Have a Great Gay Weekend: June 10, 2016

By : Anna M. Johnson
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There so many LGBT-related things to do this weekend and many support local business. And almost all of them involve drinking! Grab someone that will treat you right and paint the town red… or rainbow.

You can even come to these events if you identify as straight. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


Make Them Say “Ha!” Comedy Show
June 10
Metro Wellness and Community Center, St. Petersburg
After a long week, everyone needs to chill out and let go. What better way to do that then laughing at/with people? Metro and SwellFella Productions presents the Make Them Say “HA!” Comedy Show, showcasing five local comedians, hosted by Kevin Taylor. Expect an evening of stand-up comedy to rival the likes of Louis C.K., Aziz Anzari and Donald Drumpf. All proceeds benefit Metro’s LGBT youth programs so you can feel confident knowing you’re supporting a good cause while laughing at dirty jokes. Tickets are $15 at the door. Contact LGBT@MetroTampaBay.org for more information. Unwind a little bit!

St. Pete Queer Craft Brews Event
June 11
Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg
Speaking of unwinding, come out and enjoy craft beer with other LGBT locals at one of the newest breweries in St. Pete. This family-friendly (and dog-friendly) event takes place at Cage Brewing and will be a fun afternoon with 17 taps of local craft brews, food trucks, live music and games. Local indie pop band Actual Bank Robbers will be playing live music outdoors on the patio, there will be pinball, old-school video games, foosball, badminton, volleyball and cornhole, beer and gays. What more could you want?

A Tale of Two Cities
Friday, June 3- Sunday, June 26
American Stage, St. Petersburg
Make sure you get to American Stage for the big opening weekend of Everett Quinton’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. If you are anything like us, you also read through the Dickens classic and thought, “well, this is an entertaining story, but where are the drag queens?” This adaptation does not disappoint. An aspiring drag queen by the name of Jerry opens his door to find an abandoned baby on his step and the only thing that stops the baby from crying is this queen performing the entire narrative of the French Revolution story. Parenting sounds hard! Mark Chambers reprises the role he played 20 years ago on the American Stage. Tickets available at AmericanStage.org.


Slut Like Me
June 10 & 11
Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House, Orlando
Fresh from his Patron’s Pick-winning run at the Orlando Fringe Festival, Logan Donahoo is back and as slutty as ever with his interactive one-man show playing a limited run at the Parliament House. Donahoo educates, exploits, beguiles and so, so much more with his silly lessons that “teach ALL the sexy secrets and skills you need to release YOUR inner slut! Learn to flirt like a pro! Get the most out of your CraigsList ad! Find out what to do when the health department calls! Take notes, because class is in SESSION!” Tickets are $15 at the door.

Mills 50 Madcap
June 11
The Brass Tap, Orlando
If you’re looking to hang out with all the hip young millennials that run rampant through Orlando AND drink plenty of liquor, Mills 50 area is the perfect place for you. Mills 50 Madcap is sort of like a scavenger hunt – sort of like a pub crawl – mostly like a party. Participants will solve puzzles and complete tasks throughout Mills 50 in order to win prizes, receive drink specials at participating bars and attend the after-party featuring live music from Texas Outlaw, Jerry J and tarot readings by Tarot from the Cat People. The grand prize is gift certificates to seven different bars in the area so the winning team can “Drink around the District!” There will also be a raffle featuring gift certificates to Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa, Black Rooster Taqueria, bottles of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, tickets to Orlando Repertory Theatre and more! Meet at The Brass Tap – Mills Park at noon to receive instructions and clues. $15 per person. Teams (of up to 6) are allowed. 21+. No wheeled transportation allowed. Costumes are encouraged – there is a prize for the best costume! Every participant receives a goody bag!

Tony Awards Watch Party
June 12
The Abbey, Orlando
Want to watch the Tony Awards but don’t want to deal with your annoying friend who thinks he knows everything about Broadway because he went to AMDA for a semester? Dump him and come watch at The Abbey! Here, you can “Shuffle Along” into your very own “School of Rock” for a celebration of all the “Bright Star(s)” that will be appearing on the 19′ screen. There is no cover and drink specials will be running all night. Just don’t forget to tip your “Waitress” with some bills that have a “Hamilton” face on them!…I will not be making puns at the party, if that’s a plus.


Didn’t see something you like here? Check out our event calendar to find something to tickle your fancy, and have a great gay weekend!

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