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Top 5 Community Spotlight: Thornton Park

Orlando has ten main street districts and each one has a distinct vibe which helps define Orlando. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to feature each neighborhood and the Top Five things to check out in each one. If you haven’t explored one of these main street districts, you should most definitely take some time to check out each one. First up: Thornton Park!

The Thornton Park Main Street District lives in the heart of Orlando and includes some of the most iconic local Orlando spots. It’s home to both luxury apartments and bungalow style homes giving the feel of both a hip modern metropolitan city and turn of the century Florida, you will find the wonderful holiday apartments from Interhome and enjoy your stay. For family and friends that wants fun activities to do for your bonding, checkout NYC escape games.

The Thornton Park District website calls it “Downtown for Grownups” and that is definitely the feel of this district. As one of the most walkable districts in Orlando, Thornton Park’s luxury shops, resturants, and events attracts a crowd looking for a good time but with a bit of style and class.

1. Lake Eola

How could we start a post about Thornton Park and not start with Lake Eola. With the iconic fountain sitting right in the middle, Lake Eola is the symbol for the non tourism part that is Orlando. It is the epicenter for community activity. With a walking path that snakes the lake, you will always see people and pets walking (and running!) around or simply taking in the view. Driver fatigues is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in Dallas and nationwide. While there are strict guidelines that dictate the amount of time a driver can be behind the wheel in any given time period (known as Hours-of-Service rules), these rules are not always followed. For example, the recent Tracy Morgan truck accident involved a Wal-Mart truck driver who had not slept in more than 24 hours, call truck accident attorney merrillville in when you need advice on what to do when accidents happen. Driving a truck is difficult enough, much less driving without proper rest.

Lake Eola is also a favorite spot for public classes like yoga in the park, and along the Central Street side of the lake, there are even a few resturants where visitors can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and scenery. If you want an up close view of the iconic Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain at Lake Eola, you can even rent a swan boat and paddle around the lake for a few hours.

And if you want an even closer look, check out Central Florida Top 5’s behind the scenes tour of the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain on Facebook. Top 5 recently shared an exclusive, very special look inside the fountain!

2. Brunch

If you want to meet friends for Sunday brunch, Thornton Park is a great place to meet up. There is so much to do here on a Sunday, it’s the perfect neighborhood to park your car and spend a few hours in the district enjoying your Sunday Funday.

There are plenty resturants that offer brunch like Dexter’s, Spice Modern Steakhouse, Baoery Asian GastroPub, and Sonoma Kitchen. Many of the resturants even offer great drink specials like bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas.

3. Farmer’s Market

After Sunday brunch, stop by the nearby Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola. It’s is one of the biggest markets in town and runs from 10am-4pm every Sunday. With an eclectic mix of food and artisan vendors, there are new things to explore every week.

At the center of the market is an area to relax with a drink and a good treat while you listen to a local musician play a few songs for the crowd. This market is dog friendly too, and many vendors will have some water waiting on hot days for your pooch to enjoy.

4. Second Thursday Wine and Art Walk

If you’re looking for a sophisticated version of a bar crawl, check out Thornton Park on the 2nd Thursday of every month where you can enjoy the Wine and Art Walk. Over 25 businesses participate in this walk every month where $15 will get you a glass and an opportunity to check out various shops, resturants, and bars you might not be familiar with in the neighborhood. While you explore the neighborhood, live music, artists, and DJs line the street to keep you entertained from stop to stop.

5. The Beautiful Bungalows

Drive or bike around the Thornton Park neighborhood, and you’ll see why it is one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods to live in Orlando. Lining the brick neighborhood streets are beautiful 1920 style bungalow homes tucked away under towering wizened oak trees with Spanish moss dripping down shading the streets. These beautiful bungalow homes harken back to a time when Orlando was smaller and Walt Disney World was only a dream of a young 20-something animator.

Historic #CopaAmerica Centenario matches play this week in Orlando #Copa100

We’ve been counting down since last year, and the months of anticipation are finally over. Copa America Centenario is finally here! This weekend, the tournament will kick off for the first time in history right here in the United States. This is hands down the biggest international soccer event in the United States since the 1994 World Cup!

Copa America 2016 stats

In the words of Central Florida’s own John Arie Jr. (the Fun Spot America guy), IT’S HUUUUUGE! The City Beautiful will host three matches during the group stage of the tournament. Here’s how the matches will play out:

Copa America Groupings

The Copa America Centenario will run from June 3rd thru June 26th, with the final being played at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. The tournament will consist of four, 4 team groups, with the top 2 teams advancing to the knock out stage of the tournament. The groups are as follows:

Group A – United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay

Group B – Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Peru

Group C – Jamaica, Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay

Group D – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Panama

 

Copa America Trophy

The Copa America trophy has toured all over the United States in 2016! It was here in Orlando in March during Orlando City Soccer’s opening game!

Copa America matches played in Orlando

Copa America tease

Saturday June 4th, Costa Rica vs Paraguay 

This will be the opening match here in Orlando.  These countries do not have a deep history against each other. In fact, they have only played eight times since 1965.  The only time the two countries faced off in Copa America was back in 2004, where Paraguay defeated Costa Rica 1-0. With the United States playing against Colombia in the opening match on June 3rd, the result of this match could play a huge role in the final group standings. The United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Paraguay make up Group A in this tournament.

Monday June 6th, Panama vs Bolivia 

The second match in Orlando will put Panama against Bolivia.  Since 1970, these two countries have also only played each other eight times, and Bolivia holds the advantage with 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw. This will be their first meeting in Copa America.

Wednesday June 8th, Brazil v Haiti 

Since 1974, these two countries have only played each other twice, both matches won by Brazil. This will be the first time Brazil and Haiti will face off in Copa America.  There was talk of Orlando City’s Kaká playing for Brazil this year in Copa America but, as of the writing of this post, he is out with a muscle injury. However, Orlando City fans may recognize the name Mechack Jerome from their inaugural season back in 2011.  He has been called up to play for Haiti, and should get the start against Brazil.

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Orlando City is on break until June 18th but fear not, there will be plenty of soccer to keep you entertained here in The City Beautiful; from Copa America to the Orlando Pride, we are the Soccer Capital of the South!

ProTip(s): The I-4 Ultimate project’s lane and ramp closures will be suspended on June 4, 6 and 8 from Kirkman Road (State Road 435) to Colonial Drive (State Road 50). Closure restrictions are due to anticipated crowds traveling to hotels in the attractions area and to Downtown Orlando. Download the Florida Department of Transportation’s FL511 app before you go, or sign up for route specific updates via texts HERE. Also great news, SunRail WILL BE RUNNING on game nights!

Copa America events in Orlando

Copa America Fan HQ

Register for Copa America’s FanHQ Presented by Sprint events here: 

Friday, June 3: 7-11pm, Wall St. Plaza (Downtown Orlando)

Sunday, June 5: 2-6pm, Wall St. Plaza (Downtown Orlando)

Tuesday, June 7: 6-10pm, Wall St. Plaza (Downtown Orlando)

Florida Mall Celebrates Copa America! 

FloridaMall

Where: The Florida Mall – Macy’s Court, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809 (Directions)

When: Saturday, June 4, 12-3pm

What: Free family friendly activities, live entertainment, giveaways, interactive games, a photo booth, activations and promotions in Florida Mall participating stores (Macy’s, United World of Soccer, Microsoft, M&M World)

Miller’s Ale House Orlando

Watch all 32 matches on Ale House’s huge flat screen televisions and enjoy all day drink specials!

Copa America Ale House

Church Street Bars

Copa Americana Church Street Bars

Art in Odd Places Festival Makes Orlando Debut Sept. 17-20

If you haven’t yet done anything of particular interest this summer, this is your chance to take some intriguing selfies and tuck away some conversation pieces for your next dinner party. The opportunity to contemplate the meaning of a red light bulb in a gum ball machine, explore your city’s unique symphonic sound or reach out and touch a “street urchin” does not come around often, so mark your calendars for the Art in Odd Places festival (AiOP). This new-to-Orlando event is an annual international visual and performance public art festival making its O-town debut downtown from September 17-20 along Magnolia Avenue.

The festival’s theme is TONE, so expect interpretations of tone ranging from the notions of sound and color to character and skin tone. Artists will transform Magnolia Avenue into a laboratory of sorts, stretching the boundaries of public communication outside the confines of traditional public spaces through visual and audio installations and performances. “By introducing Orlando to Art in Odd Places, we hope it will locate the cracks in public space policies, and to inspire the popular imagination for new possibilities and engagement with civic space,” said Barbara Hartley, executive director of the Downtown Arts District (DAD).

The inaugural event will feature nearly 50 works of art in a variety of disciplines from artists around the globe, including 27 from Orlando, five from within Florida, 15 from across the United States and two from across the pond (England and Ireland).

On the fence about attending? Be careful — the Pied Piper may lure you into an art experience via his theremin bike… yes, I said, beware the theremin bike!

Pied Pipers Payback, Klimchak

Pied Piper’s Payback, Klimchak

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the low-brow/high-brow/what-brow-is-this nature of an art festival like this, you can always start in the Reading Room, a popup immersive space for reading and learning about the rich history and context of contemporary performance art. I don’t blame you for trying to understand; however, performance art is generally more fun, sometimes enlightening, if you just go with it.

Reading Room, Paul Finch

Reading Room, Paul Finch

AiOP began under director Ed Woodham’s leadership to encourage participation in the Cultural Olympiad of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2005, in New York City, Woodham re-imagined AiOP as a response to the dwindling of public space and personal civil liberties – first in the Lower East Side and East Village and, since 2008, on 14th Street in Manhattan. AiOP has always been a grassroots project fueled by the goodwill and inventiveness of it participants. The festival has traveled the world before landing in Orlando.

“I’m hoping that the festival will engage the diverse cultural communities of Orlando,” said Ed Woodham, AiOP founder and director. “Just a few years ago, we were invited to take the event on the road to explore various themes in other locations around the world. To date, AiOP has spanned from Los Angeles to Russia and from Boston to Australia; and now we couldn’t be happier to bring it to the cultural destination of Orlando.”

What do we love more than a diverse and dynamic cultural event in The City Beautiful? A FREE diverse and dynamic event! You read that correctly — AiOP is free to attend. Exhibit times will vary daily. Here’s an overview of when you can find events going on:

Sept. 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
Sept. 18 & 19, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sept. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In addition to the festival’s interactive exhibits, these featured events will also take place:

  • AiOP Kickoff: Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Downtown Arts District’s monthly Third Thursday Gallery Hop, which also features numerous galleries and non-traditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging local and non-local acclaimed artists. The Downtown Orlando Partnership will also be hosting “Taste of Downtown” from 6-9 p.m. in the Orange County Regional History Center’s courtyard, where festival-goers can indulge in some of Orlando’s culinary highlights and experience AiOP; also enjoy complimentary admission into the History Center.
  • Senior Day: Friday, September 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes performance groups, such as the acclaimed Downtowners from Lutheran Towers, along with additional  special programming.
  • Family Day: Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., ArtReach Orlando, an art outreach program that supports creative and collaborative art projects between teachers, organizations and local artists, offers family art activities that invite the public to engage more with the exhibits. The Orange County Regional History Center will offer complimentary admission to festival-goers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Artists Panels: Occur at the Gallery on Avalon Island (upstairs) located at 39 S. Magnolia Ave. on Thursday, September 17 and Saturday, September 20, each at 7 p.m. The first panel will feature “What is AiOP?,” while the second will feature “TONE explored.”

For more information about AiOP’s history and artists’ project descriptions and schedules, visit artinoddplaces.org/orlando.

Learn more about the Downtown Arts District at orlandoslice.com.

Stay tuned for a future post featuring our Top 5 don’t miss Art in Odd Places picks.

 

 

Featured image – top: Drum Machine Circle, GREG LEIBOWITZ

AiOP 2015: TONE/ORLANDO is produced by the Downtown Arts District, Inc. with co-curators, Patrick Greene, and Genevieve Bernard; AiOP Festival Producer Tim Turner; DAD Executive Director, Barbara Hartley; and AiOP founder and director, Ed Woodham.

AiOP 2015: TONE/ORLANDO is sponsored by Aloft Orlando Downtown, City of Orlando, Dr. Phillips Center, Downtown City Beverages, Downtown Development Board, Downtown Orlando Partnership, Orchid Medical, Florida Blue, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Orange County Arts & Cultural Alliance, Orange County Regional History Center, Starling Cadillac and United Arts. Media partners are Clear Channel Outdoor, Orlando Weekly, 98.9 WMMO, WRBW-TV My 65 and Fox 35 Orlando.

 

 

 

SAK Comedy Lab’s Brawl for All Starts Tonight

My favorite part of the summer begins tonight: Sak Comedy Lab’s Brawl for All! For the past three summers, at 11:30 p.m. every Friday night I sit right in the front row and laugh my face off at a variety of themed improv teams.You might wonder what makes the Brawl so special. Well, for me, it’s the competition aspect. These teams are not only making hilarity happen via your suggestions, they’re also in the middle of a heated battle to win the coveted Brawl Belt.

Twelve teams will compete head to head in a single-elimination competition, trading off rounds of improv comedy in hopes of receiving your vote at the end of the night. The ultimate winner will be crowned at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25.

Previous year’s champions have included clueless (but utterly hilarious) moms and Calvin Klein models gone extra dramatic(ly funny). Who will win this year? Here are the contenders:

– TOUGH GUYS: Max Hilend and Josh Hurtado

– CAMP KIDDIES: Stevie Todd, Jess Marie, Andy Dunscmombe

– TWO DUDES ABROAD: Lorraine Rosemary, Brian Spain, Leo Uhakheme

– PUN DMC: Isaac Folch, Jordan Keyes, Sam Hammersley

– POKING THE BEAR: Ryan Holmes, Charlie Bowie, Rachael Thompson

– REAL HOUSE-SPOUSES OF ORLANDO: Rebecca Siegel, Jim Doyle, John Connon, Robyn Kelly

– COUPLES COUNSELING: Melanie Leon, George Crudo, Matthew Jones

– 3 JUDYS: Mark Baratelli, Chris Dinger, Joel Warren

– JOEL WARRENS IMPROV CLASS: Lindsay Taylor, Julie Snyder, Michael Geniac, Kristin Eley

– THE ORPHANS: Amanda Wirtz, Emily Fontano

– JUST-US LEAGUE: Cody Bush, Danny Loecken, Eric Novella

– PAPAS BOYS: Matt Hartin, Drew Gooden, Akmal Tajihan

The fight for your laughs (and votes) kicks off tonight, Friday, July 17 at 11:30 p.m. at Sak Comedy Lab. Let’s brawl.

 

-STORY CONTRIBUTED BY JACKI MICK

“The Flick” Director Kenny Howard Answers 5 Questions

This week Gen Y Productions brings a 4 week engagement of Annie Baker’s “The Flick” to the stage at the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This marks the Florida premiere of the play which earned the 2013 Obie Award for Playwriting and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  “The Flick” runs June 17 through July 12.

Central Florida Theatre in Process’ John DiDonna asked the show’s director Kenny Howard to answer five questions:

Kenny Howard, director of "The Flick" playing at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts June 17-July 12

Kenny Howard, director of “The Flick” playing at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts June 17-July 12

JD: The production team you were part of is both Tony winning and Grammy nominated. Why the return to producing in Central Florida?

KH: For me it was about artistic vision and community. I went up for an AD job off-Broadway and to further my career as a director, yet ended up a managing member of a Tony Award-winning Broadway Producing company and a record label for Original Broadway Cast and Broadway artists’ cabaret albums.   Every moment was an amazing experience, but I needed to regroup and focus on what I actually wanted. That ended up being expression as an artist and a sense of community; both of which were things I had always felt I had here, so I came back for that purpose, as well as I just missed my family here in Central Florida. It was 17 years in the theatre community when I made the move to NYC, and I missed it horribly.  

 

JD: How does it feel being one of the first long-run shows in the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts? What are the risks? What are the benefits? (Okay, it is three parts but still one question!)

KH: Great question(s)! I had made a play to use the Pugh previously. I wanted in that space.

It is a gorgeous space that reminds me of the Jewel Box at the Signature Theatre in NYC.   Being a resident of Orlando almost 22 years, I was aware of the Pugh as the theater “for all lives,” (or whatever phrase they finally settled on), and I wanted to take them up on that.   I can’t tell you how it really feels until we load in on Sat (Note: June 13)., but I am a huge fan of the space and I’m excited as hell. The risks are many. Although not as expensive as first thought, it is still the most expensive venue of its kind in Central Florida, which requires a certain amount of attendance to be truly successful financially. AND, although not a producer for this production, I cannot help with my years of experience as a producer concern myself with that reality.

We are very fortunate to have a producer who not only rises to the challenge, but chose a play that challenges me, the cast, and crew, as well as the audiences. The benefits are that we are doing another production there in August. It is a musical that is over four times the size in cast and we have the benefit of acclimating ourselves to the space. Also, I believe in the vision of the Pugh that was first presented, and I hope that working with DPC for this project makes them amenable to doing the same for many local theatre companies. We are blessed to have a thriving theatrical community and I would like to see theatre companies follow suit and have more local productions take place there.

 

JD: Tell us about “The Flick”! What about this show will pull people into a live theatrical experience this summer?

KH: I can honestly say that personally I have never seen a show quite like “The Flick.” The setting of the play is inside an old movie house, that uses an old 35mm projector, and much like the theatre, the lives of the three lead characters are stuck in a rut. It is a story of the human spirit, change, heartache, yet very funny and extremely poignant. The audience is the screen and we watch the lives of 3 everyday people that we would normally pass in the theatre or on the street without a second glance. But in the movie house named “The Flick” we find ourselves immersed in three people doing their job and examining their lives and the need for connection. It is falls into a category of complete realism so these characters are not “performed,” as much as lived in by the fantastic cast.

 

JD: What is it like collaborating with the team of “The Flick”?

KH: This team is fantastic. Gen Y’s Managing Member Aaron Safer is amazing when it comes to artistic freedom, and he is a champion of the show, and can hustle. Chris Yakubchik as AD is another who provides great insight to the text. The cast collectively is so strong. Anastasia Kurtiak is a dream stage manager who keeps us all on track. Marcellis is a reserved man, but is bringing Avery to life in a beautiful way. Jessie Grossman is the bomb! She is a consummate professional and her Rose is truly lovely to watch. And then Daniel Cooksley is someone I have admired on the stage for years and the audience and we are extremely fortunate to have him breathe life into Sam. Coletyn is young, but he is bright and funny, and we are lucky to have him. Bonnie Sprung is our set designer and has out done herself for this one, and lastly Roy Brown, who I have used for most of my lighting design needs who in each instance has not only succeeded but gone above and beyond expectations. So as far as collaborating with this team…I’m very fortunate. J

 

JD: What is coming up next for Kenny Howard? Projects? Vacation?

KH: Next up in July is “Wanzie’s Court Ordered Therapy: Ladies of Eola Heights-Continued” at The Abbey which reunites Chris and I with Beth Marshall, Peg O’Keefe, Blue Star, Sam Singhaus and our newest cast member of the Locksdale tribe…Kevin Kelly. Then in August “Heathers: The Musical” we are back in the Pugh Theatre at DPC. In September I have BMP’s Play-in-a-Day, and the reboot of The Abbey’s Monday Night Cabaret Series, then in October “Bat Boy” at The Abbey. I do have another project in both the spring and summer of 2016, but it has not been announced yet. Vacation? What’s that? I will get to NYC whenever I can, and I will get to KY to visit my parents.

But mostly….”I can’t – I’m in rehearsal.”

 

Tickets range from $35 to $60 for the hilarious and heartrending “The Flick,” and are on sale now at DrPhillipsCenter.org.

 

– Interview and post courtesy of guest blogger John DiDonna of Central Florida Theatre in Process

Central Florida Theater Picks June 12-18

Enjoy these weekly picks by guest contributor John DiDonna of Central Florida Theatre in Process (CFTIP).

Here’s a round-up of theatrical events and productions you should know about for the week of June 12-18, 2015. For more theater news and discussion visit Central Florida Theatre in Process: www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/

(PHOTO: Coletyn Hentz, Marcellis Cutler, Daniel Cooksley and Jessica Hope Grossman in “The Flick” playing at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts June 17-July 12.)

OPENING THIS WEEK

THE FLICK, written by Annie Baker and starring Daniel Cooksley, Jessie Grossman, Marcellis Cutler, and Coletyn Hentz, opens June 19th in the Dr Phillips Center Pugh Theater, tickets on sale now!  Industry Night: June 29th, Tickets only $25.
http://www.drphillipscenter.org/…/20774-the-flick.stml

THE REPUBLIC – Pseudonym Productions (Near downtown Orlando)
Immersive theater brings video gaming to real life in an innovative, interactive performance experience.
June 11th (8pm), 12th (7:30pm & 10pm), and 13th (7:30pm)
Exclusive offer for this group: Use discount code CFLTHEATRE to save $5 off tickets!
http://www.Facebook.com/TheRepublicGame
http://www.TheRepublicGame.com
Rated M for Mature. Advance ticket purchase required.

PRODUCTIONS CONTINUING (some final weekends!):

BULLSHOT CRUMMOND – SIZZLING SUMMER BOGO DEAL , a campy British comedy, continuing at Valencia’s East Campus Black Box Theater June 12, & 13 at 7:30pm and June 14 at 2:00pm. There are a limited number of BOGO tickets available per each remaining performance. Buy one General Admission ticket and get the second General Admission ticket for free!  This offer is good either with the box office (407) 582-2900 or online at www.valenciacollege.edu/arts with the Promo Code ‘carrierpigeon’ (yes, all one word). NOTE: For online purchase, you must enter that you want 2 General tickets. After you enter the Promo Code, the system will adjust the pricing. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Not valid for previously purchased tickets. We invite you to ‘Like’ our ‘Valencia Arts & Entertainment’ Facebook page.

ONGOING PRODUCTIONS

DRIP industrial bar and show. Dress down, drink up and rock out while dancers tell a love story while dancing in paint, flying water and sand, backed by a LIVE rock band. You will get messy!
Thursdays (followed by a local art night), Fridays, Saturdays
Doors opens at 8pm, show starts a little after 9pm.
Tickets: www.ILoveDRIP.com
$35 DRIP 8747 International Dr. Ste 102 Orlando, Fl 32819

SAK COMEDY LAB is a 200 seat improv comedy theater in downtown Orlando. Conveniently located at the City Arts Factory’s second floor, 29 S. Orange Ave. SAK performs LIVE improv comedy shows that are fun and suitable for ALL AGES, Tuesday through Saturday.www.sak.com

OPENING SOON

MY PAL BETTE – Presented by interACTionZ and playing at UCF’s Performing Arts Center in Studio 1 Little Tommy Klein needs some divine intervention: between the kids at school, his feuding parents, and his own inner demons, he needs the right DIVA to teach him to be FIERCE! Enter Bette Davis, a diva with balls the size of Massachusetts and a heart to match! June 20th and 21st at 7:30pm and June 20th at 4pm. Free admission with a suggested donation to interactions. Rated PG-13. https://www.facebook.com/events/634287566716129/

DAMES AT SEA – Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Avenue (Winter Park). July 24 – Aug 22 (Preview July 23). Parody of the large, flashy 1930’s Busby Berkeley-style movie musicals in which a sweet “hometown” girl steps into a role on Broadway and becomes a star. Tickets $40-$15 and $10 student rush tickets – check with box office for availability. NOTE: Reservations are STRONGLY recommended as performances routinely sell out. 407-645-0145 (Rated PG) http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org

SPOTLIGHT CABARET SERIES featuring David Almeida – Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Avenue, (Winter Park). Wed & Thu, June 24 & 25 ONLY! Mr. Almeida will perform popular songs made famous by Broadway divas, television shows and comedies like the popular British comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Tickets are $18 + one drink minimum. Standing room tickets are available for $10 (with no drink minimum) when seating has sold out. 407-645-0145 (Rated PG) http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org

EDUCATION

DANCE/FITNESS: Now offering a Student/Theater/Dancer discount for Dion Leonhard’s Dance Barre classes at Barre Bellas! Drop-in rate for any classes Monday or Wednesday 10:30am and 11:30am is $15 (your very first class is free). Package of 5 classes for $50; (package good for a year). A unique combination of classic Pilates Technique blended with ballet exercises, dance stretches and cardio. http://barrebellas.com

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM WORKOUT! – w/ Jen Jarackas @ Art’s Sake Studios – It’s a gym for your feelings! Designed to GROUND your body and mind, RELEASE emotional blocks, and EXPLORE the truth of your truth. Saturday, June 20th, 2015. RSVP jen@jenniferjarackas.com /321-234-6968 by JUNE 15TH. $5 discount for VCC students & alumni. https://www.facebook.com/events/830492266998259/

DRAMATIC EDUCATION – Are you looking for a Summer Drama Program that will boost your child’s academics and social skills while teaching them theatre basics and working together as team while putting together a theatre production? Well look no further! Dramatic Education’s Summer Drama, Art & Entrepreneurship Program is a 3 week program in July for incoming 6th-9th graders. You can choose 2 of the following 4 classes: Drama, Art, Stagecraft, and Marketing/Management. This year’s production is Disney’s Lion King Jr. For more info please contact 407-494-1744/www.dramaticeducation.com

AUDITIONS/JOB OPENINGS

BETH MARSHALL PRESENTS 2015-16 Theatrical SEASON AUDITIONS! June 21st & 22nd Garden Theatre by scheduled appointment only. AEA and Non Union Professionals. Full breakdowns of all shows and characters are in the invite and at BethMarshallPresents.com. Email Mike@BethMarshallPresents.com to schedule your appointment. (NEEDED Actors ages 11-70’s). Job ops for Stage Managers, Interns, Costume Designers as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/1631015253810277/

AUDITIONS FOR “SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!” ON TOUR
Directed and choreographed by: SCOTT A. COOK
For complete audition information please visit our website at: www.theatreworksfl.org
CASTING: (3) LEAD male & (3) LEAD female singer/dancer/actors. All roles open. Please download a character list here:http://www.theatreworksfl.org/…/srl_synopsis_characters.pdf…
TO AUDITION: By appointment only. Please use our Appointment Calendar. Visit the TWF website to schedule or use direct link:http://www.appointmentquest.com/scheduler/2160087538
AUDITION DATE AND TIME: SUN, JULY 19, 2015 starting at 2:00PM | MON, JULY 20 2015 starting at 6:00PM / CALLBACKS: TUES JULY 21, 2015 from 6:00PM10:00PM NOTE: If you are called back, please plan to attend the entire time frame.
AUDITION LOCATION: Davenport Community Campus, 8 West Palmetto St., Davenport, FL 33837. Please enter the dance studio from the Maple Street side of the campus. Signs will be posted.
MORE AUDITION INFORMATION: Please email Abel Gonzales: auditions@theatreworksfl.org
Produced by: TheatreWorks Florida / Presented by: TheatreCares

AUDITION NOTICE: Orlando Repertory Theatre is seeking Equity and Non-Equity actors for six exciting shows the upcoming 2015-2016 season. Please visit http://www.orlandorep.com/auditions/ for the Audition Schedule, Audition Guidelines, and Character Breakdown. We strongly encourage all ethnicities to audition for all productions!
There are a total of three general calls, each of which requires an appointment.
General Audition #1 – Friday, June 5th (9:00am-5:00pm)
General Audition #2 – Wednesday, June 10th (2:30pm-9:30pm)
General Audition #3 – Wednesday, June 24th (2:30pm-9:30pm)

AUDITIONS for Neil Simon “God’s Favorite” this Sunday and Monday Show will be at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, July 17th and 18th. call 909-560-7454 auditions will be at 203 Washington, in NSB 32168 https://www.facebook.com/events/1619102021680913/

IMMEDIATE HIRE: TheatreWorks Florida is now accepting submissions for COSTUME DESIGNER for SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!. 3+ years of musical theatre experience required. Salary: Independent Contractor Salary. To apply, please send a cover letter of interest highlighting your experience and a resume to Abel Gonzales, TWF Company Manager, at: theatrecares@theatreworksfl.org

AUDITIONS for Clandestine Arts production of “Carrie The Musical” are quickly approaching, and slots are filling up. Be sure to schedule an appointment so you don’t miss out on this rarely produced show!  https://www.facebook.com/events/955259921162696/

Five Questions with “Arts For Every Life” Documentary Director Famor Botero

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, as part of Snap! Orlando’s YOU ARE HERE project, hosts “Backstage” featuring the premiere screening of the documentary “#ArtsForEveryLife,” this Saturday, May 23 at 7pm. The film provides a behind-the-scenes look at Central Florida’s arts community and the building of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The screening is free and offers guests a rare opportunity to enter the Walt Disney Theater from backstage.

The film’s director Famor Botero is a Full Sail University graduate and was thrilled to return to Central Florida for this project. He shot his first documentary as a Full Sail student, and the Saturday following graduation he screened the film at a local theatre. The documentary, “Take Me Home,” caught the attention of MSNBC and provided Botero with a platform for his future which would include an invite to the Oscars.

While filming his project “Los Ocho” in Miami, producer Robin Cowie approached him with the opportunity to helm the “#ArtsForEveryLife” project, which takes its name from the stated “vision” of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPCPA), and focuses on the extraordinary growth of our arts community and the leaders behind it.

Dancer Arts for Every Life

Image from #ArtsForEveryLife

We asked Famor Botero these five questions:

1. What surprised you most about the Central Florida arts community today?

My biggest surprise was the pride and authenticity of its artists, the support they have for one another and the humble welcome I received from each and every one of them. This truly is a community of amazing people.

2. What do you see as the biggest change in our arts community since the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts entered the scene?

The biggest change I have seen since the opening is the connection between smaller arts organizations, it seems as if they now have a bigger place to call home where everyone comes to get inspired.

3. “Arts For Every Life” is the vision for both the performing arts center and for this film — what does “Arts For Every Life” mean to you?

Personally I believe that we are all artists, deep inside we feel the need to create something out of nothing…. There is an artist in everyone; there is art for all and by all.

4. Which genre of the arts aside from filmmaking is your favorite?

In a world surrounded by visual arts in all of its genres, I find music to be fascinating. I often close my eyes to the sound of music and it transports me to places that only exist in my imagination. As an artist the sound of art inspires me to create and survive in a world filled with so much negativity. My goal is always to inspire people no matter where I go. Music allows me to keep a clear head so I can continue to do just that.

5. You got invited to the Oscars! We are  so jealous! What can you tell us about that experience?

Attending the Oscars was an amazing experience. Meeting people I have admired and people whose careers inspire me was definitely a huge step towards beginning to fulfill my own goals as a filmmaker. Although a lot of people tell me in the four years since graduating I have achieved a lot, I feel this is only the beginning. I feel blessed and I’m very humble about my journey. I have really big dreams to be accomplished and the best part of all these dreams is that when I close my eyes I have the certainty that I will accomplish them all, so I have a lot of hard work to do and a lot of people to inspire.

Some of Famor Botero’s work includes the award-winning short film “Los Ocho,” “ProjectMad” starring Dr. Maria Miller and featuring Gerald De Pego, and the documentary “Take Me Home.” His upcoming projects include a feature film with Oscar Winner Anthony Lamolinary titled “The Mothership.”

“#ArtsForEveryLife” was produced by Robin Cowie, directed and co-Produced by Famor Botero and sponsored by the Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts.

Snap! Orlando’s YOU ARE HERE is a month-long event designed to engage guests in social, historical, and artistic conversations through the mediums of photography, visual arts, and film. The event includes a full schedule of exhibitions, lectures, experimental media and workshops showcasing the energized core of Orlando’s arts and culture movement. Learn more here.

#ArtsForEveryLife

#ArtsForEveryLife

Connect with Famor and learn more about his work at www.famorbotero.com.

RSVP for the free screening here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/snap-orlando-presents-backstage-film-premiere-at-dr-phillips-performing-arts-center-tickets-16424144057

Ed Sheeran Headlines Amway Center in Orlando, Sept. 8

Last time Mr. Sheeran played Orlando’s Amway Center, he opened for “the” Taylor Swift. Ladies swooned, guys were jealous of his accent, and he was, perhaps to my surprise, very good live. And very charming. But Sheeran needs no introduction now, and has plans to headline his very own evening at the Amway Center this September. 

 

Ed Sheeran announced the Orlando stop is set for Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the second leg of his North American Tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m.

 

While predictable based on the amount of radio play he gets, Sheeran’s summer tour has sold out most dates in minutes, including Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Newark’s Prudential Center, and back-to-back nights at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. He also has top billing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, and Summerfest in Milwaukee. Sheeran’s worldwide tour will conclude with three sold out nights at London’s Wembley Stadium. 

For more information visit www.AmwayCenter.com and for tour updates, visit www.EdSheeran.com.   

 

April 1 National Walking Day | Community Walk at Lake Eola

It’s the last day of March, so we’ve all had plenty of time to falter on our new year’s resolutions to improve our health. Here’s a great way to get back on track.

Lace up your sneakers and join the American Heart Association for a community walk around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1 at noon. We will know more about the nautical depth chart from lake erie and that’s it! So easy. Just put on your sneakers, show up and take a stroll.

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The American Heart Association reminds us that being active reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. National Walking Day is a great first step toward a healthier life for some and a chance to recommit to living a healthier life for others.

Meet your fellow walkers at the Lake Eola amphitheater at noon. Post your photos and join the conversation with hashtag #LaceUpOrlando.

 

 

3rd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes for Harbor House of Central Florida

Brian’s done it.

Our pal Greg Trujillo (from CT Social) has done it.

Are you (wo)man enough to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Orlando?

Photo Credit: Harbor House of Central Florida

Photo Credit: Harbor House of Central Florida

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. On March 12th, teams will attempt to walk a MILE through Downtown Orlando in their fancy footwear some got online from shoeadviser.com while raising awareness of domestic abuse. Teams will also compete for awards like; Best Team Spirit, Largest Team at the event and Most Creative Shoe. Therefore, all men intending to participate should get your sneaker trainers BEFORE the walk.

Registration starts at 5pm

Walk Kick Off starts at 6pm at the Orange County Courthouse.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it? Walk to the Orange County History Center, in your fabulous footwear. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, other public officials and community walkers will also be strutting their stuff through Downtown Orlando!

If you can’t walk the mile or attend this year’s walk, you may sponsor a walker of your choosing, help promote the event or make a donation by visiting WAM’s website at wamorlando.kintera.org.

As of this writing, only seven teams have signed up to participate including local companies like Bank of America and the Community Food Outreach Center of Orlando. Surely we can do BETTER THAN THAT, right Orlando??

On Twitter: @harborhousefl

Mayor Jacobs Fourth Annual Holiday Heroes Toy Drive

Good news: Mayor Teresa Jacobs‘ Fourth Annual Holiday Heroes Toy Drive was extended!

Not as good news: The deadline is today.

“For me, the best part of the holidays is seeing the joy on our children’s faces,” Mayor Jacobs said. “Together we can help restore the true spirit of the holidays, the spirit of giving and the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. That’s what we do best in Orange County.”

Orange County employees and citizens are uniting to help families in need thanks to the efforts of the Orange County Neighborhood Centers for Families, the Community Food and Outreach Center (on Michigan), Wraparound Orange (helps families whose children face social, emotional and behavioral health challenges), Orange County Public Schools and our Orlando Toys For Tots branch.

Mayor Jacobs and one of her youngest residents share a special moment at a Holiday Heroes Toy Drive distribution event last year.

Mayor Jacobs and one of her youngest residents share a special moment at a Holiday Heroes Toy Drive distribution event last year.

If you live in Orange County (heck, even if you don’t!), and want to donate one or many toys, please do so at the following locations:

  • All Orange County Fire Stations
  • Animal Services
    2769 Conroy Rd.
    Orlando, FL 32839
  • Barnett Park Recreation Center
    4801 W. Colonial Dr.
    Orlando, FL 32808
  • Bear Creek Park Recreation Center
    1600 Bear Crossing Dr.
    Orlando, FL 32824
  • Capehart Park
    715 Capehart Dr.
    Orlando, FL 32822
  • Environmental Protection Division
    800 Mercy Dr, Suite 4
    Orlando, FL 32808
  • Goldenrod Recreation Center
    4863 N. Goldenrod Rd.
    Winter Park, FL 32792
  • Human Resources Division
    450 E. South St, 1st Floor
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Meadow Woods Recreation Center
    1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir.
    Orlando, FL 32824
  • Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization Division
    450 E. South St., 3rd Floor
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Orange County Regional History Center
    65 E Central Blvd.
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Silver Star Recreation Center
    2801 N. Apopka-Vineland Rd.
    Orlando, FL 32818
  • South Econ Recreation Center
    3850 S. Econlockhatchee Trail
    Orlando, FL 32825
  • Utilities Administration Building
    9150 Curry Ford Rd.
    Orlando, FL 32825
  • West Orange Recreation Center
    309 S. West Crown Point Rd.
    Winter Garden, FL 34787

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opens to public this weekend

This weekend is going to be BUSY in Central Florida! The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will open to the public with tours running all day on both days, a hospitality suite and a free concert on Saturday by NINE TIME Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Sheryl Crow! This makes us very happy…

Here’s some important information to know before you go:

Saturday, Nov 8th – Open House and Sheryl Crow Concert

  • Plaza opens to the public at 11:00 a.m.
  • Open House begins at 12noon and runs through 6:00 pm, early preview for members at 11:00 a.m.
  • Food and soft drinks will be available for sale all day, 11:00 a.m. until the end of the show.
  • Beer and wine will be available for sale at 6:00 p.m.
  • Hospitality Suite opens at 6:00 p.m.
  • Prohibited Items
    • Chairs
    • Wagons and carts
    • Large bags or backpacks
    • Coolers
    • Outside alcohol
    • Glass containers
    • Pets, with the exception of US service animals
    • Signs/posters with poles, sticks, indecent or derogatory comments/images
    • Signs/posters must not be larger than 2×2
    • Large umbrellas
    • Video cameras, cameras with detachable lenses greater than 6 inches, laptops
    • Weapons, lasers pointers, fireworks
    • Skates, skateboards, cycles, recreational equipment
    • Unauthorized solicitation, handbills, giveaways, or sampling
    • Any other items that could be deemed as dangerous, illegal and/or detrimental to others enjoying the show.
  • All bags and/or guests are subject to be searched.
  • There will be an ATM(s) on site

Sunday, Nov 9th – Open House and Family Festival Day

  • Plaza open to the public 12:00 p.m.
  • Open House 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for sale at 12:00 p.m.
  • Hospitality Suite opens at 12:00 p.m.
  • Prohibited Items
    • Large bags or backpacks
    • Coolers
    • Outside alcohol
    • Glass containers
    • Pets, with the exception of service animals
    • Signs/posters with poles, sticks, indecent or derogatory comments/images
    • Signs/posters must not be larger than 2×2
    • Large umbrellas
    • Video cameras, cameras with detachable lenses greater than 6 inches, laptops
    • Weapons, lasers pointers, fireworks
    • Skates, skateboards, cycles, recreational equipment
    • Unauthorized solicitation, handbills, giveaways, or sampling
    • Any other items that could be deemed as dangerous, illegal and/or detrimental to others enjoying the show.
  • All bags and/or guests are subject to be searched.
  • There will be an ATM(s) on site.

Have fun, be safe and please share your pictures with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Tussauds Orlando Welcomes Selena Gomez to Florida

by: @jenvargas

Wait a minute. Was that…? SELENA GOMEZ… at Lake Eola?!

Photo: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds Orlando

Photo: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds Orlando

(Don’t worry, everyone at Top 5 did a triple take too!)

Great news for all Florida Selenators and Beliebers! Selena Gomez… ‘s wax counterpart was indeed at Lake Eola last week! It’s not as hot outside, so wax-Selena decided to take a stroll around Lake Eola as well as take a walk around the Convention Center and down International Drive.

DID YOU SEE HER? C’mon, we know SOMEONE out there must have taken a selfie…

Actress and pop songstress Selena Gomez will be the first wax-lebrity to call Orlando home when Florida’s first ever Madame Tussauds attraction opens next Spring at the new I-Drive 360 entertainment complex.

Guests at Madame Tussauds Orlando will experience the essence of America with this brand new, immersive and interactive wax experience, bursting with family fun and world-class entertainment, as they move through themed areas meeting all of their favorite stars from award-winning film actors, to historical and modern world leaders, sports stars, music legends as well as figures important to Florida. Visitors can shake hands with president, get on stage with rock stars and pop princesses, or get up close and personal with a Hollywood heartthrob and take the ultimate selfie!

Which A-list personality would you like to see come to Orlando next? Of all the important and historical figures in Florida’s history, who do YOU think deserves a place in OUR wax history? Tweet us @CentralFLTop5 and let us know! Follow @TussaudsOrlando to see who the next big name coming to Orlando may be!

Take a #StridesSelfie at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando!

We love selfies! We love seeing YOUR selfies!

If you’re walking in tomorrow’s HUGE Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando  walk in Downtown Orlando, we KNOW we’ll see thousands of them! Expected attendance will be – get this – *at least* 60,000 people. It will be a literal SEA OF PINK, all for a great cause! The buzz on their Yelp Orlando event page is…

Put on your pink, grab some friends and join Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando Presented by Lexus of Orlando at Lake Eola on Saturday, October 25th, 2014! Over 50,000 attended last year’s walk and we’re expecting even more new friends in the fight this year! Interested in volunteering or starting a team? Register for FREE at www.orlandostrides.com! Are you a breast cancer Survivor? Please make sure to register before the walk so we can save a space for your in our Survivor VIP Tent! Many goodies and surprises await…

Make sure to TweetInstagram and Facebook your #StridesSelfie and share your experiences before, during and after the walk using hashtag #OrlandoStrides! 

Click HERE for Parking information. Click HERE for registration information

EXCLUSIVE NEWS: A little Twitter birdie told us Orlando Strides will attempt to take the Ultimate #StridesSelfie minutes before the walk begins at 9am. Will they be able to fit all 60,000 walkers in ONE PHOTO?! We’re not sure but we can’t wait to see them try!

Some of the MANY things happening at tomorrow’s MSABC walk:

  • Lake Eola’s Fountain will be PINK!
  • Free refreshments from Athena Water, Starbucks, FreshPoint Produce, Dole (no DoleWhips?!) and more
  • Full Sail will have their own endstage setup near the start line
  • Give ‘Til It Rocks will have some AMAZING talent playing live, sprinkled throughout the 5k walk
  • All breast cancer Survivors will have a special VIP tent sponsored by Morgan and Morgan with a great view
  • Vanessa Echols from Channel 9 WFTV and Dana Taylor from Mix 105.1 will emcee
  • Lexus of Orlando will have a PINK car (and a few others) on display
  • Look for the big Florida Blue tent for another selfie opportunity using the hashtag #HereFor___!
  • We’ve heard a rumor too that Orlando Solar Bears‘ Shades may attend… [Update: CONFIRMED RUMOR!!]
  • Strides is not a race but you can keep up with your walk on MapMyRun/MapMyFitness, RunKeeper and Endomondo

AFTER THE WALK: At Noon, Musician Keith Lay will present “Distance Music” at Lake Eola. His YouTube Channel explains ‘Distance Music’ as, “A new kind of musical experience that creates a sonic sculpture in a 23 acre lake. The audience to walks around it to view it with their ears. WIth 30 musicians, 14 boat people and 7 train horns!” Like Making Strides, this event is also FREE and (obviously) open to the public.

SAVE THE DATE for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando’s VIP Party on November 11th, from 6-8pm at Lexus of Orlando!

#WeDigPurple, Orlando City Soccer will too on Thursday

We love Orlando City Soccer Club. We know YOU love Orlando City Soccer Club. Heck, our own @jenvargas is The BIGGEST PURPLE FAN we knowThis Thursday, the City of Orlando may rival Jen’s purple love.


The Lions of Orlando City are planning a DIGITAL takeover of Orlando this Thursday, October  16th, beginning at 5:30pm and the public is welcome! Are you ready Orlando?! Don’t forget to register online for your FREE stadium groundbreaking gift! More details below…

 

Countdown to Groundbreaking: #WeDigPurple Digital Takeover of Orlando 

Groundbreaking for the new Downtown home of the Orlando City Soccer Club takes place on Thursdayevening, but the buzz is growing for the once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Orlando City has partnered with Clear Channel Outdoor for a special digital campaign and unique Instagram takeover that will share the groundbreaking event live across 36 digital boards throughout greater Orlando.

On Thursday, October 16, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. ET, fans will be asked to post images from the groundbreaking to Instagram using the hashtag #WeDigPurple. Those images will appear live throughout the City Beautiful on the Clear Channel digital boards during the hour.

The groundbreaking celebration is open to all, and fans who attend will receive a unique gift to remember this day: a clear miniature Orlando City commemorative paint can which they can use to scoop up and take home purple sand from the groundbreaking ceremony. Over 24 tons of purple sand will be trucked in for use in the unique event.  Fans can pre-register for the souvenir by clicking here.

Below is a full schedule of events for Thursday evening:

5:30 p.m. – Fans gather at Church Street Station

6:15 p.m. – March begins from Church Street to groundbreaking site

*6:45 p.m. – Formal groundbreaking event begins 

*7:20 p.m. – Ceremonial dig

Additional details of the groundbreaking will be announced over the coming days.  Be sure to get the latest updates by following Orlando City via FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

For more information on Orlando City SC or to purchase 2015 MLS Season Tickets, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com or call 855-ORL-CITY.

About the Downtown Stadium: 

Through a public/private partnership, a new Major League Soccer stadium is being constructed in Downtown Orlando – it will be the future home of Orlando City Soccer Club and host to other major national events throughout the year.  Scheduled to open for the 2016 MLS season, the stadium will have an initial capacity of approximately 20,000, will be LEED-certified, and will reflect the character and culture of the community, especially the surrounding Parramore neighborhood, to provide an unparalleled and truly unique fan experience.

The stadium will break ground on October 16, 2014, and is being designed and constructed by Populous, Barton Malow, and ICON Venue Group, who are widely renowned for previous works on venues such as Wembley Stadium, Yankee Stadium and multiple other MLS stadium projects.  One completed, it will be operated by the City of Orlando and owned by the Central Florida community. Community funding partnerships include the City of Orlando, Orlando City Soccer Club and Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

The soccer stadium is part of the Blueprint Initiative that ensures the local community benefits from the construction with 24 percent of the contracts going to minority or women-owned business enterprises. For more information, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com.

About Orlando City Soccer Club:

Recently ranked 14th among all professional teams in North America, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. The club will begin play in MLS in 2015, becoming the league’s 21st club. The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first USL PRO league 100 matches (66-12-22). Orlando City has won three USL PRO regular season titles and two postseason championships. Outside of the first squad, OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com and www.OrlandoCityYouth.org.

Top 5 | Magical Dining Dishes of 2014

By Lisa Wilk

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is wrapping up and I enjoyed dining at restaurants far and wide to seek out delicious meals. Here are five dishes that left a wonderful impression and have me planning to return to each restaurant to enjoy again.

Kasa Corn Magical Dining 2014

Kasa Corn: Roasted corn with miso lime aioli, Togarashi spices, Manchego cheese and queso fresco elevating the flavors of Mexican street corn with Manchego cheese and a fusion of Japanese flavors. Kasa Restaurant & Bar is located in downtown Orlando and Kasa Corn is available on their regular menu.

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Bourbon Glazed Salmon with Sweet Corn and Bourbon Saute had so much flavor in every component, a delightful and unique preparation of a premium Norwegian Salmon. (And Bacon!) This delicious dish featured on Eleven at the Reunion Resort’s current menu, enjoy.

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Grilled New York Strip Steak topped with bone marrow gremolata butter, served with pan seared baby summer squash ragout on the side. From Siro Urban Italian Kitchen in the Marriott World Center was cooked to ordered temperature and the flavorful dish received plenty of happy nods. Enjoy on the current Siro menu.

Hemingways Crab Cakes Magical Dining

“Cayo Hueso” crab cakes from Hemingway’s in the The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, a generous portion of blue crab with little filler, made this entree a winner for me. Happily, this signature dish is available year round at Hemingway’s.

Bananas Foster flambéed tableside over brown butter cake, served with butter pecan ice cream. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood offered Magical Dining guests a wonderful meal, interactive flaming dessert and a spectacular lakeside view.

Magical Dining Month dining ends with dinner service on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and will return again next September. Over 70 restaurants participated in Visit Orlando’s the 2014 Magical Dining Month and preview week, with $1 from each meal served being donated to charity. I’m already looking forward to the creative offerings for next year’s Magical Dining Menu. For updates and future details on this annual event, check back here at CentralFloridaTop5.com.

“Catalyst” Coming soon! Downtown Orlando’s New Collaborative Inspired Shared Workspaces

Florida Venture Sourcing Opening Collaborative Shared Workspace In Downtown Orlando  Opening 3Q 2014

I’m excited to announce Catalysta 7,000 sq. ft. collaborative shared workspace for entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers, and independent creative class professionals, opening late this summer on the 5th floor of the historic Yowell-Duckworth Building (1914) at 1 South Orange Avenue in the heart of downtown Orlando.” Shared by Dennis R. Pape via his Florida Venture Sourcing newsletter. 

Inspiring Workspace: With exposed brick walls, high ceilings, wood floors, a craft coffee café, and cool functional furniture, Catalyst will be the most inspiring workspace in Orlando.

Image from their FB page: www.facebook.com/catalystspaces

Image from their FB page: www.facebook.com/catalystspaces

Mark Bunker of GreyGorilla stated, “My best ideas spring from casual conversations and interactions with people much different then me. I’m excited to be a part of a workspace that fosters those interactions from its diverse community.”

More details

Now on Twitter @CatalystSpaces

And Facebook @ Facebook.com/catalystspaces

 

 

 

 

 

MotiveAte, Moebiusio and WriteQuilto to showcase at Orlando Tech Meetup

See live demos by local tech companies!

Orlando Tech Meetup is a monthly meetup for the Central Florida tech community to showcase emerging ideas, products and services, and receive open feedback.

Thursday, May 15th at 7pm:   Demoing —

MotiveAte – http://motiveate.co
MotiveAte is a simple, fun, and easy to use application that allows people to effortlessly track what they eat by creating a daily photo food diary. MotiveAte combines game-like elements and a social environment to create an interactive platform that will help people become more aware of what they are eating every day, help users undergo behavior modification to encourage healthier choices, and ultimately allow users to take control of their health and wellness
@MotiveAteApp

Moebius – http://moebius.io
Moebius is a visual editor that allows you to create a website without having to type a single line of code. The simple interface in the app allows you to quickly layout all the elements on the website. Moebius achieves this feature using the <canvas> tag and JavaScript.
@moebiusio

Quil – http://quil.io
Email list management for writers.
@WriteQuil

Envy Labs 618 E. South St. Suite 620, Orlando, FL

Free and open to the public!   Free Parking on 3rd and 4th floor

Updates and full details. 

Other great upcoming meetups:

Navigating the Ecosystem for Your Venture

Social Media Business Best Practices  More at StarterStudo.com 

 

 

Orlando’s Mayor Dyer hosts “Bike to Work Day” for National Bike Month!

In celebration of National Bike Month in May, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is encouraging Central Florida residents to ride a bike with the best bike lock into work and take an active role in reducing our impact on the environment by using alternative modes of transportation.

This Friday, Mayor Dyer will host “Bike to Work Day,” and ride his bike ride with Central Florida commuters from Loch Haven Park to City Hall in Downtown Orlando. This year’s Bike to Work Day event falls during SunRail’s free service dates and bicycles are welcome on board of all SunRail trains. The closest station to Loch Haven Park is at Florida Hospital (500 East Rollins Street). Following the ride, the nearest station to City Hall is the Church Street Station (99 West South Street).

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As part of the event, participants will receive free bike tune-ups from Kyle’s Bike Shop, beverages and snacks courtesy of HDR, Inc., and commuter benefits information from reThink. At the conclusion of the ride, medals will be awarded, as well as raffle prizes from some of our local businesses. This year’s sponsors include: CycleHop, David’s World, Orange Cycle, Red Rocket Studios, and Retro City Cycles.

WHEN:
Friday, May 9, 2014
Participants will gather at Loch Haven Park, adjacent to the Mennello Museum starting at 7:30 a.m.

The ride starts at 8:00 a.m. from the Orlando Urban Trail with arrival at City Hall at approximately 8:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Cyclists will leave from Loch Haven Park adjacent to the Mennello Museum of American Art (900 East Princeton Street), utilizing the Orlando Urban Trail, with a final destination at City Hall (400 South Orange Avenue). *A map of the route is attached

(Map PDF)

BACKGROUND:
The City of Orlando has been designated a “Bicycle Friendly Community” consistently since 2000 and is home to more than 300 miles of urban bicycling trails, signed routes and lanes. The City promotes bicycling as a form of transportation by incorporating complete streets policies to make roads safe and accessible to all users, and has created numerous community action initiatives with assistance from the Orlando Police Department to educate cyclists and motorists about the history, safety and benefits of bicycling.

Orlando’s New Nonprofit Canvs Announces Coworking Membership Options & Availability

Orlando coworking space seeks tech companies looking for a new home 

Canvs, Orlando’s nonprofit, tech-centric coworking space, has many membership commitments by local companies and is looking for more to join. Leasing 17,189 sq. ft. on the first floor of the Church Street Exchange building, Canvs will accommodate 164 entrepreneurs and technologists [see floor plan].

They have an Upcoming Happy Hour Preview on May 14th http://www.meetup.com/Canvs-Events/events/180331122/

Canvs membership offers the benefits of a collaborative work environment with the added value of having the energy and support of an active community. The space offers multiple conference rooms, bike storage, gigabit Internet service, coffee, beer, snacks, lounge areas, a reception area and much more [see rendering]. Members will also benefit from proximity to SunRail, LYMMO service, downtown bars, restaurants, entertainment and Creative Village, although if you have move things of what you can take with you, you could storage them in a safe place like the EZE Box storage facility so you don’t have to worry they lost or brake when you’re gone.

Canvs coworking memberships are affordable alternatives to home offices and traditional real estate for startups

Pricing for social membership is just $100 where a Dedicated Desk is $450!

Pricing details HERE

Day Passes will also be available for $25, which gives access to a community desk, community network and other Canvs benefits. For membership inquiries, contact membership@canvs.org.* Multiple dedicated desks discount: first five desks are $450 each, second five desks are $400 each and next five are $350 each.

Membership

Canvs coworking memberships are affordable alternatives to home offices and traditional real estate. All membership plans are available month to month with no long term commitment.

* Multiple dedicated desks discount: first five desks are $450 each, second five desks are $400 each, and next five are $350 each.

Day Passes are available: A $25 day pass gives you access to a community desk, community network, and other Canvs benefits.

Canvs Co-Founder, V.J. LeBlanc comments on why he’s passionate about the project, “I’m most excited about the environment and opportunities Canvs will provide to Orlando’s technical entrepreneurs. Giving startups the support they need at an early stage is critical to nurturing their growth and ensuring their long-term success. Canvs is uniquely positioned to facilitate a new generation of successful technology ventures and solidify Orlando’s identity as an emerging technical hotbed.”

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“Orlando’s tech community is strong, vibrant and growing, and Canvs will be our clubhouse, a place for us all to come together, exchange ideas and help each other grow,” said Carlos Carbonell, CEO and co-founder of Echo Interaction Firm – a mobile development firm – and President of the newly-formed Orlando Tech Association. “Echo has been through the startup journey and as we celebrate our fifth year in business, we look forward to joining the Canvs ecosystem to embrace the energy and serve as a mentor to new startups.”

Canvs will be holding a member happy hour Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. on Church Street at the Church Street Tavern for all current and prospective members. At the event Canvs will give an overview of the space, memberships and updates on construction, plans and more. Media are invited.

Membership inquiries can contact membership@canvs.org or visit canvs.org.

About Canvs

Canvs is a coworking space and nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Orlando’s startup community and expanding the entrepreneurial ecosystem by making it easier for anyone to startup. Founded by Philip Holt, V.J. LeBlanc, Jeremy Paulding and Chris Staymates – the founding team behind SPLYT – Canvs aims to transform Orlando into a top 10 city nationally for tech startups and to assist in the creation of 5,000 high-wage tech jobs over the next decade. For more information, visit Canvs’s website (www.canvs.org), Twitter (@CanvsORL), Instagram and Facebook page.