Wednesday, April 25th the Pride Centers monthly Founders Circle event took place at Rosie’s from 6 to 8pm. Robert Boo, the new executive director, spoke very eloquently to the applauds of the crowd. It seems like everyone (most especially myself) are happy to have Robert back where he belongs! Thursday was the quarterly GLBX luncheon this time held at the Hyatt 66 Pier top, which is one of my favorite places to have an affair (Laurie and Jennifer of Sidelines had their 30th anniversary/renewal of vows there). The luncheon had 2 speakers: Steven Timsley, the Economic Manager of Broward County Small Business Development and Chris Truster, Relationship Banker at Bank United. In addition, the sponsor of the luncheon was The Florida AIDS Walk. Mark Martin, director, spoke very eloquently and fired everyone up to get on teams and raise money for this incredible cause! Thursday night Hotspots was proud to participate in the official Fort Lauderdale launch of …
Last Week in Review
Wednesday, April 25th the Pride Centers monthly Founders Circle event took place at Rosie’s from 6 to 8pm. Robert Boo, the new executive director, spoke very eloquently to the applauds of the crowd. It seems like everyone (most especially myself) are happy to have Robert back where he belongs!
Thursday was the quarterly GLBX luncheon this time held at the Hyatt 66 Pier top, which is one of my favorite places to have an affair (Laurie and Jennifer of Sidelines had their 30th anniversary/renewal of vows there). The luncheon had 2 speakers: Steven Timsley, the Economic Manager of Broward County Small Business Development and Chris Truster, Relationship Banker at Bank United. In addition, the sponsor of the luncheon was The Florida AIDS Walk. Mark Martin, director, spoke very eloquently and fired everyone up to get on teams and raise money for this incredible cause!
Thursday night Hotspots was proud to participate in the official Fort Lauderdale launch of SNAP at Rodeo, a daily deal sight focused on the needs of the LGBT community. Hotspots is a partner in SNAP (SNAPQPON.com) bringing more added value to both readers and advertisers alike. Congratulation to Billy, Tom and the entire team on a fabulous launch!
Friday afternoon entertainment correspondent Ross Matthews (The Tonight Show, Chelsea Lately, etc.) was caught by Hotspots’ own Pompano Bill (is this man everywhere or what?) grabbing a bite with his other half Salvador at the Alibi. Usually what happens at the Alibi stays at the Alibi, but not in this case! Friday evening was the opening party of the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and showed the fabulous movie KAWA (was the “This is HOT” 2 weeks ago). The rest of the weekend was kind of lazy with all the rain, but I did happen upon a few parties: Saturday night first I went by Isaac’s graduation party at the Boardwalk and then went to Yuri Too Much’s 30th anniversary of entertaining at Noche Latina Saturdays at the Manor and Sunday swung by Bill’s for the SFAAA registration (oooh, men in uniforms, yum!) and went to Gospel Jubilee at Scandals for Rambeau’s celebration of life!
LGBT Events South Florida
Thursday, May 3
The Boardwalk is celebrating their 10th anniversary in Fort Lauderdale all month long with $10,000 in prizes as they invite you to spin the wheel every night. Nightly winners of the wheel spins are invited to the private anniversary party….a party not to be missed. One lucky winner will get the grand prize of a trip to New York City including 2 tickets to Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Pop Fever at Score celebrates Cinco De Mayo with a Mexican party featuring DJ Daisy Deadpetals and AJ Reddy. The night is hosted by Danny Ferro and the door is y South Beach’s own Chyna Girl.
Friday, May 4
What happens when a Southern Baptist Minister’s widow hires a gay ex-Broadway chorus boy to give her six private dance lessons at her beachfront condo? War. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, written by Richard Alfieri, opens tonight at the Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre, where it will run each weekend through May 20. At its core, the play is about two very different people who learn to comfort each other as they share their deepest secrets and pain. Alfieri’s writing is sparkling, witty, touching and laugh out loud – all performed against a panorama of ageism and bigotry. Playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. All performances are $38. 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. MiamiBeachStage.org
Bubble Gum Fridays at the Manor features their monthly Underwear Party where you can check your clothes at the door.
The Bears of South Florida have a Meet and Greet from 6 to 9 pm at Bill’s Filling Station during their very popular Growl Fridays.
Saturday, May 5
Solare Coliseum with Marytrini celebrates their grand opening with a red carpet starting at 10 pm.
Noche Latina Saturdays at the Manor celebrates Cinco De Mayo with a fabulous show starring Viva Mirage and Francina Holiday with DJ Larry Spinning all your Latin favorites. In the main room they feature Maestro Tracy Young spinning as only she can. 10 pm with No cover!
Discotekka celebrates Cinco De Mayo Fiesta with a birthday celebration for Joe Marcella and Alyson Thomas (Mamma Bear).
Bill’s presents their annual Cinco De Mayo celebration with Eric Hyman live in concert followed by Porsche and friends on the main stage at 11pm.
Club Sugar celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Teresita “La Caliente,” Sophia Divine and DJ Juan Carlos “JC” with no cover before 11:30 pm.
Sunday, May 6
The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill presents the SFAAA Softball Pool Party at 5 pm with a live DJ. Bring your swimming trunks and go for a dip at the only gay bar with a pool or just hang out pool side.
Lily Tomlin will be performing at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, at 7:30 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall as part of the Center’s 2011-2012 Comedy Planet Series. Lily Tomlin’s performances are always filled with unforgettable sidesplitting laughter! Ticket prices begin at $30, and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at ArshtCenter.org
Monday, May 7
The White House Office of Public Engagement, in partnership with the University of Miami Center on Aging, will convene the first-ever White House LGBT Conference on Aging, a day-long symposium (9am to 5 pm) that will tackle the unique needs of the aging LGBT population. The conference is free of charge and takes place at the University of Miami Clinical Research Building, 1120 NW 14th Street, Miami. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For further information, or to register online, please go to Go.USA.gov/mGN or contact LGBT@who.eop.gov
Wednesday, May 9
Bravo Media serves up the most incredible culinary competition with “Around The World In 80 Plates” presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred premiering at 10pm. Hosted by food experts Curtis Stone and Cat Cora, the network’s most ambitious production to date follows 12 chefs competing in a spectacular race over 40 days and across 10 countries including Argentina, China, England, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Thailand, United States and Uruguay. In each episode, the contestants will travel to a different international city to learn the local customs, cultures and cuisines as they battle it out in two different cooking challenges testing their skills and determination. World-renowned restaurateurs and celebrity chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, José Andrés, Nigella Lawson, Narda Lepes and Alvin Leung “The Demon Chef” will serve as Food Ambassadors each week giving the competing chefs an insight into the local food culture at each destination. The losing team will then self-eliminate who they believe was the weakest link in “The Takeover,” resulting in one chef being sent home.
Bill’s monthly Wine Tasting starts at 6:30 pm. $25 gets you 6 to 7 wines and 4 to 5 pairings from Chef Ron of Alibi catering. Reservations are suggested by calling 954-567-5978.
The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill welcomes new bartender Terry to their staff.
Rumor has it that Bill’s is changing some of their line-up including hiring a very well known VJ….stay tuned to next week’s column for more info.
Independence Spirits Company announces the launch of Sweet Revenge, a 77-proof Wild Strawberry Sour Mash. Sweet Revenge is an alluring shade of pink, with a corn whiskey base enhanced using a secret blend of all-natural flavors. It is served as a shot straight, chilled or shaken with ice, making it the first shot-brand of its kind and the first new, high-proof shot to enter the market in more than a decade.
Global superstar Adam Lambert will release his highly anticipated second album TRESPASSING (RCA Records / 19 Recordings) on May 15, 2012. TRESPASSING is currently available for pre-order from Adam’s website, AdamOfficial.com and on Amazon.com
Lambert describes TRESPASSING, which he executive produced as “an exciting journey through the past two years of my life. It’s been a transformative period and I really wanted to make music from what I’ve experienced.
All these songs honestly explore the ups and downs of my reality.” In addition to co-writing many of the tracks, Lambert collaborated with an all star list of award winning artists, producers and songwriters including Pharrell Williams, Dr. Luke, Bruno Mars ,Claude Kelly, Benny Blanco, Bonnie McKee, Nile Rogers, and Sam Sparro. Since the release of Lambert’s debut album For Your Entertainment in 2009 it has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide. Lambert was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Whataya Want From Me” in 2010 and also released the Glam Nation Live CD/DVD and Acoustic Live! EPs. He is the first American Idol to ever tour the world in support of their debut album in the year following their IDOL season. In November of this year, Adam took to the stage in the finale of the MTV European Music Awards to sing lead vocals with Queen, who were being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Their captivating performance is widely regarded to be the highlight of the entire EMA ceremony and an indication of the outstanding years ahead in the career of Adam Lambert.