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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.
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Spotlight: Holiday Block Party, Broadway Christmas, and Orlando Flea


I like block parties but have you ever been to a block party that takes up block, after block after block then you turn the corner and there’s more blocks and you’re like this is a block party? It’s not! It’s bigger! It’s a blocks party, hello? The annual Jingle Eve block party put on by Ivanhoe Village Main Street district will include performances, a wine walk, vendors, fireworks and Santa. Jingle Eve is Saturday 5 to 10 in Ivanhoe Village. Christmas and Broadway. Sounds like heaven to me unless it’s a Broadway musical post 1965 and Christmas songs not sung by Bing Crosby. Anything else is garbage. The festive musical revue A Very Broadway Christmas put on by the …
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Photo by Monivette Cordeiro, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Remembering the 1920 Election Day lynching of July Perry


Florida is embroiled in a recount process that’s taken over our newsfeeds and has every other elected official screaming “fraud,” but not too long ago on Election Day, Central Floridians left voting stickers on the grave of July Perry at Orlando’s Greenwood Cemetery. Close to a century ago, Perry was an African American man who was shot and lynched by a white mob in Orlando after encouraging Ocoee’s black residents to vote on Election Day in 1920. In the days before his murder, local Ku Klux Klan members had threatened terror against black people who dared to vote. On Election Day, white residents who resented the large number of African Americans voting tried to stop them at the polls. The …
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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: Pecha Kucha and Arcade & Pinball Convention


I like hearing smart people talk. Sitting in comfy chairs, soaking in their knowledge and knowing that everyone around me is there for the same reason. This is why I love PechaKucha Night. PechaKucha Night is an entertainment event held several times a year that rests on a simple idea: a presenter is allowed to show 20 images in total, with each image remaining on the screen for 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes the presentations concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. Speakers present their PechaKuchas on any subject, from the personal to the public. PechaKucha Night has two performances tonight: once at 6 and again at 9 at 455 S. Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando. …
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Image: Hops grown in Florida Photo by Matt Roberts, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Local Beer Made With Florida Ingredients


What comes to mind when you imagine the aroma and flavor of a beer made with only Florida ingredients? If your first thoughts are sunscreen and swamp water, think again. Local brewers are determined to create an all-Florida beer, and climate change, of all things, is helping the dream come true. Barley and hops don’t do well in our tropical conditions and sandy soil. Another drawback is the length of daylight in summer – it’s actually shorter here than up north because of the angle of the earth as it tips toward the sun. But climate change has increased drought in the Western states, where most American hops are grown. And warmer temperatures overall mean even less risk of a …
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