It’s an exciting time for Central Florida, as Orlando prepares for its pride celebrations, Metro Wellness Centers has their Tampa Bay gala, and Hamburger Mary’s opens another location, this time in Clearwater! All of these events and grand openings are keeping me busy.
WHAT’S HOT CENTRAL FLORIDA
everything you need to plan your week
by: Mike Halterman
It’s an exciting time for Central Florida, as Orlando prepares for its pride celebrations, Metro Wellness Centers has their Tampa Bay gala, and Hamburger Mary’s opens another location, this time in Clearwater! All of these events and grand openings are keeping me busy. Feel free to tell me about your upcoming event by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lots of love to you all!
Friday September 13
Sexy gay rapper Cazwell comes to Steam Fridays at The Honey Pot in Tampa. He will be performing his greatest hits such as “Ice Cream Truck,” “I Seen Beyonce,” and more, including his newest single “Guess What?” This party also doubles as the official after-party for the Pet Shop Boys concert that is happening earlier in the evening at The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Hotspots’ own Amy DeMilo will be hosting a drag show as well. Doors open at 10 p.m. and there is no cover before 10:30.
Starting on Friday and happening through Sunday is Erotica 2 weekend at Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg. Raging Stallion porn star Michael Brandon will be flying in from California and you’ll be able to see him at all three Flamingo bars on Friday and Saturday and at the Sunday T-Dance. He will be performing demos on stage outside and in the men’s private play space. The Tampa Leather Club is sponsoring this weekend.
Saturday September 14
The Ultra Lounge in Cocoa presents the Cocoa Village Follies, showcasing top drag performers from all across Florida. On this Saturday, the show will be featuring Bridgette Galore from Orlando and Coco Biatche from just up the road in Rockledge. The club opens at 4 p.m. for a long happy hour, but the show doesn’t start until 11:30. Be there!
A drag event called “Contoured for a Cure” will be going on at 11 p.m. at The Body Shop in north Tampa. This benefit show will be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event will be hosted by Gia Banks and Jade Embers and will also feature the talents of Rita, Yasmine, Kryssandra and Ronya. There is no cover and every dollar you tip the girls goes straight to the kids.
Sunday September 15
If you’re feeling in a brunch mood, Hammerheads Beer and Wine Bar in Orlando will be hosting a brunch starting at 12 p.m., featuring a buffet catered by Essence T. Van Cartier, an opening act with India Mirage impersonating Kathy Griffin, and then the musical stylings of Lindsey Leigh and Heather B. at 2 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of a float and tent for Hammerheads in the Orlando Come Out with Pride celebrations coming up next month. The bar asks for you to pay for your tickets IN ADVANCE so please RSVP with them before the event!
Sundays spell hot and sexy underwear nights in both Tampa Bay and Orlando. First off, BarCodes Orlando offers special drink discounts for men in their underwear after 8 p.m. (ask your bartender what special deals you’ll be getting!). Not wearing any? No problem! The Store @ BarCodes sells a full line of underwear and swimwear. Can’t come out on Sunday? There’s another underwear night at BarCodes every Wednesday. At Quench Lounge in Largo, being in your underwear also gets you special drink prices after 9 p.m. when happy hour ends. Can’t commit to taking off the pants? Meet them halfway and take off your shirt for a smaller deal.
First and third Sundays of each month are home to “Bitchy Bingo” at The Broken Tusk in St. Petersburg. Meagan Towers is your host and will be taking you on a wild ride starting at 7 p.m. There will be music afterwards (from 10 p.m. on) with DJ Pearl.
Tuesday September 17
City Side near South Dale Mabry and Henderson in Tampa hosts Retro Night, where the VJ plays all of your favorite hits from the ’80s and ’90s. Does “your baby have a secret” and it’s a love of Madonna videos? Hopefully he will “live to tell” the VJ which ones he wants to see! (Corny, I know, but I love it!)
Wednesday September 18
Hamburger Mary’s in Clearwater in Clearwater will be starting their first Ham-Bingo! for charity at 7:30 p.m. The exact charity being helped was unclear as of press time but we were assured that Mary’s will be helping quite a few deserving organizations in Pinellas County. Be there and make sure to call ahead to reserve your table! (727) 400-6996