Last Tuesday, Rumors Bar is featured a surprise 80th birthday party for the one and only TonyDee, where many of his friends and colleagues came out to celebrate. Also on Tuesday, Hunters featured Diego’s Birthday party, and it was obvious from the turnout that Diego s very loved in this town! On Wednesday, Equality Florida presented an Equality Connection at Chill Wine Lounge where Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to their organization to gather, mingle and learn more about the work of Equality Florida and how to support equality in Florida. On Thursday, The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) presented their monthly Spotlight Mega-Mixer Networker at Museum of Contemporary Modern Art and as usual this was well attended. On Friday my friend, and friend to our community, Electra in association with friends and family presented a Musical Tribute to the talented Terry M. Cain (October 24 1961-June 23, 2015) at Miami Shores Community Church. Terry was Electra’s husband/partner for 15 years and the outpouring of love was evident by the performers and the amount of people who attended. Terry will be very missed! On Saturday The Pride Center at Equality Park presented their 4th annual Community Day which once again was a huge success. Later that night there were 3 event: Jessica Channing celebrated her 1 year anniversary of Sloppy Seconds at the Stable; the annual Save Halloween party entitled “One Upon a Midnight Scary” took place at the historic Alfred I. Dupont in downtown Miami starring DJs Tracy Young, Alex Ramos, Carlos Rojas, Bill James and Maximus 3000 and the annual $1,000 Costume contest and Discotekka in association with Milancita and Danny Villar productions presented the last foam party off the year, and who doesn’t have fun in foam? On Sunday, The Second Annual Mizz Hallows Eve Pageant, took place at Bills and was presented by Mizz Cori, ClubMizz.com, FierceQueen.com and PrideMonkey.com. Congrats to Jazlyn Alezae on a well deserved win!
Thursday, October 30
Crunch Fitness in Oakland Park (3500 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park), features a Costume Party from 6 to 8 pm. There will be a live DJ as well as food and refreshments. The judges will pick the top three costumes. Grand prize is a paid in full free year membership. Contest is open to members and their guest’s. Any guest who mentions they saw this in Hotspots will receive a $0 enrollment on any membership as well as a Crunch t-shirt. RSVP online at Crunch fitness Oakland Park.
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery (2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors) presents the US premiere of Queer Kids: Coming Out In America (Photographs by Michael Sharkey) and it will be on view through January 4, 2015. The opening reception is today from 6-8 pm, and is free. For the past 8 years M. Sharkey has been documenting queer youth across the US and in Europe. Sharkey’s photographs are intimate testaments to his subjects’ powerful self-awareness; at once empathetic and opulent, they are the visual counterpart to the voice these young people have struggled—and lately succeeded—to find. Rooted in the long tradition of portraiture, Sharkey’s images grant his subjects a full measure of the dignity with which they deserve to be seen.
Progress Bar presents a leather party: “Meat Locker,” at 10 pm and starring DJ Just Oliver along with Video star Nick Moretti and Ms. Kitty Black.
Friday, October 31
Wicked Manors, with this year’s theme Freak Show takes place today from 7pm-midnight with drag-tastic Emcee, Miss Misty Eyez returning to the main stage along with some of South Florida’s fiercest drag queens. Enter one of their eight costume contests with cash prizes! Proceeds from Wicked Manors help The Pride Center to provide vital HIV support, education, outreach, prevention and testing. Join in the fun and tradition of their Second Annual Wicked Manors Flash Mob! Since this year’s theme is Freak Show they are having a Super Freak Show Flash Mob including the music of Rick James’ “Super Freak” and “Le Freak” by Chic. They are incredibly fortunate to have the talents of Tito Abdelredo once again as their choreographer! Trick or Treat on the Drive starts at 5:00 with a Kids Costume Contest at 7:00 and a Pet Costume Contest at 7:30! WickedManors.org.
Hunters is the proud presenting sponsor of Wicked Manors Freak Show Circus and once the festivities are over on the street hey invite everyone to come on in and will feature a costume contest at 1:30am with cash and prizes hosted by Willow.
Stereo Entertainment along with 3DX Willy Gee Music, and Milancita present “Block Party: Angels and Demons,” a SoBe Halloween bash from 4 pm to 3 am on the intersection of Lincoln Road and Meridian and featuring a warm up set by DJ Maurice and featuring DJs Kidd Madonny and Willy Gee. This party is a benefit for the World Out Games Miami 2017.
Village Pub presents 2 contests. The first is at 10:30om and is a Neil Patrick Harris Look-a-like contest where the winner will receive a 3 night stay at the New Orleans House in Key West. The second is a costume contest hosted by Alexis Couture at 12:30 am with 1st place getting $750 in cash, 2nd place $300 in cash and 3rd place $100 in cash.
Rumors hosts “Psycho Circus“; opening at 8pm by Ring Leader – Brendan on the outside stage. Featured performers will be: Phoenix, Violet Chachki, Daisy Deadpetals and Company, Alandra and Company, Erika Norell and Sahsa Lords with performances from 8 to 11pm on the outside stage. Their Costume contest is at 11pm (registration closes at 10:45); 1st prize is $500 cash plus $500 in Rumors gift certificates, 2nd place is $300 cash, 3rd is $200 cash. At 12:30, the show resumes on the inside stage.
Scandals Saloon premiers RetroBEAR Fridays on the patio from 7pm to midnight with DJ Howard Merritt.
The Ramrod presents their annual Costume contest at 1 am with 2 categories: Best Costume and Butchest Costume.
The Boardwalk presents Halloween Horror a late night costume contest at 1 am with 3 chances to win: Sexiest, Scariest and Most original. They are giving away $1,000 in cash and prizes.
The Manor presents Garden of Evil with an indoor/outdoor Halloween Party. The Outdoor area will feature a dance area and an LED wall as well as a performance stage with shows by TP, Sasha and Electra with DJs JPS and Sushiman. They will also feature a $2,500 cash and prizes best costume contest hosted by Electra.
Johnny’s presents 31 sexy male dancers and in honor of Halloween they feature no cover all night and no fee VIP rooms!
Zuckerello’s presents their Halloween party at 7:30pm where the best costume wins a $300 gift certificate.
Lips, the ultimate in drag dining, presents “A Night of Evil Queens,” and they warn you to beware as tonight is the night when the evil bitches come out. The dinner and show is hosted by Diva and features a costume contest with a $100 cash prize.
Saturday, November 1
Discotekka in association with JM, Danny Villar Productions and Milancita welcome you to “The Fair,” a Halloween extravaganza starring DJ’s Just Oliver, and Calos G along with divas Poizon, Sasha and Lola. They will also feature a $1,500 Halloween Costume Contest. However, they warn you that you must ride the train to enter the fair and the clowns are waiting for you!
The Manor is gong SUPEREPIC again with 2 events. In the Ballroom they present “Day of the Dead” with a $1,000 in cash and prizes Costume Contest with MC Electra and starring DJ Monty Q and in the Ivy Lounge and Patio, Noche Latina Saturday’s presents “Garden of Evil” a theme party and featuring a free raffle to win a gift basket worth over $500. The night stars Hostess Viva Mirage and DJ Nena along with special guests. Go-Go Gos and no cover!
The Ramrod presents Pig Dance #75 with special guest DJ/Producer Barry Huffine.
Yo Bailo, starring Marytrini features a $1,000 costume contest with surprises all night long.
The Club Fort Lauderdale presents “Res-Erection,” a new beginning at 10pm and features a new black out/naked play space.
The Stable presents a memorial for Tony Campbell at 4pm. Later that night Lady Fancy’s show will feature her as Tammy Wynette and don’t forget late night (11pm) Sloppy Seconds with Jessica Channing.
Sunday, November 2
CYN Nightclub presents the grand opening of Birdcage with the T Dance starting at 6pm on the patio and the main room opening at 10pm. Shows all night with Daisy, Erika, TP, Sasha and special guests.
SAVE and Palace presents “Drag Out The Vote” where they encourage everyone to vote early and bring their “I Voted” sticker into Palace for 50% off brunch from 2-4 pm.
Flip Flops Dockside Eatery presesnts their monthly T Dance (first Sunday of the month) and is Fort Lauderdale’s only T-Dance on the Intracoastal. This party is hosted by Amanda Austin with DJ Silvio and this month’s special guests Nicolette, Carmen Adore and April Channel (Miss Florida Continental).
Monday, November 3
The 9th annual Taste of the Island takes place from 6 to 9 pm at Richardson Historic Park and Preserve (1937 Wilton Drive). Taste of the Island is an evening of food and libation featuring samples of the cuisine from more than 30 area restaurants and drinking establishments. Buy your tickets online at TasteoftheIsland.org for $30, or at the door for $40.
Adams Interiors is having a Clearance event with incredible prices on in Stock Leather. Take a look at their ad as some items are discounted more than 50%!
Congratulation goes out to Compass Palm Beach for being certified by Nonprofits First for Excellence in Nonprofit Management for the ninth consecutive year, by Nonprofits First. The certification process requires agencies to meet over 875 standards including nonprofit administration, board governance, finance, strategic planning, risk management, charitable solicitation, human resources, and volunteer management. This annual certification stands to reassure community members and stakeholders that Compass’ demonstrated accountability, sustainability, and a commitment to excellence.
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Blue Note Records released Nostalgia, the seventh solo album from legendary singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, on October 21. Produced by Lennox and frequent collaborator Mike Stevens, the 12-track collection features fresh and hauntingly beautiful takes on iconic American compositions that continue to resonate as we face the complexities of modern life – songs like “Memphis In June,” “Strange Fruit,” “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” and “God Bless The Child.”
The deluxe CD/DVD package, which will be available exclusively at Amazon, will include Nostalgia plus a 36-page book with photos and detailed notes on the songs and lyrics as well as a DVD that features Annie discussing the album and a video of Lennox performing “I Put A Spell On You” live.
“Annie Lennox is one of popular music’s preeminent artists…a true visionary. Her body of work radiates a deep soulfulness and beauty…NOSTALGIA is the perfect complement to her already extraordinary canon,” observed Blue Note Records President Don Was. “All of us at Blue Note are honored and thrilled that she will now be an indelible component of our 75-year-old musical legacy.”
“To have been given the opportunity to record these classic, timeless songs on such a significant label as Blue Note, representing 75 years of legendary jazz history, is truly a privilege for me,” said Annie Lennox.
On Nostalgia, Annie pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century – including Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – and interprets compositions that have moved her, stripping them down to their emotional and musical core and making them her own.
“I went deeper because, for me, the origin of these songs is the blues. Blues comes from something beautiful and painful – and it’s the mixture of the two things. And that’s an area that I know very well,” Lennox explains. “I thought, if I’m going to try this, I’m going to get right to the nub of the song. You commune with the song and if the melody is speaking back to you, it guides you into where you need to go with it.”