One thing I love about working for Hotspots is that I get to travel. Recently I took a trip over to Orlando for Parliament House’s 39th anniversary, and I had the best time! I loved meeting “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni Joslyn Fox and BeBe Zahara Benet, and seeing Shangela for the second time! I also had a great time at Hamburger Mary’s Orlando. I dropped in on The Minx and Leigh Shannon‘s shows and both of them know how to keep crowds energized! Now, on to this week’s events. Lots of love to you all!
Thursday August 14
The Store @ BarCodes carries a wide selection of novelty items for your pleasure and enjoyment. The store is open from noon until 2 a.m., the exact same hours as the bar that houses it! So remember next time you stop by BarCodes in Orlando, make time to see their store and buy yourself something nice!
Have you ever wanted to drop by the Ybor Resort and Spa in Tampa but haven’t worked up the nerve yet? College Night Thursdays may be a good time to go. Membership fees are waived every Thursday after 5 p.m. if you are under 25 or you hold a school ID (yes, that includes faculty and staff)!
The performers at Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa and Clearwater have snatched quite a few titles between them. Did you know that Trinity Taylor recently won the National Entertainer of the Year pageant? Be sure to see her tonight at Hamburger Mary’s in Clearwater in a stunning show hosted by Alicia Markstone! Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.
Friday August 15
RBARR in Orlando is now reinventing itself as Southern Nights, bringing the storied name back to the Milk District. The grand opening is tonight; if you’d like more information, please call (407) 412-5039.
Sing your heart out at karaoke this evening at Stonewall Bar Orlando! Start off your night right by checking in at Stonewall early, at 6:30 p.m., for Fearless Friday Karaoke, hosted by Scott Carter! Pick a song to sing or just sit back with a cocktail and listen to your friends hit it out of the park.
Direct from Las Vegas, the celebrated Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry will be performing tonight at Parliament House in Orlando! He will be featured in the acclaimed Footlight Players’ shows at 10 p.m. and midnight. Music by DJ Scott Robert. No cover before 11 p.m.!
Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa hosts another fun weekend of drag shows starting tonight as the First Lady of Ybor, Joey Brooks, welcomes with her to the stage Esme Russell and Mercedes Deveraux. Tomorrow night, Joey will be performing alongside Josephine Andrews and Dulce Andrews. Showtimes on both nights are at 11:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m., and remember, Bradley’s never charges cover!
Saturday August 16
Last week you may have read my story on Fashionista and Vegas Night, two fundraisers at Parliament House that will be benefiting the Hope and Help Center. I’m here to remind you to attend both and support the work Hope and Help does across Central Florida. Tickets for Fashionista cost $10 and the event starts at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by a fashion show and entertainment at 7. Stay around for Vegas Night, in which Parliament House is turned into a Vegas-style casino! Featured entertainment for the evening includes performances by Derrick Barry and Brooke Lynn Hytes.
Power Infiniti’s “Kingdom” events have been bringing internationally known DJs and producers to Liquid Tampa, and tonight might be one of their biggest nights yet as Oren Nizri takes over the DJ booth for a night of sick beats you won’t soon forget! The opening set will be played by Liquid’s own Greg Anderson, and Conundrum will be your hostess! There is no cover before 10 p.m.
Enjoy a late night pool party tonight at Sawmill Resort in Dade City! This weekend’s theme is “Mansplash,” so trust me when I say people have been waiting for this pool party! First Dominique and Dede’s Drag Game Show starts at 8:30 p.m., followed by a dance party at 10, and then the pool party starts! Find a wet, hot man of your own this weekend at Sawmill.