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Islanders, we may be in the depths of the dog days of summer, as they call it, but Wilton Manors is truly bursting at the seams with community happenings.

Stonewall celebrates queer women in the arts, Disney comes to Wilton Drive, an orchestra from Rome will be performing at the Sunshine Cathedral, Union Kitchen & Bar is hosting a wine dinner, and Brandon Wolf will be taking part in a virtual discussion about his new memoir, "A Place For Us."

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Have a great week!

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Stonewall Museum Celebrates Queer Women In the Arts

By John Hayden

Photo via Adobe Stock.

For millennia, music and poetry have played crucial roles in preserving history and bonding communities. Today, messages go around the world in the blink of an eye, but storytelling through song continues to be an integral way of informing and celebrating each other. 

Queer women in the arts will be showcased July 28 at Stonewall National Museum. Organizers are hosting “I’ve Got the Music In Me,” a night of music, poetry, dance and more featuring women. 

“Music has been an important way for lesbians to bond,” Stonewall Executive Director Robert Kesten said. “Going back to the early 1970s and the festivals in Michigan, and the important women artists from Holly Near, Melissa Etheridge, to the dozens of others who have climbed the charts and enhanced our lives.”

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Fort Lauderdale Mayor Talks Future & LGBTQ Community

Fort Lauerdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who has said he plans on running for re-election, sat down with OutSFL to talk about tackling challenges and his vision for the area’s future.

Disney Delights Hit Wilton Drive

Disney’s music will be celebrated along Wilton Drive on July 28 at 7 p.m., for a new event called “One Magical Drive.” The Little Mermen, an NYC based choral group of Disney diehards, will lead the celebration of music. 


'Queer Love' Art Exhibition Gives Voice & Visibility to LGBTQ Women

Co-curated by Nik Harris and G Wright, the exhibit intentionally centralizes images and works of queer women, a segment of the LGBTQ population that historically has lacked representation. 

Weekly Events

TODAY: Conversation With Brandon Wolf

Equality Florida press secretary and Pulse survivor Brandon Wolf joins a virtual discussion about his new memoir, "A Place For Us," with the Stonewall Museum.

WED: 5 Ways Grenache Wine Dinner

It's time for Union Kitchen & Bar's next wine dinner! This time, the owners will guide you through the many byotypes of grenache from five different countries and styles.

THURS: Strength in Solidarity: Confronting Hate Together

During this free town hall at the Pride Center, expert panelists will delve into the topic of hate crimes, their impact on the community, and shed light on important legal definitions, dispel misconceptions, and clarify the impact of new legislation. 

FRI: One Magical Drive

The Little Mermen will transform Wilton Drive into a Disney extravaganza -- and you're invited to sing along. 

SAT: Musicfor America String Orchestra

Musicfor International’s string quartet, QuartettOrfeo, travel from Rome to the Sunshine Cathedral for cultural exchange residencies with Musicall, a South Florida music conservatory, as well as the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra. 

SUN: POW Summer Luau

A pool party fundraiser to support Plays of Wilton (POW!), and bring more, great LGBTQ+ plays to Wilton Manors.

Job Opportunities

Veterinarian -- Wilton Manors

Banfield is looking to hire a doctor of veterinary medicine to join its Wilton Manors location. Salary ranges from $102,000 to $170,000. 

Reading Coach -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Elementary School is in need of a reading coach for students for the 2023 to 2024 school year.

Meet Your Neighbor

Mike Sansevero has lived in Wilton Manors for 12 years. He worked in Manhattan as a corporate attorney and is now a Realtor. He is the chair of the Community Affairs Advisory Board and the Sculpture Walk coordinator. 

An advocate for public art, he has implored the city to adopt a formal art policy.

“It will help attract people to the drive and therefore attract them or introduce them to some of the businesses that are along the drive and help sustain them economically,” Sansevero said. 

“So there was a multifaceted aspect to [starting Sculpture Walk] and that's why cities do it to begin with, is to attract people to the city. Also it enriches the cultural fabric of the city to begin with, for the residents to enjoy.” 

In his free time, he enjoys photography, going to the theater, movies, concerts, and traveling. He is a member of the Flamingo Car Club and proposed the Wilton Manors Car Show.

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Mike's Deal

Travel aboard the Brightline with great ticket deals! Every Sunday through Aug. 27, enjoy $5 kids and $10 adult SMART tickets. Plus, check out specials for Inter Miami and Miami Marlins games in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.


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