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The Daily City

Spotlight: Art in Odd Places, Historic Homes, Great Day in the Country and Global Market


A public and performance art festival that incorporates the downtown landscape called Art in Odd Places is taking place Saturday and Sunday in Downtown Orlando. For details go to artinoddplaces.org. Tour seven historic homes in the Mills 50 neighborhood then enjoy drinks and snack sized bites at the Guesthouse during the Mills50 Historic Homes Tour Saturday anytime between and 1 to 7. For tickets go to orlandoweeklytickets.com. I’d like to invite you and yours to Great Day in the Country, an Arts and crafts fair produced by the Oviedo Woman’s Club. Men are invited of course but no horseshoes. Great Day in the Country is Saturday 9 to 4 At Center Lake Park. For details go to greatdayoviedo.com. Global Market, …
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Spotlight: Jax


Jax Fifth Avenue has returned to downtown Orlando. Except that it’s no longer called Jax Fifth Avenue, which is fine because it isn’t on Fifth Avenue. But then, it never was on Fifth Avenue, it was on South Court Avenue. But who would name a restaurant Jax South Court Avenue? The original name was meant to be a tongue in cheek play on Saks Fifth Avenue’s name. Those who are old enough to remember the first Jax and who are still able to consume solid food will find that a lot is the same at the new place, which is in the former Baoery/City Fish space on Central Boulevard. In fact, Thompson said he was going for nostalgia. You’ll see …
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Spotlight: Bates New England Seafood & Steakhouse


I drove out to Ocoee recently and found myself back in 1988. Well, not really, but as I had dinner at Bates New England Seafood & Steakhouse, I couldn’t help thinking of when Boston’s Fish House opened in Winter Park. That was when good seafood restaurants were hard to come by in Central Florida, which is odd to think of today considering we’re essentially surrounded by seawater. It’s even odder that one of the best new seafood restaurants in town back then was flying its fish in from New England. So does Bates. And just like Boston’s before it, it features New England specialities like Ipswich or whole belly clams and seafood platters of breaded and deep-fried fish, shrimp, scallops …
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Image: Owl from the Avian Reconditioning Center, arc4raptors.org
The Daily City

Spotlight: Owl Fest, Korean Fest, Film Fest and Renaissance Faire


Owls, hawks and eagles will be on display and doing flight demonstrations for guests throughout the day at Fall Owl Fest Saturday 10 to 3 at the Avian Reconditioning Center. For details go to arc4raptors.org. Enjoy traditional Korean food and music, a K-Pop contest, karaoke, games and more at Orlando Korea Festival Saturday 10 to 4 at Korean Grace Church in Belle Isle. A Family-friendly block party with hayrides, live music, food, drink, kids activities and more is taking place during the Hometown Harvest Saturday starting at 5 at the Winter Springs Town Center. For details go to winterspringsfl.org. Edgewater Drive shuts down and is slathered with bands, food and vendors during the College Park Jazz Fest Saturday starting at …
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Spotlight: Swan Lake, Craft Fair, Veg Fest and Disney History


For those who aren’t celebrating Halloween do I have some cultural event gems for you! Set to Tchaikovsky’s powerful score, and based on the folk tale of a young princess transformed into a swan by a vengeful sorcerer, Orlando Ballet’s production of Swan Lake promises an enchanting look at the classic romance. Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 at Dr. Phillps in downtown Orlando. For info go to orlandoballet.org. More than 400 crafters and artists from across the country offer their finest work for sale during the Mount Dora Craft Fair Saturday and Sunday 9 to 5 in downtown Mount Dora. For details go to mountdoracraftfair.com The annual celebration of vegan and vegetarian living with a little bit of …
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Spotlight: Mrs. Potato


I wonder what Mrs. Potato’s maiden name was. Does she call her kids tots? I’m also wondering if Mrs. Potato is Brazilian or Swiss? The Mrs. P in question has a small potatoria in south Orlando in the vicinity of Metro West. True to the name, Mrs. Potato serves mainly spuds, supplemented by a variety of meats, cheeses or combinations thereof. You can get them in the form of a boring, dull baked potato, or you can have the rosti type, which the website touts as “the original Brazilian style.” But technically speaking, rosti potatoes originated in Switzerland. If you saw them, however, you might think they were the product of Mel’s Diner, as they are essentially hash browns. Well, …
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Spotlight: Orlando Shakes, Orlando Film Fest, Evita and Steampunks


Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson journey to the English countryside to investigate the mysterious case of the Baskerville family in the stage play The Hound of the Baskervilles all weekend at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. For info go to orlandoshakes.org. A weekend long celebration of independent cinema, with screenings, Q&A’s, workshops, parties and more will take place during the Orlando Film Festival all weekend long at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe downtown. For details and tickets go to orlandofilmfest.com. Eva Perón, who left her small, provincial town at age 15 and eventually became the First Lady of Argentina then Andrew Lloyd Webber forced Patti Lupone to sing the difficult score 8 times a week. She survived and went on to …
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