BY MADELEINE MARR
Pitbull has long been known for his on-point fashion sense. Onstage, he usually wears impeccably tailored suits in either black or white. And that makes us Miamians proud.
But perhaps a slip in judgment, a change in stylist, or poor packing decisions has media outlets like The New York Post calling the rapper "Harry High Pants" and a few Twitter users giving him the moniker of the "Cuban Simon Cowell." As a matter of course, these suckers now have their own hashtag, #pitbullspants.
This happened: Pitbull sang the World Cup anthem, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," at the opening ceremony at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Thursday night, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, in way too tight, high-waisted leisure slacks with a Brasil jersey tucked in a la your grandpa. Buzzfeed called his choice of rolled-up trousers “diaper pants,” which may be a little harsh. We prefer “mom jeans.”
Pit, next time, don't leave your suits in Miami.
Click here to take our survey: What do you think of Pitbull's fashion statement?
The Miami Herald's much-talked-about documentary, The Day It Snowed In Miami, will air again 8 p.m. Thursday on co-presenter WPBT Channel 2.
The feature-length film directed by Joe Cardona traces the political battle lines drawn in Miami in 1977 when gays sought approval of a then controversial Human Rights Ordinance, which guaranteed they would not be discriminated because of their “affectional or sexual preference.”
The Day It Snowed In Miami is currently airing on about 600 PBS stations for LGBT Pride Month. Click here for details about the national screenings.
The film also is available for sale on DVD. Click here to purchase.
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News release from Winter Party Festival:
MIAMI BEACH, FL – June 10, 2014 – A new and diverse experience is in store for guests at the 22nd edition of Winter Party Festival, with organizers at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force promising innovative events and activities and amped-up favorites as well as a move back to the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach as host hotel. Winter Party Festival will run March 4 – 9, 2015 with events taking place at trend-setting venues throughout Miami Beach and Miami.
After a $150 million room and common area redesign and renovation, the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach will welcome guests as the Winter Party Festival host hotel for 2015. The quintessential 200-room South Beach historic property has undergone a complete upgrade and transformation to restore its original glamour and cater to the sophisticated travelers it looks forward to hosting. Under the new management stewardship of Wyndham Grand Hotels and Resorts, the revitalized resort will reflect the Shelborne’s authentic Art Deco glamour and opulence, while incorporating the modern day comforts and conveniences.
“We’re excited to be returning to the Shelborne,” said Justin Bell, chair of the Winter Party Festival. “Our guests enthusiastically embraced the Shelborne two years ago, and with the multi-million dollar renovation this year, this already extraordinary architectural jewel is sure to dazzle our guests even more in 2015.”
In addition to serving as the host hotel, Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach will provide the location for the Welcome Center and the sure-to-sell-out pool party on the Saturday of Winter Party Festival. As one of Miami’s most celebrated beachfront resorts, Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach features unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean in a modern, relaxed setting. Located in the heart of the Art Deco District and within walking distance to Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive, the resort allows Winter Party Festival guests to enjoy the best of what Miami Beach has to offer.
“We are so pleased to welcome guests back for the 22nd Winter Party Festival,” stated Nils Stolzlechner, general manager of Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. “For Winter Party Festival guests who visited the property last time, next year will be a completely new experience for them. For our new guests, the experience will rival world-class hotels with our luxurious appointments and Art Deco elegance.”
Winter Party Festival 2015 will feature six days of non-stop action featuring pulse-raising dance parties and welcoming receptions to sophisticated art exhibitions, all designed to celebrate the spirit of the LGBT community and its allies. Produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Winter PartyFestival proceeds -- along with proceeds from the Miami Recognition Dinner -- support the important work of the Task Force to build power, take action and create positive, lasting change for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families throughout the country. A significant portion of the proceeds also funds multiple organizations serving the LGBT community in South Florida through a grant made by the Task Force to the GLBT Community Projects Fund of The Miami Foundation.
Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach is currently offering special rates for guests who want to secure their spot at the host hotel early. Rates start at $329, single or double, with a minimum two-night stay. For reservations, call 1-877-999-3223 and mention promo code “Winter Party 2015.” Rooms can also be booked from the Winter Party Festival website at www.winterparty.com.
On what would be Judy Garland’s 92nd birthday Tuesday, New York theater and cabaret publicist Dan Fortune announces he is producing a "Night of A Thousand Judys” art auction benefiting Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth.
This year’s auction accompanies an all-star concert to be held June 16 in Manhattan.
“For the second year, we have asked visual artists from different mediums to create and donate an original interpretation of Judy Garland. The works will be sold via silent auction at the event and all proceeds will go directly to the Ali Forney Center,” Fortune says. The online auction is now live.
More from Fortune:
Participants this year include Robert Risko, the longtime Vanity Fair illustrator, Olympia Zagnoli from The New York Times and Samantha Hahn, creator of Well Read Women, in addition to a custom Judy t-shirt by Deer Dana, whose pieces have been worn by Jay-Z and been featured in Vogue, Fader, Elle and more (www.deerdana.com).
Last year’s auction included custom-made pieces by Tommy Tune, Charles Busch, and Robert W. Richards, in addition to rising talent in the art world.
Participating performers so far include Grammy Award nominated jazz star Jane Monheit, R&B/Disco legend Sarah Dash (LaBelle), “Queer as Folk” star Randy Harrison, Tony Award nominee Rory O’Malley from The Book of Mormon, Broadway leading ladies Sierra Boggess (Phantom of the Opera), Alison Fraser (Gypsy), Julia Murney (Wicked) and Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray), pop singer Karen Wyman, jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein and folk-rock singer/songwriter Erin McKeown, plus a special appearance from Austin Scarlett of “Project Runway.”
In previous years, our sold-out concerts were headlined by performers such as Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin Vivian Bond, Madeleine Peyroux, Tonya Pinkins, Nellie McKay, Telly Leung, Karen Mason, Bridget Everett, Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, Howard McGillin, Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Karen Akers, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan, Frank DeCaro among many others.
Last June’s event raised over $20,000 and we’re trying to double that number for 2014. The 2013 show was called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal and 2012’s was praised as “stupendous, extraordinary and hilarious” by The Village Voice.
From Dustin Reffca of Glitter Box Mondays:
MONDAY JUNE 23 2014 (11PM - 5AM) DUSTIN REFFCA PRESENTS GLITTER BOX MONDAYS South Beach's Hottest Monday Night Gay Party 4 YEAR ANNIVERSAY PERFORMING LIVE BIANCA DEL RIO WINNER OF RUPAUL DRAG RACE SEASON 6 TWO ROOM TAKEOVER KICK ASS DJ'S ZEHNO FR8-O LATRICE PERRY PRIDE TROY LANDON BOOM BOOM and the Glitter Box Cast Celebrating Dustin Reffca's Birthday Dancers provided by Mia Sangria & Johnny's NO COVER BOTTLE SERVICE AVAILABLE W/ BIANCA IN VIP KILL YOUR IDOL 222 Espanola Way Miami Beach (between Washington and Collins behind Score)
The Tony Awards ran long on Sunday night and CBS did not televise the annual In Memoriam segment, which this year featured “friends in the Broadway community who have left us from May 2013-May 2014.”
Among the stars who died this year: Sid Caesar, James Gandolfini and six-time Tony winner Julie Harris.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Three classic MGM films, one celebrating its 75th anniversary and two CinemaScope musicals from 1955, have recently been rejuvenated in high definition.
The Women – with its all-star, all female 1939 cast – features Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell.
Despite no men in the picture, director George Cukor's adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce's Broadway hit is known for its razor-sharp dialogue:
“There is a name for you, ladies, but it isn't used in high society... outside of a kennel.”
“I've had two years to grow claws mother. Jungle red.”
The Blu-ray picture is as sharp as the dialogue. The Women, released the same year as other MGM films including The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind, is black and white with a restored Technicolor fashion show sequence. Warner Home Entertainment, $20.
Hit the Deck, a 1955 widescreen musical that’s often used as a reference for Cinemascope films of the mid-20th century, stars Jane Powell (in her final MGM film), Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone, Russ Tamblyn and Ann Miller.
Directed by Roy Rowland (Two Weeks With Love), it’s adapted from a 1927 Broadway show with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Leo Robin and Clifford Grey.
Hit the Deck includes the songs Hallelujah (the finale featured in the 1974 MGM retrospective That’s Entertainment!), I Know That You Know and Ciribiribin.
Released by Warner Archive, the Blu-ray retails for $22.
Kismet, starring Howard Keel, Ann Blyth Dolores Gray and Vic Damone, is based on the 1953 Broadway musical based on themes by Alexander Borodin.
Hit songs from the stage and movie versions (adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest) include Stranger in Paradise and Baubles, Bangles and Beads.
The high-def transfer looks and sounds great.
Released by Warner Archive, the Blu-ray retails for $19.
My friend Johnny Diaz, formerly a reporter at the Miami Herald and Boston Globe; now at the Sun-Sentinel, has published his fifth novel, Looking For Providence.
Johnny is the author of five gay-themed novels: Boston Boys Club, Miami Manhunt, Beantown Cubans and Take the Lead. The Spanish version of Take the Lead is called Tomar La Iniciativa. His fifth novel Looking for Providence was published May 2014. Johnny lives in Miami. His website: beantowncuban.com
A 7 p.m. June 20, Johnny will be reading from his new book at Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Dr.