Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Gala Greatness

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Equality Florida’s 2018 St. Pete Gala was held May 12 at the Mahaffey Theater, raising a record total of $354,287 to support the organization’s work.

Una Voce: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay dazzled the sold-out event with song while guests dined, danced and donated in the name of equality. A total of 708 attendees, the largest of any Equality Florida Gala, raised over $26,000 in auctioned items alone.

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New year, new venues for TIGLFF screenings

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Tampa Bay – Aside from entertaining and engaging films, community is at the heart of TIGLFF.

The film festival is coming into its 25th year of bringing “queer” folks together in a dark room to laugh, cry and think about our stories.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Pride & Passion says ‘Thank you!’

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Almost like Christmas
The impressive guys and girls of Balance Tampa Bay donated their time and energy to help out a worthy cause on June 21. More than 60 volunteers painted 1,200 wooden toys for The ToyMakers and donated $1,000 to the non-profit. That money will help the charity rebuild after a fire destroyed a workshop, equipment and supplies in April. This is the second time Balance Tampa Bay has helped out the ToyMakers and president Scott Kligmann said this year the group painted nearly twice as many toys as in 2013. The ToyMakers provide painted, wooden toys to children in physical or emotional distress and have done so since 1982. And Balance Tampa Bay, founded in 2011, will be the charity of choice at the next Watermark Wednesday social, scheduled for July 23 at Stageworks Theatre in Channelside.

All about fun!
If you missed the two shows of the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project’s All About Steve at American Stage the last week of June, you missed a laugh-riot. The hilarious, musical spin on the classic Bette Davis film All About Eve starred Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel (actors who also portray the hilarious Scott & Patti) and helped raise money for local residents battling HIV. In this version of the story, Steve, played by Daniel, is an up and coming drag queen who idolizes, then eclipses, Margo Channing, played by McGee. Musical numbers lampoon current events and, with very little rehearsal, screw-ups had sold-out audiences rolling during both performances on June 23 and 29. Garry Breul, who started Suncoast AIDS Theater Project, welcomed guests both nights and thanked them for their generosity as he explained the importance of helping those living with the disease. Talk about mixed emotions! Next year, rumor has it they’ll skewer Maleficent. Let’s hope that holds true!

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Gay favorite Steel Magnolias celebrates the bonds of friendship at American Stage

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St. Petersburg – American Stage is ready to start the summer off right—with a play as tough as steel, but as delicate as magnolias.

The newest production of the popular 1987 Robert Harling play Steel Magnolias opens on May 23 and runs through June 15, and at the helm is St. Petersburg’s Bob Devin Jones.

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American Stage’s 2 Trains Running is relatable, regardless of orientation or gender

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St. Petersburg – If you’re unfamiliar with the work of August Wilson, American Stage in downtown St. Petersburg is ready to transport you into his world with its latest production: Trains Running.

At the helm of the production is Bob Devin Jones’ playwright, director, actor, and co-founder of The Studio @ 620 in downtown St. Petersburg who relocated here 20-plus years ago from California to be with his partner.

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Foster, Rice take office, rain holds off for Kriseman’s outdoor celebration

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St. Petersburg – The rain clouds held off and a substantial crowd gathered outside City Hall Jan. 2 for the swearing in of its new mayor. And while preparations were underway outside for Rick Kriseman to take the reins of St. Petersburg, inside, history was made when Darden Rice and Amy Foster were sworn in and took their seats on the City Council.

Rice and Foster, both of whom are gay, handily won their elections in November and are two of three out council members now representing the City of St. Petersburg. Steve Kornell, who won his second term in office in 2012 and is the city’s first openly gay elected official, is currently serving his second term.

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Jones tapped to emcee Kriseman ceremony

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Bob Devin Jones

Bob Devin Jones

For years, Bob Devin Jones as nurtured and cultivated the arts first in Los Angeles and Oregon before landing at American’ Stage’s Shakespeare in the Park and then founding the Studio@620. But now the out theater veteran can add another title to his resume that of Emcee of St. Petersburg’s Mayoral Swearing-in Ceremony.

Incoming St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman asked Jones to serve as master of ceremonies on the steps of City Hall on Jan. 2. The celebration, which Kriseman said only cost the city about $150, marks the first time a challenger has defeated an incumbent mayor of the city in nearly three decades. Kriseman easily won November’s election over Mayor Bill Foster by more than five percentage points.

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