Why is Halloween like Gay Christmas?

By : Scottie Campbell
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History probably gives us some insight. Halloween is rooted in religion, but those origins are a convoluted mixture of Christian observances and pagan rituals.

The LGBTQ community’s relationship with religion has historically been, and continues to be, tenuous; maybe we recognize ourselves to that aspect of the October 31 celebration. Halloween is generally considered a decadent holiday so much so that Christian bloggers suggest alternatives like, we kid you not, a Reformation Day Party. (One such blogger inexplicably suggests a Noah’s Ark Party as an alternative to trick-or-treating. Now that just screams: “I need gay friends!”)

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Fangtastically Frugal Fashion

By : Scottie Campbell
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We asked area experts to concoct costumes for $100 or less, so you’ll be able to save your bucks for cocktails and pumpkin flavored beer!

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Overheard in Orlando: Aid an ally

By : Anonymous
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You know where you are?
You’re in the Jungle Baby, and you’re gonna dance! The new gala-fundraiser for the Center gets a brand new name, Welcome to the Jungle, a Savage Soiree, previously titled Jungle Fever has a new name and will be held on June 17. The event page on Facebook promises a night of dancing (courtesy of DJ Twisted Dee), silent auction, casino and surprise performances. The invite also suggest that costumes are not required but highly suggested, and although a location has yet to be named, we’re already picking out various animal print patterns for the big night.

Zebra Hopes-ta Win-a
The Zebra Coalition is hoping you share their post and hashtag it #WinABellaGala. By doing so, you will increase the chances for the Zebra Coalition to win a $25,000 gala thrown by the beautiful Bella Colina. The venue, popular in the wedding markets and seen in our 2015 LGBT Wedding Guide, looks like it was plucked right out of Tuscany and placed in the beautiful hills of Monteverde, FL – minutes outside from Downtown Orlando. On February 17, The Bella Collina met with the Zebra Coalition as they were in the running for the Win a Bella Gala. Visit the Zebra Coalition’s Facebook page and share and hashtag the post to increase their chances to win.

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Longtime Off-Broadway hit launches full-frontal assault at the Parliament House

By : Billy Manes
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And, they’re off! Within approximately five minutes of musical pleasantries and coy sideways glances, the entire cast of longtime Off-Broadway bachelor/bachelorette-party revue Naked Boys Singing sheds its clothing and reveals its combined parcels of manhood. At the show’s Feb. 4 VIP/press engagement in advance of its Feb. 5 opening, the sound may have been a little bit quiet in the Footlight Theatre at Parliament House, but the message was writ large: Nudity isn’t just titillation; it’s bold and honest, especially on a stage in front of a packed house.

“I think it celebrates the male anatomy, but we do it in a humorous way,” William Bruce, he of the Prince Albert affectation and the cojones to match, tells us over an arranged lunch in advance of the performance. “It’s also really poignant.”

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Screened Out – The New Girlfriend

By : Stephen Miller
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Anais Demoustier, Romain Duris, Raphaël Personnaz

 

The New Girlfriend will be on DVD and for rent on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

This cross-dressing psychological flick is rather good, but it never quite hits the freaky sexual fission it shoots for – especially for a modern film.

French director/writer François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool) usually peddles in a careful balance of understated wit and sexual tension. Girlfriend has bits and pieces of those. As enjoyable as this is, this film’s subjects just aren’t dangerous and titillating enough in 2016.

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Sarasota to ‘Elevate’ LGBT nightlife

By : Krista DiTucci
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elevate anita waistlineSarasota – Locals searching for a new LGBT hot spot can elevate their Friday night experience at Starlite in Sarasota.

Jan. 8 is the grand opening of Elevate – Friday Nights at Starlite. The night will kick off with a happy hour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the downstairs lounge, where guests can mingle while enjoying the sounds of show tunes on the piano. Joshua Beadle, event coordinator and owner of Beadle Media, says bottle prices will be lowered in hopes that people will socialize and share with friends. Bottle specials will include $40 Chandon champagne and $75 Stoli vodka. Joel Pozo will serve as VIP bottle service host.

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Screened Out – Victor Frankenstein

By : Stephen Miller
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James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe

Victor Frankenstein misses a monster opportunity.

It has great acting, a jaunty pace, beautiful costumes, a fantastic score, top-notch art direction, and buckets of gore. What it lacks are a satisfying lightning bolt of a climax and a clear path there. Oh, sure the monster comes alive, but he’s not given enough space to rampage – for us to poke and prod him, to find out who he really is.

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Screened Out – Labyrinth of Lies

By : Stephen Miller
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Andre Szymanski , Alexander Fehling, Fritz Bauer

It’s amazing to think that anyone could ignore the history of Auschwitz, where over 1.1 million people were exterminated. After the brutalities of WWII and the miraculous financial turnaround of the late 1950s, Germany wanted to do just that – forget. Ex-Nazis hung up their uniforms and quietly slipped back into civilian society. They and the rest of the country hoped that the past would stay in the past.

Labyrinth of Lies is an earnest German-language film about the investigations that brought famous Nazis out of hiding and to trial in the early 1960s. This time, Germans prosecuted Germans, ripping open old wounds.

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Spooky Empire 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
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Spooky Empire’s 2015 Halloween weekend was a madhouse of cosplay, tattoo artists and horror memorabilia when it took over the Hyatt Regency Hotel on I-Drive Oct. 30- Nov. 1.

The ghost and goblins mingled with superheroes and celebrities in the annual convention that brings together the best of horror, sci-fi and fantasy.

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Top 10: Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Halloween Weekend best costumes

By : Jeremy Williams
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Spooky’s Ultimate Halloween Weekend at the Hyatt Regency on I-Drive Oct. 30- Nov. 1 had a huge turn out. The 13th year of the horror convention did not disappoint with monsters, ghouls and zombies around every corner.

The costumes continue to impress and get more elaborate every year, so here are the 10 best costumes, in no particular order, that Watermark saw at Spooky 2015.

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Screened Out – Crimson Peak

By : Stephen Miller
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Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver

Every Halloween season – and sometimes beyond – we ache for scares. Maybe some of us like the gore of a bloody, severed limb; others long for the creepy feeling of cold gooseflesh on the backs of our necks. Guillermo del Toro would seem the perfect director to do the latter (Pan’s Labyrinth). Alas, his Crimson Peak is more moods than intrigue, more art direction than directed plot.

“Beware of Crimson Peak!” an apparition direly warns…twice. Perhaps this portent of doom was aimed at the audience.

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Southern Decadence 2015 takes over New Orleans

By : Wire Report
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New Orleans (AP) – What started as a small costume party held to bid farewell to a friend has blossomed into a huge annual celebration of gay culture that’s headed into its 44th year.

More than 100 events are scheduled for Southern Decadence, the annual gay pride festival that started Wednesday and runs through Sept. 7 in various bars and clubs throughout metropolitan New Orleans, but primarily in the French Quarter.

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