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Strange love

Escape at Southern Nights
375 S. Bumby Ave., 407-412-5039, facebook.com/escapeorlando
Cover: $5 with costume or fetish wear, $10 without
Dress code: Anything and everything
Music: Usually industrial, and any of its many (many) subgenres.
What it's like: Escape fetish parties are Orlando's "Island of Misfit Toys." It's the anti-club night for the weirdos of our city, and those looking to ... wait for it ... "escape" into the realm of the strange. But at its heart, it's a playful mishmash of almost every goth scene crammed into one fucked-up Crock-Pot. Creator Mike Stone is the ringleader of the operation, and you can usually see him walking around and greeting every new batch of scenesters that steps through the door with his big inviting smile – and why wouldn't he be grinning? Most fetish nights in this town die a quick death right out of the gate, but he's found the formula that works: One night a month is all you need to get the blood flowing, though I can't help but wish it were at least bi-weekly. For now, though, what we have here is the least douchey and most fascinating evening in Orlando, and everyone is invited to let their freak flag fly as Escape takes over Southern Nights. The evening itself is peppered with burlesque performances, whips, chains, crazy skits and everything in between. So step out of your comfort zone, take a few open-minded friends and get ready for a wild night. You won't leave the same. – Adam McCabe

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