Museum: John Waters film fest hails part of collector’s gift

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Museum of Art is about to begin a John Waters film festival to celebrate a gift of photographs and a sculpture by the movie maker.

Waters’ pieces include “Pig Latin,” a 6 1/2-foot-long (2-meter) strip of photos showing eight movie scenes with a pig Latinized line from seven of them, starting with Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront” and “I-way oulda-cay een-bay a-way ontender-cay.” Then there’s “Toilet Training,” a 5 1/2-foot (1.7-meter) strip of photographs showing toilet scenes from nine movies including John Travolta in “Pulp Fiction” and Nicole Kidman in “Eyes Wide Shut.”

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Watermark Giveaway: “Hairspray,” presented by Encore! at the Dr. Phillips Center

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Welcome to the 60’s all you choice cats and chicks! The Nicest Kids in Town are putting on a show just for you at the Dr. Phillips Center filled with so much song and dance, You Can’t Stop the Beat! Encore! presents Hairspray (winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical); a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter and filled with All Things Bright & Beautiful, and It Takes Two (namely you and a guest) to get to see it for free.

Watermark is giving away two tickets to Hairspray, presented by Encore! at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on July 23 at 7:00 p.m. and if you want to win just comment below with your favorite Hairspray song.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Beckner’s next move and Pride Nights for all

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Private Beckner reporting for duty

Many have been curious as to the next move of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner since he termed out of his seat last year. Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner ran unsuccessfully to be the next Clerk of Courts and since then has remained silent on whether he would pursue another run at an elected position or head back into the private sector.

Well, wonder no more. Beckner posted to his Facebook page April 20 that he has not one but two positions he will be filling: Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Civil Service Agency and a position with human resource advisory and talent acquisition firm HR Trust.

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NBC releases a first look at the network’s next live musical “Hairspray”

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After the success of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz; NBC continues its ratings juggernaut of live musicals with Hairspray Live!, airing on the peacock network Dec. 7 at 8:00 ET.

The live television event, based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical (which in turn is based on the 1988 John Waters film), tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a “pleasantly plump” teenager (played by newcomer Maddie Baillio), landing a spot on a TV dance show in her hometown of Baltimore.

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Overheard in Orlando: Wanzie dances you away

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Good Morning Baltimore
It’s a cliché, but there literally wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Orlando said good-bye to Ron Legler and Andrew Springer at The Abbey on April 1. The beloved couple is moving to Baltimore, where Legler has accepted a position as president of the 2,300-seat Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. And Baltimore was a recurring theme during the party attended by more than 300 well-wishers. Legler’s co-workers at the Florida Theatrical Association and True Marketing starred in a hilariously reworked music video of “Good Morning Baltimore” from the musical Hairspray. The Orlando Repertory Theatre also performed a song from Hairspray before a string of downtown Orlando VIPs read a Top Ten List of reasons the couple shouldn’t move to Baltimore. Andrea Canny had Legler and Springer reaching for handkerchiefs with her stirring rendition of “Someone Like You” from Jekyll and Hyde—Legler’s favorite song. Then a relaxed and funny Mayor Buddy Dyer presented his friends with the Key to the City. When Legler and Springer joined him on stage, they were so moved they could barely speak. The next day Legler thanked everyone on Facebook and noted that the first Broadway touring show he’ll oversee at the Hippodrome, opening next week, is… Hairspray.

Learn velvet moves from Michael Wanzie 
Rumor has it that Michael Wanzie has the moves. The actor, producer, director and all-around talent has added ballroom dance instructor to his current repertoire. In a past life, he had the men and women at the Arthur Murray dance studio in a tizzy. He also choreographed for competition. Wanzie’s Ballroom Dance Crash Course is a series of three, six-week classes that began April 7 and will run through the summer. Gay, straight, single, coupled—all are welcome and encouraged. Classes will be held at The Venue. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails and class begins at 7 p.m. Classes will focus on the fox trot, rhumba and waltz, cha-cha, mambo, swing/jive and swing hustle and the tango and samba. Each series is $50 per person or $95 per couple. To sign up, visit Wanzie.com or email WanzieMichael@gmail.com.

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