May is a wonderful month to experience the flourishing culture of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District. From the intriguing story of a monk and seductive courtesan in Florida Grand Opera’s Thaïs, to a VIP experience with behind-the-scenes tours of the historic Bonnet House Museum, Riverwalk A&E District partners are presenting a variety of events and activities. Below are just a few of the activities happening in May:
Kicking off May in a “lovely” way is the “Love Me, Love My … Ghost The Musical” Package, available through May 11. Those who purchase tickets for “Ghost The Musical,” playing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts April 29–May 11, can continue the musical’s theme of love with special offers at Grille 401, River Ghost Tours/Stranahan House Tours, a Wheel Throwing Ceramics course, and a discounted stay at the chic B Ocean Fort Lauderdale hotel.
Continuing the science of love is “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” playing May 7–11 at Parker Playhouse. Starring TV star Debra Jo Rupp of “That ’70s Show” as Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the play comes to Fort Lauderdale direct from its critically acclaimed New York Run. It tells the story of Karola Ruth Siegel – from surviving the Holocaust to joining the Israeli Haganah as a sniper, to receiving her doctorate and becoming a household name.
At the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, New River Inn on May 12 at 6 p.m., Dr. Steve Noll will present the free lecture, “South Florida’s Water Past and Future.” Dr. Noll will discuss how South Florida has gone from a land of too much water, to one where this valuable resource is being stretched.
Visitors can take a step back into Florida history with a behind-the-scenes tour of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens on May 14 and 28, 2–3 p.m. The tour includes a sneak peek inside normally-closed areas of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s private living quarters. Limited reservations are available, and pre-registration is required.
At NSU Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, guests can enjoy a discussion of “From Conflict to Confluence: Bringing Diverse Communities Together Through Music and Multi-Culturalism” with David Lazerson, Ph.D., Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Fischler School of Education on May 15 at 6 p.m. The event includes a screening of “Crown Heights,” with actor Howie Mandel as Dr. Lazerson. The film is based on Lazerson’s book “Sharing Turf,” which focuses on the story of a grassroots group that brought together blacks and Hasidic Jews in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
On May 15 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Grand Opera proudly presents “Thaïs,” a story set in ancient Egypt which asks, “Which proves to be the stronger urge, the desire for redemption and forgiveness for sins, or the lustful passions hidden deep inside?”
Each and every day throughout May at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., guests can enjoy guided tours of Historic Stranahan House Museum, the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. The fascinating building has served as a trading post, post office, town hall, and home to Frank Stranahan, credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan.
In May, the Riverwalk A&E District is buzzing with activity – be sure to join in and enrich yourself with all the culture it has to offer.