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Movie of the Week

I cannot stomach hip hop music and have very little appetite for rap lyrics. I scarcely know of the central real life people upon whom STRAIGHT FROM COMPTON is based, and yet I thoroughly enjoyed this film. This is an absolutely fascinating look behind the curtain of the underbelly of the recording industry, as well as a gripping docu-drama about the boyz from the hood who skyrocketed to fame and then their subsequent implosion. Paul Giamatti has likely garnered his second Oscar nomination of the season with his portrayal of an opportunistic artist manager who is anything but squeaky clean. This is a damn good movie.
3 1/2 PINK TRIANGLES

Doug is in Prague and did not review this movie.

Come Get Your Poker On For a Cause

Join Wanzie and Mr. Jim Philips, along with Moira and Jack Bradshaw, the entire Philips Phile gang, along with local celebrities from TV and Radio, Journalism, Business, and the world of Sports at the 11th Annual Philips Phile Poker Tournament on Saturday, August 22 at 7 PM at the Orlando Science Center.

Proceeds from the event will benefit
The Mustard Seed of Central Florida 

Best Player wins a trip to Las Vegas, including round trip airfare and hotel accommodations!  

Tickets are now on sale with only a very few chairs remaining. Entry fee is a suggested donation of $125 per poker spot.  

For those who want to be a part of the action and support the cause but don’t care to compete in the tournament, there is the Casino entry option; a $50 suggested donation gets you plenty of play money to hit the gaming tables and gamble to your heart’s content. There is an inclusive raffle ticket for door prizes, and the more play money you end up with at the end of the evening, the more tickets you can acquire for your chance to win a huge range of valuable prizes and gifts which typically range from audio/visual gadgets to wine and restaurant, travel gift certificates, sporting goods, and sports memorabilia.

There’s even an inclusive buffet at the event which is held in the Dinosaur room of the Science Center, and has become a must-be-seen-at soiree that is a virtual who’s who of Orlando’s most fun and interesting folks working in broadcast media and their friends.

Among the celebs tapped to participate in the 2015 edition of The Philip’s Phile Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament are Russ Rollins & Dirty Jim, Jim Payne, Lauren Rowe, Glenn Richards, Taco (Big Toast) Bob, Shawn Wasson & Sabrina, Tom Sorells, Steven Kramer, Eddie The Shawman, Phil Rowlins, The Shot Doctor, Greg Warmouth, Bill Sheaffer, Pat Clarke, the adorable Matt Austin, the beautiful Shannon Butler, Vern The Tractor Man, Amy Kaufeldt, the always delightful Amy Sweezey, Jenny Castillo, Bob Frier, C. Lane, everyone’s favorite law enforcement official Detective Barb, Don Esslinger, and the perennially luscious Scott Maxwell!

(And Wanzie!)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

7 PM

ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER

Absolutely no one may access the event without a ticket!

This includes family members of tournament participants

Standard Player (only a few spots remaining): $125.00

Casino Guest Ticket: $50

Reserve Entry Participation Now

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Now Playing

DOG SEES 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:

Select-A-Seat Now

$15 at the door, if available

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

Orlando Icon
JANINE KLEIN
To Once Again Rock The Footlight Theater

After wowing audiences Off-Broadway in NYC and around the country, the woman the Orlando Sentinel described as “twitch[ing] wonderfully . . . as a rabid audience laps it up," returns to her rightful home, The Parliament House, for a one-night-only performance of tour-de-force singing and comedy in the return engagement of her award-winning cabaret experience.

One Night Only
Saturday, August 29

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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More about the show:

Janine Klein, everyones favorite Jewish DIVA –whose last name isnt Streisand- returns to her home, The Parliament House, after spending the summer traveling the country with Ginger Minj of RuPauls Drag Race fame. Shell be blowing...your minds with her award-winning song and dance spectacular featuring fabulous music, fierce new costumes, and her assistant/gratuitous eye-candy, Bradley, along for the ride!

Conceived and directed by popular Orlando playwright John Ryan, with Musical Direction by Tim Evanicki, Gay Bar Star returns to The Parliament House Resort after sell-out performances in the Footlight Theater Lounge, and an award-winning run at the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Like Dolly Levi and Mame Dennis before her, this DIVA is back where she belongs, and ready to entertain her “boys” (and girls)!

JANINE KLEIN:

GAY BAR STAR

Conceived & Directed by
John Ryan

Musical Direction and Piano Accompaniment
Tim Evanicki

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Saturday, August 29

THE FOOTLIGHT THEATER
The Parliament House Resort
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32805

$12

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Now Playing

Saturday, August 22
PHILIP’S PHILE TEXAS HOLD ‘EM POKER
TOURNAMENT To Benefit The Mustard Seed
Orlando Science Center

TOURNAMENT SEAT: $125.00
CASINO PASS: $50
Click Here for Tickets

Saturday, August 22
VEGAS NIGHT with DERRICK BARRY
To Benefit Hope & Help Center of Central Flroida
The Parliament House

$10
Cash at door

Through August 22
DAMES AT SEA
Winter Park Playhouse

$40 Evening / $36 Senior Evening / $30 Matinees / $15 Industry & Active Military
Click Here for Tickets

Sunday, August 23
CANINES, CATS & CABARET
ORLANDO REPERTORY THEATRE

$20
Cash or Checks only - At the door
Reservations: 407-484-4910 or
caninecabaret@gmail.com

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

$10 Advance
Click here for tickets

Monday, August 24
Beth Marshall Presents
CYDNEY CLARK’S COMING OF AGE CABARET
They Abbey

$10
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 30
Clandestine Arts’
CARRIE THE MUSICAL
Me Theater

$20
Click Here for Tickets

Through September 6
CLYBOURNE PARK
Mad Cow

$24.25 - $34.25
Click Here for Tickets

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER - CANINES, CATS, & CABARET 5
A Cabaret benefit for the animals of Orange County Animal Services and Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando featuring some of Central Florida’s best human performers. Enjoy an evening of music, magic, puppets, comedy, and surprises with 100% of the proceeds benefiting OCAS & PAGO to help care for and support the homeless animals of Orange County, Florida. There will be a cash wine bar and two separate raffles.

Bring along a donation of either pet food or supplies and receive THREE FREE RAFFLE TICKETS!  

CANINES, CATS, & CABARET 5

STARRING 

Andrea Canny     Billy Flanigan     Terry Ward     Michael Matson
Bird Call Puppets     Emily Lloyd     Stephanie Morehead
Anthony Morehead     Voci Dance     Amanda Breivogel
Brandon Lang     Jamaal Solomon     Tammy Winsor
Michelle Carrol

Featuring Douglas White as
BARKER BONES

And the Always Cat-tastic Host of the Evening
ERIC PINDER

Sunday, August 23
7:30 PM

ORLANDO REPERTORY THEATRE
Loch Haven Cultural Park
1001 E. Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803

$20
Cash or Checks only - At the door

Reservations are optional, but appreciated:
For reservations or information, call 407-484-4910 or e-mail
caninecabaret@gmail.com

Cant make the event but wish to donate? You can do so,
securely online:
 www.gofundme.com/caninecabaret5

THEATER - CARRIE The Musical
Based on Stephen Kings bestselling novel, CARRIE The Musical is the creation of Academy Award-winning composer Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), Academy Award-winning lyricist Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose), and book writer Lawrence D. Cohen. Mr. Cohen has the longest association with the story of CARRIE, having adapted Stephen Kings novel for the original 1976 Brian De Palma film. He also co-wrote the 2013 film remake.

These three men originally adapted CARRIE for the Royal Shakespeare Company but the show seemed cursed almost from the start, plagued by technical difficulties, and defined by some rather questionable design choices by director Terry Hands. After a brief run in Stratford, England, the show limped into New York, where it famously closed on Broadway after just five performances, making it the most expensive flop in Broadway history. Undaunted by the negative response, the authors held onto the rights, continued to work on the show, and finally resurrected CARRIE The Musical for a successful Off-Broadway run in 2012.

Clandestine Arts Artistic Director and Production Manager Derek Critzer has joined forces with Sylvia Viles and will direct this Central Florida premiere production of CARRIE The Musical.

Dorothy Christopher will play the title role, with WANZeGRAM subscriber friends Wendy Starkand playing Margaret White, and Natalie Doliner featured among the large cast. Our baby boy all grown-up - Stephen Johnson - who made his professional Orlando stage theatrical debut as a tap dancing altar boy in the Charron/Wanzie musical MONORAIL INFERNO a decade ago, will choreograph the show.

August 21 - 30

ME THEATRE
1300 La Quinta Drive
Orlando FL, 32809

$20.00
www.clandestineorlando.com

CABARET - CYDNEY CLARK’S COMING OF AGE CABARET
Cydney Clark comes of age in the world of Cabaret, singing everything from Blues to Broadway. Cydney is a 2015 Beth Marshall Presents TOP TEEN who is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater, and Dance. She was most recently seen in the Athens Theater's production of Footloose as Rusty, and Beth Marshall Presents’ Part 3 of The Trayvon Martin Project: Hoodies at the Orlando Fringe Festival. She also appeared in Part 1 of The Trayvon Martin Project, and Beatnik Squared.

Wanzie says:
I was one of three judges who unanimously awarded this incredibly gifted big-voiced youngster a college scholarship award at Thespian Competition. I personally guarantee all our Subscriber Friends that if you attend this cabaret you will not feel as though you are simply supporting a recent high school grad with potential, but rather that you will be very glad you went to see this already seemingly seasoned professional who will knock you on your ass by how good she is. You find yourself needing to remind yourself that she is a teen. She will hold her own against - and even surpass - the performances of many others who have already played the room, and you will be able to say,

“I saw her before she became a Broadway star.”

 The Abbey’s Monday Night Cabaret Series

Presents
CYDNEY CLARK’S

COMING OF AGE CABARET 

Produced by
BETH MARSHALL

Monday, August 24
8 PM

THE ABBEY
Pine Street at S. Eola Ave
Downtown Orlando/Thornton Park

Only $10

Click Here for Tickets

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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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

THESE NEW ACTS JUST RECENTLY ANNOUNCED

ARE NOW ON SALE:

Martin Lawrence Live Doin Time

Pixar in Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic

One Man STAR WARS® Trilogy
written and performed by Charles Ross

Swingin with the Big Band         Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office, or by visiting the Box Office at 445 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL, 32801, Mondays through Fridays between 10 AM and 4 PM
or on Saturdays between Noon and 4 PM

Dial: 844.513.2014

or order online:

www.drphillipscenter.org

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

YANI
February 2016

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

Arturo Sandoval     Patti Labellle

Michael Fienstein Celebrates Sinatra

Tony Bennett

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.

August 29 - JANINE KLEIN - GAY BAR STAR - Footlight Theater

August 29 - Orlando Sisters CARNIVAL - Parliament House

September 6 - FREE PIG ROAST - Parliament House

September 9 - Monty Python’s SPAMALOT - Orlando Shakes

September 11 - THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES - Winter Park Playhouse

September 18 - AND THEN THERE WERE NONE - Sonnentag/Ice House

September 20 - 27th ANNUAL GALA - Orlando Shakes

September 23 - BILLY IDOL - Hard Rock Live!

A Note From Wanzie

I only just heard that some time ago Busch Gardens Tampa closed Gwazi! That’s very upsetting to me. That coaster was one of my favorite rides in that particular park. But to be fair, regardless of the location, I have always enjoyed a good woodie. 

Over at Disney Hollywood Studios, in addition to the expected announcement that the park will create a new Star Wars Land, they are apparently also creating an entire new land based on Toy Story, which the Imagineers promise will be “just as immersive as Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park.”  I love me some Cars Land! Here’s hoping they deliver on that promise.

How I wish the new CEO of SeaWorld would stop spending so much time, energy, and money trying to repair the tarnished image of its marine life parks by way of high priced PR firms and costly TV ads aimed specifically at debunking questions about the level of care the company provides its captive performers, and would instead focus on the far less expensive phasing out of shows and breeding programs which require the inhumane captivity of creatures for which the non-coastal parks cannot ever possibly create habitats that would satisfy the needs of these magnificent mammals.

I think we can all agree that there is so much more to Sea World then the Shamu shows. While at one time the killer whales may have been the major drawing card attracting tourists to the park, there are probably just as many people who go specifically to ride its world class thrill rides and to enjoy the park’s wide array of live entertainment. As the public’s awareness of and sensitivity to the social habits of these creatures and their superior intellect has evolved, so to should the park that provided that very education to the public.

There is no question the employees at SeaWold love and respect these orcas and dolphins and treat them exceptionally well within the confines of the physical tanks in which they are forced to exist. But it is SeaWorld’s very own research that sends the message loud and clear that the tanks are too small, and that baby orcas are not meant to be separated from their mothers, and that forcing whales from different family pods to live together in a confined space is at best problematic, if not totally unhealthy, and I believe, unethical.

Sea World is a terrific well-run park, and no one disputes the significant role they play time and again, year in and year out in rescue and rehabilitation efforts at great cost to the company. But saying those efforts somehow justify the captive performing orca program and all the negatives to come along with that scenario is akin to saying, “Well, Father Brady does such a good job feeding the homeless and providing care for the elderly…let’s just look the other way when he molests an altar boy or two.”

And speaking of Catholics, this one takes the f’n cake. Jesus got married the other day. Or rather a woman named Jessica Hayes put on a white wedding gown and veil and carried a bridal bouquet as she marched down the aisle at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she then married Jesus Christ. Married him in an actual wedding mass celebrated by Catholic clergy with full Vatican approval. SHE MARRIED JESUS CHRIST! Apparently it’s a thing. Who knew? She’s not a nun. (Nuns do not marry Jesus; they marry The Holy Apostolic Roman Catholic Church.) Hayes remains a lay person who just happened to fall in love with and got married to Jesus Christ.

And all I can say about that is, “Jesus Christ!”

Hayes is apparently not alone. Now that she married God the Son, she is what The Catholic Church officially recognizes as “a sanctified virgin”.

So Jessica Hayes decided she wanted to marry one of the holy trinity, and when asked if she would take Jesus Christ to be her hubby, the poor misguided virgin said, “I do.” And presto, she and Jesus became a married couple. But what about poor J.C.? Did He have any say in this utter nonsense? Did anyone bother to ask the 2,O15 year-old savior of the world. the prince of peace, the king of our kings and lord of our lords, the almighty God, whether or not He cared to be married to this 38 year-old mere mortal of a school teacher? I’m thinking not. But despite His obvious absence at the ritual, according to Hayes, Christ is now her husband. I wonder - if the marriage doesn’t work out, is she entitled to half the Kingdom of Heaven in the divorce settlement?

I thought I knew just about all there was to know concerning the absurdities of the Catholic, religion but this has somehow escaped me until just now; and now that it has come to my attention, it only serves to further fortify my fervent believe that Catholicism ranks at the tippy top of the long list of major religions mired in the ridiculous.

I had no idea that in addition to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior you could also marry him. In addition to Jessica Hayes, 229 other women in America have already done so. That’s right; in this country alone Jesus now has 230 wives!

So wouldn’t that make him a Mormon?

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