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In Issue 16

What’s hot around town, what to do, where to go and the hottest toys and gifts!
 
 

Thursday, April 16th
The Miami Gay Latin Film Festival brings you four days of the best Latin Gay & Lesbian films from around the world start tonight and continue through Sunday. For more information see the feature article that appeared in last week’s Hotspots magazine (Hotspotsmagazine.com) or go to cineflorida.com.

Friday, April 17th

Ali will feature an Erotic photo exhibit at Freedom Travel (2219 Wilton Drive) with a reception tonight from 7 to 10pm.

Fruit Cocktail, a live variety show featuring six of today’s hottest gay comics in an explosive mix of comedy, dancing and singing takes place at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) at 9pm. Chantal Carrrere, Curve Magazine’s “Funniest Lesbians in America List”, Hot Gay Comics Michelle Buteau, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Wendy Ho, Showtime, LOGO, recording artist (“Bitch, I Stole Yo’ Purse”), Danny Leary, MTV, Hot Gay Comics, Jackie Monahan,VH1, “Lesbians of Laughter” Tour, Jason Scarlatti, Oxygen’s Janice Dickinson Show.  In addition to being the perfect start to Miami Beach Gay Pride weekend, the show is a benefit for two vital LGBT organizations.  100% of the proceeds benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and SAVE Foundation.
Starting tonight and the 3rd Friday of every month Ramrod presents Man Dance starring DJ Herbie James.
Caldwell Theatre Company’s murder mystery musical Something’s Afoot runs tonight through May 17, and kids ages 10-17 see the show for free (see terms on website).  Spoofing Agatha Christie’s 1939 novel “Ten Little Indians” and other British thrillers, this musical is set in 1935 on a dark and stormy night.  The 10 guests of Lord Dudley Rancour arrive at his English country estate to find that not only is the host dead, but their lives are in danger.  This “enchanting spoof” (New York Daily News) will keep audiences guessing whodunit as the determined guests attempt to unmask the murderer among them. Box Office: 877-245-7432 or 561-241-7432. Web Site: www.caldwelltheatre.com.  Group discounts available by calling 561-995-2333 or at groupsales@caldwelltheatre.com

Saturday, April 18th

The first annual Miami Beach Gay Pride takes place today on Ocean Drive. For a full list of activities please check out the schedule or ads in this week’s edition of Hotspots Magazine.

Discotekka presents Aqualand 3 (a themed party) starring DJ’s Jarell in the main room and Alex Infiniti in the Forbidden room, along with show by house Diva’s Vegas Dion, Gina D’Angelo and TP Lords.

The Pet Project presents a dog wash in the parking lot of the Depot from 10am till 2:30pm. The cost is $15 per dog and that includes a free drink at Depot.

BigMuscleLeather.com & BigMuscle present SIN at Jackhammer starring DJ Larry Monteleone with no cover.

Wentworth Gallery in the Town Center Mall, 6000 Glades Rd. Boca Raton, presents a special appearance by Rosie O’Donnell from 6-9pm as the feature her paintings. Rosie O’Donnell’s mixed-media and paintings are created in various abstract styles focused on themes that relate to current events and her introspective feelings.  After the September 11, 2001 disaster, O’Donnell was overwhelmed with emotion and began fashioning newspaper and magazine images into artistic statements on paper, and then moved to acrylics on canvas. Her work is about emotions, figures from popular culture, historical events and family; she has been described as a “visual journal of sorts,” combining abstract expression with realism.  O’Donnell frequently incorporates found objects into her intriguing compositions: fragments of photos, nails, wire, plastic, wood, anything to help her transfer her innermost thoughts onto her canvasses. Compared favorably to the renowned neo-expressionist Jen-Michel Basquiat, O’Donnell combines graffiti with collage and exhibits a similar raw nerve of expression.  They both have an innate inventiveness that results in a collection of works that are at once innovative, controversial and thought provoking.  The canvas for these artists becomes an outlet for their angst, their politics and their passion. The company’s website, http://www.wentworthgallery.com provides information on featured artists, upcoming exhibits, online orders and directions to the nearest Wentworth Gallery, or call 800-732-6140. For details call: 561-338-0804 or 800-732-6140

Sunday, April 19th

Care Resource, South Florida’s largest and oldest HIV/AIDS community health provider, is delighted to announce that recent SAG Award Nominee Guillermo Diaz, will serve as the official Grand Marshal of the 21st Annual AIDS Walk Miami – Run, walk, blade for the cure. Following in the footsteps of past AIDS Walk Miami Grand Marshal celebrities like Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Sylvester Stallone, Cindy Crawford, Rosie O’Donnell and Antonio Sabato Jr., this year Guillermo Diaz will add his own brand of star power to South Florida’s largest family fundraising walk-a-thon. AIDS Walk Miami will be held in and around Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco district.  Participants are asked to raise money through pledges and will be able to participate either by walking, running, or blading through the palm-lined streets of Miami Beach beginning at 9am at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. For more info see the feature in this week’s issue of Hotspots Magazine or visit their website at www.aidswalkmiami.com

The New Sandals is starting a T dance on Sunday afternoon beginning today starting at 4pm with guest DJ Oren Nizri. They will also feature Ricardito LaLaLa and his dancers as well as a free barbecue.

Sunday T Dance at the Sea Monster presents dance diva Carol Jiani performing live.
Monkey Business presents an employee turnabout as a benefit to help Sharde Ross (Miss Florida Gay USofA Classic) on her quest to capture the title of Miss Gay USofA Classic with show time at 8:30pm with all the employees in drag and all the drag queens as boys.
Jon Elu presents the second of what is going to be a monthly party entitled Queen. Queen takes place at the hot club Monarchy on Clematis Street and stars circuit DJ Roland Belmares. Free passes for Queen will be given out at The Lounge on Saturdays, April 18th.
China Grill (404 Washington Avenue), a South Beach dining destination for more than 14 years, celebrates Gay Pride with a Bitch’n Brunch on from noon to 4:00 PM.  In the spirit of the restaurant’s famous “Dogs Gone Wild” parties, China Grill encourages guests of both the two and four-legged varieties to join them on their “dog friendly” patio for al-fresco dining.  “Pack leaders” can enjoy a luxurious and recession-friendly three course brunch for just $23 (exclusive of tax and gratuity) while their “best friends” blow off steam in the puppy play areas or unwind in the puppy lounge provided by PetSmart Midtown. For reservations call (305) 534-2211.
Wednesday, April 22nd
Bill’s in conjunction with Republic National and Premium Brands, Inc. presents a wine tasting from 6 to 8pm in the Mustang Lounge featuring wines from Fess Parker Winery, Truchard Vineyards and Epipheny Cellars. Admission is $15 per person which includes tasting of 7 different wines, appetizers and one glass of wine.

The Alibi presents a birthday party for Barbara Streisand starring Electra at 9:45 pm with Cupcakes provided by Fruit Cakes.  Bake shop and lots of other surprises.

Hot Stuff

Broward House announced today that Nikki Adams, a well known South Florida community member, former Miss Florida FI and performer for over 30 years has joined the staff of Broward House in the position of Community Liaison/Event Coordinator. “We are very excited to have Nikki on board as part of the Broward House family” said Terry DeCarlo, Public Relations and Marketing Director for Broward House, “Almost everyone in South Florida knows Nikki and loves her dearly. Her creativity will be a significant part of any event Broward House now puts on and her knowledge of the South Florida community will help keep Broward House headed in the right direction and forge relationships with individuals and corporations that will eventually help the agency reach more clients who need our help”. One of Nikki’s first tasks will be to assist Broward House’s Hope’s Heroes class of 2009 and to help in the production of the Broward House Gala awards banquet on April 30th at the Signature Grand Mansion entitled “A Night at the Moulin Rouge”. Nikki can be reached by calling 954.522.4749 x 1222

Bill’s had a brand new dance floor put in where you can dance to the hits of Gary Nolan’s and Scandals put up a brand new outdoor dance floor under a tent.

Congratulations to the Sleazy Board and all the folks who helped raise over $7000 this year at the Sleazy Awards and pool party.  The funds went to the folks at Shadowood II and the Wellness Center of South Florida. Great job folks!

Need a quick picker upper during the day and don’t want to spend a fortune for a double skinny latte with soy milk and extra whipped cream?  Stop by Dunkin Donuts anytime for a great cup of coffee.  They also offer some great sandwiches for lunch for under $4.00.

Bottoms & Tops Outlet is now open at 2031 Wilton Drive (next to Sidelines) with HUGE discounts 365 days a year.

What’s Hot
Absolut® Vodka invites consumers to indulge their five senses as the sweet smell, savory taste and exotic kick of the “king of fruits” explodes with the debut of Absolut® Mango.  The world’s most iconic vodka introduces its tenth flavor, adding a splash of the tropics to the brand’s portfolio.  Aromatic and juicy with a pronounced and genuine character of ripened mango, the taste is fruity and full-bodied.  And, like all Absolut flavors, Absolut Mango is made from all-natural ingredients and contains no sugar and no added preservatives.
The most popular fruit in the world and a staple in Asian and Latin diets, mangos bring a touch of the tropics to decadent dishes and desserts.  Now, bar, restaurant and nightclub patrons can experience the true taste of mango in a variety of signature cocktails. World famous for its iconic bottle, the new Absolut Mango packaging reinforces its strong heritage in the field of design.  Absolut Vodka has been committed to developing innovative flavors since the introduction of Absolut Peppar in 1986, its first flavored vodka.

ABSOLUT MANGO SIGNATURE COCKTAIL RECIPES

ABSOLUT MANGO FIZZ

1 Part ABSOLUT MANGO
2 Parts Lemon-Lime Soda
Pour over ice and garnish with a lime.

ABSOLUT MANGO SPICE

1 ½ Parts ABSOLUT MANGO
1 Part Mango Nectar
2 Slices Jalapeno
½ Part Agave Syrup
¾ Fresh Lime
Dash Orange Bitters
Muddle jalapeno, agave syrup and mango nectar.  Add remaining ingredients.  Shake with ice and fine strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a jalapeno slice.

SAGE LADY
1 ½ Parts ABSOLUT MANGO
2-3 Leaves Fresh Sage
3 Cucumber Slices
1 part Simple Syrup
½ part Cointreau®
¾ Fresh Lime
Dash Peach Bitters
Muddle cucumber, simple syrup and sage.  Shake with ice and fine strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a spanked sage leaf.

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