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Monday Movie Review With Wanzie & Doug

WANZIE - The word-smithing of August Wilson + the considerable talents of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis = one incredibly touching and disturbing slice of life drama that is in a word - “raw” and also incredibly moving. In light of his giving an Oscar-worthy performance in FENCES, it is almost inconceivable to note that Washington self directs.
4 PINK TRIANGLES

 

 

DOUG - I just could not get past the language. The writing. People just do not speak that way.
2 1/2 Pink Triangles

WICKED AFTER DARK To Play The Abbey

 SEE THE CAST OF WICKED DO
THIER OWN THING  AT THE ABBEY!

Cabaret to Benefit
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the
GLBT Center of Central Florida

Thursday, January 26

WICKED AFTER DARK is produced by the company members of WICKED themselves. This post-WICKED performance event is an opportunity for the company to step out of their roles in the musical and kick up their heels performing some of their favorite non-Ozian material. The evening will kick off with an amazing opening act by WICKED alumna, Broadway veteran, “X-Factor” star, Nashville recording artist, and Florida native Rachel Potter and her band Steel Union. Song and dance performances by the company members of WICKED will follow along with a Live Auction.

Net proceeds raised from the benefit will specifically help fund counseling services for the community, survivors, and family members resulting from the Pulse tragedy. Counseling services will be needed for at least the next five years, and The Center has pledged that it will make these services available to the community on a walk-in basis, free of charge, for as long as it is needed.

WICKED AFTER DARK, along with WITCHES NIGHT OFF, is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company to support charitable causes. The WICKED National Tour has raised over $4 million in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and local health and Aids service organizations all over the country.

WICKED AFTER DARK will include exclusive WICKED charity merchandise for purchase, and live auctions featuring opportunities to join the company backstage at the Dr. Phillips Center. Live auction items include (to name a few):

  • A chance to watch the “greenifying” of OZs most infamous lady plus a backstage tour and two house seats for the show.
  • “BEHIND THE EMERALD CURTAIN” – Experience WICKED like a pro! Tour backstage, watch the show from the stage managers call desk and the soundboard. A chance to see WICKED like never before.
  • Win a walk-on role in WICKED. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience being IN Broadways biggest blockbuster. You can win the chance to wear a Tony Award-winning costume and be in three scenes of Broadways favorite musical.

Tickets for WICKED AFTER DARK can be purchased at www.TicketFly.com. VIP admission is available for $75, which includes a pre-show reception from 8:30 – 9:30 PM, reserved seating, catered light hors doeuvres, and two complimentary drinks. Limited premium VIP tables are available for $400 per table (4 seats per table) placing you at the foot of the stage with the best seats in the house.  General admission (standing room) tickets are available for $35.

Performance date is Thursday evening, January 26 at 10 PM.

Playwrights’ Rountable LAUNCH 2017
It’s time once again for Plywrights' Roundtable’s annual presentation of new plays by ar-ea writers. Eight original short works will debut all together in a single program with presentations beginning tomorrow, Friday, January 20:

Parallel journeys converge unexpectedly in -
A LONG TRIP

Written by Dan McGeehan
Directed by Gary Norris
Featuring Peter Rougeux, Rockie Kobrin, Ian Gray, and Tianna Stevens

A Hitchcockian look at interoffice relationships -
CALENDAR GIRL
Written by Ken Preuss
Directed by BeeJay Clinton
Featuring Tabatha Ford, Joseph Gonzalez, Grace Trotta, and Ryan Roberson

A writer with a secret. A detective with a question. How will they resolve the case?
CHARACTER ASSASSINATION
Written by Robert O'Connell
Directed by Terri Gianoutsos
Featuring John Crosby and Jim Inzirillo

Amy and Gemma come to terms over the real truth of their marriage
EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD DO
Written by Scotto Moore
Directed by David Strauss
Featuring Dina Najjar and Kate Murray

Todd finds himself in the strangest theme park gift shop of all -
Mr. Todd's Wild Ride
Writen by David Strauss
Directed by Chuck Dent
Featuring Rob Del Medico and Kate Murray

30-year-old Jeffrey can't wait to see Santa. Is this the year the truth comes out?
SANTA DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Written by Patrick Gabridge
Directed by Robert Cunha
Featuring Ken Preuss, Tracey Jane Smith, and BeeJay Clinton

Metaphysical crossword puzzles and God await two soldiers -
WELCOME TO AFTERLIFE
Written by Eric Weil
Directed by Sylvia Viles
Featuring Anthony Maywright, Andres Salgado, and Ryan Roberson

Two ladies from the big city find more than they expected in this little Pennsylvania Amish hamlet -
WELCOME TO INTERCOURSE
Written by Tracey Jane Smith
Directed by Thomas Rivera
Featuring Caitlin Nicholas, Naomy Delgado, Nathan Jones, and Ryan Roberson

LAUNCH 2017 will be performed at the Santos Dantin Studio Theater located in the Lowdes Shakespeare Center. Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings, January 20 & 21, 27 & 28, and February 3 & 4 at 8 PM, with Sunday matinee-only performances on January 22 & 29, and February 5.

Tickets: $18 general admission, $15 for Seniors / Students with ID / and military. Cash or credit ONLY at the door. Seating reservations can be made by calling 407.761.2683.

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Wanzie,
Particularly good WANZeGRAM (January 10). Liked your review and Doug’s additional comments on  
LaLa Land (regarding the hiring of non-singing actors) - same could be said of their dancing.  Also enjoyed Mike Dorman's column, and your list of things to do instead of watching the inauguration.
John Davis
  

USA DANCE

Hey John,
We at the WANZeGRAM are always appreciative of anyone who takes time to share a few kind words regarding our efforts.

Thank You!
Wanzie

Michael,
Please tell people to leave a movie channel on all day on Inauguration Day; this way the ratings actually show that you were watching something else...that's even better.
Jean Ferris

Good advice, Jean. Thanks for sharing it.
Wanzie

Wanzie,
To keep his
(Trump - Inaugural events) ratings LOW, you must have your television turned ON, but NOT tuned into any channel showing ANY inauguration coverage. If you don't turn your TV on, his ratings will show higher because of the percentage of sets tuned in. So please tell all your subscribers to set up their televisions to the geographic channel or cooking channel! Basically anything that is not covering the inauguration!
Joe Bagett

Joe,
Thanks for taking the time to write in with this clarification. Consider the information shared!
Wanzi

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Now Playing
Saturday, January 21
WELL STRUNG
The Abbey 8 PM
$35 / $55 VIP Reserved Seating at Tables
Click Here for Tickets

Sunday, January 22

Clermont Center For The Performing Arts 3 PM

$49
Click Here for Tickets

Through January 22
TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL
Greater Orlando Actors’ Theatre 8 PM

$25 / $20 Student & Senior
Click Here for Tickets

Through January 22
GODSPELL
Central Florida Community Arts 7:30 PM / Sundays 3 PM

$18 Advance Reserved Seat / $15 GA at Door / $25 VIP
Click Here for Tickets

Tuesday, January 24
ORLANDO BALLET UNCORKED
The Abbey 7 PM

$30 / $50 VIP - includes glass of wine
For tickets dial 407-418-9828 or email ksmith@orlandoballet.org

Through January 27
DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER
Sonnentag Theatre at The Ice House Various Times

$9.50 - $21.50
Click Here for Tickets

Through January 29
Agatha Christie’s WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
Wayne Densch PAC Various Times

$22 / $20 Balcony / $27 VIP Box Seats
Click Here for Tickets

Through January 29
Playwrights’ Round Table LAUNCH 2017
Orlando Shakes

$18 / $15 Seniors & Students & Military
407.761.2683

Through January 29
WICKED
Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA Various Times
Walt Disney Theater

$202.75 / $182.75 / $162.75 / $72.75
Click Here for Tickets

Through January 29
HARVEY
Garden Theatre Thursday – Saturday 7:30 PM / Sundays 2 PM

$22 / $19 Senior / $15 Student
Click Here for Tickets

Through February 5
BLACKBERRY WINTER
Orlando Shakes Various Times
Goldman Theatre

$40 - $50
Click Here for Tickets

Slightly-Lengthier-Than-Usual Short Takes


"My only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivo-cally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE IN-AUGURATION FESTIVITIES! Please know that I HEAR YOU and I feel your pain. The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career, and I am deeply indebted to you. You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally, and for so many years you provid-ed me with work even though my star had long since faded.”
- Jennifer Holliday

“Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you're a tyrant. Bye.”
- Charlotte Church in sweet tweet to @realDonaldTurmp


"I've tried to tell myself that it will be all right and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man…I only know I could never 'throw roses to Hitler.' And I certainly could never sing for him…Looking from the outside in, it will appear that the Choir is en-dorsing tyranny and fascism by singing for this man.” - Jan Chamberlan, four-year member of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir in her Letter of Resignation to LDS Church Leadership of the venerated choir
“We politely decline”
- KISS

“We took this very seriously and immediately contacted Radio City for a meeting to ad-dress this volatile situation. This is always the first course of action in a labor-management issue or dispute. Fortunately, the Company has agreed that ALL participa-tion in this particular event will be voluntary. We are greatly relieved and hope to work with our Members to inform them and alleviate the anxiety and fears that this has caused…There is a small group of year ‘round Rockettes who are contractually obligated to perform at scheduled events throughout the year. We are pleased that Radio City has agreed that for those Rockettes with year-round employment, participation in this event will be voluntary as well.” -
AGVA - American Guild of Variety Artists - UNION


“There is a divide in the company now, which saddens me most. The majority of us said no immediately. Then there's the percentage that said yes, for whatever reason — whether it's because they're young and uninformed, or because they want the money, or because they think it's an opportunity to move up in the company when other people turn it down. No women of color have signed up to perform on Inauguration Day. It's al-most worse to have 18 pretty white girls behind this man who supports so many hate groups. They're going to be branded in history as one of those women. How's it going to look?"
- Anonymous Radio City Music Hall Rockette

“There are many grey areas about the offer for me to perform that I’m
unable to share right now, but I will not be singing.”
- Rebecca Furgussen

“Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for the inauguration,”
- Anthony Scaramucci, Trump Transition Facilitator on CNN

“Elton John will absolutely not be performing for the Inauguration”
- John’s Spokesper-son


“We need a humanitarian in the White House, not a barbarian.”
- Elton John

“Any reports that the WANZeGRAM is in anyway biased or partisan in regards to compiling its content is “Fake News” likely generated by that deplorable Trump-supporting Pinocchio-nosed Kelly Ann Media Whore Conway”
- Wanzie

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My Two Cents

ANOTER DAY, ANOTHER MORONIC MEME
By Mike Dorman

I regret that I am unable to find the offensive graphic, but it went something like this: It showed a candid photo of the POTUS smiling and then in two columns laid out some economic data which, at a glance, seemed to show that the Obama presidency has had seriously negative results for the economy, and it concluded with some rather snotty remark such as, "Thanks, Obama."  Now as Mark Twain famously said, "There are three types of lies - lies, damned lies. and statistics."  This meme was comprised of the latter two types, and don't ya wanna know how and why? Frankly I don't give a shit, because I'm gonna tell you anyway.  

The first rule of cheating with data is to choose points for comparison which are most advantageous to your argument. The meme in question was a prime example of this kind of numerical chicanery. It chose economic stats from 2008 as the beginning of the Obama administration, and alleged that the ending point was the present, although some of the data used was from as far back as 2013. Factually, the economic picture from January 2008 to January 2009 includes the precipitous economic decline triggered by the housing bubble collapse. Since President Obama was inaugurated in mid January, 2009, any "starting point” should be within that year, not 2008. Additionally, the events of 2008 extended what is now being referred to as the "Great Recession" well into the 2013 range.

At this point, in fairness, it must be noted that no responsible economist would blame Bush 43 for the bubble collapse, as there were many more, and more involved, culprits, including many of both parties in Congress who steadfastly refused responsible oversight or regulation of financial markets. Blaming the President, any president, for an economic collapse triggered by Wall Street speculation in financial instruments not even understood by most commercial banks' CEOs is a fool's errand. This is not to say it doesn't happen. Another similar but unrelated example would be the ludicrous 2012 comments by Newt Gingrich that if Obama were re-elected the price of gasoline would hit $10. Diametrically opposite were the promises of Michele Bachmann, who as candidate, (briefly, mercifully) actually said if she were President, gas would be $1 per gallon. Both reflect pandering to the ignorance of the electorate, which, as recent pathetic events have shown can sometimes  be fruitful.

Having said that, let's briefly discuss "debt" and "deficit", since many Americans are in the dark and confuse them as identities, which they are not. Rather than reinvent a cogent presentation, here's a good one from today's  New York Times:  "The federal deficit tells you how much more money the government spent in a single year than it received in revenue. During the recession, for example, the deficit spiked because the government received less tax revenue as incomes dropped at the same time it was spending more money for things like unemployment benefits and stimulus programs to revive the economy. Since the end of the recession (2013-ish), the size of the yearly deficit has been declining. The national debt, on the other hand, is the cumulative amount of money that the federal government has borrowed to make up for all those deficits in previous years. Even if the size of the federal deficit, or “shortfall,” shrinks from one year to the next, the total national debt will still increase because the government is still borrowing money (just not as much as it did the year before). The government could even have a budget surplus one year — where it takes in more money than it spends — but still have a sizable national debt that has built up over time.

Since Bush 43 is cited in the offending meme as the "good example" it must be noted that he inherited a budget surplus from his predecessor, Democrat, Bill Clinton. He forthwith pissed it and thousands of American lives away on a war in Iraq, at the end of which he adopted "reconstruction" policies which are generally considered the spark that set fire to ISIS.

Many of you know this, but I'm laying the groundwork for some actually valid statistics, and I hope some who read this will be better enabled to understand my point.

So, let's take accurate data points for economic sampling. That would be Jan. 2001, Jan. 2009, and Jan. 2017. The span from 01-to 09 should (does) reflect what Bush started with and what he ended up with as well as what Obama started with. Again, for fairness, neither recession, debt, deficit or recovery are the sole purview of POTUS, nor is he even the major factor, especially with a recalcitrant Congress, which both had to some extent, Bush a Democratic senate, Obama a Republican House. Again, in reality, the House controls the nation's purse strings, not the POTUS or anyone else. So the objective will be to compare where Bush started, where he ended (what he handed off to Obama) and where we are now again, total disclosure, 2016 data is incomplete for some indicators so 2015 is used. Forsimplicity assume the year is as of Jan 15 -

 

2001

2009

2016

Obama change

Unemployment

4%

10.1%

5%

5.1% decrease

GDP growth

.5%

3%

2.85%

flat

DJIA

15,002

8,030

19,950

248% increase

Deficit as % of GDP:

1998-2001- actual surplus, no deficit!

2004, 2005 - large deficits due to war in Iraq

2009 - massive recession, housing bubble burst, TARP approved (by Bush), unemployment extended to 99weeks (by Obama) large deficits to feed people, provide shelter, unemployment.

2014 - deficit returns to statistical average since 1965, and is actually lower than 7 of the 8 Reagan years! CBO projects below average remainder of the decade.

In perspective: Reagan had 7 above average deficit budgets with no war or recession; Obama had only 4 large above average deficits in eight years after a huge recession. The largest deficit ever since the Great Depression was the Bush budget of 2009!  

This doesn't even cover the millions now insured under the ACA.  So maybe we ought to look at fact before we smear the President with the toughest economy since Hoover and Roosevelt, although, it should be remembered that Roosevelt was also slandered by the Far Right Neanderthals as was his wife. And he was Caucasian! It is worthy of note as well, that what ended the Great Depression was really WWII, not government action which was a bit effective but well short of recovery without deficits. So there. You're bored but I feel better.

That Mike Dorman can explain some shit!

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NETWORKING - WATERMARK’S THIRD THURSDAY
The popular roving monthly event will take place this evening, January 19, from 6 PM-8 PM, hosted by and financially benefititing CAPEN HOUSE at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. As always, there is no admission charge and your first drink and lite bites are FREE! Funds are raised primarily via raffle ticket sales for your chance to win lots of “fun & fabulous prizes,” so please be sure to bring along a bit of cash. Entertain-ment for this month’s edition of the event will be provided by Accoustic Guitarist Fred P. Hodes.

WATERMARK “THIRD THURSDAY”
NETWORKING SOCIAL

TONIGHT - Thursday, January 19

6 PM – 9 PM

CAPEN HOUSE

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
633 Osceola Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

FASHION / COMMUNITY - TRASH 2 TRENDS
Orlando’s one and only Green Carpet Event brings the fashion and art world together with the environmental community, while also raising funds to benefit nonprofit, Keep Orlando Beautiful.

Organized by WANZeGRAM Subscriber friend Jody Buyas, this totally non-stuffy and slightly off kilter and highly entertaining event boasts 34 inspiring designers and artists who have each created innovative, wearable and over the top looks using only materials that would otherwise be headed to the landfill or recycling facility, but instead are strut-ting down a 48-foot runway. There is something for everyone at this edgy, New York-style runway event! There is a silent auction with environmentally based items, up-cycled interest pieces, 500+ attendees, networking opportunities, delicious food, drinks, music and professional photographers.

4th Annual
TRASH 2 TRENDS
Fashion Show Fundraiser
To Benefit
KEEP ORLANDO BEAUTIFUL

Saturday, February 4, 2017

7 PM
COCKTAIL HOUR:
Enjoy a Delectable Assortment
of Complimentary Small Bites

Peruse Silent Auction & Art Vendors

Cash Bar

8 PM
RECYCLED RUNWAY SHOW:
Featuring Inspiring Coterie Designs
Created Entirely From Items Headed For The Landfill

SeaWorld Orlando
Event Pavillon

Admission Options:

$125.00 VIP
Front Row Seating / 2 Drink Tickets / SeaWorld Orlando Park Ticket /
VIP Lounge (7 PM-7:30 PM) with
Complimentary Food Stations & Champaign

$65 RESERVED SEATING
2nd Row Reserved Seats / 2 Drink Tickets

$35 GENERAL ADMISSION

Complimentary Dessert & Coffee Bar for All Guests During Intermission

Free Convenient Parking / Don’t Dress Like a Bum
It’s a Fucking Fashion Show!

TICKETS:
2017trash2trends.eventbrite.com

To lean more about Keep Orlando Beautiful, please visit
www.cityoforlando.net/kob.

MUSIC - WELL STRUNG
The incredibly entertaining, totally charming, very handsome, and amazingly talented men of WELL STRUNG have quickly gained international attention. The New York Times called the band “a talented quartet that brilliantly fuses pop and classical music from Ma-donna to Beethoven,” and the New York Daily News raved, “The hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games.” This oh-so-fahhhbulous string quartet with a modern twist, plays universally recognized classical pieces while also singing pop music hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson and more for a wildly engaging and unique experience.


Saturday, January 21 at 8 PM
THE ABBEY
Pine Street at S. Eola
Downtown Orlando / Thornton Park
$35 General Admission / $55 VIP Reserved Seating at Tables

Click Here for Tickets

THEATER - BLACKBERRY WINTER
Years of success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother's slide into the grip of dementia. Vivienne recounts memories of her aging mother and the difficult decisions regarding her care. Interwoven with these stories is an evolving, wondrous 21st century Alzheimer's creation myth -- an original story about a White Egret who tries to protect forest animals as they lose their memories to a blind, oblivious Mole. "Blackberry Winter" is a moving, occasionally humorous, and deeply human new work.

Written by
Steve Yockey

Directed by
Michael Dove

January 4 - February 5, 2017

ORLANDO SHAKES
Goldman Theater

$40 - $50
Click Here for Tickets

THEATER  -  AFFORDABLE REHEARSAL SPACE AVAILABLE
Need rehearsal, meeting, or workshop space? Orlando Fringe has got you covered! Located on the 2nd floor of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center situated within the Fringe office complex is a fabulous 1,960 square foot space complete with a small stage, light tree, sound board, and wired microphones to meet your minimum technical needs.

The space is typically available seven days a week from 9 AM-11 PM.

The facility also features 50 seats, restrooms, folding tables, Wi-Fi, a small kitchenette for storage of hot or cold food, and an elevator for loading and ADA compliance.

Rates are as low as $15/hour. House managers and technicians are available upon request for an additional reasonable fee.

For more information, contact the lovely and always helpful Paula Whigam: paula@orlandofringe.org or call 407-648-0077

Coming Attractions

SEE THE CAST OF WICKED DO
THIER OWN THING AT THE ABBEY!

ONE NIGHT ONLY - JANUARY 26 – 10 PM

$35 & $40

Click Here for Tickets

 

Florida Theatrical Association Presents

Fairwinds Broadway In Orlando 2016/2017 Season

At Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
February 7 -12, 2017

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
March 7 -12, 2017

MATILDA The Musical
May 9 -14

FINDING NEVERLAND
June 6 -11

www.drphillipscenter.org

SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE:

WICKED
January 11 - 29, 2017

www.drphillipscenter.org

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.

January 24

 ORLANDO BALLET UNCORKED

 The Abbey

January 27

 ZORA NEALE HURSTON

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

January 26

 WICKED AFTER DARK featuring the cast of WICKED

 The Abbey

January 28

 PERFORMERS WITH A PURPOSE

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 1

 BILLY CRYSTAL

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 1 Acoustic Concert - TIFFANY: A Million Miles - The Story Telling Tour Footlight Theatre

February 3

 THE BOSTON POPS PLAY THE BEATLES

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 3

 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNUM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

 Garden Theatre

February 4

 TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA and DEAN MARTIN

 Wayne Densch PAC

February 4

 FABIO PORCHAT

 Bob Carr Theater

February 4

 LILY TOMLIN

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 4

 TRASH 2 TRENDS

 Seas World

February 5

 SHEN YUN

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 6

 THE FOLEY AWARDS

 Footlight Theatre

February 7

 A GENTLEMEN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 8

 THE GREAT GATSBY

 Orlando Shakes

February 9

 LOVE YOUR SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

 Wayne Densch PAC

February 12

 Central Florida Jazz Society: UCF FLYING HORSE BIG BAND

 The Abbey

February 14

 UPRIGHT CITIZEN’S BRIGADE

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 15

 Movie Classics On Magnolia Presents REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE

 Wayne Densch PAC

February 15

 DEEPAK CHOPRA

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 16

 THE PIANO GUYS

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 18

 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE - IN CONCERT

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 18

 VOX AUDIO (Formerly Toxic Audio)

 Wayne Densch PAC

February 20

 JOE BONAMASSA

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 20

 DANCING WITH THE QUEENS

 The Abbey

February 24

 DIONNE WARWICK

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 24

 PURLIE

 Wayne Densch PAC

February 24

 JOE BONAMASSA

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 24

 DYNAMIC DUO

 The Abbey

February 24

 GODSPELL

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 25

 Wendy Jones - EVERYTHING IS ROSIE: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney

 Winter Park Playhouse

February 25

 GIVE HOPE & HOLD EM’ POKER TOURNAMENT

 The Mezz

February 25

 Orlando Ballet A TRIBUTE TO HARRIET  - BEST OF BROADWAY

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

February 25

 SUPER BOWLD WATCH PARTY

 The Abbey

February 26

 Sanford Jazz Ensemble SALUTE TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 Wayne Densch PAC

February 27

 ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE

 Dr. Phillip’s CFPA

A Note From Wanzie

Tomorrow - Friday, January 20 - please consider doing the following:

Change your FB profile pic to a picture of President Barack Obama or of his family.

Turn your fb cover photo/banner to black or to a picture of the outgoing first family.

Tune your TV on and leave it on all day and evening-long, but tuned to a non-news centric channel you know for certain will not be covering any of the Inaugural events.

Do NOT tune in to any live coverage of any inaugural events. In fact, even if you are up at 5 AM, do not tune in to any news coverage what so ever until after 2 AM on January 21. I shall miss my morning visit with Robin Meade, but it must be done.

Do not post on FB or tweet on Twitter any reference what so ever to the President Elect or the Inauguration. Simply do not type his name or reference the Inauguration for the duration of the day.

Consider wearing black - or even more pointedly - a black armband - if you are going out in public. 

NOTE: Since compiling this Gram last Friday, I have received many messages and emails informing me that none of the tune-in/tune out tactics I reference (and some subscribers have referenced in our “We’ve Got Mail” section) will NOT actual succeed in affecting the ratings of the inauguration because no one’s viewing habits are discernible unless you are a bonafide “Nelson Family” with a specific data-collecting box attached to your TV.  Some people even attached articles which seem to substantiate those clarifications. However, I am now also in receipt of an equal number of messages from people claiming that while it is true you must be a Nelson Family-household to affect rating shares that inform whether a series remains on the air, etc., they are still able to determine what and when you are watching if indeed you have a cable connection and DVR-type apparatus stating that regardless of what the official line or explanation is…if you have that DVR device in your home they most certainly know what you are up to. One person advised that I should re-watch the movie SNOWDON if I have any doubts that this is not the case.

So who the fuck knows for certain?

All I know is whether it can be detected or have any impact on ratings non withstanding, I consider tuning in to watch any aspects of the Inaugural to be in extremely poor taste akin to stopping to gawk at some horrific life-taking auto accident even though you are unable to offer any assistance.

Now - Let us pray for a timely fatal aneurysm for the man whose name we will not invoke on January 20th.

I’m PASTOR MICHAEL ALLEN PATRICK WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote!

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