Thursday, February 23
Starting tonight, and going through Sunday, Floppy Rooster’s, celebrates their 3 year Anniversary with the theme “50 Shades of Hunter” starring Adult Video Star Hunter Vance. Friday and Saturday will be sponsored by “Sex Nasty or Nice” and they will be giving away gift cards, adult toys and more. For more information got to FloppyRooster.com or call 786-766-0778. 

Back by popular demand, Village Pub presents Gerianne and Eric, the Dynamic Duo at 8 p.m. This is the ultimate interactive Dueling Pianos experience. They will be performing their fun mix of show tunes, Disney Songs, TV Themes and pop.

The MDGLCC presents its “Spotlight Mega-Mixer” Networker at Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay (1633 North Bayshore Drive) from 6-9 p.m. Mingle and network with over 150 Chamber members, guests, and the community at large. Cocktails are provided courtesy of Bacardi and will include Grey Goose vodka.  Complimentary food will be provided courtesy of the Marriott.  The event is presented by the Marriott Worldwide Business Councils of South Florida and sponsored by Jackson Health System. Music will be provided by DJ Mouthlove.  Make sure to leverage the “Business Cards Bulletin Board” and speak with the members of the Chamber’s Membership Committee who will be present to answer inquiries and make introductions and connections. There will be a drawing for great prizes provided by Chamber members.  Admission is $10 (Chamber members; based on level of membership) / $20 (others). RSVP at gaybizmiami.com, rsvp@gaybizmiami.com or 305-673-4440.

Zoetic Stage and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County are proud to present the world premiere of ¡FUÁCATA! or A Latina’s Guide To Surviving The Universe, a humorous one-woman tour de force about what it means to be Latina in today’s America by Elena María García and Stuart Meltzer. Playing today through March 12, in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House),¡FUÁCATA! brings more than 20 Latina women to glorious life on stage by weaving together tales of love, marriage, immigration, and identity through eccentric stories and whimsical song.Tickets to ¡FUÁCATA! are $50 & $55 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at ArshtCenter.org.

Friday, February 24

Pride Fort Lauderdale presents their official Kickoff Party entitled: Sip, Savor and Sway at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale (1140 Seabreeze Blvd.) from 6:30-10 p.m. The night will feature complimentary cocktails, lite bites, celebrity Chef Art Smith (chef to Lady GaGa and President Barack Obama), a silent auction and live entertainment. Admission is $40 online at PrideFortLauderdale.org or $60 at the door.

Miami Beach Gay Pride presents their Volunteer Recruitment Kickoff event from 7-9 p.m. at Score (1437 Washington Ave Miami Beach). Join them for a fun night with friends and learn about all the volunteer opportunities available. They will be serving complimentary Stoli cocktails and snacks. RSVP at: Tinyurl.com/MBGPkickoff

Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors (2157 Wilton Drive) presents Little Secret Big Dreams: Pink and Brown in the White House by Moe Vela. This will be an author presentation and will start at 7 p.m. Little Secret Big Dreams is the real-life story of Moe Vela’s upbringing in a Hispanic, Catholic home in deep south Texas as the son of a pioneer family. Join Moe on his journey as he comes to own his “little secret,” and launches himself on a journey to become the first Hispanic American and first Gay American to serve two senior executive roles in the White House. From growing up and learning to love and accept himself, the author takes us on a historic journey to influence major public policy, get inside the top circles of government, and to live the American dream. Signed copies will be available for sale. Light refreshments provided courtesy of Barefoot Wine and Bubbly.

The Chinese Lantern Festival takes place at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater (20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton) starting tonight and on select nights through April 9 from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. (no visitors allowed twenty mins to 10 p.m.)Ticket can be purchased online at Eventbrite.com (search Chinese lantern Festival) for $22 for adults and $12.50 for children. At the gate they are $25 for adults and $15 for children.

Saturday, February 25

Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar presents the officially Sancitioned Pride Fort Lauderdale Saturday party: “Pride Dance” starring DJ Latrice Perry with shows from Jennifer McClain, Go Go Boys and featuring outdoor tent bars.

The Ramrod presents DJ Daddyo from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The Clubhouse II presents an AIDS Walk Fundraiser at 7 p.m. For more information call them at 954-566-6750.

Bigger Saturdays at Score presents “Carnaval 17” featuring DJ Billy Lace direct from NYC and dancer Willy Gomez from Britney Spears “Piece of Me” tour. He will be presenting autographed photos from his latest photo shoots.

Noche Latina Saturdays, inside the Ivy Lounge and Patio at the Manor complex, presents Brazilian Carnaval. They will also be celebrating the victory of Brazilian, Olga Dantelly, being crowned Miss Noche Latina at Large 2017. The night will also star Serena Cha Cha from RuPaul’s Drag Race along with resident DJ Larry Larr, and sexy Latin Go-Go papi’s. Hours are 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. with NO COVER before midnight and only $7 after midnight with Manor Card and $10 without.

Sunday, February 26

The 40th anniversary of Pride Fort Lauderdale takes place today from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on the beach for the first time. The event will star Erika Jayne (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Brian Justin Crum (America’s Got Talent), Jazz Jennings (I am Jazz), Circuit DJ Joe Gauthreaux, Country Singer Ty HerndonLatrice Royale (RuPaul’s Drag Race), and DJs AJ Reddy and Wendy Hunt. Admission is FREE. For more information or to purchase VIP tickets go to PrideFortLauderdale.org.

Scandals Saloon presents their monthly Lady Fancy’s Gospel Jubilee at 6 p.m., which is a joyful celebration of Southern Gospel Music.

Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) is pleased to present the film The Panzi Invasion: From Protest to Party…Celebrating 40 Years of The Invasion of the Pines. The screening will take place at 5 p.m. at The Classic Gateway Theatre (1820 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Special guests include filmmaker Parker Sargent and Thom “Panzi” Hansen, for a Q&A following the film. Other legends of the invasion are expected as well. Tickets are $15 and are available only at stonewall-museum.org or by calling 954-763-8565. Proceeds benefit Stonewall National Museum and Archives. Festive drag attire is encouraged. A meet and greet happy hour, featuring cash bar and lite bites, with the filmmaker and stars of the documentary will take place at 4 p.m. at Mod Wine Bar next door to the Gateway Theatre. For more information visit panzimovie.com

Hot Stuff:

The Cabana’s Spa presents Gay Pride specials: Three Facials for only $215 (regularly $387); Three 60 minute massages $159 (regularly $285); Brow, Ear and Nose Waxing $30 (regularly $45); and Exfoliation and Bamboo Massage $125 (reg $180). For more info call 954-565-2307.

Posh Nails (3808 N Federal Highway) invites all Hotspots readers to come visit them. If you are first time customer, mention Hotspots and get 10% off your total service bill.

Congratulations to my friend Tony Lima, Executive Director Of SAVE and his boyfriend, (now his fiancé) Yonel Galano, on their recent engagement. Wishing the 2 of you a lifetime of happiness!

This is HOT

The award-winning documentary Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens, which focuses on the drag kings, drag queens and transgender performers in Columbus, Ohio, will receive a national VOD launch on March 7 (including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play), as well as a limited theatrical release on March 3. Candy Factory Films will distribute the film, which is directed by Gabrielle Burton and produced by Five Sisters Productions.

Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens explores a Midwestern city with an extraordinary and unexpected drag scene, and the larger theme of exactly what gender is and what it means. Through the compelling personal stories of eight performers and their troupes in Columbus, Ohio, Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens makes a complex subject approachable for mainstream audiences — inviting viewers into a conversation about the distinct and important differences between gender, sex, and sexuality, which has not been represented in film before. A heart-warming, engaging film, Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens is thought-provoking and sends a message of love and acceptance, reflecting a community unified in the belief that we are all just human.

Of the film, the Cleveland Plain Dealer says, “I fell in love not just with the film, but with the performers…after the make-up and wigs come off, their stories are unforgettable. Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens will make you feel grateful you got to know these particular humans.”

Director Gabrielle Burton helms the indie film production company Five Sisters Productions with her four real-life sisters, making films presented by MGM/Sony, Starz, Showtime, MTV/LOGO, Netflix, AMC/We Channel, and documentary campaigns for companies including Ford and Victoria’s Secret.

Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens has been a six-year passion project, and the Burton sisters are traveling with the film on a national engagement tour to involve communities in discussions on the important issues presented by the film.  Burton is also a mom of a young son and daughter; when she happened to go to a drag show in Columbus one night, she was instantly inspired to make this film about an important and current social topic, and working to promote the importance of acknowledging diversity, complexity, and understanding.