On Thursday night, our publisher, Peter Clark, and a friend who will remain nameless to protect the guilty (LOL) headed over to Swinging Richards. Peter told me that the GM, Matt, was very hospitable and he got a tour of the entire property including the VIP rooms, which he said are decorated beautifully. I’m not sure if he had a good time or not, but he does have a permanent smile on his face. On Friday night I went down to Miami as Matthew Lombardo and Rick Murray presented Tony Award winner Betty Buckley live as part of the South Beach Broadway Series at the Colony Theatre. As usual Betty was amazing on stage and I had a nice chat with her afterwards. (Their third and final concert of the season features Billy Porter, so get your tickets now at ColonyTheatreMiamiBeach.com.) Afterwards I headed to the 27th anniversary of Palace and even though it was raining pretty badly, the crowds came out to support. There were some great drag performances, including Melissa Hilton, who turned the party! On Saturday morning, my friend and former editor of Hotspots (she still writes for us), Sheri Elfman, married her true love John at the beautiful new location of Grateful Palate on the water. This was a fun wedding, and Sheri looked beautiful. Congrats to Sheri and John and may they be as happy the rest of their lives as they were on their wedding day! Later on Saturday, Briza on the Bay in Miami presented a LGBT wedding show organized by Vows R Us, where lots of couples exchanged vows. On Sunday, Flip Flops Dockside Eatery presented their monthly T-Dance, which is Fort Lauderdale’s only T-Dance on the Intracoastal, featuring hostess Amanda Austin and DJ Silvio along with this month’s special guests, Willow Bierce Austin, April Channel and Joanna James. Later that night, Logo TV presented the South Florida official Season 7 premiere party for RuPaul’s Drag Race at Mansion Miami. Many of this year’s queens were there and the music was by the one and only Lady Bunny.
Thursday, March 5
The National LGBTQ Task Force presents the annual Winter Party starting tonight and going through March 9. For more information go to WinterParty.com.
Village Pub presents Lady Bunny “The Bitch is Back” at 9:45 pm along with a book signing of the erotic photography book Beefcake with the forward by Lady Bunny herself.
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery (2157 Wilton Drive) presents Shades of Pride Leather Social from 7-9pm. Join them in your leather (or button down shirt) for a cultural and social get-together as they celebrate Leather Pride: Shades of Pride at Stonewall, surrounded by the exhibit Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall, a historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists who created works for the gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. The exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City and Stonewall National Museum & Archives.
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents an information sharing and networking at the LGBT Visitor Center (1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach) from 10-11am. Whether you are a new, existing or potential new MDGLCC member, learn how to maximize the use of all the Marketing tools and Programs available through the Chamber. Learn about the Chamber’s website and access to features as well as bounce ideas and ask questions to chamber staff and Membership Committee on how to engage the LGBT consumer with your products and / or services. Free admission. RSVP at GayBizMiami.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-673-4440.
Starting today and going through March 9th, Creative Male (222 NE 25th Street #106, Miami) is featuring a storewide super sale with 25% to 80% off everything, including already reduced merchandise.
Friday, March 6
Floppy Rooster presents, for one night only, one of Tampa’s hunkiest dancers, Javy D, all nude.
Saturday, March 7
Go ahead and squeal as Ramrod presents Pig Dance #79 (the first Saturday of every month) with guest DJ Ted Eiel.
Burst Saturdays at the Manor presents Moulin Rouge, a theme party starring Erika Norell and cast along with DJ Daniel Kristopherre. In the Latin Lounge and Patio, Noche Latina Saturdays will feature Natasha Danielle Hearts along with special guest Lana Lanude and DJ Nena spinning all your favorites. 11pm to 3 am with hot go-go boys and no cover!
The Club Fort Lauderdale presents a new beginning with Res-Erection featuring a blackout naked play space starting at 10pm.
Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar presents the woman of 1000 voices, Porsche, live in the Manchester Room at 8, 9, and 10pm.
Sunday, March 8
Rumors, Courtyard Café and Village Pub band together for a Bake Sale at Hobo’s Grill to benefit AIDS Walk Florida at 11am.
Tuesday, March 10
Mack Planet is celebrating their 10 year anniversary at their Mack Power Mixer at Dapur Asian Tapas (1620 N. Federal Highway) from 6:30 to 9pm. There is a $10 entry which includes 1 complimentary Ketel One Cocktail. No RSVP is required, but for more info go to MaclPlanet.com
Wednesday, March 11
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery presents Stonewall Society VIP Exhibit Opening: As Seen on TV: An Exploration of LGBT Characters: 1954-1979, curated by Charles L. Ross from 7–9 pm. This is a timeline focusing on how gay people were presented on American network drama and comedy programs. In the 1960s, LGBT characters were shown to have social or even mental problems; some were even murderers. Very few straight characters spoke well of homosexuals. Throughout the 1970s, the negative attitude gradually became more positive on some programs, and a few gay characters came out of the closet. Catering and refreshments by Bill’s (formerly Alibi Catering), and Ketel One. RSVP: email David Jobin at David@Stonewall-Museum.org or 954-763-8565.
If you missed Porsche on Saturday at Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar you can catch her one last time tonight live in the Manchester Room at 8, 9, and 10pm.
To The Moon received a proclamation from Mayor Gary Resnick on their 10th anniversary, that from now on February 24th is “To The Moon Day” in the city of Wilton Manors until the end of time.
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus presents its spring concert, “Lounge-array“, with a vibe of cabaret shows, lounge acts, drinking songs and nightclubs. From manly disco to classical to silly, this night of entertainment will have something for everyone! This one night only performance, Saturday, March 14, 2015 is at the beautiful NSU Art Museum | Fort Lauderdale, One East Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $25 general admission or $40 VIP Seating.
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Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol Winner released her new album, Piece By Piece on March 3rd. Kelly Clarkson has released 5 studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), 1 Greatest Hits album, 1 Holiday album, sold over 20 million albums worldwide, and has had 10 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 3 Grammy Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Academy of Country Music Awards, 1 CMA Award and 12 Billboard Music