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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.

Spotlight: In the Heights, Library Book Sale, Nick Cannon, and Central FL Zoo

The musical “In the Heights” tells the story of a vibrant community of friends and family in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. It’s a community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. The musical “In the Heights,” plays Saturday at 7:30 at Orlando Shakes. For tickets go to orlandoshakes.org. The Orange County Library System’s annual Fall Book Sale is back and takes place on the third floor of the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando and features a great selection of already discounted fiction and non-fiction, recorded books, DVDs, CDs and more will be available for half price. The Fall Book Sale is …
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Image: Tree from previous year, cityoforlando.net

Orlando Tree Lighting, SODO, Orlando Brewing And 90’s Music

The annual downtown Orlando tree lighting ceremony is tonight to 9 with Mayor Dyer lighting the 72 foot tree, live stage show by Encore Cast Performing Arts, a shopping village, food truck yard and… school children singing Christmas carols… It’s all happening RIGHT NOW til 9 at the Lake Eola amphitheater. Downtown South, the large swath of businesses just south of downtown has changed its name to SODO. Now we just need “the north quarter,” the large swath of overpriced rental apartments two good restaurants and one new market to change its name to NODO. Eh? … Anyways SODO is hosting a big holiday party free to the public with Santa, beer garden, bounce house, train rides, live music and …
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Spotlight: Artistic Directors Reveal Cirque du Soleil

Spotlight now swings through trapeze artistry and choreographed acrobatics to land on the stages of Cirque du Soleil. Through Sunday, September 21, the innovative circus company is performing its traveling show, Varekai, at Orlando’s Amway Center. Central Florida has a resident Cirque du Soleil show – La Nouba at Downtown Disney. To mark Varekai’s visit, 90.7’s Amy Kiley spoke with the artistic directors of both shows. Varekai’s Fabrice Lemire was on the phone, and La Nouba’s Daniel Ross was in studio. Ross began by explaining how Cirque du Soleil transcends the typical three-ring acts. Information on Varekai’s visit is here and on La Nouba is here.  
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