Island City Stage Presents Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally 10/12/23 – 11/5/23

Island City Stage Presents Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally
Thursday, 10/12/2023-11/05/2023, 07:00 pm-10:00 am
Island City Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway,
Wilton Manors, Florida, 33305
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Cost: $40 – $55

Love! Valour! Compassion! – Terrence McNally’s most honored and celebrated play about eight gay friends who spend the holidays over one summer at one’s beautiful hundred-year-old house in upstate New York, kicks off Island City Stage’s 12th thrilling season. The show runs from October 12 – November 5.

At a lakeside summer vacation house in Dutchess County, two hours north of New York City, eight gay friends spend the three major holiday weekends of one summer together for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. The house belongs to Gregory, a successful Broadway choreographer now approaching middle age, who fears he is losing his creativity; and his twenty-something lover, Bobby, a legal assistant who is blind. Each of the guests at their house is connected to Gregory’s work in one way or another – Arthur and longtime partner Perry are business consultants; John Jeckyll, a sour Englishman, is a dance accompanist; die-hard musical theater fanatic Buzz Hauser is a costume designer and the most stereotypically gay man in the group. Only John’s summer lover, Ramon, and John’s twin brother James are outside the circle of friends. But Ramon is outgoing and eventually makes a place for himself in the group, and James is such a gentle soul that he is quickly welcomed.

Florida-born Terrence McNally is considered one of the most prolific and highly lauded playwrights, librettists and screenwriters in the last 50 years. His decades of works explored human relationships – frequently those of gay men. In addition to Love! Valour! Compassion!, McNally’s works include Bad Habits, The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Masterclass, and Mothers and Sons, among many others. McNally’s librettos for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime won him Tony Awards in 1993 and 1998, respectively. Additional credits as a librettist included The Full Monty, Catch Me if You Can, and The Visit. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1996, and he also received the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. In 2018, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the highest recognition of artistic merit in the United States. In 2019, he won a Lifetime Achievement Tony award. His other accolades included an Emmy Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards.

The Love! Valour! Compassion!, ensemble cast features theatre veterans Chad Darnell, Robert Koutras, Bruce Linser, Saul Mendoza, Christoper Michaels, Matthew Salas, and Michael Scott Ross.

Love! Valour! Compassion! is directed by Michael Leeds and co-produced by Robert Korn and Alvaro Menendez. Set sponsor is Glenn Goldberg and Lighting Sponsor is Scott Bennett.

Island City Stage’s 12th Season will also feature Which Way to the Stage by Ana Nogueira (Jan. 18 – Feb. 11); Pulp by Patricia Kane; Music by Amy Warren & Andre Pluess with lyrics by Patricia Kane (Apr. 11 – May 5); Skintight by Joshua Harmon (May 30 – Jun. 23) and Die! Mommie Die! by Charles Busch (Aug. 29 – Sept. 22).
Tickets for Love! Valour! Compassion! start at $40. A Mimosa Sunday performance sponsored by Tedd Davis and Brad Sterl will be held on October 22 with tickets at $55. The show runs three hours with two intermissions.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, call (954) 928-9800 or email Follow Island City Stage on Facebook at and on Instagram at @islandcitystage1.

The Horrorland Scream Park 9/22/23 – 10/31/23

The Horrorland Scream Park
Friday, 09/22/2023-10/31/2023, 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail,
Miami, Florida, 33132
Cost: $48.99

The Horrorland, a premier South Florida Halloween destination, returns to Jungle Island. The macabre showcase event is returning to the famed location at the request of its Halloween fans and this year’s trembling world of terror is designed to shock one and all! An opening ceremony will be held every night at 7 p.m. to kick off the frightening evening festivities.

Halloween chills and thrills are guaranteed to be abundant, as this year’s Horrorland experience will expand to include 8 scare zones, 10 chilling “terror-tories,” and 5 new haunts with everything being family-friendly. The names and themes of haunted houses scattered throughout Horrorland are being kept hush-hush and will be released via social media – be sure to stay tuned for the spooky surprise! This year an array of new mazes has been designed for the brave-of-heart as eerie creatures lie-in-wait to terrorize even the most courageous. Be prepared for additional twists and devious surprises guaranteed to make Halloween nights hair-raising frights.

The LOOP to Host Third Annual Pumpkins & Palm Trees Fall Fest 10/20/23 – 10/22/23

The LOOP to Host Third Annual Pumpkins & Palm Trees Fall Fest, Oct. 20–22
Friday, 10/20/2023-10/22/2023, 05:00 pm-03:00 pm
Las Olas Oceanside Park
3000 E. Las Olas Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33316
Cost: Free

Fort Lauderdale may not have falling leaves, but we can still celebrate the season with Pumpkins & Palm Trees! The Third Annual Pumpkins & Palm Trees Fall Fest returns to The LOOP on Fort Lauderdale Beach with an expanded weekend-long celebration, Oct. 20–22. Attendees can celebrate the fall season steps from the sand under the sun and swaying palms.

The free, family-friendly event will provide a festive atmosphere with local vendors, live music, an inflatable corn maze, children’s arts & crafts CORNer, and more to celebrate Fall’s arrival, South Florida-style. Throughout the weekend, attendees can sip, shop and stroll over three dozen food, art and fashion vendors and fill their phones with memories at several Fall and Halloween-themed photo stations.

Families and their four-legged friends are encouraged to dress in costume to capture Instagramable moments at the new 7’ tall walkthrough Pumpkin House and expanded Pumpkin Patch. The LOOP has partnered with Mr. Jack O’ Lantern’s to bring the fall spirit to Fort Lauderdale for a one-stop shop experience. An assortment of premium pumpkins will be available for purchase ranging in size from minis (3 for $6) to medicine balls ($16). Pumpkin decorating kits are also available to preorder online for $10 at and include one classic orange pumpkin, an all-white pumpkin, or a striped “cantaloupe” pumpkin, with a choice of a mermaid, shark, or marine life premium foam decorating kit. In addition to pumpkins, seasonal décor will be available for purchase, including potted mums, cornstalks, scarecrows, and Indian corn bundles.

In Pie We Crust! The LOOP has once again teamed up with Fort Lauderdale Magazine and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Broward Chapter, to find the Best Pie in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Professional and cottage industry bakers along with Broward County Public Schools’ culinary programs are invited to show off their pumpkin spice and everything nice in the Third Annual “Best Pie in Greater Fort Lauderdale” Competition on Sunday, Oct. 22. Pies will be judged by some of South Florida’s favorite foodies including Fort Lauderdale Magazine Vice President Deb Cay; Freelance Writer Jesse Scott; WPLG Local 10 Entertainment Host Alexis Frazier; NBC 6’s “South Florida Live” Host Kristin Sanchez; Thrillist Contributor Matt Meltzer; and Riverside Hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Sabrina Courtemanche. Miriam Tapia, NBC 6 and Telemundo 51’s community reporter, will emcee the event. The best sweet, savory and creative pie presentation will win gift cards and prizes.

The full Pumpkins & Palm Tree Fall Fest lineup includes:

Movies by Moonlight | Friday, Oct. 20, 5–10 p.m.

• Bring lawn chairs, blankets, family, friends and pups for The LOOP’s Halloween edition of Movies by Moonlight on the main lawn at Las Olas Oceanside Park. Come early to capture the moment and take home photos from Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine Van, shop the people and pets marketplace, or grab a bite at The LOOP’s food court for dinner and a movie experience under the stars. Limited chairs and blankets are available to borrow.

• Featured Film: Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo (Not Rated)

• Synopsis: Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s favorite holiday is upon us! With fake monsters and candy galore – Halloween is heaven for these hungry foodies going door-to-door. But, this year, their sweet holiday turns sour when the neighborhood pumpkin patch is infected by a toxic ooze, creating high-flying jack-o-lanterns and a king-sized pumpkin leader squashing everything in its path. It’s up to Scooby-Doo and the gang as they team up with their pals, Bill Nye, The Science Guy, and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve this mystery of gigantic proportions and save Crystal Cove!

• Cost: Free and open to the public. Family and pet-friendly. Costumes are encouraged.

• Time:

o 5–10 p.m.: Marketplace vendors

o 5–8 p.m.: Scooby Doo Mystery Machine photo booth

o 7:30 p.m.: Movie begins (80-minute run time)

Happy HOWL-O-Ween at The MKT at Las Olas Oceanside Park | Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

• 9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Sip, shop, and stroll local food vendors, makers and artisans. Take in breathtaking beach views and enjoy the ocean breeze while perusing an eclectic array of traditional market fare ranging from fresh produce and fruit to global flavors, made-to-order foods and handmade and homemade items to wear and decorate the home.

Unleash the Halloween spirit! Join The LOOP for a pet-friendly experience from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., for exciting activities, including an agility course, bobbing for tennis balls, pet vendors, giveaways and more designed for a spooktacular time. Guests are invited to get down with their dogs for dog-friendly yoga at 9:30 a.m.

• Additional activities include:

o Fall and Halloween-themed photo stations, including a 7’ tall walkthrough Pumpkin House

o Mr. Jack O’ Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch – pumpkins and fall décor are available for purchase

o Live Music and Entertainment, 12–3 p.m.

o Fall-themed workshops and tastings

Third Annual Pumpkins & Palm Trees Fall Fest | Sunday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• 9:30–11 a.m.: Third Annual “Best Pie in Greater Fort Lauderdale” Competition

• 10 a.m.–3 p.m.:

o Sip, Shop and Stroll more than three-dozen local food vendors, makers and artisans

o Fall and Halloween-themed photo stations, including a 7’ tall walkthrough Pumpkin House

o Mr. Jack O’ Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch – pumpkins and fall décor are available for purchase

o Children’s Arts & Crafts Corner with make-and-take crafts (while supplies last)

o 1,600 sq. ft. inflatable corn maze

o Instagramable photo stations

o Tabletop and Lawn Games

o Cooking demonstrations and Fall-themed workshops

• 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Trick or Treat Trail with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

o The Broward Center Spotlights will treat children ages 2–12 with both sweets and sweet tunes from popular theater productions. Guests are encouraged to stick around for the band break at 1:15 p.m. when this talented group of aspiring talents will take to the stage for a spooktacular performance.

• 12–3 p.m.: Live music: Joey Calderaio Band

o South Florida’s rising reggae star, Joey Calderaio, effortlessly blends rock, reggae and pop influences, amassing 1.3 million Spotify streams. Collaborations with artists like Nathan Aurora, Howi Spangler and more, further bolstered his recognition. Calderaio re-released his debut “Moving Mountains (Deluxe Edition)” in 2021, offering diverse covers and dub mixes. He dazzles on stage both solo and with his skilled band, with recent highlights at Sunfest 2022 and Reggae Rise Up FL 2021. Noteworthy partnerships include Ky-Mani Marley and Tribal Seeds. His latest album, “Chasing Constellations,” debuted in November 2022, cementing his musical journey.


Las Olas Oceanside Park: 3000 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

The most convenient place to park to access the event is the Las Olas Beach Parking Garage, where the PayByPhone payment option can be used, and parking can be extended from anywhere using the mobile PayByPhone APP.


Free and open to the public.

Pumpkins are available to purchase on Saturday & Sunday.

Pre-ordered pumpkin decorating kits are available to reserve online at


For more information or to enter the Third Annual “Best Pie in Greater Fort Lauderdale” Competition, visit

About The LOOP

A cornerstone of activity, The LOOP (Las Olas Oceanside Park) is the central hub of the new $65 million four-park system at the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach. The public greenspaces, including the Intracoastal Promenade, Las Olas Beach Garage Sunset Terrace, and DC Alexander Park, aim to provide infinite experiences for everyone under the sun and year-round activity in Fort Lauderdale’s oceanfront backyard. Through its four pillars, “FAME,” The LOOP offers a variety of special events, activities, and unique local experiences for all, including free concerts, holiday happenings, farmer’s markets, community workouts, and more. The LOOP also includes an interactive water feature/splash pad for children and adults. As part of its environmental commitment, the City of Fort Lauderdale partnered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission on dual-light fixtures that use amber lighting during sea turtle nesting season. The park’s artificial turf covering requires no watering. The LOOP is estimated to generate $32 million in tourism dollars through recreation and events in 2023.

For more information, visit or contact Follow The LOOP on Facebook at and Instagram at

Brazilian Voices Concert: Amazonas, the Rhythm of Nature 10/20/23

Brazilian Voices Concert: Amazonas, the Rhythm of Nature
Friday, 10/20/2023-, 10:00 am-08:30 pm
Sandrell Rivers Theater
6103 NW 7TH AVE,
Miami, Florida, 33127
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Cost: $3.00

Brazilian Voices, the acclaimed female vocal group, presents AMAZONAS: The Rhythm of Nature. The performance will portray the strengths and threats of the Amazon Rainforest. Through music, engagement with the audience, and screen images by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Kunde, the group will spread awareness of the importance of the Amazon rainforest, the Everglades, and the planet’s ecosystem. The program includes a visual arts component with the participation of two Brazilian artists residing in Miami. Clara Piquet will exhibit her paintings at the gallery lobby, which will include themes on Brazilian indigenous communities and the environment. Ernesto Kunde, a visionary artist renowned for his transformative prowess, skillfully captures dynamic landscapes on canvas, wood, and aluminum. Beyond aesthetics, Kunde’s mission extends deeper—he aspires to awaken consciousness about evolving environments.

This event sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) consists of two interactive performances with songs with original arrangements. These performances are made possible through the Cultural Arts Partnership Program (CAP@SRT), a collaborative initiative by Fantasy Theatre Factory to enhance cultural engagement at the Sandrell Rivers Theater.

ADA Accommodations: It is our policy to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend any Fantasy Theatre Factory event, please contact Evelyn Gigiras Sullivan, 305-284-8800,, at least five (5) days in advance to initiate your request, TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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For more information contact the Box Office at (305) 284-8872 or