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Shove coins in chicken mouths to share cows

Scottie Campbell wants you to shove coins in the mouths of chickens to save cows help families improve their nutrition and generate income through pay-it-forward “living loans” aka animals, seed and training for both. Local activist/ director/ producer/ blogger Scottie Campbell put donations buckets shaped like chickens (designed by Canadian boyfriend Brendan O'Connor) at the three locations of Dechoes, a local vintage clothing boutique chain, to collect money for Heifer International in the name of the Scottie Saves the World Team.

Bach at Leipzig ticket deal

To celebrate tonight's opening of Empty Spaces Theatre's BACH AT LEIPZIG at Orlando Shakes, the producers are offering a special discount for readers of this blog, this weekend only: Every show Friday, Saturday an Sunday is 2-FOR-1 tickets to anyone who mentions "" at the box office (normally $20 a piece. Cash only. Go!

Sorry for lack of links and snark. I'm writing this on an iPod touch in an airport.

Cake pops by @CrystalCakePops

@CrystalCakePops makes these insane things called "Cake Pops" which are basically bite-size pieces of cake dipped in a hard candy shell and put on a stick. I had one last week and it was like cake plus brownie gooey goodness. (They have a Facebook page too.) You can try one (or five) tonight at the very first performance in the new venue for SAK Comedy Lab at 7:30pm. Get there early for a seat (and a cake pop).

Sonnet-A-Thon | Locals try their hand at Shakespeare for Orlando Shakes-wareness

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater put on a wacky stunt Friday, February 12, 2010 from 11am-3pm. at the Plaza Cinema Cafe (155 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801). All of Shakespeare's sonnets (over 100) were read by Orlando citizens live at an event called "Sonnet-a-thon."

I got asked to read one of them and no, I still don't know what a sonnet is. Before I arrived, I decided to not try to be funny or original, as I figured most people would be doing just that. But, the people who went before me (except the talented Rob Ward) presented their sonnets and stoic and normal. So, I went to crazy town on mine. Plus, my sonnet begins by talking about bad actors. Type casting, once again.

Want to know who else read? View the schedule and watch the rest of the videos.

Winter Park Public Library has deals on local restaurants

Winter Park Public Library offers deals on local restaurants:

Want a great deal on an awesome meal? Pick up a “Bash for Books” Passport at the Winter Park Public Library and begin saving 10% at the six Bash for Books event sponsors! The 10% savings is valid on the entire purchase between now and March 12 (excluding February 12-14) at the following Bash sponsors:

Save the1941 KAST Shuffleboard Courts in Kissimmee

The City of Kissimmee is knocking down its lovely (but barely used these days) shuffleboard courts to "make way for an activity center and picnic areas." These courts are a relic from a bygone era that I feel should be preserved. I've seen them with my own eyes and they're glorious in they're "What the heck is this?"-ness and also historic: they "have been at the park longer than the monument of the states," which was begun in 1942.

The demolition is to be complete by May 2010, so go there NOW to see them before they're gone. 300 East Monument Avenue, Kissimmee, FL, Lakefront Park, corner of Johnston St. at East Monument Ave.

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Queer Quills Reading Series: Springs Awakening

The Queer Quills reading series continues with a reading of "Springs Awakening: Tragedy of Childhood" by Frank Wedekind directed by Jeremy Seghers (curator of the 2010 Audience Choice Awards) Sunday, April 18, 2010, 7:00pm - 10:30pm at Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park (home of the city's best community theatre and cookies) at 419A West Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL. Admission is a five buck donation. This play is the source material for the Tony-winning musical of the same name, and we are excited to present it in anticipation of the show's arrival in Orlando this May. When the poster comes out for this reading, it will feature original art by local artist Jessica Earley (curator of the 2009 Audience Choice Awards). (Photo Credit)

Laura Hodos and Chris Leavy play Winter Park Playhouse | Three Nights Only

Laura Hodos, one of my favorite singers in Orlando, and one of the A Night With the Girls singers, is doing a three show engagement accompanied by the talented Martini Tuesday-loving Chris Leavy, at Winter Park Playhouse in their new cabaret space Friday, February 26, 2010 at 7:30pm and Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 7:30pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets are CHEAP at $15 and include a drink. Get tickets at 407-645-0145 or online.Hello professional entertainment AND value! Love it. Mark this event as a Don't Miss.

Grow With the Garden | Audubon Park thanks you with wine, music and "reflection"

Here's a message from Audubon Park Garden District:

Though 2009 was a tough year, we had a very successful inaugural year thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of the community and are looking forward to an even better 2010. Please join us in March when we say thank you to our wonderful members and supporters. Leu Gardens(1920 North Forest Avenue)

6:00 pm - Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and music
6:30 pm - Introduction by Robert Stuart
6:40 pm - Hudson Marvel presents APGD first-year accomplishments
6:50 pm - Board elections
7:00 pm - Wine and music continues

Please RSVP to Kat at 407-590-8776 or

Florida Film Festival press event

I'll be front row center at the Florida Film Festival press event in March. Hopefully I'll have some fun stuff to share, or at least some photos of the backs of peoples' heads.

Honda Element Owners: Make yours an Art Car

Carl Knickerbocker is putting out a call for Honda Element owners to participate in Olando Museum of Art 1st Thursday event on March 4, 2010. He wants to transform your Honda Elements into "art cars" using benign magnet sheeting.Interested? Get his email address on his website.

Sophocles' Oedipus the King FREE reading

Theres a free reading of Oedipus the King Sunday March 7, 2010 at 7pm at the Orlando Shakespeare Center (812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, FL 32803). Free. No reservations required. Sophocles' cheery tale of patricide, accidental incest, suicide, prophecies and mistaken identity and it's all free! Everything you would expect from the greatest of the Greeks! Produced by the PlayFest Department and Directed by Laurel Clark.

Red Vs Blue by S.K.I.P.

Jeremy Seghers sent me the unreleased song "Red vs Blue" by local musician S.K.I.P. from his upcoming album "Until The Very End." I am loving the mess out of it. Listen above.

MSN and JimOnLight give Mobile Art Show some press!

1. wrote a piece called Ten Wackiest Businesses On Wheels and featured Mobile Art Show parked in downtown Orlando. The photo they ran was taken during show #5 featuring work by Lure Design.

2. did a write up on light artist Aron Altmark's work in show #6.

Garden Theatre Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

The Garden Theatre celebrates the second anniversary of its renovation and grand re-opening with Garden Encore! This special weekend of performances and activities will run March 5-6 at the Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street). For tickets or additional information, contact the Garden Theatre Box Office at 407-877-GRDN (4736) or Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Garden Theatre Box Office, located at 160 West Plant Street.

And Now For Something Comletely Different - A Festival

And Now For Something Comletely Different - A Festival is a celebration honoring the brilliance of Monty Python's Flying Circus including skits, English Ale, photos with a Viking or Lumberjack, Upper Class Twit of the Year, Best Silly Walk, Silly Olympiad, and Spam Art Contests. Submit a video of your character or skit and we will play it on the big screen. 5 minute time limit. Saturday April 3, 2010, 4-9pm produced by and located in the Audubon Park Garden District. (Source)

55 West: A High Rise Church Street Comedy

Playwright Michael Wanzie will once again take to the stage as Pearl Locksdale, along with Frank McClain as Physiatrist - Dr. Robert Burroughs, and Miss Sammy playing herself in 55 WEST: A High Rise Church Street Comedy opening on Saturday, March 13, at the Footlight Theatre (410 N. Orange Blossom Trail).

Live venues beware: Brian Feldman doesn't need you now that he's found Streaming Video

Two things I want to point out about this project. #1: Streaming is the new venue. Saves you from going through the hassle of securing and paying for a venue and its actually more convenient (in some cases) for your audience. #2: This "Maupin" project is a fabulous example of (a) finding opportunity by always paying attention and (b) aligning yourself with a story that already has an audience.

Ivanhoe Village

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Formerly known as "Antiques District," the area was taken over by the Main Street program and re-named Ivanhoe Village. The area this encompasses is "North Orange Avenue, Virginia Drive and E. Princeton Street just North of Downtown Orlando" and includes a lake and park, restaurants, various stores, two gelato shops, an actual record shop, design firms and a gay bar. More photos

Seven Sisters Coffee House Closing

Well this is just sad. After one year of operation, the charming teensy local coffee shop Seven Sisters on Mills Ave is closing. They're not going away, just closing their location. They'll be selling their coffee in another business. Here's the letter. Friends,

This month marks the one-year anniversary of Seven Sisters Coffee opening our doors at 911 N. Mills Avenue. The year has been an exciting, life-altering and fabulous one!

MOOM #8 | Feb 16, 2010 | Blank Space Art Lounge

February 16, 2010 | The 8th monthly Meeting of the Orlando Minds (MOOM) was held at Blank Space at 8:30am on a chilly Tuesday morning. We split off into groups and shared our projects, got feedback and were out in about an hour. Special thanks to Jefre at Blank Space for opening up so early, Jeff Wirth for leading the session and Event Coordinator Amanda Chadwick for organizational assistance.

Photo Credit: Amanda Chadwick

Orlando City Academy Program

This was sent in by Zac A:

The Mayor’s City Academy Program is held once a year in the spring. Participants meet every Thursday from 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. during the 10-week program, beginning March 18, 2010. Click here to apply online or download an application. The application deadline is Friday, February 26, 2010. You must be at least 18 years old. For information on the next session, please call 407.246.2169.

The Bowerbirds | Will's Pub

The Bowerbirds at Will's Pub
February 10, 2010
by Janessa Gurksy

Knowing their last studio album was released in July 2009 (titled "Upper Air" and available at Park Ave CDs), I nearly flipped my (enter your choice of curse word here) when I heard that this "sunshine pop" band from North Carolina were making their way to our Will's Pub this year.

(And by the way, I'm loving this little love affair I'm having with my neighborhood watering hole, but that is another story.)

The show was rich with instruments and soft like organic brush cotton. I loved hearing the music live, but the friend I brought with me to the show thought the set was a bit repetitive. The harmonies of Phil Moore (vocals, guitar, hi-hat/tambourine) and Beth Tacular (accordion, bass drum, vocals) were pitch perfect, and then sometimes purposely weaving in and out of tune to fun effect. One of the members of the band (name I'm not clear on) played the mandolin for a handful of songs.…

Aron Altmark | Mobile Art Show #6

We were honored to have lighting designer Aron Altmark as the featured artist in the Mobile Art Show for February 2010 (Facebook Event). It took place at the City Arts Factory at 29 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL. His light set-up enabled visitors to create light-based graffiti on the side of the UHaul parked across the street.

Visitors drew pictures, scribbled and wrote words with the tiny laser pointer provided by Altmark. Inside the City Arts Factory, the moving lights on the truck were visible through the large picture windows.

Special thank you to Donna Surles for being our Security Guard, City Arts Factory for welcoming us back once again and of course to Aron Altmark.

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Young Composers Challenge | UCF Center for Emerging Media

We NEED your help to get the word out to all young musicians in the central Florida area who could benefit from the FREE Young Composers Workshop being held at the UCF Center for Emerging Media on Saturday, March 13th. This is a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young musicians between the ages of 13 to 18 interested in learning how to write music for orchestral instruments.

This year, the Young Composers Challengeis now open to young musicians nation-wide. Workshop seating is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. We want to give our Central Florida young musicians an opportunity to register first, so please forward this email to everyone you know who may have a connection to a young musician between the ages of 13 and 18.

Photo Credit: Tisse Mallon

Central Florida charity Center for Grieving Children finds its way onto popular gossip blog

Congratulations to Central Florida charity Center for Grieving Children for the (probably) huge PR boost from appearing on We hope it helps!

The Twenty Dollar Play Series Continues

John DiDonna is my favorite Orlando local-lebrity I've never met.

Beyond all the directing and teaching and blog commenting he does, he started the Orlando Theatre Community Facebook Group (which now boasts over 640 members) just one week prior to Orlando Sentinel Theatre Critic Elizabeth Maupin announcing her departure from the Orlando Sentinel. Coincidence? Or Maupin-spiracy? (And let me say right now, that even though I am poking fun and this entire post is tongue in cheek and not to be taken seriously, I am seriously sad that Mrs Maupin is leaving the newspaper. Its a loss to the theatre and arts community.)

Osceola County Fair 2010

The Osceola County Fair runs today through February 21, 2010.

Ivanhoe Village | Spring Free

The business association called Ivanhoe Village is producing an event called Spring Free Sunday, March 14, 2010, 2:30pm - 7:30pm, at Gaston Edwards Park, N. Orange Avenue at Virginia Drive. "Live local bands, kids area, festival food, beer garden, awesome sunset over Lake Ivanhoe!" Facebook Event

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Marc With a C | Stardust Show

Orlando musician Marc With a C is performing a full show at Stardust. We were lucky enough to get him to perform in our live podcast recoding in January. Here are the details about his Stardust show:"Due to popular demand, we've scheduled the first full-length Marc With a C show in months. A full-on show with an all-request encore! Who knows when we'll be able to do another one?" Saturday, April 3, 2010, 9:00pm-midnight | Stardust Video: 1842 East Winter Park Road | All ages, Free.

Orlando Philharmonic | Concert at the Springs

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's outdoor Concert at The Springs puts the Orlando Philharmonic on a stage built right on the beautiful body of water known as Sanlando Springs. This salute to the Beach Boys features special guests Papa Doo Run Run, a California surf band. Last year this event sold out.

Help SAK move to City Arts Factory

Contact John at SAK ( if you can help them with their move the bowels of parking garage to the sparkly City Arts Factory. Below is his email.

Many of you have asked how/when/where can you help us with the move to City Arts - and we appreciate your goodwill! The following is a schedule of what kind of help we'll need and when. If you can come help us in any of these time/activity slots, please shoot me a line at and let me know, so we'll know who's coming and going. And thanks again for all your offers!

Auditions: Playfest 2010

Auditions for PlayFest at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Seeking Equity and Non-Equity. Workshop roles paid. Please prepare two contrasting monologues. 3 minutes total. Auditions will be held at the John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins Street, Orlando, Florida, 32803 on Sunday, February 21st from 12-4pm and Monday, February 22nd from 3-6pm. No appointment necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

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Orlando Event Rental Space

Interesting spaces to rent to host your next event. The cost changes so I didn't list the current prices. Did I leave a space off you think should be here? Let me know in the comments.

Say it Loud/ Big Orange Studio

Blank Space

Winter Park Farmers Market building

Icebar Orlando

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Edward Gorey exhibit | Orlando Museum of Art

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey
August 13 – October 31, 2010
Orlando Museum of Art
Loch Haven Park
2416 North Mills Ave., Orlando, FL

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) presents Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey opening on Friday, August 13, 2010, and continuing through Halloween. The exhibition features original illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings and ephemera by master illustrator and author Edward Gorey. An illustrated catalogue with an essay by Gorey scholar Karen Wilkin accompanies the exhibition.

Droll Academy at Drunken Monkey

The director of the two man improv show Droll Academy (Facebook) told me Monday the show is good. Then Brian Feldman told me he saw one of them (the short one) perform at SAK in the Labrats show and said he was good. Their next show is Wednesday February 17, 2010, 8:30pm, at Drunken Monkey (home of The Baratelli).

Chillounge Orlando makes Lake Eola look good

An outdoor lounge party, Chillounge, is coming to Orlando. "Lake Eola Park will transform into an outdoor lounge with six truckloads of chic, South Beach style lounge furniture, artistically arranged. The party will have the feel of a glamorous mix and mingle for the hip and social crowd. Presented by Cointreau. This year's event will benefit the Make-a-Wish-Foundation of Central and Northern Florida.

Driving Miss Daisy in Winter Garden

Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy," winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, is running at The Garden Theatre in Winter Garden. The play "has captured crowds for its astonishing dynamic character interactions between Miss Daisy Werthan, a cold, white Southern lady with a bulk of attitude and Hoke Colburn, a humble black man who becomes Daisy's chauffeur. The story, set in 1948, highlights racism and prejudices in America. This engaging comedy details the bond and unlikely friendship of these two opposites over the course of 25 years."

Inprogress Magazine February issue release party

InProgress Magazine celebrates its newest issue with a release party Friday, February 26, 2010, 10:00pm at Frames Forver (941 Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL). Their "next issue is supporting the local and upcoming photographers of central Florida, Miami, and Tampa."

Photographers include this issue: Peterson Guerrier, Tonya Dickie, Mauricio Murillo, Bradley Paul Valentine, Edgar Velasquez, Kristina Juarbe, Steve Parker, MIRIPHOTO, Giancarlo Brand and more.

2010 International Pillow Fight Day aka Pillowlando 2010

NOTE! | The location has changed to Wall Street Plaza per the producer.

2010 International Pillow Fight Day is Saturday, April 3, 2010. Over 52 cities including Orlando begin fighting at 5:00pm EST. Bring your own pillow and wait for the signal at Lorna Doone Park (adjacent to the Citrus Bowl, 1519 W Church Street Orlando FL 32805, MAP). At that time, pillows will swing and whack as those assembled experience a massive urban pillow fight. Free.

The 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. + Please, please, please do not use feather pillows! (This is a feather-free fight.) + If anyone has a hard pillow, you should return it to the shop, because it’s faulty. (Costumes and unique pillows definitely encouraged.)

Saint John of Las Vegas

UPDATE 2-16-10: There's a free screening of this film February 23, 2010 at AMC Universal Cineplex 20. Go to Tatame (Winter Park) and various other places in town to pick up the passes (February 16-20 only). Warning: Parking at AMC Universal Cineplex 20 is three bucks.

The film Saint John of Las Vegas opens February 26, 2010 in movie theaters in Orlando. Its described as "Raising Arizona meets Sideways."

John (Buscemi) is an ex-gambler who now works for an insurance company. The same fateful day that he strikes up an amorous relationship with Jill (Silverman), his quirky, smiley face-obsessed co-worker, opportunity knocks in the form of a promotion to Fraud Investigator.

Not only does this necessitate John to put his budding love life on hold, it also requires that he shadow Virgil (Malco), the maverick superstar of Townsend Insurance on an investigation to Las Vegas to debunk the accident claim filed by Tasty D. Lite (Chriqui), a wheelchair-bound stripper who’s looking to … Week of Amazingness

Due to scheduling needs and venue availability, this is a great week to try a sampling of most of our monthly/weekly live events:

Tuesday Feb 16, 2010
Meeting of the Orlando Minds

6pm-8pm- Martini Tuesdays

Thursday Feb 18, 2010
6pm-9pm- Mobile Art Show

Saturday February 20, 2010
12pm-1pm- LIVE

Peabody Orlando needs 200 in July

Need a job? Can you wait till July? The Peabody Orlando Hotel needs 200 people starting in July to work its new "750 rooms, 200,000 square feet of meeting space and other amenities such as eateries, recreation areas and spas. The average annual salaries for the new positions may range from $16,000 to $56,000..." Source

FABCO does French sampling in Sand Turkey District

FABCO (French American Business Council of Orlando) presents "An Evening of Treats" sampling including patries, breads, cheese, gelato and wine Friday February 19, 2010 at Whole Foods (8003 Turkey Lake Rd. Orlando 32819) in the Sand Turkey District. FABCO Members $8, Non Members $12. Tickets available online.

Alan Bounville, former Orlando resident, arrested in New York City

Former Orlando resident Alan Bounville was arrested in New York City Friday February 12, 2010 after he and three others from the activist group Queer Rising chained "themselves to the New York Marriage Bureau following the application and subsequent rejection of marriage licenses to more than 20 same-sex couples. (They) chained and pad-locked themselves to the entrance railing, subsequently blocking entry to the marriage bureau, according to the group." (Photo used without permission, (Source, Source)

Inspired Home | Stacked to the ceiling

Inspired Home is a tiny shop with a ton of lovely things for the home stacked to the ceiling. Please go and tell me its not a fantastic shop. I dare you.

Inspired Home
910 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789.

Orlando Folk Art Festival 2010

The 8th Annual Orlando Folk Art Festival was February 13 and 14, 2010, 10am to 5pm both days, free admission, at The Mennello Museum of American Art (900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803).

UCF reusable to go containers part of larger sustainability initiative

UCF dining services introduced a re-usable to-go container for $4.99 in January as part of their many sustainability initiatives. The school apparently uses over 3000 non-bio-degradable styrofoam to-go containers per week. The re-usable ones last up to two years. (Source)

Rotary Club of Orlando | Rotary Fest 2010 Art-In-Motion

Reader Stephanie Matos sent this in:

The 16th Annual RotaryFest 2010 Art-In-Motion is Saturday April 17, 2010, 10am-4pm. Chalk artists will be sketching away in Heritage Park (that park with the statue of the man wrestling an alligator) in front of Orange County Regional History Center (65 E. Central Blvd, Orlando). All types of artists will have their tents out selling their wares along Court Street between Central and Washington and and along Wall Street between Court Street and Orange Avenue. The tent vendors are unjuried and they're not charged a dime for being in the festival.

Artists application information

Jana Waring launches publishing company and new book

Blogger and writer Jana Waring appeared on our panel about blogging in Orlando February 8, 2010. You can join Jana Waring and friends as she celebrates the launch of Burrow Press, an independent publishing company, and its first publication: Jana's book "Who's That? Discovering Orlando One Interview at a Time" at Blank Space Art Gallery (201 E. Central Blvd) on March 24, 2010, 6:30pm-8:30pm. (Facebook Event page)

There will be a cash bar, free snacks, music, some form of entertainment, as well as all the people who participated in making the book.

Who's That? will be sold at the venue and is always available online.

Oviedo Chickens

Thank you to reader Zac A for sending in this video on Current about the chickens roaming the streets of Oviedo. Later in the video, the speaker talks about zoning and the lack of character the newer architectural development has in Oviedo.

Full Sail now branching off into.. theater?

Delayed, An Original Musical Comedy | Winter Park Playhouse

Katie Hammond performs at SAK Comedy Lab and Disney World and trained in improv in Chicago. She and a friend, Elaine Pechacek, have written a brand new musical called "Delayed," which is having a FREE public reading March 15, 2010 at 8pm at Winter Park Playhouse. I'd go.

More Info:
The free reading of the new musical comedy DELAYED, written by Elaine Pechacek and Katie Hammond, will be held at the Winter Park Playhouse (711 North Orange Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789) at 8pm on Monday, March 15, 2010.

The cast features Summer Aiello, Christine Decker, Charles Gray, Sarah Hanchar, Matt Horohoe, Ryan Kim and Meghan Moroney.