Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Gadiel Vasquez

By : Meghan Sweeney
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AGE: 24

HOMETOWN: Catalina, Puerto Rico

IDENTIFIES AS: Non-binary

PRONOUNS: Responds to everything

SIGN: Capricorn

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Griffin House

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Gentle-spirited rock ’n’ roller Griffin House got his big break in Asbury Park, N.J., opening for Patty Scialfa. His subsequent string of exceptional albums told raw stories about his life in sobriety, touching on the universal theme of how to recover one’s self in the tumult of the modern world. House specializes in a hometown, hard acoustic sound of roosty, atmospheric Americana. “If you are looking to be blown away by raw talent, then look no further than Griffin House” (American Songwriter).

The Realish Housewives of South Tampa: A Parody

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Brawls! Booze! Botox! Get ready for oodles of hometown reality in this totally original, completely outlandish parody performance, where you’ll meet Rovanka, the baroness of an uncertain ethnicity; Claudia Louise, glamourous and conniving in equal measure; Desiree, neck supermodel; Brooke, self-made business tycoon; and Gwen, the only one in the bunch with half a brain.

The Realish Housewives of South Tampa: A Parody is a new original play created and written by veteran Chicago-based comics and Second City writers Kate James and Tim Sniffen.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 25, and are available online beginning at 10 a.m., and by phone and in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales office beginning at 12 p.m.

Chef Art Smith reinvigorates hometown with new cooking school

By : Jamie Hyman
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Naples (AP) – Art Smith is coming home. The celebrity chef who has served his famous (and usually healthy) fried chicken to Oprah Winfrey and four U.S. presidents is returning to his birthplace in Jasper, Florida, a city rich with Southern charm and weeping willows. And he’s bringing along his entourage – a husband and five children – as he works to reinvigorate this city of just 1,600 people.

Smith and his husband, Jesus Salguerio – who married five years ago in an over-the-top D.C. wedding that included a performance by Moby – have long been fixtures on the celebrity scene. Smith spent nearly a decade as Winfrey’s personal chef (and she introduced him to his new pal Lady Gaga), has served a vegetarian version of his fried chicken to the Dali Lama, and recently catered an after-party for Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello’s star studded wedding.

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8.28.14 Editor’s Desk

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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185As a late-30-something who lives 900 miles away from his hometown, waking up in the room I lived in as a child and a teenager is unsettling. I open my eyes, stretch and briefly panic as I try to remember if it’s a school day and wonder if the last two decades of your life have been a dream.

Of course, neither is the case.

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