Living in Tampa, I visit Orlando every so often to keep in touch with people and businesses, but there is no Orlando experience quite like visiting Orlando during Gay Disney Week. I worked the official Gay Days Expo at the DoubleTree for a couple of days and I met lots of nice people. Then of course there were the fun shows and concerts…I got to see Lisa Lampanelli, Wilson Phillips, and Salt-N-Pepa! I had so much fun and I know over 150,000 people did too! I’ll see you very soon, Orlando! Lots of love!
Thursday June 18
Southern Nights Tampa will be having their soft opening tonight starting at 9 p.m. They will be showing everyone what they can expect on different nights of the week. Friday nights will be geared toward women, while Saturday nights will be geared toward men. Meet the new staff and all the dancers this evening. It’s sure to be a great turnout!
Friday June 19
Great news, Tampa! Bradley’s on 7th’s expanded weekend lineup is a hit! Now let me tell you what Joey Brooks has in store for you tonight and tomorrow: Bradley’s diva Esme Russell will be performing with Joey on both Friday and Saturday, with Ashlee Bangkx as the special guest on Friday and Dulce Andrews and Monica Moore as the special guests on Saturday! Remember, show times are at 11:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.
If you love bears, this weekend at Dade City’s Sawmill Resort is tailor-made for you. It’s called “Into the Woods Weekend” and all the bears have come out to play. There will be a dance party tonight and tomorrow night, plus a bingo game tonight and a poolside barbecue tomorrow! Sounds like fun! Call ahead to reserve your cabin: (352) 583-0664.
Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan will be taking the stage at The Polk Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. as part of this year’s Polk Pride festivities. Tickets are available right now and you can buy them by going to polkpridefl.com. The Polk Theatre is located at 121 S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland.
Saturday June 20
Parliament House in Orlando will be hosting a steamy event this evening called “Hot Summer Nights.” Chi Chi LaRue will be joined by Trenton Ducati and David Rest for an erotic vendor fair and meet and greet. Remember there will be a showing of “Field Guide to the Gays” earlier in the evening, followed by two Footlight Players shows.
If you’re going to the Art Pool Gallery costume party in St. Petersburg, come on down to Enigma afterwards for the official after party! There will be dance music and performances by local artists, so come on down. Remember, there’s never a cover at Enigma!
Sunday June 21
City Side in Tampa is opening up their picnic baskets and welcoming all the bears for a nice afternoon and evening of food, drinks and fun. Come on over at 5 p.m. and see what Jim and the rest of the City Side staff have in store for you!
Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg will be hosting the Mr. and Miss Florida Pride of America pageants! Showtime is at 8 p.m. Special guests include Ciarra Michaels, your current Miss Florida Pride of America, Mercedes Alexander and Jason Elliott, your current national Miss and Mr. Pride of America titleholders, and Taylor Madison Monroe, Miss Gay United States 2012 (a good friend of mine from Arkansas!). For more information, visit prideofamerica.net.
Monday June 22
You know I love a good game of bingo, and Hamburger Mary’s Tampa has multiple drag queen bingo games going on every week! The Monday game is hosted by Joey Brooks and all the money raised goes to charity. This week’s charity is the Krewe of the Nautilus, which raises money for environmental protection and awareness in Florida. Pay $10 and get cards for 10 games…you may win some fabulous prizes! Game time is at 7:30 p.m.; reserve your table by calling (813) 241-6279.