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What’s Hot South Florida: Dec. 8 – 21

Friday, December 9

Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors presents RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Lala Ri performing during Dinning With The Divas at 8 and 10pm. If you are busy Friday, don’t worry as Lala will be back again on Saturday at 8 and 10pm, and on Sunday, December 11 for brunch. To make a reservation, go to Hamburgermarys.com/wiltonmanors.

Diva’s Holiday Party Returns for one night Only at the Lakeworth Playhouse at 8pm. Join some of your favorite Queens and host Pepper Monroe at her annual holiday celebration! Be prepared to laugh your way into the holiday season. For Tickets which are $25, call 561-586-6410  or go to Lakeworthplayhouse.org.

Saturday, December 10

Pub on the Drive presents Ike Avelli and Tym Moss in “Shades of Gay” Holiday Extravaganza at 8pm with special guest Angel Elektra. If you can’t make it tonight, they will be performing on Sunday, at 7pm with special guest Shay D’Pines.

Sunday, December 11

Cocktails for Compass is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and some special guests are making this year a not-to-miss event! For the past 20 years, the second Sunday in December has been a special night for Compass LGBTQ+ Community Center as the area’s most influential residents gather in support of Compass’ mission. Cocktails for Compass takes place at Club Colette, and local attorney and influencer Bill Bone will be emceeing the evening and introducing special guest speaker, and former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kevin McClatchy. The evening features: cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, a carving station, a silent auction, and dancing. For more information about Compass and its programs, please visit at CompassGLCC.com.

Miami Beach will host the city’s first-ever Human Rights Expo at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Drive). The event will bring together 10 volunteer committees dealing with everything from human rights to Black affairs, affordable housing, and other topics of equality. Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year to commemorate the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The following committees will be participating: Human Rights, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Black Affairs, Disability Access, Health Care Task Force Subcommittee, Hispanic Affairs, Homeless, LGBTQIA+, Quality Education, and Commission for Women.

Monday, December 12

The City of Wilton Manors, The Wilton Manors Business Association, Hotspots/Happening Out and the Crown & Anchor Provincetown presents the annual Wilton Manors Holiday Spectacular at Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve at 7pm. The night will star Tony and Grammy nominated Jeremy Jordan, who will be accompanied by Broadway musical director Benjamin Rauhala as well as many other artists. For tickets or VIP tickets, go to: WMBA.biz/holiday.

Tuesday, December 13

Sunserve presents Pride Night at Bahama Breeze Island Grille from 6:30-9:30pm. The night will be hosted by Jasmine Pryce Lords and will feature Aaliyah Jae and DJ Trevor Oldroyd. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to Sunserve. For more info visit: Sunserve.org/Bahama.

Thursday, December 15

The Miami Dade Gay Chamber of Commerce in association with Pridelines presents the 15th annual HoliGay Celebration and toy Drive at the LGBT Visitors Center (1130 Washington Avenue) from 6-9pm. The event features music, food, open bar, entertainment, DJ Jess and many surprises. Admission is an unwrapped toy or a $20 contribution. RSVP at Gaybizmiami.com.

Friday, December 16

Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors presents RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni A’Keria C. Davenport performing during Dinning With The Divas at 8 and 10pm. If you are busy Friday, don’t worry as A’Keria will be back again on Saturday at 8 and 10pm. To make a reservation, go to Hamburgermarys.com/wiltonmanors.

Historic Stranahan House Museum (335 SE 6th Avenue) will be decking the halls, the walls and more with spectacular Victorian era décor for the Victorian Christmas Tours in December. Costumed tour guides in fabulous gowns and waist coats narrate the origins of many holiday traditions and demonstrate how pioneers celebrated Christmas as they take guests on a whimsical journey of Christmas past amid picture-perfect Victorian era décor. Tours are one hour and are scheduled from Friday-Sunday, from today through the 18 and Friday, December 23. There is a maximum of 10 visitors per tour. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for museum members and can be purchased at stranahanhouse.org/events. For any additional information, please call (954) 524-4736.

Saturday, December 17

The Eagle Wilton Manors presents a Holiday customer appreciation event entitled “Thanks” which stars DJ Drew G.

Art Walk Wilton Manors takes place today (3rd Saturday of the month Oct-May) from 6-9pm on Wilton Drive. For more information go to: AWWM.org.

Art Walk Wilton Manors

Tuesday, December 20

The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents their annual holiday mixer at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale form 5:30-7pm. This event will feature the famous Mermaids and Aquamen show in the Wreck bar. They will also be awarding several grants celebrating LGBTQ business resilience as part of their partnership with the NGLCC and Grubhub community Impact Program. The event will feature complimentary beer and wine for the entire event, complimentary Hors D’oeuvres, a chance to win a two night stay with breakfast and a chance to win dinner for two at Naked Crab. Members are complimentary with early registration and $5 within 24 hours, and nonmembers are $10 with early registration and $15 within 24 hours. Valet parking only $5. For more info contact Keith at: Keith@gflglcc.org.

The original Fort Lauderdale’s Gay Men’s Chorus will be celebrating the retirement of Dr. Gary Keating after over 35 years of service at Drynk Bar and Lounge from 6:30-9:30pm. Admission is $25 in advance (ftlgmcgary.brownpapertickets.com) and $30 at the door and includes appetizers (courtesy of the Pub), a drawing ticket, a silent auction, and happy hour drink prices.

This is HOT

On behalf of myself and the entire Hotspots/Happening Out team I would like to wish my friend, Faye Albernas (Fay What Show), a HUGE CONGRATS on winning SFGN’s Best Local Television Personality. The other nominees, who we congratulate as well, were Craig Stevens, Brandon Orr, Steve Mclaughlin and Ted Scouten. We are so proud of our shining star Fay…We love you!!

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