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

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