A week ago Monday was the 22nd annual Shelly Novak Awards at Score. The awards honors the best in the gay nightlife community. Congrats to Shelly and all the winners. On Tuesday, Mack Planet celebrated their 10 year anniversary at their Mack Power Mixer at Dapur Asian Tapas. Wednesday night was the 2 year anniversary for New York Grilled Cheese (Yum, Yum), which owner Leor also made a benefit for the Pride Center. Thursday night was the monthly GLBX networker at Storks Events. Also Thursday evening Village Pub presented Wanda Wednesdays Throw Back Thursdays with Double Your Diva’s at 10 pm and starred the incomparable Dana Douglas (Miss Florida 1982), Cathy Craig (Honorary Miss Florida 2014) and a special appearance by NYC drag favorite Marti Cummings. This was a fun event and is was great to see Dana in South Florida again. On Saturday and Sunday the Equality Park Garden Club presented the annual “A Tropical Plant Fair” at the Pride Center at Equality Park and once again it was a huge success. Saturday night, I did a quick romp around Wilton Manors starting at 11pm. I started at Hunters were the crowd was already filling up the dance floor and then went to Alibi for their Bear night where I saw some sexy Bear dancers and had a chance to chat with owner Johnny. Afterwards I went to Rumors, where their new patio was packed and ran into some friends and chatted for a while. I then went to Progress Bar and hung out with my friends DJ AJ Reddy and manager Albie. I then ended up at Manor, where they were featuring their monthly “Mizz Cori’s Fierce Queens party” and it was packed in every room. It was a fun Saturday night! On Sunday there were 2 not for profit events happening. The first was the Equality Florida’s annual Miami Gala, at the beautiful Perez Art Museum Miami. The event included sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, delicious cocktails, and their annual “State of the State” address by Equality Florida’s CEO Nadine Smith. Congrats again to EQFL for another spectacular gala. Also on Sunday, The Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation and Unity Coalition presented their annual “A Night To Remember” at Lips. Both organizations were proud to be naming this year’s scholarship in memory of Terry M. Cain (Electra’s Husband of 15 years who was taken from us earlier this year).
Thursday, March 19
The Stonewall Movie Series presents Frank Lebowitz in Public Speaking a Martin Scorsese Picture at the Stonewall National Library & Archives and ArtServe Auditorium (1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) at 7pm. Join them at the Stonewall Museum for light refreshments at 6 pm before the 7 pm film in ArtServe Auditorium next door. The film and discussion afterwards will be hosted by Larry Ferber, director of The Living Room film series in Boca Raton and three time Emmy-Award nominated television producer.
Friday, March 20
Matthew Lombardo and Rick Murray presents Tony Award Winner Billy Porter (Lola in Kinky Boots) live on Friday March 20 and Saturday, March 21 as part of the South Beach Broadway Series at the Colony Theatre. To purchase tickets call the Colony Theatre box office at 305-434-7091 or go to the website at ColonyTheatreiamiBeach.com or stop by the Colony Theatre Box Office at 1040 Lincoln Road.
Island City Traders (2450 Wilton Drive) presents a Florida AIDS Walk fundraiser from 7 to 10 pm where they will feature music, food and drinks. If you donate $50 you get a $100 Gift Card (limit 2 per person). There will also be door prizes all night long.
As part of the 2015 Manor Music Showcase, Burst Saturdays at the Manor presents From the USA DJ Cody Chase and from Spain, sexy DJ Diego Larualo. In addition We Are Nexus will be performing their hit “They’ll Never Stop Me.” In the Latin Room and Patio, Noche Latina Saturdays, presents hostess Champagne Bordeaux with special guest, Miss Noche Latina 2015, Kalah Mendoza along with DJ Nena spinning hot Latin tunes. 11pm to 4 am with Go Go Boys and no cover.
The Ramrod presents their monthly Mandance (thirds Friday of the month) starrig DJ Herbie James
Saturday, March 21
Hunters Nightclub presents their monthly WOOF! Fort Lauderdale, a night of dancing to sexy house beats by Doug Jackson and Roke Cabrera. Special appearance by VJ Brett Schmidt. 9pm – No Cover!
Rumors hosts “Superhero Mania“, (one of the events associated with Shades of Pride), from 7pm to midnight. There will be music and dancing in the parking until 11pm, along with $500 in cash and prizes for a Superhero Contest.
The Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery presents their Museum Mixer Saturday from 7-10pm with light refreshments served. Experience Stonewall Gallery, as part of the Art Walk On Wilton Drive on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Free admission and festive offerings along Wilton Drive and throughout Wilton Manors. Learn more at ArtWalkOnWiltonDrive.com.
Sunday, March 22
Ahf Pharmacy presents the 10th annual Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival on the Fort Lauderdale beach. The music festival will star the one and only (and stare of my favorite commercial on TV) Salt-N-Pepa live. For more information go to FloridaAIDSWalk.org
Twist presents an official fundraiser for Miami Beach Gay Pride with the show starting at 11pm starring Adora and the Divas of South Beach. Hosted by Marco Perez.
Rumors hosts the Florida Aids Walk after party from 11am to 5pm.
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery (2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors) hosts the Friends and supporters of Island City Stage as they gather for a private reception from 4-6 pm. Refreshments provided.
Bobby Kyser and Panache Style Events present a Gay Nuptials Workshop: Learn how to plan your perfect wedding, from 1-4pm at Hagen Park Center in Wilton Manors. Admission is $20 per person and $30 per couple. For more details or to order tickets call 954-356-9377 or go to MyGayWedding.org
The Ramrod presents the LMB 2016 Cover Model contest at 10pm. To enter you must show up by 9:30pm. The winner receives $250, 1st alternate $100 and 2nd alternate $50.
Monday, March 23
Taylor Ace Productions and Noche Latina Florida in association with Alyson Thomas Productions, Starbucks Coffee, Gine By Dawn Productions, Samantha Perez Fractal Art, Maria Espinal Designs, O Productions, Fabscout Entertainment and Hotsflyers.com present a benefit at the Boardwalk for south Florida’s own, Viva Mirage, as she recovers from multiple heart attacks. The event will go from 8pm to midnight and feature South Florida’s favorite divas, a silent auction, a live auction and much more.
This is HOT
Ok, Ok, there have been many talented pop queens since she came on the scene, but the original Gay Pop Queen, who is still turning the party, is Madonna. In honor of the Rebel Heart U.S. release, Rdio has pulled together the top 10 Madonna songs of all time! The Material Girl’s legendary pop-gospel anthem “Like a Prayer” rings in at #1, while modern dance track “Hung Up” takes the #2 spot, followed by MDNA’s “Girl Gone Wild” at #3. Rdio also compiled top songs together for 44 minutes of pure Madonna bliss for a playlist representing the most popular Madonna songs globally on Rdio, ever. A permanent fixture in controversy, headlines, and entertainment, we can’t wait for the Rebel Heart World Tour in August!
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