The Last Page with Aaron Drake

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What do you do for Watermark?

Wedding announcements, local interest and travel stories.

What made you want to write for Watermark?

I’ve been writing for local LGBT publications since I was a teenager. When I moved to St. Pete it was one of the first places I reached out to.

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Free Film Screening – Visual AIDS: Day With(out) Art

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Visual AIDS: Day With(out) Art – FREE Film Screening and Audience Talkback with Sam Graper, Community Relations Manager at Orlando Immunology Center »

In recognition of World AIDS Day, join us for a FREE screening of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS. The film addresses Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic and features seven innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is a national organization that uses the power of art as a catalyst to engage public response, dialogue, and scholarship around HIV/AIDS through presenting contemporary art exhibitions, artist projects, public events, and publications.

For more information on ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS visit:

https://www.visualaids.org/projects/detail/alternate-endings-radical-beginnings

Following the film screening, an audience talkback will occur with Sam Graper, Community Relations Manager at Orlando Immunology Center.

For more info on OIC:
https://www.facebook.com/OICOrlando

For more info on Sam Graper:
https://www.facebook.com/sam.graper

Please call 407.896.4231 ext. 261 with questions about this program.

There Are No Happy Endings: The Dark Side of Our Favorite Fairy Tales

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Hold onto your hats! These are not your mother’s versions of the childhood tales from your youth.  Murder, mayhem, abuse and mutilation are just the tip of the iceberg when we delve deeper into the stories made famous by the Brothers Grimm. Join Dr. Naima Johnston Bush as she spins the original back stories of Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the awful fate of other fairy characters. Due to tense adult situations, these are not stories you want your little ones to hear … unless you want to give them nightmares. Recommended for ages 18 and up.

Book Swap

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Looking for a new read or trying to lighten your bookshelf? Then take part in your local library’s book swap. Interact with other readers as you discover new stories to read. For each new or gently used book you bring you will receive a ticket to exchange for a book that is new to you.

Joshua James

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A singer-songwriter raised in the hard-bitten landscape of Nebraska who migrated to found his own small farm in Utah and record self-revelatory albums in remote Oregon, Joshua James transmits the tough, astringent, marvelous songs of someone close to solitude and nature. His haunting songs “Crash this Train” and “Coal War” appeared on episodes of Sons of Anarchy.

For one night a month, the intimate Jaeb Theater comes alive with Americana music telling stories guaranteed to touch your soul. Order your Club Jaeb season tickets today by calling 813.229.7827. Single tickets go on sale on July 29.

Tony Furtado

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Slide guitar, cello-banjo, baritone ukulele, bottleneck guitar and five-string banjo make the list of intriguing, eclectic instruments in songwriter Tony Furtado’s repertoire. His gorgeous playing and mastery of the breadth of Americana sounds—from traditional bluegrass to alt country—mix in his original songs on this year’s acclaimed release, The Bell.

For one night a month, the intimate Jaeb Theater comes alive with Americana music telling stories guaranteed to touch your soul. Order your Club Jaeb season tickets today by calling 813.229.7827. Single tickets go on sale on July 29.

The 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, puppets, stories and songs into an enchanting program that educates and entertains.

Stay tuned for onsale information!

The House at Pooh Corner

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Whether we are very young, or wise to the ways of the world, every so often each of us has to “get back to the House at Pooh Corner” to spend some tender time with faithful friends. You know their names by heart: Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo, Rabbit, Christopher Robin, and of course, that lovable bear called Winnie-the-Pooh. This production is faithfully based on the A. A. Milne classic of the same name. Featured stories portray the building of Eeyore’s house, Tigger’s arrival in the Hundred Acre Wood, the origin of the game of Pooh Sticks, Rabbit’s plan for reducing Tigger’s bounce and Christopher Robin’s growing up and leaving for school.

Save 20% when you buy all three Kid Time shows. Call the Ticket Sales Office at (813) 229-7827 to subscribe today! Single tickets go on sale to the public on July 29.

Seth Glier

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Seth Glier is a rising folk sensation with a charged falsetto voice somewhere between Getty Lee and Duncan Sheik. As a piano playing singer/songwriter, Seth bounces among the instrument’s strong suits—from pretty pop ballads to driving social anthems and around to tinkling meditations on coming of age in America. “If any of you are wondering what the future of music will look like,” says Edwin McCain, “Seth is it.”

For one night a month, the intimate Jaeb Theater comes alive with Americana music telling stories guaranteed to touch your soul. Order your Club Jaeb season tickets today by calling 813.229.7827. Single tickets go on sale on July 29.

Griffin House

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Gentle-spirited rock ’n’ roller Griffin House got his big break in Asbury Park, N.J., opening for Patty Scialfa. His subsequent string of exceptional albums told raw stories about his life in sobriety, touching on the universal theme of how to recover one’s self in the tumult of the modern world. House specializes in a hometown, hard acoustic sound of roosty, atmospheric Americana. “If you are looking to be blown away by raw talent, then look no further than Griffin House” (American Songwriter).

Garrison Keillor

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One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, writer and humorist, Garrison Keillor comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday, December 12 at 7 pm. Offering insight and stories from his journey as one of America’s greatest storytellers, Keillor captivates audiences with his unique blend of comedy, charisma and wisdom.

Best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week, Keillor is also the host of the daily radio and online program, The Writers Almanac, and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places. A best-selling author, he has published more than two dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny and Homegrown Democrat. In 2006, Keillor played himself alongside a cast that included Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Kline, in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman.

The Social (June)

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A gathering for the Trans community. Open to all LGBTQ+ young adults and allies (ages 18 & up) to get to know other members of the community. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Last month everyone enjoyed the board games, so it was decided that this time I will bring them back this month in case anyone would like to play some again. Since it is pride month, we will be celebrating and sharing “coming out” stories as we socialize. There will be sodas and waters for a $1 donation (benefitting our LGBT programs). Feel free to bring a snack or a treat to share if you would like!