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

BENEFIT GALA - Diversity Honors  The latest installment of this annual black-tie(ish) gala — a showcase for those transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusiveness — benefits the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park, and will honor Fort Lauderdale’s new mayor, longtime LGBT activist Dean Trantalis, among others. The swell attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception, open bar, and a variety of delicious nibbly bits before being treated to the musical stylings of American Idol vet LaToya London. Be sure to stick around for the Stoli-drenched after party!
Fri Apr 27, 7–11pm. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, H’wood). Tix ($200): diversityhonors.com.
 
THEATER – Something Rotten!  Welcome to the ’90s — the 1590s —where brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom (bet you know ’em!) are desperate to write a hit play but find themselves stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater will involve singing, dancing and acting — all at the same time! — Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Amidst the drama of a scandalous opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz.
May 1–6. The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd, WPB). Showtimes & tix (from $28): kravis.org
 
VENTRILOQUIST - Jeff Dunham  Dunham’s partners in crime — Walter, Bubba J, Peanut, Jose Jalapeno, and, especially, Achmed the Dead Terrorist  — have become part of pop culture, and helped Jeff secure a place in the Ventriloquist Hall of Fame. Tickets for his latest show, Passively Aggressive, start at $49, but we bet you’ll spend a lot more because the souvenir stand at a Jeff Dunham show is fabulous!
Sat Apr 28, 5pm. BB&T Center (2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise). Tix (from $49): thebbtcenter.com.
 
BOOK TALK- An Evening with James Comey In his new bestseller, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, the former FBI director recounts the never-before-told stories of some of the highest-stakes encounters of his two-decade career in government, along the way exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. Comey’s book provides both unprecedented entrée into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader. Your ticket gets you a free copy of the book!
Wed May 2. Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami). Tix ($45): arshtcenter.org.
 
COMEDY SHOW – Robert Klein – For more than forty years, Klein has entertained audiences, and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy clubs, on Broadway, on television, and in film. Klein’s even been nominated twice for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album of the Year, for Child of the Fifties and Mind Over Matter.
Thu–Sat Apr 26–28. Boca Black Box (8221 Glades Road #10, Boca Raton). Tix ($60–$70): bocablackbox.com.
 
FOOD FEST - Taste of Oakland Park For the locals by the locals, the 2nd annual Taste of Oakland will feature light bites and dishes from dozens of neighborhood restaurants, plus beer, wine and spirits — much of it also from the ’hood (we’re looking at you, Funky Buddha Brewery!). Admission includes food and beverage samples from all the participating vendors, plus live music and children’s activities. Organizers expect a very limited number of tickets to be available at the event, so be sure to snap yours up online ahead of time.
Fri Apr 27, 6–9pm. Jaco Pastorius Park (4000 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park). Info & tix ($15; free for kids under 12): oaklandparkfl.gov.
 
CONCERT - Static & Ben El  Founded just two years ago, Static & Ben El immediately became the most successful band of all time in Israel, breaking every musical record throughout the country — both on radio and the internet. The vocal duo redefines Israeli sound with diverse musical influences including pop, Latin, reggaeton, Brazilian, African, and electronic.
Sun Apr 29, 3pm. Parker Playhouse (707 NE 8th St, Ft Lauderdale). Tix ($52–$152): parkerplayhouse.com.

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MOVIE - Avengers: Infinity War  It’s all hands on deck in the latest Marvel flick. The Avengers and their allies (including Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Okoye, Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, and Ant-Man) must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos (Josh Brolin) before he can collect all of the Infinity Stones and — you guessed it — destroy the universe.
In theaters Fri Apr 27. PG-13, 2h 29m.
 
TV SHOW - Dancing with the Stars  As you may have heard, producers of the ABC reality competition are trying something a little different this season: an all-athlete cast, including Olympians Tonya Harding, Jennie Finch, Chris Mazdzer, and America’s Queer Sweetheart, Adam Rippon. Also competing are NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, MLB World Series champ Johnny Damon and Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale. Strap yourself in for a very short season: These jocks and their dance partners will have just four weeks to snatch the mirrorball!
Premieres Mon Apr 30, 8pm on ABC.
 
COMEDY SHOW - Kevin Nealon –Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor and dry wit, not to mention his likeable demeanor. Best known for his nine-year stint on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Nealon has also found great comedic success in his extensive film career and received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds.
Fri–Sat Apr 27–28. Palm Beach Improv (550 S Rosemary Ave #250, WPB). Tix (21+ only; $25, plus 2-drink min;): palmbeachimprov.com.
 
 

Other things to entertain you on Mark's List

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.



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

'A Star is Born' Soundtrack Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200

The official motion picture soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions and Metro Goldwyn Pictures’ A Star Is Born has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with over 231,000 in equivalent album consumption units. Released via Interscope Records, the album makes this Lady Gaga’s fifth consecutive #1 album and puts her in the lead for the most #1 albums by a female artist this decade. The Soundtrack has also earned the highest album-sales week for a music film soundtrack since Frozen in April 2014 and the biggest week for a soundtrack since the Fifty Shades of Grey album in 2015. 

In addition, the album reached #1 on iTunes in over 75 countries, including the U.S. It has also debuted at #1 on the Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart.
 
Hailed as “impenetrably perfect” by Rolling Stone, the soundtrack to A Star Is Born was released on October 5 (the same day the film opened). The double album features new music from its principal stars: six-time Grammy Award-winner Lady Gaga and the film’s director, four-time Oscar-nominated actoBradley Cooper.
 
Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, the soundtrack’s lead single “Shallow” is currently #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has held the #1 spot on iTunes since the day after its September 27th premiere. The original song was written by Lady Gaga, Mark RonsonAnthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt.

Taylor Swift Rules the 2018 American Music Awards

From the outrageous fashion to the show-stopping performances, the American Music Awards is one of the most popular award shows each year. The 2018 AMAs show included electrifying performances by Cardi B, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and Post Malone.

The big winner of the night, however, was Taylor Swift, who broke the record for having the most AMA trophies. Swift has recently been making headlines for another reason: she posted on her Instagram support for the Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee, which created an onslaught of both support and criticism for the singer. She used her triumph at the AMAs to further her message and encourage fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. 


 

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Releases 'Becoming Freddie' Featurette

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.



Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers.

In Theaters November 2, 2018
 

GoFundMe Launches Centralized Hub to Help Trans Community

Over the last year, the GoFundMe community has come together to support and raise over $100,000 to support gender confirmation surgery around the world. Today, on National Coming Out Day, GoFundMe has launched a new centralized hub enabling the transgender community to quickly start a GoFundMe to find support their gender confirmation surgery.

“It can be really hard to talk about my private medical information, not to mention asking for money," said featured client on Netflix's Queer Eye, Skyler Jay, "But what I found by telling my story through my GoFundMe campaign was that I learned I had an incredibly supportive community that would help me all along my journey. I knew that—no matter what—they were going to have my back and I was going to get the medical attention and financial help I needed. I am so grateful for the new family I have found by being brave and bold throughout this process.”

GoFundMe supports all members of the LGBTQ community and wants to ensure that there is a truly supportive space for all undergoing gender confirmation surgery. 

Eric Leonardos Talks Life After ‘Finding Prince Charming’

The final episode of Finding Prince Charming began with bachelor Robert telling the remaining three suitors, Brandon, Eric and Dillon, that while in college he became an escort for many years. Looking back I still haven’t figured out why Robert kept Dillon around for so long. Dillon even realized that his connection with Robert wasn’t very strong, which ultimately led to his departure. 

For the last few weeks leading up to the finale the chemistry between Brandon and Robert was palpable. I thought for sure he would be the one Robert picked, but I was wrong as Robert picked Eric. We caught up with Eric Leonardos to talk about his time on Finding Prince Charming and what's ahead for him. Read the full interview: Eric Leonardos Talks Life After ‘Finding Prince Charming’ 

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!

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