Hard Rock partners with onePULSE Foundation for Taylor Dayne’s Velvet Sessions

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s Velvet Sessions lobby concert will not only feature Grammy-nominated singer Taylor Dayne—who is responsible for 80s hits “Tell It to My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love”—on March 29, but will also benefit onePULSE Foundation.

A dollar from every ticket sold, along with all proceeds raised by the event’s silent auction, will go to onePULSE Foundation as they work towards building a Pulse museum and memorial honoring the 49 angels lost at the Pulse tragedy.

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Watermark Giveaway: a pair of tickets for Taylor Dayne at Hard Rock Hotel

By : Meghan Sweeney
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Don’t miss your chance to see Taylor Dayne at the exciting Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, performing hits that include “Tell It To My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back,” “Prove Your Love” and more.

Before the show, sip on specialty cocktails, munch on fabulous finger foods and mingle with other Session’ers. It’s all included with your Velvet Sessions ticket!

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The Wonderful World of Wanzie: The Center Orlando is NOT 40 years old

By : Michael Wanzie
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SeaWorld Orlando is 156 years old this year! Universal Studios Florida is 96 years old this year!

Orlando’s LGBT+ Community Center—THE CENTER—is 40 years old this year!

All three of the above statements are patently false, albeit based on the same flawed logic.

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10 Must Boos

By : Scottie Campbell
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You have your costume picked out, your makeup perfect and all the right accessories, now what? You can’t just sit around the house all by yourself looking that good. Here are 10 Halloween events you can show off your new threads at.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Southern heads south and The Big Easy heads to Universal

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Southern Nights goes down

South that is. On January 24, co-owners to Southern Nights Orlando announced they would be opening a Southern Nights Fort Lauderdale.

Originally opening more than three decades ago as one of Central Florida’s favorite gar nightclubs, the location on Bumby Avenue has gone through many makeovers and name changes from Southern Nights to RBarr to the NEW Southern Nights then Revolution, eventually re-opening as RBarr, but didn’t sit too well with locals.

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OMG! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt films in Orlando

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Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtThe Netflix mega-hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has renewed for a second season, and there seems to be a surprise in the new season. Possible spoiler: a casting call was out for looking for extras for filming to take place at Universal Orlando Resort.

The casting call was looking for extras to appear in the theme park and specifically asked for coaster enthusiasts. The filming started and wrapped mid-January.

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Adam Lambert to take Universal Studios Orlando stage during Mardi Gras

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Adam Lambert is among the 14 acts announced by Universal Orlando Resort to perform during the theme park’s annual Mardi Gras celebration.

On select nights from Feb. 6 through April 16, Universal Studios will convert the theme park into the French Quarter complete with a Mardi Gras parade, performances and Cajun cuisine from the Big Easy.

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Overheard in Orlando: Fringe lottery, Stonewall bartenders and Universal’s Beetlejuice’s demise

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The Fringe Jackpot!:
The Fringe lottery is complete, and although the wait list is long, a lot of your favorite local Orlando LGBT performers are set to have their own shows. Although most artists don’t announce the actual name of the show until after the new year, Watermark was able to get the inside scoop for some. Yow Dance will return with a dance revue, Logan Donahoo will be performing another one man show that he promises to be semi-educational and of course entertaining. We have Michael Wanzie, who will be revisiting his very first Fringe show, a drama about two soldiers stuck in a foxhole, one gay and one straight. There will be a show about Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche. Comedian, Disney fan and Movies Out Loud host Jeff Jones is writing a comedy, this time not set in hell, but a sit-com style show about four Disney animatronics living together as roommates called Animatronicans; the show will feature the Polar Bear (from the now closed Maelstrom), Abe Lincoln (the Hall of Presidents), the Dreamfinder (Journey to Imagination) and John (Carousel of Progress).

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Watermark’s 2015 Halloween weekend round-up

By : Jamie Hyman
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Central Florida and Tampa Bay have a lot to offer for Halloween 2015 – including an extra hour of partying on Halloween night when we turn the clocks back for Daylight Savings.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best LGBT-friendly events all Halloween weekend long!

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Orlando Fringe breaks records again in 2013

By : Susan Clary
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The two-week nonstop theatrical event known as the 22nd Annual Orlando International Fringe Festival broke records again this year for number of tickets sold.

More than 31,000 tickets were printed during the 14-day cultural experience, held May 15-28 at Loch Haven Park. The event featured local, national and international theater, art and dance acts. There were 101 individual shows this year with encore performances, more than any previous year.

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Party promoter Johnny Chisholm returns to Orlando after an extended absence

By : Tom Dyer
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The first-almost impromptu-Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom took place 23 years ago. In that more innocent time, red shirts and public displays of affection felt boldly political.

Since then, Gay Days Weekend has grown into the largest annual LGBT event in the nation, drawing tens of thousands-as well as millions of dollars-to Central Florida. With no blueprint, and the addition and subtraction of multi-varied entrepreneurs and events, GDW has had more twists and turns than Space Mountain.

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