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The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls | Florida Film Festival

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” is Unrated.
Total Running Time: 84 MIN
Plays April 14, 2010 9:30pm Plaza Cinema Cafe; April 17, 2010 7:15pm at Regal Winter Park Village

About: Mark Baratelli and Jeremy Seghers review a film in the 2010 Florida Film Festival, “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.

Spring Awakening (The Musical) To Spend a Week at Bob Carr

Broadway’s most talked about new musical and the biggest Tony Award®-winner in years is coming to Orlando, Fla. Spring Awakening, the 8-time Tony Award® winning Broadway musical, will open at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre playing for eight performances beginning May 18 and is presented in Orlando by FAIRWINDS - Broadway Across America – Orlando.

Tickets for SPRING AWAKENING go on sale Friday, April 2 at 10:00a.m. and start at $34.00. Tickets can be purchased at the FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America – Orlando Box Office, Amway Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and online. To charge-by-phone call 1-800-982-2787. Group orders for 20 or more may be placed by calling (407) 423-9999 x17 or (800) 950-4647.

Queer Quills Reading Series: Springs Awakening

The team of Heidi Dog Productions and Kangagirl Productions is proud to announce the continuation of their Queer Quills with a reading of Frank Wedekind’s controversial play Spring Awakening. The reading will take place on Sunday, April 18 at 7:00PM at Breakthrough Theatre.

Whats Up Downtown April 1, 2010

Downtown Development Board delivers some of their notices via email as photos. I think they're required by law. Here is their photo-notice about the April 1 8:30am "Whats Up Downtown" meeting.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra | Color Cathedral

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Color Cathedral, the ninth concert in its 2009-2010 Super Series on Saturday, April 17, 2010, 8:00 PM at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando. The concert is sponsored by The University of Central Florida. The Artist Sponsors are Lynn and Chuck Steinmetz. The Super Series is sponsored by Darden Restaurants Foundation.

17th Annual Hearts of Gold Brings Styx, Free Drinks and 2,000 Supporters to Hard Rock Live

We're covering the 17th Annual Hearts of Gold, a benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida Friday, April 16, 2010 at Hard Rock Live thanks to the generosity of the producers. 2,000 "government, business and philanthropic leaders, and concert enthusiasts" attended last year, so it sounds like a large event. VIP tickets start at $200 and concert-only $37/$52.

The night starts with a VIP reception and silent auction in two rooms: the Art Bar and the Lennon Room. Complimentary cocktails, beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be shoved into purses before the highlight of the night: a Styx concert in the main concert hall.

The Ultimate Styx fan package is up for Ebay bidding until April 2. 2010. The package includes Front Row Seats, Exclusive VIP Reception before the concert in elite Lennon Room (includes complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres) and a Meet & Greet party with STYX after the concert.

Full disclosure: We're receiving two free ticket…

Hugh Cromwell wants you to have his new single

You can download a new song by Hugh Cornwell called  "Don’t Put Me On A Slow Boat To Trowbridge” for free. Its from his new album Hooverdam.

The Runaways | Movie Review

by Mark Baratelli
Published March 30, 2010

The story of "The Runaways" is simple and sometimes stretched, but seeing this 1970s power band go from obscurity to Japanese fame through director Floria Sigismondi's editing is a fun ride overall.

Joan Jett (Kristin Stewart) is a brave teen walking up to music producer Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) at the Rodney Bingenheimer-owned English Disco on Sunset Strip in the early 1970s. The whacked-out Fowley teams her up with a few straggling female musicians and forms a lady-band via multiple abusive (yet helpful) rehearsals in the crummy intestines of a one-room trailer. "The Runaways" is born.

My Fair Lady | Orlando Phil and Mad Cow Theatre put on Semi-Staged Bob Carr Concert

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra collaborates with Mad Cow Theatre to present the tenth concert in the 2009-2010 Super Series, a semi-staged production of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, My Fair Lady. Two performances will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando. A matinee performance is held at 2:00 PM and an evening performance is held at 8:00 PM. Sponsors for the performances are the Darden Foundation (Super Series Sponsor), Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/Bank of America Corporation (Concert Sponsor), Harriett Lake (Artist Sponsor), United Arts of Central Florida and Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Cultural Tourism Program.

Design student fashion show

The International Academy of Design and Technology is putting on a fashion show called "Imagine" Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Plaza in downtown Orlando (6pm VIP, 7pm doors open, 8pm show). Garments by the over 30 designers from the school will range from traditional sportswear, to elaborate evening wear, and even a bit of avant garde couture. Jayde from Johnny and Jayde in the Morning on XL 106.7 will be there and food (dunno if its dinner or what) by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts will be provided. A portion of the proceeds go to the Central Florida Zoo.

Tickets are available at the International Academy of Design & Technology – 6039 South Rio Grande Avenue Orlando, FL 32809. For info call 407.857.2300 or visit

Alan Gilmore, Stephanie Girard & TJ Mannarino headline Entertainment Design Forum

Mad Cow Theatre (105 S Magnolia Ave) is putting on a public talk with a panel of top design experts in the entertainment industry called "Entertainment Designer Forum" April 23rd, 2010. (Two sessions: 6:30pm and 9:00pm). Tickets are $25 and available online or at 407-297-8788. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in honor of Stephanie Girard.

About: A panel of design experts will discuss their styles and philosophy in designing theme parks and film sets. A Q&A session will follow each presentation and a silent auction will be held for original artwork, theme park memorabilia, and rare HHN collectables.

Stephanie Girard: Designer for feature films
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Scream Team
TJ Mannarino, Director: Art & Design Entertainment Universal Studios

Special Guest
Alan Gilmore: Art Director for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azcaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The …

Call to Artists | Florida's Art in State Building Program

CALL TO ARTISTS - Miami-Dade County Health Department Administration Building. Florida's Art in State Building Program announces a new public art project with a budget of $69,700. The Art Selection Committee for the new Miami-Dade CHD Administration facility would like to commission
artwork for one of two potential artwork sites - one exterior and one interior. Interested artists should visit the Call to Artists page of the ASB Program's web site to read more about this project and see how to submit their qualifications by the deadline date. If there is need for further information, contact the ASB Program Manager, Lee Modica, at or 850-245-6476.

Locals-only downtown fashion show

To highlight local stores and designers, Ourlando is putting on "The Runway Show on Wall Street" Saturday April 3, 2010, 7pm-9pm at Slingapours (18 Wall Street in downtown). Free admission. (Facebook)

Those local businesses presenting include
Sweet Boutique |Ready to Wear Summer Fun
Other Peoples Property | Vintage
Ensemble Pieces | handmade casual clothing & jewelry
Current | Men's Fashion from Winter Park
Design du Jour | exquisite handmade handbags
Karie Sue Creations | extravagant handmade hair pieces

Most Stylish CoWorker Contest Extended to June 1st!

Thank you Orlando Sentinel for writing about our contest! 

UPDATE 4-29-10: This contest has been extended to June 1, 2010! Enter Now! Submit your coworker (or yourself) to our "Most Stylish CoWorker" contest and win a $75 Gift Certificate to Fashion Square Mall*. Email a photo showing your coworker (male or female) at work in one of their best outfits to mark AT thedailycity DOT com. You must include name, coworker's name and your daytime contact phone number. Winner chosen by reader vote. One winner only. Deadline is 11:59pm April 30, 2010. All photos will be put online on this blog. *Good at stores that accept American Express only

Technical Difficulties

Blogger (the host for this blog) is having technical difficulties with images. Some of the images on this blog are not viewable at this time. As soon as it is fixed, this post will be deleted. Thank you. (Thank you FSG Northeast Chapter for stating it so clearly)

MetLife Blimp Welcomes Staff Member For Ride Across Orlando Skies

Thomas Thorspecken, Amanda Chadwick, Brian Feldman
March 29, 2010 | One of our Live Events Coordinators, Amanda Chadwick, had the unique opportunity to ride in the MetLife blimp named Snoopy One March 25, 2010 thanks to a special arrangement made through the generosity of MetLife. It'd been a dream for her to ride in one since childhood. At 11am at the Orlando Executive Airport, it came true!

Best Worst Movie | 2010 Florida Film Festival

by Mark Baratelli
Published March 29, 2010

Don't bother reading this review for Best Worst Movie. Just buy a ticket and see it April 12 or 14, 2010 at the Winter Park Village Cinemas.

BWM is a quality documentation of underground cult classic status being thrust onto a cast of mishappen, charming characters. A terrible 90s film, Troll 2, is resurrected by American hipsters (not said in a derogatory way) as the second coming, sparking a sold out, standing ovation showing at Upright Citizens Brigade NYC, a "Midnite For Maniacs" showing in San Francisco and an successful outdoor showing on a blow up screen in some town I forget the name of. Several fans across the US are shown speaking to their passion for this film. Conversely, the film is ignored at a horror convention, unknown at a London sci fi convention and disliked at a showing in one of the star's hometowns.

Meth | 2010 Florida Film Festival

by Mark Baratelli
Published March 29, 2010

"Meth" is a 24 minute "Requiem For a Dream"-ish short by 13-year tv production veteran Michael Maney about a Meth addict with a heart of whatever's the opposite of gold. The main character Nikki, a skanky drug fiend, wastes her money on meth till she's broke, but curiously never wastes down to the frail runway skin-and-bones I thought was the hidden benefit of drug abuse. Her child-having sister lets her have it in a few brief "You're a drug addict" phone scenes, while a pawn shop-owning friend refuses to buy a styrofoam head-topped $20 mannequin. Nikki, said meth addict, eventually does logic battle with that mannequin. Enjoying the ability to reappear inside her gigantic upstairs loft after being burned, let alone talk and blink Amanda Seyfried-sized eyes, the mannequin makes demands of Nikki that lead to a surprise ending. The "you know something's coming but you don't know what" …

The Pollock Project

The Pollock Project was Sunday March 28, 2010 at 2pm at The Mennello Museum of American Art. (Video by Brian Feldman) It was a collaborative effort between DRIP and Beth Marshall Presents. We told you about it March 20, 2010. If you missed it, watch the video below. (We've eliminated our calendar so you gotta check back daily to keep up with notices like those.)

Sea World (and animal captivity) the Target of Performance Artist Brian Feldman's Latest Project

“The tragic death of the trainer suggests that maybe we have outgrown the need to keep such wild, enormous, complex, intelligent and free-ranging animals in captivity, where their behavior is not only unnatural, it can become pathological.” – Jean-Michel Cousteau

“...building a tank the size of Rhode Island wouldn’t be large enough for a six-ton male such as Tilikum, an animal capable of swimming 100 miles in a day.” - Whale Expert

Brian Feldman endures 18 hours of confinement in a stranger’s bathtub, one hour for each year* Tilikum the orca has been held captive in a space of comparative size at SeaWorld® Orlando. *since January 9, 1992

Saturday, March 27, 2010 6:00am -11:59pm (18 hours) at the SeaHouse® Orlando (1132 Edgewater Court, Orlando FL 32804-6719, map). Note: This is not on SeaWorld® property. It is a private residence near Downtown Orlando. Admission: Adult $78.95, Child (ages 3-9) $68.95, Florida Residents $68.95. All SeaWorld® Annual Passports accepted. Driv…

Bach Flies in Andrew From Paris to Replace Horacio

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has just been informed that Horacio Gutièrrez, the featured performer on the March 28, 2010 3:30pm Visiting Artist series recital, has fallen ill. They secured an outstanding replacement who will be flying directly from Paris specifically for this engagement. Andrew von Oeyen is a critically acclaimed pianist with an elite international performing résumé who rose to the public spotlight in America in July 2009 when he played with the National Symphony Orchestra under Erich Kunzel for “A Capitol Fourth” celebration, broadcast nationally on PBS stations. Von Oeyen’s program features several works from his recent recording, including pieces by Berg, Beethoven, and Liszt. Where: Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

History of Fashion | Maitland Historical Museum

History of Fashion exhibition opening reception is April 15, 2010 at 5:30pm at Maitland Historical Museum (221 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland). Runs til June 27, 2010. $5 for non-members, free for members. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception, and an alphabet sampling of fashion based on the book by MHS member Sue Dyer. Exhibition will be in new community gallery, a space where people can share their personal collections and stories. Regular tour hours noon-4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. RSVP 407-644-2451

Project Runway Alum Nick Verreos Played Host of Macys Fashion Director Promo Event

Macy's at Mall of Millenia brought Project Runway alum Nick Verreos to host a "fashion challenge" promo event in Orlando for Macy's Fashion Director Thursday, March 25, 2010. 
Nick Verreos of Project Runway emcees the challenge "what to wear for coffee with your ex" at Macy's at Mall at Millenia. Participants include (from left): model Kelcie Richter, contestant Janice Lachman, Nick Verreos, model Meghan Latare and contestant Krystle Parmentier. (Photo/ Phelan Ebenhack)  Nick Verreos of Project Runway congratulates Kathy Thompson for winning the "What you would wear to a Beyonce concert" challenge style, modeled by Chanel Howell at the Macy's Style Challenge event at Mall at Millenia. (Photo/ Phelan Ebenhack)  Photo #2: Nick Verreos of Project Runway poses with Krystle Parmentier of Kissimmee (right) and her challenge-winning selection of the perfect outfit for coffee with your ex, modeled by Meghan Latare at the Macy's Style Challenge ev…

The Runaways

The Runaways comes out April 9, 1010. We're seeing a screening next week. Review to come.

About the film: The Runaways follows two friends, Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. They fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself—and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock ’n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.

Sea World, Orlando City Hall and several Orlando businesses join expected millions in turning lights off

Earth Hour 2010, expected to be the " largest-ever call to action on climate change" asks you simply to turn off your lights Saturday, March 27th from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Its a global event in which people across the world turn out their lights for one hour. Last year it attracted more than 80 million participants in the U.S. and nearly a billion people around the world.

The date was set in March because it is close to the Spring Equinox, a period when the most number of countries around the world will experience darkness in the 8 o’clock hour.

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, Sea World in Orlando, the strip in Las Vegas, New York’s Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral, California’s Santa Monica Pier and the Space Needle in Seattle are among the hundreds of sites that will turn off non-essential lighting for the hour.

The City of Orlando is also having City Hall participate. Others in O…

Orlando Does Not Go To Crazy Town Like Topeka and Duluth

The City of Orlando’s application to Google to be a test site for the company’s experimental ultra high speed internet network just got “super-charged” with a $100,000 commitment from one of Florida’s leading philanthropies. Good timing: the application is due Friday March 26, 2010.

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Inc. of Winter Park, Florida has committed up to $100,000 to help community nonprofits fully implement the ultra high speed internet network if Google selects Orlando.

This act of generosity is less ridiculous than the Mayor of Topeka, Kansas offering to change the name of his city to Google, Kansas. The Mayor of Duluth, Minnesota jumped into icy water. City staffers in Palo Alto, California danced to YMCA on video.

The City is reminding residents and businesses that Google wants to hear directly from them. They can let Google know that Orlando should be the company's choice by going to

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is well recognized for c…

White House Concert | Mattiahu Braun & Susan McCoy

Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 7:30pm at The White House (2000 S. Summerlin) a duo recital, featuring Mattiahu Braun and Susan McCoy, will be featured. Mati played violin for the NY Philharmonic for many years, and he is very active in Orlando now, playing frequent recitals at Rollins and elsewhere. Susan is a busy violinist/violist in the area, playing for the OPO, Bach Festival, and others.

They will play different duets from a range of composers, including the Martinu duet for violin and viola, a very interesting, 20th century piece. Art will be provided by Polly Podolsky. You are encouraged to bring a fine beverage of your choice, and a small dish to share.

N.U.N.Sketch does Alice In Wonderland

N.U.N. Sketch put on a live sketch event called "Queens of (T)art in A Mad Hatter's Tea Party" Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at The Cameo Theatre. Photo credit: Faded Beauty

Amanda in the Sky With Guy Mans

One of our team members, Amanda C, got herself a ride on the Snoopy blimp. It will be flying over downtown around 11am TODAY (March 25, 2010). Along for the ride are Brian Feldman and Thomas Thorspecken. Amanda will take photos we will share here, Thor will sketch during the ride and post the sketch on his blog and Brian Feldman will stream the experience live below.

After a long dinner at IHOP last Thursday, the name "Amanda in the Sky With Guy Mans" was chosen as the event name.

Derek Gores | Blank Space

Orlando's newest contemporary art gallery, BLANK SPACE (201 East Central Boulevard), welcomes national award-winning artist Derek Gores and his intoxicating twist on beauty. In his torn paper collages, Gores recycles maps, magazines, wine labels and more to create his lush portraits on canvas. The show opens Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:00pm and runs until Monday, April 19, 2010. The artist will be at opening night.

Gores exhibits coast to coast, recently showing at the Manifest Equality exhibit in LA, with Gallery Provocateur in Chicago, and at the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento. Derek lives in Melbourne and is part of the bold team that just finished up Robot Love 2.0.
Gores was honored in 2009 to be selected for the Manifest Hope DC exhibit prior to the Presidential Inauguration, and has also just joined the nationally known Thinkspace Gallery in LA.

Also a professional designer, Gores clients include Kings of Leon, ESPN, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Reebok and more.

N.U.N. Sketch does Alice In Wonderland

There's a sketch event I *just* found out about tonight, Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at The Cameo Theatre called N.U.N. Sketch. Doors at 6 pm, sessions start at 6:30 pm. 5 to sketch the 2 hour long pose session. $7 to sketch the full 2.5 hours of poses. $10 for photographers and anyone wishing to take reference photos for their artwork (a release form IS required for photographers, and we will have copies on site). Theme changes every month.

What to Expect: N.U.N. Sketch is a group of models appearing as Queens of (T)art in A Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The event is open to artists of any media, including photography, and even to casual gawkers who just want to hang out. Our drawing sessions feature 30 minutes of short poses and 2 hours of long poses.

What is N.U.N Sketch? N.U.N. Sketch is a sketch club, consisting of three costumed models. Every meeting will be themed and all three models will be dressed according to the evenings theme. All three ladies are experienced models, dancer…

Florida Film Festival launches streaming for 2010

Enzian Theater announced March 24, 2010 that during the the Florida Film Festival (April 9 through 18, 2010), it will stream live on its site "behind-the-scene filmmaker and celebrity interviews, exciting special event party coverage, in-depth industry panel conversations, and intimate question and answer sessions."

“We’ve partnered with innovators in Internet broadcasting and major players in traditional broadcasting to create an easy and accessible way for online users to connect and experience this event.”

This collaborative partnership includes Future Dog Entertainment, Bright House Networks and the Festival’s parent organization, Enzian.

Central Florida actor Mikki Scanlon was tapped to host this project on camera. Roger Moore says Scanlon is a "local actress and aspiring producer" and "a fixture on local film sets, the Florida Film Festival, and wherever film is to be made or enjoyed."

Osceola County Camera Club

First meeting of the Osceola County Camera Club will be Thursday, March 25 at 7 pm at the St. Cloud Arts Incubator (1120 Pennsylvania Ave, St Cloud, FL 34769). Their monthly meetings "will offer Club members the opportunity to learn about photography and meet fellow photo enthusiasts. Aside from seminars and educational lectures, we also plan on hosting group photo critiques to further build our confidence and refine our photographic technique."

Osceola County Camera Club:
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Laura Hodos and Chris Leavy play the Citrus Club

United Arts of Central Florida in association with Citrus Club Orlando presents Musical Theatre Performer Laura Hodos, accompanied by Mr. Chistopher Leavy, in Hero Worship: Songs I've Only Attempted in My Shower. April 8, 2010 6pm-7:45 pm.

Ms. Hodos was most recently seen at the Winter Park Playhouse, where she performed her sold-out cabaret show entitled "Hero Worship: Songs I've Only Attempted in My Shower!" During this very special performance, Ms. Hodos performed select pieces from her New York-style cabaret featuring a diverse repertoire including Broadway standards and hits and also shared what life is like through the eyes of a professional musical theatre performer.

As featured in an article by Elizabeth Maupin on February 25th: A New Jersey Native, Ms. Hodos has also performed at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy and Radio City with Maureen McGovern. Locally, she has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, Winter Park Playhouse, O…

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer at Community Food and Outreach Center for "Day of Hope"

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will work alongside 125 local ARAMARK volunteers March 23, 2010 at 10:30 am at Community Food & Outreach Center (150 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL 32806) and lead the Community Food and Outreach Center’s “Day of Hope” to provide food, clothing and other critical human services to those struggling in Central Florida.

Mayor Dyer, with local volunteers, will kick off the “Day of Hope” and hand out emergency food boxes supplied by Universal Studios Orlando. Volunteers will also help families sign up for other programs such as Food Stamps, Medicaid and Florida Kidcare in the Community Food and Outreach Center’s Crisis Relief Center.

Volunteers will work on campus beautification and improvement projects, focused on improving the atmosphere and visibility of this outreach center: outdoor signage and murals, landscaping, bike racks, clothing distribution areas, and a nutritional food corner in the hunger relief center.

Citizens interested in volunteering or donatin…

Save the world and go to London With Scottie

Glicon* Scottie Campbell is giving away a $3,000 trip to London to the person who can tell him their "best idea for making the world a better place." The trip is May 25-31, 2010 and includes flight and is all expenses paid minus lunches, dinners and personal spending. The due date for your idea is April 5, 2010. (*Glicon = Gay Local Icon)

Special advertising deal for shows in the Orlando Fringe Festival

We're giving a special deal to shows in the Orlando Fringe who want to advertise on our site. You get one ad posted to the sidebar of our site. That ad will show online from the time you send it in till the final day of Fringe (May 31, 2010) for fifty bucks.

This site averages 20,000 pageviews a month and in 2009 was named "Best Arts Blog" by Orlando Sentinel and "Best Local Blog by Orlando Weekly.

This ad special is only good for those with shows in the 2010 Orlando Fringe Festival. The ad runs from the time you send it in to May 31, 2010. You must pay by making payments to markbaratelli AT gmail DOT com through Ad size: width: 5.5" height: 1.5". No animated gifs or videos. Send your email to markbaratelli AT gmail DOT com with your gif, jpg or png as an attachment, list the url you want the ad to link to, and any other pertinent instructions.

High Gloss party announces "Orlando's newest alternative art space" in April

High Gloss is "a ground breaking one night event that features some of Orlando's most dedicated local talent. HIGH GLOSS will feature 2 fashion shows, 4 Artists Painting Live in a Battle format, 6 DJs playing anything and everything, 1 Live Band, and YOU! Focusing on the Art, Fashion, Music & Design base within our city, HIGH GLOSS was created as a vehicle to connect Orlando's ever growing creative community with the public. Simultaneously creating exposure to their talents and spreading the awareness of Downtown Orlando's newest alternative art space...To be Announced at the Event (Opening June 2010)."

April 16, 2010. 9pm-2am. Doors open at 9pm. Cover : $10 (Includes 2 free drink tickets). 18 and up welcome. 57 West Pine Street in downtown Orlando 32801.

DJ Sets By: Y-NOT | STRUK | QUESO | BRYZER | BEN DOVER | TBA. Live Art Battle By: DRES13 vs. Socky Chop, Dustin Orlando vs. Brandon McLean. Live Performance By: Please Respect Our Decadence. 2 Fashion Shows B…

Schoolhouse Rock Live at Orlando Shakes

Schoolhouse Rock, Live: The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series teaches history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs live on stage. LIVE ON STAGE! You and your children won’t want to miss it!  ADULTS WILL LOVE IT TOO!  Relive those old memories of Saturday morning TV!

Weekend Show Times: March 27 – April 18 | Sat – 2 pm, Sun – 4:30 pm. Ticket Price only $10! Special Adults Only Performance Night: Friday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. mixing and mingling reception with one free glass of beer or wine and light hors d'oeuvres. (additional beverages available for purchase). 7:30 p.m. Special prizes and giveaways. 8 p.m.  The show. Ticket Price $15. Orlando Shakes 812 E. Rollins Street, Orlando, 32803

Box Office: 
407.447.1700 or

Indie Film Jam 2010 accepting submissions

6th Annual Indie Film Jam 2010 accepting submissions: Screen your music inspired docs, videos and shorts for thousands of music and film fanatics on Florida Music Festival 2010 Opening Night. Past screenings and speakers include Screaming Masterpiece featuring Sigur Ros and Bjork, Whiskey on a Sunday featuring Flogging Molly and Skid Rowfeaturing Pras of the Fugees, and Thomas Ian Nicholas(American Pie, Rookie of the Year).

Submit now via email to: with a link to your music video or music inspired documentary/short. Submissions close on Wed, March 31st. Include the following in your email:
1) Where does the 6th Annual FMF Indie Film Jam take pla…

Neighborhood & Community Summit: Building on a Decade of Success and Moving our Community Forward

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Orlando residents to attend the 5th Annual Neighborhood & Community Summit: Building on a Decade of Success and Moving our Community Forward on Saturday, April 10 from 7:30 a.m.- 2:00 pm at the Marriott Downtown Orlando (400 West Livingston Street). Free parking is available at the Amway Arena in the south parking lot off Livingston across from the Marriott Downtown.

Residents who register by Friday, March 26 will receive a discounted cost of only $5. After March 26 the cost is $10. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshops. Registration forms are available online at For more information, call (407)246-2169.

About: Structured around Mayor Dyer’s recent State of the City Address, The Summit will bring together neighborhood, arts & cultural, civic, community-based and faith-based leaders to gain insight on innovative and exciting City initiatives, discuss community and building opportunities and create…

Art With a Heart Haiti Fundraiser in Maitland

100% of the money raised from the sale of art at Art With a Heart Haiti Fundraiser is being donated to Doctors without Borders in Haiti. The event is Friday, March 26th, 3-9 pm at Maitland Art Center (Germaine Marvel Building, 10 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland, FL)

Live music, wine and good art conversation will be featured as well as a painting demo by local artist and MAC teacher Patti Shistle, will be featured. Her painting will be sold, along with a variety of artworks donated by local artists and collectors, during the 6 hour art sale and silent/live auction.

Jaron Lanier discusses "You Are Not a Gadget" book at Rollins College

Jaron Lanier, founding contributing editor of Wired magazine and the person who coined the term “virtual reality,” will discuss his new book "You Are Not a Gadget: The Musical Side of the Puzzle" in Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm. This event is free. More info.

Lanier is highly critical of Web 2.0, asserting that the digital hive is growing at the expense of individuality and creativity. He says that one of the downfalls of collective Internet culture is that we rely too much on groupthink. He warns that our financial markets and sites like Wikipedia, Facebook and Twitter are elevating the “wisdom” of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and judgment of individuals.

The New York Times has written pieces on him and he has written lots of op-ed pieces criticizing the “free” aspect of Internet content, which he says ultimately hurts creativity.


UPDATE 3-22-10: Lanier was mistakenly l…

Orange County Regional History Center | Out of This World Fashion Show

Orlando Event TV filmed the Out of This World Fashion Show at the Orange County Regional History Center on March 6, 2010. The sold out event featured unique superhero and villain-inspired designs from IADT Students as well as celebrity judges from the current season of Project Runway. Though the event has already taken place and the results are already known, the students and celebrities that put the event together make it worth checking out even now as an example of a cool Orlando event put on t in coordination with the 'Out of This World' Costume exhibition currently happening at the History Center through May 16th.

Emcee: Dan Williams, Digital Media Production Department Chair, International Academy of Design & Technology; competed as "Parthenon" on the Sci Fi Channel reality show "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?" (season 2)

Judges: Sven J. Bode, publisher (Orlando Style magazine), Chris Kirkpatrick (XL 106.7 FM), Douglas J. Nesbitt (photographer)


Outsider Art Fair 2010

by Mark Baratelli

Winter Park small business Frames Forever & Art Gallery (941 Orange Ave Winter Park, FL 32789) held the 2nd Annual Outsider Art Fair on Saturday March 20, 2010, timed to coincide with the 51st Annual Winter Part Sidewalk Arts Festival down the road.

The first site visitors saw at this frame shop-turned-event-space was performance artist Brian Feldman doing a sequel to sleepwalk, a piece he premiered at the 2009 Outsider Art Fair. In the first version, Feldman let people walk over him as he slept inside a case for 50 hours. This time around, he let people walk below him while he sleepwalked above them, hence the title sleepwalk: i walk over you. The ten foot high scaffolding and man-with-blanket was a draw to the drivers zooming by.

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival 2010 | Our Favorites

The 2010 Winter Park Art Festival was March 19-21, 2010 and snaked through Central Park, crossed over the train tracks and emptied onto Park Avenue. Here are my favorite vendors and pieces. (Note: I like quirky.)

F! The Man Fest a "big middle finger to corporatism, consumerism and the man"

F! The Man Fest is Saturday March 20, 2010 8pm-12am at Cameo Theatre (1013 E. Colonial Dr, Orlando) and billed as a celebration of local and indie culture and a "big middle finger to corporatism, consumerism, and 'the man.'" There's live art featuring the Spore Project & Katy Elizabeth, Indie Crafts, Free Munchies from The Social Chameleon, Live Music From SNAFU, Run Rhino, and One Night Stan, Comedy by Alex & The Beard, Finger Painting, Beer & Wine Lots of Cool People who Hate the Man and more. Tix are $5 for 21+ ($7 for 21) and available online.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) runs at The Garden Theatre March 12-April 3, 2010 (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm). Tickets are $22 (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and $18 Sundays. ($18 Seniors/Students, $10 kids under 12) For tickets call 407-877-4736.

"This high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare's plays, accomplishes all 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was London's longest-running comedy, praised by the Los Angeles Times as "wildly funny" and by the Montreal Gazette as "the funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime.” “A fantasia of zany energy that throws together Monty Python-ish drag and Mel Brook-ish anything-for-a-laugh gags.” -Michael Musto, New York Daily News."

Pollock Project | art, dance & acting collaboration

The Pollack Project is Saturday March 27, 2010 at 7pm and Sunday March 28, 2010 at 2pm at The Mennello Museum of Art. Tickets are five bucks and includes admission to the museum. Its described as a "unique collaboration event between The Mennello, Beth Marshall Presents and DRIP exploring the marriage of Jackson Pollock's art and the human condition." The cast features John Didonna as Jackson Pollock, Jennifer Bonner as Lee Krasner, Douglas McGeoch as Hans Namuth, Music/Dance/Performance Art by the dance group DRIP. For info & reservations: 407-246-4278 or

Natalie Cordone and Chris Leavy

Natalie Cordone and Chris Leavy (Musical Director) are taking their cabaret show on the road to New York City, but before they go they're performing one last time in Orlando March 27, 2010, 7:30-8:30pm at Winter Park Playhouse. If you missed their two sold out shows in Orlando last January, make a reservation by calling the playhouse at 407-645-0145. Tickets are $15.

Central Florida Earth Day 2010

Central Florida Earth Day (FB) is Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. Organizers are projecting 350 vendors and 30,000 attendees.

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The event will include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; environmental and humane education; artist and craft corners; and live music and entertainment. Central Florida Earth Day will draw both committed environmentalists and those who want to learn more about how to protect our health, the planet, and its inhabitants. You can promote your business or group to thousands of people who want to learn more about environmentalism and the varied products and services that support an eco-friendly and a veg-friendly way of life. All money raised will be used for local environmental education and outreach.

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Mayor Dyers Datebook

Here are a few public events Mayor Dyer will be attending next week.

Monday, March 22, 2010 | 10:00 a.m. | Council Chambers
Orlando Utilities Commission Reliably Green and Creative Village Update | Mayor Dyer and the Orlando City Council will hear two workshop presentations. The first will be a Creative Village Update given by Frank Billingsley, Director of the City of Orlando Economic Development Department followed by a presentation entitled Orlando Utilities Commission Reliably Green given by Roseann Harrington, Vice President of Orlando Utilities Commission.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | 10:30 a.m. | 150 West Michigan Street
Work-Along for the Community Food and Outreach Center’s “Day of Hope” | Mayor Dyer will work-along with volunteers and lead the Community Food and Outreach Center’s “Day of Hope” to provide food, clothing and other critical human services to those struggling in Central Florida.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 3:00 p.m.
Orlando Pottery Studio, 649 West Livingston …

Burrow Press | Local publisher launches with interview book

We welcome the birth of a brand new Orlando-based independent publishing company dedicated to discovering writing talent in its hometown: Burrow Press.

"Burrow Press will publish fiction and “other works that move and inspire us,” says founder and author, Jana Waring. Burrow Press is differentiated by its year-round publishing schedule, commitment to advance publishing technology, and collaborative approach. Authors have hands-on involvement during the entire publishing process, from story development to cover design to marketing. The publisher will also serve as an incubator for the area’s literary community."

Burrow Press’ first booking signing and launch party is for Who's That?, a collection of interviews with locals conducted by Burrow Press owner Jana Waring. The party is Wednesday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Blank Space Art Gallery (201 E. Central Boulevard, Orlando, 32801). DJ, music, complimentary appetizers and cash bar.

Support your local multinational conglomerate

Thank you to Chris L for sending this in: Get a free pastry on the morning of March 23, 2010 until 10am with the purchase of a handcrafted beverage. Go to participating Starbucks on Free Pastry Day, March 23, show them this coupon on your cell or paper, buy a coffee drink and get a pastry free. The pastries are free of dollars and artificial flavors, dyes, trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup. (Source, Photo Source)

Croissants, Muffins, Bagels, Breads, Pound Cakes, Scones, Rolls, Doughnuts, Coffee Cakes, Morning Bun and Cheese Danish. Offer available at participating U.S. stores with the purchase of any handcrafted or brewed beverage on March 23, 2010. Limit one free morning pastry per customer. Offer good between opening (4 a.m. for 24 hour stores) and 10:30 a.m. or until pastries are gone, whichever comes first. Opening hours and pastry selections vary by location. Supplies are limited. Offer not valid in Hawaii, (except Oahu) or at Barnes and Noble Cafes. Starbucks reserves the …

Tennessee Williams party brings "families" together for Florida Film Festival

Tennessee Williams’ Southern Gothic “Family” Reunion (info) is Saturday, April 10, 6:30pm at a private manor home for $175 (General Admission) or $250 (Friends of Enzian). Includes Reserved Seating closer to the action and special gift at your table. Sixty bukcs of your ticket price serves as a tax-deductible contribution to Enzian. Buy online.

Brick, Maggie the Cat, Blanche, Stanley, Lady Torrance, Valentine Xavier, Carol Cutrere, the whole Wingfield family, and a host of others have been sent invitations. Who knows which of them will show up? Share a delectable feast in an unforgettable environment steeped in the gothic romance of Tennessee Williams’ greatest creations: his passionate, troubled, glorious characters—all seeking to break free and shine.

Live music, oysters, and bourbon bar. Tennessee Williams-inspired dishes will be prepared by visiting luminaries, including Chef Michel Nischan, Chef Robert Stehling, Chef John Currence, Chef Martha Foose, and Enzian’s very own Chef Jos… Mobile Art Show #7 | A Thomas Thorspecken Retrospective

3-18-10 | Mobile Art Show was honored to feature artist and blogger Thomas Thorspecken in its seventh show March 18, 2010. For over a year, the artist committed himself to at least a sketch a day of Orlando, and this show displayed over 100 of his sketches on the upper portion of the walls, four full sketch books (in custom cases built by the artist) hung from the ceiling, and a UHaul-sized wall sketch hung on a side of the truck. The crowd favorites were the six full sketch books laid open, allowing visitors to thumb through hundreds of the Thorspecken's vivid interpretation of events, people and places in the city of Orlando. Mobile Art Show #7 named Orlando Weekly Critics Pick

The Orlando Weekly named Mobile Art Show #7, the Thomas Thorspecken Retrospective, a Critics Pick. Thank you to the Weekly, Thomas Thorspecken, Tamara Gray of Dr Sketchys, stilt performer Lyn Sky and everyone who came out to the show in downtown Orlando.
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International Pow Wow 2010 Volunteer Call

The Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando/Orange County CVB) is proud to be hosting the U.S. Travel Association's International Pow Wow May 15 - 19, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center.

Pow Wow is the American tourism industry's largest marketplace, and this is our chance to showcase Orlando to the world. Held since 1969, Pow Wow promotes the host destination as well as international travel to the United States by providing participants a venue in which to showcase and sell their U.S. travel products and services to premier international buyers.

We are looking for more than 250 community volunteers to assist with greeting, hospitality, transportation and sightseeing tours, just to name a few of the opportunities.

Sign Up Now to Be a Volunteer

Witness first hand the behind-the- scenes activities of what it takes to host more than 5,000 delegates
Practice language and interpersonal skil…

Modern Day Slavery Museum Moves Throughout Florida

March 7, 2010 | In Winter Park, a mobile display called the Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum was on display in front of a church on Park Avenue. The museum consists of a cargo truck outfitted as a replica of the trucks involved in a recent slavery operation (U.S. v. Navarrete, 2008), accompanied by displays on the history and evolution of slavery in Florida.

The museum's central focus is on the phenomenon of modern-day slavery – its roots, the reasons it persists, and its solutions. The exhibits were developed in consultation with workers who have escaped from forced labor operations as well as leading academic authorities on slavery and labor history in Florida.

To inquire about hosting the museum in your city, please contact Jordan Buckley at jordan (at) or 239-986-9101.

Amway Arena to become Creative Village | Learn more at community meeting

Learn more about plans to redevelop Amway Arena into a Creative Village Monday March 22, 2010, 10am at City Hall. Free parking is available at the City Hall visitors parking lot at the southeast corner of South Street and Orange Avenue. Source

Seth Rudetsky returns to Orlando

Broadway musical director Seth Rudetsky returns to Orlando for a live show and a master class.

Live show
(Friday, April 9, 2010 at 8pm. Tickets are $25 and available online beginning 6AM on Friday, March 19, 2010. Venue: Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando Florida, 32819).

Frank Lloyd Wright architecture day trip sounds amazing

Maitland Art Center is putting on a a day trip to "the home of the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture" which is Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. The trip is Thursday, April 8, 2010. Architect and artist Richard T. Reep, AIA will provide "an architectural understanding behind Wright’s genius." Tickets are $45.00 for members and $55.00 for non members, including docent guided tour at Florida Southern, admission and refreshments on the way back. For further information and reservations please contact Ana Bartolomei at 407.539.2181 or

Florida Strawberry Festival photos