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Table of contents Column

I Am Angry at Hollywood  10

Features Are LGBT Lives at Risk in Azerbaijan?  12 Luxury Plus  16 The Satanic Temple is Fighting for LGBT Rights  20

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Shedding Light on Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community  38 Feel The Rainbow: Scott Portugal Photography  74

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Arts Entertainment Guide

Broadway: Upcoming Shows  46 Regional Theater  48 Classical Music & Opera  50 Concerts & Comedy  52 BalletBoyz  54

Return to Downtown Abbey  56 Entertaining: Cocktail Chameleon  58 10 Best LGBT Films You Never Knew Were LGBTQ  60 Datebook  64 Tapping With Tommy Tune  72

Photo / Cover: BalletBoyz. See page 54. Photo by Panayiotis Sinnos.




I Am

// Norm Kent

Angry at Hollywood


prah’s performance at the Golden Globes was inspirational and motivational. She proved that there can be coherent billionaires competent enough to hold office. Hollywood is blessed with many articulate and reasonable persons who bring brilliance and life to their roles. Over the decades, we have seen its annual awards shows routinely used by actors and activists to promote political viewpoints and social causes, from opposing blacklists to supporting Native American Indians. Many of these statements, like the ones this week speaking out against sexual harassment, have spurred national debate. Stars attending this year’s ceremonies, wearing black to drive home the point, were unified in their condemnation of sexual exploitation and couch casting. These stars damn well had a right to be angry at the unconscionable practice, which abused their dignity and demeaned their lives. But do you ever have a right to be angry with them. I am. In fact, I am as angry at them as I am at the accused. Hollywood represents an industry that makes, creates, and distributes films, which

illuminate courageous lives. Their very reason for being is to educate and entertain; give meaning and purpose to individuals willing to buck the status quo and break new ground. Their art brings to life the Rosa Parks, Karen Silkwoods and Harvey Milks we would otherwise never know. The revelation that these artists and actors, millionaires all, living lives of leisure and privilege, remained silent in the face of wrong, for decades, is repulsive to me. While portraying lives illuminating the courage of others, they were cowards themselves. The specific blame I lay not on the victims whose silence was understandable given the climate and circumstances they lived in and were exposed to. The anger I have is directed towards the conspiracy and complacency their “friends” tolerated and allowed. This disgusting and vile sexual exploitation of actors was apparently so transparent and well known in Hollywood Seth Mc Farlane openly joked about it at an Oscar ceremony four years and 45 Harvey Weinstein films ago. How did so many of the well heeled participate in a despicable conspiracy of silence? It’s outrageous, offensive, and inexcusable. True friends would have spoken

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up sooner. True friends would have said this conduct has no place in their homes. Entertainers should have publicly exposed couch casting and its caretakers for years. If you ask how could it be that so many knew so much and said so little, the answer is simple – greed. As long as the checks kept coming and the headlines got written, the Hollywood elite looked the other way at abusive behavior and wrongful conduct. They determined it was the price of doing business under Tinseltown rules. As a consequence, victims remained victimized. Like athletes whose home runs were launched by steroids, a host of performers sold their soul to the devil while playing the roles of angels. The industry they praise needed individuals with more integrity. The next movie they need to make is a movie about their own fears and lack of fortitude, exposing and shaming their own hypocrisy. Today, we can celebrate the new day on the horizon Oprah has heralded in. But too many were too silent for too long. As a consequence, good people suffered. AIDS activists learned years ago that ‘silence equals death.’ Hollywood could and should have done better. Its only remedy today is to tell the truth they failed to tell yesterday, and shine a light on the wrongs that need to be righted, and should never have been tolerated. Too many victims for too long. Time’s up.

DAVID Currie

As a Crime Scene Unit Detective, David Currie is meticulous and exacting. The job requires him to respond to a scene and to document, photograph, collect, process, and preserve evidence. A 26-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, David has an unmatched respect for his agency and the people he serves.  On January 5, 2015, the day before same-sex marriage became legal in Florida, David and his partner, Aaron, engaged for less than a month, made the decision to join in union later that night. At Aaron’s urging, David sought to honor the occasion dressed in his BSO uniform and passed the request to his superiors. Later that day, he received a call.   “Sheriff Israel was on the phone,” David remembers. “He told me, ‘David, I would be honored. I will be there, I support you, and you have my blessing.’” Shortly after midnight, with the Sheriff and his high ranking staff in attendance, David and Aaron were among the first samesex couples in the State of Florida to join in matrimony. “One of the reasons I wanted him to wear the uniform was to show that being gay is not what defines you,” says Aaron. “It is how you carry yourself, your character, morals, and ethics, which David reflects so well in the uniform he wears.” Following their wedding, David and Aaron received an outpouring of support and well wishes from around the world.  They also heard from other gay law enforcement officers who had been moved by the occasion, adding they would be ostracized at their own agencies for similar open displays of love. “This is David’s life, this is his career, this is what he’s about,” says Aaron. “To have that support come from all the way up and trickle down was a beautiful thing.”

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Are LGBT Lives at Risk in

Azerbaijan? // John McDonald

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ll is quiet in Azerbaijan. For a country seeking to raise its profile on the national stage, it remains unclear if Azerbaijan is a welcoming country for LGBT people. Reports of raids targeting LGBT people surfaced in September raising concerns in Washington. In a letter, a bipartisan group of Senators are urging the U.S. State Department to start an investigation to determine if press reports of more than 50 gay and transgender people being detained in Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku are credible. “We write to share our concerns about press reports that Azerbaijani authorities have detained dozens of gay and transgender persons simply because they are gay or transgender,” the letter reads. “We urge you to investigate these reports, and, if credible, to publicly condemn these actions in the strongest terms and to push for perpetrators to be held accountable.” The letter was led by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Susan Collins (R-ME). “Indeed, U.S. foreign policy must promote both our values and our interests and any notion that the two are mutually exclusive is a false choice,” the Senators wrote.

Daniel Baslon is the Advocacy Director for Amnesty International’s European and Central Asia operations. In a telephone conversion with The Mirror Magazine, Balson revealed he had visited Azerbaijan on multiple occasions. He described the country as a “clan based society” – one that is unwelcoming to LGBT people. “It’s a very conservative society,” Balson said. “There is not a lot of support for LGBT individuals.” Azerbaijan gained its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991. Located in the caucuses region on the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan has an estimated population of 9.9 million. It has been in a long dispute with neighboring Armenia over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Balson said Azerbaijan was built on an “elaborate cult of personality” where authoritarian rulers imprison dissidents and opposition leaders. President Ilham Aliyev has been in power since 2003. “Corruption remains a substantial problem in Azerbaijan,” Balson said. “Fundamental freedoms are not available to all and free expression is curtailed.” Oil is the major export in Azerbaijan. Under Aliyev’s rule, the country has raised in economic status on the world stage and Baku, Balson, said is an “immaculately polished city.” Amnesty International, Balson said, has taken “no position” on reports of mass detentions of gay and transgender people in Azerbaijan. Balson said he does not believe the country is 100 percent against gay and transgender people, but coming out does have consequences. “At all levels of society, LGBT people face a substantial issue of living openly,” Balson said. “Once they express themselves they can be quickly repressed and shunned socially.” Perviz Vahidoglu, a university student, paints a different scene of Azerbaijan than Balson. Vahidoglu, a young man in his late 20s educated in Balikesir, Turkey, said there is no reason gay or transgender travelers should feel uncomfortable in Azerbaijan. “Don’t worry about that,” Vahidoglu said. “You can feel safe


Photo credit: John McDonald.

yourself whenever you come to Azerbaijan.” When pressed about expressions, Vahidoglu drew the line at kissing. “Yes, they (gays and trans) can hold hands in public except one thing – Kissing each other or something like this can be strange for people,” Vahidoglu said. Like Vahidoglu, Hasan Sadigli is a native Ajerbaijani. Unlike Vahidoglu, Sadigli is gay. He communicated with the Mirror Magazine through Facebook Messenger for this story. “I wish I could be more useful, however, I have been living outside of Azerbaijan for many years and hence will not be objective about the realities there,” Sadigli said. “There are certainly those unlucky ones who have to endure a pain that is greater than oppression and that of the occasional ‘crackdown.’ Now living in Spain, Sadigli said nothing will change until Azerbaijani establishment families demonstrate a willingness to embrace a more modern version of the extended family unit. “The societal taboo and violence by the traditionalism of families are something that is more enduring than any government crackdown,” Sadigli said. The Mirror Magazine reached out for comment from Senator Rubio’s office, State Department and Harvey Milk Foundation for this piece but did not receive a response to telephone messages or emailed questions. Meanwhile, Amnesty International USA has three demands of the Trump Administration. First, increase the cap for refugees who are “genuinely in fear for their lives,” Balson said. Second, the State Department must fully staff, support and dispatch the LGBTI special envoy position. In November, the Washington Blade reported Randy Berry had vacated this position. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, begin direct communications with the Aliyev administration. “When abuse happens the Trump administration must raise concerns directly with foreign governments,” Balson said.


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ames Martin Moran (August 8, 1918 – April 24, 2007) was an American car dealer and philanthropist whose net worth of $2.4 billion ranked him 390th on the Forbes 400 at the time of his death. James Martin Moran. Photo via the Jim Moran Foundation.

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Moran created various automotive businesses under the JM Family Enterprises umbrella, which is headquartered in x Deerfield Beach, Florida. Today JMFE is recognized as one of Fortune's "100 Best Places to Work in America," and the second largest private company in Florida. The company grew from a distribution business into a diversified automotive corporation. Today, those businesses also include vehicle processing, financial services and insurance products, retail sales/dealer technology products and services. JM Lexus in Margate Florida is the largest Lexus dealership in the world and this past December it became the only Lexus Plus dealership in the southeastern U.S., one of only 13 in the country. What does it mean? It is the next chapter of the Lexus continuous commitment to an elevated luxury dealership experience.

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Cakes, Homoerotic Counter-Protests and A


Trans Dance Party

Here’s How The Satanic Temple is Fighting for LGBT Rights


// Brittany Ferrendi

hey were there for us when the Westboro Baptist Church blamed “fags” for the Boston Marathon Bombing. They were there for us when we were forced to hide in the closet. And they’re here for us now that businesses are fighting for the right to discriminate.

need any apology or explanation for anybody's orientation,” he said. They do not categorize people in the LGBT community separately — they are Satanists just like the rest of the temple members. “There's not some sort of condescending policy of toleration. It’s just part of the ambiance of The Satanic Temple’s culture.” Greaves isn’t LGBT himself, “But I'm very sympathetic. It's just not who I am orientation-wise, but it makes no difference to me when fighting for people’s rights.”

You may think of the devil and demonic rituals when you think of Satanism, but the Satanic Temple isn’t like their Church of Satan brethren. Instead of believing in superstition and the idea of a literal supernatural Satan, the temple is a religious movement Let THERE BE Cake organization which started from humble means and grew into a community pushing for civil rights. In December, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on “When it began, we didn't have the audacity to think we could start a religious movement organization like we have now,” Co- a 2012 discrimination case to to determine whether it’s okay to Founder Lucien Greaves told SFGN. “Soon that all changed, deny service to gay couples on grounds of religious beliefs. however, when we saw just what a need there had been for an actual relevant active Satanist organization because one hadn’t existed up until then. So instead of people The Pink Mass kind of taking up the banner on their own, was something they all started coming to us and looking that caused early to us for the next activity.” Since forming in 2013 the temple pushes attention and really LGBT rights, abortion rights and more, in gained a lot of the name of “practical common sense and justice,” according to their website. support from the In terms of LGBT activism, it just makes LGBTQ community who sense for the temple — according to are often denigrated Greaves, many of their members are a part of the LGBT community. by traditional “I think there's some obvious reasons religions anyways.” for that and the primary reason being we don't make any distinction and we don't - Lucien Greaves co-founder

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Naturally, The Satanic Temple decided to help couples get their cake — in the name of Satan. “[This] was really inspired by the forthcoming Supreme Court case [Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission] and our realization that discrimination against the LGBTQ community will probably be upheld in the Supreme Court if they’re just looking at it in a cold legalistic manner, and refrain from redefining the current laws to add sexual orientation as a protected class,” Greaves said. “It's my feeling that they probably will ignore that question and just uphold discrimination given [Neil Gorsuch] and the Supreme Court now.” Greaves views this discrimination as an “unjustified privilege” by “evangelical bigots” that wish to mark the LGBT community as second-class citizens that are prioritized over religion. “Why should religion be privileged over orientation? Why should orientation render one a second-class citizen when people of a certain religious organization can walk around with impunity and not be discriminated against in a certain way?” Whether or not they get takers on their cakes, Greaves believes the offer is more hypothetical than anything. “I imagine that when this ruling comes we’ll find more cases that are outside the context of the bakery and will have to be taken by a case-by-case basis. But we’ll see.” More than anything, Greaves and the temple believe the situation raises important questions regarding protected classes. “Do we really want to be taking away protected class status from anybody and start living in a kind of new Jim Crow era? Or do we want to act as decent human beings and just serve people and run businesses properly? I don’t know why anyone would want to turn away business from their shops.” Greaves raised another point — if businesses have the right to discriminate, shouldn’t they have to advertise this openly? The same-sex couple in the Supreme Court case had to go into the bakery only to realize they were refused service because of their orientation. “But do we want to live in a world where we have those kinds of signs even out where people are openly flaunting discrimination in that way?” he asked. “I guess if they're practicing discrimination, it's better to know it up front. But it does seem like a real regression to put religious liberty ahead of decency.” Gravesite “Pink Mass” Counter-Protest One of the temple’s biggest archenemies is The Westboro Baptist Church. Lucien Greaves and fellow co-founder Malcolm Jarry were in Boston during the Boston Marathon bombing in

Below: Lucien Greaves raises a tall finger towards the Westboro Baptist Church while holding a rainbow flag. Photo courtesy of Lucien Greaves.

Trans Dance Party in front of the Westboro Baptist Church. Photo courtesy of Lucien Greaves.


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Greaves stood over the grave while two gay men and two lesbians kissed to make Johnston “gay in the afterlife.” Greaves wore horned headgear, and put his penis on the grave. Photo courtesy of Lucien Greaves.

2013, and saw that The Westboro Baptist Church blamed gay people for the massacre. “Before they even knew who did the bombing, the funerals were taking place for the people who were killed, and the Westboro Baptist Church said that they were going to come and protest those funerals,” he said. “And the city was kind of at a breaking point. Everybody was kind of pissed off. The bombing happened and nobody knew who did it, and everybody was upset and now these fools were going to come and protest the funeral.” A tweet by the WBC, which has since been removed as the account is suspended, said: “Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals of those dead by Boston Bombs! GOD SENT THE BOMBS IN FURY OVER FAG MARRIAGE! #PraiseGod.” As a result, Greaves said people staged many counter-protests waiting for the Westboro Baptist Church to show up. But they never did. Instead, they took to Twitter to post pictures of themselves photoshopped holding signs stating “God Brought the Bombs” — which Greaves claimed was “idiotic.” “They also tweeted, though, along with those pictures that they were so happy everybody showed up for them, and they were there in spirit. So we got to thinking about how we could be with them in spirit, meet them in kind. And that's when we decided to find the gravestone of the mother of Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and perform homoerotic rituals at her gravesite.” Thus the Pink Mass was born. It took place at the gravesite of Catherine Idalette Johnston in Mississippi. Greaves stood over the grave while two gay men and two lesbians kissed to make Johnston “gay in the afterlife.” Greaves wore horned headgear, and put his penis on the grave. This is what kicked off their association with the LGBT community. “The Pink Mass was something that caused early attention and really gained a lot of support from the LGBTQ community who are often denigrated by traditional religions anyways, so it wasn't a very far leap, I don’t think, for a lot of people in that community.” But the WBC didn’t just take it. “They actually gave us the satisfaction of flying off the handle and making one of their famous flyers in our honor, denigrating us and accusing us of all manner of depraved deeds or whatever, other kind of senseless babble that turns homosexuality into the harbinger of the destruction of the world,” Greaves said. “But they seem to mainly exercise their evangelism on Twitter and so they did give us the satisfaction of throwing a little temper tantrum.” Trans Dance Party Shortly after the Pink Mass, Greaves and Satanic Temple members held a transgender dance party outside the Westboro Baptist Church building in an attempt to see if the church could take what they dish out. “I just happened to be there. I was already speaking in Kansas City, so then we went to Topeka and decided to just maximize the fun with my time there and see if the Westboro Baptist Church would come out and have a discussion, being that they’ll so boldly go out of people's funerals.” Surprisingly, the church didn’t leave their property to react.

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“Apparently if you have a dance party outside their church, they’ll lock themselves in and call the police. I think they did. The police came by a couple of times, but I don't think the police ever liked them either.” The Fight for LGBT Rights Greaves and The Satanic Temple believe that LGBT rights will come naturally with a growing acceptance over time. “[The biggest struggle for LGBT rights] is the same as any civil rights movement. It's a fight for public consciousness,” Greaves said. He points to race as a protected class — it’s no different than religion as a protected class. Race as a protected class used to be a large issue, but now “you won't hear anybody arguing now that race shouldn't be a protected class.” He believes soon the LGBT community will have the same outcome. “I think the more time goes on, and the more the rights revolution is accepted, and the more that people have to come to terms with the fact that there really is an LGBT community, and the more exposure people have to that, the more it will be a non issue. The more this urge to discriminate against this group of people will be seen for what it is: outright bigotry that really has nothing to do with religious values whatsoever.” He added: “It's my hope that in another 20 years or hopefully less, the vast majority of people will not give a shit that people are a part of the LGBT community at all.” SFGN reached out to the Westboro Baptist Church but did not receive a response.


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More than just history

// Aaron Drake

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here’s more than just Civil War-era history here—Charleston, South Carolina is a city packed with plenty to do and see for LGBT travelers. Don’t get us wrong, it’s heaven for history buffs, but be sure to add in some LGBT nightlife and the dining scene alone is worth the trip! Here’s a roundup for the perfect weekend getaway to the heart of the Lowcountry.

Sleep Stay at the AAA Diamond Award-winning Belmond Charleston Place. The luxurious hotel is located in Charleston’s downtown historic district, and it’s well situated. Upon entering the hotel you will feel the warm Southern welcome by the hotel lobby’s 17th-century Georgian open arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier. Since you’re here only for the weekend, choose a room on the hotel’s Club Level, the top two floors of the hotel that have not only the best views but also exclusive access to the lounge for complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea and full beverage service included (there’s something lovely about having a nightcap and being able to stumble down the hall to your room). Book some time to relax at the hotel's full-service European-style spa before a night out on the town. The hotel’s Thoroughbred Club is a handsome spot for a glass of bourbon before snagging a reservation at the hotel’s superb award-winning Charleston Grill, rated third best fine dining restaurant in the country by TripAdvisor. You can expect only the best in Southern hospitality here, so let the staff help you plan your way around Charleston.

Eat There’s no shortage of delicious Lowcountry fare in this city—you could easily spend your weekend dining around town and feel like you experienced the city. A Southern staple not to be missed, visit Lewis Barbecue, a quintessential spot to get authentic smoked barbecue and all the fixins. Diners here rave about the joint’s BBQ’d beef brisket, pork spareribs and beefribs. For a delicious Southern meal, go to Hominy Grill for lunch to try out James Beard Awardwinning Chef Robert Stehling’s unique take on Southern staples like shrimp n’ grits and the Charleston Nasty Biscuit. Make dinner plans at swanky Little Jack’s Tavern for a classic cocktail and a northeasterly feel on the Southern menu with a crab roll, steak or burger (we recommend the baked egg and warm garlic knots for starters). And of course, for fresh seafood, try Darling Oyster Bar—you can have the restaurant’s main ingredient fried, baked or raw. This is a great spot for Sunday brunch. But if you do, be sure to order The Captain!

Darling Oysters.

Middleton Place Plantation.

Play Load up on your history here by booking a private Bulldog LGBT History Tour. This is a new tour of the city from the queer perspective, that takes visitors through not only the usual spots visitors want to see, but regaling them with tales of LGBT people who were (and are) very much a part of the city’s fabric. Among them you’ll hear about a Dawn Langley Simmons, a well-known transgender author who married an African American man, to the infamous backstory of Edgar Allen Poe’s beautiful Annabel Lee. Put this one at the top of your list! Another stop for a little history (and perfect for strolling in the outdoors) is Middleton Place. This National Historic Landmark is not only the nation’s oldest landscaped gardens but was once a fully-operating rice plantation owned by one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Arthur Middleton. You can get a look at what life was like during the Civil War era by browsing the property’s House museum with antique furniture, porcelain dishes and portraits from the family’s collection, as well as a look at what life was like for the African American slaves who worked the plantation. Explore Charleston by water with Coastal Expeditions Harbor Tour to see a different side of the city’s skyline. You’ll enjoy sites like the Ravenel Bridge, Morris Island Lighthouse and Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Be on the lookout for dolphins frolicking off the coast too. And for those who have a hankering to cut loose for a gay night out on the town, Dudley’s is Charleston’s cozy queer bar/club. Come here for the drag performances and dance the night away among a crowd of attractive locals and visitors alike, all grooving together to the latest pop earworms. But get there early to avoid the line! Whether it’s for a weekend away for fun outdoor activites, to gorge on decadent Southern food or simply a night of debauchery, Charleston will welcome you for a weekend out on the town.


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Editor's Note: This feature was slated to run in the September Mirror, but due to Hurricane Irma we held off until Key West had recovered.

48 Hours In Aaron Drake

Key West

The perfect two-day getaway for South Floridians Only a 3-hour drive from Miami surrounded by clear turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the left and the Gulf of Mexico on the right (or faster still by plane), Key West is just as much the gay destination as it’s ever been. Key West is close enough for the convenience of a staycation, but far enough away to feel like a real vacation. It’s the perfect weekend getaway for locals. Once you arrive to the island and take a walk down Duval Street, you’ll see rainbow flags flying aplenty and gay couples soaking up the sunshine. To say nothing of when the sun goes down, the drag queens come out and you can get your fifth refill on that fruity cocktail to prepare for the nightlife that stretches into the early morning hours. There are the tried-and-true gay queer Key West favorites with a few new (or unfamiliar) spots worth adding to the itinerary for a quick getaway.

Refresh Key West has a long list of restaurants with seafood inspired menus, as the seafood here is as fresh as you will find anywhere, but there are many other choices of cuisine to satiate just about any craving. For Key West’s best dining options (and favorites among the gay locals), make reservations at Santiago’s Bodega (, a Spanish-inspired Tapas bar with small plates sampling flavors from around the globe. Or a request a table for two at Michaels Restaurant (, one of the Keys’ top fine dining restaurants, for a more classic two- or three-course meal with a little island flavor. Wherever you go, be sure to save room for dessert - Key West is home base for Key lime pie.

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Imbibe With a nightlife that winds up at 4 a.m., the streets are alive all night. For Key West staples, visit the clothing-optional resort Island House or Aqua Bar & Nightclub (, which puts on a fabulous drag show—complete with Midwest tourists, of course— but fabulous nonetheless. For more of a low-key vibe, stop into Sidebar to grab a drink and chat with locals. Equator (EquatorResort. com), another clothing-optional resort, is worth dropping by for a drink and to enjoy the “scenery” (avoid buying a day pass here and at Island House by stopping in for a drink instead of a swim). For more local drag, 801 Bourbon Bar puts on a regular show in its upstairs cabaret bar. And for that backroom bar vibe, Saloon 1 is a shiny version of, well, what we know goes on in backroom bars.


Fort Zachary Taylor. Photo courtesyof Acroterion, wiki.


There’s the safe tourist destinations of the Hemingway House, or even the Southernmost Point (be prepared to stand in line to snap an unobstructed selfie with the landmark), but being on warm crystal clear waters is hands down the best place to be in Key West. Sunset Watersports ( is the island’s top tour company for wave runner tours. Spend an hour and a half on the water following a guide on a 28-mile route around the island. For history fanatics or nature enthusiasts, a hike at Key West’s Fort Zachary Taylor is a must—this state park is also a historic national landmark, built around a Civil War-era fort. It’s the perfect spot to catch the sunset on the beach. For those who are a little more fitness-minded, connect with Nomadic Stand Up Paddleboard (, a highly rated gayowned tour company taking guests out onto the water for guided eco and sunset stand up paddle boarding while exploring the serene natural beauty of the Keys. If you’re feeling especially in tune with nature, the guides even offer a paddle boarding tour in the buff. Just be sure you don’t forget the sunscreen!

Reinvigorate Check into La Concha Hotel & Spa (, located right on Duval Street in the middle of downtown Key West. In the middle of all the action, restaurants, shopping and many LGBT nightlife options, here guests can stay at this modernized take on classic Key West with maximum comfort. The Caribbean chic interior will immediately feel like a shady respite from the Florida sun. The 160-room hotel, built in 1926, played host to both Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, the latter as he was finishing his famous work A Streetcar Named Desire. Book a suite resembling intimate studio apartments with coastal shutters, modern furnishings and ceilings painted in a deeply relaxing shade of blue to be sure to get the full “old Key West” experience and disconnect from the day-to-day. Indulge at the hotel’s Wine-O for happy hour with wines by the glass or the bottle, small bites, craft brews and flights of rum that will get you warmed up for a night out, or primed for dinner. 430 Duval Street, the hotel’s

lounge-like restaurant, serves up fresh seafood and Carribeaninspired dishes. Make time for a massage, pedicure, facial or body treatment at the hotel’s sixth floor Top Spa. Here you’ll get your treatment in your own private suite with floor-to-ceiling windows divulging a panoramic view high above Key West from downtown to the water. Each treatment is followed with a glass of your choice (the Prosecco is highly recommended paired with a long steamy shower in the spacious rain showers complete with its own panoramic view). Don’t hesitate to ask the hotel’s friendly and knowledgable concierge for itinerary ideas, or to help you book activities so you don’t miss out on the best of what the Keys have to offer. Key West. Photo credit James Willamor.


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New York's LGBT Center Celebrates

LGBT Immigration


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With New Photo Exhibit

ow underway, award winning photographer Stephen Laxton and New York City's LGBT Community Center have launched "Free to Be Me," a photography and essay exhibit which preserves and celebrates the stories of LGBT immigrants to the United States. The exhibition was put together in conjunction with Immigration Equality, the country's leading LGBT immigrants' rights organization. "Our clients are hands down the bravest people I have ever met. Every day, I feel honored to know and work with them. Through Steven's beautiful photography, the broader public will have a chance to get to know and appreciate them too," said Jackie Yodashkin, Immigration Equality's Public Affairs Director. Indeed, these are brave and hearty souls who share their personal stories. Yodashkin points out that it is unsafe, or even a crime to be LGBT in 80 countries around the world. For many, coming to the United States can mean the difference between life and death. Immigration Equality has secured asylum in the U.S. for more than 1,000 LGBT or HIV positive individuals. One such person, who's story is shared in "Free to Be Me," is Ishalaa, a transgender

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activist from Mexico. She was the lead spokesperson for an LGBT rights organization in Mexico and organized protests against an anti-LGBT gubernatorial candidate in her state. After receiving death threats, Ishalaa fled for her safety. She spent a month in detention after she presented herself at the U.S. border before she was released on bond. Two and a half years later she was granted asylum. Other stories in the exhibition include that of Alena, a lesbian from Russia, a country that has been rife with anti-LGBT violence. Alena came to the U.S. in 2009 in search of freedom and safety. With Immigration Asylum's help she was granted asylum and has since been granted a green card. She now owns her own jewelry business and has six employees. Last summer Alena became a US citizen. "The day I took my oath, I felt like the heaviest weight was lifted," Alena said. "It felt like freedom."


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View the exhibit online at FreeToBeMe.

Still another story is that of Victor, a gay man from Columbia. Victor fled Columbia after he was gay bashed and was blamed for his attack by the police. But then he had to return to Columbia to care for his ailing mother. When he tried to re-enter the U.S., he was detained. With the help of Immigration Equality Victor was released. In December 2013 he married his husband Derik. The couple started a catering business and Victor has since been granted his green card. These are but some of the stories on display in "Free to Be Me." Steven Laxton, himself an immigrant, explained why he became involved with the project. "I wanted to celebrate Immigration Equality's inspiring clients," he said. "They have overcome horrific adversity, and truly add so much to our communities. I hope that through my photography more people will be able to learn about and appreciate LGBT immigrants and their contributions to our nation."

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Shedding Light on

Eating Disorders


in the LGBT Community Stress, fear of coming out, discrimination, and body image issues are just some of the factors

ating disorders only affect straight, white, teenage girls. Well, that’s the stereotype that most people buy into, delaying diagnosis in males, older people, and the LGBT community. “It’s definitely a misconception,” said Myra Hendley, a program therapist at the Eating Recovery Center of the Carolinas in Greenville, South Carolina. “That’s not to say that body image isn’t a huge part of eating disorder, but it could be anxiety driven or some kind of control mechanism … people don’t just say ‘Oh, I’d like to be skinnier’ and then develop anorexia. There’s something playing into that.” According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), LGBT people can have a predisposition to eating disorders because of the stress of not being accepted by their families and peers, fear of coming out, discrimination, and violence. In transgender people, it can be exacerbated with body image issues. Unfortunately, not much research has been done on the prevalence of eating disorders in LGBT people. What is known is that LGBT people have a higher risk of bingeeating and purging (overeating followed by self-induced vomiting and other means of ridding their body of the food) than their straight peers. Also, gay and bisexual boys were “more likely to have fasted, vomited, or taken laxatives or diet pills to control their weight,” according to NEDA, and gay men were “seven times more likely to report

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// Christiana Lilly binging and 12 times more likely to report purging than heterosexual males.” “I’m not ever surprised when I see a man with an eating disorder and he’s gay,” Hendley said of her patients. Known as a safe place to talk about their sexuality and gender identity, she said about half of her patients talk to her about their sexuality and 30 percent come out to her during sessions. In talking about the roots of their disorder, many say that it stemmed from their family not accepting them, followed by trauma. But not all places are LGBT friendly, as Megan Cuilla, who is genderqueer and uses their/they/them pronouns, discovered in their recovery process. Their anorexia began when they were 9 years old, but it wasn’t until they were 30 that they accepted it and

I’m not ever surprised when I see a man with an eating disorder and he’s gay.” - Myra Hendley Program therapist, Eating recovery center of the Carolinas

sought treatment. At one center, therapists would walk into the room and proclaim, “hello ladies!” and refused to accept Cuilla’s pronouns. “A lot of the time, we don’t get help because we’re worried there won’t be a safe place,” they said. At the Eating Recovery Center of Washington, therapists helped them identify that they were genderqueer, a huge breakthrough in recovery, as well as the roots of the disorder. At 9, Cuilla got braces and remembers the pain of eating and the restrictions placed on them. A growing fear of food, coupled with emetophobia (a fear of vomiting), they lost enough weight to scare “everybody around me.” Still, through their teens, Cuilla was never diagnosed and would adamantly deny they


had a problem if someone brought it up. Finally, in 2012, they faced the fact that they had an eating disorder and went to therapy. There, they put a name to their feelings of being genderqueer and an avoidance of looking feminine. This was difficult when Cuilla started to put weight back on. “When I started gaining weight, my body became stereotypically feminine and I struggled with that,” they said. Like recovery of any kind, it didn’t happen overnight for Cuilla, and they went in and out of rehabilitation until finally they were discharged in 2016. Today, they’ve been married to their husband for 10 years and are in a “happy, healthy place in my life now.” Cuilla’s experience of not being diagnosed for years is a common experience. Because

parents are more vigilant in finding eating disorders in young girls, it is identified early, especially today, whereas young boys are brought in when it’s they’re “a step away from the hospital,” Hendley said. This was the case for Eric Dorsa, who remembers first having issues with food when he was only 8 years old, but it wasn’t until he was 18 that he confronted his eating disorder head-on and went to a recovery center. “I grew up in a very middle-class neighborhood, though there was a lot of dysfunction in my home and I grew up in a very religious and conservative home,” he said of growing up in San Antonio. “Having a boy such as myself often didn’t go very well … [I remember] feeling very aware that I was different, that something about me didn’t fit

Photo: Eating Recovery Center of the Carolinas, Facebook.

in with the other boys in my neighborhood and school. Especially in my home.” The second of six children — five boys, “I grew up thinking, what’s wrong with me? Why am I not like my brothers? Why am I not like these other boys?” Dorsa came out as gay at 18, then gave up athletic and academic college scholarships to go to the Eating Recovery Center in Texas. There, he learned anorexia and bulimia was a result of him trying to control his body in a chaotic world. He would binge on food when he was alone, and when his mother became concerned, she put him on a strict diet, which led to his anorexia. By 12, he experienced “medical consequences” and was hospitalized until he was a normal weight. At that time, he said, no one wanted to admit a boy had an eating disorder, nor was there even treatment available if it were identified. For two years, he was tube fed on and off. During recovery, he came to terms with being gay, explored why he developed his eating disorder, and learned how to have a healthy relationship with food. Ten years later, Dorsa said he is still in his recovery journey, but the biggest gift was “the ability to exhale and be open.” He has since gone to college and is working, as well as performing in drag and even did a TedX talk — a far cry from the young boy who wanted to hide from the world. “It was very painful being in the eating disorder,” he said. “I felt like I was having to live a double life. I didn’t know how to live with the eating disorder and I didn’t know how to not live with the eating disorder.”


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Arts Entertainment Guide

Your winter source of entertainment across South Florida

J.W. Arnold

Photo: BalletBoyz. See page 54. Photo by Panayiotis Sinnos.


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Behind every secret, there’s a sin.

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DANCE South Florida boasts companies that excel in all styles of dance — from the George Balanchine classics championed by Miami City Ballet to the more contemporary works discovered by recent upstarts Dimensions Dance Theatre and Dance Now! Miami. Program II: West Side Story Suite Miami City Ballet Jan. 12 - 14, Arsht Center Jan. 27 - 28, Broward Center Feb. 2 - 4, Kravis Center An all-Jerome Robbins program includes the famed choreographer’s West Side Story Suite, Circus Polka and more.

Program III Miami City Ballet Feb. 9 - 11, Arsht Center March 2 - 4, Kravis Center March 17 - 18, Broward Center This eclectic line-up includes George Balanchine’s epic Theme and Variations and a world premiere by Brian Brooks.

10 Hairy Legs Jan. 19 - 20, Kravis Center Despite an amusing name, the five principal dancers in this all-male dance company perform serious contemporary pieces that illustrate visceral power and elicit emotion.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Feb. 22 - 25, Arsht Center This iconic dance company, now led by Miami native Robert Battle, returns with both beloved Ailey classics and exciting new works.

BalletBoyz Feb. 8 -9, Broward Center One of the most original and innovative forces in modern dance, this all-male company features 10 young dancers in an exhilarating evening of two explosive works by Liam Scarlett and Russell Maliphant.

Harlequinade - Tribute to Marius Pepita Arts Ballet Theater of South Florida March 3 - 4, Broward Center March 10 - 11, Aventura ACC Marius Petipa’s classic 1900 ballet tells the story of a Harlequin and his lover, Columbina, who must outwit her father.

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The Dancer’s Space Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami April 14, Duncan Theater This innovative company, founded by former Miami City Ballet principal dancers, performs at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth. Program IV Miami City Ballet April 6 - 8, Kravis Center April 13 - 15, Arsht Center April 28 - 29, Broward Center Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, a company premiere, is bookended by George Balanchine’s theatrical Apollo and La Valse. The Book of Psalms Dance Now! Miami April 21, Aventura ACC South Florida’s leading mordern dance company returns for their fourth season at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.

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BROADWAY With three world-class performing arts centers within a 70-mile drive, South Florida attracts the hottest touring productions. This season, the incredible Illusionists return, along with Cabaret, Wicked, and the regional debuts of The Bodyguard and Waitress. Cabaret Feb. 6 - 11, Kravis Center Kander & Ebb’s musical about life in Weimar Germany takes on an especially dark tone in this Tony Award-winning revival from Sam Mendez and Rob Marshall. Wicked Feb. 14 - March 4, Broward Center If you’re one of the three LGBTQ people who haven’t seen this Broadway smash at least once, surrender your gay card or get to the box office pronto. Enough said. Broward The Color Purple Feb. 27 - March 4, Arsht Center The 2016 Tony-winning revival tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.

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The Illusionists March 6 - 11, Kravis Center Hailed as “a high-tech magic extravaganza,” The Illusionists – Live from Broadway is a powerful mix of astonishing and outrageous feats. You won’t believe your eyes! The Bodyguard April 3 - 8, Arsht Center April 10 - 15, Kravis Center Whitney Houston’s big-screen hit gets a thrilling stage adaptation in this new touring production starring recording artist Deborah Cox and featuring your favorite the Grammy Award-winning songs.

Waitress April 11 - 22, Broward Center Talk about girl power! An all-female creative team, including Grammynominated songwriter Sara Bareilles, brought this touching show to the stage. Chicago May 8 - 13, Arsht Center Kander & Ebb’s Chicago is now the longest running show in Broadway history, yet this tuneful tale of passion still seems as timely as ever. Jersey Boys May 8 - 20, Broward Center The Tony Award-winning true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is back at the Broward Center and better than ever with its score of ‘60s hits.









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REGIONAL THEATER South Florida boasts one of the most vibrant regional theater scenes in the country. This winter and spring, audiences can enjoy classic American plays, edgy new dramas and comedies, hit musicals, LGBTQ-themed fare and more. The Bridges of Madison County Slow Burn Theatre Co., Fort Lauderdale January 18 - Feb. 4 Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson experiences a life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid in this tuneful musical.

On Golden Pond Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach Feb. 2 - 25 A retired couple’s solitude is interrupted when their daughter arrives with her fiancé and his son in this award-winning drama that was adapted into a feature film.

Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts Zoetic Stage, Miami January 18 - Feb. 4 Following a fatal plane crash, Laura Mendes, a struggling personal injury lawyer, scampers to sign up the case of a lifetime in this dark comedy.

If I Forget Gable Stage, Coral Gables Feb. 3 - March 4 In this powerful tale of a Jewish-American family and a culture at odds with itself. three siblings reunite to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday.

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An Inspector Calls Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Jupiter Feb. 4 - 18 When a police inspector mysteriously arrives at the home of an affluent family, their intimate dinner party takes a turn for the worst in this classic whodunnit. Disaster: The Musical Slow Burn Theatre Co., Fort Lauderdale Feb. 8 - 25 It’s 1979 and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque, but something goes dangerously awry.

REGIONAL THEATER Once Actors Playhouse, Coral Gables Feb. 28 - March 25 This Tony Award-winning musical is the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician and the beautiful young woman who takes an interest in his haunting love songs.

The Radicalization of Rolf Island City Stage, Wilton Manors March 29 - April 29 Remember Rolfe, who’s 17, going on 18 and dating Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music? In Andrew Bergh’s new play, his boyfriend isn’t happy with that fact.

Million Dollar Quartet Actors Playhouse, Coral Gables May 9 - June 24 This Tony Award-winning musical was inspired by the true story of the sole recording session of rock icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

South Pacific Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Jupiter March 6 - 25 On a remote island in the South Pacific a World War II nurse finds herself in the midst of love and war in this classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Edgar & Emily Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach March 30 - April 22 In this comic fantasia—a world premiere production—emerging poet Emily Dickinson is unexpectedly visited by a desperate Edgar Allen Poe.

Equus Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach May 18 - June 3 A psychiatrist attempts to treat a young man who has a troubling obsession with horses in this disturbing drama by Peter Shaffer and directed by J. Barry Lewis.

Dancing Lessons Zoetic Stage, Miami March 8 - 25 Dancing Lessons is the story of a young, highly-functioning autistic man who enlists the aid of a Broadway dancer to in order to help him survive an awards dinner. Brigadoon The Wick Theatre, Boca Raton March 8 - April 8 Two Americans, on a hunting trip to Scotland, discover a mysterious and magical village that doesn’t appear on any map and seems to exist beyond the confines of time. Memphis Slow Burn Theatre Co., Fort Lauderdale March 8 - April 8 Turn up that dial! From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes this hot, four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

Gloria Gable Stage, Coral Gables April 7 - May 6 In this new play, an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a Manhattan magazine each hopes for a life of letters and a book deal before they turn 30. Fun Home Zoetic Stage, Miami April 12 - May 13 A graphic novelist dives deep into her past to tell the story of her father, a volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family. and her A Tribute to Jerry Herman The Wick Theatre, Boca Raton April 19 - May 13 Don’t miss this incredible homage to the composer and University of Miami alum, Jerry Hermanwho created Dolly, Mame, Zaza and more over more than 40 years.

I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard Gable Stage, Coral Gables June 9 - July 8 In this new play, an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a Manhattan magazine each hopes for a life of letters and a book deal before they turn 30. Mr. Parker Island City Stage, Wilton Manors June 14 - July 15 The complicated relationship between a young actress and her playwright father is exposed as she decides whether to read the reviews of her OffBroadway debut.


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CLASSICAL MUSIC & OPERA The South Florida Symphony celebrates its 20th anniversary season with a landmark collaboration with the famed Martha Graham Dance Co. that includes the world premiere of a new ballet set to music by local composer Tom Hormel. Martha Graham’s Dance of Life South Florida Symphony Jan. 21 - 24, Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Miami The South Florida Symphony accompanies the Martha Graham dancers in iconic ballets set to music by Copland, Ravel and local composer Tom Hormel.

Youth Pride Band South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble Feb. 11, Broward Center Guest conductor and composer Robert Longfield leads this honor band, made up of the most talented LGBTQ and allies high school musicians in the region and dedicated to using music to fight anti-gay bullying.

Two Boys Kissing Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida March 23 - 24, Sunshine Cathedral This powerful moving oratorio for men’s voices and instruments, based on David Levithan’s award-winning young adult novel, offers songs of hope to all during an uncertain time for our community.

Salome Florida Grand Opera Jan. 27 - March 10, Arsht Center, Broward Center A depraved princess executes a frenzied dance of death in Richard Strauss’ opera that was so disturbing, performances were banned in Vienna and London.

Broadway Sizzle & Operatic Passion Symphony of the Americas Feb. 18 & 20, Broward Center The Symphony of the Americas, led by Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, performs everything from Puccini to Phantom of the Opera in this pleasing pops program at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater.

Candide Palm Beach Opera Feb. 23 - 25, Kravis Center Glitter and be gay! Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta, based on a novella Voltaire, is the perfect musical tribute to mark the centennial of the influential American composer’s birth.

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Enjoy two intimate evenings of incredible music and hilarious conversations hosted by Sirius/XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky, featuring Tony Awardwinner Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen and Pippin) and the legendary and multi-Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole (War Paint and Grey Gardens).

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CONCERTS & COMEDY Whether you prefer pop, rock or hip hop, South Florida concert venues continue to attract the biggest acts on tour. Looking for laughs? You’ll find them, too. Trevor Noah Jan. 26, Hard Rock Live Trevor Noah is stepping away from The Daily Show news desk and coming to the stage of Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.

Jerry Seinfeld Feb. 23 - 24, Hard Rock Live Has it really been nearly 20 years since Seinfeld left the airwaves? This guy is still very funny, as you’ll find out.

Lorde April 12, American Airlines Arena Get ready Miami because Lorde is going to bringing the house down with DJ Khaled at the American Airlines Arena.

Randy Rainbow Jan. 26 - 27, Parker Playhouse The 2018 Outlandish comedy series has a seriously funny lineup, including the YouTube sensation Randy Rainbow.

Chefs! March 1, Parker Playhouse Something funny is cooking in the kitchen and three hunky chefs are making special dishes in this live competition.

Pink April 25, BB&T Center We love Pink and tonight the glam rockers takes her Beautiful Trauma tour to the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Barry Manilow Feb. 21, Hard Rock Live Barry is back with all his biggest hits, including Copacabana, Mandy, I Write the Songs and more at Hard Rock Live.

Bianca del Toro March 6, Parker Playhouse The RuPaul’s Drag Race phenom is back in South Florida with her new show, Blame it on Bianca.

Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive April 28, BB&T Center Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham (Comedy Central) brings his friends Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Walter to South florida.

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GENTRI: THE GENTLEMEN TRIO Crest Theatre | Feb. 2 | 8 pm


Catch a Rising Star: Seinfeld Night STEVE HYTNER and SCOTT LAROSE

Crest Theatre | Feb. 10 | 8 pm Tenors Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Crest Theatre | Feb. 9 | 8 pm Quinn Lever bring their “Cinematic Pop” sound An original mix of charismatic choreography, Two of Seinfeld’s hilarious cast members bring intoxicating music and exquisite costumes. their best stand-up to the Catch Series! hailed as “strong, brave and inspiring.”

JERRY HERMAN - BROADWAY LEGACY National Geographic Live ANNIE GRIFFITHS, Photojournalist Crest Theatre | Feb. 12 & 13 | 8 pm

Broadway and concert stars, Debbie Gravitte, Crest Theatre | Feb. 15 | 2 & 7 pm Klea Blackhurst, Scott Coulter & Jason Graae Griffiths’ “Photography without Borders” is celebrate the music & stories of Jerry Herman. part of the Robert D. Chapin Lecture Series.

An Evening with ANDREA MCARDLE and DONNA MCKECHNIE Crest Theatre | Feb. 26 & 27 | 8 pm

Celebrating the music of iconic composers Marvin Hamlisch and Steven Sondheim.



Performing popular classics and unique arrangements of jazz, pop and world music.

Join conductor, Alastair Willis and The Symphonia for a journey ‘beyond the music’ with an insider’s guide into 18th and 19th century Vienna.

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One of the most original and innovative forces in modern dance, the London-based all-male company BalletBoyz features 10 exceptional young dancers in an exhilarating evening at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. On Thursday, Feb. 8 and Friday, Feb. 9, the talented dancers will perform two explosive works, Liam Scarlett’s flowing Serpent and Russell Maliphant’s visceral Fallen. Tickets start at $39.50 at BrowardCenter. org. Photos by Panayiotis Sinnos


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It’s been more than two years since the last episode of the hit PBS drama aired, but devoted fans can experience the opulence of a bygone era at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in New York City. Memorable sets from the series have been painstakingly recreated and thousands of costumes and props shipped from England. The experience also includes interactive multimedia presentations and insights into the production. Tickets are currently on sale for dates through early April at Photographs by Fabian Leow

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The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires brings this smoldering art form to the stage with twelve spectacular dancers and a quartet of brilliant musicians.

This unique concert event pairs two of Broadway’s most celebrated legends – Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune!

CHANTICLEER Generously underwritten by Judith Carney and Linda Haller


“The world’s reigning male chorus” raves The New Yorker. Best described as “an orchestra of voices,” this celebrated ensemble consists of twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass.


The Gershwin Big Band led by Michael Andrew, whom the New York Post called “the next Harry Connick Jr. ... a natural bandleader,” brings George Gershwin’s music to life in this brand-new program.


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ENTERTAINING Cocktail Chameleon

Reinvent your favorite libation

Cocktail Chameleon

“It’s called entertaining for a reason: you get to have fun while doing it!”

Cocktail Chameleon

by Mark Addison Hardcover / 240 pages / 2017 Suggested Retail Price $50

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That’s the philosophy of corporate party planner and entertaining expert Mark Addison. In his new guide, “Cocktail Chameleon,” Addison promises to unleash every host’s inner mixologist with 12 creative variations on 12 standard cocktails, resulting in 144 fabulous drinks to wow any guest. “As a event planner, designer and producer for 25 years, I’ve collected thousands of recipes for signature cocktails,” he explained. “I thought that was the great place to start— cocktails get any party started—so, what a perfect way to start my publishing career.” Addison noted the craft cocktail scene exploded in recent years. People enjoy going to the bar and watching the spectacle of creation, but often feel intimidated by “mixology.” Thanks to the internet, home bartending has finally caught up. “What’s exiting is people are finally taking the craft cocktail trend home and exploring and experimenting,” the South Florida native said. Each recipe was carefully planned to empower those home mixologists and also to inspire hosts to elevate their entertaining skills. Addison dedicated his book not only to delicious libations, but chose to showcase the glassware. Over the years, he has also collected many unique pieces and each drink is matched with a distinctive design. “Some drinks are traditionally served in a particular style of glassware, but it’s important to explore your own sense of style,” he said. While experimenting with recipes, don’t forget, “It’s about you and your personality.” Finally, he reminded readers to get out from behind the bar and out of the kitchen and have fun. It’s a party, afterall.


1/2 oz. bourbon 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice oz Tea Syrup* oz. club soda, chilled

Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and syrup in the glass and stir. Add ice and top with club soda, to taste. Garnish with lemon wedge and sprig of mint. *Tea Syrup 2 tsp English Breakfast tea leaves 1/2 cup boiling water 1/2 cup sugar In a small cup, combine the tea and water. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain into a small saucepan, add the sugar, and gently heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool, then funnel into a 5 oz. bottle and refrigerate.

OLD BLACK MAGIC 1 1 3 1 2 1

whole vanilla bean tsp. dark brown sugar dashes chocolate bitters tsp. water oz. spiced black rum spiced brandied cherry

Fill a spherical ice mold with room temperature water and freeze overnight or until completely solid. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds from one half. Reserve the remaining half to use as the garnish. Combine the vanilla seeds, brown sugar, bitters, and water in the mixing glass and muddle until the sugar dissolves. Add the rum and ice cubes, stirring until well chilled. Place the ice sphere in the glass and strain in the drink, garnishing with the reserved vanilla bean half and a cherry.

BLOODY GEISHA 1 tsp. white and 1 tsp. black sesame seeds 1 lemon wedge 3 oz. dry sake 3 oz. tomato juice 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger 5 dashes soy sauce 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar 1 dash Siracha (hot chili sauce) 1/2 oz. yuzu juice, or substitute fresh lemon juice Spread the sesame seeds in separate layers on a small plate. Rub the outer rim of glass with lemon wedge. Dip in the sesame seeds so half of the rim is coated with white seeds and the other half with black seeds. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, add the remaining ingredients, stir, and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with skewer of shrimp, corn, mushrooms, and snow peas wrapped in a nori strip.

SANGRIA FLORA 1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc 1 cup elderflower liqueur 2 oz. orange liqueur 1/2 lb. mixed green and red seedless grapes, thinly sliced crosswise 10 nectarine slices 1/2 cup sliced strawberries 1/2 cup raspberries Combine all the ingredients in the pitcher, then cover and refrigerate for 4-8 hours. Fill the glasses with ice and divide the sangria and fruit among them. Garnish each cocktail with an edible flower, such as nasturtiums, pansies or rose petals.

LA SEVILLE 2 oz. cold espresso 2 oz. Orange Vodka* 1 oz. orange liqueur 1 orange curl and chocolate covered orange peel Fill the shaker with ice and add all the ingredients, shaking until well chilled. Strain into the glass and garnish with the orange peels. *Orange Vodka 1 bottle (750ml) premium vodka 1 1/2 cups grated orange zest Combine the vodka and orange zest in a sterilized 1-quart Mason jar, reserving the vodka bottle for later. Seal and set aside in a cool, dark spot until the vodka is fragrant and tastes of oranges, about 3 days. Strain, discarding solids, then pour back into the bottle.

VERSAILLES 2 oz. Old Tom gin 1/2 oz. bianco vermouth 2 tsp. Rose Liqueur 3 dashes cherry bitters 1 candied pink rose petal for garnish Fill the shaker with ice and add the ingredients, shaking until well chilled. Strain into the glass over three ice cubes and gently float the rose petal on the top to garnish.

Recipes and photographs reprinted with permission from Cocktail Chameleon by Mark Addison. Š 2017 Eventstyle, LLC


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The nearly 200 members of GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Association recently followed up their definitive list of the top 10 greatest screen divas with a much more challenging subject. Members were asked which “straight” films through cinema history so mirror an LGBTQ sensibility—maybe they more than hint at what Joan Crawford would call “Sapphic” or feature an unusually intense bromance—they might as well be “gay.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that! The organization’s film and TV critics, and journalists covering those fields (including SFGN and Mirror arts and entertainment editor J.W. Arnold), submitted their personal nominations, with no multiple-choice options presented. The final picks include wellknown films featuring Tom Cruise, James Dean, Bette Davis and a baseball-wielding Madonna. Here, in alphabetical order, are the 10 Best LGBTQ Films You Never Knew Were LGBTQ: A League of Their Own (1992) In 1992, real-life friends Rosie O’Donnell (not yet out at the time) and pop diva Madonna showed fun screen chemistry as well in this fact-based comedy about the Rockford Peaches, an all-female baseball team in the 1940s. All the women (played by the likes of Geena Davis, Tank Girl’s Lori Petty and Tea Leoni) seemed to sport beaus in the movie, but Davis’ character, Dottie Hinson, was inspired by Josephine D’Angelo, an early lesbian hero who actually played for the South Bend Blue Sox. D’Angelo was fired from the team after she showed up to play ball sporting what she herself called a “butchy” haircut! While none of that backstory or outrage made it into League, a sense of uber-feminism prevails.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) Likely the queerest mainstream horror film ever made, this sequel to Robert Englund’s surprisingly inventive spin on the slasher genre featured a protagonist Jesse (out actor Mark Patton) who screams repressed gay. For example, he wakes up from a nightmare and wanders inexplicably into a queer leather bar and bumps into his gym teacher. In an interview, Englund shared that this second Nightmare was “intended as a bisexual themed film. It was early ‘80s, pre-AIDS paranoia. Jesse’s wrestling with whether to come out or not and his own sexual desires (were) manifested by Freddy. His friend is the object of his affection. That’s all there in that film.” It certainly is. All About Eve (1950) “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” Frequently described as the bitchiest film ever made, this insightful peek into the mid-century theatrical world offered gay icon Bette Davis her most indelible role as that endlessly quotable Broadway diva, Margo Channing. Shocker: The script was penned by a straight man, writerdirector Joe Mankiewicz. Even more surprising (or not), a recent biography of Mankiewicz revealed that Margo’s rival, conniving upstart Eve Harrington (memorably played by Anne Baxter), was originally conceived as lesbian. Even without this hindsight, it’s not a challenge to read certain characters here as LGBT. Take George Sanders’ acid-tongued columnist Addison DeWitt, perhaps the cattiest character ever committed to celluloid, a man prone to withering bon mots and squiring a pretty young beard on his arm (affording Marilyn Monroe an early role).





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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker and Cicely Tyson star in this sisterhood of the senses, based on the Fannie Flagg novel about a group of close friends who mingle at small-town Georgia’s Whistle Stop Café. Make that very close friends in the case of tomboy Imogene “Idgie” Threadgoode (Masterson) and older, wiser Ruth Jamison (Parker). After Idgie saves Ruth from (sigh) an abusive husband, the two women raise a child together — and get riled whenever a man is near the other one. True, the two never profess their lust for each other, leaving some fans to marvel at their profound friendship, and others to imagine what might have been. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Thomas Edward Lawrence is perhaps one of the 20th century’s greatest sexual enigmas. Although confirmation of his sexuality looms to this day, the pre-World War I intellectual has widely been thought by researchers to either be homosexual or asexual. In this epitome of sweeping epics—1963’s Oscar winner for best picture—Peter O’Toole emotes dramatically as the British archaeologist, military officer, diplomat and writer seeks to find peace by creating a new type of warfare during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Highly regarded as director David Lean’s biggest masterpiece, “Lawrence” is fascinatingly layered viewing for that backstory alone. And it’s a campy treat to see the eye-liner-heavy Brit flounce around as he tries on his ankle-length, silky and very flowy Arabian robes for the first time. Rebecca (1940) The only film helmed by Alfred Hitchcock to win the Academy Award for best picture is also one of the master director’s queerest. Based on Daphne Du Maurier’s best-selling novel, the story chronicles a nameless and naïve young woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries the mysterious Maxim de Winter (swoon-worthy Laurence Olivier) — and soon finds herself competing with the specter of his glamorous dead wife. The most potent character, Mrs. Danvers (magnificently portrayed by Judith Anderson), is clearly a coded lesbian. She’s a servant slavishly devoted to—okay, obsessed with —the unseen title character to the point of longingly caressing the deceased’s lingerie. Danvers, doing her own version of “Nothing Compares 2U,” is also intent on preserving the first Mrs. De Winter’s memory by driving the second Mrs. De Winter, well, bonkers. Rarely has such morbid Sapphic longing been displayed on film.

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Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Made at a time when being non-hetero was a crime, “Rebel” is perhaps the most “bisexual film” ever released by a major studio. Nicholas Ray (who some movie historians claim was bi) directed James Dean (ditto) in his most famous performance as Jim Stark, a tortured teen whose torrent of emotion resonated with young audiences as never before. Sal Mineo (who was actually known to be bisexual) costarred as Jim’s pal Plato, who kept a photo of handsome movie actor Alan Ladd in his locker — and who very obviously crushed out on Dean’s character. And, while Jim had a girlfriend (Natalie Wood), he definitely had a soft spot for Plato too. A landmark coming-ofage film for all, “Rebel” becomes even more poignant when viewers realize that all three leads died prematurely. Strangers on a Train (1951) Three years after starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s queerest film, 1947’s Rope, handsome bisexual actor Farley Granger added yet another super-queer film on his and the master’s C.V.s, a thriller adapted from a novel by lesbian author Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Price of Salt, which queer auteur Todd Hayne’s turned into the acclaimed Carol in 2015). Granger, who came out late in life, stars as a tennis champ who—after getting drunk, trading intimate secrets and establishing some uber-masculine camaraderie with Bruno (tragic actor Robert Walker)—is persuaded to swap murders with the charismatic stranger. That Bruno recognized him from the newspaper’s gossip pages is merely clue number one to the film’s pervasive gayness. Thelma & Louise (1991) Director Ridley Scott hit the nail on the head with this female empowerment film about the titular friends (Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon) on the run from Thelma’s abusive husband, a journey that iconically ends with them agreeing to (spoiler alert!) fly their car off a cliff. Sure, the 1991 classic depicts both women in jeans and a penchant for danger, but that doesn’t make it a gay feature—or does it? No, it goes much deeper than clothing. GALECA’s barometer is set the moment these two ladies decide to risk all to live—or die— protecting one another. If that isn’t love, what is?

Top Gun (1986) Ah, “Top Gun.” What makes slick director Tony Scott’s wildflying Navy pilots drama so almost iconically queer? That double entendre-loaded title, of course. The characters’ testosteroneraging banter (“I want somebody’s butt, I want it now!”). And, um, the inexplicable rivalry between studly hotshot Iceman (Val Kilmer) and studly hotshot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise), two pilots who show off for each other in the skies and on the beach (via a volleyball match that has them sweating and staring into each others eyes). Those UFC tussles pales in comparison here! And when Maverick takes a wingman, it’s sure not his love interest, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), who went by “Charlie” and wore a baseball cap! This sexy 1986 smash soared to in $356.8 million in U.S. ticket sales — and inspired Saturday Night Live and Quentin Tarantino to spoof its unintended homoeroticism (the writer has said). Hey, we didn’t ask, so they didn’t tell. But we can say this flick was this list’s top vote-getter among GALECA members. GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics sponsors the Dorian Awards, annually honoring movies and TV programs of all kinds (kind of like a “gayer” Golden Globes!). The winners of the 2018 Dorian Awards will be announced on Jan. 31 and presented at the annual winners toast in Hollywood on Feb. 24. GALECA, founded in 2009 as the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, consists of over 190 professional critics and journalists who cover the worlds of film and/or TV on an active basis for legitimate media outlets in the United States, Canada and the U.K. SFGN and Mirror arts and entertainment editor J.W. Arnold has been a member for five years. A 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, GALECA aims to generate camaraderie in an unsettling media environment, champion constructive film and TV criticism and elevate entertainment journalism.Via panels, screenings, events and its occasional “Ten Best” lists, GALECA also strives to remind the world, and our at-risk youth, that LGBTQs have a rich history of putting great movies and TV of all types on the pop culture radar. And how would the world fare without knowing what’s campy? To learn more, go to


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broward county entertainment EVENT LISTINGS The Soap Myth Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. An investigative reporter encounters a World War II survivor and is torn between different accounts of the same story. Tickets $33 to $63. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

The Bridges of Madison County Through Feb. 4 at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Francesca Johnson, a housewife in Iowa, experiences the best four days of her life when traveling photographer Robert Kincaid comes to town. Tickets $47 to $60. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

Communion Jan. 24 to Feb. 11 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale. A lesbian psychiatrist works with an alcoholic mother and her born again Christian daughter. Call 954-6781496 or visit

South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble: Youth Pride Season 7 Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. An annual performance by high school students from the tricounty area, where they learn about inclusion, acceptance, and standing up to bullying while working under the wind ensemble. Tickets $15 to $30. Call 954-4620222 or visit

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Black Violin Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Kev Marcus and Wil B mesh together classical and modern music. Tickets $15 to $59.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Journey through seven seasons of “Game of Thrones” with comedic music. Tickets $22.23 to $44.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Miami City Ballet: Program Two Jan. 27 to 28 at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Miami City Ballet performs “Circus Polka,” “In the Night,” “The Cage,” “West Side Story Suite,” and more. Tickets $20 to $195. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Shen Yun Jan. 30 to 31 at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Celebrate ancient Chinese culture with an astonishing display of music, dancing, and acrobats. Tickets $60 to $200. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Lana Del Rey Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. Lana Del Rey performs in support of her new album, “Lust for Life,” with an opening act by Kali Uchis. Tickets $32.25 and up. Call 800-745-3000 or visit Diana Krall Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. The jazz songstress performs songs from the American Songbook. Tickets $49.50 to $149.50. Call 954-4620222 or visit

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ZANNA DON’T! A Musical Fairy Tale Through Feb. 11 at Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. In an alternate universe, where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is gasp-worthy. Tickets $42. Call 954-519-2533 or visit Wicked Feb. 14 to March 4 at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. What happened before “The Wizard of Oz?” The hit Broadway musical takes you to high school, when Elphaba and Galinda battle to be the most popular Tickets $34.50 and up. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Paula Poundstone Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Considered one of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time by Comedy Central, Poundstone is known for her improv, and quick wit. Tickets $21 to $43. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Rocket Man: An Elton John Tribute Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Go back to the early days of Elton John with performer Rus Anderson, with authentic costumes and songs like “Your Song,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and of course “Rocket Man.” Tickets $29.72 to $45. Call 954-4620222 or visit Dead & Company Feb. 26 at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. The original Grateful Dead members are joined by John Mayer and members of the Allman Brothers, Fare Thee Well, and RatDog. Tickets $45.75 and up. Call 800-745-3000 or visit

Lana Del Rey. © Polydor Records/Interscope Records 2018

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida: Harlequinade/ Tribute to Marius Petipa March 3 and 4 at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Based on the 1900 ballet, Harlequin must trick the father of his love, Columbine, to be with her. Tickets $35. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Michael McDonald March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. The distinguished singer has worked with some of the best in the biz, including Steely Dan, Patti LaBelle, Doobie Brothers, and more. Tickets $42.93 to $87.50. Call 954462-0222 or visit BrowardCenter. org. Bianca Del Rio March 6 at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. The winner of RuPaul’s “Drag Race” in season six, she’s known as the “Joan Rivers of the drag world.” Tickets $37.50 to $199. Call 954-4620222 or visit Indigo Girls March 9 at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Twenty years after they got their start, the duo is still going with 14 million records under their belt. Tickets $38 to $68. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Steve Martin and Martin Short March 10 at 2 and 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Catch the matinee or benefit evening with comedy by Martin and Short, as well as music by Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. Tickets $69 and up. Call 954462-0222 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 LISTINGS Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility Jan. 25 and 26 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. A romantic comedy surrounding sisters Elinor and Marianne. Tickets $39 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

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Tosca Jan. 26 to 28 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. When Floria Tosca and Cavaradossi are torn apart as lovers, they take on the police sergeant Scarpia. Performed in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets $55 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit Raise the Roof” Benefit Concert Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 390 Sequoia Drive South in West Palm Beach. Singers and instrumentalists perform musical theater, opera, and tunes from The Great American Songbook in a concert benefiting the the church rebuild. Tickets $30 for open seating, $50 reserved seating with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and artist meet-and-greet reception. Call 561-686-8128 or visit

Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. As World War II creeps closer, people head to the Kit Kat Klub for an escape from reality. Tickets $28 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit The Beach Boys: The Wild Honey Tour Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Founding Beach Boy Mike Love is joined by other longtime members for decades of band favorites. Tickets $30 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit Urban Bush Women: Hair and Other Stories Feb. 16 and 17 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The narrative of the African Diaspora is told through dance. Tickets $35. Call 561-8327469 or visit Candide Feb. 23 to 25 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Candide is exposed to the outside world in this classic satire. Tickets $20 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

Hamlet Jan. 27 and 28 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The Aquila Theatre performs the classic from The Bard. Tickets $39. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

Itzhak Perlman Feb. 26 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The violinist performs works by Bach, Mozart, Bartok, and more. Tickets $35 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

On Golden Pond Feb. 2 to 25 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. A retired couple is surprised when their daughter comes to visit with her fiance and his son. Tickets $75. Call 561-5144042 or visit

The Capitol Steps March 2 to 18 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Political satire at its best with songs like “Hey, Mr. Tangerine Man,” “Oops, I Tweeted Again,” and more. Tickets $20 and up. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

Paint Your Wagon Through Feb. 4 at the Lake Worth Playhouse, in Lake Worth. It’s 1853 and Ben Rumson creates his own town when he strikes gold -- the problem is there are no women in the town. Tickets $29 and up. Call 561-5866410 or visit

WIRK’s Rib Roundup Country Music Festival March 3 at noon at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way in West Palm Beach. The roundup includes performances by Jake Owen, Luke Combs, Kane Brown and The Cadillac Three. Tickets $47 and up. Call 561-795-8883 or visit

Tony Bennett Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Bennett returns for his annual visit to South Florida. Tickets $36 and up. Call 561-8327469 or visit Cabaret Feb. 6 to 11 at the Kravis Center, 701

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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

Itzhak Perlman. © Lisa Marie Mazzucco

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EVENT LISTINGS Tapestry, the Carole King Songbook Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Culture Center, 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. Celebrate King’s legendary 1971 album, “Tapestry.” Tickets $33.02 to $45. Call 305-466-8002 or visit

If I Forget Feb. 3 to March 4 at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables. Three Jewish American siblings come together to celebrate their father’s 74th birthday. Tickets $45. Call 305-445-1119 or visit

Salome Jan. 27 to Feb. 3 at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. A princess’s erotic dance leads to her destruction in this opera so controversial it was banned in Vienna and London when it first appeared. Performed in German with English and Spanish subtitles. Tickets $25 and up. Call 305949-6722 or visit

Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts Through Feb. 4 at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Personal injury lawyer Laura Mendes chases after cases after a fatal plane crash in this play that examines worth we place on people. Tickets $50 and $55. Call 305-9496722 or visit

The Second City: Look Both Ways Before Talking Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Culture Center, 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. The comedy troupe celebrated 60 years of comedy. Tickets $39. Call 305-466-8002 or visit

An Evening With Gladys Knight Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The Empress of Soul performs hits like “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” and more. Tickets $29 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit

Cirque Zuma Zuma Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Culture Center, 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. The group returns to the US for a night of acrobatics, music, and dance with a nod to African culture.Tickets $29.75 to $40. Call 305-466-8002 or visit

Cirque Zuma Zuma. Courtesy of Cirque Zuma Zuma.

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Andrea Bocelli Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Bocelli will be joined by Kristin Chenoweth and Nadine Sierra. Tickets $129 and up. Call 786-777-1000 or visit

Alvin Ailey Feb. 22 to 25 at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. In its 10th year performing in Miami, the dance company features artistic director Robert Battle and lead dancer, Jamar Roberts. Tickets $29 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit The Color Purple Feb. 27 to March 4 at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Celie learns to overcome abuse and hate to discover love. Tickets $29 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit Cassie March 1 to 18 at the Miami Theatre Center, 9806 NE Second Ave. in Miami Shores. In this onewoman play taking place in space, an astronaut searches for parent universe. Tickets $15 to $30. Call 305-751-9550 or visit Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo March 4 at 8 p.m. at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Can men dance en pointe? THis dance troupe proves they can. Tickets $29 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit




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Interview Tommy Tune



ommy Tune has always stood out in a crowd. The gangly six-foot-six (and a half)-inch-tall kid couldn’t be missed in the line-up of aspiring chorus boys at his first Broadway audition. Fortunately, for adoring fans, he wasn’t. Over the next six decades, the multi-talented performer would rack up 10 Tony wins as an actor, choreographer and director, in addition to eight Drama Desk Awards, two Obies, Astaire and George Abbott Awards AND a spot on the Top 10 International Best Dressed List of 1992. At 78, he’s still tapping away, performing around the world. On Jan. 19, Tune will team up with another Broadway legend, Chita Rivera, for a special performance at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. “The show was Chita’s idea. She was just finishing up a run at the Colony (in West Palm Beach) and I was coming in... We realized we should do a show together. It only took us two years to clear our schedules,” he said with a chuckle. The duo will dance, sing and share unforgettable stories from their remarkable careers. The business—and especially Broadway—has changed since Tune made the trek from Texas to New York City so many years ago. “When I arrived in New York, most of the theaters were not air conditioned, if you can believe that. There was no sound, the orchestra was in the pit and they kept it down. You had to plant your feet on the stage and sing out, Louise, you projected,” Tune recalled. Technology has had a big impact on theater, he said. “Today, while it’s much clearer, microphones crackle, people don’t listen in as much. We used to have to sit forward in our seats to hear Gwen Verdon. We were trained differently. Now, everybody has these microphones stuck on their faces.” It’s fair to say that Tune is at least a little nostalgic about his earlier years in theater. “The romance of an earlier time, that’s why I keep going back to the classic, the ‘Great American Songbook’, for the honest and true and unadulterated emotions. The melodies and lyrics are not as sophisticated. A song has a hook and you sing it over and over and over. The sad songs are sadder and the love songs are lovelier,” he said. How does he maintain such a grueling performance and travel schedule? Tune answered matter-of-factly, “Yoga is important. It’s better than a ballet class. I was a trained ballet dancer, but I got so tall, I knew I’d have to change my dream, if I was to have some success. Tap dancing is more like tennis, a lifetime sport. You can play tennis for a long time.” Tommy Tune and Chita Rivera star in “Chita & Tune: Just in Time” on Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $43 at

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cott Portugal is a local photographer and interior design consultant living in Fort Lauderdale, originally from New York City. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and The American University in Paris. His educational foundation in painting, sculpture and art history, in the states and abroad, has allowed Scott to bring an uninhibited and refined touch to all of his work in both the arts and design. He has worked for international advertising agencies, interior design firms and now consults on his own while pursuing his latest passion: photography. Scott mostly enjoys portrait work, connecting with his clients on a personal level and sometimes post processing those figurative images into something abstract and unique. Private portrait sittings can be arranged through emailing him:


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