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Adventures in Wedding Planning - Two Months In

By Lauren Gibaldi
Contributing Writer
Staff Page

I know it’s been a while since the last wedding update, but honestly, there wasn’t much to announce. After an action packed first month, the wedding took the back seat to other things (gasp, I know).

As mentioned earlier, I was most picky about the photographer. I researched around 80 different ones (seriously) and narrowed my list down to the 15 who all met my requirements: a) Excellent photography b) Not staged, more real pictures c) Not too photoshoped d) A person, not a big company e) gives us a CD with full images afterwards to print as we’d like. I used the expertise of a friend who knows a bit more about photography than I do, and together we narrowed the list down more. I ended up meeting with four photographers and, in the end, we chose Photography & Design by Catherine White, Inc., who is not only absolutely fantastic, but also extremely sweet. Also, she likes dinosaurs, which judging from our location, sealed the deal.


McRae Art Studios Holiday Sale & Open House

The annual McRae Art Studios Holiday Sale & Open House is Saturday December 4, 2010, 4pm - 9pm at McRae Art Studios (904 Railroad Ave. Suite 200, Winter Park, FL 32789). Free and open to public. Catering by Tu Tu Tango. 407-599-9956

About McRae Art Studios
McRae Art Studios has 21 years of history in Central Florida. Located in Winter Park, it is a collective of 21 artists who maintain individual businesses in art, yet work as a group. Originally started in 1987 on McRae St in Orlando, founders George and Marty Whipple envisioned an affordable place for independent artists to work and mingle, while focusing community attention to the outstanding talent in the area. It has been at its current Winter Park address since 1998.

McRae strives to maintain the highest level of artistic accomplishment by bringing artists into the collective by a jury process. Through the years it has been home to numerous nationally recognized artists.

The group dynamic brings many advantages to the indivi…

Winter Park Ye Olde Home Town Christmas Parade 2010

The 58th Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Home Town” Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 9am and will feature Mayor Ken Bradley, the 2010 Winter Park Citizen of the Year. It's route is down Park Avenue, starting at Cole Avenue and proceeding south to Comstock Avenue. The parade will have 100 units including bands, floats, marching units, dignitaries, Santa Claus, police and fire departments, dance troops, baton twirlers, boy scouts, cub scouts, girl scouts, brownies, church groups, local elected officials, SeaWorld, Walt Disney World and more.

Before and during the parade, Leadership Winter Park's Pancake Breakfast at the Central Park stage will run 7am-10:30am. $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children.

December Book Store Events

By Lauren Gibaldi
Contributing writer
Staff page

Here are some upcoming book store events around town.

Barnes & Noble – Colonial Drive
December 1st at 7pm – NOOK Workshop
December 2nd at 5pm – Cast Chat back with the National Touring Broadway Cast of Young Frankenstein

Barnes & Noble – Florida Mall
December 2nd at 7pm – NOOK Workshop
December 3rd at 6pm – The Singing Wildcats (West Creek Elementary School students) perform

Barnes & Noble – Waterford Lakes
November 30th at 10am – Storytime! Learn about Hanukkah with the Jewish Community Center
December 1st – Holiday Book Drive starts

Borders – Winter Park
December 5th at 3pm – Hanukkah Kids Event (ages 3-8)
December 11th at 11am – Holiday Kids Event (ages 3-8)

Borders – Sand Lake
December 5th at 3pm – Hanukkah Kids Event (ages 3-8)
December 11th at 11am – Holiday Kids Event (ages 3-8)

This Week In Gigs

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
Staff page

As the year comes to an end, the pickings for TWIG get slimmer and slimmer. If there’s something happening that you’re excited about, why not mention it in the comments section?

Saturday – December 4thThe Black Keys at House of BluesIt’s been a great year for the Black Keys: their album ‘Brothers’ went top three on the Billboard charts, they’ve played to huge audiences both in the States and overseas, and their terrific ‘Tighten Up’ video won them a VMA. Of course, MTV printed the wrong band name on their actual award, but it’s the thought that counts, right? The band will be bringing its brand of blues-rock to the HOB and it’ll be a triumphant, high-energy show. They’ve been around for ages, are at the peak of their live powers, and have built up a very respectable fan base. If I weren’t going to Tampa to see Superchunk and Titus Andronicus, I’d be there in an instant.

Misfits at Firestone LiveEven if Glenn Danzig has not had anything to do w…

December Library Events

By Lauren Gibaldi
Contributing Writer
Staff Page

The Orlando Public Library has a number of interesting events happening this month. Check some out:

December 2nd at 10:30 am – Clowning Around at the Library. Meet and interact with a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown.
December 4th at 2pm – What You Need to Know about Surviving the Holidays, a workshop hosted by Suellen Fagin-Allen.
December 8th at 3pm – A.R.T.: Polynesian Dance class for teens 13-18.
December 9th at 6pm – Teen Talent Show (ages 13-18 can perform).
December 11th at 11:30am – Hand Bells with Marie Loeffler. Learn how to play handbells while listening to holiday music.
December 11th at 12:30pm – Paranormal Discussion Series with the Florida Ghost Team
December 11th at 2pm – Second Saturday: Katie Brown. Listen as she performs holiday music on the piano.
December 11th at 4pm – Meet Seven-Time Florida Lottery Winner: Richard Lustig as he shares his secrets to success.
December 12th at 2pm – Winter Wonderlan…

Macabre Vignettes 3 | SNOW

Macabre Vignettes #3 | SNOW is the next collaboration between experience designer Tamara Marke-Lares and modern dance company Voci Dance. RSVP on the Facebook Event Page. You have five chances to catch the event at Urban Rethink (625 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801) December 10 at 8pm, December 11 at 8pm and 10pm, December 12 at 2pm and 8pm. $20 cash at the door. Doors open 30 mins prior to curtain.
Journey through a dark snowy forest to discover larger than life raven and spider marionettes handing you a paper flower, beautiful fairies lounging about, and dancers politely interrupting your walk with enchanting diversions of movement and sparkle. This glittering site-specific art installation and modern dance escape completely overtakes every square inch of Urban ReThink in Thornton Park with Tamara Marke-Lares's experience designs and Voci Dance's interactive movement.

Children and adults will marvel at the animal-like sculptural costumes inspired by antiquated fables worn …

PhD Student Seeks Kennel-Using Orlandoans

A student at UCF is doing a paper and needs your help. See below. "Hello, my name is Eric Olson, and I am a PhD student at UCF. I am currently writing a paper on pet kennels, and I was wondering if you have ever brought your pet to one in Orlando. Specifically, I am looking at kennels with amenities like pools, great service, dog runs, (like a resort!) If so, I was wondering if I could do an anonymous phone interview with you. My email is"

Life or Death in "127 HOURS": A Movie Review

By: Sultana F. Ali

I knew what I was getting into when I settled into my theater seat. I knew about Aron Ralston, though I confess I have yet to read his book Between a Rock and a Hard Place. As a person who enjoys traveling to places that give my mother some serious heartburn, I too have found myself like Aron, wandering in the desert alone. Where the road parts here, is that I bothered to tell the ranger station where I was going, and leave my plans with family and friends back home before I went jetting off into the mesas and buttes of the lone desert. I also remembered to bring my good and trusty knife and lots of extra water, just in case (I also don't tempt climbing at the level Aron does). Therein, is the plot of this "true story" movie.
127 HOURS teams Danny Boyle and soundtrack-savvy A.R. Rahman together again to tell Aron Ralston's brilliant, sometimes cringe-worthy story of survival. Aron, at the age of 28, was an expert climber and often ventured into desol…

The Cameo Under New Management Soon

Looks like The Cameo Theatre (1013 East Colonial Drive) is getting new management. We just received this email below:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that MegaloMusic will no longer be producing shows at The Cameo. The Cameo will continue operating, just under new management. We want to thank everyone that has played a role in our business. The artistic community in Orlando is second to none, and we are honored and grateful to have been a part of it. Please continue to support your local art scene, because you, the audience, are the ones that make all of the effort worth it. Have a happy and joyous Thanksgiving.

Local Orlando Indie Media Meetup

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

There's a meetup thats taken place the past couple months I'm a part of that I'd like to recommend. Its a tiny gathering of about five or so (depending on the month)  locals who have blogs and web shows specifically about the city of Orlando. Its not a big organized deal, nor is it an attempt to become anything big or take the place of current local webby/geeky events. Its just a boozy (or not if you wish) hour or so casual chit chat with those of us who are on the outskirts of media, getting paid little (or nothing), but soldier on making stuff online about Orlando because we love it.

Current attendees include:
Bess from Central Florida Top Five
Peter from Orlando Live
Ashley and Kim from Pulse of Central Florida
Cole from Uncover the ColorIt started a couple months ago when I tweeted the idea publicly to a few people I knew might be interested. They all said yes (to my relief). We met at Enzian Theatre outside beneath the lovely stylishly…

The Dropp | Locally-Based Culture Site With National Focus

The Dropp is a local music, book, art, culture site by Orlando-based graphic designer/artist/musician Michael Perceval. He created the site to have a "place to help share all the things I'm passionate about with like minded individuals on a local and national basis." I think people will fall down in love with this site. Love it. -Mark

Macabre Vignettes 3 | SNOW

Tamara Marke-Lares and Voci Dance are bringing Macabre Vignettes #3 | SNOW to Urban Rethink (625 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801) December 10-12, 2010. Admission is $20 cash at the door.

About: Journey through a dark snowy forest to discover larger than life raven and spider marionettes handing you a paper flower, beautiful fairies lounging about, and dancers politely interrupting your walk with enchanting diversions of movement and sparkle. This glittering site-specific art installation and modern dance escape completely overtakes every square inch of Urban ReThink in Thornton Park with Tamara Marke-Lares's experience designs and Voci Dance's interactive movement.

Children and adults will marvel at the animal-like sculptural costumes inspired by antiquated fables worn by the forest's inhabitants, the two strange art galleries full of odd dolls, bizarre etchings and sculptural curiosities made from insects and bone and the complete immersion in snow, snow snow. Refreshme…

Chris Scala Parks "The Trailer" in Central Park In Winter Park

Related: Listen to interview with Chris Scala 9-27-10

Nov 23, 2010| Did you miss artist Chris Scala’s piece "the puzzle" this Fall? He's back with a brand new piece! ‘The trailer’ is on exhibit in north Central Park in downtown Winter Park through January 20, 2011. The sculpture is constructed entirely of stainless steel wire fabric and is a registered vehicle. The work appears alternately solid or partially transparent depending on the direction from which it is lit. The artwork examines the nature and perception of privacy. An otherwise secure space is exposed.

Among the furniture, clothing and fixtures inside the artwork is a desk. Every ten days on the 1st, 10th and 20th of the month the arrangements of objects on the desk will change. Each composition reflects the contemplation of a different idea.

The trailer has served as a stage for several performances designed by the artist Scala. Central to these events is that the actors must ignore any stimulus outside the bou…

Ep 4: Orange Bowl Parade, Voci Magnifique, Orlando Film Festival and Karen Russell

Daily City Episode 4

Episode #4 | November 22, 2010

Stories from the Mark
1. Doing PR for Voci Magnifique
I had the honor of doing all the PR for Voci Dance's most recent production called "Magnifique" that took place November 20, 2010.

2. Citrus Bowl Judge
The folks from the Citrus Bowl Parade were awesome to ask me to be a judge for this year's parade! Woo! Last year's judging was fun and this year will be too. Watch the parade December 30, 2010 out in downtown Orlando or on tv broadcast live.

3. HUD gave me a business card
I covered a HUD event in downtown Orlando and a real live HUD employee gave me a business card.

4. Orlando Film Festival
I missed all the movies, enjoyed the opening night party at Ember and did not meet the kid from the "I see dead people" movie.

5. Non-Attendance Guilt
I wasn't able to attend the Orlando Food and Wine Festival.

6. Chris Kirkpatrick Throws a Mean Party
The seventh floor of the The Vue was the site for the 2010

This week in gigs

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
Staff page

Tuesday – November 23rd

The Ettes at Backbooth

I saw The Ettes one time in Gainesville, opening for someone else who I’ve since forgotten. That’s the power of this Nashville-based four-piece: they are impossible to follow. So, be excited for this headlining show at one of Orlando’s best little venues. The band has a couple of pretty ladies, and plays kick-ass garage rock and roll. What’s not to love? Check out a little live session they did for WFMU’s Cherry Blossom Clinic right here.

Friday – November 26th

Tim Kasher at the Social

As the lead singer and songwriter in Cursive, Tim Kasher has written some of my favorite records of the last ten years. His first solo album, ‘The Game of Monogamy’ just came out, and – shock, horror! – it’s heavy and depressing. Like Cursive’s ‘Domestica’, this record documents the pointlessness of relationships as one falls apart. Pitchfork said that listening to the album “as a whole is like dousing yourself in gaso…

[title of show] Bows Out For December But Returns For 2011 Orlando Fringe Festival

This Fall, Michael Wanzie produced the first Orlando production of the hilarious [title of show]. The run sold well, so he announced he'd be bringing it back for one encore performance December 13, 2010. Today, unfortunately, he gave word that the encore performance is canceled. Reason? Most of the actors work in the theme parks and getting schedule changes for them has been impossible due to the strict holiday needs of the parks. However, this show is making a return for a full run in May when it plays the 2011 Orlando Fringe Festival. So keep your pants on until then!

Orlando 'A Christmas Carol' 2010 Productions

Thanks to several press releases from a bunch of theatre companies, some research and Elizabeth Maupin's extensive listing post, we present all the productions (that we're aware of) in Central Florida of "A Christmas Carol."

1. Wanzie’s Glittering Star-Studded 'A Christmas Carol: A Dickens-Inspired Celebrity Cavalcade Holiday Spectacle! at the Parliament House in the Downtown Booty District sounds like a don't-miss. Anything can (and does) happen on the stage at Parliament House. Expect insane, off-color humor and inexpensive drinks.

2. The Garden Theatre's A Christmas Carol in Winter Garden is a TV-actor-led cast of fifty performing a traditional telling of the story. Tip: arrive early to get some French treats at the bakery a few blocks away.

3. Theatre Downtown does A Christmas Carol in Ivanhoe Row. Tickets are $18 and include pre-show caroling!

4. Dickens By Candlelight does A Christmas Carol at Dr Phillips Center on Lake Ivanoe in Ivanhoe Row. T…

A Christmas Carol: Dickens By Candlelight 2010

"Dickens By Candlelight: A Christmas Carol" is back once again with the story of the crabby old fart with the change of heart served up "with tea and cookies" by three actors playing 36 characters at the Dr Phillips Center on Lake Ivanhoe (1111 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804). Tickets are $35 and available online.
Fri, December 17th, 8pm
Sat, December 18th, 4:30 & 8 pm
Sun, December 19th, 4 & 7:30 pm
Mon, December 20th, 7:30 pm
Tues, December 21st, 7:30 pm
Wed, December 22nd, 7:30 pmAbout: Enter the holiday-decked Eola Capitol Loft at the CityArts Factory to the refrain of Christmas carolers and sit down at your table to a steaming cup of tea and plates of assorted Christmas treats. By candle light well-known actors Terry Olson, Robin Olson and Morgan Russell bring to life nearly three dozen character, changing characters before your very eyes with a change of hat, vest or coat. The streets and scenes of Scrooge's Victorian England surround the audien…

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Downtown

Add one more Scrooge to the 2010 tri-ghostly, chain-rattling, crippled-crutched-child pile. Theatre Downtown, which proudly claims on its website to be the "Best Local Repertory Company" of 2001, is mounting the tired tale too, November 26 - December 20, 2010. Arrive early for pre-show caroling, most likely inside their large lovely lobby. Call 407-841-0083 for the eighteen buck tickets to this timeless traditional treat.

The 2010 Orlando 'A Christmas Carols':
1. Wanzie’s Glittering Star-Studded 'A Christmas Carol: A Dickens-Inspired Celebrity Cavalcade Holiday Spectacle! at the Parliament House in the Downtown Booty District

2. A Christmas Carol at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden

3. A Christmas Carol at Theatre Downtown in Ivanhoe Row

4. A Christmas Carol by Dickens By Candlelight at Dr Phillips Center on Lake Ivanoe in Ivanhoe Row

Covenant House Florida 20th Annual Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Youth

Approximately 400 youth and adults will gather to keep the light of hope burning for homeless youth as part of the 20th Annual Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Youth hosted by Covenant House Florida on December 2, 2010.
December 2, 2010:

6pm: Youth Candlelight Procession
Begins at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 130 North Magnolia Avenue, to Walt Disney Amphitheater in Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Avenue. Walkers will place their candles on the amphitheater stage.

6:30 pm Candlelight Vigil
At Walt Disney Amphitheater, the vigil will include music, inspiring words from teens and supporters, and a candle lighting ceremony.

United Arts 2011 Organizational Project Grant Recipients

United Arts 2011 Organizational Project Grant Recipients:

$8,400 - Central Florida Ballet, 2010-11 Season
$4,390 - Florida Children's Repertory Theatre, 2010-11 Season
$5,420 – The Global Peace Film Festival, 9th Annual Global Peace Film Festival
$8,500 - Mad Cow Theatre, 2010-11 Season of Theatre and Special Events
$8,500 - MicheLee Puppets, Safety and Healing Through Puppetry Arts
$4,520 – The Orlando Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival
$10,000 - Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, 20 Years of Orlando Fringe
$6,800 - Orlando Gay Chorus, 2010-11 Season
$1,000 – Pointe Performing Arts Center, 2010-11 Season
$2,450 – Shine Performing and Creative Arts, 2010-11 Season
$3,070 - Voci Dance, iMove: An audience-interactive dance show incorporating multi-media
$2,570 - Yow Dance, 2010-11 Season

Ecomagination Treasure Hunt Partners City Employees With GE Technical Experts

On Saturday November 20, 2010, not only will the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium (1610 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805) host the Florida Classic between Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M, they will also host an "Eco-Magination" Treasure Hunt from 11am - 1pm. Not open to the public. Teams of City employees and GE technical experts will be hunting behind-the-scenes at the stadium for “treasure" aka opportunities to save energy, reduce waste, save money and lower carbon emissions. The teams will comb the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium from top to bottom, looking for excess lighting, air leaks, inefficient generators and other opportunities to increase efficiency.

Developed by GE, based on a model from Toyota, the ecomagination Treasure Hunt is an action-oriented discovery process that brings together site employees with external technical experts to investigate a facility’s resource consumption and recommend projects to maximize efficiency. GE has conducted more than 2…

Michael Wanzie Holiday Sing A Long 2010

Michael Wanzie is hosting his annual "Holiday Sing-A-Long Party" at the Parliament House piano bar Friday December 17, 2010, 6pm-9pm. Free admission. "Susan's Complimentary Holiday Nosh" buffet will be served.

A live pianist, Steve MacKinnon, will play piano for everyone to sing along with. Each person who gets up and sings is entered into a drawing to win a "multi-hundred dollar" gift basket. The more times you sing, the more tickets you receive. The first 10 performers to sign-up (with a Holiday song) will receive a complimentary cocktail. Also, there will be a Best Holiday Duet prize awarded. If you don't want to sing, there will be prizes for Best Holiday Attire and a Christmas Trivia Contest.

More: "Our holiday music books are somewhat limited so by all means feel free to bring your own. Selections are not restricted to holiday songs, but holiday songs earn free drinks. If you play an instrument bring it. If you'd like a turn at the …

Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade and Festival of Lights 2010

The 7th annual Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade and Festival of Lights will take place, rain or shine, December 11, 2010 on Virginia and Osceola lakes. Its a fun, community-wide water parade with holiday-themed and lighted boats along the lakes’ shorelines.

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Water ski show will be on Lake Virginia with viewing on the Rollins College campus by the Jump Ramp in front of the Campus Student Center/Swimming Pool. The area’s leading water skiers will be performing a one-hour ski show to music. Over two dozen professional skiers will be pulled by Southeast MasterCraft boats performing routines featuring jumps, multiple skiers’ acts, barefoot, wake boards, and high-performance equipment.

5 pm: Festivities kick off at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. Live music will be provided by area favorites Tim and Mike Coons. The Coons Brothers will perform their updated versions of classic hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s —songs that baby boomers and their children kn…

Audubon Park Median Planting Needs Helpers

Green Up Orlando and the City of Orlando is helping Audubon Park business district green up their medians with free trees and other plants. Want to help them with the planting? On December 4, 2010, meet Kat Quast and other volunteers at Palmers Gardens at 8:45am.  You'll be planting the Florida native drought tolerant plants chosen by Kariena Veaudry, director of Native Florida Consulting, til noon.

Homegrown Co-Op Market Perfect for Thanksgiving

Order your local groceries from Homegrown Co-Op Market. They even deliver! Perfect for Turkey (or tofurkey?) Day coming up. The majority of the market's offerings are organic and locally produced within 50 miles of Downtown Orlando. Orders are placed on-line. You can opt to have your order delivered right to your workplace or doorstep for a small fee, or pick it up at our Downtown Orlando location with no additional charge each Thursday.

Jack Kazanzas Star Installation on Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando

For the last 54 years, the City of Orlando and OUC have hoisted a 600-pound golden star across Orange Avenue to bring in the holiday season. The tradition started in 1955 and was the brainchild of Dickson & Ives' Wilson Reed, who bought the star in 1949. In 1984 Jack Kazanzas, a lifelong resident of Orlando, lead a campaign to raise funds to replace the original Christmas Star that had fallen into disrepair. Jack Kazanzas passed away earlier this year and for the first time in decades, the star will rise without its chief advocate this Holiday season. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer officially proclaimed the star to be named the Jack Kazanzas Christmas Star on August 23, 2010. This year, family and friends of Jack Kazanzas will raise and install the Star. Refreshments will be served and remarks and holiday entertainment will take place.

Sunday, November 21, 2010
8 a.m.
Corner of Orange Ave. and Central Blvd.
Downtown Orlando

Edge of Art: An Orlando Breast Cancer Benefit

Edge of Art: An Orlando Breast Cancer Benefit is Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8:00pm at Heaven Event Center (Heaven Plaza II, 8240 Exchange Drive, Orlando, FL). Admission is $20 advance and $30 at the door. Sponsors: Orlando Art Expo (Director: Benjamin Harrison Mosely), Who's Hot Orlando, We Care Magazine.

About: Following a successful Masquerade ART Ball, The ART Reach Foundation will be presenting "The Edge of Art". This will truly be a memorable evening of progressive and edgy art, amazing artists, performance art exhibits, fabulous art displays accompanied by an amazing DJ spinning dance music until 2:00am. There will also be charity silent auction with donations from local artists and art galleries. Our gorgeous venue with white leather sofas offset the glowing bright pink table top ornaments reflecting our breast cancer awareness cause.

Artists: Art submissions begin in 2 weeks. There are no submission fees or sales commissions. For more information, contact Benja…

Small Business Saturday November 27, 2010

There's Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now American Express, the credit card many most small businesses won't accept from consumers due to its high fees placed on them by AmEx, has launched the first-ever Small Business Saturday for November 27, 2010. It's billed as "one day to support the small businesses that are getting our economy going again." They provide four reasons to support small businesses, some ways small businesses can help promote the day and a list of who is supporting the "movement."

This is just my opinion, but while the idea of a "Small Business Saturday" as a stand alone idea is great, much like Orlando's fake Buy Local program, it should be done by the local businesses themselves, not some outside entity like a city government or credit card company.  Source

Ice Skating in Winter Park 2010

Ice skating returns to Winter Park at "Winter in the Park" November 13, 2010 - January 9, 2011 in the Central Park West Meadow, at the corner of New York Ave and Morse Blvd. Tickets are $10 (includes skates) for an all day general admission.

Sanford Art Walk Offers Alternative to Traditional Black Friday Shopping Madness

Looking for an alternative to the traditional Black Friday shopping craziness? On November 26, 2010 6pm-9pm, Sanford is putting on the Sanford Art Walk. Seven venues are participating and are all within walking distance of one another. The venues:
little fish HUGE pond, at 309 E. 1st St., is hosting Alicia Jones, artist and writer. For more information, call 407-221-1499.

Art Affair Gallery, at 301 E. 1st St., will feature artists Tracy Burke and Ivaldo Robles (both of whom now are in the Amway Center collection) plus Ralph Verano. In addition, gifts and treasures from fair trade artisans will be available. For more information, call 407-466-6365.

Riverhouse Pottery and Art Center, at 118 S. Palmetto Ave., will host Sandi Jackson and Kathy Howard, known together as SandKat. They use the direct method of Gyotaku (fish rubbing) when creating their artwork. Live music in the courtyard and holiday cheer will be served. For more information, call 407-323-9272.

Gallery on First, at 211 E. 1…

Chanukah in the Park 2010 in Winter Park

The 7th Annual “Chanukah in the Park” sponsored by the Chabad of Greater Orlando is December 5, 2010 5pm-8pm in Central Park on Park Avenue in Winter Park.

Entertainment will include Israeli singer Yoel Sharabi performing American Jewish songs including Fiddler on the Roof, Ice Sculpture by Laz from Ice Pro who will create a menorah which will be lit as blessings are recited, Hassidic Dancers and a performance by the children from the Jewish Community Center and the Hebrew Academy. There will also be the lighting of a twenty foot menorah, a recording studio to record your best Chanukah memory, photographing opportunities, a craft table, latkes and donuts as well as traditional gelt for the children. All of this for you to enjoy at no charge.

Hot Dogs, Soda and Chips will be available for purchase as will Judaic items. There will be a drawing for $1,000 cash prize. Single tickets are available for $5 or five tickets for $20.

Child Fights! Child fights!

Ya like betting on dog fights, boxing matches or Black Friday Momma "I saw that (toy-of-the-second) first" fights? This Saturday put your money down on the kid with the meanest fiddle playin':

Twelve student piano, strings, brass/woodwinds, and voice finalists will compete for five grand in the final round of the Young Artist Competition in a public recital Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 3pm at Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College.

This competition is presented in partnership with the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and is generously sponsored by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. High school students from Gainesville to Palm Coast have applied to compete in this prestigious competition. Past winners have gone on to study at prominent schools such as The Juilliard School and Northwestern University, and many now lead successful music careers. Finalists in each category compete in the Finalist Recital, which is free and open to the public.

The Economist Giving Five Grand For Best Innovative Idea

Got a good idea burning a hole in your brain-pocket? Win five grand for it:The Economist is seeking "disruptively innovative and exciting business models" that embody the idea of innovation. The business models should reinvent the established and prevailing means of doing business. Solvers from any discipline or background are invited to participate and win a cash award of $5,000. Similarly there will be a special award of $5,000 given out to the best business plan submitted from an individual enrolled in an accredited MBA program anywhere in the world. Enter Now.

Boston Market: Table Service, Real Dinnerware, New Side Dishes

11-18-10 The folks at Boston Market invited me and a few other local bloggers to their East Colonial location to try a few of their new features including (1) table service, (2) food served on real plates and silverware and (3) a few new side dishes. They served each of us a serving of each of the new sides on their new plates, with table service. All I can say is YUM! I liked pretty much everything. Full disclosure: the meal was free. 

Florida Mall: Midnight Black Friday, Apps and New Stores

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

November 17, 2010  The Director of Mall Marketing & Business Development for The Florida Mall, Jamie Roy, and President of Bitner Kennessy, Kimbra Hennessey, invited several bloggers and one newspaper writer to lunch Tuesday afternoon. They introduced us to the The Florida Mall's new mobile phone app just released in time for Black Friday. This mall is expecting 100,000 people to visit the mall on Black Friday and will open at midnight for eager holiday shoppers.

Our lunch was a relaxed grazing from the lunch menu at Italian chain Buca Di Beppo. I had salmon and broccoli, which rocked. We went around the table introducing ourselves and our blogs, then leisurely yacked about airport scanners, embedded chips in children's arms and the Black Friday App. Full to the brim with good food, we all waddled outside the restaurant where Kimbra took our photo for her records and then went on a tour of the mall, led by Jamie. She pointed out all the ne…

Nickelodeon Suites Resort Transforms Pool Into Winter Playground

Let it Snow
November 17, 2010 - January 8, 2011
*Hotel stay required*
Nickelodeon Suites Resort
14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, Florida 32821
Call 1-877-642-5111 and ask for the "Let it Snow."

The Lagoon Pool at Nickelodeon Suites Resort transforms into a kids’ winter playground with dancing holiday lights, live entertainment, music, delicious treats and... snow! Sip on hot chocolate and snack on s ‘mores under an umbrella and palm trees. Soar down a 55-foot-long ice slide. Dance and sing along with live Nickelodeon entertainment. Cozy up with Nickelodeon characters or Santa for a family photo opportunity. Splash in the pool that is always a comfortable 84 degrees. Experience it all while SNOW falls from the Florida sky. Join us to Let it SNOW this winter!
Let it Snow Package includes*
-Accommodations in a 2-bedroom Nickelodeon themed KidSuite - sleeps up to 6
-Early ride time on ice slide - extra ½ hour of slidin’ on 55 feet of ice

Miracle on 34th Street in Mount Dora

The Icehouse Theatre in Mount Dora is putting on Miracle on 34th Street. Above are photos from the production sent to us from the theatre. Here's one more reason to drive out to Mount Dora!

Georges Duboeuf 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau Released at Funky Monkey Wine Company

Acrobats, jugglers and performance artists will welcome guests at Nouveau Cirque on November 18, 2010 at 6pm at the International Drive location of Funky Monkey Wine Company (9101 International Drive) to celebrate the arrival of Georges Duboeuf 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau (a wine). Tickets are fifteen bucks and can be purchased here.

According to French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is released at one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of November. This decades-old tradition is celebrated worldwide with creative events, heralding the wine's arrival. This festive and refreshing red wine is made from hand-harvested Gamay grapes and bottled six weeks after harvest.

This week in gigs

By Samir MathurContributing writer Staff page
Fairly light round-up this week. If there’s anything else happening that catches your eye, mention it in the comments! Don’t be mean.

Tuesday - Nov 16

MC Frontalot / MC Chris at the Social

These are two of the biggest names in the Nerdcore Hip Hop scene. If you’re not familiar with this oeuvre, it’s populated by (predominantly white) dudes whose lyrics address topics like Star Wars, science, fantasy novels and the internet. You know, things that most rappers don’t talk about. They’re the kind of people who’d use “oeuvre” correctly in a blog post. I saw the documentary ‘Nerdcore Rising’ a couple of years ago, which follows Frontalot on tour, and was impressed that, even though these guys stray dangerously close to being one-note novelties, their lyrics are usually really well thought-out and intricate. I rather liked the songs by the end of the film. And their fans flippin’ LOVE them. Expect the audience to be wearing ties and pocket-protector…

Le Salon Zizou Goes Broadway For Charity

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

Congratulations to Patrick Kahn, Le Salon Zizou and the West Orlando Rotary Club for selling out tonight's "An Evening On Broadway," taking place at the Enzian Theatre in Maitland. 230 people bought tickets to tonight's hair and fashion show benefiting Grace Medical Home and Florida Hospital College. Along with the hair and fashion on display, there will be an opera singer, a former "Phantom of the Opera" Phantom (Davis Gaines), and two goofballs portraying Armand and Albert from the movie "The Birdcage." One of the goofballs runs this blog.

Orlando Fringe Festival | 2011 Lottery Drawing

The Orlando Fringe Festival isn't until May 2011, but tonight the applicants find out who gets in this year and who does not at a free and public drawing starting 6pm at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Orlando's fringe festival is unjuried, which means applicants put their name in a hat and the festival draws them at random: if your name is drawn, you're in the festival. If not, you either go onto a waiting list or you sit on the sidelines at the festival. Go watch the applicants sweat it out tonight and maybe you'll be inspired to apply next year. Orlando Fringe Information:
Our 2011 Guide: the ins and outs of the festival Audience Choice Awards: you vote for your favorite shows & performers