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Red Chair Revolutionaries info meeting

Red Chair Revolutionaries Info Meeting:
This Wednesday, July 2, 2008, 6pm-8pm
Citrus Restaurant (free appetizers!)

RSVP: (include your ongoing availability, phone number & zip code)

What is it?
The Revolutionaries' primary goal is to spread the word about arts and culture in Central Florida. Being a part of the team will mean being out in the public at creative events spreading the word in fun ways, at informational booths, running projects, and more.

WANTED: Music Reviewer

6-30-08: needs music reviewers to review albums and live shows. No pay. Send writing samples, links, BRIEF bio to Pass this on.

Save Pleasure Island: the radio show

A writer for the New York Times is starting an online radio show tonight at 11 p.m. EST, called Save P.I.: The Radio Revolution, with one goal in mind: "To persuade the powers-that-be at the Walt Disney World Resort to scrap plans developed to close their Pleasure Island attractions at Downtown Disney." It will run nightly at 11pm. Pleasure Island fans can call in and voice their concerns, opinions and memories to 347-633-9577.“In this ‘Year of a Million Dreams’ at Disney Parks, we are genuinely hoping our wishes will be granted... We do not want to see these important historical and cultural markers for so many to disappear.”

-Brandon De Hoyos
Host, Save P.I.: The Radio RevolutionAt the same time P.I. fans are losing Pleasure Island, Orlando might be losing something else:"Mad Cow (Theatre) needs to find a new home soon because of an expiring lease agreement and expiring rent subsidies. Allowing Mad Cow to suffocate slowly would be a shame. It's the only professional…

Ryk McIntyre at Diverse Word and Broken Speech

Ryk McIntyre @ BPS Cantab

1. Ryk McIntyre appearances
Ryk McIntyre, New England poet and "one of spoken word's early mainstays" according to Tod Caviness, will be performing two features this week:Tuesday July 1, 9 p.m.
Diverse WordFREE spoken word poetry event
Dandelion Communitea Cafe

Thursday July 3, 9 p.m.
Broken SpeechFREE spoken word poetry event
Stardust Coffee & Video2. First Thursdays
This month's First Thursdays event at the Orlando Museum of Art, 6-9 p.m. July 3, will feature the surrealist poetry of Tod Caviness, Trevor Fraser and Jesse Ross. Go see them confuse a roomful of art patrons. That alone is worth the $10 admission price. (TEN DOLLARS?) In addition to the high ticket price, there's music and presumably some art. Oh, and beer.

happy Birthday to your Editor

June 27th was your Editor's birthday. Just wanna say thank you for reading the blog, I hope you're liking what you read daily, and this birthday Snickers-infused cupcake was as delicious as it looked.

Walt Disney World art: new Pleasure Island

Updated Fulton’s Crab House exterior

Photo of Disneyland Resort Paris’ version of the balloon that will hover over Downtown Disney. Orlando’s version will be called the “Aerophile”

“La Dolbe” Restaurant

Tuscan Country Trattoria Interior (formerly Portobello Yacht Club)

Tuscan Country Trattoria Interior (formerly Portobello Yacht Club)

New Marketplace Stage
(Source: Attractions Magazine)

Save the Walt Disney World Adventurers Club

(Above made by Plaid Monkey)
"Save the Adventurers Club" Effort:
-Petition #2 (For California)
-Facebook Group
-Myspace Profile
-Blog Posts from across the net re: Ad Club
-Show's unofficial Myspace Profile

Walt Disney World Email Addresses:

Email Addresses:
Bob Iger, Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World

Kevin Lansberry, Vice President of Operations Downtown Disney

Barry Carlson, GM of Operations

Patsy Pederson, GM Guest Show

Kris Piser, DTD Finance Manager

Eric Johnason, Downtown Disney Business Relations

Christina Simeonides, Guest Service Manager, Downtown Disney Business Relations

Walt Disney World Snail Mail addresses:
(Thank you to "Sharon H" for providing these)Mr. Robert Iger
Chief Executive Officer
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista…

Tonight for $25: SAK, Brick & Fire, Dessert Lady

TONIGHT! Have dinner at Brick & Fire Pizza at 7pm or 9pm (depending on which SAK show you choose), an after-dinner drink at Dessert Lady and a 10pm or midnight show at SAK, all (in total) for $25 via the new Neopolitan Saturdaze Deal produced by Red Chair Project.

Reaction to Pleasure Island closing

(Tons of links here: Adventurers Club)

These comments were culled from myspace, facebook and elsewhere:

MARGARET-Kangagirl Productions, LLC. is sending positive energy to all the actors at Comedy Warehouse and The Adventurer's Club. What a crock, Disney...

John B. deHaas is still in shock, but knows that all good things must end. He is now REALLY keeping his fingers and toes crossed!

Luerne Herrera did a lot of growing up on the Comedy Warehouse stage and will miss having such a great place to play.

Christian Damon Cetnarowski is shocked and saddened about the closing of Pleasure Island. Goodbye Adventurers Club.

Carol Stein is feeling so much better! I get to go back to perform at Comedy Warehouse on Sunday June 29th -yippeee!

Matthew MacDermid is thinking Disney has made a very poor decision that will result in an increase of business for Universal's City Walk...

Kidz Connect: Tampa teens stream live today, 2pm

Kidz Connect is a Tampa program that connects young people in different countries via media art, performance and collaborative creation in Second Life and they've got a live streaming show today at 2pm!

You can watch it live or online today at 2pm, EST.

About: This summer, students at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida, wrote a live show with students at the IVKO Montessori School in Amsterdam, Netherlands, learning about each other’s culture through music, dance, digital art and storytelling within the virtual world, Teen Second Life. (Source)

Pleasure Island closing September 27!

(Original Photo Credit: Mouse Planet)

Source: Attractions Magazine

Pleasure Island is closing!

September 27th will be "last call for the last time at 8 Trax, The Adventurer's Club, Mannequins™ Dance Palace, BET Sound-Stage™ Club, Motion and The Comedy Warehouse" according to the Disney website."What will replace the nightclubs on Pleasure Island?
Downtown Disney® will feature an entirely re-imagined Pleasure Island. Based on Guest feedback, the nightclubs will be replaced by an extraordinary mix of dining and shopping - to be announced in the future - that will entertain Guests of all ages.

What do the changes on Pleasure Island mean to a Pleasure Island Annual Passholder?
Passholders who would like to request a pro-rated refund can stop by any Guest Relations location or Vacation Planning booth at the Walt Disney World® Resort or, call (888)-294-2691†.

What do the changes on Pleasure Island mean to a Walt Disney World® Premium Annual Passholder?
Beginning September 28, 20…

2-for-1 tickets for current Mad Cow play

Mad Cow is doing 2-for-1 on tickets to their current show "Sonnets For an Old Century" by Jose Rivera, this Thursday July 26 and Friday July 27 (my birthday) only. 8pm curtain. Only people who are on their email mailing list get the discount. So... lie! Call the box office (407-297-8788) and mention the discount email you received. Arrive early to obtain your tickets. No late seating.

Mad Cow Theatre
105 South Magnolia Ave
downtown Orlando

$15 Discount to Izeafest viz chihuahua

I interviewed Ashely K Edwards a couple days ago for Orlando Arts Podcast. He works for Izea, the company throwing the blogging conference Izeafest September 11-13, 2008.

Izeafest is a conference for bloggers or those who want to learn about blogging. There will be speakers galore and chances to rub elbows with other bloggers.

As a gift to the readers of OAB, he's offering a $15 discount off registration (normal price is $65) to Izeafest, if you register by clicking on the chihuahua above. So the price will be $50. Full disclosure, I think I make some $ off it, too. I don't know how much. Probably enough to buy a taco or two. Ole'!

Pecha Kucha night: Orlando

Photo ripped off from Future PerfectI wrote the organizers of Pecha Kucha and asked how I can bring it to Orlando. Here's how they describe it: Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a† demand that seems to be global – as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 100 cities across the world. Find a location and join the conversation. It's built for graphic designers, but I feel the Orlando version could include any medium. A director could present 20 slides of production photos from their current theatrical production, a representati…

Wayburn Sassy seeking investors

A bulletin posted on myspace by Dewey Chaffe 6-25-08: "Wayburn Sassy's Blue Revue has BIG goals. We are searching for serious business-minded people who have a serious interest in investing capital in our dream. Let's grow together. If you or someone you know wishes to speak with us about investment possibilites, please contact our office at: 407-351-5130 and ask to speak with Dewey Chaffee or Douglas McGeoch."

Jazz, Food and Drink at Taste: August 23

Jazz on Edge is a new night time happening with live jazz, food and drink taking place at Taste in College Park, 717 W. Smith Street. The next one is 9pm, August 23, 2008.

The line up for the evening:Brian Groder of New York City, playing with Grammy-nominated bassist Doug Mathews.
-4 Stars: Best CDs of 2007 (Downbeat Magazine)
-One of the new rising stars in the jazz universe (MazzMusikaS, Netherlands)
-Music of ceaselessly fascinating possibilities (All About Jazz)
-The definition of today's jazz (Trem Azul, Portugal)

Eastside Combo: "From the "east side" of Orlando, here's a band that lulls you into a sense of straight-ahead jazz security, then leads you to a whole new place with their original compositions."

Claire Courchene: She's played cello since the age of 2, trombone since the age of 7 and is currently playing in the Sam Rivers Big Band at the ripe old age of 22.Tickets and Dinner Reservations:

Splatter brings unjuried art downtown June 27

There's a new "art networking party" called Splatter presented by Apartment E and The Office Gallery starting June 27th and then running every other Friday, 7-9pm, at The Office Art Gallery, (upstairs at) 47 E.Robinson Street suite 205. Bring your art ready to hang: no number limit, no jury, no censorship (so this is NOT for children), "no rules," no cover, no commission on artwork sold, all fresh artwork.

Art buyers and gallery owners are encouraged to attend.

In addition to the visual art, there will be a "20 Minutes of Fame Stage" open to performance artists and performers.

After SPLATTER the party moves downstairs to Magnolia and Robinson for the Block Party, presented by Culture Mart and Redefine.

Park at the Orlando Public Library garage at 601 E. Central Boulevard and ride the Lynx bus shuttle. Bus runs till 10 pm most nights.

More Info:
Frankie Messina
Idith Levy

INTERVIEW: David Estrada of

(14:52) Filmmaker David Estrada of the film collective discusses the history of the group gives and some background on his innovative commercial made for Park Ave CDs.

--Podcast in Itunes
--Podcast RSS Be a scooterist!

Photo Credit: is a meeting place for "scooterists," those who ride scooters instead of drive cars.

Each year the number of scooters on the road in Orlando increases exponentially. As people move from 4 wheels to 2, they change more than just their own lifestyle. A scooter takes up less space, uses less gas and creates less pollution.

At the same time, scooterists have some specialized needs-a strong scooter presence could encourage safer roads, appropriate parking and other concessions. It's your city, be a part of what it becomes.

Beyond having forums, articles and an events calendar, the site makes scooter riders aware "they're part of something bigger, something that can change the look and livability (ride-ability?) of Orlando."

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Disney World Marathon - 015
Originally uploaded by my_disney_pics Register for the January 8-11, 2008 Disney Marathon Weekend now. Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge and the Walt Disney World® Half Marathon are already full and closed. (Source)

GuitarTown unites Gibson, Orlando and PR

Gibson Guitar announced the launch of Orlando GuitarTown, a public arts project featuring ten-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars designed and painted by local and nationally acclaimed visual artists and placed throughout Orlando in front of city landmarks, sponsor locations and other popular destinations for several months. Each guitar sculpture will be partnered with a celebrity and will be backed by a corporate sponsor.

The project will "unite the Orlando art, music, and business communities behind the opportunity to raise proceeds for local charities."

"The Gibson GuitarTown program will further Orlando as one of the great cultural hubs in the nation and yes, internationally," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Naked guitars, waiting for artists
To kick off the project ,the first 10-foot Gibson guitar sculpture was placed outside the CityArts Factory at 29 South Orange Avenue in Orlando June 24, 2008. This "Sneak Peak" guitar will be painted …

American Federal Building (The Round Building)

The American Federal Building (The Round Building) downtown will be demolished, as it sits on a parcel of land that will soon house portions of the DPPAC. Nils M. Schweizer Fellows and Central Florida Modern want creatives to develop an innovative reuse of the Round Building's precast concrete brise soleil (the white cement criss cross stuff at the base of the building) on another site or sites.

ie: Submit your ideas!

This is an open ideas competition. ALL are welcome. Architects, designers, artists, students and anyone with a creative solution are invited to submit proposals.

Entrants will be able to participate individually or in groups. There is no limit on the number of participants in a group entry. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. There is no limit on the number of times one can enter.

Orlando Sentinel redesign

Orlando Exodus: Kate Addicott

Orlando Exodus is a new feature showcasing Orlandoeans who leave Orlando and the stories therein. I think sometimes we focus on the "local" scene too much and forget there's a whole population of Orlando alumni doing cool stuff all over the country.

Orlando Exodus #1 Kate Addicott: The first Orlando Exodus feature is on Kate Addicott, an Orlando copywriter who moved to New York City August 2007. Here's Kate giving some positive advice to those wishing to do the same:

Kate keeps a blog and her latest entry I have to share with you. She calls it "To-do list:"read more, learn the history of the neighborhood, attend more live events, visit museums, write more, keep up with politics just enough to hold own in bars, drink more, practice yoga, make new friends, study a new language, explore new artistic media, drink less, eat better, read more, travel the world, become buddhist, find inner peace, write more, love completely, feel connected, understand everything, mi…

Wayne Brady: Don't Forget the Lyrics audition

Orlando's Brady with Orlando's Johnathan Mangum
Making #^$ Up, The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas
Photo Credit: Venetian Website
Remember Wayne Brady, the stand-out singing funnyman on the American version of "Who's Line is it Anyway?" who went onto host his own mid-morning talk show that got canceled and went on to have host his own Vegas show called "Making #@& Up!"?

He's back, this time with a game show and you can audition to be a contestant! As exciting as a gay picnic midway game!"Contestants on the show choose songs from different genres, decades, and musical artists. They take to the stage to sing along with the studio band as the lyrics are projected on a screen. At some point during the song, the music stops and the lyrics disappear. It is up to the contestants to sing the correct missing lyrics."On live tv! Jesus now THIS is a game of skill.

Contestants can win up to $1 million, but they have the opportunity to take the money and run…

Orlando (Gay) Pride Picnic June 28th

The Center is doing its third annual Orlando Pride Picnic, Saturday, June 28th at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. A dj, guest speakers, artists, vendors, raffles, food, drinks and (so far it sounds like Fringe minus the shows), and... a Midway. No idea what that is. Is that a row of skill-games in booths run by hot carnies? Proceeds benefit The Center's Programs. You can bring your own picnic baskets, blankets, chairs, umbrellas, and skill for the skill games.

Saturday, June 28th, 11 AM to 4 PM
Central Florida Fair Grounds (4603 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando)
Free parking and admission

(Photo Credit: Shout!)

Landucci and Orlando's "Gay Local Acting Scene"

Greg Landucci (of the 2008 Orland Fringe show "Mr Fox") mentioned the Orlando Fringe in a recent interview on the Ottowa Fringe website:“I’ve been to Orlando twice... Orlando is the biggest fringe in the States, and Orlando has quite a gay local acting scene. So that’s a lot of fun. A lot of the shows you go see down there, there are fifteen people in the show, most of them are nude, wild colors, and dancing, singing… So to actually show up with a one-man show and just stand and talk is quite risqué. It’s a phenomenal opportunity to do your own work. The volunteers, that’s incredible. Even in the billeting system, living free in someone’s home, the whole community is bending over backwards to allow the artist to get paid. The generosity is very special. It’s quite humbling to see how many people have to work for free in order for an artist to get paid.”I never thought of it like that before. A lot of people do bend over backwards, work long hours, FOR FREE, just so these art…

Carve cement for ninety bucks

Photo Credit: Leo Reynlds
The Maitland Art Center will offer a two-day $90 Cement Carving Workshop on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 12. Why would you NOT want to learn how to carve cement for $90?

The workshop will take place in Studio 2 located at 231 West Packwood Avenue from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday and from 12:00 noon until 2 pm on Sunday. Registration is required. Cost is $81 for MAC Members and $90 for Not-Yet-MAC Members A $15 materials fee is made payable to the instructor.

This workshop, taught by Instructor Susan Carter, will have students develop designs inspired by the works of André Smith, founder of the Maitland Art Center, select materials, use tools and work in a three-dimensional medium to create a small take-home piece for outdoor or inside display.

Register: (407)539-2181

Submit your events to Orlando Weekly

Get your event into Orlando Weekly's listings by sending the following info to :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.)

GLBT myspace, Idina, intern, Les Mis, Jedi

Here's a round-up of some recent news:

--Orlando GLBT Theatre Fest on the myspaces

--Idina Menzel in concert @ House of Blues July 26th $30-$65.

--Social marketing intern/volunteer wanted:

***Neopolitan Saturdays: $25 for dinner, show and drink

--Les Miserables in Concert, $40, to benefit Seaside Music Theatre, June 21 @ 7 p.m. and June 22 @ 2 p.m., Tix: 386-252-6200.

--The Boy's Own Jedi Handbook benefit performance for Peni Lotoza (recent Cancer patient) June 20 @ 7:30pm, Theatre Downtown, 2113 N Orange Ave @ Princeton. Tickets: $10. 407-841-0083 for Reservations.

Wanzie brings youtube star to Parliament House

Michael Wanzie found this singer on youtube, befriended him and is presenting him in his own solo cabaret show at the Parliament House, with direction by longtime collaborator Kenny Howard and accompaniment by John DeHaas (When Pigs Fly).

Sunday, June 29th 2008, 6PM
Tickets: $10,
Parliament House Footlight Theatre
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail

Enter the 2008 Create Awards

Enter the Create Awards. They write funny emails.So, too busy to enter the Create Awards this year, huh?

We understand.

Don’t want to disturb the much-needed quality time with your laptop and third cup of coffee. $125,000 in prizes is not THAT big of a deal, anyway. (Your lottery ticket this week DID have the winning numbers. For sure.)

And who knows? You might get lucky and find a free all-access conference pass to Create Chaos on the ground when you’re sneaking back in from lunch!

But, just saying… that IF there happens to be a glitch in the lottery this weekend, or someone on the subway snags the free pass you magically found on the street…you could always just enter the 2008 Create Awards to show off your work from the past year and get rewarded for your talent. The deadline for entries is June 27, so don’t waste another minute! The Create Awards could be great exposure for your already esteemed work.(Source)

Defame Orlando dissappears

I wrote about Defame Orlando recently and now... it's gone! If you wrote for Defame Orlando, can you contact me and let me know why you stopped the blog? Or, if anyone knows the answer, let me know. I thought this was a great idea and I hate to see it disappear. Orlando needs criticism!

UPDATE7pm 6/19/08: This was posted on the blog: "I figured I wouldn't leave you totally empty handed with nothing to say about it all. Anyone miss it? Glad it's gone? Why? Because it was becoming too much of everything I hated and every reason I started it in the first place."

Come back, Defame Orlando!

Orlando Main Street Mingle June 24

(***UPDATE: SEE BELOW) Through the Mainstreet program, the City of Orlando is offering business district revitalization support to neighborhood commercial districts.

Districts are chosen using a competitive selection process. Each district receives financial and technical assistance and intensive training in the Main Street approach from Orlando Main Street and the National Main Street Center. In turn, each Main Street organization hires a full time Executive Director, raises matching funds, incorporates its organization and implements its programs according to an annual work plan.

Attend the mix and mingle event Tuesday, June 24th, 2008, 5:30pm at Say It Loud (Orange Building on Mills), 1221 N Mills Ave.

Light appetizers donated by local restaurants and wine donated from Funky Monkey will be served. Acoustic music and raffle prizes available. $5 Requested Donation.

***UPDATE: Someone posted a comment about this event and this information to share about it. None of this information is on…

Balle Grow Deep Conference info session

Julie Norris, owner of Dandelion Communitea, and Emily Rankin, founder of the Audubon Park Community Market went to the BALLE "Grow Deep" Conference in Boston to learn & share with other community leaders about what it takes to start & maintain a vibrant "Local First" campaign in OurLando in support of independent business, arts, culture & active citizens.

Listen to them share what they learned Thursday, June 19th, 7pm at Dandelion. They'll also share the first steps needed to form a progressive local alliance for community enrichment and nuture the "OurLando, Locally Made" movement.

For a preview of the discussion, tune in to Front Porch Radio on WPRK 91.5 fm at noon this Wednesday. If you miss either of those, there will be further discussion at the Audubon Park Community Market on Saturday

PHOTOS: Ingrid Michaelson at The Social

Photo Credit: Tisse Mallon
Ingrid Michaelson (website) performed June 11, 2008 at The Social in downtown Orlando, Florida. Her PR person hooked us up with a photo pass, so we sent our resident photog Tisse Mallon to shoot the show. (See all 49 photos)

Greg Laswell opened with a really pleasant set. Ingrid Michaelson's quirky and down to earth stage presence was well-received by the audience who begged for an encore at the end of the show. She delivered, coming back on stage to sing Over the Rainbow.

Network at Crooked Bayou tonight

Every single 3rd Monday for the past 19 3rd Mondays, a group of geeks, artists, writers and other creative types have been gathering in Orlando for a networking event called Florida Creatives.

Programmers, marketers, designers, poets, entrepreneurs, bloggers, podcasters, painters, filmmakers, musicians, actors, plus plenty of friends, get together for some delicious Cajun/Creole food (plus hot tots and fried pickles), beverages, and ruthless networking.

Florida Creatives (Deets)
Monday, June 16, 2008, 6-9pm
Crooked Bayou, 50 E Central Blvd

Win $50 from your Holy Land audition video

The Orlando Arts Blog is awarding $50 in cash (via Paypal) to the best Holy Land auditioner! Go to the audition listed below, film your actual audition (don't film yourself in your living room. The video must be made at the audition listed below, in front of the Holy Land audition team), put it on youtube and send me the link. I'll post all the submissions on this blog and let the readers decide the winner of the $50 (via PayPal).

Holy Land Experience Audition
(Edited by me)

The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida is having auditions, praise God, on Monday, June 30th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at 4501 Vineland Rd. Suite 107, Orlando, 32811.

We are seeking male and female musical theater performers. We're interested in all vocal types, except homosexual ones. All applicants must have strong acting and movement abilities and not be homosexual.

Please bring a headshot and resume (if you have one) and for the audition process, please prepare the following:
-Two complete songs: one …


Doterati is "Central Florida's interactive marketing, media and technology association." News to me. I made a profile to see what it's about.

PHOTO: Beautify Sanford

What is ths sign about?
(Submitted by Brian Feldman)

Darren Vierday political podcast

SAK Comedy Lab's Darren Vierday has a new podcast, Going Political Early, produced by Radio Rickshaw's John Valines. The name comes from, and I know this because I perform with him at SAK, his habit of sometimes, in improv scene work, "going political early." He'll bust out some random fact that, while true, makes the audience scratch their heads. The ensemble is entertained and that's really all that matters in some shows.

Here's the description from the website:Going Political Early is not one of your typical far-wing ranting podcasts. Instead of screaming at you about how you should vote, Darren Vierday presents information to empower citizens with knowledge so that when they go to the booth, they know why. It’s easier to get involved than you may think. Listen to Going Political Early and get tips on where to find the information you need to make educated votes.

Jennifer Bouani rules Amazone Kindle kid list

6-10-08 Orlando Arts Podcast guest Jennifer Bouani's book Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine has reached #1 BestSeller Status on Kindle in the categories of Children's Nonfiction- People & Places, Children's Chapter Books- People & Places and Children's Chapter Books- Careers.

Listen to the interview I did with her last year.

Congratulations Jennifer!

Dinner with the Feldmans in August

"You bring the food, we'll bring the us!"
-Brian Feldman
If you reside in Orange County, Florida and are interested in having The Feldman Dynamic over for dinner during the month of August, in celebration of our 5th Anniversary as North America's Foremost Performance Art Family (uncontested), drop a line to

New shipment of hipster at Etoile

Etoille just got a brand new shipment of 200+ items including vintage luggage, boots, sandals, heels, sneaks, fanny packs. "acid wash everything", neons, vests, menswear, western, boho, handmade purses, handmade dresses and more.

By the way, this post falls into the "Why are you posting THAT on an arts blog?" My answer: the name needs to be changed because clearly (if you read it with any regularity) this blog is not just about the arts anymore. So, I'm saying it officially: this blog is not just about the arts anymore.

Universal Orlando fires actors over calendar

Jaimz Dillman, an Orlando actor and SAK Comedy lab ensemble apprentice, was part of a group of Universal actors who were involved in the creation of a calendar showing photos taken backstage of employees in various amounts of dress. She and the other five actors (THIS NUMBER IS UNCONFIRMED) were fired and given a "No-Rehire" status this Tuesday by Universal Orlando Human Resources.

According to Dillman's blog, this is unlike the treatment given to others who've done similar things and she's appealing the "No-Rehire" status. I asked her permission to repost portions of her recent blog post about the whole event and she allowed me to: As of today I am no longer at Universal Studios.

It started last week when I was pulled out of my shift to report to HR. Once I sat down I saw the one thing that could come back to haunt me. Six months ago some friends and I took some backstage photos during an event and as an end-of-the-event gift to them I made them into a …

Pay Jacksonville MOCA $25 to work for free!

Drawdown: The MOCA Drawing Marathon
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida
July 11-12, 2008, 11pm – 7am
Register: (904) 366-6911 ×204.
$25 participation fee

Want to (1) pay to (2) work for free to (3) create a collection of art (4) a museum will charge money for patrons to view and that (5) you cannot sell while part of the collection? Then grab your pencils and head on to Jacksonville's Museum of Contemporary Art July 11th at 11pm.

Pay $25, draw till 7am, then return Sunday to view your work curated by the museum into a collection on display until August 1st. This collection is only viewable to patrons with paid admission. (Free admission Wednesday nights 5-9pm or Sundays all day if under 18 and accompanied by parent) The artists do not receive a portion of the monies from admission despite their work being in a part of the museum patrons must pay to see, nor can they sell their own work to these patrons. Yet the artists pay the museum $25.

So let's recap. Th…

Physical Theatre Jam: 6-18-08

The June 18th Physical Theatre Junkie Jam (the only physical theatre jam in Orlando) is Wednesday, June 18th 8-11 pm, at Movement Arts Studio, 1602 Philadelphia Ave., Orlando, FL 32803. Scott Sidler will be leading the Jam this month and has some fun and challenging sketches and exercises that they haven't done before. $20 to get in, $10 if you bring a first timer with you, FREE if you bring 2 first-timers with you. Discounts apply even if you are a first-timer. For more information or to register go to and click on the 'Physical Theatre Junkies' tab.

Vintage Clothing Sale: June 3-14

Wanted to pass along to the vintage-lovers out there:Since you're in the biz, I figured I'd give you a heads up on a sale that my friend is doing. She used to own a vintage clothing store in college park a long time ago and clung on to her vintage inventory like little children and is now giving them up. She is doing this June 13-14th from 8am-4pm at her house. She has everything from Vintage clothing,jewelry, jewelry pieces, gloves, scarves, purses, shoes, hats, furnishings, etc. She wanted to get it out to the Full Sail and Theater people more for the props departments, but I figured if you were looking for that kind of stuff you can swing by. She lives in Winter Park at 3303 Royal Street (off Forsyth Rd south of University Bv). She said her collection goes from the 1880's to the 1970's.

Current Event Senryus: funny blog

Current Event Sunryus is a blog that interprets various news items into the ancient Japanese art of senryu.

What is a senryu?
Senryus are the dark versions of haikus. The syllable count is the same in both (5-7-5) but while haikus are nature related, senryus deal with human foibles and flaws. Think of haikus as Captain Planet while senryus are the evil version that all the major bad guys made in that very special two-part episode.

Why are you doing this?
I love senryus and the challenge of saying a lot in only 17 syllables. I hope you get a kick out of this as much as I get doing it many times daily

Redefine: new downtown gallery and clothing store

Photos of new Downtown Orlando art gallery and clothing store Redefine. Photo credit: Mark Baratelli

From the blog of Redefine: We're finally opening an Urban Art Gallery/Boutique in Orlando FL, and the best part is we're going beyond just ourselves and using this as an outlet for other independent artists.

The Culture Mart and Redefine will shape Magnolia Ave into the art strip Orlando's been thriving for. It calls itself the art district and now it'll actually have a significant reason to.

If you paint, draw, or have any other medium of art let us know. You'll have a home somewhere between us and the Culture Mart. This will be the block for artist and people who support the urban culture and general arts. We all have open minds so don't be afraid.

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Artist to Artist: Johannah O'Donnell

Artist to Artist Interview
Johannah O'Donnell
by Paintergirl
June 9, 2008Welcome to the first artist to artist interview here on the Orlando Arts Blog. Thanks for reading the first of what I hope to be of several Q&A interviews with local artists. I'm interested in hearing readers' feedback of the interviews, your questions and suggestions are also welcome. -Paintergirl
Johannah O'Donnell graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, and has participated in shows all over the country. Currently Johannah has a solo exhibit at The Peacock Room on N. Mills running till June 14th.

I know you're a native Floridian, how do you think being a native has played a part in your work, if at all.
Well, I've lived my whole life in Florida, but I travel quite a bit for work, so I've seen a lot of the country. Florida is a very unique state, sunny all year long, with amazing tropical foliage and water on three sides. On top of all the natural beauty, we have…

Nerd Poetry Slam: July 10, 2008

On July 10, 2008, Broken Speech hosts its fourth ever Nerd Slam, sponsored by Orlando's best comic shop, A Comic Shop.

Created by Shappy, a nerd slam is where you can perform your sonnets about Star Trek, love poems about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, eulogies to Optimus Prime, or other poems that showcase your adoration for all things that are deemed nerdy.

More Info on Nerd Slam

Orlando cows have a season to look forward to

Mad Cow's 2008-09 season:
Gone Missing, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, An Inspector Calls, It Was Another Very Good Yule, Eurydice, a drama by Sarah Ruhl, The Year of Magical Thinking, Amadeus, Fully Committed, Forbidden Broadway, I Am My Own Wife, Harvey,

Their Special Events:
-Orlando Puppet Festival, Nov. 6-9.
-Sweeney Todd in Concert, featuring Davis Gaines
-Orlando Cabaret Festival, April 30-May 10.

Lester Malizia directing in Orlando GLBT Theatre Festival

Some news on this festival: Lester Malizia, who directed the massive Angels in America project in Orlando nearly ten years ago, will direct the groundbreaking drama The Normal Heart. Mr. Malizia is also the artistic director of Seaside Music Theatre. (Source)

Indie film maker workshop

John Vizzusi, Filmmaker for Sights & Sounds Films, will be putting on an Indie Film Distribution Workshop sponsored by the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival Wednesday, June 11, 7pm-9pm Main Library Downtown.

Topics covered:-Solicitation of Films to potential Distributors
-The Film Festival submission and general selection Process
-Marketing your Film
-"The Deal"
-Doo's and don'ts of the process to get your film sold. Vizzusi says "Anyone with an unsold film would have interest as well as filmmakers and the like that want to learn more about the business end of indie film Distribution."

Wednesday, June 11, 7pm-7:30 (social); 7:30-9pm (meeting)

Orlando Main Library (Downtown), 101 East Central Blvd
Parking Garage directly across the street.
Go through main entrance, turn left and walk into Media and Stage area.


More Info:

A non-miserable concert event for Seaside

Anything Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach produces is good. So even if they present a show in concert that they were gonna do as a fully staged production, you know it'll still be professional, enjoyable and brilliant.

They're doing just that.

Due to an agreement with the Cameron Macintosh Organization, they're able to put on a concert version of Les Miserables, one of the shows they had to cancel this summer due to finances to raise money for their theatre.

June 21 at 7 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m.

$40, Call 386-252-6200

Seaside Music Theatre
News-Journal Center
221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach

(Source, Source)

SAK does night-prov

SAK Comedy Lab will be doing SIX performances a week now till the end of summer instead of five. The additional weekly performance will start at midnight (!!!) and be one of two seldom-seen formats: "The Early Show" (long-form improv) and "Sak Request Live" (like their regular weekend shows, but audience chooses the games).

Monthly Schedule:
1st Saturday: The Early Show
2nd Saturday: Sak Request Live
3rd Saturday: The Early Show
4th Saturday: Sak Request Live

If you attend any of these shows and take pictures, send them my way.

Boy George in Orlando July 26

A young Boy George in the 80s with costume designer Leigh Bowery
Photo Source
Boy George is coming to the Hard Rock Hotel July 26th and is rumored to be performing his old Culture Club stuff! I can't find a link to tickets yet. (Source)

Mad Cow Season Announcement June 8

I don't know what's weirder: Mariah Carey calling her fans "lambs" or Mad Cow calling their patrons "Cows." A lamb is a follower and a cow is fat and stupid. Either way, Mad Cow is "unveiling" their 12th season line-up June 8th, at 5pm. (There better be some Vanah action up in there with a word like "unveiling" in your press release.)

Artistic Director (and Disney World creative guru) Alan Bruun will be making the announcement to and serving wine to, his cows.

Some fun facts about the pieces chosen for this year:-None of the playwrights have been produced at Mad Cow before!
-Over half of the plays are by women!
-The Stage Right Series has a theme: numbers
-Two plays won the Tony Award for Best Play
-Two plays won the Pulitzer Prize

Ingrid Michaelson: Grey's Anatomy, Old Navy and now Orlando

Four of her songs were used during the Grey's Anatomy 2007 season and one, "The Way I Am," was used in a 2007 Fall Old Navy sweater campaign. Now she's coming to Orlando, not to heal the sick or sell sweaters, but to play her stuff for you...twice!

Ingrid Michaelson is an indie Staten Island-born singer/songwriter doing a Park Avenue CDs in-store performance June 11th at 7pm, then a Social solo gig that night. (Social tickets)

"Keep Breathing" on Grey's Anatomy

Zombie Art by Joined at the Stitch

tons of hits, originally uploaded by Joined at the Stitch. Joined at the Stitch sells great zombie-themed stuff, like bookmarks.

Budget Travel loves Orlando

Budget Travel magazine did a feature on Orlando called 25 Reasons Why We Love Orlando. Here are there choices:1. Universal Orlando
2. Harmoni Market, 2305 Edgewater Dr, 407-206-0033,
3. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave, 407-896-4231,
4. Infusion Tea in College Park, 1600 Edgewater Dr., 407-999-5255,
5. Disney's Coronado Springs,407-939-1000,
6. Wally's Mills Avenue Liquors, 1001 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-6975
7. Lake Eola, 195 N. Rosalind Ave.
8. Nickelodeon Family Suites, 14500 Continental Gateway, 866-462-6425,
9. Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar , 5621 Old Winter Garden Rd, 407-293-3587
10. Character dining experiences at Walt Disney World, 407-939-3463,
11. Gatorland, 800/393-5297,
12. The Dessert Lady Cafe, Kirkman Shoppes, 4900 S. Kirkman Rd., 407-822-8881
13. Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria, 67 N. Bumby Ave, 407-894-0865,
14. Wekiwa Spri…

Homemade: art, biz, culture of music-making

Homemade: A Symposium On the Art, Business and Culture of Making Music. Presented by Artists and Writers Group, BAAMO, & Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City campus

Homemade is a symposium that will provide numerous relevant workshops to emerging and seasoned musicians from the Tampa Bay area. The symposium is kindly supported by a grant provided to the Artists and Writers Group from the Ybor City Development Corporation. The Bay Area Artists and Musicians Organization (BAAMO) are assisting with organizing the event. Participants and area musicians will also present performance showcases after the symposium ends. Schedule of Events.

Saturday, June 7, 2008
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Showcases 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Performing Arts building at Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City campus (Tampa)
Palm Ave and 14th Street , across from the Cuban Club.

This is a free event

(Source: Margaret Nolan)

American Theatre Wing: Producing

(From the American Theatre Wing website) "What is the role of a producer? That was the question that started the discussion among four of Broadway's top producers - Roger Berlind, Margo Lion, Jeffrey Richards and Jeffrey Seller - as the conversation turned to whether they produce for profit or passion and how they balance between the two; what the shows they produce reveal about themselves; what the opportunities are for new producers; the increased role the internet and other new media plays in theatre today; the escalating cost of producing a show on Broadway today; and what they feel are the major issues facing theatre producers as they look to the future."

-Watch the video
-Sample their other podcasts

Poetry Vending Machine Blog

The poems written on the fly at the Orlando Fringe Festival by poets manning the Poetry Vending Machine are now online at their new home/blog: Tales from the Vending Machine.

"Need a quick love letter for that Fringe hottie? A little bathroom reading between shows? Stop by the Poetry Vending Machine, providing on-the-spot verse for all your poetry needs. Give us a few quick words and we’ll provide your own custom literary masterpiece. Trust us, we’re poets."

The poets included Patrick Scott Barnes, J. Bradley, Step Aside Butch, Naomi Butterfield, Tod Caviness, Darlyn Finch, Trevor Fraser, Paul Hiebing, Brad Kuhn, Curtis Meyer, Dani O, Joe Pasquale and Jesse Ross.