Gay Chorus Deep South

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Closing Night Program of Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
David Charles Rodrigues, 2019, USA, 98 min

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus set out to bring their message of hope and resiliency in response to the 2016 presidential election by spending a week touring throughout the deep south.

The Chorus, joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, brought a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee, through the Carolinas, and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenged Director Tim Seeleg and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain, and prejudices, on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us – faith, politics, sexual identity – are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.

There is beautiful vocal performance in this movie. But there is much more than singing to this thoughtful documentary that chronicles a journey that began as a challenge to the oppression of the deep south and ended in the delight of southern people steeped in their love of gospel music and hungry for conversation. This remarkable film demonstrates that, clearly, there is a whole lot of fixing that singing can do.

SFGMC Director Tim Seelig is scheduled to Skype with the audience following the film.


Women Make Music – 25 Years of Crescendo: The Tampa Bay Women’s Chorus
Sunny Hall, 2019, USA, 8 min


Preceded by a performance by the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus.

Join us at Bizou Brasserie at Le Méridien (601 N. Florida) after the closing film to celebrate another festival bringing fierce, fabulous, LGBTQ+ film in Tampa Bay. Food and drinks for purchase.

SPONSORED BY TAMPA BAY GAY MEN’S CHORUS

Finding Your Audience: Marketing Your Poetry

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Do you have poems, but still need an audience? Learn techniques for marketing your poetry, finding your fans and keeping them engaged with your work. Presented by Peter M. Gordon, who has published over 60 poems and two collections, and helped found the Orlando Area FSPA chapter, one of the largest in the state.

Ellen DeGeneres shares the word she was banned from saying on TV

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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After Ellen DeGeneres came out to the world in real life and on her sitcom “Ellen,” in April 1997, it didn’t seem plausible that she would become one of the most popular daytime talk show hosts.

DeGeneres told “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which premiered in September 2003, almost didn’t happen.

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Show Up

By : Alex Storer
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Award-winning out solo show performer, director and producer Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit, Late with Lance!) returns to the Orlando Fringe in “Show Up” – using his decades of solo performance expertise to turn the often vilified clichés of the genre on their clichéd heads. Marino exploits an arsenal of Post-it® Notes to compile and transform the challenging and enlightening real-life audience experiences into a single vibrant life-story that’s daring and unique each time. Chance elements are increased as audience members are engaged to cue sound, design the set, and direct. Show Up provides a wild, unpredictable ride for the audience as Marino navigates this high wire, simultaneously commenting on social anxiety, depression and performance challenges. Ultimately, Show Up demonstrates that the value of truth in autobiographical performance is totally subjective. And there’s a party!

Katie Adams: Stories from the Sea

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Splash into aquatic fun with storyteller Katie Adams. Get your toes wet and participate in folk tales from around the world: the hilarious Alligator and Hen, Dolphins and Shark, Bimwilli and the Zimwe, and Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky. With colorful props, a beachscape background and audience participation, this 45-minute show is a refreshing dive into the imagination.

Stay tuned for onsale information!

An Evening with Ina Garten

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Ina Garten is the Emmy® Award-winning host of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network and a New York Times best-selling author. During her live onstage conversation, she delivers a charming insider’s view of her hit television show, talks about the pleasures of good food, cooking with love and passion, and engages the audience with an interactive Q&A. Garten’s new book Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook will be released Oct. 25.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 29, 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.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill – A Cultural Fusion Production

Public On-Sale: 10 a.m., Friday, August 12, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: September 9-11,2016
Show times vary
Tickets start at $25
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Billie Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses.

Spend the Night with Alice Cooper

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Known for his dark and horror–themed performances, Alice Cooper returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall and invites you to Spend the Night with Alice Cooper! On Saturday, August 13 at 8 pm, Cooper is sure to put on a show that will shock the audience and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Duo Romantico @ Liquid Tampa – July 27, 2016

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You are cordially invited to Liquid Tampa on Wednesday, July 27th to a very special event with Duo Romantico. Gather your friends and let’s give them a big Tampa Welcome.

Duo Romantico is a duet performance of the talented Christy Caldwell and classically trained Atilio Marinelli who travel throughout Florida, New York and Europe sharing their paired voices. With a wide range of powerful melodies including Italian Opera, Broadway and love songs throughout the ages, Duo Romantico brings to the stage a powerful and emotionally moving set of favorite classics that warm the hearts of every audience they touch. Join us as we swoon and sing along with the voices of Christy and Atilio when Duo Romantico graces the Liquid stage!

Showtime 7pm – 8:30pm

You may Pre-Purchase your tickets online. $10.00 General Admission.

Check out our Bottle Service Offerings at http://www.liquidtampa.com and place your reservation today!

June – The Final Cut Strip Contest at Liquid Tampa

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From Power Infiniti, Creator of QUEEN OF THE NIGHT Comes a whole new Spin on the Strip Contest…..
Contestants bring their own music (CDs and Thumb Drives only) and give the audience a prepared strip tease. Featured contestants are judged on: SEDUCTION – CREATIVITY – PERFORMANCE – STYLE
Show us you can BRING IT in an anything goes performance; burlesque, sultry, exotic dancer, Magic Mike style, or any way you can sell it. Costumes, themes, and showmanship are a MUST!
Guest judges include representatives from major central Florida Bars including: Club Main Street – Lakeland, Cityside Night Club – Tampa, Quench – Largo & Liquid Tampa
Rules & Regulations:

Contest starts at 11pm on the dot
Contestants must be physically present by 10:30pm at Liquid in order to register
Bring a photo and be prepared to fill out the contestant registration form
You MUST bring your music on a CD or Thumb Drive to participate
Winner is chosen by audience applause

THIS IS A MONTHLY COMPETITIONWinners will receive over $400 in cash and prizes including:

$100 cash prize
Professional photo shoot with Morgan Le Shade of Black Rose Photography
Bookings at Liquid Tampa, Club Main Street, Cityside & Quench

WE ARE GOING ON A MANHUNT
The search is on for the next IT BOYS and GO- GO GODS!
Do you have what it takes to make THE CUT?

Orlando 2016 Fringe Review: Taffy & Tonya Live! at the Ramada Inn Key West

By : Jeremy Williams
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Taffy & Tonya Live! at the Ramada Inn Key West

Gold Venue, find showtimes

Classy. Sophisticated. Elegant.

These are not words one would use to describe Taffy and Tonya, the two semi-retired “working girls” singing for their supper at the Ramada Inn in Key West in the new Fringe show  Taffy & Tonya Live! at the Ramada Inn Key West.

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Brevard School Board provides an audience for LGBT protections

By : Jamie Hyman
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Brevard’s LGBT activists are feeling more optimistic after a productive meeting with the Brevard County School Board. This is in sharp contrast to the previous school board meeting, where the hate group Liberty Counsel steamrolled over the chances of LGBT protections moving forward.

At odds is a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the school district’s nondiscrimination policy. Lexi Wright, Space Coast Pride executive director, says when she and other activists attended the board meeting in February, they expected to learn the protections would move forward as promised. Instead, they faced a flood of anti-gay comments from detractors, an unprofessional atmosphere and were told the proposal would move to workshop, which Wright says usually means the end of the discussion.

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