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In Issue 25

What’s hot around town, what to do, where to go and the hottest toys and gifts!
Well it seemed like it was just New Year’s Eve, and then I blinked and it was Gay Days 2009. Because Hotspots Magazine is the only Florida-based media sponsor our friends Chris Manley and his team treated us like royalty. There were 2 official hotels: the Royal Plaza and the Regal Sun. We were given a gorgeous 2 bedroom suite on the penthouse floor of the Regal Sun, which quite frankly I was considering moving into permanently. I should have taken a pic of the gigantic Jacuzzi tub that was in my room….wish I had one of those in my house! Gaydays.com had events all weekend starting Thursday night and going through Sunday night including Typhoon Lagoon, a pageant, bear parties and lots of pool parties with sexy men. I saw more men in bathing suits (or less) than even I expected. Lots of sexy memories burned into my head…..hehe!! In addition to the Gaydays.com official parties, all the gay clubs around town had events and then, of course, there were all the circuit parties. As it always is, Gay Days weekend was the biggest party weekend in Florida.
The next 2 weekends are also packed with events as this weekend is the 10th annual Stonewall Street Festival in the heart of Wilton Manors, and next weekend is the annual St Pete Pride Festival. Check out the Hotspots Magazine team at both events, and please come up and say hello!

Thursday – June 18
Annie Akiko Meyers is appearing at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, at 8:00 pm. For tickets and information call 305-448-7421 or visit CommunityArtsProgram.org. Impassioned performances, compelling music making and mastery of a broad and varied selection of music have made Anne Akiko Meyers one of today’s most sought-after violinists. She burst into national prominence at age 11 when she twice performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. By the time her debut disc of the Barber and Bruch violin concertos was released at age 18, she was recognized as one of the stars of her generation.
Fiesta Thursdays at Bill’s presents the Pride weekend kick-off party with show time at 11:30 starring Electra as Judy Garland.

Friday – June 19
The Living Room presents the official opening party of Stonewall.
This is the first of what Mark and Christian promise me will be many themed events and is entitled CIRCUS. The entire club will turn into a giant, freaky three ring CIRCUS hosted by Americas Got Talent superstar Derrick Barry (The best Britney Spears impersonator I have ever seen). Check him out at DerrickBritney.com. They are also going to have a very special DJ that weekend and there will be no cover for this event as a gift to their customers. They encourage everyone to dress like circus freaks, and they will have a body painter on hand to paint attendees if desired.
The Art of Being Straight opens today at Sunrise Cinemas Gateway 4 in Fort Lauderdale. “The Art of Being Straight” is an upbeat comedy about a
group of post-graduate twenty-somethings who have encounters with gay and straight partners in an attempt to figure out their true orientation, all while struggling with entry-level jobs.
Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, under the artistic direction of Anthony Cabrera, presents its Spring concert “Look: Back, Inward & Forward.” This celebration of the Miami Gay Mens Chorus’ fabulous first decade features a sparkling selection of audience favorites from ABBA to Sondheim to Elton John. The lively retrospective will be followed by MGMC’s premiere of Through A Glass, Darkly with music and lyrics by Michael Shaieb, a bold new choral theater work that wrestles with the drama of contemporary relationships combined with crystal methamphetamine addiction, a growing community flashpoint. The musical score mixes the driving beat of the club scene with brilliant solos and a dramatic performance by the entire chorus that ends on a powerful note of hope. The Colony Theater at 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach Friday, June 19th at 8 pm, Saturday, June 20th at 2 pm and 8 pm. Regular seating $20, premium $30. Special pricing for seniors and students with ID. Saturday matinee regular seating $15, premium $25.
The Ramrod presents Man Dance starring DJ Herbie James.
The Alibi presents Mark Lee (the construction worker from the Village People) on the main stage at 9:45 pm. Mark will also be performing on Sunday at 9:45 pm and then again on Tuesday in the Manchester room at 9 pm.

Saturday – June 20
Stonewall Afterdark on Parade presented by Hotspots Magazine (that’s us) takes place tonight at 7pm. For more information see StonewallStreetFestival.com
Compass in West Palm has many events in honor of Stonewall starting at 6 pm with the Stonewall Awards Ceremony at Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast. Compass’ Leadership Award & Compass’ Faces of the Community Award will be presented with special guest Elaine Noble. Elaine is the first openly lesbian or gay candidate elected to major office. At 7 pm they feature dinner in CityPlace. Dine out at participating CityPlace restaurants and receive 10% off your check. At 8:30 pm the present the annual Stonewall Ball. Dance the night away at the Harriet Himmel while enjoying the hottest hits, silent auction and dessert treats. The after party starts ar 12 midnight at The Lounge on Clematis St.

The Orlando Gay Chorus presents Oz and Beyond, the music of Harold Arlen tonight at 7:35 pm and tomorrow at 4:35 pm at the Plaza Theatre. For more information go to  OrlandoGayChorus.org.
Score’s Bigger Saturdays celebrates DJ Abel’s 30th year in the music industry tonight and they invite everyone to come celebrate and honor the man who has kept people dancing for 30 years.
Charlie David, the multi-talented star of the popular here! TV network’s long-running series Dante’s Cove, will be greeting his many fans at a live appearance at the Pride Factory in Fort Lauderdale from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon. Charlie is visiting South Florida to promote the award-winning film Mulligans, which he co-produced, wrote and starred in. Charlie has been a host for E! Television, NBC, OutTV, here! TV, Pink TV, EGO, Fine Living and Life Network on such shows as FYE!, SpyTV, Crash Test Mommy and his travel series Bump!, which now airs in over 10 countries worldwide. Charlie’s writing has been published by Instinct, National Youth Ambassador, Adventure Women, Outlooks, BoyCrazy! and AfterElton.com. In 2005 Out Magazine recognized Charlie in the ‘Out 100’ at their gala in New York. In 2007 the Philadelphia Film Society awarded Charlie with their Rising Star Award. In 2008 the Festival del Sol in Gran Canaria awarded their Best Male Actor Award to Charlie and the male cast of A Four Letter Word. Having enjoyed life on the road with music and modeling contracts across North America and Europe, Charlie is now focused on film and TV with recent roles in the films, A Four Letter Word and Kiss the Bride, and on ABC’s Ugly Betty, Bravo!’s Godiva’s, Showtime’s Reefer Madness, Movie Central/Movie Channel’s award winning Terminal City and starring in a 4th season of Dante’s Cove. Located at 850 Northeast 13th Street in Fort Lauderdale near the railroad tracks and The Depot, Pride Factory has plenty of off-street lot parking. For more information visit PrideFactory.com or Blog.MenOnTheNet.com.
Sidelines wishes to draw attention to and commemorate those individuals who fought for fairness, acceptance and the right to love whomever they chose. To that end, Sidelines will participate in the Stonewall Street Festival Parade beginning at 7:00 pm and cruising down Wilton Drive. Sidelines plans to organize a candlelight procession consisting of friends, loyal patrons, VIPs, staff (those not working) and anyone who wants to join in. The procession will lead with a banner held by two customers, followed by co-owners Laurie Whittaker and Marty Kildea, who will ride in a convertible. The main marching unit will consist of Sidelines customers and friends holding lit candles as a tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. “This is what our community is all about,” commented Laurie Whittaker, co-owner of Sidelines Sports Bar. She continued, “We simply wanted to thank those who came and went before us to show our appreciation for making our lives a little bit easier.”
Historic Downtown Hollywood is going to the dogs with canine-friendly festivities during the free monthly ArtWalk event and at the Dogs of Summer Festival in the ArtsPark at Young Circle. The 2000 block of Harrison Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during ArtWalk, providing plenty of room for strolling with your favorite four-footed friend or dancing in the streets to the lively sounds of JP Soars and The Red Hots. The International Blues Challenge winner will present a free concert from 7 to 10 pm on the balcony of Harrison Court at 2028 Harrison Street.

Sunday – June 21
Stonewall Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale invites you to join in the celebratory uprising that will be the 2009 Stonewall Street Festival today from 10 am to 5 pm. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which is internationally recognized as the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement. For more information see StonewallStreetFestival.com
Scandals Saloon will host Mutiny, the official closing party of the Stonewall Street Festival, starting at 6 pm.
Bill’s presents a special show starring Mark Lee at 7 pm. Mark is the construction worker from the Village People. His appearance will be followed by a special Pride edition of Trannie Palace.
Voodoo Lounge and Gary Santis present a Gay Pride Event starring DJ Tony Moran. Doors open at 7 pm with no cover before 8 pm.
Tequesta Drum/Dance/Fire Circle Celebration Summer Solstice from sunset to midnight at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Ft Lauderdale at the Primitive Camp Area hosted by Moonpath Circle. Bring your drums, drums, drums for all levels of drummers. Come synchronize rhythm before the great fire at the Tequesta Circle or bring any complimentary instrument, dance, watch or just socialize. The bonfire will be lit around sunset. Announcements and ceremony around 9 pm. Serpentine Arborvitae will lead us in group chants/vocalizations. The Radical Faeries will conduct a short ceremony welcoming in the season of rains and winds. Bring your own snacks and drinks, chairs and blankets. A community altar is typically created, built a little bit by everyone who attends. Folks tend to place items on this area for energy charging and then take them back home.

Monday – June 22
The Alibi presents Jennifer McClain performing live in the Manchester room at 9, 10 and 11pm.

Tuesday – June 23
Underwear Tuesdays just got better at the Stable with the sexy underwear contest at 12:30 am. Winner receives a $25 bar tab and $25 cash.
STOMP ~ 6/23 – 28 @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents STOMP tonight through June 28th. Stomp is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards,  rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
Score’s Planeta Macho presents Luau where they invite everyone to party Hawaiian style with free lei’s to everyone. The night stars DJ George Ferrero, Javier Sainz on drums, DJ Ruben and
Ricardito La La La and his dancers on the second level.

Wednesday – June 24
Fred Ullmann the owner and operator of Horizon Tire, invite’s the entire community to a free car clinic at 6 pm. Please RSVP to Kate at 954-771-3285.
Blacklight Wednesdays at the Stable features a Best Body Paint Contest where the winner receives a $25 bar tab. They furnish the markers, you furnish the body. The contest begins at midnight.

Hot Stuff
Today the True Colors Fund and Love and Pride are excited to announce the launch of the True Colors Jewelry Collection. The True Colors Collection takes its name from the critically acclaimed, world-wide entertainment phenomenon known as the True Colors Tour and all the friends, faces and families who make up the experience. The True Colors Collection is about uniting our diverse community with a common symbol and goal.  These inspiring, dramatic designs for women and men are a fresh update on the symbolic rainbow, using the strength of titanium and a unique design technique that brings out the “true colors” from within each piece in the collection.  10% of all proceeds from the Collection will go to support the True Colors Fund’s efforts to inspire and empower everyone, GLBT and straight, to get involved in ensuring equality for the GLBT community. In celebration of June being GLBT Pride Month, Love and Pride is excited to offer a 20% discount on this brand new collection, now through Monday, June 15th.   The collection can be purchased at LoveAndPride.com.

PhotoShowerCurtain.com manufactures one-of-a-kind, custom fabric shower curtains using a wide range of photographic images and digital designs submitted by the customer. In the past, some companies have offered custom shower curtain sizes using a small selection of traditional fabrics, hand painted fabric curtains or stock designs on vinyl, but before now none have offered a fully imaged photo quality shower curtain. Photo Shower Curtains are printed using a sublimation process which fuses the image into the fabric to make a permanent, extremely durable, high detail image. The process does not change the feel of the fabric and the image will not fade, crack, or peel. Quality fabrics and state of the art digital imaging yield products with photo realistic durable images that can be laundered repeatedly with no fading or shrinkage. Orders may be placed on the PhotoShower Curtain.com site and paid by credit or debit card. Single orders are $149 – $199 and shipped free in 2-4 weeks. Institutional orders are priced based on quantity ordered and shipped in 4-8 weeks. For product details, design guidelines and quotes call toll-free 888.DOMYBATH. To view sample curtains or for more information go to PhotoShowerCurtain.com
The south of the border hotties Chico’s Angels have now landed online! These Latina sex goddesses have just opened for business with their new website at ChicosAngels.com.   On the website one can find everything about these captivating detectives.  The heavenly website contains weekly-updated Angel blogs, Angels bios, hot videos, on-fire merchandise and the ability to buy tickets for this summer’s stage
show.  
Gay travelers always find a warm welcome in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Now they receive the same treatment even before they board their flights on SAS thanks to the airline’s dedicated web page for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual/transgender travelers: FlySAS.com/gay.
The site offers GLBT maps, guides and event calendars for both cities plus insider tips on bars, cafés, restaurants and nightspots straight (well, not entirely “straight”) from SAS crew members.
The City of Miami Commission voted 5 to 0 to adopt a Domestic Partnership Ordinance last Thursday, becoming the third municipality in Miami-Dade County to do so.
Commissioners Angel Gonzalez, Marc Sarnoff, Joe M. Sanchez,
Tomas P. Regalado and Michelle Spence-Jones voted in favor of the ordinance. The new ordinance will allow the City of Miami to offer health benefits to the declared domestic partners and their
children of city employees in the same manner as the city offers such benefits to spouses of married heterosexual employees. The ordinance was similarly adopted by the City of Miami Beach and the City of North Miami. Miami-Dade County also offers similar benefits to county employees as the result of work done by SAVE Dade and its partners for an ordinance passed in May of last year.

When Love Takes Over

What do you get when one of the world’s most in demand producers and one of the world’s most in demand vocalists combine their talents? What if the producer was hit maker and ambassador of the club culture David Guetta and the vocalist was internationally revered Pop/R&B goddess and Grammy winner Kelly Rowland (who by the way is FIERCE as the hostess of the Fashion Show on Bravo)? Following an astounding live premiere at this year’s Winter Music Conference, David Guetta presents “When Love Takes Over” featuring Kelly Rowland, a song that crossed pop culture barriers from all over the world when it was released digitally in April and will be released physically on June 29th. As the song itself proclaims….”it never felt so good, ’cause I can feel it coming over me, I wouldn’t stop if I could’ and that’s exactly what fans around the world are feeling when they listen to this exhilarating pop anthem, which is definitely set to be the sound of the summer of 2009. The song’s remix package features re-rubs from club experts Laidback Luke, Norman Doray & Arno Cost, Albin Myers and Abel Ramos.

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