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Central Florida VegFest 2010

The 2010 Central Florida VegFest was October 23rd 10am-6pm in Loch Haven Park (900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803). The day-long outdoors event included information sessions, vegetarian food and a consumer expo. 

Creative Village | What is it?

Lynx, the downtown bus service just got ten million dollars to help get folks to and from the upcoming "creative village." But what is the creative village? We did our best copy/paste job from the City of Orlando's website and here's what we found.

The vision of Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council is to build on the success of Orlando’s digital media industry by redeveloping the existing Amway Arena site into a Creative Village – a place where high-tech companies locate; and employees of those businesses and other residents live, work, learn and play.

The Creative Village will have a strong focus on educational uses and build on existing components including the Nap Ford Charter School, the University of Central Florida (UCF) Center for Emerging Media, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) and the House of Moves motion capture facility.

Did you know?
Orlando is home to one of the nation’s largest digital media and simulation clusters with more…

Orlando Fall Fiesta in the Park

This year is the 40th anniversary for the downtown Orlando Fall Fiesta in the Park (pdf ad). Expect over 600 arts and crafts vendors surrounding Lake Eola in Lake Eola Park, food, family activities and a huge kids area. Free admission.

Saturday November 6, 2010 | 10am-5pm

Sunday November 7, 2010 | 12pm-5pm

Orlando Business Journal Downtown Orlando Update Luncheon

The Orlando Business Journal is putting on its Annual Downtown Orlando Update Luncheon on Friday, November 12, 2010, 11:30am - 1:15pm at The Ballroom at Church Street Station, 225 S. Garland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. Tickets are $50.

Topics will include 1. The Economic Impact Of The New Amway Center
2. The Revitalization Of Church Street
3. The Current State Of The Condo Market
4. Tourism's Role In Furthering Economic Development In The Downtown Area
Panel Of Experts:Mayor Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando
Alex Martins, CEO, Orlando Magic
Christian Michaels, Director of Sales, Premier Property Group
Gary Sain, President, Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau_____________________________________________________________

Orlando Film Festival 2010

The Orlando Film Festival is November 3-7, 2010 at The Plaza in downtown Orlando. All the showings are free, but the site doesn't have a description of each movie. A friend suggested just reserving your spot for a few of the shorts series. Good idea.

Whats Up Downtown at The Vue

The monthly "Whats Up Downtown!" information session is November 4, 2010 at 8:30am inside the Cyber Cafe on the 7th floor of The Vue at Lake Eola (150 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32801). The topic is "downtown residential and commercial real estate market trends" with guest speakers Christian Michaels (President, Condo Developer LLC) and Marc Cook (Principal, Cook Commercial Company). Complimentary Valet parking provided. Tours of The Vue will be provided at 9:30am. RSVP:


Dispel Display Displeasure via Davidson's Directives

We doubt Davidson would have many good things to say about our hanging of the art in the first ever Mobile Art Show in 2009. But hey, we had fun.
The Osceola Center for the Arts is putting on a workshop hosted by The Center’s Visual Arts Director, Jules Davidson, called “Presentation, Presentation, Presentation!” on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in the Center’s Art Room, from 6-8 p.m.

This workshop includes helpful tips on proper framing and display of visual arts mediums including painting, photography, drawing and sculpture as well as photographing artwork, digital presentations for submitting artwork to various exhibits, and sharing artwork online and in emails.

The registration fee is $10 for Center Art Associates members and $15 for non-members. See their site for details and a registration form. Participants may sign up until the time of the workshop, however early registration is preferred. All participants are encouraged to bring one framed or gallery ready piece of artwork to t…

Symposium: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream

The symposium Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium is Saturday, November 6, 2010 10am - 4pm at First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1901 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL). Ten dollars admission. Register here.

"Explore a new global vision built on Sustainability, Spiritual Fulfillment, and Social Justice. Come together with conscious, aware people who care about what’s happening in the world, our community, and with our families."

A Comic Shop Hosts "Drink And Draw" at The Geek Easy Once 150 Join

Like to drink and sketch at the same time? The guys over at A Comic Shop want to start a night for both called Drink And Draw at their self-described "geek lounge and venue" The Geek Easy, located inside their shop at 114 South Semoran Blvd, Winter Park, FL. They will do so, only once the Facebook Group for the "Drink and Draw" event reaches 150 members. As of this writing, its at 21 members. Get to joining.

Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees Red Hot and Cool Holiday Stroll

If you wanna experience the Orlando Museum of Art's Festival of Trees but think $125 is too much to shell out for opening night and you don't want to be surrounded by children at the Red Nosed Reindeer Romp, then maybe the $40 child-less Red Hot and Cool Holiday Stroll is more your speed. Its Friday, November 19, 2010, 7pm-10pm, annd features live music, local artists making live art, and food from Rosen Shingle Creek, Brio Tuscan Grille, Buca di Beppo, Café Tu Tu Tango, CRAVE, Funky Monkey Wine Company, Houston's Restaurant and TAVERNA Opa.

More 2010 holiday events

Annalemma Magazine Party For Seventh Issue At Zora Neale Hurston Museum

Annalemma Magazine is throwing a party to celebrate the launch of its latest issue November 12, 2010, 6-8pm; The Zora Neale Hurston Museum of Fine Arts (227 East Kennedy Blvd, Eatonville, FL). Free wine, food and books to guests.

Annalemma Issue Seven: Endurance
Stories, essays, art and photography on moving forward. Click image for more details. The purpose of this issue was to answer the question, "What keeps people moving when all signs are telling them to stop?" Featuring words by Joe Meno, Patrick DeWitt, Roxane Gay, Amber Sparks, Matthew Simmons, Sasha Fletcher, Brian Allen Carr, Paul Kwiatkowski and more. Featuring images by David Potes, Cali deWitt, Kristian Hammerstad, Margaret Durow, Patrick Savile, Jake Blanchard and Sam Brewster. The cover is excerpted from the photo essay ZORA! by Ted Hollins. Ted's photography captures 21 years of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, held annually in Eatonville, Florida. The festival celebrates the me…

Bad Film Appreciation Society Goes Blaxploitation

The Bad Film Appreciation Society is back with a night of Blaxploitation films Friday, November 5, 2010, 8:30pm at Neon Forest Art Gallery. Admission is $6 and is totally, completely non-refundable.

In this program, we will examine the career of an iconoclastic African American filmmaker who thumbed his nose at the Hollywood system, “The Man,”and, occasionally, common sense. This man’s films, like the man himself, refuse to be categorized. A film that begins with the saga of a drug lord becomes a story about the power of education and avionics. A gritty film about an ex-con back on the streets becomes a tale of eyebrow-raising super powers. The films will be preceded by a short lecture and oath ceremony. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Keys N Krates Tonight at Backbooth

Keys N Krates (website, twitter, music, videos) is at The Social (54 North Orange Avenue; Orlando, FL 32801) with DJ Kittybat tonight, October 28, 2010 to promote their mixtape release of "Almost 39 Minutes" November 1, 2010.

Listen to some songs:
Enjoy Yourself | Get Out | Drake

Keys N Krates' 3-piece concept of real-time remixing was innovated by group members DJ Jr Flo on turntables, Matisse on keys and Adam Tune on drums applying their unique aesthetic to original tracks and cultural anthems via turntables, samplers and musical instruments.

Review: Phoenix and Wavves at HOB

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
Staff page

First things first: I have to give the House of Blues props for their time management: Doors were at 6.30, first band at 7.30, headliners at 8.30, curfew at 10. I was home in time for The Daily Show. Lovely! I’ve never understood why, on weeknights, many headliners don’t even begin until 10pm. Pardon me for sounding like a curmudgeon, but I’ve gotta be at work in the morning!

Despite the early start time, the room was already packed when Wavves took the stage and played a half-hour of their awesome, more jangly-than-tinny indie rock, that seemed to get some heads bopping. I wonder what it must be like for Wavves, whose music is very low-key and elementary, to play these huge venues with Phoenix. There was a young couple close to the front, clearly there to see the support band, that sang along loudly to every word. I thought that was very sweet. Newer songs like ‘Post Acid’, ‘Idiot’ and ‘King of the Beach’ sat nicely alongside the older favou…

Orlando City Soccer Club

Pro soccer franchise "Austin Aztex" is relocating to Orlando to play in the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Parramore as the "Orlando City Soccer Club." Buy tickets here. Source

Photo above used without anyone's permission.

Winner of the Seth Kubersky book "Universal Orlando 2011"

We were giving away one signed copy of "Universal Orlando 2011" written by local author Seth Kubersky to one lucky subscriber to our email newsletter, and that person is... Yvonne F.! Congratulations! The only thing you had to do to enter this contest was be signed up for our weekly email newsletter. Sign up now for future contests. Congratulations Yvonne! (Yvonne was contacted about her prize via email)

Vietnam: Service, Sacrifice and Courage

Creationist Film Series

10-27-10 | At the Creationist Film Series at Stardust Coffee. A speaker is talking about the artist we're about to watch a film about. Fun!

Union Square Fun

On a recent NYC trip, these semi-permanent pieces were displayed in Union Square. Fun, right?

People standing on a pedestal

What the pedestal actually says

Carousel Uncut

Valencia Community College is putting on the full Carousel, which with this production, runs a full THREE hours and 15 minutes. Nothing was cut. Not a single dance, reprise or note. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the classic musical, in its original entirety. I suggest you go.

Valencia Community College Performing Arts Center
701 North Econlockhatchee Trail
Orlando, FL 32825
phone: 407-582-2900

Thur-Sat (10/28 - 10/30), 7:30pm
Sun (10/31), 2:00pm
General Admission: $12
Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Seniors: $10
Buy tickets online
BOX OFFICE: 407-582-2900

Nowhere Boy at the Enzian

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
Staff page

Nowhere Boy plays at the Enzian starting this Friday (10/29). For showtimes/tickets, go here.

Just so we’re clear right from the start, ‘Nowhere Boy’ is a film about John Lennon. The B-word doesn’t appear in the film at all, although we do see Lennon’s first meetings with McCartney and Harrison. Luckily, these encounters aren’t portrayed as historically significant Eureka moments, but rather, the way it is when teenage boys meet each other: awkward and standoffish.

As someone who – whisper it – is not much of a Beatles fan, that suited me just fine. Apart from some tiny details – walking past Strawberry Fields, sketching a walrus in a notebook, the opening note of ‘Hard Day’s Night’ – there are no explicit references to the band that would change the world. This is the tale of Lennon as a high schooler who lives with his stern-but-loving aunt, but one day reconnects with his mum, who introduces him to rock and roll.

This is a very, very Britis…

Inappropriate Costume Party

Thursday October 28, 2010 at 10pm (21+, $5 admission) is the 2nd Annual Inappropriate Costume Party at The Peacock Room brought to you by Brownsville and Filtered Sunshine Radio and hosted by someone named "Cub" dressed as Martin Luther Bling. Music provided by Dennis Mero, DJ Dirty Sneakers, DJ Nigel and Jorge Collazo.

"Here's your chance to wear that costume you never thought you'd get away with in public... One of my favorites from last year, Jewverine (aka Jewish Wolverine). There will be a costume contest for the most Inappropriate Costume. Registration ends at midnight with the contest taking place at 12:30am. First Prize - $100 Bar Tab at The Peacock Room. Second Prize - A Free Brownsville House Party. Third Prize - $25 Gift Certificate to Graffiti Junction.

Downtown Arts District Elects New Chair: Donna Dowless

Donna Dowless, Orlando's "Ambassador of Love," has been elected Chair of the Downtown Arts District. She's President of XOXO Media Group and an award-winning artist. She will now oversee a 25-member board for the next two years, guiding the nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing arts and economic development in the city of Orlando. They also own and run City Arts Factory, the two story building housing SAK Comedy Lab, a photo studio, coffee shop and several art galleries. Source

Produce Department Improvements: Food Origin and Direct Contact With Growers

At the panel “From the Front Lines: How Produce Managers connect with the Supply Chain” session led by Harold Lloyd at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in Orlando, FLorida, a few take-aways shared by Chicago-based Angelo Caputo’s New Farm Produce will hopefully be seen soon in Orlando supermarket produce sections.

The rep for Caputo's New Farm Produce said local produce is a big hit with their customers, but they want to know to see more than the word "local." They want signs showing how far away, in miles, the farms are from the store. The store also work directly with local growers, even providing the exact seeds for the exact varieties of produce they wish to carry in their stores.

Are you seeing this in stores in Orlando already?


Clay Shirky, Acclaimed Author and Technology Consultant, Gives Address at Rollins 125th Anniversary

As part of Rollins College’s Founder’s Day 125th anniversary celebration on November 4, 2010, acclaimed author and technology consultant Clay Shirky will give a keynote address titled, “Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age." Thursday, November 4, 2010, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Alfond Sports Center (Rollins College, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, Fla. 32789).

Shirky is the author of Here Comes Everybody, a book which explores the digital revolution of collaboration and how it is changing organizations and industries.

Shirky will discuss Internet technologies (including, social networks) and their impact in creating a “cognitive surplus” of talent and intellect. The event is free and open to the public.

Also on hand will be Rollins faculty in full academic regalia and more than 2,000 Rollins students, faculty and alumni.

Rollins Winter Park Institute | Edward James Olmos

Rollins College’s Winter Park Institute presents actor, director and community activist Edward James Olmos in a discussion on the advantages of racial diversity in society. The talk is October 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Rollins College in the Tiedtke Concert Hall (1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, Fla. 32789).

In his talk, titled “We’re All in the Same Gang,” Olmos will share his inspiring story of how he survived the “barrio” and succeeded on his own terms by making the right choices. The event is free and open to the public.

Olmos, a noted Mexican-American actor who starred in the television series “Battlestar Galactica” and “Miami Vice,” as well as the movies “Stand and Deliver” and “Selena,” makes time to participate in many humanitarian efforts. He is executive director of the Lives in Hazard Educational Project, a national gang prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In April 1999, Olmos launched a nationwide multimedia project called “Americanos: Latino Life in the Unit…

Jubal's Kin on Grammy Shortlist

Local Orlando band Jubal's Kin has some great news. Their record made it on to the shortlist for The 2011 Grammys in four categories including 'Traditional Folk Album of the Year.'

Winter Park Institute Hosts Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

Rollins College’s Winter Park Institute will host acclaimed author, environmentalist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in a discussion titled, “Green Gold Rush: A Vision for Energy Independence, Jobs and National Wealth.” Seating is first come, first serve. Space is limited. Kennedy will also be available for a book signing after the event. His published books include New York Times best seller Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Hudson Riverkeepers (1997) and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr.: A Biography (1977).

Thursday, November 4

7:30 p.m.

Alfond Sports Center,
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, Fla. 32789

The forum is open to the public and free of charge.

Kennedy, one of TIME magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet,” serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Riverkeepers and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pa…

The Apathetics Series | A Great Reason To Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter

If you've not subscribed to our weekly email newsletter, nows the time! We're giving away Doug Rhodehamel collectables each week! Collect them all!

Rhodehamel, a local artist, works in cardboard and other recycled materials. He is best known for his Spore Project, taking paper lunch bags, a rubber band and a wooden stick, turning it into a mushroom, then covering public lawns and spaces with hundreds of them.

His latest project is "The Apathetics," a series of small cardboard apathetic characters with hole-punched eyes and no mouths. Each one is assigned an apathetic-type emotion. Week one was "Starfish of Apathy," week two was "Pants of Despair" and week three was "Gourd of Boredom."

The collectables (just 50 per week! Get there early!) are handed out at our table each Monday night 6-10pm at the Audubon Park Community Market, which takes place in the parking lot of Stardust Coffee. Live music, local food (ready to eat or prepped for u…

Morton's Steakhouse

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

Morton's Steak House in the Sand Turkey District asked me to a dinner and fundraiser on a recent Thursday night. They'd invited me to an event earlier in the year, but I wasn't available for that, so two awesome writers went in my steed. This time it was my turn!

The humble exterior doesn't inform you what you're in for on the inside.

Pizza Lolly Pop

You know we love following quirky food trends here at The Daily City (milkshakes, froyo, cupcakes, cake pops). So when Peter Murphy cued us in on Pizza Pops, we had to spread the word. In the right foodie's hands, these could be fantastic appetizers or party snacks. And with an Easy Bake oven right next to the display? C'mon! Learn how to make them.

Maitland Art Center | Robert Reedy Doing the Dada

"Doo Dah DADA" is the next painting and show by Robert Reedy at Maitland Art Center (231 West Packwood Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751). Opening night is November 5, 2010 6-8 pm. Admission is five bucks and is catered by Puff n' Stuff.

The Week in Gigs

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
Staff page

Starting today, every Monday I’ll be posting a preview of the Orlando gigs coming up in the next seven days that I’m particularly excited about. Hopefully you’ll dig the new format!

Monday – Oct 25

MGMT at Hard Rock Live (info & tickets)

Before MGMT’s second album came out earlier this year, the advance buzz was that it was a resolutely uncommercial screw-you to the fans, a complete 180 from their breakthrough ‘Oracular Spectacular’. It wasn’t. ‘Congratulations’ may lack a couple of TV/radio-friendly enormo-hits in the ‘Electric Feel’ or ‘Time to Pretend’ mould, but it’s not exactly ‘Metal Machine Music’, is it? In fact, ‘Congratulations’ is not all that different from its predecessor at all: there’s a few meandering, spacey-tunes; a couple of super-catchy, ultra-fun songs (I adore ‘Brian Eno’) and at least one slow and pretty song (‘Congratulations’ the title track). Live, expect some silly costumes, plenty of weird jamming, everyone getti…

Thunderball and Robots

The Tom Jones classic "Thunderball" was brought back to robotic life by myself and Orlando artist Evan Miga, of Dog Powered Robot fame, during the "All Hallows Fringe" fundraiser held for the Orlando Fringe Festival Saturday October 23, 2010 at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Evan designed the robot and performed inside it. Yes, the hands are doggy pooper scoopers. You will see this robot and many more in his new show, if his application to the 2011 Orlando Fringe Festival is chosen in the lottery. Robotic fingers crossed!

Press Mentions
Orlando Weekly | 10-24-10

Can't Be Fat AND Bald

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

Some people love their bodies just the way they are. Awesome for you. Right now, I am not happy with the body I've created and there were three signs recently that made it clear to me I have to make some changes in my non-diet and non-exercise lifestyle.
1. I had a visit to the doctor last week. After the obligatory scale weighing, I found out I've gained 7 pounds over the past three months.

2. I am a performer at SAK Comedy Lab. At my shows last week, I noticed in the mirror I'd sweated so much during the show I had sweat rings on my t-shirt the size of 1980s female rap artists' earrings: big.

3. I can't fit into ANY of my too-tight tee-shirts and button-downs without the buttons almost popping off and the tee-shirts looking as if I's stolen them from a baby.So I am starting "Mark's I Can't Be Fat AND Bald Weight Loss Challenge." I am putting a call to trainers out there who might need some PR, but don'…

Enzian's Haunted Swamp Walk: Homeless Clowns, Flesh-Eating Chefs, and Silent Scandinavian Films

By Eric Pinder
Contributing Writer

Full moons always seem to "bring out the crazy" so Saturday night's full moon was the perfect accompaniment for a tour of Enzian's Haunted Swamp. If you are familiar with the Enzian Theater, you know that parking is always problematic and it's worse for this popular event so plan accordingly. We arrived just as the Swamp Tour was taking a thirty minute break but that allowed us to visit the Eden Bar where they had the usual tasty snacks as well as specialty drinks like the Red Witch - a combination of Cherry Vodka and Champagne that reminded me of a beverage that would be served at a High School party. A better choice is the Hauntini with Vodka, Sprite, Sour, and Blue Curacao (ah, Blue Curacao, you got me through my junior year of college). If you have your wristband for the Swamp Tour, you get a discount at the bar. But don't have too many before you head to the tour and walk the uneven path.

With the moon and a nice coo…

Winter Garden Arts & Crafts Festival

9th Annual Historic Downtown Winter Garden Merchants Guild Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival will feature fine arts & crafts, food, entertainment, kids activities, farmers market (Saturday 1am-1pm), car show (Saturday 5pm-9pm). Free admission and parking.

Saturday, November 20, 2010 9am-6pm
Sunday, November 21, 2010 10am-4pm

School For Holistic Living November 2010

The School for Holistic Living has a ton of stuff going on in November. Founded in 1999, its mission is "cultivating sustainable community by empowering individuals through philosophy-in-practice education that promotes holistic living."

African Drumming with Jason Isla
Learn African Rhythms with percussionist Jason Isla of Giving World Percussion.
Don't own a drum? Rent one and join the fun for only $5.
Every Monday (Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) @ 7-8:30 pm
$15 drop in. No commitment necessary.
1109 E. Concord St. Orlando Fl 32803

Otronicon 2011

The Orlando Science Center’s 6th annual Otronicon (Orlando ElecTronic InteractiveTechnology Convention) is January 14-17, 2011. It brings together the entertaining world of consumer video games with a behind-the-scenes view of the art, technology and science that form the foundation and the future of both the interactive entertainment and simulation industries. Admission to Otronicon is included in the Orlando Science Center admission, which is $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11).

More than 12,000 people attend Otronicon each year. The experience has the opportunity to inspire a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of video games. There will also be classes in video game creation as well as exclusive peeks at simulators created by experts in the field. Workshops will include opportunities to explore 3D modeling, animation and game design. Simulation areas will examine how video game technology is being used in the military, medical, sports and indus…

Halloween The Musical Announces Ticket Giveaway Winner

We'd asked entrants to our most recent ticket giveaway contest (two free tickets to Halloween the Musical Oct 22 and 24, 2010) which musical the two lead characters in the show, Michael Myers and Laurie, should star in next and which roles should they play. Reminder: Michael Myers is the masked killer and Laurie is the screaming Jamie Lee Curtis. The composer of the musical, John DeHaas, chose the winner and its Meghan Moroney! Here's her answer:
"Clearly, as they are related, romantic coupling will serve to make the audience terribly uncomfortable . . . However, isn't it time for an Evita revival? Michael's rage would make for a fabulous Che, and Laurie's understand of death at such a young age would inform her choices of terminal, yet plucky, Eva. Bonus: Dr. Loomis as Peron . . .and John Graham as Magaldi."Moroney wins a pair of tickets to either of the show's two performances: October 22 and 24, 2010. Get your own tickets here.

Red-Nosed Reindeer Romp | Orlando Museum of Art

The Red-Nosed Reindeer Romp
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Orlando Museum of Art

Perfect family event: Attendees can look forward to seeing the familiar faces of Santa Claus, Mrs. Winter Wonderland and Mrs. Pockets. Sing-along with the award-winning, nationally recognized, Mr. Richard. This year the Russian Ballet of Orlando will be on hand to delight children and adults. Adding further excitement to the evening will be Tony Brent's magic and comedy, puppet shows, face painters, balloon artists, and lots of yummy treats from Panera Bread, Frito Lay, Chef Pam Kent, Cookie Crumbs Bakery, Everything Cake and Whole Foods. Admission to the event is $12, for all ages, (children under 3 free), and tickets may be purchased in advance at the Orlando Museum of Art, or by calling 407 896 4231 x 254.

All proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefit the Orlando Museum of Art.

Also, November 12, 2010 is the Red Hot Gala opening night for the Festival of Trees.

“Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah" Book Signing

Image Credit

Lucas Widrick
Contributing Writer
Staff Page

This is probably the time for me to make a confession – I have not once attended a book signing. Whew, that made me feel better. It is not so much that I do not read or do not have authors that I would love to meet, but it is mostly because I am not big on waiting in line for anything. With that said, this is a book signing that I will be at for sure as it combines a topic I often read about and a beverage that I very often enjoy.

Jeremy Cowan will be in town in a little less than two weeks to sign copies of his new book "Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah." Since he started Shmaltz Brewing Company in 1996, the line of He'Brew Beers and more recently the Coney Island Craft Lagers series have gathered much acclaim and have built an army of loyal craft beer fans (including me).

You can even get a peek at the book ahead of the signing and read the entire first chapter here. This is what you need to know . . .

What: “Craft Beer B…

Orlando Science Center 2010 Neanderthal Ball

The Orlando Science Center's Annual Neanderthal Ball is Saturday, November 6, 2010, 7-11pm. If you want to "party like a caveman with an animal print necktie or a bone in your hair" amidst the center's dinosaur exhibit, this is your event. $125 per person. For tickets, go online or call 407.514.2233.

Guests will rock out with themed entertainment and music, create their own cave painting, and indulge in the delectable food and wine choices under the starlit sky on the beautiful Terrace overlooking downtown Orlando. Dress code is cocktail attire with an accent on “cavemen couture" - show your prehistoric flair with an animal print necktie or leopard pattern cocktail dress.

Evening festivities will include fun, fire, gourmet food, open beer and wine bars, and an exciting silent auction. Step into the past to support the future by bidding on one of the incredible silent auction items that are available exclusively to guests at the Neanderthal Ball. So dust off yo…

Doterati Lunch and Learn Focusing on SEO in November

Doterati's next Lunch and Learn is titled "SEO Real-world Results" and takes place Thursday october 28, 2010, 12pm-1pm at CoLab Orlando. Free for first 20 members of Doterati who register here and $5 for everyone else. Attendees get free lunch and a presentation by Joel Goldstein of Peer Marketing Group and Joel Goldstein Creative.

In this action packed hour, you will hear Joel Goldstein, SEO and social media expert, share real-world experiences with reviewing, implementing, and analyzing results designed to advance companies and organizations. Participants will understand the value of SEO, review real-world examples of SEO implementation and results, learn several quick-win implementation techniques and participate in a Q&A session to follow presentation.

Darden CEO To Be Recognized By Business Committee for the Arts In NYC Black Tie Gala

Each year, the Business Committee for the Arts recognizes ten companies and one executive for their exceptional commitment to the arts in the United States. This year, that executive is from Orlando: Clarence Otis, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Darden Restaurants. His name was brought to the committee's attention by United Arts of Central Florida. The awards will be presented November 4, 2010 at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City. Business and arts leaders from throughout the country are slated to attend the ceremony.

Holiday Pops concert 2010

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Winter Park invite you to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season at their annual outdoor Holiday Pops concert on Sunday, November 28, at 4:00 PM in Winter Park’s charming Central Park. This concert is free.

The Orlando Philharmonic’s annual Holiday Pops Concerts have become a tradition in Central Florida. Bring a blanket and a picnic and get ready for a concert program of holiday favorites that will be sure to put you in the spirit of the season!

Maestro Dirk Meyer leads the Orlando Philharmonic in a beautiful program of holiday favorites. The program includes Chase’s Around the World at Christmas Time, selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and Wendel’s Caribbean Sleigh Ride. Soprano Susana Díaz takes the stage to perform selections including Silent Night, Ave Maria, Joy to the World, Let it Snow and more.
Meyer was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Sarasota Orchestra in 2006, and quickly earned an outstanding reputat…

Orlando Museum of Art | Gender Show Running For Six Months

The Orlando Museum of Art is putting pieces from their permanent collections (American Art, Art of the Ancient Americas, and African Art) together with pieces from "important collectors and other fine art institutions" for the show XX-XY/Gender Representation in Art running December 18, 2010 through June 5, 2011.

The show is an overview of visual gender expression and identification and will examine how the roles of men and women are portrayed in different cultures and in different time periods.

As the line between male and female continues to blur, artists expand their understanding of what defines gender. XX or XY has been the scientific way to identify a man (XY) or a woman (XX). Whether it determines your identity, or even your gender, is now debatable in the 21st century. Issues of gender and identity seem increasingly complex and problematic, but also of fundamental and growing importance. This, of course, begs the question, "What is gender representation in …

Win 2 tix to Halloween The Musical

We're giving away two FREE tickets to "Halloween the Musical," the new original stage musical version of the film, playing two nights ONLY:
Friday October 22 | 8pm
Sunday October 24 | 8pmTo enter, just leave the following in the comments (1) your email address and (2) the night you want to attend and (3) the answer to the question below:
What musical should Laurie and Michael Myers do next, and what roles should they play?Use existing roles in musical theatre (film or stage). For example, Christine and the Phantom from Phantom of the Opera or Marian and Harold Hill from The Music Man. The composer who wrote Halloween The Musical, John DeHaas, will choose the winner, so be creative! The winner will be announced and emailed by noon Friday October 22, 2010. Read more about John DeHaas and the journey of this piece in the major write up the Orlando Weekly put out this week.

Valencia Community College Doin' Some Ography For Orlando

Valencia Community College's 12th annual Choreographers Showcase is November 19 & 20, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (701 North Econlockhatchee Trail) on Valencia’ s East Campus.

The event provides a creative outlet for Valencia dance students to showcase theirchoreography in a variety of genres. In addition, dancers from the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance will join Valencia students on the stage this year.

Tickets are $8 for general public, $6 for senior citizens and Valencia students, faculty and staff. To get 'em call 407-582-2900 between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Orlando Museum of Art First Thursdays

Orlando Museum of Art's monthly art event "First Thursdays" is a fun night of local visual art, food, and music. The next one is Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6-9pm at the museum (2416 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL) and is themed "Face Forward." Admission: $10 (free for OMA members)

Interactive Post-it Note wall by Sam Flax, live music by The Windham Group and DJ BMF, poetry by Patrick Scott Barnes, "solo music performance" (how mysterious) by Paul Austin Sanders, Brazilian martial arts dance performances (woah), movie previews by The Enzian Theater, and food for sale by Cafe Tu Tu Tango.

Visual art on display:
Abstract and standard portrait art by Anais Acevedo, Anna McCambridge, Barbara Perrotti, Chad Johnson, Dana Blagdan, Dennis Hansbury, Elizabeth Shupe, Elton Bracey, Gena Semenov, Janae Corrado, Jane Polkowski, Johannah O'Donnell, Krista Reay Berman, John Varno, Pam Treadwell, Plino Pinto, Viviana Castano and Vicki Jones.

Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau Spends [enter amount here] on Marketing to the LGBT Audience

This post was updated 10-20-10

It was revealed this afternoon at the "Gay and Lesbian Destination Marketing: Big Business Beyond Mainstream Orlando" event that the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau spends zero dollars an undefined amount on marketing to the gay community. Local travel agent and Metropolitan Business Association member Ayr Poucher shared this with the room. It came up during a conversation he had right after the panel ended with Orlando CVB Director of Advertising Chris Bare. Not one dime An amount is spent to lure this gigantic audience (with cash to spend) to the city, according to his conversation. Bare was unable to respond, as he had already left the event. We've reached out to Bare for comment and are awaiting response. Several locals at the table shared their hypothesis as to why the Orlando CVB chooses to do this. The group consensus basically boiled down to believing that the Orlando CVB might see marketing to te LGBT audience as too risky a…

Orlando Not Known As Gay Friendly Vacation Destination

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

Mya Lake Reyes, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Stephen Murray-Smith, Florida Keys-Key West Inc.
George Carrancho, American Airlines
Moderated by Josh Rosenzweig, Here Media

Orlando is the number one tourist destination in the world but "does not have a reputation a gay friendly city," says George Carrancho of American Airlines. He advised the audience at Wednesday's "Gay and Lesbian Destination Marketing: Big Business Beyond Mainstream Orlando" to "start now" and change that perception. He said competing cities are taking this market.

The panel shared that GLBT spend 70 billion into the economy on travel alone, and that only 15% of GLBT travelers perceive Orlando to be a gay-friendly city.

Mya Lake Reyes says this market wants to know your business is working with and in the community. She suggested trying both local and national gay-focused publications. "The gay customer …

Beth Ziegler Hosts Book Launch Party

We interviewed Beth Ziegler about the group photo book she put together with friends called "This Photo Intentionally Left Blank" September 7, 2010 at Urban ReThink with local author Jana Waring (who appeared on our live blogger panel). Ziegler and friends are hosting a release party for the book Friday, November 5, 201 8pm - 2am at Will's Pub (1040 N Mills ave, Orlando, FL). Along with books and photographers and beer and wine and smoke, expect live music from Chopper Stepe, Oak Hill Drifters, Michelle lane, The Connie Stinson Duo, Sara Purser and El Tormento.

Halloween The Musical

Local musician John DeHaas has turned the film "Halloween" into... a musical? See this piece of scary musical fun at Orlando Shakespeare Theater (812 E. Rollins St.) Friday October 22 and Sunday October 24, 2010. Both shows are at 8pm. Buy tickets online.

More Than Sunshine | New Brow Art Show To Tour State

The "More Than Sunshine" art show produced by InProgress Magazine and Mauricio Murillo will begin in Orlando and tour the state, adding more artists along the way. All the work has something to do with the state. The show opens at Twelve21Gallery (1221-C North Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32804) November 19, 2010 7-11pm in Orlando and runs until December 10. See it before it heads off to Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, Melbourne and Daytona

About: Showcasing Florida's Leading Artist in the "New Brow Art Movement". This Exhibition will bring you into the world of pop culture and the essence of the art itself known as pop surrealism, low brow, Graffiti and underground art. Inspired by Art Whino's Gallery G40: The Summit where they featured over 500 artists from around the world paving the way in New Brow. More Than Sunshine does the same focusing on Florida Artists who are prominent in this movement.

What is New Brow: the style has its roots in comic books, punk rock, …

Phoenix/Wavves at the House of Blues

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
Staff Page

Phoenix play the House of Blues next Tuesday (10/26) with Wavves. Tickets are around $40, available online.

Prior to 2009, Phoenix was a relatively obscure band: much beloved by weirdos like me who spend too much time on music sites, and unheard of by just about everyone else. Then ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ happened. Although their previous output was far from shabby, something about this record just clicked with the masses, and the band found itself soundtracking a car commercial and a movie trailer, being invited to play on Saturday Night Live, and doing the late-nightchat show rounds. Oh, and they won a Grammy.

Suddenly they’re massive, and they come to Orlando as part of their 2010 global victory lap. The muscular production of ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ really translates well live, so everyone will enjoy the triumphant choruses of ‘Lisztomania’ and ‘Armistice’, as well as the more trippy ‘Fences’ or epic ‘Love Like a Sunset’. And of cou…

Festival of Trees 2010 Opening Night Party | Red Hot Gala

The opening night party for the Festival of Trees is called "Red Hot Gala" and takes place Friday, November 12, 2010, from 7pm until 11pm at the Orlando Museum of Art. Fine dining, silent auction, dancing, great entertainment, and complimentary valet parking. Admission is $125 per person.

Guests can preview the Festival of Trees, purchase unique holiday decor and bid on exciting silent auction items. Sumptuous gourmet fare will be created by Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bailey's Coffee Service and Cookie Cousins. Entertainment will be provided by the Buzzcatz, Greg Eyma, Magicians Kostya Kimlat and Darren Rockwell and the new party hit PhotoMingle. Special Gala tours of Treasures of the OMA, the Art of the Ancient Americas Collection, and the African Art Collection will be offered.

Festival of Trees is orchestrated by the Council of 101. An …

Jingle Eve Holiday Open House in Ivanhoe Row

The 14th Annual JINGLE EVE Holiday Open House is taking place in Ivanhoe Row Friday, November 19, 2010, 5-10 PM. Exit I-4 Princeton East. Turn left on N. Orange.

Enjoy a festive evening stroll as you browse 30+ Specialty, Antique Shops & Restaurants with Food, Entertainment, and Door Prizes. There's also a Toys for Tots Drop Location. Admission is free. Sponsored by N. Orange Ave. Antiques & Arts District, Ivanhoe Village Main Street, Florida Hospital and Arts Hub

One Great Day of Service

The Christ School is doing "One Great Day of Service" October 22, 2010 10-11:00am. The kids will be all over town doing good deeds that day. See below for the full schedule:2nd Grade - Westminster Care - 830 29th Street, Orlando – Students will interact with residents, play games, clean, sort items and improve the grounds.

2nd Grade – Westminister Towers - Lucerne Circle, Orlando - Students will visit residents and interact with a therapy dog, read books, and participate in crafts and song time.

3rd Grade – Easter Seals Day Break - 2010 Mizell Avenue, Winter Park – Students will interact with clients; craft time; Easter Seals.

3rd Grade – Seniors First – 99 E Marks Street, Orlando – Students will interact with seniors, help serve lunch.

4th Grade - Clean The World - 8026 Sunport Drive, Orlando – Students will collect soap donations for the center to make recycled soap for World Countries.

5th Grade – Green Up Orlando – Langford Park1808 E. Central, Orlando – Students will cl…