What's Happening Central Florida

What's Happening Central Florida

I was so moved on marriage equality day. I was honored to witness many couples make their loves and commitments legal in the eyes of the state government. I was in Kissimmee at midnight and I witnessed the wedding of county commissioner Cheryl Grieb to her partner Patti Daugherty. Then I traveled to Tampa to witness the mass wedding, officiated by Clerk of Courts Pat Frank. It was a day of love, victory and vindication. Lots of love to all you newly married couples.

Thursday January 15

Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa features Amanda D’rhod alongside Joey Brooks tonight, as they both host the amateur strip contest! $200 in cash and prizes will go to the winner. Go to the WHCF-3002_ThursdayDivas Stage at midnight for a drag show and some hot men! This weekend Joey will be performing with Esme Russell and Dana Douglas on Friday, and with Lady Janet and Mercedes Deveraux on Saturday. Showtimes for the weekend performances are at 11:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

If you read my column regularly, you will know that I am quite a fan and admirer of Sawmill Resort’s “bare as you dare” nights. This weekend, the Dade City campground is quadrupling the fun with four straight days and nights of clothing-optional fun. These nights are very popular, so the weekend is sure to be a hit. Reserve your cabin now! (352) 583-0664

 

Friday January 16

Parliament House in Orlando is adding another fun weekly event in addition to all of its special theme nights! In the Icon Lounge Video Bar, every Friday will be “Flashback Friday”! DJ Infinite will be playing all of your favorite hits from the ’80s and ’90s. There’s no cover before 11 p.m.WHCF-3002_Friday

Stonewall Bar Orlando has your entire Friday night planned. First, there’s karaoke with Scott Carter from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. After that, Julian Bain’s Risqué Friday starts. He features male dancers, private shows, nude dancers behind a sheer screen, and many more delights for the eyes. Julian hosts alongside Daren Hill.

 

Saturday January 17

City Side in Tampa will be hosting a fundraiser for Tampa Pride, which comes up in less than 90 days! The fundraising event will feature a drag show hosted by Anjila Cavalier. All tips and a portion of the bar proceeds will go directly to Tampa Pride, which is coming back as its own festival after 15 years! Showtime is at 10:30.

Get ready for a Saturday night Orlando favorite! Leigh Shannon’s Cabaret Dinner Show is coming your way tonight at Hamburger Mary’s Orlando! She will be performing with many of her friends, including Page King, Crystle Chambers, and others! Reserve your table now because the place is always packed! Seating is at 7:30 for the show at 8:30. (321) 319-0600.

 

Sunday January 18

St. Petersburg has a new bowling league that just started up a couple of weeks ago. it’s goingWHCF-3002_Sunday to be running for the next three months, so you still have a little bit of time left to enter and be competitive with the other bowlers. They meet at Ten Pin Lanes every Sunday at 6:15 p.m. Afterwards, they party at Enigma on Central Avenue, where there’s never a cover. To participate in the league, call Sandi at (727) 381-1010.

 

Monday January 19

WHCF-3002_MondaySave the Date! Today is the King Day Holiday, honoring the life’s work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) Let freedom ring!

Metro Wellness and Community Centers in St. Petersburg is celebrating King Day in the spirit of its namesake. People will be volunteering their time to sprucing up the new LGBT Welcome Center on Central Avenue. The day is called “A Day On, Not a Day Off” and celebrates the community’s spirit of volunteerism. For more information, call (727) 321-3854.

Who will be the winner of the Miss Flamingo Pageant? Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg is hosting their yearly pageant and the winner will be the ambassador for the resort at various special events. The pageant starts at 9 p.m.

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Mike Halterman
Mike Halterman has been the editor of Hotspots Central since its launch in July 2016. He joined the Hotspots Media Group family as editor of Hotspots' South Florida magazine in June 2013. A former "40 Under 40" honoree in The Advocate magazine, Mike lives in the Tampa Bay area.