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July 23,  2009

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

Wednesday, July 15th was the 4th annual Mr. Azucar pageant. After the spectacular opening production by Lemuel (08′), Kendrick (07), Josue (06) and Carlos (Honorary), the contest began and the boys really brought it to the stage. After 6 categories the winner and new Mr. Azucar is Jose Vega. Jose is a former Mr. Noche Latina and Mr. South Florida and we are sure will represent the title well. Congrats to Jose and the entire staff at Azucar for a very well run pageant. Saturday night was the grand opening of Voodoo Lounge Saturdays and starred national recording artist Kristine W. The club was wall to wall hot men, and stayed packed till after 3:30 am. Kudos to the owners and staff of Voodoo Lounge for bringing Fort Lauderdale a big gay Saturday night club. Sunday morning the foundation of the MCC Church and the Mr. State of Florida Continental pageantry system presented a benefit for their king, Lewis Nicholson, at the Coral Reef Guesthouse. The benefit featured free food and liquor as well as raffles to win some goodie baskets filled with XXX paraphernalia. The highlight of the benefit, which lasted all afternoon, was the underwear auction with over 10 really cute boys. A big shout out to my favorite model, Saso, who was just too adorable for words. The Shoppes of Winton Manors hosted a unique Street Bazaar on Sunday.  Even with the short lead time in pulling it together and the sweltering heat, over 25 vendors seemed to be very pleased with the outcome.  From clothing to antiques, everyone seemed to get caught up in the excitement.  “Considering the economy, we were pleased with the turnout” says Jon Anthony, owner of Bottoms & Tops.  “In fact, we are planning to make it a monthly event.” The concept was the result of a brainstorming session as retailers and merchants in the Shoppes came together to create this concept, including Chic Optique, Georgie’s Alibi, Bottoms & Tops, Island City Fitness, GayMart, Boom, Java Boys and more.  Sunday night I headed up to West Palm Beach where Jon Elu threw a premiere party for the new season of HGTV’s Design Star featuring West Palm Beach resident Nathan Galui as one of the contestants (check the Hotspots exclusive interview in last week’s magazine either in print or online at HotspotsMagazine.com). If the premiere show was any indication, Nathan is going to do very well.

Thursday – July 23
Starting today and going through the 29th the Pride Factory is having a big sale where they are offering 25% off all regular priced clothing and 15% off previously discounted clothing.

Friday – July 24
Living Room presents The Jungle, a costume party where the whole club will be decorated as a jungle!
The Depot presents Christmas in July, starting tonight and going all weekend, where they invite you to bring an unwrapped toy or treat to be donated to the Pet Project for a chance to win a gift package from the Depot.
Noche Latina Fridays at Sea Monster, in association with Universal Music Latino and Granda Entertainment, presents a CD release party for Paulina Rubio’s new CD “Gran City Pop.” The night will feature free CD singles, free posters, exclusive Paulina autographed posters and Alyssa Kartiar as Paulina. In addition they feature DJ Billy H and hot go-go papis.
The Ramrod invites the community to meet Jeffrey Payne, International Mr. Leather 2009, from 10 pm until midnight.
Steam Fridays presents Carmen Reece live singing her first hit single “Right Here.” They will also be giving away a Pearl Day Weekend giveaway, where someone will win 2 VIP tickets to all events, round trip transportation to Atlanta, and one deluxe room at the host hotel (The W).

Saturday – July 24
LeatherWerks invites everyone to meet and greet Jefrey Payne, Mr. International Leather 2009 from 2 to 4pm.
Bill’s presents Christmas in July where they will be accepting unwrapped back to school items, clothing and toys for Kids in Distress. The night will feature performances by Nikki Adams, Ivana Du and Miss Kitty.
Time to pull your old high school prom dress out of the closet and relive your prom with the first ever 93.9 MIA Second Chance Prom at the James L. Knight Center. Whether you went to your high school prom or not, whether it was the best night of your life or a complete disaster…relive your prom with music by DJ Magic Mike, performances by Tavares (More Than A Woman, Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel), The Jets (Crush On You, You Got It All), and Expose (Point of No Return, Come Go with Me, Let Me Be the One, Season’s Change). Dress to impress as a Prom King and Queen will be crowned and a photographer will be on hand to take your pictures. So whether you come alone, with a date, or with friends the Second Chance Prom is for you. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and tickets are $25, $35 and $50 for limited V.I.P. (includes a gift bag, complimentary 5×7 photograph per couple and access to the dance floor) and are available at the James L. Knight Center box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information or to schedule interviews call Ovidio Santiago at 954-638-1504.
Discotekka invites everyone to join them in the NOH8 Campaign. Check it out at NOH8Campaign .com. The night will star resident DJ Jarell and hostess Vegas Dion.
Voodoo Saturdays presents SUPERMODELS, a pink theme party starring Amanda LePore, the most beautiful transsexual on earth, with a supermodel in pink runway competition with $500 in cash and prizes. DJing that night is Alyson Calagna in the main room, DJ Nena in the Noche Latina Lounge hosted by Alyssa Kartiar and DJ Miik on the open format patio.
Smarty Pants Showcase Saturday Night presents Nikki Adams with 2 shows at 9:30 pm and 11 pm.
Bigger Saturdays at Score presents Star 69 records DJ/producer Hector Fonseca.

Sunday – July 25
Gospel Jubilee is at 6 pm at Scandals Saloon. Old fashioned Southern Gospel music with Lady Fancy and The Jubilettes.

Tuesday – July 28

Tuesday Underwear Night at The Stable just got even better! On The Stable stage starting at 9 pm there will be an extremely hot guest male dancer.
The 18-week L.I.F.E. Program provides practical, step-by-step guidance to help participants create and implement personal health plans for long-term thriving with HIV. Through a unique blend of large group meetings, small group sharing, experiential exercises and one-on-one health counseling, the program helps men living with HIV improve their health. Participation in the L.I.F.E. Program (Learning Immune Function Enhancement) boosts the immune system, lowers risky behavior and increases adherence to medication schedules. Grupos en español. If you are HIV+, this mind-body health program can help you increase network of HIV+ friends in a fun, supportive environment, lower HIV-related symptoms, enhance your sense of psychological and emotional well-being, raise your level of safe behaviors and improve the quality of your overall health. There is a meet and greet for new participants. Weekly workshop times: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 18 weeks. Interested? Space is limited. Contact the PALS Project for an intake appointment at 954-463-9011 or e-mail PALS@glccsf.org.

Hot Stuff
Scandals Saloon and The Stable is keeping it real as they are conducting a Model Search for anyone who would like to have their picture featured as a Scandals Saloon model or Stable model in magazine and print advertising. The contest is open to all – cowboys, bears, leather, muscle, hairy, tall, short, skinny or not so skinny. Go toScandalsFLA.com and click on Model Search for more information. Winners will receive $50.00.
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the country’s largest
owner, developer and manager of high quality retail real estate, announced today that Sawgrass Mills, one of the world’s most popular shopping destinations and Florida’s largest outlet, value retail and entertainment center, is expanding with a 22,000-square-foot addition, including a free-standing restaurant at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills. The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills is a 110,000-square-foot open-air promenade at the south side of the center. Mediterranean architecture, a decorative fountain and central plaza offer an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. Its innovative design is shopper-friendly with visible storefronts and
direct access from the parking areas, as well as valet parking for
added convenience.
All Out Films is bursting with pride to present the very first all-drag version of LOGO TV’s hit
comedy series “One Night Stand Up” with a fabulous, fierce and funny cast — Jackie Beat, Miss Coco Peru and Varla
Jean Merman. The show will be filmed live Sept. 19th at the state-of-the-art Broad Stage (TheBroadStage. com) in Santa Monica. Emceeing the evening will be the androgynous gender-bending Ongina, best known for a scene-stealing appearance on RuPaul’s reality series on LOGO TV “Drag Race.”One Night Stand Up may never be the same,” says creator and producer Andrea Meyerson. “This is the first time these stellar entertainers have come together to perform on one stage, for one night in one spectacular show. I couldn’t think of a better lineup for the first One Night Stand Up drag episode!”

This is Hot : Colton Ford

“Under the covers” is a simple, three word phrase. Three words that, when taken together, can—depending on one’s own proclivities—conjure up opposing images in the mind: naughty or nice, salacious or modest, dangerous or safe. Now, take these same three words and make them the title of the new album by singer-turned porn star-turned singer Colton Ford and the brain activity intensifies. Under the Covers is the second full-length album from Ford. Sure, the title winkingly refers to Ford’s adult film past, but it’s also an apt reference to the album’s main focus: songs made famous by others. Ford has recorded a collection of songs that sound, at once, wholly familiar and wonderfully fresh. In addition to speaking to Ford in a very real and personal way, the tracks that comprise Under the Covers made a significant impact when they were originally released and will be immediately familiar to a wide listening audience—even though someone other than the original artist is singing them. Explains Ford, “Adding my interpretation to these songs gives a new perspective to these classic tunes, enabling me to show different sides of my vocal ability.” Ford continues, “When you are covering a hit track, if you can retain the integrity of the original and bring your own style to it in the process, you can reveal something to the listener about you as an artist that perhaps they haven’t heard before. This album is also a friendly reminder of just how great these songs were and still are.” Speaking of his past career, Ford says, “I know that there are some people who aren’t going to be able to see beyond my porn persona, and that’s ok.” Pausing for a moment, he adds, “I feel, however, that there are far more people out there who are interested in hearing what I can do musically, and are able to look beyond that part of my past. Those are the people I’m looking to reach. I’m doing what I love to do, so at the end of the day, I can say that I’m following my heart and living my dream. Isn’t that what we all want for ourselves?” The CD can be purchased in stores nationwide in August.

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