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OETV interview: French Street Fairproducers

OETV interviews Patrick Kahn, Member/Event Coordinator for FABCO, the French-American Business Council of Orlando, and Kat Quast, the Manager of the Audubon Park Garden District, about the French Street Fair that they have put together in the Audubon Park Garden District TONIGHT (7/31/09) at 6:30pm. Tickets for the event are $12, and will include food and wines at various restaurants and shops in the Audubon Park Garden District.

I am going to the event courtesy of Miss Quast. Hope to see you there. Also, what made me smile about the video was, well, see below:

Beyonce jams on Plaza's rear | Jambando!

On the Plaza Theatre's rear, muralists of sort have begun a rear-sized depiction of people playing music (Beyonce is holding a guitar) with the words "Woodstock Jambando" on it. Photo credit goes to reader Zac Alfson. Thanks for sending it in. Jambando!

Opening night Friday for War of the Worlds

Friday night (July 31, 2009) is the opening night of War of the Worlds (info), produced by Play the Moment. Michael Wanzie, the Godfather of Downtown Theatre, is hosting a small pre-show thing 6pm-7:30pm at Savoy in Lake Ivanhoe District. You drink, you schmooze, then you head over to the show, which is right around the corner at Orlando Shakes. Show starts at 8pm. Buy tickets here. It’s a brief one-act. Great way to start off the weekend."This is my pick for coolest local show this summer."
-Brian Feldman

"A definite must see event."
-Thomas Thorspecken
Analog Artist Digital World

"Coolest show this summer (that I have not seen yet and that I turned down the chance to perform in)"
-Mark Baratelli

Mobile Art Show an Orlando Sentinel "Don't Miss" event

Mary Frances Emmons
Orlando Sentinel Staff
July 31, 2009WHAT:'s Mobile Art Show is "an art gallery inside a U-Haul, moving around Orlando all day," pausing in various parking lots on Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Want to know exactly where it will be? You have to follow the show on Twitter ( on Aug. 5 to find out. The point? "To bring spontaneous art shows to unexpected places, to have fun and to raise money for the Orlando Improv Festival," says organizer and Daily City impresario Mark Baratelli.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 5

WHERE: Parking lots around Orlando.

COST: Each piece of mostly "outsider art" will be priced around $25, cash only.

ONLINE: Check out some of the art in advance at

Bring to Orlando: Zine Symposium

Friends of Graphic Design at the Portland Zine Symposium!, originally uploaded by nicole goes to school. Zine Symposium | The photo above was taken at the Portland Zine Symposium on July 9, 2009. Doesn't that sound like a neat event? Indie publishers all in one spot? Neat. Reminds me of the New York Art Book Fair. See photo below. (BTO=Brint to Orlando)

BTO = Bring to Orlando

Sunday Brunch Piano Bar | Parliament House

You wanna talk about Unexpected Orlando?

So last Sunday, Amanda and I are looking for a place to exist out of the pouring rainstorm in between lunch at Ethos and the 4pm showing of "My First Time." I suggest that gay bar in Parramore, but its closed (and the gated parking lot is closed up too).

So I suggest Parliament House cuz its close and probably empty on a Sunday afternoon. We can sit, sipping strong, cheap dranks alone amidst the boom boom music and cigarette stank alone. Nice.

No. We walk in and they are having "Sunday Piano Bar," which I would rename "Gay Church." Professional pianist transposing keys on the spot, everyone in the room making everyone else in the room laugh, awesome singers, horrible singers, free homemade cookies and chicken goulash (cookies and goulash in a gay bar? Unexpected!)

"Gay Church," or whatever THEY want to call it, is every Sunday starting at 1pm-ish. Its as Unexpected Orlando as you can get. Go!

Embarrassing m…

Morris' Market | meat & veggies that are local, organic and affordable

1-28-10 | On January 23, 2010, the Morris's Market location in Lake Mary closed permanently. The family that runs the shop continues to sell its fresh, local food at Lake Eola Farmers Market, Lak Mark Farmers Market and Sanford Farmers Market. They can be reached at 561-261-2041 or

Morris's Market
120 N. 4th St, Lake Mary, FL | MAP

This shop is AWESOME! Veggies and meat that are (a) locally-grown, (b) organic and (c) not priced stupidly high. Win! The owner told me her husband and she own a farm and I shot back "How can you own a farm and also know how to create the authentic, cute ambience of this shop?" I mean, chalk signs above wooden fruit trays? Too cute. Answer: she lived in San Francisco for a short time and experienced the farmers markets out there. Morris's Mbrket is bringing the SF feel and the MCO food.

Red Chair auction chair | finished

This is how it started out:

Hairs 2 You | I'd like you to rename your business, please

Shop, bitch | Winter Park rummage sale

Friday July 31 and Saturday August 1 | 8am-2pm | St Margaret Marys Catholic Church | All proceeds benefit Haiti Mansion

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500 Days of Summer | Movie Review

Movie Review
500 Days of Summer
By Mark Baratelli

I saw the sneak preview of "500 Summers" last night. Lindsay Lohan used to be into cutting. I was very much into cutting after this movie. There's a play called 52 Pickup that worked the Fringe circuit where a couple's courtship and final break-up were divided into 52 scenes. A deck of cards was thrown into the air, with each card representing a scene, and they played the scenes in the random order the toss created. This movie used that to structure its editing.

I did not enjoy the production I saw of the play in New York City and I did not enjoy this movie. Zooey Doochoomoomoo is one of the good actors, but this movie was not creative enough for her, it appeared to me. (listen to a 2008 NPR interview)

Zooeys character is named Summer. She dates and dumps a guy. In the final scene post-dump, the dude meets a girl named "Autumn." Rimshot.

The movie says there is no fate, only coincidence. Its only coincidence then…

Tweet Seat at War of the Worlds

Tweet tweet | Orson Welles’ War of the World (info) presented by Play the Moment has a new and awesome idea:War of the Worlds wants you to break the rules. In the spirit of mass media and information sharing, we invite you tweeters to tweet during the show. Share with the world your experience in real time. Help us conduct our own information invasion!

How it works | You’ll show up Saturday August 1st for the 2:00 PM show at Orlando Shakes (John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center) with your Blackberry, Palm Pilot, Iphone, etc—and we will ask you to leave… your cell phone on. We will then usher you to your Tweet Seat (designated area in the theatre just for you!) and you may tweet away during the performance.

Don't twitter from your phone? Sign up for an account on and enable any device you use to send text messages. Use #WotW when tweeting about this event!

For tickets and more information on the show, visit and follow us on Twitter @War0…

Tasters Guild Orlando event tonight

Tonight (Wednesday, July 29, 2009) from 6:30pm - 10:30pm at Funky Monkey Wine Co (912 N Mills Ave Orlando, FL) "enjoy an amazing 4 course dinner with 'J" wines and Jordan wines at the Funky Monkey, these are great wines and a great menu. Tasters Guild Members $69 per person Guests $75. Special Guest Speaker, raffles and prizes." More info: 407-427-1447, reservations@funkymonkeywine.com1st course:
Summer Tomato Gazpacho
Lump Crab, Cucumber, Avocado Salad, Roasted Garlic Crostini
Wine Pairing:
“J” Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2006

2nd course:
Arctic Char
Roasted Red Pepper Butter Sauce, Summer Greens
“J” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2006

3rd course:
Grilled Ostrich Filet
Summer Berry Sauce, Yukon Gold Whipped Potatoes, Summer Green Beans
Jordan Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2005

Dessert Course:
Strawberry Shortcake
Summer Strawberries, berry sauce, whipped cream
Dessert wine selection “J” Rose Sparkling

"This menu subject to change based on product availabilty

Deadliest Catch Cast at Epcot this weekend

For those who watch tv:Discovery Channel Deadliest Catch cast appearing at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot this weekend. July 31 - August 2 2009, 1pm - 4pm and 5:30pm - 8pm. The Puffin's Roost shop in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot is hosting the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch cast this weekend. Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen and Matt Bradley will be appearing.

Dandelion and DPAC: Broke

Dandelion needs money and DPAC is phasing.

He designed DPAC. Go girl.

Live-twittering at Main Street Orlando training

I am at City Hall at the Main Street Orlando training session and am live-twittering it. Follow me 830am-1230pm on twitter at

Photos: Taco Truck Taste Test #2

Taco Truck Taste Test #2 was Tuesday July 28, 2009, at 7pm at the taco truck on the corner of Conway and Curry Ford Road. (What is Taco Truck taste Test?) This truck's main dish was "Mofongo," which is an oily, greasy pile of fried-then-smashed-plantains with your choice of meat on top for the unexpectedly high price of eight dollars. People hung around and ate for about an hour including performance artist Brian Feldman and Sketch artist Thomas Thorspecken, who sketched the event. The next one is Saturday, August 22, 2009.

Mark and Dan Ginader do a quick audio wrap up:

-See photos from the June 30th Taco Truck Taste Test.
-Read an Orlando Weekly article about Taco truck Taste Test.

(Photo Credit for the above photo: Brian Feldman)

(Photo Credit for the above photo: Brian Feldman)

Dinner | Wills Pub

Theres a hot dog cart next door to Wills Pub and cheap wine inside Wills Pub. Enjoy.

Dessert Truck in NYC | MY idea for one in Orlando

Read about the July 20th experience Orlando food blogger "Tasty Chomps" had of buying a Molten Dark Chocolate single-serve cake from a desert truck in the East Village, Manhattan, on his recent vacation. Jealous!

Have I told you my idea for a dessert truck in Orlando? It'd serve two purposes: deliver awesome desserts AND educate the public about the local bakeries and restaurants that serve these desserts.

It'd be a truck run not by a restaurant, but by an outside entity. Me. It'd sell a selection from every local bakery and restaurant and coffee shop, and each product would be labeled with the name of that business.

So, I'd have Pom Pom's cupcakes, Stardust's cookies, and on and on.

Also, I'd have a printed brochure with the name, address and phone number of each participating vendor. And a google map on the back with their locations on it.

It'd be cute and fun and kind of gay. And I'd only have it out at midnight downtown to serve the dru…

Mariachi band joins Orlando Philharmonic

Casa de Mexico celebrates its Gala of Mexican Independence on Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 PM at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre with a stellar concert experience for the whole family. The Orlando Philharmonic is honored to be performing again this year with Casa de Mexico in the annual concert. Maestro Andrew Lane and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra take the stage to perform with celebrated artists Mariachi Cobre. Featured works include Himno Nacional Mexicano, Huapangos de Rubén Fuentes, Estrellita, Popurri la Espiga and several selections to be performed by Mariachi Cobre.

World renowned pianist Eduardo Arzate performs Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 in A major by Mozart and Balada Mexicana by Manuel M. Ponce.

Casa de Mexico promotes the rich culture and traditions of Mexico in Orlando and throughout Central Florida. As a non-profit organization, the funds raised at this annual event support their mission and also benefit Mexican Farm Workers and laborers who live in our…

Peter Pan gets married by Orlando actor

Orlando actor Michael Marzella officiated the wedding of internet legend Randy Constanaka adult Peter Pan in Tampa at the Bay Area Renaissance Fair (or "B.A.R.F.") recently. Source

Crepe Cart design comparison between NYC, Downtown Orlando and Winter Park

New York City
The East Village | Photo Credit :Tasty Chomps

Downtown Orlando
Weekdays | Hours vary | This is the downtown crepe cart across from the History Center

Winter Park
7am-3pm every Saturday at the Winter Park Farmers Market

The Wild Bunch Tuesday night for five bucks

The next film in the Enzian Cult Classic Film Series lineup is The Wild Bunch, showing Tuesday July 28, 2009 at 9:30pm for five bucks. And for ten bucks you can buy the poster below which was custom made by Lure Design for the showing, at the showing.
The Wild Bunch | As a counterpoint to the heroic horde of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, the aging gunmen of Sam Peckinpah’s masterpiece break the very laws of honor which bind them in this bloody and meditative tale of the American West—widely considered to be the self-conscious nail in the coffin of the genre. William Holden, Robert Ryan, and Ernest Borgnine star as the leaders of a grizzled crew of Texan bandits who ride to Mexico, where, one by one, they are unceremoniously slaughtered by a Mexican revolutionary.

Upcoming films in the Cult Classic Series:
Ed Wood | August 11th, 9:30 pm
Easy Rider | August 23rd, 3:30 pm, August 25th, 9:30 pm
Bound for Glory | September 8th, 9:30 pm

Costumes, furniture, sound and lighting equipment, and props

The Tag Sale to benefit the Orlando Repertory Theatre (1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803 | MAP) is on July 31st and August 1st from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm both days. The Tag Sale will include Clothes and Costumes from previous productions, furniture, sound and lighting equipment, and props from previous productions. All profits of this sale go to benefit the REP. Any and all donations to the REP are tax deductible. The sale will be held rain or shine. Please call (407)896-7365 ext. 223 for more information.

(Photo above is from Chik Fil A's June 12, 2009 Free-chicken-for-dressing-like-a-cow Day. These costumes do not reflect the nature, quality, intention or purpose of the costumes for sale by The Rep, nor did these two citizens give me permission to use this photo of them in this blog post.)