Every year gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and queer people converge on Miami Beach to celebrate their fabulousness. This year, Winter Party 2011 goes out of its way to celebrate diversity in people as well events. Of course there are going to be massive parties and electric DJs, but there are also events geared toward our more refined sensibilities, such as culture, cocktails, and shopping. It wouldnt be a gay old time without plenty of poolside parties, and Hell & Heaven at the Pool at the Doubletree Surfcomber (1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) on Friday and the Under One Sun Pool Party on Saturday, also at the Doubletree, are definitely places to show off your oil-slicked abs. Women can let their hair down at the Official Winter Party Womens Signature event, Industry, where DJ Lisa Pittman will man the wheels of steel on Saturday night at Club O1 (1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach). Pittman is a resident at Tao Nightclub in Vegas the number-one-rated nightclub in the world. Two signature events are not to be missed: The Winter Party Beach Party at 12th Street and Ocean Drive at Lummus Park in South Beach is expected to have more than 5,000 glistening bodies dancing to the beatific beats of DJs Alyson Calagna and Charlmix on Sunday. The other must-experience event is Boiling Point: Carnival at the Cameo Theater (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), which will be transformed into a Brazilian-style carnival party on Sunday night. Mix it up by hitting the Cyrano Film Retrospective at Miami Beach Cinematheque (1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) on Friday and LGBTheology on Tap at the Van Dyke Café (846 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) on Saturday, when one of the countrys leading theologians discusses the possibility that Jesus was gay. Multi-event passes range in price from $75 to $370, and single-event passes range from free to $325. Visit winterparty.com.
Thu., March 3; Fri., March 4, 2011