There is so much to love at the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District in February … from opera to a concert under the stars to a Victorian tea party, the events taking place in The District present heartfelt opportunities to enjoy the month of love. Following are a few of February’s highlights:
Ahhh … the romance of opera. On Thursday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 11, take in what is arguably Tchaikovsky’s most beloved and most famous opera: “Eugene Onegin,” presented by Florida Grand Opera. Taking the stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on both evenings, this passionate story features a star-studded cast including Denyce Graves, Franco Pomponi, Dina Kuznetsova and Lyubov Petrova. It tells the story of the narcissistic young Onegin, who rejects the young, quiet Tatyana, who is devastated. Onegin then fatally wounds his best friend Lensky, and spends his life in regret. Years later, Onegin is reunited with his now-married former admirer … can he regain his chance at true love? Enjoy the pre-show lecture an hour before curtain, and/or a talk-back session following the performance. $21–$200 per ticket.
Dance, dance, dance! On Monday, Feb. 13 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, celebrated artist Twyla Tharp celebrates 50 years of dance-making during the Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour with an evening of new work: “Preludes and Fugues & Nine Sinatra Songs.” A display of Tharp’s mastery of technique and imagination, the dances include swing, swirl, tango and cha-cha. $35–$135 per ticket.
Delight in beautiful music during Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ Thursday, Feb. 16 Concert Under the Stars, featuring Florida Grand Opera. Taking place among the setting of the Bonnet House’s picturesque gardens and lawns, the evening includes sweet music, complimentary wine, cookies and coffee. For tickets, visit www.bonnethouse.org/music-series/.
It’s a birthday! On Friday, Feb. 24 from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., celebrate the 136th birthday of Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, Fort Lauderdale’s matriarch and Historical Society foundress during the Ivy Stranahan Birthday Luncheon at History Museum Fort Lauderdale, New River Inn. Presented by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, the event will include short presentations on Stranahan’s incredible contributions to Fort Lauderdale and South Florida. $50 per ticket, $100 VIP Friends of Ivy ticket.
Enjoy tea time at the Historic Stranahan House Museum! On Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m., celebrate Fort Lauderdale’s first schoolteacher and “First Lady” Ivy Stranahan with a Victorian Tea Party for her birthday. Join Frank and Ivy Stranahan on the bank of the New River for high tea and private house tours. $25 per person; advance registration required.
Let’s talk about art! On Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m., visit NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale for the “Art Talk: Andy and Christine Hall in Conversation with Bonnie Clearwater.” The discussion will focus on the work of artist Anselm Kiefer, collecting and the museum’s current exhibition “Regeneration Series: Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Collection.” $12 per person, includes museum admission. Free for museum members. Advance RSVP required.
Indulge your passion for the arts and culture this month at The District!