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I had an exciting time this past weekend! First, I got to meet three stars from the soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” I got to have lunch with the gorgeous Jess Walton, who plays Jill on the program. She was an absolute joy! I got to tell her a little about Hotspots as she signed a recent copy for me. Then I went to Liquid Tampa and saw Trinity K. Bonet‘s special guest appearance. The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star was tickled pink to hear that she was in our picture pages recently (as a boy, when RBARR opened in Orlando!). It’s weeks like these that give me life. Lots of love to you all!


Thursday August 21

Be here at Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg starting tonight for their 5th anniversary celebrations! Among other events, there will be an employee turnabout, a performance by Penny Tration from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season five on Friday, and a drag Olympics on Sunday! Rooms start at $55.55 a night! Call (727) 321-5000 to reserve your room.

Jim Encke, owner of City Side in Tampa, is going to jail (for a good cause)! He is participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Lock Up!” fundraiser. Help Jim pay his bail and cut him loose! His “bail money” will be donated to the MDA. You can donate by stopping by City Side, calling in a donation at (813) 350-0600, or going online to mdalockup.org/tampa2014.


Friday August 22

Fridays are a drag at Parliament House in Orlando! I am really loving this theme night. Recently I had the chance to meet Joslyn Fox and I loved every minute. Tonight, performing in two shows is the fan favorite drag queen from “RuPaul’s Drag Race season two, Pandora Boxx! She will be in the Footlight Players shows at 10 p.m. and midnight. DJ Scott Robert is playing your favorite hits until 3 a.m.!

Join the divas at Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa for a fabulous show this evening! The First Lady of Ybor, Joey Brooks, will be performing with fellow Bradley’s diva Esme Russell and special guest Crystle Chambers! Showtimes are at 11:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m., and remember, Bradley’s never charges cover!

whcf_1 copyThe Minx hosts Facebook Fridays at Hamburger Mary’s Orlando. It’s the only drag show where the audience chooses what numbers the queens will perform! There’s nothing like it in the state of Florida. Call ahead to reserve your table! (321) 319-0600


Saturday August 23

The show director at Club Main Street in Lakeland, Kathryn Nevets, recently won the title of Miss Comedy Queen! Be sure to congratulate her when you drop by and see her Saturday night show. The special guest is your reigning Miss Polk Pride, Jelitza Fearce! Showtime is at 11:30 p.m.

If you have Grindr on your phone, you’re in for a fun night at Parliament House in Orlando! When you enter, show that you have the Grindr app downloaded on your phone, and cover is all taken care of! Go on in and enjoy the hot guys, hot music, and one explosive party!

Here she is, our Miss Sawmill! Find out who will represent Sawmill proudly in the next year by attending the Miss Sawmill 2015 Pageant tonight in Dade City. Alexis Mateo will crown her successor at the end of this event. The winner will receive $1,000 in cash and prizes! The pageant starts promptly at 9 p.m.


Now wait just a minute…did you know that the owners of SAVOY Orlando celebrated two milestones recently? First, last week the Central Florida mainstay celebrated ten years in business! Congratulations guys! Be sure to stop by and enjoy a good drink and good company in the main bar, side bar, or the outside patio bar, SAVOY Depot.

Second, the owners of SAVOY have opened a neighborhood package shop and wine gallery, called Ivanhoe Wine and Spirits. Store hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. It’s located at 1909 N. Orange Avenue, just next door to SAVOY (at 1913 N. Orange).

For more information, visit savoyorlando.com and ivanhoewineandspirits.com.