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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Monday Movie Review

WANZIE:
With a cast featuring at least a dozen Hollywood A-listers that

could have been plucked directly from the most recent red carpet event, this Sin City prequel is truly something to behold. Never have I been witness to such a relentless stream of violence and murder presented in such a fabulously stylized way; a style that truly captures the essence of the graphic novel, and boldly splashes it across the screen with whimsical artistry without becoming a total comic book. This Sin City dwells in a dreamlike ether somewhere between the realm of cartoon and stark reality. The end result is stunning. If you love a good steady stream of horrifically vile acts being perpetrated by humans on humans, then this film is sure to satisfy. Even if you don’t usually care for films that serve up a never ending buffet of maiming and killing, but think you could manage to make your way through a veritable homicidal smorgasbord for the sake of experiencing visual artistry on the screen, then please make the brave choice to do so. Superb art direction, editing, screen writing, acting, special effects, sound, make-up, and fabulous costuming all combine to make this mostly black & white send-up of the film noir detective genre an unsettling cinematic feast.
4 PINK TRIANGLES

DOUG:
Did not see this film.

Wanzie & Blue And Friends Public Ice Bucket Dowse

Wanzie challenged a few friends to participate in a public Ice Bucket Challenge event wherein the participants will stand side by side beneath the pool stage at the Parliament House, while a team of eye candy standing above them on the stage will simultaneously dump five gallon buckets full of ice water on their heads.

Those who accepted the challenge, and who will be getting dowsed at PH on this coming Saturday at 5 PM, include:

Blue Star     Kenny Howard
George Wallace
Chris Yakubchic      Michael Marinaccio     Wanzie

A challenge also went out to the general public to make a donation to The ALS Association through this group dowse, stating the event would only take place if friends and fans and foes of the above individuals pledged a minimum of one thousand dollars. As of this writing,, nearly $1,500 had been pledged.

Won’t you join the effort? Many pledges have been for just a few bucks, but they all add up. You can find the post on Wanzie’s facebook page and simply make your pledge by way of a comment to the post, or you may simply email Wanzie to inform him of your pledge, and he will post it on his site. Once you have made the pledge, please make good on it in one of the following ways:

You may write a check payable to
The ALS Association and -

1.    Hand your check to any participant listed above

2.    Drop your check off at The Parliament House Front Desk: Ask to have it placed in Wanzie’s In-Folder no later than Sunday

3.    Mail your check made payable to The ALS Foundation to:

Michael Wanzie
6714 Nina Rosa Drive
Orlando, FL  32819

Or you may bring your pledge in the form of cash, check, or credit card (cc option only available day of challenge) to the event:

WANZIE & BLUE AND FRIENDS
ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
GROUP DOWSING

Saturday, August 30, 2014
5 PM

POOLSIDE AT THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 23805

Email your pledge to WANZIE right now, please: WanzieMichael@gamil.com

Rebecca Fisher & Michael Moritz Bring New York Show To Orlando:

From New York’s
Metropolitan Room

To Orlando’s
The Abbey

Our home town gal pal
Rebecca Fisher
is back

Returning to Orlando between touring shows with an added touch of New York sass and sophistication, along with Broadway musician, musical director & accompanist,

Michael Moritz

 

These two gifted performers are treating Orlando to a
one-night-only performance of the cabaret act they premiered last year at Manhattan’s famed Metropolitan Room

Rebecca Fisher performs with a New York edge, and lot’s of new material the Orlando audience has not yet had the pleasure of hearing this gifted singer/story teller interpret as only she can.

You Won’t Want To Miss It!

Reserve your ticket now:

Click Here for Tickets

Plan to enjoy the entire Summer/Fall

Monday Night Cabaret Series

 at The Abbey:

A Parliament House Labor Day Weekend Tradition

Picture(s) Of The Week

Happy August

On Sale In Our Box Office

MISS GAY ORLANDO 2014
NOW ON SALE

Select Your Exact Seat Before You Go!

Select – A- Seat Now

Coming in September

A One-Man Multimedia Safari Into The Gay Community! – Loud, irreverent, and hilarious, Logan Donahoo lovingly guides you through this off-kilter world of slang, history, drag queens, bears and MORE! Like stealing hot-pink fire from Mt. Olympus, you too can now learn the answers to all those questions about the queer culture that you were too afraid to ask. – DO NOT MISS IT!

Select – A- Seat Now

The Orlando PRIDE Edition Of

The Biggest Little Pageant Ever!

NOW ON SALE

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We've Got Mail

Wanzie,
I hope this does not come across as an inappropriate request, but I am trying so hard to raise funds for my close friend, Brenda, who is fighting a relapse of blood cancer, and all I am asking is that you share this site I set up for her with your subscriber friends. You are well known and respected, and quite frankly, I am not a seasoned fundraiser! Won't you please consider sharing this? I thank you so much for any consideration!
Mindy Raymond

Dear Mindy,
While not wanting to set a precedent for the WANZeGRAM to become an adjunct to the various fundraising web sites out there, I am going to post this one last request of this sort for this quarter because I read about your friend, and the part that really struck me is that aside from battling Leukemia, Brenda is being displaced from the home she rents from her estranged husband who refuses to renew the lease so he can raise the rent, thus effectively displacing a child and her mother. I have a very close relative whose life was turned inside out and was rendered homeless due to the selfishness of a similar sorry-ass excuse of a man, while she was battling significant health issues. So I truly empathize.

I am happy to share the link to Brenda’s story and your fundraising efforts on her behalf.

You’re a good friend.
Wanzie

READ BRENDA”S STORY – CONSIDER SKIPPING ONE COCKTAIL THIS WEEK, AND PERHAPS HELPING OUT TO WHAT EVER EXTENT YOU ARE ABLE

Click Here to Donate

PLEASE WRITE!
Email your submission to wanziemichael@gmail.com

Short Takes

“My philosophy is to do the best you can for somebody. Help. It’s not just what you do for yourself. It’s how you treat people decently. The Golden Rule. There isn’t anything better than the Golden Rule.”
Art Linkletter

 

“I was pleased to find the above quote form Art Linkletter. I have long maintained that my church is Planet Earth, and my religion is The Golden Rule. It’s just that simple”
- Wanzie

My Two Cents

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?
By all means, share it with your subscriber friends right here in your WANZeGRAM. Submit your 350-words-or-less opinion piece, rant, rave, or observations to Email your submission to wanziemichael@gmail.com

Now Playing

Saturday, August 30
WANZIE AND BLUE & FRIENDS ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE GROUP DOWSE
Poolside at The Parliament House
Free Event 5 PM

Through September 7

Orlando Science Center
Adults $19/Students & Seniors $17/3 to 11 - $13/2 & under FREE
osc.org

Through September 7
THE HISTORY BOYS
Mad Cow

$26.25 - $33.75
Buy Tickets

Through September 21
THE LETTERS
Mad Cow

$33.75
Buy Tickets

GARAGE SALEInside Sale run by WANZIE
Wanzie will be running a Garage Sale for and with Subscriber Friend, Kathy DiGangi, in an old house she is renovating in the College Park area. The sale will include household items and brick-a-brack, lot’s of old style TV’s, video players, small kitchen appliances, miscellaneous mirrors and framed pictures, glass ware, barware, and odd wooden stools. Of special interest are:

Decades of
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZNES
In excellent condition, and organized in dated keepsake holders that look like books

REGULATION SIZE POOL TABLE
Beautiful 9 foot Oak Table with regulation slate playing surface with rose-colored felt finish
Beautifully carved, ornate wooden legs, and housing
Old style pockets with nets
Pool Sticks   Billiard Balls
Floor Stand for Pool Sticks   Rack & Accessories

Brand New – Never Opened
AUDIO CONVERTER
Converts Your Old Cassette Tapes to MP3 files

Beautiful high-end
REEL TO REEL TAPE PLAYER

DVD Player    Microwave   IBM Typewriter   Food Processor

ANTIQUE SIDE BOARD WITH MARBLE TOP

ANTIQUE KITCHEN HUTCH

VINTAGE BROWNIE CAMERA

35 Millimeter Camera

Books of every kind

Hard Bound World Book Encyclopedia

Vintage Purses

And a great deal of miscellaneous crap!

Outdoor Café

Ice Cold Drinks – Hot Dogs – Chips
Available for purchase

Quietly say the code word ”WANZeGRAM” to either Wanzie or Kathy, and you will score a

COMPLIMENTARY ICE COLD BEER

Earliest arrivals may be lucky enough to get a refreshing complimentary Bloody Mary while limited supplies last

KATHY & WANZIE’S GREAT BIG INDOOR

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

9 AM – 2 PM

727 West Princeton
Just fifty yards west of Edgewater Drive
Directly behind the new Orange Cycle Building

NOTE: The house is situated on the section of Princeton that is One Way

Coming from I-4 Princeton Exit:

If you are proceeding west on Princeton after exiting I–4, Princeton becomes Smith Street once you cross over Edgewater Drive. You would then turn left on Westmoreland, and left again back onto Princeton headed back toward Edgewater. The house is on the left just prior to Edgewater – 727 West Princeton.

Coming from Edgewater Drive:

You cannot make a turn onto Princeton - heading west toward OBT - off of Edgewater, as it is one way. You will need to turn west onto Smith Street (also one way in the other direction), then turn left on Westmoreland, and left again back onto Princeton headed back toward Edgewater. The house is on the left just prior to Edgewater – 727 West Princeton.

DANCE PARTY DANCIN’ THROUGH THE DECADES
Join WANZIE, Kenny Howard, Chris Yakubchic, and other friends at this all-new, non-stop music video party that showcases the hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. With five HD screens and an amazing lighting and sound system, The Abbey will turn into the biggest Friday Night Dance Party in town as the music plays and the drink specials flow.

DANCIN’ THROUGH THE DECADES

Friday, September 5

8 PM

The Abbey
100 South Eola Drive
Orlando, FL 32801
NO COVER!

THEATER – THE MUSIC MAN
Central Florida Community Arts presents their 4th annual Summer Broadway Season production, Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man." This concert-style production of "The Music Man" is directed by Rob Lott, who WANZeGRAM subscribers may remember as one of the two male leads in the Wanzie Presents/Kenny Howard production of the Central Florida premiere of [title of show] at Footlight Theater and The Orlando Fringe Festival. Rob works as a show quality assurance specialist in the entertainment division at Walt Disney World.  Musical direction is by Jacob Haines, with choreography by Katherine Rivera.

In MUSIC MAN, Wilson's larger-than-life characters sing their way into audiences’ hearts with iconic songs including, "Ya Trouble," "Goodnight, My Someone," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," and "Seventy-Six Trombones." Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and an Academy Award, The Music Man is a beloved piece of Americana that has been an enduring classic for over 50 years.

Central Florida Community Arts

Presents

 

Thursday & Friday
September 4 & 5, 2014

7:30 PM

NORTHLAND CHURCH
530 Dog Track Road
Longwood, FL, 32750

$10*

Buy Tickets
* Proceeds from this production benefit local youth arts programs and summer camps

THEATER – PLAY IN A DAY

MULTI-MEDIA PERFORMANCE/DANCEVarieTEASE MONSTER
This VarieTEASE will be a "Brand New Experiment in Storytelling” incorporating
a stop-motion movie by Pat Fatica, and the continuum story by Blue Star. This story will leave you confused, and possibly disturbed!! Expect the unexpected; nothing is normal here!

SEPTEMBER 5, 6*, 8, 12, 13, & 15

9 PM
*Except on September 6, when show time is 10 PM

THE VENUE
511 Virginia Drive
Orlando, FL   32803

TICKETS:

407.412.6895

 

AUDTIONS – COSTUMED CHARACTERS

Coming Attractions
 

In the section you will find opening dates for future attractions so you may plan ahead. Emboldened listings indicate events added as of this edition of your GRAM.

August 30 AN EVENING WITH DEEP PURPLE Hard Rock Live!
August 31 Annual PIG ROAST & Free Dinner Buffet Parliament House
September 4 THE MUSIC MAN Northland Church
September 5

Disney On Ice
FROZEN (We always knew he was)

Amway Center
September 5 FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW Orange County Convention Center
September 6 PLAY IN A DAY Orlando Shakes
September 8 Rebecca Fisher's Sin. Play. Live Cabaret at The Abbey
September 12 THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG Winter Park Playhouse
  Mood Swings With Kevin Kelly Cabaret at The Abbey
September 7

AN EVENING WITH MARK TWAIN

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
September 15 MISS GAY ORLANDO Footlight Theater
September 17 Cirque Du Soleil VAREKAI Amway Center
September 19 INTERNATIOANL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL EPCOT
September 22 Jessica Hoehn's Debutante Ball: Better Late Than Never Cabaret at The Abbey
September 24 SWEENY TODD The Garden Theatre

September 26

THE WIZARD OF OZ Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
September 27 TRAGIC KINGDOM PARTY Parliament House
September 29 Andrea Canny (untitled as of now) Cabaret at The Abbey
October 5 MARC ANTHONY Bob Carr PAC
October 6 LADIES OF EOLA HEIGHTS The Abbey
October 7 SESAME STREET LIVE! MAKE A NEW FRIEND CFE Arena at UCF
October 8 PINK COLLAR COMEDY SHOW Orlando Improv Comedy Club
October 12 LITTLE MISS PARLIAMENT HOUSE Footlight Theatre
October 13 John Ryan & Eddie Cooper (untitled as of now) Cabaret at The Abbey
October 19 ELAINE BOOSLER Plaza Live Orlando
October 21 ENRIQUE INGLESIAS & PITBULL Amway Center
October 22 RINGO STARR and his All Star Band King Center
November 2 SUSAN BOYLE in Concert King Center
November 7 BEATNIK 2 The Venue
A Note from Wanzie

I am thrilled that as of this writing nearly $1,500.00 has been pledged for the group ice bucket challenge event that I will be hosting at the PH on this Saturday, August 30, at 5 PM. (See feature story at top of this Gram for complete details)

I know that there are many people who have strong feelings and even misgivings about the ALS Ice Challenge phenomenon. Admittedly I was confused by it myself. And rather than try to put into words why it is I am now completely on board with this effort, and why myself and friends Blue Star, Kenny Howard, Michael Marinaccio, Chris Yakubchic, and George Wallace have devised our particular public-event fundraising scheme, I will simply direct to, and entreat you, to please, PLEASE watch the following two videos if you have not already done so. I know they have been all over the Internet, but on the outside chance that you have not watched, in their entirety, either or both of the following videos, I really encourage you do so now…and there will be no need for further comment from me.

The first video is of a young man who, himself, has just been diagnosed with ALS. He first takes the ice bucket challenge in a most unusual way; then he so beautifully and movingly explains just exactly what the challenge is accomplishing, and why it is so important to him personally:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/anthony-carbajal-ice-bucket-challenge-als_n_5696085.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

This second video provides compete insight and historical background as to the genesis of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in very personal terms:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=784396328249444&set=vb.100000372536737&type=2&theater

Won’t you kindly email me your pledge to our group dowse? Then come out and join us at the PH on Saturday at 5 PM poolside for the festivities. Prior to that you may want to join Kathy DiGangi and myself at our giant yard sale in College Park. See the listing in the WORLD IN BRIEF section of this Gram for details.

If you are going to donate to ALS through our group challenge, won’t you please email me right now with your pledge, and then follow the simple instructions provided in the lead feature article at the top of this Gram as to how to submit your donation.

Thanks for your consideration.

Email your pledge to: WanzieMichael@gmail.com

Have a great ALS-free day, and thank your lucky stars for the obstacles in your life, that while bothersome, are not life threatening.

I’m WANZIE and That’s All I Wrote!

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