Hey guys! Let me tell you about what I did this July 4 weekend. I was invited by Visit Philadelphia to cover the 50th anniversary of the first gay civil rights protests in the United States. There were a lot of events honoring the protests, and many important people who contributed to our quest for equality participated, such as Jim Obergefell, Edie Windsor, Bishop Gene Robinson, SSgt. Eric Alva, and Judy and Dennis Shepard. I was honored to meet all of them. (Edie for the second time!) Now, here’s the scoop on some Florida events. Lots of love!
Friday July 17
It’s shaping up to be a great weekend for entertainment at Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa! Tonight, Joey Brooks and Bradley’s diva Esme Russell will welcome popular guest entertainer Monica Moore to the stage. Then tomorrow night, Joey and Esme will be performing with Dana Douglas and the Grand Ole Gal of the South herself, Carmella Marcella Garcia. There are two shows each night, one at 11:30 p.m. and one at 1:15 a.m. Remember, Bradley’s never charges a cover!
Saturday July 18
Parliament House in Orlando gears up for their 40th anniversary by holding their annual South Beach Invasion party. Your favorite queens from South Florida will be taking the stage: TP Lords, Erika Norell, Champagne Bordeaux and Shanaya Bright. Also coming up from South Florida are quite a few sexy male dancers from Boardwalk in Fort Lauderdale! Among other events going on at P-House this evening: a final encore showing of the Orlando Fringe Festival favorite 1969: Stonewall, which will be showing at the Footlight Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Go to wanzie.com to get your advance tickets.
BarCodes in Orlando presents their second annual Christmas in July party! Dress up in your holiday best and enjoy the “holiday” party. There will be Christmas stocking giveaways every hour, including a flat screen TV and a stay at the Flamingo Resort! The festivities begin at 9 p.m.
City Side in Tampa will be hosting a “heroes vs. villains” party starting at 9 p.m. What you need to do is dress as your favorite comic book hero or villain and go to the bar, ready to party. It doesn’t matter if you’re dressing up as a Marvel or DC Universe character, all that matters is that your costume is good, because you could win $100 in their costume contest!
Sunday July 19
I know quite a few of you enjoyed the giant waterslide that St. Petersburg’s Flamingo Resort installed for one special day. You won’t have to wait much longer to get back on the slide because Sunday is a Wet ‘n’ Wild Day, which means the waterslide is back! Join Alexis de la Mer and her tea dance crew for some slippery daytime fun.
Monday July 20
Parliament House starts their 40th anniversary week with a super-sized Footlight Players show! This show brings back over 30 former Footlight Players from the past 40 years, who will all perform with the current cast. The show begins at 9 p.m. and tickets are $25. Go to parliamenthouse.com to get those tickets before they’re all gone!
Southern Nights Orlando will host the premiere night of Orlando Drag Race Live, season two. Kitana Gemini is your host and ten contestants will be competing for $1300 in prizes and bookings, and of course bragging rights! This contest will last eight weeks. Check out the first night tonight; the doors open at 8 p.m. and everything gets started at 9:30.
Wednesday July 22
Are you good at trivia? If so, head on down with your brainiest friends to Hamburger Mary’s Orlando, where Doug Bowser hosts team trivia every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. Each table competes against one another, so if you stack your table with lots of eggheads, you’re sure to win! It’s free to play; just make a reservation for an hour before the game so you are sure to have a seat! (321) 319-0600.