Tuesday night, a group of LGBT business leaders came together at the Stonewall Library to discuss a cohesive approach to uniting the Greater Fort Lauderdale gay community. It was standing room only as the group had an open and frank discussion on key issues ranging from common business goals to forward planning. To that end, the group was unanimous in support of forming a new leadership group currently being referred to as the LGBT Think Tank. On Thursday, Adam’s Interiors hosted an Evening of Elegance showcasing many of their newest designer furniture lines. Guests were treated to the finest hors díoeuvres and cocktails while being serenaded by superb live entertainment….
Tuesday night, a group of LGBT business leaders came together at the Stonewall Library to discuss a cohesive approach to uniting the Greater Fort Lauderdale gay community. It was standing room only as the group had an open and frank discussion on key issues ranging from common business goals to forward planning. To that end, the group was unanimous in support of forming a new leadership group currently being referred to as the LGBT Think Tank. On Thursday, Adam’s Interiors hosted an Evening of Elegance showcasing many of their newest designer furniture lines. Guests were treated to the finest hors díoeuvres and cocktails while being serenaded by superb live entertainment. In the short time since Adamís Interiors first opened their doors, I have come to appreciate their wonderful selection of modern and unique furniture from around the globe without the exorbitant prices. Congratulations to owner Mike Flick and his very talented team for hosting such a memorable evening. Also on Thursday was Argenti Designer Jewelers grand opening at its new location at 218 East Commercial Blvd in Lauderdale by the Sea. They served delicious hors díoeuvres and cocktails and on the way out we were handed a gift bag (my weakness. ..LOVE THEM!!). After leaving Argenti I headed to the Signature Grand for Broward Houses ìThe Mad hatters Tea Party Gala Dinner and Awards. The night which honored Ken Keech and Susan Teli was hosted by Nikki Adams and Ted Scouten and featured a full sit down dinner, open bar, a stellar performance by Erika Norell and Kitty Meow, music and dancing, and a Las Vegas style casino. If that ís not a recipe for fun, what is? Saturday night a few members of the Hotspots crew were at the Broward Center taking in the hit musical Legally Blonde. The show is a brilliantly written comedy coupled with an outstanding musical score. The stage production took the story to the next level and was met by thunderous applause from the sold out audience.
Wednesday, November 25th
The White Party welcome center opens. For more info on White Party Week check out the White Party Schedule feature or go to WhiteParty.org
Discotekka in association with Milancita.com present a special Thanksgiving Eve party featuring the sounds of DJ Carlos G.
The Boardwalk presents the Visconti triplets live tonight through Saturday in their first US appearance with 2 live shows nightly. You can also see the Visconti triplets at a private VIP party at the penthouse on Saturday, November 28 from 6 to 9 pm.
Turkey Day, Thursday, November 26th
The Stable’s first Turnabout, Turkey Turnabout is hosted by Lady Fancy with showtime at 9:30 pm. You’ve had enough turkey, now it’s time for some ham!
Catch Chi Chi Larue, the queen of XXX video DJing and MCing for the Visconti Triplets at the Boardwalk.
Friday, November 27th
The15th annual Hurricane Showdown takes place starting today through the 29th. For more information go to HurricaneShowdown.com
Johnny’s presents video star Brandon Lewis live tonight, Saturday and Sunday with 2 shows nightly at 11 pm and 12:30 am.
Reaction Marketing presents Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham, Yvette Hargis and Jefferson Turner in “Scrooge in Rouge” at Cinema Paridiso (503 SE 6th Street) today, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 pm and 8 pm. For tickets call the box office at 954-525-3456 or go to FLIFF.com
The Pride Factory presents a Black Friday sale where you get a $10 gift card for every $50 spent.
The Leather Masked Ball IV takes place at Purgatory to benefit the Leather Archives & Museum and Equality Florida. The night will feature DJ Neil Macleod in the main room and DJ Robbie Leslie in the VIP room. For more info go to LeatherMaskedBall.org
Smarty Pants celebrates John W’s 52nd birthday from 5 to 8 pm with a buffet and live entertainment.
Georgie’s Alibi presents the cast party for “Scrooge in Rouge,” where they invite you to meet and greet the cast at 10:30 pm in the Manchester Room.
Saturday, November 28th
The Pride Factory invites the community to meet the Visconti Triplets from 1 to 3 pm. Check out the ad out in this issue to get $5 off any Visconti Triplets product. In addition, from today through December 3rd get 20% off all giftware, 25% all jewelry and watches and 30% off all regular priced clothing (not including swimwear or underwear).
Sidelines presents the Hurricane Showdown host party at 9 pm where you can see all the hot softball players.
Bigger Saturdays at Score presents DJ/Producer Oscar G with Michael Stanley hosting.
Discotekka presents White Noise featuring the sounds of Billboard chart topping DJ/Producer William Umana.
Sunday, November 29th
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Gospel Jubilee, starring Lady Fancy and The Jubilettes, at Scandals. Show time is 6 pm. Come out and help Scandals thank the Lady Fancy and her Jubilettes for a great year of ole fashioned gospel music.
The Ramrod presents KINK, an officially sanctioned Leather Masked Ball event with visuals, visceral and carnal, showcased throughout the bar and gauntlet from 10 pm to 2 am. On the Gauntlet patio you must wear leather/kink attire. DJ Lee Majors will be providing the pulse.
Club Aqua on Coral Way presents a White Towel Party with towel and swimsuit being optional.
Tuesday, December 1st, World AIDS day events
Abbott Virology, Broward House and Walgreen’s invite you to join them for the second annual “Our Memories Burn Bright” candlelight walk down Wilton Drive to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and a rally to look towards the future. The step off is Richardson Park (1937 Wilton Drive) at 7:30 pm and the rally will be in the Georgie’s Alibi parking lot directly following the walk. They will also feature special performances by the South Florida Lambda Chorale and David Meulemans.
Sundance Channel will air the US television premiere of the inspiring feature-length documentary “Where the Water Meets the Sky” at 10 pm. This documentary tells the story of a group of Northern Zambian women who learn how to use the art of filmmaking as a way to speak out about their lives and the plight of the staggering number of young women orphaned by AIDS in their country.
Compass and the NAMES Project will display the largest selection of the AIDS Memorial Quilts in Florida at Compass. This year the quilt will be on display for 2 weeks along with different events every day. World AIDS Day will culminate with a very special room dedication of the soon to be Bill Capozzi and Michael Brown Memorial Garden. The 256 panels, sewn into 32 panels of 12 by 12 sq. ft. blocks, will be shown throughout the center. Events include an induction ceremony, calling of names, youth education days, candlelight vigil, wellness empowerment and many more.
Miami Beach Community Health Center will present the second installment of its thought-provoking “Through the Eyes of Love” art exhibition in Miami Beach at 767 17th Street, from Tuesday, December 1 through Sunday, December 20th from 12 pm to 8 pm daily. The exhibition, in partnership with ArtCenter/South Florida and held during Art Basel, will showcase a diverse collection of art, photographs and fashion, symbolizing the depth of local artists’ thoughts and feelings as it relates to HIV/AIDS. For more information about Miami Beach Community Health Center’s “Through the Eyes of Love,” please visit MiamiBeachHealth.org or call 954-703-7938.
Red Hispana Florida in association with The Depot presents a benefit for World AIDS day from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The event will star Richard Cortez, MCs Jimmy P and Desiray as well as DJ Sol spinning and a video tribute to Freddy Mercury of Queen.
Get Services, LLC proudly announces the launch of GetGayTravel.com, a full-service, international travel agency specializing in serving the GLBTQ community. Get Gay Travel is easy to navigate and takes the stress out of planning and booking a trip by assisting clients every step of the way. The Get Gay Travel interactive search engine is a comprehensive resource that guides GLBTQ travelers to the best quality airfare, hotels, cruises, cars and tours. Get Gay Travel highlights friendly and safe travel destinations, from charming bed and breakfasts to luxury 5-Star resorts, and includes affordable packages, deals and specials. As a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), Get Gay Travel provides first-class experiences and value all based on their extensive research and client recommendations. Live travel concierges are available in person or over the phone to help develop customized itineraries that meet the unique needs of GLBTQ travelers.
Book your holiday party with Alibi Catering as they cater dinner parties, office parties, holiday lunches, cocktail parties, receptions and much more. They can cater their venues, the Manchester Room at the Alibi, Bill’s Filling Station (private nightclub parties), the Mustang Lounge at Bill’s or they can cater your location. For more information or to book a party call 954-565-2526 and ask for Vincent.
Pridelines Youth Services announced today that Eddie Serrano and Richard Murry have been elected to two-year terms on the Pridelines Board of Directors. Pridelines’ mission is to educate and empower South Florida’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) youth and their straight allies by providing programming, counseling, support and referral services in a safe and diverse environment.
Virgin America launched a new service from the Golden State of California to Fort Lauderdale’s Gold Coast. VeeV Acai Spirit, Virgin America’s eco-friendly on-flight spirit of choice, salutes the first take-off with The Golden Boy. Named after The Golden Boy himself, Richard Branson, this savvy cocktail features edible gold flakes and refreshing acai and pomegranate flavors, getting jetsetters and frequent fliers excited about the new connection from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. So join the countdown and raise your Golden Boy cocktail to this new upscale, low fare service between the two golden destinations in America. The Golden Boy: 2.0 oz of VeeV Acai Spirit, a splash of Honest Aid Pomegranate Juice sprinkled with gold flakes n a highball glass filled with ice.
Ken and Lloyd, owners of Scandals and The Stable, will celebrate 31 years together on November 30th. I would like to wish them a very happy anniversary!
The wait is over for one of the most hotly anticipated new albums in recent history as multi-platinum, award-winning Def Jam recording artist Rihanna announces the completion of her fourth original studio album, Rated R, which arrived in the physical and digital marketplace earlier this week. Rated R’s first single pick, “Russian Roulette” was launched worldwide on RihannaNow.com. The “Russian Roulette” video is directed by Anthony Mandler. “Russian Roulette” was written and produced by fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo, whose long track record with Rihanna includes the #1 hit “Unfaithful” (2006, from A Girl Like Me), their Top 10 duet “Hate That I Love You” (2007, from Good Girl Gone Bad), and #1 pop/ #1 R&B “Take A Bow” (2008, from Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded). In addition to Ne-Yo, other producers and writers on Rihanna’s new album include the team of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, Chase & Status, Stargate, Justin Timberlake and more.
Rated R is the long-awaited follow-up to Good Girl Gone Bad (May 2007), which contained the non-stop string of hit singles that began with the MTV, VMA and Grammy Award-winning global #1 hit “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z), then “Shut Up and Drive,” “Hate That I Love You” (featuring Ne-Yo), and “Don’t Stop the Music.” Good Girl Gone Bad spent 98 total weeks on the Soundscan chart, earned cumulative sales of more than 36-times platinum in at least 20 territories around the world, and spun off the CD+DVD package. Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (January 2009) continued the string of hits with the #1 “Take A Bow” and the #1 “Disturbia.” Good Girl Gone Bad was the third album release in less than two years by the 21-year old Barbados native Rihanna. It followed-up 2006’s RIAA platinum A Girl Like Me, which contained the back-to-back hits, “S.O.S.” and “Unfaithful” and her RIAA gold debut from 2005, Music Of the Sun, featuring the world-wide smash, “Pon De Replay.”
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