What's HOT South Florida, March 31, 2011
|Written by Scott Holland|
Last Week in Review
Saturday afternoon the cute guys at Latinos Salud threw a Pool party at The Aragon Inn. The party was packed with lots of Latin papi's in bathing suits getting wet. Needless to say I had fun...hehe!
Saturday Night was the 10th annual Miami Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's gala with this year's color of the rainbow theme being Purple. The event once again took place at the beautiful Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel with hundreds of attendees. Many well established large companies buy tables and this just goes to show what support the gay community has in Miami (pictured is my friend Maria and hubby and some of the staff of FPL). Congratulations to Steve, Jorge and the entire MDGLCC team for producing another fabulous event.
Saturday and Sunday (although I was only there on Sunday) was the annual Palm Beach Pride produced by Compass of the Palm Beaches. Year after year, this event that takes place at Bryant Park in beautiful Lake Worth, this event gets better and better. This tears theme was Glee and once again Velvet LeNore put on a production at Pride which she has become famous for (38 minutes worth). Kudos to Tony Plakas (Executive Director of Compass), Ana Lucia (his administrative assistant) and the entire compass staff on another fabulous pride! After the festival ended Cottage had the Official Pridefest T dance and, once again, it was packed inside and out. They even put up a tent in the back parking lot to accommodate the overflow of partiers'. Don't forget to check out this happening T dance every Sunday at the Cottage!
LGBT Events in South Florida
Thursday, March 31
The Pride Factory invites you to create your own sale from tonight until April 6th where if you spend $50 you get $5 off and if you spend $100 you get $15 off. The more you shop... the more you save.
Johnny's continues the successful Thursday night promotion of the world's tiniest male entertainers with tonight's theme Snow White and the 7 hotties starring the 7 Dwarves.
Friday, April 1
Tonight is the start of the Alibi's 14 year anniversary weekend celebration. For more information check out the feature in this week's magazine or the Alibi ads.
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus presents The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas... with a twist at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE 8th Street) tonight and tomorrow at 8 pm. For tickets call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com
Club Sugar in association with Alex Infiniti presents an official Jennifer Hudson album release event with free albums while supplies last.
The Boardwalk presents a Grab Bag weekend where the first 100 people in the door tonight and tomorrow receive a $100 value adult gift bag. In addition, they will be featuring an Elite Underwear fashion show at midnight.
Saturday, April 2
The International Gay Polo Tournament takes place from 1 to 5 pm at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington. The tournament will feature top polo players from the Gay Polo League (GPL), the sole international polo league to be primarily comprised of lesbian and gay players. General admission tickets are $20. Please bring a blanket or chair for your seating comfort. (50% of general admission tickets sales are being donated to the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council). To order tickets on-line go to http://gaypolotournament.blog.com/tickets/
Catch the final 4 game of championship basketball today on the many flat screens at Sidelines Sports Bar.
The Manor presents a spectacular themed event, The Coliseum Saturday reunion party with productions by Erika Norell and TP Lords and cast and original Coliseum DJ Lazaro Leon. As always, Catch DJ Larry Larr spinning in the Latin Lounge and patio. 10 pm to 3 an with no cover.
The Club presents a Black Light Underwear Party starting at 10 pm and starring DJ Nineteen69 and hosted by Misty Eyez. They will feature a wet underwear contest judged by Fabsout video stars, Elite Underwear giveaways and airbrush body painting by Avi.
Hilton Wolman's Salvation presents Spring Break, where the boys are at Score starring DJ Eddie Elias (original Salvation Miami resident DJ returning to Miami after his acclaimed Winter Party set). Opening set with performances by Power Infiniti.
Sunday, April 3
Take out your sneakers South Florida and get ready to Walk - Run - Blade for a cure. The 23rd Annual AIDS Walk Miami returns to its original schedule on Sunday morning, with registration beginning at 8 am at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Even after twenty-nine years of HIV/AIDS research, education and countless hours of battling this terrible disease, our community is still becoming infected at alarming rates. Sadly Miami-Dade and Broward Counties now have the highest new AIDS cases per capita in the US. Sign up and join your family, friends and co-workers for AIDS Walk Miami, a 5K walk-a-thon starting at 9 am from the Miami Beach Convention Center, taking a scenic route through the commercial heart of Miami Beach, along the ocean, down Lincoln Road and ending at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens for the post-walk celebration. For more information go to AIDSWalkMiami.org
The Pride Center at Equality Park presents the annual Stars of the Rainbow from 4 to 6 pm in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 (2301 SE 17th Street Causeway). For more information or to purchase tickets to one of their biggest fundraisers of the year go to PrideCenterFlorida.org
Monday, April 4
Alyson Thomas (Mama Bear) presents the 12th annual North and South Carolina Continental Pageant (official preliminaries to Miss Continental) at Mekka Nightclub in downtown Miami. Doors will open at 8 pm with the pageant starting promptly at 8:30pm. The night will star the current Continental court (Mohka Montrese, Electra, Roxxxy Andrews and Nick Gray), the current Carolina Continental court (Tatiana Braxton, Macy Alexander, Tangela Armani and Eduardo Nunez) as well as many other fabulous entertainers from South Florida. The pageant will be hosted by Vegas Dion and Alyson herself. For pageant information, and/or table or sear reservations call or text Alyson at 954-290-7474.
Tuesday, April 5
Tonight is the Grand Opening of the new Tee Jays Thai Sushi in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors.
Wednesday, April 6
Noche Latina Florida in association with Samantha Perez presents a benefit for Viva Mirage (Miss Noche Latina 2011 and the newly appointed Miss Florida Continental Elite 2011) to send her to Miss Continental Elite in Chicago. The event takes place from 9 pm to 12 midnight in the beautiful Ivy Lounge in The Manor and stars Viva, Erika Norell, Electra, Nikki Adams, Vegas Dion, Champagne Bordeaux, TP Lords, Poizon Ivy, T Lo Ivy, Shardee Ross, Justice Divine, Ciarra Douglas, Gia Nicole, Diva, Amanda West, Sasha Sommers, Cynthia Dietrich, Lady Charise, Rachel Brown, April Channel, Lola Lush, La Radison and much more. They will also have live and silent auctions with no cover. So come and support one of South Florida's finest!
Let's Make a Deal or No Deal at Bill's presents the night everyone has been waiting for where they give away the Lady GaGa tickets. After the game show is over the winners from the last 6 weeks will compete for a pair of tickets and another pair of tickets will be given away to one lucky winner who holds the ticket pulled (must be present to win).
Dudes is now featuring Karaoke on Monday Nights with the one and only Peter Petrucci from 8 pm to 11 pm
Already proven as a talented, sought after songwriter and revered platinum-selling artist, Marsha Ambrosius is meeting the next challenge in her already impressive musical career by reinventing herself as a solo artist with her J Records debut CD Late Nights & Early Mornings. Hailing from Liverpool, England, fans first got a taste of Marsha's talent as the singing half of the duo Floetry. Their 2000 debut Floetic produced signature singles like "Say Yes" and "Getting Late" as well as four Grammy nods. Marsha continued to build a name for herself as a songwriter and producer, creating "Butterflies" for the late Michael Jackson and other hits for artists such as Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx and Nas. She's been nominated for a total of six Grammys and has been honored by BMI as their Songwriter of the Year.
Over the years, Marsha has stayed relevant as an artist via touring, writing/producing and mixtapes. She also appeared as a featured artist on projects from Patti Labelle, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Jamie Foxx and Earth, Wind & Fire, among others. Late Nights & Early Mornings is destined to be a classic, as Marsha offers a candid glimpse of her life and perspectives as a woman. Inspired by musical icons like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince, she concedes there is an overall male influence in her songwriting, such as the assertive sentiments heard on hits like "Say Yes." Musical peers recruited to contribute to the project include Alicia Keys, a reunion with Dre and Vidal (producers of "Say Yes"), Just Blaze and Focus. While her success in the industry is already solidified, Marsha knows it's never easy to win over fans as a solo artist. Fortunately, she says, "It's like being thrown in the deep end. 'Okay I have to swim? Oh well.' I've taken that attitude and it's carried me forward."