Watermark Giveaway: Dinner for two and a pair of tickets to see Bryan Ferry, all at Hard Rock Live

By : Billy Manes
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Everybody’s favorite swooning crooner Bryan Ferry, he of the lilting tenor that made “Avalon” your go-to couch-date song if you are of a certain age, is coming to Orlando on Sunday, March 12.

What’s that you say? Roxy Music’s foppish wizard is going to bring “Virginia Plain” to the Hard Rock Live in Orlando in just a few short weeks? Yes. Yes, he is. To get you excited for the beauty of staring off into the distance and humming the tune of “Don’t Stop the Dance,” Hard Rock Live is offering two general admission tickets and a free dinner (which you don’t even have to use on the night of March 12, because you can’t eat and be a gorgeous model who sways a lot, too).

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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Dr. Phillips Center presents in association with AEG Live: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Public On-Sale: 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Show times: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $59.00
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The original Jersey Boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles of unforgettable tunes like Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, December ’63 – Oh What a Night, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, and of course, Grease. His songs have been omnipresent in inconic movies such as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing, Mrs. Doubtfire, Conspiracy Theory, and The Wanderers. As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Mr. Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.

“Last year was our first time playing the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. We loved it! A beautiful theater and the sound was fantastic. And the Orlando audience is always terrific for us.” – Frankie Valli

1.26.17 Editor’s Desk

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If there was any great takeaway – beyond awe and admiration – from the millions of women and the people who love them marching and rallying Jan. 21 in Washington D.C., Orlando, St. Petersburg – and the state, nation and world – it was that we’re more alike than we think.

Arm in arm with those marching for equal pay and for reproductive rights were people from the Black Lives Matter movement, the Latinx movement, various environmental causes and, of course, those of us draped in rainbows hoping that our LGBTQ victories will not be tossed aside by a president with only money (and unmentionables) on his mind.

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Sandwich Fundraiser for The Dru Project to be held at Pom Pom’s

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Head over to Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria this Valentine’s Day to help raise money for The Dru Project. They will be graciously donating $1 to The Dru Project from every Sweetheart Sandwich sold.

The Dru Project is an LGBTQIA advocacy organization on a mission to spread love across the nation and promote gay-straight alliances. They are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the state of Florida. The organization was created in memorial to Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen and his partner Juan Ramon Guerrero, who were among the 49 killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

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St. Petersburg and Orlando are very, very queer according to the Advocate

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Though it may just be clickbait fodder for the nation’s beloved LGBTQ glossy the Advocate, we can’t help but take pride in the fact that both St. Pete and Orlando clipped into the highest of echelons in the Advocate‘s annual list of places where gays play the best.

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Orlando shops designate themselves a ‘Safe Place’ for the LGBTQ community

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Officials in Orlando are launching a program allowing businesses to designate themselves as safe places for LGBTQ people if they feel threatened.

City officials will begin distributing decals Dec. 12 to local businesses to post in their windows identifying them as places members of the LGBTQ community can go if they feel they are in jeopardy.

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Latino LGBTQ Festival comes to Orlando: FUERZAfest!

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Strength, Love and Unity.

Three words that can describe the Orlando atmosphere as the community came together after the worst mass shooting of US history, which killed 49 members of the LGBTQ and Latin community.

Three words that will be the fitting theme of the five day festival dedicated to all those affected by the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.

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Pulse owner Barbara Poma will not sell the nightclub to the city for memorial (Updated)

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In a bit of unexpected Monday morning news, Pulse Orlando owner Barbara Poma has decided that she would not accept the city of Orlando’s bid of $2.25 million for the property, even after weeks of Mayor Buddy Dyer calling the transaction an effective done deal.

There are a lot of questions about what that means for the space in the future, and we have calls out to all interested parties. But the Orlando Sentinel reports that a statement was released by Poma’s attorney this morning that detailed a change in course. She “can’t just walk away,” it reads, because Pulse “means so very much to my family and to our community.

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Orlando musician Craymo wins World Wide Music Contest with anti-bullying song

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ORLANDO – Craymo, an inspirational LGBTQ singer/songwriter from Orlando, was the winner of Best Song in the third edition World Wide Music Contest. He was one of over 1200 entries in the contest.

Craymo won Best Song for his anti-bullying anthem, “Be Myself,” according to a press release Nov. 19.

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Watermark is looking for the Most Remarkable people of 2016

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Every year, Watermark chooses stand-outs from the LGBTQ community – remarkable individuals who made a mark in the past year, whether through activism, generosity or beating the odds.

2016 has been a difficult year for all of us, both politically and personally, especially considering the marriage victory last year, so we’re looking to honor those who have made the most change, been the most inspiring and helped to make our LGBTQ community that much stronger in the face of adversity.

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Police release 911 call of shooter from inside Pulse

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Police negotiators talking to the Orlando nightclub gunman at first weren’t sure if the person they had on the phone was actually in the Pulse nightclub, according to audio recordings.

The recordings between police negotiators and shooter Omar Mateen don’t stray from transcripts of conversations released previously by the city of Orlando. But they do capture police officials strategizing among themselves about how to talk to Mateen, who hung up several times during the 3-hour standoff at the gay nightclub.

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St. Petersburg, Orlando among cities to get top scores for LGBT residents

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ORLANDO (AP) — Three Florida cities have gotten the highest score possible on an index that measures the quality of life for gays, lesbians and transgender residents.

The gay rights group, Human Rights Campaign, last week gave Orlando, St. Petersburg and Wilton Manors scores of 100.

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