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Spotlight: Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub


Was it ever really gone? Any out-of-towners wandering into Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub in the last few weeks might be surprised to learn that it has been away for close to a year and a half. It thrums with the laughter and chatter of a full house, background to the lilt of traditional music, sometimes recorded, sometimes live. Despite its relative newness, it feels comfortably worn, familiar. We in-towners know that this is a new location for Claddagh, which was forced out of its small strip mall spot to make way for a new Walgreens. (You can blame us aging Baby Boomers and our need to have a pharmacy close enough get to using a walker.) The original closed its …
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Spotlight: Fringe Fest, Cosplay, Smart Car Show and Buddhism 101


It’s week two of the gigantic stage arts festival, Orlando Fringe. Week one saw artists from all over the world performing their original stage shows day and night. You can catch these shows all weekend long at Loch Haven Park. The South East’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event, attracting over 100,000 fans each year, Megacon, is taking place all weekend at the Orange County Convention Center. A gift shop in College Park is holding the grand opening of its new Winter Garden location this weekend. A place for gifts and home decor, Driftwood Market’s grand opening party is Saturday 11 to 4 at 46 W. Plant Street. Did you know the teeny tiny Smart Car’s origins dates …
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Shoppers continue to boycott Publix for supporting Adam Putnam


Is there a more beloved brand in Florida other than Publix? Probably not. The Lakeland grocery store chain has been conquering hearts since 1930 with its free cookies, chicken tender Pub Subs and heartwarming holiday commercials. There is a limit, though, to some Floridians adoration, and its name is the National Rifle Association. Shoppers have been threatening to boycott Publix this Memorial Day Weekend over the company’s support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam. Over the years, Publix has donated about $670,000 to the Agriculture Commissioner’s campaigns, which is a record amount to a single candidate for the chain. By supporting Putnam, though, Publix is supporting a candidate who touts himself as a “proud NRA sellout.” The Bartow politician has …
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Spotlight: Chef Wang’s Kitchen


The young man who was waiting to take my order at Chef Wang’s Kitchen pointed helpfully (if not a little impatiently) at one of the pictured menu items. “Foreigners seem to like that one,” he offered. To understand the level of authenticity, or at least a level that rises above many westernized Chinese restaurants here is Central Florida, you need to know that when he said foreigners he was referring to Americans. Chef Wang’s Kitchen is located in the repurposed yet still worn looking shopping mall now known as Chinatown on West Colonial Drive. The restaurant occupies a modest storefront tastefully appointed with stone-look tables and substantial dark wood chairs (sturdy enough for any foreigners who come in). The item …
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Spotlight: Library Book Sale, Music Fest and Medieval Cardio


Find your new beach reads at the Friends of the Library annual Spring Book Sale! A great selection of fiction and non-fiction, recorded books, DVDs, CDs and more will be available for half price. The sale takes place May 18, 19 and 20 10am-1:30pm on the third floor of the Downtown Orlando Public Library. Bring a chair and get ready to enjoy great music and the spring weather with the outdoor concert series Rhythms at the Roost. Amp up your weekend with great bands, delicious eats and unique festival themes. Enjoy jazz, funk, blues and rock with a New Orleans flare from the NOLA Brass band. Rhythms at the Roost take place Saturday 6 to 10 at Cranes Roost Park, …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Fringe takes a deep dive into superheroes and sci-fi


Every May, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival takes over Loch Haven Park. This year’s celebration of performance kicked off Wednesday and runs through May 28. More than 50,000 people will show up to to enjoy 130 shows, ranging from short plays to dance performances to musicals, magic, comedy, cabaret and some work that’s just impossible to label. As wide-ranging as Fringe is, the festival does have a common thread this year: as on the big and small screens, suddenly nerd culture is dominant. There are shows based on Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead, and even the Muppets. The fandom focus can be attributed to a few different things: for one, Fringe …
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The “Crunchy Chicken.” Photo: AJ’s Press / Facebook
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Spotlight: AJ’s Press


AJ’s Press is, despite the name which makes it sound like a news organization, a Longwood sandwich shop in a small strip mall near the railroad tracks.
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Spotlight: Mother’s Day Weekend


How about Spanish-style buffet & flamenco dancing for Mother’s Day? Choose Tapa Toro on I-Drive Sunday. Does your Mom love her dog more than you? Then choose The Hammered Lamb’s Fur Babies Brunch in Ivanhoe Village Sunday all day. If you’d rather spend your money making Mom laugh than making Mom fat, go to the Mike Birbiglia Show at The Plaza in the Milk District Saturday at 8. If Mom is a shopper than buy this: the DeLand Indie Market is a curated shopping event with food and live music held 4 times a year showcasing Artists, Boutiques, Vintage and Handcrafted Vendors. Take her to The Deland Indie Market at Artisan Alley Sunday 11 to 5. Did your Mom marry …
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