Celebrating the Genius of Women

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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.

African-American Read-In

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Celebrate African-American literature in poetry, story and song, performed by local luminaries in conjunction with the 28th Annual National African-American Read-In. For more information, visit ocls.info/read-in.

Crealdé Holiday Art Sale

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Get Unique Holiday Gifts at the Crealdé Holiday Art Sale – Saturday, December 9

Get fun and creative gifts for your loved ones at an affordable price!! Come to the Annual Crealdé Holiday Art Sale where local established and emerging Crealdé artists will exhibit their arts and crafts Saturday, December 9 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Join us along the shores of Lake Sterling in the sculpture garden at Crealdé School of Art, main campus, located at 600 St. Andrews Blvd, Winter Park, FL, (behind Publix on Aloma Ave).

Pick out beautifully crafted works of art such as pottery, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, prints and photographs. Your purchase will not only be amazing, unique gifts for your loved ones, but will also benefit local artists as well as Crealdé School of Art (a non-profit arts organization), which will receive 30% of the proceeds.

Will’s A Faire Spring Market

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This Sunday!
It’s’ Back for 2017! Will’s A Faire, the family friendly and free, one day retro, vintage, local and handmade market with live music, food trucks and fun indoors and out is back for SFS at Will’s Pub on Sunday March 19th! The market features 50+ Vendors and runs 1pm until 8:30pm, with live music from Eugene Snowden, English Jr., Chuck Magid (of The Groove Orient), Kaci-Jo Hibbard, Sacco and Vanzetti, plus a surprise set by an Orlando favorite. As the market winds down Brown Bag Brass Band will play a free show inside Will’s. The entire event is free to the public and all ages are welcome. Bring the Whole Family Out to Support Orlando Local!

Event page: http://bit.ly/2lQn4DH

Will’s Pub
1042 N Mills Ave.
Orlando FL 32803

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s Singer Songwriter Session with Michael McArthur

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The new Songwriter Session combines soulful singers with ISO musicians for an “unplugged” musical experience. This year, the ISO welcomes local artist Michael McArthur to the stage for a unique take on the symphony.

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s Singer Songwriter Session with Michael McArthur

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The new Songwriter Session combines soulful singers with ISO musicians for an “unplugged” musical experience. This year, the ISO welcomes local artist Michael McArthur to the stage for a unique take on the symphony.

Make Them Say “HA!” Comedy Show

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Metro and SwellFella Productions presents the Make Them Say “HA!” Comedy Show, shocasing five local comedians and hosted by Kevin Taylor. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Contact LGBT@MetroTampaBay.org for more information.

How to Get Around: Making the most of your Big Gay Weekend

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This ain’t our first rodeo, nor is it our first Big Gay Weekend in the middle of the haze of somewhere we might have been before but can’t remember (thanks, 1990s). As the big GayDayS celebration and all of its surrounding festivities hit the ground running for their 26th year of red shirts, we want to make certain that you, dear reader visiting from anywhere in the world, have a sense of place in all of the many splendored places. There’s nothing like being in the wrong place at the wrong time – mind, some of the best surprises happen there – but just to get your ducks, mice and bears in a row, we’ve compiled a partial list of potential adventures for you to choose depending on the color of your mood ring. You asked for a tour guide, right? No? Well you’re about to get one! Clearly, the whole region turns into a rainbow for this very long weekend, so if you throw a magical wand, you’re bound to find something to tickle your fancy.

Happy partying, stay safe and have a magical day or six.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Proud of St. Pete Pride

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Proud of our Pride
The annual Pride parade and festival is a sign of, pardon the pun, pride for any city looking to advertise how accepting and diverse they are, but let’s face it: All Prides are not created equal. Next Magazine set out to explore the LGBT communities around the globe and find which Prides are worth traveling halfway around the world for. Next Magazine chose seven Pride destinations and only one in the good ole U.S.A. made the list: St. Pete Pride. The magazine calls it “a vibrant festival featuring art, music and performances of all kind.” They go on to say the highlights of St. Pete Pride include the “lively display that runs right through the heart of the gayborhood” that is Grand Central and gushes about the only parade on the list that starts at sunset. St. Pete Pride is forth on the list behind Tel Aviv, Israel;Sitges, Spain and Toronto, Canada.

Dinner with a cause
A restaurant, a group of friends and a bottle of wine spells out a pretty good night. A great night would be if you could do that and help out your community. Well you can! Dine Out For Life is headed to the Tampa Bay area May 19. Just eat at one of the participating restaurants, and a varying percentage of your check (The Frog Pond in Redington Beach is donating 100 percent)is donated to ASAP.This is the first year that local hot-spot eatery Punky’s will be involved and your friendly neighborhood news. People here at Watermark will be out there alongside them as your Punky’s Dine Out For Life welcoming crew. We can’t help it; we love that everything is purple! So make sure you make your way out to Punky’s, or any of the amazing places listed at DineOutForLIfe.com, and get to eating.

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Transgender Activist Gina Duncan delivers TEDxBocaRaton talk

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Gina Duncan, who is the Transgender Inclusion Director at Equality Florida, delivers a TEDxBoca Raton talk titled “How I died to live an authentic life.”

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Overheard in Orlando: Donna T. Rump

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Nooo, Queen
Karen Walker was a hilariously funny character in a LGBT show that was before its time. Gay men especially loved her luxurious lifestyle, booze guzzling and pill popping antics. So, it’s no surprise that some gay men flock to Jacqueline Siegel, the self-proclaimed Queen of Versailles, wife of David Siegel. I’m sure you’ve seen the parade of Jackie Siegel and her entourage she refers to as her glam squad, consisting of a handful of gay men often paraded around like Pomeranians no more than just a few short feet behind her. She’s made appearances at various charity events and sometimes benefiting the LGBT community. But despite her appearances and support (?) of the community, there’s a sense of a wolf in cheap, oops we mean sheep’s, clothing. Jackie Siegel has proven herself to be a fair weather fruit fly, especially when her ex-boyfriend Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was scheduled to appear at UCF on March 5. Jackie and the rest of the Siegels were very proudly showing their true colors, taking to social media letting her “followers” know Donald has their vote, despite his vow to overturn same-sex marriages in the U.S. Even, her husband David Siegel, who a few years ago threatened to fire his employees at Westgate should Obama get re-elected (which Obama was, and David did nothing), was noted in being very proud to support the man that used to stick it to his wife. Images from the rally show Jackie and her husband a few feet behind Trump. No word if her glam squad was even allowed into the rally.

Divine intervention
The talented and unapologetic drag performer Divine Grace, who is also a hostess of Full of Grace, an online podcast, decided to push some Trump supporters buttons at the rally. She dressed up as Trump supporter in full face and hair as Donna T. Rump! On the Full of Grace Facebook page, Divine documented the process from makeup to appearance. Surprisingly enough, while at the rally, Divine was greeted by cheers from both supporters and those opposing Trump gathered outside of the UCF arena. The biggest stir seemed to stem from people trying to get a photo with Divine as Donna, just like a meet and greet at one of the local theme parks. When asked about the interactions, Divine said she was expecting to be kicked out, but was surprisingly welcomed although she never made it into the CFE Arena, just the outside area.

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Getting Involved: Putting the “Out” in Political Clout

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At a time when political influence may seem out of citizens’ hands, LGBT people are making their voices heard on state and local issues. On March 1, local LGBT people helped stop a state bill that would’ve erased local bans and resolutions against fracking, a controversial mining technique that many say has caused earthquakes and land damage, but has proven damages to drinkable water in eight other states.

“If anyone doubts we can make a difference, today proved them wrong!” Chairman of Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Eric Rollings says.

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