Chelsea Handler
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The first weekend in June is affectionately known as Gay Disney weekend with major events taking place from One Magical Weekend and Gay Days. For more information see the expanded feature in this month’s mag or go to: OneMagicalWeekend.com or Gaydays.com. In addition, for our gay sisters, check out Girlsinwonderland.com. 
Friday, June 1
Stonewall Bar Orlando in association with Navada present “The Blackout Rave” with co-host Lacie Browning. The night features DJ Egho as well as a body paint contest, a twerk off, and drag performances. There is a $10 cover after 8pm. 
Saturday, June 2
Neema’s Upscale Latin night, Amor, at Stonewall Orlando presents live in concert at 12am, the iconic legend Iris Chacon. In addition there will be performances by Nouba Soleil, Lisa Lane, Rochelle Mon Cheri, Angelica Sanchez, Yeisa Jovavich, and Aaliyah Valentino.
Amalie Arena presents Shania Twain, in her global tour for her album “Now.” In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2018, Global superstar Shania Twain has announced that she will hit the road next year in support of her new album, NOW. Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time Tickets start at $36 at amaliearena.com.
Tuesday, June 5
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presents Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour from today until June 10. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love. Tickets start at $34 at Drphillipscenter.org. 
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents the return of“The Sound of Music” starting today and going through June 10. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Tickets start at $31 at StrazCenter.org. 
Wednesday, June 6
Southern Nights Orlando and Kitana Gemini presents Orlando’s Drag Race Live. 11 girls will be battling for the title and the prestige of being Orlandos next drag superstar. This is an 18+ event. 
Friday, June 8
Stonewall Bar Orlando presents a “Tops and Bottoms Underwear Party” from 10pm to 2am. The cover is only $5.
The 7th annual Florida LGBT-Allies Diversity Summit takes place from 8am to 12 noon and UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality (9907 Universal Blvd, Orlando). The event is sponsored bu UCF Division of Continuing Education and the Keynote speaker will be Barbara Poma (owner of Pulse Nightclub, and Executive Director of the One Pulse Foundation). For more info go to: LGBTASummit.com.
OrlandoJobs.com will be hosting the first ever Hire Day Orlando at the Amway Center.  Hire Day Orlando will feature over 100 employers, 7,000 jobs, ten community career resource partners, and seven career experts. The goal is to connect job seekers with great employers, and showcase the area’s community resources that provide training, assistance, and education to help many overcome weaknesses that may prevent them from landing a great job.  Hire Day Orlando is a no-cost event for job seekers with free parking in the GEICO Garage.  Over 7,000 open jobs will be available in education, healthcare, defense, hospitality, engineering, construction, law enforcement, manufacturing, and 12 other sectors.  Universal Orlando Resort™, Kennedy Space Center, Visit Orlando, Florida Hospital, Disney, Nautique Boat Company, Orange County Sherriff, and Avis Budget Group are just a few of the 100 high-merit employers attending. Updated information about employers, schedules, events, and registration is located at HireDayOrlando.com.
Monday, June 9
June is Pride in many places around the world, and Pride is about celebrating all the strives made towards equality, but it is also about remembrance and solidarity.  In honor of the 2nd Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the onePULSE Foundation invites runners from all over the country – and the world – to join in a 4.9K Virtual Run from their own locations. Net proceeds from this event will benefit the onePULSE Foundation founded by Barbara Poma, the owner of the Pulse Nightclub. The foundation was established in order to create a sanctuary of hope around this tragedy that happened June 12, 2016. This fund is intended to support construction and maintenance of a memorial, community grants to care for the survivors and victim’s families, an educational program, an endowed scholarship in the name of the 49 angels and ultimately a museum showcasing historic artifacts and stories from the event.For more information – and to REGISTER for the 4.9K Virtual Run –  visit Communityrainbowrun.com.
Tuesday, June 11
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presents David Blaine Live. David Blaine is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records. Tickets start at $50 at Drphillipscenter.org.
Thursday, June 13
Polk Pride will take place from today through June 16 and features a variety of events for all members of the family. “This year’s Polk Pride is sure to be the biggest yet,” said Scott Guira, President of the Polk Pride Committee. “Every year we have grown in vendors and participants and this year is guaranteed to be the best yet.” Polk Pride includes events for youth, the pride kickoff event, Pride After Dark, and the main event:  Pride in the Park, which will feature vendors, food trucks, and live music and entertainment on June 16, from 10 a.m. – 3p.m., Munn Park, Lakeland. For more information, email info@PolkPrideFL.com or visit PolkPrideFl.com. 
Friday, June 15
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents The Illusionists – Live from Broadway for three days only, from today until June 17. This mind blowing spectacular, showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.  The Illusionists – Live from Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.  This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Tickets start at $35 at Strazcenter.org.
Saturday, June 16
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presents AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen. Join Cohen and Cooper for an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation. The late night talk show host and the journalist, longtime friends, interview each other and take questions from the audience. It’s a live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events. Tickets start at $65 at Drphillipscenter.org.
Amalie Arena presents Maroon 5 live in concert in conjunction with the release of their highly anticipated new studio album, Red Pill Blues. Maroon 5 stand out as not only one of pop music’s most enduring artists, but also one of the 21st century’s biggest acts. To date, the universally renowned Los Angeles band have achieved three GRAMMY® Awards and become “the most successful group in the history of the Billboard Hot 100” with 12 Top 10 entries, sold over 20 million albums and 48 million singles worldwide. The band has additionally earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries. Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album. Tickets start at $46 at AmalieArena.com.
Sunday, June 17
Cinema icon Jason Mewes, who is best known as the potty-mouthed vocal half of Jay and Silent Bob, the on- screen comedic duo who first appeared in Kevin Smith’s seminal 1994 indie film Clerks will appear at the Orlando improve tonight and Tampa Improv on Monday, June 18. Mewes would reprise the character five more times on the big screen from 1995 to 2006, becoming a sort of James Bond of mid-90’s low budget film—a fast talking, foul-mouthed, over-sexed but ultimately harmless and likable guy. But it’s in the insanely popular award-winning podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old where Mewes truly shines. For nearly seven years, in what’s been described as “Lake Wobegon days with anal jokes”, Jason has told the story of his tumultuous life on stage every week. Show time is 7pm in Orlando and 8pm in Tampa with general admission tickets $22 at both locations.  
Wednesday, June 20
Southern Nights Tampa presents the Semi-Finals for So You Think You Can Drag  (Amateur Talent Contest)  with the theme “Denim and Diamonds.”  The night is hosted by Gia Banks and Jade Embers and features $250 cash prize and a booking at Savage Saturdays. This is an 18+ event and there is no cover for 21 and up. 
Thursday, June 21 
Dr. Phillips Center Presents A Night Out With Chelsea Handler. Join comedian, activist, and author Chelsea Handler as she returns to Orlando for the first time in 8 years for an evening of entertaining and engaging conversation – no topic is off limits. The way it works is like this: Chelsea and her to be announced guest will spend about 45-60 minutes onstage engaging in conversation. After that, it’s your turn. We want to hear from YOU, so for the next 20-30 minutes, get ready for an in-depth audience Q+A. Think about your questions and comments, and expect to learn a little, be surprised, and enjoy yourself! Tickets start from $45 at Drphillipscenter.org.
Friday, June 22
The annual St Pete Pride Weekend takes palce staring today through June 24. For more information, see the feature int his months mag or go to StPetePride.com.
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train live in concert makes two stops in Central Florida: tonight at Amalie Arena and Tuesday, June 26 at Amway Arena. This marks the first time legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates will tour together with fellow award winning hitmakers, Train. Fans can expect full sets from both Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, followed by a show stopping joint set.
Saturday, June 23
All American Goddess National Pageant, celebrating 12 years of immortalizing beauty, takes place today through June 25 and features the step-down of Antwanette Chanel Roberts, All American Goddess 2017. The weekend will also feature Jeffrey Kelly, All American Gent 2018, and Adriana Fuentes, All American Goddess at Large 2018. AA will be hosted by Celeste Holmes, and takes place at Hamburger Mary’s Daytona Beach (180n beach st). For more information contact: Scott Gonyaw at 859.749.5506 or pftc@bellsouth.net. Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com. 
Sunday, June 24
The Tampa Bay Times presents the Tampa Bay Bridal Show at the Amalie Arena.  Make it easy on yourself and spend the afternoon with the area’s bridal experts! Look for great fashions, tips and wedding advice plus door prizes, giveaways and more. The Bridal Show takes place from noon to 4 pm and admission is only $5.
Thursday, June 28
Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce presents their Annual Luncheon with Speaker: Mayor Rick Kriseman from 11:30am to 1:30pm at The Club at Treasure Island (400 Treasure Island Causeway).  Admission is $35 for Chamber Members and $45 for Non-Members. For more information or to register, go to: Diversitytampabay.org/ 
Friday, June 29
Dr. Phillips Center presents Bring It! LIVE. After two consecutive years of bringing down the house, “Bring It! LIVE” is back by overwhelming demand in Orlando. Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series Bring It! will be coming with an all new “Bring It! LIVE” 2018 summer tour. With hotter-than-ever, never-before-seen performances on deck for the 2018 tour, there has never been a better time for Bring It! fans. Tickets start at $37 at Drphillipscenter.org.
HOT 101.5’s Miguel and Holly officially announced Meghan Trainor, Liam Payne, Alessia Cara, Sean Paul, Kent Jones, Madison Beer and In Real Life will perform at Summer Jam 2018 at Amalie Arena. The station plans to kick off the party outside on the Ford Thunder Alley beginning at 4pm with special performances and live entertainment. For up-to-minute information on HOT 101.5 Summer Jam 2018, visit Hot1015tampabay.com. Tickets start at $25.
Saturday, June 30
The Parliament House is celebrating America’s birthday with an American Idol as they present the one and only Ada Vox! If you are a big fan, like I am, you will want to get the VIP/photo op by going to ParliamentHouse.com. 
Dr. Phillips Center Presents Donny & Marie Live. Donny and Marie mix the spirit of their early television specials and recordings with a nostalgic look back on their storied career in a dynamic stage show showcasing fan favorites including “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll,” “Paper Roses,” “Puppy Love” and “It Takes Two.”  . Entertainment Weekly raved that their live performance is “INSANELY ENTERTAINING, A song and dance spectacular.”  With their trademark show-stopping production numbers, Donny & Marie feature hits from their illustrious careers, all mixed with the irresistible chemistry that made them international stars. Tickets start at $55 at Drphillipscenter.org.