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Deadlines for Florida Film Festival approaching

Applications are still being accepted for the 2008 Florida Film Festival (March 28-April 6, 2008).

Deadlines:
Shorts: November 16, 2007
Features: November 30, 2007

Apply through withoutabox or download a pdf.

FREE Orlando Film Festival: Nov 8 – 11

The 2007 Orlando Film Festival will take place November 8th - 11th (schedule) at two downtown venues listed below. Every screening is free AND all Orlando Film Festival patrons receive half price appetizers before or after the film screenings at any Wall Street Plaza Restaurant.

City Arts Factory (map)
29 South Orange Avenue
Located at the NE corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street
Seating capacity: 240

Gallery at Avalon Island (map)
(Formerly DMAC)
39 South Magnolia Avenue
Located at the NE corner of Magnolia Avenue and Pine Street
Seating capacity: 65

Saturday 10-27-07: National Anti-War Rally

National Anti-War Rally, THIS SATURDAY, LAKE EOLA 12:30-4PM
Saturday, October 27, 2007
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
North East corner of Lake Eola. 3 mile march from Robinson to Paramore to Church St to Orange Ave to Central and returning to Eola Drive & Robinson.On October 27, thousands of people from all walks of life will take to the streets in Orlando and 10 other cities as they host regional marches and rallies to end the War in Iraq and prevent new wars. The event in Orlando is expected to be the largest peace rally ever held in Florida. Local organizers from a variety of groups are working together to host the October 27 march, which is welcoming participants from throughout Florida and the greater Southeast.

Speakers Include:
Michael Albert - activist, author of "From SDS to Life After Capitalism" & founder of Z-Magazine www.zmag.org
Lucas Benitez - Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Debra Booth - AFL-CIO & Central Florida Labor Council
Scott Camil - Veteran for Peace
Michael …

Saturday: Puppets From the Edge

Tomorrow night (10-27-07) go to Mad Cow Theatre for the Orando Puppet Festival's "Puppets From the Edge, "an evening of 15 min performances featuring a variety of artists from far and wide." Vague, I know. I didn't write it. But don't let the vagueness of the description turn you off. I did it last year and enjoyed the whole thing. There is something about watching people who truly love doing something...do it. And these people love to do it. All over the stage.

What?

If you want to see what I did when they asked me to be in it last year, go ahead.

Friday, Oct. 26th 9:30pm to 11:30pm
*Adult Content!*
Mad Cow Theatre Stage Right
Cost: $8
Buy tickets online

BOGO on Emporers New Clothes at the Rep

Buy one get one free this weekend only for The Rep's production of The Emperor's New Clothes. "One of the hottest musical teams in American theatre (Seussical the Musical, Ragtime, Once on This Island) adds song and dance and a castle full of characters to Hans Christian Andersen's delightful tale."Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Call the box office for tix: 407-896-7365

Voice of Liberty 25th Anniversary Concert

The Voices of Liberty in Epcot is a show with classically trained singers doing American folk songs a capella. Above is a video of them doing their thing to a Disney song. They're having a huge event tonight and I just heard about it this morning from the lovely and over-talented Luerne:The Voices of Liberty are having our 25th anniversary reunion concert TONIGHT! Alumni from all over the country have flown in for it, and it's going to be beautiful. Admission goes towards a scholarship fund being established in Derric Johnson's name. Please come! Where else are you going to hear 200 people breathing in tandem who specialize in vocal banjo?Voices of Liberty
at Faithworld Center
7601 Forest City Rd
8pm
$10 or free with student ID
Available at the door or online.

Seaside Music Theatre presents A Streetcar Named Desire

Laura Hodos is in it. Seaside Music Theatre is doing it. Do you need another reason to attend this production of A Streetcar Named Desire?

Listen to the radio ad

Tickets:
-Buy online
-Buy on phone: 386-252-6200 or 800-854-5592

October
Thu. 25 at 8:00 PM
Fri. 26 at 8:00 PM
Sat. 27 at 8:00 PM
Sun. 28 at 2:00 PM
Wed. 31 at 8:00 PM

November
Thu. 1 at 2:00 PM
Thu. 1 at 8:00 PM CAST TALK-BACK AFTER SHOW!
Fri. 2 at 8:00 PM
Sat. 3 at 8:00 PM
Sun. 4 at 2:00 PM
Wed. 7 at 8:00 PM
Thu. 8 at 2:00 PM
Thu. 8 at 8:00 PM
Fri. 9 at 8:00 PM
Sat. 10 at 8:00 PM
Sun. 11 at 2:00 PM

Rockstartup Payperpost vlog

RockStartUp - Episode 37: Full House
Uploaded by RockStartUp

You've heard of Payperpost I am sure. Companies pay PayPerPost to get their army of bloggers to write about them. They were one of the sponsors of this year's Blogorlando. I contacted them while I was trying to publicize my FringeNYC show this year, but it turns out PayPerPost can't get bloggers in a specific city to write posts. Too bad cuz I wanted to try out the service. Maybe I'll try them for this blog (if this blog ever generates any revenue)

Anyways, here's their waiting-to-be-picked-up reality show called Rockstartup. I love that name. It's well-edited and interesting. If you like this episode there are more here.

Luna Halo plays Orlando 11/30/07

A band out of Nashville called Luna Halo (website, myspace) is coming back November 30 to Orlando after a previous January performance. The show begins at 11pm, costs $7 and is at AKA Lounge (map, website, myspace)

Dirty South Improv Festival accepting apps

Submissions due Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007"The 8th annual Dirty South Improv Festival is scheduled February 19-23, 2008. The festival will present over 70 performances during 25 public shows to be presented at the DSI Comedy Theater, DSI Studio, The ArtsCenter and Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina. One night of shows may be presented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."I got the opportunity to perform in the 2007 festival (video) and I highly recommend Orlando improv groups applying this year. Everything was professional and awesome.

Submission Notes and Festival Details

Online Submission Form

Rollins College FREE play: Desdamona

Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief
Pulizer Prize-winner Paula Vogel re-imagines Shakespeare's Othello, challenging our perceptions of women through the ages.

Synopsis:
Having slept with Othello's entire encampment, Desdemona revels in her bawdy tales of conquest. Her foils and rapt listeners are the other integral and re-imagined women of this Shakespeare tragedy: Emilia, Desdemona's servant and the wife of Iago, and Bianca, now a majestic whore of Cyprus. The reluctantly loyal Emilia pesters Desdemona about a military promotion for her husband. Her motive, however, is that he leave her a wealthy widow, preferably sooner than later. Bianca, now a street-wise, yet painfully naive prostitute, visits Desdemona thinking she is a very good friend and fellow hooker (at least one night a week). Bianca thinks the worst when she soon discovers that Desdemona knows intimate details of the life of her lover, Cassio. Though Desdemona has never been intimate with Cassio, her life is s…

National Arts and Humanities Month

Anybody know of any events tied to this in Orlando?

From the Americans for the Arts site: Held every October, National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifcoast collective celebration of culture in America. Coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to storefront banners and newspaper articles, thousands of communities across the United States are recognizing the cultural gems all around them. (Source: Americans for the Arts)

While you're on their website, check out their podcasts. Interesting way to package and display them.

Candleight Processional

Epcot does a Christmas event called the Candlelight Processional every year with a50-piece Orchestra, Troubadour Trumpeters, Mass Choir and Celebrity Narrators. The show runs November 23 - December 30th. For show times log onto ThemeParks.com. To make dining reservations with VIP seating at Candlelight dial 407.WDW.DINE.

This year's narrators:

Nov 23-25: David Robinson
Nov 26-28: John O'Hurley
Nov 29 - Dec 1: Neil Patrick Harris
Dec 2-4: Dennis Franz
Dec 5-7: Monique Coleman
Dec 8-10: Steven Curtis Chapman
Dec 11-13: Chita Rivera "The West Side Story movie was MINE!"
Dec 14-16: Isabella Rossellini
Dec 17-19: Kirk Cameron
Dec 20-22: Edward James Olmos
Dec 23-25: Gary Sinise
Dec 26-28: Rita Moreno "No. It was mine, chica."
Dec 29-30: Marlee Matlin(Sources: Luerne's blog, Wanzie-Gram)

Beth Marshall: give her some money

Beth Marshall is the first lady of new/underground/experimnetal/unjuried/successful Arts in Orlando. When she speaks, we listen. So when she asks for cash for Fringe, we listen with our checkbooks out. In her latest blog post, she describes how Fringe is crossing that line this year from small to large festival at the same time more competition for arts-funding monies in Orlando is occurring.

My question is, who are the new guys in town and how do we eliminate them so Fringe can get more money?

Just kidding.

Read her blog post, do what she asks and watch the Orlando Fringe grow.

Winter Garden needs teachers

Centre for Dance & the Performing Arts:"We are looking to broaden our class offerings and maximize the use of our space. Winter Garden (12 miles west of Orlando) is a budding arts community that is anxiously preparing for the re-opening of the Garden Theatre this Spring! Our studio has been established in this area for 18 years. We have a variety of daytime, late evening and weekend spaces available."They're looking for:Ballroom Dance (especially Swing and Latin styles), African Dance, Hawaiian Dance, Bellydancing, Indian Dance, Other Cultural Dance Forms, Drumming (African or Brazilian), Pilates, Yoga, Adult Classes, Art Classes, Music Classes, Other (you make a suggestion)Contact:Kathryn Austin, MA, RDE, CLM
kaustin2@cfl.rr.com
111 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
website

Halloween: Are you a Denna or a Mark?

I am not into Halloween. It doesn't make sense to me why adults even acknowledge it. It's for children. I am not a children. Therefore, I don't celebrate it. That's my reasoning. (And don't tell me Xmas is for children cuz I will cut you.) My friend Denna, house manager of SAK Comedy Lab , loves Halloween so much that every year she picks up extra hours at a Halloween store that pops up every year around this time and attends every Halloween event she can get her costumed fingers on.

If you are a Denna and not a Mark, here's a list of Halloween events gathered by Metromix.com.

Some of the events, however, even interested Mark, the Scrooge of Halloween:

Plazaween
The name alone is cause for laughter. Plazaween. How about ParkinglotWeen? Stripclubween? This game could go on for hours.

Juliette Lewis performing live
Why on earth would anyone miss that? Seriously. I've read that she's really good. But her outfits are always so horrible (as seen on many a goss…

Samuel Barber liked Sydney and Louise

Samuel Barber

Sydney and Louise retired to Orlando in 1940. Their nephew was Samuel Barber, a famous composer.

He liked Sydney and Louise.

In 1945, to honor their 50th Wedding Anniversary, he composed a brief "musical greeting" called, creatively, “Tribute to Sydney and Louise Homer.” It was performed for the first time that same year in Orlando, with Virginia Giguere Roose in the chorus, and never again.

Wanna hear that "musical greeting"?

Wanna see how much Samuel Barber liked Sydney and Louise?

Wanna see what Virginia Giguere Roose looks like today?


What:
Choral Masterworks Concert by The Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra

What they'll be performing:
-Tribute to Sydney and Louise Homer
-Carmina Burana
-Barber’s Cello Concerto performed by Christopher Rex
-Special guest Virginia Giguere Roose
-World Premier of Vision of the Earth by Keith Lay
(Note: I'll be interviewing Keith Lay on the Orlando Arts Podcast in November about his work!)

Where:
Knowles Memorial Chapel on …

October 27: Central Florida Veg Fest

Put this lil grahic thang on your blog/site/face:
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Central Floriday Veg Fest 2007
Saturday, 10.27.07
Loch Haven Park
10am-6pm
CFVegFest.org
Admission is FREE!
-family-friendly
-alcohol-free
-smoke-free


Basically from what I gathered, there'll be free food and demos, consumer expo and fest, speakers, acoustic music, yoga classes, "veggie kids" activities, and some more stuff long those lines. And hello! It's in Loch Haven Park, to boot!

Submit your photos of this event to info@markbaratelli.com

Offensive Festival in Los Angeles

If you're easily offended, skip this post.

You've been warned.

I feel like it's totally important to share this list of events happening at Upright Citizens Brigade in LA because (a) it's hilarious and (b) it looks awesome. We need stuff like this in Orlando. Someone..anyone...copy these ideas!

-Mark


It is Offensive week here at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Los Angeles and we have something for everyone.


Sh*t Stories

Let's face it, everyone has an embarrassing story about this topic, now it's time to share them! Come see this night of scatological stories that will be sure to move you, in the bowels.
Sh*t Stories
Wednesday, October 17
11pm $5

Worst Laid Plans: True Stories of Terrible Sex

When bad sex happens to good people, there is no recourse like disclosure. Six unholy vagina monologues are imparted by the ladies who lived to tell. From "The Clump" to "How I Slept My Way to the Lower Middle" to "Farting Rapist," this 30-min…

Nov 18: A Mad (Cow) Love Affair

A Mad Cow Love Affair fundraiser
-Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2:30pm,
-Mad Cow Theatre
-Tickets: $80
-For Tickets Call: 407.297.8788

Includes:
-matine performance of the musical She Loves Me
-"wining, dining, and a silent auction."
-Gourmet Hors d'oeuvres by Arthur's Catering
-"Musical offerings"
-dessert and coffee.

Yes the price is steep, but it includes the matine of "She Loves Me" and a bunch of god food to eat and stuff in your purse for dinner, the money goes to a good cause and Mad Cow is an Orlando theatre staple. I'd go but (a) it's out of my price range and (b) I will be out of town still.

Sir Anthony Hopkins is positive and artistic

The Paintings of Sir Anthony Hopkins
November 9 to December 31, 2007
Millenia Fine Art
407.226.8701


I got an update on the exact location of this exhibit from a friend:"Actually, the paintings are at the Millenia Gallery, which used to be next to the mall but is now in Maitland (west of I-4 and south of Kennedy Boulevard, on Lake Destiny Drive). He's had some paintings there for a while, so maybe this new exhibit is because they're getting more."I knew he could act, but did you know he could paint...and wanted to show Orlando that he could paint...at Millenia Mall? The press release doesn't say if the paintings are for sale, though. I wonder."Twenty-five canvases by Sir Anthony will make up the next exhibit...the first exhibit of the Artist’s work ever shown in Florida. One year ago, Sir Anthony’s paintings were unveiled as part of a fund-raising event for the San Antonio Library. Much of the money raised from the sale of his work has gone to the Library’s “Bor…

Get Your Events in the Orlando Weekly

I just got an email from the Orlando weekly Calendar Editor:It’s that time again…please send me your November event listings as soon as possible. It is important to include a brief description, time, date, place, phone number and cover charge (if any) for each event to give it the best possible chance of being listed in the Orlando Weekly events calendar.

As always, any high-resolution photos to support your events are much appreciated. Thanks!!

P.S. If you know of anyone who would like to be on this mailing list, please forward this along.

Amber Guffey
Calendar Editor, Orlando Weekly
afoster@orlandoweekly.com
UPDATE: She sent another email the same day about their holiday guide. Y'all get on it!"All holiday events listings must be received by 5 pm Monday, October 29 to be included in our awesome Holiday Guide issue. Photos are especially important for these events. Thanks!"

Dates: Charles Frierman at SAK

SAK Comedy Lab will be featuring Charles Frierman in their ensemble on the following dates. If you haven't seen him perform, you need to. He's like a brilliant muppet with a lot of energy and hair. I've gotten the chance to perform with him over the past three years and every time I do, I learn from him.

See Charles Frierman at SAK:
Thurs - Oct 18th, 8:00pm
Friday - Oct 19th, 8:00pm and 10:00
Thurs - Nov 1st, 8:00 pm
Fri - Nov 2nd, 8:00 pm and 10:00pm

Reservations: 407-648-0001
Info: SAK.com

Video: BarcampOrlando by Jason Hawkins

Click above to watch an excellent video produced by Jason Hawkins. Man, it's good. Here's what he had to say about making the video, taken from his blog:"Before I started working on this there were two goals I had in mind. The first was to make something people would want to share with their friends. The second was to shame all other BarCamp videos.

Nothing against the other BarCamps (or their videos, even). I just wanted everybody to know that Orlando is not just going to sit idle while the world does its collective thing. We’re in the conversations now, and there’s some pretty great stuff going on here. It’s time everybody else knew that."
Wow! Awesome!

I was unable to attend the very first BarCampOrlando because I was out of town, but you HAVE to keep an eye on this event. Next time it pops up GO TO IT! It looks awesome, a few of the people involved I know or have met personally and BOY would I have loved to present on podcasting! What is BarCampOrlando? Here's …

What the heck is Bathory: The Blood Countess?

I've been getting John DiDonna's myspace bulletins about Bathory: The Blood Countess for weeks now and finally read one. The story sounds pretty neat:On December 29th, 1610 a small party led by the Lord Palatine, Count George Thurzo, arrived at Cachtice Castle only to find the battered and bloody remains of a variety of women who had died ferociously within those walls. The Hungarian show trials that were to take place within days revealed the horrid realities of torture, bloodletting, and the murder of over 600 women. It was these events that would lead to the centuries old legend of a woman thought to be one of the most evil to have ever lived, Countess Erzsebet Bathory – called by legend and folklore ‘The Countess of Blood”.

The servants who assisted Erzsebet, commonly called Elizabeth, were put to death, but for political and economic reasons, Bathory herself was never even tried. Sentenced in abstentia she was to live out the remaining days of her life walled into her room…

Wayburn Sassy: marketing genius

Dewey Chaffee Productions is mounting another "Screw You Review"-inspired show for the holidays called "Screwged!" at Theatre Downtown. (Tickets) He got his cast together (and a hand-painted dot com sign to boot!) to make an appearance and promote the show at the recent 2007 Orlando Pride Parade. Photos below.

The marketing geniuses (and I say that with sincerity) behind these productions have also produced a video ad and are holding a contest to win an iphone. (Click on the tickets link above to view these two things). If you turn in five friends' email addresses, so they can add them to their email list, you are entered into the drawing. Genius! And all this from a company that didn't even exist a year ago!

I think all local arts organizations could learn from these ideas! Kudos to Dewey Chaffee!






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Starlight update: Fringe to the rescue!

The Orlando Fringe has opened their arms and hearts to the former Starlight Dinner Theatre patrons by offering half-price tickets to their annual fundraiser, "All Hallows Ten For the Fringe" When I receive more details, I'll share them. Kudos to the Fringe!

All Hallows Ten For the Fringe
The event features 10 original 10-minute Halloween-themed plays a raffle and a costume contest. Hosts are Beth Marshall and Michael Wanzie.

Friday, October 19th
reception with food provided by Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria at 6 pm
show starts at 7pm

Sunday, October 21st
doors open at 5:30 pm
show starts at 6 pm
dinner reception provided by The Parliament House after the show

Tickets
$10
Call the Fringe office: 407-648-0077

Starlight Dinner Theatre needs a venue

The Starlight Dinner Theatre shut it's doors recently, with ticketholders for their next production, "Fiddler On the Roof," left stranded. Here is an email they are sending out to patrons. The owner, Dori Parker, sent this email to the Orlando Sentinel theatre blog and asked them to publish it. "Please be advised that the theater waas in negotiations with the landlord until Monday, October 8. When no agreement could be reached, the theater closed. No tickets were sold after that date.

Presently, the theater is looking for a facility to produce "Fiddler on the Roof." Credits would be issued for each ticket sold for the production to each ticket holder. Dates, location, and times would be announced with as much notice as possible. We are in the process of calling all ticket holders at this time.

Season ticket holders and groups would be entitled to the same type of credits -- one ticket for each ticket sold.

Obviously having one or more of our shows at another …

Cocktails and the Cosmos: October 19, 2007

Cocktails and the Cosmos
Friday October 19, 2007
6-10pm
Mistology: The Science Behind the Cocktail
Orlando Science Center
777 E Princeton Street, Orlando FL, 32804
Reservations Required. Space is limited: 1-800-268-7266

"From beakers to blenders, you're invited to explore the science behind the cocktail. Find out how specific gravity, surface area and pH levels play a role in creating the perfect cocktail.

Also featuring:
--the United Arts Showcase: preview exhibits and art displays from several local cultural venues, plus mini-performances of dance and opera.
--Four Cinedome feature films throughout the night
--Full cash bar, beverages and food for purchase
--$9.95 for adults, $4.95 for kids, FREE for members"


Sounds like a cheap night out...with the kids? I guess if you're a parent, this is perfect: booze and cheap daycare. I wrote the media relations person at the Orlando Science Center for more info and am contacting United Arts to find out who's performing. More info t…

Keith Lay Bach Festival Premiere

Keith Lay has been called "a composer to watch for" by the New York Times. He is an Orlando composer receiving a premiere of a recent work for large chorus and orchestra at the Bach Festival (Download the 2007 Concert Season Brochure) in Winter Park this October 27 and 28th called "Vision of the Earth".

He set the text of an obscure poet, Frank Townshend which he found in a used bookstore in Winter Park many years ago. But, the work isn't about him, really. It's about the poem.

Here are the first few stanzas of the poem:

I See a new Earth;
An Earth that is alive – glowing with the care of man’
Man grown wise and free.

The influence of different civilizations flows evenly around;
Races and nations and sexes understand each other,
Endue each other with life.

Invisible threads of sympathy cover the earth;
Science and religion, art and industry, are one in truth;
The motive of every act is love.


From the composer: "There are 28 stanzas in total. The poem goes on an…

Mad Cow Theatre Salon

Mad Cow Theatre is starting a Salon. On selected Sunday evenings throughout the season they will present special programs designed to complement the themes of each play that's playing at that time. Each evening, says their website, will be "an evening of music, poetry, current events, playreadings, special guests, and plenty of lively discussion. Part performance, part debate, and part party, each Salon will be a unique and exhilarating experience."

Sounds awesome!

All salon evenings start at 7pm. Tickets are $5 per person ($3 for subscribers) and may be purchased in advance on their website.

Schedule of Themes:
December 2: Tradition
January 13: Inspiration
February 13: Romance
February 17: Fantasy
March 30: Courage
May 4: Music
June 1: TBA
June 15: Art & The City
August 10: Family

Florida Creatives Meeting Tonight

Reposted from their email forward:

"Last-minute reminder that the next Florida Creatives Happy Hour is TODAY, Monday, October 15th from 6 to 9 PM at the Crooked Bayou on Central downtown. Parking at all meters downtown is free after 6, and Crooked Bayou always has 2 for 1 drafts and wells until 7PM. If anyone wants to get there earlier than 6, I know a few people have expressed interest in showing up a little earlier to have time to eat. This month should be a great time if September's events (BlogOrlando, BarCamp) have done anything for filling people with the creative spirit."

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