We’re finally here! It’s the first week of the new year! Hopefully everyone’s holidays were as festive as mine were. I went to Pensacola to visit my family and had a great time. But I couldn’t leave for too long because there are too many exciting things going on in Central Florida! For a more in-depth New Year’s Eve party list, consult last week’s column. It was three pages long and full of where to go and where to play! (We left a few options in this issue too.) Happy New Year! Lots of love to you all!
Wednesday December 31
Florida’s Leading Lady, Leigh Shannon, is hosting a special Wednesday night/New Year’s Eve Cabaret Dinner Show at Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando’s Church Street Station. Leigh, Aysia Black, Betty Atchison, and a few other surprise guests will be performing your favorite celebrity illusions. Call ahead for reservations! (321) 319-0600.
Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa will be hosting a celebrity illusion revue on New Year’s Eve. There will be tributes to Cher, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Adele, and many more. The First Lady of Ybor City, Joey Brooks, will be paying homage to your favorite icons, alongside Felicity Lane, Beverly Wilde, and Ashlee Bangkx. Join them for one show to close out 2014 and for their very first show in the wee hours of 2015!
Parliament House in Orlando is bringing all six winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race to perform for their adoring fans! Join BeBe Zahara Benet, Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon and Bianca Del Rio for a special night you won’t soon forget! Showtimes are at 10 p.m. and just after midnight. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Visit parliamenthouse.com to buy your tickets online!
Thursday January 1
Happy New Year! Make it a great one!
Visit Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg and check out all the eye candy! What a great way to start the new year! In the Code: bar, tonight is underwear night. There will also be a sexy underwear contest, and the winner gets a $50 bar tab. Strut your stuff and let everyone see what you’ve got! Underwear night starts at 9 p.m.
Club Main Street in Lakeland has a big announcement to make. They are so happy that the community in Polk County has embraced them so much, and now they can serve them even better with a full liquor license! Visit them tonight and every night; they are open until 2 a.m.
Friday January 2
Let me introduce you to a new establishment that I talked about briefly last week. It’s called Dachshund’s Bar and Grill and it’s located in the Town ‘n’ Country area of west Tampa. Stephanie Shippae, former Miss Florida F.I., is the show director, and she hosts a drag show every Friday at 8:30, complete with music by DJ Jeffrey J. Grab a bite to eat and see a great show! Is karaoke your thing? Come back on Wednesdays for Rockin’ Ron Petty’s Karaoke Show, starting at 6 p.m.
Saturday January 3
Sawmill Resort in Dade City is starting off the new year on a very funny note with the Saturday Night Comedy Hour! Jeff Jones, Carol Lee and Addison Taylor are guaranteed to make you laugh until you cry. Don’t believe me? See them for yourself! Tonight at 8 p.m. at Woody’s Nightclub inside the campground.
Monday January 5
The Miss Forever Badd and Mr. GQ Pageant will be held this evening at Parliament House in Orlando, and your mistress of ceremonies will be Tanisha Iman. Sasha Colby and Artavian St. James will crown their successors at the end of this event. Over $2000 in cash and prizes will go to the winners! The pageant starts at 9 p.m.
Tuesday January 6
Hamburger Mary’s in Clearwater has started a new theme night called “Dining with the Divas.” It sounds exciting! First off, all the servers are drag queens. How cool is that? Expect impromptu song-and-dance numbers, live team trivia, and great food! Call ahead to make your reservation: (727) 400-6996.