As we approach the end of the year, we also approach a milestone for Hotspots: our 30th anniversary. In next week’s magazine, you’ll see and read lots of cool things we’ve dug out of the Hotspots vault, and you’ll see how far we’ve come as a community in the last 30 years. As for this week, we have quite a few exciting things going on in Central Florida, including fundraisers, live shows, galas…not to mention the fun entertainment that brings you out to party week after week. Remember, there’s now less than a month before Christmas so get to shopping! Lots of love!

Thursday December 3

Southern Nights Tampa‘s Campus Thursdays are gaining a very big following, and I can see why: there are lots of sexy go-go dancers, a strip contest with $100 in cash and prizes to be won, and a midnight drag show featuring your hostesses, Alexis de la Mer and Angelique Young. Music by DJ Ryan Weiss. There is no cover for people 21 and up.


Friday December 4

After weeks of sneak peeks, Revere on International Drive in Orlando will finally be celebrating their grand opening! Doors will open at 8 p.m., and afterwards opening hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. For more information on Revere, “like” them on Facebook at

Liquid Tampa presents their muy picante theme night Candela Fridays, hosted by Lady Janet and Dulce Andrews. This night is all about having a good time, and you’ll love watching the go-go dancers and dancing to some of the hottest salsa and merengue this side of 7th Avenue (courtesy of DJ Mike El Bori). There’s no cover before 10 p.m. for people over 21.


Saturday December 5

Ever wanted to know what Christmas was like in the days before automobiles and air conditioning? Christmas in the Country will take place in the Cracker Country area at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Learn how Floridians celebrated Christmas at the turn of the 20th century. Admission is $7 and the exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check out Leigh Shannon‘s final Illusions in Revue show of the year at Hamburger Mary’s Orlando! Leigh and her friends impersonate your favorite celebs, like Bette, Cher, Reba, Patti, Lady Gaga, and more! Reserve your table for 7:30 p.m. by calling (321) 319-0600.

Wanzie presents his Christmas show, Orange Blossom Trail “Living Nativity” Christmas Spectacular!, at Parliament House Orlando tonight and for the next two Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. The production will star Doug Ba’aser and will feature surprise guest stars! To buy tickets, visit, or buy at the door ($20). Stay around to see the entire Parliament House courtyard lit up in festive holiday ornamentation! The Central Florida Sounds of Freedom will perform, and Santa will make a very special visit!

Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg will also be lighting up their courtyard in festive holiday colors. Join the Flamingo family for their holiday lights ceremony at 10 p.m., followed by a drag show hosted by Iman in the main bar.


Sunday December 6

MAC Cosmetics Orlando and Parliament House Orlando present a World AIDS Day gala, When Benefits Collide, which will benefit The Center. For a $10 donation, partygoers will get the chance to mingle at a cocktail reception and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will be a raffle and show, and the proceeds raised will also go to The Center. The event starts at 9 p.m. in the Footlight Theatre.

Enjoy a mix of yesterday’s music and today’s at Evolve Sunday at Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa! DJ Steve Vaughn will spin your favorite hits from the ’80s, ’90s, 2000s, and today from 6 p.m. to midnight. He’s set up in the dance bar so head on over and hear all of your favorite songs on the dance floor.


Tuesday December 8

Tuesday night is bear night at Hank’s Bar in Orlando. The evening is hosted by the very attractive Spike, and there will be a pool tournament going on this evening if anyone would like to compete. The fun starts at 8 p.m.