Central Florida, Tampa Bay organizations recognize World AIDS Day 2019 with events

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World AIDS Day is the first-ever global health day and has taken place every Dec. 1 since 1988. It is a day where the entire planet comes together to remember the nearly 40 million lives lost to the virus, but also to acknowledge those still living with the disease and to celebrate the advances made in fighting HIV/AIDS.

Several groups and organizations will be holding events on, and throughout the week surrounding, World AIDS Day in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay. We have gathered a list of events with information and links below for you to help raise funds, remember those we have lost, honor those living with the virus and places you can get tested.

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9.10.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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Overture! Curtain! Lights! We all love a good show, especially when it’s stretched to its hilts with bonhomie, gravitas and humor. We also like to cry sometimes, because somebody told us once that crying is a good thing, and therefore it was made so. However, we’re perpetually fascinated by the entangled minutiae that make our lives overlap and our feelings somehow universal. That, in many ways, is what the entertainment industry – and especially the film industry, along with its theatrical forbears – brings to the stage and screen with every ounce of sweat generated from each creative brow. Creating timeless phenomena is no easy task; likewise, coordinating said phenomena into a veritable kiosk of choices meant to represent the sights, sounds and feelings of the moment is as much an act of curating as it is one of understanding.

This week, amid the public and political theater of Kentucky Clerk of Courts Kim Davis – she of the Crystal Gayle hair and the Misery ensemble – we celebrate LGBT theater and the whimsy of stagecraft, largely. It’s not that we’re ignoring the comings and goings of Donald Trump’s wig or Sarah Palin’s patented xenophobia – we obviously aren’t – more than it is an exercise in studying our own structures within the LGBT lexicon and how it is that we are evolving. It was the arts that brought us the hearts and minds that we’ve always yearned for to push the movement foreword, and now those hearts, arts and minds are evolving at a renewed pace.

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Monty Python’s Spamalot brings the humor, the compassion and the geeks together at Orlando Shakes

By : Billy Manes
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“Leave him alone!” Sir Lancelot says. “This poor little chap is your son, sir. All he ever wanted was a little love and affection, but did you ever give it to him? No, no. I’ll wager you denied him. You try to kill him, and worse, far worse, you try to marry him off to some girl, some female that he obviously has no feelings for whatsoever. Yes, yes, I know a little bit about bullying fathers you bastard. Have you no heart? Have you no human tenderness?  Can’t you see that all he’s asking for is a little love and understanding? Is that too much to ask? Is it? Too Much! To Ask!”

“My god! You’re gay.”

Such was but one of the sharp-edged pieces that make up the hilarious diaspora of the Holly Grail, at least as it pertains to King Arthur and his, er, compassionate son Sir Lancelot, but the grail runs far deeper than that, and sillier.

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Fringe Festival kicks off with ribbon cutting by Orlando mayor

By : Jeremy Williams
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The International Fringe Festival kicked off their 24th year with an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at the Shakespeare Theater in Orlando on May 14.

“Happy Fringe,” declared Fringe executive director George Wallace as a crowd of Orlando theater fans witnessed Mayor Buddy Dyer cut the ceremonial ribbon and proclaimed the next 10 days as Fringe week.

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Fringe Preview shows talent coming to Festival

By : Danny Garcia
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The Orlando International Fringe Festival held their annual Fringe Preview at the Shakespeare Theater on April 13.

The event consisted of various acts performing two minute previews to the audience.

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