What's HOT South Florida (4/26/2012 - 5/3/2012)
|Written by Scott Holland|
Last Week in Review
Last week the wrap up was all about Miami and this week it's all about Fort Lauderdale. Monday started with the annual Palm Springs Bartenders Cocktail Challenge this year being held at Bill's. With 3 very qualified contestants and 3 prestigious judges the new Fort Lauderdale winner is Barabara. Barbara has been working at the Alibi for 2 years and will now represent Fort Lauderdale at the finals in Palm Springs. Congrats also to Eddie of Bill's who made it a close contest! On Wednesday the GLBT Political Alliance and the Law Offices of George Castrataro along with a prestigious host committee produced a Meet and Greet benefit with Sheriff Al Lamberti at J Marks. The benefit was to keep Al Lamberti our sheriff in the election in November!
On Thursday, Sidelines featured a benefit for the Sidelines team of the Florida AIDS Walk. The event featured a tasting of food from many local restaurants, open bar, live DJ, and lots of raffles and silent auction items. At press time the event raised over $4,000. Congrats to Laurie, Jenn and the entire Sidelines team. Friday was the Grand opening of the Mix Clothing Store in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. Friday Night Growl at Bill's featured sexy Tom Wolfe as part of their monthly Bear Appreciation Party.
Saturday was the first annual Amazing Race South Florida which was a benefit for Broward House and featured 50 teams racing around Fort Lauderdale and raised over $30,000 for this fabulous organization. Saturday night Noche Latina Saturdays at The Manor featured Puerto Rican, Yara Sofia, direct from RuPaul's Drag Race. She packed the Latin lounge and Patio and turned out a fabulous performance, was great on the microphone and stayed for a meet and greet and did not leave until everyone talked to her and got her autograph. She was super sweet! Sunday Smarty Pants had their annual Chili Cook-off featuring 8 entries and lots of fantastic recipes!
Sunday Night I stopped by Scandals for one of their Rodeo weekend parties and it was packed. I was told it was packed all weekend long!
No, No, I did not forget the FGRA which produced their 7th annual Sunshine Stampede at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds Saturday and Sunday and featured official parties over the weekend at Manor, Ramrod and Boom.
Thursday, April 26
The Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange, which is part of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce presents their quarterly luncheon taking place at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 roof top (2301 SE 17th Street). The topic of this luncheon is Small Business Lending – financing your business growth moderated by Laura Gambino (business development coordinator of the city of Fort Lauderdale). To purchase tickets go to: FTLChamber.com/GLBX
Starting today and going through May 2nd The Pride Factory will feature their semi-annual Sidewalk Sale, where you can save up to 50%!
The Polo Life, LLC announces the eighth annual Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world's largest and most prestigious Beach Polo competition, taking place today through the 29th between 20th and 22nd Streets on the sands of South Beach, Florida. More than 12,000 people attend the Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup over the four days each year and the tournament attracts professional polo players from as far as Russia, Switzerland and Malaysia, as well as the very best from South America. For more information on the tournament and the events or to purchase VIP tickets, visit www.miamipolo.com or call 305-538-3809.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly presents The House Theatre of Chicago's critically-acclaimed production of Death and Harry Houdini, which was written and directed by The House's Artistic Director Nathan Allen. Death and Harry Houdini delivers a roller coaster ride through the life of the great magician, Harry Houdini, and his life-long battle against Death. House Company Member and award-winning magician, Dennis Watkins, has joined the cast and is set to perform Houdini's most renowned and dangerous escape—the dreaded Water Torture Cell—in this dark and tumultuous story guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Death and Harry Houdini plays in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House) from today through May 20 as part of the Theater Up Close season. Tickets to Death and Harry Houdini start at $40, and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at ArshtCenter.org
Friday, Aril 27
Bubble Gum Fridays at the Manor presents a Madonna Tribute starring Estephania St Lords, TP Lords and Sasha Lords as well as DJs JPS and Daisy Deadpetals.
Today and tomorrow at 8 pm, the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus will be performing their second concert of their 26th season, "Comedy Tonight"! This fun, "R" rated show includes a mixture of music and skits from top Broadway productions such as "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "Sordid Lives", "Avenue Q", "Altar Boyz" , "The Producers" and many more arranged by David Maddux! They are presenting this show at the beautiful yet intimate theater of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale with special guest Director, the founder of the chorus, Mr. Gary Keating! Tickets are $40 Premium Seating and $25 General Admission. To order tickets call 954-832-0060.
Saturday, April 28
Miami Beach Community Health Center's (11645 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 207) "Making Memories" will assist those interested in creating an AIDS Quilt panel as a way to pay tribute to a life lost to AIDS. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with NAMES Project Foundation South Florida Chapter Quilt representatives to learn how to make panels and get creative guidance (the workshops will be held the fourth Saturday of every month through October 2012) from 1 to 3 pm. FREE admission, but supplies are the responsibility of each participant. For more information, go to: MiamiBeachHealth.org or call 305-538-8835 or 1-800-393-1290.
Noche Latina Saturday's at the Manor presents the 30th anniversary of Yuri Too Much performing. They will feature lots of special guests as well as a tribute to Yuri. The night will also star DJ Larry Larr spinning some of the hottest Latin sounds South Florida has to offer. 10 pm with no cover!
Sunday, April 29
Lady Fancy's monthly extravaganza that is known as the Gospel Jubilee at Scandals Saloon starts at 6 pm. This Jubilee will feature a special 1 hour tribute to the memory of Mike Rambeau. Rambeau was a wonderful bartender and incredible man, so let's all go out and celebrate his life!
Tuesday, May 1st
The Alibi presents a special Birthday celebration for their Tuesday night songstress Debra Hampton and after speaking with Debra she told me she has something extra special planned for her fans for this night!
Wednesday, May 2
The Musical Box, the only band in the world to be officially licensed by Peter Gabriel and Genesis to recreate Genesis' iconic hits and stage shows, will present the epic saga The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale, now. Tickets are $59, $49 and $39*; all seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at TicketMaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply
The Outlet by Anthony has moved one door down and is now bigger and better than ever with some incredible clothing. I myself, just bought a beautiful casual sleeveless hoodie top their yesterday. It was in the window and I couldn't resist!
For those of you who have eaten at the Zagat rated Zuckerello's you know how scrumptious their Italian food is and now they are offering a great deal as they offer 50% off and entree with the purchase of equal or greater value if you present the coupon in this week's Hotspots Magazine. This offer is valid 7 days a week after 6pm.
Norah Jones has set a May 1 release date for Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note/EMI), her stunning new album produced by Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton). Jones has also revealed the album cover and track listing of the 12-song set, which features original songs co-written by Jones and Burton. Jones drew the inspiration for the album cover from the vintage movie posters that adorn Burton's Los Angeles studio. "Brian has this great collection of Russ Meyer posters in his studio," explains Jones, "and this particular one, called Mudhoney, was right over the couch where I sat every day. I always was looking at it and thinking 'that's so cool I want to look like her!' I remember staring at the poster the whole time we made the record. It's a great visual."
Little Broken Hearts is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the music world's most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters. I clearly remember when Jones first emerged on the world stage 10 years ago this month with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me (which I must have listened to at least 100 times), her self-described "moody little record" that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signaling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing synthetic pop music of the time. Come Away With Me has just become the #10 best-selling album of the Soundscan era. The album has sold 25 million copies worldwide. Since then, Jones has released three more critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums—Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), and The Fall (2009)—as well as two albums with her country collective The Little Willies. The 2010 compilation featuring Norah Jones showed her to possess an incredibly versatile voice by collecting her collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock, and Foo Fighters. US tour dates will be revealed shortly!