A week ago Monday, Bill’s presented the annual Bartenders’ Boxers and Briefs, a benefit for Tuesday’s Angels. Bartenders from the local community auctioned their underwear on stage and together with the silent auction and 50/50 raised $12,000 for this worthy charity. Congrats to producer Don Clark and the entire Bill’s staff for once again organizing a very successful event. Directly following the auction, The Boardwalk presented a benefit to send Deja and Velvet to Miss Florida F.I. On Wednesday, Hunters presents their Rewards Launch Party where patrons were able to register for their rewards card which has many valuable benefits. Last Thursday, Broward House hosted the Spirit of Hope Reception at the new TAPs Restaurant and Grill on Himmarshee Street in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The evening was a reminder of the great work that Broward House does in our community while at the same time afforded us the opportunity to spend some quality time with fellow community members in the spirit of a great cause. We were very impressed with the new venue that features exotic beers from around the globe for the more adventurous beer connoisseurs. Later that night Village Pub presented a benefit show for April Chanel the current reigning Miss Florida Continental, to send her to the national pageant in Chicago this Labor day Weekend. The next day, Village Pub presented the Mr. Stoli Guy competition where the contestants were Competing to represent Stoli at their Mr. Stoli Guy 2014! On Saturday night The Ramrod presented Pig Dance #72 with special guest DJ/producer Barry Huffine. Also on Saturday, the Manor presented the winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 3, the one and only Raja. The night also stared guest DJ, direct from Brazil Romullo Azaro in the Ballroom and in the Ivy Lounge and Patio, Noche Latina Saturdays featured hostess Viva Mirage, DJ Nena and special guest Natasha Danielle Hearts (picture with Raja is Jason Tamanini, the GM of Manor and Viva). On Sunday, Flip Flops Dockside Eatery presented their monthly Sunday T, hosted by Amanda Austin and features DJ Silvio along with this month’s special guest Deja Devonier, Franchesque Richards and Kyla McCray-Taylor.
Thursday, August 7
Rumors Bar & Grill will feature viewing parties for Project Runway with contestant Mitchell Perry hosting every Thursdays at 9pm.
The Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents the next film in their GLOW series entitled “My Straight Son” at 8 pm at the Gateway Theatre. Members are $10, guests $12 and students only $7. For more info go to FLGLFF.com.
City Theatre and Island City Stage present “Shorts Gone Wild 2” at Empire Stage from today until September 7th. For ticket information call 954-519-2533 or go to IslandCityStage.com or CityTheatre.com
Saturday, August 9
Poverello’s 24th annual “Bowling to Fight Hunger” takes place at Sawgrass Lanes. For more information go to Poverello.org or call 954-561-3663.
The current reigning Miss Florida, Victoria Michaels will be doing a triple booking tonight. Catch her at Boardwalk at 12:30 at Noche Latina Saturdays at the Manor at 2:30 and then at Discotekka at 3:30. This will be her final day of performances as Miss Florida F.I.
The Boardwalk will be celebrating the birthday of Bartender Omar with special guest appearances all night long.
The Manor features Recording artist Jason Walker in the Ballroom.
Monday, August 11
Miss Florida F.I. 2014, the Social Event of the Season, takes place at the beautiful Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach with doors opening at 8 pm and the pageant promptly starting at 9 pm. Tickets are selling fast, so pick yours up now at MissFloridaFIPageant.com or call 954-478-4587. If you would like to order your room at the Deauville call 305-865-8511, but don’t forget to mention the code MISS08 as you get a free upgrade when you do.
Wednesday, August 13
Join a group of guys for 2 monthly freestyle Male Life Drawing Events, the second Wednesday each month, and the following Sunday, the next one is tonight from 7pm – 10pm for short poses, and then Sunday August 17th from 2-5pm for long poses. They have nude male models posing. All levels welcome – explore your creativity – bring your art supplies. Drawing/ charcoal / pencil / watercolor. Sessions will be held in a private studio at Push Fitness in Oakland Park, Florida, with guest artists from the community attending. $25 fee with advance reservation, $35 walk-ins, subject to available space.To secure a reservation please send your name and phone number and which session you wish to attend to MensArtEvent@aol.com. Please let them know if you are bringing an easel. You will receive a confirmation email to present at the studio. www.mensartevent.tumblr.com
The South Florida Gay Flag Football League (SFGFFL) has opened registration for the fall season, and those interested in playing can register now through Aug. 23 at SFGFFL.com/play. Cost for the fall season is $75. Prior to the start of the season, which begins Sept. 13, SFGFFL will host three free clinics for new and current players. This is an opportunity for players to showcase their speed, agility and football skills prior to the league draft on Aug. 23. More than 100 men and women from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties participated in the spring season. Every player will be drafted but all new players must attend one of the free clinics at Wimberly Athletic Field, located at 4000 NE Third Ave., Oakland Park. Dates and times are as follows: Aug. 16: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Aug. 19: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Aug. 23: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
From the Desk of Joe Marcella
“Stop the madness. Mekka is not closing. When we move, we will make the announcement. In the meantime, continue to enjoy Mekka and Discotekka.
We are not part of any other clubs. The original La Puta Nota party is and will always be in the Discotekka room. Our after parties at Mekka will continue as usual. Some clubs and promoters are spreading rumors that we are closing. I will assure you that we are not.
I have made a lot of friends in Miami, and I love every one of you, just as you love Mekka. I just wanted to put it out there for all you guys to help me stop the negativity. Join our guest-list, call 305-371-3773 or visit MekkaMiami.com. We are open!”
This is HOT
Tanner Cohen (Were The World Mine) stars as a shy college student who invents a fake documentary project to get close to Go (Matthew Camp), a NYC go-go dancer he is infatuated with in Getting Go, The Go Doc Project, which recently arrived on DVD from Wolfe Video. A hybrid between a documentary and narrative film, director Cory Krueckeberg captures a unique look on modern dating and the classic story of lust becoming love – and then some. The film focuses on Doc (Cohen), who is too shy to introduce himself to Go, a go-go dancer he develops a cyber crush on. Doc devises a plan to shoot a documentary about the NYC nightlife scene and enlists the help of Go, following his subject across the city and ultimately chronicling their developing relationship. Getting Go, The Go Doc Project also stars Ramon Olmos Torres, Judy McLane and Tedd Merritt.
Getting Go, The Go Doc Project won the Special Jury Award at the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival and the Best Men’s Feature at the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film received an honorable mention at the Seattle LGBT Film Festival and was named Best LGBT Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Getting Go, The Go Doc Project has a runtime of 91 minutes, is not rated and is available form WolfeVideo.com. Bonus features include a Q&A with the filmmaker plus a Photo Gallery: “Getting Matthew Camp”