#LoveHandlin: Family

By : Jerick Mediavilla
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Everywhere I’ve been in my life—every memory filled with laughter, companionship and solidarity—has been defined by family. From my own family in Puerto Rico, to the families that have cared for me in D.C., Mexico City and now Orlando, to the co-workers I spend so much time with; they have shown me the true magic that two or more people loving each other can create.

It is an insuperable feeling when in hard times, sickness or peril someone from your family circle comes to the rescue, calls you or even texts you. It is our innate response to always be available to others, especially those we have grown up with, shared a life-changing moment with, those we have decided to marry or those who are brought to this earth as our children. I am sure that as your read these lines, many people come to mind, along with flashbacks of those milestones that have defined your relationships to them.

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2016 Orlando Fringe Review: The Animatronicans

By : Rick Claggett
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The Animatronicans
Yellow venue, find showtimes

Hilarious! Stop reading this review and buy your tickets now before the shows sell out! I’ll wait.

The Animatronicans is the latest work from the brilliantly comedic mind of Jeff Jones, directed by multi-talented Michael Wanzie and star-studded with the talents of Doug Ba’aser, Jeff Jones, James Keaton, Janine Klein and Josh Siniscalco.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Tampa is tops

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Glenn Beck thinks St. Pete is just sinful
Glenn Beck, the conservative “Chicken Little” doomsdayer, has released a list of the 15 cities he finds to be the least religious in America, and our very own St. Petersburg made the list, coming in at number six. Beck ran down the list on his radio show and posted it up on his website Aug. 11, saying, “These are the cities to avoid like the plague. And if you look at that list, these are the cities that are already having trouble. We haven’t even hit the road bump.” Beck does not offer up the criteria of how he came up with the list. One can only assume it was some divine presence (Cheney can you hear me?). Still, not everyone saw being Beck-listed as a negative. After the list was released, St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted, “Woke up, sun shining, & @glennbeck lumping #StPete in w/ Portland-San Fran-Seattle-Denver-Phoenix as cities to avoid. An honor! #ThanksGlenn.”

A picture worth a thousand spaces
One of the things that can make living in the concrete jungle of a big city a bit dreary is the colorless sides of skyscrapers, high rises and parking garages, but the city of Tampa is looking to spruce things up by having the outside of the William F. Poe Parking Garage in downtown painted. The city has recruited the artistic skills of muralists Leon “Tes One” Bedore and Ales “Bask” Hostomsky to paint images along the outside of the garage. The images will be large enough so that travelers along Interstate 275 will be able to see them. The art project will begin this October and should take about eight weeks to complete. Hostomsky told the Tampa Bay Times that he and Bedore have known each other since they were teenagers and are still refining the details of the mural. The theme for the work is “Stay Curious” and will incorporate many of the cultural landmarks in the area. The mural will cost the city $100,000 and will come from the budget for public art.

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Screened Out – Jurassic World

By : Stephen Miller
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Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irfan Khan, Vincent D’Onfrio, B.D. Wong

RAAWRR!

Many of us remember how visually stunning – and how LOUD – the first Jurassic film was.

The next two films devolved into lesser, dumber animals, and now Jurassic World hopes to breathe new life into the franchise. This flick is serviceable but convoluted, built on the DNA of the original – marked by cloying teenagers and bits of subversive humor. It may not absolutely devour us like Spielberg’s beast 22 years ago, but parts of this – especially the over-the-top ending – sure are fun!

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Eye in the sky: I-Drive 360 is opened and ready for Gay Days

By : Kirk Hartlage
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This Gay Days Weekend the biggest, newest attraction isn’t in any of the theme parks. The Orlando Eye, a 400-foot tall observation wheel, opened just last month as the centerpiece of I-Drive 360, a new dining and entertainment destination on International Drive.

Standing 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, The Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the U.S. East Coast. Visitors start their journey with a 5 minute pre-flight film experience featuring a 3D movie of iconic Central Florida landmarks accompanied by spectacular in-theater effects including fireworks, wind, scents and lighting.

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The Wonderful World of Wanzie: WAVEs of My Own

By : Michael Wanzie
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All this recent talk of WAVE Awards has had me thinking. First of all, you can’t really say “WAVE Awards” because the “A” in the word WAVE stands for “Award(s).” So when you say “WAVE Awards,” what you are actually saying is, “Watermark’s Awards For Variety and Excellence Awards.” That’s one “Awards” too many.

To take it one step further if you say “Watermark’s WAVE Awards,” what you’re actually saying is Watermark’s Watermark’s Awards for Variety and Excellence Awards.”

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