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This Week In Gigs

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
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How's this for a novelty: This column is actually going up on a Monday as it's supposed to! As ever, if there's something else going on that you're excited about, why not mention it in the comments?

Monday - January 31st

Yonder Mountain String Band at the Social
There might be some eclectic dancing on the floor, and some of the wackier kinds of tobacco in the air, as the legends of bluegrass-inspired rock and roll take the Social stage. This show is billed as "An Evening With..." which to me suggests that it'll be more memorable than just a regular show. Either way, it'll be jam-tastic.

Thursday - February 3rd

Smith Westerns at Backbooth
This year is only a month old, but one of the most-buzzed-about records it has birthed is 'Dye It Blonde,' the second long-player from Chicago's Smith Westerns. I really like the album a whole lot, but the AV Club's reviewer put it much better th…

Blue Bird Bake Shop Doing Demo at Williams-Sonoma

Blue Bird Bake Shop (3122 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803) will be at Williams-Sonoma at The Mall at Millenia Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 1 pm. They'll be demonstrating some baking approaches as well as icing techniques, plus there will be samples of their mini cupcakes.

Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli

Are You The Next Captain Jack Sparrow?

Ever wanted to be Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films? Now's your chance! Walt Disney World is auditioning people for the role on February 7, 2011 at 9am at Disney's Animal Kingdom Rehearsal Facility (3271 Sherberth Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34747). Sign in 8:30am - 9:30am. Performers must be at least 18 and authorized to work in the United States. Its asked that you provide a current headshot and resume. Actors will be provided with sides to read at the audition. Prepared monologues are not required for this audition. Callbacks to be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
"Captain Jack Sparrow - Comical male actor with ability to resemble and recreate a highly theatrical version of Captain Jack Sparrow; the charming and savvy scourge of the seven seas. Sword fighting experience a plus. Please do not come to audition dressed in costume."Photo Credit

Sweet Up Orlando February 20

The next "Sweet Up Orlando" event will take place February 20, 2011, 1pm - 3pm at Babycakes NYC Bakery (Downtown Disney, 1674 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL).

Follow the Orlando SweetUp twitter account.

What is a "Sweet Up"? Based on their event page from 2009, a "Sweet Up" is this: "Make sure you make your dentist appointment... We've done the Twitter meetups (tweetup), now it's time for a SWEETup! Lots of candy, cake, cupcakes, chocolate - whatever we can get our hands on... Price of admission: Bring your favorite treat! Seeing as though, this will not be at a restaurant or bar, only some beverages will be provided. If you would like to bring something to drink with you as well, that would be wonderful! The more the merrier!"

The first "Sweet Up Orlando" was held at the Winter Park Wedding Chapel and featured sweets from visitors as well as pros including @KernelEncore, @SweetByHolly and @JeremiahsIce.

The org…

Orlando Flash Mob Organized To "Celebrate Tourism"

A group called Flash Mob Orlando led by politician Linda Stewart put on their first event Saturday January 29, 2011 at 2pm inside the Mall at Millenia. (See video above) If you want to get in on the fun, join their Facebook page. Their next flash mob event will be in April.

Florida Queer Art Collective | Gaslight: A Steampunk Extravaganza

The Florida Queer Art Collective's latest show "Gaslight: A Steampunk Extravaganza" runs March 1 - 31, 2011 at The Center (946 N. Mills, Orlando, FL 32803, 407.228.8272), with an opening reception Saturday March 5, 7 - 9p.m. A portion of sales benefit The Center, Central Florida's GLBT Community Center. Door prizes for anyone wearing Steampunk attire. What is Steampunk?

Orlando Shakespeare Theatre | A Midsummer Night's Dream

Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803) sent us some fun photos their new production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," that just opened this weekend running through March 19, 2011. Tickets range $20 - $38. Get them by calling 407-447-1700, online or in person at the box office noon to showtime Tues - Sat, one hour prior to showtime Sundays. Box office closed on Mondays. Photo Credit: Tony Firriolo

Kristin Shirilla (Mustardseed)
Christopher Kiley, Matt Wenge, Michael Daly* (Bottom), Mason Criswell, Trent Fucci, and Anne Hering* (Quince)
Sarah Ireland* (Titania) and Michael Daly* (Bottom) 
Michele Vazquez* (Hermia), Avery Clark* (Lysander), and Walter Kmiec (Demetrius)

Jimmy Eat World and David Bazan at the House of Blues| Feb. 4, 2011

By: Jen Thuy-Tien
Contributing writer
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On Friday, February 4, Jimmy Eat World with Special Guest David Bazan will be playing at the House of Blues in Orlando. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. I’m expecting a great concert because I’m a big fan of Jimmy Eat World. Bleed American is one of my favorite albums. The band released their latest album last September, “Invented.” I’m also really looking forward to seeing David Bazan. Some may know Bazan because he was the lead singer of Pedro the Lion, a Christian/indie rock band. If you’re into soothing, heartfelt and spiritual music, you should give Bazan a chance. I started listening to Bazan a few months ago. Specifically, his most recently released album, “Curse Your Branches.” The album is great. The lyrics are poetic, the songs are about struggles in life and Bazan has a great, soothing voice. To purchase tickets for the show visit Ticketmaster or the House of Blue’s website and to learn …

Doug Rhodehamel's Bacon The Experience Looking for Bacon Music Video

Conceptual artist Doug Rhodehamel is working on his latest installation piece called "Bacon: The Experience" and is looking for "a jovial homage music video" for the piece. No pay. Contact him directly at

United Arts Artsfest 2011 | Orlando Improv Festival Presents LongForm Show at Neon Forest Gallery

UPDATE 2-1-11: This event is sold out. According to United Arts, it sold out in 30 seconds:

"Your ArtsFest event sold out in 30 seconds. I don't know how that's possible, but it just happened."

The Orlando Improv Festival is bringing more improv to Orlando with their one-night-only FREE show "A Night of Long Form" February 4, 2011, 8pm - 10pm at Neon Forest Art Gallery (1741 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL).

This show is an official part of ArtsFest 2011 which runs Feb 4 - 13, 2011. ArtsFest is an annual event put on by United Arts of Central Florida featuring ten days of FREE arts events in Orlando. Yes, FREE!

The show: The kind of improv you find in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago that inspires theatres like Upright Citizens Brigade and Improv Olympic is coming to Orlando for one night only. In one night, see four 20-minute longform improv shows, each with a different format, cast and director. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
The Cast: John …

Orange County Regional History Center | Retro Game Night

Winter Park Playhouse Presents Five Course Love

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

The Winter Park Playhouse opened a fun, broad, silly musical last weekend called "Five Course Love" that will just run three more weekends before it closes... and I'm in the cast!

"Five Course Love" a quick, fun 90-minute musical where three actors play fifteen characters. The comedy is broad, obvious and wacky. Think Carol Burnett. I do my best to keep up with the other two actors, both of whom have terrific voices and great comedic timing. You probably know Michelle Knight from her recent lead roles in the Orlando Philharmonic / Mad Cow Theatre productions of Guys & Dolls (Sara Brown) and My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle). And you'll remember Chris from his role in the very successful 2010 Orlando Fringe show "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," which walked away with a slew of Audience Choice Awards.

Performances Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and , Saturdays, Sundays & Thursd…

Orange County Regional History Center | One Minute History Video Contest

The Orange County Regional History Center announces a One-Minute History Video Contest, the winner of which (and a guest) will be invited to attend the Florida Film Festival’s invitation-only Sneak Preview party on March 9, 2011. The winning video will be posted on the History Center website and will be considered for screening on the Florida Film Festival website. The winner will also receive one-year Membership to the Orange County Regional History Center.

Assignment: Create smart, surprising, fun videos that tell Central Florida’s rich history, as showcased in its exhibits, in one minute. Contest participants are invited to the museum to explore exhibits and shoot footage. Videos must be family friendly and must include footage shot at the History Center (65 E. Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801). Participants should view the full submission guidelines. Entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., February 22, 2011. Winner will be selected by a panel of judges from the comm…

Orlando Shakespeare Theatre 2011-12 Season

Orlando Shakespeare Theatre has announced its 2011-12 season. Single tickets for the 2011-2012 Season go on sale June 14, 2011. Season subscriptions are available by calling (407) 447-1700 or online at and in person at the box office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. Box Office hours are 12pm to show time, Tuesday-Saturday, and one hour prior to show time on Sundays for walk up sales. On non-performance days, the Box Office closes at 5pm. The Box Office is closed on Mondays.

Garden Theatre Presents SHHH! Silent Comedy Perfect For Families

"Shhhh!" is the latest silent comedy theatrical offering from PB&J Theatre Factory running February 11-27, 2011 at Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street, Winter Garden). Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Valentine’s Show: Monday, February 14 at 8pm. Tickets: $18 ($15 for seniors/students). Get tickets: 407-877-GRDN (4736) or online.

About: The entire play is told without the actors uttering a single word! A pair of charismatic crooks could be in over their heads when they adopt a mistakenly abandoned hotel as their hideout. Safe from the cops? Yes. Safe from guests? That’s a different story. Thrust into chaos, the crooks must pose as innkeepers to keep their felonious identities concealed. Little do they know, however, the guests they’re hiding from have secrets of their own. Mayhem! Suspense! Hilarity! It’s an all new mystery/comedy as told only by PB&J Theatre Factory.

Amway Arena Items Up For Auction

On behalf of the NBA's Orlando Magic and the City of Orlando, a public auction will be held for the contents of the old Amway Arena (600 West Amelia Street) on Saturday, February 12 at 10 a.m. It will be open on Friday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a public preview. The auction will be staged via live webcast  and on location at Amway Arena.

Up for grabs are "thousands of sports memorabilia items including the scoreboard, lockers, autographed photographs and arena seats" as well as restaurant equipment, concession stands, nightclub furnishings, flat screen televisions and electronics and official game jerseys from players like Bo Outlaw and Patrick Ewing. In addition, many items from inside the Magic’s locker room will be available for auction, such as framed and laminated photos, Orlando Magic player lockers, a white dry-erase board with the statistics from the 2010 NBA Playoffs, locker room carpet flooring, exercise equipment from the training area and much m…

This Week In Gigs

By Samir Mathur Contributing writer Staff page | Twitter | Tumblr
Got a few shows to look forward to at Backbooth this week, as part of the Parafora Anniversary Week. Who doesn't love a good celebration? As ever, if there's something I've left out that you are excited about, post a comment!
Tuesday - January 25th
Yo La Tengo at the Social
Just reposted my November blog about this. So read that.
Wednesday - January 26th
Little Dragon at Backbooth and at Park Ave CDs.

The first I heard of Little Dragon was on last year's Gorillaz album, so I was happy to investigate some more and find that they'd put out two albums of light, pleasant electronica that you can also dance to. They just played at the L.A. Natural History Museum (cool!), where a review described them as hitting "an evocative sweet spot of laptop noodling, Motown bass grooves and the expertly fussy percussion of Erik Bodin." Kind of like the Notwist, if they had this guy Erik Bodin, then. They're one…

Repost: Yo La Tengo at the Social: Tonight

I'm snowed in at work (figuratively), so my This Week in Gigs column may not be up til later today. Sorry! But here's a reminder of a show that I mentioned back in November, which takes place tonight.


By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
Staff page

Yo La Tengo will play The Social on January 25. 2011.

This show is almost three months away, but it sounds really exciting and fun, so I’m giving you plenty of notice. Yo La Tengo are indie rock’s grandparents. They’ve released about six hundred albums in a career that’s older than I am, and they continue to get better and better. They’re coming to the Social in January, which is cool but not exactly big news - they play Florida fairly often – but wait til you hear this tour’s big gimmick. The show will be divided into two 45-minute halves – the second of which will be a standard YLT set…

But the first half will be determined by the spin of a wheel, and could go one of seven ways. Maybe they’ll play a set’s worth of songs from one of…

Pom Poms Teahouse January Show The New New

1-24-11 | The current show hanging at Pom Poms is called "The New New" and is full of fun stuff. Check some of it below and go in for a visit to see it in person. Did you miss their October 2010 Show?

Neon Forest | Sweet Ups Opening Party

Sweet Ups, the latest show hanging at Neon Forest Galley (1741 S Orange Avenue, South Downtown Orlando), opened January 22, 2011, and features works by Tatiana Suarez & Plinio Pinto. The show hangs until February 16, 2011. Gallery hours Thursday - Saturday 6pm - 10pm. Tatiana Suarez is a Brooklyn-based Miami native. Plinio Pinto is a Freelance illustrator/graphic artist based in FL with a BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design.
Artist Tatiana Suarez standing next to her giant wall mural

Food Trend: Is Gourmet Ice the next Pie, Food Truck, Artisanal Soda, FroYo, Pizza Lolly Pop, Cake Pop, Cupcake, Mini Cupcake, Cookie on a Stick, Donut or Mini Donut?

Gourmet ice is now a permanent part of cocktail culture. The LA company Névé Luxury Ice Company serves it in large chunks, which keeps the drink cold and doesn't water down the drink. They come in three shapes to match glass size and drink: tall and skinny, square and round. There's also some science behind it according to The Atlantic:
"...the key lies in three principles—filtration, aging, and shape. The water is filtered twice, using reverse osmosis, through which he says the company loses about eight ounces of water for every one ounce preserved. Once purified, the water is then frozen, where it is aged for at least 48 hours, increasing its density and making it colder and stronger. Though other ice connoisseurs don't age their frozen cubes, Dozois considers this step so integral to his product that he took the name Névé, the word for compacted snow that ultimately becomes glacial ice."Though its not a food per se, we're still calling it a food trend. Will…

Impressions Orlando Print Fair 2011

"Impressions Orlando" Print Fair, the inaugural invitational contemporary print and limited edition artwork fair in Central Florida, is February 5 & 6, 2011 at UCF's Center for Emerging Media (500 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801). Along with limited edition prints and fine art books, there will be lectures and demonstrations. Free admission. Saturday 10 to 4 pm. Sunday 10 am to 2 pm. Free parking is available in the old Amway Arena parking lot. Presented by Flying Horse Editions, University of Central Florida, Acquisition Trust, Orlando Museum of Art.

Forth Estate, New York | One Eye Pug, New York | David Krut, New York | Michael Steinberg, New York | Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York | Flying Horse Editions, Orlando

Festival of Chocolate 2011 Film Competition

The Festival of Chocolate is having a film competition, open to the greater Orlando film community, film students and aspiring filmmakers, called "Chocolate Covered Fairytales." Deadline: February 14, 2011February 21, 2011(Updated 1-24-11). Top 5 Finalists will be screened March 5 & 6 at the festival, which takes place at Orlando Science Center (777 East Princeton Street, Orlando 32803). Submissions, completed applications, waivers and entry fees must all be mailed to The Festival of Chocolate Film Competition, 5966 Lakehurst Drive, Orlando, 32819. Film Entry Fee: $30.

Filmmakers entering the competition should create a unique “chocolate” twist on a classic fairytale or develop an original fairytale story with a “chocolate” spin. All films submitted will be judged first by film and entertainment judges from the University of Central Florida and the Festival of Chocolate producers who will decide on the top five. These finalists will be screened by guests during the Festi…

Orlando Museum of Art | XX-YY Gender Representation in Art

The Orlando Museum of Art's latest show XX-XY/Gender Representation in Artis a curated show featuring pieces from their permanent collections (American Art, Art of the Ancient Americas, and African Art) and pieces from "important collectors and other fine art institutions." The show runs through June 5, 2011 at 2416 North Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida.  

Stardust Lounge | Downtown Orlando Retro Bar

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

The last time I was in the bar in the basement at 431 East Central Blvd., it was 1998. I'd just finished performing as an Ensemble Apprentice at a SAK Comedy Lab show. It was probably 10 or 11pm. The ensemble back then were people I looked up to and admired. I was new to improv and was soaking everything they did on stage up. They were big, big people in my eyes. They were brilliant and knew how to hold the audience in the palm of their hands, always knew the right thing to say on stage, the right choice to make. It was second nature to them. So to be asked to go hang out with them after shows was an honor.

Back then, this basement bar was a dive. Not a dump, just an undecorated, unpretentious room for boozing and hanging. Couple pool tables, cheap beer, not much else.

I happened to be in the area a couple days ago so I went inside for a look. Wow! Now called Stardust Lounge, the place is a fantastic throwback retro 1950s club with perfectly per…

Mother Falcon | U.S. Presidents Through Feb 24

Mother Falcon has a fantastic show up until February 24, 2011 called U.S. Presidents. Each artist in the show interpreted one president in their own style. Some are hilarious and all are beautiful. Not only can you see the pieces in person (which you should), you can get them printed on a t-shirt! The shop is located at 817 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801. Shop hours: 11am - 7pm Tuesday - Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. The show features works by Brice Stephens, Victoria Price, Scott Donald, Patrick Fatica, Cake, Dennis Hansbury, Sean Hartman, Spectra82, Tobar Rodriguez, Dres13, Eric Althin, Brandon Mclean, Patrick Robles, Matthew Curran, Horsebites, Karen Russell, Jaime Margary, Jeremiah Carey.

CarVersations | Strangers Start Your Mouth Engines

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

January 21, 2011 | Mobile Art Show is an official venue and official part of Downtown Arts District's Third Thursdays Gallery Crawl, a large monthly visual arts event that takes place in downtown Orlando. We are very grateful for City Arts Factory's continued support of our endeavors.

The idea of the show is that art and creativity should not be tied down to a location, that it can be picked up and brought anywhere. This allows for cross-pollination of artists into neighborhoods they might not normally get the chance to have their work seen in, and sometimes it means neighborhoods and areas of town void of art and creativity can, for a few hours, enjoy what other neighborhoods have on a regular basis. Mobile Art Show #19 | Mark Baratelli's CarVersations

Orlando Sentinel | Mobile Art Show features ‘CarVersations’ with Brian Feldman tonight
Orlando Weekly | Last-minute addition to tonight’s Third Thursday Gallery Hop
Our monthly art show is back! Mobile Art Show is TONIGHT (January 20, 2011), 7pm - 9pm, at the corner of Orange and Pine in downtown Orlando. $1 donation. Our show is an official venue in the Downtown Arts District's Third Thursday gallery crawl and has been going strong since 2009.

This month's show is called "Mark Baratelli's CarVersations" and veers into performance art territory for the first time in Mobile Art Show history! This show is intended as a recurring series. Participants pay a $1 donation, get into a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier and receive 5 minutes (no more) with a local person of note. What transpires can be deep conversation, awkward silence, The person is different each time the show takes place.

Terry Olson Speaks in Tampa

Terry Olson spoke at the TEDxTampaBay February 12, 2010 about how he founded SAK Theatre, which still exists in the form of SAK Comedy Lab. He also goes into creating community in his community. Terry moved SAK Theatre to Orlando to perform at EPCOT and to perform in the Tampa Hillsborough Schools. He is one of the founders of the Orlando Theatre Project, the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Orlando Fringe Festival, the Creative Gift Foundation and the Central Florida Performing Arts Alliance.

Post-Christmas Skull Wreath Still Terrifies The Tinsel Out of Passersby

Whats even more terrifying than this spooky wreath is that its still hanging in January. -Mark

Winter Park 2011 Unity Heritage Festival at Shady Park at Hannibal Square

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

Residents and local businesses came together at Shady Park at Hannibal Square to celebrate the City of Winter Park’s 9th annual Unity Heritage Festival Sunday January 16, 2011. The annual festival promotes family history and raises funds for the Educational Fulfillment Fund for local economically disadvantaged youth. Activities include children’s games, food and retail vendors, entertainment by various gospel artists, and the presentation of the annual Heritage Award.

Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli

Urban ReThink | CoWorking, Event and Meeting Space in Thornton Park

Have you been inside Urban ReThink in Thornton Park yet? Take a peek at our photos and then go see it for yourself. The former book store looks nothing like its former self, save the permanent floor sign logo. Its full of staircases, garage doors, podcasting booths. Wow!

If You Love The "If You Love It, Lube It" Sign, Lube It

Oh, Jiffy Lube.

Final Camellia Society of Central Florida Show at Leu Gardens Before Its 2012 Move to Mead

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

Leu Gardens (1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, FL 32803) hosted its final camelia show Saturday and Sunday, January 15 - 16, 2011, from 9am-5pm. The Camellia Society of Central Florida will move its annual celebration of the camellia from Leu Gardens to Mead Gardens in Winter Park January 12, 2012.

On Sunday, the mood in the large airy hall full of black-wrapped tables covered in flower-filled bottles was chipper and light. Small gaggles of flower lovers hovered, stared and admired the hundreds of camellias on display. Every now and then, one of the organizers would make an announcement that he was about to give a talk on various topics such as how to make your flowers bloom sooner and which flowers on which tables were grown with fertilizers.

VIDEO: Mark Goes to Otronicon Probably for the Last Time

By Mark Baratelli Owner Staff Page

I know nothing about video games, social mores or the consequences of putting awkward video of myself online, so its only natural I walk around and explore Otronicon, Orlando Science Center's annual gigantic tech/gaming/simulation festival, with a cameraman. I don't promise you'll walk away knowing any more about Otronicon than you did before you clicked "play," but I guarantee you will have more respect for professional journalists and less respect for me in general. And for that, I thank you. Push play.

Rifle Paper Company | Winter Park, Florida

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

Locally-based design shop Rifle Paper Company's merch is sold all over the world in shops like Anthropologie and on sites like Martha Stewart, but I had no idea that on November 20, 2010, they opened a physical shop in Winter Park! Its at 558 W. New England Ave, STE 150, Winter Park, FL 32789. I can't wait to get to go inside soon for a look-see. Here are photos from opening day and from the opening party.

Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli

Sustain Natural Market in Apopka Launches Farmers Market

Sustain Natural Market in Apopka launched its new weekly farmers market January 16, 2011. These photos below are from opening day. It'll run weekly on Sundays 10am - 3pm at its store in Apopka (3060 E Semoran Blvd, Ste 100, Apopka, FL 32703 | MAP). View our Guide to Orlando Farmers Markets to see more markets.

Auditions: Dog Powered Robot

Dog Powered Robot, a human-sized robot made from cardboard and sporting a dog nested within it's chest, will be the star of an original live theatrical show created by local creative Evan Miga called "Dog Powered Robot and the History of the Future" for the 2011 Orlando Fringe Festival.

You may remember Dog Powered Robot from Orlando Fringe 2010, when he debuted and was an instant celebrity. Miga also created the giant orange robot for the 2010 All Hallows Fringe fundraiser.

Miga is holding auditions for roles in this new show on Friday, February 4 (7-9pm) and Sunday, February 6 (12-2pm) at R3M1X3D (113 East Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801). Roles being cast: (1) lead villain, (2) a large ensemble of performers to play "tiny cute droids to medium sized cyborgs to massive destructive robots." Auditioners should prepare a short comedic monologue and be prepared to read a scene provided. Unpaid.

About the Show:
Dog Powered Robot is back by popular demand a…

Visual Art Gallery Twelve21 Opens "Home Brewed"

Twelve21 Gallery (1211-C N. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL, opened its latest show "Home Brewed" Januarary 14, 2011. The show features works by Tic Bowen, Bill Tarpley and Doug Woods and will run until February 11th. Photo Credit: MarkBaratelli

Pop Up Dance Performances in "Great Urban Spaces" Put Modern Dance on the Streets

Voci Dance is putting on “Great Urban Spaces,” a series of FREE secret pop up modern dance performances all over the city February 5 - 14, 2011. They're kicking off the fun with one not-so-secret kick off party in the warehouse district behind Ivanhoe Row Feb 4, 2011.

Facebook Event Page

Kick Off Party
Before its ripped apart by dancers, a tattered Victorian gown by Tamara Marke’-Lares is covered in projections. Inside, small dance performance pieces enter and leave the space. Yards of fabric hang from the ceiling, seemingly lifeless, later turned into costumes right before your eyes by Tamara Marke’-Lares. Wall projections hint at locations of the upcoming “Great Urban Spaces” pop up performances. Live DJ (DJ Nigel John). Wine by donation.
February 4, 2011 at 8pm. Limited amount of free tickets available at $15 cash at the door. Movement Arts Studio (1602 Philadelphia Ave.,Orlando, FL 32803).

Secret Pop Up Performances
Locations, dates and times releas…

This week in gigs

By Samir Mathur Contributing writer Staff page | Twitter | Tumblr
As always, if there's something that I've not mentioned that you're excited about (looking at you, Manilow fans), go ahead and mention it in the comments.
Wednesday – January 19

No Age at Backbooth

A no-nonsense two piece from the City of Angels, No Age are coming to blow you away with their stripped-down, melody-driven but still-noisy rock-and-roll. (So many hyphens in that sentence.) No Age’s latest album, ‘Everything in Between’, sounds like they spent more time on it than previous works, and the extra layer of polish makes for a much more accomplished album. Still, they’ll rock the nose off of your face, so be careful out there.

Thursday – January 20

Doug Benson / Graham Elwood at Backbooth

Over the past year, Doug Benson has gone from ‘stoner comedian who made reasonably entertaining documentary about being a stoner’ to ‘stoner comedian with his own show on Comedy Central and hugely successful weekly podcast’. …