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What’s Hot South Florida: April 14 – 27

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Art Walk Wilton Manors

Thursday, April 14

In recognition of Earth Day, ArtServe (1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard) will open an environmental art exhibit today titled “Pa-Hay-Okee—Land of Grassy Water” dedicated to the urgency of preserving and restoring Florida’s fragile ecology and Everglade’s ecosystem.  They will feature an artist panel discussion from 6 to 7 pm followed by an opening reception and preview of the exhibit’s artworks from 7 to 9pm. Admission is free to both opening night events and to the exhibition itself, which runs through June 26 from Mondays through Saturdays.  ArtServe will host a closing reception on Friday, June 17 featuring multidisciplinary artistic performances such as poetry reading and video screenings. For more information call 954-462-8190 or email information@artserve.org.

Friday, April 15

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents a Singlet Party starring DJ Moygote Coyote. Cover is $10.

Bearsurrection weekend starts tonight and goes through Sunday. The weekend features a fashion show, a leather party, and a pool party. For more information, go to Bearsurrection.com.

Saturday, April 16

InterContinental Miami is giving dog parents a food festival of their very own – an activation with a foodie focus on canines. The inaugural Doggiezen Food Fest will pop-up on the property’s idyllic Bayside Terrace, which will be transformed into a pet marketplace. Pamper your pup with puppy playdates, swag and food samples and products for purchase from featured local treat makers and bakers. For the humans, specialty themed cocktails and bites from Toro Toro will be available for purchase during the festival. Doggiezen Food Fest will take place from 2 to 5pm and tickets are available at Eventbrite.com and search for Doggiezen Food Fest.

Hotspots Events presents the monthly Art Walk Wilton Manors (3rd Saturday of the month) from 6-9pm which features local artists, craftspeople, and other vendors. For more information, go to: AWWM.org.

The Manor Complex’s Epic Saturdays presents superstar festival DJ/Producer Jackinsky. In the Ivy Lounge and patio, Noche Latina Saturdays celebrates Easter starring the Latina Goddess Erika Norell and special guest, direct from Orlando, Lulu Cavalli. Doors open at 11pm and Florida residents only pay $5 until midnight!

Sunday, April 17

Holy Angels National Catholic Church invites everyone to their Easter Service at 11am. For more info call Father Jamie at 954-633-2987 or go to their website: HolyAngelsFL.org.

Lips presents a Dragalicious Easter Brunch, where they invite everyone to hop on over to see their “chicks” all hosted by Nicolette. They will also feature a Best Easter Bonnet contest with fabulous prizes. For more info or to make a reservation call 954-567-0987.

Bona Italian Restaurant presents Easter Brunch from 10am to 3pm with a special menu along with Davis and Dow live. Reservations are recommended by calling 954-565-7222.

The Pub presents their annual Easter Bonnet contest starting at 4pm and hosted by Electra. First place will receive $100 in cash and a $200 Gift Card, 2nd place receives a $200 gift card and 3rd place will receive a $100 gift card.

Tuesday, April 19

Miami Beach Botanical Garden presents Native Orchids of South Florida: The Photography of Drew Mullin starts today through May 29. Florida is home to 106 native species of orchids, of which 77 are considered either endangered or threatened by the State of Florida due to habitat destruction and poaching. This exhibition is a collection of photos taken in various parts of the everglades over the last 15 years and brings awareness to these threatened orchids by showcasing their beauty in their natural habitat. The Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm with free admission.

Wednesday, April 20

The Legacy Project is an intergenerational story telling project and is a massive collaboration between Compass Community Center and Palm Beach Dramaworks. This year’s performance will take place in-person at Palm Beach Dramaworks at 7 pm. Each year, mature members of the LGBTQ community are paired with LGBTQ youth from the Compass Youth Program. The youth interview their partners and then compile the interviews into digital stories. For one night those digital stories are combined with live stage performances to produce a highly memorable and emotional night. This year’s honored guests are: Sol Lima and Janice Kidder; Luna Prado and Howard Grossman; Calvin Brown and Carlos Toro (Lupita Hollywood). For more information, contact Amanda Canete at Amanda@CompassGLCC.com or go to: palmbeachdramaworks.org.

MDGLCC-U’s Lunch and Learn Series features “Social Media Best Practices” at Residence Inn Sunny Isles from 12 to 1:30pm. Boxed lunches will be served, and the program will consist of a panel of speakers who are experts on the subject – TruNorth Marketing (Kristina Schulz & Reinaldo Hernandez) and MDGLCC’s Mike Pogo Lozano. They will cover the big 3 major social media channels for business (LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook). After which they will break into groups for hands-on instruction. Make sure to bring your laptops and smart phones to unleash your creativity.

Earth Day

Thursday, April 21

Miami Beach Botanical Garden  presents an Earth Day Celebration (Photo: https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-holding-world-globe-facing-mountain-346885/) from 6 to 9pm. This event is free and family friendly and features: Vinyasa Flow Yoga – Align with nature as Franci leads a gentle class (bring your mat) at 6pm; Saving The Florida Wildlife Corridor – This short film presents the efforts being taken to protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor, a statewide network of public preserves and private working lands, that works to balance Florida’s rapid growth with the green infrastructure that supports all Floridians at 7:30pm; as well as – Native Plant Giveaway: one free plant per person while they last; Composting: pick up a free bag of organic Garden compost;  Beekeeping: Sample honey from the Garden’s hives; Sustainability: Learn about City of Miami Beach initiatives; Pelican Seabird Station: Learn all about their Florida bird rescue; Pura Vida Miami: Kombucha samples; Botanical Bar: new signature cocktails & light vegetarian bites; and their Art Exhibition Openinjgs: Tree Huggers and Nests: The Art of Evelyn Politzer and Native Orchids of South Florida: The Photography of Drew Mullin. For more information, go to: MBGarden.org.

Key West Florida Council Mixer takes place at the Key west Garden Club (1100 Atlantic Blvd) from 7-9pm and features a special guest performance from Deja. This event is only for guests who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the event. This event will be held entirely outside.

Friday, April 22

The 24th annual Outshine LGBTQ+ Film Festivals Miami edition starts today and goes through May 1. For more information see the 2 features in this mag or go to Outshinefilm.com.

Saturday, April 23

The Lambda Men’s Brotherhood presents their monthly pool party at Inn Leather from 12pm to 5pm. The $25 admission includes food.

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents Dark Circuit IV starring Callagna from 9pm to 3am with a $15 cover.

The first annual LGBT+ Elder Living Resource Expo will take place 2022 at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach. The free Expo produced by Pride Tribe Inc., runs from 11am to 3pm in the Ballroom with complimentary snacks served at 1 pm. The Expo will feature vendors in the categories of Travel Services, Health Services, Estate Planning, Home Improvement, Wellness Services, Transportation Services, and Social Resources. All vendors have been vetted to be gay friendly, with policies and procedures in writing as to how they treat members of this community, as well as having a long history and reputation of being welcoming and affirming. Mini forums with a short presentation plus questions and answers from the audience will be conducted by various vendors throughout the day. To RSVP, go to: tribepbc@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 24

The Pride Center will once again produce The Rainbow 5k Run/Walk at their new location, Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale! This annual athletic, family friendly run/walk will occur today with the race starting at 7:30am and the FREE expo at 8am to benefit the vital programs and services of The Pride Center.  This year they anticipate over 300+ participants and supporters enjoying the morning. Participation in the expo starts at $300, and for $500, you can place your marketing collateral in each participant’s swag bag. If you want more information on the event sponsorship levels, please contact Robert Boo, CEO, at RBoo@PrideCenterFlorida.org. For more info or to register go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/FortLauderdale/Rainbow5K

Hot Stuff

VH1 ruvealed that the season 14 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will receive a $150,000 cash prize, the highest amount awarded to date, while the runner-up will receive a $50,000 cash prize, a first in franchise herstory thanks to Cash App. The series airs Fridays at 8pm on VH1, with a special finale & reunion taking place in Las Vegas airing on Friday, April 22. Prize money for season 14 is powered by Cash App.  Season 14 of the most Emmy®-awarded reality competition show in history brought together 14 queens from around the world to compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” with Bosco, Willow Pill, Lady Camden and Daya Betty still standing on the runway in hopes of taking home the coveted crown.

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