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George Lopez Comedy Special 2019

On Friday evening, Dawn Holloway and Howard Andrew along with a host of volunteers presented their final FREE dinner giveaway. They have been doing this for the last 3 months and have fed many people that really needed food in this difficult time. Hotspots Magazine would like to thank them for taking care of our community! 

Patrick Parker Graham, along with Scott Schramm presented Pride Flotilla 2020 along the Inter-coastal and New River waterway. It began at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and ended at the basin in front of The Broward Center of Performing Arts last Sunday, June 21 featuring many boats decorated in celebration of Gay Pride. They encouraged everyone to follow social distancing guidelines, and follow all local regulations regarding Covid-19. This was a fun and colorful event! 

Saturday June 27

Thanks to everyone who donated to the South Florida Pride Collective Virtual Festival Miami Beach Pride is able to give back to our community with a day of food and toiletry distribution to all of those affected by COVID-19. Distribution will take place at Miami Beach Senior High School, at the corners of Washington Ave. and Dade Blvd from 8 to 10am or until the 150 bundles have been distributed. Limit one bag per car/person.

 

Sunday, June 28

Boca Black Box presents “Motown and More” from 7 to 9pm, consisting of 5 vocalists, a full 5 piece band, and the incredible world class vocal talent of Female vocalist Felecia, you will “dance the night away” to some of the world’s greatest Motown hits! Featuring music by such classic performers such as The CommodoresJackie WilsonSmokey RobinsonMarvin GayeThe TemptationsThe Four TopsDonna SummersAretha Franklin, and more of your favorite R& B and Motown hits! Formed in 2013, This World Class act has performed with many famous names such as Chaka Khan, David Bowie, The New Edition, and Joe Cocker, and has wowed audiences at hundreds of festivals, theaters and performing art centers all over the United States. You will love the smooth vocals, exciting audience participation and hilarious antics of these multi-talented performers!! Tickets range from $26 to $36 at BocaBlackBox.com (while at website read how they are abiding by all Covid 19 rules). 

 

Wednesday, July 1

The Key West Business Guild presents their July Luncheon from noon to 1pm at Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel (3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd) with a special presentation by Greg Veliz in “My First Year as City Manager.”  The KWBG is excited to welcome their membership back with their first meeting post Covid-19. They are taking cautionary measures in ensuring we all remain safe in re-adjusting to the “new normal.” Changes include: their “normal” buffet style has been replaced with plate service, social distancing table placement will be implemented, and masks will be required until you are seated. RSVP will be required, and any cancellations/no shows may be billed as seating is limited due to the aforementioned changes. For more info go to: Gaykeywestfl.com.


Pride Center Turns 27

Please join The Pride Center THIS Thursday evening at 7pm online for a Virtual Celebration of 27 wonderful years spent serving the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and neighbors here in South Florida! You won’t want to miss amazing entertainment, interactive BINGO and special guest appearances, including a performance by TP Lords! You’ll have the chance to win fantastic prizes like a gift certificate for BeWell MedSpa or the Grand Prize of a 3 night stay at the Grand Resort & Spa Penthouse. During this event they will be highlighting the vital work of The Pride Center and discussing the importance of National HIV Testing Day here in Broward County. To join in the anniversary celebration go to: PrideCenterAnniversary.live 

Live, Work, Pose-A-Thon! 

As a part of Pride month, Disney Television Studios and FX today announced the launch of “Pose-A-Thon,” a commercial free one-hour virtual event, showcasing the cast and producers of “Pose” to raise awareness for three notable organizations that work to support LGBTQ+ education, social change for sexual and gender minority people of color, and transgender equality through legal services and policy efforts.  The special emceed by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-award winning actor and activist Billy Porter along with co-star Mj Rodriguez will air Friday, June 26 at 10pm on FX and Freeform.  Making television history, “Pose” features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles and also features the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ+ actors ever for a scripted series.  New episodes from the third season of “Pose” coming soon on FX. Viewers can also tune-in same day starting at 10pm at: Poseathon.com.

Can’t Even Think Straight Cocktail

The new Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale just debuted its restaurant, Harborwood Urban Kitchen & Bar, which has a chic, nautical theme and modern-American menu. In honor of Pride month, the restaurant is offering an over-the-top cocktail called the Can’t Even Think Straight. Guests can enjoy this candy garnished cocktail at the bar for just $5. The best part is that all sales have a portion of proceeds going towards the local Pride Fort Lauderdale nonprofit organization. 

Can’t Even Think Straight recipe: (1/2oz Stoli infused with green/yellow skittles, 1/2oz simple syrup, 1oz lemon juice fresh squeezed, 3 dash bitters, 1/2oz egg white, nerd rope rim, and candy garnish).  

 

Kindness is Queen! Nina West & Dolly Parton

As revealed exclusively through Entertainment Weekly, The Nina West Foundation is thrilled to announce an incredibly special, first-of-its kind partnership between Country Music legend Dolly Parton and Drag Superstar and LGBTQ+ activist Nina West. These two Queens of Kindness have teamed up for the Dolly x Nina: Kindness is Queen collection to foster kindness and hope during this difficult time. Proceeds from the Kindness is Queen Limited Edition T-shirt, Tote Bag and Enamel pin will go to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a book gifting program that promotes literacy by providing free high quality books to children of all ages, and the Nina West Foundation which supports organizations and services that support LGBTQ+ youth and families. The collection is available now at Ninawest.com/kindness for a limited time. 

 

Netflix Presents: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga

This movie which releases on Netflix on Friday, June 26 stars Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens and Demi Lovato. When aspiring Icelandic musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for. For more information go to Netflix.com. 

 

George Lopez’s First Netflix Comedy Special, We’ll Do It For Half

The special will premiere globally on Netflix on June 30, when comedy legend George Lopez returns to his stand-up roots making his Netflix original comedy special debut with We’ll Do It For Half. True to form, Lopez delivers a hilarious exploration of race, politics, and life lessons to be learned from the Latino community; especially the elders. Filmed at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, the one-hour special dissects cultural differences, emotional support animals, gender reveal parties, elevator etiquette and much more. For more information go to: netflix.com/GeorgeLopezWellDoItForHalf.

 

Unity Coalition presents ELEVATE Virtual SUMMER CAMP!

Thanks to the upside down 2020, Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida is proud to bring you Elevate 2020: A FREE Virtual Summer Camp. Every Thursday evening in July and August, at 7pm tune in to their Facebook page for their live broadcast of some of your favorite Elevate Workshops & Lectures from the past, along with some great new speakers, activities, games and more.  So, get your favorite adult beverage, smartphone or laptop, stretchy pants and snacks. Oh yeah, this will all be interactive, with kiki commentary and sassiness from you weekly guest campy counselors at: Unitycoalition.org/ELEVATE.html

 

Rufus Wainwright announces Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session: a concert

Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright announces Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session, a concert that will be livestreamed on Saturday, June 27 at 8pm. The livestream will premiere at the All Arts Facebook page, and will be available as VOD for 90 days. The livestream will also be accessible via Rufus Wainwright’s Official Facebook. Rufus will perform acoustically, with a socially distanced string section, piano and guitar to accompany him, in the ballroom of LA’s Paramour Mansion, former home of silent film star Antonio Moreno. The concert will feature Rufus’ upcoming album Unfollow the Rules in its entirety plus some additional songs from Wainwright’s existing repertoire and some new compositions, one of them written during and reflecting on the lockdown period reflecting. Rufus Wainwright’s Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session, will be available for viewing in the U.S. on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel, free streaming app and allarts.org. 

 

Third Annual Stonewall Day Goes Virtual

Pride Live, a social advocacy and community engagement organization for the LGBTQ+ community, announced its third annual Stonewall Day, a global campaign to elevate awareness and support for the Stonewall legacy and the continuing fight for full LGBTQ+ equality. On Friday, June 26th, in partnership with WarnerMedia, Nasdaq, and Pride Media, Stonewall Day will present a virtual fundraising event to raise critical funds for four LGBTQ+ organizations severely affected by COVID-19 and the recent events highlighting the need for fair and equal treatment under the law for all. The livestream event will run from 12:45pm to 3pm on Logo’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Stonewall Day will include a special message to the LGBTQ+ community from President Barack Obama. Simply text REBEL to 243725 to donate to the Pride Live Stonewall Day fund. When prompted, reply YES to confirm the donation. Follow Pride Live on social media for updates and coverage: instagram.com/prideliveofficial; 

facebook.com/PrideLiveOfficial, and  twitter.com/REALPRIDELIVE

 

No Filter with Naomi” – The Second Season

International supermodel, activist and philanthropist Naomi Campbell kicks off the relaunch of the second season of her highly popular and well received series, “No Filter with Naomi” – a limited-time production as a part of her “Being Naomi” YouTube channel weekdays at 3pm. The first episode is completely focused around the #BlackLivesMatter movement; Naomi has curated a special guest conversation that will feature Rev. Al Sharpton, Opal Tometi (Author and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter) and Alphonso David (President of the Human Rights Campaign) and will touch on current cultural and political talking points that speak toward what humanity is experiencing globally – the fight for social justice, race, gender and sex equality and its effect on world citizens. The intimate, live streamed daily series, has invited fans to #stayhome and save lives during this critical time and has focused on in-depth, career spanning conversations between Naomi and a close group of her friends. “No Filter with Naomi,” which has already amassed over 2,844,000 views, has featured some of the most globally recognized figures in fashion, entertainment and beauty including: Cindy Crawford, Marc Jacobs, Nicole Richie, Ashley Graham, Pierpaolo Piccoli, Lee Daniels, Christy Turlington, Adut Akech, Sharon Stone, Paris Hilton, Serena Williams and Venus Williams, Karlie Kloss, Anna Wintour, Sean “Diddy” Comb and Jackie Aina.

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