Saturday, April 29
The Pro Shop Pub is set to make LGBTQ history when the business celebrates its 41st anniversary (located at the same downtown Clearwater Cleveland Street location since 1976). The Pro Shop Pub is the longest continuously-owned LGBT establishment in the state of Florida. It is open daily from noon until 3 a.m. The big anniversary celebration takes place from 9 p.m. till 3 a.m. and is hosted by emcee Bob Moore. The night’s activities feature female impersonator Imani Valentino, dancers, contests, collectable giveaways, and more. As always, never a cover charge. For more information call them at 727-447-4259 or visit: ProShopPub.us
Tuesday, May 2
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” plays at the Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center from today through May 7. Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production is directed by Tony Award Winner Bartlett Sher, and won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, “The King and I” boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Tickets start at $58 at StrazCenter.org.
Thursday, May 4
The IGLTA Annual Global Convention takes place today through Saturday at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club (501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg). The IGLTA Annual Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBT tourism professionals. The 34th edition of the conference will connect gay, lesbian and gay friendly travel and tourism suppliers and buyers through its hosted buyer and scheduled appointment program, numerous educational workshops and networking receptions. For more information or to register, go to IGLTA.org
Friday, May 5
Wena’s Nightclub and Show Bar presents Stacy Layne Matthews from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season three tonight and tomorrow, as part of their Cinco De Mayo Weekend extravaganza.
Orlando Ballet presents “A Cinderella Story” from today through May 7 at the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center. Remember when families gathered around the television set on a Saturday night? That era, the 1950’s, is the setting for Val Caniparoli’s “A Cinderella Story,” a retro retelling of everybody’s favorite fairy tale. Experience a unique take on the age-old story complete with vintage couture-inspired costumes, electric choreography melded with Richard Rodgers’ music, all arranged for a live jazz orchestra by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley, with live music from the Central Florida Community Arts Big Band. Tickets start at $35 at DrPhillipsCenter.org
Tuesday, May 9
Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando presents “Matilda the Musical” at the Dr. Phillips Center at the Walt Disney Theater from today until May 14. Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, “Matilda the Musical” is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda” continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and London’s West End. In Matilda Wormwood’s world, awful adults call their children “maggots.” The adults are not much better, being themselves mostly “assorted fools,” “idiots” and “nincompoops.” And they all speak lightning-fast, with accents. If you’d like to enhance your appreciation of Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s award-winning book and lyrics, consider utilizing one of their FREE Assisted Listening Devices found at our Concierge Desk. Tickets start at $33.75 at DrPhillipsCenter.org
Thursday, May 11
The 8th Annual Harvey Milk Festival (HMF) will take place starting today through May 13, concluding an 11-band concert at Five Points Park in historic downtown Sarasota. The mission of HMF is to honor and celebrate the life of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office, by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists who support diversity and reject discrimination. Prior HMF artists include PWR BTTM, Slow Magic, Ghost Beach, Bright Light Bright Light, French Horn Rebellion, Breton, and Millionyoung. Visit Harveymilkfestival.org for more info.
Tampa International Fringe Festival, Tampa’s first ever un-juried, open-access fringe theatre festival is coming to historic Ybor City. This year’s festival will feature almost 100 performances of exciting, original, experimental work created by more than twenty companies from all around the world in four fantastic venues across four days: Today through May 14. For more information, go to: Tampafringe.org/tiff/
Friday, May 12
The Center Orlando presents their annual Diversity Honors, recognizing those who have gone above and beyond in the pursuit of LGBTQ equality. The event takes place at Orchid Garden at Church Street Station (126 West Church Street) from 7-11 p.m. and is hosted by Scott Maxwell (Orlando Sentinel Columnist) with special remarks by Stuart Milk (Harvey Milk’s nephew and founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation). The night will honor: Lifetime Achievement Award – Lt. Jim Young, Orlando Police Department and OPD LGBT Liaison; LGBT Ally Award – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs; LGBT Ally Award – Orlando City Soccer Club; and
Champion of Equality Award – Barbara Poma, Owner, Pulse Nightclub. Tickets are $125 per person or a table of 10 for $1500 and are available by visiting TheCenterOrlando.org/events.
Saturday, May 13
The 2nd annual Gluten Free + Healthy Lifestyles Expo [GFHLX] takes place at the
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium (801 N Tamiami Trail) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The event’s focus is healthy lifestyles – whether that’s through nutrition, sleep, exercise or play. This is also a great place to learn how to live gluten free and love it! They will feature sample products, coupons, informative classes and demos, along with hundreds of people living the gluten free lifestyle. It’s a fun, family-friendly, educational event with over 50 exhibitors and respected guest speakers. Tickets are $10 at the door (cash or check) with Student tickets under 18 are $5 and children under 12 are free. For more information, go to: GlutenFreeLifestyles.org/contact.htm
Tuesday, May 16
Julianne and Derek Hough present “Move Beyond – Live On Tour” at the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m. Superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough will star in their own all-new dance production. MOVE Beyond – Live on Tour will be a complete stage production, with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers, with the Houghs headlining in solo, duet and group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in-between. Tickets start at $55 at DrPhillipsCenter.org
Thursday May 18
BayWatch Boys Party at Southern Nights Orlando takes place from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., where Kitana Gemini presents a night of sensual eye candy as some of Central Florida’s Hottest go-go dancers take center stage and provide a sexy atmosphere for everyone. The night will also feature two Drag Shows at 10:30 and 12:30, a hottest body contest and it’s also a movie release party for the Baywatch movie coming out on Friday, May 26.
Flamingo Resort presents Bear Soup Mix 2017 from today until Sunday May 21 which will includes Underwear Night in Code Bar, Drag Queen Bingo, Bear Soup Mixer, Country Line dancing, Bear and Leather Party, Bear and Leather tents, Bears in Drag, Bear soup party, Mr. Bear Soup Contest. The parties end with Flamingos famous tea dance pool party. For more information visit BearSoupTampa.com.
Friday May 19
Parliament House presents the legendary Lady Bunny, who brings her hilarious one woman show to the Footlight Theatre today and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $25 with VIP tickets at $40. Both can be purchased at Phouse.Ticketleap.com.
Saturday, May 20
The original Jersey Boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles of unforgettable tunes like “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ’63 – Oh What a Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and of course, “Grease.” His songs have been omnipresent in iconic movies such as “The Deer Hunter,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Conspiracy Theory,” and “The Wanderers.” As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Mr. Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover. Catch him tonight in Sarasota at the Van Weisel Performing Arts Hall with tickets staring at $86 (VanWeisel.org), and tomorrow night, Sunday May 21, at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando with tickets starting at $59 (DrPhillipsCenter.org).
Monday, May 22
The Parliament House presents Miss Orlando F.I., an official preliminary to Miss Florida F.I. The night will honor the current reigning Miss Florida F.I. and P House cast member Shantell D’Marco. Categories include Swimwear, Evening Gown, Talent and Q&A. Entry fee is $100, but includes a free hotel room at P House. The winner receives $300 plus a state prize package, and the first runner up receives $100 and a state prize package. Pageant begins at 9 p.m. and admission is only $12. For more information contact Darcel at 407-252-8129.
Friday, May 26
The Parliament House presents Leslie Jordan in the Footlight Theatre in his new show: “Naked.” The show play tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. For tickets go to StageLeftShows.com.
Saturday, May 27
Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Called “the Streisand of her generation” by The Denver Post, Menzel has captivated audiences at sold-out concerts around the world with her irresistible charm, wit and unparalleled vocal prowess. Throughout the tour, Menzel will lead audiences through a special journey of songs from “Idina,” as well as other classic pop, musical theater favorites and her own personal catalogue. Ticket start at $116 at VanWeisel.org.
Sunday, May 28
Daphne Ferraro and the Flamingo Resort present “The Evolution of Drag; Drag through the Decades.” This will be a magical trip down memory lane through the eyes of a drag queen featuring 10 of Tampa’s favorite female impersonators. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. with reserved seating $15 ($20 at door if available) by emailing EvolutionofDrag@gmail.com
As part of Orlando Fringe, Savoy presents “Brunch at Savoy with Ms. Fringe.” The event starts at 11 a.m. and features catering by Dubsdread. The $29.99 (in advance at Eventbrite.com) buffet includes: a carving station, an omelet station, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, assorted Danishes, assorted desserts, bloody Mary bar, mimosas, and two free drinks as well as a show at 12:30 p.m. hosted by Orlando’s Queen of Frings, Chantel Reshae.
Tuesday, May 30
“Finding Neverland” plays at the Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center starting today through June 4. “Finding Neverland” is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical! Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Tickets start at $31 at StrazCenter.org