In case you missed that one week when it was part of the local news cycle, Fort Lauderdale now has a larger gay population per capita than any city in the country save, natch, San Francisco. And now that we've all acknowledged that gays are a large minority of Fort Lauderdale, we've also considered a few other things -- like, for example, the spending power of all those gay men and women. Heck, if we're to believe the stereotypes pushed on us by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, just imagine how much those gay men spend on clothing alone!
So it comes as no surprise that businesses have lined up to showcase their products at the "Gay South Florida 2003 Community Expo" at War Memorial Auditorium (800 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale) this Saturday and Sunday. More than 100 exhibitors set up shop to offer all manner of goods and services to the expo's attendees. Live entertainment is provided by a drag queen comedian, a drag queen cabaret singer, Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft, Martha Wash of "It's Raining Men" and "Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" fame, and disco diva Cece Peniston. There are about 10,000 jokes that sprang to mind when we first read that lineup, but we'll be PC about the whole thing and let it slide. Admission is $10. Call 954-563-3310. -- Dan Sweeney
Hollywood's on the market
It's fall. And soon it will be winter. Besides the fact that we can look forward to a couple of weeks of temperatures in the 40s and 50s around December and exclaim that we need a sweater, that doesn't mean a whole lot in South Florida. But don't let that get you down. Instead, celebrate that you can still go outside without having to shovel a foot of snow out of the way by heading to the Downtown Hollywood Neighborhood Green Market on Harrison Street between 20th and 21st Avenues. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the market offers a variety of fresh flowers, fruit, plants, and vegetables, as well as baked goods, gourmet nuts, candy, and honey just in time for the Thanksgiving throwdown. Browsers can also shop for antique home furnishings during the nearby Hollywood Antiques & Collectibles Show. Both events are free. Call 954-921-3016. -- Audra Schroeder