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Woodie Awards: Universal and MTVU?

Midtown New York City, November 2008. Looks like Universal Studios isn't the only one with "Woodie/Woody Awards."

2009 Buying Guide from the Human Rights Campaign

2009 HRC Buying Guide
(1.1mg PDF)
The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in the country, puts out a buying guide each year that shows which companies deserve our dollars, and which ones don't. Click the link above - read it, save it, print it, commit it to memory. You'll be surprised by some of the info it contains. (Source: David A.)

Terry Olson by Candlelight

"We created SAK. Come in.
Catch this Orlando tradition before Disney copies it and Universal copies Disney and both theme parks close because everyone in the world is broke and stops coming to Orlando and we all die:The 11th annual Dickens by Candlelight is "candlelight, cookies, tea and a powerful performance of Scrooge's redemption" by three Orlando former-actors. Facebook invitation
Official Website"Dickens by Candlelight, seen at locations like the Dr. Phillips Victorian Mansion, the Whispering Heaven Tea Room, and several of the areas finest private homes is back after a hiccup in 2007. This production has become a Holiday tradition in Central Florida and has been since 1997.

This three-person,interactive show (It's interactive? Is that Jeff Wirth gonna be there?) provides theater-goers with a delightful opportunity to experience A Christmas Carol the way it was intended to be told: as a Ghost Story.

The story cleverly envelops the audience as the charac…

Mariah Carey: the Broadway musical

mariah-carey, originally uploaded by Louis-Yagera. Mariah Carey, in 2006, teased Broadway with the idea she'd pen a musical based on her Christmas album "Merry Christmas." Now she's back with rumors of a biographic one: "Mariah Carey's life story is set to be made into a musical. The "Touch My Body" singer has reportedly attracted attention from a big name in the theatre industry who wants to create a Broadway show based on her.

A source said: "A huge, huge Broadway producer is interested in Mariah's story and it's in discussions. Who would turn down an opportunity like that? Mariah has a fascinating life."

The stage show is set to feature some of the 39-year-old's most highly publicised troubles including her divorce from Sony boss Tommy Mottola in 1997, arguments with record producers and her reported physical and emotional breakdown." (Source, Source)

Black Friday an opportunity for arts orgs?

PR expert and arts blogger Amanda Ameer sees opportunity for arts orgs on the least likely day of the year: Black Friday.Do any orchestras have discounted tickets tonight? Does ArkivMusic have a Black Friday CD sale like Amazon does? Are there any afternoon chamber music concerts advertised as "Take a break from Black Friday shopping?" What about a concert at 8 am somewhere, if shoppers are in lines at 4 am? "Gloat about your purchases and calm yourself at a concert."

I couldn't find any such things. It seems like a missed opportunity: any time an entire country has one thing on the collective brain (SALES!!!), arts organizations should find ways to tap into it.

Hugh Jackman on Broadway as Harry Houdini?

Hugh Hackman. Straight.
Oh dear. He's returning to the Broadway:Hugh Jackman is rumored to star in a Broadway musical as magic man Harry Houdini,reports FOX.

Former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman is writing the music. Former magazine editor Kurt Andersen is reportedly working on the script. Hugh has already been working on magic routines and will supposedly replicate big Houdini tricks on stage.

Cafe 118 has raw food, whatever that means

This is not an example of Raw Food.
Bookmark this new (to me) Orlando food blog: Julie's Raw ambition, all about raw food eating. (Source: Pulse of Central Orlando) I guess that means no deep fat fryer or coffee maker-warmed oatmeal.

Whatever, the post I want you to see has a brief interview with New York City-based raw food chef, author, traveler, and entreprenuer, Matthew Kenney, who just opened Café 118, in beautiful rich-white-people land, Winter Park. WARNING: Turn your speakers off before you visit the restaurant's website. Someone didn't take Web Design 101: the site has auto-playing music.

Anyways here is the interview:

JK: I understand Café 118 is a franchise concept. How do you find and train the proprietors and their staff to serve the delicious raw dishes that you’ve designed? Or should I ask, how do they find you?

MK: The franchise aspect of the concept will follow the launch and refinement of the concept, menu and operational processes. Beginning a franchise …

Mad Cow knows you're poor

If you liked the Thanksgiving dance,
you'll love Mad Cow's live theatre.
Mad Cow Theatre needs butts in seat and you need cheap tickets to get you to go to live theatre. Hence, the Mad Cow Tick-Stravaganza*:This holiday season Mad Cow is saying thank you to the community of Central Florida with a very special promotion.

Starting Friday Nov 28th and continuing through Monday Dec 1st, Mad Cow will be selling tickets to all shows for one low ticket price of $15.00!

Any current or future production for the remaining 2008-2009 Season will be eligible for this offer. Tickets can be purchased in person, online or over the phone by calling the Box Office at 407.297.8788.

Max 4 tickets per purchase with this offer. Quantities are limited and subject to availability.*I made this title up. There is no official title. It's just a 4-day sale on tickets.

Orlando Fringe Correction

The Green, Orlando Fringe 2008
A correction from Orlando Fringe's Geneieve Bernard:I read your comments regarding the lottery:

"The 2009 Orlando Fringe has an extremely long waiting list. I know for a fact that some of these shows will be going into the festival. However, probably (and I say probably as I do not know for sure) most will not."

I'm not sure if you are aware that the lottery was run a bit differently than in the past. Many companies on the wait list most likely will be offered venues in the festival. The groups that have confirmed slots all received their 1st choice of venue. The numbered list of remaining companies does not mean that they have to wait on someone else to drop out to get in; it just means that their 1st choice venue was full, and they'll have to wait until after Thanksgiving to find out if there's room in an alternate venue. There are slots for almost everyone, but certain venues were much more popular than others. Thanks for the op…

Shop Local: Homegrown For the Holidays

Here's another way to shop local for the holidays:

Homegrown for the Holidays, an Artisan Market and Winter Solstice Celebration Saturday December 20, 2008 11am-7pm:This market will bring the finest in handmade and homegrown gifts to Central Florida! Join us for the premiere Artisan Market in Orlando, from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. 604 N Thornton Ave, Orlando, FL 32803. (MAP) The event will feature exclusively local artisan vendors with homegrown and handmade gift items; speakers and workshops, including homemade gift workshops; activities for children; and local flavor.

This event incorporates the third year of our popular Winter Solstice Celebration, with live music from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm - including Matt Butcher and Alexandrah of Solilla - plus a Community Drum Circle from 7 to 10 pm.

Holiday shoppers will enjoy a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere to meet the artists, enjoy their wares, and enjoy locally made refreshments in the garden with two stages of live music.

Sponsored by th…

History Center presents Holiday at Heritage Square

The History Center has a fun event coming up:The Orange County Regional History Center invites the Central Florida community to a festive holiday celebration "Holiday at Heritage Square" on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Please call (407) 836-7010 to R.S.V.P. before Monday, December 1, 2008.

Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. and Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty will light the square at 6 p.m. Following the lighting, the History Center will be open FREE to the community.

Guests will enjoy:-Voices of Valencia and Florida Youth Orchestra performances
-Cider and cookies
-Santa Claus
-Holiday crafts
-Holiday storyteller
-Three floors of permanent exhibitions
-In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits, limited-run exhibition from the SmithsonianUnwrapped toys and canned goods will be collected for the Autism Society of Greater Orlando. The event is supported in part by the Downtown Development Board.

The Orange County Regional History Center is located at 65 East Central Boulevard …

NewFest Accepting Applications

This arrived on my pretend desk:

"NewFest has been NYC's premier forum of international LGBT film since 1988. Each year, NewFest provides a professional and public context for the presentation of innovative and challenging films from over 30 countries and reaches a dedicated audience of NYC's film lovers, filmmakers, industry representatives, and journalists.

Submissions of films/videos of any length and in any genre that are by, about, or of interest to LGBT people are now being accepted for NewFest 2009: The 21st Anniversary New York LGBT Film Festival, which will take place June 5-12, 2009.

Deadline: January 1, 2009. Final Deadline: February 15, 2009. For PDF and text-only versions of the Submission Form and Guidelines, click here.

More info: submissions@newfest.org, 718-923-1950, 718-923-1959"

Shop Local in Sanford Day

Here's one way to shop local for the holidays. Saturday November 29 is "Shop Local in Sanford" Day*. Bunch of stuff going on. Sanford's Farmer's Market and the Arts & Crafts Market in Magnolia Square with (the big green clock) 9am-2pm.

Fringe Vintage's 1-year anniversary "Green Friday," half-off sale includes live music, punch, grog & "Scoobie snacks." (4-7pm at 303 E. 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771, More Info: 407-320-8016.)

Plus near Fringe Vintage, there are even more funky shops:Little Fish Huge Pond: eclectic, funky Art Bar with imported beer, wild art & outrageous stories

Divine Mother Earth: the quaintest New Age/Hippie Shop with imported garments & teas from Brazil

Shreve & Company: selling timeless, historic homes in the Sanford area with classic service

Emerald Treasures: an everything green store- opening soon.

Resurface: a furniture & design store, antique to mid-century modern & eclectic*This is not an o…

Does Orlando need a juried Fringe Festival?

Someone left a comment asking if Orlando Fringe should consider jurying because they were unhappy with the outcome of this year's lottery. I don't think we should ask the current Orlando Fringe to change. In so many ways, it works absolutely perfectly, bringing a wonderful blend of the good and bad, the commercial and experimental.

But, there's always room for more. There's nothing stopping a theatre company or an adventurous group of creatives from starting their own juried theatre and arts festival here in Orlando.

In New York City, they have two fringe festivals: a juried and a non-juried. Why couldn't Orlando do the same? Just asking.

In the end, if a juried festival were to get started, it would only serve to benefit the residents and artists of Orlando. The residents would get more performances to attend and the artists would have one more venue to create and produce.

I don't see a downside.

Radio Rickshaw: episode 72

Those cray-cray boys at Radio Rickshaw, Orlando's longest running podcast, are back with Episode 72 this week. Click above to listen or subscribe and listen in itunes. Episode 72 Show Notes
-Going Political Early is no more. Darren Vierday is too busy to do the podcast anymore since he’s working on the Alan Grayson cabinet now.
-The stick was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame.
-The crew argues about the history of video game consoles and their favorite arcade games.
-You can get a free penis in Sweden, it just can’t be fully functional.
-Soul Men, the last Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes movie, gets an awful review. The crew talks about other actors that have died and their postmortem movies.
-A Publix employee won $100,00 from Publisher’s Clearing House.
-Rice students are developing a BioBeer that can fight diseases.

If you're on the wait list, don't wait til 2009

The 2009 Orlando Fringe has an extremely long waiting list. I know for a fact that some of these shows will be going into the festival. However, probably (and I say probably as I do not know for sure) most will not. So what do they do? A reader has the answer:"It is my sincere hope, that for all the local groups on this 2009 Wait-list, they don’t shy away from producing outside of the Orlando Fringe (and at other culturally stagnant times of the year). Sure, there’s a lot more work involved; but this town doesn’t deserve to be denied the creative expression. Indy and alt-performance is vital to our emerging arts scene. So please, local companies on the Wait-list, don’t use your Wait-list status as an easy excuse to wait until the 2010 Orlando Fringe!"The above paragraph was left as a comment on a previous post. I think it brings up a long-time-coming discussion: with so many performing arts groups in town, why do they all mostly wait for Fringe to roll around to exhibit thei…

Orlando Unchained: Shop Local

Wanna support local businesses? Shop local. Duh. Here's a program that encourages it. They even ask you to send them an email pledging to do it. I say ask people to keep track of it publicly. On their blog, their twitter, everywhere. Share with people you know what you bought, where you bought it and what the experience was like in that local shop or business. The more you talk about something, the more people will normalize and internalize it. (Source: Pulse of Central Florida)

Ft Myers Festival of Trees

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's 2nd Annual "Festival of Trees" will be held November 28- December 3, 2008 at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort Myers River District. This FREE showcase features 33 beautifully decorated trees, which will be auctioned off at the black-tie "Tux and Trees Gala" on Friday, December 5th. More information: tuxandtrees.com

The 2009 Orlando Fringe Lottery Results

Here's the official list of the producers that were chosen at random at the drawing this week. More shows will be added to venues, so this list will, of course, change. Keep track of all Orlando Fringe Festival info on our 2009 Fringe Guide. Congrats to those who got in, and wow, look at that waiting list!Orange Venue
Duelling Divas-7 shows
The Cody Rivers Show-7 shows

Green Venue
Princess Charming Productions- 5 shows
Shot In the Dark-6 shows
Fun Couch Productions-7 shows
Carbon Productions - 7 shows
The Executives-6 shows
Excellent Adventure Productions-7 shows
Relevant Theatrics- 7 shows
Schave and Reilly-7 shows

Brown Venue
Timothy Mooney Repertory Company-7 shows
Rob Ward and Superfriends- 6 shows

Blue Venue
Jeremy Seghers-7 shows
Bernie O Brien Presents-7 shows
Absent Minded Improv-7 shows
Bakerwood-7 shows
Name Change Pending-6 shows
PRT- 7 shows
Little Productions-7 shows
Tommy Nugent-7 shows

Red Venue
Ultrasuede Productions- 7 shows
Live Feed-7 shows
Comedy Caliente-7 shows

Silver Venue
Movin' Me…

The 2009 Fringe shows

...won't be announced till after the Thanksgiving holidays. I got this information from an iron-clad reliable source. if anything changes, I will update. I do know that last year's funny group "The Executives" got in.

UPDATE: The lottery list was released November 25, 2008.

St Francis Benefit Cabaret

The annual St Francis Cabaret and Sing-A-Long will be December 14th, 2008, at the Parliament House, 6:30pm. I don't know the cost yet, but it doesn't matter. The feeling you get at this cozy annual event is tangible and makes you feel good that these folks live in your community. They are one of the friendliest bunches of folks putting together benefits in Orlando. And, most importantly, it benefits one of the most lovely charities in Orlando: St Francis House.

The 2009 Fringe shows

...are not posted anywhere online yet. :(

UPDATE: I got confirmation from an iron-clad reliable source that the names will not be announced until after the Thanksgiving holidays. (11:19am MST)

Light Up the Nights for Equal Rights

A peaceful demonstration December 20 for Second Class Citizens and their friends:Light Up the Night for Equal Rights: On December 20th, we ask that you join us again for a demonstration that will make an impact on the private sector. Thanks to the great suggestion of one of our readers mixed with the brilliant ideas of the Civil Rights Front, we ask that you join us to Light Up the Night for Equal Rights.

We will stay silent unless asked a question. We will not yell, instigate, or bare signs. Instead, we will let our shirts do the talking and our candles pay our respects. We ask that everyone joining wear a shirt that says “2nd Class Citizen” and our allies wear one saying “My Friend is a 2nd Class Citizen”, “My Mother…”, “My Son…” etc. JoinTheImpact will be working with LGBTQ and allied retailers and designers to bring you these shirts, and you are also welcome to make your own. Other national Light Up the Night for Equal Rights events on December 20th

Happy Linksgiving

This turkey never met Sarah Palin
MCO radio show is now podcasting- Bantering Idiots
New Patrick Fatica painting and '09 calendar
The Rep's Xmas Story audience "was actually dead"- Elizabeth Maupin
Any Orlando laid-offs need a free blog?- NYTimes
Win $1 million in Netflix contest- NYTimes
Not getting applause? Buy an applause machine.- Laikingland

Orlado Youth Theatre responds

Recently, I read that little children were going to perform the musical "Cats" at the Orlando Youth Theatre. I wrote the theatre and received a response from Marketing and Special Events Director Katie Corrie. It's amazing what you can learn if you just ask. Score one for Orlando Youth Theatre.Hi Mark,

RENT School Edition has been adapted to be appropriate for both a cast and an audience of 13-19 year olds. The contract specifically states that the cast members must be in high school. They have removed one song "CONTACT", some of the song lyrics have been changed and some of the language is edited out of the script. All of the main characters remain - some of the minor ones have been changed or removed. Jonathan Larson's estate took painstaking effort in making this ground-breaking, controversial musical appropriate for upper level school students. It is most definitely a "cleaned up" version without taking out the heart of the production. The …

Watch out Cabaret Party

Dead news day: Valencia Comunity College is doing something.

Valencia music grads on the streets of NYC. Kidding.
I had no idea Valencia taught music and produced free live events at 1pm in the afternoon. What other secrets do you hold, oh mysterious community college hiding there in the shadows of.. everything?The Valencia Community College String Ensemble will perform its fall concert on Thursday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the East Campus Choral Room, Building 3, room 124.

Performances will include works by Mozart, Vivaldi and others. The featured soloist will be Dr. Troy Gifford, director of Valencia's music department, who will perform on guitar.

The concert is free and open to the public. Valencia's East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. For more information, please contact Alan Gerber at 407-582-2329.

Buy a Decorative pot cover from an 8th grader

What's up with your naked porch? There's nothing on it but cement sealer and dirt from the neighbor's yard. You're trashy. I know what you could do to make your white-trash dump of a first impression a little more Winter Park (ie: classy and white).Poinsettias.Nothing says class like flowers the color of a middle school secretary's favorite Christmas earrings. And where are you gonna buy these poinsettias? Publix already has enough money. As does Wal Mart. I know what you could do to both prettify your pre-forclosure stink-box and send a bunch of random 8th graders to Washington next Spring. Lake Eola Charter School's poinsettia sale. I don't know what Lake Eola Charter school is either, but apparently they've been in downtown Orlando for over ten years and they sell poinsettias to fund school trips. And if you buy enough of these poinsettias, I will guarantee they do not perform Cats of Rent. Ever. Red Poinsettia- 6.5 inch pot, $12 each
Red Poinsettia-…

Americans do not like their buffalo

Wow. A Broadway play with three Hollywood stars is gonna close less than two weeks after opening."The revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo, which officially opened at the Belasco Nov. 17, will likely play its final performance on Broadway Nov. 23 at 3 PM.

Producer Ben Sprecher told Playbill.com that a provisional closing notice was posted Nov. 19. "If the box office doesn't drastically improve, American Buffalo will play its final performance on Sunday [Nov. 23]," Sprecher said. "If ticket sales spurt dramatically, I'll be glad to extend the show."

Telecharge is currently only selling tickets through Nov. 23."

Liz Lange not coming to Orlando

Liz Lange makes maternity wear for pregnant men and women. Liz Langley makes "sex writing." For Lange, go to your hood's Target. For LangLEEE, go to the next "Soft Exposure" spoken word/reading event November 19th, 7pm, at Infusion Tea in College Park, 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. She'll be the featured reader, along with "fate-based writer, feminist, social activist and professional graphic designer," Nicki Drumb, an unmarried* lesbian.

An open mic will follow the readings. Langley will not judge** you. Lange would though, hence her absence.

About Liz LangLEEE:In her 17 years as a freelance writer Liz Langley's work has appeared in and on more than 20 publications and websites, including Glamour, Bust, Salon, alternet, the Toronto Sun, Destination Weddings & Honeymoon, The Orlando Sentinel, and probably most memorably Orlando Weekly. She has won awards from several journalistic associations, has written one book, "Pop Tart," whi…

Lindsay Lohan not coming to Orlando

Remember when the film director Robert Altman died and Lindsay Lohan wrote that letter to his family immediately after it telling them to "be adequate" and we were all "um...what?" and then nobody saw the movie he was directing her in called "A Prairie Home Companion" and Altman stayed dead and Lindsay became a lesbian and got pelted with flour bags and the creator of the radio show the film was based on left Hollywood and wished he'd never gone in the first place and went back to that hugely-popular and creative radio show?

Remember that radio guy?

His name of course if Garrison Keillor and if you're among the NPR set who worship the folksy earth he walks on, you'll want to give his tickets the snatch. If you go, and he doesn't bring up the Lindsay anecdote, make sure to raise your hand and bring it up. Oh and film it.

Garrison Keillor, not Lindsay Lohan, Live
November 24, 2008; 7:30pm
Bob Carr Hall of Noise
Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or 407-83…

Premiere: Repo The Genetic Opera

Fans with Repo director Darren Lynn Bousman Nov 16, 2008
Orlando was one of eight cities Sunday to premier "the new Rocky Horror Picture show," Repo: The Genetic Opera. LionsGate Films doesn't think there's an audience for the film, according the film's director Darren Lynn Bousman. Bousman, who is also the director of the Saw films (2,3 and 4) is a graduate of Full Sail and gave a Q&A after the film's premier at Enzian.

According to a source, the film might actually be the new Rocky Horror. The two showings Sunday were sold out with a standby line waiting to get in. Folks drove from as far as Jacksonville and Tampa. "When we got there at 9:10 for a 10:00 screening there was already a line almost half (the length of) the building. It was pretty crazy. People-dressed-up-in-character crazy!"

INTERVIEW: Painter David Smith for Lake Howell High's Hamlet

Lake Howell High's one-night-only Nov 21st 7pm production of Hamlet has THE most stunning posters I've ever seen for an Orlando theatrical production. I'd be happy to be proven wrong, but I don't think I am. The show is five bucks, takes place at the school (4200 Dike Road, Winter Park, FL 32792) and is produced and directed by Orlando's own man-in-penguin-costume James Brendlinger

UCF student David Smith, the posters' artist, sheds a little light on the creative process behind creating the art for this show:

The Daily City: Who are you?

David Smith: My name is David Smith. I am currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida, with plans to graduate in the Spring of 2009 with a BFA in Drawing. Aside from art, I am also extremely interested in programming, and see the two subjects as being very similar: Neither are about the limited tools used to solve a problem, but rather about the creative ways simple tools become complex designs.


The Daily City: Your pai…

Sesame Street, Fran Brill and Zoe

All Photo Credit: Tisse Mallon















Sesame Street puppeteer Fran Brill
November 9, 2008
by Victoria Andrew

The Orange County Regional History Center was packed with an enthusiastic crowd November 9th, to listen to actress and Sesame Street puppeteer Fran Brill give a talk on Sesame Street’s conception, evolution, and current trends. And surprise! She brought her spunky Muppet, Zoe, along for the ride.

Brill went into depth on the technical challenges, advanced acting techniques, and acrobatic feats Sesame Street puppeteers go through during the show's taping, such as hiding behind crates, performing on rolling lawn chairs, and even wearing spandex to match blue screens to be to be invisible from the camera.

How did Brill get on this iconic piece of tv history?

“In the early 70s, I answered an ad to be a puppeteer. I never imagined how challenging it could be, yet I love how there is always something new to learn. With Sesame Street, we are always growing and learning as performers.”

She als…

Copy this: New York Times spoof

1.2 million fake New York Times were handed out in New York City last Wednesday by volunteers to unsuspecting subway riders exiting stations. The papers, which document positive future outcomes of currently dire stories, looked identical to the real thing. Also, an accompanying website was created. This was all done by The Yes Men, a liberal prank group.

Copy (or be inspired by) this idea!

Webinar: Arts in the New Federal Administration

What: Arts in the New Federal Administration Webinar

When: Thursday, November 20, 2008

Presenters: Americans for the Arts Government Affairs Team

Cost: $125 per site (Get a bunch of folks and watch it together. Or better yet, some of you arts orgs pay the fee, put it up on a big screen and charge admission to cover the cost. Or, eat the cost and chalk it up to free PR.)

Americans for the Arts Government Affairs Staff will provide a detailed analysis of the presidential, congressional, and state and local elections and ballot initiatives. Several national arts leaders and elected officials will join the Americans for the Arts Government Affairs Staff in presenting this information, including former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and newly appointed head of the Obama transition team for arts and culture Bill Ivey. The Americans for the Arts Action Fund invites you to listen in to this special webinar which will be offered free of charge for all Americans for the Arts member…

Dewey Chaffee: Heartbeat of America

If he wins, this'll be our second blogging success story. Leave a comment for him today. Here are the details:Dear Mark,

I am getting a great response in regards to comments on the contest site that you showcased in your blog a few weeks ago. Because of your blog, I learned about this contest and entered it. Thanks for the tip. If it hadn't been for The Daily City blog, I would never have known about this site or the contest that they are running.

Would you mention it again with this link so folks who read your blog will go to my article and comment on it? The more comments that the article gets, the better Wayburn's chances are of winning a spot on "Heartbeat of America" with William Shatner!

Thanks, Daily City! And thanks, Mark, for digging up and sharing all of the great artsy-related nuggets that you do. I read you every single day!

Best,

Dewey Chaffee(Our first blogging success story was the person whose art got selected to be the official 2008 Orlando Fring…

Protest or Marc Shaiman will blackball you

Nov. 8 California protest on steps of capital building
Join the Orlando/Central Florida Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, November 15th @ 1:30pm EST for a peaceful protest or the composer of Hairspray will publicly flog you. What: Join the Impact Peaceful Protest of Florida's Amendment 2, California's Proposition 8 and Arizona's Proposition 102

Where: Orlando City Hall (400 S. Orange Ave.; Orlando, FL 32802-4990; at the corner of Orange Ave. and South St.)

When: Saturday November 15th @ 1:30pm EST"The HRC Orlando Steering Committee, still grieving from our own loss of Amendment 2, is coordinating with the national Join the Impact protest to show solidarity with California and the 30 states that now have constitutional amendments banning same-sex unions.

While calling for the most powerful nationwide visual of unity ever seen, we want to be very clear that this will be a peaceful protest…one that demonstrates the hope and the resilience of our community.

So, bring your fr…

Links: Orlando is no West Palm Beach. WHY?

Local is guuuud:Stray Creative
Why is Orlando not like West Palm Beach? Playbill
Anti*Pop Music Festival starts Nov 13 The Arts Connection
Orlando Ballet cuts it's Nuts Orlando Sentinel
United Arts now in basketball industry? Orlando Sentinel
Who is Angel and why is she spamming me? Church Street Concepts
Orlando Fringe applications due Nov 15 Orlando Fringe

Hairspray composer Shaiman publicly flogs artistic director

Bootleg Broadway Hairspray
Marc Shaiman, composer of Hairspray, publicly flogged the artistic director of a theatre in California that did a production of Hairpray last year for donating $1,000 in support of Prop 8, a measure that calls for the banning of gay marriages. Shaiman is gay, asked the director why he supported it, then asked the readers of this forwarded email (I assume it's an email) to contac the director and ask him, too. Wow.

Don’t miss the children!

The Orange County Regional History Center has done it again. As part of their "Abe Lincoln Was Born 200 Years Ago" celebration, they are producing a... wait for it... Civil War Fashion Show, Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Center."Get a glimpse into life during the Civil War Era! This must-see runway show includes men’s, women’s, and children’s 1860s fashions and features civilian and military, North and South, Black and White, and young to old – don’t miss the children! 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, 7 p.m. show. $10, Members free. Call (407) 836-7010 to reserve your spot."Again, if you attend this event, you must send me video to share here. If you don't I will produce a Civil War fashion show myself.

Photos: Emily Neale Doyle opening reception

Photographer Emily Neale Doyle with husband, Edward Doyle

November 9, 2008 opening reception

November 9, 2008 opening reception
Emily Neale Doyle, local fine art photographer, will display her work for the month of November at the Orlando Museum of Art Museum Shop's Florida Artist of the Month Program. The Museum is located at 2416 N Mills Ave Orlando 32803. Admission is free to see the exhibit. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, and Saturday/Sunday noon – 4 pm.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami. She has been pursuing fine art photography independently since graduation in 2002. This is her most comprehensive exhibition to date, showing over 20 images relating to her favorite themes of architectural, travel, and nature photography. Emily's work has been displayed in the Orlando Museum of Art, the Dunedin Fine Art Center, the Arts Center in St. Petersburg, The Lowe Arts Museum in Coral Gables, and the Salvador Dali Museum. Her event …

Performing children perform Cats

I live for stuff like this: 44 Orlando kids age 9-12 putting on, I am not kidding, Sir Andrew Loyd Webber's musical "Cats." What? The Orlando Youth Theatre is mounting this sure-to-be spectacle December 6th and 7th at the, um, Sweetwater Episcopal Church in Longwood. What I wouldn't give for the opportunity to, with friends, knock back a couple shots and then go see this show. You must go see this show and either send me a review or a link to the video you filmed and put on youtube.

And don't get me started on "The Wedding Singer."

Do the Milk District on Black Friday

If you like to shop local (ie: buy your holiday gifts at a locally-owned shop instead of the mallz) do it November 28th (Black Friday) in the up-and-coming Milk District. See below:

Bold Hype opens all-local Surrounded

Friday November 14th is the opening night reception for Bold Hype's newest all-local art show SURROUNDED with works by Cake, Dolla, Patrick Fatica, Dennis Hansbury, David Hoskins, Charles Marklin, Phil Noto, Johannah O'Donnell, Dustin Orlando, Scott Scheidly, Andrew Spear, Pam Treadwell. 6:00pm - 11:00pm, 1844 East Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL. (MAP)