Grab your phone, or if you’re going old-school, your Day-Planner, and add these dates.
Stonewall’s “Back to the Drive” celebration, featuring stage, film and television star Billy Porter on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Venue, 2345 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, will benefit Stonewall’s National education Project (SNEP.) Some are trendsetters, some are household names, but few are one-of-a-kind, agents of change making us better people by addressing our fears of those who are different. Through his courage and fearlessness. Billy Porter is such a person, with extraordinary talent to back it up.
Billy will be hosting a night filled with music, food, fun, and good times in support of SNEP, the decades old education program making sure that our most marginalized students not only have a safe and welcoming school environment, but that our history and culture will be taught along with all other invaluable subjects. For tickets and reservations go to stonewall-museum.org or email
Save the dates: the 15th anniversary edition of Outshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival will be held Oct.19 – 29. This year’s film and event lineup, with titles to be announced on September 29, includes a Men’s Spotlight Film & Party on Oct. 21, a Centerpiece Film & Party on Oct. 26, a Ladies’ Spotlight Film & Party on Oct. 27 and the Closing Night Film, party, and awards ceremony on Oct. 29. The well-received Cocktails & Cinema community films and Happy Hour initiative, launched during last year’s Fort Lauderdale film festival, returns Oct. 23, 24 and 25.
“We’re ramping up for this year’s incredible OUTshine LGBTQ+ Fort Lauderdale roster of dramas, comedies, shorts, and thought-provoking documentaries and we can’t wait to unveil this year’s special events,” said Mark Gilbert, OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Fort Lauderdale interim executive director. “For 15 years in Fort Lauderdale and 25 in Miami, we’ve been a leading LGBTQ+ community voice bringing people together to champion diversity, inclusiveness and awareness in the arts and beyond.”
Ronnie Larsen, in association with Plays of Wilton, will present a killer new comedy Clark Gable Slept Here created by two South Florida theatrical stars Michael McKeever and Stuart Meltzer. Running Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, at The Foundry, 2306 N. Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors. When the corpse of a naked male prostitute is found in his superstar client’s hotel room during the Golden Globe Awards, agent Jarrod Hilliard tries to sweep things under the rug in this dark comedy.
MNM Theatre Company’s Five Guys Named Moe, running through Sept. 24 in the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center features the music of jazz legend Louis Jordan and is based on a 1943 musical short of the same name by Louis Jordan himself.
“To me MNM means ‘chance,’ Jacquez Linder-Long says. “I came to Marcie Gorman and her company with my vision for Five Guys Named Moe, and from day one we have been working to make that vision into reality - to present to audiences a show of African American Legacy and culture through timeless music.” Tickets available at mnmtheatre.org and/or www.kravis.org.