UCF Celebrates the Arts

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UCF Celebrates the Arts is an annual eight day showcase of music, performances and interactive visual displays that runs April 6-14, 2018 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. The festival will open with a tribute to American composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein (Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers) and closes with a concert featuring major jazz artists, the UCF Orchestra and Flying Horse Big Band celebrating UCF President John C. Hitt’s contribution to UCF and Orlando (Imagine Something Wonderful: The Flying Horse Big Band meets the UCF Orchestra featuring special guests T-Bone, Veronica Swift, and The Jazz Professors).

  • Ongoing exhibitions: SVAD Banners, Character Animation Film Presentations, Gaming Cabinets, Collective Chemistry, Individual Theorem, Theatre UCF costume exhibit
  • Tableaux vivants, April 6 and 13: A festival favorite, “Living Art” returns to Dr. Phillips Center showcasing the collaborative work of more than 160 School of Visual Arts & Design students.
  • “A Celebration of Arts, Storytelling, and Technology,” April 7: One night of exhibitions showcasing work that weaves together arts and technology, featuring a digital media showcase, an alumni panel, interactive projections, and demonstrations of digital storytelling, tools for historians, and videogaming. Participants include the School of Visual Art and Design’s Digital Media program, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, the Veteran’s Legacy Program, and The Florida Review.
  • Project Spotlight’s Play it By Ear, April 7: a full-length student written, produced, and presented play about a group of 20-somethings trying to figure out how life works while living in close proximity in NYC.
  • A Reading of The Refugee Plays, April 8: a series of short plays that explore the experiences of refugees and undocumented immigrants in the United States. This is part of the UCF Big Read.
  • UCF New Music Ensemble, April 8: part of the Collide Contemporary Music Series, the student-based ensemble features world premieres by music composition students at UCF.
  • Quadruple Stuffed Oreos, April 8: A student-produced sketch comedy group
  • UCF Choral Concert, April 8: the UCF Choirs cast away the traditional concert format to share a lively evening of songs written in the spirit of social justice.
  • Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, April 9: includes a commissioned piece, entitled “Zodiac Concerto” featuring guest artists William Caballero, horn, and Roger Oyster, euphonium
  • Blackberry Winter, April 9: Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents a reprise performance of its 2017 production Blackberry Winter with a post-show talkback to raise awareness of caregiving.
  • “Writes of Spring,” April 10: Theatre UCF graduate students and the Orlando REP devised a musical from writing submissions provided by Central Florida K-12 students.
  • UCF Rising! Applied Bystander Prevention Workshop, April 10: a collaborative workshop between Theatre UCF and UCF Victim Services that combines theatrical skills with victim advocacy and prevention training
  • Choirs Invitational Concert, April 10: 400+ students from eight Central Florida schools participate in a day of workshops, followed by an evening public performance.
  • Just Like Us, April 10: The Orlando REP presents a staged reading of Just Like Us, a documentary-style play that follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver—two of whom are documented and two of whom are not.
  • K-12 Fine Arts Showcase, April 11: K-12 students from public and private school fine arts communities of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Lake, Hillsborough, and Seminole counties gather for performances, shows, and presentations.
  • Percussion Festival Concert, April 11: Following a day of workshops with international percussion artist Anders Astrand, the UCF Percussion Ensemble performs a public concert.
  • UCF Woodwind Ensembles, April 11: The UCF Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Woodwind Quintet come together for an evening of woodwind chamber music, featuring work from a local composer.
  • Opera Double Feature: Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost, April 13 and 14: The UCF Opera Workshop presents two one-act operas in collaboration with Theatre UCF, Florida Symphony Orchestra, Florida Southern College and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Gianni Schicchi.

Tickets for UCF Celebrates the Arts will be available starting March 1. For a complete schedule, ticket reservations and other information, visit the festival’s website at www.arts.ucf.edu.

Mamma Mia – Farewell Tour

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MAMMA MIA! – Farewell Tour
Friday, April 21 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 22 at 8 pm

Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including Dancing Queen, S.O.S., Super Trouper, Take A Chance on Me and The Winner Takes It All, with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!.

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OUC Speakers at Dr. Phillips Center: An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Dr. Phillips Center in association with Bill Blumenreich present An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Public On-Sale: 10 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $45.00
Walt Disney Theater

“An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies”

From Star Wars to Monster’s Inc. to Interstellar, an entertaining and enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong, combined with some of the stuff they got right.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.

Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

ZZ Top

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That Little ol’ Band from Texas” is at it again. More than 46 years after their formation in the Houston area, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top are hitting the road between mid-March and early May of next year. The Hell Raisers Tour will bring the trio to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, April 29 at 8 pm. This will be their first show since their sold-out concert in 2013.

Republican Caitlyn Jenner not ‘outwardly’ supporting Trump

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner says she backs the Republican party, but hasn’t “outwardly supported anybody” in the presidential race, including GOP nominee Donald Trump. She did express a preference for Ted Cruz’s candidacy, saying she would like to be his “trans ambassador.”

During an appearance on HBO’s Any Given Wednesday, Jenner said she wants “to help the entire Republican Party do a better job when it comes to LGBT issues.”

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MAXWELL w/special guests

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Dr. Phillips Center presents in association with Live Nation: Maxwell

Public On-Sale: 10 a.m., Friday, April 22, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

VIP Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 18. Use promo code MAXWELL to access VIP tickets.

All VIP tickets & merchandise will be distributed at the designated VIP check-in table on the day of the show.

All non-VIP tickets (Print-At-Home, Will Call, and Mail) will be available two (2) weeks after purchase.

Show date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Show time: 7:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Theater

Maxwell redefined classic soul music in April of 1996 when he released his critically acclaimed debut ‘Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite.’ It earned Grammy nominations, double platinum status and RIAA gold for the single, “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).” The platinum albums ‘Embrya’ (1998) and ‘Now’ (2001) followed. After eight years, 2009’s ‘BLACKsummers’night’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and won two Grammys, including Best R&B Album. To date, Maxwell has achieved 13 gold and platinum certifications from the RIAA. Maxwell’s highly anticipated new album ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ will be released July 1 (Columbia). His new single “Lake By The Ocean” was released on April 8, 2016.

VIP Packages

Front Row Package
Package price: $TBD
Package includes:

One front row ticket
VIP early entry into the venue
Specially designed Maxwell tour shirt (exclusive to VIP package only)
Collectible tour poster autographed by Maxwell (limited print, numbered)
Exclusive Maxwell VIP merchandise item
Commemorative tour laminate
Commemorative VIP ticket
Limited availability

VIP Tour Package
Package price: $TBD
Package includes:

One premium reserved ticket located in the first 10 rows
VIP early entry into the venue
Specially designed Maxwell tour shirt (exclusive to VIP package only)
Collectible tour poster (limited print, numbered)
Exclusive Maxwell VIP merchandise item
Commemorative tour laminate
Commemorative VIP ticket
Limited availability
All VIP tickets & merchandise will be distributed at the designated VIP check-in table on the day of the show.
Please contact INFO@FUTURE-BEAT.COM with any questions concerning your package.
Packages go on sale Wednesday, April 20 @ 10am

MAXWELL w/special guests

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Dr. Phillips Center presents in association with Live Nation: Maxwell

Public On-Sale: 10 a.m., Friday, April 22, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

VIP Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 18. Use promo code MAXWELL to access VIP tickets.

All VIP tickets & merchandise will be distributed at the designated VIP check-in table on the day of the show.

All non-VIP tickets (Print-At-Home, Will Call, and Mail) will be available two (2) weeks after purchase.

Show date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Show time: 7:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Theater

Maxwell redefined classic soul music in April of 1996 when he released his critically acclaimed debut ‘Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite.’ It earned Grammy nominations, double platinum status and RIAA gold for the single, “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).” The platinum albums ‘Embrya’ (1998) and ‘Now’ (2001) followed. After eight years, 2009’s ‘BLACKsummers’night’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and won two Grammys, including Best R&B Album. To date, Maxwell has achieved 13 gold and platinum certifications from the RIAA. Maxwell’s highly anticipated new album ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ will be released July 1 (Columbia). His new single “Lake By The Ocean” was released on April 8, 2016.

VIP Packages

Front Row Package
Package price: $TBD
Package includes:

One front row ticket
VIP early entry into the venue
Specially designed Maxwell tour shirt (exclusive to VIP package only)
Collectible tour poster autographed by Maxwell (limited print, numbered)
Exclusive Maxwell VIP merchandise item
Commemorative tour laminate
Commemorative VIP ticket
Limited availability

VIP Tour Package
Package price: $TBD
Package includes:

One premium reserved ticket located in the first 10 rows
VIP early entry into the venue
Specially designed Maxwell tour shirt (exclusive to VIP package only)
Collectible tour poster (limited print, numbered)
Exclusive Maxwell VIP merchandise item
Commemorative tour laminate
Commemorative VIP ticket
Limited availability
All VIP tickets & merchandise will be distributed at the designated VIP check-in table on the day of the show.
Please contact INFO@FUTURE-BEAT.COM with any questions concerning your package.
Packages go on sale Wednesday, April 20 @ 10am

Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show

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Making a titillating return to the Straz Center, Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Left without sleeves or pockets, the Naked Magician’s (Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne) saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it.”

This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. Includes coarse language, sexual references and nudity. 18+ only.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, April 8, and are available online beginning at 10 a.m., and by phone and in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales office beginning at 12 p.m.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on Moonlight History Stroll

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Watermark joins the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on a fundraising Moonlight History Stroll of Greenwood Lakes Cemetery.

The event raised $226 for the Orlando Sisters the evening of April 22. More info and photos after the jump:

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First annual Barber Fund Golf Tournament raises $8,000

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The first annual Barber Fund Golf Tournament raised $8,000, which will be used to help people living with cancer.

78 golfers teed off for the April 16 event at MetroWest Golf Club.

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Have A Great Gay Weekend: April 15, 2016

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Introducing Have A Great Gay Weekend, Watermark’s roundup of the best and gayest events for the coming weekend, published every Friday.

We pick three events in the West coast, Tampa Bay/Sarasota area, and three events out of Central Florida. Want to let us know about your great gay event? Email jeremy@watermarkonline.com.

Your taxes all filed and you’re ready for fun? Then check out our picks for this coming weekend: 

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LGBT advocates once again fill the room at Brevard School Board meeting

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Photo by Gina Duncan.

It was another packed house at the April 12 Brevard School Board meeting, where supporters wearing red filled the room, pushing the Board to adopt district-wide LGBT protections.

The effort has had quite a journey so far. In December of 2015, activists began to rally support for the Brevard School District to add LGBT protections to their existing non-discrimination policy. The proposal hit a wall in March of 2016, after an organized effort by anti-gay speakers flooded a meeting and derailed the effort. After the LGBT protections were moved to workshop, many thought they were dead. 

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