SMARTY PANTS BAR
Win a LAS VEGAS GET-A-WAY VACATION PACKAGE, including away a 3-day, 2-night stay in Las Vegas, Nevada, to celebrate Smarty Pants 9th anniversary. The package includes hotel accommodations, airfare, and a coupon book for casino play, show discounts, and meals valued at $500 for two adults. The drawing takes place Sunday, September 23, at 8 p.m. There are several ways to be entered into the drawing. To enter the drawing, you must be at least 21 years of age, and YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Official rules are posted at the bar (2400 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale).
FORT LAUDERDALE 4th ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (FLGLFF)
October 4 to 7. Presented by HBO Latin America, in its fourth year, FLGLFF will spotlight 19 feature films and 17 short films. This year, FLGLFF will move its host theater to the historic Classic Gateway Theatre. In addition, moviegoers will now be able to purchase cocktails during all screenings. Tickets are now available for Festival members (and will be available to the general public on September 10).
Sunday, September 23 at 7 p.m., to benefit Women In Distress. Songs we all know and love made famous by the incomparable Whitney Houston and Donna Summer will come to life when Lips, the ultimate in drag dining, presents “A TRIBUTE.” This one-nightonly dinner and show, hosted by leading female illusionist Diva, will feature a Las Vegas-style female impersonator show, delicious three-course meal, and one complimentary glass of wine or world famous Lips’ frozen cosmo, all for $50.
A VIP package for $75 per person includes premium seating for dinner and the show, a champagne reception with a meet and greet with cast members of Lips, and one raffle ticket. Diva will be joined by an incredible cast of performers for this special benefit. Six nights a week and every Sunday afternoon guest of Lips always enjoy their favorite performers including Diva, Nicolette, Misty Eyez, Twa La Rouge, April, Alexis, Charlize, Champagne, Chocolata, Deja, Franchesque, Martina, Nicole and Velvet. Lips is located at 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, about one mile east of I-95.
For more information, visit floridalips.com.
FLORIDA GRAND OPERA
The Florida Grand Opera (FGO) presents its 72nd continuous season, beginning November 17. Boasting a classic selection of works as well as the return of company favorites in leading roles, the 2012-2013 productions include: Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”), Bellini’s “La Sonnambula,” and Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The new season begins with Puccini’s most famous and popular opera, “La Bohème,” last seen at FGO in 2008. The inspiration for the widely popular musical “Rent,” this opera follows a group of young bohemians living in Paris in the 1830s, focusing on the love story of Rodolfo, the poet, and Mimì, a seamstress suffering from a life threatening illness.
• MIAMI – Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County / Ziff Ballet Opera House, November 17, at 7 p.m. (Opening Night); November 21, 24, 27, and 30, at 8 p.m.; December 2, matinee at 2 p.m.
• FORT LAUDERDALE – Broward Center for the Performing Arts / Au- Rene Theater, December 6, at 7:30 p.m.; December 8, at 8 p.m.
At the Fillmore Miami Beach, on Sept. 30. Her last album, “Extraordinary Machine” (2005) was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade. Her latest LP, “The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do,” debuted on June 19. A reviewer in “American Songwriter” wrote, “‘The Idler Wheel’ isn’t always pretty, but it pulses with life, brutal and true Tickets are $34.50 to $65.50, and are available at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster outlets and at the Fillmore box office.
More information, visit fillmoremb.com.
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE FESTIVAL
Saturday October 13. The theme of Pride-SWFL 2012 is “Pride Links Us Together,” and this year’s Pride Festival and vendor marketplace will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Alliance of the Arts, Fort Myers (10091 McGregor Blvd., off Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers).