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What’s Hot South Florida: Dec. 9 – 23

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Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the theme, “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun"

Friday, December 10

The Kravis Center presents “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, which is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music at 8pm. Performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, along with a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of Hip Hop’s founding fathers, this remixed and reimaged version of the classic is a one-of-a-kind way to kick-off the holidays! Tickets start at $25 at Kravis.org.

Saturday, December 11

The Manor Complex will be featuring their “12th Anniversary Celebration” tonight, and they have an amazing party planned. In the Ballroom, they present “Big Top” starring the sounds of Producer/DJ/Girl from Ipanema, Ana Paula. In addition, they will feature novelty acts, beautiful dancers and production. Noche Latina Saturdays will present “Circo” starring from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, in her first appearance in South Florida since the show aired, Serena ChaCha. The night will also star Oscar Novva, Production, DJ Duniel and sexy Go-Go papi’s. Doors open at 11pm, and admission is $10 for Florida residents until 1am, After 1am $15, and non-residents $15 all night.

NSU Art Museum presents Creativity Exploration: Miniature Book Making from 12-1:30pm. Inspired by the artwork of Margarita Cano, create a book using a simple stitching technique, incorporating images that tell a visual narrative of your own personal life journey. No prior experience is necessary. Reservations are required at Web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10892689 as space is limited. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents their “Customer Appreciation Holiday Party” with DJ Mogote Coyote from 9pm to 3am. There is no cover tonight as they thank the community for their business.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the theme, “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun,” starting at 6:30pm. A highly anticipated signature event of the holidays, the parade can be viewed along the 12-mile route commencing in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This year’s Boat Parade will sparkle with iconic rock images, music and décor. The dazzling event will close out the year with floating stages of entertainment, beauty queens, celebrities, and starry-eyed spectators of all ages. Since its inception in 1971, Winterfest has become a Florida tradition with national and international viewers. VIP Tickets, Parade Viewing tickets or make it a Winterfest weekend with discounted hotel packages, all at Winterfestparade.com.

Sunday, December 12

Art Walk Wilton Manors in association with Hamburger Mary’s in Wilton Manors presents Bingo Night to support Art Walk Wilton Manors, hosted by Karla Croqueta. Seating begins at 6 pm (make sure to take advantage of those Happy Hour specials), and the games begin at 7pm. They will play 6 regular games and 1 ‘Blackout’ game, with prizes each round! You can pre-purchase your bingo sheets either online or buy them at the door.

Compass presents the 19th Cocktails for Compass, their annual signature fundraiser and a celebration of the community’s investment from 6 to 9pm at Club Colette (215 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach). This year they will have a special guest of honor, The Honorable Rufus Gifford, former US Ambassador to Denmark, and most recently President Biden’s nominee for Chief of Protocol. The evening will feature an open bar, lavish hors d’oeuvres, music, and an inspiring retrospective of one of Compass’s most fervent supporters, the late fashion designer Alfred Fiandaca. Individual Tickets are $500, and they also have sponsor levels. To purchase go to: https://bit.ly/3hTQbTg.

Bona Italian Restaurant will celebrate its 5th year under the stewardship of Glen Weinzimer and Mark Byrd.  Bona Italian Restaurant opened as a pizza shop in 1979 and is the longest operating restaurant in Wilton Manors. To celebrate, Bona is having its first Brunch from 10:30-2 and for their anniversary celebration Maryel Epps, a long-time famed entertainer in South Florida, will be featured with her soulful and jazz sounds.  Reservations are strongly recommended at 954-565-7222. There will be an unlimited fixed price beverage option as well as some extremely creative items led by Chef Ryan.

Wednesday, December 15

If you are a fan of Selling Sunset on Netflix, like I am, check out their new edition to the franchise, Selling Tampa, which drops today. Along the Florida coast, Allure Realty stands out among the crowd, which is owned by military vet Sharelle Rosado. This all Black, all female real estate firm has its eyes set on dominating the Suncoast. These ladies are equally as fun as they are fiercely ambitious, with all of them vying to be on top of the lavish world of luxury waterfront real estate. Sharelle has big plans for her brokerage and won’t let anyone or anything get in the way of making her dreams a reality!

Thursday, December 16

Santa’s workshop will take over The LGBT Visitor Center & Pridelines space in Miami Beach for the 12th Annual HoliGay Celebration and Toy Drive, from 6pm to 9pm. The entire LGBT & Allied community is invited to bring an unwrapped toy as a contribution to families and children in need of Miami Beach. The Miami Beach police department will manage the distribution of the collected toys to these families. This event which will feature an Open Bar of Bacardi brands, complimentary food and other beverages will be available for the delight of guests courtesy of CrepeMaker, A Fish Called Avalon, Pizza Rustica, & Starbucks among others. Festive music by DJ JesiMixx of Event Party Productions. Enjoy a festive evening helping a great cause! RSVP requested at Gaybizmiami.com. Inquires and more information call 305-673-4440. Admission: an unwrapped toy or $20 donation. 

Saturday, December 18

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents Full Moon Party Event where they invite you to celebrate the darkness in the light of the moon. The night will star DJ Alex Ramos. $10 cover.

The monthly Wilton Manors Artwalk takes place today (3rd Sat of the month) from 6-9pm up and down the drive. For more information or to purchase a booth (only $25) go to AWWM.org.

The Boynton Beach Art (410 West Industrial Ave Boynton Beach) presents Holiday Art Walk from 6-9pm. For more information, go to boyntonbeachartdistrict.com.

Noche Latina Saturdays at the Manor Complex celebrates the birthday of Lana Novva Lanudde. The night will star Lana, Special Guest Gustavo Rodríguez Cruz, Mr. Florida M.E. 2021/22, DJ Duniel, and sexy Go-Go Papi’s. Doors open at 11pm, and admission is $10 for Florida residents until 1am, After 1am $15, and non-residents $15 all night.

This is HOT

I’m the type of guy that never thinks anyone is gay unless they say so (I.E. I generally have no gaydar). Having said that, when I watched Colton’s Season of the Bachelor, I almost immediately knew he was gay. Therefore, when he came out last year, it came as no surprise to me. However, it did make me happy to know he was now living his truth. “Coming Out Colton” (which dropped on Netflix on Dec 3) shows Colton’s journey of self-discovery coming out as a gay man, including addressing his past and embracing his place in the LGBTQ community.

Coming Out Colton is only 6 episodes which are 30 minutes each, but is very moving, and if possible, made me like Colton even more than I did before. It shows Colton’s struggle being Catholic, a former Football player, and not wanting to disappoint his family, friends or his coach. In my opinion, “Coming Out Colton” should be a required showing in all high schools around the world!

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