Tampa Bay Overheard: Loss of a Legend

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Tampa Bay performer and local legend Aspen Love was laid to rest on Nov. 11 at Smith’s Funeral Home in St. Petersburg.

Community members mourned the loss of their friend and sister, quickly announcing multiple celebrations of life and benefit shows to help with expenses. Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater, along with Empath Partners in Care, announced that the Nov. 13 Drag Queen Bingo was held to remember the performer. Proceeds from the event were donated to Love’s family.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: McBITTER

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Following Rick Kriseman’s re-election on Nov 7, local business owner Kevin McBride, in self-described mourning, shut down his men’s clothing store to determine if he wanted to continue to live in St. Petersburg.

Potential patrons were greeted with a sign on McB’s, a “high-end men’s resale shop,” which advised the store was closed until further notice. “I am so sad. Mourning,” it read. “McB needs time to figure what… is going on in this town.”

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Tampa Bay Overheard: So they think they can dance

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Break the Floor Productions is bringing its eclectic dance company Shaping Sound to Tampa on Nov. 9 for After the Curtain, the story of one gay man’s love and loss.

The 32-city tour, stopping then at the Straz, was conceived and choreographed by out, Emmy-winning choreographer and So You Think You Can Dance runner-up Travis Wall. Audiences will watch Wall and his team of 14 “visual musicians,” including the dance company’s co-creator Nick Lazzarini, “tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love.” Lazzarini was the winner of the reality competition’s first season.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Adore tour no more

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Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Adore Delano were disappointed to learn that the singer’s appearances for her “Adore Tour” were canceled in late October, just days ahead of her appearances at Southern Nights Tampa and Southern Nights Orlando.

Pardon Moi French, the event promoter presenting “The Adore Tour,” announced its cancellation just one day ahead of the Orlando stop and two before the scheduled show in Tampa. It had previously touted the tour, which would feature new music form the artist’s third studio album Whatever as “an incredible concert, featuring opening acts from some of your favorite entertainers in your city along with a 30+ minute concert.”

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Tampa Bay Drag Race cast announced

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The Flamingo Resort has announced its cast of ten queens who’ll vie for the crown, $2500 in cash and the title of “Tampa Bay’s next Drag Superstar” in the hotspot’s seven-week competition beginning Nov. 3.

The opening night will also feature RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Trinity Taylor as local queens Ja’Staria Sherrington, Eden Deck, Judah Kiss, Lady Liemont, Samaya Sinsastion, Beyja King, Felin LaPaige, Miah Van-Cartier, Trixi Allshade and Mio Hikaru begin their competition.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: OUT-standing

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Sarasota OUT, the city’s LGBT directory of events and businesses, will hold the first annual Sarasota OUT Awards on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Purple Rhino Lodge.

“I think Sarasota OUT could be the driving force to help make the LGBT community come together,” Sarasota OUT manager Josh Beadle told Watermark in January. It’s a mission he and his team have accomplished: the community voted for the area’s best of the best in September, and will now come together to celebrate the winners.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Calling All Queens

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St. Petersburg’s Flamingo Resort has announced “Tampa Bay Drag Race,” a seven-week competition coming in November.

“Who has what it takes to become the next drag superstar?” the establishment’s advertisement asked, noting that the grand prize winner will receive $2,500 cash—and the event will offer $4,000 in cash and prizes.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: A Bear Goodbye

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The Body Shop, self-described as “Tampa’s favorite neighborhood bear bar,” held its farewell party on Sept. 30, closing its doors forever.

“It is with great sadness that we are announcing that the Body Shop will be closing within the next week or so,” the bar announced via its website on Sept. 25. “The building, while it is no secret has been for sale for quite some time, has been purchased.”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: A fabulous film fest, Christmas queens and EXCELSIOR!

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SARASOTA STAYS FABULOUS

Fans of film and fans of the fabulous can rejoice, because the Fabulous Independent Film Festival (FIFF) is about to shante its way back to Sarasota.

The festival is a part of the annual Harvey Milk Festival, and as always, aims to connect the community through independent film. Now in its seventh year, the festival is currently scheduled to take over Burns Court Cinemas from October 6-8. Films are TBA, but you can stay up to date at fabulousiff.com.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Risky Tweeting and Keepin’ it Reel

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Tweet at your own risk

A visiting assistant professor at the University of Tampa learned the hard way in late August that only the president can tweet nonsense and walk away unscathed.

Following the devastation causes by Hurricane Harvey, Sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey took to Twitter to announce that “I dont believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them.”
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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: All Hallows invitations are out and hate groups close to home

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TAMPA BAY READIES FOR ALL HALLOWS

Whispers on the wind and secrets in the shadows (okay, emails) have indicated that the invitations for Tampa Bay’s 41st Annual All Hallows’ Ball will soon be mailed, revealing the by-invitation-only event’s theme in the process.

The celebrated not-for-profit Halloween party, organized by a secretive group of locals and spearheaded by a friendly neighborhood “ghost” known only as Casper, will hold this year’s party at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in mid-October. (We’d give you more information, but we’re not sure Casper would appreciate it. No one wants to anger a ghost.)

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Hey Mr. Carter, the gangs getting back together!

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GEORGIE’S ALIBI: THE REUNION

Georgie’s Alibi, a staple in the St. Petersburg LGBTQ community for fifteen years, closed its doors for the last time in September 2015. Now, a grassroots reunion has materialized nearly two years later.

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the rumors are true and Georgie’s Alibi St. Petersburg will cease operations,” the bar’s Facebook page abruptly announced in 2015, just over a week before its scheduled closure. (Employees found out not long before.) “The real estate and an adjoining parcel have been sold to a developer who plans on building new housing units… Technology and a greater acceptance of alternative lifestyles have impacted the viability of gay venues throughout the country, and The Alibi was not immune to this phenomena.”

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