Hey guys! It’s been absolutely wonderful getting out and about and talking to you all about Hotspots! I’ve managed to get down to Ybor, but only during the day, so I still have nightclub visits to make, while next week I’ll be in Orlando for the first time since I took over this column! This past weekend I got to see Valentines Nightclub’s Latin night,
Hey guys! It’s been absolutely wonderful getting out and about and talking to you all about Hotspots! I’ve managed to get down to Ybor, but only during the day, so I still have nightclub visits to make, while next week I’ll be in Orlando for the first time since I took over this column! This past weekend I got to see Valentines Nightclub’s Latin night, hosted by Colorina, and I can definitely understand why the place is completely packed! The energy is hot and nobody can deny that. Colorina, along with Lady Janet and Amanda D’rhod, put on a fantastic show too!
By the time this issue will be out, we’ll be seeing one another at St. Pete Pride, and I know I can’t wait! Lots of love to you all!
Thursday June 27
A drag battle is brewing and people in Central Florida will be lucky enough to see it unfold live on-stage! RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5 contestants Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese will be performing FOR THEIR LIVES at Georgie’s Alibi in St. Petersburg. Showtime starts at 10 p.m.
Over in Orlando, there will be a marriage equality rally at the Lake Eola Bandshell starting at 7 p.m. and will go on until 10. If you come half an hour early, there will be food trucks and an open bar for all attending. Special speakers include U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson, State Representative Joe Saunders and Equality Florida chairwoman Nadine Smith. Refreshments will be set back up after speeches are over at 8:30. Come show your support with the rest of your community!
Friday June 28
The Miss Gay Florida USofA Newcomer pageant will be held at the Sawmill Campground in Dade City at 9 p.m., presented by Alexis Mateo (herself a USofA state titleholder), Jeffrey Kelly and USofA Pageantry. Performances include Alexis Mateo and the current Miss Gay USofA Newcomer Ka’Aliyah M. Diamond. $1500 in cash and prizes go to the winner!
Quench Lounge in Largo is going to very busy tonight with not one, not two, but THREE separate CD release parties and giveaways! Laura Mvula is an English singer who is releasing her debut album “Sing to the Moon” this month. No introduction is needed for Miss Kelly Rowland, who has become a dance diva in her own right after Destiny’s Child split. And then there’s Sylvester, one of the “Queens of Disco”, whose greatest hits CD is being released 25 years after his death. First come, first snatch, so get there while supplies last!
Saturday June 29
At Parliament House in Orlando, the ambience of New York City comes down to Florida with the “New York Street Party.” There will be breakdancers, New York-style food and street vendors. The Footlight Players have their shows at 10 and 12 and DJ Brianna will be spinning the sounds of the Big Apple until 3 a.m.
After St. Pete Pride’s promenade and street festival, G. Bar wants you to hop back over the Bay and attend their Loud & Proud After-Pride Event. From Miami, DJ Kidd Madonny will be on hand mixing and spinning for the crowd. VJ Charles Machado will be playing the hottest videos in the video lounge. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Sunday June 30
Pride may be ending in St. Pete, but the Haymarket Pub wants it to stretch on just a little longer. The bar opens at 5 p.m. with a barbecue beginning at 7. Whether you want to watch the Rays’ Sunday night game, play some pool, or sing some karaoke, the Haymarket Pub has all three options ready for you to close down the weekend.
Tuesday July 2
Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa has “Ham-Bingo for Charity” starting at 7:30. The hostess, Miss Daphne Ferraro, plays the game dirty so you better pay extra attention! Daphne was nice enough to let me know that for this specific charity bingo, the proceeds will be going toward the Pet Pal Animal Shelter, a no-kill, non-profit shelter based in St. Petersburg. Support a good cause and have a Mary old time!
Wednesday July 3
School may be out but College Night is still popping at Pulse in Orlando! The special guest this evening is going to be the fabulous dean of Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag U,” Lady Bunny! She’s going to cause a power surge if she’s going to be flanked by those hot Pulse dancers serving sexy, sultry Central Florida realness! Showtime is at 12:30; Lady Bunny will be joined by hosts Angelica Sanchez and Trinity Taylor.