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Spotlight: Musicals, Drama, Fan Meetup and Home Show


Six brand new musicals written by people from around the country will be performed during the inaugural Florida Festival of New Musicals taking place this weekend. For details go to winterparkplayhouse.org. Troy, a middle-aged garbage man, struggles to keep his family afloat and his dignity intact while battling crippling disappointment over his stolen ambition in Fences, the classic drama playing all weekend at Mad Cow Theatre. An all-local cast, nearly 100-voice choir, 45-member orchestra and unique staging combine to make a thrilling evening of live music and theatre during Titanic the Musical performed by Central Florida Community Arts tonight and Saturday inside the Calvary Assembly of God. For details go to cfcarts.com. Local podcast “Scotch and ‘Good’ Conversation” is having …
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Spotlight: Bowling, Eatonville, Hip Hop Fest, Surf Films and Kid Expo


Aloma Bowl is celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday because Winter Park City Council and some brave intelligent high schoolers saved it from getting knocked down to become another Orchard Supply Hardware, the Wawa of hardware stores. Bowlers can enjoy reduced prices on games and shoes this Saturday 9 to 2 at Aloma Bowl in Winter Park. And speaking of anniversaries, the town of Eatonville its celebrating its 130th Anniversary! Enjoy free food, music, health screenings and more Saturday 12 to 3 at the Eatonville Branch Library. Enjoy live graffiti, spoken word, break dance battles and live DJs during the Elements of Life Orlando Hip Hop Festival Saturday starting at 5 at Henao Contemporary Center. Screenings of two surfing-themed films, Under …
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Spotlight: Choir, Knowledge Forum, Art and Drunk Spelling Bee


Enjoy child choirs, adult choirs and an orchestra from Central Florida Community Choir perform John Rutter’s Mass of the Children tonight at 7:30 at Maitland Presbyterian Church. For tickets go to cfcarts.com. An international knowledge-forum of top researchers, teachers, authors and innovators in consciousness and awareness will present talks at the New World Consciousness Conference & Expo all weekend at Caribe Royal Resort. For tickets go to newworldconciousness.com. Studios, galleries and local businesses open their doors showcasing works by local artist all evening long during the Mount Dora Art Stroll tonight to 8 in downtown Mount Dora. For more information go to mountdoracenterforthearts.org. Meet and listen to the artists featured in the current exhibition at the Gallery at Avalon Island …
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Spotlight: El Pueblo


El Pueblo’s sign says it is a grocery as well as a restaurant, but unless I missed something I saw nothing in the way of a market. It operates as a quick-serve — order at the counter and the friendly staff member will bring your food to you when ready. What the sign should say is: We serve authentic and good Mexican food I chose No. 4 on the menu, the Chilaquiles. As is traditional in Mexico, the chilaquiles is available with a red or green sauce and a choice of meat. It’s a simple dish with squares of tortillas as the base, with sauce, meat and cheese on top. I cheated. I got the green sauce and requested some …
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Spotlight: Model Trains, Movies and Pop Up Shops


See a convention center full of the latest model trains, accessories, collectibles and more when Orlando gets a visit from the National Model Train Show Saturday and Sunday at Orlando Convention Center. For info go to nationaltrainshow.org. Set in 1995, a teenager in Manhattan discovers her father is having a 1995 affair in 1995. The film “Landline” is playing all weekend at Enzian Theater, recently named by some national magazine (don’t ask me which one because I don’t read magazines because I am a millennial) as the coolest theater in Florida. For tickets and info go to enzian.org. Local entrepreneurs and creatives show off their wares in a friendly apartment lobby environment at Sip & Shop Pop Up …
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Spotlight: Brooklyn Coffee


For a place called Brooklyn Coffee Shop, there is quite an extensive food menu at this new Mills 50 spot. Also, for a place named after a New York borough, there’s a lot of South American influences. Seattle, too. Also Miami. It takes the space most recently occupied by Restaurant Ash, which was also the original Funky Monkey Wine Co. So there’s a kitchen to be put to use. It’s clear that empanadas are a specialty, so I had the Pastel de Carne when I stopped in for a late lunch. It was filled with lots of shredded brisket, seasoned with garlic, onions and chili spicing. The turnover-like device had a wonderfully flaky crust, at least on the top. When …
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Spotlight: Clarinet Fest, Broadway , Burlesque and Latin Festival


Get ready to toot your horns and bang your drums Orlando! The Clarinet Festival is back! Attend a series of live performances taking place during the festival tonight at 8 and Saturday at 8:30 at Universal Doubletree across from Universal Orlando. For details go to clarinet.org. 34 Broadway standards will be sung by a cast of professional singers during “Some Enchanted Evening, the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein tonight and Saturday at Winter Park Playhouse. It reminds me of when I was in the national non-equity tour of “I Love a Piano the Songs of Whoever Wrote the Song I Love a Piano. During rehearsals I got pulled aside and told and I quote “You need to bring what you …
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