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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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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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Pride & Passion says ‘Thank you!’

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Almost like Christmas
The impressive guys and girls of Balance Tampa Bay donated their time and energy to help out a worthy cause on June 21. More than 60 volunteers painted 1,200 wooden toys for The ToyMakers and donated $1,000 to the non-profit. That money will help the charity rebuild after a fire destroyed a workshop, equipment and supplies in April. This is the second time Balance Tampa Bay has helped out the ToyMakers and president Scott Kligmann said this year the group painted nearly twice as many toys as in 2013. The ToyMakers provide painted, wooden toys to children in physical or emotional distress and have done so since 1982. And Balance Tampa Bay, founded in 2011, will be the charity of choice at the next Watermark Wednesday social, scheduled for July 23 at Stageworks Theatre in Channelside.

All about fun!
If you missed the two shows of the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project’s All About Steve at American Stage the last week of June, you missed a laugh-riot. The hilarious, musical spin on the classic Bette Davis film All About Eve starred Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel (actors who also portray the hilarious Scott & Patti) and helped raise money for local residents battling HIV. In this version of the story, Steve, played by Daniel, is an up and coming drag queen who idolizes, then eclipses, Margo Channing, played by McGee. Musical numbers lampoon current events and, with very little rehearsal, screw-ups had sold-out audiences rolling during both performances on June 23 and 29. Garry Breul, who started Suncoast AIDS Theater Project, welcomed guests both nights and thanked them for their generosity as he explained the importance of helping those living with the disease. Talk about mixed emotions! Next year, rumor has it they’ll skewer Maleficent. Let’s hope that holds true!

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Issue 21.12: LeAnn Rimes Gay Days Weekend

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LeAnn Remixed: Country-crossover superstar LeAnn Rimes will bring a dance beat to her Gay Days performance at P-House, The painful truth about LGBT domestic violence,
Jacobs asked to clarify LGBT stance in Orange County, Tampa Bay’s welcome center closer to reality local news, celebrity interviews, events, photos, and much more!

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