The Mistletones– Live at the Museum!

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Set the tone for the Christmas season with this live concert – packed full of carefully chosen selections of Christmas music we all love! Listen as The Mistletones transport you with holiday classics sung in the intimate atmosphere of the museum, in the heart of downtown Mount Dora, among its millions of twinkling Christmas lights.

Doors open for a wine reception at 6:30 p.m and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Ticket Price is $20.00 for Museum Members/ $30.00 for Non-members, including complementary wine reception.

Tickets can be purchased online at: https://ezticketapp.com/?s=ez3934

For more information, call the museum at: 352.385.0034, or email us at info@modernismmuseum.org.

Disney to live stream Epcot’s Candlelight Processional hosted by Neil Patrick Harris

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ORLANDO | Walt Disney World’s annual Candlelight Processional has become a tradition for park goers attending Epcot during the holiday season.

Every year guests watch as a choir, orchestra and a celebrity narrator tell the story of Christmas through words and music. Unfortunately, you’ve had to miss out on it if you didn’t happen to be visiting the parks on one of the event’s selected nights … until now.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ will crown a Christmas queen on holiday special

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” will return to crown the first “Drag Race Christmas Queen” on a special holiday episode, according to Vulture.

Previous contestants from past seasons will come back to battle it out for a mini all-star competition. Returning queens include Kim Chi, Trixie Mattel, Mayhem Miller, Jasmine Masters, Eureka O’Hara, Latrice Royale, Shangela and Sonique.

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12.14.17 Publisher’s Desk

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Here we are in the thick of the holiday season. It’s sometimes hard to tell that the holidays are approaching in mid-Florida. There is so much to be done this time of year that the days fly by, and it doesn’t help when the weather is in the 70s and 80s. Luckily we are in what Floridians would call a “cold spell” right now, giving us a small taste of North Pole weather.

Christmas has become my favorite time of year. My fondest holiday memories are of when I was a kid. Christmas Eve was a special night for us. It was a night for the whole family to be together. We’d enjoy the lights my dad and uncles put up and snack all night on my mom’s famous date-nut bread. I was in charge of mixing the sherbet and ginger ale, a concoction I apparently couldn’t get enough of when I was young. When it got late, mom would tuck us into bed and read us Luke’s Christmas story from the Bible until we would fall asleep. Sometimes we were too excited so she’d have to read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas as well. We’d wake up to a wonderland. I remember nothing but warmth, happiness and love. It was magical.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: A fabulous film fest, Christmas queens and EXCELSIOR!

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SARASOTA STAYS FABULOUS

Fans of film and fans of the fabulous can rejoice, because the Fabulous Independent Film Festival (FIFF) is about to shante its way back to Sarasota.

The festival is a part of the annual Harvey Milk Festival, and as always, aims to connect the community through independent film. Now in its seventh year, the festival is currently scheduled to take over Burns Court Cinemas from October 6-8. Films are TBA, but you can stay up to date at fabulousiff.com.

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Sweet Divinity: Old Angst Song

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Hello, Dolls.

Well, here we are at the end of 2016. And what a ride, am I right? Usually you have to go to IKEA or Auschwitz for this kind of excitement, but this year has landed enough suffering onto our bruised collective lap to feel like a hysterectomy performed by a steamroller.

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Ricky Martin thanks fans for support over father’s illness

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Pop star Ricky Martin thanked his fans Dec. 24 for their support following the hospitalization of his father, Enrique Martin.

The singer issued a statement saying that he is “close to his father along with his nuclear family.” Martin asked that people allow the family to deal with the illness in a private manner.

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2016 Orlando Fringe Review: Jimmy Hogg: Figgy Pudding

By : Anna M. Johnson
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Jimmy Hogg: Figgy Pudding
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The white, middle-aged British guy that specializes in dry humor is a trope who has withstood the test of time. Jimmy Hogg elevates this stereotype by not only playing the skeptical straight man in his one-man show, but by also playing the fool.

Jimmy Hogg: Figgy Pudding examines what Hogg’s family life has been like around the holidays, with some farcical tangents strewn throughout. The audience warmed up and started laughing along about 20 minutes into the show, allowing Hogg to thrive in his spotlight.

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Panasonic a pioneer for LGBT rights in Japan

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TOKYO (AP) – For decades, Panasonic Corp. has shaped Japanese corporate tradition – be it morning exercise routines or lifetime employment. But don’t hold your breath waiting for other Asian businesses to emulate its latest policy announcement: Recognizing same-sex partnerships.

Much of Asia remains far behind the West in such attitudes. Panasonic’s move is rare, although bold, and seems unlikely to herald a sea change.

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Parents join the conversation at 2016 Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit

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From Tumblr to transgender trends, the leaders, teachers and students who attended the third annual Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit tackled a wide range of topics of interest to modern LGBT youth.

Co-sponsored by the City of Orlando in partnership with GLSEN, the Orlando Youth Alliance, and Zebra Coalition, O-YES is a collaborative workshop and panel-based conference aimed at empowering Orlando’s LGBTQIA+ community through dialogue and discourse.

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Transgender student fights for school to use his preferred name

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Millersville, Md. (AP) – Matthew Nolte’s report card is stacked with A’s, but he scratched out the name on it – which is not Matthew – until the paper wore away, leaving a rectangular hole.

Matt, a junior at Old Mill High School, is a transgender student fighting for the school system to recognize his preferred, not legal, name.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Stephen Gibson and Rob Johnson

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Rob Johnson and Stephen GibsonStephen Gibson, 45, who oversees vacation rentals and entertains as “Stephane Blair,” and Rob Johnson, 54, who is a graphic designer by trade, met online toward the end of 2007. Stephen noticed they had a lot in common,so he decided to message Rob.

“I got this message and email, and it said it was this guy from Florida,” Rob says. “And I was like ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to meet anybody from out of town.’ He and I started talking, and it got to the point where we would send messages back and forth online all the time, then we started talking on the phone and then we started talking on the phone every day.”

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