2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Alexis De La Mer

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA BAY’S FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMER: DRAG, WHO SHOULD BE ON THE COVER OF WATERMARK’S WAVES ISSUE

“Coming from New York, my drag is a little outrageous and a little more colorful than most of the drag queens in the Tampa Bay area,” Alexis De La Mer says. “Drag is an art form to me.”

The queen’s name stems from her favorite soap opera Dynasty, and in particular its character Alexis Carrington. “She was always dressed up in beautiful evening gowns and business suits with furs,” De La Mer says, “and dripping in jewelry. She always had a beautiful, hot young man by her side… I said, ‘I want to be just like her.’”

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2018 WAVE AWARD WINNERS – TAMPA BAY

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST

First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor

Second: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida CEO

Third: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY

First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor

Second: Joanna Garcia Parkin, ESQ., St. Petersburg attorney

Third: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Jonathan J. Jusino

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Age: 27

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Taurus

If you’ve enjoyed a performance at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, you have Jonathan Jusino to thank.

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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: Tampa Bay Drag Race cast announced

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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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: 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: The Flamingo turns 8 and Tampa Pride celebrates 3

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The Bronze Age

Time to wrap a lovely present and get ready to flock to the Flamingo Resort as it is celebrating its eight-year anniversary. I believe an eight-year anniversary gets either pottery or something bronze, so maybe cover singer-turned-politician Clay Aiken in some bronzer as a possible gift to the party? Just an idea.

Anyway, Flamingo’s Eight-Year Anniversary dinner happens April 6 and includes a three course meal (will you be having the chicken or the steak? And what meal wouldn’t be complete with some cheesecake… thank you for being a friend) and a meet and greet with the amazing and talented Flamingo cast, as well as a special performance by Iman. The dinner is just the opening act to a night of celebration which includes “a little burlesque and a little drag, all in one night” with performances by Mayven Missbehavin and Ashlee T. Bangx.

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Tampa Bay celebrates Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Awards at Flamingo Resort

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark celebrated with the Tampa Bay winners of the 2017 WAVE Awards at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg March 9.

The Flamingo Resort hosted the event in their new Blu Room Theatre with flowers designed by The Flower Centre of St. Petersburg. First place winners took home awards in beautiful frames courtesy of Tyrone’s Frame and Mirror.

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Gay Sax: Saxophonist Alan Darcy brings his talents to the Flamingo Resort

By : Krista DiTucci
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Tampa – Saxophonist Alan Darcy has showcased his musical talents to Florida and the rest of the U.S. for more than 20 years. Because his recent performance at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg was so successful, locals can now find him there for poolside performances the second Saturday of each month.

The Staten Island native has resided in Florida intermittently since his youth. Darcy’s family experienced a great loss when his sister passed away suddenly after struggling with cancer. Darcy has used his music to help heal his own heart, as well as the hearts of his loved ones.

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North Florida Drummer contest held at Flamingo Resort

By : Steve Blanchard
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Six contestants competed for the title of Drummer and Drummerboy at the North Florida Drummer contest at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg May 2.

A cast of five judges chose one Drummer and one Drummerboy to participate in the Drummer North America contest scheduled for April 2016.

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Issue 21.25: The Leather Community

By : Jake Stevens
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Brotherhood Redefined: Florida’s Leather Community is multifaceted, ever-evolving, and probably not at all what you expected, Orlando’s MBA may pursue fraud charges against former president, St. Pete commemorates World AIDS Day, It’s time to be ‘Out at the Asolo’ in Sarasota, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Let’s do the Time Warp again!

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Tampa Pride gets 501c3 status
Tampa Pride is officially a non-profit entity. The newly formed organization that hopes to bring Pride back to Tampa in March 2015 received word that the State of Florida has granted it’s 501c3 status. That means Tampa Pride is tax exempt and is officially a charitable organization. Tampa hasn’t had its own Pride festival since Pride on 7th folded a few years ago. The new Tampa Pride is not affiliated with any other Pride that has existed in Tampa and is not a part of St. Pete Pride. However, the organization hopes to work closely with other Pride festivals throughout the state. To make the March 26-29 festival a reality—which includes plans for a parade down 7th Avenue in Ybor City on March 28—organizers need to raise $70,000 by February. So far the organization’s GoFundMe.com account shows just under $4,000, so more donations are desperately needed. Find details at TampaPride.org.

Monsters aplenty
The annual All Hallows Ball was another smashing success this year, even with an earlier-than-normal date! The Monster-themed celebration returned to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on Oct. 18, and brought out nearly 3,000 people. The annual celebration saw a collection of group costumes, individual creativity and a few inappropriate yet laughable get-ups (a deceased Joan Rivers and a real member of the Fashion Police, for example). But the Monster theme was mixed with a theme of fun, and the who’s who of Tampa Bay were out in full force. And to think, we’re still a week out from the actual Halloween date!

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