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:
https://www.facebook.com/OICOrlando

For more info on Sam Graper:
https://www.facebook.com/sam.graper

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.

Homo Erectus: Purple Reign- The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned from Prince

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I have to admit something: I didn’t think of myself as the biggest Prince fan.

Sure, I liked a lot of the songs by Prince Rogers Nelson. “Little Red Corvette”was a snappy tune, I wondered what the future would be like while jammin’ to “1999,” and yes, my fraternity brothers and I danced along to“Batdance” back in the day. But as I reflect on the legacy that Prince left and read some of the articles and blogs that appeared after his death, I realized that this artist impacted my life in ways I didn’t expect. Here are the top five things The-Artist-Formerly-Known-and-Then-Re-known-as-Prince taught me about life.

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Extra-gay Festivus pole will be on display at Florida Capitol this year

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Festivus is back at the Florida Capitol… and it’s going gay this year.

The Florida Department of Management Services Dec. 10 approved Chaz Stevens’ application asking to set up the Festivus display for the third year in a row.

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Janelle Monáe on her gay inspiration, gender-bending and lesbian rumors

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The ambiguity of Janelle Monáe can be summed up in her own two words: “top secret.”

That, and, “I’m sorry, I can’t tell you,” is all she says about her pompadour when asked how it stays in a perfect pouf. It’s the kind of James Bond elusiveness that’s left a lot to the imagination since the Kansas City native spawned her fembot alter ego.

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