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ArtsUnited celebrates 25 years of promoting the arts within the LGBTQ community, and we look forward to 25 more!

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Happy Easter to all this weekend, and keep the Island City shining bright.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


ArtsUnited Throws a Rockin’ Party to Celebrate 25 Years

By John Hayden

The show must go on. Thanks to ArtsUnited, the shows have been going on for 25 years. The South Florida group threw a rockin’ party at Lips on March 20, celebrating success and generating enthusiasm for the next 25 years.

“We had a great crowd, and they were responsive, and the performances were great,” ArtsUnited Board President Chuck Williams said.

Four honorary hosts, Natalie Tyler, FayWhat?!, Michael Albetta, and Tony Lima welcomed the crowd, sold raffle tickets, and overall spent the night looking fabulous and energizing the crowd.

ArtsUnited was formed in 1999 as a way to promote LGBTQ art at a time when many “mainstream” patrons were steering clear. They strive to create safe and welcoming spaces for artists and art lovers. Williams says when people leave an event, you can’t tell who’s straight and who is LGBTQ, a point of pride for his organization.

That said, Williams and ArtsUnited understand this is a dangerous time for LGBTQ artists and protecting their platforms is an imperative.

“We’re not political, but we are in a political climate. Transgender are under attack, we’re burning books in schools. We just want everybody to feel welcome and safe.”


Artistic Icon: Carol Wartenberg

In 2020, Carol Wartenberg founded Lesbian Thespians while associated with the Plays of Wilton. Wartenberg wanted to bring more women, like herself, back into the theater and to produce performing arts events for women, and by women.

Wilton Manors Holds Easter Egg Hunt for Preschool Children

Ahead of Easter, which is coming up on Sunday, a community in Wilton Manors held an egg hunt for preschoolers. It happened on Wednesday at the Jack & Jill Center located at 1639 NE 26th St.


New Name, New Events At Bear Week

Pool parties, an exclusive river cruise, porn star cabaret and more. Lauderdale Tropical Bear Week put on a party like none other. Getting adult movie legend Drew Sebastian and LGBTQ icon Crystal Waters onto the same marquee is no easy trick, but Eagle pulled it off.

Weekly Events

TODAY: "The Taming of the Shrew"

Thinking Cap Theatre at the Broward Center turns to one of Shakespeare's most controversial works, a play that has left audiences divided on whether the playwright was a misogynist or a proto-feminist.

SAT: "The Dyke and the Porn Star"

In the newest play at The Foundry, 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? 

SUN: Easter Drag Brunch

Join the ladies at The Well for an amazing show and delicious Easter brunch, including unlimited mimosas or margaritas.

Job Opportunities

Machine Operator -- Oakland Park

PrideStaff is hiring a machine operator to operate assigned production machinery to produce products in an efficient and timely manner, follow standard operating procedures and safety requirements, identify and isolate any non-conforming product, complete and maintain required production reports, and other tasks.

Host -- Oakland Park

Bahama Breeze is hiring a host to be guests' first and last impression, greeting guests with a vibrant smile, accurately quoting wait times, managing reservations, seating guests, and accommodating their needs.

Friday's Furry Friend

Four-year-old Horton is one happy fellow, and he would love to go home with you. He is friendly, affectionate, enthusiastic and loves getting your attention. He is very treat-motivated, and it shows! This big boy is almost 80lbs. Not to worry, he is well-behaved. He knows sit and comes when called.


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