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Deep Inside Hollywood

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars | Manila

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The Frivolist | 8 Ways I’m Snatching Back my Happiness in 2019

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What’s HOT

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ast Wednesday, Georgie's Alibi/Monkey Bar and Stephen Tendrich presented their annual Pink Nail

Society: Give Prostate Cancer the Finger event. This year the benefit went country, and there was live performances, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, a photo booth, and thousands was raised for charity.

Chris ABFAB Rhodes helped make the mixer possible at Camelot, and Compass CEO Julie Seaver was very happy with the turnout

On Thursday, The MDGLCC's Young Professional Group hosted a mixer at the Hotel Croydon's rooftop bar overlooking Indian River Dive and Collins Avenue. The event was very successful!

was honored, had a private Meet & Greet before the game, and tossed out the first puck and received honorary rainbow coated sticks from the teams. The Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida sang The National Anthem. Ob Saturday, Latinos Salud's 10th Anniversary Gala was held at the DCOTA in Dania Beach. The event honored Project Runway Alum (and All Stars winner) Mondo Garcia and was hosted by NBC 6's Roxanne Vargas. It

was a great crowd, and a beautiful location!

Also on Wednesday, Palm Beach County's Compass hosted their latest Mixer at Camelot in downtown West Palm. Palm Beach promoter 16 | Hotspots.LGBT

On Friday, The Florida Panthers' held their Pride Night: with a lot of local organizations attending to lend support, including: The Pride Center, Pridelines, Front Runners and The Smart Ride. Jazz Jennings

Later that night, the Ramrod hosted their Pig Dance #126 with DJ Daniel Kristophere.

Everything you need to plan your week As usual, this monthly event was filled with Leather men and their admirers.

On Sunday afternoon, I went to Slow Burn Theater's matinee of “Jekyll and Hyde” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. As RuPaul says…..This show is a winner baby, and I urge you all to go and see it as it plays for the next 2 weekend. The leads Tony Edgerton (Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde), Carla Bordonada (Lucy…the part Linda Eder created) and Lindey Corey (Emma) are outstanding!!

Later that afternoon, Flip Flops hosted their monthly T Dance with hostess Amanda Austin, and special guests Kelly Anderson,

Marci Mogul and West Palm's Nicole Sapphire. As usual, this T dance was busy. u THURSDAY FEB 07

The GLLN is present their next CLE Luncheon at The Grille (2000 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors) from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The speaker will be Emily T. Rae, Advisor Consultant, and she will discuss “5 Ways Technology Will Change The Way You Age.” The cost is $30 for members and $36 for nonmembers and you can RSVP at

Napa Valley meets South Florida at Line, Vine & Dine, Chef Emeril Lagasse's signature sailfish tournament and seafood cook-off taking place today through February 9 in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to two days of action-packed sail fishing, guest chefs Sean Brasel, Angelo Elia, Habteabe Hamde, Cindy Hutson, José Mendin and Greg McGowan, will join Emeril Lagasse for a seafood showdown that highlights the very best of Florida's coastal cuisine. For more information go to:

u SATURDAY FEB 09 Adams Interiors will be celebrating their 10th anniversary today from 12 to 4 pm and the invite everyone to join them in their celebration with coffee, and desserts. In addition, there will be savings throughout the showroom all weekend long. Today is the grand opening of Sound Bar (2440 Wilton Drive), starting at 3pm. They will feature complimentary drinks from 3-5pm, and live entertainment at 5pm.

Let's Get Artsy at the monthly Art Walk Wilton Manors from 6-9pm up and down Wilton Drive.

Logo TV founder Matt Farber's Outlandish Performance Series continues tonight with comedian Pam Ann performing a new show, "Flight Attendant Star" at the Sunshine Cathedral in Hotspots.LGBT | 17

Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are now on sale for NYE—Flight 2018 at General Admission, Premium Seating, and VIP tickets (including a meet and greet) available. $35-$100.


The Club Fort Lauderdale presents their monthly Cumunion event from 3-7pm.

Georgie's Alibi/Monkey Bar welcomes RSVP Cruisers with a party called “Dreams” with super star DJ/producer MDMATIAS.

Noche Latina Saturdays inside the Ivy Dance Room and patio at the Manor Complex presents the official Victory Party for Julian Rivera and Erik Lopez winning Miss and Mr. Noche Latina 2019. The night will also star hostess Taina Norell along with guest DJ Larry Larr and sexy Latin Go-Go Papi's. In the Ballroom, The Manor World presents, direct from the heart of Brazil, Barbado, featuring Brazil's Star DJ/Producer Allan Natal. Saturdays at the Manor are from 11pm to 4 am and


The Ramrod presents their monthly (2nd Sat of the month) Underground Invasion, where it's all about the music. This month's DJ is Doug Jackson.



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deep inside HOLLYWOOD By Romeo San Vicente

Sarah Paulson flies over the cuckoo’s nest Ryan Murphy, the man who currently owns most of television, has another show coming. It's called Ratched, and you'll need to reach back to at least the 1970s to get the title's reference, because that was when the film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and, for the purposes of this explanation, Best Actress for Louise Fletcher, who played the monstrous Nurse Ratched. For this upcoming project – already given a deal for two seasons and 18 episodes – newcomer Evan Romansky has created an origin story, one that will star Murphy regular Sarah Paulson as a younger version of the nurse who grew to be a demon of the mental

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health care system. And there's an all-star cast rounding out the event: Judy Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Corey Stoll, Amanda Plummer, Sharon Stone and Finn Wittrock, among others. You'll be hearing plenty about it as the airdate approaches. It's Netflix, after all; they know where to find you.

is comedic sci-fi, and it'll be an anthology series, which means lots of one-off guest stars. Cast so far are people like Sara Gilbert, Ed O'Neill, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, LeVar Burton, Dylan O'Brien and Laverne Cox, all in as-yetunknown combinations and

Laverne Cox and Sara Gilbert move to Weird City

Jordan Peele is, how they say, on a roll. From Get Out to the upcoming Us, to the planned Twilight Zone reboot: if he touches it, people want to see it. And now he's working on a new series for YouTube Premium called Weird City, alongside Key and Peele's Emmy-nominated writer Charlie Sanders. The premise

COX storylines. Six episodes are coming later this year to YouTube Premium – in case you didn't know that existed, you're welcome – so you've got some time to learn how to throw it from your phone to your TV.

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FEBRUARY 14 Make a date this Valentine’s Day with Well-Strung, the hunky and talented all-male singing string quartet that has taken the musical world by storm with its signature pop-classical mashups.

MARCH 21 A star is born as award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll celebrates American Icon Judy Garland, as seen on her current PBS television special. Acclaimed for her stunning portrayal of Garland in End of the Rainbow, Ingersoll shines as a force all her own live in concert.

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eek 8 of All Stars 4 started out with the girls noticing that the workroom had been made over with pics of Judy Garland. In walks Ru who tells the girls that she calls all her best friends her best Judy's, and that for the maxi challenge they would be making over all their best Judy's by putting transforming them to their own drag sister (family resemblance is required). They would also have to choreograph and perform a very special musical performance to and as Judy Garland. In the end the top 2 were Naomi and Monet who each won a trip for 2 to Iceland which included a 4 night stay and 1st class airfare, and their best Judy's each won a $1,000 gift card to Klein, Epstein and Parker. Now let me just say Naomi killed the Lip Synch for Legacy (take note children) and sent Manila home.

It was a pleasure to sit down with Manila once again for this exclusive Hotspots interview.

How has your life changed since you were on” Drag Race?” It's just been getting better and better. I have enjoyed that I have been working off drag since drag race season 3 and making a pretty decent living.

What has been some of your favorite cities to visit as a RuPaul Alumni? My all-time favorite is when I get to go to Manilla in the Philippines. It's lovely, as they named the city after me…LOL! When I go there it feels like home, even though I wasn't born there (my mother was). However, I really enjoy going everywhere, even the smallest towns.

What's Ahead for Manila? Well I have a music video dropping today called “Go Fish.” The video has the message that you get dealt a hand and play it the best you can, and don't forget you can always pick another card. It's the first single off my upcoming album “Rules,” coming out February 15 on itunes.

You can also buy my Manila doll on my website at For more information on Manila, you can go to her website mentioned above or follow her on or

How exciting was it to get called back for All Stars? Did you consider not coming back, and if so what made you come back? It was super exciting, and a nice notch on my belt. I am one of the very few that can say I have been asked to be on all stars more than once. I said yes immediately, as this opportunity doesn't come very often.

How did you prepare differently for all stars 4 than you did the first two times time you were on the show? I went balls to walls and contacted all of my favorite designers. I sketched away many ideas as I wanted to impact the runway. I also went shoe shopping non-stop. It was a lot of fun.

Was it easier to get eliminated with your husband there? I got married last Christmas. We eloped to Las Vegas. When I had to pack up that suitcase of drag, at least he was there to help me. He is such a great support and I love him for that.

Has your hubby asked you to put him in drag since? We did do a photo shoot of us in those same outfits, so I did have to put him back in drag.

Now that you have been eliminated, who do you want to win and why? I'm still rooting for my girl Latrice…my right or die. If she can't win, I think Trinity has a really good chance. Hotspots.LGBT Hotspots.LGBT| | 33 33




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ogo TV founder Matt Farber's ogo TV founder Matt Farber's Outlandish performance series Outlandish performance series continues on Thursday, Feb. 14 continues on Thursday, Feb. 14 with AirOtic, the sexy cirque-style with AirOtic, the sexy cirque-style show, at the Sunshine Cathedral in show, at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale. In 2016, Stephane and his husband Kyle Kier In 2016, Stephane and his husband Kyle Kier conceived and developed an LGBT production, conceived and developed an LGBT production, AirOtic, that debuted on an Atlantis Events gay AirOtic, that debuted on an Atlantis Events gay cruise. Over the past two years, the troupe have cruise. Over the past two years, the troupe have become the most popular act for Atlantis. become the most popular act for Atlantis. Recently, they partnered with Logo Founder Recently, they partnered with Logo Founder Matt Farber to bring this incredible production Matt Farber to bring this incredible production to American audiences that enjoy a gay to American audiences that enjoy a gay sensibility and the new production will debut as sensibility and the new production will debut as part of Outlandish Fort Lauderdale. part of Outlandish Fort Lauderdale. A custom scaffolding was constructed to A custom scaffolding was constructed to allow the performers to allow the performers to ly over the heads of ly over the heads of audiences seated in the Sunshine Cathedral. audiences seated in the Sunshine Cathedral. And, unlike other large acrobatic circuses, And, unlike other large acrobatic circuses, AirOtic only features six performers who AirOtic only features six performers who are not hidden behind masks allowing are not hidden behind masks allowing the audience to develop a connection the audience to develop a connection with each performer. with each performer. It was a pleasure to sit down with It was a pleasure to sit down with Stephane and Kyle for this Hotspots Stephane and Kyle for this Hotspots exclusive interview: exclusive interview: When did each of you start with When did each of you start with Acrobatics? Stefan – I was competing from when I was 6 Stefan – I was competing from when I was 6 to 17 and after that I quit competing to work in to 17 and after that I quit competing to work in show business. My show business. My irst job was an acrobat in an irst job was an acrobat in an opera. Kyle – I started when I was 3 and I Kyle – I started when I was 3 and I competed early on. I stopped when I was competed early on. I stopped when I was 13 and started diving competitively. 13 and started diving competitively. When I graduated high school in 2009 I When I graduated high school in 2009 I moved to Orlando (from Rochester NY) moved to Orlando (from Rochester NY) and started working at Disney as an and started working at Disney as an acrobat. When and how did you meet? When and how did you meet? Stefan – we met through my Stefan – we met through my company that I created. Kyle came to company that I created. Kyle came to work as a summer gig for 3 months and work as a summer gig for 3 months and from then we stayed together. from then we stayed together. Was it love at Was it love at irst site? irst site? Kyle – for me yes. Once I got to Europe my Kyle – for me yes. Once I got to Europe my friends told me you can't be in a relationship friends told me you can't be in a relationship

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naked on the couch watching TV. Kyle - I was never shy either, I am a performer. What makes AirOtic different from other acrobatic shows? Its sexy, it's sensual, and since the cast is so small you fall in love with each of the performers. When you leave the theater, you are not only thinking about the acrobatics, but about love and human rights. What does the future hold for the 2 of you? Fort Lauderdale is going to be the irst time we do the show in the United Stated on land. We did the show in Barcelona this summer and it was so well received. We expected it to be a gay audience, but there were many straight people who fully embraced the show. So in the future, we plan to take this show all over the world. Also, our company, Les Sarsadais, has over 120 performers. We have show's all over the world, including many mainstream cruise lines. AirOtic plays as part of the Outlandish Performance Series at the Sunshine Cathedral Thursday - Saturday, Feb. 14 - 16; Friday - Saturday, Feb. 22 - 23, 8 pm.


with your boss, but I didn't listen to them. I stayed and we have been together ever since. When did you get married? In September 2016 in New York. We also got married in France. Since you met, did you always work together? Yes, we are inseparable. How did you come up with AirOtic? It started because we participated in “Italy's Got Talent,” and I proposed on live TV. At that time there were no Gay rights in Italy, so it was a taboo situation. Afterwards everybody freaked out, but the video went viral and we got over 4.5 million views. We also got a lot of interviews and exposure. I was working on a lot of cruise lines and I got contacted by NCL to do a surprise act on the Atlantis Cruise line. The owner of Atlantis, Rich Campbell, saw it and wanted to book us in his other cruises. I told him I will come up with a full show, and he loved the idea. There is where AirOtic was born. You wear very little clothes, do you ever get shy? Stefan - I have never been shy, my dad is always | Hotspots.LGBT

The Florida Renaissance Festival Returns With Its th 27 Annual Installment

Come one, come all and travel back to the magical time of days past! Whether ye be Kings or Queens, Vikings or Knights, Wizards or even Muggles, your attendance is requested at the 27th annual Florida Renaissance Festival. From A.D. February 9th through March 24th, in the two-thousandth and nineteenth year you can join the merrymaking in the vast open land of Deer ield Beach's Quiet Waters Park. For the fourth year in a row, the timeless Florida Renaissance Festival will offer seven jam-packed themed weekends to ring in its 27th season. This fantastical journey will allow th attendees to be transported back into 16 century Europe. Greeted by jesters, jugglers and jousting knights upon entering the gates, sweet melodies can be heard from every corner of the kingdom. It's a full day of entertainment where the entire family can marvel at fan favorite acts and performances that include immersive and interactive, real audience-participation scenarios. Join in on the fun with human powered rides, artisan

craft shops and enough food & drink for a royal family feast! One of the nation's most beloved events, with over 100,000 annual attendees and more than two million people having participated over the festival's tenure, the Florida Renaissance Festival has devoted 27 years to capturing the essence of the Renaissance through entertainment and living history. The Florida Renaissance Festival 2019 themed weekends include: Game of Thrones – February 9th – 11th Time Travelers'/Steampunk Weekend - February 16th – 18th rd Vikings and Barbarians – February 23 and th 24 Bodacious Bodices & Wenches - March 2nd rd and 3 Swashbucklers and Sirens - March 9th – 10th Kilts & Colleens – March 16th & 17th Magic, Witches and Wizards – March 23rd and th 24

The 2019 season also includes a variety of fan favorite acts and performances with an invigorating entertainment lineup that includes something for everyone. The Florida Renaissance Festival 2019 Acts & Performances include: New - The Mis-Adventurers - Comedy Sword Fighting Fan Favorite - Kamikaze Fire lies New - Music the Gathering New - The Jackdaws New - Lady Ophelia's Dance Party & Maypole

Dance Fan Favorite - DeBracy Productions - Joust, The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the nationally acclaimed Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural experience for adults and children alike. The sponsors of the 2019 Florida Renaissance Festival include Comcast, Warsteiner, Guinness, Pepsi-Cola and Funky Buddha Brewery.

Prices range from $25 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $106 (adults), $59 (children) and group ticket rates are also oered. While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people each year enhance their experience by donning garb from the Renaissance era or participating in one of the festival's special themed weekends. For tickets and more information visit:

Take a cue from Lorena Canals and find your inner pink inspiration this Valentine's Day. Love is all around—especially in the home! For over 15 years, Lorena Canals has been designing globally eclectic rugs and accessories that have revolutionized the home décor market. The collection is machine washable, hypo-allergenic and made with non-toxic chemicals, natural dyes and without environmental hazards. The result is beautifully designed, ecofriendly and exceptionallymade rugs and home accessories. Celebs fans include Penelope Cruz, Jessica Simpson, Michael Phelps, and Kim Kardashian. Take a look and be inspired! 50 50 || Hotspots.LGBT Hotspots.LGBT

Rugs—Bereber Vintage Nude ($260), Trace Vintage Nude Rug ($259), Trace Woodrose Rug ($259), Hippy Stars Pink Rug ($179), Ombré Coral Pink/Lavender Rug ($259), Terrazzo Rose Quartz Rug ($260), Canyon Air Rose Rug ($299), Canyon Rose Water Rug ($349), Tie Dye Pink Rug ($239), Bubbly Soft Pink Rug ($259), Geometric Pink Rug ($259), Puffy Heart Pink Rug ($215), ABC Vintage Nude Rug ($215), Pink Biscuit Rug ($200) and Pink Little Biscuit Rug ($200).

Baskets & Wall Hangings—Pink Tassels Basket ($59), Zoco Ash Rose Basket ($65), Pebbles Vintage Nude Basket ($59), Bazaar Ash Rose Basket ($69), Sahara Nude Fringes Basket ($69), Bubbly Pink Basket ($49), Earth Canyon Rose Wall Hanging ($65), Pink & Purple Pom Pom Garland ($29), and Tie Dye Pink Wall Hanging ($49).

Blankets & Cushions—Pink Heart Cushion ($59), Vintage Hippy Stars Nude Cushion ($49), Fuchsia Heart Cushion ($59), Terrazzo Rose Cushion ($65), Square Vintage Cushion ($59), Tie Dye Pink Cushion ($49), Bubbly Pink Baby Blanket ($45), Stripes-Natural Vintage Nude Knitted Blanket ($95), and Ombré Pink-Lavender Blanket ($95).Find Lorena Canals' Rugs online and in stores nationwide ($249-$299).

The Frivolist By Mikey Rox

8 Ways I’m Snatching My Happiness Back in 2019 I'll say it: The past few years have been a fucking nightmare. The climate in this country – and, arguably, the world – is so volatile that it's a wonder any of us get a good night's sleep. I find myself angry, negative and depressed for no good reason, but at the end of the day how much does any of the shit we put ourselves through really matter? After a lot of reflection, I've come to realize that it doesn't. None of it. Not a single thing impeding your or my happiness is worth what we're feeding it. So why not stop? I am – starting now. Here's how I'm snatching back my happiness in 2019.


Allowing myself to be proud of me My grandmother – the one who disowned me for being gay – used to talk a lot about the importance of humility. In fact, she proselytized the importance of many “Christian” ideals, but rarely exercised them herself, especially where love and acceptance is concerned. And that's the primary problem with people trying to teach you to be you: They have no goddamn idea what they're talking about. As a result, I grew up being ashamed of who I was while not allowing myself to celebrate the growth and progress I make as a human being every day. But that stops here. I have so much to be proud of as not only a man but a gay man. I'm young(ish), successful, blessed in so many ways, and I've done all my adulting on my own. That deserves a big pat of the back – and I'm giving it to myself this year.

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Not giving into short-term gratification

I love shopping. If we're hunting for clothing and home-good bargains, I'm there in a jiffy. But it's an expensive habit to maintain. I update my wardrobe and add décor to my homes more often than I'd like to admit (even though my bank account serves as a constant reminder), but I've recently made a resolution that nothing new comes through these doors for the entire year. How will I do that? I've started by cutting up credit cards and unsubscribing from every marketing email that has landed in my inbox since January 1. It's a virtual ghost town in there these days. The next phase is to start editing my closets and my homes for items I can sell to help reach my New Year's saving resolution, which this year is in the double-digit thousands – all cash in hand. It's lofty, but I'm determined – and that's all the motivation I need.

Downsizing my entire life

I'll start selling my material possessions this year because I don't need them where I'm going. My longterm goal for 2019 is to unload all my real estate, purchase a van that's suitable for daily life, and hit the road. As I've sat in my properties – alone – for the past few years, I've had plenty of time to think, and the question I keep coming back to is, what the hell are you doing here? The answer is nothing. I'm doing nothing where I am but wasting the time I could be spending out there in the world experiencing life instead of literally watching it pass me by. It's a major change that'll signify the start of the second half of my life story, but I eat challenges like this for breakfast.

Finding more people who raise my spirits

Cutting out alcohol so I can remember what I'm really like

I don't like to put down our own LGBTQ community, but we can be real cunts to one another. It's not just us, though. There are so many people out there who are committed to infecting everyone around them with their negativity that I sometimes dread leaving the house. Everybody has an attitude these days, and for what? Who knows, but I'm canceling all my dates with those downers and only giving time to people who make me feel good about myself. Thank you, next.

Many people have a difficult relationship with alcohol, myself included. And as I reflect on the over 20 years that I've allowed alcohol to ruin relationships, squander opportunities and otherwise fuck me up physically, mentally and emotionally, I have to consider the alternative. So beginning at the top of the year, I decided to live alcohol free until April 1. That's not the date when I'll start drinking again, but rather a date that gives me enough time to clear my head, concentrate on my fitness goals and then weigh my options. Will I be the better person I want to be, or am I a dick sober too? Time will tell.

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Avoiding as much political media as I can I'm turning off the TV, changing the settings on the news I receive, and avoiding al political debates on social media. It'll drive you f*cking nuts if you give into it, and we can't let the trolls control us. Look the other way and have nothing to say is my new motto. It's everybody for themselves out there.


Practicing more self-care More hot baths, facials, massages, meditation, gym classes, yoga, (safe) SEX, and whatever else makes my mind and body feel like I deserve this. Because I do.


Refusing to do anything I don't want to do I'm already very good at saying no, but I have a conscience and I sometimes feel bad when I'm direct to someone who's kind. I don't want to hurt their feelings, but I'm also not willing to engage in situations that bore me or make me uncomfortable or that cost me money I don't want to spend. Thank you for asking, but I'm politely declining, perhaps for eternity. I don't owe you an answer why either.

Get out there and snatch back your happiness this year too, friends. Clock's ticking.

Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. He spends his time writing from the beach, his dog Jaxon at his side. Connect with Mikey on Twitter @mikeyrox. 60

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DANCING – WITH THE STARS LIVE The annual tour features your favorite professional dancers (including Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Jenna Johnson and more) from ABC’s reality dance competition series performing ballroom and contemporary dances. Wed, Feb. 13; 8pm; Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood); Tix: $60, $80, and $105: DON’T CRY – MELISSA MANCHESTER With a musical career spanning four decades, this Grammy Award-winner is bringing her concert to Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. With hits that include “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Just Too Many People,” “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” and “Come Out of the Rain.” Fri, Feb. 8; 8pm; Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St, Aventura); Tix: $60-$100 (VIP); BROADWAY DIVA - FAITH PRINCE She has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as “Miss Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls. As one of Broadway’s best loved leading ladies, Faith most recently starred on Broadway in Disaster! the musical for which she got rave reviews. Sun, Feb. 10; 7pm; Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St, Aventura); Tix: $45-$75 (VIP); AQUAMEN - UNDERWATER BURLESQUE SHOW The World-Famous Wreck bar located at B Ocean Resort, best known for its weekly mermaid showcase is now adding an aquatic male revue. Got turned on by the movie Aquaman, well come see them live and in person! The show will feature weekly on Thursday’s. Thurs, February 07 – Thurs, May 23; 9pm (doors open at 6); B Ocean Resort, Wreck Bar (1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale); Free; COMEDIAN - MICHELLE WOLF The comedian recently served as the executive producer, writer and host of the critically-acclaimed variety sketch series “The Break With Michelle Wolf” on Netflix. Previously, she made international headlines as the much buzzed-about headliner of the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner. Thurs, Feb 7- Sat, Feb 9; Palm Beach Improv (550 S Rosemary Ave. Suite 250, West Palm Beach); Tix: $35 & $45;

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MARLINS – FANFEST The event will feature a multitude of activities and events for the entire family, including opportunities to play catch on the field, run the bases, and meet Marlins players, alumni, and Marlins Mermaids. Fans must visit website to claim their complimentary ticket. Sat, February 9; 3-7 pm; Marlins Park (501 Marlins Way, Miami); Free, but need to register at TYLER PERRY’S - MADEA’S FAREWELL PLAY TOUR Writer, director, producer and actor Tyler Perry may be the creator of such TV shows as “For Better or For Worse,” and “Meet the Browns.” But his most beloved character is the formidable matriarch Medea, whom he plays himself. Now on a farewell stage tour, Perry is joined by Tamela Mann, David Mann and Cassi Davis. Fri and Sat, February 8 & 9; 8pm; James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave., Miami); Tix: $45-$95; GREEK FESTIVAL - IN FORT LAUDERDALE This 40th annual festival in downtown is an authentic Greek Village experience. Enjoy Greek food, drink, dance and music. Vendors with unique items and carnival kids’ rides as well. Greek coffee and pastries to enjoy at the Festival and take out. See our award winning Greek Folk Dance group and listen to classic and contemporary Greek music from our DJ from Tarpon Springs. OPA! Thurs, Feb 7 – Sun Feb 10; St. Demetrios Church (815 NE 15 Avenue); Tix: Starting at free to $5, VIP $10; RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - 27TH ANNUAL IN FORT LAUDERDALE Come one, come all and travel back to the magical time of days past! Wether ye be Kings or Queens, Vikings or Knights, Wizards or even Muggles, your attendance is requested at this annual Festival. From A.D. For the fourth year in a row, the timeless Florida Renaissance Festival will offer SEVEN jam-packed themed weekends. This fantastical journey will allow attendees to be transported back into 16th-century Europe. Sun, February 10 through Sunday March 10; 10am to 6pm; Deerfield Beach (401 South Powerline Rd); Tix: $12 to $106;


DANCING QUEEN – ABBA MANIA Take a chance on this show and you won’t be disappointed. The world’s number one touring ABBA tribute concert is coming to Coral Springs. Formed in 1999, Abba Mania has been selling out theatre and concert halls internationally ever since, bringing the music of the Swedish “Supergroup” to their millions of fans, old and new. Wed, February 13; 7:30 pm; Coral Springs Center For The Arts (2855 Coral Springs Dr.); Tix: $27-$67;

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u The legendary Dancing Diva Velvet Lenore and her troupe took control of

the Broward Bares It stage at The Venue.


u Kris, Joe & David get ready to have a great

night on Wilton Drive starting at DrYnk.


u Actress Rene Taylor (and a guest) visited her TV

daughter Fran Drescher at the Outlandish Comedy Series at The Sunshine Cathedral.

FROM CHER 2 DANCERS u Some of the Miami Beach Pride Board went to see Cher and then bar hopped landing at Boardwalk.

READY FOR THE SHOW u Guest Host Athena Dion and Kat

Wilderness get ready for their Twist show.


u The one and only Fran Drescher

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u Morphine Love ends her number in style at R House Wynwood.



u Stop in Hunters and talk with Brandon.


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restaurant called Buccan, as a late holiday get-together. I put on a festive shirt and drove up to Palm Beach County for what turned out to be an awe inspiring evening! When we arrived, we valeted the car and entered the elegant yet understated lobby bar to have a drink with our friends until our table was readied. Even though

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Lauderdale, to a celebrity or even one of Trump’s kids! Buccan specializes in small plates. Since we were a group of five, we ordered a little of everything in multiple courses and paired each with Champagne and wines from the extensive list that would enthrall even the most experienced Sommelier. We were seated at a large, round table and greeted by our server, who turned out to be very knowledgeable both about the cuisine and the wine list. We began with an assortment

of oysters on the half shell…Wianno (my all-time favorite from my days working at Morton’s) and Malpaque. The clean and flavorful oysters paired well with the bubbly selected by our host. Next, we moved on to delicious Ahi Tuna with fish “vin” served on wonton crisps with bed of avocado. Hearty Short Rib Empanadas were delightfully plated with salsa criollo and aji Amarillo, a Peruvian yellow chili pepper. A whimsical Hot Dog Panini with sauerkraut, gruyere cheese and mustard rounded out the variety of appetizers. We washed it all down with crisp glass of Pinot Grigio.

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KAREN PENCE magine walking into art class one day in grade school and finding that none other than Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, is your teacher. For a lot of kids, such a thing would be pretty exciting, regardless of how said kid's parents voted in 2016. I mean, hey, how many kids can claim that they have a B-level celebrity as a teacher? Also, her watercolor paintings are actually really good. What isn't good is the school at which Pence is teaching. Because that school, the K-8 Immanuel Christian School in Virginia, bans LGBTQ people. No gay teachers. No queer students. No lesbian lunch ladies. They don't even want LGBTQ allies working for, attending or sending their kids to the school. And people are a little, well, grossed out that the Vice President's wife would take a job at such an unwelcoming school. It's worth pointing out that Pence worked at this same school for a dozen or so years back when her husband was a U.S. Representative. So why is it a big deal that she's going back? Because her spotlight is brighter now. Her platform is elevated. When she was a Congressman's wife teaching there was, while still gross, pretty low-key. But no more. Now she's doubling down on a school that very explicitly discriminates against LGBTQ people. And from the very highest reaches of government that's being condoned and encouraged, and it's wrong. This is just piling on to the harm this administration has done to LGBTQ people,

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whether it's reminding guidelines that aimed to protect LGBTQ students or banning transgender troops. Not surprisingly, Pence has received criticism from the Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU and GLAAD. "Why not teach at a school that welcomes everyone, instead of choosing one that won't serve LGBTQ kids, kids of LGBTQ parents?" JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs at the HRC told HuffPost. "The Pence's never seem to miss an opportunity to show their public service only extends to some." “This sends a terrible message to students,” the ACLU tweeted, while GLAAD encouraged people to sign a petition telling Pence and Immanuel Christian School “to stop discriminating against LGBTQ students.” But the Pences also pissed off Lady Gaga. “To Mike Pence, who thinks it's acceptable that his wife work at a school that bans LGBTQ, you are wrong,” Gaga said during a recent performance. “You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian. I am a Christian woman and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome.” That is, of course, not the Pence brand of Christianity where being a Christian and discriminating against LGBTQ people go hand in hand and cannot be separated. There is some confusion about what this means when it comes to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Does Karen Pence have those rights? Yep. Can the school legally

So why not teach at a school that welcomes everyone? Unless, of course, Pence doesn't welcome everyone. ban LGBTQ people? Yep. Does reporting on this story and/or criticizing Pence constitute an “attack?” Nope. It's not an attack to call someone out for being awful and hateful. And it's still not an attack when you call someone out for being awful and hateful when they're doing it in the name of religion. The funny thing about freedom of religion and speech is that they work both ways. In other words, not everyone believes the same shit you do or hates the same people you do and when you're a public figure you're going to be called out no matter what you do. So why not teach at a school that welcomes everyone? Unless, of course, Pence doesn't welcome everyone. And, yeah, she has every right to believe that LGBTQ people aren't deserving of equality, but that's a view held by a smaller and smaller group of increasingly hateful and reactionary people. Cling to that

view if you choose, but don't be surprised to get shit for it. Mike Pence rejects the idea of even questioning a school's wholesale rejection of LGBTQ people. “To see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us,” he said in a statement, adding that “this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.” There's that pesky freedom of speech thing again. Criticism must absolutely continue. It's the bare minimum we can do in the face of injustice.

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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Five Ways to Get Fit Without Going to the Gym


e're well into 2019, so what's you're excuse for not keeping those resolutions about getting fit in the New Year? If you don't have time for the gym or you don't have cash for a membership, listen up! There are some great exercises you can do to tone-up, lose weight, and build cardio-vascular endurance and you can do them at home, at work or just about anywhere. Here are 5 of my favorites. Walking, jogging and running are the easiest, most affordable ways to get moving and stay active. Whether you're casually walking the dog, engaging in high-intensity wind sprints, or jogging on the beach with a

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1 buddy, just make sure to stay consistent and enjoy yourself. Try taking a couple of hand- held weights with you as you walk; pause and

do some calisthenics in the park, anything that keeps your walk or run challenging and interesting. Join a walker's or runner's group for added companionship.

Squats can be done anywhere, anytime since they only require your body weight. Squats help tone your quads, hamstrings and butt, and improve posture, circulation and even digestion. How do you perform them? Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-

Push-ups, pull-ups, and chin-ups are great exercises for pumping-up and building upper body strength. All you need is a bar in a doorway or on the patio of your home. If you're not quite strong enough for these yet, you can start with modified push-ups against the wall or a countertop and eventually work your way up to harder versions of these exercises.

width apart and arms at your sides. Lower your body, back straight, into a seated position, with your feet resting on your heels. As you lower into the squat position, raise your arms out in front of you for balance. As you get stronger, you can hold a weight in your hands for added resistance.



Running up and down stairs for 15 - 20 minutes is a high-intensity workout that targets every muscle in your lower body. Running the stairs also builds endurance and burns loads of calories. While you may not be ready for such a workout, start lighter, more sensibly during the day, by taking the stairs instead of using the elevator. Try parking farther away from your destination when you get to work or go shopping. Remember, the important thing is to increase your steps and keep that body moving.



Crunches are great for strengthening core and getting six-pack abdominals. Lie flat on the floor, place hands behind your neck to cradle your head, now bend your knees keeping your feet flat on the floor. Crunch your torso and trunk as you bring your elbows toward your knees. Repeat and repeat until you feel that delicious burn in your tummy and mid-section. Remember, the best way to stay in shape is to enjoy yourself and keep consistent with whatever style of workout that turns you on!

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Feeling Awkward Dear Andreus, I am at my wits end, and don't know what to do. I have been in a relationship for 1 year, and we recently moved in together. It has changed everything. He has begun to try and impose certain rules on me. I am very sociable, and he is extremely introverted. He does not like going out, and doesn’t want me going out at all. I am used to going out with my friends and having them over, but he does not like it, and tells me constantly that he is all I need. I have told him that my friends are important to me, then he says that I am putting them before him. I don't want to lose him, but I certainly don't want to lose my friends. Sincerely, Craig R. Dear Craig R., That is a very tough situation. The reality is that there always must be a healthy balance between your friendships and your relationships. Don't ever exclude your friends from your life because you are in a relationship. Real friends are the foundation of our lives, and when things fall apart and when they come together, friends are there. No one should ever be trying to interfere with your friendships, if they are healthy friendships. Also, it is not healthy to be up under each other every moment, 24/7. That is the easiest way to stress a relationship. Both people need breathing space, so that you better appreciate the time you have together.

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Dear Andreus, My boyfriend is bisexual. I know that he also likes to have sex with women, and it never really bothered me until recently. He has brought a couple of female friends home and slept with them in our place. He tells me that he loves me, and that I should not be concerned with these flings, but it makes me so uncomfortable. I think it didn't bother me when I didn't see it happening. What do I do? Sincerely, Feeling Awkward Dear Feeling Awkward, This is indeed an awkward situation, but you knew the possibilities when you decided to be involved with someone who is bisexual. Clearly, he is happy having a relationship with you while fulfilling other needs with his female sex partners. However, you must set boundaries. If you are okay with him being bisexual, good for you. But you must come to some type of agreement, such as not engaging in intimate situations with his female partners in your home. I think it is simply a question of respect. So, tell him how you feel. You are not asking him to stop his rendezvous, rather that you just don't want to witness them.



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