British LGBTQ film event #FiveFilms4Freedom comes to The Abbey Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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The British Council and the British Film Institute have teamed up for the third year to bring the world’s first global digital short-film program, #FiveFilms4Freedom, to audiences, and they are bringing it to The Abbey in Orlando tonight, Nov. 9, starting at 6:00 p.m.

The program is a collection of both dramatic and documentary short films that tell the LGBTQ experience.

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Wanzie’s 2008 Fringe hit “When Pigs Fly!” screening to raise funds for sick family member

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Michael Wanzie will be screening his 2008 Orlando Fringe hit When Pigs Fly! at The Abbey Sept. 18 to help raise funds for his nephew, whose daughter is battling leukemia.

Devin Miko, who is 11 years old, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia last May.

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The Dru Project officially launches at The Abbey

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Dru Project got its official launch at The Abbey June 11 among friends, family and supporters of Drew Leinonen, one of the 49 people killed at the Pulse tragedy last year.

The Abbey was packed with media and activist as some of the founders of The Dru Project, including Drew’s mother Christine Leinonen and his best friend Brandon Wolf, spoke to the crowd.

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The Cheaters rock out at The Abbey

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tampa Bay’s all-girl band The Cheaters brought their rocking, kickass concert back to The Abbey in Orlando June 2 for Gay Days weekend.

The talented cover band played some of the biggest pop and rock hits while their fans cheered and sang along.

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Watermark Giveaway: Movies Out Loud – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

By : Jeremy Williams
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We are giving away tickets to attend Movies Out Loud, presented by Orlando Fringe and Watermark, at The Abbey Oct. 12.

Come watch as Logan Donahoo and Michael Marinaccio take on the 1985 gay subtext-filled, cult-classic A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Prepare yourself as Freddy Kruger spends 90 minutes trying  to enter a young man’s body.

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“Angels at the Abbey” event tonight memorializes three months since Pulse tragedy

By : Billy Manes
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Everything’s a little glum around Orlando today, and there’s a reason for that. It’s been three months since a shooter took 49 lives at Pulse Orlando and harmed 53 others. As a sort of grieving mile marker, the Abbey in Thornton Park is holding an event that promises to lift spirits and, likely, draw tears.

Pulse owner Barbara Poma is expected to be there, as is the Orlando Gay Chorus. Evin (“Angels: A Song to Orlando”) will perform followed by Brandon Parsons (“49 Times”). Information about the Angels at the Abbey fundraiser for Pulse of Orlando can be found below.

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Movies Out Loud huge hit with “Showgirls” at The Abbey

By : Jeremy Williams
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Movies Out Loud’s revival was a huge success with more than 100 tickets sold for The Abbey premiere of Showgirls.

Jeff Jones and Miss Sammy lampooned the film, which is the highest grossing NC-17 movie in cinema history and is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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A re-imagined ‘Cabaret’ stars the acting and choreography talents of Blue Star and turns the venue into the Kit Kat Klub

By : Dylan Drobet
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Orlando – The Abbey is saying ‘Willkommen’ to Cabaret on Jan. 29.

Director Kenny Howard is thrilled to bring his unique rendition of the smash-hit musical to The Abbey and has handpicked a local and star-studded cast that he is sure will leave audiences singing “It Couldn’t Please Me More.”

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Equality Florida 2014 Greater Orlando Gala

By : Jake Stevens
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Equality Florida’s 2014 Greater Orlando Gala raised more than $200,000 for the organization on Nov. 14. The event, held at The Mezz in downtown Orlando, boasted a sold-out crowd – nearly 400 guests.

EQFL honored their 2014 Voice for Equality honorees Dr. Kathryn Norsworthy, Ted Maines and Jeff Miller.

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The Ladies of Eola Heights put on their high heels at The Abbey

By : Veronica Brezina
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Orlando – Ten years after it was originally staged at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House, Michael Wanzie’s The Ladies of Eola Heights gets a chance to show it’s dysfunction and madness at The Abbey.

Director Kenny Howardis the new artistic director at The Abbey and this will be his first production in that position. But it’s not the first time Howard has worked with Wanzie. He directed this very show before and brings popular local actors Peg O’Keef (“Opal”), Beth Marshall (“Pearl”) and Blue Starr (“Ruby”) alongside original cast member Sam “Miss Sammy” Singhaus (“June/Jackson”) in this story of sisterhood, which runs July 10-28.

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State Rep. Joe Saunders to kick-off campaign for second term

By : Susan Clary
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State Rep. Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) is the first one to admit that Tallahassee is a difficult place for Democrats. With Republicans running the Legislature and the Governor ready with his veto pen, there isn’t much a progressive can do.

But Saunders, one of the first openly gay state legislators, isn’t about to give up.

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An Evening with John Waters

By : Mark Cady
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Legendary film director John Waters presented his one-man standup show “This Filthy World” to open Come Out With Pride’s “Out in the Open Film Festival.” Waters had dinner with friends, took some time out to read Watermark, and performed at The Abbey Oct. 1.

Photos by Mark Cady.