Last Wednesday, the GLCC/Pride Center held their monthly Founders Event at the new Sea Level Restaurant at the beautiful Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa. The Resort provided free chair massages for the 150 people that attended this great event. In addition they provided incredible food that topped off this perfect evening. Afterwards I headed to Sidelines Sports Bar for Joseph Green’s going away party. Joseph is moving back to Philadelphia and will be working in the gay publishing industry. I would like to wish Joseph the best of luck in his new venture and let him know we will miss him. Also Wednesday night the Human Rights Campaign held a meeting with veterans of the armed forces. The meeting was part of their efforts to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and was held at Café Versailles on Calle Ocho in little Havana.
On Thursday members of the Rainbow Business Coalition bar owners met with organizers of the Stonewall Street Festival to discuss forward planning for this year’s event. Topics discussed included timing, logistics and participation. The goal is to help build a successful event by uniting the business community and sharing ideas. Also Thursday night was the annual Dinning Out for Life and once again was a very successful event around the country. Locally thousands of dollars were raised for Care Resource. Kudos to all the restaurants and attendees that participated in raising money for this great cause.
Friday night Tout at the Manor presented a China White reunion party as well as celebrating the birthday of manager Jason Tamanini. This Moulin Rouge themed event was fabulous with aerialists and a production number by Erika and the Manor’s cast. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Jason a very happy birthday and many more to come. On Sunday night the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presented their Closing Night Gala from 9 pm to 12 am at Cafeina Lounge in the Wynwood district. The party featured passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar and even a pasta station generously provided by well-known chef Sandra Stefani, owner of Casa Toscana. They announced the winners of the Audience Awards. DJ Troy Landon had the crowd dancing the night away with his signature soulful, funky house music.
Thursday, May 6
The monthly $500 finals for the Cuchifrito Underwear Contest at Johnny’s is at midnight. To get on the guest list text djmiik to 313131.
Friday, May 7
iRock, the hot new 7 night a week club in West Palm Beach presents video star Rob Romoni live and in the flesh tonight and tomorrow.
Alex Infiniti, Club Sugar and Warner Bros. Records invites you to celebrate the release of Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour with free Madonna giveaways all night long. The night features music by DJ Jarell and shows by TP Lords and Sasha Sky.
Living Room Nightclub presents their Summer Runway Fashion Show with no cover, partying till 4 am and a free human sushi buffet. For VIP guest list text “Mangina” to 25827.
The Main Street Players next production of its 2010 season is the Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It’s a long, booze-filled night under Big Daddy’s plantation roof in 1950’s Mississippi. Maggie “the Cat” still burns hot for her ex-football star husband, Brick, but he only has eyes for the bottom of a whiskey bottle. Meanwhile, Big Daddy is dying, and the family vultures are swarming for a big slice of the inheritance pie. Couched in the rich, earthy atmosphere of the deep South, this play is an uncompromising, intensely human portrait of a family that shows why Tennessee Williams is one of America’s greatest playwrights. The production is directed by Jerry Jensen, produced by Bill Fragetta and stars Melissa Ann Hubicsak, David Vargas, Jerry Rudd, Dee Deringer Piquette, Brian McCormack, Deanne Saavedra, Steve Lombardo, Mark Korczynski, Ashton Pina, Isabella Gonzalez, Lannie Rubio, Peyton Elias. The show opens tonight and runs through May 23rd. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm with a special performance on Thursday, May 20th at 8 pm. To purchase tickets for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, or to obtain more information on the show, please call 305-558-3737 or visit www.mainstreetplayers.com
Tout Fridays at the Manor presents Freak Show. In addition to fabulous Freak Show décor and performances they will feature a free continental breakfast from 2 to 3 am.
Saturday, May 8
Hilton Wolman’s Salvation Reunion at Score celebrates Hilton Wolman’s birthday starting at 10 pm and starring DJ Abel with performances by Kitty Meow. Pearl and Stanley Goodman’s Latin American collection and recent acquisitions from the museum’s Latin American collection on view at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University, through December 5th., brings together some of the most important modern and contemporary Latin American artists over the last 100 years. This major exhibition mirrors the diverse Hispanic landscape of South Florida with influential artists from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, El Salvador and Brazil represented among the works on view.
Sunday, May 9 (Mothers Day)
The E Spot Restaurant and bar at the Embassy Suites presents their world famous Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:30 to 2 pm. Their bountiful mother’s day buffet begins with your choice of starters and includes an array of savory salads, egg and omelet station made to order, carving and pasta station, entrees and sides, special kids buffet, delicious dessert selections and much more all for only $24.95 for adults and only $11 for children 10 and under (free under 3 years old). For reservations call 954-527-2730.
Zuckerello’s (3017 East Commercial Blvd) presents additions to their regular menu in honor of Mothers Day.
They are Italian Seafood ($10), soup or salad with dinner ($4), Filet Mignon ($24), Fish Combination platter ($20), Yellow tail Snapper ($18), Veal Shank “Osso Bucco” ($22), Pork Chop ($20), and Bahamian Grouper ($19). Starting tonight and every Sunday thereafter Cozmos Lounge presents a Hot Body Contest with $300 in cash plus prizes.
Wednesday, May 12
Atomic/Boom presents a star studded benefit for Sharde Ross at 10 pm to send her to Miss Gay USofA Classic in Dallas Texas. The night will star TP Lords, Brianna Demour, Diva Kingsley, Tonna Mckenzie, Anastasia Ross, Nicolette, Erika Norell, Nikki Adams, Missy Metakie, Cassone, BJ Mckenzie, Nicole T Phillips, Viva Mirage and many more.
The bill signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is a major setback in the fight for equality and civil rights. It is a direct attack to the Latino community and institutionalizes hate and discrimination. The law represents the outcome of a right-wing smear campaign that has labeled all immigrants as criminals, and allows racial profiling by police in the state of Arizona by arresting anyone who they suspect of being in the country illegally and whom can’t immediately prove otherwise. It is racial persecution. It is institutionalized discrimination. It is a direct and blatant attack on the Latino community. Your appearance, your clothes, your language, your location, your activities or anything that may trigger suspicion is now grounds for detention. So in response to this heinous bill, it was decided to send the Arizona governor and the state legislature a challenge: Answer this question – Do I Look “Illegal”? Latino or not, let us stand together and fight back against these forces of racism. T-shirts have been produced to tell the Arizona government that we will not stand idle as they trump the basic civil rights of any minority. Your contribution of $15 (or 3 for $30) will not only get you one of the T-Shirts but will also allow Brave New Foundation’s Cuéntame to produce a series of videos and actions that will expose the Arizona government for their attempt to institutionalize a Latino persecution. Purchase the t-shirt by going to: http://www.facebook.com/cuentame?v=app_17037175766
Just as France has borrowed from the pop culture of the United States, many of our all-time favorite songs performed by Sinatra, Gloria Gaynor, Bobby Darin, and other top American recording artists originated in France; songs like “My Way,” “What Now My Love,” “Somewhere Beyond The Sea” and “Where Do I Begin.” These and over 50 French and American hit songs have been combined into an original 90 minute musical review and one-man show, Parlez-Vous Francais?, which will receive five performances beginning Sunday, May 9th, 7:00 pm at Cinema Paradiso in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Subsequent shows will take place May 17, May 30, June 13 and June 20 at 7 pm and Monday, May 17th at 8 pm. With similarities in the structure to musical hits like Mamma Mia and Moulin Rouge, Parlez-Vous Francais? tells a story through pop song. Though the show is primarily performed in French, English speaking audiences will be able to easily follow the French speaking segments of the performance through visuals and subtitles. Ticket are $28 per person general admission and $25 per person for FLIFF members. Ticket prices for all performances include a delicious selection of French Pastries provided by Croissan’Time.
With 30 million albums sold worldwide and the prestigious honor of being the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, 5 time Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera has already achieved an unprecedented level of success. Aguilera’s been hard at work in the studio for the past year and is pleased to announce the release of her highly anticipated 4th studio album Bionic (RCA Records) on June 8th. The first single from Bionic is the fiercely energetic anthem “Not Myself Tonight”, produced by Polow Da Don.
The song premiered on ChristinaAguilera.com and is available on iTunes now. Bionic features songs co-written by Aguilera along with her much buzzed about collaborations including Sia, Tricky Stewart, Polow Da Don, Le Tigre, Hill & Switch, and Ladytron among others. Aguilera notes, “Working on this album with so many talented artists and producers that I admire was really an amazing experience. The artists I chose to work with added so many unique sonic layers to Bionic. My intention was to step into their world and what they do combined with my own vision and sound. The results were magic.” The album also features a ballad produced and written by Linda Perry titled “Lift Me Up”. The title Bionic reflects Aguilera’s ability to take her range to new levels and use her voice in various ways never heard before. Aguilera describes the album as a unique mix of many genres and styles of music, In addition to completing the album which was all recorded from her home studio after the birth of her first son, Christina also completed production on her first film, “Burlesque.” The film, which co-stars Cher, Stanley Tucci, and Kristen Bell will be released by ScreenGems this fall.