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Spotlight: Museums, Garden Workshop and Human Trafficking Awareness


Have you ever walked through the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College? The objects in the museum’s permanent collection date from antiquity to the present day. The works in this installation periodically change and on occasion feature long-term loans in conversation with works from the permanent collection. But act fast. The collection on loan leaves the museum December 2020. For details go to cfam.rollins.edu. An exclusive exhibition of Escher’s work, including personal items, woodblock prints, art and more are on display all weekend at Museum of Art DeLand. For details go to moartdeland.org. Help build and install rows of raised garden beds that will eventually be seeded, weeded, harvested and re-planted by and for the community. Participants will learn …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

As Roe v. Wade turns 45, women’s right to bodily autonomy is increasingly under attack


January 22 marked 45 years since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.  But tensions over abortion rights have always simmered in the Sunshine State.  An example: the 2015 bill that enacted a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion in Florida. The law has since been ruled unconstitutional. Then there’s the flip side: the advocates, like Sally Blackmun, a former chairwoman for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando – someone who carries a story intertwined deep within the details of Roe v Wade. Blackmun falls silent for a moment when asked about the legacy of her late father, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who is best known for writing the Roe v Wade decision. Years before the decision, …
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Spotlight: Film Fest, Quilt Show, Dance and Walking Tour


Combining the excitement of competing independent films from more than 36 countries with the goodwill of cultural exchange, International Peace & Film Festival includes performances, a national costume fashion show, vendor booths, awards ceremony and after parties. The Festival runs Saturday 10am-11pm. For details go to peacefestival.us. Quilts are time-consuming passion projects that, once complete, display creativity, detail and loads of hard work. Well there’s a convention for that! The World Quilt Show is in Orlando with vendors, workshops, lectures and more. The World Quilt Show runs all weekend 10 to 5. For details go to quiltfest.com. A dance troupe combining extreme lighting effects with high energy dance moves is coming to Orlando. The troupe’s name is Illuminate and their …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

More than a year and a half after the Pulse massacre, first responders still struggle with the trauma


Every night for the past 19 months, Omar Delgado has had the same exact nightmare. He’s back inside Pulse. He’s dragging someone who’s still alive through blood and glass, away from the bodies strewn across the dance floor under the blinking disco light. Then he hears the puncturing sound of bullets in the air. Another officer screams, “Get down, get down!” He falls down as shots continue to ring, waiting for them to stop and for his body to wake up yelling and screaming. Delgado, a former corporal with the Eatonville Police Department, is now beginning to adjust to civilian life after being let go from his job in December, months after he was proclaimed a hero for responding to …
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The Daily City

Spotlight: Theatre, Otronicon, and Drag Race Star Aja


Erotic desire, romance, magic and tragedy are mixed to give life to this theatrical satire from Federico García Lorca called Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín. This play runs at Mad Cow Theatre all weekend long. Now I beg of you, before you buy your ticket, ask the salesperson if the actors in the show have been paid on time. They will be shocked at your question. But that theatre has a publicly known reputation for not paying their actors on time and if you want to support live theatre you want to support those organizations that treat their actors with respect. Otherwise, go see a movie. For more information go to madcowtheatre.com. Orlando Science Center is bringing back …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Constitution Revision Commission


Congratulations, Floridians. Each and every one of you is special. But possibly not for the reasons you think. Floridians are special because our state’s process for constitutional reform might be the weirdest in the country. Just once every 20 years, we convene something called the Constitution Revision Commission. Thirty-seven people are appointed by our state government to hold a year of public hearings  .   and at these hearings, Floridians can directly propose constitutional amendments. During the year, the CRC reviews and votes on public input, and proposes amendments of their own. In November, the approved proposals go right on the ballot. So the CRC is an exercise in expedited democracy. But of course, politics is never simple, and this year …
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Spotlight: A Look Back At The Restaurants That Opened, Closed And Made News


Before we jump into a new year of eating, here’s a re-accounting of the restaurant reviews and news from 2017. Notable Openings included: Muddy Waters, which brought the food and ambience of New Orleans to Thornton Park. Hunger Street Tacos — continued the gourmet taco trend. Reyes Mezcalaria — took over the Citrus restaurant space. Mai Bistro — brought the fast-casual concept to Vietnamese cuisine. Nonno’s Italian Restaurant — The LaCommare family is back with their comfort cuisine from the Old Country. Luke’s Kitchen and Bar — A third restaurant from the folks who brought you Luma on Park and Prato. Ace Cafe Orlando — The first North American franchise of a motorcycle and music themed restaurant in North London. …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Lack of housing in Central Florida for Puerto Rican Evacuees


More than 100 days after Hurricane Maria’s apocalyptic winds tore through Puerto Rico leaving floods, collapsed houses and bodies in its wake, the island remains shrouded in darkness. Half of 3.4 million U.S. citizens on the American territory are living without power three months after Maria made landfall on Sept. 20 – and many will likely remain that way until May. As Puerto Rico’s situation continues to deteriorate, hundreds of thousands of people have escaped to Florida for a respite from the despair. Instead, they’ve fled headfirst into the state’s affordable housing crisis. Local officials and nonprofits have been scrambling to accommodate evacuees who haven’t been staying with family members into hotels and temporary lodgings as they wait for relief. …
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