FORT LAUDERDALE – LOOK FORWARD TO FALL WITH FANTASTIC PERFORMANCES AT THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts kicks off the fall season with comedy, classical music, jazz and community events.
Save the Twinz: Live PINK! presents Women Who Jam!, a benefit concert in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room as part of the Broward Center’s Arts Access Program. Hosted by Danielle Knox of The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television and Tamara Grant from Those Two Girls in the Morning on 97.3 The Coast, the event will feature groundbreaking female artists and musicians in jazz, R&B, gospel, hip-hop, neo soul, soft rock and spoken word from the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment’s Women Who Jam concert series. Proceeds will benefit the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center at Broward General Medical Center and the Seventh Avenue Family Health Center. Tickets are $30.
Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place Sunday, October 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk. Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa. The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront. The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present direct from Broadway RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles from Tuesday, October 4 through Sunday, October 16 in the Au-Rene Theater. RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance in this multi-media concert, that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more) this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends! Showtimes vary. Tickets range from $25.25 to $65.25.
From the multicultural menu of noodle kugel and salad alongside black beans and rice, ropa vieja and plantains to the wedding cake topped by two grooms, Jon and Juan’s Wedding makes interactive comedy hip again with the Broward Center 2011-12 Pride Series opener in the Abdo New River Room on Wednesday, October 12 through Sunday, October 23 with show times Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m. Audiences will take part in the ceremony and outrageous reception for Jon Silverman and Juan Rodriguez joining in the fun, mixing and mingling with the couple’s outspoken Jewish and Cuban families, distraught ex-boyfriend and spaced-out best man. Tickets to the flamboyant, outrageous music, food and dance-filled extravaganza are $59.50 and include the wedding dinner and cake. This production contains adult language and subject matter.
Symphony of the Americas presents In Celebration: Hispanic Heritage, Classical Style in the Amaturo Theater on Tuesday October 18 at 8:15 p.m. The concert features the music of Latin Grammy Award-winning composer Eduardo Magallanes. Tickets are $62, $73 and $85.
Miami City Ballet presents Program I on Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday October 30 at 2 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. Program I opens the season with four compelling ballets that run the gamut from classic to contemporary: George Balanchine’s breezy and exuberant American classic, Square Dance; Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, a riveting duet between a young man in a dance studio absorbed by his reflection in a mirror, and a young woman who interrupts his reverie; Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy, an intensely sensual and haunting pas de deux, set to the contemporary sounds of composer Arvo Pärt; and In the Upper Room, Twyla Tharp’s explosive, signature masterwork – an endurance test filled with power and speed, leaving the audience and dancers, breathless. Tickets are $19, $29, $59, $85 and $169.
In an annual fundraiser for Scholarship for South Florida, Inc., beautiful ladies take to the runway in the Miss Broward County Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. Students from around the state will compete for the title of Miss Gold Coast and Miss Gold Coast Outstanding Teen as Broward residents vie for the title of Miss Broward County and Miss Broward County Outstanding Teen. The event, presented as part of the Broward Center’s Arts Access program, features personal interview, talent, evening gown and fitness lifestyle competitions. Winners advance to the Miss Florida and potentially the Miss America pageants.
Symphony of the America’s Cirque de la Symphonie – the Classical Encore takes the stage on Monday, October 31 at 10 a.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. The Smart Stage Matinee show features award-winning acrobats, dancers, jugglers and strongmen performing to baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music selections played by the Symphony of the Americas under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
Tickets to all performances are available through the Broward Center’s AutoNation box office at 954-462-0222 or online at www.BrowardCenter.org. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
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