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Last Tuesday the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) hosted a cocktail reception for its Founders Circle Members to preview the new Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors. The facility, which will replace the aging GLCC located on Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, features a large meeting hall, a number of smaller spaces for use as offices and various conference rooms. Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard with Dale Russell, Paul Hyman, Robert Boo and the entire GLCC team for an outstanding job!

Last Tuesday the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) hosted a cocktail reception for its Founders Circle Members to preview the new Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors. The facility, which will replace the aging GLCC located on Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, features a large meeting hall, a number of smaller spaces for use as offices and various conference rooms. Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard with Dale Russell, Paul Hyman, Robert Boo and the entire GLCC team for an outstanding job!

 

The Ramrod started its 15th anniversary weekend on Friday with the inaugural Muscle Bear Mandance with host Chad and lots of sexy, hairy bears. They gave away free passes to Gold’s Gym and the dance floor was open and crowded. On Sunday they featured a balloon drop at midnight worth $1,000 in cash and prizes and the annual anniversary pin giveaway.

 

Score’s Bigger Saturdays presented Chicago house music legend Frankie Knuckles, who kept the dance floor packed for all his fans. The night was hosted by Michael Stanley and Miami’s DJ/producer Abel Aguilera. Also on Saturday, Discotekka presented recording artist Jery Live performing her hit single “Astronauta.” The night also starred DJs Jarell, Alex Infiniti and Carlos G, as well as performances by Vegas, TP, Gina and Skyy.

 

The Market Bazaar returned to the Shoppes of Wilton Manors with vendors who brought merchandise to the streets for a fun filled day. Georgie’s Alibi also added to the fun with their famous Wet ‘n Wild event, which included a dunk tank, pet wash and water games with great prizes! As usual this was a fun event! Watch for photos on this and other events in next week’s issue of Hotspots Magazine!

 

Thursday – Sept 24th


Starting today and going through the 29th the Pride Factory presents 30% off clothing.

 

Friday – Sept 25th


Smarty Pants’ 6th anniversary weekend starts today and goes through Sunday. For more information see the feature or ads in this week’s magazine.

 

Bright Star, one of the most highly praised films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is a portrait of love and loss between the 19th-century romantic poet John Keats and the 18-year-old muse next door, Fanny Brawne, a student of fashion. The film’s title comes from a love poem for Brawne, which Keats wrote in the flyleaf of his copy of the works of Shakespeare. Jane Campion’s return to the big screen features outstanding performances from Abbie Cornish as Brawne, Ben Whishaw as Keats, Paul Schneider as Charles Armitage Brown and Kerry Fox as Mrs. Brawne.

 

Fache Arts & Amy Alonso Gallery (750 NE 124 Street suite 2 Moca Plaza, North Miami) is pleased to present concurrent solo shows by two Miami-based artists: Chilean-born artist Carla Fache, residing in Miami since 2001 and Re Sanchez, Salvadoran expatriate who in 1989 relocated to the US, from today until October 9th with the opening reception being today from 7 pm to 11 pm. Sexploration is a show that takes the audience to a sensorial ride through the channels of passion, emotions and thoughts that plunge right into the spectator’s bloodstream at once. Through their canvas, colors, angles and body, the interaction between these two artists enriches as all of their pieces pulse, defining a new vocabulary word for passion: Sexploration. Carla Fache and Re Sanchez bring Floridians an intelligent art show, with sensitiveness, high conceptual technical qualities and deep color passion that contributes to the balance of our soul and body flow – just feel it pumping! The gallery hours are Monday through Friday,  11 am to 6 pm. For more info contact Amy Alonso at 305-975-6933 or at amy@alonsored.com.

 

Saturday – Sept 26th


The Florida Gay Rodeo Association’s (FGRA) Pool Party and Country Dance will take place today at 11 am at Aragon Inn Guest House and the party continues at Scandals at 9:30 pm! You do not have to be a member of FGRA to attend. Everyone is invited to come on out and have some fun! ADMISSION: Donations accepted! At the pool party beer and sangria will be supplied by Scandal’s Saloon and pizza supplied by Humpy’s Pizza.

 

The Cubby Hole invites you to come out and meet new owner, Teri G, at a welcome party today.

Azucar, in conjunction with Heavy Records and Javi Productions, presents Latin dance artist Shelina, the Dominican Diva, with her sassy new single “Vivir Sin Tu Amor” tonight in concert. It is also their monthly birthday party. All birthday people get complimentary admission and a free bottle of champagne and drinks.

 

Bill’s presents Oktoberfest tonight and tomorrow with tastes of Germany. Tonight features a special show at midnight starring Nikki Adams and Electra. Don’t forget you lederhosen!

Discotekka presents Fame, a themed party inspired by the film. Drop by Discotekka for a chance to get some free tickets. The night stars DJs Jarrell, Alex Infiniti and Carlos G along with Vegas Dion, TP Lords, Gina D’Angelo and Skyy.

 

Sunday – Sept


The Sea Monster T Dance, in conjunction with Warner Brothers, invites you to celebrate the release of Madonna’s CD “Celebration” with 34 songs that changed the world, digitally remastered from the tapes, plus 2 brand new songs.

 

Scandals presents their monthly Gospel Jubilee starring the Lady Fancy and her Jubilettes, at 6 pm. This is terrific inspirational entertainment with a twist.

 

Hot Stuff


HG Roosters in West Palm Beach is celebrating their 25th anniversary all weekend with the last day being Sunday, where some lucky patron will win free drinks for a year. Congrats to the owners, management and staff of Roosters for 25 fabulous years, and here’s hoping they have many more years of success! For more info visit HGRoosters.com.

 

On the weekend of September 26th and 27th, contest producer Bill Hoeppner (International Leatherboy 2008) and The Ramrod Bar will host the 15th Anniversary Mr. Ramrod Contest. Come meet and greet the judges and contestants on Saturday night, September 26th, beginning at 10:00 pm. On Sunday night, September 27th, the contest will begin at 10:30 pm with four judged categories: interviews, bar wear, speech and formal wear and the always popular jock and onstage question segment of the contest. The MC for the evening is Michael J. Many previous winners of the Mr. Ramrod Title will be in attendance as well as a prestigious local, national and international panel of judges: Sir Raul Mendez, International Leather Sir 2008; Daddy Alan Penrod, International Mr. Leather 2009 2nd Runner Up; boy Stephen Palaschak, International Leather boy 2008 1st Runner Up; Sir Jason Pelky, SouthEast Leather Sir 2009, Matthew Pavelich, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2008; and Dan Osmialowski, Mr. Ramrod 2008. Their tally masters are Eric Lawrence, co-owner of LeatherWerks and long time leather community advocate and Ira C. Smith, world renowned erotic artist. The judge’s boy is boy Pete Trimble of the South Florida Boys of Leather. A victory celebration will follow the announcement of the winners at midnight. For more information about the contest visit MrRamrod.com. Contestant applications are still being accepted. Pick up an application from your favorite Ramrod bartender or download it from their web site.

 

Tampa native Jane Castor humbly accepted an appointment from Mayor Pam Iorio to become the city’s next police chief. The 6-foot, lanky mother of two will be the first woman to command the Tampa Police Department when she is sworn in October 1st. She also is set to become the state’s first openly lesbian police chief. Though her appointment is historically significant to Tampa’s LGBT community, Castor treated it as a non-issue when questioned. The 49-year-old never dodged LGBT-related questions, but said she’d rather focus on what she plans to do as chief. Castor made it clear that she has never experienced homophobia on the part of other Tampa officers or the public. As for the hundreds of men and women who will serve under the new chief, Castor said they should expect no surprises from her. “They can expect the same thing they have seen for the last 25 years…..someone who is very approachable, very fair and very open and honest.”

 

From the Owners of ‘City Side’


”Forget what you’ve heard: it’s what you asked for that we’re listening to! For three weeks, City Side is closing its doors and going “undercover” to bring back more of what our good friends want! No change of ownership, nothing but improvements that will make your South Tampa neighborhood bar an even better place to go any night of the week! Hang tight and keep visiting ClubCityside.com and we’ll post some photos of our progress. Yes, we’re re-opening soon. In three weeks, you’ll see City Side Lounge open in style, bringing back more of what you asked for in a bar. We appreciate your patience and promise it will be worth the wait. City Side Lounge and our staff look forward to seeing good friends there, and a few new ones too. Please make sure to let your good friends know as well.”

 

This is Hot


International superstar Shakira is set to release her new album due out on October 13th from Epic, a division of Sony Music. The album features a predominantly English track list with a follow up album of a new and unique repertoire in Spanish to come in 2010. Though most tracks on the upcoming album will be in English, Shakira chose to service the Spanish version of the first single, “Loba,” on June 29th, two weeks before the English single was launched. “Loba” was made available globally in recognition of Shakira’s longstanding fan base and unique bi-lingual appeal. Shakira boasts a string of chart-topping hits in both English and Spanish and sales of over 50 million records. Her last project, “Oral Fixation Volumes 1 & 2”, has sold in excess of 8 million albums worldwide with the singles “La Tortura” and “Hips Don’t Lie” having earned over 10 million digital downloads. For more information visit Shakira.com.

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