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Jiha Moon’s exhibit “Double Welcome” at the Mennello Museum of American Art

Atlanta-based Korean artist Jiha Moon’s new show at the Mennello Museum explores the complexities of cultural exchange. “Double Welcome” mashes up traditional folk art forms and pop-culture iconography from the East and West, combining media as disparate as Korean Hanji fabric and neon acrylic paint. Sometimes one symbol works double duty – like the peach, the official fruit of Moon’s adopted home state of Georgia and a potent symbol of prosperity in Korea. “Double Welcome” was brought to the Mennello by museum director Shannon Fitzgerald as part of a strategy to make the museum more inclusive. Although the official name of the institution is the Mennello Museum of American Art, Fitzgerald wants everyone to know it’s not just about mom …
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Spotlight: Playwriting Class, Italian Ice, Pop Up Shop and World Oceans Day

Young playwrights of all different experience levels will learn how to cultivate their ideas into theatrical text, learn conflict, plot, dialogue, drama and how all those elements come together into a successful product during a special Playwriting Class Saturday 2 to 3 at The Center in the Mills50 District. Jeremiah’s Italian Ice hosts its grand opening of its newest location in College Park Saturday starting at 11 at 2213 Edgewater Drive. Free Family Funday takes place on the second Sunday of every month and comes with free admission, a free miniature fine art project based on the current museum exhibit and free museum tours at the Mennello Museum of American Art. Free Family Funday is this Sunday 12 to 2:30 …
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Spotlight: Film Fest, Shakespeare, Ballet, Folk Fest and Sample Dishes from Food Trucks

A festival devoted to short films screening 80 shorts over four days is coming your way this weekend called the Love your shorts festival at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. Go to loveyourshorts.com. Young William Shakespeare’s life is changed after meeting a woman who inspires him to write one of his greatest plays in the stage adaptation of the film “Shakespeare in Love” playing all weekend at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Go to orlandoshakes.org. And speaking of Shakespeare, Orlando Ballet is doing “Romeo and Juliet” set to Prokofiev’s rich score all weekend. For details google Orlando Ballet. Indie Folk Fest is back this year with live music, crafts, art and food Saturday noon to 5 at Mennello …
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Image: Songwriter Elaine Pechacek,bluebambooartcenter.com

Spotlight: Grand Opening, Art, Music, Film and Anime Con

Two friends opened a clothing shop in Mills50 dedicated to street + luxury brands from Berlin, Hong Kong and London called A-Shop. The opening party Saturday 8 til midnight. INFO The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art has free admission Saturday noon to 4 INFO Orlando songwriter Elaine Pechacek’s songbook is being performed by some of Orlando’s best singers Saturday night at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts.INFO The film by James Baldwin called I am Not Your Negro is screening for free Saturday at 4 at the Winter Park Community Center. INFO Beginners through experts have a full day of watercolor and acrylics art classes to choose from during Art-A-Palooza Saturday 1-11pm at Henao Contemporary Center.INFO – Bring …
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Animal Rights, Love Fest, Artist Talk and Dino Day

The Animal Right Florida group is staging its monthly Sea World protest Sunday 10 til noon at the entrance of Sea World. Signs and banners will be provided so just show up and scream. Please warm up in the car or you’ll damage your voice. I should know. I was once a non-equity musical theatre performer. Orlando Love Fest, a festival featuring yoga, jewelry, flowers, gifts, bands, artists and beer will take place at 1312 Wilifred Drive Sunday 11 to 5. Follow along during an artist talk and gallery tour with Bo Bartlett, the artist who created larger-than-life paintings of muscled men and svelte women rowing boats and what not currently on view Saturday 11 to 1 at Mennello Museum …
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