This past weekend I headed up to our gay neighboring city of Orlando for the annual Orlando Gay Pride festival and parade which is always fun time. I arrived late Thursday night and checked in to the beautiful time shares at the Parliament house. During the day I did a little shopping and then Jim, Scott and I met up with DJ Scott Robert and went to lunch at White Wolf, which is a wonderful eclectic cafe in downtown Orlando that displays lots of beautiful antiques. After a cat nap…
Thursday, October 11
Smarty Pants’ Thursday Night Showcase presents the one and only Nikki Adams with 2 shows at 8 and 10 pm.
Latinos Salud presents a Hispanic Heritage and Food Bazaar at 8 pm where you can get a taste of typical dishes, music and customs with a hint of rainbow from several countries across Latin America. For more information, go to LatinosSalud.org.
Tonight is the start of Bill’s 17th anniversary weekend with Growl’s Bear Appreciation Party with special guest video star Chris Tyler.
Bubble Gum Fridays at the Manor presents direct from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 1 and the upcoming all Star Season Shannel.
Saturday, October 13
Bill’s 17th anniversary weekend continues with Frenchie Davis live in concert at 11 pm with a meet and greet afterwards. For more info on this event or on Frenchie, see the feature in this week’s magazine.
Hilton Wolman’s monthly Salvation party at Score presents Hawaii (Aloha, it’s time to get lei-ed) with International Surfer/DJ Alyson Calagna with an opening set by Troy Landon
The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill presents the official NGBA (National Gay Basketball Association) Pool party from 6 to 10 pm where they are welcoming teams, fans and friends.
Tamarac Theatre Of Performing Arts presents “The Pajama Game” from today until Nov, 4 with show Times on Sat 2pm & 8pm Sun 2pm. For reservations, information or group sales call 954-726-7898. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at TTOPA.org.
Sunday, October 14
The Royal Palms monthly Royal T Dance takes place from 4 to 8 pm and stars DJs Jason Gonzalez and Chuck Knowles.
Bill’s 17th anniversary weekend ends with Misty Eyez’s Trannie Palace at 10:30 pm with a special surprise guest.
In the highly anticipated third edition of the yearly free community event which serves as the sneak preview of its upcoming arts season, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center presents Curtain Up from noon to 3 p.m. The family-oriented open house features a Latin fusion jam concert, the hottest new food truck sensations, ticket giveaways and art activities with Young At Art Museum and Puppet Network. Parking will be available at the Harbor Garage (N.E. 188th Street) with shuttles running continuously to the Cultural Center.
The Boardwalk presents in honor of Michael Ross’s memory a turnabout night to benefit the Poverello Center. Come see the entire staff of hunky bartenders in full drag with 3 live shows at 8pm, 10pm and 12 am.
Wednesday, October 17
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents its monthly networking program, the sandpipers Networker, held on the middle Wednesday of each month. This month’s location is Williams McCall Gallery located at 110 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Works from Provincetown artists Madeliene Abling, Ernie Bynum, Joan Cobb Marsh, Mike Wright, and John Dowd will be on display. This free cocktail networking event and business card exchange takes place from 5-7pm and offers drawings for prizes, complimentary appetizers and wine and is limited to 50 people. RSVP requested at firstname.lastname@example.org“>email@example.com or 305-673-4440.
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Over the past year, Barbra has painstakingly gone through the recordings to come up with this collection, Release Me. Highlights include: “Didn’t We” written by Jimmy Webb – recorded in 1970 for an unreleased album project titled The Singer; the standard “Willow Weep For Me” – an unreleased track recorded in 1967 for Simply Streisand, arranged by Ray Ellis noted for his legendary work with Billie Holiday; A striking version of Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going Rain Today,” with Barbra on vocals and Newman on piano – from the 1971 Stoney End sessions; an unreleased studio version of “With One More Look At You” from A Star Is Born; Two tracks from the unreleased sequel to the acclaimed The Broadway Album, titled Back To Broadway – “Home” (from The Wiz) and “How Are Things In Glocca Morra ? / Heather On The Hill” (from Finian’s Rainbow / Brigadoon). Reflecting on the album, Streisand noted, “The thing I’m happiest about is that I still have great affection for all these songs. They appealed to me at the time…and still do. Listening now, I actually think to myself, ‘The girl wasn’t half bad.’” With the exception of two songs where the original masters couldn’t be located, all the tracks on Release Me were transferred from first generation master tapes. Every attention was paid to preserving the sonic perspective of the sessions as they were originally recorded and mixed. Speaking of the unreleased recordings that reside in Barbra’s music vault, her long-time A&R man and co-producer of Release Me, Jay Landers says in his liner notes, “All of Barbra’s glorious music…her ideas…the collaborative efforts of the fortunate songwriters, arrangers, mixers and producers who have come into her orbit…the experiments…the occasional missteps and the many triumphs – all driven represent the unstoppable force of one woman’s vision.”