On Tuesday, the GLCC Pride Center hosted their monthly Founder Circle event. This time the venue was at the truly amazing CHIMA Brazilian Restaurant on Los Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, everyone enjoyed themselves under the shade provided by the huge banyan trees in CHIMA’s fabulous courtyard along with the cool drinks and wonderful Brazilian appetizers. On Friday Living Room Nightclub presented their much anticipated 1 year anniversary event starring DJ/producer/icon Danny Tenaglia. In addition the great music by Danny in the main room and resident Maximus 3000 in the front room, there was a fabulous performance by Erika Norell, Taina Norell, TP Lords, Noel Leon, Champagne Bordeaux and Nikki Whyte. Congrats go out to Christian, Mark and the entire Living Room team for a fabulous first year, and here’s wishing them many more years of success! After leaving Living Room I headed down south to Azucar to see my buddy DJ Jarell spin House and some Latin for the Latino crowd at Azucar. What I hadn’t known is that Tony Arturo and the team did some remodeling and designed new bars and a new stage that all looks fantastic! The show by Mariloly and the divas (Sophia and Terisita) was as usual, a blast. I also had a nice conversation with Tony in his office and he told me about a new pageant he is organizing that is going to be called Queen of Queens and will take place next October. Stay tuned to this column for more details….but trust the claws will be out to win this prestigious new title. Saturday night was night 4 in Bill’s 14th anniversary weekend celebration and featured dance diva Ultra Nate live in concert. Not only did she give a fab concert to her many admirers, but she was also as sweet as sweet can be. Congrats go out to Jackson, Mark, Ron, Jeff, Don and the entire Bill’s team for a wonderful anniversary weekend and we here at Hotspots wish them many more years of success!
Thursday, October 22nd
Starting today and going through October 31st GayMart features 50% off all clothing.
Friday, October 23rd
Metamorphacise Spa and Health Club will be hosting its annual breast cancer “Spin-a-Thon,” a charity fundraising event for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Braman Breast Cancer Research Foundation, from 5 to 9 pm. This year’s event will feature a spectacular concert with south Florida’s very own “Sunshine State Rapper” Flo Rida alongside Miami DJ/Producer Maximus 3000, with special appearances by Tony Cruz and Alyssa Rivera singing live. There will be a small $10.00 general admission charge per person with 100% going to charity. There will also be one hundred spinning bikes being sold for $50 each to further raise funds. For more information please contact Valerie or Lisa at 954-450-5645 or e-mail Metamorphecise2@bellsouth.net.
Saturday, October 24th
Voodoo Saturdays presents, direct from LA, DJ/producer Tracy Young in concert with a special performance by Erika Norell. Also spinning will be DJ Nena in the Latin Lounge and DJ Miik on the patio with an open format. Island City Health and Fitness is having a special in their spa this weekend. Today and Sunday you receive 3 services, including a deep tissue or Swedish massage, a Vichy body scrub and acupuncture cupping, for only $199. Included in the deal is a healthy lunch or dinner. For more information about this deal or on how to become a member call 954-318-3900.
The Boardwalk presents a 5 star birthday bash celebrating the birthdays of Jim, Felipe, Vickie, Krystal and Tito. The party starts at 10 pm and expect 5 times the trouble!
The 22nd Annual Las Olas Art Fair & Oktoberfest takes place today and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The event takes place on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue.
The South Middle River Civic Association, along with the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Club and the Episcopal Church of the Intercession will host a day of information and fun, along with a pie judging contest, raffles, prizes, plants, home décor, garden vendors and a flea market that will all be part of the South Middle River Home & Garden Festival from 8 am to 3 pm. The festival will take place at the Community Garden, located at 501 NW 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale a few blocks off Andrews Avenue near the GLCC. If you haven’t visited the community garden, this is a great time to do so. You will be amazed at what an amazing garden exists in the neighborhood. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions. The City of Fort Lauderdale will be giving away trees as well as paint for city residents. There will even be a featured flutist in the garden. You are welcome to bring your pet for the Pet Show Contest which will take place in the afternoon with categories for: best dressed, owner look alike, smallest, largest and best in show. Food service will be available at the Butterfly Café. This is one of the few neighborhood events during the year that encourages everyone to get out and have some fun and meet some new friends.
FGRA members will be selling advance coupons for the Second Annual Hot & Sweaty Cowboy Carwash on the back patio of Scandal’s Saloon beginning at 9:30 pm. The carwash will take place in the front parking lot of Scandal’s Saloon beginning at 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 25th, until 4 or 5 pm. The price is so reasonable, well, you are not going to believe it! Advance carwash coupons purchased Saturday night are only, are you ready, $5 per vehicle. Carwashes may, of course, be purchased on Sunday and the price per carwash on Sunday is still reasonable at eight dollars per vehicle. Raffle tickets will also be sold for some excellent raffle gifts and baskets to be won on Saturday night! They love seeing new, smiling cowboy and cowgirl faces as they become proud FGRA members and, of course, always welcome back the renewing FGRA family members with open arms. Both new FGRA memberships and FGRA renewal memberships will be available. To become a member of these rowdy bunch of cowboys and cowgirls is only $25.00 for a single membership or only $40.00 for a family membership!
Monday, October 26th
The Alibi presents the return of Porsche at 9:45 pm on the main stage performing Janis Joplin and others. She will also be performing on Wednesday at 9:45 pm.
Sean David and the entire Johnny’s staff presents the 29th anniversary of Johnny’s on Thursday, October 29th. They will be featuring a complimentary full dinner by their cooks Joey and Chris, free t-shirts and many other giveaways, shows by some of south Florida’s best female impersonators and over 40 hot strippers.
Tuesday’s Angels formally presented Bill’s Filling Station with its first Business Angels Award. This award was presented to owners Jackson Padget and Mark Negret in conjunction with Don Clark, producer of the Bartenders, Boxers and Briefs Event. Over the past three years this event contributed $35,000 to Tuesday’s Angels. This award recognizes their efforts in helping needy individuals with HIV/AIDS in the South Florida Community. 100% of all donations received by Tuesday’s Angels go directly to their needy clients.
Last week the City of Miami Beach unanimously passed the first reading of a Human Rights Ordinance revision designed to strengthen and improve its original Human Rights Ordinance, first passed in 1992. While the City of Miami Beach was the very first in south Florida to adopt such an Ordinance 17 years ago, other municipalities have passed even stronger and better laws in the intervening years. Therefore, SAVE Dade has worked in collaboration with Commissioner Victor Diaz and the City Attorney’s office to draft revisions that mirror the language in the proposed Florida Civil Rights Bill. The reading of the new, stronger ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Victor Diaz and seconded by Commissioner Ed Tobin, was passed unanimously, 7-0. The second reading of the new ordinance will be held on December 9th.
Please no solicitation and no headhunters. Please visit 103109.com for more information about the event and click on the “Volunteer” tab to fill out an application. You can also e-mail the Asylum’s Volunteer Coordinator directly at Peter@SAVEDade.org.
Congratulations to the boys at Decades as they are getting ready to celebrate their 2nd anniversary. If you haven’t checked out their store on 4th Ave. you don’t know what you’re missing. Unlike the 26th St. location, this store is super modern. They have a great mix of mid-century furnishings and prices that can’t be beat. The merchandise turns over rapidly and the space, a converted 1950s garage, is really cool. You’ll feel like you’re in a hip SOHO shop without the NYC prices. See what all the buzz is about and check out Decades at 1500 NE 4th Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale (two doors away from the Ramrod). Store hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.
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After a breakup, gay Parisian Jerome impulsively books a solo Christmas vacation to Los Angeles. Like many before him, he plans to pursue his secret dream to become a movie star – and, of course, to find love along with fame and fortune! Completely naïve about what he is getting into, Jerome nonetheless hooks up with some colorful locals, and stumbles headlong into an acting role. Nothing about Hollywood quite matches Jerome’s fantasies, however, and his misadventures are both hilarious and touching. Bright, funny, honest and utterly charming, Hollywood, Je T’aime is a stunning debut for Director Jason Bushman. Eric Debets shines as Jerome; his classic look and an amusing ease with his own awkwardness are evocative of Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau. Cast includes Eric Debets, Jonathan Blanc, Diarra Kilpatrick, Michael Airington and Chad Allen (Save Me, Third Man Out, Shock to the System, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Our House). The DVD bonus features include: commentary, deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurette, theatrical trailer and more. Hollywood, Je T’aime hits the streets on December 8th, but you can order your advance copies now at WolfeVideo.com for only $24.95