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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
The Daily City

Spotlight: Maria Bamford, Bastille Day & A Public Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony


I don’t recommend stand up comedy as everyone’s taste in comedy varies so much. But for Maria Bamford, I am going to override your taste and recommend one: Maria Bamford! She’s best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating humor involving her past issues with depression and anxiety. HA! Maria Bamford’s stand up show is Saturday at 7 p.m. at The Plaza Live. Baguette Fencing, Wine & Cheese Pairing, a French Market, a French murder mystery and someone dressed as Marie Antoinette await you at the Bastille Day Celebration Saturday 3 pm-10 pm throughout the Audubon Park Garden District. Take a yoga class while a roomful of adoptable cats roam, play, purr and judge during “ Read More »




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Spotlight: Tiffins


When I think about the top tier restaurants at Walt Disney World Resorts I usually think of Flying Fish, Citricos and California Grill, though the latter has declined somewhat in terms of experience. What those restaurants have in common is that they are accessible without the requirement to purchase a ticket to one of the theme parks. Which is not to say there aren’t good restaurants inside the parks. Certainly Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Monsieur Paul at Epcot’s France pavilion offer a higher standard than a basic meal. In that category of restaurants I now include Tiffins, a surprisingly adventurous and slightly upscale restaurant appropriately located inside Animal Kingdom. What does it say that two of …
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Fishkind: What The Disney Property Tax Ruling Means


Disney won its case against the Orange County Property Appraiser over how much it should pay in property taxes for one of its hotels. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind talks with news director Catherine Welch about the ripple effect the ruling could have on property owners.
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Spotlight: Enzo’s On The Lake


I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of our classic restaurants, venerable dining spots that have withstood the vagaries of the industry and the fickleness of the public to endure and even thrive. This week: Enzo’s on the Lake. Enzo Perlini opened the restaurant in 1980 along with his then wife Jo Anne. They bought a private home on Lake Fairy and converted it from a house to a restaurant. The couple divorced in 2000 but they remained business partners. When Perlini was diagnosed with leukemia, he relinquished day to day operations to Jo Anne. Perlini died in 2006 at the age of 61. Jo Anne is still at the Longwood restaurant. So are …
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
Spotlight

Spotlight: Repticon, Free Movie, Vintage Shopping, Jazz & Seafood, and Hair.


Enjoy a reptile good time at Repticon slithering your way thru vendors offering reptile pets, reptile supplies, reptile feeders as well as live reptile seminars and frequent free reptile raffles. You get a gecko! You get a gecko! The snakey good time at Repticon Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4 at Osceola Heritage Park. The Amazon Treasure Truck is putting on a free family movie screening with free popcorn called Amazon Treasure Truck Summer Movie Series. The film to be screened is Hotel Transylvania. How timely! Enjoy the outdoors Amazonian activation fun Saturday at 6 at Blue Jacket Park. Enjoy vintage shopping and local food at the Advintage Fair & Flea Market all day Saturday 9 to 2 at the …
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Image: Jiha Moon’s exhibit, mennellomuseum.org
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Jiha Moon’s exhibit “Double Welcome” at the Mennello Museum of American Art


Atlanta-based Korean artist Jiha Moon’s new show at the Mennello Museum explores the complexities of cultural exchange. “Double Welcome” mashes up traditional folk art forms and pop-culture iconography from the East and West, combining media as disparate as Korean Hanji fabric and neon acrylic paint. Sometimes one symbol works double duty – like the peach, the official fruit of Moon’s adopted home state of Georgia and a potent symbol of prosperity in Korea. “Double Welcome” was brought to the Mennello by museum director Shannon Fitzgerald as part of a strategy to make the museum more inclusive. Although the official name of the institution is the Mennello Museum of American Art, Fitzgerald wants everyone to know it’s not just about mom …
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Spotlight: Wine Bar George


This is not your average wine bar. But then knowing George Miliotes, no one would have expected it to be. Miliotes is the George of Wine Bar George, the latest venue to spring up at Disney Springs. It’s big, situated in a newly constructed two-level building with a balcony overlooking the walkway below and part of the lagoon just beyond. Wine, of course, is the main draw here, and the list, personally curated by Miliotes, is extensive and varied. He wisely included popular names, go-to wines that people order out of habit or because they’re intimidated by some of the more obscure names. But if Miliotes gets to those people before they place their order, chances are they’re going to …
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
Spotlight

Spotlight: Orlando Philharmonic, PechaKucha, Vegan Potluck, and Osmonds


Join the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Christopher Confessore, for a free patriotic concert called “God Bless America” Saturday 8pm at the Orlando International Airport. Enjoy 30 artists, a beer tasting and more during “Arts and Crafts Beer” Saturday 1 to 5 at the Ivanhoe Village shopping center with Retro City Cycles and Blue Bonnet. Enjoy an evening of intelligent talks presentations from a group of local thought leaders including an Artist in Residence with Orlando Ballet, the Executive Director of Teach for America-Orlando, the Founder of Timucua Arts Foundation, a Hairdresser and more… during the special event called PechaKucha Saturday 6 to 9 at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy a completely meatless and cruelty free …
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Image: David Begnaud/Twitter, border patrol @CBP showing the McAllen, Texas detention facility.
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

After Trump signed an executive order it’s still not clear how immigrant children will be reunited with their parents


Eli García traveled down to Homestead last weekend to turn fear into power. As one of hundreds of thousands of youth using the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), García innately understands the terror of being undocumented. That feeling was heightened as more details emerged about a Trump administration policy that separated about 2,300 undocumented children from their immigrant parents. Trump has since signed an executive order ending this policy, but it’s not clear yet how these children will be reunited with their parents. Although they were afraid, members of the Central Florida undocumented community and the Hope CommUnity Center drove down to a detention facility holding about 1,000 migrant children in Homestead to protest the conditions. Some people …
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