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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Monday Movie Review

Our dynamic movie reviewing duo did not review a movie this past Monday due to reporting on COME OUT WITH PRIDE events.

Wanzie’s “LIVING NATIVITY” Now On Sale!

The President of The Orange Blossom Trail Beautification Society, Mrs. Ruth Henderson, is producing a “Living Nativity” to raise funds to clean up the trail. However, the grant she has been awarded by Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs mandates that only persons who live or work along North Orange Blossom Trail may be hired to participate in the Christmas pageant.

Pageant casting director and on-stage story-teller Michael Wanzie is doing his best to adhere to an authentic Bible-based narration of the Nativity story, which he is determined to present in the time honored style of medieval madrigals. However, the talent Wanzie has to work with ranges from startling to bizarre, and it seems producer Mrs. Henderson is being greatly influenced by drag queens and streetwalkers alike, resulting in many unusual interpretations of familiar Nativity characters. What was intended to be a tableau turns out to be a very moving production.

Once you experience WANZIE’S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRAIL “LIVING NATIVITY” CHRISTAMS SPECTACULAR, you will never again be able to look at a manger scene with a straight face.

Joining Wanzie on stage for this most holy of Christmas pageants is a stunning array of real-life characters including Jessica Hoehn, John B. deHaas, Eric Desnoyers, Doug “Taffy Pinkerbox” Ba’aser, Rich “Gidget Galore” Kuntz, Robby Drennen, Douglas White, and the fabulous Blue Star!

There will be only five performances of this hilarious holiday spectacle with no chance of extending, so book your seats now to avoid disappointment. These shows will sell out!

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Return Engagement of BOOK OF MORMON by Popular Demand

TICKETS GO ON SALE TOMORROW

 

“THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.

Heaven on Broadway!  A celebration of the privilege

of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”- Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Performances begin December 26 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

General Public Ticket Sales Commence on
Friday, October 17

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record-breaking run in 2013, returns to Orlando for a limited engagement December 26 – January 4 at the brand spanking new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. 

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan), and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

BOOK OF MORMON

ORLANDO ENGAGEMENT
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
at
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Downtown Orlando
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Dear Michael:

In reference to your WANZeGRAM dated October 2, 2014, I wanted to thank you for your recognition of many of the fine people who were active in the early days of our GLBT community.

As current President of the GLBT History Museum of Central Florida, I would be remiss for not correcting you on one common misperception (and plugging the museum at the same time).  Although I am honored that many people associate me with the very first Pride Picnics, I, unfortunately, never attended the first picnic, which was held at Turkey Lake Park.  The museum has found no written record of the first picnic, which we believe was held in 1979 or 1980.

Many people associate me with the first picnics held at Lake Whippoorwill on Narcoossee Road in 1988.  GCS rented a small portion of the KOA campground, and I loaded a keg of beer into the back of my old Buick for the 45 minute trip to the middle of nowhere where we sold beer and burgers under a 10x10 pavilion in a fenced in field next to the lake, and hosted a small drag performance utilizing a small portable sound system “borrowed” from Walt Disney World.  Looking back, it wasn’t much larger than the playground at Lake Eola, but it was ours for one glorious day to celebrate with our GLBT family without the fear of discrimination.

But there was fear in the group those early days as participants didn’t want cameras or television stations there to document the event, which they feared would cause them to lose their jobs, families, and friends.  In later years the picnics moved to Camp Heronwood on the shores of Lake Howell, and then later to the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Lawne Lake at the livestock pavilion.

We’ve come a long way since then, and the current Come Out With Pride celebration is truly an event that nobody at those first celebrations would have ever dreamed.  Many of the people who were considered pioneers in those days are no longer with us, and I think it is why survivors like you and me are so sensitive to their memory.  It is certainly why I am currently involved with preserving our history at the museum.

I have great Pride in our early accomplishments, but I loathe taking credit for what was at the time, and is still now, a group effort.  Every contribution is important, and deserves to be remembered, acknowledged, and thanked.  I still think of everyone (including you, my friend) as being part of my family.

Respectfully,
David Bain
President
GLBT History Museum of Central Florida, Inc.

P.S.  Our museum is a virtual museum www.glbthistorymuseum.com and is also celebrating our 10th year of existence.  We, too, are grateful to Come Out With Pride (MBA) for their sponsorship and support of our first years.

Dear David,

Thank you for the clarification.  You are one of my personal heroes, and I, for one, will always be grateful for your many contributions in helping to shape and establish our community, as well as for your ongoing contributions by way of the history museum, which continues to enrich our community.  I am pleased to be counted among your family, and I have nothing but fond memories of our years working together on LGBT events and services.

Thanks for the kind works and the mini history lesson.

Much love and respect,
Wanzie

Michael,

Thanks for mentioning me as one of the galaxy of gay trailblazers in Central Florida. I am truly humbled to be part of the group. I don't think any of the people you named did what they did for fame or glory or for getting their name in the paper…they did it because they were tired of being hurt or ignored, or being considered second class citizens. They did it for their friends and the family they sometimes had to make because the families they were born into no longer wanted them. And they did it with class and style. Hopefully the current generation will remember and celebrate their accomplishments.  

Bruce Ground

Dear Bruce

I certainly count you among the “risk takers” I mentioned.

Not only did you establish and operate the first openly gay business in Orlando specifically to serve a gay clientele outside of a bar, you consistently gave back to the community, and to all the right and just equal rights and heath-related causes to such an extent that it was likely to your own detriment.

I came to you many, many times for donations of goods, money, or your time, and never once did you ever say no.

OUT AND ABOUT BOOKS was a treasure trove of gay-related gifts, greeting cards, gay magazines, fiction, porn, and documentaries and theatrical releases of every stripe. Few cities in Florida had anything like it at the time. It was also an essential resource for books on GLBT history, and on human sexuality that could not be found in area libraries or bookstores. Many lives were enriched, and I believe even saved, because of your establishment existed.

And just as important as your retail stock and the community room/theater you made available at the rear of the store, was your ever present welcoming smile and calm demeanor, and a willingness to listen to anyone who had need of an ear.

You were then, and shall always be, regarded by those who were witness to your many kindnesses in those early years, a great and valued friend.

Sincerely,
Wanzie

EDITORIAL NOTE FROM WANZIE: While thinking of my personal heroes in responding to the above letters, I feel compelled to include here a portion of newly appointed WATERMARK Publisher Rick Clagget’s recent column regarding local hero Jeff Horn:

“Enter Jeff Horn, my first gay role model. Jeff was a founder of DYA [Delta Youth Alliance], as we called it back then. He wasn’t just a mentor to me, he was my gay dad. Jeff taught me to play tennis and took interest in my life. I remember vividly the day Jeff came to me and said I could be anything I wanted. It seems simple now, but it meant so much. It was the first time a gay man, passionate about his work, told this gay kid that he had a future. This was my first anchor in this community.” – Rick Claggett, WATERMARK

You may read the entire article by logging onto - http://www.watermarkonline.com

Hey Wanize,

I was reading your list of Orlando’s gay “trailblazers,” and it seems to me you missed quite a few names. In the future, if you are going to self-proclaim yourself to be the arbitrator of who qualifies to be on that list, maybe you should do a little research.

Aaron Simpson

Dear Aaron,

As I clearly stated in my A NOTE FROM WANZIE, the list you reference was my way of expressing thanks to those individuals with whom I had personal contact and interactions in the early days of establishing LGBT activism and social services here in Central Florida. I did not in anyway imply that the list was all-inclusive. These were people –every one of them a friend - whose names came to my mind, without benefit of research, because they personally made an impression upon me back when the grunt work was being done to establish a safe environment in which gays and lesbians could live and work here in the Greater Orlando area.

Should you care to take the time and effort to send me names of any individuals not on my list whom you feel worthy of recognition, by all means we at the WANZeGRAM would be pleased as punch to publish those names along with any details, which demonstrate meaningful contributions to our quest for equality.

Also I should like to clarify I did not “appoint” myself the arbiter (which is the word I think you meant to use in your email to me, rather than “arbitrator”) of who qualified as being a “trailblazer” in the afore mentioned quest. I was merely mentioning those individuals who touched my life during our early struggles.

I sincerely hope this response rectifies any concerns any one may have had regarding the legitimacy of my list.

Sincerely,
Wanzie

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- William Shakespeare

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Now Playing

Through October 10
LES MISERABLES
Orlando Shakes

$20 - $55
407.447.1700 Ext. 1
www.orlandoshakes.org

Friday, October 17
Florida Opera Theatre
LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN
Trinity Prep Theatre

$30-$50
407.718.4365

Saturday, October 18
Orlando Ballet
PETER AND THE WOLF
Bob Carr PAC
$28-$37
www.OrlandoBallet.org

Through October 19
Bob Carr PAC

$37.50 - $86.75
http://orlandoballet.org/tickets-performances/vampires-ball/

Through October 25
Emotions Dance Company
7 DEADLY SINS
The Venue

$2O Advance/$25 Door
http://www.emotionsdance.org

Through October 26
KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
Theatre UCF
$20/$18 Senior/$10 Student
407.823.1500
http://theatre.cah.ucf.edu/events.php?id=2725

Through October 26
WEST SIDE STORY
Valencia Community College (East campus) PAC
$15/$12 Seniors and Students

Through October 27
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HALLOW
Breakthrough Theatre
$20/$18 Senior/$15 Student/$10 Alum
407.920.4034

Through October 31
PHANTASMAGORIA V “DEATH COMES FOR ALL”

Orlando Shakes
$20/$15 Student & Senior/$25 VIP ($30 Halloween night)
407.328.9005 – Will Call Cash Only At Door
Credit Card Purchases:
www.phantasmagoriaorlando.com/wordpress

Through November 1

Theatre Downtown
$22/$18 Seniors & Students
407.841.0083

Watch this KILLER teaser: http://vimeo.com/108034192

Through November 2
THE WHO’S TOMMY
Mad Cow

$17- $36.75
www.madcowtheatre.com

Through November 16
THE BEST OF ENEMIES
Orlando Shakes

407.447.1700
www.orlandoshakes.org

Through November 10

EPCOT Park – Walt Disney World

Included with required regular theme park admission / food and wine costs extra

REMAINING SHOWS:
EAT TO THE BEAT CONCERT SERIES

During Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:

October 9 & 10
FUEL

October 11 & 12
SISTER HAZEL

October 13 & 14
RICHARD MARX

October 15 & 16
BILLY OCEAN

October 17 through October 19
NIGHT RANGER

October 20 thought October 22
SMASH MOUTH

October 23 & 24
JIM BRICKMAN

October 25 & 26
LOS LONELY BOYS

October 27 & 28
WILSON PHILLIPS

October 29 through October 31
Dennis DeYoung from STYX

November 1 & 2
38 SPECIAL

November 3 through November 5
BOYZ II MEN

November 6 through November 7
DAVID COOK

November 8 through November 10
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY

All Concerts are FREE with regular theme park admission and are presented three times nightly:

5:30PM 6:45PM 8PM

THE AMERICAN GARDENS AMPHITHEATER
Situated across from THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE attraction
on the far side of World Showcase

EAT TO THE BEAT
Dining Packages
Include a sit-down meal in your choice of Epcot restaurants
And
Reserved Seating for concert on that dame day:
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For Complete Festival Details
Including Featured Countries/Regions and their Tapas Menus & Wine Pairings, VIP Tours, Tastings, Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, Book Signings and Special Events:
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HEATER - PHANTASMAGORIA V
PHANTASMAGORIA V “Death Comes For All”
thunders on to the Mandell Stage at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center with all new stories, and all new large scale puppetry interacting with live actors, “Phantastical” dance, live music, explosive stage combat, and haunting storytelling!

Join Phantasmagoria’s evocative troupe of storytellers, dancers, and chorus as they embark on their most dangerous chapter yet and journey through tales of terror from diverse authors such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “Pit and the Pendulum,” Lewis Carroll’s “Hunting of the Snark,” Charles Dickens’ “Captain Murderer,” and many others including horrific folk tales, legends, and myths from around the world!

Under the creation and direction of John DiDonna, with co- direction by Seth Kubersky, Alea Figueroa, and Kevin G.Becker, the choreography of Mila Makarova and Dion Leonhard, fight direction by Bill Warriner, and all new original music and soundscapes by Les Caulfield, lighting by Hatem Habashi, costumes by Shelly Henriott (with original designs by Jennifer Bonner), projections by Dana Mott, with photography from Kristen Wheeler, and  graphic design by Ryan McKenzie, this new installment provides a truly “Phantasmagorical” way to spend a macabre, whimsical, and terrifying Halloween!

Phantasmagoria Orlando/John DiDonna Productions

PHANTASMAGORIA V

“DEATH COMES FOR ALL”

Now Playing Through October 31
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Evenings

Special Monday Night Performances
October 20 & 27

All Shows 8:30 PM
Box Office opens at 7:50PM/Doors 8:15 PM

LOWNDES SHAKESPEARE CENTER
The Mandell Theatre
Loch Haven Cultural Park
(Mills & Princeton)
Orlando, FL

$20/$15 Student & Seniors

Will Call cash only at the door:
407.328.9005

Credit card orders:
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CABARET – MOONLIGHT MAGIC with CAROL STEIN
Carol's travels as a musician have spanned the globe including Carnegie Hall in New York, Montreux Palace in Switzerland, The Oasis Lounge in Hong Kong, and Walt Disney World. She has experience as a studio musician, has recorded four solo albums, and enjoys composing and spontaneously arranging musical pieces during live performances. She has been honored as the guest solo artist with the Space Coast Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Richard Hayman, performing her own compositions and orchestral arrangements. 

After many years performing as the resident musician for the improvisation troupe at The Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island, Carol currently performs as a solo artist, in a jazz quintet, and as the “Hat Lady Pianist” at the world-famous Rose and Crown Pub at the United Kingdom Pavilion in EPCOT Center.

The Winter Park Playhouse
Spotlight Cabaret Series

CAROL STEIN

MOONLIGHT MAGIC

Wednesday & Thursday

October 29 & 30

7:30 PM

THE WINTER PARK PLAYHOUSE
711 Orange Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

$18/One drink minimum

Once tickets are sold out, a limited number of standing room tickets are available for $10.

407.645.0145 www.winterparkplayhouse.org

DANCE - 7 DEADLY SINS
Emotion Dance Company’s original work that combines contemporary dance, visual art, performance art, poetry, music, and culinary art to examine topics of temptation and sin. Lust, pride, gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy, and greed come together to entice audience members through an interactive art gallery setting.

Featuring performances by Emotions Dance Company, visual art by award winning body painter and Skin Wars Season one 2nd place finalist Shannon Holt, visual art by award winning body painter, Brit Lytle, artwork by Patrick Fatica, Amanda Panacea, Scott Sharky Hodges, Thomas Thorspecken, Adrian Calle, and others, spoken word performances by E.J. Younes, Jesse Bradley, and Ashley Inguanta, aerial performances by The American Circus Arts Academy, and a variety of refreshments from local food vendors to satisfy your inner glutton.

Emotions Dance Company

 

Friday & Saturday, October 17 & 18

Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25

7 PM – 10 PM

THE VENUE
511 Virginia Drive
Orlando, Florida

$20 Advance/$24 Door

http://www.emotionsdance.org

DANCE – VAMPIRE’S BALL
Audiences will thrill at the return of this original fan favorite as it opens another season for Orlando Ballet. Rife with familiar Halloween themes and elements, it features choreography by Artistic Director Robert Hill, and a vast cast of zombies and vamps who will guide you through this spooky camp journey in dance.

Orlando Ballet

VAMPIRE’S BALL

Friday & Saturday, October 17 & 18

8 PM

Sunday, October 19

2 PM

BOB CARR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

$37.50 - $86.75

407.426.1739

http://orlandoballet.org/tickets-performances/vampires-ball/

Coming Attractions
In this 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.
 
October 17 Killer Joe Theatre Downtown
  JEKYL & HYDE Osceola Center For The Performing Arts
  SEVEN DEADLY SINS The Venue
October 19 ELAINE BOOSLER Plaza Live Orlando
  EARTH WIND & FIRE Hard Rock Live!
October 21 ENRIQUE INGLESIAS & PITBULL Amway Center
October 22 RINGO STARR and his All Star Band King Center
October 23 THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY Orlando Shakes
October 25

Orlando Ballet’s PETER AND THE WOLF

The Garden Theatre
October 27 Big Bang Boom’s GATHERING THE MAGIC The Venue
November 1 PLAYFEST Orlando Shakes
November 2 SUSAN BOYLE in Concert King Center
November 7 BEATNIK 2 The Venue
  DRIVING MISS DAISY Osceola Center For The Performing Arts
November 8 T.J. DAWE - MARATHON The Venue
November 14 I & YOU Mad Cow
November 18 MIKE BIRBIGLIA Hard Rock Live!
  JAMES TAYLOR Amway Center
November 21 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Sonnentag Theatre at the Ice House
November 25 Mellissa Etheridge Hard Rock Live!
December 6

LIGHT UP THE COURTYARD

Parliament House
December 8

Fringe Lottery & MERRY FRINGIN’ CHRISTMAS Show

Orlando Shakes

 

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