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Throughout the Month

Happening throughout December


“The Wiz”

  • When: Dec. 7-31
  • Where: Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill
  • What: The Tony Award-winning musical retells the story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz with catchy melodies that have made it a modern-day classic.
  • Info: stagedoorfl.org


Friday, Dec. 28

Here’s to Friday


A Tribute to Benny Goodman and Friends

  • When: 8 p.m.
  • Where: Arts Garage
  • What: Dick Lowenthal’s Big Band pays tribute to the swinging classics of the 1940s band leader by recreating part of Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Concert.
  • Info: artsgarage.org


Saturday, December 29

A joyous Kwanzaa



  • When: 2-5 p.m.
  • Where: Bass Park, 2750 NW 19th St., Fort Lauderdale
  • What: Fort Lauderdale’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Kwanzaa celebration with a community marketplace, food and crafts.
  • Info: 954.828.7275


Kwanzaa Celebration

  • When: 2:30-6 p.m.
  • Where: Spady Museum, 170 NW Fifth Ave., Delray Beach
  • What: The free event invites families to bring gifts, food and fruit to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and fellowship.
  • Info: spadymuseum.com


Sunday, December 30

The end of the year


“The Sleeping Beauty”

  • When: 3 p.m.
  • Where: Parker Playhouse
  • What: The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs the fairy tale based on the Brothers Grimm’s telling of the story.
  • Info: parkerplayhouse.com


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts
  • What: Just a snippet of a melody from this iconic musical makes listeners giddy with must-sing-along joy. The inspiring story of free-spirited Maria bringing music to the Von Trapp family has given audiences classics such as “Do Re Mi” and “My Favorite Things.”
  • Info: thecentercs.com



Bonus: New Year’s Eve Happenings

Ring in 2019


Dinner at Bourbon Steak (pictured above)

  • When: 5-11 p.m.
  • Where: JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura
  • What: James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina’s offers a three-course prix-fixe menu with Ahi Tuna Sashimi, New York Strip, Rack of Lamb, Miso-Glazed Sea Bass, Truffle Mac & Cheese and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
  • Cost: $195 for adults and $45 for children
  • Info: turnberryislemiami.com/dining/bourbon-steak
  • Reservations: 786.279.6600 or Opentable


“Fever: Peggy Lee & Friends”

  • When: 2 & 8 p.m.
  • Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St., Delray Beach
  • What: Ring in the New Year with a little bit of swing, with a five-piece band paying tribute to Peggy Lee and vocalists evoking the classic styles of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and others.
  • Info: delraybeachplayhouse.com


Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts
  • What: The Strauss Symphony Orchestra Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and champion ballroom dancers give tribute to a European tradition.
  • Info: thecentercs.com


Tiffany Haddish

  • When: 9 p.m.
  • Where: James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami
  • What: The self-described “last black unicorn” became a breakout comedy star after a hilarious performance in 2017’s “Girls Trip” and won an Emmy Award for her host spot on “Saturday Night Live.” She brings the laughs to Miami on her “She Ready” tour.
  • Info: jlkc.com


Bokamper’s Fort Lauderdale New Year’s Eve Party

  • When: 8 p.m.-midnight
  • Where: Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill, 3115 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
  • What: Bokamper’s celebrates with a buffet, open bar, DJ SelectShawn, balloon drop, midnight Champagne toast and more.
  • Cost: $79 per person (21 and older only)
  • Info: 954.900.5584


New Year’s at Beach House

  • Where: Beach House Pompano
  • What: Beach House hosts a James Bond-inspired Casino Night New Year’s Eve Soiree.
  • Cost: General admission is free; rooftop celebration is $99; Booths for the rooftop can be purchased for $500 and come with three appetizers with a bottle of Moet.)
  • Info: Beach House Pompano


Dinner at Coco Asian Bistro & Bar

  • When: Dinner will be served from 4-midnight; 4-10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day
  • Where: Coco Asian Bistro & Bar, 1841 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale
  • What: Order an entree from the a la carte specials menu during dinner and receive a complimentary glass of Piper Heidsieck Champagne. Diners will also each receive a complimentary glass of Champagne as the clock strikes midnight.
  • Enjoy dishes such as coconut and banana blossom soup, lobster pad Thai, lobster and pineapple fried rice, Southern Thai curry beef short ribs and more.
  • Info: cocoasianbistro.com

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