Your busy April (shhh), organized
Are they there yet? No one loves the annual interaction we have with snowbirds more than I. How else would I know about real pizza and how much happier Giancarlo Stanton is playing real baseball? I have learned that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee tastes better in Boston and that I haven’t had Cuban like they get in Philly at Alma de Cuba (Douglas Rodriguez!). So helpful.
Sadly, this is about the time that many snowbirds leave here for there. With spring temperatures still dipping into the 30s in New York and Boston, let’s hope they stay warm. One longtime acquaintance from “Strong Island” (never gets old) said he felt as if things were slowing down in South Florida, anyway.
It is out of respect that I do not tell him that, long ago, we decided to delay many of our favorite Get daily updates on South Florida entertainment and things to do at South Florida.com and on Twitter at @Ben Crandell events until April, when the snowbirds are gone. Here are a few:
A Marine who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart, Elliot Ackermanwill discuss his Syria-set novel “Dark at the Crossing,” a National Book Award finalist, at Books and Books in Coral Gables. BooksAndBooks.com
South Florida’s version of the Tonys, the 2018 Carbonell Awards will celebrate the best in local theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Productions by Miami’s Zoetic Stage (“Sunday in the Park With George”), Fort Lauderdale’s Slow Burn Theatre (“The Secret Garden”) and Palm Beach Dramaworks (“Sweeney Todd”) lead the nominees. CarbonellAwards.org
Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Eric Church are the headliners at the 2018 Tortuga Music Festival, the sixth annual oceanfront hootenanny April 6-8 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. TortugaMusicFestival.com
Miami City Ballet presents its season-ending Program Four, featuring George Balanchine’s “Apollo” and “La Valse,” and the company premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Concerto DSCH.” Performances are April 6-8 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, April 13-15 at the Arsht Center in Miami and April 28-29 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. MiamiCityBallet.org
The 20th edition of the Afro Roots World Music Festival at the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach will feature the Sun Ra Arkestra in full costume and a songbook from Saturn. RhythmFoundation.com
All your favorite beers (from 150 breweries) and beer games (including beer-in-hand H.O.R.S.E.) can be found at the Sprung! Beer Festival at Wynwood Marketplace in Miami. SprungBeerFest.com
From the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang to Sunrise, top U.S. figure skaters including Nathan Chen, Ashley Wagner and Karen Chen will entertain at the BB&T Center in “Stars on Ice.” TheBBTCenter.com
The10th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade provides an exclamation point for a week of events beginning April 2. The Sunday-afternoon processional will
Influential Rock and Roll Hall of Fame blues guitarist Buddy Guy (inducted by Eric Clapton) performs at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. BrowardCenter.org.
The work of an all-female team, with music and lyrics by pop singer Sara Bareilles (“Brave”), “Waitress” is at once “empowering” and an “intimate Broadway musical of the highest order” (Chicago Tribune). Catch it April 11-22 at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center. BrowardCenter.org.
The show people may be talking about for the rest of 2018 stars Lorde and the music of her transfixing 2017 album, “Melodrama,” along with Run the Jewels and Mitski, at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Ticketmaster.com
Perez Art Museum Miami will open the fútbol-focused exhibition “The World's Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art” with an outdoor-indoor party featuring happy-hour drinks and entertainment from DJ Esta, Bateria Unidos de Miami Samba and Batucada, along with a set of electrópico from Mr. Pauer. PAMM.org
Surf guitar legend Dick Dale brings note-bending prowess to the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale with locals Octo Gato and the Riot Act as openers. CultureRoom.net
The Delray Affair art festival, a fixture on the South Florida cultural scene for 56 years, returns to downtown Delray Beach April 13-15. Among the entertainment to look forward to will be Sosos and Taylor Road. DelrayAffair.com.
The exhibition “Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters From Between the World Wars” is a survey of urgent and iconic graphic design produced as a response to political chaos, up April 13- Aug. 12 at the Wolfsonian-FIU museum in Miami Beach. It will be presented with a complementary library installation, “Red and Black: Revolution in Soviet Propaganda Graphics.” Wolfsonian.org
There’s no place like om (sorry) during the Yoga Expo, filling the Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center with instructors, vendors and classes from expert-level to first-timer. TheYogaExpo.org
Latin-music stars Pitbull, Luis Fonsi, J. Balvin and Daddy Yankee will bring the energy to MiamiBash at American-
Miami City Ballet closes its season with April performances of a program that includes George Balanchine's “Apollo.”