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Spotlight: Antonio’s House of Pizza


I sometimes feel that navigating all the restaurants with Antonio in their names is like playing a pizza version of Where’s Waldo. By my count, there’s a pizzaiolo’s dozen of eateries named Antonio, and that doesn’t count the one’s named Anthony’s. Add now to the list Antonio’s House of Pizza, the new, though not original name for the business that was Maestro Cucina Napoletano. Little has changed about the interior, though tables now have red and white checkered cloths. The old behemoth pizza oven, which still has Maestro emblazoned in white across the bright red exterior, remains in in the kitchen in full view from the small dining area. The pizzas that come out of it are a bit different, …
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Orlando Weekly Cover – hemp, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Federal Farm Bill could make hemp farming legal – but in the meantime, Big Pharma and the FDA have quietly moved in on CBD


While the state of Florida drags its feet through the process of implementing medical marijuana, some prospective patients are relying on CBD products as a fallback. CBD is the non-psychoactive medicinal compound derived from cannabis. It’s generally processed from hemp, not marijuana. And in what seems like great news for CBD, it’s likely the Federal Farm Bill making its way through Congress will legalize hemp farming. But not so fast: Big Pharma may have made an end run around this nascent industry. On June 25, the FDA approved GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex, a drug with CBD as its active ingredient, to treat epilepsy. But the FDA considers the sale of any food or cosmetic that contains the active ingredient of an …
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Spotlight: Eastside Asian Market


There’s an interesting little Asian market on the East side. It’s called Eastside Asian Market. What makes it more interesting is that along with the aisles and shelves of specialty foods and dry goods that you won’t find in your basic Publix, a corner of the store is dedicated to a small cafe with an exclusively vegetarian menu. In fact, a note at the top of the menu board next to the kitchen reads, “Everything is vegetarian. Deal with it.” There isn’t a whole lot to deal with. The menu is succinct and the food is good. Despite the vegetarian note, some ingredients are referred to by their meatarian names, such as ham and beef. It was “ham” in the …
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Image: Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer Cover Art.
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Spotlight: Xanadu, Planetarium, and Janelle Monae


Eleven years ago the musical version of the cult classic movie Xanadu opened on Broadway. This weekend the Garden Theatre is strapping on their roller skates and telling the tale in which Ancient mythology collides with the 1980s. The Greek muse Kira descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California to help struggling artist Sonny to achieve the greatest artistic creation of his life –the world’s first roller disco. The stage musical Xanadu is being performed Saturday at 2 and 8, and Sunday at 2 at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden. Mars makes its closest approach to Earth since 2003 this weekend! The staff of the Emil Buehler Planetarium and the members of the Central Florida Astronomical Society are …
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Photo: Observers at the Sasha Garden vigil by Monivette Cordeiro, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

A transgender woman was murdered in Orlando last week and how it was reported was awful


Last week, a transgender woman was found dead at the back of an Orlando apartment complex. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies found the body of 27-year-old Sasha Garden at the Reserve at Lake Buchanan Apartments on Holden Avenue around 5 a.m. on July 19. Investigators said her body had signs of trauma and described her death as a “homicide.” No suspects have been identified so far. Garden is the fourth black trans woman to be murdered in Florida within the span of five months. Like the other three women, Garden was initially misgendered in an offensive way by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and local TV news stations. Hours after Garden’s friends and family called them out, the Sheriff’s Office finally …
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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.
The Daily City

Spotlight: Yoga Under The Stars, A Moon Landing Celebration & Wrestling


Enjoy a large parking lot island party with guests covered in paint, dancing all night to Soca, Reggae, and Kompa music, and eating amazing food during the 7th Annual Summer Bashment Event “Orlando J’ouvert.” Join in on the fun Saturday evening 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Forget goat yoga and rosé all day! This Sunday Funday is gonna be all about the rise of ICE through the Bush, Obama, and Trump eras, immigration through the lens of revolutionary socialism, and the Starbucks straw ban! Join an open-to-the-public study circle called “Coffee and Communism” put on by The party for Socialism and Liberation Sunday 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stardust Video and Coffee. Study materials …
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