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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Dixie’s Tupperware Party


Dixie Longate, the Jell-O shot–swilling alter ego of actor and “Tupperware lady” Kris Andersson, delivers plenty of dirty zingers in her raucous show, which runs in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center through March 27th. But she also adds a big dose of female empowerment to her performance, highlighting the role of Detroit housewife Brownie Wise in the company’s success. As Dixie says, “Who could have imagined that a single mother from the middle of the country could take a plastic bowl and make it an iconic piece of Americana?” Tupperware wasn’t the first to train housewives to treat their friends as sales leads, but when Earl Tupper hired Brownie Wise, his little Orlando-based plastics company took off. The home …
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Spotlight: Holding Out Hope For Nova


What an impressive transformation. That space across the street from Lake Ivanhoe, the one that had for many years been Brian’s Diner and for one brief moment in 2014 was Elliott’s Public House, is now home to Nova. It’s beautiful. It’s comfortable and chic. Walls of warm brick and wood-patterned floors. Rustic tabletops and a soft white fabric on the chairs and high backs of the banquettes. The main dining room is more open now, and it flows to a bar area with an honest-to-god bar (albeit a small one) that, thanks to the increased seating from the addition and patio tables, is now able to serve full liquor. I can heartily recommend the negroni. I wish I could more …
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The Daily City

Taste of Oviedo, Cirque Italia and Leu Gardens


What does Oviedo taste like? Find out at the 22nd Annual Taste of Oviedo Presented by Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce Saturday 10 to 6 behind Oviedo Mall. What else would be taking place in the parking lot of a Pep Boys in Kissimmee all weekend long but Cirque Italia! It’s the first traveling water circus in the US so there’s that. The Pep Boys Parking Lot performance space is at 200 West Vine Street in Kissimmee. And finally, Shop the largest selection of plants in Central Florida directly from growers at the annual Leu Gardens’ Plant Sale Saturday and Sunday. Buy annuals, bamboo, bromeliads, butterfly plants, camellias, ferns, fruit trees, gingers, heliconias, herbs, native plants, orchids, palms, plumerias, …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Alimony in the state of Florida


This week, the state Legislature sent a bill to the governor that would change the way alimony works in the state of Florida. The measure would put an end to permanent support for former spouses and alter the way alimony is decided in the state according to a predetermined formula that takes into account on how long a marriage lasted and the difference in gross incomes between former partners. The argument for the bill is that men are unfairly burdened with alimony payments, sometimes for longer than a marriage lasted. As usual, the devil is in the details, and the details here include reductions not only in the amount of time that alimony lasts, but how much money judges may …
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Spotlight: Trendy Tacos In Mills 50


We may just have to rename the Mills 50 District, Taco Town. Trendy Taco Town, even. We already had Tako Cheena, and at Pig Floyd’s Barbakoa one of the better items is a taco. Now, directly across the street from Floyd’s, is Black Rooster Taqueria in the former Tony’s Deli space. Despite a decor that features a skull motif usually associated with Day of the Dead celebrations south of the border, Black Rooster is an immediately likable place. I like the casually grungy vibe, the simplicity of the menu and the welcoming congeniality of the decidedly young staff. And not for nothing, the food is hella good, as the kids say. (Though they probably don’t say that anymore, do they?) …
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Dine with the Departed, the Elite and Balloon Art


I see dead people… and I eat with them! Join me and the other dead bodies for “Dine with the Departed” at the creepy old Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee on Saturday. Guests will enjoy dinner, bid on silent and live auction items, and take lantern-lit tours through the cemetery to meet & hear stories of some of Osceola County’s past influential residents. For more information go to facebook.com/osceolacountyhistoricalsociety If you want to eat with dead people go there, if you want to eat with fancy people, join me at the Taste of Windermere Saturday 6 to 9pm at The Grove shopping center in Windermere. Guests will enjoy samples from local restaurants and great wines. For more info go to …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Muslim in Orlando


“Leave your religion – it’s violent!” That’s what a man yelled to Farhana Yunus and her daughter as they were with a Girl Scout troop in Mount Dora. “Go back to where you came from!” he barked at them. The words brought Yunus’ 10-year-old daughter to tears. When she replied, “Have a nice day,” the man shot back, “I’ll have a nice day when you leave.” Yunus, who is Muslim, says the recent political rhetoric directed at her religion has been hard to take. But rather than shrink into the background, she and her husband have made it a point to reach out and be more visible in their community. Last month, the Oviedo couple hosted a meet-and-greet barbecue for …
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