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This past weekend I crashed Friday night as my body was saying “ENOUGH.” On Saturday I went to The State of Florida Continental Pool Party and benefit at Depot. This was a benefit to raise money to send Corey’s (owner of the pageant) winners to Chicago to the Nationals in September. It was a very fun afternoon, especially the Swimsuit auction part…..sexy models!! Saturday night I was out and about in Wilton Manors and ran into Shangela, who was a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race and was a pleasure to interview a few months back and equally as nice in person. She informed me she was performing at Matty’s on Sunday night and I promised her I would stop by. I did as did many other people as Matty’s was packed with Shangela fans who were all saying “Halleloo.” This was a fun show by …

Last Week in Review

As I told you in last week’s column we had an early deadline prior to July 4th weekend, so I will let the pics tell you the story.

This past weekend I crashed Friday night as my body was saying “ENOUGH.” On Saturday I went to The State of Florida Continental Pool Party and benefit at Depot. This was a benefit to raise money to send Corey’s (owner of the pageant) winners to Chicago to the Nationals in September. It was a very fun afternoon, especially the Swimsuit auction part…..sexy models!! Saturday night I was out and about in Wilton Manors and ran into Shangela, who was a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race and was a pleasure to interview a few months back and equally as nice in person. She informed me she was performing at Matty’s on Sunday night and I promised her I would stop by. I did as did many other people as Matty’s was packed with Shangela fans who were all saying “Halleloo.” This was a fun show by a really nice person . Keep an eye on Shangela as she has a pilot in the making. Afterwards I stopped by The Manor for their monthly Bear Nation T Dance and watched the Wet Bear Contest where my friend Andrew (the Cub) won!

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LGBT Events in South Florida

 

lgbt-events-south-florida-11Thursday, July 14

Johnny’s Fort Lauderdale presents AJ Cross’s birthday Masquerade Ball (all attendees are asked to wear costumes of Masks. The night will also be a Cupids Cabaret Reunion with many former Cupids employees and dancers including the Queen B herself live and in the flesh (I myself can’t wait to see Brandy again). The night will be a benefit for Covenant House (opening doors for homeless youth) and includes a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and costume contest. There will be no cover, however, donations will be accepted.

The Pride Factory presents the start of their semi-annual Shop The Box Clearance Event with some items as low as $5.

The annual Miami Beach Bruthaz weekend starts tonight and goes through Sunday. For more information see the feature in this week’s magazine or go to MiamiBeachBruthaz.com

lgbt-events-south-florida-12Friday, July 15

America’s newest drag star, the winner of this year’s Rupaul’s Drag race, Raja, will be at Living Room performing her new hit “Diamond Crowned Queen” live. This will also be an official CD release event.

The Boardwalk in association with Next Door Studios present, in his first USA Performance, the very hot Marko Lebeau with 2 live shows tonight and tomorrow at 11 pm and 1 am.

The Ramrod presents their monthly Bear Man Dance with DJ Herbie James.

Filthy Gorgeous Fridays at Score celebrates the release of Wynter Gordon’s new song “With The Music I Die.”

Saturday, July 16

The Manor presents as part of their Fetish Weekend (fetish attire not required), Trick, starring DJ Oren Nizri with a performance by sex doll Erika Norell. In the Latin Lounge and Patio they will be celebrating the Independence of Colombia starring DJ Larry Larr with shows by Colombian Diva Noel Leon and Jose Vega (Mr. Noche Latina 2004).As always, there is no cover!

Discotekka is featuring a Heads or Tails Party where when you get to the door you flip a coin to win no cover of $5 you call it drinks all night long.

Sunday, July 17

Score be celebrating their 13th anniversary on the popular Lincoln Road 10 pm to 5 am with Ukrainian Pop sensation Kazaky performing live in their first US appearance and International circuit DJ/producer Abel at the turntables. For more information check out the feature in this week’s magazine or go to ScoreBar.net

The monthly Market Bazaar at the Shoppes of Wilton Manors takes place today from 9 am to 3 pm with great deals, food and fun all day!

lgbt-events-south-florida-14Sidelines 2nd annual Summer Cook-Off competition starts today at 5 pm with round 1: Chili Con Carne. To register see the manager on duty. There is limited availability, so hurry in and enter your best recipe.

lgbt-events-south-florida-13The Leather Masked Ball pool party takes place today at the Cheston House (520 North Birch Road) from 1 to 5 pm. The $10 donation includes beer and light food with free parking for the first 25 cars.

The Manor continues its fetish weekend with a special T Dance entitled SIR, a leather/levi event starring DJ Alyson Calagna with an opening set by DJ Terrance Lalley. They will feature a $400 Best Sir Contest ($100 cash, 2 Mama Mia Show Tickets and dinner for 2 at the Manor). No Cover.

The Enforced Dress Code monthly party at the Skull and Boner Bar inside the Ramrod starts at 10 pm to 1am. EDC is a monthly social event for the Leather Community, held on the 3rd Sunday of every month. A cologne and flip-flop free, cigar friendly space for South Florida’s Leather Community. The Dress Code for EDC is Boots and another piece of appropriate clothing.

Monday, July 18

Bill’s proudly presents the annual Bartenders, Boxers and Briefs Underwear Auction benefiting Tuesday’s Angels. For more information on this fabulous event see the feature in this week’s magazine.

Tuesday, July 19

Planeta Macho at Score celebrates Colombia’s Independence Day with shows by professional Cumbia dancers and DJ George Ferrero at the turntable.

lgbt-events-south-florida-15Hot Stuff

Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet, value retail and entertainment destination in the United States with more than 350 stores, will host an evening of shopping for a cause with celebrity guest host Niki Taylor on Thursday, July 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. As part of the debut seasonal promotion “Get Your Summer On,” shoppers will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, delight in fine wine and food samplings from East City Grill, plus shop at several luxury retailers throughout The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward. For more information about Sawgrass Mills’ “Get Your Summer On” promotion, please call (954) 846-2350, or visit SawgrassMills.com

Respected art and photography expert Holden Luntz will judge Photo Now!, a call-to-artists photography and digital-imaging exhibition that will be on view from September 9 to October 15, 2011 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta. Luntz, director and principal of the Holden Luntz Gallery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, has more than two decades experience in the curating, exhibiting, purchasing and selling of vintage and contemporary photography. The submission deadline for photo is Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by 4 p.m. Artists interested in participating can pick up a submission form at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum or School of Art locations, or download it online at LighthouseArts.org

This is HOT

Staten Island Cakes is a new series from WE TV starring out gay man Vinny Buzzetta and his family who are a cast of characters. If you haven’t seen this show you can catch it on Tuesdays at 9pm with the finale of season 1 airing on August 9th. Vinny was born on October 4th, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York where he lived until he was 13 years old when he moved to Staten Island. Vinny always had a passion for cooking, experimenting in his mother’s kitchen while most of his buddies were outside playing ball. 

lgbt-events-south-florida-17So it was no surprise that after graduating from Xaverian in 2007, Vinny defied his parents’ wishes for him to apply to college, and enrolled at the prestigious French Culinary Institute of New York City.  He became the youngest person ever to complete the program in February 2008 – where he graduated first in his class. Vinny was driving through Staten Island in July 2008 when he saw a vacant storefront on Forest Avenue. He knew that this location would be the perfect spot for his dream bakery and with some financial support from his Grandpa Joe, who always supported Vinny’s maverick spirit, he leased the location that same month.

lgbt-events-south-florida-18On October 31st, 2008 Vinny opened the doors to “The Cake Artist” and never looked back. At just 21 years old, Vinny is running one of Staten Island’s hottest up-and-coming bakeries.  He is constantly in the bakery perfecting the taste and decorative aspects of his cakes to ensure that he is turning out the best product he can. This dedication to his craft is reflected in the success Vinny has enjoyed at various pastry and cake competitions throughout the New York area. He won his first blue ribbon at the New York Restaurant and Hotel Show at the Jacob Javits Center in November 2009 at just 20 years old. Vinny’s success continued at the Taste of Staten Island competition where he won “Best Special Occasion Cake” in 2009 and then went on to win “Best Bakery on Staten Island” the following year in 2010. Staten Island Cakes features Vinny, Spiro (boyfriend), Cammy (mom), Kristin (sister), Crazy Joe (Grandpa), Joe (cousin) and Rob (stepdad). Check it out!

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