Watermark’s 2016 Orlando Fringe Reviews

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Orlando Fringe turns 25 this year…. where did the time go? Wait a minute… it’s MAY and time for Orlando Fringe already? WHERE DID THE TIME GO?

Don’t worry, we are here for you with Watermark’s annual Orlando Fringe Reviews. From preview week to the final curtain call, Team Watermark is scurrying through the rainbow of venues, delivering the scoop on what’s worth seeing and what you can pass.

Each review will be published as its own article but you might want to bookmark this page, because it’s where all of the reviews will be posted throughout media preview week and the festival itself. Read them all after the jump: 

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HRC predicts anti-LGBT bills for Florida in 2016

By : Jamie Hyman
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Tallahassee – The Human Rights Campaign predicts anti-LGBT legislation will be introduced in Florida during the 2016 state legislative session, which begins on Jan. 12. It’s part of the HRC’s preview 2016, a report released Jan. 8 on both pro-equality and anti-LGBT legislation at the state and local levels.

It’s a safe call for Florida, as two anti-gay bills have already been introduced. The Pastor Protection bill, filed by Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, in August, purports to protect religious leaders from being forced to conduct same-sex weddings. The bill is unnecessary because religious leaders are already free from being forced to perform any sort of wedding ceremony at all that doesn’t align with their faith or personal convictions. HB 43 moved through the Civil Justice subcommittee and is now at the Judiciary Committee. A companion bill filed in the Florida Senate has not advanced.

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Trash 2 Trends Recycled Fashion Show Preview

By : Jamie Hyman
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Those who attended the Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursday event for December were in for a treat – they got a sneak preview of the upcoming Trash 2 Trends Recycled Fashion Show, where designers create looks from materials that were headed to the landfill or recycling bin.

The 2016 event will be Feb. 6 at SeaWorld’s Ports of Call. A panel of judges will choose the winners from among 30 designers, and the show is hosted by comedian Doug Ba’aser and Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell. 2016 is the third annual Trash 2 Trends and the event benefits Keep Orlando Beautiful. 

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The outrage of transgender community over revisionist ‘Stonewall’ film

By : Michael Wanzie
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When I was tapped to commit my opinion to this page regarding the call from the trans-community for a boycott of the upcoming Hollywood film Stonewall, I was unaware there was any controversy surrounding the film. So before reading any of the articles and posts voicing those concerns, I first accessed the trailer which had only just that day been made available online.

As I watched the preview I was fairly blasé about the tired formulaic contrivance the filmmakers had obviously chosen to employ; telling the story of the fateful Stonewall riots by following the plight of a handsome white masculine jock-from-next-door-type gay youth who arrives in the big city fresh off the bus from Middle America just in time to be present for the uprising, which is famously credited for “sparking the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in America.”

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Cardboard Art Festival 2015

By : Patrick O'Connor
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For 2015, the Daily City’s Third Annual Cardboard Art Festival moved from the Mills 50 neighborhood to a storefront hosted by the SoDo shopping center – bringing a opening night DJ, sculptures, paintings and moving installations.

Watermark attended the July 23 media preview. For the rest of the weekend, the gallery showed the work of 22 artists, hosted children’s events, and members of the SAK Comedy Lab performed a sketch show.

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Gay Days 2015: 25 Magical Weekends

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Gay Days 2015 is here! The parties, the pools and the bodies are everywhere and Watermark is taking up the task, as we do every year, to get you all the V.I.P. action.

Make sure to stay with WatermarkOnline.com and Watermark’s social media the entire week to catch all the gossip and photos from every event in Orlando.

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Watermark’s Orlando International Fringe Festival 2015 coverage

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We asked Jeff Jones and Miss Sammy to use their keen wit to pick through what is aimed at the LGBT community during the Orlando International Fringe Festival for our special Fringe preview.

Now, we have your one-stop shop to see what our staff thought of the shows after they actually saw them.

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Watermark’s Complete Coverage: Tampa Pride 2015

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Want to be on top of everything Tampa Pride? We’ve got you covered.

Parades, parties, photos – this is your one stop shop for all of the 2015 Tampa Pride coverage. Be sure to keep checking back for Tampa Pride updates all weekend long.

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Orlando Ballet: Vampire’s Ball

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Watermark attended the media preview dress rehearsal of Orlando Ballet’s Vampire’s Ball Oct. 16.

The show is Oct. 17 – 19 at Bob Carr Theatre.

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OUT & About at K Restaurant

By : Patrick O'Connor
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With Come Out With Pride events well underway, one of the events that helped jump start a week of celebrating 10 years of pride was OUT & About at K Restaurant. Owner Chef Kevin Fonzo prepared a four-course meal for an evening of fine dining at the award-winning K Restaurant.

With wine pairing — selections provided by Rex Goliath — and entertainment for the event, it was definitely a fun-filled evening to toast to.

Follow the jump for more photos from this event.

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The Daily City’s Pop Up Shop

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Watermark was invited to preview The Daily City’s Pop Up Shop, a temporary market featuring more than 30 creative sellers located in SoDo.

The shop is open through Sept. 7.

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Watermark’s Complete Coverage: Gay Days 2014

By : Jamie Hyman
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It’s finally here! Gay Days 2014 is in full swing, and Watermark has all the stories, photos and updates right here.

Bookmark this page – It will be updated several times a day through the weekend. Happy Gay Days, everyone!

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