PHOTOS: Watermark Wednesday benefits PFLAG at Sirata Beach Resort

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ST. PETERSBURG | Watermark’s bi-monthly Tampa Bay social Watermark Wednesday benefited PFLAG Tampa and PFLAG St. Pete at Sirata Beach Resort Sept. 18.

PFLAG is the nation’s first and largest organization dedicated to uniting the LGBTQ community, their families and supporters. It has more than 400 chapters, including Tampa’s which formed in 2011 and St. Petersburg’s which followed in 2017.

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Jim Nixon: St. Petersburg LGBTQ Liaison, LGBTQ Welcome Center manager

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Jim Nixon is remarkable. He is known to the LGBTQ community through his many years of advocacy, his sales work with Watermark and his efforts to elevate Metro Wellness and Community Centers through strategic outreach and marketing. Thanks to Jim, the LGBTQ Welcome Center in St. Pete’s Grand Central District has been refreshed and refocused, serving as a safe and inviting place for both residents and visitors.

The broader Tampa Bay community, and especially our growing arts community, may know Jim through his work with Ruth Eckerd Hall or The Dali Museum. Today, we also know Jim as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s LGBTQ Liaison, a vital role encouraged by the Human Rights Campaign. It speaks to Jim’s remarkability that he volunteered for the position long before our city coffers allowed us to fund it. As both a volunteer and an employee, he has excelled. Readers of Watermark likely know that Mayor Kriseman is a longtime champion for the LGBTQ community and has illustrated that in ways big and small.

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Activist and actor Eddie Izzard on comedy, politics and the end of the world

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ABOVE: Photo by Amanda Searle, via EddieIzzard.com.

Activist, actor and author Eddie Izzard’s 30-year career has been as proactive and fabulous as the comedian himself.

That’s evident in “Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens,” published in 2017 to critical acclaim. Izzard’s intelligent humor dishes on historical and sexual politics, mad ancient kings and chickens with guns, all while reflecting on the childhood loss of his mother, his time in boarding school and his sexuality. It also details his time in comedy, film, politics and philanthropy.

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Watermark Giveaway: Two sets of tickets to see Tyler Henry the Hollywood Medium

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Tyler Henry the Hollywood Medium is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall! His new live show “5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From The Departed” on June 21 at 7:30PM will showcase how his unique gift have affected his everyday life and will also include an audience Q&A. Star of “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” he is highly sought after by celebrities who wish to communicate with loved ones who have passed and find closure. Watermark will be picking two winners who will each receive two tickets!

To win the tickets, comment on this post and tell us who you would like to communicate with through Tyler if given the chance.

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The reigning queen of Broadway, Idina Menzel, is on top of the world and she isn’t letting it go anytime soon

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Idina Menzel has the billion-dollar voice – that is billion with a “B.” It is in no small part because of that voice singing the hit song “Let It Go” that Disney’s Oscar-winning animated musical Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film of all time with a $1.2 billion worldwide box-office showing. Menzel’s powerful vocals in Wicked also began that Broadway musical’s ascension over the billion-dollar mark, which it crossed in 2016, only the third time that feat has been accomplished on Broadway.

The Tony-winning Broadway icon released her fifth studio album, Idina., in September 2016, starred in Lifetime’s remake of Beaches and will soon begin recording the voice of Queen Elsa for the much anticipated animated sequel, Frozen 2.

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Kristin Chenoweth brings some elegance (and that voice!) to Ruth Eckerd Hall

By : Jeremy Williams
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UPDATE: Kristin Chenoweth’s concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall has been rescheduled for April 7. Tickets purchased for the March 13 concert will still be honored. 

 

Kristin Chenoweth, at 4 foot 11 inches, is proof that big things come in small packages. The award-winning actress and singer is known for her powerful voice and commanding stage presence.

Chenoweth, who debuted on Broadway 20 years ago in the musical Steel Pier,  has dazzled audiences with a Tony Award winning performance as Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and as the original Good Witch Glinda in the smash hit Wicked.

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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

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Pop music icon Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 pm. This will be Valli’s 19th performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall and like his previous concerts, this one is expected to sell out quickly.

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. With unforgettable tunes like Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Rag Doll, December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You and of course, Grease. Just this past year, their mega hit, Big Girls Don’t Cry, was inducted into the 2015 GRAMMY® Hall of Fame.

The Beach Boys

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The unforgettable harmonies and classic sound of The Beach Boys will bring Good Vibrations to the Holiday season at Ruth Eckerd Hall after their sold-out performances in 2015 and 2016! Performing a career spanning range of material from their early surf rock classics to masterpieces like Wouldn’t It Be Nice and God Only Knows, to later hits including Kokomo, to your favorite holiday hits. The Beach Boys remain legendary to their millions of fans spanning multiple generations, playing and singing with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut 50 years ago! Original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston bring the Holidays and the Hits in this epic one-night-only performance.

Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough Tour

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One of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years, Lindsey Stirling makes her Ruth Eckerd Hall debut this November! A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, Arizona, Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over 7.8 million YouTube subscribers, over 1 billion views on her YouTube channel, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide. She’s created a new music world where the romance of Celtic folk music and modern classical meet the infectious energy of dance and electronica. On stage, Stirling moves with the grace of a ballerina but works the crowd into a frenzy, “dropping the beat” like a rave fairy.

Watermark Giveaway: Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 at Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Multi-GRAMMY nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 pm with the must-see show of the holiday season and we want to send you and a guest to see him for free.

The Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 will feature Koz along with three special guests; the irrepressible Jonathan Butler, GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore and acclaimed vocalist Valerie Simpson. Together, the four musicians will put fresh spins on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season.

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Seal

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GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter Seal makes his way to Clearwater for his Ruth Eckerd Hall debut! Seal explores love and all of its implications, idiosyncrasies and intricacies on his seventh full-length album, 7 which saw him reunited with producer Trevor Horn for their first collection of original material since 2003. Seal goes right to the heart of the club with Life On The Dancefloor, which pairs a syncopated house beat wrapped in horns with a massive hook. Everything culminates on Love. Pairing his voice with just a piano, it’s his most vulnerable and vital moment as he declares. Seal’s inimitable voice was first heard on Adamski’s 1991 smash Killer. Another huge hit Crazy arrived shortly after as Seal went on to achieve global acclaim with his debut album. Songs such as the legendary Kiss From a Rose would turn him into a superstar. Don’t miss Seal only at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

Spend the Night with Alice Cooper

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Known for his dark and horror–themed performances, Alice Cooper returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall and invites you to Spend the Night with Alice Cooper! On Saturday, August 13 at 8 pm, Cooper is sure to put on a show that will shock the audience and keep you on the edge of your seat.