Thursday, February 27
The Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s YPN (Young Professional Network) presents a Poolside Social from 7-9:30pm at Riviera South Beach Hotel (318 20th St, Miami Beach). This is a great networking opportunity and features free cocktails, food bites, music and great raffle prizes. Admission is $10 online and $20 at door. RSVP and more info at: Gaybizmiami.com.
Friday, February 28
TASTE of Oakland Park is the City’s marquee event; held in the downtown area, known as the Culinary Arts District at Jaco Pastorius Park from 6-9pm. TASTE of Oakland Park is a grand tasting showcase of the City’s restaurants. By solely focusing on Oakland Park restaurants they celebrate the local flavor of their culinary entrepreneurs. Pre-purchase TASTE of Oakland Park tickets online for $15 (OaklandPark.gov) or pay $20 at the door day of the event.
The Pub presents Electra in “Back to Bathhouse & Broadway” at 9:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of America’s classic female illusionists.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden presents Between the Dark and Light: The Grateful Dead Photography of Jay Blakesberg from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. This 60-minute slideshow/storytelling adventure recounts his colorful story of being a 1970’s dead-end suburban teenager who comes to life when he discovers the Grateful Dead and photography. He shares many stories behind his iconic photographs of the band and how he becomes one of the photographers whose work documenting the Dead has become part of the permanent visual record of the Grateful Dead experience. Free Tickets on Eventbrite or FaceBook.
The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA…770 NE 125th Street) is celebrating Black History Month with singer and violinist, Nicole Yarling, as part of its monthly “Jazz at MOCA” series at 8pm. Yarling is a rising star in the jazz community with her velvet voice, high technical skills and energetic personality. Guests will also enjoy a special dance performance by MaryAnn Benjamin and choreographed by Fluxus Haus founder, Agatha Wright. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, February 29
Outlandish Performance Series at the Sunshine Cathedral presents Jackie Hoffman in “Themeless” at 8pm. Best known for making a scene after losing the Emmy, Jackie continues her public downward spiral into oblivion with her unique combination of original music and monologues. Tickets, which start at only $35, can be purchased at OutlandishFl.com.
The Eagle Wilton Manors presents “Testo-Sterone” starring underground DJs Shane Stiel and Guy Degiacinto and sexy Italian go-go Emilio Minto. Admission is $8 in advance (Eaglebarwm.com) or $10 at the door.
The Manor Complex presents, Who are you into? DNA 954: Hot and wild Zone starring DJ/Producer Tony Moran. In The Ivy Dance Room and Windsor Lounge, Noche Latina Saturdays celebrates Carnival starring Sasha Lords and Angelie Montier along with DJ Larry Larr and sexy Latin Go-Go Papi’s. Saturdays at the Manor are from 11pm to 4 am and feature NO COVER before midnight (FL ID) and only $7 for members after midnight and $10 for non-members (18-20 – $12 all night).
Sunday, March 1
Flip Flops Dockside Eatery presents their monthly T Dance (first Sunday of every month) hosted by Amanda Austin with DJ Robert Lavalle and this month’s special guests: Carmen Adore, Verandah Lanai and Marci Mogul.
Wednesday, March 4
The 10th anniversary of my buddy Uwe Schroeder’s Grateful Paws benefit takes place tonight at Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar. From 6-8pm will be the VIP reception ($20), and starting at 8 is the main event with show time at 9pm. As usual, Uwe will have a fabulous silent auction, and all the money raised goes to Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue (a no kill rescue organization).
The Key West Business Guild’s March Luncheon takes place from noon to 1pm at Marriott Beachside (3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd). The luncheon will feature presentations by Kimberly Matthews (Senior Director of Strategic Planning) and county Mayor Heather Carruthers with the state of Monroe county address. For more information or to purchase tickets go to: gaykeywestfl.com.
This is HOT
17-year-old Jakob lives with his father and grandfather in a small apartment in Vienna. Planning to start college soon, he takes a temporary job at his father’s workplace, a slaughterhouse. His anxiety disorder gets out of control and soon gains the upper hand in his life. One night he meets the 26-year-old artist Kristjan on a cam-chat sex site. Their conversation leads to a virtual friendship, and in the real world, too, though they never really meet, the two men’s paths cross in uncanny ways. After a devastating personal loss, Jakob musters all his courage and arranges to hook up with the mysterious stranger. By the time the two find themselves face to face in Kristjan’s apartment, Jakob has already passed the point of no return en route to Nevrland and the wounds of his soul …
With vivid imagery and atmospherically dense scenes, director Gregor Schmidinger shows the process of sexual awakening and self-discovery as an existential journey in which the borders between reality and fantasy become increasingly blurred. Along with Simon Früwirth as Jakob in his debut acting role, the cast also includes the Austrian star stand-up comedian and actor Josef Hader as Jakob’s stoic father. A well-founded depth psychological coming-of-age film about the courage it takes to be oneself and the often daunting fear blocking the way.
Nevrland, which stars Paul Forman, Simon Frühwirth, and Josef Hader, is 88 minutes long, not rated, and is in German with English subtitles. Wil be released on March 24, but you can pre-order now at Wolfevideo.com for only $19.95 (Reg: $26.95).