Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Thank you for being a friend

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In need of some Goode people

Tampa Bay performer Judy B. Goode isn’t having the best run of good luck over the last few weeks. The beloved singer and entertainer fell off a ladder June 30 and broke her leg. At around 7:30 in the morning Judy was tending to some bushes in the backyard of her home, when the ladder gave way and fell out from under her and she ended up in the hospital.

“Judy has a heart of gold,” says Tampa Pride president Carrie West. The 4 ft 5 in , 85 lb Judy is quite a force to be reckoned with, and has the fiery personality to boot. Her career extends across Florida, and the southeast United States where she performs at nightclubs with her sidekick “Piano Man” Dave Thomas. She was even selected as a finalist for Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee back in the day based on her signature act, “The 12 Faces of Judy” in which she does impersonations of famous personalities.

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Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project and American Stage bring you ‘The Golden Gurlz Live’

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Every year the folks down with the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project put on a “Prelude to Pride” show with the help of the American Stage Theatre Company. This consists of doing a big send up or parody of a Hollywood classic. They have done hits like Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz and All About Eve.

“This year we were planning to do a spoof on Mommie Dearest,” says local performer Matthew McGee. “But we kept coming back to The Golden Girls, because even though it is an ’80s sitcom, it is so beloved by a young audience now as well as those of us who grew up with the show. It’s got this huge generational appeal.”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Beckner’s next move and Pride Nights for all

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Private Beckner reporting for duty

Many have been curious as to the next move of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner since he termed out of his seat last year. Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner ran unsuccessfully to be the next Clerk of Courts and since then has remained silent on whether he would pursue another run at an elected position or head back into the private sector.

Well, wonder no more. Beckner posted to his Facebook page April 20 that he has not one but two positions he will be filling: Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Civil Service Agency and a position with human resource advisory and talent acquisition firm HR Trust.

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Watermark Giveaway: American Stage’s PRIDE Night presentation of TARTUFFE

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Watermark wants you and a guest to spend a night OUT at American Stage as they present a Pride Night special presentation of a new American Stage adaptation of TARTUFFE, Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Moliere’s political comedy gets a modern up-date with the lead character resembling a certain  business man turned politician, and we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets.

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Young American Night at The Pitmen Painters

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American Stage presents THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall and William Feaver and directed by Brendon Fox.

Join us for YOUNG AMERICAN Night on Thursday July 28th.

YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets.*

7PM: Happy Hour in our 2nd Floor Lobby with a BOGO drink special on our signature cocktail crafted by our friends at Station House St. Pete.

8PM: Performance of A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Includes an exclusive post-show presentation from an American Stage artist/staff member.

AFTER PARTY: Following the night’s performance, join the cast, creative team, and American Stage staff at Station House St. Pete. Each guest will receive a voucher for one free beer, wine, or American Stage signature cocktail.

*Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstage.org.

PRIDE Night at The Pitmen Painters

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American Stage presents THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall and William Feaver and directed by Brendon Fox.

Join us for PRIDE Night, where guests will enjoy connecting with the LGBT community and share in the experience of premium live theatre at American Stage.

7PM: Happy Hour in our 2nd Floor Lobby with a BOGO drink special on our signature cocktail crafted by our friends at Station House St. Pete.

8PM: Performance of THE PITMEN PAINTERS

Includes an exclusive post-show presentation from an American Stage artist/staff member and a local LGBTQ community leader.

Use code PRIDE to receive $5 off your ticket (valid ONLY for the Wednesday July 27th performance)

Thank You to Watermark

Young American Night at A Tale of Two Cities

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American Stage presents A TALE OF TWO CITIES adapted by Everett Quinton (Natural Born Killers, Pollock) and directed by Janis Stevens.

Join us for YOUNG AMERICAN Night on Thursday June 9th.

YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets.*

7PM: Happy Hour in our 2nd Floor Lobby with a BOGO drink special on our signature cocktail ‘The French Rose’ crafted by our friends at Station House St. Pete.

Includes an exclusive pre-show presentation from Director of Education Tiffany Ford exploring many of the themes presented and providing valuable insight into the process of mounting this production.

8PM: Performance of A TALE OF TWO CITIES

AFTER PARTY: Following the night’s performance, join the cast, creative team, and American Stage staff at Station House St. Pete. Each guest will receive a voucher for one free beer, wine, or American Stage signature cocktail.

*Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstage.org.

American Stage presents Everett Quinton’s drag-filled, one-man adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities

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“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”

The line that opens one of Charles Dickens’ most famous pieces of literature is known by almost everyone, even those who cannot name the story that follows. It is this line that led Everett Quinton to adapt Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities into a play in 1989 about an aspiring drag queen during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

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SunCoast Cathedral MCC Brings Vegas to Venice at the Annual Variety Show

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MCC Variety Show Krista

On Oct. 18, Tampa Bay locals can enjoy a night of singing, dancing and laughs at the SunCoast Cathedral MCC 3rd Annual Variety Show.

Susie Brenner, SunCoast MCC program director, says the church sold 75 tickets the first year, over 100 last year, and are hoping to sell at least 120 this year.

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Tampa Bay/Sarasota 2015 WAVE Award Winners!

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
1. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

2. Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith
3. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
1. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

2. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
3. Hillsborough Clerk of the Court Pat Frank

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Getting freaky on Facebook

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Get Erotic on Facebook
Facebook has strict guidelines when it comes to photo content, but that doesn’t mean you can’t promote An Evening of Erotica through social networking. The annual celebration of all things sexy returns to the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts Feb. 17 and is presented by the genius minds of Spathose. The night features erotic imagery, fashion and art ranging from photographs to lingerie. Guests are encouraged to capture the evening digitally and post to Facebook using the hashtag #SPATHOSE. Whoever gets the most likes by Monday Feb. 23 wins a piece of Spathose wearable sculpture. Tickets to the event are $25 for MFA members and $25 for non-members at Fine-Arts.org/RSVP.

G Bar could see new ownership
We’ve heard through the grapevine that popular Ybor club G Bar could be under new ownership soon. What first grabbed our attention was a set of liquor reduction blowout nights at the club on Ybor’s 7th Avenue. Getting information has been difficult, but we’ve heard from reliable sources that Rick Kowalczyk, owner of the newly remodeled Southern Nights in Orlando, could be prospective buyer. There are also rumors of the Honey Pot’s impending sale, but we haven’t had any luck getting in touch with anyone to verify or deny that just yet.

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Despite an ‘incurable’ cancer diagnosis in April, Garry Breul continues to produce shows benefitting local HIV patients

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Tampa Bay – Early on in his career, while working for the Experience Theater Company in Milwaukee, Wis., Garry Breul was faced with the plague that was later termed AIDS. He lost a good friend who was only 18 years old at the time, and Breul’s life path changed forever.

“John, an actor there, got it. He had it and he was the first person I knew who had it,” Breul recalls during an interview in the American Stage lobby. “I saw him get sicker and sicker, break out into lesions and rashes. I remember going to the hospital and sitting by him for what seemed like the longest time. I was there when he passed away.
“I said from there on in, it’s for them.”

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