Liquid Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday on South Beach — so who else to host but New York drag sensation Miss Lady Bunny. Bunny, who hosts Manhattan’s annual Wigstock festival and was recently profiled on HBO’s Dragtime special, is the star of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal’s (PETA) new print advertisement targeting Procter & Gamble. That naughty company is still testing their products on animals. The ad spoofs Tide, a P&G product. Bunny is featured in Day-Glo housewife drag posing in a Laundromat with a fluorescent box of Died detergent. Headline? Sometimes Big bright Packages Contain Dirty Little Secrets. Bunny performed her Pussycat tune from last year’s God Shave the Queen CD to a packed crowd (I’m sure everyone had gone to church earlier), and free guides to animal friendly products were distributed. DJ Victor Calderone premiered his new Remix of Madonna’s “Ray of Light” and “Frozen.” A huge, huge thanks to Liquid for hosting this event. Thanks also to Boss Models for sponsoring the evening.
Concerts ‘O plenty
Monday May 4th, Earth Crisis with Hatebreed, Madball and Scarhead at Club Q, 7357 Davie Road Ext, Davie (954)431-8044. Doors at 7pm. All ages welcome. Also on Monday, May 4th, Elton John at the Miami Arena. In support of his Top 10 album Phenomenon (Polygram/Def Jam), L.L. Cool J plays the Sunrise Musical Theater, (5555 NW 95th Avenue, Sunrise) on May 5th. (954)741-7300. Tickets are $34.50 and $22.50 plus service charge, of course. A limited number of gold circle tickets are available for $34.50. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant play the Miami Arena on Friday May 22nd. Unwritten Law with the Agency at Club Q. Tickets are $8.00. Doors at 7pm, all ages welcome. The Spice Girls Spice World Tour hits Coral Sky on June 15th. Metallica, Jerry Cantrell, and Days of the New perform at Coral Sky June 24th.
Club 737(at Thunder on the beach) sounds like the best new club to hit Miami in a long time. Live entertainment, nightly dancing, piano bar, and a VIP lounge all sound ultra-glamorous to me. Sunday nights is quiet jazz in the lounge, Wednesday is Latin jazz sets, Friday and Saturday nights is local and national live entertainment. Grand opening is Friday, May 1st. Club 737 is located at 737 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach. Call (305)534-4469 for more information.
RuffHouse/Columbia recording artist Wyclef Jean will bring his all-day Carnival to Miami for the 2nd Annual Haitian Benefit concert. Artist scheduled to appear at The Carnival include Wyclef Jean and the Refugee Allstars, Pras, Canibus, John Forte, Salt-n-Pepa, Bounty Killa, Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, Diana King, Inner Circle, Scare Dem Crew, Born Jamaricans and Savion Glover with more special guests to be announced. This year’s Miami concert is a continuation of this ongoing good-will project, bringing together a host of internationally renowned celebrities, reggae, R&B, and hip-hop artists in an all-day Carnival event with food, arts, crafts, and a vast array of entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wyclef Jean Foundation and be donated to charitable organizations. Bill Bellamy is slated to MC the concert. The Carnival will take place at the AT&T Amphitheater at Bayfront Park (301 North Biscayne Boulevard, downtown Miami) on Saturday, May 16; gates open at 2pm.
On Thursday, May 14th, Funktional Funk will host an educational event in conjunction with Floridians for Medial Rights’ medical marijuana campaign. The seminar will include a video documenting the lives of patients who have used pot for medical purposes and the bureaucratic red tape they have had to deal with. The event will take place at 8:30pm at 1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Call (305)604-0393 for more information. And don’t miss the CD release party for local band South of Winter on May 15th. The band will perform acoustic songs and will feature some non-typical rock instruments, including banjos and stand up bass. Show starts at 9pm. Call the above number for more information.
Fort Lauderdale Fun
Thursday, May 7th it’s Pet Set’s party at Café Iguana at Beach Place, Fort Lauderdale. Pet Set is the young professional club that benefits the Humane Society of Broward County. Meet lots of single people who love animals. Call (954) 989-3977 ext. 52 for more information on membership. Friday, May 8th it’s Night Gallery at Squeeze, featuring local artists Brian Ahistrom, Peter Giovenco, Michelle Lee, Stan Street, Michael Joseph, and Zuska. Live performances by Piano Bob, Chicken Box, Stan Street and Steven Jude. Festivities begin at 8pm and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be served until 11pm, so get there early. Ages 18 and older welcome. Admission is $7.00. For more information call (954)467-8110. Two Thumbs Up.
I’m standing in the lobby at intermission during opening night of Rent chugging coffee (the theater was freezing), and my friend Rob and I are noticing how many beautiful people there are in Miami. Oh yeah, Rent was spectacular. The singing was so amazing it gave me chicken skin. It must be wonderful to be able to sing like that. (I, however, do not sing in person. Not even “Happy Birthday.” All who know me truly appreciate this.) Rent runs until May 3rd at the Jackie Gleason Theater on Miami Beach.
Don’t forget about the grand opening of Hollywood’s Maision a Go Go on May 15th. If you missed New York DJ Victor Calderone at Liquid, catch him here. Victor is a busy guy; he is currently remixing for Gloria Estefan and Garbage. The upstairs lounge will feature South Beach DJ Ursula1000.
Goodbye Linda. You will be missed.
Fax all club and event information to Jennifer at (954)435-1596. And fax early; I’m a busy girl.