Last Monday was the annual Carolina Continental Pageants which was moved to South Florida when Alyson Thomas (Momma Bear) relocated here permanently. The Pageant is a 4 in one pageant for Miss, Plus, Elite and Mister. Once again Alyson had a very well run pageant and in the end the winners were Stasha Sanchez, Jasmine Skiis, Dana Douglas and Lewis Nicholson. Congratulations to all! On Wednesday night, my friend Dawn of Gone by Dawn Productions had the grand opening of her Bazaii Lady Boy Cabaret at Andrew Restaurant in Boca Raton. The restaurant was sold out (standing room only) and will now feature the Cabaret every Wednesday with show times at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. On a side note the food was delicious. I highly recommend the Salmon, but I am told everything on the menu is amazing. Can’t wait to go back!
Last Week In Review
Last Monday was the annual Carolina Continental Pageants which was moved to South Florida when Alyson Thomas (Momma Bear) relocated here permanently. The Pageant is a 4 in one pageant for Miss, Plus, Elite and Mister. Once again Alyson had a very well run pageant and in the end the winners were Stasha Sanchez, Jasmine Skiis, Dana Douglas and Lewis Nicholson. Congratulations to all! On Wednesday night, my friend Dawn of Gone by Dawn Productions had the grand opening of her Bazaii Lady Boy Cabaret at Andrew Restaurant in Boca Raton. The restaurant was sold out (standing room only) and will now feature the Cabaret every Wednesday with show times at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. On a side note the food was delicious. I highly recommend the Salmon, but I am told everything on the menu is amazing. Can’t wait to go back! On Thursday the GLBX and the RBC came together to produce a business luncheon at the beautiful B Ocean Hotel. The luncheon featured key note speaker Gary Bittner talking about tips and trends in marketing in 2012. Congratulations for 2 great organizations coming together to produce such a successful luncheon. Thursday evening hundreds gathered at The Northern Trust Bank on Las Olas for the Pride Center’s Founders Circle monthly Event. Making this evening even more special was the outpouring of love for Paul Hyman as he presided over what was to be his last event as Director of one of Florida’s most successful LGBT community centers. As Paul prepares to move on to new challenges in New York he was thrilled to introduce Robert Boo as the Center’s newest Director. As Robert approached the microphone there was greeted by a loud chorus of Boos from the audience (which in this case was an out pouring of love and well wishing). Welcome back Robert: We look forward to great things and working with you in the future to help make Florida the best place to work and live! Sunday evening we attended the third annual Besties Awards hosted by the Manor Complex in Wilton Manors. This annual tradition celebrates the best in community and also features numerous large video screens where onlookers enjoyed watching the Academy Awards at the same time being entertained by Joe Posa as the fabulous Joan Rivers during the commercial breaks.
LGBT Events for South Florida
Winter Party 2012
Winter Party Festival starts Wednesday, February 29 and goes through Monday, March 5. For a full listing of the events, check out the feature in this week’s magazine or their website at WinterParty.com
Thursday, March 1
The Pride Factory presents their famous “Create You Own Sale” event from today until March 7th, where the more you shop, the more you save, spend $50 and get $5 off, or spend $100 and get $15 off.
Friday, March 2
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to present a special two-night-only engagement showcasing the critically-acclaimed dance troupe, Pilobolus Dance Theatre at 8 pm tonight and tomorrow. World-renowned for their innovative mix of the human imagination and corporeal dexterity, and memorable performances on widely televised programs such as the Academy Awards and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Pilobolus is destined to create a wondrous dance spectacle for South Florida audiences. Tickets range from $25 to $90 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at ArshtCenter.org.
Saturday, March 3
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force presents the only Broward event for Winter Party entitled, “Sweat…. A Leather Event” and takes place at Bills from 9 pm to 3am. The party stars DJ Herbie James at the turntables and tickets are only $10 and are available at WinterParty.com
The Manor celebrates Carnaval with beads and giveaways all night long and Hot Brazilian dancers. In the main room DJ Kidd Madonny takes over the turntables with all his flash and there will be a Carnaval production by Erika Norell. The Latin dance floor and patio features Carnaval in Rio with resident DJ Larry Larr along with Viva Mirage and Brazilian Olga Dantelly. 10 pm with No cover!
The Ramrod presents their most popular monthly party, Pig Dance and this time is number XXXII (33) with special guest DJ Barry Huffine of bear bash, Lube-NYC, Bear Nation and Furriction Addiktion fame.
Smarty Pants invites everyone to join them for a special birthday party for karaoke host Don Casteel from 9 pm to 1 am.
Award-winning stand-up comedian Bobby Collins will perform at 8 pm at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. Tickets are $39.50, or $44.50 for VIP seating. Call 954-344-5999 or visit CoralSpringsCenterForTheArts.com
Monday, March 5
The Stable presents the 3rd anniversary of the Lady Fancy Show at 8 pm. If you know Lady Fancy I am sure this show is going to be fabulous!
Tuesday, March 6
South Florida’s Gay/straight friendly business and social networking group, MACK, will be celebrating their 7th anniversary today at their Power Lunch at Tap 42 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The cost to attend the luncheon is $33 for advance registration (MackPlanet.com) or $40 at the door if they are available. For those of you who attend the luncheons you know they almost always sell out, so get your tickets NOW!
The Depot Cabana Bar and Grille presents live music Tuesdays with tonight featuring A Girl Named Chuck and Paul Bellantoni.
The entire Hotspots family would like to wish Jackson Padgett & Mark Negrete congratulations on the birth of their first grandson Mason Andrew Beard. Here is a pic of the beautiful boy with his 2 grandpa’s.
Sidelines Sports Bar is proud to announce its sponsorship of a new softball team, the Sidelines Glamazons! The Glamazons are a brand new D-Division team competing in the Open (co-ed) Division of the South Florida Amateur Athletic Association’s (SFAAA) gay softball league. Sidelines Sports Bar now sponsors three teams in the SFAAA league – the Sidelines Eagles (B-Division) and the Sidelines Bruisers (C-Division), and the Sidelines Glamazons (D-Division). The team will be coached and managed by Dominick Concepcion (a member of SFAAA’s Board of Directors and Assistant Commissioner for the league). With a dynamic and enthusiastic roster, the Glamazons are eager to compete and have fun in the upcoming spring season beginning on March 4th. Visit SFAAA.net for the team’s schedules. “We are so happy to have the Glamazons part of “Team Sidelines” as they represent you and Fort Lauderdale, FL in a fun and positive manner,” commented Sidelines’ owner, Laurie Whittaker.
Centaur Entertainment, the premier gay record label, is pleased to announce the new release of Global Groove: Dance 5 mixed by DJ/Producer Escape. DJ Escape mixes this new CD with his signature style of vocals and high-energy heart thumping beats, which will make you move and groove. Global Groove: Dance 5 is available in stores nationwide beginning March 6, including iTunes and Amazon worldwide. Global Groove: Dance 5 is full of exclusive mixes brought to you by DJ Escape himself. “I chose the songs for this project based on what I am playing in the club right now with a mix of high energy tribal & vocal anthems,” shares DJ Escape.
Kicking it off is DJ Escape’s exclusive mix of the new Deborah Cox hit, “If It Wasn’t For Love”, already a top ten dance club hit. Next, it’s “time for hootchie-cootchie” with the new smash hit from music icon Gloria Estefan, “Hotel Nacional.” This song made history for Estefan when it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Latin Song chart, making her the first woman to do so. From the multi-platinum group The Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas follows with his top ten dance track “Love Slayer”, heard here with a great Ralphi Rosario mix. The artists on Global Groove: Dance 5 read like an international who’s who of dance music: Pepper Mashay, John LePage, Stephan Grondin, Ceevox, Eddie Baez, DJ Chus, Chad Jack, Yinon Yahel, and more! Centaur President Nick De Biase says, “Escape brings a level of energy to the dancefloor like no other DJ. His production on this CD brings that same level of energy. You’re going to love this non-stop dance party!” With the release of Global Groove: Dance 5, Centaur Entertainment and GuySpy.com, are heating up gay clubs everywhere with the 2012 Global Groove Tour featuring DJ Escape.