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VFW Post 8232 presents Dionne Warwick with special guest Myles Savage’s Motown Party Tour

Public On-Sale: 12 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Show times: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $39.50
Walt Disney Theater

Dionne Warwick, one of the most successful female singer-songwriters of all time, will make this a Valentine’s Day to remember. Famous for hit songs such as Walk on By, Do You Know the Way to San Jose?, I Say a Little Prayer for You and Alfie, Warwick’s winning partnership with Burt Bacharach and Hal David helped her become one of the world’s greatest hit-makers.

Only the true greats get to contemplate precisely how to celebrate 50 years in the music business. Dionne Warwick thought long and hard about how she should mark the five decades since her debut single, Don’t Make Over in 1962. That song – written especially for her by the songwriting team of Bacharach and David – became a Top 40 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100, sparking an incredible run of success that has seen her chart over 50 U.S. singles, win five Grammys® and sell one hundred million records.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8232. Commenting on the engagement. Ms Warwick said, “It will be an honor to perform at such an auspicious benefit, especially one that raises so much money for the veterans, on Valentine’s Day.”

Avenue Q’s director brings puppetry experience to show’s run at Mad Cow

By : Jamie Hyman
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Avenue Q has three defining characteristics: a mix of actors and puppets, the raunchy mischief those puppets deliver, and the shock value of seeing fuzzy puppet friends in some very adult situations. That means puppetry – which is harder than it looks – is key to Avenue Q‘s success. When Mad Cow Theatre executive director Mitzi Maxwell hired Orlando director Juan Cantu to direct the show, she hired a director with past experience working with puppets at Disney World. Cantu, knowing how key puppetry is to Avenue Q, brought in even more experience: Michael Ziegfeld, a comedian and puppeteer who has worked with Jim Henson. Together, they trained the cast, which Cantu says he chose based on their singing and dancing skills, because he says it’s easier to teach actors puppetry than to teach puppeteers how to sing and dance and act.

Despite the emphasis on puppetry, Cantu tells Watermark that Avenue Q is a very human story which he hopes will start a conversation among those who see it.

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Photographer discovers vintage photo album of same-sex couples

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Same-sex couples may seem like a new thing to some, but vintage pictures discovered by a Parisian photographer shows that same-sex expression has been around for decades — even during a time where it was extremely taboo.

Sebastien Lifshitz, who collects anonymous albums with vintage photos from flea markets all around the world, discovered a collection of photographs in France depicting same-sex couples freely expressing their love and affection for each other.

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After decades as a “rock ‘n’ roll guy,” Jami Gee re-launches her musical career as a woman

By : Michelle Rinaca
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Sarasota – When you meet Jami Gee it isn’t hard to pick her out of the crowd. Wearing a short pink mini skirt you can’t help but notice her long legs and high heels. She embodies femininity. She nervously bites her polished lips while thinking, and when she talks about men she leans in close, like a teenage girl about to share some juicy gossip.

This is only surprising because up until recently, she was known as Jimi.

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