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

DANCE - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – returns to Arsht Center from Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, February 25. They are known for celebrating the human spirit through the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle and featuring Company star Jamar Roberts, both Miami natives, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will move audiences with exciting premieres including Roberts’ first work for the Company – Members Don’t Get Weary – an abstract look at what it means to have the blues, set to music by John Coltrane. Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece Revelations – an American classic acclaimed as a must-see – will provide the inspiring finale at each of the five performances.Tickets start at $29.

MUSICALS - The Color Purple - is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival! With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South in the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph from Tuesday February 27-Sunday March 4 at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts with tickets staring at $29.

COMEDIAN – Howie Mandell  -  the actor and TV personality returns to the Kravis Center on Tuesday, February 27 with riotous commentary on everything from being afraid of germs (something he can relate to) to married life and more. The America’s Got Talent judge also hosted the game show Deal or No Deal and appeared on NBC’s St. Elsewhere. His stand-up comedy, which started on a dare more than three decades ago, and his quick-wit audience comebacks and clever takes on everyday topics are why he’s become a mainstay of the American comedy scene. This event is for mature audiences only and tickets start at $25.

ANIMALS - The Olate Dogs – were the winners of America’s Got Talent season seven, and they come to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday February 25 at 11a.m.  These sweet, funny and ultra-talented acrobat dogs perform amazing circus stunts and tricks with their entertaining dog handlers. From doing back flips to jumping rope, pushing scooters, dancing the conga and so much more, 10 poodle mixes —most of them rescue dogs—have captured hearts and dazzled audiences around the globe. Fun for the whole family, this fast-paced, high-energy show has been featured in Las Vegas, on the Today Show and the Tonight Show, NBA half-time entertainment, and in sold-out venues across the country. Tickets start at $27.

COMEDIAN - Preacher Lawson - won the title of Funniest Comedian In Florida in 2015, and in 2016 he was crowned the winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition.  He's continued the wave of momentum last year having  made his television debut on NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly" followed by an appearance on Comedy Dynamic's "Coming To The Stage" soon after.   He then made a big splash on NBC's "America's Got Talent" where he made it to the finals. You can catch his original style of comedy at the Palm Beach Improv from Thursday Feb 22 through Saturday February 24 with tickets starting at $20. 
 
THEATER - Disaster: The Musical – plays at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center from Thu, Feb 22 - Sat, Feb 24, with tickets ranging from $20 - $49. This is a new musical comedy straight from Broadway! It's 1979 and New York's hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Featuring some of the most unforgettable songs of the '70s including, "Knock on Wood," "Hooked on a Feeling," "Sky High," "I Am Woman" and "Hot Stuff," what begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple hilarious disasters.  As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive…or at least escape the killer rats.

COMEDIAN - Colin Quinn - presents "One in Every Crowd" on Saturday, February 24 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 8p.m. From the old MTV days to SNL to Comedy Central to Broadway, CQ is apparently refusing to leave the business. So if you enjoyed his other one man shows, or you just are at a place in your life where you are lost and you need intelligent laughs, come see his new show. One In Every Crowd. Tickets start at 31.50.

IMPERSONATION - Rocket Man: An Elton John Tribute - takes place on Friday, February 23 at 7:30p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. A spot-on recreation of an early Elton John concert, featuring lavish costumes (sequined Dodgers uniforms, peacock outfits, massive glasses, etc.) that were originally worn by Elton himself, a world class rhythm section, and the magnetic performance power of Rus Anderson. Rus is an Elton John doppleganger who pulls off Sir Elton’s daunting vocal duties, piano skills, and fashion sense with appropriate panache. Expect a litany of hits, including “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” “Your Song,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, Bennie and the Jets, and most certainly “Rocket Man.” Tickets start at $29.72.

GAY ICON - John Waters – Comes to the Sunshine Cathedral on Saturday, February 24 as part of the Outlandish series. John will present, “Filthy World" his one-man show; a “vaudeville” act that celebrates the film career and obsessive tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.”  Focusing in on Waters’ early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of sexual politics, this joyously devious and continuously updated monologue is a rally cry against the tyranny of good taste and serves as a call to arms for filth followers everywhere. To purchase tickets go to: OutlandishFL.Com.

TELEVISION – Survivor – ok, one of my favorite shows of all times premieres its 36 season (yes you read that right, and yes I have been watching since season 1) on Wednesday, February 28 on CBS. If Survivor: Ghost Island's latest castaways intend to make it through to the end, they'll have to know the game inside and out. This latest edition of the competitive reality series features two groups of ten and will be centered on the terrible decisions made by players from previous seasons. A new twist allows participants to be sent to a separate, haunted island filled with the relics that helped send previous players packing. Among this new crop of players are a designer, physical education instructor, an EMT and an account.
 
 

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