Friday night was the beginning of the weekend celebration of Alibi’s 14th year anniversary and the crowds were out in support! That night featured the 5 year employee recognition ring ceremony, drawing for prizes every hour starting at 9 pm till midnight including a Flat Screen TV and much more fun and valuable prizes, and a Broward Bares it preview starring Nikki Adams and Rod Stephens. Congratulations to Mark, Jackson and the entire staff of Alibi for a fabulous 14th year anniversary and I wish …
Last Week in Review
Friday night was the beginning of the weekend celebration of Alibi’s 14th year anniversary and the crowds were out in support! That night featured the 5 year employee recognition ring ceremony, drawing for prizes every hour starting at 9 pm till midnight including a Flat Screen TV and much more fun and valuable prizes, and a Broward Bares it preview starring Nikki Adams and Rod Stephens. Congratulations to Mark, Jackson and the entire staff of Alibi for a fabulous 14th year anniversary and I wish them many more years to come. Sunday morning was the 23rd annual Aids Walk on Miami Beach which once again feature a multitude of teams that raised money for this much needed cause.
Sunday night was the annual Stars of the Rainbow benefit for the Pride Center at Equality Park and once again it was held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in the Crystal Ballroom. Many Community Leaders and activists were honored for their consistent work for the betterment of the GLBT community here in Florida and beyond. Without a doubt one of the highlights of the event was having Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann-Shultz address the audience. Everyone was brought to their feet when the Congresswoman talked about her support of the repeal of DODT and led the charge on addressing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. It was also refreshing to hear how she works so hard at reaching out to others including Republican Ileana Ros Lehtinen.
LGBT Events in South Florida
Thursday, April 7
Starting tonight “The Simple Life” Thursdays is moving. After six fun-filled years at Buck15 Lounge, one of Miami Beach’s longest running gay events is re-locating. DJ Daisy D, door goddess Chyna and promoter Edison Farrow will continue the weekly Thursday night event at Lux, 1439 Washington Avenue. The move comes due to the fact that Buck15 closed its doors at the current location. There are plans to re-open Buck15 in a new venue close to the former Lincoln Lane location. The party will now add performances by South Florida’s top performers as well as special guests. For more information, go to SoBeSocialClub.com
Smarty Pants is celebrating the birthday of songstress Jennifer McClain tonight at 7 pm.
Rising Action Theatre, 1480 SW 9th Ave in Fort Lauderdale, presents The Mormon Boy Trilogy, three powerful plays (“Confessions of a Mormon Boy,” “Missionary Position” and “Who’s Your Daddy”) performed in rotation prior to its New York Off Broadway run. These plays will be performed and written by internationally acclaimed and award winning playwright/actor Steven Fales. These play will run for 3 Weeks Only, April 7 – 24.Confessions of Mormon Boy on Thursdays at 8 pm/ Saturdays at 3 pm/ Sundays at 5 pm, Missionary Position Fridays at 8 pm/ Saturdays at 7 pm and Who’s Your Daddy Sat at 9 PM/ Sun at 7 PM. Individual Shows are $35 and All Three Shows $75: Use discount trilogy at checkout. Dinner and Show packages available at Old Heidelberg or Tropics $60. Warning Missionary Position contains full frontal nudity. To purchase tickets call 954-561-2225.
Friday, April 8
Living Room Nightclub presents direct from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 3, the Puerto Rican princess Yara Sofia.
For the third year, Scandals Saloon is dedicating an exclusive area of their nightclub known as the VIP RANCH (Fri, Sat and Sun). Located in Scandals’ south parking lot, the Ranch offers a unique opportunity for everyone to mingle with all the FGRA officials and contestants while dancing on the 20’x40′ dance floor to the tunes of the ever popular Outlawz DJ Tim Germain. In addition, the Ranch offers a FREE buffet Friday and Saturday night. Tickets to the Ranch are just $25.00 and proceeds help defray the costs of the rodeo as well as additional funds for the FGRA charities. Space in the VIP Ranch is limited and there are just a few tickets left. If you want to be a part of this very special venue, order your tickets now at FGRA.org or purchase the few remaining tickets at Scandals Saloon. Whether in the VIP Ranch, on the Scandals patio or inside the club, this weekend is all about the cowboys. As always at Scandals, never a cover charge and tons of free parking. YEEHAW!
Club Sugar in association with Jive Records and Alex Infiniti brings you the Femme Fatal Ball which is an album release party for international pop princess Britney Spears. The night will feature free albums while supplies last. The night stars DJ Jarell in the main room with performances by TP and Sasha Lords and DJ Dave in the Spice Lounge.
Bill’s starts the celebration of HoeDown weekend with a Growl Fridays Bear Appreciation Party starring Colt Man Nate Karlton. They will also feature Colt giveaways and a sexy cowboy contest at midnight hosted by Miss Kitty.
The Boardwalk presents 2 hot video stars, Chris Porter and Samuel Colt tonight and tomorrow with 2 live shows each night at 11 pm and 1 am.
Saturday, April 9
The six annual Sunshine Stampede (Six in the City), takes place today and tomorrow at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie (only 15 minutes from the heart of Fort Lauderdale). This is the largest gay rodeo in the US and features 2 full days of rodeo events, Entertainment, vendors and much more. This year proves to be the best rodeo ever. The host hotel has been completely booked for some time with over 600 room nights sold. Plus it appears there will be a record number of contestants competing during the 2-day rodeo event. For more information go to FGRA.org
If you missed Sexy colt model Nate Karlton yesterday at Bills you can catch him today in the Manchester Room at the Alibi and while at Alibi check out their mechanical bull.
The Manor presents Javi Productions recording artist Tony Cruz performing “I Wanna Be The One” with DJ Oren Nizri in the main room and don’t forget the Latin Lounge and Patio with DJ Larry Larr packing those Latin Papi’s in every Saturday!
The Stable welcomes back 190 pounds of pure sex appeal, Rod Stephens at 9 pm.
Sunday, April 10
Smarty Pants presents their 6th annual Chili Cook-off. The judging begins at 1 pm and they will feature trophies for the winners, great raffle prizes and live entertainment. To enter your famous chili recipe, or for other information, contact any of their bartenders at 954-561-1724. This event is sponsored by FrizMar Resources and all donation and funds raised will support AIDS charities in South Florida.
Cubby Hole also features a Chili Cook-Off at 6 pm with a $100 first prize and a $50 second prize and a $50 bar tab to the third prize. From 9 pm till close they feature Justin’s Blackout Party.
Misty Eyez’s Trannie Palace cast at Bill’s goes country with the theme Brokeback Mountain.
Check out Piano Showcase for all your Piano needs as they are having the biggest sale of the year, where their entire inventory in on sale. This sale only happens once a year, so hurry in and check them out!
Do you have what it takes to become a Stable Stud? If so enter their contest at 11 pm every Thursday with host Russell and bartender Dan the man.
The good people at Johnny’s had a benefit in December to raise money for Father Bill Collins of Poverello to get a car. Father Bill received his new car this past week. Father Bill received his new car keys from (CCCU) City County Credit Union President, Lloyd Gill and was all smiles as photographers took photos. He is now driving a pristine Certified Pre-Owned Silver 2009 Toyota Corolla with barely 32k miles. Lloyd Gill was able to get the Credit Union’s Extended Warranty Provider Allied Solutions to donate a “bumper to bumper” 5 year warranty valued at approximately $2,000. All dealers fees and administrative fees were waived and CCCU paid for the tag registration as well. I would like to take this opportunity to thank AJ, Sean, Uncle Al, CCCU and all who were instrumental in getting one of our community’s best, Father Bill, his car!
One of our own Needs Help
Within our LGBT community exists very special people who volunteer their time and talent on a daily basis. And these people have touched so many lives and made such a difference. Judy Shepherd is one of these people. Judy is an energetic, committed and trusted member of our community known by everyone. She is first in line to volunteer and support a myriad of events in the community. Whether it’s the Stonewall Library and Archives, the Pride Center, Lavender Events, or to care for your animals while you’re away from home, her answer is always “yes”. And now Judy needs your help. Recently diagnosed with cancer, Judy is undergoing surgery and follow-up treatment in a local hospital. Like many others, Judy is without health insurance. She needs the help and support of the family she has helped and supported all these years. A dedicated bank account has been set up by The Pride Center to manage donations sent on her behalf. Please stop by the Center any time and make your tax deductible donation or use the PayPal option on the front page of their website: PrideCenterFlorida.org. Judy has stood by and supported our community for decades – it is now time for us to stand by and support Judy.
Grammy and Academy Award winner and American Idol Alumni, Jennifer Hudson released her highly anticipated sophomore album I Remember Me on March 22 on Arista Records. The album’s first single is “Where You At,” written and produced by R. Kelly. The album title, I Remember Me, is based on a poem written by Jennifer and composed into a beautiful song co-written by Ryan Tedder that will be featured on the album. Additional writers and producers on the album include multi-award winners Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Rich Harrison, Ne-Yo and Stargate. “I’m excited about this album because it’s almost like a renewal for me, reflected through the chapters of my life,” comments Jennifer. “I’ve called it ‘I Remember Me’ because of the journey I’ve been on. I’ve learned that life constantly surprises you, no matter your plans. My fans have been so loyal, I feel like they have been on this journey with me and I can’t wait for them to hear the new album.” Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment states: “Jennifer is the voice of the new generation and she literally soars on her second album ‘I Remember Me.’ Jennifer fulfills all of her promise and all of the prophesies that she will be on that short list of great vocalists of our time.” I Remember Me is the follow up to Jennifer’s 2008 eponymous debut album, which featured the hit singles “Spotlight” and “If This Isn’t Love.” Jennifer Hudson debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and won a Grammy in 2009 for Best R&B Album. Be sure to check out JenniferHudson.com on a regular basis for the latest news, photos and more.