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Monday Movie Review With Wanzie & Doug

WANZIE: To call LA LA LAND “quirky” would be a gross understatement. To relegate it as a return to the Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals is far too simplistic. Those lavish MGM or Paramount musicals of yesteryear, wildly entertaining though they may have been, rarely had within them a storyline or characters that had any plausible connection to reality. They were populated with one-dimensional caricatures of people which always came across as fictional. The miracle of LA LA LAND is that within this production-number laden world of paper moons and canvas seas dwells, very real people whose hopes and dreams, triumphs and failures, and tangled emotional relationships rise to a level far above the film’s quirky art direction and its highly stylized dream sequences, providing a bona fide life journey that would well stand on its own, sans the music and dancing, still providing us a compelling evening of drama at the movie theater. That these two seemingly disparate styles of cinema are blended together so deftly and so successfully in this relatable story of love found and love lost amidst the world of struggling Hollywood hopefuls is what makes LA LA LAND a must-see triumph. Add to that  the fact that in LA LA LAND the already luscious and totally delectable Ryan Gosling sings, dances, and plays the piano like he was born to it, and you have a gay man’s musical theater recipe for a little chubby at the Cinema.
5 Pink Triangles

DOUG: It won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical, but I would not be surprised if it wins the OSCAR for Best Movie even though the Academy doesn’t separate comedy/musical from Drama. It’s an amazing film. It’s so good that I forgive them for not using people who can really sing. But I agree with what Wanzie said on the air; the fact that neither of them (Ryan Gosling or Emma Stone) are fabulous singers makes them that much more believable and endearing.
4 1/2 Pink Triangles

WELL-STRUNG Returns
to The Abbey January 21

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 Madonna to Beethoven,” and the New York Daily News raved, “The hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games.” They have toured internationally, and have performed at the NYC TrevorLIVE Gala, and appeared on the Today Show and Watch What Happens Live. They have also performed with artists like Kristin Chenoweth, Deborah Voight, and Norm Lewis; most recently they were invited to perform alongside Neil Patrick Harris at his Provincetown concerts.

Well-Strung features -

Edmund Bagnell on first violin:

Christopher Marchant on second violin:

Daniel Shevlin on cello:

And Trevor Wadleigh on viola:

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. They wowed a sold-out house at Christmastime 2015 at the Abbey, and are certain to sell out again when they return to Orlando for one show only on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  So order your tickets right this very minute!

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

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TRASH 2 TRENDS Hits Runway on February 4

Tickets are now on sale on for Orlando’s 4th Annual Recycled Fashion Show, 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 strutting 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, upcycled interest pieces, 500+ attendees, networking opportunities, delicious food, drinks, music, and professional photographers.

The always funny Doug Ba’aser, and the yummiest political columnist alive, Scott Maxwell, will once again host. Winners are determined in part by a panel of celebrity judges, and also by audience vote.

SeaWorld Adventure Park donates the event venue which is situated at the front of the park and is easily accessible via a specially indicated private entrance just steps from the free parking area.

TRASH TO TRENDS is a classy semi-formal event that succeeds at being casual, inviting, and all-inclusive in its party atmosphere and arts community vibe. Tuxedos are out, but you don’t want to attend in blue jeans. Business attire, Cocktail Dresses, and Avant Garde fashion statements are all deemed appropriate.

The on-stage fashions are always an inspirational delight as they are paraded down the runway - competing for honors - during this fast-paced, upbeat, totally fun and exciting event. Here are a few highlights from last year’s show:

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 & Champagne

$65 RESERVED SEATING

2nd Row Reserved Seats / 2 Drink Tickets

$35 GENERAL ADMISSION

Complimentary Dessert & Coffee Bar for All Guests During Intermission

Must be 18+ to attend because people like those pictured directly above are apt to be present

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

TICKETS:

2017trash2trends.eventbrite.com

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

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WICKED

$72.75 - $202.75
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SELFIE
Bob Carr Theater 9 PM

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

$18 Advance Reserved Seat / $15 GA at Door / $25 VIP
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WICKED
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Walt Disney Theater

$202.75 / $182.75 / $162.75 / $72.75
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Garden Theatre Thursday – Saturday 7:30 PM / Sundays 2 PM

$22 / $19 Senior / $15 Student
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Through February 5
BLACKBERRY WINTER
Orlando Shakes Various Times
Goldman Theatre

$40 - $50
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Short Takes

“Fashion is what youre offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”
Lauren Hutton

 

I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.
Bette Midler

 

"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."
Kate Moss

 

"I can't concentrate in flats!"
Victoria Beckham

 

"A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view."
Sophia Loren

 

"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it."
Edith Head

 

"And now, I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time."
Lady Gaga

 

"A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it's hearty, it's healthy, it's physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I'm against."
Diana Vreeland

 

"Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends."
Kate Spade

 

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."
Karl Lagerfeld

 

"I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet."
Carrie Bradshaw

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My Two Cents

SURE, THEY AREN’T?
By Mike Dorman

A recent article written by a New York Times contributor ("Sorry, Liberals, Bigotry Didnt Elect Donald Trump") makes the statement that most Trump supporters aren't bigots. The writer cites a single set of surveys as evidence of his conclusions. As a person who is more informed than not on the subject of politics and who has had contact with bigotry in many forms over my years of experience with humans of literally every age group, I was a bit surprised to see this conclusion. As the holder of a BA in Psychology and a Masters in a related field, I have been exposed (not by choice) to several statistics courses. What we have here is op-ed and assumption masquerading as verifiable data.

Statistics is at once perhaps the most boring and yet meaningful measurement method we have when determining, or better yet, "trying to determine" the actions of the many based on the samplings of a relative few. As such, Stats (to shorten it) is an imperfect science, as are all the "soft" sciences - Psychology, Sociology, etc.  When applied in hindsight, however, Stats is relatively meaningless when being used to explain the unexplainable by reverse engineering.

This is where the article's author in his own analysis ignores the bane of all survey composers and administrators - bias. One might argue that bigots ARE biased, and no one could contradict that statement, but relative to stats there is a far more subtle method to the madness of bias.

Among the several significant forms of statistical survey bias, one of the more meaningful, and probably in this case most relevant, is also the simplest:  attention bias. Attention bias occurs because people who are part of a study are usually aware of their involvement, and as a result of the attention received may give more favorable responses, or perform better than people who are unaware of the studys intent. A survey of voters who voted for Trump and are aware he's been elected are very likely to attempt to ennoble their efforts, regardless of their real motives. "I voted for him because he's a brilliant businessman," (as incorrect as that statement has been shown to be). "The fact that he dislikes Muslims, immigrants, and blacks don't enter into it, nosirree Bob. I ain't no bigot."

Researcher bias is another huge factor in skewed surveys results, and it isn't even statistical or measurable. The viewpoint of the researcher has a way of creeping in to question design and analysis. Sometimes this is intentional, but can be more subtle. All research designers are human and have points-of-view. Even the most practiced and professional researchers can have subtle biases in the way they word questions or interpret results. How we frame questions and report results is always affected by our experiences and viewpoints – which can be a good thing, but can also affect the purity of the study. An example: "So, why did you vote for this great man?" After the sense of the question, it is unlikely that the respondent, even if biased , would acknowledge it in a response such as, "Well, ole Donny boy loves him some coochie, just like I do."

In statistics, sampling bias occurs when a sample is collected in such a way that some members of the intended population are less likely to be included than others. Simply put, if I only ask Trump voters why they voted as they did, and they know the result, their responses may well have no resemblance to their actual reasons.

Finally, we all have, at one time or another met someone, perhaps even had a collegial relationship with someone, whose reflexive response on race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation is, "Well, I'm not a bigot, some of my best friends are (Black, LGBT, Hispanic, etc)!" Shakespeare had this sussed out over 400 years ago when he wrote that, "The lady dost protest too much, methinks." Although contextually different, it sums up the reality of those more sophisticated racists, homophobes, etc,  who, while outwardly supporting all members of society, use terms like "the Blacks," The Gay Agenda, "Welfare queens," in conversations with “their kind of people."

Years ago Humphrey Taylor (Chairman of the Harris Poll) offered a particularly shocking quote to others in his industry:

"On almost every occasion when we release a new survey, someone in the media will ask, “What is the margin of error for this survey?” There is only one honest and accurate answer to this question — which I sometimes use to the great confusion of my audience — and that is, “The possible margin of error is infinite.”  When the writer starts with a conclusion, in this case manipulating statistics to seemingly expiate the guilt of Trump supporters for their association or complicit sympathy with racists, homophobes, and others, the statistical error is predetermined. 

Finally, even a person who sees themselves as non-biased and voted for Trump, which means against reproductive choice, LGBT issues, Racial equality, the poor, Civility, organized labor, etc, etc, must have done so because these groups are, in their opinion, just not as important as White, Anglo Saxon men. I feel safe in stating categorically that while it is probably true that not all Trump voters are bigots, it is very likely equally true that all bigots who voted, voted for Trump.

Peace out.

Mike Dorman is a WANZeGRAM Subscriber Friend with a standing invitation to contribute opinion columns to this e-publication. His well-researched submissions are always appreciated. YOU are also invited to submit your opinions, musings, or observations on current events for possible inclusion in this space as well. Got something to say/share? Send it in!

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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
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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

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Tickets Now On Sale For:
AN EVENING WITH
ELAYNE BOOSLER
Wednesday, March 8 - $35.00

Bob Dylan

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

Celtic Women: Voices of Angles

The Lady In Red Gala      Esperando La Guardia

Annie Moses Band

Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds - The Final Performances

Lillly Tomlin     Magic Men Live

Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

Orlando Ballet: Dracula  

Festival of Bacon   Neil deGrasse Tyson

Dionne Warwick   Alan Cummings

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Lindsey Sterling   Puscifer

Orlando Ballet: The Nutcracker

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone In Concert

The Boston Pops Plays The Beatles

Joe Bonamassa   Pilobolus: Shadowland

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions

Dancing With The Stars Live

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

SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE:

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 20

 Agatha Christie’s WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

 Wayne Densch PAC

January 20 Playwrights’ Round Table LAUNCH 2017 takes off Orlando Shakes

January 22

 LESLIE JORDAN: STRAIGHT OUT OF CHATTANOOGA

 Clermont Center For The Performing Arts

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

I offer here my carefully curated list of acceptable alternatives to tuning in to watch the unfortunate Inauguration of our next President on January 20:

  • Sit quietly in the dark and stick needles in your eyes

  • Visit HolyLand Experience

  • Arbitrary removal of a Kidney

  • Slash open bean bag chair and count contents

  • Put YouTube video of Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance on continuous loop and watch for duration of broadcast

  • Close your eyes and think back to glory days of George W. Bush

  • Colonoscopy

  • Read “The Wit And Witticisms of Sarah Palin”

  • Crawl naked over broken glass

  • Get fall-down stinkin’ drunk on Deep Eddy Ruby Red

  • Punch yourself in the groin, repeatedly

  • Crack, Meth, Heroin, Draino

  • Cancel for four years:

    • Cable and magazine subscriptions

    • Internet connectivity

    • Cell phone plan

    • Fruit of the Month Club - and induce coma

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