In Issue 24

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

What a week! June is off to a great start with activities taking place all over the state; of course the big news was GayDays with crowds coming in from all over the country and beyond! Hotspots was proud to be a major sponsor once again this year and a big hug of thanks to Scott Holland, Dee Farrell and Jim Albright for supporting the team in Orlando. More on GayDays to come next week.
As you have probably heard, Chris and Russ moved Jackhammer’s famous T-Dance to Boom last Sunday. We hear the place was hopping! Congratulations to Craig and the team at Boom for bringing Jackhammer to the Drive!

Bill’s presented the Miss Thing Contest on Tuesday. True to form, the local trailer parks really came out to support this one. It was heard that a local dental hygienist went into shock at the sight of so many missing teeth. Everyone had a great time! Alibi had its Full Moon Party on Sunday, something to howl about…

We checked out ICON’s new shoe outlet. Imelda Marcos would be proud!
Hot off the press, The Cubby Hole has been sold. According to the new owners to be they plan on continuing the business exactly as it has been run, including the current staff and specials. Congratulations to the new owners and a big thank you to“Cubby” John and Jay for 17 great years!

The Stonewall Street Festival will go on. You heard right, plans are ready and the stage is set for another great weekend On Wilton Drive as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. It should be a riot!  More information to come, so plan ahead.

Thursday night was the grand opening of the much anticipated W Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Hotspots was live on location rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of South Florida society, including notables such as Eva Longoria of the hit series Desperate Housewives and a Cindy Crawford to name a few. If you haven’t been yet, be prepared to be amazed!
Finally, Pride South Florida was on hand Saturday night at the MCC church where the grants were awarded to various local charities from the proceeds raised from this year’s Pridefest. Over $25,000 in grants were donated to 10 worthwhile community based organizations.

It looks like a busy summer is already underway. Check out What’s Hot this week and don’t forget to check out the ads in Hotspots Magazine – you won’t want to miss a trick!  Speaking of tricks, did we mention that After Dark is coming?  More soon!

Thursday – June 11
SAVE Dade has been working hard on the passage of a domestic partner ordinance for the City of Miami. On May 14th the ordinance had its first reading in front of the city council and had very strong support from sponsor Marc Sarnoff and Chair Joe Sanchez. Supportive statements were also made by Councilpersons Regalado and Spence-Jones.  SAVE Dade is asking for you to come show your support for the second reading, public hearing and eventual vote on the ordinance today from 9:30 am to 12 pm.
The Pride Factory presents 15% off on all Swiss Navy products from today until June 17th.

Friday – June 12
Club 11’s Fierce Fridays presents the release of the Black Eyed Peas new album “The End is Near.” The night features Mr. Situation and DJ Tpromix.
Sean David in association with PZP Productions presents the return of super twink video star Sammy Case live in the flesh tonight, Saturday and Sunday with 2 shows each night. The nights will also feature no cover and hundreds of free DVDs and giveaways every night.
The Boardwalk presents Freshmen Magazine cover boy Jason Pitt tonight and tomorrow with 2 shows each night.

Saturday – June 13
Discotekka presents Milancita’s 2 year anniversary extravaganza. The night will star resident DJ’s Jarell and Alex Infiniti along with shows by Vegas Dion, TP Lords, Gina D’Angelo, Erika Norell and Victoria Sky.
The Broward County Department of Health invites the community to celebrate Stonewall and join them for lunch today from 12 to 3 pm at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (2650 Sistrunk Blvd). Lunch starts at 12pm and is being coordinated by the GLCC; the panel presentation of the nCOURAGEu wall of LGBT heroes at 1 pm.
Bigger Saturdays at Score presents DJ De Leon and free membership cards tonight only. Membership cards get you reduced or complimentary admission, free drinks, VIP invites, VIP birthday party and no wait in line.

Sunday – June 14
Bottoms and Tops invites you to meet twink video star Sammy Case from 4 to 6pm with 25% off everything in the store and with any purchase and a free drink at Johnny’s.
The South Florida Wind Ensemble presents All That Jazz with special guest performer, 6 time Grammy winner Gary Burton. This event take place at the Amaturo Theater in the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 pm.
Bill’s presents the Miss and Mr. Stonewall Pageant in conjunction with Trannie Palace at 10 pm. The winners are featured in the parade.
Leather Men’s Brotherhood hosts leather/gear night in The Gauntlet from 10 pm to 1 am at the Ramrod. Leather gear/fetish attire required, with no tennis shoes or flip flops allowed.

Tuesday – June 16
Tina Tina and Cathy Craig in association with Bill’s presents the Miss Thing contest at 9 pm, which is a benefit for Poverello. This will be a night of total camp and the categories include gay pride bride dress, tackiest sportswear and do your own thing talent. Contestants can sign up at Bill’s.

Wednesday – June 17
The first annual Stonewall Street Festival, “Joining Hands for Justice, an Interfaith Celebration” will be held at 7:00 pm tonight at Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26 Street, Fort Lauderdale. It is one of the many events of Pridefest of the Palm Beaches, which is sponsored annually by Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale. The community is invited to join us for this empowering, uplifting, out and proud service celebrating the embrace of the Divine. For additional information go to ChurchOfOurSaviorMCC.org
Compass’ presents a Pride Business Alliance Mixer at MCC of Palm Beach at 6:30 pm. The Alliance provides monthly networking opportunities for gay and gay-friendly businesses throughout Palm Beach County.

Hot Stuff
The Poverello Center, a non-profit 501 c(3) announces it will hold its 19th Annual Bowl A Thon on August, 8th at Manor Lanes in Wilton Manors. There are 2 shifts, 12 noon and 2 pm, and teams are already forming. Just get 5 people together and help us raise badly needed funds for the Poverello Food Bank. All bowlers need to raise a minimum of $50 to participate. Have fun and be proud; because of this community the Poverello center is able to support over 1000 clients with food clothing and household items. After the Bowl-A-Thon join everyone at Mona’s where they will be awarding prizes and trophies with food, fun and entertainment. For more info call the Poverello Center at 954-561-3663.
The 19th annual Pantheon of Leather Awards were presented during the International Mr. Leather
Contest (IML) Weekend in Chicago on May 23rd at the Chicago Hilton. This prestigious award recognizes those who make major contributions within the leather lifestyle community.  The Pantheon Awards cover 30 different categories which recognize people and businesses around the world; there were 343 nominees for the 2009 awards.  Fort Lauderdale’s LeatherWerks was selected Business of the Year and Bill Hoeppner was named Man of the Year.  In addition a non-local artist and a favorite among Fort Lauderdale’s Leather Community, Ira C. Smith, was honored with the Northeast Regional Award.  These people and business were chosen for their outstanding contributions to the community including, but not limited to, education, support and dedication to the leather lifestyle.

This is Hot
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