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Diana Lucas Leavengood of St Petersburg in Kentucky gallery

(St. Petersburg, FL) January 21, 2008 – Diana Lucas Leavengood’s Self Portrait w/Last Cigarette #3 has been selected to be part of Self-Evident: Contemporary American Self-Portraiture, an exhibition featuring artwork that explores identity and self representation. Forty-four artists from across the United States will be on display at the Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) from January 30 to February 20.
Self Portrait w/Last Cigarette #3 is the latest (and hopefully last) installment of Diana Lucas Leavengood's ongoing documentation of her smoking cessation attempts. Self-Portrait w/Last Cigarette #1 was selected for the Spring Salon in Toronto last year. Self-Portrait w/Last Cigarette #2 was briefly displayed in May on the race boat at the Davis Island Yacht club where is caused a scene and had to be put away.

Improv pianst needed July 24-27

Song from a Mark Baratelli's Improv Cabaret performance
2007 New York City Fringe Festival
Jim Rhinehart on piano

Improv Pianist July 24-27, 2008 to perform with Mark Baratelli's Improv Cabaret ( at the San Francisco Improv Festival July 24-26 and the San Francisco Theatre Festival July 27. Airfare and housing paid. Pianist must be fluent in improv on the piano, be able to follow singer and make offers musically, back and forth, during a song. Pianist plays music for improvised songs in the show as well as background musical accents while actor is storytelling.

This is a sub position. A pianist has already been secured. In case he becomes unavailable, the sub would go to San Francisco.

Mark Baratelli:,

Mark Baratelli's Improv Cabaret is a 45-minute solo musical cabaret...improvised. It has been seen in New York City, Miami and San Francisco to rave reviews, won the Patron's Pick Award 2 yea…

Yes, Viginia, there IS an Orlando piano bar

Luerne Herrera and Jason Wetzel
"The Wetzel and I"

In New York City, there's a dive bar in the village called Marie's Crisis. In that piano bar, nightly, you will find (a) a piano player, (b) a piano and (c) a gaggle of gays and their hags sangin' Broadway songs en masse. It's retardedly amazing. It's so weird at first, but once you get into it, you're addiced, you go at least once a week, slug a few back and join in the My Fair Lady medley. At least I did in 2004.

In Orlando, there used to be a weekly event similar to this (and just as fab) at the Parliament House. It differed slightly. Instead of the entire room singing together, the pianist accompanied brave soloists as the gaggle watched. That pianist was Kelly Richards. This guy was the heart and soul of those nights. He could play anything, in any key and has the smile and charm and heart that makes the whole room feel comfy. The event sadly went away when he got a job that interfered with his …

Play in a Day at Playfest Feb 11th

Play in a Day:
When: Monday, Feb 11th, 7pm
Where: Orlando Shakes
Reservations: 407-447-1700

Play-In-A-Day has been around for years in Orlando. Several years ago it was hosted by SAK, FRINGE, The Central Florida Theatre Alliance (AKA- CFPA & The Arts& Cultural Alliance). Last year PlayFest took charge and now it is hosted by them. Pat Flick, the Director/Producer of PlayFest hires me to produce and artistic direct the event. It is my 2nd year to produce it and my 8th year to be a part of it. Play-In-A-Day is now a benefit for PlayFest. The concept is very common and done in many cities throughout the US.

How Does it Work?
There will be 6 different groups of artistic teams. 1 writer/1director and different amounts of actors paired with each. This part of the event is 100% determined by a lottery on SUNDAY, FEB. 10th at 1:30pm at The Margeson Theatre @ Orlando Shakes. There will be 1 theme selected (by lottery) at this tiime as well. There will be some surprises that will be an…

United Arts moves offices

On Friday, February 1, United Arts will be moving to:
2450 Maitland Center Pkwy.
Suite 201
Maitland, FL 32751

Mail should continue to be directed to our P.O. Box:
United Arts of Central Florida
P.O Box 940068
Maitland, FL 32794-0068

Their phone and fax numbers will remain the same. Be aware that during the move their phone lines will be disconnected, so do not be alarmed if they aren't immediately able to answer your call. All calls will be fielded by a UA employee via cellphone. For emergencies only, please call Margot H. Knight's cellphone at 407.963.5309.

New DRiP show: FRESH Feb 13 & 14

Excite your Valentine's Date by showing him/her your adventurous and romantic side! Dancers artfully create a romantic love story with colorful desserts right before your eyes. Hold hands while walking through the edible garden of fresh fruits, cakes and aphrodisiacs. Together you will hear music, see living art, touch fruit trees, taste a chocolate river, and smell sweet aromas at this Valentine's celebration.

A Special Add-On...
Body Painting Workshop
A Drip visual artist will guide you and your date in a body painting workshop. Sneak away to your own private candle-lit room with a set of paints and brushes to try out your newly learned techniques. Press a canvas against your partner's body to create a work of art to take home with you!

Location: City Arts Factory, Downtown Orlando (29 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Fl 32801, Map It)


Tickets include interactive performance, culinary art 3-course organic dinner and optional body painting workshop.  Tickets are limi…

Little Dog Laughed Industry Night January 28

A special discounted performance of the Tony-award winning play, The Little Dog Laughed will be added on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:00pm!

Wanzie Presents
A Kangagirl Production

Written by Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by David Lee
Produced by Kangagirl Productions / Margaret Nolan
Starring Anitra Pritchard, Daniel Cooksley, Jesse LeNoir, and Brittany Berkowitz
Adult Themes and Brief Nudity

Industry Night: Monday night, January 28 at 8:00pm
$10 - Theme Park and Hospitality Industry Employees and Actors/Performer
$8 - Students & Interns

Three more regular performances:

Saturdays - Jan 26, Feb 2, and Feb 9!!
Tix: $12
Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House Resort
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
Buy Tix online at:
Make Tix reservations by phone: 407.540.0317

A Night With the Girls raises $1,500

Photography: TisseArt

-More photos
-Press Release

A Night With the Girls 2, held December 12, 2007 at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, raised $1,523.51 for the Coalition For the Homeless of Central Florida through ticket sales, donations from the Central Florida Theatrical Community and donations given at the event.

Thank you to everyone who came out, all the Orlando Theatrical Community groups and individuals who donated, the Orlando Shakes for the venue, Orlando Philharmonic for the piano and especially to the cast and crew of "Girls" for giving of their time and talents to a friggin' worthwhile cause.

Look who participated:
$50.00, Cabaret Party
$100.00, Elizabeth Maupin
$50.00, Empty Spaces Theatre
$50.00, Excellent Adventure Productions
$80.00, Matty McDermind
$50.00, Orlando Theatre Project
$50.00, Orlando Fringe Festival
$66.51, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
$67.00, SAK Comedy Lab
$300.00, Sleuths Mystery Theatre

Monochrom at Red Light Red Light

An Evening with monochrom
Monochrom is an art-technology-philosophy group having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis. monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism. Our mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment.

Additional description from Ian Monroe:
You've never heard of monochrom ? Well, then you haven't been paying attention. If you had, you would have seen them just the other day on Boing Boing collecting barcodes Falco. Maybe you would have seen them demonstrating how to install a USB interface into a human spine or singing an 8-bit love song to/about Creative Commons mastermind Lawrence Lessig.

Or maybe you're a Luddite, and you hate the internet. Perhaps you'd be more familiar with Georg Paul Thomann, the fictional artist t…

Cabaret Party January 20

Ever want to be in a room full of musical theatre nuts who can finish any line from any musical from any period? Me neither. But don't judge a songbook by it's cover. The event called "Cabaret Party" is something you need to experience monthly. Singers, and those who wish to be, sign up to sing with a live pianist (Jason Wetzel) on a first-come, first-served basis. They get up, one by one, and sing their songs. You sit at your table, drink in hand, and judge. The good singers make you cheer. The bad ones make you snap covert photos to show your friends later.

Sunday January 20th
Doors open at 7:30pm
Party begins 8pm till ?

Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
Loch Haven Park

$12 regular / $10 industry (cash only)
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre serves wine, beer, and coffee and accepts

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