Friday, January 26
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall presents Masters of Illusion, America’s largest touring magic show. They return with their “Believe the Impossible” tour! Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. You will see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances, vanishes, escapes, comedy, magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers all rolled up into one live show! Only the best, most unique, amusing, astounding and amazing performers have been chosen to perform in this huge stage phenomenon. The show starts at 7 p.m. with tickets starting at only $21.
Chhoy Sutimek presents “Latin Blowout” which always takes place the last Friday of every month. Tonight’s show at 12:30a.m. is hosted by Lady Janet, and stars Michelle Divine, Jasmine International. And Shannel (from Miami). There is no cover before 10p.m. for 21and up.
FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando presents Riverdance: 20th Anniversary Tour at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from today through Sunday, January 28. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland – in rock, music, theatre and film – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance – Tickets: start at $34.25.
Saturday, January 27
The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for 9am to 9pm on Saturday, January 27, in Tampa and will feature the 101st Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. For reserved Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please log onto GasparillaTreasures.com.
Neema presents his upscale Latin night, AMOR, at Stonewall Orlando. Tonight catch live in concert Yaire singing her hit “Tu Mayor Tentacion,” and more. The night will also star Lisa Lane and Yeisa. Doors open at 8p.m. with no cover before 9 p.m., from 9-11 p.m. its $10 and after 11p.m. its $20. Show time at 12a.m. This is a 21+ event!
The Metropolitan Business Association invites everyone to attend the 2018 Board of Directors Installation Reception at Hard Rock Orlando. All tickets are just $45, and include FREE admission to Hard Rock’s Classic Albums Live – Hotel California, immediately following the reception. This will be a special night of awesome food, cocktails, and conversation as they introduce their 2018 Board and Executive Officers, and hear from MBA’s new president about their plans and focus for the coming year. Space is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets go to: mbaorlando.org.
Swank Saturday at Southern Nights Tampa presents “Walk The Plank,” with a drag show at midnight starring Jade Embers, Desiree Demornay, and Axel Andrews, along with DJs Chris Tavi and Dutch. There is no cover before 10p.m. for 21+.
Dr. Phillips Center For the Performing Arts added a second show at 10p.m. for Trevor Noah, who was the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. This year “The Daily Show” was nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series). Noah also recently won Best Host at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, as well as a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series for his hosting role on “The Daily Show – Between The Scenes.” He joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor. In February 2017 Noah debuted his 9th comedy special “Afraid of the Dark” on Netflix. Tickets start at $39.50.
Monday, January 29
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in association with Bill Blumenreich presents Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour. Joe Biden has always believed that when given a chance, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. As a scrappy kid from Scranton who rose to the Office of Vice President, he is no exception. During his 45 years of public service, one of Vice President Biden’s greatest strengths has been his ability to bring people together, even in crisis, even across difficult divides, all the while, respecting everybody at the table. Pre-Sale tickets start at: $68 (VIP Package: $325) and includes a copy of Vice President Joe Biden’s new memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents the Magic of Adam Trent. 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 this nonstop spectacle. The Magic of Adam Trent 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 $45.
Thursday, February 1
Thursdays Just Got Fiercer at Stonewall Bar Orlando! Join Gays On The Move weekly as they cheer, play trivia and watch the new season of Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 every Thursday! Grab your best girlfriends and answer questions about the seasons, stars, and sickening cultural impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race for a chance to win a $25 Bar Tab! Bring your charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent every Thursday and they’ll start your engines with fun games, prizes & surprises! The party starts at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 2
NeiBEARhood takeover at Southern Nights Tampa presents “Leather and Levi’s: Return to the Full Moon,” starring DJ Walter Winston. The night will also feature a Sexy Cowboy strip contest at 1a.m.. There is no cover before 10 p.m. and this is a 21+ event.
Tampa Bay Idol at The Flamingo Resort, is a seven week competition, starting tonight to see who has what it takes to be the first Tampa Bay Idol. $4000 in total prizes, including a $2500 cash prize.
Saturday, February 3
Southern Nights Tampa’s Swank Saturdays goes pink as they present Meangirls hosted by Jonathan Bennett (star of Mean Girls the movie) and starring Roxxxy Andrews, Natalie Nayles, Jade Embers, Cara Cavalli, and Mrms Adrien. Saturdays are 18+!
Wednesday, February 7
Join the Metropolitan Business Association the first Wednesday of every month for a very special networking opportunity with Orlando’s premier LGBT & Allied business professionals. Tonight it’s held at Marriott Orlando Downtown (400 w. livingston street) from 6-8p.m. and will feature Hors d’oeuvres and a Cash Bar. Admission is free for members, and $20 for guests.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall presents “Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After The Curtain,” starring Travis Wall and Featuring So You Think You Can Dance winner Lex Ishimoto, Second Runner-up Taylor Sieve and past winners Gaby Diaz and Nick Lazzarini. Through his Emmy Award winning work on So You Think You Can Dance, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America’s favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of Shaping Sound has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, which has captivated audiences all across North America. Now, Travis and Shaping Sound are back with their brand new show, After the Curtain. These visual musicians continue 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, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever. Tickets start at $16.
50 Shades of Mary! Hamburger Mary’s Ybor is teaming up with Pure Romance for an unforgettable evening of exploration, fun and surprises at an exclusive wedding rehearsal! Experience the climax before anyone else! This is an 18 and up event. 5 p.m. is the VIP Pre-party; 6p.m. general admission; at 7:30p.m. is an exclusive red room experience and 9:30p.m.is the after party. Wedding attire is encouraged! This event will also feature goodie bags, giveaways, games, red room shopping experience, 50 shades themed male entertainer show a photo area and more!
Thursday, February 8
Southern Nights Orlando presents in honor of Arianna Grande a Dangerous Women Show with special guest from RuPaul’s Drag Race Phi Phi O’hara, along with Roxxxy Andrews, Axel Andrews, Kai’Ja Adonis and Mrms Adrien along with DJ dlux. This is an 18 and over event!
Friday, February 9
Billy Joel will return to Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Friday, February 9 at 8 p.m. Billy Joel has sold out Amalie Arena seven times. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected “Piano Man” for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, and artistic significance.” Tickets start at $95.
The Flamingo Resort presents “Turnabout” as a benefit for Tampa Bay AIDS Walk, The night will feature some of your favorite staff members starting at 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 10
Swank Saturdays at Southern Nights Tampa presents “Gasparilla Night Parade: Davey Jones locker” with a drag show at 12 am starring Jade Embers, Roxxxy Andrews and Alexis Mateo. 18 + welcome.
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall welcomes back 19-time Grammy Award®- winner Tony Bennett! With albums selling both Platinum and Gold and a Citizen of the World Award from the United Nations, Tony Bennett epitomizes the phrase ‘a living legend’. Tony continues to touch the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. Among his long list of achievements and awards, spanning over 60 years, is the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true international treasure. His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” form part of the fabric of American music culture.
Monday, February 12
ANR productions presents the 11 annual Miss Large and Lovely National Pageant at Parliament House honoring the current reigning Miss Large and Lovely Chelsea Pearl. The night will also celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Jocelyn Summers. Doors open at 7p.m. with pageant starting promptly at 8 p.m. For tickets or more info go to ANRTickets.com.
Tuesday, February 13
Anita Waistline and Southern Nights Tampa presents Miss Bible Belt Comedy Queen, an official preliminary to Miss Comedy Queen National at 8p.m. The pageant will be hosted by Pepe and Addison Taylor and hosted by Miss Comedy Queen Amanda Punchf@!? And the current reigning Miss Bible belt Mrms Adrien. Categories include: outrageous gown, presentation (gooder than grits), comedic talent and 60 sec spokeswomen. Doors open at 7 p.m. and cover is $5 18+ welcome.
Dancing with the Stars: Live! comes to two location in Central Florida. One of TV’s hottest shows is coming back on tour across to light up the night. This all-new production showcases ballroom and contemporary dances from ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, including sizzling group numbers, steamy duets and over the top original pieces. Presented at the Van Wezel on February 13 and the Dr. Phillips Center on February 18.
Wednesday, February 14
Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando presents the return of Disney’s The Lion King at Dr. Phillips Center For the Performing Arts from tonight until March 11. Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring artistry, the unforgettable music and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular—one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Lion King brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like The Lion King. Tickets: start at $35.25.
Andrea Bocelli in Concert at Amalie Arena. The world’s beloved tenor delivers this special Valentine’s Day concert after his sold-out 2016 performance at Amalie Arena. Andrea Bocelli, hailed as one of the most romantic voices of our time, performs an evening of beautiful arias, popular songs and crossover hits perfectly designed to celebrate the day of love. Tickets start at $149.75
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera makes its triumphant return to Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts as part of its North American Tour starting tonight and going through Feb 25. . Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. Tickets start at $40.
The Beach Boys return by popular demand to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Having tallied up dozens of hits and sold albums by the tens of millions with hits including “I Get Around,” “Good Vibrations” and “California Girls,” The Beach Boys changed the musical landscape forever! The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago, join them this Valentine’s Day for some “Fun Fun Fun!”
Friday, February 16
Grammy-, Emmy- and Tony-Award-winning pop music icon Barry Manilow makes his debut in Sarasota at The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in celebration of his latest album, This is My Town: Songs of New York. Hear Manilow perform his greatest hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy” as well as songs from his album on the intimate Van Wezel stage. This show is the featured performance of the 17th Annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala. Don’t miss out on one of the most spectacular events of the season which includes cocktails by the Bay, live & silent auction, an elegant dinner, Golden Circle seating for the Barry Manilow performance and an exclusive after-party! This year’s Gala will also include a chance drawing for an all-new 2018 Jaguar XE sponsored by Wilde Jaguar Sarasota. For additional information on gala reservations and sponsorships visit vwfoundation.org or contact the foundation office at (941) 366-5578.
Saturday, February 17
Murray and Peter present the Hater’s Roast, The Shady Tour at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. This tours is Hosted By: Ginger Minj and Stars: Trixie Mattel, Latrice Royale, Trinity Taylor, Thorgy Thor, Derrick Barry & Eureka O’Hara. Warning – Adult Comedy. Tickets start at $25.15 and can be purchased at StrazCenter.org.
Sunday, February 18
Get a grip on better sexual practices by joining Impulse Orlando as they present #TouchIt. Impulse has enlisted the help of some of the gay adult video industry’s top performers to ensure you have the most up-close and personal educational experience (because we all know teacher knows best, right?!). You’ll be guided through 4 stations, each featuring various educational resources. Check out the Impulse Group Orlando facebook event’s page for more information and ticket sales. Sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, The Venue Orlando, and Wet Personal Lubricants.
Wednesday, February 21
Your local Ford Dealers and Amalie Arena welcome Mary J. Blige to the Ford Concert Series at 7:30p.m. Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), a 2012 Golden Globe nomination, and five American Music Awards, Blige is a global superstar. In the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums. Ticket start at $47.25.
Friday, February 23
Starting tonight and going through Sunday, The Parliament House features International DJ Sensation, Nina Flowers taking over the dance floor.
Saturday, February 24
The Flamingo Resort presents the 7th anniversary of Code Bar from 9p.m. to 3a.m. The night will feature sexy male dancers and the Code Enforcer 2018 contest at 1a.m. hosted by Alexis De La Mer. For contest information contact Jon at Jon@Flamingofla.com.