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lgbt-events-south-florida-0Thursday night I had the pleasure of seeing the play High as a guest of the write Matthew Lombardo and I must say that this was one of the most compelling, well written and acted plays I have ever seen in my life. The combination of Kathleen Turner, Evan Jonigkeit and Matthew Lombardo is genius. Although the play will be gone before you read this, I urge you to see it if it ever comes back or is playing in a city you visit. The rest of the weekend focused on The National Gay And Lesbian Task Force’s Winter party and I will let the pics do the talking:

Last Week in Review

Thursday night I had the pleasure of seeing the play High as a guest of the write Matthew Lombardo and I must say that this was one of the most compelling, well written and acted plays I have ever seen in my life. The combination of Kathleen Turner, Evan Jonigkeit and Matthew Lombardo is genius. Although the play will be gone before you read this, I urge you to see it if it ever comes back or is playing in a city you visit. The rest of the weekend focused on The National Gay And Lesbian Task Force’s Winter party and I will let the pics do the talking:

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LGBT Events for South Florida

Thursday, March 8

Tag Bar, Delrays only gay bar, presents a birthday bash for Slaton from 10 pm till 2 am. The special guests will include DJ Silvio, Angie Z, Tiana Love, Agatha and many surprise guest performances.

Eros Lounge in Miami presents their new Thursdays, Latin Fuego hosted by Teresita La Caliente with ShowTime at 11 pm.

Bill’s Filling Station presents their monthly Howl At The Moon Party is at 9 pm and features Two guys on a Mic.

The Pride Factory celebrates pride with 15% off all rainbow gear from today until March 14.

lgbt-events-south-florida-7Rising celebrity fashion stylist and Bravo Reality Star, Brad Goreski, visits Books & Books in South Beach (927 Lincoln Rd) at 7 pm to sign his book Born To Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far.

Friday, March 9

Wetbar on Calle Ocho presents the annual Pink Party starring hostess Marytrini, special guests, dancers and DJ Tony.

lgbt-events-south-florida-8Following a critically acclaimed and sold-out run at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, Neil Simon’s classic comedy, Last of the Red Hot Lovers will open at the Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre tonight with performances each weekend through March 25. “It’s hard to imagine how the Stage Door Theatre’s production of the Neil Simon comedy “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” could be any better,” said my buddy Rod Hagwood, Sun-Sentinel. All performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. $38 for all performances except for Saturday evenings, priced at $42. Tickets are available at the box office at the Miami Beach Stage Door at the Byron Carlyle, 500 71st Street, Miami Beach or by calling (305) 397-8977. For further information, please go to StageDoorTheatre.com

Bubble Gum Fridays at The Manor presents Gay Pride Pajama Party where they invite you to wear different colors which mean different things. Check out the Manor ad to find out what each color means.

Saturday, March 10

The 35th annual Pridefest produced by Pride South Florida takes place today and tomorrow from 12 noon to 7 pm at Holiday Park/War Memorial Auditorium. The event stars Taylor Dayne, Beverly McClellan, Jonathan Lovitz and many other local stars. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for the 2 day pass. For more information go to PrideSouthFlorida.org or see the feature in this week’s magazine.

lgbt-events-south-florida-9The Official Pridefest after party takes place at the Depot Cabana Bar and Grill starting at 7 pm. The event will feature host Derek Hartley from XM/Sirius radio, a poolside swimwear fashion show and auction with models provided by Fabsout and a performance by Melissa Fuller. They will also feature a meet and greet with the Voice finalist Beverly McClellan and a scheduled appearance from LOGO star Jonathan Lovitz. In addition to all this they will feature a special gift package auction and more surprises. This event is a benefit for Pride South Florida and is co-sponsored by Pistol Pete and The Pride Factory.

lgbt-events-south-florida-10Noche Latina Saturdays at The Manor invites everyone to celebrate Pride Latin style as they feature, in conjunction with Granda Entertainment, the Hotel Nacional video release party, the #1 Billboard club hit by Gloria Estefan from her new CD Miss Little Havana. They will be giving away free CD singles with the exclusive remixes, posters and a raffle for an autographed poster and CD signed by Gloria Estefan. The night will star Viva Mirage and Erika Norell in character as Gloria Estefan and DJ Larry Larr spinning all your Latin favorites. In the Main room resident DJ Oren Nizri spins for the theme Army of Pride. 10 pm with no cover!

In honor of Pridefest weekend the Alibi Wilton Manors presents Porsche at 8, 9 and 10 pm.

The Pride Center (2040 North Dixie Highway) presents Pride Bingo with doors opening at 6:30 pm and the games beginning at 7:30 pm.

The Club Fort Lauderdale features a Blackout Party starring DJ and video star Ricky Sinz starting at 11 pm. The night will be hosted by Raging Stallion exclusive Alexander Garrett and video star Mike Rivers with a Fabscout tent with up to 75% off!

Sunday, March 11

The official after Pride T Dance takes place at Bill’s Filling Station with a silent auction benefiting Pridefest 2012 and a complimentary buffet starting at 6 pm and Misty Eyez’s Trannie Palace starting at 10:30 pm.

Boom presents a Jackhammer Pride T Dance starring DJs Richie Rich and Frank Corr.

Tuesday, March 13

Island City Health and Fitness and the City of Wilton Manors present a Health Fair from 11 am to 2 pm which is free and open to the public. They invite you to get fit, have fun and make friends. For more information call the gym at 954-318-3900.

The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill’s Live Music Tuesdays features a night with Jennifer McClain.

lgbt-events-south-florida-11Hot Stuff

The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is right around the corner, and they are celebrating their 14th anniversary as one of the top LGBT Film Festivals in the country! This year’s Festival begins on April 27 and will run through May 6. MGLFF will feature screenings of more than 50 films from around the world, including short films, documentaries and featured-length movies.

Equality Means Business, a project of Equality Florida and Equality Florida Institute, has announced that Susan Arko, Assistant Vice President of Customer Service Operations at CSX Corporation, has joined the organization’s Advisory Board.  Advisory board members represent companies that are committed to making Florida’s business climate conducive to economic success by encouraging and supporting diversity in the workplace.

Spa Cabanas now offers an exclusive European Wax Service that is less aggressive and quicker than traditional wax.  For more information call 954-565-2307 or go to: TheCabanasGuestHouse.com

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lgbt-events-south-florida-13The first Broadway show I saw was “Into The Woods,” which I was taken to by my friend Steven Gold’s family (Yes, that is Comedian Elan and singer Ari’s brother) at the age of 25. When I heard Bernadette Peters & Joanna Gleason sing a love of Broadway Diva’s began that I think is the true love of my life. So you can imagine how excited I was when I received Idina Menzels (Tony award winner for Wicked) recording.

lgbt-events-south-florida-14Idina Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film and television, and in music.  The beloved Broadway star, best known for her work in the Broadway musical and film adaption of Rent, her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the green-faced Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked, and her recurring role in the hit TV series Glee, has spent much of the past two years crisscrossing the country, headlining concerts with world-renowned symphony orchestras. This past November, on Menzel’s 2011 tour itinerary, the star recorded her forthcoming PBS special Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony.  Last week, Concord Music Group will release the DVD and accompanying album.  The TV special, DVD, and the album, were captured in Toronto at Koerner Hall, a beautifully modernist, acoustically blessed space literally carved out of the city’s historic Royal Conservatory of Music headquarters. Menzel performs with the 52-piece Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, one of Canada’s premiere symphony orchestras, under the direction of legendary conductor Marvin Hamlisch (or as Menzel prefers to call him, the legendary Marvin Hamlisch) and her equally accomplished music director and pianist, Rob Mounsey. Menzel opens the set with “Life of the Party,” written by Andrew Lippa for his 2000 off-Broadway musical The Wild Party, which costarred Menzel and her husband, Taye Diggs. It was Menzel who came up with the clever idea of combining Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale” with Sting’s “Roxanne.” From Rent, the landmark musical that not only provided Menzel with her big professional break but also introduced her to Diggs, she chooses “No Day But Today.” With the PBS special and the album both completed, Menzel plans to go back on tour this summer. She also hopes to return soon to Broadway for “a brand new, original show that I’m not allowed to talk about, but really excites me.” IdinaMenzel.com

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