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Wanda Sykes Comes to Florida

By Peter Clark and Mike Halterman Photos by Roger Erickson Wanda Sykes has had done it all over the course of her career. As a writer, she won an Emmy Award for The Chris Rock Show. As a stand-up comedian, she has played to sold-out venues across the country and taped many successful HBO specials. […]

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MACK Planet 10th Anniversary

They say time flies and as I get older I feel this more and more. Having said that, I can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since DJ and Dan started Mack Planet. Both their lunches and mixers have brought together thousands of people and I am sure this has translated into a tremendous amount […]

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Hotspots Profiles Boystown, A Hot New Book Series

Imagine this scenario…a nurse, on call at a busy hospital, is wondering why her husband’s flight is late. After all, it’s their anniversary, and after she got off work, they were supposed to spend it together. Halfway across the country, her husband is missing his flight because he’s having an illicit tryst with another man. […]

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RuPaul’s Drage Race Season 7 Miami Premiere Party

Logo TV presents the first official Season Premiere Party for RuPaul’s Drag Race (season 7) in South Florida. The event takes place on Sunday, March 1 at Mansion Miami and you are invited meet the new queens of Season 7, enjoy LIVE gag-worthy performances by the cast, catch a special advance screening of the premiere […]

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Black History Month: Profile on RuPaul

Black History Month is observed every February to commemorate the important people and momentous events in African-American history. Hotspots honors Black History Month by profiling black LGBT people who have made noteworthy achievements in their personal or professional lives. RuPaul (born November 17, 1960) RuPaul Andre Charles was born in San Diego, California on November […]

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An Evening with Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, has had a storied career spanning over sixty years. One of the brightest stars in the Motown lineup, Gladys Knight recorded for many years with her backup singers, The Pips, and later struck out on her own impressive solo career. The seven-time Grammy Award winner is currently on tour, […]

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Winter Party Festival 2015: 19 Talented DJs Spinning For Your Enjoyment

The Winter Party Festival has been a Miami Beach staple for the past 22 years. The fun annual event has raised nearly $2 million for local LGBT projects, overseen by and donated by the National LGBTQ Task Force. The secret to such a successful event year after year is the talent, and this year the […]

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Bradley’s on 7th Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

Bradley’s on 7th (1510 E. 7th Ave., Tampa), the Ybor City nightlife staple that attracts large crowds every weekend, is getting ready to welcome one of their biggest crowds ever as they prepare for their fourth anniversary party. It will start at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. At that time, there will be a […]

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Elton John’s Tour Arrives in Florida

Elton John has been a top name in pop music for five decades, and in that time he’s become an unabashedly loud and proud gay icon and has provided the musical soundtrack to the lives of entire generations. His music still resonates with millions of fans throughout the world even today. Just weeks before he […]

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Betty Buckley Performs in Miami

In the second of three concerts, Matthew Lombardo and Rick Murray’s (owner of Crown & Anchor in Provincetown where Betty has performed) South Beach Broadway Series brings the iconic Betty Buckley to the intimate Colony Theatre right here in Miami Beach on Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28. During my childhood, she was “Abby,” […]

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My Weight Loss Journey

How I Lost 70 Pounds and How You Can Do It Too Many of you have had the chance to meet me and get to know me in the two years I’ve been the editor at Hotspots. In the last four months, I’ve started a journey to better myself, and I’ve lost a lot of […]

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Small Business Spotlight: Crunch Gym

The history of Crunch Gym began in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City’s East Village circa 1989. Their mission was to make exercise fun. Accomplishing this mission meant doing away with traditional ideas of what “serious workouts” are. Crunch started offering classes like hip-hop aerobics and co-ed action wrestling, among others. Everyone loved […]

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Small Business Spotlight: Massa Spa

Massa Spa may be a new addition to Wilton Station but the expertise of its staff has been well-known for many years in South Florida. Owner Zijing Short operated her own massage and spa business in Plantation a few years ago, and, finding that she missed having her own business, she opened up Massa Spa […]

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Spring into a new you!

The average person packs on about eight pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  That nice fit body you worked so hard for last year is now covered in a layer of fat, rounding out your personality in the worst possible way.  But the first question to ask yourself is “Am I an average person?”  […]

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Black History Month: Profile on Bayard Rustin

Black History Month is observed every February to commemorate the important people and momentous events in African-American history. Hotspots honors Black History Month by profiling black LGBT people who have made noteworthy achievements in their personal or professional lives. Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) Bayard Rustin was born on March 17, […]