition to Wilton Manors, Bremen’s “Songs and Stories of Our National Parks” has played in Sarasota and Coral Gables. Bremen describes the program as a “throwback program” with a campfire stories theme. “I was pretty nervous about telling my coming out story at Coral Gables High School because that is where I did my student teaching,” he said. “In fact, we did the program in the same classroom that I did my student teaching. I started to twitch as I walked in. I was nervous about telling my coming out story to kids who laughed and made fun of me when I was a kid. But it wasn’t that way this time, there was no laughs or snickers. It’s just normal for them now.” Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Justin Flippen knows Bremen well. The men are good friends and have a competitive relationship when it comes to visiting America’s great outdoors. “The amazing wealth of the quality of our residents is exemplified in neighbors like Gary Bremen who with his role in the National Park Service demonstrates a commitment to the preservation of our nation’s natural beauty and diverse heritage,” said Flippen. “Gary and I share a true love of our national parks, visiting over half of the 400-plus sites managed by the National Park Service. His role in the Park Service preserving LGBT heritage is important so that our story can be told and remains protected and visibly interwoven into the fabric of our great nation’s history.” Biscayne is a mostly marine park with four different ecosystems – mangrove forest, the bay, the keys and coral reefs – coexisting. Biscayne received its national park status in 1980 and a video, featuring Bremen, can be seen at the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center just a few miles east of Homestead. Gary and Roger call Wilton Manors home, but the Grand Canyon will always have their heart. It was on the Canyon’s North Rim, some 8,000 feet above sea level, where the two decided to go gayly into the future. “I told Roger to close his eyes as I led him to the edge for his first view of the place that got me to this moment,” Bremen said. “This perfect moment when every pinnacle, ledge, crack and crevice of this perfectly imperfect place was revealed in the growing light. We sat, hand-inhand, on the opposite side of this miles-wide gash in the earth, and watched the sunrise together.”


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feature • travel

It’s All

From Here

A look at gay ski vacations riCK KarLin

hat title is a bit misleading; it’s also cross-country, lifts and mountains when you plan a ski vacation. While all the northerners are heading down to sunny Florida and clogging our streets with extra traffic, why not check out some of the LGBT ski events? Even if you’re not much of a skier, there are parties, film festivals and other fun activities associated with these gatherings. You don’t even need to own your own equipment or ski clothes, most resorts rent both. Pack a pair of long underwear, a few pairs of socks, jeans and sweaters and you’re set. You’re bound to be one of the few people there with a tan; that ought to be a good conversation starter. The best part? When you head home, you get to leave all that cold weather behind you!

Jasper Pride Festival - March 9-12 Jasper, Calgary, Canada Jasper is a diverse and welcoming community attracting travelers, workers, students, ski bums and residents from all over the world. think of it as Canada’s version of Wilton Manors. since 2009 the Jasper Pride Festival has grown from a one-night-event attended by about 40 people to 24 events and activities in 2016 with more than 1,000 participants. the Pride Festival taking place in Jasper National Park, “Jasper, Proud and Free” celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary. Night-time activities include; concerts, a beer party at Jasper Brewing Co., movie screenings, a “Boylesque” show, a “Lum-bear” jack party, family events and a 007-themed closing gala, “From Jasper With Love”. skiing, guided ice canyon walks, ice-climbing, sledding, snowshoeing, and a “high heel dress-up” ski competition fill the days.

Elevation: Mammoth - March 15-19 Mammoth, California elevation bills itself as “… an alternative to the party circuit scene with 2,500 riders, nine major parties and 0 attitude.” that’s because the focus is on some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country. the accommodations range from high-end luxury condos to budget accommodations. Passes for the parties and event range from $90-$225, lift tickets are extra.

European Gay Ski Week - March 18-25 Les Trois Vallées, France With 370 miles of ski runs linked by 180 lifts and three glacier areas, trois Vallées in the French alps, is one of the world’s largest ski areas. the slopes stretch from France to Italy, and rarely dip below 6,500 ft. events at european ski Week include a welcome party and events with such tempting names as “erotica,” “Bearpit,” the

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“snowball” and the “splash roma” pool party where the attire is listed simply as “speedos.” event passes are 200-260 euros and include a discount on a six-day lift pass, admission to all private club parties, discounted drinks, drinks tokens, discounts on ski or snowboard equipment, ski and snowboard lessons and special rates on transportation and accommodations. there is a wide variety of accommodations from four-star luxury resorts to private mountain chalets. the event draws about 1,000 people, skiing and snowboarding are the most popular day-time activities, although many prefer to spend the day fireside in the lodge or indulging in spa treatments.

European Snow Pride - March 18-25 Tignes, France tignes has been called the “sportiest town in France” and has some of the top ranked ski and snowboard trails in europe. In addition to daily snow activities, a number of parties, pool events, cabaret and costume contests are planned. the event pass is 359 euros and includes dance parties every day, a pool party, ski & snowboard guided groups, one free drink at each party, discounted rates accommodations and discounts on lift passes, ski equipment and tickets for the film festival taking place concurrently.

Gay Ski - March 30-April 2 Hemsedal, Norway Norway’s top ski resort boasts four parks with 47 slopes, some nearly 5,000 ft. long! the reasonably priced festival pass ($100$440 U.s.) includes party access, discounted meals and rentals, and free ski and snowboard lessons! there are numerous lodges and hotels at all price points. Gay ski is an active, social and fun ski weekend with a varied program during the four days the festival is taking place. there are ski and snowboard courses and fun competitions.

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SURGERY IN PRISON Michelle-Lael Norsworthy tells her story to the Mirror Christiana LiLLy

In January, a California prisoner, Shiloh Quine, made headlines when she became the first prisoner to receive sex reassignment surgery. However, her story begins much earlier and through the journey of another transgender woman, Michelle-lael Norsworthy.


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am so happy that she got it,” Norsworthy said of Quine. “Anybody who disagrees with an inmate getting sex reassignment surgery is saying — and a lot of trans people are against it — …that gender dysphoria is a choice, [that the surgery] is an elective or cosmetic procedure.” Norsworthy, 53, who is now out of prison, made waves of her own when she petitioned the state to receive the surgery while she was serving time, a surgery she and medical professionals said was a medical necessity, in Norsworthy v. Beard. However, after being denied parole five times, the state decided she was “cured” and ready to be released from prison. While she could finally say goodbye to prison life, it meant that she would no longer be getting the surgery. “It was amusing,” she said. “I was denied parole five times, that I’m a threat to society… and here you are now saying I am no longer a danger … I was being evicted from my home and I was being denied something that I had won fair and square.” On the outside, reporter Annie Brown had been following cases of transgender prisoners and was interested in Norsworthy’s story. The two got in touch and for five months worked on the story, with Brown witnessing the struggle of obtaining medical care, housing, learning how to navigate the internet, and continuing to fight the state. “I just followed her and her path home for the next several months,” Brown said. “It’s this very confusing, emotional situation where you’re excited but also sad and I was also really interested in that experience.” In May 2016, “Michelle’s Case” was published in The California Sunday Magazine, an in-depth piece on the case of the first prisoner to be granted gender confirming surgery. “There’s the potential for everyone to be mad at you. But the reception was really positive, I think,” Brown said. “It’s hard to have someone write about such an intimate part of your life. It’s a minefield, there’s such a potential for error.” Norsworthy was also happy with the piece, saying it was factual and that she “got everything right.” Today, the two are still in touch as Brown, who now is a reporter for The New York Times, continues to report on the case. She is working on a radio story with the Center for Investigative Reporting. In the story, Brown recounted how Norsworthy served 28 years in prison in California after being found guilty of murder when she killed an acquaintance during a fight. When he was shot, Norsworthy used her military training to treat the wound and call for help. Six weeks later, he died from a blood clot.

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From left, MichelleLael Norsworthy, a transgender advocate and founder of Joan’s House, and Dr. Erica Anderson, a member of Joan’s House board of directors.

In prison, Norsworthy struggled with her identity. It was the priest in the chapel who encouraged her to look up the word “transsexual” in the dictionary after she told him how conflicted she felt. In 2000, she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. During the rest of her time in prison, she became a constant figure in the law library, where she read up on cases, learned legal jargon, and advocated for herself. In fact, she helped write the Prison Rape Elimination Act Peer Education Program in California — transgender women in prison are 13 times more likely to be raped than their peers in prison. This included Norsworthy, who was gang raped during her incarceration and contracted Hepatitis C as a result. “I spent most of my time fighting for the rights of my kind to exist, just to exist,” she said. “I don’t care if a bigot hates me, their freedom to hate me is my freedom to be me.” Finally, she then petitioned the state to be allowed to have sex reassignment surgery while incarcerated. The case was taken up in Norsworthy v. Beard (https://www.ca9. After much back and forth, and a doctor vouching that it was a medical necessity, a judge ruled in April 2015 that she be granted the surgery. Then, she was suddenly granted parole and was released from prison in August. When she got out, after nearly three decades behind bars, she was completely unequipped to live on the outside, let alone as a transgender woman. “There’s no shelter or programs even on the outside world for trans people,” she said. “I had to self-advocate again. I had to start over again.” Also, with her case being high profile, nonprofits came out of the woodworks to represent her and make her the face of their campaigns. When she got out, some didn’t follow through. “When I got out, some of the people that were supposed to be

representing my interests weren’t exactly as representative as they had told the world.” So again, she decided to advocate for herself, and also for others. A year to the date of her release, she received nonprofit status from the government for her charity, Joan’s House Shelter. Here, she wants to create a safe haven for transgender people. Especially with Donald Trump becoming president, she believes transgender people are more vulnerable than ever. “I don’t know what else to do other than try to build a shelter and try to build an ark and try to weather this storm,” she said. When Quine, the other transgender prisoner, received her surgery, angry readers across the nation lashed out — why should the taxpayers pay for the surgery of a convicted killer? Reading the stories, some never mention Norsworthy’s name as the one who set the standard for SRS surgeries for inmates. “They’re mad at the wrong person,” she said. “They really are. They should be mad at me. It was me that helped her get her settlement because her settlement came following my decision.” And that same “public” will probably get angry again very soon — Norsworthy is having her long-awaited surgery on Feb. 10. After petitioning the government again, and the case bouncing from court to court, she won a settlement in February 2016, covering attorneys’ fees and costs totaling under half a million dollars. A year after the settlement, she will go under the knife in an event that, like many others in her life, is filled with conflicting feelings. “I’m excited about the fact that I will finally dismantle a level of discomfort that I’ve been living with for a long time,” she said, adding that on the other hand, “I am scared because I’ve never in my life had a surgery before. I have a fear of going under, so that part is really bothering me. I’ve never been out of control like that.”


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arts & eNtertaiNMeNt • WiNter arts previeW

wInTer arTS prevIew Dance fans have an exciting season ahead: Miami City Ballet offers exciting world premieres, while the famed Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp companies make their perennial winter visits to South Florida. And, the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth serves up an ambitious modern dance series. program II – Calcium Light night Miami City Ballet Jan. 13 - Feb. 5 Arsht Center, Broward Center, Kravis Center This diverse program includes Peter Martins’ witty “Calcium Light Night” (1978), along with dances set to music by Philip Glass and Richard Rodgers.

Twyla Tharp 50th anniversary Tour Feb. 13 Broward Center Twyla Tharp, one of the century’s most treasured artists, celebrates fifty years of dancemaking with a double bill: “Preludes and Fugues,” set to music by J.S. Bach, and “Nine Sinatra Songs.”

alvin ailey american Dance Theater Feb. 23 – 26 Arsht Center The famed Alvin Ailey troupe, under the leadership of Miami-native Robert Battle, returns to the Magic City. The company will perform criticallyacclaimed recent premieres, as well as Ailey’s masterpiece, “Revelations.”

program III – polyphonia Miami City Ballet Feb. 10 - March 12 Arsht Center, Broward Center, Kravis Center Don’t miss the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Fairy’s Kiss,” based on a Hans Christian Anderson tale and set to music by Stravinsky. Works by Balanchine and Wheeldon round out the program.

BoDyTraFFIC Feb. 17 – 18 Duncan Theatre BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world, named “the company of the future.”

MoMIx – opus Cactus March 24 –25 Duncan Theatre “Opus Cactus” is a visual journey into the mysteries and hidden secrets of the Southwestern desert from the unique company that is known for presenting visually-stunning work with inventiveness and exceptional beauty.

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FEBRUARY 19 - 23


Tom Hormel: The Legend of Bird Mountain, World Premiere Korngold: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Tessa Lark, violin Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden (Snegourotchka) Suite Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Svetlana Smolina, piano Nielsen: Symphony No. 5, Op. 50

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ConCerTS Pop, Rock, Smooth Jazz... South Florida venues continue to attract the biggest names on tour. Looking for laughs? You’ll find them, too. The new Outlandish comedy series features LGBT favorites, including Leslie Jordan, Pam Ann, Miss Richfield 1981 and Coco Peru.

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Leslie Jordan Jan. 21 Sunshine Cathedral You loved him on “Will and Grace.” Pintsized funnyman Leslie Jordan kicks off the Outlandish comedy series with his spunky new show, “Straight Outta Chattanooga,” at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale.

Miss richfield 1981 Feb. 25 Sunshine Cathedral It’s been a long time since she strolled the runway in that fateful beauty contest, but Miss Richfield 1981 still wows pageant judges and audiences alike. Don’t miss her new act, “Look Who’s Wearing the Pants Now!” at Sunshine Cathedral.

Lisa Lampanelli Feb. 4 Hard Rock Live “The Lovable Queen of Mean,” risqué comedian and equal opportunity offender Lisa Lampanelli, returns to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on Feb. 4 for one show only.

rick Springfield March 5 Parker Playhouse You can admit it, Rick Springfield was one of your childhood crushes. From his role on “General Hospital” to ‘80s hit, “Jesse’s Girl,” he was, and still is, a complete hunk. He sings and shares the stories of his hits.

pam ann Feb. 11 Sunshine Cathedral Flight attendant, stewardess, trolley dolly or sky mattress—whatever you call her—Pam Ann is an eager ambassador for the friendly skies and she’ll have you headed for the galley in her new show.

Coco peru March 17 Sunshine Cathedral Saving the best for last, the Outlandish comedy series wraps up its inaugural season with the legendary Miss Cocu Peru, who will offer South Florida audiences, “A Gentle Reminder,” at the Sunshine Cathedral.

roslyn Kind Feb. 11 Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Barbra Streisand’s little sister, Roslyn Kind, has a big voice of her own and an even bigger heart. Her cabaret show features both standards and contemporary songs and lots of stories about a career that began when she was just a teenager.

Cheyenne Jackson March 25 Parker Playhouse Handsome Cheyenne Jackson is a rare talent— an accomplished stage and screen actor and recording artist. He steps into the spotlight at the Parker Playhouse to discuss his performing career with Sirius XM host Seth Rudetsky for one night only.

Matthew Morrison Feb. 17 Parker Playhouse Mark Cortale’s Broadway concert series welcomes “Glee” and “Finding Neverland” star Matthew Morrison to Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse for an informal evening of music and conversation with Sirius XM host Seth Rudetsky.

ariana grande April 14 American Airlines Arena Singer Ariana Grande brings her “Dangerous Woman” tour to Miami’s American Airlines Arena and tickets are going fast. Just check out her knockout SNL skit online for a quick sample of the outrageous musical talent this young artist wields.


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arts & eNtertaiNMeNt • classical & JaZZ

CLaSSICaL ÚBerMenSCh (SUperMan) South Florida Symphony Jan. 22 – 26 FAU, Broward Center, Arsht Center In addition to Richard Strauss’ familiar “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (Theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey”), this program also features the world premiere of Tom Hormel’s “Legend of Bird Mountain.”

roMeo anD JULIeT Master Chorale of South Florida Feb. 24 – 25 Lynn University The chorale, under the direction of Brett Karlin, teams up with the Lynn Philharmonia for a concert performance of Berlioz’s large-scale choral symphony, “Romeo and Juliet.”

yo-yo Ma pLayS DvoŘÁK Cleveland orchestra Miami Feb. 3 Arsht Center Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins the Cleveland Orchestra to perform Dvořák’s melodic Cello Concerto. Also, works by Tchaikovsky and Smetana.

yoUTh prIDe BanD/prIDe wInD enSeMBLe Feb. 19 Broward Center Jadine Louie is the guest conductor for the sixth annual Youth Pride Band, a project of the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble to promote understanding and fight bullying with music and featuring talented local high school musicians.

CaBareT on The CoaST gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida Feb. 17 Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Tony Award nominee and Emmy-winning artist Liz Hampton Callaway joins the chorus for an entertaining program of standards and contemporary cabaret classics. orDer By DISorDer South Florida Symphony Feb. 19 – 23 FAU, Broward Center, Arsht Center Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso conducts a program featuring works by Russians RimskyKorsakov and Rachmaninov and Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

CLaSSICaL SoUL Symphony of the americas March 7 Broward Center “X-Factor” finalist Lillie McCloud joins the symphony for a program of pops selections, including songs by Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Michael Buble. we are FaMILy gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida March 24 Lauderhill Performing Arts Center This touching and upbeat exploration of home and family at a new venue will fill your spring with hope and harmony.


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pIneS oF roMe Cleveland orchestra Miami March 24 – 25 Arsht Center Franz Welser-Möst conducts Respighi’s colorful orchestral depiction of the beauty of the Roman landscape, leading to one of music’s most exciting conclusions! UnTaMeD SpIrIT South Florida Symphony April 2 – 6 FAU, Arsht Center, Broward Center Jeffrey Biegel performs the Florida premiere of P.D.Q. Bach’s Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra. “P.D.Q.” Bach is the humorous creation of musicologist and composer Peter Schickele.

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The Summit, Manhattan Transfer, Take Six gold Coast Jazz Society Feb. 21 Broward Center Three legendary vocal jazz groups join forces at the Broward Center to celebrate Gold Coast Jazz Society’s 25th anniversary. emerson, Lake & palmer Legacy Tour May 5 – 6 Arts Garage Carl Palmer returns to the unique Delray Beach venue to salute the artistic genius of his friend and bandmate, Keith Emerson, one of many influential artists who passed away in 2016.




Welcome to the Renaissance, where codpieces and quodlibets rule! The new touring production of the Broadway hit, “Something Rotten!,” is making its South Florida debut this March with an all-star cast.

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Set in 1595, this comedy tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play in Elizabethan England. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting—all at the same time— the incredulous brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical! Broadway veterans Adam Pascal, Rob McClure and John Grisetti join the touring company, along with Brad Oscar and Leslie Kritzer.



Clockwise from left: Brad Oscar and Rob McClure. Adam Pascal. The cast of “Something Rotten. Leslie Kritzer and Rob McClure. “Something Rotten” comes to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, March 21 – April 2. Tickets are available at

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Sex TIpS For STraIghT woMen FroM a gay Man April 12 – 15 Kravis Center, West Palm Beach No topic is taboo in this romantic comedy, set in a university auditorium at a meet-the-authors event. Shy and studious moderator Robyn welcomes guest author Dan Anderson. With the help of a hunky stage assistant, he aims to turn the presentation into an interactive seminar. What could happen?

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SoMeThIng roTTen Broadway in Fort Lauderdale March 21 – April 2 Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale Welcome to the Renaissance! When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting, all at the same time, two brothers desperate for a hit play set out to write the world’s very first musical.

MISS rIChFIeLD 1981 Feb. 25 Sunshine Cathedral, Fort Lauderdale It’s been a long time since she strolled the runway in that fateful beauty contest, but Miss Richfield 1981 still wows pageant judges and audiences alike. The outrageous entertainer returns to South Florida as part of the first Outlandish comedy festival at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. Don’t miss her new act, “Look Who’s Wearing the Pants Now!”

CaBareT on The CoaST Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida Feb. 17 Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Aventura Tony Award nominee and Emmy-winning artist Liz Hampton Callaway joins the chorus for an entertaining program of standards and contemporary classics, performed at one of the new venues featured in this year’s Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida season.

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ShooTIng porn Ronnie Larsen Presents Feb. 9 – March 12 Empire Stage, Fort Lauderdale Not to be confused with Ronnie Larsen’s Off Broadway hit, “Making Porn,” this new play, receiving its Florida premiere, goes behind the scenes at a porn shoot for some “good, dirty fun.”

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roSLyn KInD Feb. 11 Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Aventura Straight from New York’s 54 Below, Barbra Streisand’s little sister and her band take the stage at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center to sing pop and novelty songs, showtunes, jazz classics and vintage “Rozzie” tunes. in concert.

prograM III – poLyphonIa Miami City Ballet Feb. 10 – March 12 Arsht Center, Broward Center, Kravis Center Don’t miss the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Fairy’s Kiss,” based on a Hans Christian Anderson tale and set to music by Stravinsky. Also, works by Balanchine and Wheeldon.

yoUTh prIDe BanD South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble Feb. 19 Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale The Youth Pride Band, a project of the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble to promote understanding and fight bullying with music, features talented local high school musicians. This inspiring concert always sells out, so purchase your tickets early. Ariana Grande

arIana granDe April 14 American Airlines Arena, Miami Singer Ariana Grande brings her “Dangerous Woman” tour to Miami’s American Airlines Arena and tickets are going fast. Just check out her famous SNL skit online for a quick sample of the outrageous musical talent this young artist wields.

The FIrST STep – DIary oF a Sex aDDICT Island City Stage Jan. 12 – Feb. 12 Island City Stage, Wilton Manors Originally conceived as a short play for Shorts Gone Wild, Island City Stage’s associate artistic director, Michael Leeds, has written a full-length comedy receiving its regional premiere at the LGBT-centric theater. The first step is admitting you have a problem. January 2017  THE


arts & eNtertaiNMeNt • reGioNal theater

regIonaL The South Florida boasts one of the most vibrant regional theater scenes in the country. This winter and spring, audiences can enjoy classic American plays at Palm Beach Dramaworks, hit musicals at Actors Playhouse, Maltz and The Wick, LGBT-themed works at Island City Stage and world premieres by local playwrights at Zoetic Stage. But, there’s more....

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The proDUCerS Maltz Jupiter Theatre Jan. 10 – 29 Maltz Jupiter Theater Make the trip north to Jupiter for this hilarious musical at the Maltz. A down-on-his-luck producer schemes with his accountant to produce a Broadway flop, until their foolproof plan backfires.

BeTween rIverSIDe anD Crazy GableStage Jan. 22 – Feb. 19 GableStage Joe Adler’s GableStage tackles this Pulitzer Prizewinning play from Stephen Adly Guirgis, author of “The Motherfucker with the Hat.” A retired police officer must confront questions of life and death.

MeL SChwarTz SLeepS wITh Mae weST Triton Talent Jan. 12 – 22 Empire Stage This is the age old tale of “boy” meets “girl”—but with a transgender twist. Ginger Reiter’s original musical features her daughter, Sheba Mason, also daughter of legendary comedian Jackie Mason.

CaroUSeL Actors Playhouse Feb. 1 – 26 Miracle Theatre Richard Rodgers’ groundbreaking score to this heartbreaking love story includes classic showtunes, including “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” and Billy Bigelow’s famous “Soliloquy.”

The FIrST STep – DIary oF a Sex aDDICT Island City Stage Jan. 12 – Feb. 12 Island City Stage Originally conceived as a short play several years ago, Island City Stage’s associate artistic director, Michael Leeds, has written a full-length comedy receiving its regional premiere at the LGBTcentric theater.

xanaDU Slow Burn Theatre Feb. 2 – March 5 Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Crest Theater, Broward Center Strap on your rollerskates for this optimistic, discoinfused musical about a Greek muse’s adventures in Venice Beach.,,

weST SIDe STory The Wick Theatre Jan. 12 – Feb. 19 The Wick Theatre If you don’t know the story and the score of this classic musical, you must surrender your gay card immediately. The tale of ill-fated young lovers gets a fresh production at The Wick in Boca Raton.

CoLLeCTeD STorIeS Palm Beach Dramaworks Feb. 3 – March 5 Don & Ann Brown Theatre Loyalty vs. creative freedom is the moral issue at the center of this play by Donald Margulies, as an established author’s protégée writes a novel based on her mentor’s affair with a famous poet.

TITanIC Slow Burn Theatre Company Jan. 19 – Feb. 5 Broward Center This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is based on the real people who sailed on the “ship of dreams” in 1912. Slow Burn tackles this massive show at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater.

ShooTIng porn Ronnie Larsen Presents Feb. 9 – March 12 Empire Stage Not to be confused with Ronnie Larsen’s Off Broadway hit, “Making Porn,” this new play, in its Florida premiere, takes audiences behind the scenes at a porn shoot for some “good, dirty fun.”

SUnDay In The parK wITh george Zoetic Stage Jan. 19 – Feb. 12 Arsht Center Inspired by Georges Seurat’s landmark painting, “Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” “Sunday in the Park with George” is the latest Stephen Sondheim musical to be tackled by the capable team at Zoetic.

DISgraCeD Maltz Jupiter Theatre Feb. 12 – 26 Maltz Jupiter Theatre There are some things that you just shouldn’t discuss at a party. What begins as innocent table conversation among four friends explodes when the topic turns to current events. But will their friendship survive?


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¡FUÁCaTa! or a LaTIna’S gUIDe To SUrvIvIng The UnIverSe Zoetic Stage Feb. 23 – March 12 Arsht Center This one-woman tour-de-force performance brings more than 20 Latina women to life on stage by weaving together tales of love, marriage, immigration, and identity.

gypSy Maltz Jupiter Theater March 21 – April 9 Maltz Jupiter Theatre Inspired by the memoirs of the legendary burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, this classic follows the dreams and efforts of a relentless stage mother to get her two daughters into show business. aLL The way Actors Playhouse March 22 – April 9 Miracle Theatre One man. One year. One chance to change America. For a masterful politician with towering ambition, 1964 was a pivotal year in American history and Lyndon Baines Johnson sat at the center of it all. arCaDIa Palm Beach Dramaworks March 31 – April 30 Don & Ann Brown Theatre Set in a stately house and two different centuries, this comedy by Tom Stoppard explores great mysteries of science and art, and illuminates the human desire to make connections, both intellectual and romantic. Son Island City Stage April 6 – May 7 Island City Stage Island City Stage presents the world premiere of James L. Beller’s play, “Son.” On the morning of their wedding, the teenaged son of a lesbian couple is confronted with a shocking accusation.

CarMen palm Beach opera Jan. 22 – 24 Kravis Center This opera by Georges Bizet begins as the gypsy Carmen seduces naïve soldier Don José. His innocence quickly turns as Carmen’s manipulations bring out the very worst in him. French with English supertitles.


gUyS anD DoLLS The Wick Theatre March 9 – April 9 The Wick Theatre “Guys and Dolls” weaves together a tale of oldtime gangsters, hot-box girls, and gambling. Join high-roller Nathan Detroit, Adelaide, Sky Masterson and Sarah in this classic musical comedy.

eUgene onegIn Florida grand opera Jan. 28 – Feb. 11 Arsht Center, Broward Center Tchaikovsky’s monumental opera unfolds when the narcissistic young Onegin spurns the affections of a sensitive young girl, turns a pistol on his best friend,and is left only with regret. Russian with English and Spanish supertitles.

Don paSQUaLe palm Beach opera Feb. 19 – 21 Kravis Center Don Pasquale tries to meddle with a young man and woman in love. They get back at him by playing the prank of a lifetime—she marries him! Italian with English supertitles.

arIaDne aUF naxoS palm Beach opera Feb. 18 – 20 Kravis Center Richard Strauss combines a tragic opera with a romantic farce in lavish 18th century Vienna. When a wealthy man throws an opulent party to dazzle his guests, proverbial fireworks erupt. German with English supertitles.

BeFore nIghT FaLLS Florida grand opera March 18 – 25 Arsht Center Based on the famous memoir of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas by Jorge Martín, this opera follows Arenas’ life from childhood poverty in the Cuban countryside to his emigration to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boatlift, and his last decade in New York City. Disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted by the Castro regime as a dissident writer and homosexual, the opera follows his trials and tribulations as a political prisoner forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication. English and Spanish with English and Spanish supertitles. January 2017  THE


arts & eNtertaiNMeNt • broadWay

BroaDway With three world-class performing arts centers within a 70-mile stretch, South Florida audiences always get to enjoy the best in Broadway touring productions. Several shows are on return engagements, while “The Little Mermaid” and “Something Rotten” will make highly anticipated debuts. BeaUTIFUL – The CaroLe KIng MUSICaL Kravis on Broadway, Broadway in Miami Jan. 31 – Feb. 5, Kravis Center Feb. 14 – 19, Arsht Center The Tony Award-winning true story of Carole King’s amazing rise to stardom from songwriter to become one of the most successful and beloved solo acts in popular music history.,

SoMeThIng roTTen Broadway in Fort Lauderdale March 21 – April 2 Broward Center When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, two brothers, desperate for a hit play, set out to write the world’s very first musical. BrowardCenter. org.

The LITTLe MerMaID Broadway in Fort Lauderdale Feb. 22 – March 5 Broward Center Disney’s beloved animated feature gets a stunning theatrical treatment as Au-Rene Theater stage is “submerged” fathoms below the ocean and inhabited by wondrous and colorful creatures.

The phanToM oF The opera Kravis on Broadway March 23 – April 1 Kravis Center Cameron Mackintosh’s reimagined production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running hit musical makes a tour stop at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach as part of a brand new North American Tour.

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JerSey BoyS Broadway in Miami April 4 – 9 Arsht Center The Tony Award-winning true story of four blue-collar kids from New Jersey, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who became one of the greatest successes in pop music history returns to Miami’s Arsht Center. KInKy BooTS Kravis on Broadway April 18 – 23 Kravis Center With a failing shoe factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous drag performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Uplifting score by Cyndi Lauper.

arts & eNtertaiNMeNt • Movies & televisioN

The FoUnDer Jan. 20 Weinstein Co. Even if you wouldn’t be caught dead eating in a McDonalds, this fascinating biopic about Ray Kroc and starring Michael Keaton is better than a Big Mac.

John wICK: ChapTer Two Feb. 10 Eclectic Pictures What has Keanu Reeves been up to? Apparently, B-movies. This is the sequel to—you guessed it—”John Wick,” the 2014 cult favorite. Look for “Matrix” co-star Laurence Fishburne, too.

Logan March 3 Marvel Studios/Disney Hugh Jackman will finally hang up his claws as Wolverine, a role he first debuted 17 years ago. The R-rated film promises some of the attitude that made last year’s “Deadpool” so successful.

xxx: reTUrn oF xanDer Cage Jan. 20 Paramount Vin Diesel returns to the XXX franchise, but we’re most excited about the ensemble cast, including Samuel L. Jackson and Toni Collette. D.J. Caruso directs the action flick.

The Lego BaTMan MovIe Feb. 10 Warner Bros. We loved “The LEGO Movie” and, until the sequel is finished, will enjoy this predictabe spinoff starring the voices of Will Arnett as Batman and Zach Galifianakis as the Joker.

T2 TraInSpoTTIng March 10 Sony Pictures Entertainment T2 reunites director Danny Boyle with Ewan McGregor and the original cast, but this sequel feels different. Maybe it’s the 21 years that have passed since the original.

FIFTy ShaDeS DarKer Feb. 10 Universal Pictures Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return in this sequel to the campy “mommie porn” film based on the E.L. James novels. The sequel promises to empower Anastasia.

The greaT waLL Feb. 17 Legendary Matt Damon stars as a European mercenary traveling through ancient China who discovers exactly “what” the Great Wall was “really” built to defend the people from. No spoilers there.

BeaUTy anD The BeaST March 17 Disney The 1991 2D animated version of this Disney classic is the latest to get a live-action/CGI update. “Harry Potter” alum Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens is the Beast.

MovIeS & a SerIeS oF UnForTUnaTe evenTS Jan. 13 Netflix This adaptation of Daniel Handler’s “Lemony Snicket” books stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, malevolent guardian of the Baudelaire children.


rIverDaLe Jan. 26 The CW The characters of the “Archie” comics get a contemporary makeover: Betty’s on Adderall, Archie’s having an affair with a teacher and Josie and the Pussycats are rehearsing down the hall.

BIg LITTLe LIeS Feb. 19 HBO David E. Kelley’s comedic spin on “Desperate Housewives” stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern.

The QUaD Jan. 31 BET “Empire” meets “A Different World” in this series. Anika Noni Rose stars as the embattled new president of a historically-black college in this sprawling, melodramatic drama.

The gooD FIghT Feb. 19 CBS All Access Christine Baranski reprises her role as Diane Lockhart in this web spinoff of “The Good Wife” on fledgling CBS streaming service. Watch for a “Star Trek” prequel later this spring.

pLaneT earTh II Feb. 18 BBC America A decade after the original “Planet Earth,” director David Attenborough is back with another seven hours of gorgeous nature, shot over the course of three years in 40 countries.

The aMerICanS March, Date TBD FX Arguably one of the best—and most overlooked—hours on primetime television, “The Americans” will see the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

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gUarDIanS oF The gaLaxy voL. 2 May 5 Marvel Pictures/Disney Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

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Direct from Broadway with 10 Tony Award nominations, SoMeThIng roTTen! packs the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway


he laugh lines in the Broadway hit SOMETHING ROTTEN! flow from different sources. Some come at the expense of William Shakespeare, the rock star of his day, here played as a world-weary writer who finds being famous so much more enjoyable than actually coming up with new ideas. Some are pointed at musical theater itself, a veritable feast for fans and geeks who adore Rent, Cats, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Les Misérables, Annie and dozens of other iconic musicals from the Broadway canon. Others are bawdy, with the judgmental Puritan leader Brother Jeremiah helplessly slipping into sexually-tinged double entendre, and his daughter Portia experiencing a sonnet read by her writer-beau Nigel Bottom as if it were their first time (and not in a literary sense). The show’s humor, the work of brothers Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick (score), Karey and John O’Farrell (book), director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw and music arranger Glen Kelly, has been tested, vetted and carefully calibrated so that theatergoers can have a good time whether they know a lot or only a little about Shakespeare and/or musical theater. O’Farrell recalls, “We’d be sitting around, trying to write a song or a scene, and Wayne and Karey would say, ‘You know that song from Sunday in the Park With George?’ And I’d say no. And I’d say, ‘You know that thing in The Taming of the Shrew?’ And they’d say no,” O’Farrell recalls. “We were conscious of not wanting to be so inside that you could only get it if you had seen the most obscure musicals,” Wayne Kirkpatrick says. “We went broad, purposely. We referenced not only the musicals that inspired us, but also musicals people would know even if they hadn’t seen them, or maybe they’d only seen the movie. The same with Shakespeare. Everybody knows some Shakespeare lines. There are a lot of what we refer to as his ‘hits’, that everybody is going to know.” The end result is a show so fresh and funny, audiences of all ages and backgrounds love it. “It doesn’t matter how much you know,” director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw confirms. “My nieces and nephews say it’s

their favorite show that I’ve done and they don’t know any of the references.” O’Farrell concludes, “If it works as a musical for people who don’t know musicals or Shakespeare, then I’m happy. It’s about show business and putting on a show. The show works on many levels, but the main level it works on, I hope, is that it’s just a great fun night out.”

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Photo: Rob McClure. Credit Joan Marcus.

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DownLoaDS Books, Music, Videos and More

In keeping with this issue’s arts & entertainment theme, our editor’s picks highlight reading for that rainy afternoon when you may be feeling creative and crafty:

Beginning Illumination Claire travers 80 pages, $24.99

The Wynwood Coloring Book Various artists 65 pages, $25

The LEGO Animation Book David Pasano and David Pickett 216 pages, $19.95

Printed books are making a comeback, but the shocking news is that nearly half of that recent increase is attributed to the growing popularity of adult coloring books. Here’s a locally-produced book inspired by the distinctive street art on the walls in Miami’s Wynwood district.

How fun would it be to make your own LeGO movie? this cool guide from No starch Press offers a complete guide to creating the sort of cheeky short films that are all the rage on Youtube. Maybe you could even become the next top animator at Disney or Dreamworks.

Breakfast Tea & Bourbon Pete Bissonette 193 pages, $24

Geek Girls Crafts the Geek Girls (Jade, sandy & españa) Bi-monthly Podcast

Show & Tell Ken Bloom 337 pages, $19.95

three “geek girls,” who love to craft, talk about their particular geek genres in excruciating detail—anime, gaming, books, movies—and everything else in between. and then they talk more about costuming and cosplaying, fiber arts and anything craft-related.

We all love a little hot gossip and this book is full of shocking, true stories about many of our showbiz favorites. You’ll definitely earn the title, “theater Queen,” after finishing this dishy edition. Highly recommended for true theater aficionados.

Not only is “Breakfast tea & Bourbon” an intriguing contemporary adventure novel, the book and accompanying online clues lead to a hidden treasure worth $50,000. Order your copy and start reading because the treasure hunt begins on Feb. 9.

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this photo-filled guide offers all the information to begin the beautiful and fascinating ancient art of illumination and then improve your skills. Patience and skill are definitely required; otherwise, you may want to stick to scrapbooking.

arts & eNtertaiNMeNt • destiNatioN

DeSTInaTIon On Broadway

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” still reigns at the Broadway box office, but anticipation builds for Bette Midler’s return to the stage in “Gypsy.” Here’s your guide to new shows opening soon on the Great White Way: SUNSET BOULEVARD by andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black & Christopher Hampton Palace theatre Feb. 9/Previews Feb. 2

THE PRICE by arthur Miller roundabout theatre Company at american airlines theatre March 16/Previews Feb. 16

WAR PAINT by scott Frankel, Michael Korie & Doug Wright Nederlander theatre april 6/Previews March 7

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE by stephen sondheim & James Lapine Hudson theatre Feb. 23/Previews Feb. 11

MISS SAIGON by Claude-Michel schonberg & alain Boublil Broadway theatre March 23/Previews March 1

GROUNDHOG DAY by tim Minchin & Danny rubin, based on the screenplay by Harold ramis & Danny rubin august Wilson theatre april 17/Previews March 16

SIGNIFICANT OTHER by Joshua Harmon Booth theatre March 3/Previews Feb. 14 THE GLASS MENAGERIE by tennessee Williams Belasco theatre March 9/Previews Feb. 7 COME FROM AWAY by Irene sankoff & David Hein schoenfeld theatre March 12/Previews Feb. 18

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SWEAT by Lynn Nottage studio 54 March 26/Previews March 4 THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG by Henry Lewis, Jonathan sayer & Henry shields Lyceum theatre april 2/Previews March 9 AMELIE A New Musical by Craig Lucas, Daniel Mess & Nathan tysen Walter Kerr theatre april 3/Previews March 9

HELLO, DOLLY! by Jerry Herman & Michael stewart shubert theatre april 20/Previews March 15 CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Marc shaiman, scott Whitman & David Grieg Lunt-Fontanne theatre april 23/Previews March 28



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oUT anD proUD

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pride Fort Lauderdale on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Feb. 26 and Pride Miami Beach on the famed Ocean Drive, April 7 –9, pictured. and

DaTeBooK Find a Festival

Looking for a nearby escape or just to get out of the house for a few hours? Check out one of these local festivals and experience the diverse arts and culture of South Florida: SoUTh FLorIDa renaISSanCe FeSTIvaL – Feb. 11 – March 26 The festival, held in Deerfield Beach, celebrates its 25th anniversary. During theme weekends, kilts and codpieces and all sorts of costumes are especially encouraged. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bring a few bucks so you can chow down on one of those giant turkey legs.

wInTer MUSIC ConFerenCe – March 21 – 24 Originally an electronic music industry event that attracted DJs and record label execs, Winter Music Conference has grown into a full-fledged, nonstop festival with industry panels, educational workshops, dance parties and more.

SoUTh BeaCh wIne & FooD FeSTIvaL – Feb. 22 – 26 Celebrities from Food Network and the Cooking Channel will once again headline the premiere food festival in the nation, with events in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

InTernaTIonaL gay poLo ToUrnaMenT – april 6 - 8 The “Sport of Kings” is catching on. Get out your fancy hats, girls, because the International Gay Polo Tournament is returning to Wellington in Palm Beach County.

wInTer parTy FeSTIvaL – March 1 – 7 The largest dance party on South Beach has grown over the years into a week-long celebration of South Florida’s LGBT community, benefiting both the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and local organizations.

MIaMI BeaCh gay prIDe – april 7 - 9 In its eighth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into one of the biggest LGBT events in the region, attracting more than 100,000 participants and spectators to scenic Ocean Drive for a parade and street festival.

paLM BeaCh prIDeFeST – March 25 - 26 Quaint Lake Worth is the perfect setting for Palm Beach County’s annual Pride celebration. The parade winds its way through the streets on Sunday morning as onlookers cheer, winding up with a festival at Bryant Park. More than 15,000 people are expected to celebrate.

MIFo LgBT FILM FeSTIvaL – april 21 - 30 Formerly known as the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, MiFo is one of the biggest in the country, presenting regional and world premieres of the best in LGBT film. See and be seen at the many glitzy parties featuring participating filmmakers, actors and writers.

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arts & eNtertaiNMeNt • diy

DIy Glass Blowing

hoLLywooD hoT gLaSS Arts Park at Young Circle 1 Young Circle Hollywood, FL 33020

CLaSS / worKShop SCheDULe Live Demonstrations and walk-in workshops october – May (Check website for summer schedule) Monday Tuesday wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

4 p.m. – Closed 4 p.m. – 4 p.m. – 4 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Closed

10 p.m. 10 10 10 10

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private classes and teambuilding workshops also available. walk-in workshops start at $40.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat...Part II


he old proverb goes, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Well, I’ve taken several cooking classes, so a hot oven isn’t necessarily a deterrent. In fact, I’ve also taken pottery classes and even tried my hand at blacksmithing this summer. (Check out the September 2016 issue of Mirror.) So, when a winter cold front finally hit South Florida, I knew it was time to take that glassblowing class at Hollywood Hot Glass. A 2300 degree oven would certainly counter the damp wind gusts. Situated in the heart of Arts Park on Young Circle and surrounded by other artisans and small craft studios, Hollywood Hot Glass offers live demonstrations five days a week, as well as the opportunity to try a hands-on experience with the assistance of one of the resident artists. The projects range from colorful round paperweights to bowls, tumblers and vases. I was met by glass artist Brenna Baker, the studio’s founder and proprietor, who showed me around the studio, adorned with stunning examples of her work. Baker first became enamored with glass while still in high school. Her mother moved to Corning, New York, which also happens to be the glass capital of the U.S.

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“I just fell in love with it,” Baker told me, “from the minute I first worked with it.” In addition to business studies in college, she spent a year working in Murano, Italy under the tutelage of Pino Signoretto, one of the world’s finest glass sculptors. She then traveled the world on Celebrity Solstice class ships with the Hot Glass Show of the Corning Museum of Glass, before becoming the youngest master gaffer and only the second female gaffer ever employed by Steuben Glass. Baker also gained expertise in teaching at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. Three years ago, she opened Hollywood Hot Glass, where she produces custom commissions and introduces hundreds of people each week to her art through demonstrations and private events. I selected a bowl for my project. The contemporary, free-flowing form in clear, white, black and blue glass would look fabulous on my coffee table at home. I should mention now that Baker’s incredibly patient. Baker and her team handle the most difficult steps—dipping the metal pipe into a ceramic furnace and pulling out the glowing red, molten glob of glass, ready to be plied into art.

Within a few minutes, we covered the glass with frit, tiny glass crystals infused with elements to lend the final product its color. The frit got rolled into the glass and then I swirled it into a pattern with a pair of giant tongs. Then, we set out to form the round bulb of the bowl. Baker started the bubble of air inside and then it was my turn. I was surprised how little air it actually took. She instructed me how to rotate the tube to create a symmetrical form. We used other tools to create a score to form the bowl, flatten the bottom and then widen the rim. One more heating and I spun the tube to create the floppy edges. The entire process only took about 20 minutes, “instant gratification,” Baker bragged, but I would have to pick up the finished piece another day because the glass actually takes 12 hours to thoroughly cool and harden properly. Of course, Baker made it all seem too easy. She and her team have put in years of trial and error to master the craft. But I have to say, I was kinda hooked, too, after picking up my masterpiece. I wonder what I should make next time. A wave vase, set of tumblers or maybe an art installation for the living room wall? Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. — J.W. Arnold

broWard couNty eNtertaiNMeNt eVeNt LIstINGs eveNt datebook • broWard couNty

wITh a Song In My hearT STarrIng gLenDa graInger Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. at the tennis Club, 600 tennis Club Drive in Fort Lauderdale. the multilingual performer puts on a cabaret show under the direction of Gary Lawrence. tickets $20 plus two-drink minimum, residents $15 plus two-drink minimum. Call Ken Harrison at 954-547-2819 or email SIMon JohnSon Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Pink Church (First Presbyterian Church), 2331 Ne 26th ave. in Pompano Beach. Johnson from st. Paul’s Cathedral in London performs. Call 954-328-5950 or visit The FIve IrISh TenorS Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 Ne eighth st. in Fort Lauderdale. In a salute to Ireland, the quintet performs favorites like “Danny Boy,” “she Moves through the Fair,” and more. tickets $35.50 to $55.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit weLL STrUng Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale. the foursome of hunky guys perform everything from Beethoven to Madonna on their string instruments. tickets $35 to $75. Call 954-462-0222 or visit BrowardCenter. org. TITanIC The MUSICaL Jan. 19 to Feb. 5 at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale. the stories of the many people aboard the doomed ship are told through music. tickets $47 to $60. Call 954-4620222 or visit nonpoInT Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at revolution Live, 100 sW third ave. in Fort Lauderdale. With nine albums under their belt, fans of the California rock band are looking forward to “the Poison red” this summer. tickets $30 in advance, $35 the day of. Call 954-449-1025 or visit CaBareT through Jan. 22 at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale. the Kit Kat Klub provides a nightly escape from the world in pre-WWII Berlin, but as the war comes creeping closer, can it still mask the dangers that lay ahead? tickets $35 and up. Call 954-462-0222 or visit MeL SChwarTz SLeepS wITh Mae weST through Jan. 22 at empire stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale. a man discovers that his mistress used to be a man, and that she’s the long-long child of his best friend in this topsy turvy comedy. tickets $30, save $10 with code “save.” Visit

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Kenny rogerS’ FInaL worLD ToUr Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale. after six decades of entertaining the world with his music, “the Gambler” is giving his last show. tickets $45 to $127.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit LaTe nITe CaTeChISM Jan. 26 to 29 at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale. relive your Catholic school nightmares in this improv comedy reminiscing uniforms, evil nuns, and wooden rulers. tickets $35 to $45. Call 954-462-0222 or visit gLaDyS KnIghT Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale. the empress of soul performs favorites like “Night train to Georgia,” “License to Kill,” “the Way We Were,” and more. tickets $34.50 to $84.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit In The MooD Feb. 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Coral springs Center for the arts, 2855 Coral springs Drive in Coral springs. a celebration of the swing era of the 1950s with singing and dancing to the music of Glenn Miller, tommy Dorsey, artie shaw, Frank sinatra, the andrews sisters, and more. tickets $39.50 to $59.50. Call 954-344-5990 or visit The FIrST STep - DIary oF a Sex aDDICT through Feb. 11 at Island City stage, 2034 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. a dramedy following the journey of Joe, a gay sex addict, as he works through recovery. Play contains nudity and graphic sexual situations. tickets $35. Call 954-519-2533 or visit Bon JovI Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&t Center, One Panther Parkway in sunrise. the iconic rock band tours in support of their “this House is Not For sale” tour. tickets $30 to $129. Call 800-745-3000 or visit an evenIng wITh KrISTIn ChenoweTh Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale. spend Valentine’s Day with this tony award-winning chanteuse. tickets $30 to $129. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Joe BonaMaSSa Feb. 16 to 18 at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Considered one of the greatest guitar players, Bonamassa puts on more than 100 sold-out shows every year to fans of his blues tunes. tickets $88.51 and up. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

Joe BonaMaSSa Feb. 16 to 18 at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

DaShBoarD ConFeSSIonaL Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at revolution Live, 100 sW third ave. in Fort Lauderdale. a leader in the emo rock movement, Chris Carrabba is enticing fans with his first new album since 2009. tickets $27.50 in advance, $30 the day of. Call 954-449-1025 or visit Save FerrIS Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at revolution Live, 100 sW third ave. in Fort Lauderdale. since 1995, the ska-punk band is known for their hits “everything I Want to Be,” “Your Friend,” “Come on eileen,” and more. tickets $18.50 in advance, $20 the day of. Call 954-4491025 or visit xanaDU Feb. 23 to March 5 at the Broward Center, 201 sW Fifth ave. in Fort Lauderdale. sonny literally runs into a beautiful woman on skates, who turns out to be a member of the Nine sisters. tickets $45. Call 954462-0222 or visit LeSS Than JaKe anD pepper Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at revolution Live, 100 sW third ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Hailing from Gainesville, their hits include “the science of selling Yourself short,” “she’s Gonna Break soon,” “all My Best Friends are Metalheads,” and more. tickets $27.50 in advance, $30 the day of. Call 954-4491025 or visit DropKICK MUrphyS March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at revolution Live, 100 sW third ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Just in time for st. Patrick’s Day, the american Celtic band is the soundtrack to Irish-inspired rock. tickets $29.50 in advance, $30 the day of. Call 954-449-1025 or visit gaMeS oF ThroneS LIve ConCerT experIenCe March 11 at 8 p.m. at the BB&t Center, One Panther Parkway in sunrise. a fan of the tV show? Composer ramin Djawadi leads an orchestra to take the audience on a tour of the seven Kingdoms. tickets $35.25 to $95.25. Call 800-745-3000 or visit FrIDay nIghT SoUnD waveS MUSIC SerIeS Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hub, Las Olas Boulevard and a1a in Fort Lauderdale. enjoy live, outdoor music spanning genres and tributes every Friday evening through November. Free. Visit

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palm beach county entertainment event datebook • miami-dade

EVENT LISTINGS Evita Jan. 19 to Feb. 5 at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. The story of Eva Peron, from her humble beginnings in rural Argentina to being the wife of Gen. Juan Peron, the country’s president. Tickets $29 to $70. Call or visit

New Country Feb. 2 to 12 at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. Cocky Justin Spears is at the top of the country charts, and on the eve of his wedding, madness ensues at the hotel with odd visitors and characters. Tickets $23. Call or visit

Program Two Jan. 20 to 22 13 to 15 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. In its second performance of the season, the Miami City Ballet performs “Serenade,” “Carousel Pas de Deux,” “Calcium Night Lights,” and “Glass Pieces.” Tickets $20 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

Collected Stories Feb. 3 to March 5 at the Don & Ann Brown Theater, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. An author writes a controversial novel about her mentor’s affair with a poet. Tickets $66. Call 561-514-4042 or visit

The Fabulous Fleetwoods Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Canyon Amphitheater in Canyon District Park, 8802 Boynton Beach Blvd. in Boynton Beach. Having opened for Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Dog Night, and Sister Hazel, the band performs classic rock, blues, and original material. Free. Visit Domestic Animals Through Jan. 22 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Lori’s brother dodges the draft during the Vietnam, but her husband lists to join the fight. Tickets $25. Call 561-5144042 or visit Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile Jan. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. In this murder mystery, a case takes the audience to a paddle steamer in 1940s Egypt. Tickets $39. Call 561-832-7469 or visit Madama Butterfly Jan. 27 to 29 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The tragic love story between an American naval officer and a geisha, who is dishonored when he leaves her abruptly. Tickets $20 and up. Call 561832-7469 or visit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Feb. 1 to 5 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The story of Carole King, from her start as a girl with a dream in Brooklyn. Tickets $32 and up. Call 561832-7469 or visit

A Valentine’s Day Concert featuring Solid Brass Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at Seabreeze Amphitheater in Carlin Park, 400 S. SR A1A in Jupiter. Solid Brass performs classic rock and R&B tunes to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Free. Visit SeabreezeAmphitheater. Chaka Khan Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The “I’m Every Woman” chanteuse rips up the stage in an unforgettable performance. Tickets $25 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit Kravis. org. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The New York City dance company returns to South Florida to perform Ailey’s “Revelations” masterpiece. Tickets $29 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit Capitol Steps: What to Expect When You’re Electing March 3 to 19 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Politics take a humorous turn with music from your favorite whacky politicians. Tickets $40. Call 561-8327469 or visit Free Friday Concerts Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Enjoy live music from the comfort of your picnic blanket or lawn chair every week, for free! Returns in October. Call 561-243-7922 or visit Chaka Khan

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EVENT LISTINGS Sunday in the Park with George Jan. 19 to Feb. 12 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Inspired by the painting, a struggle ensues between an artist and his muse in this musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Tickets $50. Call 305-949-6722 or visit Between Riverside and Crazy Jan. 21 to Feb. 19 at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables. When a retired police officer is being threatened with eviction, he ponders life and death. Tickets $60. Call 305445-1119 or visit Xanadu Feb. 2 to 5 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. Sonny literally runs into a beautiful woman on skates, who turns out to be a member of The Nine Sisters. Tickets $40 to $45. Call 305-466-8002 or visit Rick Astley Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.

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Rick Astley Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer hasn’t stopped since the hit song’s debut three decades ago. Tickets $25 to $49. Call 305-949-6722 or visit Andrea Bocelli Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The iconic voice of romance returns to South Florida for his annual Valentine’s Day concert. Tickets $79 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit Sting Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. at Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Sting is joined by Joe Sumner and The Last Bandoleros. Tickets $104 to $160. Call 305-673-7300 or visit

Annie March 3 to 5 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Annie lives in an orphanage with mean Miss Hannigan, but her luck might turn when a business tycoon shows interest in her. Tickets $29 to $92. Call 305-949-6722 or visit Outdoor Music Series Third Thursdays at the Perez Art Museum Miami, 101 W. Flagler St. in Miami. Come out for live music from DJs and musicians by the bay. Drink specials available. Free with museum admission. Call 305-375-3000 or visit The Big Show Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. at Just the Funny Theater, 3119 Coral Way in Miami. A collection of comedy mixing the likes of improvisation and sketches. Tickets $12. Call 305-693-8669 or visit



South Florida’s Premier Community Chorus Celebrating Our 41st Concert Season

CHUCK STANLEY Artistic Director DAN FORREST Composer Nova Singers will present the South Florida Premiere of Dan Forrest’s recently completed “Jubilate Deo” for chorus and orchestra. The composition is from the Psalm 100 text, “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,” and Dan Forrest makes use of seven different languages — drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences. Each movement combines some characteristics of its language-group’s musical culture with the composer’s own musical style. Movements include liturgical Latin, intertwined Hebrew and Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Zulu, Spanish and a closing movement combining several of these languages with English. The result is a magnificent choral collection — a 45-minute global celebration of joy, as all the earth sings as one, “omnis terra, jubilate!” Don’t miss your chance to hear this exciting and energetic composition. Better yet . . . join us in singing for this magnificent presentation! Send us an email of your intention to audition on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church fellowship hall in Oakland Park: 1750 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334. E-mail us at or visit our website: South Florida March Premiere of Dan Forrest’s “Jubilate Deo!” Friday, 3-17-17 • 8pm — St Joan of Arc Catholic/Boca Raton Sunday, 3-19-17 • 4pm — First Presbyterian/Pompano Beach Tuesday, 3-21-17 • 7:30 pm — Christ Church/Fort Lauderdale Spring Into the Lighter Side of Summer this May Friday, 5-19-17 • 8pm — Davie United Methodis/Davie Sunday, 5-21-17 • 4pm — Church of the Palms/Delray Beach Tuesday, 5-23-17 • 7:30 pm — St Mark’s Episcopal/Fort Lauderdale

Audition Information & Tickets: Website: E-mail: Telephone Inquiries: (954) 683-8866 • (561) 212-2112


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