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In Issue 8

What’s hot around town, what to do, where to go and the hottest toys and gifts!

Things heated up in Tampa Bay this weekend, and just when you thought the dust was settling from the Super Bowl!  The Gasparilla Softball Classic brought in over 900 hot softball players flooding Gaybor with lots of eye candy; congratulation to Carlos and the team for organizing a great event.  Saturday saw pirates invade 7th Avenue as members of Gaybor showed up on a float in full costume and having way too much fun.  Well done guys!  Steam really earned its name on Friday as sexy models graced the stage wearing the latest fashions.  Without giving too much away, there were one or two ìwardrobe malfunctions.î Where is the camera when you need it anyway?

South Florida saw the weekend start off with Alec Mapaís appearance at the Broward Center. Glad we came prepared to laugh as Alec really delivered a hysterical show ranging from outrageous stories about his own career and experiences to a few jabs at our own out-going Mayor Naugle.  To find out whatís going on this week…  Read On!

Thursday, February 19th

The creators of LIPS invite you to join their Mexican Fiesta at Maracas Mexican Bar & Grill as they celebrate their big grand opening tonight, so make your reservations now! They are located at 3001 N. Federal Hwy, just south of Oakland Park Blvd. Thereís free valet parking and they are open for lunch, brunch, dinner, drinks, birthdays and more. Check it out soon!
Johnnyís presents Brazilian Carnival, one night in Rio starring DJ Just Oliver.

Simply Barbra will play at Rising Action Theatre, 840 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, and will run from tonight until March 15th and will play at 9:30 pm Thursday through Saturday and Sundays at 3 pm, except for Sunday, March 1, when the show is at 7 pm. Simply Barbra runs concurrently with Say You Love Satan. For tickets go to RisingActionTheatre.com or call 1-800-595-4949.
 The Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Mile, located at 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, follows curious Alice as she tumbles down a magic rabbit hole and into an enchanted world full of whimsical and wacky characters, trying to make her way back home, from tonight through February 28th. For information on show times and ticket sales visit ActorsPlayhouse.org.

From today until the 22nd a celebration of wine and food comes to Miami Beach. The annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival brings your favorite Food Network hosts, including Rachel Ray & Emeril Lagasse, for cooking demos and book signings at the American Express sponsored grand tasting tent. Other events include a Moet and Chandon BubbleQ, wine spectator tasting, annual tribute dinner, Paulaís Poker and Casino Night and much more. For information on venues and ticket sales visit SouthBeachWineAndFoodFest.com.

Friday, February 20th

Chic Optique celebrates its 6th anniversary tonight from 6 to 9 pm with wine and cheese as well as raffle giveaways benefiting Aids Walk 2009.

Tonight is the monthly Island City Artwalk from 7 to 10 pm. Georgieís Alibi will present the photography of Vincent Frato and Carlos Martinez.
The Depot presents a special appearance by Playgirl model Zack Vazquez at 10 pm.
Ramrodís Fetish Friday theme tonight is ìChaps,î wear yours for drink specials all night long!
 Noche Latina Fridays at Sea Monster invites you to celebrate CARNAVAL Rio style.  Do you want beads? Well come and earn them!! The night will star DJ Juan Carlos spinning the best mix of Brazilian Samba in addition to Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia Raagaeton and top 40, along with your hostesses Erika Norell and special guests Carlos Lopez and Poizon Ivy.
Steam at the Honeypot is hotter than ever in Tampa Bayís  Gaybor district as they present DJ Greg Anderson along with the CD release of Rihanna, the remixes along with Anya performing live!
Saturday, February 21st

Jackhammer, in association with BigMuscle.com & BigMuscleLeather.com, presents ìSINî with DJ Marc Scott, drink specials all night and no cover!

Season 68 of the Florida Grand Opera presents Lakme tonight through March 7th. This is the 4th in its series of operas and concerts. Cultures collide, generations are at war and lovers fall irresistibly, helplessly and hopelessly in love. You can almost smell the jasmine in this lush vision of southern India, peopled by mystical princesses, peasants, Brahmins, well meaning officers of the British Army and even a few gods. For information on ticket sales and showtimes, visit FGO.org.

Sunday, February 22nd

Sea Monster invites you to a Star Studded T-Dance in honor of the Oscars, where you will get a ballot at the door with a chance to win $50 bar tabs.

Billís invites you to watch the Academy Awards live starting at 7:30 and if you pick the winners you can win a gift basket. Get your ballots during the red carpet ceremony.
The sixteenth annual Winter Party Festival, February 22 through March 2, offers a whole host of exciting events in addition to the famed dance parties. The week-long celebration produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is renowned for its nightclub, pool and beach parties, but each year a fascinating line-up of cocktail, music, faith, youth, womenís and family events provides programming for the entire LGBT community ñ many of which are free. ìWe invite you to dip your toes into what we have to offer this year,î said Chad Richter, Festival Chair. ìThe Winter Party isnít just for those who like to dance ëtil dawn ñ thereís lots of ways to participate and help raise funds for the national and local LGBT community,î he added.

Root for your favorite actor and/or actress at the Oscar Night America 2009 held at the Paris Theatre on 550 Washington Avenue. Oscar Night America is Miamiís only official Oscar night party, sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Enjoy the live telecast of the 81st annual Academy Awards, this year hosted by Bobby Flay and Stephanie March.

Monday, February 23

The 13th Annual Miss South Florida Illusion Classic and Plus Pageants will take place at the Rising Action Theatre at 840 E. Oakland Park Blvd. tonight starting at 8:45 sharp. Velvet Lenore will be celebrating her 10th anniversary. Presentation is ìLeather & Feather,î with Evening Gown, Q & A, and Talent rounding out the evening. There will be over $4,000 in cash and prizes given away and entertainment will be provided by the Miss South Florida Illusion Family. Tickets are available at Monkey Business Bar and you can call Randy at 954-773-5170 for more information.

Tuesday, February 24

Wilton Manors Main Street presents Mardi Gras Wilton Crawl 2009. They invite you to be a part of the fun along The Drive while experiencing select samplings from the many restaurants and pubs that will be participating in this special themed event. The festivities begin at 6 pm and the cost is $25 in advance and $30 day of event. Tickets are sold exclusively at Trapezoid, 2207 Wilton Drive.

Smarty Pants celebrates Fat Tuesday with a show at 5 pm starring Auntie Mame and hot go-go dancers.
Scoreís Planeta Macho presents a Mardi Gras Party with DJ George Ferrero on the main floor and DJ Ruben on the 2nd floor with Ricardito La La La and his dancers.
Happy Birthday

Bobby Neal Furedi (Hotspots and Georgieís Alibi); Jim Nyquist; Carl Atkinson; Sam; Evan Birnholz; Eric Brown; Joe Mumpower; Joey Catz; Joe Coleman; Malcolm; Steven from Atlanta; Joe Cox; Ben D; C-Lo; Carlos Fernandez; Michael Mulhero; Peter (Johnnyís); Andy; and Chris Klein. Our very best wishes to all of you, and to those we may have missed  Happy Birthday!

This is Hot Diva Annie Lennox
… has released ìThe Annie Lennox Collectionî from Arista records, and will be available by the time you are reading this, so run out and purchase it! Few artists have imagined a body of work that is at once intimate and universal as the one created by Annie Lennox. She is a peerless singer, writer and performer who has courageously channeled her personal joys and sorrows into her soulful music. In turn, her songs form the soundtrack of our collective lives. In her 26-year career, both as a member of the groundbreaking Eurythmics and as a solo artist, the Scottish lass born on Christmas Day has amassed sales of more than 78 million worldwide. Her towering achievements also include 34 hit singles, four Grammy awards, 11 Brit Awards, and five Ivor Novello Awards. The superstar has also won an Academy Award, and two Golden Globes. Now, for the first time, the greatest hits from the most successful female British artist in pop history are available on the Annie Lennox collection. The 14-song retrospective brings together her finest solo work and two new songs available exclusively on this release.