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Ruth Eckerd Hall presents, in his only Florida appearance, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and six-time GRAMMY® winner, Van Morrison in concert on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17 and 18 at 8 pm. 20 years since his record setting, 4 consecutive sellout performances, Van Morrison makes his triumphant return! One of music’s true originals, Sir Van Morrison is one of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era with iconic hit songs like Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven), Into the Mystic, Tupelo Honey, Crazy Love, Have I Told You Lately and Real, Real, Gone. Yet there was never any suggestion that Morrison would ever rest on his laurels. His unique and inspirational musical legacy continues with the upcoming release of his latest album Keep Me Singing (Caroline Records) due out in September.

With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer, Morrison’s past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.

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Ruth Eckerd Hall presents, in his only Florida appearance, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and six-time GRAMMY® winner, VAN MORRISON in concert on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17 and 18 at 8 pm. This is Morrison’s first concert appearance in Clearwater in 20 years.

One of music’s true originals, Sir Van Morrison is one of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era with iconic hit songs like Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven), Into the Mystic, Tupelo Honey, Crazy Love, Have I Told You Lately and Real, Real, Gone. Yet there was never any suggestion that Morrison would ever rest on his laurels. His unique and inspirational musical legacy continues with the upcoming release of his latest album Keep Me Singing (Caroline Records) due out in September.

With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer, Morrison’s past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.

Van Morrison

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Ruth Eckerd Hall presents, in his only Florida appearance, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and six-time GRAMMY® winner, VAN MORRISON in concert on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17 and 18 at 8 pm. This is Morrison’s first concert appearance in Clearwater in 20 years.

One of music’s true originals, Sir Van Morrison is one of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era with iconic hit songs like Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven), Into the Mystic, Tupelo Honey, Crazy Love, Have I Told You Lately and Real, Real, Gone. Yet there was never any suggestion that Morrison would ever rest on his laurels. His unique and inspirational musical legacy continues with the upcoming release of his latest album Keep Me Singing (Caroline Records) due out in September.

With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer, Morrison’s past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.

Maxwell with special guest Ro James

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Soul star Maxwell returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2014! The SUMMERS’ 2016 Tour arrives Thursday, August 4 at 7:30pm, with special guest Ro James. Maxwell was enormously important in defining and shaping the neo-soul movement that rose to prominence over the latter half of the ’90s. Drawing his greatest inspiration from the concept of the R&B auteur (looking to artists like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, etc.), he recorded some of the most ambitious R&B of his time, becoming wildly popular and often earning critical raves in the process.

In a statement following the unveiling of Lake By the Ocean, Maxwell said he’s been recording his new album in New York over the past few years with some of the collaborators who helped him on his breakout 1996 album Urban Hang Suite. “I’m working with all of the same people on the new album,” Maxwell said. “It’s always been a family type of thing, and I think that that’s what, maybe, has made it special. It feels, to me, even better than what we did 20 years ago.” Every ticket purchased online for Maxwell’s tour will include a CD of blackSUMMERS’night.

Ladyfingers: Help!

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I have never been one to read self-help books. In my 26 years of living, I’ve bought two; one was for school and the other was a flat surface I used to construct marijuana cigarettes on. Nothing against these types of books, of course. I just have yet to find How-To: Life for the Awkward Gal Who Overanalyzes Everything. Until I do, I’ll leave what I can here and you’re welcome to use the help at your leisure. If the aforementioned book never makes it onto the shelves of Barnes and Noble, just remember I said it first. These are the life lessons I made-up out of things that have happened to me. Enjoy.

I was 5 years old the first time I experienced death. It was a day like any other day with a strict schedule of Jazzercise in the morning with my mother and some light doodling in the afternoon. I sat in my booster seat that was comfortably and securely fastened to the front seat of my family’s Toyota Previa. Sure, the Previa may have had the highest safety rating for a minivan at that time, but it certainly didn’t shield me from the real life shit I was about to experience that morning…

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Punky’s Happy Hour Kickoff: There’s No Place Like METRO!

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Join us as we kick-off PRIDE season in grand fashion with a happy hour at Punky’s Bar and Grill, Thursday May 26th from 5pm–8pm.

Come enjoy an evening with friends while supporting METRO’s committment to our LGBT community for the past 20+ years. With the recent purchase of the St. Petersburg location building, METRO now needs the community’s support in raising the funds to complete required renovations to update the building and expand their essential services.

To help us kick off a month-long community awareness campaign, our friends at Punky’s have graciously agreed to donate 10% of all food and drinks purchased between the hours of 5pm and 8pm. So please grab your partner, friends and family and join us for a fun-filled evening as you help us with the purchase and immediate needs for our building. See you there!

Read more about METRO’s expansion in Creative Loafing: http://www.cltampa.com/news-views/article/20764878/a-little-help-as-hiv-cases-rise-a-local-lgbt-nonprofit-fights-to-meet-demands

The Monkees 50th Anniversary

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The Monkees are ready to have some fun this year as the iconic band celebrates its 50th anniversary with a tour and the group’s first new album in 20 years, appropriately titled GOOD TIMES!. Original members, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork hit the road to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Monkees. Don’t miss these Rock and Roll Legends perform such hits as, I’m A Believer, Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville and relive Monkee-mania!

Tickets are *$150, $102.50, $72.50, and $52.50.

Man who shot gun in air after being ogled by gay men gets life sentence reduced

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Tallahassee (AP) – A man who was essentially given a life sentence for firing a gun in the air when four gay men ogled him from the house next door will have his sentence reduced after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state’s 10-20-life wasn’t properly applied.

Ronald Williams pointed a gun at the men who were whistling and making comments at him as he walked into his Riviera Beach home and then he fired the weapon several times in the air. The men ran into the house, but nobody was injured. Williams was convicted of four counts of aggravated assault, which requires a mandatory minimum 20-year sentence when a gun is fired. The judge who sentenced Williams in 2010 believed that the law required the sentences run consecutively and gave him 80 years in prison. An appeals court upheld the sentence.

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Meet the Intern: Adam Manno

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Hey there! I’m Adam and I’m Watermark’s Spring 2016 intern.

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I ran the InternPursuit event at UCF (found: a picture of me with said event, not found: a retoucher with a soul), where Watermark interviewed journalism students hoping to find The Best Intern in the World. I sat down with Rick (Claggett, publisher) and Jamie (Hyman, Digital Media Director) last minute as an unscheduled interviewee. They loved me and I loved them. Now here I am typing into a computer screen between a “Hate Free Zone” sticker and a series of Best Website WAVE awards.

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Watermark Year in Review: April 2015

By : Jamie Hyman, Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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Orlando photographer, artist and ambassador of beards Lee Vandergrift announces that his Beard Envy project will be coming to an end. As of April 1 (please say it’s an April Fool’s joke) Vandergrift had brushed out and photographed his last beard for the project. Beard Envy started out in 2014 as a fun way to capture pictures of great beards in the Central Florida area but gained a following that spawned into a Facebook fan page, a men with fabulous beards calendar and hopefully a soon to be released book.

After nine months of rolling, patting and marking with a D, Watermark’s digital director Jamie Hyman and her husband Matt Huertas welcomed a beautiful bouncing baby boy, Dexter, April 10. Since his birth Dexter has successfully maintained his supremacy of all of Watermark’s most adorable moments (sorry Billy).

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Orlando’s Overheard

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Rainbow Connection

As the world went a little more colorful on Friday after the Supreme Courts announcement, many iconic sites across the nation and even parts of the world celebrated the big news by showing their pride and changed colors to represent the LGBTQ rainbow.

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Overheard in Orlando

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Trip, Ride, Rocket

On May 2, Space Coast Pride invites Space Coast residents to take a ride on the Night Train to Orlando. As part of a fundraiser to their upcoming festival and first ever Pride Parade, this BYOB ride into the City Beautiful (after a few of those Bs we all look beautiful) will only cost the riders $40 for the round trip transportation. Space Coast Pride will also supply the ice and cups. The Night Train will make stops in Orlando popular hot spots like Howl at the Moon and the World Famous Parliament House Resort. This beats Uber and you can drink while you’re on the road! Visit SpaceCoastPride.org for more information.

Where do gaybies come from?
First comes love, then comes legal same-sex marriage, then comes two people who may need to register for a baby carriage! With Florida legalizing marriage equality earlier this year, many couples who have taken the big plunge are now looking at the next, natural step. Baby, oh baby! Have you ever considered being a parent? Adopting, surrogacy or fostering? Which will be the right choice? What designer cloth diapers will best match my designer shoes? All the questions potential parents will face will be asked and answered by the Family Equality Council at the first ever local “Maybe Baby” workshop on May 30. The 10 a.m. event is free, but get there early because we’ve learned that space is limited.

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