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T wo Boys Kissing may be an award-winning novel by David Levithan, but composer Joshua Shank has turned this best-selling story into a fresh musical production that will be performed by the Gay Ms Chorus of South Florida March 23 24, 2018 at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale at 8PM. Taking a look at the lives of five young gay men, their stories are conveyed in part by a Greek chorus of gay men who died during the 1980s AIDS epidemic. Highlighting love, life, and loss, Two Boys Kissing is a hopeful story of moving toward the future that is relevant to todays sociopolitical climate. I had the pleasure of chatting more with Shank about the production, and why he was so eager to adapt this book into an onstage masterpiece. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.GMCSF.org. Why dont you go ahead and start off by telling me more about Two Boys Kissing? Two Boys Kissing is an oratory for men's voices based on the young adult novel of the same name by David Levithan. It has three distinct storylines which feature gay teenagers all taking place at the same time: two boys named Craig and Harry attempting to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues by breaking the world record for the longest kiss, two other boys named Avery and Ryan who meet at a gay prom and begin to fall in love while dealing with a big secret one temporarily keeps from the other, and another boy named Cooper who is violently kicked out of his house after his father discovers that he's gay. These stories in themselves are poignant enough and beautifully written by David, but what sold me completely on this collaboration is that the three stories are told to the reader/audience by a Greek chorus of gay men who lost their lives during the AIDS crisis. They watch over the boys and silently cheer them on from afar in their trials. The boys' stories remind the chorus of their lives, and deaths, together and that serves as a bridge between the two generations. This piece was originally commissioned by the Twin Cities Gay Ms Chorus and they approached you to adapt it into a longer music piece, correct? Yes. Why did you accept the offer? As LGBTQs, it should be one of our priorities to make sure the next generation has it better than we did. I owe it to my LGBTQ forefathers and mothers to honor that cycle of service and this book hit incredibly close to home in that regard. There was no way I was going to say no. Name any one of the boys in the story Craig, Harry, Avery, Ryan, or Cooper and I wager any LGBTQ person can find some element of their own life experience in those pages. For instance, with Cooper's plot, I was reminded of the 2012 study funded in part by the UCLA School of Law which found that 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. That's approaching half of all kids on the streets. We can, must, and will do better. One of the other interesting things, the title of Davids book references two young menCOMPOSER JOSHUA SHANK: TWO BOYS KISSINGBy Denny Patterson OutClique.org | 09
attempting to break the world record for the longest kiss. This actually happened. On Sep. 18, 2010 college students Matty Daley and Bobby Cancielo kissed for 32 hours, 30 minutes, and 45 seconds in order to successfully break the record. You can watch a documentary about it called Our Lips Are Sealed if you are interested! So you instantly had a positive opinion once you were done reading it. It's an incredibly moving piece of writing. I finished the last page and just sat for a few minutes trying to process how I felt about it. My first thought during the walk home afterwards was, I have to do this. Tell me about your creative process. Did you have several ideas running through your head at once, or were you like, How the heck am I going to do this Any composer will tell you that there's nothing more frightening than a blank page. With something so big, the piece runs about 70-ish minutes. I knew I was going to have to carefully plan to get it done on time. The entire process from the first phone call to the premiere took about 18 grueling months, but if the material were half as good as Davids book, I would do it again in a heartbeat. What would you say was the most challenging part about creating this piece? A composition teacher once told me that, ou're never really a true composer until you've left music you love on the cutting room floorand never has this aphorism been more true for me than with Two Boys Kissing. There are cherished passages and entire characters from the book I had to leave out in order to make the piece into something an audience would sit through myself included. My colibrettist, Eric Grant, was incredibly helpful in making sure we had a story lean enough to tell in the time allotted, but still close enough to the source material to be compelling. What can audiences expect, and what do you hope they take away from the performance? They can expect the usual incredible performance from their hometown Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida that they are used to! In the end, I guess it's my hope that audiences come away from the work feeling empowered to affect positive change in whatever way they can. There are poignant moments in the work for people who lost loved ones during the AIDS crisis, people struggling to raise LGBT children, people who have experienced discrimination, and people who have contemplated taking their own lives. Also, there are moving passages for people who changed their lives for the better by finding an unknown strength when they needed it the most, people who remember what it was like to fall in love for the first time, and people who know the future is brighter than it sometimes seems Have you ever worked with the Gay Ms Chorus of South Florida before? Nope. I'm looking forward to seeing what a choir of this magnitude and of such high reputation is going to do with the work. I contacted the conductor who originally commissioned the work this past month with a list of gay men's choruses I thought I might send the score to in order to see if they might want to perform it in the future. His response was, These all seem like good ensembles to send to, but you should probably add the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida to the list. They're great. I was happy to report the reason they weren't on that list was because they had already programmed it for the 2017-2018 season! After South Florida, where will Two Boys Kissing head to next? Alongside the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, there will be productions this season in Philadelphia, Columbus, Rochester, and Hartford. Each of them will have subtly different stagings, and I'm excited to see how the communities that support the ensembles sort of manifest themselves around the concerts. For a production in Atlanta last year, the Keep Kissing campaign a photo campaign which began as a response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando showed up and set up a photobooth in the lobby, and one of the chorus members did a gorgeous painting of the book cover in the style of Picasso which was auctioned off for charity. I can't wait to see what the Gay Ms Chorus of South Florida has in store for their audience! 10 | OutClique.org
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A ccording to The London Times, multiaward winning Cuban pianist and composer Aldo Lopez-Gavilan is not only a formidable virtuoso, but also exceeds in works that require extraordinary color and fascinating sounds. His natural talent never suffers and his original thinking as an artist assures a performance of amazing playing and individuality. With praise like that, no wonder the South Florida Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to have him join the symphony for the final concert of its 20th season. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israels independence, Lopez-Gavilan will be performing Maurice Ravels Piano Concerto in G April 15, 17, 18, and 19, 2018. Lopez-Gavilan is a man who excels in both the classical and jazz worlds as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber-music collaborator, and performer of his own captivating jazz compositions. Lopez-Gavilan has performed at several prestigious concert halls, including the Amadeo Roldan in Cuba, the Teresa Careo in Venezuela, the Bellas Artes in Mexico, Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall in the United States, the Royal Festival Hall in the United Kingdom, Nybrokajen 11 in Sweden, The Hall of Music in Russia, and the Duc de Lombard et Petit Journal Montparnasse in France. His music and talent has also taken him to venues in Canada, Colombia, Spain, Greece, Hong Kong, Germany, and Austria. Born in Cuba to a family of internationally acclaimed classical musicians, LopezGavilans father is a conductor and composer, while his mother is a concert pianist. By the time he was two-years-old, Lopez-Gavilan hadSOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WELCOMES PIANISTALDO LOPEZ-GAVILAN By Denny Patterson 14 | OutClique.org Photo courtesy of Aldo Musica
written his first musical composition. By age four, his mother introduced him to the piano, and he began formal studies when he was seven. His first international triumph was when he won a Danny Kaye International Childrens Award at age 11. Lopez-Gavilan made his professional debut when he was 12 with the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra, and he later went on to perform Prokofievs Third Concerto with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba. Equivalent to his classical abilities, Lopez-Gavilan developed noteworthy skills in improvisation. He was invited to perform in the world-renowned Havana Jazz Festival with the legendary Chucho Valdes. Lopez-Gavilans recording career began in 1999. His premier CD, En el ocaso de la hormiga y el elefante, won the 2000 Grand Prix at Cubadisco, as well as awards in the jazz and first-works categories. In 2005, he was invited to join a group of prestigious Cuban pianists to create an album and documentary in honor of Frank Emilio. His second album, Talking to the Universe, was a major success with audiences and critics. In 2006, he gave a concert of his newest works that was later turned into his third album, Soundbites. Two years later, he was included in a documentary on the history of Latin jazz in Cuba titled anteca, Mondongo y Bacalao con Pan!, directed by Pavel Giroud. It was in that same year that he released his fourth album, Dimensional. This was the project that allowed him the suppleness for more musical experimentation. In 2009, Lopez-Gavilan released his fifth album, Aldo Lopez-Gavilan en vivo. In addition, he also finished his first live DVD, Ms all del ocaso, which included orchestral selections and jazz compositions. In May 2012, his sixth album dropped, De todos los colores y tambin verde. In 2014, Lopez-Gavilan toured the U.S. and appeared at Floridas Miami Dade County Auditorium, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. He completed an ASCAP film music workshop under the direction of Robert Kraft at New York University, and toured extensively with Cuban singer/songwriter Carlos Varela, for whom he wrote all the string arrangements for an award-winning documentary that was broadcast by HBO Latino in the U.S. When a new era in relationship between the U.S. and Cuba was announced in December 2014, a lot has happened in the cultural exchange between the two countries. LopezGavilan played a very active role in this development. In April 2016, through President Barack Obamas Presidents Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Lopez-Gavilan was part of the group of Cuban musicians who collaborated in Cuba with well-known U.S. artists like Usher, Dave Matthews, and Smokey Robinson. Another one of Lopez-Gavilans biggest milestones was when he joined the New York based Harlem Quartet in 2015. The quartet was co-founded by his brother, Ilmar, and they performed concerts in Calgary, Seattle, and Phoenix. That same year, he was invited to play with the Jazz Quintet at the Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires. Lopez-Gavilans partnership with the Harlem Quartet continued through the summer and fall of 2016, and additional tour concerts are in the works for spring 2018. OutClique.org | 15 Photo courtesy of Aldo Musica
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H ave you ever been at the gym watching another guy working out and wish for just one day to be that guy? Guess what, there are people all over the world wanting to be you and unfortunately, it is not for a good reason. Maybe we dont have 6 pack abs or bulging biceps, but money in the bank, credit cards in your name, or tax returns owed to you by the IRS are incentives for identity thieves to steal your identity. I have already been thinking about what to do with my tax refund, fingers crossed. The problem is that tax identity theft is on the rise. According to the IRS in 2016, they identified 44,148 tax returns with $227 million in fraudulent refunds. Imagine getting a notice in the mail that your expected refund has already been claimed by someone else. Tax identity theft is the result of stolen, personally identifiable information, called PII for short, used by thieves to files taxes under false identity. The scammers complete a tax return using your identity and have the check directed to their address or deposited directly into their account. One of the easiest ways to combat tax ID theft is to file early. Scammers usually file fast so they can beat the real taxpayer to the refund. The sooner you file, the less likely a scammer will be in filing a fake return using your name. Scammers also need to obtain your information to file fake returns. Be cautious about sharing your information with others. Use privacy settings that limit access to your PII. The internet has increased convenience when it comes to shopping, banking, and other everyday activities. This online accessibility means your personal information can be compromised by a data breach, so take precautions. Understand why you are being asked for your personal information and ask questions about why it is needed. Learn more about data privacy at BBB. org/privacy. Committing to good data privacy habits can help protect you from financial loss and a lengthy recovery. The bad guys and their minions are constantly looking for weaknesses to obtain data and information they can use. When connected to OutClique.org | 21 WILL THE REAL MR. RIPLEY PLEASE STAND UP? STAYING SAFE IN THE ERA OF IDENTITY THEFTBy Rod Davis
open wifi networks, hackers can more easily gain access to your data, passwords and PII. Avoid networks that do not provide secure access, keep your PC and smart devices protected with updated software and security software to make it harder for others to gain access to your data. If you routinely use public wifi networks, you should consider a VPN service (virtual private network). A VPN is not a fool proof solution, but it provides an additional layer of protection by connecting the user to servers using a secure encrypted connection. You can learn more about VPNs at: pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403388,00.asp. Scammers also try to manipulate tax payers by posing as the IRS, often using scare tactics to get you off guard. Often they will claim your taxes are past due or that your information is already compromised. The goal of their contact with you will be to obtain your personal information. Official IRS contacts will always begin with a letter so if you receive a call, be cautious. You can get more detailed tips at BBB.org/taxscams. There are also some tax preparers without the right systems or background to work with consumers. Make sure they are properly registered. A tax preparer must obtain a PTIN from the IRS. Never let someone work on your taxes unless they have this number. Dont be afraid to ask about this or other qualifications; a capable professional does not mind questions. Look for credentials. Anyone with a PTIN can prepare your tax forms for you, but some tax preparers have more training and qualifications than others. Enrolled agents, certified public accountants (CPAs) and attorneys have unlimited rights to represent their clients to the IRS on all matters. Be wary of any tax preparation service that promises larger refunds than the competition, and avoid tax preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the refund. Also be wary of refund anticipation loans, which can take a hefty chunk of your refund in commission. Refunds are processed quickly these days, so s a better bet to just wait for the real thing rather than pay a premium to get it now. Find a trusted tax preparation business at: seflorida. app.bbb.org/connect. Beyond tax ID theft, 7% of US households fall victim to identity theft each year and the numbers continue to rise. A few years ago a colleague shared with me a tip that I implemented to better protect my identity. I implemented a credit freeze to lock down the credit reports which prevents identity thieves from opening credit cards, bank accounts or any line of credit in my name. A credit freeze will not impact your credit 22 | OutClique.org
score or impair your ability to use your existing credit cards. A freeze locks down your credit reports, used by lenders to determine your creditworthiness, not your actual credit. Once you freeze your credit reports, opening new credit will require some advanced planning. Youll need to request a temporary thaw with all three credit bureaus to allow lenders to access your reports. The entire online thaw request process for all three bureaus should take about twenty minutes, and your reports can be set to automatically re-freeze on a date you select. Credit freezes and thaws are generally free for identity theft victims. Non-victims in all but a handful of states must pay a fee to each credit bureau to implement a freeze ($10 in Florida) Seniors 65 and above in Florida also have the fee waived. Fees change occasionally, but the costs are found at: experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/crediteducation/preventing-fraud/security-freeze/ florida/ transunion.com/credit-freeze/credit-freezeinformation-by-state help.equifax.com/s/article/What-are-thesecurity-freeze-fees-in-my-state Youll need to hold on to your login credentials with each bureau to thaw your reports. A lost PIN or user ID can be difficult and time consuming to retrieve. Maintain your login information with each bureau as you would your birth certificate or other important documents. The direct links to freeze your credit with the 3 major credit bureaus are: Experian: experian.com/freeze/center.html Transunion: freeze.transunion.com Equifax: freeze.equifax.com Stay safe and here is hoping for a big tax refund.
GAY GAMES PROMOTING EQUALITY THROUGH SPORT & CULTURE SINCE 1982 30 | OutClique.org Register now for Paris 2018 Gay Games 10, a fabulous celebration of diversity, which will take place August 4 12, 2018 with up to 15,000 athletes and artists from 70+ countries, 36 sports, 14 cultural events, 2 ceremonies, 1 village, and a sports conference. Register at www.Paris2018.com. Since 1982, the international Federation of Gay Games (FGG) has brought people together from all over the world, with diversity, respect, equality, solidarity, and sharing. With the common themes and mission of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best the Gay Games are open to all, young (age 18+) or old, athlete or artist, experienced or novice, gay or straight. It is a fundamental principle of the FGG that all activities conducted under its auspices shall be inclusive in nature, and that no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political belief(s), athletic or artistic ability, physical challenge, age, or health status. Gay Games Change the World and the impact in host cities is incredible in terms of culture, sport, economic impact, history and most importantly elevating all matters of LGBT+ equality. The Gay Games is the largest sport and culture event in the world open to all. Its legacy changes social and political attitudes towards LGBT+ people. The Gay Games were conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and were first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent Gay Games include San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York (1994), Amsterdam (1998), Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), Cleveland + Akron (2014), and Paris (2018). Learn more at GayGames.org. GAY GAMES VII, OPENING CEREMONY, SOLDIER FIELD, CHICAGO, 2006. PHOTO: ROSS FORMAN.
FGG SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM A key initiative is the Gay Games Scholarship Program. Thanks to robust fundraising and a generous program, hundreds of people from highly underserved countries and communities have been brought to the Gay Games to experience Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best first-hand and see the collective power of those values. Since 1998, Gay Games Scholarships have been awarded to nearly 800 underfunded individuals from 70 countries, providing a life-changing week of acceptance and encouragement that the recipients would never have otherwise experienced. The FGG is grateful for more than 35 years of support from thousands around the globe, as well as the historic support from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Throughout the year, the Federation runs a number of campaigns to raise funds for the FGG Scholarship Program. Learn more about the FGG Scholarship Program at https://gaygames.org/FGG-ScholarshipProgram. One athletes story, in her own words Elvina Yuvakaeva, Russian LGBT Sport Federation and Tom Waddell Award Recipient (Moscow, Russia) The Federation of Gay Games has been a lifeline for LGBT+ sports and culture in Russia. Their support of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation made it possible for us to continue to grow and help our community feel connected and powerful. In November 2013, I was flown to Paris to meet with IOC President Thomas Bach to discuss the need for language in Article 6 of the Olympic Charter protecting the rights of LGBT+ individuals. Being part of that event was the best example of how the Gay Games can change the world. In 2014, I was also featured in the Article 6 international advertising campaign to add the non-discrimination language into the IOC Charter. In between the Sochi Olympics and the Sochi Paralympics, the Russian LGBT Sport Federation hosted the Open Games, a multisport event in Moscow. The day before it started, we were told we could not use the venue we had planned for our opening ceremony. Other venues were cancelled due to pressure from government officials, and we suffered police harassment, a bomb threat, and a smoke bomb attack. Later that year, thanks to the FGG Scholarship Fund, more than 40 Russian athletes and artists participated at Gay Games 9: Cleveland OutClique.org | 31 ELVINA YUVAKAEVA (LEFT) WITH FEDERATION OF GAY GAMES CO-PRESIDENT JOANIE EVANS (RIGHT). PHOTO: FGG. ELVINA YUVAKAEVA (LEFT) LEADING THE RUSSIAN LGBT SPORT FEDERATION INTO THE OPENING CEREMONY, GAY GAMES 9, CLEVELAND + AKRON, 2014. PHOTO: MATT CORDISH.
32 | OutClique.org + Akron 2014. As loud as the audience was when each contingent was announced, it became deafening when Russia was introduced during the Opening Ceremony. Later in the ceremony, I was honored to receive the Tom Waddell Award, the highest honor presented by the FGG. Although this award is for individual achievement, I felt as if I was accepting the award on behalf of all participants in the Russian LGBT Sport Federation who stand up to oppression and harassment every single day in our homeland. Gay Games 9 was amazing. There was such an outpouring of love. As one teammate stated at the end of the week, it was as if we had spent the week living in an alternate universe that we now had to leave in order to return to our daily routines of watching everything we say or do. Because homosexuality is illegal in Russia, researchers say the number of reported hate crimes are a lot lower than reality. Many hate crimes go unreported, and aren't investigated appropriately. As a result, many feel the government supports this discrimination. This hostility between the Russian government and the LGBT+ community has been going on for years, and is nothing new. As of 2016, Russia was ranked as the second least friendly country to LGBT+ people. Hate crimes have doubled in Russia since 2014. In 2010, 18 people were sentenced for hate crimes against the LGBT community. In 2015, 65 people were sentenced. Out of 250 hate crimes, 200 were for murder. Most victims were gay men. It will be many years before life in Russia will be good for LGBT+ people. Thanks to the support of our many Gay Games friends around the world, we continue to fight for our rights as best we can on the playing fields and stages all across Russia. Follow the Gay Games on Social Media WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY MEDAL-WINNING TEAM, GAY GAMES 9, CLEVELAND + AKRON, 2014. PHOTO: JEFF KAGEN. MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDAL-WINNING TEAM, GAY GAMES 10, COLOGNE, 2010. PHOTO: XRISPICS.
2018 FLORIDA AIDS WALK 34 | OutClique.org A s spring emerges along the South Florida coast, thousands of Floridians will prepare to hit the shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach, to party with a purpose. Whats the party, and whats the purpose? s the Annual Florida AIDS Walk and Music Fest. Presented by Wells Fargo and AHF Pharmacy, this annual event, on Sunday, March 18, 2018, has become one of the most anticipated fundraising events in South Florida. This fun-filled day will start at 10AM with a 5k walk along the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach coastline and will close out with food trucks, interactive games and a powerhouse mid-morning of music featuring Miami/Fort Lauderdale based, chart topping, award winning DJ Alex Ferbeyre, the soulful beats of Jody Hill, and the Deep Fried Funk Band. It will culminate with a high energy performance by Billboards chart-topping artist, Flo Rida. An estimated 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 15%, many of them not knowing it. Florida is disproportionately affected, and while progress has been made, the rate of new HIV diagnosis is back on the rise. Even on the local front, Broward and Miami/Dade counties nationally rank #1 and #2 for new HIV diagnoses. The Florida AIDS Walk and Music Fest, now in its 13th year, attracts walkers and music enthusiasts from across South Florida. Last year, having raised over $1.2 million dollars, proceeds from the event go to support local agencies that are working to provide education, awareness, prevention, and other services to address the rising HIV/AIDS epidemic devastatingly impacting the South Florida community. Those benefiting organizations are as follows. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a nonprofit, global organization, with clinics and HIV testing sites across South Florida, that provides services to over 819,000 people in 36 countries. SAVE is recognized as South Floridas leading organization dedicated to protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) against discrimination. Since 1993, SAVE has advocated for equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. SunServe is a 501c3 nonprofit social services agency serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community in South Florida. They provide high quality, culturally relevant care for all with an emphasis on those in financial need, minorities, youth, seniors, persons living with HIV, and those with life-challenging physical or emotional conditions. They also offer a myriad of educational and training services. The Poverello Center. In Florida, 135,986 people are estimated to be living with HIV, including many who arent getting treatment. While progress has been made, the rate of ////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////
new HIV diagnosis in Broward County is on the rise with 770 people newly diagnosed last year. We wont stop this fight until AIDS is a thing of the past! Last year Poverello served 3,000 people with HIV and 86.1% of their participants had a controlled viral load, meaning they cannot spread the virus. The Pride Center at Equality Park provides a welcoming, safe space, an inclusive home, that meets the distinct health, social, educational, socio-economic, and safety needs for the LGBTQ community and our allies. Latinos Salud provides sensitive outreach to South Floridas gay Latinos, to all persons living with HIV, and to everyone who identifies as transgender. Operating three full-time locations in Broward and Miami-Dade, their staff provides free walk-in HIV and STD screening, linkage-to-care, one-on-one life coaching, support groups, youth programs, peer leadership development, and Ryan White case management services. With their targeted services and cultural competence, Latinos Salud brings into care the clients who would not otherwise feel comfortable accessing a clinic. Their staff personally accompanies members to their first medical appointments, providing translation, and offering moral support. They then stay with them to coach them through the process of sticking faithfully to their regimen for a longer life. The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center is open to the public to visit, explore, and enjoy. The museum believes it is important to document the history of HIV/AIDS, to deepen the understanding of this continuing worldwide epidemic through empowerment, education and enlightenment, and to remove the stigma of HIV/AIDS, which acts as a barrier to both testing and prevention. Pridelines is a grassroots, nonprofit organization, founded by gay and bisexual youth for LGBTQ youth and their allies, that for more than 30 years continues to provide a safe space, social support, skills building, leadership development, and referrals to mental health, health care, and support services for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies throughout South Florida. OASIS Florida is a community based service organization providing services in Northwest Florida to those affected by HIV/AIDS and promoting prevention of HIV through free testing, outreach and education and access to preventative tools such as PrEP and condoms. The Urban League of Broward County is a nonprofit organization founded to empower communities and change lives. Their mission is to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. Their Breaking the Cycle programs uplift more than 11,000 people every year through affordable housing initiatives, youth development, employment and training, community empowerment, and civic engagement. To learn more about this years event go to www.FloridaAIDSWalk.org. Come out and bring a friend on March 18, 2018 on Fort Lauderdale Beach and make a difference in our community! //////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////// OutClique.org | 35
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THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CHRISTINE: By Gregg Shapiro AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINE EBERSOLEA ctress and singer Christine Ebersole has had the kind of professional career most performers only dream about. A regular presence on the big screen (The Wolf of Wall Street, Tootsie, Amadeus, and the upcoming Starbright), the small screen (the 1981-82 season of SNL, as well as American Horror Story, Royal Pains and Ryans Hope) and the stage (her recent Tony Awardnominated performance in War Paint and her Tony Award-winning turns in Grey Gardens and 42nd Street among others); Ebersole can seemingly do it all. She even brought her portrayal of Grey Gardens Little Edie to Logos The Big Gay Sketch Show in 2008. Teaming up with walking Broadway encyclopedia Seth Rudetsky, Ebersole is performing at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on March 24, 2018.
OutClique.org | 41 Gregg Shapiro: Christine, Id like to begin by asking you to say something about the challenges and rewards of portraying real people, such as Elizabeth Arden and both Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, as an actress. Christine Ebersole: Grey Gardens was unique in that there was a documentary out about them (for reference), so that made it a different category. There are photographs of Elizabeth Arden, but not a lot of things on film. It was much more of an interpretation. Theyre all interpretive, but one required a technical aspect, as well, in getting the manner of speech, movement and all that down. GS Did portraying Arden in War Paint have any effect on your personal attitude towards cosmetics?CE No [big laugh]. I certainly appreciate good skin products. I find that Elizabeth Arden is really top drawer, A1, in terms of quality. I use their products. I dont know that Ive used them in the same way that I do now, just because of being introduced to them in a very special way. I think mostly its about good skin [laughs], after that the rest is just fine tuning. If you dont have good skin, it doesnt matter how much makeup you put on. GS Is there a real person on your bucket list that you would like to portray onstage or onscreen?CE No [laughs]. I like to be in this discovery mode, where things will come to me.GS You worked with Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie on both War Paint and Grey Gardens. Can you please say something about what makes that working relationship one that youd want to repeat?CE We have a history. I really appreciate their artistry and their collaboration. We all discover, together, what needs to happen and where it needs to go.GS Being a native of the Chicago area, what did it mean to have War Paint premiere at Chicagos Goodman Theatre?CE It was very special for me. Id never performed at the Goodman Theatre before. That was a new experience for me. I love Chicago. I have friends and family there still. It made it very special.GS Movie musicals have become increasingly popular in this new century. If there was a movie version of War Paint, what would it mean to you to reprise your role as Elizabeth Arden on screen?CE Wouldnt it go to Meryl Streep?GS I hope not! CE [Laughs] I dont think it would be me.GS Over the course of your career, you have had many gay men as part of your professional life, including Doug Wright, Marc Shaiman, Billy Stritch, Michael Feinstein and Seth Rudetsky, to name a few. Can you please say something about what the gays in your life mean to you?CE I dont know that I look at it that way. I think that we are all more than our orientation. Spiritually, weve transcended that. I look at them as wonderfully talented, beautiful people. I dont want to label. I want to try to avoid putting people in a category. GS You are performing with the aforementioned Seth Rudetsky at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Will you be incorporating anything from your After the Ball concert event in the show? CE I dont know. Hs a very fly-bythe-seat-of-your-pants kind of guy. Generally, we talk about it on the phone. Hs much more Broadway-oriented. That seems to be the focus; the Broadway career.
G ambling is not the only thing hopping in Hollywood, FL. The Lucky Street Tavern on 5450 State Road 7 is one of South Floridas newest and most unique restaurants and club. In a combo of modern and retro, this place is serving up the food and drink in a fun and snazzy atmosphere. Tucked away just steps from the Hard Rock Casino, the Lucky Street Tavern doesnt have the usual greasy bar food. The Chicken Pot Pie Dumplings are a unique taste that cant be missed. From the south or just a fan of its food? The Lucky Street Fried Chicken makes you feel like you are down on the farm with this treat. The head chef has added his own blend of spices that gives the Colonel a real run for his money. Or start up your meal with the Atomic Wings. They have just the right blend of kick and smooth. But heres the real deal, their Cornbread on the Cob. This unique creation is grilled corn, cornbread, and popcorn. Believe it or not, corn on the cob sprinkled with popcorn. It might sound odd, but its a taste you have to order. The creamy, buttery, salty sauce will have you scraping the plate and asking for more. But be sure to take a photo of it before you dig in to show your friends this one of a kind dish. What bar would be complete without made to order cocktails? The Singapore Sling is a blend of Aviation gin, pineapple, lemon and their Sling Business. What guy wouldnt want to try a cocktail called "The Dude" White Russian? s a mix of Beluga Noble, Coffee Cordial, and Coco Puff milk. Its actually served up with real Coco Puff cereal in the drink. You can feel like a kid again while hanging with your buds. And speaking of kids, the Humpty Dumpty is gin, strawberry lemon, and egg shell. If you fall off the wall and get cracked, dont blame us, but the drink is mad good. Unique food and fun drink, Lucky Street Tavern (www.LuckyStreetFL.com) is a cant-bemissed locale for a quick trip to Hollywood. With a multitude of activities in the area, the Tavern adds itself to the mix for locals and visitors alike. Grab a friend or two and try them out! GET LUCKY AT THE LUCKY STREET TAVERN By Steven O. Evans, PhD 44 | OutClique.org
CHEF DANIEL BOULUD BRINGS BOULUD SUD TO MIAMI By Steve Pike 46 | OutClique.org A ny time acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud opens a restaurant in your town, its a cause for celebration. And when Boulud completely re-imagines one of his restaurants, s not only a cause for celebration, but for curiosity. Those two come together at Boulud Sud at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami. For the past seven years, the hotel was home to Bouluds db Bistro Moderne, but simply stated, that eaterys time had come and gone. iami is a very trendy city, said Christophe Chalange, who managed db Bistro and now manages Boulud Sud. The minute you are not trendy, is when your business starts to disappear. We didnt want to do a facelift, so we decided to do something different. That something different is Boulud Sud. Sure, s on the same ground floor footprint as its predecessor, its 6,350 square-foot interior has a totally new look, including linen seatings (love the buckles in the booth seats), Moroccan-inspired tile floor that fit perfect with the restaurants Mediterranean theme, and original artwork by Vik Muniz. The only thing we kept was the employees, Chalange said with a smile. Thats rare for corporate America. The menu is classic Daniel Boulud, taking its inspiration from Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and Italy. The flatbread with eggplant is a great example of a Middle East appetizer, as is the Short Rib Barbajuans. For seafoodies, the Seared Mediterranean Branzino is an outstanding entre. And for steak lovers, the six-ounce Filet Mignon with Patatas Bravas (crispy potatoes with garlic aioli) is the perfect meal. The Patatas Brava might be the best side dish in all of Miami. Boulud Suds pricing is perfect, too. That is, s not as expensive as one expects from a celebrity chef driven restaurant in downtown Miami or Miami Beach. This is what we want, Chalange said. We want to be able to touch everybody, not just the business people who work downtown. So far, everybody seems to love it.
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THE SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Photos by Keans Llamera Photography | FB.com/KeansLPhotos Location: Broward Center for the Performing ArtsBy Denny Patterson 48 | OutClique.org
M aestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso made her dream into a reality when she founded the Key West Symphony Orchestra in August 1997. With the support of her family, friends, and civic leaders, interest in making live symphonic music accessible to the community was increasing. Plans and development were in full swing. A fundraising concert was performed in March 1998, and the event attracted enough notice that core followers suggested a debut of a full orchestra in December of that year. On Friday, December 11, the concert happened. Fortyeight musicians gathered at the Tennessee Williams Theatre in Key West to perform their first Masterwork series with prominent and celebrated cellist, Zuill Bailey, playing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto.Since Alfonso was starting this big of a project in a sparsely populated island community, the task was not easy. However, she was determined to present the best. From a classical music repertoire to the most talented musicians she could gather, Alfonsos hard work, passion, and dedication paid off. She was eventually able to expand her dreams to new horizons. By 2009, The Key West Symphony Orchestra became the South Florida Symphony Orchestra (SFSO) and moved its offices from Key West to downtown Wilton Manors. The overall goal was to reach the communities of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. Alfonso was on a mission, and she was not going to let anything, or anyone stand in her way. Another one of Alfonsos accomplishments was bringing free educational symphonic concerts to local school children, giving them the opportunity to experience the symphony orchestra for the first time. The South Florida Symphony Orchestra now offers five educational programs: Freedom, Tales of Legendary Florida, Piping Hot Classics, Peter and the Wolf, and Preserve the Coral Reef. Through music, costumes, participation, and dramatization, the students indulge on not only a learning experience, but also a journey they will never forget. To date, the Symphony has touched the lives of at least 35,000 children. Over the years, the South Florida Symphony OutClique.org | 49 Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso
Orchestra has reached major milestones and record growth. Being recognized as the little symphony that could, the Symphonys stage has been graced by notorious musicians and vocalists, including Nicolette Benedetti, CheeYun, Elmar Oliveira, Robert McDuffie, Natasha Paremski, and Jeffrey Chappell. Audiences have listened to the musical styles of Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Vivaldi, and many more. Alfonso has championed contemporary composers from the beginning and has been actively involved in the commission of new works. The Symphony has also been honored with performing world premier pieces, such as Tom Hormels Legend of Bird Mountain. The Symphony is about to wrap up its 20th season, and we cannot wait to see whats to come next. A Couple Words from the Maestra Audiences can instantly feel the love and passion radiating off Maestra Sebrina Alfonso once she steps on the podium and faces the orchestra. Alfonso knew she wanted to pursue a career in music at a young age. Born and raised in Key West, she obtained a Bachelor's and Masters degree in music from Virginia Commonwealth University, then a doctorate with an emphasis in conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. In 2002, she became the first Cuban American conductor invited to conduct Cubas premier orchestra, the National Orchestra of Cuba. In addition, Alfonso has made her mark at many other prestigious orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Jose Symphony, the Womens Philharmonic, and the Orchestra de Rus in Siena, Italy. She has even conducted an underwater concert for over 400 divers which received world-wide recognition. Alfonsos bold approach and ability to delight audiences led her to begin the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. She does not plan to slow down anytime soon. As the founder of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, why did you want to start the company? I wanted my grandmothers to see what I did for a living, and I wanted the children to be 50 | OutClique.org Dilyana Zlatinova Concertmaster
exposed to the greatest music ever written in the history of the world. I was not exposed to this as a child even though my destiny was to be in music. When applicants audition to join the symphony, what are you looking for? What qualifications must they possess? Our musicians are world class. They have mastered their instrument. Most importantly to me is their passion for the music, a sound that touches the soul and their commitment to the orchestra and its mission. What was the first symphony orchestra performance you ever attended? What was it like and what were you feeling? My first experience with Symphonic and Opera music was in Italy while in ninth grade. I got lost from my group. We were out on an excursion from school. I stumbled into an opera hall and the whole audience was crying. There was some woman on the stage dying and her muff falling to the ground. I realized years later I had just experienced the ending of La Boheme, but it was then I knew there was more to music than just band conducting. Are your family and friends supportive of your musical aspirations? Yes, my mom was proud of my music. Most friends were in music so we were all supportive of each other. For someone who has never attended a symphony orchestra performance before, what do you hope they take away from their first performance? Joy, excitement, a life changing experience. Understanding that they have a right to experience this gift given to humanity. What about for those performing in their first concert with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra? I would hope the musicians will feel part of the music making and part of the organization whose mission is to bring joy, education, and fun to South Florida. Any new developments you would like to share about the symphony's 21st season? OutClique.org | 51 Lemay James Violin
We are working on some collaborations with other local organizations that we are looking forward to doing. That is our desire. That the South Florida Symphony Orchestra be an integral part of the community in many different ways. Not just a night concert for a select few, but that we reach all corners of our communities. Introducing the Players David Calhoun Principal Cellist When did you join the South Florida Symphony Orchestra? This is my first season as principal cellist, though I first worked with Sebrina in the Key West Symphony in 2005. Why did you audition for the Symphony? I had very much enjoyed my previous musical experiences with Sebrina. She has a genuine love, enthusiasm, and mastery of music that is both uncommon and inspiring. Tell me about your first performance with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. My first concert series as principal cellist was this past December. Frankly, I was swept away by the artistry. The Suidy Flamenco company was a blaze of rhythm and passion, Zuill Bailey was magnificent as the cello soloist, and Sebrina was in complete command of both the complex scores and choreography. I knew right away I was in for a rewarding artistic collaboration with her and the SFSO. How has the SFSO changed your life? The orchestra has a vitality and freshness that is invigorating. While I have many years of experience with the finest ensembles in New York, I find playing with the SFSO breathing wonderful new energy into my musical life. Where did your passion for music come from, and at what point did you know this is the career you wanted to pursue? My grandfather was a church organist, pianist, and choral director. He and my family used to perform live every week on the church radio station. Something got passed on in the genes there. I wanted to become a cellist the moment 52 | OutClique.org David Calhoun Principal Cellist
my father brought home a recording of Dvorak cello concerto. It was love at first listen. What is it like working with Maestra Sebrina Alfonso? When you combine, as Sebrina does, a gift for communication of the music through her conducting and a warm rapport with her musicians, you have a rare chemistry and the opportunity to create something special. It also helps tremendously that she is at home in so many different styles. What is the biggest lesson you have learned from her thus far? Absolute admiration for turning ones passion and talent into reality. Through her persistence and determination, she has brought the gift and the joy of great music to many thousands of people. What a beautiful mission to fulfill in life. What is your ultimate goal/plan? I think we always strive to perfect our art. Evan Casals, when asked why he still practiced four hours a day in his 80s, he said that he thought he was still making some progress. So, I think that really is our ultimate goal. To always keep getting better. Lemay James Violin When did you join the South Florida Symphony Orchestra? I joined the South Florida Symphony Orchestra last year in November 2017. I heard about the orchestra and I looked up more information about it on the web. I found that Maestra Sebrina was the conductor, and I remembered her when she was a guest conductor at the National Symphony of Havana. How has the SFSO changed your life? My life changed since the moment I started being a member of this orchestra. It gave me the chance to participate with great musicians. What is your dream performance? My dream is to be able to play as a soloist with a symphony orchestra. I would love to one day be able to play like a soloist for the South OutClique.org | 53 Modesto Marcano Viola
Florida Symphony Orchestra. What is it like working with Maestra Sebrina Alfonso? Maestra Sebrina is a very professional conductor with extensive knowledge about general music. She has great dominance picking up music programs to make the group shine in a higher level. What is the biggest lesson you have learned from her thus far? The most important lesson I have learned from her is that it doesnt matter how extensive or difficult the program is, you succeed by performing it with your heart and best knowledge. As an example, last January when we performed Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky with the ballet, that is the most difficult piece for the orchestra and she did it perfectly. What is your ultimate goal? My ultimate goal is to keep playing in a symphony orchestra like the South Florida Symphony Orchestra and finish recording my own CD for jazz funk and classic pop music. Dilyana Zlatinova Concertmaster When did you join the South Florida Symphony Orchestra? 2012. Why did you audition for the Symphony? I have heard such great things about it from friends and colleagues in New York. Everyone spoke so highly about the group and the music making in this orchestra. I was dying to be invited to play with them and after probably about 7-8 years it happened! It was a long wait, but worth it. The South Florida Symphony Orchestra was everything that I was dreaming it would be and more! Tell me about your first performance with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. My first performance with SFSO was in November 2012. We played Bruckners 4th symphony. It was my first Bruckner Symphony and I was very excited. The orchestra sounded phenomenal and I met great players from all over the states. It was an incredible experience! I really wanted to do well and become a member of this orchestra, which luckily for me happened right away. How has the SFSO changed your life? SFSO was my first Florida job. I fell in love with that place and I decided to look for some more work in the area. Now, six years later, Im the Concertmaster of South Florida Symphony and Im a member of three other Florida based orchestras. I am basically employed full time in Florida between November and April. For the 54 | OutClique.org
rest of the season, I live and work in New York City. Where did your passion for music come from, and at what point did you know you wanted to pursue this as a career? My dad took a few violin lessons when he was a kid. He took a different career path, but he always carried a great passion for classical music and used every opportunity to pull out his violin and play a song. When we had family gatherings and parties at our house, my dad would always take out his violin and play something for the guests. My dad was an engineer, so people were always very impressed when he started playing. That was my favorite part of the evening. I think that was the reason why I chose to play violin. I think deep inside me I wanted to be like him and bring happiness to people! What is it like working with Maestra Sebrina Alfonso? Sometimes s a lot of fun, and sometimes it can be very stressful. She has very high standards for her musicians which is great. She always keeps us on our toes and makes us play to the best of our abilities. We are always on alert and over prepared. If not, she knows and she will come and get us [laughs]. What is the biggest lesson you have learned from her thus far? You should not be afraid to go big! She always schedules very big and challenging works which most of the orchestras, especially in Florida, are afraid to perform. Every time we are about to play such a work, there is a moment of panic. I believe not only in me, but Im sure amongst other musicians. However, when we start the rehearsals, we can all see the progress and say to each other, Well, that was not as difficult as I imagined, we can totally do it! What is your ultimate goal/plan? I feel very fortunate to do what I love for a living. I strive to be a better musician and person every day. When I work hard, I always feel that life finds different ways to reward me. I have played with different groups and musicians which I have never dreamt I will even see perform live. I am very optimistic and eager to see what more the future has for me! Modesto Marcano Viola When did you join the South Florida Symphony Orchestra? In 2015. Tell me about your first performance with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. My first performance was very exciting for me. I found myself surrounded by so many top-notch musicians. I remember it was a pops concert, and the artists were all just amazing. How has the South Florida Symphony Orchestra changed your life? I have met so many great musicians and people some of whom have become great friends. SFSO feels like my musical family. Where did your passion for music come from, and at what point did you know this is the career you wanted to pursue? My passion for music comes from my home country of Venezuela. I started studying music in the famous El Sistema music program. From an early age, we were taught the phrase Tocar y luchar. It means to play and to fight/pursue, which still remains in me and will always inspire me. I knew from the beginning that music was my passion. What is it like to work with Maestra Sebrina Alfonso? She is amazing. What is the biggest lesson you have learned from her thus far? Her determination is something we could all learn from. She has put together very challenging programs that includes big pieces. What is your ultimate goal/plan? We recently formed a quartet called STRATUS4. One of my goals is that we can expose classical music to as many people as possible in chamber music and in an orchestral setting. OutClique.org | 55
4 MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF YOUR NUTRITION CALORIES PROTEIN By Bobby Jackson BA, CSCS T H E The most important component of your nutrition is the total number of calories you are consuming each day. Whether your goal is to get bigger, smaller, or stay the same size, your daily caloric intake (DCI) is what will get you the results in the mirror and on the scale. The factors that determine your desired DCI are your resting metabolic rate, activity level, and training objective. Its imperative to Once your daily caloric intake is established, the next most important nutritional factor is the amount of protein you consume within those calories each day. There are 3 major roles that protein plays in our nutrition. First, it is the fundamental building block for muscle tissue. This is important regardless of your training objective because even if your goal is to lose weight, an increase in lean muscle mass significantly increases the number of the success of your program that you have a general idea of the total number of calories you are eating each day. Once you discover that number, start by making small changes (plus or minus about 300 calories per day, depending on your goal) and allow your body to adjust. These gradual changes will help your body to continually adjust and will be much less draining both physically and mentally. calories your body burns each day, even at rest (resting metabolic rate). This effect can dramatically accelerate a fat loss program. Second, due to its molecular makeup, your body even burns more calories during the digestion process of protein. Third, consuming high-protein foods gives us a quicker feeling of being full. This can better help us control the total number of calories consumed per meal.H ave you ever wondered why most diets dont work? Its because the term diet implies a non-permanent way of eating. Diets can sometimes give you relatively quick results, but usually follow very extreme guidelines and heavily restrict the amount and type of food you can consume. Therefore, you cannot remain on a diet for long because you usually end up worse than before you started once you go back to your regular eating habits. Instead, we are going to refer to your new eating habits as your nutrition. A proper nutritional program is a sustainable way to eat and can be expected to give you results for a much longer amount of time. 1 2 56 | OutClique.org
CARBOHYDRATES WATER If you have spent any time researching diets or general nutrition then you have certainly seen references to carbohydrates or carbs. Many diet programs choose to take a low-carb approach when fat loss is the primary goal. However, our activity level and types of activity should be taken into consideration when choosing our daily carb intake. Endurance and long duration workouts use more of our bodys carbohydrate storage for energy. With that said, The most easily overlooked component of our nutritional program is the amount of water we drink each day. However, every biological process from muscle building to fat loss will occur more efficiently when proper hydration is met. Hydration should start first thing in if you are not training in that capacity or live a more sedentary lifestyle then a low-carb diet is recommended and can be extremely beneficial for fat loss. Most importantly, the quality of the carbohydrates you are eating should be assessed. Items like soda contain extremely high amounts of sugar and with that comes unnecessary calories. No matter your training objective, limiting simple sugar intake will help maintain your target calorie count as well. the morning and continue all the way into the evening hours. My recommendation is to keep a glass of water near your bed so you can start each day with a full glass of water and continue to drink a full glass of water with and between each meal. Dont waste your time being distracted by all the new, fad diet programs. Making smaller, gradual changes to your existing eating habits will help you make progress for longer and make it easier to maintain your results. I recommend focusing on one of these components at a time until it becomes part of your normal routine. Once you have built one good habit, then start working on another. After all, a healthy and effective nutritional program needs to be a sustainable way to eat day after day. Bobby is a graduate of Minnesota State University with a degree in Biology, emphasis in Health and Medical Sciences. Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Bobby is the owner and director of The Custom Fitness Institute, a private training studio in Pompano Beach. Facebook.com/ TheCustomFitnessInstitute. 3 4 58 | OutClique.org
C urrently starring in the Tony-nominated musical Anastasia, out actor Max Von Essen has been making a name for himself on Broadway since the beginning of the 21st century. Performing in Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, and earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Henri Baurel in An American in Paris, Von Essen is one of the most brightly shining stars in contemporary American music theater. He is taking a short break from Anastasia to premiere his new solo show. I spoke with him about the show and his career in January 2018. Max Von Essen performs on April 8 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in Aventura (www.AventuraCenter.org/Events/Detail/maxvon-essen). Gregg Shapiro: Max, you are currently playing Bolshevik General Gleb Vaganov in Anastasia, based on the 1997 animated movie musical. Do you consider yourself a fan of the cartoon on which the play is based? Max Von Essen: I do now. I have to be honest, Id never seen it. I didnt know it at all. I hadnt seen it when I was younger. It just wasnt on my radar. I didnt even watch it until I had almost completely finished my rehearsal process. As with any adaptation, they take liberties and they adjust some things for the stage. But my character was completely constructed for this. s one of (playwright and Anastasia book writer) Terrence McNallys most specific contributions to this adaptation. There is a villain in the film, but he didnt want it to be a typical villain character.GS How does he differ?MVE In the film he had a lot of magical qualities. Here (in the play) they werent going to have a magical element, anything beyond our human existence. They 62 | OutClique.org Photo by Matthew MurphyTO THE MAX: AN INTERVIEW WITH MAX VON ESSENBy Gregg Shapiro
OutClique.org | 63 created this character of Gleb who serves as a kind of villain. Its his mission to find Anastasia and kill ultimately her, if she really is Anastasia. Hs young, s conflicted. He meets her without knowing s the girl pretending to be Anastasia, and he has these feelings for her. s really like a dark romantic triangle with Dmitry, Anastasia and my character of Gleb. I didnt feel it necessary to watch the film, at first. So when I watched it at the end of my rehearsal process, knowing that my character wasnt going to be represented, by that time Id already fallen in love with the Broadway production. Then I fell just as much in love with the animated film. I think s beautiful. It reminded me of a time when animated musicals had a rebirth with a lot of Disney films. Anastasia made me feel the same way. GS Does Gleb being a new character have anything to do with the appeal, as an actor, of taking the role?MVE Yes, definitely. Initially, I didnt know it was a character written for the Broadway production. Without my even knowing, it appealed to me. Before my audition, I went to see the show to see if it was something Id like to be a part of. How would I feel about being in this production if I did, in fact, get an offer to do it? I saw it and immediately thought it would be a good role for me. A different challenge. s very different from An American In Paris, the previous role I did on Broadway. I really was so drawn to it. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this whole experience. It has been way more challenging and fulfilling than I ever expected. Im having such a great time. Its been wonderful.GS Does being in a Russia-set musical at a time when modern day Russia is in the news on an hourly basis have any particular meaning or significance to you?MVE While were performing, I never immediately think about Russia and Trump, but it is incredible how we still deal with things. How theres still a need for protest dictators; the topics we still deal with. A lot of the themes in the show (such as) the rumors going around, the secrecy. ou can share this, or Be careful of what you say because you will get in trouble with so and so. Everyone is looking over their shoulder, at least in the first act, nervous about this new climate in Russia that is being depicted in the musical. It adds to how rewarding it is. Ultimately, it is a beautiful fairy tale-like story romanticized beyond what really happened at the time. But we also touch on the reality of the period and of what my character would have dealt with. In the story, Glebs father was one of the guards who killed the entire Romanov family. It was always rumored that one or two of the kids survived, which turned out not to be true. Gleb, serving the new government in Russia, is following in his fathers footsteps. If one of the Romanovs lived, Gleb is charged with hunting her down and killing her, thereby finishing the job of his father. As heavy as that sounds, its not depicted as such in the musical [laughs]. Its wonderful for the family. There are beautiful, light moments that filter through that intensity and reality of the story. You dont always see that in Gleb during the scenes, but it is an underlying issue for my character. Its provided so much more for me as an actor. Photo by Matthew Murphy
64 | OutClique.org GS s not exactly The Little Mermaid.MVE [Laughs] yes, exactly! There are a lot of other animated films and theyre serving their own purpose with their own story. This one, in its own way, has slightly more complex issues to deal with and s beautiful.GS There are currently two Stephen Flaherty/Lynn Ahrens musicals Anastasia and Once on This Island running on Broadway at the same time. Have you had a chance to see Once on This Island? MVE I havent seen it yet. I cant wait to see it for so many reasons! I have friends in the cast. My buddy Michael Arden directed it. At his age s already a ridiculous genius at directing. Seems like theres nothing he cant do. Ive been a fan of Flaherty and Ahrens for years, ever since I first understood who they were and what they were writing. When I saw Ragtime on Broadway, that was the first time I had a sense of who they were. Ive wanted to sing her lyrics and his music for so long. Its even more exciting because theyre having a renaissance of their own with two shows on Broadway. Anastasia is doing so well and Once On This Island just opened to critical raves! They didnt put the pressure on me by coming to my first performance. They came to my second performance. Theyre like two little kids beaming backstage. Theyre so thrilled with the way Anastasia is going. They seem very happy with me, so I was grateful for that. This is my seventh Broadway show. I still feel like the 14-year-old kid who never thought in my wildest dreams that I could be on Broadway. You can see that in Stephen and Lynns eyes as well. I dont know them very well, but they seem like two excited kids who have two successful shows on Broadway. When they first started writing together, could they ever have dreamed of having two doing so well at the same time? Its nice to see that. It doesnt get old and it shouldnt lose its wonder.GS As an out actor, what does it mean to you to have acted in plays Anastasia and An American in Paris with books by legendary gay playwrights Terrence McNally and Craig Lucas, respectively? MVE I hadnt even looked at it like that. I appreciate you pointing that out. One of the reasons I think I was always drawn to theater was because it was a place of safety and acceptance for as long as I can remember, without even knowing it. In middle school and high school when I was confused, I wouldnt even say in the closet because I didnt even know what it was I was confused about. I had inklings, but I was someone who was extra confused when I was a kid. I found that theater became my place to feel normal. To have friends from all ages and interests. It has always been my safe place. Im so used to working with phenomenally talented people. A high percentage of them being out, gay. A lot of men, from incredible choreographers to playwrights such as Terrence and Craig. s interesting that you pointed that out because Ive become so accustomed to it that I appreciate you saying that because it makes me even prouder. This is a place where the LGBT community can feel extra comfortable and express themselves. GS Have you done this kind of solo show before?MVE This is my first real concert. Billy Stritch is my music director. Hs just out of this world. I kept telling people, I dont know who is the right music director (for this project). They asked me who my dream was and I said, Billy Stritch. Then we were trying to think of people like Billy Stritch who might say yes, who I could afford. Finally, someone said, Ask Billy Stritch! I emailed him and kind of over-explained myself and my ideas for the show. Not more than five minutes later I had a response from him, Fantastic! Dates are in my calendar. Cant wait to start working on this. It just goes to show you. Go for your dream and then work from there.
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BELMOND & IGLTA HOST NETWORKING RECEPTION AT BONNET HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS FORT LAUDERDALE T he International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and Belmond hosted a VIP networking event at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale on February 1, 2018. IGLTA was founded in Fort Lauderdale in 1983 and is the worlds leading network of LGBTQ-welcoming tourism businesses. They provide free resources and information for LGBTQ travelers while continuously working to promote equality and safety within LGBTQ tourism worldwide. IGLTA has members in approximately 75 countries on all six inhabited continents, and 13 Global Partners, including travel brands such as Delta Air Lines, Disney Destinations, Hilton, and Marriott International. Belmond, a Gold Level Global Partner of IGLTA since January 2017 and Global Partner of IGLTA since 2014, is a collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world's most inspiring destinations. With both a designated LGBTQ Sales Representative (Elio Lopez) and an LGBTQ Advisory Board, Belmond is known as one of the earliest luxury brands to support both LGBTQ travel and the same-sex destination wedding market. The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel served as the host hotel for the first LGBTQ business convention on the African continent, IGLTA's 33rd Annual Global Convention in Cape Town, South Africa. Established almost 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the company now owns and operates 47 distinctive hotel, train and river cruise experiences around the globe. The event was hosted by Elio Lopez, LGBTQ Leisure Sales, Belmond; John Tanzella, President & CEO, IGLTA; and Josh Zorn, Fulfillment Coordinator, IGLTA, with exclusive photography by OutClique Magazine. The attendees were a mix of travel professionals, Belmond clientele and Fort Lauderdale VIPs.Learn more at www.IGLTA.org & www.belmond.com OutClique.org | 75
YOUR PROPERTY AND YOU By Marty Kiar R esidents who received the Additional Senior Exemption in 2017 will receive a renewal card in the mail. If you still meet the income requirements for 2018, simply sign the renewal card and return it to our office by May 1 so we can ensure you receive this exemption for 2018. Rest assured there is no personal information listed on the renewal postcard. For questions regarding property tax exemptions, please call (954) 357-6830.2018 Homestead Exemption/Save Our Homes Cap Set by the State The Florida Department of Revenue has set the 2018 Save Our Homes cap at 2.1%. This cap limits increases to the Assessed/Save Our Homes Value for properties receiving Homestead Exemption to no more than 3% per year or the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) regardless of increases to the just value of the property. This cap results in considerable savings over time for properties with Homestead Exemption. It is important to remember this is not a cap on the actual taxes, but rather a cap on the assessed value of the property. Important: The Save Our Homes cap begins the year after you receive your Homestead Exemption and automatically renews each year. This cap does not cover new construction or construction that was not taxed before the Save Our Homes (SOH) limit was applied to a particular property. Many owners will face a significant increase in property taxes when they purchase a property as the previous owners exemptions will be removed and the Save Our Homes value reset. Florida law requires the SOH value be brought up to the just value of the property when Homestead Exemption is added or removed from the property. For this reason, our office offers a New Home Buyers Tax Estimator on our website at www.bcpa. net This allows prospective buyers the ability to plan ahead when purchasing a new home. If my office can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at 954.357.6904 or by email at MartyKiar@bcpa.net. Take care, Marty KiarFILE NOW FOR THE 2018 SENIOR EXEMPTION Property owners who are 65 years or older may qualify for an additional exemption on their Homesteaded property. This additional exemption, which applies only to the countys portion of the taxes and city taxes for residents of cities that have adopted this exemption, saves the average Broward senior nearly $300 each year in taxes. To qualify for this valuable tax-saving exemption, an applicant must be 65 or older as of January 1, 2018 and have a combined household adjusted gross income for 2017 not exceeding $29,454. If you believe you qualify for this exemption, please click on this link for steps to insure proper filing: The Broward County Property Appraisers Office is located at 115 S Andrews Avenue, Room # 111, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Follow our office at: facebook.com/MartyKiarBCPA and twitter.com/MartyKiarBCPA Marty Kiar is the Broward County Property Appraiser and longtime advocate for LGBTQ equality. http://www.bcpa.net/senior_instructions.asp80 | OutClique.org
DIVINELYINSPIRED MEALS By Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv.All 4 gospels tell the story of Jesus feeding 5,000. Some of the authors tell us that Jesus fed 5,000 plus the women and children (which means there could have been close to 12,000 in attendance) and others share with us that there were 5,000 men. And then only 2 of the gospels describe a different occasion of Jesus feeding 4,000 people. There are differences regarding how many loaves of bread and fish were used. From some of the recollections, there were seven loaves and others five. Also different, the number of baskets of leftovers after the meal were either 7 or 12, both having biblical numerical significance. With all the scholarly debate regarding the number in attendance and the menu and number of table settings, the most important aspect of the stories is often lost. Jesus fed all. These two separate meals were held in places of mostly either Jewish or Gentile population. s sad that today the emphasis and focus is normally placed on the enormity of how many meals Jesus could prepare, the number of loaves and fishes from which the meals began, instead of who he fed and how he fed them. When one looks at the scriptures in their entirety, the clear message is that Jesus fed all. This article focuses on the and how of Jesus prepared meals. As a child, I loved the story of Jesus feeding thousands. I had this mental image of Jesus with a magic wand that he waved over the 5 loaves to turn them into enough food for 5,000 and the end of the story was the best part because after everyone ate, there was plenty left over for others. I guess I always wanted him to help on the nights at home when we had macaroni and cheese. Feeding people who are hungry reminds me of two local programs here in Fort Lauderdale. The church that I serve, United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale, through Ruths Ministry serves over 8,000 meals a year to peopleT hroughout the 4 gospels of the New Testament there are varying accounts of Jesus hosting some very large dinner parties. There were at least two different meal occasions which featured miraculous multiplication. 82 | OutClique.org
Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv. Community Activist and Senior Pastor at United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale who are hungry. And like Jesus, there is no discrimination, all are fed. Another local organization, Poverello, through their food pantry provides food to people. The food also ends up becoming thousands of meals per year. A few weeks ago, Poverello began sharing some of their excess food with United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale. They had already been supplying some clothing for the homeless at Ruth Ministry. When people donate items such as housewares, furniture, and similar treasures which cant be used directly by the church, we donate these treasures to organizations in the community such as Poverello, Out of the Closet, Boomerang, and others. Last year, when Poverello founder, Father Bill, passed, the church donated the facility for his Celebration of Life Service. I attended the spaghetti fundraising dinner for Poverello last week and spoke with the owner of Dics Service Station to discover that their barber shop donates hair cutting services every month to Poverello clients. A few weeks ago during the spell of cold weather, Kevin Clevenger of Poverello stopped by the church to donate some blankets for the homeless and ran in to church volunteers, Edward Romero and Gordon Forik, who also volunteer at Poverello. In Gordons words, It gives us purpose I always thought it was bizarre that 5,000 people would travel out into the dessert to hear Jesus and they did not take any supplies especially food and drink. At the end of the day, the disciples told Jesus to send the hungry masses into town to eat but Jesus reply was that they have everything they need right here. Maybe it wasnt a magic wand that was the supply, but Jesus message of unconditional love for your neighbor that encouraged the thousands to share the food and drink they brought with them! When they began sharing without condition and with love, an abundance of leftovers appeared. We live in a time where it is not easy for not for profit organizations to survive because often it appears that resources including financial, supplies and volunteerism are limited. But in instances like these, we live not in fear of need or retaining a supply. The act of unconditional giving is a walk of faith. Organizations and people openly, freely and generously sharing resources and love leads to taking care of the immediate needs of all the community and an abundance to share with others. Thank you, Jesus, for the example of how to prepare meals and how to be a loving community! You are Top Chef! OutClique.org | 85
AN EVENING WITH SONDHEIM: LISA VROMAN & MARTHA BARTZ By Denny Patterson Vroman is a Broadway leading lady who holds the record for most performances as Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webbers Phantom of the Opera, and Bartz is a Mezzo Soprano who has performed all over the country and is constantly in demand. OutClique received the opportunity to chat with them both about the upcoming concert with the Fort Lauderdale Gay Ms Chorus. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.TheFTLGMC.org. It sounds like Our Time with Sondheim is going to be a fabulous show. Is this your first time performing with the Fort Lauderdale Gay Ms Chorus? Martha Bartz: Interestingly, no! I had the opportunity to perform with them in the 80s. We did the Brahms Alto Rhapsody. It was a great experience. Im so happy to be back. Lisa Vroman: This is my first time performing with the chorus, but I do have a history with Gary Keating, the director. He and I met in the 80s when he was the education director at the Miami Opera and I was performing there. Hs a wonderful man. What do you personally hope to take away from this experience?B roadway fans this is your once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Fort Lauderdale Gay Ms Chorus perform with renowned guest artists to present an evening of music from one of the greatest Broadway legends of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Starring Broadway and opera superstars Lisa Vroman and Martha Bartz, Our Time With Sondheim will be held at the All Saints Episcopal Church located at 333 Tarpon Drive in Fort Lauderdale,FL on Friday, March 16 at 8PM, 2018 and Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4PM.MB The greatest takeaway will be leaving with new friends and colleagues and knowing that we all left it upon the stage and did our very best for our audience and each other.LV I do this for a living, so everythings a different experience. I dont go into it hoping to take away anything. I go into it hoping we inspire people and have an incredibly good time making music together. Its not about what Im going to get, but what the audience takes away. So you would say what the audience takes away is what you look forward to the most?LV Oh, definitely! I cant wait. Sondheim is one of my favorite musical theatre composers. Every word and note he wrote is so much fun to perform. We dont get to do it all the time, so what a treat it is to sing these words and this music for people who may know it or may not. We could be introducing Sondheim to some. Its a live experience, you dont know what its going to be like until you get there. Its not like going into a recording studio and making things perfect. This is taking a chance. His music is difficult to perform, so it is a leap of faith. OutClique.org | 87
Martha, what are you looking forward to the most about this concert?MB To perform with amazing and talented people like Lisa, Gary Keating, and the ensemble. And to sing Sondhes music, which I love. Have either of you worked together before?LV No, Ive never met Martha before, but s great to add people into your life. Music allows you to do that over and over.MB However, we do share a former voice teacher in NYC and many mutual acquaintances. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Lisa. What is your favorite part about performing?MB Sharing the music and lyrics with an audience. Telling the story.LV The intimacy. I love revealing who I am and how I feel to an audience. Having that connection, theres nothing like it. I did Phantom of the Opera for 10 years and sang Christines songs probably over 2,700 times, I now dont really look forward to doing a certain role over and over again. But with concert work, every concert is different. Has Stephen Sondheim been a big musical influence to you?LV Well of course! Back in college, we would do our classes then run to the rehearsal room and get out all of the scores Stephen Sondheim ever wrote and just devoured every note and every song. Thats what we did in our off time. Performing his pieces was thrilling. MB I cant say that my career has been influenced, no. But I will say that his music moves me and his brilliance and his life story inspires me. What have been some of your other most memorable performances?MB I had the opportunity to be a soloist for the mass for Pope John Paul II in Miami; Carnegie Hall solo performances; the National Anthems for the NFL, NBA, and NCAA; performing the Durufle Pie Jesu in the church at ground zero in NYC; and many cabaret shows in NYC. Oh, and performing the Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Gay Ms Chorus of South Florida in Key West!LV I like to think all of my performances are memorable. I played Maria in West Side Story and performing with the Philly Pops was a real highlight. I did a Disney 75th celebration and performed a medley of songs from Mary Poppins with Dick Van Dyke. He was a real doll and a thrill to perform with. After Phantom, I was able to do a couple of shows Ive been wanting to do forever, like The King and I and Marian the librarian in The Music Man. Meeting Julie Andrews was also a real kick. It was incredible. Shes a wonderful woman and just as nice and elegant as you can imagine. Shes someone who everyone should aspire to be. 88 | OutClique.org
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