January is a prime month for visitors. This is the month where a lot of us South Floridians suddenly find ourselves with house guests trying to escape the bitter cold in the rest of the country. Or maybe they’re tourists passing through on their way to a Caribbean cruise.
Either way you might need to find something to entertain your out-of-towners, so here is a list of stuff to do in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
Jan. 5 — Outlandish behavior in the cathedral
The campy and irreverent Outlandish performance series opens with drag superstar Varla Jean Merman in a circus-themed comedy show titled “Under A Big Top.” For those not in the know, Varla’s outright-lie-of-a-background is that “she” is the daughter of Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman. Scoff if you want, but Varla has parlayed that into movie, television and off-Broadway roles. The act coming to SoFlo is a mix of videos, songs and huge wigs. The rest of the series includes Leslie Jordan (Jan. 19), Fran Drescher (Jan. 26), Pam Ann (Feb. 9), AirOtic (Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 23-24), Miss Richfield 1981 (March 9), Coco Peru (March 23) and Lee Squared: An Evening with Liberace and Miss Peggy Lee (April 6). Varla Jean Merman’s show starts at 8 p.m. at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW Ninth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $30, $40 and $60 (VIP with a post-show meet and greet). To order, go to OutlandishFL.com.
Jan. 10 — You look like you need one more Holiday Hangover
This annual event is being staged for the fifth time at the Historic Stranahan House Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Sure, there’ll be food from a dozen vendors (Louie Bossi’s, Publix, Gran Forno Pronto, Georgia Pig, etc), but much more importantly there will be an open bar presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and a wine bar by Ocean Wine and Spirits. Holiday Hangover starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Stranahan House, 335 SE Sixth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $40. To order, go to tinyurl.com/Hangover19.
Jan. 10-13 — Getting artsy in WPB
The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair (the plus sign is their idea, not ours) will return for the third time to downtown West Palm Beach. The curated fair will offer works from the 20th and 21st centuries in a tent set up on the pavilion between CityPlace and the Hilton West Palm Beach. There is an opening night VIP preview on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5-9 p.m. with tickets going for $150. Otherwise, the general admission days for the fair are Friday-Sunday, Jan. 11-13, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 825 S. Dixie Highway and Okeechobee Boulevard (behind Restoration Hardware). One-day passes are $25 and multi-day passes are $55. Tickets for students (ages 12-18) and senior citizens (62 and over) are $15. To order, call 800-376-5850 or go to ArtPBfair.com.
Jan. 10, 12, 13 — Jewish hillbilly show? Yup, and it’s a musical too
In the one-woman show “The Hebrew Hillbilly: Fifty Shades if Oy Vey” singer-songwriter Shelley Fisher shares her odyssey from Memphis to Hollywood. Along with a slew of her original songs, Fisher uses her Southern-fried humor to bring to life stories about sleazy nightclubs, anti-Semitism, divorce, Elvis Presley, broken marriages and whirlwind stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Miami Beach. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Alan and Diane Lieberman Theater at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach. Tickets are $30 (and $18 for senior and students). To order, call 1-866-811-4111 or go to JCCtheatre.com.
Jan. 10-Feb. 10 — Where the bathhouse and Broadway meet
Back in the early ‘70s, Bette Midler and Barry Manilow used to perform in the oh-so-scandalous Continental Baths in New York City. Those heady days are evoked in the new Island City Stage production “Bette and Barry: From Bathhouse to Broadway,” which imagines the dynamic duo once again performing in concert. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays at Wilton Theater Factory, 2304 Dixie Highway, in Wilton Manors. Tickets are $40. To order, call 954-519-2533 or go to IslandCityStage.org.
Jan. 12-March 24 — Broadway stars dish with Seth Rudetsky
Starting with Jessie Mueller — the Tony Award winner for “Beautiful - The Carole King Musical” and Tony nominee for “Waitress” on Jan. 12, the Broadway Concert Series returns to Parker Playhouse for the 2019 season. With each performance the stars join Broadway expert Seth Rudetsky in irreverent onstage interviews peppered with performances of songs from the Great White Way shows in which the luminaries have appeared. The series will continue Feb. 8 with Sierra Boggess (“The Little Mermaid, “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Love Never Dies) and Ramin Karimloo (“Anastasia,” “Les Miserables,” “The Phantom of the Opera”). On March 24 the series will end with Adam Pascal (“Rent,” “Chicago,” “Memphis,” “Cabaret). The Mueller show starts at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale (in Holiday Park). Tickets are $37-$67. There are also $123 VIP tickets (includes post-show meet and greet). To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.
Jan. 14 — Cher, dammit
You gotta give it up for her self-deprecating sense of humor, naming her latest world tour “Here We Go Again.” The legendary Cher, along with dance music icons Nile Rodgers and Chic, will bring their tour to SoFlo for one night only. Cher, who recently got her props from the Kennedy Center Honors, is expected to perform her own hits as well as some songs from her “Dancing Queen” album, a tribute to ABBA that was sparked by her role in the movie “Mamma Mia 2 — Here We Go Again.” See what she did there? Anyway, hopefully she will dish a little about the Broadway musical “The Cher Show,” which she is co-producing. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, in Sunrise. Tickets are $54-$495. To order, call 800-745-3000 or go to TheBBTcenter.com.
Jan. 18 — Success hasn’t spoiled Rick Springfield, yet
Rocker and actor Rick Springfield comes to SoFlo with a songbook full of hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “Human Touch,” “Love Somebody,” “An Affair of the Heart” and “I’ve Done Everything for You.” Expect a few numbers from his latest bluesy album “The Snake King.” Springfield has also recently appeared in HBO’s “True Detective,” the CW’s “Supernatural” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St., in Coconut Creek (the corner of State Road 7 and Sample Road). Tickets are $40, $50 and $65. To order, call 1-800-653-8000 or go to Ticketmaster.com or SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com.
Jan. 19 — A sort of paint ball, if you will
Life In Color, the event that mashes-up (quite literally in some cases) electronic music with art installations, got its start on Florida college campuses in 2007 and has since been franchised all over the world. The street festival includes art, vendors, acrobats and cannons shooting gallons of water-based paint onto an enthusiastic crowd. For the 12th annual Miami party, the lineup will spotlight Diplo, DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), Ray Volpe, Wooli, Acraze, Throwdown and What So Not, Said The Sky. The paint party starts at 5 p.m. at the former RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., in Miami (Wynwood neighborhood). Tickets are $74.99 (plus an $11.63 service fee). To order, go to LICmiami.com.
Jan. 20 — Brunch and blues in Boca
This event will feature food trucks serving brunch in Mizner Park, the al fresco dining and shopping enclave in Boca Raton. And up on the stage of the adjoining Mizner Park Amphitheater will be performances by blues and jazz artists. There will be other jazz brunches on Feb. 24 and March 31. And there will be a free performance of “Romeo and Juliet” on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. The Sunday Brunches are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 327 Plaza Real, in Boca Raton. Admission is free. For more information, call 561-393-7890 or go to MiznerAmp.com.