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HI everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Arica Love and I am so excited to be bringing you Hotspots’ newest column, What’s Hot Central Florida. First let me tell you a little bit about myself. I work for Florida Entertainment Group and I am a proud member of the GaYbor Coalition. I have entertained for many years and have performed at many clubs in Central Florida. In addition, I am friends with many of the top entertainers in Central Florida, who I will count on to get me all the information I need to let you know What’s Hot!

 

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HI everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Arica Love and I am so excited to be bringing you Hotspots’ newest column, What’s Hot Central Florida. First let me tell you a little bit about myself. I work for Florida Entertainment Group and I am a proud member of the GaYbor Coalition. I have entertained for many years and have performed at many clubs in Central Florida. In addition, I am friends with many of the top entertainers in Central Florida, who I will count on to get me all the information I need to let you know What’s Hot!

whatshotc3Thursday, March 4th

Starting today and going through March 14th will be the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant city. For more info visit FLStrawberry.com

Yoga Fundamentals, a GLBT friendly event, starts today at 7:15 pm and is a 4 week series at the Lotus Pond (6201 Lynn Rd, Tampa).Yoga fundamentals is an ongoing 4 week series designed to help you deepen your understanding of the postures, develop greater flexibility and strength and to awaken the mind-body connection. For more information call 813-961-3160 or go to SacredTremor.com You can pre-register at YogaLotusRoom.com

Revolution Nightclub presents Twisted Disney 2, the Wonderland Edition Cast Party with special guests Kitana and Axel Infiniti with a $100 cash wonderland costume contest and no cover for theme park employees or students with college ID until midnight. Also starting that night in the Majestic Theatre is Stage Fright Amateur Talent Contest hosted by Shantell D’Marco and Josephine Andrews. Showtime is 10 pm, but contestants must sign up by 9:30 pm.

whatshotc4Friday, March 5th

Steam Fridays at the Honey Pot in association with Hotspots Magazine and Florida Entertainment Group, presents DJ Manny Lehman spinning to the hottest beats with shows by the Steam Girls. Join Mark and Carrie of MC Film Fest and all the dignitary’s of GaYbor at what is sure to be a fabulous event.

7th Annual National Gay Biker Week at the Parliament House starts tonight and goes through Sunday. The Florida Stonewall Knights Motorcycle Riders will meet for a weekend of show and tell that includes a motorcycle show in the courtyard with plenty of the men that ride them. If you got one, this would be a good weekend to ride your bike and join them!

Revolution Nightclub presents, one night only from 6 to 10 pm, time to laugh, sing and drink with the one woman show of Carmella Marcella Garcia.

Saturday, March 6th

The Parliament House presents their annual Mardi Gras celebration. Susan has really gone out with lots of elaborate floats, costumes and the King and Queen of Mardi Gras will be in rare form. The parade will start at 11:30 pm and lead into a very special Mardi Gras show by the Footlight Players on the pool stage. The Courtyard will be jumping with Mardi Gras festivities – expect thousands of beads, body painting, tattoos and more! Parade floats of every description wind through the courtyard along with 100 costumed parade performers including stilt walkers, female impersonators, hunky men, sexy women, a Chinese dragon, fortune tellers and vendors. At 8 pm they will feature master hypnotist Jon Simon. Admission to Jon’s show is only $10 and includes cover into the club. For more information on this yearly extravaganza visit ParliamentHouse.com

whatshotc5The 21st Annual Abilities Wine Tasting & Silent Auction takes place at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg from 6 to 9 pm. This is Florida’s longest-running and most prosperous one-night wine and food event

Sunday, March 7th

Tampa Theatre’s (711 N Franklin Street) 11th Annual Oscar Night Party starts at 6:30 pm with the red carpet festivities and reception followed at 8 pm with the live telecast of the Academy Awards hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Celebrating the movies has never been so much fun! What to wear? Try funky Hollywood glitz, movie-themed or movie-inspired costumes, Hollywood glamour, movie star hip casual or whatever. Just be comfortable! Admission includes complimentary popcorn, soda, coffee and food and wine samples from area restaurants. There will also be a cash bar. For more info call the 24-hour program information line 813-274-8981.

Tuesday, March, 9th

Tampa Bay Business Guild’s next monthly meeting takes place at the Howard Johnson Plaza in downtown (111 W. Fortune St). Join the Tampa Bay Business Guild for their dinner meeting with Miguel Santana, a well known author. The Tampa Bay Business Guild began over 27 years ago and is the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce serving both sides of Tampa Bay. In addition to their monthly dinner meeting, they host various activities including an annual business expo, monthly social gatherings and an annual directory.

whatshotc6Wednesday, March 10th

Godspell is playing at the David A. Straz, Jr Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center)in the Jaeb Theater at 7:30 pm. Godspell is a 1970 musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals.

 

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To Your Health – Dr. Max Zaslavsky

 

Upon sitting down with Dr. Max Zaslavsky we had an immediate bond, not only because of his inviting smile but because we both received our graduate degrees from the same university, and are also both from Brooklyn, NY. “Dr. Max” is friendly, charming, and easy to talk to, which are three key ingredients that are important when you are looking for a dentist. After chatting about our university days and growing up in the NY area, it was a pleasure to conduct this one on one interview with a dentist that truly cares about his patients.

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