Mount Dora Art Splash

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Mount Dora ART SPLASH!
Arts Galleries, Sidewalk Artists, Performers, and Musicians! 
2nd Friday of every month in Mount Dora means ART,  MUSIC, & MORE!

http://mountdoracenterforthearts.org/art-splash/

Join us in beautiful downtown Mount Dora for the next Art Splash for a Friday night full of art, music, wine and entertainment and of course ART!

Produced by:
Mount Dora Center for the Arts, City of Mount Dora, and
Mount Dora Buzz

Barry Manilow breaks silence on coming out and his secret marriage

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Barry Manilow has finally opened up about his famously private life to the media.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 73-year-old singer told host Cameron Mathison that his fans’ reactions to his secret marriage in 2014 to his longtime partner Garry Kief have been welcoming.

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Fourth Annual Manatee Pride to include new vendors, entertainment and signature beer

By : Krista Di Tucci
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BRADENTON – Manatee County is gearing up for its fourth annual Manatee Pride on March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Bradenton Riverwalk.

“Manatee Pride is a family-friendly event,” Rick Dorociak, Prism Youth Initiative secretary and Pride entertainment/concessions coordinator, says. “There is something for everyone: music, food, beer, amazing vendors, and even a splash park.”

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Oddities -Friday July 15th at Southern Nights Tampa

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ODDITIES is an immersive surreal monthly event combining alternative music and non-traditional nightclub entertainment. Beginning July 15th, every THIRD Friday of each month, ODDITIES will feature mind melting music, human exhibits, and a new performance every 30 minutes on the main stage drawing influences from theater, heavy metal, drag, performance art, and everything odd.

Featured Acts on Opening Night include:

20 Penny Circus
As seen at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights and on Ripley’s Believe It or Not

In the grand tradition of vaudeville’s sketchy back alleys, the 20 Penny Circus specializes in entertainment for those with questionable taste. A variety show for grown ups, it’s full of strange feats, insane illusions, cunning stunts, and your favorite socially-inappropriate clowns. Acts are designed to test the limits of the human body, all backed with a soundtrack that is sure to rock faces.

DEFENZMECHANiZM
(Jillian)

The Haüs of Black with
Victoria Elizabeth Black
Opulence Black
Dollya Black (Mason Hartenstein)

Sumner

Destin’s F*CKED UP GAME SHOW

92ERA Lords
(Chris Herrera)

Mind Melting Music from Ben Briggs

Along with featured stage performances, Oddities will transform Southern Nights TAMPA every month into an immersive outlandish enviroment; Transforming a friday night out into a supernatural landscape.

$5 before 11pm, $10 after
Normal attire is frowned upon.

Drinks Specials and more TBA

Overheard in Orlando: Donna T. Rump

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Nooo, Queen
Karen Walker was a hilariously funny character in a LGBT show that was before its time. Gay men especially loved her luxurious lifestyle, booze guzzling and pill popping antics. So, it’s no surprise that some gay men flock to Jacqueline Siegel, the self-proclaimed Queen of Versailles, wife of David Siegel. I’m sure you’ve seen the parade of Jackie Siegel and her entourage she refers to as her glam squad, consisting of a handful of gay men often paraded around like Pomeranians no more than just a few short feet behind her. She’s made appearances at various charity events and sometimes benefiting the LGBT community. But despite her appearances and support (?) of the community, there’s a sense of a wolf in cheap, oops we mean sheep’s, clothing. Jackie Siegel has proven herself to be a fair weather fruit fly, especially when her ex-boyfriend Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was scheduled to appear at UCF on March 5. Jackie and the rest of the Siegels were very proudly showing their true colors, taking to social media letting her “followers” know Donald has their vote, despite his vow to overturn same-sex marriages in the U.S. Even, her husband David Siegel, who a few years ago threatened to fire his employees at Westgate should Obama get re-elected (which Obama was, and David did nothing), was noted in being very proud to support the man that used to stick it to his wife. Images from the rally show Jackie and her husband a few feet behind Trump. No word if her glam squad was even allowed into the rally.

Divine intervention
The talented and unapologetic drag performer Divine Grace, who is also a hostess of Full of Grace, an online podcast, decided to push some Trump supporters buttons at the rally. She dressed up as Trump supporter in full face and hair as Donna T. Rump! On the Full of Grace Facebook page, Divine documented the process from makeup to appearance. Surprisingly enough, while at the rally, Divine was greeted by cheers from both supporters and those opposing Trump gathered outside of the UCF arena. The biggest stir seemed to stem from people trying to get a photo with Divine as Donna, just like a meet and greet at one of the local theme parks. When asked about the interactions, Divine said she was expecting to be kicked out, but was surprisingly welcomed although she never made it into the CFE Arena, just the outside area.

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ABC Family tops other TV networks for gay, lesbian inclusiveness

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NEW YORK (AP) — The television network that gets the most praise from an advocacy group that monitors content featuring gays, lesbians and transgender people has “family” in its name and targets an audience of teenage girls and young women.

GLAAD said in a report issued Sept. 3 that 74 percent of the programming hours on ABC Family included at least one LGBT character — the highest percentage any network has recorded since the group began issuing content reports in 2007. GLAAD studied the networks for a one-year period that ended May 31.

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Harvey Milk Festival sets 2015 entertainment lineup

By : Greg Stemm
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Sarasota – Harvey Milk Festival founder and president Shannon Fortner shares a birthday with the famed activist. She also shares a similar passion for supporting activism and equality for members of the LGBT community and is doing it through music, art and cinema.

The sixth annual Harvey Milk Festival is scheduled for May 14, 15 and 16 in a number of locations in and near downtown Sarasota. The mission of the Harvey Milk Festival is to honor the life of one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office. It does so by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists who support diversity and reject discrimination, the festival’s mission statement reads.

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Fringe at Hard Rock: Dancing with the Fringe Stars

By : Jake Stevens
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The 3rd annual Fringe at Hard Rock raised $9,000 at this year’s event, themed Dancing with the Fringe Stars and held March 2.

Seven dance groups competed and five other acts performed. The prize included VIP passes to the festival this year along with bragging rights.

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Spring Arts Guide 2015

By : Jake Stevens
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The spring time is no better time to feed your need for the arts! Say bienvenue to our comprehensive (and impossibly magnificentl) annual Spring Arts Guide.

This guide was distributed with issue 20.04. (on streets Thursday, February 12, 2015) Click the expand button below to flip through the digital edition, but don’t forget to get a print copy and keep it with you so you’ll always know what to do with a night free for some entertainment!


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Click here to find a distribution site nearest to you!


25th Annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opening weekend

By : Steve Blanchard
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The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary in a big way Oct. 3-5 with a welcome by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Oct. 3, a live performance by legendary filmmaker John Waters and comedian Del Shores on Oct 4, and a panel discussion on LGBT history Oct. 5. The free opening night screening of Blackbird almost filled the historic Tampa Theatre to capacity and director Patrik-Ian Polk and star Julian Walker fielded questions after the screening.

Photography by Nick Cardello.

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To enjoy St. Pete Pride, be prepared with these hints

By : Steve Blanchard
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Even though St. Pete Pride is in its 12th year, you may not necessarily be as prepared as you think you are. With a new schedule, a few new rules and Florida’s unpredictable climate, we thought it might be a good idea to offer a checklist of sorts for the estimated 130,000 attendees headed to St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District the last weekend of this month.

Remember, this is a four-day event now, with a special Pride ceremony at City Hall at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, concert on Friday, June 27, a night time parade on Saturday, June 28, and a street festival on Sunday, June 29. It’s a long weekend, and to ensure you enjoy it, it’s best to be prepared and avoid surprises.

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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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