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Spotlight: PechaKucha, Maitland Art Museum, Orlando Shakes and History Center


A large lineup of speakers from all walks of life and professions deliver entertaining and thought provoking presentations in an evening of learning called PechaKucha. However, different from durge-like slothy learning events during which a speaker goes on and on with no care placed towards pace, PechaKucha keeps the speed and energy alive by limiting its speakers to 5 minute talks punctuated by a maximum of 20 slides forwarding behind them on a large screen every 20 seconds… PechaKucha takes place tonight at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A self-guided walk thru of the Maitland Art Center’s newest exhibit “Fiber” mixes with live music, literature readings, a cash bar and socializing to create a relaxed and intelligent evening …
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Image: A conservator at ArtCare Conservation Studio in Miami works to remove old varnish and grime from Albert Bierstadt’s 1867 painting The Domes of the Yosemite, morsemuseum.org
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Spotlight: Islamic Society of CF, Morse Museum, Charity Poker and Food & Wine Fest


Learn about Islam and the Muslim community from the source while enjoying an international dinner at the Open House Invitational Dinner Saturday at 5:30 at the Islamic Society of Central Florida. Go to iscf.org. An exhibition of the largest existing painting by American landscape painter Albert Bierstadt, on loan from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont all weekend at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park. Go to MorseMuseum.org. Do you enjoy poker and have the equivalent of 20 Venti Skinny Vanilla Almond Milk Lattes in your pocket? Then you belong at the Cattle Baron’s Ball Charity Poker Tournament Saturday 11 to 6 at Harry Buffalo at Church Street Station. Go to a real food and …
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Spotlight: History, Theatre, Art Fest and Lunar New Year


An exhibit documenting both the rise of the Hitler Youth and the indoctrination of one boy, Paul Bayer, who was inducted at age 10 and by 17 was ordered to man an anti-aircraft position in Nuremberg which eventually ended in his death is the topic of The Short Life of Hitler Youth Paul B. The exhibit runs Saturday 8 to 3 at Valencia College Lake Nona Campus. The fictional account of a couple who has come to Lockerbie, Scotland, to honor the anniversary of their son’s death aboard Pan Am Flight 103, destroyed by a terrorist bombing in 1988, is the focus of the play “Women of Lockerbie” running tonight at 8, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4 at …
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Spotlight: Film Fest, Shakespeare, Ballet, Folk Fest and Sample Dishes from Food Trucks


A festival devoted to short films screening 80 shorts over four days is coming your way this weekend called the Love your shorts festival at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. Go to loveyourshorts.com. Young William Shakespeare’s life is changed after meeting a woman who inspires him to write one of his greatest plays in the stage adaptation of the film “Shakespeare in Love” playing all weekend at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Go to orlandoshakes.org. And speaking of Shakespeare, Orlando Ballet is doing “Romeo and Juliet” set to Prokofiev’s rich score all weekend. For details google Orlando Ballet. Indie Folk Fest is back this year with live music, crafts, art and food Saturday noon to 5 at Mennello …
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Spotlight: Copper Rocket Gets New Owners


Does anyone remember when the former owner of Copper Rocket bar went on a tirade and fought with his fans and detractors on Facebook and then deleted it all? Well if not, you can read the entire ridiculous thing on thedailycity.com. We screen-shot the whole thing. That owner also was chosen to be on a reality show in which a bar expert comes into a bar, addresses the interior design and problem employees (and owners!) and fixes everything. Even though he had that help, for reasons I admittedly do not know, he sold the bar to one of the owners behind Foxtail Coffee. This “Foxtail Coffee presents the new and improved Copper Rocket” version won’t be a coffee bar though. …
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Spotlight: Museums, Garden Workshop and Human Trafficking Awareness


Have you ever walked through the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College? The objects in the museum’s permanent collection date from antiquity to the present day. The works in this installation periodically change and on occasion feature long-term loans in conversation with works from the permanent collection. But act fast. The collection on loan leaves the museum December 2020. For details go to cfam.rollins.edu. An exclusive exhibition of Escher’s work, including personal items, woodblock prints, art and more are on display all weekend at Museum of Art DeLand. For details go to moartdeland.org. Help build and install rows of raised garden beds that will eventually be seeded, weeded, harvested and re-planted by and for the community. Participants will learn …
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Spotlight: Film Fest, Quilt Show, Dance and Walking Tour


Combining the excitement of competing independent films from more than 36 countries with the goodwill of cultural exchange, International Peace & Film Festival includes performances, a national costume fashion show, vendor booths, awards ceremony and after parties. The Festival runs Saturday 10am-11pm. For details go to peacefestival.us. Quilts are time-consuming passion projects that, once complete, display creativity, detail and loads of hard work. Well there’s a convention for that! The World Quilt Show is in Orlando with vendors, workshops, lectures and more. The World Quilt Show runs all weekend 10 to 5. For details go to quiltfest.com. A dance troupe combining extreme lighting effects with high energy dance moves is coming to Orlando. The troupe’s name is Illuminate and their …
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Spotlight: Theatre, Otronicon, and Drag Race Star Aja


Erotic desire, romance, magic and tragedy are mixed to give life to this theatrical satire from Federico García Lorca called Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín. This play runs at Mad Cow Theatre all weekend long. Now I beg of you, before you buy your ticket, ask the salesperson if the actors in the show have been paid on time. They will be shocked at your question. But that theatre has a publicly known reputation for not paying their actors on time and if you want to support live theatre you want to support those organizations that treat their actors with respect. Otherwise, go see a movie. For more information go to madcowtheatre.com. Orlando Science Center is bringing back …
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Spotlight: New Year’s Eve Events


Orlando Date Night Guide has a huge list of things to do in Orlando on New Year’s Eve so I say to myself I says… why replicate their effort myself when I can just copy it? So full credit for the raw data included in my segment today goes to OrlandoDateNightGuide.com. For people who chose to have babies will enjoy Baldwin Park’s New Year’s Eve street party. Food and drink is for sale and at midnight walk to the lake to enjoy a countdown and a fireworks show. Domu restaurant inside East End Market is offering an open bar with the good stuff, party gear, GIF booth, DJ Ricky Rico and a midnight champagne toast with a live stream of …
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David A. McElroy One Man “A Christmas Carol”


The cheapest most profitable show for an actor or theatre to put on is a one-man show. I should know. I’ve done a bunch at Fringe. There’s one actor so no big cast to pay, typically there’s no set to create and pay for so it’s heaven for the actor and the theatre. The audience? Well it depends on the actor. So roll the dice this weekend on this one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol written and performed by David A. McElroy Saturday and Sunday at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. Remember, you can always request a refund after any theatre show and if they don’t give it to you, you’re screwed. So maybe don’t take a chance on …
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