A week ago Monday, the Boardwalk presented a Celebration of Life for my friend Auntie Mame. Both Boardwalk and Beefcakes were packed with friends and fellow entertainers who came out to pay respect to the legendary Auntie Mame….She will be missed! On Wednesday, Twist presented their annual Turnabout which is always a good time. On Thursday, was the annual CVB Marketing Luncheon at the Broward Convention Center, which hit an all-time record with 550 people in attendance! Thursday night, Village Pub presented their 2nd year anniversary kick-off party with “Throwback Thursday” starring drag legends Tiffany Arieagus, Tiny Tina and Cathy Craig (this year’s Honorary Miss Florida F.I.) and hosted by Wanda Wednesday. On Friday, Progress Bar in association with Luciano presented the premiere of “Wired Fridays” with music by Carlos Rojas. Also on Friday, Sidelines Sports and Video Bar presented the Kingdom on Audience Release Party which featured free giveaways all night long! Starting Friday night and going all weekend was the annual Octoberfest celebration produced by the City of Oakland Park. This is always a blast! Saturday started out with The 4th Annual Celebrate Orgullo (Hispanic Gay Pride) at the bandstand on Collins and 73rd street in Miami Beach and featured entertainment all day long. Later that night Score featured “Divas” starring DJ Abel with performances by Daisy, Champagne and Sasha Diaz. As usual Abel rocked the house! Also on Saturday, The Ramrod presented Pig Dance #74 with special guest DJ Alvin and the Manor Complex presented their spectacular 5th anniversary event starring international recording artist Lil Kim in Concert along with DJ Monty Q and of course the weekly Noche Latina Saturdays in the Ivy Lounge and Patio starring Viva Mirage and DJ Nena. On Sunday, Flip Flops Dockside Eatery presented their monthly T Dance starring Amanda Austin and DJ Silvio with special guests Calypso Monroe Lords, Nicole T Phillips and Nicole Saphire. On Sunday night, As part of their 2nd anniversary celebration Village Pub presented internationally acclaimed Sordid lives writer, producer, director, actor and stand up comedienne Del Shores in My Sordid Past.
Thursday, October 9
The final day of their 2nd anniversary celebration Village Pub presents the second show of the phenomenal Amy and Freddy at 9:30pm. For those of you who have not seen them perform (RSVP and at VP twice) they are a force of nature and are a must see. Get there early as I am sure this will be packed.
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery (2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors) presents at 7 pm; I Am Jazz – Author presentation with transgender youth activist Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel, Director of Stonewall National Education Project. This stunning addition to children’s literature tells, in a simple, clear way, Jazz’s real-life experience being diagnosed as transgender and is an inspiration to children, their parents, and teachers alike.
Friday, October 10
The 6th annual Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival starts tonight and goes through October 19th. For more information about films, parties, pricing, locations or anything else go to FLGLFF.com
Saturday, October 11
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force invites everyone to Sparkle, the 18th annual Miami Recognition Dinner honoring Kristin Beck and James G. Pepper at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. For more information go to MiamiRecognitionDinner.org.
The Ten Year Plan presented by Stonewall National Museum & Archives as part of the Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at the Gateway Theatre ( 1820 Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale) is at 7:30 pm. . Myles, a handsome and successful lawyer – as well as a hopeless romantic – wants nothing more than to find the man of his dreams to share his life with. His best friend Brody, a hunky and hot Los Angeles police officer, sleeps with every man he meets in an attempt to avoid feeling unloved. Fearing what will become of them when they get older, the two friends make a pact: to be a couple in ten years if neither one has found true love.
Epic Saturdays at the Manor goes Super Epic again with a theme party in honor of Columbus Day weekend entitled “Discover.” The night will star gust DJ from Brazil, Romullo Azaro with percussions by Jen and shows by Sasha Lords. In the Ivy Lounge and Patio, Noche Latina Saturdays presents, back by popular demand, the one and only Latrice Royale star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. The night will also star hostess Viva Mirage and DJ Nena spinning. 11pm to 4 am with Go-Go Boys and No Cover!
The Ramrod presents their 5th annual Kink Dance at 11pm with demos inside and out front and a meet and greet with the contestants of Mr. Ramrod.
The Pet Project presents a Halloween Party from 12 noon to 4 pm at Hidden Treasures Thrift Store at 2200 NW 9th Avenue. The party will feature pet treats ad goodies, soft drinks, music, fierce décor, huge sales in the store and a Halloween pet and owner look-a-like costume contest.
Sunday, October 12
Ramrod presents the annual Mr. Ramrod Contest at 10pm.
Johnny’s presents a VIP member party tonight from 5-8pm which features a free buffet, drinks, raffles and giveaways.
Bailo’s Mega Cabaret goes to The Movies and is hosted by Marytrini with special guests Valeria Coutier (Miss Bailo 2014), Cynthia Dietrich, La Radisson, Kalah Mendoza, Estephania St Lords and more. Doors open at 10pm.
Monday, October 13
The Boardwalk presents the 2nd annual Pink Bra Auction, a benefit for the Susan G. Komen south Florida chapter. Bling a pink bra and bring it on October 13 and auction it off for charity or they are accepting items for the silent auction or raffles. The event will be hosted by Kitty Meow, Nikki Adams, Diva of Lips and Miss Kitty.
Tropixxx is having their annual holiday fashion show is Saturday Nov 22 at 9pm at Hunters.
Speaking of Hunters Fort Lauderdale they are joining the cause to bring Breast Cancer Awareness to our community members by participating in various local events throughout the month of October, and will donate a portion of its October proceeds to a local breast cancer organization.
Adams Interiors invites everyone to take their relaxation seriously and features $250 off the powered comfort recliner by American Leather until November 1.
This is HOT
With the Task Force dinner, which takes place this weekend, honoring Kristin Beck I thought it was appropriate to make In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story the This is HOT this week.
In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected has a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.
Kristin served for over 20 years as a member of the elite Special Forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team 6. She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon.
But Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly first on LinkedIn and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 soon thereafter. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise.
This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristin’s family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. The documentary was filmed only a few months after the AC360 piece had aired, and the truth is still fresh and emotional for those closest to her. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.