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What’s Hot South Florida: August 4 – 17

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The Hotspots/Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean presents the August Opening night reception.

Thursday, August 4

Island City Stage presents “One In Two” by Donja R. Love, and directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Three actors sit in an ethereal waiting room. Each performance the audience chooses which actor must portray the lead character in this unforgiving story of a Black man diagnosed with HIV. But whose story is it, really, as one of every two Black gay men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime? How have these men been treated by the LGBT+ and Black communities? Through humor and pathos, Donja R. Love has written a deeply personal call to action and created an unflinching portrait of being Black and gay in America today. Today through September 4. Tickets are $35 at islandcitystage.org.

A happenstance encounter years ago with a tossed-aside newspaper became both a learning experience and a metaphor for South Florida-based artist Rhona Rubio, whose massive interactive installation will provide both the focal point and the impetus for a free workshop on how to stop human trafficking from 6 to 8pm at ArtServe (1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale). For more information, go to: Artserve.org.

Friday, August 5

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents a Singlet Party starring DJ Diego with a $10 cover after 10pm.

Saturday, August 6

Taste at the Track returns to Gulfstream Park this summer with a tantalizing array of food options between three different themed events. This fan favorite series combines the best of two worlds: food and drink and horse racing. Taking place in the third floor Flamingo Room overlooking the racetrack, guests can indulge in all-you-can-eat food and drink stations while taking in the excitement and energy of high stakes horse racing. The series starts tonight with Burgers & Brews. All events take place on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.; guests must be 21 and over to attend. Each unlimited tasting event is $50 per person.  Food and beverage offerings are subject to change. For more information on Taste at the Track and to purchase tickets, please visit: Gulfstreampark.com/events.

The Hotspots/Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean presents the August Opening night reception from 6-9pm. The August artists are Paul Cunningham, Joseph Skarzynski, Sherman Yee, Emily Greico, Dave Coon, Dennis Dean, and many more. Tonight, also features fashions by Luis Aponte.

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents “Summer Beach Party” starring Alex Ramos with a $10 cover after 10pm.

The Ramrod presents their monthly Pig Dance (First Saturday of the month) from 10pm to 3am with no cover.

Wednesday, August 10

Hotspots/Happening Out presents the monthly Vibes on the Drive, where we invite you to enjoy music at 6th Avenue Park from 5-8pm. This month featuring the sounds of Erica Gard. For more info, call JB at 754-333-0740.

Starting tonight and going through August 14 Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors celebrates their 1-year anniversary with lots of surprises and giveaways.

Friday August 12

VH1’s second season of “RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race” will premiere tonight at 8pm. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, nine celebrities from all walks of life have agreed to leave their famous identities behind as they fully embrace the miracle of drag. It will be kept secret who each contestant is until they are asked to sashay away, allowing viewers to focus on their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. Each week, the celebrities will undergo complete drag transformations and compete in the ultimate lip sync showdown based on a new category until one of them is crowned “America’s Next Celeb Drag Superstar” and awarded $100,000 for their favorite charity. The contestants will be mentored by “Queen Supremes” Brooke Lynn Heights, Jujubee, and Monét X Change. Additional “Drag Race” legends set to make special appearances this season include Eureka, Gottmik, Katya, Morgan McMichaels, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, and Violet Chachki. RuPaul returns as host alongside resident judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews.

Saturday, August 13

PrideFête, An LGBTQ+ Caribbean Festival takes place at Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve from 6pm to 11pm. So, get ready to whine your waist to the Caribbean beats and fill your belly with the soul cooking from the different Caribbean islands. PrideFête will have a ton of entertainment, including performances and deejays that will all embody the Caribbean Carnival spirit. There will also be traditional Caribbean food and community vendors that celebrate and cater to both the Caribbean culture and the LGBTQ+ community. Come and experience what is sure to be a great event for yourself. Pre-sale tickets are available now for $5 General Admission and $50 VIP, which include festival entry for 1, access to the indoor VIP lounge, 5 free drink tickets with a private VIP bar and complimentary Caribbean Hors D’ oeuvres. Visit www.pridefete.lgbt to learn more.

The Pub presents, direct from New York City the critically acclaimed and Mac Award nominee, Tym Moss live at 7pm.

NSU Art Museum presents Creativity Exploration: Up-Cycled Beads from noon to 1:30pm. Learn to make paper beads inspired by the wearable work of Ugandan artist, Sanaa Gateja and the draped sculptures of El Anatsui. Creativity Exploration adult workshops promote the benefits of creative exploration and the mind-to-body experience. Studies have shown that 45 minutes of creative activity a day reduces stress and offers mental clarity and relaxation. In addition to producing a sense of well-being, sessions expand participants’ perceptions of forms, while increasing brain connectivity through visual and cognitive stimulation. The workshop is led by educator Lark Keeler, a specialist in mindfulness education. $10 for members and $15 for non-members; 18+.

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents their monthly Full Moon Party starring Joshua Ruiz with a $10 cover after 10pm.

Hot Stuff

The 50th annual Miss Florida pageantry weekend takes place on Sunday, October 2 (Mr., at large and Supreme) and Monday, October 3 (Miss Florida) at the beautiful Venue Fort Lauderdale with doors opening at 7pm and pageants starting at 8pm each night. Tickets are now on sale at MissFloridaFIPageant.com. For more info call 954-478-4587.

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