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Best Optometrist Chic Optique
Best Straight Ally James Franco
If you’re in need of a new pair of eyes, Chic Optique is the one stop shop for your ocular needs. Owners Julie Slateer and Karen Carroll have one goal in mind: to make you look hot, see great and feel good. Their large inventory of frames are yours for the picking – all backed by a one year warranty. The staff is friendly, professional and above all, helpful. A trained optometrist and some stylish frames will have you seeing better in no time.
James Franco is quite the specimen of a man. We’re not just speaking of his looks, ironically enough. Franco has unabashedly starred in a multitude of gay films or roles, despite his heterosexuality. He played Sean Penn’s lover in “Milk,” gay poets Hart Crane in “The Broken Tower,” and Allen Ginsberg in “Howl,” as well as his most recent role in “Interior.Leather Bar.” Franco recently received the HBO Latin America Ally Award at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for both his talents and contributions to LGBT film.
Chic Optique 2228 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-567-3937, chicoptique.net
BEST LOCAL ACTIVIST Michael Rajner Michael Rajner knows no fear. He has taken on state and federal policymakers, newspaper editors, business leaders, and corporate America in his successful effort to bring attention to discrimination against the LGBT community. In particular, Michael is an indefatigable advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. He served as National Secretary of Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) and volunteered as National Community Organizer for the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) and coordinated the AIDS IN AMERICA series of regional meetings and town halls around the nation for people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2011, Equality Florida awarded Michael the “Voice for Equality Award,” and POZ magazine named Michael among its POZ 100 – “some of the bravest, most dogged and downright effective AIDS fighters we know.” Always the fighter and protector of those less vocal, Michael Rajner is the Legislative Director for the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus. May 1, 2013 H 8
2013 has been a hell of a year for the gay community. Political debates may continue to rage on over samesex marriage but unfortunately, the world keeps turning. Every now and then we have to stop and take a moment to celebrate all of the things that life offers us, especially within our community. We’d like everyone to take this opportunity to recognize the “Best Of” winners for their outstanding commitment to their craft, and to thank the readers who help support them.
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BEST LOCAL POLITICIAN Dean Trantalis
For quite some time, The Outlet has been providing Wilton Manors with affordable, trendy clothing. If you’re looking for the perfect local clothing spot, call off the search and stop by The Outlet by Anthony. The Outlet has a wide variety of shirts, jeans, underwear, swimwear, shoes, jewelry and more. Carrying only the hottest items in town, the store’s trendy inventory accommodates all of your clothing needs. Your closet will thank you.
You remember Dean Trantalis, the newest Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner, don’t you? Well, perhaps you know him from his legal firm, Trantalis Law, whose marquee is front and center on Wilton Drive. Or maybe you remember Trantalis from his stint as Vice Mayor of Fort Lauderdale. Then again, it was Trantalis who co-wrote Broward County’s domestic partnership law, giving spousal-like benefits to all mated county residents. He also was co-chair of Americans for Equality, on the board of directors for the Dolphin Democratic Club and the Fort Lauderdale Citizen Review Board, plus named Small Business Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Trantalis was co-chair of the South Florida steering committee for the Human Rights Campaign and is also a member of its National Board of Governors. It’s easy to remember the good guys who give of themselves to serve others.
The Outlet by Anthony 2013C Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, facebook.com/theoutletwiltonmanors
Dean Trantalis, Trantalis Law 2255 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-566-2226, trantalislaw.com
Best Clothing Store The Outlet
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Best Barber Shop MoJo’s
Best Spa Urban Retreat
With hair salons popping up on every corner, it’s becoming Stop the world (if only for a few minutes) and fade into increasingly difficult to find a decent barber shop. Where the magic that is Urban Retreat. Owned by practitioners can a guy get a classic shave? The hot towel treatment? Frank Velaz and MaryLou DiNicolas, this spa offers pain Thankfully, right here in Wilton Manors we have a solurelief and muscle therapy through personal therapeutic tion. If you need to get yourself cleaned up, Mojo’s will massage aimed at relaxing the mind as well as the body. give you an all-star treatment you won’t forget. Did we Talented hands manipulate the tense, tired and aching mention that it’s not just haircuts? Relax with a mani-pedi, among us. As hip as it is transcendental. Urban Retreat get a facial, or even get some of those hard to reach places goes beyond traditional message therapy to heal injuries waxed. Lay back and enjoy. and repair the body through skillful touch. The relief that you’ll experience is instantaneous. The long-term result Mojo’s you’ll swear is magic. 2348 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-566-1350, Urban Retreat or check them out on Facebook. 4450 NE 20th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954-249-9176, feelurban.com
BEST SALON Scissorium Customer service is the key to the success at Scissorium, the award-winning full-service hair salon and skin treatment center in Wilton Manors. Its unpretentious style belies the salon’s soul—sophisticated cuts and styling that mirror fashion runways and haute couture ateliers. Sylists Lorenzo Littlefield and Philip Rodrigues are master technicians in the art of the maintainable color and cut. Using Redken products for the finest professional look, the stylists and technicians at Scissorium had spent years learning their craft and pass along that experience to every client. For a finishing touch, Scissorium’s skincare treatments complete the pampering process, from waxing unwanted hair to peels and facials. It’s just another part of your look of success. Salon Scissorium 2405 North Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-563-1981, scissorium.com
BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZER Kristofer Fegenbush
BEST NON-PROFIT FUNDRAISING EVENT Smart Ride
The Deputy Director at the Pride Center at Equality Park, Kristofer Fegenbush holds a Master of Social Work degree from Florida International University. Known for his quick wit, strawberry blond hair, and effective management style, Kristofer can likely be found at any number of fundraisers held each month both for the Pride Center and other AIDS supportive organizations. A native of Kentucky, Kristofer’s southern accent has a way of disarming even the most callous of individuals, whether clients (the Pride Center attracts some 17,000 people to its activities each year), politicians (Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis is a big fan), or supporters (you know who you are). Need it organized; Fegenbush is the man.
Once a year, not long before Thanksgiving, when the days are getting shorter and the nights cooler, hundreds of bike riders assemble in Miami for a two-day fundraising event called the SMART Ride. While officially the acronym SMART stands for Southern Most AIDS/HIV RideTwentyThirteen, to those of us at Florida Agenda, it is just a SMART thing to do—raise donations by pedaling the 165 miles between Miami and Key West with 100% of pledges being returned to communities to be used for direct services to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Now in its tenth year, the SMART Ride’s goal to is raise $1 million in donations, and its hope is the same as its hope from day one: that this will be the last year the ride is necessary for our future will be one free of AIDS.
Shawn Newman welcomes you into his office located in a transformed home in Wilton Manors and immediately makes you feel like you belong. True, you’ve come for help, but there’s none of that formal posturing to make you feel less significant. Whether you’ve crossed Newman’s office threshold for advice concerning Estate Planning, Living Wills, Elder Planning, Trusts, Probate, Cohabitation Agreements or any of his other specialties, Newman flashes his bear of a smile and suddenly all is well. Your fortune, such as it is, is safe. So too is your future. Be content to know that Shawn Newman will remember to ask questions that you haven’t thought of before. It all part of the service in the law firm that has your protection in mind at all times.
SMART Ride 1314 E Las Olas Blvd, Ste 302, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 866-696-7701, thesmartride.org
Law Office of Shawn C Newman, P.A. 710 N.E. 26th St, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-563-9160, shawnnewman.com
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Kristofer Fegenbush, Deputy Director at the Pride Center at Equality Park, Pride Center at Equality Park 2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-463-9005, pridecenterflorida.org
BEST LAW FIRM Shawn Newman
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BEST PLACE OF WORSHIP Church of the Holy Spirit Song The congregation that packs two Sunday services at Church of the Holy Spirit Song are a joyous lot. Several years back, while going through a rough patch involving scurrilous Internet gossip and false accusation in civil litigation, I turned to a support group that met once a week, feeling very foolish at first. Then, a peculiar thing transpired. In the non-judgmental setting of this group, it was okay to be sad, and upset, and to feel victimized. The new senior pastor Rev. Tom Millner, and the two new associate pastors at the time were Rev. Suzanne Taczak and Rev. Leslie Tipton welcomed me to Sunday services, and I hopped into an inconspicuous seat in a pew at the extreme rear of the church. These service had such a liberating effect on me, that I became known as the writer who cries, for each and every service I would vent my frustration and watch as again and again it was absorbed without question. I still go to Church of the Holy Spirit Song, whenever I feel the need for a good cry and a good sing—music is the lifeblood here. Should you need a non-judgmental house of worship, it does not get any better than this. Church of the Holy Spirit Song 2040B N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-533-9205,cohss.org
BEST REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL Dale Russell “Globally connected; locally respected.” Or so goes the mantra of real estate broker Dale Russell of Atlantic Properties International. Russell, who entered the real estate market eight years ago, is recognized for the extra personalized effort he makes to connect buyers with sellers in a highly competitive business arena. With special certification in luxury home marketing, short sales and foreclosures, and as a graduate of the Realtor Institute, Russell has been a multi-million dollar producer for the Dale Russell Network, and the face of the Five Points intersection bus stop billboard. Russell is a past president of the Pride Center at Equality Park, and with his life partner Jan Carpenter who died in 2012, participated in the joys and challenges of the LGBT community including serving on the boards of several not-forprofit and philanthropic groups. Dale Russell Atlantic Properties International, 3438 N. Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954-564-8182, thedalerussellnetwork.com
BEST DOCTOR Dr. David Lyter In a day and age of impersonal medical tests and doctoring by Internet, it’s comforting to know that the family doctor is in and accepting new patients. It’s been nearly 30 years since David Lyter graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, around the time that the AIDS epidemic was hitting the ground running. It would become Dr. Lyter’s passion, and over the years as he extended his hand and connected personally with patients, he honed his bed-side manner, explaining symptoms, side effects and test results in English. Don’t understand the first time? Dr. Lyter will explain things another way—no rolling of eyes, no barely audible sighs. The operative word in his office is caring—from the front desk staff, to the administrators, to the nurses and technicians. They operate as a team to make you feel well, even before you get better. Dr. David Lyter 1402 NE 26th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, 954-565-7789, medicalgroup.holy-cross.com/david-lyter-md
Best Dentist Dr. Cunningham Getting dental work is terrifying to many, so finding the right one is always a mission. Face it, you’ve been poked and prodded for far too long. You want a skilled, friendly dentist making the decisions for your pearly whites. Calm your nerves, collect yourself and prepare for a surprisingly pleasant visit to the dentist. Dr. Cunningham (as well as the rest of his knowledgeable, warm staff over at Oakland Park Dental) will have all of your problems taken care of before you can say “root canal.” Oakland Park Dental 3047 North Federal Highway, FL 33306, 954-566-9812, oaklandparkdental.com
Best Hidden Gem Le Patio
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Vero Leroux and Jean Doherty are European transplants and life partners. Their love for each other and for food is made crystal clear at Le Patio. There is a warmth about the place – when you’re sitting down in the restaurant, you feel as if you’re sitting down with friends. The fusion of rich European comfort foods is intoxicating to say the least. Lasagna, shepherd’s pie, French onion soup, pasta bolognaise – you name it, they have it. The deserts are equally comforting (assuming you’re not concerned about your calorie intake), rotating out on a regular basis. Vero and Jean have created a wonderful restaurant that you’ll likely miss if you blink, but that’s half of its charm. The other half is of course, the food.
Le Patio 2401 Ne 11 Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-530-4641, lepatiowiltonmanors.com
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Best sANDWICH SHOP The Pink Submarine The Pink Submarine isn’t your typical sandwich shop. For example, the “The Captain” is comparable to a turkey club but with the volume turned all the way up — ham, turkey, tomato, mac and cheese, potato stix and honey mustard. The rest of the subs follow suit, with everything from Granny Smith apples to sriracha mayos, this shop is definitely thinking outside of the box. With a variety of breads, cheeses and meats, the combinations are endless. The topping pairings may seem a little out of the norm for some, but know that that’s how half of the world’s culinary wonder occurs. The Pink Submarine raises the bar for sub shops in every possible way. The Pink Submarine 2041Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-566-2219, thepinksubmarine.com
Best Lunch Alibi
Best Inexpensive Restaurant Courtyard Café
Alibi’s menu has long been praised for its burgers, but now a diverse range of items are available for your enjoyment. Appetizers, sliders, burgers, entrees, kabobs, sandwiches, tacos and even daily specials now span the menu. Their daily lunch specials cover every spectrum of food, including a bacon wrapped meatloaf, surf & turf, a hand battered half chicken and more, all for a surprisingly affordable $9.95. You can sit at the bar (inside or out) or in the shaded courtyard to enjoy your fantastic meal. Come as a group or drop by for a quick lunch break. Whoever you’re with, Alibi is the best lunch spot in town and is perfect for any occasion.
Sometimes you just need a nice neighborhood restaurant with a hodgepodge of delicious yet inexpensive food. Throw in the fact that they’re open for a full 24 hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Courtyard Cafe becomes the clear winner here. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, naughty appetizers and healthy options all compete for your attention on the menu – all at a reasonable price. Whether you’re waking up to start your day, or schlepping home to end your night’s (or morning’s) festivities, Courtyard Cafe provides quality food at an inexpensive price.
Alibi 2266 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-565-2527, alibiwiltonmanors.com
Courtyard Cafe 2211 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-563-2499, wiltonmanorscourtyardcafe.com
BEST BURGER Alibi
BEST ITALIAN FOOD Bona
That Rosie is a wild girl. Her fun-themed Rosie’s Bar & Grill is an institution in Wilton Manors, festooned with colorful paper lanterns and covered open air seating, giving “festive” a new meaning. While the mood sings party, the food is serious stuff. Owners John Zieba and Cliff Mulcahy see that you’re well fed with big burgers, fresh fish, apps, wraps and salads the size of Cleveland. While everyone seems to have their favorite dish at Rosie’s (ours is the Rose Nylund wrap with grilled chicken, crisp romaine lettuce, shaved Asiago cheese, ranch dressing, keep cozy by a tomato-basil tortilla), there’s much more to the experience here than just the menu. Upbeat music, a cross-generational crowd, sexy videos and endless laughter make this bar & grill, a must to experience.
It’s thick, it’s juicy, and it comes in ten versions. The award-winning burgers at Alibi Video Bar, Café, and Sports Bar are 10 ounces of Black Angus beef tucked inside a toasted Challah bun. Prices range from $10 for the Classic Alibi Burger (with lettuce, tomato and onion) to $16 for the Ahi Tuna Burger that substitutes sushi-grade Ahi tuna steak for the Angus Beef (with thinly sliced cucumber, wasabi sauce, seaweed salad, and a soy reduction). In 2011, Alibi’s Knockout Burger (with its roasted jalapeno cream cheese, aged cheddar cheese, roasted garlic mayo and bacon onion jam) was named the “Best Burger in Fort Lauderdale” at the Riverwalk Burger Battle. It was a one-two punch for Alibi Café, which had previous won the title in 2010 with its Champ Burger. The reign continues with Florida Agenda’s 2013 Best Burger award going to the Bleu Moon Burger, crispy savory bacon and all.
Enter Bona Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar and take a step back in time. No nouveau cuisine here; nothing fusion about it. This is traditional old-fashioned Italian goodness that is served up on each and every dish laid before you. Yes, there’s delicious Pizza, and yes, you can get your favorite Calzone, but the real excitement comes layered from the kitchen’s ovens in the form of Baked Ziti, Spinach Manicotti, Ravioli, and Lasagna. Spaghetti, Linguini, Penne, and Fettuccine have their own starring roles to play, whether served with marinara sauce, alfredo, primavera, or with broccoli and oil. Feeling fancy? Order your chicken Fiorentino, Marsala, Cacciatore, or Picatta. Or just soak up some Zuppa di Pesce with some freshly baked rolls and smell like garlic for the next week and love it.
Rosie’s Bar & Grill 2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-563-0123, rosiesbarandgrill.com
Alibi 2266 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-565-2526, alibiwiltonmanors.com
Best Beer Selection Taps & Tapas at The Manor Sometimes an ice cold beer is better than chocolate. While the liquid carbohydrates are extremely lovable, there’s nothing worse than low grade beer. A beer connoisseur won’t be walking into a dive bar to order a double stone IPA any time soon, unless it’s opposite day, in which case you’d receive a single stone in a glass of non-alcoholic St. Pauli. Taps and Tapas at the Manor has 25 beers on tap, and plenty more in bottle form. Pale Ales, dark ales, IPAs, lambics...your thirst will definitely be quenched at this bar. Beer lovers rejoice. Taps and Tapas at The Manor 2345 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-626-0082, themanorcomplex.com
BEST RESTAURANT Rosie’s Bar & Grill
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Best Outdoor Seating Rosie’s Rosie’s is truly the place to see and be seen. It’s their motto for a reason. The beautiful canopy overhead creating shade, the rainbow of Chinese lanterns, the privacy of the landscape, the attentive fantastic staff, the live DJ on Sundays -- they all work together to create an environment that’s both exciting and comfortable. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy your food or drink outdoors. Go on a Sunday before 2 p.m. to get the full effect of an outdoors brunch at Rosie’s. Rosie’s Bar and Grill 2249 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-567-1320, rosiesbarandgrill.com
BEST VENUE TO SPOT A CELEBRITY Bill’s Filling Station It’s said that Lady Gaga has been on the stage here. So has RuPaul of ‘Drag Race” fame. Adam Lambert has shown up for karaoke night on Tuesday, but didn’t sing. Misty Eyez didn’t sing either, but she lip-syncs among the best of them on Sunday’s Trannie Palace weekly event. There’s the always-demure Athena Dion who must be seen to be believed; plus Noel Leon, Nicole Halliwell, Shontelle Sparkles, Mia Patricyk, Twat LaRouge, Chocolatta, Jennifer Wells, Tina Torch, Selena Jimenez, Crystal Chandelier, and Alandra Matthews. More stars than there are in heaven, you say? Well, it may have been the slogan of the old MGM Studios, but the statement works just as well for Bill’s. Fill up and enjoy the experience. VBill’s Filling Station, 2209 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-567-5978, billsfillingstation.com
BEST FIRST DATE RESTAURANT J. Mark’s
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The lighting is dimmed to a romantic glow. The music is tuned to a soft jazz theme. The servers greet, smile and flirt, making you feel like a million bucks. How better to ease into a first date than with the sexy ambiance of J. Mark’s Restaurant? And it doesn’t hurt that the menu won’t break the bank. Your date will be impressed that his order will be served exactly the way he asked, and you’ll gladly pick up the check without flinching, knowing that J. Mark’s has provided the perfect illusion of calm, collected and oh-so-smartly casual—just like clever you. Illusions are alike that. J. Mark’s 1245 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954-390-0770, jmarksrestaurant.com
BEST TAPAS The Manor Complex When tapas first emerged on to the scene in the early 1980s, they were a Spanish version of the venerable Chinese Dim Sum plate. Servings the comprised of a couple of bits, all flavor but little girth. So, when The Manor Complex scrubbed is its fancy restaurant with al fresco dining on the Drive, for a joint they renamed Taps & Tapas we werem ore than just a little curious. Here, among a huge selection of draft beers and bottled craft beers, were teeny plates of provocative flavor. The goal here is to release you from the decision making process to be free to enjoy the camaraderie of new friends and old. Taps & Tapas more than accomplishes that goal, as it assembles happy, chatty people under its eves, encourages you not to care about the mounting bill. Whatever the price, it is absolutely worth it. Taps & Tapas at The Manor Complex 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-533-9314, themanorcomplex.com
Best Art Event Island City Art Walk It’s sort of a given that South Florida is a cultural melting pot. Our diverse population births an expansive collection of art, and Wilton Manors is no exception. Island City Art Walk is the perfect event to showcase local talent, due in part to its sheer volume. It spans the majority of the drive, with various participating spaces — everything from bars and retail establishments to independent galleries. It brings the community together in a way that other events can’t and for that, it is truly a winner. Island City Art Walk Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, islandcityartwalk.com
Best Asian/Far Eastern Dapur Dapur’s high-end bar is trendy and tasteful (and tasty too), but the food is even better. The ultra cool spot serves up a fantastic fusion of sushi and Asian tapas. The papaya salad, kimchee and vegetables, ceviche and crispy duck are just some of the menu’s highlights – we’re guessing you’re already salivating. The sushi is just as phenomenal as the tapas, and if you clean your plate, you should strongly consider ordering one of the decadent deserts. The main lounge serves fantastic hand-crafted drinks and even hosts some hip, lounge inspired music. The restaurant/lounge hosts daily specials and even provides some entertainment on the weekends as well. Dapur Asian Tapas and Lounge 1620 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, 954-306-2663, dapurkitchen.com
BEST ART SPACE Gallery XO You’re first instinct upon seeing the art at Gallery XO, clearly dominated by the male form, is to reach out and cuddle those adorable pecs, or the bubble butt, or arms perfectly pumped to a size that defies the measuring tape. You’ll be temped to ask owner Maciel Contelmo for the models’ names; if only under the pretense that you want to know if there was artistic license at work here. As one who knows several of the actual subjects for my rounds for the Florida Agenda, I’m happy to report that no special license is needed to admire these boys/men. While most are in their 20s, what becomes readily apparent is that as these models, they become more attractive. It’s called hard work, and it pays off should you care to invest the time in yourself and your body. And then, just perhaps, you too can be on the walls of Gallery XO. Gallery XO 2376 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-213-9797, galleryxo.com
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BEST PLACE TO PICK UP A GUY Village Pub
Best Nightclub The Manor The Manor is truly an amazing nightclub. It hosts such a wide range of themed nights that it has to appeal to majority of clubbers. The space covers virtually all of its bases: a Latin night, a hip hop room, a house/dance room, drag shows and even some national acts. What’s also interesting is the décor itself. The interior is decked out with beautiful wallpaper, chaise sofas, and Swarovski red crystal chandeliers, yet never manages to feel intimidating or cold. It’s the perfect spot to dance your glutes off, host an event, or even to meet up with a first date for some happy hour tapas and cocktails. Its 18 and up night might seal the deal for some, but the elegance, charm and comfort make it a universally known and admired nightclub on the drive.
There’s a good reason that there’s always a gaggle of hot men crowding around the openair entrance to the Village Pub on Wilton Drive. Laughing, and touching, and making the kind of eye contact that has “hither-to” written all over their glances, these guys are on the make—mostly single, successful, and fascinated in you. That’s a rarity in this city of tens of thousands of bears, cubs, muscle gods, twinks, drag queens and sissies. Deep inside the Pub, the music is red-hot for dancing, but across the bar near the front doors, thrown wide to the elements, the view is tremendous and tempting. No one strolling the Drive can escape your notice here on the periphery. Be content in knowing that you won’t go home alone, unless, of course, you’ve got relatives visiting from the Olde Country. Village Pub 2283 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 754-200-5244, villagepubwm.com
Best Local DJ DJ Richie Rich (Boom)
Best Drag Performer Misty Eyez
Boom is home to some of the best house music events in the area, and one of the real reasons is because of local DJ Richie Rich. The New York born DJ’s unique fusion of house music makes him a local favorite -- his sets are always a guaranteed good time. Even those that usually find themselves holed up in a corner somehow end up on the dance floor. You can find him in his element on Sunday nights at Boom.
Misty Eyez is one part hostess, one part drag and one part local celebrity. Her weekly party at Bill’s, Tranny Palace, brings in people from all walks of life each week to watch her showcase of wild and crazy queens. But while the show in its entirety may be a hoot, the real reason is due to Misty Eyez, aka “The Eyez of Florida”. Misty is hilarious and talented as hell, but her sweet demeanor off the stage is what really sets her apart from the pack. She is also a part of the non-profit organization known as The South Florida Sisters of the Rising Sun, whose goal is to serve the community by fundraising for charitable organizations as well as educating and raising awareness on HIV and AIDS issues. The multi-talented drag performer is doing everything she can to entertain and educate. See her Sundays at Bill’s for her Tranny Palace show.
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The Manor 2345 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-626-0082, themanorcomplex.com
Bill’s Filling Station 2209 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-567-5988, mistyeyez.net
Best Comedy/Variety Show Lips Drag dining is a hard thing to nail. Everything has to be just right for it to succeed, especially if you’re interested in longevity. Fortunately, Lips has been successfully doing shows for a little over six years, offering a multitude of shows, themes, stars and performers. Twat Larouge’s hilarious performances have gained her a cult following due to her wild, unique, comical persona. Throughout the years, the cast has always remained glamorous while peppering in some zest, landing it in special place as the best Comedy and Variety Show of South Florida. Lips 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334, 954-567-0987, floridalips.com
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Best Cruising Bar The Ramrod The Ramrod is dark, provocative and above all, a little gritty. There’s nothing wrong with grit. Every now and then you need to get a little dirty. A little...primal if you will. But contrary to what you may think, at the Ramrod, it’s not just bears. Leather, jockstrap, underwear and Levi’s enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes. On Tuesday nights, they host their famed underwear night, where any attendees who check their pants at the door (yes, you read that right) are granted an hour of open bar. You’ll likely be caught off guard by how fast the room fills up. Once a month the bar hosts another notorious event called Pig Dance. The hottest guys from all over the tri-county area come to this dark, dungeon-like bar to dance and embrace their inner wild child. Your job is to approach it with an open mind and let loose a little. After all, you’re cruising right? Ramrod 1508 NE 4 Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-763-8219, ramrodbar.com
Best Martini Infinity Lounge
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Infinity Lounge’s martinis are well-known around the drive. They’re refreshing, original and strong. They have everything from fruity and crisp to sweet and rich. Some customers opt to get the martinis made with fresh fruit while others give in to the aforementioned decadence (like the Lemon Caramel Poundcake or Strawberry Decadence Martinis). These martinis are skillfully made for a price that won’t break your bank. A multitude of weekly/daily specials will have you returning for more. If you haven’t visited Infinity Lounge yet, Sinatra Sundays – where they play, you guessed it, a Sinatra inspired playlist – is the perfect start to your new-found martini obsession. Infinity Lounge 2184 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 764-223-3619, infinityloungefl.com
Best Bear Party Growl Fridays at Bill’s Filling Station If you’re hungry for bears, Growl Fridays will whet your appetite. The name is self explanatory: it’s a night where bears come together to mingle, dance and have a healthy dose of fun. The party brings together furry friends and newcomers as well to rub bodies together on the dance floor. VJ Barry Browder brings the beats, host Miss Kitty tames the pack and there’s even a sexy body contest at midnight with a cash prize. The room (and parking lot) gets pretty packed, so get there early and pick a prime spot to camp out. If you’re a cub in search of a new bear (or vice versa), you might just find your niche at Growl Fridays. Bill’s Filling Station 2209 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-567-5988, billsfillingstation.com
Best New Bar Rumors Rumors, formerly Matty’s, is a fun new space on the drive. It feels both brighter and more open than Matty’s, which has been received well by patrons. Owner and manager Brendan Corman has been doing everything he can do to make it a memorable, fun experience for everyone. A 90’s night on Tuesdays, $1 well drinks and drafts on Wednesdays, a drag night on Thursdays..this bar will get you in for a good time one way or another. The video screens are always playing something fantastic, and when a VJ is there, it’s game on. Did we mention there’s a full kitchen? Appetizers, sandwiches, salads – all fresh and available day and night. Rumors 2426 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-565-8851, rumorsbarwiltonmanors.com
Best 18 and Over Night Manor Bubblegum Fridays If you’re between the ages of 18-20, you’re probably frustrated for two reasons: one, you can serve in your country’s military and fire a gun but you can’t legally drink just yet, and two, you have a hard time getting into virtually any night club. Thankfully, the Manor has created an 18 and up night that is fun for old, young and younger. The night, called Bubblegum Fridays, brings a devoted fan base every week. The youthful crowd is always ready to party like the best of them; they’re not exactly hard on the eyes either. It’s a great way for young gays to congregate and emerge themselves into gay culture in a fun, safe environment. The Manor 2345 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-626-0082, themanorcomplex.com
BEST HAPPY HOUR Alibi It’s hard to imagine a better or easier deal—Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., it’s Happy Hour at Alibi Video Bar, Café, and Sports Bar. Buy one drink, and get the second one free. There’s a good reason that everyone is happy here. The drinks are strong, and served in real glasses, not throwaway cups. It makes a difference as the frost forms around your drink to keep it frosty. With perfect Spring weather upon us, the outside patio bar takes full advantage of the season, while the inside three bars add refreshing AC and videos to the mix. Happy Hour doesn’t get more festive or fun. Alibi 2266 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954-565-2526, alibiwiltonmanors.com
Realty Mogul Rick Gibson Dies At 53 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Highly respected realtor Rick Gibson sadly passed away on the morning of April 25, 2013 at the age of 53. The realty giant was respected by his peers and was a wildly successful gay professional in South Florida. Known for his high standards and attention to meticulous details, Gibson was a facet of the gay community that did not go unnoticed — most notably in his work with Remax Realty. When speaking of the level of commitment to his work, Paul Hyman (who formerly worked with Rick at the GLCC – now the Pride Center), says in a statement to the Florida Agenda: “Rick connected us with essential resources: media, IT, marketing, graphic design and legal. He spearheaded early rebranding efforts and was very generous with his time and money. Rick was no stranger to controversy and was not low maintenance. Since then we maintained periodic contact before I moved away, as well as warm affection and regard for each other. Rick did a lot for our community. May he rest in peace.” According to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the cause of Gibson’s death is still pending, due to ordered toxi-
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cology reports. Since it will take two to three weeks for an official cause of death to materialize, friends and family will have to patiently wait to receive closure. Make sure to stay connected to the FloridaAgenda.com for any updates on this story.
Heather Winters Wins Hometown Hero Award Miami Beach, FL – This past weekend at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Heather Winters won the Hometown Hero Award. The Hometown Hero
Award recognizes Winters as a Miami native filmmaker. The MGLFF said they are “Excited to present Ms. Winters with this award since she is not only a homegrown talent, but also has focused on bringing Miami stories to the big screen with ‘Class Act’ and now ‘TWO: The Story of Roman and Nyro.’”
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For Gay Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Not Enough
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we are” part. Can you really say we come here to be who we are when so many of us are not comfortable being who we are — as illustrated by the many men who dress up as women or pretend to be another person at night while being “themselves” during the day. I’m not judging. I’m asking. But it seems to me that an awful lot of people in Wilton Manors settle in South Florida, not to come to a place to be something, but to escape the real world, whether that manifests itself in pretending to be a different character, promiscuous sex, or indulging in drugs and alcoholism. Or is South Florida all that different from the rest of the country? (See stats below.) It seems that gays and lebians are more likely to commit suicide than the rest of the general population. So, it may be that, because of the higher concentration of gays in the area, such cases are more obviously frequent. But if we run here to live in a paradise of our own making, the question remains, shouldn’t the rate of suicides be remarkably less? From my own perspective, I would say the high rate of suicides has to do with how we treat each other. Suicide is the killing of the self. In order to get there, you have to hate your life or yourself. Perhaps, more appropriately, it’s giving up on a desire to go on. After having lived
here for six years, this is the first job I’ve had among my fellow gay refugees, where I am treated with any kind of decency, even kindness. Prior to this, what I have observed is a contempt by gays for other gays, which can only come out hating who you really are. I have known of a business owner with an insatiable contempt for older gays, and an equally insatiable appetite for younger ones. When he couldn’t get the latter to kneel before him, he would find a way to get revenge. One such victim who refused his advances had the misfortune of being arrested for possession. The business owner with the obsession for younger men got his revenge by writing about this arrest in a newspaper. As a result, the young man in question became unemployable and ended up hanging himself from a tree (but was rescued in time). This is just one of many such cases involving this prominent resident of Wilton Manors. No one in this community that I have told about these cases has been shocked, dismayed or found it necessary to stop supporting this man. Maybe deep down we really aren’t proud to be who we are. Maybe we’re ashamed and attack other gays because they represent what we hate in ourselves. In any case, we need to examine what is really going on and deal with it openly.
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by george dauphin s we await the final conclusions from real estate star Rick Gibson’s autopsy, we (well, some of us, anyway) contemplate the meaning of all the recent suicides that have touched the gay ghetto known as Wilton Manors. Since I have been the creative director for the Florida Agenda, Gibson may be the third major suicide news story I have had to handle, if it is determined that his is such a case. In the 35 years I lived in New York, I was touched by only one suicide — that of a classmate while attending Parsons School of Design. In the six years I have lived in the Wilton Manors area, I have known of two suicides of acquaintances, four suicide attempts and countless suicidal tendencies, including my own, prior to being financially rescued by my present employers. It doesn’t take a Rhodes scholar to understand that something is wrong here. “Here,” not in the abstract sense, but in the geographical sense. Something is not right with the gay ghetto that we think of as the paradise we’ve flown to in an exodus during the past ten years to feel safe from the rest of the world, to allow ourselves to be who we are. Right off the bat, one can see there is something wrong with that. It’s the “who
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Expressions of Hope Project for Our Community You are invited to join Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP) as they collaborate with Robin Braun, the Executive Artistic Director of the Inside Out Theatre Company, Inc. (www. insideouttheatre.org) and Sunserve (www.sunserve.org), The Pride Center of Equality Florida (www.pridecenterflorida.org) and the City of Wilton Manors (www.wiltonmanors.com). We like to think of it as our own version of the “It Gets Better Project,” but it’s more powerful than just giving people hope for the future. With the proper resources and education, FISP believes we can make our community FEEL MUCH BETTER right now and support each other. If you would like to attend or have further questions, please call FISP at 954-384-0344.
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Hunt spoke to the audience more about the song and why she decided to write it.
Venice, CA – 95-year-old actress Marsha Hunt lost many roles throughout her career due to her liberal political stances in 1947. Hunt has since dedicated her time to working with a variety of causes, one of which just so happens to be supporting the LGBT community. She penned the song, “Here’s to All The lovers” in support of marriage equality, which was performed by Carol McArthur at the Talking Stick in Venice, CA. Following the performance,
same-sex marriage. The KSTP/Survey USA poll comes out at a perfect time – one month from the Minnesota House and Senate marriage equality vote. In some very close results, 51% of Minnesotans favored same-sex marriage, 47% are opposed and 2% are undecided. Last fall, Minnesotans gave same-sex marriage amendment the thumbs down. It’s going to be a close call, but it’s still an improvement nonetheless.
Care Coalition, said this will “help eliminate roadblocks to care for a population vulnerable to bias.” Mallon wrote in a statement, “There is no principled reason for denying a transgender employee medically necessary health care.”
New Poll Shows More Minnesotans Favor 95-Year-Old Actress Writes Marriage Equality MN – A new poll shows Marriage Equality Song Minneapolis, that the majority of Minnesotans favor
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Rutland, VT – Vermont mandates health insurance for transgender patients according to a bulletin given by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation’s Division of Insurance. The bulletin states that the “DFR is committed to ensuring that Vermonters do not face discrimination in accessing medically necessary health care benefits, including those based on gender identity and gender dysphoria.” Corey Mallon of the Vermont Equal
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New York, NY – Jason Collins came out as the first gay athlete in a major American pro sport. While others have come out of the closet, it has been post-retirement or while inactive. In his Sports Illustrated essay, Collins says, “No one wants to live in fear. I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly.” It’s a historical step for American sports and will hopefully inspire athletes and fans alike.
Vermont Orders Insurance Companies to Cover Gender Reassignment
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Sara Evans has been playing country music since the ripe age of five. Yes, five. The oldest of seven children, Evans played with her family’s band at the age of five, transitioned into nightclub performances in her teen years, and eventually moved to Nashville to pursue her imminent career in country music. Now, Evans is a strong contender in the genre, earning multiple number one hits and awards. See boys and girls, dreams really do come true. 5 p.m. Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena. 30013 Josie Billie Hwy, Clewiston, 33440.
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Brahms 4 All The Miami Symphony Orchestra Presents Brahms 4 All. The Miami Symphony Orchestra, now in its 23rd season, continues to push Miami into the direction of cultural greatness. The symphony, lead by conductor Eduardo Marturet, pianist Philippe Entremont and 80 other professional musicians from around the world represent Miami’s diversity and passion for the arts. The symphony will be performing Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 4. 8 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center. 1300 Biscayne Blvd, MiBallets Trockadero at the Parker Playhouse May 2nd ami, 33132.
Ballets Trockadero, Cinco de Mayo and Joy Formidable By Grant James
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The “Trocks” Are Coming, The “Trocks” Are Coming
Mo’Nique Is Back And Ready For Changes
“Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo” (try saying that one time fast), dances a fine line between art and humor. The troupe of manly dancers, known as “Trocks,” bring fantastic flexibility, flamboyant gestures, and impressive moves to the stage this Thursday for all of your hungry eyes to see. The troupe parodies classical ballets such as “Swan Lake” and “Le Corsaire” with finesse, humor and what the Austin Chronicle calls, “A self-deprecating brilliance.” 8 p.m. Parker Playhouse. 707 NE 8 St, Fort Lauderdale, 33304.
Mo’Nique built up a reputation as a stand up comedian before landing the role of Nikki Parker on the TV show “The Parkers.” She went on to headline various large venues before becoming the hostess of Showtime at the Apollo. She had a minor role on Ugly Betty and a BET talk show called “The Mo’Nique Show,” but is focusing on a new chapter in her life in 2013: weight loss. The comedian invites fans to join her on her day-today weight loss updates via her website, moniqueworldwide.org. 10:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre at Hard Rock Casino. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 33314.
Bill’s Filling Station starts their Cinco De Mayo a little early this year. Starting at 11 p.m., Porsche and special guest Sherry Vine will be performing, followed by a balloon drop at midnight. Cinco De Mayo falls on a Sunday this year, so we know this weekend will be busy to say the least. 11 p.m. Bill’s Filling Station. 2209 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, 33306.
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Intergalactic Nemesis: Sci-Fi Meets The Stage “Intergalactic Nemesis” is one of those rare experimental projects that will thrill, entertain and have you in total awe. When Molly Sloan and her assistant discover that alien sludge monsters are trying to invade Earth, they find that they’ve bit off more than they can
“May the Force be with you” has grown from a saying with a cult following to a way of life. There are “Star Wars” religions based on “The Force,” but what really takes the cake is “Star Wars” Day. May 4 is a day to celebrate all things “Star Wars,” and if you’re a fan, this is probably old news to you. Green Room will be holding their second annual “May The Fourth Be With You” event, and while it’s not mandatory to dress in costume, those wookies won’t be very forgiving if you don’t. 10 p.m. Green Room. 109 SW 2 Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 33312.
Pig Dance: where pigs from all walks of life come to dance. But seriously, this was voted the Best Bar for Cruising of 2013 by readers of the Florida Agenda. The oncea-month Pig Dance is a chance for you to unleash your inner beast and just completely let loose. DJ Roke Carrera from Spain will be providing dark, dance-worthy music and the “woofs” that come out of the woodwork will keep you there until the lights come on. 10 p.m. Ramrod. 1508 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 33301.
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chew. Over 1,200 images are projected on stage, with three actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist performing all of the story’s voices, music and sound effects to create an unforgettable experience. 7 p.m. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, 33401.
5K Of Color Color Run is a 5K with a bit of a twist. Instead of dressing like a superhero or wading through mud, you get to run through blasts of non-toxic colored chalk. It’s fun, it’s safe, and of course, it’s nice to look at. The three mile run focuses less on who finishes first and more on enjoying the experience. Whether you participate as a team, family, couple or even if it’s a goal you want to personally reach, Color Run really encourages everyone to joyfully participate. 7:30 a.m. Huizenga Plaza. 32 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 33301.
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My Heart In A Suitcase The story of “My Heart In A Suitcase” is a moving one that touches on the tale of Holocaust survivor, Anne Lehmann. The story aims to touch the audience by adapting this survivor’s story, in an effort to learn more about the Holocaust. Watch as they educate viewers on World War II, the Holocaust, and how Anne survived due to her strength. 10 a.m. Parker Playhouse. 707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale, 33304.
Alternative Welsh Rock Band Comes To Culture Room Welsh alternative rock band The Joy Formidable will be touring in support of their second full length studio album, Wolf’s Law, on Tuesday night at the Culture Room. The writing for Wolf’s Law was done on
the road during the year-long tour in support of previous album, The Big Roar. The album was released January 22 and has received high praise from critics across the board. 7:30 p.m. Culture Room. 3045 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 33306.
Memphis Creates Some Broadway Buzz Memphis is a brand Broadway musical birthed from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee. The musical focuses on two rather different characters: a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black lounge singer who’s itching for her big break. Memphis won four Tony Awards in 2010, and has received a lot of great buzz. The Associated Press calls it, “The very essence of what a Broadway muscial should be.” 8 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center. 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 33132.
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Cinco de Massive is Grand Central’s answer to a typical, Mexican themed party. With DJ sets by Nadastrom, Craze and Sabo, this party is going to dominate. Nadastrom (helmed by Dava Nada) has over 21,000 likes on Facebook, just under 10,000 followers on SoundCloud and is credited as the creator of the genre Moombahton (think house meets reggaeton). Bring your sombrero if you want to get really wild. 10 p.m. Grand Central. 697 N Miami Ave, Miami, 33136.
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Thai Cuisine with a Happy Face
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crispy duck, frog legs) or seafood (sea bass, grouper, jumbo shrimp, lobster, soft shell crab, squid, scallops, and whole red snapper). After selecting your protein, it’s time for the flavor— and this is where Sukhothai is unique. Choose between a selection of nine tradition Thai spicy sauces or eight non-spicy sauces for a different taste experience for every visit. This particular evening, we selected Massaman Curry over Sukhothai Veal ($16.50). One of the more complicated flavor pairings on an extensive menu matches red chilis, with coriander and cumin seed, balanced by cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cardamom, white pepper, garlic, galanga, lime, lemongrass, and shrimp paste. This porridge is simmered with potatoes, peanuts, and onions and compliments the sliced veal for a Thai stew effect. One word: spectacular. The Crispy Duck ($18.95) is baked to a crunch, which allows the fat to drain from under the skin and saturate the bird for moist delight. When served with the Fresh Hot Basil Sauce, this dish becomes sublime. Susie’s son Eddie Watana says that Sukhothai Hot Basil Sauce is unique to the restaurant and we believe him. It uses a fistful of sweet basil leaves that are sautéed with oil, onion, peppers, snow peas, zucchini, and garlic. The result is an evolution of flavors that changes even as you chew. A remarkable dish that deserves to become the go-to favorite it will become. Sukhothai is not inexpensive, but worth every penny for the portions are large and the setting is sublime. Florida Agenda knows these things.
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ukhothai is a northern province in Thailand, dating back to the 13th century and nestled in the valley of the Yom River. It was the first capital of Siam, and in case you’ve never been, it’s a tranquil place. Lots of zen to spare. While it may seem a radical jump from Indochina to Fort Lauderdale, Sukhothai on East Sunrise Blvd. brings the flavor of Siam into Gateway Plaza. Sukhothai means “Dawn of Happiness,” and after eating at this peaceful haven of exotic tastes, happy you will be. The appetizers offered at Sukhothai run from the traditional Spring Rolls ($5.95), the far healthier Summer Rolls ($5.95)—fresh veggies and shrimp wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper, and Ka Noom Jeeb Dumblings ($7.95)—six steamed dumplings with shrimp, chicken, bamboo shoots, mushrooms and water chestnuts that are topped with fried garlic and a brown secret sauce. The favorite of the kid in us has got to be the Mee Krob ($7.95). These fried crispy noodles, seldom seem on local Thai restaurants but popular with Bangkok street vendors, are saturated with a semi-sweet plum sauce and mixed with shrimp and bean spouts. An instant winner. The Pad Thai Noodles ($12.95) are more than just a tradition at Sukhothai; they’re Susie Komolsane specialty. Susie owns Sukhothai and knows that a restaurant’s Pad Thai noodles define the place. The rice noodles in this recommended dish are done al dente (or whatever the Thai equivalent is) with a lovely firm bite that is absent in most overcooked Pad Thai. The noodles are sautéed with moist chicken, shrimp, eggs, ground peanuts, bean sprouts and sliced green onions in a cacophony of flavors the dance on the palate. The dish is perfect to accompany the Tom Kha Gai ($5.50), the soup that blends coconut milk, lemongrass, chopped scallions, chili, galanga (a ginger-like root), mushrooms and lime juice in a recipe that is part fire-part soothing exilir. Entrees at Sukhothai fall into the meat division (chicken, beef, pork,
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survey tries to expose the truth! So, I did this survey at my own expense. I hope you will enjoy reading the results, which are based on 44% return of 134 questionnaires. For a copy, please email me: PASTORMUSTGO@aol.com. I tried to share the survey results with Durrell and other members of the church board. When told I couldn’t, I explained I would pass out the results to all members in the parking lot. But, Ed Johnson, a paid church staffer, said: “I WILL HAVE YOU ARRESTED BY THE SHERIFF IF YOU GIVE OUT THIS SURVEY ON CAMPUS.” I’m sure you’ll agree, it was not a very Christian response on his part. What is he afraid of? But, it is all too typical of a preacher and staff member who are closed minded and attempt to bully others to keep quiet. I ask you....when many members are leaving or have left....why can’t we speak or discuss it at the church annual meetings. Why can’t we speak or discuss it at the board meeting. Why can’t we let members know why others are leaving the church? What happened to FREEDOM OF SPEECH? It is my church too. Why can’t we be concerned about our church members? Why can’t we talk about why more than 150 long time members have left and what can be done to try to bring them back or keep more from leaving? My survey is NOT negative as has been stated. But a very positive effort because the responses expose the truth of what is happening at the Sunshine Cathedral. I hope we all pray that Durrell Watkins can become a better preacher. With insight from the survey results, we all can hope to see a better Cathedral for everyone. I hope that our EX members who have left might return! But so far, the preacher still doesn’t want people
to speak the truth. We are only supposed to talk about positive things as he dictates, which we all know is just his half-truth. It’s like he wants us to drink his version of kool-aid, without thought or question. He doesn’t want to hear what we have to say. In fact, his last sermon was about me and attacked my freedom of speech. He showed on the big screen in the sanctuary, a person with tape across the MOUTH. It was directed at me to keep my mouth shut. Now you see why I must turn to and publish this in the media. We must try to let people know the truth. We must let people know why many long-time Christian members feel they must leave their church. The Sunshine Cathedral is my church too. I will not leave, even though the preacher has asked me to find another church. You guessed it. I refused. I will be at the church for the long haul, to see preachers come and go. I am a Christian that believes a good shepherd will find out why any sheep leaves his fold. And then, fix the problems. Our preacher seems not to follow the teachings that OUR LORD has taught us! Why our preacher did not want to do this study is unbelievable! Why doesn’t he want long time members to stay at the church? Why he cannot practice what he preaches makes me think he has a problem! He and his staff seem to be bullying people so he can have his way, without question or discussion. He seems to hope that people who disagree will leave the church. What kind of church leader is that? Yet, he could take this study, listen to the responses and become a better minister. If the past is any indication, he will probably become bitter and accuse me of not being a positive member.
We once had a Cross on our Steeple as a symbol of our Christian church. It is gone. We sing the Lord’s Prayer, but only with Durrell “approved words.” We sing hymns, but only with Durrell “approved words.’ We pray, but only with Durrell “approved words.” We used to have wonderful music, but the choir has decreased to about ten volunteers and two paid. Instead of hearing our 1/2 million dollar pipe organ, we have a poorly played guitar as our lead worship instrument. He removed the words Father, Son, Kingdom and all the other words that we are told are so offensive to women. It seems he has alternative plans and is using the church to do them to fulfill his fantasy world. He seems happier when dressed as a Drag Queen looking for an audience. And, it appears he uses the church to fulfill his childhood dreams of becoming a star, rather than being a pastor, in the true sense of the word, to ALL the flock at the Sunshine Cathedral. Let’s encourage our members to speak freely and openly. Let’s solve our problems. Let’s leave behind the dictator style of leadership and encourage all to participate. Let’s make our members happy and ask the many who have left to return to the fold. I am a very positive member of our Church, with hopes of seeing Jesus and His Christian teachings back again at THE SUNSHINE CATHEDRAL. Blessings and thanks for reading this,
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y Fellow Members and Former Members of The Sunshine Cathedral. I love our church. So, I did some research to find out why so many long time members have left and are leaving. This is what I call positive research and the results could help make The Sunshine Cathedral a better place to worship. But, I don’t think our Preacher can accept the results. It seems every time someone questions why something is done or suggests an alternative, he has a very negative feeling toward the questioner. I believe he thinks that it is a personal attack on him. He does not seem to see that feedback can make him a better Preacher and maybe someday, a better Pastor to his flock. Why did I do research in the form of a survey? Because, the leaders of the church do not want to hear the TRUTH. In fact, it seems open and honest discussion about the many who left the church is not allowed. The last two years at each of the annual congregation meetings, I was the only member to ask questions. I asked why so many members were leaving Sunshine Cathedral? No answer from the preacher. The January 2013 meeting I said I had a list of more than 100 long-time members who left the Cathedral. I asked Durrell if he wanted a copy. He said NO! Can you believe that? As I continued to ask another question, I was told by a member behind me, to shut up and sit down. I turned around and told that member to go to hell. Then it was announced the meeting was over! No more questions, no more discussion. This experience made me feel that a survey was needed because I suspected that our preacher and staff might be covering up something. This
A true leader and pastor would do so, a divisive dictator would not. Which one is Durrell Watkins?
Pastor should admit mistakes, aPologize and reach out to all his flock
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uepos, Costa Rica is one of those quaint beach towns with tiny stores painted in bright colors and cafes that scream charm and authenticity. The first port on the eight-day msy Wind Star sailing adventure from Source Events, Quepos was once a bustling banana capital, before the Panama disease plague wiped all that out. Tourism fortunately saved the day and Quepos was reborn in an explosion of charm. Located right next to the picturesque Manuel Antonio National Park white sand beach (a scuba hot spot), Quepos is full of internet cafes, which unfortunately were all closed during our visit, since the Wind Star arrived in Quepos on a Sunday—the Costa Rican day of rest. Finding Internet service was our main reason for leaving the luxury of the sailing yacht. Internet service on the Wind Star is slow and prohibitively expensive-costing $89 for 60 megabytes of service. Converting that to a number of minutes is impossible, since the rate is based on the type of data being downloaded. Text takes less broadband than pics or videos. A $40 round-trip cab ride to Hotel Casa Roland fixed the problem.
By day two, we found ourselves off the coast of Golfito, known for its sports fishing and the Duty Free Shopping Centre (Deposito Libre Comercial de Golfito), near the border with Panama. It’s also home to Fish Hook Restaurant located on the pier, popular with locals and tourists alike. In the evening, costumes ruled the pool deck of the Wind Star as the Full Moon Tropical Fantasy Party held center stage, where more than a few Tarzans found a home among a bevy of Carmen Miranda lookalikes. The following morning, a spectacular sunrise greeted our arrival at Isla Colba, our first Panamanian port, and our first chance to see a salt-water alligator upclose and personal. This 12-footer was big enough to have a name—Tikko—and a reputation—lazy. The unscheduled appearance at fitness trainer Andy Kress’s beach serenity and meditation class made the rounds of the shipboard gossip, leaving all those who missed the class (and Tikko) to settle for photo documentation. The Source Events and Wind Star crew coordinated an incredible ocean front barbecue—no easy task on a island whose only improvement is some rest
“What makes our Source Events Windstar Cruises so special is the intimacy of sailing on your own private yacht with like-minded guests from around the world.” – Craig Smith rooms with fresh water showers. But the food spread and drinks were absolutely first rate; though we’re still curious how the team transported a hot barbeque back to the ship. Yet as grand as the Isla Colba beach
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