O-Town art in December

The holidays began in November Every year, the sights and sounds of the holidays begin with the Orlando Museum of Art Council of 101’s Festival of Trees. This year’s theme was the “Most Wonderful Time,” and as always, the festival delivered. It always ends the Sunday before Thanksgiving, which also offers many joyful events. The Central Florida Chapter of the […]

Eight sides to a story

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 […]

Day Trippin’: Blue Spring State Park

Away from the crowded beaches and major theme parks that attract millions of visitors from around the globe is the natural Florida — places where nature is left intact and preserved. Places where you can witness the beauty of the “old” Florida. The springs. And there are a lot of them. In fact, geologists have estimated there to be more […]

Well Hello, Dolly!

It’s so glad to see you back where you belong. Betty Buckley defines classic Broadway Theater at its best. Her heartfelt love of performing stretches well past the footlights and even to the farthest seat in a full second balcony of the Dr. Phillips Center’s 2,700 seat Disney Theater. Buckley (Dolly Gallagher Levi) and her costar, Lewis Standlen (Horace Vandergelder) […]

O Christmas Star, O Christmas Star

In December of 1955, the stores set aside their rivalry and joined forces in the name of holiday spirit to brighten the street.

An Italian gem in Thornton Park celebrates 20 years

John “Johnny” Markaj, owner and operator of Anthony’s Thornton Park, grew up in the Bronx of New York, specifically the Little Italy area. Naturally, he started making pizzas at the ripe age of 9. You could say it was in his blood. Later on in life, Markaj’s Uncle Anthony moved down to Florida and that gave Markaj an opportunity to […]

The Most Wonderful Time of Year: Festival of Trees

Each year Orlando Museum of Art’s Council 101 presents a festival featuring decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread creations, decorated dining displays, boutiques, and best of all, SANTA! This past week was a beehive of activity setting it all up before last night’s Gala Opening. Many individuals and businesses participate in decorating these amazing trees. The Orlando Ballet even donated a tree […]

Swan City and the City Beautiful

If there were two things Andrew Chang liked the most, it would have to be swans and Orlando. That would be apparent to anyone—it’s right there, on his t-shirt. Chang started the “Swan City” t-shirt business last year after feeling compelled to give Orlando residents something with which they can show their love for the city. Recently, his business has […]

In so many words

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 […]

Orlando Ballet Breaks Ground for Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre

All in pink hardhats, donors, Orlando Ballet officials, ballerinas, friends of Lake, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Lake’s daughter Shelly came together to share how Lake’s generosity toward the ballet influenced the arts culture in Orlando for years to come.

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