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2 peters | BETTER THAN ONE By Peter Jackson and Peter Clark
WHAT A WAY TO START THE YEAR!
n 1989, long before “out” LGBT athletes in professional sports was commonplace, professional bodybuilder Bob Paris won the Mr. Olympia title for the fourth time – and the same year became the first Jackson male athlete to come out publicly as gay and proud. Paris and his equally sculpted Adonislike boyfriend, Rod Jackson, were the stuff of every gay man’s dream. As models their chiseled bodies and dashingly good looks filled dozens of magazine covers and hundreds of pages of coffee-table books, notably by elite photographers Herb Ritts and Tom Bianchi. Bob and Rod’s break-up after seven years ultimately caused unimaginable heartache for gay men around the world, but their impact was huge: their flawless physiques inspired an entire generation to work out while their very public relationship gave the world its first example of a loving relationship between two alpha males. We see shades of Bob and Rod in our cover models this week, photographed by our own amazing Dennis Dean. They are another handsome male couple with chiseled bodies who, too, are making an impact on the fitness world, in this case inspiring countless numbers of South Floridians – LGBT and straight – to achieve their optimal fitness and health. Mike Verdugo and his business and life partner Trey Opp operate Bodytek, a newly-franchised group training program with locations in Wilton Manors, Wynwood and Davie. Not only are Mike and Trey passionate about fitness, they are also good patrons of the LGBT community and an incredibly loving and lovable couple. Hotspots has teamed up with Bodytek as well as a host of other fitness and healthrelated businesses to present a free Fitness Fun Fair this Saturday, Jan. 7, at Bodytek on
Old Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors. There will be free classes, demonstrations and prizes all day. If your new year’s resolutions involve improving your health and fitness, don’t miss this Clark event! Before you go, check out the articles on getting started in a new fitness routine by expert personal trainer and massage therapist Tom Bonanti, who joins the Hotspots family this week as a fitness and health columnist.
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Welcome to 2017! This is Hotspots’ 32nd year of serving Florida’s LGBT community and we thank you for your trust by making us the #1 source of LGBT entertainment and lifestyle advertising information in the state. We plan to serve you even better starting now. Our online reach – 1.3 million verifiable unique users on our Mark’s List digital network annually — is the state’s largest LGBT audience. In this political climate with anti-LGBT sentiment at a disturbing high, we intend to do our part to fight discrimination and promote our community by inviting every LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly business in Florida to list their business or professional service on our new Mark’s List business directory for FREE for one year. The gay dollar is a powerful weapon with which to fight discrimination. The LGBT community will be happy to support those businesses and service providers who support them! Simply go to www.MarksList.LGBT and follow the easy steps to register your business or professional service. But hurry! The deadline is Jan. 30th. Happy New Year. Enjoy this issue and have a fun week!
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death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. Moviefone.com
• Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Center from Jan 10-22! Browardcenter.org
• Presents Out of This World at AAA Jan 6-15. This is a cosmic voyage that takes families to space to witness incredible acrobatic performances aaarena.com
• At the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Jan 5 & 6 features outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites & dead-on impressions by a stellar cast. BrowardCenter.org
• In the brand new Season 2 story, which premieres on Jan 6 on ABC, Connor Jessup stars as a teen who was raped by another boy at a party – or was he?
UNDERWORLD: CABARET AT BLOOD WARS BROWARD CENTER • Jan 6. Vampire
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nce again New Year's Eve was amazing around South Florida…Check out the pics from around town.
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The Kravis Center Cultural Society presents Lunch and Learn: Sexual Healing: An Intimate Conversation With Dr. Ruth Westheimer, interviewed by Steven Caras at 11;30am. Dr. Ruth Westheimer may have pioneered talking explicitly about sex on radio and television, but it's a small part of an inspirational life that began with escaping the Holocaust at the age of 10. Only after joining the Israeli Freedom Fighters and before extensive studies at the Sorbonne, the New School of Social Research and Columbia University's Teacher's College did she begin to broach the subject of sexuality. Meet this highly accomplished celebrity in a colorful dialogue with Steven Caras, covering everything you may still need to know about sex, and equally if not more stimulating, details of a life journey that continues for this ageless international treasure. This event takes place at the Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion, and tickets are $89, and includes lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers. Starting today and going through Jan 11, the Pride Factory is featuring their Semi-Annual Storewide Clearance Sale with 20-75% markdown in all departments.
Forbidden Broadway, the 35th Anniversary Tour comes to the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center today and tomorrow at 8pm. The falldown funny musical roast of Broadway is back at last with a blast, featuring outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of the songs you know and dead-on impressions by a stellar cast. Whether you're a seasoned theater-goer or new to Broadway, Forbidden Broadway is your one-stop ticket to non-stop laughs. To purchase tickets, go to BrowardCenter.org.
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The South Florida Mustangs will be featuring a Showcase Square Dancing Event at 7:30pm at Scandals Saloon.
The Adrienne Arsht Center presents â€œShen Yunâ€? starting today and going through Sunday, Jan 8. Shen Yun combines ancient Chinese legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. They let classical Chinese dance do the storytelling, and share with you beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won't find anywhere else. To purchase tickets, go to ArshtCenter.org,
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and for more information on Shen Yun, go to shenyun.com/Miami
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The Ramrod presents Pig Dance #101 (the first Saturday of every month) starring DJ Doug Jackson.
50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's Tony Award®winning production of Cabaret. Welcome to the
Bigger Saturdays at Score presents “NYE Recovery Party” starring DJ Jalil Z.
Club Fort Lauderdale presents Res-Erection, their monthly Naked Blackout Cabaret Event starting at 10pm. This is always a sold out event so get their early! infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the u TUESDAY JAN.10 stage nightly to tantalize the Cabaret, direct from crowd––and to leave their Broadway, the acclaimed troubles outside. But as life in masterpiece returns to Fort pre-WWII Germany grows Lauderdale! As part of their more and more uncertain, will
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My friend and friend to our entire community, Pompano Bill, will be celebrating his 91st Birthday on Thursday January 12. He has been documenting South Florida with his pics since 1992 (almost 25 years now), and we all need to be thankful for his contribution to our vibrant gay community. Please take some time over the next week to call, email, or text Pompano and wish him a very happy 91st. I love you PB!!
the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Go and hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way. Cabaret starts today and plays through Jan 22. Purchase tickets, which start at only $35, at BrowardCenter.org u WEDNESDAY JAN.11
Georgie's Alibi/Monkey Bar presents Duets (every Second Wed of the month at 9pm) starring Antonio Edwards and Lenora Jaye. This month's theme is
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The Palace will be featuring a Birthday Soiree for Tiffany Fantasia all night long!
Starting today and every Wednesday thereafter, Floppy Rooster presents “ Shirtless Wednesdays ,” where all shirtless men drink for free from 11pm to 12 am and then again from 1 am to 1:30am (well drinks and domestic beer).
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What is TRUVADA for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)? TRUVADA is a prescription medicine that can be used for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection when used together with safer sex practices. This use is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This includes HIV-negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex, and male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV-1. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRUVADA for PrEP?
Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: u You must be HIV-negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are conﬁrmed to be HIV-negative. u Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: u You must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. u You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. u To further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1: • Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of your partners. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior. • Have fewer sex partners. • Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. u If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time.
TRUVADA can cause serious side effects:
u Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis),
which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. u Serious liver problems. Your liver may become large and tender, and you may develop fat in your liver. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain. u You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions. u Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you also have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without ﬁrst talking to your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider tells you to stop taking TRUVADA, they will need to watch you closely for several months to monitor your health. TRUVADA is not approved for the treatment of HBV.
Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP?
Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you also take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).
What are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA for PrEP? Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include:
u Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare
provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA for PrEP. u Bone problems, including bone pain or bones getting soft or thin, may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. u Changes in body fat, which can happen in people taking TRUVADA or medicines like TRUVADA. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRUVADA for PrEP? u All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare
provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection.
Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following pages.
u If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not
known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Pregnancy Registry: A pregnancy registry collects information about your health and the health of your baby. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take medicines to prevent HIV-1 during pregnancy. For more information about the registry and how it works, talk to your healthcare provider. u If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. The medicines in TRUVADA can pass to your baby in breast milk. If you become HIV-1 positive, HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk.
u All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-
the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. u If you take certain other medicines with TRUVADA for PrEP, your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include ledipasvir with sofosbuvir (HARVONI). You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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The once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when used with safer sex practices. • TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex. • You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA. Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you.
This is only a brief summary of important information about taking TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your medicine.
MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: • You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are conﬁrmed to be HIV-1 negative. • Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: • You must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. • You must stay HIV-1 negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • Tell your healthcare provider if you have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How to Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information.
TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Buildup of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. • Severe liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain. • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without ﬁrst talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time.
ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP (PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS) TRUVADA is a prescription medicine used with safer sex practices for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection in adults at high risk: • HIV-1 negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex. • Male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. To help determine your risk, talk openly with your doctor about your sexual health.
Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you: • Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. • Take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRUVADA FOR PrEP TRUVADA can cause serious side effects, including: • Those in the “Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP" section. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Bone problems. • Changes in body fat.
Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.
BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis infection. • Have any other medical conditions. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you become HIV-1 positive because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA for PrEP.
HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP • Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. • Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection.
• You must practice safer sex by using condoms and you must stay HIV-1 negative.
HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK • Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of your partners. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you.
• Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior. • Have fewer sex partners. • Do not share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.
GET MORE INFORMATION • This is only a brief summary of important information about TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent HIV-1 infection.
• Go to start.truvada.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5 • If you need help paying for your medicine, visit start.truvada.com for program information.
TRUVADA, the TRUVADA Logo, TRUVADA FOR PREP, GILEAD, the GILEAD Logo, and HEPSERA are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. All other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. Version date: April 2016 © 2016 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. TVDC0072 10/16
Comes to the Broward Center
Hotspots Exclusive Interview by Scott Holland
oundabout Theatre Company announces the Fort Lauderdale premiere of the national tour of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of Cabaret. Cabaret is coming to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a limited two week run, January 10 – 22. Randy Harrison, best known for his portrayal of Justin in the Showtime drama Queer as Folk, steps into the role of the Emcee and “deserves every moment in the spotlight,” exclaims Sharon Eberson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette while Andrea Goss, a veteran of Roundabout’s Cabaret on Broadway returning to the role of Sally Bowles “is magnetic at every turn – spectacular” hails Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times. Joining them are Benjamin Eakeley (Cabaret/Broadway) as Clifford Bradshaw, Alison Ewing (Cabaret/Broadway) as Fräulein Kost, Mary Gordon Murray (Hands on a Hardbody) as Fräulein Schneider, Scott Robertson (Cabaret/Broadway) as Herr Schultz and Patrick Vaill (Macbeth) as Ernst Ludwig.
It was a pleasure to sit down with Scott Robertson who reprises the role he played on Broadway, celebrating 40 years on the New York stage, for this exclusive Hotspots interview. u At what age did you start performing? I would say about 15. I actually did a couple plays in Stanford Connecticut in Community Theater. One of the plays was with my father and it was called, “Bells Are Ringing.” Then I did Theater camp at 15 and 16. What was your first professional/paid gig? I did some children’s theater I got paid for, but my first big gig was Grease, the national tour. I did it for about six years and I played Roger the Mooner.
Do you have a favorite city when you tour? I haven’t been on tour in many years as I mostly now do Broadway and Off-Broadway, but I really enjoy Arizona. I also enjoy playing near college campuses as the tenor of the crowd is very different. With 40 years of performing under your belt, is there still a part you want to play? I have always wanted to play in Jacques
Other than Cabaret, which parts have been your favorite to play and why? One of my all-time favorites was when I did a production of Falsettos where I played Mendel. Falsettos was originally two different
musicals and they put them together. I got hired to do it in the Pittsburgh public theater, and it was one of those parts I felt I could do for the rest of my life. It made me feel like I had arrived. It was a role I just adored. In addition, I played Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. It was a challenge, but filled with joy.
Hotspots Exclusive Interview by Scott Holland Brel is Alive and Well and Living In Paris. I was thrilled with the score and what it offered to the actors. I also love the Nathan Lane role in The Producers, and I think I could rip it up.
What should the South Florida audiences expect from this touring company of Cabaret? I think they are going to see talent that is over the top. Almost everyone in the show plays musical instruments. When you see it, you kind of can’t believe it. This is the 50th anniversary of Roundabout Theatre Company, and this is exactly what we did in New York City. The dancing is spectacular, with choreography by Rob Marshall. They will see a show that resonates with what’s really happening in the country today, but within all of that it’s incredibly entertaining. If they haven’t seen this production of Cabaret, there is nothing like it, and they are in for a big surprise! John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Cabaret is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside. Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th Anniversary tour of Cabaret features original Broadway direction by Sam Mendes and original co-direction and choreography by Rob Marshall. Tour direction is under the helm of BT McNicholl (Spamalot) and choreography is recreated by Cynthia Onrubia (Victor/Victoria). The design team includes set design by Robert Brill (Assassins), costume design by William Ivey Long (Chicago), lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer (Ragtime) and Mike Baldassari (Nine), sound design by Keith Caggiano (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular) based on the original Broadway design by Brian
Ronan with hair and wig design by Paul Huntley. Cabaret features orchestrations by Michael Gibson (The Boy From Oz), music supervision and vocal arrangements by Patrick Vaccariello (On Your Feet) and music direction by Robert Cookman (Legally Blonde). Cabaret is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.
uTickets are available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale), browardcenter.org or by calling (954) 462-0222. Ticket prices start at $35. For more information, go to cabaretmusical.com or roundabouttheatre.org.
Rosie’s Holiday Party Aboard The Caprice
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by Tom Bonanti
This time of the calendar year every publication does it; they post a list of New Year's resolutions that should be implemented into your life. Well, here are mine, from a fitness trainer's point of view. This
is a list of, shall we say, 7 perfectly achievable suggestions to make you fitter and healthier in this banner year of 2017. Make the next 365 days your best and happiest and healthiest ever. You deserve it.
Resolution #1: Begin each day with a healthy breakfast. Research shows that people who eat breakfast tend to take in more vitamins and minerals, and less fat and bad cholesterol throughout the day. The Mayo Clinic recommends eating a variety of foods (steel cut oatmeal, whole grain toast, low-fat dairy products, fresh fruit) rich in protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Never skip breakfast, but instead take the time to pause, prepare these healthy foods and try to eat them in a non-rushed manor. Your first meal of the day will set you up on a ritual of healthy eating all day long. Resolution#2: Be more active. One way to overcome the morning blahs and bolster your mood is to get active and stay moving all day. Try working out in the morning if your schedule permits. You may not have the time to get to the gym, but a quick power walk, a jog around the block, or some calisthenics will help you burn fat, boost your metabolism all day, and put you in a better frame of mind at work! Don't try to do it all at once. Even just using the stairs at work or walking the dog are simple ways to pack more activity into your day. Resolution#3: Revise your training regime and stay consistent with your workouts. Periodize your training schedule for optimum results. Look upon the year ahead as one big macrocycle with goals and objectives such as getting your body fat down below say, 18%, and putting on 5 lbs of muscle. Break down the bigger cycle into mesocycles of maybe 3 to 4 month periods of time with specific goals for each designated interval. If your workouts are boring or if you're not seeing results, it's time to change things up. Resolution #4: Take your measurements. How will you know if you are making progress if you don't have a benchmark? Find a trainer who can help you, or go on line to find the formulas, or find a decent scale that will help you chart your measurements. Besides height and weight, you need to know your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), BMI (Body Mass Index) as well as your body fat%. Take these measurements every 3 months to assess your progress.
Resolution #5: Make exercise a daily ritual! It's a given that physical activity has countless benefits, so why are 60% of all Americans sedentary? Regular exercise (a combination of anaerobic weight training and aerobic cardio training) helps control weight, maintains healthy bones, muscles and joints, and reduces the risk Type II diabetes, heart disease and many forms of cancer. Resolution #6: Protect your largest organ (your skin!). Your skin begins to age the moment you are born, so the best way to protect it and look younger is to limit your sun worshipping. In order to avoid some of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, which create wrinkles and skin cancer, observe the following: always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher; wear protective clothing; avoid damaging tanning beds. Resolution #7: Adopt a positive frame of mind and learn to celebrate life. Like attracts like, as they say, so avoid negative, critical people who drag you and others down into the mire with them. Gracefully let them go. Use your energy to accomplish good things and good things will come your way. Embrace life and all it has to offer you and teach you! Begin a new hobby, say â€œyesâ€? to invitations, be adventurous, shake things up a little, learn to chill and laugh!
Tom Bonanti is a certified personal trainer and licensed massage therapist with his own gym and studio, Pump'n Inc. Visit him at 1271 NE 9th Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304. Contact TrainerTomB@aol.com with all questions or set up a free consultation by calling (954) 557-1119. www.pumpnincgym.com
Absolutely Awesome Abdominals How to Get Them! By Tom Bonanti
No doubt, a wash-board midsection is the crowning achievement of any physique. In addition to looking sleek and sexy, a lean, toned middle is good for maintaining a healthy, pain-free lower back. Did you know that maintaining low belly fat and a flat midsection can also prevent heart disease, colo-rectal cancer and other life threatening conditions associated with obesity? Why not start the New Year with a renewed resolution to turn that tubby tummy into a six-pack to die for?
successful ab routine. Begin a crunch in a supine position lying on a mat. Place your feet on a bench or exercise ball with your hips and knees flexed at 90 degrees. Rest your arms across your chest, or if you have problems with your neck, simply cradle your neck and your head with your hands. Do not pull on your neck. This is the starting position.
oFor proper technique, move the chin to
the chest. Pull the rib cage up and over the pelvis. Keep the lower back flat and continue to crunch upward, elbows and chest to the knees. Contract your abs as hard as possible. To make crunches harder, add resistance by clasping a 10 or 15 lb weight to you chest as you crunch. Side crunches, reverse crunches, and crunches over a resistance ball are all great variations on a theme called crunch!
oWhile crunches build solid abdominal
muscles, you must do cardio to melt away fat from your midsection. For starters, try doing cardio (power walking, swimming, elliptical, etc.) for at least half an hour twice per week. Make sure to warm up gradually, then get your heart rate up to about 65 to 80% of your maximum heartrate (220 - your age). Warning! If you haven’t had a checkup or done cardio in a while, see your doctor first!
oStellar abs require Spartan nutrition. Cut
HERE’S A PLAN. oBecause your abs are such a large muscle
group, you need to train them about 3 times per week. Four or five good exercises using 3-4 sets of 15 reps should do the trick. In the weeks ahead I’ll talk more about advanced abdominal training, but for now let’s do crunches and plenty of them…and make sure to get the form down properly!
oFor results, the crunch and variations of
this movement should be at the heart of every
out all fast foods – they’re loaded with salt, preservatives and saturated fat. Nix all refined sugars, ie. candy, cookies, sodas and the like. Cut back on booze and you’re sure to see and feel results overnight!
oCarbohydrates are your friends, especially
complex, low glycemic index carbs like fruits, veggies and whole grains. Consume these early in the day to fuel your activities. Eat more protein as the day wears on. Lay off carbs after 6 PM, because these are going to be stored as fat as you sleep. Eat smaller meals. Avoid monster portions. Got questions about fitness issues in 2017 contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tom today (954) 557-1119 to get answers and results.
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Are you in the mood for something healthy without giving up your next rent check to eat? Then check out Living Green Fresh Market on Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park. Just east of Dixie Highway on the north side you will find Living Green Fresh Market. Within its walls are amazing fresh food, quality
health supplies, and friendly people. Living Green Fresh Market offers up some of the best homemade food in the area and a wide variety of healthy options for any picky palate. Behind the counter, they offer craft sandwiches such as The Grass-Fed Philly Steak Wrap that has feta, Swiss, red
cabbage, and portabellas that are then panini-pressed to perfection. They also feature such premade sandwiches like The Veggie Monster Wrap, Caprece, The Turkey Fly, and Chicken Gordo. All sandwiches are made with the freshest of ingredients and can be warmed up if you want. Their deli/salad case features some of the easiest and very creative healthy options around. On any given day there could be a Kale Salad, Mediterranean Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and feta to broccoli slaw and potato salad. Within the case you could find fresh grilled chicken breasts available by the pound, bowtie pasta, grilled vegetables or even a Chicken Quesadilla. Every day is a new culinary adventure with the healthiest ingredients. Living Green Fresh Market not only has a wide variety of counter food, they also have a fantastic self-serve soup station with six selections each day. Some of their regulars are: Chicken and Rice, Vegan Vegetable, Seafood, and Chili. The Seafood Soup is not just a few pieces of seafood and a ton of vegetables that you have hunt through—it is literally meat in every ladleful! If you are stopping in for the Soup Bar do not forget to grab some homemade crostinis that are located above to sop up your stew! Their Self-Service Bar also can feature such items as pasta, meatballs, chicken,
and grilled, baked, or sautéed vegetables—all fresh and charged by weight. If in an extreme rush check out their Hot Meal Case where you can, for less than $8 pick up a prepackaged dinner such as seasoned baked chicken or fish with brown rice or cous cous with a side of grilled vegetables. In the mood for a salad but do not have time to wait? Check out their selection in the coolers and see what creation makes you go “Yum!” If you are looking for healthy deserts then Living Green Fresh Market is the place to see. With a wide selection of crafted sweets you could easily find a new favorite. They also feature Gluten Free and Vegan options as well. Thirsty? They have a fresh juice bar and drink barista on hand to make you any concoction your heart desires—within reason! The owner is Greek and everything within the walls has a freeness that is not found in larger health food stores and the service is fast and the staff genuinely care about their reputation as much as their products. Whether you come in for lunch, groceries, or a slice of Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie) with a side of Baklava—you will find smiles not only in the service but in the mirror as you're eating. For more information, go to: livinggreenfreshmarket.com
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BY POMPANO BILL
PICS OF THE WEEK
1. Hunter Now, in Dog Heaven 2. Cleto and Peter 32 Happy Years 3. Michael and Kyle New Love 4. Throwback Thursday PB and Alice King in Provincetown 5. David Happy Birthday to You!
w uPompano Bill Calcaterra, who turn 91 on January 12,
has been photographing the LGBT scene in South Florida for several decades and has been breaking ground in gay publishing. Originally from Norway, Michigan, Bill served in the U.S. Navy and was a pioneer at IBM. Today he still takes pictures on his travels around town and Hotspots is proud to reproduce them here. Pompano Bill is a recognizable face in our community and is loved by all.
The best chatter on Facebook and Twitter this week
Dear Death: I know you’ve been on a roll this year and YAAAy you! However, if you could see your way through to not f*ck with Cher, we’d appreciate it. Thanks in advance. J.M.F., Fort Lauderdale
Professor Karma Ibsen and I had the honor of meeting Debbie Reynolds back in the day, at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. We both were in awe of her beauty and class. I remember her saying to me “Aaaaah sweetie, I just love your beautiful blue eyes.” RIP Ms. Reynolds. Dennis Dean, Fort Lauderdale
A mother’s love. Nothing stronger. RIP Debbie Reynolds. David H. Fort Lauderdale
Debbie went to be with Carrie. She always worried about her. Carrie left too soon and now they are together again. My heart is literally broken. For eight years she was my mom [on Will & Grace]. She was pure energy and light when she came on stage… She was always running off to Vegas or somewhere else “on the road” to be a hoofer, to sing and dance and make people laugh. An inspiration on every level… Actress Debra Messing, on the death of Debbie Reynolds
IDLE CHATTER My god this place is so cruisy. I could get chlamydia just walking by the produce line! O.M., at Public Five Points, Wilton Manors If the new president decides to put all of us into internment camps, I hope [Wilton Manors] is the place he decides to do it. Wilton Manors is, after all, the Island City. And apparently here they believe in the American freedoms of speech and religion, as well as the pursuit of happiness. And the freedom to bear arms? My God, you should see the arms on some of these guys… Michael W., Wilton Manors
by Ian Maloney
8 BOOKS THAT WILL
Make your New Year Sizzle
Since 1981, Bruno GmĂźnder, a publishing house out of Berlin, has been focused on providing the worldwide gay community with high quality books and magazines that show off some of the hottest men on the planet. In addition to the Spartacus International Gay Guide, now in its 46th year of publication, the company publishes more than 150 titles per year. What follows are just eight of our favorites that will make your coffee table the talk of the holidays.
Transformation For the first time, iconic fetish photographer G. Elliott Simpson is showing his works in a monograph. This book features cutting-edge fetish photography showcasing rubber and latex, aesthetically appealing and skillfully made. The Torontobased photographer manages to approach the topic in a tasteful way, allowing viewers from the outside to explore an unknown world of lust and desire. $69.99
Naked Ibiza: Through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, Dylan Rosser's fans brought Naked Ibiza to life. It is his biggest book yet. Rosser started work on Naked Ibiza four exciting years ago. After visiting Ibiza regularly since 2000, he decided to leave London for it, with the intention of photographing models outdoors in nature, something that was new to him after primarily indoor studio work. $69.99
The Matter of Absence The art of Florian Hetz is provocative and stirs up controversy. His explicit imagery on the one hand and his approach of showing by not showing on the other hand make his work unique. Hetz explores the human body, the beauty in the ugly, and the ugliness in beauty. As his most important sense, he describes seeing since an eye disease runs in his family that might eventually cause him to lose his eyesight. $29.99
Red Hot II Red Hot II is a collaboration between British photographer Thomas Knights and British designer Elliott James Frieze, characterized with its rebranded midnight blue material background and embossed silver writing. As with his previous book, Red Hot 100, this publication serves a good cause. The charity partner for the book is The Diana Award anti-bullying initiative. Knights already has a strong relationship with the charity with proceeds from the original “Red Hot 100” book totaling over $12,000 to date. $89.99
Secret Places Jean-Baptiste Huong is a freelance photographer based in Paris. Secret Places is his first book and the fourth publication in the Portfolio1000 series. It's about the secret places only men know well hidden from the rest of the world, in the hearts and souls of men. Jean-Baptiste captures these places in all their beauty and intensity. $29.99 Rick Day Bel Ami New York-based fashion photographer Rick Day has a gift of capturing the beauty of the male figure. His new collection, Rick Day Bel Ami, sets the stage for modern male photography, matching his talent for capturing the “world's sexiest exhibitionists” with the beauty and youth of Bel Ami's impressive roster of talent. The
stunning allure and sensuous eroticism of his subjects is a perfect match with the lensman's unique and highly recognizable style. $129.99
Vitium A collaboration between Matt Lambert and Jannis Birsner, Vitium was born in Berlin and captures the fraternal, intimate, nihilistic and sexually-charged energy of the youth of the city. This 56-page book is an homage to the Queer-core zine culture of the 80s and is just larger than pocket-size, printed in black and white. A poster in full color is included. $18.00 The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame EXPANDED EDITION The often violent, visceral, and always provocative style of Japanese manga legend Gengoroh Tagame, one of the originators of Japanese bear culture, comes to life like never before in The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, a collector's item reprint of the artist's first English-language anthology. This revised and expanded edition includes 13 new pages with never-before-seen color artworks and an introduction by celebrated novelist and biographer Edmund White. To purchase any of the publications listed above or to view the Bruno Gmünder's entire catalogue, visit them at BrunoGmuender.com
in Charge" [exclusive interview] by Scott Holland photos by Jose A. Guzman Colon
South Florida is a vibrant place to live, with lots of colorful entertainers, and no group makes it more fun than our drag queens/female impersonators. Therefore we here at Hotspots decided to start a new column that will feature one queen every week, so that the community gets to know them a little bit better. It was my pleasure to pick Latrice Royale for the inaugural column, as Latrice and I have been friends for almost 20 years. What was the first drag show you saw?
Tell me about the experience. The very first drag show I ever saw was Kenny Kerr's Boylesque show in Las Vegas. I think I was maybe 16 years old. I was completely baffled that this was a man looking like a woman. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. When did you decide you wanted to do drag and when did you realize it would be a profession? Well, I was dared into doing drag in the first place. And after winning the Drag
Wars Competition at the World Famous Copa in Fort Lauderdale after only my second attempt, I figured I had a knack for it. It wasn't until about four years later that I transitioned into drag as a full-time career. Who is your drag mother, and who is your favorite queen other than your drag mother and why? I never had a drag mother “proper,” however I have claimed Tiffany Arieagus and she has finally announced me officially as her daughter. I guess I must have finally done something right! [laughs] My favorite queen other than Mother Tiffany is, hands down, Bianca del Mother Effin' Rio. She is clearly the smartest business woman out of the RPDR franchise, and DEFINITELY out of the winners. Both Tiffany and Bianca are professionals who exemplify the definition of artistry and business, and that's why they are who they are to me. What's your favorite number to perform and why? I have several favorites, but where I get my ENTIRE life is performing gospel. I love taking the children to church. It's food for the soul and they get to experience something that they never would have expected in a nightclub. What's the best thing that has happened to you in drag? I got engaged while in drag in front of what felt like the whole world at Seattle Pride. Now the video of the proposal has more views than my music video!!! It's like, that's nice, but also like, well damn! [laughs] It was a really special moment and people really connected with it and got some joy when they needed it the most. I was really happy to get to share it in such a special way. THANKS JUJUBEE!!! What sets you apart from other queens? For starters, I've always been the type of person who marches to the beat of their own drummer. I've never exactly fit in, which frees me from feeling the need to TRY to fit in. I'm "Large and in Charge"—for real for real! "Chunky yet Funky"—I think I move as well or
Why We Love Her! She started her drag career right here in South Florida.
She went to jail, owned it, and picked herself back up again and shot for the stars.
She proposed to her fiancé, Christopher, on stage and posted it for the world to see.
Being one of the world’s most sought-after Queens has not changed the humble person she is.
better than any big girl in the game. And I'm "Bold and Beautiful"—Latrice embraces all her curves and swerves. But most of all I pride myself on spreading positivity throughout the world in these trying times. I don't see enough of THAT in this industry. What does the future hold? My future is bright and unpredictably exciting. I'm booked further ahead than I ever have been in my entire career, and I have a whole new set of dreams and ambitions. Doing these cabaret shows has really opened me up to other avenues of entertainment, and I look forward to being able to touch people more directly as I continue to grow as an entertainer.
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by Peter Jackson
ny hope that the time had arrived when America would symbolically raise the flag of human rights by legislating full federal equality for LGBT Americans ended with a gut-wrenching punch when Donald Trump won
the presidential election. A Hillary Clinton presidency had potential to deliver, among other advances for LGBT rights, the passage of the Equality Act, a bill which proposed a much-needed amendment to the Civil Rights Act of
1964. The amendment would have provided widereaching protections against discrimination in the workplace, housing, public education, public accommodations, federal funding, credit and the jury system on the basis of gender identity, sex and sexual orientation. America would have witnessed a social emancipation. No longer relegated to being second-class citizens, an estimated 14 million LGBT Americans finally would have been given equality under the law to live, love, get married, have families and pursue the American Dream. While optimism is a wonderful quality, imagining any kind of rainbow under a Trump administration is tough to do. The sobering, gun-in-your-face reality is that big challenges to the rights of every LGBT American lie ahead in 2017. Not only do Trump's appointments represent the singularly most vehemently anti-LGBT administration in history, but salivating at the sidelines with blood in their eyes are the Christian fundamentalists who lifted Trump to victory and will waste no time collecting payback on promises he undoubtedly made to them during the campaign. For these Christian fundamentalists, including LGBT hate groups (let's call them what they really are) like the American Family Association and the Family Research Council, a priority
in 'Making America Great Again,' is the reversal of the Supreme Court's June 26, 2015 ruling to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Rather than take the much more difficult route of trying to reverse the Supreme Court ruling, the Republicans have hatched a plot, it appears. It is the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), and its intention is to torpedo not only marriage equality but all LGBT advances under the Obama administration. Republican Senators Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas) confirmed during an interview with BuzzFeed last month it was their intention to reintroduce FADA, a bill which paves the way for widescale discrimination against LGBT Americans under the guise of “religious freedom.” Essentially, FADA would prohibit the federal government from taking any action against people, including federal employees like marriage license clerks, that openly discriminate “on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” If passed, FADA would translate into hunting season for wide-scale discrimination in America, the prey being not only the queers, faggots and sissies,
Not only do Trump's appointments represent the singularly most vehemently anti-LGBT administration in history, but salivating at the sidelines with blood in their eyes are the Christian fundamentalists who lifted Trump to victory...” but Blacks, Mexicans, Muslims and Jews. This blatantly discriminatory piece of potential legislation wasn't successful when it was first presented in the House three years ago. But in the current Republican-controlled House and in the current anti-LGBT political climate… Among the challenges ahead for LGBT Americans in coming months is an almost certain increase in random acts of intolerance, hate, discrimination and violence. We are seeing reports of these acts on a
against others whose differences include religious beliefs, ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This is the result. The thing is, time has not stood still. Today, LGBT Americans are out of the closet and living proudly more than ever. They are getting married in record numbers and many are starting families and raising abundantly-loved, happy children. They are contributing positively to society and serving their communities. And they are going back
Trump’s administration: Most anti-LGBT in history.
frequent basis now accompanied by the chorus, “Trump will Make America Great Again.” Intentionally or not, there is no question that Trump fanned the long-simmering flames of racism and intolerance in rural America
in the closet, no matter what the Christian fundamentalists want. Watchdog organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, National LGBTQ Task Force, and Equality Florida had better be ready. We are going to need them.
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How is the real state market now in South Florida? Interview with Michael Capul of the Capul Group and Luxury Homes about what you need to know about Fort Lauderdale’s hot real estate market |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
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Tell our readers a little about yourself and how long you have been in Real Estate. I have been a realtor for over 10 years here in South Florida for Luxury Homes and I was also a Realtor in NY for Douglas Elliman. I have been working with the institutional, commercial as well as residential real estate. I have completed hundreds and hundreds of real estate transactions with a value of over $40,000,000. Do you specialize in any specific types of real estate? Over the past few years I
have been tending to do transactions with a larger weighting towards Luxury Homes, Commercial Properties, Residential condo & homes. Do you focus on any specific neighborhoods? Since I am a Fort Lauderdale resident and a Wilton Manors home owner I have a unique insight into their markets and demographics. Dealings with Oceanfront , Intracoastal, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors --- Single Family Homes, Condos and multiunit investments. Also, my experience with
renovations and rehabbing homes and condos gives my clients additional insight into how to make a successful deal happen as well as having a finished home of their dreams. How is the market now in South Florida? My opinion on the South Florida Real Estate Market… As long as interest rates stay relatively low, and the United States is a safe haven, as well as having a new president that has a “HUGE” amount of his wealth tied up in Real Estate, Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park and the surrounding areas are well positioned to outperform the country's real estate market performance and will remain one of the top places for the LGBT community to be moving into from other parts of the country and world. What community organizations are you involved in? I am currently a member of the Board of Directors for the South Florida Symphony. In addition, I am an avid supporter of various LGBT charities like Sun Serve, Broward House, and The Pride Center. I also make it a point, whenever possible, to work with gay owned law firms, title companies and mortgage brokers. If you are interested in buying or selling a home in South Florida, contact Michael at 954891-0788 or email him at mike@CapulGroup.com. He will get you a palace fit for a queen!
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27th Annual Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival Presents A Tribute To Gene Wilder
he 27th annual Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival will have a special pre-Festival kick-off event on Tuesday, January 10 – A Tribute to Gene Wilder, which will include a dessert reception by Starz Bakery, a live Klezmer performance and a screening of the 1979 hit comedy The Frisco Kid, starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford. This special tribute will be held at 6 p.m. at the Mandel JCC (5221 Hood Rd., Palm Beach Gardens). Wilder made his film debut in 1967 with appearances in two major hits, Bonnie and Clyde and The Producers, followed by starring roles in memorable films such as Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971), Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), two more Mel Brooks mega-hits in 1974 (Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein), two classic comedies with Richard Pryor (Silver Streak in 1976 and Stir Crazy in 1980), and Hanky Panky in 1982, the first of three films he made with his late wife Gilda Radner. Other film roles include Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) and Another You (1991). Wilder was born in Milwaukee in 1933, and passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease last August. After Radner died from ovarian cancer in 1989, he co-founded Gilda’s Club, a support group to raise awareness of the disease.
The cost to attend the Donald M. Ephraim’s Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival’s kick-off event, A Tribute to Gene Wilder, is only $30 per person for Actor Level Film Society members and $36 for guests, and complimentary for Star Arts Patron, Cinema Circle, and Director Level Film Society members. Tickets are available for purchase at (877) 318-0071 or www. pbjff.org. The 27th annual Film Festival begins January 19, 2017 at the Kravis Center of Performing Arts in the Cohen Pavilion. The Opening Night screening includes a private member reception and special cinematic guests for a post-film discussion. The Festival continues at the Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton, January 21-27; Cobb Theatres in Palm Beach Gardens, January 28-February 4; and the Frank Theatres in Delray Beach, February 5-11. Presented by the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches, the Film Festival will close on February 12 with a matinee and awards presentation at Muvico at CityPlace in West Palm Beach.
uTo register for the mailing list or for more
information about films and events, please visit www.pbjff.org. Opening Night tickets are $20 for Film Society members and $25 for non-members. For the rest of the Festival, film tickets range from $9 to $15 for Film Society members and $11 to $18 for non-members. They are available for purchase through the website or by calling (877) 318-0071.
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el gay8 festival celebra su segundo aÑo El primer festival LGBT latino de arte, música y gastronomía se celebrará en Domingo, 15 de Enero, de 11am - 10pm en Calle 8 entre 14 y 17 avenidas. |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
Las mejores bandas de Miami, empresas, líderes comunitarios y todo Miami se reunirán una vez más el 15 de enero de 2017 para el Gay8 Festival, ahora en su segundo año. Gay8 (GayOcho!) es el primer festival LGBT latino de arte, música y gastronomía en la histórica área de Little Havana en Miami, y cuenta con algunos de los talentos musicales más famosos de Miami como Lucy Grau, Spam Allstars, Son Lokos y Locos Por Juana. El festival
inaugural superó todas las expectativas con una asistencia estimada de 17,000 en 2016. "Nos sentimos muy emocionados de ver una respuesta tan grande en el primer año de este evento. La comunidad LGBTA se siente honrada de organizar un festival destinado a abrir puertas y conectar a personas que tradicionalmente no conectan", dijo el organizador Damián Pardo. "Esperamos que Gay8 continúe significando un
día lleno de diversión para todos los habitantes de Miami donde celebramos la conexión y la colaboración". Gay8 también cuenta con una serie de eventos aparte del festival de calle incluyendo fiestas de danza, degustaciones o prueba de alimentos, cine gratis, degustaciones de cigarros y actuaciones de arte pop-up. Los sabores más ricos de Miami llenan el ambiente de aromas cautivadores, ya que los famosos restaurantes locales albergan cabinas que contarán con algunos de los mejores platos del sur de la Florida. El Tower Theatre del Miami-Dade College y el Festival Internacional de Cine de Miami mostrarán tres películas de temática LGBT durante el festival. Las artes visuales también tendrán presencia abundante en Gay8 ya que varios artistas estarán exponiendo sus trabajos durante el festival. También habrá presentaciones musicales en diferentes áreas del festival, excursiones gratuitas a pie del área y mucho más. El festival también destacará el tema de la violencia armada en nuestra comunidad, incluyendo una exhibición del Stonewall National Museum and Archives relacionados con la masacre en la discoteca Pulse en Orlando que sucedió en Junio 2016. Para más información
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Scenes from the Gay8 Festival in the heart of Little Havana last year.
Miami's top bands, businesses, community leaders, and all of Miami will once again come together on January 15, 2017 for the second annual Gay8 Festival. Gay8 (GayOcho!) is the first Latino LGBT art, music and food street festival in Miami's historic Little Havana, and features some of Miami's most celebrated musical talentâ€” bands like Lucy Grau, the Spam Allstars, Son Lokos, and Locos Por Juana. The inaugural festival surpassed
all expectations with an estimated 17,000 in attendance in 2016. "We were so thrilled to see such a great response on a first-year event. The LGBTA* community is honored to host a festival meant to open doors and connect people who traditionally don't connect" said organizer Damian Pardo. "We hope Gay8 will continue to represent a fun-filled day for all Miamians where we celebrate connection and collaboration."
Gay8 also features a number of events surrounding the street festivalâ€” including dance parties, food tastings, free film showcase, cigar tastings and pop-up art performances. Miami's richest flavors will fill the air with captivating aromas as noted local restaurants host booths offering some of the best South Florida cuisine. Miami-Dade College's Tower Theater and the Miami International Film Festival will showcase three LGBT themed movies during the festival. Visual arts are also aplenty at Gay8, as some of the best artists South Florida has to offer will punctuate the festival at booths displaying unique, authentic works of art.
There will be spontaneous performances throughout the festival in varying locations, free historic walking tours of the area and much more. Further, the festival will highlight the issue of gun violence in our community, including an exhibit by the Stonewall National Museum and Archives related to the Pulse nightclub shootings. For more information
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The Case for Condoms Dear Readers, Sometimes I get letters worthy of taking up the whole column and this is one of them. It was in response to my recent column about HIV:
ersonally I am disappointed and appalled in your response to the letter. You are in a position of great influence. This article makes it sound like there are reasons to give a pass for not wearing a condom. In my opinion, you response is unacceptable. Articles like this is why HIV continues to be around and labeled a “Gay problem”. I am a nurse of 30 years. I have heard it all. I am also a single vers top that is very active. I also play in the BD/ SM fetish world. It seems like this fetish area is more prone to sex without condoms. I have one absolute rule when it comes to sex/playing; NOTHING goes into anyone without protection. That applies to toys, fingers, and “My toy”. I make this very clear to someone new I meet before we start playing. If the guys says “I am allergic to Latex” not a problem, I have a “Latex Free Kit” for just such an excuse. I honestly can say I have never had sex without a condom on. NEVER! I have responses to the excuses you have in the article; uCondoms smell awful and feel worse – Really!?!? There
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when I found a video of him with someone doing it in the raw when I was out of town. Sorry, my partner was living with the king of safety (me). Now who is the Victim? If guys would think with their brain and not their dick, HIV may have been eradicated years ago. I am in no way HIV phobic. I am HIV friendly. In fact I play with more HIV guys than not. I just treat everyone as if they are positive. There are guys out there that are doing it in the raw and say they are negative, that is probably because they have not been tested in 5 years. I get tested every 3 months. Sites like BBRT promote unprotected sex thus promoting the continued spread of HIV. I don’t get it. Gays wonder why the Hetero society look at gays in disgust. OK, I will get off my soap box. ---Leather Master
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