Lots of competing special-interest groups have been battling to claim the month of June as their own. It's International Men's Month! It's Turkey Lovers Month! It's Potty Training Awareness Month! Really. Separate sponsors have declared it both Dairy Month and No Dairy Month.
It's best-known, however, as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, and the upcoming days will be the proudest of all. For Pride Weekend, Hamburger Mary's restaurant (2449 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors) serves as party headquarters; the owners are rumored to have spent $22,000 on this year's festivities. On Friday, the eatery -- and the stable of hotties who work there as servers -- hosts a Kick-off Party with live music and dancing under its 4,500-square-foot tent. The drinks continue to flow on Saturday with a "Where the Boys Are" beach party all day and a Miss Hamburger Mary Look-alike Contest (which attracts men and women, amateurs and professionals) at 8 p.m. On Sunday, a "Dance Your Buns Off" party lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Sunday, Wilton Drive will be closed for the weekend's main event, the Stonewall Street Festival and Parade. It's named after the infamous Stonewall riots, when cops raided a New York City gay bar and the patrons fought back. On that fateful day of June 27, 1969, police were forced to retreat into the very bar they had tried to shut down; a rioter poured lighter fluid through the door and tried to set it on fire. The next day, gays and lesbians came out in full force (some of them in drag) to protest. The event has been generally recognized as the beginning of the gay rights movement.
A production of Doric Wilson's Street Theater, a 1982 play about the Stonewall riots, shows at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida (1717 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) all weekend; you can meet the playwright after Saturday and Sunday's performances.
For a complete list of parties and events -- including Thursday's Miss Stonewall Contest at Elements (3073 NE Sixth Ave., Wilton Manors) and Friday's Mr. Stonewall party at Circuit (2031 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors) -- see Mark's South Florida List (www.4msfl.com). -- Deirdra Funcheon
Mango Fest Breaks Out
We Go Where the Mangoes
It's the beginning of mango season! As the fruits ripen, you may find yourself reminiscing about your past encounters: climbing trees in search of the perfect specimen; eating your newly caught prizes with a smiling, sloppy face; and fitfully vibrating spread-eagled on your bed, covered in bags of frozen vegetables. Who knew you were one of those rare humans who are highly allergic to mango sap?
If you still catch yourself glaring at the fruity foliage, perhaps it's time to make amends. The 20th-annual Deerfield Beach Mango Festival raises scholarship funds for local children in the community. Such an honorable event could be the perfect place for humans and malicious mangoes to get together and work out their past transgressions. You can make uncomfortable chitchat while watching the '80s funk band Cameo. You can demand an apology while munching on carny-themed street fare. You can sob hysterically about the "scratchiest week of your life" during the float-filled Saturday-morning parade. This three-day opportunity to heal takes place along Dixie Highway between Hillsboro Boulevard and SW Tenth Street in Deerfield Beach. Bring buddies and Benadryl. Tickets cost $5 to $10. Visit www.themangofestival.com -- Jamie Laughlin
DJs turn up the beat
Could there be any better way to send religious zealots and the elderly scrambling into their condos than to kick off a night of heavy beats with the scariest performance artists-slash-musicians since Kiss? On Saturday night, Jackal & Hyde, Limp Bizkit drummer John Otto, and the jaw-dropping Gen from Genitorturers meet to drag Miami down into an entirely unique sound.
If there are any survivors at the end of this dark soundfest (imagine dance breaks gone hardcore), they will be finished off by a gathering of spinmasters that includes Uberzone, Baby Anne, Deekline & Wizard, and Rahzel of the Roots with JS One. Ten DJs from South Florida and beyond will shake the bolts out of the stage at Pure nightclub (66 SW Sixth St., Miami) starting at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Call 305-579-0974, or visit www.magicalmaydaze.com. -- Jake Smith
Still looking for a Father's Day present for Pop? (Yes, it's this Sunday!) Mom might disapprove of your taking him to Scores, but there 's a PG-13-rated way to see nubile young ladies dance with their sexy bellies on display. Billed as "An Evening of Middle Eastern Music with Belly Dance Show," the J. Sultan Band performs inside the club at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort (4060 Galt Ocean Dr., Fort Lauderdale). Three vocalists (including Mr. Sultan) flex their pipes in six languages (English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, and Greek) while four musicians back them up. Meanwhile, dancers Jessica and Mariella do their seductive wiggle-waggle. Lap dances are a no-no, but they'll shimmy on the tables at customers' requests. The $40 ticket includes Lebanese mezza (appetizers) and dinner. There's a cash bar. So Dad can put those singles to good use. Call 954-564-6166, ext. 9632. -- Deirdra Funcheon