See you at The Yard. The recently opened Doral Yard is fulfilling its mission to be a community hub with plenty of events including recurring musical events like Live Music Thursdays, Cultural Fridays, Tribute Night Saturdays and World Beats Sundays. Here’s a can’t miss suggestion: the launch of the Soul Brunch series, presented by E11EVEN Vodka and featuring live music by Yoli Mayor and a special pop-up appearance by culinary guest, Chef Eileen Andrade, chef-owner of iconic Finka Table & Tap and Amelia’s 1931, as well as the soon-to-come Barbakoa by Finka, a ‘restaurant within a restaurant’ at The Doral Yard. Click here for info. Event is Nov. 22. Tickets are $36. Click here for more.
Ultimate fest. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center starts out the month of December with fun at its Gumbofest 2020. Held at Crazy Uncle Mike’s Restaurant in Boca Raton, the event supports the nature center’s goal to help endangered marine life and sea turtles. Attendees will sample signature gumbo, chowders and desserts from local top chefs and restaurants and ‘vote’ for their favorite recipes from participants such as Harvest Grill, Loch Bar and others. Rounding out the event is a silent auction and pop up shop. Event is Dec. 2. Registration is $35. Click here for more.
Just down the lane. In lieu of its annual Christmas tree lighting, Promenade at Coconut Creek is giving North Broward residents another way to celebrate the holidays with Holiday Lane at the Promenade, sponsored by Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Families stay in their cars and drive through holiday scenes and projections, accompanied by jolly music. Plus, Santa Claus himself makes an appearance. Event is Nov. 21. Click here for more.
Lighting it up. There’s no such thing as too many lights during the holidays. CityPlace Doral proves it with its fourth annual Light Up the Night. Families delight in multi-colored LED lighting decked on the center’s Christmas tree and palm trees lining the outdoor shops, as well as a colorful waterfall display choreographed to everyday favorites and holiday classics. Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Click here for more.
Virtual film festival. The 12th OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Fort Lauderdale will showcase 21 world-class contemplative, comedic and creative films from 11 countries, (several making their US debuts during the streaming festival). The festival will also host livestreamed special events with cocktail happy hours, talent and Q & A sessions as a way to virtually tie the community together. But film lovers can also look forward to The OUTshine Drive-OUT film Cowboys (USA), a critically acclaimed drama (Dec. 4) at Pier 66 Marina. Films will be made available Dec. 3-6. Prices for individual films are $7.50 each and value packages range from $37.50 to $100. Opening night drive-in tickets are $40 per vehicle. Click here for more.
(Featured image above) Music of the heart. Turn your living room into a concert hall with the next virtual event from The Symphonia while giving back to the arts. The chamber music orchestra is partnering with local galleries and area businesses to host Symphonia of HeARTs, a virtual performance and art auction that will benefit the organization’s educational programs, community outreach and music. David Kim, violinist and renowned Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will be accompanied by his daughter on the piano during the virtual event. As for the art, more than 80 items will be available during the virtual fundraiser, including works by internationally known artists and local artists, trips, dinners and jewelry. Event is Dec. 3. Auction runs Nov. 19-Dec. 3. Click here to register and click here for information on sponsorships.
Trip to the past. The latest exhibit at History Fort Lauderdale celebrates Native American Heritage Month. “Circle of Unity” is described as an intergenerational, multi-disciplinary exhibition that presents a contemporary perspective of Seminole artists on the cycles of solidarity and patterns of resilience that have always existed within the histories of the Seminole and Miccosukee People of Florida. For those who prefer to see the exhibit virtually, History Fort Lauderdale hosts a virtual tour and discussion featuring the artists and a few of the stories behind the works on Nov. 20. Click here to RSVP for the virtual tour. The exhibit is on view through Jan. 12. Click here for tickets.
Hope for the holidays. GENTRI, The Gentlemen Trio performs in benefit of Habitat for Humanity of Broward with a free live broadcast A Night of Hope and Thanksgiving. The trio is comprised of three dynamic tenors who are pioneering a signature sound they call “cinematic pop,” featuring lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies. Event is Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on CRPC.TV from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Email [email protected] for more.