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Orange County Regional History Center New White House Exhibit

The Orange County Regional History Center has a new exhibit about the folks who run the White House on a daily basis called The Working White House running through May 29, 2011. It consists of several tall photo walls taking you through various presidential periods, each describing the life of a White House staff employee.

The center is hosting an event called "White House Egg Roll in Heritage Square" on Saturday, April 23, 2011. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. "Celebrating a historic White House tradition when it hosts The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories exhibition, the History Center invites families with children ages 12 and under for an egg roll in the park and an egg hunt in the museum, plus other fun activities for everyone including a visit from the Easter Bunny. Included in general admission; up to 4 children free with paid adult admission.

Orlando City Soccer Club Mobile Billboard Truck

Orlando City Soccer Club rented out this mobile billboard truck and parked it on a road facing I4 in downtown Orlando Wednesday afternoon. Did anyone see it from I4?

Downtown Pour 2011 | Wine Art Spirits in Thornton Park South

The Downtown Pour is April 30, 2011 in Thornton Park South.

Related: Downtown Pour 2009

Draft Global Beer Lounge and Grill at Amway Center Opens

Draft Global Beer Lounge and Grill, the brand new bar across the street from the Amway Center, had its opening night party Wednesday March 30, 2011 with Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Councilwoman Daisy Lynum on hand.

The interior is lovely, with a great view of the Amway Center. TVs are everywhere so you don't miss a second of the sports action. On opening night, it was fun and loud, but with an upscale vibe to it. Three bars are available as well as a full kitchen offering a large menu. (Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli)
City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Councilwoman Daisy Lynum and other notables untie the red ribbon as part of the opening event
Everyone watching the Mayor
One of the two main rooms with a clear view of the Amway Center
Packed house
Beef sliders and crab cake sliders
Orlando Live's Peter Murphy giving a crab cake slider the chomp
The beef flatbread before we ate it

Florida Film Festival | An Evening With Alan Arkin

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer Staff page | Twitter | Tumblr
This was just announced this afternoon. Looks like an exciting event, honoring a great screen legend. I’m in a rush, as I usually am, so here’s the press release:
Orlando, FL – (Mar. 30, 2011) – Enzian announced today Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, Alan Arkin, will be honored at the Florida Film Festival’s 20th anniversary event, “An Evening with Alan Arkin,” on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Enzian.

This Oscar® winning, three-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaking legend’s breadth of work spans nearly six decades and features diverse, original roles that blazed a trail in independent cinema. Arkin will receive the John M. Tiedtke Lifetime Achievement Award and the evening’s event will also include the 45th anniversary screening of The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!, the film that earned Arkin his first Oscar® nomination in 1966. A moderated question and answer session between Arkin and the audience wil…

Frank & Steins Downtown Offering 300 Craft Beers

Frank & Steins (twitter) is opening the second week of May in downtown Orlando at the corner of Church Street and Magnolia. Their signs say they will have 300 craft beers and 40 taps.

Colonial De Stijl Design Slam

3-28-11 | Yesterday we shared a photo of the new Sam Flaxx on our twitter feed and got a fun message back from reader @beornborg:

"nice idea, but the grid composition is too rigid & static." 

He let us in on the style of painting Sam Flaxx was going for (De Stijl) and we asked him to send in his own version so we could see what the building should look like, with the painting style done correctly. While we were waiting, we googled "De Stijl" to see what he was even talking about.

He replied "There are others that may want in on this. This could turn into a friendly contest. You can call it the De Stijl Design Slam" and sent us his own version (second photo below).

About his new version he writes "The design is heavily derived from a Mondrian painting. I made changes to accommodate the store's name and the lines of the building."

He goes on: "I believe Mondrian's aesthetic is more freer and open than what most people believe. I w…

$405 Donated by Readers to Orange County Animal Services in Name of Adopted Eyeless Cat

Thanks to the generosity of readers, Orange County Animal Services received $405 in checks in the name of The Eyeless Cat we helped get adopted back in February. A big thank you to all the readers who donated, re-tweeted and shared the story of Smokey, the eyeless cat. And of course a special thank you to the person who ended up adopting him. Follow Orange County Animal Services on Facebook

Scooterists Multitask Down Orange Blossom Trail

This is something you don't see everyday. Sunday afternoon three scooterists were scootin' down lovely historic Orange Blossom Trail while balancing bikes on the middle parts of their scooters. Anyone know where they were coming from/going to?

Hawkers Asian Street Fare Gastropub

Hawkers (1103 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803) is a new restaurant that's claiming two food trends at once depending on which side of the building you look at. On the Oregon Street side of the building, it says "street fare" while on the Mills Avenue side it says "gastropub." Have you been yet? Is it a gastropub, street food, both, or neither? Read more about it on Yelp.

3rd Annual Outsider Art Fair in Winter Park Returns After Original Producer Moves to California

The very first Outsider Art Fair was March 21-22, 2009, held at Frames Forever & Art Gallery (941 Orange Ave Winter Park, FL 32789) which featured a parking lot full of artists not involved in the concurrently-running Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival happening just down the street in Central Park. A highlight of the fair was Brian Feldman's Sleepwalk, which invited visitors to walk across a see-thru box while Feldman slept inside.

The second incarnation of the fair was March 20, 2010, also occurring simultaneously as the Winter Park Art Festival chugged along the same day down the street.

The fair was produced by the then-owner of Frames Forever, Katie Windish. She has since sold her frame shop and moved to California.

The new owners, Kim Marshall and Tracy Gasinski, are keeping the Outside Art Fair alive and putting it on this year April 23, 2011, 11am - 5pm at the same location. No vendor, artist, food or music names have been released yet. If you'd like to get involved, c…

A Night of Long Form Presented By Orlando Improv Festival Promises More Fun (And More Seats!) in Second Incarnation

The Orlando Improv Festival (Sept 25-27, 2011) put on a show during ArtsFest this year that sold out in 13 seconds. It was called "A Night of Long Form" and featured several groups, each doing a unique form of long form improv. Its coming back for one night only with all new casts and formats in a new venue Monday April 25, 2011, 8-10pm at Winter Park Playhouse (711 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, FL). Tickets are $15 at the door cash only, or $10 online now til noon the day of the show. BUY TICKETS HERE

This second incarnation of A Night of Long Form features three long form improv formats performed by two local improv groups (The Early Show and Offsides Improv), a special guest appearance by Orlando Sentinel's nightlife writer Kelly Fitzpatrick, a formal question and answer period with the entire cast and beer, wine & liquor for purchase. NO LATE SEATING! Facebook Event Page

A Night of Long Form's creative team is Richard Paul, Mike Carr and the event's Produc…

Food Truck Orlando | The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck

Here's your first glimpse of Orlando's very own brand spankin' new cupcake truck we said back in February was on it's way. Its here, its real and it looks adorable! Its called The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck (Website | Facebook | Twitter | Email) and features a retro graphic on top of a silvery background. Debuting to the public Tuesday March 29, 2011 at the Orlando Food Truck Bazaar, you'll soon be able to find it tooting around Downtown Orlando, Thorton Park, College Park, Audubon Park, Ivanhoe Village, Baldwin Park, Winter Park, Maitland, Sanford, College Campuses and various Farmers Markets.

Informational Meeting About Donating Bone Marrow

By: Jen Thuy-Tien
Contributing Writer
Staff Page | Facebook | Twitter

This is different from my usual posts but an important meeting has come to my attention. On Tuesday, March 29 at Valencia Community College’s west campus, Phi Theta Kappa and Kids Beating Cancer are holding a meeting to inform people how they can become bone marrow donors. According to the Puget Sound Blood Center, there are thousands of people who need bone marrow transplants every year but about 70 percent do not have a genetically matched family member who can donate. Then, that means, the patients' lives depend on finding unrelated people, often within their own ethnic group, with a compatible tissue type, who is willing to donate marrow for them. This is where you can make a difference.

Below is a flyer with information about the meeting.
Come to the meeting on Tuesday, March 29 and support Phi Theta Kappa and Kids Beating Cancer to raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donations and learn ab…

Carol Burnett Live in Melbourne

"Laughter and Reflection With Carol Burnett," an unscripted audience talkback with the performing legend is Tuesday March 29, 2011 at 8pm at  King Center for Performing Arts (3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida). Tickets are $55 - $85, available at 321-242-2219 or online.

"If there is one thing this renowned entertainer can do better than anyone else, it's talk at length, impromptu, before a live audience. 'Laughter and Reflection,' Carol Burnett's off-the-cuff banter with the audience, is a format that grew out of the question-and-answer sessions she shared with her studio audience on each episode of 'The Carol Burnett Show.' A six-time Emmy Award winner, Burnett has demonstrated such versatility since ending the 11-year run of the 'The Carol Burnett Show' that she is now as widely recognized for her dramatic abilities as she is for her comedic and musical talents. This is a rare opportunity to talk to Carol in the same enjoyable an…

Earth Hour Orlando 2011

On Saturday, March 26, 2011, 8:30pm - 9:30 pm, the City of Orlando will be turning off all non-essential lights in City Hall in support of the Earth Hour 2011 campaign. This is the third year the City of Orlando has participated. Other buildings following suit include CNL I & II, College Park Optical, College Park Yoga, Colonial Guy, Eola Capitol, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Foster Productions, Highwood Properties, Mother Falcon Clothing, Myoptics, Nora's Lake Ivanhoe Wine and Cigars, One Orlando Center, Orange County Administration Building, Orlando Utilities Commission and Saint Lawrence Title.

Earth Hour is a global voice on climate change in which people across the world turn out their lights for one hour to encourage creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future.

Notable U.S. landmarks such as New York City’s Empire State Building, Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral, the Strip in Las Vegas, Coca-Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta, and the Willis Tower (formerly th…

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar in Orlando Weekly

The Orlando Weekly did a phenomenal story on all the new food trucks in Orlando in this week's edition. All the trucks they interviewed got great write-ups and we are thrilled! Each is in the Orlando Food Truck Bazaar on March 29th. Below are some brief mentions from the article of the bazaar. 

Orlando Theatre | Winter Park Playhouse Season

The Winter Park Playhouse just announced its 2011-2012 season. The 123 seat theatre is located at 711-C Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, between Fairbanks Avenue and Highway 17-92. Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Matinees Saturdays and Sundays.

Bathing in Bette | June 3 -18, 2011
Cassandra Hohn performs in this outrageous, one-woman tribute to Bette Midler, "The Divine Miss M," recreating her famed bathhouse performances in NYC.

Completely Holllywood (Abridged) | July 15 - August 6, 2011
By Reed Martin & Austin Tichener with additional material by Dominic Conti. The spectacularly high energy, break-neck, ingenious compendium of filmmaking’s 100-plus year history! A hilarious, mad-cap tribute to Hollywood… a terrific night of laughs.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) | August 19 – 28 & September 9 - 17, 2011
Music by Eric Rockwell Lyrics by Joanne Bogart Book by Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart. A side-splitting satire of musical theatre! On…

Downtown Orlando Flash Mob

Randy Ross, producer of the January 29, 2011 flash mob at Millenia Mall, the canceled flash mob for 2011 AIDS Walk and this audition video for Oprah Winfrey's "Your Own Show" contest, has one more flash mob planned for April 2, 2011 at 1pm in downtown Orlando. The exact location has not been released. If you want to participate, above is the rehearsal video to learn the choreography and here's the music. Rehearsals are at the Orange County Convention Center (9800 International Drive, Hall West A3, West Concourse). Parking is in the rear of the building. Parking is free for flash mob performers. Below is the map to rehearsals.
Tues, March 29: 7pm, Hall WA3
Wed, March 30: 7pm, Hall WA3
Fri, April 1: 7pm, Hall WA3 (required attendance)

Orlando Auditions: Murder Mystery Co

The Murder Mystery Co is coming to Orlando and looking for local actors with a
strong improv background, good people skills, flexible schedule, and good sense of humor. There is some amount of travel involved. Owning a vehicle a plus. Men and woman, all types. Auditions will be held the end of March. All actors are paid. Please email your H/R to to be
considered. Check us out at

Circle Mirror Transformation: Mad Cow’s Latest Inspires Even Non-Actors

By Sultana Ali
Contributing Writer

I didn’t know I was attending the play until my boyfriend told me the night before that there was a ticket for me. Suddenly I was going to an opening night of a play Friday; a play of which I knew nothing about. Lordy, what if I ran into someone I knew in the lobby of Mad Cow Theatre and they asked me for my thoughts on the playwright?! I calmed my nerves and reassured myself that the artsy side of my brain would kick in at some point. The lights dimmed and a stage with bodies across the floor came to life slowly performing what I would find out later was an acting exercise; actors close their eyes and “feel” the count until they don’t stumble over one another when they chime in. The exercise is about being present and connected with one another, a technique I found useful in watching the play as well.

The play setting is a six week acting class, a familiar scene to many around me. I confess I was lost for the first ten minutes as much of the audience c…

This Week in Gigs

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
Staff page | Twitter | Tumblr
Hands up, how many of you missed this column over the last few weeks?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

As ever, if there's something else you're excited about, chuck it in the comments!

Monday – March 21

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings / Peter Baldwin at the Beacham

The newest music venue in downtown Orlando brings one of America’s finest live acts, and a local favourite. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are remarkable. Nobody is allowed to not dance at their shows. I think it’s actually written in small print on their tickets. “Failure to get down may result in ejection from venue and/or scorn and pity from fellow concertgoers”. Horns, strings, soul and energy. What else are you going to do on a Monday night? Get there early for Peter Baldwin’s sensitive and calm soul sound.

Wednesday – March 23
Mike Watt and the Missingmen at the Social
The legendary bass player (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Stooges) is nothing if not a hard worker…

Prom 2011 | Macys Fashion Show Auditions

High School Juniors and seniors are invited to a casting event at Macy’s at the Mall at Millenia (Main Level, Juniors Department, 4298 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32839) Saturday, April 2, 2011, 2pm - 4pm, to be considered for a prom fashion show to be held Saturday April 9, 2pm - 4pm. Those selected will receive a $50 Macy’s gift card as well as a place in the show. Prom fashion show attendees will get mini-makeovers from Benefit.

Stardust Video & Coffee | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Dance Party

Attend a "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"-themed dance party March 25, 2011, 10pm - 2am at Stardust Video & Coffee in Audubon Park. Two DJs (Sleepy Hippie & Xuan) promise to "emerge from the bottom of a sinkhole to bring you another night of audio/visual nectarness. Also dancing. Lots of dancing."

Orlando Film Event at Valencia Community College

The 16th Annual Valencia Film Celebration, a showcase of student-produced shorts, runs April 1 + 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm both nights in the Performing Arts Center at Valencia College’s East Campus (701 North Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL). General admission tickets are $5 per evening. Get tickets: 407-582-2900.  High school and college students $3 with valid school ID. Valencia students, staff and faculty are admitted free.

In January, Valencia’s film program was cited among the nation’s “super six” of cinema education by International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) Magazine, along with Brigham Young University, Howard University, Ithaca College, Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Kansas.

LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Awards Funding to MD Anderson Cancer Center

Last Fall, The LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project awarded 63 organizations over $800,000 in grants to help people affected by Cancer, and Orlando's own MD Anderson Cancer Center was among the grant winners. The center was awarded $20,000 after getting enough votes during the two week online voting period.

MD Anderson Cancer Center and United Arts of Central Florida will work together to carry out The Creative Center’s Artists-in-Residence program, which will offer patients the opportunity to learn about and become absorbed in their own creative resources as they meet the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The program will work bedside and in small group settings with men, women and children – in oncology units, bone marrow transplant units, intensive care/respiratory units, hospice and palliative care programs.

High Speed Rail in Florida Not Dead: Mayors to Apply in Next Funding Cycle

The effort to secure Florida’s immediate inclusion in the creation of a national high speed rail network ended Friday when it was determined there wasn’t enough time for a local authority made up of the cities of Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland and Miami to satisfy the federal application requirements to apply for the 2.4 billion dollars which was recently rejected by Florida’s governor.

The group of local governments had been exploring possible public-private partnerships that would have allowed construction of the Orlando to Tampa line to begin this year under the same terms as the deal that was rejected by Governor Rick Scott: zero cost and zero risk to taxpayers.

In order to move forward right now, the newly-created entity would still need to work with the state of Florida to secure the right-of-way for the train, a level of cooperation which Governor Scott has signaled would not occur.

Upon making this determination, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, Lakeland Mayor Gow …

Art Naples International Contemporary Art Fair 2011

International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) announces the first annual Art Naples International Contemporary Art Fair taking place at the newly renovated Naples International Pavilion, March 18th-21st, 2011. You've still got Sunday and Monday to enjoy this event!

Art Naples will present over 45 international art dealers and special exhibitions from Europe, Latin America, United States, Asia as well as leading Southwest Florida contemporary dealers representing over 1200 works of art by 300 artists spanning both 20th and 21st century. The fair will feature paintings, sculpture, photography, design, fine art glass, video and installations from a bevy of established museum collected artists as well as some of today's most promising emerging artists. All of the works of art are for sale.

The fair will feature works from modern and contemporary icons; Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Robert Indiana, Frankenthaler, Botero, Frank Stella, Chuck Close, Cruz-Diez, Motherwell, Tom Wesse…

Morse Museum Tiffany Daffodil Terrace in Winter Park

By Thomas Thorspecken
Analog Artist Digital World

On the first Friday of each month the Morse Museum (445 North Park Avenue ), holds an open house offering free admission to the public between 4 and 8pm. I decided it was time to stop in and see the new wing which opened last month. I brought along my digital drawing tablet and my handy artists stool for my relaxing afternoon sketch. When I entered the museum I was told I would have to check my artists stool. I didn't complain, I just handed it over. I would simply have to stand in one spot for several hours. I made a bee-line back to the new wing. I knew I wanted to sketch the Daffodil Terrace.

I pulled out my tablet and opened Sketchbook Pro. Within a minute the guard walked up to me and said, "There is no sketching in the Museum." Fuming I explained that I had sketched there before with no problem. He said, "Sorry that is the policy." I pulled out my iPhone and immediately sent out a tweet angrily announcing t…

International Pillow Fight Day Orlando 2011

Orlando’s International Pillow Fight Day event is Saturday, April 2, 2011, 5pm - 5:30pm at a location to be announced the day of the event. Probably on Twitter. Bring a pillow, wait to hear the official shriek of "Pillow fight!" and swing like hell in a massive urban pillow fight. Costumes and bottled water encouraged.

Orlandoans who love free, fun, public events like pillow fights, creative interventions, games and interactive art installations are invited to show up and take part, as well as all curious tourists and other Central Floridians who find out about it as International Pillow Fight Day draws near.

The Rules:
• Soft pillows only!
• Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.
• Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras.
• Remove glasses beforehand!
• Wait until the signal to begin. (Don’t arrive more than a couple minutes early!)
• Please, please, please do not use feather pillows! (This is a feather-free fight.)
• If anyone has a hard pillow, you sh…

Theater Tailgate on Downtown Orlando Sidewalk

Are you ready for some theater? Join conceptual artist Brian Feldman and whoever else shows up for a Theater Tailgate on the sidewalk in front of Mad Cow Theatre on opening night of their production of the play "Circle Mirror Transformation" Friday, March 18, 2011, 4:30pm - 7:30pm at 105 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, FL. Bring your own food, drink, seat and whatever else you need in order to be tailgate ready. Free admission to the tailgate, not-free admission to the play. Photo Credit: Mark

Metrowest Muppet Show

The Muppet Art Show is exactly what it sounds like: "Orlando artists paying tribute to the puppets that shaped their lives" at Achille's Art Cafe & Coffee Shop (2869 Wilshire Dr. unit 103, MetroWest) Saturday, April 16, 2011, 8pm - 11:30pm. Five buck cover. Artists include Tracy Brown, Benjamin S. Sawinski, Vincent Julian Angerosa, Vaughn Belak, Eric Johnsen, Parker Sketch, Jacob Livingston, Maus Corderman, Brian Demeter, Travis Smith, Tre Harris and Gina Machina.