Fort Lauderdale

  • New Hello Sunny TV Network is A Destination-First Showcase of Fort Lauderdale

    On Saturday, December 3, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau launched a digital television network as a “major initiative to deliver exciting new content and exposure for Greater Fort Lauderdale,” reads the press release.

  • Next Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida to be crowned March 19

    It’s time to crown the next Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida. 

  • Niki Lopez Unleashes Her Elephant

    When people normally say “there’s an elephant in the room,” it’s generally associated with a negative connotation.

  • Officials Will Address Fort Lauderdale Water Infrastructure Concerns

    In response to concerns about Fort Lauderdale’s drinking water and sewage pipe infrastructure, Wilton Manors officials said they would address them with Fort Lauderdale officials.

  • One Person Shot at Boardwalk

    Police are searching for a gunman after a person was shot Saturday at a Fort Lauderdale strip club.

  • OpEd: Anti Homeless Ordinance Stains Fort Lauderdale

    "We need to stop what is going on because it's not only hurting the homeless.  It's hurting us as a city. Our community is shamed as a result of what we've done." ~Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis

  • OpEd: How the Lauderdale Bars Remained Open

    Last Friday night, while enjoying dinner at The Grille, Paul Hugo’s spectacular new restaurant in Wilton Manors, a gentleman approached me and thanked me for my law firm’s victory in persuading the city of Fort Lauderdale to rescind its “homophobic” decision to close gay bars earlier.

  • Orman Gives Directions On The Road to Wealth at NGLCC Conference

    The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s International Business and Leadership Conference picked up steam on Wednesday with the arrival of personal finance expert Suze Orman.

  • Out on the Trial: Florida Rep. No Shows Dolphin Meeting

    A breakdown in communications has some members of the Dolphin Democrats questioning the level of commitment from Fort Lauderdale’s elected officials.

  • Out on the Trial: Leaders Talk Post Marriage Equality Strategy

    LGBT leaders gathered Monday evening in Fort Lauderdale to discuss strategy in what has been both a historic and difficult year for the movement.

  • OutEats: Santa Lucia Ristorante

    Don’t be alarmed by the “Welcome home!” greeting upon arrival at Santa Lucia in Fort Lauderdale. After your meal, you’ll realize you may never actually want to leave.

  • OutEats: Supper’s Ready at the Mason Jar

    I haven’t yet been there for lunch, but I’ll definitely check out The Mason Jar again after the great experience my partner and I had for supper one evening. We were quickly greeted by our server, Scott, who seated us and took our drink orders. The Mason Jar offers beer and wine, but you should try their lightly sweetened iced-tea served in what else? A mason jar!

  • OutEats: The Floridian Restaurant - Local History And Great Food

    At 1410 East Las Olas Boulevard, the Floridian Restaurant is at the epicenter of where the downtown Fort Lauderdale district meets the isles and the beaches, and the restaurant flair and character reflects that.

  • Painter Teepop Showcases Controversial At WYE Art Exhibition

    Recently in Fort Lauderdale, Niki Lopez along with 1310 Gallery hosted the “What's Your Elephant?” Artist Talk/Open Mic. This is the tenth installment in the WYE series.

    Ever since the opening show in August, people from the community have been anxiously waiting for the artist talk. As guests walked around and viewed the art, they had the opportunity to take photos and fully dissect each individual piece. While the night got started, there were sounds of Fela Kuti and Erykah Badu gracefully oozing from the speakers. Along with the music guests were treated to adult beverages, cake, and delectable food from Taco Genius of Fort Lauderdale.

    "This year is probably the most artists I've had in the WYE exhibition, this time we had 18 artists," shared Niki Lopez right before the artist talk portion of the night.

    "The theme is that it has to be an ‘elephant in the room’ topic, it can be personal, it can be some related to religion, or it can be political. A lot of shows you go to it’s mainly about the aesthetics of the arts, but this exhibition is meant for the artist to share this space and talk about their art.”

    WYE produced some amazing pieces that were thought provokingly brilliant yet inspirational. One piece in particular “Trading Places” sparked a lot of conversation. It was created by mixed media artist Adewale Adenle. “Trading Places” interrogates the subconscious effect and invasiveness of our affiliations to the political parties while elucidating the concerns of George Washington. The work of art depicts a donkey and an elephant looking out of a window. What makes this creation unique is his choice of medium. Adewale used oil and acrylic, in addition to using deconstructed wood layers.

    Shortly after the artist talk was completed, the open mic session commenced. Creative Rebel Alana DaCosta from Kr8tive Uprising hosted. Those that attended were treated to several special performances from poets like Mark these Words and Ari Safari. Both poets delivered their poems with finesse and touched on themes of redemption, racial injustice, and self-love. Singing trio Wild Tree changed the whole vibe of the event with their original jam "A Woman's Worth.” The crowd wasn't the only one swaying to their music: famous reggae artist Annette Brisette also was seen dancing to their rich vocals and tight harmonies. One of the standout moments came when the Kr8tive Uprising performed a dance accompanied by dancers and drummers. DaCosta even flexed her impressive vocals during the soul stirring performance.

    Lesbian painter Teepop featured two pieces at the show.

    SFGN had the opportunity to chat with her during the exhibition.

    Hey Teepop, where are you from?

    I was born in Pittsburgh, PA , currently living in North Miami, FL.

    How long have you been an artist?

    Ever since I was 5 years old, so for a very, very long time.

    You mentioned during the artist talk that there are not a lot of places where you can showcase some of your more controversial pieces. Tell me a little about it. How did it feel to showcase your work for the “What's Your Elephant” exhibition?

    I loved showing in “What’s Your Elephant?” It was great to be a part of such a strong & thought-provoking exhibit. This art show allows for the “thinking artist” or the “political artist” to express themselves without censorship. I feel some of the more mainstream galleries at least in my opinion stifle creative thinking because they are really there to make money and not to get entangled in more thought-provoking artwork. It was my first time showing in “What’s Your Elephant?” and it was an honor to be on the roster.

    What inspired your two pieces?

     My two pieces that were recently on view at the “What’s Your Elephant?” art show were inspired by gun violence and the execution of black lives. It’s a mix of two things plaguing our country. One being black and having to always look over your shoulder. The second, gun violence and mass shootings. The innocence of innocent lives being taken by others. All lives matter, and most people don’t want to talk about it until after something happens.

    “I want to grow up” is inspired by my godson “RJ” who is only seven years old. He exudes such a loving, positive and empowering energy in this piece that it’s too sad to think that this little boy is unaware to himself that he is and could be a threat to someone just by being black.

    “Assault on Innocence” was started four years ago as a protest support piece for Venezuela that then turned into an anti-gun violence piece. It’s been a “work in progress” over the last few years.

    I started incorporating names of victims, countries, cities etc. who have been affected by gun violence. For example, I included all of the names of the victims from the Orlando Pulse shooting. That mass shooting hit home for me. Not that I personally knew any of the victims but being a part of the LGBTQ community myself it impacted me. My partner and I were at a Pride event in Fort Lauderdale that same exact night and when we got home and saw the news it shook us to our core cause all we could think of was, “what if, what if it happened where we were?” I also included all of the names from the most recent mass shooting at Parkland in the painting too.

    I hope by viewing this piece and taking in the magnitude of all the people who have been killed we try not to be so numb and matter of fact about it. You have to really look at this painting in every section, every corner, to see all that I included and feel it wholeheartedly.

    For more information on how you can participate in the next "What’s Your Elephant?" exhibition, visit Nikiartstudio.com/whats-your-elephant.

  • Painter Teepop Showcases Controversial Issues During WYE Art Exhibition

    Recently in Fort Lauderdale, Niki Lopez along with 1310 Gallery hosted the What's Your Elephant Artist Talk/Open Mic. This is the tenth installment in the WYE series. 

  • Pam Bondi Opposes Gay Couple's Divorce

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) - Attorney General Pam Bondi is opposing a bid by a gay South Florida woman to obtain a divorce from her former partner.

  • Patches of AIDS Quilt Coming to Fort Lauderdale, Lake Worth

    Rev. Fred Gray remembers the time before the AIDS Quilt and all the progress that has been made since it was first stitched 30 years ago. Now, he hopes that bringing the AIDS Quilt to his church, United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale, will be one small stitch in preventing an unraveling of the progress woven so far.

  • Patches of AIDS Quilt Coming to Fort Lauderdale, Lake Worth

    Rev. Fred Gray remembers the time before the AIDS Quilt and all the progress that has been made since it was first stitched 30 years ago. Now, he hopes that bringing the AIDS Quilt to his church, United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale, will be one small stitch in preventing an unraveling of the progress woven so far.

  • Photos: Fort Lauderdale's Mass Wedding

  • Pigs Partying In Fort Lauderdale

    Oink! Oink! Pig Week is here.