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Movie of the Week

WANZIE - Jake Gylenhaal heads up a serviceable cast in this admittedly engaging film that is a bit too formulaic and predictable for my taste. Unfortunately the climax of the film is a rather long, brutal, bloody fight sequence involving a sport I detest - that being boxing, or any other so called sport where the objective is to do bodily harm to a human being. I could have done without seeing it, but if you like boxing, I’m sure you’ll think it’s a gas.
3 PINK TRIANGLES

DOUG - I rather enjoyed it.
3 PINK TRIANGLES

Cherished Old Friends Reimagined As Contemporary Characters

Peanuts Comic Strip Meets Reality

In

DOG MEETS GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A BLOCKHEAD

Directed by David Lee

Their names have been altered a bit, but all of the characters and backstory are easy to identify.  “CB,” based on Charlie Brown, has lost his beloved dog and is struggling with existential questions of life and death and his sexual identity.  Piano playing “Schroeder” is now the ostracized “Beethoven.” Matt, the “Pigpen” character, is now a germaphobe, Sally has gone Goth, and Linus is a Buddhist stoner. Lucy, once the nickel psychologist, is a feisty pyromaniac whos been sent off to an institution.  

The gang grapples with teenage realities of drug use, suicide, eating disorders, bullying, rebellion, and sexual identity, wrapped in skewered, funny, and poignant twists. 

DOG SEE GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD is an "unauthorized parody" written by Bert V. Royal. Director David Lee imagines the characters from Charles M. Schulzs beloved Peanuts characters 10 years later as teenagers. But this is no comic strip! 

Produced by Kangagirl Productions/Margaret Nolan the show’s cast includes

Christopher Walen, Madeleine Elise, Campbell Gilliland, Chris Metz, Julianne Snyder, Veronica Kelly, and Wanzie’s latest youth-talent discovery, the lovely and talented Zachary Lane.

ZACK LANE

Set to Make Footlight Theatre Debut

in

DOG SEES GOD: CONESSSIONS OF A BLOCKHEAD

The show runs Saturday evenings August 1 - 22 with an industry night performance on Monday, August 24. Tickets are $10 in advance:

Select-A-Seat Now

Pictures of the Week

GRAND OPENING TOMORROW

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT - ORLNADO DOWNTOWN:

 

WANZeGRAM Subscriber friend David Goodermote (of “Sean &David” infamy) is the manager of this newly constructed downton hotel which has been literally jig sawed into place around popular Mama B’s Giant Subs, which saw no reason to clear the way for the 138 room all-suites hotel.  David ushered WANZeGRAM staff though the building exactly one week prior to its first guests registering to stay over tomorrow evening. All the rooms are very tastefully outfitted with sleek contemporary furnishings and décor, with every amenity any one could want in a hotel, yet at very competitive moderate rates.

On offer are one and two-bedroom suites, along with studio suites which account for about 70 percent of the hotel’s room inventory. All rooms - including the affordably priced studio units - feature complimentary internet, separate sitting and dining areas, oversized desks with ergonomic office chairs, fully equipped kitchens with everything from pots and pans to a colander, glassware, and dishes. Kitchens in all units feature a full size refrigerator, cook top, oven, coffee maker, toaster, and microwave allowing guests to cook and serve a favorite meal. You can pick up convince foods and sundries in the lobby’s 24 hour market place, or just leave your list with the front office and hotel staff will do your grocery shopping for you.

Comfortable beds and crisp white linens are complimented with spacious bath room counter tops, lighted vanity mirrors, iron and ironing board, and separate dressing areas. All guests have access to a fitness center with cardiovascular equipment and free weights, complimentary USA TODAY newspapers, and a fairly extensive help-yourself hot and cold breakfast buffet. On certain days of the week guests are invited to enjoy complimentary cocktail happy hours, and even host the once-weekly complimentary manager’s BBQ cook out. We at the WANZeGRAM are picturing David Goodermote manning the grill in a tall white hat and an apron that says “Kiss the Chef.”

Since the hotel has been built on property that was once the site of the venerable Orange Court Motor Inn, which, as Pearl Locksdale explained in the original LADIES OF EOLA HEIGHTS is where “…daddy used to meet up with his whores.” much of the artwork that graces the hotel’s public areas is not gleaned from Marriott’s standard art package; rather it was co-missioned by developer Chris Usler to be an homage to the old Orange Court and Downtown Orlando of yesteryear. These unique pictorial collages, along with a meeting space dubbed “The Terrace Room,” are a nod to a lounge of the same name that operated inside the Orange Court, and sets this particular Residence Inn apart from others in the brand. In addition to those special touches, an outdoor BBQ patio, which features a long, narrow, very sleek gas fireplace situated beneath a large flat screen TV opposite a cozy grouping of comfortable outdoor furniture, is adjacent to a sparkling indoor climate controlled swimming pool which all combine to create a rather unique and very inviting Downtown Orlando-specific lodging that not only qualifies as a great business hotel, but one into which anyone who lives in the area should be pleased to invite visiting friends and family to to check in.

Find out more about the newly constructed RESIDENCE INN ORLANDO DOWNTOWN or make on online  reservation:

www.marriott.com

Or you may dial the hotel directly:407.482.1500

“Enjoy evening social events to help you connect and unwind. Relax in our indoor pool opening onto our covered patio where you can grill your favorite meal, catch some sun, relax by the TV or enjoy a flickering fire.”  

RESIDENCE INN ORLANDO DOWNTOWN
680 North Orange Avenue (at SR 50/Colonial Drive)
Orlando, FL   32801

Regarding last edition’s mystery photo:

Hey Wanzie, This week's photo is of the Zoomerang Coaster at Circus World. Regards,
Brian Cahill

And you would be absolutely correct, Mr. Cahill. You just won yourself a pair of tickets to see DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD opening this Saturday night at The Footlight Theater, and playing Saturdays through August 22 with a special industry night performance on Monday, August 24.

Now On Sale In Our Box Office

OPENING NIGHT This Saturday,AUGUST 1, 2015

DOG SEE GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD is an "unauthorized parody" written by Bert V. Royal. Director David Lee imagines the characters from Charles M. Schulzs beloved Peanuts characters 10 years later as teenagers. But this is no comic strip! 

“A welcome antidote to the notion that the "Peanuts" gang provides
merely a slice of American cuteness.”
New York Times

“Thanks to its balance of affection for the original material and sophomoric irreverence, “Dogs” appropriation of the teen-movie idiom to give a contemporary makeover to the iconic American cartoon strip yields its share of laughs.”
- Variety

DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A BLOCKHEAD

Directed by David Lee 

Saturdays, August 1 - 22

Industry Night - Monday, August 24

7:30 PM 

THE FOOTLIGHT THEATRE
Parliament House Resort
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL  32805

$10 Advance:

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$15 at the door, if available

Ticket purchase-price includes complimentary club cover the Parliament House Entertainment Complex for the remainder of the evening

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Congratulations & Best Wishes

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Sean Harrington & David Goodermote
On Their Pending Nuptials

Our WANZeGRAM subscriber friends and loving couple of 22 years will wed
Saturday, August 1, 2015 at a ceremony in Lake Mary, Florida.
Pastor Michael Wanzie will officiate the marriage to be witnessed by
Best People David Dorman & Scott Penyak and Keith & Marianne Wood,
 
along with approximately 50 invited guests.

My Two Cents

I was recently called a “Liberal Moron” for posting a meme on face book showing Fox News in a bad light. In response to my post, a former student and US Veteran of the Iraqi war posted a comment with the meme of a soldier in a WWII uniform captioned, "How about rooting for our side for a change, you liberal moron?"

My response to the Iraqi Vet (and everyone else who just doesn’t seem to get it):
I root for the side which doesn't waste our troops in a war we started and never finished, against an enemy who never attacked us. Every PTSD, amputee, and otherwise injured soldier we sent to Iraq lies on the head of George W. Bush. The soldier posted in the meme is clearly a WWII soldier, the next to last "just" war we engaged in; Korea being the last.

Since then we have, in the name of Oil, or "We gotta kill someone for 9/11" sent brave young Americans off to die in places where we should not have been. Many who served in Iraq feel angry at those who criticize that war, in the same fashion Viet Nam vets (some of them) criticized anyone who thought that was a bad war. The reaction is one of "I was there, and if the war was an unjust war, what I did was wrong." That anger should be directed at Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the neocons who propelled us into it; but in many cases it isn't. Why? Can't answer that.

It doesn't take a lot of critical analysis starting with what Colin Powell (whose credibility is yet one more casualty of this farcical desert adventure) and numerous White House staffers have later said to figure out that we ill used our military by invading Iraq. It only takes a rudimentary knowledge of history to realize that Russia in the 20th century, and Great Britain in the 19th, failed in Afghanistan, as we probably will in the 21st. It also takes a sense of the change over time in the world to understand that which has brought us to the point at which we are. Terrorism changes the entire face of how we use our troops. WW II and Korea were simple: we knew where and who the bad guys were. My war (the Cold War) was scary, but also simple; it was us and the Soviets, and we knew, as they knew, that we could destroy them no matter what they did first. In the end they went broke trying to keep up in an economic system which didn't work. If anyone won the Cold War, it was Adam Smith, certainly not any US President.    

Viet Nam was fought because we were too dense to see that Ho Chi Minh was a nationalist first, a Communist second. He begged us not to let France steal his country again, and we not only refused to help, we helped France. 58,000 US troops and over a million Vietnamese later, we left. Nixon called it "Peace with honor," but we and the world knew better. Jump ahead from 1975 to 2015. We now have $35 billion annual trade and $1.1 annual investment in Vietnam. No one had to die to accomplish this, but they did. This was the last war we fought with any semblance of "conventional" tactics, and when these broke down in the 1960s, it became the guerrilla quagmire which lasted until 1975 when we declared victory and retreated. Many Viet Vets have never come to grips with that, but those who have returned to Vietnam, have, in many cases.

The current Mideast mess is far worse and far different than Vietnam, because the aspect of religious fanaticism (on both sides) is in the mix, as well as terrorist tactics (can't always tell the good guys from the bad guys, and sometimes they're the same). I wish I had the answer, but I don't. Unfortunately at this point, with 13,000 US dead (civilian and military, and half are civilians) and a total of somewhere around 350,000 dead over there, we are no better off than when Saddam Hussein ran Iraq. Counting all the deaths, we are for worse off.

So call me a liberal moron, but I served this nation for 26 years, so don't you dare question my patriotism. Perhaps the better patriotism to question would be that of the old men who sent the young men to die in the desert in a war based on hype, lies, and (since upon taking office, “W” didn't even know what Sunnis and Shi'ites were [fact] and why they hated each other) gross ignorance on the part of an easily manipulated President with an agenda.

I grieve for all the casualties we suffered in Iraq, but more so because they never should have occurred.

Mike Dorman is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired Orange County School System History Teacher who now resides in The Villages with his wife Emily.

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Now Playing
Friday July 31
MOTOWN IN MOTION DANCE PARTY
The Abbey

$15
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Friday, July 31
FIFTH HARMONY
Dr. Philip’s CFTPA
Walt Disney Theater

Starting at $29.50
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Saturday, August 1
Russian Ballet
DON QUIXOTE
Dr. Philip’s CFTPA
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

Starting at $45
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Saturday August 1
GREASE Sing-A-Long with CAROL LEE
The Abbey

General $15 / VIP $25
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 2
4 BY TENN
Theatre Downtown Production
Four short plays by Tennessee Williams
Rollins College Campus
Fred Stone Theatre

$20/$15 Students & Seniors
407.645.0145

Through August 9
GREASE
Sonnentag Theatre at The Ice House

$10-$20
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 24
DOG SEES GOD - CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD
Footlight Theatre

$10 Advance
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Through August 22
DAMES AT SEA
Winter Park Playhouse
$15 -$40
WinterParkPlayhouse.org

THEATER - HEATHERS: The Musical
Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place -six feet under.

HEATHERS: The Musical at Dr. Phillips Center stars social media sensation Thomas Sanders in the role of the mysterious JD Sanders. Active in the Gainesville theater community, Sanders was made famous with his social media Vine Channel, where his themed Vines such as STORYTIME, DISNEY PRANKS, and SHOUT OUT SUNDAY have been lauded by his more than 6 million followers. Starring opposite Sanders, the role of Veronica will be played by Nicole Visco. Playing the notorious Heathers are Lindsey Wells as Heather Chandler, Jillian Gizzi as Heather McNamara, and Caroline Drage as Heather Duke. The role of Martha Dunnstock will be played by Ally Gursky, with David Kotary as Ram Sweeney, and Kyle Wait as Kurt Kelly.

HEATHERS is only the second fully produced local production to play the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing arts, and like its predecessor THE FLICK, this production is also a product of Gen Y Productions under the Direction of Kenny Howard. Musical Direction is by John B. deHaas with Choreography by Blue Star.

The show runs August 13 through August 23, 2015, with ticket prices starting as low as $15.73. WANZeGRAM subscribers can score a small discount by using code word “WANZIE” when ordering advance tickets online:

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FOOD & FUN - FISH FRY To Benefit  HILLARY FOR AMERICA
Entertainment at this official campaign fundraiser in support of Hillary Clinton for President will include C Lane from Real Radio 104.1FM. The popular singer/guitarist regularly performs at Ollie’s on Edgewater and is a staple of the Orlando grass roots music scene. Renowned JR’s RIB Shack  - “Our Secret Ingredient is Good Old Southern Pride” - of Rockledge, Florida, will cook up 100 meals with 100% of proceeds benefiting the campaign. This event will sell out. Reserve your very affordable place at the table no, so you can join friends at The Venue on Monday, August 10 for this Authentic Southern Fish Fry.

EDITING SERVICES - ATTENTION WRITERS/STUDENTS
Need an Editor? WANZeGRAM subscriber friend, professional editor Jean Ferris is offering highly effective and astute editing services for projects large and small, with very quick turn-around time, at very reasonable rates.

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Among her many credits (before relocating to Orlando) Jean was the Theatre Critic and writer for The Metropolitan Weekly in Omaha. She was also a contributing writer to The American Citizen

Jean has a B.S. from Nebraska University, Lincoln/Education, Speech, and Theatre. An M.F.A from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/Theatre design, and an M.A. from University of Nebraska, Omaha/ Communication

Jean would be pleased to accept your inquires via email: 

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Coming Attractions


& Bob Carr Theater

Fairwinds BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA

Season subscriptions are on sale
The 2015/2016 Season will include
BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical, DIRTY DANING,
Rogers & Hammersteins’ CINDERELLA, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS The Musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC
, and KINKY BOOTS!

Subscribe Now:

www.drphillipscenter.org

Other Upcoming Attractions at Dr. Philips Center For The Performing Arts and Bob Carr Theater include

ORLANDO BALLET
2015/2016 Season

HEATHERS The Musical     JOHN CLEESE & ERIC IDLE

A HAUNTING CABARET     CELTIC WOMAN

SUFJAN STEVENS     POKEMAN: SYMPHONIC REVOLUTIONS

ONE MAN BREAKING BAD     R5     GIRLS NIGHT The Musical

www.drphillipscenter.org

In the following area 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. Shows and Events opening tonight through this coming Monday are listed in the NOW PLAYING section of this edition of your Gram.

August 8 PJs & a Movie The Abbey
  FOOTLOOSE  
August 14 SWITCH The Abbey
August 22 PHILIPS PHILE TEXAS HOLD-
EM TOURNAMENT
Orlando Science Center
A Note From Wanzie

I think Walter Palmer, the dentist from Minnesota who slaughtered Cecil the protected black-maned lion-resident of Hwange National Conservation Park in Zimbabwe, has a very small penis.

Whether or not that proves to be true, I do think it (his potentially small penis) should be pierced with a bow and arrow, then left to bleed out for 40 hours before the good dentist is shot and beheaded.

His head could then be stuffed and mounted on a plaque to be hung in the Museum of Natural History in the Neanderthal Exhibit.

I’m WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote

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