Love, Simon

Thursday, March 15

Latinos Salud presents “Raise Your Glass to Raise Awareness: A Florida AIDS Walk fundraiser” at Soyka’s private garden room (5556 NE 4th Court) from 6p.m. to 8:30p.m. Network with leaders in Miami’s LGBT community; enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and half priced specialty drinks. All while making a difference in the fight to defeat HIV/AIDS stigma, and make our community healthier! Entrance fee for pre-registered guests is just $20 and it includes two glasses of wine, and hors d’oeuvres.  Sign up at http://bit.ly/WineMarch15. Best of all, if you choose to make a donation at the event, all funds collected will be DOUBLED in support of Latinos Salud’s Florida AIDS Walk team.

Friday, March 16

The original Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Gary Keating, presents “Our Time With Sondheim,” which is a musical tribute with guest stars Lisa Vroman and Martha Bartz. The show is 8p.m. tonight and 4p.m. on Sunday, March 18. For tickets (General admission is $25 and $40 VIP) please call 954-832-0060 or go to TheFTLGMC.org.

The City of Aventura presents a one-night-only reunion of the biggest hit-makers of the ’60s in Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live! at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center at 8 p.m. The concert features musical legends: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and former lead singer of The Shirelles Shirley Alston Reeves (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Soldier Boy” and “Mama Said”); Dennis Tufano, the original lead singer of The Buckinghams (“Kind of A Drag,” “Don’t You Care,” “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” and “Susan”); and Emil Stucchio & The Classics (“Till Then”). Tickets $50–$55 at aventuracenter.org, or by phone at 877.311.7469.

Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors presents the exhibition opening of Selling | Out: The History of Gay Male Images in Advertising from 6 pm – 8 pm. Today, between 100 and 200 print, video and Internet ads contain LGBT images annual, mostly of gay men. The diversity of these representations is expanding to include descriptions of older models, men of color, and multi-generational family units in ads for a variety of product categories.  This relatively broad visibility is a recent phenomenon. The advertising industry’s incorporation of gay imagery proceeded very slowly, approaching its current volume only in the past 15 years. This exhibit traces the 100-year history of gay male images in advertising over four historical phases in the LGBT rights movement. This is free to attend with a suggested donation of $5. Refreshments provided courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. A talk with exhibition curator Blaine Branchik, PhD, will take place at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 17

The Pub celebrates St Patty’s Day with an exclusive show by “Company B” at 10:30p.m.

The Ramrod presents their St Patricks night event: “Come Find Your Daddy Or Boy,” which will be a PErVe Daddy/Boy special event starring DJ Bryan Reyes. They invite you to wear green and flag your green hanky.

Noche Latina Saturday inside the Ivy Dance Room and Patio at the Manor Complex presents the official birthday celebration for Miss Noche Latina 2018, Estephania St. Lords. Special guest will be, direct from Tennessee, former Miss Pride South Florida, Wendy Williams along with resident DJ Larry Larr and sexy Latin Go-Go Papi’s dancing on the bar. Saturdays at the Manor are from 11p.m. to 4a.m. and is free before midnight (FL res) and only $7 after for members and $10 for non-members (18-20 $12 all night).

Sunday, March 18

AIDS Health Foundation presents the annual Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale Beach starring Flo Rida. For more information, go to: FloridaAIDSWalk.org.

The City of Aventura presents Catapult: The Amazing Magic of Shadow Dancing at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center for two shows today at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The troupe appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent with its imaginative combination of dance, story-telling and acrobatic sculpture. Tickets are $35–$40 with $25 tickets for students under age 25 with valid ID. Buy tickets online at aventuracenter.org, or by phone at 877.311.7469.

Monday, March 19

Latrice Royale inc. presents the annual Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida Pageant at 8p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. The night will honor the current court: Judas Elliot and Delores T. Van Cartier, and feature entertainment by formers: Wendy Williams (15th Anniversary), Latrice Royale (2004), Sasha Sommers (2005), Tayanna Love (2012), Porsha Chambers (2013), Missy Meyakie (2014), Elishaly D’Witshes (2016) and Jeffrey Kelly (Mr. 2016). Other special guests include: Antonio Edwards (Mr Florida M.E. 2017/18), Kalah Mendoza (Miss Florida 2017/18), TP Lords, and drag legend Tommy Ross. Mandatory contestant registration is at 2p.m. and the categories include: presentation (show your pride), Swim Wear, Talent, Evening Wear, and Q&A. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: pridesouthfl.com.

Wednesday, March 21

Care Resource presents the “Red Party: Cocktails N’ Bites for a Cause” benefitting AIDS Walk Miami at Hunters Nightclub. Doors open at 6:30p.m. at stars Champagne Bordeaux, Rajee Narinesingh, Franchesque Richards, Nicole T. Phillips, Velvet LeNore, and Deja Devonier. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and includes one signature cocktail, complimentary Hors d’oeuvres, performances and raffles.

This is HOT

Love, Simon hits theaters this Friday, March 16. A young coming-of-age teenage boy, Simon Spier, goes through a different kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Simon has a love connection with a boy, Blue, by email, but the only problem is that Simon has no idea who he’s talking to. Simon must discover who that boy is–who Blue is. Along the way, he tried to find himself as well. Simon is keeping the secret that he is gay from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates. When that secret is leaked, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. Love, Simon stars Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, and Katherine Langford.