My birthday weekend is finally here! My friend has driven all the way down from just outside Mountain Home, Arkansas just to celebrate with me! It’s going to be such a fun time. I’ll be out in Tampa Bay and Orlando to take some cute “Out with Hotspots” pictures, and also to celebrate my birthday! One thing you must know about me: I go all out as far as my birthday is concerned! Two thank yous: Thank you to the Tampa Bay Bears who invited me to their chili cook-off at City Side. All of them were great (although I particularly enjoyed the chocolate chipotle chili!). Also, thank you to Venture Photography in Orlando who took my picture at Pride last month with my personal copy of Hotspots for that week, autographed by Steve Grand! They just released the photos and I had to share. Lots of love to you all!
Thursday November 7
Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa presents Mary’s Rocks, an evening benefiting Metro Wellness and Community Centers. 25% of the day’s sales will be going to Metro Wellness Center! Many Tampa Bay performers will be donating their time and tips for a good cause, including Jocelyn Summers, Anjila Cavalier, Alexis Mateo and Kamden Cass. To see their 8 p.m. show, be sure to reserve a table by calling (813) 241-6279.
Friday November 8
From RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, Alaska will be performing at Pulse in Orlando. The showtime is at midnight. Dance to the Top 40 and hip-hop beats of DJ Scott Robert starting at 9 p.m.
Sawmill Resort in Dade City is promising one of its biggest bear weekends of the year with Hibernation Weekend, sponsored by The Backwoods Bears Club. Various bear events and debauchery are promised starting tonight and going on through Sunday.
Saturday November 9
The Human Rights Campaign and Wyndham Resorts presents Cook Orlando, in Lake Eola Park, from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy unlimited food samples from your favorite equality-minded local restaurants, and watch a cooking competition in the vein of the Food Network series Chopped.
Miss Alaska when she was in Orlando? She will be at Liquid Tampa this evening. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the party will be hosted by Conundrum. There will be two shows, with a VIP meet and greet occurring after the second show. The only way to be a part of that is to order your tickets in advance at eventbrite.com.
Enjoy three different rooms of ’90s music served up by three different DJs at Parliament House Orlando’s “I Love the ’90s” party. The acclaimed Footlight Players, led by Darcel Stevens, will be having shows at 10 p.m. and midnight. Sing along with me: If ya wanna be my lover, ya gotta party on O-B-T…
We’re big fans of Miss Kristine W here at Hotspots, and Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa must have read our minds! They are giving away copies of her CD New & Number Ones Club Mixes Part 2 all night long. Doors will already be open by the evening, and at Bradley’s, there’s never a cover!
Sunday November 10
Georgie’s Alibi in St. Petersburg will be having their 13th Annual Employee Turnabout for charity starting at 9 p.m.-“ish” (hey, girl, drag time is fashionably late!). Watch the bartenders and other employees shake their groove things and strut their hot stuff all in the name of a generous cause.
Monday November 11
It’s my birthday! Happy birthday to me! If you want to buy me a present, or if you want to skip that and buy one for yourself, The Store @ BarCodes has your gift for every sensual pleasure. Open from noon to 2 a.m. inside BarCodes in Orlando.
Tuesday November 12
Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando presents the hilarious Tuesday Bingo, hosted by Miss Sammy and Carol Lee! The first ball will be pulled (very gently of course!) at 6:30 p.m. Some great prizes will be given away; don’t you miss it! To reserve a table, call (321) 319-0600.