Starting last Tuesday and going through Saturday was the 25th annual Southern Comfort Conference at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa. This is one of the largest gatherings of the Transgender community in the world. One of the guest speakers was Jazz Jennings who was also celebrating her birthday! On Wednesday, Celebrate Orgullo presented their VIP Party at The Betsy South Beach. On Thursday, Hiro Sake Celebrated World Sake Day in Southern Florida at various locations: Whole Foods, S3, The Broken Shaker Miami, The Drunken Dragon Miami, Progress Bar, Doraku Mary Brickell Village, and Tee Jays Wilton Manors as well as various places around Florida, Georgia, and The Caribbean. On Friday evening and Saturday all day, the city of Oakland Park presented their annual Oktoberfest, which features live German music, Dachshund Dash, Tucher Biergarten, Authentic Bavarian Food, rides, and tons of fun! On Saturday, was the 5th annual Celebrate Orgullo festival and 2 of my friends were very involved: DJ AJ Reddy was spinning and Marco Perez was the MC. Saturday Night the Manor held the Pink Party in honor of Cancer Awareness month and raised $700 from donations at the door. A check was immediately written that night to the American Cancer Society. Also on Saturday night, Ramrod held their monthly Pig Dance and Hilton Wolman’s Salvation took over Score with the theme Steam Room. On Sunday, Flip Flops Dockside Eatery presented their monthly Tea Dance with hostess Amanda Austin and DJ Silvio, with this month’s special guests Carmen Adore, Athena Dion and Rebecca Glasscock. As is the case every month, Flip Flops was packed!
Thursday October 8
Novel Tea presents their monthly Artist Showcase featuring an evening of new works with Richard Cortez at 8pm with no cover.
Starting today and going through the 12, the Pride Factory features their Columbus Weekend Sale with huge savings storewide including fashions as low as $10.
As part of Village Pubs 3rd anniversary they present Amy and Freddy at 9:30pm.
Friday, October 9
Starting tonight and going through October 18 is the 7th annual Mifo Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. For more information go to Mifofilm.com.
Rumors presents Team Heart Break (dance punk duo Brian Raux and Caleb Raux) entertaining as special guest performers during the Daisy Deadpetals Show. The show starts at 11pm.
Filthy Gorgeous Fridays at Score presents Janet Jacksons “Unbreakable” CD release Party. Win copies of this hot new CD, while supplies last. Filthy Gorgeous Fridays features the sounds of DJ Mac and is hosted by the Penny Back Boyz and is open from 10pm to 5am.
Saturday, October 10
It’s the beginning of Pride Season and today is the first of 2 days of Pride Fort Lauderdale at Holiday Park/War Memorial Auditorium. For more information go to PrideFortLauderdale.org
Rumors hosts the “Pride Fort Lauderdale” after party at 10 pm. Special performances by Scarllet Santana and Shadina.
The Manor Saturdays introduces Kingdom starring official re-mixer of Beyonce, Rhianna and Sia, DJ Hector Fonseca in the Ballroom. In the Ivy Lounge and patio, Noche Latina Saturdays salutes Pride, Latin Style with guests Taina Norell and Lana Lannude along with guest DJ Larry Larr. The Manor Saturdays features choreographed productions, Novelty acts and beautiful dancers. Doors open at 11pm with No cover until midnight and only $5 after midnight for members and $7 for non-members.
The Ramrod presents the 6th annual Kink Dance (their kinkiest party of the year) with special DJ John Bata starting at 11pm.
Celebrate your Pride and join the Hunters Tribe for a night of Sexy Tribal Beats by Dj Alex Ramos, starting at 9 pm; never a cover.
Bigger Saturdays at Score presents Colombia’s notorious Gay Club, El Mozo, invading South Beach. The night will star Colombian superstar DJ Pablo Lopez and feature special guest model Topher Dimaggio.
Scandals Saloon presents the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue Benefit at 7pm.
Sunday, October 11
The Ramrod presents the annual Mr. Ramrod Contest at 10pm (anyone who wants to enter can sign up behind the main bar any time).
Monday, October 12
Village Pub presents the one and only Lady Bunny in Delicious, Divine, and Dirty at 9:30pm and as always there is no cover!
Wednesday, October 14
Twist presents their annual Turnabout, a night of exquisite shows by the Twist staff starring TP Lords and Josefina La Globos with a special return engagement with the one and only Mario. The night will be hosted by Sean Brady and feature the sounds of my friend DJ Alex Infiniti.
The Coral Reef Guesthouse (269 NE 13th Court) is offering 20% off your Halloween reservations if you mention the ad in Hotspots. Stay at a beautiful guest house and get 20% off, that’s a win-win to me!
This is HOT
Well-Strung, the pop/classical fusion group, just released their second studio album titled POPssical, a celebratory blend of pop hits sung by the group accompanied by respected classical music. Released from the label Music With A Twist, the album features ten tracks including memorable renditions of “Blank Space (Feat. Bach)” and “Royals (Feat. Palladio)” as well as the infamous ode to Hillary Clinton, “Chelsea’s Mom” as a bonus track. In celebration of the album release, the group surprised fans with a bonus music video for the track “The Devil Went Down To Georgia (Feat. Bach Double).” The group takes Bach’s Double Violin Concerto and adds the southern charm of Charlie Daniels Band to create a unique sound all on its own.
Well-Strung, featuring Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Christopher Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola), is a string quartet with a modern twist. The group plays universally recognized classical pieces while singing pop music hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and other pop stars for a wildly engaging and unique experience. Conceived by Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant, the foursome has quickly gained international attention. They have performed at the NYC TrevorLIVE Gala as well as appearances and performances on The Today Show and Watch What Happens Live. They have also performed with artists like Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald and Deborah Voigt. Last month they were invited to perform at the Vatican in Rome and this month at a gala for President Obama.