Thursday, January 11
Starting today and going through Feb11, Island City Stage presents Zanna Don’t, a musical fairy tale. To purchase tickets go to IslandCityStage.org and use promo code ‘Hotspots’ for a 10% discount.
Friday, January 12
From Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem: Independence Day on Fire Island – Photography by Susan Kravitz opens at the Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery 2157 Wilton Drive from 6 – 8 p.m. This event is free to attend, but they have a suggested donation $5. Refreshments provided courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. An exhibition talk with photographer Susan Kravitz will take place on at 7 p.m.
Twist presents their monthly “Flamboyance” event starring superstar DJ Power Infiniti.
Palm Beach County Human Rights Council presents “My Kinda 60s: An Evening With Charles Busch” at the Palm Beach Dramaworks. Charles Busch is an actor, playwright, cabaret artist, and of course, drag legend. Tickets are $75 by calling (561) 514-4042, ext. 2 or by going to: palmbeachdramaworks.org/outstage.
Saturday, January 13
Miami Beach Botanical Garden presents Make Your Own Bonsai Seminar & Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. Seminar and demonstration is taught by Bonsai expert Jason Morehead of Best Bonsai. Learn about the best trees and techniques you can use to create a living art form. At 11 AM apply what you’ve learned and create your own potted Bonsai. To purchase tickets go to: MbGarden.org/calendar/tickets.
Photographer Ron Amato to sign copies of his sexy, sensual photo book The Box at The Pride Factory, from 2-4 p.m. “Most of my artwork explores issues of sexuality. The enigma of attraction has been an ongoing question,” says Amato. “With The Box I was able to explore those themes more deeply, helping me develop a better understanding of myself as a gay man and the larger gay universe.”
Ramrod presents their monthly “Underground Invasion” (2nd Saturday of every month) with this month’s guest DJ Daniel Kristopherre.
The Club Fort Lauderdale presents their monthly Cumunion party from 3 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 14
Chardees Lounge is starting Champagne Sundays, where they invite you to relax, rewind, and enjoy some bubbly. They have great deals on champagne bottles, so go check it out. Today and next Sunday (Jan 21) from 5 to 8 p.m. check out the talents of Michael McAssey.
A Night with Janis Joplin celebrates the queen of rock and roll and her biggest musical influences including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith at Parker Playhouse at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Rock classics fueling the show include “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz” and “Cry Baby.” Tickets are $33–$63 online at ParkerPlayhouse.com and Ticketmaster.com; by phone at 954.462.0222.
Monday, January 15
Jennifer McClain’s Cast Party Mondays will be featuring a special Cabaret benefit for Kids In Distress featuring members of the national touring company of NETworks presents “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder.” The event starts at 9 p.m. and features live music, a silent auction and raffle prizes.
Tuesday, January 16
The GFLGLCC (Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) presents their January mixer at Mellow Mushroom (525 N federal Highway) from 5:30-7:30p.m. Admission is complimentary for Chamber members and only $10 for future members, and includes a complimentary Reyka Vodka drink, and Hors d’oeuvres. For event info or membership email Ronny@GFLGLCC.org.
Wednesday, January 17
Starting tonight Lips premieres a new Wednesday night promotion entitled: “Twisted Broadway” hosted by the twisted Nicole Halliwell. The weekly show will dazzle attendees with creative costumes, additional lighting and synchronized stage productions. A colorful cast of characters, including Twat La Rouge, Calypso Monroe Lords, Chocolata and Selena Jimenez, will take creative liberties to portray a collection of memorable characters with an added element of surprise as only the ladies of Lips can do. Lips’ “Twisted Broadway” dinner show package is $20.95 for a three course pre-fixe menu which includes the show. Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling Lips at (954) 567-0987.
Miss and Mr. Noche Latina 2018 (an official preliminary to Miss F.I. and Mr. M.E. Florida 2018/19) – will be celebrating their 15th year anniversary and moves back to Fort Lauderdale at Lips on Monday, Jan 22. The pageant will star Angie Ovahness Pryce, Tonny Morales Glez and Olga Dantelly (Miss, Mr. and Miss at Large Noche Latina 2017) as well as Kalah Mendoza and Antonio Edwards (Miss F.I. and Mr. M.E. Florida 2017/18). The opening for formers is themed Egyptian and the category for contestants are: Evening Wear, Q&A, Swimwear, and Talent. For more information call 954-478-4587.
Go by 815 NE 13th street and check out Kult Men’s Clothing, Buck & Beard Barbershop, Gufo Antiques and Design or Milk Money and mention you saw their ad in Hotspots for 10% off.
This is HOT
If you know me, you know I love the Tango, so I am so excited to see The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires bringing the smoldering art form and an all-new production of Tango Fire to the Parker Playhouse on Saturday January 13 at 8 p.m. A dozen spectacular dancers and a quartet of brilliant musicians trace the history of the art form from its origin on the streets of Buenos Aires through its evolution into contemporary ballroom styles. Tickets are $43–$73 online at ParkerPlayhouse.com and Ticketmaster.com; by phone at 954.462.0222.