Monday, May 25, 2015

Pretzel Twist Skewer Debuting at Sea World


Beer and pretzels! Sea World has a new restaurant in development that will include sweet and savory takes on pretzels, including this knotty skewer concoction. Beer will also be sold.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mayor Teresa Jacobs to Deliver the 2015 State of Orange County

Orange County Government (Website | Facebook | Twitter) will present its 2015 “State of Orange County” address Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9am at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, FL 32801). Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will deliver the presentation. 

The annual address will take citizens on a journey highlighting the outstanding achievements of Orange County and the many milestones the community has accomplished together. The program is hosted by the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association and is free and open to the public.

I-4 Ultimate Information Open House May 28th

The public is invited to learn more about the I-4 Ultimate project during a public information open house, and how the project is transforming Altamonte Springs, Longwood and Maitland, as well as the entire 21-mile corridor. The open house is scheduled Thursday, May 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the RDV Sportsplex – Magic Gym, located at 8701 Maitland Summit Boulevard.

“We encourage the public to attend this event to learn more about the project, view area maps and displays, and discuss the project with staff,” said Loreen Bobo, P.E., I-4 Ultimate Construction Program Manager.

The project officially launched in February 2015 and expected completion is 2021. The I-4 Ultimate project is rebuilding 21 miles of Interstate 4 from Kirkman Road in Orange County to SR 434 in Seminole County, adding two new dynamically tolled Express Lanes—eastbound and westbound, replacing more than 140 bridges, reconfiguring 15 major interchanges and reconstructing the entire existing roadway.

Major changes planned for the northern end of the project include: elevating Maitland Boulevard over several side streets; constructing the Maitland Boulevard pedestrian bridge; reconfiguring the State Road (SR) 436 interchange to a single-point diamond interchange; and constructing a new pedestrian bridge at SR 436.

As construction activities begin to accelerate, drivers should expect to see temporary roadways, bridges and ramps, and continued traffic pattern changes and shifts. Lane closures will be limited to mostly nighttime hours, beginning as early as 8:30 p.m. and continuing as late as 7 a.m. Work may also require ramp closures for extended periods.

Additional project information, including an up-to-date list of lane and ramp closures, are posted on Motorists are encouraged to sign up for project newsletters and route-specific alerts through the website to help make informed decisions about when and where to travel.

Comic Tig Notaro at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts


Comic Tig Notaro, presented by Dr. Phillips Center in association with Foundation Presents, will perform Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Box Office at 445 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 Monday– Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or online at Ticket prices online or by phone may include handling fees.

Tig Notaro was nominated for a Grammy Award for her sophomore comedy album LIVE. The album sold over 100,000 units in just 6 weeks, which is unheard of for comedy albums today. Louis CK is quoted as saying that it is one of the best stand-up performances he ever saw. During this album release, Tig was reviewed and profiled by The New York Times,The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine among many others. During this campaign Tig also closed a book deal with Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins.

Tig's project with Showtime, titled, Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, follows Tig as she performs in the actual homes, barns and cul-de-sacs of selected fans across the country. Tig also recently appeared in the Lake Bell feature, In a World, and is next slated to appear in the feature Walk of Shame opposite Elizabeth Banks, and Shreveport opposite Ryan Phillippe, both due out in 2014. Tig continues to host her weekly podcast, Professor Blastoff, which has consistently been in the top 10 iTunes comedy podcast charts.

Tig remains a favorite on both PRI's, This American Life, and on Conan. In previous years Tig has Guest Starred on shows such as ABC's Suburgatory, NBC's The Office and Community, HBO's The Life and Times of Tim. Tig wrote for The 2011 Emmy's and 2010 MTV Movie Awards, and toured nationally and internationally at the most reputable comedy and music festivals.

What's Up Downtown the Rise of North Quarter District


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Two Ravenous Pig Chefs in Winter Park Move to Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park

Two chefs at The Ravenous Pig, Chef de cuisine Joe Cournoyer-Burnett and sous chef Elek Kovacs, are leaving The Ravenous Pig for Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park. 

Chef Nick Sierputowski, most recently at Cask & Larder, will be the new chef de cuisine at The Ravenous Pig. He was one of the original crew members at Two Ravenous Pig when it opened in 2007.

Peanut Butter Bar Restaurant Called The Nutty Peanut

People in Orlando who ate peanut butter sammiches as babies are opening up a 20-topping peanut butter sammich restaurant. The Nutty Peanut claims to be "the first custom peanut butter sandwich bar in the country." It's such a good idea, it's hard to believe that that's true. It's not. Spread PB beat them to the punch.

But who cares who did it first? It's about who does it better. Spread PB only gives you 2 of the 23 toppings, while The Nutty Peanut gives you 3. So there's that.  

They need 20k on their kickstarter page to make their nutty dreams a reality.

Monday, May 18, 2015

7th Annual Audience Choice Awards Presented by for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival

Below is a list of the winners of the 7th Annual Audience Choice Awards Presented by for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival. The purpose of these awards seven years ago was to bring attention to shows that didn't win Patrons Pick, at that time, the only awards available to shows, and to provide another advertising tool for shows going on to other festivals.

  • Best of the Fest Janis Joplin Little Girl Blue
  • Best Local Show Robin Da Hood
  • Best national Show Grim and Fisher
  • Best International Show Kiss Around Pass Around
  • Best Female Performer Kaleigh Baker
  • Best Male performer Chase Padgett
  • Best Director Andrea Canney
  • Best Solo Show TJ Dawe
  • Best Dance Show Hartel
  • Best Musical Tell Me On a Sunday
  • Best Comedy Darwin Vs Rednecks
  • Best Drama Hoodies
  • Best Show in the Orange Venue Clink
  • Best Show in the Silver Venue Dumpster Cats
  • Best Show in the Yellow Venue Jay Bennett's My Dad's Death
  • Best Show in the Red Venue Autobahn
  • Best Show in the Purple Venue Obsessed
  • Best Show in the Pink Venue Sex Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • Best Show in the Green Venue Fruit Flies Like a Banana
  • Best Show in the Brown Venue Rainer Hersh's Victor Borge
  • Best Show in the Bronze Venue Nick Paul
  • Best Show in the Gold Venue Janis Joplin Little Girl Blue
  • Best Show in the Black Venue Aqueous
  • Best Show in the Blue Venue Butt Kapinski
  • Best Show in the Bring Your Own Venue The Republic
  • Best Costumes Anne Frankenstein
  • Best Set Lion Queen
  • Best Food Vendor Cheese Curds
  • Best Show at the Kids Fringe Monster Camp