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Image: Francesco Cairo, (1607-1665), Judith with the Head of Holofernes, ca. 1633-37, Courtesy of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum: Dangerous Women


Dangerous Women. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum may not have done it intentionally, but their latest show is incredibly timely. The current cresting wave of female rage – and the pushback against it – makes this collection of Baroque and Renaissance paintings perfectly modern. These women are “dangerous” because they fought back. Here’s the Jewish widow Judith, decapitating a general who’d sworn to annihilate the Jews. Here’s Salome, relishing John the Baptist’s head on a platter for daring to slander her mother. Mary Magdalene, Esther, Bathsheba – all of them extraordinary for refusing to knuckle under to injustice. Some of the artists were just taking advantage of biblical stories as a socially permissible way to paint beautiful naked ladies, but …
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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: Vintage Market, TED Talks, Disney in Concert, and Safe Trick or Treating


The Vintage Market shopping event is a fun day of local vendors, food trucks, and drinks. The Vintage Market takes place Sunday 2 to 6 at The Abbey. The theme this year for the annual TED Talks Orlando event is “Home.” There will be three sessions of people getting up and giving Ted Talks examining family relationships, our environment, Global issues and more — all offering a unique glimpse into what “home” means. Ted Talks Orlando is Saturday 1 to 6 at Full Sail Live in Winter Park. Enjoy watching the classic film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” while the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra plays the entire score right in front of you while seated inside the beautiful Dr Phillips Center for …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

LGBTQ advocates in Florida seek statewide anti-discrimination protection


Gov. Rick Scott remained mum this week about signing an anti-discrimination order protecting LGBTQ state employees in the wake of the Trump administration’s latest attempt to roll back federal protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people. Since the Pulse massacre, LGBTQ advocates in Florida have pleaded with Scott to sign an executive order protecting state employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. State civil rights laws don’t explicitly protect queer and trans communities from being denied housing, service and employment. Equality Florida advocates say Scott broke his promise by refusing to sign the order and insisting that protections for sexual orientation already existed for Floridians on the federal level. That logic has been put to the test …
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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: Immerse, Artober Fest, Steampunk, and Will’s A Faire


Enjoy music, dance, acrobats, murals, projection experiences, theater, interactive installations… classical to hip hop and everything in between all in the streets and public spaces of Downtown Orlando. It’s for art lovers and people who think they don’t like art at all. Bring your family. Gather your friends. And experience IMMERSE Saturday starting at noon and running all day long in downtown Orlando. Winter Springs is celebrating 11 years of ArtoberFest with exceptional art, tasty German food and drink, musical entertainment, kids’ crafts and much more this weekend!  Artoberfest takes place all day Saturday and Sunday at the Winter Springs Town Center. Experience two amazing days of fantasy, cosplay, steampunk bands, entertainers, Victorian themed shows and shopping during Renninger’s Steampunk …
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Image: Monarch Butterflies nectaring on Swamp Milkweed. Photo by Peg Urban
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Native Milkweed is important to the success of the Monarch Butterfly


As summer weather winds down, conservationists are keeping an eye on the annual monarch migration. And many local gardeners are trying to do everything they can to support the black-and-orange butterflies on their journey south – but they might be loving them to death. Pollinator gardens help monarchs by providing them with their preferred food, milkweed. There are dozens of varieties of milkweed. Tropical milkweed lives in Florida year-round, which is cool if you just want to see butterflies in your yard all year. But if you want to help rebuild the declining population, you need to plant the right kind of milkweed – a native variety that dies back in the fall. If monarchs stay here all winter stuffing …
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Image: Dominique Jackson in Pose, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Stonewall brings ‘Pose’ cast members to Orlando for Pride Events


Dominique Jackson doesn’t believe in tolerance. It’s a lesson she learned growing up on the island of Tobago as a little girl who was assigned male at birth. The transgender teen escaped to the United States and lived as an undocumented immigrant. Her family offered to help her become a legal resident as long as she kept her truth a secret. Jackson refused. The actress and model says, “”My life is not for someone else to accept. … When people told me they were tolerating the LGBTQ+ community, those feelings were coming from a place of privilege and superiority, not from a place of equality.” Jackson, though, found a real home in underground ballroom culture – much like Elektra Abundance, …
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