Thornton Park mural commemorates century of women’s suffrage

Paintings of two major influencers of the women’s suffrage movement are framed by flowers and sun rays on the wall facing the Thornton Park laundromat. The newest mural in Thornton Park commemorates Beth Johnson, the first female state senator in Florida, and Mary Mcleod Bethune, the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. “One really cool fact about Mary Mcleod is that she […]

June O-town artist: Patty Sheehan

Commissioner Patty Sheehan

When discussing Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Bill Stevens, her aid, described her as a “multi-faceted person.” “Her job is one piece, but there are many others— like her paintings, her pottery, her glass blowing, her gardening and her love of animals, just to name a few,” Stevens said. While sitting down with her for a few minutes at a recent Orlando […]

It’s all about community

Did you know, in the heart of our city, just off of I4, on Lake Ivanhoe are the offices and several classrooms for people of all ages and a Black Box Theater inside the “Drive Thru Church”? The Central Florida Community Arts organization is a one-of-a-kind performing arts organization. With a chorus of about 300 volunteers and an orchestra of […]

Dear Evan Hansen delivers poignant message in today’s high-tech world

The current Broadway play at the Dr. Phillips Center is a haunting reminder of the loneliness that most children experience as they grow from childhood and transition into being an adult. There is so much to unpack in this story and this writer will not spoil it for you. Before entering the Disney Theater, I knew nothing of the play. […]

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to change executive directors

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Barton are parting ways. Barton served as executive director of the Philharmonic since August of 2016 and resigned late this March. The search for a new executive director will begin within the next couple of months, according to Cristina Venturini, the associate director of marketing and communications for the Philharmonic. Venturini also said that […]

UCF arts takes over Dr. Phillips Center

UCF is headed downtown in April ahead of the highly anticipated opening of its downtown campus this fall. The 5th annual UCF Celebrates the Arts is returning for 10 days of performances and exhibits from April 5 through April 14. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has hosted the musicians and performers of UCF since it opened in […]

Spring time opens up new performing arts season

Last month’s column recounted how the Orlando Opera’s Opera Guild was able to bring back a true opera company to our city. Opera Orlando has been able to produce high-caliber performances to sold-out audiences in the Dr. Phillips Center’s Pugh Theater for several years now. Their fourth gala, the “Bel Canto Ball” on April 18, will bring to Orlando the […]

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