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The Romance of Music, Opera, Art and History Overtakes The District with Intriguing Events in February

Published on Jan 28, 2015 by Riverwalk Arts Entertainment District

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From an open air concert to a wedding that has attracted more than 500,000 guests, romance is in the air at The District in February.

On Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., the soothing sounds of the Lynn University String Quartet will float through the air during Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ Concert Under the Stars. Taking place on the Veranda Lawn beneath the moon and stars, the beautiful evening of sweet music will feature complimentary wine, dessert and coffee among the delightful setting of the Bonnet House.

A lighthearted performance of the battle of the sexes will take place at Florida Grand Opera’s presentation of “Così fan tutte,” with performances on Thursday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 14, both at 7:30 p.m. at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This comedic romp of an opera tells the story of two military officers, who decide they will test the faithfulness of their fiancées by wearing disguises. The battle of the sexes was never this much fun … and all set to Mozart’s masterful music.

With the free opera previews, beginning one hour before the performance in the theater, guests can get the most out of the performance and beat the traffic. The witty and captivating Justin Moss tells the inside story of the opera. After the opera, guests can enjoy a free informative Q&A session hosted by Florida Grand Opera General Director Susan T. Danis and members of the senior artistic staff.

February is a lovely month for a wedding, and “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” at Broward Center for the Performing Arts is the perfect opportunity to attend one. From Thursday, Feb. 12 – Sunday, Feb. 22 during afternoon and evening performances, guests will enjoy New York’s longest-running comedy – on or off Broadway! Tony and Tina have walked down the aisle more than 3,300 times in front of more than 500,000 guests. Attendees will eat, drink, dance, converse and get caught up in the festivities of this all-inclusive, interactive evening. Includes Italian dinner, wedding cake and champagne toast.

In looking forward to the March Women’s History Month, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is celebrating a truly remarkable woman’s 134th birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at noon. During Ivy Stranahan’s Birthday Party, guests will enjoy an elegant tea and tales of Ivy’s remarkable imprint on the city of Fort Lauderdale since she arrived from Lemon City, Florida, and became the city’s first schoolteacher.

At NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale from Thursday, February 26 – Sunday, May 31, paintings by couple Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) and Diego Rivera (1886–1957), two of the most celebrated artists of the early 20th century, will be on view in a group exhibition of 75 works. The exhibition Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection & 20th Century Mexican Art from the Stanley and Pearl Goodman Collection will showcase the rich artistic traditions of Mexico and the passionate and patriotic pride of its artists. The exhibition features masterworks by Kahlo and Rivera along with paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by other influential Mexican artists involved in the country’s political and social struggles.

What would February be without a “don’t be late” tea party? At the Historic Stranahan House Museum on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m., guests can wear their most creative hat for the 6th annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Moms, aunts, grandmothers, girlfriends and daughters will enjoy an afternoon of whimsy and fun. Tickets include a plethora of finger foods, games, prizes, story time, music, and of course, tea! Call 954-524-4736 to reserve a seat, as this event always sells out. Cost is $25, $15 for children 12 and under.

Whether your passion is sweet music, comedic opera, alluring art, fascinating history or just plain fun, The District is the perfect place to celebrate your love of culture.

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The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. For additional cultural events happening throughout Broward County please visit ArtsCalendar.com Copyright 2017 ® Riverwalk a&e. All Rights Reserved.