OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Miami’s Centerpiece Film – “Sebastian” 4/24/24

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Miami’s Centerpiece Film – “Sebastian”
Wednesday, 04/24/2024-, 07:00 pm-
Silverspot Cinema Miami
300 Southeast 3rd Street Suite 100 Miami, FL 33131,
Miami, Florida, 33131
Cost: $50 + Service Fee

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Miami, internationally acclaimed as one of the largest LGBTQ+ cultural festivals in the world, is proud to feature “Sebastian” (Finland/UK, 2024) as its Centerpiece Film on Wednesday, April 24, at Silverspot Cinema Miami.

Mana Fashion Invites the Entire Community for Earth Day with 3 Full Days of Sustainable Fashion Programming 4/24/24

Mana Fashion Invites the Entire Community for Earth Day with 3 Full Days of Sustainable Fashion Programming
Wednesday, 04/24/2024-04/26/2024, 04:00 pm-07:00 pm
Mana Fashion Services
15 West Flagler Street,
Miami, Florida, 33130
Cost: Free

Celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday, April 24 – Friday, April 26:

Discussion on Augmented Reality
Mana Fashion Services will present a 3-day immersive event where guests can experience AR in its realest form, interacting with Microsoft 360 Hololens to learn about sustainable solutions in the fashion industry, presented by Arcadia Earth. This discussion and workshop will bring together an enlightening Virtual Reality moment with eco-conscious trailblazer and fashion industry veteran, Valentino Vettori, who will discuss verbatim issues within the fashion industry and resolutions on how to solve them.

Hands On Upcycle Workshops
Guests will have the opportunity to dive into creativity, interact and inquire in a hands-on immersive fashion-design experience. From upcycling jeans and shoes to a fashion exchange event with donated clothing, read on to see all the workshops happening April 24-26 at Mana Fashion. In the spirit of sustainability, guests are encouraged to bring a pair of shoes to get embellished, painted or customized in a partnership with the Miami Shoe Museum. Additionally, Mana Fashion Services will have Miami-based Denim Upcycle Artist, Jesus Pineda, who will help turn guests’ used jeans into something new on April 24th and 25th – from creating patchwork to turning long jeans to shorts – or maybe even making a denim tote bag! Last but not least, on Friday, April 26th 6pm-7pm in partnership with Global Fashion Exchange together with Remake and Healthy Fashion Consulting hosted by Taryn Hipwell – a clothing swap for the entire community! Guests will be invited to mix, mingle and bring up to 5 pieces of clothing they no longer want, but are in great condition (think of something one may gift to a friend). Up to 5 tickets will be given to each guest, for each piece of clothing donated and tickets can be used to pull pieces from the Fashion Exchange!

Sustainable Fashion on Display
The Earth Day window display at Mana Fashion Services are designed by Venezuelan-American multidisciplinary artist and sustainable fashion designer, Lisu Vega. Vega’s work explores the emotions we associate with memories through the allegory of “weaving,” both literally through the physical materials and metaphorically as a process. Learn more about Lisu Vega in an interview with Mana Fashion Services here.

Throughout the immersive space, Candiani and Triarchy will come together to story tell through visuals. Candiani are leaders in denim and triumph sustainability in fashion by creating denim from fibers grown sustainably. Candiani are Innovators in sustainability and pioneers in certifications. Learn more about Candiani by watching this video here.

Last but not least, discover how sustainable denim is made with the plastic free women’s collection presented by Triarchy.

King of the Night 4/24/24

King of the Night
Wednesday, 04/24/2024-, 07:30 pm-10:00 pm
DETA Pickleball Club at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club
6401 Kendale Lakes Drive,
Miami, Florida, 33183
Cost: $20

Join us at 7:30 p.m. every two weeks for King of Night, an evening packed with fun, good competition, and great local brews every two weeks. The winner gets free entry to the King of the Night!

Date: April 24, 7:30-10:00 pm
Cost: $20
Location: DETA Pickleball Club, 6401 Kendale Lakes Drive, Miami, FL 33183

To sign up, simply register on Court Reserve/DETA Pickleball Club, or sprint over to our website at detapickleballclub.com.

26th Annual OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Miami 4/18/24, 4/19/24, 4/20/24, 4/21/24, 4/22/24, 4/23/24, 4/24/24, 4/25/24, 4/26/24, 4/27/24, 4/28/24

26th Annual OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Miami
Thursday, 04/18/2024-04/28/2024, 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
OUTshine Film Festival
OUTshine Film Festival,
Miami, Florida, 33153
Cost: Prices for individual films start at $10 each with group discounts, memberships and additional offers available

festival celebrating queer culture runs April 18 – 28 and will feature more than 50 internationally acclaimed features and shorts including premieres and documentaries that inspire, entertain, and educate. Adding to the excitement and sense of community this year will be a Latin Spotlight featuring men’s and women’s films, a panel for aspiring filmmakers and FREE Uber rides to and from select film screenings. The films will screen at Silverspot Cinema Miami (300 Southeast 3rd Street) from April 18 to 24 and at Regal South Beach (1120 Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach) from April 25 to 28. A variety of parties and special events will take place at various locations throughout Miami.

This year’s opening night film taking place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at Silverspot Cinema Miami is Turtles (Les Tortues) (Belgium/Canada, 2023). Directed by David Lambert, this relationship comedy-drama follows the ups and downs of married couple Thom and Henri, together for 35 years, now facing retired life and what happens when a love turns sour. The W Miami Afterparty will take place immediately following the screening.

Brand new to the Miami line-up this year is a Latin Spotlight night set for Saturday, April 20, at Silverspot Cinema Miami, with four films from Latin America. At 8 p.m. is the North American premiere of Blue Lights (Luces Azules)(Argentina, 2023). Directed by Lucas Santa Ana, Blue Lights is a vibrant, engaging and sophisticated dramedy that plays out during a 70th birthday celebration. Friends and family gather, tensions soars and secrets are revealed leaving each guest to explore their idea of friends, lovers and self. The film explores the intricacies of love, loss, friendship and the evolving dynamics of gay and lesbian relationships in a changing world. Festival-goers can also choose to see All The Silence (Tod El Silencio) (Mexico, 2023), directed by Diego Del Rio, at 8:15 p.m. This film will be in Spanish with Sign Language. This poignant film focuses on Miriam, an actress who is also a sign language teacher, who begins a downward spiral when she learns that she will become fully deaf. Despite having deaf parents, deaf friends and a deaf girlfriend, she refuses to accept a world without sound and starts to tear her life apart.

Two nights of Cocktails & Cinema will celebrate our local filmmakers, cast and crews from students to seasoned veterans of the industry at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, at Silverspot Cinema Miami. This year’s South Florida Shorts program includes Double Life by Mellie Parks and Trinity Byonie, Frag by Christopher Frentzel, Myrna’s Secret Spies by Andy Perrott, and Open Dialogue: Generation QueerZ by Freddy Rodriguez. On both nights, there will be a Q&A after the screening and a reception will be held in the OUTshine Lounge at the Silverspot immediately following.

Max, a 25-year-old aspiring writer living in London, becomes a sex worker with the pseudonym Sebastian in order to research his debut novel and this secret double-life becomes a source of liberation and transformation in Sebastian (Finland/UK, 2024), this year’s Centerpiece Film. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at Silverspot Cinema Miami. Writer/director Mikko Makela’s second feature offers an intriguing exploration of sex, identity, restraint and abandon. An afterparty will take place immediately following the film.

To encourage more local LGBTQ+ filmmakers to tell their stories, OUTshine will present its Filmmaker Panel on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at Regal South Beach. This special event will feature local directors Hansel Porras Garcia, director of Febrero and OOLITE Arts; Chris Molina, director of Fallen Fruit, I Wonder If I’m Growing and programmer with the Miami Film Festival; Freddy Rodriguez, director of Open Dialogues: Stories from the LGBTQ Community; Filmmaker Bootcat; Joe Tufte, Miami Dade College film professor; Noah Salzman, director of Clocked and Angelica Bourland, director of Warrior and Unstuck.

Also, on April 27, is the Men’s Spotlight slice-of-life comedy film F.L.Y. (USA, 2023), directed by Rafael Albarran and Trent Kendrick. When two ex-boyfriends (Max and Rafael), who haven’t seen each other in five years, reunite — the covid pandemic hits, and they’re forced to quarantine together. The Ladies Spotlight Film will be the East Coast premiere of Backspot (Canada, 2023), directed by D.W. Waterson. Riley is given the chance to cheer with the all-star squad, Thunderhawks. With a competition looming, Riley must navigate her crippling anxiety, her relationship with her girlfriend, and her desperate need for approval from her new coach.

Additional selections of note include the North American premieres of Lessons of Tolerance (Ukraine, 2023), The Fisherman’s Daughter (La Estrategia Del Mero) (Colombia, 2023), and Sunflower (Australia, 2023); the Southeast premiere of Gondola (Georgia, 2023); the Trans-focused films Close To You (Canada and UK, 2023) starring Elliott Page and The Summer with Carmen (Greece, 2024); the Queer Festival premiere of the award-winning Riley (USA, 2023), and the documentary Mad About The Boy: The Noel Coward Story (UK, 2023) narrated by Alan Cumming.

The North American premiere of Mascarpone: The Rainbow Cake (Maschile Plural) (Italy, 2024) will be the Closing Night Film commencing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Regal South Beach. Director Alesandro Haigh presents an intoxicating drama about sexy duo Antonio and Luca who are trying to pick up the pieces three years after their friend Denis’s passing. While each went their separate ways, when the two meet again Antonio mistakes Luca’s desire to reconnect as more than just a pure gesture of friendship. Immediately following at 8 p.m., a celebratory South Beach Group Hotel Closing Night Party will take place at the Miami Beach Women’s Club (2401 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach).

To make attending OUTshine’s incredible films and special events more accessible, the City of Miami is offering FREE Uber Rides to and from Silverspot Cinema (within a 25 mile radius) valid from April 18 through April 24!

OUTrageous, OUTspoken, and OUTstanding, this year’s OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Miami is sponsored, in part, by Miami Dade County, the City of Miami Beach and Gilead.

Ticket subscription packages and individual tickets for the 41st edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival are on sale now. For a full schedule of films, parties and special events or for more information, visit outshinefilm.com.

“Visions of Women” Fine Art Exhibit by NLAPW Fort Lauderdale Branch at History Fort Lauderdale 4/4/24 – 4/30/24

“Visions of Women” Fine Art Exhibit by NLAPW Fort Lauderdale Branch at History Fort Lauderdale
Sunday, 04/04/2024-04/30/2024, 10:00 am-04:00 pm
History Fort Lauderdale
231 SW 2 Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33301
Cost: Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students

History Fort Lauderdale presents “Visions of Women,” its first ever fine art exhibition from the National League of American Pen Women Fort Lauderdale Branch (NLAPW). This new exhibition will feature art from NLAPW award-winning artists/members Claudia Hafner, Judy Nunno, Phoenix, Donna Sallee, and Tammy Seymour from April 4 – 30.

“Visions of Women” will feature a collection of artworks joined by the theme of “empowering women” and the subjects and causes that inspire them to motivate others. According to Phoenix, president of NLAPW, the conceptual basis for this exhibition was the 100th anniversary of the formal adoption of the 19th Amendment into the U.S. Constitution. This landmark victory granted women the constitutional right to vote. For Pen Women this has extra significance. Its organization was founded in 1897 by Marian Longfellow Donoghue (niece of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) to empower professional women journalists who were discriminated against and excluded by major publications. The original intent of Pen Women founders to find “mutual aid, advice, future development” for professional women artists still resonates.

History Fort Lauderdale, proud steward of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, hosts a variety of engaging multicultural experiences, year-round. It seeks to bring awareness to the community through both traveling exhibits and multiple permanent exhibits including “Women Trailblazers,” “Fort Lauderdale – the Early Years,” “The African American Experience,” “Fashion & Musical Theatre,” “From Dugouts to Dream Yachts: the story of boatbuilding along the New River,” Seminole Arts & Culture,” “New River Archaeology,” “Viva Fort Lauderdale: Celebrating Hispanic Art & Culture,” and, “Take PRIDE, a retrospective on LGBTQ life in South Florida.” The nonprofit museum also hosts an artists’ collective collaborative space.

“Visions of Women” is sponsored by the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Jan and Ed Crocker Unrestricted Fund, Leo M. and Alice J. Rutten Fund and The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Broward Community Fund. Additional funding is provided, in part, by Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward County Cultural Council, and Visit Lauderdale. This organization is also sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture.

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.

Cities of the Future at the AutoNation® IMAX® 3D Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science 2/16/24 – 8/20/24,

Cities of the Future at the AutoNation® IMAX® 3D Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science
Sunday, 02/16/2024-02/16/2025, 11:20 am-10:00 pm
AutoNation® IMAX® 3D Theater Museum of Discovery and Science
401 SW 2nd Street,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33312
Cost: MODS Members and children under 2 – Free; Florida Residents Discovery Pass: Child (2-12) – $19; Adults $24; Military $21; Senior. $22 Non-Members Discovery Pass: Child (2-12) $22; Adult $27; Military $24; Senior (65+) $25

Step into the future and discover the exciting innovations transforming our world with Cities of the Future, now playing in the AutoNation® IMAX® 3D Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS). Narrated by award-winning actor John Krasinski, Cities of the Future highlights the creative solutions engineers are designing right now to meet the challenges of a changing world and forge a brighter, more sustainable future.

From electric flying cars and aerial highways to smart buildings, greener infrastructure and solar power beamed from space, Cities of the Future offers an inspiring vision of how we will live 50 years from now, combining state-of-the-art CGI with live-action cinematography. The film also looks at modern urban landscapes in the midst of transformation, revealing profound changes already happening in some of the world’s greatest cities, from Los Angeles to Amsterdam to Singapore.

Cities of the Future also introduces viewers to a team of middle school students participating in the Future City Competition, an annual contest where 60,000 middle school students from the U.S. and around the world compete to create a model future city.

Cities of the Future is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the same team that created the blockbuster giant screen documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

To view the trailer, please visit citiesofthefuturefilm.com.

The AutoNation® IMAX® Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science is located at 401 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale. Cities of the Future is included in the MODS Discovery Pass, an all-in-one ticket that includes Museum exhibitions, live science demonstrations and one IMAX documentary film. For tickets, please visit mods.org/tickets and for showtimes, please visit mods.org/showtimes.

VIP Upstairs/Downstairs Tours at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens 1/10/24, 1/17/24, 1/24/24, 2/14/24, 2/21/24, 2/28/24, 3/13/24, 3/20/24, 3/27/24, 4/10/24, 4/17/24, 4/24/24, 5/8/24, 5/15/24, 5/22/24

VIP Upstairs/Downstairs Tours at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Wednesday, 01/10/2024-05/29/2024, 10:00 am-02:00 pm
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
900 N Birch Rd,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33304
Cost: 40

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, is offering VIP Upstairs/Downstairs Tours of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s historic main house located on the grounds of the whimsical 35-acre subtropical estate.

These small group tours will include a sneak peek of the newly refurbished, normally closed areas of the Bartlett family’s private living quarters, as well as exclusive entrances to rooms that have never been seen before on other Bonnet House tours. The iconic Bonnet House estate was built in 1920 as the winter retreat of the Birch and Bartlett family.

The Upstairs/Downstairs Tours, led by seasoned Bonnet House docents, will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of each month between January 10 – May 29, 2024.

Tickets are $40 per person and offered in groups of up to 10 to allow for questions and discussion. Limited reservations are available and pre-registration is required. Please note, the ability to climb stairs is necessary to fully participate in these tours.

To register for the Upstairs/Downstairs Tours, please visit: https://www.bonnethouse.org/groups-specialty-tours/ For additional information or to learn more about tours and classes offered, please visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2614.