Set on the oceanfront in Pompano Beach, one of Florida’s finest diving destinations, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa is ideally situated between the cosmopolitan appeals of Boca Raton to its north and Fort Lauderdale to its south. The city is ripe for discovery – named one of the top 10 “up-and-coming” U.S. destinations in 2014 by TripAdvisor, and considered by many to be "The Gay Capital of Florida," it's just minutes from the charming barrier island town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa is a boutique-style resort that caters to leisure and business travelers alike with the simple pleasures of Florida beach living. Each of the resort’s 194 guest rooms and 25 suites features a private balcony overlooking the Atlantic. Sand and sea are reflected in a palette of cream and gold with pale green accents and warm wood furnishings. Among the larger accommodations are (16) Executive Oceanfront Suites with a privacy wall separating the bed from the living area and (5) 750-square-foot Presidential Suite with a king bedroom and separate living room.
Guests enjoy fresh local fare and speakeasy-style drinks at McCoy’s Oceanfront, sea-inspired treatments at SiSpa, poolside relaxation, beach access with water sports, and everything business travelers need for a productive stay.
McCoy’s Oceanfront is known for its contemporary preparations of seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients, with a focus on Florida seafood, served in a casual indoor/outdoor setting with ocean views. The beachfront restaurant and lounge pays homage to its Prohibition-era namesake in a drinks menu of classic cocktails with fresh-pressed juices and dark spirits that channel McCoy’s rum-running days. McCoy’s also offers an extensive wine list and daily happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m., served poolside. Friday happy hour entertainment often continues throughout the weekend, ranging from an island tropical vibe to mainstream music. McCoy’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Pompano Beach is home to a boutique outpost of SiSpa, a seaside sanctuary whose keystone location at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa ranks among Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas. Inspired by the natural beauty and healing powers of the ocean, the SiSpa at Pompano Beach offers an intimate oasis dedicated to wellness and pampering, including:
• Seven treatment stations, including two separate manicure and pedicure stations
• Separate men’s and women’s spa areas with hydrotherapy showers
• Co-ed spa sanctuary
• Outdoor oasis overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
• 24-hour fitness center with inspiring ocean views, stocked with treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and free weights
Pompano Beach guests can enjoy a wealth of recreational options on land and sea, both on site and nearby. These include:
• Two outdoor heated swimming pools and whirlpool
• Watersport rentals, including jet skis and paddleboards
• Beach cabana rentals
• Beach Volleyball
• Kid’s Club and much more!
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Creations by more than 100 fine artists from around the United States are to entice attendees Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22, at the 50th annual Old Island Days Art Festival in historic Old Town Key West.
Begun in 1965 and originally called the Clothesline Art Show, the festival is to feature artists in media including watercolor, oil paint, acrylics, decorative sculpture, collage and photography. Additional attractions include wearable art, jewelry, pottery, pieces in wood and other fine craft items.
“The first show was held on the sidewalk on Front Street and artists used clothespins to attach their work to the fence in front of the old Customs House,” said event coordinator Lois Songer.
Now a nationally acclaimed event, the open-air festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Colorful booths line Whitehead Street from Greene to Eaton streets, alongside gracious historic homes and museums, and spill into the exclusive Truman Annex enclave at Caroline Street.
Several hundred artists from around the U.S. and Canada apply each year to display their fine art in Key West’s sunny subtropical setting, and the show is juried to ensure high quality. Pieces on display range from contemporary to traditional to tropical.
Approximately 25,000 art lovers browse the creative offerings each year. Artists are typically on hand to discuss the inspirations behind their work and offer insights into their techniques.
According to Songer, the initial “clothesline” show was held by the Key West Art Center to raise money to restore the 301 Front St. building that became the center’s gallery. The organization has sponsored the festival throughout its 50-year history, and proceeds continue to support its programs and maintain the historic gallery.
Event information: www.keywestartcenter.com or 305-294-1243
The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival Celebrates Pride Month with the Florida Film Premiere of “Ruthie & Connie: Every Room In The House (2014 Update).”
Two screenings at the Mandel JCC: June 10th at Boynton Beach & June 11th at Palm Beach Gardens
The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival presented by Mandel JCC Palm Beaches, brings “Ruthie & Connie: Every Room In The House (2014 updated version),“ as part of their WITH PRIDE film commemoration for June Pride month.
RUTHIE & CONNIE is an inspiring documentary of two women who also happen to be teachers, community organizers, mothers, grandmothers to 21 grandchildren, friends for 17 years, then life-partners for 35 years — and now legally married. This new release will include brand-new footage of Ruthie and Connie getting married in New York City in 2011, as well as an updated interview with them sharing their reflections on their lives since it originally aired on HBO/CINEMAX in 2002.
Directed by highly-acclaimed filmmaker Deborah Dickson, a three-time Academy Award nominee, RUTHIE & CONNIE is a coming out story about love, friendship, passion, politics — and a cry for justice that resulted in a landmark LGBT civil lawsuit for domestic partnership benefits. The suit, the first of its kind, helped pave the way for what has now become the LGBT community’s crusade for full civil rights and marriage equality.
“Ruthie & Connie” will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10th at the Mandel JCC Boynton Beach, 8500 Jog Rd. and Wednesday, June 11th at the Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens, 5221 Hood Rd. Both screenings will have a question and answer session with Ruthie & Connie following the film. Refreshments will follow the presentation.
Doors open at 6pm. General audience cost is $8 per ticket. Film Society Members & Sponsors are complimentary. Cash or credit card is accepted at the door beginning 6:00pm, seating capacity permitting. To purchase tickets, call 561-736-7527 or visit us online at http://www.jcconline.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=pbg_a_cult_PBJFF.
Residents of Palm Beach County, Ruthie and Connie can be found about town playing bridge with friends or supporting local organizations such as The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival.
The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival is presented by the Mandel JCC Palm Beaches. The Mandel JCC is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. High quality cultural arts programs are a priority of the Mandel JCC. The Film Festival has expanded to year round programming to increase the Jewish film experience for all residents. Our year features a diverse mix of films, speakers and film-related experiences for all.
What: Ruthie & Connie: Every Room In The House (2014 Update)
Florida Film Premiere for June Pride Month
Presented by The Donald M Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, Mandel JCC
When: Tuesday June 10 at 7:00pm Boynton Beach
Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00pm Palm Beach Gardens
Where: Mandel JCC, 8500 Jog Rd, Boynton Beach- June 10
Mandel JCC, 5221 Hood Rd, Palm Beach Gardens- June 11
Cost: $8 per ticket includes film, discussion and refreshments.
Current Film Society Members & Sponsors are complimentary.
How: Credit card orders in advance: 561-736-7527
Cash or credit card is accepted at the door beginning at 6:00 pm, seating capacity permitting.
Presenting Sponsors: Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, Lifespace Communities: Abbey
Delray. Abbey Delray South & Harbour’s Edge
Sponsors: Attorney Mitchell Kitroser, Palm Beach Gardens, Mittleman Eye Care of West Palm Beach
Assoicated Financial Services, LLC of Ft Lauderdale.
Community Partners : Compass, Blast, Pflag, FoundCare and Ft Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Located right on the South Beach strip of Ocean Drive, enjoy dinner, drinks and a whole lot of entertainment at Mango's Tropical Cafe. The place is easy to find - just look for the parrots. In front of the restaurant, as well as just across the street, they offer pictures with the beautiful birds... then invite you for dinner.
The band played Caribbean jams and dancers entertained us while we ate dinner and had a few drinks. For the record - the place isn't as sleazy as their website makes it look. My partner and I took our two teenage daughters there and we all had a blast.
Join Connextions Magazine at this year's FAMILY OUTFEST event in Orlando, Florida!
The mission of Family Outfest™, is to celebrate the shared cultural heritage of what all families look like, regardless of who you are, how you identify or whom you love. Our purpose is to celebrate our diverse and authentic kin while exploring the wonders of Orlando.
This event is guaranteed to be an incredible week with fun filled festivities, that will not only excite your little ones, but also pique the interest of parents alike. With Orlando’s world class theme parks, attractions and restaurants, there is no doubt together, we will have a gay ol’ time!
JULY 1-7, 2014
Click for more info: www.familyoutfest.com
South Florida's Sidelines Sports & Video Bar Launches Interactive Website following the Grand Re-Opening
Sidelines Sports & Video Bar re-opened its doors to the public on August 21st, 2013 after closing for several weeks to give Sidelines a fresh and modern facelift. Sidelines Sports & Video Bar now has over 24 TV's placed throughout the 3150 Sq ft bar and outside patio area where sports fans and non sports fans can be found watching over a dozen various sporting events at any given time throughout the day and evening. As the night progresses, Sidelines turns into a video lounge with state of the art LED lighting, a VIP bottle service area, and the newest and hottest music videos from around the world can be seen on all 24 TV's.
There is something for everyone at the all new Sidelines!Since reopening, Sidelines has been busy working on the rebranding as Sidelines Sports & Video Bar which has included new events & drink specials, a new logo, and the newest addition, a brand new website which launched this past weekend. The website is still located at its original domain www.sidelinessports.com which was launched 7 years ago. The new site includes an interactive section where viewers can browse through the weekly events, upcoming events & drink specials being hosted at Sidelines, make reservations for a table in the VIP Area, view photos from past events, and so much more. Soon viewers will be able to purchase tickets for upcoming events such as the highly anticipated MMA and Pay Per View Boxing Events that Sidelines has not shown in the past. The new site allows you to access everything from your computer, ipad, or smart phone so you can always know what is going on at Sidelines Sports and Video Bar 7 days a week.
About Sidelines Sports & Video Bar
Sidelines Sports & Video Bar has been providing a fun, friendly and a “Cheers” like atmosphere for over 7 years here in Wilton Manors. Sidelines is a smoke-free environment with an outdoor patio for gay and gay-friendly men and women who enjoy all kinds of sports, as well as some of the hottest music videos and mixes out in the music market. Sidelines Sports & Video Bar has over 24 flat screen TVs, pool tables, dart boards, Wi-Fi access, and video games for your enjoyment 7 days a week. Sidelines is a gay owned and operated sports bar that has become one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s favorite gay venues. Voted #1 Gay Sports Bar in South Florida this year by Local 10 viewers, and awarded the Best Community Supporter award by Florida Aids Walk. Sidelines Sports & Video Bar is located at 2031-A Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida, 33305. Their telephone number is (954) 563-8001 or you can also visit them online at www.sidelinessports.com.
Gay Key West invites you to the lush tropical island, with fascinating architecture, friendly people, a rich history, and plenty of activities to keep you engaged or help relax.
Filled with a funky charm, Key West is a sophisticated place with amazing restaurants, diverse entertainment, eclectic art, professional theatre, and live music that includes salsa, show tunes, disco, country, opera, and classical. Our gay and lesbian guest houses are legendary, and our mainstream hotels and inns are always All Welcome.
Drag shows, commitment ceremonies, water excursions, late night parties, beaches, clothing optional resorts, and the only gay & lesbian historic trolley tour make our island the preeminent LGBT vacation choice. But the best part about our town is our open and accepting attitude. “One Human Family” is our city motto, and our closets are only used for our costumes!
Whether you are looking for a romantic retreat or decadent fun, you can find it here in Gay Key West where we throw a party 365 days a year!
For details and information on Key West Pride, Womenfest Key West and Tropical Heat for men - CLICK HERE.
The GLBT Travel Expo will be in both Ft. Lauderdale & Miami in 2013!
The 2013 Travel Expo Tour is an exciting event where you can learn about new travel destinations, rediscover old ones, find glbt friendly travel providers and get information to plan your next vacation.
Airlines | Hotels | Trains | Cruise lines | Car Rentals | Resorts | Exotic Destinations | Convention & Visitors Bureaus | Travel Magazines
Every one of them reaching out to the glbt consumer.
Attendees will be able to get the latest travel information, get special travel packages and great deals from the very best travel providers as well as win great prizes.
Face to face promotions still represent one of the best ways to promote your services. This afternoon event will draw 500-1,000 elite consumers from a great demographic group. This is the third year Steven Levenberg Productions, LLC has been producing these events. Each year these shows have had an ever expanding exhibitor base and attendance.
The GLBT Travel Expo is pleased to announce that the Art Deco Welcome Center of Miami Beach has become the site for the Miami GLBT Travel Expo. The Welcome Center is located on 10th Street on the famous Ocean Drive in the heart of South Beach.
Thousands of people stop by each week to learn about everything to do in Miami. It offers 4,000 square feet of exhibition space in an incredibly beautiful building.
The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving, protecting and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District and all other areas of the City of Miami Beach where historic preservation is a concern. It was originally organized by Barbara Capitman in
1976 and is the oldest Art Deco Society in the world.
The Miami show will be held February 10, 2013
The expo is presented by:
Miami Beach Sisters Cities International
Miami Design Preservation League- Art Deco Welcome Center
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Click to http://www.glbttravelexpo.com/happiness/ for more information or please contact Steve Levenberg at Stevenlevenberg777@verizon.net
718 622 5709
A Steven Levenberg LLC Production
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INAUGURAL MIAMI PROJECT ANNOUNCES
EXHIBITOR HIGHLIGHTS & PARTNERS
AT THE MIAMI PROJECT ART FAIR
The inaugural Miami Project Art Fair launches next week, December 4-9, 2012, and will feature 65 leading galleries from around the globe in a 65,000 square foot exhibition space centrally located in Miami’s Midtown adjacent to the City’s energetic Wynwood Art District.
Max Fishko, Managing Partner, says, “After speaking with many galleries from across the U.S., we were struck by a recurrent message – our colleagues were looking for a home that focused on quality, consistency and strong personal connections. That quality is illustrated by the range of impressive programs and installations being presented by our exhibitors at this year’s Miami Project.”
· San Francisco veteran dealer Cheryl Haines will be presenting a highly developed immersive new media experience which artist, Camille Utterback has been developing since 2001. Custom video tracking and drawing software create a projection that responds to the viewers’ movements in the space captured by an overhead video camera. Untitled 5 will present a dynamic and fluid installation that is both algorithmic and organic. Utterback, the 2009 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient, is an internationally renowned artist who has had work presented at some of the most prestigious museums and new media centers around the world – including The New Museum, New York, Ars Electronica Center, Austria and The Netherlands Institute for Media Art.
· Nina Katchadourian’s acclaimed series Seat Assignment, will have a mini show in Catharine Clark Gallery’s booth. A large selection ofphotographs from the artists fifth solo show with the gallery will be thoughtfully installed. The series, which was conceived – and first explored/executed on a flight the artist was on in 2010 between New York and Atlanta, was a response to the artist’s feelings – and indeed those of many travelers- of confinement and restraint during air travel. The series is highly improvisational – the artist uses only her camera phone and materials that are easily accessible and readily available. On the one hand, an inflatable neck pillow and tissues, put on in the airplane lavatory, transform the artist into a sitter of a Flemish portrait, while on the other a photograph of a travel magazine covered with pretzel crumbs becomes an image of a landslide. The Brooklyn-based artist first exhibited the Seat Assignment series at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally at museums and exhibition spaces including PS1/MoMA, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and The
Serpentine Gallery, London.
· Monique Prieto is a well-known and influential Los Angeles-based artist whose paintings will be presented by ACME. The installation for Miami Project will consist of seven recent oil paintings in various sizes in which the artist playfully combines abstraction and text with a great sense of composition and color. The paintings’ silhouettes refer to the tradition of classic still life painting – the text in each of the works is from the diaries of British writer Samuel Pepy’s chronicling life in London during the 17th century. The silhouettes in these paintings refer to the tradition of classic still life painting. Prieto has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout United States and Europe. Her works are in many museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among others.
· In addition to the photographs, paintings and installations to be found at Miami Project, Los Angeles gallery Coagula Curatorial will present a series of performances entitled SEXT ME IF YOU CAN by artist, performer and author Karen Finley. The interactive painting performance will feature an on-site studio where the artist will transform “sexted” images on her cellphone from anonymous collectors into “fine art” acrylic paintings. Visitors can purchase a private code and phone number to sext the artist during the fair and she will paint images she receives during the show that will then be on view for the duration of the fair. Finley, a recipient of many awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, has performed and exhibited widely including such venues as the Yerba Buena Vista Center, San Francisco and the Orange County Museum of Art. She teaches at NYU, has lectured extensively and has authored several books. Her work has stirred up much controversy over the years for her graphic depictions of sexuality and abuse.
· Other performance-based work includes Group Therapy with Lorelei Ramirez, presented by School of the Visual Arts. A
10-minute guided sound meditation by “psycho-observational research founder” Lorelei Ramirez invites therapy session participants to close their eyes and join the artist on a “journey to heal”. Fair-goers who sign up for the guided mediation are placed in a dim-lit public space where they experience their own personal sound retreat.
· In response to the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Sandy, Richard Levy Gallery will present AID + AID. Each exhibiting gallery artist generously donated a gift for the exhibition at Miami Project and all sales from the installation will benefit
the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Artists include: William Betts, John Chervinsky, Jenna Kuiper, Matthew McConville, Manjari Sharma and others. For images and more information visit: http://levygallery.com/current/benefit_2.html
· Outside the fair’s main entrance Techo, a non-profit organization that organizes social initiatives to fight against poverty, will be
presenting a series of installations as part of their project ARTECHO. The organization has invited a group of nineteen artists from around the world to create small-scale replicas (16”x 8”) of the houses that are built by TECHO throughout Latin America to raise awareness about the cause. Additionally, Miami-based, artist and designer Fabian de la Flor, will perform a live intervention on a full-scale 194 square foot house and will paint the house throughout the five-day fair. Viewers are invited to view a photographic exposition mounted inside the house.
According to Fair organizers, collaborations and partnerships are an important element that helps the Miami Project stand out. “Along with all the events and bells and whistles taking place in Miami during what is the most important art week in the United States, many of the clients with whom we spoke talked about wanting to focus on the art and the galleries. That is what we have set out to do. One way we’re adding heft and a sense of connection is through partnerships with leading cultural and arts organizations including Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Art and Design, The Whitney Museum as well as Miami International Film Festival.”
Miami Project Art Fair
NE 1st Ave & NE 30th Street
Miami, FL 33137
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 11am to 5pm
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 11am to 7pm
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 11am to 8:30pm
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 11am to 7pm
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 11am to 6pm
$20 General admission
$10 Seniors / Students
For additional information, please visit: http://www.miami-project.com/miami
Media contact: Helen Allen/Meryl Cooper, Allen/Cooper, 212-260-8100, email@example.com
Sponsors and Partners
Support from: MOCA North Miami Design
Partners: FX FOWLE, PIE studio
Supporting partner: ArtSpace Art
Handling & Logistics: Cadogan Tate Fine Art
Product Sponsor: Perrier Cafe
Sponsors: GastroPod, Panther Coffee and Real Sorbet
Cultural Partners: Guggenheim Patrons, Guggenheim Young Collectors Council, Miami International Film Festival, MoMA Junior Associates, New Museum, Whitney Contemporaries, The Apollo Circle, Young Friends of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Art & Design
Media Partners: American Art Collector, American Fine Art Magazine, Art Fag City, Art Guide Miami, Art in America, Art Ltd., Art Nexus, Artfacts.net, ArtInfo, Artnet, Artprice, Colossal, Hyperallergic, Miami Herald, Modern Painters, Santa Fean, SFAQ, The Art Newspaper, VENU
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