Northern Ireland activists renew push for LGBTI rights

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ABOVE: Lyra McKee, an investigative journalist and LGBTI rights advocate who was killed on April 18, 2019. Photo by International Journalism Festival via Wikimedia Commons.

The last few weeks have been busy for LGBTI activists in Northern Ireland.

Lawyers representing a man who sued a bakery after it refused to bake him a cake with a pro-same-sex marriage message on Thursday announced they will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

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Bulgaria court recognizes gay marriage in landmark case

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ABOVE: The National Assembly in Sofia, photo public domain.

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) | A court in Bulgaria has ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who married in France, in a case that recognized gay marriage for the first time in the conservative country.

Australian citizen Kristina Palma, who married Mariama Dialo of France in 2016, was initially permitted to live, work and travel in Bulgaria and the European Union on the grounds that she married an EU citizen. But Bulgaria later denied her those rights, arguing that same-sex marriage was not legal in the country.

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Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet

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Description:The Musée des Beaux Arts in Reims owns one of the largest collections of French 19th century landscape paintings, forty-five of which will be displayed in this exhibition. Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet, curated and managed by Art Centre Basel in collaboration with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Reims and the City of Reims, France, marks the first time that an exhibition drawn exclusively from the Reims Museum will travel to the United States; the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, FL, is one of only two venues nationwide to host this extraordinary collection. The exhibition traces the revolutionary evolution of landscape painting in France from the romantics to the School of Barbizon, the circle of Honfleur, and up to Impressionism.

The Barbizonists, who found their major inspiration in Dutch landscape art, were active roughly from 1830 until 1870. Their name derives from the village of Barbizon, on the edge of the Fontainebleau forest, where artists like Théodore Rousseau, Camille Corot, Charles-François Daubigny, Henri-Jospeh Harpignies, Narcisse Virgilio Diaz de la Peña, Jean-François Millet and others gathered, usually at the Auberge Ganne. These artists rejected urban life and burgeoning industrialization, seeking untouched nature in its original form. They were fascinated by the mysteries of the forest and the rural tradition later described by George Sand in her ‘Pastoral Novels’. Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867) was a friend of the novelist and acted as the leader of the Barbizon School. Rousseau rebelled against official art teaching, adopting thickly applied paint in contrast to the smooth surfaces to be seen in academic paintings.

One of the most significant painters involved with the Barbizon School is Camille Corot (1796-1875). Reims is proud to possess the second largest collection of his work after the Louvre: twenty-five authenticated works, part of which will be displayed in this exhibition.

‘The Fountain at Villa Medici’ (1825 -28) will remind visitors of Corot’s first trip to Italy in 1825. On his arrival in Rome he was immediately dazzled by the southern light that was to become one of the principal subjects of his work. Corot never forgot these formative years, idealizing the landscapes he had studied in the open air as he recreated them later in his studio, such as ‘Souvenir du Lac d’Albano’ (before 1862). Later works herald impressionism, reminding the visitor that Corot was interested in the ever changing flow of time and atmospheric effects, painting the same motif at different times of day.

The exhibition presented here will display 45 works in total, by several School of Barbizon painters active after 1830 and by the small artists’ circle founded by Eugène Boudin in Honfleur around 1850, to which Courbet, Isabey and Jongkind belonged. Our exhibition will also display other excellent paintings from the museum’s collection of Impressionists, including works by Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro.

The full list of artists displayed in this exhibition is as follows: Antoine Barye, Jean-Victor Bertin, Eugène Boudin, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Charles-Francois Daubigny, Narcisse Virgille Diaz de la Peña, Jules Dupré, Henri-Joseph Harpignies, Charles Jacque, Stanislas Lépine, Georges Michel, Jean-Francois Millet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Auguste-Francois Ravier, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Théodore Rousseau, Constant Troyon and Félix Ziem.

FREE ADMISSION courtesy of PNC Financial Services Group.

Image:  Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796 – 1875), La vasque de la Villa Médicis (Medici Fountain), After 1845, Oil on canvas, 7 1/16 × 11 1/4 in. © Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims, Legacy Henry Marcel. Photo: C. Devleeschauwer

In The Studio With Michael Jackson

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In The Studio With MJ 2018 – The Seminar 11am – 5:30pm
Four studio albums.  Countless sessions.  Video mixes.  Dance mixes.  Three world tours.  A ranch called “Neverland.”  This was Brad Sundberg’s life and career for nearly 18 years, working closely with the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.  This is your chance to hear of the music, the stories behind the music, and what it was like to be a part of Michael’s team.  This is a one-of-a-kind music, photo and video-filled seminar.

Brad had the opportunity to work closely in the studio and at Neverland Valley Ranch with Michael Jackson.  He was Michael’s technical director and one of the engineers on four studio albums including “Bad”, “Dangerous”, “HIStory”, and “Blood On The Dancefloor.”  (Michael even gave Brad the nickname “Really, Really Brad”.)  These mammoth projects (including production, tour-prep and countless remixes) took upwards of 16 months each.  You will see and hear what it was like to be in the studio with Michael and the team of engineers and producers who created these songs, through a carefully crafted timeline of music, video and behind-the-scenes info.  From “Captain Eo” to “Man In The Mirror” to “Smile”, Brad was there, and you will hear about the production process.

Brad is generous with his insights and knowledge, and there will be time for questions.  The multi-media seminar features many new segments and dual video screens to bring you into the studio like you never thought was possible.

If you are a fan of Michael’s music, or are curious about how those albums were recorded and the staggering amount of tapes, tracks and time invested, you will not want to miss “In The Studio With MJ – 2017”.

The Tour Of Neverland and The Extended Remix 6pm – 9:30pm
The Extended Remix is part seminar, part listening session, part MJU recap, part hands-on mixing to some of your favorite songs.  Fewer stories, more music, lots of things to discover.  A very casual, one-of-a-kind, hands-on event in the studio hearing music in a whole new way.

Included in “The Extended Remix” is the Tour Of Neverland segment.  Michael tapped Brad to help in the early days of designing and building Neverland Valley Ranch, his incredible home.  The ranch was filled with rides, music and surprises waiting to be discovered.  He commissioned Brad to bring music to virtually ever corner.  Michael would even give him specific playlists for certain areas of the ranch, to create just the right environment. The Tour Of Neverland will give you a sense of the size, attention to detail and creative magic of Michael’s dream home.

Think of it as hanging out in a studio – or even a family room – with Brad as he plays mixes, video clips, photos anything else that won’t fit into the seminar.  Try your hand at building a dance mix.  Dig deep into the catalog and hear Michael’s music as if for the first time.  Bigger and better than ever – The Extended Remix is a day you will not soon forget!
Truly a very unique experience for Michael’s fans.

Exhibit Opening!

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On October 27, the Modernism Museum in Mount Dora, Florida, will open a new exhibition about the design collection of David Bowie.  Entitled Space Oddities: Bowie Sottsass Memphis and shown to the general public for the first time, these designs were created by the Italian supergroup of designers. The exhibit will present a wide range of objects previously in the collection of the superstar performer.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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An Under the Sea Sensation!

With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this beautiful Broadway hit is based on your favorite Disney film! Come fall in love with the magic for the first time – or all over again! “One of the most ravishing things I have ever seen on a Broadway stage” – Time Magazine

The Thursday, July 13, performance will be sign language interpreted.

Stay tuned for on-sale information.

Sugar Brown presents: Burlesque Bad & Bougie Comedy

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Sugar Brown discloses her diaries of the first time becoming a Submissive through stand up comedy, story telling and burlesque dance!

Burlesque dance is a risqué style of strip tease! Sugar Brown puts her own unique twist on it and is very interactive with the audience!

Prepare to be turned on and tickled at the same time!

Evacuated! – at the Orlando Fringe Theatre Festival

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From the writer of “Fluid” (“Top Ten Hottest Plays” – Curve Magazine):

2014 Best Female Performer Erika Kate MacDonald returns to the Orlando Fringe Festival!  Forced to flee Indonesia… “Evacuated!” is a true story of a strange girl in a strange land.  This live storytelling adventure won the Critics’ Award at the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival and is now onstage in Orlando for the first time.

Seven performances only:

Friday, May 19th at 7:15pm
Saturday, May 20th at 2:45pm
Sunday, May 21st at 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 23rd at 5:45pm
Friday, May 26th at 5:15pm
Saturday, May 27th at 6:45pm
Sunday, May 28th at 11:00am

VENUE:  All performances of “Evacuated!” will be in the Pink Venue, located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.
TICKETS:  $12 General Admission (plus ticketing fees).  Tickets can be purchased online at or during the festival at the Festival Box Offices located in and around Loch Haven Park.

“Evacuated!” is presented as part of the Orlando Fringe Festival, an annual alternative theatre festival which runs May 16-29, 2017, and takes place in and around Loch Haven Park.  For more information about the festival visit .

Mamma Mia – Farewell Tour

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MAMMA MIA! – Farewell Tour
Friday, April 21 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 22 at 8 pm

Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including Dancing Queen, S.O.S., Super Trouper, Take A Chance on Me and The Winner Takes It All, with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!.


Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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Dr. Phillips Center presents in association with AEG Live: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Public On-Sale: 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Show times: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $59.00
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The original Jersey Boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles of unforgettable tunes like Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, December ’63 – Oh What a Night, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, and of course, Grease. His songs have been omnipresent in inconic movies such as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing, Mrs. Doubtfire, Conspiracy Theory, and The Wanderers. As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Mr. Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.

“Last year was our first time playing the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. We loved it! A beautiful theater and the sound was fantastic. And the Orlando audience is always terrific for us.” – Frankie Valli

Salute to Vienna

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Party like it’s 1899 in Vienna, the city of dreams! Celebrate the start of the New Year with an all-star cast of European singers, dancers, and full orchestra. Returning to Clearwater for another season, this magnificent concert features uplifting melodies from famous operettas including Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow, as well as polkas and Strauss waltzes. Don’t miss the Blue Danube waltz! Discover the beauty of Salute to Vienna for the first time or all over again!

Octonauts Live!

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Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Live present Octonauts Live!

Show date: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
Show time: 5 p.m.
Tickets start at $29.50
Walt Disney Theater

Calling all Octo-Cadets! For the first time ever, The Octonauts are bringing their live stage show to the U.S.! The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand new and fan favorite songs from the entire crew of beloved underwater explorers, led by the intrepid Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso. Join them as they embark on an exciting new quest through an aquatic world full of adventure, interactive opportunity, and “must-sea” surprises from coast-to-coast! Octonauts Live promises to be the perfect theatre show for all fans of the Disney Jr. series!

The Octonaut Explorer Party Package
$130 per ticket

One (1) premium reserved ticket in the first ten (10) rows to see the Octonauts Live – Deep Sea Volcano Adventure
Invitation to the Octopod Explorer Party (after the show) including:
Meet & Greet / Photo Opportunity with the Octonauts!
Interactive Octopod photo booth
Snacks and water
Explore, Rescue and Protect! activities and games
Exclusive Octonaut Explorer party gift
Early venue entry with crowd-free merchandise shopping before doors
On-site Explorer Guide
VIP ticket holders will receive an email at least one week prior to the event with instructions on how to redeem all elements of your Explorer Party package. If you have purchased this package less than 2 weeks prior to the show, you will receive an informational email 24 – 72 hours prior to the show with the details about your Explorer Party Package.

Explorer Party Tickets are non-transferable. To redeem all elements of your Explorer Party package (other than tickets) you must present your receipt, picture ID, and credit card at the Octonauts Explorer Party check-in. All package elements will be rendered invalid if resold. Name changes will only be issued at the sole discretion of CID Entertainment. CID Entertainment reserves the right to cancel any order for any reason.

If you have questions regarding your Party Package purchase, please reach out to the friendly Guest Services team at CID Entertainment by phone at (888) 805-8930 or email at