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In Issue 18

What’s hot around town, what to do, where to go and the hottest toys and gifts!
 A week ago Sunday I stopped by Sea Monster for their popular Sunday T Dance as that night they had recording artist Carol Jiani performing live. For those of you who haven’t been, the Sea Monster T dance is a true T dance with the place getting packed by 6:30 pm. You can go out, party and still be in bed early enough to be at work on time Monday morning. Last Wednesday I finally got a chance to stop by Nikki Adams’ Deal or No Deal at Bill’s, and I must tell you it’s just hilarious. It’s a mixture of Lets Make a Deal and Deal or No Deal, and I found myself not only laughing but having a great time. If you haven’t been, make it a must on your party schedule. Immediately after the contest was over, I walked across the street to visit my buddy DJ Oliver in his new gig as Boom presents Brazilian Wednesdays. I just love watching the Brazilian boys dancing to their native music. Thursday night featured 2 events; the first was the Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce event at E Coleccion. There were many movers and shakers of the GLBT business world there surrounded by the beautiful furniture and accessories that you can only find at E Coleccion. The second event was the grand opening of the Stonewall Library at its new location in the Art Serve Building.  This was also very well attended as it took me 10 minutes to find a parking spot. We as a community should be very proud of our library. Not only has it come a long way from its roots, it is quite amazing.
Dining Out For Life is a one day international fundraiser taking place in over 50 metropolitan area and benefits HIV/AIDS organizations in participating cities. The funds raised in South Florida benefit our local communities in need. Make a difference one bite at a time. To check for participating restaurants  in South Florida log onto DiningOutForLife.com
Friday, May 1st
Tonight and tomorrow the Boardwalk presents the boy from Brazil, Thiago Santos, live with 2 shows each night.

Noche Latina Fridays at Sea Monster invites you to celebrate Cinco De Mayo early. The night stars Erika Norell, Champagne Bordeaux special guests Maite West and Mica Paris, hot Latin go-go papi’s and DJ Juan Carlos.

Kenzie L. Perry is the first leading artist to exhibit an art collection created exclusively for the 2nd Annual Cinco de MiMo Festival to showcase Miami Modern (MiMo) Architecture on Biscayne Boulevard. As a participating vendor in the festival last year, Perry saw a potential opportunity to celebrate his neighborhood and to help the MiMo Biscayne Association through his artistry. The exhibit will showcase dynamic art installations; one consisting of an 8 piece painting featuring the historic motel signs that have lit the Biscayne Boulevard corridor for many decades. The exhibit has been on display but the kick-off party is tonight at  Che Sopranos Trattoria & Pizzeria located at 7251 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Perry’s intentions are to create a new exhibit each year so residents and visitors can seize the opportunity to “own a piece of MiMo” at affordable prices. Artwork will be available for sale at the restaurant, online and during the festival at their tent located in front of Jimmy’s Flowers on Biscayne Boulevard and 69th Street. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the MiMo Biscayne Association. For additional information, please visit MimoBoulevard.org.
Saturday, May 2

Discotekka in association with Mialncita.com present Fab 50’s, a themed party in honor of their owner Joe Marcella’s 50th birthday.
The Jackhammer presents a Leather Fantasy starring DJ Phoenix, and no cover.
Bill’s invites you to watch the 135th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in HD at 5 pm.
The Ramrod presents Pig Dance IX with a special dance floor starring DJ Lee Majors.

Tonight is the monthly Salvation Saturday party at Score starring DJ Abel with a special performance by international recording artist Tamara Wallace and celebrating Hilton Wohlman’s birthday.

 
Sunday, May 3

The Gay Tea Cruise sets sail again today with boarding at 2:30 and sailing from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. This month’s Tea-Cruise will feature a Cinco De Mayo celebration. Two lucky sailors will win a free trip to Cancun, Mexico sponsored by Damron Vacations. Join Nikki Adams, Rod Stephens and the hotties from Circle Jerk Boys. Get your sombrero on and win free drink tickets. Enjoy complimentary Mexican delights served up by Chef Sherri. Purchase tickets online at GayTeaCruise.com or call Peter at 954-649-1107.

At 5 pm Bill’s presents the Softball Banquet and at 10 pm they present the 4th Anniversary of Trannie Palace and celebrate Trannie Palace’s 1 year anniversary at Bill’s.

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Planeta Macho at Score presents a huge party for Cinco de Mayo where they invite everyone to come and celebrate the Mexican way. The night stars DJ George Ferrero, DJ Ruben with Ricardito La La La upstairs and a live performance by the Mariachi Americas.


Hot Stuff
Starting Thursday, May 7th (10 pm to 4 am) the Sea Monster presents 3D Thursdays with no cover, DJ D. Roller and a $100 cash prize wet jockey contest hosted by Nikki Adams.
Sidelines Sports Bar is celebrating its third anniversary next month and is planning many fun and festive activities to mark the occasion. The celebration will be spread over three days, beginning on Saturday, May 9 until Monday, May 11. On Tuesday, May 12, the actual date of their anniversary, Sidelines will host a “Let’s Start Our Fourth Year Right” party with all day drink specials, giveaways, an open buffet, and a very special raffle for fantastic prizes. Stay tuned for more info.
Marvilla Condominiums at 2124 NE 5th Avenue in Wilton Manors now has units at only $119,000 with no closing costs. For more details call Preferred Realty at 954-971-6775.
Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! This weekend the bears are descending on Fort Lauderdale with a variety of events with lots of hot hairy men planning on being in attendance. The Bears of South Florida announce their Seventh Annual Where the Bears Are this weekend, April 29th to May 3rd.  On Friday they present Bears On The Rails at Depot where a $5 donation gets you a free drink and door prizes. At 10 pm they feature DJ Sol. On Saturday they present Bears Au Natural at The Club, 110 NW 5th Avenue, with a free buffet at 1:00 pm and a $5 discount (Bear Afternoon Social from 4 to 7 pm at The Depot with a complimentary buffet from 4 to 6 pm; followed by the Fourth American Bear Idol at the Depot from 7 to 9 pm. On Sunday they feature a Hot Bear Pool Party at the Windamar Beach Resort from 1 to 5 pm with a generous buffet and Humpy’s Pizza. Admission is only $12 and all net proceeds go to charities!
Chuck Nicholls, President of Tuesday’s Angels Inc., was recently awarded the prestigious Halo Award.  The award was presented by the board of directors of Tuesday’s Angels for his vision, dedication, leadership and hard work for over a decade as board member and for eight years as president. He has touched the lives of thousands of needy people with HIV/AIDS. This is the third time this award has been given since the organization was founded in 1993. TuesdaysAngels.org
Florida Grand Opera’s 2008/09 season will conclude with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly which is currently playing.  Of all his operatic heroines, Puccini claimed that Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) was his favorite. Certainly the drama of her heart wrenching affair is one of opera’s most moving and tragic love stories. For the brash American Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, it was a moment of euphoric pleasure.  For Butterfly, it meant a lifetime of love and devotion.  Family, fortune, and honor — Butterfly forsakes them all for the officer who will abandon her for a “respectable” American wife. Chinese soprano Shu-Ying Li and American soprano Maria Kanyova will make their FGO debuts alternating in the role of Cio-Cio-San.  Maria Kanyova replaces the previously announced Adina Aaron.  Tenors Arturo Chacón-Cruz and Alessandro Liberatore will alternate in the role of Pinkerton.  American mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner will make her FGO debut as Suzuki, performing the role in all performances, and baritone Jake Gardner will sing the American Consul Sharpless for all performances. Florida Grand Opera’s Music Director Stewart Robertson will conduct all performances. Ticket Information – Single tickets for Florida Grand Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly range from $10 to $250.  For tickets, call 1-800-741-1010 or visit FGO.org and order safely online.
 
What’s Hot
 
Groundbreaking, chart-topping electronic legends Depeche Mode return with their most dazzling and diverse album in decades. Sounds of the Universe finds Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy “Fletch” Fletcher back at the top of their game after almost 30 years together; they sound like a band reborn. With global sales in excess of 100 million, including number one albums and dozens of classic singles, Depeche Mode belong to a select premier league of supergroupss – alongside U2, REM, and Metallica – who have survived from the early 1980’s with their ideals, their creative vision and their core members intact. Lyrically Sounds of the Universe contains many of the bands enduring obsessions – lust, spirituality, romantic yearning, sinful temptation and sadomasochism – plus more overt black humor than any of their previous albums. As they approach their 30th anniversary, Depeche Mode is on a personal and music high. Old tensions have been resolved, hatchets buried and bad habits conquered. Recorded in Santa Barbara and New York, Sounds of the Universe was born from positive creative chemistry, and it really shows. The band is set to go on a mammoth global jaunt starting May 9th with 28 stadium concerts across the Middle East and Europe with further legs of the tour to include the US and South America. Public response to the tour of the Universe has been phenomenal with many European stadiums selling out almost immediately. Depeche Mode’s Sounds of the Universe was released recently from Mute/Capital/Virgin. For more info visit DepecheMode.com.

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