“Reflections of Society” Dillard Center for The Arts Exhibit at History Fort Lauderdale 2/1/23 – 2/28/23

“Reflections of Society” Dillard Center for The Arts Exhibit at History Fort Lauderdale
Wednesday, 02/01/2023-02/28/2023, 10:00 am-04:00 pm
History Fort Lauderdale
231 SW Second Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33301
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Cost: Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children ages six and under.

In honor of Black History Month, History Fort Lauderdale, celebrating 60 years of stewardship of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, will present “Reflections of Society,” a fine art exhibit featuring works for show and sale from Dillard Center for the Arts’ Advanced Placement (AP) students and instructors, from February 1 – 28. Curated by instructor Celestin Joseph, the soulful and meditative exhibit of photography, studio art, and sculpture expresses adolescent voices in art, history, heritage and community. A meet and greet with the artists will take place on Sunday, February 5, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the New River Inn Museum of History building on History Fort Lauderdale’s campus.

“Reflections of Society,” will feature a variety of styles and mediums reflecting African American culture, arts and entertainment as viewed through the lens of youth. Featured pieces in the exhibition include works by AP students Angel Pena, Naima Cornelius, C. Joseph Ellie, Lewis James and Jennifer Turner, among others.

Joseph received his master’s in fine arts in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor’s in fine arts, cum laude, from the University of Hartford as a painting major, with an art history minor, and concentrations in printmaking and graphic design studies. Joseph also received a prestigious Yale/Norfolk Art and Music Scholarship to further his studies. Currently, he is teaching Advanced Placement studio art classes at his alma mater Dillard Center for the Arts where he has been strengthening the visual arts program since 1999.

“Reflections of Society,” is one of several engaging multicultural experiences at History Fort Lauderdale. Permanent exhibits include “Women Trailblazers: Champions of Change Broward County,” “From Dugouts to Dream Yachts,” a visual narrative weaving the story of the ever- changing use of Fort Lauderdale’s waterways by following the strokes of the first people to today’s sightseers, “The Bryans of Fort Lauderdale” which allows visitors to experience the story of the City of Fort Lauderdale as told through the pioneer family that shaped its development from an agricultural outpost in 1896 to a bustling city in the 1920s to its current status as a leading Metropolis, “Juliette Lange: A Portrait of a Mezzo Soprano,” a fashion and lifestyle glimpse of the socially prominent Fort Lauderdale resident with a lauded career as a star vocalist of musical comedy, plus “Archaeology of the New River” and a multitude of stories and photos sharing the history of other founding families of Fort Lauderdale. The nonprofit museum also hosts a variety of yearly multicultural exhibits highlighting Caribbean, Latin, Native American and women artists sharing their views of history and an artists’ collective collaborative space.

History Fort Lauderdale is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with docent guided tours, daily, at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Group walking tours are available upon special request. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children ages six and under. Tickets are available online at HistoryFortLauderdaleTickets.

For more information about History Fort Lauderdale, please call (954) 463-4431 or visit us online at historyfortlauderdale.org. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ftlhistory, on Instagram @ftlhistory and on Twitter @FTLHistory. Subscribe to us on YouTube at youtube.com/user/FTLhistory.

World Famous Los Trompos Experience at Shops at Merrick Park 1/31/23 – 2/28/23

World Famous Los Trompos Experience at Shops at Merrick Park
Tuesday, 01/31/2023-02/28/2023, 11:00 am-08:00 pm
Shops at Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Ave.,
Coral Gables, FL, Florida, 33146
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Cost: Free

Shops at Merrick Park, known for its pristine outdoor shopping with lush green spaces and a fine collection of retailers in the heart of Coral Gables, will be the perfect backdrop for the world- famous Los Trompos art exhibition created by Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. This interactive vibrant outdoor display will make its South Florida debut from January 31 through February 28.

“Los Trompos,” which means “spinning tops” in Spanish, is a traveling exhibit that has been displayed in cities around the world, including Mexico City, Paris, and New York. The lively installation will feature eight larger-than-life, three-dimensional colorful spinning tops in a variety of colors and shapes that invite visitors to play and engage with the art. The art draws its inspiration from a toy that has been popular with children around the world since the dawn of time.
The colorful surfaces of each top are created, in part, by fabric woven in a traditional Mexican style. The fabric is stretched over the modules to seat several people at once. Functioning as both artwork and a rotating platform, each sculpture acts as a gathering place for relaxation, social interaction and entertainment.

This large-scale, artistic installation engages visitors in a way that is both meaningful and playful. By working together to create momentum, visitors can spin the tops on their bases.

Los Trompos was first commissioned by High Museum of Arts, Atlanta. Owners of Los Trompos are DTE Energy Beacon Park Foundation and The Downtown Detroit Partnership. The tour producer is Creos.

Los Trompos at Shops at Merrick Park is free to attend (no ticket required). Visitors are encouraged to take the tops for a spin, sit back and relax, or pose for the perfect photo opportunity. The exhibit is suitable for all ages.

Any way you spin it… you won’t want to miss this! For more information visit www.shopsatmerrickpark.com/en/events/los-trompos.html

For more information about Shops at Merrick Park, call (305) 529-1215, visit www.shopsatmerrickpark.com. Follow Shops at Merrick Park on Facebook at facebook.com/shopsatmerrickpark, on Instagram @shopsatmerrickpark and on twitter @ShopMerrickPark.

The 2023 Florida Renaissance Festival 2/4/23 – 3/26/23

The 2023 Florida Renaissance Festival
Saturday, 02/04/2023-03/26/2023, 10:00 am-06:00 pm
Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Rd,
Deerfield Beach, Florida, 33442
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Cost: Prices range from $29 for adults and $13 for children (ages 6 to 11 years of age). Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $139 (adults) and $69 (children). Group ticket rates are also offered.

The annual Florida Renaissance Festival returns with a one-of-a-kind family-friendly event that takes lords and ladies of the realm back to a time when tunics, gowns, laces, stockings, frills, slashed sleeves, and broad-rim hats were the fashion. Beginning February 4, 2023, and running for eight consecutive weekends until March 26, all roads lead to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach to celebrate the 31st edition of the Florida Renaissance Festival.

The festival is for all ages, and it’s one of the most anticipated major events of the year because it’s a memorable, magical, mythical experience for the entire family. This special event features multiple new attractions, as well as popular older ones to guarantee non-stop fun and excitement in this magical kingdom.

Jousting knights, harmonious melodies, wicked wenches, magicians, and more await as festival goers will be treated to delectable foods, fabulous drinks, numerous unique craft shops, live music, and more. The kingdom is a wonderful place for fun, but it’s also a great environment where participants can take selfies of themselves in era garb.

While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people enhance their experience each year by donning outfits from the Renaissance era or participating in one of the festival’s special themed weekends.

For tickets and more information visit: www.ren-fest.com; Find us on Facebook or follow @FlaRenFest on Twitter and Instagram. If you prefer the ancient method, call 954-776-1642.

The Friends of Jack & Jill Center to Host First Ever Winter Carnival 2/5/23

The Friends of Jack & Jill Center to Host First Ever Winter Carnival
Sunday, 02/05/2023-, 12:00 pm-04:00 pm
Jack & Jill Center, Halmos Family Building
1315 W. Broward Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33312
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The Friends of Jack & Jill Center will host its First Annual Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023 at Jack & Jill Center’s Halmos Family Building. The community event will feature a fun-filled day of carnival rides, games, arts & crafts, signature carnival food, face painting, photo opportunities, a live DJ and much more. Activities will include a Dual Lane Inflatable Slide, Ballistic Swings, Rock Climbing, Bounce Houses, a Four-In-One Sports Center, Phantoms Revenge and more. The public event is open to all ages.

All proceeds will benefit Jack & Jill Center’s mission to strengthen children and families through innovative education, supportive programming, and community engagement. Since it was established in 1999, The Friends of Jack & Jill Center has raised over $5.25 million and volunteered countless hours to improve the lives of the Center’s children and families.

Jack & Jill Center supports children of high-need working families through quality early childhood education, elementary education and family strengthening programs to ensure every child and family has the tools they need to be successful. Jack & Jill Center has served 26,000 children and families in South Florida since 1942.

Event sponsorships ranging from $500–$12,000 are available at https://www.jackandjillcenter.org/event/wintercarnival-2/.

When:
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023
12 – 4 p.m.

Where:
Jack & Jill Center, Halmos Family Building
1315 W. Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Cost:
Individual tickets are available for $2 per person (children under two years of age are free), with additional registration options to support the children and families of Jack & Jill Center. Food tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

How:
To attend the event, tickets may be purchased at: https://www.jackandjillcenter.org/carnivaltickets/.
To become a sponsor, please visit https://www.jackandjillcenter.org/event/wintercarnival-2/ or contact Sydney Stelter, Marketing Manager, at: sstelter@jackandjillcenter.org, 610-937-1992, or 954-463-8772, ext. 255.

About Jack & Jill Center
Jack & Jill Center’s mission is to strengthen children and families through innovative education, supportive programming and community engagement. It achieves its mission by focusing on both the children and family units as a whole, so that the entire household, children and parents alike, are able to reach their full potential. Since 1942, Jack & Jill Center has served more than 26,000 children and families in South Florida. It currently serves as a NAEYC-accredited year-round early learning program for children aged six weeks through preschool, as well as an elementary school. The Madelaine Halmos Academy’s (MHA) new state-of-the-art elementary school building, an expansion of Jack & Jill Center’s Early Education Center, debuted in April 2021. Serving students from high-need working families in kindergarten–fifth grade, the transformational project, is geared to prepare students for success in career and life and be one of the highest-performing schools in Broward County. For more information about Jack & Jill visit www.jackandjillcenter.org, https://www.instagram.com/jackjillcenter/, https://www.facebook.com/jackjillcenter, https://twitter.com/jackjillcenter, or call 954.463.8772.

About Friends of Jack & Jill Center
The Friends (Auxiliary Board) of Jack & Jill Center was established in 1999 to provide financial support, volunteer services, program assistance and community awareness. Since its inception, Friends of Jack & Jill Center has raised over $5 million through membership and events and have volunteered countless hours to improve the lives of children and families. For more information about Friends of Jack & Jill Center, visit https://www.jackandjillcenter.org/joinus/friends/.

Island City Stage Presents “Rotterdam” by Jon Brittain 1/19/23 – 2/19/23

Island City Stage Presents “Rotterdam” by Jon Brittain
Thursday, 01/19/2023-02/19/2023, 07:00 pm-09:00 pm
Island City Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33305
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Cost: $40-$55

Alice wants to come out as a lesbian. Her girlfriend Fiona wants to start living as a man. In Island City Stage’s new production of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain, audiences journey to find out what happens next in this modern comedy about gender, sexuality, and being a long way from home. Rotterdam runs from January 19 – February 19.

Rotterdam, a new play from Jon Brittain, co-creator of Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho, writer of What Would Spock Do? and The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo, is a moving and sensitive exploration of gender identity and relationships. It shares the story of lesbian couple Alice, who is struggling to come out to her parents, and Fiona, who tells Alice that she has always identified as a man.
Directed by Michael Leeds and co-produced by Sue Wilder, Rotterdam stars Suzanne Ankrum as Alice and Autumn Kioti Horne as Fiona. It also features Abbie Fricke as Lelani (in her Island City debut performance) and Robert Koutras as Josh.
Suzanne Ankrum’s recent regional credits include Palm Beach Dramaworks production of A Streetcar Named Desire, WAM Theatre’s Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet…, Majestic Theater’s Crimes of the Heart, New Century Theatre’s The How and the Why, Clarence Brown Theatre’s Woyzeck, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Tartuffe, and A Christmas Carol, and Richmond Shakespeare Festival’s Twelfth Night and Henry IV, Part 2. She’s also appeared on Netflix’s
Orange is the New Black and has performed in several workshop productions from Palm Beach Dramaworks, Theatre Lab, Hartford Stage, Ivoryton Playhouse and HartBeat Ensemble.

South Florida artist and actor Autumn Kioti Horne has performed with Theatre Lab, Zoetic Stage, GableStage, Florida Stage, Caldwell Theatre, and others. In NYC, they originated the roles of Cassandra in The Hive, Veronica in She Calls Me Firefly, and others. Their interdisciplinary art has been presented in galleries/spaces throughout the U.S. and abroad including La Mama, Dixon Place, The Queens Museum and Last Frontier, and more. They have also appeared in award-winning films at Lincoln Center, Art Basel, Sci-Fi London, Palm Springs Film Festival, and more. When not onstage, they run an environmental art/education/justice program Wildness is Necessary.

Along with its Season 11 lineup, Island City Stage will be bringing back its introspective “Behind the Red Curtain” free public forum series, launched last year as an anniversary initiative to address the stories and issues that inspire its shows. Providing insight to Rotterdam, Island City Stage will present ‘‘Living the Truth – Seeing the Trans Community Through a Different Lens” on Monday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. This forum will educate and inspire others regarding how to interact with transgender, nonbinary, and gender-diverse individuals. The discussion will open hearts and minds by sharing personal triumphs, breaking down barriers, understanding fact vs. fiction and reflecting on personal biases.

Creating quality professional theatrical experiences focused on the LGBT+ community for a universal audience, Island City Stage’s 11th South Florida season offers thought-provoking productions that explore bittersweet longing, gender questions, loneliness, the ins and outs of friendship, the magic of random human connection and ethnic conflict within the generational divide. Upcoming shows include I Wanna F@#king Tear You Apart by Morgan Gould from March 2 – April 2; Tracy Jones by Stephen Kaplan from May 18 – June 18 and Springfield Pride Commissioned by Island City Stage from August 3 – September 3.

Rotterdam set sponsors are Doug Pew and Don Croxton, costume sponsors are Thomas Nichols and Dan Chadburn and lighting and sound sponsor is Scott Bennett.

Tickets for Rotterdam start at $40. Enjoy a special Mimosa Sunday sponsored by Murl Casey on January 29 for $55 that includes a light bites pre-reception and a post-show talk back. A special Women’s Night at the Theatre will take place on Friday, February 3 with a 7 p.m. reception with light bites and beverages followed by the show.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.islandcitystage.org, call (954) 928-9800 or email md@islandcitystage.org. Follow Island City Stage on Facebook at facebook.com/IslandCityStageFL and on Instagram at @islandcitystage1.

Discover Miami Through Music at Temple Emanu-El: The Road of Promise 2/5/23

Discover Miami Through Music at Temple Emanu-El: The Road of Promise
Sunday, 02/05/2023-, 03:00 pm-
Temple Emanu-El 
1701 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
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Join Orchestra Miami for a rare opportunity to hear a lost masterpiece! Discover Miami Through Music as Orchestra Miami present’s Kurt Weill’s rarely-heard oratorio The Road of Promise at Temple Emanu-El on Miami Beach. Adapted from Weill’s mammoth opera, The Eternal Road, by Ed Harsh, The Road of Promise is a piece of living history. Conceived as a method of raising the American public’s awareness to Hitler’s persecution of the Jews in 1937, The Road of Promise is set in a synagogue where Jews hide as a pogrom rages outside. The story combines Biblical & pre-World War II Jewish history, set to Weill’s unique and unforgettable musical language, with influences of cantorial lamentations, classical fugues and showtunes, among other styles. The Road of Promise is a part of Orchestra Miami’s Discover Miami Through Music series, which brings appropriately-themed concerts to Miami landmarks and places of historic interest so that we can learn more about our city, and each other, through music. With its impressive & eclectic Byzantine & Moorish architecture and copper dome, Temple Emanu-El is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful synagogues in the US.
The Road of Promise cast features stars from the Metropolitan Opera and a combined choir of over 100 voices. The cast is led by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in the roles of the Rabbi/Narrator, baritone Mark Delavan in the roles of Abraham/ Moses/ Jeremiah, and soprano Elizabeth Caballero as Rachel, performing with a large ensemble cast of local professional singers. The performance will be conducted by Orchestra Miami’s Artistic Director, Elaine Rinaldi, with stage direction by Vernon Hartman, accompanied by the 48 musicians of Orchestra Miami.
There are two opportunities to catch this “must-see” event: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023 at 4 PM. Tickets are priced from $20-$60 and are reserved seating only. Discounts for seniors and students are available. For tickets and information, please visit www.OrchestraMiami.org, or call (305) 274-2103.

Our Winter Escape Awaits You at DAER Dayclub & Nightclub at The Guitar Hotel 12/22/22 – 2/12/23

Our Winter Escape Awaits You at DAER Dayclub & Nightclub at The Guitar Hotel
Saturday, 12/22/2022-02/13/2022, 10:00 pm-04:00 am
DAER Dayclub
1 Lucky St,
Hollywood, Florida, 33314
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Do you have the winter blues? If you are dreaming of warm balmy breezes and electric blue skies, then DAER South Florida is the perfect winter escape for you. DAER South Florida launched its Winter Escape offer for travelers looking for warmer weather, a vibrant scene and the ultimate party experience. Now until mid-February winter visitors receive special VIP pricing of up to 60 percent off for Dayclub and Nightclub premium sections.

DAER Nightclub, DAER Dayclub & Rooftop Live redefine the nightlife and day life event scene with top producers and live performances. Introduced by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida – the Guitar Hotel, guests can anticipate unforgettable moments, day and night. DAER venues feature cutting-edge audio-visual technology, elevated bottle service and a carefully curated lineup of the world’s most sought-after DJ’s and live artists.

For more information on live performances, New Year’s Eve “The Masquerade” packages and table reservations, call (954) 779-4750 or visit hardrocknightlife.com.

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