Last Friday I headed down to South Beach because I had to get up early Saturday for Miami Beach Gay Pride. After eating dinner with friends at Next Café (delish, by the way) I decided to take advantage of being in walking distance to many of the bars and went to Score for their Filthy Gorgeous Fridays, which was wall to wall people. Afterwards I finally had a chance to check out Edison Farrow’s Hype Fridays (which was also my first time at 721 Lounge) and this place is super cool. It has a very comfortable, loungy feeling. Kudos to the designer for creating such a chic, upscale, yet comfortable atmosphere. My last stop was Mova, which is always a fun place to be. Then it was off to bed as the alarm was going off at 7 am.
Saturday morning we went to Miami AIDS Walk, which once again was a success, and then ran to the beach to start setting up the Hotspots display at 9 am. Miami Beach Gay Pride was amazing in its inaugural year last year, but this year was even better. I don’t know what the official numbers were, but I am sure it was well over 25,000 people. The parade lasted for over 1 hour and the festival was busy from opening at 12 noon to closing at 8 pm. The featured performances on the main stage were Robin S., Crystal Waters (who turned up the PURE LOVE), Estelle and a two and a half hour set by DJ Danny Tenaglia. Saturday night I went to Discotekka for their 3rd anniversary, which was a tribute to the cinema and featured skits by house divas Vegas Dion, TP Lords, Gina D’Angelo, Victoria Sky and Poizon Ivy. As usual the club was packed.
The Florida Gay Rodeo Association presented the 5th Annual Sunshine Stampede, which I attended on Sunday to a packed house. I heard from co-workers that Saturday was just as busy. In addition, Scandals Saloon, an official sponsor of the FGRA and a platinum corporate sponsor of the Sunshine Stampede, was packed all weekend both in the bar and in the VIP Ranch. From the opening party on Friday to the closing party on Sunday, Scandals was wall to wall men! Congratulations go out to the Miami Beach Gay Pride board, Wendy, Joe, Vegas, Danny, Milancita and the staff at Discotekka, the FGRA and Ken, Lloyd and the staff at Scandals for such a fabulous weekend!
Thursday, April 22
Cuchifrito Thursdays celebrates the birthday of their DJ and promoter Miik. Don’t forget the $500 underwear contest at midnight hosted by TP Lords and sponsored by Elite Underwear.
“The Sum of Us” by David Stevens runs at the Rising Action Theatre from tonight to May 30th, Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm and Sun at 7 pm. Admission to the show only is $35.00, with show and Primavera dinner $60. Use discount code “hot” and save $5.00 on new orders placed through April 25th for any show (discount code not valid for low price preview Thursday, April 22nd). How’s a guy supposed to find Mr. Right when his father won’t stop trying to help? That is the premise of the show. A hit off Broadway with Tony Goldwyn and then a movie with Russel Crowe, “The Sum of Us” was called by Variety “a father son play with a big heart and plenty of laughs.” “The Sum of Us” is directed by Steven A. Chambers, who directed “The Normal Heart” for the Public Theatre. This production stars John McGlothlin, who received amazing acclaim for our production of “Bent,” and also features Ned Cray and Linda Ellis. Tickets are available at www.risingactiontheatre.com or by calling 1 800-595-4849. Groups and subscribers call 954 561-2225.
You are cordially invited to the Green Hopper’s second annual Earth Day Get Together between 4 and 6 pm on April 24th at the Green Hopper’s headquarters, 2403 N. Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors. Remember, you can call the Hopper for a pick up!
Friday, April 23
Living Room Nightclub presents the “Leave Living Room Alone Party” starring Chris Crocker from the “Leave Brittney Spears Alone!” viral video.
Tout, the new magazine that unfolds its features right before your very eyes every Friday at the Manor on Friday, presents its Hollywood Dolls Edition, starring DJ Chaos with door by Chyna Doll and hosted by Omar Gonzalez and his troop with special performances by Erika Norell, Daisy D and cast and a special performance by Kaya Jones of the world famous Pussycat Dolls performing the smash hits “Dontcha,” “Buttons,” and “Holywood Dolls.”
Sandals by the bay will be celebrating Yoya’s birthday with an explosive party, so be sure to check it out!
Saturday, April 24
Atomic/Boom presents the birthday bash for resident DJ Paulie with a CD giveaway and other surprises all night long!
Broward House and Bill’s present Jerry Halliday and Divas Gone Wild at 9:30 pm. They will feature no cover, but are accepting donations for Broward House at the door. In addition they will be featuring Florida’s own Dame Edna in the main room at 7:30 and 8:30 pm.
Sunday, April 25
Sidelines starts their Sizzlin’ Summer Cook-off Competition tonight with a chili cook-off. On May 23rd they will have a BBQ ribs cook-off followed by a hot wings cook-off on June 27th. On July 25th they will present the finals of the summer cook-off competition with prizes awarded to the top 3 chefs.
Tuesday, April 27
Madison’s Ultimat Martini Madness presents a new way to play the game show “Lets Make a Deal” from 7 to 9 pm at the Manor. The night is hosted by Dale Madison and Nicolette and they will be giving away over $2,500 in prizes.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Rachael Sage will appear at ArtsUnited’s Performing Arts Series presented by RBC Wealth Management at the Broward Center’s New River Room. “Genuine talent…Sage has a knack for writing melodies that will break your heart without making you feel manipulated in the process” RollingStone.com. Independent Music Award Winner Rachael Sage has been compared to Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan. Sage is the third concert of the ArtsUnited Performing Arts Series presented by RBC Wealth Management, featuring out gay and lesbian recording artists. The concert series is presented with the help and support of a Broward Center’s Arts Access Grant, RBC Wealth Management and Tripp Scott Attorneys at Law. Sage performs at 7:30 pm at the Broward Center’s Abdo River Room, 201 SW 5th Ave in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $15 general admission and available by calling 954 462-0222 or online at BrowardCenter.com – For more information visit ArtsUnitedOnline.org/PerformingArtSeries.html
Wednesday, April 28
Bill’s is featuring their monthly Full Moon Party with lots of surprises and then at 10:30 pm they present their popular weekly Lets Make a Deal or No Deal game show hosted by Nikki Adams.
Who will become the next Fleshjack Boy? Fleshjack, the #1 selling gay sex toy in the world, has started its voting process to find additional porn stars for their Fleshjack Boys line of products. Eighteen models were nominated by Fleshjack customers and three will be selected as finalists to become official Fleshjack Boys. Porn stars in the running are: Tyler Saint, Tommy Defendi, Steve Cruz, Bobby Clark, Brent Everett, Pierre Fitch, Adam Killian, Ryan Raz, Ridge Kane, Brent Corrigan, Carter Nash, Matthew Rush, Nate Karlton, Steven Daigle, Austin Wilde, Cameron Marshall, Jayden Grey and Tommy D. Daniel Pacheco, affiliate manager for Fleshjack, said “Fleshjack is constantly seeking to improve and expand our product line. We’re striving to ensure our customers are satisfied as our customers opinions are certainly appreciated.” Pacheco added, “We are working with several of the top and most popular gay porn stars, all of the boys nominated have worked hard to get where they’re at today. I wish all of the contestants the best of luck.” The contest officially ends on May 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm PST. You may cast your vote by visiting FleshJack.com/boy-search/
Cozmos Lounge presents the Ginch Gonch Amateur Strip Contest every Monday with $750 in cash and prizes every week. Cozmos is 18 to enter and 21 to drink and no cover.
My friend, Uwe Schroeder, has started a new company in which he designs leather cuffs called Wolf Cuff, a uniquely designed collection of leather cuffs constructed on the idea of two separate pieces of leather intricately interlocking to form a cuff for the wrist. It’s simple yet sturdy basis of one piece of leather going thru a cutout within the 2nd piece of leather, then riveted together assures the cuff to never come apart and sets it aside in craftsmanship and quality to other comparable products. Each piece is handcrafted and therefore one of a kind. Every facet of the manufacturing of each Wolf Cuff is engineered to not only make the product more durable but supplies esthetic artwork to each cuff. From the rivets placement, color, and type to other appliqués such as rhinestones, cutouts and medallions, ensures that the possibilities of appearance are endless. Based on ten basic designs for the standard line, the consumer can create a personalized piece that can withstand the test of time. Branching out consumers can now purchase cuffs made of alligator, stingray, and with lines for the rodeo, AIDS Walk, and that have watch faces, etc. Wolf Cuff will have a booth in front of Alibi throughout rodeo weekend. Stop by and say hello. You can check them out at WolfCuff.com
The Pride Factory has hysterical new graphic tees that are definitely worth the trip to go see. Once there I am sure you will not be able to resist the urge to purchase at least one. The graphic tees range from $23 to $25.
The most fabulous gay short of 2009 headlines this new gay shorts collection! John Sobrack’s “Boycrazy” is a wonderful, colorful, romantic, musical-comedy about a fresh-faced gay guy searching for love — at the gym, the beach and in a singing chat room! This top-notch package also includes the gay emo sexting drama, “Dish” (it’s been called the “gay lose your virginity movie”) and the precursor to last year’s popular feature Were The World Mine, Tom Gustafson’s inspiring short film “Fairies.” Plus: “The Backroom,” a romance between two art lovers; “Frequent Traveler,” about a guy with a crush on an airport guard; and “Teddy,” a wistful story of a man trying to win back his ex. The DVD, which is 98 minutes long, is available from WolfeVideo.com for only $19.95.