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Contemporary Classical Music


“Without new music, there is no music.” That simple maxim is the unofficial motto of Orlando’s Accidental Music Festival, and it’s a viewpoint that’s shared by a new tribe of classical music fans. The idea of the classical listener as an elderly gray hair is an outdated one; festivals around the country like Big Ears and Bang on a Can draw mostly young crowds. And they showcase mostly young performers playing works by living composers. Locally, our classical offerings are steadily approaching the vanguard. This month marks the debut of Eric Jacobsen, the Orlando Philharmonic’s new music director, just 33 years old, and his first official concert included a piece by composer Gabriel Kahane, himself just 34. In 2012, the …
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Veg Fest, Taptoberfest and Helping the Homeless


Healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; food preparation demonstrations, and live music and entertainment can all be found at the Central Florida Veg Fest Saturday 10 to 6 at Orlando Festival Park at 2911 East Robinson Street in Orlando. Admission is free but parking is not. Go to cfvegfest.org for more info. Beer, contests, corn hole and live music can all be found a Taptoberfest Saturday noon to 2 at Brass Tap in Mills Park. Trick-or-treat in a safe, fun environment in which Local businesses and organizations will be handing out candy to little ghouls at Ghouls Night Out Saturday 5 to 8 in Downtown Winter …
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Orlando Elections


If you aren’t aware that there’s about to be a city election in on Nov. 3, you can hardly be blamed. The election wasn’t supposed to even happen this year – it was originally scheduled for April 5, 2016, three weeks after Florida’s March 2016 presidential primary election. Earlier this year, though, Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles sounded the alarm – what if it was too confusing for voters to have two elections so close to one another? What if they didn’t show up at the polls? He urged the city to schedule its election to happen on primary day, or reschedule for a later date in 2016. Instead, the Orlando City Council voted in May to move its …
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Steampunk, Creative City Project and Park Ave Fashion Week


Am I the only one who thought that steampunk went the way of swing dancing and cone bras? Maybe it’s just me because this weekend there’s a huge steampunk show with original steampunk art, clothing, jewelry, Victorian hats, shoes, clothing, and antiques of all kinds called the Steampunk Industrial Show. They want you to go dressed in steampunk fashion so please do? It’s in Renningers Twin Markets in Mount Dora 9-5 Saturday and Sunday. Creative City Project removes the barriers between art and you. Find yourself immersed in the music of an orchestra, stand next to an Orlando Ballet performance, see visual art come to life before your very eyes and it all takes place in the street! Creative City …
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Creative City Project


In its first year, 2012, the Creative City Project presented a different art event every day in October. In 2013 organizer Cole Nesmith promised instead to aim for “density and intensity” and they streamlined the whole Project down into just one night. And they’ve delivered on that promise each year since. Creative City Project takes over a swath of downtown for one night in a joyful display of Orlando’s creativity: artists in all disciplines line Orange Avenue, performing in settings that allow audiences to see their art up close and personal. Nesmith says, “We want to give people experiences they can’t have anywhere else.” Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Orlando will be treated to dance ranging from ballet to belly …
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Come Out with Pride, Brewery, Halloween Events and Pixar in Concert


The Annual Come Out With Pride parade and festivities start at 4pm on Saturday at Lake Eola Park. Lots of people walking around, shows, music and a parade with people, shows and music. Free admission. The brand new Ten 10 Brewery in Mills 50 hosts its grand opening Saturday at 11:30. Guided brewery tours, free merch and special brews will be available to guests. Saturday 6 to 10 the annual giant Zombietoberfest is back in Audubon Park garden district, home of the best decorated cupcake shop in Orlando. Enjoy live music, food trucks, vendors, movies, a costume contest, kid’s zone, food and drink specials at the Audubon Park bars throughout the district and a special zombie walk. It’s a do …
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LGBT Community- What’s Next on the Horizon for Equality


This past year has been a series of epic wins for the LGBT community: Marriage is now legal for gay couples in every state in the nation, Florida has repealed its ban on adoption by gay couples, the Boy Scouts lifted their ban on gay leaders and the general public is finally starting to hear and accept the concerns of the transgender community.
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