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First we wanted to follow up on Labor Day Weekend. Some of the highlights were the Angels and Demons Party at Living Room which packed the club and included some interesting costumes. Saturday night brought 3 big parties: Blackout Lockdown V2 at Discotekka starring DJ William Umana, the membership drive at Voodoo Lounge starring DJ Chris Cox and Salvation Under Construction at Score starring DJ Brett Henrichsen. The long weekend ended with 2 huge parties on Sunday. The first was T dance at Sea Monster and the second was Black Fort Lauderdale 2009 at Voodoo Lounge starring recording artist Deborah Cox and DJ/Producer Tracy Young.

 

First we wanted to follow up on Labor Day Weekend. Some of the highlights were the Angels and Demons Party at Living Room which packed the club and included some interesting costumes. Saturday night brought 3 big parties: Blackout Lockdown V2 at Discotekka starring DJ William Umana, the membership drive at Voodoo Lounge starring DJ Chris Cox and Salvation Under Construction at Score starring DJ Brett Henrichsen. The long weekend ended with 2 huge parties on Sunday. The first was T dance at Sea Monster and the second was Black Fort Lauderdale 2009 at Voodoo Lounge starring recording artist Deborah Cox and DJ/Producer Tracy Young.

 

Things really heated up all over Florida this weekend as everyone is getting ready for what we hope will be a busy season. Saturday was a scream at Bill’s Filling Station as they hosted the finals of the Sexy Bear Contest. Four finalists fought for the coveted title of the Sexiest Bear. Contestants were judged on various criteria, including random questions and interviews, but let’s face it – the final results were based on contestants strutting their best assets. Congratulations to Jim Albright of Hotspots Magazine for taking top honors.

 

This Sunday Broward House hosted the Sprit of Hope’s Heroes at the Swimming Hall of Fame. Olympic Gold Medal Diver Greg Louganis and Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of Ryan White, unveiled a new exhibit reintroducing Greg’s 1988 Olympic Gold Medal. In a conversation with Hotspots, Greg was very emotional as he lamented over his tumultuous battle with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. Greg is truly a great American hero who inspires us to be the best that we can be, no matter what the circumstances.

 

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 17th

 

Sean David and TwinkScape .com present video star Jesse Swift live in the flesh at Johnny’s tonight at 10:30 pm and 12:30 am and then again on Saturday at 11:30 pm and 1:30 am. They will also feature lots of giveaways, including ID lube.

 

Red Hispana Florida presents “Surviving HIV,” a town hall meeting with Dr. Sheetal Sharma of Broward Health Comprehensive Care Center, from 6 to 8 pm at the ArtServe Library building, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd.

 

Starting today and going through the 23rd the Pride Factory presents 30% off clothing.

Sidelines will be celebrating Marty’s (owners) birthday.

 

MDGLCC presents their monthly networking program for the Upper Eastside/MidTown area membership group. Held on the third Thursday of each month, this month’s meeting location is at Soyka’s Restaurant’s private room located in the 55th Street Station (5556 NE 4th Ct.; 305-759-3117). Registration is at 11:30 am with luncheon/networking from noon to 1:00 pm. Cost is $30 per person and includes seated style lunch. Limited to 30 persons. RSVP to 305-573-4000 or via email to mdglcc@bellsouth.net.

 

Friday, September, 18th

 

The Ramrod will be celebrating its 15th anniversary starting tonight and going through the entire weekend with special events each night. For more info see the feature in this week’s magazine.

 

The Boardwalk presents RandyBlue.com model Gunner Pearce tonight, tomorrow and Sunday with 2 shows nightly.

 

Saturday, September, 19th

 

Team Sidelines is having a benefit for the Smart Ride with a car wash from 10 am to 1 pm at the Sidelines south parking lot. I urge everyone to go out and support this great cause. At 9 pm join Sidelines for the celebration of their team, the Cyclones, winning North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) World Series Championship.

 

Score Bigger Saturdays and Nervous Records present Chicago house music legend Frankie Knuckles. Frankie, who was recently inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, also won a Grammy for Best Remixer. His career spans decades, from his resident DJ days at Manhattan’s The Sound Factory to remixing songs for artists like Michael Jackson, and includes one of the greatest remixes of a decade, Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart.” Material from his last album was featured in the popular video game “Grand Theft Auto.” Tonight you can experience the Frankie Knuckles vibe live while also being the first to preview mixes from his new album, “Motivation Too.” This party will be hosted by Michael Stanley and Miami’s DJ/producer Abel Aguilera plus a great lighting/video show by Tony Lage.

 

Discotekka, Machete Music and Universal Music Group, in association with Milancita.com, present Jery Live performing her hit single “Astronauta.” The night will also star DJs Jarell, Alex Infiniti and Carlos G.

Voodoo Lounge introduces to Fort Lauderdale DJ Shane Woten with no cover from 9 to 11 pm. The night will also feature DJs Nena in the Latin Lounge and Miik on the patio and is hosted by Kitty Meow and Alyssa Kartiar.

 

Sunday, September 20th

 

Suicide is one of the top three killers of young people. LGBTQ youth are up to four times likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Fortunately, there is help for these desperate young people. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. It costs just $15 to answer one call from a desperate young person on the Trevor Helpline. Each year, he Trevor Project receives more than 18,000 calls. In the last year, the call volume on the Trevor Helpline has increased more than 300%! Halo Lounge in Miami Beach, along with sponsors GaySoFla.com and PixelGlue.com, presents the Miami Lifeline reception tonight from 7 pm to 10 pm.

In the mood to find a bargain or two? This Sunday the Bazaar returns to the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. Vendors gather to bring merchandise to the streets for a fun filled day. Georgie’s Alibi is also adding to the fun with their famous Wet ‘n Wild event, which includes a dunk tank, pet wash and water games (really) with great prizes!

 

Wednesday, September 23th

 

The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Hi-Def Event, a special one-night only, nationwide in-theater presentation, will be held tonight at 7:00 pm. The unforgettable cultural icon has been entirely re-mastered and will be shown in movie theaters for the first time ever in high definition in a historic big-screen event that celebrates the 70th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.” Introduced by Robert Osborne, classic film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, Osborne will share facts and stories about this ageless classic. This special in-theater event will also include an exclusive cut of “To Oz! The Making of a Classic,” which will offer audiences a unique peek into the Land of Oz through interviews with original Munchkin actors; an audio outtake of “If I Only Had a Brain” with Ray Bolger and July Garland, complete with stills and home movie footage; and a look at how the MGM artists and craftsmen created the music, costumes and amazing special effects for “The Wizard of Oz” in the 1930s. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at FathomEvents.com.

 

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Greater Fort Lauderdale has been rolling out the rainbow carpet for the last decade. We are pleased to announce that Fort Lauderdale recently has been named as a finalist in the TripOut Gay Travel Awards for “Sexiest Place on Earth.” Your vote is needed to make Fort Lauderdale shine above the competition, which includes Mykonos, Buenos Aires, Paris and Madrid. With your support we just might become the “Sexiest Place on Earth.” Cast your vote at TripOutGayTravel.com/Fort-Lauderdale-United-States.

 

The University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft announced Wednesday that the university plans to start offering full domestic partner benefits to employees.  “We believe it’s the right thing to do, and we’ll work to make it happen this year,” Here! Networks presents David Millbern and Margot Kidder in Death Among Friends in the network premiere on Friday, September 25th (for ordering information, go to HereTV.com).

 

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Star of stage and screen Alan Cumming is set to release his debut solo album, “I Bought a Blue Car Today,” from the newly launched Yellow Sound Label. Including song selections from his original concert of the same name, the exciting collection is comprised of everything from rock opera to little-known gems, as well as brand new material. The album will be available on September 22, 2009. A Tony Award winner for his work in Cabaret, Alan Cumming is admired for his work on Broadway and beyond. Cumming takes us on a musical journey with “I Bought a Blue Car Today.” With an ensemble led by musical director Lance Horne, the album is peppered with material by Cyndi Lauper, Dory Previn and Kander & Ebb, to name a few. Tracks include songs from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” ”Chess,” “Falsettos” and “Cabaret.” The New York Times claimed Cumming “exudes the fabulousness of a brash showbiz kid.” Michael Croiter, album producer and co-founder of Yellow Sound Label, says, “This album is a diverse mix of pop, theater, punk and chamber rock. Alan’s immense talent and achievements in theater and film are abundant and nothing short of exceptional. This exciting adventure will keep followers of Alan excited and riveted, and likely make him a few new fans.

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