Electric Barbarella set up to be a blowout benefit in memory of Billy Manes

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ROB BARTLETT AND ERIN NOLAN
  • Photo illustration by Rob Bartlett and Erin Nolan
Billy Manes was many things: a journalist, an activist, an amazing husband and friend. But most of all, Billy Manes was the life of the party, every party. This week, we get to pay tribute to the man – who passed away on July 21 – the best way we can: by dancing our asses off to the sounds of the New Wave. The music of the ’80s was Manes’ personal soundtrack, as anyone who ever mentioned Duran Duran around him learned quickly. And tonight, DJ Smilin’ Dan, one of the area’s best curators of retro anthems and should-have-been-anthems, plays tribute to Manes’ favorite bands, ensuring a night of dancefloor excess straight out of the Me Decade. All proceeds benefit two of Billy Manes’ favorite local nonprofits: Organize Florida, which works to strengthen communities and get their voices heard in government, and Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, dedicated to providing reproductive services and education to members of the community. Lift up your hands.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. |
407-246-1419 | thebeacham.com | $10-$100 suggested donation

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