OMG! This film is relentless in its graphic portrayal of the horrors of
Native American vs. White Man warring (complete with “scalpings”) as well as the
devastating effects nature, in winter, can have on the human body. Not to
mention the damage a North Ameri-can Grizzly can exact on a human. And by the
way, that Grizzly - CGI or not - deserves the Oscar more than Leonardo DiCaprio,
who may very well walk away with the coveted statuette this year for his role as
Hugh Glass in this film. But if you ask me, it’s Tom Hardy as the despicable,
lying, thieving, greedy, and murderous John Fitzgerald who gives the stand-out
performance in this action-packed and somewhat gory wilderness drama that will
leave you breathless.
WANZIE DISCLAIMER: Not a good choice for a Valentine’s Day date movie. (Unless
your date would consider the viewing of anal rape on big screen a proper way to
celebrate your love and affection for one another.)
4 1/2 Pink Triangles
This was a brutal film to watch, but the violence was never gratuitous.
Cinematically it’s a beautiful film. I would have enjoyed a little more script.
4 Pink Triangles
If you, like Wanzie, are single and don’t care to sit home alone
on Valentine’s Day, but also don’t really care to go out to a restaurant or a
bar full of celebrating couples,
then why not join Wanzie at Ivanhoe Wine & Spirits for an early evening Singles’
Party on Sunday, February 14?
The music in the
store will be cranked up.
lighting will be in effect.
There will be
seating brought in so you can take a load off, but you are welcome to dance in
the aisles (both of them) if you are so inclined.
Wanzie will be
giving out free samples of an Exclusive Singles Valentine’s Day libation made
with PAMA, which is a bottled concoction of
pomegranate juice, premium vodka, and a touch of imported tequila. Bottled at 34
proof, PAMA is highly mixable in a range of cocktails such as
There will be
complimentary cheese and crackers and other little nimbly delights, along with
Wanzie’s homemade Tropical Chicken Salad! So come prepared to nosh.
You are free to
enjoy cocktails or beer or wine right in the store on this special occasion.
And here are the
best two things about this soiree:
of any purchase you might make during the party will be donated to your choice
of THEATRE DOWNTOWN or THE CENTER, so come out and drink for charity!
2. Just for showing
up you’ll get one complementary raffle ticket. Additional tickets may purchased
by donation to either THEATER DOWNTOWN or THE CENTER.
Wanzie and Ivanhoe
Wine & Spirits will be giving away a Wine Gift Basket brimming with goodies and
home-barware, among other prizes.
So come to the
party! Wanzie doesn’t want to be alone in the store on Valentine’s Day unless he
has friends there with whom he can share a drink! Wanzie says, “Dew Drop Inn.”
And who knows? You may not leave alone!
AT THE LIQUOR STORE
Just for those who
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Everyone Is Welcome!
welcome as long as you don’t make an overt display of your connectivity, and are
amenable to 3-ways.)
- your ever gregarious owner-host at Savoy Orlando - Ivanhoe Village’s only
purveyor of adult libations with scantily-clad dancing twinks atop boxes - has
secured a block of cabins specifically for Orlando friends to cruise together
aboard Royal Caribbean Majesty Of The Seas at an unbeatable rate: Starting at
just $249.00 per person (based on double occupancy) for the 3-night cruise
sailing from nearby Port Canaveral to Nassau and Coco Cay private out-island.
To be sure, it’s
not about the destination as much as it will be the fun of sailing with
like-minded (Gay) individuals who will likely all take advantage of the popular
unlimited-bar service option that has now become available on most ships.
Brandon will play host of sorts, along with Little Mr. Aztec 2016:
The sailing is not
until September 30, 2016, so you’ve plenty of time to plan ahead, but in order
to qualify for the group booking you must secure your cabin by February 27
(That’s this month, people!), and you may do so by ponying up a mere $50 deposit
by credit or debit card when you dial 407.847.2355.
DON’T MISS THIS
FANTASTIC EVENING OF FOOD, FUN, AND ENTERTAINMENT WITH FRINGE FRIENDS AT HARD
Video Tribute to 24 Years of Wanzie at Orlando Fringe
LIVE ON STAGE:
THE OOPS GUYS
Dennis T. Giacino & Fiely Matias
MICHELLE KNIGHT ANDREA CANNY LISA SLEEPER
T. ROBBY PIGOTT WANZIE DOUG SAK COMEDY LAB
BLUE STAR & VarieTEASE!
MICHAEL MARINACCIO GEORGE WALLACE
NAKED GUY Y2K REUNION
Montage created by Fiely Matias
(Entry at 7:45 pm)
includes first-choice dinner seating (7 PM)
beforeshow-only folks are admitted. Dinner
buffet including salad, entrées and desserts. Access to post-show reception in
the exclusive John Lennon Room:
Wanzie Presents & D
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upcoming production at the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival
ons of gratitude to our
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Joe's NYC Bar
is an interactive, improvisational, immersive theatre experience in which the
audience is transported to a bar in Brooklyn New York. Debuting as part of the
2001 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Joe's ran for 4 years and 76
performances. In March 2015 Joe’s
returned from a ten year absence and was greeted with positive reviews from
critics and audiences alike. The show sold out all 16 performances last year
and, returns for all new shows in 2016. Ten years later, Joe’s
has proven to be a concept art piece of theatre more relevant and popular than
"3-D Theater that will pull you in!”
“If you want to understand the promise of interactive theater…take in the
triumphant return of Joe’s
“Artistically, watching the actors is watching pros at the top of their
game…Sociologically speaking, observing the audience is like peering through a
window into America’s
“Funny and smart… Highly recommended.”
Carl F. Gauze,
just see the show; BE the show.”
Joe’s NYC Bar
Pritchard-Bryant A Ali Flores, John Connon, Sarah French
Jenn Gannon, Simon Needham, Christian Kelty,
Christine Robison-Laurence, Jodi Chase, Marty Stonerock, John Chaky
Musical Act For The Entire Run: Milka Ramos
Only 6 Performances:
February 14 - March 20
SUNDAY MATINEES ONLY
Doors 3 PM ShowTime 3:30 PM
Door, if available
tickets are general admission. Arrive early for best seat selection.
shows in 2015 Sold Out! Most were sold out in advance.
Reservations strongly recommended:
An Invitation For Religious Right to Move to Iraq:
Rick Santorum, just like Rafael Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Ben
Carson, told us that God told him to run for President. One is left to conclude
one of several possible things in light of this information and Santorum's
miserable performance and recent departure from the race.
The first would be that uber Catholic Santorum is simply a liar,
and like Cruz and the others, sought to get the religious vote by implying divine
approval for his efforts.
Another is that God actually did tell Santorum to run, but in a
cruel and perverse change of heart, decided to abandon him in favor of Cruz.
A third might be that God doesn't really give a shit about who is
the President of the United States because he's having so much fun causing
global warming and hurling fireballs through the cosmos.
In summary, it might be the most rational to agree that whatever
spirit you might believe in, if any, has never actually had the power (or
perhaps the desire) to elevate any politician above his own base nature. In
like manner, said divine spook also was unable to make Tim Tebow a real NFL
quarterback, no matter how much lip service or faux adoration was paid him in the end zone.
In summary, if your vote is being weighed by you in the balance
of religious belief, vice competence, you are a fool. If you think Ben Carson's
piety and devout pretense outweigh his monumental lack of real knowledge about
critical events, you deserve him as President. The same is true for political
poseurs Huckabee and Cruz. If a theocracy seems reasonable to you, move to
Iran. And if you don't believe that Rafael Cruz would seriously support erosion of
the rights of any who disagree with his particular brand of evangelical
bullying, you have been duped.
I have a friend who mused, "I don't know if I could ever vote for
an atheist." I asked them to list for me the crimes of discrimination committed by atheists against those who disagree with them (crickets
chirping). After no response, I listed just a few of the horrendous crimes
committed by persons of faith against those with whom they disagree. It is a
long and disheartening list in the 20th century alone. The least enemy of the
religious person in America is the atheist or agnostic who believes that each is
entitled to their own cosmological belief, and that they are also entitled to be
free from having others' views forced upon them. The religious right is neither
in current context. Based on their operator's manual, the New Testament,
they are not truly religious, and based on the lack of congruency between the
teachings of their prophets and their own avarice, bigotry and intolerance, they
are not "right," either.
Mike Dorman is a peace-loving religious rights-respecting atheist
who resides with his believer-wife Emily in a harmonious household in The
Villages. Mike often attends a Christian church to hear Emily or Daughter Julie sing in
the choir, without incident.
THEATER -NAKED BOYS SINGING
The Central Florida debut of NAKED BOYS SINGING under the Direction of
The Footlight Theater’s new Artistic Director, Tim Evanicki. This hilarious revue features 16 original songs, 7 gorgeous guys,
and no clothes – a winning combination if ever there was one! From the sassy
opening number “Gratuitous
to the screamingly funny “Bliss of a Bris,” audiences and critics alike have
hailed “NAKED BOYS SINGING!” as a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
The show features Broadway veterans, local celebrities, and Original
NAKED BOYS SINGING Cast members from NYC:
Mitchel Burns Kevin
Kelly Bryan Manley Joshua Roth Cannon Starnes
TREAT YOUR SWEETHEART to NAKED BOYS for Valentine’s Day!
All tickets on Valentine’s Day come with an extensive dessert buffet before the
While actors in the show are nude a majority of the time, nothing about the
show, material, or staging is pornographic in any way whatsoever.
THEATER - HANDS ON A HARD
A fresh and unique Broadway musical in which an actual pickup truck takes center
stage! For ten hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch
it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor,
and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in
order to win it. Inspired by true events and nominated for numerous awards, you
won't want to miss the Central Florida regional premiere of this high-energy
musical infused with rock, country, blues, and gospel that can only be described
as “musical theater heaven!”
Book by Doug Wright
| Lyrics by Amanda Green
Music by Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green
Directed by Scott A.
And Everyone’s Favorite Virgin Mary
January 29 – February 21, 2016
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays at 2 PM
Industry Night - Monday, February 8 at 8 PM
THE GARDEN THEATRE
160 W. Plant St.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
In the following area you will find opening
dates for future attractions
at various venues in the Greater Orlando Area 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.
Dr. Phillips CFTPA
COMEDY NIGHT with
Akeem Woods and Preacher Lawson, Hosted by JEFF
Annie Russell Theatre
Dr. Phillips CFTPA
MAMA MIA SING ALONG
PAT BENATAR & NEIL
Philharmonic: BARBER TO BOLERO
THROUGH THE ART OF DANCE
Dr. Phillips CFTPA
SING OUT WITH MISS
Live Band: NO
Dr. Phillips CFTPA
ANNA IN THE TROPICS
Dr. Phillips CFTPA
Dr. Phillips CFTPA
GIRLS NIGHT: THE
Dr. Phillips CFTPA
Mad Cow Theatre
Dr. Phillips CFTPA
Natalie Cordone &
Shawn Kilgore -SIDE BY SIDE: A Steve Lawrence and
Eydie Gorme Tribute
I realize those of
you who have known me for a long while may be over my mentioning the loss of Ron
Kimber every year around Valentine’s Day, but I simply must.
I’ve written reams
about what a special spirit Ron was, and indeed that is true, but I am struck to
write less about Ron this year, and rather just briefly touch on the gift he
gave me for which I will be grateful until I draw my last breath on this earth.
In recent years I
have come to realize I no longer mention the loss of Ron from a place of abject
sadness, as once was the case. I no longer become completely anxious with the
approach of February 14; the date on which he was born, and also the date on
which we buried him. I won’t pretend that Valentine’s Day is an easy day for me,
but I no longer will myself away from others on the day itself, nor do I any
longer require days after to recover from depression. I don’t miss or love Ron
any less with the passage of time. And indeed, I still grieve. Even after three
decades I still grieve, but that grief comes at totally unexpected times. It
catches me off guard and reduces me to tears while watching plays or movies, or
visiting a theme park, or hearing a certain song. But as this particular date on
the calendar draws near now, I do my utmost best to dial my mind to the
gratitude setting. I truly try to think of Valentine’s Day as a celebration of
the birth of the young man whom for a brief space of time provided me the
passion-filled relationship I had never thought possible between two men, but
for which I had so desperately dreamed. Ron Kimber was my dream come true.
Thirty years (that seems absolutely impossible to me!) have come and gone since
Ron succumbed to AIDS-HIV, and I have never met another who could take his
place. And so I am grateful. Grateful to have been touched by him in such a way
that I could and did love so fiercely. So…madly.
I may grieve from
time to time over the loss of a depth of emotion which I have never again felt
for any human being other than Ron, but I am truly grateful to him for the gift
of inciting that emotion within me. For empowering me to feel with such
intensity, and to love so unashamedly, and so utterly deeply.
So I may experience
a twinge of sadness on Valentine’s Day, but I am far from bitter. And I am not
in any way resentful. I want happiness for those around me. And when I see
couples celebrating on Valentine’s Day, I will do my best not to reflect on what
I have lost, but rather remember the amazing love I was privileged to
experience. I will look at other couples and truly hope on their behalf that
they might be fortunate enough to feel what I was privileged to feel for Ron.
With A Heart Bursting With Gratitude
Dedicating Sunday To My Valentine
RONNIE JOE KIMBER
February 14, 1964 - February 13, 1986