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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.
The Daily City

Spotlight: Central Florida Fair, Brian Feldman, and Neighborhood Summit

Ferris wheels – I got it. Midway games – I got it. Cotton candy – I got it. Snickers fried and covered in powdered sugar -I got it. The Central Florida Fair is back and it will have a few of my favorite things all weekend day and night at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. For details go to centralfloridafair.com. Orlando art reviewers critiqued the works of Performance artist Brian Feldman for years and years. Now he wants them to sit across a table from him and read those same reviews out loud to his face in a new piece entitled “Knives Out.” The event will take place at the perfect venue for an event called Knives Out – The …
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Image: Paul Bayer, who was inducted into the Hitler Youth at age 10 and died at age 17 in Nuremberg, valenciacollege.edu

Spotlight: History, Theatre, Art Fest and Lunar New Year

An exhibit documenting both the rise of the Hitler Youth and the indoctrination of one boy, Paul Bayer, who was inducted at age 10 and by 17 was ordered to man an anti-aircraft position in Nuremberg which eventually ended in his death is the topic of The Short Life of Hitler Youth Paul B. The exhibit runs Saturday 8 to 3 at Valencia College Lake Nona Campus. The fictional account of a couple who has come to Lockerbie, Scotland, to honor the anniversary of their son’s death aboard Pan Am Flight 103, destroyed by a terrorist bombing in 1988, is the focus of the play “Women of Lockerbie” running tonight at 8, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4 at …
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Image: Human Library, OCLS Facebook Page.
The Daily City

Spotlight: Human Library, Dangerous Theatre and Pottery Festival

Volunteers with different backgrounds act as books that you as a reader can check out. This is The Human Library. The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. The Human Library is free and runs Saturday 1 to 4 at the downtown public library. Her most recent divorce final, Caroline discovers none of her family wants to spend the holidays with her. Not wanting to spend the holidays alone, she decides to rent a family off Craigslist. This is a play called A-Loan for …
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Image: previous maker faire, makerfaireorlando.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly


Like nonvoters who complain about politicians, a lot of us grumble about consumer culture while feeling helpless to do anything about it. There are some creative souls who are doing something about it, though. The do-it-yourselfers known as makers answer consumer culture with creator culture. More than 200 of them will show off their ingenuity at the Maker Faire Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23. This year the Maker Faire leaves its former venue, the Orlando Science Center, to populate the Central Florida Fairgrounds with inventors, artists and techies all spreading the gospel of building and repairing rather than buying and discarding. This kaleidoscopic annual expo features displays, workshops and panel discussions that leave visitors full of enthusiasm for the fusion …
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Image: Lemongrass Tofu and Vegetable Curry, curryfestfl.com

Curry Fest, Lance Bass, Sanford & Pub Crawl

Curry Fest is back at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. The best in Jamaican music and food takes place Saturday and Sunday noon to 11pm. Lance Bass is in town to… I guess say hello? Take photos? I don’t know. You can go see him along with the silver throated diva Ginger, the local drag queen turned superstar thanks to Rupaul’s Drag Race. They will be at the Parliament House Saturday. Sanford After Dark in downtown Sanford is Saturday 8pm- midnight between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue on Sanford Avenue. This is a monthly street party featuring music, artists, vendors, food, and drinks. This month’s theme is “The Floridian Market”. The second annual Thornton Park Putt N’ Crawl rolls around the …
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Image: previous polka dot flea, Polka Dot Flea facebook page

Science Center, Polka Dot Flea and Upscale Thrift

Orlando Science Center is welcoming adults and NO KIDS… for drinks, exhibits and fun Saturday night at 8. Tickets are the price of three affogatos from Vespr Coffee. For more info go to osc.org. Atypical classy thoughtful upcycled furniture and accessories are finally becoming a thing in Central Florida thanks to events like Deland Indie Market, stores like Adjectives and annual events like the Polka Dot Flea, now in its 3rd year. The event features shabby chic, funky, cool and upcycled merchandise vendors all hand selected by a jury of their peers. Tickets are the price of one affogato from Vespr Coffee. The Polka Dot Flea is Saturday and Sunday 9 to 4 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. For more …
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Image: Drones on the Horizon, horizonhobby.com

Drones, Genealogy, Dinner and a Movie

At Drones on the Horizon hosted by Horizon Hobby, families, hobbyists and drone enthusiasts can enjoy a free day of fun and drone flight. This hands-on event includes drone races, flight school, professional demos from industry experts and more. Drones on the Horizon takes place Saturday at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Second Saturdays in Sanford will feature two stages of live entertainment, food and drink. This all takes place at the West End Trading Company at 202 S. Sanford Ave. in Sanford this Saturday. There’s an after-hours genealogy event to research your family history coming up on Saturday. Meet, mingle and share with fellow researchers as you uncover details of your ancestry. Guests are invited to take a brief tour …
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Florida Orange Groves Winery Wines, facebook.com

Local Wine, Music and Paint Party

The only winery allowed to display the Florida Department of Citrus’ official mark of superior quality is the Florida Orange Grove Winery and you can suck their grapes at the Orange County Regional History Center during a citrus wine tasting Saturday 5 to 7. The cost is not five dollars and not 7 dollars, but somewhere in between. A showcase for Orlando bands Felicity, Lawless Hearts, On the Avenue, the Adolescent Theory, Arakara, Dyne Side and Eyes Alive is this Saturday at 6 at the soon to be demolished “The Venue” on Virginia Drive. The promoters say this is their first time hosting their own show and “promote a healthier Florida music scene”. Saturday night at the Enzian, you can …
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