‘I’m dedicated to keeping the arts alive’: Harriett Lake dies at 96

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Harriett Lake, a philanthropic lover of Orlando’s arts scene, died July 10. She was 96.

With the establishment of Harriett’s Charitable Trust, Lake has given millions of dollars to organizations that help keep Orlando’s art world alive.

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55th Annual Halifax Art Festival

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The Halifax Art Festival presents a unique blend of fine arts, fine crafts, music, food and fun for everyone.  It’s free to the public with plenty of free parking.  The Festival brings over 250 juried local, regional, and national artists to Daytona’s downtown Beach Street between the Riverfront Shops and the Halifax River.  It offers affordable art for the established as well as the beginning collector.  Offering live entertainment both days, a student art exhibit, and hands-on children’s art activities.  Presented by the Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences to benefit the Museum of Arts & Sciences, it’s Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art.

Second Annual Etsy Festival

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Shop local arts and crafts with Etsy Store owners, learn how to create and market your own Etsy Store, and discover how to make crafts that you can sell online! There will also be jewelry making, finger knitting and adult coloring tables for your enjoyment!

Fall Arts Guide 2016

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The 2016 edition of Watermark’s annual Fall Arts Guide is here! It is beyond adorable and you’ll fall in love with every bit of it.

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1st Thursdays: Rock!

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“Orlando’s original art party”

Presented by the Associates of the Orlando Museum of Art

The Associates is a volunteer support group committed to expanding Museum membership and encouraging the appreciation of the visual arts. From 6-9 pm on the first Thursday of each month, Central Florida has an opportunity to discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There are cash bars serving wine, beer, soft drinks and water, and café offerings from area restaurants.

Visually display your love for the creativity of rock music and the performer. Art in this show can be portraits, symbolic art, sculpture, music embedded through digital art, and more. Let us come together and highlight the influence of ROCK!

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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Spring Arts Guide 2016

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The spring time is no better time to feed your need for the arts! Say hello to our comprehensive (and unfathomably radiant!) annual Spring Arts Guide.

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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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Overheard in Orlando: TheBroadwayWorld.com winners and “stolen” talent

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And the Winners are …
TheBroadWayWorld.com results are in, and several LGBT and LGBT friendly performers were on the top of the list as the winners. Fuck me gently with a chainsaw! The multi-talented, Blue Star for the Best Choreography (Professional) for the popular Heathers: the Musical. Kenny Howard also won best Direction of a Musical (Professional) for Heathers: the Musical – Lick it up, baby. Lick it up! Heathers: the Musical was based on the black comedy, teen-angst ridden film from the ‘80s that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Kenny also won Best Direction of a Play (Professional) for The Flick – both shows were performed at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and were locally produced.

Baring it all!
It’s been recently announced that one of the most risqué annual art exhibits has found a new home. Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is a time for lovers, but even if you’re single, you’d be certainly guaranteed to get an eyeful of the artistic expressions of the nude form. Nude Nite returns, and it will be hosted Artegon Marketplace, home of various shops featuring local artisans, so this certainly feels like a great fit. Located on the north end of I-Drive, the new location not only offers a leak proof roof, but also bountiful and secure parking. (Not commonly found in previous Nude Nites). If you would like to participate, there is still a call for live artists as well. Nude Nite Orlando, will run from February 11-13; tickets are on sale now and often sell out! There’s also a Nude Nite Tampa coming in March.

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City of Orlando Oath of Office Ceremony

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Patty Sheehan, Orlando’s first openly gay city commissioner, was sworn into her fifth term of office Jan. 11 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

At the Oath of Office ceremony, in addition to Sheehan, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was sworn into his fourth full term, District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz was sworn into his third term, and District 6 Commissioner Samuel B. Ings was sworn into his third full term on the City Council.

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CBS entertainment chief vows more primetime diversity

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – CBS is committed to increasing the diversity of its prime-time series, the network’s new programming chief said, offering himself as evidence.

“I’m just a gay guy from Indiana who doesn’t play basketball, but now I’m the entertainment president of CBS,” said Glenn Geller, who was promoted to the job last fall.

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Jonathan Tasini, Bernie Sanders author, visits Florida

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Jonathan TasiniSarasota – Jonathan Tasini, author of The Essential Bernie Sanders and his Vision for America, spoke at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Jan. 9. The event was one of five Florida stops with an engagement in Melbourne that evening, and three in Miami the following day. A predominantly caucasian audience of approximately 100 attended the Fogartyville event; attendees ranged from teens to senior citizens but skewed elderly, including one gentleman who turned 103 that week.

Endorsed by Sanders, Tasini’s book breaks down the presidential candidate’s policies in an easy to read format to layout talking points for supporters or introduce voters to Sanders. Tasini meticulously patchworked excerpts from Sander’s speeches and press release statements to create the slim, accessible book. He wrote the book in the 20 days following Sanders’ Presidential bid announcement in May 2015.

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