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Wed-May-2018 Fringe 2018 review: 'S#!t I'm in Love With You Again' cheerily recalls love’s less glamorous aspects

Canadian cabaret star Rachelle Elie hits some high notes in this breezy musical romp through her love life. Many stories end once the leads find love, but Rachelle takes us all the way – from losing her virginity to dating and first love, through the joys of marriage and kids to the challenges they bring.…

Wed-May-2018 Fringe 2018 review: 'Beneath the Bikini' is a quirky, heartfelt cabaret

Body-painted advert and beloved Orlando Fringe mascot Katie Thayer is ready to take you Beneath the Bikini in her first ever show.…

Wed-May-2018 Orlando bar Sportstown apologizes for transphobic Instagram post

Milk District bar and pool hall Sportstown issued a lengthy apology Tuesday after online backlash regarding a transphobic post on their Instagram account.

The post, which has since been deleted, featured an image of sign showing a boy and a girl peeping into their underwear with the words "There IS a difference."…

Wed-May-2018 Fringe 2018 review: Talk show 'Lauren and Amanda Do It' is good, giving and game

When it comes to creating a sex-positive space, Lauren and Amanda do it right. This bright millennial take on birds, bees and everything in between from Ottawa’s Toasted Theatre Company feels inclusive and right on time.…

Wed-May-2018 Fringe 2018 review: Sci-fi satire 'Meet the Replacements' asks pertinent questions about the nature of family

Writer-director Michael Thibodeau, co-author of last year’s Fringe hit Vincent, is back with Meet the Replacements, an original sci-fi satire that combines classic elements of Westworld, The Stepford Wives and The Twilight Zone in a polished, professional production.

Stephen Pugh chews his fingernails and the electrified scenery as Dr. Hank Owens, an AI-obsessed scientist in the 2060s.…

Wed-May-2018 Students sue Florida officials over early voting ban on college campuses

Florida election officials are creating an "unjustifiable burden" on young people by banning early voting at public buildings on state university campuses, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Students at the University of Florida and Florida State University are joining with the League of Women Voters of Florida to sue Gov. Rick Scott's administration and strike down the prohibition.…

Wed-May-2018 Suwannee Hulaween reveals this year's lineup including Jamiroquai and Janelle Monáe

The popular Suwannee Hulaween music festival has announced the full lineup for this year's event and it's a doozie. The festival, now in its sixth year, casts an impressively wide musical net this year.

The acts announced for this year's roster include: Odesza, Janelle Monáe, Jamiroquai, String Cheese Incident, The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, STS9, Gramatik, Lettuce, Trampled By Turtles, Stephen Marley, Dr. Dog, Medeski Martin & Wood, Lettuce, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Floozies, Papadosio, EOTO & Friends, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Mavis Staples, The Wood Brothers, Galactic, The Polish Ambassador & The Diplomatic Scandal, Yonder Mountain String Band, Turkuaz, SunSquabi, Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Kaleigh Baker.

Hulaween 2018 goes down the weekend of Oct. 26-28 at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park.…

Wed-May-2018 New First Watch location near UCF will serve booze

What's brunch without booze?

First Watch's new Orlando location, conveniently located near UCF at 1448 N. Alafaya Trail, will serve cocktails, beer and wine. The location is set to open on Memorial Day.…

Wed-May-2018 MegaCon returns to the Orange County Convention Center with four days of celebs, comics and pop culture

For the loyal geeks of Central Florida, Memorial Day weekend is MegaCon weekend. It has pretty much everything you could possibly want in a convention: A ton of celebrities show up to talk about their work.…

Wed-May-2018 Today is World Turtle Day, please don't celebrate by tossing a tortoise into a pond

Since today is World Turtle Day, an annual event sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue organization, there's no better time to remind you that tortoises can't swim.

We only bringing this up because not long ago a Florida woman posted a SnapChat of herself saying, "Saving turtles is a hobby," before tossing a helpless gopher tortoise to its watery grave.…

Wed-May-2018 Wildlife officials remove more than 15,000 lionfish from Florida waters

More than 15,000 lionfish were recently removed from Florida waters as the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has started a more than three-month effort to remove the invasive species from state waters.

Nearly 14,000 lionfish were harvested in waters off Pensacola at the Lionfish World Championship and a pre-event.…

Wed-May-2018 Florida lawmakers divided over bonds for Brightline expansion to Orlando

Members of Florida’s congressional delegation are split over bonds for the controversial Brightline passenger train service that expanded south to Miami last week.

In separate letters, delegation members urged U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to support or suspend $1.15 billion in federally-authorized tax-exempt bonds that Brightline’s parent company, All Aboard Florida, intends to use to finance a northern expansion of the service through the Treasure Coast to Orlando.…

Wed-May-2018 You can bet your ass traffic in Orlando will absolutely suck this Memorial Day weekend

Prepare to spend a lot of your weekend shouting obscenities at clueless tourists on Interstate 4.

More than 36.6 million Americans will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, a nearly 5 percent jump from last year, according to a forecast from auto club AAA.…

Wed-May-2018 Orlando Rep. Val Demings is leading bipartisan bill to combat Russian election meddling

U.S. Rep. Val Demings is leading a bipartisan push to harden the nation’s defense against Russian interference in the upcoming November midterms.

Demings, an Orlando Democrat, is joined by U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, and Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, in co-sponsoring the bill, dubbed the Defend Against Russian Disinformation Act.…

Wed-May-2018 CFAM serves up four exhibits encompassing an array of art for the summer

This summer’s shows at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum are a bit of a mixed bag – but we mean that in the Brach’s Pick-a-Mix way (all your favorites!), not the store-brand assorted nuts way (one macadamia, three cashews and a bunch of stale pecans).…

Wed-May-2018 Here's an incredibly depressing tweet from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office

The official Twitter account for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office posted arguably the most depressing tweet of the year this morning.

"Sad sign of the times we live in.…

Wed-May-2018 This Memorial Day weekend in Orlando will likely be terrible

Besides predictions of record traffic, Memorial Day weekend in Orlando will also likely be disgustingly wet.

Gov. Rick Scott issued a warning yesterday regarding a potential tropical storm system forming in the Caribbean and heading for the Gulf Coast of Florida.…

Wed-May-2018 Disney says Star Wars land will open in Orlando in fall 2019

Disney has narrowed in their timeline for the highly-anticipated Star Wars land coming to both Orlando and Anaheim. 

While we've known the target year for some time, a statement released Tuesday from the company gives us a much better idea of when to expect the massive 14-acre expansion that puts guests on the Planet Batuu.

According to Disney, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open first at Disneyland Resort in the summer of 2019, followed by Walt Disney World Resort in the late fall of 2019.…

Wed-May-2018 Orlando tech-punks Backstabber dazzle with flashy punk-metal hybrid

Backstabber, O’rchard and Nuclear Pistachio, Will’s Pub, May 21

In a laudable and important attempt to turn up the local soil for new discoveries, Norsekorea Presents recently put on a showcase of relatively unfamiliar area bands.

Wed-May-2018 'Publix is a NRA sellout': Parkland school shooting survivors call for Publix protest this Friday

In the wake of a Tampa Bay Times report showing that Publix has given an unprecedented amount of support to GOP candidate for governor and self-described "Proud NRA Sellout" Adam Putnam, survivors of the school shooting in Parkland that left 17 dead are calling for a protest of the Lakeland-based grocer.

David Hogg, an outspoken NRA critic and school shooting survivor, took to Twitter this morning calling the grocery chain an "NRA Sellout" for their continued support of Putnam, and asking people to participate in a "die in" at their local Publix beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday May 25. 
"We must hold these businesses accountable just like our politicians," said Hogg in another tweet.…

Wed-May-2018 22 free concerts happening in Orlando this week

Wednesday, May 23
Eugene Snowden's Ten Pints of Truth 10 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
The Daniel Heitz Band 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.

Thursday, May 24
Leisure Chief 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Raleigh Estes and Friends 8 pm at Muldoon's Saloon, 7439 Aloma Ave., Winter Park.
Thursday Jazz Jams 8 pm at Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park.
Kaleigh Baker 10 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
Metal Night With DJ VJ 9 pm at The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.

Friday, May 25
Bare Beef Beach Bash 8 pm at Stonewall Bar Orlando, 741 W. Church St.
Thompson-Browne 8:30 pm at Roque Pub, 3076 Curry Ford Road.

Saturday, May 26
Collective Underground: Mendoza, Santos, User 10 pm at Vinyl Arts Bar, 75 E. Colonial Drive.
Sandra Hess 8:30 pm at Roque Pub, 3076 Curry Ford Road.
Three Link Society 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.

Sunday, May 27
Ancient Sun 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
GWADCIP$ 10 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
Uncontrollable Urge 10 pm at Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.

Monday, May 28
Open Mic Hip-Hop
9:30 pm at Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park.
Open Mic Mondays 6:30 pm at West End Trading Company, 202 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford.
Reggae Mondae: Hor!zen 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando Concert Band: A Memorial Day Remembrance 9:30 am at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha.

Tuesday, May 29
Jazz in the Courtyard with the DaVinci Jazz Experiment 7 pm at Cafe DaVinci, 112 W. Georgia Ave., DeLand.
Singer-Songwriter Open Mic 7:30 pm at Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park.
The Groove Orient 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.

Get our top picks for the best events in Orlando every Thursday morning.…

Tue-May-2018 Patrick Moraz from the Moody Blues and Yes to play Orlando next week

Swiss keyboardist and composer Patrick Moraz is best known for stints in the Moody Blues and Yes, but has a musical range far beyond that, including film soundtracks and a gift for improvisation.…

Tue-May-2018 American Social Bar and Kitchen coming to Dr. Phillips

The old Bar Louie space in the Rialto Plaza in Dr. Phillips is about to get a healthy dose of Americana.

The American Social Bar & Kitchen, a gastropub/sports lounge with locations in Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, and Miami, will open in the 9,400-square-foot space after an extensive $2.7 million build-out.

The result, according to a press release, will be 300 indoor and outdoor seats, a sweeping patio, four bars, and a VIP bar for private parties.
The restaurant will serve higher-end pub grub (along with requisite craft cocktails, wine and beer) and promises to be a place where "all-American traditions and values live on" and that "rallies around the patriotic concept, which pays tribute to classic Americana," whatever the hell that's supposed to mean.

Look for an early 2019 opening.

For more, visit American Social Bar & Kitchen on the web.

Tue-May-2018 Sorcha Mercy reveals the painstaking work that goes into drag performance at Orlando Museum of Art

Drag, at its best, combines elements of performance art, visual art, body transformation and modification, dance, and sly subversion of and homage to pop culture, which can be every bit as breathtaking and challenging as a painting or a sculpture.…

Tue-May-2018 Outkast's Big Boi headlines the Beacham this week

You know who Big Boi is – the seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist, the Atlanta MC and counterpart to the legendary Andre 3000 as half of the even more legendary hip-hop duo Outkast – and now you can catch him on his “Daddy Fat Saxxx” tour for his latest album, Boomiverse, as he stops through Orlando as part of the 14-city run.…

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