The New World Music Band: Caribbean Salsa, Live at the Museum!

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Modernism Museum Mount Dora will be hosting the New World Music Band, led by flute and saxophone virtuoso Gabriel de David! The concert will take place in the museum gallery on Saturday, January 26th at 7:00pm. A sparkling and white wine reception is included, which begins at 6:30pm.

The New World Music Band plays Caribbean salsa and will feature a quartet of guitar, drums and percussion, all led by Gabriel de David on flute and saxophone. Gabriel de David has been a professional musician and teacher for more than 25 years. He holds a master’s degree in music education and has played with many renowned Puerto Rican salsa groups.

Tickets are $20 for 3MD members and $30 for nonmembers and includes the sparkling and white wine reception which precedes the performance. Tickets can be purchased at the museum or online by visiting https://ezticketapp.com/?s=ez4189.

Positive Living: What is family?

By : Greg Stemm
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I am honored to be the chairman of the new Equality Florida Family Values Potluck Picnic on Sunday, October 15 from 2 to 6 pm at Pavilion Seven on Gulfport Beach. The event is on the last day of Come Out St. Pete, our big new LGBTQ celebration in the Sunshine City that not only coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11, but also is running in collaboration with the Tampa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival that week.

Working on this event has me thinking about my own coming out experience and how that traumatic event for me contributed to my own perspectives about family. While I was sitting in the heat and the dark in the six-day power outage after Irma, I had a lot of time to think about things. I asked myself the question…what does family mean to a 56-year-old single only child with a slightly homophobic 82-year-old father in Ohio and very little else in the way of blood kin, living the life of a Quaker gay activist in St. Petersburg, Florida?

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Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road presents Dolly Parton at Amalie Areana

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Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road is proud to announce that Dolly Parton is set to bring her boundless energy to Amalie Arena on Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 pm as she continues her first major U.S. and Canadian tour in more than 25 years.

As one of the hottest concert tickets of 2016, Parton’s legions of fans are destined to sell out the shows quickly. Parton’s set list will include hit songs all while weaving in a few new songs from her new album Pure & Simple, set for release this summer. She will also be playing songs that have not been heard live for decades.

New Hamburger Mary’s Sashays into St. Pete

By : Aaron Drake
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Hamburger Mary’s, known as a bastion for fun and deep-fried debauchery, is an instantly recognizable staple for the LGBT community in cities across the nation. Aside from the two locations in Clearwater and Ybor City, there is now a new location that will be opening up next month in St. Petersburg.

The new establishment will set up shop at 2901 Tyrone Blvd., across from Tyrone Square Mall.

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Orlando Fringe celebrates 25 years. We look back on how the hell that happened

By : Billy Manes
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It’s just another regular April Thursday in Orlando. The steamy afternoon has brought its kaleidoscopic blur of meteorology and subtext, of underachieving and overstatement, into its typical sea breeze collision, leaving the brightest colors to shine while the rest just wash away. Addison Taylor, the lovely drag persona and Orlando Fringe regular, has agreed to join us in blue hair with a hat on it, there’s a bright red Radio Flyer wagon at the ready, a man in the corner takes pictures of bright buttons on the ground and the generalized frenzy of creating a festival pauses to take a look at itself, its history and its principals.

Orlando Fringe founder Terry Olson, currently holding the arts up high as director at the Orange County Office of Arts and Cultural affairs, is wasting no time hamming it up in Radio Flyer as Taylor pulls him around for an arranged photo shoot. First being pulled left, then being yanked right, Olson is a good sport. Though he may have mumbled one thing or another about arts funding and hotel bed taxes in advance of our meeting, he’s all smiles today, palatably proud of history he helped to create.

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Chef Art Smith reinvigorates hometown with new cooking school

By : Jamie Hyman
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Naples (AP) – Art Smith is coming home. The celebrity chef who has served his famous (and usually healthy) fried chicken to Oprah Winfrey and four U.S. presidents is returning to his birthplace in Jasper, Florida, a city rich with Southern charm and weeping willows. And he’s bringing along his entourage – a husband and five children – as he works to reinvigorate this city of just 1,600 people.

Smith and his husband, Jesus Salguerio – who married five years ago in an over-the-top D.C. wedding that included a performance by Moby – have long been fixtures on the celebrity scene. Smith spent nearly a decade as Winfrey’s personal chef (and she introduced him to his new pal Lady Gaga), has served a vegetarian version of his fried chicken to the Dali Lama, and recently catered an after-party for Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello’s star studded wedding.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Bob Poe and Kenneth Brown

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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“As I said to him in a text a few days after we met, the one thing that I was really drawn to about him was his spirit,”Bob Poe, 60, says about his husband Ken Brown, 59.

Bob has been involved for years in Florida politics, helped start local radio station 98.9 WMMO and brought the Magic basketball team to Orlando. He met Ken while he was away one summer for business out in California.

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GAY DAY: YOUR DAY – THE PARTY PROMOTERS

By : KIRK HARTLAGE
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More than any other large-scale Pride-type event, Gay Days Weekend attracts every shade of the LGBT rainbow. It also brings an equally vast range of scenic views, not just from taking part in the numerous events associated with the weekend, but also from behind-the-scenes if you’re making it all happen. We asked a variety of folks, with a variety of backgrounds with the Weekend, to share their favorite mental snapshots. We also asked: What does Gay Days Weekend mean to you, why has it lasted so long, and what impact do you think it’s had in all that time?

While you’re here we’d like to hear from you – tell us how Gay Day is Your Day!

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OYA celebrates 25 years of helping young adults in Central Florida

By : Dylan Drobet
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Orlando – The Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA), notable for supporting the young LGBT community, is celebrating 25 years this month.

Michael Slaymaker became president of OYA in 2007 and has built on a legacy started 25 years ago.

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