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By Scott Holland
ast Tuesday we started off our July 4th holiday by going down to Score for “Gate: Amazzonia.” “Gate” is a monthly party in Milan that is now traveling the world
Barrone and Rain, Pat Burnside, Jesus, Howard Andrew (Fabscout), and many more who all came out to show their love for Bob and Khan, the new owners.
Madrid which starred DJ Thiago Oliveira spinning to keep the crowd happy.
and came to Score with superstar DJs Dani Toro & Dan Slater. Score was busy to the wee hours of the morning.
Thursday night Scandals reopened its doors and the community came out to support. The bar had a slight make-over and looks amazing. Seen at the opening were Matt (Johnsons), Toni 8 | Hotspots.LGBT
Daisy and Erika always celebrate their birthdays together, and this year was no exception with parties all over the drive. We went to the one Friday night at Rumors. Seen celebrating with D&E were Michael Murphy, Mike Trottier and Will, Rich Rodriguez (Leather Masked Ball), Nicole Halliwell in boy drag and many more. A very happy birthday to two divas I have known and loved for over 20 years!
On Saturday, we were a busy team as we were all over the drive. We started at Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar who in association with my friend, Mel Chestnut, presented a special event: Zarpa XXL:
Our next stop was The Ramrod, who was featuring Pig Dance #119 (first Saturday of every month) with this month’s special DJ Guy DeGiacinto. This event
is always busy and brings out Leather men and their admirers. We ended the night at the Manor, as Noche Latina
Everything you need to plan your week Saturdays inside the Ivy Dance Room and Patio presented their annual Venezuelan Independence party starring Miss Florida F.I. 2017/18 Kalah Mendoza and the viral sensation Elishaly D’Witshes. The original Fort Lauderdale Latin party is still packing them in (see pic).
The Pub presents Daisy Deadpetals in their new event: The Snatch Game. They invite the girls to bring their charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and talent to play the game. They will also feature 2 special guests every week.
silly to remind us all how very lucky we all are to live here, in paradise. From classic house music anthems to TV show themes to remixes off all of our favorite hits from today, that we all sing along to in the car and at the gym. I am planning on throwing it all into the mix and making sure that everyone gets to hear that track they forgot how much they love, mixed right into something so new and exciting that they just have to know who recorded it.” u FRIDAY JULY 13 The Pub presents Menergy from 9:30pm on featuring VJ Marky Mark and demos by Onyx Deep South.
u THURSDAY JULY 12 The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents an information sharing and networking at the HUB and the LGBT Visitor Center (1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach) from 10-11am. Whether you are a new, existing or potential new MDGLCC member, learn how to maximize the use of all the marketing tools and programs available through the chamber. There will also be an opportunity to bounce ideas and ask questions to the chamber staff and membership committee on how to engage the LGBT consumer with your products and/or services. Admission is free.
For the first time, Miami's top gay nightlife icons Alan T, Flavio Nisti, Gio Profera, DJ Smeejay and Edison Farrow are teaming up to create a new gay Thursday night weekly event launching tonight at Jezebel, the former gay bar Halo/Mova (1625 Michigan Avenue Miami Beach). According to DJ Smeejay: “The sound that I am envisioning for #TBT at Jezebel, will be a reflection of the many diverse dimensions of our own amazing city. Just as #TBT is a call for a gathering of all of our different tribes, the music will also reflect upon this diversity. Ironic, fun, happy and sometimes downright
The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. This heartfelt musical journey celebrates the legendary Whitney Houston through her greatest hits and features South African songstress Belinda Davids accompanied by a six-piece live band, backing vocalists, dancers and state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Tickets are $20-$79.50 with $109.50 tickets for the JetBlue Flight Deck on the Club Level. Buy tickets online at Hotspots.LGBT | 9
BrowardCenter.org or Ticketmaster.com; by phone at 954-462-0222 or the Broward Center's AutoNation Box Office. u SATURDAY JULY 14
Rumors, once again, presents Beer Olympics at 12pm. There will be 12 teams with six members per team. They will be giving away Gold, Silver and Bronze medallions. All proceeds from Beer Olympics to benefit the Wolfpack.
The Pride Center at Equality Park presents Bastille Bingo with game packages starting at $15. Doors open at 6:30, game begins at 7:30pm, and the snack bar will be open. This is an 18 and over event, and in June over $1,200 was won.
The Club Fort Lauderdale presents their monthly Cumunion party from 3 to 7p.m.
Fitness enthusiasts will th captivate the 38 Annual NPC Southern States Championships in South Florida. The fitness, figure, bikini, physique and bodybuilding championship gets underway at the War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th Street in Ft. Lauderdale. The NPC is a part of the Internal Federation of Body Builders (IFBB) Professional League. The 2018 NPC Southern States Championships ranks as one of the largest events east of the Mississippi. The contest caliber is over 35 previous winners have become IFBB Pros. Saturday's prejudging begins at 9 a.m. and the evening show is at 6 p.m. Ticket price for the prejudging - general admission is $30; for the finals range from $30-$50. Free parking is available all day. Tickets are available at AXS (tel. 888-929-7849) and the War Memorial Auditorium
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Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking for answers regarding his death. Under a secret identity, Thomas infiltrates into the life of Anat, his lover's newly widowed wife. The encounter with the unfamiliar reality will make Thomas involved in Anat's life in a way far beyond his anticipation, and
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(tel. 954-828-5380). For more information on the 2018 NPC Southern States Championships, visit: npcsouthernstates.com.
The Ramrod presents their nd monthly (2 Saturday of every month) Underground Invasion, where it's all about the music. This month's special DJ is Bryan Hukill.
Dance Room and Patio, Noche Latina Saturdays always packs them in with fabulous drag shows and sexy Latin Go-Go papi's. Saturdays at the Manor are from 11pm to 4 am and there is NO COVER before midnight (FL Res) and only $7 after midnight for members and $10 for non-members (18-20 $12 all night long).
The Manor Complex presents direct from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10, finalist Asia O'Hara (look for her interview in this edition). There will be a meet and greet with photo opp for the first 100 people on line by 11pm. The night will also star DJ Sushiman spinning his sickening beats. In the Ivy
The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce in association with Reyka Vodka present their July Mixer at Circ Hotel - Hollywood Circle (1780 Polk Street) from 5:30-7:30pm. Admission is complimentary for GFLGLCC members and only $10 for future members and includes a complimentary Reyka drink, and complimentary Hors d'oeuvres. For more information or to RSVP (encouraged) email: Raymond@gflglcc.org.
Art Serve (1350 East Sunrise Blvd) presents “Red Eye Beyond” (Art, Music, Film and Food) from 6-10pm. Tickets are available at: Artserve.org.
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to protect the truth he will stretch his lie to a point of no return.
Ofir Raul Graizer, the Director, said: “The Cakemaker” is a melodrama set in Jerusalem. The narrative moves, the settings and the characters, are of my own private memory and experience that have shaped during the 6.5 years I've worked on this film. Man-woman, gay-straight, religious secular, berlin-
Jerusalem, Middle East – Europe – from these conflicts I was obliged to create a cinematic story where there are no answers to all the questions, like in life, and instead there is love for people and cinema. It's a story about the attempt to put aside definition of nationality sexuality and religion. It's my story. Opens In South Florida Friday, July 13.
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CONCERT SAM SMITH’S THE THRILL OF IT ALL TOUR Sam released his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, in May 2014 and in December 2014 was nominated for six Grammy Awards, and at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2015 he won four: Best New Artist, “Stay with Me” for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and In the Lonely Hour for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sat Jul 14, 8pm. American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami). Tix from $31. AAArena.com. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL CRYSTAL This new show explores the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s 34-year history. This unique production pushes boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. 15 performances only! Jul18–2. BB&T Arena (1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise). Tix from $43. TheBBTCenter.com. ANIMALS BARK AT THE PARK Enjoy the game with your favorite furry friends! Bring your pup to Marlins Park to celebrate this annual event. Tickets for you and your dog are located in their Vista Level Reserved. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will support the Broward County Humane Society. Sat Jul 14, 4pm. Marlins Park (501 Marlins Way, Miami). Tix $16 for humans, $10 for dogs. MLB.com/Marlins. CELEBRATE WHITNEY’S MUSIC THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Wanna dance with somebody? Embark on a heartfelt musical journey celebrating the legendary Whitney Houston through her greatest hits. Featuring the breathtaking vocals of South African songstress Belinda Davids accompanied by a fabulous six-piece live band and dancers. Fri Jul 13, 8pm. Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave, Ft Lauderdale). Tix $20–$106. BrowardCenter.org SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE COLIN JOST The comedian, actor, and screenwriter is best known for his work on SNL, where he has served as a writer since 2005 and “Weekend Update” co-anchor since 2014. As a stand-up comedian, Jost has appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon as well as on TBS and HBO. Sat Jul 14, 8pm. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St, Coconut Creek) Tix $40–$200; SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com. Hotspots.LGBT | 19
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MOVIES THE CAKEMAKER Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers regarding his death. Under a secret identity, Thomas infiltrates the life of Anat, his lover’s widowed wife. Thomas becomes involved in her life, far beyond his anticipation. To protect the truth, he will stretch his lie to a point of no return. It’s a story about the attempt to put aside definition of nationality, sexuality, and religion. Opens Fri Jul 13. Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables). Tix $9–$15. GablesCinema.com. RUBY SLIPPERS THE WIZARD OF OZ The enduring 1939 classic about Dorothy (the immortal Judy Garland) and her adventures in the Land of Oz gets the Arsht Center treatment. Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and her little dog Toto do battle with the Wicked Witch of the West as the Miami Symphonic Studio Orchestra performs the tuneful score by Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart. Sat Jul 14, 2pm and 8pm. Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami). Tix from $35. ArshtCenter.org. BIG BAND HITS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE The FWS Jazz Orchestra, a professional ensemble-inresidence at FAU, presents an evening of hits from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Expect to hear the authentic music of Big Band sensations like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman. Sat Jul 14 @ 7pm & Sun Jul 15 at 2pm. FAU’s University Theatre (777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton). Tix $12–$25. FAU.edu/ArtsandLetters/Theatre. MOVIE SKYSCRAPER FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building... above the fire line. Skyscraper stars Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, and Noah Taylor. In theaters Fri Jul 13. Rated PG-13, 1h 42m.
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BEER 8-YEAR ANNIVERSARY STREET PARTY World of Beer celebrates its anniversary with a 40keg local tap takeover, featuring specialty kegs from Funky Buddha, Cigar City, Civil Society, Coppertail, Bangin’ Banjos, 81 Bay, Devour, Accomplice, Broski, Barrel of Monks, Prosperity, Mathews and Tampa Bay Brewing Co. There will be live music by Jerriko and Polaroid, plus raffles, games, and a beer tent outside. Sat Jul 14, 11am–7pm. World of Beer (4437 Lyons Rd, Coconut Creek). FREE. WOBUSA.com/CoconutCreek.
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ell I hate to pat myself on the back (ok, sometimes I like itâ€ŚLOL), but I did predict in writing that Aquaria would win Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race. However, if anyone pulled themselves away from who their favorite was and looked at the facts (stats), it was pretty clear that Aquaria was going to win. Having said that, I cannot speak more highly of Eureka and Asia who were both incredible contenders and kept this season exciting and very close. The day after the finale it was a pleasure to sit down with both of them for this exclusive Hotspots interview: Eureka O'Hara At what age did drag become an interest? I started going to the bar before I turned 17
and had a fake ID. When I turned 18, the fake ID expired, and I couldn't get into bar, so I decided to dress up in drag, and they let me in. Other drag queens convinced me to do the talent show. I kept doing it and never stopped doing drag. How did you pick your name? My biological mother's name was Eureka, so I modeled myself after her. O'Hara is my drag father's last name. His picked the name O'Hara from Gone With the Wind. How many times did you apply to be on RuPaul's Drag Race, and how did it feel when you found out you'd been chosen? I applied for four years, and it was life changing when I got chosen, and even more life changing when I got to come back. Do you think being a returning queen made it easier or harder for you?
Harder, so much harder. There was a level of anticipation and a standard that was already set. I felt the judges were harder on me, and I had to prove more and more why I should be there.
How was your Drag Race experience different the second time around? This time I was there a lot longer, and I got to experience it in a different way. Last time I was gone from home only two weeks and this time six. The farther into the season, the scarier it gets, and the more anxious you are. It also gets more exciting. What's your marital status? I am single. What are you looking for in a man? I'm looking for a man that has a job and can take care of himself. That man also has to be emotionally strong so he can deal with not being around me all the time. I also love romance. Going into the finals, if you knew you couldn't win, who would you have wanted to win and why? Asia. Because she is a leader, and she is inclusive and sees all sides. Seeing your family in the finale, it seems like you are very close to them. Tell me about that relationship? I am very close with them. My twin and I have a connection that you cannot describe. We are so much alike. My mom is now sick but always took care of us as a single mom. My older sister has three kids and is living with my mom and sister, and they all rely on me to eat and have their bills paid. They are my strength and the reason I fight and work so hard. What's ahead for Eureka? Ideally, I want to be on Saturday Night Live. Tell Lorne Michaels! I just released the song “Big Girl” (available on iTunes), and I'm working on a one-woman show, which will be entitled “Pretty Hot and Tasty.” Asia O'Hara At what age did drag become an interest? Drag became an interest at about 20. How did you pick your name? I picked my name because I have a family member whose name is Asia. It was a lastminute thought since most of my friends had boy names in drag. How many times did you apply to be on RuPaul's Drag Race, and how did it feel when Hotspots.LGBT | 25
you found out you had been chosen? I auditioned three times, And when I got the call, it felt great. It was very exciting that I finally made it. Do you think there's more pressure on the queens now that Drag Race has been on so long?
Absolutely. The bar is raised every year, and there is more pressure to be greater. The talent and the fashion level continually gets raised. Tell us about your Drag Race experience? It was absolutely phenomenal. I got to meet incredible people and build relationships with girls I would have never met. I got to learn a lot about myself â€” and found some great qualities I didn't know I had! In the finale we saw you have a handsome boyfriend. How did you meet and, since you mentioned you were getting married, when? We aren't officially getting married yet. I just felt the need to let people know it's serious. We met at a pageant I was judging in St. Louis. The second I met him I knew he was the person. Other than Drag Race, what's the best thing that has happened to you in drag? People coming up to me and telling me how I inspired them or changed their life. In those moments, you realize that what you are doing is not going unnoticed. Going into the finals, if you knew you couldn't win, who would you have wanted to win and why?
For all RuPaul's Drag Race fansâ€Ś Season 11 has been greenlit! All of them for different reason. I felt Aquaria was the most deserving, based on the competition. But I felt Eureka had some of the best qualities for people to emulate. What's ahead for Asia? I am definitely looking forward to creating new art from scratch. I am very excited for the future. For more information on Eureka or Asia, follow them on Instagram at: EurekaOhara or AsiaOharaLand.
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deep inside HOLLYWOOD By Romeo San Vicente something a little less frightening. The timing couldn't be better.
Billie Holiday Re-sings the Blues
FRIGHTS AND DELIGHTS The crossover cast will include AHS veterans Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters plus notable newcomer Joan Collins.
American Horror Story Crossover Time!
Summer's here, which means only three months until we get the American Horror Story crossover event our witching circle has been incanting for. September will bring the unholy alliance of Coven and Murder House, an epic collision between the different worlds of Ryan Murphy's ridiculously entertaining series. Sarah Paulson, Pose's Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman are all involved. And so is a new cast member: Dynasty's Joan Collins, Dame Commander of the British Empire. Sure, it's stunt casting, but that's kind of what this series has always been about, anyway. And who better than Murphy to give Collins' camp credentials | Hotspots.LGBT
the workout they deserve? Murphy is also hoping to include Gaga, because of course he is, and he says that the season will be more of a “heightened” story line (as if all earlier seasons were far
Murphy is also hoping to include Lady Gaga, because of course he is. too grounded in gritty, mundane realism). It should all go deliciously off the rails in the way Murphy shows never fail to do. So, once we're done with the true horror of August television's Bachelor in Paradise, we'll be ready for
Older queer audiences will remember the legendary Diana Ross' star turn as Billie Holiday in the acclaimed '70s drama Lady Sings the Blues. Well, like all good things from the past, someone wants to remake that classic. But don't look down your nose just yet. As of right now it's called Billie, and has attracted Lee Daniels (Precious, Empire) to the director's chair, singersongwriter Andra Day as Holiday, Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright SuzanLori Parks (Father Comes
Home from the Wars) to write the script, and Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield to co-star. There's no studio yet. This is all very early-days — look at how long it's taken those Freddie Mercury and Elton John movies to materialize — so, changes and delays are pretty much a certainty. But it's nice to see important women get their place in the pantheon of biopics. The children really should learn about Holiday — at least before someone makes a film about Ariana Grande. Romeo San Vicente secretly loves Bachelor in Paradise.
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u Fernando, David & their crew have fun at FlockFest 4 on Sebastian Beach.
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Tatts & Tacos First Anniversary Block Party.
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Equality Florida Community Partner Award at their mixer at Rosie’s.
of the Marsha P. Johson Award at Compass’ Stonewall Gala.
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Its Not Over Till Its Over: Sean Hayes TalksWill & Grace After revolutionizing TV for LGBTQ people in 1998, the actor is at it again, as “part of the chorus of the movement.” By Chris Azzopardi
here would our queer world be without Will & Grace? That’s where my head was just before Sean Hayes phoned, recalling my lonely teen years, when gay white men on TV alone — here's to evolved representation! — was unprecedented and lifechanging for people like 15-year-old, closeted me. It’s not enough, then, to say Hayes, 48, portrays Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom, because some roles become legend, upstaging even the actor giving him life. Jack is one such character.
And so, a call from Hayes is like being a kid When did you irst realize Will & Grace had impacted the LGBTQ community the and spotting your ifth-grade teacher at the way it has? grocery store: It doesn’t quite feel real. And Just a couple of weeks ago! [Laughs.] No, I’m yet Hayes is a real man with a real life and joking. You know what’s so funny — irst of even a real husband, music producer Scott Icenogle. But to the late-’90s TV landscape, it all, you have no idea how much that means to me, you saying how much I mean to you. It was the actor’s half- iction as Jack and his exploding-rainbow persona that cut through means equally as much to me, so thank you. So when did I know I had an impact? I heteronormative programming with gay think when I was young and doing the show I jokes even your grandma could get down was so wrapped up in myself, in acting, in with. getting the part: “Am I going to get ired? Am I And then, there’s Karen. You obviously don’t need me to needlessly gonna learn my lines?” I was just happy to have a job. ramble on about Jack’s socialite best friend It’s such a fascinating thing to discuss, and (played by Megan Mullally), who never met a I’m so glad you asked. I felt normal growing martini she didn’t like. You know her, you up, so when I got a job, playing a gay love her. And together they truly make all of character on a television sitcom I just our friends out to be absolute fucking bores. thought, “Oh, I just have to be me, kind of, a The sitcom’s recent revival reinstated #friendshipgoals when the snarky pals, along heightened version of myself.” I didn’t think it would have that much of an with titular housemates Will impact because of the bubble (Eric McCormack) and Grace I grew up in. I surround (Debra Messing), came “Look at Jim Carrey, myself with people who are swishing back to NBC in September 2017 for a ninth look at Robin Williams. accepting of me, so naively I was like, “The rest of the season after ending its initial There are lots of world must be OK with it.” 1998–2006 run. I mean, I knew the stories straight people who are Hayes isn’t Jack, exactly. [about homophobia] out But you might be fooled if he exaggerated as well.” there. I grew up and knew called you, too. His usually[being gay] wasn’t accepted, un lashy voice sometimes but I just didn’t think on any picks up wind and takes on big level it was any big deal. the kind of rapid- ire So, that gave me the con idence to play Jack cadence his famous Cher-worshiping alter ego is known for. With Season 10 premiering as outrageously as I could because, again, I’m surrounded by writers and actors — October 4 and Season 9 now available on everybody else — who embrace this, so I felt DVD and digital, I caught up with Hayes to loved, I felt supported and I felt con idence. talk about those who’ve long criticized Jack So, I wasn’t heading to work thinking about for being “stereotypically” gay, the history of how this is going to aﬀect anybody. the legendary Karen-Jack slap ights, and [That] was a wonderful byproduct later, who helped him be OK with being gay. and I was like, “Oh, ohh!” And once it started, and all the press and blah blah blah, and we It’s hard to put into words exactly what it never got any backlash for being political in feels like to talk to the man who gave me that sense, meaning how they politicized gay such an iconic gay character when I people, which is wrong. That’s another needed it most. interview. Oh my god. That’s so sweet. I really Over the years, people have criticized Jack appreciate that. And you just answered the for being “ lamboyant.” How aware were reason why when people ask me what’s the you of that concern when the show best part about playing it — that’s the best returned for its revival season? part. Oh, I never heard that. This is the irst time Is it? hearing it. So, you’re saying people were One-hundred percent. worried, but I was playing him — I call it
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“outrageous” because it up. I’m just saying I “ lamboyant” means a love talking about it, certain type of gay because it’s person, I think, and ridiculous. that’s another As a kid coming to conversation to have. I terms with being was playing him as gay, who was your outrageously as I was person? before. So, people If you’re talking were concerned that I about a famous was playing him a person, Andy Bell [of certain way? Erasure]. Because I People wondered if was in college and I Jack was too was 17, 18, and I was stereotypical for TV shocked that in 2018 and somebody was out expressed some and proud, making a concern over what living in the arts or the straight in pop culture by community might being who they are think of us. and not apologizing I think that’s for it. I thought that [internalized] was mind-blowing. homophobia. Because “A Little Respect” I know people like was the No. 1 song Jack, because one part on the radio, and I of me is like Jack, and was like, “Wait, the so if you’re saying guy is gay, and people in the gay community were concerned everybody is OK with that?” that I was playing Jack a certain way and The truth is, not a lot of people knew [Bell people would “worry” that gay people act like was gay] because we didn’t have the internet. that, they do act like that. And there’s people But I knew, and all my gay friends knew. And I who act like Will. There are people on all was like, “That’s amazing.” So that was spectrums of human behavior in the gay inspiring to me, that you could be gay and community, just like there are people on all make a living by singing, acting, whatever. spectrums of human behavior in the straight What has it been like to be a part of a show community, so I nix that, and I say “bye” to that that has existed during two very diﬀerent — I say, “Bye, Felicia!” — times, culturally and because that doesn’t make politically, for the any sense to me. LGBTQ community? “I’m happy the show is back Similarly, the character First, I feel very fortunate of Cam on Modern Family and lucky to be part of the because there’s still was criticized for being chorus of the movement. I tons of work to do.” an over-the-top and may not be a single voice, exaggerated version of but I’m enjoying being a what a gay person is. part of the chorus. And I And I’m like, what exactly is a gay person think we’re lucky to have the voice and the supposed to be in 1998 or 2018? representation for people to talk about it Yeah, exactly. What are they supposed to be? again, because I don’t think it should ever stop And by the way, they are exaggerated, some of being talked about because everything is not them. And so are straight people. Look at Jim OK. There are still gay kids being bullied. Look Carrey, look at Robin Williams. There are lots of at that [gay] couple [that was assaulted] in straight people who are exaggerated as well. I Florida in the bathroom during [Miami Beach hate that argument — no, I’m glad you brought Gay] Pride. It just doesn’t end. The hate doesn’t
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comedy is so incredible; that’s why we broke so many boundaries the irst time. And hopefully we can continue to do that. Megan Mullally has said CAN Community Health welcomes that you’re her “second husband,” after her real Doctors Sheetal Sharma, Ana Puga, and Michael Sension husband, Nick Oﬀerman. How does your chemistry with Megan after all these years compare to the irst time that you stepped onto set and shot the pilot? It’s so funny that she calls me her second husband because Nick and I were born on the exact same day, same year, about 30 miles apart. Isn’t that hilarious? But it’s like working with your sister. There’s a shorthand that nobody else would understand. So, it’s like, “I’m gonna do this,” and she’s like, “I’m gonna do that,” and then we just do it together. And there it is. So, we now know how to cut through all the stuﬀ that you need to [cut through] to get to a end overnight. comedic moment in a scene. And that’s So, we have to keep doing things, and again, what’s great about all this time that’s my contribution may not be as an activist, passed: I understand her, she understands because I just don’t feel comfortable doing that. me, we understand each other, so the It’s not who I am. It’s not in my blood, it’s not in chemistry has only gotten hotter. my DNA to stand at a podium and speak in Tell me the history of the slap ights sound bites about how we need to prevail over between Karen and Jack. the government and the system. I leave that to There’s an episode called “Coﬀee and people who are good at it Commitment,” where — I’m not good at it. Jack is trying to get oﬀ “The power of comedy is so What I’m good at is of coﬀee and Karen’s VISIT US AT CANCOMMUNITYHEALTH.ORG being comfortable in my trying to quit alcohol. incredible; that’s why we own skin and showing That was the irst time broke so many boundaries the we slapped each other. people that I have a husband, and we make On paper, it was just, rst time. And hopefully we stupid Facebook videos “Karen slaps Jack, Jack CAN has joined House can continue to do with that.”Broward and try to show people slaps Karen.” But of to open two new clinics in Ft. Lauderdale that we’re as normal as course, [Will & Grace any other human. I try to do my best at that. BROWARD HOUSE CENTRAL BROWARD HOUSEDirector] Jimmy Burrows, who is WEST So, I’m happy the show is back because 1726 SE 3rd Avenue 4101 NW 3rd Court,incredible at physical comedy, said, Suite 9 there’s still tons of work to do. The power of Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 Plantation, FL 33317“Let’s make a dance out of this.”
comedy is so incredible; that’s why we broke so many boundaries the irst time. And hopefully we can continue to do that. Megan Mullally has said that you’re her “second husband,” after her real husband, Nick Oﬀerman. How does your chemistry with Megan after all these years compare to the irst time that you stepped onto set and shot the pilot? It’s so funny that she calls me her second husband because Nick and I were born on the exact same day, same year, about 30 miles apart. Isn’t that hilarious? But it’s like working with your sister. There’s a shorthand that nobody else would understand. So, it’s like, “I’m gonna do this,” and she’s like, “I’m gonna do that,” and then we just do it together. And there it is. So, we now know how to cut through all the stuﬀ that you need to [cut through] to get to a end overnight. comedic moment in a scene. And that’s So, we have to keep doing things, and again, what’s great about all this time that’s my contribution may not be as an activist, passed: I understand her, she understands because I just don’t feel comfortable doing that. me, we understand each other, so the It’s not who I am. It’s not in my blood, it’s not in chemistry has only gotten hotter. my DNA to stand at a podium and speak in Tell me the history of the slap ights sound bites about how we need to prevail over between Karen and Jack. the government and the system. I leave that to There’s an episode called “Coﬀee and people who are good at it Commitment,” where — I’m not good at it. Jack is trying to get oﬀ “The power of comedy is so What I’m good at is of coﬀee and Karen’s being comfortable in my trying to quit alcohol. incredible; that’s why we own skin and showing That was the irst time broke so many boundaries the we slapped each other. people that I have a husband, and we make On paper, it was just, rst time. And hopefully we stupid Facebook videos “Karen slaps Jack, Jack can continue to do that.” and try to show people slaps Karen.” But of that we’re as normal as course, [Will & Grace any other human. I try to do my best at that. Director] Jimmy Burrows, who is So, I’m happy the show is back because incredible at physical comedy, said, there’s still tons of work to do. The power of “Let’s make a dance out of this.”
What do you envision for Jack’s future? Well, I don’t want him to change too much because our friends are our friends from high school because they never change, right? Maybe get married, but still remain Jack somehow, or ind a long-term relationship. Or maybe — maybe! — there’s someone close in his own life 48
that might be a suitable partner for life. Who knows? Will? I have no idea. Could you see them together? Could I see Will and Jack together? Maybe!
“My contribution may not be as an activist, because I just don’t feel comfortable doing that. It’s not who I am. It’s not in my blood.”
You’ve said you want to see him with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Just so you know, I’m here for it. I think that would be a hilarious episode, and I hope Dwayne comes to his senses and comes to the Will & Grace [set] to play and have a good time.
As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars. Reach him at chris-azzopardi.com or on Twitter @chrisazzopardi.
So, we rehearsed the rhythm of it. I think that’s what makes you laugh — that’s what makes me laugh: the pauses and then the slapping again and then the pause and the slapslap. It’s music, so you have to rehearse the beats and the rhythms in order to get that. [Laughs.] It makes me laugh even thinking about it.
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irque du Soleil is coming to BB&T Center with a brandnew arena creation: Crystal, which explores the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company's 34-year history. This unique production pushes boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Crystal will perform in Sunrise Arena for 15 performances only, Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 29. In Crystal, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world class audience experience. Synchronized skating, freestyles figures, and extreme skating are featured alongside traditional circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial traps and hand to hand. The result is an adrenaline-packed show for the whole family that pushes the boundaries and surpasses all expectations! Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Follow Crystal, the lead character, on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, liberated, and empowered. It was a pleasure to sit down with one of the â€œoutâ€? skaters,
“The first pair of ice skates were a pair of hockey skates, and I did immediately like skating because I am Canadian.” Shawn Sawyer
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Shawn Sawyer, for this Hotspots exclusive interview. When was the first time you put on a pair of ice skates, and how quickly did you know you loved the sport? The first pair of ice skates were a pair of hockey skates, and I did immediately like skating because I am Canadian. When I was 9 and put on my first pair of figure skating skates, I fell immediately in love. What was your first professional gig? For my first gig at 12, I got a free painting instead of money. The painting was by Toller
Cranston who introduced art into figure skating. He was very famous and now the painting is probably worth more than any amount of money I would have been paid. When did you start competing? I pretty much started competing a couple month after lacing up my first pair of figure skates, so at age 9. By the age of 12 I was doing international competitions. Who did you or do you look up to in the Figure skating world? Throughout the years I did have a couple people I looked up to. Basically they were world champions from Canada…. Brian Orser, Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko, etc. What was the best contest/medal you won and why? It was never about the medal, it was about how well your competition went. So it was the national medal I received when I qualified for the Olympic team. It was the most important medal, as it allowed me to go to the Olympics. Hotspots.LGBT | 51
â€œEverything in this show moves in a much faster pace than Cirque has ever done before.â€?
What's the best part of traveling with Cirque? The best part is the family bond that is created with all my coworkers. We spend so many hours together that they truly become your family. What's has been your favorite city on the tour? So far my favorite city, other than Montreal, is San Diego, because I was surprised of the feeling of the west coast. It was definitely on my bucket list, and I loved it. What should the South Florida Audiences expect from the production of Crystal? This is the first production, from Cirque, that is playing with the element of the ice. They definitely put everything in line in order to give everyone who buys a ticket a great experience. There are times you forget about the ice and are enraptured with the artists. Everything in this show moves in a much faster pace than Cirque has ever done before.
For more information on Shawn: Instagram.com/official_shawn_sawyer For more information, visit cirquedusoleil.com/crystal
How did you get hired at Cirque and how does it feel working for the iconic Cirque Du Soleil? I am now based out of Montreal where the Cirque headquarters are. I was brought into their workshop and they were testing me out. After the first week they approached me and said they were interested in keeping me on board. It felt really great, as it was the next step in my evolution as an artist. 52
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Coco Bambu may sound like the perfect moniker for a drag queen, but it’s actually a Brazilian restaurant chain that has developed quite a name for itself in the land of the Carioca. Featuring delicious scratch-made dishes, an extensive wine list, and lively Brazilian atmosphere, Coco Bambu promises to be “different than
anything you’ve experienced before.” Opened in 2017 at the corner of Alton Road and 10th Street in South Beach, Coco Bambu’s first U.S. outpost serves hard-to-find Brazilian delicacies in a relaxed, upscale atmosphere. The restaurant is massive, with outdoor seating, a huge bar in the center of the
main-floor dining room, and another dining area upstairs. With room to seat hundreds at a time, reservations are recommended but not required. My husband Alan and I had the pleasure of dining at Coco Bambu recently to see for ourselves what the place is all about. I got things start-
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ed with a Honolulu Caipiroska ($16) — think: Caipirinha but made with vodka instead of the traditional Brazilian cachaça. This version was made with macerated strawberries and pineapple with lime, ginger, and Belvedere vodka. The concoction was served in a tall glass over ice and was the perfect antidote to the oppressive heat and humidity we South Floridians put up with this time of year. The appetizer menu has many highlights, including Sautéed Crab Meat ($21) and Coconut Shrimp ($18), but Alan and I decided to start things off with the Shrimp Pastels ($16) as well as the Crispy Calamari Rings ($16). Coco Bambu got its start as a pastry shop in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, so we were superexcited to sink our teeth into the pastels, which resemble little square empanadas. Made with a light and airy dough, the pastels were filled with shrimp and delicious cream cheese. One order has six pastels. If you aren’t a fan of shrimp, you can get them filled with lobster, beef, or just cheese. The Crispy Calamari Rings were also tasty: no tentacles, all skinny rings, and served with a house tartar sauce, which was quite delicious. I spiced it up with their special creamy hot sauce that they serve on every table. Diners have so many options for entrees that it was really hard to decide what to have for the main course. Coco Bambu offers individual options — that is, entrees that are portioned to serve just one person — and there are also family-style options that can be prepared to serve two or four. Fresh seafood and fish options abound as well as an impressive array of steaks, including bacon-wrapped Filet with Madeira Sauce for two ($82) or Picanha (sirloin tip) and Fried Rice ($58). We decided we were going to split the Coco Bambu Shrimp ($41) for two as well as the Miso Sea Bass ($47). However, when we ordered, our waitress, who had made stellar recommendations up to that point, told us we were ordering too much, so we took her word for it and passed on the sea bass. The description of the dish on the menu says: “creamy rice, peas, ham, mozzarella au gratin and shoestring fries.” It is served as a casserole with the creamy rice, peas, and ham on the bottom, the shrimp on top, and all of it smothered in cheese and topped with thinly cut potato sticks
that get crispy and brown when they are baked. The piping hot concoction was more than enough for the two of us, and we both had some left over for lunch the next day. Before we even ordered, I peeped the dessert menu and made sure we saved room for a sweet treat to finish the meal. It was a tough choice. Their signature dessert is Baked Cocada ($13), which is a cream coconut cake served with vanilla ice cream, and they also feature a homemade Creamy Banana Cake ($13). But I was sold on the Dulce de Leche Lava Cake ($13) from the get-go, and I was not disappointed (Alan, on the other hand, was because I fought him off using my spoon like a sword). The delicious confection was a blondie-style cake filled to the brim with gooey dulce de leche and served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. It’s
Shrimp Pastels and Crispy Calamari Rings a great twist on the classic chocolate lava cake and was the perfect ending to a delicious meal. Coco Bambu features weekly specials throughout summer 2018. While the menu might seem pricey, portions are very generous, so a couple could easily get by with ordering an appetizer and an entrée and still leave satisfied. With daily happy hour pricing on drinks, Paella Night on Wednesdays featuring delicious fresh seafood over a bed of saffron rice for $27, and an all you can eat Feijoada ($27) from 1–3pm on Saturdays, you will not be disappointed no matter when you come.
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ith a 25,000-square foot furniture showroom and a team of experienced designers on staﬀ, Modern Miami is uniquely equipped to help you make your interior-design dreams come true. We sat down with Andrew Weisman, Modern Miami's marketing manager, and Marta Malcevych, one of their interior designers, to ind out how they can help you create your dream home (or business!).
Andrew, how long has Modern Miami been in the furniture business? AW: The company began as a furniture import business in 2012. We've worked on a number of multi-unit projects in Miami, and now we have a 25,000-square-foot facility in Hallandale that caters to both commercial and residential customers. We're working with a number of leading manufacturers in Italy and China that produce top-quality furniture, both for the home and commercial-grade. Tell me more about your showroom. AW: Our furniture showroom is one of a kind. We source the most beautiful, modern luxury furniture and home accessories from around the world and make them available at very aﬀordable prices. Our showroom is an interior design paradise. It allows us to focus on your interior design goals, stimulate your imagination, and bring your visions to life today. Is your furniture aﬀordable or only very high end? AW: Our tagline is “Aﬀordable luxury warehouse.” If a customer doesn't have the interior-design gene, do you have employees that can help? AW: Our company has a team of professional interior designers with international experience. They bring their keen eye to every project, helping you create a space that connects with your lifestyle. I believe the home should be an extension of you, a canvas for expressing your personality, style, and creativity. Marta, how long have you been working as a designer at Modern Miami? MM: I've been working for the company for two years. It's been an incredible experience. How do you help your customers create gorgeous interiors? MM: First of all, South Florida is a unique place Hotspots.LGBT | 67
“I believe the home should be an extension of you, a canvas for expressing your personality, style, and creativity.”
Everybody dreams of having a perfect home to live in, and we just help a person create a unique place that suits their personality — and it can be from a glam style to midcentury modern to a very minimalistic look. Modern Miami is known for its custom furniture. Can you design for any space? MM: Yes! I can design for any space, turning into an environment that connects with your lifestyle and its your needs. I enjoy being surrounded by beautiful things every day, and I love the relationships I develop with my clients and my vendors.
I have a small budget. Can I still create something unique and sexy? MM: De initely! A lot of people think you need millions to create a luxurious interior. But it's not true. Even with a small budget, say $5,000 to $10,000, you can create a beautiful home. Our company manufactures furniture in WEISMAN AND MALCEVYCH China, Italy, and Malaysia. That helps us sell premium-class furniture at very aﬀordable prices. Plus, if you're doing a whole project with us, you'll get a special discount! When a potential client visits our showroom, during our irst meeting we will discuss the scope of your project in detail, your budget, and your goals. For more info, visit modernmiami.com.
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at the Red Hen were gay. I've heard the here's been a lot of talk about “civility” argument that throwing Sanders out of a lately. This was all triggered when the restaurant was a missed opportunity for owner of a restaurant outside Washington, D.C. gays to show Sanders — and the world, I politely declined to serve a prominent member guess — how they “are capable and people of the Trump administration — a woman who worthy of respect.” is known worldwide for lying on the behalf of a Um, no. It is not the job of the oppressed to white supremacist White House headed by a prove their humanity to the oppressors. man who is trying to, and succeeding in, Racists aren't racist just because they turning America into a dictatorship. haven't encountered enough nice black and So, if Sarah Huckabee Sanders being refused brown people. Homophobes don't hate gays service at the Red Hen in Virginia has you more because they just worried about Sanders haven't had the right getting her feelings hurt one wait on them in a than about the fact that restaurant. Misogynists the government Sanders don't hate women just works for is putting because they haven't babies in cages, then met the right one yet. you don't deserve This stuﬀ comes civility. In other words, from deeply rooted fuck you. hate and fear. Ain't no Now, I know that amount of nice gonna some people will read cure that. my “fuck you” as I've heard white “sinking to their level,” people saying that but fuck that. Americans Sarah Huckabee have normalized this Sanders and her father descent into fascism Mike Huckabee used to from day one, and I'm not having it. MOUTHPIECE Sanders is known worldwide for be good, Christian people with values and And when I say lying on the behalf of a white supremacist “Americans,” I'm talking White House headed by a man who is trying ask, Whatever happened to them? about white people, to turn America into a dictatorship. Not surprisingly, the primarily cisgender people who I've heard heterosexual men. And, say this are straight, white guys. Of course, wouldn't you know it, this particular they can look back on Mike Huckabee's long demographic happens to also be the one that career in the public eye and see a nice guy is either: 1) totes OK with Trump or, 2) telling who plays bass guitar and tells corny jokes the rest of us that we need to ight fascism but who is maybe a little too conservative for with civility. their tastes. That is not how it works, folks. Being nice As a woman married to a woman, I have doesn't save lives. It doesn't change hearts and no fond memories of Mike Huckabee. His minds. And it sure as hell isn't going to save entire career, he has sought to deny me the our democracy. right to be married and the right to make According to an interview with the owner in the most basic decisions about my the Washington Post, some of the employees
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reproductive health. Now he's posting openly racist stuﬀ on Twitter in defense of Trump's takeyour-baby-at-theborder policy and people are surprised? It's all part of the same package, folks. So, yeah, I don't owe him or his daughter any kindness. They have shown none to the most vulnerable populations in this country. They have used their power to perpetuate hate. So yeah, fuck them. Of course, incivility is not the answer. We can't “go-fuck-yourselves” out of this mess. Yes, we must keep speaking out against the hate and evil we are seeing. We must never stop that. But words only go so far. Two of the most powerful words are “I
voted.” The people leading our country are evil. They have no moral compass. And, yes, there are valid complaints to make about the Democratic Party. But they are not the party cool with snatching brown babies from asylum seekers and putting them in cages. Let's make this blue wave happen. And then hold the Democrats fucking accountable like our lives depend on it, because they do.
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D'Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer, and comedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. You can follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.
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Annoying Gym Habits You Should Stamp Out Right Now by Tom Bonanti
very gym is home to a colorful cast of characters. Some are inspirations, many are there just to get the work done, and then there are a few who make you cringe every time they scuttle out onto the gym floor. What makes these guys so unpleasant is their complete lack of gym etiquette, which renders them a nuisance, or even a danger to themselves and others. If you think you might be one of these folks, here are some basic rules you can follow to avoid the most obnoxious gym habits.
Share. Don't treat the gym like your own personal property. Remember that you share the equipment, the locker room, juice bar, even the parking lot with every other paying customer. Stop hoarding the weights as if they belong to you exclusively. If you're
on the phone, surrender the machine you're working on to someone else who is waiting.
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Keep it clean. Return dumbbells, barbells, and other equipment to their proper places when you're done using them. Wipe down benches and machines after your sets. Don't spit in the drinking fountains. Toss trash and recyclables into the proper receptacles. Keep in mind that the locker room is a public space and not your home bathroom. Sweating is healthy and natural, but make sure your gym clothes are freshly laundered before each workout. Courtesy is something you teach by your example, and it is contagious.
and they're not even quiet in yoga class. Too much talking can lower the intensity of a workout by pulling focus. Excessive yakking
Excessive noise and yelling is just a bad-boy cry for attention. can even be dangerous if lack of attention leads to injuries caused by poor form. Socializing is fantastic, and you want to catch up with your buddies at the gym, but save the bulk of the chitchat for in between exercises or after your workout.
Pipe down. Drop the sound effects. By far the most annoying character in the gym (for me) is the boor who's constantly grunting and yelling, either by himself or with others. While a little groaning, huffing, and puffing is just a part of the weight training process, excessive noise and yelling is just a bad-boy cry for attention. Be more considerate of your fellow gymgoers who would definitely prefer you keep the Neanderthal sound effects to a minimum.
Hold the pointers. Refrain from giving unsolicited advice. Even if you've got the best intentions, a know-it-all busybody is an annoyance to other members. Most gyms employ certified trainers who are there to assist clients who want expert advice and supervision. Unless someone asks you for friendly pointers â€” or you see somebody in imminent danger of hurting themselves or others â€” you're better off attending to your own workouts. Chances are your own routine could use a little tweaking and a few adjustments.
Limit the jaw workouts. Stop talking so much and get down to work. The gym is full of Chatty Cathys. They chatter on the treadmill, they engage the instructor during spinning,
Tom Bonanti is a certified fitness trainer and licensed massage therapist with his own gym and studio, Pump'n Inc. (pumpnincgym.com), in Ft. Lauderdale. You can contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule a free consultation.
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