Straz Center gets grant; Over 3,500 students to benefit

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts has announced its acquisition of a $20,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to help bring the arts to the area’s disadvantaged students.

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is a partnership between donors, nonprofits, community leaders, businesses, volunteers and businesses. During their fiscal year of 2017, they awarded $10.3 million in grants to qualifying organizations in Tampa Bay.

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Watermark Holiday Giveaway: Win tickets to “A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour” at the Straz Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. Drage Queens are coming to town!

Get ready as queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race are performing live on stage this holiday season in A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour. Hometown hero Trinity Taylor hosts alongside some of the most talented queens this side of the North Pole including Sasha Velour, Latrice Royale, Farrah Moan, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne and Eureka O’Hara.

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Andy Cohen joins best bud Anderson Cooper on stage at the Straz Center for a night of conversation

By : Jeremy Williams
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Andy Cohen is the wide-eyed, energetic host of everything. He executive produces the wildly popular Real Housewives reality television franchise on Bravo, and moderates the explosive reunions of the show’s housewives. He also hosts Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.

This past summer, Cohen rebooted the ‘80s classic show Love Connection, which he also hosted, and hosts his own SiriusXM radio show called Radio Andy. As if that wasn’t enough to fill the schedules of a dozen people, Cohen also joins his best buddy Anderson Cooper on the road as they tour the U.S. with their show AC2: An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 7.

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The groundbreaking Broadway smash hit ‘RENT’ celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a tour across America

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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It’s been over 10,512,000 minutes since RENT took the world by storm in 1996, well over 525,600. But as Jonathan Larson’s original rock musical readies its 20th anniversary tour, it’s clear that every one of those minutes has indeed been measured in love.

The off-Broadway world premiere of RENT, a re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, took place on February 13, 1996. The hit show transferred to Broadway on April 29 of the same year and went on to captivate audiences worldwide. It even inspired a 2005 film adaptation of the same name, featuring much of the original Broadway cast and earning nearly $30 million domestically.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see Bianca Del Rio’s “Not Today Satan” at the Straz Center in Tampa

By : Jeremy Williams
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Bianca Del Rio, the alter ego of comic Roy Haylock and season six winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is a self-professed “clown in a gown.”

This hilariously hateful comic is known for her foul mouth and unapologetic humor, but her victims hardly have time to feel the sting before she zips on to the next topic, and now you and a guest have the chance to see it all live as Bianca Del Rio brings her eye of judgement to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa April 7 at 8:00 P.M. in her new global comedy tour, “Not Today Satan.”

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Watermark Holiday Giveaway: Win tickets to “A Drag Queen Christmas”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Deck the halls with belles in drag kween, FA-LA-LA-LA-LA-YA-AA-AA-AAAAAAASS!

Get ready for the contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race to perform live on stage this holiday season in A Drag Queen Christmas. Season 8’s winner Bob the Drag Queen (hosting at the Straz Center in Tampa Dec. 27) and fan favorite Thorgy Thor on the violin (hosting at Plaza Live in Orlando Dec. 28) will be joined by Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne, Trixie Mattel, Roxxxy Andrews, Tatianna, Milk and Pearl.

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Win tickets to see The Naked Magic Show in Tampa

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark is giving away a pair of tickets to see “Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show” at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa July 30.

To win, comment on this post and tell us what your favorite magic trick is.

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Organist Cameron Carpenter to meet with LGBT adolescents

By : Krista DiTucci
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On Feb. 27, world-renowned organist Cameron Carpenter will meet with members of Blake High School’s LGBT youth club Common Grounds for a lecture/demonstration at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Carpenter will be meeting with 25 student members of Common Grounds to discuss his music, career and the International Touring Organ. He will then entertain students with a brief performance of the touring organ. Carpenter’s appearance is in conjunction with his concert later in the evening at the Straz Center.

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Issue 21.23: Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center

By : Jake Stevens
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A peek behind the curtain: The Dr. Phillips Center brings Orlando’s arts into the 21st century with its grand opening this month, Inside: Our Annual Holiday Guide, MBA fires Orlando Pride director, suspends board, LGBT Welcome Center opens in St. Pete, Scott edges out Crist in governor’s race, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Jobsite’s ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’ mixes camp, comedy and music through Nov. 23

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Tampa – The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom have come to town, and they’ll be at the Straz Center until the end of November.

In honor of the nationwide tribute to famed playwright and camp-legend Charles Busch, Jobsite Theater and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts are putting on a production of a Busch favorite, and one of the longest running plays in off-Broadway history—Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, the story of two vampiresses, a virgin sacrifice, and her maker, who first meet in ancient Sodom and spark a rivalry that lasts for nearly 2,000 years.

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The Book of Mormon invades Florida, and brings legions of LGBT fans with it

By : Joseph Kissel
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In the spring of 2011, the world was re-introduced to a religion that was just over 100 years old. The vulgar, offensive”and hilarious”The Book of Mormon”went on to win nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

A year later, the original cast recording won a Grammy Award, a rarity these days in the world of Broadway. The musical is the brain child of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Robert Lopez, the mind behind Avenue Q. Now it’s touring the country and stops at the Bob Carr Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando through Nov. 8 and the Straz Center in Tampa Nov. 12-24.

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From stand-up act to actor, wherever Russell Brand goes, controversy is sure to follow

By : Kirk Hartlage
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You most likely know Russell Brand from his starring roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek, the recent remake of Arthur, and the film adaptation of the 80’s-set musical Rock of Ages. You probably also know him from his televised appearances hosting the 2008 and 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as a 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live. (If you’re from Brand’s UK homeland, you no doubt know him from his work on several Big Brother spin-off shows.)

You may even know Brand from his stand-up comedy act, which is frequently influenced by his prior drug use, alcoholism, and promiscuity. Or perhaps he’s familiar because of his consistent public support of the LGBT community as a straight ally. And, presumably, you know Brand as the likely inspiration behind several of ex-wife Katy Perry’s latest chart-topping hits.

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