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Spotlight: Art Stroll, Gentle Manly, Potterversary and TED talk


Stroll from art station to art station exploring local artists displaying their pieces betwixt and between Kate Spade handbags and Rag and Bone tank tops during the Downtown Art District’s aptly named Art Stroll Saturday 11 to 4 at Bloomingdales at Mall at Millennia. Gentle, Manly is a photo project by MacBeth Studios created to challenge society’s idea of masculinity by photographing straight men holding hands. The project wants to show that “real, straight men show compassion.” To participate you must be a straight male and you can email your name and phone number to whiterabbitorlando@gmail.com. The shoot takes place Saturday at 1 at MacBeth Studios. Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter with trivia, games and family fun at the …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Central Florida’s Public Transit System.


Three hours before his shift starts at a hotel near Disney Springs, Daniel Paredes hops on the Lynx bus 56 headed to Magic Kingdom, earphones already in and a book in hand. To be on time for his shift in the laundry room of the Radisson Hotel at 3 p.m., Paredes is out on the Columbia Avenue bus stop in Kissimmee by noon. After getting to Magic Kingdom, he takes another bus that leaves him near a Burger King on State Road 535, where he walks a quarter-mile to his job. In total, his trip to work takes about two hours. When his shift ends at 11 p.m., the buses aren’t running anymore so Paredes pays an Uber driver about …
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Spotlight: Giant Yard Sale, Seafood Fest, Music and Theatre


A giant yard sale, antique fair and flea market is going on all weekend at Renninger’s Flea Market & Antique Center in Mount Dora INFO   Multiple seafood vendors, beer & wine garden and Arts & Crafts vendors will be at the Festival of the Sea Saturday at Orlando Festival Park INFO   The 155-piece Orchestra organized by Central Florida Community Arts is doing an “American Roadtrip” themed concert of familiar, patriotic, powerful, sweeping, and nostalgic music Saturday night at Calvary Assembly INFO  The play “Skylight” is about the aftereffects of an extramarital affair. The father and son confront the father’s girlfriend and all hell breaks loose. “Skylight” will be playing all weekend at Mad Cow Theatre  INFO  Permaculture …
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Spotlight: Mesa 21


Most people will likely gravitate directly to the patio at Mesa 21. The waterfront seating with a view of Lake Ivanhoe has long been the draw of this space, ever since the building was erected, circa 2004, and Gargi’s moved there from across the street. Gargi’s is gone, and Mesa 21 has moved in. While some now grouse that the view across the lake is marred by the ongoing construction related to the I-4 updates — what’s it been now, 15 years? — they probably assume the patio is the place to be. Not necessarily. I experienced both over two visits to Mesa 21, and while the patio is certainly nice and I appreciate the waterfront in a downtown location, …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Reconciling Americans’ Opposing Desires on Gun Control


In a Gallup poll five days after the Pulse shootings, 63 percent of Americans said they thought that making it harder to buy assault weapons would prevent similar incidents. But in the same poll, 64 percent of respondents said they thought allowing more people to carry concealed weapons would prevent mass shootings. On the face of it, these seem like contradictory opinions, though statistically, some people must have agreed with both. In this year’s legislative session, Florida politicians had similarly paradoxical results on both sides of the aisle. Democratic legislators were unable to pass bills making possession of assault weapons by everyday citizens a felony, while Republican-sponsored bills to allow concealed campus carry, concealed airport carry and open carry also …
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Spotlight: Yemeni Kitchen


It might seem odd to visit Yemeni Kitchen, a Middle Eastern restaurant, during Ramadan, during which one of the more well-known observances involves fasting. But that’s only from sunrise to sundown. And that explains the handwritten note on the front door of Yemeni Kitchen announcing the start of the evening’s buffet: precisely at 8:19, the official time of sunset. And not a moment sooner. Unfortunately, my companion and I arrived about 45 minutes too soon for the buffet, although the restaurant was open to the public. Still, not surprisingly, it was largely empty of other customers. We were greeted warmly by a very young man, perhaps in his teens. He led us to a booth that had a small dish …
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Spotlight: Grand Opening, Art, Music, Film and Anime Con


Two friends opened a clothing shop in Mills50 dedicated to street + luxury brands from Berlin, Hong Kong and London called A-Shop. The opening party Saturday 8 til midnight. INFO The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art has free admission Saturday noon to 4 INFO Orlando songwriter Elaine Pechacek’s songbook is being performed by some of Orlando’s best singers Saturday night at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts.INFO The film by James Baldwin called I am Not Your Negro is screening for free Saturday at 4 at the Winter Park Community Center. INFO Beginners through experts have a full day of watercolor and acrylics art classes to choose from during Art-A-Palooza Saturday 1-11pm at Henao Contemporary Center.INFO – Bring …
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Photo by Monivette Cordeiro: Pulse Survivor Ilka Marie Reyes
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Pulse Survivor, One Year Later


The simple act of pulling her thick black hair into a ponytail is an accomplishment for Ilka Marie Reyes. Every small milestone is a blessing for the 30-year-old after she was shot nine times by a gunman last year during the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse where 49 people were killed. Reyes is one of more than 68 survivors who escaped the massacre on June 12 and are slowly piecing their lives back together. When she woke up in the hospital after the attack, her face was so swollen she could barely open her eyes, and she couldn’t walk or move. Four of her best friends died that night, something she still hasn’t completely accepted yet. Reyes had to …
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