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Art, Birds, Beer & The Big Easy


Row after row after row of art from all over the country, live music lots of people watching and free admission is what’s in store at the Mount Dora Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5 in lovely historic Mount Dora. For more info go to mountdoracenterforthearts.org Bus tours, walking tours, photography hikes, live animal encounters, kids activities and more all combine to give you a glimpse at Lake Apopka’s beautiful nature offerings during the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza Saturday 9 to 4 at Magnolia Park in Apopka. Admission is free. For more info to go birdapalooza.com. 350 different beers from 100 breweries including rare vintage beers, cask beers, over 50 Florida breweries and three Homebrew Clubs …
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Image: Florida’s Capitol Complex, myflorida.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

FL Bills That Would Change Public Records Law


One month into the 2016 legislative session in Tallahassee, and we’ve already seen our share of controversial legislative proposals. So far, there’s been a proposal to make legal abortion a felony, a proposal to open the door to fracking interests and a proposal to prevent counties from banning polystyrene products. Now the Legislature is also considering bills that could undermine transparency in government.
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Spotlight: Lucy Bleuz Cafe


Sligh Boulevard is an interesting little pocket of quaint. Specifically, the stretch of Sligh that runs in front of the train station where for decades Amtrak trains have stopped for passengers to get on and off, and more recently SunRail has started doing the same. If you sit and face the depot you could forget that downtown Orlando is mere blocks north, or that the massive campus of Orlando Health looms just behind.
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Vietnamese New Year,Pet Rescue, Zora Fest and East End Market


A cultural festival with Vietnamese Street food, pageants, lion and dragon dancers, karaoke and games is happening called Vietnamese New Year Saturday 10:30-5 and Sunday 8:30-5 at the Central Florida Fairground. Admission is free. There’s a Pet rescue festival with adoptable dogs, trainers, pet sitters, pet communicator, pet boarding services, food trucks, entertainment rescue groups at Pookie’s Rescue Fest Saturday, January 30 at Lake Lily Park. For more info go to pookiesrescue.org. The Zora Neele Hurston festival continues with a special benefit brunch celebrating Zora and big hats At an event called Hatitude Party and Brunch Saturday at the doubletree by Hilton Orlando. For details go to zorafestival.org. And finally there’s a day of activities, workshops, a volunteer fair to …
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Darryl Owens Perspectives

Darryl Owens: More Should Be Done For Survivors Of FL’s Closed Dozier School


Members of the Florida cabinet have apologized to former students of a reform school for boys where abuse allegations first surfaced more than 100 years ago…and dozens of unidentified bodies were recently discovered. Lawmakers are also moving a pair of bills related to the closed school, but former Orlando Sentinel columnist and editorial writer Darryl Owens says more needs to be done.
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Artist Thomas Thorspecken Photo by Deanna Ferrante, Orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Winter Park Passed Ban On Artists


Last month, the Winter Park City Commission voted unanimously to ban street art after receiving complaints from merchants, who said performers were blocking the street outside their shops and blasting loud music. In what seems like municipal overreach, however, the ordinance bans all kinds of art: “acting; singing; playing musical instruments; puppetry; miming; magic; dancing; juggling; the public display or creation of crafts, sculpture, artistry, writings, or compositions, including the application of brush, pastel, crayon, pencil, or other similar objects to paper, cardboard, canvas, cloth or other similar medium” — all are now forbidden acts in Winter Park’s Central Business district. It’s that last part of the ordinance, about the application of brush or pencil to paper, that has “urban …
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Spotlight: Chutneys Indian Restaurant


Chutneys is the name of a new restaurant in Bay Hill Plaza, which used to be home to Memories of India, one of the area’s best Indian restaurants. Chutneys does a good enough job with its variations of Northern and Southern Indian cuisines. Ironically, I enjoyed the food more during my lunchtime visit when the restaurant presents, as most area Indian restaurants do, a buffet of various dishes. The dinnertime visit was less enjoyable. On that visit I had the Andhra Chicken Curry because the man who took my order said that it was probably a dish that no other Indian restaurant in the area was offering. Andhra cuisine, popular in the Guntur region, is known for being especially hot …
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Manatee Fest, Star Trek and National Geo


Central FL Zoo Presentations, Animal Ambassadors, Arts & Crafts, Dancing, Face Painting, Shows & Rides, Walk-on-water Balls, SPCA Adopt-A-Pet, food and entertainment are all part of The Manatee Festival happening at Valentine Park in Orange City 9 to 5 this Saturday and Sunday. Go to themanateefestival.com for more information. Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage brings five decades of Star Trek to concert halls for the first time in this Galaxy or any other. This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments. People of all ages and backgrounds will experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a …
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