The silent church seems to lean in with anticipation as Dr. Karen Kennedy raises her arm into the air. With a graceful flick of her baton, the artistic director of Master Chorale of South Florida—an accomplished conductor and teacher—coaxes forth the opening strains of Bach’s Magnificat from the flock of singers and musicians in front of her, weaving their voices into a tapestry of crescendos and soaring notes. Since its creation in 2002, Master Chorale of South Florida has performed their awe-inspiring concerts in churches, cathedrals, and high schools across South Florida, delighting audiences with a diverse choral repertoire. Audiences can expect to hear many musical periods represented in each performance, from the baroque stylings of Handel to Debussy’s impressionistic melodies and Aaron Copland’s epic pieces that blend traditional American folk songs with traditional Bruce Springsteen hits.
The Florida Cajun Zydeco festival's seven musical acts fill the air with traditional tunes on two outdoor stages. Wooden dance floors and guided dance lessons (held in between sets) encourage rug-cuttery as the C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band wails away on fiddle and guitar, and the multi-instrumentalist Magnolia Sisters reinvigorate forgotten standards more effectively than auto-tuned re-mixes of Glen Miller's catalogue. Each band also gives a 20- to 30-minute lesson about the history of their music. Visitors can suppress unruly appetites with spicy Cajun and Creole fare while perusing the offerings of craft vendors. Pintsize patrons can revel in games and rides, while larger patrons can revel in the festival's free parking.
From January 20 to 22, some of football's biggest stars?including Hall-of-Famers Chris Doleman, Bob Griese, and Anthony Mu?oz?try their hand at a different game at Jacaranda Golf Club. Proceeds from the charity golf tournament will benefit the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale. Guests can stick to the sidelines and cheer on their favorite players, or join them on Jacaranda's newly restored east and west courses, which are four-star rated by Golf Digest. Other highlights include a dinner cruise on-board the Floridian Princess, a gala awards ceremony and fashion show, and the thrill of knowing you could be tackled by John Randle at any moment.
Within the storied walls of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino waits Passion Nightclub, a two-level oasis of bright neon lights and hot DJs. In the seven years since the club first opened its doors, it's hosted such musical acts as Lady Gaga, DJ Pauly D, LMFAO, and at least three New Guinea singing dogs?not to mention the three DJs who keep the crowds dancing at all times, spinning EDM music.
Each of the club's five rooms boasts its own independent sound system and VIP bottle section, which offers top-shelf vodka, tequila, cognac, and champagne bottles.
Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre has helped Florida's students hone their theatrical skills since 1952. Catering to aspiring thespians ages 4 to 18, the company's classes, camps, and shows sharpen acting chops for futures spent onstage or pretending to be a CEO. Older students also get a chance to learn about behind-the-scenes work, taking jobs as assistant directors, technicians, and crew members in the regular productions.
• For $22, you get one orchestra-seating ticket to Girl Talk on Thursday, August 11, at 8 p.m. (a $42 value, including a $2 restoration fee). • For $22, you get one orchestra-seating ticket to Girl Talk on Saturday, August 13, at 2 p.m. (a $42 value, including a $2 restoration fee). • For $22, you get one orchestra-seating ticket to Girl Talk on Sunday, August 14, at 2 p.m. (a $42 value, including a $2 restoration fee).