Exhibition Opening Reception and Performance

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The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present the exhibition The Holocaust and the Book of Fire by Murray Zimiles. The exhibition opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 9th at 5:30 p.m. and in conjunction with Keep St Pete Lit and the Second Saturday ArtWalk, nine writers will perform their short stories, poems, and imaginings inspired by this exhibition.

The paintings, drawings, prints, and artist’s books by Murray Zimiles are graphic statements meant to engage and propel the viewer into a whirlwind of fire and devastation. In these powerful works, Zimiles deals with the perceived absence of God and the absence of civilization during the Holocaust.

The exhibition opening reception and performance is free and open to the public. Complimentary beer, wine, and snacks will be served. To reserve your seat, please call 727.820.0100, extension 301.

The Florida Democratic Party makes some noise at opening for new Clinton campaign office

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ORLANDO – The scene felt a little familiar. Tucked into an office building on Colonial Drive, upstairs in a world of beige cubicles and the walls that they hang upon, another Democratic presidential frontrunner was given the full grassroots treatment – knocking on doors, talking to your friends, hugs and buttons – that her predecessor Barack Obama received on the very same block, in the very same building.

On Aug. 4, local Democrats crowded the new offices to make it known that they were “with her,” and they were ready to fight. Clinton recently visited Orlando and returned for visits to Kissimmee and Tampa Bay in subsequent weeks.

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Metro purchases St. Pete location, solidifies permanent home

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Metro Wellness & Community Center, in partnership with Community AIDS Network (CAN), has purchased its St. Petersburg location after a seven-month legal battle.

The previous owner attempted to sell the building last summer out from underneath Metro, even attempting to have the clinic evicted. Metro was forced to file for an injunction and fight it out in court.

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Hillary Clinton Orlando field office opening reception

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The Hillary Clinton campaign opened its Orlando field office Feb. 17 at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Hall at 2153 W. Oak Ridge Road.

Florida’s presidential primary is March 15.

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Orlando Derby Girls’ LGBT-inclusiveness puts them on track to compete internationally

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Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls are skating their way to high-stakes competition. On Jan. 22, the league was accepted alongside nine other teams – ranging in location from across the country in Hood River, Oregon to across the world in New Zealand –into an apprentice program for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of a sport considered by many to be the fastest-growing in the world.

Completion of the apprentice program typically takes from six months to a year. If the league is then accepted into WFTDA, it will play against the best teams in the country and even the world.

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The couple behind Smith & Adams is chasing their chocolate-covered dreams

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Behind the glass-encased counters of Smith & Adams, a newly-opened confectionary in Colonial Plaza, the shiny, colorful gems of artisanal chocolate look more like art than candy.

The visual appeal makes sense as Kelly Smith, who handles the product side of Smith & Adams, went to art school before culinary school. Following that, she was a chef at Disney for 25 years before she and her partner, Kim Adams, decided to quit their jobs and take a risk on their own shop. Adams was previously an attorney and handles the business end of Smith & Adams.

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Paddy’s grand opening

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Paddy’s Gay Piano and Entertainment Lounge in Winter Park hosted a grand opening party all weekend Jan. 8 – 10, 2015.

In addition to full liquor and live piano and singing, Paddy’s offers a customer reward and loyalty program and each day, will support a charity or local cause. 

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Pope Francis addresses gay issues in his first book

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Vatican City (AP) – Pope Francis lays out his case for emphasizing the merciful face of the Catholic Church in his first book as pontiff, saying God never tires of forgiving and actually prefers the sinners who repent over self-righteous moralizers who don’t.

“The Name of God Is Mercy,” a 100-page conversation with Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli, is being published this week in 86 countries to help kick-start Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy. A copy was provided in advance to The Associated Press.

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Sarasota to ‘Elevate’ LGBT nightlife

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elevate anita waistlineSarasota – Locals searching for a new LGBT hot spot can elevate their Friday night experience at Starlite in Sarasota.

Jan. 8 is the grand opening of Elevate – Friday Nights at Starlite. The night will kick off with a happy hour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the downstairs lounge, where guests can mingle while enjoying the sounds of show tunes on the piano. Joshua Beadle, event coordinator and owner of Beadle Media, says bottle prices will be lowered in hopes that people will socialize and share with friends. Bottle specials will include $40 Chandon champagne and $75 Stoli vodka. Joel Pozo will serve as VIP bottle service host.

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Queen of our world: Lorraine Langlois is a St. Pete superhero

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Lorraine Langlois is the current CEO of Metro Tampa Bay and has been with the organization since the beginning when it all got started at the King of Peace church in St. Petersburg.

“That first year I think we had a budget of $43,000, and here we are, 23 years later, and it’s going to be a little over $6 million,” Langlois says. “We started off with 14 or 15 clients and now we are serving about 15,000 in the Tampa Bay area.”

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TBGLCC holds transgender panel discussion at monthly dinner meeting

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TAMPA – Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce held a transgender panel discussion at their November Dinner Meeting at the Barrymore Hotel in Tampa Nov. 18.

The panel, hosted by TBGLCC President Ashley Brundage and held in honor of Transgender Awareness Month, featured retired gender therapist Dr. Kathleen Farrell, METRO’s Lucas Wehle, the University of Tampa’s Caitlin Jones and Citi’s Carolina Gutierrez as special guest speakers.

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Revere rides onto International Drive

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Orlando – For the first time in a while, International Drive will boast a gay bar.

Revere, a new LGBT club at The M Resort, will host its grand opening Dec. 4. The club’s soft opening was Nov. 13-15, and continues through the last two weekends in November.

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