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

STAND-UP COMEDY: Wanda Sykes

Did you know Sykes once worked at the NSA? Yes, the National Security Agency. Before John Bolton. Sykes is slightly better known for her work in comedy. Over her 30-year career, the out lesbian (Sykes, not Bolton) has had success across many fields. She won an Emmy for her writing on The Chris Rock Show, hosted the 2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, has appeared in films from Pootie Tang to Bad Moms, and is currently on the small screen in both Blackish and Broad City. But Sykes’ stand-up work is where it all began.

Fri–Sat, May 11–12. Palm Beach Improv (550 S Rosemary Ave #250, WPB). For show times and tix ($35 + 2-drink min): palmbeachimprov.com. 

DIVA LIVE: Patti LaBelle

The R&B diva began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer of the Bluebelles. A decade later the group changed its name to Labelle and broke through with “Lady Marmalade.” (Confidential to the children: That 2001 Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil’ Kim version of the song? It was a cover.) Patti went on to solo stardom in 1976 and has sold more than 50 million records with hits like “On My Own” and “New Attitude.” Hey sista, go sista, soul sista, go… to this show, sista!

Sun May 13, 7pm. James L Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave, Miami). Tix ($50–$305): jlkc.com. 

GALA BENEFIT: DiversiSAFE

The second edition of this annual event raises funds for Latinos Salud and all the important work it does supporting Latinx LGBTers. Tatianna from Season 2 of RuPual’s Drag Race is your headliner, but our eyes will be glued to the hot DiversiSAFE dancers. Miami mainstay DJ AJ Reddy provides the tunes. This is a “Pick Your Pledge” benefit: Make a contribution that fits your budget. But be sure to register beforehand. Pre-registered guests enjoy valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and gift bags, bitches!

Sat May 12, 7pm. Gallery of Amazing Things (481 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach). To register: latinossalud.org.

SINGING VENTRILOQUIST: Terry Fator

In one of show business’ most memorable ascents, singer-comedian-celebrity impressionist Terry Fator, who won NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2007 after performing for decades at county fairs and kids’ parties, soared to No. 2 on Forbes’ list of top-earning comics just six years later. The celebrated ventriloquist is among Las Vegas’ most successful acts and sings everything from Nat King Cole and Garth Brooks to Elvis, Bruno Mars and more.

Sat, May 12, 7pm. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd, WPB). Tix (from $25): kravis.org.

FOUR-WOMAN QUINTET: Fifth Harmony

The multi-platinum girl group was formed during the second season of TV’s The X Factor. Following the late 2016 departure of original member Camila Cabello (who dropped a solo record this year; perhaps you have(ana, ooh-na-na) heard it? ), the “Work From Home” group has continued to tour but recently announced a hiatus to pursue solo projects. Catch ’em while you can!

Fri May 11, 8pm. Hard Rock Event Center (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tix ($50–$90): seminolehardrockhollywood.com. 

BIG-ROOM STAND-UP SHOW: Dane Cook

The comic actor has released five popular comedy albums and developed a cult following for his adults-only material. From 2006 to 2008, Cook took a break from comedy to pursue a film career with Good Luck ChuckMy Best Friend’s GirlEmployee of the Month and… limited success. This Saturday night Cook will be back doing what he does best.

Sat May 12, 8pm. Hard Rock Event Center (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tix ($55–$125): seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

SOULFUL TRIBUTE: Ruben Studdard Sings Luther Vandross

During his memorable run on American Idol (second season winner!), Ruben Studdard was hailed as “the next Luther.” With his current show, Studdard gives Vandross fans the evening they’ve been longing for. Studdard, who snagged a Grammy nomination for his Idol performance of Vandross’ “Superstar,” sings the hits that made Luther a legend, including “Endless Love, “Dance With My Father” and many more.

Sun May 13, 7:30pm. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd, WPB). Tix (from $15): kravis.org.

CELEBRATION: Kool & the Gang

There’s a party going on right here! Since 1964, the legendary R&B group has posted such hits as “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Ladies Night,” and our personal anthem, “Get Down On It.” How you gonna do it if you really don’t want to dance? They’ll be joined by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. And with that hip-shaking lineup, be ready to move.

Wed May 16, 7:30pm. Hard Rock Event Center (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tix ($50–$130): seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

ROCK UNDER THE STARS: Eddie Money + Blue Oyster + Foghat

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Money enjoyed breakout success in the 1970s and ’80s with down-home hits “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” At “It’s Going to the Dogs,” Money will be joined by Blue Oyster Cult (“Don’t Fear the Reaper”) and Foghat (“Slow Ride”). That’s one killer lineup — and a portion of net proceeds goes to local no-kill dog rescues.

Sat May 12, 6pm. Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 W Plaza Real, Boca Raton). Tix ($60–$150): eddiemoneyatmizner.com. 

DYNAMIC DUO: James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt

James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar playing for more than 40 years. Bonnie Raitt is an institution in American music. The pair, friends for decades, played to sold-out crowds across the U.S. last summer, and they’re back for more. Not to be missed!

Fri May 11, 7:30pm. BB&T Center (2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise). Tix (from $50): thebbtcenter.com.

Other things to entertain you on Mark's List

Five Ways to Start Having Sex You Actually Enjoy

Bump “Go to the gym more” down a notch on your list of priorities and move “Have better sex” up one. Here’s how to fulfill that promise to yourself: Five Ways to Start Having Sex You Actually Enjoy
 

British Soul-Singer Talks Wig Snatching, BFF Sam Smith

Jessie Ware only recently learned what “wig snatching” means, and fresh off the European leg of her current tour, I’ve taught her “guncle.” The 33-year-old British songstress takes full advantage of this latest lesson in queer-speak, breaking from our phone chat just long enough to inform her gay brother, Alex, he’s a guncle (“I’ll take that,” he says). Though jet-lagged, Ware discusses her plans to start watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, her supportive friendship with Sam Smith, and how the queer community helped her through a very challenging time. Read the full interview: British Soul-Singer Talks Wig Snatching, BFF Sam Smith

Designer Andrew Christian Talks Sex, Power and Freedom

Highlighting a plethora of rock-hard bodied Andrew Christian Trophy Boys in various stages of undress, including fan-favorites AradCory and Topher, popular underwear designer Andrew Christian’s provocative, sexually-charged book of fantasy, innuendo and desire is making quite the statement. SEX = POWER = FREDOM isn’t just any adult picture display of naked men created with the sole purpose of getting you off—although it successfully delivers if that tickles your fancy. This controversial coffee table centerpiece, which boasts 200 glossy pages of in-your-face black and white images, culminates in an emotional representation of art, sex, diversity, personal expression and political freedom.

Andrew Christian, who has also made his rounds as a reality television star, spoke with Mark’s List about SEX = POWER = FREEDOM, his admiration for Madonna, the Trump administration and his upcoming book tour. Read the full interview: Designer Andrew Christian Talks Sex, Power and Freedom
 

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