The 28th annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival showcases 30+ LGBTQ shows

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The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival returns to Loch Haven Park and surrounding venues for its 28th season May 14-27.

The folks at Orlando Fringe reviewed the applications of more than 350 shows and whittled them down to 140, including 33 LGBTQ-themed shows. They will play at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Museum of Art, as well as a handful of venues throughout the area including the Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park and Savoy Orlando. It will also be the final year for The Venue Orlando’s “Black Venue” and the first year for The LGBT+ Center Orlando, which will be home to the newly-named “Rainbow Venue.”

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CeCe Teneal and Soul Kamotion “Live at the Museum”

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Modernism Museum Mount Dora announced CeCe Teneal and Soul Kamotion will be performing “Live at the Museum” on Saturday, November 10th at 6:30 PM.
Cece Teneal and Soul Kamotion perform numbers from their energetic new live album release – and lovingly and enthusiastically pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin during this vibrant and soulful concert.
Cece and Soul Kamotion hold true to their blues, soul and gospel roots. Enjoy their live performance as they deliver a message of love, joy, and purpose. The group’s new live album “#5or5000” is a captivating, energetic and entertaining blend of songs that catapult you to a place where you just can’t hold back.
Wine Reception begins at 6:30. Concert begins at 7:00. Tickets are $20 for 3MD Members and $30 for Nonmembers. A special pre-concert menu is available at 1921 by Normand Van Aken. Buy tickets online at: www.modernismmuseum.org or call (352) 385-0034 for more information.

Crealdé Holiday Art Sale

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Get Unique Holiday Gifts at the Crealdé Holiday Art Sale – Saturday, December 9

Get fun and creative gifts for your loved ones at an affordable price!! Come to the Annual Crealdé Holiday Art Sale where local established and emerging Crealdé artists will exhibit their arts and crafts Saturday, December 9 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Join us along the shores of Lake Sterling in the sculpture garden at Crealdé School of Art, main campus, located at 600 St. Andrews Blvd, Winter Park, FL, (behind Publix on Aloma Ave).

Pick out beautifully crafted works of art such as pottery, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, prints and photographs. Your purchase will not only be amazing, unique gifts for your loved ones, but will also benefit local artists as well as Crealdé School of Art (a non-profit arts organization), which will receive 30% of the proceeds.

Pritchard Day

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Pritchard Day, Saturday October 21 commemorates the Pritchard family moving into the house in October 1891.  It also celebrates the birthday of Captain James Pritchard and of his granddaughter, Mary Pritchard Schuster, who was born in the house.  Special tours will be conducted at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.  Tours will include the Homespun Exhibit and Special collections.  Reservations are suggested.  Donation $15.00

For reservations or additional information, call 321-607-0203 or email  thepritchardhouse@yahoo.com.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

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Alafaya Branch
Monday, August 21, 2 p.m.
Washington Park Branch
Monday, August 21, 2:30 p.m.
Chickasaw Branch
Monday, August 21, 3 p.m.
Eatonville Branch
Monday, August 21, 3 p.m.
South Trail Branch
Monday, August 21, 3 p.m.
West Oaks Branch
Monday, August 21, 3 p.m.
Winter Garden Branch
Monday, August 21, 3 p.m.
Southwest Branch
Monday, August 21, 3:30 p.m.
Windermere Branch
Monday, August 21, 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse with OCLS! Visit one of the branches listed above and learn about the solar eclipse, enjoy crafts, activities and more. All ages. Registration required.

Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth!

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Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth! coming to St. Matthew’s Tavern!

Dandy Darkly is New York City’s cult storytelling sensation with a masterful and mesmerizing style of immersive alt-cabaret storytelling that has astounded critics and delighted audiences at Fringe festivals and theaters across the globe.

“Simply one of the most thoughtful, hilarious and harrowing queer talents at work today.” ★★★★★ (Scotsgay Magazine)

Dandy is the glittery, ghastly jewel of New York’s East Village with four years of critically acclaimed, satirical solo shows tackling such varied topics as gun violence, misogyny, gentrification and political correctness. Dandy Darkly’s delirious delivery shifts seamlessly between the horrific and poignant with thoughtful rumination on modern life.

“Stories of gruesomely compelling verve — a cross between Pam Ayres, Liberace and Tales from the Crypt.” ★★★★ (The Scotsman)

Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth! explores themes of religion, addiction and social media obsession via satirical tales concerning a junkie Persephone, space-pup Laika, virtual reality fixation and humanity’s premiere popinjay, Cha-Cha the Caveman. Dandy Darkly cites the works of folklorist Joseph Campbell, recent celebrity deaths, his childhood love of mythology and personal struggles with substance abuse as influences for crafting Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth!

“A decidedly wicked storyteller.” (New York Times)

Dandy regales his wondrous tales of humanity and horror alongside a nonstop soundscape of prerecorded music composed by long time collaborators Adam Tendler (piano), Rachel Blumberg (percussion), and Bryce Edwards (bass guitar). The show is peppered with eclectic sound effects to create a truly immersive storytelling experience. Ian Bjorklund returns as director.

“Fantastical fairytale horror, equal parts Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allen Poe and Bruce LaBruce with a dash of Brothers Grimm for good measure.” ★★★★ (Time Out)
”Brilliantly written — like something Joseph Campbell, Kenneth Anger and Paul Lynde would concoct after passing around a gourd filled with shrooms.” (The Villager Newspaper)

Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth! is presented by Christian Kelty at St. Matthew’s Tavern (1300 North Mills Ave.) Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance at www.orlandofringe.org. Showtimes are: Thursday, May 18th at 8:30 pm; Saturday, May 20th at 6:00 pm; Monday, May 22nd at 8:30 pm; Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30 pm; Friday, May 26th at 10:30 pm; Saturday, May 27th at 3:30 pm and Sunday, May 28th at 9:00 pm.

WATCH NOW a sneak peek of Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth! recorded at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe!

27th Annual TampaBay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Launch Party

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Please join us for the 27th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s Launch Party at the Tampa Club.

Enjoy tapas, Meat Carving Station, and One Complimentary Drink with ticket purchase, followed by Cash Bar.

Parking in parking ramp included!

Schedule of Events:
6:30 – 8:30pm Enjoy the Night at The Tampa Club
8:30 – 9:00pm Launch Party Program / Awards

You can purchase or pick-up your already ordered Crown Circle, and Simply Fabulous Passes.

See the upcomming trailers and programming for the Film Festival, Fun & Fellowship and Silent Auction

Thank you to The Tampa Club as our Host Sponosr for this event.

$50 online
$65 at the door

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Event Sponsor/Host:
The Tampa Club

Producers- $1,000 Level
Mark Puskarich & John Tonnison
Jeff Hartley & Chuck Cave
Phil Dinkins & Ed Lally

Star – $500 Level
Connie Lancaster & Annie Hiotis

Win tickets to Girls in Wonderland events this weekend!

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Watermark is giving away tickets to two of this Friday night’s Girls in Wonderland events – and we’re doing it FAST. This giveaway will only last 24 hours, so enter NOW!

We’re handing out two pairs of tickets to two events: the Out for Laughs Comedy Show featuring Susan Westenhoefer and the CLIMAX party Friday night at Cheyenne Saloon. There will be two winners, and each will get tickets to both events, so you can enjoy some comedy and then head over to the Cheyenne to dance the night away. Find out how to enter after the jump: 

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Panasonic a pioneer for LGBT rights in Japan

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TOKYO (AP) – For decades, Panasonic Corp. has shaped Japanese corporate tradition – be it morning exercise routines or lifetime employment. But don’t hold your breath waiting for other Asian businesses to emulate its latest policy announcement: Recognizing same-sex partnerships.

Much of Asia remains far behind the West in such attitudes. Panasonic’s move is rare, although bold, and seems unlikely to herald a sea change.

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Bathrooms become battlegrounds in anti-discrimination debate

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – As bathrooms become battlegrounds in the national debate over anti-discrimination laws, a city council’s decision to protect the restroom choices of transgender people in Charlotte, North Carolina, was cheered Feb. 23 by rights advocates as a courageous move. But it may not stand for very long.

Gov. Pat McCrory told The Associated Press that the bathroom provision denies privacy rights for people who expect to share restrooms or locker rooms only with people born with the same anatomy.

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Sordid Lives creator Del Shores wants the dating world to know that it is hard out there for a “minor gay celebrity” in his 50s

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Few filmmakers write LGBT stories with equal parts humor and heart and even fewer are able to take that story to cult status, but one who seems to do it with ease is Del Shores, writer/director of the successful 2000 cult film Sordid Lives. Shores is heading to The Cuban Club in Ybor with his one man show, SINgularly SORDID, where he talks about politics, religion and returning to the dating world after getting divorced in his 50s. Tinder and Grindr and Scruff, oh my! Shores was gracious enough to speak with Watermark ahead of his Tampa Bay show about Oscar diversity, election coverage and a much talked about sequel in the Sordid franchise.

SINgularlySORDID is your one man show that you are bringing to Tampa. What can we expect to see from you?
I always consider myself a storyteller or a humorist: I observe, I sometimes steal from my own life and other people’s lives and talk about it on stage. This piece has become very personal, because I have gone through a divorce in my 50s and getting back into the dating scene has been crazy, so a lot of that is the SINgularly Sordid part of this. I just tell tales about Leslie Jordan and Dolly Parton and people I have had encounters with, good and bad. I love politics and controversy. My dad was a Southern Baptist preacher, so we’ll cover religion.

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Sexual politics: Money, money, money and the LGBT community

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Our community is becoming more and more aware of our political clout, especially as public sentiment has slowly shifted and gay and lesbian couples are combining assets. In fact, one major force for change in the political landscape has been brought to you by LGBT donations into political campaigns.

A good indicator for how things have changed was Obama’s run for re-election in 2012, where LGBT money made a significant difference.
In the early 2000s, LGBT donations had, overall, been dropping, both in 2010 and 2014. The Center for Responsive Politics states that funds dropped 58 percent from the 2006 election cycle to the 2010 cycle. It dropped another 12 percent between 2010 and 2014 for most candidates.

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