Hello, Hotspots Central readers! Welcome once again to the What’s Hot column, where we keep you in the loop with lots of important nightlife events in Tampa Bay, Orlando, and points in between. We’re also your connection to many activities and events organized by local LGBT service organizations and chambers of commerce. Want to know What’s Hot in December? Read more and find out!
Sunday January 1
Come on out for the first tea dance of 2017 at Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg. The dance party will be going on all day, with music by DJ Johnny Cruz and DJ Reagan. Also, enjoy the go-go dancers, the drag queen Olympics, and pool games from 3 to 5 p.m. with Jaeda Fuentes. Want to reserve a room for the night? Call the Flamingo directly at (727) 321-5000.
Tuesday January 3
The Citrus Club (255 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando) is hosting a fundraiser mixer called Cocktails for a Cause, which will benefit Two Spirit Health Services. Your donation entry (ranging from $10 for members to $20 for non-members at the door) entitles you to free hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. For more information on advance ticket purchases, visit citrusclubyeb.com. The mixer begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dress code is business casual.
Wednesday January 4
Enigma in St. Petersburg continues its talent contest night in January, with Jaeda Fuentes once again serving as hostess! The show begins at 11 p.m. and $175 in cash and prizes will be given out to participants, including the week’s winner. Can’t come tonight? The contests will be held every Wednesday this month. Don’t be shy: if you think your talent can entertain a crowd, you should enter!
Friday January 6
NeiBEARhood Takeover celebrates its fifth anniversary tonight at Southern Nights Tampa! This special night (doors open at 9 p.m.) will feature adult film star Deviant Otter as the guest of honor! Stay for the NeiBEARhood new dancer contest beginning at 1 a.m., sponsored by Hamburger Mary’s Pub House. Music by DJ Rob.
Saturday January 7
Party this weekend and do your part to end bullying at the same time! Parliament House Orlando presents “Purple!”: wear purple and drink purple all night long. Cover is $10 and proceeds raised this evening will benefit The Trevor Project. Axel Andrews will join the Footlight Players for two shows, at 10 p.m. and midnight. Music by DJ Power Infiniti and DJ Brianna.
Monday January 9
“Florida’s Leading Lady”, Leigh Shannon, is taking her show Illusions in Revue out on the road again! Tonight she will be performing at the Savannah Theater in The Villages as Bette Midler, and she will be bringing her friends who will also serve you fierce celebrity impersonations! To get your tickets, visit leighshannon.com.
Tuesday January 10
Check out Hamburger Mary’s Pub House’s new trivia night, “100 People Said”! The games begin at 8 and 9 p.m., and are modeled after the popular TV show “Family Feud”. It’s free to play, and $25 in prizes are given out to winners every hour! Service industry workers get extra points. For more information, call (813) 248-5777.
Wednesday January 11
Chhoy Sutimek presents Punk + Privilege, a fierce club experience you won’t soon forget, at Lux Downtown St. Pete. Kori Stevens and Miah VanCartier are your show hosts (showtime 11:30 p.m.), with Conundrum and Adriana Sparkles appearing as featured performers. Music by DJ Power Infiniti. There is no cover charge. For VIP reservations, call (727) 316-4203.
Friday January 13
Do you love the ’80s? I know I do! Sawmill Resort in Dade City is hosting an “I Love the ’80s Throwback Weekend”, starting today and featuring amazing costume contests, drag shows, and great ’80s music! Day and evening passes are available. Want to stay longer and reserve a cabin? Call them directly at (352) 583-0664.
Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg hosts “Deviants Den” Weekend, presented by Fantasy Fetish Fest, starting today and going on through Sunday. Attendees can enjoy events this weekend such as fetish bingo, live demos, a kinky cocktail social, and beer bust social areas each night. If you’d like to reserve your room, mention promo code “DD17” when you call (727) 321-5000 or visit flamingofla.com.
Saturday January 14
Tribeca Color Salons, The RITZ Ybor and SQUARE ONE Events present Cocktails and Couture 2017: A Fashion Odyssey. The popular Ybor City event will begin tonight at 7 p.m. when the doors open at The RITZ Ybor, and fashion shows will be presented at 8 and 10. Participants will include Elizabeth Carson Racker, Halle Elizabeth, Juliet Retro, and more. There will be three rooms of art and fashion to peruse as well. To purchase tickets, visit cxc2017.eventbrite.com.
Sunday January 15
Dumarr International Pageant Systems presents the 2017 Dumarr International M.I. and Femme pageants. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Southern Nights Orlando. Judged categories include interview, presentation, creative talent, and formal wear. If you are interested in entering the pageant, call Goldie Buchanan at (404) 202-7947.
Skin Tampa presents their semi-annual Full Nude Male Revue night. Doors open at 9 p.m., and remember that it isn’t just a stage show: the men are also available for private dances and champagne rooms. Tickets are $15 for men. Want a $5 off coupon? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a free shuttle to and from Liquid Tampa throughout the night.
It’s here, for one night only! Resurrection’s Retro Reunion will take things back in time at Southern Nights Tampa. Partygoers will take a journey back to the dark dance hits of yesterday, like ’80s new wave, darkwave, post punk, goth, industrial, synthpop, and ’90s alternative. The party is hosted by DJ Nemesis. Doors open at 9 p.m.!
Friday January 20
Hamburger Mary’s Orlando hosts Facebook Fridays, Florida’s first interactive drag show! The queens won’t know which number you selected for them until the music starts playing! Anything can happen when fierce and funny queens like The Minx, Nicky Monet and Aysia Black are put on the spot! Seating begins at 7:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 8:30. To reserve your table, call (321) 319-0600.
Saturday January 21
The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce holds its yearly awards gala, called “Diamonds in Diversity”, tonight at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. A VIP reception for sponsors will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by general admission at 7:30. To purchase tickets, go online to diversitytampabay.org.
Sunday January 22
Join Miss Tampa Pride 2016 Alexis Mateo as she crowns the next Miss Tampa Pride! Honey Pot hosts the pageant, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; if you’d like to attend and support Tampa Pride, visit tampapride.org. For interested participants, the entry fee is $100 and paid bookings are guaranteed for the winner.
Wednesday January 25
Balance Tampa Bay hosts its first social of the year this evening. Learn more about the organization and how you can support their charitable works in the community. The event will be held at Sea Salt St. Pete (153 2nd Ave. N.) from 6 to 8 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be served. Visit facebook.com/balancetampabay for more information.
Thursday January 26
If you’re a fan of Wicked, you’ll need to come to The Abbey in Orlando for “Wicked After Dark”, a fundraiser for The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. There is a VIP reception beginning at 8:30 p.m., featuring former Wicked star and recording artist Rachel Potter, with her band Steel Union. Then, at 10 p.m., after the show is over at the Dr. Phillips Center, the current cast will perform numbers from the show. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for VIP. To learn more, visit facebook.com/thecenterorlando.
Friday January 27
Florida Leather and Fetish Pride Weekend begins today and goes on through Sunday at Sawmill Resort in Dade City. Come spend the weekend with like-minded kinky individuals! There will be a dungeon, vendors, demos, a fox hunt, and more! Reserve your cabin by going to flsawmill.com.
Saturday January 28
The Gulf Coast girls invade the Space Coast for a special Spectacular Saturdays show at The Ultra Lounge in Cocoa. Ava DeAmor and De Delovely will perform for the Brevard LGBT crowd at 11:30 this evening. As always, The Ultra Lounge never has a cover. For more information, call (321) 690-0096.