Una Voce celebrate their 15th season with a Quinceañera

By : Jeremy Williams
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TAMPA BAY – It has been a busy year for Una Voce as they celebrated and performed in their 15th season as a gay men’s chorus in Tampa Bay.

They have entertained in concerts from The Palladium to USF’s School of Music to The Space at 2106; they have kicked off Pride Night for both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Rowdies with patriotic renditions of the National Anthem; and they took the stage at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts with the national It Gets Better tour performing an inspiring tribute to the LGBTQ youth of Tampa Bay.

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12.1.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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We have a lot to live up to. Thirty-five years ago, a snowball of desperation mixed with activism – with more than a dash of medical data and personal tragedy – drove the LGBTQ community down the mythic mountain of seemingly inevitable, plague-like demise; in 1988, the first World AIDS Day was held. This week, we still memorialize the disease which has taken so many of our friends and our family.

After decades of a growing sexual revolution, of which the gay community was at least a tangential part, the “gay cancer,” or “GRID,” or “HIV/AIDS” rose out of the headlines, into our faces, and, eventually permeated our culture and the bodies that populate it. Did we sit down and shut up? No. We marched in streets, arms locked, and shut down businesses, trying to learn what even doctors didn’t yet know: How to Survive a Plague. The book of that name by David France – which follows in the wake of the award-winning documentary and was just released in hardcover – dives even deeper into the unthinkable depths of what would come to define a generation of driven LGBTQ individuals.

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Una Voce kicks off 15th season with “We Three Queens” holiday performance

By : Krista Di Tucci
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Join the men of Una Voce on Dec. 9 and 11 for their whimsical 15th season holiday performance, “We Three Queens.”

The show is a silly twist on the traditional Three Kings/Wise Men of Christmas. But instead of following the Star of David, the three “queens” – Goldie, Frankie and Murray – follow their own star, Beyonce.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Kriseman at Mary’s, HRC on St. Pete and Chick-fil-A in politics

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Mary’s Grand Opening

While the new Hamburger Mary’s at Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg has been opened for a few weeks now, they made the entire thing official with a grand opening ceremony Oct. 13.

A huge crowd gathered in the kitschy, fun restaurant known for big juicy burgers and even juicer drag queens as St. Pete mayor and super politician Rick Kriseman, along with family in tow, cut the ribbon. Mayor Kriseman wasn’t the only local celeb there. The event was also attended by former Republican governor (and future Democratic Congressman?) Charlie Crist, Tampa Bay gay royalty Mark & Carrie and Mary herself as they all let their hair down and celebrated the newest location.

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Una Voce to Raise Their Voices at the 2016 GALA Festival

By : Krista DiTucci
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After a stellar performance at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Pride Night game on June 17, Una Voce: The Florida Men’s Chorale is gearing up for two concerts at the 2016 GALA Festival, July 2-6, in Denver. The GALA Festival, the largest gathering of same-sex choruses in the world, convenes every four years.

Una Voce will perform “I Am Harvey Milk,” words and music by Andrew Lippa, on the evening of July 3. The chorale debuted the Florida premiere last year in Tampa and St. Pete. “I Am Harvey Milk” combines Harvey Milk’s life story with the richness of San Francisco culture.

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Una Voce Spring Concert~ Love Hope Passion

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A portion of procceds of Tickets purchased using the discount code METRO will be donated to LGBT Programing at Metro Wellness & Communty Centers. Tickets are available in person at Metro Community Center Tampa for this performance.

-Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins and the men of Una Voce will perform Kris Anthony’s work – When We No Longer Touch – a large scale dramatic work for soprano, baritone, men’s chorus and chamber orchestra ensemble with professional dancers choreographed by the acclaimed Elizabeth Bergmann, former head of the Harvard University School of Dance. This work takes us on the dramatic journey of the process of losing a loved one with incredible lyrics and powerful music. The second act of the concerts brings us “Seize the Day” from the Broadway musical “Newsies”, a new song medley of original song, “I Love You” with the very popular “What A Wonderful World” and the incredible moving work, “Testimony” written by the wonderful Broadway composer, Stephen Schwartz. “Testimony” was commissioned and first sung by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Dr. Timothy Seeling, Artistic Director, in response to the “It Get’s Better” project. Click the link Above For Concert Ticket Options

Radio Days Meets Garrison Keillor at Una Voce’s “The Fairy Home Companions”

By : Krista DiTucci
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Entertainment fans can experience live radio show entertainment and comic relief this holiday season at Una Voce’s “The Fairy Home Companions: A Comedic Satire,” on Dec. 11 and Dec. 13.

Joseph Caulkins, Una Voce’s artistic director, says he grew up in the Midwest listening to Garrison Keillor’s live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion. He thought it would be a fun idea to turn the show into a parody and “make it a little more gay and exciting.”

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Issue 22.10: Fringe Fried

By : Jake Stevens
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Fringe Fried! Our tour guides lead us to the gayest shows at this year’s Orlando Fringe Festival, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor eyes retirement, Joe Saunders considers another political run, ‘Amazon Eve’ preps for Spooky Empire, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Kathryn Nevets came in like a ‘Wrecking Ball!’

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Ducks spotted in Cleveland
It’s always hot at St. Pete Pride, and Hot in Cleveland is a big hit. So it makes sense that St. Pete Pride sent it’s Ducks softball team to Cleveland this month to participate in the Gay Games. The team, which also participates in the Suncoast Softball League and will also travel to the World Series in Dallas this September. As of press time, the Ducks were doing well, having won their first two games in the week-long tournament. Before the seriousness of the Gay Games began, the team had a chance to tour the city, take some amazing photos of the skyline and then participate in the opening ceremonies, which included a special recorded welcome video by President Barack Obama.

Chefs and bears
Speaking of softball and the Gay World Series, the Suncoast Softball League’s Metrochefs team will be raising money at this month’s Neigh-bear-hood takeover at The Social on Saturday, Aug. 16. The second-place D-division team earned the right to attend the September tournament in Dallas and is hoping to raise the money to foot the bill for travel and hotels. Plans to raise money include selling special shots and drinks and rumor has it one or more of the Chefs will do a strip tease! The more money that’s raised, the more articles of clothing that will hit the floor. The fundraising starts at 9 p.m. on Aug. 16 and continues through the night at the popular Ybor party. Entry to the party is free before 11 p.m. and the monthly party of bear men and their admirers is for the guys only—sorry ladies.

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