Miami Gay Men's Chorus Presents Absolutely Normal - May 31st-June 2nd
A Two Hour Performance of Song, Dance, Comedy and Musical Theater. Miami Gay Men's Chorus presents their Spring 2013 performance of Absolutely Normal May 31st through June 2nd at the Colony Theater.
Colony Theatre 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach www.miamigaychorus.org
Icebox Cafe opens in Sunset Harbor
Icebox makes its Sunset Harbor debut today, opening its new location on Purdy Ave. The 2,700-square-foot space (nearly double its former location) boasts 120 seats (100 indoors), an open kitchen, a full bar, an organic juice bar and an expanded menu. Open daily 8am-11pm, including weekend brunch (8am-4pm).
Icebox Café 1855 Purdy Avenue Miami Beach 305.538.8448 www.thrillist.com
LA's savory burger kings come to Miami Beach in former 8oz Burger
LA's renowned Umami Burger is doing nothing of the sort, telling Miamians "just trust us" in reference to their unique brand of burgers and scientific flavor profiles that allow for no modifications, substitutions, or special orders.
Umami Burger 1080 Alton Road Miami Beach www.thrillist.com
LGBT youth groups in South Florida to benefit from 'You Can Play Night' at Miami Marlins game June 14th
South Florida Gay News (SFGN) and the Miami Marlins have teamed up to host an evening of baseball to promote equality in sports and to benefit South Florida area LGBT youth organizations. "You Can Play Night" will take place Friday, June 14 at Marlins Park beginning with a social mixer at 5pm followed by the baseball game versus the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10pm. www.miamiherald.com
Barton G moving out of Versace mansion
Yet another opulent business plan has failed at the former Versace mansion.
Miami food impresario Barton Weiss this week sued the South Beach property, which he vowed three years ago to reshape into an exclusive party space and lavish hotel bearing his personal Barton G brand.
His lawyers blame the failure on owner Peter Loftin, whose fight with lenders allegedly scared off Weiss's crucial catering customers. Loftin's own lawyer says Weiss still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars. www.miamiherald.com
New South Pointe Pier Getting Funky, Colorful Gates
A selection committee has unanimously selected artist Tobias Rehberger to design and execute a gate for South Pointe Pier, which is currently being replaced. In a rather dry statement on the decision, the committee says they picked Rehberger "because of the contemporary design of the gate, how well it integrates with the design of the pier and the park, how the signage can be seen when the gates are open and from a distance, as well as its merit as a work of optic art." www.miami.curbed.com
Peter Rauhofer dies of brain cancer at 48
Rauhofer's manager, Angelo Russo, posted April 17 on Facebook that doctors discovered a large undetected brain tumor after the DJ suffered a seizure.
Rauhofer had been scheduled to perform several days before at Urge, a sanctioned Miami Beach Gay Pride event, but illness forced him to withdraw. www.miamiherald.com
Mova Brickell coming in May
We hear that the next Mova Lounge to open will be coming at the end of May in Brickell. This will be the third Mova, with Miami beach and Washington DC already open.
Glass luxury condo coming to South of Fifth neighborhood in Miami Beach
People who live in Glass houses ... will have few neighbors. A good thing if they value privacy.
A new 18-story luxury condominium called Glass, slated for the sizzling South of Fifth neighborhood of Miami Beach, will boast just 10 units with 360-degree views and wide outdoor terraces.
Miami-based Terra Group tapped Rene Gonzalez, a highly regarded Miami architect, for the project at 120 Ocean Drive. www.miamiherald.com
Planning Board approves 17th Street hotel; Design Review Board comes next
The Miami Beach Planning Board approved the proposed Marriott Residence Inn at 17th Street and West Avenue on Wednesday night, after more than four-and-one-half hours of discussion.
The project, which includes a sleek 116-room hotel designed by architect Kobi Karp and a 66-space mechanical parking garage, now will go before the Miami Beach Design Review Board. www.belleisleblog.com
Liquid nitrogen cocktails meet down-home food in SoFi
Tongue & Cheek is almost a pun (maybe?), but it's definitely a homestyle American spot on 5th and Washington putting a chef’s spin on traditional favorites (poutine-pastrami-spiced fries!), and offering a chemistry lab's worth of slightly insane specialty cocktails. Oh, and they have TV dinners.
Tongue & Cheek 431 Washington Avenue Miami Beach www.thrillist.com
Magic Johnson's son talks about being gay
The 20-year-old son of basketball great Magic Johnson is surprised by the public interest in his being gay, something that he revealed to his supportive family several years ago.
Earvin Johnson III, known as E.J., says he feels like he's coming out of the closet a second time and that he's "reveling" in the experience - even though news of his sexual orientation broke publicly sooner than he had planned. www.miamiherald.com
DJ Peter Rauhofer diagnosed with brain tumor
Peter Rauhofer was rushed to the emergency room several weeks ago. After confirming that Peter had a seizure, further testing has revealed a large brain tumor, something that has gone undiagnosed for quite some time.
At this time, Peter's family is working closely with a team of talented Neurologists to determine the overall best treatment option. Please be assured that he is getting the absolute finest care possible, twenty-four hours a day. www.justcircuit.com
RIP Alexis Di Biasio 4/17/1953-4/15/2013
We are extremely sad to report the passing of a dear member of our community, Alexis Di Biasio.
Alexis was a wonderful person and always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. He will be greatly missed by all.
Alexis' Birthday Celebration:
Alexis' 60th Birthday Celebration will happen as planned on Wednesday, April 17th at Score from 5pm to 9pm. www.facebook.com
Busta Rhymes' Homophobic Freakout: Rapper Allegedly Calls Cheeseburger Baby Employees "Fag" and "Bitch"
When you run a late-night burger joint on South Beach, you can expect the occasional drunken-celebrity encounter. But Stephanie Vitori, owner of Cheeseburger Baby, tells New Times she's never experienced anything as bad as what Busta Rhymes pulled early this morning.
According to Vitori, Busta busted into the restaurant close to 6 a.m. and demanded to cut the line to get his food faster. When the restaurant refused, he threw a tantrum, calling one employee a "fag" and Vitori a "bitch," and later threatening to "come get [them]." www.miaminewtimes.com
'Jeffrey' by Paul Rudnick to be performed at Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre April 12th to May 5th
The Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre will present Jeffrey, at the Byron Carlyle Theater from April 12th to May 5th. Performances wil be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Jeffrey, a gay actor/waiter, has sworn off sex! In gay New York, sex is not something you can avoid. Don't miss this hilarious comedy at the Miami Beach Stage Door! Winner of the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and J. Gassner
Award for Outstanding Play! "Wildly Funny" - New York Times.
Tickets are $38. 10% discount to Miami Beach residents. www.miamiherald.com
Michael Góngora running for Miami Beach mayor
Miami Beach Vice Mayor Michael Góngora announced his long-expected candidacy for mayor.
He made the announcement to a standing-room only crowd at a joint meeting of the Miami Beach Taxpayers Association and the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club, which met at the Shelborne Resort.
"If you don't think we can do better, vote for someone else," Góngora told the crowd.
He will face Commissioner Jerry Libbin, who filed paperwork to run for mayor in December. Libbin, who is president of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, faces term limits unless he runs for mayor. www.miamiherald.com
Genting's new vision calls for luxury hotel, condos
By the end of this year, the bayfront site where The Miami Herald now stands will be reduced to vacant land ready for redevelopment.
The demolition of the Herald headquarters is the first step in the Genting Group's plans to turn the site into a luxury hotel with up to 500 rooms and several hundred luxury condos edged by a pedestrian bay walk, said Bill Thompson, senior vice president of development for Resorts World Miami. www.miamiherald.com
Aqua Girl - May 15th-19th
Now in its fourteenth fabulous year, Aqua Girl continues to attract women from all corners of the country, the Americas and around the globe. This year, Aqua Girl is stepping up and out to deliver an even hotter, sexier, and exciting experience by making our new home at the National Hotel in Miami Beach from May 15th – 19th. www.aquagirl.org
Miami Beach Bruthaz - July 18th-21st
MBB is held the third weekend in July on South Beach and creates opportunities for attendees to enjoy a fun-filled, VIP-style weekend getaway on Miami Beach, while empowering each other, discussing social, economic, political and health issues during informative workshop sessions - all this, while enjoying the South Beach nightlife. www.miamibeachbruthaz.org