Now open – Art Nouveau at the Morse Museum
At the turn of the 20th century, Art Nouveau embodied all that was considered modern. “Lifelines—Forms and Themes of Art Nouveau” at The Morse Museum in Winter Park will explore the elements that defined this style from 1895 to 1905. Those elements included Eastern travel, nature, the female form, and metamorphosis in furniture, architecture, lamps, jewelry, ceramics and art glass. The designers and artists include Gallé, Lalique, Tiffany and more. The Morse Museum is located at 445 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-645-5311 or visit morsemuseum.org
Feb. 13 to 16 – Full Sail’s fourth annual Hall of Fame Celebration
This week Full Sail University welcomes a star-studded mix of celebrity and industry friends to its annual Hall of Fame Ceremony on Feb. 15, a ceremony that is the highlight of a series of events from Feb. 13 to 16. The celebration honors past Hall of Famers, inducts the newest members (six Full Sail graduates), and provides guest lectures and panel discussions streamed live to the university’s online students. Music events culminate in a free public concert on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. by singer/songwriter Marc Broussard on campus at the Full Sail Live venue. Visit halloffame.fullsail.edu
Feb. 14 to March 24 – ‘Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat’
Our own Orlando Repertory Theatre (the REP) has the honor to present the southeast premiere of a new production of ”The Cat in the Hat” from Feb. 14 to March 24. Based on the book by Dr. Seuss and adapted by Katie Miller for the National Theatre of Great Britain, “The Cat in the Hat” leaps on-stage at the REP in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. Visit orlandorep.com or call 407-896-7365.
Feb. 14 to March 17 – Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ in a world premiere production
Adapted by Charlie Bethel from the epic poem by Homer, and directed by Artistic Director Jim Helsinger, this world premiere production re-imagines Odysseus’ travels over the “wine-dark seas” of ancient Greece. Bethel brings us shipwrecks, sirens, goddesses, sorcery, death and revenge in a faithful but accessible re-telling of this classic story. The man who masterminded the fall of Troy is tested by the gods of Olympus as he seeks his homeland and the arms of his wife. Sometimes comic, often harrowing, always thrilling, the ‘Odyssey’ is a family show, suitable for most audiences. Call 407-447-1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org
Feb. 15 – The Vienna Boys Choir in Daytona Beach
Originally created as an entertainment for the royal Court of Austria, the legendary Vienna Boys Choir was founded in 1498. Now, six centuries later, they delight the world with their singing. With voices of unforgettable beauty, the Daytona Beach Symphony Society will present the Choir at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Call 386-253-2901 or visit dbss.org
Feb. 15 and 16 – The Orlando Ballet goes Hollywood
Forget the chocolates in the heart-shaped box. If you want to impress your sweetheart, buy her a card and put tickets to “Hollywood En Pointe” – by the Orlando Ballet – inside. Then, dress up and bring your sweetheart to an evening of dance inspired by Hollywood glamour where you will be delighted by how much you @@both@@ enjoy the performance! Choreographed by Robert Hill, ”Hollywood en Pointe” is a world premiere ballet set to music from the movies. Trust me on this one – highly recommended. Visit orlandoballet.org or call 407-426-1739.
Feb. 15 to March 3 – The 78th annual Bach Festival
One of the oldest and one of the largest, the Bach Festival of Winter Park presents the 78th annual Bach Festival including several works the Choir has never before performed. Those include J.S. Bach’s Mass in G; Cantatas 52 and 119; the Sinfonia from Cantata 31; and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major – all directed by Dr. John V. Sinclair. Special guests include Barrymore Laurence Scherer, critic for The Wall Street Journal, and organist Christopher Houlihan with performances on the Rollins College campus. Call 407-646-2182 or visit BachFestivalFlorida.org
Feb. 16 and 17 – CalligraFaire with the Scribes of Central Florida
CalligraFaire is the cleverly named festival – to be held Feb. 16 and 17 – that celebrates the art of beautiful penmanship (calligraphy). Free and open to the public at the Maitland Art Center, the Scribes will give intro classes (to show us we really can learn calligraphy) as well as demonstrations and gift bags (filled with art supplies). With free classes scheduled every hour, and materials provided free, this deal is too cool for school. Visit ScribesOfCentralFlorida.com/calligrafaire.htm or call 407-339-7383
Feb. 20 – Chili for Charity
Chili for Charity – presented by the Rotary Club of Winter Park – is not your grandfather’s chili cook-off. Taking place at the Winter Park Farmers Market at 200 W. New England Ave., this event features creative chili with an unabashed “Winter Park attitude.” Local restaurants – from the Winter Park Fish Company to Ethos Vegan Kitchen – will compete for the Peoples’ Choice award. Live entertainment, drinks, and an auction – with proceeds benefitting the Rotary Club Foundation – round out the evening running from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Visit winterpark.org/content/chili-charity
Feb. 20 to March 10 – Three weeks to get ‘Wicked’
One of my favorite Broadway shows of all time – (how’s that for a recommendation?), is being brought back to Orlando for three weeks. We may count ourselves lucky that the good folks at Fairwinds Broadway are bringing this “cultural phenomenon” to our city. If you read my column, you already know that “Wicked” is about what went on in Oz before Dorothy. Along the way it causes you to question your time-honored acceptance of what makes a Wicked Witch and whether sweet Glinda is really all that good. “Wicked” has won 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tonys. Direct your broomstick to the Fairwinds Broadway Box Office or Amway Center Box Office for tickets; or visit OrlandoBroadway.com or call 1-800-982-2787.