Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Nick Smith

By : Jeremy Williams
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AGE: 34

BORN IN: Honolulu, Hawaii

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/ him/ his

SIGN: Gemini

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Brandon Wolf

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AGE: 31

BORN IN: Portland, Oregon

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/ him/ his

SIGN: Leo

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Mary Kate Morrissey talks ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Wicked’ and queer representation

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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When self-described tomboy Mary Kate Morrissey walked into her audition for the musical adaptation of “Mean Girls,” begrudgingly wearing pink and a pair of heels, she wasn’t expecting to see Tina Fey.

Having dressed to mirror the production’s popular “plastic” lead Regina George, she also wasn’t expecting the comedy icon to insist she play the reclusive Janis Sarkisian on the show’s first national tour. “It was the craziest thing,” Morrissey says. “She’s a legend. I originally auditioned to replace Regina on Broadway and my agents told me, ‘Please, please, please go buy something pink and a pair of heels. If you wear your sneakers to this audition, it’s not going to be good. I was like, ‘Oh, fine,’ and I walk in and it’s Tina Fey. Right there.”

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Dancers Matthew Cunningham and Adam Boreland take on the Stepsisters in Orlando Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’

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Dancer Adam Boreland knew that he and fellow dancer Matthew Cunningham were going to play the Stepsisters in Orlando Ballet’s performance of “Cinderella” before they were even cast.

“I had a dream a week before they even asked us that I was going to play one of the Stepsisters along with Matt,” Boreland says, “and I went up to him the next day and told him about the dream, so when they told us we had the parts we were like let’s do this. By that point we were already discussing how we would approach the roles and I had worked my excitement up.”

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Ginger Minj and Daniel Franzese bring the Conners to life, kick off ‘TV Land LIVE’ season at Parliament House

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ABOVE: Ginger Minj and Daniel Franzese (L; pictured as Roseanne and Dan Conner) kick off the TV Land LIVE 2020 season (R) at the Parliament House Footlight Theater.

After last year’s hit “The Golden Gals LIVE,” Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre will be hosting “TV Land LIVE,” a series of shows in 2020 that are modeled after classic sitcoms 

The dynamic duo of Ginger Minj and Gidget Galore are bringing “hysterical, dragtastic, loving parodies” of five beloved sitcoms — “Rozeanne,” “Gilligan’z Island,” “Dezigning Women,” “Bee-Witched” and “The Munsterz” — to the stage along with resurrecting the one that started it all, “The Golden Gals LIVE.” 

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OUAC assessing future needs of those impacted by Pulse tragedy

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The Orlando United Assistance Center (OUAC), established in the immediate aftermath of the Pulse shooting to assist those directly impacted by the tragedy, announced Feb. 7 that it is seeking comment and feedback on its services from the immediate family members of those 49 individuals who lost their lives at Pulse, as well as survivors and first responders.

The research is being conducted by community volunteers Dr. Erica Fissel of the University of Central Florida and Zachary Murray, M.S., and is being carried out, according to OUAC in a press release, to find what areas the organization can best provide support, resources and hope for a community continuing to heal.

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Watermark Giveaway: A pair of tickets to see comedian Marc Maron at Hard Rock Live

By : Jeremy Williams
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From stand up and TV to podcasting and film, comedian Marc Maron has been telling it like it is and making us laugh for more than 30 years.

Maron is a frequent guest on the late night talk show circuit, has hosted numerous comedic and news shows on both radio and television, as well as hosts one of the country’s most popular podcasts — “WTF with Marc Maron.” He also stars in the Netflix series “GLOW” and had a minor role in one of the biggest critical and financial hit films of 2019, “Joker.”

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The Last Page: Steve Brown, CEO accesso Technology Group / co-owner The Glass Knife

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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This issue, we check in with Steve Brown, CEO of accesso Technology Group and co-owner of The Glass Knife in Winter Park. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

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02.05.20 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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It’s the beginning of February and that means it’s time for Hollywood’s biggest night and one of my favorite times of the year — it’s the Oscars!

I’ve written in this space before why I love The Academy Awards, so I won’t go into the 30-year love affair Oscar and I have had, but before the stars walk the red carpet Feb. 9, I wanted to take on the ceremony’s biggest award — Best Picture — and let you know how I would rank the nine nominees since that is how the voting members of The Academy do it.

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MCA’s ‘Straight Men – Real Makeup’ event is back benefiting onePULSE

By : Samantha Neely
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ORLANDO | Makeup and Creative Arts (MCA) will host their third annual “Straight Men – Real Makeup,” benefit to raise money for the onePULSE Foundation on Feb. 15.

MCA is a Central Florida studio that specializes in FX makeup, masks and props; and its event showcases straight men “stepping out of their comfort zones” and dressing in drag while performing routines for a live audience, all while raising money for a worthy cause. While this is the third “Straight Men – Real Makeup” benefiting onePulse, this is actually the fourth time MCA is holding this event.

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VIDEO: LGBTQ activist icon Cleve Jones visits The Center, calls on Central Florida to vote

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | LGBTQ activist icon Cleve Jones visited the LGBT+ Center in Orlando Jan. 29 for a meet & greet and book signing of his 2016 memoir “When We Rise,” but also took the opportunity to declare a call-to-action to the Central Florida LGBTQ community to get out the vote this election year.

“I’m 65, I’ve been politically conscious and aware since I was very young and I think nobody would argue with me that this is the most critical election in our lifetime,” Jones said to the crowd. “So much hangs in the balance for our country, and indeed for the entire world, as we look at the challenges facing the world today. We need an America that can lead with principal, be responsible and be a good ally and a good neighbor, and help us address the extraordinary challenges of climate change, income inequality and all of these other grave threats.”

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4th annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run announces early-bird registration

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ABOVE: Runners in the CommUNITY Rainbow Run in 2018. (Photo by Brian Becnal)

ORLANDO | The CommUNITY Rainbow Run isn’t until June 6 but that doesn’t mean you can’t save your place at the starting line now.

Registration for onePULSE Foundation’s fourth annual 4.9K opens Feb. 1 and will be in early bird sign-up until April 2. Registration in only $40 during that period with an increase to $49 starting April 3. Same day registration is $60.

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