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Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Monday Movie Review

Sorry, but Doug was in Berlin and Wanzie was in some one last Monday during the regularly scheduled broadcast time of The Monday Movie Review with Wanzie & Doug. And there won’t be a review next week either, cause Doug will still be in Europe and Wanzie will be down at the Dr. Phillips Center working on FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE. And that’s just the way it is.

Philip’s Phile Celebrity TEXAS HOLD ‘EM POKER TOURNAMENT

You are invited to join Wanzie and Doug and the entire crew of The Philip’s Phile along with a plethora of local celebrities from broadcast TV news, radio, print journalism, and the world of sports for the 11th Annual Philip’s Phile Poker Tournament on Saturday, August 27 at the Orlando Science Center.

This is always a great evening packed with great people, plenty of excitement, and a great inclusive dinner provided by Porky’s BBQ. There’s a fantastic silent auction and a cash bar. In addition to the tournament there is an entire Vegas-slyle gaming casino set up for non-tournament attendees and for Texas Hold ‘Em players to also enjoy if and when they are knocked out of the tournament.

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

Saturday, August 27

7 PM

Orlando Science Center

This event completely sells out every year!
Don’t delay in securing your tickets:

Early Bird Pricing now through July 31:  

Suggested donation: $100
Starting August 1, suggested donation is $125  

Casino only spots for non-tournament participants are $50

Proceeds to benefit The Mustard Seed of Central Florida

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Cheryl is right! But none-the-less if she can’t see the joy in a Florida summer storm, then she is missing out on the joy of a Florida summer storm.
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Now Playing

Saturday, July 23
LENTE de AUMENTO
Dr. Phillips CFTPA 6 PM & 9 PM
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

Note: This play is presented entirely in Portuguese
$44.49 / 55.14 / $61.53
Click Here for Tickets

Friday, July 22

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Saturday, July 23
LANCE BASS & GINGER MINJ
Parliament House Resort

$10 at Door/$50 VIP Meet & Greet
Click Here for Tickets

Sunday, July 24
FUN HOME A Benefit Concert For Orlando
Dr. Phillips CFTPA 7 PM
Walt Disney Theater

Only Upper Balcony Seats Remain Available - $55
Click Here for Tickets

Monday, July 25
FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE is SOLD OUT!

Through July 24
EQUIS
The Acre on Edgewater

8 PM/Sunday 3 PM
$20
407.412.6995

Through July 31
Playwrights Roundtable
SUMMER SHORTS
Orlando Shakes

8PM/Sundays 3PM
$18/$15 Students, Seniors, Military
407.447.1700

Through July 31
AVENUE Q
Mad Cow 7:30 PM & 2:30 PM

$32 - $45
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 7
ANYTHING GOES
Sonnentag Theatre at The Ice House Various Times

$21.50/$14.50 Student over 18/$9.50 Ages 5-7
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Comming Attractions

ALICE COOPER

MAXWELL - THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

GARY GULMAN - SWINGIN WITH THE BIG BANDS - PUSCIFER

SCOTT BRADLEES POSTMODERN JUKEBOX

ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS

ALTON BROWN - Eat Your Science  

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

AMOUR   DIONNE WARWICK

FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS

        PIOBOLUS   SHADOWLAND

POKEMAN  Symphonic Evolutions

THE BOSTON POPS

THE SECOND CITY HITS HOME

Florida Theatrical Association Presents

Fairwinds Broadway In Orlando 2016/2017 Season

At Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

The ILLUNSIONISTS Live From Broadway
October 4- 9, 2016

The NATIONAL THEATRE Production Of
CURIOUS INCIDENT
of the DOG in the NIGHT-TIME

November 1 - 6, 2016

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
December 13 - 18, 2016

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

SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE:

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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.

July 22
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Sing-A-Long Movie
The Abbey

July 23
LANCE BASS
Parliament House

July 24
EQUIS

The Venue

July 29
I LOVE MY WIFE

Winter Park Playhouse

July 30
SARAH LEE DOBBS SINGS THE BRITISH SONGBOOK
Footlight Theatre

July 31
BOOGIE SHOES
Breakthrough Theatre

August 3
MAXWELL
Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA

August 5
THE BIG MEAL

Mad Cow
GODSPELL

Breakthrough Theatre

August 8
JOSE NAVARRO THE INTRODUCTION
The Venue

August 12
BIG RIVER

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
MAN OF LA MANCHA Central Florida Community Arts
BUYER & CELLAR Mad Cow

August 13
MOWTOWN MAGIC: A TRIBUTE TO MOWTON

Wayne Densch CFTPA

August 14
ALICE COOPER
Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA

August 19 - September 3
Sordid Lives

The Parliament House

August 24 & 25
Leslie Jordan Live

The Parliament House

August 29
COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED)
Osceola Arts

August 31 - September 1
DEL SHORES LIVE!

The Parliament House
September 2
DISNEY ON ICE Follow Your Dreams
Amway Center
September 9
BONNIE & CLYDE
The Garden Theatre

September 15
ALL HANDS ON DECK

Winter Park Playhouse
September 21
Cirque de Soleil OVO
Amway Arena

September 23
All Female 177
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Mad Cow

COMMUNITY -  ORLANDO SHAKES 4TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
This fourth annual celebration includes creative demonstrations from the Theater
s production staff, crafts and coloring for the little ones, story time with princesses, and an Artistic Q&A Panel with Orlando Shakes artists.

The Theaters 2016-2017 Season features a legendary Broadway musical, two literary classics, boisterous and adventurous Shakespeare romances, a critically acclaimed new work, and stories ripped from the pages of todays most popular childrens books. Open House guests will have the opportunity to win tickets to 28th Season productions including West Side Story and The Great Gatsby.

4th ANNUAL ORLANDO SHAKES OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, August 13, 2016

John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 E. Rollins Street
Loch Haven Cultural Park
Orlando, FL

Continuous Activities

10 AM to 2 PM

FREE FAMILY EVENT

No reservations or tickets required

Further information:
www.orlandoshakes.org/openhouse

A Note From Wanzie

I had some Hersey’s Cocoa the other morning for the first time in forever. Not the instant stuff but the kind where you have to make a paste from the cocoa powder by adding your own sugar and milk and blending it with a fork and then eventually adding boiling water. So good.

That got me thinking of other favorite drinks from my youth.

We were basically a Nestle’s Quick family when it came to chocolate milk, but we did go through a Bosco phase for a while due to the appeal of the bear-head jar sporting a clown hat.

The Nestle’’s Quick came in a cardboard container, but the top and bottom were made of tin and you used a spoon to pry up the circular plug that allowed you to insert that spoon down into the powder. When the box was empty and you threw away the metal plug, you could lay the box on its side inside your hamster cage providing a lovely little house for your pet who could crawl in through the circular opening and escape the sunlight to go to sleep, seeing as how they are nocturnal. All my hamsters loved their Nestle’s Quick bedrooms, and would begin filling them with shredded paper for bedding the moment one was placed in their cage.

I remember hamsters were 79 cents from the pet department of Woolworths. Yes, the “five and dime” always had a very small pet department always situated at the very back of the store where they sold hamsters, gerbils, mice,  tropical fish, gold fish, turtles, canaries, and parakeets. That constituted the entire pet line, although every year at Easter time they would add bunnies and baby chicks for a limited time only.

I always had hamsters. For many years I raised, bred, and sold rabbits, and we had pet ducks that were released from their pen every morning to cross through the neighbor’s yard and spend the day in “Wanzie’s  Pond” only to return on their own every evening at feeding time to bed down in the safety of their enclosure. Even though the pond was not directly adjacent to our property, it was known as “Wanzie’s Pond.” Not quite sure why, was just always the case. Wanzie’s Pond was not suitable for swimming - filled with snapping turtles and snakes and such - but it was perfect for winter ice-skating.

Kids would agree to meet up at the intersection that bordered two sides of our property and would sit on the field-stone retaining wall which bordered our front yard to shoot the bull, and smoke, and drink. This meeting spot was always referred to as “Wanzie’s Corner.” Ours was literally the first home - 877 Long Hill Avenue - one encountered when leaving the rest of the world and the main highway behind to enter our distinctive mish-mash mess of a neighborhood carved into a hillside in which we lived called Pine Rock Park. The link below will take you to the home on Wanzie’s Corner in which I grew up (after a sizable addition had been accomplished):

Pine Rock Park was the exact opposite of a development or planned neighborhood. Pine Rock Park sort of became a residential enclave quite by accident, evolving very slowly over time, as a sprinkling of summer cottages set up on cinder blocks slowly morphed into year-round residences, and everyone who acquired property built a home commensurate with their particular budget and tastes, resulting in an eclectic mix of people from every conceivable background and income bracket, and an array of competing architectural styles or lack thereof.  Factory workers and filling station attendants lived alongside business owners and draftsmen, and at least one person who commuted to NYC every day to work on Wall Street resided there. Several of our neighbors keep horses or ponies on their property, and the Stockard family in particular had a donkey for a pet, which often brayed so loudly it could be heard from quite a distance and served as the morning wake-up alarm for many.

Make no mistake, this was not farm or ranch land by any stretch of the imagination. These were homes in a non-agricultural residential neighborhood where most houses were situated side by side, but because The Park was never originally intended to be a place where people would reside year-round, it was zoned for livestock. So, unlike the rest of Shelton, Connecticut where there were ordinances prohibiting such things, people who lived in Pine Rock Park would keep chickens for their eggs, and maybe raise a hog or two in the back yard each year to slaughter just in time for Easter hams. Ponies, goats, rabbits, mules, whatever anybody wanted to own and raise, they could and would. It was truly a bizarre neighborhood where a brand new gorgeous contemporary home with beautiful appointments and landscaping might be sandwiched in between a damned chicken coop that someone had converted into a sort of a house on the one side with an old junk car in the front yard up on blocks, and perhaps a mobile home on the other side. No two houses looked remotely the same, and the range of sizes and styles was, and I believe to this day still is, staggering, if not amusing.

A babbling stream meandered through the front of The Park ending its short journey from the larger Far Mill River by emptying into Wanzie’s Pond. There were plenty of “woods” to play in and explore in Pine Rock Park, and there was an honest to god neighborhood “swimming hole” which we fondly called “The Big Pool.”

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The Big Pool was a wide deep spot in the freely flowing Far Mill River a ways off the road, reached by a well-trod path into the woods. The Pool provided not only a great place to swim but, a tangible town line with the city of Stratford on the one side, and the city of Shelton (Pine Rock Park) on the other. Our beloved swimming hole was situated at the bottom of a small but very picturesque waterfall. On the Stratford side was a large flat rock that jutted out over the river providing a perfect place for sunbathers to lie out, while the Shelton side boasted a much, much taller piece of stone we referred to as “The Big Rock, which acted as a diving platform. It was here at The Big Pool that Stratford resident Frank Wanzie was showing off his high diving skills for a very pretty young lady from Shelton side named Irma Kolesar. They were both teenagers, but it wasn’t long before Frank got Irma pregnant, and since they were both from strict Catholic families, they were hurried into a quick marriage, and everyone hoped no one would stop and do the math when my sister Kathy was born six months later. Being the good Catholics that they were, they could not consider birth control, so they had 6 children total whether they wanted us or not. My father eventually purchased the house situated on what would later become known as Wanzie’s Corner from my mother’s parents. He remolded the single family house into a two family dwelling, and for a while my Grandparents lived downstairs, while my entire immediate family - 8 of us - lived in a two bedroom apartment above them. There were many such Catholic families in Pine Rock Park living under very similar circumstances, so we never thought it odd. It was routine for the eldest boy in a family to eventually wind up sleeping in a makeshift bedroom in the unfinished concrete basement of a Pine Rock Park dwelling. Meanwhile, directly across the street from us, living in relative splendor, were The Doherty’s.

John Doherty was a Wall Street Investment Banker and Stock Broker. He was quite wealthy, and his family lived in this very stately multi-bedroom home on a sprawling piece of property, and Mrs. Doherty, who didn’t work, was always a shoo-in to buy whatever crap I was selling, because as a kid I was always going door to door selling something. I had a product line for every season, and since most of the women in the neighborhood were stay at home wives and I was generally entertaining in my sales presentations, no one ever closed a door on me, and I made small fortunes selling everything from chances on illegal punch cards to personalized Christmas cards, to sweetheart soaps decorated up with crap I bought at the dime store to become springtime bathroom decor. Most of these women didn’t know how to drive. They rarely left their homes, and many rarely had visitors. They would fix me a soft drink and offer me cake, and I would catch them up on neighborhood gossip and tell jokes and share my family’s dirty laundry, and eventually leave with a sizable order for Stanley Home Cleaning products or some such thing.  I was always “ghosting” some sort of home party plan. Since I didn’t have my own home in which to host an actual sales party, I would take the catalogues all around the neighborhood and sell everything from Tupperware to Sarah Coventry Jewelry door to door earning sales rewards that I could then use as Christmas gifts. And I just scrolled up and saw how fucking long this rambling Note is, so before my editor Val has a coronary, I should probably stop typing and simply say -

I’m WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote!

(VAL’S EDITOR’S NOTE:  Yes, dear Michael, The Note is freaking long, but at least I enjoyed reading it!)

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