Last Wednesday was the 5th meeting of the Rainbow Business Coalition of Greater Fort Lauderdale and an amazing amount of business owners attended. This organization seems to have its priorities in order and has some big plans for the community….stay tuned. Afterwards I went to the Boardwalk with a lot of the Hotspots staff for the final day of their 25th anniversary celebration where the yacht trip was given away. While there we took the opportunity to eat at Beefcake’s and once again the food was delicious.
Thursday night was the first finals of the Cuchifrito underwear contest. All I can say is that Cuchifrito is like Vegas and what happens at Cuchifrito stays there. Make sure you go by on a Thursday and try not to get wet. Friday started the first half of the Alice in Naughtyland party at Living Room and then Saturday was the second half at Discotekka in downtown Miami. Both venues were decorated over the top and had wall to wall crowds. Congrats to Christian, Mark, Wendy, Joe, Vegas, Milancita, Danny and the entire staffs of Living Room and Discotekka on another successful collaboration. Sunday was the final day of the Alibi’s 13th anniversary and featured performances by Porsche as well as tons of giveaways. Congratulations to Jackson, Mark and the entire Alibi Corporation on 13 fabulous years – here’s hoping you have at least 13 more!
Thursday – April 8
The Pride Factory is having an underwear sale with 15% off all underwear from today through the 14th.
Friday – April 9
Tonight starting at 9 pm the Manor presents the grand launch of Tout, the magazine that unfolds its features right before your very eyes, but only on Fridays. The opening night feature will be the Who’s Who and star DJ Chaos spinning mash-ups, top 40, rock, pop and R&B, Chyna Girl at the door, Omar Gonzalez of OAG productions promoting, diva’s that include Amadeus, Daisy D, TP Lords, Erika Norell and celebrity hosts that include Mike Verdugo, Mike Busch, Mark Silverstone, Jorge C, Chris Carr and Penis Hilton. The Royal Court of Tout demands your appearance.
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents an MB Pride Fundraiser and Networker in the Design District from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This is their first “Support Our Cultural Arts Members” Chamber Night at 101/exhibit Gallery, located at 101 NE 40th St., in the heart of Miami’s Design District, featuring contemporary artist Michael Costello – “Paints Childhood Myths Grown Up.” Meet the artist at a special chamber night pre-opening night party and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Approximately twenty of Costello’s paintings will be part of his first Florida solo exhibition. For more information on the exhibition or 101/exhibit, call 305- 573-2101 or visit 101exhibit.com. Please RSVP to 305-573-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill’s presents a beach party all weekend long starting tonight with the Tidal Wave Kick-Off Party during Growl. Tidal Wave is the only exclusive theme park party for bears, cubs and admirers during Gay Days.
William Mann, Greg Herren and J. M. Redmann are featured among the dozens of gay and lesbian authors who will be participating in the second annual Gay and Lesbian Literary Arts (GALLA) Festival today, tomorrow and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm in Fort Lauderdale. The three-day festival will include workshops, seminars, panels, presentations and readings at the Stonewall Library & Archives and the adjacent ArtServe facilities. The Festival will also include a bookstore in which authors will sell books and conduct book signings. This year’s event includes presentations on a diverse variety of topics including journalism, blogging, gay travel writing and gay ‘whodunits.’ The GALLA Festival Committee will host a cocktail reception with the authors on Saturday, April 10th. Tickets for the cocktail reception are $25 and available at GALLAFestival.org or by calling Stonewall at 954-763-8565. The Festival will also offer two writing workshops on Sunday, April 11th. Jodi Turchin will conduct “Creating Realistic Characters” from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and Joyce Sweeney will conduct “Writing a Memoir” from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Each workshop is $25, both are $40. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Jack Rutland 954-763-8565 or Jack-Rutland@Stonewall-Library.org
Saturday – April 10
Score’s Bigger Saturdays presents DJ/producer Hector Fonseca in the main room and they are introducing their 2nd floor, Mr. Big’s Room, with DJ Bryan Zero spinning pop, R&B and top 40 hosted by Omar Gonzalez.
The Manor presents the Madonna Vogue 20th Anniversary event with guest DJ Bryan Reyes.
Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm! Now join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol’ fashioned Tupperware parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. This show features adult content and is suitable for ages 16 and up. For more information or to purchase tickets go to BrowardCenter.org
Monday – April 12
Bill’s presents “RuPaul’s Drag Race” followed by Jennifer McClain’s cast party and birthday celebration with lots of special guests and entertainers.
Beefcake’s is featuring an April special with their Angus beef burger with golden fries for $5 with the purchase of any cocktail.
In the macho world of surfing (wave riding), there are many, but often hidden, homosexuals. Mostly unable to be out and open, gay surfers are often closeted or rejected by the other surfers. Thankfully there is now a place for gay surfers, GaySurfers.net
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in the music-fueled, coming-of-age story of the groundbreaking, all-girl 1970s rock band, “The Runaways.” Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film follows Jett and Currie as they rise from rebellious California kids to the stars of the now legendary band that took on the male-dominated world of rock and roll and paved the way for future generations of girl musicians. The movie opens in theaters Friday, April 9th. For more information got to RunawaysMovie.com
Bravissimo 2010 was once again a huge success and attracted 359 attendees and netted $40,816.63 for the foundation.
In an uncommonly swift, surprise decision, the State of Florida’s Board of Nursing has reinstated Ray Fetcho (aka Tiny Tina), the LPN who was fired for a conviction related to his participation in a wet jockeys contest over 30 years ago. The decision took officials less than 30 days to publish, which is an unprecedented timeframe and ruling. This is being hailed as “a victory for LGBT employment rights.” Congratulations to my friend Ray!