The monthly Fort Lauderdale Mack Mixer took place on Tuesday, February 9th at the Manor with a packed house. For those of you who have not been this is a great place to network and meet other gay and gay friendly business people in a relaxed business casual atmosphere. Directly following the mixer was the Manors Tuesday night promotion Madame’s Cabaret starring Electra, Erika Norell, Champagne Bordeaux, Gina D’Angelo and Monica Moore, its dinner and drag with lots of fun. Friday afternoon the GLCC/Pride Center at Equality Park presented their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5 pm. Even with the rain hundreds of people gathered in front of the new building to celebrate this monumental occasion. Directly following the ribbon cutting was a community wide Sock Hop dance and fundraiser in the GLCC main hall. Fun was had by everyone, especially Robert Boo who dressed up in a 50’s poodle skirt and beehive hairdo.
Saturday night Sunserve presented the 2nd Annual Enchanted Evening and this year it took place at the beautiful L’Hermitage Ballroom on Fort Lauderdale Beach. There was a lavish 5 course dinner along with fabulous entertainment all to raise money for this important organization. Sunday night I picked of Josue Santiago (Editor of Latino Boys Magazine) and we went down to South Miami for Noche de Cabaret with Marytrini Y Las Divas Del Jacuzzi at Club Sugar, which was packed by 11 pm. The show was fabulous and honored the over 10 year tradition of Sunday nights in South Miami. Special kudos to the owners and management of Club Sugar for the renovations they have done so far, and from what I am told by Manager Robert there are lots more to come. I also went to Mova in South Beach for Wire Magazine’s Pick-A-Trick Valentine’s game. When you entered Mova you got a number and anyone who wanted to write you a note could do so. There were some provocative messages, all read by MC Thomas Barker. Kudos to Mova and The Wire for a great event!
Thursday, Feb 18th
MDGLCC presents their monthly networking program for the eastside members. Held on the third Thursday of each month, this month’s meeting location is at Soyka Restaurant, 5556 NE 4th court. Registration is at 11:30 am with luncheon/networking from noon to 1:00 pm. Cost is $30 per person including seated style lunch. Limited to 30 persons. RSVP to 305-573-4000 or via email to MDGLCC@bellsouth.net
LeatherWerks presents Just the Basics with Boy Sean, Thursdays at 7:30 pm. New to leather sex? Are you ready to make fantasy reality? Leather Sex is exciting, scary, exhilarating and occasionally disappointing. Learn the basic skills, techniques and mindset to begin or improve a lifetime of leather play in a safe, non-judgmental environment. LeatherWerks is proud to have Boy Sean as part of our staff. He is an active member of the South Florida boys of Leather and has many years experience as an instructor and workshop leader in the corporate world. This series is $100 and $80 for Lifestyle Club Members.
Friday – Feb 19th
The Epic Show Lounge at the Manor presents comedienne Michele Balan live on stage at 7:30 pm. Michele was one of the finalists on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and she was the last woman standing. After that show ends Madonna’s remix DJ Johnny Vicious takes over live and in concert until 3 am.
Poverello presents An Evening with the Stars, a birthday celebration for Father Bill at the Italian American Civic League (2310 NE 7th Avenue). Hors d’oeuvres at 7 pm with the show starting at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. You can purchase tickets at Poverello.org or at the Poverello office.
Happy Tears opens today. Jayne (Parker Posey) and Laura (Demi Moore) are about to take on the first man they just might not be able to handle: their seventy something-year-old father Joe (Rip Torn). Dutiful daughters returning to the house they grew up in, Jayne and Laura are forced to take a closer look at their own not-so-perfect lives while dodging childhood memories. Laura suspects that Joe needs full-time care, but Jayne refuses to believe that their father’s condition is that serious. Jayne’s compulsion to escape reality only increases Laura’s attempts to yank her back down to earth.
Meanwhile, Joe still sings and plays the blues on his prized guitar, and the lively widower even has a new “ladyfriend,” shameless and sassy Shelly (Ellen Barkin). But as the visible moments of their father’s impending senility increase, the family dynamics spiral out of control. Tensions flare as the close sisters must also juggle their own very different lives – Laura’s busy environmentalist work schedule and mother of three small children, and Jayne, desperate to finally have a baby with her workaholic art-dealing husband Jackson (Christian Camargo). Their adventures back home are not without magic, mischief and mayhem, and even a search for buried treasure in the backyard! In the end, any tears that Jayne and Laura might shed will be happy ones.
Saturday – Feb 20th
The Manor presents Carnaval Extravaganza starring erotic star Rusty Stevens. Don’t forget to check out the hot Latin Lounge and patio where they will be giving out beads.
Atomic/Boom presents a huge Mardi Gras party where they invite you to get your beads on.
Renowned photographer Henning Von Berg is conducting a model and photographer search at the Pride Factory from 6 to 8 pm.
Bigger Saturdays at Score presents DJ/producer Paulo with Michael Stanley at the door.
Bills presents live, the Snowbird Tour featuring Eric Himan from the band Eric and the Adams.
Starting tonight and every Saturday thereafter the Depot presents “A Night with Nikkay.” This will be a trivia game drag show with performances by Nikkay in between games.
Sunday – Feb 21st
The 3rd Sunday of the month is Island City Fest in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors from noon to 3 pm. They will feature live music, artists, food and lots of fun as well as discounts and specials at participating businesses plus raffles for prizes.
Tuesday – Feb 23rd
Humpy’s Pizza is celebrating their 3rd Anniversary starting today through Thursday, February 25th. We will have a variety of $3 specials including $3 off med, large or extra large pizza, $3 buffalo wings, $3 toasted ravioli, $3 meatball sliders. Vote for your favorite pizza – win free prizes!
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: Business Builders Luncheon (West Miami location) will be held at a new location – Sofitel Miami Hotel (5800 Blue Lagoon Dr. 305-264-4888). Registration is at 11:30 am with luncheon/networking from noon to 1:00 pm. Cost is $30 per person including seated style lunch. Limited to 30 persons; RSVP to 305-573-4000 or MDGLCC@bellsouth.net
LeatherWerks presents Cigars 101 with Master John at 7:30 pm. Natural, Maduro, filler, wrapper, 36 Ring, 44 Ring, learn the language of Cigars. Two men, a big thick cloud of sweet succulent suffocating cigar smoke. Discover the pleasures that can be found in the uber-masculine world of big, thick, firm, full bodied, cigars.
Wednesday – Feb 24th
Alibi presents Porsche, from FOX Tv’s The Wanda Sykes Show on the main stage live at 9:45 pm. She will be performing Janis Joplin and others.
Tropixxx Video invites you to Get Your Underwear on Tuesdays where if you wear underwear you get 25% off.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) has renewed Telepictures Productions’ Emmy Award–winning talk program “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for three additional seasons on the owned-and-operated television stations of the NBC Local Media Division. The joint announcement was made today by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, and John Wallace, President, NBC Local Media Division.
“Ellen is one of those unique personalities that comes along once in a generation,” said Werner. “Her program has been embraced by viewers as their generation’s talk franchise, and we couldn’t be happier that the NBC stations will continue to have ‘Ellen’ as the cornerstone of their syndicated lineup for years to come.” Ellen DeGeneres said, “I’m so excited to sign on for three more years at NBC. They were the ones that believed in my show from day one. So, I’m thrilled to know I’ll be here ’til at least 2014. Things will be a lot different by then. I won’t be dancing over my coffee table anymore. Through the magic of 3-D, I’ll be dancing over YOURS!”
Kim Zolciak of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” has released the remixes of her hit single, “Tardy for the Party,” via Ferosh Records. The original version released to radio and online retailers at the end of 2009 and is already a smash hit. The remix maxi-single includes brand new club remixes by celebrity DJ Tracy Young and is available digitally now at online retailers including i-Tunes, Napster, and Amazon.com. There will also be an exclusive ringtone download available via the Kim Zolciak Official Fan Club.
Hotspots Magazine is always looking for something extra to give to our readers. As we worked on next week’s Health and Fitness Issue we realized that physical and mental well being is a concern that deserves more than an occasional issue. Following the popularity of our “Question Mark” column (written by Mark Rutherford, LCSW), we local healthcare providers have decided to stepped up to provide regular content that will help improve the health and wellness of our community.
Whether it’s interviews, questions about nutrition, exercise, addiction, cosmetic surgery or living with HIV, Hotspots feels a deep sense of responsibility as Florida’s largest gay publication to bring our community news and advise that will help our readers live healthier and more active lives.
The first interview will start in next week’s magazine (Thursday, February 25th) with Dr. Harake and continue on a regular basis. Other interviews will follow and include: Dr. Max Zaslavsky, Dr. Michael Costabile, Dr. Paul Wagoda, Dr. David Fawcett and Dr. Dominic Riganotti.
If you are a health care professional and want to advertise in Hotspots Magazine or be part of our new Health and Wellness feature section please call David L. King at 954-928-1862.