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The Local, an eatery opens inside the Flamingo
Housed in what used to be the leasing office of the Flamingo in the south end of South Tower, full-bar-equipped Local rocks a slick mod/industrial vibe, a pool table, flat screens, and outdoor seating that looks upon Biscayne Bay and the property's pool. www.thrillist.com

Venetian Causeway residents brace for tunnel, road projects
The head of the Venetian Causeway Neighborhood Alliance has announced a meeting of all causeway neighborhood and homeowner groups to discuss the impact of the county’s causeway streetscape project, a similar project planned by Miami Beach and the Port of Miami tunnel construction. www.belleisleblog.com

A new film hero for CocoWalk?
Just in time for the blockbuster summer season, Coconut Grove filmgoers are back in business.
Eight months after closing for renovations, the multiplex at CocoWalk is set to reopen Friday. The opening launches a new brand of ''hassle-free'' movie luxury and could herald the beginning of Coconut Grove's transformation. www.miamiherald.com

Stonewall Street Festival Fort Lauderdale - Sunday, June 20th
Never before has Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale used the entire Wilton Drive for its annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade making this year the largest gay pride festival in South Florida. That's one full 1/2 mile of partying, fun, celebration and pride. This year both the festival and parade take place together on Sunday, June 20, 2010 with the parade starting at 11 am, running through the festival which officially starts around noon. At 7 pm, the festival transforms itself into a giant street party which will run through 9 pm Don't miss out on this year's history-making event. www.pgfl.net

Stonewall Street Festival Fort Lauderdale - Sunday, June 20th
Never before has Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale used the entire Wilton Drive for its annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade making this year the largest gay pride festival in South Florida. That's one full 1/2 mile of partying, fun, celebration and pride. This year both the festival and parade take place together on Sunday, June 20, 2010 with the parade starting at 11 am, running through the festival which officially starts around noon. At 7 pm, the festival transforms itself into a giant street party which will run through 9 pm Don't miss out on this year's history-making event. www.pgfl.net

Urban Beach Week's hard-partying crowds have Miami Beach police on alert
In a city that is both a playground to tourists a hometown to locals, Miami Beach has to juggle wooing tourists and placating neighbors irked by hard-partying Memorial Day crowds. www.miamiherald.com

Not last call after all for booze on the beach
Miami Beach hotels will be able to serve alcoholic drinks to beachgoers this Memorial Day weekend. www.miamiherald.com

Dr. Beach: NY's Southampton beach tops list; Miami Beach No. 5
Coopers Beach, with pristine white sand gently sloping toward a shoreline of lapping waves, convenient parking and amenities and nary a gum wrapper in sight, has been selected as America's best beach in an annual survey released Friday to coincide with the start of the summer vacation season. www.miamiherald.com

Final design for Miami Science Museum opens to the views
The Miami Science Museum released final designs for its new $275 million downtown home at Bicentennial Park. www.miamiherald.com

Congress moves to end ban on gays in military
Congress has taken two big steps toward ending the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
In quick succession Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House approved measures to repeal the 1993 law that allows gay people to serve in the armed services only if they hide their sexual orientation.
The votes were a victory for President Barack Obama, who has actively supported ending the policy, and for gay rights groups who have made repealing the ban their top legislative priority this year. www.miamiherald.com

South Beach condos target hotel rooftop parties
The discussion -- reminiscent of 2003, when the commission banned new outdoor nightclubs in the South Pointe neighborhood amid a flap with Opium Gardens -- has hoteliers sweating. www.miamiherald.com

Ex-Miami Beach cop accused of running pot grow house
A former Miami Beach police officer involved in two fatal shootings while on the force has been accused of running a marijuana grow house in Southwest Miami-Dade County.
Adam Tavss, 35, was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to a Miami-Dade police news release. He has since bonded out of jail. www.miamiherald.com

He's a prom queen after all -- but he can't go home
Omar Bonilla's dream of being prom queen came true this weekend, but not exactly as planned -- and with a price. He no longer can live at home, he says.
Dressed in his drag persona as Allison Rodriguez, Bonilla became queen of the Pridelines Youth Services gay prom Saturday night at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus. www.miamiherald.com

Fisher Island Club
Sometimes, you want to disappear. Get off the grid. Disperse.
And by disperse, we mean travel to an exclusive island hideaway 10 minutes from Miami Beach.
Allow us to direct your attention to the Fisher Island Club and its swanky new beach club and villas, ready to welcome you with about $60 million of recent renovations. www.urbandaddy.com/

Tar balls found along shore in Key West
The Coast Guard reported that 20 tar balls were found Monday night along the shore at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West. Samples are being sent to a laboratory for analysis. www.miamiherald.com

Married, Anti-Gay GOP 'Family Values' Mark Souder Resigns Over Affair with Staffer
Eight-term Rep. Mark Souder will announce his resignation Tuesday after it came to light that he was conducting an affair with a female aide who worked in his district office, Fox News has learned. Multiple senior House sources indicated that the extent of the affair with the 45-year-old staffer would have landed Souder before the House Ethics Committee. Elected as a family values conservative as part of the Republican revolution in 1994, Souder survived a tough re-election challenge in 2008 and survived a contested primary two weeks ago. Souder was absent from Washington most of last week, missing multiple votes and only voting on Thursday. While the rumors had been flying, Souder claimed that he was at home tending to his ill wife. www.towleroad.com

"Escorts, the Musical!" - June 2nd - June 6th
David Leddick (www.DavidLeddick.net) has written a book about male escorts! Out of this book, if you can believe it, comes a new musical: "Escorts." The show reveals the stories of sixteen male escorts in words, song, and dance and in the flesh. With libretto and lyrics by David Leddick, music by Andrew Sargent, direction by David Kingery and produced by V. J. Colonna, musical theater doesn't get any sexier.
"Escorts" returns to the Rising Action Theatre for six performances June 2nd through June 6th. Last performed a year ago, this new, streamlined, pre-off Broadway version comes back to Fort Lauderdale before heading to New York. www.brownpapertickets.com

Rekers case again shows shame of gay adoption ban
The fact that Florida has the strictest law in the country banning gay adoption is embarrassing enough.
Now, when you add the George Rekers fiasco — a combination of hypocrisy and tens of thousands of wasted tax dollars — you can add "shameful" to "embarrassing." The only hope is some good will come out of all this, and Florida lawmakers will get rid of an archaic ban on gay adoption that has no place in 21st century society. www.sun-sentinel.com

A Heaven-Sent Rent Boy
Rekers is in a class by himself even in the era of Larry Craig and Ted Haggard. A Baptist minister and clinical psychologist with a bent for "curing" homosexuality, the married, 61-year-old Rekers was caught by Miami New Times last month in the company of a 20-year-old male escort at Miami International Airport. The couple was returning from a 10-day trip to London and Madrid. New Times, which published its exposé in early May, got an explanation from Rekers: "I had surgery, and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him." www.nytimes.com

George Alan Rekers phone interview for Miami New Times - BUSTED!
World, meet George Alan Rekers. You're catching him at an awkward moment. This conversation was recorded the day after Rekers returned from Europe with his male escort, Jo-vanni, and he was in no mood to chat with the press -- least of all about eight-inch penises and pornographic websites. LISTEN TO AUDIO

The Forge reopens with new attitude
In the 1990s, at the height of the post-renaissance party on Miami Beach, long before the market crashed and the real-estate free-for-all reached judgment day, the crowd at The Forge guzzled $700 bottles of bubbly as if it were tap water. Tap water was an indignity. The Bentleys, Ferraris and Lambos double-parked at the valet line told the story:
Excess was king. And the hedge-fund-slash-real-estate slicksters, so long as they were buying, were rock stars who always got the girls. No one dared cast stones at anyone else's hustle. www.miamiherald.com

Massive underwater oil cloud may destroy life in Gulf of Mexico
Researchers warned Sunday that miles-long underwater plumes of oil from the spill could poison and suffocate sea life across the food chain, with damage that could endure for a decade or more. www.naturalnews.com

Pope says gay marriage is a 'dangerous threat'
Pope Benedict has called gay marriage and abortion "dangerous threats to the common good" during a visit to Portugal. www.pinknews.co.uk

Miami Beach officials raise new concerns over port tunnel traffic issues
Miami Beach's mayor continued Wednesday to hammer state transportation officials over concerns that the $1 billion Port of Miami Tunnel project would impact South Beach-bound traffic.
But Matti Herrera Bower's focus has changed from the location of the tunnel's groundbreaking to the feasibility of another billion-dollar project that is at least 10 years down the road. www.miamiherald.com

Sizzle Miami - May 27th-June 1st
Sizzle Miami has grown to become America's most celebrated and anticipated urban gay event. Party-seekers fromaround the world convene on sunny Miami, Florida celebrating Life, Pride and Liberty! www.sizzlemiami.com

Piero Mazzocchetti at the Colony Theatre - Thursday, May 27th
Italy's newest and most critically acclaimed tenor Piero Mazzocchetti brings his one man show to Miami Beach's Colony Theatre for one night only on Thursday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Adriano Aragozzini Production presents the concert for Dharma in collaboration with Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast.
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here. www.ticketmaster.com

Is this Ricky Martin's boyfriend?
The sources indicate Martin and Gonzalez have been together for more than a year and half and Gonzalez is a frequent visitor of Martin's house in the Dorado, a small town near San Juan. Gonzalez, in his early 30s, has worked as a financial broker and comes from a wealthy family in Guaynabo. www.miami.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus - May 21st-23rd
It's the 95th Anniversary of the founding of Miami Beach...and they are celebrating!
Come join the Miami Gay Men's Chorus for the return of Miss Twinkleton, that wonderful headmistress who runs her School for Sensitive Boys with the combined efficiency of a proper school marm and a woman on the verge.
Performances: Friday, May 21st 8pm, Saturday, May 22nd 8pm, Sunday, May 23rd 3pm.
For tickets and information, please visit: www.miamigaychorus.org

SAVE Dade Champions of Equality - Friday, May 21st 6pm-9pm
Mark you calendar for the SAVE Dade Champions of Equality Awards Reception coming up on Friday, May 21st from 6pm to 9pm.
Please attend this wonderful event with great company, an open bar, and a bevy of appetizers.
This year we are honoring US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, former Mayor Manny Diaz, and Bacardi USA.
Tickets are $75 until May 19 and will be $100 at the door. Visit www.championsofequality.org

Pridelines Youth Prom - Saturday, May 22nd 7pm
Zeus is dating Neptune and taking him to the prom. Other gods, goddesses and perhaps a Hercules or two are expected as Pridelines Youth Services hosts its 15th Annual Youth Prom for South Florida's LGBTQ community ages 13 to 24. This year's theme: "A Night on Mount Olympus." The highly anticipated Youth Prom will take place Saturday, May 22nd 7pm to 11pm at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus Ballroom.
Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple and are available cash at the door the night of the event or from the Pridelines website www.pridelines.org

Poles apart: Men strip pole-dancing of another taboo
Once upon a time, when men went out for a night of pole dancing, it was their eyes that got a workout. But in the past few years for some, it's been their entire bodies. Like women, guys are discovering that pole dancing can be an athletic and artistic pursuit that feels more Cirque du Soleil than strip club. www.miamiherald.com

Streisand's 'One Night Only' Is #1 on Music DVD Billboard Chart
One of the most celebrated concert performances of recent years, a one-time only event witnessed by little more than one hundred lottery-selected Barbra Streisand fans, is now a #1 seller. One Night Only - Barbra Streisand And Quartet At The Village Vanguard -September 26, 2009 was released on DVD and DVD/CD Combo Pack as well as Blu-ray disc on May 4th. It's just been announced that the DVD is in first place on the Music DVD Billboard Chart. www.broadwayworld.com

'Glee' creator calls for boycott of Newsweek
Add "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy to the list of folks displeased with writer Ramin Setoodeh.
Murphy is calling for a boycott of Newsweek, which published Setoodeh's article about why he believes gay actors can't pull off playing straight characters.
The article specifically mentioned actor Jonathan Groff who joined the cast of "Glee" this season as a romantic lead opposite one of the female stars of the show. In the Newsweek article, Setoodeh says that Groff seems like a "theater queen" on the series. www.cnn.com

Exxxotica Expo 2010 - Friday, May 14th-Sunday, May 16th
The Exxxotica Expo, Miami Beach's annual convention for all things adult-industry related, celebrates its fifth anniversary this weekend. And we promise: this is the only five year-old's birthday party where you'll be leaving with a goody bag full of porn, pasties, and sex toys. Now if only there was a bouncy house. www.miami.com

Lance Bass Coupling Up With Kyan Douglas?
Chelsea may have another new It couple. We hear that Lance Bass is spending quality time with "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" grooming expert Kyan Douglas. The pair have been spotted getting affectionate in New York and San Francisco, but the match is fairly new. "Lance admitted to having a bad track record with friends and asked everyone what they thought of Kyan," said a friend. "We all assured him Kyan is 'good people.' Kyan asked Lance out." A spokeswoman for Bass said, "We do not comment on our clients' personal lives." www.pinkisthenewblog.com

Jersey Shore star accused of assault in South Beach club
Did Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola get violent to boost ratings?
That's what attorneys for Kristen DeMinco said Tuesday.
The engineer, 24, claims it all went down at Dream in South Beach last weekend. www.miamiherald.com

Two new Miami Beach parks confirm landscape's power to transport us
Two public spaces conceived as gardens -- one finished and the other just getting under way -- show us the enormous potential of landscape architecture to make our cities civilized and pleasurable. The transformation starts when we respect the people who inhabit our cities rather than assume the worst about them. www.miamiherald.com

Design Miami show could move to Miami Beach
Miami's Design District is slated to lose Design Miami, an annual celebration of the cutting-edge furniture and interior flourishes that have become the budding neighborhood's trademark. The four-day December show would move to Miami Beach to coincide with its sister event, Art Basel Miami Beach.
While show owner Craig Robins said Monday the move is still up in the air, Miami Beach commissioners are expected to approve a three-year lease for the show Wednesday that will allow it to rent a parking lot across from Art Basel, which operates inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. www.miamiherald.com

Another Anti-Gay Activist Accused of Gay Tryst
Add to the growing list of anti-gay crusaders who have been entangled in alleged gay romps the name of one George Alan Rekers, a Baptist minister who co-founded the Family Research Council. The Miami New Times reported this week that Rekers appeared at Miami International Airport last month with a young male escort, fresh from a 10-day trip to Europe. Rekers admitted that he found his companion on Rentboy.com (not safe for work), where the escort had advertised his attributes (including sexual details), but Rekers maintains that he's not gay and had merely hired the escort to help him carry his luggage. www.aolnews.com

Aqua Girl 2010 - May 12th-16th
The sun soaked shores of South Beach will once again be filled with beautiful women from all over the world as Aqua Girl celebrates it's 11th year.
Aqua Girl's 11th year will be filled with spectacular events featuring arts, comedy, dance parties, pool parties, celebrity appearances, live music and much more, by women and for women. www.aquafoundation.org

Bombshell: Ricky Martin Admits He Is Gay
Though long believed to be the hips-swivelingest, child-adoptingest, Miami-livngest, women-never-datingest straight pop star in town, Ricky Martin has revealed today, on his website, that he is a gay person who does gay things.
"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am," he says at the end of a long missive on the site. Congrats, Ricky! www.gawker.com

Blade at Fontainebleau to close
Looking for a night of sushi and clubbing? Well, scratch Blade at the Fontainebleau off the list -- for now. The Miami Beach resort announced Monday that the subterranean celeb hot spot is closing its doors for a mini makeover and will reopen this summer, under a new name. www.miamiherald.com

Exclusive: First Tour of The Forge in Miami Beach
The legendary eatery is relaunching with little fanfare and without a mega gala. Owner Shareef Malnik is trying to retool his party-crazy hot spot into a serious restaurant without relying on promoters, fashion shows and celebrities, all of which were hallmarks of the past Forge era (especially on Wednesday nights). www.miaminewtimes.com

WMC 2010: MTV News Is On The Ground In Miami
Each year, over 200,000 hardcore electronic music fans join 2,000 DJs, producers, musicians and A-list celebrities flock to the sandy beaches for the seaside soiree. The party rarely lets up, with plenty of events continuing well into the daylight hours (shows ending at noon that began the night before are not unusual). Miami Beach itself transforms into one giant dance club for six straight days. www.mtv.com

David Granoff in Page Six about upcoming book
David Granoff, long time ago Anna Nicole p.r., now weary of the hectic exciting fast-paced life of Miami's Elephant Graveyard, is writing a book. Not about Mme. Curie... www.nypost.com

Ice Palace Studios takes back Karu & Y space
Karu & Y, the lavish nightclub near Miami's Adrienne Arsht concert halls, has reverted back to catering space, the property's owner said Monday.
Ice Palace Studios, which leased the space to Karu & Y, said it was taking back the building and would incorporate it into the main Ice Palace complex at 59 NW 14th St. The Winter Music Conference events scheduled at Karu & Y will still take place there, the Ice Palace said. www.miamiherald.com

Safe Schools South Florida Cinco de Mayo Celebration! - Wednesday, May 5th
You're invited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a different way this year. Safe Schools South Florida is having a fundraiser at MOVA on May 5th from 8pm to 10pm. This fundraiser will help to continue the 19 years of dedicated service by Safe Schools South Florida to create safer schools for ALL students, including LGBTQ youth and their allies and families. Celebrate with SSSF and learn more about them.
Mova Lounge 1625 Michigan Avenue Miami Beach

Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - April 23rd - May 2nd
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood and screens films and videos in locations throughout Miami-Dade county and Ft. Lauderdale.
The 12th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run April 23rd - May 2nd 2010. Additionally, their Monthly Screening Series, which runs June - February, provides further screenings, educational and social opportunities throughout the year. www.mglff.com

"An Evening with Coco Peru" - Friday, April 30th 8pm
Join the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for "An Evening with Coco Peru" on Friday, April 30th at 8pm at the Playground Theater in Miami Shores.
She is the one and only Miss Coco Peru, comic chanteuse and completely entertaining and hilarious tour de force! Unforgettable for her roles in cult favorite films like, Trick and Girls Will Be Girls, Miss Peru truly shines on stage. Sharing her delightful anecdotes and offering the wit and wisdom that only she can, Coco brings her magic to the city for this one night only performance for festival patrons.
$40 VIP TICKETS: includes reserved prime seating and Meet & Greet cocktail reception with Coco, $25 General Admission. www.mglff.com

Pink and Blue for Two - Thursday, April 22nd
Hosted by Olivia Newton-John and world-renowned breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Ernie Bodai, "Pink and Blue for Two" will be a star-studded fundraising event, attracting Miami's elite social scene and both local and national media attention. With live a performances by Jon Secada, speaking engagements and silent and live auctions.
On April 22, 2010, Full Speed Promotions, LLC, will be hosting the inaugural "Pink and Blue for Two" charity event at the historic Raleigh Hotel in Miami's South Beach. www.pinkandbluefortwo.com

Chita's got legs
The dancer who began her career in the '50s is still a hot ticket. In April, she brings her 'Broadway' to South Florida.
She took turns at "Guys and Dolls," "Can-Can," "Seventh Heaven" (with Gloria de Haven, Ricardo Montalban) and "Mr. Wonderful" (with Sammy Davis Jr.) before landing her star-making role as Anita in "West Side Story" in 1957.
Rivera's star has never really diminished. She went toe-to-toe with Dick Van Dyke in "Bye Bye Birdie" on Broadway in 1960, and then with Shirley MacLaine in the film version of "Sweet Charity" in 1969.
After years of touring, the triumvirate of Fred Ebb, John Kander and Bob Fosse brought her back to Broadway with "Chicago" in 1975 and "The Rink" in 1984 (for which she won her first Tony). In 1992 Kander and Ebb put her center stage again in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (for which she won her second Tony). www.sun-sentinel.com

Escorts Book Event - Thursday, April 8th
On Thursday, April 8th from 8pm to 11pm, you are invited to a party for David Leddick's book ESCORTS BAR 721 . "ESCORT... 40 Profiles with Photographs of Men Who Sell Sex" is available on Amazon. "ESCORT" by David Leddick and Heriberto Sanchez with photos by David Vance www.facebook.com

S.O.C.A.M. MB Pride Fundraiser & Networker - April 9th - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
This is our first "Support Our Cultural Arts Members" Chamber Night @ 101/exhibit Gallery, located at 101 NE 40th St., in the heart of Miami's Design District, featuring contemporary artist Michael Costello - "Paints Childhood Myths Grown Up," Meet the artist at a Special Chamber Night Pre-Opening Night Party and enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Approximately twenty of Costello's paintings will be part of his first Florida solo exhibition. Please RSVP to 305.573.4000 or mdglcc@bellsouth.net. For more information on the exhibition or 101/exhibit, call 305.573.2101 or visit www.101exhibit.com

Glee sneak preview Thursday, April 8th 7 pm at AMC Aventura
Miami will host a charity screening of the spring season premiere of the Fox TV show Glee, benefiting the Grammy Foundation's Grammy in the Schools music ed programs, on April 8. MovieMartin has the details.

Handsome Harry to open in Theaters April 16th
A web of secrets and lies envelop Handsome Harry, a new movie starring Jamey Sheridan (Trauma), Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn, Titus Welliver (Lost, The Good Wife), and Campbell Scott (FX's Damages) opening on April 16 in selected local theaters. www.MovieMartin.com

Sharon Gless and Lt. Dan Choi to lead Miami Beach Gay Pride parade
TV star Sharon Gless (Queer as Folk, Burn Notice) and gay Army Lt. Dan Choi, who recently was arrested for chaining himself to a White House fence during a "don't ask, don't tell'' protest, will be grand marshals of the April 17 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade. www.miamiherald.com

Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian of Chamber opens at Old City Hall - April 15th 6pm-8pm
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) will celebrate its new headquarters and the opening of one of the nation's only gay Chamber-sponsored LGBT Visitor Centers at a community-wide event on April 15th, co-hosted by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. The focal point of the celebration will be the official dedication of the Michael Aller LGBT Community Conference Room within the new space. The public is invited to attend the free grand opening and dedication ceremony, which takes place from 6pm to 8pm at 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Among those expected to take part in the celebration are Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower, city commissioners, former mayors, and business and community leaders.

Gay Pride Pool Party - Saturday, April 17th
The First Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Pool Party will be the only official Miami Beach Gay Pride Pool Party. The party begins at 11 a.m. with a VIP parade-viewing event. Guests will enjoy Finlandia cocktails, bottle service, complimentary light hors d’oeuvres courtesy of The Victor Cafe, and the best seats in town to watch the parade from noon to 1 p.m. Once the parade finishes, general admission will begin, and revelers will enjoy Pride poolside or in the chic outdoor lounge area, while DJs Charlmix and Miik work the turntables until sunset. www.thepinkdollar.com

Miami Beach Gay Pride - Saturday, April 17th
After a highly successful event in 2009 that attracted more than 20,000 people, the City of Miami Beach is gearing up for another historic Gay Pride Parade Festival and Expo set for Saturday, April 17, 2010 on Ocean Drive. Immediately following the parade on Ocean Drive , the Expo in Lummus Park will feature booths, food kiosks and exhibits, creating a massive Gay Pride exhibition area for businesses, community organizations and entertainers to showcase their pride and support of LGBT equality. www.miamibeachgaypride.com

Photography Exhibition - Saturday, April 10th 6pm-9pm
Saturday April 10, 2010 will be one of many nights in support of a great cause, specific not only to South Florida, but the world. From 6-9pm, there will be a photography exhibition held at MINIbar, a new restaurant in the Design District located at 3612 NE 2nd Avenue. The photographs on display will be donated works from local photographer, Anthony Jordon (photographer for Miami New Times, Miami Magazine, and www.miamiartzine.com). The photo exhibition is titled "Living & Loving: Celebrating our Comfort". It's a tribute to all of people enjoying everyday living, a positive motivation to all people infected/affected by HIV/AIDS.
There is no cover for the event, ample parking around the area and a great environment to bring any and everyone out to enjoy a night of photography and goodwill. miniBAR 3612 NE 2nd Ave, Miami www.minibarmiami.com

Ölelés, gay dance company from Barcelona at the Colony Theatre - April 9th & 10th
Tigertail continues its 30th Anniversary Season with Ölelés, by the award-winning dancers from Barcelona, Spain, April 9 & 10, 2010 at the Colony. Gripping, physically intense and genuinely lyrical, this award-winning extended evening-length duet Ölelés for two men marks the first collaboration between acclaimed Catalán choreographers and performers Jordi Cortés and Damián Muñoz -- two of Spain’s most innovative young dance artists.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 seniors (65 & over) & students with I.D., $50 for VIP tickets with priority entrance and best seating. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tigertail.org and by phoning 305 545 8546, through Ticketmaster, or in person at the Colony Theatre box office, at 1040 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Parking information and directions are available at www.tigertail.org

New life in downtown Miami as condos fill up
Condos in downtown Miami are no longer ghost towns as young professionals move in and drive new business to area stores and restaurants. www.miamiherald.com

Hate Crimes Hotline in Miami Beach 305.604.2110
Miami Beach Police Hate Crimes Program
Hate Crimes seriously threaten our democratic society, which is built upon the strength of its diversity. Thousands of Americans each year are victimized because of their skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, disabilities or sexual orientation. Crimes motivated by hatred and the fear it engenders cripples our society, threatens personal freedom and frays the ties that are essential to safe and healthy communities.
Defining Hate Crimes
The most comprehensive definition of a hate crime to date is currently used by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP.) They define a Hate Crime as a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against an individual's or a group's race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. www.miamibeachfl.gov

New women's Friday night event - Rebel Fridays at Creme Lounge
Icandee & Lady admix present Rebel Fridays. $3 buds, $5 well drinks & $6 cover until 12:30am and sexy pole dancing for your viewing pleasure.
Creme Lounge 727 Lincoln Lane Miami Beach www.icandeeevents.com

Néstor Paz: Hombre del Rush
Amable, correcto y muy simpático, el venezolano Néstor Paz que se adueñó de las tardes de WRMA Romance 106.7 FM de Miami habló de su buen presente laboral en el show radial "La Hora del Rush" y su carrera en los medios de Las Américas. www.radionotas.com

Audition "ESCORTS, The Docu-Musical" - Saturday April 3rd Noon to 4pm
Seeking actors to play the roles of gay escorts (and also a slightly older client) in "ESCORTS, The Docu-Musical" week of June 1st to June 6th, 2010. This is an original musical conceived and written by South Florida author David Leddick, with music by Andrew Sargent. The show contains partial nudity. The show will rehearse in Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
Please be prepared to sing a song (bring sheet music or CD) and read (cold) from the script. You may be asked to dance/light movement too.
Rising Action Theatre 840 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Oakland Park, FL 33334. If interested please contact southbeachvince@hotmail.com or 305.490.2454.

Versace home gets new life in the hands of Barton G.
As he prepares to relaunch Gianni Versace's opulent mansion, food impresario Barton G. Weiss doesn't hide his distaste for past attempts to make it a South Beach hot spot. www.miamiherald.com

Winter Party on Miami Beach draws crowd for a good cause
Since 1994, the annual festival and its sister event, the Miami Recognition Dinner, have raised $2.3 million for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the festival's development coordinator David Cook said.
Cook said the task force would distribute the net proceeds of the beach party's $80-- to $95--admission fee to HIV-prevention organizations, suicide hot lines and other charitable causes. Thousands of people passed through the gates Sunday. www.miamiherald.com

MDGLCC and LGBT Visitor Center to open at Miami Beach's Old City Hall
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has entered into a lease agreement with the City of Miami Beach to occupy the 1st Floor North at Historic Old City Hall 1130 Washington Avenue Miami Beach on April 1st. This transformational move will coincide with the opening of the Community LGBT Visitor Center.

A Bastion of British Cool on Ocean Drive
Barolo Ristorante 444 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.532.5511

An alcove of understated cool on Ocean Drive's boulevard of cheese, this classy spot feels like the kind of place you'd wander into in London's Soho neighborhood. The place is a fortress of British expats—the architect/owner who designed the place hails from the UK, as does the chef, a tough-as-nails blonde who earned her stripes in Gordon Ramsay's kitchen across the pond. www.urbandaddy.com

Vatican hit by gay sex scandal
The Vatican was today rocked by a sex scandal reaching into Pope Benedict's household after a chorister was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. www.guardian.co.uk

Companies see advantages of marketing to gays
Despite the tepid economy, thousands of gay men and women are expected this week in Miami Beach for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's annual Winter Party Festival fundraiser. www.miamiherald.com

Lawmaker At Gay Club Before DUI Arrest
Sources tell CBS13 a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub in midtown Sacramento, early Wednesday morning.
Ashburn, a father of four, is a Republican Senator representing parts of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino Counties with a history of opposing gay rights. www.cbs13.com

When Beauty Queens Turn Ugly by Lady Bunny
What is it with anti-gay beauty queens?
You'd think these gals would appreciate the gay hairdressers, make-up artists and designers who give them their winning edge -- and often friendship.
First there was Anita Bryant, a 70's Miss America runner-up who campaigned so tirelessly against gay rights that she sparked a widespread boycott of the Florida orange juice she hawked on TV. www.huffingtonpost.com

Powered up: Electric bikes come to South Beach
The Electric Bicycle Store 1622 Alton Road Miami Beach

Last week, Balson and Lechter opened The Electric Bicycle Store in the 1600 block of Alton Road, bringing the city what may be its first-ever shop specializing in a product that has boomed in other countries but remained mostly an enigma in the United States. www.miamiherald.com

Real Housewife Kim Zolciak Dating DJ Tracy Young?
US Magazine is reporting that Real Housewife of Atlanta and Circuit DJ Tracy Young are a couple:
"Zolciak, 31, stepped out with her love of three months, DJ Tracy Young, at the Blacks' Annual Gala in Miami Beach on Saturday. Young, who made a remix of Zolciak's song 'Tardy for the Party,' was overheard saying, 'We're really happy!' A source tells Us, 'Tracy broke up with her longtime girlfriend to be with Kim. Since they've been together, Tracy lost a lot of weight and got really skinny for Kim. They seem to be beyond happy with each other.'" www.towleroad.com

Picnic all-night diner food on the beach (in Sunset Harbour)
From two NYC service industry vets previously accustomed to opening glam hotels, Picnic serves all-day and almost-all-night diner food in a setting that's anything but greasy spoon: it's got an uncramped loft feel with spacious white leather booths, a 10-foot high-def projection screen housed in a wall of artificial turf, outdoor tablecloth-esque gingham print bar stools, and an illuminated onyx bar with country-ish accessories like jugs (for infused booze) and wooden spoons -- also a failed Ricky Schroder pilot where he was grindingly poor. www.thrillist.com

Tide turns: Miami Beach drag queens told they can continue Sunday brunches at The Palace
The audience at Tuesday's Miami Beach planning board meeting was better coiffed than usual.
Dressed to the nines, four drag queen performers -- backed by dozens of vocal gay Beach residents -- came to City Hall asking that they be allowed to continue entertaining at the Palace restaurant's weekly Sunday brunch. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Drag Queens Show Get New Life
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The Queens Are Back on South Beach
Every queen needs a palace and the drag queens of South Beach will be allowed to keep theirs, ruled the Miami Beach City Commission on Tuesday.
The Sunday Drag Brunch at The Palace had become the center of a controversy between the women, er, men who paraded the catwalk and the management at the Tides Miami Beach, the hotel next door.
The Tides claimed The Palace was violating city code ordinances and that the parties were too noisy. A dozen noise complaints in the past year were lobbed at The Palace and the Sunday shows were stopped. www.nbcmiami.com

Vote for Ebonee Excell as "Exceptional Queen"!
On the week of the RuPaul's Drag Race season 2 premiere, 15 Official Viewing Party venues held a drag race of their own. The exceptional queens from those locations are shown below. Vote for the best queen, the best bar, the best city to host the very first stop on "Logo's Drag Race Tour," starring the winner of Season 2! Logo will also shoot an episode of PopLab at the winning location hosted by the winning exceptional queen! www.logoonline.com

Sizzling South Beach
South Beach is located at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach. It's home to the area's gay community and where you'll find most of the key tourist venues.
The saying "everything old is new again" definitely applies to South Beach. Decades ago the area was a glittering stretch of luxury hotels and fancy nightclubs. After a steady and steep decline, it became a sleepy bedroom community for poor retirees. In recent years, South Beach has once again undergone a huge renaissance. Buildings that once sat empty have been renovated at a dizzying pace, including all sorts of chic Art Deco hotels. www.outtraveler.com

DJ Peter Rauhofer, Mansion nightclub face protest over Sunday night dance party
Activists plan to protest a Grammy-winning DJ's Sunday night dance party at the Mansion nightclub on South Beach, which they say competes for gay tourist dollars with a Winter Party Festival fundraiser.
''We just want to make sure the public is aware, and the patrons who show up understand, this is not a sanctioned event,'' said protest organizer Rick Siclari, executive director of Care Resource, South Florida's largest HIV/AIDS service agency. www.miamiherald.com

The 17th Annual Shelley Novak Awards - Monday, March 8th 10pm
On Monday, March 8th at 10pm, you are invited to The 17th Annual Shelley Novak Awards at B&B 1766 Bay Road in Miami Beach. This is a campy night that brings out all of the nightlife characters to "see and be seen". And, there is a chance of receiving the coveted prize of a "Shelley" (basically, a Barbie Doll sprayed gold). www.facebook.com

Winter Party Festival - March 3rd-8th
Launched in 1994 as a one-time charity dance event on the sands of beautiful South Beach, Winter Party Festival has evolved into a six-day festival benefiting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community on the national and local levels. Over 10,000 guests from all over the United States and abroad attend at least one of the 20 events - including music, fashion, art, comedy and more - that take place in Miami and Miami Beach. www.winterparty.com

Huge TVs and Jalapeño Margaritas on Washington
Vinyl and Kai 1131 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305.531.2640

Located on a stretch of Washington thick with clubs and pizza joints (and plastered with old vinyl album covers...hence the name), Vinyl is the kind of locals-friendly bar you'll go to when you've overdosed on house DJs and just want some great kai (that's food in New Zealand, the owner's home country). www.urbandaddy.com

Miami Beach's Gansevoort hotel under new management
The Gansevoort South hotel in Miami Beach is under new management -- and the founders aren't happy.
William and Michael Achenbaum, the father-and-son team of New York developers who opened the Gansevoort in 2008, lost the 334-room luxury to the lender three weeks ago. They had hoped to retain the management contract at the luxury property known for celebrity sightings, but lender Credit Suisse signed another manager, Coral Hospitality. Credit Suisse's loan agreement allows it to keep the Gansevoort name on the hotel at 2377 Collins Ave., and an Achenbaum company is suing over the lost contract. www.miamiherald.com

Your New Seafood Temple on Lincoln Road
So here's what happened. AltaMar had flawless seafood and bustling atmosphere. But the dining room was sorta cramped and there wasn't much privacy. So they've gone and decamped to larger digs next door.
Altamare 1233 Lincoln Rd Miami, FL 33139 305.532.3061 www.urbandaddy.com

Gay tourist: Miami Beach cops made up charges, arrested him after he reported to 911 that they beat a man
The ACLU of Florida says two Miami Beach police officers yelled epithets at a gay tourist and falsely accused him of trying to break into cars after he witnessed them kicking and punching a handcuffed man at Flamingo Park.
As Officers Frankly Forte and Elliot Hazzi approached witness Harold Strickland, they didn't know he was on his cellphone reporting the beating to a Miami Beach 911 dispatcher, said Robert F. Rosenwald Jr., director of the ACLU Florida's Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Advocacy Project. www.miamiherald.com

StopPeter.com website launches
Please do not attend the Peter Rauhofer event on Sunday, March 7th at Mansion.

The best way to stop Peter is to spread the word and to only attend the officially sanctioned party at Space Sunday night with DJ Tracy Young and DJ Boris. www.miamiherald.com

Your First Look Inside Prime Hotel
Prime Hotel 100 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.532.0553

Prime Hotel is the slick new hotel from the owner of Prime One Twelve, now open next door to the steakhouse.
The sister property to Brown's Hotel, this modernist structure is the latest glittering addition to owner Myles Chefetz's hospitality empire in the South of Fifth neighborhood. Located next door to the bustling steakhouse, the 14-room boutique hotel is where you'll go when you want a Lower South Beach crash pad that's tucked away from the touristy throngs farther up the strip. www.urbandaddy.com

Mayor Matti Bower attends Palace drag shows
The Tides Hotel has been calling the police on the Palace complaining about the drag shows.
On Sunday, Miami Beach police came during the drag shows and gave them several tickets and fines. The police told them that if they have any more shows, they will "arrest all of the employees and all of the customers".
Later, Mayor Matti Bower showed up to support the drag shows! www.facebook.com

Burger King: Beer with those fries?
Burger King is opening a restaurant in Miami Beach that will serve beer along with burgers and fries, the chain's first U.S. location with alcohol.
At the Whopper Bar South Beach, guests can pair a Whopper sandwich with Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors brews. With fries, the combo will run $7.99.
The restaurant will offer outdoor dining, a walk-up window and delivery service.
Now open, at 11th Street and Washignton Avenue (in the space that used to be a Miami Subs). www.msnbc.com

State's ban on gay adoptions is archaic
This archaic adoption law is a manifestation of homophobia, a punishment for a sector of the population. Yet even in this injustice we can find a silver lining: Its days are numbered. www.miamiherald.com

MOCA's Bohemian Bash _ Saturday, February 20th
Join the Museum of Contemporary Art on February 20 for the Bohemian Bash, the season's most imaginative fundraiser celebrating the spirit of creativity. Guests will be surprised and delighted as they enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and performance throughout the museum's galleries, which will be transformed by Miami artists into a series of surreal environments.
For more information and ticket purchasing info, go to www.socialmiami.com

Garden Party - Saturday, February 20th 7 to 11pm
Men and women are invited to The Aqua Foundation's first annual Garden Party will be at the Shore Club in South Beach (entrance on 20th and Collins) on Saturday, February 20th from 7 to 11pm. It will include delectable hors d'oeuvres by Catering by Alyse, cocktails featuring their very own Aquatini, sexy sounds by DJ/Producer Alyson Calagna, and a fabulous silent auction to benefit future grant recipients and scholarships. www.aquafoundation.org

Victor Cafe replaces Vix at Hotel Victor
Introducing Victor Cafe, a lush Mediterranean refuge now open at Hotel Victor and your new excuse to sit outside on 11th and Ocean.
Victor replaces Vix, which was mostly an indoor affair—nestled in the bowels of the hotel with plush seating and plenty of jellyfish floating around the $60K aquarium. www.urbandaddy.com

Winter Party fundraisers:
DJ Peter Rauhofer dance party at Mansion competes for gay tourist dollars

Dozens of gay South Florida civic leaders are furious that a Grammy-winning DJ and a major Miami Beach nightclub group have again scheduled a dance party at Mansion that they fear will lure gay tourists -- and their money -- from a Winter Party Festival fundraiser on March 7. www.miamiherald.com

Behind the Scenes With Melora Hardin Recording 'Close To You'
A look behind the scenes at Melora Harding recording 'Close To You', a track off her new album, 'All The Way To Mars' which will be released on February 9, 2010. Pre-ordering is now available on Amazon.com. Click here to purchase.
'All The Way To Mars' showcases the vocal and emotional range of this unique actress. It's an eclectic mix of Broadway, Standards and Popular radio hits, as well as original compositions. Impeccably produced by Richard Jay-Alexander (Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley) & Ben Toth. www.broadwayworld.com


Ruling a third strike against Florida's gay adoption ban
A Miami judge has approved the adoption of a foster child by a lesbian couple, bringing to three the number of adoptions by gay parents since 2008. www.miamiherald.com

Jane Lynch of 'Glee' to Marry Girlfriend in May
Jane Lynch let slip following the Golden Globes last week that she and her partner, Dr. Lara Embry, are tying the knot. The 'Glee' star, who won a Screen Actors Guild award over the weekend, told the New York Times that she and her girlfriend are planning a May wedding. www.popeater.com

Miami Beach's Lincoln Theatre to be converted into retail stores
A group of Miami Beach real estate investors will close next week on the purchase of the Lincoln Theatre, with plans to convert the historic building into retail stores. www.miamiherald.com

FIP Ventures to purchase commercial establishments in Fire Island Pines
Investment group FIP Ventures has signed a contract to purchase the vast majority of commercial establishments in Fire Island Pines, the internationally-famous gay community.
The group is purchasing the assets of Pines Commercial Properties, including the famed Pavilion nightclub complex, the Blue Whale and Bay Bar restaurants, the Hotel Ciel, a grocery store, gym, clothing store and numerous retail outlets and residential properties. The deal is expected to close in March. www.prnewswire.com

Chita Rivera Kicks Off My Broadway Tour
Tony Award winner Chita Rivera, who was recently presented with the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, kicks off her new concert tour in Florida.
Rivera will perform songs from her celebrated musical theatre career, including tunes from West Side Story ("America"), Sweet Charity ("Where Am I Going?" and "Big Spender"), Chicago ("All That Jazz" and "Nowadays"), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bye, Bye, Birdie and The Rink. www.playbill.com

Steve Rothaus: Journalist and Role Model
When Steve Rothaus joined the staff of the Miami Herald, it was 1985. Ronald Reagan was president; Rock Hudson was about to make AIDS a household word; and Rothaus himself was still a journalism major at Florida International University. "I started working at The Herald during my junior year at FIU," Rothaus recalls. "For about a year-and-a-half, I worked nights from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. I attended classes weekday mornings before work." Twenty-four years later, Rothaus is the journalist that South Florida turns to for news and information about the local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. www.southfloridagaynews.com

Give Darryl a Lift, art exhibit - Saturday, February 13th 7pm to 10pm
Students and faculty of Miami Ad School will exhibit their work to benefit raising funds to raise Darryl Strawser, literally and celebrate a man that has contributed so much to his craft and all those privileged enough to share in his life work and passion. Darryl is in dire need of modifying his apartment to accommodate his ALS, and as such is in need of an elevator.
Together, we are confident that we will reach our goal of raising $30,000.00, though are sure that we can't do it without you. Help support the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease, for the love of art, life and Darryl.
Awarehouse 550 NW 29th Street Miami, FL www.givedarrylalift.com

Commit 2 Love - Sunday, February 14th
Gay and lesbian couples are invited to Commit 2 Love on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2010 on Jungle Island. The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is offering gay and lesbian couples the opportunity to honor and celebrate their relationships with a special ceremony and reception.
Couples will formalize their unions in a romantic group ceremony complete with classic wedding traditions. The evening will begin with a welcome reception and passed hors d'oeurves followed by the group commitment ceremony. After the ceremony, the celebration continues in the elegant Treetop Ballroom with a commemorative toast, dining and dancing.
For additional information on how to be a part of this special day, please visit www.commit2love.com

"The Golden Gays" - Saturday February 27th & Sunday February 28th
The exciting musical spoof on "The Golden Girls" thats selling out theaters in Los Angeles- now for the first time "coming home" to Miami. Lets give them a big South Beach welcome. There will also be performances on Saturday February 27th at 8pm and Sunday February 28th at 6pm. Tickets will be available through TicketMaster or through the Colony theater. www.ticketmaster.com

Mike Verdugo: A Gay Cop Fights Back
Fourteen years ago, in a lifetime far away, Mike Verdugo spent an afternoon making some extra cash by participating in a stupid gay bondage film called Rope Rituals. He was ripped, cut, handsome, and gay. It was no big deal; just a soft core erotic shoot. Don’t expect to see it on the Golden Globes.
There was nothing illegal about participating in the film. The production was a one time deal taking less than a day to film and Verdugo was paid as a subcontractor with an IRS 1099 form.
But that film on that day would come back to haunt him years later. Today, because of it, he is fighting for his job. Why? Because Mike became a cop. A good one. www.southfloridagaynews.com

Macarena becomes Morena 1334 Washington Avenue South Beach
In the legendary Macarena space, old-world-feeling, red & black-decked Morena is a Spanish fusion tapas & big plates joint that transmogrifies into a venue for enjoying live music once it gets a little later; the space also features a semi-private lounge, which is good for lounging, and then later, lounging. www.thrillist.com

Free Reading "SOMETHING SOMETHING UBER ALLES" by Assurbanipal Babilla
The Stonewall Library and Archives - Tuesday, February 9th 7pm

A free reading/work in progress/preview of the Southeastern premier of "Something Something Uber Alles." A twisted one-actor, dark comedy about a man who looks just like Hitler that is abducted by a two gay pastry chefs for a subterranean Fuhrer-worshipping cult to be their living god. A ferocious, scary, hilarious fantasia on religion and power that The Village Voice called "diabolically intelligent."
The Stonewall Library and Archives,1300 E Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954.763.8565 www.facebook.com

Check out all the hype about "Hype" Fridays
"HYPE" Fridays is South Beach's new, hot Friday night at Bar 721.
Last week's opening was packed. This week, celebrate Glenn Packard's birthday. Packard is an award winning choreographer and best known as Brooke Hogan's sidekick on VH1's reality show "Brooke Knows Best."
Free Finlandia vodka drinks 10pm to 11pm. There is no cover charge and DJ Smeejay will be spinning. www.miami.com

MI-VI - Your New Casino-Adjacent Nightclub
The mastermind behind this cavernous British spy club is none other than legendary nightlife kingpin Gerry Kelly, the man who brought you the Fifth, Level and Bash. (If he can venture off of South Beach, so can you.)
For his latest mega-lounge, he's put together an Elizabethan hideaway you'll want to duck into after betting on the horses at the new gambling mecca next door. www.urbandaddy.com

New Massachusetts Senator posed nude for Cosmopolitan Magazine
Long before he was a politician, the Republican candidate vying for Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat posed nude for the centerfold of Cosmo. Scott Brown won our "America's Sexiest Man" contest and appeared in the June 1982 issue. In those days he was a 22-year-old law student at Boston College who was cramming for finals just days before stripping down for our photographer. www.cosmopolitan.com

Fire Island business center to change owners
Gossip is already flying about Fire Island, the getaway for New York's A-list gays. Long-time monopolizer Eric von Kuersteiner—who owns practically everything in the community—has sold all his properties to a mysterious 23-year-old gay kid.
Von Kuersteiner and his business partner Tony Roncalli—whose empire includes two bars, a restaurant, a dance club, a small gym, a grocery store, a clothing store, a construction business, a freight business, the community's dock, and the only hotel in town—has sold most of their properties to Seth Weissman, a young kid who no one knows anything about other than that he is from a rich family and is connected to the Hamptons. www.gawker.com

Las Vegas gay nightclub, Krave, files for bankruptcy
The filing shows that Krave has $153,000 in assets and $3.5 million in liabilities, including $602,000 owed to the Internal Revenue Service for payroll taxes. The Nevada Department of Taxation is owed $299,000 for sales taxes and $174,000 for entertainment taxes. www.lvrj.com

Tuscan Steak House becomes El Scorpion 433 Washington Ave
Every city deserves an authentic Mexican joint.
A place where you can feast on freshly pounded guacamole and meat-stuffed tacos, and obliterate your cares courtesy of a few shots of rare, oak barrel-aged tequila.
South Beach, your day is almost here. www.urbandaddy.com

Hot Designer David Bromstad and HGTV Hit Show "Color Splash" Move to Miami
David Bromstad, winner of HGTV's first "Design Star" reality show four years ago and the host of the hit show "Color Splash" will be moving to Miami. HGTV is also currently casting "fun, energetic homeowners" to be part of the seventh season. www.sobegayinfo.com

New South Beach furniture store targets young, hip
Crate and Barrel's younger, hipper sibling has moved into South Beach with its collection of affordable, modern furniture and home accessories.
CB2 will open its store Thursday just off Lincoln Road, marking only the sixth location for the fledgling chain and its first in the southeastern United States. www.miamiherald.com

Lesbian lawmaker in Utah carries baby for gay men
Rep. Christine Johnson will serve an additional role when the Utah Legislature convenes this month. The lesbian lawmaker announced she's a surrogate mother, carrying a baby for two gay men.
Johnson, D-Salt Lake City, said she decided to become artificially impregnated with sperm from one of the men after the two close friends expressed frustration over the difficulty of adopting a child. www.abc4.com

Win an 8-Day Miami Beach Gay Pride Vacation & a Cruise to the Bahamas
Show your rainbow colors, and enter to win an eight-day Pride vacation for two to "America's Riviera", Miami Beach, followed by a Caribbean cruise aboard the luxurious Norwegian Sky. Miami Beach Gay Pride has teamed up with Passport Magazine, Source Events and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) to host the Pride-ful vacation for two, April 16 - 23, centering on Miami Beach Gay Pride.
This once-in-a-lifetime vacation includes roundtrip airfare from anywhere in the Continental U.S., three nights in the oceanfront Shore Club on South Beach and all the sights, sounds and excitement of Miami Beach Gay Pride on Saturday, April 17. Then take your Pride from Ocean Drive to the ocean, and enjoy a sea-sational five-day Caribbean Pride cruise, courtesy of Source Events. www.passportmagazine.com/miamipride

Now Open: STK at the Gansevoort South
STK @ Gansevoort South 2377 Collins Ave Miami Beach 305.604.6988

Started in New York, perfected in LA and Vegas, the Miami STK consists of two floors, with a catwalk mezzanine in between that's perfect for either vamping with your 16-ounce rib eye or surveying the crowd below. www.urbandaddy.com

Coats needed for homeless in Miami
Last night was in the 40's this weekend it could get into the 30's. Remember that there are hundreds of homeless people that live on our streets with nothing to keep them warm. A man was found dead at Bayfront Park this morning.
Please, if you have an extra blanket, coat, or sweater give it out (even kids jackets and sweaters) if you don't have the time let them know and they will go pick it up and drop it off to someone. If you have any questions or suggestions, email Nduque@relatedgroup.com

The 33rd Annual Art Deco Weekend - January 15th - 17th
The 33rd Annual Art Deco Weekend kicks off this Friday, January 15 and runs through Sunday, January 17, and will celebrate not only the oldest Art Deco district in the country, but also the technological advances made by the motorcar. Art Deco Weekend is one of the most exciting events in January, complete with musical performances, special guests, street theater, classic car shows and even, the Arf Deco Dog Parade. Art Deco Weekend 2010 also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Antique Automobile Club of America. www.mdpl.org

Tiffany & FR8-0's Birthday Bash - Sunday, January 17th 4pm
Come out and DJ FR8-O & Tiffany Fantasia's B'day Bash on Sunday, January 17th. Come celebrate the DJ & the Diva with hot new beats, live shows & drink specials all nite.
Palace Bar 1200 Ocean Drive Miami Beach www.facebook.com

R.I.P. South Beach Club Legend Gilbert Stafford
Miami's nightlife industry is mourning the loss of Gilbert Stafford, who passed away yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 57-years-old. During the '90s and early part of the decade, Stafford played a prominent role in South Beach clubland, manning the velvet ropes to the only parties that mattered.
He was a strong-willed, authentic intellectual gentleman in a world full of posers and fakers. www.miaminewtimes.com

Lady GaGa Makes It a Score Night in Miami
Enjoying a late night out on the town, Lady GaGa was spotted arriving at the gay nightclub Score in Miami on Saturday night (January 2).
Donning her eye-catching blonde wig, the "Poker Face" singer was fresh off of performing at the southern Florida hotspot�s James L Knight Center as part of her Monster Ball Tour. www.celebrity-gossip.net

Rosie O'Donnell Steps Out with New Girlfriend
Rosie O'Donnell is off the market!
The comedian and former TV talk show host � who in mid-November revealed that her longtime partner Kelli Carpenter moved out of their home two years ago � is now dating Tracy Kachtick-Anders, a Texas-based artist, O'Donnell's rep confirms to PEOPLE. www.people.com

Bliss takes over Cafe Maurice space at 419 Washington Avenue
Say hello to Bliss, your new burger heaven, now open in South Beach.
Upon entering the South of Fifth spot, you'll realize that the owners have taken over the old Cafe Maurice space and transformed all that kitschy Frenchness into a temple of beefdom. www.urbandaddy.com

President Obama Names Transgender Appointee to Commerce Department
President Obama recently named Amanda Simpson to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department.
In a statement, Simpson, a member of the National Center for Transgender Equality's board of directors, said that "as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others." www.abcnews.com

All Saints Spitalfields: Dope UK gear hits Lincoln Rd
Now open, 910 Lincoln Rd; South Beach; 786.517.8180

A UK brand that's been killing it across the pond with 48 stores, but just finally mustered the gumption for an American campaign, Saints is opening a sprawling mega-shop on Lincoln that's done up like a warehouse with raw brick, girders, and vintage sewing machines, in which to peddle a serious gamut of men's duds kind of combining rugged work and rock 'n roll, which is sadly nothing like Men At Work, since that movie dominates. www.thrillist.com

Halo is changing its name to Mova
1625 Michigan Ave, LLC announces today the name change of Halo to MOVA in conjunction with a celebration on Friday, January 8, 2010 from 9p.m. to 3a.m., hosted by The Real World DC's Mike Manning. The event is the beginning of a year long process for 1625 Michigan, LLC to institute a philosophical shift in corporate culture and set the foundation for national expansion of a new entertainment concept. www.miamiherald.com

Epic Hotel Reopens After Legionnaires' Scare
A health advisory that shuttered downtown's Epic Hotel has been lifted after investigators conducted a thorough testing of its water system and oversaw a cleaning and de-contaminating process that would make Mr. Clean weep.
Still, it's hard to imagine a run on rooms. The hotel has been closed for two weeks at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars per day, under suspicion that three cases of Legionnaires' disease among its guests -- one fatal -- were caused by bacteria in the water. www.nbcmiami.com

SoBe magic on the mainland at Mai Tardi
Graziano Sbroggio has a knack for giving Miami diners exactly what they want. From the casual, two-decade-old TiramesU and perennially popular Spris to the fabulously hip Segafredo, the Veneto native has created South Beach hot spots with enduring appeal.
So it's no surprise that his rapid revamp of the brief-lived Brosia space is a hit. Within weeks of opening the Design District stunner, Sbroggio was re-engineering the gorgeous but oddly dysfunctional outdoor dining room. Calling it Mai Tardi (''never late''), he has achieved his goal of creating ''the image of a casual place where time is not of the essence.'' www.miamiherald.com

Mexico City allows gay marriage with landmark law
Mexico City became the first capital in Catholic, often macho Latin America to allow same-sex marriage on Monday when city legislators passed a law giving gay couples full marriage rights. www.reuters.com

Ricky Martin Denounces Homophobia and Hate Crimes
Earlier this month, Ricky Martin released a statement about acceptance and peace that made note of some of the heinous anti-gay hate crimes that have occurred recently. www.towleroad.com

This Little Piggy Went Out of Biz: RIP Au Pied de Cochon
Rumors of Au Pied de Cochon's demise started as soon as the French brasserie put the kibosh on its original 24/7 operating hours. Then they canceled breakfast. And today, the pig is dead. We asked a publicist to confirm the closing by asking, "So, is Au Pied closed?" to which he replied, "Looks that way." Publicist later clarified by saying, "Closed until further notice. That's all we know." www.miami.eater.com

Broward attorney launching gay newspaper
Broward criminal defense attorney Norm Kent, who began Express Gay News in 1999 and sold it four years later to Window Media -- which renamed it South Florida Blade and suddenly shut down last month -- will start a new gay newspaper in January.
The first issue of South Florida Gay News.com will be published about Jan. 25, coinciding with what would have been the 11th anniversary of Express Gay News, he said. www.miamiherald.com

New Gay Bar in SoBe: Azucar opens up its new home on South Beach
Finally, after several weeks of looking for a new location, Azucar Night Club opens its doors once again at its brand new home en South Beach. While we wait for its grand opening, the management at Azucar would like to give its valued customers a preview of the new space on Saturday, December 19th. If you would like to be a part of this exclusive event where Az�car will reestablish its remarkable legacy, contact Tony Rodriguez at (305) 502-2096.
(Formerly Anastasia Art Cafe and Yazin) opens as Azucar 12.18.09
Club Azucar 427 Jefferson Ave Miami Beach www.latinoboysmagazine.com

The old Azucar venue has been re-named - Club Sugar
Club Sugar 2301 SW 32nd Avenue, Miami 305.443.7657 www.clubsugarmiami.com

Adoption Campaign Kick-off Party - Saturday, January 9th
Please join us on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at The Shore Club in South Beach , for a poolside cocktail party featuring Cynthia Nixon, Sex and the City star and LGBT rights advocate. Proceeds will support the ACLU's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights work in Florida and across the country.
$25/person, 8:30-10:30pm. Open Bar and hors d'ouevres. Guest DJ. www.fl.aclu.org

New MIA Airport-Miami Beach bus rolls out
A new bus service between MIA and Miami Beach is succeeding with visitors. Its fare is cheaper than those for taxis and shuttle vehicles. www.miamiherald.com

"Sins of South Beach" Coming to the Big Screen
Cinepro Pictures/Philippe Martinez Productions has acquired the rights to film a feature length production based on the controversial book "Sins of South Beach" by former Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud. www.citydebate.com

AltaMar Gets an "E" for Expansion
After nine years as South Beach's seafood version of Billy Joel's Scenes From An Italian Retaurant, AltaMar is expanding and adding an 'e' for, well, expansion. The new AltaMare will debut in January 2010 in the space next door with executive chef Simon Stojanovic, formerly sous chef at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. That space, formerly the Press Room, has been completely gutted and redesigned by Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque, who has added a private dining room, chef's table, open kitchen, bar and, most significantly, a dining room that's three times its current size. Menu will also be expanded and feature locally caught seafood, organic meats and homemade pastas. www.miami.eater.com

Anti-gay Reggae artist faces drug charges in Miami
Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star whose anti-gay lyrics have drawn international criticism, is in a federal lockup in Miami, facing drug conspiracy charges.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents say Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in custody since Thursday and will soon be transferred to Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney is charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine. www.miamiherald.com

Tourist killed by hotel water
A foreign visitor has died and at least two other people have become sick after staying at a downtown Miami luxury hotel, and health officials are blaming an unusual type of pneumonia called Legionnaire's Disease.
Guests at the Epic Hotel have been relocated to nearby hotels to prevent further contact with the water, according to the Miami-Dade County Health Department. www.miamiherald.com

Lady Gaga playing with her video camera in South Beach
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MGLFF Free Screening: Fashion Divas - Sunday, January 10th 1pm & 4pm
Co-presented with the Wolfsonian Musem and SAVE Dade, The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival presents an afternoon of fashionistas on film. Save Dade will be presenting an information session in between screenings for those interested in registering as Domestic Partners in the City of Miami.
Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki
UK, Louis Price, 2009, 56 min
Irene William: Queen of Lincoln Road
Dir. Eric Smith, US, 2005, 23mins
RSVP Required: Lydia@thewolf.fiu.edu OR 305.535.2644
Wolfsonian Museum 1001 Washington Avenue South Beach www.mglff.com

South Beach's Gansevoort hotel to be auctioned in foreclosure sale
Lenders plan to sell ownership of the Gansevoort South in an auction next month, less than two years after the hotel opened as a popular stop on Miami Beach's party circuit.
Credit Suisse on Wednesday morning announced an auction for the ownership stake used to secure an $89 million mezzanine loan on the 334-room oceanfront hotel. Developers William and Michael Achenbaum secured the financing for the project at the height of South Florida's real estate boom, only to see their plans for the former Roney Palace roiled by the collapse of the condo market. www.miamiherald.com

Playboy flirts with a South Beach partner
Can the Playboy Bunnies keep the Sagamore out of foreclosure?
That's the question hanging over one of South Beach's most fashionable hotels as it pursues a licensing deal to open the only Playboy Club outside of Las Vegas. www.miamiherald.com

Casa Casuarina gets Barton G. touch
Casa Casuarina, the former Gianni Versace mansion on South Beach, will soon have a new operator: Barton G. Weiss, events whiz and restaurateur. Peter Loftin, who owns the 10-suite oceanfront villa at 1116 Ocean Dr., expects to ink a deal with Weiss to manage the villa and open a restaurant and specialty boutique hotel. www.miamiherald.com

D. Rodriguez Cuba opens at the Astor Hotel
James Beard Award-winning "Godfather" of Nuevo Latino cuisine Doug Rodriguez opens his eponymous new spot in the deco classic Astor Hotel tomorrow, with new, luxed-out interiors and funky tapas.
The Astor Hotel 956 Washington Ave, South Beach; 305.673.3763 www.thrillist.com

Balan's New Location on Upper East Side
Pan-world-cuisine-dishing Balans is opening its third Miami location, this time on Biscayne; this one's got a more nocturnal vibe, with velvety Asian lounge décor of dark recycled teak floors, bamboo accents, and tons of cushy pillows, plus an outdoor bar centered around a big Buddha head.
Balan's 6789 Biscayne Blvd, Upper East Side; 305.534.9191 www.thrillist.com

Adam Lambert Pays a Visit to NYC Gay Bar Splash
Adam Lambert made show tunes night at Splash bar in NYC a bit gayer last night. www.towleroad.com

Naomi Campbell Being Stalked Around Miami
It's never a dull moment around supermodel Naomi Campbell, though the excitement usually stems from the notorious diva herself or the mobile phones she's so fond of throwing.
According to her London rep, this time it's Campbell who's seeking protection: she's doing the rounds for Miami's Art Basel in company of a bodyguard because of a stalker who has already confronted her at one event. www.msnbc.com

Sales rebound paints pretty picture at Art Basel
Art Basel galleries left 2008's glum fair behind them, posting healthy sales gains and general relief about Miami Beach's role in the art market. www.miamiherald.com

Stallone Scores TKO at Art Basel
Collectors and gallerists worried about the art market after last year's dreary recession-plagued sales can take heart -- if Sylvester Stallone can whip out some things he painted in his garage and bank $90,000 for Galerie Gmurzynska, well, they just might be able to unload those Arnold Schwarzenneger scupltures purchased after Terminator II.
Kidding about the Governor, though he has gotten pretty creative of late. But we're not joking about Sly -- that really was Mr. Rocky Balboa himself showing off his work at Art Basel Miami Beach this week, and the man scored a technical knockout by selling two paintings that weren't so critically acclaimed. www.msnbc.com

Season 3 Bowling Winners!
1st Place: TEAM TRANNY 10991pts
2nd Place: FAB FOUR 10518pts
3rd Place: LICK YOUR SPLIT 10435pts

'Family Ties' mom: 'I am a lesbian'
For seven years, actress Meredith Baxter has been hiding a secret.
Now Baxter, who played the devoted hippie mom constantly butting heads with her conservative kids on "Family Ties," is making a public admission. www.msnbc.com

Rise in bookings may signal rebound for South Florida hotels
As Art Basel Miami Beach heralds the unofficial launch of the ''high'' tourism season this week, demand has finally begun to rise for trips to South Florida. That could signal a turning point for a hotel market besieged by discounted rates and weak demand, trends that have pushed some of the region's flashiest hotels to the brink of foreclosure. www.miamiherald.com

The New Rooftop Scene in Your Life
So today we're pleased to bring you The Roof at the Webster, your new go-to for alfresco lounging and post-work drinks, open now.
Think of this third-story lounge as a break from the madness of South Beach, with a glittering deco skyline and lots of other ways to help you forget your workday. www.urbandaddy.com

Miami Gay Chorus Holiday Concert - December 19th & 20th
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus will present their annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 19th at 8pm and on Sunday, December 20th at 3pm at Temple Emmanu-El 1701 Washington Avenue Miami Beach. You can purchase tickets for this year's show "Bet Your Brass" at www.miamigaychorus.org

Miami's First Gourmet Food Truck
Initiating the citywide food truck explosion is Latin Burger and Taco, Miami's first gourmet food truck, here to shower you with high-grade, four-wheeled burger and taco sustenance.
Alert your neighbors, friends, coworkers and anyone you care about: beginning next week, Latin Burger and Taco—the brainchild of Food Network chef Ingrid Hoffmann—will be making the lunchtime rounds in Miracle Mile, CocoWalk and Lincoln Road. And later, you might spot it popping up outside Nikki Beach at 1am, or near Mansion at half past 2. www.urbandaddy.com

Limited Edition Experiences piggybacks on Art Basel to turn Design District into style mecca
First came Art Basel. Then Design Miami. Now comes the Limited Edition Experiences, which brings a posh lineup of fashion houses to the Design District.
For the first time, almost a dozen labels and stores have opened pop-ups -- temporary spaces offering limited-edition merchandise -- that will transform the 18-block neighborhood into a fashion destination for the discerning fair crowds. www.miamiherald.com

War Piece by Homo Sapiens by Art for Revolution - Thursday, December 3rd 7PM
Continuing on a theme about cycles of fear and communality as exemplified by the Muslim and Judeo- Christian rift that demands so much attention now, the piece uses a series of postures and movements to tell a story about repressed love as a common human denominator.
With a desire to create new forms of live art that blend aspects of art-world-style performance, club/nightlife and theatrical performance, and potentially including (but not limited to) video, dance, vocals, music, photography, and installation, the group hopes to blend audiences as well. www.homo-sapiens-live-art.org

Farrow Does It Again. In Space.
Edison Farrow is the godfather of South Beach gay nightlife. When he began promoting events under his company name, SoBe Social Club, he pulled the gays out of the Beach’s early-millennium social doldrums and reminded them it was fun to go out at night. His creations — Martini Tuesdays, the Simple Life at Buck 15 — are mainstays of the weekly calendar for any South Beach man who loves men (and the women who are their best friends often join in the fun). www.miaminewtimes.com

Art Basel: Swim Launch Party - December 4th
Please join us on Friday, December 4th 8pm to 10pm at Barneys during Art Basel as Red Carter and Carlos Betancourt collaberate for a special event. Compliments cocktails.
Barneys Co-Op 832 Collins Avenue Miami Beach. SEE FLYER

Michael Góngora, Jorge Exposito win Miami Beach seats
Miami Beach voters on Tuesday elected former Commissioner Michael Góngora to the Group 3 seat by a wide margin. Jorge Exposito the Group 2 seat by a narrower margin. www.miamiherald.com

Cuba travel ban to be discussed in Washington
Proponents of lifting the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba will make their case Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. www.miamiherald.com

Art Basel Miami Beach - December 3rd - 6th
Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. As the sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide for the past 40 years. An exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. www.artbaselmiamibeach.com

Rosie O'Donnell: Partner Kelli "Moved Out Two Years Ago"
Rosie O'Donnell revealed on her Sirius radio show on Friday that her partner of five years, Kelli Carpenter, moved out of their home two years ago. www.justjared.com

Not the way Josh Woodward wanted to end up on TMZ.com
More details have surfaced in the bizarre case involving 8 Oz's Josh Woodward and a dead fetus. TMZ got their hands on the search warrant affadavit which said that the mother of the child (still no name revealed) says that one night in October when she was pregnant, Woodward kept putting his hand in a plastic bag and then touching her sexually. The woman lost the baby a few hours later and remembers seeing a white powdery substance in her underwear. As for that white powder? Not cocaine as many had suspected, but Misoprostol, a drug often used for early abortions and to induce labor. www.miamiherald.com

Galaxy Fridays Grand Opening shut down by police!
Seen at the Grand Opening of Galaxy Fridays were David Bromstad (HGTV’s Color Splash), Craig Stevens (WSVN News Anchor), Belkys Nerey (WSVN News Anchor), David Bernard (CBS4 Meteorolgist), Louis Aguirre (Deco Drive), Dan Renzi (MTV’s Real World & Road Rules), Red Carter (Fashion Designer), Nestor Paz (Romance 106.7fm / Mega News), Jeffrey Kofman, (ABC News), Merle and Danny Weiss, Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora, Rodner Figueroa (El Gordo y La Flaca / Univision), Roger Borges (Univision), Luis Toro (Dulce de Leche), Carlos Mejia (Dulce de Leche), DJ Pride, Frank Amadeo (President, Estefan Enterprises).
Also in attendance were the Fire Marshall and Code Compliance (who ended the event abruptly)!
Sorry for all of the people that waited in line for so long. We reached legal capacity by 11pm. (Every ad, flyer and email gave advance warning "Please arrive before 11pm to avoid waiting in line!")
We will try to work out the kinks in service for next week! www.sobesocialclub.com/fridays.html

Multimedia Platforms LLC to launch Mark's List Magazine
As you can see from in the letter from Sheri Elfman, Editor of 411 Magazine below, change has come very quickly for the former employees of 411 and the Blade, a part of Unite Media.
The rumors you have heard are half true. The staff has been locked out of their office building, however the magazine will continue to publish. This week's magazine was ready for print and will appear on newsstands as 411, a property of Unite Media. Next week the magazine will publish as Mark's List Magazine, a property of Multimedia Platforms LLC. All of your favorite features in 411 will move over to the new publication. www.jumponmarkslist.com

SHOCK: Blade Publisher Window Media Closes (Updated)
Well, it's a "shock" only if you haven't been paying attention to the gay media world of late. Window Media — which publishes the Southern Voice, Washington Blade, South Florida Blade, 411 Magazine, Houston Voice, David Magazine, and the already-dead Genre — abruptly closed up shop over the weekend. www.queerty.com

Three Stories of London in the Grove
The Ivy at the Grove 3159 Commodore Plaza Coconut Grove 305.600.5453

Say hello to The Ivy at the Grove, your new three-story supper club from the people that brought the world such sensual offerings as Naomi Campbell, David Beckham and Weetabix, now taking reservations for its Friday debut. www.urbandaddy.com

Miami's "Golden Blonde" is now "Fabiola Golden" and on Telemundo
Miami drag performer Golden Blonde has moved to NYC and is now Fabiola Golden, a trandgender star on Telemundo's Tri-State Area morning show La Mucama de Las Comadres con Gloria B. www.glaadblog.org

Alex Sink backs adoption by gays, lesbians
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink headlined an Equality Florida reception in Fort Lauderdale that raised about $175,000 for the gay rights group.
Alex Sink, Florida's chief financial officer and the leading Democratic candidate for governor, told the state's largest gay rights group Sunday that homosexuals should be allowed to adopt if it's in the children's ''best interest.'' www.miamiherald.org

South Beach hot spot Casa Casuarina shuts down
The former Versace mansion, once the hottest and most exclusive party spot in South Beach, has gone dark in the fallout from the Scott Rothstein scandal.
Rothstein's restaurant operation, Bova, briefly ran Casa Casuarina in an effort to revive the finances at the troubled hotel, restaurant and event spot. But owner Peter Loftin dismissed the Rothstein team after investigators accused the Broward lawyer of a $1 billion Ponzi scheme. www.miamiherald.com

City on the sea: Largest ship arrives in port
Miami-based Royal Caribbean International plans a private performance by pop singer Rihanna on Thursday, followed by a national television debut on ABC's Good Morning America from 7 to 9am Friday. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Herald's Velvet Underground: Galaxy Fridays Grand Opening!
As we said, only a matter of time before promoters got their hands on the stellar rooftop lounge at Casale, 1800 Bay Rd., but at least it's in good hands every Friday as Edison Farrow channels the old days -- when Euphoria Fridays at Jade Lounge would pack in the boys across the street in the space now known as Beer and Burger Joint -- with Galaxy Fridays featuring tunes by DJ Milk. Doors open at 10 p.m. www.miamiherald.com

Azúcar on the move
Recently, Azucar Night Club was forced to relocate. There has been a lot of speculation and rumor, not to mention confusion, in the community as to why it happened and the club's future plans. To help clarify the situation, Latino Boys Magazine took a moment to sit with Tony Rodriguez, General Manager and ask him a few questions on the matter. www.latinoboysmagazine.com

An Underground Speakeasy at the Betsy
Now, technically this subterranean den of cocktail pleasure is not even open yet. And technically we're not even supposed to know what drinks are on offer (Key Lime Gimlet, B-Bar Daiquiri, Chili Caipirinha).
And theoretically, the only way you'll get a glimpse of the plush interiors outfitted with low-slung burgundy velvet couches, a wall of flat-screens and an elevated DJ booth is if you're invited to one of the private parties going on there during Art Basel, or until the place officially opens in mid-December. www.urbandaddy.com

Opium's Vegas club files for bankruptcy
Opium Group's Prive nightclub at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood casino has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Miami Beach club operator said Prive will remain open during a restructuring under Chapter 11 protection in a Miami bankruptcy court. Prive was shut down for a month this summer over a liquor-license dispute. The corporate entities behind Prive Las Vegas listed $50,000 in assets and between $1 million and $10 million in liabilities. www.miamiherald.com

Michael Aller's Miami Beach Tourism Hotline
Celebrated as the world's only "human" tourism hotline that answers queries 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Miami Beach Tourism Hotline, 305.673.7400, has also attained the distinction of being multi-lingual and free to the thousands of tourists who have passed through the dynamic resort city. Destination information, emergencies caused by accidents, hotel promises that have been broken, are all on the daily agenda of a service that is as rare as it is helpful. www.mrmiamibeach.com

Queen Latifah cancels concert AGAIN at Fillmore Miami Beach
ENTIRE TOUR CANCELLED! Queen Latifah cancelled her show that she was scheduled to perform at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on Novemeber 11th 2007. She was scheduled to perfom November 17th 2009 and cancelled AGAIN! www.livenation.com

Shelly Goldstein sings "Stupid Callous Homophobic Hateful Legislation"
Sung to the tune of Mary Poppins' "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". www.current.com

Brooke Shields, Bruce Weber and a New 'It' Boy in Miami
Yesterday, the model, eyelash lengthening pitchwoman and erstwhile orator was in Miami for a French Vogue shoot with snapper Bruce Weber and 'it' boy, model Elio Soto. According to a rep at Soto's agency, No. 23 Model Management, he and Shields got along famously and, as you can see, something did, indeed, come between her and her Calvins. www.miamiherald.com

$2.35 Miami International Airport-South Beach bus route announced
Starting Dec. 13, a new bus route will connect Miami International Airport and South Beach -- a heavily traveled corridor used both by commuters and international tourists.
Trips from MIA to Miami Beach will cost $2.35 and take about 30 minutes. www.miamiherald.com

Ricky Williams Gives PROOF To Ocean Drive
Opening with a big, invitation-only party on Tuesday, November 17 is PROOF, the "hip new tasty, yet health conscious restaurant and lounge" co-owned by Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams and former NFL-player Rudi Johnson. Although there are no official pix of the place, a publicist tells Eater that "it will have a comfortable rich woods feel and a lot of TVs."
(Formerly Table 8 1458 Ocean Drive) www.miami.eater.com

Martini Tuesday's 450th week @ the Viceroy
Martini Tuesday celebrates it's 450th week.
This Week's Location Viceroy Hotel Club 50 at 485 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131 305.503.4400 www.viceroymiami.com
DJ Daisy D will be spinning.
The Martini of the Week is the Viceroy Hemingway $8. Made with Atlantico Rum, Maraschino Liqueur, grapefruit juice, lime juice, cherry infused simple syrup, a dash of orange bitters and garnished with a grapefruit disk. www.miami.com

Whatever Wednesdays cancelled via Facebook message
"Hi FB friends I am sorry to have to say that this Wednesday night is not happening at Bancroft a new venue will soon be announced. To our surprise today BANCROFT closed & filed for bankruptcy today. I will keep you posted where the night will be moved to. Sorry for the drama, but WHATEVER!"

25th Annual White Party - Saturday, November 28th
The Crown Jewel of HIV/AIDS fundraisers where thousands dressed in white, dance under the Miami moon. Celebrity performances, one of the countries top DJ's, a food court filled with some of Miami's hottest restaurants, local bars, and Casino on ten acres of the most breathtaking renaissance gardens in the country. Shuttle service available from the host hotel. VIP's may access VIP Bar and Casino Bar with wristband. www.whiteparty.org

GLAAD to hold 2nd TGIF at Eden Roc on Nov. 13th
HGTV star of "Color Splash" David Bromstad and the spectacular Eden Roc Resort will once again host another exciting "Thank GLAAD It's Friday" (TGIF) event on Friday, November 13th in Miami Beach to benefit the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)!
David will join friends and GLAAD supporters around Eden Roc's beautiful Ocean Garden Pool, with its illuminated waterfall on one side and lush beach-front garden on the other, where they will enjoy complimentary Absolut cocktails, an array of delicious food from the resort's restaurants and today's hottest hits by DJ D-Rizzo of NYC and DC. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Gay Moroccan writer at Book & Books Coral Gables - Wednesday, November 11th 6:30pm
Moroccan writer Abdella Taïa will present the recent English and Spanish translations of his novel Salvation Army. He will discuss his work with Ralph Heyndels and Gema Perez (University of Miami) during this trilingual event (English, Spanish, French). Taïa is a young Moroccan writer and intellectual figure living in Paris and writing in French. www.booksandbooks.com

New Burger King Whopper Bar South Beach Holding Casting Auditions
What is Whopper Bar? A high-falutin' fast food joint with an upscale interior, 22 topping choices for a Whopper-based menu, the fatter-patty casual dining upgrade burger, Whopperistas handling and building your order, a "visible toppings theater," and a Burger King Studio merchandise kiosk. So far the only Whopper Bar in the U.S. is in Orlando, but guess who's coming to South Beach? That's right, Whopper Bar.
In a move that mirrors that of its South Beach nightlife neighbors the Burger King Whopper Bar South Beach's hiring process is kicked off with casting auditions. www.miaminewtimes.com

Task Force exceeds goal, raises more than $325,000 at Miami Recognition Dinner
Approximately 720 guests attended the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 13th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner last month at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach — the highest attendance since 2005, when the same number of guests gathered in the wake of Hurricane Wilma. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Mod Mexican in Midtown with Mercadito
East Village Mexican import Mercadito is scheduled to open this winter at Midtown Miami with a flashy dining and bar area, a seperate taqueria for takeout and delivery and a 110-person outdoor dining area. For fans of the already open casual fast food gold mine that is Lime, this place is different--sort of. www.miami.eater.com

Gallery | SAVE Dade's big gay Halloween Asylum
About 1,000 revelers turned out Saturday for SAVE Dade's annual Halloween night bash, this year themed "Asylum" and held in Miami's Design District.
Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus helped judge the big costume contest, along with other celebrity judges WSVN-7 anchor Craig Stevens, MTV's Real World/Road Rules reality TV star and personal fitness trainer Rachel Robinson, MTV's Real World reality TV star and dolphin trainer JD Ordoñez, and SoBe Social Club's Edison Farrow.
Here are dozens of pictures from big party, including setup before and volunteers getting made up by makeup artists from Florida Grand Opera. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Miami Clubs: News! Changes! Gossip!
Edison Farrow will launch Galaxy Fridays on Friday, November 13th at Casale, an amazing venue with a dance room and a rooftop lounge.
Omar A. Gonzalez and Tony Ferro will be starting a new Sunday night party on November 8th, Sunday Skool, at La Fole d'Amour (Former Dek23). 655 Washington Avenuve Miami Beach.
Lynn Bove is having a reunion of her women's night, Siren Saturdays, this Saturday, November 7th at Creme Lounge 727 Lincoln Lane with special guest Betty. 655 Washington Avenuve Miami Beach.
DJ Lazaro Leon, Michael M and Michael Stanley will be starting a new Wednesday night party on November 11th, Whatever Wednesdays, at the Bancroft Hotel 1501 Collins Avenuve Miami Beach.
Jason Tamanini, former Halo GM is now the GM of the Manor Comlex which is coming to Wilton Manors.
The Opium Group had purchased Mokai.
Piano Man Wednesdays has ended.
PS 14 in Downtown Miami is closing.
Bar 721 plans to open next week in the old Laundery Bar space.

D Rodriguez restaurant coming to the Astor
Not since Chef Johnny Vinczencz's original stint there in the early 90s has the Hotel Astor been a culinary hot spot. Restaurants have come and gone through the proverbial revolving door like an ungainly contestant on a dating reality show. But not for long. Star Chef Douglas Rodriguez is opening D Rodriguez Restaurant at the Astor featuring the signature progressive Latin menu responsible for the success of his other Miami establishment, Ola at the Sanctuary. www.miami.eater.com

Chaz Bono speaks publicly about his transition tonight on ET
Starting Thursday on ET, Sonny and Cher's little girl becomes a man... We're with Chaz Bono, talking with Mary Hart for the first time about his stunning transition from Chastity to Chaz.
"I always felt male ever since I was a child," he tells ET. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken doll
Cool sophistication in breezy Palm Beach! Sporting a dashing jacquard-patterned jacket with a light pink polo shirt and crisp white pants, Ken doll is ready for Palm Beach social season, sunning by the pool and a stroll with his little companion. www.shakespearessister.blogspot.com

Police arrest accused killer of elderly gay man
Miami-Dade Homicide detectives have arrested the suspected killer of a South Miami gay Interior Designer who was found with multiple stab wounds in his home on October 16.
James Arauz, 20, was arrested on October 21 and is being held without bond in the Metro West Detention Center in Miami on charges of third-degree grand theft and second-degree murder in the slaying of 63-year-old Vincent J. Pravata.
Pravata and his business partner Vincent Tom owned and operated Crimson Gate, a small organization that designs and manufactures home accessories in Vietnam, Thailand and India for sale in the U.S. wholesale market. www.floridablade.com

Obama Signs Historic Federal LGBT Hate Crimes Legislation
After remarks on the Department of Defense authorization bill, President Barack Obama moments ago recognized Judy and Dennis Shepard and the family of the late Senator Ted Kennedy before signing the bill, which contains the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hates Crimes Prevention Bill, into law. www.towleroad.com

Bea Arthur leaves $300k to Ali Forney Center
Late "Golden Girls" star Bea Arthur has left $300,000 of her estate to the Ali Forney Center, an organization that supports homeless LGBT youth, according to a press release from the organization. www.floridablade.com

Bar 721 Washes Up in Old Laundry Bar Space
For those who have been lamenting the lost of Laundry Bar, and its short lived incarnation Black Sheep Bar, count this as the nail in the coffin of any possible return of the beloved spot. We received a press release yesterday stating that Bar 721 (721 Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach) would be opening soon in its former space. www.miaminewtimes.com

Same-sex marriage foes vow court fight
Opponents of same-sex marriage are preparing to turn to the courts if the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics denies their request for a ballot initiative next year on whether marriage should be limited to one man and one woman. www.washingtonpost.com

Cape Crusader: A Seafood Odyssey in Mid Beach
It's a life built on the simple pleasures of the sea, and now those simple pleasures are washing up on our sunny shore: welcome to The Cape Cod Room, your new polished seafood joint in mid Beach, open to friends and family this week and now taking reservations for its Sunday debut.
The Cape Cod Room at the Bath Club
5937 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33140
305.864.1262 www.urbandaddy.com

Susan G. Komen, Pussila, Geraldine and Fernan D. Cute
Pussila, Geraldine and Fernan D. Cute at the Susan G. Komen race for the cure walk in Miami October 17 2009, in conpany of Johanna Mantilla, Rosy Gutierrez and Dan Nickerson and 17,000 people. www.youtube.com

Rosie O'Donnell, partner may be heading toward split
Rosie O'Donnell has confirmed to Lifeline Live that she and partner Kelli Carpenter, 42, are on the rocks. www.usatoday.com

Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola's new production on Ocean Drive?
Last week, Page Six reported that legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola bought an apartment above Cafe Milano on Ocean Drive. Hard to believe such a big name would move onto Ocean Drive. www.miamiherald.com

Your First Look Inside Prelude by Barton G at Asht Center
You're already familiar with Barton G.'s over-the-top food presentations—the lobster pop tarts served in toasters, mile-high towers of cotton candy, the nitrogen cocktails—but for this outpost, located on the second floor of the Ziff Opera House, he's toned down the theatrics a bit and gone for a sexy supper club feel.
Prelude by Barton G at The Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 305.357.7900
www.urbandaddy.com

Fire Consumes Miami Barton G's Warehouse
Firefighters worked to put out a fire Monday night at a Miami warehouse.
The warehouse on the 400 block of Northwest 67th Street stores products for the high-end Barton G restaurant on Miami Beach.
Dozens of firefighters are working to extinguish the flames. At about 9:30 p.m., the fire caused the roof to collapse. www.cbs4.com

Nov. 3 elections to include openly-gay candidates
In the Nov. 3 elections, openly-gay candidates are running for city office in South Florida. One of the most controversial races is the seat for Miami Beach City Commission, Group 3, featuring two openly gay candidates, Michael Gongora and Alex Fernandez. Gongora, a former city commissioner, was thrust into the foreground by a well-funded smear campaign, created in part by his opponent Fernandez, attacking his personal character. However, Gongora has a strong work history on the city level, and has won endorsements from city leaders as well as Equality Florida, Victory Fund and Unity Coalition.  Gongora's strong backing could overshadow Fernandez, who is a young candidate (23 years old) and has relatively little practical experience.
Also running for City Commission in Group 2 is Sherry Roberts, who is also openly gay. Roberts said on her website (sherryroberts.com) her opponent Jorge Exposito has attempted to split the female vote by pitting her against another candidate who is a woman, Maria Chang Mayer. www.floridablade.com

Sleepless Night - Saturday, November 7th 6pm-7am
Once upon a night, a cornucopia of awe-inspiring artistic installations and performances from around the world spontaneously surfaced on Miami Beach. It was not a dream, but a reality. When the sun descends and rises again on that never-ending night, over 130 events would have taken the stage at over 80 locations spread across the city stimulating all of your senses – for free. www.sleeplessnight.org

"A Taste of Out in the Tropics" - Saturday, November 7th 10pm
Gender-bending, great music, lots of laughs and some powerful takes on history and sexual identity are all part of the upcoming A Taste of Out in the Tropics Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) performing arts showcase. It begins at 10:00 pm and continues on past midnight on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road. A Taste of Out in the Tropics is a presentation of Robert Rosenberg/Tropical Wave Productions, in association with FUNDarte and MiamiARTzine.com, with the support of the City of Miami Beach and other funders. A Taste of Out in the Tropics’ featured performer is the women-led pop-rock group BETTY, whose hilarious and always fresh musical performances and theater work has made them popular worldwide. A great line-up of local GLBT artists will open A Taste of Out in the Tropics with brief sets from 10:00 to 11:30 pm. The M.C. for the night will be Adora, Juan Carlos Zaldivar will appear in his Martí and I, a mixed-media piece that blends video and live performance. Drag It Out will present their female-to-male "drag king" show. And finally, the evening will be rounded out with a performance from an ensemble of the always-popular Miami Gay Men's Chorus.
Admission to A Taste of Out in the Tropics is free, with no reservations required, as is the case for all Sleepless Night events. For more information visit www.fundarte.us and www.sleeplessnight.org or contact robert@tropicalwavemiami.com

PHOTO GALLERY: Former WPLG-TV news anchor Charles Perez weds accountant Keith Rinehard
Fired WPLG-TV news anchor Charles Perez has married Miami accountant Keith Rinehard in Westport, Conn. Here are a few of the wedding pictures: www.miamiherald.com/gay

Miami Beach Throws The Switch On For City Wide Free WiFi
October 21st marks the day many have been waiting for when The City of Miami Beach throws the switch on and the entire city will have FREE WiFi. City manager Jorge M Gonzalez and the Commission will be having a ribbon cutting to mark Miami Beach as a 21st century city. www.citydebate.com

Rodman Grabs Lady's Crotch After Going Pretty in Pink at LIV
Dennis Rodman has gone from playing basketball to playing dress up. He might soon be in Miami Beach lock up.
Miami Beach police are investigating a claim by a woman that the former NBA All-Star grabbed her crotch in the middle of a crowded bar at Club LIV on South Beach on Wednesday night. Rodman has denied the claims. www.nbcdfw.com/

Miami Clubs: News! Changes! Gossip!
Omar A. Gonzalez is no longer with Halo. More info on Art of Life coming soon.
Gerry Kelly has left Karu & Y and will be opening a new venue MI-VI in November at Gulfstream Park & Casino.
GM Jason Tamanini is no longer working at Halo.
Geraldine no longer performs at Palace.
Cameo was bought by the Opium Group.
Opium Garden was bought and will become Klutch.
Paolo Pincenete is no longer at Exit 66 and will work at Klutch.
Click Sundays has ended.
Dan Sehres owner of New Concept Video is getting ready to open the bar formerly known as Laundry Bar/Black Sheep.
We also hear that a new gay stripper bar is planning to open in South Beach.

In Development at the New Theater in Coral Gables
In this new dark comedy, sex, death and dramaturgy take the stage when renowned, aging playwright Gideon Flynn mentors a fresh crop of young hopefuls at a summer conference. The previous year, his feedback had dire consequences for a troubled student, and now lightning seems poised to strike twice.
The show runs until Nov 9th Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm ($40) and Sundays at 1 pm ($35).
Warning: Adult Content and full frontal nudity.
For tickets and additional information, go to www.new-theatre.org

VOTE NOW! Early voting in Miami Beach has begun
You can now early vote at Miami Beach City Hall and North Beach Public Library. The schedule for early voting is Wednesday from noon to 7pm. Thursday and Friday from 9am to 4pm. Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. No voting on Monday. Election day, Tuesday, November 3rd from 7am - 7pm (in your assigned district) For full information, go to www.miamidade.gov

Volunteers Needed for SAVE Dade's Halloween ASYLUM Event
SAVE Dade's 15th annual Halloween event is quickly approaching and SAVE still needs volunteers to sign up to help ensure the success of this year's event. This year is shaping up to be its biggest, best and C-R-A-Z-I-E-S-T ever – and it just so happens to be that rare occurrence where it actually falls on Halloween. SAVE needs people in a variety of roles from mild to wild, from set-up to clean up, from greeters with a beautiful smile to zombies that drool bile. If you're interested in being a part of this crazy event and helping SAVE Dade raise the much needed to funds to continue its work toward achieving LGBT equality, please e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator, Peter Fenty at peter@savedade.org.

Lady Gaga set to perform in Miami on NYE
International pop superstar Lady Gaga today announced plans for her next North American tour, entitled "The Monster Ball." The tour will begin on November 27 in Montreal, and will wind up on January 21, 2010 in Gaga's hometown, New York City. Kid Cudi will be the supporting act for the entire tour. www.ladygaga.com

SAVE Dade Annual Halloween Ball - Saturday, October 31st
SAVE Dade's most important fundraiser is re-imagined as Asylum for its 15th anniversary. The high-octane event boasts a magnificent new location in the heart of Miami's Design District at the 4141 Building. With 12,000 square feet and two levels of industrial designed space, 40-ft ceilings and glass elevator towers that bolt towards large skylights creating a stark and dramatic visual image, the 4141 Building promises to be the premiere Halloween space for partygoers this year.
Part zombie infested insane asylum part dance club, Asylum promises to be like no other Halloween event in Miami. DJ Charlmix and DJ Ivan D. VIP guests will experience premiere treatment with access to an invitation only pre-event, complimentary valet parking, a VIP exclusive 2nd story dance floor, open bar, private "chill" lounge with catered gourmet food and DJ Sayho spinning. www.savedade.org

NGLTF's Miami Recognition Dinner October 17th
The U.S. military's "Don’t Ask, Don't Tell" policy will be in the forefront at the upcoming 13th annual Miami Recognition Dinner of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Fontainebleau Hotel. www.floridablade.com

Belinda Carlise Speaks Out About Marriage Equality for Her Gay Son
Belinda Carlisle posted a video over the weekend to her gay son James Duke Mason's YouTube account, asking people to donate to the Protect Maine Equality campaign. www.towleroad.com

'Babylon' backlash at Gerald Posner's book signing
There wasn't an empty Eames chair to be found Tuesday night at Design Within Reach, where author Gerald Posner spoke before a packed house at his Books & Books signing peppered with lots of familiar faces. www.miamiherald.com

Nestor Paz on Romance 106.7 Nestor Paz to host his own show on Romance 106.7FM
Nestor Paz has been working as an television entertainment reporter for Mega News for the past several months. You can see his segments from Mega News on www.youtube.com.
In addition to reporting for the news, starting Tuesday October 13th, you can listen to Nestor Paz Monday through Friday 3pm to 8pm on his new show "LA HORA DEL RUSH" on Romance 106.7FM.
If you do not live in South Florida, you can listen on the station's live stream at www.romancefm.com

Naomi Campbell shows off her timeless figure in Miami Beach
She's eight months away from her 40th birthday, but Naomi Campbell's figure appears to be just as slim and taut as when she first started modelling.
After weeks of jetsetting from the U.S. to Europe for various fashion weeks, the supermodel was reunited with her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin in Florida.
The age-defying 39-year-old couldn't wait to get into her orange bikini and soaked up the sun as she lazed around on Miami Beach. www.dailymail.co.uk

Watch: Gay Marriage Proposal at Mariah Carey's Vegas Concert
Said Maurie Sherman (the one proposing) to the L.A. Times: "I worked as hard as I can to make it happen. Everyone loved the idea. But no one made promises. I did not find out until five minutes before the concert started. Her security came over and talked to me. 'I think we are going to do this. And, I think it will be during the show on stage.' I did not know before that moment. But I came prepared. I dressed nicely and brought the candy ring in my pocket and made sure it didn't break. Mathew had no idea. Please let me add thanks to Mariah for doing it." www.towleroad.com

David da Silva Cornell of Miami Beach elected secretary of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
David da Silva Cornell of Miami Beach, Fla., was elected secretary. He is an attorney who practices corporate, international and nonprofit law. Over the past decade he has been involved with a number of LGBT and faith-related organizations and causes, including current service on the board of Gay American Heroes Foundation and previous service on the boards of Equality Florida Action PAC and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. He received his B.A. and two Master of Arts degrees from Yale University and holds a joint J.D./M.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and School of Foreign Service. www.miamiherald.com/gay

What a Drag: Shelley Novak's South Beach Street Brawl Ends with Police
South Beach's legendary queen of drag, Shelley Novak, is normally full of sassy one-liners and puns about penis size. But she has a straight face when explaining, "It was like Friday the 13th. He came running up my stairs, chasing after me with wild, crazy eyes."
She's reliving the moment before she called police to report an alleged assault last week. Her contention: A gay man named Zachary Cerre hit her face and smashed his fist though the window of her apartment on West Avenue. www.miaminewtimes.com

"Thank GLAAD It's Friday" at Eden Roc - Friday, October 23rd 9-11pm
Join David Bromstadt, GLAAD and fabulous fashionistas for complimentary cocktails from series sponsor Absolut Vodka at the spectacular Eden Roc Resort. Guests will also receive a ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP to GLAAD, and get information on how GLAAD is working to amplify the voice of the LGBT community and raise awareness of LGBT issues at this historic time in our movement. TGIF-South Florida with Honorary Chair and Special Celebrity Guest David Bromstad. For more information, go to www.glaad.org

Disability Awareness Day - Friday, October 23rd
The City of Miami Beach will be commemorating Disability Awareness Day on Friday, October 23, 2009. Several events will be held throughout the day to promote Americans with Disabilities Act in Miami Beach. Activities focus on the physical, social and spiritual well-being as well as the health of the disabled community.
See the Miami Gay Men's Chorus at Crescendos Piano Bar at 7pm. For full information, go to www.disabilityawarenessday.org

Pam Ann Miami Layover at Colony Theater - Oct 23rd & 24th
Pam Ann, A-list Air hostess to the stars, touches down for her first Miami layover. Glamorous, glitzy and wildly hilarious Pucci clad Pam has played soldout shows on a major UK tour, at the Edinburgh Festival, in London and New York. She once toured with Cher and crewed for Elton John, and even Madonna is a huge fan, describing PAM as "cruelly funny". www.ticketmaster.com

Lady Gaga Speaks At Gay Rights Rally In Washington, DC
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Judy Shepard Speaks At Gay Rights Rally In Washington, DC
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Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black Speaks At Gay Rights Rally In Washington, DC
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Actress Cynthia Nixon Speaks At Gay Rights Rally In Washington, DC
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Obama Addresses Gay Rights Group [Human Rights Campaign]
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Obama Commits to Work for LGBT Equality, Offers No New Promises
Appearing before a packed and welcoming room at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner in Washington, President Obama delivered a speech strong on rhetoric that did not make any new promises or commitments. In his strongest language to date he promised the crowd, as he has in the past, that he would end the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, but did not offer any timeline for doing so. www.towleroad.com

Bill Maher - New Rule: Everyone Deserves Equal Rights
New Rule: Everyone deserves equal rights. That's why they're called "equal" and "rights." Tomorrow night President Obama will speak before a gay rights group, and on Sunday there will be a massive gay rally in Washington, or as I call it, the Million Mo March. Which makes this weekend the perfect time for Obama to announce he's repealing "don't ask, don't tell" and committing to a full-throated endorsement of gay marriage. One, because it's the right thing to do and two, because it will throw the conservative base into such a frenzied, pants-shitting panic that they'll drop all that BS about death panels and socialism and let us all get some actual work done. www.huffingtonpost.com

Survey: Gay market still strong
Gay and lesbian consumers are showing more optimism -- and spending more freely -- than heterosexuals in a down economy, according to a national survey. www.miamiherald.com

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach - October 14th-17th
As with every year, FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach will fuse music, art and fashion like no other city in the world could do. Richie Rich, Pamela Anderson, Nicole Miller, Abi Ferrin, Custo Barcelona and so many others will all be present to show their new lines and support the shows. www.funkshion.com

Task Force's Miami Recognition Dinner - Saturday, October 17th
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force invites you to join them for their Annual Recognition Dinner. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 17th at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. For more information, go to www.miamirecognitiondinner.org

Meet Gerald Posner 'Miami Babylon' at Books & Books on Tuesday
Gerald Posner, author of the groundbreaking investigations Case Closed and Why America Slept, has uncovered the political-financial-criminal history of the Beach and reveals it in Miami Babylon: Crime, Wealth and Power – A Dispatch from the Beach (Simon & Schuster, $27). From its beginnings in the 1890s, the Beach has been a place made by visionaries and hustlers. During Prohibition, Al Capone had to muscle into its bootlegging and gambling businesses. After December 1941, when the Beach was the training ground for half a million army recruits, even the war couldn't stop the party. After a short postwar boom, the city's luck gave out. The big hotels went bankrupt, the crime rate rose, and the tourists moved on to Disney World and the Caribbean.
Time: Tuesday, October 13th 7 pm
Location: Books & Books 927 Lincoln Road Miami Beach
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Miami expose poops parties
NO one is willing to help launch "Miami Babylon" by Gerald Posner because the Simon & Schuster book uncovers the dirty secrets of some of the sun-splashed city's biggest movers and shakers.
Condo king Jorge Perez was set to host a party for the author at his huge, and largely unsold, Icon development in downtown Miami -- until he actually read the book.
"I got an e-mail from his assistant saying he got an advance copy and didn't like the way he was depicted," Posner told Page Six. "There will be no cocktail party." www.nypost.com

Beach braces for two fashion weeks at same time
We still find it somewhat ironic that a city in which the concept of less is more is taken literally when it comes to dress codes, has countless ''fashion weeks.'' Now that Ocean Drive's is so last week, get ready for Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach, a mouthful of a name for a series of runway shows showcasing the spring and summer 2010 collections of designers, including Richie Rich, Nicole Miller, Abi Ferri, Custo Barcelona. Celebrating its 13th season from Oct. 14-17, Funkshion will have runways at the Setai and the Bass Museum of Art, which will also double as a ''gifting and accessories showcase,'' which is a fancy way of saying, ''Freeloader Headquarters.'' The big highlight of this year's Funkshion is the 8 p.m. Wednesday opening at the Setai, featuring Rich's A*muse line presented by Pamela Anderson. www.miamiherald.com

The Office 777NE 79th Street Miami; 786.362.6762
A somewhat hidden, utterly inconspicuous office alcove that once housed the owner's law firm and a medical practice, The Office has been slickly converted into a dimly lit mini club with two full bars and a stage for live music, while outside a statue of Lady Justice still stands, armed with a sword in one hand and in the other, a balance, to remind you of what you've lost as you leave. www.thrillist.com

Miami folk may not be the smartest but they sure are pretty
Finally! Miami ranks high in a poll and it has nothing to do with joblessness, foreclosures, bad drivers, or general doomsday. According to Travel + Leisure's 2009 America's Favorite Cities survey, America’s most attractive people are in Miami. www.miamiherald.com

Mai Tardi
163 NE 39th St; Design District, Miami; 305.572.1400

The team that dominates chill dining on Lincoln Rd with Spris, TiramisU, and Segafredo, is just now hitting the Design District with Maitardi ("never late" in Italian), which took over the old Brosia property, installed a substantial wood-burning brick pizza oven, and kept the expansive, mosaic-tiled plaza, which is canopied by a grove of massive live oaks, which're waaay better than the studio version. www.thrillist.com

Casting gay men and their sugar daddies for reality show "Kept"
From the same production company that brought you "The Real Housewives Of Atlanta" on Bravo, Classic Entertainment Group (Casting) and LOGO, We are pleased to announce casting for "Kept" – a look at the A List gay social life in NYC.
This series will begin casting immediately – with a series premier next year on LOGO.
Casting For:
"A List" gay men in the age range of 20 – mid 30's who have steady relationships or dating extremely established, successful men, or have that as a goal. Very interested in couples where one guy is the "breadwinner", the other living large on his dime. www.gawker.com

'Outrage' on HBO
Documentary on closeted Republicans (including allegations on Florida Gov. Charlie Crist!)

Kirby Dick’s new documentary, Outrage, debuts Oct. 5 on HBO at 9 p.m. The film exposes the secret lives of some of America’s most powerful politicians, including Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who continually oppose gay rights such as same-sex marriage and adoption by gay parents. Also investigated are former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy and retired Senator Larry Craig. Outrage also explores mainstream media’s complicity in keeping certain information from the public. Expect to be outraged. www.floridablade.com

SoFla producer-writer-director Fred M. Caruso brings home 'The Big Gay Musical'
With a cast of incredible Broadway talent, The Big Gay Musical will open at the Sunrise Cinemas Gateway Theatre on October 23, 2009. Drama Desk Nominee, Fred M Caruso, who was born and raised in South Florida, produced, wrote, and co-directed the film. It was also co-directed by Casper Andreas, and features the Choreography of Shea Sullivan, the Songs of (Drama Desk Nominee) Rick Crom, the Costumes of (Tony Nominee) Bobby Pearce, the Cinematography of Jon Fordham, the Production Design of Jason Courson, and the Musical Direction of Jack Aaronson. The Big Gay Musical is a hilarious story that mixes backstage drama, conservative religious families, coming out, coming to terms, and tap dancing angels! www.miamiherald.com/gay

Bubba's gumption: Bill Clinton can't get enough of Il Mulino
Following his appearance at the Americas Conference in Coral Gables, former prez and UN special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton stopped by Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Tuesday night where he smoked a stogie (insert inappropriate joke here) while waiting to be fed al fresco from Il Mulino, the same restaurant where he broke bread in NYC recently with Prez Obama. www.miamiherald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

Gay Former Marine Speaks Out About Vandalized Memphis Billboard
Tim Smith, the Marine discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" who appeared on a sign for National Coming Out Day which was ripped to shreds in Memphis over the weekend, talks about the vandalism, and the pride he had serving his country. www.towleroad.com

SoBe's Raleigh Hotel finds buyer
The Raleigh Hotel in Miami's South Beach has a new owner.
Brilla Group, a Miami-based real estate private equity firm, and AJ Capital Partners, a Chicago-based real estate investment company, purchased the 105-room hotel in an all-cash transaction, according to a news release.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"The plan is to enhance current operations and explore long-term repositioning" of the Art Deco hotel at 1775 Collins Ave. It will remain operational during that time
The hotel was built in 1940 and remodeled in 2004. www.southflorida.bizjournals.com

Court dismisses suit by lesbian who couldn't see dying partner at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital
A federal court in Miami has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Washington state lesbian who was not allowed to visit her dying partner at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
"The hospital took the position that we thought was pretty extreme -- that it has no duty, no legal obligation, to allow visitors [of any sort] in the hospital. The court agreed," said Beth Littrell, a staff attorney for Lambda Legal, a national gay-rights group representing Janice Langbehn, whose partner of 17 years died at Jackson in 2007. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Through tears, she blesses her dads' marriage
Chelsea Montgomery-Duban wanted to invite people to see inside her family, so she posted a video on YouTube. There the 16-year-old shares, through laughter and tears, the speech she gave at the wedding altar of the men she refers to as "Dad" and "Daddy." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Coming Out in Middle School
Austin didn't know what to wear to his first gay dance last spring. It was bad enough that the gangly 13-year-old from Sand Springs, Okla., had to go without his boyfriend at the time, a 14-year-old star athlete at another middle school, but there were also laundry issues. "I don’t have any clean clothes!" he complained to me by text message, his favored method of communication. www.nytimes.com

J-Lo and Marc Anthony minority owners in Icon Brickell?
Stop us if you've heard this story before: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are allegedly buying a three bedroom, two and a half bath, 2050 square foot condo at Icon Brickell. Sound familiar? That's right, years ago, before the big real estate bust, the duo allegedly bought the penthouse at Icon South Beach. That never happened. Clearly they have a thing for Philippe Starck, but rumor has it that beleaguered developer Jorge Perez has more of a thing for having celebrity residents to boost sales of the troubled building and there may be some incentive stuff going on in this supposed deal. In fact, the Anthonys were seen schmoozing with Perez at the Viceroy at Icon several months ago. Whatever the case, Anthony is pretty excited about the whole thing, telling People that the apartment is going to be "the sexiest place in town." In addition to the Lopez-Anthony "buy," we are told that the two bedroom, two bath 1450 square foot unit next door to them will be sold to the Dolphins of which the couple is now a minority owner. www.miamiherald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

Moon river: Beaches, streets awash in rising tides
In Miami Beach, the flooding literally fills streets as salty water flows up from storm drains along Alton Road. It's not global warming. It's not from a tropical deluge. And it only lasts a few hours, waning with the tide. www.miamiherald.com

Charlize Theron: "I Won't Marry Until Gay People Can Marry"
Actress Charlize Theron told the ladies of The View yesterday that (like Brad Pitt and Mehcad Brooks), she won't get married until gay people can get married. www.towleroad.com

National Equality March, Washington, DC - October 10th-11th
Join us in DC this October as we march with one simple demand: full equality for all LGBT people in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. Now. They support community organizing in all 435 Congressional Districts toward the goal of full federal equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. For more information, go to www.equalityacrossamerica.org

John & Juan's Engagement Tea Dance - Sunday, October 11th 5-8pm
John & Juan are getting married! Well, not actually since Florida isn't there yet! But, the Miami Gay Men's Chorus is planning a June 2010 wedding for these fabulous boys who met at a chorus rehearsal.
Sunday, October 11th 5pm to 8pm, Miami Beach Botanical Garden 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, DJ Jody McDonald. $20 in advance, $25 at the door (includes one drink). For more information, go to www.jonandjuan.com/

MDGLCC 2nd Annual Explore/EXPO - Saturday, October 3rd
The 2nd Annual Explore/EXPO, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's business expo, will take place in the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL., on Saturday, October 3rd, from 12 Noon to 8pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to have face-to-face contact with over three hundred businesses that will be represented at this all-day business expo. Explore/EXPO is FREE and open to the public. For more information, go to www.gogaymiami.com

The 1st Annual MDGLCC/Taste of Miami - Saturday, October 3rd
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's first "Taste" sampling will take place in the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL., on Saturday, October 3rd from 5pm to 8pm. Twenty MDGLCC member restaurants will be represented; among them are Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Perricone's Café & Marketplace, and Soyka's Restaurant Café & Bar, with a Bacardi Lounge Bar, a Barefoot Wine Station and a Design Within Reach Resting Area. This is a VIP Event with an entrance fee of $45.00 ($60.00 at the door) to benefit the MDGLCC Foundation Scholarship Program supporting area youth. For more information, go to www.gogaymiami.com

"Under One Moon" Pool Party - Thursday, October 1st 7:30 pm
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Shore Club Miami invite you to gather "Under One Moon" on Thursday, October 1, from 7:30 pm – Midnight as they dance (and swim) under the stars in and around the Shore Club's spectacular pool. The Shore Club is located at 1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Entrance will be located on 20th Street.
For more information, go to http://www.thetaskforce.org/underonemoon

Atrio at the Conrad Hotel
1395 Brickell Avenue 25th Floor, Miami; 305.503.6529

On the 25th floor of the Conrad Hotel and boasting views of the sunset over Brickell, Atrio once plated fusion fare, but next week is re-launching with a new concept and menu focusing on locally-sourced, sustainable grub chef'd up by a UK dude who's worked at a handful of Michelin-starred spots, and cooked at events for the Queen of England, G.W. Bush, Obama, and musical luminaries like Kid Rock and Kanye West, who said he'd let him finish, but Beyonce had one of the best rump roasts of all time. www.thrillist.com

'L Word' star's Emmy prep with Miami Designer Craig Signer
Laurel Holloman -- who made sapphic hearts flutter on Showtime's "The L Word" playing one of Jennifer Beals' lady-loving friends -- forsook the usual suspects for her Emmy gown. Holloman instead reached out cross-country to Miami fashion designer Craig Signer, who made her a floor-length number with a form-fitting bodice. Sorry, sisters -- Laurel will be attending on Sunday in LA with her husband, a man. www.nypost.com

Charles Perez pulls anchor, will move to Connecticut – and marry
Fired WPLG-ABC 10 news anchor Charles Perez and his boyfriend, Miami accountant Keith Rinehard, are leaving Florida for Connecticut -- where they'll marry on Sept. 27.
The Sunshine State is too chilly for a gay couple in love, Perez says.
"We just want to be normal people and not work in places where they say `Don't have kids, don't get married,' '' says Perez, 46. "On Friday, the 25th, we're going to Westport, Conn. Saturday we're going house shopping. And Sunday we're getting married on the beach -- in linen and flip-flops." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Martini Tuesday
Martini Tuesday is a weekly traveling cocktail party that meets at different venues on South Beach every Tuesday at 9 p.m. In its 8th year, Martini Tuesdays touts itself as a night for networking and meeting new friends and there is never a cover charge.
The Tuesday night party is the brainchild of Edison Farrow.
"I started Martini Tuesdays in January of 2001 as a get together for a small group of my friends. The first week, I called 10 friends and asked them to meet me once a week for a martini club. It was meant to be just for 10 friends, sitting around a table talking," Farrow said. "Fourteen people showed up the first week and did just that. We sat around a table at the Winterhaven Hotel on the outside terrace and talked. By the second week, 35 people attended. The fifth week, 75 people." www.miami.com

Ben & Jerry's announces Hubby/Hubby ice cream
In partnership with Freedom to Marry Ben & Jerry's is gathered here to celebrate Vermont and all the other great states where loving couples of all kinds are free to marry legally. They have ceremoniously dubbed their iconic flavor, Chubby Hubby to Hubby Hubby in support, and to raise awareness of the importance of marriage equality.
If you live in Vermont, or visiting, you're invited to celebrate the pride-filled occasion with an all naturally fabulous union of Peanut Butter Cookie Dough ice cream, fudge and pretzels. Enjoy our Hubby Hubby Sundae for the month of September in participating Vermont Scoop Shops.
To learn more about the issue in your state and take action, visit www.freedomtomarry.org

Rosie O'Donnell and Cyndi Lauper's girls night out at Red
Spotted at Red, The Steakhouse Saturday night: Rosie O'Donnell, her kids, and Cyndi Lauper. The women recently toured together in the stage show Girls Night Out, which featured a musical performance by Lauper and stand-up comedy by O'Donnell.
Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest continued their tour of Miami nightlife with a visit to SET on Thursday night. They shared a bottle of Belvedere and rocked out to the Ting Tings, Foreigner and Jay-Z at the weekly Rotten Apple party. SET owner Eric Milon joined them, along with a bevy of local beauties and aspiring singers looking for an impromptu American Idol audition.
Sources tell us there was nearly a porn star convention at Score on Saturday as adult movie stars Matthew Rush, CJ Madison and Eddie Diaz were seen at the Lincoln Road gay bar having a fine time.
Doing dinner at Joe Allen on Saturday night: Calvin Klein, his longtime publicist Paul Wilmot, photographer Pablo Alfaro and Tara Ink's Nick D'Annunzio. www.miamiherald.com

Edison Farrow's new Piano Man Wednesdays party at the new Crescendos Piano Bar
Soon to be fabulous is Edison Farrow's new Piano Man Wednesdays party at the new Crescendos Piano Bar at 113 Lincoln Rd., where from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. there's no cover and live piano and singing by musicians flown in from all over the country. We were there last weekend and had a melodious time with pianist/singer Barry from Boston -- yes, that's his name -- whose menu of songs available for request was almost as extensive as the Cheesecake Factory menu. Sure, the whole thing is a little corny and campy, but consider it cruise ship chic. Plus, it's about time we got a piano bar, as much as we adore Magnum on the mainland. Located in the Di Lido Building at the Ritz Carlton South Beach, Crescendos features a piano built into a bar. Best of all, there are tambourines for those of us who love to channel Stevie Nicks during one of the jam sessions. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Spice - August and September
Miami Spice 2009 is a mouth-watering summer restaurant promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine. During August and September, Miami’s top restaurants offer three-course meals (Lunch $22, Dinner $35) featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs. Discover the tropical fusion of ingredients that makes Miami dining so wonderfully out of the ordinary. An epicure’s paradise awaits you in Greater Miami and the Beaches!
For more on these restaurants and fine dining in Miami, go to www.ilovemiamispice.com

An Englishman in New York An Englishman in New York at Colony Theater - Tuesday, September 29th 7:30pm
Outspoken, outlandish and utterly unwilling to conform, legendary Quentin Crisp's tale is the tale of homosexuality in the 20th century. An Englishman in New York (starring Hurt in a reprisal of the role) chronicles the latter third of the icon's life. Where The Naked Civil Servant was about Quentin's going against the heterosexual grain in the UK, Englishman is the converse, a moving tale about a man who still refuses to follow the rules, even within the budding gay culture of the 1970s and '80s in New York.
After Party at Martini Tuesdays
One complimentary drink with your ticket. www.mglff.com

3rd Annual Eye Believe Benefit - Friday, Septemeber 25th
This will be an amazing night at the incredible new W Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, with music by International/DJ Producer Alyson Calagna. Come see the latest eyewear from Dior, Gucci, ic! berlin, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Carrera, Roberto Cavalli and Tom Ford. Purchase a new pair of glasses/sunglasses and a portion of the proceeds go to the Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center Comprehensive Family AIDS Program. There will also be a silent auction, door prizes, and a HOT fashion show with Aussie Bum swimwear. www.eyebelievetoo.com

The 2nd Annual Noche Nadadores - Saturday, September 26th 7-11pm
Come join Miami's GLBTQ swim team for their annual fundraiser. $25 for a night of wine, music, fashion, and charity. KMP Furniture Gallery 6444 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305.438.1797 www.nadadores.org

8th Annual Miami International Wine Fair - September 26th & 27th
The 8th Annual Miami International Wine Fair, to be held September 26–27, 2009 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is one of the largest wine tradeshows in America, featuring over 85,000 sqft of exhibit space with nearly 500 producers showcasing more than 1,500 wines from 20 countries. Hundreds of renowned importers, distributors and retailers participate every year in the Fair's innovative Buyers Program that guarantees exhibitors meetings with relevant potential buyers from all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
For tickets or more information, go to www.miamiwinefair.com

MDGLCC Business Builders Luncheon - Thursday, September 24th
The MDGLCC Business Builders Luncheon will be held on September 24th at Perricone's Restaurant, 15 SE 10th St. Miami, registration 11:30am with luncheon/networking from noon to 1:00 P.M. Chamber Member Michael Wallman of Wallman Financial is our Moderator. Cost is $30 per person including seated style lunch. Limited to 30 persons. RSVP to 305-573-4000 or via email to mdglcc@bellsouth.net www.gogaymiami.com

Pridelines Ice Gala - Saturday, September 19th
On Saturday, September 19th, Pridelesen presents their Ice Gala at the ultra-hip So Cool eVenue, which features the only Ice Lounge in South Florida! With respect to the economy, ticket prices have been slashed in half for this year’s gala, with individual tickets starting at $75 per person and VIP tickets at $100 (which includes full access to the ice lounge). This is sure to be a fun night filled with cocktails, gaming casino, a silent auction, live entertainment, dancing, drag performances and, of course, inspiration. www.pridelines.org

Florida Grand Opera Florida Grand Opera pre-sale discount tickets
Florida Grand Opera is offering SoBe Social Club members the opportunity to purchase tickets to its upcoming 2009-2010 Season 69 before they go on sale to the general public on September 8th.
Florida Grand Opera opens Season 69 with the double bill of Pagliacci & Suor Angelica and continues with Lucia di Lammermoor, The Barber of Seville, and Carmen. All operas are performed at both The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami and The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. For discount tickets, use the code EDISON and go to www.fgo.org

MDGLCC Monthly Networker - Thursday, September 17th
MDGLCC Monthly Networker – Bahiatursa/Pernambuco/Prime Travel/Latin American Travel will be held on Thursday, September 17th, in The Bar on the 25th Floor at the Conrad Hotel, 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This FREE event will showcase the State of Bahia Brazil and LGBT Travel to the destination. Sponsored by Prime Travel/Latin American Travel, Bahiatursa, the State of Pernambuco and American Airlines. We will be showcasing travel packages for the LBGT Traveler to Brazil. The event is entirely Brazilian themed and will include complementary food and drinks from Brazil. Limited to first 100 reservations. RSVP to 305-573-4000 or email mdglcc@bellsouth.net www.gogaymiami.com

Judy Shepard book signing "The Meaning of Matthew" - Wednesday, September 14th 7pm
Today, the name Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but before his grisly murder in 1998, Matthew was simply Judy Shepard's son. For the first time in book form, Judy Shepard speaks about her loss, sharing memories of Matthew, their life as a typical American family, and the pivotal event in the small college town that changed everything.

Pet Shop Boys return to Miami - Wednesday, September 9th
For two studio geeks who originally never intended to tour, the Pet Shop Boys have evolved into a band that takes pains to make hitting the road a true art form. Concerts by the veteran British dance-pop duo -- front man Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe -- transcend mere musical performance, copping an over-the-top, theatrical vibe with flamboyant sets, costumes and skits, similar to elaborately themed shows by the likes of Madonna and Gwen Stefani. www.miamiherald.com

Even A-list celebrities like a good deal: Matt Damon does Miami Spice
We love that even though Matt Damon has more money than he can probably count, he still took advantage of the good deal (unless you order a bounty of booze and assorted edible 'upgrades', in which case it's far from a deal--but that's a whole 'nother story) that is the $35 Miami Spice menu last night at EPIC Hotel's Area 31 restaurant. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Home Design & Remodeling Show - September 4th-8th
From Friday, September 4th thru Tuesday, September 8th, The Home Design & Remodeling Shows feature fine home furniture, accessories, remodeling, interior design, kitchens and baths, appliances, home theaters, home improvements, pools and spas, patios, landscaping, and an array of products and services for the interior and exterior of the home all under one roof at the Miami Beach Convention Center 1901 Convention Center Drive. www.homeshows.net

I Bischeri - A Tuscan Feast in South Beach
You'll find all three at I Bischeri, a tucked-away lair of Tuscan feasts, now open below street level at the Hotel Nash.
Taking over the former Mark's South Beach space, this is one of those "great little Italian place" Italian places. The waitresses speak in a sexy mélange of Ital-glish, and the chef helmed a Michelin-starred restaurant in Arezzo, Italy, so you know this isn't just an underground Olive Garden (no offense, bottomless pasta bowl). www.urbandaddy.com

Dennis Doheny, owner of iconic South Beach gay dance club Paragon,
dies of ALS at age 47

Dennis Doheny, whose dance club Paragon became a center of gay nightlife in South Florida in the early '90s, died early Thursday in Connecticut of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was 47. www.miamiherald.com/gay

A New Grilled Cheese Bar Open Till 5am (formerly Hed Kandi)
Make room for Cheeseme, a new late-night grilled-cheese bar in South Beach, soft opening this weekend. www.urbandaddy.com

Crescendos Piano Bar now open
In the annals of drinking, there are many rituals. Some good. Some excellent.
But there is only one drinking tradition that bids farewell to the night in style, that hints at bedtime (and bedtime frolicking) and is best enjoyed in dim surroundings, preferably to the backdrop of a languorous piano melody.
We're talking of course about the lost art of the nightcap, and we're pleased to announce it's making a triumphant return in South Beach with Crescendos Piano Bar, open now. www.urbandaddy.com

Simple Life Thursdays on Miami.com
Wanna hang from the rafters (literally, patrons have been known to do so) while getting down to an eclectic mix of 80s and 90s pop, rap and house music spun by a hipster drag queen? Then check out Simple Life Thursdays at Buck15.
Located atop Miss Yip, a chinese restaurant off Lincoln Road on South Beach, Buck15 was recently named in Out Magazine's "The 60 Greatest Gay Bars in the World".
Simple Life Thursdays is the creation of Edison Farrow, one of the longest lasting promoters on South Beach (Sobe Social, Martini Tuesday, the old Friday nights at Jade Lounge). www.miami.com

Lincoln Road Art Walk - Saturday, September 5th 7-10pm
The Lincoln Road Art Walk takes place from 7pm to 10pm on the first Saturday of every month. 40+ local artists, museums and galleries in South Beach open their doors to share their work with the rest of the world every month during this event. The core of the action takes place inside the three Art Center South Florida buildings that host the studios of some of the most important contemporary artists living in Miami.
ArtCenter / South Florida 800, 810 & 924 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305.674.8278 www.artcentersf.org

Taste Bakery's $10 SUMMER Lunch Special
Taste Bakery 1686 Jefferson Avenue, Miami Beach

From August 7th through September 6th, Taste Bakery will celebrate the opening of its new Lincoln Road location by offering a $10 summer lunch special (with coupon) that includes a scrumptious sandwich, a delicious dessert and a refreshing soda. For every special sold, Taste will donate $3 to the Task Force. Think of it as a way to support LGBT rights and enjoy a "tasty" meal at the same time. COUPON

Seraphic Fire Presents: Richard Dowling - August 27-30th
A Celebration of American Ragtime and Gershwin

Renowned pianist and witty raconteur Richard Dowling brings his signature style to South Florida.
Celebrated not only for his definitive interpretations of the repertoire, but also for his entertaining commentary and anecdotes about the composers' lives and American popular music from 1890 - 1930, Richard Dowling has been lauded by the New York Times as "an especially impressive fine young pianist."
For tickets and more information, go to www.seraphicfire.org

Owner of dognapped Chihuahua makes plea for her safe return
Hudson Hayward Hemingway, a nearly 4-month-old Chihuahua with pink earrings, has been dognapped, her owner says.
Brian Dortort, 48, of Oakland Park, on Thursday said he has spent weeks searching for Hudson, who cost him more than $1,000, after a thief stole her July 28 outside Georgie's Alibi, a popular bar in Wilton Manors. www.sun-sentinel.com

Fired Channel 10 anchor Charles Perez wins two-year restraining order against ex-partner
Charles Perez, former anchor for WPLG-ABC 10, on Tuesday won a two-year restraining order against his ex-partner, whom he believes caused a chain of events that got him fired this month from the Post-Newsweek station.
Miami-Dade County Judge Rosa Figarola ordered Dennis Ricardo Peña to stay at least 500 feet away from Perez for the next 24 months. Peña, an unemployed paralegal, has 30 days to appeal and said "of course'' he will. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Free Boat Trip For GLBTQ Youth & Allies - Saturday, August 22nd at 9am
If you are between the ages of 13 - 18 years old and are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or questioning or an ally, join Pridelines for a day of fun, sailing and helping others. This event is a free boat trip, island clean-up, lunch and a cruise on the Bay on Saturday, August 22nd at 9am. (Don't be late or you will literally miss the boat) Shake A Leg, 2620 South Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, Fl 33133 (SPACE IS LIMITED!) Reserve your seat on the boat by emailing Vivian at vivian@pridelines.org

Bowl-O-Rama - Sunday, August 30th 2pm-5pm
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus invites you to Bowl-A-Rama on Sunday, August 30th from 2pm to 5pm, at Lucky Strike Lanes 1691 Michigan Avenue in Miami Beach. This will be a fundraiser for the Chorus. $20 per person.
Please RSVP to danr@miamigaychorus.org by August 26th. For more information, go to www.miamigaychorus.org

Remembering: John Roberts
We are sad to report that John Roberts passed on Thursday, August 13th 2009 at 6:50am. John lived in Miami Shores and was a manager and doorman at Warsaw back in their heyday. John was also a manager at Twist for several years. More recently, he later ran his own events and events decor company.
There will be a memorial celebration of his life.
John Bradford Roberts
ROBERTS, JOHN BRADFORD, 48, of Miami Shores, was born 10/11/60 and passed away 8/13/09, after his battle with cancer. Predeceased by his mother, Vickie Fordham. Previously employed by AT&T, Paragon, and Twist. John was a self-employed event planner. He was loved dearly by family and friends. At his request, there will be no funeral services. SEE OBITUARY

Want free tickets to POST GRAD movie screening?
Alexis Bledel (TV's Gilmore Girls) stars in Post Grad opening on August 21st). But, you can get tickets to the advanced screening on Monday, August 17th at 7 pm, at AMC Aventura. Each ticket's good for two peeps, so get them while they're hot. moviemartin.blogspot.com

Judy Garland with Tommy Femia - August 12th-23rd
Direct from New York City, Tommy Femia stars in his award winning show as Judy Garland singing her own songs and doing her patter. Tommy has won an unprecedented 5 MAC Awards for Outstanding Impersonation and a Back Stage Bistro Award for his work. Tommy also received a 6th MAC Award for Outstanding Musical Comedy Duo for "Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli Live!", co-starring Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway, The Sopranos) as daughter Liza Minnelli. www.risingactiontheatre.com

Charles Perez: Why I Committed Career Suicide
I was fired four days after filing a sexual-orientation discrimination claim with Miami-Dade County's Equal Opportunity Board against my employer, Miami ABC affiliate WPLG, owned by Post-Newsweek Stations.
Bottom line, I believe they sold me out as soon as my being gay became too widely known. It made them uncomfortable and made me, in their eyes, less advertiser-friendly. They'd demoted me two weeks earlier from main weekday anchor to weekend anchor. It was a move I quickly recognized was leading to the door, and I wasn't prepared to watch my career circle down the drain. www.thedailybeast.com

Photos & Videos of Summerfest '09 & the 2nd Annual Equality Florida Bar Crawl
You can see Wire Magazine's photos & videos of Summerfest '09 & the 2nd Annual Equality Florida Bar Crawl on their new website. www.wireweekly.com

Greater Miami Pride seeks volunteers,
announces 7 p.m. Oct. 3 kickoff at Club Sandals

Greater Miami Pride, preparing Miami-Dade County's first ever Pride Festival in late summer 2010 is seeking volunteers and sponsors for the week long festivities.
GMP is looking for liquor, cruise lines, airlines, media and other businesses who are interested in sponsoring the event.
Greater Miami Pride 2010 will run from September 27 to October 2, 2010 and feature a gala event, comedy night, gallery walk, vogue dance competition, parade along with a 5-night cruise from Miami to Key West, the Bahamas and a private island. www.miamiherlad.com/gay

Out Magazine names "The Simple Life" Thursdays at Buck15 as one of
"The 60 Greatest Gay Bars in the World"

Buck 15
www.buck15.com
707 Lincoln Ln.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.538.3815
Arrive before 11:30 or suffer the line. You might be bumped or feel something unexpected in an unexpected area in Buck 15's tight quarters, but this hot spot is low-key, playing classics from Pink Floyd and the Jackson Five to Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. www.out.com

Dania Ramirez from Heroes parties at Buck15
Actress Dania Ramirez who plays Maya on Heroes was seen dancing with the gay boys at "The Simple Life" Thursdays at Buck15 Lounge. The beautiful, Dominican actress was visiting from Los Angeles with her manager. www.officialdaniaramirez.com

Arnold Matteson of Give Me a Beat Productions and
Williams-Sonoma on Lincoln Road dies at 67

Arnold Matteson, president of Give Me a Beat Productions, died Wednesday morning at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He was 67.
Matteson, a Providence, R.I., native who graduated from Brown University in 1964, also was store manager for Williams-Sonoma on Lincoln Road. Before joining the kitchen company, he sold commercial real estate.
He will be cremated. Friends will get together Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Halo Lounge in Miami Beach to celebrate his life. www.miamiherald.com/gay

First Look Inside Mr. Chow South Beach
at W South Beach 2201 Collins Avenue Miami Beach

Whether you've come here with a date or just a friend/mistress, you'll want to begin your evening at the bar (watermelon-cucumber martini for her, well-aged cognac for you). Once you're ready for dinner, make sure to grab one of the banquet tables in the center of the room, where you'll catch the parade of socialites, moguls and models coming and going. www.urbandaddy.com

WPLG fires anchor Charles Perez
WPLG-ABC 10 has fired anchor Charles Perez, days after he filed a discrimination complaint against the station, his attorney has confirmed.
"His employment has been terminated," business attorney Melanie E. Damian told The Miami Herald Thursday afternoon. "We filed a charge of discrimination last week. We will now amend that to include his termination as part of his claims. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Laundry Bar sold
The bar formerly known as Laundry Bar and more recently as Black Sheep has been sold to Dan Sehres the owner of New Concept Video.

SAVE Dade Halloween Party DJ Casting Notice
SAVE Dade, Florida's oldest and largest local LGBT rights organization is once again holding its annual Halloween Party. This year marks the 15th anniversary SAVE Dade's biggest fundraising event.
They are seeking interested DJs to spin for a minimum set of 3 hours and will hire up to three DJs. Candidates should submit their most competitive bids with pro-bono/in-kind service bids given the highest priority. Candidates should also submit a sampling of their music via CD, MP3, podcast or other suitable format. Pro-Bono DJs will be given an in-kind statement of services, along with billing on all promotional materials including press kits, sponsorship packages, e-blasts, print media and special mention on SAVE Dade's website and newsletter.
Submit proposals to the SAVE Dade Community Coordinator, Joseph Mooradian at joseph@savedade.org by no later than Wednesday, August 19th at 6pm or for more information call 305.751.7283.

Burger & Beer Joint
1766 Bay Road South Beach; 305.672.3287

From some of the guys who brought you the early days of Automatic Slims and Sushi Samba, as well as the slightly legendary WalkOfShameKit, B&B flexes its muscles with three distinct spaces for three distinct yous: hedonistic burger house, homey sports bar, and shadowy lounge that's date-friendly, even if yours isn't. www.thrillist.com

TV anchor Charles Perez: Too gay for WPLG?
Charles Perez, bumped two weeks ago from WPLG-ABC 10's weeknight anchor seat, has filed a discrimination complaint with Miami-Dade's Equal Opportunity Board. He's too gay, he claims in paperwork delivered to the county on Friday.
Perez, 46, claims station bosses demoted him to weekend anchor/reporter "because of their discomfort over the increasingly high profile of my sexual orientation," reads the complaint. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Photo gallery | Summer Fest Equality Florida Bar Crawl in South Beach
This weekend's Summer Fest '09 in South Beach, including a big T-Dance and pool party at the Victor Hotel, wrapped up Sunday night with an Equality Florida Bar Crawl benefiting the statewide gay-rights organization.
Hundreds of participants socialized at Palace, Halo, Score and Twist. Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer expects the group will have taken in about $7,000. www.miamiherald.com/gay

South Florida's fine dining spots feeling the heat
South Florida restaurants are struggling this summer as many dining spots are forced out of business due to declining sales. Those with casual settings and moderate prices are finding more success.
Charcuterie in the Design District closed after 20 years in business. Other big-name casualties include Tuscan Steak, North One 10, Table 8, Legal Sea Foods, Brosia, Food Gang and Armadillo Beach. www.miamiherald.com

Art & Design Market & Lounge - Saturday, August 8th
The next Art & Design Market & Lounge opens on August 8th, and coincides with the ever popular Wynwood Art Walk and will return toThe Wynwood Social Club. The Art & Design Market opens at 4PM and is free until 6pm. Featured at the August Market will be free ice cream from Feverish Ice Cream from 4pm-6pm. At 6pm The Art & Design Lounge opens with complimentary limited bar sponsored by Grolsch, Hpnotiq, Pama, and Aqua Luca, light bites, live music – and of course – shopping. Admission to The Lounge is only $10, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Sweet Home New Orleans.

Miami Beach's plucky rooster Mr. Clucky loses code fight
A popular rooster and his publicity-shy girlfriend who live in a South Beach condo might need to find a new place to roost after a code-enforcement ruling. www.miamiherald.com

'Deco Drive' anchor Louis Aguirre to host Regis & Kelly on Monday
The good news over at WSVN-Fox 7 Wednesday was that Deco Drive anchor Louis Aguirre was chosen by viewers nationwide to co-host the syndicated talk show Live With Regis And Kelly on Monday (it airs locally at 9 a.m. on WSVN). He'll work with Kelly Ripa while Regis Philbin takes the day off. www.miamiherald.com

Plucky chicken Mr. Clucky to learn if he can roost in Miami Beach
Mr. Clucky, the most famous rooster on Miami Beach, was ordered out of the code-compliance courtroom Thursday morning, unable to testify on his own behalf. Marc Buckley, who squires Mr. Clucky around bars, coffee shops and Lincoln Road Mall on a bicycle, claims that his celebrated avian pal is the target of vengeful neighbors conspiring with overzealous officers of the state. Buckley doesn't dispute that Mr. Clucky and his publicity-shy girlfriend, Wallflower, live in his Jefferson Avenue studio condominium. www.miamiherald.com

Ahnvee
621 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305.400.4954

From a guy obsessed with the cuisine and music of New Orleans, Ahnvee (Creole for "to crave") gutted Club Deep and the spaces next door (thank god) and built out a NO-style supper club, with a stage for nightly live music, a dining room decked with French Quarter-ish woodwork, frosted windows, high-backed VIP booths with TVs for watching the live acts, and a menu of Cajun/Creole grub that would otherwise require crossing Alabama. www.thrillist.com

Table 8 closed
Table 8 restaurant located at 1458 Ocean Drive has closed.

Was it something they said?
Miami Social sinks to another ratings low

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for Miami Social, we have the official numbers from its second week on air and it's almost as hideous as the show itself. Compared to its debut night which drew a mere 648,000 viewers, last Tuesday's episode averaged an atrocious 491,000 viewers according to our source, Rick Kissell of Variety. That's a loss of 157,000 viewers. So who is watching? Hardly anyone, really. www.miamiherald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

Hotel operator Regent leaves Bal Harbour condo-hotel
Regent has left the building -- Regent has left the building -- again. Regent was the operator of a Bal Harbour condo-hotel that opened last year but was sold recently by owner WCI Communities, a Bonita Springs condominium developer that filed for bankruptcy last August. A private group, ElCom Hotel & Spa, bought the common areas of the hotel for $12 million and 51 unsold condo-hotel units for $63 a foot -- a 94 percent discount off past prices for the 124-unit tower, according to an analysis by condovultures.com. The owners of ElCom, executives with hotel backgrounds, have renamed the property the One Bal Harbour Hotel. Regent left another condo-hotel, in South Beach, two years ago. www.miamiherald.com

A Downtown Power Lunch Spot Is Reborn
Solymar Restaurant 315 S. Biscayne Blvd Miami

Taking over the old Prime Blue Grille locale, Solymar has all the elements to make your next mover-and-shaker powwow an easy, relaxed and Caribbean-stuffed affair. The dining room still has that breezy, ocean-liner feel, with floor-to-ceiling windows framing beautiful views of the bay and the ever-rising skyscrapers on Brickell. There's also that same open kitchen, with its aforementioned super-f*#!ing-hot hickory-burning grill ready to sear slabs of pork and locally caught snapper to perfection. www.urbandaddy.com

Changing Chanels - Miami Social
This week, Glenn Garvin explores the vainglorius world of Bravo's Miami Social. WATCH THE REVIEW

Movie has political ties to Miami Beach mayor's office
Jeffrey Tambor is starring in a new movie written by two Miamians, both with connections to the Miami Beach mayor's office.
A script written on spec by Andrew Delaplaine and Scott Kasdin -- Meeting Spencer, based on a short story by Delaplaine -- was picked up by producer George Braunstein and is currently in production at Occidental Studios in Los Angeles. The New York-based Kasdin wrote the script with Delaplaine and developed it through his Kazmofilms shingle. www.miamiherald.com

Ruff Life pet boutique now open in SoFi
Ruff Life is a new pet boutique nestled in the trendy South of Fifth area of South Beach. At Ruff Life, you'll find everything to pamper your pet from leashes, beds, treats, pet clothing, toys, bowls, pet carriers and bags; to a wide variety of quality foods. Ruff Life, at the Portofino Shops, carries many types of holistic foods such as EVO, Natural Balance, Wellness and Blue Buffalo. Ruff Life is located (across from Joe's Stone Crab) at 500 South Pointe Drive suite 140 in Miami Beach, FL. 305.397.8295

Miami reality: 'Social' or anti-'Social'?
When it comes to television shows, the one thing that really matters is the ratings. And in Miami Social's case, the show was like runt of the class in grade school getting bullied, big time. The show drew a meager 648,000 viewers on its debut night, coming in a monstrous 57 percent lower than Real Housewives of New Jersey in the same slot. Pretty abysmal, actually. To put it into perspective, the biggest ratings Tuesday night were for Fox's MLB All-Star Game and All Star Pre Game, drawing 14.6 and 11.2 million viewers. America's Got Talent came in second with 13.5 million. www.miamiherald.com

Lenny Kravitz is outta here
Lenny Kravitz has sold his last piece of Miami property, this time his recently renovated Biscayne Point Island house, for $2,450,000. The house was on the market for three months and listed at $2,850,000, according to the South Beach Real Estate Blog. Apparently the buyer is just a regular person, no one famous. Kravitz bought the place in 1997 for $725,000, so he made a nice little profit, not that he needs it. www.herald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

Julia Tuttle, 79th Street bridge projects to create traffic woes
Traffic headaches are expected around the city, as work on the Julia Tuttle Causeway and 79th Street bridge will force lane closures. www.miamiherald.com

Wall Lounge at the W Hotel
W Hotel: 2201 Collins Ave (enter on 22nd St) South Beach; 305.938.3131

Opening Saturday, a collab between The Opium Group (Opium, Prive, Mansion, SET) and the guys who helped create Mynt before moving on to Mokai and Quattro, the Wall, cloistered in the back of South Beach's new W Hotel, distills both teams' acumen into a boutique-sized club that makes no bones about the fact that it's small enough to already be VIP, and therefore doesn't need a VIP room -- the same logic Mini-Me uses to keep from jumping into a river with rocks in his pockets. www.thrillist.com

Bravo takes aim at SoBe's brash reality
Bravo's latest reality show, Miami Social, which premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday, is banking on your wanting to live vicariously through a crew of bona fide South Beach party people, some more professionally involved in the scene than others, who have put in the nightlife hours and have a few hookups for their efforts. As a cast member declares in a preview clip, ``We're, like, the most fabulous circle in Miami.'' Not. www.miamiherald.com

Gia at Eden Roc
Emerging from the Eden Roc's massive 18-month facelift, Gia's an airy Euro-Italian fusion resto with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, an open kitchen, white leather seating, a corner bar reminiscent of the Roaring '20s, and a menu that rocks beefed-up versions of Southern European classics, the type of stuff responsible for Gerard Depardieu's beefed-up Southern European belly. www.thrillist.com

The World's Oldest Showgirl: 85 and Still Kicking
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies holds the Guinness record for being the oldest professional chorus line in the world, and one of its performers, Dorothy Dale Kloss, holds the record—at age 85—for being the oldest "still-performing showgirl." www.miamiherald.com

Paris Hilton set to take stand in film promotion case
Paris Hilton arrived at the Ferguson U.S. Courthouse in downtown Miami at 8 a.m. Friday to testify in a lawsuit accusing her of not doing enough to promote her 2006 flick National Lampoon's Pledge This! She is scheduled to take the stand in her own defense Friday. www.miamiherald.com

Summer Fest / 2nd Annual Equality Florida Bar Crawl - July 31st-August 2nd
Over 500 people participated in the last year's Equality Florida Bar Crawl weekend festivities, imbibing on complimentary cocktails, moving to the beats of international DJs, and enjoying incredible shows by world-renowned entertainers. This year, the producers of Miami's largest GLBT weekend event, Winter Party, and Pink Dollar Enterprises will combine the two annual events to create a fantastic weekend of stiff cocktails, over-the-top entertainment, and sexy fashions during Summer Fest '09. www.summerfestmiami.com

Talent Quest Miami - Saturday, July 25th
Talent Quest Miami, the new local talent competition, presents 12 finalists in a contest to spotlight the best of Miami's talent. The finals will be held at the Colony Theatre on Saturday, July 25th at 8pm. The judges for the finals include internationally-known diva Elaine Lancaster, MiamiARTzine.com editor Mary Damiano, and music producer Roger Abramson. At the event, the finalists will strut their stuff to convince the judges and audience that they are the best. The winner will receive the $500 grand prize, and there will be second and third winners as well. So it's no wonder that the $20 tickets for the Finals are going fast for this final event at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road. www.artsatstjohns.com

Bravo's Miami Social to premiere Tuesday, July 14th 10pm
Bravo is expanding its arts and culture slate with the network's newest docu-series Miami Social. Heading to the country's hottest city to show you what life is like in the lively social scene of South Beach, Bravo explores the lives of a group of hot, young professionals – corporate types by day and party animals by night – as they navigate the sometimes murky waters of Miami's hottest locales. Miami Social premieres Tuesday, July 14 at 10pm. www.bravotv.com

Halle Berry: Miami Beach Family Fun
Continuing on with her family vacation in Southern Florida, Halle Berry was spotted with her adorable daughter Nahla on the beach in Miami early this morning (July 8).
The "Monster's Ball" babe and her little girl were joined by babydaddy/boyfriend Gabriel Aubry who was all about showing off his toned torso in a pair of red swim trunks. www.celebrity-gossip.net

It's curtains for Miami Ink, but its stars shine on
Both the Miami Ink store and the TV show it inspired are gone now, but the stars are planning a new show. www.miamiherald.com

Living Room
W Hotel 2301 Collins Ave at 22nd Street South Beach 305.938.3000

Nestled in the lobby of the brand-spanking-new W Hotel on South Beach, Living Room balances 20-foot windows and marble walls with playful low-slung lounge furniture (some shag, some furry, some sleek), a bar stacked with ingredients like fruits, herbs, & edible flowers, and an apothecary's workshelf-looking back bar, all producing flavor combos so fresh, their grandmothers don't give them Hanukkah gifts anymore. www.thrillist.com

Roadwork to close some Julia Tuttle Causeway lanes
Portions of the Julia Tuttle Causeway/Interstate 195 will be closed beginning Sunday as the Florida Department of Transportation begins a six-month improvement project. Lanes will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays unless a special event is planned, the department said. At least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times, as will pedestrian access along one side of the causeway. www.miamiherald.com

Kendall Natvig Exibit "Elizabeth Taylor: a legend in posters"
Kendall Natvig, local South Beach archivist/collector is having an exibit of his vintage film poster collection. You are invited to the opening night on Tuesday, July 7th 7pm to 9pm at the old Miami Beach City Hall 1130 Washington Avenue in South Beach. The exhibit is entitled "Elizabeth Taylor: a legend in posters" and will contain about 100 vintage posters. The exibit is sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League. There will be a poster from each film in Taylor's career plus a sidebar exhibit of about 40 different posters from the film Cleopatra. Natvig's total collection contains about 400 posters, U.S. and international from Taylor's career and provides an unprecedented look at her career, poster art and 50 years of film history. The exhibit runs through July and is open from 10am to 3pm Monday-Friday and there is no admission charge.

ECOMB Fundraiser $10 lunch/dinner special - July 24th & 25th
There will be an ECOMB fundraiser on Friday July 24th Lunch (12 noon to 1 pm) and Dinner (6 to 7 pm) & Saturday July 25th Lunch (12 noon to 1 pm) at Solymar located in One Miami building at 315 S. Biscayne Blvd. Miami. $10 donation entitles you to one of the head chef's Specialty entrees and complementary wine pours.
RSVP maura.reilly22@gmail.com or 215.431.3030

Grand Resort celebrates 10 Years- Thursday, July 23rd
The Grand Resort & Spa (the largest gay owned and operated hotel in Ft. Lauderdale) will be holding a wonderful event this Thursday on the property. Several restaurants have lent their support with food and libations, in addition to the amazing vocal talent of Jazz singer Nicole Henry to ensure a very special evening is had by all. www.grandresort.net/benefit

Miami Beach Bruthaz - July 16th-19th
Miami Beach Bruthaz was founded in July of 2006 as an annual summer lifestyle event for the same gender loving men and women from across the country. From fantastic parties to engaging workshops, this event creates opportunities for networking and socializing and promotes camaraderie among bruthaz. www.miamibeachbruthaz.com

The Kinsey Sicks drag quartet returns to SoFla
The Kinsey Sicks, the world's premier all-male drag a capella ensemble, are bringing their bawdy show "Wake the F@#k Up America!" to the Colony Theater in Miami Beach on Sunday, July 19, at 7 p.m.
The Kinsey Sicks—a play on the Kinsey Scale of sexuality, with a "Kinsey six" measuring "entirely homosexual"—perform parodies of songs re-written with politically-stinging and often-raunchy lyrics. South Florida Blade caught up with Ben Shatz, who plays raunchy, conceived-in-a-manger "Rachel," and Irwin Keller, who plays bespectacled, raised-by-lesbians Winnie, to discuss what they had to say about the Club Baths, Charlie Crist, and constipation. www.floridablade.com

Geir Ness at Pink Palm - Saturday, July 18th 8pm
On Saturday, July 18th 8pm to 11pm, meet Norway's first men's and women's fragrance designer, Geir Ness, at Pink Palm 723 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Meet celebrity Norwegian fragrance designer Geir Ness at his appearance and get your bottle personally signed. Norway's first fragrances, Laila and Geir, are based from natural oils and lavender extract. Laila by Geir Ness, is a favorite fragrance of several celebrities including Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. www.pinkpalm.com

Coming out on The Young and the Restless
On The Young and the Restless, Phillip Chancellor III explains to his wife (Nina) the reason he faked his death 20 years ago was because... he is gay and couldn't come out at that homophobic time.
Here is the youtube clip of it. www.youtube.com

Casale Pizzeria Mozzarella Bar
Opens Thurs, 1800 Bay Rd, South Beach 305.763.8088

The just-born, less-formal-but-every-bit-as-gifted little bro of next-door Sardinia, Casale seems yanked out of an Italian village, with a rustic brick bar and archways, simple wood tables, weathered stone floors, and a food bar running the length of the very open kitchen, which plates grub that's as meticulously created as it is next door, using (thanks to zoning laws) the last two wood-burning ovens that'll ever be allowed on South Beach -- what's next, no more tire fires? www.thrillist.com

Beyonce Gets A Head Start On Fourth of July Weekend In Miami
Beyonce was spotted getting a head start on the Fourth of July weekend in Miami Beach yesterday, where she apparently went swimming with her clothes on. The singer does deserve a little R&R however, since it's been a busy week what with performing at the BET Awards and double dating with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow in Beverly Hills. www.jaunted.com

Florida's Property Taxes Go Wacky in Housing Slump
In Miami-Dade County, where one in four homeowners are 30 days or more behind in their mortgage payments, residents are bracing for what Mayor Carlos Alvarez says could be an imminent property tax hike to fill an almost $400 million budget hole. www.time.com

Miami Beach IN Card
Get your free Miami Beach INcard to begin receiving discounts and value offers at Miami Beach and South Florida restaurants, shops, hotels, museums/galleries, attractions, entertainment venues and more. Simply look for the INcard logo at participating businesses, present your Miami Beach INcard and you'll receive exclusive offers. Get your free Miami Beach INcard today and enjoy the benefits that only the Miami Beach INcard delivers. www.miamibeachchmber.com

Jade/Madiba/Ouzo to re-open as Burger & Beer Joint
Soon to be a player in the feeding game is Burger & Beer Joint at 1766 Bay Rd., expected to open in August and offering all varieties of its namesake as well as a full blown soda fountain serving up egg creams, shakes and adult beverages. Owners Buzzy Sklar and Ron Garcia tell us the decor will feature 120-year-old Chicago brick walls, wood booths, copper ceilings and an outdoor patio. www.miamiherald.com

40 Years Later, Still Second-Class Americans
LIKE all students caught up in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s, I was riveted by the violent confrontations between the police and protestors in Selma, 1965, and Chicago, 1968. But I never heard about the several days of riots that rocked Greenwich Village after the police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in the wee hours of June 28, 1969 — 40 years ago today.
The Times — which would not even permit the use of the word gay until 1987 — covered the riots in tiny, bowdlerized articles, one of them but three paragraphs long, buried successively on pages 33, 22 and 19. www.nytimes.com

Drew Barrymore parties with the boys in South Beach
Drew Barrymore and Justin Long continue to show that the best part of breaking up is making up. The on-again couple looked like they were having the time of their lives at the Humane Society fund-raiser in Miami at the house of New Concept Video owner Dan Sehres. Barrymore, in a "shark-themed headpiece, full Tinkerbell makeup and leggings" partied for a few hours, a spy said, before "jetting off with Justin to a private island for vacation." www.nypost.com PAGE SIX

Gay candidates enter race
Sherry Roberts, Michael Gongora run in Miami Beach

A former openly gay Miami Beach city commissioner is vying to reclaim his seat on the governing board of the city.
Also adding her name to the list of openly gay candidates for the November 3 election: Sherry Roberts, a South Beach real estate agent and former condo president, hopes to become Miami Beach's first openly lesbian elected official. She is one of three candidates running in Group 2 of the city commissioner's election. www.floridablade.com

Naomi Campbell's Russian billionaire beau shacks up at Shaq's
According to the South Beach Condos Blog , Naomi Campbell's tycoon boyfriend Vladislav Doronin is the buyer of Shaquille O'Neal's Star Island sprawl. And he got a bargain, too. The house at 26 Star Island Drive sold for $19 million less than the original, outrageous list price of $35 million. Still, for that money, however, we hope the house is diva-proof. www.miamiherald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

PRC Hiring 250 at Cutler Bay Location
During the same week the State Work Force announced that Florida's jobless rate reached 10.2 percent in May, Florida based PRC, LLC announced that it is looking to fill 250 positions at the Company's Cutler Bay, FL location.
PRC, one of the nation's leading providers of outsourced customer management, has been a major employer in Miami-Dade for over 15 years. PRC manages customer communications for leading brands via the telephone, email, and interactive channels. PRC's hiring needs, attributed to the expansion of existing business, primarily focus on inbound sales associates who are specialists in sales and service. For more information, go to www.prcnet.com

Crate & Barrel opens spin off store in South Beach
Crate & Barrel is bringing its affordable, modern spinoff chain to South Beach. The CB2 store will be the first location for the brand in the Southeast. The 15,200-square-foot store is expected to open by the fall at 845 Lincoln Rd. Crate & Barrel currently has only six CB2 stores. www.miamiherald.com

Dana Keith realized a decades-long dream with Miami Beach Cinematheque
The seats at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, the cozy oasis for movie lovers on Española Way, are not arranged in parallel lines, as in most theaters. Instead, the rows have been installed in a V pattern around the screen, so at any moment you can turn and watch the faces of fellow viewers as clearly as you can see the movie.
''It's one of my hobbies, watching the audience as they watch the film,'' says Cinematheque founder-programmer Dana Keith. ``Seeing their reaction gives me as much pleasure as the films themselves. To watch someone discovering a film the same way I did is very rewarding. It makes me feel good.'' www.miamiherald.com

I'll Find a Way book reading - Thursday, July 2nd 7pm
A Christian mother comes to terms with her teenage son's coming out

A former openly gay Miami Beach city commissioner is vying to reclaim his seat on the governing board of the city.
Also adding her name to the list of openly gay candidates for the November 3 election: Sherry Roberts, a South Beach real estate agent and former condo president, hopes to become Miami Beach's first openly lesbian elected official. She is one of three candidates running in Group 2 of the city commissioner's election.
IF YOU GO
What: Book reading and Q&A with Tamarac author Deon Davis
Where: Books & Books, 927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009
Cost: Free; $12.95 to purchase book
Info: 305-532-3222 www.miamiherald.com/gay

Lacking Sponsors, Miami-Dade Cancels July 4th Celebration
The Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation department announced Tuesday it will not hold its annual July 4 celebration at Amelia Earhart Park this year. www.bizbash.com

Miami Beach Fourth of July Celebration
Come out to 8th & Ocean on Saturday, July 4 at 9:00 p.m. for FREE fireworks display. Free bus transportation (5pm - 11pm) from Collins Ave lots at 72 & 81 to Washington Ave and 11th Sreet. Bring a beach chair or blanket. www.miamibeachfl.gov

The Best Parking Spots in South Beach
Parking in South Beach is physically taxing, mentally exhausting and wallet-ally expensive. Did we mention it's also not fun? So, in our ongoing effort to improve the quality of your Miami life, we've scoured the city for the greatest (and, in some cases, most secretive) alcoves to store your ride for the night. Don't forward this to anyone. www.urbandaddy.com

Twist to celebrate 16th Anniversary - Wednesday, July 1st
It's that time of the year again! Twist will be celebrating their "sweet 16" on Wednesday, July 1st. This is one of those "not to be missed" events - a night when people that you have not seen in years come out of the woodwork to celebrate Twist's anniversary (and for the free cocktails). www.twistsobe.com

What Ever Happened to Free Citywide Wi-Fi?
Tests were carried out all over the city via on foot and vehicle. A 95 percent ground floor outdoor coverage is considered success; Miami Beach is now at 86 percent. Currently the city has 359 'nodes' deployed to transmit the signal, and Geier believes that only 15 to 20 more are needed to achieve the contracted 95 percent coverage. www.theleadmiamibeach.com

Cher supports daughter's sex-change
"She is embarking on a difficult journey, but one that I will support. I respect the courage it takes to go through this transition in the glare of public scrutiny," Cher said in the statement.
"Although I may not understand, I will strive to be understanding. The one thing that will never change is my abiding love for my child." www.thetimes.co.za

Bette Midler on Kathy Griffin
Okay, is it just me, or has Kathy Griffin transformed into Daisy D? www.youtube.com

EXCLUSIVE: First Photo Of Chaz Bono Since Beginning Gender-Change Treatment
Chastity Bono, now known as Chaz, has begun hormone treatments as the first step in her preparation to have sex-change surgery and now RadarOnline.com has obtained the first photo of Chaz since the transformation began. www.radaronline.com

Edison Farrow 411 Magazine People
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Caviar Kaspia
1220 Collins Avenue South Beach 305.674.7899

The Paris landmark just opened its first stateside locale in the lobby of The Webster retail store, serving caviars from a murderer's row of sturgeons, including the Oscietre (large eggs w/ subtle woody and nutty flavors), Sevruga (the smallest, most densely flavored), and Imperial Baeri (from the Siberian sturgeon, medium sized), as well as non-fish-egg goodies like an assortment of smoked swimmers (trout, eel, sturgeon) and fresh crustaceans like huge Kamchatka king crab and delicate crawdads. www.thrillist.com

"The New Job Market & You!"
Learn the secrets of "who" gets hired and "why" plus everything you need to know to find and get a job in tough economic times. Dr. Elizabeth DiBernardo, acclaimed Psychologist, Professor and Author is teaching seminars, offering easily accessible expert advice for individuals and small businesses challenged with work, starting June 11th in Miami-Dade and Broward. Check out the website for more information. www.workadvicenow.com

MDGLCC 8th Annual Gala Awards Celebration - Saturday, June 27th
The 8th Annual Gala Awards Celebration will feature Cocktails, Silent Auction, Gourmet Food, and Open Bar beginning at 6:30pm, followed by the Awards Ceremony and Entertainment at 9:00pm. Tickets, $1,500 VIP Table of Ten (Valet Parking Included) and $95.00 open seating (Valet Parking NOT Included). The "Red" Gala Awards Celebration takes place at the newly renovated Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. For tickets and further information, please call 305.573.4000 or email: mdglcc@bellsouth.net. Visit MDGLCC online at www.gogaymiami.com

SAVE Dade and Khloe Kardashian Celebrate City of Miami Adopting Domestic Partner Ordinance
To celebrate the passage of the ordinance, SAVE Dade held an event at the Clevelander South Beach and also celebrated national victories in equal rights for the GLBT community."SAVE Dade: Ride The Wave of Pride" had special guest, Khloe Kardashian on hand with a Khloe Kardashian Drag Queen Look-a-Like contest while filming the final episode of her new reality series "Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami".
CBS4 Miami meteorologist David Bernard, Edison Farrow, and Kourtney Kardashian were on hand to judge the contest. Local celebrity, Elaine Lancaster hosted the event as Superstar DJ Tracy Young provided the beats. In the end, Poison Ivy was the victor of the contest and won the $1000 prize. www.sobegayinfo.com

The former Chastity Bono's public transition sure to raise awareness
Transgender activists say they're hopeful that Chastity Bono's very public gender transition will generate widespread discussion and raise awareness of gender identity issues.
Bono, 40 – the only child of Sonny & Cher – confirmed through a publicist on Thursday that she is becoming a man named Chaz. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Chastity Bono -- Becoming a Man
Chastity Bono, civil rights advocate, journalist, author and musician, is in the early stages of changing his gender -- transitioning from female to male. www.tmz.com

Sea Rock 1400 20th St & Bay Road, South Beach
Opened by a Colombian couple geekily in love with the ocean's grub and the devil's music, Sea Rock (get it?!?) is an industrial loft-like space with a stage, marble bar, and drapes made of cymbals, offering Mediterranean- and Caribbean-influenced seafood on a menu that reads like your sophomore year Winamp; it'll host live bands on weekends, and'll see the owners curate a head-bangin' playlist each weekday from either the 70s, 80s, or 90s, or Latin American rock. www.thrillist.com

The Dallas Principles: how two Miami men started a movement
Two Miami GLBT activists joined a group of 22 other prominent community powerbrokers in May to devise a list of goals that the community needs met to achieve full civil rights.
The leaders of this rogue "constitutional convention" were Miami Beach's Juan Ahonen-Jover, Ph.D and Ken Ahonen-Jover, MD from eQuality Giving.org. More than 400 donors use the eQualityGiving network to connect with organizations that "provide free services and strategic advice to achieve legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans." www.floridablade.com

Miami commission passes domestic partner ordinance in 5-0 vote
The City of Miami Commission voted 5 to 0 to adopt a Domestic Partnership Ordinance this morning, becoming the third municipality in Miami-Dade County to do so. Commissioners Angel Gonzalez, Marc Sarnoff, Joe M. Sanchez, Tomas P. Regalado and Michelle Spence-Jones voted in favor of the Ordinance. www.miamiherald.com/gay

An All-in-One Nightspot in South Beach
Bancroft Supperclub 1501 Collins Ave Miami Beach 305.630.8540

Introducing Bancroft Supperclub, eliminating the multiple-stop weekend club crawl, opening this Friday in South Beach. Bancroft feels a lot like a sprawling '20s jazz hall, only with Madonna impersonators, plasmas on the ceiling and sumptuously organic, new-American dishes. Housed in the deco-tastic Bancroft hotel, the space has been gutted and revamped to resemble a plush hideaway, where an all-marble bar, a soon-to-open upstairs lounge and an outdoor patio peppered with couches made of the finest wicker give you plenty of options to spread your nightlife wings. www.urbandaddy.com

"Art For The Cause" - Monday June 22nd 8pm
br-pr, Miami Fashion Association, Andre Brandao, ROCKBAND, Hues Bracelets, and South of 5th, are proud to be hosting the first annual "Art & Fashion for the Cause" to be held Monday June 22nd 8pm-11pm at one of Miami's most highly anticipated, newly completed condominium projects, South of 5th(So5) 125 Ocean Drive Miami Beach. Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeurves while viewing the extraordinary abstract paintings from celebrated Brazilian artist Andre Brandao's Satellite series.
Please RSVP to RSVP@br-prmiami.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus June Concert- June 19th and 20th
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus is having a great time, celebrating our tenth anniversary season - 10 Years Worth of Fabulous! It's a season that is bringing together old friends, new partnerships and a whole lot of fantastic music. To close their season, on the weekend of June 19th and 20th, they will present our program "LOOK: back, inward & forward." This program will include music the chorus has performed over the last ten years, including songs from our ABBA, Elton John, and Gloria Estefan shows along with some of our favorites from past performances. Performances are Friday at 8 PM, Saturday Matinee at 2pm, and Saturday at 8pm. miamigaychorus.org

Time to Reflect
Miami Gay Men's Chorus looks back, inward and forward

Nine of the 36 original chorus members from the premiere performance, "South Beach or Bust" at the Colony Theater in May 2000 will be singing in this season's finale, "Look: back, inward & forward." Travis Neff was lightning designe and production stage manager in the first show, and will have the reigns for this show as well. Stalwart music librarian Elmer Olhaber has missed performing only once, while the vivacious Cesar Taboada has never missed performing in a show. Today, there are 76 singing members in the chorus ranging in age from 23 to 86 years old. www.miamiartzine.com

Seraphic Fire presents "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
June 11th-14th, Seraphic Fire presents "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", the return of the acclaimed ensemble's wildly popular summer Gospel concerts. Precious Lord, Take My Hand will provide a refreshing and energizing respite from the dog days of the South Florida summer, and this time there's a twist - the audience will select the program to be performed.
A mix of Bluegrass, Southern Gospel, and African-American Spirituals, these fun-filled concerts feature the soulful voices of Seraphic Fire's young, virtuoso performers who bring even more energy to these already rousing numbers. Tickets are $25 and available now by phone any time at 866.739.0010 or at www.seraphicfiretickets.com

Fort Lauderdale Pride is a go!
The Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale organization voted Wednesday to approve the festival plans and hold the event, as scheduled on the weekend of June 20th and 21st. For several weeks, the annual festival faced cancellation because of lack of sponsorships. www.floridablade.com

Winter Party Festival Volunteer Kick Off Party - Tuesday, June 16th
You're invited to the official Winter Party Festival 2010 Volunteer Kick Off Party. Join The Task Force staff and Winter Party Execitive Commitee as they host the first event of the year.
Tuesday, June 16th 7pm to 9pm
Bayview Room
9 Island Avenue Miami Beach
Please RSVP to fceraolo@thetaskforce.org

Big Sweep 2009 aims to clean up South Beach
Miami Beach Big Sweep, a trash-collecting competition, will take place on Sunday. www.miamiherald.com

Adam Lambert: 'I'm Gay. I'm Proud of My Sexuality. I Embrace It.'
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Get you Miami Beach INcard for local discounts!
Get your Miami Beach Incard to begin receiving discounts and value at Miami Beach businesses. www.miamibeachincard.com

The naked truth about Brooke Hogan's roomie, Glenn Douglas Packard
VH1 reality series Brooke Knows Best focuses on Hulk Hogan's 21-year-old daughter, but co-star Glenn Douglas Packard -- Brooke Hogan's gay South Beach roommate -- says we'll see more of his family in the coming weeks. The show's second season premieres Sunday night. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Nun arrested in Miami, report says
A nun from a downtown church shelter was arrested for allegedly confronting a police officer who was dealing with a homeless man armed with a knife and an ice pick. www.sun-sentinel.com

Miriam 'Mimi' Planas, lesbian mom, announces candidacy for Miami-Dade County Commission
Miriam "Mimi" Planas, a current District 10 resident, announced her candidacy for Miami-Dade County's District 10 Commission seat today. Planas declared before nearly 50 of her closest friends and family in the District. "The road ahead will be long and trite, but I am determined to prove my commitment to the people in this district." She added, "I hope that 2010 will be a year that will empower the people." www.miamiherald.com/gay

All hail breaks loose at the Fontainebleau
This stormy afternoon, all of a sudden, says our source, "The roof collapsed and it's literally raining in the lobby, near the LIV entrance. All the restaurants are closed, too. It's complete chaos." Ridiculous! After all those zillions spent on revamping the place, they couldn't build a roof to withstand a Florida rainstorm? www.miamiherald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

Miami Beach Gives Mr. Clucky the Boot
On any given Saturday, you can catch the bright white celebrity bird canoodling with tourists on Lincoln Road, perched on silver handlebars, or just out for a beer with handyman-cum-activist owner Mark Buckley. He's become quite the unofficial Beach mascot since New Times slapped his feathered mug on a cover a couple of years ago. But that could end soon. Last week, Buckley was cited by the city's code enforcement department. It explained the rooster must leave town in seven days. The reason: The city prohibits "the keeping, stabling, or maintaining of livestock." www.miaminewtimes.com

Gusto Vino & Caffe
Now open, 9:30am to 11pm daily, 959 West Ave, Suite #10, South Beach

From a bunch of boot-country buddies who learned to meld French and Italian food while working/really not working at all in St. Barts, Gusto mixes the two cuisines via tapas, in a setting that's less about "dinner" and more about sitting around shooting the breeze with your mouth really full. www.thrillist.com

Anderson Cooper was surprised by mystery guests for his 42nd birthday
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Hotel could be in plan for Miami Beach Convention Center revamp
The Miami Beach Convention Center could be revamped and expanded to include a hotel — potentially with the help of private partners — depending on the results of a study Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa is pushing.
She's to propose at a Recreation, Culture & Tourism Committee on Monday that county officials prepare a feasibility study and funding options for retrofitting and expanding the center, including developing an on-site hotel. www.miamitodaynews.com

Tracy Young, Khloe Kardashian at SAVE Dade Event on Thursday 5:30pm
SAVE Dade in coordination with the Clevelander Hotel and "Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami" will be holding a "SAVE Dade Ride the Wave Celebration" party this coming Thursday, June 11th from 5:30pm to 8pm. SAVE is celebrating the recent success toward same-sex marriage in the various states as well as hopefully celebrating our successful passage of the City of Miami Domestic Partner Ordinance earlier that same day and beginning our launch of a campaign to repeal Amendment 2.
DJ Tracy Young will be spinning and Elaine Lancaster will be the MC, and of course Khloe will be there. They are having a Khloe Kardashian Drag Queen Look-A-Like contest with a $1,000 prize and celebrity judges.
There is no cover charge.

Miami Beach, strip club settle booze suit
Bare breasts together with booze could become legal in strip joints in Miami Beach, after the city commission agreed to settle a lawsuit with the owner of the all-nude Club Madonna Wednesday. Leroy Griffith, the owner of Club Madonna, had challenged the constitutionality of the city's law banning the sale of alcohol at fully nude establishments in a federal lawsuit, which named the city as well as six current and former city officials as defendants. www.miamiherald.com

Miami-Dade horse track breaks ground on casino
Miami-Dade County horse racing fans will soon be able to expand their gambling beyond betting on horses. Churchill Downs Inc. and Calder Race Course broke ground Wednesday on a 104,000-square-foot slots and gaming facility. It will be the county's first casino other than cruise ships. Churchill Downs says the casino will open early next year before the Super Bowl, which is in Miami. It will have 1,225 slot machines, three restaurants and valet parking. www.cnbc.com

Please remember: Ryan Patrick Stone
Ryan Patrick Stone was taken from us in a car accident on Sunday, May 31st. There will be a service held in his honor at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home in Fernandina Beach, Fl on Friday, June 5th at 10 am. His mother requested that any friends please join to celebrate his life and memory.
You can see his photos and more information on his Facebook profile: www.facebook.com

South Beach's Newest House of Style
The Webster Miami 1220 Collins Ave Miami Beach 305.674.7899

Housed in a 1930s deco hotel, the Webster feels like a private residence decorated by some of the world's most cutting-edge fashion mavens (which it sort of is). It ain't small either: three full floors of luxury goods (including vintage watches and jewelry), all chosen by design geniuses who know what will catch the eye of that comely patron at the next Art Basel party. A downstairs restaurant, Caviar Kaspia, will also be opening soon, offering you the chance for post-shopping beluga and champagne. www.urbandaddy.com

Ex-Miami Beach cop shoots at wife, son and man at Plantation Key home
A former Miami Beach police captain was shot with a stun gun, jailed and charged with three counts of attempted murder for firing a gun at his wife, their 3-year-old son and his wife's friend at a Plantation Key Colony home on Monday morning, according to Keys police.
A Monroe County Sheriff's Office press release states that the former Miami officer, 53-year-old William Thomas Skinner, went to his wife's home at 228 Hibiscus Street at around 8:45 a.m. to see the couple's son. www.keysnet.com

Meet the two out gay guys of Bravo's "Miami Social"
Come July Bravo will be premiering another in its ever-expanding suite of "docu-series", and for once it doesn't have "Real Housewives" in the title (thank God).
Miami Social follows the intertwined lives of a group of seven movers-and-shakers in South Beach, and considering you can't snap a thong without hitting a gaggle of gays in that area, it's not surprising that there are two out guys in the bunch. www.afterelton.com

Miami-Dade prosecutor charged with punching pizza delivery woman
For Miami-Dade County prosecutor David Ranck, a Domino's pizza accomplished what courtroom outbursts and a whistle-blower lawsuit against his own boss could not: It got him temporarily thrown off the job.
Ranck, 54, was suspended without pay Monday after he was accused of punching a tardy pizza delivery woman trying to deliver a pie to his Miami Beach condo. www.miamiherald.com

Happy ending: Miami Commission keeps 'Burn Notice' in town
Burn Notice, the acclaimed television drama filmed in Miami, will stay for a fourth season -- and its $20,000 monthly rent payments will go toward improving the waterfront in Coconut Grove. Miami commissioners spent over an hour listening to actors, producers and fans advocate for the show, before voting unanimously to delay the demolition of the Coconut Grove Expo Center, where the show is filmed. www.miamiherald.com

Au Pied de Cochon, a New French Brasserie Open All Night
81 Washington Ave (1st St) Miami Beach

Introducing Au Pied de Cochon, a 24-hour brasserie opening tomorrow, ready to satisfy your wildest late-night cravings. Think of Au Pied as your new post-nightcap nightcap spot. It's where you'll go after you've made the rounds at Mansion or Louis and are jonesing for a topnotch cognac and a steak tartare. Bustling and frenetic, the place feels like a cozy bistro on a Parisian back street, right down to the red leather booths, brass chandeliers and art nouveau murals. www.urbandaddy.com

Gay Pride in Miami?
Committee in planning stages for 2010 event

Like a baby bird hatching into a scary world, a small group of Miami residents has big ideas and a dream to bring the Magic City its own Pride celebration in the Fall of 2010. After witnessing the success of Pride Miami Beach in April, Center for Positive Connections Program Coordinator Eddie Orozco said he wants to form a committee to put together a Pride event that Miami could call its own. www.floridablade.com

Pride Seder at Temple Israel of Greater Miami - Wednesday June 10th
The Pride Seder, held during Gay Pride month is Ruach's biggest event. On Pesach, they tell the story of the Jewish People's liberation from bondage. At Pride Seder, they share the stories and hardships of our Gay and Lesbian Jewish Life. We celebrate the many freedoms we have obtained, and explore those freedoms not yet within our grasp.
5:30pm-6:00pm Holy Schmoozing
6:00 pm the Seder Begins
RSVP to Phyllis Littman by call Temple Israel at 305-573-5900 or e-mail plittman@templeisrael.net
Please send your check for $25.00 per person made out to: Temple Israel, 137 N.E. 19th Street, Miami, FL 33132. If you can contribute an additional amount to help us cover the cost of the event, it would be a mitzvah. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you make your reservation. www.templeisrael.net

Festival struggles amid confusion
Tempers flared at the Wednesday, May 27 meeting of the Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale, as the board of directors continued to make plans for the upcoming Stonewall Street Festival and Parade scheduled for the weekend of June 20 and 21. With just three and a half weeks prior to the festival, board members at the meeting argued over a variety of issues, most notably who was in charge: the Board of Directors of the festival, or the newly appointed executive director, Lance Horton. www.floridablade.com

Apple, an LA Hot Spot Opens in South Beach
Secure as we are in Miami's own awesomeness, we admit there are a few things we could learn from LA. Especially when it comes to food. And celebrities. Prepare for a crash course in both with the debut of Apple Restaurant & Lounge, opening Friday in the old Snatch space in South Beach. www.urbandaddy.com

Marie Osmond: So What If My Daughter's Gay?
www.miamiherald.com/gay

The 7 Best Beaches in Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida is one of the hottest spring break and summer vacation destinations in the United States. Known for being a place where tired college students can have some fun in the sun before tearing up the nightlife on the strip in South Beach, Miami truly has a lot to offer visitors from all walks of life. There is, however, really no point to visiting Miami if you’re not going to spend time on the beaches. The warm sands and blue waters are certainly inviting and spending a day in the sun is exactly what you need to wash away those winter blues. So where are the best beaches in Miami? www.cennetmarmaris.com

More South Beach Reality TV: Tabitha takes over Lincoln Road
Tabitha Coffey from "Tabitha's Salon Takeover" seems to have taken over Brown's and Company on Lincoln Road. Crews are currently filming in the second floor salon.

Kardashian sisters to open boutique at 815 Washington Avenue
For all those who have inquired, the troika of Kardashian sisters - Kim, Kourtney and Khloe - will be at The Clevelander on Wednesday night for the launch party of their new boutique, Dash Miami (815 Washington Ave.), which will sell, according to a press release, "summer essentials and chic beach cover ups." www.miamiherald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

Stay at Lincoln, a Guest House Off Lincoln Road
Stay at Lincoln is a guest house hip enough to be mistaken for your home. Less than a block from Lincoln Road, Stay is smack dab in the heart of the action with access to all of South Beach's many pleasures. Styled in art deco, the renovated apartment building brims with vintage furniture and far-out artwork spread throughout nine uniquely appointed, compact but comfortable units. www.urbandaddy.com

Arrests, police calls are up on South Beach this weekend
Wet weather has not kept throngs of people from partying and misbehaving on Miami Beach during this long holiday weekend, police said today. Urban Beach Weekend has drawn about 250,000 revelers to South Beach since 2001, when the party-goers caught city officials largely off guard. A citywide plan since enacted calls for all 368 sworn Miami Beach police officers to be on the streets, aided by neighboring departments. www.sun-sentinel.com

South Beach banking on crowds at annual Urban Beach Weekend
Miami Beach is once again gearing up for a throng of hip-hop aficionados this Memorial Day weekend -- despite a weak economy and waning popularity -- for the largest urban festival in the country. In years past, upward of 250,000 hip-hop lovers have flocked to South Beach for Memorial Day -- dubbed Urban Beach Weekend -- renting out hotels, packing nightclubs and taking the party out into the street. www.miamiherald.com

Kardashian sisters' Miami Beach store vandalized
The lovely Kardashian sisters -- Kim, Kourtney and Khloe -- are going to put on happy faces for their parties at The Clevelander and LIV on Wednesday night. But the celebutantes' minds may be on their boutique, Dash Miami, the subject of a new E! reality show, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, set to air in August. (Khloe, 24, and Kourtney, 30 have already moved here; Kim, 28, is monitoring from the sidelines in L.A.) www.miamiherald.com

Coming soon to Lincoln Road: Crate and Barrel, J. Crew, Skechers
Look for Crate and Barrel opening at Lincoln and Jefferson (facing the parking lot in the rear). J. Crew and Skechers will bem opening next to the Apple Store on Lincoln and Meridian.

The GayClic Collab Against Homophobia (from France)
A French video response from http://www.GayClic.com readers to the Stevie Bee Bishop's "Big Fat Gay Collab". Posted on the International Day Against Homophobia, May 17th 2009. www.youtube.com

Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon Announces Engagement to Girlfriend
Cynthia Nixon is making it official with her girlfriend of nearly six years, education activist Christine Marinoni.
The Sex and the City star, 43, showed off her diamond engagement ring at the Love, Peace and Marriage Equality rally for gay rights in New York City Sunday. The event supported New York governor David Paterson's proposed bill legalizing same-sex marriage. www.omg.yahoo.com

Gay adoption gets court support
Florida must honor adoptions in other states

Florida must recognize gay couples' adoptions that were granted in other states even though its laws bar granting such adoptions, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday. www.sun-sentinel.com

Mark Harriss, Delray Beach gay man shot dead in his driveway
At least 12 gunshots were fired before a 30-year-old hotel manager was left dead just outside his home, police said. Mark Harriss was shot and killed next to his truck Monday night as he returned home from a local restaurant, said Delray Beach Police Detective Troy Baer. Police said detectives recovered at least 12 spent bullet casings at the scene of Harriss' death in the 400 block of Northeast Seventh Avenue. www.sun-sentinel.com

Openly gay North Miami mayor seeks U.S. Senate seat
Kevin Burns, the Mayor of North Miami, spoke to a crowd of about 2,000 people at Sarasota's Pride on the Bay on Saturday, May 9 to discuss his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. He appeared on stage with his partner of 26 years, Rob Flint, and their 7 year-old daughter, Autumn. Burns is seeking the seat that will open when Senator Mel Martinez leaves office. www.floridablade.com

Sizzle Miami to bring Off-Broadway play to Miami
Sizzle Miami is bringing the Laurinda D. Brown production, Walk Like A Man - The Play to Miami as part of the Sizzle Miami 2009 festivities. Tickets for the play, which opens Off-Broadway on Aug.12, are on sale now at www.sizzleshopping.com. Prices are $25 advance, $30 at the door. Limited VIP seating: $50. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Jump on Mark's List claims copyright theft
The owner of one of Florida's largest gay websites is fighting back after discovering a new start-up company is allegedly stealing his site's content.
JumpOnMarksList.com owner Mark Haines claims that owners of ThePinkLife.com has taken a majority of their content from his website and the websites of other local gay organizations such as Sobe Gay Life and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center. www.floridablade.com

Champions of Equality - May 20th 6:30pm
More than 150 civic leaders and private citizens attend the reception. The 2009 SAVE Dade Champions of Equality Award Reception and Silent Auction will be held at Karu & Y Ultralounge, located at 71 NW 14th Street, Miami 6:30-9:00pm. For more information, go to www.savedade.org

Join Edison Farrow's Team for Champions of Equality - May 20th 6:30pm
Please support me and more than 150 civic leaders and private citizens attend the reception. The 2009 SAVE Dade Champions of Equality Award Reception and Silent Auction will be held at Karu & Y Ultralounge, located at 71 NW 14th Street, Miami 6:30-9:00pm. For tickets and more information, go to www.savedade.org

Gay Teams of 2 Sought for reality TV Show
New competition reality show for the Travel Channel that will feature the beauty and charm of 8 different American cities while following teams of 2 though road and driving challenges. In the end, one team in each city will have the chance to represent their city in a final battle of America's Urban drivers in Los Angeles, CA.
They are looking for teams of 2 who are TRUE AND PROUD Miami residents. Whether its a spouse, partner, neighbor, boss, here's your chance to either guide the poor motorist in your life to victory or prove to your favorite back-seat driver that you're not a bad driver after all.
Seeking strong duos with big personalities!
For more information: email Jonathan Tanzman tanzman.casting@gmail.com or call the offices at 818.432.3507

Gay activist 'Ron' Brenesky arrested on healthcare grand theft charge
Saul ''Ron'' Brenesky - a well-known South Florida gay activist, businessman and political operative - has been charged with grand theft for allegedly taking $58,000 in payment for a home healthcare agency he didn't own and that wasn't for sale. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Baires Grill opens on the old Funkshion space
Baires feels like a spacious, high-ceilinged Buenos Aires bistro, matching Old World marble with heavier New World tables and leather banquettes, and boasting a menu indicative of Argentina's Central Region, where Italian immigrants' grub-magic meets the famed beef of the Las Pampas grasslands, much to the delight of your own central region.
Baires Grill 1116 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305.538.1116 www.thrillist.com

Tulip Toy Gallery opens on Espanola Way
Tulip Toy Gallery has opened in South Beach. With two stores already in Chicago, Tulip is a woman-owned, all inclusive, high-end, health conscious sex toy store. Tulip is truly a pansexual space with a diverse customer base. They carry only the very best medically safe sex toys and accessories for people of all genders and sexualities.
Tulip Toy Gallery 413 Espanola Way Miami Beach 305.535.6661 wwww.mytulip.com

Miami gay activist, fundraiser Bob Cole dies at 66
Bob Cole, a longtime gay activist and fundraiser in South Florida, died Saturday at Doctor’s Hospital. He was 66 and had suffered for years from HIV, skin cancer and a broken hip, according to his close friend, Salvatore Castillo. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at Cole’s home in Coconut Grove. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Trixie's Bar owner found dead
The owner of one of South Florida's only transgender bars was found dead in his Hallandale Beach home of an accidental drug overdose in late March, according to police reports filed this week. 60-year-old Stanley Orlansky's "nude body lying on the floor in a pool of bodily fluids" was discovered on March 31 by Hallandale Beach police officers, according to Hallandale Beach Police Investigator Anthony Diaz. www.floridablade.com

Photo Gallery: John Waters performs at Lincoln Theater
These are exclusive photos that Steve Rothaus (Miami Herald) took Friday night before, during and after film director John Waters' show at the Lincoln Theater in Miami Beach. Waters spoke for about 90 minutes during the performance, then took questions. Afterward, he spent hours signing autographs and posing for photos with fans at a reception at the Shore Club hotel. www.miamiherald.com/gay

One Mighty Weekend says goodbye to Disney
More than 150,000 people from all over the world are expected to converge on Mickey's turf during the 19th year of Gay Days at Disney World in Orlando, held this year from June 2-9, according to GayDays.com Vice President Chris Alexander-Manley. The event is billed as the largest GLBT event in Florida.
In an unexpected snag with this year's Gay Days celebration, however, Chisholm’s events scheduled for Disney World theme parks were suddenly moved off property. www.floridablade.com

Pair arrested in beating of two gay men in Oakland Park
Nearly a month after a brutal beating left an Oakland Park man in a coma, a pair of arrests were announced Monday by the Broward Sheriff's Office, with more arrests anticipated. Victor Gonzalez, 21 and Pargu Leandro, 25, both of Deerfield Beach, are being held by deputies in connection to the April 6 early morning attack that left Craig Cohen, 47, on life support and caused severe head injuries to David Villanova, 27. www.miamiherald.com

Saba, Tiny island offers big welcome to gay travelers
Saba is an oddity among Caribbean islands. It has no beaches, no all-inclusive resorts, no cruise ship visits, and a mere 90 hotel rooms. Located a stone's throw from St. Maarten, this Dutch territory measures just five square miles in area, with a population of about 1,500. And while several Caribbean spots have nabbed headlines for discouraging gay travel, tiny Saba has quietly earned a reputation as one of the region's most gay-friendly destinations. www.miamiherald.com

Gay Flag Football Team seeks players- Miami Blowfish
The Miami Blowfish is a group of men and women that enjoy the game of football in all aspects: watching, cheering and playing. They get together every Sunday to practice & prepare to compete in the annual Gay Bowl to be held in Washington, DC this year.
They want you! Whether you are looking for a new social outlet, a chance to rekindle your competetive spirit or simply want to be involved in something worthwhile, the Miami Blowfish are for you. They welcome all levels of players.
For more information, call 305.321.0278 or email mscrew78@aol.com
SEE FLYER

Miami Beach landmark restaurant The Forge closing for renovations
The Forge, one of Miami Beach's landmark restaurants, abruptly closed its doors Monday as part of plans for a major renovation. Owner Shareef Malnik said he expects to reopen the 40-year-old restaurant sometime between October and December after a multimillion-dollar renovation that will include everything from new furniture to a new menu. www.miamiherald.com

Rockstar Swimwear available at 1245 Washington Avenue
Rockstar Tans has officially launched their swimwear line "Rockstar Swimwear". And, after their amazing Swimwear Fashion Show at LIV at the Fontainebleau, numerous people have inquired where they can purchase the beautiful line of Rockstar Swimwear. Their website will be coming soon, but in the meantime, you can purchase their swimwear at: 1245 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. www.youtube.com

A Concert For Charity with The Band From TV - Saturday, May 16th 9pm
On Saturday May 16, at Shore Club, Band from TV will be performing a special charity concert. Doors open at 7:30 PM, concert begins at 9 PM. VIP ticket includes pre-party with The Band as well as a preferred viewing area.
Band Members:
Greg Grunberg - Heroes
James Denton - Desperate Housewives
Bob Guiney - The Bachelor & TLC's Date My House
Jesse Spencer - House
Adrian Pasdar - Heroes
Teri Hatcher - Desperate Housewives
Fr mor information, go to www.ticketweb.com

Virtual GLBTQ Community Center Town Hall Meeting - Saturday May 16th
Help shape the future of Miami. You are invited to a Town Hall meeting to discuss the creation of a GLBTQ Virtual Community Center on Saturday, May 16th at Conrad Miami. It's free. Sign up now! Limited seating!
The goal of community meeting is to understand how we might unite the services that exist within our community via an online community to reach the broadest segment of the GLBT community possible with the maximum privacy, minimum cost and great efficiency for both users and providers.
Free lunch provided to the first 50 registrants from the host organizations. Lunches for $30 will be available. Please RSVP with lunch request. Please email Ed Straub at edstraubjr@gmail.com

10th Annual Aqua Girl - May 6th - 10th
Aqua Girl 2009: Featuring incredible music, dazzling dance parties, and thousands of exciting women from every corner of the country—and the world. It happens only once a year, against one of the sexiest backdrops in America, South Beach, Florida! www.aquagirl.org

"Artists for Sale" - Saturday, May 9th 8pm-1am
In this rough economy, local student/model Max Emerson and twin artists Paul and John Physioc have been forced to find residence in the Edgar Ace Gallery for the last days of their semester at the University of Miami. For a ten-dollar donation (waived w/ any art purchase), guests are permitted to explore the boys' abode, hang out late and check out art from a variety of UMiami students. Complimentary drinks will be offered "college-style". "Artists For Sale" is a one-night-only interactive exhibition geared towards raising money for student artists.
Edgar Ace Gallery
7520 NE 4th Ct. Miami, FL 33138

Miami Beach Gay Pride attracts tens of thousands
It's been more than 10 years since there has been a gay pride celebration on Miami Beach despite the area being a major gay vacation destination for many years. The weather could not have been more perfect for the parade, which started at noon, followed by the festival on the beach, which lasted until 7 p.m. The parade, which was an unqualified success by any standards, honored 17 gay and lesbian couples from Miami-Dade and Broward County that have been together for at least 20 years. www.floridablade.com

Photo Gallery | Miami Beach Gay Pride parade & festival
www.miamiherald.com/gay

Grand Opening: Eos at the Viceroy Miami
Introducing Eos at the Viceroy Miami, now accepting limited reservations for Tuesday's soft opening. A collaboration between chef Michael Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia (they of NYC's Michelin-star-rated Anthos), this 15th-floor Greek spot is outfitted with enough deco noir to make you feel like Don Draper on a salacious date. www.urbandaddy.com

Fred Phelps and "God Hates Fags" to protest UM graduation
Fred Phelps' clan is coming to the University of Miami Law School. The "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church is planning to picket the University of Miami Law School's graduation because of the school's strong support for LGBT students. Fred Phelps and his group travel all across the United States spreading their message of hate and lies about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. www.phleps-a-thon.com

Florida tourism looking at Cuba
If Washington lifts all travel restrictions to Cuba, South Florida tourism will likely have a new competitor 90 miles away. SEE FLYER

Would you set your hair on fire for director John Waters?
Filmmaker John Waters, whose 300-pound leading lady -- drag queen Divine -- ate a most unappetizing snack at the end of Pink Flamingos, believes he's misunderstood. "I never tried to shock people," Waters says from San Francisco. "I made them laugh. If I had just shocked them, I wouldn't be here today." www.miamiherald.com/gay

3 John Waters films at Miami Beach Cinematheque - May 2nd & 3rd
Three early films directed by John Waters.
"Female Trouble" Saturday, May 2nd at 7pm
"Desperate Living" Saturday, May 2nd at 9pm
"Polyester" (in "odorama") Sunday, May 3rd 8pm
$12 or $10 MBC or MGLFF members ($15 or $13 Members with collector’s Scratch 'n Sniff card. Limited quantity). Order in advance at www.MBCinema.com

The Clevelander opens after 40 Million Dollar Renovation
The iconic Clevelander Hotel South Beach invites all of Miami to celebrate its $40M rebirth of a South Beach 70-year tradition on Ocean Drive during its Grand Re-Opening Weekend from Thursday, April 30 – Sunday, May 3 packed with live performances and non-stop entertainment.
The Clevelander opens to the public at 9:00 PM on Thursday for Gym Class Heroes and The Academy Is performing live on the Pool and Patio Deck. From Friday to Sunday events are open to the public with top names such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, djMIA, DJ Irie, Sky Nellor, DJ Z-Trip, Star Eyes, Jungle Brothers and Inner Circle. For more information go to www.clevelander.com/party

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - April 24th - May 3rd
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood and screens films and videos in locations throughout Miami-Dade county and Ft. Lauderdale. Their 1ath annual edition will run April 24th through May 3rd. www.mglff.com

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
A flicker of light bounces around the big screen as a silent audience anxiously awaits the films to roll for the 11th annual Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
More than 67 films from 17 countries will be featured in this 10-day, seven-venue cinematique showcase aimed to bring a variety of art-starved audiences into the seats.
"There's something for all of you to come together in a dark room and watch a movie and hopefully learn something about each other," said 28-year-old festival Program Director Kareem Tabsch, "There are a lot of films that have an edginess to them. There's some films that people in my generation will want to see versus what some of my friends who are in their 50's and 60's want to see. There really is something for everybody." www.floridablade.com

Crooks paddle off with Rosie O'Donnell's kayak
Crime victim: Miami Beach homeowner Rosie O'Donnell. Two men swiped a kayak from the pier at O'Donnell's waterfront mansion on Star Island. www.miamiherald.com

Oh, the Endless Joys of Being Towed on South Beach
You could probably fill the Jackie Gleason Theater with the number of shoppers who have sworn they'll never return to South Beach. It's usually prompted by the same thing: Folks drive in, park a car, buy some gelato, maybe see a movie -- and return to find their wheels missing. Stolen? is the first thought. Then it's: Towed?! Of course. Towed.
Dori Martin, our most recent angry victim, blames the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. The group has welcomed perhaps the two most loathed Beach businesses -- Tremont Towing and Beach Towing -- to enjoy the credibility and promotional benefits of the chamber's approval stamp. Pretty ironic, considering they are the companies that arguably scare away the most spenders. Martin writes, "I am not the first person, nor will I be the last, to never come back to Lincoln Road. Shame on you for allowing this to take place!". www.miaminewtimes.com

2 gay men brutally beaten in Oakland Park near Fort Lauderdale
Police are hunting for robbers who attacked two gay men separately in the Oakland Park area Monday, leaving one in a coma and the other with a serious head injury. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Miami Latin Gay Film Festival sneak preview- April 16th - 19th
The Miami Latin Gay Film Festival is pleased to announce the parties and events for our four day, six film sneak preview of their annual summer Film Festival. The Latin Gay Film Festival is bringing the best in award winning, international Latin gay and lesbian films to Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Their Spring Sneak Preview was created to honor Miami Beach Gay Pride Weekend with their regular annual Festival taking place July 30th-August 3rd. www.miamilatingayfilmfestival.com

Deborah Cox: "She WAS Supposed to be Here"
Talk is saddened by the news that dance diva extraordinaire Deborah Cox won't be performing this weekend as previously planned by Edison Farrow of SoBe Social Club. Deborah Cox's manager cancelled the date stating that she would be on "maternity leave" and forgot to mention that she was pregnant and due around early this month to Farrow.
"I don't understand why they would take a booking if they knew that it was so close to her due date," says Farrow. "They never even told me that she was pregnant." www.the411mag.com

Miami Latin Gay Film Festival - April 16th - 19th
The first annual Miami Latin Gay Film Festival will take place from April 16th to 19th. For more infromation, go to www.miamilatingayfilmfestival.com

LOGO TV Event: "Truck Stop Girlz" - Saturday, April 18th 5pm
LOGO TV is in Miami this week and will be hosting a special event, "Truck Stop Girlz", for the reality show "Gimme Sugar Season 2". You are invited to join in on the fun on Saturday, April 18th 5pm to 10pm at Hotel Victor 1144 Ocean Drive. To get on the guest list, email truckstopmiami@gmail.com

Fruit Cocktail Comedy Show - Friday, April 17th 9pm
Kick off your Miami Beach Gay Pride weekend with Fruit Cocktail, a high-octane comedy extravaganza featuring comics Wendy Ho, Chantal Carrere, Jackie Monahan, Jason Scarlotti, Michelle Buteau, Danny Leary in a special "one night only" performance. Ticket prices range from $28 to $75 for VIP tickets that include a pre-show cocktail reception at the Van Dyke Café. All net proceeds benefit the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and SAVE Dade. For more information and tickets, go to: www.fruitcocktaillounge.com

Miami Beach Gay Pride - Saturday, April 18th
Thanks to Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower, the most famous sandbar in the world will join the ranks of world class cities like Sao Paulo, San Francisco, New York, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Madrid that officially honor the gay & lesbian community by hosting its first city-supported pride event on Saturday, April 18, 2009. www.miamibeachgaypride.com

"Bitch n' Brunch" at China Grill - Sunday, April 19th
This Sunday, April 19th noon to 4pm, China Grill is presenting "Bitch n' Brunch" in celebration of Gay Pride Miami Beach. They are offering a special $23 menu. "Pride Out" your pet and treceive a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary. For reservations, plase call 305.534.2211.

Miami Beach Gay Pride - Saturday, April 18th
Miami Beach Gay Pride 2009 will begin at noon on Saturday, April 18th with a Gay Pride parade and March on Ocean Drive from 5th Street to 15th Street. Local businesses, community organizations, and entertainers are expected to ban together to create various floats for the parade. Immediately following the parade, various booths, food kiosks, and exhibits will line the streets of Ocean Drive creating a Gay Pride exhibition area where local businesses and community organizations can showcase their pride and support of GLBT equality. Miami Beach Gay Pride 2009 will end with a large afternoon dance event, complete with shows by various national and international recording artists, music sets by international DJs, and performances by a number of popular entertainers. www.miamibeachgaypride.com

MTV Hosts "Walk This Way" - Saturday, April 11th 8pm
MTV, Sony Music, Sony Music Publishing, Cyloop.com, BASE, and others join the AIDS Walk Miami 2009 under one team, "MUSIC INDUSTRY - FINDING A CURE" (www.themusicindustry.kintera.org), raising over $30k to date. Join them for a special MTV hosted event, "Walk This Way", on Saturday, April 11th 8pm at the Gibson Guitar Showroom 180 NE 39th Street Miami Design District with a special acoustic performance by Carlos Bertonatti, Zania Sala, DJ Mauricio Parra, complimentary UV Vodka drinks, donations encouraged, $5 minimum. SEE FLYER

SAVE THE DATE! Edison Farrow's Birthday Dance Party at LIV
Special Performance by "Make Me a Supermodel" Ronnie Kroell
Tuesday, April 14th 9pm to 3am

Don't miss this special event at LIV at the Fontainebleau as Martini Tuesdays turns into a special Dance Party for Edison Farrow's Birthday!
Doors open at 9pm with DJ FR8-O.
There will be a performance by "Make Me a Supermodel" Season 1 Finalist Ronnie Kroell. Ronnie will be singing his hot new dance songs.
There is no cover charge for this event. SEE INVITATION

Make him a pop star
Make Me a Supermodel's Ronnie Kroell to perform at Martini Tuesdays
Ronnie Kroell, the first runner up in the first season of "Make Me A Supermodel," won our hearts as one half of "Bronnie." Kroell has remained relevant with his non-profit work, a book in the works and an upcoming cd, "Chemical Attraction." He will be performing singles "Miserable Attraction" and "Taste of Her Sin" at Edison Farrow's birthday celebration/Martini Tuesdays event at LIV at Fontainebleau on April 14. We caught up with the hottie and found out that yes, he still speaks with Ben (who has moved back to Tennessee with his wife) and has recently spent time with fellow cast members Perry and Casey. Kroell told us what else he has up his fashionable sleeve. www.the411mag.com

Models "Rock" Chic Swimwear Line for Edison Farrow's Birthday Bash
Rockstar Tans Launches New Swimwear Line at LIV

South Beach is known for its opulence, beautiful people, and one-of-a-kind fashions, and now, Rockstar Tans & Spa is combining all three qualities in putting them in their new high-end swimwear line, Rockstar Swinmwear.
Designed by Natasha Sarah and Prashant Thakker, Rockstar Swimwear features an assortment of styles from the 1940s Hollywood glamour, complete with tones and cuts from that era paired with Swarovski crystals and sterling silver, yellow, white, and rose gold beading.
On Tuesday April 14th, the Rockstar Swimwear Fashion Show will feature a theatrical showcase of scantily clad men and women donning nothing but a smooth tan and a beautiful Rockstar Tans Swimsuit. www.rockstartans.com

Out Traveler: Florida event at Books & Books - Friday, April 17th.
On the eve of Miami Beach's first-ever pride, start your weekend with a fabulous book signing event at Books & Books, South Beach. Come get your personalized copy of the top selling guide book, The Out Traveler: South Florida, down a few glasses of wine, meet the author, Paul Rubio, and interact with Florida wildlife. April 17, 7-8:30pm at Books & Books, 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Pink Palm store set to reopen this week on Lincoln Road
For years, Pink Palm was among the most popular gift and card stores on Lincoln Road. At one point, owner Rick Hanley had five shops in Miami, Key West, Coral Gables and Dadeland. Then he needed some time off from the grind. "Three years was enough and now I'm ready again," Hanley said. He's set to reopen Pink Palm South Beach this week, just next to Score and not far from his old location on Lincoln Road. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Fergie celebrates birthday at LIV at the Fontainebleau
Marriage agrees with Fergie. During her 34th birthday celebration Friday night at the Fontainebleau Resort's Liv night club in Miami Beach, the smiling singer gushed about life as a newlywed with her husband of two months, husband Josh Duhamel. www.people.com

Gay Florida High School Student Sent Home for Drag Activism
Justin Reynolds, a junior at Dunnellon High School in Dunnellon, Florida, wanted to raise awareness about gender identity, gay students, and freedom of expression, so he told his teacher he would be wearing drag to class the next day. He did, and was sent home by 11 am. www.towleroad.com

South Beach man faces possible charges in slaying, hostage-taking
Arraignment has been delayed for the longtime boyfriend of a South Beach man suspected of a murdering a teenager, holding a family hostage at knife point while on the run and nearly strangling a North Miami-Dade woman during a crime spree last month. Romado Stephens, 28, was charged by police with four counts of accessory after the fact. He is accused of helping Michael Davis, 32, escape the law before police caught up with Davis and shot him to death. www.miamiherald.com

Queen Latifah Sued
A makeup artist and a fashion stylist claim in coordinated lawsuits that they got ugly treatment from Queen Latifah when she cheated them out of $1 million. Celebrity cosmetology consultant Roxanna Floyd says she lost $700,000 when the rapper-actress failed to pay her for work she did between July 2005 and February 2008.
In a separate lawsuit, celebrity fashion stylist Susan Moses said she was cheated of $300,000 during the same period. www.huffingtonpost.com

MDGLCC Monthly Networker - April 15th
Join MDGLCC, artist extraordinaire Noel, Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and the City of Miami Beach Commissioners, on Wednesday, April 15th, at SkyBar at the Shore Club Hotel, for an evening celebrating the first Miami Beach Gay Pride event. Doors open at 7 PM. $10.00 Entrance Fee.
Shore Club 1901 Collins Avenue Miami Beach. www.gogaymiami.com

"Make Me a Supermodel"'s Ronnie Kroell releases dance song
Ronnie Kroell most recently won the hearts of audiences as the stunning out gay model on season one of Bravo's "Make Me a Supermodel". Ronnie has now moved from Chicago to NYC to pursue his dream of being a Supermodel, but he now has become a triple threat as he explores his acting and musical career. You can hear his music, see photos and video clips on his website: www.ronniekroell.com

Book Release: The Local's Guide to South Beach
Now available is The Local's Guide to South Beach. It is the only guide that covers just South Beach. The guide, written by Wendy Hayward, is available at Books & Books 927 Lincoln Road, The Art Deco Center on 12th Street, The Miami Beach Visitor's Center 1920 Meridian Avenue or on-line. For more information, go to www.thelocalsguideonline.com

Lenny Kravitz Lists Miami Beach Home for $2.85 Million
Now comes word that Kravitz is selling his Miami Beach property at 7936 Biscayne Point Circle, Miami Beach for $2,850,000. www.zillow.com

Miami Beach residents get the OK to fly the Pride Flag
It's among the most basic of American rights: the freedom to fly a flag. But in Miami Beach -- home to one of the largest gay communities in the country -- residents and businesses only recently got the go-ahead to fly the rainbow-striped Pride Flag. And only after receiving a city permit. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach's historic Coral Rock House in limbo again
For the past six years, developers and preservationists have wrestled over the fate of the historic 93-year-old Coral Rock House on Miami Beach's famed Collins Avenue. But the tortured saga of the old building -- already the backdrop for grand plans, public protests and furtive bribes -- has a few more strange twists left. www.miamiherald.com

Michael Gongora: Former Commissioner announces his candidacy Vows
Michael Gongora announced his candidacy for election to the Miami Beach Commission in Group 2 by opening his campaign account and filing the necessary documentation with the City Clerk's Office. Commission Group 2 is vacant due to Commissioner Saul Gross leaving due to term limits. www.citydebate.com/florida/miamibeach

Renovated South Pointe Park reopens on Miami Beach
After 20 months and $22 million, South Pointe Park has reopened in Miami Beach. www.miamiherald.com

ShamWow Guy Arrested For Beating Prostitute On South Beach
Vince Shlomi is colloquially known as "that creepy guy from the ShamWow commercials" -- you know those dumb super-absorbent cloths that go for $19.99 plus shipping and handling (if you act now!). He's currently on top of the infomercial world, and enjoying all the perks that come with it, like stays on South Beach and prostitutes. www.miaminewtimes.com

10 great eats in Miami Beach that won't cost more than $15
Here are 10 South Beach restaurants where you can very easily spend $15 per person. It doesn't matter if you're on the way to the beach or a show—these restaurants say come as you are. www.southflorida.com

Mariah Carey in Miami with hubby - and child?
Nick Cannon was the special guest DJ at Cabana One last night. Not one to outshine anyone, wifey Mariah Carey showed up to support her hubby and stayed,partying until 3 a.m. While Cannon impressed on the turntables, Carey continued her 39th birthday celebration from the night before, hanging tight in the DJ booth standing dutifully by her man most of the night. www.miamiherald.com/sceneinthetropics

The Changing Face of South Beach
While South Beach has had many faces since its inception: bootlegger’s haven, retirement villa, edgy bohemian enclave, bling-bling vitrine and elite boutique retreat, a pervading sense of unapologetic joie-de-vivre has managed to stay afloat here. However, as the landscape becomes more crowded, Disneyfied and homogenous, and mom and papi businesses give way to chain storefronts indistinguishable from those of many other cities, the task of keeping South Beach’s indie spirit alive becomes all the more difficult. What can we do to keep it alive? www.miamiandthebeaches.com

MOVIE OPENING: Bart Got a Room - April 3rd - 5th
Don't miss the charming comedy BART GOT A ROOM starring William H. Macy, Bambi LaFleur, and Cheryl Hines, about the humorously pathetic life of South Florida native Brian Hecker who grew up as a nerd in Hollywood, Florida. Last year, he came back to his hometown to shoot his autobiographical feature. His divorced parents are portrayed by Hines and Macy respectively, playing recently divorced parents in the film. The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last April to rave reviews.
The movie opens April 3rd - 5th weekend at the following theaters.
AMC Aventura 19501 Biscayne Blvd North Miami
AMC Sunset Place 5701 Sunset Drive South Miami
www.bartgotaroom-movie.com

BETWEEN LOVE & GOODBYE to open Friday at Gateway in FTL
Meet cast member Rob Harmon Saturday night at Vlada Miami

Casper Andreas' new movie, BETWEEN LOVE & GOODBYE, is opening in Fort Lauderdale at the Gateway Theater 1820 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale on Friday, April 3rd. Meet one of the stars of the movie, Rob Harmon, at Vlada Lounge in Miami on Saturday night April 4th.
For more information about BETWEEN LOVE & GOODBYE and showtimes, go to: www.lovegoodbye.com

MTV Hosts "Walk This Way" at BASE - Thursday, April 2nd 8pm
MTV, Sony Music, Sony Music Publishing, Cyloop.com, BASE, and others join the AIDS Walk Miami 2009 under one team, "MUSIC INDUSTRY - FINDING A CURE" (www.themusicindustry.kintera.org), raising over $20k to date. Join them for a special MTV hosted event, "Walk This Way", on Thursday, April 2nd at BASE 939 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach with DJ Mauricio Parra, complimentary UV Vodka drinks, $5 suggested donation.
The limited edition T-shirt designed by BASE will be sold for $25. 100% of the sale price will benefit the AIDS Walk Miami 2009. SEE FLYER

Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt are outta here!
After spending all day at the Delano yesterday where they were busy playing an intense game of grab ass, Paris Hilton and beau du jour Doug Reinhardt planned to hit LIV at the Fontainebleau not realizing they'd be the ones getting hit there. www.miamiherald.com/sceneinthetropics

Frances Milstead, mother of Divine, dies at 88 in Fort Lauderdale
An exterminator came to Frances Milstead's Margate condo last week and noticed the photos of a 300-pound drag queen on her bedroom wall. "I just came out of another apartment and they have pictures of him on the wall. A big poster, " the exhilarated exterminator told Milstead. "I know that fellow. That's Divine! Are you his fan?" "No," said Milstead, 81. "I'm his mother." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Fundraiser - Wednesday, April 1st
On Wednesday April 1st from 7pm to 9pm, you are cordially invited to a wine reception for a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" overturn fundraiser at Mary's Resort 1115 Tequesta Street, Fort Lauderdale. Suggested tax-deductible donation of $50. For more information, go to: SEE FLYER

Ex-Miami Beach planner headed to prison in bribery case
Former Miami Beach city planner Henry Johnson, one of three government officials indicted in a sweeping corruption probe of the Beach's planning and building departments, pleaded guilty Thursday to accepting at least $8,000 in bribes from a developer.
Asked by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko why he accepted the plea, Johnson simply said: "I did it." www.miamiherald.com

Artist Romero Britto arrested on DUI charges
Painter and sculptor Romero Britto was arrested in Miami Beach early Thursday on drunken-driven charges. The Brazilian-born artist was driving his 2001 Bentley south on Washington Avenue about 3 a.m. when police saw him swerving between lanes, said Miami Beach Detective Jenny Velazquez, police spokeswoman. Blood-alcohol tests put his level at almost twice the legal limit, Velazquez said. He posted $1,000 bond at 6:30 p.m, according to Miami-Dade Corrections spokeswoman Janelle Hall. www.miamiherald.com

Antidiscrimination Repeal Fails in Gainesville
Gainesville, Fla.'s Amendment 1 - which, if passed, would have repealed a number of antidiscrimination protections for LGBT residents in the college town - failed at the polls Tuesday. With the majority of precincts reporting, results have the amendment failing with 61% voting no and 39% voting yes. Charter Amendment 1 would have eliminated not only transgender protections but also protections for gays and lesbians in the North Florida city. www.advocate.com

Ex-TV 'psychic' Miss Cleo comes out as gay and revels in new life
The former spokeswoman for the Psychic Readers Network has moved to Lake Worth, has come out as a lesbian, and gotten involved in gay rights. She still gives readings, too. www.miamiherald.com

Vermont Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage
After a week of heated public hearings, the Vermont Senate voted 26-4 today to approve same-sex marriage in the state, the Burlington Free Press reports:
"The bill will have third reading and vote Tuesday. All bills have three readings. It is designed for people to reconsider or amend an item, but it unlikely that a vote would change on a third reading. A similar measure begins moving through the House on Tuesday with testimony before the House Judiciary Committee." www.towleraod.com

Gainesville may shed gay discrimination ban
A charter amendment that would strip this university city's anti-discrimination protections extended to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender residents is before voters Tuesday. The fight began after the city commission last year revised Gainesville's anti-discrimination ordinance to protect transgender people - those who are born one sex but identify with the other. That allows the city's approximately 100 transgender residents to use the public restroom of their choosing, along with protecting them from job and housing discrimination. www.miamiherald.com

A Vending Machine with Bentleys and Condos
Introducing the Semi-Automatic, your new three-dimensional matrix of luxury goodies, now dispensing at the Mondrian hotel. Think of the Semi-Automatic as your standard break-room vending machine, if it were redesigned by Porsche. Or the prince of Jordan. Or somebody with really good design sensibilities, and the incredibly skewed feeling that, yes, people need to be able to buy a yacht trip or a condo or a Bentley, immediately. www.urbandaddy.com

Genre Magazine Suspends Publication
Genre magazine has suspended publication due to the recession, the Washington Blade reports, though the other publications under Avalon Equity's umbrella — the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, South Florida Blade, New York Blade and HX magazine — will continue to operate, according to CEO David Unger. www.towleroad.com

Home Design & Remodeling Show - March 27th - 30th
The Miami Beach Convention Center welcomes the Home Design & Remodeling Show which captures the flavor of South Florida as only a professional, local producer can featuring international products, services specific to the needs of South Florida, trend-setting home designs and a diversity of displays unseen in shows around the country. www.homeshows.net

Ultra Music Festival - Friday, March 27th & Saturday, March 28th
Miami's Bicentennial Park welcomes the 11th Annual Ultra Music Festival on Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th. There will be 16 stages set over 2 days, featuring more than 100 DJs, bands and producers. More than 70,000 international music enthusiasts are expected in attendance for this historic event. www.ultramusicfestival.com

Winter Music Conference - March 24th - 28th
Winter Music Conference, in its 24th year, is regarded as the singular networking event in the dance music industry, attracting professionals from over 70 different countries. With its high concentration of top international artists, DJs and industry professionals, WMC permeates the international press and is thereby one of the most publicized events in the business. Every aspect of the industry is represented including the top technological innovators, artists, DJs, producers, radio and video programmers, retailers, distributors, audio manufacturers and many more. www.wmcon.com

US to sign UN gay rights declaration
The Obama administration will endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that then-President George W. Bush had refused to sign. www.edgemiami.com

A Promising Miami Revitalization Project Is Stalled
The 56-acre tract of land known as the Buena Vista railyards was only two miles north of the city’s central business district and three blocks west of Biscayne Bay. But for decades it was a blank rectangle on the map, an industrial wasteland littered with thousands of cargo containers waiting to be transported to the Port of Miami. www.nytimes.com

Ellen Degeneres to Play Mother Nature in New Film
The project is being penned by "Sex and the City" writer-executive producer Jenny Bicks. In the film, which springs from an original concept inside Walden, the Emmy-winning talk show host will return to Earth for the first time since the planet's creation. No word yet on whether Mother Nature likes to dance. www.towleroad.com

Spending spree leads to suspect in Wilton Manors killing
A pair of shoes, an iPod and a night at a strip club -- charged to a slain Wilton Manors man's credit cards -- led authorities to South Beach on Monday, where they arrested a wanted Delaware man on a murder charge, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. Gabriel Nock, 27, has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 68-year-old Larry Ellison, whose body was found March 10 in his Wilton Manors home. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Miami Latin Gay Film Festival announces line-up
The Miami Latin Gay Film Festival has unveiled the line-up of the best Latin Gay and Lesbian films from around the world that will be featured during the 4 day event from April 16th to 19th. The announcement was made today by Executive Director Jim Dobson with Festival Director Ellen Wedner. www.miamilatingayfilmfestival.com

Gay Facebook Founder and Gay Obama Web Guru Chris Hughes Profiled
Fast Company runs a cover story on 25-year-old Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook and the whiz kid behind Barack Obama's campaign web strategy (MyBarackObama.com). www.towleroad.com

SAVE THE DATE! Vlada Lounge Grand Opening - Wednesday, April 1st
Edison Farrow is proud to be hosting the Grand Opening of Vlada Lounge Miami on Wednesday, April 1st. Be amongst the first to see Miami's new gay bar. Vlada will be the first gay bar in Miami's Mid-Town!
Vlada 3125 NE 2nd Avenue Miami 305.381.5015 www.vladabar.com

NOW OPEN! New Concept Video returns to 1671 Meridian Avenue
"Old skool" South Beach is back! New Concept Video has returned to its previous location at 1671 Meridian Avenue. Also, in a few weeks, Pink Palm will be re-opening on Lincoln Road (just a few doors down from its previous location. www.newconceptvideo.com

Free Tickets for "America's Got Talent" filming in Miami Beach
NBC's hit show, America's Got Talent, is taping LIVE in Miami and you can join host Nick Cannon and celebrity judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne, and Piers Morgan in the live television audience for free. The primetime show returns for its fourth season and is coming to Miami for the first time to find the country's best amateur performers. For two days only, Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1st at THE FILLMORE MIAMI BEACH at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami's best singers, dancers, comedians and performers. For more information and to print FREE TICKETS, please visit http://www.ocatv.com/shows/show/249

Pink Palm: An icon returns to South Beach! 723 Lincoln Road!
Rumor has it that one of South Beach's all time favorite stores will soon be returing to Lincoln Road. Pink Palm was the place where you could find fun and campy greeting cards, as well as unique gifts and more. www.pinkpalm.com

Green Fashion presents ECO-Runway Shows - Wednesday, March 25th 8pm
Friends of SOBE Social Club will receive a special rate of $25 per ticket to attend the opening reception at 6:30pm and the 9 ECO-Designer Runway Shows commencing at 8pm on Wednesday, March 25th at the Fashion Tents on the Beach between 10th and 11th Streets on Ocean Drive. You may obtain more information by visiting: www.greenfashionmiami.org

Circa 28 re-opens as Electric Pickle
Filling the old Circa space, this heavily ballyhooed club's moniker holds layers of logical meanings: "pickled" is slang for gettin' housed, the owners are two electronic-spinning Miami DJs, and (no joke) run a gourmet pickle company together, all while worrying their grandmothers will get the vibrator joke. Electric Pickle 2826 N Miami Ave, Miami 305.456.5613 www.thrillist.com

"You're under arrest for prostitution"
NYC24 covers the false arrests of gay men in NYC porn shops. www.nyc24.org

BLT Steak Empire Lands at Betsey Hotel
For a while there Miami's dining scene was looking like the illegitimate sibling to New York and LA's strapping older stepkids. But we get the feeling things are changing in this town, three initials at a time. Introducing BLT Steak at the Betsy Hotel, now taking reservations for their Monday debut.
BLT Steak at the Betsy Hotel 1440 Ocean Drive MiamiBeach 305.673.0044 www.thebetsyhotel.com

Florida lawmaker files bills that would legalize gay adoptions
As gay rights advocates and religious groups queue up in an effort to influence the outcome of a Miami appeals court case that will help decide whether gay people can adopt children in Florida, a state lawmaker has quietly introduced two bills that could render the dispute moot.
State Sen. Nan Rich, a Weston Democrat who is co-chair of the Senate Children & Families Committee, has filed a bill to repeal the 1977 Florida law that prohibits gay men and lesbians from adopting children. A second bill would specify that judges would determine adoptions based solely on ''the best interests'' of children. www.miamiherald.com

LGBT Rights Under Attack/SAVE Dade Needs Volunteers
On March 24th Gainesville voters will face a ballot measure, otherwise known as Charter Amendment 1, which would make it legal to fire someone or otherwise discriminate against someone in Gainesville just for being gay or transgender.
There is just one week until the election and SAVE Dade needs your help to reach as many voters as possible. If this amendment passes in Gainesville, we could see similar discriminatory referendums here in Miami-Dade and all across Florida. If you would like to help defend LGBT rights and join the phone banks please e-mail joseph@savedade.org or call SAVE Dade's offices at 305.751.7283.

Henrietta's Birthday Party at Palace - Sunday, March 22nd 4pm
Don't miss South Beach's legendary Henrietta as she celebrates her birthday this Sunday in the back bar of the Palace. Henrietta will be cooking all of the food herself. Make sure to stop by and wish her a Happy Birthday!

South Pointe Park Grand Re-Opening - Sunday, March 22nd 3pm
The City of Miami Beach Mayor and Commission proudly invite you to the Grand Re-Opening of South Pointe Park on Sunday, March 22nd 3pm to sunset. Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, activities and ceremonies.

Tickets available now for 'Pedro' screening and
'An Evening With John Waters'

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is selling tickets to two events: a March 22 screening of Pedro, a biopic of Miami's Pedro Zamora who appeared on MTV's The Real World in 1994 and died of AIDS complications shortly after; and An Evening with John Waters on May 1 at the Lincoln Theatre. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Miami Beach Attorney Michael Gongora Running for Commissioner
Michael Gongora is throwing his hat into the ring. Miami Beach’s first openly gay commissioner plans to run for election again. A seat will be up for grabs later this year because Commissioner Saul Gross is leaving due to term limits. Gongora served one term from 2005-07. He was the first (and his words the only) openly gay person to be elected to the Miami Beach Commission. To his knowledge, Gongora is the only openly gay Hispanic to win an elected seat in Florida. www.edgemiami.com

Johnny McGovern for Gay Juice
Gay Juice! The first installment of "Jonny McGovern's 3 Dollar Bill" web series! www.youtube.com

American Idol's Adam Lambert is a hot Drag Queen
American Idol 8 contestant Adam Lambert is gay, yes, it was pretty damn obvious. But what I didn't know is that he makes one hell of a drag queen to boot. And now the world is going to see Adam Lambert at his female finest. He's actually quite pretty. www.theinsider.com

Save the Date! An Evening with John Waters - Friday, May 1st!
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival held its annual Producer's Circle reception Sunday night at the Shore Club Hotel in Miami Beach. The festival runs April 24 to May 3 throughout South Florida. Announced at the party: An Evening With John Waters mid-festival at the Lincoln Theatre in South Beach to be presented by the Miami Gay and Leesbian Film Festival and Edison Farrow. www.miamiherald.com/gay

11th Annual Miami Fashion Week - March 19th - 22nd
The largest event in the country spotlighting Latin American and international fashion hits the runways in Miami when designers, entertainers and celebrities from around the globe take part in the 11th annual Miami Fashion Week®, March 19 through March 22. Tickets to attend the fashion shows are on sale now at www.miamifashionweek.com

Dulce de Leche Fashion Show - Friday, March 20th 6pm
Check out the new menswear line from Dulce de Leche on Friday, March 20th at 6pm at Nikki Beach. Dulce de Leche fashion shows are among the most anticipated stand alone events on the Miami calendar. RSVP to RSVP@br-prmiami.com
Visit the Dulche de Leche webiste at: www.dulcedeleche.com

Police: Traveler got on Miami plane using fake badge
Carrying a ''Fisher Island Chief of Police'' badge and claiming he was a U.S. air marshal, Mark Rimkufski convinced Miami airline employees to allow him on a flight after the gate had closed, police said. The ruse landed him in jail, Miami-Dade police said, when he was confronted -- by real air marshals on the plane. Rimkufski, 49, was later charged with falsely impersonating a law enforcement officer. He was scheduled to appear in Miami-Dade court Thursday but did not because he was hospitalized for unspecified reasons.
There is no Fisher Island police department.
Rimkufski, a former island resident who also goes by the name Harry Henry Rimm, also faces a federal charge of impersonating an air marshal. When arrested, he was carrying nearly $14,000 in cash and had plans to travel to Los Angeles, Hawaii and Dubai. www.miamiherald.com

Segafredo opens new locations at 500 Espanola Way (not SoFi)
Segafredo has made the decision to close Segafredo South Pointe and relocate to the exciting and historical location of 500 Espanola Way (formerly Chocolate, Mojitos Lounge, Liason Restaurant, Bablu). They are thrilled to provide the same great espresso, food, drinks, service and atmosphere at Segafredo Española Way that our guests have been accustomed to at our other locations in Brickell and Bal Harbour. www.miamiherald.comsceneinthetropics

Vince Neil's Feelgoods Rock Bar comes to 222 Espanola Way (Formerly Blue)
Look out Segafredo, you're about to get a rockin' new neighbor at 222 Espanola Way in the form of Vince Neil's Feelgoods Rock Bar, the Motley Crue-man's second South Florida boozing outpost. According to the PR rap, "Vince Neil's Feelgoods Rock Bar will provide a chic and intimate--and just a little bit saucy--addition to the fashionable Espanola Way." Yikes. Somehow we just can't equate the words "chic" and "intimate" with Vince Neil. The bar will open to the public on Thursday, following a private opening Wednesday night with Neil himself. www.miamiherald.comsceneinthetropics

Yuca Lincoln Road Ordered SHUT
On March 4, 2009, an inspector with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation visited Yuca on Lincoln Road. It was a routine, unannounced, inspection. The inspector found 25 VIOLATIONS. The doors were ordered shut due to a ROACH INFESTATION. Below is a copy of the actual inspection. Yuca has been allowed to re-open following a clean up and re-inspection. www.justnews.com

Montreal's Marie Chouinard Dance Company at Colony Theatre - March 13th & 14th
Marie Chouinard is a choreographer who cannot be mistaken for anyone else. Her Montreal-based company has received worldwide acclaim for its angular, startling and moving dance works. The weekend of March 13 and 14 they make a triumphal return to Miami Beach's Colony Theatre with two outstanding pieces that showcase Chouinard's unique and distinctive style. Tickets are $25 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased online www.tigertail.org

Citizen Farrow
SoBe party promoter leads jury in high profile murder

Miami Beach gay event impresario Edison Farrow, known for his weekly SoBe Social Club parties, broke the party boy mold when he was selected to serve as the jury foreman for the high-profile "Joe Cool" murder trial in Federal Court in Miami last week. www.floridablade.com

Dolly Parton: I'm Not Gay - and God Should Judge, Not Other People
Dolly Parton sat down with Larry King on Saturday night and spoke to King on a variety topics, including how she handles rumors she is gay.
KING: You - you're unusual in many respects. You're a great entertainer. And I mean, the Kennedy Center Honors don't happen to many. You also have a lot of gay fans. You've even dealt with gay rumors yourself. What is your appeal, do you think, to the gay community?
PARTON: Well, I think the gay people have always liked me because I have always been myself. I'm not intimidated by how people perceive me. I don't judge nor criticize people. I think that's another reason that they at least know that I'm sympathetic. I think all people have a right to be who they are. We're all God's children and God should be the one to judge, not other people. So I have a lot of gay friends, lesbian friends. I work with a lot of people. I am not gay. I have been accused of that. But I have been happily married for 42 years to the same man. And he's not the least bit threatened, you know, by the fact that I may be gay. And he knows I have a lot of friends. But I love everybody. It doesn't matter to me.
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Edison Farrow serves as Joe Cool boat murder trail Foreman
When Edison Farrow was initially summoned for jury duty he didn't realize he would be the foreman of the jury in the second trial of the so-called Joe Cool murder case. He said the jury was determined to make the correct decision.
"At the beginning a few people had varied opinions but when we went over the facts everything was clear," Farrow said.
SEE STORY AND VIDEO ON CBS 4
SEE VIDEO ON WSVN 7
www.miamiherald.com

Sean Penn wins best-actor Oscar for "Milk", pleads for gay rights
His name is Sean Penn, and he is here to recruit you. Penn won his second Academy Award for best actor Sunday night for his moving portrayal of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk in "Milk." The win follows his first best-actor award for 2003’s "Mystic River." www.edgemiami.com

Miami Celeb Real Estate Broker Goes Broke
"This is Puff Daddy right here," he said, pointing out the helicopter window at an impressive waterside mansion. "Next home is owned by the Estefans -- I sold that to them. Two doors down is Rosie O'Donnell."
When the Miami real estate market was hot, Justo was red hot, selling $200 million in real estate in one year to multimillionaires and billionaires. He used a helicopter the way most agents use a car. SEE STORY AND VIDEO

French Kiss Wednesdays: New night for Women at The Palace
On Wednesday February 25th, French Kiss will launch at The Palace. It's a night of fun with London's own Dj De Kutt playing dirty European style Electro like you have never heard it before. Live your life with no regrets, come to French Kiss every Wednesday nite starting February 25th. Peroni beer $4, Caipihrinas $6, Margaritas $6 and Specials all nite long!
Hosted by: The Infamous French Doris. French Kiss will be pumping out music to get down and dirty. Check your inhabitions at the door and let loose in our friendly environment. While dancing the night away to the refreshing European wave of music.
The Palace 1200 Ocean Drive Miami Beach

Winter Party Festival: It's going to be a throwback to the gay '08s
About 10,000 visitors from all over the globe are expected at the 2009 festival, which runs Wednesday to March 2, in venues from South Beach to Fort Lauderdale. The big 16th annual dance party will be March 1 at 12th Street and Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Winter Party Agenda 2009 Schedule
This week's Agenda is all about the 16th annual Winter Party Festival. This incredible event lasts not one day but six! Six days of the year's hottest parties! We are making it easy for you to navigate from party to party this year. Here's the schedule of all the highlights: www.floridablade.com

Winter Party Festival - February 25th - March 2nd
Launched in 1994 as a one-time charity dance event on the sands of beautiful South Beach, Winter Party Festival has evolved into a six-day festival benefiting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community on the national and local levels. Over 10,000 guests from all over the United States and abroad attend at least one of the 20 events - including music, fashion, art, comedy and more - that take place in Miami and Miami Beach. www.winterparty.com

Out gay Ex-North Miami mayor to seek Senate seat
North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns, the city's first openly gay mayor, is not ready to end his political career. Burns, who will be forced out by term limits in May, is making a bid for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Republican Mel Martinez, who will leave next year. www.miamiherald.com

Opium Garden leaving South Beach for Seminole Hard Rock Casino
Opium Garden, a major player in South Beach's nightlife scene for the past decade, has closed and is moving to the sprawling Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Hollywood. Prive, a more intimate, upscale club inside Opium Garden, won't follow it north and has closed, though its namesake will continue to operate in Las Vegas. www.miamiherald.com

Ken Starr wants to force divorce on same-sex couples
Have you heard that Ken Starr - and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund - filed legal briefs defending the constitutionality of Prop 8 and attempting to forcibly divorce 18,000 same-sex couples that were married in California last year? The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on March 5, 2009, with a decision expected within the next 90 days.
The Courage Campaign has created a video called "Fidelity," with the permission of musician Regina Spektor, that puts a face to those 18,000 couples and all loving, committed couples seeking full equality under the law. WATCH THE VIDEO

Miami Beach Feels the Heat
On Monday, February 23rd, the MDGLCC and Met Life/New England Financial In recent months, the sinking economy has, inevitably, altered that landscape. Many of the glittery hotels lining Ocean Drive are barely two-thirds full, and escalating rents and slowing sales have forced a number of boutiques and restaurants to move off the Lincoln Road Mall, the eight-block-long pedestrian street that is South Beach’s town center. www.nytimes.com

Winter Party Presents "Queen for a Day" & VIP Cocktail February 28th
Want the VIP treatment at Winter Party Festival? Join us for the most relaxing and rejuvenating afternoon of the Festival, Queen for a Day, hosted by The Standard Spa. The special package for Festival guests includes a private yoga class, a plated three-course lunch, and a choice of the spa's "Signature Haman Rub & Scrub" or "Antioxidant Boost Facial" treatments. Guests can stay all day and enjoy the spectacular view of the bay while soaking in the sound pool, Roman waterfall hot tub or mud lounge. It's the perfect prelude to the perfect evening: the VIP Cocktail Reception, hosted by Judge David Young. Don't miss this opportunity to welcome our guests from across the country and around the world. Meet Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres courtesy of the Graspa Group amidst stunning Philippe Starck design at The Spa at ICON Brickell. Tickets to both events are available at www.winterparty.com

Rising Action Theater presents "Say You Love Satan"
Rising Action Theater proudly presents Say You Love Satan winner of the excellence in playwrighting award from the NYC Fringe Festival. The play will run February 13th - March 15th Thurs thru Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 7pm and one special Matinee on March 1st at 3pm.
Tickets are available at www.risingactiontheatre.com or call 800.595.4849. Groups call 954.815.8826. Tix also available at "Out" 2255 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors. Rising Action Theatre is located at 840 E Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale, Fl www.risingactiontheatre.com

"1,000 Homosexuals" at the Colony Theater February 26th - March 1st
1,000 Homosexuals tells the story of Anita Bryant's 1977 crusade against gay rights. The play is a documentary/fantasy/comedy presenting Anita just the way she would want - as a musical Joan of Arc battling a powerful and perverse gay mafia. The play bends documentary sources, such as government records, newspaper stories, and underground gay manifestos, into a hilariously twisted carnival of 70s-style sex and faith.
Thursday, February 26th 8pm
Friday, February 27th 8pm
Saturday, February 28th 8pm
Colony Theater 1040 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, 33139
Tickets: $35 (Call for special discounts and group rates) For information and ticket sales call 305.674.1040. For more information, visit www.1000homosexuals.com

Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon
On Monday, February 23rd, the MDGLCC and Met Life/New England Financial presents "Tips for Success in a Down Economy." Featured speakers Jason Loeb (CEO Sudsies Dry Cleaners), Bruce Turkel (CEO Turkel Group) and, Placido "Pete" Blanco (CFP New England Financial) will present "Tips" to improve your networking skills, marketing prowess and financial investment strategies. MDGLCC member EXPO at 11:00am to 2:00pm with sit-down lunch served during the panel presentation commencing at 12:15 pm. Members $35; non members $45. RSVP to attend at 305.573.4000 or via email mdglcc@bellsouth.net. www.gogaymiami.com

Jonathan Knight's Ex-Boyfriend says "He's Gay"
National Enquirer (February 16, 2009) breaks the story of New Kids On The Block's Jonathan Knight being outed by his lover. From the lovey-dovey pix, it would appear it was worth it—after all, his homosexuality has been an open secret.
Kyle Wilker, 27, tells the rag Jonathan realized he "preferred guys to girls" after dating Tiffany. (Sorry, Tiff. Ouch.) "We had a wonderful relationship. I was in love with him and I believe he was in love with me." www.boyculture.com

Vote for your favorites in the Shelley Novak Awards!
You can vote for your favorite Drag Queens, Events and Promoter :-) in the 16th Annual Shelley Novak Awards at: www.shelleynovak.com

Sagamore Hotel to open Whitehall Restaurant and Dada Bar
In the new department, the Sagamore Hotel has the opening of a restaurant and bar. The team behind Bice have created Whitehall, refined modern Italian cuisine, and Dada Bar, a sensual cosmopolitan experience. Both will officially be unveiled with a VIP party Thursday. www.miamiherald.com

Novecento becomes 8oz Burger Bar
On Alton Road in the old Novecento space, L.A.'s hot burger spot, 8oz Burger Bar, owned by chef Govind Armstrong, Josh Woodward and Eric Fried, brings the neighborhood pub concept to an organic level with an unabridged menu of burgers, grilled cheese, fish sandwiches, salads and house-made gastro-pub fare, with plenty of vegetarian offerings. A soda fountain features a selection of ''adult shakes,'' organic beer and artisanal cocktails with a pool table and jukebox, making for a great late-night pub scene. Best of all? Nothing on the menu is more than $10, and most cocktails are capped off at $10 or under. www.miamiherald.com

"A Valentine Weekend OUT" Were the World Mine
On Friday February 13th at 8:30pm and Sunday February 15th at 8:30pm, Miami Beach Cinematheque presents "Were the World Mine", the musical sensation and gay-friendly festival smash hit of the year.
Miami Beach Cinematheque 512 Española Way at Plaza España 305.67.FILMS (673.4567) For more information, go to www.mbcinema.com

Gay, straight, gay, straight. At the Boulevard returns, AGAIN!
Well, they are making another launch as a gay club. At the Boulevard just can't seem to decide if it's gay or straight. They are the Anne Heche of night clubs. www.attheboulevard.com

Siren Saturdays has moved to Friday nights!
Please note that Lynn Bove's weekly Saturdays night party for women, Siren, has moved to Friday nights. This weekly women's event is held at Score's Creme Lounge 725 Lincoln Lane. For more info go to www.icandeeproductions.com

The 16th Annual Shelley Novak Awards - Monday, February 23rd
That crazy bitch is back! That can only mean one thing. It is time for the Annual Shelley Novak Awards! Don't miss this night of campy fun on Monday, February 23rd at midnight at Score 727 Lincoln Road.
Scheduled to present or perform:
Dustin Reffca, Adora, Elaine Lancaster, Flavio Nisti, Billy and Luis of Score, Josh and Doug of SoBeGayInfo.com, Daisy D, Sean Brady, Joel and Peter of Twist, Thomas Barker of Wire, Johanna Mills, Johanna James, Sasha Phillips, The Penntback Boyz, Edison Farrow, Bryan Hawn, Estrella, Dale Stine, Daniel Renzi, Queen Cabaret.
For more infromation, go to www.facebook.com

South Beach Wine and Food Festival - February 19th - 22nd
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival 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. www.sobewineandfoodfest.com

MGLFF presents Gay Speed Dating
Men's Night: Wednesday, February 18th at 7pm
Women's Night: Thursday, February 19th at 7pm
Nothing sucks more than being alone on Valentine's Day! While they can't guarantee that you’ll be lip-locking by February 14th, they'll have you well on your way with a sweetheart for next year.
Come join MGLFF at News Lounge for their first ever Speed Dating event. You will have 3 minutes to chat with 20 to 30 different individuals and potentially meet the MAN or WOMAN of your dreams or at the very least for the night.
News Lounge will offer $4 drink specials all night, and we’ll be projecting fun gay and lesbian short films while you mix and mingle with those who sparked your interest.
www.mglff.com

Nestor Paz Art Show Opening at Edgar Ace Gallery
On Saturday January 31st, the work of Venzuelan artist Nestor Paz was displayed at the Edgar Ace Gallery in Miami. It was a beautiful, but brisk night in this industrial Miami venue for this Art Show Opening. The attendees enjoyed the fabulous artwork, the sounds of DJ Sinister and capairinas by Sagatiba while mingling in the gallery and in the outdoor make shift lounge with added antique couches.
Nestor Paz's new work "Textures of the Soul" is a collection of abstract acrylic on canvas (some on wood) expressed through deep textures playing with the light, shadows and colors creating composition with strong lines. He also includes religious elements and the passion for them to represent the Latin culture.
Nestor Paz's Art Show "Textures of the Soul" will remain on display at he Edgar Ace Gallery through February 28th 2009. Edgar Ace Gallery is located at 7520 NE 4th Court, Miami FL 33138 305.877.2401

LGBT Student Scholarships
The Point Foundation provides scholarships for LGBT students of merit, and has announced its 2009 application season. The average amount of annual support devoted to each scholar is between $26,000 and $31,000. To apply, visit: www.pointfoundation.org

South Florida, national gay activists feud with popular DJ Rauhofer
Popular DJ Peter Rauhofer enraged local gay activists last fall when he produced a South Beach "Main Event" dance party in direct competition with White Party Week's Noche Blanca AIDS fundraiser. Now, national gay activists are angry with Rauhofer: He is reprising his Main Event party at Mansion on March 1 opposite the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Winter Party Orbit fundraiser at Cameo. www.miamiherald.com/gay

"Boycott DJ Peter Rauhofer" website launched
Local Miami charities will lose much needed income as the result of a plans by DJ Peter Rauhofer (aka Parasite Pete) to hold a dance party to compete with the Winter Party Festival – one of the nation's premier gay events. In response, a group of concerned local citizens have called for a boycott of Rauhofer and launched a website to draw attention to the misdeeds of the greedy DJ. The site can be found at www.boycottdjpeterrauhofer.com. The website is a blog that will be updated frequently with news of the boycott. It is part of a wider effort to make the public aware of Rauhofer's rogue party and it's damaging effects on the charities that benefit from the Winter Party Festival. www.boycottdjpeterrauhofer.com

Miami Gay Film Fest announces 2009 staff
After its usual round of drama and staff shakeups, the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is regrouping and getting ready for the 2009 event. Here's the latest news about staffing, from a festival mailing. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Miami International Boat Show - February 12th - 16th
The Miami International Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the principal trade association of the recreational marine industry. NMMA members, over 1,700 companies, produce approximately 80 percent of the marine products used by recreational boaters and anglers in the United States. www.miamiboatshow.com

New Concept Video opens new store at 7699 Biscayne Blvd
Miami Beach's favorite video store has just opened a new location on the Miami side. New Concert Video now has locations at:
959 West Avenue Miami Beach FL 33139 305.674.1113
7699 Biscayne Blvd Miami FL 33138 305.758.6808
For more infromation, go to www.newconceptvideo.com

Miami Spice, Winter Edition - January 12th - February 12th
Many of the 2008 Miami Spice participating restaurants wanted to offer a special three-course lunch for $23 and/or dinner for $36 during January 12- February 12, 2009. For Winter Miami Spice participants, go to www.ilovemiamispice.com

Funplex Fridays Grand Opening!
The powers that be over at SoBe Social Club in conjunction with Wire Magazine are giving us a new party at the old Rumi space. Move over Set, the Queens are coming 'atcha! Edison Farrow continues his reign as the South Beach boy du jour adding this much needed Friday party to the mix. I always say that Friday's are the best day to party and with a venue like 330 Lincoln Road coupled with Farrow's penchant for all thing fierce, trust me when I say it should not be missed. Funplex has three bars and several rooms to mix and mingle. Music by Queen on the Scene DJ Daisy D (fka Deadpetals) with Tiffany Fantasia holding court at the Door. And if all that isn't enough- no cover all night and free Ketel One Vodka from 10 to midnight. It all goes down Friday the 13th. www.miaminights.com

35th Miami Beach Festival of the Arts - February 7th & 8th
The 2009 Coldwell Banker Miami Beach Festival of the Arts, to be held February 7th & 8th 10am to 6pm at Ocean Terrace (East of Collins from 73rd to 75th Street) will be an enriching cultural arts experience with captivating activities. The Miami Beach Festival of the Arts has evolved from a local street show to one of the most prestigious cultural arts festivals on the East Coast. This signature community event for residents and visitors of the City of Miami Beach showcases the artwork of 150 artists from across the nation on exhibit with their paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and photographs. Admission is free. www.miamibeachfl.gov

Smithsonian wants Aretha Franklin's hat
The Smithsonian Museum wants Aretha Franklin's Inauguration Day hat. The Queen of Soul's big-bowed headgear has become a hot property since the legendary singer wore it to belt out "America the Beautiful" at President Barack Obama's January 20th inauguration. www.msn.com

The Big Gay Sketch Show Casting
The Big Gay Sketch Show is coming back for another season of homocentric hilarity, and the Producers of the show are looking for your help in finding some fresh talent. BigGayCasting.com is your chance to show the world you've got the goods to hang with the big boys and girls who make The Big Gay Sketch Show what it is. www.biggaycasting.com

Dance Now! & Chorus in 'Dances in the Key of Love' February 7th & 8th
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus will perform Feb. 7 & 8 with Dance Now! Ensemble of Miami for a Valentine's themed show, Dances in the Key of Love at the Byron Carlyle Theater 500 71st Street Miami Beach. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Wire Magazine Sold!
Wire Magazine has been sold to a new management duo that consists of CEO and publisher Rafa Carvajal, most recently CEO and publisher of MAP Magazine, and publisher and executive editor, Thomas Barker, who has been the associate publisher and features editor of Wire. Andrew Delaplaine, ran Wire for nine years since its inception as the only consistent weekly publication in South Beach's more bohemian days.
Carl Zablotny has been publisher of Wire for the past 10 years, but has lost many of its readers and advertisers due to lack of content and poor public relations. Zablotny plans to move to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Adios!
"Wire has tremendous potential to become an exciting Miami based gay lifestyle publication that readers the world over will crave to get their hands on every week." Rafa explained. "Later this year, we will develop a website that will also become a very valuable source of information on a broad range of topics. Through great content, our advertisers and event sponsors will be able to effectively reach our readers and continue to grow their businesses in the South Florida market." PRESS RELEASE

The Out Traveler: South Florida
The Out Traveler: South Florida by South Florida's own Paul Rubio is now available on amazon.com. Paul promises that nobody will be disappointed with his saucy and dynamic description of Florida's hotspots, and he guarantees that the book will encourage Floridians to re-discover their own backyards. Through 300 pages of syntaxical seduction, Paul takes you on a sojourn to Florida's most popular cities – Miami, the Keys, Fort Lauderdale, the Palm Beaches, Orlando, St. Petersburg, and Tampa – cherry-picking the best sights, hotels, eateries, and nightlife. The book also has chapters dedicated to putting LGBT Florida in perspective, Florida's fledgling culture, allure, and anomalies and an extensive section on treasures off the beaten path, undiscovered by even most Floridians. www.amazon.com

Bitchy Stepsisters, a Cute Prince, Fabulous Evening Gowns & Diamond Bracelets
Florida Grand Opera presents Cinderella. Miami performances are at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Fort Lauderdale performances are at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center.
Though he omitted the pumpkin, glass slipper, and fairy godmother, Rossini was true in every other way to everyone's favorite rags-to-riches classic, Cinderella. This "once upon a time" story is complete with wicked siblings, a quintessential Prince Charming, dazzling music, fairytale-like sets and costumes and, of course, a "happily ever after" ending. www.fgotickets.org

Gay-bash suspect caught
Fort Lauderdale activist and video artist Stephen Velky can rest a little easier these days. Tuesday morning police arrested the 21-year-old man who allegedly bashed Velky January 6th. Police arrested Damian Nicholaus Serrano three weeks after Serrano allegedly attacked Velky in the front yard of Velky’s home in Riverland. Serrano, who lives just two blocks away from Velky, was charged with aggravated battery and violating probation on a previous drug arrest. Police picked up Serrano at the county probation office. www.floridablade.com

"RuPaul's Drag Race" to premiere Monday February 2nd on Logo
"RuPaul's Drag Race," a drag-queen competition series premiering on Logo February 2nd at 10pm. www.adage.com

GLAAD awards won't be presented in South Florida this year
GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, won't be celebrating its annual media awards in Miami or Fort Lauderdale this year. "Because of the challenging fundraising environment, our board decided not to have the South Florida event this year," GLAAD spokesman Richard Ferraro said. "We're definitely dismayed by the news." www.miamiherald.com/gay

GLAAD President Neil Giuliano Resigns
Neil Giuliano, who served as President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) since September 2005, announced his resignation today. www.towleroad.com

Geir Ness LIVE on ShopNBC Tuesday, February 3rd
Norway's first Fragrance designer will be live on ShopNBC introducing Laila "The essence of Norway" and the amazing story behind his fragrance, Laila. Geir Ness will be on on ShopNBC this Tuesday February 3rd at 8am and 11am. Check out your local listing for station numberNBCshop Valentine Special. Laila by Geir Ness, is a favorite fragrance of several celebrities including Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. www.laila.com

Ricky Martin and twin sons Valentino and Matteo Take in Central Park
Ricky Martin took his twin boys Valentino and Matteo for a stroll in Central Park last week. www.towleroad.com

Gay Contestant Introduces Fiancé on Wheel of Fortune
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Ted Haggert in another gay sex and meth scandal
For more than two years, Grant kept a secret from those he considered his family. "It's a lot of pain, a lot of mistrust with that church," reveals the former New Life volunteer. Back in the summer of 2006, Grant was invited to go to Cripple Creek by the man he trusted and looked up to as a mentor. "He asked me if we were going to be godly or bad that night," Grant says, recalling their trip. www.krdo.com

GLAAD Announces Nominees for 20th Annual Awards
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President Obama supports the LGBT community
"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect."

WhiteHouse.gov reflects commitment to LGBT rights
The updated WhiteHouse.gov Web site reflects the civil rights priorities of the administration of President Barack Obama, including a section on LGBT rights indicating support for the passage of an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would "prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression." www.whitehouse.gov

CASTING: Gay Hispanic Male on Friday, January 30th
Seeking a "Latino version of Jack from Will and Grace" for a trailer for a South Beach based screen play. www.miami.backpage.com

Gay suicide examined in 'Prayers for Bobby'
Saturday night, a film called Prayers for Bobby debuts on Lifetime. The movie is based on a nonfiction book by the late Leroy Aarons, founder of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver stars in this emotional true story about a 1970s religious suburban housewife and mother who struggles to accept her young son Bobby being gay. Premieres January 24 at 9 pm. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Gay Portland mayor admits past relationship with teen
More than a year after denying it, the newly elected mayor of Portland has admitted having a sexual relationship with a male teenager in 2005. Sam Adams, who is openly gay, acknowledged the relationship in a statement Monday, after the Willamette Week newspaper broke the story on its Web site. In Washington, D.C., for the inauguration, Adams will cut his trip short to issue a public apology Tuesday afternoon in Portland, said Wade Nkrumah, his spokesman. SEE STORY AND VIDEO on www.miamiherald.com/gay

The Animal Odd Couple
In this latest installment of CBS News' "Assignment America," Steve Hartman visits an animal sanctuary where a dog and an elephant have formed a very lasting, and unusual, friendship. www.cbsnews.com

Miami Beach Antique Show - January 22nd - 26th
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is considered one of the most prestigious antiques events in the country. This show has the reputation of being a virtual Mecca for serious and casual collectors and is anticipated to, once again, be an unprecedented success. www.dmgantiqueshows.com

South Beach Comedy Festival - January 21st - 24th
The fourth annual South Beach Comedy Festival has announced a lineup that includes Lewis Black, Cheech & Chong, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Norton and Daniel Tosh. Event will run Jan. 21 through Jan. 24 at South Beach venues including The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Lincoln Theater, Colony Theater and the Lincoln Road Stage. www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com

The New Face of Gay
By gaining visibility in the mainstream marketplace, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) individuals, businesses and performance artists are making headway in their fight for equal rights. But it is a slow process that has taken decades to get even this far. www.ethansays.com

Page Six: Mindless Sex in Miami
Those who associate Miami Beach with wrinkled retirees will find their jaws dropping when they read Steven Gaines' new exposé, "Fool's Paradise," out Jan. 27 from Crown. The book details the city's hedonistic decadence, which includes how threesomes have become the rage, how the population of bisexual women is exploding and how easy it is to score drugs - "You can buy a tab of Ecstasy as easy as a pack of gum," Gaines writes. Among the bigger-than-life characters he chronicles are Thomas Kramer, the kinky German playboy whose $60 million Star Island estate has video cameras in every room. He also bares new details on the seamy story of Chris Paciello, the mob-linked nightclub czar who dated Madonna. www.nypost.com

Sweet Home Hialeah
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Reading & performance with Staceyann Chin - Friday, January 23rd 7:30pm
On Friday, January 23rd at 7:30pm nationally recognized Jamaican lesbian poet will be conducting a Free Reading and Performance, as part of a week of Tigertail SpeakOut residency that includes workshops and an open mic for GLBT youth. Come experience Chin's electrifying spoken word poetry. Free and open to all! Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. For more information, go to www.tigertail.org

Diesel, Lincoln Road opens Friday
933 Lincoln Road, South Beach

Diesel Jeans will be opening this Friday in the space where Books and Books used to be on Lincoln Road.
Books and Books Cafe will remain outdoors in the same location, while Books and Books has moved into the corridor next to Deisgn Within Reach.

Segafredo Lounge Cafe South Point
124 Collins Ave, South Beach 305.604.9333

Modeled after an Italian espresso bar, with antique couches and outdoor seating, Segafredo's new SoFi spot serves up coffee (and hooch) starting at 11am, free wi-fi, a daily happy hour from 4 to 7, and live music and DJs from 6pm to 3am. www.thrillist.com

New Curbside Recycling Program In Miami Beach
This new curbside recycling program will use convenient "single-stream" recycling, which means that you will no longer have to separate your recyclable materials. You'll be issued one 65-gallon wheeled cart where you can place all of your recyclable materials, together. You will also be able to recycle more types of paper than before, and you'll only have to set the cart out every other week. www.citydebate.com

Creating Coco: a drag star is born
Clinton Leupp sasses up South Florida in "An Evening With Coco Peru"

Coco Peru rose to infamy in the GLBT community with a hilarious cameo in the film "Trick," dispensing advice about life and love amidst the sinks of a nightclub bathroom. It was only one scene, but as they say, "there are no small parts," and the role launched her career into infamy. www.floridablade.com

Terrence Connolly remebered
Terrence was originally from Detroit and moved to Miami several years ago. He was an amazing and always pleasant person. Terrence was known to many from his years as a bartender at Warsaw, The Palace, Cactus and Twist. Terry will be missed by all. Terrence passed away on Wednesday, January 7th 2009.
Services for Terry:
Sunday, January 11th 5pm - 10pm
Quantam on the Bay 1900 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami
Banquet Room, Free Valet

Terrence J Connolly obituary
Age 37, was taken from us suddenly January 8, 2009 in Miami, FL. He is survived by loving parernts Terry and Ellie Connolly of Farmington Hillls, brothers Frank (Amy), Christopher (Kelly), four nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles and cousins, and a multitude of loving friends. Terry loved to travel and was fluent in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. A memorial celebration will be held at Vladimir's, 28125 Grand River, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 on Saturday, January 17, 1 p.m. www.detroitnewspapers.com

Marga Gomez at the Colony Theater - January 21st
In Long Island Iced Latina, Marga Gomez pours a long tall drink of cultural confusion, chronic virginity and mother daughter instability. What begins as a hilariously dark memoir of Gomez as the only brown girl in a white high school morphs into an intoxicating manifesto for Latinos who can't speak Spanish, suck at Salsa, and suffer from Blonditis. "We're everywhere!" Gomez claims. "And we vote!" Marga Gomez, who as been described as a "Latina Lily Tomlin" and as a "Lesbian Larry the Cable Guy," is the winner of the GLAAD Award for Off-Broadway Theater and a Drama Desk Award nominee. General Admission is $20.00, VIP Tickets & Afterparty with Marga $50.00. For tickets call Ticketmaster at 305.358.5885 or visit www.ticketmaster.com

RuPaul's New Single and Drag Race for LOGO TV
For your dragtastic amusement, here's a first listen of RuPaul's hot off the presses brand new single Cover Girl (Put The Bass in Your Walk). This promo video is chockfull of delicious footage from RuPaul's Drag Race. It's so sticky & sweet that you'll have to wash your mouth out before watching it all over again.
RuPaul's Drag Race premieres February 2nd on Logo. The real music video will be featured on the show's finale in March when RuPaul crowns the next drag superstar. SEE MUSIC VIDEO

Miami Beach to beef up tourism business
Miami Beach will convene a tourism task force to guide the city's top industry amid a declining economy. The city took a similar step after the terrorist attacks in 2001 severely wounded tourism in South Florida. The panel recommended steps that are still central to Greater Miami's marketing strategy, including targeting gay travelers and promoting boutique hotels. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach tourism entry from "The Golden Girls"
Dorothy and Rose's song entry for a competition to create a jingle for the Miami tourist board. From season 2 episode 6 of The Golden Girls. www.YouTube.com

Police seek killer of gay Broward man
Pharmaceutical salesman Ralph Apuzzo, a regular at Georgie's Alibi and several Wilton Manors gay bars, was known to friends and family as a jovial and generous man who would often help people he hardly know. Police say the 64-year-old's benevolence may have led to his death just days before Christmas. www.floridablade.com

Art Deco Weekend January 16th-18th
The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) will host the 32nd annual Art Deco Weekend January 16-18 on Miami Beach's famed Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th streets. This year's event will explore the rich and exhilarating culture of Argentina with its theme Down Argentine Way: Deco - Vino - Tango. This year's Argentine theme will lead the weekend with a wide range of activities and a street fair on Ocean Drive. Vendors offer such Art Deco collectibles as paintings, sculptures, jewelry and photography. For more information on Art Deco Weekend or to view the complete schedule of activities, call 305.672.014 or visit www.artdecoweekend.com

MDGLCC Networker Wednesday, January 14th at the Fontainbleu
The first full Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Business Networker of the New Year will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at the fabulous new Fonainbleu Hotel from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The Fonatinebleau Hotel is going all-out to bring us delicious food stations from its fine restaurants, an open bar and a fashion show featuring glamorous clothing for both men and women. $5 for MDGLCC members - $10 for prospective members. More information to follow or call: 305.573.4000. www.gogaymiami.com

You're Likable Enough, Gay People
In his first press conference after his re-election in 2004, President Bush memorably declared, "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." We all know how that turned out. www.nytimes.com

Iconic Talent Eartha Kitt Dies at 81
Eartha Kitt, Batman series 'Catwoman' and "Santa Baby" singer, 'international symbol of elegance and sensuality,' died on Christmas Day. www.towleroad.com

New York's gay lounge, Vlada, is coming to Mid-Town Miami!
Vlada Lounge Miami will be coming to Mid-Town Miami at 3215 NE 2nd Avenue (just one block west of 32nd Street and Biscayne Blvd). This will be a small, chic, gay lounge open seven nights a week. They plan to be open by January or February. www.vladabar.com

NLGJA: Gay journalists group facing financial troubles
The leading professional organization for LGBT journalists is facing a crisis that threatens its survival. In a changing media landscape and a tough economy, how does a small nonprofit live up to its mission and retain members? www.advocate.com

Gay couple won't let Proposition 8 steal their dream
Fearing taunts and disapproval, they kept their love hidden for nearly two years. But with the Nov. 4 election looming, Christopher Lewis and Cody Horton resolved to take a leap of faith. Following in the footsteps of generations of adventurers and romantics, the shy young couple from Ohio announced they were heading west to marry and begin a new life in California. They put on dark suits and exchanged vows on an unseasonably balmy afternoon in late October, before family, friends and the wide Pacific Ocean. www.latimes.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus sets sights on expansion
The chorus opened its holiday show, "Miss Twinkleton's School for Sensitive Boys Presents The Nutcracker: Men In Tights," on a recent night in South Florida, drawing laughs and cheers for "Gone With The Wind" and "Project Runway" jokes. There were marching soldiers and, yes, even sugar plum fairies. The performers were theatrical and clever, and above all easy to listen to. The audience's applause was not just for the message of tolerance, but also because the chorus was quite good - with strong, spirited voices that could make muggy Miami Beach feel like the North Pole. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Now Open: Sunset Lounge at the Mondrain Hotel
Because what this city lacks is yet another tragically hip watering hole, we welcome the latest in the list of you-are-where-you-drink spots -- the lobby bar and Sunset Lounge at the swanking new Mondrian at 1100 West Ave. in Miami Beach. For some of us, ahem, who recall that building as Forte Towers, where the hallways always smelled like cabbage, it's somewhat tickling to think of it as a luxe spot for jet setters and scene shifters. www.miamiherald.com

An Evening with Coco Peru - Sunday, January 11th 7pm
On Sunday January 11th, Coco Peru will be making a South Florida stop as she performs her stand up comedy show at the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road for one show only! Coco has appeared in such films as Trick, Too Wong Foo, Girls Will Be Girls, and on TV in Will and Grace, Arrested Development, Twins, New York Undercover, Rude Awakening, Boy Meets Boy. Special guests the Miami Gay Men's Chorus will also be performing. Check out her website at: www.misscoco.com
Tickets are now on sale on www.ticketmaster.com

Gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson to visit Trinity Cathedral on Sunday
Trinity Cathedral near downtown Miami will host a Mass on Sunday celebrated by the Rev. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop. Here's the church news release, plus its 2008 Christmas service schedule: The Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, will preach and celebrate mass at Trinity Cathedral in Miami on Sunday December 28 at 10:00 am. Bishop Robinson will also conduct a Cathedral Forum discussion following the service in Cathedral Hall. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Rumi / O Asian Grill space to re-open as Bar 330
In the former (and still dramatic) Rumi/O Asian Grill space, Bar 330's slated to be revamped into a different brand of swanky club in a few months, but in the meantime the owner's improvised a pop-up bar where both drinks and sushi rolls cost only as much as the spot's street address, or $3.30 a pop.
Bar 330 330 Lincoln Road 305.531.2811 www.thrillist.com

Hed Kandi or not Hed Kandi?
Things over at the impending Hed Kandi Lounge haven't been so sweet for nightlife veteran Juan Carlos Dominguez. After he paid the hefty franchise the fees to import the brand (owned by Ministry of Sound Holdings) to South Beach, Dominguez was told that the entire deal was a no-go. According to Steven Polisar, one-third of Dominguez's legal team (along with Michael Lubin and Frank Wolland), Ministry of Sound execs came to Miami a few times and approved the location at 1200 Washington Ave. -- and then rejected the plans for the space. www.miamiherald.com

Real estate agent Marc Gordon dies
A resident of Miami since 1990 and, New York (Long Island) native Marc Gordon passed away quite suddenly, this week. Marc was one of MDGLCC's early members and, was a chamber board member until 2005. A real estate agent and excellent marketer, Marc was well-liked in the community and will be missed by the many who knew him. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Ta-Zin Moroccan restaurant and dinner theater opens
Ta-Zin's a Moroccan dinner theater presenting nightly shows in a space that feels like a shadily posh North African festival hall: black velvet booths overflowing with pillows, rustic whitewashed walls and Moorish arched windows, a cloth tent ceiling, and traditional lamps perforated to send shards of light across the "tent" surface.
Ta-Zin 427 Jefferson Ave, South Beach; 305.531.8900 www.thrillist.com

Early Bird Specials for Winter Party Tickets through January 7th
The early bird catches the worm and saves a ton on ticket prices for the 2009 Winter Party Festival, February 21 through March 2, 2009. Special discounted multi-event pass prices are in effect through January 7th only. The week-long celebration produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force features parties at some of the most popular nightclubs in South Beach and Miami, as well as an expanding line-up of cultural events and programming for specific segments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
While some events are free to attend and others start at as little as $10, the best value is in special passes which offer discounted admission to some of the premium priced programs, including the various dance club events and the famous Winter Party Beach Party, which attracts more than 6,000 attendees as North America’s largest outdoor dance celebration. A special Florida Residents Pass with entry to three events is available for $140, and for those 21-25 a New Generation pass is just $110. The following special prices are available until January 7th. For more information on these packages, tickets and a description of the events, visit http://winterparty.com/tickets/index.php

Miami Beach City Commission Tables Domestic Partnership Resolution
In a surprise action Wednesday, the Miami Beach City Commission tabled a vote for a resolution that would have reaffirmed the City's domestic partner ordinances. Further action on this measure will come before the Commission again on February 10, 2009. Miami Beach's domestic partnership ordinances have been in place since 1998 when the first of three ordinances extended domestic partner rights to City employees. In 2004, the City unanimously passed its third ordinance granting specific rights relating to the health and welfare of domestic partners to anyone who registers with the City. www.sobegayinfo.com

"Do I Make You Horny?" The Naughty Comedy Game Show
This award-winning, riotous reality teevee game show spoof features wacky hosts and naughty dollar store prizes as zany contestants vie for the title of 'Sexiest Person in Miami!' Plays every Friday & Saturday in December, 2008. This hilarious, all-stops-out comedy game show has played to rave reviews, sold-out houses and awards in New York City, Boston, Seattle, Orlando, Key West, Minneapolis and was a monster hit at the 2008 Miami Improv Festival this past August. Features Filipino funnyman Fiely A. Matias and quick-witted host Dennis T. Giacino. Tickets are $10 are available online or at the door prior to each show (cash only). www.hornygameshow.com

Spotted: Madge Spreading Her Bad Habits?
Madonna making her way to Miami, staying on Star Island. Both A-Rod and former BFF Rosie O'Donnell have living quarters there, but M favored finagling her own damn villa, like she could be anyone's houseguest without driving the host absolutely insane—A-Rod in par-tick. Madge's guitar player Monte Pittman was also seen in Ef-Hell-Ay, at the Martini Tuesdays atop the Gansevoort. He was wearing a tragic Ed Hardy black jacket—I guess M's style is contagious...or part of his contract?—and boyfriend pulled an Owen Wilson and didn't wash his hands after going. Ew. www.eonline.com

"Dueling Divas" at the Colony Theater - January 3rd and 4th
Duelling Divas: The Battle Begins! They'll never think of Opera the same way again. They'll be shaken. They'll be stirred. They'll laugh until they cry. Duelling Divas is the smartest, campiest twist on opera that has come our way in - well, forever. They'll fall in love with Vladka. They'll fall in love with Gwendoline. They'll fall in love with Paige. Opera virgin or junkie, they will LOVE this show! And, they'll leave the theater with a smile.
There is a discount code, "divas", for SoBe Social Club memebrs for $5 off the $35 and $22.50 seats (there are also $10 seats). www.ticketnaster.com

Ocean Drive Magazine: the new regime
A big change is in store for Ocean Drive Magazine effective immediately with the new editor, former Inside/Out editor Sarah Harrelson. Originally, Harrelson was offered the position when Carlos Suarez and Glenn Albin were set to move to New York to head up Niche Media. That move did not happen, and while Harrelson remains the new editor, Albin and Suarez are no longer with the company. www.miamiherald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

Calling in 'gay' to work is latest form of protest
Some same-sex marriage supporters are urging people to "call in gay" Wednesday to show how much the country relies on gays and lesbians, but others question whether it's wise to encourage skipping work given the nation's economic distress. Organizers of "Day Without a Gay" — scheduled to coincide with International Human Rights Day and modeled after similar work stoppages by Latino immigrants — also are encouraging people to perform volunteer work and refrain from spending money. www.news.yahoo.com

The truth about Peter Rauhofer's 'The Main Event'
It is true Peter Rauhofer planned a party, called "The Main Event," the same weekend as The White Party. On his MySpace blog, he voiced grievances with Care Resource, but said he was producing the event at Mansion "with no malicious intent." He also said he would "donate proceeds" to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, in as his party was in competition with another AIDS fundraiser.
However, EJAF representatives say they did not agree to participating in this event, and they did not have an agreement on donations from Peter Rauhofer. They would not choose to compete with a fundraising event for a local HIV/AIDS organization such as Care Resource, and they did not authorize the use of their name in advertisements for Rauhofer's party.
Blade staff attempted to contact Rauhofer for a statement, but he did not respond. www.floridablade.com

McClatchy puts Miami Herald up for sale
The McClatchy Co., burdened by debt and a steep slide in newspaper advertising, wants to sell one of its most prized properties, The Miami Herald, according to people briefed on the company's plans. www.heraldtribune.com

The Art Fair as Outlet Mall
The most trenchant comment on the dazzling and enervating spectacle that is Art Basel Miami Beach is written in bold black and white letters on the floor of the Mary Boone Gallery booth. A wall-to-wall text piece by Barbara Kruger, it spells out two quotations. One, from Goethe, observes, "We are the slaves of objects around us." The other, from a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, reads, "He entered shop after shop, priced nothing, spoke no word, and looked at all objects with a wild and distracted stare." www.nytimes.com

Anise Waterfront Taverna
620 NE 78th Street, Miami 305.758.2929

From the husband and wife behind Ouzo's, Anise lurks in a nearly invisible nook abutting the Upper East Side's Little River; décor's kept simple, with candles, stone tiles, whitewashed walls, and window & outdoor seating overlooking the water and the food is "modern Greek islands". www.thrillist.com

"Prop 8 - The Musical"
This hysterical video stars Margaret Cho, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Kathy Najimy and many more! www.funnyordie.com

Asia de Cuba opens Monday at the Mondrian
For the past 11 years, the team behind China Grill and Blue Door have been perfecting Asia de Cuba in NYC and elsewhere, long enough that it's finally ready to face Miami's sophisticated take on all things Cuba, and slightly less sophisticated take on all things Asia de.
Opens Mon at the Mondrian Hotel, 1100 West Ave, South Beach 305.514.1940 www.thrillist.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert - December 19, 20 & 21
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus posed and ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary season - 10 Years Worth of Fabulous! It is a season that promises to bring together old friends, new partnerships and a whole lot of fantastic music. The Holiday concert "Miss Twinkleton's Schools For Sensitive Boys Presents The Nutcracker: Men In Tights!" will be packed with the kind of humor and irreverence (with some sprinkles of nostalgia and sensitivity) you've grown to love from them. Tickets can be purchased at www.miamigaychorus.org

Light Up The Night For Equality protest Saturday night on Lincoln Road
This Saturday, December 20th, you are invited to LIGHT UP THE NIGHT FOR EQUALITY on the corner of Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue, in South Beach. This demonstration will be one of many taking place in cities and towns all across the nation, in remembrance of the civil marriage rights that were taken away on November 4th, and in honor of the future of equality that is to come. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Art Basel Miami Beach - December 4th-7th
Art Basel Miami Beach takes place December 4th-7th.Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. As the sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide for the past 39 years, Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city's beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and many hotels. An exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. www.artbaselmiamibeach.com

Whitney Houston's recent cracked out performance in Kazakhstan
In these clips Whitney performs at a concert in Kazakstan. Cracked out, no voice, very sad. SEE VIDEO 1 / SEE VIDEO 2

Gay Marriage Proponents Plan to Crash Governor’s Wedding
Wedding planners for Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s upcoming nuptials to fiancée Carole Rome may want to consider putting out a few hundred extra chairs. GaySoFla.com has learned that opponents of the recently passed gay marriage ban amendment are planning to crash the event. www.gaysofla.com

The Webster 50% of sale starts Friday, Novemebr 28th
The Webster will kick off their huge 50% off sale this Friday, November 28th from 11am to 10pm, champagne will flow and hot tunes by DJ Jessica Who! Tom Ford, Miu Miu, Prada, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Pierre Hardy, Lucien Pellat Finet and more amazing designers! Celebs who were just in there last week include Diddy, Cassie, Molly Sims, Martha Stewart and many more! The address is 919 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305.674.7899

The Better Man
Gus Van Sant's Milk is a biopic starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man ever to be elected to office in a major U.S. city. The film charts the last eight years of Milk’s life, from 1970-1978, as he rises as one of history's gay civil rights leaders, first as a community activist and then as an elected member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. With his beloved Castro neighborhood and entire city empowering him, Milk surprised his many lovers, including Scott Smith (James Franco), his supporters (which included a young activist named Cleve Jones, played by Into the Wild's Emile Hirsch), and ultimately, himself by becoming an outspoken and effective agent for change. www.moviemartin.blogspot.com

Miami Art in Action - Saturday, December 6th 8pm
'Miami Art in Action' will offer the Basel crowd a local perspective highlighting some of the best urban muralists that Miami has to offer on a world stage including Lebo, Daniel Fila and Claudio Picasso. They will each be creating a unique piece of art live during the event. In addition to art, the event will also feature a musical line-up that includes local DJ duo Pumps Crew, NYC-based DJ Cobra Krames, and headlining the event will be DJ Lady Miss Kier, former front woman of Deee-lite. 'Miami Art in Action' is presented by Noble Truth, a Miami-based fashionably sustainable apparel line highlighting collaborations with local artists. Complimentary admission.
'Miami Art in Action'
Saturday, December 6th 8pm to 2am
The News at 55th Street Station 5580 NE 4th Court
www.nobletruth.com

Florida Circuit Court Rules that State Ban on Gay Adoption is Unconstitutional
Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman, who takes cases concerning child welfare, made her ruling today on the constitutionality of a state law that bans gay men and lesbians from adopting. Testimony was given from Oct. 1-6 over Frank Gill's petition to adopt two foster children, which have been in Frank's care since 2004. The ruling will be appealed to the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami and is likely to ultimately be decided by the Florida Supreme Court. The ACLU will be providing legal defense for Mr. Gill in what could become a protracted court battle; with a judgment that will set precedent and thus affect similar cases in the future. www.savedade.org

Alex Del Rio: Hollywood Police Officer Killed In Crash
Officer Alex Del Rio was a nine-year veteran with the force. He was killed when he slammed into a tree on the 7000 block of Sheridan Street and burst into flames. "The fire was going up to the top of the tree and stuff," said Luis Garcia, who saw the accident. "It looked like the gentleman was still in the car. The only car on scene was a Charger, it had just pulled up and the cop was running towards it, but there wasn't much he could do. The car was covered in flames already." www.local10.com

Refuse to Hate
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"Psycho Beach Party" with Daisy D and Matthew Rush
Come see Charles Busch’s “Psycho Beach Party” live starring Matthew Rush and Daisy Deadpetals! The play is directed by Ed Sparan and is presented by The Truck Theatre at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The show runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 p.m. through Nov. 30. Tickets are $25. For tickets, call 954-494-9208 or email trucktheatre@yahoo.com. www.the411mag.com

See photos from Proposition 2 Protest in Miami Beach
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Circa28 has closed
Circa28 on N. Miami Avenue in Wynwood has closed.

Florida gay rights activists ready to fight threat to benefits
Gay rights activists are ready to go to court to defend domestic partnerships they say will be threatened by the new constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach Mayor Joins Student Led LGBT Equality Protest
Mayor Matti Bower joined over 500 gay rights supporters Saturday on the steps of Miami Beach City Hall to protest the recent passage of the anti-gay Amendment 2. Now enshrined in the state’s constitution, Amendment 2 limits the rights of unmarried couples and endangers the benefits currently granted to registered domestic partners, gay and straight. Holding up a sign that read We Demand Equal Rights, Mayor Bower joined the crowd in shouting "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Homophobia's got to go!" as motorists passing on 17th Street blew their horns in support. Each honk elicited an appreciative cheer from the enthusiastic group. www.gaysofla.com

Women's Preservation Society hosting brunch
Wondering where to go before the matinee at the ARSHT Center? Come to the WPS Old Miami Terrace Club for our brunch. The club is also open after theatre and in the evenings. Brunch is a great value at $9 including 1 mimosa. Additional mimosas are only $3, and other beverages are also available. The Club is located DIRECTLY accross from the Arsht Center at 235 NE 14th Street, oasting beautiful outdoor seating and a great GLBT atmosphere. This month's theme is "Brunch Over Broadway," featuring all your favorite showtunes from roadway and the movies. The WPS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and its mission is to provide college scholarships to women who may not otherwise qualify. For more information, email: miamimotochef@hotmail.com

Gerald from Miami does his Britney dance on TRL
South Beach boy, Gerald, has been on TRL three times (once with Britney herself) as one her self proclaimed biggest fans. He was invited back for the final week of TRL and was asked him to perform one more time before TRL ended. www.youtube.com

White Party Week - November 26th - December 1st
White Party Week Miami, one of the world's largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers and a 24 year old phenomenon, returns this year from November 26th through December 1st, 2008. Care Resource, owner and beneficiary of the White Party Week Miami, announced the theme of "Mount Olympus" for 2008. which will allow each of the electrifying events during the week to have a specific name of a Greek God or to be themed after a piece of Greek Mythology”. The White Party itself once again at the historic Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens named "The Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus" on Saturday, November 29, and "Poseidon’s Muscle Beach" on the sands of South Beach just off the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday November 30, which, for a second year will be produced by Gay Day at Disney's One Mighty Weekend producer Johnny Chisholm. www.whiteparty.org

Amnesia Tea Dance a White Party Event - Sunday, November 30th 6pm to 12am
Amnesia with Dionysus is an official White Party Event with DJ David Knapp Produced by Edison Farrow's "SoBe Social Club" and Care Resource on Sunday, November 30th 6pm - 12am, immediately following the Beach Party. The legendary Amnesia Tea Dance has returned to Miami Beach. A true South Beach party with all your friends at the famous Opium Garden, Miami Beach's only indoor / outdoor open air dance club. Advance tickets are just $15. VIP tickets are $60 and include and private VIP room, open bar and lite fare. Tickets can be purchased at www.whiteparty.org

Please remember John Bremer 1926-2008
John Bremer, 82, passed away Friday, November 14th, after an extended illness. John was an extaordinary individual whose untiring energy, community activisim, superb wit and humor. He leaves behind a legacy of commitment to community, an extended family throughout the United States and beyond, and a model for everyone for a life well-lived. His legacy will continue as his dedicated work for Safe Schools South Florida has helped ensure that young peoples' lives are changed for the better for years to come. He is survived by his partner and long-time friend Rob Stauss. A memorial is being planned for January.

Comedian Wanda Sykes says she's 'proud to be gay'
Comedian Wanda Sykes says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led to her be more outspoken about being gay. "You know, I don't really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn't feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life," Sykes told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Fontainebleau's celebrity filled grand opening
With Martha Stewart, Mariah Carey, Mario Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Stamos, Jason Lewis, Deborah Harry, A-Rod and more the grand opening was the place to be this weekend! www.miamiherlad.com/sceneinthetropics

Ouzo's to re-open as Anise Waterfront Taverna
Owners Liza & Gigi (former of Ouzo's) are back and ready to re-open at their new location with complimentary parking, outdoor waterfront seating. Anise Waterfront Taverna 620 NE 78th Street, Miami 33138 (1 block east of Biscayne Blvd-Mimo District) 305.758.2929
"Opening Night Party" with complimentary hors d'oeuvres & champagne on Wednesday November 19th 6pm-10pm. RSVP to anisetaverna@yahoo.com
Open 7 days open at 5.30pm (opening for lunch & dinner in January) For reservations call 305-758-2929

SAVE THE DATE! MILK Screening, Martini Tuesdays at Gansevoort - November 25th
On Tuesday November 25th at 7:30pm, the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will have an exclusive screening of MILK at the Regal Cinemas in South Beach. The After Party will be at Martini Tuesdays at the Gansevoort Hotel. Those who attend the screening will receive a complimentary glass of wine at the After Party with their ticket stub. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.mglff.com

Miami Beach Raises Pride Flag At City Hall
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First Promo for Rosie Live set to air November 26th on NBC
Rosie O'Donnell is returning to television and reviving the variety genre with her "Rosie Live" Variety Show. BroadwayWorld.com got its hands on the first in a series of promos for the special on NBC. The special will air live from the Little Shubert Theater, in New York, the night before Thanksgiving, November 26, at 8pm and is believed to be the kickoff for a 2009 regular series. The show, which is said to be modeled after popular traditional variety shows like Carol Burnett, Ed Sullivan and Sonny & Cher will include "celebrity guests, musical acts, comedy skits and more." David Friedman is the Executive Producer, along with O'Donnell. www.broadwayworld.com

1,000 Homosexuals: Gay comedy suddenly gets new relevance
Playwright Michael Yawney spent the last three years crafting a comedy about Anita Bryant's 1977 campaign to repeal Miami-Dade County's first gay-rights ordinance. Yawney never expected that on the eve of its world premiere Thursday in Miami, 1,000 Homosexuals would be so relevant. Earlier this month, voters in Florida, California and Arizona supported statewide gay-marriage bans with nearly the same fervor as Bryant and other Miami-Dade residents three decades ago. www.miamiherald.com

Palace petitions Miami Beach City Hall to continue drag shows
On Tuesday, November 25th, 5 PM at Miami Beach City Hall, the Planning Board is holding a public hearing to determine if The Palace should be allowed to continue its outdoor drag shows on Ocean Drive. Rumor is that certain individuals have complained to the city that these shows, that have been going on for 20 years, are in violation of city code. They want the shows stopped. www.miamibachfl.gov

Fort Lauderdale Dillard High students mourn slain girl
They were two 15-year-old girls who grew up together. But the relationship began to sour when one of the girls wanted more than friendship. The day after a sophomore was shot and killed during school hours, a small group of students at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale gathered early Thursday morning before the start of classes to mourn the slain student. The students, bearing teddy bears and balloons, met in the school's parking lot about 7:30 a.m. and held a short, impromptu vigil to remember Amanda Collette, 15. www.miamiherald.com/gay

George Clooney On The Civil Rights Of Gay People
"At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black." www.asocialitelife.com

Lindsay Lohan Opens Up About Her Relationship With Samantha Ronson
Lindsay Lohan is finally speaking at length about her relationship with celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson. Though she first confirmed she and Samantha are a couple during a phone-in to syndicated radio show "Loveline" in late September, in a new cover story for the December issue of Harper's Bazaar, Lindsay tackled the question again, revealing more about her feelings for the DJ. www.omg.yahoo.com

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Prop 8 and Gay Marriage
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Gay Mayor Kevin Burns is working to get his own house in order
North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns sponsored a City Council resolution asking the Miami-Dade courts to create a mortgage foreclosure diversion program to help folks stay in their homes. ''People need time to see if they can work things out,'' he explained. Burns, 49, knows firsthand: His three-bedroom residence on Alamanda Drive in Keystone Point is in foreclosure. www.miamiherald.com

Drew Barrymore At Front Lines in Battle for Same-Sex Marriage
Barrymore has now stepped to the front on the battle against Proposition 8. Here's a crisp new clip of Barrymore speaking at this weekend's protest in the Sunset Junction neighborhood of Silver Lake in Los Angeles. She is a true ally. Thank you Drew! SEE VIDEO on www.towleroad.com

Lesbian couple attacked by man outside school in Canada
Anji Dimitriou has a black eye days after she was attacked in front her children's school. She says her vision is still blurry and the shock is still sinking in. Ms. Dimitriou, 30, and her lesbian partner Jane Currie, 37, said Friday they still can’t believe what happened. "He clocked me right in the face, like right in the side of my face, and I hit my truck and I couldn't see anything, like I blacked out," Ms. Dimitriou said. SEE STORY AND VIDEO

Nicole Kidman to star as transexual in new film
Nicole Kidman will star as a transsexual in The Danish Girl with Charlize Theron. The film is based on the true story of Danish artists Einar and Greta Wegener, whose marriage became complicated once Einar (Kidman) stood in for a female model that Greta (Theron) wished to paint. www.solialitelife.com

Paul Jacober Shirts
When trying to impress with hometown knowledge, you've got to dig deep, but when describing far off lands, broad strokes are plenty effective: “Amsterdam: dope, hookers, Van Gogh -- bad ass”. For a shirt line that masters both strategies, check out Paul Jacober. From a Miami Beach graphic designer, PJ produces high quality tees and polos sporting geographically inspired images that either paint startlingly accurate pictures, or totally vague yet still awesome ones, depending on how close to home they're representing. www.thrillist.com

Join the Impact - Saturday, November 15th 1:30pm
Join hundreds of supporters as we Join the Impact on Saturday, November 15 at 1:30 pm at the Miami Beach City Hall (1700 Convention Center Drive).
Our community is taking to the streets to protest anti-gay initiatives that have passed in several states, including Amendment 2 in Florida. Join the Impact is organizing a nation wide protest to take place in front of city halls at the same time on Saturday all across America against Proposition 8 and other anti-gay measures that were passed on Tuesday. Miami needs to step up-yes we can For more information, visit www.jointheimpact.com

Miami Book Fair International- November 9th - 16th
From November 9th through 16th, the Miami Book Fair International will welcome hundreds of book lovers to the streets of Downtown Miami. The fair will present readings and discussions featuring prize-winning, best-selling and emerging authors from the U.S. and around the world. The literary event will consist of a few main affairs. During Street Fair weekend, over 250 publishers and booksellers will be exhibiting and selling books as well. www.miamibeach.plumtv.com

SAVE THE DATE! Martini Tuesdays 400th Week! Tuesday, November 11th!
Please join us on Tuesday, November 11th as we celebrate the 400th week of Martini Tuesdays at the Sagamore Hotel. There will be complimentary V Georgio Vodka from 9pm to 10pm and DJ Leo will be spinning for this event. The Sagamore Hotel is known as the "Art Hotel". The Sagamore Collection, consists of contemporary artwork by recognized, emerging and world-renowned artists making the Sagamore Hotel one of Miami Beach's most unique addresses. SEE FLYER

Please sponsor John Labus for The SMART Ride on November 14th & 15th
On November 14th and 15th, John Labus will ride his bike 165 miles from Miami to Key West to raise money for HIV/Aids charities in the State of Florida via the Smart Ride. These charities provide direct care & services to those who have no other options. The Smart Ride distinguishes itself from other Aids rides nationally because it’s the only one where every single dollar pledged by you goes directly to patient services provided by the benefiting charities. This is accomplished because the entire production of the ride is completely donated, underwritten and volunteered. In fact, much of the volunteer force for the production of the ride is provided by the very charities who benefit from the funds raised. You can see photos from last year, here: www.smartride2007.shutterfly.com
You can make a pledge, here: www.thesmartride.org

Flamboyance Gets a Face-Lift
Marilyn Rubinson recalls her stays at the Fontainebleau hotel as a series of high-fashion snapshots. There were afternoons at the cabana, "a blue hotel towel wrapped around my head like a turban and wearing high-heeled Lucite shoes," she said. There were evenings at the Gigi Room, rubbing shoulders with New York's dashing mayor, John V. Lindsay; and she remembers sweeping down the dramatic lobby staircase in a form-fitting, stone-colored gown. "In those days everyone made an entrance," Mrs. Rubinson, 84, said. "I made lots of entrances." In that heady era the hotel was the diadem of Miami resorts, a 560-foot-long, sickle-shaped showplace dominating the Collins Avenue waterfront, where Miamians like the Rubinsons, who own a chain of clothing stores, and well-to-do snowbirds came in the winter to roost. www.nytimes.com

Vagabond Market
Weekends, 8am to 4pm, 7301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami 305.754.2866

There's technically nothing wrong with walking around an outdoor market buying things -- or there wouldn't be, provided those things weren't inevitably herbs, vegetables, and flowers. For outdoor shopping with testicles, try the just-launched Vagabond Market. Vagabond's a weekends-only strolling-about extravaganza, set in the parking lot, lobby, and former swank lounge of the MiMo-tastic Vagabond Motel -- built in '53 by the Delano designer, and rumored to be a haunt where Sinatra often did it, his way. www.thrillist.com

Lesbian couple's murder suicide shocks community
Boynton Beach's lesbian community is coming together to mourn two of its own in the wake of a gruesome murder/suicide that has left a group of friends and family reeling. Boynton Beach Police say Carol Anne Burger murdered her former wife Jessica Kalish in the garage of the house the two women shared Oct. 22. According to police Burger, stabbed Kalish more than 222 times with a crewdriver and then abandoned the body in Kalish's BMW about two miles away from the home. Police say Burger then tried to cover up the crime by tossing Kalish’s wallet and keys at a nearby shopping center. www.floridablade.com
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And Now You May Kiss the Groom
A short video that supports equality and says NO to discrimination. Same sex partners should be granted the same rights and opportunities as heterosexuals. www.youtube.com

Miami a finalist for 2014 Gay Games
Groups from Miami (Florida), Cleveland (Ohio) Boston (Massachusetts), and Washington (D.C.), have submitted letters of intent to bid for the ninth edition of the Gay Games, to be held in 2014, officials announced at the close of the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. "Fourteen (14) cities worldwide had expressed interest in hosting the 2014 Gay Games," said Darl Schaaff, co-chair of the Federation's Site Selection Committee. "We are very excited to now have four highly qualified bidders for the 2014 Gay Games who met the 20 October 2008 letter-of-intent deadline." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Mayor Bower to Host Pride Flag Raising Walk - Monday, November 10th
Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, along with the support of her Miami Beach Gay Business Development Committee and the Miami Beach Commission, has changed City policy with the adoption of a resolution to finally allow the pride flag to fly legally on our Beach. To celebrate this historic moment, Mayor Bower, her Gay Business Development Committee, and Miami Beach Pride, Inc. will host an official pride flag raising walk beginning at City Hall at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2008, with Mayor Bower making an official proclamation that November 10, 2008 will officially be Pride Flag Day in the City of Miami Beach.

Gov. Crist extends early voting hours statewide
Declaring a state of emergency in Florida because of long voting lines, Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday extended early voting hours across the state to 12 hours a day. The executive order comes after record early voting turnout has contributed to long lines at polling sites. Current Florida law allows for early voting to be conducted eight hours a day each weekday and for a total of eight hours during the weekends. With Crist's order, early voting sites will be open the rest of this week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will be open a total of 12 hours on Saturday and Sunday, the last day of early voting. www.miamiherald.com

Site Plan for New Shopping Center at 5th and Alton
Publix Supermarket, Best Buy, Staples, Petco will soon be opening directly at the Gateway to Miami Beach. The McArthur Causeway, the “main entrance” to Miami Beach and the direct link from the Downtown Miami- Brickell market leads right to the Project. The strategic intersection of Fifth Street and Alton Road (NEC) is Main and Main on Miami Beach. The Project will dominate the view and is poised to capture significant traffic as it approaches this unique and exceptional site. 185,000 Square Feet of Vertical Retail with approximately 950 parking spaces. Floor plates can accommodate up to 55,000 Square Feet with Parking available directly at the front door. SEE SITE PLAN

Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother dead; boy missing
The mother and brother of singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death inside a home Friday. Police have confirmed Hudson's mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57, is one of the deceased. The other victim has been identified as Jennifer Hudson's brother, Jason S. Hudson, 29. www.abclocal.go.com

Ellen: 'I don't agree' with Sarah Palin's call for federal gay marriage ban
Newlywed Ellen Degeneres on Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's call for a federal ban on gay marriage: "If you're wondering, and I'm sure you are, how I feel about it, I don't like it." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Playboy Foundation Honors Miami Girl for Defending LGBT Rights
Heather Gillman, 17, now a high school senior in Ponce de Leon, FL, received a $10,000 award for her fearlessness in speaking out on behalf of the rights of gay students. Gillman successfully sued the local school board after her high school principal banned students from wearing t-shirts, stickers, buttons, or symbols showing support of equal rights for gay students. www.marketwatch.com

Across the Country, Restaurants Feel the Pinch
In Miami, where the housing bubble bloated most freely and burst most quickly, the effects of the downturn have emerged slowly and unevenly. "It's just the last couple of months," Michelle Bernstein, one of the best-known chefs in Miami Beach said last week as she stood near a few empty seats at the bar of her restaurant, Michy's. "It's been scary." Even restaurants that say they're doing fine, in Miami and elsewhere in the country, can no longer afford to play hard to get. www.nytimes.com

"Rocky Horror Picture Show" Halloween night
The Third Annual "Rocky Horror Picture Show" Halloween night fundraiser will be held on Friday, October 31st with cocktails at 7:30pm and movie at 9pm. Admission is $25 and includes one free drink (plus access to a full bar at reasonable prices), giveaways, a cash prize for best Rocky Horror costume. TIckets available at the Colony box office or at Ticketmaster. This event is a fundraiser for ECOMB, Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach. www.ticketmaster.com

Please Remember Yanko Yuri Salazar
Friday, Oct. 17th 6pm to 8pm (viewing)
Funeraria Memorial Plan
9800 Coral Way
Saturday, Oct. 18th 11:30am (funeral)
Baysouth Memorial
14200 SW 117 Avenue
Fore more photos and Funeral information, please go to www.myspace.com/yanko_inlovingmemory

Biden says he'd oppose Calif. gay marriage ban
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joseph Biden says if he lived in California, he would vote against a ballot measure that seeks to ban gay marriage. During an appearance Monday on the "Ellen" show, Biden called Proposition 8 "regressive" and "unfair" and added that he and running mate Barack Obama opposed a similar initiative nationally. Biden was responding to a question by the show's host, Ellen DeGeneres, who is gay and has urged California voters to oppose Proposition 8. www.sfgate.com

Mr. Blackwell, the openly gay fashion critic, dies at 86
Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86. Blackwell died Sunday of complications from an intestinal infection, publicist Harlan Boll said. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Michael Feinstein and Partner Married by Judge Judy
Four time Grammy nominee, singer/pianist Michael Feinstein and his partner of 11 years, Terrence Flannery, are to be married today, October 17th, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. The wedding ceremony, which is to be officiated by close friend Judge Judy Scheindlin, will take place on the couple’s estate in Los Angeles. Feinstein and Flannery will celebrate their nuptials with 115 of their close friends, including Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, David Hyde Pierce, Doris Roberts, Joan Collins and Henry Winkler. There will also be special performances by Liza Minnelli and Barry Manilow in honor of the couple’s special day. www.broadwayworld.com

Tina Fey & Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live
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Ellen buys $100,000 TV time to support gay marriage
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres has bought $100,000 of television airtime to urge Californians to vote to save the right to gay marriage in a November ballot, campaign organizers said on Friday. Claiming that opponents of gay marriage are twisting the truth and trying to scare voters, DeGeneres will appeal in a television ad to vote for equality, compassion and fairness. www.edgemiami.com

Gay Hate in Miami Beach
The call came in to Tower 41 Condominium, a salmon-pink set of buildings on Pine Tree Drive, on February 22, 2006. Why, asked real estate broker Ricardo Herran, had his client's application to live there been rejected? In a hushed voice, a curly-haired secretary told him: "It's two men. Residents are conservative." Herran's client, Steven Bloomfield, is gay. He is also a dream tenant. The slight, bespectacled 48-year-old makes six figures, has stellar credit, and is about as imposing as a granny in a rocking chair. www.miaminewtimes.com

Hed Kandi Lounge to open at 1200 Washigton Avenue
Allegedly opening November 7th at 1200 Washington Avenue, is Hed Kandi Lounge. According to a publicist, "Owners Juan Carlos Dominguez and Miami's own DJ Cedric Gervais deliver a perfect mix of high octane dance floor glamour and down-tempo sexy soul in their newest venture." The so-called gastro-lounge will feature music curated from London's fabulously successful record label. www.miamiherald.com

Diesel to replace Books & Books on Lincoln Road
Books & Books, the independent bookstore with locations throughout South Florida, is losing the lease on its Lincoln Road location, and will move out by the end of November, sources with the store say. But devoted fans of the bookshop won’t have to look far—the shop is moving to the alcove next to its current location, and they will be located next to Design Within Reach. The restaurant portion of the shop will still hold its current outdoor seating, as well. www.floridablade.com

Ocean Drive to Move to New York
So the official word is that Ocean Drive mag's Editor-in-Chief Glenn Albin and Art Director Carlos Suarez have been promoted to Editoral Director and Creative Director of Niche Media and will move to NYC to work from the umbrella company's new 45,000 square foot corporate headquarters effective January 1st. www.miamiherald.com

Seeking Volunteers: Obama '08 South Beach
Seeking help with phone banking, door to door, election day, entering data, emailing or promoting events. South Beach Obama '08
800 Ocean Drive (behind News Cafe)
Contact: Dave Patlak 305.519.4412 email: dpatlak@yahoo.com

Film Festival Board chair Franc Castro says event is on track despite 'tough climate'
Will the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival make it through an embattled period of staff firings, budget shortfalls and board resignations to it's 11th season premier in April? Film distributors, major donors and corporate sponsors are asking that question amid rumors of demise. The festival's diminished board of directors is working double time, downsizing costs and dispelling rumors while searching for an executive director to lead the festival. www.floridablade.com/gay

Four Miami gay film fest board members resign
Shortly after a staffing upheaval at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, four prominent community board members have quit. The festival says their resignations have nothing to do with the recent staff changes. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Wanted: affirming homes for GLBT foster kids
By the time he was 14, Michael Acosta was known among Miami Dade foster care agencies as a "runner." He developed a pattern of breaking rules and running away from the homes and shelters he was placed in. Now 19 and out of the foster system, Acosta remembers the year he had been placed 20 times in different homes. Like many gay lesbian or transgender teens, Acosta just didn’t fit in to the placements. His memories are bleary of couch hopping, avoiding police and being brought back into the foster system. Soon he was drawn to drugs and alcohol. www.southfloridablade.com


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