Screened Out – Amy

By : Stephen Miller
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Documentary directed by Asif Kapadia

The very moment that voice emerges, it’s clear we’ve lost something special. Even with her overplayed song “Rehab”– even with tabloids dissecting every self-destructive act – there was always that amazing vocal talent.

Amy – a documentary directed by Asif Kapadia – starts with home footage of Winehouse at 14, singing “Happy Birthday” for a friend. Even though Winehouse is goofing around, there’s an unmistakable spark there.

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Michael Sam to appear on season 20 of DWTS

By : Staff Report
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Michael Sam will strut his stuff as one of the cast members for the upcoming 20th season of “Dancing With The Stars.” It was announced Feb. 24 Sam will be on the show, paired with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.

Sam was the first openly gay drafted NFL player, who was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round but released before the start of the season. He later signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad and was then cut in October 2014.

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Watermark’s June Third Thursday social at Mad Cow Theatre

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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For the month of June, Watermark‘s Third Thursday was held in Downtown Orlando at the Mad Cow Theatre.

Sponsored by Stonewall Bar and light bites provided by Church Street Tavern, people came to chat, pick-up the latest issue of Watermark, enter for a chance to win prizes in a raffle and also get a chance to catch the preview show of Mad Cow’s newest production Cock.

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Mad Cow’s ‘Cock’ questions views and labels on love, sexuality and relationships

By : SAMANTHA LENA ROSENTHAL
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Orlando– Mad Cow Theatre is known for bringing some of the most compelling works of theater to the heart of Downtown Orlando. Its newest production will follow as nothing short of that, introducing theater-goers to a contemporary love triangle that’s far from being a “cock-and-bull story.”

Shipped from British playwright Mike Bartlett and now making its rounds in the U.S., Cock opens June 20 and runs through July 20 at The Zehngebot-Stonerock Theatre. The play follows the story of John, who takes a break from a troubled relationship with his boyfriend of many years. During this break, he meets a woman who intrigues his interest in many ways. The play follows John’s journey as he explores the complexity of relationships, love and sexuality.

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The 12th Orlando Cabaret Festival returns to Mad Cow

By : David Thomas Moran
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Orlando – The Mad Cow Theater’s 12th annual Orlando Cabaret Festival is set to debut on April 24, and this year it’s bringing in some pretty big names. Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, Tony Award-nominee Christiane Noll, and former One Life to Live star Nicholas Rodriguez are headlining the 18-day festival, which will also showcase Central Florida’s local talent through May 11.

While several Tony Award nominees have performed in previous years, Benanti, who won the 2008 Tony Award for her role as Louise in a revival of the musical Gypsy, will be the first Tony Award winner to perform at the festival.

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Issue 21.09: Standing With Our Friend Edie

By : Jake Stevens
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Standing with our friend, Edie: Marge Sherwin and Rose Walton of St. Pete knew Edith Windsor way before she was a symbol of equality, More LGBT projects look to Kickstarter for support, Meet St. Pete Pride’s 2014 grand marshals, Central Florida HIV-positive ball player shares his story, Mad Cow’s Cabaret Fest gets its first Tony-winner, local news, celebrity interviews, events, photos, and much more!

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Overheard in Orlando: Orlando Life tracks down the top newbie gays changing Central Florida

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Orlando Life highlights newbie gays
LGBTs made a respectable showing in the March 2014 issue of Orlando Life, which published a spread entitled Simply The Best: Tracking Down the Top Newbies in Rapidly Changing Central Florida. The magazine has called this the “Year of the Newbie.” At the top of the list is Ron Legler, who engineers the Broadway Across America series, runs the Abbey and is interim executive director for the Orlando. Blue Starr is on the list for opening The Venue in an old yoga studio on Virginia Drive. The third mention was a shout out to Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan. She’s not a “newbie,” but her spiky new hairdo and makeover attracted a lot of social media attention. Sheehan said it was part of a “time for a whole new me” part of her life.

Hot host for Pride in Business Awards
The Metropolitan Business Association Orlando has tapped WFTV news anchor Jorge Estevez to host this year’s 3rd Annual Pride in Business Awards at 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World. Awards recognize Small Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Corporate Ally of the Year, Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year, NonProfit of the Year and Community Champion. The Debbie Simmons Community Service Award is given in honor of the chamber founder. For tickets, more information or to sponsor the event, visit MBAOrlando.org.

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Interactive version of the Laramie Project will be first in history

By : Susan Clary
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STATE OF REHEARSAL: Peter Ruiz rehearses with Samantha Cooke in preparation for the first interactive version of The Laramie Project. Photo courtesy of Richard Gottfried.

STATE OF REHEARSAL: Peter Ruiz rehearses with Samantha Cooke in preparation for the first interactive version of The Laramie Project. Photo courtesy of Richard Gottfried.

Orlando – When Baggy Pants Artistic Director Steve Halpin called the Matthew Shepard Foundation to float the idea of an interactive version of The Laramie Project, he was surprised to hear he was the first person to ever suggest the idea.

Since 2000, the play about how the townspeople of Laramie, Wyo., felt after the 1998 torture and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard has been performed thousands of times. An estimated 30 million people have seen it.

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Rollins College dives head first into The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later

By : Susan Clary
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Winter Park – It’s been 15 years since we lost Matthew Shepard. The 22-year old University of Wyoming student was kidnapped, beaten, tortured and tied to a fence post on Oct. 6, 1998. His death, six days later, became the gay hate crime that shook the country and ultimately led to federal hate crime legislation.

In the years since, there have been songs, books, films and documentaries written about Shepard. None stands out more than The Laramie Project, a play by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. It was born from hundreds of interviews with the townspeople of Laramie, Wyoming. The crime occurred just outside the prairie town.

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NHL star blames hackers for homophobic tweet

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NHL star Tyler Seguin blames hackers for a homophobic comment that appeared on his Twitter feed in early July. The comment appeared on the Dallas Stars forward’s Twitter feed on July 6, but was quickly removed.

The comment, “Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow,” isn’t the first time Seguin has found himself in trouble with social media. In April he used “no homo” in a tweet and later apologized.

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Are you the perfect plaintiff?

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Dreamgirls to close after successful run
All good things, as the saying goes, must come to an end. So must the incredibly successful run of Mad Cow Theatre’s Dreamgirls, which opened last month and closes July 7. The local production, featuring local actors, has won critical acclaim and the audience seems to agree. Representatives of the theater say that sell-out shows have become common-place and that some fans even come back for a second showing. Watermark is the sponsor of the show and we introduced our readers to the cast and director in issue 20.13 last month. We feel like proud parents! Congratulations to the theater and its cast.

Plaintiff and simple
Equality Florida (EQFL) is looking for a few good plaintiffs. Looks like the organization is taking the first steps toward organizing a marriage equality lawsuit against the state of Florida. “When we launched Get Engaged, our campaign to change hearts and minds toward supporting the freedom to marry, we asked you to tell your story,” the request reads. “As we explore the very real potential of going to court to protect our families, we want to know if you are willing to tell your story not only to the public but also to the court.” The form for potential plaintiffs is pretty simple ““ name, partner’s name, contact info, location, whether you’re willing to talk about your story in court and a description of your family situation. Interested? You can find it at ImEngaged.org.

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Dreamgirls gives local actresses iconic roles in Mad Cow’s production

By : David Moran
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Tackling the larger-than-life production Dreamgirls is a feat most leave to large, touring theater companies. But for Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando, the popular musical is a chance to flex its artistic muscle beginning June 7, and not just for the Broadway and silver screen hit’s signature number, And I Am Telling You.

Watermark Media is the proud presenting sponsor of the show, which runs through July 7.

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