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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.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

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.”

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

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.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

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.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

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.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

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.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Orlando Shakes is bringing “Spamalot,” lovingly ripped off from the classic Monty Python film, to Orlando.

If you’ve ever followed my recommendation, "Spamalot" is the “must-see” event of the season, so buy your tickets now.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The full legacy of Walt Disney is celebrated as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters at Disney On Ice.

It all comes together to make 100 Years of Magic the ultimate Disney fan experience.

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Restaurant Review: Osprey Tavern

Restaurant spreads its wings

The owners of Seito Sushi bring even more fine dining to Baldwin Park with their new venture Osprey Tavern.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Magical Dining is truly magical. Beginning Aug. 24 and running through Sept. 30, we get to select from 76 participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinners for $33.

Visit Orlando has lined up more fine dining restaurants than ever before, and there is no better time for foodies to enjoy Orlando.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

There’s one week left to experience the best tap-dancing-theater in Florida – the Winter Park Playhouse – present “Dames At Sea."

There’s one week left to experience the best tap-dancing-theater in Florida – the Winter Park Playhouse – presenting “Dames At Sea” in a production that perfectly recalls the Busby Berkeley and Ruby Keeler movies of the ’30s.

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Based on the classic 1989 film, the Florida premiere of “Heathers the Musical” will be presented at the Dr. Phillips Center from Aug. 13 to 23.

Social media sensation Thomas Sanders plays J.D., and the role of Veronica will be played by Nicole Visco.

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Joshua Vickery’s remarkable CFCArts will present the beautiful Brahms Requiem with a full chamber orchestra on Aug. 6 and 7 at the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland.

This German requiem focuses on the living, beginning with the text "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted."

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Our fantastic Orlando Shakespeare Theater invites the entire community – all ages – to a free open house to celebrate its 27th season.

Those Shakespeareans know how to throw a party, and this is guaranteed fun for the entire family.