Last Tuesday was the monthly Fort Lauderdale Mack Mixer and the introduction of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. This month’s mixer was at The Manor, be home to the Film Festival (taking place October 7 through10) and, as usual, was packed. Kudos to Citibank for a fabulous gift bag. Thursday night Equality Florida presented a Florida Council Mixer, an appreciation event for their Broward Florida Council members, at the beautiful home of Jim Stepp and Peter Zimmer at L’Hermitage.
Gay Events in South Florida This Week
Last Week in Review
Last Tuesday was the monthly Fort Lauderdale Mack Mixer and the introduction of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. This month’s mixer was at The Manor, be home to the Film Festival (taking place October 7 through 10) and, as usual, was packed. Kudos to Citibank for a fabulous gift bag.
Thursday night Equality Florida presented a Florida Council Mixer, an appreciation event for their Broward Florida Council members, at the beautiful home of Jim Stepp and Peter Zimmer at L’Hermitage. This was the first time I was in L’Hermitage and all I can say is WOW (special kudos to the Brazilian valets)! Friday night Dennis Dean galleries presented the opening night/meet the artist reception for Vim Kruger’s “Uncut” art exhibit. The event was packed with so many people you could barely walk around the gallery to see all the beautiful art. Congrats to Dennis and Vim. Friday night Mode Fridays at Mova in South Beach featured a Rufskin Fashion Show with lots of cute models.
Saturday afternoon I headed over to Sidelines for the final preliminary to find models for their 2011 Sports Calendar. There were 10 contestants (2 women and 8 men) who were all super cute. Laurie, Jennifer and Marty now have a tough decision in choosing who will be the calendar models. Can you say foam, foam everywhere?
Well Saturday night Atomic/Boom featured a foam party to the delight of all their customers. They had a clothes check manned by Lee and even gave out plastic bags for your phones, etc. and supplied towels to dry off with. This brought back memories from back in the day. Sunday evening Michael Vita of the Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce celebrated his birthday at Hard Rock Café Miami. Many happy birthday wishes to Michael from the entire staff here at Hotspots Magazine. Later on The Depot had their closing party with a packed house (check out the calendar listing for their grand opening in their new location this weekend).
Thursday, September 30
Johnny’s will be celebrating their 30 year anniversary tonight with video Superstar Brent Everett live and in the flesh. They will also have many other surprises tonight and all weekend long!
Friday, October 1
Fashionistas take notice as The Living Room is flying in Richie Rich and a dozen top models to present Richie’s collection from New York Fashion Week. This will be the first time Richie has presented his collection in Fort Lauderdale.
New York City’s largest club event, Work, comes to The Manor with Peter Rauhofer spinning live with an opening set by DJ Alyson Calagna. The night will be hosted by Flavio Nisti with doors opening at 10 pm and admission only $15 before 11 pm and $20 thereafter.
Saturday, October 2
Green Thumb Pottery (12 East Oakland Park Blvd.) will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary at 8 pm. They will feature food by Galanga, music by DJ Scott Mann and artwork by Alexander. Go out and help Matthew and Chris celebrate 1 year of making us all have a greener thumb. GreenThumbPottery.com
Discotekka and Milancita present Rob Sky’s CD release event. Rob will be performing his single “Stupid Ex-Boyfriend” and more from his debut album which will be available October 5th. They will also be giving away CDs and t-shirts.
Noche Latina Saturdays at The Manor presents the pre-party for the Peruvian film “Undertow” which will be showing at the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Go hang out and hear some of the hottest Latin music by DJ Larry Larr, shows by Erika Norel and guests and win free tickets to the film. 10 pm to 3 am with no cover.
Score presents the return of the drums as Hilton Wolman’s monthly Salvation Party goes Tribal and stars DJ Abel on the main floor with performances by Power Infiniti.
BigMuscleLeather.com hosts Flex at Hombre.
The Ramrod presents Pig Dance XXVI, their very popular monthly Saturday dance party, with DJ Lee Majors.
Sunday, October 3
Misty Eyez’s Trannie Palace at Bill’s Filling Station presents special guest direct from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Rebecca Glasscock. Showtime starts at 10 pm.
Monday, October 4
From the producers of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” tonight the Logo channel premieres “The A-List: New York” about 6 gay men living in New York City.
Grand Re-Opening Weekend
The Depot becomes The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill when it re-opens in its new location Friday, October 1st at 2935 North Federal Highway. They invite you all to be the first to see the newest bar in town. Friday is the last time you can redeem the old Depot drink chips. Saturday they feature the Splash party by the pool with a free gift to everybody who attends. On Sunday there will be Karaoke T at 7 pm and I am told that day will be filled with lots of surprises.
Drag out your glitter, glitz and glamour and mark your calendar for fun as CAP celebrates 25 years of serving Palm Beach County on Sunday, October 24th at 6 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (1601 Belvedere Road) in West Palm Beach. Enjoy a Las Vegas-style show complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, divalicious entertainment as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information call 561-472-3022
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) invites the entire community to attend the 3rd Annual LGBT Business Explore / EXPO on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 12 pm to 5 pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center (Hall C). This event is free to the public and a great opportunity for the South Florida community, gay and allied, to interact with hundreds of companies that will showcase their products and services geared toward the LGBT community. There will giveaways, entertainment and a raffle of great prizes. Following the event the MDGLCC will hold its Taste of Miami fundraising event in support of its scholarship program. Event’s sponsors include IGLTA, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Herald, Miami.com and Hotspots Magazine. For more information please call 305-673-4440, or visit GoGayMiamiExplore.com
A new academy for leathermen will hold its first sessions in Fort Lauderdale from October 7 to 11, 2010. Leathermen’s Academy 2010 is geared to hands-on training in leather related techniques and relationships for men who are into the leather lifestyle or who wish to explore leather. The Academy’s faculty will include well known specialists who will pass on their knowledge and expertise to participants. The learning experience will be held in small group classes and will cater to different levels of participants, from beginners to experienced players, for both dominant and submissive men. Full dungeons will be available at the hotel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with very few limits as to the level and intensity of play – only those that are usually applied in similar men’s-only dungeons (including SSC and RACK). The event will occur during the Fort Lauderdale Leather Pride Weekend and is coordinated with the Mr. Ramrod Contest (an IML feeder contest). A meal plan will be available to participants in the hotel. Leathermen’s Academy 2010 is a non-profit organization. Any excess funds will be donated to the Leather Archives & Museum, Hearing from the Heart, and CARE Resource.
Donald Roberts and Laura Goldman continue their hugely successful Cabaret series this Saturday night, October 2nd at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center (3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd in Davie) at my alma mater, Nova Southeastern University. The night will star the one and only Melissa Manchester. Her debut album, “Home to Myself,” was released in 1973; Manchester co-wrote many of its songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Two years later Manchester’s album “Melissa” produced her first top ten hit, “Midnight Blue,” which peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts. Manchester collaborated with Kenny Loggins to co-write Loggins’ 1978 hit duet with Stevie Nicks, “Whenever I Call You Friend.” She would later record this herself for her 1979 “Melissa Manchester” album. In 1979 Manchester recorded her version of Peter Allen’s “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” for which she received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance. In 1979 she performed two nominated songs on the Academy Awards show, “The Promise”, and “Through The Eyes of Love.” Two years later she had her biggest hit, “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” which won a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance. Manchester continued to place singles on the Adult Contemporary charts during the 1980s. Through the 1980s and 1990s Manchester alternated recording with acting, appearing with Bette Midler in the film “For the Boys,” on the television series “Blossom,” and co-writing (with bookwriter-lyricist Jeffrey Sweet) and starring in the musical “I Sent A Letter To My Love” based on the Bernice Rubens’s novel of the same name.
In 1990, Manchester could be heard performing “I Wish I Knew,” played over the opening credits of the CBS television drama “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.” She also composed and recorded the score to the direct-to-video “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” (2001). In spring 2004, Manchester returned with her first album in 10 years, “When I Look Down That Road.” While touring to support the CD, Manchester was praised for her still “powerful voice” and for “reinventing [herself] while staying true to what made [her] popular.” In April 2007, Manchester returned to theater, starring in the Chicago production of “Hats” to which she had, with Sharon Vaughn, contributed two songs. Also in 2007, she recorded a duet with Barry Manilow on a cover of the Carole King classic “You’ve Got A Friend” on Manilow’s “The Greatest Songs of the Seventies.” In 2008 she released a new single, “The Power of Ribbons,” to digital retailers. Proceeds of the single benefit breast cancer research. Tickets are available at Miniacipac.org or by calling 954-462-0222. You can also purchase VIP tickets, which includes a meet and greet with Melissa at a cocktail reception directly following the concert.