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FASHION PORN: Diversity Honors

The first ever "Diversity Honors" raised more than $50,000 for the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors.

The event was staged recently at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood and honored national and SoFlo leaders who have impacted the quality of life for the LGBT community with performances from cabaret artist Joey Arias and human circus Cirque Dreams.

Emceed by WSVN-TV’s Craig Stevens, the event paid tribute to Judy and Dennis Shepard, LGBT civil rights activists and co-founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The parent of the slain Matthew Shepard received the Harvey Milk Honors Medal award from Stuart Milk, nephew of the late civil rights icon, Harvey Milk.

Diversity Honors also recognized South Florida leaders whose activism has improved the quality of life for the LGBT community, including:

1. international recording artist Deborah Cox

2. president and founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Rand Hoch

3. nationally recognized teen activist...

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Florida Grand Opera reveals 2015-2016 season

Florida Grand Opera announced a diverse spate of titles for its 2015-2016 season, including Gioachino Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)," Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma," Mieczyslaw Weinberg's "The Passenger" and Gaetano Donizetti's "Don Pasquale."

All four productions will be performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. "The Barber of Seville" and "Norma" will be performed at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. (FGO will provide bus service from the Broward Center to the Arsht Center for "The Passenger" and "Don Pasquale.")

"If there was ever a season to look forward to, this would be it," says Susan T. Danis, Florida Grand Opera's general director and CEO. "This season speaks to the diversity of our community while bringing some of the most spectacular productions to South Florida. In addition, we are absolutely thrilled to have so many wonderful artists making their FGO debut during this anniversary year. FGO...

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Sol Children Theatre announces summer, 2016 seasons

The second season of Evening Star Productions ended with the Boca Raton company's staging of "The Addams Family — A New Musical Comedy."

But that doesn't mean the professional arm of Sol Children Theatre is going dark for the rest of the summer. Evening Star will stage the musical "The Last Five Years" July 16-Aug. 2 and the drama "Bug" Aug. 12-29.

Sol Children Theatre, which is also housed at the Sol Theatre, will also be busy this summer with "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" June 12-28 and "Thumbelina" Aug. 27-Sept. 6.

Rosalie Grant, the founder and artistic director of both companies, has also announced the 2015-2016 seasons for Sol and Evening Star.

"I carefully took each company's mission statement into consideration," Grant says."Evening Star will open with '35MM a Musical Exhibition,' a regional premiere. We're only the fourth theater in the country to stage this difficult, contemporary musical.We'll follow that up with the still-relative theater classic David Mamet's 'Oleanna,'and...

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FASHION PORN: Shuzz Show in Boca's Mizner Park

The recent fifth annual Shuzz Art Fashion show raised $175,000 to give impoverished children all over the globe shoes as well as much-needed surgery to help some kids walk again.

This year the runway event was staged at Mizner Park Amphitheater by Neiman Marcus and featured the Haute Hippie collection. Cirque Dreams also performed.

 

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Arts Garage makes more room for theater

Arts Garage is getting bigger.

Not only is the Delray Beach performance venue adding a still-under-construction black box theater, a new venture will merge the works of the Boca Raton Theatre Guild and the Primal Forces theater company into one theater season at Arts Garage.

Keith Garsson and Genie Croft ran the Boca Raton Theatre Guild. Garsson was also the artistic director of Primal Forces. Croft was a co-founder of Women's Theatre Project, which closed in February.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement in March that Louis Tyrrell, the founding artistic director of Theatre at Arts Garage, was leaving after four years. Tyrrell was the impresario who guided Palm Beach County's Florida Stage through 24 years before it suddenly closed in 2011.

"When I saw that Lou was making his exit, and having seen a few shows [at Arts Garage], I thought this would be a great place for the off-Broadway feel that Primal Forces has," says Garsson, who will be the producing director at Arts Garage....

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Five things to know about the Home Show

There is a lot of stuff planned for the Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show planned for Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Think about it: aisle after aisle of products and services for residential decorating as well as live demonstrations, trend seminars and even cooking shows.

We've boiled it all down to some must-know-info for you.

1. Ask an expert

You can have a 30-minute consultation with an interior designer. Best part? It's totally free. Experts from the tongue-tying American Society of Interior Designers Florida South Chapter will be on hand to help you with all your tough questions about home design. To book an appointment during regular Home Show hours, email Sharon Berube at SharBerube@aol.com.

2. Now we're cooking

Local guest chefs will take to the stage for cooking demonstrations. And yes, attendees can sample some of the recipes. The list is expansive, so to see when your favorite food might be made, check...

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