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

PRIDE - Miami Beach – this extravaganza celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The week-long festival ends on Sunday, April 8 with a huge parade and festival that draws in over 100,000 people, and features this year’s headliners: Thelma Houston and Taylor Dayne. On Friday, April 6 is the VIP party at the world famous Faena Forum. For more information on any of the events for Miami Beach Gay Pride go to MiamiBeachGayPride.org.

ICON - Sophia Loren - The award-winning actress will share stories of her childhood in war-torn Italy, her family life and prolific career. Loren will be accompanied by "Entertainment Tonight" interviewer Bill Harris and she will also answer questions from the audience. Catch her at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St.) on Friday, April 6 at 8p.m. with tickets ranging from $70 to $250.

MUSICAL – Waitress - Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. Playing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts from Apr 11 - 22, with tickets starting at $30.

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TELEVISION – Imposters – Last year, the commercials got me interested, and from episode one I was hooked. Not to give too much away, the show centers on a con artist, and her marks. Imposters developed a small, but impassioned cult following for good reason. However, it seemed like the story had ended, so you can imagine my delight when I heard Bravo had Greenlighted a second season. Season 2 premieres, Thursday, April 5, but you can catch up on Season 1 (only 10 episodes) on demand.

COMEDIAN - Tammy Pescatelli - brings brassy sexiness with a female voice of witty sarcasm to her audiences, holding her own on the topics of sports, television, dating and family life using tongue-in-cheek humor. She is one of the only female comedians who is relatable to every audience member-male & female. Her most recent one-hour special, Finding the funny (available on Netflix & iTunes), is just one of her new and noteworthy endeavors. Recently she appeared on The View, Red Eye, Guy’s Grocery Games, and The Howard Stern Show and featured in the documentary, I Am Battle comic”. Tammy was also chosen by Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg to be a part of their Dirty, Sexy, Funny franchise. Catch Tammy at the Boca Black Box on Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7 with tickets $30, $40.

SKATING – Stars on Ice - There’s nothing like seeing Stars on Ice in the Olympic season! The best of the U.S. will be coming to you direct from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea to skate together – live in an all-new Stars on Ice show!  See America's top medal contenders including 2017 U.S. Champion Nathan Chen, World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner, three-time World Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani, 2017 U.S. Champion Karen Chen, and U.S. Champion Jason Brown, plus Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White and more of America's finest Olympic athletes in the 2018 Stars on Ice tour at the BB&T center on Sunday, April 8.

SKATING – Characters on Ice - Mickey and his pals set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars. Sing along with Anna, Elsa and Olaf to songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.” Sebastian strikes up his band and the Daughters of Triton introduce Ariel in a pop montage. Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Relive a tale as old as time when Belle opens her heart and the Beast’s enchanted staff take center stage for a dazzling spectacle. Disney on Ice will be arriving at American Airlines Arena Thursday, April 5, through Sunday, April 8.

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TELEVISION - Troy: Fall of a City – This is a Netflix original. Searching for the woman promised to him by Aphrodite, herdsman Paris learns his true identity and falls for Helen of Sparta, igniting the Trojan War. This retelling of the story of the 10 year siege of Troy, which occurred in the 12th or 13th century BC, stars Louis Hunter, Christiaan Schoombie, and Jonas Armstrong.

SPORTS – Gay Polo -  the 9th Annual Land Rover Palm Beach International Gay Polo Tournament, will be held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Saturday, April 7. General Admission tickets start at $30. For other tickets, including events all weekend, or for more information, please visit gaypolo.com

MUSIC - The Drifters - The original R&B vocal group prototype set the stage for soul music and headlines the inaugural Reggae Meets Soul Showcase, celebrating Jamaican and American popular music. Also appearing are reggae singer/songwriter Ernie Smith, pioneering vocal group the Melodians, Annette Brissett, Kashief Lindo, Michael Russell and the Code Red Band. Catch all these acts on Sunday, April 8 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts (2855 Coral Springs Drive) at 7p.m. with tickets ranging from $35.74 to $54.60.
 

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

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