Thursday, June 22
Out in the Tropics LGBTQ Performing Arts Series and FUNDarte in association with Centro Cultural Español present La Shica in concert at The Gleason Room at the Fillmore (1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach). La Shica is a Madrid-based artist who mixes the raw passion of flamenco with the girt of urban Hip-hop and rap, adding touches of rock and funk, and rounding out the sound with generous jazz and blues influences. Purchase tickets at the Fillmore Box office in person or call them at 305-673-7300 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Friday, June 23
Miami’s own golden boy Pit Bull reunites with Enrique Iglesias for what is sure to be an amazing concert at 7:30 pm at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Out in the Tropics LGBTQ Performing Arts Series and FUNDarte present Joey Arias in concert at the Gleason Room at The Fillmore (1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach). Joey Arias is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, actor, performance artist, and fashion icon. Arias lived and worked with legendary musician Klaus Nomi then became a performance artist, cabaret singer, and drag artist, and became popular among early Gay Pride activists in Miami. Arias played the emcee in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, for which he co-wrote 3 songs. He has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Freedom Theatre in London and a world tour through cabaret clubs of Paris, Tokyo, Moscow, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Canada, and England. His film credits include Mondo New York, Big Top Pee Wee, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Wigstock – The Movie, Flawless, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and Z Chromosome. TV credits include an infamous Saturday Night Live episode with David Bowie and Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson’s Vandemonium (Cinemax), Elvira’s MTV Halloween Special, HBOs Dragtime and Real Sex, and Gayer than Gay on VH1, along with appearances on various talk shows. His own recordings include Arias on Holiday, Strange Fruit, Jazzo Lozo, God Shave the Queen, StarLust, Arias with a Twist, and Bar D’o. Purchase tickets at the Fillmore Box office in person or call them at 305-673-7300 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, June 24
Compass of Palm Beach presents the 16th annual Stonewall Black & White Ball: Emerald Night (Translation: Black and white with a glimmer of emerald) at the Harriet Himmel Theater in City Place, West Palm Beach. At 7:30p.m. is the VIP and Leadership award reception ($75) and at 9p.m. is general admission ($35 in advance and $40 at the door). Tickets can be purchased at CompassGLCC.com or in person at these locations: Compass Community Center, Roosters, Penny’s at the Duke, Mad Hatter, The Box Gallery, Fort Dix or Studio 205.
Noche Latina Saturdays inside the Ivy Dance Room and Patio at the Manor Complex presents “Puerto Rican Pride Celebration,” with their annual “Hot Boricua Contest” featuring $300 in cash and prizes (limited to the first 5 contestants that sign up). The night will star Sasha Lords and Selena Jimenez, along with resident DJ Larry Larr spinning your Latin favorites and Hot Latin Go-Go papis. Saturdays at the Manor are from 11pm to 4am and feature NO COVER before midnight and only $7 with Manor card after midnight and $10 without.
The Frost Museum, in the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery presents Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience invites guests on a journey of space exploration with hands-on activities and multimedia components. Guests will get a glimpse of the challenges and triumphs of space exploration. Interactive exhibits invite engagement in the extraordinary conditions of space exploration and the science that makes it successful. What lies ahead for human space flight? And what does it mean for life on Earth? Discover what is possible and what awaits in orbit and beyond. Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience is on display at Frost Science from today through Sunday, September 10. Admission is complimentary with museum tickets. More information is available at frostscience.org/space.
Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida presents “Generation OUT!,” which is coming out stories weaved together in a musical collection that spans decades. Expect to hear iconic tunes by Judy Garland, Madonna and Lady Gaga on Saturday, at 8pm at the Parker Playhouse. To purchase tickets go to: BrowardCenter.org.
Sunday, June 25
Scandals Saloon presents their monthly Lady Fancy’s Gospel Jubilee at 6 p.m. which is a joyful celebration of Southern Gospel Music.
The SUPREME diva, Diana Ross performs tonight at 7:30pm at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Diana Ross’ famed and remarkable career includes hit singles such as “Endless Love,” “I’m Coming Out,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” She is one of the most iconic female singers of all time and was named “Female Entertainer of the Century” by Billboard magazine. For more information or tickets, go to ArshtCenter.org.
Tuesday, June 27
Broward Equality Connection takes place today from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at Mojo’s Restaurant
(4140 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale). There is no charge for this event, so you can bring a guest, or three! Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida. If you stay for dinner, Anthony & Domenick of Mojo’s will “give back” to Equality Florida 20% of regular priced menu items. For reservations (recommended) call 954-568-4443.
Miami Live (912 71st Street, Miami Beach) presents Open Mic Night starting at 9pm, hosted by DJ Epps, with Shemuwel performing live!
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Nonesuch Records releases The Natalie Merchant Collection,—a deluxe ten-CD box set compiled by Merchant—on June 23, 2017. The Natalie Merchant Collection comprises ten discs, including all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades. A ninth disc, Butterfly, is a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from her catalogue, all arranged for string quartet. The final disc is Rarities, a collection of fifteen rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2017, which offers a unique view of Merchant’s creative experimentation through home studio demos, album outtakes, live tracks, and collaborations with diverse artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy Helm. The package includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history of the singer-songwriter’s solo career—an archival treasure box for collectors. Pre-orders are available now at nonesuch.com with an instant download of the new recording of “Frozen Charlotte” from the Butterfly disc as well as an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merchant.
To coincide with the release of the box set, Merchant will tour the US this summer with Natalie Merchant: 3 Decades of Song, performing songs from across her entire career. A portion of the tour’s proceeds will be donated to the environmental organization Food & Water Watch, which champions healthy food and clean water. Tickets are on sale now, and more information may be found at nataliemerchant.com.