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Last Tuesday, the LGBT Visitor Center presented the first annual “Pink Flamingo Awards” and honored 10 people and organizations that have made Miami Beach one of the top 20 places to visit among LGBT tourists…

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Last Tuesday, the LGBT Visitor Center presented the first annual “Pink Flamingo Awards” and honored 10 people and organizations that have made Miami Beach one of the top 20 places to visit among LGBT tourists, according to The Advocate magazine. The awards were sponsored by American Airlines, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Tourist Board of Curaçao and took place in the Palm Ballroom of the Miami Beach Convention Center. In addition to the awards, the luncheon honored past and present city leaders who supported the LGBT Visitor Center concept and paved the way for the MDGLCC Foundation to lease the first floor of Old City Hall to house both the LGBT Visitor Center and the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. On Friday, Dapur will be celebrated their two-year anniversary with a “Red and White Party” from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. to benefit the Ann Stock Center. There was be a special performance by Rey Wowow Productions, as well as one by DJ Misha and gifts of fabulous VIP goodie bags. Also on Friday, The Smart Ride presented a fundraiser Tupperware party starring Dixie Longate at C & I Studios that was really packed. Congrats to Glen and his whole team on a fabulous fundraiser. On Saturday there were two big community events. First there was the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, who presented”Fall Follies,” a cabaret style show featuring chorus members and special guests that took place at the Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale. The second was the 4th annual Broward Bares It, a benefit for Broward House, which was once again was held at Paradise Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In addition to all the acts, Jackson Padgett (Alibi, Bills) was celebrating his birthday with staff and friends. This year was by far the best. Congrats to Terry DeCarlo and the entire Broward House staff. On Sunday, Smarty Pants featured the Flamingo Auto Group’s 10th annual Classic Car Show in their parking lot. Later on that night the Boardwalk presented their annual Employee Turnabout where the entire staff of hunky bartenders and staff were in full drag.

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Thursday, September 26

Starting at 6 pm Mojo’s Barbershop presents their first annual Smart Ride fundraiser, Black or whsf thurtwistWhite Party with food and drinks served.

Twist presents their preliminary to the Celebrate Orgullo dance contest. Twists contest will be hosted by Marco Perez and will feature performances by Adora and Nelly. The winning Salsa dance couple will go on to represent Twist at the finals at Celebrate Orgullo where the winners will win a trip for 2 to paradise circuit parties in Mexico.

The Pride Factory presents an End of Summer Swimwear Sale, where all swimwear in the store is 20%-50% off from today until October 2nd.

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) in collaboration with community partners and sponsors presents the Fall LGBT 55 Plus “Lunch & Learn Series” of events with the objective to further educate and explore the needs of the elder LGBT community in south Florida. This 3rd and last event of the series” is entitled “Financial Retirement, Estate Planning, and Elder Law” and will take place from 10am – 2pm in the private dining room of Soyka Restaurant (5556 NE 4th Court, Miami).  Presenting sponsor for this event is J. Bryan Nugen, Attorney at Law.  Presenters will have an engaging and interactive conversation with the attendees addressing all financial matters that will assist in the proper planning of future income goals.  Event is open to the public and is  $10 for general admission which includes access to presentation, lunch, refreshments (including mimosas / bloody Mary’s), engagement with booths /vendors, entertainment and drawings for fabulous prizes. To RSVP and for complete details visit http://business.gaybizmiami.com/events, call 305-673-4440 or email jorge@gaybizmiami.com.

Friday, September 27

whsf frid-anneChaos, Fashion and Philosophical Musings” could easily have been the title of this art exhibition at the Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood (751 Sheridan Street) for the month of September but it is simply entitled “Paintings & Sculpture.” The show, which features the work of abstract painter Frank Crowley and clay artists Steven Sylvester and Ry Nielsen, will have its artists’ reception on tonight at 7:00pm. It is free and open to the public. Contemporary clay artist Sylvester uses his medium, which traditionally has been used mainly for utilitarian vessels and dinnerware, in an unconventional and exciting way. He creates dresses made of ceramics and wire examining the roles of modern women. Nielsen who also works with clay, explores the notions of monstrosity in his assemblages; spatial, emotional and social. The essence of his work is managed chaos. Crowley is presenting mixed media paintings from his new series ‘On the Ledge,’ which deals with confronting the thresholds and origins of creativity. This is the first time that multiple panels of this series will be shown together. The hours of the center are 9:00am – 5:30pm daily and the phone number is 954-357-5161.

Saturday, September 28

In their continuing effort to bring top entertainment to Wilton Manors, Epics Saturdays at The Manor presents the WINNER of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, Jinks Monsoon in her first whsf satappearance in South Florida. The first 100 guests before 11 pm get a VIP Meet and Greet. In the Ivy Lounge and patio Noche Latina Saturdays presents their weekly party Papi starring DJ Larry Larr, Hostess Viva Mirage and this week’s special guest Taina Norell. Doors open at 10:30pm with NO COVER!

The Royal Palms Resort and Spa presents a Glow Party starting at 8 pm at the patio pool bar. The event will feature no cover, VIP area and other specials and of course the opportunity to get painted. This is a 21 and over event so leave the kiddies at home!

Coliseum Miami invites everyone to take a trip with them to the future of Botsex with a mega party entitled XXXbot powered by Super Party. The night will feature the music of Kidd Madonny and theatrics by TP Lords. They will also feature Fem Bots, Man Bots and everything in between.

whsf satladyfancyThis week at Lady Fancy’s show at the Stable she presents her version of the hit musical Grease. Don’t forget to stick around afterwards to see Warrens revealing after show.

The Nadadores swim team (Miami’s gay Masters Swim team) is putting on their annual Noche Nadadores Swimsuit Fashion Show from 7-10 pm, at KMP Furniture Gallery, 6444 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. The show will have hot models featuring pieces by famed swimsuit designer Andrew Christian and will be hosted by Missy Meyakie LePaige, with music by DJ Sayho. Tickets for show are $45 and include open bar (21+).  Money raised supports the swim team and South Florida’s  LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Initiative. Last year’s event was a huge success with over 300 in attendance, and this year should be bigger, better, and sexier! For information and tickets go to: NocheNadadores.com.

Sunday, September 29

whsf sunexcelShe was a South Beach Icon for many years, but moved away for her career and now for one night only Twist presents the talents of Ebonee Excell, with DJ Paulie behind the turntables.

The Village Pub presents their monthly Menergy (NRG, MEN, DISCO, TEA) from 4pm until 9 pm starring DJ Galaxy and hosted by JC Ventura,

Scandals Saloon presents their monthly Lady Fancy’s Gospel Jubilee at 6pm.

Monday, September 30

All the new drag queens have been talking about Dragicide Mondays hosted by Misty Eyez at the Village Pub and how well it’s doing. The contest starts at 10pm, but now they will be featuring a viewing party for the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race at 9pm.

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