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Mark Baratelli


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Image: Human Library, OCLS Facebook Page.

Spotlight: Human Library, Dangerous Theatre and Pottery Festival

Volunteers with different backgrounds act as books that you as a reader can check out. This is The Human Library. The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. The Human Library is free and runs Saturday 1 to 4 at the downtown public library. Her most recent divorce final, Caroline discovers none of her family wants to spend the holidays with her. Not wanting to spend the holidays alone, she decides to rent a family off Craigslist. This is a play called A-Loan for …

Image: Orlando Shakes “It’s a Wonderful Life” cast, instagram.com

Spotlight: Orlando Shakes, Tree Lightings and Pecha Kucha

The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a film everyone loves, even though it’s in black and white. What is this, the eighties? Is Michael J. Fox going to jump out and say “Where we’re going we don’t need angles” Now the folks at Orlando Shakes are putting it on stage as a radio play (a.k.a.- they ain’t paying for sets and they only have to pay 5 actors to play dozens of characters) It’s a Wonderful Life is currently running with the final show falling on December 30. For tickets go to orlandoshakes.org. The City of the Orlando’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration is tonight until 9 at the Lake Eola amphitheater. The 72 foot tree will be sparkling, carolers …

Image: Previous Festival of Trees,omart.org

Spotlight: Free Play FL, Shuffleboard, Ice Skating and Festival of Trees

A complete pinball, arcade and console gaming experience for the family is taking place at Free Play Florida. This may sound fun but think – does your child even know what a pinball machine is? They might hate it. If you want to risk your children hating you, attend Free Play Florida Saturday 10 to 10 and Sunday 10 to 4 at Doubletree at Sea World. For details go to wp.freeplayflorida.com. And speaking of making your children miserable by showing them a game and or activity from decades past there’s free shuffleboard play at The Orlando Shuffle this weekend! Use a stick to shove a puck down a cracked cement alleyway in order to knock your opponents’ puck off the …

Image: Previous Great Day in the Country

Spotlight: Art in Odd Places, Historic Homes, Great Day in the Country and Global Market

A public and performance art festival that incorporates the downtown landscape called Art in Odd Places is taking place Saturday and Sunday in Downtown Orlando. For details go to artinoddplaces.org. Tour seven historic homes in the Mills 50 neighborhood then enjoy drinks and snack sized bites at the Guesthouse during the Mills50 Historic Homes Tour Saturday anytime between and 1 to 7. For tickets go to orlandoweeklytickets.com. I’d like to invite you and yours to Great Day in the Country, an Arts and crafts fair produced by the Oviedo Woman’s Club. Men are invited of course but no horseshoes. Great Day in the Country is Saturday 9 to 4 At Center Lake Park. For details go to greatdayoviedo.com. Global Market, …

Image: Owl from the Avian Reconditioning Center, arc4raptors.org

Spotlight: Owl Fest, Korean Fest, Film Fest and Renaissance Faire

Owls, hawks and eagles will be on display and doing flight demonstrations for guests throughout the day at Fall Owl Fest Saturday 10 to 3 at the Avian Reconditioning Center. For details go to arc4raptors.org. Enjoy traditional Korean food and music, a K-Pop contest, karaoke, games and more at Orlando Korea Festival Saturday 10 to 4 at Korean Grace Church in Belle Isle. A Family-friendly block party with hayrides, live music, food, drink, kids activities and more is taking place during the Hometown Harvest Saturday starting at 5 at the Winter Springs Town Center. For details go to winterspringsfl.org. Edgewater Drive shuts down and is slathered with bands, food and vendors during the College Park Jazz Fest Saturday starting at …

Image: Swan Lake, orlandoballet.org

Spotlight: Swan Lake, Craft Fair, Veg Fest and Disney History

For those who aren’t celebrating Halloween do I have some cultural event gems for you! Set to Tchaikovsky’s powerful score, and based on the folk tale of a young princess transformed into a swan by a vengeful sorcerer, Orlando Ballet’s production of Swan Lake promises an enchanting look at the classic romance. Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 at Dr. Phillps in downtown Orlando. For info go to orlandoballet.org. More than 400 crafters and artists from across the country offer their finest work for sale during the Mount Dora Craft Fair Saturday and Sunday 9 to 5 in downtown Mount Dora. For details go to mountdoracraftfair.com The annual celebration of vegan and vegetarian living with a little bit of …

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 …