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Restaurant review: BRAVO! Cucina Italiana

A round of applause for an Italian restaurant with a delicious flair.

Needless to say, BRAVO! gets six thumbs up (there were three of us). Here was a restaurant that I had never tried and we loved the ambiance, the décor, the service and the food.

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This oddly named musical won three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic's Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, so yes, it’s the real-deal.

“Urinetown” is said to have catapulted the American musical comedy into the 21st century with its wicked comedy and incisive honesty.

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The Chicago Tribune calls 'The Brothers Size,' 'The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more.'

“The Brothers Size" will be performed at the Mad Cow Theatre through July 11.

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Restaurant review: 310 Park South

I was surprised to realize that 310 Park South has been turning out meals in the heart of downtown Winter Park's oldest shopping district for 17 years!

Restaurants have come and gone on the Avenue, but 17-years-strong deserves some kind of historical plaque or a proclamation from the mayor.

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Josh Garrick: reflections on 'Beautiful Together'

A tribute to lives lost

By the end of this truly glorious performance, it was a question of who cried the most, some of us sharing hankies, napkins, whatever.

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With 25 of the finest voices performing in Central Florida, The Winter Park Playhouse will host a OneOrlando fundraising concert to benefit victims and families of the Pulse tragedy.

The Winter Park Playhouse stands as one with Orlando – offering their gift of musical theatre. That’s tonight at 7:30 p.m. for one performance only!

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If I had to recommend only one performance this year, it would be the World Ballet Competition 10th anniversary performance gala – “the Olympics of Ballet.”

The World Ballet Competition 10th anniversary performance gala – “the Olympics of Ballet” – concludes on June 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a Gala Performance to showcase guest artist dancers from around the world in their “star-turn” performances.

Josh Garrick: World Ballet Competition offers Orlando beauty, hope

Brave ballet performers come to Orlando

There is a beautiful confluence of art, talent, creativity, and courage in the 169 competitors at the World Ballet Competition.

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Josh Garrick: Reflecting on the Orlando shooting

The reason behind the shooting means nothing

We know that such an inexplicable act serves as an attack on our values, our freedom, and all we hold dear in our lives.

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CFCArts’ Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Symphonic Cinema’

It’s an epic finale concert for the Central Florida Community Arts’ Symphony Orchestra as they invite you to be swept away by the most beautiful film scores ever composed.

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Take a trip down melody lane with “Decades Rewind."

Take a trip down melody lane with “Decades Rewind,” featuring over 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history.

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Restaurant review: Pepe’s Cantina

We had a wonderful time at Pepe’s Cantina and I happily recommend it highly.

When it comes to Mexican restaurants, in addition to wonderful food presented well, I want the meal to have an added level of fun.

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In honor of National Brisket Day, Chef John is throwing a Red, White and Brisket Party at 4 Rivers Smokehouse’s flagship Winter Park store.

OK – I’ll buy it. May 28 is National Brisket Day, so long as I can celebrate it with Florida’s founding father of barbecue, John Rivers.

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Orlando International Fringe Festival

The Orlando Fringe Festival takes over Loch Haven Park for the last two weeks of May with 800 non-juried performances, an outdoor stage, Visual Fringe, Kids’ Fringe and a beer tent.

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Restaurant review: Sprinkles

And he said, “Let it be known,” Sprinkles, the cupcakery is open.

The much-anticipated opening of the Disney Springs Town Center on May 15 was so much sweeter for this foodie, because I was invited to stop in and have a personal taste at the brand-new Sprinkles.

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Come out to Northland Church on May 12 and 13 for 'A Night on the Red Carpet.'

The Central Florida Community Arts' Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform excerpts from award-winning shows of stage and screen from the past 50 years.

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Cinco de Mayo at 4 Rivers

John Rivers and team are trading in their cowboy hats for sombreros to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a patio party at 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park.

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Orlando Ballet's “Beauty & the Beast” is a re-interpretation of this classic tale.

From the Beast’s imposing castle to the enchanted forest, this ancient love story illustrates the power of love through inventive choreography and a mythic cast of characters.

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Restaurant Review: Boca Kitchen Bar

Fresh and tasty

Open for a year and a half, Boca has claimed its niche in a corner that has not always been kind to ‘concept’ eateries.

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It's a celebration as opera returns to the Dr. Phillips Center with the newly renamed Opera Orlando.

Their “Boisterous Rebirth” is a double bill of a play-within-a-play featuring Mozart’s “Impresario” (updated to modern-day Orlando) and Poulenc's “Les Mamelles De Tiresias.”

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I can’t wait to see the Rollins College Theatre and Music Departments take on one of the biggest Broadway musicals of all time.

We all hope for great things as we enjoy the story of the beloved matchmaker Dolly Levi hatch a plan to marry Horace Vandergelder, the famous “half a millionaire.”

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The first free spring Florida Blue Concert at 5 p.m. on April 9 features Jill’s Cashbox, a six-piece band with a deep love of rock/country music.

Telling the stories of their lives through their music, the concert is free – no tickets required.

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Commentary: Envisioning a 21st Century Orlando

A bold plan for a 21st Century Orlando

"Orlando is going to lead America through the 21st Century,” Dyer said.

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I admit it. “Heathers the Musical” is one of my guilty pleasures.

This hilariously homicidal new musical mixes murder, kinky love, comedy and some great songs with the anguish of high school bullying.

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Restaurant Review: BoiBrazil

Take your tastebuds to Brazil

Step into BoiBrazil, a new concept restaurant on Lyman Avenue (just off Park Avenue) in Winter Park, and you step into a total Brazilian meat-lover’s experience.

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The much-loved Jerry Herman’s hit Broadway shows will sing and dance their way onto the Winter Park Playhouse stage with “Showtune!"

Recipient of the 2009 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theater, Jerry Herman wrote the hit Broadway musicals “Hello Dolly!,” “Mame,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “Mack and Mabel,” and more.

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The much-loved Jerry Herman’s hit Broadway shows will sing and dance their way onto the Winter Park Playhouse stage with “Showtune!"

Michael Edwards will direct, Roy Alan will choreograph and Chris Leavy will music direct.

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Here is a clever way to donate to five charities while eating one spectacular dinner.

We are all invited to enjoy the offerings of five of the finest chefs in Florida at the annual 5C Charity Event to be held at The Alfond Inn on March 13.

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A tribute to one of the most beloved singers of all time, this Orlando Philharmonic concert relives the highlights of Judy Garland’s 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall.

Broadway, television and recording star Karen Mason brings to life favorite tunes by Judy Garland.

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In the free two-day CalligraFaire event we are invited to watch the learned members of the Scribes of Central Florida as they demonstrate the ancient, and the new, art of calligraphy.

Members will write your name on free bookmarks, discuss the history of calligraphy, offer items for sale, and offer 50-minute intro-classes so you can try your hand at calligraphy.

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Restaurant Review: Brio Tuscan Grille

Experience a tasty 'Tale of Two Risottos' at Brio through March 27.

At Brio Tuscan Grille restaurants, they truly do work to bring the special tastes of the Tuscan countryside to our tables with fresh-daily ingredients and Tuscan-inspired recipes.

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I’ll have mine “shaken, stirred or blended” on Feb. 22 when I join several judges for the 2016 Margarita Madness Competition at Cocina 214.

We’re all invited to imbibe and participate at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 as we seek the “best original margarita recipe of 2016.”

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Paws in the Park is a community fundraiser that helps provide for the more than 8,000 homeless pets who will be cared for by the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando this year.

The 2016 event, at Lake Eola Park in Orlando, will include a Disney kids and family zone, splash dog zone, doggie activities, canine sports arena, and food trucks.

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Creative hosts and hostesses, brides-to-be, and those who simply want to get lost in a little luxury need to visit Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Maitland this weekend.

After touring the tables, visit the Mediterranean Café for real, hand-made-by-mama Greek food.

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Restaurant Review: Mikado

All you can eat sushi!

It’s the beautiful range of choices on the sushi buffet that calls up words like quality, excellence, and originality.

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“The Wizard of Oz” Educational Exhibit is a journey of discovery at the Orlando Science Center.

Guests travel from the farm to the land of Oz to explore Munchkinland, the Witch’s Castle and the Emerald City before heading back home.

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Restaurant Review: TR Fire Grill

New restaurant sets tastebuds ablaze

Those stacks were little altars to the worship of Ahi tuna, and I worshipped with every glorious bite.

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Beginning Jan. 15, the ever-beautiful Leu Gardens will be invaded by an unforgettable collection of Gargantuan-scale-bug-sculptures created by artist David Rogers.

A free Insect Hunt Adventure Guide is available to help discover the Big Bugs hiding throughout the gardens.

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Beginning Jan. 15, the ever-beautiful Leu Gardens will be invaded by an unforgettable collection of gargantuan-scale bug sculptures.

A free Insect Hunt Adventure Guide is available to help discover the Big Bugs hiding throughout the gardens.

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See rarely displayed pieces in a Maitland exhibit filled with historical treasures.

The Maitland Historical Society was founded in 1970 as a result of a Women’s Club initiative to preserve Maitland’s history.

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What better way to ring in the New Year than to join Glinda the Good Witch as she shares her goodness at the Dr. Phillips Center?

Kristin Chenoweth is the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress who created the role of Glinda in Broadway’s smash hit “Wicked.”

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The beloved classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” flies off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.

This beloved musical adventure teaches us that what makes us different can be what makes us special.

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Restaurant Review: Zona Fresca

I expected the food to taste good, but I sincerely enjoyed everything I tasted.

The new eatery includes an 800-square-foot patio and serves Mexican-inspired dishes like chicken burritos, fish tacos and pork tacos created with fresh, all-natural ingredients and no preservatives.

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The Orlando Ballet's performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Dr. Phillips Center brings Christmas to life in this enchanting holiday favorite.

When Clara receives a toy nutcracker on Christmas Eve, she is transported on a magical dream-journey.

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Join the CFCArts Community Choir and Orchestra as they embark on a musical journey into the magic, joy and fantasy of Christmas.

Enter the world of Toyland, where Christmas comes to life through the music and songs from your favorite Christmas movies and stories.

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Celebrate the season with big weekend events

The festivities have already kicked off. Now it's time to figure out what you'll be able to fit in this packed schedule.

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Restaurant Review: Provisions & Buzz Co.

Jack's Steakhouse rebrands

Jack’s Steakhouse is now Provisions & Buzz Co., and that “new” restaurant is benefitting from Chef Josh Spisak’s inherent love of food.

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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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