In Issue 19

What’s hot around town, what to do, where to go and the hottest toys and gifts! Momma’s Boy
Are you a momma’s boy? Well we certainly hope so because this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Each mom is different and deserves a special gift, so we will let you figure that out on your own. However, after you give her that special gift, we do have some suggestions on where to take her to eat. If brunch is your thing Sage French/American Café is offering a $8 and up Mother’s Day brunch from 11 am to 3 pm including complimentary Mimosa’s. Rosie’s is famous for their brunch and they are serving a special Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 2 pm. Beefcake’s started brunch a few weeks ago to rave reviews. If you bring your mother to brunch this Mother’s Day she gets a free cupcake. In addition, don’t forget about Lips, which features Gospel Brunch with some of your favorite female impersonators belting out those church songs like you have never seen before. Trust me, your mom will never forget this brunch! The Alibi Café which is open at 11 am and closes very late at night, is an option all day Sunday. For those of you who have not been there since they changed their menu a few months ago, you don’t know what you’re missing. If you are in the mood for Mexican take your Mom over to either the new Maracas Mexican Bar and Grill or El Agave in Lighthouse Point. If you are in the mood for simpler food check out either Victoria Park Diner, Humpy’s Pizza, Courtyard Cafe or East Side Deli (mention Hotspots at East Side Deli and get 10% off your bill). Some other fine dining establishments to consider are Tropics (a staple in our community for many years), Thai Spice (some of the best Thai food out there) or Zucherello’s Italian Restaurant. Wherever you take your mom, remember to treat her well, after all you only have one mom!

Thursday, May 7th
Starting tonight (10 pm to 4 am) the Sea Monster presents 3D Thursdays with no cover, DJ D. Roller and a $100 cash prize wet jockey contest hosted by Nikki Adams.

Friday, May 8th
Tonight and every 2nd Friday of the month at 8 pm the Jackhammer presents the Stonewall Knights MC where all motorcycles are welcome and all bikers and friends of bikers are encouraged to come out and party. They also feature a door prize drawing at 10 pm.

Bill’s presents the Sexy Bear Contest at midnight. The contest takes place the second Friday of every month for six months with the finale taking place on September 11th. The winner receives $1,000 in cash and a free cruise for 2 on the November Bear Voyage Cruise (BookFreedomTravel.com).

Valentino: The Last Emperor opens at the Gateway 4, Muvico Parisian & PGA Cinema in West Palm. Valentino: The Last Emperor, directed by Matt Tyrnauer, is a feature-length movie that takes the viewer inside the singular world of one of Italy’s most famous designers, Valentino Garavani. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino’s celebrated career, capturing the end of an era in global fashion. But at the heart of the film is a love story, the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.
Saturday, May 9th

The Center For Spiritual Living on 26th Street in Ft. Lauderdale will be having a benefit show tonight and tomorrow featuring Debra Hampton and David McBride, two wonderful local singers, actors and comedians. They have also enlisted the amazing Phil Hinton and his orchestra and have created a terrific show celebrating the Great American Song Book and are transforming the Center into a vintage Las Vegas showroom. They will be celebrating Mother’s Day as well with special advance purchase pricing for Moms. Simply purchase the ticket in advance along with at least one full priced ticket and receive a “Mom” ticket for just $10. The program will include a special dedication to mothers highlighting an original composition, “Mother Dear,” written in collaboration by Debra Hampton herself! They will salute Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee and of course The Divine Miss M as they present lively duets reminiscent of Manilow and Midler along with amazing orchestrations of big band classics. All of this is to raise much needed monies for the Center.

The Alibi presents their Full Moon Party, a monthly celestial event like no other, hosted by Nicolette with Sekond Nature performing on the patio from 10 pm to midnight and Jennifer McClain in the Manchester Room at 8, 9 and 10 pm.

Bigger Saturdays at Score presents Superstar DJ/Producer Tony Moran.

Bill’s invites everyone to come out and party with all their May birthdays (Carl, Nick, Troy, Scott and Bob). Anyone who celebrates a birthday in May receives a free drink!

“Greener…,”an exhibition that celebrates Earth, features their opening reception from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Art Expressions. “Greener…” is a fine art exhibition that features the diverse work of local artists and photographers who incorporate found objects, recycled items, and natural resources in their art and/or art depicting the natural environment and demonstrate their appreciation and concern for our environment. The goal is to engage the public in environmental awareness and action utilizing the universal language of art to connect and motivate individuals, communities and leaders to focus on environmental values across cultures. The exhibition demonstrates that the fusion of art and environment is a powerful tool for positive social change. Admission is free. Gallery hours: 12:00-8 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibit runs through May 29th.

The Jackhammer invites you to get down and dirty at The Garage where all are welcome. DJ Larry Monteleone will be at the turntables with no cover all night!

Smarty Pants show time tonight is at 9:30 pm and 11 pm and features Nikki Adams.

Tonight starts the four-day celebration of Sidelines Sports Bar’s 3rd anniversary. For more information see the feature article in this week’s magazine or their pullout on the cover.

Sunday, May 10th
The Voodoo Lounge presents a Pre-White Fort Lauderdale Underwear Party from 9 pm to 4 am. The night features a $500 cash and prizes sexy underwear contest, no cover before 10 pm, your favorite bartenders in their boxer briefs and of course the infamous Life’s a Drag at 11 pm and 2:30 am.
Looking to learn more about bondage? Well then check out the class at LeatherWerks  today and May 12th called Bondage 101 with Barclay. Barclay is the quintessential Leatherman, a serious player and boot collector whose is also known as Edge. A member of the community for nearly twenty years, Barclay has been sharing his passion in the SM arts for 9 years. He has taught at many events across the US including Black Rose, Thunder in the Mountains and Beyond Leather. Barclay’s first class at LeatherWerks this year is an introduction to rope bondage. Learn how to choose rope for bondage and to tie the knots that work best for bondage.

The Depot presents a benefit for the Wellness Center hosted by Bodshotz.com with an art exhibit from 5 pm to 9 pm. For more info or to buy some great items visit bodshotz.com.

Tuesday, May 12th
Sidelines Sports Bar, in conjunction with EmbroidMe in Fort Lauderdale, is launching its first collection of logo wear items for purchase both at the popular gay sports bar and via its website, SidelinesSports.com. Sidelines has selected a number of favorite items such as baseball caps, t-shirts, beach towels, even stylish polo shirts – all with the Sidelines Sports Bar logo embroidered or printed on them. These items and more will be available just in time for the finale of Sidelines’ 3rd Anniversary Weekend Party on May 12, 2009. Show off one of the many fashionable clothing items and show your team spirit for Fort Lauderdale’s premier gay sports bar or send one as a gift to that special friend. For our out-of-town guests visiting South Florida who want to take home one of Sidelines’ logo items but don’t have any more room in your suitcase, don’t worry. Simply visit SidelinesSports.com and click on the tab entitled “Shop.” You will be linked to their very own promo shop where you can browse the site and make your selections; additional items and colors will also be available; it’s easy and quick. Payment can be made with a major credit card in a safe and secure checkout environment and they will ship the item(s) direct to your door via UPS or USPS. “This is something new and fun that our customers have wanted us to provide for some time,” stated Jennifer Morales, director of marketing for Sidelines Sports Bar. “We are happy to finally oblige!”

From tonight to May 17th Pride Business Alliance member The Kravis Center presents “The Wizard of Oz.” Travel “Over The Rainbow” and experience this national treasure on stage. Come join Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Wicked Witch of the West in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. This perfect family entertainment is sponsored by Mia and Bob Matthews. Tickets $25-$75, with a special discount for Compass if you call the box office and mention the work “munchkin.” For more info or to buy tickets call 561-832-7469.

Wednesday, May 13

The Alibi presents Cher’s birthday with a special show at 9:45 pm starring Franchesque Richards as Cher. The night also features cupcakes by Fruit Cakes and other surprises.

Hot Stuff

Gaymart USA is having a HOT sale with 50% off jeans, Unico underwear, shoes and sandals and swimsuits.

The Depot features an underwear party every Thursday with 2-4-1 drinks and $1 DeKuyper shots all night for those in underwear.

Noche Latina Fridays at Sea Monster celebrates their 11th anniversary extravaganza on Friday, May 15th. The night stars recording artist Shelina (the Dominican diva) singing her sassy new single “Vivir Sin Tu Amor” plus her other hits, Erika Norell, Champagne Bordeaux and DJs Roque and Billy Hallquist. They will also feature HOT Go-Go papis, a free raffle where 1 person will win a treasure worth over $1,100 and hundreds of other giveaways. For more info visit NocheLatinaFridays.com.

Congratulations go out to the newly titled winners of the South East Leather Sir Leather Boy and Bootblack Competition, Leather Sir Jason from Fort Lauderdale, Leather Boy Kirk from Tampa and Community Bootblack Chris, also from Ft. Lauderdale. Leather men and women from all over the country flew into town for this event and the winners will go on to San Francisco to compete in the international finals.

This Is HOT
Internationally renowned singer and actress Vanessa Williams will release her thirteenth album and debut for Concord Records entitled The Real Thing on June 2nd. The collection marks a return to her love for the rhythms of jazz and Latin music, a key part of her musical roots. In addition, The Real Thing delves into the sophisticated pop and R&B that have been the hallmark of her dynamic musical career. The Real Thing is a passionate song cycle about relationships, and Williams handpicked each song on the record as it relates to a phase of the modern-day love affair seen from a woman’s perspective. From the two new songs penned for the CD by Babyface (“Loving You” and “Just Friends”) to “Hello Like Before” by Bill Withers (Williams’ late father’s favorite artist) to Stevie Wonder’s “The Real Thing” to Babel Gilberto’s “Close To You,” The Real Thing taps into the wide breadth of Williams’ musicality and artistry. “The familiarity and comfort of making music is always a joy to come home to. It was especially a treat to sing Phil Galdston’s ‘I Fell In’,” says Williams. Our biggest hit together was “Save the Best for Last.” “Vanessa Williams in an artist of rare talent, depth and creativity,” states Concord Music Group Executive Vice President of A&R John Burk. “In this album she explores her musical range and influences perhaps more so than ever before. We couldn’t be more proud to have her as a member of the Concord family.” With a career spanning over 20 years, Williams is the consummate performer. From her chart-topping pop star music career, to her Emmy-nominated role on “Ugly Betty” and her upcoming co-starring performance in the feature film “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” Vanessa Williams remains one of the industry’s most versatile and accomplished artists. Since the release of her first studio album, 1988’s The Right Stuff, Williams has garnered a total of 16 Grammy nominations, released seven albums of original material, as well as four compilations and two holiday-themed albums, selling millions of albums world-wide. She was nominated for yet another Grammy for her hit single, “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s “Pocahontas,” which went on to win an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy for “Best Song In A Motion Picture.” THE REAL THING is her first studio album since 2005’s Everlasting Love. She is also well known for her outspoken support of gay rights, having won the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” award in 2008. So I urge you to go out and buy this fabulous new album when it debuts on June 2nd everywhere and support a talented entertainer who supports us!