Overheard in Orlando: Remembering Tweeka and a mysterious anniversary

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Everyone who is anyone knows our local gem, Blue Star. From her DJ work, acting and singing talents to her incredible dancing skills and of course, the Venue.The Venue plays host to many local entertainment events, including her Peek-a-Boo burlesque. Recently, in an online feature on USAToday’s 10Best – the Venue and Blue were praised for bringing the burlesque scene into the spotlight of the artistic side of the Ivanhoe Village. Thanks to Blue and many others, the #OneLove campaign has been making its rounds these last few years,named for the passing of John “Tweeka Weed” Barber – truly a talent whose light was taken too soon due to complications with an aggressive form of cancer.

Tweeka/Barber was recently the subject of an article of Georgia Voice in an article by old friend Bill Kaelin titled “The Drag Queen who changed my life.” Kaelin mentions when he was hanging out with Tweeka/Barber, he knew he was hanging out with royalty, and through his street wise and larger than life personality, he learned a lot about the community and the Atlanta scene. Two local legends, both praised for being talented and real people.

B Positive
Local elections are right around the corner, so of course all the candidates are planning and getting ready to make themselves seen. You will see ads on TV, hear them on the radio and even in print like in Watermark. But many political hopefuls also prefer the yard signs, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan included. She recently ordered a batch of signs reminding Orlando to vote for her as District 4 city commissioner. Unfortunately, someone missed the proof reading and the signs were accidently posted with the “b” missing in November. Instead of getting upset over the error and chucking the signs, Patty found the humor in all of this and plans to slap a sticker with the correct spelling over them.

Sunday Funner Day
The Tea-Dance is a staple in gay society, although the true meaning has been lost in the younger generations as to why. Now what’s typically a Sunday T-Dance(because T-shirts) is better known as a Sunday Funday. Bars like Ember & Latitudes have surely jumped on board, unofficially catering to the downtown gay crowd. Now, at Orange Avenue’s EVE,Chris Pittman presents Royal-Tea. This night will kick off on Sunday, August 16. 18-plus are welcome, and there’s no cover.

25 years of Mystery Solving
Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show on International Drive just celebrated 25yrs of entertaining tourist and locals alike. And also, employing a lot of local theater talent including: Doug Ba’aser, Rob Ward (Pepe from Truth or Dare with Pepe), Nathan Bonk and Janine Klein. After taking time away from Gay Days this past June, Sleuth’s hosted a special gay performance of “Ken and Scott tie the knot,” much to the delight of those attending Gay Days looking for a meal and a show!

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