Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016

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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.

“It’s no wonder that some fans think of him as Santa Koz…When the curtain lifted Koz and his back-up band launched into ‘Winter Wonderland,’ rocking the song up and making it sound like something the Beatles would have put on one of their fan club Christmas albums in the ’60s,” raved AXS.com. The Indianapolis Star dubbed him “Mr. Christmas” and the Tampa Bay Weekly said, “Koz’s high-energy shows have made him synonymous with the season.”

The 2016 Dave Koz and Friends Christmas tour will feature Dave along with three special guests. Koz will be joined by two tour “alumni” – the irrepressible Jonathan Butler, an “alumni” of the tour, has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields and recently released a new studio album entitled Free. GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore – hailed by The New York Times as a “modern soul man” – has released seven solo albums including his latest, Anatomy of a Love Song. Acclaimed vocalist Valerie Simpson co-wrote such classic hits such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need to Get By, Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand and Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing as half of the songwriting/performing/producing entity Ashford and 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.

Caitlyn Jenner’s docu-series ‘I Am Cait’ rumored to be cancelled

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Caitlyn Jenner’s docu-series, I Am Cait, has been cancelled by E! network after two seasons, according to RadarOnline.

The show, which focused on Jenner’s life after coming out as transgender, debuted in July 2015 to high ratings but has sharply declined in its second season.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ releases trailer for All Stars season 2

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Bring back my All Stars!

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 premieres at the end of the month and Logo TV has released the first trailer to the new season.

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Tyrone Wells

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Tyrone Wells originally hails from Washington State. His dad taught him how to yodel. He wanted to be a pro athlete, but wasn’t even close to having what it takes. He picked up an acoustic guitar and fell in love. He likes to think that he sings from his soul.

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Single tickets go on sale to the public on July 31.

See It First! Rob Williams New Film SHARED ROOMS

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Director Rob Williams and some of the film cast will be joining us for the US SNEAK PREVIEW of Shared Rooms .

The film is a new romantic comedy feature film that brings together three interrelated tales of gay men seeking family, love and sex during the holiday season.

Film trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEIfsNgWoNA

Join us after the film for a meet and greet with Rob Williams and some of the cast at
Liquid Lounge: http://www.liquidtampa.com/

***THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS***
1. CHRIS PATRINO WITH HYDE PARK DENTAL
2. LIQUID LOUNGE – RICHARD BARBA

Sandi Sylver Puppet Show

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Children and adults alike marvel at the master storytelling of ventriloquist and singer Sandi Sylver, whose shows blend puppets, stories and songs into an enchanting program that educates and entertains.

Get your season tickets for the 2015-2016 Family series today and save: http://www.strazcenter.org/Tickets-Events/Season-Tickets/Wee-Folk-Series

Single tickets go on sale to the public on July 31.

Presented by GTE Financial.

Ryan Murphy brings epic Joan Crawford/Bette Davis ‘Feud’ to FX

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Ryan Murphy, the mind behind such guilty pleasure shows as Glee and Scream Queens, announced a new series coming to the FX channel in 2017, Feud.

Feud will follow in the tradition of Murphy’s other FX shows, American Horror Story and American Crime Story, as an anthology series with each season featuring a set of different characters and stories.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Tampa Pride’s celebrity

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Tampa Pride snags its celebrity
With about a month to go, details for Tampa Pride are starting to come in and get finalized. After last year’s huge success when 40,000+ attendees filled the streets in Ybor the pressure is on to try and be bigger and better. Tampa Pride held there Miss Tampa Pride pageant and selected their queen. The grand marshals have been plunked from the community – Fox 13 News morning anchor Russell Rhodes and CEO of Metro Wellness & Community Centers Lorraine Langlois – and now we have our celebrity grand marshal, photographer and designer Mike Ruiz. You might remember Ruiz from Logo’s reality series The A-List, or his appearances on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, America’s Next Top Model and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ruiz has also been recognized and praised for working to help LGBT homeless youth.

There be Mormons outside this theater
One of Broadway’s biggest hits, the Book of Mormon, paid a visit to the bay area and had a sold out run Feb. 16-21 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. If you were lucky enough to get a chance to see the show, you probably noticed something charming occurring right outside the theater. A group of well mannered, clean cut, real life Mormons! That’s right, the light hearted Latter Day Saints were parked outside saying “Hello!” to guests as they entered the show. Unlike many conservative, religious groups who would set up camp with picket signs and yell out ignorant chants, these young lads hung out Two by Two with a sign that read, “have your picture taken with the real thing.” They smiled, they shook hands and they talked with anyone about anything without pushing any agenda, only talking about the All-American Prophet and handing out the Bible Part 3, if you so wanted to. They even hung out after the show, asked theater goers if they had a good time and enjoyed themselves and never once condemned anyone to a Spooky Mormon Hell Dream. Well done boys.

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Rupaul’s Drag Race announces queens for 8th season

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Get ready for a lot of glam and a whole lot of shade.

Logo TV and Entertainment Weekly have released the names of the 12 queens who will strut their stuff in the eighth season of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

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Overheard in Orlando: The ghost of Fred Berliner

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All things Pointe to staying open
The Orlando Sentinel recently reported that the remaining restaurant for FMI, Funky Monkey at Pointe Orlando, wanted out of their lease, which was set to expire in 2019. Claiming that the construction walls that temporarily went up last year as part of an improvement overhaul of Pointe Orlando hurt their business, FMI balked. Of course, FMI had also filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in December of last year. Despite the high International Drive convention and tourist traffic, often boasted on their Facebook page that packed the restaurant, Eddie Nickell said that he and Nick Olivieri (who co-own FMI) were looking to move their business elsewhere plan to expand into a larger space. As of last week, Eddie Nickell said they were in the final stages of having a plan of reorganization approved by the courts and, despite the Sentinel’s story, Eddie said all of their creditors are on board with them. The plan will be to continue at full operation until June.

Give & Receive
Twas the season of giving and all through the land, people were providing, but mostly to a bigoted red can. But in its place there are other diverse people with needs. Like GLBT Center and Hope and Help with a pantry that feeds. With a call put out to all the helpers out there, folks from Brighthouse to the Prime Timers showed up with good tiding to share. Bikes were delivered for children to ride and even basic toiletries to help those on the side. You see, this season is about love and community and helping those that help others that let live and be judgment free.

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UMass guard Gordon says coming out let him focus on game

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NEW YORK (AP) – Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon became a better basketball player and a better teammate this season, and he credits both to having the courage to play as an openly gay man.

Gordon’s first season since coming out likely ended March 12 in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center.

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Eric Davis continues to lead freeFall Theatre Company on a rapid ascent

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St. Petersburg – Define the word freefall.

It’s certainly not winning multiple awards and strong audiences for 2014’s diverse line-up of shows, including Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and upcoming The Buffalo Kings.

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