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lgbt-events-south-florida-0Tuesday night was the monthly Mack Mixer in Boca this month held at Seasons 52 (great food, low calories) and as usual had a very nice turn out. Thursday night was the 24th anniversary of The Palace Bar in South Beach, the oldest gay bar on the beach. The 24th anniversary brought everyone out as the Palace was packed with well wishers and featured performance by Noel Leon, Tiffany Fantasia, Missy Meyakie, Shanaya Bright and Latrice Royale and featured the sounds of DJ Cindel. Congrats to owner Tom, General Manager Jerry and the entire Palace staff for a phenomenal anniversary party and here’s hoping they have 24 more years of success! Friday night Score had a video release party for Gloria Estefan’s Hotel National and Gloria herself made a surprise appearance to introduce the video.

Tuesday night was the monthly Mack Mixer in Boca this month held at Seasons 52 (great food, low calories) and as usual had a very nice turn out.

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Thursday night was the 24th anniversary of The Palace Bar in South Beach, the oldest gay bar on the beach. The 24th anniversary brought everyone out as the Palace was packed with well wishers and featured performance by Noel Leon, Tiffany Fantasia, Missy Meyakie, Shanaya Bright and Latrice Royale and featured the sounds of DJ Cindel. Congrats to owner Tom, General Manager Jerry and the entire Palace staff for a phenomenal anniversary party and here’s hoping they have 24 more years of success! Friday night Score had a video release party for Gloria Estefan’s Hotel National and Gloria herself made a surprise appearance to introduce the video. The crowd was ecstatic to say the least!

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Sunday was the Super Bowl 46 and it seemed like every bar was having parties celebrating the most watched event of the year. Originally from New York City, you can only imagine how ecstatic I was when the Giants won! This was really, in my opinion, one of the best Super Bowl games of all times! I started out at the Tail Gate party at Sidelines (saw my buddy Hernan from Brown Forman there) in the parking lot. This is a great concept that I am sure is going to be mobbed next year. Then I headed over to The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill to watch the game. I had a fabulous cheese burger from their kitchen…YUMMY! They the put out a tray of delicious food that I will have to spend hours in the gym to work off… LOL!

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After the Madonna half time show which was so fabulous I have no words for (yes, I know that’s a first!) I went back to Sidelines to watch the rest of the game and celebrate. From what I hear all the bars had good crowds, but Sidelines was wall to wall people, the busiest I have ever seen it! Congrats to Laurie, Jennifer and their entire staff!

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LGBT Events for South Florida

Thursday, February 9

Smarty Pants presents 2 shows with the one and only Nikki Adams; at 8 and 10 pm.

In its month long continuation of its 16th anniversary, The Pride Factory features 15% off all underwear from today until February 15th.

Friday, February 10

Tonight is the introduction of the new addition to The Manor Complex, “Taps and Tapas” starting at 8 pm. Later on in the club Bubble Gum Fridays presents direct from RuPaul’s Drag Race, South Florida star Latrice Royale.

lgbt-events-south-florida-5Saturday, February 11

Disney Theatrical Productions, Broadway Across America and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts announced that tickets for the long-awaited production of The Lion King will go on sale to the public in person at the box office starting at 8 a.m., online at ArshtCenter.org and by phone at 11 a.m. The Lion King will begin performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Tuesday, May 15 for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, June 10. Ticket buyers in line will receive complimentary breakfast and live entertainment provided by local media partners including HOT 101.5 FM, COAST FM and The Miami Herald. The first person in the ticket line will be gifted with an autographed souvenir Lion King book; the first 100 ticket buyers get a LION KING CD; and all other ticket buyers will receive LION KING T-shirts, (one item per order, while supplies last). Parking in Lot C will be free of charge. Fans are encouraged to arrive early in order to reserve their spot in line. In cities across North America, average lines for The Lion King single ticket on-sale date tend to fill up quickly, long before the box office opens.

lgbt-events-south-florida-6Tonight features a very special Valentines edition of Discotekka Saturdays entitled Jungle Love…Get Wild.

Bill’s Filling Station presents a special RSVP Cruises Sail Away party where they invite everyone to come meet everyone else sailing away with you along with DJs Randy Bettis and Robbie Leslie with the amazing vocals of impressionist Jimmy James on the main stage at 11 pm. In addition they feature the one and only Cashetta in the Mustang Lounge from 8 pm to 11 pm.

lgbt-events-south-florida-7Bigger Saturdays at Score presents XOXO party starring DJ/Producer Paulo with a warm up set by Alex Infiniti and hosted by Alex Prieto.

The Manor presents the 3rd annual “I Feel Love Ball,” a red and hot theme party starring DJ Kidd Madonny in the main room and in the Latin Lounge and patio they invite you to come meet a papi to celebrate Valentines with or bring your own and celebrate with them. The Latin room will star DJ Larry Larr, Hostess Viva Mirage and special guest Rachel Brown. 10 pm with no cover.

Boom presents the Red & White Ball with DJs Richie Rich and Paulie with no cover.

Sunday, February 12

The 4th Annual LGBT Explore/EXPO takes place at the Moore Building (191 NE 40th Street) in the design district from 12pm – 5pm. The expo will feature over 100 vendors, suppliers, companies, and organizations showcasing their products and services catered to the LGBT community.  In partnership with the GMCVB, LGBT Visitor Center, Miami Herald, Miami.com, and with the participation of the GLBT Travel Expo.  Food, refreshments, entertainment, giveaways, and drawing for great prizes including trips to Latin America, hotel stays, and restaurant gift certificates.  This is a FREE event open to the public.  Reserve your booth today! For more information go to GoGayMiami.com or e-mail mdglcc@bellsouth.net or call 305-673-4440.

lgbt-events-south-florida-8Students from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties join forces with the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble for the inaugural concert of the Youth Pride Band of South Florida at 7 pm at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at BrowardCenter.org or by calling the box office at 954-462-0222.

Edison Farrrow presents the grand opening of Smash Sundays with DJ Smeejay and no cover! Edison will feature a GRAMMYs Viewing Party at 8pm and then afterwards the B52s Official After Party! You never know who might roam in! Smash Sundays will be located at Chalk Ping Pong and Billiards Lounge (1234 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach).

The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill presents Fuzz T from 2 to 6 pm with DJ Daddy O and guest bartender Chad Bush poolside.

Eros Lounge presents the Late Retro T-Dance an official Winter Party 2012 Kick Off Event and Cactus Reunion Party starring DJ Lazaro Leon and hosted by Adora.

The Alibi Wilton Manors presents Edna and the Grammys starting at 8 pm.

Tuesday, February 14

Its Valentine’s Day and all the restaurants have specials for those of you who are in relationships. So where should you eat? My answer: flip through the pages of this week’s Hotspots Magazine for many choices and have a wonderful Valentines Dinner with the one you love!

The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is offering a very exciting Valentines Special which includes accommodations at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2, a bottle of Schramsberg champagne and 6 long stem chocolate strawberries, a couples spa treatment (combination massage and facial) and personal shuttle service from Fab2go. All of this fabulousity for only $640 for one night and only $885 for 2 nights. To reserve call the Royal Palms at 954-564-6444.

Planeta Macho at Score celebrates Dia de los Enamorados with the love divas Mariloly, Marytrini and Teresita as well as DJ George Ferrero. While there dont forget the hunks on the 2nd level!

lgbt-events-south-florida-9The Depot invites everyone to spend Valentine ‘s Day with them as they feature a night with Jennifer McClain from 7 to 10 pm. They are also featuring a special Valentine’s Day dinner special 2 for $25 which includes 2 cocktails or wine.

Bill’s wants everyone to feel that red hot love with Tony And Gloria in the Mustang Lounge from 6 to 9 pm and Karaoke with Two Guys in a mic on the main stage starting at 9 pm.

Wednesday, February 15

Wolf Cuff (WolfCuff.com) will be celebrating their 2 anniversary party and fundraising event for Grateful Paws tonight at the Alibi. Grateful Paws is a local, not for profit and no kill rescue organization providing much needed services for cats and dogs in South Florida (GratefulPaws.org). The event starts with a Gold Sponsor cocktail reception in the Manchester room from 6 to 8 pm. Advance tickets are $20 and available at the Alibi or by e-mailing SDR@wolfcuff.com. The Main event is open to the public from 8 to 10 pm with hostess Nikki Adams. There will be a 9 pm show with Florida’s own Dame Edna, a lavish silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, special pricing on Wolf Cuffs leather crafts and dont forget that all proceeds go to benefit Grateful Paws Rescue.

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Check out the “Ultimate Gay Ski Week Getaway” at the 9th annual Telluride Gay Ski Week (“T-12”) being held February 26 to March 3, 2012. The popular annual winter event is now the third busiest winter week in Telluride after the Christmas and Presidents Day Weekend. To purchase airfare or tickets go to AA.com/rainbow

On March 3rd at Lynn University Concert Hall (3601 Military Trail) aspiring South Florida musicians and singers will battle their way to the top for the ultimate prize: $2,000 and the chance to win $10,000 more and an all expense paid trip to the National contest in El Paso, Texas.  Their fate will be decided by a distinguished panel of judges in the arts community including Bob Avian ( A Chorus Line ), Actress Avery Sommers (NY Musical Theatre), Clive Cholerton (Artistic Director of Caldwell Theatre Company), Jeffrey Bruce Actor, Award-Winning Author), and Esther Hardenbergh (Chair of Vocal Performance, University of Miami).  Among those who’ve won the competition in the past and have gone on to Broadway fame are Megan Hilty, the star of the new TV series SMASH and the Broadway Hit (Wicked), and Gelan Lambert, from the Broadway musical (Fela). Don’t miss your chance to help launch a star! Spread the word to any talented performer you know in South Florida aged 18-29 and encourage them to enter the contest.  Doors will open for the contest at 8:30 am for registration, but he deadline to apply is February 14. For more information or eligibility requirements contact director Shari Upbin at shariupbin@aol.com

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lgbt-events-south-florida-11American Idol meets Best In Show in this quirky comedy about finding your fifteen minutes of fame from the director of Butch Jamie. Watch out Britney Spears… there’s a new star in town! Welcome to Penskeegee’s 25th Annual POP-U-larity singing contest! Join celebrity host, Marcellas Reynolds from the hit reality show Big Brother, as the contestants compete to become Penskeegee’s most POP-U-lar person!

lgbt-events-south-florida-12This year’s competitors include four-time diva champion Katrina Whitman aided by her loyal gay assistant Sebastian, cowboy Charlene Hornsby and her new age musical therapist Celeste, and housewife Marcia Anderson singing with her edgy performance artist son, Darque. The contestants come from all walks of life and some from no walks of life. Each performance is as unique as the package it comes in. Because whatever they decide to do…

There’s no wrong way to be POP-U-lar! The DVD is available at WolfeVideo.com on February 28 for only $19.95 and is 77 minutes long.

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