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Monday Movie Review With Wanzie & Doug

WANZIE: Wow. I had no fucking idea!

While every actor in this film does a fine job and while the movie floats along at a satisfying pace unfolding a very intricate story in a most interesting manner, I had huge issues with some of its contrivances; people running a half mile racing against the clock to deliver a critical bit of pre-launch information to Mission Control instead of simply picking up the telephone that was right in front of them. And I take issue with the practice of decimating information to the movie goer by having one character in the film explain it to another character in the film whom absolutely is damn well certain to have not required that explanation. 

Still I was captivated and fascinated by the real life story of three African American women whose superior intellect, analytical skills, and indomitable determination amidst unforgivable prejudice and mistreatment is indisputably responsible for the major triumphs of this country’s space program.

In a white man’s domain during the height of rampant anti-black rights and segregationist movements, a small group of people who were both the wrong gender and the wrong color - whose very existence was kept secret from the general public - figured out what the white man could not, and THEY provided NASA the thought processes and formulas and technical expertise needed to win the space race against Russia on behalf of all America.

Despite its many flaws, this is a compelling, very watchable, and ultimately illuminating and important movie. Screening HIDDEN FIGURES (a double entendre, as you will see when you go to see this movie, as you must) should become standard curriculum for all American History classes across the land. It should be screened yearly at every grade level in every school in the deep South. White supremacists should be tied to chairs with toothpicks holding their eyes open for multiple successive viewings. 

If you have a decent bone in your body, this film will fill you with equal measures of disgust and awe, and that is just as it should be.
3 1/2 PINK TRIANGLES

WICKED AFTER DARK To Play The Abbey

 SEE THE CAST OF WICKED DO
THIER OWN THING  AT THE ABBEY!

Cabaret to Benefit
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the
GLBT Center of Central Florida

Thursday, January 26

WICKED AFTER DARK is produced by the company members of WICKED themselves. This post-WICKED performance event is an opportunity for the company to step out of their roles in the musical and kick up their heels performing some of their favorite non-Ozian material. The evening will kick off with an amazing opening act by WICKED alumna, Broadway veteran, “X-Factor” star, Nashville recording artist, and Florida native Rachel Potter and her band Steel Union. Song and dance performances by the company members of WICKED will follow along with a Live Auction.

Net proceeds raised from the benefit will specifically help fund counseling services for the community, survivors, and family members resulting from the Pulse tragedy. Counseling services will be needed for at least the next five years, and The Center has pledged that it will make these services available to the community on a walk-in basis, free of charge, for as long as it is needed.

WICKED AFTER DARK, along with WITCHES NIGHT OFF, is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company to support charitable causes. The WICKED National Tour has raised over $4 million in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and local health and Aids service organizations all over the country.

WICKED AFTER DARK will include exclusive WICKED charity merchandise for purchase, and live auctions featuring opportunities to join the company backstage at the Dr. Phillips Center. Live auction items include (to name a few):

  • A chance to watch the “greenifying” of OZs most infamous lady plus a backstage tour and two house seats for the show.
  • “BEHIND THE EMERALD CURTAIN” – Experience WICKED like a pro! Tour backstage, watch the show from the stage managers call desk and the soundboard. A chance to see WICKED like never before.
  • Win a walk-on role in WICKED. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience being IN Broadways biggest blockbuster. You can win the chance to wear a Tony Award-winning costume and be in three scenes of Broadways favorite musical.

Tickets for WICKED AFTER DARK can be purchased at www.TicketFly.com. VIP admission is available for $75, which includes a pre-show reception from 8:30 – 9:30 PM, reserved seating, catered light hors doeuvres, and two complimentary drinks. Limited premium VIP tables are available for $400 per table (4 seats per table) placing you at the foot of the stage with the best seats in the house.  General admission (standing room) tickets are available for $35.

Performance date is Thursday evening, January 26 at 10 PM.

The Roaring Twenties Roll Into Orlando Shakes

F. Scott Fitzgeralds literary masterpiece, THE GREAT GATSBY adapted for stage by Simon Levy, will play in repertory with William Shakespeares LOVES LABOUR LOST at Orlando Shakes February 22 – March 24.

When Nick Carraway is befriended by his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby, he is drawn into a glitzy world of lavish parties and secret speakeasies. But as Gatsbys elusive past is uncovered and his intentions revealed, Nick finds himself a pawn in a love triangle so scandalous it threatens to destroy all those around him. This American classic is a poignant examination of prohibition America—exploring the notions of love, morality, identity, and the corruption of the American Dream.

F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby is full of bold, thought-provoking literary devices and symbolism that translate perfectly for the stage,” said Anne Hering, Director of Orlando Shakespeare Theaters production of The Great Gatsby.

Making his Orlando Shakes debut as the charming and mysterious Jay Gatsby is Matthew Goodrich. Past credits include The Nance (The Lyceum Theatre), Picnic (American Airlines Theatre), White Lighting (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and Tom Jones (Florida Studio Theatre).

Kathryn Miller stars as the beautiful yet self-absorbed Daisy Buchanan. Millers past Orlando Shakes credits include the 2016 productions of Beauty and the Beast, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and their 2015 production of Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens.

Also returning to Orlando Shakes is Buddy Haardt, taking on the role of the optimistic, but naïve Nick Carraway. Haardt last graced an Orlando Shakes stage in their 2012 production of Red. Other credits include Good People (Hartford TheaterWorks), The Matchmaker (Asolo Repertory Theatre), and Twelfth Night (Baltimore Center Stage).

Christian Ryan joins the cast as the brutish and unfaithful Tom Buchanan. Ryan was last seen at Orlando Shakes in their 2013 production of William Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew. Recent credits include Picture Ourselves in Latvia (New Light Theater Project), Twelfth Night (Westport County Playhouse), and The Great Gatsby (Alabama Shakespeare Festival).

Additional casting includes Philip Nolen as Meyer Wolfsheim (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Nicholas Nickleby), Aubrey Saverino as Jordan Baker, Jacob Dresch as George Wilson, Georgia Mallory Guy as Myrtle Wilson, Alexander Mrazek as Mr. Chester McKee (Nicholas Nicely and The Exit Interview), Maddie Tarbox as Mrs. McKee, and Madelyn James as Mrs. Michaelis. The ensemble cast includes Eric Eichenlaub, Maxel Garcia, Mike Nilsson, and Gabrielle Toledo.

THE GREAT GATSBY

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Directed by Ann Herring

JOHN AND RITA LOWNDES SHAKESPEARE CENTER
Margeson Theater
Loch Haven Cultural Park

812 East Rollins Street - Orlando

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION AND RELATED EVENTS
Preview Dates:
February 8 & 9 at 7:30 PM

Opening Date
: February 10 at 7:30 PM
Senior Matinees:
March 1 & 22 at 2 PM
Talk Back Performance:
March 5 at 2 PM 

Opening Night Party & Pre-Show Chat
Friday, February 10

Arrive at 6:30 PM to enjoy free light appetizers, followed by a brief, informative discussion about the creative process with the Director and members of the creative team. The Great Gatsby opening night party is sponsored by PNC Financial Services Group.  Free to all opening night ticket holders. No RSVP necessary.

PRICING
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 ONLY. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM – $25 / $40 / $50

Preview Performances and Senior Matinees – $13 / $20 / $25

Student Rush:
$15 - 30 minutes prior to show with valid student ID

Student and Active/Retired Military:
$10 off single ticket prices w/ valid ID
(Only available in Price Levels A and B)

Discounts:
(May not be combined with any other offers)

$25 Under 35 Week: Patrons 34 years old and under can purchase $25 tickets for evening and weekend matinee performances during the third week (March 15-19, 2017) of the production.

Reservations:

407.447.1700, ext. 1
Or

www.orlandoshakes.org

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TONIGHT - Thursday, January 26
WICKED AFTER DARK
Opening Act: Rachel Potter STEEL UNION
The Abbey 10 PM

$35 / #75 / $400 VIP Table for 4 - includes 8 drink tickets
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Friday, January 27
ZORA NEAL HURSTON
DR. Phillips CFTPA 8 PM
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

$78.75 / $103.75
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Friday, January 27
IN THE MOOD
Bob Carr Theater 2 PM & 7:30 PM

$65 / $55 / $30 / $20
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Through January 27
DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER
Sonnentag Theatre at The Ice House Various Times

$9.50 - $21.50
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Saturday, January 28
PERFORMERS WITH A PURPOSE
Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA 2 PM & 7 PM
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

$42.30
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Through January 29
Agatha Christie’s WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
Wayne Densch PAC Various Times

$22 / $20 Balcony / $27 VIP Box Seats
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Through January 29
Playwrights’ Round Table LAUNCH 2017
Orlando Shakes

$18 / $15 Seniors & Students & Military
407.761.2683

Through January 29
WICKED
Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA Various Times
Walt Disney Theater

$202.75 / $182.75 / $162.75 / $72.75
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Through January 29
HARVEY
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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NOW IN FINAL WEEKS - Through February 11
NAKED BOYS SIINGING
Footlight Theatre 7:30 PM Fridays & Saturdays

$20 / $25 Prime Seating First Tier / $3O Prime Seating Main Floor
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My Two Cents

EMOTIONAL CRIPPLES
By Mike Dorman

So I finished the crossword and Sudoku and booted up this desktop. After e-mail the first thing I check is Facebook. A former student had posted words to the effect that although he didn't vote for Trump as President, and didn't support his actions or attitudes, he realizes that he is now POTUS, and he said essentially: "I will start you off with the assumption that you will do your best and I'll give you a preliminary grade of A what happens to that depends on your performance."

What appalled me were the immediate comments from others, mostly older, (I checked) to the effect that "Trump couldn't do much worse," was able to do something of which  these jerks were incapable - he is able to judge a person, even if he dislikes them, by their actions, not by preconceived bias.

I was saddened by statements of the emotional cripples who commented negatively, because I realized that they never, ever, would be capable of such critical evaluation because they are blinded, probably since early childhood, when race enters the arena. I don't use the term "cripples" lightly.  When one is incapable of assessing people and situations as they are rather than as one's bias makes them feel they should be, that person is socially and emotionally handicapped. When the only positive regard a white person can hold for a person of color is if they help them win a sports bet, that person is emotionally and socially crippled. There is no other word which fits. When they get angry when someone points it out rather than self-evaluate (they can't), they are emotionally lame.

It was thus as soon as Barack Obama was elected. He had not even been sworn in as President, yet in the eyes of these poor critics, he was already a failure. Already the snide comments re: his family was out there. Nothing he could have done in office would change that for them. This was echoed by the GOP leadership's orders (public record!) to the rank and file to oppose every single initiative of the Obama administration .

What differentiates this from the Trump candidacy is that Mr. Trump, in fact, has done and said any number of grossly inappropriate and quasi legal things and has foreign affiliations which are actually pretty scary, yet his sycophants ignore it because they apparently think he possesses a time machine. Oh yeah, and he's white (orange, actually).  Don't forget TV personality, too.  

When Trump ignores the water carriers of his support group, and he will, they will probably, like abused dogs, accept the abuse because they have been made to feel they deserve it. Even more frightening, many will immediately blame others unlike themselves, as they have been conditioned to do by their leader's rhetoric. When some of 15 or 20 million Americans currently insured under the ACA lose their health insurance and the accompanying coverage for pre-existing conditions, they will somehow accept it as the natural order of things. If the GOP actually dismantled the Affordable Care Act and replaced it with something similar, it will all be to Trump's credit in their minds. For far too many Americans, by actual survey, those who hated "Obamacare" thought the Affordable Care Act was just fine. As Ron White sometimes opines, "You can't fix stupid." 

So, yeah, bigoted hate mongers, pile on the outgoing Chief Executive; he certainly doesn't deserve it, but sadly he's used to it. The truth is that persons who rate presidents actually understand geopolitics and foreign policy, and don't sift  their opinions through the dual filters of racism and Evangelical superstition, will almost surely place Barack Obama in the top third of  US Presidents. Let's hope Trump is less like Warren G. Harding or John Tyler than he seems to be.

Mike Dorman is a white upper-middle class male who is retired from the U.S. Navy and Orange County School Systems whom, to the best of our knowledge, has never been associated with the Klu Klux Klan , The Church of Scientology, or Amway.

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MUSIC - ORLANDO GAY CHORUS
Once upon a time, Love was just a fairy tale for the LGBT Communi-ty. Come join members of the Orlando Gay Chorus as they celebrate Love, and tell their own tales in this evening of cabaret performances featuring classic love songs, Broadway show tunes, and more with a fairy tale twist!

ORLANDO GAY CHORUS
Saturday, Feb 11 at 7:30 PM

BLUE BAMBOO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
1905 Kentucky Avenue
Winter Park, FL

$20

FASHION / COMMUNITY - 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 strut-ting 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, up-cycled interest pieces, 500+ attendees, networking opportunities, delicious food, drinks, music and professional photographers.

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 & Champaign

$65 RESERVED SEATING
2nd Row Reserved Seats / 2 Drink Tickets

$35 GENERAL ADMISSION

Complimentary Dessert & Coffee Bar for All Guests During Intermission

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

TICKETS:
2017trash2trends.eventbrite.com

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

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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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

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.

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

This NOTE is a 2-parter:

PART 1:

In case you missed it on Facebook or by other means by which I have made this announcement, here it is again. If you already read this on social media, then scroll down to Part 2):

I Am Pleased As Punch to Officially Announce that the lovely and talented ADAM McCABE - Who so effectively led the redesign and complete reformatting of the Orlando Weekly - has agreed to team up with me to:

Freshen-up the WANZIE Brand and Graphic Imagery associated with my endeavors / Redesign the WANZIE.com website and drag me into the 21st Century / Assist me in transitioning from e-newsletter to more of a blog-centric medium / and most importantly giving everything a cohesive look that will incorporate and be informed by my very-soon-to-launch Podcast - THE WORLD ACCORDING TO WANZIE.

I wish to offer my heartfelt thanks to Val & Gary Bungart and to Jeff Kern for their years of service and dedicated assistance to the WANZeGRAM and the wanzie.com Online Box Office (And to Rich Charron whose idea it was to start a WANZeGRAM in the first place).

This WANZeGRAM of January 26 will be the final full-bodied edition of the WANZeGRAM edited, formatted and distributed by Val and Gary and possibly the last full-bodied edition for another couple of weeks.

Not wishing to abandon the arts community and the many Subscriber Friends who reference the NOW PLAYING and COMING ATTRACTIONS sections of the Gram on a weekly basis, I am asking Val & Gary to facilitate the publishing of an extremely mini-Gram which will contain no other sections other than those two arts-related listings during this period of transition. I thank all my Subscriber Friends in advance for your patience during this time.

This past Thrusday I had my first tutorial with Daniel Dennis of A Corporate/Mediocre Time with Tom & Dan to acquaint me with my podcast equipment and submission procedures. We may have to have one more - without the Rum! But for the most part it went really well and I am grateful for his mentoring me. I also want to thank Tom, Casey, Jeff Jones, Randi Solomon, and Divine Grace for their generosity of time and advice during the recent Wanzie Podcast Think Tank. And also big thanks to Rich Charron who is creating the original music for this endeavor.

I am also pleased as punch to announce my very first very special interview guests on the Pod Cast will be none other than Mr. Jim Phillips and Moira who have graciously agreed to do my very first show with me to help launch this effort, immediately followed by the lovely and talented Mr. Kenny Howard. (Ive heard he can be very difficult to work with, but I intend to win him over).

If you are a WANZeGRAM Subscriber Friend, please bare with us through this period of transition, accept that your Gram for the next two to three weeks will be quite abbreviated, and join me in thanking Val & Gary and in welcoming my new branding and marketing expert (and friend) Adam McCabe.

And be sure to watch for the launch of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO WANZIE - The first subsidiary PodCast of the upcoming Tom & Dan Podcast Network!

PART 2:

I was surprised by the number of comments I’ve heard and posts I have read regarding those who Marched on Washington the day after the inauguration of a Carnival Barker as President insinuating that participants wasted time and money that could have been better spent in so many other ways. Detractors insist the March meant and accomplished nothing other than giving participants the opportunity to say “I was there” sometime in the future.

How sad that assessment is, and how mindlessly cynical.

I guess I can understand the need on the part of Trump supporters to attempt to cheapen the very real FACT that far more people showed up to express their concern over and opposition to the POTUS than showed up to see him take the oath of office the day prior. I can understand their desire to detract from the events occurring around the world and in every major city in America - basically in protest of almost every alarming thing this President stands for - in numbers the likes of which history has never before recorded.

I have participated in two Marches on Washington; one at a very low point in my life when I was filled with grief and despair during the height of the AIDS crises, and another regarding Making Changes on behalf of all those - women, gays, the poor, and people of color - who were being disenfranchised by the government - and I left both Marches completely re-energized and motivated to go back home and get into the trenches and work harder on a local level toward achieving the goals of the Washington protests. If nothing else, the coming together in large numbers with like-minded similarly concerned people who wish to be SEEN in great numbers is an almost spiritual re-awakening for most who attend, and people honestly and truly do go home and become actively engaged in local politics and community building pursuits as a direct result of having gone to the march.

But the being SEEN is not to be tossed off as not having worth or effect. Polls are intangible and often inaccurate. Statistics are numbers without faces. The visual of millions of people traveling long distances at great sacrifice to be seen in numbers all expressing the same concern makes an enormously impactful statement the likes of which stats and reports and polls cannot. The marches add faces and spirits and souls and a collective voice and a spectrum of color to those numbers in black on white pages of polls and reports. And whether you think so or not, history bears out quite clearly that marches have very successfully cracked, and often bashed open, the door for positive change. And finally, the marches garner press coverage that otherwise would not have been obtainable through any other forum or platform which propels - largely as result of that press coverage - a national conversation that carries with it much more gravity than had the march not occurred. So with all due respect and no bashing intended - to all out there who have been on the airwaves and social media with comments regarding the Women’s March on Washington as being fruitless and a waste of time, I would have to say that historically speaking and also speaking from my own personal involvement in Marches on Washington, your cynicism cannot erase history - The indisputable effectiveness of The Civil Rights March, The Anti-Vietnam War March, The AIDS Awareness March / Names Quilt.

You are 100% wrong in your assessment of the impact of the history-making March of January 21, 2017.

The Women’s March on Washington already has and will continue to make a difference, and I for one offer my thanks and appreciation to all those who participated both in Washington and right here in Orlando, and indeed around the globe.

Had people taken to streets in such numbers and shouted their opposition to the policies of Adolph Hitler as he came to power, the outcome might have been quite different. Donald Trump - just in the way he is dealing with the Press alone - is behaving as a dictator behaves at the onset of his rise to power - and Women and their many male allies galvanized and took to the streets in front of the White House to voice their opposition to the outrageous and dangerous agenda of the dangerous man who recently took up residence there…and that is a beautiful thing.

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