This past weekend I was off to Tampa to celebrate Gasparilla, Goncho and of course experience a lot of the local venues. When I arrived Friday early evening I went to Fresh Mouth as I was craving one of their famous Cheeseburgers and as always they did not disappoint…YUMMY! After a disco nap, it was time to hit Ybor City. I started the night at Steam Fridays at the HoneyPot which had a themed party entitled…
Last Week in Review
After a disco nap, it was time to hit Ybor City. I started the night at Steam Fridays at the HoneyPot which had a themed party entitled Circus. Well let me tell you, Stephen Moss & Steve Donahue (the owners of Florida Entertainment Group) did it right as they turned the club in to a circus with decorations and live visuals. They clearly spent a lot of time and money on transforming the club and the crowds came out to see it as the line was literally down the block for hours! After spending like an hour at Steam I headed to the Gancho party entitled Havoc at the Amphitheater, which starred DJ Abel and a host of beautiful go-go boys. I then went back to Steam for another hour as I could not get enough of the Circus! Saturday night Scott Spar and I had dinner at the Laughing Cat, which was highly recommended. I had the Salmon and Scott had the Veal Picata and they were both delish! The Laughing Cat makes everything fresh to order and the portions are huge.
Literally everyone takes home a doggie bag. After a quick shower and a change of clothes it was off to Bradley’s to see their all star show MC’d by the one and only Joey Brooks. I must say the club was packed and according to the applauds, everyone enjoyed the show and the hot go-go boys. It was then off to G Bar to hear Joe Gauthreaux spin and once again it was wall to wall! I then went to the official Gancho party at the Ritz that starred DJ Ralphi Rosario and shows by JoJo Infiniti and Power. These shows were reminiscent of the circuity shows at Gaydays; full productions with dancers, make-up and incredible costuming.
While I was in Tampa I heard the cruisers took over Fort Lauderdale and all the bars and clubs were packed with hot men from all over the world!
LGBT Events for South Florida
Thursday, February 2
The Palace presents their 24th anniversary extravaganza starting at 7 pm and hosted by Noel Leon, Tiffany Fantasia, Missy Meyakie, Shanaya Bright and Latrice Royale and featuring the sounds of DJ Cindel.
The Pride Factory is turning 16 and they will be celebrating all month long. This week, until Feb 8 they feature 15% off all fashion clothing (some restrictions apply).
Smarty Pants presents Drag Wars at 8 pm with the winner selected by audience response. Winner receives cash prize and future bookings.
Friday, February 3
Bubble Gum Fridays at The Manor presents recording star SK8 performing her hits. DJ JPS spins in the main room and DJ Daisy D in the hip-hop room.
Saturday, February 4
Scandals Saloon presents an FGRA Car Wash Fundraiser from 11 am to 4 pm. Tickets are on sale starting Friday Feb 3 at 9pm.
RentBoy.com presents the annual Mr. Florida Escort of the Year Contest at the Boardwalk hosted by Misty Eyez. The night will also feature performances by video stars Dylan Roberts and Diego Vena.
The Manor presents a fashion show by T Fabiano Beachwear of Brazil in the main room which features the music of DJ Oren Nizri. The Latin Lounge and Patio features DJ Larry Larr and shows by House Diva Viva Mirage and special guest Francina Holiday. No Cover!
Sunday, February 5
The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is having a Super Bowl party starting at 6 pm with a free buffet and they invite everyone to watch the game on their giant screen.
The Depot presents their Super Bowl party at 4 pm with 12 large screen HDTVs including one outdoors pool deck video projection. They will also feature prizes, games and giveaways throughout the night.
The Alibi Wilton Manors presents Madonna and Super Bowl with a complimentary half time tailgate buffet and a chance to win a flat screen TV after the game.
Mona’s Super Bowl Extravaganza is back starting at 4 pm with a Super Hot Diggity Dog Cookout, super bowl giveaways, a super extra large 8 by 10 foot screen in Lisa’s backyard and a 4 by 6 foot screen in Mona’s Bar.
Rosie’s Bar & Grill presents big game Sunday with 13 TV’s and a giant patio screen and plenty of specials.
Wilton Bier Garden, the newest hotspots on the drive, is having a Super Bowl Party with large screen TVs, food, specials and much more.
It’s a Super Bill’s Sunday with a complimentary buffet at 5 pm and great specials during the game including $.10 wings and much more. Don’t forget at 11pm is the very popular Misty Eyez’ Trannie Palace.
Sidelines Sports Bar is hosting the ultimate Tailgate and Super Bowl party, one that Wilton Manors, FL will long remember. In addition, to the parties, Sidelines has elected to donate a portion of the day’s sales to the Florida AIDS Walk 2012. For fans who wish to celebrate the big game, a tailgate party has always been an essential part of the day’s activities. So, in conjunction with several co-sponsors, vendors and liquor distributors, “The Ultimate Jack Daniels Tailgate Party” will take place directly in the parking lot adjacent to the building where Sidelines is located (Wilton Drive & 20th Street). The tailgate party will take place from 1 pm to Super Bowl game time at 6:30 pm. The parking lot will be transformed into a carnival-like football experience including bar and beer tents, and a tailgating BBQ grill & food station. There will also be interactive theme park-like games, giant displays, and musical entertainment featuring DJ Jared Michael.
Tuesday, February 7
Bill’s Filling Station presents their monthly Howl at the Moon event and this month it will be a Karaoke party on the main stage starting at 9 pm.
Wednesday, February 8
Open Mic returns to Magnum Lounge (709 NE 79th Street) starting tonight and every Wednesday thereafter at 7:30 pm. For more information call 305-757-3368.
The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s HBO Latin America “GLOW” (Gays & Lesbians On Wednesdays) movie series is excited to be presenting the screening of “Going Down in La La Land” at the Miami Beach LGBT Visitors Center & Miami Beach Cinemateque (1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor…Miami Beach, FL 33139). This will be the final screening of the inaugural GLOW Miami movie screening series, as they prepare for their 14th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which will be held on April 27-May 6. Movie fanatics are invited to attend the pre-GLOW reception where guests will enjoy cocktails provided by Chambord Vodka and Herradura Tequila, while nibbling on a variety of hors d’ oeuvres provided by The Palace. Based on the novel by Andy Zeffer, this film is a candid, sexy and outrageously funny outlook on what an actor can and will do in order to survive in Hollywood. Filmmaker Casper Andreas will be hosting a Q&A session via Skype directly after the film. For tickets, visit: MGLFF.com or call: 877-484-8499. The Cocktail Reception is at 7 pm followed by the Screening at 8:30 pm.
Check out the Royal Palms Resort and Spa on Tuesdays at it is pizza and movie night. They invite you to go and enjoy their brick oven pizzas and watch a movie with them. In addition Tuesday is in the biz night so show your paystub or ID and get 20% off.
The South Florida Amateur Athletic Association’s spring recruitment is Sunday, February 12 at Mills Pond Park at 10am. For more information go to SFAAA.net
Leading gay production company and distributor Guest House Films announced the release date for its upcoming Black Briefs short-film compilation, the first in a series of gay-themed short-film compilations that will each focus on a particular genre of film. The Black Briefs collection features six short films with dark storylines and themes.
The DVD will be released on Feb. 21, with a suggested retail price of $24.99. The six short films on the Black Briefs collection include: Spring – Directed by Hong Khaou (13 minutes) – A young man meets a stranger for S&M sex, an experience that will change his life forever. Remission – Directed by Greg Ivan Smith (14 minutes) – As a man awaits the results of a biopsy at his secluded cabin, his dread amplifies when he suspects that he may not be alone. From the director of the award-winning The Back Room. Winner Takes All – Directed by Camille Carida (17 minutes) – The unapologetic manipulator Ryker engineers a fight between his two boyfriends … with Ryker himself as the ultimate prize. Featuring gay favorite Alec Mapa. Promise – Directed by Lalo Vasquez (20 minutes) – Stu and Chris appear to be the perfect couple. But past indiscretions are revealed on the eve of their wedding, causing unforgivable actions that both will regret.
Video Night – Directed by Jim Hansen and Jack Plotnick (6 minutes) – What starts out as a fun night making videos goes terribly wrong when a group of friends discover something unexpected in the raw footage and last is Communication – Directed by Christopher Banks (19 minutes) -From the creators of the critically acclaimed Teddy comes the story of an Orthodox Jewish student who unexpectedly inherits the estate of his estranged mentor and discovers a painful truth about their relationship. For more information on Guest House Films and Black Briefs, visit GuestHouseFilms.com