Overheard in Orlando: Brevard County gay bar closes

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Uh, Your Zipperz Down
Brevard County is down a gay bar. Zipperz Bar and Grill is now closed, despite recently obtaining a full liquor license and making a few upgrades this past summer. Zipperz was known for its drag brunch Sundays and hosted performers from all over Central Florida. On the bar’s Facebook page, owners Glenn and Roger said doors closed permanently Nov. 16. The post said the reason for the closure was “times were changing and we no longer needed our own place.” The pair are located close to the Kennedy Space Center, so we’re unsure from what planet they’re dispatching. Fortunately for Brevard County’s LGBT residents and travelers (both domestic and intergalactic) The Ultra Lounge at the historic Cocoa Village and the Cold Keg nightclub and bar in Melbourne still remain open.

Explosive Performances
Touted as a ‘Unique Fundraiser’ for The Maitland Academy of the Performing Arts, Kamikaze Karaoke boasted lots of local favorites providing their vocal talents for a good cause. The event at the Abbey allowed the highest bidder to choose the song for the performer of their choice. Kamikaze raised more than $2,000, in spite of a local Orlando favorite who refused to perform song selected for him. The performer still donated the amount that was bid on him as a consolation for backing out.

Orlando’s Got Talent
Is there a local performer or theater technician whose work you absolutely love? Well, get over to BrowdWayWorld.com and vote them for the Orlando awards! Categories include Best Actress and Actor plus Costuming, Directing and Choreography. Much like Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Adler (also known as Bingo host and performer, Carol Lee) is nominated as Best Male Actor in a musical for his portrayal as the voluptuous Edna Turnblad in Winter Garden’s theatre production of Hairspray. A well deserved nomination! Voting runs through Dec. 31and winners will be announced in January.

Direct Openings
The Hope and Help Center recently posted its search for an event director. No statement was made by The Hope and Help announcing as to why the position was open, but the position involves organizing many of Hope and Help’s large events like AIDS Walk Orlando and the Headdress Ball. The Orlando Gay Chorus is also searching for an Artistic Director. As it seems, there’s been a lot of openings lately and few people to fill them. Thanks Obama!

Know your Gay?
The Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Savoy teamed up for a FUNdraising night of LGBT history, people, culture and health. The event, which was organized as the novice project for Novice Sister Donna Chernobyl, included many prizes from various vendors. Although it was only listed as a one night event, the Sisters were able to make this trivia experience both educational and fun. Let’s hope it becomes a regular thing.

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