We are so blessed here in South Florida to have so many things to do that sometimes we forget that there are fun things going on in other parts of our beautiful state. 2 weeks ago I went to Central Florida for a short 2 day trip. I arrived in the afternoon and my first stop was at the wonderful MC Film Fest which features everything for the gay man’s needs.
We are so blessed here in South Florida to have so many things to do that sometimes we forget that there are fun things going on in other parts of our beautiful state. 2 weeks ago I went to Central Florida for a short 2 day trip. I arrived in the afternoon and my first stop was at the wonderful MC Film Fest which features everything for the gay man’s needs.(Underwear, calendars, leather, rainbow merchandise, clothes, cards…just to name a few things) After having a wonderful conversation with co-owner Carrie (who is also the president of the GaYBOR Coalition it was time to head down 7th to see all of Ybor. I walked down the street saying hello to business owners and friends (I am still depressed that Urban Outfitters went out) and finally settled in at one of my favorite places Hamburger Mary’s. While there I got to see and chat with Divinity (who I haven’t seen in years and looks fab), Esmee, Mama, Matthew (set designer and decorator for Fl Entertainment Group), Jocelyn, and, of course, Mark who was bartending on the patio. After having a scrumptious meal, it was time to head to the hotel to shower and change. Once back in Ybor I went to the 3rd annual Miss heart of Florida pageant at the Honey Pot. There were 5 contestants and in the end the clear winner was Brittany T Moore. While there, I got to hang out with my buddy Bob Taylor (always great to see him) and Champagne Bordeaux (she has been so busy with culinary school here in South Florida that I need to go to Tampa to hang with her). Congrats to Marshall, Amy, and the whole gang for a nice pageant. Afterwards I headed to Barbarella to see the show hosted by Alyssa Sommers and get to see friends Chu-Chu (hoped I spelled that right) and Raina. It was so nice to see them both! I then stopped in to say hello to everyone at Bradley’s on 7th and then went next door to Liquid Tampa, which was very busy as they were hosting their monthly “Queen of the Night” a drag contest with a twist. While there, it was wonderful to see the Queen of Liquid, Power Infiniti, who, as always, turned it out when she performed! Power and I go way back to the Salvation days (no comments about my age). Also seen there was Wanda, Alexis Del LaMer, manager Chhoy, co-owner Michael and many more. Well, at that point it was time for bed; so off to the hotel I went. In the morning I headed to Orlando to help our Central Florida Manager, Scott Spar, get ready for the Hotspots Central Florida Holiday Celebration at the Abbey. The night arrived and the party went off wonderfully with lots of movers and shakers from the Central Florida community and some cute boys. It’s always good to have eye candy. Some of the notables that were there were: Troy Kelly (Miracle of Love), Tasha Long, Marcus Greer (GM Club Orlando), Drew Sizemore (Parliament House), Jonathan Rosa (GM Poseidon Spa), Paula Pirone (LWL Pharmacy). Thanks to the Abbey and all the attendees for a great event!
Next week it is back to reporting all about the South Florida goings on!
Thursday, December 27
The Pride Factory invites everyone to slide into the New Year with 15% off all lubricants from today until January 2nd.
Friday, December 28
Bubble Gum Fridays at the Manor presents Gay-Sha. The night stars DJs JPS and Miik with oriental performances by Estephania, TP and Sasha.
Saturday, December 29
Hilton Wolman and Score productions present Bigger Salvation with music by DJ Abel from open to close at Club Nikki Beach. The night will be hosted by Alex Prieto and the Pennyback Boyz.
The Club Fort Lauderdale presents “Black Out Party” starting at 11pm and starring DJ Doug Jackson.
The Manor presents Samurai starring DJ Kidd Madonny in the main room. In the Latin room and patio DJ Larry Larr spins with performances by hostess Viva Mirage and guest Francina Holliday celebrating her birthday. 10:30 pm to 4am with liquor till 4am.
Discotekka presents Blast Off to 2013 starring DJs Jarell, Miik and Carlos G with performances by TP Lords, Gina D’Angelo, Estephania St. Lords and special guest Maite West.
Boom presents Heatwave, A Countdown to New Years Eve, celebrating this year’s best dance music starring DJ Frank Corr. They will also feature a CD giveaway to the first 100 people.
Sunday, December 30
The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill presents a “New Year’s Eve Eve” T-dance poolside from 1 to 5 pm starring DJ Jason Gonzalez.
Monday, December 31 (New Years Eve in alphabetical order)
Alibi invites everyone under the stars as they present Times Square in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors parking lot with an outside video screen with VJ Andy Ajar, a balloon drop with prizes and Florida’s own Dame Edna in the Manchester Room at 8, 9 and 10 pm.
Azucar presents New Years Eve hosted by Teresita and Rosette Enchanted with special guests Abigail, Justice Devine, Brigette, Lily Martin, Amanda West and Melissa. They will also feature free champagne toast, party favors and grapes for everyone.
Bill’s presents a Very Beary New Years Eve with VJ Kenny Poole counting down the top hits of 2012. They will also feature a free champagne toast and a balloon drop with prizes and give-a-ways.
The Boardwalk presents Chi-hi Larue’s New Years Eve Masquerde Ball with a champagne toast at midnight and starring Marvin Nathan, Nicole T Phillips and Auntie Mame.
Boom presents New Years Eve on the drive New York Style where they will be featuring an outdoor block party with party favors, noise makers a champagne toast and a balloon drop.
Club Cinema presents their grand opening night hosted by Misty Eyez with performances by Viva Mirage and DJs Paul Coals, Mark Demarko, Maximus 3000 and Bill James. The night will feature a mega show, free champagne and hors d’oeuvres.
Dapur is celebrating New Year’s Eve Arabian Style with a 5 course dinner for $65 per person that entertainment.
Discotekka presents “Countdown Mega Party” with music by DJ Renn, shows by the Discotekka Diva’s, champagne toast, party favors, and fireworks at midnight and afterhours at 4 am starring DJ Carlos G with no cover all night.
Dudes presents a New Years Eve party that includes live entertainment from 9 pm to midnight, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet and a champagne toast. Admission is $20 in advance and $30 at the door with VIP card holders only $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Eros Lounge presents Phoenix Rising, A Rebirth with a champagne toast at midnight.
Lips presents a Masquerade Ball where they invite you to see the diva’s behind the masks hosted by Diva. The night will feature a 3 course gala prix fix dinner, drag shows, dancing, midnight champagne toast, masks, horns and party favors.
The Manor Complex has many things going on for New Years Eve which starts with a 3 course meal for $49 per person and includes a bottle of wine per couple. The main seating is 8 pm, but they will have earlier seating’s. Later that night they will feature “One Night in Bangkok” in the main room starring DJ David Knapp and “The Splendors of Thailand” in the Latin room and lounge starring DJ Nena. The night will feature a live Times Square remote telecast, a balloon drop, a champagne toast at midnight, productions by Erika Norell and company and Asian performances all night long. 11pm to 6 am with full liquor till 4 am and no cover!
Mojo’s presents a 4 course dinner, champagne toast, live music and dancing with pop sensation Chloe Dolandis and dancing for $95 per person starting at 9pm (with their regular menu available till 7 pm).
Mona’s presents their famous bud soaked flame broiled hot diggity dogs with all the trimmings from 5-11pm and then they invite you to sing in the New Years with them. Starting at 9 pm they will be giving out hats, horns and noise makers and a champagne toast at midnight.
The Palace is celebrating New Year’s Eve with dinner packages starting at $69 per person (starting at 9pm) with shows hosted by the Palace Divas (Noel, Tiffany, Missy, TP, Poizon, Tlo, Sasha and Melissa) starting at 7pm.
The Plaza Bistro presents with a pre fixe menu of $50 a person that includes a four courses and a live show by Ivann, winner of Colombia’s Got Talent.
The Ramrod celebrates with free champagne and a balloon drop at midnight.
Rosie’s has created a special menu for New Years Eve which will be accompanied by DJ James Leombruno all night. Entrees are served with complimentary champagne and a champagne toast at midnight.
The Royal Palms Resort and Spa presents a New Years Eve party starring resident DJ Chuck Knowles with performances by Colombia’s own Ivvan, with hostess the many faces of Melissa Morgan (Lady Gaga & Cher) and co-hostess Kyla Taylor. Doors open at 9 pm with Hors D’oeuvres, a champagne toast and NYC Ball drop at midnight. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door.
Scandals Saloon invites everyone to ring in the New Year with the sexy cowboys as they present a midnight balloon drop where every pop is a winner. There is over $1000 to be given away in just cash and bar tabs, plus free drinks, t-shirts, hats and more.
Score features Ru Paul’s Drag Race Star Nina Flowers with a warm up set by DJ Alex Infiniti followed by DJ Daisy D. They will feature complimentary champagne at 12am and party favors.
Sidelines Sports Bar celebrates New Years Eve with no cover, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and DJ Jared spinning all night.
Smarty Pants rings in the New Years with Nikki Adams with show times at 9:45 and 11:45. They will also feature hors d’oeuvres, noise makers, party favors and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.
Solare Coliseum presents the biggest show of the year with Marytrini, Vina, Radisson and Concha. Admission is $15 or $25 which includes buffet.
The Stable invites everyone to ring in the New Year’s with the men of stable with a midnight balloon drop where every pop is a winner with cash, bar tabs, free drinks, t-shirts, hats and more.
Swinging Richards celebrates New Year’s Eve with a $35 cover, champagne toast at midnight and 1 free 15 min VIP room.
Tropics Restaurant/Piano Bar presents 2 seating on New Year’s Eve: a Twilight dinner from 5:30-7pm for $39 per person plus tax and gratuity and a late night seating from 9:30 to 1am for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. The night will star Tony and Gloria along with Brendan, Ruben, Joseph Gallant, Howard Dudley, Terry Hammond and Glenda Granger.
Twist celebrates New Years Eve with DJ Mika and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight with full liquor bar till 7am with entire club opening at 10pm.
The Village Pub invites everyone to dance in the New Year’s with VJ Galaxy and a champagne toast at midnight.
Tuesday, January 1
Jim Cooper presents “One” a house music party at Boom from 12 noon to 2am featuring DJs John LePage, Bill Hallquist, Chris Padilla, Rob Conner, Ricky Sinz, Jeffrey Jacobs and Doug Jackson.
The Alibi presents a Recovery Brunch from 11am to 2 pm (along with their full menu). They will also be kicking off their all you can eat ribs from 6-10pm for only $24.95. In addition Debra Hampton is in the Manchester room at 9 pm, VJ Robert Frye in the main room from 9 pm to close and they invite everyone to celebrate New Year’s all over again with balloon drops every hour from 8 pm to midnight.
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