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CONTENTS

20 >>Million Dollar Man

ex -underwear model makes millions

37 >> Fashion

Warning: this man will make you laugh

52 >> Eddie Sarfaty

Warning: this man will make you laugh

56 >> RuPaul's Drag Race

Premier Party Photos

58 >> Sounds

new music. work it!

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60 >> I Am Steven Binko

the world of a LGBT entertainer and activist

64 >>Show Some Love

Arica Love dishes on the events you must not miss

74 >>Miami Photos

Juan Saco takes us on a photo tour of Miami's uber infamous nightlife

76 >>Frank Marino

an interview with multitalented diva extraordinaire

82 >>Runway Undercover

walk your way through the competitive voguing

86 >>Health

let us help inspire you to get fit in 2011.

92 >>Real Estate

hot new listings available


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| WINTER PARTY GUIDE |

THEhottest

WINTER Hits the South Beach Sand.

WINTER PARTY FESTIVAL 2011: 6 HIGH-ENERGY DAYS FOR A GOOD CAUSE MARCH 2 -7 2011

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"Miami Beach is, arguably, the world's favorite playground, and with our stellar line-up of events, DJs & entertainers, this year's Winter Party Festival will most definitely deliver!"

From the world renowned Beach Party to an Art Deco Walking Tour, the 2011 Winter Party Festival promises an array of events and activities as diverse as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community itself. One of the world’s largest and most anticipated events of the year, Winter Party Festival is expected to draw 10,000 revelers from around the world for more than 20 pulse-raising events, including several dance events with world-class DJs and entertainment. Beyond the parties, Winter Party Festival features art and culture, shopping, cocktail receptions, tours and events exclusively for women, all dedicated to fundraising for local and national LGBT equality efforts. Produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Winter Party Festival raises funds to build power, take action and create change for the LGBT community. Two-thirds of the net proceeds generated from Winter Party Festival go to work locally through grants administered by the Miami Foundation (formerly the Dade Community Foundation), while the remaining one third goes to support The Task Force’s efforts nationally. Since its inception in 1994, Winter Party Festival, along with The Task Force’s annual Recognition Dinner, has raised more than $2.2 million for LGBT organizations in South Florida. “Miami Beach is, arguably, the world’s favorite playground,” said Chad Richter, chair of this year’s Winter Party Festival. “With our stellar line-up of events, DJs and entertainers, this year’s Winter Party Festival will most definitely deliver and exceed the expectations of our guests. But it’s also important not to lose sight of the reason behind why we’re all here to have a great time. The proceeds from Winter Party Festival help continue. The Task Force’s local and national fight for LGBT rights and equality. Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.” In addition to the can’t miss Beach Party on the sand, along the famed Ocean Drive, highlights of this year’s Winter Party Festival include the “Under One Sun Pool Party” on the Doubletree Surfcomber’s tropical pool deck as well as the debut of “Winter Party Matinee,” a partnership with one of Europe’s biggest dance parties. Additional activities include a shopping adventure on the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall, a concert and reception featuring young musical artists from the Florida Grand Opera and four exciting events exclusively for Winter Party Festival’s women guests. “Apologies to Mark Twain,” Richter said, “we want everyone to know that they’ll have the hottest winter of their life at Winter Party Festival.” Tickets to Winter Party Festival 2011 are available individually or as part of discounted, multievent passes. For more information, to purchase tickets and passes, or to check out the complete schedule of events, visit winterparty.com. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization and remains the community’s uncompromising progressive voice. It fights for equality and justice by building grassroots power through training, advocacy, organizing and forward-thinking research and expertise. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation is a 501(c) (3) corporation. Learn more at www. TheTaskForce.org.

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Schedule of Events Visit www.winterparty.com for Updates

Wednesday, March 2 Spark! The Welcome Reception

7 PM to 9:30 PM Miami Beach Gay and Lesbian Visitors Center, 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

After Spark

10 PM to 5 AM Bar 721, 721 N. Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach

Thursday, March 3 Women's Art Exhibit & Cocktail Party 7 PM – 10 PM Location TBA

SingOut

7 PM - 8:30 PM The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Ignite

10 PM – 5 AM Score, 727 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Friday, March 4

Mercury Rising

10 PM – 5 AM Dolce, 1500 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Saturday, March 5 Under One Sun Pool Party

NOON – 6 PM Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

VIP Cocktail Reception 7:30 PM – 10 PM Location TBA

Sweat

10 PM – 3 AM Boom, 2236 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale)

Industry: The Official Women's Winter Party Signature Dance Event 10 PM – 4 AM Club O1 (formerly Club Nikki), 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Winter Party MATINÉE

10 PM - 5 AM Paris Theatre, 550 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Hell & Heaven at the Pool

NOON - 5 PM Doubletree Surfcomber, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Sunday, March 6

Passport to Lincoln Road: A Shopping Adventure

11 AM – 2 PM The Betsy South Beach, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

4 PM – 10:30 PM Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour of South Beach

5 PM - 6:30 PM Art Deco Welcome Center, 10th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Cyrano Film Retrospective and Reception 7 PM - 9 PM Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Pa'ella: The Official Women's Winter Party Latin Dance Event 10 PM – 4 AM Location TBA

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Women's Jazz Brunch

Winter Party Beach Party

NOON – 6 PM Lummus Park at 12th Street, Miami Beach

Boiling Point

10 PM – 5 AM Cameo, 1445 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach Monday, March 7

Afterglow

5 AM – ??? Club Mekka, 950 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami


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DJ Abel

Mercury Rising DJ Abel is undoubtedly at the top of his game and in an industry overrun by fledgling DJ's aspiring to follow in his footsteps, he ranks even beyond the title of "super DJ". He is among the select group of "uber DJ's". His production and remixing team, Rosabel, continues to churn out Billboard dance hits including "C'mon Get Funky", Rihanna's "Only Girl In The World", Jennifer Holliday's "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)", Jeannie Tracy's "The Power" and the insanely huge circuit anthem "Don't You want My Love" featuring Debbie Jacobs. The team has worked with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Donna Summer, Paris Hilton and Cher. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Miami, FL, Abel Aguilera has always had a passion for house music.

DJ Phil B

Under One Sun Pool Party DJ Phil B began working at The Record Rack, the West Coast’s equivalent to New York’s renowned Vinylmania, where he met another DJ named Jerry Bonham. “I thought I knew everything,” Phil recalls. “But Jerry took my DJ’ing to an entirely new level. He opened up this whole other door for me, teaching me about mixing in key, volume control, and a slew of other techniques I had never even thought about.” Then things really started to take off. Since relocating to America, Phil has played just about every major Circuit event in the U.S., including Gay Disney, White Parties in Palm Springs and Miami, Winter Party Festival, Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence in New Orleans, San Francisco’s Magnitude and Aftershock, Sundance at Russian River, the San Diego Zoo Party, and Gay Pride gigs in nearly every major U.S. city. He’s also held residencies at venues like Avalon, Reflex and Probe in Los Angeles, Club 57, Splash and Tunnel in New York City, the Pavilion and Ascension Party on Fire Island, and San Francisco’s Club Universe, Club Pleasuredome, Fresh and The End Up.

DJ Alyson Calagna Winter Party Beach Party

Outernational DJ Alyson Calagna is the pioneer behind the sound of "Omtronica," mixing sexual, sensual and spiritual rhythms with tones of empowerment and ecstasy. From beats of shared consciousness to the tribal ballet of contemporary longings, Calagna's unique blend of organic sound, poetic wisdom and modern pulses combine to bring the listener to the center of their conscience and the heart of the dancefloor. With a list of international appearances -- across the United States and in Brazil, Mexico, Montreal and beyond -- Calagna has headlined some of the world's biggest dance and circuit events and regularly plays to sold-out crowds at some of the largest venues around the world, including Pacha, Space, Crobar, The Government and more. Critics have lauded her for discovering an unmistakable "sound of her own," and she has garnered a dedicated following in nearly every corner of the world.

DJ Charlmix

Winter Party Beach Party Opening DJ Colombian native Charlmix has become the new sensation in the circuit world with his Latin-based drums and percussion rhythm inspired by the greatest DJs, such as Victor Calderone, Rosabel and Tribal Nation, along with his own unique touch. He adopted Miami as his homebase for the past seven years and has dominated this territory as a world-class DJ spinning at premier venues such as Unity, Score, Karu & Y, Karma , Ultra Festival, Summerfest, The Palace, and Winter Party's world-famous Under ONe Sun Pool Party. With his hard work and unique style, he won the 2009 Winter Music Conference Best Local DJ Award making him a national sensation requested in places such as New York's Ascension Party, Montréal's Black and Blue Festival and Mexico City's Karma Club. Charlmix has the proven ability to create a connection with masses through music with his own unique rhythm inherited from his Latin roots.

DJS Dave & Gerardo Mercury Rising Opening DJs

Dave & Gerardo, known to many as D&G, are a team in every sense of the word: as DJs, producers, and lovers. They first met in New York and quickly recognized their mutual love for house music. At 26 and 24, and less than two years on the scene, they have appeared at venues across the U.S., Canada and South America. As a pair, Dave & Gerardo seamlessly spin alongside one another, bringing a unique musical experience, which includes mixing fresh tracks with classic vocals. They blend different genres of house music, from tribal beats to vocal anthems, to create their own sound with one thing in common: relentless energy. Dave & Gerardo will make their Winter Party debut this year at Mercury Rising.

DJ Twisted Dee

Under One Sun Pool Party Hailing from Long Island, New York, Dee began her career first in her father's night club and then in other local clubs. As her personal and professional identity developed, Dee began playing to audiences throughout Long Island and New York City as well as on Fire Island, initially at several clubs in Cherry Grove and later and currently in the Fire Island Pines, where she is the resident DJ and has earned the distinction “Best DJ on Fire Island” for several years running. When not on her home turf, Dee travels extensively playing in China, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico. Over the past few years, Dee has been featured in major dance events including Ascension Party Fire Island, Winter Party Festival in Miami, NYC Pride, Rio and Sao Paulo Gay Prides, Carnival and New Years Eve in Rio de Janeiro, and Bal En Blanc in Montreal. Labeled the “DJ's DJ”, Twisted Dee is admired by her peers and fans alike. Promoters who have worked with Dee praise her professionalism, talent, approachability, and passion to always please her crowd.

DJ Eddie Elias Afterglow

Ever since Eddie Elias played his first professional gig in 2000, the New Jersey-based, Dominican-born DJ has been wowing audiences in New York City and around the country with his unique sound and masterful mixing. Deep, progressive grooves are the foundation upon which Eddie builds his sets; where he goes from there depends on the crowd and his remarkably keen instincts. Whether he's dramatically layering an improbable number of tracks during a peak hour performance before a crowd of thousands or working a single favorite record with focused precision at a more intimate after-hours, a night on his dance floor is one that won't soon be forgotten. www.omgmag.com

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| MIAMI'S WINTER PARTY | DJ Joe Gauthreaux Afterglow

As one of the most sought after DJs in the industry, DJ/Producer Joe Gauthreaux (pronounced GO TROW) has a resume full of club appearances and main events that span the last 14 years - with the list growing each passing year. From events during Winter Party Festival to Atlantis Cruises to Black Party New York to San Diego Pride, his name is notorious for an amazing musical experience. The competitive DJ market is not a match for this DJ. In 2009, Joe raised the bar for himself as he began producing his own remixes, which include "You Are" by Tony Moran featuring Frenchie Davis, "The Power of Music" by Kristine W, "Feel Good" by Edson Pride featuring Jeanie Tracy, among many more. Whether you are expecting house, progressive rhythms, tribal drums or electro funk, the legendary DJ/Producer Joe Gauthreaux will have you on the dance floor experiencing a musical journey you won't ever forget.

DJ Stephan Grondin Ignite

Seemingly born with an innate understanding of music, Stephan Grondin was destined for greatness far beyond his humble beginnings in Mt. Laurier, Quebec. Apprenticing under his very own father, Stephan would attend events and hone his mixing abilities, soon garnering the attention of the community around him. Graduating from living at home and working in his basement studio, Stephan has reached out to tantalize audiences coast-to-coast in Canada, down the east coast of the US and over to repeat performances in Europe. He has accepted requests to grace some of the premier clubs throughout the world including: Stereo (Montreal), The World (Vancouver) Salvation (Miami), The Week International (Brazil), Deluxe Club (Taipei), Work (New York), Splash (New York), Rise (Boston), Fly (Toronto), Red-Lite (Laval), Parking (Montreal), Unity II (Montreal) and the infamous Ministry of Sound (London). His superior skills on the turntables are definitely not limited to club audiences though. He has played at 8 consecutive Black & Blue and 2 consecutive Bal En Blanc events in Montreal, 3 consecutive Altitude (Gay Ski Week) events in Whistler and has proven to be THE reason for many truly fabulous Pride weekend celebrations!

"Bootybar". Check it out her events online at www.lesbianslasvegas.com and everything else at www.djlisapittman.com.

DJ Theresa

Winter Party MATINÉE - Opener From the country that brought the world Shakira and Erick Morillo, Colombia's DJ Theresa is the perfect amalgamation of the two superstars - a talented musician and a dangerously energetic DJ. Having headlined alongside top talent ranging from Macy Gray, Roger Sanchez, Abel Ramos, Chris Kaesar, Hector Fonseca and The Scumfrog, DJ Theresa has a following that grows by the minute. Named "Best Female DJ of 2009", it's to no surprise that she holds residencies at Pink Elephant and M2 (NYC), Parking (Montreal), Megga (Sao Paulo), Lima (DC), as well as headlining some of the biggest parties around the world.

DJ Taito Tikaro Winter Party MATINÉE

Resident DJ at two of the biggest clubs in the world, Amnesia (Ibiza) and Space (Ibiza), Taito Tikaro is considered one of top European artists in the global electronic scene. Matinée All-Star Deejay and superstar producer, Tikaro has released more than fifty charttopping remixes and original productions, including "Automatic", "Today Is My Day", "Addicted", and "Superstars". He recently released the best-selling LaLache! and Matinée Winter Compilation 2010. Taito is currently indemand at the world's biggest parties, including Space of Sound (Madrid), Matinée Summer Festival (Barcelona), and Ministry of Sound (London).

DJ Drew Tribe Ignite

Drew Tribe regularly showcases his unique sound and dancefloor masterpieces during his monthly residency at Score (Miami). Internationally, he also plays in several maior cities and venues such as Bubu Lounge (Sao Paulo), Club Unity (Montreal), Sunset Discoteca (Medellin) and Romeo Club (Bogota). One of his originally produced tracks was featured on DJ Abel's '(Alegria Universo" CD Compilation in 2008] and his other productions were also featured on DJ William lJmana's "Sexy Boy & Live" Le Boy CD compilations.

By consistently delivering unparalleled nights of musical memories Stephan has built himself a very loyal following of fans around the globe, securing himself monthly residencies at Fly in Toronto, Parking and Unity in Montreal, Splash in New York, Rise in Boston, Celebrities in Vancouver, Score in Miami.

DJ Lisa Pittman Industry

DJ LISA PITTMAN is one of the most recognizable female dj's on the scene. She travels from her home base of LAS VEGAS to spin for some of the most notorious girl parties on the planet including Club Skirts THE DINAH, Aqua Girl in Miami, Girls in Wonderland & Olivia Cruises. She is also resident DJ for TAO GROUP (currently rated the number one nightclub in world) including TAO, LAVO & the newly opened MARQUEE. In addition to all her residencies and traveling gigs, she hosts a radio mix show on HOT 97.5 (kvegas.com) every weekend. But its not all on the straight and narrow... she also throws the biggest girl on girl party in Vegas called

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MAN

how gay men can steer their way onto the road of financial success in the new year

by Max Jiminez

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it was revealed that high powered Manhattan real estate agent Fredrik Eklund was a former gay porn star, many assumed it would be the end to his career. Five years ago, Eklund performed in films Guilty Pleasures and Hole under the name Tag Eriksson. Today, his $58-million real estate portfolio includes clients like Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, and the Olsen twins. The public’s laissez-faire reaction baffled some and was a relief to others in similar circumstances, including leading financier Dorian Black. Today, Dorian Black is COO of an alternative asset management firm. Five years ago, before graduating business school, he was an underwear model and shot images he worried might come back to haunt him. Surprisingly, it’s not corporate America’s approval he fears; it’s the reaction from family. Like Eklund, who descends from a prominent Swedish family, Black is of the British aristocracy. Several of his cousins hold titles as Baronesses, MPs and Officers of the Order of the British Empire. His mother’s family built the largest timber business in all of Africa while his father’s family founded Video Library which later became Blockbuster Video. So what has changed in America that we are now willing to accept the naughty pasts of people in prominent positions? Have we been desensitized by celebrity sex tapes and crotch images of pop princesses? Or has America finally grown up?

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Q&A While making your millions on Wall Street, did you fear your images might come back to haunt you? I really didn’t. I’m proud of my underwear modeling career. Whether good or bad, I believe our pasts may shape us, but they don’t define us. I like to think we are no longer judged by where we come from, but rather how we can contribute today and tomorrow. With hard work comes reward. Did you see Republican Scott Brown’s nude photo in Cosmopolitan Magazine? I did and I was happy to see that the image didn’t cost him his senate seat. How did you end up in modeling? I was dating a well known male model at the time and I joined him at shoots. One day, the photographer asked if I would be willing to step in front of the camera. I said sure and took my shirt off. How long did you model? Not very long. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I was a student and my mind was focused on business school. What did you learn from your time in front of the camera? As a model you get to see the world and experience different cultures and people. I met some incredible people from all walks of life. I also saw some of the world’s greatest cities.

Everyone knows I am gay and regards my partner as my other half, but like religion, it is not discussed at the office. I believe in a corporate structure where personal lives are left at home. However, if someone in a board meeting were to ask me about my wife, I would simply say, "His name is Marc.” Is it difficult to be a gay man in the board room? The other day, I was pleasantly surprised that the gentlemen across from me happened to be someone I had met at a gay funding raising event. We recounted our last meeting and the other men and women in the meeting simply listened and smiled. Society has changed and so has the boardroom. Let’s talk money. How have you managed to make money in these hard times? My company manages client funds by offering attractive returns in this heightened economic time. Minimum investment is $1,000,000. We are paid for managing the process effectively and correctly for our clients. What’s the biggest mistake gay men make with their money? Many gay men get lost in the DINK (double income, no kids) and SINK (single income, no kids) mentality. Many of us have nothing to tie us down, so we are always on the go: traveling and spending, living in indulgence. I'm guilty of it as well. It’s important that we plan and save for our retirement. Maxing out the 401K and Roth accounts are great ways to keep an eye on the retirement road ahead.

What led you to Wall Street? What are you investing in these days? My father has always had a passion for success and a knack for finance. I have incredible respect for him. So when he came to me with a business model, I couldn’t refuse the opportunity to join him.

Real estate. Some might argue that real estate is a depreciating asset, however, it is probably one of the only long-term investments that will see great dividends in years to come. The key is in years to come.

Do you like being a suit and tie man? Who has $200K to buy a house? Oftentimes, if I know I’ll be spending the day in front of the computer, you'll find me in sweat pants at my desk.

Anyone can start the real estate dream with FHA loans. They require sometimes as low as 3% down. Owning a home is the first step to financial freedom.

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What do you like best about your job? There is nothing sexier to me then seeing lots of zeros in a savings account – now that’s hot. What advice do you have for guys feeling stuck in their career? I recently had dinner with a friend in that circumstance. I asked him what his passion was and he said he wanted to merge his love of fitness and cuisine with his own healthy food catering business. To do so, however, he would need to attend culinary school which he couldn’t afford and his current work schedule wouldn’t allow for it. I suggested his first step to living his dream would be to get certified as a personal trainer. Once certified, he could leave his current job, work part time as a trainer and attend culinary in the evenings. Where there is a will, there is a way. The worst thing is for someone to look back on their past and say, "I should have done that with my life." How important is it to be passionate about what you do for a living? Passion is everything. With passion comes drive and if you have drive you can do anything. Also, if you are passionate, others will follow and believe. What defines success for you? Truthfully, the money in my bank account doesn’t define success for me. Success is the feeling I have when I am home sitting on the couch with my partner, playing with my three dogs or hanging out with my family. But money in the bank doesn’t hurt. It certainly doesn’t. Fredrik Eklund is in talks with Bravo to star in a reality show about New York real estate brokers. Do you have your eyes on a possible reality show of your own? I wouldn’t be opposed to it. I'm not sure what my show would be about. By day, Dorian Black’s a corporate financier. At night, he hits the runway in his underwear… Move over cake and wedding shows. 2011 will be the year of the underwear!

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| COVER STORY |

living her teenage dream

by Joey Amato When Katy Perry began composing the tracks for her exhilarating and charttopping album Teenage Dream, she found herself inspired by her California roots. “I can’t run from where I came from, nobody can,” says Katy. “I love the vibe that Santa Barbara gives off and I wanted to really tap into the purity of my childhood and that feeling,” says the Grammy nominated singer. “It was really fun to get away and walk into the studio with no make-up on.” The album, which was produced by Max Martin, Tricky Stewart, Stargate, Dr. Luke and Greg Wells, is a glorious evolution from One of The Boys. It showcases Katy’s progression as an artist and has earned her multiple industry accolades. “When I was touring, I wanted people to dance more,” Katy says. “So I wrote an album that made people move, yet didn’t sacrifice the story substance that I had on the last record.” The exuberant “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg was declared “unforgettable” by Entertainment Weekly. “I’m giving everyone the full spectrum on this record,” Katy says. “You’re getting the sugary sweet, but you’re also getting the ‘Oh my goodness, she had to sit down for a minute and let some things off her chest’”. “California Gurls”, which spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts, turned out to be the best-selling digital song of 2010, according to Soundscan, selling more than 4 million downloads in the U.S., and 8 million singles, digital tracks, mobile tracks and videos worldwide. Other smash hits followed including “Teenage Dream” and her current chart-topper, “Firework”. Katy always had a dream of becoming a pop star. “I called the album Teenage Dream because I feel like I will always want to be that pin-up poster. I definitely want to be in everybody’s dreams at all times until I get to Liz Taylor’s age when I’m not in your dreams anymore, and I’m just a diva!” After Katy topped Maxim’s Hot 100 this past Spring, Maxim editor-in-chief Joe Levy mused of her appeal: "It's that feeling you get when you suddenly realize that the smartest, funniest, coolest girl you know also happens to be the best looking and a pretty good skateboarder, too. All of sudden, your crush goes supernova, and this is Katy's supernova moment."

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"If you ever want an answer about how I felt about something or what I was going through or what I believe or my convictions or my love, You just have to listen to the lyrics."

Despite her multi-platinum success, Katy takes a light-hearted approach to making music. “I don’t ever really want to come off as trashy,” she says. “But I want people to know I’m definitely having fun.” And fun she has had. Since the 2008 release of One of the Boys, Katy has wowed fans across the globe with her often whimsical, irresistible pop songs, topping the charts in more than 25 countries with memorable anthems including, “I Kissed a Girl,” “Hot N Cold,” “Thinking Of You” and “Waking Up in Vegas.” She has sold more than 22 million singles worldwide. Katy erases any barrier between pop star and audience by writing all her own material, an accomplishment few pop artists have yet to achieve. “You’re getting a pure connection to the artist,” Katy says. “You’re not getting some idea of what that artist should be, you’re getting a direct voice.” When she is not in the studio or on the road, Katy is winning over television audiences. She has appeared on countless talk shows, served as a guest judge on “American Idol,” a celebrity contestant on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and hosted MTV’s Europe Music Awards twice. She has won the awards for Best New Act at the Europe Music Awards, Best Pop Video at the MTV Japan Awards and International Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards, in addition to gracing the covers of countless magazines. After much speculation, Katy has confirmed that “E.T.” will be the fourth single released from Teenage Dream. The track, which is currently available on iTunes, will be sent to radio later this month. If history repeats itself, “E.T.” is destined to become a surefire hit. “If you ever want an answer about how I felt about something or what I was going through or what I believe or my convictions or my love,” she says, “You just have to listen to the lyrics.” Katy's California Dreams 2011 World Tour kicks off in Lisbon, Portugal, on February 20 and includes stops in London, Tokyo and Melbourne, Australia before heading to the U.S. where she will visit Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, New York and Chicago among other cities. The musical force that is Katy Perry is unstoppable and 2011 is shaping up to be another banner year for the young artist, who seems to be living her teenage dream. For more information or to view tour dates, visit katyperry.com.

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"Fashion is not something that exists in dressING only. Fashion is i n the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." -COCO CHANEL

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Jonathan Soto photographed by Juan Saco Mironof

I am honored to be the new Fashion Editor for OMG!  The new magazine layout is incredible!!!  We have come a long way.  In the upcoming months, my desire is to give you something new and fresh. We are excited to announce that every month we will feature new fashion designers, photographers, and artists with gallery exhibitions.  We want to bring you the hottest of hot in our diverse community.  Magazines are usually the first source for brands to promote their products.  At OMG!, we are working very hard to bring you the cutting edge fashion and art from the biggest and best labels and names. Coming in the following issues, you will find everything you need to know to stay on top of the fashion trends, avant-garde photographers and art. Thank you!

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.A DIFFERENT FUR 's concept is to create individuality through a unique vision of forward-thinking menswear. Using high-quality materials & construction they create limited edition clothing that instill value & exclusivity through selective product placement. They create individuality. As we Know individuality is true freedom. Designer: Alex Garcia Photographer is Alexander Neumann Model: Miles Garber - DNA modeling agency Stylist: Nichole Bolivar

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| FASHION | Margiela Sunglasses

Bamford Daytona Rolex

conversation pieces By: Jonathan Soto

Lake Hill House cufflinks Vassilisa is a luxury fashion label named after the classic Russian fairytale heroine “Vassilisa the Beautiful�, who encompasses the beauty, magic and femininity that lay at the heart of the brands aesthetic concept.. She plays on heritage and folklore through stunning collections of clothes and accessories. Inspiring even men to wear her scarves.

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"Conversation pieces are statement accessories that help compliment an ensemble"


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Photographed and styled by Bobby Ray accessories Vestibymissm

These images are a small homage to everyone who dares to wear their second skin as an expression of the complex, beautiful, colorful-self within. -bobby ray

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| FASHION |

Kurt Piazza is a multi-media artist working primarily in video, installation, and performance.

"THE FUTURE BELONGS TO GHOSTS"

A graduate of the University of South Florida, Piazza creates highly emotive video works that combine gorgeously seductive images with equally haunting soundtracks.  He creates fabulously minimal-inspired installations and performance pieces, often involving conceptual narratives and live soundbyte mixing. Piazza was recently featured in his first solo exhibition, THE FUTURE BELONGS TO GHOSTS, at HCC Gallery in Tampa.  He has also exhibited at California State University at Fresno, and is always a regular at Art Basel’s PooL Art Fair in Miami Beach.  Piazza is featured in an upcoming four-person show in February in St. Petersburg at Stationnumberthree. He is an art writer and independent curator, and is working on an upcoming collaborative project involving mapping. You can check out Kurt Piazza’s work at his website: www.kurtpiazza.com

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Taken from the video PROJ:(01)10:09, the image was created for his last exhibition, The Future Belongs To Ghost. The image of four 38" x 48" xerox prints to create one large image. The image is xerox photocopy from a digital video still. Which was then manipulated in an editing program. The xerox process exploits the ephemeral nature of the medium.


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KEEP LAUGHING EDDIE Sarfaty By : Arica Love

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COMEDIAN

and writer Eddie Sarfaty has appeared on The Today Show, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Logo’s Wisecrack, and can currently be seen in the documentary, Laughing Matters. Eddie has appeared at clubs and colleges across the country and has entertained at corporate conferences, on cruise ships, and at a variety of special events. He has been featured at numerous comedy festivals, including the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and The Toyota Comedy Festival in New York. He performs regularly at major comedy clubs in New York City including Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, and Stand-Up New York, and usually spends his summers entertaining audiences in Provincetown, MA. In 2008, "Second Guessing-Grandma," a story of Eddie's that appeared in the anthology, When I Knew, was made into a short film starring Tony-nominee Kathleen Chalfant. It has been screened at film festivals across the US, as well as, in Italy, Britain, Bosnia, and Brazil, has won several jury prizes and audience-choice awards, and has been seen by over three hundred and fifty thousand viewers on YouTube.

Eddie's book, Mental: Funny in the Head, is available now!

"He thought I was a jerk, and had met me 7 years earlier on a cruise so when it's meant to be it will be" Eddie’s first book, a collection of humorous essays entitled Mental: Funny in the Head (Kensington Books July 2009) has received excellent reviews, is currently in its third printing, and was the featured selection of the InsightOut Book Club, a division of Bookspan, for the month of its release. In addition, his writing has appeared in Metrosource, Out, and LA Confidential Magazines. Eddie is on the faculty of The Theatre Lab in Washington, DC and New York University where he teaches courses in stand-up and comedy writing. I sat down with Eddie and he gave me the 411 on being an lgbt comic with 10 years in the business, appearing on the comedy channel logo and the today show he has been on the seen and paid his dues. He was proposed to last valentine day and been with his partner 2yrs where he met his partner at a bus stop. "He thought I was a jerk, and had meet me 7 years earlier on a cruise so when it’s meant to be it will be" he said. I asked him what he had planed for this valentine day he said, it will be a surprise! We here at OMG Magazine thank him for a great interview and all the best with your career Eddie. We also want to thank Robert and Barbara, Also Youth, Greg and Victor , and Al and Chuck. www.omgmag.com

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WORK!

By DJ Joanie It’s early in the year and ‘tis the season of everything makeover for the mind, soul and body. The New Year’s resolutions are resonating, infomercials are taunting the latest diet or workout apparatus and most of us are wishing we hadn’t over-indulged during the holidays. With warm weather on the horizon now is the time to consider moving that body to the beat. Music and work-outs go hand and hand and aerobic high energy music consumption is only second to the club’s dance floors. A majority of MyFlexRadio.com’s listeners contact us from the gyms and treadmills citing that our trax make them sweat and pump a little harder. Jacked in directly to the station via their smart phones or devices they can instantly e-quest a fave song to keep the motivation flowing. And the best thing about having the beat mobile is we’ll be your work-out partner anywhere you choose. Take us running with your dog, doing reps at the hot trendy 24-hour gym, kayaking on the waves or sweating your balls off in the living room while watching Oprah. Having just purchased a home gym I’ll be with ya in spirit! For the New Year we’re launching a line-up of World Class DJ’s to take to the Flex decks. We’d like to proudly welcome Grammy nominated remixer/producer NYC’s Mike Rizzo to the MyFlexRadio.com on-air lineup. Be on the lookout for his weekly mixshows! For now, here’s some exciting early-year releases to start the cardio. Now…..WORK!

On The Floor by Jennifer Lopez feat Pitbull

Remember that old J-Lo movie “Enough”? Abused by her psycho husband she breaks away, gets all martialarts pumped up and does a Lara Croft on hubby until he’s a vegetable. That’s the power of the workout! I’m not suggesting that you take her route on that nasty ex of yours, but empowering yourself and tuning up your muscles makes you more focused. Dropped by her label Epic after her last album tanked, Mrs. Mark Anthony comes back on Island/Def Jam with a surefire commercial release. It uses the beautiful light Latin melody of the 80’s classic Lambada with new lyrics and a huge party shout-out. American Idol’s newest femmejudge will now be back on everybody’s radar with this one. Let the rhythm pump you up as she seduces you to dance! Hands down….an Anthem!

Twist Of Love by Kimberly Davis At press-time the Billboard Dance Community of DJ’s are swooning over this massive diva offering. All I can say is its serving old-school driving diva vocals that hit in all the right places. Think the best from the past from Kim English or Jeanie Tracy and you’ll have this soon-to-be Circuit classic. A former back-up singer for Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam she now fronts lead vocals on tour for famed disco super group Chic. “’Twist of Love” is a celebratory track about that crazy little thing called love,” said Ms. Davis from her recording studio in Manhattan. “It’s a full blooded diva anthem that I hope will redefine the ‘twist’ track for the twenty-first century.” Australian remixer Paul Goodyear crafts a monster around Kim’s gospel vocals. Search it out and get those hips gyrating! Higher by Taio Cruz feat Kylie Minogue Famed Brit R&B Pop superstar finds his NRG dance floor calling and teams up with Aussie Diva Icon for a HUGE feel-good single. Never saw it coming but am I ever glad it’s officially arrived! It proves that pure, fun dance music is back in a big way. No rap break to be found, Pitbull , Lil Wayne or Nicki Minaj aren’t featured on it... Wow! It took some guts for the US record industry to release this as a single! It IS Taio Cruz and he DID have some of the biggest hits in 2010, and I hope I don’t have to explain why Kylie is a dance floor goddess. So head straight to the Wideboys mix for the high-octane version. “Uplifting” is the code word here. This one will make ya wanna go hang gliding! Can’t wait to see what they do for a video! Get Back by Margo Rey Remixer Twisted Dee pulls out the pots & pans percussion for this tribal burner from the artist that brought us “Habit”, one of my fave songs of 2010. “Fame’s just a game that nobody wins…” well, I beg to differ for I believe Margo’s on her way to club stardom. A past appearance on Dr. Phil brought her to media attention, lots of vocal work on commercials and even the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua. She sings in 6 languages and brings a fresh jazz-inspired take to her club releases. Nice, hot & sweaty mover to work out your core! MyFlexRadio.com is re-tooling and expanding in the new year. Access our new sound,,,,Have you heard us lately? Don’t forget to grab MyFlexRadio.com’s UPDATED iPhone App! Download it now for FREE in the App Store! Droid x users go to MyFlexRadio.com/ mobile in a URL to hear us now! Follow us: facebook.com/myflexradio

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Dance-House-Circuit-Tribal-Chill and more. YOUR MUSIC: DJ Joanie is the Music Director of MyFlexRadio.com, a Billboard Club Play Reporter, and a resident DJ of Central Florida. bc is the Program Director of MyFlexRadio.com, the “voice” of all things Flex, and the father to “Taz” our Chocolate Lab station dog. He makes drinks on air and stresses creatively for a living.

I SAID “WORK-OUT” !


| POP |

"...I wanted it to be about the music and dance, not the controversy." In celebration of my Birthday, I am proud to announce that planning for my first music video is underway! The video will be for my new single “Shut Ur Lips”. Over the last month, “Team Binko” has been working hard to make sure fans won’t be disappointed! From castings to rehearsals, each aspect has been carefully planned.

i am

StevenBINKO

It has always been my dream to be featured in a music video… and I always promised myself that when the opportunity came, there would be kick-ass dancing and stunning outfits. The biggest challenge however has been which video I felt strongest about filming. While there are many controversial concepts I’m passionate about addressing, I felt it was important that my first video wasn’t overly political; I wanted it to be about the music and dance, not the controversy. So, what’s the song about and why this one first? I think I speak for the majority when I say that at some point we’ve all faced people talking shit. Honestly, it gets old fast, and I feel this song expresses that perfectly. “Talking gossip, starting all these rumors, you’re leaching on my name; profiting off my fame. Shut you’re lips, you’re nothing but a snitch." I wrote this song with a specific few people in mind; you know who you are. I’m excited to share this video with all of you, and I hope that you can appreciate everything I’ve put together. While this is only the beginning, I can assure you that things will continue to get bigger and better. Make sure to download the song in the mean time! I’m also working on a crazy documentary that’s been filmed over the last 9 years of my life. Titled “Steven Binko : Unscripted”, we’re deciding if it’s going to be an online reality series or DVD film release. Regardless, I’m excited to share the best and worst of everything I’ve been through. It’s real, it’s raw, it’s Unscripted. I look forward to sharing my journey with all of you! -Steven

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WIN A NIGHT OUT

Win a VIP date with Steven Binko and be featured in OMG! OMG! Magazine and Binko Productions are teaming up to host an exclusive “Win a night on the town” event with actor, singer and OMG! Columnist Steven Binko! How do you win? You must be at least 21 years of age (with valid ID) and be a resident of the USA. To enter, applicants must win a silent auction starting on Jan. 13th extending through Feb. 31st. You must submit an e-mail with your proposed bid to vipauction@stevenbinko.com exceeding no more than 5 bids per day (include contact phone, full name, age and address in each e-mail). Each day in the final week, the highest bid will be updated on the main page of www.stevenbinko.com. On March 1st, the winning bid will be selected and contacted. The winner must remit payment via paypal no later than March 3rd at noon. On March 5th the winner will be announced on www.stevenbinko.com. If payment is not received by the required deadline, the second highest bidder will be notified and presented the opportunity. LGBT Charity Contribution: In addition to the once of a lifetime opportunity, 50% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to a charity of the winners selection! The donation will be hand delivered by Steven himself!

What do you get? - Round-trip airfare to Miami. - Limousine Service - Personal bodyguard - Share a cup of Starbucks at Miami’s Dolphin Mall - Lunch at the Cinebistro Restaurant - VIP Service at LGBT hotspot “Twist” nightclub! - Followed by a photographer and cinematographer to document the night! - Autographed copy of the magazine with your pictures featured from this special night!

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I hope your new year has started off fabulous and festive with party’s and fun times. February is the time for love and dating and even more parties this month. So get ready to let your special someone know that they're all that and more with gifts, candies and cards. I have been around town quite a bit lately and yes there is a new hot spot in town, Onessa’s Night Club in New Port Richey, Florida - lot’s of drag, hot men, cute bartenders, and soon its first Pageant. When a new LGBT business takes the plunge and opens to serve our community, I get so effen happy!!! It's a new year with another hot new club to play at with Miss Love. On another note, I want to give a big shout out to our president Mr. Obama. You are doing a lot for the LGBT folks in the USA. I am proud of you and support you - keep it up Mr. President. Also, I had the pleasure attending a wonderful night of comedy with Eddie Safety a LGBT comic in partnership with Outings and Adventurers and Sarasota Gay Youth Center, known as "also youth." I was in great company with Robert, Barbara with Outings and Adventures, Al and Chuck from ALandchuck.travel, and Greg and Victor from rainbow411.com. It was just a great night and a great cause with all the proceeds going to help "also youth." I also went to The Parliament House and saw Cazwell live with the hottest boys I have ever seen, the P House was packed beyond belief, and everyone had a fun and sexy night thanks to the staff and cast at P House for another super show. Well guys and dolls 'till next time, you do you and I will keep doing me!!!!!!!

GaYbor Social Wednesday, February 12 6:30pm - 9:00pm Creative Loafing 1911 North 13th Suite 200 Ybor City, FL Above Spaghetti Warehouse

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TBBG SOCIAL Tuesday, February 8 6:30pm - 9:30pm Holiday Inn 3535 Ulmerton Rd Clearwater, FL

Please listen to my radio shows to get to know me better. Here’s all the info: Wednesday's at 3 PM, Gay Safe Haven Radio Hour with Greg, Victor, Arica Love, and Otto! 
Log on to www. lifeimprovementradio.com and call in to talk to us and our guest 727-329-9167. Thursday nights 6-7 PM, Entertainment Hour with Arica Love with OMG! Magazine call 727-260-7938 to chat or give us events in your town www.v109fm. com Thursday nights 7-8 PM Trans Chat live with Vickey, Michael & Arica Love 
log on to www.v109fm.com call in to chat 727260-7938 Stay Tuned, on Feb. 8th. we launch OMG! LIVE broadcasting from our offices in Ybor City, featuring your Host, Arica Love, and guests, Carrie West, Derek Sutherland from Streetcars, Kurt King, from Hamburger Mary's, Okie Tilo, from The Ritz Ybor. Please listen in at 1:00p.m. The Link is www.ustream.tv/user/omglive


new york city:

Cher's FINAL Vegas Show! Saturday Feb 5, 2011 7:30PM to 4:30AM

Marriage Equality Day (MED) 10th Annual Greater New York HRC Gala Saturday Feb 5, 2011 New York 6PM to 11PM The Waldorf Astoria 
 301 Park Ave.
New York, New York To purchase tickets visit www.hrcgreaterny. org
or call Box Office Tickets at 800-4948497

Ticket price $400
VIP tickets $600
VIP tickets include early entrance to a pregala
reception and champagne service

For information on becoming a table captain please visit: www.hrcgreaterny.org/ tablecaptains.html or contact Martin Cowart at hrcnytc@gmail.com

For information on sponsorship/marketing opportunities please contact John D. Rivers at jrivers@jdrconsulting.net or download the form at http://www.hrcgreaterny.org/ sponsors.html"

Tuesday Feb 8, 2011 11AM to 5PM Empire State Plaza Convention Center
 New York 16 days left to *Save Money* with Early Registration ($40 for bus and lunch)!

This event takes a lot of planning, from the space needed to the transportation provided across the state. All this planning is based on registration. 

The SOONER you Register the better equipped we are to make MED a success!

www.meny.us/med

Sunday Feb 6, 2011 8PM to 9PM The Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd. St. New York, New York Gregory Nalbone debuts in "Love is in the Air: Songs of Romance & Passion" at The Metropolitan Room on Sunday, February 6th at 7:00 PM, performing a distinctive collection of love-inspired songs in the spirit of Valentine's Day - from standards to contemporary pop/rock. Accompaniment performed by pianist David Schaefer, with Saadi Zain on Bass and Russ DiBona on drums. Directed by Debbi Burdett. Tickets are $20, and may be purchased at www. MetropolitanRoom.com; reservations are available at 212-206-0440. The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd St. Doors open at 6:30 PM; there is a 2 drink minimum per person.

"Gregory has been gifted with a rangy, sweet-sounding tenor voice and uses it sensitively for dramatic effect. I'm looking forward to hearing much more from him!" - Jim Caruso,

February 5, 2011 marks the end of an amazing 3 year run for Cher in Vegas at Caesars. We want as many diehards as possible to fill up the Colosseum as a final celebration. Cher deserves it and so do we.

We will plan a party in the coming months & we'll send this Vegas show off with a BANG.


The Big Gay Musical Show fashion week opening party fierce fashion at rebel night club Thursday Feb 10, 2011 9PM to 4AM 251 West 30th Street 
New York City, NY 10001
Midtown

Love is in the Air: Songs of Romance & Passion

Caesars Palace Las Vegas 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South 
 Las Vegas, NV 89109

Opening night of Fashion Week Party at Rebel info:
Gio Valentino and Ricky Sinz's Fiercecasting presents in conjunction with Chris Ryan Promotions and Max Scott Promotions:


"Fierce Fashion"


Celebrating the opening night of fashion week. Showcasing male models in the designs of Andrew Christian and female models in the designs of Superstein. 

The presentation of the Glitz Award to an individual with outstanding contribution to the glitz of nightlife, fashion and or music industry!

Music by:
Chicagomixmasters 
Dj Milty Evans, boom boom room resident 
Dj Ricky Sinz, medusa / shelter resident Chicago

Dj Chris Padilla, NYC

Internationally renowned
Dj Tracy Young with 40 Billboard #1 Hits!

Dramatic mix of circus artistry

Male and Female Gogo dancers 

Free Andrew Christian giveaways all night!!!

Fire & Dance Performance : 
Victor - Flambeaux Fire 


VIP Lounge access
$30.00
Includes:
Private Dancers
Meet and greet with guest celebrities, fashion designers, fashion models and adult film stars.
Special sexy VIP shows

las vegas:

Friday Feb 11, 2011 9:30PM to 12AM Crews N
1000 E. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, Nevada Celebrate the music of broadway and movie musicals with the court in this ultra-fabulous show with a $10.00 liquor bust, jello shots, and raffle prizes hosted by your Thirteenth elected Empress Katrina Davenport"

Awards Night Gayla - Party to Watch the Academy Awards Sunday Feb 27, 2011 in Las Vegas 4PM to 12AM Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas
 3616 E Lake Mead Blvd
 Las Vegas, Nevada The Academy Awards come alive on the big screen at the Awards Night Gayla: a fundraising party/event to celebrate and view the Academy Awards, featuring food and beverage, games, entertainment and viewing the awards on the big screen.

Three Events One Party
4:00pm5:00pm: Red Carpet Event featuring Christopher Peterson of 
EYECONS
5:00pm 9:30pm: Academy Awards on the Big Screen Event
9:30pm Midnight: After Party featuring Live Entertainment by The Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire

Tickets are only $30 and can be purchased at:
Get Booked
4640 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
702-737-7780

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chicago:

White City Winter Benefit Saturday Feb 5, 2011 6PM to 11:30PM Chicago Cultural Center
Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois Cocktail or Vintage Inspired Attire

6:00 pm
VIP Ticketholder Cocktail Reception - Rotunda
Meet Honorary Benefit Chair Ann Reiking
Open Bar, Silent Auction Preview, Wine Roulette and Cabaret 

7:00 pm
Standard Ticketholder Reception
Open Bar, Silent Auction, and Wine Roulette 

7:45 pm
Dance Performance in the Claudia Cassidy Theater 
featuring the Thodos/Monomonee Club Youth Ensemble 

Followed by Sneak Preview performance of 
"The White City: Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893" 
performed by Thodos Dance Chicago

8:15 pm
Dinner in Grand Army of the Republic Hall
Music by FIG Media

9:00 pm
Dessert and "Dancing with the Thodos Stars" 




Sounds So Good Makes You Wanna Holler" Old School VS Nu Skool Kennedy King College
740 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, Illinois Written by Rueben Echoles and Dawn Bless Directed by Jackie Taylor.

The fictional story of Sam King and his singing group, The Harmonies. The Harmonies emulated every popular group from the 1960s. The Harmonies made money, but never made it big - they were the opening act, but never the star attraction. King and his group are still together, not cutting records, but cutting hair at King's Barber Shop. Sam King, Jr. is just like his father and wants to make it big in today's music industry. His father, having gone through the heartache of the music business, is against his son's ambitions and wants his son to go into business - any business except the music business.

Kennedy - King College Theater | 740 W. 63rd St | 773-769-4451 for Tickets

www.blackensembletheater.org

RSVP by January 21, 2011
To purchase your tickets for this exciting evening, please go online at - http://www. thodosdancechicago.org/danceEducation/ WhiteCityWinterBenefitTickets. html 

Patron Tickets $1000
 VIP Tickets $250
 Tickets $175

atlanta:

Tuesday Feb 1, 2011 10PM to 3AM

Tuesday Feb 8, 2011 7:30PM to 10:30PM The National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St
Chicago, Illinois For the last ten years, Lambda Legal has hosted the "Freedom to Marry" Gala. After this year's passage of the Illinois Civil Unions Bill, the tenth anniversary of Freedom to Marry is sure to be an energetic celebration. 

There will be food, cake-cutting, entertainment, and liquor. Freedom to Marry 2011 is a free event and open to the public.

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Saturday Feb 5, 2011 10PM to 3AM Jungle 2115 Faulkner Rd. NE (Cheshire Bridge Road)
Atlanta, GA 30324
Buckhead Hello everyone,

We are not letting up! This is going to be a banner year for fun on the dance floor in Atlanta, so brace your selves.

I can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks on February 5th for my next CARIOCA at Jungle with our Tribal Bitch PAULO. It is going to be simply incredible.

The place is going to be packed with amazing people and we will be giving away 3 Weekend Passes for Wonder World 2011 and some Typhoon Lagoon tickets as well, so i sure hope to see you there.


9 to 5: The Musical at the Fox! Sunday Feb 20, 2011 1PM to 5PM Fabulous Fox Theatre
527 North Grand Boulevard
Atlanta, GA

GRAND OPENING OF LET'S RIDE TUESDAYS

Lambda Legal's 10th Annual "Freedom To Marry 2011" Gala

CARIOCA with PAULO

South Beach Bistro & Lounge
2077 Northlake Parkway
Tucker, Georgia LAFEMME ENT, XPLOSION ENT & ANGEL X PRESENTS
LET'S RIDE TUESDAYS STARTING FEBRUARY 1ST 2011

VIP SECTIONS
FREE PARKING
ATL'S BEST DJs
FULL FOOD MENU

$5 MOJITOS
$5 MARTINIS
$5 MARGARITAS

DJ ANGEL X
DJ CHOCOLATE

SOUTH BEACH BISTRO & LOUNGE
2077 NORTHLAKE PARKWAY
TUCKER, GA (285 & LAVISTA RD)"

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We hope you'll join us for the first national tour of 9 to 5: The Musical!

9 to 5: The Musical was nominated for four 2009 Tony Awards including Original Score and received a record breaking 15 Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical.
It also marked the Broadway debut of seven-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Dolly Parton as composer and lyricist.

It's a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. This is the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. 
Tickets - $ 75.00 Center Mezzanine.
Pre-Show Lunch Noon - 2:00 p.m.
KOTA Wood Fire Grill 522 N Grand Blvd
*Reservations Recommended!*
314535-5577

BE SURE TO MENTION HRC FOR HAPPY HOUR PRICES!
Buy one get one free appetizers, $2 domestic bottles
$5 glass of wine, 1/2 priced pitchers of beer

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florida: ybor city: THE RITZ 1503 E 7 th ave Tampa FL 33605 813-247-2555 www.theritzybor.com Lebowski Fest Movie Party Friday Feb 25 8 pm In the grand ball room The Indigo Girls Live in concert Thursday feb 10 Doors open at 7pm Show starts at 9 pm The grand ball room Play Ybor Friday Feb 4 John Q in concert Show time 10 pm Come hear this band that has a acoustis pop rock sound is rustic and urban great ybor city

tampa:

2011 Equality Florida Tampa Gala

O&A Women’s Golf Club

Wine, Art and Heart

Tuesday feb 15 6:15pm

February 11 & 12 at Suncoast Hospice

Come swing with us! O&A Women’s Golf Club, offering exciting golfing events, clinics, discounts on private instruction, block reservations, golf travel, and more! Golf Club Description
Camaraderie on the links! This golf club is for O&A women of any level of golfing experience, from newbies to veterans. Annual membership is available at two levels, with all members receiving benefits including block reservations on area courses and exclusive discounts on clinic classes, private instruction, all O&A golfing events, golfing trips, and more!

Wine and Artist’s Dinner Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
 Guests at the Wine, Art and Heart Wine and Artist’s Dinner will enjoy specially selected wines, a catered 5-course meal and engaging conversation with local artists. This event grows in popularity each year! At the Gathering Place in Suncoast Hospice, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Individual tickets $120.

O&A at Ruth Eckerd Hall: Madama Butterfly Friday Feb 25 8 pm O&A enjoys a stunning night of opera at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Madama Butterfly! Puccini’s masterpiece takes place in Japan in the early 1940s, where a young U.S. Navy lieutenant (Pinkerton) arranges with a marriage broker to acquire a fifteenyear-old Japanese bride (Butterfly). The drama of their wedding unfolds, as it is revealed that the bride-to-be’s family had lost its wealth, forcing Butterfly to become a geisha

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Saturday Feb 26, 2011 7PM to 9PM Tampa Garden Club
 2629 Bayshore Blvd
 Tampa, Florida Join us for an evening of fabulous food, drinks, and equality at the Tampa Garden Club, the "venue with a view"!

Tickets are $100 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $500.

Click here to purchase tickets: www.eqfl.org/tampagala

Over the last 4 years, the Equality Florida Tampa Gala has blossomed into a "must attend" event that brings together over 300 of our city's political, business, and civic leaders. With your help, this year's event promises to be the best ever.

Tampa Bay LeatherSir & Leatherboy 2011 Contest Flamingo and Tampa Bay Leather Presents LeatherSir & Leatherboy Contest February 4th thru 6th 2011 Friday February 4th, 2011 Meet & Greet 9PM till 2AM Saturday February 5th, 2011 Tampa Bay Leather SIR/boy 2011 Contest 8PM to 10PM

Food and Wine Tasting, Art Exhibit 
and Silent Auction Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011
 Enjoy the best of small vineyard wines from around the world, delicious foods and desserts and silent auction. Plus a fine art exhibit and sale of specially selected works of renowned local artists, all in support of Suncoast Hospice and King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). 

Individual tickets $35. Six Years of Wine, Art and Heart
 Wine, Art and Heart is much more than fine food, wine and art. Since it was started in 2006, Wine, Art and Heart has raised over $200,000; all through the generosity of volunteers, restaurants, wineries, and corporate and individual sponsors and donors. “Wine, Art and Heart is about raising money to make life better for everyone,” says Teresa Nixon, team chair. “It’s about showing heart. We’re very appreciative of everyone who has joined with us over the past years. With your help, Wine, Art and Heart can continue to support MCC and Hospice programs: Helping to fund ASAP, AIDS care and pain management, bereavement counseling, Hospice Houses and so much more.”

miami: Drags Gone Wild

Palace 1200 Ocean Dr Miami Beach A great place to stop after sunning yourself on the beach. Drag shows featuring the amazing Geraldine start at 6 PM. The only gay bar on Ocean Drive.

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| SHOW SOME LOVE | Twist Saturdays

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Twist 1057 Washington Ave Miami Beach Guest DJs from a long list of both international and local superstars. 2-4-1 happy hour 1 to 9 PM everyday. Gaiety dancers 7 nights a week until 5 AM. Never a cover charge.

Miss. Glamorous Pageant 2011! Sunday Feb. 20th at Revolution

Discotekka

Sunday Feb 20, 2011 8PM to 2:30AM

Mekka / Discotekka 950 NE 2nd Ave Miami Across the causeway in the ParkWest district of downtown Miami, the young and the fabulous party every Saturday at Metropolis. Resident DJ Jarell provides the dance beats.

MOVA "Flash" Saturdays

MOVA 1625 Michigan Ave. Miami Beach The music comes to life with VJ Barry Browder playing the hits on Mova's video wall. Every Saturday from 9 PM until closing.

The Bay Rush Saturdays

The Bay 1601 79th St Causeway North Bay Village Live guest DJ every Saturday night from 10 PM to 5 AM. Gogo boys. No cover before 11 PM. Complimentary shuttle 10 PM to 4 AM from Lincoln and Michigan.

375 S. Bumby Ave (408)
Orlando, FL 32803
Downtown Join Revolution Nightclub Sunday February 20th, 2011 for the MISS. GLAMOROUS PAGEANT 2011! 

Hosted By: ROXXXY ANDREWS

Cover: $6 
Pageant Begins at 9pm 
Doors Open at 8pm 

Special Guest: Miss. Glamorous Newcomer SERENITY LOPEZ 

Performances by: KENNEDY DAVENPORT Miss. Glamorous 2010, SYNDELL and SHANTELL d'MARCO!

Categories Include:

Presentation- Glamorous Lady in White
Talent- Solo
Evening Gown 

Winner$1500 in Cash and Prizes!
1st Runner Up- $500 in Cash and Prizes!
2nd Runner Up- $300 in Cash and Prizes!

Registration at 6pm at Revolution Nightclub

For More information or VIP Bottle Service Contact Neema: (386)235-6169

orlando: Funky Monkey Wine Company

OMG! Magazine and ALandCHUCK.travel Presents two : Bon Voyage Bar Crawl Feb 5th. and Feb 12th. Starting @ 7 p.m. Rosies $10 VooDoo BUCKETS Georgies Alibi $5.00 Svedka Cocktails Bills $5.00 Svedka Cocktails Matty's $5.00 Stoli Cocktails Tropics 2 for 1 Drinks The Manor $7 wells / $4 Domestic Drafts Join everyone at The Manor on Feb. 5th 2011 for the Bon Voyage Bar Crawl After Party Pirates of the Caribbean Themed Event with DJ Kidd Maddonny Join everyone at Matty’s on the Drive on Feb. 12th 2011 for the Bon Voyage Bar Crawl After Party DJ David Williams spinning all night. Drag Show Performance at 11:30PM

912 N. Mills Ave. (E. Marks Street)
Orlando, FL 32803
Downtown
 (407) 427-1447

Parliament House 410 N Orange Blossom Trail 
Orlando, FL 32805
Downtown Huge all gay bar, club and hotel complex with shows
Billed as the largest "gayest place on earth," a compliment in our book, it includes dance floor/videos/male dancers and drag shows. Parliament House is also a hotel, live theatre, pool lounge, lakeside beach and billiards bar. Check out fabu Camp Drag. Go enjoy yourself, boys!

Stylish wine bar, with a twist
Wine, dine and enjoy the eclectic crowd at Funky Monkey. Owned and operated by the directors of The Tasters Guild Orlando, the largest wine and food appreciation society in America; menu changes regularly.

Bananas Modern American Diner 924 N Mills Ave 
Orlando, FL 32803
 (407) 480-2200 Comfort Classics
Feel free to monkey around at this upbeat establishment. Sunday brunch features $4 mimosas served by local drag personalities.

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| INTERVIEW |

Being Something Wonderful By Wm. Cor y Jeffries

an interview with Diva Frank Marino It was on a cold November 20 in 1963 that Oceanside New York welcomed a force larger than life into the World. This “force,” born Frank Marino, always knew that he “wanted to be something wonderful” in life and rightfully so, a Star was born! If only it was that easy though. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Las Vegas Superstar Female Impersonator, Frank Marino to learn more about what makes this man tick. My interview proved to be great fun and I quickly learned that this Diva is larger than life, here’s some of what I got:

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| INTERVIEW | Cory Jeffries for OMG Magazine: You told me you always knew that you “wanted to be something wonderful,” how did this journey begin? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: I was originally in school studying to be a Doctor. I worked at a Pharmacy in New York while in school. Oddly enough, I spent more time working around the Make-up counter than I did with the meds. Then one Halloween, I did my first “drag” appearance just for kicks. I was hooked! I loved it! From there, I started working the Bars and Clubs in NYC and clawed my way up the ladder of success, and trust me that was even harder to climb wearing high heels! OMG Magazine: So you found out female impersonation was your thing - how did you get on the stage? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: My first real job was at the Sunrise Musical Theater in 1984. From SMT came my role in “An Evening at La Cage.” Having seen Joan Rivers’ comedy routine, I found her to be a very funny lady, so I started doing my version of Joan. It was amazing; I was bringing in $150 hour impersonating her! When Joan and I met, it was an instant connection. In August 1986, Joan sued me for $5,000,000 citing that my act was using copyrighted material and that the show’s advertising was misleading. I tweaked my act, we talked, and we reconciled now we are good friends and have even appeared on TV shows together. OMG Magazine: How did you get to Las Vegas? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: Every night, I would take to the stage in my glittering Bob Mackie gowns, and Manolo Blahnik stiletto heels entertaining them the best I could. Then one night, in walks critically acclaimed Actress and Singer Pia Zador. Yes, Ms. Zadora, at my show… WOW, what a kick! It was karma, it was kismet. After the show, Pia and I met and talked backstage, the next thing I know, La Cage was Vegas bound headlining at the famous Rivera Resort!

OMG Magazine: But with your phenomenal success with La Cage, how did the Diva’s Show come about? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: I was with La Cage until 2009. The show survived the September 11th tragedy and many other economic hits in Vegas, but in 2009, the Producers said enough was enough. They couldn’t afford to stay open anymore, so I went solo and a second star was born! I’ve always wanted MY own show and with Diva’s Las Vegas, I finally achieved that goal. Diva’s is a 75 minute high energy show that features an all star cast of female impersonators. Fabulous woman like Britney Spears, Cher, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Madonna and Dolly Parton stop by for a song or two all the time. For my part in the show, I act as Emcee and bring my own sense of style and flair to the stage with a whirlwind showing of international couture and spectacular entrance as only I can do. OMG Magazine: Wow Frank, you have accomplished a lot in your 26 year career! What would you consider to be your BEST achievement? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: My number one “achievement” is my longtime relationship with the love of my life Alex “Shannon” Schechter. Shannon has always been by my side, and has made the ride that much more enjoyable. A few other highlights would be in 2005, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman proclaimed February 1st, to be "Frank Marino Day." You could have knocked me over with a feather! I mean me, Frank Marino, a day to honor a Female Impersonator, here in America! I was floored! Since then, I was gifted with a Key to the city of Las Vegas, I have a street in Vegas named after me, Frank Marino Drive, named after me. If that isn’t a enough, I have also been blessed with being forever immortalized in the sidewalks of Las Vegas with not one but 2 stars that bears my name on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. Then in 2009, I was named Las Vegas' "Entertainer of the Century." After performing to over 10 million people, I have been mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as being “worthy of having the most performances on any Las Vegas stage.” I have been so blessed in life with this line of work!

OMG Magazine: Welcome to Las Vegas, what’s next? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: It has been a roller coaster ride of excitement over the years! After 25 years of female impersonation, I am never at a loss for words. Through the years, I have parlayed my life into becoming an accomplished author, newscaster, columnist, spokesperson, and I’ve even been dubbed “America's Favorite Male Actress!” My first book, “His Majesty, the Queen,” was an immediate success. Who knew people would want to know what makes me tick? OMG Magazine: With a successful Vegas show and a bestselling book, you would think that you had reached the top rung on the ladder of success, right? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: Perhaps, but as a young boy, I learned the sky is the limit, so I kept reaching for the stars. I’ve been blessed that the Stars embraced me. First there was my celluloid debut with Sandra Bullock in the blockbuster hit Miss Congeniality II. I actually played myself in the Vegas show scene in the movie. Isn’t funny how art imitates life? From my film role I returned to the stage for my award winning guest starring role in the Off-Broadway hit play – “Tony and Tina’s Wedding.” I was the Officiate that performed the vows during the wedding scene – great fun!

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OMG Magazine: I can’t imagine topping a key, 2 stars and a street, what do you have planned for your encore? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: I want to be immortalized in wax at Madame Tussaud’s! OMG Magazine: When it’s all said and done what would you like to be most remembered for? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: I want to be remembered for taking a Las Vegas Show from Cabaret to MTV. I mean La Cage was great, but that was Cabaret – then I went Diva’s Las Vegas which I certainly consider it to be MTV! That’s something to be remembered for. OMG Magazine: Any parting words of advice for OMG Magazine? Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas: My parting advice: “Never take no for an answer! Always fight for your dreams!” So folks, there you have it! What a funny, entertaining, interesting man Frank Marino is. To learn more about Frank and Diva’s Las Vegas go to www.FrankMarino.com or check him out on Facebook at Frank Marino.


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WALKhouse FOR ME of trigGa ebony

By Antwyone Ingram Seeing as Valentines Day is right around the corner, it would only be fitting to give the Florida Ballroom Scene an appropriately themed Valentines Day ball. Trigga Ebony brings you "The Love Hangover Ball" on February 10th, compiled of categories revolving around the bittersweet holiday. Love might not be in the air, but competition and her good friend "shade" might be in the building. This marks Trigga's 10th ball, as well as, a dedication to his good friend Cedric Mugler who recently passed away. Trigga (my previous house brother I might add) is going to throw quite the function and I wish him all the best in reference to his upcoming event and all ballroom endeavors. Let's make it hot Florida, the Love Hangover Ball is a new major event not to be missed.

Antwyone Ingram for OMG! Magazine OMG!: How long have you been in the ballroom scene? I have been a part of the Florida ballroom scene since 2001 OMG!: How long have you been an Ebony. I became an Ebony in May of 2010 OMG!: Your thoughts on the current and new talent in the ballroom scene. There is a lot of new raw talent in Florida and I feel this talent will blow the ballroom scene off the roof. OMG!: Elaborate on your Love Hangover ball. What inspired the theme and categories? Well, I got the title from one of my favorite ball room songs which is "Love" and I tweaked it a little to fit the occasion. Being that I wanted to have the ball in Feb., I thought a Valentine’s Day theme with a twist would fit just perfect. It took me about 2 weeks to actually come up with the categories for the ball, but I had so much fun doing it... It gives me the opportunity to dig into my abyss of creativity. This is a very special ball to me because it’s my 10th one, and I’m dedicating it to one of my closest friend, Cedric Miyake-Mugler, who I lost last

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year in November. Hopefully he will be proud of me. OMG!: What category do you walk? I walk American and European Runway OMG!: Are you looking forward to any category/ categories in particular for your ball? Yes... being that Runway is my category... I will be most def looking forward to that. I also like Sex Siren, Performance, Drags Transformation and Face. OMG!: Do you have any favorites in any particular categories in the Florida ballroom scene or National ballroom scene? Yes… Legendary Stasha Garcon; Overall East Coast Mother, Cabbage Patch Ebony; Overseers, Tim Ebony, Zion Mugler, Raquel Balenciaga, Andre Mizrahi; My Father, Legendary Danny Ebony and Kevin Prodigy (MC's for my ball); and Selvin Khan. OMG!: Who influenced you to actively participate in the ballroom scene? DSquared Ebony has been a big influence on me in the ballroom community being that my first ball I ever attended was thrown by him

in Tallahassee, FL in 1998. It’s so ironic too that we were born on the same month, day, and year. OMG!: Do you have any mentors, mothers or fathers within the scene? I have a few mentors… DSquared Ebony, Warren and Rico Milan and my gay mother Stasha Garcon OMG!: What are your hopes for Florida's ballroom scene? I hope to increase the participation and support system of the Florida ballroom scene. We have what it takes to become a major impact of the ballroom scene nationally. All it takes is hard work and dedications, skills which I have. OMG!: Do you feel our scene has room to grow and what are your thoughts as far as the progression of the ballroom scene? The FL. Ball room scene has a lot of room to grow and will grow without a shadow of a doubt. Progression takes hard work and dedication, so as long as keep those qualities then we will continue to move forward.


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| HEALTH | Julie Hayes, 39, work-at-home IT specialist, faced the same problem. "Being able to stay home with the kids was great, but every once in awhile I'd find myself stuck in my own head and want to get out. I loved to go to the gym but once I was there, I'd have no idea what to do." So the question is, what can one do to make the most out of your exercise time? A few suggestions follow:

Have a Game Plan Lacking an outlet for all that pent-up energy and not having an “established” game plan when you go to the gym can often lead to frustration, anger and disappointment. But rather than let that brick wall keep building, in this age of internet technology, might I suggest websites like menshealth.com or womenshealthmag.com. There you will find an affordable personal training program – customized specifically to your needs for as little as $20 a month. Not a bad investment for a structured sane program that makes the best use of your time in the gym! The site also provides plenty of free advice like, “The Complete 300 Workout; A Marine's Workout; the At Home Fat Blaster,” just to name a few sample workouts. A structured workout will make you feel better, be stronger and be better prepared to handle anything your crazy life throws at you!

Commit to Looking Great in 2011

Get Inspired Get Fit in 2011 by Wm. Cor y Jeffries, LMT, NMT

Congratulations! You have made it through the Holidays, now it’s time to ring in 2011 with a new healthy outlook. In this edition of MBS, I offer up some basic “motivational” advice to help inspire you to get fit in 2011! Too often, today's homes are plagued with gigantic, dusty machines known as treadmills, rowers and elliptical trainers. If you're like me, this equipment sometimes doubles as a clothes rack, hidden and lost to their original function, but aggravatingly, not forgotten. Countless times I’ve been heard to say, "I've got to drag that thing out and start using it again." Usually that mantra is spoken at this time of the year, where I take inventory of my life and health while formulating New Year’s resolutions. But more often than not, these expensive pieces of equipment stay hidden in the shadows, while I sit on the sofa and “create” other distractions to avoid using them as exercise machines. The same could be said for gyms. How often have people signed expensive contracts with fitness clubs, only to stop going after the "I just joined a gym!" exhilaration wears off! When I had this conversation with the former manager of my local gym, he said this feeling usually occurs within the first 14 days of joining! That’s right 14 days! Furthermore he told me, women face a more difficult time staying fit — exercise often falls by the wayside in the daily juggle of family, home and career. "I had thought going to the gym might be just what I needed, but actually finding the time to do it? Hah!" said Gail Reilly, 36, local nurse, mother of 2. "I could barely find time to take a shower."

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Let’s face it, as a Gay man, often times our inspiration to workout comes from ego. I hate to admit it but men are very visually attuned, and it seems more prevalent with gay men! More often that not, in our Qmunity we are constantly bombard with looks and image! Whose hot and who’s not… go to any Gay bar on a Saturday night and you will see the “hot gay men” with fabulous bodies, surrounded by other “A-list” hot bodies. Yes, I know this sounds shallow. I know plenty of gay men that a comfortable in their skin just as they are. So over the years, I have learned if you aren’t doing the gym/fitness/ diet “thing” for yourself you’re just wasting your time. It may be slow going at first, which can be the most frustrating. But over time you will see your improvement, going from a half-mile to a mile, then using the incline, then running. Here’s the deal, for results in 2011 - make it a point to carve out your own time. Made a schedule and stick to it. At first work out just twice a week, then three times, then four, work at your own pace. Have a great workout, but stop rewarding myself with food afterwards that only keeps your weight up and frustrates the whole process. Instead reward yourself with a good book, a movie or a new outfit. It's made all the difference." We all know that getting fit isn't easy. But, commit to yourself in 2011 and make the change in your life that you want. Do it for yourself! To get the most from your workout, plus have the incentive to keep coming back? Here are some helpful tips to keep exercise from becoming yet another chore in your life: Choose activities that are fun, not exhausting. Use music to keep you entertained. Surround yourself with supportive people. Find a companion to exercise with you if it will help you stay on a regular schedule and add to your enjoyment. Keep a record of your activities. Reward yourself at special milestones. Nothing motivates like success! Don't overdo it. Do low- to moderatelevel activities, especially at first. You can slowly increase the duration and intensity of your activities as you become more fit. Over time, work up to 30-60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.


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5 good reasons for getting in shape Getting in Shape will boost your self-confidence and help you feel comfortable in your own skin!

Getting in Shape will help you control your weight.

Getting in Shape will give you more strength!

Getting in shape will improve your energy levels there won't be more hours in the day; you'll just feel like there are!

Getting in Shape will help you age gracefully

Another way to connect your mind and body is through Massage Therapy! Give yourself the gift of happiness today with a massage at TAMPAPROMASSAGE. There are a lot of massage therapists out there, give yourself the massage you pay for. At TAMPAPROMASSAGE, I offer quality affordable massage on your terms. For more information or to schedule your appointment today call (813) 368-0532 or check out my website at www.TAMPAPROMASSAGE.com.

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REAL ESTATE

| REAL ESTATE | Welcome OMG! readers to my new Real Estate Column "Charlie's Hot Sheet" featuring my personally reviewed properties that i believe are the hottest real estate opportunities in the Florida market. Please call me or my Partner, Stephen Gay for more information, and pick up a copy of OMG! Magazine each month to see my picks for hot new listings! Charlie Hounchell 813-230-3376

Your Tampa Bay Real Estate Experts Luxury Homes & Condos, Short Sales & Foreclosures

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