Welcome to the What’s Hot Column, where we feature countless events in the Greater Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and surrounding areas. This is also your connection to activities and events by local LGBT+ Organizations. Continue reading on to learn What’s Hot in February!
Friday, February 1
Join Southern Nights Tampa for their Monthly NeiBEARhood Takeover. “Beardstock” with DJ Edil Hernandez sponsored by Gobearr Gear & FatMarker. There will be fundraising performances for Miss Florida Bearded Queens journey to nationals. Showtime at 12am with Scarlette Diamond & Aquariius & 1am show with Miss Florida Bearded queen herself – Bearonce Bear. 21 & Over event with no cover before 10pm.
Saturday, February 2
Join The Parliament House as they say Farwell, to Shantell D’Marco for her final Saturday night as a current Footlight Player before she relocates to Chicago. Showtimes are 10pm & 12am. This weekend P-House will be featuring the Sounds of DJ Nina Flowers (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) in the main disco till 3am.
Starting today and every month on the first Saturday till June 1 join Lake Nona Cars & Coffee (11920 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando) for an event featuring everything from rare cars to new cars being released. There is always something cool and different that shows up, you just never know what it will be. Come hang out with your friends or network with like-minded individuals. They are a proud partner of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Each month they raise donations to help children in need. 100% of raffles, donations, and product sales are donated to Nemours Children’s Hospital. For Additional information carsandcoffeecfl.autoshowsonline.com.
Cristoph’s Tampa presents “Glow Party,” starring Stephanie Stuart and DJ Mike Sklarz. 21 and over with no cover!
Thursday, February 7
Come Out With Pride is excited to welcome Pride organizers and special guests to sunny Orlando for Interpride Pose 2019! Join them till February10 for educational workshops, networking opportunities and fabulous social events — all designed to showcase and benefit the various Prides of the Southeast. Get registration and hotel info plus check out the latest on their website at Comeoutwithpride.com/pose.
Friday, February 8
Southern Nights Tampa presents “Surge Fridays” with International DJ Eddie Martinez, spectacular décor, sexy Go-Go dancers and much more. This is an 18 and over event with doors opening at 9pm and no cover till 10pm.
Back by Popular Demand, the Van Wezel presents “Patti Labelle” the Philadelphia Maven returns to belt out her Soul and R&B classics, pop hits, blues and spirituals – as only Ms. Patti can! Showtime at 8pm, and for tickets go to: Vanwezel.org.
Saturday, February 9
Right Angle Entertainment in association with Dr. Phillips Center present “The Simon & Garfunkel Story” The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry, to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60’s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance. This event uses a huge projection photos and original film footage, featuring a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs. Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more. Showtime is at 8pm, and for tickets go to: drphillipscenter.org.
Sunday, February 10
The Amway Center presents Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Farewell Play Tour.” Perry’s Madea franchise has resonated with its diverse audience with films exploring poverty, race, love and more. Marking Perry’s 21st stage play as the Atlanta grandma, the show stars the original cast including Tamela Mann, David Mann, and Cassi Davis. With the end of the Madea franchise era, and in proper Perry fashion, he wanted to give Madea fans a proper send off. The character, Mabel Earlene “Madea” Simmons, played by Perry himself, first appeared as a 68-year-old in the 1999 stage play, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” followed by the play and film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Performance runs though February 11. For additional information and tickets, please visit Amwaycenter.com.
If you want to hand out in your underwear head on over to Barcodes Orlando, every Sunday night with discounts for men in underwear.
Tuesday, February 12
Southern Nights Orlando presents Twisted Tuesday ‘Find your Valentine’ with special guest Blue Star. The main show is at 12am with Axel Andrews, Kaija Adonis & Cara Cavalli, followed by the Talent Contest. Doors open at 9pm, with no cover before 11pm.
The Straz Center presents “Hamilton: An American Musical” The Tony Award winning sung-and-rapped through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. Production runs through March 10. For tickets and show times go to: Strazcenter.org.
Reminder…. that Barcodes Orlando has Free Pool all day and all night every Tuesday!
Wednesday, February 13
The legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli returns to Orlando with his Valentine’s concert. Celebrating the romance of Valentine’s Day, Bocelli will delight his fans to a unique holiday repertoire combining the most beloved arias, crossover hits, and the world’s most famous love songs. With one of the most recognizable voices in the industry, Bocelli has been thrilling audiences for over 20 years and sold over 80 million records worldwide. A One Night Only event you can not miss! For tickets, please visit Amwaycenter.com.
Join Orlando’s Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioners as they host the annual City of Orlando’s Black History Month celebration of the African American culture and contributions. This year’s Black History Month theme, “Black Migrations” emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the twentieth century through today. Event begins at 5:30pm at Mad Cow Theatre, 54 West Church St. For additional information, go to: Madcowtheatre.com.
Thursday, February 14
Mad Theatre and the Straz Center present “Heathers The Musical” a darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid: J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kick Heather’s aerobicized butt…but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. Production runs till March 3. For Tickets and show times go to: Strazcenter.org.
Friday, February 15
Cristoph’s Tampa presents “Puppy Love,” which is a Pup night starring Alexis De La Mer and DJ Greg Anderson. 21 and over with no cover!
Southern Nights Tampa presents “Surge Fridays” with International DJ Cindel, spectacular décor, sexy Go-Go dancers and much more. This is an 18 and over event with doors opening at 9pm and no cover till 10pm.
Saturday, February 16
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay presents “Valentines Cabaret Show: “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” at the ballroom of the Historic Lozano Cigar Factory (1410 N 21st St Tampa). The GMCTB’s Cabaret is a must see showcasing their members singing solos, duets and group acts. They will have you loving, laughing and leaving happy, all while raising funds to continue the songs of The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to: Gmctb.org.
The Parliament House presents the 6th Annual Red Ball featuring Monique Heart from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4. Shows at 10pm and 12am with the Footlight Players. Doors open at 8pm, and the Theatre doors open at 9:30pm. DJ Briana spins till 3am, with 18+ welcome. General admission is $12, with VIP admission $25 and includes a photo opportunity after the midnight pool stage show. Red Attire Strongly Recommended.
Southern Nights Tampa presents DJ Kitty Glitter (Direct from Australia). 18 & Over welcome with show time at 12am starring Roxxxy Andrews, Jade Embers and guests!
The Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents, present “Dancing With The Stars: Live! – a Night to remember” The show will feature fan favorite professional and troupe dancers in a brand-new production showcasing every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, ranging from ballroom and jazz to modern and hip-hop. Choreographed by Emmy award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore and Dancing with the Stars Executive Producer Ashley Edens-Shaffer, this event delivers a spectacular night of show-stopping dance performances from world-renowned dancers including Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Hayley Erbert and Britt Stewart, and many more! For tickets, go to: Drphillipscenter.org.
Neema Barhami and Latin Saturdays “Amor” present Farrah Moan from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4. Doors open at 9pm, with admission $10 before 11pm and a Meet & Greet for only $20 (includes admission). 21 + welcome. Feautring DJ’s Kraig Mattew & Franklin Cruel. With Performances by Nouba Soleil, Natalie Nayles and Cara Cavalli. For Additional information, go to: Stonewallorlando.com.
Monday, February 18
The Dr. Phillips Center in association with Ed Atamian present Carol Burnett “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection.” Burnett will take questions from the audience, show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers. “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” said Carol. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!” Showtime at 7:30pm, and to purchase tickets, go to: DrPhillipscenter.org.
Tuesday, February 19
Tonight and tomorrow night, the Van Wezel in association with Wilde Lexus Sarastoa and ABC 7 present “Finding Neverland.” The show tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. For tickets and show times Vanwezel.org.
Thursday, February 21
The Dr. Phillips Center in association with Live Nation present “Hymn” starring Sarah Brightman in concert with special guests Vincent Niclo & Narcis Lustin Lanau. Known for her three-octave range and for pioneering the classical-crossover music movement, Sarah Brightman has amassed global sales of more than 30 million units. Showtime at 8pm, an for tickets, go to: Drphillipscenter.org.
Friday, February 22
The Parliament House in association with Miracle of Love, Inc. present an Intergalactic Experience – Wigs in Space! Experience big wigs, big entertainment, as well as big prizes. The Theme is Space, so make sure to come out in theme. For Tickets and additional information please visit Parliamenthouse.com.
Saturday, February 23
Mr Ms Adrien in association with Southern Nights Orlando present “Gaga Ball 3.” The show is a fully staged and choreographed drag tribute production dedicated to the career of Grammy award winning artist Lady Gaga, and her legions of dedicated fans. The show is a full hour packed with Gaga’s most iconic looks and performances, and will make you feel like you are front row at a live Lady Gaga concert. Showtime at 8:30pm, with doors opening at 8pm. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, and $20 at the Door. For tickets and additional information visit: mrmsadrien.ticketleap.com/gagaball.
Barcodes Orlando presents their monthly (last Sat of every month) Leather night with live demo’s and as always no cover!
Tuesday, February 26
An Intimate Evening of Songs and Storytelling with three-time Grammy Award-winner Sarah McLachlan and featuring Vanessa Freebairn-Smith takes place at the Van Wezel. With over 40 million albums sold worldwide and 12 Juno Awards to her name, McLachlan was recently inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and has solidified her place as one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters in the entertainment industry. Showtime at 8pm, and for tickets go to: Vanwezel.org.
Cristoph’s Tampa presents “Sexy Singlet,” starring Lady Janet and DJ Mike Sklarz. 21 and over with no cover!