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Two weekends ago, when I was in New York, I missed 2 events in Miami. The first was Asnel Medina’s (bartender at Discotekka) birthday party and the second was Marco Sanchez and Orlando Orta’s annual Xmas brunch. A week ago Tuesday was the Hotspots annual Holiday Celebration at the Embassy Suites which was a benefit for the Pride Center at Equality Park and Broward House. Over 400 business owners and community leaders were in attendance and once again made this one of the best parties of the year. This year’s highlight was a fantastic performance by the Kinsey Sicks. On Thursday, the GLBX celebrated their 3rd anniversary with a toy drive at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Over 100 people attended and 140 toys were donated. Saturday, Fort Lauderdale’s famous holiday …

Last Week in Review

Two weekends ago, when I was in New York, I missed 2 events in Miami. The first was Asnel Medina’s (bartender at Discotekka) birthday party and the second was Marco Sanchez and Orlando Orta’s annual Xmas brunch.

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A week ago Tuesday was the Hotspots annual Holiday Celebration at the Embassy Suites which was a benefit for the Pride Center at Equality Park and Broward House. Over 400 business owners and community leaders were in attendance and once again made this one of the best parties of the year. This year’s highlight was a fantastic performance by the Kinsey Sicks.

On Thursday, the GLBX celebrated their 3rd anniversary with a toy drive at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Over 100 people attended and 140 toys were donated. Saturday, Fort Lauderdale’s famous holiday boat parade took place on the intracoastal waterway. Jennifer Morales and Laurie Whitaker of Sidelines Sports Bar invited friends and family to join them at their beautiful home to enjoy the splendor of this annual festival of lights afloat. Great food, friends and as always lots of good cheer was had by all. Also packed for the Boat Parade was Flip Flops Dockside Eatery.

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Later that night I went to the Manor to celebrate their 2nd anniversary. The club was packed everywhere, but I will let the picture speak for itself. Congratulations to Brett, Paul, Roby, Gary, Jason and the entire management and staff of the Manor for 2 fabulous years and here’s hoping they have many more to come! On Sunday, I went by Smarty Pants, which was overflowing for their annual Christmas Show with Sally West and guests. Also on Sunday, the Alibi Angels softball team fund raiser was held at Bill’s Filling Station. The team raised $1200 for Kids in Distress, and the Alibi matched it. They also received 5 bags of toys donated from Michaels in Deerfield Beach.

LGBT Events for South Florida


lgbt-events-south-florida-5Thursday, December 15

The Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents their annual LGBT Holigay celebration and toy drive from 6 to 9 pm at the LGBT Visitor and Community Center (1130 Washington Avenue). Admission is and unwrapped toy benefitting the Miami Beach Police Toy drive. This event will feature complimentary food, drinks, music, Santa Claus and other special surprises. RSVP requested to MDGLCC@bellsouth.net For more info call 305-673-4440.

Friday, December 16

During the monthly Artwalk up Wilton Drive, Art Frenzie will present a book signing with Blake Little. His book is called “The Company of Men” and is a beautiful photography book that celebrates “Masculinity” and has already had rave reviews in LA & NY.

Living Room Nightclub presents a Winter Wonderland Toy Drive starring DJ Alyson Calagna where they invite you to bring a new unwrapped toy. The night also stars DJ J. Felix, is hosted by Alex Prieto and Ryan work and as usual there is no cover!

Growl Fridays at Bill’s Filling Station presents a Bear Appreciation party with Raging Stallion exclusive Jason Michaels.

Bubble Gum Fridays (18+) at The Manor presents the annual Xmas show with performances by Estephania St. Lords, Taina Norell and Sasha Lords. DJ JPS in the main room and DJ Daisy in the hip-hop room.

The Ramrod presents their monthly Muscle Bear Man Dance starring DJ/Producer Herbie James.

lgbt-events-south-florida-6Saturday, December 17

Discotekka presents circuit DJ Joe Gauthreaux taking over the turntables for one night only! Also catch DJ Carlos G for afterhours.

Bill’s Filling Station presents “A Very Beary Christmas” hosted by DJ Shane Phoenix (from Q Nation FM) which will be a benefit for the Pet Project. The night will also star Signal 2 (live band), Ray Boltz (out singer) and the South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus.

Bigger Saturdays at Score presents DJ Paulo. The night is hosted by Alex Prieto.

The Stable presents Bear Codes Bear Model contest at midnight. 1st place wins $75, 2nd place $25 bar tab and 3rd place $10 bar tab.

The Manor presents The Red Party starring DJ Michael Tank with a performance by Erika Norell in the main room and in the Latin Lounge and patio they present the birthday extravaganza for DJ Larry Larr. The Latin Room also stars Viva Mirage (Miss Noche Latina 2011), Taina Norell and special guests.

Sunday, December 18

lgbt-events-south-florida-7The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Todd Wiley presents The Gift Goes On at the First Congregational Church of Fort Lauderdale, UCC (2501 NE 30th Street) at 8 pm. The night will also feature special gusts the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Chorus. Tickets are $25 for general admission and only $40 for premium seating. For tickets or information go to TheFTLGMC.org

“A Soulful Christmas” featuring TAKE 6 with the Miami Mass Choir & Unity on the Bay Choir at 4 pm at the Knight Concert Hall . Celebrate the holidays with your favorite multiple GRAMMY-winning a cappella recording stars! Take 6 are not only the heirs to the swinging, harmony-rich tradition of the doo-wop and gospel groups of the 1950s, but also the leaders in today’s second wave of jazz and pop vocal groups. Their many recordings of holiday music are now some of the best-selling Christmas albums in the world.  Call the Box Office at 305.949.6722 or online at ArshtCenter.org

Johnny’s Miami presents a one night only Bear Nation event, Stripped Tea Dance with Bear Pole-dancers starring DJ Mike Pucci with no cover starting at 7 pm.

lgbt-events-south-florida-8Monday, December 19

VH1’s beloved, popular franchise, “VH1 Divas,” returns and will pay tribute to the cities where soul gave birth to music’s most powerful classics and inspired today’s divas. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence & The Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J will pay homage to these cities and soul music’s timeless classics at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” tonight at 9 pm. As in previous years, this edition of “VH1 Divas” will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation and its programs to restore music education in public schools.  For more information, please visit VH1SaveTheMusic.org

Tuesday, December 20

Planeta Macho at Score in association with Granda Entertainment present Animal Recording Artist Andres Cuervo in his international tour performing his hit single “Love, Love, Love” and presenting the Saber Amar Campaign with free t-shirts, posters, condoms and CD with exclusive remixes by Manny Lehman, Klubjumpers. The night stars DJ George Ferrero and is hosted by the queen of comedy Mariloly.

Hot Stuff

lgbt-events-south-florida-9Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival is an extraordinary all-day event that features a loud and colorful parade followed by an enormous festival with more than 100 booths, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area.  For 2012, the parade moves to Sunday to allow organizers an additional day of activity leading up to the popular parade and festival, said Babak Movahedi, president of the Pride Board of Directors. In addition to the parade moving to Sunday, Movahedi said the expanded line-up of Pride activities will include a Friday night block party along Lincoln Road, a Saturday pool party at the Surfcomber Hotel, a Saturday night VIP fundraising event and a Sunday night closing party after the parade and festival. Coming into its fourth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, single-day event of the entire year in Miami Beach.  The hugely successful event in 2011 attracted more than 40,000 people from all walks of life, all parts of the country, and all age groups.  The mission of Miami Beach Gay Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community by producing free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are open to all, including the Parade, Festival and allied Miami Beach Pride sanctioned events.  For more information as events and activities are confirmed, visit MiamiBeachGayPride.com

This is Hot

lgbt-events-south-florida-11For the first time in series history, Bravo’s Tabatha Coffey takes her entrepreneurial expertise to a whole new level when the newly titled series, “Tabatha Takes Over” returns on Tuesday, January 10 at 10 pm. The straight-talking, charismatic business owner and Australian native uses her sound advice and savvy expertise to help turn around not only salons, but a wide variety of struggling businesses including a beauty school, gay dance club,  yogurt shop, doggy day care and even a Bed and Breakfast. For more information, visit BravoTV.com

lgbt-events-south-florida-12Season four follows Tabatha as she travels across the country taking over various failing establishments and whipping them into shape with her professional advice on everything from management style and marketing materials to customer service and aesthetics. For one week, Tabatha takes over as boss and confiscates the keys as she brings her unapologetic, brutally honest approach to the business owners who are in dire need of her assistance. Watch a sneek peak of the premier. In the premiere episode, Tabatha heads into the Jungle Red salon in Minneapolis, MN where owner Suzanne Erickson seems more interested in acting like a teenager than a boss. Her staff is out of control and Suzanne has put most of the responsibility on her daughter Kari. To make matters worse, Tabatha is quick to discover that Jungle Red is a failing salon by day and the owner’s home by night. Tabatha has to motivate Suzanne to grow up and stop relying on her daughter to manage her staff so that Kari is free to pursue her own dreams.

 

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