Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little more “up” on this weekend’s Super Bowl than most of the silly queens in my circle. I can name the teams who will be facing off in the biggest game of the year, Pittsburgh and Green Bay. But, like most of my friends, if I tune in, it’s usually just to watch the commercials. Remember Betty White’s breakout performance in that candy bar commercial, anyone?
Word on the street is the commercials may not live up to the hype this year. And one perennially clever advertiser, Doritos, announced this week that they would be pursuing social media and philanthropic alternatives with their Super Bowl advertising budget. What’s up with that?
With no particular ties to either team and the prospects of advertising entertainment waning, we’ve opted for the next best thing—Peter Burke’s Sunday Tea Cruise! Join Peter and DJ Richie Rich for the proverbial three hour cruise along the New River and Intracoastal Waterway about the Musette yacht. Peter always plans plenty of hot entertainment and there will be plenty of snacks and drinks. And, for those closeted sports fans who still want to catch the game, you’ll be home in plenty of time to take in those commercials. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the cruise at GayTeaCruise.com.
It’s going to be a big week in South Florida and here’s a look at some of the other highlights:
Wednesday, Feb. 2
There’s no easy way to categorize sultry singer Debra Hampton. Known to many as “The Voice,” she’s this wild combination of Bette Midler and Crazy Janice from “The Muppet Show.” You can check her out on Wednesday nights beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Mojo restaurant, 4140 N. Federal Hwy. in Fort Lauderdale.
Thursday, Feb. 3
The Palace, the beach bar on South Beach, celebrates its 23rd anniversary tonight with an open bar from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Tiffany Fantasia and Noel Leon will be your hostesses and everyone will be treated to the debut of Palace Boys, the bar’s groundbreaking reality series. It’s going to be a big night at 1200 Ocean Dr.
Friday, Feb. 4
One of the most talented female impersonators in South Florida is Electra. She does the Lucille Ball “Vitameatavegamin” skit perfectly every time and regularly brings audiences to tears. She has a new restaurant, the Wine Cellar, 199 E. Oakland Park Blvd. and performs her amazing shows at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Reservations are recommended.
Saturday, Feb. 5
There’s a big gay cruise leaving Port Everglades this weekend and South Florida promoter Hilton Wolman is throwing a huge bon voyage party at Exit 66, 220 Almond Ave. on Fort Lauderdale Beach. DJs Ralpi Rosario and Abel—collectively known as “Rosabel” —will be providing the beats and look for a special performance by Power Infiniti. Discount advance tickets are available at HiltonWolman.com.
Sunday, Feb. 6
Nearly every bar in South Florida will be showing the Super Bowl, but arguably the best place to take in the game is our own gay sports bar, SideLines, 2031 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. The bar, which went non-smoking earlier this year, has undergone a facelift. Take in a game of pool or darts during the game, but don’t miss those commercials on all the TVs!
Monday, Feb. 7
Mondays are always tough after a busy weekend, but you can take the edge off at Mona’s Cocktail Lounge, 502 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Mona’s is a very friendly neighborhood establishment and it’s Happy Hour all night long on Mondays.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
South Beach promoter Edison Farrow presents Martini Tuesdays, a monthly cocktail party for young professionals and this month, the party follows the performance of the outrageous—and enormously talented—Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Present your ticket stub and receive a free drink. This month, the party is at the Lords South Beach, 1220 Collins Ave., the swanky new straight-friendly hotel.