Looking for a place to toast to 2014 with your partner or group of friends? Here's a rundown of what's happening for New Year's Eve at the gay bars.
Club Spectrum is holding a New Year's Eve bash with free champagne for the first 100 people, a balloon drop at midnight, and music by DJ Krutch and DJ Space Age. $10 cover. Starts at 9 p.m. 616 Marshall (292-2292)
The Pumping Station is throwing an all-night party with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and party favors. $10 cover. 1382 Poplar (272-7600)
And Dru's Place will ring in the new year with a drag show and a free champagne toast at night. They'll have drink specials all evening. Drag show starts at 10 p.m. No cover. Dru’s Place, 1474 Madison (275-8082)
Before you start making resolutions to swear off booze and spend your life in the gym, the monthly "Cherry" party is offering one more chance to party in 2013.
On Saturday, December 28th, the ''No Resolutions Ball & Burlesque Show" at Side Street's Magnolia Room will feature a burlesque variety show with performances by Kissame Suga, Squeaky Fromage, Foxy Fairmont, Somerset O'Neil, the sword-wielding, belly-dancing MAE Oui, and the final Memphis performance of Fiona Nix.
After the show, DJ Dozer will spin some tunes on the dance floor. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. The cover charge is $12.
Juicy Jim's, a pizza parlor and bar on the Highland strip, has been hosting LGBT Sundays for a few months now. And this Sunday, December 15th, they're dedicating the drag show party to evil Disney villains.
Performer Bella Duballe will be the Queen of Hearts and Maleficent, and Aubrey Boomboom-Santangilo is Ursula. Other performers include JackRock as Captain Hook and the party hostess, Adrianna LaGlamour, as a mystery villain.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. The cover charge is $5, but University of Memphis and Rhodes College students get in free with a college I.D.
The fourth annual Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest still has a few slots open for gumbo teams. The contest will be held at Bridges on Sunday, February 23rd from 4 to 7 p.m.
At the contest, teams of any size present their gumbos, which are prepared off-site, to participants who purchased tickets to sample. Those participants vote on their favorite gumbo, and the winner is given a People's Choice Award. Gumbos are also ranked by a team of judges, and there's a team spirit award for the best table decorations.
Gumbo teams are given three tickets for tasting other gumbos for the People's Choice Award. Entry for teams is $25. For more information on registering, go here.
(Full disclosure: I participated in this event last year, and I've registered for the 2014 contest as well).
Australian-born singer-songwriter Anu Sava, who currently resides in Nashville, will be playing a couple of shows in Memphis this month.
Sava, formerly of the Aussie punk band Girl With Cake, is touring to promote her latest release "Buried." She combines live instruments and synthesizers to create a sound that is similar to Cat Power or Bat for Lashes.
Sava is set to perform with KockSmashR on Saturday, December 7th at 7 p.m. at Java Cabana. She'll also play at the P&H Cafe on Saturday, December 14th with the Zigadoo Moneyclips.