Fall Arts Guide 2018

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Fall is here and so is a new season of arts events! We’ve compiled a list of all the great stuff you’re going to want to see and experience.

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Tony Furtado

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Slide guitar, cello-banjo, baritone ukulele, bottleneck guitar and five-string banjo make the list of intriguing, eclectic instruments in songwriter Tony Furtado’s repertoire. His gorgeous playing and mastery of the breadth of Americana sounds—from traditional bluegrass to alt country—mix in his original songs on this year’s acclaimed release, The Bell.

For one night a month, the intimate Jaeb Theater comes alive with Americana music telling stories guaranteed to touch your soul. Order your Club Jaeb season tickets today by calling 813.229.7827. Single tickets go on sale on July 29.

Watermark’s running list of Pulse fundraisers, vigils and memorials

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A number of organizations and individuals are putting together fundraisers events and vigils to benefit those affected by the Pulse shootings, be they injured victims, family members of the deceased or Pulse employees, all of which will need significant financial support in the coming months.

Because Orlando is such an engaged, supportive community, the events are being scheduled quickly and there are a considerable number of them. If you know of any we missed, please feel free to comment and let us know so we can add them to the round-up. This page is updated daily.

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The MBA brings their A game to the B Resort

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Metropolitan Business Association (MBA) got their networking on as they hosted the MBA Mixer at the B Resort in Orlando June 1.

The MBA used this opportunity to team with One Magical Weekend to kick off their big LGBT week full of B Resort pool parties, vendor tables and a string of events at several Disney theme parks.

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Ellen coming out picked as one of the most influential pop culture moments by Entertainment Weekly

By : Jeremy Williams
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Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out episode on the ABC series Ellen is one of the most influential pop culture moments of the last 25 years, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The unofficial bible to many who worship pop culture turns 25 this year, and to celebrate this milestone, EW is releasing a 25th anniversary issue listing the 10 most influential pop culture moments since 1990.

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Words to Live by: Tops and Bottoms

By : Rick Claggett
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The release of this issue of Watermark is a milestone for me. It marks the one-year anniversary since I officially became publisher of Watermark Media. The past 12 months have been an interesting ride – and, although I’ve been here more than a decade, I’ve recently learned a great deal about our staff, our readers and the big picture of LGBT news.

We were not without amazing stories this past year. It’s been a downpour of fantastic triumphs and outlandish setbacks. Here, on this special occasion, I will commemorate some moments that were tops in my book, as well as those populating the bottom of the barrel.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Tampa is tops

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Glenn Beck thinks St. Pete is just sinful
Glenn Beck, the conservative “Chicken Little” doomsdayer, has released a list of the 15 cities he finds to be the least religious in America, and our very own St. Petersburg made the list, coming in at number six. Beck ran down the list on his radio show and posted it up on his website Aug. 11, saying, “These are the cities to avoid like the plague. And if you look at that list, these are the cities that are already having trouble. We haven’t even hit the road bump.” Beck does not offer up the criteria of how he came up with the list. One can only assume it was some divine presence (Cheney can you hear me?). Still, not everyone saw being Beck-listed as a negative. After the list was released, St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted, “Woke up, sun shining, & @glennbeck lumping #StPete in w/ Portland-San Fran-Seattle-Denver-Phoenix as cities to avoid. An honor! #ThanksGlenn.”

A picture worth a thousand spaces
One of the things that can make living in the concrete jungle of a big city a bit dreary is the colorless sides of skyscrapers, high rises and parking garages, but the city of Tampa is looking to spruce things up by having the outside of the William F. Poe Parking Garage in downtown painted. The city has recruited the artistic skills of muralists Leon “Tes One” Bedore and Ales “Bask” Hostomsky to paint images along the outside of the garage. The images will be large enough so that travelers along Interstate 275 will be able to see them. The art project will begin this October and should take about eight weeks to complete. Hostomsky told the Tampa Bay Times that he and Bedore have known each other since they were teenagers and are still refining the details of the mural. The theme for the work is “Stay Curious” and will incorporate many of the cultural landmarks in the area. The mural will cost the city $100,000 and will come from the budget for public art.

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Glenn Beck names St. Petersburg in a list of the least religious cities

By : Jeremy Williams
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GlennBeckGlenn Beck, the conservative “Chicken Little” doomsdayer, has released a list of the 15 cities he finds to be the least religious in America and our very own St. Petersburg made the list.

St. Pete comes in at number six, right behind liberal left leaning cities Portland (really, Portland is the most Godless city in America?), San Francisco (shout out to the gays), Seattle and Denver (the puff-puff-pass cities) and Phoenix (cause it wouldn’t be a Glenn Beck list without including a city with a large Hispanic population).

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Overheard in Orlando: Powerfully Gay

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We know we tend to get political over on our Uprisings political page in the back of the book, but this juicy nugget of political climbing has all the makings of canceled soap opera, or so we hear. A few weeks back, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, announced his bid for U.S. Sen Marco Rubio’s seat as Rubio ascends into the toxic ether of a failed presidential bid. Grayson’s aide, Susannah Randolph, obviously a Democrat, jumped in the race for Grayson’s seat, joining a smattering of reputable politicos in what looked to be a fair race. Then, out of nowhere (not really, because she’s been dropping hints all along), Grayson’s out-of-nowhere girlfriend Dr. Deena Minning hopped into the fray in late July, signaling an absurdist rendering of a catfight. Not to worry, though. Minning’s political ties don’t stretch far from Grayson (if you don’t count being a lobbyist for Big Pharma), so the race will likely go on as it was. Or will it? Inquiring minds want to know (Minning doesn’t talk to the press, hilariously).

Orlando’s 50 most Powerful
Orlando magazine released its list of Orlando’s 50 most powerful; these individuals have some major clout in the city beautiful.

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Brace yourself, Pride is coming! – Be prepared

By : Patrick O'Connor
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All you boys and girls who spent any time as a Boy Scout or Girl Scout know the most important thing is to always be prepared.

We here at Watermark we want you to have the best time possible at St. Pete Pride, so just like good scouts we have put together a list of items you will need to avoid those nighttime hazards during the parade and enjoy the daytime festival without wishing you packed something to combat the horrendous heat.

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Tell Watermark readers about your New Year’s Eve events!

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Is your organization or business doing something special for New Year’s Eve? Well, we want to know about it!

Watermark will be publishing a roundup of New Year’s Eve events happening in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

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A brief history of ex-gay therapy

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1900 Shortly before the turn of the 20th century, physician Denslow Lewis publishes that he believes women brought up in wealthy families could develop “sexual hyperesthesi” (excessive sensitivity to stimuli) and become lesbians. In order to cure these women, the doctor prescribes cocaine solutions and surgical removal of “adherent clitorises.”

1957 In the mid-20th century, researcher Gunther Dorner of the Institute of Experimental Endocrinology hypothesizes that altering hormonal imbalances in the womb could prevent homosexuality before it developed.

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