My favorite Tex/Mex restaurant, Cocina 214, will host the third annual Running of the Chihuahuas on May 3 starting at 10 a.m.
Hey, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” as this fundraiser for Winter Park Lost Pets and A Cause 4 Paws Rescue offers a (hilarious) race as well as music, food and drink specials.
Come see fine art in Sanford!
Historic Sanford invites us to an art festival and art experience as 125 nationally accredited fine artists and craftsmen line the city’s historic brick streets.
Frank Loesser’s Tony Award-winning musical “Guys and Dolls” introduces audiences to the most gentlemanly mobsters you’ll ever meet.
This all-American musical will be performed by talented students at the jewel-box Annie Russell Theater at Rollins College from April 17 to 25.
Ya gotta love this! It’s a day full of sweets (and more) to benefit the children and families who depend on Ronald McDonald House.
Now in its fifth year at the Winter Park Civic Center, bring the whole family to an old-fashioned ice cream social.
Based on the children’s classic by Roald Dahl, a young orphan named James runs away from his conniving aunts only to find himself in the center of a giant peach?!
Surrounded by human-sized insects, James is joined by a wise Grasshopper and a pessimistic Earthworm on his wild adventure.
In two appearances at Rollins College, Roger McGuinn will give a free public lecture and a Q&A session.
McGuinn, leader of the influential ’60s group The Byrds, combined the genres of folk and rock with Gene Clark and David Crosby and founded The Byrds in 1964.
Jack's new menu shines
Jack’s Steakhouse is a staple in Baldwin Park. It’s been here pretty much since Baldwin Park became Baldwin Park. But if you haven’t eaten there within the past five months, you’re missing out on the re-birth of a restaurant.
Be there or be square, dude. Bring your steady to the Fab and Funky Dance Party this Friday at the Maitland Civic Center.
Gary Blalock and the Maitland Stage Band will open for Ricky Sylvia and The Buzzcatz on March 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Venue On The Lake.
We may all mix pride with romance as the Winter Park High School Drama Department invites us to the French romantic classic, “The Three Musketeers.”
Running March 12 to 14 at 7 p.m. at the Winter Park Campus Auditorium, tickets are $10 at the door.
Known as the Ansel Adams of the Everglades, the photography of Clyde Butcher will be celebrated with an opening at A&H’s Maitland Art Center on March 6.
Butcher has been honored by the state of Florida with the Artist Hall of Fame Award. The exhibit will run through May 17.
The Dr. Phillips Center launches a two-year partnership with Florida Blue Foundation with their first outdoor concert featuring Tiempo Libre.
Free and open to the public, this concert is part of the Center’s stated mission – “Arts for every life.”
New chef expands offerings
In May 2014, The Alfond welcomed Marc Kusche as its new executive chef. Since then he's lowered prices and increased menu offerings.
Celebrating the 80th annual Bach Festival, the Knowles Chapel at Rollins College will be the home of Concertos by Candlelight this weekend.
The program of signature works will include Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E featuring the renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
Forget the box of chocolates – Harry Connick Jr. is bringing his N’awlins love to the Dr. Phillips Center on Valentine’s Day.
With more awards than he can count for his musical performances, and for his acting in movies, on TV and Broadway, Harry Connick Jr. is all about performing.
Decorators, brides, wedding planners, hostesses and art collectors will be thrilled with a visit to the Holy Trinity Conference Center in Maitland for Tables Extraordinaire.
This inspiring four-day “fun-raiser” offers tours of 30 lavishly decorated theme tables and homemade Greek cuisine reminiscent of a trip to the Greek isles.
They delivered the papers, until they made headlines … direct from Broadway comes “Newsies,” the smash-hit Disney musical.
Based on true events, “Newsies” tells the story of a band of underdogs who become heroes by standing up for what’s right.
In this gripping drama, a family is caught up in a tug of war between justice and racism.
In this drama, told through the eyes of the 6-year-old daughter of small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, the family is caught up in a tug of war between justice and racism.
Small space, big taste
Scratch’s humble storefront in no way prepares you for the charm you experience from the moment you step inside. But really it’s all about the food, and the food is wonderful.
In a celebration of the enduring relevance of past cultures and ideas, Art for All Spaces invites the public to the opening of “Reviving the Ancients” on Jan. 15.
eaturing the work of 24 artists, the works explore ways in which the human race has addressed questions of existence through image-making.
The Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum will host an art exhibit in all mediums to celebrate Winter Park's historic architecture and to recognize the importance of historic preservation.
“Evoking a sense of Winter Park’s historic architecture,” the artworks will be displayed from Jan. 10 to 18.
The next exhibit at the Maitland Art Center tests that premise by pairing founder André Smith with the most prolific surrealist of the 20th century – Salvador Dalí.
Pushing the boundaries of the mysterious and irrational, we may visit the exhibit through Feb. 22.
There's still plenty of time to see these great holiday performances that you won't want to miss.
These are all highly recommended, and in most cases we still have about two weeks to take in the performances.
CFCArts Community Choir and Orchestra will transport us back to the 1930s and 1940s when the music of Christmas combined with the big band sound.
Follow the hero and his family as he makes his way home for the holidays and experience the music with a 280-voice choir and 55-piece big band orchestra.
The holiday season really gets going this weekend, with events across Central Florida.
This highly-anticipated free event, presented this year by the Morse Museum and the city of Winter Park, includes love, family, sharing, good cheer, and Christmas music.
The city of Winter Park invites us to celebrate the holiday season as the Orlando Philharmonic presents its annual Holiday Pops Concert in Winter Park’s Central Park.
The Philharmonic will present a free program of holiday favorites for all ages with audience members encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to re-stock the pantries at Second Harvest Food Bank.
Florida’s most progressive farmers, gardeners, artisans, and non-profits will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Winter Park Harvest Festival in Central Park’s West Meadow on Nov. 22.
Taking place in the week before Thanksgiving, the Festival offers a farmers market, cooking demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and live music.
The Winter Park Concours d’ Elegance – now in its 13th year – is a full weekend of activities.
Sunday’s Concours will display more than 160 of the world’s finest automobiles arranged by make and model, chronologically and by private collection for viewing interest.
It’s been 20 years in the making, and now – from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 — the public is invited to take self-guided tours through Orlando’s brand new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.
The tours will include special photo-ops and the opportunity to purchase tickets for upcoming shows and events.
It’s time to go hunting for your new Caveman Couture and step out in Paleolithic style as the Orlando Science Center welcomes you to the seventh annual Neanderthal Ball.
The Ball is also the wackiest (and most fun) Gala of the season, and while it may be held in a Museum, there is nothing stuffy about the coolest event this side of the Ice Age!
RA Sushi does it all right – décor, food, service and welcoming atmosphere.
Most important is the taste, quality and originality of everything from signature bar drinks to appetizers that had me doing my “happy food dance,” to generous-portion sushi rolls that bring the idea of fusion to a whole new level.
Dust off those fancy Western boots and get-on-down to Winter Park's West Meadow on Oct. 25 for the fourth annual Cows ‘n Cabs to benefit the Community Food & Outreach Center.
You can guess about the cows; the cabs are cabernets.
At “Bats: Myths and Mysteries,” the new exhibit at the Orlando Science Center, visitors see 30 of the flying creatures of the night (safely enclosed).
Guests may try a pair of giant bat ears to experience the sensitivity of bat hearing, and search for replica bats concealed in a variety of habitats.
The Orlando Philharmonic’s top-selling show is back! Cirque meets symphony in this all-new show featuring classical music brought to life by world-class cirque performers.
Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and strongmen perform amazing feats, and aerialists soar overhead as the orchestra below provides suspenseful music.
The only nighttime Art Festival in Florida, the 38th Maitland Rotary’s Art Under the Stars is a magical experience for artists and patrons alike.
With continuous live entertainment on two stages sponsored by Performing Arts Maitland, the art show and sale will take place this weekend surrounding Lake Lily in Maitland.
The Orlando Museum of Art will open a dual exhibit with titles “David Rathman: Stand by Your Accidents” and “Lama Peterson: Suburbia Sublime” on Sept. 27.
David Rathman explores icons of masculinity – from the American West to football with protagonists caught in moments of introspection and/or defeat.
Cirque's new show dazzles
Varekai may have a similar format, and it may have comparable acts running in the same order as in La Nouba, but they are different acts – and they are thrilling.
Take your family (and your taste-buds) on an adventure of food and wines at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival from Sept. 19 to Nov. 10.
Each fall, Disney’s EPCOT offers the flavors of 30 global marketplaces along with cooking demos, tastings, wine-pairings, and decadent desserts.
Formerly in Winter Park, locally owned cafe reopens in Baldwin Park.
Step into Café 906 in its new home, comfortably situated among the other restaurants in Baldwin Park’s “restaurant row,” and you step into France.
In this not-to-be-missed event, Orlando’s Shakespeare Theater takes on one of the greatest Broadway blockbusters of all time as they open their season with “Les Miserables.”
Since their “flash-mob” performance at Millenia Mall was picked up by national TV, the video has gone viral and the box office has exploded – meaning you need to call and get your tickets.
Foodie alert! Do not miss this! More than 75 restaurants are serving up big savings this September during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month.
With the greatest number of restaurants in the program’s nine-year history, this is your chance to have a magical meal at the restaurant you’ve been hungry for.
More than 75 restaurants are serving up savings this September during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month.
With the greatest number of restaurants in the program’s nine-year history, this year’s event includes more dates thanks to the addition of the special preview week, which began on Aug. 25.
Art & History Museums – Maitland gives voice to the Hispanic community in its new exhibit “Lengua Materna” opening Aug. 22 at A&H’s Maitland Art Center.
Translated as “mother tongue,” the exhibit presents universal ideas through the unique vision of Hispanic culture with artists representing diverse communities in a variety of media.
In 2011 Orlando launched Orlando Cares, bringing volunteers to help young people improve their academic success.
Through six programs, volunteers have helped more than 6,000 children.
Orlando’s original art party is the award-winning 1st Thursdays presented by the Orlando Museum of Art’s volunteer group.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, OMA showcases new artwork (for sale), live music and tastings from area restaurants.
I can only report this phenomenon one time in our lifetime, so here goes:August of 2014 – has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. Curious, you say? Yes, indeed.
This happens only once every 823 years, and aren’t we lucky it’s a month in which many of us take a vacation. Party on, dude!
Good news: In recent research, USA Today’s Tripology found that Orlando was the top destination for family vacationers.
The award recognizes affordable family destinations that travellers are most interested in – one more reason to take pride in our hometown!
Director Ken Howard takes on this re-envisioning of Michael Wanzie’s wildly successful comedy with a cast of Central Florida’s favorite actresses.
Comic references to a community within walking distance of the theater make for some very funny art-imitating-life moments.
In one of the funniest musicals ever presented at the Winter Park Playhouse, “SHOUT! The Mod Musical” returns to the Playhouse through July 19.
The hit musical tells the story of five women coming of age in 1960s London and features an incredible collection of ’60s classics.
While the three-dimensionality of sculpture makes it a favorite for art-lovers, most art patrons have little concept of the steps necessary to bring a metal sculpture to a finished state.
OMArt’s “original art party” is at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando.
Each summer the Morse Museum organizes free programs for elementary-school-aged children. The series begins Friday, June 27, with a family-friendly film showing.
After the films, children and parents will take guided tours of the galleries to see objects actually exhibited at these fairs. How cool is that?