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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: Caribbean, Water Lantern, Art, and Celtic Festivals and Golden Gals Live!


Enjoy live Caribbean music, Caribbean food, and a wonderful island vibe during the Orlando Caribbean Festival Saturday. The fair opens at noon and the festival runs 3 to 11 at the Orlando Amphitheatre. Witness the magic of lanterns as they light up a lake and pay admission for it! The Orlando Water Lantern Festival comes to Orlando Saturday at 5 at Orlando Watersports Complex. For details go to waterlanternfestival.com. The largest Celtic Festival in all of Central Florida features three days of live Celtic music, Irish dancers, local vendors, food and beer! The 4th Annual Crooked Can Celtic Festival is all weekend long at Crooked Can Brewery in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy winding through narrow lanes in between rows and …
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Image: Aja, logotv.com
The Daily City

Spotlight: Theatre, Otronicon, and Drag Race Star Aja


Erotic desire, romance, magic and tragedy are mixed to give life to this theatrical satire from Federico García Lorca called Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín. This play runs at Mad Cow Theatre all weekend long. Now I beg of you, before you buy your ticket, ask the salesperson if the actors in the show have been paid on time. They will be shocked at your question. But that theatre has a publicly known reputation for not paying their actors on time and if you want to support live theatre you want to support those organizations that treat their actors with respect. Otherwise, go see a movie. For more information go to madcowtheatre.com. Orlando Science Center is bringing back …
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Image: Tymisha Harris as Josephine Baker, Photo by Von Hoffman
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Spotlight: Josephine, Superior Donuts, Cardboard Explosion, Animal Crackers and Sasha Velour


Local dancer Tush is doing a one-Tush show about the life of Josephine Baker, a well-known performer known for her banana costumes and involvement with the FBI called Josephine! And plays Saturday at 7 at the Venue in Ivanhoe Village. Arthur owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better. This is the premise for the play Superior Donuts showing Saturday at 8 at Theatre on the Edge. Five original stories come to life using puppets completely made from cardboard in Brad Shur’s Cardboard Explosion Saturday at 11 at Station Street Studios in Apopka. Does anybody still wear…a hat? or even …
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FL Strawberry Festival, Margaret Cho, Art 31, SAX Fest and Hello Kitty


Midway rides, live music, fun exhibits and Florida strawberries! The Florida Strawberry Festival starts Saturday and runs to the 12th. For more information go to flstrawberryfestival.com. Margaret Cho is doing imitations of her mother tonight at the Orlando Improv comedy club on International drive Saturday at 6 and 9:45pm. Johnny McGovern and Lady Red Couture bring their YouTube show to life on stage Saturday at 8 at the Parliament House. You may remember McGovern from the old LOGO series in which comedic actors were paid to be in sketches the title of which I won’t because I auditioned and did not get the job. Turn on Your Heart light and attend an art show showing exclusively light-based art projects during …
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Image: Lemongrass Tofu and Vegetable Curry, curryfestfl.com
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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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Kittens of Industry
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Kittens of Industry


The artist known as “Kittens of Industry” is doing nine 2-artist shows this year because “all kittens have 9 lives”. Tell that to Friskey, Moomers, and all the other cats I’ve owned over the years. Anyways, The first show will feature Kittens of Industry and the artist known as Wolfrich. This “slacker-fied eye-feast of new art” opened tonight and will be hanging until the 2nd week in September inside the bar/arcade/gallery called BART at 1205 N. Mills Avenue in Orlando. Free video games, parking and admission.
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