The Downtown Arts District (DAD) has a very busy autumn schedule. At the end of September, their annual fundraiser at the Abbey, “La Maschera,” was a big steampunk success, with even Mayor Dyer in attendance. For October’s 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop, DAD once again celebrated Dia de los Muertos with a street party on Pine Street. Every 3rd Thursday the downtown galleries open their doors and celebrate local artists and their works. The City Arts Project and Fusion Fest are also projects DAD supports. Soon the City Arts Factory will be moving to the Rogers Kiene Building, formally known as Avalon Island on the corner of Pine Street and Magnolia Avenue.
What exactly is steampunk?
It seems as if Orlando has steampunk fever. The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) had several Steampunk pieces in their 1st Thursday event last month. On September 28, the Downtown Arts District chose a steampunk-themed party for their fundraiser. Opera Orlando also chose to use the same steampunk theme for their opera production of “Tales of Hoffman” at the Jim and Alexis Pugh Theater, in the Dr. Phillips Center. In May, the Orlando Museum of Art will have an entire 1st Thursday show called “Steampunk Revolution.” According to several artists at last month’s museum show, steampunk is a takeoff of Jules Verne’s Victorian-era scientific visions. The style is inspired by films like Disney’s “20,000 Leagues
Under the Sea.” Looks like this year’s arts season will have lots of top hats with gears and goggles.
Terry Olson, the director of Orange County’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Office, is working on a big event with the Downtown Arts District to celebrate all of the many different cultures and ethnicities that call Orlando home. They describe it as “a kaleidoscope of aromas, sights, sounds, tastes, textures and fascinating stories captured on film that illustrates the diverse origins and heritages of our community.” It is a two-day celebration of music, dance, fashion and art, as well as food, at the Dr. Phillips Center. This is a kid-friendly event happening on November 24 and 25. A few contests with big prizes are included. Check those out on Facebook.
Everything is beautiful at the ballet
“Carmina Burana” brought the Bach Festival Choir, the Bach Festival Orchestra, the Rollins College Concert Choir, and the Orlando Ballet together on October 12-14. The performances included a few of Opera Orlando’s finest voices, and that added to a stellar collaboration. The season-opening gala, “Harriett: A Tribute in Pink,” was an extraordinary evening honoring the late, great Harriett Lake. A reception, performance and dinner party in the Dr. Phillips Center’s DeVoss Family Room was on Saturday night, October 13. There is much to celebrate at the Orlando Ballet as Robert Hill begins his 10th year as Artistic Director and the professional ballet company welcomes a new executive director, Shane Jewel.
Notable November Events
November 9-18 – Council 101 presents the Festival of Trees “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the Orlando Museum of Art
November 24 – “Home for the Holidays” at the Bob Carr Theater, featuring the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
November 25 – Messiah Choral Society’s 46th-Annual Performance at the Bob Carr Theater, John V. Sinclair, Conductor. This is a free event. Please, show up early.
November 27-December 2 – “Hello, Dolly!” starring Betty Buckley at the Walt Disney Theater
November 28-December 30 – “A Christmas Carol” at Orlando Shakes in Loch Haven Park.