The Other Side of Life: Standing with Kneelers

By : Jason Leclerc
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Another football season is upon us. Thank God. Thank America.

I stand for the National Anthem. Even at sports bars, if the sound is turned up, I’m that guy who feels compelled to slide off my stool and remove my ball cap while “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays. I’m, admittedly, obnoxious that way. For the dozens of other people around me who don’t partake in this symbolic ceremony, I have no judgment. This, though not hidden, is a private act: a moment of reflection. I know that for those in fields and stadiums and parks and for other hoppy-fruity patriots in other bars, the moments that precede kickoff—including humming or mouthing along to this sonorous anthem—are as important to me as touchdown dances, chest bumps and the high drama of red zone defensive stands.

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Stay Proud, Be Loud

By : Maia Monet
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The Matthew Shepard Foundation and Miller Lite invite you out for their third “Stay Proud, Be Loud” community discussion on hate crimes. They will discuss Pulse, the hate crime rate in Central Florida and the work they are doing in their 20th anniversary year to combat hate in America. The event will be two parts with a panel discussion starting at 3:00 p.m. and a reception following at 5:00 p.m.

The Other Side of Life: Our Sunday Problem

By : Jason Leclerc
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It’s no accident that this new generation of American national populists looks to a time when America was better. During few instances in the history of mankind has a confluence of institutions come together with such force as in post-WWII America.

GIs returned, buoyed by the pride of defeating evil in the world. They made babies and industries; they sterilized myths about the ideals they fought for. The middle class expanded along with waistlines and wallets. They built malls and suburbs and mega-churches and gas-guzzling automobiles. Americans raced across the continent to sightsee, they spread across the globe to protect democracy and they zoomed into space. They built a binary world: America and everybody else.

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The Wonderful World of Wanzie: Thanksgiving is a fraud!

By : Michael Wanzie
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As I flip over the hardware-store calendar to November and see that big-busted gal sitting on her John Deere in her daisy dukes…oh who I am kidding. My calendar’s November picture is of a group of Catholic nuns in full-on black & white habits playing ice hockey, but I digress. As we stumble from the bar into the month of November our thoughts unavoidably turn to “The Holidays.”

November is the month of our annual fraudulent celebration feast commemorating the “First Thanksgiving,” which by now we should all know did not take place anywhere near Plymouth Rock. The actual, fact-checked-and-proven, “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated a full 50 years prior to the Massachusetts gathering by Catholic colonists who were following Spanish explorer Don Pedro Melendez de Aviles. As far as commemorating the first Thanksgiving goes we don’t even get the month right! Records indicate Melendez first spotted what is now Florida on August 28, 1565. When he finally guided his 800 Catholic pals ashore on September 8, he declared the spot would hence forth be known as “St. Augustine” in honor of the saint on whose feast day Melendez had first glimpsed the Florida shoreline through his spyglass.

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The Other Side of Life: The Other Hands, The Other We

By : Jason Leclerc
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Hands, it seems, are the new eyes: tools for feeling our way through the many ways we see our America.

Given the flurry of historical reassessments we are currently experiencing, I find that many of my conservative friends are torn between seeing and feeling, between their commitment to their ideals and their short termer’s allegiance with political expediency.

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Trump tweets ‘never forget’ on one year mark of Pulse shooting

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On the one-year mark of the Pulse massacre, President Trump tweeted on Monday an image of the 49 individuals killed at the gay nightclub, urging his followers to “never forget” the victims.

“We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting,” Trump tweeted.

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Seth Glier

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Seth Glier is a rising folk sensation with a charged falsetto voice somewhere between Getty Lee and Duncan Sheik. As a piano playing singer/songwriter, Seth bounces among the instrument’s strong suits—from pretty pop ballads to driving social anthems and around to tinkling meditations on coming of age in America. “If any of you are wondering what the future of music will look like,” says Edwin McCain, “Seth is it.”

For one night a month, the intimate Jaeb Theater comes alive with Americana music telling stories guaranteed to touch your soul. Order your Club Jaeb season tickets today by calling 813.229.7827. Single tickets go on sale on July 29.

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

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Show date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Show time: 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $35.00
Walt Disney Theater

Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: seven Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth, and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards–the first for the ABC television special, Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noël, and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet. In 2003, she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and, in December 2014, was the recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

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Show date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Show time: 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $35.00
Walt Disney Theater

Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: seven Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth, and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards–the first for the ABC television special, Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noël, and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet. In 2003, she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and, in December 2014, was the recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.

The Tenors Christmas

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The multi-platinum, JUNO Award-winning vocal group, The Tenors, return to Ruth Eckerd Hall this winter season as part of their Christmas Tour. Since 2007, The Tenors have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful songs and outstanding harmonies. Throughout their successful career The Tenors have performed over 600 shows on five continents including playing for the last four Presidents of the United States of America and the White House Christmas Tree Lighting for the Obama Family. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, the award-winning and multi-platinum selling band have achieved international success, showcasing their undeniable charm and diverse vocal styles. The Tenors have shared the stage with so many great artists including Sting, Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, Sir Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie and David Foster.

The Tenors Christmas

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The multi-platinum, JUNO Award-winning vocal group, The Tenors, return to Ruth Eckerd Hall this winter season as part of their Christmas Tour. Since 2007, The Tenors have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful songs and outstanding harmonies. Throughout their successful career The Tenors have performed over 600 shows on five continents including playing for the last four Presidents of the United States of America and the White House Christmas Tree Lighting for the Obama Family. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, the award-winning and multi-platinum selling band have achieved international success, showcasing their undeniable charm and diverse vocal styles. The Tenors have shared the stage with so many great artists including Sting, Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, Sir Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie and David Foster.

Amber talks Pride, fans and violence in America

By : Anna M. Johnson
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Amber became a global superstar in the late 1990s with her infectious dance club hits including “This is Your Night,” “Sexual (Li Da Di)” and “If You Could Read My Mind.”

Since then the Dutch-born German singer/songwriter has toured the world using music to open minds and bring people together, choosing since 2009 to focus on celebrating the love and diversity of the LGBT community by playing Pride events all over the world.

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