Pride Skate Nights

Thursday, August 3

Tonight, is the monthly Pride Skate (first Thursday of the month) at Xtreme Action Park (5300 Powerline Road, Ft laud) and this month it’s a pre-party to Pridefete 2023. The night will star Velvet LeNore, DJ Tpro, a full liquor bar and lots of fun!

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

Relationships can be murder! In the height of the roaring twenties, Richard Loeb is obsessed with crime. Nathan Leopold is obsessed with Richard. Buzzed on adrenaline, they leave a trail of arson, theft, and vandalism in their wake before they conspire to commit the ultimate crime: a perfect murder. Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story with book, music and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff, slinks into South Florida from today through September 3 to close out Island City Stage’s 11th season. Tickets start at $40. A Mimosa Sunday performance sponsored by Jimmy Cunningham will be held on August 13 with tickets at $55. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit, call (954) 928-9800 or email

NSU Museum invites everyone to try out their popular Creativity Exploration Workshop during Starry Nights at 5pm. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members and this is an 18+ event. Reset and reflect in this workshop focused on cosmic harmony and making art on a mirrored surface. Use a variety of materials to consider the systems you connect with and the identity you curate. On Starry Nights, join award-winning teaching artist and specialist in mindfulness education, Lark Keeler as you discover new ways to expand creativity, build critical thinking skills, and explore how art can be used as an effective tool for learning and communication. RSVP at

Friday, August 4

From today through August 30 Michael Vadnal Productions in coordination with Empire Stage present “Oleanna” by David Mamet. Tickets are $35 (save 20% with code EARLY) by calling 954-678-1496 or by going to

Saturday, August 5

Hotspots/Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean presents and celebrates artists from the Caribbean and their art in honor of Pridefete 2023 from 6-9pm. Artists featured are Frantz Zephirin, Akada X, Julian Kerr, Andrew Hollimon, Axel Martinez, Lupe Lawrence, J. Saint Lore, and Franklyn Sinanan. Also featuring art installations by Jamie Ricardo Rodriguez, hors d’oeuvres by Union Kitchen Bar, and 2 chances to win a VIP ticket to Pridefete.

Campion College Dance Society Presents: ROOTS endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports in Jamaica as one of the official events of the country’s 61st independence celebration at The Parker today at 8pm and tomorrow, Sunday August 6 at 7pm. Get ready to be captivated by an explosive fusion of culture, tradition and artistry with Roots, a vibrant and dynamic Afro-Caribbean dance performance that highlights the struggles facing the country and the optimism in the hearts of its people. Featuring a beautiful mix of modern contemporary and Afro-Caribbean folk forms fused with jazz and infused with reggae and dancehall, the repertoire transcends nationality and ethnicity to connect deeply with the viewing audience. Tickets start at $25 at or; by phone at 954.462.0222; in person at The Parker box office and the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office.

Wednesday, August 9

The Bite Eatery (2715 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach), with 10 different authentic dining options that is every food lover’s dream, will host a school supply drive and happy hour from 5:30-7:30 pm to ensure that students in Broward County Public Schools are prepared for school. Donations of school supplies or cash to purchase them will be gratefully accepted and benefit students served by Broward Education Foundation, Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center, and Children’s Harbor as they prepare for the back-to-school season. Suggested items to bring include backpacks, spiral notebooks, rulers, composition books, pens, glue sticks, scissors, crayons, markers, colored pencils, notebook paper and pocket folders. During the event, guests are invited to enjoy one free drink and sample delicious bites while they contribute to a great cause. To RSVP, email or visit

Outshine Film Festival’s Cocktails and Cinema presents a free event: Red, White & Royal Blue at Regal Cinemas South Beach at 7pm. Based on the Casey McQuiston Novel of the same name, this story focuses on Alex, the First Son of the United States and his rivalry with the young prince, Henry. After causing a major uproar at the older Prince’s Brother’s wedding, the two are forced to avoid a national incident by up playing their nonexistent friendship with a goodwill visit to the UK. Their rivalry soon turns into a forced friendship and then blossoms into something even more. The two try to keep their relationship a secret despite their highly public lives amid his mother’s re-election campaign as the first female President. Get your tickets at:

Thursday, August 10

Starting today and going all weekend through Sunday, August 13, Hamburger Mary’s celebrates their 2-year anniversary “Red and Wild Strawberry Social,” where if you wear red you can win as there are contests, giveaways, games, and prizes. We here at Hotspots wish the entire team at HBM a very happy anniversary and wish them many more years of success!!

Starting today and going through September 23, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre presents their 27th annual Juried exhibition. “This amazing exhibit will provide a glimpse into the diverse work and the unique perspectives of 50 different photographers, many of them members of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre,” said Fatima NeJame, president of PBPC. “This year’s winners will be announced at the exhibition’s free live opening reception on August 9. The exhibition will also be featured on ourwebsite at” The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching life through the photographic arts.

Storks (2505 NE 15th Ave, Wilton Manors) invites you to a “Meet & Greet” of artist Jose Silva from 6:30pm till 9:30pm. While there you can see Jose’s works displayed as part of Storks monthly “Artist on the Walls.”

Broward House (417 SE 18th Court, Ft Laud) invites everyone to join them for an evening of Construction, Cocktails & Mocktails from 5:30 to 7pm where your donation can make a lasting impact. You have a unique opportunity to help rebuild the home and haven for those living with HIV that was recently devastated by flood damage. Enjoy casual cocktail reception, meet their Care Guides, and witness the work to be done. Take a tour of their buildings under construction and see the place where people once lived and thrived. Hear the stories of hope and healing that have been happening there for 35 years, and what it means to rebuild and continue providing a home for those in need. RSVP at

Friday, August 11

Riverwalk Rhythm & Brews presented by Funky Buddha takes place from 5-9pm at Esplanade Park. Enjoy an evening in the park with Funky Brews, lawn games, food trucks and live music from The Ricca Project.

Anthony Winn Entertainment, Rails Marketing, Tpromix, and Nik Nak London present the official pre-party for Pridefete 2023 at Escape (300 SW 1st Ave, Ft Lauderdale) from 11pm to 4am. There will be a performance by Miss Pridefete 2023 Bella and a raffle to win an upgraded Pridefete VIP ticket (purchase a pre-sale Pridefete GA ticket to be entered into the raffle).

Saturday, August 12

Hotspots Magazine/Happening Out Television Network in association with Pride Fort Lauderdale present the 2nd annual Pridefete: An LGBTQ+ Caribbean Festival at Richardson Park from 6-11pm. Last year over 1,000 people attended and this year its expected that there will be even more in attendance. The event will feature hosts Octavia Yearwood and Kerry and Pierre, with performances by Richard Forbes, DJ SheJ Hercules, DJ Aika, TP Lords, Oscar Novva, and many more including masqueraders and a parade. General admission tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door and VIP tickets, which include 5 drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and an air-conditioned space are $80 in advance and $100 at the door. For more information see the feature in this mag or go to

The official after party for Pridefete takes place at Noche Latina Saturdays at the Manor Complex and stars resident DJ Duniel (Cuban), performances by Angie Ovahness Pryce (Haitian) and Yeisa Jovovich (Puerto Rican) as well as sexy Latin Go-Go Papi’s. Doors open at 11pm and admission is only $5 for Fl res until midnight.

Tuesday, August 15

The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents their July Mixer at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale (999 N. Ft Laud beach Blvd) from 5:30 to 7pm. The event includes a complimentary welcome drink, Cash Bar with happy hour prices, complimentary appetizers, complimentary valet parking for 2 hours, and giveaways. Admission is free for members with early registration or $5 within 24 hours of event; future members $10 with early registration and $15 within 24 hours of event. For more info, contact Keith at

Thursday, August 17

Pub on the Drive presents the grand opening of Pride Hub at The Pub at 4pm, their new open space design which is one of Wilton Manors largest covered back patio’s. 

Gay Men’s Chorus of South FloridaAuditions

Are you ready to hit the high notes and harmonize with some of the most talented voices in South Florida for Season 14? Join the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida and be a part of an inclusive, vibrant, and diverse community that celebrates music, art, and individuality! The chorus does not require that members identify as gay, bisexual, or male. Audition Dates: Saturday, August 12, 1pm; and Tuesday, August 15, 7:30pm at the Sunshine Cathedral Center of the Performing Arts. Please register by going to

HOT Stuff

GLSEN announced that actor and activist Wilson Cruz (Star Trek) will be the new chair of board and award-winning journalist and TIME 100 Most Influential People Imara Jones will join as Vice Chair.

National LGBTQ Task Force announced Pose star Dominique Jackson will receive the National Leadership Award at the 50th anniversary National Gala for her part in furthering the Task Force’s mission to advance freedom, justice, and full equality for all LGBTQ people. The Gala is the premier annual celebration of South Florida’s LGBTQ community with this year’s theme “Forever Strong, Unapologetically Queer” speaking to the organization’s determination in uplifting the LGBTQ community. The funds raised by this year’s Gala will fuel the organization’s work to advance the rights and security of LGBTQ people in S. Florida and across the country. The Gala date is October 14 in Miami Beach, Florida.