The Orlando Business Journal is hosting their annual Downtown Regional Update luncheon with keynote speaker, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Nov. 13, 2009 , 11:30am-1 pm at The Ballroom at Church Street Station (225 S. Garland Ave. * Orlando, FL 32801). Tickets are $50 per person or $550 for a corporate table table of 10 which includes priority seating, signage and event recognition. Register here.
"Our panel of experts will talk about economic development efforts, as well as business issues vital to downtown, including residential & commercial real estate, retail and the new venues. The panel will be moderated by Orlando Business Journal Editor Cindy Barth and includes Frank Billingsley Director, Economic Development Department, city of Orlando
Charlie Freeman Senior vice president of business development, Orlando Magic
Greg Morrison Principal, Morrison Commercial Real Estate
Kathy Ramsberger President, Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Performing Arts Center"
The Plaza Theatre Farmer's Market will be every Saturday 9am-2pm starting November 14, 2009 at The Plaza Theatre (425 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803)
"The Farmers Market will showcase a wide variety of produce from Florida farms sold by the farmers themselves; handcrafted jewelry, stained glass, paintings, handmade candles, soaps and oils; a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants; food and beverage; live entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. Vendors wishing to participate should e-mail information along with photos of proposed items for sale and their display to: email@example.com."
Downtown Orlando is offering a FREE interactive marketing series hosted by Orlando-based digital agency, Purple, Rock, Scissors. This free, catered event will take place at the Downtown Information Center on November 2nd, November 3rd, and November 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Purple, Rock, Scissors will present best practices in web design, social media, and performance-based marketing strategies. What’s more? At each session, the team offers a 30 minute clinic, where they will audit the websites of local businesses to offer them valuable recommendations to increase performance. If you’d like your website to be considered, please submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 28th. (NOTE: I checked with them and they've agreed to extend the deadline to NOON on Friday, october 30th! Submit your site today!).Topics:
How to Make Your Website Convert Monday, Nov. 2nd, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m Whether you sell services, products, or outreach opportunities, Purple, Rock, Sc…
The Orlando Chapters of the American Marketing Association and the Young NonProfit Professional Network are hosting a happy hour open to the public at Enzian's Eden Bar (1300 South Orlando Avenue Maitland, FL 32751) Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 7-9pm. You can also catch the 9:30pm showing of "Purple Rain" for five bucks inside the theatre after the happy hour.
Friday, October 30, is the return of the Dead Poets Slam. This is the one time of the year that the dead come back and "slam" to see who will be the Dead Poets Slam Champion. Costumes and props are not only allowed, but encouraged. To channel your favorite dead poet (or rapper) - e-mail email@example.com for a performance spot. The show starts at 9:30 pm (or so) at Stardust Video & Coffee (1842 Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL, in Audubon Park)
"Pillow Fright day is being resurrected from it's cancellation grave. Why should we go on suffering from our grief and pain. Let's dig this thing up from the ground and have some fun! Be your own master of darkness and command yourself to get out and bonk some bodies. You will be a hero to the underworld when you knock 'em dead with your initiative and self created ruckus. In other words.. don't be AFRAID to start your own fun. It's on!"
Rules: One or all of you will yell “Pillow Fright!” At that time, pillows will swing and whack as those assembled experience a massive urban pillow fight. Soft pillows only! + Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once. + Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras. + Remove glas…
Inside the Downtown Orlando Information Center The very-informational "Whats Up, Downtown?" is November 5, 2009 at 8:30am at the Downtown Orlando Information Center (Seaside Plaza at 201 S. Orange Ave., Ste 102; at the corner of Orange Ave. and Church St.) Its a free-coffee, hood-centric gathering where area businesses, orgs and more get up in front of a small audience and share insightful tidbits about what they're doing in the hood called "downtown." We've been twice and each time was interesting. Here's the one where they unveiled the new website for Downtown Orlando. Bring your business cards and schmooze face.
This month's speakers:Davon Barbor DDB/CRA Assistant Director will share findings from the Buxton Retail and Entertainment study
Amber Mundinger, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator, will share new marketing initiatives.
Mad Cow Theatre (105 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801) is offering two acting classes this Fall. Register and pre-pay for both before November 9th for $350 or sign up for one at the regular price. Register online or call 407-297-8788 for details.Acting Essentials -Mondays 6:30-9:30pm Nov 9-30 -No pre-requisite -Beginning or re-entering experienced actor -$100 Explore and study the craft of acting through in-depth and supportive classwork including theatre games, awareness and sensitivity exercises, monologues and scenework. Limited class size. Classes meet weekly on Monday evenings from 6:30p - 9:30p, for 4 weeks. $100
The Actor's Process -Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, Dec 7-Feb 8) -Requires permission from the instructor to enroll -$275 Keep your instrument in tune and your instincts sharp! The Actor's Process is a laboratoy/gym allowing you to exercise your craft and develop your own process. Designed to be an ongoing course, The Actor's Process provides a place to grow in a stimulati…
What is Music at the Casa? Members of the public are invited to visit the historic Casa Feliz home museum (656 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, Florida) on Sunday afternoons from 12pm-3pm, enjoy beautiful live music and receive a tour of the house and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio museum room by trained docents. Free of charge, donations gladly accepted.Fall Schedule November 8 | Beautiful Music Harp Ensemble November 15 | Beautiful Music Flute Trio November 22 | Peter Thatcher Jazz Guitar November 29 | Beautiful Music Muse Ensemble December 6 | Beautiful Music Classical Guitar and Flute Duo December 13 Sunday Open House Closed for Special Event "Holidays at the Casa" Tea Party with Beautiful Music. Open to the Public. $25 per attendee. Contact Betsy Owens at 407.628.8200, ext. 1 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. December 20 | Harpist Christine MacPhail December 27 | Closed
On Saturday, October 31, 2009, go to Oklahoma! at Osceola Center for the Arts (2411 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee, FL 34744) dressed in your Halloween costume and receive a ticket for only ten bucks. Tickets may be purchased at the box office one hour before curtain.
Orange County Arts Education Center is putting on a panel series about careers in the arts. The first one is specifically on the music business and entertainment industry and will take place November 16, 2009, 6-8pm, at the Garden Theatre (160 W Plant Street, Winter Garden, Florida). All high school students, faculty, administrators, and parents are welcome. They're also asking high school students to submit original short films, videos or songsl. Some will be selected to be played during the forum and will receive feedback from a panel of Entertainment Industry Professionals and will be featured on the OCAEC website. Submissions are due by November 8, 2009.
There are two more panels scheduled:March 15, 2010 | Careers in the Arts Forum Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Shows, 6:00 - 8:00pm
May 17, 2010 | Careers in the Arts Forum Orlando School of Cultural Dance, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Sad news for the newspaper industry from Yahoo Finance:"Average daily circulation at 379 U.S. newspapers plunged 10.6 percent in the April-September period from the same six-month stretch last year, according to figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
It's the largest drop recorded so far during the past decade's steady decline in paid readership -- a span that has coincided with an explosion of online news sources that don't charge readers for access. Many newspapers also have been reducing delivery to far-flung locales and increasing prices to get more money out of their remaining sales.
The latest decline outstripped a 7.1 percent decrease in the October 2008-March 2009 period and a 4.6 percent decline in last year's April-September window."(Source, Source)
Ok, this entry in our 2009 Halloween Photo Contest from Mick L. is funny. A tacky tourist costume is perfect for Orlando, but a tacky tourist costume next to a dog crapping? Perfecter. Thank you, Nick V. Remember, the winner of the contest will receive a custom 8" x 10" sketch/painting of their submitted Halloween costume photo by artist Dawn Schreiner. Enter now.
Ooh this entry in our 2009 Halloween Photo Contest is scary! It comes from Nick V. Remember, te winner of the contest will receive a custom 8" x 10" sketch/painting of their submitted Halloween costume photo by artist Dawn Schreiner. Enter now.
We got sent another entry in our 2009 Halloween Photo Contest, this time from Tampa! John (Left) and Reko (Right) are "Guy Phones." Love it! Remember, the winner of the contest will receive a custom 8" x 10" sketch/painting of their submitted Halloween costume photo by artist Dawn Schreiner. Enter now.
Halloween weekend (October 30 & 31, 2009), join Enzian and Central Florida acting troupe, Keyboard Samurai, to experience the Haunted Swamp tour - a thousand feet of terror through Enzian's backwoods bayou. Enjoy terrifyingly unbelievable drink specials and scary good food all night long at Eden Bar. Walks begin at 7PM and run continuously through the night. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your best costume and your party spirit; leave with remnants of your sanity.
All four artists involved in the Maitland Art Center's "A Confluence" art show will be there Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 1pm "giving you an interesting perspective and personal glimpse" into the each piece. Artists: Brigan Gresh, Dina Mack, Vicki Jones and Anna McCambridge. Location: 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland, FL 32751.
The Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau has put in a bid to bring NPE, a large plastics industry convention, to Orlando for its 2012 show. I'm not trying to be environmental, but I found this photographer's site the other day showing how far some plastic travels and where some of it ends up: inside baby birds. Ew.
Maestro Andrew Lane (listen to our interview with him) leads the Orlando Philharmonic, The Holiday Singers, David Chernault and the Next Generation Kids in traditional holiday music including Christmas Bells are Ringing, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Baby, March of the Toys, Fantasia on Greensleeves and Mele Kalikimaka.
Special Family Prices are just $13 (Bronze section) or $18 (Silver section) when you purchase four or more tickets. This offer expires November 20. This offer is not valid on previous orders. Our Family Special represents a savings of 50% from regular single ticket prices. Regular prices are $13, $26, $36, $48 and $65. Tickets available at 407-770-007 and online.
Orlando writers Justin Burton, Taylor Bulloch and Lucas Koester penned a new play called "Holy Crap" thats appearing at the Parliament House (410 N. Orange Blossom Trail) November 7, 14 & 21, 2009 at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and available online.
The play "is a comedic expose of the relationships between (and the genesis of) The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Archangel Michael and Jesus Christ. Capitalism is the new world religion and Jesus Chirst is CEO of the company. All hell has broken loose and God is MIA. Witness the world’s most popular mythical characters vie for power as the battle ensues to win back heaven - fueled by the secret herbal ingredients of Mrs. Claus’s special cookies. Will that egg-toting cigar-smoking bunny ever be able to get in touch with his feminine side? And watch out for that renegade elf! Remember, 'Sprinkles carries the heat'."
"Race and the Fantastic- The 31st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts" will be March 17-21, 2010 at the Orlando Airport Marriott, Orlando, Florida, produced by The The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. The IAFA is a scholarly organization devoted to the study of the fantastic (broadly defined) as it appears in literature, film, and the other arts. The purpose of the organization is to promote and recognize achievement in the study of the fantastic, mainly through the organization and management of an annual academic conference, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA). There are two publications connected to the IAFA: the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, which is a peer-reviewed journal for scholarship within the field of the fantastic, and the newsletter, which publishes information relevant to the IAFA membership.
Guest of Honor: Nalo Hopkinson Guest of Honor: Laurence Yep Guest Scholar: Takayuki Tatsumi Spe…
November 21, 2009, starting at 8pm at Say It Loud (1121 N. Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida) Frequency Productions presents "Sealegs" (Facebook) a one-night-only art event with visual art, live wheatpaste wall and live dj. Admission is ten bucks.
Tammee's Room is a video show made in Orlando by Orlando actors. Its hilarious and wrong on so many levels. Here's how the creators describe the show: "The religious right says that gay people would make terrible parents. What if this were true? Meet Tammee, an adopted child who is locked in her bedroom and communicates with her Daddies only by video chat. In this episode: The Daddies come home after their long summer vacation. Who took care of Tammee while they were away?"
Voci Dance opens their 10th season of modern dance productions with “The Games We Play,” a contemporary dance performance integrating dance, art, and technology "exploring games on the playground, games in relationships, and games in life." It runs November 6-8, 2009 (Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm) at the Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street Winter Garden, FL 34787). Tickets are $18 ($15 seniors/students/$10 children under 10) and can be purchased online.
Infinitus (Facebook), the seventh Harry Potter fancon put on by HPEF (Twitter), will be July 15-18, 2010 at the Royal Pacific Hotel at Universal. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open just a little bit before Infinitus, so yay for tht. The con will feature hours of presentations about the films and the movies, costuming events, "Wizard Rock concerts" and more.
The Freeman Project is a blog that concerns the artwork of homeless artist Herbert Freeman, who has been selling his art in the Parramore and Downtown districts for the past decade. Mr. Freeman never kept records of his art or who he sold it to. James Lane would like to gather as much info as possible about the artist's work, with the help of the public. He would like people to contact him with information and photos of Mr. Freeman's work (email) so the site can "eventually attract critical and scholarly interest in the artwork of Mr. Freeman."
Each year animal advocates gather for an evening of delicious Vegan food, camaraderie, some of the best nationally known animal rights speakers, and raffle prizes called the "11th annual Holiday Dinner for the Animals." This year its Saturday December 12th, beginning at 6:00pm at Garden Café, located at 810 West Colonial Drive in downtown Orlando. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. For the reduced ticket price, payments must be received by December 10th. Price includes dinner selections from 8 Vegan dishes and iced or hot tea. All proceeds will benefit Dogs Deserve Better. An RSVP is required. For information call 407-968-2400.
"This year's speaker is Tamria Thayne, founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better. If you want to learn how you can help chained dogs in your community, you won't want to miss this dinner and fundraiser for Dogs Deserve Better." This year the speaker will speak first and then dinner will be served. Tamira will speak promptl…
The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida is doing their annual Thanksgiving Dinner potluck called "Annual Compassionate Thanksvegan Dinner" Sunday November 22, 2009, starting at 2pm at Mead Gardens (1300 South Denning Drive, Winter Park, Florida). Admission is $5 with a dish feeding 6 to 10 people or $10 without a dish. RSVP required to ArffCentralFl@arff.org or 407-968-2400.
About: "Gather with animal friends and eat delicious vegan food at beautiful Mead Gardens! Eat, mingle, hike, and have a great time. There will also be children's games and entertainment. Last year's turkey drawing contest was a HUGE hit! Information will also we available on how you can adopt your own turkey at Farm Sanctuary."
"ARFF's Vegan Thanksgiving is a holiday tradition here in central Florida for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about delicious Vegan alternatives, and make your Thanksgiving a cruelty free one. Potlucks…
NOTE: RSVP is required for this event | Humane Society Legislative Fund, which is the lobbying arm of the Humane Society, is putting on a Halloween-themed fundraiser called "Party for the Animals" Sunday October 25th starting at 6:30pm on the outdoor patio at Whole Foods Market Winter Park (1989 Aloma Avenue). Admission is by donation. RSVP required to 407-968-2400. The event will include pet and human costume contest, drawings of you and your pet, vegan food, raffle, and animal rescue groups. This fundraiser will raise funds for efforts towards animal-friendly legislation.
Did you know (a) Michael Jordan's son is going to UCF and is on their basketball team and (b) refuses to wear the shoes the university has a 6-year contract to force players to wear? UCF has a contract with Adidas to force players and coaches to wear their products, worth $3 million dollars. (Source)
"Homo Horror Night" features the fabulous chic 80's vampire film- THE HUNGER, starring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, and Catherine Denueve at the Revolution Nightclub Saturday, October 24, 2009, 7:30pm. Tickets are ten bucks (OMG) and include admission to the bar. "Come get into the Halloween spirit with the sexy stunning visuals and the beautiful and chilling score of this cult horror hit." I've never even heard of this movie, which makes me want to go even more. "Also featuring baby Blue and her sultry steamy vampirific lesbionic dancers. Plus delish popcorn, sexy lesbian vampires, hot boy toys, chic freaks, and bloody good drinks."
The Neanderthal Ball at the Orlando Science Center Saturday, November 7, 2009 - 7:00-11:00 p.m. $100/ticket
Don’t miss out on the most interactive celebration since cavemen roamed the earth! Now is the time to party like a caveman with an animal print necktie or a bone in your hair during the Orlando Science Center's Neanderthal Ball on Saturday, November 7. From 7 to 11 p.m., enjoy a gala evening amidst the prehistoric atmosphere of the Science Center's dinosaur exhibit. Participate in a “diamond dig” for an authentic half-karat diamond, see a dinosaur come to life under the skilled hands of Disney topiary artists, or chisel your mark at the silent auction - all to benefit programs for youth at the Orlando Science Center.
The event is presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with special thanks to print sponsor Sun Dance Graphics. During the Neanderthal Ball, guests will rock out with themed entertainment and music, create their own cave painting, and indulge in the dele…
What the heck is Flexitarianism? I think its a half-vegetarian, half-not eating thing. The person who definitely knows is Julie Norris, Co-Owner of Dandelion Communitiea. She is facilitating Intro To Flexitarianism Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 6:30 to 8:30pm at Dandelion. It includes dinner & wine or beer. Julie answers your questions about sustainable, organic, local and ethical eating while exploring the concepts of Flexitarianism with open discussion amongst participants who want to share their own knowledge with each other. Limited space available. Reserve your seat at the table today. Tickets are $35 + Tax and available online.
Brian Feldman puts on Pillowlando (Facebook Group), a local version of Pillow Fight Day, which happens around the world on the first Saturday in April every year. People meet up at a location carrying soft pillows, wait for the signal and then have a pillow fight. Now he's created Pillow FRight Day: same thing as the other one, but this one happens October 31, 5pm-5:15pm. Location to be announced.
Orlandoans of all ages who love free, fun, public events like pillow fights, creative interventions, games and interactive art installations are invited to show up and take part, as well as other Central Floridians and curious tourists who find out about it as Pillow FRight Day draws near.
A Few Rules: Soft pillows only! + Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once. + Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras. + Remove glasses beforehand! + The event is free and appropriate for all ages. + Wait until the signal to begin. + IMPORTANT: Please, please, please do not use…
The Earl Nobles Family Center (ENC), a non-profit organization serving families in the Pine Hills Orlando area is doing its very first Earl Nobles Benefit Concert Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, 6 pm, at Pine Hills Community Church. The concert will feature the Bethune-Cookman University Inspirational Gospel Choir and tickets are five bucks.
The goal of the Earl Nobles Benefit Concert is to reintroduce ENC to the community as a newly formed non-profit organization. “Our aim for the concert is to bring members of the community together and reconnect with them as a non-profit organization, all the while, paying homage to our church foundations,” says CaSandra Williams, Director of ENC.
The concert also serves as a platform to raise awareness of families in need in the Pine Hills and Orlando communities. “We serve families everyday with varying needs and it is our hope that this concert will bring attention to people in need of assistance and spark an interest in the community to aid in however th…
Join honorary Co-Chairs Alexis and Jim Pugh and Carol and Harvey Massey for this opulent evening of music and dancing at the stylish new Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Guests will be treated to an elegant three-course dinner as they enjoy the music of Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Johann Strauss and more. Music Director Christopher Wilkins, the Orlando Philharmonic and special guests Michael Andrew and Swingerhead salute these and other musical icons who lived and worked at the Waldorf in the 20th Century. Celebrate the grandeur, royalty and celebrity that have secured the Waldorf's place in history as the great American hotel.
You ever think about hundreds of groups and orgs and companies and churches that come to Orlando each day and fill up the meeting rooms? I don't. But I found out that Morris Cerullo World Evangelism is having its 39th Annual World Conference here January 2-8, 2010 and now I wonder what other craziness imports itself into our city.
From the website: "Partner, I sincerely believe that we are the generation that will bring Jesus back! You need to be prepared! You need to be ready!" Wow who knew? Tickets are "$135 individual and $270 married couple." Get that? Married. No hanky panky at the "ministry-discounted" Hilton, please.
So what do singles and MARRIED DAMMIT couples get for $135/$270?"Under the direct action of the Holy Spirit, I will take you step by step and show you how you will: Receive a new vision Rekindle your lost dreams Claim a new future for yourself and your family Receive healing from emotional wounds Walk in physical health Experience s…
As part of the Orlando Puppet Festival, "Bride Of Wildenstein The Musical" plays Oct 22, 23, 24; 8pm at Gallery at Avalon Island (37 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801) and Oct 29, 30, 31; 10:30pm at The Cameo Theatre (1013 E Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32803). Tickets are ten bucks and available online
"Have you ever gone too far for love? That is the question Marsian & Company pose in Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, in which an aging socialite grows fur and claws in hopes of recapturing the attention of her philandering game hunter husband."
Ends October 29, 2009 and you must be under 25 years old to enter: What does ‘Pop’ mean to you? (We aren’t talking fizzy beverages, people). Does it elevate the everyday or take the stuffing out of high culture? Or is it simply art that’s not afraid of being a product? Whatever the theory, it’s undoubtedly visually striking and your interpretation will look stunning on a tee in the Tate Modern shop! Your challenge is to design a tee inspired by the Tate Modern Museum’s Pop Life exhibitionEnter the contest here
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake runs October 22 to November 21, 2009 (Sat – 2 pm, Sun – 4:30 pm) at Orlando Shakes. All Seats are $10. Good price! For tickets call 407.447.1700 or go online. "Based on the book by Laura Numeroff and adapted by Bob Dolan this new play follows the adventures of a daring young girl and an equally curious cat." And a cupcake.
This is great! A rep from Walkable Communities assessed the walkability of downtown Orlando:Crosswalks are too narrow, set too far back from the corner or absent altogether. Roads are too wide. Certain traffic tools such as turn lanes used to keep traffic moving at a high speed are smack in the middle of downtown, where traffic speed should be reduced. Bicycles are forced up on the sidewalk because there's no place for them on the street. Read moreDan Burden runs Walkble Communities: "Burden has spent the last thirty years developing, promoting, and evaluating alternative transportation and sustainable communities at national, regional, state, and local levels, and he is the founder of Walkable Communities. Time magazine has identified Burden as one of the six most important civic innovators in the world, in recognition of his efforts to create better places to live, work, and play.
Burden has 25 years of experience in developing, promoting, and evaluating alternative transpor…