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Restaurant review: Umi

Inventive and zen Asian fusion

The understated charm of the room wordlessly tells you to slow down, breathe, and prepare to be enchanted by the attentive service and the inventive menu you are about to experience.

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A joyful Central Florida tradition, the Orlando Philharmonic’s Home for the Holidays is back with audience favorites.

Scheduled with impeccable timing – just two days after Thanksgiving – the two concerts will be presented at the Bob Carr Theater.

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Experience the beauty of Victorian Florida as you step into the Christmas past of Maitland’s early residents celebrating the holidays at the Waterhouse Residence Museum.

Imagine the preparations for the Christmas season as this historic home and museum reflects the life of a middle class Victorian family during the early days of the city of Maitland.

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Central Florida’s premier motoring event, the Winter Park Concours d’Elegance returns to Central Florida featuring 150 of the world’s most collectible cars.

On Sunday, Nov. 15 the Concours d’Elegance moves to the Winter Park Country Club where 150 of the world’s most rare vehicles will be on display offering close-up viewing and photo opportunities.

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The most fun gala of the season is the Orlando Science Center’s not-to-be-missed Neanderthal Ball this weekend on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

The dress code is “Knock ‘em Dead Caveman” (think animal-print tie or leopard cocktail dress) while the big excitement is the chance to experience the exhibit Mummies of the World.

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The FANtastic, MAGical troupe of Phantasmagorians is performing “Phantasmagoria VI: The Darkness Returns” to celebrate the Halloween season.

Live performers offer new stories of terror, “Phantastic” dance, large-scale puppetry, aerial performance, and horror as they relate literary tales of terror from around the world.

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Eric Jacobson artfully leads Orlando Philharmonic

Orlando Phil's new leader

His opening concert, performed twice at the Bob Carr Theater, began a five-year relationship between the Orchestra, Maestro Jacobsen and the world.

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Restaurant Review: Braccia Pizzeria & Ristorante

Not just a pizzaria

This charming place, with its easy combination of welcoming comfort and refinement, is destined to fit in its Winter Park niche for a very long time.

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The most highly anticipated event of the new arts season will happen as the Orlando Philharmonic opens its Classics Series by welcoming newly appointed music director Eric Jacobsen.

His opening concerts – at 8 p.m. on Oct. 24 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 – will be performed at Bob Carr Theater and begin a five-year relationship between the Orchestra and maestro Jacobsen.

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Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week offers a series of events concluding with the PAFW runway show – the biggest fashion event of the year.

A 20,000-square-foot tent is placed in Central Park’s West Meadow to give the models a runway on which to “strut.”

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Each year on the second weekend of October, Florida artists are celebrated as the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosts the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival.

The only juried art festival to feature Florida artists exclusively, this community-oriented sidewalk show presents visual art and live entertainment for the whole family in Winter Park’s historic Central Park.

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Now Orlando Shakes has brought “Spamalot” to Orlando complete with a bevy of musical numbers that elevate silliness to an art form.

With a book and lyrics by Eric Idle (yes, the Monty Python guy), Mr. Idle certainly “found his Grail” as his musical version travelled to Broadway where it won three Tony Awards.

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Restaurant Review: The Strand

Artfully stubtle

The Strand does do lunch, but in the evening, it becomes a place where magic happens thanks to the subtle artistry of this very-married chef duo.

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Running through Sept. 30, we are invited to select from over 70 participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinners for $33.

Bottom line – we get to choose among great restaurants and enjoy a three-course meal for $33 – through September.

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Central Florida Community Arts, the “umbrella organization” to several arts entities, will hold a free open house on Sept. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.

With a welcome from Executive Director Joshua Vickery, the Open House will take place on the grounds of Central Christian Church.