New York subway station has public art rarely seen: A gay couple

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NEW YORK (AP) – The sight of two men holding hands is far from uncommon, but a mural of two men doing just that is showing up in an unusual place – on the walls of a new subway station in New York City.

That depiction of love between gay men is a rarity in public art, experts say.

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Creative Cravings: Narrative Tableaux: The Fine Art of Visual Storytelling

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Searching for an extra helping of art in your life? This monthly teen program focuses on careers in the humanities, current exhibitions at the OMA and supporting creative curiosity. Each month will include a studio activity that relates to our topic of interest. Come prepared for an afternoon of casual conversation and artistic experimentation. Our season will conclude with a teen-curated exhibition of artwork created within the program.

For high school students.

After visiting the galleries to discuss the work of Matthew Capaldo, we will discuss narrative techniques within visual art. Our studio session will include writing exercises and the creation of collaged, layered works to tell a story. From these works, we will curate an exhibition that investigates the collective interaction of each artwork’s unique narrative element.

Pulse Love Mural

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Last night’s Pulse Orlando celebration was raw and inspiring. Few knew they would be entering the gates of the nightclub, and the presence of the out-of-servic building only made it that much more emotional. It didn’t help that Pulse owner Barbara Poma was on the verge of tears when we spoke with her. Also in attendance were Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan, House candidate Carlos Guillermo Smith, the Orlando Gay Chorus and families of victims and survivors of the June 12 attack. We cried a lot. You would have, too. “Don’t be afraid,” indeed.

Photos by J.D. Casto

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LGBT festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, government order

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Sept. 27 that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner.

The four-day Massimadi film, art and performance event was supposed to start Sept. 27 in the capital, Port-au-Prince, but organizers said it had to be postponed after a prominent Haitian cultural institution known as FOKAL and other co-hosts were threatened with arson and other attacks.

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Creative Cravings: Hand-lettering and Zines: a Punk Intro to Graphic Design

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Searching for an extra helping of art in your life? This monthly teen program focuses on careers in the humanities, current exhibitions at the OMA and supporting creative curiosity. Each month will include a studio activity that relates to our topic of interest. Come prepared for an afternoon of casual conversation and artistic experimentation. Our season will conclude with a teen-curated exhibition of artwork created within the program.

For high school students.

This month we will discuss the history of graphic design and the current expectations of those in the field. The Museum’s graphic designer will lead our discussion of this popular, ever-changing career. We will spend our time in the studio creating the content for a collective zine and exploring the fine art of hand-lettering.

Paint Strong Orlando opens tonight at Orlando Public Library

By : Billy Manes
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In the wake of the Pulse massacre on June 12, local art store Sam Flax did the best that it could do for the community by offering up art supplies to anyone who wanted to interpret Orlando’s resilience in an artistic fashion.

The response was overwhelming, with Sam Flax contributing to the creation of 300 art pieces. Of course, that would be too many to display on the store’s crowded walls, so the Orange County Library System leaned in. Tonight, at the downtown library (101 E. Central Blvd.), you can see just how creatively strong Orlando is when the great hall of books hosts a great number of paintings from 6-8 p.m.

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TIGLFF is back on both sides of the bay with films to heal and celebrate the LGBT community

By : Jeremy Williams
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Art has a power to it that helps move emotions in a person and a community, and no medium in art does that more powerfully than film. For the 27th year, the Tampa Bay area looks to honor that medium with the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, better known as TIGLFF.

TIGLFF will run 65 films – 32 feature length and 33 shorts – and 35 programs representing 18 different countries from September 30 to October 8 on both sides of the bay, including the venue where it all started, the Tampa Theatre.

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The Top 10 Fringe-iest Pieces at Visual Fringe

By : Alex Storer
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What defines the Orlando Fringe festival?

Each Fringe enthusiast might have a different definition, but to me Fringe encompasses the touching, the uncensored and the avant garde. These things can be found not only across the many performance spaces of Fringe, but also in at Visual Fringe, an art gallery that graces the Orlando Shakespeare Theater lobby. Here are 10 of its Fringe-iest pieces.

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Kinky Boots event brings LGBT youth behind the curtain

By : Jamie Hyman
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About 20 of Central Florida’s LGBT youth will get an opportunity to learn about what goes into a Broadway production.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Zebra Coalition, Kinky Boots and the True Colors Foundation is hosting the event, which is an afternoon of educational speakers followed by a dinner, performance and then a Q&A with the Kinky Boots cast.

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Screened Out – Eddie the Eagle

By : Stephen Miller
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There aren’t any surprises in the Olympic biopic Eddie the Eagle. In fact, “Eddie” Edwards’ story – as it’s slightly modified from fact here – plays a lot like Cool Runnings, in more ways than one. It’s the ’88 Winter Olympics, and champions who never really had a chance somehow capture the audience’s admiration of the underdog. The world falls in love.

Within its rote plot, Eddie does a nice job of aping ‘80s “glory” pics, with a synthesized soundtrack, loopy camera shots, typical plots, and broad characters that would’ve felt perfectly comfortable in 1988. If audiences know that this sort of long-shot athletic story is what’s being sold, they’re going to love what they buy.

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Organist Cameron Carpenter to meet with LGBT adolescents

By : Krista DiTucci
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On Feb. 27, world-renowned organist Cameron Carpenter will meet with members of Blake High School’s LGBT youth club Common Grounds for a lecture/demonstration at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Carpenter will be meeting with 25 student members of Common Grounds to discuss his music, career and the International Touring Organ. He will then entertain students with a brief performance of the touring organ. Carpenter’s appearance is in conjunction with his concert later in the evening at the Straz Center.

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Meet the Intern: Adam Manno

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Hey there! I’m Adam and I’m Watermark’s Spring 2016 intern.

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I ran the InternPursuit event at UCF (found: a picture of me with said event, not found: a retoucher with a soul), where Watermark interviewed journalism students hoping to find The Best Intern in the World. I sat down with Rick (Claggett, publisher) and Jamie (Hyman, Digital Media Director) last minute as an unscheduled interviewee. They loved me and I loved them. Now here I am typing into a computer screen between a “Hate Free Zone” sticker and a series of Best Website WAVE awards.

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