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NVEEE Red Carpet Event - Saturday, September 15th 8pm
On Saturday, September 15th at 8pm till Midnight, National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE), a Florida based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to prevent bullying, violence and suicide, will welcome entertainers, celebrities, business leaders and elected officials as they host their 2nd Annual "Not On My Watch" (NOMW) Red Carpet VIP Reception.
Held at Highbar, atop the new Dream Hotel in South Beach, with featured co-host and honoree Marcus Lemonis, the event is to include a private acoustic set performed by Grammy Winner Scott Stapp, lead Singer of the multi-platinum rock band "CREED"; a silent auction to win a private jet round trip to Bahamas courtesy of Sky Limo Air Charter; complimentary h'orderves; open bar from 8 PM till 10 PM; and music by DJ Maximus 3000. To purchase tickets go to www.eventbrite.com

Miami Recognition Dinner "Sparkle" Preview Party - Thursday, September 13th 6:30pm
Join the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for the official Miami Recognition Dinner “Sparkle” Preview Party hosted by famed drag queen Daisy Deadpetals on Thursday, September 13th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at South Beach hotspot Q Lounge (841 Washington Ave.). Guests will be treated to a complimentary open bar courtesy of 42 BELOW Vodka and light bites by Q Lounge.
There is no cost to attend – to RSVP please email rsvp@theTaskForce.org. VIEW INVITATION

MDGLCC Hard Rock Café Talent Showdown - Thursday, September 6th 6pm
Enjoy the talent show and vote for your favorite singer!!! Support our LGBT community representative "Josue Santiago". Emcee: George Neary, Showman Extraordinaire. Associate. VP Cultural Tourism, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Celebrity judges, free food & cash bar. Thursday, September 6th at 6p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe Miami, Bayside Marketplac (401 Biscayne Blvd.). $5 suggested door donation benefitting American Cancer Foundation. Park in North Bayside Garage ~ $10. Bring ticket to event for $5 credit on any bar drink. RSVP requested at rsvp@gaybizmiami.com or 305-673-4440.

Sherman Hemsley Was A Gay! Deal With It!
Nobody sputtered more comically than Sherman Hemsley, the enjoyably oafish and scheming George Jefferson from the classic sitcom The Jeffersons.
I was sad to hear that he died last week.
I was also horrified to hear him referred to over and over as "a lifelong bachelor."
What is this, Merv Griffin all over again?
Um, he was gay. www.villagevoicee.com

What Is Is What Was and What Will Be?
To hear filmmakers Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer talk about it, the upcoming Cloud Atlas is going to be an epic mind-bender.
If you don't believe them, take a gander at this most-intriguing five-minute trailer for the film, which features Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Wishaw, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant playing multiple parts, weaving some era-spanning stories together in what promises to be quite the spectacular way. www.moviemartin.blogspot.com

Now Open: Fix at Blue Moon Hotel
A SoBe Gastropub with All-Day Breakfast

Introducing Fix, a brick-lined gastropub that's dishing up beers, burgers and breakfast food (think cereal-crusted french toast) at all hours of the day, now open in South Beach.
Breakfast for dinner. Dinner for lunch. Rice Krispies–coated french toast with bourbon-caramel sauce for everything. That's sort of the deal here. A sprawling bar and brick patio space at the newly renovated Blue Moon Hotel that strongly supports your right to eat scrambled eggs. Whenever you damn well please. www.urbandaddy.com

José Andrés' The Bazaar at the SLS is a fun, sexy triumph
One of the world’s most exciting chefs has found a home in South Beach, and what a natural fit for this adult wonderland. Not just the meal but the décor, the waiters and the experience are sexy, fun and adventurous.
The Bazaar 1701 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305.455.2999 www.miamiherald.com

Panther Coffee, Ice Box, Emack & Bolio among signed tenants at new Sunset Harbour garage
If you've driven down Purdy lately, you've noticed that the Sunset Harbour parking garage and shops look nearly finished. The city of Miami Beach says the garage could open within the next week or two.
So far, they include Ice Box Cafe (trying to find out if it is a new location or a move from off Lincoln Road), Panther Coffee (a great spot in Midtown), Emack and Boilio's (a New England-based high-end ice cream shop), Tequitzlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, True Loaf Bakery, Frankie Boutique, Sunset Clothing Co and Thread Count. www.belleisleblog.com

Brunch rules the roost at South Beach's Cha Cha Rooster
South Beach's Cha Cha Rooster has something to crow about in its Sunday brunch, an often-changing buffet of hot and cold items plus a "plateau de seafood" with oysters, snow crab legs, mussels and shrimp on ice and a charcuterie platter with pickled gherkins and pearl onions.
Olivier Guichot-Pierre, a restaurateur from Paris, bought the restaurant a year ago. He kept the name and hired chef Thierry Goulard, a native of Brittany who had worked in New York for three decades. Both wanted to be in a warm climate and liked the Art Deco setting in the Lords Hotel with the eatery on the lower level, done in mod style with black and white photos that evoke the 1960s. www.miamiherald.com

Craig Stevens celebrates 20 Years with WSVN
On Saturday, July 28th, Craig Stevens celebrated 20 years at WSVN-TV. People from all stations in the Miami market came together for a wonderful evening at the Betsy Hotel rooftop to celebrate Craig's amazing career in TV news.
The event, a surprise to Craig, was organized by Alex DiPrato, reporter at WSVN, Carlos Suarez, reporter at WPLG, Chris Cifatte, news anchor at WINK in Fort Myers and Chad Matthews, assistant news direct at WTVJ.

Paul Holland, Wilton Manors clothing store Zoo Two owner, has died
Paul Holland, the owner of the popular Wilton Manors clothing store Zoo Two, has died. His death was confirmed on Wednesday morning. While the cause of Holland’s death remains officially unannounced, sources indicate that Holland committed suicide. The same sources suggest that Holland was experiencing financial difficulty. www.guymag.net

Sunday at 4pm: Topless Parade on Lincoln Road
If you're offended by the sight of topless women sunning themselves on South Beach, you're going to want to stay off the island this weekend.
If, on the other hand, you're like the rest of us -- those for whom "boobs in your face" is at worst a mild distraction and at best a religious experience -- get your (fully clothed) ass to Lincoln Road on Sunday, and prepare for a show. www.miaminewtimes.com

ECOMB's "GreenRaiser" - Tuesday, July 31st 7pm
Mondrian South Beach 1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach

"GreenRaiser," ECOMB will reveal architectural plans for a unique showcase for Miami's ecosystems and sustainable living to be built in the heart of South Beach. This fundraising event also honors four of greater Miami’s best environmental leaders with the annual Emerald City Award. The GreenRaiser brings together the local sustainability crowd for an exciting evening of music, silent auction, raffle prizes, eco-friendly cocktails, appetizers prepared by local chefs, and more.
Purchase tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/235743

Get Your Motor Running in Homestead August 4th
The Imagine Lifestyles' Ultimate Super Car Experience is revving up for a August 4th at the Homestead Miami Speedway not to be missed. For one day only, from 9am to 6pm auto enthusiasts will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a variation of Ferraris and Lamborghinis and race them 4.6 miles around the famed track.
Click here to purchase a ride, pick the car you like best and a time slot, get there early for a quick training, and get ready for the ride of a lifetime.
Check out this video from a recent super-car event in Boston to get an idea of what you're in for, people.

The Task Force & KC host "The Donkey Show" - Sunday, August 5th 5pm
Ziff Ballet Opera House, The Arsht Center

Flash back: In the spirit of the epic Studio 54, The Donkey Show has infected Miami with Disco Fever. The Task Force invites you to join us for a crazy funhouse of disco mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens, all enhanced by a light sprinkling of Shakespearean magic. Plus you'll get the chance to shake your booty with KC of KC & The Sunshine Band. PURCHASE TICKETS

Rosita Hidalgo: Transgender Murder on South Beach
Hector Sarna isn't surprised that his friend Rosita Hidalgo was killed. As a transgender woman who was a sex worker, she was putting herself at risk. He warned her that one of the men she brought home would hurt her, or worse. He remembers a day almost a year ago when a man client beat Rosita after finding out she was once a man. Hector told her to be more careful. www.miaminewtimes.com

Spruced-up Delano South Beach now for sale
The famed Delano hotel, a South Beach trailblazer that revitalized the market when it launched in 1995, is for sale.
Owner Morgans Hotel Group enlisted Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels to market the property, the brokerage confirmed Wednesday. Morgans plans to continue managing the hotel and move forward with expansion plans, such as the recently announced deal to open a 73-room Delano this September in Marrakech, Morocco. www.miamiherald.com

The Palace is on Fire! (Literally and figuratively)
Due to a fire in the kitchen, Palace will be placing their regular menu on the back burner to serve a new limited time menu dedicated to the traditional summer BBQ, featuring bulging burgers, succulent steaks, and smoky & sweet barbequed chicken.
As the only gay bar and restaurant on Ocean Drive for more than 24 years, it is no wonder that the Palace has become a mainstay for tourists and locals alike, who enjoy delectable bites, stiff drinks, and, of course, Palace's fabulously frocked fellas.
Without a doubt, the Palace's infamous drag shows, which now take place EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK, will feature the Palace drag divas performing some of your favorite summer jams. SEE PRESS RELEASE

Target, Costco, and Maybe Trader Joe's Could Be Coming to Brickell
Now come reports that developers are looking to build a major retail center in Brickell with big-box stores in the vein of the Midblock area of the Shops at Midtown Miami. According to the South Florida Business Journal, potential anchor stores such as Target, Trader Joe's, and Costco have been contacted about the possibility of moving in. www.miaminewtimes.com

Fire Island Pines' Sip n' Twirl reopens
When fire destroyed renowned Fire Island Pines gay clubs the Pavilion and the neighboring Sip n' Twirl in November, the life of the beach community took some heat, too.
The two venues formed the heart of the Pines' small commercial district, which has fewer than 10 businesses, said P.J. McAteer, owner of Sip n' Twirl. www.newsday.com

Now Open: La Casa Fiorentina in the Hotel Astor
Welcome to La Casa Fiorentina, a bright and leisurely cove of airy Tuscan delights (yes, that means pasta/wine), now open in the Hotel Astor in South Beach. www.urbandaddy.com

Score celebrates 14 Year Anniversary with Block Party - Saturday, August 18th
On Saturday, August 18th, the iconic gay club, Score, will be celebrating fourteen years in South Beach as the destination for music lovers and the LGBT community around the world. Score's tag line, "Bigger & Better" will live up to it's name as pre production begins for a full scale, power house production, block party that will encompass Lincoln Lane between Meridian Street and Meridian Court. www.sobegayinfo.com

Anderson Cooper Announces "The Fact Is, I'm Gay"
The news isn't shocking, but the fact that he announced it kind of is: In an email to Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan, CNN stalwart Anderson Cooper finally came out as gay, ending years of gossip and speculation.
"The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud". www.queerty.com

Yep, Sra. Martinez is closing: July 6 is last night in biz
The rumors were unfortunately true and on Friday, July 6, Michelle Bernstein will serve her last dinner at Sra. Martinez, which is closing for good. "We have loved our time at Sra. and are really proud of the food we served and the moments we shared with our customers," said Bernstein, who will continue to operate Michy's and Crumb on Parchment www.miami.com

Still Swinging! North Miami lifts ban on liquor sales in strip clubs
After nearly four hours of discussion, a divided North Miami City Council voted Tuesday to repeal an ordinance that banned the sale and consumption of alcohol and adult entertainment in the same establishment.
The decision came down to a 3-2 vote with the dissents coming from Councilman Michael Blynn and Mayor Andre Pierre, who had voted for the repeal on first reading. www.miamiherald.com

A Team and City Grow Up, Look Ahead Toward Future
When Lebron James made his decision in 2010, the Heat were mired in controversy, criticized for their hubris and 'over the top' celebration before a championship had yet to be won. While flames were fanned by sports critics across the nation, Miami faced its own battle at home: a sluggish economy, a crippling real estate market flooded with foreclosures, and an oil spill that threatened its coast.
The real estate boom-turned-bust brought nearly 23,000 residential condo units to Miami's urban core, creating a surplus of inventory that even the most bullish economists thought would take a decade to absorb. But out of the ashes of the crash, a 24-7 community has emerged as thousands of new residents flood the district seeking a more urban lifestyle. www.huffingtonpost.com

Lincoln Road project bridges Gap between preservationists, developers
A design for a new Gap store on the Lincoln Road site that Apple walked away from last year has been called a symbol of Miami Beach’s successful combination of preservation and progress. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Spice raises rates on top restaurants, adds second pricing category
A Miami Spice meal at Miami's top luxury restaurants isn't going to be as much of a bargain this year.
The three-course lunch will cost $23 and dinner will run $39. That's about a 10 percent jump over Miami Spice dinner prices last year, which rang up at $35 and just a hair over last year's $22 lunch. www.miamiherald.com

Gay Relay Dating at the Manor: What One Floridian Man Learned
As a gay man, I've always had an infatuation with speed dating, so the idea of having a homo-friendly version was instantly appealing.
"Relay Dating" is a gentler name for speed-dating. It brings to mind a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship. Sure, you essentially have to pick "yes" or "no" after spending a measly two minutes with a complete stranger, but it's still good, clean fun. www.blogs.browardpalmbeach.com

Ivan Cano named new executive director of annual Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival
After a nationwide search, long-time community advocate Ivan Cano has been named the first full-time executive director for the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade & Festival, announced Babak Movahedi, president of the Pride Board of Directors. In his new position, Cano will work with the Pride Board to plan, supervise and execute all elements of next year’s Miami Beach Gay Pride event as well as related activities leading up to Pride. Going into its fifth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride will take place Sunday, April 14, 2013, along Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive. www.miamiherald.com

Macchialina Taverna Rustica, now open in the former Sylvano's space
Pubbelly dudes have Voltroned with Scarpetta's Chef Michael Pirolo to open their fourth spot, Macchialina: a rustic tavern exuding a homey vibe via wooden planked ceilings, exposed brick, and dim red lighting.
Macchialina Taverna Rustica 820 Alton Road Miami Beach 305.534.2124
www.thrillist.com

Cartier opens in Miami Design District in August
Cartier will be one of the first new luxury tenants to open in the Miami Design District.
The boutique will open in August at 151 NE 40th Street. The brand closed its location last year in Bal Harbour and currently it's only boutique in Miami-Dade has been at the Saks Fifth Avenue in Dadeland Mall. www.miamiherald.com

Gay male strip club Swinging Richards sues North Miami Beach to allow its dancers to perform nude
Swinging Richards, the all-nude gay male strip club that opened last fall in North Miami Beach, has sued the city for demanding its dancers cover up.
"Female dancers have been allowed to dance nude and serve alcohol for years but as soon as a gay club is introduced the city has wanted to enforce old ordinances," writes Swinging Richards owner C.B. Jones in a news release announcing the lawsuit. www.miamiherlad.com/gay

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim - Thursday, July 19th to Monday, July 23rd
This fashion show is presented annually at the historic Raleigh Hotel. Timed to coincide with the swimwear 'largest trade show, MBFW Swim provides a world-class runway platform for designers to launch swimwear and resort collections and gain exposure with the national and international fashion, style, and news media.
Raleigh Hotel 1775 Collins Avenue Miami Beach www.miami.mbfashionweek.com

City of Miami Beach Fourth of July Celebration
Free concerts and fireworks featuring blues and jazz, the uniquely American forms of music. Big Poppa E and the E Band perform at 6:30pm. South Florida Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Chuck Bergeron, featuring special guest vocalist Nicole Henry perform at 7:45pm. Fireworks begin at 9pm.
Location: Ocean Drive and 8th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 www.miamiandbeaches.com

Joe Allen's >>> Morgan's >>> Georgia's Union
Sit a spell at Georgia's Union, a lush Southern charmer from the team behind Morgan's that's serving up hush puppies, sweet teas and our country's finest corn-mash whiskey, opening tomorrow in South Beach.
Georgia's Union 1787 Purdy Avenue Miami Beach 305.397.8753 www.urbandaddy.com

South Beach redevelopment proposals progressing
Two pricey South Beach redevelopment projects – one to overhaul the Miami Beach Convention Center and another to build an offshoot of the Lincoln Road Mall – are progressing toward key city votes.
Miami Beach commissioners are expected to vote next month to partner with a developer to turn public parking lots on an alley north of Lincoln Road into shopping and entertainment plazas that complement the historic pedestrian mall. www.miamiherald.com

Lincoln Road, changes, changes, changes...
David's Cafe II will likely not renue their inflated lease. The photo on the left is the plan for that space when they have left.
A few doors down, Ghiaradelli plans to be leaving also. Dylan's Candy Bar is said to be going into that storefront.
H&M will be opening in September in the Lincoln Theater on Lincoln Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Forever 21 will be opening in the building across from Next Cafe (next to Pizza Rustica).
All of Lincoln Lane plans to be demolished (Statscript Pharmacy, Boca Tanning Club, Bar 721, Tacotento). In order for a three story retail to be built in that space.
French Connection (between Balan's and the Colony Theatre) has closed and will become a Lacoste store.
And, Tesla Motors is opening a store on Lincoln Road to sell it's electric sports cars (a few doors down from Yuca).

Bike-share program could come to Miami
Miami commissioners on Thursday laid the groundwork for a bicycle-sharing program to come to the Magic City.
Commissioners gave a preliminary nod to an ordinance that would allow for advertising on the side of bicycle rental racks. The current city code bans ads on most city-owned properties and fixtures.
Without advertising, the city would have to pony up for the bike-share program, Director of Capital Improvements Albert Sosa said. www.miamiherald.com

Trump Wants To Build Film Studio In Homestead
Real estate mogul Donald Trump has unveiled big plans to build a new city in South Florida.
During Tuesday’s meeting of the Miami-Dade Commission, plans were unveiled for Trump Studio City, an ambitious 800 acre film studio. The Donald is attempting to recreate Hollywood studios in Homestead. www.miami.cbslocal.com

Opening Monday: The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel
The Bazaar by José Andrés, a Valhalla of exotic tapas and futuristic cocktails, is now soft-open at the SLS Hotel, and fully open Monday. Here’s what you need to know.
Expect culinary pandemonium.
Your chef: James Beard Award winner, friend of Gwyneth and wizard with jamón, José Andrés. The designer: Philippe Starck, that exuberant Frenchman who sexed up the Delano back in the day. www.urbandaddy.com

Remembering Ernie Sauer of Fire Island and Miami Beach
We are sad to report the passing of our friend Ernie Sauer.
Ernie died on Thursday, June 7th 2012 in the early morning due to cancer. He died at home with friends and Buddy nearby.
Ernie's body has been cremated, as per his wishes. His ashes are in two urns, and his ashes will be given to the sea in his two long-time homes, the places he loved: Fire Island and Miami Beach.
Memorials will be planned in both locations.

Bringing an L.A. vibe, new SLS Hotel opens on South Beach
Eight years in the making, the SLS Hotel South Beach opens to the public Thursday.
SLS Hotel South Beach, a mix of Art Deco glamour and California cool at 1701 Collins Ave., opens to the public Thursday boasting 140 rooms, two high-profile restaurants, two celebrity designers, a pair of pools — and a giant version of a rubber duck. www.miamiherald.com

Now open: Mix South Beach at The Marlin Hotel
Mix South Beach, a new haven for grilled octopus, bottles of wine and after-dinner studio time in a famous recording space, now soft-open for breakfast and lunch, and officially open for dinner on Monday, at the Marlin Hotel. www.urbandaddy.com

After 19 years, David's Cafe II likely leaving Lincoln Road due to rent hikes
Lincoln Road is continuing its Stepford-like plunge into national chain-dom, with 14 Sunglass Huts, Guess?, the Gap, Vicky's Secret, H&M, et. al. and possibly sooner than later another yet-to-be-named retail spot to take over one of the last remaining mom & pop shops on that road--David's Cafe II. That's right, the popular pick-me-up spot for Cuban coffee and fare is being kicked out because the landlord wants to take the space national.
"The rent they want is out of control," owner Adrian Gonzalez told us. "We're trying to work with them to see what we can do, but they want what they consider fair market value." In other words, they want a national tenant. Gonzalez, whose family opened the Lincoln Road branch of its longtime Collins Ave. location back in 1993, laments that Lincoln Road "Is not favorable to mom and pop businesses." www.miamiherald.com

Developer unveils project to transform Miami’s Design District into upscale pedestrian promenade
A proposed $312 million makeover of Miami’s Design District would carve out a mini-Lincoln Road mall with luxury fashion shops, restaurants and public spaces.
Developer Craig Robins' plan to turn Miami’s Design District into a super-high-end retail destination entails cutting a four-block pedestrian promenade anchored by two department stores through the heart of the compact neighborhood, which would also get an extensive green makeover — including rooftops covered in sod, gardens and mature shade trees. www.miamiherald.com

Lantao Social Club to open at the Surfcomber Hotel
Welcome to Lantao Social Club, a sexy Asian den serving up duck-fat-infused cocktails and Korean BBQ bites, opening June 11 next to Lantao Kitchen + Cocktails in the Surfcomber.
So tonight: this place can't help you. Sorry. But next time you have a hankering for some five-spice whiskey drinks set to live funk and blues—like, say, in a little over a week—this is your spot. www.urbandaddy.com

Hollywood mayor asks for city manager's resignation after DUI leaving Swinging Richards
Hollywood City Manager Douglas Hewett has been asked by the mayor to resign or face being fired Friday.
Hewett's employment is in jeopardy following a DUI arrest after leaving a gay strip club on Easter morning. Although the city manager informed city officials of the charge immediately, on Wednesday they said Hewett had left out several important details, including the time of the arrest, where he had been drinking and his blood-alcohol level. www.miamiherald.com

Nikki Minaj at the James L. Knight Center - Tuesday, July 24th
Influenced by the unpredictable rhymes of Missy Elliot along with the sexually charged attitudes of Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown, Jamaica, Queens, native Nicki Minaj was discovered thanks to her /MySpace page. It was there that Dirty Money Entertainment CEO Fendi first heard her ability to freestyle and first laid eyes on her steamy set of promo shots. With killer curves she was obviously proud to flaunt plus a background in the performing arts thanks to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art -- the school that had inspired the movie Fame -- Minaj was a perfect fit for Fendi's urban DVD magazine, The Come Up. www.ticketmaster.com

Miami Beach Bruthaz - July 19-22nd
MBB is held the third weekend in July on South Beach and creates opportunities for attendees to enjoy a fun-filled, VIP-style weekend getaway on Miami Beach, while empowering each other, discussing social, economic, political and health issues during informative workshop sessions - all this, while enjoying the South Beach nightlife. www.miamibeachbruthaz.com

Kiehl's LifeRide Kick-Off Event - Friday, July 13th from 11am to 1pm
Kiehl's Lincoln Road will be hosting their LifeRide kick-off event that will take place on Friday, July 13th from 11am to 1pm supporting amfAR, the foundation for AIDS research dedicated to ending the global epidemic.
After a roaring entrance from the 20+ motorcycle enthusiasts, Kiehl's President Chris Salgardo, along with the CEO of amfAR, Robert Frost, and guests can enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch catered by celebrity chef and Fox's Hell's Kitchen contestant Robyn Almodovar on a pop-up lawn outside the store. www.facebook.com

H&M "preview store" now open on Miami Beach
South Florida fashionistas can rejoice. The wait for the arrival of H&M, the retailer known for its affordable, fashion-forward apparel is officially open.
H&M, the shortened name for the global retailer Hennes & Mauritz, opened a temporary shop on South Beach this week as a preview of things to come when the flagship store opens on Lincoln Road this fall. It’s one of the most anticipated retail openings in Miami-Dade County in years. Right now the closest H&M store is in Palm Beach Gardens. www.miamiherald.com

Vlada to become The Dug Out, a new gay sports bar opening June 21st
With an opening date scheduled for June, The Dug Out plans to be a sports bar and features "a fun and friendly atmosphere for gay people". www.dugoutmiami.com

Car share coming to Miami this summer
Starting this summer, Miami residents can start thinking about the once-unthinkable: Ditching the car.
As early as July, the city parking authority will make 250 Smart Fortwo mini-cars available for rent by the minute, making Miami the latest major U.S. burg to jump on the fast-growing car-share bandwagon. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach condo sells for record $25 million
A three-story penthouse with 25-foot ceilings and a private pool has sold in Miami Beach for a whopping $25 million, breaking a record countywide for condos, as the high-priced real estate market continues to heat up.
The five-bedroom, 7 ½-bath penthouse stretches from the 40th to the 42nd story of the Continuum, at 100 South Pointe Dr. in South Beach, offering both ocean and city views. www.miamiherald.com

Upper East Side cafe offers light Italian fare with Miami touches
A stylish but cozy Italian spot has opened on the Upper East Side. The food is light and flavorful with Miami touches in dishes like quinoa with black beans, mango and mozzarella and chunky tuna tartare with local avocado and blackberry coulis.
Ni.Do. Caffè and Mozzarella Bar gets its name from the owners' son, Nicolo, and the chef's son, Domenico. Nido means "nest" in Italian, and the space lives up to the name with comfy armchairs, a couch and candle-lit glass lanterns. www.miamiherald.com

Anise Taverna just reopened as RiverShack
After slinging family-style Greek for four years, Anise Taverna shuttered and just reopened as RiverShack. The rustic gastropub is still plating local catches waterside, but has also roped in chef David Long to plate comfort food "inspired by the diverse cultures of the city", and will host monthly pig and lamb roasts, which're presumably overseen by Lisa Lamb-panelli. www.thrillist.com

Sunglass Hut opens biggest store in U.S. on Lincoln Road
There are few places in the U.S. more synonymous with sunglasses than Miami Beach. So it doesn't seem too surprising that Sunglass Hut would choose Lincoln Road as the location for its largest store in the U.S.
The store at 845 Lincoln Road, which will officially open to the public Wednesday, is about three times the size of the average Sunglass Hut store and features a blinged-out design borrowing elements from a South Beach nightclub. www.miamiherald.com

SoFi's Au Pied de Cochon is now La Gloutonnerie
Gloutonnerie re-outfitted Au Pied de Cochon's former digs with a homey, vintage motif thanks to rustic-framed photos, wine-filled shelves, and antique mirrors (plus a market w/ cheeses & cured meats), amongst which they'll serve authentic Franco-fare like beef cheek stew bourguignon, foie gras w/ homemade fig chutney, and truffle mayo-slathered prime beef. www.thrillist.com

See the cast of South Beach's new reality TV Show, The Catalina
The CW is turning up the heat with its latest reality series, The Catalina.
Filmed in Miami's South Beach, the show follows the dysfunctional staff of The Catalina Hotel. The series documents both the staffers' personal escapades as well as the challenges of running the resort.
It will debut Tuesday, May 29 at 8pm on the CW Network. www.tvguide.com

Twist celebrates 19 years on Wednesday, June 27th
Miami's longest established gay bar, Twist, will celebrate its 19th year on Wednesday, June 27th.
There will be an "open bar and hors d'oeuvres" from 9pm to 11pm. And, the party will continue all night along.
At this annual event, Twist always reveals all of the updates and changes that they have made for the new year. Plus, this is always a night filled with fun and entertainment. www.twistsobe.com

MDGLCC 11th Annual Gala Awards Dinner - Saturday, June 23rd
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce (MDGLCC) will honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community at its 11th Annual Gala Awards Celebration, "The Orange Gala," on Saturday, June 23, at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel 1601 Biscayne Blvd Miami. The honorees were selected for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall well-being and quality of life in South Florida.
The 11th Annual Gala Awards Celebration: "The Orange Gala" will feature a VIP champagne reception and silent auction beginning at 6PM, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., the awards ceremony at 9PM, and then dancing beginning at 10PM.
Tickets are $1,750 for VIP tables of 10, $175 for individual VIP tickets and $100 for general admission. SEE FULL INFORMATION

Stonewall Summer Pride in Fort Lauderdale - Sunday, June 24th
Stonewall Summer Pride comes to Fort Lauderdale on June 24th. Wilton Drive comes alive with the Stonewall Summer Pride Street Festival. Festivities include DJ's, Live Entertainment, Food, Drink, Exhibits and the Children's Pride Park.
After the festival the Stonewall Summer Pride Twilight Parade takes to the street with fabulous floats and costumes and Grand Marshall Bruce Vilanch. Following the parade, the main performers take to the stage for the Stonewall Summer Pride Concert featuring headliner Andy Bell, Lead Singer from Erasure. www.stonewallsummerpride.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus "Who's Your Diva?" - June 8th, 9th & 10th
MGMC has been in rehearsals since early January preparing to provide our audience an evening of music, dance and entertainment guaranteed to leave you inspired to sing out like a DIVA! Norma, Joan, Judy... Elizabeth, Liza, Lady... Barbra, Bette, Bernadette... need we say more? MGMC brings to the stage the music and essence of the women we have loved, worshipped and adored. Who's YOUR Diva? MGMC is also proud to announce our summer concert will feature Miami's very own Diva, Maryel Epps.
Friday, June 8th 8PM | Saturday, June 9th 8pm | Sunday, June 10th 3pm at the Colony Theatre 1040 Lincoln Road Miami Beach www.miamigaychorus.org

La Gloutonnerie - Traditional French Fare... from Mexico City
Feast your eyes on La Gloutonnerie, a classic French bistro that comes to SoFi from the most unlikely of places: Mexico City, opening Wednesday.
La Gloutonnerie 81 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.503.3811 www.urbandaddy.com

Donna Summer Dead: Disco Legend Dies After Cancer Battle at 63
Donna Summer has died following a battle with cancer, according to TMZ. The 63-year-old disco legend reportedly passed away this morning (May 17) in Florida.
Summer is known for her many hits, including "Hot Stuff," "Last Dance," "She Works Hard for the Money" and "Bad Girls," among many others, and won five Grammys over the course of her career. www.spinner.com

Miami Beach commissioner Michael Gongora shopping reality show
The city that brought you South Beach Tow, the Kardashians and Miami Ink may birth a new reality star: Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Góngora.
Góngora, who is contemplating a run for Miami Beach mayor in 2013, confirmed Wednesday that a film crew recently followed him around for three days. Góngora, a lawyer, said the crew filmed him meeting with a condo board president and holding meetings with city constituents. www.miamiherald.com

Food Trucks to Roll On Miami Beach
The City of Miami Beach will allow a limited number of food truck roundups, starting as early as June. The issue of having food trucks on Miami Beach was pushed back many times, as local restaurants felt it would take away business. www.miaminewtimes.com

Upcoming events at the Hard Rock Live
June 2nd- Kathy Griffin
June 14th - Il Divo
June 30th - Ringo Star
www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

Ricky Martin, Jane Lynch, Celebrities React to Obama's Support of Marriage Equality
Following ABC's interview this morning with President Obama, during which he made an historic announcement that he supports marriage equality, out entertainers such as Ricky Martin, Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris were quick to commend the president's show of support. Many straight celebrities, including music mogul Russell Simmons and singer Josh Groban, also used their Twitter accounts to express their enthusiasm. www.advocate.com

Gay, liberal groups cheer Obama announcement supporting marriage for same-sex couples
Today, President Obama added his voice to the growing chorus of Americans who believe that all couples should share equally in the freedom to marry. He now becomes the first sitting President to join the majority of Americans whose hearts have opened and minds have changed in favor of the freedom to marry. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Firm may transform South Beach eyesore
Developer Crescent Heights, which owns the land just north of the MacArthur Causeway, is considering designs from three architects to transform the area from an eyesore to an appealing mixed-use space.
Condemned South Shore Hospital, the 7-11 convenience store, and a parking garage off 7th Street and West Avenue will all be demolished. www.local10.com

12 Crimes That Changed the LGBT World
The Advocate has covered the LGBT community for 45 years, and these crimes won't soon be forgotten. www.advocate.com

Estiatorio Milos opens; Fresh Fish and Grecian Wine in SoBe
Say hello to Estiatorio Milos, the long-awaited local installment of Costas Spiliadis's international Grecian empire, opening tomorrow in South Beach.
Consider it your own personal Greek temple by the sea: billowing white curtains, white marble countertops and oversized urns shipped in directly from the motherland. You'll want to linger here with a companion of your choice and reverentially worship the market-fresh fish packed in crushed ice right before you. www.urbandaddy.com

Mova Lounge wins "favorite bar" in the country!
MOVA Lounge Miami Beach wins "Favorite" Bar" award by EDGE New York! Over 73,000 votes were casted naming MOVA the nation's "Favorite Bar!"
In April of 2012 over seventy thousand of votes acknowledged MOVA Lounge's accomplishments by naming the popular nightspot as the nation's "Favorite Bar". www.edgenewyork.com

All eyes on Miami Beach this Memorial Day weekend
Miami Beach police are intensifying enforcement efforts this Memorial Day weekend to control massive crowds and avoid last year's chaotic finale.
Terrance Smith hasn't had much difficulty selling South Beach as a Memorial Day weekend destination this year. The promoter, who since 2001 has pumped up Miami Beach as the spot to be for several hundred thousand members of what he calls the "hip-hop generation," says bookings for hotel rooms remain as popular as ever — despite police-involved shootings during the weekend last year. www.miamiherald.com

NYC Pride Pier Dance Moving Indoors; Pier Not Structurally Sound
Heritage of Pride is moving the Pier Dance after an environmental review revealed that Pier 54, where it has been held for several years, is no longer structurally sound.
It's being moved to the enclosed Pier 57, according to organizers. The organizers say that it will allow them to do much more in terms of overall production. Because there is no longer a need for a sound permit they will be shifting the hours to go from 8pm - 2am. www.towleroad.com

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at Byron Carlyle Theatre
What happens when a Southern Baptist Minister's widow hires a gay ex-Broadway chorus boy to give her six private dance lessons at her beachfront condo? War. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, written by Richard Alfieri, opens Friday, May 4th at the Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre, where it will run each weekend through May 20th.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM. Sunday matinee at 2 PM. All performances are $38. Tickets are available at the Box Office at the Miami Beach Stage Door at the Byron Carlyle, 500 71st Street, Miami Beach or by calling (305) 397-8977. www.miamibeachstage.org

Soundscape Cinema Series Free Outdoor Movies
Free! The Exostage is an open, grassy viewing area faces a 7,000 square foot projection wall on the eastern front of the New World Center building, complete with a world-class audio system. Miami Beach Soundscape 400 17th Street.
Schedule:
Movies begin at 8pm
Wednesday, 23rd Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Wednesday, 30th E.T. www.miamibeachfl.gov

AIDS/Lifecycle Kick-off Party at Bardot - Wednesday, May 23rd 9pm
Massage and cycling guru Ryan Logan hosts final fundraiser before embarking to California to complete AIDS/Lifecycle (ALC), a 7 day, 545 mile bike ride from S.F. to L.A., June 3rd-9th.
Annually, ALC generates millions of dollars for the San Francisco AIDS oundation and L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, funding critical care for those living with HIV/AIDS as well as furthering awareness, testing and prevention for an epidemic with no known cure. AIDS is NOT OVER.
Join Ryan Logan at Bardot to support a "Ride to End AIDS" and help this Miami, FL native achieve his goal to become the only Floridian in the top 50 individual fundraisers for ALC 2012. Donations at the door and online: www.tofighthiv.org/goto/ryanwlogan

SAVE Dade's Champions of Equality on Friday, May 11th 6pm
You are invited to SAVE Dade's Champions of Equality - Friday May 11th from 6pm to 9:30pm at LMNT 55 NW 36th Street Miami.
This year's honorees include the Honorable United States Senator Bill Nelson and White & Case, both of whom helped strike down the ban which prohibited gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The SAVE Dade Champions of Equality Awards Reception and Silent Auction is an annual event established to honor members of the community who have significantly advanced the cause of equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Miami-Dade County. www.savedade.org

Aqua Girl - May 2nd-6th
Now in its thirteenth fabulous year, Aqua Girl continues to attract women from all corners of the country, the Americas and around the globe. At Aqua Girl there is something for everyone; dance parties, a comedy show, live music, pool parties, a bowlathon, a jazz brunch, a dine-out event, a VIP reception, celebrity meet-and-greets, and so much more. www.aquagirl.org

MGLFF - Sunday, April 27th-May 6th
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.
The 14th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run Friday April 27th until Sunday May 6th. www.MGLFF.com

2012 Tony Award Nominations: Full List
The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing announced nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards this morning.
Once led the way with 11 nominations, followed by The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It with ten each. Peter and the Starcatcher grabbed nine nominations while Follies and Newsies each took 8. www.towleroad.com

Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: Five Can't-Miss Movies and Parties Galore
In its 14th year (God, where did the time go?), the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) has become one of the top LGBT film festivals in the country.
And it's no wonder why. This year's festival will run for 10 days and feature 65 films from 15 different countries. You can get your gay cinema on from April 27 to May 6 throughout several venues in South Beach and Coral Gables. www.miaminewtimes.com

Swinging Richards Sues North Miami Beach for Discrimination
Driving on NE 163rd Street in North Miami Beach, you can't help but notice that several shopping centers contain sex shops that boldly proclaim their wares. And for 22 years, city officials long ignored a local law that prohibited three strip clubs from serving alcohol alongside naked dancers. Anyone visiting the city would think North Miami Beach is comfortably in touch with human sexuality.
But now that one of those establishments is catering to a mostly homosexual clientele and changed its name to Swinging Richards, North Miami Beach suddenly has decided it's time to crack down on erotic adult entertainment. That decision could end up costing city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal fees and a barrage of bad press. www.miaminewtimes.com

Mall could drastically alter South Beach entryway
A developer will have run of Miami Beach City Hall’s commission chambers Thursday to present visions of a proposed South Beach outlet mall. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach inspectors, county cop charged in nightclub shake-To hear prosecutors tell it, Jose Alberto was committed to customer service.
After accepting a few thousand dollars in bribes to help a South Beach club gloss over code violations and tax debts, federal agents say Miami Beach's lead code inspector introduced club management to a firefighter with a unique set of skills: expediting permits and finding police escorts for cocaine deals. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach Commission approves West Avenue bridge
Miami Beach City Commissioners on Wednesday approved the concept of building a West Avenue bridge over the Collins Canal to provide a direct route from South Beach to Sunset Harbour.
In a 6-1 vote, commissioners decided to exercise an option for property held by the Miami Beach Housing Authority at West Avenue between 17th Street and the Collins Canal. That land provides the path for the bridge crossing. www.belleisleblog.com

China Grill Moving From South Beach to Brickell
The restaurant that in 1995 ushered in the contemporary era of South Beach dining, is closing its doors on Saturday, April 28th.
China Grill Management and Jeffrey Chodorow announced that the shuttering of the iconic establishment will be a prelude to the opening of China Grill Brickell "in the fourth quarter of this year, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of China Grill's flagship New York location." www.miaminewtimes.com

Best Cheap Meals on South Beach: Ten Under $10
South Beach isn't cheap. yet there are places where you can have a decent meal for the money in your spare coin jar. We've scouted the 10 best items for under $10 on the island. Not only are the following items dirt cheap, they also taste like a million bucks. This top-10 compilation also doubles as an check-list of restaurants to utilize when you are teetering your bank's overdraft line. www.miaminewtimes.com

Rosie O'Donnell lists her Star Island Estate for $19,500,000
The home located at 43 Star Island Drive, was purchased by O'Donnell in 1999 for $6,750,000, is just over 11,000 sf and sited on a 48,266 lot with 203 linear foot of southeast facing waterfront. The home has two separate private guesthouses and has been upgraded from when she originally purchased the property in 1999.
There has been a good amount of activity on Star Island in the last 6 months. Two lots just sold for over $8M each. A well-publicized bankrupty forced the sale of businessman Claudio Osorio's home at 15 Star Island Drive for $12,270,000. 15 Star Island was once Vanilla Ice's (Robert Van Winkle) home. Shoe designer Donald Pliner has his estate on the market for $19,999,999 at 29 Star Island Drive. www.southbeachrealestateblog.com

My Gay City: Miami in Next Magazine New York
Next Magazine New York has Miami as a featured city for its My Gay City series. They interview locals "in the know" on where to go when in "the fun and sun capital of the world". www.nextmagazine.com

New World Waking! A Call for Compassion - Saturday, April 28th 7:30pm
Insignia, the vocal ensemble of The Miami Gay Men's Chorus is proud to present New World Waking! A CALL FOR COMPASSION.
New World Waking! is a song cycle inspired by an opportunity to play John Lennon’s IMAGINE piano. It is a musical journey styled in pop, salsa, gospel, and low down dirty blues. It brings us to the realization that we have the power to effect change and that we are not alone in our desire and ability to do so.
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street Aventura, FL 33180
Tickets available at: www.miamigaychorus.org

Walmart is coming to Midtown
Walmart's plan to open its first City of Miami location, a two-story store in Midtown, has sparked contentious debate between people who see it as a threat to an emerging neighborhood and others who see it as a boon to residents who will benefit from easy access to inexpensive goods and new jobs. www.miamiherald.com

RIP Peter Burke
A long time Miami Beach resident, more recently living in Fort Lauderdale, Peter was a talented singer and entertainer. He was the organizer of the Gay Tea Cruises.
Peter E. Burke, 54, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Ft. Lauderdale. Born in Ipswich August 14th 1957, he was the son of Joan (Phillips) Burke and the late Edmund "Pete" Burke. www.m.salemnews.com

Mario Lopez strips down in South Beach
Mario Lopez goes shirtless for a jog on the beach on Sunday (March 25) in Miami, Fla.
The 38-year-old Extra host stayed cool with a dip in the ocean after his jog.
Later in the day, Mario attended his first polo match.
"Good morning! Up early, going for a run here on south beach. Going to my first Polo match later today in West Palm Beach. Should be cool..." he tweeted. www.justjared.com

Sunshine Stampede Gay Rodeo - April 20th-22nd
Call all Brokeback cowboys!
The Florida Gay Rodeo Association will be holding its Sixth Annual Sunshine Stampede rodeo at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie, Florida. This event is one of the largest gay rodeos in the United States with between 80 and 100 contestants from throughout the United States and Canada traveling here to compete in thirteen events. www.sunshinestampede.com

FIU Presents "An Evening With Chaz Bono" - Monday, April 16th 6:30pm
Florida International University - Biscayne Bay Campus presents "An Evening With Chaz Bono" featuring his latest book, "Transition: The Story Of How I Became A Man," on Mon., April 16 at the Wolfe University Center Ballroom, Biscayne Bay Campus. Doors open @ 5:30pm. Event starts @ 6:30pm. Tickets required. FREE for FIU students, faculty, staff and alumni with tickets. $10.00 in advance/$20.00 at door for general public.
Tickets available at FIU-BBC info desk 305.919.5524.
Tickets for FIU only available at FIU-MMC Campus Life Office 305.348.2138 (GC 2240). SEE FLYER

Coconut Grove neighborhood group plans 'occupy the playhouse' protest
Coconut Grove residents have decided to do something regarding the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Six years after the prestigious playhouse was shuttered, the neighbors want action.
The Village of Center Grove (VOCG) neighborhood group is planning an occupy the playhouse type event for April 2. Currently, yellow ribbons are appearing all over trees in the Center Grove to bring attention the protest. www.miamiherald.com

South Beach's Sexy New French Joint: Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge
From a couple nightlife/restaurant veterans and actor Olivier Martinez (aka, the dude who banged Diane Lane in a hallway), comes Villa Azur: a stately-but-relaxing French eatery aiming to capture the "glamour and allure found in the French Riviera" by hiring a ketchup-hating Franco-designer to dress up the sprawling indoor/outdoor space with vintage chandeliers, mod leather couches, and antique wood fixtures. www.thrillist.com

Vote for Miami Businesses in the Edge Awards!
Please cast your ballot for Miami favorites Mova, Palace, Lords, Winter Party, Miami (Favorite LGBT-Friendly City). www.edgenewyork.com/awards

FDR Lounge opens at Delano in former Florida Room, David Barton Gym
Equipped to end even the greatest of depressions: FDR, the Delano’s fittingly named rethinking of the former Florida Room, which replaces the underground blues joint feel with two separate lounge rooms (one with padded, quilted black leather walls that would be in a really trendy insane asylum, the other with shimmering gold/amber ones), crushed velvet seating, and deep purple lighting, which you should just Hush up and enjoy. http://www.thrillist.com

More luxury retailers moving to Design District
Plans to turn Miami's Design District into a high-end fashion destination are quickly gaining critical mass with more than two dozen luxury retailers like Fendi, Zegna and Bulgari on the way.
Louis Vuitton and Hermès were the first to announce plans last year to close stores at the Bal Harbour Shops and open in the Miami Design District. http://www.miamiherald.com

Juvia Miami Beach: Lincoln Road's Sanctuary for the Senses
Juvia is the beautiful new 10,000 square foot indoor/outdoor restaurant and lounge located on the penthouse level of the 1111 Lincoln Road, adjacent to the architecturally-stunning Herzog & de Meuron building on South Beach. Juvia is owned and operated by celebrated restaurateurs Jonas and Alexandra Millan of Bonito restaurant in St. Barth. www.southbeach-usa.com

CBS Miami Video on Homeless LGBT Teens
On Friday, Miami's CBS affiliate aired a segment on the plight of homeless LGBT teens -- and floated the fascinating and frightening idea that a recent increase in the number of such teens has to do with the earlier and earlier ages at which teens are coming out of the closet. www.towleroad.com

Florida tourism rises to all-time highs
Those who vote with their feet — or their air ticket purchases — have named the Sunshine State a winner. The state racked up a record 85.9 million visitors in 2011, according to preliminary estimates by VisitFlorida, the state’s public-private agency for tourism promotion. That represents an increase of 4.4 percent over 2010 and rises above the previous record of 84.5 million, reached in 2007. www.miamiherald.com

Upper Eastside residents want gay club shut down
A recently opened gay club in Shorecrest has drawn the ire of local residents who believe it to be an illegal adult entertainment complex. The owner denies it, but the City of Miami has cited the business and opened an investigation.
The club in question is Tokyo Valentino, an after-hours lounge at 8330 Biscayne Blvd. www.miamiherald.com

Getting towed on Miami Beach may soon cost more
The thousands of tourists, day trippers and locals towed on Miami Beach may have to shell out even more come next month to get their cars out of hoc. www.miamiherald.com

Chaz Bono to be grand marshal at 2012 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade on Sunday, April 15
Chaz Bono will be this year's grand marshal at the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade on Sunday, April 15th.
Other performers that day: Kristine W, Wynter Gordon, Jessica Sutta from the Pussy Cat Dolls, JoJo, Frenchie Davis and Inaya Day.
Miami Beach Gay Pride takes place Sunday, April 15th, from noon to 7pm, along Ocean Drive, and is presented by Stolichnaya® Premium vodka. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Miami Beach Gay Pride Announces "OUT"-Standing Line-Up of Performers
Can you say "divas?" Miami Beach Gay Pride will be diva-licious this year when an extraordinary line-up of musical guests take to the stage during the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival, which takes place immediately following the colorful parade. Scheduled performers include Kristine W, Wynter Gordon, Jessica Sutta from the Pussy Cat Dolls, JoJo, Frenchie Davis and Inaya Day. Miami Beach Gay Pride takes place Sunday, April 15th, from noon to 7 pm, along Ocean Drive, and is presented by Stolichnaya® Premium vodka. www.docs.google.com

Miami Beach Gay Pride - Sunday, April 15th
Miami Beach Gay Pride - Sunday, April 15th at noon on Ocean Drive with Grand Marshall Chaz Bono.
Come out and celebrate the most FABULOUS day of the year – an exciting, free, all-day event that features a fun and colorful parade followed by the family-friendly Pride Festival with food and refreshments plus performances by Kristine W, Wynter Gordon, Frenchie Davis, JoJo, Inaya Day & Jessica Sutta.
For more information, go to www.miamibeachgaypride.com

Leaders, Legends and Lovlies Ball - Thursday, April 12th 7pm-10pm
On Thursday April 12th, 7-10pm, the Unity oalition|Coalición Unida is hosting the Legends Ball at The Art Deco Welcome Center 1001 Ocean Drive Miami Beach.
Celebrating the good, positive & outstanding within our LGBT community, The Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida Leaders, Legends and Lovlies Lectures, Exhibits & Legends Ball strive to focus on just that – Bringing lecturers from all walks of life in the LGBT & friends of community, the events focus on the similarities rather than the differences we all share, and how we can inspire others to do good, excel, be proud of who they are & just be better people. www.unitycoalition.org

MDGLCC Mixer - Tuesday, April 10th 6pm to 9pm
You are invited to the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: Spotlight Mega-Mixer Networker on Tuesday, April 10th from 6pm to 9pm at the Poolside of the Shore Club located at 1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Mingle and network with fellow members and guests. FREE hors d'oeuvres & GREY GOOSE Vodka. Complimentary admission for MDGLCC members. $10 general admission. Reduced valet parking. RSVP requested at mdglcc@bellsouth.net or 305.673.4440. www.gogaymiami.com

"Shine" WMC DJ and Talent Event - Friday, March 23rd
On Friday, March 23rd, "Shine" will bring you an outstanding line-up of talent for a Winter Music Conference special event brought to you by George Coronado & Give Me a Beat Productions at Edison Farrow's HYPE Fridays.
DJ/Producers will include: DJ Amoroso (New York), DJ Igor Magalhaes (Brazil), DJ Greg Pic (Boston), DJ Joe Bermudez (Boston).
Live performances by Recording Artists: Julissa Veloz, Kelsey B, Eric Redd, Jei and Adaja Black.
No cover charge. $7 Finlandia vodka drinks all night.
Mova 1625 Michigan Avenue Miami Beach, FL http://www.sobesocialclub.com/Ads/HypeWMC.jpg

When the Drag Queens Go, the Neighborhood Follows
I never thought I would miss the sleazebags. Yet after 13 years of living on South Beach, the burg is feeling uncomfortably sedate — even respectable. First arriving in January 1999 to an oceanfront high-rise, I had a front-row seat for the circus's last run.
My building was painted a blinding Pepto Bismol pink, a holdover from the area's original Art Deco days. If its wiring and plumbing seemed to be of a similar vintage, the view of the Atlantic was breathtaking. The neighbors were equally over the top: from fresh-faced models packed three to a studio by their rent-paying agencies to a pair of swarthy gentlemen alleged to be Serbian arms dealers. Add in a clutch of party promoters and a sprinkling of eccentric snowbirds, and you had a good cross-section of South Beach’s social whirl. www.nytimes.com

"Just Circuit Awards" WMC Official Event - Sunday, March 25th
You are invited to the 7th Annual Just Circuit Awards on Sunday, March 25th a Chalk. This is always an exciting events with top talent and DJs from around the world.
DJ Craig Gaibler (San Francisco), DJ Grind (San Francisco), DJ Chris Pappas (Kalamazoo), DJ Justin Ryan (New York), DJ Fierce Tease (Columbus).
Live performances by Recording Artists: Amuka, Barbara Tucker, Jason Palmer, Kelsey B, PAK (Power, Kevin Aviance, Kitty Meow), Pepper Mashay and Shyra Sanchez.
No cover charge. $4 Rokk Vodka drinks 9pm to 10pm.
Chalk 1234 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL http://www.sobesocialclub.com/Ads/SmashJustCircuit.jpg

4th Annual Miami Beach Women's Conference - Friday, March 16th
Miami Beach's 1st Woman Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and Women's Exhibit, Inc. invite you to join them as they celebrate National Women's History Month in the City of Miami Beach with a powerful lineup of women leaders.
The 11am panel includes LGBT rights expert Beth Littrell, who led the Obama initiative for same sex partners hospitalization visitation. www.womensexhibit.com

Fort Lauderdale Pridefest 2012 - March 10th & 11th
Pride One of Broward County, AKA Pride South Florida, producers of the Annual GLBT Celebration Pridefest, is proud to announce, "Returning to the Scene of Pride" at Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial at Holiday Park on March 10th & 11th, 2012. The return of the event to Fort Lauderdale marks the beginning of a new chapter for the events 35th Anniversary, appropriately entitled "Beyond the Rainbow" Concert, Parade & Festival.
Pridefest will be welcoming back the Pridefest Parade on Sunday March 11, at 10:30 am on the main street inside the War Memorial at Holiday Park. http://www.pridesouthflorida.org

Winter Party Festival seeks volunteers
The Winter Party Festival is looking for volunteers to help in PRODUCTION. PRODUCTION is in charge of running the Production Office and making sure that all of our Event Directors have what they need in order to pull off their event on time and under budget. They are looking for strong people who can understand logistics, lift supplies, drive a van and/or are great with people. We are also looking for people who are savvy with coordinating runs, drafting schedules and keeping all of the mayhem organized!
For more information, please email me at: arnel.sanpedro@gmail.com
Please sign up today at http://www.winterparty.info/apply/

Winter Party Festival - February 29th to March 5th 2012
Winter Party has grown into one of South Florida's premier events. The Beach Party is set to be held on Sunday March 4th and attracts over 6,000 people to dance on the sands on Miami Beach every year.
For more information, go to www.winterparty.com

Gansevoort changes name to Perry South Beach
P Diddy is not the only one with multiple name changes. The hotel formerly known as the Rony Plaza, which became the Gansevoort South, has now changed its name to the Perry South Beach Hotel. www.perrysouthbeachhotel.com

South Beach Comedy Festival - February 29th-March 3rd
Annual comedy festival showcases a variety of top talent and stars of the comedy circuit at several different Miami Beach theaters. Visit the web site for a complete schedule. www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com

Variances granted to permit reconstruction in Fire Island
The Brookhaven Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) granted the variances sought to permit the reconstruction of the LaFountaine building that burned in November. The BZA cited the extensive support from within the community to justify granting the variances sought. The BZA also quoted from the several letters submitted by FIPPOA in its findings and conclusions. The granting of the variances will permit the Town of Brookhaven Building Department to issue the necessary building permits. www.sipntwirl.com

Chow vs. Chow: Miami Beach feud food lands in federal court
The proprietors of two Miami Beach restaurants with similar names and menus say this town isn't big enough for both of them. They have taken their feud to federal court. www.miamiherald.com

Bianca, a Tuscan Boîte at the Delano
Take a look at Bianca, an indoor/outdoor wonderland of truffle pasta, wine and raucous dinners, now open to hotel guests and to the public next Friday at the renovated Delano. www.urbandaddy.com

Meet transgender actress Laverne Cox - Friday, March 2nd
Meet transgender actress in the new dance - romance movie MUSICAL CHAIRS, LAVERNE COX on March 2nd at Edison Farrow's Hype Fridays! at MOVA - Lincoln Road and Michigan Avenue. The actress, producer and transgender advocate made television history when she became the first African American transgender woman who's appearance as a finalist on VH1's American reality show "I Want to Work for Diddy." The show received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program. Laverne’s popularity subsequently led her to star in, co-create and co-produce her own show called TRANSform Me making her the first African American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show. TRANSform Me was nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program.
Laverne's role in MUSICAL CHAIRS, as a Transgendered, wheel chair bound woman of color, is both touching and spirited. Set against the exciting backdrop of competitive ballroom dancing, MUSICAL CHAIRS is about Armando a Bronx-bred Latino who aspires to be a dancer but whose only way in is as handyman at a Manhattan dance studio, and Mia, an Upper East Side princess who is the studio's star performer.
In theaters March 23rd. View the trailer at www.musicalchairsthefilm.com

19th Annual Shelley Novak Awards - Monday, February 27th 10pm
It's that time of year when all of the drag queens, freaks, club kids and characters come to in hopes of winning the coveted golden barbie doll.
The Awards will go to Best Latin, Best MC, Best Newcomer, Best Costumes, Most Comedic, Best Drag DJ, Best of Fort Lauderdale, and the Lifetime Acheivement Award. At Score 727 Lincoln Road Miami Beach. www.facebook.com

We will miss you, Rafael DeFalco!
You may remember him from his days working at Twist or from his years as a bartender at Score. Or, more recently he may have greeted you at the host stand at Spris on Lincoln Road.
We are sad to report that Rafael passed away this morning (Wednesday, January 18th 2012) from complications related to kidney cancer.
He will be missed by our community.
Information about his Memorial will be posted once the plans have been finalized.

Miami Beach to launch car share program
Getting a car to drive on South Beach may soon be about as easy as ordering a pizza.
The city of Miami Beach is launching a program that will allow tourists and residents to rent sedans, SUVs and eventually electric cars on an as-need basis for as brief and cheap as $9 an hour.
The service, provided through Hertz On Demand, kicks off Tuesday when 20 cars will become available in eight parking garages located mostly in South Beach. The city's fleet could eventually reach 100 cars. www.miamiherald.com

Drag Queen Winner to Star in Gloria Estefan Music Video
Estefan Enterprises & Granda Entertainment held a contest to find the ultimate female impersonator to compete for a unique opportunity to co-star in Gloria Estefan's upcoming "Hotel Nacional" music video.
The winner of the "Hotel Nacional Video Contest" is April Carrion, Ms Krash 2011 from Krash Klub in San Juan, Puerto Rico. April will fly to Miami to appear in the "Hotel Nacional" music video to be filmed on Friday, January 20th, 2012. The video will be directed by famed director and choreographer, Kenny Ortega. www.youtube.com

Diana Ross at the Hard Rock - Thursday, February 23rd 8pm
Disco queen and legend Diana Ross comes to Hard Rock Live to perform on February 23rd at 8PM. Tickets on sale on January 14th at noon.
Ticket Price: $44, $64, $84, $104. For tickets, go to: www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

South Florida contestants on season four of "RuPaul's Drag Race" perform in local bars
The campy hit show "RuPaul's Drag Race" doesn't debut on the gay-riffic Logo channel until Jan. 30th, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to see the contestants.
For the upcoming season four there are two drag queens from Broward – Latrice Royale from Hollywood and Lashauwn Beyond from Plantation – and both are performing in South Florida over the next few days. www.sun-sentinel.com

Lolita Cocina opens in former Nemo Restaurant
Take your first look inside Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, the new promised land for tequila and lobster enchiladas, opening this Friday in the former Nemo space in SoFi. www.urbandaddy.com

O Cinema presents UltraSuede: In Search of Halston - February 16th-19th
A glowing, fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity designer—Halston—the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of NYC nightlife and a staple of the famed Studio 54. Interviews with friends include Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston and Billy Joel, among others round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined the most beautiful and decadent era of recent memory. A mesmerizing story about Sex, Drugs, Fame, and Fabric.
O Cinema 90 NW 29th Street Miami, FL 33127 305.571.9970 www.o-cinema.org

4th Annual Explore/EXPO - Sunday, February 12th
More than 100 businesses will be on hand for the local LGBT community and its allies when the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) presents the "4th Annual Explore/EXPO," Sunday, February 12th, from noon to 5pm at the Moore Building in Miami's Design District. The event is free and open to the entire public. www.gogaymiamiexplore.com

Male, female dancers wanted for Winter Party Festival on South Beach, Feb. 29th - March 5th
If "Dancing With the Stars" isn't exactly your gig, volunteer your groove thing to be a go-go boy – or go-go girl – for one of the nine major dance events during Winter Party Festival, February 29 to March 5, 2012.
If you think you have what it takes, please send a PG-13 head shot and full body picture to the Entertainment Coordinator at wpf.dance@gmail.com. Please use the subject line: "WPF Entertainment Casting."
Read full information, here: www.miamiherald.com

New Surfcomber, now a Kimpton, shown off on South Beach
With a few finishing touches left, a stalwart Art Deco hotel on South Beach has been relaunched under the boutique Kimpton brand.
The 186 rooms at the Surfcomber Hotel on Collins Avenue have all been refurbished. The South Asian street food-inspired restaurant is open. The lobby area holds a collection of well-curated knickknacks and surf-chic furnishings. www.miamiherald.com

Dade Boulevard closing for a month
We reported work would begin quickly on the elevated bike-walk path along the Collins Canal. How quickly?
Starting Tuesday, January 17th, road crews will close eastbound Dade Boulevard from where is starts at the 17th Street/Dade Boulevard split near Sunset Harbour to Alton Road. www.miamiherald.com

Casinos want to boost Miami tourism, but does it need the help?
Amid a record year for Miami tourism, casino companies tout their resorts as a big boost for the vacation industry. Does it need the help?
Two of the world's largest casino operators promise major boosts to tourism if they can open resorts in downtown Miami. But how much help does the vacation industry need?
Hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses in Miami-Dade now employ more people than they did before the recession. Among the country's top hotel markets, only Nashville and San Francisco saw a bigger boost in revenue from hotel rooms than in Miami-Dade, where the measure is up 14 percent this year. www.miamiherald.com

"Going Down in La La Land" - Wednesday, February 15th 8:30pm
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is gearing up for their final HBO Latin America GLOW screening on Wednesday, February 15th of "Going Down in La La Land." The night begins at 7pm with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach. The screening will begin at 8:30pm across the hall at the Miami Beach Cinemateque 1130 Washington Avenue Miami Beach.
Based on the novel by Andy Zeffer, "Going Down in La La Land: is a riveting and uncensored look at Hollywood. It is a story that reveals how friendships sustain us and keep us going. It is a tale that reflects our celebrity-obsessed culture. It is a revealing look at some people's desire to be loved, adored, and adulated at any cost". www.mglff.com

Explore Expo - Sunday, February 12th 12pm to 5pm
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their fourth annual "Explore/Expo" to spotlight LGBT and LGBT friendly businesses for the community. This FREE event takes place on Sunday, February 12th from 12 noon to 5pm at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from a diverse cross-section of businesses, including advocacy organizations, entertainment companies, financial services, health services, non-profit organizations and travel firms. www.gogaymiamiexplore.com

B-52s at the Arsht Center - Sunday, February 12th 8pm
$28 Discounted Tickets with Code: EDISON

The World's Greatest Party Band returns to Miami for their 35th Anniversary Tour. From groundbreaking songs like "Rock Lobster," "Dance This Mess Around" and "Private Idaho" to chart-topping hits like "Love Shack" and "Roam" and "Deadbeat Club" to their thrilling reemergence on the pop scene with their 2008 CD Funplex the B-52s' unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins. Wig-wearing, boa-draped, glitter-covered fans will experience the legendary band deliver a sizzling that will turn the Adrienne Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall into a cosmic dancehall! www.arshtcenter.org

Plans to rebuild Fire Island Pines
The architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the architectural firm HWKN (HollwichKushner) have been hired to design a new entertainment complex to replace the Pavilion dance club, a gay landmark in Fire Island Pines that was destroyed in a fire last year.
In November fire gutted the Pavilion, a rite-of-passage spot where three generations of gay men rubbed shoulders with celebrities like Calvin Klein and Madonna while they socialized, danced and drank. In addition to the Pavilion building, the adjacent LaFountaine building, containing seven Pines businesses, was ruined. www.nytimes.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus seeks new singers
Thursday, January 12th will be the first rehearsal of the new year for the Miami Gay Men's Chorus. They will have Voice Placements for new members from 6pm to 7:30pm at the All Souls' Episcopal Church 4025 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach.
Voice placements will continue through January 26 so tell everyone you know might want to sing with us to arrange to come for placement and get started with the Chorus. www.facebook.com

Safe Schools South Florida 20th Anniversary Event - Saturday, January 21st
Please join Safe Schools South Florida for their 20th Anniversary Event at the beautiful private home for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction as they celebrate 20 years of making schools safer for all students on Saturday, January 21st 7pm–10pm.
Tickets are $75 (advance) $100 (door). For more information call 786.286.6616 purchase tickets at: www.safeschoolssouthflorida.org www.safeschoolssouthflorida.org

Chalk: SoBe's New Ping-Pong Lounge
More of something called Chalk, a gleaming house of booze, billiards and table tennis now soft-open in South Beach.
Stepping in from the Washington Avenue fray, you'll find what feels like a cross between a rec room and Mokai. To your left, glossy blue walls, five pool tables and a huge bar. To your right, seven Olympic-quality ping-pong tables. Because you only drink Dropkick Murphys (tequila, muddled pepper slices, cilantro, lime) near gold-medal-worthy sporting equipment. www.urbandaddy.com

Celebs Ring In The New Year In Miami
Rhianna, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton,P-Diddy, Fat Joe, Lauryn Hill, Vanessa Hudgens, Gabrielle Union, and many more. See photos, here: www.huffingtonpost.com

R.I.P. Darryl Strawser
We are sad to report the passing of Darryl Strawser. Darryl was a wonderful person who was liked by all and was a part of the community for decades. He was a photographer and Director of Photography at the Miami Ad School.
Darryl was battling with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).
Darryl's Fabulous Farewell
On Saturday January 28th, there will be a party at Miami Ad School to celebrate Darryl's life with food, drink, music and celebration of a man we all loved. Darryl will be there in spirit! Miami Ad School 955 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL www.facebook.com

Aqua Foundation Scholarship Application Cycle Opens
Aqua Foundation for Women's 2012 scholarship cycle has just begun and will close on February 27th. Last year, Aqua Foundation gave out 11 scholarships to undergraduates and graduate students, and they are anticipating awarding at least that many scholarships in 2012. They awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,500 to $5,200 last year. Any woman who identifies as lesbian, bisexual, or transgender who is attending college in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County is encouraged to apply.
If the applicant is accepted she will receive funding for her education as well as the opportunity to work closely with a mentor who has been carefully matched with her. Begin the application process today so that you too may have the opportunity of becoming an Aqua scholar! www.aquafoundation.org

Apply for LGBT Scolarships: Helping LGBT Students Attain Higher Education Degrees, Plus Mentoring & Leadership Training
Point Foundation (Point), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit, announces the opening of its 2012 application season on December 16th. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2012 - 2013 school year are eligible to apply for the prestigious, multi-year scholarships. Applications may be submitted until midnight (PST), February 10, 2012. Applications are only accepted online at: www.pointfoundation.org

South Beach Dachshund Winterfest - Saturday, January 21st Noon - 2pm
On Saturday, January 21st from noon to to on Ocean Drive between 11th ans 12th Streets is the annual South Beach Dachshund Winterfest. It's a festive day out for dachshunds. Dogs and people socialize. Strangers marvel. There are a few dog-oriented activities, an informal talent show (sit, stay, beg, etc.) and a group photo. A dachshund-loving dignitary says a few words and we always end with a spirited singing of the Dach Song and a Grand March. www.dachshundwinterfest.com

Bar Tanaka - A New Home for Sushi and Sake in SoBe
Behold Bar Tanaka, a new haven for snow crab rolls, bottles of sake and some good old-fashioned South Beach scene-making, now open at the Shelborne hotel. www.urbandaddy.com

Art Deco Weekend - January 13th to 15th
This year there is even more to see, do, hear and taste between January 13-15th. Here are some highlights:
Tasting the delicious offerings of the hotels and restaurants of Ocean Drive is one of our new innovations for this year's ADW. Restaurants and bars will also be offering beer, wines and selected cocktails. www.mdpl.org

Miami Home and Outdoor Living - January 13th to 15th
The Miami Home and Outdoor Living show will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall C, Friday January 13 thru Sunday January 15. This free open to the public event will feature over 100 companies displaying all types of products for the home both inside out. The show is also giving away its Grand Prize, which is a $5,000 El Dorado furniture gift card, drawing 5p.m. Sunday, winner need not be present. Show hours are Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Admission is Free! The event is Produced by Professional Show Management and sponsored by The Home Pros Guide.
For further information please call 954-946-6164 or visit wwww.miamihomeandoutdoorlivingshow.com

South Florida Poised for Birth of Casino Gambling
When the Florida Legislature returns from its holiday recess, it will consider a bill to allow three Las Vegas-style casino resorts to be built in the southern part of the state. Lobbyists for the gambling industry have swarmed Tallahassee, trying to ensure that the bill passes.
But the mere possibility of casino gambling has already had an impact on commercial real estate in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The biggest single move came last May when Genting, a casino company based in Malaysia, bought the Miami Herald building, overlooking Biscayne Bay, for $236 million. www.nytimes.com

Metrorail line to Miami International Airport almost complete
One of the most expensive and complex transportation projects currently under construction in South Florida will be finished this year: the Metrorail extension to Miami International Airport.
The new line of the elevated train, from Earlington Heights Station to a new public transportation center under construction just east of the airport, will be in operation in the spring. It will be formally called AirportLink and is the first significant Metrorail extension since the system was inaugurated in 1984. www.miamiherald.com

Miami's cultural transformation
Locals and visitors alike are leaving the sand and clubs to dip into the city's lively arts scene. From films to music to arts, it's all happening in South Florida. www.latimes.com

The Top 12 Gay Political Stories Of 2011
For LGBT Americans, 2011 was a year of enormous triumph and hope, with marriage coming to New York, the sixth and most populous state, and the ban on gays serving openly in the military finally gone forever.
But the victories were coupled with some major disappointments and the reality that those who want to stop LGBT rights aren't giving up -- and that the fight for full equality will continue for some time to come. www.huffingtonpost.com

New book alleges affair between President Richard Nixon and businessman Bebe Rebozo of Key Biscayne
New book coming in January: Nixon's Darkest Secrets, which reveals President Richard Nixon's possible affair with Key Biscayne businessman Charles "Bebe" Rebozo. www.miamiherald.com

Future, past collide over Miami Beach Apple store's next move
Just four years after opening in a meticulously restored Miami Beach Art Deco building, Apple's Lincoln Road store is nearly always mobbed, so much so that the company wanted to build a grander, and edgier, glass-enclosed new store down the block.
But that would have meant tearing down a building that, while nearly nondescript in style, sits inside a protected historic district. And when the city's historic preservation board balked at the idea of demolition, Apple pulled the plug on the proposal. www.miamiherald.com

Restaurant openings in South Beach: Serendipity, 100 Montaditos, Baja Fresh
Serendipity (Now open) 1102 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach www.serendipity3.com
100 Montaditos Restaurant (Now open) 1502 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach www.100montaditos.com
Baja Fresh (Opening December 31st) 1200 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach www.bajafresh.com

Florida County May Use Tax Dollars to Attract Nude European Tourists
Miami-Dade County may soon get some stiff competition in attracting naked tourists. Pasco County, located just north of Tampa Bay, is considering using tax dollars to actively promote its numerous nudist resorts to rich European travelers looking to expose every last inch of their skin to the warm Florida sun. www.miaminewtimes.com

MDGLCC's 3rd Annual "Taste Of Miami" - Saturday, January 14th
Eat, drink and be Mary at the MDGLCC Foundation's 3rd Annual "Taste of Miami" culinary experience, Saturday, January 14th, from 7pm to 10pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Showcasing the mouthwatering morsels and luscious libations of MDGLCC member food and beverage establishments, "Taste of Miami" will be presented as a stand alone event this year with proceeds benefitting the MDGLCC Foundation's Scholarship Program and the LGBT Visitor Center.
Tickets are $75 in advance at $100 at the door. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Cindy Brown, executive director of the LGBT Visitor Center, at 305.397.8914 or cindy@GoGayMiami.com. www.GoGayMiami.com

Latrice Roayale to star in RuPaul's Drag Race Season 4
LOGO TV has announced that one of Palace Bar's favorite performers, South Florida's Latrice Royale, will be among the divas competing for the title and tiara in the upcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Each week, through the trials and tribulations of glam, glitter and show-stopping performances, one drag queen is eliminated until reaching the next superstar drag queen of America.
Tune in and watch Latrice on Season 4 which starts in January. www.logo.tv

MGLFF presents "Marylou" - Wednesday, January 11th
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be kicking off the new year with the HBO Latin America "GLOW" series (Gays & Lesbians On Wednesdays) screening of "Mary Lou." Immediately before the screening, movie goers are invited to a pre-GLOW reception to enjoy cocktails provided by Chambord Vodka and Herradura Tequila while nibbling on a variety of hors d'oeuvres.
7pm Cocktail Reception, 8pm at the Miami Beach LGBT Visitors Center & Miami Beach Cinemateque 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor, Miami Beach www.mglff.com

Lantan - A New Asian Supper Club in SoBe
Welcome to Lantao, a new South Beach supper club brimming with Asian street food and lychee martinis, now open at the Surfcomber Hotel.
Think of Lantao (named after an island in Hong Kong) as an upscale jaunt through the food stalls of Southeast Asia—except without the live scorpions on skewers. www.urbandaddy.com

City plans strict Urban Beach Week enforcement
Six months after a deadly Memorial Day shooting sparked calls to end Miami Beach's annual holiday street parties, proposals to pacify both the crowds and the community are taking shape.
On one hand, city administrators are now saying local laws will be strictly enforced this May after several years of tolerating minor offenses such as public drinking. www.miamiherald.com

For Delano, a new restaurant and a facelift
More than a decade and a half after breathing new life into South Beach, the Delano is getting its own rebirth.
With cosmetic enhancements throughout the property, a new restaurant and a relaunched nightlife venue all set to debut by late January, the hotel at 1685 Collins Ave. will get about $10 million in upgrades. www.miamiherald.com

Fresh Market opens in Sunset Harbour
With a strong scent of ground, fresh-brewed coffee and grilled bacon and French toast, the new Fresh Market grocery opened Wednesday morning in Sunset Harbour at 1800 West Ave.
The store is huge — 24,000 square feet — with a large section of fresh fruit and vegetables, a meat and seafood market, aisles of wines, bulk candy and nuts, gourmet coffee and a massive prepared food area in the center of the store. www.miamiherald.com

Art Basel opens to big VIP crowd, credit for Miami’s culture "evolution'
Opening day brought the usual rush of VIP collectors and browsers, along with backers touting the fair's growth and Miami's growing art scene. www.miamiherald.com

Vesper - A Sexy New Hideout at the Shelborne
Say hello to Vesper, a dark and sexy hideout inspired by the UK’s finest made-up secret agent, tucked away in the revamped Shelborne hotel and opening tomorrow to graciously accommodate your next big date.
Vesper at the Shelborne 1801 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.531.1271 www.urbandaddy.com

The 21 Gayest Christmas Songs
Campy classics from artists including Wham, Mariah Carey, the London Gay Men's Chorus, Glee, Cher, Band Aid, Lady Gaga, The Weather Girls, Judy Garland, and Clay Aiken singing "Mary, Did You Know?" (I think that she knew). www.huffingtonpost.com

NYC's Steel Gym takes over Idol's Gym Miami
The owner's of NYC's Steel Gym in Chelsea have taken over the gym at 5556 Northeast 4th Court which Idol's Gym has occupied the space since 1999.
Steel Gym's new 6,000-square-foot Miami facility joins a quaint courtyard known as Sokya's 55th Street Station, which offers visitors an exclusive collection of retail stores, restaurants and lounges. It's located in one of Miami's most affluent neighborhoods, in close proximity to Miami Beach. www.steelgym.com

Sho Room opens in South Pointe
In the venue that was formerly, Flute, The Mark Lounge and Cozy Bar is now Sho Room, an intimate-yet-raucous hideaway of sushi, karaoke and live music, now open in SoFi.
Sho Room 500 S Pointe Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139 www.urbandaddy.com

NYC's Serendipity to open on Lincoln Road, now hiring
New York restaurant and sweet shop is coming to 1102 Lincoln Road. They are now hiring for all positions. www.serendipity3.com

At planned Sunny Isles Beach condo, cars and drivers ride elevator home
The latest twist on designer parking garages: a Jetsonesque elevator that whisks residents to their condos while they are still in the driver’s seat. www.miamiherald.com

Steve Wynn endorses Miami Beach Convention Center for casino site
Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn vaulted into the center of South Florida's gambling debate Wednesday by declaring the Miami Beach Convention Center site to be the region's ideal option for a massive new casino resort.
"I think that Miami Beach is the greatest site for a destination resort in the United States," Wynn said shortly after a lunch with the city's mayor, Matti Herrera Bower, and its manager, Jorge Gonzalez. www.miamiherald.com

The Miami Gay Men's Chorus' Tales from Toyland - December 16th & 17th
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus Presents Tales from Toyland! A musical journey complete with a cast of characters sure you leave you joy-filled. Join them as the stage comes alive with music, dance and the unparalleled spirit of the Miami Gay Men's Chorus. The show is guaranteed to fill you with holiday spirit and leave you prepared to take on the season.
Performances will be held on Friday, December 16th & Saturday, 17th at 8pm with a matinee on Saturday, December 18th at 3pm at the Colony Theater 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach www.miamigaychorus.org

HoliGay Celebration & Toy Drive - Thursday, December 15th
"Don we now our gay apparel" and get to the LGBT Visitor Center for the 2nd annual "HoliGay Celebration & Toy Drive," Thursday, December 15th, from 6pm to 9pm. Admission is free with the donation of an unwrapped toy which will then be distributed to local families in need through the Miami Beach Police Department's Children's Holiday Relief Fund. The HoliGay Celebration & Toy Drive is sponsored by the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC), the MDGLCC Foundation, Inc., 42 Below vodka and BeachWitch.com. www.gogaymiami.com

2nd Annual A Toy's Story - Wednesday, December 14th 7pm
The 2nd Annual A Toy's Story: A Night For Giving will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at 7pm. This is the time of year when we all go the extra mile towards giving to those in need. A Night For Giving is a special fundraising event that benefits a host of local charities.
The Manor Complex 2345 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Please bring an unwrapped toy to the event. Admission includes one (1) free drink ticket. www.anightforgiving.com

Where to Party at Art Basel Miami Beach
Has it been a decade? Art Basel Miami Beach marks its 10th edition this week, no longer the new kid on the collector circuit, but a mandatory stop for any self-respecting art player. In some very social circles, it even overshadows the original in Switzerland, as far as the partying, the opulent dinners and the unbridled hobnobbing are concerned.
To help navigate the social maze, which takes place Dec. 1 to 4, here are 10 places to party, shop, dine, view art and party more. www.nytimes.com

Chophouse Miami Bistro and Lounge opens in Epic Hotel Downtown
Jacques Van Staden, Chef & Culinary partner brings a contemporary and globally infused menu with selections from all around the world. Our mission is to provide you with the highest quality ingredients cooked to perfection and provide you with the service and attention to detail you deserve.
Chophouse is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Miami, with great water views from our terrace, just perfect for any corporate or private event. www.chophousemiami.com

"Swinging Richards" Male Strip Club Concerns North Miami Beach Residents
North Miami Beach residents aren't so concerned that there's a new gay strip joint in town. They're more concerned about the club's name: Swinging Richards. For you slow folk out there, that pretty much translates to "Swinging Dicks." While it's certainly an apt name for a male strip club, some residents don't appreciate the bluntness.
Swinging Richards has operated a club in Atlanta since 1996, and late last month opened a second location on 17450 Biscayne Blvd. Unlike other local gay bars which feature go-go boys -- like the recently opened Johnny's in downtown -- the dancers don't keep their junk locked up in tiny briefs on stage. They let it all hang out. Hence the controversial name. www.miaminewtimes.com

Fire Destroys Fire Island Businesses
A fast moving fire destroyed the Sip N' Twirl complex and gutted the Pavilion and at least one home near the Fire Island Pines commercial district late on Monday, November 14th.
Initial reports indicate the blaze broke out around 9:15pm. It quickly engulfed the Pavilion, C.F. LaFountaine, Sip N' Twirl, the Pines Bistro and a bay front home. Walter Boss of the Fire Island Pines Fire Department confirmed to The News around 11:20pm that the fire destroyed the Pavilion, La Fountaine, the Sip N' Twirl complex that includes the Bistro and a bay front home. Businesses north of the Pavilion along the harbor were unscathed. www.fireislandnews.info

Philippe moves from the W to the former Taverna Opa space
Because they trashed too many hotel rooms or something, Philippe's left the Gansevoort for Taverna Opa's South of Fifth digs, bringing its signature red motif as well as blue velvet chairs and stark white tables at which, starting next Wednesday, you'll be able to take down everything from wok-fried beef dumplings and sweet & sour prawns, to a 7lb Peking duck and drunken sea bass, who you should probably put the whole tab on, because dude is totally swell and will definitely not kick your ass. www.thrillist.com

NYC's The Dutch restaurant opens in the W South Beach
Think of this as Miami’s version of a seafood bar/comfort food tavern that you’d find in New York’s SoHo. Because, well... that’s exactly what this is. The NYC-based chef is even here to make sure your blue crab pizza comes out with just enough char from the pizza oven behind the marble raw bar.
The Dutch 2201 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.938.3111 www.urbandaddy.com

Art Exhibition by HGTV's David Bromstad - December 2nd & 3rd
Artist, Interior Designer and HGTV personality David Bromstad (www.bromstad.com) will celebrate his first open-to-the-public art exhibition, titled "Body, Money, Death," at the Z Ocean Hotel South Beach on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd from 5pm – 8pm each day.
David Bromstad will transform the lobby and common areas of the hotel for the exhibition, giving the Z Ocean Hotel a fresh new look to celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach. The exhibition is comprised of paintings and furniture installations created by Bromstad this year at his South Florida studio.
Z Ocean Hotel 1437 Collins Avenue Miami Beach. SEE INVITATION

Margaret Cho to Perform at Parker Playhouse - Thursday, Decembmber 1st
On December 1st, the fiercely blunt and provocative Margaret Cho will showcase her non-conformist brand of humor at the Broward Center' Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Broward House is presenting the comedy Diva as part of their World AIDS Day commemoration.
Tickets start at only $30 and are available at www.browardcenter.org/margaretcho

Atlanta's stripper club, Swinging Richards, comes to North Miami Beach
The new Miami location is an upscale, state-of-the-art nightclub catering to the gay male community in Miami (with full liquor and full nudity). For the past 13 years, Swinging Richards has offered the best in male entertainment in Atlanta and now they are bringing the experience to North Miami Beach on Biscayne Boulevard.
Swinging Richard's 17450 Biscayne Boulevard North Miami Beach 954.357.2532 www.swingingrichards.com

Bar 721 closed
Rumor has it that Bar 721 on Lincoln Lane has closed.

World AIDS Day Service - Thursday, December 1st 8pm
The Miami Beach Community Church will be holding a World AIDS Day candelight service on Thursday, December 1st 8pm in their courtyard to honor those suufering with HIV/AIDS, those who passed on and the victories won.
You are invited to join the services on Thursday, December 1st 8pm at the Miami Beach Community Church 500 Lincoln Road Miami Beach.

White Party HIV/AIDS fundraiser evolves, moves Friday night to Miami Seaquarium
After 27 years, White Party — the granddaddy of HIV/AIDS fundraisers — is ready to evolve.
The big bash, centerpiece of a weeklong festival that draws thousands worldwide, moves Friday night from its longtime home, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, to Miami Seaquarium. Care Resource, the South Florida HIV/AIDS agency that benefits from White Party has dubbed this year's event "Evolution." www.miamiherald.com

White Party Week - November 23th-28th
The 27th annual White Party Week in Miami and Miami Beach, 2011 is destined to be a tremendous party.
White Party will no longer be at Viscaya. This year, for the first time, it will be held at Miami Seaquarium.
Visit the website for more information as it becomes available www.whiteparty.org

11th Annual Noche Nadadores - Saturday, November 12th 7:30pm
You are invited to the 11th annual Noche Nadadores. This year's event will be at Design Within Reach on Lincoln Road. Noche Nadadores will benefit the Nadadores and GLAAD.
Enjoy hot models in th e Swimsuit Fashion Show, with a variety of stylish suits courtesy of Creative Male, eyewear from SEE and Zuhr Designs jewelry accessories from New York designer Bruce Hirsch. Drink cocktails courtesy of ROKK vodka and the vibes of DJ Sayho. Bid on an exciting variety of silent auction items while savoring a tasty selection of hors d'oeuvres, and mingle with your friends among the best of modern design furniture.
General Admission $35, VIP $100. Click on the link below to register or RSVP. NADADORES EVENT

Gay in America - Tuesday, November 1st @ Books & Books Lincoln Road
Photographer Scott Pasfield will present a slideshow, discussion and book signing of Gay in America, his extraordinary 224-page book of captivating photos and deeply personal stories from 140 gay American men in 50 states. Meet the fathers, sons brothers, couples, families and the nice guys next door, as Scott takes us on a journey across gay America.
Tuesday, November 1, 7pm at Books & Books Miami Beach 933 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305.532.3222 www.gayinamerica.us

'Stratospheric increase': Adoptions spiked among gay couples in past decade
The number of gays and lesbians adopting children has nearly tripled in the past decade despite discriminatory rules in many states, according to an analysis of recent population trends.
"It's a stratospheric increase. It's like going from zero to 60," said Miami attorney Elizabeth Schwartz who has coordinated more than 100 adoptions for gay and lesbian families in the past year. "I think many really dreamed of doing this but it wasn't something they ever thought would become a reality." www.miamiherald.com

Aqua Affair - Sunday, November 13th 6pm to 10pm
Don't miss out on this once a year celebration.
Entrance includes sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary glass of prosecco, and our signature aquatini. (Cash bar for all else).
Men are also invited. They will be making a special announcement for the men that evening.
Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door, and $30 for AFW members. Free parking.
For more information and to become a member today, call 305.576.2782 or go to www.aquafoundation.org

Barceloneta - A Catalan Bistro from the Pubbelly Guys
So here you go: Barceloneta, the third installment of the Pubbelly empire, opens tonight on the western edge of South Beach, ready to envelop you with sultry Catalan cooking and Iberian cocktails.
This is a sprawling, wood-paneled refuge of Mediterranean tapas (you were in the market for a new one) with an open kitchen, a raw bar and a mostly Spanish wine list. www.urbandaddy.com

Groundbreaking for downtown Miami park to be held Tuesday
Thirty days from now, a vacant lot that was once the home of the former Miami Arena will reopen as a park, adding a green space to park-starved downtown Miami in an effort to beatify the area and improve its reputation.
The groundbreaking ceremony for Grand Central Park will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. right on site, at 700 N. Miami Ave. amid City of Miami officials and park sponsors. www.miamiherald.com

Eros Lounge Grand Opening 11.11.11
You are invited to the grand opening of Eros Lounge on November 11th.
Eros Lounge is an exciting new Gay video bar located in North Miami on Biscayne Boulevard. The club features multiple 60 inch plasma TVs and Live DJs playing the latest top music hits. Eros Lounge Miami is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 3pm to 3am.
The nightclub and bar also serves burgers and other delightful finger foods and light menu items.
Eros Lounge 8201 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33138 www.erosloungemiami.com

'This Art is SO Gay' to launch Nov. 5 at LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach and run through Art Basel
Fall has become the season of the arts in South Florida and to showcase the contributions of LGBT artists to the area’s arts scene, Miami Beach's LGBT Visitor Center, sponsored by MetLife, will be hosting a visual art exhibition, titled "This Art is So Gay," that will launch in conjunction with Sleepless Night and conclude during Art Basel Miami Beach. "This Art is So Gay" will run from November 5 through December 5, 2011 at the LGBT Visitor Center, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor, Miami Beach. All work on display will be offered for sale to the public with proceeds benefitting the not-for-profit MDGLCC Foundation for its LGBT scholarship program. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Delano Closing Blue Door Fish and the Florida Room
The Delano isn't keeping its food and beverage relaunch on the down-low, despite the fact its signature eatery got an overhaul barely a year ago. They'll close Blue Door Fish -- yes, the very place that won our Best Seafood on the Beach award this year -- following Art Basel and replace it with an Italian-American concept called Bianca. Brian Massie, who hails from the Light Group in Las Vegas, is the company's corporate executive chef. (Here's a little bio for you curious types.) Because he apprenticed with Lidia Bastianich and worked as a cook under Charlie Palmer, we trust he knows his way around a kitchen.
By the way, the Florida Room will also cease to exist by the end of December. Both venues are expected to open just a few days prior to New Year's Eve. www.miaminewtimes.com

Adios to El Rancho Grande South Beach!
The sign in the window say it all "El Rancho Grande has closed. Our lease has ended".
This business, owned and operated by the Ortiz family since conception (1992), has been a long time favorite of South Beach locals. It is depressing to see this South Beach staple close. Always a favorite for the locals, they were known for their excellent food and their annual Cinco de Mayo block party.
It has been sad to see several favorite restaurants closing during the past year. The closings are almost always due to rent hikes.
They plan to re-open in Sunset Harbour with a new lease for 1/5 of the price that Pennsylvania Avenue rental was going up to.

Sleepless Night Miami Beach - Saturday, November 5th
Modeled after Paris' Nuit Blanche, Sleepless Night is a 13-hour cultural arts & entertainment festival featuring 150+ free events at over 80 locations citywide – all free of charge. That's right, it's the night when the clock falls back an hour so that gives you an extra 13th hour of fun.
The events are diverse, ranging from street theater to dramatic stage performances, jazz to opera, ballet to hip-hop. When the sun comes down on November 5, Miami Beach will experience a cultural takeover like never before. www.247miami.tv

SAVE Dade Presents: Hellrotika - Saturday, October 29th 8pm
HELLROTIKA: Seed of the Beast
17th Annual Halloween Extravaganza
Hellrotika: Seed of the Beast will be held in the Sabal Palm Plaza and Terrace at Jungle Island. Located in the heart of Biscayne Bay, Jungle Island is off of I-395 between Downtown Miami and South Beach.
Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami, Florida 33132 www.hellrotika.com

Ability Explosion 2011 - October 19th to 23rd
Ability Explosion is a weeklong series of special events held in historic Miami Beach and created for the enjoyment of the entire community. From "Lights Out Miami" (A Dining in the dark experience) to the Crunch 5k Run, the mission of Ability Explosion is to celebrate the ABILITIES of people living with Disabilities, to encourage their acceptance by the entire community and to promote innovations that will improve their lives.
"Lights Out Miami" is a unique simulation that teaches people what it's like to experience the tastes, the sounds and the energy of a great restaurant without ever seeing it. Everyone from the guests to the wait staff will face their own challenge when discovering how they would adapt to losing their sense of sight in a dynamic environment. www.abilityexplosion.org

Suzanne Westenhoefer, Comedy Explosion at the Colony Theatre - Friday, October 21st 8pm
Suzanne Westhofer will headline Comedy Explosion along with stand-up acts performed by disabled comics from around the country.
After Party at HYPE Fridays MOVA! Receive a complimentary Finlandia vodka drink after the performance with your Comedy Explosion ticket stub. DJ Bryan Zero. No cover charge.
The Colony Theater 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the box office or on-line at www.abilityexplosion.org

The 15th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner - Saturday, October 15th
This year the Miami Recognition Dinner will be honoring Georg Ketelhohn with the 2011 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award and Ben Cohen with the 2011 Humanitarian Award.
The event will take place on Saturday, October 15th at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach www.miamirecognitiondinner.com

Chris Paciello back on South Beach scene at Delano
For the first time since he was released from federal prison five years ago, Miami Beach's fallen nightscape overlord has returned to where it all started.
Chris Paciello, now 40 and described by some who have run into him as "subdued and humbled," is settling down at the Delano Hotel.
He'll be living there for the next few months as he works to give back to the legendary beachside resort its No. 1 ranking among hipsters and celebrities.
Paciello was arrested days before the big Y2K blowout and accused of driving a getaway car in the 1993 robbery and shooting death of a Staten Island, N.Y., housewife. www.miamiherald.com

Ben Cohen to receive Humanitarian Award at the Miami Recognition Dinner
Ben Cohen, the (straight) rugby star/LGBT youth supporter, will receive the 2011 Humanitarian Award on October 15th at Sparkle, the annual 15th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Cohen is the founder and chairman of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness about the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, as well as funds to support those who are working to stop it. www.moviemartin.blogspot.com

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar set to open on Monday
Opening Monday and spearheaded by Top Chef-er Jeff McInnis (gigi, Norman’s), comfort food-plating Yardbird Southern Table & Bar oozes down-homeness in a wood-/steel-beamed, barn-like space stocked with Mason jar lamps, a whiskey/bourbon-lined bar housing beer taps topped by old kitchen utensils, as well as high-tops dotted with Baby's breath, some of which they were bold enough to put in the corner. www.thrillist.com

Former gay porn actor Ryan Idol convicted of attempted murder
A Sacramento Superior Court jury convicted a one-time gay porn star Tuesday of attempted murder for smashing his girlfriend over the head with a toilet tank lid.
Marc Anthony Donais, 47, known in his x-rated movies as Ryan Idol, was taken into custody and held without bail after his conviction for the Sept. 5, 2009 attack in the woman's home on 48th Street in Sacramento. www.sacbee.com

Rosie O'Donnell has a hot new girlfriend
As her friends Gayelle King, Mrs. Rojo Caliente, Fran Drescher and Natasha Lyonne winked on, Rosie O'Donnell debuted her new hot girlfriend Michelle Rounds to the public at Rosie's Theater Kids Galas in NYC last night. Ironically enough, they're like the lesbian version of Donald Trump and his gorgeous stunning trophy wife Melania Trump. But it truly is a beautiful moment in the history of equality when premium gold diggers can hand a shovel and ink-erasing liquid (for prenups) to a lesbian and welcome her into their tribe. www.dlisted.com

Cross-dressing drag queen bandits accused of stealing boas and bras
Men wearing wigs and dressed as women are accused of stealing thousands of dollars of filmy fabrics, sequins, feather boas and other accessories from Central Florida stores.
"It's a whole gang of drag queens," said Amanda Marshall, manager of Jo-Ann Fabrics on East Colonial Drive in Orlando, where police arrested three suspects Sunday afternoon. "They were real upset when the police made them take their wigs off."
Such thefts became routine within the past year at fabric and hobby stores. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach Getting Another Parking Garage Designed by a Star Architect
In the architecture world, apparently you aren't anyone until you've designed a parking garage in Miami Beach. Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron, and Arquitectonica have all designed structures to house visitors' vehicles. Now the city has announced it has commissioned another star architect, Zaha Hadid, to design its next one.
The new garage will be in the area of Collins Park, near the Miami City Ballet, Bass Museum, and public library. www.miaminewtimes.com

Proposed casino hopes to lure in whale-sized wallets
With its wave-like towers and sprawling lagoon, the downtown Miami casino proposed by the Genting Group is meant to honor the city's aquatic identity, the company says. Coincidentally, it's also in line with Genting's goal of attracting "whales"' — big-money players, high rollers or whatever nicknames you prefer. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Knights, new gay club to open in Homestead on September 16th
On Friday, September 16th, Miami Knights will open in Homestead. Miami Nights presents Zeus Fridays at the nightclub on Dixie Highway in Homestead, Florida. Opening night features performances by Naomi Sante St Laurent and Matinee NYC Resident DJ Billy Lace. www.miamiknightsclub.com

Facebook 'Pioneers' group celebrates what members call the heyday of South Beach
It started out as the precious, archived memories of a few who came of age as South Beach came to be known for something other than, something livelier than, a retirement destination with a water view.
Now, in their 40s, 50s and 60s, they call themselves the South Beach Pioneers. They recently created a Facebook group — a technologically modern way to capture and safeguard vintage moments. In posts and pictures, they celebrate the Beach of two decades past — the 1980s and 1990s — before the big-box stores, coffee shop franchises and chic hotels. They fete the fabulous scrappiness of the Beach, the struggle to preserve its Art Deco bones, the blossoming gay culture, the modeling movement and the relentless, hedonistic parties at long-dead grande dames like Warsaw Ballroom and the Paragon and later Liquid. www.miamiherald.com

Omni area enjoying revival spurred by Genting
In the three months since the Genting Group announced plans for a resort on the bayside site of The Miami Herald, the once sleepy Omni area has turned into an epicenter for downtown Miami's redevelopment.
The transformation of the area — with the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as a centerpiece of a vibrant entertainment district — appears to be happening in a larger and faster way than anyone could have imagined. www.miamiherald.com

Yardbird coming in September to 16th & Lenox
Chef Jeff McInnis – of Top Chef fame and more recently the Executive Chef of gigi's in Midtown – is bringing his talents to South Beach this fall.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, arguably the most anticipated restaurant opening in 2011, brings McInnis' version of fried chicken and southern cuisine to an already bustling food scene on the beach. To McInnis' credit, no one is doing fried chicken, but will it be able to crack the burger and sushi scene that currently dominates?
Located at the corner of 16th Street and Lenox Ave., Yardbird is scheduled to open in September and will have 200 seats, "tip-toe" into a brunch complete with chicken and waffles, and feature a unique bourbon bar scene. www.miami.com

Joey's restaurant in Wynwood robbed at gunpoint
Three armed men robbed Joey's restaurant in Wynwood around 8 p.m. Monday, according to a witness.
Sara Ataie, who was dining at Joey's when the incident occurred, said three men with bandanas covering their faces walked into the Italian restaurant, showed their guns and demanded everyone to lie on the floor. www.miamiherald.com

Voodoo Lounge FTL, sold and closed for renovations
Voodoo Lounge in Fort Lauderdale has been sold. The new owners have closed it down for remodeling. They plan to re-open in 3 or 4 months.

Puerto Rico abuzz over explicit Grindr pics of man said to be conservative Sen. Roberto Arango
Explicit pictures that surfaced this week of a man who many have speculated is a local senator have led to calls that he resign if the allegations can be proved.
Local news media reported that the pictures first appeared on Grindr, a mobile network application for gays and bisexuals, and that they themselves later received copies from unidentified sources. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Spice 2011
Miami Spice 2011 is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine.
During August and September, Miami's top restaurants offer three-course meals (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 information, go to www.ilovemiamispice.com

Gusman Center's "Flickin' Summer Movie Series"
The Gusman's "Flickin' Summer" movie series returns for a third season as they showcase four classic teen movies followed by an onstage dance party with DJ MR PAUER. At only $10 per ticket, it's a cool way to spend a hot summer night.
Thursday, September 22nd 7pm - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Gusman Center (Olympia Theater) 174 E. Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33131 www.gusmancenter.org

MGLFF debuts its monthly movie series with "The Wise Kids"
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is debuting their its monthly movie series "GLOW" by presenting "The Wise Kids," a multiple-award winning film produced by Stephen Cone. "The Wise Kids" tells a vivid and dynamic coming-of-age story, set in the Deep South.
Wednesday, September 14th, 7pm Screening, 9pm VIP Reception. Miami Beach Cinemateque 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor Miami Beach, FL 33139 miamibeachfilmsociety.memberlodge.org

New gay club coming to Homestead
And yet another gay bar is coming to Miami. This time in Homestead. It is encouraging to see so many new establishments opening up in Miami.
We will give you more information about this new club, Miami Knights, soon. www.facebook.com

Now Casting: "Worst Cooks in America"
Bobby Flay will be coming to Miami for televised casting on food network for "Worst Cooks in America". They are looking for terrible cooks with a good story as to why they now want to learn and compete for $25k prize.
Sixteen of the country's most hopeless cooks attempt to transform from kitchen zeros into kitchen heroes as they compete in a grueling culinary boot camp on season three of Food Network's primetime reality series, Worst Cooks in America. The "recruits" — nominated by family and friends for their abysmal cooking skills — are split into two teams, led by acclaimed chefs and Food Network stars Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell.
For more information, go to www.theconlincompany.com

Premiere "Celebrate Orgullo" To Showcase LGBT Hispanic Pride During Hispanic Heritage Month
On Saturday, October 1, the first-ever "Celebrate Orgullo" event will take place in Lummus Park on Miami Beach. "Orgullo" is Spanish for "Pride," and this event celebrates the diverse cultural heritage and contributions of South Florida’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Hispanic community.
The event, taking place from noon until 6 pm at Lummus Park, between 10th and 11th Streets Miami Beach, will feature musical performances, folkloric dance, celebrity guests, drag performers, refreshments and vendor booths representing the both the non-profit and business community. www.sobegayinfo.com

Celebrate Orgullo - Saturday, October 1st
On Saturday October 1st from noon to 6pm, the Hispanic LGBT community will, for the first time, Celebrate Orgullo in Lumus Park (Ocean Drive between 10th and 11th Streets). "Orgullo" means pride and the event is designed to showcase the cultural contributions of this segment of Hispanic community to Miami Beach.
Free and open to the public, Celebrate Orgullo will feature music, dance, refreshments, vendor booths and more. www.celebrateorgullo.com

Ricky's moving into Brownes & Co Lincoln Road storefront
Ricky's will be moving into to the Brownes & Co storefront at 841 Lincoln Road. Brownes, which is (or was) located above the storefront, endured many years on Lincoln Road and even an embarassing "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" says that they "are under construction and will return in the fall".

Shawn Loftis, Substitute Teacher, Gets Canned By Miami Dade Public Schools For Being a Gay Porn Star
CNN doesn't have a problem with Shawn Loftis's big, gay porn career. Should Miami-Dade County Public Schools?
Using the nom de porn Collin O'Neal, he won awards for virtuoso performances in hard-core films such as Mo' Bubble Butt, Humping Iron, and Desperate Husbands. www.miaminewtimes.com

Update: City of Miami Beach Domestic Partner Registration
The City of Miami Beach Commission adopted Ordinance 2004-3451 at its meeting on July 28th 2004.
To date, there has been a total of 400 domestic partners registered with 33 official terminations. Currently, the fee to register is $50 and the fee for termination is $25.
* This information was provided by Jorge M. Gonzalez, City Manager.

Magic City, New Series About '60s Miami Beach, Holds Casting Call
Just four years after Mad Men originally aired on AMC in 2007, the '50/'60s fetishism has finally peaked. This fall's new lineup includes Mid Century-based series like Pan Am and the Playboy Club, and chain store Banana Republic is even offering a new Mad Men line. But any mania about these two decades would be incomplete without a drama set in that era's popular playground -- Miami Beach.
Cue Magic City, a new series on Starz by Miami native Mitch Glazer. This Miami Beach Senior High grad began filming this 10-episode drama set in a glamorous Beach hotel earlier this summer. And this Saturday, there will be a casting call for paid extras and plenty of opportunities to get glammed up (and girdled) like Joan on Mad Men. www.miaminewtimes.com

Miami's Rising Tides
Once a cold-weather destination, tourists are also flocking to Miami Beach in summer.
The gap between the low and high seasons has conspicuously narrowed, with Miami and Miami Beach welcoming 3 million visitors in the third quarter of this year, compared with 3.4 million in the peak months. Deal hunters and heat seekers alike descended on Lincoln Road, the eight-block-long pedestrian street that is South Beach’s town center, chattering in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian — and a smattering of Brooklynese. www.nytimes.com

Morocco comes to Española Way
We hear that the space that was formerly Miami Beach Cinematheque, located at 512 Española Way, will become a Moroccan restaurant. They have already started loading in the appliances for the kitchen.
They will be next door to the charming French restaurant, A la Folie.

Miami Rainbowlers gay bowling league starts September 12th at Bird Bowl
The Miami Rainbowlers welcome you and your friends to come out and see what they're all about. They create an environment of entertainment, friendships and competition that provide enjoyment for all who partake. More importantly, we provide a gay-friendly atmosphere that conveys a sense of unity. www.miamirainbowlers.com

Eros Lounge coming this fall to 82nd and Biscayne
A new addition to the Miami nightlife scene will be Eros Lounge, a video bar, located at 8201 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. The future site (pictured left) is on the NE corner of 82nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard at the same intersection as McDonald's and the new Bank of America building.
Owner Peter Hans is projecting for a November 11th opening.
The webiste is already operating. www.erosloungemiami.com

Miss Yip Chinese Cafe re-opened today on Lincoln Road
Miss Yip re-opened today at its new location 433 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305.534.5488.
Miss Yip Chinese Café is renowned for serving up Hong Kong style cuisine. Enjoy dim sum, dumplings & other Chinese snacks. At the new location, they now have outdoor seating as well as the indoor restaurant. www.facebook.com

Sean Hayes to return to TV in NBC comedy about gay fathers
Sean Hayes will make his big return to television with an NBC comedy series about fatherhood.
The former "Will & Grace" star will be working with "Rescue Me" co-creator Peter Tolan on the series, which is still in the development stage, but will follow two gay men raising a 12-year-old. www.ontheredcarpet.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus seeks singers
If you are a gay or gay-affirming man who loves to sing, then the Miami Gay Men's Chorus invites you to join them. They don't have auditions and you don't even need to read music. They just want you to meet their director, Anthony Cabrera, so he can find out a little about you, listen to you sing, and place you in the right section.
If you're joining them for the first time, or have been away from the Chorus for a few years, please come to the Voice Placements on Thursday, August 25th from 6:30pm to 8pm. You don't need to bring any prepared music. If you're interested in auditioning for our chamber ensemble - INSIGNIA - please join them on August 25th as well, from 8pm to 9:30pm. www.miamigaychorus.org

Recovery continues for Florida tourism
Despite recent turmoil, tourists keep on coming to Florida — and hoteliers say they see no signs of a slowdown.
Figures released Tuesday by the state's official tourism marketing corporation show what tourism watchers already knew: late spring and early summer were good to Florida.
According to preliminary data released by Visit Florida, 21.2 million people traveled to the state between April and June, an increase of nearly 7 percent from the same time in 2010. www.miamiherald.com

920 Grill opens in Eno's Wine Bar space
Say hello to 920 Grill, your new source for chimichurri-doused beef chased with sangria pitchers, now open in South Beach.
920 Grill 920 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305.674.9696 www.urbandaddy.com

MGLFF Screening and Fundraiser - Sunday, September 4th
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be having a screening of the movie, "We Are The Night," and an after party fundraiser for the MGLFF on Sunday, September 4th at 8pm at The Stage, 170 NE 38th Street, Miami, in the Design District.
"We are the Night" ("Wir Sind Die Nacht") is a sexy, suspenseful and adrenaline-pumping vampire film and an edgy tale of a provocative gang of female vampires, who are living large, making their own rules, and leaving a merciless trail of blood in their wake. www.mglff.com

Coco Bar new gay bar coming to Miami September 2nd!
Coco Bar is major new gay club, centrally located right in the heart of Miami-Dade.
Coco Bar is a multi-level space featuring a large dance floor with a cathedral ceiling, a 100 foot long 2nd story balcony and bar, and multiple lounge and VIP seating areas.
Coco Bar is conveniently located right off the Dolphin 836 Expressway at the bottom of the NW 72nd Milam Dairy Road exit ramp, immediately next to the 836 overpass in the Days Inn parking lot. www.cocobarmiami.com

Reinvention of strip club Boulevard on Biscayne Blvd
The old Boulevard Theater has been reinvented more times than Madonna's career: it was a regular movie theater in the 40's, then an X-rated venue, a strip club—coincidentally sharing the name of the pop singer—and now it'll be a combination of all of the above and more.
The theater's owner has recently ceded control of the place to a nightlife and entertainment company that plans to create a hybrid between a nightclub, a gourmet restaurant and a strip club to be called Wonderland. www.miamiherald.com

Chow Down Grill opens at 920 Alton Road
After a year peddling dumplings and braised beef sandwiches in the booming, never-ending rave that is Surfside, Chow Down Grill owner Josh Marcus decided to crank up the awesome by opening a bigger, boozier second location in the heart of South Beach this Friday. To handle the boozy part he brought in nightlife guru John Donovan, the co-owner of go-to local haunts Purdy Lounge and The Bar, which is like a restaurant or something.
Chow Down Grill 920 Alton Road Miami Beach 305.674.1674 www.thrillist.com

South Florida Gay Flag Football seeks players
Looking for a local, down to earth, competitive but not crazy, fun and spirited flag football team? Then you've found it.
South Florida Gay Flag Football Association (SFGFFA) is a group of flag football enthusiasts who enjoy watching, cheering, and playing American football. Their focus is to provide a positive, social, welcoming environment for all those who share our kindred athletic spirit.
They play weekend flag football games all year long and all are welcome to play, cheer or watch regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or skill level. The SFGFFA sends a representative team, Cat 5, to various national and regional GLBT/S tournaments. www.sfgffa.com

Tacotento on Lincoln Lane has closed
After just over a one year run, Tacontento 715 N Lincoln Lane Miami Beach has cloed.
The Mexican restaurant got off to a bust start after opening in June 2010, but did not get good "word of mouth" on their food or service. www.tacontento.com

Miley Cyrus Gets Gay Marriage Tattoo On Finger
Miley Cyrus has grown into quite the fierce gay advocate.
In addition to calling out Urban Outfitters' president for donating to Rick Santorum and regularly tweets messages of same-sex support, such as, "I am Christian and I love you -- gay or not."
Now the singer has taken her pro-gay love one step further by getting a marriage equality tattoo.
"All LOVE is equal," Cyrus wrote in a tweet with a picture of her new ink, an equal sign -- on her middle finger, prime anatomical real estate. www.towleroad.com

Setai Hotel Exposed!
While Models and Celebs Luxuriate, Foreign Workers Suffer

AOpened in 2005, The Setai, South Beach has enjoyed a run as one of Miami’s premier luxury hotels, exemplified for refined service indicative of its contemporaries in the Far East. However, beneath the surface lies a quite shockingly different experience for its employees.
It wasn’t until a recent exile from The Setai that several employees were open to talking. Compelled to shed light on the working condition they experienced, they especially wanted to bring attention to the treatment that employees as part of an exchange program – mostly from Indonesia – are enduring. www.sunpostweekly.com

SUDS at the Byron Carlyle Theatre - July 29th-September 4th
SUDS is a bubbly 60's musical about romance in a Wash-O-Rama. From "Chapel of Love" to "Don't Make Me Over", SUDS is the show critics have raved about. "Joyous songs that will take you back to the first kiss, the last dance and making out under the boardwalk". The story of three girls trying to find love in a laundromat, SUDS bubbles over with fluffy fun!
Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre at the Byron Carlyle Theatre 500 71st Street Miami Beach 305.397.8977 www.stagedoortheatre.com

"My Last Round" (Mi Último Round) - Wednesday, August 31st 8:30pm
The 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) and W South Beach will co-host the Florida premiere of Julio Jorquera's "My Last Round" (Mi Último Round) on Wednesday, August 31st at 8:30pm as part of W South Beach's monthly Dive-In Outdoor Film Series.
My Last Round is a powerful drama about a struggling small-town Chilean boxer, Octavio (working as a hairdresser during the day to make ends meet), who falls in love with Hugo, a troubled young man searching for his true self. www.miami.slated.com

Miami Art Museum Starts Vertical Construction at Museum Park
Miami might actually get an art museum worthy of its visual art scene after all. Despite recession hiccups and a tainted history of Miami development projects, the new Miami Art Museum at Museum Park is well underway. The foundation (above) was just completed for the new space, which will be three times the size of the current downtown art museum. www.miaminewtimes.com

White Party 2011 to be at Miami Seaquarium
Last year, Care Resource announced that the annual White Party would move this November from Vizcaya to a new location. Now we know where: Miami Seaquarium on Key Biscayne.
Another change: The 2011 White Party begins 7 p.m. Friday and ends 6 a.m. Saturday. www.miamiherald.com

Morgans on the Beach opens in Joe Allen's
So you're well-acquainted with the patio at the Morgans. And starting tomorrow night, you can indulge in its new South Beach sibling, Morgans on the Beach.
You'll find it tucked away on Purdy Avenue, where Joe Allen lived for years until it abruptly closed three months ago. They haven't fiddled much with the interior, except to make it seem more boudoir-like—lavender walls, crystal chandeliers and mirrors all around. They’ve also kept the nice-sized bar and house favorites like the La Scala Salad with salami and provolone and the Rice Krispies treats for dessert."
Morgans on the Beach 1787 Purdy Avenue Miami Beach 305.397.8753 www.urbandaddy.com

James Cubby's South Beach Star now on Amazon.com
South Beach Star is a modern day Valley of the Dolls set in South Beach. Life is sweet for Jamie Kidd, a thirty-something writer, till he wakes up one morning to discover that his lover has left town after cleaning out the bank account and leaving Jamie heartbroken, penniless, and somewhat suicidal. Jamie makes the entirely sensible, or so he believes, decision to escape to South Beach where he finds success and quasi-celebrity as a nightlife columnist for the SOUTH BEACH STAR, a weekly tabloid that covers the trendy South Beach scene and the celebrities that populate it. www.amazon.com

Pridelines presents: Masquerade - Saturday, August 27th 7pm
On Saturday August 27th, Pridelines Youth Services presents an evening of mystery and intrigue at Jungle Island. Miami's most seductive event of the year and the only gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender prom for adults in town. Featuring entertainment, dancing, a cocktail reception, a fabulous silent auction and dinner.
For tickets and more information, go to www.miamipridelines.org

Cameron Diaz + Alex Rodriguez working it out at Equinox South Beach
Ten minutes after injured Yankee Alex Rodriguez walked into Equinox South Beach yesterday, an "extremely bubbly and friendly" Cameron Diaz showed up in black leggings, tank top and, noted our spy, "no makeup." www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach to fire two cops who beat, falsely arrested gay man at Flamingo Park
The two Miami Beach police officers accused of yelling anti-gay epithets at a tourist, kicking him and falsely arresting him after he called 911 to report them beating a man in a South Beach park are going to be fired, according to city officials. www.miamiherald.com

Elemental at the Bass Museum
If you were a fan of Elemental's previous off–Lincoln Road location, you'll be happy to know the new spot has most of that store’s same goods—those LED alarm clocks made of wood, the notebooks embossed with grenades and the wine glasses shaped like plastic cups. www.urbandaddy.com

The Center for Positive Connections Masquerade Ball - Saturday, August 20th
Masquerade Ball celebrate The Center for Positive Connections 15th Anniversary providing HIV educational/social support to the Miami-Dade and Broward counties for the last 15th years. Please RSVP to reserve your table. There will be food and drinks all night long. For our VIP guest you will receive at your table a bottle of champagne and a free picture, and more.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com

Hollywood magic turns downtown Miami into Sunset Strip for 'Rock of Ages'
Hollywood arrived in Downtown Miami in dramatic fashion last week complete with a bare-chested Tom Cruise on a motorcycle in leather pants and a studded leather jacket.
Cruise pulls up on North Miami Avenue—decked out like Los Angeles' Sunset Strip of the late 1980s—as Rock of Ages co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones' conservative activists rail against Russell Brand and the rockers fighting for their rights to sing the music they love. www.miamiherald.com

Tom Cruise, Debbie Gibson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand in Miami filming Rock of Ages
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes aren't having such a bad time either, from salsa dancing at Larios on Ocean Drive to frolicking on the beach. Our set snitch tells us that while those filming next to Cruise mustn't wear high heels, he's pretty cool---especially when he's topless, as is Russell Brand--topless and in tighty whities--who we're told, "provides comic relief on the set." Not so cool--literally--is Catherine Zeta-Jones, a bit of a diva, with people "fanning"--and fawning all over her, though she did laugh through a scene that then had to be re-shot, so she's not so uptight. www.miamiherald.com

Winter Party Festival seeks volunteers
Winter Party Festival is looking for enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers to join the Festival Committee and help produce next year's event, which will be held February 29 to March 5, 2012.
Volunteers are needed now to plan and coordinate all aspects of Winter Party, including club events, cocktail parties, women's events, sponsorship solicitation, marketing and more. Volunteers will also be needed to staff and support more than 20 events expected to be held during Winter Party Festival. Here's your chance to make a difference in the community, meet new people and expand your network. Volunteers are offered free access to the Beach Party as our way of saying thank you!Join us for a cocktail hour to discover more about volunteering.
Thursday, August 11th 7pm to 9pm at Score (Upstairs Bar) 727 Lincoln Road (entrance on Lincoln Lane). Please RSVP to volunteer.winterparty@gmail.com

Morgans to Open in Former Joe Allen SoBe Space
One of Miami's favorite spots for brunch and chill-out moments, Morgans, is opening a second location at the former Joe Allen spot on Purdy Avenue in South Beach.
According to Morgans owner Barclay Graebner, the target opening date is August 1. That assumes all the required permitting and transfer of ownership goes through. www.miaminewtimes.com

Miami Ice: Bar keeps patrons cool
When it's 90 outside, South Florida's only fully licensed ice bar is a frosty 24 degrees. Yes, they provide parkas. www.miamiherald.com

'Top Chef' alum opens whimsical downtown eatery
Top Chef alum Micah Edelstein (Grass) brings us NeMesis, a whimsical, bohemian eatery on North Miami Avenue where you feel like you're dining in her quirky yet inviting home.
The modest dining room has large picture windows and framed photos of celebrities like Helena Bonham Carter and Woody Allen (courtesy of the chef's sister, a London photographer). Church pews flank glass-top tables, and a wooden armoire forms the backbone of the tiny bar.
NeMesis 1035 N. Miami Avenue Miami 305.415.9911 www.miamiherald.com

B.E.D. Nightclub has closed
After a long and successful run, B.E.D. Nightclub has closed. The restaurant and nightclub, where you could enjoy dinner while in a bed with your group of friends, opened in Miami Beach 1999. www.bedmiami.com

New gay bar at the Hotel Astor?
If you have passed by Hotel Astor (956 Washington Avenue) recently, you may have noticed a rainbow flag over the stairs leading to the downstairs bar (formerly Astor Bar). We hear that there will be a new gay bar opening soon in that space.

East meets West at NoVe
The dining possibilities are really shaping up for Omni-area residents.
New to the scene: NoVe, an acronym for "north of the Venetian" that's meant to encompass the area of high-rises up to 21st Street. Cool, huh?
Heading the kitchen of the contemporary space is Hiro Terada, a Japanese-born chef formerly of Moshi Moshi and Doraku. His menu ranges from Asian (pad Thai, teriyaki, lettuce wraps) to American classics like grilled chicken sandwiches, New York strip steak, burgers and pasta. There’s even a kids' menu with mac and cheese, etc. www.miamiherald.com

Pot decriminalization petitions to be submitted on Miami Beach
Supporters of a petition drive to decriminalize small-time marijuana possession on Miami Beach say they have enough signatures to trigger a citywide vote. www.miamiherald.com

Anthony Weiner & wife celebrate 1st anniversary at Prime 112
So where do the famous--and infamous--go when they want to be seen, even if it's under the spotlight of shame? Why, Prime 112, that's where. And that's exactly where ex NY congressman Anthony "I'm a Sex Symbol on Twitter" Weiner and pregnant wife Huma were seen Saturday night celebrating, or so it seemed, their one year wedding anniversary. www.miamiherald.com

'Charlie's Angels' signs up for a season in Wynwood
Producers for the new Charlie's Angels series signed on to film a full season in an abandoned Wynwood warehouse complex, with plans to house the show's main sets there. A producer confirmed Thursday that at least one interior is already up and running: the offices of the Townsend Agency, complete with a speakerphone through which the three detectives will get weekly briefings by their anonymous boss, Charlie Townsend. www.miamiherald.com

Rock of Ages Set in Downtown Miami
You might have noticed on your way to Vagabond that the Overtown area is getting a bit of a touch up. In fact, you might be wondering if the shiny new Shell station, Tower Records, The Bourbon Room and Roxy night club that sprung up seemingly overnight are part of some downtown revitalization project. The fresh layers of paint and store fronts hitting the rundown stretch of North Miami Avenue are actually set designs for the film Rock of Ages starring Russell Brand and Tom Cruise. Rock of Ages is an adaptation of the eponymous Broadway musical set in the Hollywood hairband scene during the 1980's. www.culturedesigners.com

NYC Mayor Bloomberg To Preside Over Staffers' Gay Marriage
Hoorah for Michael Bloomberg!
The New York City mayor has been a fierce advocate for marriage equality over the past few months, lobbying in Albany and donating some of his billions to the cause.
Now that equality legislation has passed, Bloomberg will preside over the marriage of his long-time aide, John Feinblatt, and his partner of 14-years, Jonathan Mintz, who also works for the Bloomberg administration. www.towleroad.com

4th Annual Summerfest - July 22nd-24th
Friday, July 22nd 7pm to 10pm, Summer Sunset VIP Reception in the Shore Club Beach House
Saturday, July 23rd 1pm to 6pm, Summerfest Pool Party at the Shore Club Hotel
Saturday, July 23rd 10pm to 5am, Summer Storm Dance Party at Score with DJ Rafael Calvente from Rio de Janeiro
Sunday, July 24th 11am to 3pm, Sunburst Brunchic at the Lords South Beach $25 Prix Fixe Menu, includes complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary. Punch Bowl Specials.
Sunday, July 24th 4pm to 11pm, Summer Fling T-Dance & Ascension Kick-Off Party at the Palace
www.summerfestmiami.com

Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj at AAA - Friday, July 22nd 7pm
Pop music trendsetter Britney Spears, who has continually captivated crowds around the world with her live music events, has confirmed that special guest Nicki Minaj will join the Femme Fatale touring event of the summer. The all female line-up includes Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo on every tour stop. Spears has prepared an extraordinary show that will certainly thrill her fans July 22nd at the American Airlines Arena. www.britneyspears.com

Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor star in "Beginners"
With Beginners, writer-director Mike Mills tells a deeply personal story that's loosely based on his own experience and tells the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a thirtysomething man whose father, Hal (Christopher Plummer) comes out to him in the twilight of his life, at age 75, following the death of his wife of more than four decades.
Now playing in theaters. www.moviemartin.blogspot.com

"South Beach Tow" comes to Tru TV
From Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez, Tru TV will premiere Miami's newest reality TV show South Beach Tow on July 20th. www.youtube.com

Remembering Nelson Hernandez
I am sad to report the passing of a beloved person in our community. Nelson Hernandez passed away on Monday, June 27th.
Arrangements: Flynn & Son Funeral Home 424 East Avenue Perth Amboy, NJ. Viewing is Thursday, June 30th 2-4 and 7-9. Leaving Flynn & Son at 9:30am on Friday. OurLady of Fatima Church mass at 10am burial at 11am at Alpine Cemetery.
In Miami: Sunday, July 10th 11:00am Celebration of Nelson Hernandez at Unity on the Bay. Click here for more details www.facebook.com

Brian Gorman - Founder Lords South Beach, Miami's new gay hotel
His youthful exuberance is now a fantasy fulfilled. The 35-year-old native New Yorker is founder of Lords South Beach (1120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 877.448.4754. www.lordssouthbeach.com), the hottest (and only) proclaimed "gay hotel" in Miami's South Beach. Gorman opened the 54-room Lords on December 29, 2010, just in time to ring in the New Year with fabulous soirées filled with gay celebrities like Justin Bond, Richie Rich, DJ Tracy Young, Cazwell, and Amanda Lepore. www.passportmagazine.com

Miami Beach Bruthaz - July 14th-17th
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

Score celebrates 13 years! - Sunday, July 17th
On Sunday July 17th, Score will celebrate its 13th anniversary with a huge celebration.
The party will feature world-class entertainment, including music from internationally known DJ ABEL and a performance by European Pop Group sensation Kazaky, who will be performing for the first time in the US.
On that night, Score will also unveil the new look for its recently remodeled 2nd level lounge. www.scorebar.net

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach - July 13th-17th
Funkshion Fashion Week Miami starts July 14th with a whole line-up of events. Filled with sample sales, runway shows and must attend parties. The fashion shows will take place in the tent in Collins Park between 21st and 22nd Street (between W Hotel and The Setai). For more information, go to www.funkshion.com

Rhianna at the Bank Atlantic Center - Thursday, July 14th 7pm
Grammy Award winner Rihanna has announced that she will bring her highly anticipated LOUD Tour to the BankAtlantic Center on July 14, 2011. Sharing the stage with Rihanna will be J. Cole. www.bankatlanticcenter.com

Mercedez-Benz Swimwear Fashion Week - July 14th to 18th
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Swim showcases the world's top Swimwear Fashion designers in a star studded extravaganza that could only take place in South Beach. The world's most beautiful bodies show off the new 2012 Collections from the most prestigious designers on the planet. www.mbfashionweek.com

Style Saves at the SoHo Beach House - Friday, July 15th 8pm to 11pm
SoHo Beach House, in conjunction with Miami Swimwear, hosts the launch of Style Saves, Inc., a non-profit charity founded by fashion stylist Rachael Russell with The Miami Foundation, on Friday, July 15th with fashion shows by Papi Underwear, Trina Turk, B.Rawlings and host Rachael Russell.
SoHo Beach House will sponsor the event with hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Cecconi's and drinks by Moët & Chandon Imperial Ice. Musical entertainment will be provided by Ess & Emm. The first 100 guests to arrive at the event will also receive a complimentary Neiman Marcus gift bag.
Tickets are selling for $50 in advance and $75 at the door on the night of the event. This includes entry into the main fashion event, and the private reception afterwards. For entry into private reception tickets will be $30. www.facebook.com

New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law
Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.
The marriage bill, whose fate was uncertain until moments before the vote, was approved 33 to 29 in a packed but hushed Senate chamber. Four members of the Republican majority joined all but one Democrat in the Senate in supporting the measure after an intense and emotional campaign aimed at the handful of lawmakers wrestling with a decision that divided their friends, their constituents and sometimes their own homes. www.news.yahoo.com

New York governor signs law approving gay marriage
New York will become the sixth and most populous U.S. state to allow gay marriage. State senators voted 33-29 on Friday evening to approve marriage equality legislation and Cuomo, a Democrat who had introduced the measure, signed it into law.
"This vote today will send a message across the country. This is the way to go, the time to do it is now, and it is achievable; it's no longer a dream or an aspiration. I think you're going to see a rapid evolution," Cuomo, who is in his first year of office, told a news conference.
"We reached a new level of social justice," he said. www.news.yahoo.com

Ingrid Casares & Chris Paciello Back in Biz with The Light Group at the Delano?
If you believe the rumors, South Beach is about to go retro, back to the days when people actually danced at clubs, when real celebrities came to party because they wanted to and not for a carefully orchestrated, trite tabloid photo op, and when the words South Beach and hip together in the same sentence was anything but oxymoronic. That's right, we have excellent sources telling us that the Captain and Tennille of 90s Miami nightlife, Chris Paciello and Ingrid Casares, are teaming up again, this time as partners in the food and beverage operations at the Delano left recently vacant by Jeffrey Chodorow, who was bought out by the hotel's owners, Morgans Hotel Group, for $20 million. www.miamiherald.com

City Hall The Restaurant
The brainchild of Steven Haas (who tapped former Emeril chef Tom Azar), sprawling, two-floor City Hall hopes to draw in locals and patrons of the stone's-throw Adrienne Arsht Center and AAA with its 1930s NY-iron chandeliers and burgundy leather walls, a mural with biplanes and scale-holding women, and a huge stained-glass piece with the Chrysler Building and Radio City, also the BET followup to Rap City on which a mentally challenged Cuba Gooding, Jr. replaced J-Nicks, and was actually much better.
City Hall The Restaurant 2004 Biscayne Blvd Miami 305.764.3130 www.thrillist.com

Michael Musto: Why I Hate Being Gay! 62 Reasons!
You assume the Super Bowl is a large household item at Pottery Barn. ... Your fake tans are even more life-threatening than your real ones. ... Your entire wardrobe consists of male designers having a midlife crisis. www.villagevoice.com

Stage Door Theatre Moves Into Miami Beach's Byron Carlyle Theatre
As of this week, the Stage Door Theatre will begin occupancy at their new home in Miami Beach, at the Byron Carlyle Theatre. As a mainstay theatre company in South Florida for the last 19 years, the Stage Door is considered one of the most successful and stable arts organizations in the tri-county area. The company is known for productions of large scale musicals, and is the proud recipient of the Carbonell Award for Best Production of a Musical in 2011. www.broadwayworld.com

Dream South Beach hotel opens Tudor House restaurant
Behold Tudor House, your new spot for power breakfasts, pre-seduction comfort food and outdoor cocktails, now open at the Dream South Beach.
Geoffrey Zakarian, a New York chef you may recognize from the cooking competition show Chopped, is cooking here, so you’ll sup on things like Organic Buttermilk Fried Chicken with gingered slaw. And if you make it to breakfast, Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes. www.urbandaddy.com

Tuscan Steak is now Kane Steakhouse
Backboned by two local club owners getting into the dining game for the first time, Kane boasts decor that doesn't stray far from their former spots thanks to sexy raw-silk tufted walls, white/black eel-skin booths, dark wooden beams, and, parked along the right wall, a massive mirror-lined bar made of white onyx, also the hip-hop group behind "Please Back Up My Kind Sir".
Kane Steakhouse 431 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305.704.2900 www.thrillist.com

New owners reviving Dogma Grill on Biscayne Boulevard
Dogma Grill's bright, retro-looking sign fits neatly with the red chairs, brown umbrellas and long picnic tables below it. The small restaurant at Biscayne Boulevard and 71st Street holds little more than a grill, a beer-filled fridge and boxes of Cracker Jack. Customers order at the window and sit outside.
The size of the place is part of its charm, say the new owners of what was once the flagship restaurant of an ambitious chain. The ebullient Frankie Crupi and his equally cheerful wife, Priscilla, took over Dogma in March, and they burst with energy that far outsizes the joint. www.miamiherald.com

End of an Era: Rokbar Closes
In the here today, gone tomorrow South Beach nightlife scene, Rokbar had always been a constant. For seven years, locals, looking for an escape from tourists and bachelorette parties, treated Rokbar as their haven. However, as of Monday, Rokbar has decided to close their doors for good. www.miami.citypudding.com

Two Art Deco hotels change hands
Two boutique Art Deco hotels, the Winter Haven and the Blue Moon, have been sold to a Maryland-based hotel company for a total of $26.5 million.
The sale of the 71-room Winter Haven Hotel at 1400 Ocean Dr. and the 75-room Blue Moon Hotel at 944 Collins Ave. closed Tuesday, said Express Florida Realty president Pieter Bakker, who brokered the deal. www.miamiherald.com

A Date Spot with Church Pews and a Top Chef
The place looks like a set out of 50 First Dates: vintage rotary phones, flea market chairs, Warhol-type prints... a sculpture made out of neckties. Your best move—guiding your date to one of the church pews by the window and settling in for a parade of small plates, most of which come with their own paired glass of wine or beer.
Nemesis Urban Bistro 1035 N Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33136 305.415.9911 www.urbandaddy.com

Emmy Winner Jai Rodriguez celebrates his birthday with "Summer Shorts" Cast
Sipping on orchid-bedecked "Dirty Little Secrets" cocktails in honor of Emmy award-winning actor Jai Rodriguez, the cast of City Theatre's "Summer Shorts" turned out in masse on Tuesday night in South Beach to celebrate their co-star's birthday.
The party for Rodriguez, who turns 32 this month, was hosted at the Mondrian Hotel by South Beach promoter Edison Farrow, who used as the backdrop "Martini Tuesdays," the popular gay-oriented cocktail party he hosts around town. Other cast members on hand included Stephen Trovillion, Finnerty Steeves, Gregg Weiner and Ceci Fernandez. www.examiner.com

Host Neil Patrick Harris and company sing the Tony Awards 'are not just for gays anymore'
VIDEO www.miamiherald.com/gay

5 Napkin Burger opens Thursday on Lincoln Road
5 Napkin Burger, the New York joint famous for bourbon, milkshakes and juicy patties, opens on Lincoln Road this Thursday. Herewith, the facts... www.urbandaddy.com

Miami Beach Botanical Garden closed for renovation
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is getting a multimillion dollar makeover.
Starting this week, public access to the garden at 2000 Convention Center Dr. will be restricted through October to allow for a $1.2 million landscape renovation project. www.miamiherald.com

Emeril's Miami Beach to close in August
Nearly eight years after bringing the "Bam!" to South Florida, Emeril Lagasse will close his restaurant at the Loews Miami Beach.
In a joint press release issued Tuesday by Loews Hotels and Lagasse's corporate office, the companies said they had made a mutual decision not to renew the restaurant's lease in the ground floor of the hotel at 1601 Collins Avenue The last meal will be served on August 7th. www.miamiherald.com

Defining moment for Miami Beach
Editorial by Mayor Matti Herrera Bower regarding Urban Beach Weekend

Since the unfortunate incidents that occurred last weekend, many residents have reached out to me with concern, anger, and lots of questions. I live right in the heart of South Beach myself and experience the traffic, the noise and other aggravations of having more than 200,000 people descend on a small area of our city over a few days every year. I share their frustration and anger.
I, too, am frustrated by those relatively few individuals that come to our city, not to have a good time, but to behave in unacceptable ways. CONTINUE READING

MDGLCC Spotlight Mixer - Thursday June 30th 7pm to 9pm
Join the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as they bring back the Spotlight Mixer on June 30th. The Shore Club will the be hosting this event at their ultra chic "Red Room" so make sure you RSVP today.
Grey Goose Vodka will showcase their signature cocktails while The Shore Club will provide all other non-alchoholic beverages and great food - all complementary.
FREE admision for MDGLCC members and only $10 for guests and non-members. Reduced valet parking of $15. To register, just click the link.
mdglcc@bellsouth.net 305.673.4440 REGISTER

World Erotic Art Museum Visitors Span All Ages
Sex remains fascinating, no matter how young, or how old, you are. This truism was given new life within a span of just weeks, when World Erotic Art Musuem Owner Naomi Wilzig recently welcomed visitors to her South Beach museum who were at opposite ends of the age spectrum. www.examiner.com

Anderson Cooper's talk show to premiere September 12th
www.andersoncooper.com

Dream South Beach opens - A Deco Taj Mahal in South Beach
Consider this your first official notice about the Dream South Beach, your new Arabian-styled hideaway, now soft-open two blocks from the beach.
Dream South Beach 1111 Collins Ave Miami Beach 305.673.4747 www.dreamsouthbeach.com
www.urbandaddy.com

Are the Gays Returning to South Beach? (Fingers Crossed!)
There was a wonderful time, not so many years ago, when Miami Beach was brimming with hot bods, the word fabulous hung in the air, and rainbow flags were flying high. Those were the good old, tasteful days when the gays ruled sunny South Beach.
Lately, though, and awesomely enough, we've noticed some signs that gays might be reclaiming the real estate across the MacArthur Causeway. It's possibly on its way to revitalization, and we'll give you the top three reasons why. www.miaminewtimes.com

Equinox Fitness, Summer Hawaiian Party - Tuesday, June 28th from 6pm-8pm
Equinox Fitness invites you all (member and non-members) to their Summer Hawaiian Party on Tuesday, June 28th from 6pm-8pm in their club located at 520 Collins Avenue Miami Beach. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, organic Hawaiian pizza, a DJ and giveaways. www.equinox.com

Twist's 18th Anniversary Party - Wednesday June 29th
On Wednesday June 29th, join Miami's longest established gay bar as they celebrate their 18th anniversary.
Twist's Anniversary event always unveils their annual decor updates and renovations. Twist would like to thank the community for their continued support by offering an Open Bar and Hors D'oeuvres from 9pm to 11pm on Wednesday. And, the party will continue until 5am. www.twistsobe.com

Jai Rodriguez in "Dirty Little Secrets" - June 10, 17, 19 & 24
Jai Rodriguez, from Bravo TV's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and known to theater fans for his star-making performances in the iconic Broadway musicals Rent and The Producers, dishes the dirt in his hilarious and provocative "Dirty Little Sesrets". Late-night fare that is sure to make you blush! Performances to be held on June 10, 17, 19 & 24 at the Carnival Studio Theater in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House.
Tickets are just $35!
For more information, go to www.arshtcenter.org

Man talks about rescuing Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston remains in critical but stable condition at a Miami hospital after crashing his personal watercraft into a Miami Beach bridge and the hip hop singer may owe his life to a Good Samaritan who came to his rescue. www.miamiherald.com

EDISON FARROW | Bringing the Community Together One Martini at a Time
Edison Farrow, a Miami Beach nightlife institution, never set out to live here, much less start one of the most successful brands, SoBeSocialClub. com, bringing the best of nightlife & entertainment to South Florida.
"I never set out to be a promoter. This was completely unexpected. I was just planning for a group of ten friends to meet once a week at hotel bars. It (Martini Tuesdays) quickly grew into an “event”. It obviously filled a need and attracted a large crowd. That was ten years ago, and this has been my full time job ever since."
www.unitycoalition.org

White House Launches 'Winning the Future' Website Dedicated to Obama Progress on LGBT Rights
The White House has launched a website dedicated to highlighting President Obama's relationship and accomplishments and a fact sheet related to the LGBT community. www.whitehouse.gov/lgbt

City Theatre Launches Sizzling 16th Season with Star Headliner JAI RODRIGUEZ
City Theatre's 2011 Season Offers 55 Performances in 5 Weeks Featuring "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" Star in SUMMER SHORTS & DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, Return Engagement of last year's runaway hit CAMP KAPPAWANNA & Launch of New CITYWRIGHTS Industry Conference. www.ambiente.us

Out in the Tropics: a different kind of performing arts festival - June 9th-19th
Out in the Tropics, a different kind of performing arts festival, brings a full range of award-winning, contemporary GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) artists and arts events to South Florida, June 9th - 19th. In its second edition, Out in the Tropics has a great line-up including events at The Shore Club, Colony Theatre, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Miracle Theatre. More information about the festival can be found online at www.outinthetropics.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus - June 17th & 18th at 8pm
Join the Miami Gay Men's Chorus for "Let's Hear It For The Boys", a tribute to the boys and the boy bands who have kept us singing and dancing since the 1950's; Paul Simon, The Beatles, Elton John, Ricky Martin, The Village People, Elvis, NYSNC, Boyz II Men, and of course, The Backstreet Boys.
Performances will be held on Friday, June 17th at 8pm & Saturday, 18th at 8pm at the Colony Theatre 1040 Lincon Road Miami Beach.
Tickets range from $25 to $35.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.miamigaychorus.org

L'Amour Fou at O Cinema - June 17th-19th
In Pierre Thoretton's L'AMOUR FOU, Pierre Bergé, the man with which YSL shared four decades of his life and love, reflects on the equally extravagant history of their personal relationship. Framed around the 2009 auction of the priceless, elaborate art collection amassed by Yves and Pierre personally over several decades, this extraordinary documentary provides an unprecedented look at the life of a mythic personality, whose personal life matched his public for elegance, extravagance and passion. www.o-cinema.org

Stonewall Street Festival Wilton Manors - Sunday, June 19th 4pm – 9pm
June 19, 2011 continues the Wilton Manors Stonewall tradition and adds some surprises & new highlights. The festival stretches from 5 Points to NE 20th Street on Wilton Drive with multiple stages filled with exciting entertainment; exhibits from sponsors, merchants, and area non-profits; demonstrations; games; street performers; and an exciting assortment of gourmet food trucks, and beverage stations. www.stonewallwiltonmanors.com

State of Hate Workshop - Saturday, June 11th 10am–3pm
Crime & Discrimination, Sexual Orientation, Labels & Perception and how to improve community relations & reduce attacks to our community will be discussed openly & honestly.
Morning hours (10am-12noon) will focus on team building exercises & the stigma of labels & discrimination. After a short break for lunch we will resume with our Panel of Community Leaders (12:30-3pm)to discuss issues within the community, biases, reporting crimes, statistics & protecting oneself from attacks & discrimination. Workshop will end at 3pm. We are asking for a $10 donation p.p. to help with food & materials. www.unitycoalition.org

Soundscape Cinema Series Free Outdoor Movies
Free! The Exostage is an open, grassy viewing area faces a 7,000 square foot projection wall on the eastern front of the New World Center building, complete with a world-class audio system. Miami Beach Soundscape 400 17th Street.
Schedule:
Wednesday, June 15th 8pm - Dirty Dancing
www.miamibeachfl.gov

1 dead in police-involved shooting
Authorities are investigating multiple shootings that left one dead and several bystanders injured on South Beach.
Police said two shootings occurred on Collins Avenue, between 13th Street and 14th Street, and another occurred on Washington Avenue and 14th Street.
Police said the first shooting happened around 4 a.m. Monday. Exclusive home video shows police firing on a black Mercedes that came to a complete stop after crashing into several vehicles on the street. Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega said, "Several vehicles along the way were struck by the offender, countless vehicles at this point, as well as erratic driving and reckless driving on sidewalks, and I believe he struck one individual officer as well." www.wsvn.com ARTICLE AND VIDEO

Miami Beach Reconsiders Urban Beach Weekend
As police continue to investigate two officer-involved shootings in Miami Beach, city officials are pondering what to do about the annual Urban Beach Weekend.
The crowds this weekend were the biggest at the Miami Beach event in eight years, but some residents said they wished the party was over for good. www.local10.com ARTICLE AND VIDEO

Memorial Day Weekend
Police, gunmen open fire on South Beach; two officers injured

Three police officers are in the hospital Monday after emptying several rounds of bullets on a driver who opened fire on South Beach.
The driver was killed; four bystanders were injured. www.miamihearald.com

Gay activist Herb Sosa: South Beach a 'war zone;' demands end to Urban Weekend (with video)
An open letter from activist Herb Sosa, who is president of Unity Coalition, Miami-Dade County's largest Hispanic gay-rights group.
Please view the attached YouTube video (one of many) already posted for the world to see, about Memorial/Urban Weekend 2011 in Miami Beach. www.miamiherald.com/gay

More countries accepting homosexuality: study
The vast majority of countries around the world have become more accepting of homosexuality, with the exception of Russia and other former socialist countries, a new study has found.
The report, compiled by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, examined general trends in over 30 countries regarding their attitudes towards homosexuality, and is based on five surveys conducted in different countries between 1988 and 2008.
Approval of homosexuality increased in 27 countries and decreased in only four: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Russia, the study noted. www.miamigaychogoogle.com

Going going, gone
Recently, we have lost several Miami Beach restaurants including Joe Allen and World Resource Cafe. Now, we hear that Sushi Siam will be closing this month due to a tremendous rent hike. They plan to open in Miami.

More gay hotels coming to Miami Beach?
First, the Lords South Beach opened at the end of 2010. Now, we hear that two other gay hotels brands are scouting locations to possibly open in Miami Beach.

Lindsay Lohan at Raleigh Hotel for Plum Magazine
Here's Lindsay Lohan in rare form, like we've never seen her---working in Miami as opposed to channeling her inner Janis Joplin like she used to back when she was barely legal. In town for just the weekend. www.miamiherald.com

NeNe Leakes shopping for million dollar Miami mansion?
NeNe Leakes may have walked off the job mid-Celebrity Apprentice, but it seems she doesn't need Donald Trump's PR machine to help her buy a million plus dollar Miami home. Yep, as if Miami didn't have enough of the Real Housewives, now the in your face Hotlanta Housewife may be looking to relocate. www.miamiherald.com

Does a stretch of South Beach rate a '10?'
With a Wikipedia entry and line in a press release, a hotel investment services firm is trying to name a hotel-packed 10-block strip of Miami Beach. www.miamiherald.com

Charlie's Angels will film first season in Miami
Charlie's Angels will film its first season in Miami this summer, producers confirmed Tuesday, a milestone for a region that has been snubbed by the major broadcast networks since Miami Vice wrapped in 1989.
ABC's remake of the hit '70s detective show cements the upcoming year as the biggest yet for South Florida television, with at least four series slated to be under production at once. But even with three cable series filming in the region (USA's Burn Notice, A&E's The Glades, and Starz's Magic City), local production officials said they can't match what a major network brings to a location. www.miamiherald.com

Push Under Way To Create South Beach Theater District
The plan: to turn Washington Avenue from Fifth to Seventh Streets into a strip of off-Broadway playhouses, jazz clubs and dinner theaters. www.local10.com

SoHo south: That's the Design District plan
Dacra is buying up more property in the Design District with plans of adding luxury fashion tenants, residences and pedestrian traffic. www.miamiherald.com

Queerty.com is Back: Parting Words from David Hauslaib
"More than five years after launching Queerty, and establishing what would become one of the most well-read and respected voices in LGBT media, I am pleased to see the site find a new home with GayCities. Queerty's loyal readership will continue to thrive, and with so many issues directly impacting our community that remain unresolved, I am thrilled Queerty's voice and reach can continue with a new team." www.queerty.com

In Miami, Romance is for Everyone
Making a lifelong commitment to someone is a very personal and special decision, no matter if the couple is straight or gay. It is also an event to be celebrated and shared with family and friends. Although unconventional, gay weddings and commitment ceremonies are becoming more popular, especially with the growing number of states passing legislation allowing legal civil unions and gay marriage. Although Florida does not recognize gay weddings or commitment ceremonies yet, holding that special event on white sandy beaches in tropical destinations such as Miami is very popular. If you’re a gay couple and you’ve been thinking about having your own ceremony, there’s no better time than Miami Romance Month throughout the month of June. www.miamiandbeaches.com

Long-time New York hot spot, Beige at B-Bar, has closed
It looks like one of Manhattan's longest running parties will soon be a thing of the past. Evidently the Tuesday night stronghold, Beige at B-Bar, will come to a close next week.
Having been one of the rare low key spots in New York for nearly 10 years, gay New Yorkers are going to be sad to see it go.
Unlike other parties that fizzle off due to lack of attendance, Beige has been a strong hold since the beginning and even continued to run after the gay promoters left the party several years ago. www.miagaysocialites.com

Joe Allen Restaurant Miami Beach has closed
After 13 years as a Miami Beach favorite, Joe Allen Restaurant, located at 1787 Purdy Avenue, has closed.
The Miami Beach Joe Allen opened in February 1998 as an outpost of the New York original. The Miami Beach closing will have no impact on the Joe Allen locations in New York, London and Paris. All four restaurants operated independently. www.miamiherald.com

South Beach towing companies go to war
Every night, hundreds of unlucky partiers stumble out of South Beach clubs to find their cars gone — hauled to a grim storage lot on Bay Road and held for ransom. Towing is big business for the Beach's only two licensed companies — Tremont and Beach Towing — and since their last competitor went under in 1991, they've been a dual monopoly happy to rake in the cash. Until now.
An all-out civil war has erupted in recent months, as Tremont's new owner tries to build a high-tech garage and Beach Towing does everything to derail the plan. Commissioners are so fed up they're even considering cutting both companies out of the game and opening a city storage lot on Terminal Island. www.miaminewtimes.com

Sizzle Miami - May 26th-May30th
Sizzle Miami, conceived almost 10 years ago, has grown to become America's most celebrated and anticipated urban gay event. Sizzle Miami occurs during the Memorial Day and Miami will begin on Thursday 26th May and end the morning of Tuesday 31st May.
Party-seekers from around the world convene in sunny Miami, Florida celebrating life, pride & liberty. Originally a one-day occurrence, Sizzle Miami has evolved into a 5-day smorgasbord of captivating day-time events, and pulsating nightlife.
For more information, go to www.sizzlemiami.com

Save Dade's Champion's of Equality - Friday, May 20th 6pm
The SAVE Dade Champions of Equality Awards Reception and Silent Auction is an annual event established to honor members of the community who have significantly advanced the cause of equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Miami-Dade County.
Honoring the ACLU of Florida, Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Friday May 20th from 6pm to 9:30pm at The Ice Palace 1400 North Miami Avenue Miami.
For more info www.savedade.org

Mega Mall Coming to Downtown Miami
A massive new mega mall planned for downtown Miami has local shoppers ready to spend and local politicians seeing dollar signs.
The massive Brickell CitiCentre consisting of more than five towers will rise from the land bordered by Brickell on the East, Southwest 1st Ave. to the west and between Southwest 8th and Southwest 6th St.
The complex will be bigger than the Dolphin Mall's 1.4 million square feet of retail space, bigger that Sawgrass Mills Mall -- in fact about double the size of Sawgrass -- at 4 million square feet. www.msnbc.msn.com

World Resource Café on Lincoln Road has closed
World Resource Café located 719 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach closed due a drastic rent increase.

5 Napkin Burger coming to Lincoln Road in June
New York based, extremely popular hamburger restaurant, 5 Napkin Burger is coming to 455 Lincoln Road. This will be in the space that was the forever-going-out-of-business Follies. The restaurant will seat 150 inside and 100 outside. www.5napkinburger.com

Kyma Lounge opens at the Epic Hotel
Kyma's taken over River Lounge's two floors, keeping the circular bar and 30ft windows peering over the Miami River, and adding some abstract paintings and leopard-skinned chairs while shifting away from its former event space feel by bringing in food and themed nights. www.thrillist.com

Eros, a new gay bar, plans to open at Biscayne and 82nd
We hear that there are plans for a new gay video bar on Biscayne Blouevard and 82nd Street in Miami. They have been working on the space for a while now and plan to open in July.

The Exxxotica Expo - May 20th-22nd
The Exxxotica Expo will be at the Miami Beach Convention Center May 20th-22nd. This is the largest and fastest growing adult event in the country. Exxxotica features the hottest people, products and services from both adult and mainstream industries. www.exxxoticaexpo.com

ArtCenter's Benefit Raffle Drawing & Reception - Saturday, May 7th 7pm-10pm
Join ArtCenter for their annual benefit raffle exhibit, Winning Art!, a show where their talented artists-in-residence created special art just for you. Explore the visual variety of the artists that make ArtCenter/ South Florida and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win a unique piece of art. Celebrate with them on Saturday, May 7th, from 7-10pm for an evening of live music, fabulous fare, complimentary cocktails, a silent auction and raffle drawing for over 40 winners! Purchase your raffle ticket today for only $10.
ArtCenter Gallery 800 Lincoln Road Miami Beach www.artcentersf.org

Aqualicious Tea Dance - Sunday, May 15th 2pm-7pm
The hottest co-ed party of the year just got a little hotter. Both the girls and our beautiful boys come out for a sizzling Sunday afternoon of great music and unity. This year Aqua Girl promises even bigger production of this annual event by producing it at the Surfcomber Resort. Decor by 3DX, DJ Kidd Madonny and DJ Theresa (of Matinee fame and Winter Party) is the headliner.
$20 advance, $25 at the door.
The Surfcomber Resort 1717 Collins Ave Miami Beach.
For more info www.aquagirl.org

Aqua Girl - May 11th-15th
At Aqua Girl there is something for everyone, from dance parties, to comedy shows, to live music, to pool parties, to a bowlathon, a jazz brunch, dine-out event, vip reception, an art show to celebrity meet and greets and so much more. Having so much fun, never did so much good. www.aquagirl.org

Celebrity Autobiography at the Arsht Center - May 5th-15th
As seen on Bravo TV, audiences will enjoy a night of non-stop laughter as they experience a variety of jaw-dropping vignettes inspired and torn straight from the pages of the most unforgettable celebrity tell-alls: from the "he-said, she-said" accounts of Burt and Loni, how Tiger Woods strokes his putter, Mr. T's acting tips, the Britney Spears Diary, Justin Bieber's backstage confessions to the re-enactment of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson's courtship.
Appearing, May 5-8: Craig Bierko, Mario Cantone, Rachel Dratch, Sharon Gless, Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel!
Appearing, May 12-15: Roger Bart, Sharon Gless, Cady Huffman, Paul Provenza, Dayle Reyfel and Bruce Vilanch! www.arshtcenter.org

2011 Miami & Lesbian Film Festival through May 1 has a 'made in Miami' feel
Organizers of the annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival say the success of this year's festival — No. 13 — depends on much more than luck.
New festival board chairwoman Lily Saborit says many of this year's 60 or so movies have a "Made in Miami" feel and were carefully chosen to reflect South Florida's vast diversity. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Gay website Queerty.com shuts down
"After more than five years of serving the LGBT community with news and entertainment, Queerty has come to a close. The decision to shutter the site was not an easy one to make, and it is with great pain that we say goodbye to our loyal readership. From all of Queerty's writers and contributors, from our first unto our last day, thank you for spending some time with us." www.queerty.com

Hot chef is doing Miami
Geoffrey Zakarian, chef-owner of red-hot restaurant The Lambs Club on West 44th Street, is returning to Miami to open up a new eatery at the Dream South Beach hotel. Zakarian, who co-founded Blue Door in the Delano Hotel with Ian Schrager, is opening Tudor House in the brand-new Dream in June, one block off the beach on Collins Avenue and 11th Street. The new place will be a neighborhood cafe serving modern American cuisine. www.nypost.com

Miami Herald's Photo Gallery of Gay Pride Miami Beach 2011
Tens of thousands packed Ocean Drive Saturday afternoon for the third-annual Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Longtime same-sex couples parade along Ocean Drive for Miami Beach Gay Pride festival
Despite floats filled with gorgeous young men and women in skimpy costumes and swimsuits, the big highlight Saturday at the third-annual Miami Beach Gay Pride festival: a parade of vintage cars carrying four-dozen mature, fully dressed, same-sex couples together for decades. www.miamiherald.com

'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' Alum Thom Filicia Joins HGTV Family
HGTV has designs on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum Thom Filicia.
The home and lifestyle network has inked a development deal with the interior designer that will see Filicia appear across the network and star in a holiday special. www.hollywoodreporter.com

Elite Lounge at the Marlin - Brazilian Cocktails and Acrobats in South Beach
Your cue to revisit the storied Marlin Hotel: their just-opened Elite Lounge, a sleek samba-influenced option in the pulsating madness of South Beach.
This is phase one of a complete overhaul of the legendary art deco hotel. Soon the 14 rooms upstairs will be finished, as will a rooftop lounge and a cozy cigar room. www.urbandaddy.com

A Hidden Den of Lobster and Wine in SoBe
The only way you'll be dining here is if you make reservations (the place is too small for walk-ins). You should also know there’s an outdoor patio with a white-curtained chef's table—but until the construction clears on the street, you’re better off eating indoors.
Pied à Terre at the Cadet Hotel 1701 James Ave Miami Beach www.urbandaddy.com

LUX Nightclub Shut Down, Owners Evicted After Failing to Pay Rent
Call it the curse of 1439 Washington Avenue. When it comes to South Beach nightclubs, this address is deadly.
​Like Suite, Apple, Liquid, and a half dozen other clubs to occupy the same space across from Española Way over the years, LUX nightclub is no more. Earlier this month, a Miami-Dade judge issued a final judgment of eviction against the club's owners for falling over $150,000 behind on the rent. www.miaminewtimes.com

Royal Palm to become a James hotel
Under new ownership, the Royal Palm Hotel is about to undergo major renovations — and a name change.
Private equity firm KSL Capital Partners bought the South Beach hotel for $130 million from Sunstone Hotel Investors in a deal that closed last week. The hotel will become part of The James brand, which already includes locations in Chicago and New York.
Sunstone didn't hold on to the 409-room property for long: the California-based lodging real estate investment trust bought the Royal Palm through a foreclosure auction in August at a cost it said amounted to $117 million. www.miamiherlad.com

Your New Downtown Den of Bollywood
Specifically, it's time to talk about Mint Leaf Brickell, which is finally—finally—slated to open this Monday, adding some much-needed chana masala, Indian beer and Bollywood soundtracks to downtown. www.urbandaddy.com

The Wolfsonian Museum's New Streetside Cafe
The Wolfsonian's Dynamo Food Factory & Café just took over the Bridge Tender House (a '30s structure that used to hold artist installations) and turned it into a streetsider serving lattes and Americanos, their trademark cupcakes, and sandwiches like a smoked BBQ guava-sauced meatball sub from their roster of Dynamo Sandwiches.
The Wolfsonian Streetside Cafe
1001 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305.535.1457 www.thrillist.com

Ricky Martin, happy at last
Although he has never held back onstage, he now opens up about his new life and identity.
"What I'm trying to say is everything changed, but everything is still the same," Martin says from his home in Puerto Rico, shortly after kicking off his MAS. tour with four sold-out concerts at San Juan's Puerto Rican Coliseum in late March. The tour hits Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday. "I'm the same entertainer, the same performer, but my emotions are coming from a really different place." www.miamiherald.com

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - April 21st-May 1st
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 13th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run April 21 until May 1 2011. www.mglff.com

Miami Beach Polo World Cup - April 21st-24th
The AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup is the world's largest polo tournament to take place on a beach. In its seventh consecutive season, the separate men's and women's polo events take place on Miami Beach between 20th and 22nd streets behind The Setai Hotel from April 21st - 24th. www.miamipolo.com

NiteTalk: Edison Farrow on Celebrities and The Simple Life
Success doesn't come easy in the afterdark, especially on South Beach, despite the fact that hard work seems about as welcome as a watered down drink. But if one were to write the story of a man who made success look simple, there'd be no better subject than Edison Farrow. For a full decade, Farrow's been throwing the kinda parties that make the Lavender Mob assemble en masse, and he's been doing so with unparalleled panache. Now that the nightlife kingpin is moving his signature soiree, Nightside decided to sidle up for the lowdown. www.nbcmiami.com

Craig Stevens' Birthday Party! The Simple Life at Cameo 4/21/11
Craig Stevens’ Birthday Party!
Thursday, April 21st!
"The Simple Life" Thursdays at Cameo
Craig Stevens co-anchors 7NEWS HD at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00, and 11:00pm weeknights with Belkys Nerey. He also co-anchors two daily webcasts on WSVN.COM. He has been an anchor and reporter for nearly 20-years. www.soulofmiami.org

Ability Explosion Social Sign Up - Wednesday, April 20th 8pm
Ability Explosion is doing a Social network Sign Up at Bar 721 every month to promote the events in October. The first one is this Wednesday at 8pm.
Ability Explosion is a weeklong series of special events held in historic Miami Beach and created for the enjoyment of the entire community. From "Lights Out Miami Beach" (A Dining in the dark experience) to the Crunch 5k Run, the mission of Ability Explosion is to celebrate the abilities of people living with Disabilities, to encourage their acceptance by the entire community and to promote innovations that will improve their lives. www.abilityexplosion.org

Miami Beach Gay Pride grand marshal Andy Cohen: Changing gay TV one program at a time
Andy Cohen, the queer eye behind Real Housewives, Project Runway, Shear Genius and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, loves a gay parade.
"What's not fun about a gay-pride parade," says the highly visible host of Watch What Happens: Live. "I got my waving down."
Cohen's wrists will get a workout Saturday, April 16, when he serves as grand marshal of the third annual Miami Beach Gay Pride parade on Ocean Drive. www.miamiherald.com/gay

$30 Prix Fixe and Dinnertime Entertainment at Cha Cha Rooster
Attention, all roosters: For an evening of retro entertainment, grab your best hen (or best rooster -- hell, who's judging?) and wing it over to Cha Cha Rooster at Lord's South Beach, where singer Glenda Grainger caws all the hits of yesteryear at 8:30 and 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.
Anyway, Glenda will ruffle your feathers during a three-course, $30 prix fixe of Cha Cha's "Latin-inspired modern Miami eats," which could include anything from beef or chicken anticuchos to braised short ribs with truffled celery root purée and artichoke confit. www.miaminewtimes.com

Miami Shores candidate Jesse Walters reports campaign signs defaced with antigay epithets
"It's hard to explain how unsettling something like this is until you experience it. Some folks are very scared by our campaign, but Miami Shores is not a place for this type of hate. This will only energize us more." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Tom Cruise coming to rock Fort Lauderdale
Don't be surprised if the guy torturing Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" at the Elbo Room next month looks familiar. It may be Tom Cruise.
Beginning in May, Cruise will be in Fort Lauderdale filming scenes for "Rock of Ages," the big-screen version of the Broadway send-up of classic rock and bad hair, from Styx and Journey to Whitesnake. Others involved in the two-month shoot include Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige and Julianne Hough ("Dancing With the Stars"). www.weblogs.sun-sentinel.com

David Leddick Book Signing - Friday, April 15th 7pm - 10pm
Mr. David Leddick will teach you "How to Be Gay in the 21st Century" (as if you didn't already know!) on Friday, April 15th from 7pm - 10pm at Bar 721, located at 721 N Lincoln Lane in Miami Beach.
David says "There's nothing wrong with being gay but a lot of people do it wrong."
He will be signing copies of his book and wants to hear your problems for his blog David's Gay Dish.
You can also order your copy here, www.davidleddick.net

Miami Beach Gay Pride - Saturday, April 16th
Extraordinary people, inspiring unity, exciting celebrity and musical performances, outrageous fun! Get ready for an event that’s not to be missed. Mark your calendar, come out with your family and tell all your friends, it’s our day to celebrate, stand united and proud. www.miamibeachgaypride.com

New 'Ex-Gay' Survivor Group Starting in Fort Lauderdale
Rev. Jerry Stephenson, a Truth Wins Out board member, has a new venture that we are excited to report on:
"I am starting an Ex-Ex-Gay Group called GOD'S WORTHY CREATION with Atlantic Insttute Spiritual Counseling Center to help gays and lesbians know that they are wonderfully made as they are in God's wonderful creation. We seek to bring healing to those coming out of the Ex-Gay Movement. Call us at 954.632.1529 or email us at JeryLSt@aol.com www.truthwinsout.org

Miami Beach Gay Pride needs volunteers!
Miami Beach Gay Pride is looking for volunteers for this year's Pride Parade & Festival.
This year's Pride takes place on Saturday, April 16. Last year's historic Pride brought out more than 25,000 people from all walks of life and from cities across Florida and across the world, making Miami Beach Gay Pride the city's largest one-day event of the year. With your help, this year will be just as successful.
If you are interested in volunteering for Pride, contact Dave Cook and he will send you information on positions available.
email: davecook81@me.com

Best Restaurants on Lincoln Road
Miami Beach's Lincoln Road stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay and features some of the most popular restaurants and bars in town. Whether you want a fine dining experience or a fast casual meal, the sidewalk cafes and sleek dining rooms that punctuate the shopping district offer something for every palate and budget. Here is an overview of the very best Lincoln Road restaurants you won't want to miss... www.miamibeach-usa.com

Johnny's opening in Miami
We hear that Johnny's, in infamous dancer bar in Fort Lauderdale, will soon be opening a new location in Downtown Miami. www.johnnysbarfl.com

David Leddick launches a blog
"I'm starting a blog. Now that I've seen it all I want to become the "Dear Abby" of the gay world. We are in a new century and a lot of the way the gay community saw itself and interacted with each other has changed enormously." www.davidsgaydish.blogspot.com

Miami Beach bike-sharing has arrived!
DecoBike, Miami's first bike-sharing system, and the easiest way to cycle around the city without owning a bicycle, launching today. www.urbandaddy.com

Living Room Nightclub closing
We hear that Living Room Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale will be closing within a month.

Miss Richfield 1981 at The Colony Theatre - Friday, April 15th 8pm
In her new show, "30 Years On The Throne!," Miss Richfield 1981 looks back at her storybook life celebrating three decades of beauty sovereignty as reigning queen of Richfield, Minnesota, "where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage." This Midwestern maven is winning over theater and cabaret audiences around the country with an interactive format that combines homespun warmth and edgy improv in a truly original performance. Miss Richfield will grace the stage of the Colony Theater on Friday, April 15th. www.ticketmaster.com

Leaders, Legends & Lovlies Ball - Thursday, April 14th
On Thursday, April 14th, Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida will present the Leaders, Legends & Lovlies Ball hosted by Elaine Lancaster at the Art Deco Welcome Center, Ocean Drive.
The Ball will feature live Jazz & guest DJ, Legends Dolls, LGBTQ Exhibit Unveiling, Legends Honorees, amazing Silent Auction, Living Divas, Open Bar, light fare, a great gift bag and many more surprises! Tickets are available at www.unitycoalition.org

Charles Pertez at Books & Books - Tuesday, April 12th
Charles Pertez be speaking about his new book "Confessions of a Gay Anchorman" at Books & Books on Tuesday, April 12th.
In his captivating and revealing autobiography, former top news anchor Charles Perez exposes the shocking truth behind the fear and injustice that followed him throughout his television career. Confessions of a Gay Anchorman is the true story about the personal and professional costs of being openly gay on American TV. From the successes of his own daytime talk show to the life-shattering, highly public revelations of his personal struggles, Perez's revealing life journey echos the challenges faced by all gay people and serves as a beacon of hope for a new generation aspiring to discover themselves, change the world, and be free to live open and honest lives. www.facebook.com

...Little Whorehouse...Big Twist! - April 1st & 2nd
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus is currently in rehearsals for their first fully staged production of a musical - The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, with a twist. All roles, including those traditionally played by women, will be played by men.
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus' production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will be presented on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 at 8pm at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets will be available soon! To be added to the "first come, first served waiting list" for tickets, send an e-mail to info@TheFTLGMC.org or call 954.832.0060. www.TheFTLGMC.org

Real Housewives of Miami ratings real bad
Washington D.C. is thanking Miami for taking its place as Bravo's lowest rated of the Real Housewives franchise. Ratings for Tuesday night's third episode of the rightfully lambasted piece of tubular turd was an unimpressive 1.3 million viewers, but it was nine tenths of a point higher than the show's premiere (D.C. premiered to 1.6 million viewers). www.miamiherald.com

Stylin' - Vidal Sassoon The Movie
He has been a cutting-edger, a legend, "an international celebrity, really"...a starter product for yours truly...a revolutionary, and now, a big-screen sensation.
Get ready for Vidal Sassoon The Movie. www.moviemartin.blogspot.com

Man Protests Gay Inequality and Gets Out of Jury Duty
Model, actor and singer Jonathan D. Lovitz found himself excused from jury duty in New York this past week because he voiced his concern that, given that he, a gay man, is made a second class citizen by the state denying him the right to marry and adopt, he could not judge another citizen impartially. www.care2.com

Drunk Driving Catholic Priest Offers Oral Sex To Arresting Officers
www.joemygod.blogspot.com

Calvin Klein, Nick Gruber at the beach in South Beach
Wearing a thick layer of stearic acid to protect his skin from melting into a puddle on the sand, Calvin Klein dragged his body through the beach in Miami yesterday with his former porn star piece Nick Gruber at his side. www.dlisted.com

H&M is coming to Lincoln Road South Beach!
Bargain-hunting fashionistas can celebrate: H&M is finally arriving in Miami.
The Swedish retailer announced plans Thursday to open a store on South Beach next year. The store, which will be located on Lincoln Road in the Lincoln Theatre building, will be the first for the retailer in Miami-Dade or Broward counties.
The arrival is a milestone for many of the cultlike fans of the fast-fashion retailer. It also marks the continuation of what is expected to be a South Florida rollout for the brand. www.miamiherald.com

Thank You, President Obama!
Obama Asks Justice Department to Stop Defending DOMA in Court, Declares Section 3 'Unconstitutional'

Attorney General Eric Holder has just released a statement regarding the Justice Department's defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), saying that President Obama "has concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet "a heightened standard of scrutiny" and is therefore "unconstitutional." www.towleroad.com

Miami Beach Cinematheque 1130 Washington Ave Miami Beach
O Cinema 90 NW 29th Street Miami

Sometimes the stars align. Like when two independent movie theaters debut in the same city. On the same weekend. Thus, we were compelled to investigate Miami Beach Cinematheque (moving into its new digs at Miami Beach City Hall) and O Cinema in Wynwood. By no means should you consider this a competition. Though someone will walk away with a gold statuette. www.urbandaddy.com

Rosa Mexicano, Margaritas and Pork Tacos in South Beach
Behold: the South Beach outpost of Rosa Mexicano, your new home for boozy brunches and tequila-soaked Mexican feasts, opening this Friday in a luxury parking tower on Lincoln Road. www.urbandaddy.com

Jaie Laplante, new director of the Miami International Film Festival, gets his wish
Jaie Laplante, new director of the upcoming Miami International Film Festival, says that even as a little boy in Alberta, Canada, film was "in my blood." His early interest in movies was so great, his mother thought nothing unusual about his 1980 Christmas request when he was 10: a copy of film critic Pauline Kael's book, Taking It All In. www.miamiherald.com

Alleged Miami Beach arsonist: "I'm insane"
Miami Beach police have charged Joel Paul Williams, 33, with two counts of arson after four historic buildings were burned over the past week. He remains a person of interest in several other South Beach fires that raged this month. www.miamiherald.com

MDGLCC's 10th Anniversary Gala Awards - Saturday March 26th
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday, March 26th at the Hilton Miami Downtown 1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.
VIP Champagne Reception & Silent Auction 6pm, Grand Buffet 7:30pm, Awards Presentation 9pm, Dancing 10pm.
VIP Private VIP Champagne Reception, Reserved Seating, Gift Bag, Valet Parking, $175 Individual, $1,750 Table for Ten. General Admission (non-reserved seating) $95 To order, call: 305.673.4440; fax: 305.673.8883 www.gogaymiami.com

Just Circiut Awards in Miami Beach! - Sunday, March 13th
Just Circuit's Yearly Awards wil be held in Miami Beach this year at at Jump Sundays 1439 Washington Avenue Miami Beach! They will be recognizing achievements in the Circuit Party, Club Parties, Pride, DJ, Gay, Music and Entertainment industries.
Special Guest DJs, Special Guest Performers, winners announced that night, live web broadcast!
You can now vote for your favorites on line!
Special Guests and performers to include: DJ Gustavo Scorpio (Mexico - playing a live set for the first time in the USA), Amuka, Alan T, DJ Mike Pope (Atlanta). www.justcircuitawards.com

Winter Party Festival iphone app!
The 2011 Winter Party Festival announces the launch of its first iPhone app: "WPF '11." Just in time for this year's events, the free WPF '11 app allows subscribers to follow the Winter Party Facebook feed, view the schedule of official events, purchase event tickets, access contact information and share app content with a user's phonebook contacts.
To download the WPF '11 app, simply visit the iPhone app store and search for "WPF '11." Developed by SeekWay Technologies, the WPF '11 app helps users keep up-to-date on the activities happening at this year’s Winter Party Festival, March 2nd - 7th. www.winterparty.com

Winter Party Festival - March 2nd-7th
DJ Alyson Calagna will be headlining DJ for the 2011 Winter Party Beach Party on Sunday, March 13th.
As dueling DJs, Phil B. and Twisted Dee are the hottest combination around, their set at the 2011 Under One Sun Pool Party on Saturday, March 5th, will have people talking for a long time – don’t miss it!
You will receive discounts by purchasing your passes early! Floridians save with the Florida Resident Pass, on sale only thru December 30. www.winterparty.com

Now casting: paid extras for Charlie's Angels Miami-based redux
Filming starts soon in Miami for the ABC remake of Charlie's Angels and, while they're not looking for their Farrah or Drew depending on your Angels point of reference, they are looking for willing and able extras to appear in the background of the show. And while this may not mean breakout star for you, per se, it is a paid gig, which in these parts especially, is rare these days. According to casting director Bill Marinella, they're looking for all ethnicities and types 18 and over with one major caveat. www.miamiherald.com

New Gay LGBT Visitor's Center opens in Miami Beach
As an indication of an always growing gay scene in Miami, we're in good hands. The city has come a long way, and is constantly changing for the gay community. In fact, Miami recently opened the Miami LGBT Visitor Center (www.gogaymiami.com) dedicated to welcoming the community to the city. Miami is also finally coming around with gay pride. They launched Miami Beach Pride two years ago (last year's Pride saw attendance more than double), and they have high expectations for their annual gay pride in April 2011. www.passportmagazine.com

Swoop offers free, eco-friendly taxi on South Beach
A local entrepreneur kick starts a free, eco-friendly taxi service after becoming frustrated by lack of parking and high cab fares on South Beach. www.miamiherald.com

We hear that...
the once popular Miami publication, MiamiGo, will be returning to the magazine racks.

We hear that...
a new gay bar is in the works for Miami Beach (from a New York bar lounge owner).

Sixth Annual South Beach Comedy Festival March 2nd-5th
The South Beach Comedy Festival will run from March 2nd to 5th at various theaters in Miami Beach. Featured comics are set to include Doug Benson, Bill Burr, Adam Carolla Kevin Hart, Gabriel Iglesias, Wanda Sykes, Mad Cat Theatre Company and many more to be announced. For more information, go to www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com

World Premiere of (818) - Sunday, March 6th 9:15pm
The Miami International Film Festival presents the World Premiere of (818).
Robert Lee King, director of the cult hit Psycho Beach Party, is a master at reveling in the bright shiny glories of American pop culture, all the while satirizing its more obvious inanities. In his new film, (818), King focuses his pointed lens at America's psychotic celebrity obsession, playfully peppering his cast with male supermodels, E.T.'s mom, '80s TV stars, talk show fashion experts and enough young, gorgeous, fresh faces to fill many a red carpet. The glory days of aging former TV queen Alyssa Rampart-Pillage (Emmy winner from the hit medical drama "HMO Nurse") are well behind her, and these days her on-camera presence is relegated to appearances in commercials for her husband Bernie's San Fernando Valley (area code - 818) appliance empire. PURCHASE TICKETS & SEE TRAILER

Priscilla Queen of the Desert To Open in New York
Move over La Cage, there are some new queens heading for the Great White Way. The ladies of Priscilla Queen of the Desert are finally strutting their way across the pond and over to North America! With the announcement that West Side Story will be leaving the Palace Theatre, these ferocious drag queens plan on moving in. Previews are set to begin on February 28 with an official opening on March 20. The NYC bound production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is currently dazzling audiences at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre, where it will finish a 12-week engagement. www.passportmagazine.com

The Dining Room, Crazy-intimate dining from a Miami vet
The Dining Room 413 Washington Avenue 305.397.8444

Scaling things way down from his OLA with this 12-table, Euro-inspired supper club-ish joint, owner Brian Lieberman is rotating his best chefs into a small open kitchen surrounded by a high-ceiling'd dining room with a huge chandelier, candlelight galore, and walls lined with Lieberman family heirlooms. www.thrillist.com

Winter Party seeks volunteers
In just over three weeks we will be welcoming everyone to the 2011 Winter Party Festival. It's not too late to be part of supporting this great event. Sign up today before all shifts are full.
Remember, if you volunteer for at least two shifts, you will receive a free ticket to the annual 2011 Winter Party Beach Party and admission to our first dance event, Ignite, taking place Thursday, March 3, at Score!
There are still many places where you can help - Choose an event that best suits your interests and personality. To apply, go to the Winter Party Volunteer page. www.winterparty.info/apply

Screening of Le Contre-Exemplaire - Thursday, March 3rd 6pm - 8:30pm
Screening of the film Jean Genet, Le Contre-Exemplaire by Gilles Blanchard and panel discussion chaired by Rachida Primov, University of Miami, with French writers René de Ceccatty and Hadrien Laroche, Albert Dichy, the Literary Director of the Institut Mémoires de l’Edition Contemporaine (IMEC), David Ellison, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami and Ralph Heyndels.
For more information, www.consulfrance-miami.org

Lecture with René de Ceccatty - Tuesday, March 1st 6pm - 7:30pm
You are invited to a lecture and discussion at the Alliance Française 618 SW, 8th street Miami led by René de Ceccatty on his book To be in love: a soft fiction? The conversation will be conducted in French and English by Ralph Heyndels, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Miami and former chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami.
For more information, www.consulfrance-miami.org

10th South Beach Wine & Foood Festival - February 24th - 27th
Celebrating 10 Years! Featuring Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis and many more. www.sobefest.com

Haute Shopping: Miami's Best Boutiques
According to the seasons, it is still considered the latter part of the fall, winter season in many areas around the globe. In major cities like New York, Washington D.C., and Boston, it is extremely cold! I just recently spoke with a dear friend that resides in New York City and she describes the weather as almost "unbearable." As of yesterday, weather forecasts were between 26 °F-30°F. As for beautiful, sunny Miami, Florida, the locals and the tourists are moving to a different tune. A different temperature that is. The weather is around 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. These conditions make Miami, Florida a shopping and travel destination next to none. This city has some of the best luxury department stores and boutiques to find all of your spring and resort wear. As you read on, you will discover some of Miami’s "haute" places to shop for spring and resort wear this season. www.hauteliving.com

Miami Beach studies shared lane cycling program
A new program on Washington Avenue encourages cyclists and motorists to share the road. www.miamiherald.com

Real Housewives of Miami finally gets an air date
The spec show formerly known as Miami Social Club has joined Bravo's wildly popular Real Housewives franchise and will air at 10 p.m. on February 22, pushing the Real Housewives of NYC airdate to sometime this spring. Big speculation on the Miami show isn't who, but will these insane brave souls bring on the drama or will it be just one big love fest?
As far as we know, none of the women are a. party crashers b. former child actors or related to Paris Hilton c. alcoholics d. married to an allegedly A-list celebrity who cheats on them with a flight attendant or e. tone deaf, but time and TV will show tell us otherwise, or so we (and Bravo) hope. www.miamiherald.com

Venetian Pool reopens to the public
The Venetian Pool, located at 2701 DeSoto Boulevard, Coral Gables, has reopened its doors, after being closed for a few months for general repairs and maintenance.
From now until April 3, the pool opens Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. From April 4 through May 29, the pool is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. www.miamiherald.com

GLBT Walking Tours of South Beach - Saturday, February 26th 5pm
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Miami Convention Visitor Bureau, and the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL), present a ninety-minute guided Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour of South Florida on Saturday, February 26th at 5:00pm. Tour will depart from the MDPL Art Deco Welcome Center at Ocean Dr. and 10th St. Miami Beach and end at Lords South Beach, 1120 Collins Avenue. Reservations are not required. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at MDGLCC or at MDPL's Art Deco Welcome Center at Ocean Dr. and 10th St. FREE to MDPL and MDGLCC members.
The tour will be led by Mat Ruiz and Linda Rohrig. This month's tour will be hosted by Edison Farrow.
RSVP to 305.673.4440 or email to: mdglcc@bellsouth.net

Florida Premiere "Beyond Gay: Politics of Pride" - Thursday, February 17th 7pm
From the elegant symbolism of the empty flatbed concluding Sao Paulo's mammoth pride parade, to Moscow Pride organizer Nikolai Alekseev’s Byzantine ingenuity and dogged determination, Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride is a moving portrait of international LGBT struggles for human rights.
As a part of Fortitude Weekend, this screening will be held at Cinema Paradiso 503 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. www.fortitudeweekend.com

Fortitude Weekend - February 17th -21st
Fortitude is a new GLBT benefit weekend featuring over 12 events throughout Fort Lauderdale during President's Day Weekend 2011 (February 17 -21, 2011). Fortitude includes a film festival, comedy night, live concert, Women's and Men's pool parties, sunset cocktails, brunch, and nightclub/bar events.
Performers will include Taylor Dayne, Deborah Cox, Alec Mapa, Martha Wash, Ari Gold, Halcyon, Brian Kent.
For more information, go to www.fortitudeweekend.com

Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: Sandpipers Networking Event
Sandpipers Networking Event– Beach Location – Wednesday, February 9th - MDGLCC presents its monthly networking program held on the middle Wednesday of each month. Angler's Resort Hotel, 660 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305.532.3143. 5pm cocktail networking event and business card exchange. Drawing for prizes. Cash bar and free hors d'oeuvres limited to 50 persons. Free admission. Please bring a friend. RSVP requested: 305.673.4440 or via email to mdglcc@bellsouth.net

SAVE Dade's Valentine's Day Competition
SAVE Dade is Miami's local LGBT advocacy organization, fighting for the equal rights of all people. They're giving away a FREE 3-day 2-night stay at The Royal Palm Hotel in Miami Beach, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Send a picture of you and your Valentine to david@savedade.org
The picture will be uploaded to SAVE Dade's Facebook page and the couple with the most Likes before V-Day wins, so be sure to share with friends. (Be sure to Like SAVE Dade's Facebook page so you can like the photo!) www.facebook.com

Donna McKechnie—a singular phenomenon!
On February 12th at 8PM an extraordinary event will take place at the Miami PlayGround Theater—call it a phenomenon. Donna McKechnie is coming to town. www.examiner.com

After years of illness, uncertainty, loss and renewal Donna McKechnie is back in the spotlight
Donna McKechnie calls the solo show she’ll perform this weekend at the PlayGround Theatre My Musical Comedy Life. In so many ways, that title is perfect. www.miamiherald.com

Adidas SLVR Event - Thursday, February 17th 8pm
Adidas SLVR Event at Base:
BASE on Lincoln Road will be celebrating the launch of adidas SLVR's ultra-modern spring/summer 2011 collection this month, and there is very good reason for fanfare! In an exciting one-time collaboration, designer Jeremy Scott brings his signature wit, color, and humor to a limited-edition capsule collection within adidas SLVR's most recent collection. Guests will enjoy complementary cocktails courtesy of Finlandia Vodka and Herradura Tequila, while enjoying some bites from the super chic restaurant at The Standard Hotel.
After Party at Buck15:
Following the preview and cocktail reception, revelers will head to Buck15 for the official adidas SLVR Spring Collection Preview Afterparty. Guests will enjoy complementary Finlandia cocktails from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., while DJ Daisy D works the turntables till the wee hours of the morning.
SoBeSocialClub.com guests can RSVP to events@tebentertainment.com

New World Symphony's new concert hall acoustics sound 'like a new instrument'
When the New World Symphony's new $160 million Miami Beach home opens Tuesday, its acoustically sparkling concert hall will be on display. www.miamiherald.com

New World, New Home
Frank Gehry's design for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach opens Tuesday. www.nytimes.com

Broadway Revival of Evita, with Ricky Martin, Due in March 2012
The Michael Grandage-directed production of Evita — which opened at London's Adelphi Theatre in June 2006 starring Argentine actress Elena Roger — will arrive on Broadway in spring 2012, with Roger repeating her work for New York audiences. Previews, according to an Equity casting notice, will begin in March 2012 prior to an official opening in April.
As previously reported, pop star Ricky Martin will play the role of Che, the part created on Broadway by Mandy Patinkin, in the upcoming Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical. www.playbill.com

Florida Governor Rick Scott Puts Gays on Notice:
"I believe that adoption should be by a married couple"

In an interview with reporters yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott was asked about his feelings about the state's policy on gay adoptions, which were just legalized after the court struck down a 30-year ban.
Answered Scott: "I believe that adoption should be by a married couple."
Scott's position has state advocacy groups very concerned. www.towleroad.com

Miami Beach commissioners say no to Vegas-style casinos
Las Vegas-style casinos have no place in Miami Beach, city officials unanimously voted Wednesday.
Commissioners agreed that one of the city's top priorities during the state's upcoming legislative session should be to stop a push to allow casino resorts in Florida. www.miamiherald.com

New World's New House Already Feels Like a Home
Taking a tour of the Frank Gehry-designed structure in Miami Beach earlier this week, I walked into the main hall expecting, vaguely, something imposing and palatial. But while the hall is undeniably impressive, what struck me most was the intimacy of the place, with its tall rows of seats decked out in white-patterned turquoise and cornflower blue leaning in over the stage down below. www.knightarts.org

Clay Aiken at the Arsht Center - Thursday, February 10th
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and WPBT Channel 2 announce a special, one-night-only concert by CLAY AIKEN. Performing a combination of lushly arranged classics from his new album, Tried and True, and his own chart-topping hits, AIKEN brings his incomparable combination of pop cool and sultry soul to the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall on February 10th at 7:30pm. www.arshtcenter.org

Fiamma - A New Italian Kitchen on South Beach
Say hello to Fiamma, a serene Italian kitchen tucked away in the chaos of South Beach, now soft-open and ready to help you get through these breezy winter days.
Everything is crisp and white in this cozy café on the eastern edge of Espanola Way: glossy whitewashed chairs, Corian countertops and old-school server aprons as pure as the driven snow.
Fiamma 224 Espanola Way Miami, FL 33139 305.397.8152 www.urbandaddy.com

Macy's to bring nightlife to downtown Miami
In what some hope is a signal of Macy's long-term commitment to downtown Miami, the retailer is leasing unused space on the ground floor of its store to a local developer with plans to create a new entertainment destination.
Miami developer Barlington Group will unveil plans Thursday to the Miami City Commission for a mix of restaurants, lounges and cafes to fill up the 20,000 square feet in the Macy's West building at the intersection of Flagler Street and North Miami Avenue. This space, which has been vacant for at least six years, was slated to become a Macy's Home Store before the recession hit. www.miamiherald.com

Palace celebrates 23rd Anniversary - Thursday, February 3rd 7pm-10pm
Now in its 23rd year as the first and only gay bar/restaurant on Ocean Drive, Palace is saying "Thank You" to the community - in a big way! On Thursday, February 3rd beginning at 7 pm, get ready for non-stop entertainment, complimentary cocktails until 8:30 pm and a few surprises.
Located at 1200 Ocean Drive in the heart of the Art Deco District, Palace has entertained countless men and women for decades. Their legacy of infamous weekend drag shows, luscious libations and mouth-watering burgers prevails today. Whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual or straight, it is the place to be on South Beach.

Ricky Martin "The Best Thing About Me Is You" Music Video
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Art Deco Weekend: Everything old is new again
The actual Art Deco period lasted about 20 years, from the 1920s to the end of World War II. Yet the Miami Design Preservation League-sponsored Art Deco Weekend on Miami Beach celebrates its 34th edition this weekend. www.miamiherald.com

"Oy Vey, My Son is Gay"
Lainie Kazan, Bruce Vilanch, Jai Rodriguez, Carmen Electra star in this hilarious romantic comedy with a message of love, acceptance and laughter.
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay! is the story of the Hirsch's, a Jewish family living in the North Shore of Long Island, where every Friday night Shirley Hirsch invites another "perfect" girl for Shabbat dinner in hopes that her son, Nelson, will marry a nice Jewish girl. When Shirley and Martin once again set him up on a date, Nelson reveals that he is already seeing someone. Shirley and Martin are thrilled and can't wait to meet the lucky lady.
Opening on January 7th in South Beach, North Miami, Aventura, Boca Raton and Delray. www.oyveymovie.com

Suspect held in slayings of two Wilton Manors men
A suspect in the slayings of two Wilton Manors men has been arrested, police said Wednesday.
Peter Serge Avsenew, 26, of Hollywood, was taken into custody Tuesday night in Polk County, with charges pending against him in the killings of Kevin Mark Powell, 47, and Stephen Duane Adams, 52, said Alesia Furdon, spokeswoman for Wilton Manors police. www.sun-sentinel.com

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Drag ballet company
The gender-bending, world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performs Tuesday, Feb. 1, at The Fillmore in Miami Beach.
"What the company is is an all-male comedy ballet company. Drag ballet," says Tory Dobrin, the 37-year-old company's longtime artistic director. "It's a dance company. What we do is satirize modern ballet and classical dance works with high-quality performance." www.miamiherald.com

Trockadero Discount Tickets!
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will return to south Florida for the first time in over six years direct from a sold-out, critically acclaimed engagement at The Joyce Theater in New York City for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY, on Tuesday, February 1 at 8pm at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. The evening, presented by Judy Drucker and the Concert Association of Florida, will feature a program of audience favorites performed by the primo ballerinas that have made this beloved troupe the foremost all-male comic ballet company in the world. The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater is located at 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.
SOBE SOCIAL CLUB discount: $75 tickets for $45 or $65 tickets for $39. The code, when ordering through the Fillmore Box Office or by phone (305.532.9898) is GLBTTROCKS.
To purchase tickets, please visit www.concertassociation.org, or call 305.532.9898. www.concertassociation.org

Art Deco Weekend - January 14th-16th
As is customary, the Art Deco Weekend Ocean Drive Parade will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m.. The Grand Marshal for 2011 will be the renowned Miami Beach Celebrity Elaine Lancaster. The Arf Deco Dog Parade will join along with the main Art Deco Parade. Dog participants and their owners are encouraged to dress in their most glamourous costumes and meet at 10:30 on Sat. Jan.15th at 6th Street and Ocean Drive just north of the yellow wash house in Lummas Park. www.mdpl.org

New Year's party three days long on Miami Beach
Ocean Drive becomes Orange Drive this weekend for Miami Beach's New Year's celebration leading up to the Orange Bowl.
Grownups will enjoy "Jam on the Sand," with Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis and DJ Irie starting at 8 p.m. Fireworks kick off at midnight.
Starting at 8 p.m. New Year's Day, enjoy El Concierto del Año Nuevo with DJ Nino, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Albita and Hansel y Raul. www.miamiherald.com

Gay Couple Are Murder Victims in Manors Double Homicide
The two men whose bodies were found inside their rented home at 2513 NE 8th Avenue in Wilton Manors were domestic partners Kevin Mark Powell, 47, and Steve Adams, 52, former residents of Hollywood, Florida.
Their bodies were discovered by the Wilton Manors police after the sister of one of the victims had called authorities because her brother had not arrived at her home for a planned holiday gathering. www.southfloridagaynews.com

Johnny Weir Gay Christmas Disco Bonanza
The only gay disco dance song you will be listening to this Christmas? It is Johnny Weir's "Dirty Love." www.theawl.com

Lies the Man Told
I Love You Phillip Morris is out in theaters at last

The movie, a black comedy from the writers of Bad Santa, had been in release-date limbo for quite some time (more than year, actually), and not necessarily because of its so-called controversially gay subject matter – Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor play lovers, and get pretty graphic with it – but because of funding troubles (the powers that be behind the project ran out of money for a proper stateside release but managed foreign showings). moviemartin.blogspot.com

Palace Bar Launches "Palace Boys"
THE FIRST ONLINE lgbt Reality Show

Palace Bar has announced the launch of "Palace Boys," a web-based reality show that will pit ten contestants against each other in the search for Palace Boy 2011! This isn't your mother's reality show; unless your mother likes to dress in drag and sing her heart out on stage.
As the first and only gay establishment with a fabulous ocean view, Palace Bar is breaking new ground once again with PalaceBoys.com. It is the first online LGBT reality show, using a wide range of innovative and interactive technology, social media and cameras focused on the contestants for all the world to see. www.palaceboys.com

Black Swan - The Ballerina Identity
To echo the praise that has been lavished upon the film is to gush about its star, Natalie Portman, who embodies the aforementioned three elements beautifully. She adds layers of vulnerability and fierceness when her role as a featured New York City Ballet dancer on the verge of a mental breakdown calls for them during some of the moodiest, most intense 143 minutes committed to the big screen this fall. She is a mesmerize. moviemartin.blogspot.com

Ricky Martin to film new music video
Yesterday December 16th, Ricky Martin held a casting for his next music video at Universal Casting on Lincoln Road. This video may have a gay theme to it. The "types" that they were looking for included "Gay, Lesbian couples, Transgender or anyone whom doesn’t mind kiss the same sex". www.rickymartinmusic.com

Eve (formerly The White Room)
A downtown club's slightly more adult reinvention

Eve's commandeered the old White Room and completely overhauled it: music now targets a crowd slightly older than the dearly departed indie kid summer camp, and they've opened the space by ripping out the cabanas and the wall between the courtyard and performance room, and brought in a canopy roof, fieldstone bar, and a Dynacord sound system called Cobra II. www.thrillist.com

What Does The Lobby Of An 'Ultra-Gay Hotel' Look Like?
Ever since it opened last month, Lords South Beach has been getting a fair bit of big-name press, from the New York Times to this new piece in Time. Most of it, though, zeroes in on the hotel's positioning as a gay hotel. Or, as Time puts it, 'Not just gay-friendly' but 'ultra gay.' www.hotelchatter.com

New TV show set in '50s Miami Beach
Atlantic City has HBO's Prohibition-era Boardwalk Empire. 1960's Manhattan has Mad Men on AMC. Now Miami Beach will have its own starring role in a period drama.
Magic City, a series set in a fictional Miami Beach hotel in the late 1950s -- when the Rat Pack played and Fidel Castro took power in Cuba -- got the green light this week for 10 episodes from Starz Entertainment. www.miamiherald.com

Not Just Gay-Friendly: Here Come the Ultra-Gay Hotels
When the Lords South Beach Hotel opened last month in Miami, its brightly hued decor, trio of plunge pools and Absolut Vodka–partnered bar looked much like any other higher-end Miami resort. But the 53-room Art Deco confection, which is located a block from South Beach's main gay beach, is billing itself as the country's first large-scale, design-driven gay hotel. Not just gay-friendly, but gay through and through. www.time.com

New World Symphony's new home gets a name
The New World Symphony's almost-completed new headquarters in Miami Beach has a name: New World Center, which is slated to open with a week of special events beginning Jan. 25.
Located on 17th Street opposite the Fillmore Miami Beach, the facility will include the orchestra's Frank Gehry-designed concert hall with state-of-the-art technical facilities, a city-owned parking garage and a park for outdoor events and concerts. www.miamiherald.com

High-end movie theater in the works for Downtown Miami
The latest attraction coming to downtown Miami: a 12-screen movie theater.
In a move that signals confidence in Miami's economic recovery -- and potential for growth in the city's urban core -- the developer of the downtown Metropolitan Miami complex announced plans to add a high-end movie theater.
Plans call for the new theater at the Metropolitan Miami complex to open by late 2012 or early 2013. It will join a Whole Foods, set for completion in 2013, and the already-open Met 1 residential tower, Wells Fargo Center office tower and JW Marriott Marquis and Hotel Beaux Arts. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach to launch bike sharing program
The City of Miami Beach has teamed up with Decobike to debut its new system of public bicycle sharing and rental, scheduled to commence in late December 2010 or early in 2011. The program, when it launches, will include an initial deployment of approximately 1,000 customized Decobikes and 100-plus automated stations located throughout the city of Miami Beach, though it is expected to expand to include an additional 600 bikes and three dozen more stations. www.miami.com

Buena Vista's New Music and Wine Bar
Say hello to Blue Piano, a new bohemian music lounge and wine bar pouring you rare vino, now open in Buena Vista.
Blue Piano 4600 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137 305.576.7979 www.urbandaddy.com

Tinsley and Richie ready to warm up Miami
New York City socialite Tinsley Mortimer and her bff (fashion designer Richie Rich) are happy to leave the cold behind, even if it's only for a few days.
On Wednesday, the pair will host the grand opening party of Lords, South Beach's new gay hotel. www.miamiherald.com

World's Greatest Indoor Flea Market - December 16th-19th
Miami Beach Convention Center

The World's Greatest Indoor Flea Market comes to the Miami Beach Convention Center. With over 400 vendors The World's Greatest Indoor Flea Market offers more retailers than any Mall in South Florida beating any post-Thanksgiving shopping deals. Top quality items from every category - fashion, electronics, toys, home & décor, gadgets, chocolates, one-of-a-kind merchandise and more. www.wgfm.com

Toy Drive at the LGBT Visitor's Center - Thursday, December 16th 6pm-9pm
Please join the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for a Toy Drive on Thursday, December 16th from 6pm to 9pm at the LGBT Visitor's Center 1130 Washington Avenue Miami Beach. Please bring an unwrapped toy to bebefit the Miami Beach Police Toy Drive.
There will be an open bar, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a DJ, a visit from Santa Claus and other special surprises.
Please RSVP to Stephanie@tma-pr.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert - December 10th-11th
On Friday December 10th and Saturday December 11th, the Miami Gay Men's Chorus will present their annual holiday concert. This year's performance, "Destination Holiday", will be at the Lincoln Theater 541 Lincoln Road Miami Beach. Come fly with them as they take you through a musical journey of song and dance around the world. Tickets are $25, $30, $35.
For tickets or more information, go to www.miamigaychorus.org

"Wishing You a Very Gilda Christmas!" - December 9th - 11th
You are invited to "Wishing You a Very Gilda Christmas!" starring David Leddick as Gilda and Kley Tarcitano as the Naked Elf on Thursday December 9th, Friday December 10th and Saturday December 11th at 7:30pm.
Gilda just couldn't stay away any longer. She's back for Christmas at the Manor with new holiday songs, and some new dresses (Thank God!). She'll tell you all about her years in Hollywood, on Broadway, on television.
The performances will be at The Manor 2345 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL. General Admission Tickets $20 or VIP Tickets $35.
Tickets are available at: www.brownpapertickets.com

A message from Peter Raufofer
"What a piece of shit hypocrite you are! I see you doing a party against White Party tomorrow??! Taking advantage of their crowd and not even considering to donate $1 BUT you had the nerve complaining to everyone about me doing a party??? So typical. 2 faced shady loser you are. Thank God more & more people know that about you already."
I have never met this person. Peter Rottweiler is angry because I posted links to articles in the Miami Herald stating that he is "stealing from the gay community by creating events to take away from charity events".
Let's clarify for Peter.
You are not supposed to create one time events to compete with charity events.
However, businesses that are open 52 weeks a year (Score, Twist, Palace, Mova, Buck15, Starbucks, McDonalds, GAP, etc) do not close due to White Party week.
Interestingly, I had my four weekly events during White Party week ("Martini Tuesdays", "The Simple Life" Thursdays" at Buck15, "HYPE Fridays" at 721, "Jump Sundays" at Lux. He is just angry about the one that was on the same night as HIS PARTY!


ACLU sues, accuses Miami Beach officers of wrongly arresting gay man
Nearly a year after announcing plans to sue the city of Miami Beach and two police officers accused of wrongly arresting a gay man, the ACLU of Florida filed a complaint Monday in federal court.
Representing Harold Strickland, attorney Ray Taseff wrote that Miami Beach officers Frankly Forte and Elliot Hazzi arrested Strickland in March 2009 after he saw them beating a man in Flamingo Park and called 911 to report the incident. www.miamiherald.com

Royal Palace - Oysters and Steaks at the Raleigh
Behold: The Royal, your swanky new courtyard of celeb-studded oyster feasts, officially opening tomorrow night at the Raleigh.
Think of this sceney hideaway—tucked away by the hotel's legendary pool—as a midway point between evening gallery shows and the eventual hedonistic blur of Russian heiresses, French karaoke parties and cigar breaks with Bruce Weber. www.urbandaddy.com

Work about to begin on art museum
The Miami Art Museum is scheduled to ceremonially break ground on its new $200 million home on Biscayne Bay, with the start of actual construction to follow two weeks later. www.miamiherald.com

Dolly Parton: 'We Need to Accept People for Who They Are'
Dolly Parton talks to Larry King about why gay people like her, and how there isn't enough love and acceptance in the world. www.towleroad.com

An Art Gallery with Beer and Sausage
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, your new gallery-esque brasserie of comfort food, craft brews and the funkiest outdoor garden in Miami, open for lunch and dinner.
2550 NW 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33127 305.531.4411 www.urbandaddy.com

Remembering Stephen Zalkin
Stephen was always pleasant and always had a story to tell. He was an active member of our community for several decades. He was a founding member of The White Party. Stephen loved spending his afternoons on the beach and conversing with his numerous friends.
ZALKIN, STEPHEN, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 11, 2010 at his mother's residence on Key Biscayne. Steve, born in Liberty, NY, graduated from Coral Gables High School (1961) and earned a BFA at Kendall School of Design (MI). He is survived by his mother, Tillie Seiden, brother, Monroe, sister- in-law, Vickie, nieces Morgan, Chauncey and Karlene, all of whom will miss him dearly. Steve enjoyed a career as a designer, art patron and community volunteer. Services were held. www.miamiherald.com

Winter Party Festival dates changed!
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced today that the 2011 Winter Party Festival, originally scheduled for March 9-13, will now be rescheduled for March 2-7. The change in date was deemed necessary following Winter Music Conference’s announcement last Tuesday that it had scheduled its 2011 event on dates that overlapped Winter Party. www.winterparty.com

Jump Sundays! - Sunday, December 12th
"Dancelicious" CD Release Party!
Featuring re-mixes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kelly Roland
Free download cards for everyone!
Performances by WildChildWorld.com & TP Lords!
Doors open at 10pm. Free Svedka vodka drinks 10pm to 11pm.
DJ Jarell & DJ Bryan Zero!
Jump! Sundays at Lux 1439 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL. www.sobesocialclub.com

A Toys Story A Night For Giving - December 9th 7:30pm-11pm
100% of the $10 donations will go to Broward House Pediatrics all new unwrapped toys will be distributed to Kids In Distress and a local Battered Woman's Shelter. Our friends at The Manor have graciously donated the venue as well as a premium cocktail to each guest with a ticket. Performances by the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, Local Cirque Acrobatic acts, DELFRIDA. Doors will open at 7:30pm and only 500 tickets will be sold, Tickets are available now at The Manor, Broward House, online at BrowardHouse.Org, Source Salon and Spa. www.facebook.com

Art Basel Miami Beach - December 2nd-5th
Art Basel Miami Beach takes place December 2nd to 5th, 2010.
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. The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. www.artbaselmiamibeach.com

Jump Sundays! - Sunday, December 5th
AMANDA LEPORE performing live!
Performances by Sasha Sky & Noel Leon!
Packed every Sunday!
Doors open at 10pm.
Free Svedka vodka drinks 10pm to 11pm.
DJ Jarell & DJ Bryan Zero!
Jump! Sundays at Lux 1439 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL. www.sobesocialclub.com

Drew Barrymore to produce reality TV show in Miami Beach
We hear that Drew Barrymore will be producer for an upcoming reality TV show for VH-1 entitlied "Tough Love".

Plum TV expands amid luxury
Jerry Powers, the founder of splashy Ocean Drive magazine, is vaulting back into the media business in a new way: He has invested in the cable television station Plum TV and is turning it into a multimedia brand, with publications, live events and mobile and online content. www.miamiherald.com

Live Music and Jambalaya in the Design District
Say hello to The Stage, a New Orleans-style music hall and cocktail lounge, soft-opening this Thursday with a slew of concerts slated for this weekend's Miami Music Festival. www.urbandaddy.com

Highway roadwork to disrupt travel to Miami Beach for 19 months
Workers will begin a $19.9-million, 19-month-long project to renovate Interstate 195 next Monday morning. That same night, they'll close two eastbound lanes on the MacArthur Causeway and switch traffic onto a new roadway further south on Watson Island so excavation of a Port of Miami tunnel can begin next year on the MacArthur median. www.miamiherald.com

Oprah and Gayle laugh off lesbian rumors
Because nothing says lesbian like camping with a girlfriend, Gayle and Oprah address the elephant in the room on their trip to Yosemite. www.towleroad.com

db Bistro Moderne - A bigtime chef's Miami outpost
The newest baby of three-time James Beard Award-winner Daniel Boulud, db blends traditional French technique with seasonal American flavors in a space with 18ft ceilings, a slick front lounge with a sunken bar, an eight-top chef's table in the middle of a glass-walled wine room, and three dining rooms, each with different wall finishing: rose mirrored, persimmon French, and whitewashed oak.
db Bistro Moderne; JW Marriott Marquis Miami: 345 Ave of the Americas (enter on Biscayne Way across from Epic) Downtown Miami 305.421.8800 www.thrillist.com

Washington Ave. electrical boxes get artistic touch
There are some electrical boxes down at Third Street and Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. They’ve never been very attractive, and on top of that they’ve been tagged and desecrated numerous times over the years. The city decided that turning them into a public art work might just be a good way to brighten this blighted spot. www.miamiherald.com

SoBePedia is documenting South Beach through the years
Andrew Delaplaine's SoBePedia is a detailed chronicle of the past and present, the famous and infamous, the glamourous and grotty of Miami's South Beach - America's Billion Dollar Sandbar.
Read, reminisce, review, and (if you're a Registered User) make changes to any article you wish.
Most important, as a Registered User, you can access the entire site, create your own entries and even edit the ones that are already posted, as we build the most comprehensive collection of South Beach lore to date. That means stories, photos, gossip, glamour ... South Beach through your lens. Sobepedia allows everybody to join in the discussion, from scholars on Art Deco architecture to drag queens who still have a bone to pick (show me one who doesn't!). www.sobepedia.com

Jump Sundays! - Sunday, November 28th
"Jump!" Sundays is packed every Sunday!
Sunday, November 28th!
GRINDR Party!
Free admission & free vodka drinks 10pm-11pm
when you show your GRINDR app at the door!
Performances by Kennedy Davenport & Ebonee Excell!
Doors open at 10pm. Free Svedka vodka drinks 10pm to 11pm.
DJ Jarell & DJ Bryan Zero!
Jump! Sundays at Lux 1439 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL. www.sobesocialclub.com

White Party Week - November 24th-29th
After 26 years, The White Party, the main event of the week, will have its final curtain call at world famous Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Saturday November 27th, 2010 with a cirque theme. This won't be the last White Party, but it is the final one at Vizcaya.
Visit the website for more information as it becomes available www.whiteparty.org

Go figure: the reason Charlie Sheen's screwed again is from Miami
Of course Charlie Sheen's latest porn star plaything is from Miami. According to the Daily News, Capri Anderson (real name: Christina Walsh) lives in Miami and works, ahem, in Miami, starring on her own X-rated website run by, you guessed it, Miami-based porn company Medium Pimpin'. www.herald.com

Betty White Expresses Support for Marriage Equality
"I don't care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones = I think it's fine if they want to get married. I don't know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don't worry about other people so much." www.towleroad.com

Promoter Michael Capponi arrested for DUI, plans to sue
Ooops. Promoter slash construction kingpin Michael Capponi was taken into police custody Friday morning for driving under the influence after a night at work, promoting a Grey Goose-sponsored Asher Roth party at WALL at the W South Beach. www.herald.com

Lords South Beach is the new Miami Beach gay hotel
Hotel Nash has changed owners, changed names, and changed "teams". Now as Lord South Beach, this boutique hotel is transforming into Miami Beach;s new gay hotel.
Lords South Beach is more than a hotel; it's a quantum leap in gay travel. A home away from home, just a lot more fun, posh, friendly, sexy, easy, satisfying, and gratifying. Not to mention, located in the most dynamic beach destination. A hotel appropriately oriented for your special South Beach moments, you'll love the bohemian rooms, fun-spirited dining, ultra-hot spots – the comings, the goings, the night life, the good life.
There will be a restaurant - Cha Cha Rooster, a bar - Cha Cha Rooster Bar, and the poolside Cha Cha Cabana Bar with pool access for after the beach cocktails and swimming! www.lordssouthbeach.com

The fate of Prohibition-era club in Miami Beach to be decided
The ugly duckling clubhouse on Hibiscus Island has great value. That much preservationists and the defunct Miami Beach Rod & Reel Club can agree on. www.miamiherald.com

JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Tells All to Larry King
On last night's Larry King, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater gave his first full interview since his escape chute incident. Slater describes the events leading up to the incident. www.towleroad.com

Ricky Martin's speech at the 2010 HRC National Dinner
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Eden opens in Talula Restaurant space
Introducing Eden, a new hideaway equipped with a beautifully lush backyard patio, opening Friday on South Beach for all your future alfresco lounging needs.
If a botanist and a restaurateur teamed up to build the perfect restaurant, this might be it. Near the front, you'll find a main room with arugula-print wallpaper, python-covered chairs and leather booths. To the left, there's a full bar, and farther back, a pretty nice chef's table. www.urbandaddy.com

The Front Porch is moving!
One of Miami Beach's favorite restaurants is on the move. Now, at The Penguin Hotel 1418 Ocean Drive, this local favorite will soon be moving a few doors north to a new home. The Z Ocean Hotel, a InterContinental Hotel owned property at 1458 Ocean Drive, will now have Front Porch in the venue that was once Table 8 Restaurant. They plan to make the official move within a few weeks. www.frontporchoceandrive.com

Jump Sundays! - Sunday, November 21st
"Jump!" Sundays South Beach's hot, new Sunday night!
Sunday, November 21st!
Special appearance by recording artist Vanessa Conde performing live! "Falling into Love", "Let the Music Play", "An Endless Night"!
Performances by Joanna James as Cher!
DJ Roxx's Birthday!
Doors open at 10pm. Free Svedka vodka drinks 10pm to 11pm.
DJ Roxx, DJ Jarell & DJ Bryan Zero CLUB!
Jump! Sundays at Lux 1439 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL. www.sobesocialclub.com

UNFIT: the Ward vs. Ward documentary - Thursday, November 18th 6pm-9pm
Who is more fit to raise a child: a convicted killer or a lesbian?
According to a Judge in Pensacola, Florida...the convicted killer. In his ruling, the Judge stated, "I believe this child should be given the opportunity and the option to live in a non-lesbian world..."
FOMO FIlms and Route 7 Productions are producing a documentary about this tragic case and need your help to finish the film and help ensure that this film reaches the broadest possible audience.
Please join us for an evening of cocktails, music and special guest Kate Kendell Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights on Thursday, November 18th from 6pm to 9pm at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden 2000 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139 SEE EVENT DETAILS

Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour of South Beach - Friday, November 19th 6pm
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Miami Design Preservation League present a ninety-minute guided Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour of South Florida on Friday, November 19th at 6pm. The tour departs from the MDGLCC offices in Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Avevenue Suite 100 Miami Beach (at 12th Street) and ends at Twist. Reservations are not required. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at MDGLCC or at MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center at Ocean Dr. and 10th Street. Free to MDPL and MDGLCC members. Information: 305.531.3484

Jump Sundays! - Sunday, November 14th
Edison Farrow, Omar Gonzalez and Tony Ferro present "Jump!" Sundays South Beach's hot, new Sunday night!
Sunday, November 14th!
Melvin's birthday party!
Performances by Poizon Ivy and Barbarella!
Doors open at 10pm. Free Svedka vodka drinks 10pm to 11pm.
DJ Jarell & DJ Bryan Zero!
Jump! Sundays at Lux 1439 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL. www.sobesocialclub.com

Aqua Affair - Saturday, November 13th 8pm
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Aqua Foundation for Women cordially invites you to the Aqua Affair on Saturday, November 13th 8pm to 11pm at The Space 104 NE 24th Street Midtown Miami.
There will be delicious hors d'oeuvres, cash bar with luscious libations featuring the Aquatini and a fabulous silent auction recognizing this year's grant and scholarship recipients.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. AFW members pay only $25. For more information, call 305.576.2782 or www.aquafoundation.org

"Noche Nadadores" - Saturday, November 13th 8pm-11pm
The Nadadores of South Florida, a local non-for-profit Sports Organization is hosting their annual fundraiser event on Saturday, November 13th at KMP Furniture 6444 Biscayne Blvd Miami. The event includes an open bar, gourmet treats, a silent auction and a spectacular fashion show with lots of skin!
Tickets: $30 suggested donation. Pre buy your tickets and get a discount, contact Kirk @ swimnads@gmail.com www.facebook.com

Cuban Ballet at Books & Books - Friday, November 12th 8pm
The miracle of Cuban ballet is galvanizing the world of dance in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and beyond. Cuban Ballet (Gibbs Smith, $40) by Octavio Roca, with forewords by Alicia Alonso and Mikhail Baryshnikov, tells this life-affirming tale in what amounts to a novel that happens to be true. Roca first focuses on the life and career of the indomitable Alonso, then spotlighting many of the young Cuban dancers who are changing the face of ballet in the 21st century.
Live Music in the Courtyard: Negroni Trio, 7-11pm
Books & Books 265 Aargon Avenue Coral Gables 305.442.4408

New Iphone "DragMe" app features Miami's Adora, TP, Strawberry
Be the Queen you always dreamed of - or just have a load of fun! Darling, all your dreams of becoming a magnificent Drag Queen have just come true. You've spent countless hours in front of the mirror wondering what you'd look like as a truly sumptuous Queen. Now you can see what you'd look like as a spectacular, wondrous, fabulous queen! You can even compare how divine you look next to your friends, Queened to the hilt.
DragMe is built so that you can add as much detail with makeup and accessories as you want. If you're in a rush, throwing on a wig and a dress in seconds can Drag you out in a jiff. Honey, sometimes you just have to Drag and Go! Get the DragMe App!

Tracy Young's Birthday Party! - Sunday, November 7th
On Sunday November 7th, come out and join us as we celebrate Tracy Young's birthday party at Jump! Sundays. Tracy will be flying into Miami to celebrate and to DJ at the venue where she was the main DJ in the 90s for the infamous Sunday nights at Liquid.
DJ Tracy Young, DJ Jarell and DJ Bryan Zero will all be spinning this night for this special event.
Performances by Wild Child!
Admission is $20.
There is no guest list for the event.
Jump! Sundays at Lux 1439 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL. www.sobesocialclub.com

Arkadia, shadowy dancing in the Fontainebleau basement
Being smaller can have its benefits, mainly that the Oreo you lost on the lawn is now the size of a backhoe, although that doesn't change the fact that heredity dictates you'll eventually look like Rick Moranis. Giving you the intimacy of a small dance club, Arkadia. www.thrillist.com

On Stage: Broadway Community Reassures LGBT Youth Through "It Gets Better" Project
In wake of the recent suicides of six young individuals that were allegedly brought on by bullying and hatred towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the New York theater community is taking a stand. For the past few weeks, members of the Broadway community have rallied together to help promote acceptance for all. WATCH VIDEO

A Tuscan Farmhouse in the Design District
Say hello to Vino & Olio, a high-gloss temple of Tuscan farmhouse cooking, opening next week in the Design District.
Vino & Olio 139 NE 39th Street Miami, FL 33137 305.573.0707 www.urbandaddy.com

Cazwell Brings the "Ice Cream Truck" to Miami
The ever creative hip-hop recording and performance artist, Cazwell, is bringing the "Ice Cream Truck" to Miami on Sunday, October 24 at Lux (formerly Liquid Nightclub). The event, Jump Sundays, is presented by Edison Farrow of SOBE Social Club, Omar Gonzalez and Tony Ferro.
Cazwell recently got many hearts racing, at least the gay hearts, with his song and video for the song "Ice Cream Truck." The wildly fun, sexy video is the epitome of what Cazwell's music is all about. Recently, he was featured as a guest star and judge on "Ru- Paul's Drag Race," and his song, "Watch My Mouth," was featured on the new season of HBO's "True Blood." He also hosts and DJ's at three popular weekly NYC nightlife events in addition to touring internationally. Cazwell also performed at Radio City Music hall with Amanda Lepore for Cyndi Lauper's True Colors tour. Cazwell spoke with Mark's List about "Ice Cream Truck" and his rising career. www.miamiherald.com

Remembering David Wylie
David Wylie was a gay activist, a writer and ran the website www.fgaysofla.com. He will be greatly missed by our community.
David lost his battle with Cancer on Wednesday, October 20th 2010. Details of his memorial services will be posted when the details are finalized. www.facebook.com

SAVE Dade's endorsements for voting on November 2nd
Please go out and vote on Tuesday, November 2nd. You can go to the link and print out the endorsed candidates from SAVE Dade. www.savedade.org

HELLROTICA, SAVE Dade's Annual Halloween Party - Saturday, October 30th
On Saturday, October 30th Hellrotica - SAVE Dade's annual Halloween party will take place at Awarehouse in the Wynwood District.
Buy your VIP Tickets early for $75, which includes open bar all night. General admission tickets start at $20. Ticket prices will increase as we get closer to the day of the event. All proceeds go to benefit SAVE Dade. Tickets are now on sale at: www.hellrotika.com

Howl opens October 22nd
With his latest, the indie Howl, in which he plays plays Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, James Franco helps tell the story of how the writer's work (namely his epic poem "Howl") pushed the social boundaries of his time through an infamous public obscenity trial and went on to become a seminal piece of Americana.
The...very interesting, very experimental movie (which also features Ginsberg's relationships toward and with other men, like Jack Kerouac and Peter Orlovsky, respectively) opens in Miami on October 22nd. www.moviemartin.blogspot.com

New on Sunday nights at Lux: Edison Farrow's gay night, Jump!
New on Sunday nights at Lux: Edison Farrow's gay night, Jump, springing off at 11 p.m. Sunday with an impressive host committee including WSVN's Craig Stevens and HGTV's David Bromstad, among others. Music by DJ Jarell and Bryan Zero plus a live performance by Rob Sky. Party takes place every Sunday thereafter at 11 p.m. Arrive early. www.miamiherald.com

Cazwell Brings the "Ice Cream Truck" to Miami
The ever creative hip-hop recording and performance artist, Cazwell, is bringing the "Ice Cream Truck" to Miami on Sunday, October 24 at Lux (formerly Liquid Nightclub). The event, Jump Sundays, is presented by Edison Farrow of SOBE Social Club, Omar Gonzalez and Tony Ferro.
Cazwell recently got many hearts racing, at least the gay hearts, with his song and video for the song "Ice Cream Truck." The wildly fun, sexy video is the epitome of what Cazwell's music is all about. Recently, he was featured as a guest star and judge on "Ru- Paul's Drag Race," and his song, "Watch My Mouth," was featured on the new season of HBO's "True Blood." He also hosts and DJ's at three popular weekly NYC nightlife events in addition to touring internationally. Cazwell also performed at Radio City Music hall with Amanda Lepore for Cyndi Lauper's True Colors tour. Cazwell spoke with Mark's List about "Ice Cream Truck" and his rising career. www.jumponmarkslist.com

South Florida houses of worship are welcoming to gays and lesbians
In addition to South Florida's handful of gay-oriented churches and synagogues, including Sunshine Cathedral and Congregation Etz Chaim, both in the Fort Lauderdale area, there are 193 gay-affirming mainstream churches in Florida, according to GayChurch.org, a Christian website with 6,480 listings worldwide.
''Find a welcoming church near you!'' reads the site's homepage. www.miamiherald.com

Take Action, Then Come Celebrate on October 22nd at Shore Club
The ACLU of Florida will host a celebration for Martin Gill on Friday, October 22 at the Shore Club in South Beach. If the Attorney General does not appeal, we will celebrate this landmark victory and commemorate the day when Florida’s adoption ban will officially become a relic of Florida’s shameful past. www.aclu.org

Dreamgirls at the Arsht Center - October 19th-24th
Dreamgirls, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, comes to Miami with its story of a young female singing trio who fight their way to the top. The story is not rare and show business is filled with similar stories of young hopefuls working, hoping, and struggling for success. One member of the touring Dreamgirls' company, Ronald Duncan, a Miami native, returns home to showcase his talents as he's since moved to New York City hoping to find fame and success as an actor. www.miamiartzine.com

Shuttle service to take tourists to Miami's Design District, Midtown
Next stops on the tourist express: Miami's Design District and Midtown.
Starting Thursday, a shuttle bus will ferry visitors from hotels to the shops, restaurants and galleries in Miami's less-explored arts and shopping areas. The company will start taking reservations Wednesday. www.miamiherald.com

SoHo House - Clubs aim for hip clientele
This is not your grandparents' beach, country, surf or golf club.
A new hotel and private membership club aimed at young creative types opens its doors Monday with 750 members, a long waiting list -- and an $1,800 annual price tag.
Soho Beach House, the Miami Beach outpost of a brand that has locations in London, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles, slashes the cost to $900 a year for members under 27 -- a hint that the desired demographic might still be paying off their college loans. www.miamiherald.com

Your First Look Inside Cecconi's at SoHo House
So allow us to present your next slice of it: Cecconi's, a completely alfresco Italian love nest, officially open as of today in the Soho Beach House.
To get to this airy little stunner, you'll first want to make your way to the old Sovereign Hotel, which is now the swanky new Miami outpost of the Soho House. Tell them you're here to dine (you don't have to be a member), and someone will walk you through the lobby, past the glass doors and into a courtyard. www.urbandaddy.com

New gay party shuttle connects MIA & FTL
Bringing a new dimension to Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale gay night life, the Night Owl will make its debut on Friday, October 22nd. The Night Owl will transport Miami patrons to participating bars/clubs in Fort Lauderdale. It will also transport Fort Lauderdale patrons to Miami Beach. The Night Owl shuttle will connect the two South Florida communities giving the passenger a safe, fun, and entertaining experience.
The Night Owl will make round trips between Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale running every other hour from assigned locations. Passengers will pay a $25 fee and will receive a safe round-trip ride while enjoying complimentary cocktails on board a luxurious 30 passenger limo style party shuttle plus a free cocktail and/or free admission at one of the participating venues they visit.
For more information you can email info@gonightowl.com www.gonightowl.com

Wealthiest Gay Celebrities
Thanks to a more accepting world (with a long way to go), celebrities are more open about their sexuality, and discrimination is continuing to decrease. Fighting for justice for the GLBTQ community, gay celebrities are using their fame and power to encourage the gay community to be proud, especially gay youth who face adversity everyday.
Succeeding in business, politics, television, and even religion, gays are realizing that overcoming adversity is an important ordeal, and they are climbing the wealth charts in the process. With that being said, here is Luxury Millionaire's list of the Wealthiest Gay Celebrities of 2010. www.gaysofla.com

Developer plans 'retail village' at South Beach entrance
With an important zoning vote by Miami Beach commissioners on the horizon, the possibilities of developer Russell Galbut's huge and hugely expensive vision for the gateway to South Beach are beginning to emerge.
They look something like this:
A vacant Alton Road lot that resembles a rebarb pin cushion would be replaced by a four-story retail mall lined with high-end commercial shops from businesses around the world. www.miamiherald.com

Social Suicide commits suicide
It had people buzzing.
Social Suicide was started just a few moths ago and was getting people's attention. However, the "bitchy blog" that trashed people around town in the gay community for their fashion, weight gains, lack of talent, has just shut down. www.viciouslink.blogspot.com

Halloween Vampire Ball! - Sunday, October 31st
On Sunday October 31st, Halloween night, Jump! Sundays will present the Halloween Vampire Ball. DJ Jarell will be spinning in the Main Room and DJ Bryan Zero will be playing in the Star Bar. There will be a special performance by Stephanie Carcache & her dancers who will be debuting her new single "In the Night". This will be the official "In the Night" video release party!
There will also be costume contests. So, come in your best costumes and be ready for a PARTY!
Jump! Sundays at Lux 1439 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL. www.sobesocialclub.com

A Huge Wine Hybrid in South Beach
Here to consolidate your vino love: Wine Depot and Bistro 555, now open in a huge warehouse in South Beach.
It'a half wine shop, half wine bar off Jefferson and Fifth, and to reach it you'l enter the complex through iron gates and pass a courtyard with umbrellas and tables perfect for daytime pinot-sipping. www.urbandaddy.com

Cazwell to perform "Ice Cream Truck"! - Sunday, October 24th!
The "Ice Cream Truck" is coming to Miami!
On Sunday October 24th, Cazwell and his dancers will be bringing his "Ice Cream Truck" to Miami for a performance at Jump! Sundays.
With over one million YouTube views in its first week of release, "Ice Cream Truck" is one of Summer 2010's most talked about singles and an instant hip-hop dance classic. The viral internet sensation from reigning king of NYC nighlife, Cazwell, has taken the web by storm with a naughty-but-nice video from director Marco Ovando.
Jump! Sundays at Lux 1439 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL. www.sobesocialclub.com

Ability Explosion Week - October 19th-24th
Ability Explosion (formerly known as Disability Awareness Day) is a weeklong series of special events held in historic Miami Beach and created for the enjoyment of the entire community. From "Lights Out Miami Beach" (A Dining in the dark experience) to the Crunch 5k Run, the mission of Ability Explosion is to celebrate the diversity of people with disabilities while promoting innovations that will improve their lives. www.abilityexplosion.org

3rd Annual LGBT Business Explore - Saturday, October 23rd 12pm-5pm
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) invites the entire community to attend the 3rd Annual LGBT Business Explore / EXPO on Saturday, October 23rd 12pm-5pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center (Hall C). This event is FREE to the public and a great opportunity for the South Florida Community, gay and allied, to interact with hundreds of companies that will showcase their products and services geared toward the LGBT community. There will giveaways, entertainment, and a raffle of great prizes. Following the event the MDGLCC will hold its "Taste of Miami" fundraising event in support of its Scholarship Program. Event's sponsors include IGLTA, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Herald, and Miami.com. For more information please call 305.673.4440, or visit www.gogaymiamiexplore.com

Beyond Repeal Cocktail Reception - Wednesday, October 20th 6:30pm
You are cordially invited to Beyond Repeal: A Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser for Servicemembers United on Wednesday, October 20th from 6:30pm to 9pm at the historic home of Howard and Mary Hughes 1400 South Greenway Drive Coral Gables, FL 33134.
After September's failed attempt to finally abolish "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the legislative repeal of this discriminatory law is now in dire jeporday perhaps for many years.
Hors d'oeuvres, poolside cocktails, light music and guest speakers. Donations highly encouraged. Please RSVP info@servicemembersunited.org or 202.349.1123 www.servicemembersunited.org

LGBTQ Teen Suicide Awareness Candlelight Vigil - Wednesday, October 20th
Pridelines invites you to a Candlelight Vigil to promote LGBTQ Teen Suicide Awareness.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30pm. They will all be gathering at the Miami Beach Community Church and walking together to the opposite side of Lincoln Road, finishing by the Regal Cinemas. For more information, go to www.pridelines.org

Equinox 5th Anniversary All Welcome! - Tuesday, October19th 6pm-9pm
Equinox at South Beach is celebrating their 5 year anniversary. Members and non-members are welcome to come and enjoy what is sure to be a fun night. Sample delicious sushi from the new restaurant/lounge, KONE, and sip on specialty cocktails featuring X-RATED FUSION, a Passion fruit & Blood Orange infused vodka. In addition to the food and beverages, they will have a LIVE DJ, and a variety of local businesses present. Everyone is welcome to enter a number of raffles where we will be giving away Personal Training Sessions, and even a complimentary month. Both members and guests are welcome to have an energizing work out, try a group fitness class, or just hang out and mingle.
For guests, they can join for only $5 initiation. For members, they have the opportunity to earn a $200 gift card for every person they refer.
Equinox Gym 520 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305.673.1172 www.equinox.com

Miami International Wine Fair - October 14th-17th
The 9th Annual Miami International Wine Fair, to be held October 14th–17th at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is one of the largest wine tradeshows in America, featuring over 80,000 sqft (8,000 m2) of exhibit space with nearly 500 producers showcasing more than 1,500 wines from 20 countries. www.miamiwinefair.com

All invited to the World Erotic Art Museum's 5th Anniversary
The World Erotic Art Museum celebrates its 5th Anniversary this Saturday night, Oct. 16, with plenty of food, drink, live entertainment, as well as the opportunity to view one of the largest erotic art collections in the world, with the $15 admission charge going to stem cell research. www.examiner.com

"The Classics" at the Broward Center - Saturday, November 6th
The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble presents "The Classics"!
This concert will be anything but boring and stuffy. Dancers, guest soloists, video presentations, special lighting and backdrops will enhance the incredible music which includes such classical hits as Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro", Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony," and Rossini's "William Tell Overture."
Other highlights will include opera arias from "The Magic Flute", "Rigoletto", "The Valkyrie" and a special appearance by the Ft. Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus singing Puccini's "Nessun Dorma". www.browardcenter.org

De Rodriguez Ocean
Opens Thurs @ the Hilton Bentley Hotel: 101 Ocean Drive South Beach

With poolside seating and a revamped interior with lots of aged wood, Ocean plates Doug Rodriguez's Nuevo Latino take on the sea, this time with some Asian influence: ceviches including Thai lobster coconut w/ ginger, or tuna watermelon w/ kumquat, yuzu, and Thai basil, plus entrees like seared adobo tuna w/ tobiko cream, and fried cod over brandade, also Marlon Brando's sports drink, for recovering from considering playing sports. www.thrillist.com

Top 10 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay
In light of prominent anti-gay activist Pastor Eddie Long recently being caught having sexual relations with men, and proving once again that conservative voters have little to no Gaydar, here's a list of 14 (hence, the update) conservative anti-gay activists who turned out to be gay themselves. NOTE: This list is now 14 items long and will continue to grow as new anti-gay activists come out of the closet, albeit against their will (most of the time.) Keep your eyes peeled for more! www.ranker.com

New Year's party to paint South Beach orange
This week, the Orange Bowl Committee unveiled a plan to again turn South Florida into a New Year's Eve destination: The idea is to combine the area's most popular tourist address with its most iconic college football event and in the process attract and entertain thousands of tourists and locals, the committee said.
Dubbed Orange Drive, the festival will see nine blocks of Ocean Drive -- from Fifth to 14th Street -- blocked off starting Dec. 31 for a celebration that's expected to include musical performances, sports-related events, a Latin festival and VIP hospitality opportunities. It all culminates with the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl college game at Sun Life Stadium. www.miamiherald.com

The Cukoo Club Mondays at La Fee Verte
There is be a new Monday night (monthly) party which started on Monday, October 4th. Jose Ortiz, Omar Gonzalez and Tony Ferro invite you to preview The Cukoo Club featuring vaudeville, burlesque, freak shows and circus acts. Complementary cocktails 10pm to 11:30pm. Performances by: Nicole Soden, Wild Child, Belazis & much more. DJ J Felix Spins classic house in the Burlesque Lounge. Location: La Fee Verte 912 71st Street (Three blocks west of collins on 71 street) Miami Beach, FL.

Soho Beach House comes to Miami
The beachy offshoot of a London private members club with spots in New York and LA, SBH's an enclave shrouded in dune grass and tropical trees set right on the beach, with a 16-story deco tower housing 50 rooms, membership amenities galore, a swanky resto, and a spa called the Cowshed, also what prehistoric cows did during the Cretaceous when they were essentially the same thing as snakes. That membership gets you access to events (live music, wine tastings), plus use of the property, which boasts a 16-story oceanfront tower containing a drawing room with rare cigars, a second-floor Club Bar inspired by '40s Cuba (weathered wood, couches, fancy ceiling fans, water views), and up on the 8th floor, the Club Library, where you can work, drink, or take a dip in the pool, as long as it's after school, and really off the wall. www.thrillist.com

Historic coral house home gets a new life
The 1920's-era winter house of Henri Levy, a Surfside and Miami Beach pioneer, has found new life as a seafood bistro, to the delight of his daughter.
For this octogenarian, the bistro at 1030 Washington Avenue is rife with childhood memories of the 1920s. Girls holding tea parties on the front lawn. Meals around the dinner table. The dust off the dirt road that is now lined with night clubs and apartments. Once dilapidated and in disrepair, Newbauer's childhood home has been resurrected as Catch 10 Seafood Bistro, thanks in part to a $5 million hotel renovation project for the entire 1000 block of Washington Avenue. www.miamiherald.com

MDGLCC Monthly Networker - Wednesday, October 13th 4:30pm
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: Networking Cocktail Session will be held at the Anlger's Hotel on October 13th, 2010 at 4:30pm. The MDGLCC presents their monthly networking program on the beach, held the second Wednesday of each month at the Angler's Resort Hotel, 660 Washington Avenue Miami Beach. Cocktail networking event (cash bar) and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Business Card Drawing for nice prizes. Limited to 50 persons. Guests can recieve a 15% discount off of Angler's regular. Please Bring a Friend! RSVP requested: 305.673.4440 or via email to mdglcc@bellsouth.net. www.gogaymiami.com

Pelosi: DADT "will be gone by the end of the year"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was optimistic about the end of the military's ban on gay and lesbian service, saying on Wednesday night, "'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' will be gone by the end of the year. It will just be a sad memory." This, she said, despite last week's vote in the Senate against bringing the bill containing repeal language to the floor for debate. www.metroweekly.com

Erotic scenes of Paris get first U.S. exhibit at South Beach museum
"Parisian Erotic: Paintings of the Erotic Pleasures of Paris," the exhibit of work by the late artist Jacques Faifer, which is now on display at the World Erotic Art Museum in South Beach, is notable for three reasons. It is notable first for the artist's depiction of the colorful, enchanting life of Paris. Second, this is the first time that Jacques Faifer's erotic paintings are on display in the U.S. And third, it is notable for a very personal reason; although Claudine Faifer, the artist's daughter, knew her father was a wonderful artist, he kept his nude paintings secret from her until his death this past spring. www.examiner.com

Forty Six Large, Pink Snails Will Invade Miami Beach!
That's right. From November 18, 2010 to January 2011, forty-six huge snails will make a new home in Miami Beach, courtesy of international artistic collective Cracking Art Group and Italy's renowned Galleria Ca d'Oro. Part of the global sensation known as the REgeneration Art Project, the Miami Beach snails will be the series' latest and first US-based installation. Strategically placed throughout the city, this engaging public art series is designed to inspire a community-wide conversation about the importance of recycling and its environmental impact, while leaving a potent artistic trace on the Miami Beach community. www.pinksnails.com

Real Housewives of Miami: It's Done and It's Happening!
LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. So did Snooki and The Situation (for part of a season, at least). Now Bravo is shacking up in Miami with the latest Real Housewives installment.
A production source has confirmed to E! News that not only is this series actually happening, it's already shot and in the can! But before you lump it right in with its predecessors... www.eonline.com

In Florida the Earth Has Shifted / Charles Perez for Advocate
COMMENTARY: At 12:21 p.m. on Thursday, Miami time, an e-mail came across my desktop. It read, "Victory! The Florida Law Banning Gay Adoption Is Unconstitutional!"
After sitting on it for 13 months, Florida's third district court of appeal finally issued its ruling. Immediately, I forwarded the e-mail to my husband, Keith. Twenty minutes later he called me. "I couldn't stop crying," he said. www.advocate.com

California Gurls parody by Lady Bunny
New York drag diva, Lady Bunny, has just posted her tiwsted take on Katy Perry's "California Gilrs" on YouTube. And, it is already receiving records views in just a few days! www.youtube.com

In Florida the Earth Has Shifted / Charles Perez for Advocate
COMMENTARY: At 12:21 p.m. on Thursday, Miami time, an e-mail came across my desktop. It read, "Victory! The Florida Law Banning Gay Adoption Is Unconstitutional!"
After sitting on it for 13 months, Florida's third district court of appeal finally issued its ruling. Immediately, I forwarded the e-mail to my husband, Keith. Twenty minutes later he called me. "I couldn't stop crying," he said. www.advocate.com

Appeals court: Florida ban on gay adoption unconstitutional
A state appeals court on Wednesday struck down Florida's controversial ban on adoptions by gay men and women as unconstitutional, and Gov. Charlie Crist and the state's child-welfare chief announced hours later they will immediately cease to enforce the ban.
In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the Third District Court of Appeal in West Miami-Dade said there is no ``rational basis'' for excluding gay men and lesbians from the pool of potential adoptive parents, upholding a November 2008 opinion by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman. www.miamiherald.com

RIP Edison J. Peña, 33
Edison Peña was a friendly face around the Miami Beach community for the past several years.
You may have known Edison from his days working as a waiter at Score, a bartender at Twist, at Banana Republic, at Beatnix or working as a performer at events.
Obituarty in the Eagle Tribune: www.eagletribune.com

Miami Beach the Musical - October 1, 2 & 3
On Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 1, 2, and 3, 2010 the Arts at St Johns presents the all original musical production based on historical facts, dozens of stories and interviews from the 'Wish You Were Here - history of Miami Beach" year-long project and the creative genius of the writers, producers and directors. Over 100 years of real life Miami Beach stories of dreamers, scoundrels, rum-runners, bigots, saints, criminals, politicians, millionaires and ordinary people come to life in original songs, dance, drama, comedy and much more. Fore tickets and more information, go to www.miamibeachthemusical.com

'Outrage! Republicans block ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' repeal!'
Just moments ago, Senate Republicans blocked the bill that contains the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" from even receiving an up-or-down vote. Not a single one broke ranks.
It's an outrage. But this doesn't mean the fight is over. Senate majority leader Harry Reid has committed to bringing the bill back up after the November elections – and we'll have a fighting chance to get it passed then – so we'll put everything we have into that effort. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Coral Gables Art Cinema set to open October 15th
South Florida's art house film scene is getting a shot in the arm with the October 15 launch of the new Coral Gables Art Cinema. With the most advanced technical set-up of any stand-alone non-profit movie theater in the region, 144 stadium configured seats, and a truly comfortable but intimate space in the upscale Gables, the Cinema is positioned to become an important destination for film-lovers in Greater Miami and beyond. Long-time film industry leader Steven Krams is the Founder and President of the Coral Gables Cinemateque, Inc., the non-profit that runs the Cinema, which was developed in partnership with the City of Coral Gables, Magna-Tech Electronic Co. and the Coral Gables Community Foundation. www.cinemateque.org

The Bay, new gay bar, restaurant opening on 79th Street
1601 79th Street Causway Miami, FL 33141 305.866.1234

Miami's newest gay bar, restaurant, lounge, dance club will be opening later this month. The Bay will be located on the 71st Street Causeway (in the venue formerly known as Barchetta and Roger's). Patrick Reilly, Paragon's former owner, is the owner of this new venue set on a beautiful waterfront location.
They plan to open on Saturday, October 23rd. The restaurant will serve "American comfort food". www.thebaymiami.com

CAZWELL | From Music, Burger King & Ice Cream to Lady Gaga, Dior & Amanda Lepore
The New Spirit of NYC Pop Music as he is often referred to has taken nightlife in the city as well as dance floors across the world, for a summer spin, and made rainbow sprinkles on our ice cream and sweaty boys the dessert of choice for the season.
Born Luke Cazwell in Worcester, Massachusetts, he soon discovered and embraced the NYC energy, nightlife and pulse. Cazell started his performance career in Boston with a rap group named Morplay, by soon found himself moving to NYC. "Boston is all about old town money and being easily impressed by how you speak and present yourself – It's a very collegiate town. New York to me is the center of creativity & artistic energy." www.ambiente.us

My Place at the Playground Theatre - Saturday, September 25th 8pm
Blending Cultures presents Recording Artist Nelson Polanco in My Place My Songs. My Divas. Mi Corazon! With Special Guests Amy Ione Alvarado, Lennis Sabatino, Shelina Saturday, September 25th at 8pm at The Playground Theatre 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores.
Tickets: $20 advance at $25 at door. For more information: 954.695.1163 or go to www.BlendingCultures.net

Miami Recognition Dinner 2010 - Saturday, October 2nd
The Miami Recognition Dinner, the premier annual celebration of South Florida’s LGBT community, will be held on Saturday, October 2 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the gala cocktail and dinner event recognizes the leadership and contributions of individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight for LGBT equality. This year’s honorees are Cindy Brown, board member of SAVE Dade, Aqua Foundation for Women, Care Resource and the Miami Light Project, Katy Sorenson, District 8 County Commissioner, and will present a 2010 National Leadership Award to Tony Award-winning actor and longtime human rights activist Alan Cumming. www.miamirecognitiondinner.com

Mexico City woos same-sex honeymooners
As more governments approve same-sex marriage laws, officials here are hoping to attract a growing part of the tourism market: gay honeymoons.
The first couple to wed under Argentina's recent law allowing same-sex marriages nationwide arrives in Mexico this week on an all-expenses-paid trip -- part of a new push by the government in Mexico City, Mexico to woo gay travelers. www.cnn.com

Miami Spice - August and September
Miami Spice 2010 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! www.ilovemiamispice.com

Equinox Autumnal Party - Thursday, September 23rd 6pm-9pm
You're invited to the Equinox Autumnal Party on Thursday, September 23rd 6pm-9pm at Equinox Gym in South Beach. (All complimentary! Food, drinks, entertainment!) Join them for fabulous food, drinks and live entertainment. Enter to win a complimentary month membership and a variety of other prizes.
Equinox Gym 520 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305.673.1172 www.equinox.com

Biscayne's New Jazz Bar
Crescendo Jazz and Blues Lounge 2201 Biscayne Blvd Miami 305.967.8176

Crescendo Jazz and Blues Lounge, your new haunt for live music and burgering, now soft-open on Biscayne Boulevard.
Think of this as your classic jazz bar scene—dark lighting, plumes of smoke, trumpets going crazy—only turn up the lights, lose the smoke, and you’ve got Crescendo. www.urbandaddy.com

Miami Spice shines at Mondrian's Asia de Cuba
Having reached the mid-point in the 2010 Miami Spice dinner promotion, you may be casting about for unusual place to try. With this in mind, I checked out Asia de Cuba, located in the South Beach Mondrian hotel, where Chef Joseph Maynard is winning fans because of the unique type of cuisine this upscale hotel offers. www.examiner.com

Bombay Sapphire to hit Biscayne Boulevard's Omni area
The next piece in the revival of Biscayne Boulevard's Omni area could be Bombay Sapphire.
We're not talking about ice blue bottles of the super premium gin lining the street, but this week's soft-opening of a new Bombay Sapphire Lounge at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. www.miamiherald.com

MDGLCC Networker - Wednesday, September 22nd 7pm
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, in association with Chamber Member IGLTA presents "Spotlight On Business" networker on Wednesday, September 22nd from 7pm to 9pm at chamber corporate member The Standard, 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach, Fl. FREE – (hors d'oeuvres complimentary; drinks provided) RSVP requested: 305.673-4440 or via email to mdglcc@bellsouth.net.

Thom Bierdz - He's Back!
On daytime television, no show is as popular and beloved as The Young and the Restless. No soap opera family has been as iconic as The Chancellor family. Last year, actor/activist/artist Thom Bierdz brought his character, Phillip Chancellor III, back from the dead after a 20-year absence and as an openly gay character. At the same time, Bierdz himself boldly blazed a new trail as the first openly gay actor in daytime. www.aboutmag.com

Gigi Cheap Pan-Asian from a stud chef
Gigi 3470 N Miami Ave; Midtown; 305.573.1520

Helmed by Top Chef contestant Jeff McInnis (a culinary gypsy who's picked up Asian skills all over), Gigi puts out surprisingly affordable pan-Asian fare into the wee hours of the AM, and puts you amongst the working gears of a giant gastronomical mechanism thanks to a super-long food bar running along a bustling, completely exposed kitchen -- man, that kitchen will do anything for attention. www.thrillist.com

Beach Buns: Top 10 Gay Nude Beaches Worldwide
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Boogie Nights, Pridelines 5th Annual Adult Prom - Saturday, September 11th
Pridelines invites you to their 5th Annual Adult Prom "Boogie Nights, A flashback to the 70's" on Saturday, September 11th 7pm to 11pm at Jungle Island, Treetop Ballroom 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami, FL.
For more information and to purchase your tickets, go to www.pridelines.org

Auditions for the Hollywood Gay Men's Chorus
Now forming is a brand new gay men's chorus in Hollywood, FL paying tribute to song & dance of films, theatre and more from "the other Hollywood". Performers of all levels are encouraged to join South Florida's new gay choir.
Rehearsals every Monday beginning September 13th 7pm to 10pm.
Open Audition: September 13th 7pm to 10pm
MicNicol Community Center 1405 S. 28th Ave Hollywood, FL 33020
Contact Craig Fashbaugh at Craigcf@mac.com or 954.603.7373.

The Fifth Annual Pridelines Youth Services Adult Gala - Saturday, September 11th
Break out the bellbottoms, pull out the polyester and get ready to channel Donna Summer as Pridelines Youth Services presents it fifth annual adult gala fundraiser – "Boogie Nights – A Flashback to the '70s." The cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and dance will flashback to the era of Greg and Marsha Brady on Saturday, September 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Treetop Ballroom of Jungle Island. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for a table of 10 and are available at www.pridelines.org

Miami Home Design & Remodeling Show - September 3rd-7th
The Southeast's largest home improvement event returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center. This nationally recognized show features thousands of ideas, products and services to improve, update and renovate the home, inside and out. Consumers can shop, compare products and save in one convenient marketplace that showcases the latest in home improvements, residential decorating, remodeling and landscaping. www.home-shows.com

"Target Ain't People"
In January, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited $$ in our elections.
In July, Target gave $150,000 to the anti-gay, anti-worker candidate for Gov. of MN.
Last week, a quarter million people pledged to boycott Target.
Yesterday... www.youtube.com

Jet Blue's Steven Slater Gets Reality TV Show Offer
TMZ has learned JetBlue's most famous beverage slinger Steven Slater has a reality show offer on the table ... and the hook -- helping people quit their jobs. www.tmz.com

Gay-Friendly Resort Coming To West 42nd Street in New York
It was once the old Travel Lodge, then it became a homeless shelter. After being abandoned for several years, the site on West 42nd Street will soon become The Out NYC -- New York’s first Gay Urban Resort Complex. SEE NY1 VIDEO

White Party Ends 25 Year Tenure at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens has played backdrop to one of the most renowned HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the world, The White Party, produced by Care Resource for the last 25 years. The 2010 White Party will be the last held at Vizcaya due to extremely high costs and limited access to the property according to Care Resource. www.sobegayinfo.com

Now Open: Flavors of India at the Setai
Introducing Flavors of India at the Setai, a torrid avalanche of tandoori and chutney happening every Wednesday at the South Beach hotel—and kicking off tonight with a world-renowned NYC chef. www.urbandaddy.com

Queen La-THEIF-ah and her girlfriend Jeanette Jenkins
Queen Latifah and her lady love Jeanette Jenkins touched covered nipples while giving each other some love on a yacht. www.dlisted.com

Rosie O'Donnell Talk Show To Air On The Oprah Winfrey Network
Rosie O'Donnell will make her return to daytime television on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
The 48-year-old all-around-talent will star in and produce her own one-hour NY-based daily talk show, set to premiere in 2011. www.justjared.com

PROGRESS!!! White House Statement on Proposition 8
A White House spokesperson sent the following statement to The Advocate regarding Wednesday's ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional:
"The President has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory. He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans." www.advocate.com

Lady Gaga nabs record 13 MTV VMA noms, makes gay videos
"I'm so honored for all the little monsters and self-professed freaks of the universe, to have more VMA nominations in a single year than any artist in MTV history," said Gaga in a statement. "Ironically, I'm even more proud it's an unlucky number; 13."
"A long time ago the world told me and my little monsters we would never be heard, together we changed the rules," Gaga continued. "God put me on Earth for 3 reasons: To make loud music, gay videos, and cause a damn raucous," Thank You MTV!". www.hollywoodreporter.com

Charles Perez and partner adopted baby, book coming soon
Charles Perez and his partner, Keith, are in Kansas where they just adopted a beautiful baby girl, Madeline Michele, born Friday, July 9th. They had to leave Florida and stay away until the adoption is finalized due to Florida ban on gay adoption.
Charles' book "Confessions of a Gay Anchorman" comes out in November.

White Party bash to be its last at Vizcaya
The White Party, held at Vizcaya the past 25 years, will host its final party at the gardens this year. Organizers say the HIV/AIDS fundraiser costs too much to produce at the Miami-Dade landmark. www.miamiherald.com

PH Saturdays has ended
Due to the high cost of running this event. We have decide to end this Saturday night party.

Babalu, a shop with a lil' bit of everything
You can find pretty much anything in a old five and dime: detergent, candy, toothpaste, glue, cups, and nickels & dimes, which're apparently coins your parents once used to purchase these very things. Taking the all-in-one shop to a luxe-r level, Babalu.
Hidden in the walkthrough of the 1111 building, and opened by a couple dudes who ran high-end stores in Bali's swank resorts for 15 years before getting to Miami. www.thrillist.com

Wonderland Sunday Tea Dance at Amnesia/Klutch has ended
The nightclub Klutch has closed.

Novelist Anne Rice: I'm leaving Christianity
"In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control," the author wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page. "In the name of ... Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen." www.miamiherald.com/gay

MDGLCC Monthly Networker – Wednesday, August 25th 6:30pm
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's monthly networkers return with an 10-Chamber Talent Show and Networking event at the wonderful Hard Rock Café Bayside. Free food (Christmas in August theme) and, specially priced drinks will be offered. And, each Chamber will showcase its local talent throughout the evening. Reservations are required. Call 305.673.4440 to save your space. www.gogaymiami.com

Club Space is closing
After ten years, Club Space plans to close. www.clubspace.com

Stonewall Pride Broke After Festival
Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale announced Friday that they not only lost over $30,000 on the annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade in Wilton Manors last month, they have no money left to pay the debt.
Unpaid debts include over $7,500 owed to law enforcement, EMS, and fire personnel who worked details during the event. However, their largest creditor is Sunshine Tents, demanding nearly $18,000 for the booths at the festival.
The all-volunteer group, which had boasted a membership of over a dozen persons, now has less than $2,000 in its bank account to meet an indebtedness of greater than $30,000, despite an estimated 20,000 people having attended the daylong festivities. www.southfloridagaynews.com

Bill McCollum doesn't like the idea of gay men and lesbians adopting children
Republican candidate for governor Bill McCollum opposes gay adoption, arguing that children are better off in a home with a mother and a father than with two parents of the same gender. www.sun-sentinel.com

Giant inflatable sculptures to rise in Miami Beach
Starting Sunday, if you glance through the foliage of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, you just might see the toes of a gigantic, upside-down appendage stretching three or four stories high into the palm fronds of the park's many trees.
Wander inside, and you'll find two dozen 30- to 45-foot-tall inflatable sculptures that make up Giants in the City, a free, whimsical art exhibit that concludes Aug. 6. www.miamiherald.com

Brazilian tourists flock to the Aventura Mall
The number of Brazilian tourists coming to South Florida is on the rise, and that's good news for the Aventura Mall. www.miamiherald.com

Dating Website caters only to lesbians, bisexual women
Sick of the clubbing-to-meet-a-soul-mate scene last summer, Emily Peters and Janette Naveran decided they needed a website that catered to lesbians seriously looking to connect. Many of the women's dating sites they found were riddled with pornography or infiltrated by men, so they created their own.
Advertised entirely by word of mouth, SheDate.com has grown to 23,000 members since its October launch. About 10 percent are from Florida, with 3.5 percent from Fort Lauderdale and Miami. www.miamiherald.com

3rd Annual Summerfest - August 20th-22nd
The 3rd Annual Summerfest will include their Annual Pool Party at Hotel Victor on Saturday, August 21st from 1pm to 6pm and benefits the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. DJs FR8-O and Charlmix will spin for this fun event. Two complimentary cocktails are included with your ticket purchase. For more information, go to www.summerfestmiami.com

Auditions for Musical to tell the tale of Miami Beach
More than 100 years ago, Miami Beach was nothing more than a mangrove swamp with crocodiles. Today it is one of the hottest destinations in the world.
With that in mind, the folks at Arts at St. Johns thought it was about time the city's colorful story was told, musically. It's called Miami Beach -- The Musical "Wish You Were Here!" and it's directed by David Kingery.
It is scheduled to open in October and is billed as one of South Florida's biggest events of the year. But first, Kingery is looking for what folks in show business call "triple treats" -- singers/actors/dancers. www.miamiherald.com

Road work has begun in Flamingo Park neighborhood
Work has begun to narrow the streets, widen the sidewalks and improve drainage, among other improvements, in the Flamingo Park neighborhood.
The $1 million project began last week on Seventh Street and will move through the area from Washington to Meridian Avenues between Seventh and Ninth one street at a time. The work is expected to move to Eighth Street by July 28. www.miamiherald.com

Fla. gay candidate campaign signs defaced with anti-gay slur
Campaign signs for Florida gay congressional candidate Scott Galvin have been found defaced with anti-gay slurs, according to his campaign.
Derek Newton, general consultant for the Galvin campaign, said in past several days between six and ten signs have been found in North Miami spray-painted with the word "fag." www.washingtonblade.com

Formerly the Kenmore, Now Open as a Wyndham
The revamped Deco building on Washington Ave is no longer a Hotel Indigo—it's the Wyndham Garden South Beach. www.hotelchatter.com

Two towering signs in Miami on fast track for approval
A plan to erect two skyscraper-tall electronic billboards next to the Arsht Center appears to run afoul of state and federal law but may be approved soon by the city of Miami. www.miamiherald.com

Has Atlanta "Housewife" Kim Zolciak landed Big Poppa II in Miami?
Has Kim Zolciak found her new sugar daddy on Star Island? www.herald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

Gay & Away: Miami Beach, Florida
Sultry and sexy Miami Beach became my home for two weeks this past June, and I quickly chose to absorb its culture—the tastes, the pools and beaches, the people, and the nightlife. The only way for a dry climate dweller like myself to survive each South Florida afternoon was to immerse myself in the ocean or a pool. But through it all the tastes of Latin America became my obsession, as well as the freshly caught seafood. www.gay.com

Cyndi Lauper in Concert - Tuesday, August 3rd
Cyndi Lauper burst onto the world stage as the quintessential girl who wants to have fun. After more than 20 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 25 million, she has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her newly minted collection, "Bring Ya To The Brink," Cyndi firmly asserts her position as one of the most beguiling, innovative, and downright exciting recording artists of this — and or other — generation. www.arshtcenter.org

More than a helping hand -- a haven
A number of the young adults whom Victor Diaz-Herman sees daily say that his small Miami Shores office is like a safe haven -- or better.
''This is home,'' said Jamesly Louis, a 19-year-old from North Miami who spent a recent Wednesday afternoon at Pridelines Youth Services, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. www.miamiherald.com

Gansevoort Miami Beach celebrates Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim returns with its sixth year to celebrate all-things swim with five days of runway shows. The annual fashion showcase in Miami is the world's leading swimwear designer platform and Gansevoort Miami Beach is taking part in their own festivities. www.examiner.com

Enrique Iglesias: I'll water ski naked in Biscayne Bay
Enrique Iglesias promised to make good on a promise.
The Spanish crooner obviously wasn't too confident that his native country would win its first World Cup title because he told the BBC late last month he would do a pretty crazy thing: ''If Spain wins, I'm going to get drunk and ski naked in Biscayne Bay.''
Iglesias probably started doing push-ups right after learning the Spaniards beat Holland 1-0 during Sunday's final. Because apparently, the naked ski is on: ''A bet is a bet!'' the I Like It singer told Access Hollywood. www.miamiherald.com

New car rental center expected to bring dramatic change to MIA
The first major component of a huge transportation hub near Miami International Airport opens early Tuesday, bringing dramatic change to the way travelers use MIA. www.miamiherald.com

Giant insects invading Miami Beach on July 22
A behemoth spider, a hissing Venus flytrap and a millipede the size of a stretched limo will invade South Beach this month. But don't worry -- they were invited.
The spectacular, roaming abominations to descend on the Miami Beach Convention Center beginning July 22 are part of Insects, a free show by the street-performing, Barcelona-based Sarruga Productions. www.miamiherald.com

Commissioner Jonah Wolfson attepts to destroy Miami Beach Nightlife
After months of discussion and speculation about a potential law to regulate rooftop lounges in Miami Beach, hoteliers and residents finally have something tangible to debate.
An initial draft of Commissioner Jonah Wolfson's proposal -- which some hoteliers have feared could strangle a lucrative aspect of their industry -- was crafted June 30.
The legislation focuses on outdoor establishments above the ground floor that sell or serve alcohol or allow its consumption. That includes cafes, lounges and poolside bars. www.miamiherald.com

SoHo Beach House coming to Miami
Another members-only club preparing to open in the fall is the Soho Beach House, the Southern sibling of the famous Soho Houses in New York, London, Berlin and Los Angeles. Originally scheduled to open years ago, before the economy checked out on us, Soho Beach House, housed in the old Sovereign Hotel, 4385 Collins Ave., will feature hotel rooms, a screening room, two pools, beach, spa and Cecconi's, a restaurant open to the public. www.miamiherald.com/VelvetUnderground

Miami gets ship of Epic proportions
When the Norwegian Epic glides through Government Cut to its new home in Miami Wednesday afternoon, it will bring a host of industry firsts, including an ice bar, cabins for solo travelers and performances by the hip Blue Man Group. www.miamiherald.com

Convention center idea gets support
There's no reason for downtown Miami not to pursue a new convention center, a panel said Wednesday -- not the lousy economy and not concerns from Miami Beach about competition. www.miamiherald.com

Latin Comfort Food in South Beach
There are certain things no neighborhood should be without: a good wine bar. A place where you can get jet-fuel-strength cafecitos. A tapas joint.
But when you put all three of them together into one place, that's when you get something truly remarkable...
Introducing Bernie's L.A. Café, your new Latin comfort food spot, now open in South Beach. www.urbandaddy.com

An Award for Cumming
Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming will receive the 2010 National Leadership Award on October 2nd at the annual Task Force Recognition Dinner in Miami Beach.
The Task Force will present the 2010 Humanitarian Award to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, and the 2010 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award to Cindy Brown, a tireless supporter of many South Florida LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations. www.moviemartin.blogspot.com

Event for Ending the Ban on Gay Adoption - July 25th 5pm-7pm
Please join Vanessa and Melanie to help them adopt Ethan, their son! With your support, they can continue their fight and help end discrimination.
Sunday, July 25th 5pm to 7pm at Sushi Blues in Downtown Hollywood. For more information, go to www.fighttoadopt.com

Miami Beach Bruthaz - July 15th-18th
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

George Michael arrested after London car crash
Pop star George Michael has been arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive after crashing his car into a building in the early hours of the morning, police said Tuesday. www.news.yahoo.com

Economy Hurts Government Aid for H.I.V. Drugs
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The weak economy is crippling the government program that provides life-sustaining antiretroviral drugs to people with H.I.V. or AIDS who cannot afford them. Nearly 1,800 have been relegated to rapidly expanding waiting lists that less than three years ago had dwindled to zero. www.nytimes.com

Surveillance cameras proposed for South Beach
The city's Budget Advisory Committee voted Tuesday that elected officials should consider placing surveillance cameras in its entertainment district as a means to reduce police personnel costs by deterring crime.
That recommendation comes about one month after commissioners approved the installation of a $225,000 security and surveillance system that includes 16 cameras in the under-construction Lincoln Park. And around the beginning of the year, a city contractor began installing cameras at intersections throughout Miami Beach. The cameras -- which in the future should number 30 -- are meant to catch red-light runners, but also stream continuous video. www.miamiherald.com

Gay U.S. citizens seek to claim residency for foreign spouses
Juan Carlos Galán and Greg Nardi of Miami Beach live together as a family and would like to get married.
Then Nardi, a U.S. citizen, would claim Galán as a relative and help the Panama-born computer expert get a green card.
For now, though, these are just dreams -- unless President Barack Obama can convince Congress to pass immigration reform. www.miamiherald.com

You Can Buy Gaydar at the Apple Store
How Grindr and the men who use it are changing the way you're hooking-up

Jared had just locked himself out of his Brooklyn apartment. As he stood on the street waiting for his landlord, he launched a new app on his iPhone. Minutes later, the blond-haired, blue-eyed grad student was pants-down in a nearby courtyard with the proverbial Boy Next Door. Thanks to Grindr, a GPS-based mobile dating service, the savvy stud was back on his stoop in time to meet the landlord. www.details.com

South Florida condo purchasers are buying in bulk
Backed by a multibillion-dollar private equity firm in New York, a team of Miami investors and strategists launched Lionheart Capital this year looking to scoop up choice South Florida condos at rock-bottom prices.
In its first deal, the firm plunked down $120 million this month to buy up 146 units at the 2700 North Ocean Drive towers on Singer Island in Palm Beach County. www.miamiherald.com

Miami threatens to halt Gusman subsidy, shutter theater
Even through downtown Miami's darkest days, the historic Gusman theater stood as a beacon of life and light on Flagler Street, drawing people to its phantasmagoric, Italian-garden auditorium with cultural offerings ranging from pop and classical music to the Miami Film Festival.
Now, just as an influx of new residents, shops and restaurants is bringing new life after dark to the once-forlorn blocks around Gusman, 174 E. Flagler St., the landmark theater -- fresh from years of exacting restoration work that cost taxpayers $8 million -- is in jeopardy. www.miamiherald.com

The last person out of the closet? The bisexual male
About 1.8 percent of men and women between the ages of 15 and 44 identified themselves as bisexual, according to a 2005 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers caution the government's figures are murky because many bisexuals will not identify themselves. www.cnn.com

"Grease", "Breakin' 2" "Saturday Night Fever", Footloose" at Gusman Center
Gusman Center's popular "Flickin' Summer" movie series returns for a second year, featuring four classic dance movies followed by an onstage dance party. It's a cool way to spend a hot summer night! All movies start at 7 p.m. Come early for happy hour drink specials starting at 6 p.m., then stay after the show to dance to tunes from the movie and other retro classics. Get your funky dance gear on to kick it onstage to the beats of DJ Pauer! Door prizes and other surprises will be provided by local merchants. www.gusmancenter.org

Cirque du SoBe?
City Wants Palace Drag Shows to stay, Residents Fear a Potential Circus

The now defunct 'Cabaret District' that once existed on Ocean Drive may have a new booking after city officials all but vowed on Monday to come up with a way to resurrect the concept.
At the June 21 meeting of the Miami Beach Land Use and Development Committee, commissioners and staff discussed a proposed ordinance that would allow outdoor entertainment and performance at establishments between Eighth and 13th Streets. www.theleadmiamibeach.com

The Queen of Comedy
Joan Rivers cant get any respect.
The new documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work says as much as it chronicles a year in the life of the groundbreaking comedian, a life she candidly admits has had many highs and many, many lows.
In case you don't believe me, regarding that respect thing, filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Rikki Stern happened upon capturing Rivers...at a low year. Just her luck. And just the kind of situation begging to be turned into a joke, for Rivers to take ownership of and flip on the sunnier side. www.moviemartin.blogspot.com

A Seafood Shack in the Design District
Chef Jonathan Eismann has your back.
Not only has the man brought you crisp, artisanal pizzas and finger-licking barbecue, now he's doing you a solid by sourcing the freshest, most delicious fruits of the sea.
Say hello to Fin, an upscale seafood hangout, opening Monday in the Design District. www.urbandaddy.com

Poop Warning Lifted for Biscayne Bay Swimmers
It's now safe to go back in the water, as if anyone ever stopped.
The swimming advisory for Haulover Beach and other areas around Biscayne Bay has been lifted after a sewage line leak that sent millions of gallons of poop into the water was stopped. www.msnbc.com

A New Free Taxi Ride in South Beach
Think of Swoop as your new full-time limo driver (who just happens to operate out of a six-passenger electric golf cart) for all of your short-distance travels. You'll be able to use it all over South Beach—from First to 23rd Street, and Ocean Drive to the Bay—from noon to 2am every day.
Swoop Miami, now driving, 305.409.6636
www.urbandaddy.com

Out in the Tropics - July 7th-11th
South Florida's first full-fledged gay contemporary performing arts festival. The festival will present award-winning, cutting-edge GLBT performing artists from around the world who address broad gender and social issues, for an extended weekend of shows and other events at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. www.fundarte.us

Rally to kick off pot decriminalization movement in Miami Beach
A movement to decriminalize marijuana on Miami Beach kicks off Wednesday at City Hall.
Backed by filmmaker Billy Corben, director of the Cocaine Cowboys documentaries, members of the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy will rally outside 1700 Convention Center Dr. in an effort to gather petition signatures. www.miamiherald.com

"Remove from list" request from Peter Rauhofer
When emailing 8,500 people, you sometimes receive a "remove from list" request. This request came from the charming and intellectual Peter Rauhofer.
"remove us from your mailing list. we could care less what a south beach clown like you has to say."
He has been on the email list since July 7th 2007 and was removed on June 16th 2010. We have never met.

A Pink Taco Den in South Beach
Introducing Tacontento, your new technicolor land of coal-fired tacos, soft-open now and fully open this Friday in South Beach.
Whether you're coming in with a date or just a hard-drinking, fuchsia-loving band of misfits, you'll want to head straight for the angel-presided bar and summon something tequila-y like a La Fuente de la Juventud (cucumber juice, cilantro, jalapeño and tequila).
Tacontento
715 N Lincoln Lane Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-673-1552 www.urbandaddy.com

Club Madonna owner files bar complaints against Miami Beach attorneys
Still unable to offer his Club Madonna customers bar drinks at his South Beach strip club, Leroy Griffith is going after current and former Miami Beach officials through a different kind of bar.
Griffith said he has filed complaints with the organization that oversees Florida's registered attorneys, once again alleging that Miami Beach lawyers and officials tried to extort him during legal proceedings as Griffith hoped to change the city's laws regarding nudity and alcohol sales. www.miamiherald.com

Twist's 17 Year Anniversary Party - Wednesday, June 30th 9pm-5am
On Wednesday, June 30th from 9pm to 5am, don't miss Twist's 17th Anniversary. Celebrate the Anniversary of a true South Beach landmark with a premium open bar from 9pm to 11pm followed by an evening of fun and surprises. www.twistsobe.com

Shake Shack to open Wednesday
They’ve already started training staff, and the place is about ready to roll. If you haven’t heard about Shake Shack, it’s the hottest thing on the burger landscape in New York. Get ready! They’ve already started training staff, and the place is about ready to roll. If you haven’t heard about Shake Shack, it’s the hottest thing on the burger landscape in New York. Get ready! www.belleisleblog.com

Obituary: J. Wallace Tutt III, 53; Interior designer attracted celebrity following
J. Wallace Tutt III, a South Florida interior designer and developer whose elegant, understated style attracted a celebrity clientele that included Cher, Gianna Versace, and Robert De Niro, died Saturday morning in the Bahamas.
The cause of death was unclear.
Bahamian police said they were investigating Tutt's death, but would not comment on whether foul play was suspected.
Tutt, 53, lived on a private island he owned off of Harbour Island. He also maintained a penthouse on Miami Beach's Sunset Harbor. www.miamiherald.com

BFF Alert: Kim Kardashian & Christina Aguilera in Miami Beach
Kim and Xtina are spending the weekend in Miami Beach for stylist Simone Harrouche's bachelorette party, RadarOnline.com has learned. The bash took place Friday night at Liv nightclub in the famed Fontainebleau resort. www.radaronline.com

HGTV moves David Bromstad's 'Color Splash' to Miami
Today, the headquarters of his makeovers are 3,000 miles from there in a modest building just past a row of cottages, a mechanic's shop and a social club in the artsy Wynwood neighborhood -- and his designs are inspired by South Florida's dazzling collection of hotels, museums and vintage buildings, most any place with an interesting story. www.miamiherald.com

Margaret Cho in Miami Beach - Tickets on sale Friday!
Margaret Cho will bring her new tour, Cho Dependent, to the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Tickets ($33.50 - $43.50) go on sale on Friday, June 11th at 10am.
Margaret's new tour will feature new stand-up and a few live performances of songs on her forthcoming comedy music album of the same name. www.ticketmaster.com

Miami Beach fed up with flooding, taking action
Less than a week after heavy rains badly flooded parts of Miami Beach for the second time in 12 months, elected officials unanimously voted to commission a study of the city's outdated stormwater system.
Commissioners approved a $1 million agreement with engineering firm Camp Dresser and McKee, which is to conduct the city's first stormwater master plan since 1997. www.miamiherald.com

Funk Shui, new Sunday Tea Dance at the Albion Hotel
A late afternoon/early evening party on Sundays in the outdoor garden and inside bar of the Albion Hotel, 311 Lincoln Road, South Beach. The garden DJs spin dance classics and soulful house, while the inside bar is open format/kook. Four South Beach native DJs, (Smeejay, Jody McDonald, Adora, David Solero) with special guest DJs, rotate around three DJ setups. Drinks are cheap: $5 funk shui swig, $3 beer and no cover. Food is available @ Albion Café. For grown and sexy professionals, Funk Shui (5-10pm) is over in time for you to be in bed before midnight or for the young and young at heart, Funk Shui is a great launch pad for the next party. SEE FLYER

Unfortunate Situation at South Beach Burger King
Just when we thought we were done with all of them, "The Jersey Shore's" top Guido meathead, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, is coming back to South Beach for some fast food burgers.
The ab-sporting arrogant reality star is making an appearance at the Burger King Whopper Bar Thursday to sign autographs for his "fans." www.msnbc.msn.com

Port of Miami tunnel: It's boring work, but it'll ease traffic
Motorists may have noticed bulldozers and road workers on the south side of the MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island near the Miami Children's Museum -- the small beginning of a massive project that will help reshape downtown Miami.
For now, the equipment and workers are the only visible evidence of one of the biggest and most expensive transportation projects in South Florida history: construction of the $1 billion Port of Miami tunnel. www.miamiherald.com

Swimwear Fashion Show at Catalina Hotel - Saturday, June 26th 6pm-8pm
A group of Miami's most exciting emerging designers will showcase and sale this summer's must have items, accessories, clothing and luxury products at exceptional prices! But, it's basically the best trunk show ever – instead of mere racks full of clothes and jewelry, there will be actual models wandering around the pool celebrating summer.
Maxime Bamboo Pool at the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
1732 Collins Avenue Miami Beach www.facebook.com

MDGLCC Annual Gala Awards Celebration -Saturday, June 26th 6:30pm
Join the MDGLCC at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel for the 9th Annual Gala Awards Celebration featuring this year's honoree's: AT&T Business of the Year Award: Morgans Hotel Group; Wachovia (A Wells Fargo Company) Business Person of the Year Award: Steve Rothaus; Hilton Miami Downtown Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award: Safe Schools South Florida; Grey Goose (A Bacardi Brand) Blue Diamond Award: George Neary.
Tickets are $95, tables of ten are $1,500. For further information, go to www.gogaymiami.com

David Leddick Book Signing - Thursday, June 24th 7pm to 9pm
On Thursday, June 24th from 7pm to 9pm, Taschen invites you to join David Leddick at a book signing for "The Male Nude" (576 pages, $14.99) At their new store 1117 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
SPECIAL INVITATION: Photographers of the male nude and men wishing to pose as models are specially invited to meet, greet and be considered for Mr. Leddick's next book. www.facebook.com

Complimentary Tickets for SoBe Social Club Members!
(Send ticket request to tix@seraphicfire.org
and state that you were referred by SoBe Social Club)
Seraphic Fire Presents IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
Out Annual Summer Gospel Program
Sunday, June 13 at 4pm
at Miami Beach Community Church
1620 Drexel Avenue Miami Beach
Seraphic Fire's Gospel concert a perennial audience favorite, the Seraphic Fire singers and Patrick Duprè Quigley sing the biggest hits from past years' gospel programs. Expect to hear "Amazing Grace," "Victory is Mine," "I'll Fly Away," and other favorites. www.seraphicfire.org

Study: Children of Lesbians May Do Better Than Their Peers
The teen years are never the easiest for any family to navigate. But could they be even more challenging for children and parents in households headed by gay parents?
That is the question researchers explored in the first study ever to track children raised by lesbian parents, from birth to adolescence. Although previous studies have indicated that children with same-sex parents show no significant differences compared with children in heterosexual homes when it comes to social development and adjustment, many of those investigations involved children who were born to women in heterosexual marriages, who later divorced and came out as lesbians. www.time.com

Gay adoption ban coming into play in race for Florida attorney general
When voters choose from among five candidates to be Florida's next attorney general, their decision could have a profound effect on some of the state's most highly charged issues, from gay adoption to healthcare reform.
Florida's unique gay adoption ban underscores how the state's chief legal officer can use the position to advance a personal philosophy while adhering to the duties of the job. www.miamiherald.com

Gay guys really are thinner, study says
In a famous episode of "Seinfeld," Jerry complains that people constantly assume he's gay because he's single, obsessively neat — and thin. As it turns out, at least part of that punchline may be anchored in fact.
A new study shows that gay men really are leaner than straight men. And conversely, it also found that gay women tend to be heavier than their heterosexual counterparts. www.msnbc.msn.com

iPhone 4 unveiled with video chat
The flat, stainless-steel-rimmed iPhone 4 — and yes, that's the official name — will be available in black or white, and it'll go on sale June 24, Jobs said. Expect to pay $299 for the 32GB version (same price as last year's 32GB iPhone 3GS, provided you sign a two-year AT&T contract), or $199 for the 16GB model. Also: The iPhone 3G is being discontinued, and the old iPhone 3GS will now sell for $99. www.news.yahoo.com

Kylie Minogue suprise appearance at Splash
Kylie Minogue showed up at Splash Bar in New York to promote her upcoming album, Aphrodite. She performed her new single, "All the Lovers," and a couple of other songs as well.
There are two videos from her appearance. She took the stage with Splash go-go boys as her back up dancers.
You can see the videos here WATCH VIDEOS

Behind the Stage & Screen With The Gusman's Margaret Lake
The Olympia was built in 1926 primarily to showcase silent film. We are still the proud owners of the original Mighty Wurlitzer Organ which was designed to provide full orchestral accompaniment to the silent movies.
Elvis Presley played at the Olympia in 1956 to a screaming crowd on the theater stage. Many great musicians and performers have graced the stage like Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, David Byrne, Luciano Pavarotti and Johnny Cash. www.nbcmiami.com

Introducing the Cast of the 'Gay Housewives of New York'
We got wind of the cast of Logo's new "gay housewives" show. And it's filled with just the fame-hungry, attractive, horrible people you could have imagined.
They're all models! This is going to be a fantastic mess.
The show, which was initially called Kept, is now tentatively being called The A List and is scheduled to air on Logo sometime this fall after taping in NYC this summer. www.gawker.com


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