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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando’s Arts Organizations have had to pivot in light of the pandemic

As the nation turns a page, all of us are ready for fresh beginnings, and not just political. After four years of chaos in government and almost a year of COVID lockdown, everyone is eager for something to celebrate. And not to be premature, but there’s light on the horizon. Orlando’s arts organizations have had to pivot in light of the pandemic, and it’s no surprise that they’ve come up with creative solutions to share artistic inspiration with us all along. A good example is the current exhibition at the University of Central Florida Art Gallery, which can be visited in person or enjoyed online in a very well-crafted virtual presentation. Now monetary help is here to support that ingenuity, …
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Spotlight: Musicals, Drama, Fan Meetup and Home Show

Six brand new musicals written by people from around the country will be performed during the inaugural Florida Festival of New Musicals taking place this weekend. For details go to winterparkplayhouse.org. Troy, a middle-aged garbage man, struggles to keep his family afloat and his dignity intact while battling crippling disappointment over his stolen ambition in Fences, the classic drama playing all weekend at Mad Cow Theatre. An all-local cast, nearly 100-voice choir, 45-member orchestra and unique staging combine to make a thrilling evening of live music and theatre during Titanic the Musical performed by Central Florida Community Arts tonight and Saturday inside the Calvary Assembly of God. For details go to cfcarts.com. Local podcast “Scotch and ‘Good’ Conversation” is having …
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Spotlight: Clarinet Fest, Broadway , Burlesque and Latin Festival

Get ready to toot your horns and bang your drums Orlando! The Clarinet Festival is back! Attend a series of live performances taking place during the festival tonight at 8 and Saturday at 8:30 at Universal Doubletree across from Universal Orlando. For details go to clarinet.org. 34 Broadway standards will be sung by a cast of professional singers during “Some Enchanted Evening, the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein tonight and Saturday at Winter Park Playhouse. It reminds me of when I was in the national non-equity tour of “I Love a Piano the Songs of Whoever Wrote the Song I Love a Piano. During rehearsals I got pulled aside and told and I quote “You need to bring what you …
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Comedy Fest, Lake Eola Rally, WP Playhouse and Local Author Event

The Orlando Indie Comedy Festival is back for its third year in the Milk District with great headliners including the Liberal Redneck (google it. He’s about to get his own TV show.) Plus 30 showcase performances by tons of other great comics. The all access pass is the cost of 1/8th of a Level one improv class at Upright Citizens Brigade aka cheap! The festival runs all weekend including tonight in the Milk District. For tickets go to orlandoindiecomedy.com. In conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, Orlando will hold a rally in solidarity as peaceful advocates and defenders of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families. The uplifting and inclusive event takes place Saturday 1 to 4 …
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Phantasmagoria, Birthdays And Dames at Sea

Phantasmagoria “Wicked Little Tales”. The troupe of storytellers, dancers, and chorus perform tales of terror from authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Lewis Carroll and more including horrific folk tales, legends and myths from around the world! They call themselves “Orlando’s original Steampunk storytelling troupe”, so there’s a good chance of seeing a top hat with goggles. The performance takes place this weekend only at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. More information is available at phantasmagoriaorlando.com The City of Maitland is celebrating its 130th Birthday Saturday evening starting at 6 at Lake Lily Park. I love Birthday cake! Will there be cake? Oh… no mention of cake, but city vehicles will be on display, there will also be music performed by …
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