I’m dating myself a bit, but every year around this time I recall the 1982 M&Ms commercial. You know the one I’m talking about—in fact, you’ve probably posted it on your Facebook page or viewed it on YouTube—the commercial with all the little children discovering M&Ms in their Easter baskets and then thanking the Easter Bunny. The best part comes at the end, when two little boys dressed as a chicken and an egg offer their thanks, followed by a much imitated, “bawk, bawk.”

While many of the local bars, clubs and destinations are saluting the Easter Bunny abstractly, in terms of “Alice in Wonderland” parties featuring the March Hare, we think the local queens may also draw inspiration from Irving Berlin’s classic film, “Easter Parade,” by donning their Easter bonnets for a stroll down the drive. We’re not talking your ordinary chapeaus, either, but over-the-top, campy headdresses that could only be inspired by a trip down the rabbit hole.

Speaking of Bunnies

Diva drag queen Lady Bunny was featured on the Thursday, March 25 episode of American Public Radio’s “Marketplace” program. No, she wasn’t projecting the resulting stimulus to the economy from her recent shopping spree, but rather was talking about the challenges of clubs and DJs to attract and hold younger audiences. Did you know she is also a celebrity DJ? Anyway, she noted that 80s tunes, once hip and retro, is so “yesterday” and 90s tunes are so “now”. I’m dating myself again, but I guess the sigh of relief I breathed when the Spice Girls disbanded was just a little premature!

If you’re lucky enough to be on Spring Break or just looking to get out of the house, here are a few highlights of the week ahead in South Florida:

Tuesday, March 30

Dudes, located just off Oakland Park Blvd. and Route A1A in Fort Lauderdale, goes retro tonight with DJ Jay. Enjoy the music and videos of the 70s, 80s and 90s and don’t miss the bar’s famous dancers.

Wednesday, March 31

Boardwalk concludes its month-long 25th anniversary celebration with one last blow-out! You can still get an invitation to the exclusive VIP party from 6 to 9 p.m., but even if you don’t, owner Victor Zepka promises the festivities will continue late into the night. Don’t miss your last chance to spin the wheel for fabulous prizes while Boardwalk’s hot dancers spin on the bar. Boardwalk is at 1721 N. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

If you’re near the beach, Whiskey Blue in the swanky new W hotel has a new party for gay men and lesbians, Indulge Wednesdays, from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. DJ Danny Stern will be in the booth spinning hump day tunes. The W is located at 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.

Thursday, April 1

Thursdays are a great night to relax and recharge before the weekend. Luce restaurant and bar in Hollywood has the answer, the cool jazz sounds of vocalist and guitarist Davis and Dow. The first show begins at 7 p.m. and drinks are two-for-one until 8 p.m.

Friday, April 2

There’s a new ladies night in Miami Beach —Rebel Fridays at Crème Lounge, 727 Lincoln Lane. Presented by Icandee Events and Lady admix, Rebel Fridays offer lots of drink specials—$3 Budweiser beer and $5 well drinks—but best of all are the sexy pole dancers for the ladies’ viewing pleasure. $6 cover until 12:30 a.m.

Do the “Time Warp” at Manor tonight. The restaurant and entertainment complex hosts a Rocky Horror Picture Show party with DJ Daisy D. in the booth. Better yet, dress up in costume and get a free drink. No cover. The Manor is located at 2345 Wilton Dr.

Friday, April 2 & Saturday, April 3

Ultra chic Fort Lauderdale nightclub Living Room and Miami’s Discotekka join forces again this weekend, this time with a pair of outrageous parties based on director Tim Burton’s wacky take on the immortal characters of Lewis Carroll. “Alice in Naughtyland” kicks off Friday at Living Room and continues Saturday at Discotekka. You won’t want to be late for this tea party!

 


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