Newly-out Aaron Carter hits the road with his first album in 15 years

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“For me, it’s all about the music,” Tampa-born Aaron Carter says. “And if there is one lesson I’ve learned this [last] year, it’s not to dwell on the past, but to live for the future.”

It’s a wonderful sentiment for the multi-platinum pop star on the eve of the release of LøVë, his first studio album in 15 years, particularly following a year of highly publicized ups and downs. But to understand Carter’s zest for his upcoming release and for the future, one has to examine his past.

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Carmen – A Flamenco Ballet

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Flamenco del Sol is pleased to present “Carmen” February 3-4, 2018 at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, FL. Join us for an extraordinary production showcasing the iconic music of George Bizet layered over Prosper Merimee’s quintessentially Spanish storyline of love, lust, and tragedy told through a rich blend of classical operatic and live flamenco music. A cast of more than thirty will transport our audience back to 19th century Seville with percussive footwork, snapping fans, and thundering castanets, all clothed in sumptuous, period costuming. Join us as we follow Carmen and Don Jose through this timeless and tragic love story.

“To watch each dance number is a joy to the senses,” declared the Orlando Sentinel about last year’s production of “El Amor Brujo.” Come see why Flamenco del Sol productions are among the most anticipated events in Central Florida by critics and audiences alike. Through its unique blend of innovative storytelling, lavish costuming, and passion for flamenco and classical Spanish dance and music for all ages and abilities, Flamenco del Sol is one of Florida’s and the Southeast’s most exciting dance companies.

“Carmen” is the most recent in Flamenco del Sol’s biennial charitable productions, where all proceeds are donated to the Ronald McDonald House with love and gratitude.

ABOUT FLAMENCO DEL SOL

Orlando-based Flamenco del Sol celebrated fifteen years with a flurry of productions in 2016, with critically lauded performances at the Orlando Fringe Festival and Wayne Densch Center for the Performing Arts. Its productions include “Corazon Flamenco” featuring international flamenco star and artistic partner, Angel Rojas, “El Amor Brujo,” “Camino Flamenco,” and award-winning “Misa Flamenca.”

Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 4 at 3:00 pm

 

Carmen – A Flamenco Ballet

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Flamenco del Sol is pleased to present “Carmen” February 3-4, 2018 at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, FL. Join us for an extraordinary production showcasing the iconic music of George Bizet layered over Prosper Merimee’s quintessentially Spanish storyline of love, lust, and tragedy told through a rich blend of classical operatic and live flamenco music. A cast of more than thirty will transport our audience back to 19th century Seville with percussive footwork, snapping fans, and thundering castanets, all clothed in sumptuous, period costuming. Join us as we follow Carmen and Don Jose through this timeless and tragic love story.

“To watch each dance number is a joy to the senses,” declared the Orlando Sentinel about last year’s production of “El Amor Brujo.” Come see why Flamenco del Sol productions are among the most anticipated events in Central Florida by critics and audiences alike. Through its unique blend of innovative storytelling, lavish costuming, and passion for flamenco and classical Spanish dance and music for all ages and abilities, Flamenco del Sol is one of Florida’s and the Southeast’s most exciting dance companies.

“Carmen” is the most recent in Flamenco del Sol’s biennial charitable productions, where all proceeds are donated to the Ronald McDonald House with love and gratitude.

ABOUT FLAMENCO DEL SOL

Orlando-based Flamenco del Sol celebrated fifteen years with a flurry of productions in 2016, with critically lauded performances at the Orlando Fringe Festival and Wayne Densch Center for the Performing Arts. Its productions include “Corazon Flamenco” featuring international flamenco star and artistic partner, Angel Rojas, “El Amor Brujo,” “Camino Flamenco,” and award-winning “Misa Flamenca.”

Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 4 at 3:00 pm

 

Cuisine Corner: Vegan Pasta Night

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Victoria from True Radiant You shares how to easily hand-make healthy zucchini noodles with a hearty lentil marinara sauce. This is a nutritious and delicious vegan pasta dish the whole family will love. For more information, visit victoriarooneyyoga.com. Space is limited. Registration required.

Watch: teaser for first mainstream gay teen romance ‘Love, Simon’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The first teaser for gay teen romantic comedy “Love, Simon” has been released.

The film, directed by Greg Berlanti, tells the classic romantic story set in countless high school highways. However, this time the story has a gay twist.

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Woodstock Winter Park

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Grab your bell bottoms and love beads! Mead Botanical Garden will celebrate an evening of peace, love and music as it hosts Woodstock Winter Park, a groovy garden affair. Featuring the music that defined a generation, the evening includes food, drink and concert by Central Florida Community Arts.

8.24.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Hate is easy. Anger is easy. Drive through downtown Orlando on I-4, or cross the Howard Frankland Bridge at rush hour and you will see what I mean. People either drive too aggressively, or are not aggressive enough. Drivers rubberneck their way past an accident or cut you off, almost creating an accident of their own. More often than not, our instinct is to be angry.

Have you ever found yourself fuming when you are leaving a crowded elevator while new passengers rush onboard before you have a chance to exit? Do you fight for a parking space around the holidays and think of keying the car that took your spot? Do you get irritated when you have to answer a question more than once?

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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An Under the Sea Sensation!

With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this beautiful Broadway hit is based on your favorite Disney film! Come fall in love with the magic for the first time – or all over again! “One of the most ravishing things I have ever seen on a Broadway stage” – Time Magazine

The Thursday, July 13, performance will be sign language interpreted.

Stay tuned for on-sale information.

Support for same-sex marriage surges, even among groups once wary

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NEW YORK (AP) – In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.

The Pew Research Center survey found that for the first time, a majority of blacks and baby boomers support allowing gays and lesbians to wed. It said Republicans are now split almost evenly, a marked shift from 2013, when 61 percent opposed gay marriage.

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‘The Switch’ features trans actors in new comedy

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA Association
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In today’s media, transgender characters are seen on screen more than ever before. Gone are the days of small roles in “Law & Order” featuring transgender characters who have dismal storylines. Now, transgender representation in media has advanced into the world of comedy with shows like “Transparent” and “Orange is the New Black” and films like “Tangerine.”

While there are funny moments for transgender characters, there is still an underlying theme of darkness surrounding these shows as they fight for acceptance, or more often, simply fight to stay alive.

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GayDayS and the onePulse Foundation came together for LOVE

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GayDayS and the onePulse Foundation came together to present LOVE, a cabaret-style event June 3.

13 acts, including performances from Blush and FHB, wowed and entertianed. Proceeds raised from LOVE went to the onePulse Foundation.

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‘Diverse’ co-chairs named for LGBTQ march on Washington

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Organizers of a planned LGBTQ march on Washington scheduled for June 11, which has been named The Equality March for Unity and Pride, released on Wednesday the names of 12 of 13 co-chairs of the event but provided few additional details such as how it will be financed or the route of the march.

“The Equality March for Unity and Pride is less than two months away and we are thrilled to host this historic march in our nation’s capital,” a statement released by organizers says.

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