From Sandra Holiday, via Facebook:
"WHISPERING ANGELS" are proud to present ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY for "One night only" March 30th at The Wick Theatre, Boca Raton.
Happy Valentines day to you all.
The American Diva: Anne Hampton Callaway
Sunday, March 30, 2014 | ONE NIGHT ONLY
Gala Reception 5PM | Concert 7PM
TICKETS: $100-$125 | BOX OFFICE: 561-995-2333
The Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation fundraiser to benefit scholarships for students in the LGBT community studying Design, the Arts or Business.
*Complimentary valet parking
*Open Martini bar & lite bites before performance $100
**VIP tickets include above AND after show champagne & dessert reception with an "Artist Meet & Greet"
"Ann Hampton Callaway, like the great jazz diva Sara Vaughan…has a voice so rich, flexible and extravagantly gorgeous that it hardly matters what use she puts it to. " --The New York Times
For more information, contact Sandra Holiday at [email protected]
February 14, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Winter Party Festival is recruiting volunteers. Here's the news release:
From the internationally acclaimed Beach Party, to a progressive shopping night on the world-renowned Lincoln Road pedestrian mall, to electrifying events exclusively for women, the 2014 Winter Party Festival promises a six-day, non-stop lineup of events and activities.
In order to produce “The Hottest Winter in the World,” the organizers of Winter Party Festival are seeking hundreds of volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including assisting with nightclub and social events, staffing the Welcome Center, event production, finance and media relations, among others. Various shifts are available from Monday, March 3, through Monday, March 10. More than 125 shifts are available, requiring more than 500 volunteers.
Interested volunteers can apply online at http://www.winterparty.com/volunteer-winter-party-festival and follow the instructions. Volunteers will be asked to complete a simple form and let the Volunteer Relations Committee know which activities and which shifts they can work. Volunteers who sign up and successfully complete two shifts will receive a complimentary admission ticket to the Sunday Beach Party and to Ignite, the Thursday night dance event.
“What makes Winter Party Festival a ‘party with a purpose’ and distinguishes it from other events is that it has become a significant fundraiser for local LGBT grassroots charities and for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The Task Force has strived for the equal rights of the LGBT community for more than 40 years,” said Manny Gomez, Director of Volunteer Relations for Winter Party Festival.
In addition to the shifts listed online, there are Finance and Sponsorship positions available at the Welcome Center and at many of the events throughout the week. Those interested in learning more about these positions should contact Gomez at [email protected].
Proceeds from Winter Party Festival and the Miami Recognition Dinner support the important work of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to build power, take action and create positive, lasting change for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families throughout the country. A significant portion of the proceeds also funds multiple organizations serving the LGBT community in South Florida through a grant made by the Task Force to the GLBT Community Projects Fund of The Miami Foundation.
Tickets are now on sale along with multi-event passes at www.winterparty.com/purchase.
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Winter Party is produced with the assistance of the Miami Beach Convention and Visitor’s Authority.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASK FORCE
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all. For more information, visit: www.thetaskforce.org.
February 10, 2014 in Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Posted by Barneys New York to YouTube:
Video interview with Katie Hill and Arin Andrews, two of the seventeen models featured in Barneys' spring campaign shot by Bruce Weber. Watch Katie and Arin tell their stories of growing up transgender against the backdrop of their conservative Oklahoma upbringing.
Read more of their story and learn more about the campaign at thewindow.barneys.com
Barneys New York has partnered with two leading voices in the trans community, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the LGBT Community Center (The Center) on the campaign. By bringing the personal stories of these 17 individuals to a national stage, Barneys New York hopes to help break stereotypes and build social acceptance of transgender people—long-standing goals of both The Center and NCTE.
To help further support The Center and NCTE, Barneys New York is pleased to donate 10% of all sales from its 11 flagship stores nationwide and Barneys.com on February 11th to the LGBT Community Center in New York City and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Total proceeds will be divided evenly between the two charities.
‘The Day It Snowed In Miami,’ a chronology of the LGBT-rights movement focusing on its early days during the Anita Bryant campaign in Miami-Dade County, is a feature-length documentary by Joe Cardona in association with the Miami Herald Media Company and WPBT2.
The film will air locally at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, on WPBT2 and nationally on PBS throughout the rest of 2014.
A premiere screening will be Tuesday, March 4, at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. Tickets go on sale soon.
Click here to see the trailer and read our new 'The Day It Snowed In Miami' page.
January 31, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Arts, Bisexual, Books, Bullying, Business, Census, Crime, Current Affairs, Fashion, Film, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Immigration, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Military, Music, Obituary, Palm Beach County, Pets, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Sports, Television, Theater, Transgender, Travel, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
News release from Unity Coalition:
2014 LEGENDS HONORS AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED – PRESENTED AT THE UNITY COALITION|COALICION UNIDA LEGENDS BALL ON APRIL 9th
January 2014…Miami, Florida - Every year, Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida – The first & only organization for the South Florida Latino|Hispanic|LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) Community - advancing Equality since 2002, honors allies of the LGBTQ community, present & past that have made a positive mark & contribution and celebrate the good, noble & outstanding within our community.
This year’s recipients are a stellar list of the who’s who of South Florida Theatre and the Arts. The list of honorees includes South Florida Symphony conductor Sebrina María Alfonso, Broadway Producer/Director Richard Jay-Alexander, choreographer & producer Pedro Pablo Peña and acclaimed theatrical director David Chacón-Perez. They will each receive the Legends Honor Medal at the annual LEGENDS BALL, set for Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at the Jackie Gleason Rehearsal Hall in Miami Beach.
Past honorees include: Michael Aller, Billy Bean, Mayor Matti Bower, Xavier Cortada, Robin Schwartz, Elaine Lancaster, Mikey Verdugo, Merle & Danny Weiss, Det. Juan Sanchez, Comm. Michael Gongora, Dale Stine and many more.
ABOUT the 2014 Honorees
SEBRINA MARIA ALFONSO | Conductor, South Florida Symphony Orchestra
Sebrina made her New York debut conducting the American Symphony Orchestra at the finals of the Stokowski International Competition in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The audience greeted this prize-winner with a standing ovation following her performance and pronounced her the clear winner in the audience poll announced at the end of the proceedings.
Following an appearance with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Maestro Alfonso’s work was described as “Alfonso ushered her audience into chambers of fantasy, imagery & feeling – elements essential to fine music-making. This is the way conducting used to be” – San Jose Mercury News.
In 2002, Ms. Alfonso became the first Cuban American conductor invited to conduct Cuba’s premiere orchestra where she received standing ovations from standing room only concerts. Ms. Alfonso continues a relationship with that orchestra and has traveled to Cuba on at least four other occasions…and on the lighter side she was asked by the Tourist and Development Council for the State of Florida to conduct an underwater concert for over 400 divers, which received recognition worldwide.
With her national reputation continuing to expand, Sebrina has been the subject of feature stories on CBS Radio News, CNN, the AP Press, MS Magazine (New York), Deco Drive and Miami News (ABC), and has been profiled in Reuters.
It is Ms. Alfonso’s clear love of music and passion to grow, expand, and discover that drives her and the South Florida Symphony towards the future.
RICHARD JAY–ALEXANDER | Broadway Producer & Director
Richard Jay-Alexander (born Richard Alexander Fernandez) is enjoying a 39–year career that has encompassed just about every kind of job and position one could experience in the entertainment field. He is one of those rare individuals who got to work in the arts, having studied theatre, music and opera and has unique accomplishments which have taken him all over the world and onto every kind of stage, arena, nightclub, venue or studio.
Richard began as an actor, singer and dancer. He made his Broadway debut in 1978 in ZOOT SUIT, written and directed by Luis Valdez, at the Winter Garden Theater. Next, he was in the Original Broadway Cast of AMADEUS and quickly came a career matriculation into Directing and Producing.
He is synonymous with such blockbusters as LES MISERABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MISS SAIGON and many others, having also run British Mega-Producer, Cameron Mackintosh’s American company for over a decade.
Richard has directed and/or produced for television, film, videos, commercials, many Grammy nominated recordings and sometimes even still choreographs, when called upon. He has worked with many of the greatest stars of our time, including Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Russell Watson, Lea Salonga, Bette Midler, Sam Harris, IL VOLO, IL DIVO, Chris Botti, Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Betty Buckley, Sir Ian McKellen and many more. After years of living between New York, Los Angeles and Miami, he now makes Miami his home.
Richard Jay (as he is known) loves talent and holds an unparalleled track record for discovering new and young talent. Among his many “finds” would be a young Lea Michele. He has also been the guy who gives people their first jobs or “breaks” as they are called. He continues to work steadily and is always excited by new opportunities and people with ideas.
PEDRO PABLO PEÑA | Choreographer & Producer
Born in Cuba, Mr. Peña danced for Havana’s Opera Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba, Musical Theater of Havana where he also served as Choreography Director and was founder and director of the First Choreographic Dance Workshop in Havana.
For seven years Mr. Pena was choreographer for Univision’s TV show “Sabado Gigante Internacional” He was selected as choreographer for the Warner Brothers film “The Specialist”. He has been recognized and awarded for his work by ACCA, Fesela Inter-American Chapter of Hadassah and honored by Miami art magazine “Pregones” with the Contradanza Award for his continuous work in the development of dance in Miami and preservation of the Cuban Heritage in exile.
Ballet Concierto Dominicano, National Ballet of Panama, and the Odeon Theater in Vienna, Austria have invited Mr. Peña, to set his choreographic work, “Fusion” in their respective countries. He is Founder and Director of Creation Art Center (1982), Miami Hispanic Ballet (1993), the International Ballet Festival of Miami, one of the most important Ballet Festivals in the United States, and in 2006 he founded the successful Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami and is the Artistic Director.
Since January 2013 Mr. Peña is the General Director of the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center (The White House of Ballet), home of some of the most recognized arts organizations in Miami under his direction: The Miami Hispanic Ballet (MHB), the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami (CCBM), Creation Art Center (CAC) also introducing the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami School (CCBM School) and the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center Music Conservatory.
DAVID CHACÓN - PEREZ | Producer & Artistic Director
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, David Chacón-Perez is a producer and artistic director with experience in the fields of TV entertainment, network news, special events, spectacles and theater. He has developed most of his career in Miami, Florida, where he currently resides since 2000.
As a writer, he has created short commercial capsules for Galavisión (USA) Network, owned by Univision Communications, Inc.. As Artistic Director he has been working in reality shows like Nuestra Belleza Latina and special events for the Univision Network, and currently works exclusively as the Artistic Director of "Grachi", Winner of the Kids Choice Awards ("The Best TV Series of 2010) create by Nickelodeon Latin America Network, part of MTV Networks/Viacom Satellite Broadcasting).
He has participated in more than one hundred productions with companies in the United States, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Canada and Europe. His background includes work as an actor, set, costume and graphic designer, casting director, event coordinator, art director, executive producer and artistic director.
ABOUT the Leaders, Legends & Lovelies EXHIBIT, LECTURES & LEGENDS BALL
Celebrating the good, positive & outstanding within our LGBT community, the Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida (UC|CU) LEADERS, LEGENDS & LOVELIES Lectures, Exhibits & Legends Ball strive to focus on just that – Bringing lecturers from all walks of life in the LGBT & friends of community, the events focus on the similarities rather than the differences we all share, and how we can inspire others to do good, excel, be proud of who they are & just be better people. Our work is 100% funded by events & private donations, and we are 100% staffed & managed by volunteers. Everything that comes in, goes right back out for programming, leading & assisting our LGBTQ community.
As part of our exhibit at the Art Deco Welcome Center (of original theatre & Broadway costumes, memorabilia, etc…), working with exquisite costumes and designs from the Broadway Costume Museum, Wick Collection and Peter Lovello designs, we are celebrating the Theatres of South Florida - Past & Present, including the golden years following 1964 when the Jackie Gleason Show was filmed here.
Exhibit & lectures are free & open to the public April 12-13, 2014 from 10am-6pm at 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.
The Legends Ball will be held Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at the Jackie Gleason Rehearsal Hall in Miami Beach, and tickets are $100.
2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Heriberto J. Sosa - President, Luis E. Gonzalez- Treasurer, Maria Lago, Max Brava, Angel Camacho, Christopher Padron, Michael Stein, Dr. Ken Wilcox
UNITY COALITION|COALICION UNIDA
The First & Only organization for the So. Fla. Latino|Hispanic|LGBT
(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) Community - advancing Equality since 2002.
La Primera y Unica organización en el sur de la Florida para la comunidad latina|hispana LGBTQ (lesbianas, gay,bisexual, transgénero, cuestionando)- avansando Igualdad desde el 2002.
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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis marry 33 couples during their emotional Grammy performance with some help from Madonna. Thanks for finding Clevver's Trophy Life, with your breaking award show season coverage. Get ready to shed some tears, here's a clip of Macklemore's "Same Love" and Madonna's "Open Your Heart" wedding ceremony.
Singer Lance Bass has crush on 'The Bachelor' Juan Pablo Galavis, forgives him for anti-gay comments
BY NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
PARK CITY, Utah -- If Juan Pablo Galavis is looking for forgiveness after his anti-gay comments, he need look no further than Lance Bass.
"I don't hate him at all," Bass said. "I still think he's cute."
Galavis, star of ABC's "The Bachelor," apologized last week after telling a journalist that he didn't think a gay or bisexual bachelor would set a good example for kids. He also said gays were more "pervert, in a sense."
Galavis, who grew up in Venezuela and lives in Miami, later said he respects gay people and blamed a language barrier for his use of the word "pervert."
Bass, who is gay, says he has a massive crush on Galavis.
"Of course it's disappointing, because you don't want someone who (you) actually love to have those thoughts," said the former 'N Sync singer.
Why I love South Florida and working at the Miami Herald:
BY DAVID OVALLE AND JULIE K. BROWN
Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach early Thursday on charges of DUI and drag-racing, a police spokesman said. The bad-boy musician’s entourage had apparently used their cars to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive at 26th Street, a residential area, at 4:30 a.m., creating a drag strip for the young star, who was in a Lamborghini.
Christine Dolen review | ‘End of the Rainbow’ revisits a troubled Judy Garland near the end of her life
BY CHRISTINE DOLEN
For much of her too-short life, the great Judy Garland walked a precarious tightrope between glory and doom.
At one end was Garland the legend, the star ofThe Wizard of Oz and A Star Is Born, the performer whose extraordinary skill at conveying the emotions in a song helped make her an icon. At the other end was the damaged Garland, an insecure woman who drank too much and depended on pills — uppers to sing, downers to sleep — to make it through life.
In End of the Rainbow, a newly opened play-with-music at Actors’ Playhouse, playwright Peter Quilter serves up both Garlands, painting an unsettling portrait of a star in steep decline. Tracie Bennett won acclaim for playing Garland in End of the Rainbow in London in 2010-2011, then starred in the show on Broadway in 2012 and Los Angeles last year.
IF YOU GO
What: ‘End of the Rainbow’ by Peter Quilter.
Where: Actors’ Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (additional 2 p.m. show Jan. 22), through Feb. 9.
Cost: $55 Friday-Saturday, $47 other shows (10 percent senior discount, $15 student rush tickets, Saturday-Sunday excluded).
Information: 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.