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 […]


Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards

Lakeridge opened its doors in Clermont in February 1989, along the hills of what is known as the Lake Wales Ridge—a ridge of sand running about 150 miles north and south through the center of the state. In the early ’90s another company-owned vineyard (Lafayette Vineyards in Tallahassee) merged with Lakeridge in Clermont, quickly increased its production, and became Florida’s […]

Poetry Corner

Terry Godbey is one of my favorite poets in the world, and she happens to live in Orlando. She speaks truth in a gloriously giving way. Selected by Susan Lilley. “Night” Let the night enter you, its cool vapors, scarf of muted voices, blues from a radio through the open window. Let the night fill you, inhale it like the […]

Orlando’s earliest library


National Library Week happens in April and you might be interested to learn that the current iconic Orange County Library at the corner of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard was not the first public library in our city. The journey for publically available knowledge for Orlandoans began in the late 19th century. This treasure, begun by the Sorosis Club as […]

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 […]

Break a (lottery) leg

For most people, the 28th annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival starts on May 14 with the purchase of a button. For the actors, writers, producers and others taking part in the performances, it really began with a lottery drawing on December 3, 2018. “I was watching it on Facebook Live,” says Luke Balagia, who will be in the Fringe […]

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 […]

Recommended events for April in Orlando

Milk District Neighborhood Seed & Plant Swap Picnic April 3 at 6:30 p.m. This second annual swap will give neighbors the chance to learn from each other at Cherry Tree Park. Those who participate will be able to learn more about gardening and trade plants or seeds with others. The Milk District Neighborhood Association will provide food and drinks, while […]

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