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Shining City by Conor McPherson: Theatre Downtown

Actors Sarah Lockard, George Patages, Dave Thome & Daryl Wells
Photo Credit: Rick Trux
Conor McPherson’s Shining City, which had a Broadway run in 2006, and got nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play, is having it's Orlando premiere at Theatre Downtown September 5-20, 2008 in an extended run.

The plot revolves around a middle-aged man, claiming to have seen his dead wife's ghost, seeking help from a therapist, who himself has "secrets."

Shining City by Conor McPherson
September 5-20, 2008
Theatre Downtown: 2113 North Orange Avenue
Tix: $18.00, $15.00 for Seniors & Students and $10 on Sepember 11 for everyone
Reservations/Info: 407-841-0083

GLBT Theatre Festival: play readings

New Play Readings, part of othe GLBT Theatre Festival
September 14 and 21, 7pm
Mad Cow Theatre, 105 S. Magnolia Avenue
Tix: $10 available at the door
More info

Matt Nathanson wants his creamers refrigerated

Matt Nathanson (photo stolen from his website)"does anyone else think it's creepy that you don't have to refrigerate those tiny half & half thimbles full o' cream? i always assumed that the one half is milk, the other half is cream... but, there's a sucker born every minute, 'cause milk and cream need to be refrigerated. those tiny half&half thimbles are free of that burden. they just sit there, in a big basket, in the hotel lobby... no expiration date. no ingredients. no excuses. like little aliens. in the food pyramid, they must fall somewhere between twinkies and pop tarts. and i, for one, LOVE twinkies and pop tarts! but that doesn't help me shake the fear." -Musican Matt Nathanson, taken from his journal on his website. Want to see him in person and give him some unrefrigerated creamers? He's playing The Social October 20th. Tickets.

Last Cabaret Party for A YEAR!?

Ed Shepp, singing in a towel

Well this sucks.

September 4th, 8:30pm will be the very last Cabaret Party for 2008, and possibly 2009. Why? Jason Wetzel, one-half of the founding duo, will be leaving to tour with "The Drowsy Chaperone" and Luerne, the other half, refuses to let anyone else tickle her schmedley (play the piano) but Jason. I know where she's coming from. Jason is amazing, awesome and cute as hell. But um, the event needs to continue, even without the fantastic brilliance of Wetzel. He would be missed, but not having the party at all would be even more missed.

So bring your sheet music, your ten bucks and prepare one last time to get wasted and sing show tunes at Mad Cow Theatre till dawn cuz this is THE LAST TIME IN 2008 you'll have the chance to do so unless (a) Luerne changes her mind and maybe considers a replacement for Jason (Steve MacKinnon? John DeHaas?) or (b) Jason gets fired from the tour and returns to Orlando.

-bring your sheet music (in th…

Matt Laroux in LA magazine

Matt Laroux: Gay Games
SAK Comedy Lab's former "the funny and hot one" Matt Laroux was featured in a photo in some magazine in LA. Is that Steve Purnick on the far right? (Photo Credt) In more improv news, SAK Alum Lauren Pritchard will be joining the cast of Mad TV. SAK Alum Ryan Smith will welcome her with open arms, as he has been a writer on the show for three seasons. And I am sure SAK Alum Wayne Brady is doing something high-paying and fabulous somewhere. (I assume he's still doing his show in Vegas.)

God adjusts the spine.

A chiropractor's office, Bunnell, Florida
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Orlando Fringe Festival Patrons Choice Award

It's official. I'm doing it. The 2009 "Patrons Choice Awards" Sponsored by will be taking place to honor shows in the 09 Orlando Fringe Festival. It's imperfect, a but it's a start in the right direction. Above is the "official" badge. Please blog it, share it and support this effort. Clicking on it will take you to the voting ballot. I am super-excited about this and hope y'all are too. I'm taking a huge leap of faith on this that people will embrace it. It really needs people to fully embrace it and "yes and" it for it to mean anything. So, yes-and it and let's start something fun and new in 2009.

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Off-Broadway's "Gone Missing" at Mad Cow

Off-Broadway Cast of "Gone Missing"
Both documentary and musical cabaret, Gone Missing was originally created by the award-winning performance group The Civilians based on interviews with real folks. It uses actual stories of lost and found things that tread the line between fact and fiction celebrating the extraordinary in the every day. (like this blog?) Part of the 2007-08 Off-Broadway season, Gone Missing is having it's regional debut at Mad Cow Theatre September 12 thru October 19, 2008. Sounds weird as hell and super-creative. Go!

Terry Olson and Elizabeth Maupin interviewed

Orlando Sentinel theatre critic Elizabeth Maupin and Orlando arts scene Poo-Bah Terry Olson appeared on the local Radio Rickshaw podcast in a FABULOUS episode. It's a must-listen. (As a side-note, I was invited to appear on this episode, but I just didn't think I had anything to add to the convo.) I listened to the whole thing and here are my favorite highlights:Elizabeth Maupin used to dream of having a job where shoes weren't required

Articles in the Sentinel is called a "chunky bit" and "charticles"

Olson questions the recent re-design of the Orlando Sentinel and doesn't realize his age might affect how he likes/dislikes a newspaper layout, as Maupin points out.

Maupin notes she does half the coverage of theatre than she used to due to less "news-hole" (space on the page).

According to the higher-ups in the company that owns the Orlando Sentinel, there is to be 50% ads and 50% news in the paper. (Wow!)

If you drop the subscription to the pri…

Art opening for kids with Cancer Aug 30

Photo, 20" by 30", for sale by artist Tisse Mallon
at the Open Up Your heART Show
Fifty pieces of art by children with Cancer will be up for sale, along with works by 20 local artists at Open Up Your heART Show, August 30, 2008, 7-10pm, at The Gallery at Avalon Island, downtown Orlando.

50% of the local artists' profits and 100% of the children with Cancers' profits will benefit BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation, a year-round base of support for children and families who are facing the challenge of living with cancer and other life-threatening hematological illnesses. Their programs focus on "being normal" by participating in peer groups which children who are not affected by life-challenging illnesses. They provide weekly hospital-lunch delivery, monthly overnight camps, parent-support groups, clinic parties, and weekly events that help children pass through the toughest days of treatment.

GLBT Fundraiser Sept 11

The GLBT Theatre Festival is having a fundraising party September 11, 9pm, hosted by local (and now infamous) entertainment legend, Wayburn Sassy, and Orlando Fringe Producing Artists Director, Beth Marshall, at downtown's newest hot-spot combo-bar-and-restaurant, Hamburger Mary's (110 West Church Street).

silent and live auction for tickets to the best local theatre and entertainment venues; autographed Broadway memorabilia including items autographed by Tony Award-winners Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, Boyd Gaines, Harvey Fierstein, Jane Krakowski, and Faith Prince, as well as acclaimed performers Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Lauren Kennedy, the cast of Xanadu, and more; gift certificates for area restaurants; a Home Depot prize pack; tickets to Walt Disney World; an Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival Super Pass.

Entertainment includes Dame Edna, Ginger Minj, Evelyn "Mitzi" Morris, VarieTease's Blue, and the cast of the Orlando GLB…

Audition: Host

Orlando Jaycees Annual Hunk Auction needs a funny, energetic and confident Emcee, "someone who knows how to command a crowd," for it's Saturday, Oct 18th 9:00 PM event being held at Slingapour's on Wall Street in downtown Orlando. No pay. This is a volunteer position. Proceeds from the Orlando Jaycees Annual Charity Hunk Auction benefit the Jaycees Holiday Shopping Tour, in partnership with the Orlando Rescue Mission. So, your pay is in karma points.

Audition Deets:
Thurs, Sept 4th, 7:30 PM. Curves (Winter Park Location) 6844 Aloma Ave, Winter Park. Prepare a "monologue or skit or bit." Bring headshot/resume. Sign up: More info: 407-678-4032,,

Photos: Pinklight Bazaar, August 24

Tisse Mallon for The Daily City, Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved

Tisse Mallon for The Daily City, Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved

Tisse Mallon for The Daily City, Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved

Tisse Mallon for The Daily City, Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved

Tisse Mallon for The Daily City, Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved

Tisse Mallon for The Daily City, Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved

Tisse Mallon for The Daily City, Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved

Night of the Night Wolf: LIVE

Video by Night of the Nightwolf

The (new?) Orlando sketch comedy group Night of the Nightwolf is doing a FREE show this weekend! I don't know if they're good or not. Are they good? Their show is free, so if they suck, you don't lose anything but time. And we all know how valuable that is not.

Maybe they will have some kind of "Let us know how our show was" feedback session after the show, where, if you indeed did think the show sucked (which lets hope it doesnt. What's worse than sucky sketch comedy? Oh right. Sucky improv!), you can vent your frustrations, even if they have nothing to do with the show. My big concern is that they like me. Do they like me?

August, 30 2008, 9:30pm
Stardust Video and Coffee
1842 E Winter Park Rd, Winter Park , FL 32789

Wayburn responds: Listen

Click the play button above to hear Wayburn Sassy respond to the comments made on this post I wrote about him. If you wanna leave a voicemail, call 646-714-2376. There's a 3-minute time limit FYI.

Maitland Art Center demo Fall class offerings

The MAC (Maitland Art Center) will be doing onsite-demos of their Fall Class offerings Sunday, September 7, 2008, 10am-1pm during the City of Maitland Farmer’s Market which takes place behind the Germaine Marvel Building, 210 West Packwood Avenue, Maitland.

Demos include Bronze Casting, Drawing and Illustration, Creative Writing, Film Appreciation, Jewelry, Pottery and Hand-building, Painting/Oil, Sculpture, Watercolor and Acrylics, and Yoga.

More info: 407.539.2181 or their Classes Page

(Photo Credit)

DeLand Documentary wins Texas Award

A preview for the documentry
Congratulations are in order for Jeff Leder, the musical director of The Millennium Musicians, a DeLand, Florida after-school community concert band made up of nine to eighteen year olds. He won First Place in the Best Music Documentary division at The Bayou City Inspiration Film Festival, held on August 7-9, 2008 in Houston, TX for his documentary on his group, directed and produced by Edson Pacheco.

Photographer Laureate: great idea!

Read about Tampa's Photographer Laureate program: The purpose of the project was to commission an artist to photograph and respond to life in the City of Tampa. The Photographer Laureate Program is inspired by historic photographic projects including the Farm Workers Administration, the National Endowment for the Arts, and regional Photographic Archives. The program’s long-range vision is to build a public collection comprised of images that are representative of the life and times in Tampa, by regional, national and international photographers.

Over the course of the multi-year project, an artist will be commissioned to “add a volume” for one year. The volume must be built upon a theme/topic selected by the artist/photographer and approved by the committee. Over the course of time, the city hopes to accumulate and display a full and varied representation of the multiple and diverse perspectives of artists on Tampa.I wrote the Orlando History Center and Terry Olson asking (a…

Wayburn Sassy: Sh**list

Screenshot: The whole post:

Screenshot: Close-up of the list

The latest post from the new site/blog from Wayburn Sassy called BitchBlog. Thoughts? Leave a Voicemail or text comment.

Proms Queen Hélène Grimaud plays Orlando

Prom Queen Hélène Grimaud thinking about Orlando
Pianist Hélène Grimaud played piano this year for the very last concert of Prom, the world’s largest classical music festival. Not only is it cool to BE in Proms, but to play the final concert is a big stinkin' deal:"The Last Night of the Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, is one of the most popular classical music concerts in the world, watched and listened to by an audience of many millions around the globe." -BBCWell guess what? Prom Queen Hélène Grimaud will be plunking her ivories down here Sunday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m in a solo piano recital in the Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College Campus.“She is very much in demand as a recitalist,” said Executive Director of the Bach Festival Society, Betsy Gwinn. “Her schedule is very full, and we are so pleased that she will perform with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.”I wonder how much it cost to get her here.


The Bach Festival Society is partne…

SAK's Denna E likes our wallpapers

Denna, House Manager of the 30+ year old SAK Comedy Lab in downtown Orlando is a fan of our free wallpapers. Thanks, Denna, for the photo AND the idea. (She was the one gave me the idea to start giving the wallpapers away)

DPAC does not suck and newspapers do

Tidbit time!

--Great start to a discussion about DPAC vs the little guy in the performing arts bubbling under over here on Stephen J Miller's myspace blog. Stephen is an Orlando playwright and occasional The Daily City book reviewer.

--The crap-talk happening in the comments section in the DPAC posts (post 1, post 2) on Maupin's blog is kind of retarded. "The building is not a village..." What? Shut up.

--I wrote a post about wanting newspapers to die, PR folks to become the news orgs and paying writer yourself to do investigative journalism over here.

Silent Rave: Orlando and NYC

On May 25, 2008, at the Orlando Fringe Festival, Sean Flynn brought "Silent Rave" to Orlando for the very first time. (If you have proof otherwise, send it my way). I'd say it was a huge success, given that Orlando is completely new to the concept. Kudos to Sean Flynn for his effort. He won a "Fringe of the Fringe" award for it. (More Video)

Three months later, I had the chance Sunday August 17, 2008 to witness a Silent Rave in New York City live in person. I think Orlando can get to this level pretty soon, and can't wait to see it. People were really into it, and along the edges were others watching, speaking on megaphones, break dancing and, well, like me, filming and taking photos. And it looks like they've already got their next one planned for October: Facebook Event Page. (More Video and Photos)

TODAY: 48-Hour Films: Enzian

Last weekend, two teams of Orlando filmmakers competed in "The 48 Hour Films" project: 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film, due by August 17. Those films will be screened today at 10 am (Team B) and at noon (Team A) at the Enzian, 1300 South Orlando Ave, Maitland.

Tickets available a half-hour before showtime online at

How many events blogs does Orlando need?

The Arts Connection has a blog that shares events in Orlando.
Red Chair Project is starting a blog to share events in Orlando.
The Orlando Sentinel has a blog to share events in Orlando.
I have a blog to share events in Orlando.

This is getting stupid! We're all writing about the same events. We're all doing the same thing but on different computers. Why not come together and make one central "Here's what's happening" blog? This can't go on like this. It's just dumb.

CoLab open house 8-27-08

John Hussey, the owner of the historic Angebuilt Hotel building on Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, has converted office space on the sixth floor of his building into a coworking spot called CoLab Orlando. They're having an open house August 27th at 6PM. There will be appetiers and beverages provided by Finn Henry's (the Irish pub downstairs), as well as a raffle for CoWorking space. But the main purpose of the open house is to get feedback and direction from the community on what they want out of CoLab.

August 27th, 6PM
37 N. Orange Ave - 6th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801
RSVP and questions/requests: info [at]

Wallpaper of the Day: Orange flower

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Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli
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Voter registration at Uberbot Saturday

Wallpaper of the Day: White wet flowers

Wallpaper of the day: white wet flowers
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Stage-version of Rent gonna be on screens

September 24-28, 2008, the Broadway show "Rent" will be shown in movie theatres as part of a new Sony venture called "The Hot Ticket." The website doesn't say if it's gonna happen in Orlando. If not, maybe it'll happen somewhere close. Either way, it's a creative idea (filming a Broadway show and showing it in a movie theatre). From the website:"The Aug. 20 performance of the landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, which is currently playing its final weeks of a 12-year-run at the Nederlander Theatre, will be filmed.

A Columbia Pictures spokesperson confirmed to that nine cameras will capture the 8 PM performance of the Tony Award-winning Jonathan Larson musical. Those same cameras will also record the show's final performance on Sept. 7.

A composite of the best performances from those two evenings — including what will likely be emotional moments from the final Broadway show — will subsequently be broadcast i…

Pay what You want: Elliott, A Soldier's Fugue

This Wednesday (8/20) is a special performance of Elliott, A Soldier's Fugue at mad Cow Theatre where you get to pay whatever you want for the show. A dollar. Ten dollars. Two burritos and a hair clip.

Tickets for this special performance are already on sale at the discounted price of $15 to guarantee seats or you can come to the theatre on 8/20 and purchase tickets in person until there none left and you 'Pay What You Wish'! The Pay What You Wish tickets are not available for purchase until 7pm. The amount of tickets is limited so get here early. 2 per customer. 407.297.8788 for more information.

Wallpaper of the Day: Wing to Chicago

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I'm starting this thing you might like. I'm gonna release a wallpaper every day you can download and use. For now I'm using my own photos. Eventually, I'd like to see readers submit photos (via email) of their favorite spots, be it Orlando or otherwise. Here's one for today I'm calling "Wing to Chicago." I took it while flying there to perform in the Chicago Improv Festival in June.

Lake Highland Preps new theatre space, and I prep for more reading

I just read about Lake Highland Prep's new $14 million theatre facility. It's got "a proscenium theater, a black-box theater and a three-level lobby with gallery space." Wow! The "774-seat center will host more than 2,000 students for productions, assemblies and more throughout the school year."

Well my first question was "Are they willing to being open to sharing the space with the theatre community? (I don't read as close as I should! More on that later...)

So as I am wont to do when I have a question: I ask. I sent the school an email via their website: Hello. I run a blog called I read about your new performing arts center opening this month. Congratulations! I was curious so I am asking your school directly: Do you have any interest or plans in lending/sharing/renting this fantastic new space to the small theatre/performing community when it's not in use by your student body? Has this ever come up for discussion?…

Center For Contemporary Dance: The Cosmic Dance

A Red Chair Project Post: There are some truly amazing arts/culture going on in the Orlando area. I'm very happy to report that The Center for Contemporary Dance in Sanford presents The Cosmic Dance, a culmination of classical Indian dance with contemporary movement, live music, and vocals. The performance celebrates "the ancient Indian symbol of the Dancing Shiva, Nataraj, which is a cultural representation of divine transformation." Partial proceeds from The Cosmic Dance will be donated to The Center’s SEE(k)ING Project, an arts enrichment program that blends creative writing and dance to teach underprivileged children skills in artistic expression, critical thinking and collaboration.

For ticket information + directions, please visit Only one performance Saturday, Aug. 23. -mls@redchairproject

Florida Creatives: Tonight

Florida Creatives, a monthly gathering of local web gurus, podcasters, bloggers, an artist and two reporters is happening tonight, 6-9PM, at the Crooked Bayou, the bar with the giant Christmas light-bedecked metal tree in the middle. Order the tater tots. They'll make you fat.

Monday, August 18th, 6-9 PM
Crooked Bayou, 50 E Central Blvd (Map)
(Across the street from the Library and the History Center)

(Photo used without permission from here)

Book Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Stephen J Miller
This is another Pulitzer Prize winner that fills me with faith for that award. In Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, we meet the Cabral family, an upper class Domican family suffering under a terrible curse. For three generations, under the cruel regime of El Jefe and in their time in New York City, this curse – this fukú – replays itself over and over, waiting for the zafa that will cancel it out and break the chains of bad luck.

The unlikely hero who seems to hold the secret to this curse is Oscar. Oscar is an overweight, loveless and geeky virgin addicted to comics, rolle-playing games, and fantasy novels. His like is peppered with Spanglish and imagery from his fanboy life. And it's his obsessive love – her search for a woman – that fulfills him and holds the key to rescuing the family.

The story is organized and partially narrated by an apparent outsider who only later has his story permanently weaved into the cursed Cabral family'…

Patrick Fatica opens at Peacock Room

The Paintings of Patrick Fatica
opens tonight, 9pm, 8-8-08
The Peacock Room

Redlight Redlight: Movie Mondays

Showing tonight (8/18/08) at Redlight Redlight:

6:00pm Friday the 13th

9:00pm Wet Hot American Summer is an amazing piece of marketing! This is the BEST idea so far to promote the arts in Orlando. It's called "Real Orlando. Real Entertainment," or R.O.R.E. for short. Pay $99 and you get one ticket to one event presented by each of the following arts orgs:Orlando Ballet
Orlando Museum of Art
Orlando Opera
Orlando Philharmonic
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
Festival of Orchestras
SunTrust Broadway Across OrlandoAs in, you get a ticket to one of the operas presented by Orlando Opera, a ticket to a full ballet by Orlando Ballet, and on and on. Amazing. Even the website is cool. (Source)

Demon Barber cuts 'em up in Titusville

Fleet Street wasn't that creepy when I walked down it. But I tried to imagine Johnny Depp running out of a barber shop wildly waving a shaver, and I found that satisfying enough. So, I can either go out and rent the movie version of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street on dvd, or watch it live on stage at the Titusville Playhouse Sunday at 2 pm, Fri. + Sat. at 8 pm. $18 Orchestra, $15 Balcony. -mls@redchairproject

Who's the real Queen B? Divine Divas bedazzle.

I never realized Orlando had so many cabaret acts... yet another reason for me to get out more. Today, August 17, 2008, at 2pm is the closing performance of Divine Divas: A Cabaret at the Winter Park Playhouse. For anyone who just gets out of bed and reads this post, jolting to the performance might not be so appealing ... but probably worth it. Featuring the original Queen "B"s ... Bette, Barbra, and Billie! -mls@redchairproject

Opening night photos of Disney's Aladdin

Yesterday we got opening night photos of a show Better late than never. The Gramercy Theatre's "Disney’s Aladdin Jr" at The Plaza, 425 North Bumby Avenue, looks to have been anything but "Junior," with actor Scott Damian (“Scrubs”, “The Office), New York choreographer Staś Kmieć, a flying carpet created by Chicago company Hall Associates Flying Effects, a giant moving elephant and aerial, black light and scenic effects. Can't wait to see what they do next.

Choreographer Stas' Kmiec' with Scott Damian (Genie)

Choreographer Stas' Kmiec', Director/Producer Dan Roche, and vocal director Rita Kay

Genna Kanago (Jasmine) and
Michael Navarro (Aladdin)

Friday Tidbits

Frankie Messina (Apartment E) and Lawrence (a Lawyer)
Orlando Fringe, 2008
Free stuff to do in Orlando (Living Orlando)

"Half a million dollars would rescue us," says Seaside Music Theatre's Lester Malizia (Orlando Sentinel)

Central Florida Olympians...
from Tampa: 8
From Daytona Beach: 1
From Orlando: Zero (Wah Waaaaaaah)

Two-for-one tickets to "Elliott: A Soldier's Fugue" (Orlando Sentinel)

Mickey Mouse arrested (Orlando Sentinel)

The founder of MetroBlogs is speaking at IzeaFest, which takes place September 11-13. Here's why I care.

Orlando Sentinel is featuring the Orlando Metroblog feed on their website. I emailed the Sentinel to ask them if they would carry mine as well.

Make 3-d stuff for free with Google Sketchup

Florida media guru Phil Leigh is doing "Inside Digitial Media" podcasts and blog posts. Latest podcast is an interview with Shelly Palmer about Amazon and Cloud Computing. Don't know what this stuff is? All the more reason to liste…

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Record an audio press release
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Spolier Alert: this Saturday!

Remember: Spolier Alert this Saturday.

Hosted By: Dustin Orlando & A La Revenge
Saturday Aug 16, 2008, 7:00 PM
City Arts Factory, 29 S.Orange Ave.
Downtown Orlando, FL 32803

A personal message from curator Dustin Orlando:So many great things have been added to the show! As of recent, we are pleased to announce that there will be a full Liquor Bar, in addition to the free catered food, provided by Cafe Tu Tu Tango. Mat Curran will have 5 pieces in the show now.

Plus, the artwork is going to be some of the freshest work in Orlando in a long time...well at least since the You Love to Hate show.

Oh yeah also, all this is only $10 and a portion of that goes to the Parramore Kidz Zone. So you'll not only be having a great time listening to good music and viewing amazing artwork, but you'll be doing a good thing by supporting.

Red Chair Affair: 9-7-08

The Red Chair Affair "kicks-off Central Florida’s cultural season" and kicks off something called Orlando's Magical Dining Month. The night includes food, performances by local groups, visual art and the auction of those little red chairs. Performers include Cirque du Soleil, Orlando Opera, Mad Cow Theatre, Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic and more.

Sunday, September 7th, 2008, 7:30pm
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
Students and Seniors: $15
General Admission: $22
Click to buy tickets

Nick Veasey- X Ray art

Photo Credit: Nick Veasey
The X-Ray Photography of Nick Veasey exhibit is opening in Orlando, Florida with a reception Friday, October 17 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Millenia Fine Art, and will run October 17 to December 11, 2008. Also opening the same night is a photography and sculpture exhibit by artist Joseph Rossano.

Millenia Fine Art
555 South Lake Destiny Drive, Orlando, FL 32810
More info: 407-304-8100

About Nick Veasey
In a world obsessed with superficial appearance, Nick Veasey uses x-ray technology to look beyond the surface of objects, transforming the mundane into the fascinating. Veasey came upon his unique artistry from an unlikely source. While working as a photographer/designer for morning television in England, he was assigned the task of x-raying soda cans in search of the winning code for a contest. Though he never found the winning can, he found beauty in x-ray images.

Veasey says, "I thought, 'there's something to this.' It was one of those life-c…

Visual Art: Comma Gallery Cows

Taking The Plunge, by Tom Sadler
COMMA Gallery opened their cow-themed show last night and sold eight works. The Florida Dairy Association-sponsored "Voter's Choice Award" went to three of the artists. More info: 407 376-1400,

813 Virginia Drive, Orlando FL 32803
407 894 4505

Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm

Kidz Connect's Josephine Dorado

Episode 23: Josephine Dorado (Length: 28:19)
Josephine Dorado, Media Artist, Performer, Educator, Social Entrepreneur and founder of Kidz Connect speaks with host Mark Baratelli about Kidz Connect. Kidz Connect is a program that connects young people in different countries via media art, performance and collaborative creation in virtual worlds. This summer, students at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida, wrote, created and performed a live show with students at the IVKO Montessori School in Amsterdam, Netherlands, learning about each other’s culture in the process through music, dance, digital art and/or storytelling within the virtual world Teen Second Life.

This Kidz Connect project is funded in part by the Joy McCann Foundation and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and is supported by partnerships between IVKO Montessori School, the Patel Conservatory, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts…

Miami Improv Festival: Schedule

The Miami Improv Festival, the festival I hold near and dear to my heart as THE FIRST out-of-town venue I took Improv Cabaret, is coming up soon. Gather your friends, rent a car and make a weekend of it. Miami is fabulous and only a three-hour drive, the shows are gonna be good and you can probably find a cheap hotel room. And if you can't, do what we did in 2007: sleep five to a room with two on the floor.

And I just noticed that the newly formed Orlando group Offsides Improv is performing in the festival. These guys are all SAK-trained and most of them are SAK ensemble-apprentices. Don't hold that against them. They're funny.

Show Times
Friday, August 22
8:00 pm - Child's Play- $10
9:00 pm - The Oops Guys! - Lounge-zilla!- $15
10:00 pm - Model Citizens- $10

Saturday, August 24
8:00 pm - Offsides Improv- $10
9:00 pm - The Oops Guys! - Do I Make You Horny?- $15
10:00 pm - Just The Funny- $10

Festival and Nightly Passes Available
Click here to buy tickets

Greater Orlando Actors Theatre: Here they are!

I was curious about the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre because they recently released one of the most ambitious seasons Orlando has seen in a long time (through their myspace profile) but I couldn't find any other information online about them.

Well, that has changed. They now have a website and sent me three press releases. Ask and ye shall receive.

Who they are
Paul Castaneda (President), Rick Sotis (Vice President), Drew Storie (Treasurer), Mia Sophia (Secretary), Leesa Halstead (Marketing/Publicity), Shelly Ackman and David Strauss. More Information

Their season remains the season I wrote about in an earlier post. Now they have specific dates, so I'll post the season again below.

The venue for the first two shows is H20 Church, 100 E Livingston St. Orlando, Fl. 32801, in the former 8 Seconds bar next to the Orlando Weekly in downtown Orlando. The venue for the rest of the season is TBA.

2008-2009 Season
I still think this is ambitious and honestly, I hope they freak…

National Poetry Slam: Orlando's showings

Broken Speech (the team representing Orlando) did well at the National Poetry Slam in Wisonsin this past Wed and Thurs. Wednesday, they came in 3rd against Silver City, Cleveland, and Vancouver by half a point. Thursday, they took 2nd against Seattle, Tuscon, and Dallas by .9.

Orlando did not make semi-finals but outranked 36 other teams at the national competition. Congrats to Curtis Meyer, Ronin, Sania, Reggie, and Rebecca Webb.

You can see some local poetry slamming 8pm, Thursday, August 14, 2008. To sign up, e-mail or show up before the slam begins. I dunno where. They don't include it in their email. If you know, leave it as a comment. Thanks.

Pinklight Bazaar: August 24

The three "crafty cute sassy ladies" behind Pinklight Bazaar: Erica Abalos, Emma Kruch , and Jess Wynn. They "just wanna have fun, eat cupcakes, craft, and hug each other, trees and baby animals."
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Pinklight Bazaar is a reoccurring estrogen-packed event created to support & raise awareness about the breakthrough arts & crafting community in Orlando and beyond! Also, they "just think that there needs to be more girly events in Orlando. More pink. More glitter. More polka dots. More pink champagne. More girl love/bonding. What is ith all this catty bullsh** between ladies? Chill and EAT CUPCAKES."

Boys are more than welcome to attend AFTER the ladies happy hour (which happens the first hour), though they must be very comfortable with their sexuality and embrace the color pink.

"Classy and sassy attire requested. This is basically an excuse to play dress-up. Break out that amazing frilly dress you…

Anti-War March August 30: Melbourne

On Saturday, August 30th at 2pm, the grassroots group, Patriots for Peace, will lead a nonpartisan march from Front Street Park (2205 S. Front Street, Melbourne, FL 32935) to Melbourne City Hall (900 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901) to "demand Democrats and Republicans halt build-up for war against Iran." RSVP:

The groups hopes "to raise awareness about the bipartisan bill, House Concurrent Resolution 362 (article), which seeks deadly sanctions and a blockade against Iran; new details of the U.S.’s secret war on Iran as reported by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker; and the fact that Iran, according to the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate, does not posses a nuclear weapon."

The August 30th march will be fashioned after Patriots for Peace’s February 15, 2003 protest against the looming war with Iraq. Local media reported that between 400 and 500 people of all political stripes participated in the 2003 march. (Source)

Metroblogging Orlando: beware

I came across a site called Orlando Metroblog that had linked to a podcast episode of mine, an interview with an Orlando Sentinel editor. I was happy with the blog post. See below:

And then I saw it: a flickr badge with my photos inside it... right next to ads. It appeared to me that they were making money off content of mine without my permission. See below:

I read their terms of use for bloggers and if this is how they treat bloggers, I shouldn't be surprised they'd treat flickr-ers the same way: "You agree not to assert any ownership right of any kind in the submission (including, but not limited to copyright, trademark, unfair competition, moral rights, or implied contract) and you waive the right to receive any financial or other consideration in connection with such submission including, but not limited to, credit. This means once you send us something we own it and and publish it if we so choose, and that you can’t send us something and then complain if or when we us…

153 cut at Orlando Sentinel

Two blogs, The Amazing Shrinking Sentinel and Tell Zell are following the changes happening at the Orlando Sentinel. If this makes you yawn, take a look at this quote from an internal Orlando Sentinel memo:"In all departments of the newspaper, the Sentinel has cut 153 positions since Jan. 1, slightly more than a third of them in the newsroom."Wow. That is quite sad. The newspaper industry as a whole seems to be changing, and the Sentinel is going through those changes right in front of our eyes. Our thoughts and best wishes are with those who have had to go through this and we here at The Daily City cannot wait to see how the Sentinel pulls through this tough time.

Uberbot in September

Sept 3 Dunny Series 5 PreRelease Party: Get your Dunnys one day early with all of the prizes and fun you've come to expect from our joint parties with the Kidrobot!

Sept 20 Munnycalypse: The biggest and best DIY show in the southeast. This one is going to be double plus good so be sure to check out the details and enter your custom MUNNY.

Sept 27 Stainboy: Celebrate the release of the newest artbook from Rock Poster Art Superstar Greg Reinel. BONUS: This event is also the release party for the new Stainboy limited edition Jamungo Blow Up Doll.

What is Uberbot?
Uberbot was "created as a celebration of design culture with a high hope to help the average person look at things like toys and comics as a legitimate form of pop culture artwork." (They sell stuff you don't see anywhere else in Orlando. And if you do, please tell me. -Mark)


Greater Orlando Actors Theatre: Who are they?

Someone asked who is behind the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre. I think it was Elizabeth Maupin, on her blog. Anyways, I was curious too. Their press releases, which are indeed released on myspace and nowhere else, do not list a single name. Hmmm... I figured, um, why not ask them directly who the heck they are? Surely a direct email question will get a direct answer. Well, here' my email I sent them:From: Mark Baratelli
Date: Aug 9, 2008 8:24 AM

I assume you've seen what's been written about you on Elizabeth Maupin's blog, and mine. I wanted to ask you a couple questions that I can then share with my readers. If you want to answer them, please do so. If not, I understand.

1. Who are you? Who's the producer, artistic director, your staff?

2. Where will these performances take place? One venue or several?


MarkAnd here is their response:


Thank you for your interest in Greater Orlando Actors Theatre. Yes, it’s true we have chosen a 2008/2009 Season!

The list you s…

+Inspiration: Etiquette

(+Inspiration is a feature of The Daily City that presents a concept that might spark an idea and inspire you ina new direction.)

Etiquette by Rotozaza, a show playing the Philadelphia Fringe (August 29-Sept 13), is not your typical Fringe show. YOU perform the half-hour show... in a coffee shop... wearing headphones with your lines being fed to you... and no one is watching you. And the best part? You pay $25 to do this!"England’s Rotozaza invites you and a friend to star in a two-person show. Guided by a script fed through a pair of headphones, you and your partner will perform a half-hour drama while sitting at a table at the Last Drop Coffeehouse. Other café patrons may be sitting nearby, but only you and your partner will know that a performance is taking place. Rotozaza will tell you how to behave and what to say to one another, bringing you together in a pre-imagined dialogue. Before long, you’ll be reciting lines from Jean-Luc Godard in classic film noir fashion. Etiquette…

Photos: Emotions Dance Company

Photo Credit: Tisse Mallon for Orlando Arts Blog
On Sat. Aug. 2nd, The Center for Contemporary Dance hosted An Evening with Emotions Dance Company, a free learning program featuring excerpts from Emotions' upcoming August show. Their show, Untold Stories, is a contemporary dance concert exploring emotionally challenging aspects of the human experience. In addition to the preview of Untold Stories, An Evening with Emotions Dance included an open-forum dialogue with company dancers about their approach to creating new works. Emotions Dance Company is one of six resident dance companies supported by The Center for Contemporary Dance. For more information about Emotions Dance Company, please visit


--A Central Florida writer is using twitter and plurk to write his latest story.

--Nine Orlandoeans are in the Olympics

--I just found out from Frankie Messina that the Central Florida Music Awards will be making a return next year.

--Orlando Metroblogs is sharing a link to our interview with Orlando Sentinel Editor Bonita Burton about the redesign of the newspaper.

--Orlando has it's own talk-show format podcast called Radio Rickshaw, produced by John Valines, the sound guy for Toxic Audio. He invited me to appear on his show Sunday (tomorrow).

--And completely unrelated to anything artsy, "independent journalist Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta sewed his own lips together in mid July."

Latin Fiesta ~ USA Dance, Central Florida Chapter

Every month, the Bahia Shrine Ballroom in Orlando hosts a special dance event. It has an elegant dance floor/auditorium with a 4,000 square foot dance floor, stage and table seating on 2 tiers for more than 400 people. 

200+ dancers attend, all ages, dancing all forms of partner, lead-and-follow Latin dances.

All dances start with a 7:30-8:00 pm group lesson; followed by general ballroom dancing 8:00-11:00 pm, with a short intermission at 9:30 pm, which includes exhibitions, announcements, door prizes.
$6 for members $10 for non-members Half-price for students *Special prices for the June 14 Gala Charity Ball
Click here for directions to the ballroom. Posted by MLS @ redchairproject