Miami-Dade County

Summertime fun leaves no time for doldrums

There will be no time for summertime doldrums in South Florida because there is too much to see and do.

For example:

Mystery on the Menu, produced and directed by Barbara Fox, is an interactive theater company that presents original, participatory murder mystery plays and one-woman mysteries for corporate, private and public events.

On July 11, 15 and 25, Fox will present “Cruising is Murder,” a one-woman mystery where the audience becomes the characters. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Moonchine Restaurant, 7100 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets are $40 per person. But they’re half price if you say “I love cruising” when you call 786-683-6078 to make your reservations.

On July 23, Fox will present the “Murder Mystery Festival” at 8 p.m. at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler in Fort Lauderdale.

The festival is a staged reading of five 10-minute mysteries - five plays, five playwrights and five actors.

Fox said she got the idea for the festival because “... I love mysteries and I love the 10-minute plays and [the festival] will be a combination of both. It will be an evening of intrigue, mystery and murder from several different viewpoints.”

The festival is free but donations will be accepted. For more information call Fox at 786-683-6078.

A lady and her harp

If you love poetry and the soft strumming sounds of the harp, you will enjoy an evening with “The Lady of Harp and poetess Rebecca ‘Butterfly’ Vaughns on July 12 at the Midtown Art Gallery, 1033 NW Sixth St. in Fort Lauderdale.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. The cover charge is $20 per person.

Bahamian sounds on Throwback Night

The Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1965 will have its “Throwback Night” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Shantel Lounge, 5422 NW Seventh Ave. Get out your island clothes because the 65ers will try to create a scene that will have you thinking you are in the Bahamas for real.

The evening will include music by the Island Force Band, and according to my friend Lebbie Lee, there will be lots of treats and great fellowship. Admission is $5 per person.

‘Hansel and Gretel’ for the kids

The Alhambra Orchestra and Riuniti Opera will present “Hansel and Gretel” on July 15 and 20.

Conducted by Florida Grand Opera’s concertmaster Scott Flavin, the two performances are free. In collaboration with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Camp, the July 15 performance will be at 10 a.m. at the West Miami Middle School, 7525 SW 24th St. All children from the community is invited to this 50-minute, just-for-kids production.

The 4 p.m. July 20 performance in the school auditorium, 5950 N. Kendall Dr., will be for adults and families and will be sponsored by Temple Beth Am.

The vocalists for this popular story by Engelbert Humperdinck are: Melissa Ruiz, Eddie Valdes, Janelly Perez, Jessica Francoeur, Beverly Coulter and Danielle Sanda.

No reservations are needed but large groups should call in advance at 305-668-9260 or 305-606-8759.

Overtown musical history on display

The rich music history of Overtown will be celebrated at the Fourth Annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 19 at Northwest Third Avenue, between Ninth and 11th Streets. The festival will feature Grammy nominated Raheem Devaughn, who will headline an all-star line up.

In addition, the festival will also have live performances by Keke Wyatt, Case, Jaguar Wright, Teedra Moses, Sebastian Mikael, Deep Fried Funk Band, and Larry Dogg.

The festival also will include a Youth Zone, presented by Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success (T.E.E.S) incorporating a health and wellness component and fun fitness activities for toddlers through teens. HistoryMiami will be there to curate youth art and crafts activities related to Urban Arts as well as music inspired activities.

The Mavericks Tonsorial Parlor will be transformed into a visual art exhibition showcasing the works of famed video director Gil Green. Also, the Florida Department of Health will offer HIV testing and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will provide free license renewals and IDs for children.

For more information on the festival call Nikki Kancey(cq) at 786-529-4586 or go to: It's free and open to the public.

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