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How exciting is it that the holidays are finally coming? I was starting to think that we weren’t going to get cooler weather in Central Florida, but the beginning of this week felt absolutely wonderful! Hopefully the cool temperatures will stay with us. This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving and we honor those we’ve lost on World AIDS Day. What are you thankful for this year? E-mail me at mike@hotspotsmedia.com and let me know. I know I’m thankful for all of you! Lots of love!

 

Thursday November 26

Save the Date! Thanksgiving is observed today. Enjoy some turkey, watch some football (if you’re into that) and gear up for Black Friday shopping! Gobble gobble!

Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa will be welcoming crowds on Thanksgiving night, so come on down and see the amateur strip contest after dinner! Joey Brooks will be performing a short drag show with Kori Stevens before the midnight strip contest. Come back out this weekend, when Joey welcomes Esme Russell to the stage on Friday and Saturday, Susan Whitney on Friday, and Apple Love and Anjila Cavalier on Saturday. Weekend showtimes are at 11:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

 

Friday November 27

Southern Nights Orlando is taking Black Friday one step further with a Black Friday-themed party tonight. The night begins at 9 p.m. with lots of fun surprises; be sure to ask your bartender about all the one-night-only specials. There will be hourly giveaways of big-ticket items such as flat-screen TVs! There will be drag shows in the Southern Nights Theatre at 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. featuring Roxxxy Andrews, Tasha Long, Maya Andrews and Chevelle Brooks.

Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg introduces an all-new theme night called Fresh Fridays. Alexis de la Mer is your hostess and she will perform a unique show each week with a rotating cast of supporting performers. Showtime is at 11:30 p.m. There will also be karaoke going on at the Flamingo starting at 10 p.m. with DJ L Mo.

 

Saturday November 28

Parliament House Orlando presents an illustrious evening of celebrity impersonation tonight with the special event The Grand La Cage. Join the Footlight Players: Darcel Stevens, Shantell D’Marco, Jazell Barbie Royale, Sonique, and special guests Electra and Aysia Black, who will be serving A-lister realness in two shows, at 10 p.m. and midnight! If you’d like to reserve your table, call (407) 425-7571.

 

Sunday November 29

Did you know that Kori Stevens is now the new show director at Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater? You will absolutely love her take on the traditional Diva Sunday Brunch, which has an all new showtime of 1 p.m. Come early and enjoy the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet or something of your choosing. Music by DJ Tony Waddell.

Hamburger Mary’s Orlando’s Broadway brunch is a big hit. Join The Minx, Nicky Monet and their friends for a show that will have you on your feet and jumping for joy! This show sells out every week so reserve your table for 11 a.m. so you have time to eat before the noontime show! Call (321) 319-0600 for reservations.

 

Monday November 30

The Center Orlando is organizing their annual World AIDS Day candlelight walk and rally, which will step off from The Center’s offices on Mills Avenue tonight at 6:30 p.m. There will be a rally at the end of the walk, at 7:15 p.m.

 

Tuesday December 1

Save the Date! World AIDS Day is observed worldwide today. Please take time to remember those we have lost.

Metro Wellness and Community Centers will be holding a candlelight vigil for World AIDS Day at 7 p.m. at the LGBT Welcome Center in St. Petersburg. View the Rock It RED! installation along Central Avenue and leave your own notes and mementos.

 

Wednesday December 2

Every Wednesday night at Enigma in St. Petersburg, there is karaoke from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. All of you know that I absolutely love karaoke, so you should do what I’d do: pick the most showboat-y song and belt it out! If you get there early, there are double-elimination pool tournaments every Wednesday, beginning at 7 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.