Friday was the opening of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which will continue through May 2nd (MGLFF.com). The opening night party took place at the Calix Gustav Gallery in Wynwood to a packed crowd. By the time this magazine hits the streets you will have missed the Centerpiece Gala, but you can still get tickets to many movies and the Closing Night Gala which takes place on Sunday, May 2nd at Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd Street in Wynwood. Saturday night Bill’s featured puppeteer Jerry Halliday and his divas gone wild. From Bette Davis, to Tammy Faye to Madame, Jerry lights up the stage with around 10 different celebrity puppets and put on a 60 minute show that is non-stop laughs. Kudos to Bill’s for booking such a great talent!
Afterwards I headed over to Atomic/Boom for DJ Paulie’s birthday bash and as usual he was keeping the dance floor hopping. Late Saturday night I drove to Miami to see the show at Sandals starring Marytrini, Adora and guests – the show was nonstop laughs. Sunday I headed over to Sidelines for their chili cook-off.There were 3 very qualified entries, but in the end the judges chose James’ entry as the winning Chili. Congrats to James and the other 2 contestants because all the chilis were top notch! Sunday night I went to Life’s A Drag at the Voodoo Lounge as they were celebrating DJ Miik’s birthday. The fabulous show, which is 10 years strong, is hosted by Daisy Deadpetals and starring TP Lords, Erika Norell, Poison Ivy and Kennedy Davenport.
Thursday, April 29th
Today is the annual Dining Out For Life with over 25 restaurants in South Florida giving back a portion of their proceeds to fight AIDS. For a full list of the restaurants participating go to DiningOutForLife.com
From today until May 5th the Pride Factory is featuring 15% off all lubricants.
Starting tonight and every Thursday thereafter, Cozmos presents Bring It Bitch Drag Wars hosted by Nicole T. Phillips. They will be giving away $300 in cash plus prizes. You need to sign up no later than 11:30 pm for the contest at midnight!
Friday, April 30th
The Center for Spiritual Living Fort Lauderdale presents the Double D’s Salute to Las Vegas tonight, Saturday and Sunday. The show will star David McBride and Debra Hampton. For more information see the feature in this issue or go to CSLFTL.com.
The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents an evening with Coco Peru at the Playground Theater (9806 NE 2nd Ave) at 8 pm. General admission is $25 with VIP tickets at $40. To purchase tickets call 305-534-9924 or go to MGLFF.com
Tout at the Manor on Fridays presents a China White reunion celebrating Jason Tamanini’s birthday.
Saturday, May 1st
The Manor presents, for one night only, Miss Coco Peru. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $40 for VIP seating. Doors open at 7 pm with show time at 7:30 pm. That night the Epic Nightclub features Viva Las Vegas and Noche Latina Saturdays in the Ivy Lounge and Patio celebrates Cinco De Mayo.
SunServe presents the 7th Annual Valuing Our Families Day, celebrating the voices of LGBTQ youth and their families. The event takes place from 9 am to 4:15 pm on the campus of the Sunshine Cathedral and admission is free. For more information contact SunServe at 954-764-5150 and to RSVP e-mail Mark at MAdler@sunserve.org
The Ramrod presents their monthly party Pig Dance XXI, starring DJ Lee Majors (Mega Woof, Hoist, London) until 3 am.
Wednesday, May 5th
It’s Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday filled with partying and fun celebrating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French. For more info on this event or to find out what’s happening tonight around Florida check our Cinco De Mayo feature.
Sunday, May 2nd
21st Century Dental and Dr. Don Nadel present their grand opening party (2517 NE 9th Avenue) from 3 to 4 pm where they will be giving away 10 certificates for free Zoom office whitening. For more information or to make an appointment call 954-564-4746.
Scandals Saloon and the Stable are selling t-shirts that say “Hey Cowboy…Wanna Play on My Horse” for only $18 while supplies last. The shirt comes in sizes small to double extra large.
BoyAhoy’s mobile gay dating application for the iPhone has proven itself to be the future of dating. Proudly serving over 200,000 members online, BoyAhoy is a part of Skout Inc., which released the first-ever dating app for the iPhone. Open to men ages 18 and older, BoyAhoy uses both location-based and real-time interface systems, which allow users to connect, chat and share pictures with people nearby. iPhone owners can download the application for FREE in the iPhone App Store. With more men, more features and more connections, it is easy to see why BoyAhoy was chosen best app in a head to head comparison with the competition. Unlike other apps, BoyAhoy offers the ability to send users virtual gifts and get extra attention through the “Look At Me” feature. The BoyAhoy iPhone App is the hottest and most innovative gay dating app yet. Its advanced search and filter functions allow BoyAhoy to send private chats and private pictures to specific people. Other favorites include weekly emails of the cutest guys in a member’s area and the “Hotlist” feature, which organizes a member’s list of hot guys with pictures and status updates. The BoyAhoy app is easily accessible, with all the best parts of the website included. BoyAhoy can go anywhere an iPhone goes, will know what’s going on, and who’s around to say “hi.” The BoyAhoy iPhone App can be downloaded from iTunes.com
The 13th Street Alliance and the South of the River District (SoRDI) proudly announce their first annual Green Dog Day Festival, taking place on Sunday May 16, from 12 Noon until 5 pm. This charitable and fun event, M.C.’d by Tedd Marefka, will benefit The Pet Project, enabling people with HIV/AIDS or otherwise disabled to keep their pets with the project’s ongoing care and support, plus support of shelter animals through donations, care and adoption…help save a homeless poochie. Entertainment, DJ, and live music, exhibitor booths featuring local retailers and vendors of eco-friendly merchandise, dog wash, fun contests, and prizes too! Treat your pooch and yourself to a rollicking Sunday afternoon of socializing! Enter/vote for: Best Dog/Owner Look-alike, Best Barker, Best Dressed (dog…not owner), Best Digger (judged on height, distance, volume, and form) and Ugliest Dog (beauty’s more than skin-deep). The Fort Lauderdale Fire & Safety Museum will be showcasing their painstakingly restored and fully operational historic 1928 Ahrens-Fox piston pumper which served the Chicago Fire Department with distinction. Come join us for an entertaining afternoon filled with fun four-legged love!
Looking to have your very own espresso machine, and a handheld one at that? The Mypressi Handheld Espresso Machine seems to be the perfect tool since it works just about anywhere you bring it with you. This portable espresso dispenser relies on canisters of compressed nitrous Oxide (N20) instead of hand pumps to give you a half-dozen or more strong pulls at an even 9-bar (135psi) throughout the duration of your brewing period. All you need to do is insert one of the N2O chargers into the handle, spoon your choice of ground espresso into the chamber, fill up the reservoir with really hot water and pull the trigger after sealing it – resulting in an excellent hot brew of italian-style coffee shortly after. Available at ThinkGeek.com for only $169.99.
Looking for a HOT soundtrack? Check out the “Sex and the City 2” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack which will be released by WaterTower Music both digitally and on CD May 25th. New Line Cinema’s “Sex and the City 2” opens nationwide on Thursday, May 27th. The follow-up to the first hugely successful “Sex and the City” soundtrack, which debuted on Billboard’s Soundtrack chart at number one and its Top 200 chart at number two, will feature an exciting lineup that includes several platinum artists and consists of 17 songs.
The soundtrack will include original music from Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson along with global superstar, multi-platinum recording artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee Leona Lewis. T-Pain produces a new song by platinum-selling Cee-Lo and international superstar Dido also contributes an exclusive new track. Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and Academy Award winner Liza Minnelli covers Beyonce’s chart-topper “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and 12-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys performs her own extraordinary new version of the Blondie classic “Rapture,” produced by Salaam Remi, who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Wyclef Jean. The soundtrack also features the stars of “Sex and the City 2,” Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, performing the Helen Reddy classic “I Am Woman.” This is a definite must for any gay collection!