The Equality Florida St. Petersburg Gala was absolutely breathtaking. Not only was its location, the Mahaffey Theater, a real gem, but the support for Edie Windsor and equality in our beautiful state was overwhelming. This coming week I am going to drop in on the people in Orlando for a well-deserved mingle and kiki! First I’m going to see Cher and then…who knows? I know two things though: I’m going to see lots of great people and have so much fun. Lots of love to you all!
Thursday May 15
Did you hear that Polk County has another gay bar? Club Main Street in downtown Lakeland makes three in the area between Tampa and Orlando, and I hear their recent grand opening celebrations made them the talk of the town! I’m just sad I didn’t get to go! Crystle Chambers hosts Take It Off Thursdays every Thursday, with an amateur strip contest starting at midnight. $200 in cash and prizes go to the winners! For more information on Club Main Street, visit facebook.com/ClubMainStreet.
Who didn’t love Jessica Wild from RuPaul’s Drag Race season two? I know I did, and I can’t wait to meet her when I go to Parliament House in Orlando this week! You can see her tonight with the Latin Divas at midnight, and then tomorrow night in two shows with the acclaimed Footlight Players at 10 p.m. and midnight!
The Backwoods Bears are back with another fun weekend at Sawmill Resort in Dade City! This weekend is called “Fur in the Forest” and starts out with a Bare As You Dare night tonight. A members-only bear dance party happens tomorrow night at 10 p.m., then a martini pool party and Dominique and Dede’s Drag Game Show on Saturday.
Friday May 16
Tell the truth! This is more than just a woman’s world tonight as Cher fans of every stripe make their way to the Amway Center in Orlando to see the legend as she makes a stop on her Dressed to Kill Tour! Opening for Cher is the inimitable and “so unusual” Cyndi Lauper! The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Afterwards, considering going over to the Parliament House for a special “Bears’ Night Out,” organized by Bears in the City. The Fast and the Furry-ous promises cute bears, fun, prizes, vendors, and live entertainment! Special hotel rates apply for Friday night if you mention Bears’ Night Out when reserving your room.
Saturday May 17
Leigh Shannon’s Cabaret Dinner Show is on tonight at Hamburger Mary’s Orlando, and if you haven’t seen her show yet, you are in for a seriously energetic performance and an all-around enjoyable experience! Call ahead because tables fill up fast! Be seated at 7:30 for her 8:30 show. (321) 319-0600
I made a friend in Apple Love when I used to see her show at Valentines Nightclub before it closed last year. Tonight she will be in two shows at Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa, alongside The First Lady of Ybor City, Joey Brooks, and the sultry Robyn Demornay. Showtimes are at 11:30 and 1:15! Show Joey, Robyn and Apple some love!
As if there weren’t enough love for the bears to go around this weekend, there is yet another event happening at Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, called the Bear Soup Mix. There is a “Showtime with Bears” drag show with two showings in the main bar, one at 10:30 p.m. and one at midnight.
World-renowned remixer and producer DJ Escape has come down from New York City to spin at GBar in Tampa for one night only! Doors open at 9 p.m. and GBar’s Saturday night DJ Bruce Devery will be playing the opening set. In addition to eight sexy dancers, there will also be a drag show at midnight with Amy Demilo, Alisa Summers and the rest of the show cast! No cover before 10.
Tuesday May 20
Central Florida’s newest Latin gay night, Tómalo Tuesdays, is finally here at The Brink in Orlando! Get there before 11 p.m. and you don’t have to pay a cover. A spicy Latin-themed drag show starts at 12:30 a.m. with Lisa Lane, Roxxxy Andrews, Maya Andrews, Sasha Colby and Lineysha Sparx.