onePULSE Foundation seeks ideas from community for permanent memorial

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ORLANDO | Last month marked the two-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting, which at the time was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. From this tragedy the Orlando community grew together, and organizations such as the onePULSE Foundation were introduced to ensure that “hate will never win.”

The onePULSE Foundation is the only non-profit created by, Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse. According to their website, it was established to create “a sanctuary of hope around this tragic day in American history which honors the 49 lives that were taken, the 68 injured victims, the affected survivors and the first responders and healthcare professionals who cared for the victims.”

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Sea-to-Sea Flag and Art Exhibit

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Section 93 represents a 25-foot section of the world’s largest 1.25-mile original eight-color LGBTQ rainbow flag that was constructed in 2003 in Key West, Florida. The Sea-to-Sea flag stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and required more than 2,000 people to carry it. It was created by Gilbert Baker, the original artist who created the iconic rainbow flag in 1978. Also known as “The Sacred Cloth,” it is a symbol of the worldwide LGBTQ movement for acceptance, understanding, education, solidarity and inclusion. The County will feature a small exhibit on the first floor atrium of the administration building – the banner of the 49 will by hung and Pulse-related artwork will be showcased.

Ria Brodell: Devotion

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On view through May 13, 2018
Free Admission courtesy of PNC Financial Services Group

Ria Brodell: Devotion disrupts traditional narratives and offers multifaceted ways in which to experience the concept of devotion. While Brodell’s art stems from personal experience, the works in this exhibition allow for a nuanced rumination on gender and sexuality from both historical and contemporary contexts.

The exhibition includes works from the artist’s series, Butch Heroes and The Handsome & The HolyButch Heroes presents highly detailed paintings of historical subjects who challenged gender norms. The paintings incorporate the structure of Catholic prayer cards; the artist’s aesthetic approach is deeply informed by a Catholic upbringing. These meticulous paintings are accompanied by scholarly documentation of the subjects portrayed. In explaining the motivations of an earlier series, The Handsome & The Holy, the artist writes, “I am interested in the play between queer desire and the construction of gender identity as seen alongside my religious upbringing. This series of work attempts to catalog the influential, yet seemingly paradoxical, figures in my personal history.”

Featuring new and recent work by Brodell, this exhibition recontextualizes devotional imagery in the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Most significantly, Ria Brodell: Devotion allows for complex readings of gender in historic terms and through a religious framework. This exhibition, the artist’s first solo presentation at a museum, is accompanied by a brochure featuring an interview with the artist.

FREE ADMISSION courtesy of PNC Financial Services Group.

Image:  Ria Brodell, Olga Nikolaevna Tsuberbiller, 1885–1975, Russia, Gouache on paper, 11 x 7 in., 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas

Free Film Screening – Visual AIDS: Day With(out) Art

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Visual AIDS: Day With(out) Art – FREE Film Screening and Audience Talkback with Sam Graper, Community Relations Manager at Orlando Immunology Center »

In recognition of World AIDS Day, join us for a FREE screening of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS. The film addresses Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic and features seven innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is a national organization that uses the power of art as a catalyst to engage public response, dialogue, and scholarship around HIV/AIDS through presenting contemporary art exhibitions, artist projects, public events, and publications.

For more information on ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS visit:

https://www.visualaids.org/projects/detail/alternate-endings-radical-beginnings

Following the film screening, an audience talkback will occur with Sam Graper, Community Relations Manager at Orlando Immunology Center.

For more info on OIC:
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For more info on Sam Graper:
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Please call 407.896.4231 ext. 261 with questions about this program.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum Artist’s Talk: Patrick Martinez

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Join artist Patrick Martinez as he talks about his work and exhibiton American Memorial, on view at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum through September 10.

In Martinez’s work, memorials take myriad forms. The act of mourning offers an opportunity to express pain and to demonstrate respect. In public, mourning can function as a political protest, a defiant act, and ultimately an expression of love. Memorials exist as material manifestations of grief.

Hip Hop culture and graffiti served as early influences for the artist. He remains in tune with popular culture, and is deeply concerned with current events. With his neons, the artist reimagines texts that reflect hard realities, truths, and embody struggle and fear. These words become amplified and reverberate in our collective consciousness. For example, in free 99 (hold ya head), Martinez uses the lyrics of the deceased rapper Tupac Shakur, “Currency means nothin’ if you still ain’t free.” The artist often employs deceptively playful materials like neon and draws from popular sources like rap music to produce deeply poignant and timely work.

In other recent works, Martinez, inspired by Pee Chee school folders and rendered in both paint and print, creates sensitive portrayals of people who too often are depicted without respect and dignity. Most specifically, the artist presents people of color who are victims of excessive force and police brutality. His early success as an illustrator and designer for record labels enables his multilayered subversion of the Pee Chee series.

A number of paintings in the show pay tribute to floral memorials. The ubiquitous use of flowers to commemorate loss or in some cases, the intervention of flowers in daily life that inspire a meditation on the meaning of beauty emanate from these works. With a colorful palette, the artist leverages certain aesthetics that reflect both individual and communal pain. His neon that states “Then they came for me” haunts as a reminder of the fragility of personal safety and of a just society.

Born in 1980, Martinez lives and works in Los Angeles, California. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo exhibition at a museum.

Click here to view Patrick Martinez’s insights on his work in this exhibition.

Free admission courtesy Dale Montgomery ’60
No reservation required

Finding Your Inner Artist: A LIVE Painting Event

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Join us for live painting with Steven Lee Hall Jr., artist and star of the hit Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid. See how he uses painting techniques to bring his latest work of art to life right in front of you. Steven currently has artwork on display at the Edgewater Branch.

Kenny Rogers Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal

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Don’t miss Kenny Rogers in his final World Tour, coming to Clearwater this January. GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal. The tour includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, January 22 at 1 pm. Special guest Linda Davis will open the show.

The enduring country and pop icon has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances, distinctive voice, gift for storytelling and universal appeal. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers has played to millions of fans around the world, performing songs from his long list of hits which comprise 24 Number Ones including The Gambler, Lucille, Coward of the County, Lady, Islands in the Stream, She Believes In Me, We’ve Got Tonight, Daytime Friends, Through The Years, You Decorated My Life, and Buy Me A Rose.

Wedding Bells: John Gascot and Ron Diana

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weddings-bells-2324“My favorite part was just after the ceremony talking to people, and everyone’s mood was just so light and everyone was happy,” Ron says about their wedding day.

John Gascot, who is an artist and gallery coordinator at Studios at 5663, and Ron Diana, an educator at Cortiva Institute and a licensed massage therapist, have been together for 20 years. They believe that the test of time and being able to get through anything has made their relationship stronger.

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Il Divo – Amor & Pasion

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With the anticipation of their seventh studio album, the record-breaking classical crossover group,Il DIvo will bring their Amor & Pasion Tour to Clearwater.

Working with Columbian producer and multiple Latin GRAMMY® Award-winner Julio Reyes Copello, Il Divo has recorded 12 songs spanning a century of traditional tangos, smoldering boleros and classic mambas. The flavors and sultry rhythms of Spain and Cuba, Argentina and Mexico promise to set the stage for a very different Il Divo tour next year. Urs Buhler says: “Everybody, get ready to see and hear a new Il Divo with even more passion, fire and for the first time, with rhythm! Get ready to move to the Latin beats of Amor & Pasion. Our new show will take you on a journey through the greatest melodies from Central and South America plus new treatments on your favorite Il Divo hits.”

Brought together by Simon Cowell in 2003, Il Divo (Urs Buhler, Sebastien Izambard, Carlos Marin and David Miller), spearheaded an entirely new musical genre with their groundbreaking debut album in 2004. The multi-national four piece have gone on to achieve unparalleled success around the world with 30 million album sales, 50 #1 records, 160 gold and platinum awards in over 33 countries and four sold-out world tours.

Tickets priced at *$195, $125, $100 and $75.
*$195 Dinner Package includes a premium seat, pre-show dinner and a voucher for free valet parking. Valet service begins 15 minutes before pre-show dinner doors open. Artist does not appear at Dinner.

An Evening With Ray LaMontagne

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Ray LaMontagne is hitting the road, and on Friday, August 12, he returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall to celebrate the release of his new studio album! A poignant and magical experience, Ray is an artist to see perform live.

Written by LaMontagne and featuring the first single, Hey, No Pressure, his newest album, Ouroboros was produced by Ray and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Click here to listen to Hey, No Pressure. NPR’s All Songs Considered called the track an “inspired new song,” stamped the album “incredible” and lauded that Ray “has continued to push himself in different directions.”

An Evening with Peter Cetera

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Victory Productions presents An Evening with Peter Cetera

Show date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Show time: 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $78.75
Walt Disney Theater

Peter Cetera, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, has had two distinct musical careers. From 1968 thru1986 Peter was the singer, songwriter, and bass player for the legendary rock group Chicago. In his time with the group, they recorded 18 of the most memorable albums of a generation, including such hits as “If You Leave Me Now”, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, “Baby What a Big Surprise”, “You’re the Inspiration”, “Stay the Night”, “Love Me Tomorrow”, “Happy Man”, “Feeling Stronger Every Day” and “Along Comes a Woman”.

In 2016 Peter, with Chicago, was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. A solo artist since 1986, Peter has recorded 10 time-honored CD’s including his #1 hits, the Academy Award nominated song “The Glory of Love” from the hit movie The Karate Kid II, “The Next Time I Fall” with Amy Grant, “Feels Like Heaven” with Chaka Kahn, “After All” with Cher, “No Explanation” from the mega hit film Pretty Woman and the unforgettable “Restless Heart”. Peter is currently touring with his 7-piece electric band, The Bad Daddy’s and still enjoys performing his timeless hits, which continue to touch the lives of so many people worldwide.

Cyndi Lauper

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Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winning artist, Cyndi Lauper returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2013! She has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. Lauper recently became a New York Times Best Selling author with her autobiography – Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir and wrote the original score for the Tony award winning best musical Kinky Boots. For more than 30 years, Cyndi Lauper has been a songwriting provocateur. Her musical achievements are so pervasive that they have become entwined in the cultural landscape. You won’t want to miss her only at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

Tickets are *$140, $88.75, $68.75, $53.75 and $43.75.