The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District partners – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Historic Stranahan House Museum – are presenting a variety of cultural activities during the month of July. From the acclaimed art exhibition SHARK to An Evening with John Waters: This Filthy World to Family Fun Days at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Riverwalk A&E District partners are offering a wide variety of cultural opportunities for people of various ages and interests.
Throughout July, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
This major exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Art in association with Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. It is guest curated by acclaimed wildlife artist, author and environmentalist Richard Ellis, who is working to bring together both art and science in documenting the world’s never-ending fascination with these celebrated creatures of the sea. In addition to drawings of all the known varieties of sharks in the world, the exhibition contains photographs, sculptures, and video as well as a section devoted to the sensational impact of the 1975 Steven Spielberg film Jaws. In recent years, attention has turned to protecting the habitats of these magnificent animals and the exhibition documents advances made in those areas as well, including the July 2011 banning of all commercial shark fishing by the island nation of the Bahamas.
The Atlantic’s Fin-Tastic Getaway Package
Through Oct. 15
This package offered by the Riverwalk A&E District includes a 3-day/2-night stay at The Atlantic Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, based on double occupancy (guaranteed oceanfront accommodations); daily continental breakfast for two at East End Brasserie, admission for two to the SHARK exhibition at the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale, admission for two to explore live sharks/other aquatic animals at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 2-hour Sea Experience snorkeling cruise for two in a glass-bottom boat, and 20 percent off all spa services at The Spa Atlantic. Package rates start at $199 per room, per night excluding taxes, from Sunday-Thursday; and $229 per room, per night, excluding taxes, Friday and Saturday. Reduced rate for children (4 to 18 years) of an additional $25, per night; maximum occupancy of four guests per room. Rates are subject to projected availability. For reservations or information, call The Atlantic Resort & Spa at (877) 567-8020 or visit AtlanticHotelFL.com.
Throughout July, Fort Lauderdale History Center
Docent-led tours of the 1907 King-Cromartie House are available with paid admission to the History Center. The house is furnished as it might have looked in 1915 and provides a fascinating look at “pioneer life” in early Fort Lauderdale. An exhibit gallery on the first floor of the King-Cromartie House teaches visitors the history of the King family as well as the Junior League’s crucial role in saving this building from destruction in the early 1970s. The exhibit includes interactive question-and-answer components. It also displays photographs of the house as it was barged up the New River to its current location. www.fortlauderdalehistorycenter.org/center_events.html
Guided Tours of the Historic Stranahan House Museum
Throughout July; 1, 2 and 3 p.m. daily, Historic Stranahan House Museum
Travel back in time and learn about the first permanent settlers to the area, Frank and Ivy Stranahan, and the creation of the city of Fort Lauderdale. The Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, Fort Lauderdale’s first postmaster, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area’s first school teacher. he house has served as a trading post, post office, community center, restaurant, and home to the Stranahans.This is a story of a family, a house, and a city. No reservations required. Admission price of $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $7 for students/children. For more information, please email [email protected] or call (954) 524-4736.
Fort Lauderdale’s FEC Passenger Station Exhibit ion
Throughout July, Fort Lauderdale History Center
This new exhibition allows guests to take a quick look at Florida East Coast passenger service in Fort Lauderdale and investigates the importance of the passenger station to the growth of the town. For nearly 50 years, the station welcomed tens of thousands of people to Fort Lauderdale. www.fortlauderdalehistorycenter.org/center_events.html
Suntrust Sunday Jazz Brunch
Sunday, July 1, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Along the Riverwalk
The first Sunday of the month, Riverwalk becomes a soulful hot spot, which thrives with the sound of jazz music. Downtown Fort Lauderdale patrons and visitors can dance or relax to live performances and enjoy the scenic views. The Sunday Jazz Brunch offers a free day of concerts, unique vendors and local delicacies along the stunning New River. Everyone is invited to celebrate the culture, including well-behaved, leashed pets. Guests can bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy a full day along the New River.
River Ghost Tours
Every Sunday in July, weather permitting at 7:30 p.m., Historic Stranahan House Museum
Historic Stranahan House Museum and Water Taxi offer an hour-long tour that includes a visit inside Stranahan House and a boat ride on the New River. You will be fascinated by the tales of spirits. Come along! Reservations needed. Tours every Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and reservations are a must. Call 954-524-4736. stranahanhouse.org/river-ghost-tours.html
Family Fun Days
Saturdays, July 7 and 21, 10 a.m. –4 p.m., Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
The Bonnet House is offering a day of fun for the entire family this summer with half price admission for adults and free admission for children 12 and under. Families will have the opportunity to tour the historic house museum filled with a delightful collection of art and personal treasures from the Bartlett family as well as explore the nature trails filled with native plants, trees and an occasional monkey or swan, all at a discounted rate. The Family Fun Days prices are free for children 12 and under, $10 for adults and $9 for seniors. For more information please contact Linda Schaller at (954) 703-2606 or [email protected].
Monday, July 9, 8 p.m., Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Enjoy Songwriter’s Showcase every second Monday of the month in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Songwriter’s Showcase founder Chrystal Hartigan brings local, national and international singer/songwriters together in South Florida to perform songs from the past, the present, as well as the possible hits of tomorrow. There’s also an open mic session for those who want to try out their musical chops in front of an audience. Harken back to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses. www.browardcenter.org
Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Summer Camp 2012 presents Cinderella
Thursday, July 12–Saturday, July 14, morning, afternoon and early evening performances, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Everybody’s favorite “rags to riches story” comes to life on the stage in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, performed by Broward Center’s Summer Theatre Camp Young Professionals. This contemporary rendition of a timeless favorite has all the elements of a quintessential musical: visual beauty, memorable music, a humorous yet touching script, and of course … a fairytale ending where dreams do really come true. www.browardcenter.org
Dialect: Analog a Night of Art and Music
Thursday, July 12, 7:30–10 p.m., Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
Join All Together Now and Twilight Notes for a night of art and music on the Museum’s Peck Sculpture Terrace. The evening will feature art and installations by Steve Baum, Nicki Wood and Amber Quimby, as well as a pop-up record shop by Radio-Active Records. This event is free and open to the public. Cash bar. All ages welcome. www.facebook.com/ATN.MOAFL
The Art of Wine and Food Series
The Rose Lifestyle of St. Tropez! Explore the Exquisite Rosés of Chateau d’Esclanns
Thursday, July 19, 6–7:30 p.m., Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
Certified sommelier and wine educator Stephanie Miskew takes us on a wonderful tasting with delicious small dishes to go with the wine. Our wine tastings are extremely popular. Reservations are required and seating is limited. To RSVP, please contact Gail Vilone at [email protected] or (954) 262-0249.
Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater presents Hairspray
Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 21, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Welcome to the sixties! With big hair and an even bigger heart, Tracy Turnblad, Broadway’s favorite plus-sized teen, tries to integrate the Corny Collins Show and find true love in this Tony Award-winning musical based on the classic John Waters film. The show is performed by adults and teens in age-appropriate casting. www.browardcenter.org
Book Signing: Landscape Architecture Now
Thursday, July 26, 6–7:30 p.m., Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
Taschen has just published the new book Landscape Architecture Now and two South Florida architects are prominently featured: Raymond Jungles, the designer of the gardens for 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, and Margi Glavovic Nothard, who designed Young Circle Park in Hollywood and the Museum’s beautiful new plaza. Both will speak about the work and sign copies of the great new Taschen title. Reservations are not required. This event is free and open to the public. http://www.moafl.org
Symphony of the Americas: Summerfest Concert 2012
Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m., Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Summerfest, presented by the Symphony of the Americas and American Airlines, is the longest-running music festival to take place in Florida. Concerts feature the internationally acclaimed Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome, joined by musicians of the Symphony of the Americas in cultural exchange, with flute soloist Marilyn Maingart. Works by Bach, Corelli, Saint-Saens, Borodin, Mendelssohn, and a world premiere by Italian composer & soloist, LorenzoTurchi-Floris. The evening will feature works by Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, Artistic Director of the Symphony of the Americas, celebrating its 25th Anniversary this season, will conduct this performance. VIP ticket includes post show reception with artists. www.browardcenter.org
An Evening with John Waters: This Filthy World
Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m., Parker Playhouse
There aren’t many individuals who can put their name on a resume which embodies a canon of continuous, seminal works which span over 40 years and encompass nearly every role of filmmaking: writer, director, producer, photographer, and actor—but John Waters can. Bearing no shame in bringing the most taboo realms of the human imagination to the big screen in shockingly humorous and often explicit depictions of aspects of everyday life, Waters’ genius creations include such over-the-top classics as Hair Spray, Pink Flamingos, Pecker, Cry Baby, and Cecil B. Demented. Waters brings his most current quintessential production, the one-man-show This Filthy World, to the Parker Playhouse for its only Florida performance. This extraordinary engagement will be preceded by a screening of his classic film Polyester as well as a montage and commemoration ceremony, followed by a Q&A session. VIP ticket includes prime seating in the first three rows, a post show meet and greet, light appetizers & wine, and a hardcover book with optional signature. www.parkerplayhouse.com
About Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District
The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida. Presenting over 1000 individual events each year, the District attracts well over 1 million visitors annually. Partners of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium include Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information about Riverwalk A&E District and its partners, visit www.riverwalkae.com.