The title “poet laureate” sounds like it comes with a lot of responsibility and maybe a bit of pressure. The person granted this honor represents a particular area, writes poems for special occasions, and creates a deeper appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry. As the official poet laureate of Orlando, native Floridian and educator Susan Lilley is up […]
For nearly three decades, SAK Comedy Lab has been a landmark in downtown Orlando. Unlike many organizations that have that kind of staying power, it embraces inconsistency by providing a unique show or shows every night through the improvisational talents of its ensemble and other troupes. The improv philosophy — saying “yes, and,” embracing failure, and trusting others — is […]
The Orlando Police Department has a new chief, Orlando Rolón. A 26-year veteran with the department, Rolón has served at just about every level within the organization including as a special advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer, commander of the Downtown Section, and nearly two decades in the Crisis Negotiation Team. We met downtown at Craft & Common to discuss what […]
Sure, you could just listen to stories, but what if you have a tale of your own to tell? Lean into your fear of public speaking and get on stage at one of these Orlando events. Event Format Participate Diverse Word at Dandelion Communitea Cafe Open mic Sign up with you arrive Nerd Nite Orlando at various locations 10-15 minute presentation […]
Every event needs an audience, and there are plenty of entertaining options in Orlando. Choose your own storytelling adventure! I want… Get to What is it? Location Next up To hear what local writers think about current events Loose Lips Orlando writers read work inspired by the last 30 days of news Lil’ Indies Feb. 5, 8 p.m Some in-depth […]
Whether you want to take your shot at the stage, or just support your friends and neighbors, Orlando has a strong network of storytelling events from which to choose. Nerd Nite. Orlando Story Club. PechaKucha. Storytelling opportunities are all around the city if you know where to look. Each one has its own format and following, some are tied to […]
In getting to know Chris Castro, the City of Orlando’s director of sustainability, you can start with his time as a student at the University of Central Florida. While there, Chris and some friends recognized that UCF needed to get better at environmental impact planning. To say they took action is an understatement.