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Crowds and Arrest Numbers Stay Low for Memorial Day Weekend
Arrest numbers continued to stay low in Miami Beach heading into the final day of the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.
As of Sunday night, police reported 191 arrests, with 41 of those felonies, officials said Monday. At the same time last year, 414 arrests had been made with 73 felonies.
Also known as Urban Beach Weekend, the annual festivities draw hundreds of thousands of revelers to Miami Beach for the party that started Thursday night. www.nbcmiami.com

Here's What Beckham's New Miami MLS Stadium Site Will Look Like
Today Miami Beckham United unveiled plans for what a soccer stadium sitting on land currently occupied by a boat slip next to American Airlines Arena would look like. With backing from both County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and City Mayor Tomas Regalado, the site has become the frontrunner for a new soccer stadium after plans for one at the port were ditched. www.miaminewtimes.com

The Cabaret South Beach on NBC 6 "Six in the Mix"
The Cabaret South Beach appearance on NBC 6 "Six in the Mix" with Roxanne Vargas. EnVee make The Barbra martini. The Cast on The Cabaret South Beach performs "Seasons of Love" from Rent.
Janae Catt, Daniel Bourgoin, EnVee, James Channing. www.youtube.com

Should Ocean Drive Go Pedestrian Only?
Ocean Drive, where a parking spot hasn't been available since the Bicentennial, may find relief from its eternal gridlock and become pedestrian only if city commissioners get their way. Some local business (like Mango's, where not a single local has gone since the Bicentennial) are opposing, fearing they'd go out of business and be replaced by national retailers because - taxis full of tourists won't pull up maybe? And where would the hotel valet drop offs go? Oh the humanity! www.miami.curbed.com

Historic Ocean Drive Hotel Could Become a Walgreens
www.exmiami.org

Miami Beach tentatively approves dogs beach
Miami Beach is closer to establishing a dog beach after a preliminary vote by the City Commission on Wednesday to allow canines on the sand in North Beach.
The proposal would allow dogs off-leash between 80th and 82nd streets from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Owners would need to buy a pass issued by the city, and their dogs would need a current rabies tag, collar and name tag. www.miamiherald.com

Romero Britto's South Beach gallery sells for $34.5M
The South Beach home of Brazilian artist Romero Britto's gallery traded for $34.5 million, The Real Deal has learned.
Miami-based 818 Lincoln Corp. sold the 8,375-square-foot building on Wednesday, according to Miami-Dade County records. Alan Levine signed the deed as vice president of 818 Lincoln. The property last sold for $335,000 in 1993.
A Montreal-based company called 818 Lincoln Investments is the buyer. It received a $24.5 million mortgage from the seller as part of the transaction. Danny Lavy is identified as the manager of the buying company. www.therealdeal.com

Kris Wessel to open Oolite Restaurant in former Cooper Avenue space
Good news for those lamenting the absence of ex Red Light and Florida Cookery chef Kris Wessel, who officially announces the debut of Oolite Restaurant & Bar, a "healthy dining concept" scheduled to open May 30 at the ex-Cooper Avenue space at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. on Miami Beach.
Wessel, who has partnered with Roman Cherstvov, the former partner of Cooper Ave's Amir Ben-Zion, will feature a menu that "captures the essence of simplified eating with plant, land and sea-based protein offerings." Wessel fans will rejoice in the fact that these offerings will be rooted in "the regional palate and local culture of the area as well as adhere to limited use of processed ingredients, gluten and saturated fats." www.miami.com

Picking Michael Sam, St. Louis Rams welcome NFL's first openly gay player
Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.
For just a moment, it looked as if his chance of being picked by a pro team and becoming the league's first openly gay player might take a detour. Or at least be delayed.
The call finally came in Saturday from the St. Louis Rams, the team right down the road from where Sam played his college ball at the University of Missouri. www.miamiherald.com

TiramesU Moves From Lincoln Road to South of Fifth
After 17 years on Lincoln Road, Graspa Group's TiramesU is relocating to 101 Washington Avenue, South of Fifth, but that isn't the only change happening at the mainstay restaurant. Apparently, the menu will also change, but a press release assures that the restaurant will "continue its tradition, combining simplicity, consistency of food, service and accessibility." The release also notes that the new menu is "one that will not sacrifice the staples TiramesU is known and appreciated for." "The new Tiramisu will offer inventive modern Italian flavors with simple yet refined plates," says 27-year old chef Fabrizio Pintus adding,"I'd like for TiramesU to become your "homey" kitchen away from home." www.miami.eater.com

LGBT activist James G. Pepper wins Task Force's 2014 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award
Longtime LGBT activist James G. Pepper will receive the 2014 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award on Oct. 11 at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's 18th annual Miami Recognition Dinner.C
The October dinner will be at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. www.miamiherald.com

After 37 Years, David's Café has Closed
After 37 years of serving cafecitos on South Beach, David's Café is closing.
The restaurant that provided sustenance on a 24-hour basis to everyone in Miami Beach -- from ragged hospitality workers needing a strong cup of energy on a graveyard shift to club kids not wanting to end the night to tourists getting their first sip of Miami's famous strong, black coladas -- is shutting its doors Sunday, April 20, at 8 p.m. www.blogs.miaminewtimes.com

The Cock Miami has closed
After just a few weeks in operation, the Miami branch of New York's infamous The Cock, has closed. https://www.facebook.com/cockmiami

Sizzle Miami - May 22nd-27th
One event that's gained rapidly in popularity each year is Sizzle Miami, a five-day event held over Memorial Day Weekend and catering to gay men of color. Sizzle Miami includes dozens of wild parties - its success has led promoters to bill it "America's most celebrated and anticipated black gay event." The dates this year are Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 to 27, 2014. www.sizzlemiami.com

13th Annual MDGLCC Gala - June 21st
A spectacular surprise awaits you at the 30th Annual White Party. Care Resource has announced that DJ Offer Nissim will headline this year's White Party, entitled "Orchids in Bloom." The remaining talent for the world's sexiest HIV/AIDS fundraiser White Party Week will be announced soon. Witness thousands dressed in a sea of white at this premier private indoor venue in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Arts district as they deliver an exciting dance party concept and over-the-top production complete with live shows, performances and internationally renowned DJs – that will keep you dancing until dawn! Purchase your VIP ticket and receive complimentary drinks all night long at designated VIP areas throughout the venue.
All tickets to “The Emerald Gala” are VIP this year, Adkins said. Tickets are $2,000 for tables of 10 or $200 for individual tickets and include reserved seating, grand buffet dinner, an open bar featuring Bacardi Brands’ GREY GOOSE® vodka among others, a VIP gift bag, complimentary parking and participation in the grand raffle. Reservations are available online at www.gaybizgala.com, or by calling (305) 673-4440. www.gaybizgala.com

Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - May 2nd - 11th
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood with additional films screened at locations throughout Miami-Dade County.
The 16th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will take place from Friday May 2 until Sunday May 11, 2014.
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is committed to its mission: To inspire, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.
The festival has grown from a 3-day event in which 25 films were presented to the current format of 10 days with 65+ films. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an internationally acclaimed event serving as a platform for numerous World Premiers, North American Premiers and East Coast Premiers. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is the first MAJOR LGBT film festival to occur in the calendar year, setting the tone for the entire LGBT film festival season. http://www.mglff.com

Ultra Music Festival - March 28th-30th
Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that occurs in March in the city of Miami, Florida, United States. The festival coincides with the annual Winter Music Conference, also held in Miami. Since expansion to 2 weekends in 2013, however, the two Ultra weekends are held on the weekends that begin and end WMC. www.ultramusicfestival.com

Winter Music Conference - March 21st-30th
Winter Music Conference, in its 29th consecutive year, is one of the most publicized annual music gatherings in the world. A pivotal platform for the advancement of the industry, WMC attracts thousands of artists and music industry delegates from 70 countries and over 100,000 event attendees each year for a concentrated schedule of more than 500 events, parties, seminars and workshops.www.wintermusicconference.com

Miami Beach Gay Pride - April 11th-13th
Miami Beach's largest LGBT two-day event with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area for over 80,000 people from all walks of life, all parts of the country, and all age groups.
The parade taked place on Sunday at noon on Ocean Drive.
For more information about the parade, events and the festival information itself, go to www.miamibeachgaypride.com

South Beach Wine and Food Festival - February 20th-23rd
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world's most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the Festival benefits FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. To date, the Festival has raised more than $18 million for the School. www.sobefest.com

Nightlife Personality and Performer, Black Jose has Passed Away
On Sunday, January 5th 2014, Jose Ramirez, known to most as "Black Jose", passed away.
"Thank you to over 100 people who posted on my roommate's page, JOSE RAMIREZ passed away this morning after a long illness, he still performed even on Nov. 1, his mom's birthday, now he joins her and the angels." as posted by Chaz Meads on Jose's Facebook page. www.facebook.com

SoundScape free Wednesday night outdoor movies are back!
The FREE SoundScape Cinema Series is presented generously by the Marilyn and Edward Gadinsky Charitable Foundation and held at the new Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage, corner of 17 Street and Washington Avenue. Movies begin at 8pm.
Wednesday, February 12th Lincoln (2012)
Thurssday, February 13th Mary Poppins (1964)
www.mbculture.com

Winter Party Festival - March 5th-10th
Toss off the winter coat and slip into something less as things get really HOT at the Winter Party Beach Party on Sunday, March 9th! DJs Grind and Danny Verde will provide the musical backdrop for a day of fun, sun and dancing. The Beach Party is included on all passes. www.winterparty.com

RIP South Beach Pioneer, Scott Hankes
Former South Beach resident and Wire Magazine contributer, Scott Hankes, has passed away.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his friends and family.
Scott will always be remembered in our community.
For more information and updates on his services, please visit his Facebook page, at www.facebook.com

Art Deco Weekend - Janaury 17th-19th
Shakespeare said, "The play's the thing." The Miami Design Preservation League says play's the theme-of the boffo Art Deco Weekend that fills Miami Beach's Ocean Drive and all contiguous byways from Friday, January 17th, virtually nonstop through Sunday, January 19th. www.www.artdecoweekend.com

'Good Morning America' Anchor Robin Roberts Comes Out
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, who inspired millions through her brave battle with cancer, has publicly come out for the first time.
In a letter posted on her Facebook page, Roberts reflects on the past year and her recovery and acknowledges her girlfriend, massage therapist Amber Laign.
An ABC News spokeswoman said Roberts has been in a ten-year relationship with a woman named Amber Laign, a massage therapist in private practice originally from the Bay Area, and noted that the two had met through mutual friends. Laign specializes in helping people recovering from injuries, the spokeswoman said. www.instinctmagazine.com

Van Dyke Café closing on Lincoln Road
After almost two decades in business, Lincoln Road mainstay Van Dyke Café is closing.
Rumors have persisted for years — and as recently as early December — that the popular people-watching and jazz-listening establishment at 846 Lincoln Rd. was closing to make way for more retail. Though the rumor was shot down a few weeks ago, publicist JennyLee Molina on Friday confirmed the news.
Still unclear: what will open in the restaurant's place, and whether the Van Dyke Café will reopen elsewhere.
Molina said the business will find out its closing date by the end of January. www.miamiherald.com

Eccentric actor, businessman Ricardo Fort dies at 45
Eccentric actor and businessman Ricardo Fort died this morning after a cardiac arrest while he was hospitalized at the Trinidad clinic. He was 45 years old. His death was confirmed this morning by his spokesman Hernán Ranieri who stated "he had a feeling this was going to happen any time." www.buenosairesherald.com

Photog Shares Incredible Archives Of South Beach In The 80s
Photographer Donna Dunson, who documented the early artsy, crazy days, of South Beach, has created a Facebook page to share her archives, a visual odyssey of old South Beach, with the world. South Beach in 1980 was the South Beach of legends, the glory days of artists and bohemians, the South Beach people tell stories about, the South Beach which is mourned among the tourists, and Donna Dunson was there to candidly, roughly, beautifully photograph the daily stream of life. www.miami.curbed.com

Betsy Hotel owner grabs neighboring South Beach hotel in bankruptcy
The owner of the Betsy Hotel on South Beach used a foreclosure lawsuit a bankruptcy case to seize control of the neighboring Carlton Hotel.
The owner of the 67-room Art Deco-style hotel at 1433 Collins Ave., Carlton Hotel LLC filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in September 2012 to stall a foreclosure lawsuit filed a commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) trust over a $13 million mortgage. That loan was sold to an affiliate of New York-based Baltoro Capital Management, which later won a $16.7 million foreclosure judgment. www.bizjournals.com

Trader Joe's Opens in Miami
The anticipation is building as Miami prepares for Trader Joe's first Miami-Dade store to open this Friday, October 18th.
At 8 am, a ceremonial lei will be cut by the store's captain (AKA manager, to you landlubbers), Jodi McCullough, along with TJ's regional vice president Kent Smathers and Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner.
After that, it's time to shop! The store will welcome new customers with live music, giveaways, and food demonstrations throughout the day. www.miaminewtimes.com

2017 worldOutgames in Miami Beach
A delegation of 12 civic and community leaders and volunteers from Miami Beach and Miami recently returned home from the worldOutgames III in Antwerp, Belgium, bringing back with them the official worldOutgames flag. The flag officially symbolizes that Miami Beach and Miami will be the host cities of the next event -- worldOutgames IV, which will take place Friday, May 26th to Sunday, June 4th 2017. www.edgeboston.com

AT&T Casting (18-30 years old) in Miami for TV Commercial
"What does it mean to be young (18-30) in America today?
We want to hear about your life and the people who makeup your personal networks – friends, family, classmates, co-workers, lovers.
We want to talk to you about the role your phone plays in making (or breaking) big life moments.
We also want to talk about freedom - do you live for freedom? Or are you most comfortable with routine? Are you a commitment-phobe?
If any of these topics speak to you and you live in NYC, Miami, Nashville, or LA, you'll have the chance to tell us about it in person! You could be featured in a commercial for AT&T and potentially become a regular contributor on our new blog.
The best stories illustrating the interconnected, mobile lives of young America will be made into short films shot and acted by hot emerging directors and actors.
Interested? Email us a 15 second video of yourself answering some of the above questions, include a link to one of social networks, and let's go from there.
Selected participants will be compensated". Contact: casting@vice.com

4th Annual LGBT Holigay Celebration & Toy Drive - December 12th 6pm – 9pm
The 4th Annual LGBT Holigay Celebration & Toy Drive at the LGBT Visitor Center (1130 Washington Avenue Miami Beach). With the support of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, GREY GOOSE Vodka, Centerplate, Block Pizza Deli, and DJ Vertigo. Admission = unwrapped toy benefitting the Miami-Beach Police Department Toy Drive. Fun evening to gather as a community for a great cause, pictures with Santa, music, food and drinks. RSVP: www.gogaymiami.com, rsvp@gogaymiami.com, 305.397.8914. www.gogaymiami.com

Aeronautica. Handsome Threads. From the Italian Air Force.
Say buongiorno to Aeronautica Militare, a new South Beach shop full of waterproof bomber jackets, leather-padded helmets and other Air Force–inspired goods straight from Italy, now open.
About that Italian Air Force business: the label was given special permission by the government to use the military's official badges and logos on all of their clothing and accessories. So you'll feel just like you’ve piloted a jet fighter.
Aeronautica Militare 1510 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305.674.8774 www.urbandaddy.com

The District, Your Next Buena Vista Dinner Date
Drop in on The District, a historical home turned eatery dishing up slow-roasted pork and goat cheese pastelitos, opening Monday in Buena Vista.
Here's a brief rundown of your night here. You pull up to valet with a special friend in tow. Things look appropriately date-night-ish. Exposed brick, low light, hand-painted ceilings. You whisk your date inside and ensconce yourselves in a Westchester-style brown leather couch. So far, so good.
The District 190 NE 46th Street Miami 305.573.4199 www.urbandaddy.com

Miami Beach Small Business Symposium
Are you planning to open a LGBT owned business or a LGBT friendly business in Miami Beach?

In an effort to promote economic growth and development in the City of Miami Beach, the GLBT Business Enhancement Committee has prepared a mini-symposium for small business owners interested in expanding or relocating their business to Miami Beach.
The event will be held on Friday, November 15th 2013, at 9:00 a.m. with a day of panel discussions. Key Miami Beach Staff and/or community leaders will be available to answer questions and share their expertise on the necessary tools to start and operate a successful business. Featured speakers could include the Mayor of Miami Beach, Chief of Police and representatives from MDGLCC, LGBT Visitor Center, and others to be determined. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION

Score now open in their new Washington Avenue location
After 15 years on Lincoln Road, Score is set to open in their new venue at 1437 Washington Avenue. This location was formerly Café Torino, Bar Code, Snatch, Apple, Shock.
There is one main room with a bar and a small upper level with a bar.
Doors will open Friday, October 4th, with a Grand Opening set for Friday, October 11th. www.scorebar.net

The Alchemist opens as 14-table destination dining experience in Midtown Oct 8
Midtown dining kicks up a notch October 8 as the Alchemist opens on Buena Vista Ave. The 14-table space is billed a "destination for diners who want to expand their gastronomic horizon." Choose between a $90 five-course menu or a $125 seven-course meni and let chef Christophe Chastang wow you with a complete sensory experience. Dishes will change seasonally. The autumn lineup includes pisco sour cocktail, lobster with virtual green peas & yuzo and a forrest spirit dessert (served with an iPod). The Alchemist is modeled off of London's Fat Duck and France's L'Arnsbourg. Prices exclude tax & tip.
The Alchemist 3252 Buena Vista Avenue Miami. 786.422.5118 www.miami.com

This Is Louis Vuitton's Towering Future Design District HQ
Renderings discovered on a lonely corner of the interwebs (i.e. the website of Capital Partners), and confirmed to be accurate by an anonymous source close to Dacra Development show a line of new buildings along NE 1st Ave, at NE 39th and 40th Streets in the Miami Design District with an absolutely massive looking Louis Vuitton store spanning the entire block. The renderings feature 2 new buildings and suggest that the bigger structure may also be the extravagant future Miami home of Louis Vuitton (one needs hardly to pull out a magnifying glass to see that honker. The buildings are outlined in blue on the map after the jump). Rumors of multi-level, ultra-luxury retail with private penthouse rooftop pools and gardens have also been confirmed from the horse's mouth dude or dudette close to Dacra and are prominently featured in the image gallery. www.miami.curbed.com

This Is Louis Vuitton's Towering Future Design District HQ
Renderings discovered on a lonely corner of the interwebs (i.e. the website of Capital Partners), and confirmed to be accurate by an anonymous source close to Dacra Development show a line of new buildings along NE 1st Ave, at NE 39th and 40th Streets in the Miami Design District with an absolutely massive looking Louis Vuitton store spanning the entire block. The renderings feature 2 new buildings and suggest that the bigger structure may also be the extravagant future Miami home of Louis Vuitton (one needs hardly to pull out a magnifying glass to see that honker. The buildings are outlined in blue on the map after the jump). Rumors of multi-level, ultra-luxury retail with private penthouse rooftop pools and gardens have also been confirmed from the horse's mouth dude or dudette close to Dacra and are prominently featured in the image gallery. miami.curbed.com

MTV Cameras Capture Chaos, Alleged Racial Comment At Miami Beach Mayoral Debate
Tuesday a Miami Beach mayoral debate descended into alleged racial comments and shouting, and stranger still, the drama had nothing to do with the saxophone-playing, pro-marijuana candidate who was there being filmed by MTV. www.huffingtonpost.com

Tonight is the end of an era
(Tuesday, October 1st 2013) With memories of leaving Kremlin after a night of dancing, only to be greeted by a pack of people holding bibles and signs stating that gays "will go to hell", the reality of the change of Lincoln Road hits me.
The venue at 727 Lincoln Road Miami Beach that was Kremlin, then Score, will have its "Last Dance" tonight.
During most of the 90s, 70% of the stores on Lincoln Road were still closed and thought of as undesirable. Now, they are amongst the highest priced retail in the country.
During the 90s, one of the people holding a bible and a sign outside of Kremlin is now the disco dancer seen almost nightly on Lincoln Road in front of Nexxt Café wearing bellbottoms and platform shoes.
How things have changed. www.scorebar.net

NYC's The Cock coming to South Beach in December
One of New York's most infamous bars, The Cock, is ready to branch out into South Beach.
With a December 2013 Grand Opening, this two level venue will have two dance floors, two DJ booths, plus and outdoor patio deck.
Cock Miami 637 Washington Avenue Miami Beach www.cockmiami.com

New gay hotel and lounge coming to Lincoln Road
Preparing for a December opening is Hotel Gaythering. This 25 room hotel, located at 1409 Lincoln Road, will have a lounge, library and spa located on the ground floor.
Miami Beach residents, Stephan Ginez and Alexander Guerra are the owners of this new hotel which will be an excellent addition to South Beach gay life and tourism. www.instagram.com

Fez Moroccan Restaurant opens on Espanola Way
Located on Miami's historical Espanola Way, Fez compliments the rich tradition of the well-known destination with a multitude of worldly flavors and an atmosphere begging for a sensual experience, Fez offers a peak into a new and modern Morocco.
Fez 512 Espanola Way Miami Beach 305.672.4469 www.fezmiami.com

Gay Senior Group at the LGBT Visitor's Center - Mondays 3pm to 5pm
The LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach has formed a new social group for gay people (LGBT) 55+ years old in the Miami-Dade area. Hosted by the Visitor Center they call the group, the "Silver Circle Social Club" to identify our members as not only silver haired (perhaps) but also silver in background and experience that they bring to the group.
The Silver Circle Social Club meets every Monday 3pm to 5pm at the LGBT Visitor Center, 1130 Washington Avenue Miami Beach. There is no charge to attend. www.jumponmarkslist.com

SAVE Dade's Halloween Ball Armageddon - Saturday, October 26th
DJ Tracy Young will headline this year's event on Saturday, October 26th, as the Halloween event of the year moves to South Beach!
Miami Beach Convention Center
Hall B – Located on Washington Avenue Miami Beach
Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets. www.savedadehalloween.org

Seven (Formerly Grass) A Sultry Bungalow for Cocktails and Risotto
Meet Seven, an open-air oasis of cool cocktails, creamy risottos and sultry lounging, now open in the Design District.
This place is tucked behind two massive medieval-looking wooden doors. Inside: potted palms and pines, cozy banquettes and open skies overhead. If this sounds like it's screaming "date night," well, yeah. You should probably listen.
Seven (now open) 28 NE 40th Street Miami 305.456.3041 www.urbandaddy.com

Score on Lincoln Road closing October 1st
Relocating to Washington Avenue October 11th, with Trade Nightclub

For the past decade and a half, Lady Gaga, Paulina Rubio, Macy Gray, and divas of the 305 have stormed their way through the black doors of Score.
But after 15 years, Lincoln Road's legendary nightclub is taking its 'tude, perfectly chiseled and coiffed men, and hardcore party rep to SoBe's main stretch, Washington Avenue. www.miaminewtimes.com

Help Pridelines Youth Services raise funds for Smart Ride
Please help Pridelines Youth Services raise the necessary funds to participate in the Smart Ride 10 by making a donation today. With your support, we can ensure the success of our LGBTQ youth programming.
Their goal: $9,000 by March 2014
Pridelines Youth Services is dedicated to supporting, educating and empowering South Florida's LGBTQ youth and their straight allies in safe and diverse environments. www.smartride.ezregister.com

Wynwood Block: New Retail Space in Wynwood, But No Starbucks
Development in Wynwood continues to rage on. Wynwood Block, which takes up a whole city block on NW Second Avenue between 26th and 27th streets, has officially announced its presence.
When the development's banners went up along the border of the property last week, fear of a mini mall in Miami's arts haven had the members of the community buzzing. Rumors of Starbucks have been tossed around as well. www.miaminewtimes.com

Out in the Dark opens at Coral Gables Art Cinema September 27th
On Friday, September 27th, the powerful Israeli thriller Out in the Dark will begin its Exclusive Miami First Run Engagement at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.
A forbidden, taboo-breaking affair between two men - a West Bank Palestinian college student and an Israeli Jewish lawyer - this a modern film noir that bracingly illuminates issues at the core of much of the world's conflicts: human rights, borders, immigration and political asylum. www.gablescinema.com

Versace mansion auctioned for $41.5 million
The former Versace mansion fetched a top bid of $41.5 million at a high-profile auction Tuesday from New York's Nakash and Gindi families, who own the Hotel Victor next door.
Donald Trump — who deployed his son, Eric Trump, to bid on his behalf at the court-ordered bankruptcy sale — bid as high as $41 million for the iconic South Beach estate, making him the back-up bidder in the unlikely event the top bidders don't follow through on the all-cash deal. www.miamiherald.com

Free Gay Men's Workshop on Love, Sex, Dating and Relationships
Are you single? Are you in a relationship? Come join Life Coach & Psychotherapist David S Kessler, LCSW On Wednesday October 16th from 7-9pm at the LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach (www.Gogaymiami.com) for this FREE Workshop/Discussion focusing on Relationships. If you are single, you can gain tips on how to meet and connect with the right partner - If you are partnered, you can gain tips for nurturing and deepening your current relationship. Let's Gather as a Community and Share our Thoughts, Feelings & Experiences, as we help each other connect and grow. Light refreshments will be served. Workshop is Free, but seats are limited, and RSVP is required to David@DavidSKessler.com www.soulofmiami.org

Celebrate Orgullo - Saturday, October 5th noon-7pm
Free and open to the public, Celebrate Orgullo will feature music, dance, refreshments, vendor booths, and more! A portion of proceeds from the sale of food and beverages will benefit the LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund.
Collins Avenue & 73rd Street at the North Beach Bandshell. www.celebrateorgullo.com

Ross Mathews turns tables, is a celebrity now
With his high-pitch voice, infectious giggle and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and entertainment, TV personality Ross Mathews has broken into the in crowd of Hollywood.
After starting out as "Ross the Intern" on The Tonight Show, he now counts Gwyneth Paltrow and comedian Chelsea Handler as friends.
Handler is also his boss. She frequently uses him on her round table of commentators on E!'s Chelsea Lately. She's executive producing Mathews' new talk show, Hello Ross, airing Fridays on E. www.miamiherald.com

Urban Hyatt Hotel Coming To Collins Ave. & 16th Street
One of those rare old birds in South Beach, a small midcentury apartment building on Collins Avenue that looks just as it did when everything south of Lincoln Road was an unappreciated, crumbling dump yet to be discovered by the cool kids, is finally joining the ever-flashy South Beach of today. The Tropical Gardens Apartments is becoming a Hyatt, with a central sky-lit atrium, a rooftop pool, and a new eight story tower on top, all designed by Kobi Karp. www.miami.curbed.com

East Coast Outpost Of Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel Coming Here
Hotelman John Pritzker (yes, the scion of The Pritzkers, the family that awards the annual Pritzker architecture prize) is building the latest outpost of his Commune hotel chain at the historic art deco Crown Hotel on Miami Beach (originally called the Lord Tarleton). The hotel—which had been converted to apartments at one point—is being renovated by Kobi Karp, with landscaping by Raymond Jungles, and named the Roosevelt Crown, branded after the famous Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, which Commune also manages. www.miami.curbed.com

Anthropologie to be replaced by Ladurée
Lincoln Road's Anthropologie is about to turn into a huge Parisian bakery called Ladurée, at least according to Grub Street. Word is it will be a "small" shop, "with a special champagne bar" that will open sometime in October with the launch of "a collection of macarons in Art Deco colors". Stay tuned for more. www.miami.eater.com

After 25 years, abandoned Carib Theater to become retail center
Set to go is this over-the-top retail building by architect Luis Revuelta for the eastern end of Lincoln Road, in a space that once housed the art deco Carib Theater. Hey, at least somebody wants to do something with the spot, which has been boarded up for 25 years, right? It's only in the absolute center of the action in South Beach. It's projected to be open by the end of 2014. www.miami.eater.com

Blue Starlite Miami Urban Drive-In Announces Grand Opening in Wynwood
The Blue Starlite Miami Urban Drive-In, a boutique drive-in movie theater that announced it was headed to Wynwood in July, has at last set an opening date -- and it's just in time for cooler fall weather.
In a statement released yesterday, the Blue Starlite announced it'll officially open Wednesday, October 9th. Film buffs can get an early taste at preview nights running September 18th through 23rd. www.miaminewtimes.com

Baz Luhrmann Joins "Faena District" Creative Team, Because Miami Real Estate is Ridiculous Again
Time for some Therapy. Therapy will be a new bar features all nude male As if the current development boom already didn't feel like the pre-bust early 2000s, news that famed director Baz Luhrmann has joined the creative team of mid-Miami Beach's Faena District development should be the clearest signal yet that the local real estate market is officially back to its over-the-top, celebrity-obsessed, high-end ways. www.miaminewtimes.com

Therapy, a new gay strip club to open Downtown
Time for some Therapy. Therapy will be a new bar features all nude male strippers that perform beginning at 9pm. Therapy is open Wednesday through Saturday 9pm to 9m. The bar is located two doors east of Space and one block from Discotekka.
Soft Opening: Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th
Grand Opening: Thursday, September 12th
Therapy 60 NE 11th Street Miami, FL 33132 www.miaminewtimes.com

Boy George to release new album
Boy George is back with a new studio album of original material, his first in 18 years! 'This Is What I Do' is to be released on his own 'Very Me' Record Label on 28th October and will be supported by live dates in the UK.
'This Is What I Do' features a string of guest musicians including DJ Yoda, Kitty Durham (Kitty Daisy & Lewis), Ally McErlaine (Texas / Red Sky July), MC Spee (Dreadzone) and Nizar Al Issa, many of whom will perform as George's band on his live dates. www.boygeorge.com

Changes on Lincoln Road: Pasha's closed, American Eagle, Urban Outfitters, Zara coming, new GAP and Apple stores
After ten years, Pasha's has closed their restaurant at 900 Lincoln Road. This was their original location. Six other locations have since opened around Miami. They are planning to open a new South Beach location.
Zara is set to open this winter at 420 Lincoln Road at the corner of Lincoln and Washington. This 26,000 square feet space will create the brand's new Miami flagship store. The new two-story Zara will offer men's, women's, children's clothing and accessories. SEE PLANS
Urban Outfitters is coming to 841 Lincoln Road in the former Brownes and Co space. They just plastered the windows with their signage.
American Eagle has just plastered the windows next door announcing their new 4,500 sq. ft 825-829 Lincoln Road location. They plan to open in the late fall.
Also, GAP has done a complete demolition of their 1001 Lincoln Road Store in order to build a new two story glass store. SEE PLANS
The new Apple Store will be coming to 1021-1025 Lincoln Road. The approval of their plans ends a saga between Apple, preservationists, and the City of Miami Beach. SEE PLANS

Aqua Affair - Saturday, September 21st 7pm-11pm
Join The Aqua Foundation for the cocktail and silent auction event of the year. There will be drinks and lite fare as they recognize their grant and scholarship recipients.
Entrance includes sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and open bar.
DJ Pride will be playing sexy lounge music.
$70 in advance, $55 for members. $85 at the door.
The Mondrian, Sunset Lounge
1100 West Avenue Miami Beach www.aquafoundation.org

Cyndi Lauper at Hard Rock Live - Saturday, November 9th
Tickets go on pre-sale August 23rd 10am to 10pm with the password "GIRLS" for Cyndi Lauper at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL.
Ticket prices range from $40-$60.
She will be performing with opening act Hunter Valentine. General tickets on Sale on August 24th at 11am. www.ticketmaster.com

George Takei to receive National Leadership award from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Miami
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced Wednesday actor George Takei will receive the group's 2013 National Leadership Award at its Annual Miami Recognition Dinner in November at the Fontainebleau hotel on Miami Beach.
Takei has appeared in more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles. He is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the famed television series Star Trek. www.miamiherald.com

Goodbye Lords South Beach
One of the guests at my event tonight asked me "Did you see that they changed the name of the hotel?". Honestly, I did not. As I quickly entered the Lords South Beach for my gay speed dating event, I did not even look up at the sign.
I was told by the manager that the name changed three weeks ago with no advance notice. They went back to the name Hotel Nash.

Sizzle moving to South Beach Memorial Day 2014
Sizzle, the "ultimate urban getaway" for LGBT people of color has announced it is moving most of its events to South Beach on Memorial Day Weekend 2014.
For more than a decade, Sizzle was based in downtown Miami. Next year, it will move to the beach, CEO and founder Dwight Powell said.
"The change has generated a lot of excitement," Powell said.
www.miamiherald.com

"South Beach on Heels"
See your favorite South Beach performers, TP Lords, Tiffany Fantasia, Noel Leon and more in this fascinating trailer for the project "South Beach on Heels".
"South Beach On Heels" is about the inner lives of Drag Queens. Have you ever wondered what motivates these men to dress up as women for a show (Drag Queens) or for a lifetime (Transgender performers), what sort of intense pain and prejudice they experience along the way, what gives them the courage to step up on stage day after day? We can all learn something from this film for we have all been judged or excluded at some time in our lives. www.southbeachonheels.com

Swinging Richards moving to Pompano Beach
Swinging Richards has announced that they will be moving.
"It is true. Swinging Richards is moving to Pompano Beach, Florida to a new state-of-the-art, 12000 square foot building. Get all the same great entertainment and more at our new location.
We hope to see you soon at: 1350 SW 2nd St, Pompano Beach, FL 33069" www.florida.swingingrichards.com

Posh & Becks Are Thinking About Buying The Versace Mansion
With David Beckham planning to launch a US Soccer team, and Miami as a strong contending city for that team to call home, it's easy to take the latest bit of news that he and Victoria are shopping around for a house here as a sign that Beckham's plans must be developing absolutely swimmingly. The former soccer star and former Spice Girl are not just eyeballing any home, however. According to a confidential source that blabbed to NOWdaily Magazine, a gossipy U.K. celebrity rag, the Beckhams are very interested in non other than the palatial Ocean Drive mansion of Gianni Versace himself, Casa Casuarina. And things are moving fast! With the palazzo scheduled to be auctioned off September 17th, if the Beckhams decide on the house, they could own it in a month. According to the source, the Beckhams have so far been making 'hush hush inquiries.' www.miami.curbed.com

10 Miami Spice reservations to snag ASAP
Dining at some of Miami's top restaurants is now within reach thanks to Miami Spice, but to get into these places you better start reserving now.
Miami Spice 2013 runs August 1st- Sept 30th. Two delicious months of discounted three-course lunches & dinners at over 170 restaurants throughout Miami & Miami Beach. Lunches run $19-$23 and dinners $33-$39. www.miami.com

1st Annual Pink Flamingo Awards Luncheon - Tuesday, September 17th Noon
Join us for our 1st Annual Pink Flamingo Awards Luncheon! The main fundraiser for the MDGLCC Foundation Inc. that runs the LGBT Visitor Center - this event will highlight all the fun and unique features of our incredible community and tourist destination.
$60 per person
Miami Beach Convention Center Hall D - Palm Ballrooom, 1st Floor
Tickets include participation of interactive silent auction, raffle, and gift bag. All net proceeds go to support the operations of the LGBT Visitor Center and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. www.gogaymiami.com

An Evening with Gilbert Baker - Thursday, September 12th 6pm-8pm
Gilbert Baker is an artist, civil rights activist and the creator of the Pride Flag. He served in the British Royal Army until 1972 where he was stationed in San Francisco. He taught himself to sew, and he created banners for social movements. It was during this time that he met and befriended Harvey Milk. To symbolize a movement, he created the Pride flag in 1978 to reflect the diversity of the community. Gilbert will discuss the importance of symbolism, and how he came to create a powerful image that has shaped a movement.
Thursday, September 12th 6pm to 8pm at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden 2000 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach. www.facebook.com

Shakira lists Miami Beach home for $14.95 million
Say adios to The Voice judge Shakira, who just listed her North Bay Road home for $14.95 million, according to real estate blog Redfin. The home, located up the block from Matt Damon's home (listed at $20 mil) has, among other things, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a pool with a hardwood deck, a master bedroom with a nursery, guest quarters, and a gym. The listing is by Ben Moss, ex-husband of soon to be Style Channel reality star and real estate pro, Katrina Campins. Shakira joins an A-list of celebs including the aforementioned Damon, Billy Joel, Rosie O'Donnell, and Jennifer Lopez who have either sold or are selling their Miami cribs. www.blogs.miamiherald.com

Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, Zara, Reportedly Opening on Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road's transformation into the kind of shopping center you'd find in suburbia continues today with news that American Eagle Outfitters and Urban Outfitters are planning to set up shop along the pedestrian mall. ExMiami reports that the two retailers are the latest big-brand clothing stores to set their sights on South Beach.
The chains are joining recent additions like H&M and Forever 21, as well as longer-standing stores like The Gap and J.Crew, along the pedestrian thoroughfare. Zara also announced that it'll be opening its own store with a Lincoln Road address. www.blogs.miaminewtimes.com

Cell Phone Video Shows N. Miami Beach Officer Allegedly Beating Man Outside of Swinging Richards
A South Florida man wants the North Miami Beach Police Department to launch an internal affairs investigation after he said he was viciously beaten at the hands of an officer.
The beating was captured on cell phone video outside the controversial gay strip club Swinging Richards on Biscayne Blvd. and NE 174 Street last Thursday around midnight when the altercation occurred. www.miami.cbslocal.com

Miami Science Museum Vice President Tony Lima named new SAVE Dade executive director
SAVE Dade on Tuesday night selected Miami Science Museum Vice President Tony Lima as its new executive director.
"SAVE is an organization I really, really believe in," said Lima, who on Sept. 2 will begin directing Miami-Dade County's largest gay-rights organization. "I've been involved for four years now. I've been on the board for three years. I've become really ingrained in the issues." www.miamiherald.com

Versace Mansion, a South Beach Star, Faces Auction
When Gianni Versace bought a deteriorated tenement on Ocean Drive in 1992, transformed it into a figure of opulence and called it home, the increasingly obvious became official: South Beach had arrived.
Embraced by a select few but not yet overexposed, Ocean Drive, the most celebrated street in South Beach, undulated with sultriness and whimsy. Models on Rollerblades sped along the sea wall, portfolios in hand. One by one, pastel Art Deco hotels began to scrub away neglect. Ibiza-style nightclubs proliferated. And Miami's Latin feel offered the ultimate mixer. www.nytimes.com

After 22 Years, NYC's Splash Bar will close August 10th
One of the biggest gay clubs in New York, and the most famous in the world, the 10,000 square foot venue has gone through a lot of changes since opening in 1991, including an extensive renovation last year.
Over the last two decades, iconic performers including Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Grace Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Holliday and more have performed on the venue’s full stage (with working shower). www.nextmagazine.com

National Hotel in Miami Beach closes after failing fire inspection
South Beach's National Hotel has shut down and dismissed its staff after failing city safety inspections.
Jacques Roy, the National general manager, said the 154-room hotel could reopen as soon as next week once it resolves unspecified safety and building-code issues with Miami Beach. The city's fire marshal and building department declared the hotel unsafe after recent inspections, according to Miami Beach spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez. In an email, Rodriguez said "it will not reopen until all work is completed." The 1939 hotel has been undergoing lengthy renovations. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach commission picks South Beach ACE for convention-center overhaul
South Beach ACE is the winner of a protracted, at time precarious public competition to land the most important development deal in the history of Miami Beach.
Commissioner Michael Gongora made a motion to award the lucrative bid to the South Beach ACE team, which was seconded by Commissioner Jorge Exposito. www.miamiherald.com

First Gay Pride in Curacao - September 25th-29th 2013
Curacao will celebrate its first full-fledged Pride this year with the launch of Curacao Pride 2013 September 25-29. Organizer is Curacao Gay Pro, an association of professional organizations and individuals working with or for the Curacao and International sexually diverse (LGBT) communities. Curacao Gay Pro (CGPro) is a joint enterprise of Floris Suite Hotel, The Curacao Pink House/Pride Foundation (FOKO), The Gallery Lounge gay club, Pepper Katana (partypepper.net) and Williwood country pub and terrace. CGPro takes over the reins of the Curacao Gay Plasa Organization, which since 2005 has been organizing a precursor event called Curacao's Get Wet Festival, containing many pride elements. https://www.facebook.com/Curacaopride

Mister Wolfe now open in the Townhouse Hotel / Bond Street
Shake hands with Mister Wolfe, a sultry hideout for leisurely endeavors like drinking rum cocktails until the wee hours of the morning, opening tonight at the Townhouse.
Bondst. You remember it. Just closed up shop like five minutes ago. Anyway, this is its successor. And it's pretty hard to miss with that glowing red sign on the wall. But past that, it's all subtle sexiness. Wood-paneled columns. Supple tan banquettes. Hundreds of candles casting a soft glow.
Mister Wolfe 150 20th Street Miami Beach 786.536.9260 www.urbandaddy.com

New plan for Miami-Beach rail link
Miami-Dade's Metropolitan Planning Organization is studying again a rail corridor to connect Miami to Miami Beach, but this time the focus won't just be on light rail as it was in 2004.
The 2004 study didn't result in action, said Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, who was hesitant as the commission last week OK'd the city's $25,000 funding share. www.miamitodaynews.com

Lady Gaga Singing the National Anthem @ the NYC Pride Rally 2013
Lady Gaga finishing her speech & singing a spectacular rendition of the National Anthem at Pier 26 on Friday June 28, 2013. She's truly an amazing idol. SEEE VIDEO

Former restaurant owner charged in fatal crash in Miami
Jonathan Eismann charged with vehicular homicide for Oct. 2012 crash

Police have arrested a 51-year-old man who hit and killed a pedestrian in northwest Miami-Dade.
The crash happened at Northwest 3rd Street and 72nd Avenue about 8:47 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2012.
According to police, Jonathan Eismann, 51, was driving a Ford Explorer when he was involved in a crash with a Nissan Sentra at Northwest 1st Terrace and 72nd Avenue. www.local10.com

'Color Splash' designer David Bromstad's business is booming
Celebrity interior designer David Bromstad, already busy with two HGTV programs, has embarked on what may be his biggest project yet: creative consultant for the proposed River Landing Development, a $200 million, two million-square-foot mixed-use project on the Miami River. www.miamiherald.com

Palm Produce, formerly of South Beach, now in Coconut Grove
Remember Palm Produce Resortwear on Lincoln Road where we all used to buy our swimwear? The rents may have forced them off Lincoln Road, but they still have their store in Coconut Grove on the 2nd floor of CocoWalk called First Flight Out by Palm Produce. They have the largest collection of men's swimwear in Miami including well known brands including Andrew Christian, Pistol Pete, T Fabiano, Sauvage, Speedo and Quicksilver. Check them out next time you're in the Grove! www.palmproduceresortwear.com

C.J. Ortuño of SAVE Dade resigns to become CUNY law school's executive director of development
C.J. Ortuño, the straight, married dad who for five years has run Miami-Dade County's leading gay-rights group, has resigned to take a development job with City University of New York law school. www.miamiherald.com/gaysouthflorida

Perfect Gifts South Beach opens on Washington Avenue
After cultivating a fan base of both locals and visitors at their hugely popular Pink Palm boutique on Lincoln Road, Russ Root and Perry Martino have opened Perfect Gifts South Beach in a new location on Washington Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. The new boutique carries many of the same favorite lines as well as some newly discovered merchandise, all with a cheerful and irreverent twist.
Perfect Gifts South Beach 1516 Washington Avenue Miami Beach www.perfectgiftssobe.com

Pridelines Annual Gala - Saturday, August 10th
Pridelines Youth Services, South Florida's oldest LGBTQ service agency, is proud to announce its 8th annual gala to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth on August 10th. One of the most anticipated themed parties of the year will take attendees back to the excitement and allure of A Night in Havana during the 1950s. This year's honorees, The Miami Foundation and Josue Santiago, have been selected as a result of their unparalleled dedication to both the LGBTQ community and the youth served by Pridelines throughout South Florida.
This year's gala will be hosted at The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables on Saturday, August 10th from 7pm to 11pm in the hotel's historic Rotunda. Tickets are $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP and are available online at www.pridelines.org

Marco Rubio Says It Should Be Legal To Fire Someone For Being Gay
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is touted as a top GOP presidential prospect in 2016, thinks it should be legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation.
ThinkProgress spoke with the Florida Senator at the opening luncheon of the annual Faith and Freedom Forum on Thursday and asked him about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to make discrimination against LGBT individuals illegal across the country. www.thinkprogress.org

Marco Rubio: 'I'm Done' If Immigration Bill Includes LGBT Couples
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made another threat on Thursday to walk away from his own comprehensive immigration reform bill, this time over an amendment to provide the same immigration benefits to LGBT couples as heterosexual ones.
"If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done," Rubio said on the Andrea Tantaros Show. "I'm off it, and I've said that repeatedly. I don't think that's going to happen and it shouldn't happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is." www.huffingtonpost.com

Miami Beach Shooting for Perfect Score in HRC's Municipal Equity Index
The city of Miami Beach made history when the commission unanimously passed the strongest tax equity benefit ordinance in the country last week.
Also, it is helping the city toward a larger goal: Being the first city in Florida to get a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign's municipal equity index. The campaign ranks cities according to different standards met for its LGBT residents, and the tax equity benefits ordinance puts it one step closer, Rosenwald said. www.southfloridagaynews.com

Trans-Miami Center in Miami Beach
Trans-Miami has devoted its mission to focusing on issues relating to gender non-conforming people in Miami Dade such as: closing the disparity of the highly-affected transgender population in HIV infection, as well as developing a strategy of empowerment to trans individuals through social events, workshops, support, resources and referrals to trans* sensitive services.
Their newly opened drop-in resource center in Miami Beach is Miami-Dade's FIRST center specialized for the transgender community, and is sponsored by Care Resource, offering a safe space to the community.
They are located inside SoBe Thrifty 1435 Alton Road Miami Beach www.facebook.com

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

WPF Pool Party - Sunday, July 21st from 1pm to 6pm
The Winter Party Festival team invites you and your friends to join us for A WPF Pool Party on Sunday, July 21st from 1pm to 6pm. We're planning an afternoon with fun people, light snacks and music. Whether you are a member of the WPF Committee or considering joining our team, this will be a great setting to get to know us better and share your ideas about everything from DJs to décor. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Victor Diaz-Herman at victor@pridelines.org

National Gay Blood Drive - Friday, July 12th 9am-5pm
A peaceful nation-wide demonstration in which otherwise eligible gay/bisexual male donors will show up to get tested at a specified donation center in their city and attempt to donate their blood. As each donor is rejected, their test result will be collected, compiled, and delivered to the FDA - visually conveying to them on a national level how much blood the gay community could contribute to the blood supply should they lift their current policy. www.gayblooddrive.com

MDGLCC RAINBOWling - Thursday, July 25th 7pm-10pm
Lucky Strike Lanes & The LGBT Visitor Center in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce brings you RAINBOWling Thursday, July 25th 7pm-10pm featuring Crazy Roll Bowling from 9pm-10pm. Admission is $10 per person which includes shoes, unlimited bowling and raffle for great prizes throughout the night. 1691 Michigan Avenue in Miami Beach. Proceeds benefitting the LGBT Visitor Center. RSVP required to karen@gogaymiami.com or 305.397.8914 or www.gogaymiami.com

Mova to open location in Brickell on Sunday, June 16th
With existing locations in Miami Beach and Washington DC, Brickell will be the third Mova the gay bar and lounge. The Brickell opening is planned for Sunday, June 16th at 4pm.
The Grand Opening will be an afternoon party with International DJ/Producer Theresa.
MOVA Lounge Brickell 401 SW 3rd Avenue Miami, FL FACEBOOK INVITATION

The coolest bars and restaurants in Miami
The Thrillist 47: forty-seven spots that have got it going on more than a supporting character in an Angela Bassett flick. From sure-fire next-big-things to standbys that still pack 'em in, everything you need to plan your next night out is right here. www.thrillist.com

Jennifer Lopez brings 'The Fosters' to ABC Family; show depicts lesbian couple as heads of household
The new ABC Family drama pairs mainstream star Jennifer Lopez and Peter Paige, who played bubbly Emmett in the cult favorite series "Queer as Folk," as executive producers. It brings to television a rare depiction of a lesbian couple as heads of a household.
And "The Fosters," airing its second episode 9 p.m. EDT Monday, combines a focus on the generally ignored lives of foster children with the challenges of an ethnically diverse home - a big reach for an hourlong series aimed at teenagers and young adults. www.miamiherald.com

Twin sisters raised by lesbian moms named valedictorian and salutatorian of Key West High
This month, twin sisters Erin and Elizabeth Czerwinski were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian of Key West High School in Florida. The successful young women were raised and supported by their proud mothers, Caroline Bauer and Sharon Czerwinski, who have been together for 25 years. www.miamiherald.com/gaysouthflorida

Juleisy Y Karla: 'Hialeah's Finest': The Beyonces of Bearded Drag
The last thing Juleisy and Karla want to be is your typical drag queens. Yes, they wear the wigs, the eight-inch heels, the false eye-lashes, and the tight clothes, but they never shave their beards. In fact, the beards are as indispensable to their show as the lashes.
"Our goal was never to be passable as women," says Gio Profera aka Juleisy and one half of the gender bender duo behind Hialeah's Finest. "Our goal was to have a voice as men, dressed as women." abcnews.go.com

Menus are shut on three high profile Miami restaurants
SouthStreet. Cooper Avenue. Bond Street.
You'll have to take a detour: each local restaurant, named as a thoroughfare, is now shuttered.
The recent closure of the three high profile restaurants — all launched by Miami real estate investor/restauranteur Amir Ben-Zion, with a variety of business partners — caught some scene watchers' by surprise. www.miamiherald.com

The beloved El Rancho Grande is back, with a new name and way more tequila
Even with viral video help from Jimmy McMillan, El Rancho Grande's rent was just too damn high on Lincoln Road, so they had to close their doors after almost 20yrs. Luckily, the Beach's Mexican stalwart has reopened in Sunset Harbor after being rebranded as TeQuiztlan, and is serving up the same spicy deliciousness alongside MORE tequila. And, presumably, more "sick" days from you.
Tequiztlan Mexican Restaurant 1884 Bay Road Miami Beach 305.397.8442 www.thrillist.com

Glee's Charice Pempengco Confirms She's a Lesbian
Charice Pempengco has nothing to hide. After months of chatter about her sexuality, the former Glee singer proudly and publicly confirmed that she is, in fact, a lesbian. The revelation came during an interview on Sunday, June 2, with Boy Abunda, host of the Filipino showbiz show The Buzz.
Asked by Abunda whether the rumors about her sexual orientation are true, Charice took her time answering. Then, smiling, she said simply, "Opo, tomboy po ako," which means "Yes, I am a lesbian." www.usmagazine.com

Miami Pop's Top 30 Signs You Live On South Beach
From too many parking tickets and VIP access to rubbing shoulders with The Real Housewives of Miami, these are the 30 telltale signs that you live—and rock—South Beach. www.miamipopmedia.com

Kathy Griffin at the Hard Rock - Thursday, July 11th
Tickets are now on sale for Kathy Griffin at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL.
Hard Rock Live 5747 Seminole Way Hollywood, FL
For tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com

Winter Party Festival Beach Party - Sunday, June 23rd at Noon
The Winter Party Festival team invites you and your friends to join them for a Day at the Beach on Sunday, June 23rd from Noon to 4:30pm. It's going to be a great afternoon with fun people, light snacks and refreshments (BYOB) and music. Look for the Task Force tent on the beach at 12th Street, or the group of people in Winter Party t-shirts. We want to have an informal gathering to see old friends and meet new ones! To RSVP, e-mail Victor Diaz-Herman at victor@pridlines.org VIEW INVITATION

Twist to celebrate 20 years - Wednesday, June 26th
Twist is celebrating year 20 on Wednesday, June 26th with their legendary anniversary fanfare. Richard Trainor and Joel Stedman host one of the most memorable parties of the year, featuring complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres starting at 9pm. DJ Paulie will provide the music for the evening and keep everyone dancing till very late. VJ Nathan P. Smith produced yet another collectable DVD, given out to the first 300 party revelers. The DVD's and free drinks go very fast, so get there early. www.twistsobe.com

Stonewall Summer Pride FTL - June 22nd and 23rd
On Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd, Stonewall Summer Pride will take place in Wilton Manors with Amber, CeCe Peniston and Kristine W set to headline the entertainment. WSVN Channel 7 News Anchor Craig Stevens will be this year's Stonewall Summer Pride Twilight Parade Grand Marshal. www.stonewallsummerpride.com

MDGLCC's Celebration of the Sun - "The Yellow Gala" - June 22nd
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, on Saturday, June 22, at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami starting at 6pm. The honorees were selected for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall well-being and quality of life in South Florida.
For tickets and more information, go to www.gaybizmiami.com

Miami Beach Convention Center Renderings: South Beach ACE vs. Miami Beach Square (PHOTO AND VIDEO)
The Miami Beach Convention Center, the giant box with a smidge of architectural flair that probably looked modern when it was built in 1957, is in dire need of a makeover.
The City of Miami Beach is currently vetting two proposed convention center renovations, each costing a billion dollars of public and private money, and will choose the winner next month.
The proposals, which totally reimagine 52-acres of prime Beach real estate, are currently on view to the public at City Hall through June 21. www.huffingtonpost.com

South Beach drag queen Wanda slain in Tampa
Friends and co-workers are mourning the death of longtime South Beach draq queen Wanda, found shot to death Tuesday night in Tampa.
Wanda, whose real name was Anthony Jerome Lee, led a colorful life.
"Wanda can be a certified Bitch with a capital B," said her longtime friend, Henry Williams AKA South Beach drag queen Tiffany Fantasia. "She was one of those people who could give you no fakeness, no phoniness. You got the real deal how she felt. She was a tough cookie, but once you got to know her, you fell in love with her." www.miamiherald.com

South Beach drag queen Wanda, murdered
Today, May 28th, Wanda (AKA Anthony Jerome Lee, James Williams) was shot and killed in Tampa.
Known for her outrageous performances over the years at Amnesia, Café Torino, Palace, Wanda was formerly known as "Sally Mae".
In a media release late Tuesday night, investigators said they are not yet releasing any more details about what happened – other than that it happened inside the home. www.abcactionnews.com

Crowds, arrests down at Memorial Day Weekend in Miami Beach
Known since 2001 as Urban Beach Week, Memorial Day weekend in Miami Beach has been a see-and-be-seen, hip-hop-themed party that has attracted throngs of mostly young, black men and women.
Crowds have appeared slimmer this year than in recent years, a possible result of beefed-up law enforcement in the wake of the deadly police shooting of 22-year-old Raymond Herisse on Collins Avenue during Memorial Day Weekend in 2011. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach residents, businesses, police brace for Memorial Day crush
Miami Beach is holding its collective breath through Monday, hoping to dodge the human stampedes, tear gas and deadly police shootings that have marred recent Memorial Day weekends.
The 2011 slaying of Raymond Herisse, who police shot 16 times about 4 a.m. on Memorial Day after police said he was driving erratically on Collins Avenue and refused orders to stop, changed the way the city handles the crush of traffic and crowds of up to a quarter-million strong that pour in during what’s known as Urban Beach Week. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach developer, neighbors settle dispute in new Sunset Harbour project
The residents of Sunset Islands 3 and 4 have settled their differences with the developers of a mixed-used condo building at the foot of an historic bridge leading into the island community.
The agreement, which was submitted to the city on May 13, marks an end to dozens of hours of hearings, rehearings, appeals and private meetings regarding the project, slated to take the place of what’s now a defunct development site and an empty cleaners. www.miamiherald.com

For Gay Men, a Fear That Feels Familiar
A new, casually transmittable infection — a unique strain of bacterial meningitis — has cast a pall over the gay night life and dating scene, with men wondering whether this is AIDS, circa 1981, all over again. Seven men have died in New York City, about a third of diagnosed cases, since 2010. And in the last few months, the contagion seemed to be accelerating. It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why. www.nytimes.com

Massive new convention center and hotel in the works for downtown Miami
The confirmation of MDM's plans comes as Miami Beach is in the final phases of selecting a team to modernize and expand its aging convention center, add an 800-room hotel and redevelop the site with residential buildings, cultural facilities and park space.
It's unclear how the Miami convention center would affect the Beach redevelopment plans. The proposed convention center in Miami, with just 100,000 square feet of convention floor space — much of its square footage will be for ballrooms and meeting rooms — is significantly smaller than its Beach counterpart, though the Miami hotel would be more than twice as large. www.miamiherald.com

Thomas Kramer's South Beach Story Ends With $200 Million Court Judgment
Red-eyed with exhaustion, Thomas Kramer slumped behind his empty desk. The real estate tycoon had been up all night worrying about how to break the news to his employees. As they filed in, he reached across the desk and grabbed a bottle of pills. Behind him, green lights blinked on an oversize map, indicating the dozens of exotic locales he'd visited. But the shell-shocked look on his face made the towering, blond German look less a glamorous entrepreneur than the general of a defeated army. www.miaminewtimes.com

Out in the Tropics: a GLTBQ Contemporary Performing Arts Festival - June 13th-16th
Out in the Tropics, a GLTBQ Contemporary performing arts festival, brings a full range of award-winning, contemporary GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) artists and arts events to Miami, June 13 - 16, 2013. Now presenting its Fourth Season, Out in the Tropics has a great line-up for 2013, including:
"Cubalandia" by El Ciervo Encantado and "A 20th Century History of Popular Music Abridged" by Taylor Mac
"Post-Plastica" by Carmelita Tropicana and "Cubalandia" by El Ciervo Encantando
"Verde Verde" a film by Enrique Pineda Barnet
Well-Strung in Concert
For tickets and more information, go to: www.fundarte.us

Pam Ann at the Colony Theatre - June 6th & 7th
Pam Ann is about to come in for a landing in Miami. The world's most infamous flight attendant will be performing her comedy show at the Colony Theatre on Thursday, June 6th and Friday, June 7th with show times at 8pm.
Colony Theater 1040 Lincoln Road Miami Beach.
For tickets, please go to www.ticketmaster.com

Ross Mathews (The Tonight Show's Ross the Intern) to Man Up in South Beach at the Colony Theatre
Ross the Intern has gone from unpaid Tonight Show outsider to star author and show-biz insider. Tuesday night he arrives at the Colony Theatre in South Beach.
"It's a one-man show — lights, sound effects, images, a game show with the audience," says Ross Mathews, who's on tour promoting his new book, Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence. "We do some pop culture stuff at the top. Then I bring some stories to life and tell some stories that are not in the book. We get a little blue, so if you bring your grandma, get her a little drunk."
Ross Mathews appears 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; $38.50; 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
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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.
For tickets and more information, go to 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

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

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

Adam Lambert to headline Miami Beach Gay Pride
Glamberts rejoice! Adam Lambert will be the headline performer at the Fifth Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival, Sunday, April 14th. He will perform for Pride-goers from the Main Stage in Lummus Park just off Ocean Drive between 11th and 12th Streets. His performance is scheduled to begin at 8pm.
A finalist on the eighth season of the immensely popular American Idol, Lambert's 2009 album For Your Entertainment debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, Top 10 in numerous countries worldwide and featured the singles "For Your Entertainment," "Whataya Want from Me" and "If I Had You." The album has gone on to sell more than two million copies and nearly five million singles worldwide. www.miamibeachgaypride.com

Shake Shack coming to Washington Avenue?
We ear that a second Shake Shack will be coming to Miami Beach. This one is said to be coming to 1242 Washington Avenue in the venue that was formerly Felt.

A miniature golf course in South Beach?
Miniature golf has moved closer to a South Beach debut with approval by a city board for a course that wants to open next year. The Lincoln Road Putting Club plans to open on the roof of the Michigan Avenue building that houses the Lucky Strike bowling alley. miamiherald.com

Miami Beach Police Department reveals Pride Squad Car
At last night's Winter Party event, Spark!, the new Miami Beach Police Pride Squad Car greeting guests as they entered the Shelborne Hotel.
The Pride Squad Car was made possibly by the Miami Beach LGBT Business Enhancement Committee and the Miami Beach Police Department.

Nine of the best gay friendly hotels
From Amsterdam to Australia and South Beach to San José, we check out some of the world’s most exciting gay hotels.
From an urban resort in New York City with a 5,000 square feet spa, to a rooftop pool and bar in Barcelona or an unbeatable location between the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest in Australia, the world of gay and gay-friendly hotels and accommodation offers far more than you may realize. www.gaystarnews.com

2017 World Outgames to be in Miami Beach/Miami
The 2017 World OutGames will be held in Miami Beach/Miami, the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) announced Thursday.
"We did it!" local committee member Cindy Brown posted on her Facebook page from Antwerp, Belgium, where the 2013 games will be played July 31st-August 11th. www.miamiherald.com

South Beach Comedy Festival - April 17th-21st
South Beach Comedy Festival returns to Miami Beach Wednesday, April 17th to Sunday, April 21st, for another stellar comedy showcase featuring some of the world’s most favorite entertainers. Now in its eighth year, the South Beach Comedy Festival continues to grow and remains one of the premiere comedy festivals for top comedic talent and fans across the country. This year’s event features Bill Burr, Jamel Debouzze, Pete Holmes, Jim Jefferies, Seth Meyers, Tracy Morgan, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and more. For tickets go to www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com

A look at Miami's movie theaters over the years
John Travolta set his boogie shoes strolling in Saturday Night Fever at Miami's The Omni 6. Angie Dickinson shared her shower with us as she Dressed to Kill at the Concord on Bird Road and 114th Avenue. The revelation, "Luke, I am your father," had you gripping your plush, gold seat at the Dadeland Twin movie theater as The Empire Strikes Back revealed its shocker.
Plus, who, among people of a certain age, didn’t stand in line to see Jaws at Coral Gables' Miracle Theatre in the summer of 1975? www.miamiherald.com

National Hotel nears end of long renovation
A panel of frosted glass puts everything in perspective for Delphine Dray as she oversees a years-long, multi-million dollar renovation project at the National Hotel on Miami Beach.
"Chez Claude and Simone," says the piece of glass stationed between the lobby and restaurant, a reference to Dray's parents, who bought the hotel in 2007.
"Every time I am exhausted and I pass that glass, I remember why," said Delphine Dray, who joined her father — a billionaire hotel developer and well-known art collector in France — to restore the hotel after the purchase.
After working with him for years, she is finishing the project alone. Claude Dray, 76, was killed in his Paris home in October of 2011, a shooting that remains under investigation. www.miamiherald.com

IKEA to build first store in Miami-Dade
The Swedish home retailer IKEA has announced it will be building its first location in Sweetwater.
The project is expected to break ground within the next two months and the new location is expected to open in the summer of 2014. This would be the first IKEA location in Miami-Dade. The 417,000 square-foot store will have 1,500 parking spots and will be located next to Dolphin Mall and west of Miami International Airport. www.wsvn.com

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - April 27th-May 6th
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood with additional films screened at locations throughout Miami-Dade County.
The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an internationally acclaimed event serving as a platform for numerous World Premiers, North American Premiers and East Coast Premiers. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is the first MAJOR LGBT film festival to occur in the calendar year, setting the tone for the entire LGBT film festival season. www.mglff.com

Miami Beach Gay Pride - April 12th-14th
Come out and celebrate the most FABULOUS day of the year – an exciting, free, all-day event that features a fun and colorful parade followed by the family-friendly Pride Festival with food and refreshments plus performances by top recording artists.
Miami Beach Gay Pride brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community. The events include a Parade, Festival, Expo, and officially sanctioned Miami Beach Gay Pride events. www.miamibeachgaypride.com

Fourth Annual International Gay Polo Tournament - Saturday, April 13th
The highly-anticipated Fourth Annual International Gay Polo Tournament, one of the highlights of the winter equestrian season, is set for Saturday April 13, 2013 at Grand Champions Polo Club. This year the event is planning some enhancements that will create a new fresh feeling to the event.
Grand Champions Polo Club (On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road in Wellington, FL) www.gaypolo.com

Michael Gongora is running for Miami Beach mayor
Miami Beach Vice Mayor Michael Góngora on Tuesday 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. http://www.miamiherald.com

Gloria and Emilio Estefan Broadway hopefuls
One of the most successful, popular and loved Latin couple in the music industry and business world have another endeavor to pursue. Gloria and Emilio Estefan hope to take their autobiography to Broadway as it was announced Tuesday.
The couple along with the Nederlander Organization and Bernie Yuman will have the task to create a musical based on the Estefan’s life and hope to achieve their goal of launching it as a Broadway show. www.examiner.com

Now Hiring: Poseidon Greek Restaurant
Poseidon Greek Restaurant 1131 Washington Avenue Miami Beach.
In the space that was formerly Vinyl & Kai, and Sushi Saigon prior, Poseidon Greek Restaurant has just taken over, will soon be opening and is "Now Hiring".
If interested, send your resume to PoseidonMiami@gmail.com

Doré South Beach (formerly David Bouley's Evolution)
Delivering "a feast for the senses" (including a very literal one for your sense of taste), Doré is a fancypants spot in the Ritz plating everything from Spanish tapas to local seafood and dry-rubbed steaks, in a massive space divided into a ballroom-ish dining room and a 30-person lounge that looks like the kind of place where Madonna would be grossed out watching Lips Manlis slurp oysters.
Dore South Beach 1669 Collins Avenur Miami Beach 305.695.8696 www.thrillist.com

Coming Soon: Polo Norte Cuban Restaurant
Polo Norte Cuban Restaurant will be coming to 1200 Washington Avenue Miami Beach. This was formerly Baja Fresh, Cheesme (for a hot minute), Hed Kandi Lounge, After Glow Restaurant, Mezzaluna.

MC Kitchen, PB Steak, Khong River House: New Hotspots Introduce Brunch
Brunch at a steak house? Well, sure. Where else are you going to get the best steak and eggs of your life? At PB Steak, you can choose your cut of steak and how you like your eggs- which would make any real cowboy quake in their boots with envy. Order a blue crab pudding for the table - trust us on this one. www.miaminewtimes.com

South Beach Without the Beach
The Freehand, a new designer hostel in South Beach, seems antithetical to its ZIP code. Bunk beds in shared rooms go for around $50 a night, the lobby is full of young visitors with laptops and the garden serves barbecued goat tacos on weekends. www.nytimes.com

DecoBike Is Officially Coming To Miami
Miami's getting DecoBike! Yesterday City of Miami commissioners officially approved a contract with the bicycle sharing service DecoBike, meaning that, yes finally, and officially, Miami will be getting a network of Decobike bicycle kiosks and bikes to rent by the hour just like Miami Beach. And the Miami network will (probably) be compatible with Miami Beach's! www.miami.curbed.com

Downtown Miami's New b2 Hotel
Starting March 1st - two weeks before Ultra Music Festival insanity begins across the street - you can reserve a room at the b2 Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami, the latest thing in the transformation of Miami's urban core. B-Hotels out of Weston, FL has taken the run down Riande Hotel Continental Downtown Miami Bayside WHATEVER (it seems the hotel went by many variations on that name) the Hotel Continental - and turned it into their first "b2" product. A b-mini if you will. www.miami.curbed.com

Winter Party Festival - March 6th-11th
Don't miss the hottest events at WPF'13 which will be taking place on the sands of Miami Beach March 6th to 11th 2013.
Winter Party Festival hosts some of the hottest parties in the world. They are working hard to make the 20th Edition of Winter Party bigger and better than ever. So, stay tuned or enter their Gold Pass Give Away and recieve updates on WPF'13, the Hottest Winter in the World. www.winterparty.com

"North Sea Texas" February 14th-17th in Miami Shores
Charming and gorgeously shot, this coming-of-age story set along the Belgian coastline in the early 1970s will remind many of the emotional maelstrom of growing up. Pim is bored of life in his provincial town where life smells of cold French fries, cheap cigarettes, and stale beer. He spends his time daydreaming of a more glamorous existence and pining for the handsome, older boy who lives next door. His mom Yvette spends more time in the pub than she does with her son, and is oblivious to his burgeoning sexuality.
O Cinema Miami Shores 9806 NE 2nd Ave Miami Shores 305.571.9970 www.o-cinema.org

Gay Israeli Drama "Yossi" Exclusive Miami Premiere Starts 2/15 at Gables Cinema
YOSSI is a smart and emotionally complex Israeli film from acclaimed director Etyan Fox, a follow-up to Fox's groundbreaking film from a decade ago, "Yossi & Jagger." One of Israel's most respected actors, Ohad Knoller, gives another stellar performance as Yossi, a closeted gay surgeon in Tel Aviv whose search for love takes him back to his days as an Israeli soldier.
Coral Gables Art Cinema 260 Aragon Avenue Coral Gables 786.385.9689 www.gablescinema.com

Awaiting trial for attempted murder, Josh Woodward signs deal to open fancy Asian on Lincoln
What does one do while out on bail awaiting a trial on charges of attempted murder of a fetus in LA? Open a restaurant on South Beach, that's what! According to well placed sources, Josh Woodward, former owner of 8 Oz. Burger, has just signed a deal to open a swanky Asian joint in the space formerly known as Kim's Chinese Restaurant. Woodward has a long road ahead of him in more ways than one. Says one restaurant insider, "That place is disgusting. They will have to gut it in order to make it up to code." That's the least of Woodward's concerns. Stay tuned. www.miami.com

Dylan's Candy Bar opens today on Lincoln Rd
Break out the sweet tooth - Dylan's Candy Bar opens today (Jan 23) on Lincoln Road. The two-story shop in the former Ghiradelli's space promises over 5,000 candies. Think candy by the pound, a five-pound chocolate bar, gummy everything and a jelly bean bonanza. An outdoor cafe and bar are coming next week, in the meantime let the sugar rush begin! www.miami.com

Galbut unveils plans to 440-unit apartment-retail project to West Avenue Corridor residents
The project that developer Russell Galbut wants to build to replace the crumbling South Shore Hospital building will house 440 rental apartments above 60,000-square feet of retail space with a swath of green space facing Fifth Street and underground parking for 1073 cars.
Known as 600 Alton Road, the sleek glass and silver project would include two main buildings between Fifth to Eighth streets and Alton Road and West Avenue. www.belleisleblog.com

DecoBikes could be expanding from Miami Beach into Miami
After accruing nearly 2 million rentals in less than two years of operation, Miami Beach’s DecoBike program is poised to expand to Miami and beyond. www.miamiherald.com

A Fight Over Historic Preservation Brews in Art Deco Country
When South Beach was little more than a forlorn chunk of beachfront property, preservationists clung to the idea that the faded, often derelict pastel buildings lining the streets were too precious to knock down.
Their campaign to preserve the area's fanciful Art Deco buildings ushered in one of the country's most successful urban revivals. Years later, South Beach is still a juggernaut.
Preservationists are now pushing hard to bolster historic preservation laws, a move that has ruffled wealthy property owners (and potential buyers) and stepped up pressure on local commissioners who are reluctant to wade into the politically precarious battle. www.nytimes.com

Winter Party Seeks Go-Go Dancers
If "Dancing With the Stars" isn't exactly your gig, volunteer your groove thing to be a go-go boy – or go-go girl – as visual entertainment for one of the signature dance events at this year’s 20th Edition Winter Party Festival, March 6th – 11th.
If you think you have what it takes, please send a PG-13 head shot and full body picture to the Entertainment Manager at WPFentertainment@aol.com. Please use the subject line: "WPF Entertainment Casting."
Dancers at Winter Party Festival are among the hundreds of volunteers who help make the six-day event a success. While there is no monetary compensation, free tickets to events are provided to those who volunteer their time.

The Crown Miami Beach sold for $100 Million
Let's hope not as yet another big name in hospitality jumps into the market with plans for a new 388 room hotel at 4041 Collins Avenue – once the Lord Tarleton Hotel and now the Crown Miami Beach.
According to The Wall Street Journal, a group led by Geolo Capital plunked down $100 million last month to buy the property from Atlantic Pacific Development. The plan is to convert the property into a Roosevelt Hotel – modeled after the famed Los Angeles hotel of the same name. www.miamibeachoutlook.com

Check Out The Pawson/Schrager Designed Marriott Edition
As the full-on overhaul of the postwar Seville Hotel into the Marriott Edition continues by legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, a major expansion will add a residential penthouse addition on top of the original tower as well as a new 18 story residential tower next to it. The two new structures will contain a total of 26 "move-in-ready" condos designed by starchitect John Pawson fully loaded with "everything one would need in a household from linens to dishes, towels to cookware, all pre-selected, unpacked and put away prior to arrival" according to the PR people. Seperate from the hotel and residential entrances, the Edition will have a "celebrity entrance," which we imagine to a tunnel under Collins Avenue to a bombshelter-like undisclosed location, but will probably just be a really hidden driveway. www.miami.curbed.com

The Meatball Joint Closes
The Meatball Joint, Bernie Matz's third South Beach restaurant, closed yesterday evening with a meatball and craft beer party, thrown by chef/owner Bernie Matz.
The restaurant, which opened spring of 2012, was located on Alton Road, adjacent to chef Matz's Bernie's L.A. Cafe. www.miaminewtimes.com

Coming soon: Dolce Italian at the Gale South Beach
Meet Dolce Italian, an airy loft of red wine and red sauce from the pasta-making legends behind Scarpetta, opening next Friday in the Gale South Beach.
Dolce Italian at the Gale South Beach
1690 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 786.975.2590 www.urbandaddy.com

Downtown Miami's b2 hotel opening in March
The new b2 hotel in downtown Miami — a value brand from Weston-based B Hotels & Resorts — is accepting reservations for stays starting March 1.
Located at 146 Biscayne Blvd., the former Continental Bayside Hotel has undergone extensive renovations.
The 243-room hotel will also include a casual restaurant called Biscayne Tavern from restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management. www.miamiherald.com

George's Kitchen & The Loft comes to Midtown
Just opened by the 305's famed two-first-named Frenchman George-Eric Farge, George's Kitchen is a swank two-story Midtown bistro plating contemporary Parisian fare (no, not the place with the Parisian Gravitron), and doubling as a late-night lounge. www.thrillist.com

Catch Miami - A Sexy SoBe Seafood Tower
Now open, Catch Miami, a scene-making seafood palace that’s helmed by a Top Chef champion and cracking all forms of insanely fresh shellfish, opening tomorrow in The James Royal Palm Hotel.
Catch Miami at The James Royal Palm 1545 Collins Avenuce Miami Beach www.urbandaddy.com

The Great 42-43 Star Island Drive Ganja-Fueled Feud
The pair of properties at 42 and 43 Star Island Drive - an historic house threatened for demolition by Real Housewife of Miami Lisa Hochstein and its neighbor, the former Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church compound now on the market by owner by Rosie O'Donnell - are no strangers to drama, or drugs, or even neighborhood warfare, as filmmakers rakontur documented in their documentary of Miami's pot history "Square Grouper." In the 1970s, when the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church set up their "American Embassy" at 43 Star, they fell in with their neighbors at 42 Star to hilarious results. Picture giant clouds of marijuana smoke wafting over Star Island's manicured lawns, a flaming bucket of tar, and an airboat. www.miami.curbed.com

$100 Million Buys More Than You Think
For $100 million, the buyers of Casa Casuarina, the mansion that once belonged to the fashion icon Gianni Versace, will get a 23,000-square-foot spread in Miami Beach with a 54-foot-long pool lined with mosaic tiles and 24-karat gold. They will acquire millions of dollars’ worth of Italian furniture — one room’s windows alone are framed by $250,000 in silk-and-velvet drapes, the current owner said.
The mansion also comes with a boutique hotel with 10 suites, British-trained butlers and a restaurant that serves cocktails in Versace martini glasses. www.nytimes.com

New York real estate investor expands Lincoln Road presence
A New York real estate investment fund continued to expand its presence on Lincoln Road last month, purchasing three storefronts on the prime retail street.
Thor Equities said Thursday that it closed last month on the purchase of 663, 665, and 667 Lincoln Road. The company declined to reveal the purchase price for the 5,000 square feet of retail space. Tenants include Pizza Rustica, So Good Collections and 16 Handles (665).
Thor sees opportunity to attract fashion retailers looking to enter the market. Lincoln has recently seen an influx of international retailers like H&M, Forever 21 and Lacoste. www.miamiherald.com

Pubbelly Steaks opens Thursday in Sunset Harbour
Prepare to meet PB Steak, South Beach’s newest primehouse and the second offering from the Pubbelly crew since the start of 2013, opening Thursday.
PB Steak 1787 Purdy Avenue Miami Beach 305.695.9550 www.urbandaddy.com

Y-Love at Guava Rugelach Lounge - Saturday, February 16th 8pm
Multi-Lingual-Slinging Hip Hop Artist Y-Love Brings Culturally Diverse Blend Of Rhyme To Miami.
Y-Love is a Los Angeles-based African-American Jewish gay hip-hop artist. An Orthodox Jew, Y-Love was formerly Hassidic. He rhymes in a mixture of English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, Latin and Aramaic, often covering social, political and religious themes.
Guava Rugelach Lounge 137 NE 19th Street Miami, FL 33132 www.brownpapertickets.com

WPF Lucky Strike Bowling with DJ Sayho - Thursday, January 10th 07:30pm
Join DJ Sayho at Lucky Strike on Miami Beach January 10th from 7:30-10:30pm for a night of bowling, music, friends and drinks. You and your friends are invited to this incredible pre-Winter Party kickoff event.
Enjoy 3 hours of bowling, shoe rental, 1 complimentary drink, DJ Sayho and a Kiehl's gift basket raffle. All for only $20. www.winterparty.com

Miami Beach may hire Spanish company to study possibility of new transit system
Nearly a decade after a project to connect Miami Beach and the mainland by light-rail fizzled, city leaders may hire a state-owned Spanish railway company to study a new option to link the tourist hub of South Beach to Miami.
Miami Beach public works staff met this month a second time with representatives of FEVE, which runs a 777-mile rail system in Spain, to talk about an electric streetcar free of overhead wires that the company runs in the historic city of Seville. www.miamiherald.com

Struggling North Bay Village farmers market getting a boost
Officials hoped the new North Bay Village farmers market would enhance the community and put the village on the map as an alluring place for future residents and businesses.
But after three market days, patronage dwindled and some of the 20 vendors stopped showing up. www.miamiherald.com

Gap signs lease for temporary space off Lincoln Road
As Gap builds its new two level store on Lincoln Road, they'll be moving into a temporary store just off Lincoln at 1669 Meridian Avenue and Lincoln Lane North, the same space where the temporary H&M store was this summer. Meanwhile construction on Gap's brand spanking new home at 1001 Lincoln should begin in early 2013. www.therealdeal.com

The Miami Worldcenter Project Keeps Getting Bigger
According to exMiami, the owners of the planned Miami Worldcenter megaproject have picked up two more pieces of land in their quest for world domination. Already having caused a big brouhaha when they snagged Grand Central Park, they are now said to be the purchasers of the recently sold Grand Central Nightclub across the street and the former Camillus House site at 726 NE 1st Avenue. And the Worldcenter real estate shopping spree shows no signs of stopping. We can only speculate at how big this project will eventually be. www.miami.curbed.com

After sale, Raleigh hotel brand to grow
The Raleigh hotel, an Art Deco gem famous for its curlicue framed pool, sold this week for $55 million to new owners who plan to turn the hotel into a national brand.
But before Raleigh siblings pop up in places such as Brooklyn, Chicago and Hollywood, Calif., new owners David Edelstein and Sam Nazarian will pour millions into the historic 105-room property at 1775 Collins Ave. on Miami Beach.
They certainly have experience in that area. Edelstein, principal of New York City’s Tristar Capital, developed and owns W South Beach, about four blocks north of the Raleigh. www.miamiherald.com

Stephen Chalbaud: 9/18/63 - 12/12/12
We are sad to learn of the passing of a member of our community. Julio "Stephen" Chalbaud, resident of Miami Beach, left this worldly life for eternal peace on December 12th, 2012 at the young age of 49. He is now our guardian angel and will be deeply missed by friends, family, colleagues and loved ones.
Stephen was born on September 18th, 1963 in San Francisco. He moved to Venezuela as a young child and then to Dallas where he spent his formative years. His real home and heart, however, was in Miami Beach. A beautiful man inside and out, Stephen left a successful career in the modeling world to dedicate his life towards helping those less fortunate. He had a heart of gold and showered everyone around him with love, kindness, affection, encouragement, understanding, compassion and support.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider making a donation in Stephen's memory to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, an organization where he was considered a star volunteer. www.Facebook.com

Once Decrepit Miami Hotel Returns as Low-Income Housing
A number of historical Miami hotels have been converted into residences in recent years, but none serves a more important purpose than the Royalton. Built in 1923 at 121 SE 1st Street, the Neo-Classical Revival Royalton Hotel was a swank destination. It was rumored to be a speakeasy during Prohibition, and Al Capone was said to have played cards on the top floor. But by the 1990s, the Royalton was a dive, and the seven-story building's roof leaked all the way to the ground floor. Though it was one of the last 1920s hotels in the area, demolition seemed the logical next step when Carlisle Development bought the building for $3.5 million in 2004. www.curbed.com

Plans for proposed SoBe Park
See the plans for the proposed SoBe Park at 6th Street and Alton Road. http://www.local10.com/blob/view/-/12560112/data/3/-/fn13no/-/Skidmore--Owings--and-Merrill-presentation.pdf

Sale of Lincoln Road properties sets record
In a sign of continued rising prices for property on Lincoln Road, Terranova Corporation and Acadia Realty Trust paid $139 million in cash Tuesday for a three-building portfolio of retail storefronts.
The deal is being billed as the largest retail acquisition in Florida during 2012 in terms of dollar value. The next closest was Vornado Realty Trust’s $132 million purchase in July of the 1100 Lincoln Road property that is home to Regal Cinemas and Banana Republic.
The Terranova acquisition includes the properties at 801, 826 and 719 Lincoln Road, currently home to tenants including Score, Tiramesu, Spris, Fossil, Kiehl’s, Steve Madden and the new Dylan’s Candy Bar opening next month. At $2,300 per square foot, the purchase represents one of the highest prices paid for space on Lincoln Road. www.miamiherald.com

Venetian, West Avenue homeowners worry about proposed 17th Street hotel
Homeowners along the Venetian Causeway and West Avenue fear a proposal to build a hotel off 17th Street near Alton Road will create congestion and parking problems.
The hotel, proposed to be a 116-room Marriott Residence Inn, would be built on a pie-shaped tract of land between 17th Street and Dade Boulevard west of Alton Road. Picture it behind Boston Market. Designed by Kobi Karp, it would be five floors high. www.belleisleblog.com

G-Star Raw set to open on Lincoln Road
The clothing brand G-Star Raw is just days away from opening its first South Beach location at 509 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.
This new addition adds to the retail invasion of Lincoln Road along with H&M, Forever 21, Superdry, Armani Jeans.
This is their second store in South Florida. They also have a retail store in Aventura Mall.

Pridelines 4 Peace - Wednesday, December 19th
On Wednesday, December 19th, Pridelines Youth Services will present an artistic collaboration between our local LGBTQ youth and photographer Dale Stine dedicated to spreading the message of world peace to the local community. Cocktails and hor d'oeuvres will be served as guests view the portraits series, listen to music and enjoy performance art pieces by local artists.
This event is open to anyone of legal drinking age with a minimum donation of $25 at the door. The theme for each portrait that will be auc tioned off is based on each youth's 'Pledge for Peace,' their own personal pledge to bring peace into the local community. www.Facebook.com

Art Basel reports steady (and record) attendance
Art Basel Miami Beach said Monday its 2012 visitor tally matched last year's record of 50,000 people.
The five-day art fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center anchors a week of roughly two dozen art shows, and the stretch has transformed early December into one of the busiest weeks for hotels. Basel rents space to 250 galleries from 31 countries, making it the largest contemporary art fair in the United States. www.miamiherald.com

Khong River House opens in former Miss Yip / Buck15
South Beach gets a (long overdue) taste of authentic Thai this month as John Kunkel & the 50 Eggs Group (Yardbird) open Khong River House in the former Miss Yip's space on Lincoln Rd. Miami.com was granted a first look at the clean, crisp space. The restaurant's aesthetic draws from the rural farm houses along the Mekong River. www.miami.com

Setai Grill, The Setai stalwart switches to French steakhouse
The Setai's upscale joint shifted from all-Asian everything to French steakhouse serving a 32oz bone-in tomahawk, dry-aged ribeyes, and Blanquette de Veau, which sounds like what Michael Jackson would've named his son if he was from Paris, but is actually braised veal. www.thrillist.com

Forever 21's New, Super-Sized Store on Lincoln Road Now Open
Forever 21, God's gift to chic chicks on a budget, is opening an utterly enormous (39,000 square feet, to be exact), two-story outpost on Lincoln Road this Friday, according to an employee we spoke to at the store on Wednesday night. (As if we could pack anything else into this week.
The store has a cheap-o, tweenybopper rep, sure. But for those of us forced to live on a meager budget, Forever 21 is like a gift from the fashion gods. Six-dollar necklaces, $12 tops and $27 jackets make life worth living as a poor chick in this image-conscious city. www.miaminewtimes.com

Two Floors Of Prada Open Today In The Design District
Adding to the mix of too-expensive-for-you-and-me shopping destinations in the Design District that had their act together enough to open for Art Basel, is Prada, which opens today. The permanent store (a lot of the new Design District stores are temporary while they build their permanent locations, so this is important) was designed by Roberto Baciocchi and is a total of 360 square meters (how European!) spread over two floors. Here's what the press release says about Baciocchi's design. www.miami.curbed.com

Serafina Restaurant opens at the Dream South Beach
A year ago, Miami let New York have Mike Bibby. Now, in return, they've given us something even better than a slow, aging point guard who's good for a robust 2.6ppg: Serafina, an NYC Boot-food stalwart opening today in the former Tudor House digs with street art-esque murals including massive wings and a giant "We Will Rock U", as even Queen could likely beat Miami in football these days. www.thrillist.com

Miami Beach one of two finalists for 2017 World OutGames; event could attract tens of thousands
Miami Beach on Tuesday was named one of two finalists for the 2017 World OutGames, an international event that could attract tens of thousands of LGBT visitors to South Florida on Memorial Day Weekend. www.miamiherald.com

In Miami, culture begets more culture
From YoungArts and Museum Park, to the Arsht Center and — of course — Art Basel, Miami continues to mature as a center for culture and creativity. www.miamiherald.com

Orchid, discount tickets on Friday, December 28th
This is a special offer for discount tickets to see, Orchid, a unique theatrical installation. Orchidis a dream world of song, dance, glamour, burlesque, aerial acrobatics and variety arts set inside a seductively surreal Pleasure Garden in the design district. Use promo code BEAT for discounted ticket prices. It will be an amazing night of cocktails, over the top production and entertainment!
Normal Price: $79 With the code BEAT: $49 dollars. (Includes Orchid show plus a complimentary cocktail). 6pm-7:30 pm - Cocktails and dinner available. 7:30 pm show. The Pleasure Garden 299 NE 38th Street Miami, FL 33137 www.orchidtheshow.com

Opens Tonight! Chorus Holiday Show - December 14th, 15th, 16th
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus has just announced the dates for their annual holiday show, "A Very Merry Apocalypse to You". Performances will be held at the Colony Theatre on Friday December 14th at 8pm, Saturday December 15th at 8pm, and Sunday December 16th at 3pm.
Colony Theatre 1040 Lincoln Road Miami Beach.
Tickets cost $25, $30 or $30. For tickets and more information, go to www.miamigaychorus.org

HoliGay Celebration & Toy Drive - Thursday, December 13th 6pm to 9pm
"Don we now our gay apparel" and get to the LGBT Visitor Center for the 3rd annual "HoliGay Celebration & Toy Drive," Thursday, December 13, from 6pm to 9pm. Admission is free with the donation of an unwrapped toy which will then be distributed to local families in need through the Miami Beach Police Department's Children's Holiday Relief Fund.
Complimentary cocktails and a great food buffet will be served against the backdrop of DJ Sayho playing holiday and contemporary favorites.
To RSVP for the HoliGay Celebration & Toy Drive, email karen@gogaymiami.com, or call (305) 397-8914. The LGBT Visitor Center is located at 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor North, Miami Beach.

Casablanca Comes to Downtown
Say hello to Casablanca on the Bay, an airy seafood-and-vino spot with waterfront views and tremendous first-date potential, now open in Downtown.
So yes, you're finally getting a sequel to Casablanca. The Miami River restaurant. Not the Bogart movie. This new location: sprawling. Sleek. Equipped with a sunset-observing patio, comfy rattan chairs and the occasional neighboring yacht party.
Casablanca on the Bay, now open, 1717 N Bayshore Drive Miami 305.764.1213 www.urbandaddy.com

Madonna has Thanksgiving in Miami
Under the cover of darkness and getting an early start to Thanksgiving, Madonna hosted an intimate private party Wednesday at FDR at the Delano. Arriving just after 11 p.m., the iconic pop singer watched as her dancers and crew were breakdancing in the DJ booth with Madonna’s favorite spin doctor, Tracy Young. After uncharacteristically standing to the side for a while, Madonna finally started dancing next to her friends and family. Before making her exit at 3 a.m., she made her way around the room, talking with all of her guests. www.miamiherald.com

Man charged in murder of transgender South Beach prostitute
A suspect in the unsolved murder of a Miami prostitute has been charged with brutally stabbing a transgender hooker to death in her South Beach apartment in March.
Miguel Pavon, previously questioned in the June 2011 bludgeoning of a Miami woman, stabbed Rene "Rosita" Hidalgo Hernandez 23 times in the neck, back, chest and hand in March after sex, according to an arrest warrant. Pavon, 31, has been charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond in the Metro West Detention Center. www.miamiherald.com

MGLFF's Glow Miami presents "Cloudburst" - Wednesday, December 5th 7pm
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival continues its monthly movie series "GLOW Miami" by presenting "Cloudburst", directed by Tom Fitzgerald.
HBO Latin America is proud to be the sole presenting sponsor of the Glow series. The MGLFF “GLOW Miami” series consists of a monthly program filled with feature films and documentaries produced with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in mind. The films chosen are produced and directed by prominent independent filmmakers from across the globe.
7pm Cocktail Reception. 8pm Screening.
O Cinema – Miami Shores 9806 NE 2nd Avenue Miami Shores. www.flglff.ticketmob.com

Oak Tavern set to open in Design District
Smokey the Bear would just have a PSA field day with Oak Tavern, David Bracha's (River Seafood & Oyster Bar) gigantic woodsy eat & drinkery in the Design District featuring a dining room lined with massive bark lamps, and a name stemming from the giant palm oak tree they transplanted from the wild and anchors the outdoor patio. www.thrillist.com

Gale South Beach and Regent Hotel to Open Next Month
Opening on December 4 after a $35 million restoration, Gale South Beach and Regent Hotel—from hotel group Menin Hotels—will add more sizzle to the already hip South Beach.
Located at Collins Avenue and 17th Street with stylish galleries, boutiques, and restaurants as neighbors, the 87-room hotel with vintage flair was built in 1941 (as Gale South & Regent Hotel) by Miami architect L. Murray Dixon who adopted a tropical Art Deco design. Its Italian Riviera-influenced look is evident from the outside (think a creamy-white exterior and a black-and-white striped awning) as well as the minute you walk through the doors and spot a monochromatic rhapsody of gold hues in the lobby. www.fodors.com

American Express Shop Small Business Saturday November 24th
For the third year in a row, American Express is offering Cardmembers the opportunity to get a $25 statement credit when they enroll their eligible American Express® card and then use it to spend $25 or more in a single in-store transaction at a qualifying small business location on Small Business Saturday. The number of enrollments is limited. Enrollment opens at 12:00AM MST on November 18th and continues until 11:59PM MST on November 24th unless the enrollment limit is reached sooner.
For more information, go to www.ShopSmall.com

Ricky Martin Sells His Golden Beach Castle For $12.8 Million
Ricky Martin is no longer livin' la vida loca in an oceanfront mansion on Golden Beach." Really? Aren't you clever. The hunka-hunka-hottie latino who somewhat recently outed himself as a proud gay man with his autobiography 'Me' (some say to revive his career, but it didn't work) has just sold his oceanfront estate in Golden Beach for $12.8 million, substantially lower than the $17.5 million he wanted for it. The 9,882 square foot spread on Ocean Boulevard (that's A1A, or what they call Collins Avenue in those parts) came with 7 bedrooms and 5 baths. www.miami.curbed.com

The Miami skyline gets brighter as Intercontinental gets $30,000,000 renovation
Crank up the Gloria, and turn the beat around, because this vid of the downtown Intercontinental Hotel's new LED facade doesn't have any sound, but boom-chica-bow-wow, can that tower shake its booty. The LEDs turn into an Intercontinental-sized girl gyrating her hips, raising her arms above her head and gesticulating all over the place. Where's the stripper pole when the giant LED girl needs it? Sure, a lot of papis might like to stay there, but that's not so classy for such a classy old dame as you Intercon, not so classy. www.miami.curbed.com
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Joe Allen / Georgia's Union to become PB Steak
The people responsible for the porkcentric Pubbelly are branching out to include beef in their empire as they open their latest, PB Steak, in early 2013 in the space formerly known as Joe Allen (and very briefly as Georgia's Union). www.miami.com

The World Music Awards will be moving to Miami on December 20th
The Marlins Stadium will host this spectacular Musical Olympics in its 22nd year. The world’s best-selling recording-artists will perform before a live audience of 40,000 music fans and the world’s media. Never before has an Awards show been produced in a Stadium and this will be the biggest live audience of all Award shows to date! Over a billion music fans will be able to see their favourite artists performing live. The show will be broadcast in mondovision on network television in 180 countries around the world. For 48hrs non stop fans will be able to follow their favourite artists live on the internet in Miami at rehearsals, backstage and at the Awards show. www.worldmusicawards.com

CBS4 reporter Gio Benitez hired by ABC News
Miami native Gio Benitez, a CBS4 reporter who began at the station as a 17-year-old Coral Park High School intern, has been hired as a correspondent by ABC News.
"So grateful for this extraordinary opportunity at ABC News!" Benitez, 27, posted Friday afternoon on Facebook. www.miamiherald.com

Retail revs up on South Beach’s Lincoln Road
In many ways, Miami Beach's Lincoln Road has come full circle.
In its original heyday during the 1940s and '50s, Lincoln Road was known as the Fifth Avenue of the South with an impressive collection of retailers that included Saks Fifth Avenue, Harry Winston jewelers and Bonwit Teller.
Once again, Lincoln Road is back on top, gaining recognition from retailers and investors as one of the great shopping streets in America. Only this time, the new anchor tenants include this week's opening of H&M, followed later this month by Forever 21. www.miamiherald.com

First stores opening at Sunset Harbour parking garage; construction inside old Joe Allen space
The first stores are open at the new parking garage at Sunset Harbour — and construction workers at recently closed Georgia’s Union restaurant, in the old Joe Allen space. www.belleisleblog.com

POSTPONED! AquaMen Pool Party
Please be advised that the AquaMen Pool Party will NOT take place on Saturday.
The event was postponned due to permits and noise issues.




Buddha Sushi Bar floats into ex Polar Bar 938 Lincoln Road
Remember the sushi joint that literally floated you boatloads of rolls on little boats that are still much bigger than your boat, because you don't own a boat? Well, owner Michael Asalie's already opened another on Lincoln Road, which's boating out the surely not copyright-infringing Big Mac (spicy tuna, snow crab, avo, tobiko, sweet sauce) plus a slew of Japanese beers that'll be $3 every day from 5pm-7pm. www.thrillist.com

The Deauville Could Get A New Tower, Rooftop Additions
The owners of the Deauville Beach Resort, that postwar resort best known as the place where the Beatles stayed (and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show) when they came to Miami Beach on their first U.S. visit, are seeking approval from the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board at their Nov. 20th meeting for a new 21 story tower to rise above the hotel's current ballroom and pool area, and other large additions. The hotel was originally designed by iconic Miami Beach architect Melvin Grossman, in 1957. A residential tower had been approved for the Deauville during the boom, and technically this new scheme - which remains a mystery - is a modification to that earlier plan (above), designed by Kobi Karp. www.miami.curbed.com

ORCHID at the Pleasure Garden: Just a Little Dinner and Acrobatics in a Garden
Behold: ORCHID at the Pleasure Garden, a pop-up pleasure garden and restaurant teeming with sultry dancers, acrobats and a burlesquing broad or two, selling tickets now for shows starting November 8 in the Design District.
Think of Moulin Rouge. Think of Cirque du Soleil. Because that's the kind of crazy and sexy you're in for here. Plus, plates whipped up by one Michelle Bernstein. www.urbandaddy.com

World AIDS Day Candlelight Service -Saturday, December 1st 8pm
The Miami Beach Community Church, located at 500 Lincol Road, invites you to a World AIDS Day Candlelight Service on Saturday, December 1st at 8pm. Join them in the Courtyard of Miami Beach Community Church as they remember those suffering with HIV/AIDS, those who have died and the victories won. SEE FLYER

"My American Idols" with Kimberley Locke - December 7th & 8th 8pm
Kimberley Locke rose to fame as a finalist on Season 2 of American Idol and followed that up with a string of Hits on the Pop and Dance singles charts. Now she is exploring the Great American Songbook and singing the music of her Idols. From timeless chanteuses (Etta James, Judy Garland and Dinah Washington) to contemporary divas (Whitney Houston, Regina Belle and Gladys Knight), Ms. Locke takes us on a musical journey through the voices that made her love music.
At the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Friday, December 7th at 8pm and Saturday, Decemebr 8th at 8pm. www.aventuracenter.org

Avenue D: Turning a Department Store into a Jazz Club
Please welcome to the stage Avenue D, a new concert venue from the Kork crew for improv jazz and straight whiskey, now open inside the old Burdines space Downtown.
Famous old department store turned massive blue-walled cavern of Harlem Renaissance–era jazz. Not the first time you've heard that story. Oh... no, wait, it's the first time you've heard that story. www.urbandaddy.com

As Miami-Dade hotel market booms, more players want in
A birds-eye view atop a Collins Avenue construction site shows the past, present and future of South Beach, set to a symphony of construction noise.
The trailblazing Delano, which revitalized the destination in 1995 and is now being marketed for sale after an $11 million renovation, is flanked by the historic National Hotel, in the midst of a major restoration, and the Philippe Starck-designed SLS, formerly the Ritz Plaza, which opened in June after eight years and about $85 million. www.miamiherald.com

A Racked Miami Guide To The New Lincoln Road, In Map Form!
There's been lots of new construction on Lincoln Road lately which will ultimately result in a series of new and dramatic retail spaces, as well as bring to life the alley to the north, known as Lincoln Lane North, as a secondary retail corridor. Coming right up, the new H&M extravaganza-of-a-store will be opening November 8th in the historic Lincoln Theatre building, but that's only the beginning. Check out what else is in store for Lincoln Road, on the Racked Miami Guide To The New Lincoln Road. www.miami.curbed.com

Want To Buy A Wacky Art Deco Hotel In South Beach?
Want to buy a whole hotel in the thick of South Beach? Can't afford the W Fort Lauderdale? The Berkeley Shore at 1610 Collins Avenue, which has the same multicolored, funky, look it probably did in the 80s and 90s when South Beach was still a technicolor, neon induced wonderland, has just hit the market. The 64 room hotel goes for $13,780,000 and includes an open-plan lobby with a giant column in the middle that merges with a flower-ish roof paint job, a snack bar, a front desk, a large front porch, a tiled wheelchair ramp, and a nice sized front yard. Apparently this listing website isn't up yet, but it's with Majestic Properties, so go and bug them for it. www.miami.curbed.com

Coming soon: Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm
Feast your eyes on Florida Cookery, Kris Wessel's new paean to old-school Floridian cooking (and the occasional frenched frog leg), opening November 1 at the James Royal Palm.
So, Kris Wessel's gam-gam. Back in the day, she used a book called Florida Cookery to whip up all kinds of indigenous fare. Stuff like mango pie and coconut punch. Which we assume was spiked. www.urbandaddy.com

SAVE Dade's 'Hellrotika' offers adult Halloween fun in Miami
Zeus, Jupiter, Hades, Athena...in fact, all kinds of Greek gods and goddesses, along with plenty of ghoulish and sexy characters as well, will descend upon Miami's Design District this Saturday night for "Hellrotika: Odyssey of the Gods," SAVE Dade's 18th annual Halloween fundraiser.
"Last year, 'Hellrotika, Seed of the Beast' brought out more than 1,200 in hurricane-like weather, so this we are expecting more than 2,000 people to attend," said C.J. Ortuno, SAVE Dade's executive director. "We hope this year's party will continue in the great history of this fundraiser and help SAVE Dade reach new audiences this election year," he added. www.examiner.com

H&M opening in Miami Beach on November 8th
Now that South Florida's H&M fans have had the appetizer, it's time for the main course.
H&M's Miami Beach store in the renovated historic Lincoln Theatre on Lincoln Road will open its doors to the public at noon on Thursday, Nov. 8. That opening will be closely followed by the arrival of another store at the Aventura Mall before the end of the year. www.miamiherald.com

Top chef Jonathan Eismann's bitter fall: a Miami story
If chef Jonathan Eismann's life were a roller coaster, it just took a stomach-plunging dip and sits teetering on the edge of the tracks.
Once the golden boy of Lincoln Road and a pioneer in Miami's food culture, Eismann saw his professional career take a dive from that peak in late 2010 as his ambitious plan to become the restaurant king of Miami's Design District ended in financial disaster. He was forced to close all four restaurants, leaving the chef in debt to suppliers and facing foreclosure proceedings on his multi-million-dollar Miami Beach home. www.miamiherald.com

Now Open Jelsomino, now open The Hoxton, coming soon Florida Cookery, coming soon Catch, coming soon SL Nightclub
You can start showing of your best Michael Jackson moves at the new crazy karaoke spot Jelsomino.
Chef Kris Wessel has temporarily closed Red Light Little River in preparation for opening Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm in South Beach November 1. The new hotel will also have a Catch opening by Top Chef season three winner Hung Huynh and a Miami outpost of SL Nightclub opening later this year. www.miami.curbed.com

White Party Week - November 19th-26th
It all begins Thanksgiving Week. As Miami recovers from not one but two Madonna MDNA concerts, White Party Week tradition continues to its 28th year fighting HIV and AIDS. The White Party "crown jewel" event explodes on Saturday, November 24th inside the Soho Studio at the Wynwood convention center in Miami’s transformational design district with 2,500 men dressed -- partially at least -- in white dancing to DJ Danny Verde. www.whiteparty.org

Hotel wars: After attempted ouster, Marriott sues Eden Roc owner
The owner of the Eden Roc in Miami Beach tried to force its management company out over the weekend, but the effort failed after police arrived. www.miamiherald.com

Johnny's Miami has closed
Johnny's Miami, located at 62 NE 14th Street Miami, has closed. Their Fort Lauderdale location remains open at 1116 W. Broward Boulevard.

Renovation of Surf Club, where Winston Churchill painted, goes to Surfside Commission Monday
The venerable Surf Club, among the last of the grand jazz-age Miami-area private clubs, is on the verge of a transformation that would restore the faded luster of its historic Mediterranean Revival building and crown it with a trio of crystalline hotel and condo towers.
The fast-moving plan, which goes to a vote at the Surfside Commission on Monday, comes months after the club — afflicted by shrinking membership and growing maintenance costs — agreed to a $116 million buyout by the Koc Group, a Turkish conglomerate. www.miamiherald.com

Abuela's Cuban Kitchen now open in former David's Cafe
If you are missing your Cuban food fix while on Lincoln Road, you are in luck. After ninteen years David's Cafe closed on July 31st. However, Abuela's Cuban Kitchen has taken over the restaurant located at 1654 Meridian Avenue Miami Beach.
They officially opened on Saturday, October 13th. www.facebook.com/AbuelasCubanKitchen

O Cinema's New Miami Shores Location, MTCfilm, Opens October 13th
Miami's blossoming indie film scene is gaining a newbie next week: Wynwood's O Cinema is partnering with the Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores to begin screening films on October 13.
With MTCfilm, as it will be known, O Cinema will be in charge of about 300 screenings during the next screening season. While the Wynwood branch will remain focused on documentaries, edgy late-night programming and art films, O's slate at MTCfilm will be filled with narrative films, foreign cinema, family-friendly movies, simulcast operas and ballets, and the occasional classic movie. www.huffingtonpost.com

Saxony Hotel update progresses
Construction progresses on the Faena Saxony, the fantasmagoria that Alan Faena is molding out of the historic Saxony Hotel on the beach. The latest design revisions by Roman and Williams have been approved by the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board. Faena is working on a deal with the city that will allow them to construct a tunnel under Collins Avenue, linking the two halves of the property. Oh, and it looks like Faena is paying to replace the aging boardwalk with an at-grade beach walk too.
The Saxony Hotel is located at 3201 Collins Avenue Miami Beach. It was built and owned by George D. Sax. Designed by architect Roy F. France, it was completed in 1948 as one of the first luxury resorts on Miami Beach. Following the success of the Saxony, other hotels emerged on the opulent beach front. www.miami.curbed.com

James Royal Palm to open next week in South Beach
Classical music can be heard when the jackhammers take a break at 1545 Collins Avenue. The long driveway, blocked off for construction, is concealed in part by a colorful banner-as-art-installation.
The old Royal Palm hotel is coming back to life next week on Miami Beach with a new brand affiliation, $42 million in renovations and a heavy emphasis on local arts organizations. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach firefighter, Miami-Dade cop guilty in sham cocaine trafficking case
A federal jury on Wednesday found a Miami Beach firefighter, a Miami-Dade police officer and an accomplice guilty of transporting shipments of fake cocaine on behalf of a client they believed was a South Beach club manager — but in fact was an undercover FBI agent.
Firefighter Henry L. Bryant, Officer Daniel Mack, and co-defendant Octavius McLendon, a friend of Bryant's, were each found guilty of conspiring to possess and distribute multiple kilos of cocaine and using a firearm to protect the shipments. Together, the convictions carry a minimum sentence of 15 years and could lead to life in prison. www.miamiherald.com

Grand Central Park Goes For $35 Million to Miami World Center
Well, previously published rumors of Grand Central Park's demise have proven true, folks. The old Miami Arena site, currently being used as a park that was meant to catalyze change in the surrounding neighborhood, has been sold for a whopping $35 million to a major stakeholder in Miami World Center: Art Falcone of the Falcone Group. www.miami.curbed.com

Kardashians dissed by DiLido, dashed by North Bay Road homeowners
You may see Kim and Kourtney Kardashian playing on Miami Beach in the new season of their reality show, but they won't be living here.
Their efforts to get homeowner approval in three Beach neighborhoods were dashed (sorry!) — on the Sunset Islands, DiLido Island and on North Bay Road, according to Raul Gonzalez of Miami Beach's Office of Film and Print. www.belleisleblog.com

Superdry set to open at 646-650 Lincoln Road, Now hiring
The U.K.-based apparel brand, which operates 110 stores worldwide, granted a license in 2009 to SDUSA, a division of Sunrise Brands LLC. Since that time, it has opened six stores in the States: a flagship in New York’s NoHo area, as well as units in Paramus, N.J., Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, and San Francisco.
There are currently hiring for all positions

Please Vote! This is a very important election!
The ballot this year is quite extensive so I'm hoping you take the time to familiarize yourself with it. To view and download a sample ballot, click on the link http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/regist-status.asp
If you want to avoid the Tuesday 11/6 rush, please consider early voting which is from 10/27 - 11/3. Here is where you can find the info on hours and locations near you http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/vote_early.asp
SAVE Dade's Equality Ballot http://www.savedade.org/equalityballot

Esquire: Juvia one of the 20 Best New Restaurants in America
If you want to see what $8 million can buy in Miami Beach these days, check out Juvia, a spectacular ten-thousand-square-foot penthouse. The elevator opens onto a garden wall as wet as an Amazon rain forest. A retractable roof on the patio allows the Miami moonlight to shine on a leggy crop of Latinas slouched on purple sofas sipping spiked lemonade. In the dining room, past the backlit amethyst bar, there are tables of white oak and petrified wood and an open kitchen blazing at full tilt. Almost every seat has a grand view of Miami's Art Deco District, stretching from Biscayne Bay to the Atlantic. Nowhere will you feel more outside while dining inside. www.esquire.com

South Street: Jazz and Fried Chicken in the Design District
So open your heart/arms and welcome South Street, a bluesy tavern from the folks behind Gigi with crispy buttermilk bird and the smoothest of jazz, debuting in the Design District.
You'll probably remember that this spot once was Sra. Martinez. (RIP, braised oxtail.) Now, though, it's decidedly less Spanish and decidedly more South Philly. A Teddy Pendergrass kind of South Philly: sultry purple brick, vintage R&B albums lining the walls and bow-tied waiters serving up Bar Lab–created beverages. Okay, so that last part's not so Philly, but you'll allow for creative liberties when it comes to your cocktails. www.urbandaddy.com

Miami's Juan Ahonen-Jover Ph.D. has book published: The Gay Agenda 2012
This book describes the Gay Agenda for 2012 in detail—what it is, and how and why lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and others want to change the United States (and the world). Today in the United States, the core beliefs of the country are under attack. The freedom of religion is under attack. Family values are under attack. Individualism and the pursuit of happiness are under attack. The courts are under attack. This book is about freedom, including the freedom of religion and the freedom to be yourself. This book is also about our constitution and about one of our most cherished rights: to be treated equally under the law. What would it be like if we could return to the vision of our great constitution? What legislation would need to be added or modified to reach equal treatment under the law? How do we go about doing it? This book shows a path to it, and it is an urgent All Out call for action. www.amazon.com

NWS SoundScape Cinema Series Schedule
The free SoundScape Cinema Series begins again in October 2012 and is held at the Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage, corner of 17 Street and Washington Avenue. Movies begin at 8pm unless otherwise noted.
October 31st Young Frankenstein (1974)
www.nws.edu

Sally Struthers, Kimberly Locke, Lindsey Alley, Carla Bordonada to Perform in Aventura Cabaret Series,
The Cabaret by the Bay Series is a fresh take on the classic art form and presents stories and songs from remarkable women who all share unique perspectives on the world of entertainment. The series begins with American Idol finalist and Billboard chart-topping recording artist Kimberley Locke. It continues with the Disney Songbook presented by former Mousketeer Lindsey Alley. Next, Puerto Rican born cabaret star Carla Bordonada takes us on a journey through the colorful history of Latinos on the Great White Way. The series concludes with multiple Emmy®-Award winning actress, spokeswoman, comedienne and personality Sally Struthers taking the stage with songs and stories to delight.
Renowned Cabaret Pianist, Rick Leonard will serve as the series Musical Director. Author and playwright, David Sexton will serve as the series Artistic Director. www.aventuracenter.org

SAVE Dade's Hellrotika Halloween Extravaganza - Saturday, October 27th
SAVE DADE's 18th Annual Halloween Extravaganza, HELLROTIKA – Odyssey of the Gods, will be Saturday, October 27th at the Moore Building 4040 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137. This is always the biggest Halloween party of the year.
Profits from Hellrotika benefit Save DADE, who Promotes, Protects and Defends Equality in Miami-Dade County.
Tickets and info available at:www.hellrotika.com

Sam Champion and Rubem Robierb Engaged to Be Married
The Good Morning America television personality is engaged to longtime boyfriend and Brazilian-born photographer Rubem Robierb. The New York Times broke the news of their engagement Friday, in a story about the wedding of MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner, which Champion attended with his partner Saturday in NYC.
"We're getting married New Year's Eve in Miami," the 51-year-old weather guru told The Times of his engagement to Rubem. www.eonline.com

Georgia's Union (in former Joe Allen's space) Closes After Three Month Run
Open for just barely more than three months, Georgia's Union, the Southern soul food spin-off from The Morgans Restaurant that replaced Morgan's SoBe location, has now closed its doors too. Owner Barclay Effs tells Miami.com that the Morgans team will focus all "energy and resources into Morgans and the Midtown and Miami District neighborhoods" and that they are "committed to both maintaining and expanding" the establishment. No word yet on any prospects for the space on Purdy Avenue. www.miami.eater.com

Controversial Disney family development a go on Miami Beach
Miami Beach's steadily evolving Sunset Harbour neighborhood is losing a vacant cleaners and an abandoned development site and gaining a sleek new five-story retail and condo complex — not that neighbors are particularly happy about it.
The city's Design Review Board on Tuesday approved the Palau at Sunset Harbour, hailed by city planners as "one of the most significant residential projects that will be developed in the city for a long time to come," but opposed by surrounding neighborhood groups. www.miamiherald.com

Gehry to Turn Bacardi Complex Into Arts Campus
Many architects would be wary of touching a beloved Miami landmark like the multicolored Bacardi complex on Biscayne Boulevard.
But the architect Frank Gehry is a fan of the organization that just purchased it: the National YoungArts Foundation, a nonprofit that helps aspiring high school artists. He has had a long relationship with the founders of YoungArts — Lin Arison and her husband, Ted — who also created the New World Symphony, for which Mr. Gehry designed a new center in Miami. www.nytimes.com

Cooper Avenue now open in South Beach
Amir Ben-Zion's long-awaited eatery, Cooper Avenue, finally opens today. What started as Gigi Village has now morphed into a new concept that features New American cuisine -- contemporary dishes with a few twists.
Last night, we were invited to the friends and family preview, which allowed us to scope out the whole menu for free. The selection isn't terribly complicated; items are divided into starters, salads, raw bar, entrees, family style, steaks, sauces, and sides. Prices range from $7 to $75 making Cooper Avenue a bit pricier than its sister, Gigi. That being said, both starters and entrees are big, hearty, and sharable. www.miaminewtimes.com

H&M's New Lincoln Road Extravaganza Opens in November
Construction on the historic Lincoln Theatre, and the new South Florida Flagship H&M store is set to be completed and open by the end of November, in time for this year's Art Basel Miami Beach in early December. In preparation for that, and to build up a little expectation most likely, H&M's nearby pop-up shop will be closing this weekend. www.miami.curbed.com

Dylan Lauren carries her candy store theme to Miami Beach
In early December, Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren, will open a Lincoln Road outpost in the former Ghirardelli space. Expect ample opportunities to gawk at celebs. The flagship store in Manhattan has lured Michelle Obama with her girls, Oprah, Madonna, Janet Jackson, the Olsens, the Beckhams, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes with daughter Suri and endless others. www.mmiamiherald.com

Lincoln Road's Kim's Chinese to become 8 Oz. Burger Bar
After what has been a period of confusion and suspicion regarding a swift name change at 8 oz. Burger Bar's South Beach location on 10 and Alton Road, the owners have released a statement confirming they are indeed moving- to the former Kim's Chinese location on Lincoln Road. www.mmiami.eater.com

Lincoln Theatre's retail conversion a dazzling Deco drama in Miami Beach
When the New World Symphony moved out of its longtime home at Miami Beach's Lincoln Theatre last year, some fans despaired over what would become of the splendid Art Deco building, one of the undisputed architectural gems of South Beach if not all of Florida.
It turns out they had nothing to worry about.
Confronted with the daunting question of what to do with an obsolete but historic movie house, developer Cliff Stein, whose investment group paid $21.5 million for the building to turn it into a retail center, decided on a gutsy answer: www.miamiherald.com

Miami City Ballet continues revival by naming new executive director
After a tough year, Miami City Ballet is suddenly coming back strong. First, the troupe announced $3 million in new donations, a lifesaving influx of nearly a quarter of its $13 million budget. And Tuesday, MCB announced the hiring of a top fundraiser at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington as executive director. www.miamiherald.com

8 Oz. Burger Bar is now American Burger
Hardly major news here, but South Beach's 8 Oz. Burger Bar is now called American Burger. 8 Oz's North Miami location has seemingly kept its maiden name. As for why the name change, we called and an employee said "Ask the owner," so we emailed Eric Fried, to whom original owner Josh Woodward licensed the 8 Oz. name several years ago. He is currently out of town but on his American Burger Facebook page someone at the restaurant replied to a few confused customers saying, "Just new name, same ownership." You say P Diddy, I say Puff Daddy . . . .others will say shady. www.miami.com

NWS Wallcast Concert Schedule
The NWS Wallcast concerts allow you to experience select events throughout the season at Miami Beach SoundScape through a striking use of visual and audio technology on a soaring, 7,000-square-foot projection wall.
Bring a blanket, share a picnic dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the New World Symphony with friends and family.
Each Wallcast concert is free to the public and does not require a ticket. www.nws.edu

Wynwood Named One of the Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods In the Nation
Wynwood has art galleries. It has trendy restaurants. It has a craft coffeehouse and a bar where you can buy indie magazines and boutiques stocking clothing made by local designers. And yes, it has droves of young, creative people, some of which wear thick-rimmed glasses or mustaches or both.
Miamians have known Wynwood as the city's hipster hub for years. But now, even stalwart national business publications are taking notice. Forbes ranked Wynwood at number 19 in its list of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods" yesterday, right between Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood and Lower Westheimer in Houston, Texas. www.miaminewtimes.com

Trader Joe's will open first South Florida outpost in 2013
South Floridians jonesing for a Trader Joe's fix will no longer have to drive across the state. The niche grocer announced Wednesday that it will open a store in Pinecrest next year.
The California-based company confirmed that it had signed a lease to open an outpost at 9205 S. Dixie Highway. The store is expected to be about 13,500 square feet. www.miamiherald.com

Sunset Harbour garage is open for parking
Some construction projects seem to take forever — some, but not all.
The new city of Miami Beach parking garage at Sunset Harbour quietly opened this week ($1 an hour up to six hours), and work moves forward on the ground level retail spaces that will house Ice Box Cafe, Panther Coffee and other attractions.
The garage, designed by Architectonica, has 450 spaces and 30,000 square feet of retail on the sidewalk level. www.belleisleblog.com

Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Dior and more adorn Miami’s Design District
Diamond baubles from Cartier glittering in one window, Louis Vuitton's signature leather bags beckoning from across the street and another storefront displaying Hermes' silk scarves.
Within months this is the scene that will greet visitors to Miami's Design District, as the neighborhood begins its dramatic metamorphosis into the new hot spot for luxury shopping. www.miamiherald.com

World Erotic Art Museum's 7th Anniversary - Tuesday October 16th 7pm-10pm
The innate erotic essence in all of us keeps up healthy and young in spirit. Many erotic art pieces illustrate the humor in life. It is here for you to enjoy. That is why the theme of the 7th anniversary party at the World Erotic Art Museum is: Let's have a party. Parites are for the young at heart and young in spirtit.
There will be Cake, candy, ice cream, popcorn, and oh, spiked punch. See the Bunny Yeager and Marilyn Monroe exhibits.
Located in Miami Beach's Art Deco district, the World Erotic Art Museum's collection covers contemporary art to ancient artifacts, from Picasso to Pompeii.
World Erotic Art Museum 1205 Washington Avenue Miami Beach. www.weam.com

ORGULLO festival this weekend in Miami Beach to celebrate Hispanic gay culture
October is national Hispanic Heritage Month and also recognized as LGBT History Month. The confluence translates into a perfect time to celebrate Latin gay culture, said Herb Sosa, president of Unity Coalition, the state’s leading Hispanic gay-rights group. www.miamiherald.com

They're Replacing South Pointe Pier
Miami Beach just approved the replacement of South Pointe Pier, just off South Pointe Park, in Government Cut. Construction, which will involve joining precast concrete elements together like Lincoln Logs, or Tinker Toys (or whatever other flashback toy analogy you like) will begin in January and take about a year. www.miami.curbed.com

Here's What Miami Beach's Latest Designer Parking Garage Will Look Like
Miami Beach is quickly becoming the capital of parking garages designed by world renowned architects. This week, the community got its first in depth look at what the latest, designed by Zaha Hadid -- perhaps the world's leading female architect -- will look like. To our relatively uninformed eyes, it looks like a really, really sleek Hot Wheels play set come to life. Which is to say, we like it!
The new lot will be constructed behind the City Ballet and Library on the site of two existing surface lots along 23rd street. In addition to parking, the complex will feature 20,000 square feet of retail and a plaza, in case you like to hang out around parking lots. www.blogs.miaminewtimes.com

The Design District's First New Buildings Are Almost Done
The first new buildings of the Design District's rather radical evolution from being a high-design furniture district to an haute fashion mall are nearing completion. 175 NE 40th Street, which we've discussed before has just gotten a surprising and dark new facade, with some sort of hanging glass window features - more sculptural than anything actually functional - directly below its roof garden. Curbed intel says that this building was most likely designed by local firm Keenan Riley Architects, headed by former MoMA Architecture Curator and MAM Director Terrance Riley. The rear, visible from 41st street, has received its very metallic final look too. www.miami.curbed.com

Kardashian reality show house hunts on DiLido, North Bay Road
DiLido Isle residents were buzzing Thursday morning after learning that representatives of the Karadashian’s reality venture were going door-to-door near 714 W. DiLido Dr. seeking signatures in support of allowing the property to be used as the Kardashian’s home in an upcoming season of reality installments. www.belleisleblog.com

Top 20 Gay Travel Destinations of 2013
As Roman sage Seneca once said, "Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind." According to the LGBT market specialist Out Now, our minds must full of vigor. After reportedly conducting the largest ever research study on LGBT travelers, the group reports that we will spend approximately $165 billion on travel in 2012 and even more next year. Furthermore, LGBT dollars are going to some traditionally beloved cities like San Francisco and Miami as well as less typical destinations such as Cape Town and Tokyo.
The following are the top 20 most coveted travel cities among LGBT tourists, according to the Out Now survey. www.advoocate.com

Miami Beach police: Man tries to buy beer with card stolen from the bartender
Miami Beach police say David Weber's first mistake was breaking into a car in a parking garage Monday night in order to quench an insatiable thirst for beer with the help of someone else's credit card.
But, police said, his second, and by far more critical, mistake was walking into The Clevelander just before midnight and giving the card to a bartender — who noticed that he'd just been handed his own credit card. www.miamiherald.com

Art Deco and Wynwood developer Tony Goldman dies
Tony Goldman, a pioneer in turning South Beach from a drab retirement spot to one of the country's hippest hotel districts and who played a central role in reviving Miami's Wynwood neighborhood as an arts destination, died Tuesday at 68, a family spokeswoman said.
Goldman died of heart failure at a New York hospital after a long bout with lung maladies, said Susan Brustman, a longtime Goldman publicist. His family was with him when he died, she said. www.miamiherald.com

11th Street Diner Celebrates 20 Years!
On Monday, September 10th, the 11th Street Diner celebrated 20 years with a fantastic celebration. Commissioner Michael Gongora presented the Diner's owners Steven Schnitzer and Ray Schnitzer a proclomation, on behlaf of the City of Miami Beach.
The party brought out a plethora of South Beach pioneers, colorful characters and former employees including Janet Jorgulesco, Merle and Danny Weiss, Richard Jay-Alexander, Cubby, Tommy Strangie (Shelley Novak), Naomi Wilzig (World Erotic Aart Museum), Jeffrey Wilkinson, Gary James, Crispy Soloperto, Michelle Mckinnon, Bibi Andrade, Hertor Cerna (Amy Rivers), Aaron Von Powell, Ross Berger, Steve Adkins (Miami Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce).
(Photo stolen from Richard Jay-Alexander)

Miami's Six Most Anticipated Fall Openings
While it might not feel like it yet in Miami, summer is coming to a close. It's now the exciting time of year where restaurants are opening just in time for the fall/winter season that is oh-so popular for visitors and locals alike. Be sure to keep an eye on these restaurants moving in as the humidity moves out. www.miami.eater.com

Second Annual Oktoberfest Brickell - October 5th-7th
The beautiful historic Miami Circle® sets the stage for a waterfront weekend of true Oktoberfest at its best brought to you by Brickell Bier Garden, Radeberger Gruppe and Chef Wolfgang Ban. The event will take place Friday October 5th (6pm to Midnight), Saturday October 6th (2pm to Midnight) and Sunday October 7th (2pm to 10pm) at 401 Brickell Avenue, at the mouth of the Miami River next to The Viceroy Hotel & Spa. With general admission ($10 pre-paid, $15 at the door) guests will enjoy traditional German beer ($6-$8), delicacies ($4-$12), music and games, VIP ticket ($100 per day or $200 3-day pass) holders will have access to a furnished private tent, bite size dishes and unlimited Radeberger beers while The Bier Garden Pop Up Restaurant experience will be by online advance reservation only.
Discount Ticket code: OKTMIAMICIRCLE www.BrickellBierGarden.com

Celebrate Orgullo - Saturday, October 6th Noon to 6pm
Started in 2011, Celebrate ORGULLO is a Showcase of Hispanic LGBT Pride Festival during Hispanic Heritage Month at 12th Street & Ocean Drive, on the sands of Miami Beach. This is the First Event of its kind in the U.S.
Free and open to the public, Celebrate Orgullo® will feature music, dance, refreshments, vendor booths, and more! A portion of proceeds from the sale of food and beverages will benefit the LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund. www.celebrateorgullo.com

16th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner - Saturday, October 6th
The 16th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner will return to the spectacular Sparkle Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Saturday, October 6th. The evening features two cocktail receptions (one for VIP guests), a sit-down dinner, a silent auction, an awards ceremony, and dancing.
This year's event will be hosted by LeVar Burton and honoring Elizabeth F. Schwartz and Matt Foreman.
The Miami Recognition Dinner is an important South Florida tradition. It not only allows the LGBT community and its supporters to celebrate our heroes, it also provides a vital source of funding for the community on the local and national levels. www.thetaskforce.org

More Fancy Just-Off-Lincoln Retail Coming, With Renderings
More renderings of Scott Robins' new 1000 Building have hit the pavement - the blaringly sunny 17th street pavement that is - showing an Arquitectonica design that's actually quite good. Three levels of retail are crowned by a restaurant with outdoor seating and pretty good views (not Juvia-gorgeous, but nice) of Miami Beach. A grand staircase lines the rear of the property, to make the building's vertical circulation as close to Lincoln Road itself as possible. Oh, and construction has started, so yay! www.miami.curbed.com

Michelle Bernstein Brings Crumb on Parchment to The Webster in Miami Beach
Opening Wednesday, August 29, Crumb at The Webster will feature the same fast casual soups, salads, sandwiches,and baked goods that Bernstein's Design District eatery draws consistent lunchtime lines for. Located in the hotel's first floor lounge, the intimate space will seat about 30 guests, with room for an additional 12 on the outside patio. Plus, there's the beach (with unlimited ocean view seating) a mere block away.
Crumb at The Webster will initially serve lunch from 11am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday, with fresh-brewed coffee, pastries, and cocktails offered until 8 p.m. -- just in time for a little apres beach pick-me-up. www.miaminewtimes.com

William Levy distracts diners in South Beach
Dancing with the Stars heartthrob William Levy was seen Saturday at Prime 112 with a large group of people, apparently provoking a Pavlovian effect with many admirers who stopped stabbing their steaks to drool a little. Also in the house that night was Shaquille O'Neal, who posed for pics on his way out. www.miamiherald.com

MDGLCC 2nd Annual LGBT Symposium on Aging - Saturday, September 22nd
MDGLCC presents the 2nd Annual LGBT Symposium on Aging on Saturday, September 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Miami (400 SE 2nd Avenue). Sponsored by Treece Financial, Kaufman Rossin & Co., Northern Trust, Victim's Response Inc. / The Lodge, Hyatt Regency Miami, & Jackson Health System. This all day conference will have a professional track and a consumer track featuring a broad variety of topics that will include Senior Exploitation, Financial Planning for the Future, Aging in Place, Sexuality, Domestic Violence, Current Research from UM Dept on Aging, SAGE in Dade County and many others. CEUs available for Social Workers; CEUs pending for Guardians and Nurses. Registration ($35 for Chamber members and $55 for non-chamber members) is limited (includes lunch and morning & afternoon refreshments). For more information visit www.gaybizmiami.com

Noche Nadadores - Saturday, September 22nd
The Nadadores of South Florida, one of Miami-Dade County's longest-running sports teams, will host its annual Noche Nadadores fundraiser on Saturday, September 22nd at KMP Furniture Gallery in the historic MiMo District in Miami, FL. The annual fundraiser, which has been taking place for over a decade, promotes awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) initiatives in the community, while celebrating diversity and inclusiveness.
The event will feature a swimsuit fashion show with a variety of swimsuit designs courtesy of the Creative Male store, a silent auction, gourmet treats, awesome beats and off-course an open bar. www.nadadores.org

Miami Gay Men's Chorus seeks new members for new season!
Voice Placements on Thursdays August 30th September 6th & 13th

The MIami Gay Men's Chorus is starting our new season and we invite everyone who is a present member, our past members, and those who have wanted to join us this season to look the schedule over so they can get started.
If you are considering joining the Chorus, please be sure to be at one of the voice placements. All our events and rehearsals take place in the hall at All Souls Episcopal Church, 4025 Pine Tree Drive on Miami Beach, just south of 41st St near Walgreens. There is plenty of parking in the church lot. www.miamigaychorus.org

North Miami Beach OK's booze at all-nude clubs
The three adult entertainment venues operating in North Miami Beach are one step closer to being able to have their patrons legally drink an alcoholic beverage while watching dancers perform.
The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to lift a nearly 23-year prohibition of the sale and consumption of alcohol in nude establishments — one that apparently went unenforced by city officials for years.
It also complies with state law that allows for straddle dancing and private performances by entertainers in those venues. www.miamiherald.com

Re-Scheduled for Saturday, September 8th: Floatopia Innertube Ocean Party Drifts Into South Beach
Rarely have we met an "-opia" we didn't like. After all, utopias comes in many forms, and we'll take the promised land however it chooses to present itself.
Now, a new version of Eden is about to hit Miami in the guise of Floatopia, a giant gathering of buoyant partygoers.
On Saturday, August 25, adventurous souls will take to the waters of South Pointe Park on flotation devices far more interesting than your average airplane cushion. www.miaminewtimes.com

New upscale hostel planned for Miami Beach
A New York hospitality company has announced plans for an upscale hostel in Miami Beach.
The Freehand Miami is set to open in November at the site of the old Indian Creek Hotel, 2727 Indian Creek Drive, which is closed now for renovations. Sydell Group, which has properties including the NoMad Hotel and Ace Hotel in New York, is behind the "reinvention" of the property.
As of Monday, the website — thefreehand.com — is live, and bookings are being accepted. Nightly rates for the least expensive accommodations start between $27 and $69 per person, depending on the day. www.miamiherald.com

IKEA coming to Miami-Dade's Dolphin Mall
The trademark IKEA big blue box is finally coming to Miami-Dade County.
Five years after opening its first Florida store in Sunrise, IKEA is ready to double its South Florida presence with a store just north of Dolphin Mall and facing the east side of the Florida Turnpike. The Swedish retailer known for its cheap, chic home furnishings announced late Wednesday that it is submitting plans to the city of Sweetwater for a 417,000-square foot store. If plans are approved, it would become the largest of IKEA’s four Florida locations. www.miamiherald.com

SuViche opens on 16th Street next to The Abbey and Yardbird
Good things come in small packages, although they become troublesome when you can't fit more than 2.5 people inside said packages to eat ceviche. That's why Brickell hole-in-the-wall SuViche's opening a much larger space next to Yardbird, where it'll stuff you with its tasty seafood from a triple-the-size, studio-esque open space.
SuViche 1119 16th Street Miami Beach www.thrillist.com

Victory for Swinging Richards
After a uninanimous 7 to 0 vote by the City Council of North Miami Beach, Swinging Richards has secured their right to remain open.

Anderson Cooper at Hard Rock Live - Thursday, September 20th 8pm
CNN Anchor and TV Host Anderson Cooper comes to Hard Rock Live Hollywood on September 20th at 8PM.
Tickets on Sale on August 22nd at 1PM.
www.ticketmaster.com

LGBT Symposium on Aging - Saturday, September 22th from 8am to 4pm
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) in collaboration with Community Partners will hold its 2nd Annual "Symposium on Aging" with the objective to further educate and explore the needs of the LGBT community. The event will take place on Saturday, September 22th from 8am to 4pm at the Hyatt Regency Miami (400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami). SEE FULL INFORMATION

24 year old model, Nick Gruber plans to write tell-all about his tumultuous two-year relationship with Calvin Klein
You wanna know what came between Nick Gruber and his Calvin? Everything — and soon everyone will know.
Gruber, our own Nate Freeman has learned exclusively, is writing a tell-all book about his tumultuous two-year relationship with Calvin Klein , and after just days on the market it's incited a bidding war in the publishing world.
The 24-year-old male model plans to share all the sordid details, and a source tells us there are two strong offers on the table with a third one on the way. www.nydailynews.com

Karen Brown named executive director of the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach
Long-time hospitality executive Karen Brown has been selected as the new executive director of the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach, announced Steve Adkins, president of the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which is responsible for the LGBT Visitor Center operations. www.rmiamiherald.com

David Richardson becomes Florida's first openly gay legislator
David Richardson, a 55-year-old forensic accountant and political newcomer, says he's comfortable having made Florida history on election night.
"I am the first openly gay legislator in the history of Florida. And forever will be," said Richardson, who on Tuesday defeated three other candidates to represent state House District 113 in Miami Beach. www.rmiamiherald.com

Railway company to build passenger service from Miami to Orlando
A Miami real estate and transportation company announced Wednesday that it plans to go ahead with a $1 billion project to build a privately run passenger train service between Miami and Orlando to begin operations by the end of 2014. www.reuters.com

Charles Perez: The President, the Tipping Point, and Chick-Fil-A
"This is about my right to free speech," cried one of my Facebook friends as she declared her support for Chick-Fil-A and her intention to go miles out of her way to pick up a Chick-Fil-A Deluxe Chicken Sandwich. Her sentiments were echoed by tens of thousands who lined up around the block at Chick-Fil-A's everywhere to show their "appreciation" to it's owner and president, Dan T. Cathy, for expressing his opposition to same sex marriage. The revelers showed up in droves, cheering and enthusiastic, citing free speech and support for the rights of business to set their own policy, even if it's perceived as politically incorrect in the mainstream. The numbers who showed up were surprising.
"It's a ruse," read one post. "This isn't about free speech. It's about hate speech." Cathy, who has famously called supporters of same-sex marriage "twisted" and "deprived" has, obviously, tapped into something. www.huffingtonpost.com

It's Miami Spice month!
Miami Spice is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine.
During August and September, Miami's top restaurants offer three-course meals (Lunches $19 or $23, Dinners $33 or $39) featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs. Discover the tropical fusion of ingredients that makes Miami dining so wonderfully out of the ordinary. www.ilovemiamispice.com

September 2012 California Wine Country Multisport
Outings & Adventures' inaugural itinerary is the quintessential touring of the California Wine Country with a twist. Known around the world for its beauty and impressive wine production, Napa Valley is full of amazing food, wine, and scenery. From the architectural marvel of the Golden Gate Bridge to the towering Redwoods of the Muir Woods, California's Wine Country has an abundance of new and exciting things for us to discover together.
The adventure includes: biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, hiking Muir Woods, paddling the calm waters of Tomales Bay, biking and hiking through Napa and Sonoma, winery touring and tastings and cruising the Folsom Street Fair. www.OutingsAndAdventures.com


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