Finding Neverland

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Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

The Thursday, June 1, performance will be sign language interpreted.

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Watermark’s LGBTQ Community Survey

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We would like to invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBT perspective.

There’s power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.

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Pope Francis to visit Colombia

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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CARTAGENA, Colombia — The Vatican on March 10 announced that Pope Francis will travel to Colombia in September.

Francis is scheduled to arrive in the Colombian capital of Bogotá on Sept. 6. He is expected to visit the cities of Villavincencio, Medellín and Cartagena before returning to Rome on Sept. 11.

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Activist threatened for challenging Trinidad and Tobago sodomy law

By : Rachael Espinet of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — A Caribbean LGBT activist has received almost 50 death threats following his lawsuit against the attorney general of Trinidad and Tobago to remove the country’s anti-gay sodomy laws.

Trinidad and Tobago is among the 74 countries around the world that has discriminatory laws against same-sex consensual adults. Jason Jones, who has been an activist in both Trinidad and Tobago and the U.K. for 28 years, filed a claim against the state on February 23 contesting Sections 13 and 16 of the country’s Sexual Offenses Act (SOA) that criminalizes sodomy between consensual adults and serious indecency, which is defined as a sexual act outside of intercourse involving genitals.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Dr. Phillips Center presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Public On-Sale: 10 a.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: Monday, February 27, 2017
Show times: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $45.00
Walt Disney Theater

When the world’s most popular modern dance company comes to the Dr. Phillips Center, it’s sure to be an even that will inspire. See the season’s hottest new works by today’s most in-demand choreographers, plus returning repertory favorites, including the beloved Revelations, which continues to move audiences around the world with its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring music.

Ocean Wild: The Lights Beneath the Seas

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Dive deep into the world’s oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers. Watch as Brian Skerry’s images illuminate the vast, hidden world beneath the waves.

Brian has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater using his camera to tell the story of some of the ocean’s most elusive inhabitants. His mission: to enlighten and inspire people to care about the beauty, bounty, and health of the world’s oceans.

Join him live on stage for an intimate look at dolphins’ intelligence, hang out with the enigmatic manatee, and explore the ocean in search of the first photos of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the wild.

Our 2016-2017 National Geographic Live! season tickets are on sale now. Call 813.229.7827.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Combining wit, keen insights and an encyclopedic handle on what humans know about the universe, award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson re-invigorated the public’s scientific curiosity when he took over where Carl Sagan left off in Cosmos, the hit television mini-series exploring the mysteries of space and the contributions of astrophysicists to the world as we know it. The only human in history to be both a New York Times bestselling author and People magazine’s “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive,” Tyson’s massive appeal as a teacher and intellectual leads to sold-out lectures around the world.

Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough Tour

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One of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years, Lindsey Stirling makes her Ruth Eckerd Hall debut this November! A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, Arizona, Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over 7.8 million YouTube subscribers, over 1 billion views on her YouTube channel, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide. She’s created a new music world where the romance of Celtic folk music and modern classical meet the infectious energy of dance and electronica. On stage, Stirling moves with the grace of a ballerina but works the crowd into a frenzy, “dropping the beat” like a rave fairy.

Alessia Cara with Special Guests Ruth B and Nathan Sykes

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Canadian YouTube sensation and Pop-R&B singer and songwriter Alessia Cara makes her way to Clearwater for her Ruth Eckerd Hall debut Thu, Oct 27! Known for her hit single “Here” and huge YouTube following, Alessia is a new breed of pop star seizing hold of the world’s airwaves and online—more accurately, a conscious-pop star who’s set to subversively top charts and sway hearts and minds. Alessia signed to Def Jam Recordings in 2015 and has been on tour supporting huge acts such as Coldplay, Taylor Swift, and Tori Kelly as well as headlining shows and playing Hangout Fest, Coachella, and other big festivals ever since! Alessia has cause to be confident. But she’s still the bashful, small-town girl even in the big city. Equal parts fresh face, old soul, newcomer, and lifer, she’s going, quickly. Now it’s up to the rest of the world to catch up and catch on. Don’t miss Alessia Cara only at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

Pokemon Extravaganza!

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The craze that’s taken over the world is coming to the world famous Parliament House! Activate your teams and capture our Pokestops. Battle in our Gym!

Or if you know nothing about this phenomenon, come learn or just sit back and laugh. 🙂

Footlight Players at 10p and 12a. DJ Brianna spins til 3am.

Non-binary student comes out in emotional address to Obama

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London (AP) – A student who came out as “non-binary” in an emotional address to Barack Obama about transgender issues is being praised by the president for her bravery.

Maria Munir, a 20-year-old student at the University of York in northern England, stood up at a town hall meeting with Obama in London on Saturday and said she was about to “do something terrifying, which is I’m coming out to you as a non-binary person.”

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The Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre broadens its horizons and goes back to high school with the musical “Zanna Don’t!”

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If you were unhappy with your high school situation growing up, then have no fear. Tim Evanicki, the new artistic director for the Footlight Theatre at the world famous Parliament House, wants to give you a new, happier experience with the show Zanna Don’t! A Musical Fairy Tale playing Fridays and Saturdays at the Footlight Theatre from April 15-30.

“See, most people think this is going to be a show on Xanadu but it’s not,” Evanicki says. “I think the original concept was to have everyone on roller skates in New York, but that didn’t go so well.”

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