Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sights of the Festival of Trees

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By: Denna Beena
Contributing Writer

The 28th annual Festival of Trees opened this past weekend at the Orlando Museum of Art. The Festival of Trees will be on display until November 23rd. Be sure to stop by and get your Christmas on. Here are some photos of our favorite things there. 
Merry Christmas, and FYI.... it's like 38 days away! 


This relaxing Santa. 

These elves and their buffoonery in the pool. 

This gingerbread figurehead on the front of a gingerbread pirate ship. 

This decapitated snowman that is now a top a tree. 

This Frozen tree whci reminds us that Mark loves Frozen, all things Frozen

This RED tree and that it reminds us of Lydia Deetz red wedding dress in Beetlejuice. 

Harriett Lakes display of pretty sparkly purses. 

This slightly creepy elf. 

This fun pink Floridian flamingo on a wreath. 

This super fun tree decorated in sand toys and bight colors. 

This cute pug in a wreath. 

This Santa that tells the Facebook truth. 

This tree that was my favorite of all complete with presents wrapped in blue prints!  

The construction ornaments made by "Deb" that decorated my favorite tree, 

The 2 hunky plastic men that were at the top of my favorite tree. 

This tree topper that reminded me of Post-mortem photos. 

This fun color tree that was left in the gallery and complimented the art. 

This dapper chimp that I will call Russell. 

This decorative paint spill. 

This historical dolphin with it's beautifully made scales on a fish themed tree. 

These pretty scales. 

This bear who seems like it's doing something naughty with the candy cane....

This adorable Santa who is there to take photos with you and your children.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas and Santa Guide

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Unique Options


Rent your own damn Santa: here are 44 to choose from


Santa Meet & Greets


11/15 - 12/24 Altamonte Mall 451 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Location: Lower Level Macy's Court. Times: mall hours. Price: Purchase your package before your visit and save 30%*! 

11/13 - 12/24 The Mall at Millenia Join Santa at The Mall at Millenia's Hollyville beginning November 7th at 7:30 p.m. and throughout the season during all mall hours. All are welcome and can visit with Santa and get their photo taken: Candid color photos, sepia-hued black and whites, and CD-Rom images are available for purchase. Each child visiting Hollyville will receive complimentary holiday gift.

12/8 - 12/15 Winter Park's Traveling Santa  (Times are approximate and subject to change)

  • 12/8 Shady Park 6:30 p.m. and Israel Simpson Court 6:45 p.m. and Winter Park Country Club 7:30 p.m.
  • 12/9 Lake Knowles, east side 6:30 p.m. and Phelps Park 7:30 p.m.
  • 12/12 Brookshire Elementary 6:15 p.m. and Lakemont Fire Station 62 7:15 p.m. and Genius and Mizell avenues 8 p.m.
  • 12/11 Briarwood Drive 6:45 p.m. and Harland Park on Blueridge Road 7:30 p.m. and Chelton Circle 8 p.m.
  • 12/15 DePugh Nursing Center 6:30 p.m. and Margaret Square 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Disney Marketplace - Santa's Chalet at the Downtown Disney Marketplace operates from noon to 10 p.m. through Dec. 24. Santa Goofy will continue greeting guests Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 from 3-10 p.m.

Epcot - Santa will appear daily at The American Adventure at Epcot through Dec. 24. You can also stop by the countries represented in the World Showcase to hear storytellers describe local holiday traditions or see a representation of that country's "Santa Claus."

Magic Kingdom - Santa greets guests during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and appears in Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Pet-Friendly Santa Meet & Greets

11/17 - 12/15 Altamonte Mall Santa Info 451 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Bring your furry friend to see Santa on Monday evenings! We're hosting special Pet Photos Nights at our Santa set on Mondays from November 17 - December 15 starting at 6pm. Purchase your package before your visit and save 30%*!

12/6 + 12/13 PetCo's Santa Paws Photo Event Photo packages with Santa are $9.95 with 100% of the proceeds going to the PetCo foundation for homeless pets. December 6 &13 from 1pm to 4pm

12/13 Rocky's Retreat Canine Health and Fitness Center Holiday Party with a visit from Santa Dec 13th from 2 to 5pm that will benefit Florida Boxer Rescue.

Orlando Events

November 22
Jingle Eve at Ivanhoe Village Jingle Eve is a neighborhood-wide holiday celebration that always occurs the weekend before Thanksgiving. The 2014 celebration promises to be one of the best yet as we light up the Happy Holidays/Happy New Year sign on top of the historic Ivanhoe building, and light the Christmas tree in Gaston Edwards Park. It’s the start of the holiday season in Orlando and you don’t want to miss it!
  • Historic Sign Lighting 6pm
  • Tree Lighting 6:30pm
  • Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa;s Workshop from 5pm- 8pm
  • Wine Stroll 6pm-11pm
Festival of Trees
The Orlando Museum of Art will become a vibrant wonderland of holiday elegance with designer decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread creations all for sale, along with stunning holiday vignettes, drawings for dazzling prizes and a Toyland Town activity area and shop for the children including jolly ole’ Santa arriving from the North Pole to greet children of all ages at scheduled times.

Check out our photos from the event.

Holidays at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens celebrates the holiday season November 24th through January 5th! There are many activities to keep your family busy during this holiday season at Leu Gardens, including:
  • The Leu House Museum fully decorated for the holidays by the students from Seminole State College Nov. 24 – Jan. 5
  • Toy Drive to benefit the local Baby DJ Program Nov. 24 - Dec. 12
  • Christmas Gift Shop open daily
  • Holiday wreaths displayed in the Gallery Nov.24 – Dec. 10
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie unedited Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Extended garden hours until 7 p.m., Dec. 7 – Dec. 12
  • Orlando Sentinel Holiday Art Contest in the Gallery Dec. 10 – Jan. 5
December 4
Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – Fred Clause 7:00 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

December 4
What’s Up Downtown for the Holidays 8:30 a.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Come see the Russian Ballet Orlando present a scene from “The Nutcracker”, hear the sounds of the season as they are performed by the Mad Cow Theatre, and surprise special guest appearances. In the spirit of giving, we encourage you to bring a gift to benefit the Parramore Annual Toy Drive.

December 5
Tree Lighting Celebration at Lake Eola Park. Kickoff the holiday season with Mayor Buddy Dyer at the City of Orlando’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration. The highlight of the free event is the traditional lighting of the City’s 72-foot Christmas tree. The event also includes Trinity Lutheran Downtown’s musical, TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar, gift vendors and the showing of the cartoon version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

  • 5:00 p.m. Festivities begin
  • 6:00 p.m. Tree lighting ceremony

December 5
The Rotary Club of Lake Nona 5th Annual Pancake Dinner & the 10th Annual Lake Nona YMCA’s “Jingle Bell 5K." The Rotary Club of Lake Nona’s 5th Annual Pancake Dinner is at Lake Nona YMCA, 9055 Northlake Parkway, Orlando, FL 32827 and will include a wonderful pancake dinner, photos with Santa, holiday arts & crafts; tour a fire truck, touring of holiday lights, and safety exhibits from the City of Orlando Fire Department, the Lake Nona Middle School Jazz Band, Carolers, door prizes, and more. Guests are encouraged to bring their camera to take photos with Santa. In addition, the 10th Annual Lake Nona YMCA will conduct a “Jingle Bell 5K” fun run or walk for the entire family ($10 per person & $25 family of four-includes Pancake Dinner). Each participant will receive a jingle bell to ring in the holiday season! This is not a timed event and everyone is welcome and this is the only 5K to welcome baby strollers, roller blades, scooters, bicycles and more. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Pancake Dinner in advance or at the door, please contact Sonu Shukla at 407-897-2242 or sonu@sshuklacpa.com.
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Pancake Dinner w/Santa
  • 6:30 p.m. “Jingle Bell 5K” Starts (Registration 5-6:30 pm)
  • $5.00 donation to Rotary Club of Lake Nona (Pancake Dinner)
  • Jingle Bell 5K is $10/Individual and $25/Family (includes Pancake Dinner) through November 30th; December 1st – 4th –$15/Individual & $30/Family; and day of race $20/Individual $35/Family, so please contact Jennifer Brumbaugh, Lake Nona YMCA at 407-852-3520 or jbrumbaugh@cfymca.org
December 6
WKMG Local 6 Holiday Concert 6:00 p.m. at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Hosted by WKMG Local 6 and in support of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Network, the award-winning Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will hold their 7th annual holiday benefit concert featuring all four FSYO orchestras playing holiday favorites. As part of the event, donations and gifts will be collected for kids in need.

December 12
Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – Elf  7:00 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

December 13
Violectric 7:00 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. This free concert will feature Violetric, an electric string quintet band with keyboards and drums, playing a mash-up of rock, pop and holiday favorites.

December 19
Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 7:00 p.m.
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

December 20
The Nutcracker, performed by the Russian Ballet Orlando 7:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Celebrate the holiday season in with The Nutcracker, featuring unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, onstage blizzards, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Russian Ballet Orlando.

December 21
Ventana Al Jazz 5:00 p.m.Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Join us for a memorable evening of Christmas music with a Latin Jazz flavor.

December 26
Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – A Christmas Story 7:00 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Casselberry Events

  • December 12 Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lake Concord Park behind City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, across from Target (map) on Friday, December 12th from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • December 2-4 Be on the lookout for the Casselberry Fire Truck escorting Santa & his elves throughout the streets of our city tossing candy to all the good girls & boys - maybe a few grown-ups too! Tue., Dec. 2 Northern part of the City - Route 6-9 pm.* Wed., Dec. 3 Central part of the City - Route 6-9 pm.* Thu., Dec. 4 Southern part of the City - Route 6-9 pm.* (*Weather permitting)


Kissimmee Events

Maitland Events

Letters to Santa Event THE POLAR EXPRESS at Enzian Theater
A special, holiday event and screening. Sunday, December 14. Doors open at 11:00AM | Film starts at 12 NOON. Bring your family to the kid-friendly December matinee screening of THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004). Come early for special holiday treats and fun activities!
  • Children receive a letter writing kit to craft their wish list for Santa!
  • A special menu including cookies and hot cocoa.
  • Santa will swing by to pick up all the letters and will be available for purchasable photos after the movie
Sandford Events

Breakfast or Brunch with Santa at the Central Florida Zoo
Join us this holiday season and enjoy breakfast or brunch with Santa at the Zoo! There will be lots of fun holiday cheer and activities for the whole family. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and enjoy up-close animal encounters. Everyone will get to enjoy making a special animal enrichment and join the Zoo Keepers to watch as the animals receive their special holiday gifts. Registration will be available online at www.centralfloridazoo.org beginning September 5th or contact 407.323.4450 ext. 123 oreducation@centralfloridazoo.org for more information. Non-Pass Holders: $27.00 adults, $22.00 children (3-12 years), $12 per 2 year old. Children under 2 are free, but must be registered to attend. Limit two free children per family. Admission to the Zoo is included for non-pass holders. Zoo Pass Holders: $22.00 adults, $17.00 children (3-12 years), $10 per 2 year old/ Children under 2 are free, but must be registered to attend. Limit two free children per family.
Saturday December 13th Reservations are required

  • Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m
  • Brunch: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Winter Park Events

7:00pm. Show up with a blanket and join us at the park for a FREE outdoor screening of How the Crinch Stole Christmas followed by Jingle All the Way!


Resort Events
(6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746 1-407-586-0000)
With more than 2 million twinkling lights, an amazing 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, heartwarming visits with Santa, and captivating musical events, there's no better way to celebrate the season! Don't miss everything there is to see and do!
  • Majestic Christmas Tree Lighting:  November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015
  • Live Stage Shows: November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015
  • Photos with Santa: November 15, 2014 – December 24, 2014
  • Milk & Cookies With Mrs. Claus: November 21, 2014 – December 28, 2014
  • ICE! featuring The Nutcracker Experience the magic of The Nutcracker in ICE! Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince for a magical adventure in more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and four thrilling slides!
Select dates, visit the Rosen Centre's website for day and times 
This holiday version of our Traditional Tea includes a special gift for the children, an ornament craft and a visit from Santa. Saturdays & Sundays, December 13 - 14 & 20 - 21. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m., The Lobby Lounge. $60 Adults and Children. Reservations required call 407-393-4648
Nov 29 - Dec 24, 2014. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes invites you to join the Pastry Team to build your own gingerbread house. Guests can use the life-sized gingerbread house in the Lobby for inspiration as they build and assemble their own creation at Santa’s Workshop. The fun-filled activity begins with guests building the house with pre-baked gingerbread panels on a wooden foundation, then choose from dozens of different types of candy and other edible details to decorate and personalize their house! Treats and to-go kits available. Gingerbread School price includes a $10 donation to The Children’s Miracle Network and a personalized brick on Santa’s Workshop.


Theme Park Events

Legoland 
Select dates in December - ‘Tis the season for Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida with a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and festive decorations. LEGO Santa Claus makes a great photo opportunity.

SeaWorld Orlando
Enjoy a warm-hearted holiday experience and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa's Fireside Feast, an exclusive dinner featuring an all-you-care-to-eat menu of holiday favorites and delicious desserts. A complimentary family photo is also included to remember the night. Reserve your space now. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration, check out the video here. Select Dates November 22 through December 31
  • Winter Wonderland on Ice
  • Live Holiday Themed Entertainment
  • Shamu's Christmas Miracle
  • Sea of Trees
  • The Polar Express Experience
  • O Wondrous Night 
Celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando® Resort December 6, 2014–January 3, 2015. At Universal Studios Florida®, the joy and wonder of the Macy’s Holiday Parade® fills the streets with floats and more. Plus, enjoy incredible live performances by the award-winning Mannheim Steamroller on select nights. The fun continues with Grinchmas™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, featuring the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.

  • Micky's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom on select dates, ticketed event
  • Candlelight Processional & Holidays Around the World at EPCOT
  • The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights & Frozen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rifle Paper Co Wine Walk on 2nd Thursdays Each Month

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We support drinking and shopping at the same time. On Thursday, November 13th from 5:30–8:30PM Rifle Paper Company (558 W New England Ave, No 150, Winter Park) is doing complimentary wine and giving you 15% on your purchase. This is a monthly event. 


Orlando Citrus Bowl Ribbon Cutting Ceremony November 19th at 10am

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The new Orlando Citrus Bowl will have its Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 19 at 10am. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, City of Orlando Commissioners, representatives from Florida Citrus Sports and other Central Florida leadership will ceremonially cut the ribbon to open the new Orlando Citrus Bowl.

In less than 10 months, the massive reconstruction project completely demolished the stadium’s entire lower bowl, leaving only the upper level stands remaining. Approximately 90 percent of the Orlando Citrus Bowl is all-new and was designed to enhance the fan experience. All these enhancements and amenities will not only make the stadium competitive in today’s market but will continue to ensure it remains the destination for memorable events and experiences in Central Florida.

Among the new features and enhanced amenities:
  • Capacity of 65,000 for sporting events, 75,000 for non-sporting events
  • More than 41,000 new lower bowl seats, each with chair backs and six more inches of legroom
  • Two wide concourses that connect throughout the whole stadium
  • Vibrant open-air façade
  • 20,000-square-foot plaza deck in the north end zone
  • Multiple large-scale video displays
  • Game day favorite concessions with healthy and gluten-free options
  • New, larger team facilities and locker rooms with dedicated spaces for coaches, equipment, trainers, cheerleaders and officials with an attached media room

On Saturday, November 22, the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic will be the first event hosted in the newly reconstructed stadium. The new stadium will continue to host signature events like the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic, Orlando’s historic bowl games and Monster Jam. In addition to these regular events, the new stadium will draw more high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL preseason matchups, big-name concerts and more.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Yum Yum Cupcake Truck Opening Kiosk in Altamonte Mall

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The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck company was sold to former Hallmark Cards franchisee and HOA-operator Rakesh Sharma in October. The former owners left Orlando permanently for Philadelphia the same month. The new owner is opening a kiosk in Altamonte Mall and looking for employees to run it. 

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Auditions For CABARET at The Abbey Nov 19 + 20 With Callbacks on Nov 21

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The Abbey, in partnership with Gen Y Productions, presents the Tony Award-winning musical CABARET, January 29 through February 8. Tickets go on sale December 1.

Auditions for CABARET will be held November 19 and 20; call backs will be held on November 21.

Set in the 1930s as the Nazis are rising to power, CABARET tells the story of Cliff Bradshaw, an aspiring writer who has travelled to Berlin to find inspiration. While there, he happens a young performer, Sally Bowles, and the seedy Kit Kat Klub, overseen by the fervent Master of Ceremonies.

This production of CABARET is produced by Aaron Safer, Managing Member of Gen Y Productions, LLC, with direction by Kenny Howard, Artistic Director of Artful Events. Choreography is by Blue Star, with musical direction by John B. DeHaas, set design by Bonnie Sprung, lighting design by Roy Brown, and costume design by Kyla Swanberg.

“This has always been a show that I felt was a perfect fit for The Abbey,” said Director Kenny Howard. “We will transform The Abbey into the Kit Kat Klub, with a few surprises up our sleeve that are sure to delight both the most seasoned CABARET fans and those experiencing the show for the first time.”

Information
  • Open Audition in Orlando, Florida
  • Category: actors, singers, dancers, acrobats, contortionist, burlesque, ballerina
  • Gen Y Productions, Orlando, Florida

Contract
Paid. Non-Union with limited Union Contract available.

Personnel
Producer: Gen Y Productions, Managing Member, Aaron Safer
Director: Kenny Howard
Assistant Director: Chris Yakubchik

Dates
10 performances Thursday through Sunday, January 29 through February 8. Rehearsals will be held three weeks prior. Flexible rehearsal scheduling.

Seeking
· Male and Female actors for Cabaret! A Night at the Kit Kat Klub performed at The Abbey in Downtown Orlando, FL.
· Most roles require singing, acting, and dancing (see breakdown).
· Also seeking unique and professional acts such as acrobats, contortionist, burlesque, and ballerinas for pre-show experience.

Breakdown
  • Seeking the following singing, dancing, and acting roles:
  • The Emcee – The host of the Kit Kat Klub, a colorful, energetic and lovable character who preferably is presented gender neutral . Age range not specific. Vocal Range middle C to High C Sharp – great stage movement and dance. Speaks with a German Accent.
  • Sally Bowles – A British singer headlining at the Kit Kat Club. Seemingly naïve but also struggles with the darkness of reality of which she is unable at times to ignore. Vocal Range Low A to High C – Soprano. Appearance Age Range 30-40s. Speaks with a British Accent.
  • Cliff Bradshaw - An American writer teaching in Berlin, a closeted gay man exploring his sexuality. Vocal Range: Low E to High A- Tenor.
  • Fraulein Schneider – landlady who owns the apartment building that Sally and Cliff reside in. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance (waltz). Vocal Range Low D to A flat above middle C – Alto. Appearance Age Range: 50+.
  • Herr Shultz – a renter of Schneider’s and fruit shop owner who falls in love with her. Vocal Range – Low G to High F – Tenor. Appearance age range: 50+. Speaks with German accent.
  • Ernst Ludwig - A friendly likable German who ends up being a Nazi. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance (waltz). Age Appearance: Not specific.
  • Fraulein Kost - Prostitute in Fraulein Schneider’s building. Vocal Range Low A flat to High F – Alto/Mezzo. Age Appearance: 30s to 40s.
  • Kit Kat Klub members - 3 females, 3 males, all ages, types, must have strong movement and dance skills.
  • Also for a preshow-show we are seeking to audition unique, professional acts such as acrobats, contortionist, jugglers, burlesque, ballerinas and any other non-singing variety acts.
Audition Information
  • When: 11/19, 11/20
  • Callbacks: 11/21 (all 2-7pm), will have a dance portion
  • Auditions by appointment only. 
  • Please email headshot and resume to KennyHoward@floridatheatrical.org.
  • Where: The MEZZ: 100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, FL 32801

What to Prepare
  • Bring current Headshot/resume.
  • Sides will be given at the time your appointment is made. Prepare 32 bars of an up-tempo song.
  • Must be 18 years old and authorized to work in the United States.

The Abbey is a mixed use venue that delivers exciting live entertainment on a nightly basis. The space was designed to accommodate everything from concerts and comedians to community theater and cabaret acts. The Abbey’s full-service bar, spacious elevated stage and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems make it the perfect location to host private parties and birthday bashes or enjoy a night of live music out with friends. For more information about The Abbey visit www.AbbeyOrlando.com.

Dr. Phillips Center Ribbon Cutting, Open House, Family Festival & Free Concert

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The official opening of the Dr. Phillips Center includes a ceremonial ribbon cutting honoring everyone who has made the dream a reality through their efforts for the past 25 years. After the ribbon cutting, the community is invited into the Dr. Phillips Center for an open house to tour the venues.

Guests will take self-guided tours and explore the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, and the Seneff Arts Plaza. The tour will include stops for photo opportunities, and participants will have a chance to purchase tickets for upcoming shows and events.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 6, 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Click here to learn more.



Join us for a Community Open House on November 8 and a Community Open House & Family Festival on November 9. Dr. Phillips Center Members will get an early preview on Nov. 8, from 11:00 AM until noon.

Guests will take self-guided tours and explore the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, and the Seneff Arts Plaza. The tour will include stops for photo opportunities and participants will have a chance to purchase tickets for upcoming shows and events.

Community Open House
Saturday, Nov. 8, 12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Community Open House & Family Festival
Sunday, Nov. 9, 12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Click here to learn more.

The Celebration of the Seneff Arts Plaza starring Sheryl Crow takes place November 8 at 8:00 p.m. Crow has sold more than 35 million albums and has performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger. She has been nominated for an additional 27 GRAMMYs and has released eight studio albums (seven charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection, and a Christmas album.

Free Concert starring Sheryl Crow
Saturday, Nov. 8, 8:00 P.M.

Click here to learn more.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Bigeye Creative Agency Announces New Mural In Downtown Orlando Just in Time For Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

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BIGEYE, a full-service integrated advertising agency based in Orlando, and the Downtown Arts District (DAD) this week announced the winner of its “BIGEYE on the Arts” contest – local artist German Lemus.

“Our selection committee had a difficult decision to make with such highly talented artists submitting some of the most creative mural designs,” said Justin Ramb, CEO of BIGEYE. “Ultimately, Lemus’ design captured the essence of what we were trying to accomplish with this contest. We’re extremely thankful for all of our community partners who helped make this project a reality.”

Lemus’ mural is currently under production, and will be on display along highly trafficked Anderson Street on BIGEYE’s building at 500 S. Magnolia Ave., right next door to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The mural is meant to celebrate the ad agency’s new neighbor, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and the area’s booming cultural corridor.

“The City Beautiful has finally blossomed into a hub of creativity, and I am in the front-row seat,” said artist German Lemus. “This design reflects how our city is roaring with bright colors, elegance and splendor.”

Lemus will receive a $750 cash award for participation, and art supplies to complete the project will be donated by Sam Flax of Orlando.
  • A local panel of community leaders reviewed and named Lemus the winner from the qualified submissions. Those panelists were:
  • City of Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill
  • Barbara Hartley, Downtown Arts District
  • Craig Leicester, Aloft Orlando Downtown
  • Justin Ramb, BIGEYE
  • Seth Segura, BIGEYE
  • Dana Loncar, Consensus Communications
“I’ve known German for many years now, as his work has been displayed at several events in the arts community throughout Central Florida and he curates and operates the Culture Xchange Gallery in the Fashion Square Mall,” said Barbara Hartley, executive director for the Downtown Arts District. “His work embodies his passion and dedication to the arts and the local community. It’s great to see his work featured in this public space.”

The mural is anticipated to be complete the week of Nov. 3, just in time for the grand opening events at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.