Dave Chappelle slammed for joking about Kevin Spacey allegations

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Dave Chappelle has come under fire for joking about Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct allegations in his new Netflix comedy special “The Bird Revelation.”

“Wow, I mean it is really bad out here. Kevin Spacey’s out here, grabbing men by the pussy. I didn’t even know that was possible,” Chappelle says.

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Masterwork at TiFf

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A painter struggles with her identity and ability to express herself as years pass and she becomes a wife and mother. Masterwork by Karissa Barber follows the artist from her Bohemian studio apartment to white picket fence. Is it possible to regain something she sacrificed for the life she chose?

 

Tampa International Fringe Festival May 11-14th, 2017  will be the world premiere of Masterwork and audiences can expect a riveting argument, playful dialogue, charming romance, and a little tragedy; the broad range of theatre in this two-person 60 minute production.

 

Karissa Barber is an Orlando and Tampa award-winning actress writing and producing her first play, Masterwork for the Tampa International Fringe Festival. Thirteen years married to her college sweetheart and four kids later, this Lakelander has sought to capture the familiar struggle of balancing passion with personal life through this original piece.

 

Winning Theatre Tampa Bay‘s award for “Outstanding Featured Actress” in October, Barber is elated to return to the Tampa theatre scene with this poignant, raw, honest piece. Joining Barber in this two person show is Lakeland-based morning radio show host, Christopher Roden playing the painter’s husband.

 

Masterwork features artwork from painter Michael J. Citak and original music from Benjamin Arnold with lyrics by Jeffrey Peacock. Directed by newcomer Drew Arnold and stage management by Gail Vann. Technical direction by Dutch Salaz and costume design by Chrissy Plunkett.

 

Masterwork plays at the Silver Meteor Gallery on:

Thursday, May 11th at 9:10 pm

Saturday, May 13 at 5:05 pm

Sunday, May 14 at 3:50 pm

 

Silver Meteor Gallery is located at: 2213 E 6th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Tickets are $11 and can be ordered in advance at http://tampafringe.org/tiff/masterwork/

 

To learn more about Karissa Barber visit  www.karissabarber.com or follow her on Instagram @theactingmom. To contact Barber email karissaannbarber@gmail.com.

Planned Parenthood Gala

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Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Planned Parenthood.

Donny & Marie Christmas

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America’s favorite brother and sister duo Donny & Marie will bring holiday cheer to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, December 6! With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing Holiday classics along with their chart-toppers like Puppy Love, Paper Roses and A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll. Add in sibling humor, their supreme Las Vegas band and dancers, along with high-energy style and dance numbers and this is one production that is total entertainment for the young and young at heart.

Donny & Marie have collectively recorded 142 albums, selling over 100 million copies with 51 Gold and Platinum recordings. They have starred in their own television series, specials, documentaries and numerous programs throughout the world. Collectively and individually, they have sold out venues worldwide, breaking box office records and received countless awards.

ZZ Top

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That Little ol’ Band from Texas” is at it again. More than 46 years after their formation in the Houston area, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top are hitting the road between mid-March and early May of next year. The Hell Raisers Tour will bring the trio to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, April 29 at 8 pm. This will be their first show since their sold-out concert in 2013.

Raising Cain: Abstract painter Del Cain and the art of the second act

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A “fixer-upper,” Orlando artist Del Cain called it when we arranged to meet. His house, which is effectively an artist’s studio, rests on the Lee Road outskirts of Orlando, where the weeds grow high and ambition barely shines through. Hank’s is around the corner; urbanity a ways up the road.

But none of that contextualization does justice to Cain’s work, his palate, his creative bursts as played out on giant canvases. There’s a lot of beauty here. To be clear, Cain says he’s only been experimenting – evolving, even – into a gentleman who throws paint in the style of Jackson Pollock (his reference, not ours). As a 73-year-old gay former medical librarian, Cain seems well-suited to the freedoms of abstract expressionism. Walking into his home mid-afternoon, the chaos of the artist is immediately apparent: There are giant canvases too big for their living room; there are friends gathered; a bottle of wine has been uncorked (Thanks, Del); colors come to life in swirls surrounding faces or the imprints of minds caught in flashing moments.

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Film Submissions Open for This Year

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Every year much of our favorite work comes from submissions. I sincerely hope you will submit your film to the festival committee and mark your calendar to attend this year’s Film Festival, September 30th – October 8th.

As in years past, TIGLFF is using the services of withoutabox.com for film submissions and this year we are also using Film Freeway. Theses sites will have all the details you need to submit a movie for consideration.

We look forward to seeing our CommUNITY’s creativity.

The Weepies

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The Weepies make their way to Clearwater, FL for their debut at the all-new Murray Theatre! Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release music, with five records over seven years. Coming back from the edge sharpened their skills and focus. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, their 2015 album, SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers.

Impact

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Meet other + guys in Tampa Bay. Talk about sex, relationships, health updates and more in a private setting.

Help Break the Stigma in Tampa Bay!

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV for years, everyone 18 and over are welcome.

Gift Cards – Snacks and Beverages – Specialty Condoms and Lube

No death penalty sentence for horrific murder

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Tampa mother Pamela Williams can’t pay respects at her son’s grave because he doesn’t have one.

“I have the city dump, my son ground up like hamburger meat in the dirt, so I hope you’re satisfied, because I hope you rot in hell.”

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Gender Non-Conforming Group

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A group for trans and non-binary identifying individuals to meet and socialize. This group is open to all gender identities and is for anyone 18 years and older.

Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives

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If you were to give country music an address, you might say it’s at the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from blues and folk, and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. And on a deeper emotional and spiritual level, it resides where Saturday night meets Sunday morning!

No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For more than forty years, the five-time Grammy®-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Nov. 20, and are available online beginning at 10 a.m., and by phone and in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales office beginning at 12 p.m.