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

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

All Queer Stand Up Comedy Series Coming to Dekkoo

Produced by Comedy Dynamics and Dekkoo, "OUT on Stage: The Series" features an eclectic lineup of renowned LGBTQ stand-up comedians in six episodes. 

"'OUT on Stage' has been a real passion project for me,” comedian and host, Zach Noe Towers said. “What an incredible experience it’s been to bring together such a gorgeously funny group of queer comedians. Each and every person featured in the content has such a unique perspective and I’m thrilled that we’re being given a platform for those hilarious voices to be heard."

"I don't think comedy is an easy field for anyone, but it can sometimes be especially difficult for those of us with unique, diverse voices. We're a much smaller percentage of the population, stage time can be harder to come by, and often times audiences aren't as willing to give us a chance. Even our peers can present a challenge. Open mics are often peppered with the voices of less progressive people, some of which find humor in homo/transphobic material. I would even be willing to bet that every queer comic out there has had to sit and listen to someone turn their life into a punchline. And this is why projects like "OUT on Stage" are so important. It not only provides a platform for new queer voices on the rise, but it brings us together. It creates a space for diverse voices to flourish and it's so important to have this kind of representation available."

"OUT on Stage" premieres on Dekkoo on Jan 17, 2019.

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Out On Stage - Trailer from TLA Releasing on Vimeo.

Dido is Back with New Album Out March 2019

Dido is back with her first new album in five years, the stunning Still On My Mind out March 8th on BMG. This album is Dido’s fifth studio album and was written and recorded in England, a result of the fruitful and incredibly natural production/songwriting partnership with her long term collaborator and brother (faithless founder) Rollo.

"It was simple, I only wanted to make another album if it was with him," said Dido. "It was made in such an easy way, all the vocals recorded on the sofa, a lot of it recorded at home."

Still On My Mind encapsulates a variety of styles and genres, ranging from her love of hip hop to her folk roots, but ultimately the entire record carries a dance and electronic music sensibility, even on the tracks with no beats. At the core, it's about the songs which capture the beautiful essence of Dido personally and emotionally. The first taste of the album is the glorious "Hurricanes." From the first few notes of this powerful track, Dido’s voice has never sounded bigger and better, making you realise how much we’ve missed that sound.

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Actor Taron Egerton Brings Elton John to Life in 'Rocketman'

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years, starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard. Rocketman opens in theaters on May 31, 2019.

The sexy Brit, who is known for his roles in the British television series The Smoke and the action comedy film Kingsman, brings Elton John to life in this new biopic. Does his performace rival Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody?


 

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