As a reality television junkie last week was a major TV week for me with the finales of “Survivor,” “Dancing with the Stars” and with my boyfriend (OK, only in my mind), Lee DeWyze, winning “American Idol.” The only thing that could top all that television excitement was the premiere of “Sex and the City 2” which I went to with Josue Santiago (Editor of Latino Boys Magazine) and Vixen (author of Diarios column in LBM) and a few friends. Thursday was my wind down night in getting ready for the fabulous Memorial Day weekend that was about to approach.
Friday I went to the Manor to see former supermodel and current television personality Janice Dickinson host the White Angels Fashion Show (there were some cute boys in white on that runway…yum!). Afterwards, I went to Living Room for their 2nd annual Silver Party and owner Mark’s birthday party. The night was hosted by the “Housewives of Atlanta” Kim Zolciak with a special guest appearance by Tracy Young. Saturday night I stopped by the Manor for a minute (well it is around the corner from my house) to say hello to and hear the fabulous sounds of my all time favorite DJs, Manny Lehman, spinning. After hanging out for a few I headed down to Miami to Sandal to catch Matrytrini and Adora’s show.
Afterwards I headed to Mekka/Discotekka for their 3rd annual White Wear Party where Tracy was on the turntable of the main room. In addition, they had DJs Jarell, Carlos G, MDW and Miik spinning in different rooms with Kim Zolciak hostessing. Sunday was the annual White Fort Lauderdale at the Manor with DJs Chris Cox and Tony Moran and a performance by Amuka and the annual White Wear Party at Voodoo with DJs Hector Fonseca, Theressa and a performance by Ultra Nate. Monday I relaxed all day and tried to get my house out of chaos and then went for a nice relaxing dinner at Rosie’s. As you can imagine I am over white for a while and am partied out…well, until this coming weekend, which is Gaydays…
Thursday, June 3
Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) presents their networking luncheon program for the downtown membership group. MDGLCC member Laura Steckler of Raymond James is their moderator. Held on the last Thursday of each month, this month’s meeting location is at Hard Rock Miami downtown; registration 11:30 am with luncheon/networking from noon to 1pm. Cost is $30 per person including seated style lunch. Limited to the first 30 people, so RSVP by calling 305-673- 4440
City Theatre’s 15th Anniversary Season features the company’s first full-length world premiere musical with Camp KappaWanna, with music by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, book by rising star Marco Ramirez and conceived by City Theatre producing artistic director Stephanie Norman, along with the 15th season of the company’s acclaimed annual Summer Shorts Festival featuring two series of 5 to 20-minute one-act plays: Signature Shorts, the original series that put “shorts” on the map; and undershorts, a late-night series of shorts for adults that is edgy, irreverent, and completely hilarious. The event runs from today until June 27th at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Carnival Studio Theater in Miami; and July 1 – 3 at the Epstein Center for the Arts at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. Tickets for performances in Miami available through the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Box Office at ArshtCenter.org or (305) 949-6722, and tickets for Broward available through the Epstein Center’s Box Office at CityTheatre.com or (305) 365.5400
Friday, June 4
Hombre, a man’s cruise bar, celebrates their official grand opening tonight and tomorrow with lots of specials and surprises. Check them out at 2500 West Oakland Park Blvd.
Saturday, June 5
The Stable presents the talents of Rod Stephens live at 9 pm.
The Ramrod presents their monthly, this is month is # 22, Pig Dance with DJ Lee Majors
You are invited to Cuban transformist, Mrs. “Concha Aranta del Sol”, first performance in America under the stars at Solare, 3635 NW 78th Avenue in Miami, at 9:30 pm. Solare is a brand new entertainment site. Cover is $10; for reservations call Adolfo at 954-471-4462 or Reyna at 786-859-6369.
Monday, June 7
ArtsUnited will present its 10th annual “United & Proud” member art exhibit celebrating Gay Pride Month at the Broward County Main Library Gallery 6 from tonight until June 25th. In June of 2001, the Broward County Library Outreach Service asked the fledgling gay artist group, ArtsUnited, to produce a visual arts exhibit in June for Gay Pride Month. “United & Proud” has since become an annual showcase for the organization’s members. ArtsUnited will celebrate the ten year anniversary of the exhibit with over 60 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and gay-supportive artist members showcasing their best work. This year’s show will be judged by Vee Corallo, curator for ArtServe Gallery and curator for numerous Avante-Garde art shows in New York’s East Village in the 80’s including Andy Warhol, Keith Herring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, Best in Class for Painting, Photography, Mixed Media/ 3-D and Drawing/Print, and Judges Recognitions. Additionally a People’s Choice Award will be selected the night of June 9 at the Artists Reception. Gallery 6 of the Broward Library is located on the 6th floor at 100 S. Andrews Ave in Fort Lauderdale. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For more information visit ArtsUnitedOnline.org
Tuesday, June 8
Starting tonight and every Tuesday thereafter Humpy’s Pizza presents Law Night where you can get your legal questions answered for free. A panel of attorneys from various legal fields will be on hand every Thursday starting at 6:30 pm. For more info call Humpy’s at 954-566-2722.
Wednesday, June 9
Bravo paints the creative competition landscape with “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” premiering at 11 pm. The exiting new series is the creative synergy between the Emmy-nominated producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz from the Magical Elves (“Top Chef,” “Top Chef Masters”) and Sarah Jessica Parker’s production company, Pretty Matches, along with producers Alison Benson and Eli Holzman. “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” assembles fourteen of the art world’s most talented, up-and-coming artists in New York where they will compete for a solo show at the prestigious Brooklyn Museum and a cash prize of $100,000.
The monthly Mack Mixer in Boca Raton takes place from 6:30 to 9 pm at Capital Grille in the Town Center Mall.
KIKI*C shoe bags are the sanitary way to trek your shoes around with getting anything dirtyas theys confine the “bacteria cafetaria” on your shoes. Why does that matter? Dr. Chuck Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona, says he doesn’t put his shoes up on his desk anymore — not since completing a study dealing with the accumulation and elimination of E. coli and other nasty fecal-based bacteria on soles, which are picked up from floors in public restrooms and outside from animal excrement. “[The shoes] look like they’re becoming a bacteria cafeteria.” Enough said! Visit KIKIC.com and check out our shoe bags.
The Give a Damn Campaign released its latest video in its continuing series to highlight the discrimination that the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community continues to face. The new video focuses on the verbal and physical harassment that students face each and every day because of their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. The message is delivered by a couple of educators, a mom and celebrities – Clay Aiken, Margaret, Cho, Kelly Osbourne and Kevin Alejandro. GLSEN (GLSENn.org) estimates that nearly 90% of gay, lesbian, biseuxal and transgender youth have been verbally or physically harassed or assaulted compared to 62% of their straight classmates. The Give a Damn Campaign urges everyone to share this video – especially with the straight people in their lives – to educate them about the need to get involved in making schools a safe place for all children to learn, to be encouraged and to grow into the people they aspire to be. The Give a Damn Campaign is a project of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund. The call-to-action campaign kicked off last month with the release of its first series of videos which featured Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Mraz, Cynthia Nixon, Anna Paquin, Sharon & Kelly Osbourne, Judith Light, Kim Kardashian, Clay Aiken, Wanda Sykes, Eric Roberts, and Kevin Alejandro. To learn more about the Give a Damn Campaign please visit WeGiveADamn.org
ALERT Health produced Reaching the Surface, a blend of contemporary dance, spoken word, and live music to increase awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS stigma. “HIV/AIDS stigma is a community-wide issue that prevents thousands from accessing needed services, from testing through care and treatment,” said Andi Thomas, Executive Director of ALERT Health. Reaching the Surface artists, both infected and affected by HIV, will lightheartedly entertain through compelling and relatable stories. Two performances will be held in two impacted neighborhoods. The first is on June 4, at 8 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Plaza, 770 NE 125 Street, North Miami, followed by reception and open-house at ALERT Health and the second is on June 5, at 8 pm at Little Haiti Cultural Center (LHCC), 260 NE 59 Terrace, Miami, followed by reception in the LHCC theater lobby. These performances are open to the public and admission is FREE. Donations will be accepted.
First Media Group Inc. announced the launch of Hardline Mobile, the first gay social networking application for the iPhone to include voice greetings, voice messaging and video messaging. Hardline Mobile is a social networking tool that connects men locally and nationally for chat, friendship, sex, dating, and relationships. Uniquely, Hardline Mobile allows users on the iPhone application to interact with the telephone-based Hardline Chat IVR (interactive voice response) system by sending and receiving voice messages. This feature provides access to hundreds of additional men for voice chat interactions. Hardline Mobile solves a common complaint of social media users: the limitations of texting to convey the subtleties of emotion. With voice messaging, users hear every nuance for themselves and with video messaging users get the full package of sight and sound. For more information about Hardline, visit HardLineChat.com
The mysterious underground world of pornography comes front and center in the latest thriller on DVD and VOD from Wolfe Video, starring popular gay actor Matthew Montgomery. In Pornography: A Thriller the big question is: Whatever happened to Mark Anton? Anton, as we learn, was a popular porn star with “boy-next-door” appeal, who disappeared years ago. Three stories are presented in the movie. The first shows what may have happened to Mark. The second concerns a writer’s investigation into the story, and the third is another porn star’s haunted production of Mark’s life story. The plot’s intriguing twists and turns are why Pornography: A Thriller has been compared to TWIN PEAKS in the San Francisco Examiner, and why it was the New York Magazine’s “Critic’s Pick” when it played in New York. The DVD will come loaded with bonus features including commentary and a revealing behind the scenes featurette. The DVD will be become available on July 13, but you can pre-order this 113 minute movie for only $24.95 now at WolfeVideo.com