January shaped up to be so fun for me! First I got to see two RuPaul’s Drag Race queens at Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater. Then I got to see one of my favorite comedians, Loni Love, at the Tampa Improv. When she called out for her “sugar sticks” (what she calls her gay fans), I waved my hands and shouted pretty loud! I was upstaged by about six other gay people sitting in the back though. It’s okay, I’m not mad. 😉 Then finally I got to go out to Orlando for my first What’s Hot trip over there in over two months! I got to go to Hamburger Mary’s Orlando, Parliament House, and a couple of other places…but those are stories you’ll get to hear about in full next week! Don’t forget to send your favorite nightlife photos to firstname.lastname@example.org! Lots of love to you all!
Thursday January 23
Looking forward to Sawmill Resort’s Bare As You Dare events? The Dade City campground won’t disappoint you this week, with a special pool party this evening. The special guest this weekend, called “Underwear Weekend in the Woods,” is Andrew Christian model Topher DiMaggio!
Alexis de la Mer wants you to come on down to Ybor City Social Club for Gay College Night, which she hosts every week (come back on February 13 for her one-year anniversary!). On the agenda this evening is a drag show around 11:45 and a booty shake contest at 12:30. The winner gets a bar tab!
Are you a Heather or a Veronica? Whichever one you are, go to BarCodes Orlando and dress up in your raddest ’80s gear for their party “Heather Strikes Back,” starting at 8 p.m. Hot men, cool music, funny videos…apart from bringing Gary Coleman back from the dead, what else would you want from an ’80s re-creation?
Friday January 24
DJ Hector Fonseca and the dancers from Matinee Las Vegas will be invading The Honey Pot in Tampa for their fun pre-Gasparilla-themed event Divas on the High Seas. Also enjoy a pirate-themed show by Amy Demilo and show cast as well as the opening set by DJ Charles Machado. Doors open at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover before 10:30!
Across the Bay there is another pre-Gasparilla party, this one at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg. This one asks everyone to dress up in their best “pirate” garb, and the winner will get a $100 cash prize! Come on down to the Flamingo after 9 p.m. for the party.
Silkie O’Hara Munro is the special guest at Revolution Nightclub‘s Winter Bling, a night showcasing the talents of the Ladies of the Majestic Theater. Lisa Lane, Maya Andrews, Chevelle Brooks, and Miss Silkie promise to bring an exciting show that will keep everyone in Orlando on the edge of their seats! Shows go on at 11 and 12:30.
Saturday January 25
Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa is starting the new year by moving its talent to new nights, and they’ve also installed a new show director, Dena Cass. Dena will be hosting Saturday night’s diva review and will perform with her new Saturday cast, consisting of Esme Russell, Amanda D’Rhod and Alexis Mateo. Shows start at 8:30 and 10:00, call ahead for reservations.
“Purple,” a fundraiser for The Trevor Project, returns to Parliament House in Orlando for the third straight year. Internationally-renowned DJ Oren Nizri will be spinning some great music, alongside the talented resident DJ Brianna Lee. Please wear something purple.
Tuesday January 28
As you may have seen in this week’s magazine, Once is coming to Florida! There will be six nights of performances of the Tony Award-winning musical, starting tonight at 8 p.m at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando. Check orlando.broadway.com for extra weekend matinee times.
Wednesday January 29
Hump day can take a lot out of a person, and I don’t even mean in the dirty way! If you’re looking to unwind and enjoy a fun show in the company of good drinks and good friends, Georgie’s Alibi in St. Petersburg hosts Cocktails & Queens, starring Kori Stevens. Get here early, chill out, and stay for the show at 10:30.