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Spotlight: St. Johns River Fest, Lake Nona Home & Garden Fest, Free Comic Book Day and Bhad Bhabie


More than 150 regionally and nationally accredited fine artists and craftsmen line the streets of downtown Sanford with a selection of paintings, pottery, sculpture, woodworking, photography, jewelry, blown glass and more await you during the St Johns River Festival of the Arts Saturday and Sunday 10 to 6 in downtown Sanford. Find the latest in indoor and outdoor products and innovations for the home during the 3rd Annual Lake Nona Home & Garden Festival Sunday 11 to 4 at Lake Nona Town Center & Marriott Hotel. Comic books promotes literacy like a school lunch promotes healthy eating. So, get your kid a free comic book on Free Comic Book Day Saturday 11 to 4 at Gods & Monsters on I-Drive. …
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Spotlight: Enzo’s Hideaway


In terms of splashiness and go-for-the-awe design and decor, Enzo’s Hideaway, from Patina Restaurant Group, offers much less than its sister restaurants at Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia has an opulent two-story dining room with elegant chandeliers; The Edison resides in what was supposed to have been an abandoned power producing facility, and Maria & Enzo’s has the dramatic effect of a grand old airline terminal with large windows overlooking the lagoon. Enzo’s Hideaway has no windows and no double-height ceilings. It’s dark and slightly dank and several of the walls are covered in graffiti. I enjoyed myself here more than at the others. Which is not to say that I don’t like the other restaurants; I do. But I think …
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Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston is finally being released


Almost a century after publishers rejected it, a book by Eatonville writer Zora Neale Hurston is finally being released. In 1931, six years before her acclaimed novel Their Eyes Were Watching God was published, Hurston made the rounds with a manuscript called Barracoon. It focused on her interview with one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade. Cudjo Lewis was born in the West African country of Benin. As a teenager, he was taken prisoner and held for weeks with other captives in a barracoon – a slave pen. Eventually he and more than 100 others were sold and put on a slave ship bound for Alabama. This was 1860. The international slave trade had been illegal …
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Spotlight: Kidsfest, Disney Slideshow and Doughnuts


Audubon Park Garden District turns into a daylong mini kid’s campus with kid’s yoga class cupcake painting, pirate and princess party, kid DJ class, sandwich classes, basketball classes with the Orlando Magic, arts and crafts with the Orlando Fringe and more! The event is called Kidsfest Saturday 12-4 in the Audubon Park Garden District. Pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix and his trademark enthusiasm, quick wit, and keen eye for oddball detail will pull from his vast collection of authentic vintage slides to tell the amazing back-stories and glories of a visit to mid-century Disneyland during the Charles Phoenix Retro Disneyland Slide Show. In a rare Florida performance, Phoenix takes the audience on a ride through  legendary long-gone attractions such as …
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Spotlight: Tartine In College Park


How could I not order something called a Tallow Candle? Tallow is a more lyrical name for lard, and the very thought of it whisked me back to a bar in Firenze that listed lardo as one its bar snacks. And it was just what it promised: little chunks of lard to put on a cracker or slice of bread. With each bite it was like saying, “Here it comes, arteries; deal with it.” A Tallow Candle, as presented at Tartine in College Park, sounded like a more inventive presentation. And it was. Essentially, the tallow was in the form of a tealight with a lighted wick that was to melt the lard into a spreadable goo. Unfortunately, unless you’re …
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The Domes of the Yosemite, Morse Museum


Size doesn’t matter when it comes to art. Rembrandt’s 1630 self-portrait, just 5 by 6 inches, is no less a masterpiece than his 1642 “Night Watch” at 12 feet by 14 feet. However, there’s no denying the visceral thrill of a truly huge painting, that rush of a “life size” window into a different reality. If that appeals to you, you have until July 8 to get to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum and drink in “The Domes of the Yosemite” by Alfred Bierstadt. Bierstadt’s massive oil painting, 10 feet high and 15 feet long, might be the biggest thing to happen at Winter Park’s compact Morse Museum in years. It was painted in 1867 and in 1873, installed at …
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Spotlight: Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante


Grand is a word that might come to mind when you enter Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, one of a few new dining venues that opened recently at Disney Springs. Although guests enter the building from street level (or walkway level, as the case may be), they walk past the host stand to discover themselves standing on a mezzanine overlooking the vast dining room below, accessed by a sweeping staircase. The far wall is comprised of two-story floor to ceiling windows with a commanding view of the lagoon outside. It reminds me a little of the opulence of La Coquina, the late lamented fine dining venue at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, but on a larger scale. It’s among the most impressive …
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Spotlight: TedXOrlando, Folk and Urban Art Fest, Orlando Book Fest and LEGO build


What does the future of education look like? Where does education and innovation intersect? Enjoy a panel talk by thought leaders from Embry-Riddle , Full Sail, Rollins, Seminole State, UCF and Valencia College at TEDxOrlando Education Salon Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm at Boone High School. Enjoy African drumming and storytelling, Cajun and Zydeco music, pottery demonstrations, kids mask making workshops and several soul food vendors during the 9th Annual Folk and Urban Art Festival Saturday 10am-4pm at Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Enjoy a day-long celebration of book panels, writing workshops, book signings, and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. The Orlando Book Festival is free and open to the public Saturday 10am-5pm at the Downtown branch of the Orlando …
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