What’s HOT South Florida (7/5 - 7/31)

by Scott Holland
Thursday Jul 25, 2013

Thursday, July 25

Thursdays at Twist is celebrating Peruvian Independence with DJ Adora, Peruvian Appetizers, a performance by Peru Expresion De Jhony Mora, and hosted by Marco Perez.

The Pride Center at Equality Park presents, as part of their Face 2 Face series, "How I Got My Kid" at 7 pm in the Main Hall Building A. Childcare and refreshments will be provided.

Boynton Beach Art District, from 404-422 West Industrial Ave presents an "ART WALK." sponsored by Activist Gallery and Studio. Art Walk will be an evening of entertainment and cultural diversity and takes place from 6-10 p.m. and features: The unveiling of the "Seeing RED" mural by artist/scientist Diane Arrieta, the opening reception of "Birds are Nice" fundraiser for, open studios of resident artists, welcoming reception for Dianette Doyle the District's newest member, food by New Times' Best Hot Dog: PS*561, beverages available from their sponsors and vendors: Community Caring Center of Boynton Beach and Presidente Supermarket, music by swing and jazz band, Shinbone Alley, special presentation by Conundrum Stages of Fort Lauderdale and The PhilosoFires fire dancers as well as specialty art vendors and live painting. For more info:

The Pride Factory is featuring a sale until July 31st where is you spend $50 you get $5 off and if your spend $100 you get $15 off. This is the perfect time to stock up on some mid-summer clothes!

Friday, July 26

Rumors will be celebrating the birthdays of Brendan and Ricky with birthday cake at 9pm, free appetizers from 5pm until they are gone and the Daisy Deadpetals show at 11 p.m. Best of all they are giving away Brendan's presents. For every drink you buy from 7-10 p.m. you get a raffle ticket to win one of his presents.

The Pride Center at Equality Park invites everyone to come by and watch the movie Capital Games from 6-9 p.m. with the movie starting at 7 p.m. The $5 admission supports the programs and services at the Pride Center.

Saturday, July 27

Epic Saturdays at the Manor presents Roxxxy Andrews. The first runner up of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 5 will be performing in the main room and in the Latin room. The Main room features the sounds of DJ Monty Q and the Latin room and patio features resident DJ Larry Larr with hostess Viva Mirage. 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. with no cover!

Sunday, July 28

Sidelines invites everyone to come watch as Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at 1 p.m.

The Village Pub will be having a party for Mr. Mister, the App for men ( from 6-9 p.m. featuring free gear and the opportunity to meet great Mister Men!

Monday, July 29

The Pride Center presents "Dining With Pride." If you dine at Christina Wans (646 N. Federal Highway) today for lunch or dinner they will donate a percentage of your check back to the Pride Center.

Wednesday, July 31

Compass West Palm invites everyone to join them at Roosters (823 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach) on at 6:30 p.m. for their monthly Pride Business Alliance Networker.

Hot Stuff

Navigating the arena of gay dating can be a challenging world of headache and heartache. As a veteran of both the armed forces and the gay dating world, author Selrach Smith offers his new book, "R U Looking?" as an up-to-date guidebook full of advice on how to approach dating in the gay community.

Smith shares his story and provides advice for those people who are trying to figure out what they are doing wrong in the dating scene. He approaches these topics in a positive, supportive way that will encourage understanding and productive action.

"Many books that currently exist on this topic are outdated," said Smith. "I wrote 'R U Looking?' to provide an updated approach to dating, with the proper real-world context that readers need."

Smith provides advice about the actual dates, takes the confusion out of meeting new people, and helps you make that all-important positive first impression. He also tackles the tougher issues unique to dating in the gay community, making 'R U Looking?' the de facto modern gay dating guide. For more information, please visit

R U Looking? by Selrach Smith retails for: $11.95 with the E-book only $4.99 Available at, and

ArtsUnited is presenting an exhibition of two abstract artists, Henning Haupt and Joseph Padial, at the LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach through August 30th. Haupt, an assistant professor at FAU, was selected for the 62nd All Florida Exhibition at the Boca Museum of Art and is recipient of the South Florida Consortium Award 2013. Padial has worked as a designer and art director for major American publishing companies. He is exhibiting work from the series, "Color and Texture - Variations on a Theme," which employs the ancient Egyptian technique of pleating linen. ArtsUnited is an LGBT artist organization that sponsors exhibitions throughout South Florida. Exhibit hours are: Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This is HOT

The anticipation for Ciara's self-titled new album was very intense, and after I saw her on "Watch What Happens Live" recently and fell in love with her I had to check it out and I am glad I did!

Ciara's been rolling full-steam since earlier this spring. Her single "Body Party," earned rave reviews and continues to dominate the airwaves, landing in the #1 position on the Urban Mainstream airplay charts and will cross over to mainstream Top 40 radio on July 22nd. The video has had over 15 million impressions since its release last month.

Ciara's already a superstar - she's sold more than seven million albums - but with "Ciara' she's taking it to a whole new level. As she said recently, "I started working on this record more than a year ago, and since then, I have found my creative clarity on the direction I wanted to go in.

"It was almost a whole surge of fresh energy, and I pushed myself to be even more creative," Ciara explains. "I'm more open to change. I'm learning so much of about myself, and I've become really comfortable and free. This album goes beyond my music.

"This time it's about taking a new journey with me.

"In the past, I've masked my emotions," she continues. "Now I'm embracing them. I'm running towards my fears and the things that would usually make me uncomfortable -- I'm in tune with what's happening to me, and I'm not afraid of expressing myself."

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