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Orlando will be especially busy this week and next week. First, we welcome bears from across Florida and further afield for the Orlando Bear Bash at the DoubleTree by Hilton on International Drive from September 26-29.

WHAT’S HOT CENTRAL FLORIDA

everything you need to plan your week

by: Mike Halterman

Orlando will be especially busy this week and next week. First, we welcome bears from across Florida and further afield for the Orlando Bear Bash at the DoubleTree by Hilton on International Drive from September 26-29. Then, on October 1, John Waters will be appearing at The Abbey to kick off Come Out with Pride 2013. Be sure to get into the John Waters mood by attending Stonewall Bar’s “Cult and Kitsch” movie night (see the listings for September 30). Next week, Pride festivities will be in full swing, and I hope to see everyone out celebrating their pride at Lake Eola, Church Street, and other points across town. Lots of love to you all!

Thursday September 26

The excitement and decadence of Las Vegas is coming to Sawmill Resort in Dade City with their Sin City Gone Bad! weekend. Throughout the entire weekend, there will be Las Vegas-style entertainment, drag shows, casino games, and parties.

Friday September 27

Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and BarCodes Orlando is doing their part to help people be responsible and know their status. The Hope & Help Center will be on the premises between 9 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. to provide free and confidential HIV testing. There will also be condoms and other items given away during the event. It is important to know your status; get tested at BarCodes.

Andrew Christian model Topher DiMaggio already made his mark on Tampa, so it only makes whcf tophersense that this time he will grace his hotness on Orlando, and that he will do at Pulse’s Infusion Friday. DJ Power Infiniti will be in the main room and DJ Scott Robert will be in the Adonis Lounge where you can hear the house and pop hits of the ’80s and ’90s.

whcf krewellaEDM trio Krewella (Jahan, Yasmin and Kris) has just released their first CD for Columbia Records, called Get Wet. The single “Alive” from this album has already reached gold status and “Live for the Night” is climbing its way up the charts right now. Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa is having a CD release party for the group starting at 9 p.m. Different giveaways will be going on all night.

Saturday September 28

One of the performers I’ve been impressed with for years is Leigh Shannon. If you haven’t seen her Cabaret Dinner Show at Hamburger Mary’s Orlando yet, what’s keeping you? Get on down to Church Street and see her funny and fabulous show. Reserve your seat by calling (321) 319-0600. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m.!

Sunday September 29

whcf divabrunchJocelyn Summers heads up the new Diva Sunday Brunch at Hamburger Mary’s in Clearwater. It only started up at that location a couple of weeks ago, and I know Jocelyn is excited to impress the crowds just as she did in Ybor City. DJ Tony Waddell is in charge of music and showtimes are at 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m.; for reservations, call (727) 400-6996.

At Parliament House in Orlando, Fashionista Spectacular! is a red carpet event benefiting the Hope & Help Center. There will be a cocktail hour and silent auction at 2 p.m. and a fashion show plus entertainment at 3 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Darcel Stevens, Sassy Devine, Shantell D’Marco and Jazell Barbie Royale of the Footlight Players. Sponsored by Hardrive Productions and jmBEST Entertainment. Buy your tickets at parliamenthouse.com.

The Miss East Coast Large and Lovely pageant will be held at Chill Chamber in New Port Richey. Over $1400 in prizes are promised to the winner, as well as the chance to compete in the national Miss Large and Lovely Pageant. Chi Chi Lalique will be hosting, and there will be appearances by the outgoing Miss East Coast Large and Lovely, Nicolette Taylor Ashton; the current Miss Large and Lovely, Daphne Ferraro; and Miss Gay Florida USofA 2012 Anjila Cavalier. The pageant starts at 9 p.m.

Monday September 30

The Closet Ball pageant at Parliament House in Orlando starts at 9 p.m. Last year’s winner, Chavela Belleza, gives up her title to another man making a dramatic transformation into a glamorous woman. Contestants will be judged in presentation (topic: “male occupations”), evening whcf closetncultgown, and talent. Tickets are $12.

The Cult and Kitsch movie/cocktail shindig ends a month of John Waters films with Female Trouble at Stonewall Bar Orlando. The 1974 dark comedy stars none other than Waters’ muse, the late performer Divine. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. and there will be trivia, prizes, games, and more throughout the showing.

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