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Image: The Hound of the Baskervilles, orlandoshakes.org

Spotlight: Orlando Shakes, Orlando Film Fest, Evita and Steampunks



Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson journey to the English countryside to investigate the mysterious case of the Baskerville family in the stage play The Hound of the Baskervilles all weekend at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. For info go to orlandoshakes.org. A weekend long celebration of independent cinema, with screenings, Q&A’s, workshops, parties and more will take place during the Orlando Film Festival all weekend long at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe downtown. For details and tickets go to orlandofilmfest.com. Eva Perón, who left her small, provincial town at age 15 and eventually became the First Lady of Argentina then Andrew Lloyd Webber forced Patti Lupone to sing the difficult score 8 times a week. She survived and went on to …


Image: Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince in the film “The Florida Project”.

Spotlight: The Florida Project, Cake Fair, Skunk Show and Mac & Cheese Cook-Off



The Florida Project is the movie every local needs to see. I know I’m typically tee-hee goofy guy launch your face off hysterical why-didn’t-he-go-to-Broadway Mark. But for this, I am dead serious.  It’s a known fact that the theme parks pay poorly and our City and County have a terrible record of getting developers to provide affordable housing. This film shows the people this system affects, the ones living in hotels on 192. It’s called The Florida Project and its showing all weekend at Enzian Theatre. For tickets go to enzian.org. The largest trade and consumer show in North and South America dedicated to cake is taking place all weekend at the convention center. Go to cakefair.com to get tickets …


Image: A Previous Oktoberfest, Orlando German Club FB page

Spotlight: Train Show, Birds of Prey and Multiple Oktoberfests



View model train displays and shop for parts for your own at the Model Train Show at the Volusia County Fairgrounds Saturday 9 to 4. For information go to gserr.com. Orlando’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebration is the German American Society Oktoberfest taking place Saturday noon to 10 at 381 Orange Lane in Winter Park A music festival with 10 bands each contributing to limited-edition beers is taking place called Ten10 Fest Saturday 1 to 10 at Ten10 Brewing in Ivanhoe Village. There’s a fundraiser for the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey with live birds, music, an art market, glass blowing, acrobats and more called the Birds of Prey Fall Art Harvest Saturday 4 to 10 at Orlando Brewing. More …


Image: Artist from previous Artlando, by Patrick Ledbetter & Ryan Glaze, orlandoweekly.com

Spotlight: Artlando, Oktoberfest, Brunch Fest and Sleepy Hollow



Orlando Weekly is putting on their annual day of arts and culture called Artlando this weekend. There will be performances, artist tents, food, and more. Admission is free. Artlando takes place Saturday 11 to 11 at Loch Haven Park. For details go to artlando.com. Try four different festbier brews while enjoying live music, festival contests, food and more during Oktoberfest Saturday at 11 at the Brewstillery in Winter Park. It’s next to Foxtail Coffee. Try brunch offerings and what not from multiple restaurant vendors during the all-day Orlando Brunch Festival Saturday at noon at Festival Park. For details go to orlandobrunch.com. A corn maze, scavenger hunt and pumpkin patch all await guests during the Fall Maze and Pumpkin Patch at …


Image: Primer, imdb.com

Spotlight: Responsible Dog Ownership, Poetry, Cooking and Film



A free presentation called “Responsible Dog Ownership” will educate first-time dog owners about the basics of dog ownership and will help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets. This event is for pet owners but pets may not attend. The Responsible Dog Ownership presentation takes place Saturday at 11 at the downtown branch of the Orlando Public Library. Two intellectual engineers accidentally build a time machine in a film called “Primer.” The film is being shown this weekend preceded by a presentation about the science behind the movie from physics professor Dr. Joshua Colwell. The movie and presentation takes place Saturday at 11 at Enzian Theatre. A poetry competition with 16 poets and one champion is taking place Saturday …


Image: Baggage Claims, omart.org

Spotlight: OMART, The Lake, Jazz and Film Fest



An international group of 18 artists are featured in an exhibition exploring the impact of the vast scale of commerce and immigration worldwide on contemporary life. Very topical! The show Baggage Claims runs all weekend at Orlando Museum of Art. The newest collaboration between Crealdé School of Art and the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation offers a contemporary and historic window into the culture and landscape of Central Florida’s Lake Apopka during an exhibition called “The Lake: A Documentary Exploring the Land and People of Lake Apopka.” The show runs all weekend at Crealdé School of Art. Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra is performing a show called The Vocal Jazz Summit with some of Orlando’s best jazz and R&B vocalists tonight …


Image: Jigsaw Puzzle, ruwix.com

Spotlight: Seven Things to do in your House



Here are 7 things to do in your house inspired by the website lifelovebeauty.com. Write your holiday cards. You need a pen, those cards you bought December 26th last year for 80% off and a list of people who like you. Let’s be honest, if the list is long you’re probably fake and if it’s short you’re most likely horrible. Exchange full-body massages with your significant other… or pets. Play hide and go seek inside. Depending on the layout of your house, it may be too easy to find your opponents, so you might want to make up new rules. Like not hiding or seeking. Rearrange your house. Take two chairs away from the dining room table and see how …


Image: Mike Delamont, God is a Scottish Drag Queen, mikedelamont.com

Spotlight: God Is a Scottish Drag Queen, The Drowsy Chaperone, Craft Fair and Magical Dining Month



Orlando’s favorite out of town fringe show “God Is a Scottish Drag Queen” is back in Orlando and I still haven’t seen it. Well I’ve been busy with feeding the homeless and planting trees along inner city streets and adopting all the stray kittens so…  The show features a man in a dress. Thanks RuPaul! “God Is a Scottish Drag Queen” plays this evening at 7 and Saturday at 2 and 7 at The Venue in Ivanhoe Village. An ambiguously gay man in an ill-fitting sweater leads the audience through the cast album of his favorite lost Broadway musical (that never was). While he plays the record and talks the audience through the story, the musical comes to life in …


Photo: Damany Riley, Jom Braswell, and Patric Robinson in Fences, madcowtheatre.com

Spotlight: Musicals, Drama, Fan Meetup and Home Show



Six brand new musicals written by people from around the country will be performed during the inaugural Florida Festival of New Musicals taking place this weekend. For details go to winterparkplayhouse.org. Troy, a middle-aged garbage man, struggles to keep his family afloat and his dignity intact while battling crippling disappointment over his stolen ambition in Fences, the classic drama playing all weekend at Mad Cow Theatre. An all-local cast, nearly 100-voice choir, 45-member orchestra and unique staging combine to make a thrilling evening of live music and theatre during Titanic the Musical performed by Central Florida Community Arts tonight and Saturday inside the Calvary Assembly of God. For details go to cfcarts.com. Local podcast “Scotch and ‘Good’ Conversation” is having …


Image: Aloma Bowl, thedailycity.com

Spotlight: Bowling, Eatonville, Hip Hop Fest, Surf Films and Kid Expo



Aloma Bowl is celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday because Winter Park City Council and some brave intelligent high schoolers saved it from getting knocked down to become another Orchard Supply Hardware, the Wawa of hardware stores. Bowlers can enjoy reduced prices on games and shoes this Saturday 9 to 2 at Aloma Bowl in Winter Park. And speaking of anniversaries, the town of Eatonville its celebrating its 130th Anniversary! Enjoy free food, music, health screenings and more Saturday 12 to 3 at the Eatonville Branch Library. Enjoy live graffiti, spoken word, break dance battles and live DJs during the Elements of Life Orlando Hip Hop Festival Saturday starting at 5 at Henao Contemporary Center. Screenings of two surfing-themed films, Under …



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