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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Sexual Harassment and Assault


In 2014, comedian Hannibal Buress performed a bit about Bill Cosby that revolved around an open secret in show biz: Cosby was said to have raped dozens of women. A year later, Cosby was charged, but the general attitude was that these women were attention seekers. No one wanted to believe such things of good old Bill Cosby. But it was a watershed moment. In the next three years, as 60 women spoke up about Cosby, as a man heard on tape saying that “when you’re a star, you can grab ’em by the pussy” went on to be elected President of the United States, women had had enough. The floodgates opened. Hashtags like #yesallwomen and #metoo aired millions of …
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The Daily City

Spotlight: Free Play FL, Shuffleboard, Ice Skating and Festival of Trees


A complete pinball, arcade and console gaming experience for the family is taking place at Free Play Florida. This may sound fun but think – does your child even know what a pinball machine is? They might hate it. If you want to risk your children hating you, attend Free Play Florida Saturday 10 to 10 and Sunday 10 to 4 at Doubletree at Sea World. For details go to wp.freeplayflorida.com. And speaking of making your children miserable by showing them a game and or activity from decades past there’s free shuffleboard play at The Orlando Shuffle this weekend! Use a stick to shove a puck down a cracked cement alleyway in order to knock your opponents’ puck off the …
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Spotlight: Orchid Thai in Lake Mary


I’ve always enjoyed Orchid Thai on Park Avenue in Winter Park, so I was glad to learn of a new location in Lake Mary. Unfortunately, it’s just not the same. Of course it was bound to be different. The Winter Park restaurant has the ambience of Park Avenue and the lovely outdoor dining. In fact, I couldn’t imagine going to the original Orchid Thai and choosing to dine in the small, a bit-too-cramped dining room. There is no outside dining at the Lake Mary version. Even if there were it probably wouldn’t be very pleasant looking at the parking lot of the strip mall it’s located in. The Lake Mary restaurant’s dining room is nice enough. This is the space …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orange County votes unanimously to allow medical marijuana dispensaries


In a surprisingly strong move, Orange County commissioners unanimously voted this week to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county. Rules from the Florida Legislature dictate municipal governments only have two options regarding dispensaries – they can either ban them outright or regulate them like any other pharmacy. Mayor Teresa Jacobs called that choice a “poison pill” at a Tuesday public hearing on two ordinances to ban or allow cannabis treatment centers. Jacobs and other commissioners say they were trying to uphold the will of 71 percent of Floridians who voted to expand medical marijuana via a constitutional amendment in 2016. Orange County’s decision breaks the pattern of local cities, including Apopka, Winter Garden and Winter Park, …
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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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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Art in Odd Places


Signal to noise ratio: It’s the proportion of useful, valuable information to worthless background static in any system. This year’s Art in Odd Places festival, happening Friday through Sunday, takes ‘Noise’ as its theme, but judging by past years, the festival promises to offer a high ratio of signal to noise: plenty of good work, very little rubbish. More than 34 artists from around the country will take over downtown this weekend, inhabiting and enlivening the sidewalks, streets and building surfaces. In its third year in Orlando, Art in Odd Places has found its sweet spot, striking the balance between artistic freedom and administrative oversight that’s required of all city-sponsored festivals. Barbara Hartley, executive director of the Downtown Arts District, …
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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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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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