STAR WARS Party: May The 4th Be With You

By : Ted Tallen
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GOTH OUT WITH YOUR HOTH OUT at the 7th Annual Star Wars Night at The Castle!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

COSTUME CONTEST Hosted by Supreme Leader BillY of Hell On Earth “gooodah…”
Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars Saga character or anything Sci-Fi related to win a Canto Bight casino’s worth of Cash/Prizes and celebrate the international phenomena of “May the 4th be with you.”

CHEWBACCA HOWL-OFF (Best Wookie Roar wins a delightful dinner Gift Certificate for those who are “always thinking with their stomach.”)

Thank the Maker!” Presenting an Oil Bath that’s going to make you feel so good!

WOMPA STOMPA to Emperor Tom Gold & SPECIAL GUESTS Master Jedi KC Killjoy of Alpha Quadrant
Spinning the latest Industrial/Goth/EBM/Electro/Noise and Synthpop in the main upstairs Cantina (No Droids allowed),
Padawan Richard controlling the lights (sabers), Qui-Gon Sean on the downstairs Endor forest patio and more!
Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen will be in the Red Room Bar upstairs serving fresh Thala-Siren Green Milk, Blue Milk and BB-8 shot specials all night!

TREKKIES don’t be afraid to come out and show off your best gold, blues and reds. There will be a landing party assembled at the end of Tia’s bar upstairs. Try her Vulcan Death Grip shot.

AfterGlow Event and Costume Photography

Ages 18 and Up


New State Department diplomatic visa policy takes effect

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A new State Department policy that requires partners of foreign mission personnel and employees of international organizations to be married in order to qualify for a diplomatic visa took effect on Oct. 1.

A State Department letter the Washington Blade obtained last month states, “consistent with internal Department of State policy changes, partners accompanying officers and employees of international organizations or seeking to join the same must be married in order to be eligible for a derivative G-4 nonimmigrant visa or to seek a change into such status beginning October 1, 2018.” The letter also says the State Department “will only accept the accreditation of spouses of newly arrived officers and employees of international organizations, both same-sex and opposite-sex, as members of the family of the respective international organization.”

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‘Heathers’ reboot will air internationally after U.S. cancellation

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The “Heathers” television reboot has found a new home overseas.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Network has sold the rights to the series internationally to HBO.

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New initiative aims to boost LGBTQ visibility in STEM fields

By : Layla Ferris
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The first international LGBT STEM Day on July 5 aims to celebrate the accomplishments and highlight the struggles of LGBTQ people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

LGBT STEM Day is a primarily online initiative, with organizations and individuals sharing stories on social media about the experiences of LGBTQ people in STEM, according to a July 2 press release.

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Women in the Arts Awards

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The annual Celebrating the Genius of Women art exhibition features local, national and international artists who have entered artwork for consideration in the annual Women in the Arts Inc. competition. Join us in the main lobby to meet the artists and participate in an interactive gallery walk, immediately followed by the awards ceremony.

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The annual Celebrating the Genius of Women art exhibition features local, national and international artists who have entered artwork for consideration in the annual Women in the Arts Inc. competition.


By : TheatreUCF
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Innocence collides with experiences in this biting comedy… Four aspiring novelists sign up for private writing classes with an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.

By Theresa Rebeck • Directed by Julia Listengarten
Main Stage • Rated R


Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Summer Intensive Showcase

By : Alex Storer
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Enjoy a showcase performance by the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School’s talented national and international young dancers performing ballet classics and exciting new works at the Student Showcase at 2:00 pm.


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STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers find themselves trapped in the deadly Montague-Capulet family feud. Defying family honor, they choose each other, taking their lives into their own hands. In this daring dance with fate, Romeo and Juliet seal their future in a secret marriage before everything takes a turn for the worse. Verona may be fair, but life isn’t. Gounod’s dark, intense music meets a masterful libretto true to the Bard’s first telling of this spellbinding tale of young love undone by foolish family pride.

Romeo and Juliet will be sung in French with English translations projected above the stage. Maestro Lipton will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.

US names 1st global envoy for LGBT rights

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States named its first international envoy for gay rights Feb. 23, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading U.S. efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas.

Randy Berry, currently the consul general in the Netherlands, will promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, Secretary of State John Kerry said. A longtime foreign service officer, Berry has served at U.S. posts in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda and South Africa, and speaks Spanish and Arabic.

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Artegon Marketplace grand opening

By : Danny Garcia
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Watermark strolled through the Artegon Marketplace – formerly Festival Bay – for their grand opening Nov. 20.

In addition to larger stores, restaurants and entertainment, the Marketplace contains The Village at Artegon, a community of 165 artisanal shops and stores. Among those shops is Geesh, owned by well-known drag performer Sassy Devine.

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