Want to see real-live divas with fierce style along and serious attitude?
Inspired by acts seen at Chicago's legendary Kit Kat Lounge, aka The Windy City’s bachelorette party central, Kit Kat Divas Live! is headed to Fillmore Miami Beach Thursday through Saturday.
Celebrity watchers, if you didn’t get to see Katy Perry while she was in town at AmericanAirlinesArena, here’s your next best shot. There’s also a faux J.Lo ,Miley Cyrus, Shania Twain and Bette Midler.
“Some are dead-on lookalikes and some just give the essence or flavor of the persona,” explains Electra, who has spent many a night impersonating The Divine Miss M and doubles as emcee for the festivities.
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Fort Lauderdale’s Electra, also known in some circles as Jim Buff, is an old pro at this, having donned pantyhose, gowns, wigs and makeup for entertainment’s sake for 37 years.
“I regard my costumes as my uniform, like any other job,” says Electra. “Some are fun, some are elaborate and sensational. The key is to make sure I shave!”
The Kit Kat Lounge’s Divas Live kicks off 8 p.m. Thursday at the Gleason Room Backstage at Fillmore Miami Beach. 10:30 p.m. late show Saturday. From $35. FillmoreMB.com. 305-673-7300
RAISING THE BAR
Comedian Mo Mandel is getting his drink on —in South Florida. The Conan regular and actor (Free Agents, Modern Family, Castle) is the host of the new truTV show Barmageddon, and arguably has the best job on the planet.
Every episode of the Wednesday night show features a different city where rival bar owners trade establishments, a la Wife Swap, to see who can turn the most profit running one another’s bar. Translation: Mandel has access to a lot of alcohol.
Three upcoming episodes feature local spots. Check out Brass Monkey Tavern vs. Kevro’s Art Bar (airing Dec. 24); Bottega Wine Bar vs. Beer Trading Co. (Jan. 14, 2015) and Suri Tapas vs. Jumby Bay Island Grill (Jan. 21, 2015).
Let the best bar win!
If LeBron James is not dead to you, tune in 9 p.m. Thursday on HGTV to watch the Miami Heat deserter (just joking!) help renovate a disadvantaged family's house in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Among James’ tasks: setting up a basketball court.