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Help local indie business: write reviews on Yelp.com

Make a profile on yelp.com and start reviewing your favorite local spots. This will help bring awareness and google juice to local/indie businesses and hopefully help them out during the downturn. Don't know many local/indie bizzes? Go here to start your research. Is your business not on Yelp? Make a profile and promote it to your patrons. Every little bit can help.
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Um....

The design that won the design contest to be the official poster for the 2009 Orlando Fringe Festival. Thoughts? (Source)

A letter from Mayor Buddy Dyer: the new Orlando venues

Dear Community Partner:

As a part of our commitment to provide ongoing updates, I am pleased to report on the progress of the Community Venues. You’ll recall we are reviewing the financing plan for the Venues as a result of Tourist Development Tax (TDT) revenue not being realized. This is based on Orange County’s projections of a 5% decline in TDT, coupled with the current economic climate and challenging financial markets.

Based on my direction and that of my partner, Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty, City and County staff met this week to further discuss possible funding alternatives. Several weeks ago, I outlined considerations for staff to utilize as a guide when developing solutions to go forward with these projects:-Complete all three venues. Bring the projects out of the ground to provide the economic safety net our residents and businesses need during these challenging times.

-Develop a prudent funding model that utilizes only those public sources already committed by the…

Mad Cow's Sweeney Todd featured on Playbill's website

Yay! Mad Cow got on Playbill.com their March Sweeney Todd concert. Congrats!________________________________________________
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Video: Tammee's Room

Tammee's Room series produced by Orlando's Wayburn Sassy
Premise: Tammee, an overweight thirteen year old whose parents are two horrible gay men, can only communicate with said parents via email, chat and video conferencing. People say gays would make bad parents. This video "proves" then right. Hilarious!!! This is an Orlando-produced video show. If you know of other Orlando video that deserves the spotlight, send me links.
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National Arts Marketing Project: What?

Did you know there is a National Arts Marketing Project? Neither did I. A marketing org you've never heard. Hmm. And if that doesn't make an impression, their website will.
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Art in State Buildings Program: proposals for UCF

Art in State Buildings Program is now accepting submissions from artists to design a memorial to UCF Police Officers fallen in the line of duty. The piece will be placed in the exterior courtyard of the Public Safety Center at the University of Central Florida. $43,000 is allocated for this project. All applications must be postmarked by 5 p.m. Friday, February 27th, 2009. For full details, go here.

Established in 1979, Florida's Art in State Buildings Program acquires artwork for new public facilities built with state funds. It requires that up to .5% of the construction appropriation be set aside to acquire artwork for permanent display in the public areas in, on or around that facility. This includes construction at the state universities and colleges.
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Follow us on twitter.com/thedailycity

If you wanna follow The Daily City on Twitter, please do. All the posts on this blog get re-posted to our Twitter account. And please re-tweet our events and posts to spread the word about all the great stuff going on in Orlando. ________________________________________________
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Orlando 24 Hour Film Festival

Orlando 24 hour film festival, where teams will write, film and edit together a 3-5 minute short film from 9am on Jan. 31st to 9am February 1st. The competition will include a packet that will be picked up at 9 am at Premiere Cinemas. Inside the packet will be two genres to choose from and a list of 15 objects of which the teams must incorporate three in the film. The packet will also include talent release forms, location release forms and the most important, a blank DVD which they will return the short film on. All must be sealed in the packet before 9 am into the designated drop zone at Premiere Cinemas. It will be a fast paced, action packed, thrilling 24-hour competition like none have experienced before.
The following Sunday, February 8th, we will be hosting the screenings of the top 24 films as well as the awards ceremony following the films. It will take place at Premiere Cinemas in the Fashion Square Mall and all of the films will be shown on the big screen.
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Space for rent: $100/month

Investigate this ad on craigslist advertising cheap space for rent in a building at 1013 E colonial at Mills and 50. It got sent to me by a reader. Might be good for individual artists or arts groups. It's downtown. "You can rent a 6X6 space for $100 a month or 10 x 10 space for $150 a month. Each space is equally exposed (or hidden if you decide to hang a drape or something) to the high traffic of Colonial Drive. Huge wall to ceiling storefront windows...everyone sees you! Hundreds of people come in to the casting agency and other businesses each week. Each artist is given an opportunity to use the entire downstairs space ( 5,000 sq. ft) for a gallery or private event. Monthly rental fee includes a permanent space for your work/materials and comfort utilities (A/C, heat, electric...etc.) Space is really limited----only a few spots left before names are taken on the waiting list."________________________________________________
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FREE: Downtown Orlando Art & Living Expo Feb 21 & 22

The 5th annual Downtown Orlando Art & Living Expo is February 21 & 22, 2009. Over 100 artists, live music, kid's activities and food. Free! North Eola Drive on east side of Lake Eola Park in the South Eola District.
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Tempest goes to Africa

The The Valencia Character Company is adding an "African aesthetic, with native-looking spirits and voodoo/Santeria influences" to their upcoming production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. "Island drummers" will punctuate and underscore the action as well. Please take some pictures during the show so I can see how this turns out.

Who: The Valencia Character Company
What: The Tempest
When: Feb. 18-22 and Feb. 25-March 1; 7:30pm Wed-Sat, 2 pm Sundays.
Where: Black Box Theatre, Valencia Community College's East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail.
Tickets:Online or 407-582-2900, $8 general admission, $6 for seniors & Valencia students/staff/alumni, $5 for high school students.________________________________________________
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Inauguration Day doughnut: did you do it?

Did you get your free doughnut on inauguration day?________________________________________________
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Jersey Boys Orlando engagement: tickets on sale Jan 30

Cast members of Jersey Boys
Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 30 at 10:00am for the Orlando premiere engagement of Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing the Bob Carr May 6-24, 2009. This tour is breaking attendance records across North America. Tickets begin at $27.00. 1-800-982-2787 to charge by phone or buy them in person at two places: Amway Arena box office, Broadway Across America box office.

The tour held a press event October 27, 2008 at Enzian Theatre to talk to the press about their Orlando stop. (Photos and write-up)

Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.

Cast members of Jersey Boys
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Maitland Arts Center brings 1930s spirit to Orlando Museum of Art

Maitland Art Center used to be an "artist colony for promising talent" when it was opened in 1937 as The Research Studio. The resident artists experimented with new mediums and collaborated with other artists, writers and scientists.

Today, the Maitland Art Center is a place for it's "family of artists," including faculty, staff, students and associates, to create "tradition-based art forms."

On February 5 from 6-9pm, the "family" will bring the spirit of "The Research Studio" back to the Orlando Museum of Art as a precurser to their 6-week installation in May. OMA's monthly event 1st Thursdays will play host to this family's "new, cutting-edge art works and art installations" done "in the spirit of the Research Studio."The process of planning for this one-night event was a series of lunches where the artist would meet and talk about art. “We are serious about art, as AndrĂ© was in the past” states Kyle,…

Andrea Canny and John DeHaas: Music For a Heart On

"Man Wanted" by Andrea Canny
Fresh from Broadway Under the Stars on January 24th, singer Andrea Canny (videos) and pianist John DeHaas (photo) bring a new February cabaret to Orlando with "Music For a Heart On" February 8, 15 and 22 2009 at 6pm at the Parliament House (410 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL 32805). Tickets are $10 and available online.________________________________________________
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Osceola Art Festival Feb 7 and 8

The 42nd Annual Osceola Art Festival, presented by the Osceola Center for the Arts in partnership with Valencia Community College, will take place February 7th and 8th on Valencia's Osceola Campus from 10 a.m. – 5p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. on Sunday.

The Osceola Art Festival is an annual national juried event featuring the works of over a hundred artists, live entertainment, children's activities, and plenty of food.

"The combination of art, culture and education creates the perfect opportunity for our community to have an activity that adds to the quality of life in Central Florida," says Ed Moore, Executive Director of the Osceola Center for the Arts.

Paintings, pastels, graphics, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more will be showcased at the two-day event, which is open to the public. Parking and admission are free. Valencia's Osceola Campus is located at 1800 Denn John Lane in Kissimmee, Florida. For more information, please visit www.…

Bookmark it: Patron Reviews and Patrons Choice Awards

This is the first reminder that this year, TheDailyCity.com, Orlando's second-best blog, is putting on two efforts for patrons of the Orlando Fringe and we want your participation.

The first is something we've all wanted for years: Patron Show Reviews. Bookmark that page and come May when you're spending $10 for 30-minutes of absolute crap, you'll have a place to warn other patrons about said piece of crap. To read the reviews, go here.

And the other thang is the very first Patrons Choice Awards. Vote for your favorite musical, straight play, actor, and more. Awards to be given out at the festival wrap party.

Finally!!! Patrons have a place to spread word-of-mouth online.
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Jacksonville's concert version of Hello Dolly

Orlando gets concert Sweeney in March, Jacksonville gets concert Dolly in Feb:"Theatre Jacksonville will present a concert version of Jerry Herman's Tony Award-winning Hello, Dolly! Feb. 14 at the Harold K. Smith Playhouse.

Directed by Jean Tait, the concert will co-star Pamela Myers (Company) as Dolly Levi and Harvey Evans (Follies, Sunset Boulevard) as Horace Vandergelder with Sarah Boone, Michael Lipp and Juan Unzueta."________________________________________________
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Sounds and Emotions: FM Brussel 98.8

You ever get on an email forward lists and can't remember how or when you signed up? That's what has happened with Sound and Emotions, a musical radio show in Brussels. They just sent me their latest show. It's weird and funky. I like it. Sign up to be on their email list by sending an email to moacrealsloa@gmail.com. ________________________________________________
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Nude Nite: Orlando and Tampa

An art tradition since 1999, Nude Nite breaks from the traditional stuffy art show with a 3-nite art event celebrating the beauty of the nude, including all media. All proceeds from beverage and art sales benefit The Artery, Inc. a 501c3, which donates to the education of breast cancer through art. And if you buy art at this year's Nude Nite, you get into all future Nude Nites free.

This year's Nude Nite is February 12-14, 2009, 6pm-midnight at the vacant warehouse at 503 Brookhaven Dr. Orlando, FL 32803. Virginia @ Alden Rd. Entrance is in rear of building on Brookhaven in the Lake Ivanhoe Antique/Warehouse District. Admission is $20 cash only, 21 and up, Cash Bar, Tickets are available at the door or online until February 11. An sister event will be held in Tampa’s Ybor City Feb 26-28th at 1925 2nd Ave. Tampa, FL 33605. Nude Nite is sponsored by Panama Jack, 3C Studios, Bureto Metal, and the Downtown Arts District.________________________________________________
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Pembroke Pines gets Jessica Simpson! Woo!

Jessica Simpson performed January 25th at CB Smith Park on Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines, Florida at a friggin' chili cook-off. She must have had a debt to pay off to 99.9 KISS Country.
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You're Welcome America website is a myspace profile

The website for the new Will Ferrell Broadway show "You're Welcome, America" is designed like a myspace profile. Unexpected and perfect, like Will Ferrell himself.
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Get library stash on iphone: save money at B&N

The Orange County Public Library has homeless people a new iPhone-optimized version of the library's catalog. "Amazon makes it real easy for you to get to their materials. We need to make it just as easy for the library patron to get to our materials," said Eric Atkinson, the information systems department head for the library system.

Having a site like this at your disposal means the next time you are at Borders thinking of buying a book, you can pull out your iPhone and quickly see if the book is available at the library, reserve it and even arrange to have it delivered to your house.Either sign-up to be a beta tester so you can have a hand in improving the existing site for future users, or go ahead and use the current version.

If you don’t have an iPhone, you can access a mobile version of the library catalog on other cell phones. When you visit the library site on your phone and click on the catalog, it will detect that you are using a phone and will display a stripp…

Fox News: Barack and Michelle Obama into what???

Watch this woman on Fox News saying the Obamas enjoy "...touching, kissing, even fisting..." (Photo Source)

Play in a Day: Jan 26 for $5

Play-in-a-Day brings together local and national writers, directors, and actors to conceive, write and perform a 10-minute play within 24 hours, culminating in an evening of unpredictable theatre. (Similar event: 24 Hour Plays) The short plays will then be performed Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at Orlando Shakes. Tickets are $5 with proceeds going to Playfest.

Writers: Kathleen Cahill (who has a piece in this year's PlayFest, 2009 Yale Drama Series Competition finalist Rob Anderson, Yale School of Drama grad Janet Allard, who will be writing over the web in Boston, UCF student Lindsay Cohen and Orlando legend Michael Wanzie.

Directors: Andy Felt, Laura Lippman, Rob Ward, Michael Gerber, and Orlando Shakes’ Intern Training Program participants Brad Roller and Nathan Gregory.

Actors: Orlando Shakes’ Intern Training Program participant Israel Scott, UCF MFA students Amanda Wansa and Chantry Banks, and local actors Joe Swanberg, Jamie Middleton, Jolie Hart, Chris McIntyre, Doug Bowser, …

Free printed newspapers made up of blog posts

First there were newspapers, then blogs, then blogs on newspaper sites. Now? Newspapers composed entirely of blog posts called The Printed Blog. "The Printed Blog, a Chicago start-up, plans to reprint blog posts on regular paper, surrounded by local ads, and distribute the publications free in big cities.

The first issues of this Internet-era penny-saver will appear in Chicago and San Francisco on Tuesday. They will start as weeklies, but Joshua Karp, the founder and publisher, hopes eventually to publish free neighborhood editions of The Printed Blog twice a day in many cities around the country.

“We are trying to be the first daily newspaper comprised entirely of blogs and other user-generated content,” he said. 'There were so many techniques that I’ve seen working online that maybe I could apply to the print industry.'"(Source: The New Century, NYTimes)

Legally Blonde in Orlando March 10-15

The First National Tour of the musical Legally Blonde will play eight performances at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando March 10-15, 2009. Tickets are $38.00 to $67.00 and go on sale Friday, January 23 at 10:00a.m. online and at the SunTrust Broadway Across America office (301 E Pine St, Suite 175, Orlando, FL 32801, MAP).

I saw this show on great white Broadway and I'd recommend it to families with tweens and young girls, the Wicked crowd.

And after you buy your tickets, go make public judgements of the Orlando Broadway Across America office staff on Yelp.com.

Indie Film Jam Late Deadline: Feb 28 2009

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2009 Indie Film Jam, a part of the 2009 Florida Music Festival. Short Films (under 25 min, any genre ie. Documentary, animation, experimental) and Music Videos (under 10 min, any genre and musical style) will be juried and awarded prizes for Best in Fest, Audience Favorite and Special Jury Prize. Regular Deadline: $30 by January 30th, 2009. Late Deadline: $35 by February 28th, 2009. Submit now.

LA Times ad rev pays for online and print

Yes, "the editor of the Los Angeles Times, Russ Stanton, said the paper's online advertising revenue is now sufficient to cover the Times's entire editorial payroll, print and online." But, it has no plans yet to go all-digital. Writer Jeff Jarvis wonders "...perhaps it won't be a legacy player who breaks this digital barrier. A newcomerunencumberedby the costs, expectations, processes, traditions, and culture of a print newsroom and business could build a profitable online news franchise at low cost. It could operate more efficiently by working in collaborative networks with the community, extending journalism's reach there. It could serve a vast new population of very small advertisers who never could afford print." Does anyone know what's happening at the Sentinel? (Source)

Press Pass

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Smithsonian's "Jim Henson’s Fantastic World" coming to Orlando

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, is coming to the Orlando History Center Feb 6 - May 3. It'll have 100 pieces of artwork, photos, storyboards, puppets, props, and videos from “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock,” “The Muppet Show,” Henson's early career and experimental films.

Two Related Events: 1. Grand opening with Heather Henson: Thursday, February 5, 6:30 p.m. A festive celebration in Heritage Square with refreshments, kids' craft stations and Heather Henson. $25 non-members, free for Members. Limited capacity. Reservations required for Members and non-members and must be made by January 26, 2009. (407) 836-7010, thehistorycenter.org/

2. “Look Both Ways,” by Jane Henson: Saturday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. A behind-the-scenes look featuring seldom-seen video clips, the story of her meeting Jim in a college puppet class and starting out together working on “Sam and Friends.” $15, Members free. Reservations required for Members and non-m…

Direct Art: Lounge every Sunday night

"Lounge" is a new weekly event presented by Direct Art, the new school for creativity in Orlando. Lounge is a hang out for artists and art lovers alike to chill, drink, and socialize. Though it's not required, feel free to bring something creative share. It could be a poem, a song, a painting, or even a plug for an artistic event we shouldn't miss. No cover. 21+ only.

Lounge is held every Sunday evening 8pm - 11pm at Direct Art, 1412 Dauphin Lane
Orlando, FL 32803. More info: 407-272-9792

Wanzie launches "Direct From New York" Series with Seth Rudetsky

Michael Wanzie is bringing Sirius Radio personality and New York City celeb Seth Rudetsky to Orlando Saturday, March 21st to perform his one-man comedy show, Seth Rudetsky: Deconstructing Broadway. This will be a one-night-only event at the Parliament House and will mark the birth of Wanzie's new Wanzie Presents: Direct From New York series, intended specifically for the theater-loving crowd. Click here for tickets.

Voci Dance: iMove//dance/blog/art_

Voci Dance has a new collaborative show in February called iMove//dance/blog/art_ that sounds like an Andy Warhol factory-like event. "Audience members should come ready to view dance, mingle and talk, and enjoy cocktails in the large warehouse space. Please bring cell phones. Guest artists include choreographer, Anna DeMers, performance artist, Brian Feldman, and designer Consuelo Bellini."

Please bring cell phones? Brian Feldman? I am there.

iMove//dance/blog/art_
Feb 6 & 7, 2009 @ 8pm
Big Orange Studio (1121 N Mills Orlando, FL 32803)
Tickets: Free online or $10 at door, cash only

How to build an online cheat sheet for your industry

They don't have a social media cheat sheet.
For you artists and performers, here's a handy how-to for using the web smarter to learn about your field. It will "walk you through how we identify top blogs on any topic, how we quickly figure out what their most popular recent posts have been about, how we incorporate their blog archives into our knowledge about the field and how we find where else they are participating in conversation around the web."

Watch Obama Inauguration online

Here's a list of places online to watch the inauguration streaming live.

Broadway Under the Stars: Jan 24

When I think of Broadway, what first comes to
my mind if a film reel and movie cameras
January 24th, 5-8pm (a three hour show?)
Cypress Park, 290 Holden Avenue (MAP)

Orange County Commissioner Linda Stewart asked Jack and Margot Dixon (local organizers of political events) to help put together a free, "recession-busting" show at Cypress Park to "provide free entertainment to the community 'in these tight economic times' and to showcase the arts."Linda also has a long range vision to bring “arts to the parks” and obtain grant money to support arts in Orange County. The Daily City is all for that.

Sam Singhaus (original cast of Broadway's La Cage Aux Faux) and Dave Thome are putting the show together with a local cast including Sharon Miller, Dennis Dunham, Elizabeth Harris, Tymisha, Andrea Canny, Shannon Bilo, and Mathew Arter. I know none of them, but John DeHaas (one of Orlando's best accompanists and a former Pleasure Island Comedy Warehouse pianist…

Torontoist hearts Beth Marshall's L'Ange Avec Les Fleurs

Congrats to Orlando Fringe Festival Producing Artistic Director's Beth Marshall and her latest production, "L'Ange Avec Les Fleurs," now showing at the Next Stage Theatre Festival in Toronto. It's getting raves reviews, including the one below from Torontoist.L'Ange Avec Les Fleurs is a genre-busting whirlwind, a production that blends circus, vaudeville, cabaret, puppetry, and narrative theatre in roughly equal proportions. We enter the theatre to find eight ragamuffin clowns already on stage, going through a set of pre-performance exercises that range from the predictable (stretches, vocal warm-ups) to the silly (butt-shaking features prominently). The fourth wall is nowhere to be found: in short order the audience is heckled, cajoled, made to sing, and yelled at by an officer of the Third Reich. The performers then set themselves to enacting a play-within-the-play, also (appropriately) named L'Ange Avec Les Fleurs. It's a classic tears-of-a-clown t…

Orlando Puppet Festival Survey

Did you go to the Orlando Puppet Festival? Do them a favor and take their survey.

NYMF: Orlando represent (please?)

Unsolicited submissions are now being accepted January 7 through March 2 for the 2009 New York Music Theatre Festival which runs September 28 through October 18, 2009. Unsolicited submissions are accepted through their program called Next Link:"From JANUARY 7 THROUGH MARCH 2, we are accepting open submissions for The Next Link Project, through which 12 subsidized production slots in our 2009 Festival are awarded. ANY WRITER – produced or unproduced, with or without industry representation – can submit his or her script for consideration. All scripts are reviewed through a double-blind evaluation process, and your work is guaranteed to be read by between two and five members of our reading team and jury of top industry professionals.

If selected for The Next Link Project, you'll receive the following benefits:-Automatic acceptance in NYMF
-Your production deposit WAIVED (a savings of as much as 25% of your overall budget)
-Access to the Next Link dramaturg team and other write…

Want me to write about you? Read on.

I've written about press releases before and it seems like I need to revisit the topic. People are not getting it. I can only speak for myself, my blog, my way of doing things. Other writers/bloggers/journalists may have other/better opinions and ways to work. But maybe not, so listen: I might be right. If you want me to write about you:

Do not sell me. Tell me: Just say what your event is. One sentence should do. Three at the most. If I think it's interesting, I'll contact you.

I run a site, not a magazine: Send me as many graphics and photos as you like, but make sure they are 72 dpi, not 300 dpi.

Send me art. When you don't send me a photo or graphic, I gotta find one myself. I'm not lazy, but why not allow yourself to have that control?

Do not write in ALL CAPS: If you write any text in your press release in all caps, you're making the journalist/blogger/unemployed actor do extra work by re-writing. Why would you do that? Bold is another option. Or italics. J…

What is the future of the theatre program?

Where most theatre programs end up
Remember last year how some folks brainstormed new ways of getting the info that usually appeares in theatre programs into the minds of the theatregoers without the costly and wasteful production of those paper programs? It was a minor topic brought up in the post-2008 Orlando Fringe online discussions about positive changes the festival could make. Here are two more-recent posts about the topic of paper programs, their future and their actual environmental impact: The Death Of The Theatre Program by Chloe Veltman

If you're environmentally concious, this post may make you puke by Ken Davenport (This is a good post to find out the backstory on program requirements on Broadway)

Process and Exposure: Self Exploration Through Art

Direct Art, the new school for creativity in Orlando, has new course offerings. Below is one that caught my eye:Process and Exposure: Self Exploration through Art
This course of self discovery will give you a new perspective on the world around you. Tap into the childhood creativity and imagination within you to bring happiness, dimension, and clarity to your adult life. The 8 week course consists of two sessions per week - one private and one group. In the private session, you will explore visual art such as painting and photography one on one, while learning how to unblock your creativity. In the group session of 5-10 people you will be exposed to expression through dance, music, theater, and poetry. If you are looking for more out of life, this course is designed particularly for you. No previous arts experience necessary.

Dates:
February 3rd - March 26th
Private Session (1hr.) - Scheduled at time of registration
Group Session (1hr.) - Tuesdays or Thursdays at 7pm

Course Fee:
$440 (which …

Help Terry olson find art glass

Message from Terry Olson, grand poo-bah of Orlando arts and culture:I'm developing a Map and Guide to Art Glass in Orange County. (view the unfinished proof) I'm looking for input from anyone who knows of any art glass in a place that is (a) accessible for the public and (b) free to view. In April we plan to have a road rally around art glass locations. Send info: Terry.Olson@ocfl.net

Christine Ebersole responds!!!

Christine Ebersole and William Sledd*
Why is Christine Ebersole not doing Sweeney Todd in Orlando? I could tell you, but I'll let her do it for herself:"I'm doing blithe spirit on Broadway so I wasn’t available."!!! Mrs. Ebersole actually took the the time to respond to our email directly. Unbelievable. I am of course flipping the heck out and you should be too. I hope her Broadway show (co-staring Angela Landsbury) runs for a million years, but secretly hope she has some free time soon to come down to Orlando and put on a show. Any show. She could make jello shots for all I care.

Florida Theatrical Association? You got some extra cash lying around again?

*William Sledd is a youtube fashion guru who's even done an interview with Lady Raptastic

Inaguration Day: Eat a Free Doughnut

Photo Credit: sean dreilinger
Krispy Kreme is giving away a free doughnut on inauguration day (January 20). "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is honoring American's sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. By doing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies – just another reminder of how oh-so-sweet "free" can be." (Source)Map of the Orlando Krispy Kremes:


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Orlando Fringe 09: Audition

The audition angel comes bearing gifts
Auditions for Logan Donahoo's Orlando Fringe 09 production of Sister Mary Ignatious Explains it All For You. Read the audition details and go, you talented actor you.

Jan 15: Triple Threat, Installment, Good Look

Three great visual art events all happening January 15 starting at 6pm and ending with an after-party. Find a parking garage and spend an evening downtown.

Triple Threat: Three Exhibits in One. Opening night with the artists present. 1) Let’s Get Known: Twenty 2ft x 2ft panels about things people do for fame. Each panel created by different artist. 2) Double-sided mural by Parail Design Firm showcasing the firm's iconic graphic style. 3) Lucha Dore Masks, each created by nationally recognized artists. (Source) January 15th 2009, 6-9pm, FREE

The CityArts Factory, 29 S.Orange Ave Downtown Orlando, corner of Pine & Orange

Produced by Dustin Orlando, CityArts Factory, Bold Hype, Covert, and Beta

Works by: ANDY HOWELL | MIKE MAXWELL | ABE LINCOLN JR.| MCA | ERASMO GARCIA | ROBERT GIMEX | JUANA DEFANA | DAVID TRAWIN | ALICIA LACHANCE | DALLAS MOSES | DRES13 | DOLLA | DUSTIN ORLANDO | DAVID HOSKINS | ANDREW SPEAR | BRANDON DUNLAP | PEAT WOLLAEGER | ALLEN HAMPTON | JOHANNA O'DONNELL …

Colab Orlando- do you even know about this?

Orlando Fringe: new website

The Orlando Fringe festival has a new website. It seems to be in the beginning stages and doesn't have current info yet, but check it out now and see what's to come in May.

Transition: Jessica Mariko

The Arts & Cultural Alliance's Marketing Director Jessica Mariko is no longer with the org. Dunno why or where she's off to, but in order to stay in her good graces in case she lands another influential job, we at The Daily City wish her all the best.

"The Arts & Cultural Alliance's Marketing Director, Jessica Mariko, will be departing from the Alliance at the end of January to take the next step in her creative career. After being with the Alliance for over 3 years, it was a difficult decision for Mariko to finalize.

Mariko would like to thank the Alliance and arts community for the opportunities, relationships and kindness that she has experienced during her time at the Alliance and would like to keep in touch."

Early Hair marketing on Perez Hilton?

Gavin Creel, the new lead in the soon-to-open (cross your fingers) Broadway musical, Hair, was featured, randomly, on the highly popular celeb blog, Perez Hilton. Is this early Hair buzz marketing?

Broken Speech poetry slam: January schedule

The best photo I have of Stardust. I suck.
January's Broken Speech Poetry Slam schedule: All slams take place at Stardust Video & Coffee (1842 Winter Park Rd) and start around 9:30pm. Sign up to participate in these poetry slams in advance: slam@brokenspeech.com

Jan 15: two-round poetry slam

Jan 22: "Eco-Billy" poet Christian Drake. Two-round slam to follow. Christian Drake is the 2008 Berkeley Grand Slam Champion and Erotic Slam Champion and a four-time National Poetry Slam semifinalist. He has been selected twice to feature on the National Poetry Slam finals stage, and his work has been covered around the United States and Europe by such luminaries as Andrea Gibson and Gayle Danley. A former urban forester, planetarium guide, and aquarium naturalist, he's the world's only "eco-billy" poet: a little bit environmentalism, a little bit rock and roll. Christian is well-known on the West Coast as the co-host of the venerable Berkeley Slam and the infamous…

TechSoup gets NonProfits free tech

This computer might have been acquired from TechShoup
If you run a non profit you should check out TechSoup. They receive donations of tech stuff (computers and software) then dole it out to non profits. Or something like that. I read their "About us" page and still can't communicate to you exactly what they do. Anyways, visit them.

SAK presents a Comedy Warehouse show

SAK's Chris Dinger and a female improvisor
SAK's artistic director was also the show director for Comedy Warehouse, the shuttered improv venue at the now-shut Downtown Disney. He's gotten the performers, some of whom have been Comedy Warehousing for eighteen years, to do a show at SAK January 17th. And if you can't make that night, they'll be sharing the stage with the SAK ensemble January 23. Reservations: 407-648-0001

Mad Cow Salon returns Jan 18

Mad Cow Theatre is bringing back their popular Salon Series for a 2009 run starting this Sunday evening, January 18 at 7pm. The theme for Sunday's salon will be "Art and the Economy." Mad Cow will assemble "a panel of local theatre leaders and artists" to discuss this topic. And, why not do a little marketing while you're at it? They will "introduce members of the casts of Mad Cow's two upcoming shows... and provide an update on the concert staging of Sweeney Todd. Ask them about Christin Ebersole and how that rumor even got started.

Book it now: Sweeney Todd tickets for March

Christine Ebersole's assistant informed me that this March's Orlando Phil production of Sweeny Todd "...was never an event on her calendar." So the talks between Mad Cow and Ebersole might not have gotten any further than "You wanna be in our show?" And, she'll be on Broadway in Blithe Spirit then, so schedule-wise, she couldn't have done it anyway.

I just fired our research staff.

Regardless, I urge you to get a ticket to this March's Sweeny Todd. It's got an amazing book and score, a live orchestra, one lead who can sing (Davis Gaines*) and one who can sing and be funny (Faith Prince). Not to be missed. It's going to be one of, if not THE, theatre event of 2009.

*Try to get a close seat. Gaines appears to have had as much work done as Clay Aiken.