She’s baaaaack….Cashetta, South Florida’s singing maven of magic has reappeared on the Wilton Drive strip after nearly a year wowing crowds in Las Vegas.
“Las Vegas was great,” she says. “It had been a dream of mine to play Vegas for a very long time….since I was a teenager, so when I got the opportunity to move out there, I jumped at it.”
Unfortunately, the weak economy hit Las Vegas extremely hard, forcing Cashetta’s producer—and many other productions—into financial difficulties.
“We did 200 shows in nine months and that is quite an accomplishment,” but, as they say, the odds were stacked against the smaller shows on the Strip. “I didn’t want to close my show, but as my producer started to have problems, it became clear I would need to leave on my terms.”
Cashetta didn’t roll snake eyes, though, instead landing an exclusive South Florida contract with the Alibi and Bill’s Filling Station.
She performs her popular cabaret show on Saturdays at Bill’s and Sundays at Alibi, hosts Comedy Night at Alibi on Wednesdays and hits the Drive early on Thursdays at Bill’s early between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. before teach drag aerobics classes at Island City Fitness.
“We pull out the Wii at Bill’s and then I head over to the gym to lead the class in workout videos from the 80s,” she explains. “How much fun is that?”
But, Cashetta hasn’t unpacked all her bags, despite her pleasure to be back in South Florida: She will be a featured entertainer for nine Atlantis gay cruises and vacations, including a trip to Asia, and she’ll make the yearly migration back north with the snowbirds to perform this summer again in Provincetown, Mass.
These Gals got Gams!
These ballerinas are anything but dainty. If you’re looking for a change of pace later in the week, stop by Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on Thursday, Feb. 4. This 16-member troupe of ballet enthusiasts gladly don their tights and toe shoes for a unique spin on “Swan Lake.”
Known as The Trocs, the company was founded in 1974 in New York City and has brought crowds to their feet in more than 500 cities around the globe. They combine the athleticism of male dancers with a little high camp.
For more information or tickets, go to www.parkerplayhouse.com.
The Big Game
South Florida takes center stage on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7 and both Miami and Fort Lauderdale bars and clubs are gearing up for the big game:
Score nightclub on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach offers its Super Bowl Edition of Filthy Gorgeous Fridays with The PennyBack Boyz and DJ Mac beginning at 10 p.m. The party will also serve as a kick-off for the upcoming Winter Party Festival in March. Register for your chance to win a festival gold pass and one-year membership in the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, producers of the festival.
Whether you’re a diehard sports fan or just love the commercials, Saints and Colts supporters will be heading to Sidelines Sports Bar on Wilton Drive, South Florida’s only gay sports bar to watch the game. Owners Laurie Whittaker and Marty Kildea and their team have plenty of game day specials and plan on pulling out all the stops for the biggest sporting event of the year.