Overheard in Orlando: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts… there’s an app for that!

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Orlando boys and their balls
Orlando was well represented this past holiday weekend in Fort Lauderdale during the 20th Annual Hurricane Showdown Softball Tournament.
The Orlando Sliders were the big winners for the D division. Over the same weekend, Fort Lauderdale was also host to their very first ever Fort Lauderdale Gay Days. Reports say the inaugural event wasn’t nearly as well attended as Gay Days Orlando or Gay Days Vegas.

Happy Barber-Days
The Barber fund that helps those living with cancer, honoring John “Tweeka” Barber is benefiting from some funny fundraisers. On Dec. 8, Miss Comedy Queen Holiday Spectacular, Tweeka was a former Miss Comedy Queen. And on Dec. 19, a Fringe Festival Pepe returns with a slew of his “beetches. Pepe’s Christma-Kwanz-Kah, special features performers Blue, Janine Klein, Lady Raptastic and many more. Both hysterical holiday events will be held at the Venue.

What’s app’ening at Dr. Phillips
The new state of the art Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is now mobile, well sort of. It has a new app created with the support of Echo Interaction that is available in the app store for iOS devices as “DrPhillipsCtr.” The app is designed to allow iPhone users to purchase tickets, create reminders for where they parked and even receive notifications for when tickets go on sale based on their personal preferences. Users can also use to the app to make dinner reservations at participating restaurants. As of now, no word if the app will launched for Android users.

Now for the main course
In the heart of Mills 50 district sits the Sybil of restaurants, located at 924 N Mills. The restaurant is owned by FMI—best known for Funky Monkey Wine Company (I-Drive & Mills) and the easy to forget defunct eateries Nick’s Italian Kitchen & the Prickly Pear. This restaurant was originally Bananas Diner, home to a Sunday Gospel Drag Brunch, late night service and servings of Chicken and Waffles. In July, according to the owners, to fit the new feel of the neighborhood, out went the drag queens and waffles and in came an overhauled look and menu came the Mills Brew Pub. The new concept didn’t last very long with the recent announcement of a new name and a revisit to the drag performers. Now dubbed The Divas Dinner Theater, it offers a preset three-course menu for dinner and different option for the return of its gospel brunch. Compared to Lips in Fort Lauderdale and New York, the Divas Dinner Theatre will feature several local drag performers, most of which also perform at the Funky Monkey I-Drive location. There will also be local theatrical performances. With only a few weeks left in 2014 we hope this concept sticks longer than cheap lipstick.

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