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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: Pecha Kucha and Arcade & Pinball Convention


I like hearing smart people talk. Sitting in comfy chairs, soaking in their knowledge and knowing that everyone around me is there for the same reason. This is why I love PechaKucha Night. PechaKucha Night is an entertainment event held several times a year that rests on a simple idea: a presenter is allowed to show 20 images in total, with each image remaining on the screen for 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes the presentations concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. Speakers present their PechaKuchas on any subject, from the personal to the public. PechaKucha Night has two performances tonight: once at 6 and again at 9 at 455 S. Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando. …
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Image: Hops grown in Florida Photo by Matt Roberts, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Local Beer Made With Florida Ingredients


What comes to mind when you imagine the aroma and flavor of a beer made with only Florida ingredients? If your first thoughts are sunscreen and swamp water, think again. Local brewers are determined to create an all-Florida beer, and climate change, of all things, is helping the dream come true. Barley and hops don’t do well in our tropical conditions and sandy soil. Another drawback is the length of daylight in summer – it’s actually shorter here than up north because of the angle of the earth as it tips toward the sun. But climate change has increased drought in the Western states, where most American hops are grown. And warmer temperatures overall mean even less risk of a …
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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: Augmented Reality, LGBT Center, Sandwiches, and Fall Fiesta in the Park


City Unseen is bringing Augmented Reality to downtown Orlando this weekend with AR works by international artists and cutting edge technology. Experiences include murals coming to life, a virtual world projection map, and a teleport to a Los Angeles artist studio. The City Unseen opening night takes place tonight 7 to 10 at Snap! Space in downtown Orlando. Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Orlando LGBT Center during it’s Big Celebration. Performances by Martha “It’s raining men” Wash, Varietease, and Orlando Gay Chorus. The fun takes place Saturday at 7 at Plaza Live. The 50th iteration of the Sandwich Eat Up presented by Deli Fresh Threads, is a monthly sandwich meet up where anyone who enjoys a good sandwich can …
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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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Image: Rainbow Flag LGBTQ , pbs.org
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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