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Bill's Filling Station Gay Bar & Nightclub in Wilton Manors, FL

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About Bill's Filling Station Nightclub

Bill's Filling Station is a Gay bar in Wilton Manors Florida that features weekly bear nights, drag queens and Misty Eyez Fabulous weekly event, Trannie Palace. 

Bill's is also famous for the world renowned talent they have brought to Wilton Drive including an appearance by Lady Gaga who sang several songs and posed for the Mad Paparazzi. Also recently spotted at Bill's was the star of A-List: Dallas, Levi Crocker.

We heard from a few friends that Bill's is serving up great meal that includes a burger, fries or onion rings. They call it the recession buster. When a business is a bar first and a restaurant second, you don't go in expecting much. Bar food in Fort Lauderdale and WilMa seems to be bucking this trend and Bill's is no exception. This is clearly not your typical bar food.  

The burger was a double, made with two patties and served with lettuce, tomato, onions and mayonnaise on the side. Hot and juicy doesn't fully describe the burger. The beef is 100% pure angus and the cook gets it right.

Levi Crocker A-ListWe had onion rings and fries on the side. The fries were very good and like homemade, but we loved the onion rings. The onion rings are made with a real slice of onion and the batter is seasoned perfectly with a hint of what we thought was tarragon. No kidding, gourmet batter on onion rings at Bill's! We loved them.

The menu also includes finger foods like wings and a chicken sandwich topped off with a chipotle remoulade that we hear is 'to die for.' 



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Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with VJ Barry Browder.
Bill's 2014 Turnabout and Naked Mustangs Fundraiser
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL held their 2014 Employee Turnabout as well as a fundraiser for their softball team The Naked Mustangs to go to Dallas, TX.
Trannie Palace at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL on Sundays hosts Misty Eyez's Trannie Palace. This week's theme was School Girl Fantasy that featured a Nicole Halliwell production of "Mean Girls" as well as a final stop on the Mr. IML in FTL Weekend.
DILF Party at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted a leather based DILF Party featuring several flogging demonstrations and DJ Herbie James spinning all night long.
2014 Bartender Underwear Auction at Bill's
The 2014 Bartender Underwear Auction was held at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL. This fund raising event raised over $12,000 and benefits Tuesdays Angels, a local HIV/AIDS charity that helps the community.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with VJ Barry Browder.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with VJ Barry Browder.
Bill's June DILF Party
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosts a monthly leather based DILF Party featuring demonstrations and DJ Herbie James spinning all night long.
Disney Night Party at Trannie Palace at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features Misty Eyez's fabulous weekly event--Trannie Palace. They recently hosted a Disney themed party with a cast of your favorite characters both good and bad.
Bill's Memorial Day Bear Weekend
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted a Memorial Day Weekend Bear party with GROWL Friday with VJ Barry Browder and a Beefcakes Party on Saturday.
Trannie Palace at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features Misty Eyez's weekly fabulous Trannie Palace. They celebrated with a Post-Gaga Party that featured performances from the girls.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with VJ Barry Browder spinning all the best beats.
Bill's Easter Weekend
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL celebrated Easter Weekend with their bear party GROWL Fridays with VJ Barry Browder and on Sunday hosted an Easter Bonnet Contest.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with VJ Barry Browder and a dancefloor full of hot bears and cubs.
Trannie Palace Oscar Night at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features Misty Eyez's fabulous weekly event--Trannie Palace. Their latest theme, A Night at the Movies was Oscar inspired and had the girls do theme songs from their favorite movies.
DILF Party at Bill's First Anniversary
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosts a monthly leather based DILF Party. They celebrated their first anniversary with a party that featured hot men, ice cold drinks, and DJ Herbie James spinning all night long.
Sherry Vine at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL welcomed NYC Singer/Comedianne Sherry Vine to their stage with her one woman show She's Living for This.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with VJ Barry Browder spinning all night long.
Misty Eyez's Birthday at Trannie Palace
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL celebrated Misty Eyez's birthday at their Trannie Palace Sundays. This week's theme was Comedy and featured a burned out Nicole Halliwell, Cover Girls Ellen & Sophia Vergara, as well as a pageant girl with Tourette's.
DILF Party at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted a monthly leather based DILF Party. Their January party featured demonstrations from Leatherwerks as well as plenty of men in leather gear.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with a Hot Body Contest held at midnight and VJ Barry Browder spinning all night long.
Alibi's Holiday Party at Bill's
Alibi had their annual Holiday Party at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL that featured food, drinks, and a Secret Santa gift exchange.
Trannie Palace at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features Misty Eyez's fabulous weekly Sunday night event--Trannie Palace. Misty hosted the girls who stayed behind after RuPaul's Drag Race cruise and gave them the stage and a packed house.
Novembers DILF Party at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted a leather based DILF Party. The night featured demonstrations and sale items from Leatherwerks as well as music by DJ Herbie James all night long.
Bill's Celebrates 18 Years
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, features a very busy weekly Bear night, called Growl Fridays, with a Hot Body Contest held at midnight. Bill's recently celebrated 18 years and held a weekennd of parties that kicked off with Growl Fridays.
October DILF Party at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted their October DILF leather based party with DJ Herbie James.
RuPaul's Drag Race Rebecca Glasscock at Trannie Palace
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosts Misty Eyez's fabulous Trannie Palace. Original Cast Mate, Hometown Girl, and RuPaul's Drag Race Star Rebecca Glasscock made an appearance during their weekly show.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with a Hot Body Contest held at midnight.
September DILF Party at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted their September Levi and leather based DILF Party. The party included electroshock demonstrations, leather merchandise, hot men in leather and the legendary DJ Herbie James.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with VJ Barry Browder and a Hot Body Contest held at midnight.
Goth Night at Bill's Trannie Palace
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features Misty Eyez's fabulous weekly event--Trannie Palace. Recently, their theme was Goth Night that brought out the craziest and most disturbing perfromances by beautiful pageant girls.
2013 Bartender Underwear Auction at Bill's
The 2013 Bartender Underwear Auction was held at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL. This fund raising event benefits Tuesdays Angels, a local HIV/AIDS charity that helps the community.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with DJ Barry as well as a Hot Body Contest held at midnight.
2013 Stonewall Pageant at Trannie Palace at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted the 2013 Stonewall Pageant during Trannie Palace Sundays. Congrats go out to Miss Stonewall 2013 Mia-Patricyk and Mr. Richard Cortez!
June's DILF Party at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted a leather based DILF Party.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with a Hot Body Contest held at midnight.
DILF Party at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted a leather based DILF Party.
8th Anniversary of Trannie Palace at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features weekly bear nights, drag queens shows, and Misty Eyez's fabulous weekly event--Trannie Palace. On Cinco de Mayo they celebrated their 8th Anniversary with special Original Cast Member Mizz Cori performing.
1st Annual Bachelor Auction at Bill's Filling Station
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted the 1st Annual Bachelor Auction. The Bachelors were from various teams within the South Florida Gay Flag Football League and the night helped raise needed funds for their season.
Around The World at Bill's Trannie Palace
Trannie Palace at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted an Around the World-Earth Day Party. The girls were asked to perform songs from different countries around the world.
DILF Party at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted a leather based DILF Party.
Easter Bonnet Contest at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted an Easter Bonnet Contest with a cash reward!
Palm Springs Bartender Challenge at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted the The Palm Springs Bartender Challenge with Kat from Boom took home the trophy and will go to Palm Springs to compete with others from across the country.
Bill's GROWL Fridays
GROWL Fridays at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features a very busy weekly Bear night with a Hot Body Contest held at midnight.
DILF Party at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL hosted a leather based DILF Party.
Trannie Palace at Bill's
Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, FL features weekly bear nights, drag queens shows, and Misty Eyez's fabulous weekly event--Trannie Palace.

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You can find out more about the gardens and Chihuly exhibition on Mark's List here: 2014 Chihuly Exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens

Chihuly Denver Botanic Garden 2014

 

The Plant Boat Owners Need Your Help

On September 8th around 7pm, local business owner Matthew Lang of #ThePlantBoat lost everything he had when a large SUV lost control and plowed into his storefront. The building's foundation was destroyed, making the building unusable and leaving Lang's business displaced. Fortunately, Matthew and his husband Rodrigo were on a delivery when the accident happened. Unfortunately, he's now in huge debt because he sunk everything he had into his business.

Matthew Lang is a South Florida native and long-time small business owner that's been pursuing his passion for plants since he was a kid. The Plant Boat was recently moved from a boat near Galleria Mall (hence the name The Plant Boat) to US1 near the Davie Blvd instersection to get more exposure. He couldn't have planned for a catastrophe like this.

Matthew needs your help. A "GoFundMe" page has been created to help him get back on his feet. The goal is to raise $30,000, and every little bit helps. Whatever you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

When a fellow neighbor needs our help, it's important to get their back. Let's help The Plant Boat get back afloat. Thanks in advance for your contributions and spreading the word.

Donations are being accepted here: http://www.gofundme.com/theplantboat



Florida's Oasis in the Sky, Four Seasons Miami

With 70 floors, the Four Seasons Miami is the tallest building in Florida. The views from the buildings higher floors are unobstructed over Biscayne Bay and all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Often called the “Magic City,” Miami is the world’s gateway to Latin America. Travelers can explore a subtropical paradise alive with Art Deco architecture and an exciting fusion of South and Central American, Caribbean and North American culture. Of the hotel's many complimentary services and amenities, the finest is the multilingual staff expertly schooled in the finest traditions of international hotel keeping. Make a reservation and find out more after the Jump: Florida's Oasis in the Sky, Four Seasons Miami



September Zumba® Fitness Classes at Island City Park Preserve

Zumba® Fitness at Island City Park PreserveAre you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout, just lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape at the original dance-fitness party. Zumba® excercise and fitness classes happen every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Island City Park Preserve in Wilton Manors. Zumba® features exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you'll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It's easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating. Join the after work party at Island City Park Preserve!



Hollywood's Uber Glam Hotel, the Diplomat

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, with its sleek glass exterior and stunning contemporary lobby, is actually part of an exciting historical continuum that began a half century ago with The Diplomat, a luxury hotel opened on this site in 1959. The hotel was technically opened in 1958 as the 150-room Envoy by supermarket tycoon Samuel Friedland. But it found its groove in the decades to come, after Friedland expanded it to 370 rooms, entrusted it to the care of his daughter and son-in-law, the Cowans, and renamed it The Diplomat.  A ritzy and opulent retreat, The Diplomat quickly made Hollywood, Florida a popular destination for the rich, famous and anyone seeking a little glamour with their surf and sun. During the Cowans’ tenure, the hotel saw performers from Bing Crosby and Maurice Chevalier to Woody Allen, Bob Neuhart, Liza Minnelli and Kenny Rogers in the renowned Café Crystal or the more intimate Tack Room. The hotel, rebuilt and revived in grand splendor can be found on Mark's List here: Hollywood's Uber Glam Hotel, the Diplomat



Atlantic Properties Realtor Kip Reynolds

Atlantic Properties is an innovative, synergistic real estate company in Wilton Manors where local business owners network and promote their business through a unique real estate brokerage environment. If you're looking for a fantastic agent to help guide you through your purchase of a new home in Fort Lauderdale, Kip Reynolds, P.A., ABR should be your first choice. Whether you're looking for a condo, townhouse or detached home, Kip has the knowledge of the South Florida real estate market and will help you find your dream home.  You can get Kip's contact information after the Jump: Kip Reynolds Atlantic Properties. Fort Lauderdale

Candela Inspired Cuban, Spanish & Italian Restaurant

Don’t you just love finding fantastic places to have a meal that are affordable to eat at more than once in a while?  Well, just over the bridge on NE 6th, across from K Mart you will find Candela Latin and Mediterranean Restaurant.  This small restaurant makes you feel cozy and warm so that you want to get to know the owner, Armand,o and his wife and family. The kabobs are amazing, fresh and grilled to perfection. They also have pan-seared fish fillets, Ropa Vieja, Rib Eye Palaomilla, Cuban Style Slow Roasted Pork, Grilled Chicken Breast with vegetables, Picadillo Habanera con Tostones (a Havana style ground beef stew) and double fried Plantains, as well as plenty of other things that will make your mouth water. You can get the location and find out more on Mark's List here: Candela Inspired Cuban, Spanish & Italian Restaurant



Francis Ford Coppola's Turtle Inn Resort Belize

While best known for The Godfather films in the United States and Europe, in Belize, the name Francis Ford Coppola is synonymous with eco-luxury. Along Belize’s central coastline, on the quiet Placencia Peninsula, Coppola’s Turtle Inn (coppolaresorts.com) is a thatch-roofed beachfront retreat that rivals the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts. Located near the world’s second largest barrier reef, snorkeling and diving trips are often high on the agenda here. Yet those seeking more than underwater rhapsody will revel in the full gamut fun-in-the-sun activities, from floating sundecks, to the al fresco spa mega-pavilions, to the four themed on-site restaurants and bars. Yu can get the location and check out more photos here: Francis Ford Coppola's Turtle Inn Resort Belize



Downtown Bicycles Supports Smart Ride's Pride Pack

Searching for a new bicycle? One of your first choices, and not necessarily an easy one, will be where to shop. It can be a challenge because there are a myriad of stores like Downtown Bicycles that carry two-wheelers, from specialty retailers, to giant department stores, to backyard garage operations. Modern road and mountain bikes can travel at high speeds and carry you over demanding city terrain where the machine's materials and construction get tested. A quality bicycle, carefully assembled and fit to you, will be the safest, most durable and fun bicycle to ride. Downtown Bicycles hires competent salespeople and expert mechanics who'll ensure that you get the right bike and a quality machine. 

Beyond expertise, the folks at Downtown Bicycle in Fort Lauderdale also have the backs of the Smart Ride's Pride Pack offering clinics with free or low cost tune-ups and other services to keep the riders safe while biking the 156 mile Smart Ride from Miami to Key West. So if you're on the hunt for a new bike, Downtown Bicycle on Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale should be your first choice. You can get the location on Mark's List here: Downtown Bicycle Supports Smart Ride's Pride Pack



Cheeseburger Baby, Great Burgers on Miami Beach

Cheeseburger Baby is said to be the oldest burger bar on Miami Beach. Maybe it is, they opened in 2001. It's not a fancy place, unless you think white tile, mirrors and graffiti style murals are fancy. The menu is pretty basic. Cheeseburgers with American, Cheddar, pepperjack or Swiss cheese. Obviously you can leave the cheese off, which would make it a Hamburger Baby. Jay-Z once proclaimed  that Cheeseburger Baby is his burger bar of choice in Miami. Oh. And Kanye West, T.I. and a bevy of well known athletes, like David Beckham, and stars routinely turn up in this now legendary Washington Avenue burger joint. If you want to know more, you can find them on Mark's List here: Cheeseburger Baby, Great Burgers on Miami Beach



20% Off Parts at Bill Tyson's Auto Repair

Have you been putting off some not so routine automobile maintenance? Now is a great time to get things fixed! Bill Tyson's is offering a 20% discount on all parts through September. From cabin air filters to new brakes, now is a great time to save some cash on your automobile repairs. You can find the two convenient Palm Beach locations using these links:

Johnny's Celebrates 34 Years

 Not many people still remember the original Johnny’s Village Inn, a small stripper, beer and wine club that used to be located at Riverwalk. But with the redevelopment of the area, Johnny’s moved to its current location on Broward Boulevard and is now equipped with a full-liquor license. Since those early days, Johnny’s has become a destination in its own right and is Fort Lauderdale’s, if not all of South Florida’s, longest continuously operating Gay bar. The hot guys on stage keep the audience so hot that the ice quickly melts in their drinks. But that’s OK, because their friendly attentive staff are quick with a refill. 

To celebrate, drinks are free from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Shots are 2-4-1, you call it from 7 days a week, from open to close. You want more? There's free pool all night on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and... $3 drinks until 9 pm 7 days a week. 

You can find the location, check out thousands of sexy photos and find out more after the Jump: Johnny's Celebrates 34 Years

Twist Hosts Turnabout 2014

The bartenders are ready...are you? On Wednesday, October 1, you are invited to enjoy a night of exquisite shows by the Twist staff during Turnabout 2014. Starring TP Lords & Josefina La Globos, don't miss beats by DJ Alex Infinity and of course the lovely ladies struttin' it all night long. More information after the Jump: Twist Hosts Turnabout 2014

Celebrate Orgullo 2014 Gay Latin Pride North Beach

Celebrate Orgullo® is conceived and organized by a group of volunteers who decided that it was time for Miami Beach to lead the way in honoring the cultural contributions of the LGBT Hispanic community. The event is free and open to the public, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of food and beverages benefit the Unity Coalition's LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund and the year round programming of the Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Inc. This year's event takes place Saturday October 4th at the North Beach Bandshell at 73rd and Collins. You can get more information about this annual evewnt after the Jump: Celebrate Orgullo 2014 Gay Latin Pride North Beach

Stacking Amino Acids For Bigger Muscles

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and muscle tissue. There are 21 amino acids, some of which are synthesized by your body in sufficient amounts and are thus not required in the diet. The majority of amino acids cannot be manufactured in sufficient amounts to meet the demands of the human body and must be obtained by a diet rich in protein sources like chicken, fish, and dairy products. But besides building healthy tissue, most amino acids also fuel specific functions in your muscles that can turn you into a lean, mean, muscle machine! You can find out which amino acids are better than others on Mark's List here: Stacking Amino Acids to Build Bigger Muscles



I Love Lucy® Live On Stage at Arsht Center

I Love Lucy® Live On Stage is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time beginning Tuesday, September 30 and ending Sunday, October 5. 

I Love Lucy Live On Stage Ticket LinkIt’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I Love Lucy® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.” The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect '50s-style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”

L.A. Examiner’s Ron Irwin says I Love Lucy® Live On Stage is “an absolutely brilliant and utterly engaging tribute to that iconic television show!” TV Guide’s William Keck calls it “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!” The truth is in the title – whether young or old, everybody really does Love Lucy! Tickets to I Love Lucy® Live On Stage are $26 to $89 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org. Get location and information on Mark's List here: I Love Lucy® Live On Stage at Arsht Center  



Push Fitness Weekly Class Schedule

In addition to personal training and professional nutrition and health coaching, the trainers at Push Fitness offer classes 6 days a week that will make you break a sweat and leave you feeling fit and ready for the day. Here's this month's daily class schedule.

You can find the location, get a map and more information about the team of personal trainers and health coaches on Mark's List here: Push Fitness Weekly Class Schedule

Mondays

7:00 am Bodyblast with Nick
7:00 pm Bodyblast Frank

Tuesdays

7:00 am Gentle Vinyassa Yoga with Daniela
9:00 am Bodyblast Frank
6:30 pm Hot Yoga with Daniela
7:00 pm Bodyblast with Ledjon

Wednesdays

7:00 am Bodyblast with Nick
7:00 pm Bodyblast Frank

Thursday

7:00 am Gentle Vinyassa Yoga with Matt
9:00 am Bodyblast Frank
6:30 pm Vinyassa Flow Yoga with Matt
7:00 pm Bodyblast with Ledjon

Friday

7:00 am Bodyblast with Nick
7:00 pm Men's Freedom Yoga with Drew

Saturday

9:00 am Bodyblast with Cory
10:00 am Bodyblast with Frank
11:45 am Yoga orientation with Daniela
12:15 pm Hot Yoga with Daniela



Arsht Center 2014 - 2015 Season Box Office Now Open

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s official 2014-2015 Box Office Opening happened September 6 at 10:00 am. Tickets for any of the 25+ shows are now available, including the newly announced performances (see addendum for details) as well as their first opportunity to purchase tickets to individual events on the Jazz Roots, Broadway in Miami, Theater Up Close, Flamenco Festival 2015, Knight Masterworks Season - Ziff Classical Music Series and the Center’s new Cuba Beat series.

Performances on sale include: Disney’s Newsies, House Theatre of Chicago’s the Magnificents, Ballet Nacional de España, Sister Act, the San Francisco symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, the long-awaited reunion of Cuban music stars Hansel and Raul and many more.

Individual performance tickets will also be available for the first time for the Center’s magnificent resident companies and artistic partners, including Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, The Cleveland Orchestra and many more.

You can find out more about Miami's performing arts center on Mark's List here: Adrienne Arsht Center Miami



Save the Date! River City Pride Jacksonville

In 1978, nine years after the Stonewall riots that gave birth to the gay rights movement, Jacksonville celebrated its’ first Gay Pride Festival with a large picnic at Willow Branch Park, thus becoming yet another city nationwide to be out and proud. The festival was eventually moved to its current site at Riverside Artist Square. The 2014 edition of River City Pride takes place on Saturday (Pride Parade) and Sunday (Pride Festival), October 4th and 5th. You can get the location and more info right here: Save the Date! River City Pride Jacksonville

Photo credit: Facebook, River City Pride

Acropolis Greek Taverna Ybor City

Acropolis Greek Taverna in Ybor City is known for its authentic Greek lunch and dinner. Guests enjoy 2-for-1 (aka BOGO) Margaritas and Sangria all day at the Ybor City Location! The amazing flavors of inspired Mediterranean cuisine are incredible and Acropolis is nothing short of a Greek gastronome's delight. The Acropolis Greek Taverna serves a full bar, with casual Greek "tavern-style" dining and entertainment that includes belly dancers, and bouzouki, a Greek musical instrument. You can get the location and more info after the Jump: Acropolis Greek Taverna Ybor City



Football Season is Back at Sidelines Sports & Video Bar

Let's get ready to rumble. Football season is back at Sidelines Sports & Video Bar. Join your buds for 3-4-1 happy hour (well, call and domestic drafts only) on Fridays from 4 to 6 pm. On Saturdays, catch the college games with $3 Yuengling drafts, $3.50 Corona longnecks & $5 Stoli cocktails. Sidelines Sports & Video Bar has over 24 flat screen TVs, pool tables, dart boards, Wi-Fi access, and video games for your enjoyment 7 days a week. More about Sidelines Sports & Video Bar after the Jump: Football Season at Sidelines Sports & Video Bar

Alibi Hosts #LMFAO Wednesday Open Mic Night

Do you have what it takes to jump on stage and sing your heart out? Join the gang at Alibi every Wednesday for the new #LMFAO Open Mic Night in the Manchester Room. Sign up is at 8:30 pm and the mic opens at 9 pm. Enjoy 2-4-1 drinks until 9 pm, $5 Skyy Vokda cocktails after 9 pm and $2 domestics after 9 pm. Ages 21 and over. More information about Alibi after the Jump: Alibi Hosts #LMFAO Wednesday Open Mic Night

Village Pub Celebrates "Terrible Twos"

Join Village Pub as they celebrate the "Terrible Twos" with incredible entertainment, great drink specials and giveaways from Thursday, October 2 to Thursday, October 9. The 2nd Anniversary celebration kicks off on Thursday, October 2 with Throw Back Thursday featuring Tiffany Arieagus, Tiny Tina & Cathy Craig. Be sure to catch Del Shores ("Sordid Lives") for one night only on Sunday, October 5 starting at 9 pm. On Monday, October 6, don't miss "Dungeons and Drag Queens...A Fairy Tale" Employee Turnabout starting at 8:30 pm. Round out the celebration with "Electra: Living the Legends" on Tuesday, October 7 at 9:30 pm, and shows by Amy & Freddy on Wednesday, October 8 (8 pm) and Thursday, October 9 (9:30 pm). More about Village Pub after the Jump: Village Pub Celebrates "Terrible Twos"

Club Boi Celebrates Carnival 2014

Club Boi is "Ready for De Road" as they celebrate Miami's Carnival 2014 on Saturday, October 11. Club Boi is a Gay nightclub with sexy strippers, dancing and great DJs spinning Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Rap, Reggae, Soca, Latin and other urban inspired music. Be sure to check out all the details after the Jump: Club Boi Celebrates Carnival 2014

NGLTF 2014 Miami Recognition Dinner at Fontainebleau Hotel

For the fifth consecutive year, the NGLTF Miami Recognition Dinner will be held at the spectacular Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach. The Miami Recognition Dinner takes place on October 11, 2014 and is one of South Florida's premier annual celebrations of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The majority of the net proceeds from this event are re-granted to Miami-Dade LGBT service organizations through the Miami Foundation. The remainder of the proceeds will benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation. 

Buy 2014 NGLTF Miami Recognition Dinner TicketsThis year, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is proud to present activist and philanthropic leader James G. Pepper with the 2014 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. Pepper has been a key figure in the equality movement for over 40 years. He played a major role in creating awareness of the significant impact of HIV/AIDS in the 1980’s and served in leadership positions at Lambda Legal and New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis, among others. He co-founded Stonewall Community Foundation, the LGBT public charity of New York City. Pepper supports numerous South Florida LGBT service organizations.

The NGLTF is also proud to present activist Kristin Beck with the 2014 National Leadership Award. Kristin Beck, born Christopher Beck, is known to be the first transgender U.S. Navy SEAL. A retired Navy SEAL, after twenty years of exceptionally meritorious service, Kristin Beck is now a passionate civil rights activist with a focus on LGBT equality in the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition to being a spokesperson for The 296 Project, a nonprofit Veteran therapy organization, Beck also serves as a board member of the Military Freedom Coalition, a nonprofit organization working on issues affecting LGBT service members in U.S. Armed Forces. She was recently the subject of the highly acclaimed CNN Films’ “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story,” a documentary film chronicling her journey as a transgender woman.

You can get more information about the event using the underlined links or ticket link.



3 South Florida Locations - Bodytek Fitness Group Interval Training

Bodytek Fitness in Davie Florida uses a new and revolutionary total body workout program that is scientifically designed to significantly improve your fitness level through interval cardiovascular training and strength training. That means that Bodytek is not just a workout, it's a total fitness regimen that addresses overall personal health. It's scientifically proven that interval training is the most effective way to boost your metabolism and burn off unwanted fat. You can find out more about each location using these links: 



Wilton Manors Saturday - Sunday Green Market

The weekly Wilton Manors Green Market happens on Saturdays and Sundays year 'round from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Wilton Manors City Hall / Hagen Park parking lot. The Market features organic produce, regular produce, international baked goods, specialty items, spices & herbs, soups, cheeses, coffees & tea, bagels, nuts & dried fruits, baked goods, and various other international and local vendors. The Market gives residents and visitors to Wilton Manors an exciting shopping alternative and a chance to view, sample and purchase local produce and products. For more information on The Market or to become a vendor, please visit http://greenwilton.com or contact Frank and Ron at (954) 531-5363.



Inner Space Yoga at Hôtel Gaythering

Looking for something to clear your mind and shape your body? Hôtel Gaythering offers Inner Space Yoga on Tuesdays & Thrusdays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 11 am. Hôtel Gaythering brings a new brand of 'straight friendly' hotel accommodations to Miami Beach, a city where Gay has been hip since the 80s. You can get the location and find out more about Hôtel Gaythering after the Jump: Inner Space Yoga at Hôtel Gaythering

Square Dancing in Wilton Manors Island City Park Preserve

Organized in 1980, the South Florida Mustangs are the first LGBT International Square Dance Club. You’ll learn the ropes beginning with an allemande left and a do-si-do. All you need is a desire to have fun, positively no previous experience is required. Check it out any Thursday and join in the fun, meet the members and see if you'd like to add this activity to your social calendar. Already a square dancer? In addition to beginner classes, enjoy mainstream and plus levels with new graduates, advanced, and challenge levels. Questions? Feel free to call Ken (305) 343-1710; Randy (305) 458-1649; Tom or Chris (954) 525-8365. The dance fee is only $5, no charge to observe. Additional information can be found at http://caller4u.com.



Leatherwerks Leather Lifestyle Store Fort Lauderdale

LeatherWerks has been serving the discriminating leather lifestyle community in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors Florida since 1993.  They offer a wide variety of leather garments, accessories, play equipment and services.  They also offer custom leather services for anything you may need. Whether it's a full outfit, chaps, minor alterations or just something you thought of and want professionally turned into reality, LeatherWerk's highly skilled leather experts can make it happen. Their custom turn around times are quick, the quality is unmatched and all at very affordable prices.You can get the location and more info after the Jump: Leatherwerks Leather Lifestyle Store Fort Lauderdale



Deco Drive's Famous Betsy Hotel

Dramatically situated on Ocean Drive alongside its many Art Deco neighbors, Miami Beach's famed Betsy is a distinguished historic landmark hotel. An incredible boutique hotel, Betsy's 61 rooms and suites are private beachside havens with sensory details, imaginative amenities and unique, inspirational design.

Elegant and relaxing tropical interiors, reminiscent of South Beach in its first heyday, along with an intimate courtyard pool produce an experience that is timeless, unforgettable, and passionately low-key. The Deck on the rooftop of The Betsy offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and a wellness Garden and Spa with the full gamut of spa treatments. Cocktails and light fare are offered on The Deck and at the Lobby Bar that adjoins the hotel Salon. 

This is just the beginning! To find out more about this South Beach landmark or to book a room, use this link: Deco Drive's Famous Betsy Hotel



Florida's 5 Best Clothing Optional Gay Men's Resorts

Life in the tropics is all about beating the heat. And what better way cool off than to hang out poolside without clothing? Florida has dozens of clothing optional resorts, but which ones are the best? Here's the Mark's List take on the 5 best (in no particular order).

In Key West check out New Orleans House and Island House. New Orleans House is located on Duval Street, right in the middle of all of the action. You can count on a great time poolside or in Key West's biggest Gay nightclub, Bourbon Street Pub.  Island House is located on a quieter side street and offers amazing rooms, many of them opening onto the pool and patio. There's also an amazing pool side cafe serving up some of the best food (and libations) on the Island. In Fort Lauderdale, we suggest you get your Gay clothing optional groove on at The Grand Resort or The Royal Palms. Both of these hotels are staffed by some of the sexiest men in South Florida and they both offer an upscale atmosphere with amenities that include spa services, poolside cabana bars and plenty of tanning lotion to keep your bootie from burning. In Central Florida you can head out into the woods and catch some all over rays at the Sawmill Camping Resort. Sawmill offers cabins and plenty of places to park RVs or pitch tents. There's also a large heated pool, a dance hall, restaurant, several themed bars and plenty of trails to go "hiking" on. 

 



A & B Lobster House Restaurant, a Key West Tradition

The steaks are high quality and the locally caught seafood and lobsters from Maine and Florida are prepared with a delicate fusion of classic and contemporary styles by chefs with years of culinary experience. This is a lobster house, but you'll find a wide variety of entrees from the sea including grouper, snapper, tuna and scallops. The menu pays attention to both land and sea lovers and everyone will find something that delights them. After dinner, enjoy fine cognacs, dessert wines, cigars and unique martinis in Berlin's — a comfortable locals’ bar with a true Southern feel.

You can find the location and check out more things to do in the neighborhood on Mark's List here: A & B Lobster House Restaurant, a Key West Tradition

5 Best Hotels Close To (Or In) Ybor City

Looking for a place to lay your head down after partying in one of Florida's largest entertainment districts, Ybor City, aka "GaYBOR"? With G.Bar almost directly across the street, the closest hotel to the LGBT nightlife action is the Hampton Inn Ybor City. A short walk away, but still in Ybor City, you'll find the Hilton Garden Inn with it's outdoor pool that always seems to have few cute guys tanning their washboard abs and cum gutters. Just a 10 or 15 minute ride away on Tampa's TECO Trolley Line you'll find three more great hotels. These hotels are perfect when you want to be close to the action, but far enough removed to follow it up with a good nights sleep. The new riverfront Aloft Hotel has caught the eye of Tampa's hip and glam see and be seen social set. It truly is the Bay area's coolest urban hotel. The Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel is next door to Aloft and offers cheaper rooms and the ability to pop in next door and hang out with the hipsters. Closer to the Port of Tampa and the Times Forum (an arena and concert venue), you'll find the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.  



Ready to Start a Family? FIRST, Gay Friendly Surrogacy Can Help

Florida Institute for Reproductive Services and Technologies, FIRST, is a center of excellence and a pioneer in the field of infertility treatment for Gay couples and Gay men that want to start a single parent family. Offering a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, FIRST knows that seeking to become a parent can be a stressful undertaking for Gay men faced with inability to conceive without surrogacy. Dr. Minna Selub has been serving the LGBT community since 1991. Her patients receive the benefits of superior contemporary technology and compassionate service in a personalized and welcoming medical office. Contact information and more can be found on Mark's List here: FIRST Surrogacy & Reproductive Services for Gay Families

Food Truck Mondays in Hollywood's Young Circle ArtsPark

Into food trucks? Well Mondays in Hollywood Florida will be like food truck Nirvana for you then! Check out over 25 different food trucks each week located on the sidewalks around the west side of the Young Circle ArtsPark. You'll find a gathering of South Florida's favorite trucks including the amazing Cheeseburger Baby,  Crazydilla, Top Fries, Purple People Eatery, 90 Miles (to Cuba), the award winning Ms. Cheezious, Miami Press, Monster Burger, Lucille's on Wheels and many, many more. The event is free (except for the food) and there's tons of free parking all over downtown Hollywood. More about the Food Truck Rally and the Hollywood Florida ArtsPark after the Jump: Food Truck Mondays in Hollywood's Young Circle ArtsPark

Ladies Night at Progress Bar

Calling all the ladies. Progress Bar in Wilton Manors hosts Ladies Night every Wednesday from 4 pm to 2 am. Featuring beats by DJ Citizen Jane, don't miss your chance to mix and mingle with some of South Florida's sexiest ladies. You can check out all the details and find out more about Progress Bar on Mark's List here: Ladies Night at Progress Bar



DJ Just Oliver Spins Fridays at Club Aqua

Club Aqua features music by DJ Just Oliver every Friday night. Also, don't miss a free one time membership during after hours from 2 am to 6 am with purchase of locker room. Be sure to show your official club event wrist band stamp or credential. Club Aqua features a gym, maze, steam room, pool Jacuzzi, dry sauna, showers, locker room and tropical garden. Admission is 18+ and free parking for all patrons.  Also, don't miss the pool side buffet on Saturdays & Sundays. More information after the Jump: DJ Just Oliver Spins Fridays at Club Aqua

Florida's First Seed Food & Wine Festival - Miami

Seed Food & Wine Festival (SFWF) is the first plant-based food and wine festival in Florida. October 18th is Festival day and regardless of whether you are vegan, veggie-curious or just dig meatless Monday, anyone who enjoys fresh, locally-sourced food will appreciate SFWF. Thousands of enthusiastic festival-goers will converge in Midtown Miami for an all-day outdoor celebration of plant-based living. The lineup of talent includes virtually every major chef, author and proponent of eco-conscious plant based living. Festival Day will feature wine and craft beer tastings, food sampling, lifestyle products, crafts, a yoga lounge, a farmer's market, the VIP spirits lounge and a main stage. There will also be two tents featuring a variety of workshops and cooking and gardening demos. Recycling, green living and sustainable practices will be showcased during the afternoon as well.

You can get the details and find the cadre of chefs and authors that will be attending the festival after the Jump: Florida's First Seed Food & Wine Festival - Miami



Obon & Lantern Festival at Morikami Museum

Enjoy Japanese folk-dancing, drumming, the Ennichi street fair and the iconic lantern floating ceremony at a fall festival in the spirit of Obon at the Morikami Museum and Gardens. An Obon is Japan’s summer homage to ancestors who return for a brief visit to the living. The festival has become as big as the Morikami can accommodate without damaging the property and so access is limited. Tickets will sell out in advance and none will be available at the door.

Morikami Lantern Fetsival Ticket LinkThere are two ways to participate in the ceremonies that will take place at the Obon and Lantern Festival. First, lantern sleeves for the Toro Nagashi (lantern floating) ceremony go on sale at the start of the Lantern Festival. Each of the almost 1,000 lanterns is hand-assembled by Morikami volunteers and staff the day of the festival. Buy your lanterns the minute you arrive as they will sell out! Second, tanzaku slips adorn the shoryobune, meaning “boat for the spirits of the deceased.” The shoryobune is hand-crafted and decorated out of straw, wood and paper. During the lantern floating ceremony, the shoryobune is filled with tanzaku slips collected from visitors. Like the floating lanterns, the shoryobune flames symbolically guide the visiting spirits back to the otherworld.

Since its opening in 1977, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida. The Morikami Museum Collection houses Japanese art objects and artifacts, including a 500-piece collection of tea ceremony items, more than 200 textile pieces and recent fine art acquisitions. The 200 acres that surround The Morikami’s two museum buildings include expansive Japanese gardens with strolling paths, resting areas, tropical bonsai collection, small lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife, nature trails, pine forests and park and picnic areas. The Morikami's gardens reflect major periods of Japanese garden design, from the eighth to the 20th century, and serve as an outdoor extension of the museum. The Morikami Gardens consist of shinden islands, paradise garden and contemporary garden. According to the garden designer, Hoichi Kurisu, each garden is intended to express the character and ideas of a unique counterpart in Japan without attempting to duplicate those gardens, and seamlessly flow together as one garden.

There is nothing else like the Morikami in Florida. The 200 acres have grown into an oasis in the middle of a dense urban area that transports visitors to a completely different place. Florida's palm trees and familiar flora are replaced with pine forests and traditional Japanese plants. The panorama's and sunsets appear to be from a far away world.

You can find out more about the museum and gardens on Mark's List here: Obon & Lantern Festival at Morikami Museum



The East Coast's Best Urban Kayaking & Stand Up Paddleboarding Waterways

Believe it or not some of the best urban kayaking and stand up paddleboarding waterways on the East Coast of the United States are in Wilton Manors. Kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals are available on the Middle River Loop at the Richardson Estate Historical Park dock. The Middle River loop is an urban waterway in Fort Lauderdale. Outdoor enthusiasts can spend a couple hours in the waterways close to the park or circumnavigate the entire island in 7.5 miles. You can get the location and rental information on Mark's List here: The East Coast's Best Urban Kayaking & Stand Up Paddleboarding Waterways



Mind Your Manors, Gourmet Burgers & Comfort Food

Located on the southern end of Wilton Drive inbetween Sidelines Sports and Video Bar and Out of the Closet, sits the newest addition to The Drive's restaurant scene, Mind Your Manors. Bring your appetite, because while Executive Chef Josh Marlowe's menu is not large, the taste and value are enormous. The signature, MYM Burger, is a blend of sirloin, chuck and flank beef that is topped with caramelized onion, Brie, smoked bacon and a garlic mayo. To be clear, the Mind Your Manors burger is one of the best burgers we've ever had. The blend of meat is amazing and the toppings are spot on. If you are are a burger fanatic and you haven't tried this one, shame on you! In an effort to make it healthy, we ordered it with the Brussels Sprouts, which are also, truly amazing. You can read more about the things we tried and check out a few more photos after the Jump: Mind Your Manors, Gourmet Burgers & Comfort Food in Wilton Manors

Get Fit In The Miami Beach Botanical Garden

If you're looking for a great way to stay fit and support your local botanical garden, this is it! The Miami Beach Botanical Garden hosts Tai Chi and Yoga classes every week.  Here's the schedule, but you can get the location and more information after the Jump: Miami Beach Botanical Garden Tai Chi and Yoga Classe

Groovin’ Garden Yoga

Mondays 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Get ready to water the garden with your sweat. This is a faster-paced class than our Wednesday afternoon classes, designed for 9-5ers who want to get out of the office chair and outside onto the mat. Revitalize your muscular and cardiovascular system after work and feel refreshed and ready for whatever the night will bring. Vinyasa and flow your way to enlightenment with Terra-Nova (RYT). Terra-Nova trained at the South Beach Green Monkey yoga studio where she studied a wide variety of yoga forms and philosophies from Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to Iyengar and Kundalini. Mats are available on a first-come first serve basis. Suggested donation of $10 for Garden members, $15 non-members. All donations support the Garden.
 

Tai Chi with Arthur Rosenfeld

Mondays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Join Arthur Rosenfeld in this Chen style tai chi class every Monday night. Arthur was the first Westerner to be ordained a Taoist monk at the Chun Yang Taoist Temple in Guangzhou, China in 2012. He also writes for The Huffington Post and hosts the national public television show, Longevity Tai Chi with Arthur Rosenfeld. This authentic, traditional and original class will reduce stress, increase flexibility, strengthen your core, tone your body, quiet the mind, and much more. $25/class.
 

Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga

Wednesdays 12:30 to 1:30 pm
These lunchtime yoga sessions encompass a blend of strengthening, stretching and relaxation. Instructor Terra-Nova (RYT) brings a different theme to class each week that prepares you mentally for the rest of your day, and the rest of your life. Terra-Nova trained at the South Beach Green Monkey yoga studio where she studied a wide variety of yoga forms and philosophies from Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to Iyengar and Kundalini. Students of all experience and levels are invited to pursue a higher state of consciousness and refresh the mind and body. Mats are available on a first-come first serve basis. Suggested donation of $5 for Garden members, $10 non-members. All donations support the Garden.



Dr. Barry Resnick, Serving the LGBT Community's Dermatologic Needs Since 1992

In need of basic or advanced dermatological services? Dr. Barry Resnik has been serving South Florida's LGBT community since 1992. Dr. Resnik's cosmetic surgery practice in Aventura, FL includes NaturaLipo tumescent liposuction, fat transfer, hair transplantation, all manner of cutaneous laser applications including the R20 Tattoo Treatment Technique, and chemical peeling. In addition to injection and foam sclerotherapy, he also offers Venefit Endovenous Vein Ablation and ambulatory phlebectomy. His noninvasive rejuvenation practice includes IPL, BOTOX, Silicone Microdroplet augmentation therapy, Restylane, Juvederm, and now Voluma. His practice encompasses adult, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery. You can get the location and more information on Mark's List here: Dr. Barry Resnick, Serving the LGBT Community's Dermatologic Needs Since 1992

Spas & Gay Massage In Wilton Manors

From chair massages to full body rubs, getting your knots and kinks worked out has never been easier in Wilton Manors. Wilton Manors original Gay spa at the Cabanas Guesthouse was joined by 78 Degrees Spa on Wilton Drive a few years ago. More recently Chi Spa opened in the Dixie Village, followed by Green Jade Mens Spa on Wilton Drive a few weeks ago. Wilton Manors Spas are of course all very Gay friendly, if not entirely Gay staffed. The spas offer a wide variety of services from Swedish and deep tissue massage to harder to find modalities such as Shiatsu barefoot therapy. Check out the underlined link for appointment links and more information.

Kicking off the Arsht Center’s critically-acclaimed Theater Up Close Season, Peter and the Starcatcher

Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher is the innovative and imaginative play with music based on the best-selling novel by Miami native Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. In this high-flying adventure, twelve actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters – plus most of the scenery and furniture – in an exhilarating journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become “The Boy Who Never Grew Up”? This epic origin story proves that one’s own imagination is the most captivating place in the world!

Peter and the Starcatcher Ticket LinkThe Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and the University of Miami are proud to present the regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher, a five-time Tony Award-winning play about how Peter Pan became “The Boy Who Never Grew Up”. Kicking off the Arsht Center’s critically-acclaimed Theater Up Close Season, playing October 9 through the 26, 2014 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House), Peter and the Starcatcher continues the Center’s partnership with UM’s Department of Theatre Arts for a fourth consecutive season.

Tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher are $45* and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org. You can find out more about Miami's performing arts center after the Jump: Kicking off the Arsht Center’s critically-acclaimed Theater Up Close Season, Peter and the Starcatcher



Building A Sexy Core

Whether your body is long and lithe, or built like a muscle tank, you must admit that having a hard cut midsection is hot, desirable and essential if you’re going to flaunt that shape in public. What if I told you that there are three easy components to getting really great abs? Well, they’re not so easy, but these three elements go hand in hand and you cannot separate them if you want an overall strategy for midsection perfection. You can read the full article after the Jump: Midsection Perfection, A Surefire Method For Rock Hard Abs



Hyatt Regency Pier 66's Breathtaking Marina Views

The Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel in Fort Lauderdale is 384 room contemporary luxury hotel situated on the Intracoastal and just blocks away from Port Everglades, the 2nd most popular cruise ship port in the world. The hotel offers breathtaking marina views, five tempting restaurants and countless activities that create a vibrant resort-style experience for guests. You can get the reservation link and find out more here: Hyatt Regency Pier 66's Breathtaking Marina Views



Key West's Amazing Alexander's Guesthouse

Time for a Key West getaway? Built in the early 1900's, Alexander's Guesthouse in Key West was lovingly restored and opened as a resort in 1981. The owners took great care to insure that the unique characteristics of the original structures were maintained while integrating all the modern conveniences that a savvy traveler expects. Many rooms have private verandas or decks. Every morning there's a Continental breakfast and in the evening cocktails are served poolside. You can get the reservation link and more info on Mark's List here: Key West's Amazing Alexander's Guesthouse



Thursday Night NFL Football at Sidelines Sports & Video Bar

Football is bigger than ever this year and with 24 flat screen TVs, Sidelines is South Florida's LGBT football game central. With the expansion of NFL Football to Thursday nights this year, some of the best games of the week are now being played in Prime Time. So sports fanatics, why not kick off your weekend a day early?

Thursday the 18th of September, it's the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons. Thursday September 25th the New York Giants against the Washington Redskins. On October 2nd the Green Bay Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings. October 9th the Indianapolis Colts head to Houstan Texas and take on the Texans. On October 16th the New York Jets are matched up against the New England patriots. The San Diego Chargers head to Denver and Mile High Stadium when they play the Broncos on October 23rd. The New Orleans Saints go after the Carolina Panthers on October 30th. The Midwest battles it out on November 6th when the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Cleveland Browns. On November 13th the action happens at Sun Life Stadium when the Miami Dolphins are up against the Buffalo Bills. The Kansas City Chiefs take their chances against the Oakland Raiders on November 20th.

Regular season Thursday Football wraps up on Thanksgiving Day in classic football games when the Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, the Eagles take on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, and the Seattle Seahawks are pitted against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

With the exception of Thanksgiving Day, all of the games kick off at 8:25 pm. On Thanksgiving the games begin at 12:30 and kick off every four hours for a full day of sports action. If you need to know more about Sidelines, you can find the location and check out hundreds of photos on Mark's List here: Thursday Football at Sidelines Sports & Video Bar

White Party 2014, The Diamond Jubilee

White Party began in 1985 as a pioneering fundraiser to raise money for research and awareness on a new disease called AIDS. Thirty years later, the Party remains true to its roots as a primary income source for Care Resource, a nonprofit, multicultural, community-based AIDS service organization, which provides education, prevention, research, care and treatment, and support services. Surrounded by an entire weekend of events, Saturday’s actual “White Party” unites thousands of gay men and women dressed in white, creating a fairy tale party setting. Sunday’s Muscle Beach Party recruits over 5,000 muscle boys for an afternoon of barefoot dancing, dripping sweat, and inebriation. Tickets are cheaper in advance and tax deductible! You can get info on all of the parties, check out thousands of photos from previous years and get the ticket link here: White Party 2014, The Diamond Jubilee



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Florida's LGBT Gayborhood, Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors (affectionately referred to as WilMa) is a city within the larger city of Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Manors is home to one of America's largest year-round populations of Gay and Lesbian residents. In the past decade downtown Wilton Manors has evolved into a nearly one mile long corridor of Gay and Lesbian owned, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The main street, Wilton Drive, is closed several times a year for LGBT festivals and events that are sponsored by Mark's List. The larger of the events are Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors in June and Wicked Manors, a Halloween event that attracts tens of thousands of costumed revelers from all over the world. You can check out a map of the Gayborhood and get information on virtually every business "on the Drive" here: Florda's LGBT Gayborhood, Wilton Manors

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale?

Here's are direct links to restaurants, bars and nightclubs that support Mark's List so you can check out what's up if you're going OUT in Fort Lauderdale 13|Even, Alibi, Bill’s, Boardwalk, Cubby Hole, Dapur, The Drive, Hunters, Infinty Lounge, The Manor, Rosie’s, Scandals Saloon, Sidelines Sports Bar, The Stable, Village Pub. Interested in more Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors information? If you live in another city, or you didn't allow us to know your location, you can switch the view of this page by using this link: Gay and Lesbian Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors Florida



Going OUT in Miami or Miami Beach?

Here's are the links to bars and restaurants that support Mark's List so you can check out what's up if you're going OUT in Miami & Miami Beach: Azucar, The CabaretDiscotekkaEros LoungeJamboree Lounge,  PalaceScore, and Twist.

Going OUT in Tampa or Ybor City?

Here's are direct links to restaurants, bars and nightcubs that support Mark's List so you can check out what's up if you're going OUT in Tampa and Ybor City: G. Bar, Honey Pot, Ybor Social Club. Interested in more Tampa and Ybor City information? If you live in another city, or you didn't allow us to know your location, you can switch the view of this page by using this link: Gay and Lesbian Tampa and Ybor City

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