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What’s Hot South Florida: July 21 – August 3

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The Eagle Wilton Manors presents “Grunt,” an official IML reception and dance party for Mr. International Leather, Gael Leung Chong Wo.

Thursday, July 21

Claudia Castillo ART studio (2215 Wilton Drive) presents “Provocative” by De Loran now through August 5. The gallery is open Sun, Wed, and Thurs 4-10pm, and Fri and Sat 4-11:55pm or by appointment at 954.274.7047. For more info or to shop online go to claudiacastilloARTstudio.com.

Friday, July 22

Hamburger Mary’s presents Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars Detox in two shows tonight. The first seating is at 7pm which features the RPDR viewing party followed by the first show (8:30pm), and the second seating is at 10pm. If you can’t make it tonight, no worries, as Detox will also be performing on Saturday, July 23 with two seating’s at 8pm and 10pm.

The LOOP invites the community and their furry friends to the Movies by Moonlight “Dog Days of Summer” series on the fourth Friday of the month. The night of four-legged fun is hosted by the dynamic mom and pup duo, Ana and Teddy. Locals and visitors of all ages are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a favorite movie date to the main lawn at Las Olas Oceanside Park. Come early to dine at one of Fort Lauderdale Beach’s restaurants or bring a picnic for dinner under the stars. Movie, snacks, and drinks are available to purchase onsite; limited chairs and picnic blankets are available to borrow. The feature films start at 8pm and they are: tonight, Dog Days (Rated PG); Friday, Aug. 26, 8 pm- Best in Show (Rated PG); and Friday, Sept. 23, 8 pm – The Secret Life of Pets (Rated PG).  Activities will include a people and pets’ marketplace, contests, giveaways and more. Tonight will feature a Pet Fashion Contest sponsored by Petit Pups Pawtique.

The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Summer Conference takes place today through July 24 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. For more information, go to Lgbtqdems.org/conference.

Saturday, July 23

Seeking, a new play by the Art Prevails Project founder Darius Daughtry, one of South Florida’s best-known poets, authors, directors, and educators, takes the stage in the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts today at 4 and 8 pm, and tomorrow, Sunday July 24 at 6 pm. Seeking follows a young musician’s quest for independence as he discovers finding his future hinges on his family’s past. Audiences are invited to provide feedback to the author in chat-backs after each performance. The staged reading, where actors are on script without sets and costumes, is part of the Broward Center’s Arts for Action: Black Voices initiative which aims to use the arts as a tool or catalyst to heighten awareness, deepen knowledge, and mobilize action on social justice issues. Tickets are $15 online at BrowardCenter.org, or by phone at 954.462.0222 or in person at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office.

PEN America Miami/South Florida is proud to celebrate the launch of Andrew Holleran’s latest novel, The Kingdom of Sand. His first novel since 2006’s Grief, this book is “a poignant tale of desire and dread.” Join them as they welcome one of the most renowned authors of the post-Stonewall generation for a moderated discussion with PEN Across America Program Director William Johnson, followed by a Q&A with the author and a book signing from 12 to 2pm at Barnes & Nobles (2051 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. For more info go to Pen.org.

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents “Grunt,” an official IML reception and dance party for Mr. International Leather, Gael Leung Chong Wo. (Reception 8-10pm and dance party 10pm to 3am) $10 cover after 10pm.

Lambda Men’s Brotherhood presents their monthly Pool Party at Inn Leather Guest House Fort Luderdale from 12pm to 5pm. The $25 admission includes food.

Sunday, July 24

Grab the salt & limes and celebrate national tequila day!

As part of the “Get Out The Queer Vote” campaign, many organizations present “Drag Brunch the Vote” at the Westin Cypress Creek at 10:30am. The event will be hosted by Kitty Meow, Faye What, and Al Ferguson and stars Erika Norell, Velvet LeNore (Miss Florida F.I. at Large 2021/22), Misty Eyez, Lady Marisa, Shasta McNastie, and more. To reserve your spot, go to LGBTQdems.org.

Monday, July 25

Island City Stage presents “Behind The Red Curtain Community Forum” on Black Men Speak: The Impact of HIV on the Black Community from 6-7:30pm at Art Serve Auditorium (1350 East Sunrise Blvd). Register at: Islandcitystage.org. 

Tuesday, July 26

Ujima Men’s Collective presents “Brothers Reaching Out to Help Another Son From Whence We Came: An Evening with Jesse Brooks” from 7-8:30pm at L.A. Lee YMCA Victory Black Box Theatre (1409 NW Sistrunk Boulevard, in Fort Lauderdale). Jesse is an HV Activist, Author, Filmmaker and photographer. For more information call 954-533-9139 or email lrobertson@ujimamen.net.

Pride Skate Night

Thursday, July 28

“ARTalks: Photography, Process and Practice” is a guest speaker series by thirteen prominent locally and nationally recognized photographers will begin on Thursday evenings at The Box Gallery (811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach) from tonight through August 25. A brief history of photography will be presented by curator, Rolando Chang Barrero at the beginning of each series. The series includes July 28 – Carl Stoveland, Daniel Newcomb, and Brian Lee. August 4 – Jacek Gancarz, Maria G. Miele and Kevin Jantunen; August 11 – Alex Keto and Jonathan Brooks; August 18 – Dennis Jones, Ates Isildak, and Tess Aptakin; and August 25 – Bruce Bain and Judy M.King. Every Thursday from 7-8:30pm. For more information, or to reserve go to: theboxgallery.info. 

Friday, July 29

Velvet LeNore (Miss Florida F.I. at Large 2021/22) Fierce Fridays presents her monthly Boylesque show at 8:30pm.

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents “Leather Underground” with music by Hukill. Admission is $10 after 10pm.

The Hotspots Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean presents “Legends Of Drag” artist talk with Hanson and Antheus from 5:30 to 8pm. Special guests include Kitty Meow and Charity Charles. 

Saturday, July 30

MRLY Entertainment and Lezplay Bae presents the inaugural “Girls, Gays and Theys Prom” (an all queer prom) from 8pm to 1am at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County. The event will be hosted by Fantasia R. Gaga and tickets can be purchased at Girlsgaysandtheysprom.com.

The Pub presents Electra in “Liza is Back” at 8pm followed by Harry James Hanon “Legends of Drag” book signing at 9pm, which will feature Electra, Nikki Adams, Sharde Ross, Tiffany Arieagus and Charity Charles. and the Lady Marissa at 10pm.

Rev Bishop Joe Gallant’s “Celebration of Life” takes place today at Holy Angels National Catholic Church at 1pm. All are welcome, but if you are unable to attend in person, zoom information is meeting #89920544651 and the password is 643349.

Wednesday, August 3

Hotspots Magazine and Happening Out TV present Pride Skate which this month is a “Caribbean Edition,” as an official pre-party to “Pride fete: An LGBTQ+ Caribbean Festival,” and you are challenged to “Rep Your Flag.” As always Pride Skate takes place at Xtreme Action Park from 7-10pm (the first Wednesday of every month) and is a fundraiser for Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and Street festival. The event features DJ T-Pro mix, divas Velvet Lenore and Rianna Petrone, skating, and a full liquor bar.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to: Xtremeactionpark.com/stonewall-pride-skate-nights.  

This is HOT

Queen + Adam Lambert announced details of Rhapsody Over London, an exclusive concert spectacular, filmed live at The O2 Arena, London during their current sold-out European Tour, that will premiere live on July 24 via Kiswe’s global streaming platform.

The concert will only be available until 31st July on the platform and accompanied by special VOD packages, where fans will have access to additional concerts and interviews. The acclaimed documentary ‘The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story’ will be available exclusively for ticket holders for a full two days prior to the livestream.

The concert was filmed during the band’s sold out 10-day run at The O2 Arena, London in early June. Having been attended by over half a million concert goers during the 2022 36-date European tour, Queen + Adam Lambert’s “Rhapsody Over London” live concert film is set to reach a worldwide audience of millions.

Adam Lambert’s vocal prowess and showmanship is a special effect in itself, soaring to the ecstatic high notes of “Somebody to Love”, and appearing on a bejewelled Harley Davidson bike for “Bicycle Race”. But at its heart the Rhapsody show stays a very human honouring of the core band’s work, as Brian May simply strums his acoustic guitar to 20,000 people for his A Night at the Opera gem “‘39”, and duets with film of Freddie on a moving “Love Of My Life”. Roger Taylor performs a majestic “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” as moments from Queen’s history poignantly plays out on the expansive screens.

Tickets are available from: livestream.queenonline.com.

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