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Spotlight: Nova Better With Age


When Nova opened almost a year ago on Orange Avenue in Orlando, I found the decor delightfully adult and sophisticated but the food was disappointing. I also said at the time that I wasn’t ready to give up on Nova because we need more restaurants like this in the downtown sector. I’m glad I didn’t give up because I returned to Nova recently and found that the menu — a different one from the opening — is now more appropriately varied and with more interesting offerings. Even better: it’s being cooked properly. I’m pleased now to recommend Nova. My companion and I decided on a starter of the Southern Rockefeller, which reimagined the classic dish. The Hog Island oysters had …
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Comedy Fest, Lake Eola Rally, WP Playhouse and Local Author Event


The Orlando Indie Comedy Festival is back for its third year in the Milk District with great headliners including the Liberal Redneck (google it. He’s about to get his own TV show.) Plus 30 showcase performances by tons of other great comics. The all access pass is the cost of 1/8th of a Level one improv class at Upright Citizens Brigade aka cheap! The festival runs all weekend including tonight in the Milk District. For tickets go to orlandoindiecomedy.com. In conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, Orlando will hold a rally in solidarity as peaceful advocates and defenders of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families. The uplifting and inclusive event takes place Saturday 1 to 4 …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Lessons from Holocaust Center Exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today


Last fall, the U.S. experienced an alarming spike in hate crimes – almost 900 incidents were reported between November 8th and November 18th. On November 30, dozens of “white pride” posters were found around the UCF campus. And in the first week of January, Maitland’s Jewish Community Center campus and preschool were evacuated twice in one week for bomb threats. Without venturing a theory as to what’s made America hate again, it’s clear that bigots suddenly feel validated. Many commentators, including Anne Frank’s stepsister, Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss, have observed parallels to the rise of Nazism in Germany a century ago. Anne Frank’s best-known statement is “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” …
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Spotlight: Maestro Cucina Napoletana


Maestro Cucina Napoletana has opened in Winter Park, bringing an authentic Italian food option to Park Avenue. Maestro is a partnership between Rosario Spagnolo of Terra Mia in Altamonte Springs and Antonio Martino, a Brazilian businessman who owns five McDonald’s franchises there. Don’t let that give you pause; there’s nothing clownish about the food here. The food is solidly good quality, the atmosphere cozy and comfortable, and the service accommodating. On my first visit my companion and I did some sharing. We started with Pasta e Fagioli, one of my favorite Italian soups. A good soup at that. A large bowl of cannellini beans with strips of pasta in a lightly tomato-tinged “beany” broth.. Veal stew was quite unstewlike. Virtually …
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Postcards, Science, Highland Games and Cosplay Tribute


If you’re old or just old at heart, enjoy perusing tables and more tables covered in cool vintage postcards and paper ephemera at The Orlando Paper and Postcard Expo at the Central Florida Fairgrounds Saturday 10 to 5. An exhibition of technology designed to ignite interest in STEM education is happening this weekend at Otronicon Saturday and Sunday at the Orlando Science Center. Tickets are neither cheap nor free but hey neither are skateboards. An annual celebration of Scottish heritage with games, food, vendors, music and plenty of beer is taking place at the Scottish Highland Games at Central Winds Park Saturday 8 to 8 and Sunday 9 to 5. Go to FLASCOT.com for details. The annual tribute to Dr. …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Democrats and Reform Advocates Push for a Ban on Assault Weapons


Survivors and family members of victims of the Pulse massacre plan to testify in front of Florida lawmakers in the coming months in support of a measure that would ban the sale and possession of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The bill includes a long list of specific assault-rifle models, including the Sig Sauer MCX rifle used by the gunman at Pulse to kill 49 people and injure at least 53 on June 12. State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Sen. Linda Stewart, both Orlando Democrats, filed their respective proposals in the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature, where it stands little chance of success. So far this session, conservatives have filed bills to allow concealed-weapons licensees to openly carry handguns in public …
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90.7’s economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind, President of Fishkind and Associates
Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: Orlando’s Housing Market Tops The 2017 Charts


Orlando gets the top spot on a new list of the hottest housing markets for 2017. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there’s more than one Florida market expected to take names this year. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says he’s glad to see Zillow recognize the strength of the Orlando housing market, and he also predicts that strength will last through 2017. But he tells 90.7’s Nicole Darden-Creston there are other Florida markets that may experience even faster price increases.
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Spotlight: Viet-Nomz


Let me just put this right out there at the beginning: Viet-Nomz might just be serving the best Vietnamese food in the area. Those of you who know me know that I don’t make such statements lightly. It’s a bit of a silly name — the Nomz part is for nom nom, which people type in a message when they want to affect chewing sounds. Don’t look at me, I just report these things. The menu here is less confusing than most Vietnamese restaurants, which often have more than 100 types of soup, rice and noodle dishes, though the actual options may even be more numerous here. That’s because Viet-Nomz’s concept is a variation of an assemblage operation. That is, …
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Backyard Chickens, Adjectives Unhinged, Lightsabers and BBQ


Having a small backyard flock of chickens is a growing trend in metro areas. Getting started with your own backyard chicken coop can be daunting, but the end result is rewarding because -eggs. Pet Care Professional Laura Helseth will share her experience, offer tips and answer your backyard chicken questions at the Alafaya Library at 12000 East Colonial Drive Saturday 3 to 4. Adjectives is one of Orlando’s best sources for vintage, antique and unique and now they’re combining the original Adjectives Market Altamonte with their newer Unhinged warehouse and creative workspace and having a grand reopening party! The new space is 40,000 sq. ft. full of curated collections, made by over 100 local and international artisans, designers, and craftsmen. …
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