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The Daily City

Spotlight: Zine Fest, Bad Santa Bike Pub Crawl, Holiday & Social Events


You think print is dead? Nope. Orlando has Zines, short for magazines. A Zine is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier. Browse through a wide selection of local Orlando zines for free at the Orlando Zine Fest Saturday 5pm at Will’s Pub. A Santa-themed bike ride and pub crawl from Johnny’s Other Side to Thornton Park and Ivanhoe Village called Bad Santa Bike Pub Crawl will take place Saturday 12 to 6. Meet at Johnny’s other Side. Enjoy a quirky holiday gathering with live holiday music, food, entertainment and celebrity hosts Santa played by Fringe Festival favorite Logan Donahoo and Krampus played by Bruce Costella. I don’t know who he is …
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Spotlight: Cork & Fork


I recently made a second visit to Cork & Fork, a restaurant in the Belle Isle neighborhood. I made my first visit there two years and three days earlier. I didn’t write about it then because I found the restaurant, its food and its service to all be equally banal. (The name of the place, too, as long as I’m at it.) Also, it occupied a space that had not been known for keeping tenants very long. I figured it would slink off into obscurity without any help from me. But it’s stayed on. So I figured it was time to stop in again and check the place out, to see what has kept it going. And it certainly appeared …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Tourism Campaign Declares Orlando’s Signature Dish


Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs gathered the region’s tourism leaders last April to ask a question with no answer: “Does Orlando have a signature dish?” Philadelphia has cheesesteaks. London has fish and chips. But Orlando? Despite being one of the world’s top destinations and home to unrivaled culinary talent, the City Beautiful isn’t known for a particular delicacy – our gastronomic delights in the eyes of visitors include gargantuan turkey legs, Dole Whip and butterbeer. So Jacobs proposed a meeting of the minds – the best local chefs in the city’s burgeoning restaurant industry would gather with our quasi-public tourism agency, Visit Orlando, to create a signature dish. After Jacobs’ call to action, local foodies proposed a number of native …
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The Daily City

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 …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Shocking Rate of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in the United States


One of the most underreported stories of 2017 is the shocking rate of maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States, which is rising steadily while it falls everywhere else in the developed world. Each year over 600 women in the U.S. die from pregnancy-related causes and more than 65,000 experience life-threatening complications, says a report by the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute. Inadequate medical coverage in rural areas, racial disparities in access to care, the ever-more-confusing health system and the rising age of mothers are all drivers of this maternal health crisis. Whatever the causes, the reason the story is so little-known isn’t mysterious. In the patchwork of recordkeeping across 50 states, data on deaths caused by pregnancy is difficult …
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Spotlight: Copacabana


Copacabana, a Cuban cafe from Mount Dora, has opened a second location in Altamonte Springs. It’s a bright and spiffy spot with friendly service and decent food. The Altamonte location opened only recently, and I have to wonder if the owners knew that the parking lot would be nearly nonexistent when they first planned the new place. The small strip mall, which also is home to longtime Indian restaurant Kohinoor and two breastaurants, Twin Peaks and the Winghouse, is undergoing some sort of construction on the central parking lot. People who wished to eat at Copacabana had to hunt for parking along the sides and hike to the restaurant. It should be testament to the quality of the restaurant that …
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The Daily City

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 …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Puerto Rican Exodus to Central Florida


Two years ago, Betsy Franceschini was getting at least 100 inquiries a day to her Kissimmee office from Puerto Ricans desperate for a better life. Thousands of families fled the U.S. territory in 2015 for the metro Orlando area because of its crushing financial crisis and $72 billion debt. As the director of Florida’s regional Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration office, Franceschini helped new arrivals connect with agencies that could provide help. It was overwhelming then – but Franceschini says it’s nothing compared to the “unprecedented” exodus of Puerto Ricans who are now trying to escape to places like Orlando in the face of deteriorating conditions on the demolished colony in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Florida is expected to …
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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: What Drives Florida Tourism’s Record Highs?


The Sunshine State continues to set records for tourism. According to the latest report from Visit Florida, late summer numbers were up more than three percent over last year’s record-setting high for the three months ending in September. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind looks at what’s driving this long-running surge in Florida’s visitor volumes.
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