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Artist and Sign Painter Opens Show and Paints a Sign for Mills50 Business

Kenji Nakayama, a Boston-based artist and sign painter, came to Orlando for the Friday night opening of his solo art show, "The Quick Brown a Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog" at Twelve21 Gallery. The gallery, newly moved from Ivanhoe Village to Mills50 inside the Orange Studio, was full of his work which was painted on saws and pieces of wood. 
After the opening shut down for the night, Kenji walked across Mills Ave to a freshly primed wooden sign behind Simonet Electric and painted a custom sign for them and the salon next door. It's on Lake Highland near the corner of Mills. 
Unfortunately, Simonet Electric is temporarily closed for family reasons. 
However, the sign is there so go see it. 
The show inside Twelve21 Gallery
Brendan O'Connor primed the sign
Kenji painting the sign with about 5 or so onlookers documenting the process and just enjoying the evening 

We shared it on Instagram last night when he first started the sign

Can you spot the sign? (Hint: it's on the rig…

Watch it Live: Soccer Stadium Downtown Orlando Announcement

(Watch it live HERE) There will be a special announcement regarding the Downtown Soccer Stadium  during a press conference featuring Orlando City Majority Owner Fl├ívio Augusto da Silva, Orlando City Founder and President Phil Rawlins and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 2:00pm at Orlando City Hall (400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801).

City of Orlando Historic Plaque Program Launches Today

The month of May is known nationally as Historic Preservation Month and as part of this month, on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 10:30am, the City of Orlando is launching a Historic Plaque Program at Wells’ Built Museum of African American History & Culture (511 West South St) y o celebrate, preserve and recognize some of Orlando’s historic buildings and sites in the Downtown and Parramore area.
On Thursday, May 28, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will join with Senator Geraldine Thompson to launch the program and will unveil one of the first plaques located at the historic Wells’ Built Hotel, which now operates as a history museum.

The program will eventually include a total of 25 plaques that will be highlighted as part of the City’s Historic Walking Tour. All the plaques will be installed by the end of June.

The program aligns with the vision strategy outlined by Project DTO to celebrate Orlando’s diverse culture and heritage by creating a strong sense of place that respects the community…

Pretzel Twist Skewer Debuting at Sea World

Beer and pretzels! Sea World has a new restaurant in development that will include sweet and savory takes on pretzels, including this knotty skewer concoction. Beer will also be sold.

Mayor Teresa Jacobs to Deliver the 2015 State of Orange County

Orange County Government (Website | Facebook | Twitter) will present its 2015 “State of Orange County” address Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9am at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, FL 32801). Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will deliver the presentation. 
The annual address will take citizens on a journey highlighting the outstanding achievements of Orange County and the many milestones the community has accomplished together. The program is hosted by the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association and is free and open to the public.

I-4 Ultimate Information Open House May 28th

The public is invited to learn more about the I-4 Ultimate project during a public information open house, and how the project is transforming Altamonte Springs, Longwood and Maitland, as well as the entire 21-mile corridor. The open house is scheduled Thursday, May 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the RDV Sportsplex – Magic Gym, located at 8701 Maitland Summit Boulevard.

“We encourage the public to attend this event to learn more about the project, view area maps and displays, and discuss the project with staff,” said Loreen Bobo, P.E., I-4 Ultimate Construction Program Manager.

The project officially launched in February 2015 and expected completion is 2021. The I-4 Ultimate project is rebuilding 21 miles of Interstate 4 from Kirkman Road in Orange County to SR 434 in Seminole County, adding two new dynamically tolled Express Lanes—eastbound and westbound, replacing more than 140 bridges, reconfiguring 15 major interchanges and reconstructing the entire existing roadway.

Major changes plan…

Comic Tig Notaro at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Comic Tig Notaro, presented by Dr. Phillips Center in association with Foundation Presents, will perform Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Box Office at 445 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 Monday– Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or online at Ticket prices online or by phone may include handling fees.

Tig Notaro was nominated for a Grammy Award for her sophomore comedy album LIVE. The album sold over 100,000 units in just 6 weeks, which is unheard of for comedy albums today. Louis CK is quoted as saying that it is one of the best stand-up performances he ever saw. During this album release, Tig was reviewed and profiled by The New York Times,The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine among many others. During this campaign Tig…

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Two Ravenous Pig Chefs in Winter Park Move to Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park

Two chefs at The Ravenous Pig, Chef de cuisine Joe Cournoyer-Burnett and sous chef Elek Kovacs, are leaving The Ravenous Pig for Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park. 
Chef Nick Sierputowski, most recently at Cask & Larder, will be the new chef de cuisine at The Ravenous Pig. He was one of the original crew members at Two Ravenous Pig when it opened in 2007.

Peanut Butter Bar Restaurant Called The Nutty Peanut

People in Orlando who ate peanut butter sammiches as babies are opening up a 20-topping peanut butter sammich restaurant. The Nutty Peanut claims to be "the first custom peanut butter sandwich bar in the country." It's such a good idea, it's hard to believe that that's true. It's not. Spread PB beat them to the punch.

But who cares who did it first? It's about who does it better. Spread PB only gives you 2 of the 23 toppings, while The Nutty Peanut gives you 3. So there's that.  
They need 20k on their kickstarter page to make their nutty dreams a reality.

7th Annual Audience Choice Awards Presented by for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival

Below is a list of the winners of the 7th Annual Audience Choice Awards Presented by for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival. The purpose of these awards seven years ago was to bring attention to shows that didn't win Patrons Pick, at that time, the only awards available to shows, and to provide another advertising tool for shows going on to other festivals.

Best of the Fest Janis Joplin Little Girl Blue
Best Local Show Robin Da Hood
Best national Show Grim and Fisher (photo from the Wonderhead's Facebook)
Best International Show Kiss Around Pass Around
Best Female Performer Kaleigh Baker
Best Male performer Chase Padgett (accepting for Chase, Jay Hopkins) 
Best Director Andrea Canney
Best Solo Show TJ Dawe (photo from TJ's Facebook)
Best Dance Show Hartel (photo from Hartel's Facebook)
Best Musical Tell Me On a Sunday
Best Comedy Darwin Vs Rednecks
Best Drama Hoodies
Best Show in the Orange Venue Clink
Best Show in the Silver Venue Dumpster Cats
Best Show in the Yellow…