Happy New Year! We ran a layout this week asking people what their new year’s resolutions are. My resolution isn’t exactly one that I made at New Year’s, but one I made shortly after my birthday back in November. Over the next two years, I want to lose a grand total of 200 pounds and get to a manageable, healthy weight. I quit smoking in 2013 and I know that in 2014 and 2015 I can get fit. If I can kick a habit like smoking, I can do anything. So far I’ve lost 15 pounds, and I am excited to continue my endeavor. With that being said, I wish everyone luck on their resolutions, and without further ado, I give you the first Central Florida listings of the year. Lots of love to you all!
Thursday January 2
We start out 2014 with a bar opening! A gay bar comes to Orlando’s suburbs with the opening of Fluid Bar and Nightclub. Located at 190 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Longwood, they promise that there will be specialty nights, karaoke, weekend DJs, and more! It’s just a ten-minute drive from Orlando in Seminole County. They are open seven days a week, starting at 3 p.m.
Still recuperating from a “too fun” New Year’s? Sawmill Resort in Dade City presents a New Year’s Recovery weekend, with a 50% discount on all cabins, a bingo night with a $250 jackpot, and a comedy show featuring a contest for best joke. The deals are good through Sunday.
Hotspots was honored to have been invited to the media day for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Present LEGENDS a few weeks back at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Now opening night is here! Shows run from January 2 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum; for various other daytime performances, check tampabaytimesforum.com for showtimes. They move on to the Amway Center in Orlando on January 9 and stay in town until the 12th.
Friday January 3
At the age of 88, B.B. King is still singing the blues, accompanied by his trusty guitar Lucille. He will be entertaining Central Florida crowds at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando for one night only; showtime is 8 p.m.
Saturday January 4
Inaugurating The Mix Saturdays at Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater is special guest Latrice Royale, direct from South Florida and RuPaul’s Drag Race season four. DJ and Diva Power Infiniti will provide the music and a fun performance, and Robyn Demornay will be on hand to perform with Latrice. Reserve your seats by calling (727) 400-6996.
The very first Illusions in Revue shows of 2014, starring fan favorite performer Leigh Shannon, will start at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s Orlando. Leigh is well-known for her Bette Midler impersonation, and her supporting cast will delight crowds with other assorted celebrity impersonations. Featuring Aysia Black, Crystle Chambers, Page King, and more! Reserve your seats by calling (321) 319-0600.
Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg will put on its first Royal Players Show of the year, starring Tiffany McCray, Summer Alexander, Felicity Lane, Kamden Cass, and featuring an appearance by the current reigning Mr. Flamingo! Showtime is at 11 p.m.
Jinkx Monsoon, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season five, comes to Central Florida for one night only and will star in the hilarious off-Broadway show The Vaudevillians. The show must go on promptly at 7:30! For general admission and VIP meet and greet tickets, buy them at wanzie.com. She will also be joining the acclaimed Footlight Players for two shows at 10 p.m. and midnight.
Sunday January 5
I’ve promoted the Orlando drag brunch already, but I’ve never had the chance to tell you about the Sunday brunch over at Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa! Enjoy the all you can eat buffet and the special 1:30 p.m. show, featuring Esme Russell, Iman, and special guests that change weekly! To reserve a table, call (813) 241-6279.
Tuesday January 7
Tuesdays are rated XXX at Liquid Tampa! Starting tonight and running every Tuesday, the special guests will include adult movie stars and some hot go-go boys dancing on the bar! Prizes and giveaways by the theme night’s sponsor, Fleshlight. Music by DJ Greg Anderson.