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Spotlight: Cheddar’s


I’ve been avoiding Cheddar’s, the Texas based chain, ever since they entered the Central Florida market a few years ago. There were plenty of smaller, locally owned restaurants to to visit. Then, in March, Darden Restaurants announced that it was buying Cheddar’s. And so I felt a certain duty to be familiar with the latest addition to the hometown megafeeder’s portfolio. So off I went to check a Cheddar’s. After just one visit, I have only one question: What the hell was Darden thinking? I left thinking that I had just had one of the most unpleasant meals of my entire professional career, which as of this month is 29 years, so I have a pretty good inventory to draw …
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Spotlight: Twin Peaks Party, Miss Nina Bonina Brown & Pet Painting


1. A one-night-only LIVE rendition of the Twin Peaks Soundtrack, a Mrs/Mr Twin Peaks Costume Contest, cherry pie slices, Twin Peaks cocktails, dancing are all included in the Twin Peaks Party by Body//Talk taking place Saturday May 27th 9 pm til 2 am at Wills Pub. TICKETS 2. 4 times a year local makers, vintage vendors, crafters, artists and shop owners convene in downtown DeLand for a great big day of shopping, food and live music called DeLand Indie Market. This years event takes place all day Sunday May 28th in downtown DeLand. FACEBOOK 3. Artisanal food, vintage, crafts, handmade jewelry and more await you at another great shopping and makers market event called Indie Flea Pop Up …
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Nicole Stott painted “The Wave” based on a picture of Isla Los Roques, Venezuela that she took through the window of the Russian Service Module. Photo: NASA
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Spotlight: Astronaut Shares Painting Done In Space


Astronaut Nicole Stott calls herself the “Artistic Astronaut.” She spent 104 days in space, mostly on the International Space Station. Now that she’s back on Earth, she uses art to convey the beautiful views of the planet she saw everyday as a way to connect people to the space program.
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Spotlight: Rasa Asian Street Food


The Asian street food trend has expanded quite a bit. Now, Rasa Asian Street Food brings the concept to Restaurant Row. Rasa’s owner, Sunny Corda, said he spent two months in Malaysia researching some of the dishes. It was worth the time to come up with a dish like the Curry Laksha. It was a bounty in a small bowl with a multilayered broth of chicken and coconut milk, tinged with sweetness and spice, the latter provided by myriad chilies. A hard-boiled egg floated on one side while several shrimp clustered on another with bits of chicken here and there. And submerged beneath it all was a stack of delicate vermicelli noodles. The the spoon in my left hand and …
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Judy Garland: Stuck in a Bear Trap With Nothing to Wear. Photo courtesy of Orlando Fringe
The Daily City

Spotlight: A New Arts Market, An “Accidental” Music Fest and Fringe!


A new downtown quarterly arts market launches Sunday featuring artists and makers lining Pine Street selling furniture, carvings, silks, paintings, mosaics, baskets, photography and more. Mimosas and seven art galleries will also be available inside City Arts Factory which is adjacent to the market. Pine Street Market launches Sunday 11 to 5 at the corner of Pine and Orange in downtown Orlando.
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Spotlight: Polite Pig


The Polite Pig has opened at Disney Springs, bringing a much-needed local voice to the assembled chorus of celebrity-owned restaurants and national chains. The Polite Pig, of course, is the latest from the Swine Empire ruled over by pigtators James and Julie Petrakis, whose other restaurants include the Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder. The Polite Pig is something new from the Petrakises, not so much in the type of food as in the delivery. The restaurant is set up primarily as a quick-serve operation. Customers queue up and order their food at a counter, pay, then take an electronic tracking device to a table. A server will track you down to bring the food to you when ready and …
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Image: Loud Gallery, Facebook page of Loud Gallery
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Spotlight: Poetry, Loud Art Gallery, Bike & Farm and Art Studio Tour


Promised as “a blockbuster of a show,” a poetry smack down called There Will be Verse starts off with six poets fighting for the right to appear in the fall tournament, the former Champion doing her own poetry set, then ends with Eddie Dts Figures defending his There Will Be Verse Championship against Daniel J. Buchell. The wordy battle of brains takes place Saturday 8 to 11 at Henao Contemporary Center. Enjoy live music, live art, giveaways and more at the grand opening of Loud Art Gallery Saturday 7 to midnight at 1907 N. Orange Ave. Bike & farm with Fleet Farming around the Audubon Park at small farms aka farmlettes in residents’ front and back lawns. Bring your bike. …
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Ms. Emma with her grandson at their home in Eatonville. Photo: Black Florida, Johanne Rahaman.
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SPOTLIGHT: Photo Archive Captures Narratives, Nuances of Black Florida


Working class central Floridians like Ms. Emma have become the striking figures in Rahaman’s visual archive that has gained national acclaim. The project, called Black Florida, captures the lives of black men and women in Florida’s rural towns and bustling cities. Rahaman, has traveled from Miami to Fort Pierce, Palatka and West Palm Beach with one vision: to capture the lived experiences of ordinary working class black folks. Nowadays she is spending more time in Eatonville.
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