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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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Image: photograph from “Roadsides and Skylines” by Jenn Allen, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Ekphrastic Floridas at the Gallery at Avalon Island


A great thing about writing for a living is that you learn new things all the time. This week I learned the word “ekphrasis,” which is a rhetorical term for vividly detailed written description. Plato first defined the form in 380 BC, but the most widely known ekphrastic poem is Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” – a work of art about a work of art so illuminating that the reader actually “sees” the Greek vase. I stumbled over the word in an invitation to an event happening next week at the Gallery at Avalon Island. Local publisher Burrow Press is teaming up with Avalon for something called “Ekphrastic Floridas,” an evening of writers reading works directly inspired by the …
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Spotlight: Poetry Slam, Florida Art, Local Composers, Print Party and Sanford After Dark


Ever been to a poetry slam and thought “Hey… I can do that!” but really you can’t because let’s be honest you’re only interesting when you drink and no one wants to see a drunk slam poet. For all of you untalented dreamers out there, attend the Poetry Slam Workshop by Ward Rubrecht. Rubrecht will share the insight into crafting personal stories for the stage. The workshop takes place Saturday 2-4 at City Arts Factory in downtown Orlando. A group art show offering an indirect look at living in Florida called Roadsides and Skylines runs this weekend at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando. A concert premier of new works by local composers called “Works with sound” is …
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Image: Wakefield on the set of Bijou, courtesy of Jim Tushinski, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

FILMMAKER WAKEFIELD POOLE AT GALLERY AT AVALON ISLAND


Florida is home to more famous artists than you might think — after all, artists are as likely as anyone else to buy a vacation home or retire to the Sunshine State. But some, like Wakefield Poole, are genuine Floridians. Poole, one of the giants of experimental gay cinema in the 70s, grew up in Jacksonville and has since returned to his childhood hometown. In the 48 years (or so) in between, he lived a colorful life, to put it mildly.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Continues & Paint Strong Orlando


In a city where hundreds of thousands of jobs depend on theme parks and entertainment attractions, it should surprise no one that there are so many artists. And when terror struck June 12 in the Pulse nightclub, it’s not surprising that so many responded by creating. In the days directly following the shootings, local photographers sent Orlando Weekly hundreds of images. Their immediate impulse was to document the events as they unfolded. We used as many as we could, but there were many more outstanding photographs than we had space for. Luckily, the Gallery at Avalon Island came up with the idea to display dozens of them. The resulting show, Orlando Continues, is up through September 10. And on Thursday, …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Audio Storytelling Workshops


Audio storytelling has come a long way since a clever sound guy first clopped together two coconut shells to fake a galloping horse. And the Chicago-based Third Coast International Audio Festival wants you to know about it. This group of sonic connoisseurs is dedicated to showcasing radio and podcasts from around the world. Since 2009, they’ve put on a Filmless Festival, sometimes called “Sundance for Radio,” collecting the very best of what they’ve heard. This weekend, it happens in a city other than Chicago for the first time. On April 23rd and 24th, the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando plays host to the festival meant to delight ears and brains. The main event is Saturday night’s Filmless Screening, …
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