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THE INFINITE WEEK
‘Rumors’ Has It, ‘Boom’ Discos, and Liore Dishes By Rick Karlin
Saturday night welcomed the Drive’s newest watering hole, Rumors Bar and Grill, which occupies the space formerly held by Matty’s. Co-owner Nick Berry was on hand, along with studly GM Brendan Corman and a good percentage of the Drive’s crowd, to wish bona fortuna to the establishment. Village Pub co-owner Greg Phelps, attorney and politico Dean Trantalis, and a parade TRIBUTE TO of notables stopped in to say hi and ROGER EDENS: chat with friends and staff—many of Audrey Hepburns’ whom were brought onboard from famous pose in among the previous bar’s expert Funny Face barmen and team, including the cute and capable Jason Basilico. Down the Drive, Out of the Closet celebrated its 5 Year Anniversary with a block party in the parking lot of Wilton Manors City Hall, with free food, free cocktails and beer BTW, if you register for Nuts About Yogurt’s (poured with a smile by Infinity Lounge owner rewards program, you’ll get a free 8 oz. yogurt. Ken Hill and Crew), and free rapid HIV testing. Best part: if you register, you don’t have to keep On Sunday, the sounds of Super Bowl rang out track of any cards, it’s all taken care of for you on across town, with most bars and eateries offering the store’s computer. “shelter” from the madding crowds. Buckets of The Galt Ocean Mile Library was packed beer at Rosie’s, appetizers and drinks at Alibi, and last Thursday for the presentation by Chuck a fun vibe with Gilbert, the cute, fun and friendly Prentiss, “A Tribute to Roger Edens and the Carlos, and the game (yes, there was a game Great MGM Musicals of the 1940s and 1950s.” between commercials) to rock the houses were the Prentiss—called “Broadway’s Ambassador to order of the day. the World” and the star of JLTV’s hit TV series, Bill’s Filling Station was packed for the Season “Jewish Broadway”—had the crowd enthralled 5 premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Bartender with stories and anecdotes about Edens, who was Michael lubricated folks (with cocktails) before the the songwriter for many popular tunes by Judy show started, and the bar’s tables were packed so Garland, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, tight that when I went up to refill my drink, my Audrey Hepburn, and Donald O’Connor. table was taken over by a pair of queens by the On Saturday night, the crowd packed both time I got back. We chatted during commercials levels of Boom on the Drive for its Studio 54 with Joshua Netzel, Kiliko Steinmetz, Anthony flashback, an event that included the hottest Glenn, and Carry Wilson (who should not be tracks from the hottest era in party music. A confused with Carnie Wilson). Earlier that evening, Who’s Who tripped the light fantastic on the I stopped in at Boom for a cocktail to start off the disco floor while bartenders—including Original evening and had a great chat with Russ. Studio 54 Pouring Hottie Sal DeFalco, and Hottie Liore, the ever-so-gracious proprietor of Nuts for All Time Jeff Coons—served $1 well drinks, About Yogurt on Wilton Drive promised me some Lissa Good performed live on stage, and the good dish very soon (and I don’t mean dessert). crowd turned the beat around with smiles on their There are plans afoot there for a special event. faces and music in their hearts.
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WHAT’S HIS ALIBI? Stirring more than drinks at Alibi’s Tavern on the Green
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“Well written roles that crackle with intelligence and rhythm. DOUBT is superably told yarn.” —John Lahr, New Yorker.
“Even as DOUBT holds your conscious attention, it sends off stealth charges that go deeper emotionally. It is tight and absorbing. One of the year’s ten best!” —Ben Brantley, New York Times. Blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all sides, the play is set in 1964 but could not be more timely. DOUBT is a lean, potent drama…passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing.” —Linda Winer, Newsday.
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“The best play of the season. The audience gasps out loud at its startling twists and turns. Mr. Stanley deserves the highest possible praise for DOUBT: he doesn’t try to talk you into doing anything but thinkinghard-about the complexity of human behavior.” —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal.
Renaissance Knights, DILFs, and a Fella Who Sings Ella
Willie Nelson at the Hard Rock Live (2/7)
The Week, 2/7 to 2/13/2013 By Grant James
Willie Nelson: “Stone” Cold Serious oWillie Nelson may be 79, but he tours like a wee lad still working on his first “j.” The longtime supporter of marijuana decriminalization comes off like a party animal, but he still possesses a very serious degree of artistic integrity. Nelson tours regularly (almost yearly), and although he had to cancel tour dates after being diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, he continued writing music during his recovery. He even does his part to give back to Mother Earth with his own biodiesel company, Bio-Willie. Catch the Red-Headed Stranger at 7 p.m., at Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood).
Magic is Real (Sort of)! oLike Robin Williams in “Patch Adams,” the “Healing of Magic” workshop explains how therapeutic magic tricks can be beneficial for motor, cognitive, psychosocial, and sensory processing skills. Lead by expert Kevin Spencer, the progressive workshop combines art with healthcare to create a unique therapeutic modality, one approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association. At 9 a.m., in the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5 Ave., Fort Lauderdale). THE WEEK continues on page 32
THE WEEK Florida Renaissance Festival (2/9)
Andrea Bocelli: The Voice of the Angels oThe world’s most popular Italian and classical singer, famed tenor Andrea Bocelli returns to the BB&T Center (formerly BankAtlantic) for an exclusive South Florida performance to support his newest studio album. The sightless operatic singer (who Jimmy Buffet (2/2) lost his vision at age 12) blends classic opera with pop for an unforgettable experience that appeals to virtually everyone. His newest effort, “Passione,” is comprised of love duets, and features guest vocals from Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado. At 8 p.m., in the BB&T Center (1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise).
Sister says, “Life is a Cabaret” oThis “one nun” musical comedy show features “Sister Robert Anne” teaching Cabaret Class. Using a blackboard, chalk, and the audience as her class, Sister Robert Anne explains—through hilarious sketches and musical numbers, featuring audience participation—everything you need to know to throw a successful cabaret production. This kiki is marvelous, and it would be a sin to miss it. At 8 p.m., in the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188 St., Aventura).
Who’s Your Daddy? oWho doesn’t love a DILF? Maybe it’s the allure of raw masculinity, maybe it’s that certain “je ne sais quoi” they possess, or maybe it’s just because you have a Daddy Complex. Ramrod is hosting a DILF
Levi Leather Cruise Night, so now’s your opportunity to meet the daddy of your dreams. Leather is requested but not required, and a $5 cover enters you in a raffle for a chance to win $1,000. With sounds by DJ Herbie James. At 9 p.m., at Ramrod (1508 NE 4 Ave./Wilton Dr., Fort Lauderdale).
Be King or Queen for a Day at the Florida Renaissance Festival oAn annual tradition now in its 21st year, step back into the 15th Century with over 100 merchants and artisans demonstrating and selling their wares, including blown glass, hammered pewter, wooden toys, unique pottery, clothing, and a wealth of other riches. Enjoy entertainment from hundreds of performers on 12 stages, sword fighters, minstrels, magicians, wenches, and more. Featuring a mounted joust by horsed knights, a royal feast, and more fun than you can shake a sword at. Through March 17, at Quiet Waters Park (401 S Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach).
Carnival in Rio oDrag performer Olga Dantelly, the “Brazilian Bombshell,” and other special guests star in The Manor’s production of “Carnival in Rio,” as part of the entertainment complex’s weekly Noche Latina Saturday series. With $5 Rainbow pitchers and Latino/Latina drag shows, this spicy party is the perfect celebration for those looking to mix some salsa into their Sabado. At 10 p.m., at The Manor nightclub (2345 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors).
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this groundbreaking case. At 7:30 p.m., in Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center (3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton).
Native Style oThe Seminole Tribe of Florida presents the 42nd Annual Seminole Tribal Fair brings the fantastic art and culture of Florida’s indigenous native tribe to a wider audience (and about time, too). Augmented by live music, a dance troupe, clothing contests, and deep water alligator shows (hells to the YES!), the Fair entertains while providing a cool educational experience about our native neighbors. At 10 a.m., in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood).
He’s Packing One Helluva “Magic Flute” oPresented by Florida Grand Opera, Mozart’s operatic fairy tale, “The Magic Flute,” tells a tale as old as time, of good vs. evil, with humorous, slapstick accents. The story of an evil queen opposing a young prince—which kinda sounds like most days in the Gayborhood—comes complete with serpents and other Masonic elements, and is told through both spoken dialogue and song. Wolfie’s two act fable has remained a classic since its premiere in 1791. At 2 p.m., in the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).
Hola, Spain oThe beauty of España comes alive through history and music with “A Salute to Great Music and Dance Performances of Spain.” Rare video footage captures folkloric dance performances, featuring everything from the Paso Double to the Flamenco. With performances from Carmen Amaya, Diego Cortes, The Gipsy Kings, and a short act from the ballet “Don Quixote.” At 1:30 p.m., in the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach).
Drag makes Dreams Come True oIf you were deprived in your childhood of competing in a beauty pageant, you’re not alone; every gay man possessing an inner diva feels likewise. For those with an urge have that missing piece of your childhood made whole, there’s the 14th Annual Carolina’s Continental, a competition featuring fully-grown drag queens strutting their stuff for the chance to be crowned “Miss Continental 2013.” At 8 p.m., at Mekka Nightclub (950 NE 2 Ave., Miami).
“Proposition 8” Comes to South Florida oFort Lauderdale-based Dan Clancy’s play about a gay couple’s decision to initiate California’s Proposition 8 legal challenge will have a workshop production as part of Lynn University and the Jan McArt Theater’s series of New Play Readings. Directed by Stuart Meltzer, “Proposition 8” follows Will and Ned, a Los Angeles gay couple and their decision to become plaintiffs in the historic court case, as well as their own journey to define the word “commitment.” The play will challenge your understanding of marriage and commitment, at a time before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on
Salute to Spain (2/12) Courtesy of Tribe/Heather
Dig In oFrench film star Daniel Auteuil makes his writing/ directing debut with a remake of the 1940s classic, “The Well Digger’s Daughter.” The film (in French with English subtitles) takes place in pre-World War II France, and has already received a good amount of buzz from “the critics.” The performance features a discussion after the film. At 7 p.m., in the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188 St., Aventura).
The Fella Who Sings Ella oKnow as “the male Ella Fitzgerald,” Scott Coulter has a vocal range that is nothing short of amazing. The multi-award-winning vocalist pays tribute to Fitzgerald in a flattering and unforgettable fashion, featuring such classics as “Mack the Knife,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Embraceable You,” and many more. At 7:30 p.m., in the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach).
7-Eleven When Grab-and-Go Is Your Food Group of Choice
By Richard David Chamberlain
Before you even think of saying a word, we know that 7-ELEVEN is not a restaurant. It’s a convenience store that sells everything from 7-ELEVEN: cough drops to condoms, doughnuts Grab your hot dog to dog leases; we know, we know. That and go said, it just happens to also be the place that thousands (and we do mean thousands) of living, breathing adults pick up breakfast, lunch, favorite coffee? We’ll brew it fresh for you!” says and dinner in both pre-packaged and preparedthe sign, and they mean it. Across the country, the in-store fast foods. Wrap yourselves around these company serves one million cups of coffee a day. numbers: 2,300 sandwiches—per hour, and That’s 10,000 pots per hour, so you know the stuff 100 million hotdogs per year. It may not be a is good. restaurant, but when you want fast grub, this is Slices of a fairly passable pizza are just $1 the place. each—either cheese or pepperoni—and while Locally, those of us in Greater Fort Lauderdale we’re not talking fire-oven hand-made pizzeria and Wilton Manors get to visit a signature quality, they will bake an entire 16-inch pie for you franchise of the national chain, a store at the in 90 seconds. Price: $5.99. gateway to the Gayborhood owned by Lisa and Gravitate toward the hot foods case and Eddie Pein, who can usually be found working discover Spicy Beef or Chipotle Chicken Minithe joint from counter to freezer and all points Tacos (4 for $1). The corn shells aren’t really between. Because of the high traffic of this crispy, but they were tasty enough to test better particular 7-ELEVEN, count on every item being than any new product 7-ELEVEN has introduced fresh. And like most restaura—er, convenient in its 85-year history. The beef is the winner here, stores, not all selections are top rated. with the chipotle in the chicken minis leaving an For breakfast, you can go the cheap route with unfortunate aftertaste of sweat socks. Ewwww. a Sausage Muffin Sandwich for $1, but the taste While we’re talking chicken, the store sells a treat is saved for the Egg, Sausage, and Cheese selection of Chicken Wings at five for $3.29 or 10 Croissant ($2.69), a pre-packaged sandwich for $5.99. The flavors are listed as Smokey BBQ, found in the refrigerator section, and ready to Asian Dragon, Spicy Wing Zing, and Buffalo. Of roll after 30 seconds in the microwave. It’s got a these, the latter is the best, dipped in some blue just-spicy-enough patty of sausage coupled with cheese sauce. Giant portioned Fried Chicken a fried egg round and cheddar cheese on a sortaTenders ($1.29 each, or two for $2.22) steal flaky croissant, with a pop-in-your mouth flavor the show from anything offered at Burger King, that’s good when you need a quickie the first Wendy’s, or McDonald’s. thing in the morning. It’s here that you’ll also discover the famous Fresh-Brewed Coffee is top shelf, as well. 7-ELEVEN Big Bite Hotdogs. The chain sells Fresh pots all days long, available in four more hotdogs than any other retailer in flavors plus decaf, with prices that’ll America. The clear winner in this case is make Starbucks blush: $1.49 to the 4.7 ounce Spicy Bite ($2.19). It’s a $1.99, from 8 ounces to 16 ounces thrill ride in a bun. 1500 NE 26th St with refills going for 99 cents all day Wilton Manors FL Stop by and say “Hi” to Lisa and long, so save your cup. And how’s Eddie, and be sure to tell them Guy 33305 this for a news flash? “Don’t see your (954) 565-0153 Magazine sent you.
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LGBT International Events of 2013 By Cliff Dunn
In 1964—the same year Your Kindly Writer first drew breath—gay men across the world were introduced to an unheard of resource that included listings of gay bars from across the U.S. Assembled by businessman Bob Damron, his “Men’s Travel Guide” (or “address book”)—compiled from his personal experiences traveling across the country—was an instant sensation for one reason: gays love to travel. HOTTEST EVENTS OF 2013 continues on page 46
Photo: Swimsuit model at White Party Runway this week (courtesy of Stephen Kuttner)
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LGBT International Events of 2013 According to well-documented research, since those early days when LGBT travel came “out of the suitcase,” 73 percent of gay men take at least two vacations a year, and 74 percent of gay consumers select airlines, hotels, and other travel-related vendors that are known to be “LGBT-friendly.” LGBT travel has become an important and lucrative specialty of the travel industry (giving the phrase “gay cruising” a whole new meaning and context), and many of the top online travel services—including Travelocity, Priceline, Orbitz, and Expedia—are competing for the rainbow-hued dollars of gay travelers looking to book packages for airline, car rental, and tourist attraction tickets. What makes gay travel unique is that it brings together hot locales, hot music, hot activities and events, and—wait for it—hot men and women. This isn’t to say that Average Joes (and Average Toms, Dicks, and Cliffs) aren’t a vital element to be seen in the international gay travel scene. But at the world’s destination events, hotties abound and the ticket here is to become part of a global vibe that celebrates all of our inner beauty, our spirit, our struggles, and our pride in being gay. Europe, Asia, South America: the continents overflow with LGBT (QI, too) culture and cultural events
that attract the rich and aspiring. ACHTUNG! (AVISO; HEY, YOU!, etc.): There are places, sadly, that welcome LGBT tourist dollars but frown upon (to put it mildly) LGBT culture, and the savvy gay traveler needs to know what places are safe to be “out,” and where you must play things more on the “down-low” (much like, sadly, many American tourists tried passing themselves off as Canadians when traveling internationally during the bleak days immediately post-9/11). (In last week’s issue—Guy Magazine, January 30, 2013, “Hostility on the Horizon: Where Not to Cruise”—Guy Travel writer Robert Elias Deaton offered an objective and comprehensive guide to places that gay travelers may want to think twice about before making non-refundable sailing or airline reservations.) Fortuitously, many of the hottest destination events for gay men and women take place within a stone’s throw (okay, you might need a really good pitching arm to hit some of these locations, but work with me) of beautiful South Florida—with a number of them taking place right here in our own backyards. Score another one for the Home Team! What follows are some of the hottest of the hot global destination events, worthy of your consideration and your travel plans, should the occasion arise.
An ATV excursion on the Greek Island of Santorini organized by Source Events
Photo courtesy of Source Events
RIO DE JANEIRO: Carnival Rio (2/8 to 2/12) The real Boys from Ipanema welcome you to the world’s most famous Carnival, featuring club and street parties (Ipanema), and the world famous samba parades at the Sambadrome.
Carnival in Rio in February
NEW ORLEANS: Gay Mardi Gras (2/8 to 2/12) A carnival in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, Mardi Gras (or “Fat Tuesday”) is the traditional day for masking, with traditional costumes as revealing as you want them to be (and a tradition of women showing their cleavage for beans, and men showing their own “contents”). International travelers come to strut their costumes and stuff, and make magic in a legendary city that is alive and well and a party that is sans pareil. Laissez le Bontemps roulette!
MIAMI BEACH: Winter Party Festival (3/6 to 3/11) Winter Party Festival celebrates social and cultural events including art, dance, music, food and wine in a benefit for the LGBT community. A week of events builds to the Beach Party, a dance event attended by over 4,500 partiers. About 10,000 participants from all over the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and Australia attend the five-day celebration, with official events held at a number of the hottest venues in town, including the host Shelborne South Beach.
FORT LAUDERDALE: 2013 PrideFest (3/9 to 3/10) 2013 PrideFest, which takes place at Greater Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium and Holiday Park, includes non-stop local, regional, and national entertainment, an outdoor marketplace featuring over 150 vendors, over 25 food booths, frozen drinks, beer, and cocktails, a dance/karaoke tent and many more fun and exciting surprises. 2013 marks the 36th Annual PrideFest, with all ticket sales benefitting our community.
PALM SPRINGS: White Party Palm Springs (3/29 to 4/1) Heralded as the largest LGBT dance music festival, White Party Palm Springs descends on the So Cal desert with the most-widely recognized gay celebration on the planet, and attracting more than 30,000 attendees from every corner of the globe. Among the highlights will be the crowning of Miami “Real Housewife” Adriana De Moura as Queen of White Party 2013, heralding in the main event on Saturday night, March 30, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
MIAMI BEACH: Miami Beach Gay Pride (4/14) If South Beach isn’t the actual center of the universe, it does a passable imitation of it, as tens of thousands descend upon Miami Beach for the 5th Annual Gay Pride Parade and celebration. Ocean Drive will be awash in rainbow flags and both gay and gay-friendly straights who come to see the roster of entertainers, and to attend the parties in some of the town’s hottest venues.
CHICAGO: International Mr. Leather (5/24 to 5/27) The “City of the Big Shoulders” welcomes the world’s hottest leathermen, who come to Chitown to compete for the title of “International Mr. Leather.” Cheer on Mr. Ramrod, Joey, as a tradition begun in 1979 continues with thousands from the leather community from around the globe coming together to appreciate all it means to be man. The IML has grown from a hardcore leather event to encompass a diverse international crowd, from the curious to the committed. HOTTEST LGBT EVENTS OF 2013 continues on page 49
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LGBT International Events of 2013 ORLANDO: Gay Days (5/28 to 6/3) A tradition started in 1991 with gay men and women from around the world converging upon and around Walt Disney World (making it a very Magic Kingdom indeed) has exploded to include a weeklong celebration in and around Orlando’s theme parks and attractions, bringing to Central Florida more than 100,000 LGBT visitors and their friends and family.
NEW YORK: NYC Gay Pride (6/28 to 6/30) Originally known as Christopher Street Day, New York City Gay Pride celebrates the granddaddy of all LGBT events, the Stonewall Street Riots, with a Pride week of events kicking off with the Rally at Bryant Park, and culminating in the parade on 5th Avenue to Christopher Street, and a huge dance party at Pier 54.
PROVINCETOWN: Independence Weekend (7/1 to 7/6) and Summer Camp (7/6)
Tropical Heat Weekend in Key West
KEY WEST: Tropical Heat (8/15 to 8/18) Tropical Heat is the “Conch Republic’s” hottest men’s event, with four days chock full of all-male themed parties and adult-oriented entertainment, in the heart of the community Papa Ernest Hemingway called home.
Celebrate your pride and independence with PTown’s Hottest July 4th Celebration at the premier Crown & Anchor nightclub complex. Four new pool parties and an Andrew Christian Fashion Show have been added to the lineup of this international destination event. In addition, the David Flower Summer Camp has drawn thousands of men to P-Town for more than a decade for a partying extravaganza by the sea. See for yourself why it remains of the most popular Independence Day circuit events.
MANCHESTER, UK: Manchester Gay Pride (8/23 to 8/26)
AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Gay Pride (8/1 to 8/4)
WILTON MANORS: Wicked Wilton (10/31)
Amsterdam Gay Pride/We Are Proud Amsterdam is one of the world’s premier Pride events. A series of circuit events, street parties, and celebrations culminate in the world’s only gay canal parade.
MONTRÉAL: Montréal Pride (8/12 to 8/18) Montréal Pride’s 7th edition is seven days of events and festivities, with last year’s attendance surpassing 320,000 total spectators, an increase of 20,000 over the previous year. One of the hottest international circuit events held at the perfect time of the year.
One of Europe’s best and most popular Pride events, it centers on the gay cultural and nightlife around the city’s Gay Village near Canal Street. Street parties and events in local bars with music and entertainment all week and an internationally-renowned parade on Saturday afternoon.
The adult-themed street party officially takes place from sundown to midnight, but the bars along the city’s main thoroughfare, Wilton Drive, keep the party going through the wee small hours, with bars staying open until 2 or 3 a.m. Thousands of costumed party-goers fill the streets and businesses of the Drive, with an assortments of ghosts, goblins, witches, trolls, and fairies (we know what we said) to thrill, tempt and titillate, and costumes contests, cash prizes, and drink specials fueling the fire and fun. HOTTEST LGBT EVENTS OF 2013 continues on page 51
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LGBT Cruises Sail Ahead By Robert Elias Deatoni In 2012, the cruise industry not only hit its high-water mark, it exceeded it, with estimates by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) suggesting that 17 million passengers were aboard a passenger ship last year, an increase of four percent over 2011. While the LGBT market is a small slice of that total, it is easily the fastest rising segment, given the growing number of all gay and lesbian cruises chartered from the industry leaders: Atlantis Events, RSVP Vacations, and Source Events. “Last year was a fantastic year for us,” Craig Smith, president of Source Events, told Guy Magazine. “We were celebrating our 10th year in the business, and it has been successful beyond my wildest dreams.” Smith honed his organizational skills on large special events like the Winter Party in South Beach. “But there was something missing for me personally,” he said. “The events I had structured were mostly built around nightlight and parties, as opposed to places and people. To explore my dream, I met the folks at Windjammer who had been doing gay cruises on their own. Source Events came about when I decided to charter a boat and allow our guests to connect with their source—themselves, adventure, and spirit.” Smith understands the importance of freeing his guests to have fun—not always as simple as it sounds for those who have spent most of their lives putting up fronts and creating illusions. “What I also learned is that travel takes a lot more time and money than buying a single ticket to a single event. It’s a lot easier to get 5,000 gays to buy a ticket to a beach party than it is to get 75 of them to commit a week or more of their lives and thousands of dollars on something new and different. None of us really knew what to expect, but that was part of the excitement,” he said. A decade later, Source Events is reaping the bounty of its own initiative with sailings booked for Costa Rica and the Panama Canal aboard the Wind Courtesy of Source Events
Stretching aboard the Wind Star Star (February 23-March 2), the Miami Pride Cruise (April 15-19) aboard the Norwegian Sky, a full moon Lisbon to Barcelona Cruise (September 15-23) on the luxurious Wind Surf, and a train adventure to Peru and the Lost City of Machu Picchu aboard the Hiram Bingham Orient Express (November 2-8). “In the future, it looks like Wind Star will be headed back to Tahaiti in 2014, which I’m exploring,” Smith said. “And it looks like we’re going to be cruising the Black Sea,” which separates Eastern Europe and Western Asia, two areas that aren’t particularly gay friendly. “There are a lot of places that are openly courting gay travelers because they’re known to be big tippers, big buyers, and enjoyable guests. Even countries where the laws might not be gay friendly, the resorts and the people that we meet are,” according to Smith. There are a few exceptions to that rule. “We were originally planning on going to Marrakesh and Morocco,” Smith said. “There was an RSVP cruise for 2,500 that was scheduled for last year and there had been some reports that there could be some danger there. There were mixed signals from the tourism officials, and I do think that you have to pay attention to the politics involved. In each of these places there are gay people and gay businesses that could use our support. At the same time, by travelling we can open minds and hearts—which is something we are actively aware that we do in each port.”
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There’s a boy he thinks about when he’s home, under his sheets and in his shower. That pretty brunette head, gorgeous eyes, and beautiful body. Those arms, they’re magnificent, and that ass, well, unspeakable. The subject of this fantasy is “The Looker,” his object “The Great Attractor” (TGA). The Looker often sees TGA standing with his friends at a bar, laughing and talking. When TGA is introduced to an equally-attractive guy, The Looker wishes it were him. The Looker sees himself being what is conventionally considered to be “average:” Average body, average height, average personality, average job, average intelligence, average everything. That’s what he figures, anyway. The Looker can’t stop staring. TGA always has this impact on him, a fantasy inseparable from reality in The Looker’s mind. TGA is the center of almost every fantasy, the face transposed onto almost every porn star, a subject brought up—constantly—in conversation with friends. (And speaking of which: His friends—few though they may be—are true ones, and they demonstrate concern with The Looker’s increasing fixation for TGA. The Looker’s eyes change when he sees TGA. He soooo wants to box him up and carry him away, to hold him forever, to feel his body, to——“You have to stop that,” The Looker’s friend tells him. “It’s not healthy, the way you look at that boy. Just go say hello to him and have it done with.” The Looker squeezes his eyes shut, half-expect-
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