The monthly Fort Lauderdale Mack Luncheon was held at Galanga and was a sold out crowd – another success for the Mack Planet boys Dan and DJ.. The sponsor for the event was lawyer George Castrataro who gave an informative 5 minute talk on the benefits of legal representation. Friday was the grand opening of Tout at the Manor, which transformed itself for this new Friday event. The club was packed and I saw friends from Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm. The décor was amazing, the shows fabulous and the music uplifting as only DJ Chaos can play. Congratulations to Brett, Paul, Gary, Jason and the entire Manor and Tout staffs on a huge opening night success.
South Florida get ready because this coming weekend is packed with tons of parties and events all surrounding AIDS Walk Miami, Miami Beach Gay Pride and the FGRA’s Sunshine Stampede Rodeo.
Thursday – April 15
The Florida Gay Rodeo Association presents the 5th annual Sunshine Stampede weekend starting tonight and going through Sunday. For their full schedule, go to FGRA.org
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) will celebrate its new headquarters and the opening of one of the nation’s only gay Chamber-sponsored LGBT visitor centers at a community-wide event co-hosted by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. The focal point of the celebration will be the official dedication of the Michael Aller LGBT Community Conference Room within the new space. The public is invited to attend the free grand opening and dedication ceremony, which takes place from 6 pm to 8 pm at 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Among those expected to take part in the celebration are Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower, city commissioners, former mayors, and business and community leaders.
The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale and Nova Southeastern University continues its FREE third Thursday monthly event series with a special music performance from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm by Fort Lauderdale folk rock vocalist and acoustic guitarist Mark Angelo Cummings. Cummings, a proud Cuban-American GLBT artist, has been writing and performing music from a very young age. His journey has inspired him to bring forth the message of love and acceptance for all. Mark’s inspiration comes from above; being in tune with the universal energy that connects us all sets his writing apart from the rest. His music is moving and empowering and will touch your heart in ways no other writer has before. His raspy folk rock, no nonsense message style will get you to think outside the box. Copies of his latest CD will be available for sale. In addition to the evening’s musical entertainment, the museum is offering free admission and extended hours (open until 8 pm). Visitors can also enjoy, free of charge, the museum’s permanent collections: The Spectacle of Life: The Art of William Glackens, Glackens as Illustrator, art from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam (CoBrA), and The Indigo Room or Is Memory Water Soluble?
Friday – April 16
It’s all about the rodeo this weekend at Scandals Saloon official sponsor of the Friday night opening party, Saturday night Hoedown and Sunday’s closing party. plus, new this year – The VIP Ranch – open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm.
Living Room presents Bye Bye Bi Sexuality, starring “The Real World: DC”’s Mike Manning.
Tout, the magazine that unfolds right before your eyes every Friday at the Manor, presents Walk, Bitch, Walk. They will feature a huge, outrageous fashion spectacle with models’ fashions by the Fetish Factory in preparation for the largest fetish event taking place at the Manor on Sunday, May 2nd.
The Ramrod presents the Cowboy Up Man Dance with DJ/Producer Herbie James playing progressive house music.
Smarty Pants presents Rodeo Weekend starting tonight with a kick-off hoedown with a happy hour buffet and country karaoke with Don Casteel at 9 pm. On Saturday Shawnie Bob presents a down home country breakfast, a dart tournament at 4 pm, a back home barbecue at 6 pm, followed by country karaoke at 9 pm once again with Don. On Sunday they present the 6th annual Smarty Pants Chili Cook-off. The entry deadline is 12:30 pm with judging beginning at 1 pm and chili sampling when judging is complete. They will also have live entertainment all day long including Don Casteel, the karaoke winner, hot dancers, Mustang Mary and other surprises.
The HomoRodeo “Meet and Greet” will be at the Stable with great raffle prizes and a complimentary buffet plus Raging Stallion Studio Star Colin Steel at 10 pm.
Saturday – April 17
The 2nd annual Gay Pride Miami Beach takes place today on the beach from 5th to 12th Street from noon to 8 pm. The parade kicks off at noon along Ocean Drive. The police estimated over 20,000 people attended last year, so get there early and enjoy what is sure to be a fabulous experience!
Discotekka presents their 3rd year anniversary party entitled Cinema, a tribute to film that stars the crew of Discotekka: Vegas Dion, Milancita, DJ Jarell, Poizon Ivy, TP Lords, Victoria Sky, Gina D’Angelo, DJ MDW, DJ Carlos G and DJ Miik. I personally spoke to Vegas who assured me this is going to be a party you don’t want to miss!
The European Guest House (721 Michigan Avenue) in South Beach will be producing a Miami Beach Gay Pride Blackout party from 7 pm to 5 am with rooms and temporary passes available. For more information call 786-624-1319.
Score Productions and Hilton Wolman present the 2010 Miami Beach Gay Pride closing party at Dolche (1500 South Beach) starring DJs Abel and Yinon Yahel with a warm up set by DJ Bryan Zero and a live performance by Tamara Wallace (the voice behind Funky Green Dogs and Rosabel) performing her hits “Raise Up,” and “What You Need.” Doors open at 7 pm and the party goes until 5am.
Johnny’s in association with Sean David and DominicFord.com present Whorrey Potter and the Sorcerer’s Balls tonight and tomorrow starring Luke Marcum in the flesh!
Noche Latina Saturdays at the Manor honors the gay rodeo with a theme party called “Latin Cowboy.” The night stars DJ Larry Larr and Latina Icon Erika Norell with special guest Viva Mirage.
Green Thumb Pottery invites everyone to the Green Gala from 7 to 10 pm, which will be an evening of friends and family, wine and food, and frivolity and fun and music to support the Stonewall Library Museum Archive. Tickets are $40 per person and $75 per couple and can be ordered online at Stonewall-Library.org
Sidelines Sports Bar invites you to watch the NBA Playoffs live starting tonight.
Bill’s presents “Can’t Keep a Good Hoe Down” as they welcome the gay rodeo. They will feature Cashetta performing live at 7:30 and 8:30 pm on the main stage and then again at 9:30 pm in the Mustang Lounge. They will also feature special country performances by Nicolette at 11:30 pm, Electra at midnight and Jennifer McClain at 12:30 am.
Monday – April 19
The Pride Cruise, a celebration at sea, takes off today and returns on Friday. For more information call 305-672-9799 or visit SourceEvents.com/pridecruise
The Actors Workshop of South Florida’s new 8 week program for the adult interested in tapping into their creative side, improving public speaking, overcome shyness, looking to have fun or a career in acting starts today from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Rising Action Theatre in Ft Lauderdale. The cost is $150. Call 954-421-7469 to register. Contact the director at TheActorsWorkshop@hotmail.com or visit their website at TheActorsWorkshop.org
Cozmos Lounge presents the Ginch Gonch Amateur Strip Contest with $750 in cash and prizes every week. Cozmos is 18 to enter and 21 to drink and no cover.
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My friend, Uwe Schroeder, has started a new company in which he designs leather cuffs called Wolf Cuff, a uniquely designed collection of leather cuffs constructed on the idea of two separate pieces of leather intricately interlocking to form a cuff for the wrist. It’s simple yet sturdy basis of one piece of leather going thru a cutout within the 2nd piece of leather, then riveted together assures the cuff to never come apart and sets it aside in craftsmanship and quality to other comparable products. Each piece is handcrafted and therefore one of a kind. Every facet of the manufacturing of each Wolf Cuff is engineered to not only make the product more durable but supplies esthetic artwork to each cuff. From the rivets placement, color, and type to other appliqués such as rhinestones, cutouts and medallions, ensures that the possibilities of appearance are endless. Based on ten basic designs for the standard line, the consumer can create a personalized piece that can withstand the test of time. Branching out consumers can now purchase cuffs made of alligator, stingray, and with lines for the rodeo, AIDS Walk, and that have watch faces, etc. Wolf Cuff will have a booth in front of Alibi throughout rodeo weekend. Stop by and say hello. You can check them out at WolfCuff.com
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