You Won’t Want to Miss These Upcoming Miami Events

Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday to perform, and South Florida's queer history goes on exhibit.

There never seems to be a shortage of things to do in Miami, and just to drive that point home, here are two more happenings you may want to add to your calendar:

  1. An Intimate Evening with Jennifer Holliday

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    On Sunday, February 10, original dream girl, Jennifer Holliday, will appear in concert for “one night only” at the Faena Theater to benefit Miami Beach Pride. The Grammy and Tony award-winning artist will sing her gospel and R&B hits, including songs from Dreamgirls, the smash Broadway musical in which she originated the character of Effie White.

    Attracting this kind of star power has become the norm of late for Miami Beach Gay Pride. The now-annual event (which takes place this year from April 1-7) has grown from a localized festival of 15,000 attendees when it started in 2009 to a major event on the global stage. In recent years, Miami Beach Pride has attracted more than 145,000 spectators and a cadre of A-list celebrities like Gus Kenworthy, Ross Mathews, Bebe Rexha, Mario Lopez, Elvis Duran, Iggy Azalea, Jordin Sparks, Gloria Estefan, and Adam Lambert.

    “To be able to collaborate and work with an incredible talent and headliner like Jennifer Holliday is a dream come true. Jennifer’s contributions to the LGBTQ community have made her an amazing ally, and we’re very lucky to be able to partner with her to support Miami Beach Pride and our initiatives,” said Bruce Horwich, Board Chair of Miami Beach Pride, in a statement.

    Holliday’s performance starts at 8 pm with a pre-concert champagne reception taking place at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available for standing mezzanine, or for tables of two and four that include bottle service. Faena Theater, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

  2. Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities

    Photo by Tim Chapman

    Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities, will be on display at the History Miami Museum from Saturday, March 16, 2019—Sunday, January 12, 2020. The exhibition, curated by history professor and Miami native Julio Capó Jr., chronicles 100 years of the city’s queer past through artifacts, photographs, archival footage, and more.

    “It’s an exciting—and most necessary—time to tell these stories,” said Capó, who is also the author of Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940, in a statement. “One of the greatest challenges in studying LGBTQ history is that our lives and experiences are so often purposefully erased from history books and archives. As this exhibit will show, our LGBTQ community, of which I am also a proud member, has persisted and persevered in Miami since its inception.”

    Prominently displayed in the museum’s 5,000-square foot gallery, Queer Miami will cover topics such as policing and criminalization, community development, advocacy and activism, immigration and the AIDS crisis, and what the future holds for Miami’s queer community. Visitors will be able to see memorabilia from some of Miami’s oldest gay bars, photographs of rallies and marches, archival material from Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign, historical footage, and original video interviews from the people involved in creating Miami’s LGBTQ communities. Interactive components will encourage visitors to contribute their own story to the exhibition.

    Want to get a first look? The museum will also host a preview party on Friday, March 15, at 6 pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St., Miami.

Bryan van Gorder usually writes about the places he's been or the famous people forced to talk to him.