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Ever wondered where playwrights get their inspiration from? In the latest play to make the stage at The Foundry, the answer is the therapy couch.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Psychologist Puts Skills to Work in Regional Premiere at The Foundry

By JW Arnold

In the movies and on television, psychologists make great detectives, profiling their suspects, digging into the deepest and sometimes darkest motivations for their crimes. In real life, licensed psychologist Bayla Travis does somewhat the opposite – using her training and clinical experiences to create engaging characters for the stage.

When she’s not working with her clients, she’s writing plays that have been performed around the world. This week, Women of Wilton (WOW!) presents “The Dyke and the Porn Star,” an intriguing comedy that Travis began penning 30 years ago.

The Oakland, Ca., resident got her start in theater while still young and living in North Carolina.

She recalled in an email interview, “I tried to be a theater kid. But after my first experience on stage in the sixth grade I didn't think I had what it took to make it.”

When she was 18, she left for New York City, “hoping there would be lesbians everywhere. Which was true, especially compared to North Carolina, but there wasn't enough lesbian theater.”

Travis joined the only lesbian theater in town and wrote “Parlor Games,” which she described as “the kind of play I wanted to see, which was ladies in turn-of-the-century Vienna waltzing together in period costumes while on breaks from playing dangerous games together.”


Artistic Icon: G. Wright Muir

G. Wright Muir is an LGBTQ advocate and writer. She’s the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Black LGBTQ+ Liberation, Inc. (BLINC).

Muir has been partnering with her pal Nik Harris to produce the “Thou Art Woman” event series since 2014.

The Military Turned Isaiah Wilkins Away Because of His HIV Status

Isaiah Wilkins and Lambda Legal are fighting to eliminate the U.S. Armed Forces’ archaic, discriminatory policy. Meet Wilkins at Lambda Legal's March 24 event.


Pride Fort Lauderdale Refuses to Give Donor Money Back

“There is no money.” That’s the message Pride Fort Lauderdale has for John Michael Gordon, a local massage therapist who donated $1,000 to the 2024 festival.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Paint 'N Sip

Artist Constance Ivana will lead the group at Rebel Wine Bar in step-by-step instructions on how to paint on a canvas. Each ticket includes a glass of wine.

WED: "The Dyke and the Porn Star"

San Francisco dyke-about-town Chance gets to meet her favorite porn star, Tara Gold. Will Chance's fantasies come true, or will they find themselves on a collision course with Tara's own most personal unfulfilled erotic yearnings? Find out in this new play at The Foundry.

THURS: Equality Park After Dark

Peruse the food trucks and vendors at this artisan, fun, funky market at The Pride Center at Equality Park! 

FRI: "Hurray for Hollywood"

The Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida is bringing your favorite tunes from the movies, from the Roaring '20s to today at this concert at The Parker.

SAT: Pop Up Thrift and HIV Testing

Broward House is hosting a Promise Pop-Up Thrift and free HIV testing, with proceeds benefitting the organization's programing.

SUN: Classic Car Show

Enjoy a day of classic cars, pizza and drinks at Anne Marie's in Pompano Beach.

Job Opportunities

Lead Cook and Catering -- Wilton Manors

Stork's is hiring a lead cook to prepare a wide variety of foods for our prepared-foods display case, generate new ideas for breakfast, prepared foods, and catering, cooks short-order breakfast foods, assist owner and front-end manager with inventory and ordering of all food supplies for kitchen, and other tasks.

Seamstress/Tailor -- Wilton Manors

Barton and Miller Cleaners is hiring a seamstress/tailor to do alterations, sew hems, fix tears, mend zippers and apply buttons, perform basic alterations, do minor repairs, and other tasks.

Meet Your Neighbor

Jameer Baptiste serves as the event director and gallery directory for HotSpots! Events as well as the editor-at-large for HotSpots! Magazine. 

“We have monthly and annual events. One of our most popular events is our Stonewall Pride,” Baptiste said. “On a daily basis, I just manage and produce the marketing components as well as all of the activities for all of our events that we have monthly and annually.” 

Baptiste manages HOTspots Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean. He was crowned Mr. Stonewall 2019 and says that winning the pageant inspired him to give back to his community, which led to his involvement with HotSpots! 

“There aren't much duties or responsibilities tied to the title,” he said. “I was like ‘Oh, I really want to do something with this title.’" -- Mary Rasura

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Simply log into your Cinnabon Rewards account and link your it to your McAlister's Deli rewards account to get 20% off your order (up to $10).

Deal expires 14 days after linking accounts. Only at participating restaurants.


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