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Is everyone enjoying the beginning of the fall arts and entertainment season in Central Florida? I know I am. Last week I saw the premiere of Once at the Straz Center in Tampa. I missed it last year so I was very glad I had the chance to see it this time around. There are quite a few shows coming up at the Straz this week, such as The Naked Magicians and Silence! The Musical. There are two others I’ll tell you more about in this column. Orlando readers: Cinderella is coming in just a few short weeks! Now it’s time for me to start this column before I turn into a pumpkin! Lots of love!

Thursday October 15

WHCF-3041_ThursdayOne popular Thursday night option in Ybor City is the amateur strip contest that happens each week at midnight at Bradley’s on 7th. Joey Brooks hosts, and this week she will be joined by Dulce Andrews. A cash prize will go to the winner! Keep Bradley’s in mind this weekend too: the Friday night drag show features Joey Brooks, Bradley’s diva Esme Russell, and Felicia Fox, and on Saturday, Joey and Esme return to the stage and welcome special guest Mercedes Deveraux. Weekend showtimes are at 11:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

BarCodes in Orlando presents their ’80s night tonight and every Thursday night starting at 9 p.m. Enjoy music, movie clips and TV commercials from your totally tubular favorite decade. Be sure to stop by The Store @ BarCodes for your underwear and swimwear needs and much more.

 

Friday October 16

Enigma‘s fun Friday nights, with Daphne Ferraro as entertainment director, have people in St. WHCF-3041_FridayPetersburg coming back week after week to see what she has in store next! This week, Daphne invites two of her friends, Jaeda Fuentes and Ashlee Bangkx, to the stage for two shows, one at 10 p.m. and one at 11:30 p.m. Remember, Enigma never charges cover!

Parliament House Orlando will be in the thick of the 25th annual Bear Bust, which goes on through Sunday night! Tonight, events include an Orlando Gay Chorus concert in the Footlight Theatre, the Mr. Perky Butt contest in the courtyard (I was a judge last year!), and Matt Alber in concert on the pool stage. Go to bearbust.org for more information.

 

Saturday October 17

WHCF-3041_SaturdayBegin your Saturday night in Central Florida with Leigh Shannon’s Cabaret Dinner Show at Hamburger Mary’s Orlando! She and her friends will entertain the crowd with some of the finest female illusions around! Reserve your table for 7:30 p.m. by calling (321) 319-0600.

The annual Broadway Ball at the Straz Center in Tampa is a very big event, and so is the after-party! The Broadway Ball After Dark will feature a live performance by Lady Bunny. Tickets for the Broadway Ball After Dark are $60 per person or WHCF-3041_Saturday2two for $100. Call the Straz Center’s box office (813-229-7827) to buy your tickets as there is limited space remaining.

Southern Nights Tampa is hosting a very steamy night, called “Southern’s Decadence.” It’s being billed as “a night of sinful debauchery,” featuring seven sexy dancers who embody all of the deadly sins! Music provided by DJ Ants. There will be a drag show at 12:30 a.m., featuring Roxxxy Andrews, Jade Embers and Alexis Mateo, followed by a live performance by Christopher Knolton. There is no cover WHCF-3041_Saturday3before 10 p.m. for people 21 and over.

The Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg is continuing to celebrate Halloween all month long with “Monster Mash,” a spooky and fun theme night! Get dressed up in your favorite monster costume because there will be a contest, with a reward given to the winner! There will be a “ghostly” drag show beginning at 11:30 p.m., and for your enjoyment there will be quite a few sexy “vampire dancers“! Want to reserve your room for the weekend? Call (727) 321-5000.

 

Tuesday October 20

See the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, right here in Central Florida! A six-night engagement begins tonight at the Straz Center. Visit strazcenter.org or call (813) 229-7827 to snag your ticket!