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Thursday, September 3, 2015

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Movie of the Week

WANZIE: This has to be the most violent blood bath of a movie that I have ever thoroughly enjoyed (well, this and Pulp Fiction). Jessie Eisenberg’s stoner character is brutally murdering people all over the place and yet manages to remain sweet and lovable throughout. Now that’s an accomplishment. Eisenberg is absolutely brilliant in this picture. And I so enjoyed the writing - akin to my own writing sensibilities of mixing a healthy dose of laugher into deadly serious scenarios. And AMERICAN ULTRA is nothing if not deadly, and at the same time serves up a heathy sprinkling of laugh-out-loud moments where I did just that; in between wincing and covering my eyes to shield against the endless barrage of ghastly carnage. I mean, if you’re going to kill someone with a spoon to the neck, it ain’t gonna be pretty! AMERICAN ULTRA is one very unique movie-going experience.

DOUG: I hated this movie! I had no idea what was going on. Call me silly, but I like to understand my movies. And most of what was happening was completely implausible. About the best thing I can say for it is that Kristen Stewart, playing Eisenberg’s love interest, was not as annoying as she usually is.

NATALIE DOLINER - Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine to the Stars

Among her many satisfied clients, Natalie Doliner has offered relief from pain to friends of Mickey Mouse and Scooby Doo and the like, along with a long list of your favorite Orlando area actors. Here’s a letter from one such individual:

Dear WANZeGRAM Subscriber Friends,

As most of you know, last year I was suffering from acute vertigo for eight long agonizing months.  Multiple and very expensive CT scans and MRIs and the services (read: prescribing tons of drugs) of a Doctor said to be the finest neurosurgeon in Central Florida all resulted in no relief what so ever. Then Natalie Doliner persuaded me to come see her. Within three brief visits I was 50% improved. After six treatments I was 75% better - as a result of non-invasive myofacial release and acupuncture applied over the course of  a mere three weeks - after having had no relief for 8 months!

Natalie was then completely honest with me; informing me she believed she had done all that she could do for me, and further explained she had deduced the lingering symptoms that remained with me were being chemically induced. She suggested I speak to my primary physician about changing a certain medication she believed to be the culprit. Every one of the multiple doctors of western medicine who was treating me for my vertigo over the course of 8 months were completely aware I was taking this particular high blood pressure medication, and not one of them even mentioned the remote possibility that it might be this drug that was causing my vertigo. I took Natalie's advice. Within one week of ceasing to ingest that particular drug I was completely vertigo-free. That was just over a year ago, and I have not had one bout of vertigo since. But it took a Doctor of Chinese medicine to suggest what no traditional Doctor had even bothered to consider.

I am a huge fan of Natalie’s practice. If you don’t know what myofacial release is, you will be amazed at how effective this feel-good technique can be for a myriad of neck, eye, and head-related issues. The science behind it is fascinating, and you can actually feel it working as she applies the soothing technique to your body. 

I remain very grateful to Natalie for all she accomplished on behalf of my health. And the fact that she would say, “I think I’ve done all that I can do for you,” certainly speaks volumes for her ethics. Ask yourself, how many times in life has anyone offering a service ever said to you, “I don’t think you need to see me anymore?” - then make an appointment to see Natalie Doliner.
Michael Wanzie


Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture | Herbs | Myofacial Release

NatalieDoliner@yahoo.com       407.341.5060

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Pictures of the Week
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This wedding snap says it all:

Now On Sale In Our Box Office

September 13 through October 18
 With An All New Experience

The New York Groove

Prepare to return to Joe’s NYC Bar - Orlando’s home grown improvisational immersive theatre experience in which the audience is transported to a bar on Manhattan's lower east side. Debuting as part of the 2001 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Joe's ran for 4 years and 76 performances. This past March Joes returned from a ten year absence and was greeted with positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. The show sold out 5 of 6 shows in March, and then all 4 performances at the 2015 Orlando International Fringe Festival. Ten years later, Joes has proven to be a concept and piece of theatre more relevant and popular than ever.

"3-D Theater that will pull you in!”
-Tyler Gray,
Orlando Sentinel

“If you want to understand the promise of interactive theater…take in the triumphant return of Joes NYC Bar.”
-Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly

“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 soul.
-Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

“Funny and smart…Highly recommended.” 
-Carl F. Gauze, INK 19

“Dont just see the show, BE the show.”
-Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly


The New York Groove
Conceived of & Directed by

Ali Flores
    John Connon    Jenn Gannon

Michael Marinaccio    Anitra Pritchard-Bryant
Simon Needham    Christian Kelty    David Lee
Jodi Chase    Timothy Williams

Featured Musical Acts
9/13 TBA     9/20 The Smoking Jackets

9/27 & 10/4 Eugene Snowden - The Legendary JC’s & Friends

10/11 DJ Jay Ross Barwick     10/18 TBA

1300 N. Mills Ave
Orlando, FL   32903

Sundays, September 13th-October 18th

Doors 3 PM
ShowTime: 3:30 PM

Advance tickets only $17:

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We've Got Mail

Regarding you, except for the part about a well run park. (I worked there for 5 years, and for the employees it was a nut house). But they do a won-derful job of rescuing wild life and educating the public. They just need to take what they learned and apply it to themselves. The best part of your note, though, was the second half about the women who marry Jesus. That part is flabbergasting and hilarious. The church does not recognize divorce, but if these marriages are legal and the women change their minds, can they collect alimony from the church? And since gay marriage is legal, can men now marry Jesus?

Just a thought.
Karen Ann Bunce

Dear Karen Ann,
Thanks for the kind words. Regarding gay men marrying Jesus: I don’t think the church is ever likely to be pressured into making such a decision. Speaking on behalf of all the gay men I know, and I do know a couple or three, we tend to gravitate toward men of the flesh; preferably those living on our planet. Besides, Jesus was basically homeless, not very well dressed, and spent a great deal of time handling fish. Not at all attractive. Lastly, we, as gay men, would have no interest in sharing a husband with 300 wives.

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Short Takes

Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born, and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all his teachings about multiple things, He never said that gay people should be condemned.”
President Jimmy Carter

My Two Cents


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Now Playing

Saturday September 5
Fringe Year Round Presents - DAVID LEE in
Orlando Shakes 7 PM

$14 or only $60 for 6 shows! (See titles directly below this listing)

Other shows in the Fringe Year Round series playing this weekend:
Obsessed Friday, September 4 7 PM
Autobhan Friday, September 4 9 PM
Massage A Trois Saturday, September 5 9 PM
Once I Laughed Sunday, September 6 4 PM
Bubble Gum Party Sunday, September 5 7 PM
All shows at Orlando Shakes
$14 per title or 6 shows for only $60 - you save 24 bucks!

ALSO - Don’t miss ADDISON TAYLOR & GIDGET GALORE hosting the Movies Out Loud presentation of TOO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR at The Abbey on Wednesday, September 9. Only $10!

Through September 6
Mad Cow

$24.25 - $34.25
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Through September 13
Breakthrough Theatre

$20/$18 Senior/$15 Students/$12 Mon. & Thurs./$10 Alumni

Through September 20
Mad Cow

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Grab your parachute pants, banana clips, and homework assignments, and head back to the 1980s with TOTALLY ELECTRIC, a hilarious new show featuring the hits from the 80s. Totally Electric begins at the high school reunion for the West Lake High School Class of 1989. When the award-winning West Lake show choir, "The Syncopated Sensations," are unable to perform, we flash back to the 1980s and the Sensations' last weeks of high school. Each with a unique personality, the Sensations find respect and camaraderie in their group, while being bullied by the West Lake "in crowd." Through their determination, talent, and friendship, and the help of some new friends, the Sensations will attempt to leave their mark on West Lake forever and pave the way for new Sensations to come.

Produced by Gen Y Productions (CABARET at The Abbey, THE FLICK and HEATHERS THE MUSICAL at Dr. Philip’s CFTPA), TOTALLY ELECTRIC is written and directed by Jonathan Van Dyke. Totally Electric premiered at NYC's The Duplex in 2007 where it had a sold out and extended run. It has also been produced at The Aurora Fox in Denver, The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, The Ritz Theatre, and The Riverfront Theatre.

September 10-28, 2015

100 S. Eola at Pine Street
Thornton Park/Downtown Orlando

$30 General | $45 VIP - Reserved Table Seating:

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The Winter Park Playhouse jumps into the Fall with the smash Off-Broadway hit THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES. Loaded with popular hit songs from the 1950’s and 60’s, this musical comedy created by Roger Bean is set at Springfield High’s Senior Prom in 1958 where we meet four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, this fun-loving show treats you to all the beloved popular songs from the 50’s and 60’s. Take a musical trip down memory lane with hits, such as “Lollipop,” “It’s My Party,” “Dream Lover,” “You Don’t Own Me” and many more!  

This professional production will feature returning Playhouse favorite Kate Zaloumes, and newcomers Sandia Ahlers, Caitlin Doak, and Lindsay Nantz – the latter three actresses all making their Playhouse debut. Winter Park Playhouse Artistic Director Roy Alan will direct and choreograph, with musical direction by Christopher Leavy.

September 11 – October 10 2015
Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM
Thursday & Saturday (and select Wednesdays) matinees at 2 PM
Friday & Sunday 
matinees at 2 PM

Preview Thursday, September 10 at 7:3O PM

711 Orange Avenue
Suite C
Winter Park, Florida   32789

$40 Evenings|$36 Seniors|$30 Matinees
$15 Students & Industry|Student rush “$10@10”

$20 Preview Performance

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Coming Attractions

& Bob Carr Theater


Season subscriptions are on sale
The 2015/2016 Season will include
BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical, DIRTY DANING,

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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


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:


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

February 2016

2015/2016 Season





Arturo Sandoval     Patti Labellle

Michael Fienstein Celebrates Sinatra

Tony Bennett


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.

September 9 - Monty Python’s SPAMALOT - Orlando Shakes

September 9 - Movies Out Loud: TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR - The Abbey

September 10 - TOTALLY ELECTRIC - The Abbey

September 10 - CFCA’s GUYS & DOLLS - Northland Church

September 11 - THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES - Winter Park Playhouse

September 11 - SPAMALOT - Orlando Shakes

September 12 - PLAY IN A DAY - Lake Howell HS

September 13 - JOES NYC BAR - St. Matthew’s Tavern

September 17 - THE UNDERSTUDY - UCF

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

September 18 - AS IS - Breakthrough Theatre

September 18 - All SHOOK UP - Wayne Densch PAC

September 20 - 27th ANNUAL GALA - Orlando Shakes

September 23 - BILLY IDOL - Hard Rock Live!

September 25 - REFER MADNESS - Annie Russell Theater

September 25 - LA CAGE AUX FOLLES - Garden Theatre

September 25 - Emotions/Yow Dance: THE SHIFT - Orlando Shakes

September 29 GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL Fashion Square

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A Note From Wanzie

Sorry there was no Gram last week. Life got a little crazy, but in an entirely good way. Good things happening for me personally amid the mass shootings and on-camera killings of late.

However, I’m really peeved over all the crap I’m seeing being posted on fb regarding Mexican illegals and the mindset of persons that I otherwise respect that we need to simply rid our country of them in whatever fashion we can best and most efficiently uproot them and send them packing. All of them; regardless of how long they have lived and worked here. What does that matter, you ask, if they are living here illegally? Well, it does matter, and here is why it matters - here’s the very real deal, people:

Mexicans don't come to America to freeload, they come for and to work. They would not come if there was no work available to them. It is Americans wanting to save a buck and cheat the system who have made coming here a lure by being more than willing to break the law and hire illegals for their own selfish gains. The agricultural industry readily and illegally hired them, and gladly underpaid them. The construction industry readily and illegally hired them, and gladly underpaid them. Major American corporations like Hormel Meats and other nationally branded slaughter houses and meat packing companies are company notorious for going as far as providing company-owned housing for them, busing them to and from work, all the while knowing they are illegal. And once they are in the compound, it’s typically a 12 - 16 hour work day, six days a week, for far less than minimum wage with no overtime pay. These companies have made this practice part of their corporate culture, and indeed, part of their standard operations. Even as I type this NOTE they are doing so while they pay off inspectors who gladly look the other way. They wanted illegals so they could overwork them and underpay them. And we all know that people of means in households from the East Coast to the West Coast of these United States have happily hired and over worked and underpaid illegals as housekeepers, cooks, nannies, and groundskeepers for decades; many of them the very politicians now screaming for reform. It is American Greed and a complete willingness on the part of American employers to break the law that has systematically cultivated our nation of illegal immigrants. We did this! We not only allowed it to occur - we desired it - all in the name of making a buck and cheating the system. American greed! And now that we have decided we don't like the resulting tidal wave of illegals which American employers have courted and baited and used and abused for decades, we just want to uproot them and their children and throw them out.

Sorry. But that just doesn’t cut it for me. And if you have one compassionate bone in your body or call yourself a Christian (or a Buddhist),  it should not be alright by you either.

I’m WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote

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