May Activities for Westonites

By Michael Isenbek

Into the Wild Blue Yonder
at the Fort
Air Show

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show brings a spectacular presentation of aviation skill and daring to the area’s prime beachfront from May 4-5. The elite U.S. Navy Blue Angels headlines and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team will also show up. There will be flyovers of various vintage aircraft, aerobatics acts and formation flight displays plus parachute teams descending from the sky. All the aerial action will be visible from miles around, but you can buy tickets for the truly prime spots, which also have plenty of amenities on tap. The VIP Penthouse on the rooftop of the Pelican Grand Hotel will have unobstructed views, along with plenty of cuisine and an open bar, plus the chance to meet some of the participating pilots. The Flight Line Club is an exclusive area on the beach considered the “50-yard line” of the show. Drop Zone Beach also has this designation, but the added thrill of the show’s parachutists landing right in front of you. For more information, visit

The Thunderbirds pilots perform the Delta loop during the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., May 8, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz)

Story Time in Context at
The Frank

The Frank, Pembroke Pines’ visual arts mainstay, continues its efforts to innovatively contextualize current exhibits with the time-honored tradition of Story Time. On May 4 from noon to 1 p.m., kiddos eight and under with accompanying adults are welcome to gather around for a free reading of the storybook The Color Monster: A Story about Emotions by Anna Llenas. This tale of individuality and understanding dovetails nicely with the concepts presented in Prism, The Frank’s current exhibition. For more information, call (954) 392-2120, or visit

Macy Gray

In a career exceeding 20 years, Macy Gray has gone from up-and-coming R&B, jazz and soul singer to a multifaceted, lauded veteran. She will be bringing her expansive repertoire and distinctive Billie Holiday-esque vocal stylings to Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on May 5. Attendees will see firsthand why she is a Grammy winner who has sold over 25 million records worldwide. Required listening before the show: her brand new 10th album Ruby. For more information, call (954) 462-0222 or visit

A First Lady Speaks

How often does one get to be in the presence of a First Lady? Michelle Obama’s powerful autobiography Becoming has just been released, and one of the stops on her book tour is the BB&T Center in Sunrise on May 10. The format is “An Intimate Conversation” and actress and former The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams will moderate the discourse. Expect compelling insights into Michelle’s life ranging from her formative years living in the South Side of Chicago, all the way to the White House, and beyond. For more information, visit

Classic Cars and Canines

On May 19, Weston Town Center’s Classic Car Show returns, transforming the parking lot into an expansive, incredibly diverse showcase of automobiles. See vibe-y classics to jog your memory, along with striking contemporary vehicles that would not look out of place at an international auto show. Those seeking canine companionship are also welcome, as there will be a concurrent Pet Day, with plenty of dog adoption opportunities available. For more information, visit

Musical Liaisons

Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical, a brand new iteration of the classic tale of seduction and deception is being staged May 19 at Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Starting life as a French novel dubbed Les Liasions Dangereuses and later adapted into a cult hit movie Cruel Intentions, the work has stepsiblings Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil betting whether or not Sebastian can deflower the daughter of their headmaster—but things get complicated real quick. The soundtrack includes songs from such ‘90s musical legends as Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and Britney Spears. The show even got kudos from Entertainment Weekly, who called it “the ultimate night out.” For more information, call  (954) 344-5990 or visit

Cancer Doesn’t Have a Chance

March for Cancer isn’t kidding—they wish to get closer to “eliminating this disease from the vocabulary of this nation.” With that intention in mind, the 9th annual March For Cancer 5K Run/Walk will be held on May 18 at DC Alexander Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The funds generated from this march will go toward cancer-targeted initiatives throughout the state of Florida. March for Cancer asserts that many of those coping with the effects of cancer treatments lack a support system—one of the major things the organization wants to fix. For more information, visit

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