WHSF-bannerA week ago Monday was the 4th annual Palm Springs Summer Splash Cocktail Challenge -Fort Lauderdale Preliminary at Bill’s. In the 4 years they have been producing this preliminary this was by far the busiest with 12 contestants. Congrats to Mark, Jackson and the entire Alibi/Bills staff on such a fabulous contest. IN the end the second runner up was Eddie from Bills, 1st runner up was …

WHSF-bannerA week ago Monday was the 4th annual Palm Springs Summer Splash Cocktail Challenge -Fort Lauderdale Preliminary at Bill’s. In the 4 years they have been producing this preliminary this was by fWHSF-pic1ar the busiest with 12 contestants.

Congrats to Mark, Jackson and the entire Alibi/Bills staff on such a fabulous contest. IN the end the second runner up was Eddie from Bills, 1st runner up was Albie from Alibi and the winner was the fabulous Kat from Boom. Kat will surely represent us well in Palm Springs! Later that night I headed over to Boardwalk for the annual Miss Miami Beach Pageant (yes it was in Fort Lauderdale…LOL).

There were 3 contestants and in the end congratulations go to Missy Meyakie LePage for clearly winning the pageant. Tuesday featured the volunteer kick-off recWHSF-pic2eption for the National Gay and lesbian Task Force’s 17th annual Miami Recognition Dinner. The event was held at the Perry South Beach. As if Sunday Gospel Brunch is not normally crazy fun at Lips imagine it on Easter Sunday. Words cannot say how much fun it was. Take a look at the pic and stay tuned for the full pic page next week. In the early evening, Boom had their annual Easter Bonnet, which once again brought out some of the most interesting bonnet’s I have ever seen.

WHSF-pic3Their contest was followed by the busiest T Dance in Broward County, Jackhammer T. Directly afterwards I went over to Boardwalk for their culmination of their month long 28th anniversary celebration with the Winner’s Party. A fabulous dinner buffet was served. Congrats Rto Victor and his entire staff on 28 wonderful years!

Thursday, April 4

Starting tonight Alandra Matthews, Melissa Morgan and Sasha Lords will be the cast of Rumors Dont Try It Thursday’s cabaret show with shows at 9 & 11 pm with a special guest every week, this week’s being Velvet LeNor.

WHSF-Friday1Friday, April 5

Crystal Gayle, one of the most popular and widely recognized female country singers of her era, will perform at The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35, $25 and $20* and are available at TicketMaster.com.

What’s Hot about On The Road?” Garrett Hedlund who stars as the charismatic Dean Moriarty and has an on screen kiss with Tom Sturridge (who portrays Carlo) in the film based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac and directed by Walter Salles (Motorcycle Diaries).  ON THE ROAD opens tonight at Coral Gables Art Cinema in Miami and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton. The provocative story follows Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty, a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Rated R and the website is  TheMadOnes.us 

WHSF-Friday2Join the Ft Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus tonight and tomorrow night for “Guilty Pleasures,” a concert that allows you to indulge in the entertainment you crave! With selections from Judy Garland, The Golden Girls, Chicago, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret and more, this concert will satisfy your musical desires. Under the Direction of the Chorus founder Dr Gary Keating, the Men’s Chorus will be joined by the Ft Lauderdale Women’s Chorus, directed by David Morse, at 8 p.m. at the Ft Lauderdale Museum of Art Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $40 for premium seating (1st five rows). For more information go to   TheFTLGMC.org or call 954-832-0060.

WHSF-SaturdaySaturday, April 6

The Manor presents RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Raja live on stage in the Epic Room with DJ Terrence Lalley spinning. In the Latin Lounge and patio hear the sounds of DJ Larry Larr spinning Salsa, Merengue, Raggaeton and all your Latin favorites with shows by hostess Erika Norell and special guest Charise.

Art United is featuring their annual Art Explosion with great art, live music and tasty treats at Art Serve, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd, through April 26th. Tonight they will feature a Fine Art Show and Sale from 6 to 9 pm; $10 donation. For more information, go to ArtsUnitedFlorida.com.

Discotekka presents Power House Saturday with music performed by DJs Dio Zambrano, Sushiman, Miik and Carlos G with performances by house divas Poizon Ivy, TP Lords, Sasha Lords, Vinna Rouge, Gina D’Angelo and Cherry Selene.

FUNDarte and Artes Miami present: Gema Corredera and her all-star Cuban jazz band at the closing night of Global Cuba Fest at 8 p.m. at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Also appearing, direct from Havana, is renowned singer-composer Marta Valdés, one of Cuba’s legendary musical icons. For more information on Global Cuba Fest, please visit FundArte.us

WHSF-SundaySunday, April 7

The Celebration of Life for my friend Richard Blaise Cimoch will be at The Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Avenue, at 3pm. Richard was a HUGE part of our community and gave his heart to 2 of our organizations; Pride South Florida (Co-Chair) and the Dolphin Democrats for many years. Please come out and celebrate the life of this wonderful human being!

The Leather Men’s Brotherhood presents a Pool Party at the Coral Reef Guest House from noon to 5 pm.

Sunday T Dance at the Depot Cabana Bar and Grill features the sounds of DJ Billy Hallquist today from 2 to 6pm.

Flip Flops Dockside Eatery presents Fort Lauderdale’s only T-Dance on the Intacoastal, which takes place their 1st Sunday of every month from 4-7pm. This month will feature DJ Silvio and guest bartenders Sean and Luke.

Tuesday, April 9

The monthly Mack Power Mixer takes place at Vibe at Y.O.L.O, 333 East Las Olas Blvd, from 6:30pm to 9 pm. $10 entry includes one complimentary Ketel One Cocktail. No RSVP required. For more information visit MackPlanet.com

WHSF-WednesdayWednesday, April 10

In an effort to promote economic growth and development in the City of Miami Beach, the LGBT Business Enhancement Committee has prepared a mini-symposium for small business owners interested in a new, expanding or relocating a business to Miami Beach. The 2-day event will take place in conjunction with Miami Beach Gay Pride and will feature a series of panels to educate the public on the steps required to open a business in Miami Beach. The event will kick off at 7 pm with a welcome reception, followed by a day of panel discussions on Thursday, April 11, from 8 am-5:30pm at the LGBT Visitor Center Miami Beach. Featured speakers include the Mayor of Miami Beach, Chief of Police and representatives from MDGLCC, LGBT Visitor Center, and others. For more information contact Karen Brown, Executive Director of the LGBT Visitor Center (Sponsored by MetLife) at 305-397-8914.

WHSF-ThisIsHotThis is HOT

Director Macky Alston’s (Family Name, Hard Road Home) critically-acclaimed documentary LOVE FREE OR DIE debuts on DVD April 9th from Wolfe Video. The uncompromising film challenges the long held belief, supported by most of the world’s religions, that homosexuality is in direct conflict with faith. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in Christendom, takes on the church’s stance and claims a place for all people. Bishop Robinson’s elevation in the sleepy New Hampshire diocese in 2003 ignited a worldwide debate in the Anglican Communion, one that has become so heated that there is still a chance of a schism in the 80 million-member denomination. Taking on the church’s stance against homosexuality, Bishop Robinson has become a lightning rod, standing at the crossroads of religion and sexuality. One year after being muzzled by the Archbishop of Canterbury, he finds himself speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Barack Obama’s 2008 Inauguration.

WHSF-PB-FilmFestGene Robinson confronts those who use religion as an instrument of oppression, and claims a place in the church and society, not just for LGBT people, but for all people. In addition to its U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for An Agent of Change at 2012 Sundance Film Festival, LOVE FREE OR DIE also won the Human Rights Award at the 2012 River Run International Film Festival, the Best Documentary Award at the 2012 Philadelphia QFest, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a 2012 Wilbur Award for Best Feature Documentary, and the Audience Awards at the 2012 Palm Beach International Film Festival and 2012 NewFest LGBT Film Festival. It has a runtime of 83 minutes and is not rated. DVD bonus features will include deleted scenes. Love Free Or Die is available at WolfeVideo.com for only $24.95.