Friday, October 27

Southern Nights Orlando presents #FlexFridays’ “Nightmare on Bumby Halloween Party” with Halloween Costumes encouraged, as they invite everyone to enter their Halloween costume contest and win $1000 in cash and prizes (no toy weapons allowed). Doors open at 9pm with no cover before 11p.m. for 21 and over (18+ welcomed). The night will also feature drag shows at 11p.m. & 12:30a.m. with Roxy Andrews, Maya Andrews, Tasha Long & Chevelle Brooks with DJ Ants and DJ Walter Winston spinning all night!

Chhoy Sutimek presents Miami Dream Boyz Halloween Costume Party at Fuego Fridays at Southern Nights Tampa. They will also feature a $500 cash and prizes Halloween costume contest. The night will also feature performances by Latin diva’s: Angelique Padro AKA Lady Janet, Michelle Hernandez & Jasmine Jimenez, and music by DJ Mike El Bori.

The Dr Phillips Center in association with Live nation present the band Chicago who performs at in the Bob Carr Theater. Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #9, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades. Tickets start at $50.50, and are available at DrPhillipsCenter.org. You can also catch Chicago on Monday October 30 at the Van Wezel in Sarasotta . To purchase tickets go to VanWezel.org

Ten time GRAMMY-Award, three time Latin GRAMMY-Award winning rock icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana and his band SANTANA will bring The Transmogrify Tour to Tampa’s AMALIE Arena at 8p.m. Tickets start at $66.25 and are available at: Amaliearena.com.

Saturday, October 28

You’ve seen them on the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance. Now you can see your favorite dancers in person when the Top 10 Finalists perform live at the Hard Rock Live Orlando at 8p.m. The all new tour, features finalists Dassy, Kaylee, Kiki, Koine, Lex, Logan, Mark, Robert, Sydney and Taylor plus All Stars Jasimin Harper and Marko Germar. The high energy dance tour will highlight your favorite numbers from Season 14 plus new surprises. Tickets start at $47.50. You can also catch them performing at the Van Wezel on Friday, November 3, where tickets start at $36.

The Parliament House features Orlando’s biggest costume contests with $5000 in cash to the best costume! Footlight Players take to the stage at 10p.m. in the theatre. DJ Brianna spins till 3a.m.  Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  18+ Welcome!!

The Flamingo Resort presents a Halloween costume contest party with $3,000 in cash and prizes with the winner getting $2,000 in cash. Sign up at the Cabana Stage at 10p.m. with the show hosted by Iman and the Blu Theater players at 11:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31

The Parliament House features Orlando’s biggest costume contests with $3000 in cash to the best costume! DJ Brianna spins till 2a.m.  Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  18+ Welcome!!

Mary Horror Picture Show at Hamburger Mary’s Ybor. Join the fabulous staff at Hamburger Mary’s on Halloween for a Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing at 7:30p.m. There will be an audience judged costume contest and other goodies throughout the evening.

Southern Nights Orlando’s #Twisted Tuesdays presents a Monster’s Eve, a Halloween Party where Halloween costumes are encouraged (no toy weapons allowed). Doors open at 9p.m., but you have to enter through side door. Their costume contest will be at 1a.m., and they will also feature Karaoke in the show bar, and a talent contest at 12a.m. No Cover before 11 p.m. for 21 and over (18+ welcome).

Wednesday, November 1

Join the Southern Nights Tampa crew for So You Think You Can Drag Semi Finals 7 Deadly Sins Theme, hosted by Jade Embers and Gia Banks. Watch all of the previous winners compete and enter to win a $250 cash prize plus a booking for Swank Saturdays! No cover for 21 and over (18+ welcomed).

Thursday, November 2

Living comedy legend, John Cleese, is heading to The Straz for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A. Only absurd and/or ridiculous questions are requested, please. John will tell stories of his life and career, and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build as the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen starting at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see the man who has achieved nothing short of comedy royalty in this thrill-of-a-lifetime evening. Tickets start at $55.

Friday, November 3

Southern Nights Tampa presents their monthly NeiBEARhood Takeover, with this month’s theme being #Daddyissues. The night will feature DJ JB Burgos and a 12a.m. performance by Bearonce Bear (Anthony Chiocchi).

The Flamingo Resort presents, direct from Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Trinity Taylor at 11:30p.m. The show will also feature: Kathryn Nevets, Ashlee T Bangkx, and Conundrum. Trinity will also do a Meet & Greet after the show.

Saturday, November 4 

The annual Pride in Business Awards Gala takes place at Rosen Shingle Creek from 7:30p.m.-11p.m. Presented by Wells Fargo, the annual Pride in Business Awards Gala is hosted by Come Out With Pride and MBA Orlando to highlight the Orlando community’s stellar performers in business, leadership and service. Awards are presented by distinguished community leaders during an incredible full course dinner and fabulous entertainment. The Gala also includes a silent auction, a special sponsor only pre-dinner reception, and an awesome after party.

Wednesday, November 8 

Miracle of Love’s signature fundraising event, Project Red takes place at the Parliament House from 7-10p.m. and infuses art, fashion and talent while bringing awareness of HIV/AIDS and the services of the agency. It is an art experience with a collaboration of artists working in diverse mediums expressing their interpretation of the color red.

Orlando Drag Race Live Finale takes place at Southern Nights Orlando. The time has come to finally Crown the #ODRL season 4 Winner!!  Doors open at 9p.m., with event starting at 10:30 p.m. presented by Kitana Gemini and hosted by PePe. Admission is $10.

Thursday, November 9

Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain takes place at the Straz Center for the Performing Center at 8 p.m. Under the artistic direction of Emmy Award winner, Travis Wall, and co-created with Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, Shaping Sound is an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. In After the Curtain, these visual musicians return to The Straz to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breathtaking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever. Tickets start at $39.75. For more information see the feature in this month’s Hotspots Central with an exclusive interview with Nick or go to StrazCenter.org.

The Flamingo Resort presents Brotherhood of Bears Weekend 2017 from today until November 12. Some of the major events scheduled are: Dra Queen Bingo, Underwear Night, Meet the Bears, Country Line Dancing, Cigar & Whiskey Social, bears in Drag, Bears Pool Party, Glow Party and the Flamingo’s famous Sunday T dance.

Saturday, November 11

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presents La La Land in concert. Experience the original musical film like never before with a live symphony orchestra! Winner of six Academy Awards including Best Original Score and Best Original Song, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Show time is 8p.m. with tickets starting at $35.

The Parliament House presents another one of their famous themed parties entitled: Candyland. The night will star international DJ sensation Kidd Madonny and direct from South Florida, TP Lords.

Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent, the breakout star of the world’s best-selling magic show The Illusionists, brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to the Straz Center for this 90-minute spectacle. Produced by the same creative team behind The Illusionists brand, Adam Trent’s production is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family. Don’t miss the next generation of magic! Tickets start at $35.

Saturday, November 18

The Parliament House presents, direct from Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Valentina, with the Footlight Players. They will also feature a VIP/Photo opportunity for $20.

Tuesday, November 21

TIGLFF presents The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson at Hillsborough Community College – Ybor Campus. When the beloved, self-described “street queen” of NY’s Christopher Street was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD called her death a suicide. Protests erupted but the police remained impassive and refused to investigate. Twenty-five years later, Academy Award nominated director and journalist David France examines Marsha’s death—and her extraordinary life—in his new film. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. with a $15 admission.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presents Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns from today until November 26. This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Tickets start at $34.25. For more information see the feature in this month’s edition of Hotspots Central, including an exclusive interview with one of the main actors, or go to DrPhillipsCenter.org.