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Deitch Projects: make your own movie

Art installation from early-March in New York City where patrons make their own movie in a selection of sets. Cool idea just passing along:"It's all up to you and your four to 14 friends (or strangers, who can join in to flesh out your crew). You'll have 45 minutes to vote on your genre, title, and storyline, and then another 45 to determine scenes and cast. Next comes "Camera Check-out" ("There are no retakes. One take, good take," a sign informs you), and for the next hour, you're P.T. Anderson, Martin Scorsese, or Ed Wood, while your friends vie for Oscars..."(photo from Village Voice: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc., courtesy Deitch Projects)

Hysterical Festival: all-female comedy festival

First annual all-female Hysterical Festival coming Fall 2008 to New York City. Great idea, right? Here is the description of the week-long event:"Shining a spotlight on the wide range of ways in which women are funny, the festival brings smart and smart-ass women from all walks of comedy together for the first time. Featuring stand-ups, sketch performers, improvisers, cabaret acts, comic musicians, solo artists, writers, filmmakers, burlesque divas and more, The Hysterical Festival gives outspoken funny women the chance to take center stage."Would love to bring this to Orlando. Wonder if they tour.

Orlando Press: the email list

The Orlando Fringe sends out a press list with names, numbers, addresses and emails to all Fringe artists so they can send out PR about their shows. I have a show in the festival this year. I think the only valuable aspect of this list is the emails addresses. I made a list, separated by commas, to easily copy/paste for myself and then thought, "Why not share it?" So, click on the graphic above to view it. I make no claims to it's accuracy and it's completeness. I do know it includes all forms of local media: tv, radio, newspaper, magazine, podcast and blog.

I hope this helps you in your PR needs.

Video: Freeze at Universal Orlando March 22

It's come full circle.

1. Elizabeth Maupin posted the "Frozen in Grand Central" video, made by the producers of Improv Everywhere, a New York-based improv/performance art/social commentary group.

2. I discovered they had a great social network for organizing local chapters, created an Orlando chapter and invited a bunch of people to it (ie: spammed my email list).

3. Word spread to the right people, the chapter started planning and pulled off their very first event: a freeze at Universal Orlando's City Walk on March 22, 2008!

Congrats to the Orlando crew (I don't think it has a name yet and I had nothing to do with this first stunt). A big thank you to Elizabeth Maupin for sharing the original video with her readers, also. Look what you started!

And it looks like a public musical is in the works next. Join the Orlando group and get into the fun: no improv/performing experience required.

Interview: Brian Feldman piece Link 33

I had the opportunity to do an interview with Brian Feldman regarding his Link 33 project, a performance art piece wherein he will ride the soon-to-be-abolished "Link 33" Lynx public bus route on the final day of it's existence and interview passengers with his ipod.

You Love to Hate: April 12 at Say it Loud

You Love to Hate
Group art exhibition curated by Dustin Orlando, with a runway-style fashion show by Katie Reynolds of Etoile Boutique

Saturday, April 12 at 8 pm

Say It Loud
1121 N. Mills Ave.

Link 33: latest Brian Feldman project

It feels like this is the Brian Feldman blog these days. But hey, he's got stuff going on and it's pretty creative. So I'm celebrating and promoting him. That's what this blog is here to do. What
Link 33, A Sixteen Hour Ride-a-Long: Performance artist Brian Feldman marks the final day for the Orlando bus system's LYNX route called Link 33 by riding all 32 scheduled run times and interviewing passengers about how they will cope with the loss of route

As a regular LYNX rider, Brian Feldman understands the Central Florida public transit experience all too well. It's difficult enough getting around as it is, but factor in a service discontinuation and the going gets even tougher.

Saturday, March 29, 2008, 5:05am - 9:05pm

Seminole Centre, 3653 S. Orlando Drive, Sanford, FL 32773
(US 17-92 & Americana Blvd.)
View bus schedule

This project is not sanctioned, endorsed or sponsored by LYNX (Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority)

Puppet Parade: 1st Thursday April 3

Saw this post on Elizabeth Maupin's blog. Puppets!Well here's your chance to get creative and also get into the Orlando Museum of Art's 1st Thursday event for FREE!

We need approximately 10 fabulous people to be either a human marionette or a "puppeteer" in the Puppet Crawlers Parade during the event this coming Thursday, April 3rd from 6-9pm.

It's going to be headed up by the wonderful genious and mad creator, public- display-of-creativity performance artist, Brian Feldman! Woohooo!

Please send me a message ( if you're interested and I'll put you in touch with him. We need to know asap, so you can get creative together.

In love with creativity,
Anna McCambridge

Theatre Pot Luck: April 6

Brian Feldman (Photo Source)
Theatre community (and patrons) come together for pot-luck chat and chew. Event sprung from an idea from actor John Baker posted on Elizabeth Maupin's blog. Go here to read what others are bringing and let the group know what you will be bringing.

Sunday, April 6
7 pm-9 pm

Mad Cow Theatre
105 S. Magnolia Ave.

None! Its free! Just bring something to the potluck. Sign up here.

Terry Olson Interview: Public Art Challenge

Terry Olson, Orlando art scene guru, answered a few questions about his upcoming event, The Great Public Art Challenge, a public art scavenger hunt on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 2pm-4pm. Meeting place: Orange County Administration Center (201 S. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801). More info: or 407-219-3157

Where did you get the idea for this event?
We knew we wanted to do some sort of event to help get people thinking about the art that is around them every day. I personally love treasure hunts and challenges. It was a group process. First broad ideas from members of the Public Art Review Board and interested people and even a little think tank group specifically about this event. We worked with Ron Sachs Communication to firm up the details and manage the event.

What can participants expect?
Lots of people coming and going from one piece of public art to another and talking about the challenges they were asked to accomplish at each station in order to get valid…

Book Review: Comfort Me With Apples by Ruth Reichl

By Stephen J Miller
In the early 1970s, Reichl was living with her sculptor husband in a commune in Berkley. She worked part-time in a collective restaurant, and every so often she would freelance as a writer. She had dreams of writing the great American novel, but that didn’t work out. She also wanted a child.

When she started as the restaurant critic for New West (the west coast New Yorker) little did Ruth know she would be making contacts with the people who would invent California cuisine and put American restaurants on the international map. Even though her commune buddies hated her bourgeois job ("You’re going to spend your life telling spoiled, rich people where to eat?"), Reichl met people like Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck.

She also met famous people like Henry Winkler and Danny Kaye. And she went through bouts of marital and darer trouble, she traveled to exotic places like China and Spain, and she dealt with her ill father and crazed mother. New West became Ca…

95 photos of Pillowlando on


Orlando Sentinel has Ninety-five frigging photos of Pillowlando online for your viewing pleasure.

Waverly Consort April 18

The Waverly Consort presenting final concert of the Bach Festival Society’s 2007–2008 concert season: "The Year 1492: Spanish Music in the Age of Exploration," featuring music from the Islam, Christianity, and Judaism religions.

Friday, April 18; 8:00 pm

Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College campus

$30-$40 each
Call 407.646.2182 or go to

The Wavery Consort
The Boston Globe: "A group not only extraordinary in its ability to bring early music to life, but also outstanding in the level of individual virtuosity, . . . rare refinement and imagination, and a sense of atmosphere that was enchanting." Founded in 1964 by Michael and Kay Jaffee to explore the fascinating sounds and styles of early musical repertories, the ensemble has created a worldwide audience for its music through international concerts, recordings, and radio and television appearances.

Concert to include:
-chronicles in song of the conquest at Granada
-vibrant Moorish-…

Fringe Preview: April 28

Orlando Fringe Preview Show
Three-minute previews of 30 shows (of the 60+ shows) in the 17th Annual Orlando Fringe.
-$5 Raffle for a chance to win a 2008 Fringe Superpass (free admission to ALL 2008 Fringe shows)
-2008 Fringe merchandise and hard copy Fringe programs will be available as well.
-April 28th, 2008 is also marks the day the tickets for the festival go on sale online at !
-Hosts- Genevieve Bernard, Chris Gibson, Beth Marshall & Michael Wanzie
-Beer/Wine & soft drinks available for donation

Who is in the show
Complete list of shows and artists performing in the Preview.

Monday, April 28th, 2008
7pm-10pm (box office opens at 6pm)

The Lowndes Shakespeare Center
Margeson Theatre (ORANGE VENUE)
812 E. Rollins St. In Loch Haven Park

$16 (includes Fringe button good for the 2008 Festival)
Reservations: Call 407-648-0077, Visa/MC accepted

Tip from the organizers: "This event sells out every year at rocket speed. Book your tickets NOW!"

Terry Olson: Free Condo Lease April 12

Terry Olson is speaking. Be quiet. The Great Public Art Challenge: "Join us for this FREE event where we will discover art in downtown Orlando and complete creative tasks with chances to win fantastic prizes. We might even have a year's lease on a high-rise condo as one of the prizes." WHA?!

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 2pm-4pm
Orange County Administration Center
(201 S. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801)
More info: or 407-219-3157

Mario Cantone: June 7

Get tickets to Mario Cantone's Saturday June 07, 2008 live appearance at Hard Rock Live. Show starts at 8pm. (Photo Credit)

Christine Ebersole rumor: TRUE!

The rumor that Christine Ebersole was trying to be secured for the role of "Mrs Lovett" in the Mad Cow/Orlando Philharmonic staging of "Sweeney Todd" has been confirmed by an email response from her official website:

On 3/24/08 11:35 PM
" Editor"( wrote:Is it true Christine Ebersole might be doing Mrs Lovett in Orlando, Florida? Thank you.On 3/25/08
"Christine Ebersole" ( wrote:We are working on it!I hope they work on it so it happens. Would love to see her in the role.

Here are the confirmed details of the show so far:
Sweeney Todd with Davis Gaines & Mad Cow Theatre
Friday, March 6, 2009, 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 7, 2009, 8:00 PM
Sponsored by Harriett Lake
Christopher Wilkins, conductor

"Meat Pies, anyone? Broadway Star Davis Gaines takes the starring role as the demon barber of Fleet Street as the Philharmonic once again collaborates with Mad Cow Theater for this sem…

Create Chaos: Oct 13-17, 2008

Create Magazine announces the Create Chaos 2008 Conference on October 13-17, 2008, at the Marriott Orlando World Resort in Orlando, FL,. Create Chaos 2008 brings together more than 10 leading creative conferences and events under one roof, addressing the evolving needs of an industry on the eve of a new renaissance. Create Chaos appeals to creative professionals who want to participate in a conference that speaks to their skill set and, at the same time, includes opportunities to learn new techniques outside their comfort zone and network with creatives from other industries.

The Create Chaos experience features the following conferences and events: The Creative Suite Conference, Printing+Paper+Packaging Design Conference, Converge08 Post Production Conference, The Vector Conference, Stash Theatre, CreativeHeads Job Fair, The Web Design Conference, MGFest, and The Pixel Conference.

Bach Festival Society: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

Photography by Karen Leslie Photogaphy
courtesy of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park closes its 2007–2008 Choral Masterworks Series on Saturday, April 12 at 8pm and Sunday, April 13 at 3pm in Knowles Memorial Chapel on the Rollins College Campus with the monumental Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler. This impressive symphony ends with a large choral finale performed in German. The Bach Festival Choir will be joined by soprano Christina Major and mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell.

The Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College

Saturday, April 12 at 8pm; Sunday, April 13 at 3pm

$20, $35 and $45, depending on seat location
Call 407.646.2182 or visit

Cabaret Festival ticket available May 1

Orlando Cabaret Festival tickets are available now for the festival that starts May 1st. Three headliners planned, two are chosen: Michael Andrew and Toxic Audio. Their "It Was A Very Good Year" series returns with songs and stories from 1931, 1941, and 1951 and a new series called "Songwriters' Spotlight" will celebrate the music of Richard Rodgers, Jason Robert Brown, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin.

Rumor: Christine Ebersole in Orlando?

I heard Mad Cow is trying to get Christine Ebersole to do Mrs Lovett in their Bob Carr co-production with the Orlando Symphony of Sweeny Todd. I wrote Mitzi Maxwell of Mad Cow and asked her directly. Stay tuned.

Christine freaking Ebersole in Orlando would be amazing!

(Photo Credit:

Last Cabaret Party till the Fall: March 31

One half of the Cabaret Party team, Luerne, REFUSES to hold their wildly successful Cabaret Party when her other half, Jason, can't be there. (He'll be at Maine State Theatre musical directing a show). I begged her via email to have Cabaret Party during the time of the Orlando Fringe, to introduce it to the out-of-towners, but she said no. So, you have ONE LAST CHANCE to catch "Cab Party" before Jason leaves for the summer:

Mad Cow Theatre

Monday, March 31, 2008
Doors open at 9pm

$12 regular / $10 industry (cash only)

Tips from Luerne:
-Bring your music for the Schmedley
-Bring your friends for the company
-Bar is cash-only

Nonprofit Speed Networking: April 2, 2008

Nonprofit professionals, volunteers and board members looking to network, build partnerships and collaborate on projects.

Worry-free speed networking pairs everyone up with questions to guide your brief conversation. This might be the conversation that changes your life forever. Meet new people, exchange ideas, and develop relationships that could lead to collaborative work projects, friendships, new jobs and more. Practice your two minute “elevator speech” and brush up on your networking skills in a comfortable and fun way. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Galloway room in Mills Memorial Center at Rollins College

Free and Open to All, Registration is Required

To register:
-visit them online
-call 407-975-6414Sponsors:
United Arts of Central Florida, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center.

WrestlemaniART March 26... Wow

This is no joke. It's happening.


March 26, 2008 7:00 pm
CityArts Factory
Tickets $50 each
BOX OFFICE:407-648-4900x22
All net proceeds will benefit the ongoing community programs associated with the Central Florida Sports Commission and United Arts of Central Florida.WrestleManiArt, an event showcasing original artwork created by current WWE Superstars, will take place in Downtown Orlando's City Arts Factory on Wednesday, March 26. Tickets are now available for this first-of-its kind occasion and the official kickoff event of WrestleMania week, which culminates with WrestleMania XXIV on Sunday, March 30 at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

WrestleManiArt is co-hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission, the City of Orlando, United Arts of Central Florida and World Wrestling Entertainment.

"World Wrestling Entertainment is one of the world’s most creative brands," said John Saboor, president of the Central Florida Sports Commission. "WrestleManiArt blends t…

Orange County Arts Education Center unveils new template

The Orange County Arts Education Center has a brand new website. And guess what! It's the same template the company that designed it, 3CStudios, used for the United Arts website. I am not passing judgment here, I am just pointing out the obvious.

SAVE: Big Gay Sketch Show

Stephen Guarino in Ed Shepp's famous silver wig

Orlando native Stephen Guarino is on the LOGO channel's Big Gay Sketch Show produced by Rosie O'Donnell. (I auditioned for this in NYC in 2006 and didn't even make it past the first cut) Anyways, Stephen is from Orlando, trained at SAK, went to FSU with me, is the first person to teach me improv, moved to NYC 10 years-ish ago and is now on tv! He sent the mass email below and I thought locals might want to not only support a fellow local, but also keep a tv show alive that gives gay comics/improvisors paying work.

Dear Friends, excuse the mass email ,but its sent with love!

I need ya!

The likelihood of Big Gay Sketch Show having a third season is entirely dependant on the amount of 2nd season passes bought on itunes!!!!!

Ahh technology. So, for only $11 you can have the entire 8 episode season delivered right to your email boxes. They have almost already all aired so you would see them immediately. Its a truly hilarious sea…

$540k for artists working in new media

Creative Capital receives grant from the Toby Fund to support emerging fields artists. $540,000 to benefit artists working in alternative gaming, internet-based activism, new media installations, robotics, and more.Creative Capital is the recipient of a major, three-year gift from The TOBY Fund, established by collector, philanthropist, and former curator Toby Devan Lewis. This $540,000 gift specifically supports the production costs of Creative Capital emerging fields artists, a category that encompasses artists whose work includes imaginative uses of new technologies, as well as genre-blurring applications of familiar creative practices.

From our very first grant round in 1999, Creative Capital was committed to artists whose work doesn¹t neatly fit the usual discipline categories, said Creative Capital¹s president Ruby Lerner, While the sometimes indefinable nature of these projects is tremendously exciting, it also creates a handicap, as this kind of work often lacks the support inf…

Pillowlando: March 22, 2008

Read the Official Press Release and the International Pillow Fight Day website or continue below:

Who: Brian Feldman

What: PILLOWLANDO - One massive pillow fight in Orlando! Feathers fly and teddies soar as we gather for a massive urban pillow fight! Swing and whack as you evade pillow-wielding assailants. Bring a pillow to Lake Eola Park and wait for the signal. Pillow fight! This year's pillow fight is timed to coincide with pillow fights in cities all over the world. Learn more about World Pillow Fight Day!

When: Saturday, March 22, 2008, 2008 at 5:00pm (wait for the signal!)

Where: Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, Florida 32801
-meetup at Red Chinese Pagoda, NE Corner of Park

Why: It's World Pillow Fight Day! Imagine a world filled with free, fun, public events like pillow fights, creative interventions, games and interactive art installations every day of the year! That is the era we dream of.

How Much: Free! Free!! Free!!!

The Rules:
-Soft pillows only
-Swing lig…

Theatreforte blogger survey: what value theatre?

I found a survey on's blog and chose to share some answers here. Thank you Elizabeth Maupin for finding this survey. Below is the letter sent out to bloggers. And below that, my response. Hello Blogging friends -

On Wednesday, March 19, a small by determined group of theatre bloggers will blog about the value of theatre. Here's a summary of what we'll be attempting to tackle.

What is the "value" of theatre? We need to figure out what it is that theatre does well and better than other art/entertainment forms. And then we need to figure out a positive way to describe those things to people who do not already identify themselves as theatregoers. Ideally, we'll describe things that most theatres have in common, regardless of the differences in the content of their productions. Some suggested topics: community, group experience, theatre is local, theatre is sensually rich.

We hope that'll you join us that day. You could write your own post, co…

Downtown Arts District? Meet the Alliance

I love the comment Margot Knight left on the post on Elizabeth Maupin's blog about the Downtown Arts District not having success getting their venue survey answered by venues. Knight basically say they can get that info directly from the Alliance. It speaks volumes that Downtown Arts District didn't even THINK to contact the alliance. Which means the alliance wasn't even on Downtown Arts District's radar. Is the alliance on ANYbody's radar really? I bet things change with the new director, but for now, it's this mysterious thing that sends me emails about the Red Chair website.

Fringe ad: pass it around

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Enzian FilmSlam: April 13th @ 1pm

And now, a message from John Theisen, Programmer & Host of the Enzian FilmSlam:Hey Filmslammers,

With three great months of 2008 Enzian FilmSlam's under our belt, I want to keep our momentum going strong and remind everyone that: WE WANT YOUR FILMS!!!!

This event is only as good as the submissions we receive, and we are always looking for fresh films and fresh faces. We love to showcase talented individuals from across the state of Florida in our great venue.....the Beautiful ENZIAN Theater.

Remember, the event is FREE to submit your film to (Who else can say that?) and only $5 for your friends & family to attend. The winner of each month goes onto screen at the Brouhaha Film & Video Festival at the end of the year. So my only question is...what are you waiting for?

The next FilmSlam event is scheduled for Sunday, April 13th at 1:00pm. If you would like to submit your film for consideration to ANY slam, please send it to the Enzian Theater before the first of each month.