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Sat-Nov-2020 Disney gives major update on what to expect from its Epcot overhaul, but some projects remain in limbo

After announcing a major multiyear overhaul of Epcot at last year’s D23 Expo, this year’s major speed bumps have led to adjustments to the ambitious plans. Now, many fans speculate that all or some of those projects are canceled.…

Sat-Nov-2020 Despite downplaying Black Friday, retailers may still end the year on a positive note

This terrible, horrible year may end on an unexpected high note for retailers. Many have seen a boost in sales. New data from the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, project holiday sales growth by as much as 5.2 percent over last year, despite this year’s ongoing pandemic and related economic hardships.…

Sat-Nov-2020 Bad Santa and the Angry Elves kick off their yearly sonic revels at Will's Pub in December

Bad Santa & the Angry Elves are a squad of holiday carolers dedicated to spreading the virtues of being naughty (vs. nice) via covers and originals that are more up Krampus' alley than Saint Nick's.

The bad surfaces only once a year, to embark on an extensive tour of Orlando's finest dive bars, but given the pandemic, Bad Santa & the Angry Elves have pared this year's “Flyin’ With the Kringle” tour down to just a few stops. And the whole shebang is kicking off at Will's Pub.

Bad Santa dispenses coal and raunchy rock covers to Will's Pub on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.…

Fri-Nov-2020 Allman Betts Band announce Orlando show in 2021

Southern-rock royalty the Allman Betts Band have optimistically booked a North American tour for 2021, and if the stars align, they'll be in Orlando in June.

The scions of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are already taking tentative steps back on stages around the country, including a show at the hallowed Ryman Auditorium in December.

Allman Betts hit the Hard Rock Live on Saturday, June 11, 2021. Tickets are on sale now.

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Fri-Nov-2020 Crowdfunding campaign opens to help keep Orlando's own Will's Pub open

Even though reopening is in effect, attendance at live shows in Orlando hasn’t exactly been a stampede, which is personally understandable. But as much as Will’s Pub has hustled and innovated valiantly to stay afloat, merch and liquor store sales alone aren’t gonna sustain this Orlando jewel forever.

However, there’s now a way to directly support this community institution from the safety of your own COVID bubble.…

Fri-Nov-2020 Florida can call itself lucky as 2020 hurricane season comes to a close

As the most active hurricane season on record approaches an end, Florida overall has been relatively lucky.…

Fri-Nov-2020 Despite confusion, thousands of Florida's former felons voted successfully in November general election

Conflicting court rulings and confusing records were just a few hurdles voting rights advocates faced on Election Day, as Republican lawmakers sought to restrict the return of 1.4 million former felons by requiring they pay all fines and fees before they could vote.
Some local elections officials, including in Broward County, said they had to rely on an "honor system" that anyone restored to vote was eligible.…

Thu-Nov-2020 Could Rosemont provide an artsy blueprint to help fix Orlando's sprawl? One developer thinks so

Last week at the exact same time, two separate proposals to reimagine abandoned golf courses went before local leaders.

Thu-Nov-2020 Reserve your free distanced pod for the Orlando Phil's Holiday Pops concert beginning Sunday at 9 a.m.

Just like everything else in life right now, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Pops performance — which happens on Dec. 6 — is going to be a little different this year.

It’ll still be in Winter Park's posh Central Park and it’ll still be free, but to enhance safety each party will be given its own 10-foot-by-10-foot pod, outlined on the lawn (good for up to six people) that you must reserve through the City of Winter Park’s Eventbrite page here.…

Wed-Nov-2020 Record Store Day Black Friday is indeed still happening here in Orlando

Remember when we said that the Oct. 24 event was the last Record Store Day drop of 2020? Well, that's "fake news," Orlando Weekly, because here comes Record Store Day Black Friday in a couple of days.

Record Store Day Black Friday – the audiophile niche of the consumerist apocalypse that is Black Friday – is still on for this year, with a raft of accompanying exclusive vinyl releases.

Highlights of this year's crop include Johnny Cash, Motorhead, Sonny Rollins, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, and (naturally) the Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Christmastime Is Here" on 7-inch.

Participating Orlando-area stores are Retro Records, Park Ave CDs (though they've already raffled off shopping spots, so good luck), Remix Records, Rock & Roll Heaven, and East West Music & More.

Wear a mask and don't be an ass in line while waiting to get your hands on the LPs.

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Wed-Nov-2020 Arcimoto and the City of Orlando partner for up for municipal fleet pilot program of electric vehicles

Electric-car manufacturer Arcimoto and the city of Orlando have announced a new partnership to try out a municipal fleet of electric vehicles.

Several departments in the city – including the Orlando Fire Department, Police Department, Code Enforcement Division and Parking Enforcement – will road-test zero-emission Arcimoto vehicles by using them in their daily duties for 90 days.…

Wed-Nov-2020 TikToker fired over paint-mixing viral videos scores new job in Orlando

A 22-year old TikToker who became famous for his viral paint-mixing videos just landed a job in Orlando. …

Wed-Nov-2020 Family of a Florida Publix employee who died of COVID-19 files wrongful death suit against the grocery chain

The family of a Florida Publix employee who died of COVID-19 in April has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Lakeland-based grocery chain. …

Wed-Nov-2020 Orlando percussionist Thad Anderson to premiere multimedia collaboration 'Peregrination' next week

Orlando experimental percussionist Thad Anderson is giving us a reason to stay indoors next week with the premiere of a new multimedia project, Peregrination.

A collaboration between Anderson, Chris Brannan and Diana Reichenbach, Peregrination will mix musical performance and video work for a Zoom performance that promises to be a cut above.

"Without the ability to have in-person concerts with live audiences, my co-collaborators and I set out to create a new work that we could present using modern video conferencing technology," Anderson says.

"While certainly not the same experience, we hope to create an environment where we can be together, share perspectives, and experience an original creative work.…

Wed-Nov-2020 DJ X, K5 and more bring Orlando's 1990s dance music glory back to Ace Cafe on Saturday

Thanks to the Ace Cafe, the hallowed spirit of legendary dance club the Edge lives on at its original location.

Rewind, the latest dance music event there happening Saturday, Nov. 28, once again kicks it classic with a bill of DJs topped notably by big names from Orlando’s golden era of house music like breaks kings DJ X and K5. The show begins early at 5 p.m.
The reassuring part is that it’s an entirely outdoor event, taking full advantage of Backyard at the Ace, the exterior festival grounds that the venue luckily had in the works pre-Covid.…

Wed-Nov-2020 Kadence team’s new venture: Opening a Filipino restaurant in the old Dandelion space

Oh, the food news today just keeps getting better.

Earlier, we told you about Chicken Fire's planned opening next month in the Coytown Shopping Center.

Now we can tell you that the talents behind Kadence, the superlative sushi spot in Audubon Park, will open a Filipino restaurant called Kaya next year in the space that housed Dandelion Communitea Cafe for many years. (You'll recall Dandelion shuttered in August after a contentious battle with its employees.)

Kaya, which means "ability" in Tagalog, will be led by Kadence chef Lordfer Lalicon and the restaurant's business manager, Jamilyn Salonga Bailey, a couple of passionate Pinoys who want to create a greater awareness of the "beautiful and soulful" cuisine of the Philippines here in Orlando.

"We've been wanting to open a Filipino restaurant for awhile," says Bailey, who serves as Kaya's co-founder.…

Tue-Nov-2020 Orlando Philharmonic announces slate of outdoor holiday shows to close out 2020

The Orlando Philharmonic has announced their slate of holiday shows set to finish out the year, and they're all outdoors – which is like a nice lil' early gift.

The Phil will go on a sort of mini-tour, taking over Festival Park, Winter Park's Central Park, the Plaza Live's new outdoor stage, and the Apopka Amphitheater during the tail end of November and December to present an array of seasonal sound – from holiday pops to the Brandenburg Concerto to something for the kids – with some special guests.

Here's the full rundown:

Saturday, Nov. 28
Home for the Holidays: A Midnight Clear
Festival Park

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6
Symphony Storytime: Holly Jolly Sounds of the Season
Outdoors at the Plaza Live

Sunday, Dec. 5
Holiday Pops Concert in Winter Park
Central Park in Winter Park

Monday, Dec. 7
Holidays at the Plaza: The Complete Brandenburg Concertos Part 1
Outdoors at the Plaza Live

Saturday, Dec. 12
Holiday Pops Concert in Apopka
Apopka Amphitheater

Monday, Dec. 14
Holidays at the Plaza: The Complete Brandenburg Concertos Part 2
Outdoors at the Plaza Live

Sunday, Dec. 20
Holidays at the Plaza: Brass and Percussion Extravaganza
Outdoors at the Plaza Live

“All of us at the Orlando Philharmonic are excited and proud to be offering this outstanding lineup of December programs,” says Paul Helfrich, executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in a press statement.…

Tue-Nov-2020 Orlando Americana prince Jordan Foley plays free show at Will's Pub on Black Friday

Jordan Foley is one of the area’s preeminent new voices in Americana right now. Even when solo as we first saw him way back in 2018, he’s a powerhouse of soul and twang.

On Friday, Nov. 27, Foley and local musician Tyler Hood perform at Will's Pub.…

Tue-Nov-2020 Snowcat Ridge, Florida's new snow park, suffers snow shortage

Florida’s first ever snow park is temporarily closing an attraction after underestimating the amount of snow it needed.

SnowCat Ridge Park, which opened in Dade City on Nov. 20, announced this week via Facebook that due to an overwhelming number of guests, its Arctic Igloo attraction didn’t have enough snow to accommodate guests. Because of this, the park will be limiting its hours to concentrate on increasing snow production.

"We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience while we work diligently to resolve these issues, and work towards making your Snowcat Ridge experience one you will remember for ages to come!" said the park.…

Tue-Nov-2020 Orange County Public Library's 'Random Fandom Week' virtual events has something for the hidden nerd in you

In early December the Orange County Public Library is going to be bustling with (virtual) activity, as "Random Fandom Week" kicks off, a delightfully scattershot collection of online programming which caters to pop-culture obsessions of every stripe.

From Dec. 6-12, Random Fandom Week presents programs on everything from making Baby Yoda memes to a Baby-Sitters Club celebration, Nightmare Before Christmas-themed crafting, a tw0-day tutorial on making a stop-motion LEGO movie, the history of Marvel's Black Panther, Pokémon trivia and trading, Star Wars patch embroidery and scores more.

The phrase "something for everyone" gets tossed around a lot, but seriously it seems OCPL has almost every niche and cul-de-sac covered here.

The full, massive list of events can be found on the Random Fandom page on the OCPL website, with time, date and registration information.…

Tue-Nov-2020 Chicken Fire, the super hot Nashville hot chicken food truck, is opening a brick and mortar space very soon

It's been one of the hottest (literally and figuratively) food-truck operations of the past year and, now, after stints at A La Cart, East End Market and Barley & Vine, it's FINALLY getting a permanent home.

Chicken Fire (Instagram | Facebook), Kwame Boakye's Nashville hot chicken concept, will open in the space at 2425 E. Colonial Drive recently vacated by Fratello's in the Coytown Shopping Center, and it could open as early as next month.

We've been anticipating Chicken Fire's brick-and-mortar location for a while now, and I can only take this news — along with the recent expansion announcements of Black Rooster Taqueria, Hunger Street Tacos and Winter Park Biscuit Company — as a sign that the 2020 shitshow is ending its ruinous run.

If you haven't yet tried Boakye's chicken, and are wondering what the fuss is about, perhaps an excerpt from this summer's review will clue you in:

"And the chicken is fire.…

Tue-Nov-2020 Sippin' Santa pop-up holiday cocktail bar opens in Celebration this week

Much like holiday film Home Alone got a sequel, so Orlando's holiday-themed pop-up bar Miracle on Orange is getting a companion in Sippin' Santa this year.

Set to take over 360 American Bistro & Bar in Celebration on Friday, Nov. 27, Sippin' Santa will be serving up holiday cheer with a tiki twist from a specialty cocktail menu.

The tiki-themed selection of drinks includes the Kaloka Colada (rum, pumpkin-spiced coconut cream, orange Curacao, lime juice, orange juice),  Brah Humbug (scotch, Drambuie, mulled wine syrup, served hot), and the
Blitzen Bowl for two (rum, allspice dram, apricot brandy, Tuaca, ginger syrup, lime juice, Angostura bitters, almond bitters).
The array of drinks was devised by tiki whiz Jeff "Beachbum" Barry, the author of several books on vintage tiki flavors, and if you can't trust a gent whose nickname is Beachbum to know tiki, who can you trust?

The Celebration location is the only Sippin' Santa in Florida this year.

Sippin' Santa happens at 360 American Bar in the Meliá Orlando hotel until Jan. 4, 2021.

Please follow CDC guidelines and Orange County advisories to stay safe, and please support this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Central Florida.…

Mon-Nov-2020 Collective Soul to play NYE show at Kissimmee's the Promenade on Sunset Walk

Kissimmee's the Promenade at Sunset Walk has announced a big New Year's Eve rock show headlined by1990s alt-rockers Collective Soul and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander. Yes, this year.

Starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, there's going to be a full day of music with the two headliners, Latin Ambition, DJ Scotty B, and some street performers thrown in for good measure.

Show organizers promise safety precautions like temperature checks, mandatory mask-wearing and a multiplicity of hand sanitizer stations.…

Mon-Nov-2020 City National Bank and Food Share partner for Orlando food distribution event this Tuesday

City National Bank of Florida and Farm Share are partnering for a food distribution event this week, ahead of the holidays.

CNB, which has Central Florida locations in downtown Orlando and Winter Park, and the nonprofit Farm Share will be giving out free food to those in need on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the OCPS Academic Center for Excellence on Livingston Street, food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

To ensure safety, this event will be drive-through, with volunteers from the two organizations placing food into the trunks of cars.

Please follow CDC guidelines and Orange County advisories to stay safe, and please support this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Central Florida.…

Mon-Nov-2020 Electric Daisy Carnival will return to Orlando in 2021

It's baaaaack! Electric Daisy Carnival has announced an Orlando return next year, for better or for worse.

Celebrating 25 years of the venerable (heh) dance fest, EDC Orlando will go down at Tinker Field in downtown Friday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021.…

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