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A week ago Saturday was the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Red Carpet Gala, this year entitled The Beach Ball. This event raises money for all the incredible work that GLAAD does in protecting our rights. Once again it was a huge success and was hosted by celebrity Wilson Cruz. Congratulations to the entire committee on a job well done! On Tuesday, December 7th we here at Hotspots Magazine produced the 3rd annual Holiday Celebration at the Embassy Suites. The Holiday Celebration is a 100% benefit for the Pride Center at Equality Park (formerly the GLCCSF) and this year was even more successful then ever. Over 500 people attended and everyone agreed that this celebration gets better every year! See all the pics in next week’s magazine. On Thursday, Marc Silverstone and Ken Fritz presented “A toy Story, A Night of Giving” which was a benefit for Broward House and Kids in Distress at the manor. This event was a huge success with fabulous entertainment and much needed money raised for 2 great organizations.

Last Week in Review

gay-events-south-florida-1A week ago Saturday was the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Red Carpet Gala, this year entitled The Beach Ball. This event raises money for all the incredible work that GLAAD does in protecting our rights. Once again it was a huge success and was hosted by celebrity Wilson Cruz. Congratulations to the entire committee on a job well done!

gay-events-south-florida-2On Tuesday, December 7th we here at Hotspots Magazine produced the 3rd annual Holiday Celebration at the Embassy Suites. The Holiday Celebration is a 100% benefit for the Pride Center at Equality Park (formerly the GLCCSF) and this year was even more successful then ever. Over 500 people attended and everyone agreed that this celebration gets better every year! See all the pics in next week’s magazine. On Thursday, Marc Silverstone and Ken Fritz presented “A toy Story, A Night of Giving” which was a benefit for Broward House and Kids in Distress at the manor. This event was a huge success with fabulous entertainment and much needed money raised for 2 great organizations.

Gay Events in South Florida

gay-events-south-florida-3Thursday – Dec 16

For over 16 years, Holiday Lights display at the Enchanted Place has dazzled South Floridians. Located on NE 137th Terrace in North Miami, this amazing neighborhood light display is a must see holiday tradition. As you drive down the street to see the lights, Care Resource volunteers will hand out candy to the kids and they might even catch a glimpse of Santa. This event runs until January 6th from 6 pm to 11:30 pm. There is no charge to see this display, but donations are welcomed. Care Resource is the beneficiary of this event.

Friday – Dec 17

The Manor presents a party of Epic proportions, their 1st anniversary event starring DJ Roland Belmares in the Epic Lounge from 10 pm to 4 am with production by Erika Norell. There is no cover for what is sure to be a spectacular event.

From today until December 19th The Pet Project Thrift Store, which is under new management, has slashed prices 50%. Check them out at 1164 Oakland Park Blvd. For more information call them at 954-318-7145.

gay-events-south-florida-4The Boardwalk presents video star Trevor Knight live tonight and tomorrow for 2 shows nightly. I am told he is the biggest star (yeah, let’s use that word) in the business.

Club Sugar in association with Alex Infiniti celebrates the release of Kandi’s (Housewives of Atlanta and former member of Xscape) new CD “KandiKoated” with free giveaways.

Growl Fridays at Bill’s Filling Station presents a meet and greet with sexy Tony Tripoli, star of “I Sh*t My Pants” at 10 pm.

Saturday – Dec 18

The Grand Opening/ Christmas party of Oz Bar (2674 East Oakland Park Blvd) is tonight with complimentary food from 5 to 11 pm as well as raffles and prizes. Oz Bar has no cover and is 18 to enter and 21 to party.

Atomic/Boom presents their annual Snowball party starring DJ Scott Mann.

gay-events-south-florida-5The Precise Agency Group has announced that they will host a “Super Hero Holiday Party,” an event that will benefit the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC), as well as the Matthew Sheppard Foundation and will be co-sponsored by several local and national brand names such as Telluride Gay Ski Week, Couture Confections, Mathew Sheppard Foundation Gay Ski Week, Inchwear.net and 2Blond Salon. Adult beverage sponsors are Chambord Vodka, Finlandia Vodka, Don Eduado Tequilas, and Harradura Tequilas. Hosted by Michael Hendrix and Chad Crow (Chadilac), this event will be the third annual benefit and run from 8:30-11:30 pm in the courtyard located at The Precise Agency Group Ft Lauderdale office.

gay-events-south-florida-6Discotekka invades The Palace with a Christmas celebration fit for the queens. The party starts at the Palace at 6 pm with performances by Vegas, Gina and TP and continues to Discotekka at 111 pm for a night of fun and madness.

gay-events-south-florida-7The Manor presents “Santa’s Pole” and they invite you to watch their naughty elves work the pole all night long. The night stars DJ Oren Nizri in the main room and DJ Larry Larr in the Latin Lounge and Patio with performances by house diva Erika Norell and special guest Francina Holiday.

Omar Gonzalez and Tony Ferro present Click’s annual Naugty Christmas at Score nightclub featuring Santa’s, pimps, hoe’s and reindeers. The night will star DJ J. Felix with shows by Asia and Wildchild.

gay-events-south-florida-8Take the classic Nutcracker that everyone knows and loves. Move it into the 21st Century. Infuse it with today’s music and dance styles. What you end up with is The Not So Nutcracker, a modern retelling of Clara, her wonderful Christmas Present, and the joys that lie ahead while visions of Sugarplums dance in her head. You are about to join Destination Dance in a wonderful exploration of that story through our 21st century perspective. Expect some of the traditional music, some new music and, maybe even a few surprises as everything Nutcracker is not so this time around. The Not So Nutcracker plays at the Count de Hoernle Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway in Boca at 2 pm and 6 pm. Admission is $25 and only $10 with a student ID.

Monday – Dec 20

Johnny’s in association with AJ Cross and Brad Casey presents a benefit for Father Bill of Poverello entitled Needs “Wheels, It’s a Wonderful Life….Benefit for FR. Bill.” They are asking the entire community to come out to help a man who has helped so many. The event starts at 8 pm and is hosted by Dale Madison and Russell of The Stable. The event hopes to raise $18,500 (reduced price due to sponsorship from Michael Albetta at Maroone Ford) to buy Father Bill a new car and Boom has already donated gas for a year. There will be many performances, a special appearance by the Sisters of the Rising Sun, silent auction items and much more. For sponsorship contact AJ Cross at 754-367-6366. For donations contact Brad Casey at 954-554-4912.

Wednesday – Dec 22

Georgie’s Alibi Wilton Manors presents their monthly celebrity birthday party. This month it is a surprise and they invite you to come out and see for yourself. The party starts at 9:45 and as usual features performances, birthday cupcakes and much more.

Catch the fabulous talents of Porsche at 9 and 10:30 at Bill’s Filling Station.

Hot Stuff

gay-events-south-florida-9Chuck Alfieri and his staff at Salon Alfieri are still laughing about the skit on Saturday Night Live last week, where they joked about the Bosley Hair System using pubes for their hair transplants! Actually, they don’t, but Bosley is an FDA approved lifextend complex regrowth technology with a 97% regrowth success rate! As a Bosley affiliate, Salon Alfieri offers pre and post op hair transplant care and has recently introduced the new nonsurgical hair graft. Call Salon Alfieri today for an appointment to see what all the fuss is about!

Today the City of Fort Lauderdale Commission unanimously voted to affirm Mayor Jack Seiler’s nominee for the Fort Lauderdale Budget Advisory Board, Johnny’s own AJ Cross. I would like to take this opportunity to wish my buddy AJ much congratulations!

This is Hot

Mamma mia! ABBA has never sounded or looked better than on the new CD+DVD package ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits (Special Edition) (Polydor/Polar/UMe), which was recently released. Featuring all of the group’s hits and more–and the videos for each of them–this Special Edition package brings together 1992’s six times platinum ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits CD and its gold-certified home video companion of the same title, both newly remastered.

gay-events-south-florida-11gay-events-south-florida-12The CD, which as a stand-alone album has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, embraces 19 classics including the gold #1 anthem “Dancing Queen”; #3 gold “Take A Chance On Me”; Top 10s “Waterloo” and “The Winner Takes It All”; Top 20s “SOS,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Fernando,” “Does Your Mother Know” and “The Name Of The Game,” and Top 40s “Mamma Mia” and “Chiquitita.” The DVD features all 19 video clips, taking full advantage of the progress in digital technology since they were last remastered. Notably, most of ABBA’s videos were directed by Lasse Hallström, since acclaimed for such films as “My Life As A Dog,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “Chocolat.” Also included are bonus selections in the form of “before-and-after” split-screen comparisons of five original film clips and their remastered versions.

In addition, the DVD adds a recently discovered cartoon version of “Money, Money, Money,” circa 1977. This rarity was briefly screened at the time and has not been available in complete form since. Nearly 30 years later as one of the most commercially successful pop groups in history, the music of ABBA dances into the future with ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits (Special Edition).

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