In Issue 23
On Thursday Hotspots attended the GLBX (Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange) meeting at the brand new Stonewall Library and Archives in Fort Lauderdale. Working with The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the purpose of the meeting is to create an environment where gay and gay-friendly businesses can work together and exchange ideas while making valuable new business contacts. The next GLBX meeting will be on June 11th at CHIMA on Las Olas Boulevard, go to FtlChamber.com for more information. Friday night I went to Liquid Fridays at Living Room to hear the new opening DJ in the main room, Eran Hersh who is not only a great DJ, but a real looker!! DJ Maximus was, as usual, turning it out in the front room for all the boys. Special shouts out to hostess Taina Norell for not only being beautiful but for always being so nice to me and to owner Christian and Marketing Director, Elon for treating me so well in the VIP. Saturday night I was asked to be the guest of Mark Corbett and David Rost of Go Riverwalk Magazine to Cirque Du Soleil’s Saltimbanco that is playing at the Bank Atlantic Center. Once again the creators of Cirque takes you to a wonderful place; this time being a city in Italy. All the Cirque shows are fabulous! A special thanks to Mark and David for the wonderful invite. Later on that night I headed over to Bill’s for the end of the South Florida Amatuer Athletic Association benefit, which featured an underwear auction, a 50/50 raffle and some cute guys in baseball attire especially Jose, who was oh so cute! Following that was the first official GayDays South Florida event which starred Electra, Tiffany Arieagus, Misty Eyez, Miss Kitty, and Noel Leon. They also featured a 50/50 raffle for Broward House as well as give-a-ways including Blue Man group tickets, Typhoon Lagoon tickets, Gay Days Pool Parties, Gay Days CD’s and much more. A special thanks to Jackson, Mark and Ron for being such good hosts and for the free shots. This event was super fun, packed Bill’s and raised money for some good causes! Thursday – June 4 Today starts the NBA finals and you can catch all the games at Sidelines Sports Bar. Friday – June 5 The Miami International University of Art & Design will be hosting recent Pulitzer Prize winner and Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell who will be discussing his career and experience as an award-winning photojournalist at 5 pm in the University room 2038. Press RSVPs should contact Marcia Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305 428- 5676. The first Friday of every month starting tonight Depot presents The Bear Dance, sponsored by the Bears of South Florida and starring DJ Sol spinning at 8 pm. They will feature raffles, prizes and giveaways. Saturday – June 6 Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando and entertainer Leigh Shannon are combining to present a variety show every Saturday night starting tonight at 8:30 pm. It will vary week to week: one week will be the Illusions show, featuring female impersonator as famous celebrities and the next week will feature 2 Divas & A Queen. The other weeks will combine female impersonators, live comedy and more. Reservations are highly suggested. Art Expressions will hold an opening reception for Deb LaFogg-Docherty “Through My Eyes” where you can meet the artist from 7 to 9:30 pm. Deb LaFogg-Docherty is an established wildlife artist who also volunteers for the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges. All of her paintings are inspired by the animals she meets. “I believe you should meet the creatures that you paint in order to catch their essence. Because of this, there is a story behind each painting I create. Everything from a chance meeting in the wild to an up-close one-on-one in an enclosure, that’s where I get my inspiration.” The exhibition runs through June 27th. Admission is free. All are welcome. Wanda Sykes is appearing in a Live Nation Concert at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater tonight at 8:00 pm. Pride South Florida to announce recipients of the 2009 Pride Grants at 6:30 pm in the chapel of the MCC Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Avenue, Ft Lauderdale. This year Pride South Florida will be giving back to the community to ten local non-profits. Grant amounts will range to $2,500 maximum per organization for a total of $25,000. They are delighted to congratulate this year’s winners for the extraordinary work they do in the local LGBT community and make it possible for them to strive for greater accomplishments. The Ramrod presents Pig Dance 10. Discotekka presents the Revenge of Gaydays starring DJ Jarell in the main room, DJ Alex Infiniti in the Forbidden Room and shows by Vegas Dion, Gina DiAngelo, TP Lords, Erika Norell and Victoria Sky’s. Score’s Bigger Saturdays presents DJ LV with no cover all night! Sunday – June 7 Jackhammers famous Sunday T has moved to Boom starting tonight. Everything you have come to love about this T-dance, including DJ Marc Scott, The sexy bartenders, the drink specials, no cover and the ambience will be recreated at Boom in the heart of Wilton Manors. Tuesday – June 9 Lips, the ultimate in drag dining, will present “Disco Inferno,” a special one-night show hosted by Diva tonight at 6:30 pm to benefit The Poverello Center & Food Bank. The ladies of Lips will bring to life a collection of classic hit songs from the very best of the disco era made popular by Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, Thelma Houston and more. “The Poverello Center is grateful to Lips for their commitment to help those in need,” said Dale Madison, fundraising coordinator at The Poverello Center & Food Bank. “Lips’ Disco Inferno will be a great way for us to raise funds while generating awareness for The Poverello Center, which relies on the generosity of the community’s support.” The special ticket price for this event is $30 per person(Tax and gratuity are not included), which includes the exclusive show plus a delicious three-course meal with a salad, choice of select entrée, chef’s dessert and a complimentary world famous Lips’ frozen cosmo. “Lips is committed to this community, so we are proud to present another fun evening in support of a worthy organization like The Poverello Center,” said Yvonne Lamé, Lips founder and co-owner. Reservations are required for Lips’ Disco Inferno to benefit The Poverello Center. Please call 954-567-0987 for reservations. The Christina show has chosen Score’s Planeta Macho to film a series of interviews on gay life from the Latin perspective. Christina will explore with Scores patrons the vision they have for their future as gay Latinos living in the USA. Be interviewed or be a spectator for this history making show; interviews are voluntary. Score’s Planeta Macho stars DJ George Ferrero on the main floor with Javier Sainz on the drums and DJ Ruben on the second level with Ricardito La La La and his dancers. Hot Stuff Maracas Mexican Bar and Grill offers $5 off any weekend brunch check over $25 with the coupon in this week’s Hotspots Magazine. This is Hot Raging Stallion Studio photographers Kent Taylor and Geof Teague are two of the finest artists working in male erotica today. This book is a collection of photography taken during the two-week production for the blockbuster film To The Last Man, a western epic that is the most expensive and ambitious gay erotic movie ever made. The location of this remarkable shoot was the High Sierra of Arizona—a place so remote as to be untouched by modern times. The men who appear in this book were brought in from around the world, each chosen specifically because they had the look and feel of the American West. The rugged men and the Arizona location, combined with the skilled talents of Taylor and Teague, have resulted in To The Last Man being a strong statement about the male form. The men of To The Last Man are diamonds in the rough. Beauty comes in many forms, with most male erotic photography stressing clean lines and pristine contexts. Studio shoots are designed to maximize the geometry of the male form in a clear, unambiguous setting. If one refers to the classic photography of George M. Hester from the 1970s (The Classic Nude), or to the many works of Herb Ritts, one can observe excellent examples of this clean form. Both Taylor and Teague excel at this art form as well—Taylor’s book Magnum is a case in point. To The Last Man, however, presents an entirely different kind of male erotic photography. Gone is the controlled environment of the studio, where lights and props can be perfectly adjusted to create any photographic result desired. Instead, Taylor and Teague are forced to deal with the challenges of nature. The sun becomes the key light. Props are whatever can be found. The elements—rain, cold, even insects—suddenly loom large as the artist works with his models. This kind of photography is much more difficult, but ultimately also much more rewarding. The photography in this book captures the feel of the American West largely because it was difficult to shoot. The lighting, the context and the men all merge to form erotic images that reveal a harshness that speaks to us about reality as much as fantasy. Sweat and dirt replace makeup just as boys have been replaced by real working men. To The Last Man is a showcase for Taylor and Teague, two photographers at the top of their game. These are images that will stand the test of time and linger in our minds long after we have closed the covers on this remarkable book. Their photo book is hardcover and is 96 pages and can be purchased now at 45% off srp ($54.95) for only $29.95 at RagingStallion.com.