Watermark, LGBTQ organizations among Good ‘Burger Awards finalists

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE: The 6th annual Good ‘Burger Awards at State Theatre Aug. 30, 2018. Photo by Ryan Williams-Jent.

The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has announced its list of finalists for the seventh annual Good ‘Burger Awards, including Watermark Publishing Group which has been nominated as a cool small company.

A “Good ‘Burger” refers to a business, organization or individual in the greater St. Petersburg area that makes a positive impact in the community,” the chamber explains. The awards are named in honor of a former mayor who referred to his citizens as “burgers,” as in “St. Petersburgers.”

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freeFall Theatre looks at the price of celebrity in David Adjmi’s play, ‘Marie Antoinette’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the country revolted at the end of the 18th Century, has been a fascinating yet tragic character throughout history.

A well known royal figure whose image and words have become that of legend, Antoinette had less in common with historic French women like Joan of Arc and Marie de Medici and more in common with modern American celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.

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Melissa Minyard becomes gay icon Judy Garland in ‘End of the Rainbow’ at freeFall Theatre

By : Jeremy Williams
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The expression “gay icon” gets used a lot these days. It’s attached to entertainers, performers and divas – usually women – who carry the same characteristics labeled on LGBTQ people as they struggle for acceptance: fighter; passionate; survivor.

With every generation, a new group of these icons penetrate pop culture in different ways, affecting everything from fashion choices to drag performances, but one thing they all have in common is they are all living up to the original icon, Miss Judy Garland.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Big Metro donation, tales from the AIDS Quilt and “Miguel and Holly” make it offical

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Challenge accepted?

Metro Charities has been trying to raise funds to renovate their Metro Wellness & Community Center’s St. Petersburg location ever since they purchased the building they are in earlier this year. They set a goal of one million dollars by the end of 2016 in order to move forward with the extensive renovations, updates and expansion they want to do, and they just got a lot closer to that goal thanks to an anonymous donor.

The secret angel of Metro Charities gave a gift of $100,000, but this gift came with a challenge. Anonymous challenged the Tampa Bay area, the LGBTQ community and anyone who benefits from or supports Metro and all the good work they do: Match me, bro.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Zombie theatre, trans sensitivity training and Tampa Pride

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freeFall is overrun by zombies
With the fall approaching, we can expect a few things to be seen everywhere we turn: pumpkin-spice everything, theater and zombies!

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Sexuality, choices and youth culture in freeFall Theatre’s Spring Awakening

By : Steve Blanchard
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Since it debuted on Broadway in 2007, Spring Awakening enjoyed a bevy of Tony Awards, a successful Broadway-style tour that continues today and huge record sales of its rock-infused soundtrack.

It has also gained traction among local theaters and this July, freeFall Theatre will take on the now famous production and restage it for its intimate space on Central Avenue.

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