October 6th, literally hundreds of Broward House supporters rallied at City Hall and refused to let misguided bureaucracy close one of South Florida’s most important programs for members of our community living with HIV/AIDS. After a lengthy deliberation, victory was at hand and funding was restored…
Friday night the Stable hosted the kick-off party for Bubba’s Country Fair with the Queen of Corn/King of Cob contest. Who knew that Florida had so many closeted rednecks with a great sense of humor? Saturday and Sunday Ken, Lloyd and all the ‘country bumpkins’ over at Stable put on Bubba’s Country Fair that brought out huge crowds (including cowboys and cowgirls) despite the heat. This fundraiser had both bars overflowing as hundreds of people enjoyed the hot dog eating contest, bull riding, a chili cook off and more. Entertainment was top quality with national recording stars Dean and Lee headlining the entire event. Thanks to all of the staff at Scandals and the Stable (especially Bubba and Terry De Carlo from Broward House) for a great weekend! Did I mention that I still have hay in my teeth from riding the giant slide?
Saturday night President Obama addressed the sold out Equality Forum Dinner in Washington DC carried live on national TV. The president confirmed his commitment to supporting the LGBT community. His speech was often interrupted by thunderous applause and standing ovations as he talked about the struggle of the LBGT community.
Sunday also saw thousands from our GLBT community march on Washington in a show of unity demanding action now for equality. Hotspots contributors Mark and Carrie (of MC FILMFEST fame) joined hundreds of others in a bus caravan from Florida partaking in this momentous event.
Thursday, October 15
The first annual Miss Sandal, hosted by Marytrini, Mariloly, Julie Mastrosimone and Vegas Dion, takes place at Sandal in Miami. The presentation is recyclable and the night stars Solange, honorary Miss Sandal. With over $4000 in cash and prizes this is sure to be a fierce pageant. For more information call 305-333-1764.
Bill’s presents the Gay Bike Night kick-off as they continue their 14th anniversary celebration week.
As a collaborative action the Pet Project for Pets/CCAAP, Gay American Heroes and other local groups and businesses are planning a candle light vigil and walk in Wilton Manors in memory of Craig Cohen starting 6:30 pm. There will be a short presentation with Craig’s family, co-workers and community leaders, followed by candlelight walk down Wilton Dr. starting in Georgie’s Alibi parking lot. The horrendous events that led to Craig Cohen’s death will not be forgotten. As we join together in resolved opposition to violence of any kind, we send a clear message that violent crime and hatred will not be tolerated.
Friday, October 16
Tonight is the much anticipated 1 year anniversary of Living Room Nightclub starring DJ Danny Tenaglia. For more info see the photo feature in this week’s magazine.
On night 3 of their 14th year anniversary celebration, Bill’s Growl Fridays presents customer appreciation night with giveaways starting at 8 pm and the sexy man contest at midnight hosted by Miss Kitty is giving away $250 in cash and prizes.
The Ramrod presents Muscle Bear Mandance with DJ Herbie James and host Chad.
The Boardwalk presents RandyBlue.com exclusive Jeremy Walker live tonight and tomorrow with 2 shows each night.
Saturday, October 17
Bill’s 14th anniversary weekend caps off with a performance by recording diva Ultra Nate at midnight. For more information please see the pull out section in this week’s magazine.
Voodoo Lounge Saturdays invites you to an MTV show event, Party Rocka. The night will star DJs G-Fresh, Lucho, Billy Gotti, Cara Mia, Crunch Time, Nena, Dela, Primo, Kenny, Stickyfingazzz, Hanna, XcentricUniverse and many more DJs and performances. This is an event to dress to impress. Doors open at 9 pm and there is no cover until 11pm.
Flora the Red Menace at the Rising Action Theatre opens tonight. Flora the Red Menace is a musical with a book by David Thompson, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The musical originally starred Liza Minnelli in the title role in her Broadway debut, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Like Cabaret and Chicago, it features a headstrong heroine with passion and idealism and has a strong dose of political content. She falls in love with Harry Toukarian, another struggling designer, who attempts to convert Flora to his Communist ideals. Rising Action has assembled on outstanding cast of musical talent under the direction of Kevin Coughlin. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this great show in one of its rare Florida presentations. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets only $35.00. Show plus three course dinner at Primavera Restaurant(across the street) is only $60.00.
Score’s Bigger Saturdays presents DJ/Producer Paulo with an opening set by DJ Roxx.
The Lambda Car Club presents the Classic & Collectible Car Show at Georgie’s Alibi in the front parking lot from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Entry into the car show is free and everyone is invited to come and see these vintage classic and collectible automobiles while they are on display. You can meet the owners of these specialty automobiles and share in their passion for them, select and vote on your favorite car and enter it for the “People’s Choice Award” that will be awarded at the end of the show. There will be a D/J playing oldies music, trophies, raffles and more! For more information on the South Florida Gay Car Club you can visit their website at: www.FlamingoAutoGroupSouth.com or email: FlamingoCarClub@aol.com
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force invites you to join them as they present the 2009 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award to MDGLCC President Steve Adkins. Purchase a table at www.TheTaskForce.org/miami.
Sunday, October 18
The Shoppes of Wilton Manors monthly bazaar (3rd Sunday of the month) takes place from 10 am to 4 pm with music, vendors and a farmers market. They will feature a pie eating contest at noon at Java Boys (register in advance to win) and a pumpkin carving contest with the categories of scariest, funniest and most creative. To enter you must bring your carved pumpkin in by 11am.
LeatherWerks is presenting pumping classes today and on the 20th. For more information call 954-761-1236.
The 4th annual Cut for the Cure will be held at Salon Enchanted (3416 Griffin Road) in Fort Lauderdale from 10 am to 5 pm. The Michael Leigh Salon and Salon Enchanted are partnering to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Expert stylists are donating reduced haircuts ($15 haircut/$30 haircut and style) all day. All proceeds will go directly to the fight against breast cancer. Also, the Michael Leigh Salon is raffling off a gift basket with over $400 worth of hair care products and services. Tickets are $1 each and come with a dedication card for loved ones.
Monday, October 19
MiamiArtine.com invites everyone to a cocktail reception in honor of their 4th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the Miami Beach Arts Trust at Museo Vault (346 NW 29th Street) from 6 to 9 pm. The event will feature art, food, wine, silent auction, live jazz trio Sonido Batido and special awards. There will be a suggested donation of $20 with proceeds going to the Miami Beach Arts Trust.
MovieMountain.com, along with its parent company Freya Communications Inc., announces the publication of its very first gay print catalog. With some 12,000 current gay DVD titles and hundreds of adult toys and novelties, MovieMountain.com is one of the leading gay adult online retailers. In business for over 13 years, MovieMountain.com will now feature selected gay movies and sex toys in its initial full-color, large-format printed catalog. Besides being able to order products by mail through this catalog, customers will also be able to continue to submit orders by phone and through the MovieMountain.com website. The new catalog features almost 200 specially selected gay adult DVDs. These include new movies, studio special offers, their best prices, sales and clearance items. From the lowest prices on new Blu-ray titles to new releases, buy-one-get-one-free offers, special hot deals and blow-out sales, the catalog incorporates many of their exclusive sales in one easy resource. The catalog also highlights 20 special adult products – vibrators, plugs and douches, cock rings, massagers, pumps and dildos. It’s a new one-stop shopping source for all of one’s special needs. Customers can order their own copy of the catalog online through MovieMountain.com’s website, by phone at (954) 491-1414 ext.127, or email to Warehouse@FreyaComm.com
Baconnaise is the ultimate bacon flavored spread. Baconnaise is phenomenal on sandwiches, salads, burgers, fries, dips and more and is now available in single jars at To the Moon Marketplace for only $5.99. Also available is Bacon Salt. Try the original Bacon Salt on eggs, pasta, green vegetables and more. It’s like straight bacon in a bottle for only $4.99.
GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) holds a Red Carpet Gala and Silent Auction Extravaganza at the posh Intracoastal Waterway home of John Evans and Steve Wozencraft, with unique silent auction packages including a LGBT marriage equality package, a “Boston Wedding Package” with vows performed by the Mayor of Cambridge, MA, and a “Hollywood (California) Entertainment Experience Package” with tickets to watch a taping of the television show “Chelsea Lately” are among the dozens of unique silent auction items up for grabs on November 7th. The event is scheduled from 7 to 11 pm, with a pre-event VIP party aboard a private yacht moored at the venue, 2716 Barcelona Drive, located off East Las Olas Boulevard at Seven Isles Drive, Fort Lauderdale. GLAAD is committed to building public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in Florida and across the country by promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of LGBT people in the media and by fighting anti-LGBT defamation. Tickets to GLAAD’s Red Carpet Gala and Silent Auction Extravaganza are $75 if purchased prior to Oct. 23rd and $100 after that date. VIP tickets are $150 prior to Oct. 23rd and $200 after that date. To purchase tickets, or for more information visit GLAAD.org/RedCarpetSouthFlorida.
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Smart, outspoken, opinionated and one of a kind three-time Emmy Award-winning actress/comic Wanda Sykes returns to HBO for her second full-length stand-up special. Taped before a live audience at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., this riotous performance aired on HBO and featured Wanda’s hilarious takes on such topics as the first black president, healthcare reform, pirates, coming out, her reflections on a gay cruise she just took, being a new mom, getting older, a painful recollection of her recent trip to the bikini waxing studio, and much more. If you missed it, you can go to our video links on HotspotsMagazine.com or watch it again on HBO Oct. 23rd and 28th. Honestly, I laughed so hard I fell off the sofa!
In 2008 the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner’s launched her 50th Anniversary Concert Tour that continued for six months visiting over ten countries on two continents. Millions of fans and critics alike were blown away by Tina’s age defying high-octane performances showing that the star has no sign of slowing down at nearly 70 years young. As Tina finished the final show in Sheffield, England in May 2009 she said, “I have been overwhelmed, astounded and taken to new heights by the reaction of the thousands of fans who came to see me every night. This has been a tour to remember, to hold dear in my heart and what a way to celebrate my 50 years in the business…to sum up…it’s been super!” To commemorate this record breaking world tour Manhattan Records will release the Tina Live DVD on October 20th.