HOT LIST: This Week's Top 10 in Culture & Entertainment

BENEFIT – Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival - Hosted by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), this annual 5K walk to raise funds for HIV/AIDS services throughout Florida – will gather over 2,000 participants and feature a performance by multi-award winning recording artist Flo Rida.  Scheduled for Sunday, March 18, on beautiful Fort Lauderdale Beach, Flo Rida will perform a 90-minute concert immediately following the annual Florida AIDS walk.  Registration for the walk & music festival is available at FloridaAIDSwalk.org.

COMEDIAN – Margaret Cho – will be performing at the Palm Beach Improv on Friday, March 16, & Saturday, March 17. Margaret has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a difficult, or even 'taboo' topic, there is no subject off limits. Her socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader as well as a teacher to those with open minds and open hearts. An accomplished performer in all formats, Cho could be called the “Queen of all Media,” having conquered the worlds of film, television, books and theatre. General Admission is $32 with first-come, first-served seating.

MOVIES - Love, Simon -  Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is leaked, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. This comedy/drama/romance film which hits theaters on Friday March 16 is rated PG-13, is 109 minutes in length and stars Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine and Langford.

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PAGEANTRY – Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida 2018 – Is produced by Latrice Royale and takes place at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center on Monday, March 19. Contestants will compete in five categories: Creative Presentation (with a “Show Your Pride” theme), Swimsuit, Talent, Evening Wear, and Q&A. The winners, receives a stellar prize package to include a cash prize, a custom crown, and a contract with LRI Talent & Management. Cash prizes are also awarded to the winner of each category. This year we celebrate the reign of Miss PSF 2017 Delores T. Van Cartier and Mr. PSF 2017 Judas Elliot. Interested contestants can contact Pageant Director Christopher Guy at misspridesouthfloridapageant@gmail.com or 954.507.2089.

CONCERT - Foreigner - With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, they are universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal. Go hear some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” set to soaring new heights with the full band and rock orchestra on Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 

DRAG - Miss Richfield 1981 - returns to Fort Lauderdale as part of the Outlandish Fort Lauderdale performance series on March 17, 2018 at 8pm (Doors open at 7pm) at the Sunshine Cathedral with her brand new show, “Born Again", finding new religion to bring our divided world together.  With all new songs, videos, and unique audience activities, Miss R brings all faiths together in 2018. Atheists welcome! OutlandishFL.com

STONEMAN DOUGLAS BENEFIT - Heather McDonald – will perform her stand up at the Boca Black Box on Tuesday March 20 at 8p.m. with proceeds to benefit Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund. In addition to stand-up, television guest spots and un-credited reality TV cameos, Heather can be heard twice a week on her hit podcast, Juicy Scoop, breaking down pop culture, her own personal drama and anything ‘juicy’ people are talking about that week. Guests range from Real Housewives to real listeners. Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald averages over 1.3 million downloads a month and has over five thousand, five (5) star reviews on ITunes. Admission is $30.
 
CHORUS - Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus - Broadway's Lisa Vroman ("Phantom of the Opera") and operatic mezzo-soprano Martha Bartz join the ensemble for “Our Time With Sondheim,” a tribute to Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Expect excerpts from "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Company," "Follies," "A Little Night Music," "Pacific Overtures," "Sweeney Todd," "Merrily We Roll Along," "Sunday in the Park With George," "Into the Woods," "Assassins" and "Passion." The concert takes place at the All Saints Episcopal Church (333 Tarpon Drive) on Friday, March 16, at 8pm and then again on Sunday, March 18, at 4p.m. Tickets range from $25-$45.
 
CONCERTS - Jazz in the Gardens – takes place at the Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, March 17 & Sunday March 18 at 4p.m. Headliners include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Fantasia, Anita Baker, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Joe. The festival includes a special '90s tribute with Salt-n-Pepa, Kid 'n' Play, Biz Markie and Trick Daddy. Tickets start at $69.
 
WEPA - Tito Puente Jr.  - The son and namesake of the legendary Latin jazz and mambo king is a famed percussionist in his own right. Be prepared to mambo the night away as Puente and his band present a high voltage celebration of Latin sounds. The concert takes place at Ball & Chain (1513 SW Eighth St. Miami) on Saturday, March 17 at 9 p.m.
 

Other things to entertain you on Mark's List

Olympic Star Gus Kenworthy Talks Hollywood Aspirations

Before pursuing acting, Kenworthy gained global notoriety after taking silver in men’s slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. But after the 26-year-old British-born freestyle skier came out as gay the following year in an interview with ESPN, he was recognized as an LGBTQ trailblazer for being one of only a few athletes to do so. This year, boyfriend Matthew Wilkas and Kenworthy expressed their unabashed affection for each other during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, when their televised kiss before his qualifying run in the men’s slopestyle became, like his triumphant sports career itself, a notable moment of visibility for LGBTQ athletes. Read the full interview: Olympic Star Gus Kenworthy Talks Hollywood Aspirations

'Kyle XY' Alum Matt Dallas Talks New Horror Flick

Matt Dallas was told to stay in the closet after moving to L.A. to pursue acting at 18, particularly while portraying boyishly cute titular character with the non-existent navel on ABC Family’s 2006-launched teen sci-fi drama Kyle XY. Other roles followed: he starred alongside Hilary Duff in ABC Family’s 2010 TV film Beauty & the Briefcase, and also played Katy Perry’s war-vet boyfriend in her 2009 “Thinking of You” music video and, that same year, Rebecca Romijn’s love interest, Chad, on ABC’s supernatural dramedy Eastwick.

Dallas’ latest project, Along Came the Devil, is a fresh horror-genre venture for the 35-year-old actor, who starred in a glut of slasher films at the onset of his career, including 2005’s Camp Slaughter and 2008’s Babysitter Wanted. In this demonic endeavor he plays a pastor, the kind you know only exists in the movies (if only they were this hot in real life). Read the full interview: 'Kyle XY' Alum Matt Dallas Talks New Horror Flick

Troye Sivan Talks Finding Power in Femininity

Nobody is stopping Troye Sivan except for maybe Troye Sivan. No queer-averse label bosses, no identity-stifling pressure to be anything but who he is: the LGBTQ community’s precious paradigm of unapologetic, unicornian queerness.

But even with the YouTube-launched pop fixture’s steady mainstream rise, with assists from Ariana Grande on a single featured on his sophomore album, Bloom, and a live duet at a recent Taylor Swift concert, the 23-year-old’s follow-up to 2015’s Blue Neighborhood refuses to sacrifice self for commercialism. Read the full interview: Troye Sivan Talks Finding Power in Femininity
 

MANCANDY: Bisexual Adult Film Star Talks Sexual Fluidity

Jaxton Wheeler is not only one of the sexiest (have you seen that hairy body and those legs? DAMN!), and hard working men in Adult Film, but it turns out he is also a nice guy! He has been in over 70 scenes and was nominated for most masculine at the Grabby’s and was awarded best group scene many times. In addition, he was voted AEBN #1 model for sales worldwide. He also trended earlier this summer as part of the “Right in Front of my Salad?” meme. Yep, that was Jaxton in the kitchen!



Check out an interview with Jaxton Wheeler as he prepares for a Labor Day Weekend appearance at the world famous Boardwalk in Fort Lauderdale.
 

Mark's Mancandy: Fitness Model Jose Lazaro

Fitness model Jose Lazaro, 19, is originally from Cuba and has lived in Miami for the last nine years. He describes himself as very optimistic, energetic and determined. Find out how this Latino hottie stays in such great shape and check out the sexy photos from his latest photo shoot (Photos Dale Stine). 

Six Healthy Foods That Satisfy Every Urge

In order to achieve maximum fitness and keep those juices flowing in all the right directions, a healthy diet is a key ingredient to the toughest workout regimen. Although some sacrifices must be made, eating well doesn’t have to be completely boring or gag-inducing. These six healthy foods will not only help steer you on a healthier path, but also allow you to satisfy your underlying urges along the way!

Florida's 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 and Spa, which offers an upscale atmosphere with amenities that include spa services, poolside cabana bars and plenty of tanning lotion to keep your booty 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.



Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

Although research and support for the HIV/AIDS community has come a long way since the 80s and 90s, a great deal of ignorance and stigma still exists—even within the gay community. With celebrities such as Charlie Sheen and Danny Pintauro (Who’s the Boss?) recently bringing HIV/AIDS into the entertainment headlines, perhaps now is the perfect time for a new, more enlightened conversation on the subject.

Mark’s List spoke with adult film star Rocco Steele, who has experienced his fair share of ups and downs with addiction and living with HIV.  He has, however, used these personal experiences as a catalyst to promote HIV awareness and education. Read the full interview after the Jump: Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

HOT LIST: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

South Florida is fortunate to boast a wide variety of amazing restaurants, diners and cafes to satisfy every palate and every budget. It’s pretty much impossible to narrow the best ones down to 100, so let’s just call these some of the favorites. Find out which restaurants made the list: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

Florida's Gay and Lesbian Beaches

We've given our Florida Gay Beaches Guide a makeover. Florida is surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world. From the cool to the touch quartz sand of Siesta Key to world famous beaches in cities like Fort Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Miami, there is something for everyone. You'll find our guide right here: Florida Gay and Lesbian Beach Guide