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DRIP Goes Vampire for October

There are plenty of Halloween events going on around town, but this new event from DRIP sounds like a bloody good time.

Performance art group, DRIP, is creating a safe haven for the Vampires and their human friends. Finally there will be a place in Orlando for Vampires to be themselves, sip “Blood” from the Blood Bar, watch dancers enjoy “Blood” baths, take a “Blood” shower, witness human sacrifices, enjoy live music, and full theatrical show featuring performances in paint, sand, “blood”, flying water and more.  The Underground Vampire Bar will be at DRIP for a limited time in October on International Drive just down the street from the New Orlando Eye and on the backside of the Señor Frog’s building.

The Underground Vampire Bar Grand Opening Party takes place Friday, October 9, 2015, kicking off a four-week run.

DRIP founder Jessica Mariko explains: “We’ve been wanting to convert DRIP into a dark and sexy Vampire environment in October for a couple of years and the timing is finally right to make it a reality. I love to create new forms of stimulation and challenge our team to create new twists in our storyline to feature a vampire falling in love with a human, eternal love, heartbreak and the color red!”

Photo credit: Carl Jordan

Photo credit: Carl Jordan

Guests heading to DRIP’s Underground Vampire Bar will start by changing into a limited edition white vampire t-shirt and make their way over to the killer paint station to paint their shirts and paint their friends. Performance artists will be enjoying a bath in the liquid blood hammock while guests grab a drink of choice from the Blood Bar. T-shirt artists will custom design and cut guest’s shirts for $5 and turn them into corsets, dresses, tank tops and more.

There will be a custom vampire DRIP show featuring a live band and dancers telling a story of eternal love and heartbreak.

Post show, guests will join an after party until midnight with DJ Marone, dance floor, interactive blood shower, human sacrifices and one lucky winner will receive a complimentary bottle of DRIP “Bloodeaux” wine nightly at 11:00 PM!

DRIP’s Underground Vampire Bar will be open every Friday and Saturday in October as well as for special events including the Florida Premiere of “Clockwork Orange” on Oct. 15-19, Local Art Night on Oct. 22, and Zombie College Paint Party on Oct. 29.

The Underground Vampire Bar will finish with a closing night party on Halloween, October 31, featuring an after party with “The Bloody Jug Band.”

The Underground Vampire Bar tickets range from $35-$79. Doors and activities open at 8:00PM. Guests will want to dress to get and colorful and wet, shorts and flip-flops are perfect. Age restrictions vary per event.

For a full listing of events and tickets, visit DRIP’s website at  www.ILoveDRIP.com. DRIP is located at 8747 International Dr. Ste. 102, Orlando, Fl 32819 on the backside of the building with Senor Frogs and Denny’s.

 

Featured image credit: Brooke Pifer

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.

 

 

 

A Flock of Seagulls at Hard Rock Velvet Sessions July 30

It’s that time again! Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s 2015 Velvet Sessions lobby concert series is back again next week with A Flock of Seagulls. The band performs hits “I Ran,” “Wishing,” “The More You Live, The More You Love” and more on Thursday, July 30 in the Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge.

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert held the last Thursday of the month (January through October). Don’t forget all Velvet Sessions tickets include FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars and live band from show time onward, and complimentary valet parking. This is a 21 and older event!

The big question is: do you have the guts to rock your best old-school Flock of Seagulls hairstyle to the show? If you do, tweet us a photo @CentralFLTop5.

Get tickets in advance to save a few dollars: $29 online or $35 at the door (fees apply). Limited VIP tickets are $50 online only and include all the benefits of a regular Velvet Sessions ticket, plus access to a special viewing area with private bar. Purchase tickets in advance online and receive early entry to the show at 6 pm.

Go to velvetsessions.com for tickets and more information or call 407-503-2401.

 

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

Central Florida Theatre Picks April 23-29

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 Thursday, April 23 through Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

For more theater news and discussion visit Central Florida Theatre in Process: www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Spring Opera Theatre Workshop at Valencia College East Campus Black Box Theater. FREE! NO TICKET REQUIRED. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 7:30pm(407) 582-2900

11182035_10101705449462744_3992469829669629741_nPUTTING IT TOGETHER at Winter Park Playhouse (711-C Orange Avenue, Winter Park). April 17–May 9 (Preview April 16). Two couples reflect on the complexities of modern relationships in this revue featuring some of Sondheim’s well-loved songs including numbers from Into the Woods, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, and more! Tickets $38-$18 with $20 industry and $10 student rush tickets – check with box office for availability. NOTE: Reservations are STRONGLY recommended as performances routinely sell out. 407-645-0145https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=41667(Rated PG)The Winter Park Playhousewinterparkplayhouse.org

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Shine In the Limelight (8010 Sunport Drive, Suite114, Orlando, FL). Ronald Dahl’s classic masterpiece for children. Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2pmApril 23-26407-340-0920. Rated G. www.shineinthelimelight.com

THE WOMEN presented by Cornerstone Theatre Company at The Princess Theater, April 16 to May 3. The Women shows us a funny and somewhat unflattering picture of womanhood. The plot involves the efforts of a group of women to play their respective roles in an artificial society that consists of vanity, comedy, tragedy, hope and disappointment. A Cast of 25 Women! General Audiences. Visit: CornerstoneTheatreCompany.com or call (407) 494 – 8474https://www.facebook.com/events/912102295507436/

PRODUCTIONS CONTINUING (some final weekends!):

SOUTH PACIFIC from Central Florida Community Arts is Different from their large scale Summer Broadway Season concert version production — this will be a creative, immersive, fully staged show in an intimate space. Experience this full-length musical theater masterpiece, directed by Donald Rupe, in a whole new way!
https://www.facebook.com/events/350876958449463/
Note: Mild adult language

ONGOING PRODUCTIONS

DRIP, industrial bar and show. Dress down, drink up and rock out while dancers tell a love story 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. Located at 8747 International Dr. Set 102, Orlando. $35 tickets: www.ILoveDRIP.com (8747 International Dr. Ste 102 Orlando)

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

OPENING SOON

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

EDUCATION

ADVANCED AUXILIARY Acting Class – @ Art’s Sake Studio (Winter Park) EFW & Classic Meisner repetition warm-up and Film & Television Scenes. April 29-Jun 3, 2015. RSVP jarackas@hotmail.com – DISCOUNT for VCC alumni and students. https://www.facebook.com/events/451257931693230/

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

5 Places to Celebrate Record Store Day in Central Florida

Saturday, April 18, 2015, is Record Store Day, a most excellent holiday — a glorious day of music, parties, performances, signings, giveaways and most importantly Record Store Day releases. The worldwide event started in 2007 to honor the unique culture of the independently owned record store and the role they play in their communities. Pardon me, but it’s necessary to quote the great film Empire Records at this moment, and say, “damn the man.”

Obviously, downloading music is modern and convenient, but there’s something really satisfying about digging around a record store looking for an oldie-but-goodie or even a newer hard-to-find press. We don’t even have a record player in our home right now, but we do have a wall of framed vinyl albums featuring an eclectic mix that includes Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, the Eagles and The Foo Fighters. Some of the framed pieces are remnants of our youth, some were purchased from the bins of the stores we’re about to name because the albums were important to us and well… vinyl is cool.

Record Store Day Grohl 2015

As if this holiday isn’t great enough, the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2015 is Dave Grohl who says, “I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store…. I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial.” Ambassador Grohl and his bandmates in The Foo Fighters will also be participating in Record Store Day by releasing SONGS FROM THE LAUNDRY ROOM, a 10” four-track EP featuring previously unreleased demos, covers and songs.

There are hundreds of Record Store Day releases with varying degrees of exclusivity and not every store gets every release, so you’ll have to do a little research if you’re looking for something specific. The official list of Record Store Day releases can be found here.

Music has a wonderful way of conjuring up memories and stories, so get your friends together and hit up one or more of our Central Florida record stores to rummage, share and celebrate. Here are our Top 5 places you can participate in Record Store Day this Saturday:

1. Park Ave CDs (2916 Corrine Drive, Orlando)

Park Ave CDs Record Store Day

This popular location will open at 8 a.m. and have mini cupcakes from their neighbors at Blue Bird Bake Shop to help you wake up. The ambitious folks at Park Ave CDs will stock ALL of the 350+ Record Store Day-branded releases (quantities vary) and give away free Park Ave CDs Record Store Day 2015 t-shirts and coupon books with purchases. Consider yourself warned, in 2014, there were nearly 400 people in line when their doors opened! But to make it fun, they will give away concert tickets, autographed LPs, posters and other goodies every 20 minutes to those waiting in line. Some of Orlando’s top DJs including DJ BMF, DJ Smilin’ Dan, Kittybat, M-Squared will spin sets throughout the day. Park Ave CDs will also collect donations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, so bring some food to donate. Visit them on Facebook.

2. Rabbitfoot Records Coffee Lounge (309 East 1st Street, Sanford)

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Count on Rabbitfoot for very good complimentary coffee and breakfast for those waiting in line starting at 5 a.m. (oh man, that iced coffee is good!), even though doors don’t open until 8 a.m. If you can’t take a hint, they suggest you arrive early. This Sanford shop is touting Record Store Day releases including The White Stripes, The Stooges, Jurassic 5, Phish, The Replacements, The Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots, Miles Davis, Clutch, The Kinks, The Swans, Violent Femmes, Grateful Dead, plus hundreds more. Pre-opening giveaways include new albums from Death Grips on CD, a 10-LP Jimi Hendrix Box Set (German Import), gift certificates, t-shirts and other surprises. If you buy a Record Store Day release while you’re there, you can take advantage of 10-30% off discounts on everything else in the shop. Visit them on Facebook.

3. East West Music & More (4895 South Orange Avenue, Orlando)

East West Record Store Day

By Orlando standards, East West is a “very” old establishment, celebrating their 44th year in 2015! This “bonafide neighborhood joint” will open at 10 a.m. for Record Store Day and keep its crowd entertained with giveaways, drawings for autographed gear and live music from some of Central Florida’s finest, as part of their Parking Lot Concert Series. Of course, there will be Record Store Day releases to be scored as well. Visit them on Facebook.

4. Retro Records (59 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando)

Retro Records

Retro Records is a second-hand store that’s been around since 1980. You can buy, sell and trade records, CDs, and memorabilia from the ’50s through today. Here you can rummage through bins of rock, soul, jazz and country. If you’re a Beatles fan, this is your record shop – it’s considered their specialty. Stop by and say happy Record Store Day and take home something nostalgic in honor of the holiday. Doors open at 11 a.m. Call (407) 898-2484 to confirm hours and details. Visit them on Facebook.

5. Rock-N-Roll Heaven (1814 North Orange Avenue, Orlando)

Rock N Roll heaven Orlando

This Ivanhoe Row staple, established 1977, claims to have the best selection of vinyl LPs in Florida, but we’ll let you judge for yourself. Spend Record Store Day browsing through whatever genre calls to you — metal, rap, country, oldies, disco, comedy, folk or anything we haven’t named. They’ve got it. We get the feeling if you really want to talk music or talk collectibles this is the place you should be hanging. We waiting on details for any special, additional Record Store Day festivities at this location and will update this post when possible. Rock-N-Roll Heaven opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Visit them on Facebook.