What’s HOT (6/20-6/26)
Last Monday there were 2 events (yes, on a Monday) in Fort Lauderdale. The first was the celebration of Life for Wanda at the Boardwalk that featured performances by Erika Norell, Alyson Thomas and many more female impersonators.
Speaking of Female impersonators, the second event was the annual Miss & Mr. South Florida Illusions pageant held at Monkey Business Bar. In the end, congrats goes to Tayanna Love and Tariq Love Dupree the new court.
Saturday started with the Pride Wind Ensemble who presented "From Sea to Shining Sea, the Music of American Composers" at the Broward Center. The theater was packed to capacity and the performance included acrobats and was filled with lots of energy.
Later on that night there were 3 big parties the first 2 were in Miami where Score featured Hilton Wolman's Salvation party which was also a 30 birthday party for Myron Wolman and featured the music of Eddie Elias with a warm up set by Miami's own Alex Infiniti, and Discotekka featured one of their infamous Foam parties.
In Fort Lauderdale, the Manor was packed with fans of the one and only Phi Phi O'Hara of RuPaul's drag race, who turned it out in the Epic room and in the Latin Room. She is not Latin, but knew every word of her Spanish song... true diva! Sunday, there were 2 grand openings: Score featured their new Deep Sundays starring DJ Tpromix with no cover, and Mova featured the grand opening of their second location in Brickell starring DJ/Producer Theresa.
Sunday night featured the annual Miss & Mr. Stonewall pageant at Bills. Congrats to Mia Patricyk (fantastic quick change for presentation) Richard Cortez, your new Stonewall court!
Thursday, June 20
Deliver the Dream, a local south Florida non-profit retreat program that enables families who are experiencing serious illness or crisis to regain strength, mend spirits, and just be families and kids again, presents "Red Hot and In Style," a bachelor and bachelorette auction for the LGBT community at 8 pm at the Manor. They invite you to mingle with some sexy men and women featuring some exciting date packages. The night will star DJ Miik and hosted by Malcolm Neitzey and Joe Posa as Joan Rivers. They will also feature silent auction items. For more info go to DeliverThe Dream.com.
Twist features the one and only Lady Bunny live performing her latest hit "Take Me Up High" at 1 a.m.
From today until June 27th the Pride Factory features a sale where if you spend $50 you get $5 off, and if you spend $100 you get $15 off, so go stock up!
Friday, June 21
The Daisy Deadpetal's show at Rumors features special guests Erika Norell and Alandra Matthews at 11 p.m.
The Ramrod presents their monthly Mandance (3rd Friday of every month) starring DJ Herbie James.
Saturday, June 22
Tonight is the beginning of the two day festival known as Stonewall Summer Pride. The party starts at 6 p.m. with the parade at 7:30 p.m. with Grand Marshall Craig Stevens of Channel 7 news and a spectacular performance by DJ Kidd Madonny following the parade.
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce (MDGLCC) will honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community at its 12th Annual Gala Awards Celebration at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel. The 2013 Honorees are; Kaufman, Rossin & Co., P.A., David Bromstad, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
The event will consist of a fabulous silent auction followed by dinner, awards ceremony, and dancing. Tickets are $2,000 for tables of 10 or $200 individual tickets. Each admission includes reserved seating, grand buffet, open bar, gift bag, parking, participation in a raffle of great items, and complimentary access to the "After Soiree" at Hilton's Encore Lounge for dancing & entertainment. Tickets are available at GayBizMiami.com or by calling (305) 673-4440.
As part of Stonewall Summer Pride, Rumors presents live in concert, the many voices of Jimmy James at 10pm, with Joe Posa as Joan Rivers opening the show at 9:30 p.m.
Epic Saturdays at the Manor presents "Gay Pride Carnival" where they invite everyone to watch the pride parade from their balcony and experience their party with food trucks an outdoor stage and continuous entertainment. In the Main room, world renowned DJ David Knapp takes over the turntables with a production from Erika Norell. In the Latin Lounge and patio, Noche Latina Saturdays presents DJ Larry Larr at the turntables with performances by hostess Viva Mirage and special guest Francina Holiday and hot go-go boys.
Boom presents, straight from New York City, DJ/Producer Eddie Baez along with a performance by Miss Pride South Florida, Porsha Chambers.
Sidelines features DJ Jared Michael spinning after the Pride Parade from 9-11:30 p.m. at their indoor/outdoor event.
The Village Pub presents a Dance Tent in the parking lot with DJ Jason Gonzales spinning before the parade from 5:30-7:30 and after the parade from 9-11 p.m. They will also feature a World Series fundraiser "Dunkin for DC."
Discotekka presents "Summer Night" starring DJs Mike Gentile, Ghost and Carlos G in the main room and DJ Tony in the Latin room.
The Clubhouse II features their annual Sleaze party starting at 8pm.
Sunday, June 23/slug>
The second day of Stonewall Summer Pride starts at 11 am with a market place, street festival and a kid's zone. There will be entertainment throughout the day with the big event at 7:30 p.m. starring recording artists Amber, CeCe Peniston and Kristine W.
Boom presents Jackhammer T Dance, with an amazing bar outside for your enjoyment with DJs Richie Rich and Frank Corr.
DJ Jared Michael is back at Sidelines spinning live from 1-4pm.
The Village Pub presents a Dance Tent in the parking lot with DJ Bill Hallquist from 3-8 p.m.
The Ramrod presents their annual Free Pride BBQ starting at 4 p.m.
Monday, June 24
The Boom Voice will be a $1,000 singing competition, which will have their final live auditions at 8 p.m. The judges will be Andy Fiacco, Phillip Alexander, John Minnis and Diva. Register for auditions at BoomVoice2013@gmail.com.
Wednesday, June 26
The much anticipated 20th anniversary of Twist is tonight with an open bar and Hor D'oeuvres from 9-11pm with performances by TP Lords.
Make sure you vote for the Who's Hot Diva Contest before it ends on June 23, and you will be entered to win a trip (hotel, air, and Sandra Bernhard tickets) to Provincetown. WhosHotFl.com
"The Stonewall Riots," scheduled for release on the 44th anniversary of the infamous New York City riots this June, centers around the events and culture leading up to the riots, the incident itself and its historical significance as the genesis of the Gay Pride Movement. The 32-page comic book is written by Michael Troy and illustrated by David T. Cabrera. Bluewater's biography comic book series has been embraced by the media and featured on television news outlets including The Today Show, The View, MTV, LOGO and on CNN.
This is HOT
Twenty-five years after his untimely death, the iconic legacy of Sylvester, the "Queen of Disco," will be resurrected with "Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits," due out June 25th on Fantasy Records. This collection will celebrate the life and music of the artist who once danced his way into the hearts and minds of the disco and LGBT communities.
This 11-track release, available on CD and on double pink vinyl, will feature a number of original album tracks and 12" mixes that are rare or no longer available on CD, as well as the brand new remix of the iconic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Grammy-nominated remixer and DJ, Ralphi Rosario (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Madonna, etc.).
As a dear friend of Harvey Milk and an icon to the LGBT community, Sylvester has long held a special place in music and socio-political history. Sylvester was not only one of the first disco stars to stand openly gay, but bravely crossed beyond the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality to become a proud figure of the gay liberation movement.
"Sylvester James was an unlikely star: An androgynous, cross-dressing, openly gay, African American, falsetto-singing, unapologetically flaming man-diva influenced primarily by church women, black blues singers, drag queens, hippies and homos," said liner notes writer Joshua Gamson. "Like very few before him, and quite a few after, Sylvester rode his marginality right into the mainstream."
Sylvester bequeathed royalties from the sale of his music to benefit two charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area: The AIDS Emergency Fund and Project Open Hand. "Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits" was produced by Tom Cartwright and Chris Clough on Fantasy Records with liner notes written by Joshua Gamson, author of "The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco." A portion of the proceeds from this compilation will go to The AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF) and Project Open Hand.