Monday, March 30, 2015

Coffee-Infused Tequila at Artisans Table in Downtown Orlando

A shot of coffee-fused tequila will set you back seven bucks at Artisan's Table (22 E Pine Street, Orlando). The drank is served all day, so HAI day-drinking. See the video below on how it's made. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Drunken Problem Solving

Update: The correct dates are 2nd Tuesdays. The first one will be April 14th. 

Because thinking of things to talk about while drinking is a chore, here comes Drunken Problem Solving to save your night. Based on the model innovated by Future Problem Solving, the international school competition, DPS challenges teams to put their thinking caps on, but, you know, while drinking.

The rules are simple: The host delivers a news story about a major change in the future. It could be about a mission to another planet. Or it could be about the first sex robot to be arrested for assault. Or it could be about scientists making the world’s first working hypno-coin. Whatever it is, each team then has 20 minutes to come up with 10 possible problems.

(Examples: How could we make sure the space colonists don’t start firing weapons back at Earth? How will we stop robots from digging out of prison? What will become of all the unemployed hypnotists when everyone can make their neighbor think they’re a chicken?)

In round one, the problems are turned into the host and judges, who determine a winner (based on a rubric, though one can score points for the funniest answer). After that, every team must try to come up with a solution to the winning problem.

Totally lost? Doesn’t matter. The point is to drink, have a good time, drink, laugh, drink, and do something more creative than name all the Brady kids!
  • What: Drunken Problem Solving
  • Where: Graffiti Junktion – Thornton Park, 900 E. Washington St.Orlando
  • When: Every 2nd Tuesday, beginning April 14, 8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free (minus maybe some dignity)
  • Why: Because nothing you were going to do that night was as important as figuring out how to stop rampaging sex robots.

McRae Art Studios Spring Open House May 1

The 21 member artists of McRae Art Studios (Web) will welcome art lovers and collectors to a free Spring Open House from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, May 1 at 904 Railroad Ave. Suite 200, in Winter Park. This is the oldest and largest artist collective in Central Florida. The public is invited to meet and talk to artists in their studios, look at over 1,000 pieces of art including paintings, prints, photographs, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry and pottery. 

Art in odd Places Orlando 2015


Art In Odd Places 2015

Call to Artists

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is a thematic annual festival that presents visual and performance art in public spaces along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October. Active in New York City since 2005, AiOP aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public spaces. Using Magnolia Street, Orlando as a laboratory, this project continues AiOPʼs work to locate cracks in public space policies, and to inspire the popular imagination for new possibilities and engagement with civic space. Visit the website AiOP is a project of GOH Productions.

Art in Odd Places Orlando invites proposals for the Orlando AiOP that will take place on September 17-20 in Downtown Orlando, Florida. AiOP is a visual and performance public art festival that welcomes proposals and artworks from all over. The projects will engage and collaborate with the public and public spaces from artists of all disciplines, experiences and mediums. Artists, artist groups, collaborations, classes, performers, dancers, dance groups, or creative leaders of any sort residing in the States, as well as internationally, are eligible to apply.

This yearʼs theme is TONE and AiOP Orlando will select and curate artworks that address any concepts within the gradient of TONE. TONE can include, but is not limited to, the notions of sound, music, tuning, resonance, timbre, tone of voice, inflection, attitude, color, brightness or deepness of hue, rhetoric, strength, overtone, undertone, character, emphasis, resonance, approach, feel, manner, mood, quality, hue plus grey, firmness or skin tone.

Participation in AiOP includes access to a growing community of like-minded artists, curators, and makers working in the public realm. Project consultation can be provided as well as advice for artists with a studio practice wanting to work in the public realm The first information session will be held on March 28, 2pm - The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL. Applications will be due on May 15, 2015. Visit for guidelines and to apply.

“Iʼm hoping that the festival will bring together international, national, and regional artists of many disciplines and also engage the diverse cultural communities of Orlando”, says Ed Woodham, AiOP founder & director.

AiOP 2015: TONE/ORLANDO is produced by the Downtown Arts District, Inc. with Co-Curators: Patrick Greene, Greg Leibowitz, and Genevieve Bernard, AiOP Founder and Director: Ed Woodham, AiOP Orlando Manager: Barbara Hartley, Website Designer + Developer: Carey Estes, Curatorial Assistant: Carolyn Johnson, Social Media Manager: Vanessa Andrade.
About Art in Odd Places

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) began as an action by a group of artists led by Ed Woodham to encourage local participation in the Cultural Olympiad of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2005, after moving back to New York City, he re imagined it as a response to the dwindling of public space and personal civil liberties – first in the Lower East Side and East Village, and since 2008, on 14th Street in Manhattan. AiOP has always been a grassroots project fueled by the goodwill and inventiveness of its participants.

Swine & Sons Provisions Opens April 3


Swine & Sons Provisions (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | 595 West Fairbanks Avenue) will open to the public for the first time on Friday, April 3 10am-7pm. It's normal hours will be Tuesday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m, closed on Mondays. It was created by the owners of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder

Expect the following:
  • takeout charcuterie
  • daily take out dinners
  • 32-ounce crowlers of beers sourced from Cask & Larder brewery
  • made-to-order butcher sandwiches
  • daily lunch offerings like a ribeye hotdog and pimento grilled cheese
  • seasonally inspired homemade ice cream
  • signature spices and rubs
  • scratch-made biscuits
  • daily pastry offerings 
  • limited indoor seating
A weekly “Blue Pig Special” menu will be updated on Swine & Sons’ website every Monday and will feature new signature dishes as well as popular items from Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig including buttermilk fried chicken and smoked brisket. 

Mills50 Breakfast for Dinner Event April 9th


American Gymkhana's 5-Course Pairing Dinner with Cress Chef Hari Pulapaka and Executive Chef Aarthi Sampath


Get tickets here to the American Gymkhana Flavor Farm Series scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7559 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819 with Guest Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress in DeLand and the restaurant's Executive Chef Aarthi Sampath.
  • First seating: 6:30 p.m.
  • Second seating: 8:30 p.m.
The evening serves up a unique dynamic, where two chefs – male and female—celebrate their Indian culture through five courses crafted using Central Florida ingredients juxtaposed with the Indian spices cabinet. 

Adding to the mix, award-winning mixologists Hemant Pathak and Jenneffer Pulapaka, will create wine and cocktail pairings at the Hunter’s Cocktail Lounge. Pathak, a celebrated mixologist from India, has been recognized across the globe at events, such as the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition and the Diageo World Class Global Competition. At the Diageo competition, he won first place in the 'Classic Cocktail with a Twist' challenge by triumphing more than 30 of the world’s top mixologists. 

Guests can choose from two pricing options. Get tickets here
  • $110: five-course tasting menu, wine or cocktail pairings, and the mini cocktail hour
  • $75: five-course tasting menu and the mini cocktail hour (no wine or cocktail pairings) 
ABOUT AARTHI SAMPATH: Chef Aarthi Sampath is a native of Mumbai, India who journeyed to New York City after five years with the prestigious Taj Group in India. She was afforded an internship at Junoon, the highly acclaimed, four-time Michelin-starred restaurant. Sampath worked under the tutelage of ChefVikas Khanna, who she credits as having influenced her vision to include that “modern element” to her dishes. In 2014, Chef Aarthi accepted the offer to helm the kitchen at American Gymkhana, sister restaurant of Junoon. 

ABOUT CHEF HARI PULAPAKA: Chef Hari Pulapaka, is a native of Mumbai, India and is the executive chef and co-owner of the highly acclaimed Cress Restaurant in DeLand, Fla. A champion of local and sustainable ingredients, Pulapaka participated in the James Beard House’s first Chefs Bootcamp Policy and Change. He’s also a four-time James Beard semifinalist and a two-time nominee for Food & Wine Magazine’s The People’s Best New Chef. 

Immersive Theatre Experience Comes to Downtown Orlando for 11 Weeks Only

An 11-week 80-minute immersive downtown Orlando theater experience inside an 18,000 sq ft warehouse with 25 themed rooms called The Republic (Web | Facebook | Twitter | YoutubeKickstarter) is coming to Central Florida May 2015. 
  • 30 Players
  • 12 Actors
  • Multiple endings based on how the audience plays the game
  • Interweaving story lines
  • Sound + lighting + special effects
  • Puzzles
Description: This giant maze delves deep into an alternate society, one of archaic hierarchies, confusion, and deceit. Drawing on elements from Greek mythology, Plato's Republic, and Metropolis, you, a player in this society, will plunge directly into the middle of conflict and unrest. Every decision you make causes a reaction that affects not only your own story line, but the story of the players around you. You are creating a story web that is constantly in flux and shifting. Non Player Character (NPC) actors will help guide you through your experience, but you may not be aware of who is a player and who is an actor. You will be deceived. You will be manipulated. You will be watched. The more you challenge and engage in the world around you, the stronger your journey will be.