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

PRIDE - Gay 8 – this 3rd annual FREE festival which takes place on Sunday, February 18 at the most famous Latin street in Miami, Calle Ocho,  will feature sensational live music highlighted by Sonlokos and Lucy Grau, the fabulous Marytrini, many popular DJs, great food at the Best Miami Sandwich Competition hosted by the Burger Beast, art exhibits by the Stonewall National Museum and Archives and The American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, a doggie village with an amazing dog obstacle course, and foreign LGBTQ-themed films sponsored and curated by the OUTshine Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival, dance events at Girl Central and Macho, guided tours of Little Havana, fashion shows (both human and doggie), fun merchant booths and a thought provoking literary event Tertulia hosted by the Miami International Book Fair. Gay8festival.com.

CONCERT -  Barry Manilow - The pop pianist and vocalist is touring with a backing band of musicians and singers to perform his litany of hits. Manilow's career includes more than 50 Top 40 hits, Grammy, Tony and Emmy awards, a seven-year run on the Vegas Strip and an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Expect to hear "Mandy," "I Write the Songs," "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana" at the Hard Rock Live on Wednesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $65-$180.

SOUL SISTER - Mary J. Blige - The R&B/soul singer, songwriter and philanthropist is now an actress (acclaimed actress for her Oscar-nominated role in "Mudbound.") and will perform at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. on Monday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are: $45, $60, $90 and $120.

COMEDIAN - Ken Jeong – will be playing at the Palm Beach Improv on Saturday and Sunday February 17 and 18. Recently known for his television series Dr. Ken, which he is also an executive producer of, Ken is also well known for the Hangover movies. A trained medical doctor, Ken got his big break in 1995 when he won the Big Easy Laff Off. The competition, which was judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Bud Friedman, who both urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles.

DANCE - L.A. Dance Project - has been turning heads with its fresh, contemporary vision of dance and stylistically diverse repertory. Founded by Benjamin Millepied, who’s also known for choreographing and starring in the award-winning film Black Swan alongside his wife, Natalie Portman, brought the company into existence in 2012. Making its Miami debut, the L.A. Dance Project will showcase Chaconne (Part 1), a WORLD PREMIERE, by Millepied and Murder Ballades, a work choreographed by

New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck. The program is highlighted by bold musicality and dynamic movement. Experience innovative collaborations with influential composers, designers and visual artists. Taking place at the Arsht center on Friday February 16 at 8pm. Tickets start at $35.



MOVIES - Black Panther - T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. This action/adventure/sci-fi movie, which is 134 minutes in length is rated PG-13, hits theaters on February 16 and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Danai Gurira.

YACHTS – Below Deck - Captain Sandy Yawn, star of the Bravo Series Below Deck Mediterranean delights audiences with lessons of leadership, empowerment, and inspiration from her wildly and vastly diverse life experiences on February 16 at 7p.m. st the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Enjoy her transforming performance of teaching others how to navigate when faced with life’s challenges. Along with Captain Sandy, a top line-up of captivating, inspirational speakers, share insightful and life-changing lessons that are enabling people to change their lives and the lives of others—one family at a time." Tickets range from $29.44 - $75.

COMEDIAN - Paula Poundstone – comes to the Parker Playhouse for one night only on Saturday, February 17 at 8p.m. Delivering her distinct brand of wry, intelligent and razor sharp wit with an ease in spontaneity that immediately connects with audiences, Poundstone “improvises with a crowd like a jazz musician,” says The Boston Globe. She's so quick, unassuming and outright funny, it is no wonder she has won an Emmy and an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-up Comic, and she was recognized on Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. Tickets range from $21 - $43.

CLOWN - Puddles Pity Party – Finalist on this season America’s Got Talent, Puddles is a veritable “Pagliacci by way of Pee-Wee Herman and David Lynch” (The AJC), Puddles Pity Party has 286k fans on Facebook and over 76 million views on YouTube for indelible interpretations of classics by ABBA, Bowie, Cheap Trick and Queen and his unforgettable mash-up of “Pinball Wizard/Folsom Prison Blues.” The “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” is here with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex! This Pity Party is not all sadness and longing. The show is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments. The show takes place on Monday, February 18 at the Parker Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$43.

DRUMMERS – Yamato of Japan - Since its formation in 1993, YAMATO explores the possibilities of this traditional Japanese instrument, bringing new life to contemporary taiko drumming while paying respect to its rich history.Their newest program, "The Challengers" offers reflection on the members’ feelings about their own lives and their experiences of being pushed to challenge their own limits. Most of all, "The Challengers" serves as an anthem of encouragement for all who were born in this same era and continue to face their own challenges. They will be performing at 2 locations in South Florida: on Sunday February 18 at 8pm wuith tickets starting at $30 and the Kravis Center on Monday, February 19 and Tuesday February 20 at 8p.m. with tickets starting at $35. 
 

Other things to entertain you on Mark's List

LGBT ICON: Gloria Estefan’s Very Gay Year

Why of course global queer icon Gloria Estefan – subject of Broadway musical On Your Feet, and muse to drag queens worldwide – has a daughter who is not straight.

To close out 2017, Gloria’s 23-year-old daughter, Emily, celebrated – for the first time publicly – her one-year anniversary with girlfriend Geremy Hernández via Instagram. Emily’s snap of the couple was captioned, “Happy anniversary to my delicate, bold, intelligent, important, honest, loving, funny (but not funnier than me), brave, compassionate, patient, badass, talented, and the most beautiful… Moon Flower. I love you.”

Considering Gloria’s everlasting love and support for the LGBTQ community, Emily’s refreshingly matter-of-fact coming out, then, must’ve been the sweet, sweet icing on her pop-legend mother’s already-queer year. Read the full story: Gloria Estefan’s Very Gay Year

Chaz Bono Reveals Thoughts on Working with Mom Cher

As a radical right-winger on last year’s American Horror Story: Cult, a far cry from his own liberal leanings, Chaz Bono had his breakout role at the age of 48. Why did it take so long for Bono, who just happens to be Cher’s transgender son, to make his mark as an actor? In a new interview, Bono opens up about why understanding his gender identity was the long first step to acting again, the “bizarre” possibility of working with mom Cher and what he’s learned about LGBTQ representation from trans youth. Read the full interview: Chaz Bono Reveals Thoughts on Working with Mom Cher

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. Click on the underlined link for appointment links and more information.

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