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Brian Feldman on

Ok, talk about a local cracking the national and local PR code! Brian Feldman, creator of the Leap Year Day performance art piece, made it on Rocketboom. (See above or go to the site) Also, the Orlando Sentinel will be videocasting the event for the full 24 hours. He also got interviewed on Orlando's The Arts Connection radio show. Congrats times a million to Brian Feldman and his production and PR team.

Indie Film Jam Deadline: Feb 28

Submit your short film or music video to the 2008 Indie Film Jam by February 28th for a $35 fee. This is the final, final deadline.

Photographer Karson Quast opening: March 1

Karson Quast's debut photography opening
March 1, 7pm.
1842 E Winter Park Rd (MAP)

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Cheryl Mann of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Cheryl Mann will join two Orlando dance groups onstage, Barrettwerks and Voci Dance, to perform in three dance concerts called "Barrettwerks" April 25-27, 2008, at the Harwood-Watson Dance Studios.

A Modern dance Concert in collaboration with Voci Dance.
-Johnny Holloway Theatre/Harwood - Watson Dance Studios (MAP)
-April 25 and 26 at 8PM; April 27 at 2PM
-Ticket Price: $18; $12.00 students/seniors
-For Tickets: or 904.501.5525
-Leave message including performance date, number of tickets, your name, and a contact email address or phone number. Tickets can be picked up at the door the day of show, and will be held only up till 30 minutes before curtain.

A modern dance collaborative concert featuring the works of Ellie Potts Barrett, Voci Dance and special guest, Cheryl Mann, formerly of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

The show opens with 12 dancers in a lively piece with music by Bach. "Tango" …

Brian Feldman: Leap Year Day Feb 29

Leap Year Day
a performance art piece by Brian Feldman
February 29th, 2008; 12am to 11:59pm.
Tickets: Free
City Hall at City Commons Plaza, 400 South Orange Avenue

At 12:00am Friday, February 29, 2008 an unprecedented performance art piece, BEGINS in front of Orlando City Hall and will run for 24 consecutive hours, for a total of 366 times called "Leap Year Day." What can viewers expect? Performance artist Brian Feldman will leap off of a 12-foot-high summit 366 times. This performance art piece is partially inspired by Roy SHIFRINS's sculpture "The Leaper," located at the entrance to the ORANGE County Administration Center.

Artist Brian Feldman:

"The fact that there isn't really anything "for" Leap Year Day, event-wise, was an intriguing blank slate for me as an artist. I hope people will consider time, how they spend it, how they spend a day, specifically this extra day, this extra opportunity to make a change in their lives thanks to a qu…

Individual Artist Fellowship Program

The Individual Artist Fellowship Program recognizes the creation of new artworks by individuals of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. (And they give you $5,000!) Fellowship awards support the general artistic and career advancement of the individual artist.

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Literature, Interdisciplinary, Theatre, Dance, Folklife and Music will apply June 1, 2008. Visual arts and Media Arts applicants will apply June 1, 2009. Guidelines for the June 1, 2008 deadline will be available April 1, 2008.

Grants for New Media, Literature and Performing Arts

Apply now for a grant from Creative Capitol in the following categories:Emerging Fields may include digital arts, gaming, sound art, architecture, design, interdisciplinary projects, and new genres.

Innovative Literature may include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and genre-defying literary work.

Performing Arts may include dance, music theater, experimental music performance, non-traditional opera, spoken word, theater/performance art, puppetry, and interdisciplinary projects. Online Applications open February 4 through March 4, 2008.

Cinedance: three February concerts

Cinedance is putting on three dance concerts in February called "Stripped and Revisited," presenting three new pieces, several works-in-progress and a few old favorites. (Read the 2-23-08 Orlando Sentinel Review) The music will include works by Philip Glass, Ladysmith Black Manabazo, Tom Waits, Melissa Etheridge, Regina Spektor and Dolly Parton (all appearing via CD).

Stripped and Revisited
Presented by Cinedance
Feb 22, 8pm; Feb 24, 2pm and 6:30pm
Johnny Holloway Theatre; 820 Lake Baldwin Lane (formerly Humphries Avenue)
Call for Tickets: 407-319-7552
-$15: adults
-$12: students & seniors

Mad Cow Salon Feb 17: Fantasy

Mad Cow Theatre's Salon Series (This week's theme: Fantasy)
-Sunday, February 17, 7pm
-105 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
-Tickets: $5, $3 for Subscribers, 407-297-8788 or Click Here

Mad Cow Theatre Artistic Director Alan Bruun hosts this weekly 90 minute presentation, with this week's theme being "Fantasy." He'll bring onstage the cast members of Life is a Dream (Mad Cow's current offering) and Michelee Puppets Founder and Artistic Director Tracey Connor. They will be talking about her company and her collaboration with Mad Cow Theatre on this "remarkable play."

It's a combination talk-back, lecture, and outright pimping of their current show, Life is a Dream.

New Patrick Fatica!

Patrick Fatica has a new piece! Put his Orlando show dates on your calendar now cuz you're gonna have to fight me in the gallery for his stuff:

May 2: Pound Gallery
Aug 18: Peacock Room

Life Is a Dream at Mad Cow Feb 14-Mar 9

A poetic fantasy filled with theatrical delight is what Mad Cow Theatre offers in its newest production Life is a Dream opening Feb 14 in our intimate Stage Right. This timeless play, written by the "Shakespeare of Spain", Pedro Calderón de la Barca, presents questions of nature vs nurture, the divine right of kings and love in all of its many forms.

Life is a Dream tells the tale of the infant Prince Segismundo, hidden away by his father, the King of Poland, after a prophecy that he will become a cruel and tyrannical ruler. Hidden from civilization he is eventually discovered by a young noblewoman.

Life is a Dream is directed by Mad Cow Theatre Artistic Director Alan Bruun and features: Bobbie Bell, Jamie Cline, Sara Jane Fridlich, Elena Day, Michelle Krause, Stephen Lima and Leander Suleiman. Costumes by Nicole Bartet, props by Mickey DeJesus and lighting by John Hemphill, Jr.

Life is a Dream runs from Feb 14 through Mar 9, 2008. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays a…

United Arts checks in

An Email from United Arts:Dear Friends,

The leadership of Secretary of State Browning was critical to our industry not receiving greater recommended reductions in the Governor's budget. Please send him a quick thank you for his leadership to protect arts, cultural, humanities, and historical resources. His e-mail is Please also send an e-mail to the Governor for his support of our industry in tough economic times: We are part of the solution to kick start and build our state's economy. Partnership with the state is appreciated and essential.

Here is a 9-page PDF that lists current and proposed state arts and cultural budget details: If you decide to print it, it’s in a letter-size, landscape format. The following information is on the attachment:

Grant Line Items for Division of Cultural Affairs and Division of Historical Resources
-past, current, and proposed, pages 1-2
-List of Ranked 2008-2009 Cultural Facility …

Improv Everywhere now has Orlando agents

Improv Everywhere is a group known all over the country (and probably now the world) for doing huge public stunts with hundreds of people involved that usually make some sort of statement.

Elizabeth Maupin, theatre critic for the Orlando Sentinel, posted a video of a group doing a stunt similar to Improv Everywhere. I was gonna leave a comment telling her about this group called "Improv Everywhere" and sure enough, when I googled to find their website, it ended up being them who'd done the video on Maupin's blog.

I explored their site and they now have "Agents" who can do the same thing in any city as Improv Everywhere does in NYC. I checked and there was no Orlando group yet.

Now there is.

Read their website, join the Orlando group and let's bring their ideas and energy to Orlando. Can you imagine 200 people freezing in their tracks for 5 minutes in the middle of the Magic Kingdom and putting that video online?

Click here to join.

Artsy Happy Hour Feb 13

Artsy Happy Hour
Presented by United Arts of Central Florida
Wednesday, February 13, 5:30PM
TASTE in College Park
717 W. Smith St., Orlando, FL 32804 (MAP)

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"Join us for drinks, tasty food, and artsy conversation! We'll be back at our usual location this month - Taste in College Park! If you haven't been here yet, this a unique location that serves tapas style food, drinks, and has a relaxed & smoke-free atmosphere. They have great Happy Hour specials + lots of wine options & a full bar! Did we mention that they serve up famous tator tots, too!?

As always, feel free to bring your friends. We'll do one every second Wednesday of the month, so no worries if you can't join us this month!"

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FREE: Lester Salamon talk Feb 29

Dr. Lester Salamon, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies will be giving a presentation of the recently completed study Florida’s Nonprofit Sector: An Economic Force. The study, commissioned by Florida Philanthropic Network, reveals the significant role that nonprofits play in the economy of our state. Dr. Salamon will describe the impact of this economic engine on Central Florida.

This event is presented by Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center and Florida Philanthropic Network. There is no fee to attend this breakfast.

Friday, February 29, 2008
8:00am: Registration (FREE!)
(Register online here)
8:30-10:00am: Presentation
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
Fellowship Hall
106 East Church Street
Orlando , FL 32801 (MAP)

(Photo from Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Non Profit Program website)

Charles Miano Feb 14, Maitland

Portrait Society of America
Meet and Greet: Charles Miano
Thursday, February 14, 2008
6:30 - 8:30 P. M.
Maitland Art Center
231 West Packwood Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751 (MAP)

Guest Artist: Charles Miano, founder of the new Classical The Southern Atelier will be our guest lecturer for the evening. Miano received academic training at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, as well as at Studio Incamminati with Nelson Shanks. He paints a broad variety of subject matter including landscape, still life, the human figure and portrait. He is the master instructor and director of The Southern Atelier in Myackka , FL.

Emerging Artist Program: The Art of Art Presentation Feb 13

The Art of Art Presentation:
How to Get Your Act Together
-part of the "Emerging Artist Program-Developmental Forum"
-Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m.
-Germaine Marvel Building at the Maitland Art Center
-Admission: members - free, non-members - $5.00.

Invited Panelists include:
-Nancy Jay: Artist and Educator, Crealde School of Art
-Mary McBride: Community Programs & Operations Manager, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Harris House
-Elizabeth Nelson: Artist
-Moderator: Richard Colvin, MAC Curator.

Orange County Arts Education Center Job Fair Feb 16

The Job Fair, presented by the Orange County Arts Education Center, connects artists in music, theater, the visual arts and dance with organizations offering arts classes. In 2007, more than 220 individuals seeking jobs and 44 non-profit and governmental entities seeking arts education providers participated in the first Job Fair. Among the entities were: A Gift for Teaching, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, City of Orlando, Orange County, YMCA and Festival of Orchestras. This year, the organizers anticipate a substantial increase in attendance, based upon the success of last year’s event

Those seeking jobs are advised to bring multiple copies of their resume to the Job Fair. For more information call 407-540-9916 or send an email to

2nd Annual Arts Education Job Fair-February 16, 2008
-10:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
-Orlando Museum of Art (MAP)
-Orlando’s Loch Haven Park on East Princeton Street
-2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando

Pay what you can for Dana Ivey

Rollins College's "The Importance of Being Earnest" is having a special Industry Night Preview Performance (ie: Pay what you can) Thursday, February 14 at 8:00 PM at the Annie Russell Theatre. Reserved tickets are not required to attend Industry Night; general admission seating for this night only. Pay at the door, beginning at 7:00 PM that evening. They accept cash, check, Visa or MasterCard in whatever amount you would like to donate. All proceeds will benefit the Rollins Department of Theatre and Dance.

The show features two Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Artists: 5-time Tony nominee (and Rollins grad c/o ‘63) Dana Ivey (Remember her from Easy Street staring Loni Anderson?) as Lady Bracknell, and guest directed by the accomplished Fred Chappell (c/o ’64). Running at the Annie from February 15-23, many performances are already sold out!

Jamesson Beane in NYTimes Fashion Week slideshow

Orlando model/ socialite/ reporter/ every-glam-man Jamesson Beane (myspace) made the web-pages of the New York Times in a Fashion Week Slide Show: Jamesson Beane in New York Times.

What they said about Jamesson: "One visitor to Bryant Park updated his classic Prince Valiant bob by having it streaked the color of flax and shearing the ends into wisps."

(Photo: Elizabeth Lippman)

He was also mentioned in an Elle Magazine blog post by Kate Lanphear: "I also got to meet her very best friend Jamesson (as in "my dad's name is James and I am his son") who funny enough will be auditioning on Friday for ELLE’s very own new reality TV show about becoming a fashion assistant!!!! Small world we live in. Break a leg, Jamesson—I promise I'll put in a good word with Mr. Zee himself!!"Somebody is going places!

Two Patrick Fatica Shows in Orlando

I have a crush on the work of Patrick Fatica. Truth is, I've only seen it online. But I (and the rest of Orlando) will have a chance to see his work in two '08 shows: May 8th at Pound Gallery (Eventful) and August 18th at The Peacock Room.

Debbie Dean Benefit and Show Feb 25

Monday, February 25, 2008
6:00 PM – Doors Open (Food, Entertainment, and Silent Auction)
7:00 PM – Performances and Live Auction
Orlando Repertory Theatre - 1001 E. Princeton Street, Orlando (Loch Haven Park).
Tickets: $25.00 (payment accepted in cash or checks made payable to Debbie Dean.)
Reservations: (407) 896-7365 or in person at Orlando Repertory Theatre
Seating: General Admission
Rating: General Audiences

The Central Florida performing arts community is coming together in support of theatre friend and Orlando Repertory Theatre Box Office Manager Debbie Dean. Debbie is fighting cancer initially found in July, 2007, and has recently spread. In order to help cover costs associated with treatment and living expenses, organizers have planned a Debbie Dean Benefit and Show to be held on Monday, February 25, at Orlando Repertory Theatre. An impressive list of performers (all friends of Debbie Dean) have donated their talents for the cause. “The Central Florida arts…

New Orlando Weekly Calendar Editor

Avery Elizabeth Beckendorf
New Calendar Editor, Orlando Weekly
Phone: 407.377.0400 x 262
Fax: 407.377.0420
Snail Mail: Orlando Weekly, 100 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801

For your event, submit:
Name of event, Brief description, Time AND date, Place, Phone number, Cover charge, if any (if none, write “free”), Age restrictions, if any (for example: “21+”, “all ages”, etc.). As always, any high-resolution photos to accompany your listings are always welcome.

DRiP gets FRESH for Valentines Day with new promo video

Tickets to "Fresh", DRiP's latest show, are $50/person till Monday, Feb. 4th. After that, they go up. Price includes a 3-course organic dinner and performances. (You can also add a body painting workshop for you and your date...Interesting!) Tickets available til Feb 8th. (Get Tickets Here or by calling 517-449-3765.)

Event includes a 10 foot waterfall, Pluckable Appetizers on vines, Strawberry web, Chocolate Mousse River, Romantic abstracted story of Adam and Eve with original music by Meet the Mountain, Drippies (the DRiP dancers) dancing with water/oreos/wedding cake/pomegranate juice, Live drumming by Jami Deva, Champagne Luge, Bohemian Art & Candy Market...and, they say, "much more." Good Lord! How much more could they squeeze into one event? Wow!

Neverne Covington at C. Emerson Fine Arts in St Petersburg

"The Wild and the Tame": Neverne Covington’s solo exhibition of all new work including Book Art, Drawings, Mixed Media, Paintings, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

Artist's Statement:
"I am fascinated with what was here before, what lives and breathes now, with humankind’s relationship to matter; being of nature. This fills me with awe and wonder.

What defines the line between human and animal or plant and animal, between knowledge and acknowledgement? What kind of relationship do we have with the plant and animal kingdom; with the world we inhabit which in so many ways defines how we live ? What is the difference between the wild and the tame?"

Opening Reception
Friday March 7, 2008 6PM – 9 PM
Free and Open to the Public

Artist Talk
Saturday March 8, 2008 7 PM
Free and Open to the Public

Exhibition Dates:
March 7 – 29, 2008
Monday and Tuesday 10am-2pm (or Private Appointment)
Wednesday – Saturday 10am–6m
Second Saturday of month Saturday 11am-9pm (or Private Appointment)
C. Emers…

Book Review: Unheard Music by Peter Meinke

By Stephen J. Miller

Certain books by unknown authors make me wonder. These books are so good they make me think there might be something arbitrary and manipulating about big book publishers and bestseller lists. Unheard Music is a small book of short stories written by Peter Meinke, a retire professor living in St. Petersburg, Florida. It's published by an independent press out of Tennessee.

And yet this collection of short stories is easily just as strong and moving as Andrew Holleran's hit list In September the Light Changes. The first eight stories remind me of Adam Haslett's bestseller You are not a Stranger Here. The second half of the book is just as good as any of Michael Chabon's books of short stories.

The first part of Unheard Music consists of 8 stories about people with psychological struggles. These can be as small as jealousy and embarrassment over your spouse, or they can be as great as murderous delusions. In one story, a young boy struggles with …