Early Modern Feminism and the Dangerous Artemisia Gentileschi

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Join Professor Emerita of Art History at American University, Mary D. Garrard, Ph.D., as she presents Early Modern Feminism and the Dangerous Artemisia Gentileschi, in relation to the exhibition Dangerous Women: Selections from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, on view through December 12.
Open to the public.
No reservations required.

Severed Heads and the Power of Women in 16th and 17th Century Art

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Join Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Central Florida, Ilenia Colon Mendoza, Ph.D., as she presents Severed Heads and the Power of Women in 16th and 17th Century Art, in relation to the exhibition Dangerous Women: Selections from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, on view through December 12.
Open to the public.
No reservations required.

Community Yoga

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Step out of your comfort zone and join us for an experience you won’t forget! Studies show that regular yoga practice can strengthen muscles, improve bone density, increase cardiovascular health and reduce stress. All levels and body types are welcome. Bring comfy clothes, water and an open mind. Yoga mats will be provided. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The Nuthouse

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The Nuthouse – Not Your Normal Nutcracker December 1-3, 7:30 p.m. at the ME Theatre.

Synopsis Several years ago on Christmas Eve, Doctor Ebenezer, a caring and passionate inventor that dreams of revolutionizing the mental health industry at Nuremberg Asylum, was making a great discovery in supplemental medicines. The Doctor recognized that his patients served as prisoners in there own illnesses and so, in the hopes of cracking nuts, he began to perform lab experiments in order to create the perfect chemistry of drugs that would cure his patients.

The Doctor continues to seek to provide a medical diagnosis of individuals by an assessment of their symptoms and signs associated with particular types of mental disorders. The Asylum is filled with various patients that suffer from anxiety, bipolar, insomnia, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity, and drug dependence disorders just to name a few. It is no easy task for the staff at Nuremberg Asylum to handle these challenges. However, it is Christmas Eve and the patients have been anticipating the annual Christmas festivities and the arrival of a new patient.

Upon the arrival of Claire, the newest patient, Doctor Ebenezer assures her that she is safe for the general population and he releases her into the recreational room in the asylum. After the annual Christmas traditions have taken place it is back to the usual treatments of recovery. Claire, lost, scared and hopeless, finds herself in the Doctor’s lab. She decides to take action to set herself free. While slipping off into a sleep state she thinks…Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality. Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see. She, locked in the asylum, is different but still the same. The patients, nurses and Doctor continue to perform bizarre activities as once I remember. But still ,nothing really matters, anyone can see, nothing really matters, nothing really matters to me.

The Nuthouse will perform at ME Theatre (1300 La Quinta Drive, Orlando, FL, 32809). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Each show lasts an hour and 10 minutes, including an interactive 15-minute intermission. Beer, wine, water, soda and light snacks are available for purchase. Tickets are $20 per person. Select discounts at the door.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit DanceTheatreOfOrlando.com or call 407-816-7080.

Dec 1-3 @ 7:30pm

at ME Theatre

1300 La Quinta Drive

Orlando, FL 32809

DeLand Pride Block Party

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2nd Annual DeLand Pride Block Party in the Artisan Alley Garage downtown DeLand. DJ, vendors, Café DaVinci and Persimmon Hollow will be open. BakeChop and Neighbors Artisan Taqueria. Drag Show at Café DaVinci 6pm. Admission is free!

Vegas Night – a Hope & Help Fundraiser featuring Derrick Barry

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The annual VEGAS NIGHT Fundraiser for Hope & Help is coming up! The Parliament House Casino will be open for business featuring all your favorite table games and more!

Also, direct from Las Vegas and RuPaul’s Drag Race, we are so excited to welcome DERRICK BARRY back to the Parliament House! Shows at 10pm & 12am. DJ Brianna spins til 3am.

Orlando United Assistance Center opening

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The Orlando United Assistance Center is open for business.

The Center, located at 507 E. Michigan Ave., is the longer-term place for friends and family of Pulse shooting victims, plus anyone in the community affected by the tragedy, to receive services. It replaces the temporary City of Orlando Family Assistance Center that has been operating out of Camping World Stadium.

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Gender Non-Conforming Group

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A group for trans and non-binary identifying individuals to meet and socialize. This group is open to all gender identities and is for anyone 18 years and older.

Parliament House Gay Days® Thursday – PI@PH

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Thursday – June 2 – Kick off Gay Days® Weekend in ultimate fashion! The 6th annual PI@PH pays homage to the bygone days of Mannequins at Pleasure Island featuring the PH Explosion Dancers, Countdown at Midnight, 2 huge dance floors, and a Latin Diva Revue. Doors open at 8pm. Admission is FREE before 11pm and $10 after 11pm.

Purchase at http://www.phousegaydays.eventbrite.com.

Here Come The Mummies

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In honor of its 100th Anniversary, Morton Plant Hospital Presents Clearwater’s Blast Friday, in partnership with Brighthouse Networks. This family-friendly food and craft vendor festival from 5:30-10pm will feature a free live concert on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage featuring Here Come the Mummies with special guest Noah Guthrie. Food trucks and vendors will be selling a wide variety of freshly prepared specialty food and beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

Due to overwhelming demand, Here Come The Mummies return to Clearwater for the first time since their sold-out show at the Capitol Theatre in October. Since their discovery, the band has opened for P-Funk, Al Green and Cheap Trick, rocked Super Bowl Village 2012, become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show and made themselves the darlings of sell-out crowds over wide swaths of North America.

Special guest Noah Gutrhie will open the show.

Blast Friday was established in 2009 as downtown Clearwater’s free, family-friendly street festival. Supported by the City of Clearwater, the Cleveland Street District and the Downtown Development Board and produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road. The concert is taking place on the 400 block with the stage located at Osceola and Cleveland in front of the Capitol Theatre. The Capitol Theatre will be open to the public starting at 5:30pm. The Grand Lobby bar is open as well as the downstairs restrooms for public use.

My View From A Broad: Hallmark Cards Should Thank Me

By : Jill Shargaa
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JillShargaaCapI love giving cards. I love receiving cards. I can spend 45 minutes standing in the card aisle at Walgreens, Publix or Target and open, read and search for just the right card to send to someone. Yes, I could go home and design one. I’ve done that too, but there’s something about the hunting, the gathering. All that.

When you receive a card in the mail, I’ll bet it’s the first thing you open. Be honest. It is for me. Someone took a pen and wrote my address on it, they put a stamp on it, and they mailed it. It’s the human touch that still makes us happy or connected and alive. Sometimes I keep the card; sometimes it goes in the trash after I’ve read it, or gets displayed on my kitchen counter for a few days. Maybe it’s a girl thing. Mom taught my sister and me to always send a thank you card to the person who gave you a gift or invited you to something. At the time, it felt like a chore, but I am so grateful now for the lesson. (Should I send Mom a thank you card?)

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New York Boy Scouts hire gay counselor despite national policy

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NEW YORK (AP) – The Boy Scouts’ New York chapter said April 2 that it has hired the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national scouting organization’s ban on openly gay adult members.

The Boy Scouts’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, said there was no change in that national policy, which has been highly divisive. As for any further response to the New York announcement, Smith said, “We are looking into this matter.”

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