A week ago Monday was the 9th Annual Taste of the Island at Richardson Historic Park and Preserve. Taste of the Island was an evening of food and libation featuring samples of the cuisine from more than 30 area restaurants and drinking establishments. On Friday, Sidelines Sports & Video Bar hosted a Casino Night for All Saints Catholic Mission Soup Kitchen and raised much needed funds for their legal fund. On Saturday, the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble and the Lesbian Gay Band Association presented “Fiesta Caliente” at the Au-Rene Theatre, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and was another amazing concert. After the concert it was off to Rumors for “Drinking For A Cause,” which was a benefit to raise money for Pup and his Smart Ride team. Later that night we made an appearance at Floppy Roosters to see some of the sexy nude dancers (and there were plenty of those), but what really got our attention was this adorable bartender (see the pic). We then headed to Azucar for the show and ended the night at Score to hear DJ Tracy Young spin on her birthday. On Sunday, Inn Leather Guest House presented a Veteran’s Day Pool Party from 12 noon till 5 PM with music by DJ Jimmy P from Eagleradio.pro. Also on Sunday, Village Pub in association with Everglades Angels Dog Rescue presented “Rainbows for Rescue” where the community was invited to meet their adoptable dogs.
Thursday, November 13
Village Pub presents, back by popular demand, Electra in “Living the Legends.” They invite you to see her sell out show from Provincetown at 9:45 sharp! Electra impersonates Bette, Barbra, Cher, Elton, Lucy and all your favorites!
Join the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus at California Pizza Kitchen on Federal Hwy. in Ft. Lauderdale. They will be donating 20% of your dining check to Fort Lauderdale Performing Arts, Inc., home of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus and the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Chorus!
Friday, November 14
The Smart Ride 11, Miami to Key West starts today. 100% of every dollar raised is returned to AIDS service organizations for direct services. Since 2003 over 5.3 million has been raised and returned. To donate go to TheSmartRide.org
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is taking the hassle and hurry out of holiday shopping this year with “A Taste of Art” from 6-9 p.m. The event, which will be held at the Cultural Council building at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth, is a unique way to encourage the “buy local” movement with an emphasis on supporting the work of artists who live or work in Palm Beach County. “A Taste of Art” encourages friends or family to holiday shop together for special people on their gift lists. Guests can stroll, sip, snack and shop their way through the hand-made jewelry, pottery, and other art created by 14 Palm Beach County-based artists. Admission to the exclusive “A Taste of Art” shopping event and reception is $25 and includes free admission to the Cultural Council’s current art exhibitions: Monochrome, Susan Patterson’s photography, and the exhibitions by artists Patricia Maguire and Dolores Kiriacon. To purchase tickets to “A Taste of Art,” click palmbeachculture.com/atasteofart.
Filthy Gorgeous Fridays at Score presents a crazy birthday celebration for Melvin “PennyBack.”
Saturday, November 15
The 9th season of the Artwalk on Wilton Drive kicks off from 7 to 10 pm and officially moves to Saturdays. The Artwalk takes place on the 3rd Saturday of the month from November through April.
Woof Events in association with JC Ventura presents their monthly party, Woof Fort Lauderdale at Hunters Nightclub from 9 pm to 3 am. The night will star resident DJ’s Roke Cabrera and Doug Jackson and there is no cover.
Epic Saturdays at the Manor presents in the Ballroom DJ Diego Laruelo from Spain in his USA tour. Diego was named one of Europe’s top 10 DJs. In the Latin Lounge and Patio, Noche Latina Saturdays, presents hostess Viva Mirage along with special guests Lady Charisse (Miss Continental Elite 2014) and Natasha Daniel Hearts. The night also features DJ Nena spinning some of the hottest Latin beats, Go-Go Papi’s and No cover!
Bigger Saturdays at Score presents 2 entertainers. The first is recording artist Maya Simantov performing her hit song “Everybody Needs A Man,” and the second is international DJ Marco Da Silva.
Sunday, November 16
The Equality Florida Broward Gala takes place from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Panorama Ball Room at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. Individual tickets are $150 and can be purchased at EQFL.org/BrowardGala or by calling 407-451-5460.
The Ramrod presents their monthly EDC (Enforced Dress Code) on the patio from 9pm to midnight.
Wednesday, November 19
Sidelines Sports and Video Bar celebrates the birthday of owner Laurie Whittaker all night long. Don’t forget to be there at 9pn for the cutting of the cake.
Congrats to The winner of the Hotspots Share Your Scare contest for Halloween: Samantha Ehrnman.
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Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and legendary performer Bette Midler returned to the studio to release It’s The Girls!, a stunning new album that pays tribute to girl groups through the ages and hit stores in early November.
It’s The Girls! is a jaunty and celebratory collection of some of the greatest harmonies performed by girl groups such as The Ronettes, The Boswell Sisters, The Andrew Sisters, The Chiffons as well as Motown acts like Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, and The Marvelettes, among others.
“A long time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony,” said Midler. “In particular, the sound of female voices singing together. There were so many great girl groups in those days, I still listen as avidly as I ever did. This record is a small attempt to honor them for all the joy they brought to me and the world.”
It’s The Girls! reunites Bette Midler with long-time collaborator and Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman who produced the album. It’s The Girls! features 15 songs that span time from The Andrews Sisters’ original performance of “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” in 1937 to R&B group TLC’s 1994 hit song, “Waterfalls.” On the title track, Midler offers a brilliant rendition of The Boswell Sisters (known for their unpredictable harmonies and key changes) tempo-shifting pop classic “It’s The Girl.” The album effortlessly showcases Midler’s distinctive and versatile vocal range while honoring timeless classic melodic harmonies.
Bette Midler has recorded 13 studio albums and has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide.