Central Florida and Tampa Bay prep to eat, drink and be scary this Halloween

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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From the fierce to the freakish, Halloween is a celebration of self-expression. It’s a chance for those of any age, gender identity or sexual orientation to live exactly as they are—or should they choose, to become someone or something else entirely.

For those reasons and more, so many in the LGBTQ community have gravitated toward Halloween throughout its hallowed history. But deeper meanings aside, it’s also fun. How can you go wrong with costumes, candy, parties and puns?

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Plant Nite at Roque Pub

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Eat, drink and customize your very own terrarium at Plant Nite at Roque Pub!

Sunday Funday Potluck

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Our Weekly Themed Sunday Funday Potluck. Bring your favorite dish to share. Join Mitchell Demmons for our Half Price Happy Hour from 2pm – 9pm, then Lance Michael will be at your service for Undie Sunday starting at 9pm; where you receive $1 off per drink if you are shirtless and $2 off per drink if you get down to your undies as well as $2.50 Quench Drafts & $3 Well Tequila Shots!

Sunday Funday Potluck

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Our Weekly Themed Sunday Funday Potluck. Join Mitchell Demmons for our Half Off Happy Hour from 2pm – 9pm, and then Lance Michael will be at your service for Undie Sunday starting at 9pm; where you receive $1 off per drink if you are shirtless and $2 off per drink if you get down to your undies!

URBAN Nights, cocktail party

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A great view for a great cause. A social event to raise funds to continue the 27 year legacy of TIGLFF.

Entry is FREE, drink upon arrival, light bites, cocktails, drink specials , 50/50 raffles and the oppportunuty to mingle with both business people and lovers of the arts.

RSVP to Tod as places are limited by either
phone: 813.676.6683 or email : todd@the tampaclub.com

80s Night #atTheAbbey

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80s Night #atTheAbbey is back in May with SWITCH!

No cover, all the music you love and drink specials all night long.

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1.14.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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It was about 3 a.m. when, curled in my perpetually awkward slumber that involves noise and talking for no real reason, I “heard the news today, oh boy.” My lifelong hero, my sun, my moon, the man who fell to earth and influenced every song or band or fashion to which I would cling in dreams and sleep and love and hate was dead. Tony, my husband, was doing a radio show when the update clouded the transom: David Bowie, 69, had passed from cancer just a couple of days after his birthday.

I only mention this because, well, it meant that my skull collapsed and shattered and the ground became a hole. Yes, it’s overdramatic to eulogize a celebrity or an artist in such a sadly choreographed fetal-position cramp, but that’s what I did. I cried in a ball, I pressed words together in my head the same way that Bowie did on small pieces of paper, I made nonsense make sense and I ran to my computer to relive a life I had already absorbed once before. I was an Absolute Beginner once. A Starman. A Hero. A Dead Man Walking.

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Uprisings!: Fox Business Network will be hosting the worst Republican dinner party ever tonight. We’ll be liveblogging at 9 p.m.

By : Billy Manes
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And here we thought we were going to go sweetly into that warm bubble bath as the evening met its slumber. Nope. Instead, we’ll be doing what we do best while drinking in our underpants with dogs akimbo: liveblogging our thoughts on the currents and currency of the Republican presidential runaway train as it makes its next wobbly stop on the TEEVEE at 9 p.m. One and all should gather around their television tubes and bend their antennae in the direction of something onerous called the Fox Business Network. OR, you can pull out your phone, your iPad, your Kindle, your hair and just watch as we ruminate on how low politics can go. Either way, it will be fun. There are numerous drinking games, of course, because that’s what we’ve turned into. Our friend Peter Scorsch at saintpetersblog.com has been getting a chub about them all day. However, we have to work early in the morning, and our drinking will likely be supplemented with a lot of “How bloody dare you?” and “What would your mother think?” exhortations. Still, you don’t want to miss it. (We didn’t liveblog Friday’s Democratic “forum” because it was a “forum” and we were busy, but it was pretty spectacular and civil; Rachel Maddow is our spirit animal). Enough ranting for now. We’ll see you for the BIG GAME tonight. Over/under on Jeb and Marco making out? 0/0.

8:48 p.m.: TOOK A NAP! I have no idea what happened in Junior Varsity yet. Sometimes it’s better when you don’t know. Of course, that’s impossible. Bobby Jindal went batshit and Chris Christie’s “side fender” has been dented according to FOX guy.

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Four men and a lady: Liveblogging tonight’s Democratic primary debate

By : Billy Manes
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BENGHAZI! EMAILS! WALL STREET! SOCIALISIM! PRETENDING THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN TWO CANDIDATES! HERE COMES THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SHOWDOWN DEBATE!!!!!!!111!!!

Tonight, just like Donald Trump’s hair, we’ll be liveblogging the Democratic stakes as Hillary and Bernie come to blows for what seems to be the first time. Though Sanders is winning the public relations game with Obama-sized rallies, Clinton is still ruling the polls (Sanders is scoring a HUGE one percent among non-white voters according to CNN). Starting at 8:30 p.m., in the depths of Anderson Cooper’s swimming-pool eyes, we will be opining on the backs and the forths of political theater; we’ll also be monitoring the outfield for comments from Martin O’Malley (the cutest), Jim Webb (meh) and Lincoln Chafee (that middle part!). Come play along if you will. It’s going to be fun, fun, fun.

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Rainbow River Cruise, Pride weekend 2015

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The St. John’s Rivership Company’s Barbara Lee launched from Sanford Oct. 11 for the special Pride edition of the Rainbow River Cruise.

Passengers were entertained by Trixie Deluxe, Angel Sheridan and DJ Lindsay Leigh. They enjoyed a great drink special called “The Paddleboat” while enjoying clear skies, great views and mild weather, capped off by a gorgeous sunset.

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Sleeves up, pants down: “The Naked Magic Show” promises full frontal illusions at the Straz Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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We’ve all seen a good magic trick where the magician shows you there is nothing up their sleeves, but one magic act is taking it a step further to show they aren’t hiding anything.

Australia’s smokin’ hot magicians, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, have been selling out shows from Australia to New Zealand to Hong Kong wearing nothing but abs, a smile and a top hat, now they are coming to America with “The Naked Magic Show” at the Straz Center in Tampa Oct. 16.

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Clinton plays Val the bartender in “SNL” skit

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Set ’em up, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

The front-runner for the Democratic nomination appeared on the season opener of Saturday Night Live as a wise bartender named Val who pours a drink or two for, ahem, Hillary Clinton (played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon).

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