By Steven O. Evans, PhD
As I write this, my sister’s daughter (my niece) is celebrating her very first birthday. Yes, in 2019 I became an uncle for the first time ever. And, my parents became grandparents. What a fun journey this has been watching her go from the “pee, poop, cry, and sleep” stage, to seeing her smile, vie for attention, and now even pulling up and walking on her own. The next is shopping for crayons for kindergarten! Happy first birthday to her!
Last night, I saw The Dinosaurs of Antarctica in 3D at The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS). What an amazing film that takes you on a journey with a team of scientists that traveled to this frozen continent below. Before the movie, I got to speak personally with Nathan D. Smith, PhD, the Associate Curator of The Dinosaur Institute at the National History Museum of Los Angeles County. (OK, how many kids out there would like to be the head of a dinosaur department!?) It was fascinating to hear first hand about his journey with the other paleontologists and scientists, as they ventured through this challenging climate to discover a world millions of years old. I highly recommend that you see this film.
What else is to come? See our amazing South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks IV, take your seat for Suddenly Last Summer by Island City Stage, my friends Eric and Gerrianna are bringing their fabulous Dynamic Duo back to South Florida. Key West is gearing up for Pride, Tropical Heat, and Women’s Fest. Magic City Casino is bringing back it’s Ultimate Miami Drag Queen with some over the top fabulous talent. The Mr. & Miss South Florida pageant promises to be another show stopping night at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center. And the Arts and Cultural Center / Hollywood has premiered its own, unique video production entitled Open Dialogues: Voices from the LGBTQ Community, together with their series of other events not to be missed.
And what else? Our fabulous cover story of Alexis Michelle appearing at the Kravis Center, along with Michael Feinsten also up at the KC. Winter Party (got your speedo?). The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (get your inner Diva on!) spices up their concert. The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida will bring out the Greatest Showmen. Calling all Scottish Americans for this fun festival. How about another round of toe-tapping music with Gold Coast Jazz. The Museum of Discovery and Science has events for all ages (wine anyone?). And some great classical tunes with the Nova Singers and Master Chorale of South Florida. What about a classic with Pee-wee? Great ready to “LOL” with our exclusive interview. He’ll be out at Coral Springs Center for the Arts (AKA ,The Center), who’ll also be hosting Graham Nash and a whole summer of Disney fun for kids. Grab all your foliage at the Tropical Plant Fair by the Equality Garden Club. Temple Shalom is celebrating Passover. The Prime Gentlemen welcome you to a night out for fun, drinks, and friends. If that’s not enough, Diversity Honors is a swanky night out at the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino Hollywood. The Better Business Bureau honors outstanding businesses at their annual Torch Awards. And go ahead and get your tickets for BenDeLeCreme.
Our amazing bars, clubs, and restaurants (on and off “The Drive”) are offering up nightly specials, shows, events, community fundraisers, and more for us to write about in upcoming issues!
What an amazing community we have here in South Florida. I am thankful to be a part of it – and for our wonderful partners!
I will quote again, my dear friend, Dr. Easterday, “Is happiness abounding?”
Steven O. Evans, PhD
Publisher & Editor in Chief