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Showing posts from December, 2007

January Enzian FilmSlam January 13th

Originally a project of University of Central Florida's Downtown Media Arts Center, Enzian Theater became the home of FilmSlam when DMAC closed in 2006. Now in it's second year at Enzian, FilmSlam continues to be a popular outlet for indie and student filmmakers throughout the State of Florida.

Jan 13th, 1pm
Enzian Theater (MAP)
1300 S Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL
(407) 629-1088

Submissions Due: Jan 1st
Submission Details

Listen to an interview with one of the FilmSlam founders, John Thiesen.

January Orlando Weekly Submissions

From Amber Guffey, Calendar Editor for the Orlando Weekly:"It’s that time again…please send me your January 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. Please disregard this if you have already sent in your events. As always, any high-resolution photos to support your events are much appreciated. Thanks!!

As a side note, I am leaving OW for a new job in Texas . This makes sending in your events on time that much more important, as my replacement will be adjusting to the job. I have enjoyed talking with all of you, and wish you much success in your current and future endeavors."

Book Review: The Subtle Knife by Phil Pullman

By Stephen J. Miller

After viewing the movie The Golden Compass, I decided to read the second Phil Pullman book of the trilogy.

The Subtle Knife is the continuation of the story of Lyra, a girl who lives in a parallel universe. In this world, people's souls exist outside of their bodies in the form of animals. Also, a fascist theocracy called the Magisterium runs everything. And there is this magical unseen dust (like the Force) that scares the Magisterium and that Lyra is connected with.

The Subtle Knife introduces some of the other parallel worlds, including ours and a world where ghosts go around sucking the souls out of adults. Besides the golden compass that Lyra uses (like a very detailed Magic 8 Ball), there is this knife that can "cut" doorways between the worlds. There is also William, a young man who is seeking his dad, and also, he has some magic powers.

We get it, there is a lot going on! Thank Gah the characters are fairly well-drawn and often funny. The…

Grandma Party Coverage: Photos and Video

What is it?
Grandma Party is local, handmade and vintage, arts and crafts, clothes, jewelry, books, records, handbags, prints, songs while you wait, free bicycle tune-ups, rummage sale, raffle and bingo. It's held in the parking lot of Stardust Coffee. (Grandma Party MySpace)

Grandma Party Hotline
1. call THE GRANDMA PARTY HOTLINE (206-666-4-SEW for free
2. leave Grandma a message
3. go to
4. party with grandmas

December 12, 2007: Interview with one of the Grandma Party
founders, Casey. Filmed and edited by Mark Baratelli

May 18, 2008:See all 114 photos.
Above photo is of the Joined at the Stitch table.
Photo credit: Mark Baratelli

2-for-1 She Loves Me tickets at Mad Cow

Get 2-for-1 tickets for the Dec. 8th, 7:30PM performance of the musical "She Loves Me" at Mad Cow Theatre. Call their box office at 407-297-8788 and mention the special discount code: "VANILLA ICE CREAM" to get the special deal.

"She Loves Me, with Mad Cow's perfectly charming production, proves itself to be a completely delightful treat this holiday season."

"Romance lovers of Central Florida can cheer up for a change, though, as Mad Cow Theatre revives the sweet spirit of love in its new production She Loves Me, directed by Alan Bruun."
Orlando Sentinel

"...cast shines across the board..."
Orlando Weekly

Dandelion Communitea: Free tea for holiday decor

If you bring in a "holiday item from your tradition" before December 15th to Dandelion Communitea (MAP), you'll get a free mug of tea! (Depending on the tea, that could be an over $3.00 deal!)

Dandelion Communitea Owner Julie Norris shared in her email how the idea came about. She wanted to decorate the shop, but had some concerns:

"What to do, what to do?" I wondered out loud recently. You see, I have been torn about decorating the cafe for the holiday season for a number of reasons, including concern over the environmental impact of new decorations, needing to conserve financial resources and most importantly, wanting be inclusive of the many traditions that everyone in the community celebrates this time of year. Moments after I explained my conundrum, a friend offered the perfect solution: why don't you have everyone in the community bring in one used decoration?Ah HA!!! Brilliant!

So, calling all community: bring in one holiday item from your tradition tha…

Dandelion showing new art Thursday, 9-11pm

Thursday December 6, 9-11pm

Dandelion Communitea Cafe (Map)
618 North Thornton Avenue

The Artists:

Vadim Malkin
Vadim, known for his unique and funky teapots is showing some of his 2D work. (he says he'll have some of his 3D stuff there at the opening reception, though, so don't miss it!)

Jessica Peguero
Jessica's fabulous acrylics in her quirky, figurative/surrealist style will be gracing the piano room. Come meet this exiting new artist on the scene!

Kathi Walsh
Kathi Walsh will be showing her large photographs printed on canvas.

Anna McCambridge
Visual Fringe Producer
Orlando International Fringe Festival

Orlando Weekly listing

Arts & Cultural Alliance & Downtown Arts District Holiday Party

"Attend this popular 6th annual holiday celebration for the arts & cultural community. Meet other artists, administrators and volunteers. Complimentary beer, wine and food provided. Open to all in the arts and cultural community. This is your time to simply celebrate the joy of our creative community. This is also a going away celebration for Jim Morris, the executive director of the The Arts & Cultural Alliance for the past 6 years." (Apply for his job in the meantime.)

Monday, December 17, 6:00PM

The Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Downtown Arts District

CityArts Factory (Map)
29 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801


Indie Film Jam at Florida Music Festival Accepting Submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for consideration to the 2008 Indie Film Jam, as part of the Florida Music Festival. The submission deadlines are posted below.

1. Film Submission:
All submissions and supplemental materials must be original works and must abide by all copyright laws and/or are rights free. All submissions must be submitted in the following formats: DVD, VHS, Mini DV. Once notified of acceptance, all exhibition copies of selected films/music videos must be provided on DVD format. Filmmakers may submit electronically via or by mail:

FMF2008 Indie Film Jam
116 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

2. Application:
Download the PDF and mail it to:

FMF2008 Indie Film Jam
116 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

Submission Deadlines:
Early Deadline: $25 by December 31st
Regular Deadline: $30 by January 31st
Late Deadline: $28 by February 28th

Both categories of the Indie Film Jam will be juried and awarded prizes for Best in Fest, Audience Favorite, and Special J…

Sparkle Holiday Market Photos

Some great photos of the Sparkle Artisan Market were posted online by Lance Turner and Dandelion Communitiea.

What is the Sparkle Artisan Market?

"...local vendors offering everything from handmade jewelry to organic baked goods and beyond..."

Photo by Lance Turner

Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase: 12/8, 12/9

Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase (December 8 and 9, 2007) is one of the premier outlets for locally produced films and videos, the best work from film schools statewide, and a fun-filled gathering for lovers of independent film.

Brouhaha divides the showcase into 4 showings called "Programs," with each Program costing $5. Below is the Program schedule. To see what shorts are playing in each Program, go here.

Program #1
-Saturday, December 8
-11:00 AM
-Enzian Theater
-Buy Tickets

Program #2
-Saturday, December 8
-1:15 PM
-Enzian Theater
-Buy Tickets

Program #3
-Sunday, December 9
-11:00 AM
-Enzian Theater
-Buy Tickets

Program #4
-Sunday, December 9
-1:15 PM
-Enzian Theater
-Buy Tickets

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