Tuesday night was the 3rd installment of the newly formed LGBT Think Tank and in that meeting they revealed their new name, the Rainbow Business Coalition of Greater Fort Lauderdale. It was great to see some of the most well-known gay and gay-friendly business owners stepping up to the plate to form what is sure to be a phenomenal new organization. Wednesday I stopped by the Manor for the Valerie Tyson Band, the new headliners on Wednesdays, and they bring something to the gay community that I have never seen before in a weekly promotion. Valerie and the band developed into a powerful musical force that brings together all styles of music including R&B, jazz, disco, classic rock, swing, hip hop, Latin calypso and reggae. Make plans to check them out any Wednesday at the Manor (ValerieTysonBand.com). Thursday night a few of the Hotspots staff went over to Sidelines to celebrate Jennifer Morales’ birthday. As usual the sports bar was filled with sports aficionados as well as well wishers.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish Jennifer many more happy birthdays! On Friday afternoon we were off to Fort Lauderdale Beach for the press conference where Mayor Jack Seiler announced celebration plans for the 50th anniversary of the filming of “Where the Boy’s Are” with Connie Francis. We met up with Miss Francis at the Bahia Mar Hotel where we had a chance to chat with her and introduce her to the hot boys we brought along for the photo shoot (thanks to Howard of FabScout). Memorial Day weekend will see huge celebrations including Connie Francis and special Hotspots Magazine hosted events marking the half century mark of the movie that put Fort Lauderdale on the map! This will be an event not to be missed, so stay tuned. Friday I went to Bill’s for Growl, which as usual was packed with bears, muscle bears and their admirers. The midnight contest this week was for best chest and there were some hot chests. In the end the winner was sexy Adrian from Argentina. Saturday night Georgie’s Alibi in St. Pete featured recording artist Crystal Waters live in concert to a crowd that spilled out onto to the streets. As usual Crystal turned it out as she rocked the bay area!
Friday – Feb 5th
Living Room is proud to present Kaya Jones of the world famous Pussycat Dolls as she makes a final stop in Fort Lauderdale before the band makes a charity tour with the United States military in Iraq. Kaya will perform live and have a meet and greet with photo opportunities with her fans and customers of Living Room Nightclub. Lucky patrons of her appearance will hear crowd favorites such as “Don’t Cha,” “Buttons” and her brand new solo single “Hollywood Doll.” Doors open at 10:30 pm with DJ Maximus 3000; the main room will open at 12 sharp with DJ Pride. The evening is sure to be full of surprises.
The Manor presents Season 6 of American Idol’s finalist Blake Lewis. The beat box king will be performing live on stage.
Saturday – Feb 6th
Tonight the owners and management of Discotekka present a sneak preview of their new main room, Mekka. The night will feature DJs Thatkidchris and Jarell in Mekka, DJMDW and Carlos G playing top 40, hip-hop and Latin in the Discotekka Room and featuring video star Eddie Diaz and DJ Sky with giveaways from Cupid’s Revenge. The night will be hosted by the one and only Vegas Dion.
Miami Beach Bruthas presents the South Beach Men’s Show from 9 pm to 12 am at the Bentley Beach Hotel (101 Ocean Drive) with DJ Craig Peter and featuring the fashions of Mundo Unico, Frank Dandy and Joe Snyder. To get on the guest list go to SoBeMensShow.com
Ramrod’s monthly Pig Dance takes place starting at 10 pm. In addition they will have a book signing out front by John D Weal author of “Smoke, Ash, and Burning Embers, A Handbook for Cigar Play” as well as Butch jewelry sale.
Score presents Salvation Super Bowl with DJ Abel with performances by Power Infiniti and hosted by Michael Stanley.
This night will also be the official White Party Palm Springs pre-game event and the SOBE Men’s Show official after party.
Sunday – Feb 7th
Sidelines, where sports come first, is your Super Bowl Party headquarters starting at their tailgate buffet at 5 pm with tons of giveaways, raffles, prizes, etc. Kickoff is at 6:25 pm and the game will be shown on all of Sidelines’ 16 flat screens TVs.
The Alibi presents Super Bowl XLIV at 6 pm in the Sports Bar and the Manchester Room with a complimentary buffet and a raffle for a wide screen TV.
Jackhammer T Dance at Atomic/Boom presents a Super Bowl T sponsored by Budweiser and Humpy’s.
Rosie’s presents Big Game Sunday with 10 hi-def screens and tasty tailgating treats.
Tropixxx Video presents a Super Bowl Party at 6 pm to benefit Broward House with free appetizers and drinks and their own half time show featuring hot guys in Olaf Benz designs. If you would like to make a donation to Broward House stop in at Tropixxx anytime to get your Superbowl pool ticket for only $5.
Tuesday – Feb 9th
Planeta Macho at Score presents the start of the Salsa Dance Contest with a $100 grand prize every week hosted by Teresita La Caliente at 10 pm. The night also stars DJ George Ferrero, Peru Rivero on drums and Ricardito and his hot dancers on the 2nd level.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, called on CBS to publicly explain its advertising standards following its decision to exclude an ad with gay content from the Super Bowl broadcast. “CBS has a problem when they do something like this at the same time as they allow an anti-gay group like Focus on the Family to place ads during the Super Bowl,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “This network should come clean to the public about what’s going on because this seems to be a homophobic double standard.” On Wednesday, GLAAD released a Call to Action for community members and allies to speak out after CBS allowed the anti-gay group Focus on the Family to advertise during the Super Bowl after having unfairly denied that ability to the LGBT-inclusive United Church of Christ in previous years.
Dudes welcomes DJ Frank Corr from Studio 54 the first Sunday of every month from 9 pm to 2 am. Frank will be playing the best of today’s music with a hint of the legendary 54 tunes of yesterday. That night they will also feature an amateur strip contest with a $100 cash prize.
On Friday November 27th, 2009, retail stores throughout Miami Beach came together to show their support by designing and displaying magnificent decorations featuring a white and silver theme for the 1st Annual Window Decorating Contest for Care Resource’s 25th anniversary of White Party. Each participating retail store displayed unique styles and vivid creativity in the spirit of White Party Week. After much deliberation, Macy’s Department Stores won with a marvelous depiction of a white and silver studded night at White Party, with fantastic outfits ranging from shorts and tank tops to jeans and long sleeves.
Participating stores were Macy’s City Place, Galleria, Aventura and South Beach. With a Villa Vizcaya backdrop, their display came to life as if you were back on the dance floor under the star filled sky. As a White Party Week supporter for many years, Macy’s has once more impressed us with their efforts and ongoing support for this amazing fundraiser.
A new drag musical spoof and tribute to “The Golden Girls,” currently a hot-ticket item in Los Angeles, will have its East Coast premiere in February at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road. “The Golden Gays” explores the world of four older gay men who are obsessed with the famous foursome. Thanks to their equally dysfunctional therapist, they are able to indulge their obsession through a novel new therapy, which involves them all moving in together to live as the Golden Girls. L.A. Weekly said the show was “Outrageous, uproarious and over the top!” L.A. Splash called it, “A fast-paced bitchy good time!” Written by John Patrick Trapper, the musical spoof is directed by Lori Ness Quinn. The show has been performed several times in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. While spoofing the famous show is nothing new, critics have hailed this version as a wonderful tribute to the actors and writers who made the show famous. It sets out not only to bring them back to life, but also to share some trivia about the show and the people involved through song and spoof. Great care was taken in presenting all four of the original actors’ comedic abilities and multi-dimensionality.
This is the story about four men who love the Golden Girls as much as the biggest fan in the audience does. That’s why it works. John W. McLaughlin, who won accolades as Damien, the bitchiest of the four who obsesses about Dorothy, returns to the show, channeling the late Bea Arthur’s comedic skills. David Romano assists by throwing out comedic zingers as Samuel (Sophia) while John Downey III (Blaine/Blanche) will keep the revolving door of the new homestead as a passageway for many men (all played by the dreamy Ron Velasco). When he manages to figure out who he is supposed to play in the therapeutic role-play, Robert Glen Decker, who also doubles as the shows musical director, plays Rose. The ensemble is topped off perfectly by nationally known comedian Julia Lillis who plays all the female roles. The South Beach engagement is produced by DougE Productions. The show will run Friday, February 26th at 8pm, Saturday the 27th at 8pm and Sunday the 28 at 6pm at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road. Tickets, which are $35, $45 and $55, are available 4 ways: Direct through Paypal by sending payment to firstname.lastname@example.org (specify number of tickets and whether we should mail them to you or hold at will call. No service fees), by check to Gramercy Park Press, 1521 Alton Rd #434, Miami Beach FL 33139 (again, specify mail or will call no service fees) ; Colony Box Office, 1040 Lincoln Road, South Beach (no service fees), or on TicketMaster.com – search for Golden Gays (service fees apply).