Equality Florida Calls on AG Bondi  to Let Marriage Come to Florida

    Friday, October 24 is a critical day for marriage equality in Florida. That is the deadline for Attorney General Pam Bondi to decide if she will oppose a request that a federal judge lift a stay and allow marriage licenses to be issues to same-sex couples in Florida. Earlier this month the US Supreme […]

Jillette Johnson Album Cover

Hotspots’ Exclusive Interview with Jillette Johnson

New York City-based Jillette Johnson started playing the piano and writing her own music at the age of 10. Now, at 25, she has released a full-length album and is on a nationwide tour. Her debut album, called Water in a Whale, earned her critical acclaim and had critics drawing comparisons to Adele and Fiona […]

Wicked Manors Freak Show

8th Annual Wicked Manors “Freak Show!”

Friday, October 31 Wicked Manors was first brought to Wilton Drive in 2007, and this year it’s expected to be bigger than ever before! An estimated 25,000 partygoers are expected to come to The Drive, decked out in their scariest and/or campiest Halloween costumes, ready to have an evening of fun! Wilton Drive is closed […]

Taste of the Island

The 9th Annual Taste of the Island

What better way to sample the best food and drinks South Florida has to offer than in one night, at one location, with all of your friends! The 9th Annual Taste of the Island event will bring together dozens of restaurants and bars to serve up their most popular fare on Monday, November 3, from […]

Halloween Events 2014

Scary and Fun Halloween Events Just for You!

Many people love Halloween: it’s a great time to dress up in scary costumes and wear ghoulish makeup, and perhaps most importantly, it’s a great time to play jokes on people and scare them half to death! If you’re in the mood to be scared, there are events in south and central Florida that will […]

LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month Profiles: Orlando Cruz & Billie Holiday

October is LGBT History Month. Each week throughout the month, Hotspots will be profiling two of the people named to Equality Forum’s LGBT History Month icon list, to showcase the great things LGBT people have done, and are doing. Orlando Cruz Orlando Cruz was born on July 1, 1981 in Yabucoa in southeastern Puerto Rico. […]

American Idol

Two American Idol Winners Perform in the Sunshine State

David Cook and Phillip Phillips Performances Start November 1 In 2008, David Cook was crowned American Idol after a nationwide vote. In 2012, the crown was placed on Phillip Phillips’s head. Both of these recording artists have enjoyed robust album and single sales in the years that followed, and this year both of them are […]

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle Tours the U.S. for the First Time

Four Stops in South and Central Florida November 1-5 Susan Boyle dreamed a dream and now she is living it. You might remember that she became famous worldwide in an instant back in 2009, when she auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent and the world fell in love with her flawless mezzo-soprano voice. Since then, she […]

Last Comic Standing

Last Comic Standing Tour Makes Two Stops in Florida

Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts October 28 and November 2 NBC’s top-rated television comedy competition show, Last Comic Standing, is launching a live tour, Last Comic Standing Live, and it’s making two stops in Florida. The first is at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Tuesday, October 28, at […]

Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli, Comedy’s “Queen of Mean,” Comes to Florida!

One Night Only at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater Saturday, November 8 Comedy’s lovable “Queen of Mean,” Lisa Lampanelli, is coming back to Florida! One year after she did a one-night-only show in Hollywood, she’s coming back, again for one night only, and this time in Central Florida. She will be performing her hilarious brand […]