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Avoid typical Secret Santa party by going with Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon (888 E. Washington Street, Orlando, FL, 32801) has a great idea to spruce up your craptastic Secret Santa party: make it a Custom T-shirt Party. Call 407.423.3060 and ask them more about it.

1. Register your name and t-shirts sizes for your attendees at Mother Falcon
2. Each person creates a custom t-shirt for their gift.
3. Everyone spends the same dollar amount

Rockettes appear at Downtown Orlando Public Library

The world-famous Radio City Rockettes are making a FREE appearance December 1, 10:30am at the downtown public library to perform and promote their upcoming UCF Arena kick-your-face show "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" running December 26-28, 2009. Hosted by Mix105.1 morning show personality Erica Lee, the event will include a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Ice Skating in Orlando | 2009

Winter Park
$10 all day (includes skates); $9 group discount. Skating starts November 20, 2009. This is part of the city's "Winter in the Park" event. At various times at the rink, you can see Santa Claus appearances, family nights, youth nights and musical entertainment. Central Park West Meadow in Downtown Winter Park. Mon - Thur 3pm-9pm. Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Paid parking in garages and on street. Tickets are $7 with a $3 skate rental. The ice skating rink is in Lake Eola Park on the International Bridge next to the Farmer's Market location at the corner of Central Blvd. and Osceola Avenue. December 11 - Sunday, December 20, 2009. Weekdays: 12pm-8pm. Weekends: 10am-10pm

Parking is Free and skating tickets are just $12 and can be purchased at the UCF Arena Box Office or in advance online. Mon - Thurs 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Fri 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sat 11:00am - 12:00am, Sun 11:00am - 11:00pm. (Holiday Hours Apply on Select Nights. Confirm with t…

Help: January Birthday Events

You were so helpful with our reader who needed help with Thanksgiving activities, we're passing along another reader's email request for help.Last year for my birthday I hosted "Seven Days of Celebration." The idea was to do something every night for seven nights so that all my friends would be able to attend at least one the events. I also saw it as an opportunity to give everyone a taste of Orlando. I would like to do it again this year, but I do not want to do the same events as last year. Last year we went to SAK, Semoran Skateway, Dinner at a local restaurant, a cult classic film at Enzian, Curtis Earth Trivia, Mark and Lorna at the Red Fox Lounge, and a surprise adventure which entailed fireworks and a lot of ice cream. I like to keep things affordable especially if people want to attend more than one event. So free to cheap would be fantastic.

-AmandaHere are the ones suggested by readers in the past and a few of my own ideas sprinkled in:

Leu Gardens

Spongebob Squarepants illustrator might make another Orlando appearance December 2009

On June 20, 2009 the illustrator of Sponge Bob Squarepants, Harry Moore, did a reading, drawing lesson and Q&A at Urban Think Kids Bookstore (1309 Edgewater Drive). He just wrote us to say he is thinking about making another appearance this month to support his newest book, The Eye of the Fry Cook, which comes out late December. As soon as I know something, I'll post it here.

Help: Tacky Christmas Decorations

We have another request for assistance, this time from LiliMcDonald:

"Any idea where I can see the tackiest Xmas decorations in Central Florida?"

I can't help with this one at all. Leave your tips in the comment section.

Oh and speaking of reader interaction, December 1, 2009 is final day to enter our "rename the word twiscount" contest. The prize is a free month of ad space on this here blog. (A $150 value)

MOOM #6 | Dec 11, 2009 | Blank Space Art Lounge

MOOM (Meeting of the Orlando Minds) is one of the many live events produced by working to create a more robust and interactive creative community in Orlando. MOOM is simple and sweet: creative producers (in any medium, at any level) connect, discuss projects, share resources and build interdisciplinary collaborations through group brainstorm in quick one-hour early morning sessions.

How does it work? Prepare to speak briefly about something you need help with: a project, plan, idea, festival, show, art space, ad campaign. Then watch the sparks fly as the group throws out ideas and suggestions to you. We go around the room for one hour until everyone's been helped. Thats it!

The Next MOOM:
8am, December 11, 2009
Blank Space Art Lounge
201 East Central Blvd, Orlando, FL

Past MOOMs
November 20, 2009 | Urban Think Bookstore
October 16, 2009 | Seven Sisters Coffee
August 14, 2009 | Roho Art and Coffee
July 24, 2009 | Rockn Joes Coffee
June 10, 2009 | Barnies Coffee

Orlando S…

Waiting in Airports | I sense a theme

American Carols is a new orginal full length Holiday Ballet in three acts. Five families who are trying to get home for the holidays are snowed in at O'Hara airport on Christmas Eve. As the night continues we see their dreams of what the holidays would be like if they were home. American Carols, set to a score of best-loved music of the holiday season, is choreographed by Russell Sultzbach, Ellie Potts Barrett, Christine French and Phyllis Sultzbach. Ballet South, in conjunction with the School of Performing Arts, will perform this original full length story ballet at Trinity Prep Theater on December 12th at 7:00pm and December 13th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15.00 and are on sale at the Ballet South box office - 407-831-1770. Box office hours are 2pm-9pm Monday through Friday.

Orlando actors Elaine Pechacek and Katie Hammond are debuting twelve original songs from their upcoming musical "Delayed," about a group of strangers waiting in an airport. Breakthrough Theatre on…

Ice skating in Downtown Orlando

Downtown Orlando will have an ice skating rink in Lake Eola Park on the International Bridge next to the Farmer's Market location at the corner of Central Blvd. and Osceola Avenue. Tickets are $7 with a $3 skate rental.

December 11 - Sunday, December 20, 2009
Weekdays: 12pm-8pm
Weekends: 10am-10pm

More 2009 Ice Skating Locations
University of Central Florida
Winter Park

View our Holidays in Orlando Guide for 2009

The Daily City Chat | Mark wants Brian Feldman to get hit by a car

10 mins |Dan Ginader and Mark Baratelli do a semi-weekly ten minute Orlando culture podcast based on the top blog posts.

11-23-09 Topics:
-Meet winners of our Halloween photo contest
-Brian Feldman doing his walking thing
-Give Homelessness a Holiday is now over
-Use our "Holidays in Orlando Guide"
-Follow us on Twitter

Listen to Past Episodes

Holocaust-Era Insurance | Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida

"Holocaust-era Insurance" is a presentation currently running until February 24, 2010 at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida (851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32794). More info: 407-628-0555

About: In Europe in the 1930s life insurance policies were a popular form of investment. Money set aside in insurance policies could provide for the family if the wage earner died, and sheltered the family’s assets so they would be available for future generations.

Unfortunately, after the Holocaust European Jewish policyholders and their survivors and beneficiaries were often unable to collect on policies they held. Nazis confiscated many of the policies and had the benefits paid to their own government accounts. Some policies were cancelled because the policyholder – sent to a camp and likely killed – was not paying the premium. Some policies were never paid because the paperwork was lost, or surviving beneficiaries were difficult to locate, or…

Movie Review | The Road

Movie Review
The Road
By Mark Baratelli

Rather than paying to see "The Road," give that money to a homeless shelter.

With its close-up shots of unbrushed (false) teeth, unshaved (Hollywood actor) faces and feet wrapped in (costumer-designed) garbage bag tatters, this piece of poverty porn (think Slumdog Millionaire and Precious) takes you on a rich man's joy ride into the world of extreme poverty and insults the people poverty and homelessness affects.

The two main characters sleep under bridges, in burnt out cars and ramshackle tents; they eat frozen crickets and abandoned cans of soup; they're emaciated, injured and hungry. Watching this in a room full of clean, fed and warm people, I felt gross. Not because I was not one of them, but because I was one of them and we all had all paid money to see actors act like homeless people.

Oh the horrors… lets go get a mocha when the movie ends, Peter.

Like some sooted Wizard of Oz set in a bleak almost colorless, dangerou…

Global design explorers Jay Corless & Sali Sasaki design finds: traveling team scours the country and showers Orlando

Self-identified global design explorers Jay Corless and Sali Sasaki rented one of the empty gallery spaces in the Orlando City Arts Factory (29 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801). Thank God someone is/did/are. Downtown is broke.

For the month of Novemdecember, the couple is in Orlando as part of their exploration of over 30 American of the cities that met their “creative city criteria." What is their criteria? Its not getting paid to ride rides and go to fundraisers. They "cross-referenced economic reports, with media coverage and membership in professional design organizations. (They) chose cities that are not often in the spotlight and are pursuing enlightened strategies and ideas."

Someone on this blog is jealous of someone's life(s), having visited over 80 American cities sans a cool website to show for it.

The Novemdecember-long downtown street-facing window-laden show is a "showcase of original art, prints and gifts that reflect the fun, comfort and in…

2010 Central Florida International Auto Show

The 2010 Central Florida International Auto Show is running Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday 12 noon – 10 pm, Friday & Saturday 10 am – 10 pm, Sunday 10 am – 7 pm at the Orange County Convention Center- West Concourse (9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819). Kids Day is Sunday, November 29. All children 12 & under admitted FREE on Kids Day when accompanied by a paying adult. More info: 407.685.9800.

Tickets are cash only & Parking is Eight bucks:
Adults (13+) $9
Senior Citizens (62+) $5
Military (w/ID) $5
Students (w/ID) $5
Children (7–12) $3
Children (6 & under) FREE

More than 20 Major Domestic & Import Manufacturers – Hundreds of the latest 2010-model cars, trucks, crossovers, vans and sport/utility vehicles will be on display. The auto show is the ideal setting to shop and compare favorite models in a no-pressure, non-selling environment. Attendees who find the vehicle of their dreams can visit their local dealerships after the show to learn about new financing opt…

Critical Mass | Monthly bike presence on the roads of Orlando

Critical Mass is the main pro-bike event in the Orlando according to event's organizers, and takes place this Friday, November 27, 2009. It starts at Loch Haven park around 5:30-6:00pm. I'm going to try to describe the event, but be aware I've only seen it once. A huge gaggle of cyclists (looked like 40-50 people) ride through Orlando. The site of all those cyclists on roads normally swarming with cars, is shocking and wonderful. They end their ride at Stardust Coffee's parking lot (1842 E. Winter Park Rd) in Audubon Park (where many activities take place, including the fabulous Audubon Park Community Market take place). View more photos of Critical Mass here.

Contest: Win one month of free ad space

Create a better word for "twitter discount" than twiscount for @DWNTWN_ORLANDO and win one month of FREE ad space on The contest ends December 1, 2009. I choose the winner.

How to enter: Write a tweet on twitter and include the following. Failure to include all three disqualifies you:1. your new word for "twiscount"
2. @thedailycity

Latte Art from Rockn Joes Coffee

I love Rockn Joes Coffee in SoDo and love them even more because of these photos they just released of their latte art. Hello Kitty? What? Love it. The owner is a local guy who is very friendly. He hosted our 2nd MOOM this summer and I cannot say enough good things about him. (Rockn Joes on Facebook)

Night of three short plays by women performed by women and for everyone at Breakthrough Theatre

"Kick A** Plays for Women" is a presentation of three short plays by Jane Shepard. For MATURE Audiences only. November 27 & 28, 2009 at 8:00pm at Breakthrough Theatre in Winter Park (419A W. Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL). Reservations: 407-920-4034. Cash or check only. Dunno the ticket price.

Directed by Laurel Clark
Featuring Alia Laurence and Sahra Lee Dobbs
Two women held in a life-threatening situation and the mind games they play to keep one another alive. Held in a cell and chained apart, their only currency is words, and balance of power is everything when a single word becomes the hanging point between life and death.

Directed by Laurel Clark
Featuring Christine Robison and Michelle Kepner-Prueitt
The beautiful Kelli can’t wait for the blind date her friends have set her up on. Until it turns out to be one very disappointed lesbian named Arlin. Mutually appalled, yet appallingly intrigued, they proceed to pull the screws loose on both straight and g…

Obama Administration homeownership preservation workshop for Orlando homeowners

At 12:00 pm EST on Thursday, December 3, the Obama Administration will hold a homeownership preservation workshop for all Orlando homeowners at risk of foreclosure. The workshop is free and open to the public, and is a chance for homeowners to meet face-to-face with their mortgage company and HUD-approved housing counselors to work on a possible solution to help them stay in their home.

Orlando is the nineteenth stop in a nationwide campaign to promote the Making Home Affordable Program, a plan to stabilize the housing market and help millions of Americans reduce their monthly mortgage payments to more affordable levels. The campaign targets markets that have been hit hard by foreclosures, with the goal of empowering local housing partners to connect homeowners with much needed relief under the Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program.

WHO: Orlando homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure
WHAT:Making Home Affordable Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, December 3, 1…

Orlando 17th most dangerous city in US

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we have more bad news about Orlando. Not only are pedestians unsafe here, but so is everyone else. According to CQ Press, who "examined FBI statistics for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft,"

Orlando is 17th most dangerous city in the US.

The study is in its 16th year. And how did other large Florida cities fare? Miami is 45th, Jacksonville is 71st and Tampa is 122nd. See the study here. The good news is this study is better than the one done in April by Forbes magazine in which Orlando was ranked 6th. (Source)

Juliette Lewis interview

The Daily City's Janessa Gurksy got a HUGE interview for us: Juliette Lewis! It takes place inside her tour bus and I'd call the interview both rollicking and feathery. We are thrilled to partner once again with the luscious sexy team at Orlando Event TV who edited and filmed everything. They deserve Oscars made of other peoples' melted Oscars.

Orlando continues its reign as worst city for pedestrians with cyclist death

A cyclist was killed at the corner of Church Street and Hughey in downtown Orlando November 23, 2009 at 9:30am, the same time performance artist Brian Feldman cancelled & postponed his pedestrian performance art piece, designed to bring attention to pedestrian deaths. Perhaps this will bring even more awareness to pedestrian safety. On November 9, 2009 Orlando was named worst city for pedestrian safety with over 1 million residents.

Queer Quills | Gay play reading series

The gay play reading series "Queer Quills" is a joint production of Scottie Campbell and Margaret Nolan. All proceeds benefit The Center. Below is the series' first season:

December 5, 2009
Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour
Directed by Thomas Ouellette
7pm at The Center, 946 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. A suggested donation of $5 will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact The Center at 407.228.8272.

February 7, 2010
Mae West’s "The Drag"
Directed by Christine Robison

April 4, 2010
Frank Wedekind's "Spring’s Awakening"
Directed by Jeremy Seghers

June 6, 2010
Original play about the Stonewall Riots by John Ryan
Directed by Margaret D. Nolan.

Spoken Word events in Orlando

Every Tuesday 9pm-ish | Wills Pub
Open mic spoken word
***December 8, 2009 will be a special "toast" edition like the one I was in as a "celebrity" judge for this summer. The poets are given a topic and have 30 seconds to come up with a snarky toast around/about that topic.

Authentic Story Rope Review | Tickets/Info
December 7, 2009 @ 7pm | Plaza Theatre
Spoken word showcase featuring twenty four professional poets and one storyteller, including Curtis Meyer, Shawn Welcome, Kendra Corrie, J. Bradley, and Tod Caviness. Ten bucks. Itss the brainchild of two-year Orlando Fringe Festival vet, storyteller and inventor Bernie "O'B" O'Brien,

The Artists & Writers Pub Crawl | Info
December 12, 2009 | Starts at 6pm at Funky Monkey Wine
Inhumanly prolific sketch artist Thomas Thorspecken enlisted Tod Caviness' suggestions for a more inclusive version of his regular artist crawls. Now, scribblers of all types can participate in this drunken marath…

The Daily City Chat | Dan and Mark

10 mins |Dan Ginader and Mark Baratelli discuss the top stories on

11-20-09 Part Two:
-WMFE going all-talk. The Daily City Chat anyone?
-Anti-gay vandalism in Mills 50 district
-Ice Skating: Light Up UCF vs Winter in the Park
-Artists & Writers Crawl December 12, 2009
-Our 2009 Holiday Guide

Maitland Public Library is now feeding children

(This was sent in by the pedestrian Brian Feldman)

Halloween Photo Contest | Prize delivered

Our 2009 Halloween Photo Contest is over, but we wanted to share this photo of the winners, Laila and Mauricio, taken when they met up with Orlando artist Dawn Schreiner to collect their prize, a custom painting of their winning photo, Zombie Thing 1 and 2.

Their original photo:
Close up of the painting:
All the 2009 Entries:
Zombie Thing 1 and 2
Paper Mache Mask
Deviled Egg and Mayor
Two peas in a pod
Tourist and peeing dog
Screaming pumpkin
Guy Phones
Scary Family

Orlando Sentinel names The Daily City one of top three Orlando blogs in readers poll

Milk District | Black Friday Sale

On Black Friday, Friday, November 27, 2009, after you pick up your $29 tv from Wal Mart at 4am in the morning, drive down to the Milk District where they're having their own sales. This is a hood full of local businesses and locally-made products. Shop local, y'all.

ETOILE (women's clothing and jewelry)
15% off storewide | Fill-a-bag sale | $5-$10 rack | boozy punch and snacks

Covert (skate shop)
$25 shoes | $5 gift tins

Beta | Clothing
Sale of undescribed value

Sportstown (Bar)
Free pool till 7pm | $1.75 domestics

Social Chameleon (Restaurant)
$1 off any drink with Milk District receipt

The Bookworm (used book store)
thousands of books priced at 25 cents to a dollar

Drop Shop (music)
Vinyl 40% off

Bull and Bush (bar)
All 20 oz pints import draft $3.50 | Half pints $2
16oz PBR & domestic bottles $1.75 | Witterkerke cans $2 | Import bottles $2

BucketHead Show Organizing Downtown Orlando Community Decorating Event to Replace City's Reduced Budget Effort

This year the city has $9,000 budgeted for holiday decorations for downtown Orlando. At first they were gonna have one 700 pound gold star at a main downtown intersection and that was it. No Christmas tree at City Hall, no light pole lights, no lights anywhere.

Now, two companies have come forward to provide TWO Christmas trees, being placed at Lake Eola. And the company that decorated the City Hall tree last year is donating their services this year fr the two trees. And the rest of downtown? Decorations are going to be donated... by you.

Volunteers are being asked by 104.1's The Buckethead Show to bring their lights and decorations and meet December 5th at 9am at Washington Street Plaza, corner of Rosalind Ave. and Washington Street, to the right of the Walt Disney World Amphitheater at Lake Eola."On December 5 and 6, 2009, THE BS (The Buckethead Show) will be transforming downtown Orlando into a winter wonderland. Mayor Buddy Dyer announced today that with the help of THE BS…

GrowFL gives Florida companies high end resources

The new Florida Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Pilot Program (GrowFL) provides a suite of high-end, high-speed technical assistance and business resources to companies that have grown beyond the startup phase and need access to information and decision-making tools typically only available to larger companies.The purpose is to stimulate investment in Florida's economy by providing technical assistance for expanding businesses in the state. Apply Now

What is the Eligibility Criteria for this program?
To be considered for selection as a participant in the Florida Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Pilot Program, an enterprise must meet the following criteria at the time of selection:
-Be a for-profit, privately held, investment-grade business;
-Employ at least 10 but not more than 50 people;
-Maintained its principal place of business in Florida for at least the previous 2 years;
-Generate at least $1 million but not more than $25 million in annual revenue;
-Qualify for th…

What other industries in Orlando could this apply to?

Lets say we got access to a vehicle like the one shown in the video above with a back area with windows and lighting. And lets say we provided a few ways for people to hear whats going on inside the truck (speakers, a twitter feed, listen-live phone number, a dedicated radio station). What fields could benefit from this type of guerrilla mobile marketing?

1. Theatres
Put a couple actors back there doing lines from the current show. Drive around town at rush hour, then partner with various businesses and park t each for 10 minutes at a time. You bring the show (and the flyers), the business gets some attention.

2. Polticians
Wave and smile as you ride, then park and speak.

3. Activists
Wave and smile as you ride, then park and speak. No bullhorn required.

4. Radio Stations
Stripper pole and a couple DJs. Nuff said.

The Daily City Chat | Dan and Mark

10 mins |Dan Ginader and Mark Baratelli do a semi-weekly ten minute Orlando culture podcast based on the top blog posts.

11-20-09 Topics:
-MOOM #5
-Orlando bad for pedestrians
-Fashion Square Mall holiday videos
-free marketing | partnership marketing
-The book about free marketing by Chris Anderson
-Give Homelessness a Holiday Challenge
-Barnies Coffee got Amway coffee contract
-Sleigh is not a children's show
-Ice Skating in Winter Park
-Flash mob in Winter Park

MOOM #5 | Nov 20, 2009 | Urban Think!

UPDATE: The next MOOM is December 11, 2009, 8am-9am at Blank Spaces in downtown Orlando)

The Daily City's most recent live event was the fifth incarnation of our monthly creative meetup called MOOM on Friday, November 20, 2009, 8am-9am at Urban Think! Bookstore (625 East Central Boulevard, Orlando).

United Arts, City of Orlando, Garden Theatre, two charities and several indie artists shared their current projects and needs and then helped each other with resources and ideas. Thank you to Jeff Wirth for leading the session, Amanda Chadwick for event production and Urban Think! for opening up early just for us. (Photo Credit: Amanda Chadwick)

(They skyped me in)

Previous MOOMs:
MOOM #4 | October 16, 2009 at Seven Sisters Coffee
MOOM #3 | August 14, 2009 at Roho Art and Coffee
MOOM #2 | July 24, 2009 at Rockn Joes Coffee
MOOM #1 | June 10, 2009 at Barnies Coffee

Our other live events:
Expert Panel | Producing in Central Florida
2009 Audience Choice Awards
Mobile Art Show

Bring to Orlando: Cranksgiving

Bring to Orlando:

Update: Its already here. I will be a better googler next time.

For over a decade, the New York Bike Messenger Foundation (NYBMF), a 501(c) 3, has successfully organized Cranksgiving, a charitable alleycat race held in New York City. During the race each bicycle racer navigates his or her way to numerous grocery stores spread out across Manhattan, purchases designated food items at each store, arrives at the finish line with a bag full of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients -- and, finally -- donates all of the purchased food to a homeless shelter.

With 106 racers, last year was the biggest Cranksgiving to date, and New York City's largest alleycat for 2008. Over $1000 worth of food was donated to Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen on the Lower East Side and, in addition, two women and children's charities (Nazareth Housing & Hudson Guild) received over 100 jars of baby food each. Additionally, $1682 was raised for City Harvest and $420 was raised for NYBMF. With …

Must Attend: Grandma Party 2009

Explanation of Grandma Party by one of its founders, Casey.
Filmed and edited by me on 12-12-07
Grandma Party is Sunday, December 20, 2009, 10am-7pm at stardust video and coffee (1842 E. Winter Park Rd). You MUST visit this event. I beg you. Its wonderful. Do not miss this. Over 40 local arts and crafters, musicians and independent businesses will transform the parking lot in front of Stardust Video and Coffee into a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) extravaganza at the Grandma Party Bazaar. The event will feature work from local fashion designers, bookbinders, painters, knitters, silversmiths, vintage dealers, bakers and print makers, as well as live art, custom songs written and recorded while you wait and more! WPRK 91.5 FM presents live music throughout the day. Local artist Doug Rhodehamel will create something magically spectacular for the event, while Justin Luper will create a large scale sheet-fort installation indoors for tarot readings and a special surprise after dark.

The Daily City Chat | Dan and Mark

15 mins | The Daily City Chat is our semi-weekly ten minute Orlando culture podcast based on the top blog posts, hosted by Dan Ginader and Mark Baratelli.

Free Friday at Colab Orlando | Presentations at 1pm and 2pm

We said they were cheap, but now they're free! (We love this trend) Colab Orlando is doing "Free Friday" today, which means free wifi, desks and social interaction for you freelancers stuck at home working alone. They're also hosting two presentations today to be live-streamed at 12pm (presentation on freelancing) and 1pm (presentation by Downtown Orlando representative). watch the stream here or drive on down and see the presentations live.
Webcam chat at Ustream

Pedestrians and Orlando: They Don't Go Together

Orlando sucks for pedestrians, but I feel an awareness of the problem is in its beginning stages.We were named the #1 worst city for pedestrians. "Metro Orlando has the most dangerous streets for pedestrians among areas of at least a million residents."

Performance artist Brian Feldman walks the most dangerous intersections in Orlando in a piece Orlando Sentinel critic Elizabeth Maupin calls "a bad idea"

Five families, each with a family member who was a victim of a hit and run, came together November 19, 2009 I think the best way to make yourself aware of pedestrians is to get out of your car and become one for a couple hours in a high traffic area. See how scary it really is. I did it and it truly does affect the way you view pedestrians while driving.

Fashion Square Mall Holiday videos

You know I love me some Dave Ackerman marketing goodness. (See proof here and here). The Marketing Director at Fashion Square Mall is at it again with video from their Holiday Preview on November 13, 3009 and a promo for Black Friday.

I love this concept of free events to lure people in. I recently went to a free public viewing of an art installation by artist E.V. Day at New York City Opera. Free admission, free wine, great art and whaddya know... the opera's season brochures were everywhere. Who walked out with tickets to TWO operas? Free is the new marketing.

The only coffee you'll swig at Amway Arena is Winter Park's own Barnies Coffee

Congrats to Winter Park-based Barnies Coffee for not only making a triumphant return to Orlando, but for snatching the exclusive contract to serve their "coffee, tea, smoothies, frozen drinks and pastries from a cart " at the Amway Arena. "Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co. was awarded a contract for an undisclosed amount to be the exclusive coffee provider for Amway Arena."

Britney at the Amway Arena | More video

More Amway Arena:
Outside Orlando Magic game at Amway
Walking With Dinosaurs

Give Homelessness a Holiday Challenge | 30 clients of the Coalition for the Homeless will go without a gift this Christmas

The Give Homelessness a Holiday Challenge runs November 17-24, 2009, and will provide over 30 single men and women who will not receive gifts for the holidays, a gift, with your help. The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida has all the details:

1) Sign up: To participate in the Challenge and sponsor a client, email with “Give Homelessness a Holiday” in the subject line. You will receive a sponsorship form and gift-giving guidelines, as well as answers to any questions you may have.

2) Receive your match: You will be paired with a single man or woman (we will attempt to match your preferences) as soon as possible. We will provide you the name, age, gender and suggested wish list for each of the individuals you are sponsoring.

3) Shop: You will shop for and wrap the gifts for your “adopted” individual and deliver them to the Coalition by December 17 (address, directions and times will be emailed to you). These personalized, needed, and wished-f…

Sleigh | Winter Garden Theatre

Sleigh, produced and written by PB&J Theatre Factory, runs December 11, 2009 - January 3, 2010 at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, Florida. Recommended for children 5 and up. Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? The holidays are approaching and brimming with family, friends, feasts, and...PB&J. That's right! PB&J Theatre Factory, the team that brought you SPORT and SNACK, is back to celebrate the season with SLEIGH! The entire holiday season, from the first bite of turkey to the final countdown to a new year, is all packed neatly into one hilarious evening. It's lovely weather for a SLEIGH ride together, so bundle up Grandma and the kids and hurry over the river and through the woods to laugh your way through the holidays, PB&J style!Dates
December 11, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Special Show: Monday, December 28 at 8pm
Please note: No shows on Christmas and New Year’s Days

Fridays and Saturdays and Monday: $2…

Florida Creatives Happy Hour | Photo

Photo credit: Florida Creatives' monthly meetup was Monday November 16, 2009 in downtown Orlando. Its a three- year old tradition for geeks, artists, writers and a smattering of theatrical folk. Its a great opportunity to meet people in a relaxed atmosphere and just chat. Highly recommended. And speaking of creative gatherings, The Daily City's MOOM is 8am on Friday, November 20, 2009 at Urban Think Bookstore downtown.

Go Green for the Holidays | College Park

A holiday shopping event in College Park called Go Green for the Holidays is Thursday, November 19, 5:30pm - 9:00pm. The event starts at Infusion Tea (1600 Edgewater Drive) and guests are treated to complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while shopping for eco-friendly holiday gifts from both businesses. Guests are then invited to hop in free eco-friendly electric carts so that they can visit the other participating businesses in College Park for more shopping, specials, free food and drinks.

Guests who visit all participating businesses are entered to win a grand prize basket valued at more than $1000. The first 100 people to rsvp to info@artistreeco- receive a goodie bag with free products and offers from participating businesses. More info: 407.999.5255. The event is sponsored by Infusion Tea and Artistree Co-op.

Lake Wales Star Gaze at Bok Tower

The Lake Wales Star Gaze will be November 19, 2009, 5:30pm-8pm at Bok Tower Gardens. Pre-registration is required. $5 Adults & Members / $1.50 children ages 5-12. Limited space. Sky permitting; alternate date: Friday, November 2009.

What to expect
After a brief instructional talk (5:30 – 6pm) you will be led to the open field (6:15pm-8 pm) where several telescopes will be available to view the night sky at different angles.

About the gaze
At this time of the month when only the thin crescent moon will fill the sky with light, more than a thousand stars should be visible at any given time as well as the planet Jupiter; Albireo, a double star in the constellation Cygnus and the "Double Cluster," two open star clusters near the constellation Cassiopeia. Other stellar sights include "The Keystone Cluster," the globular star cluster in Hercules. A short introduction by Karl Gould of WIU at the Visitor Center will precede the field observation. Bring a red light flashl…

Ice skating in Winter Park 2009

Winter Park is getting its own an ice skating rink for holiday fun starting November 20, 2009 as part of the city's "Winter in the Park" event. At various times at the rink, you can see Santa Claus appearances, family nights, youth nights and musical entertainment.

Ice skating rink :
$10 all day (includes skates); $9 group discount
Central Park West Meadow in Downtown Winter Park
Mon - Thur | 3pm-9pm
Fri-Sat | 10am-10pm
Sunday | noon to 6 p.m.


Music interview | Jimmy Gnecco

Musician Jimmy Gnecco (blog) performed at the 2009 Anti-Pop Festival in Orlando and sat down for an interview with's Janessa Gursky (interviewer, photographer) and Dan Ginader (video/audio).