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Thu-Feb-2020 Country star Luke Combs to play Orlando 'in the round' in November

Young country star Luke Combs has added a number of new dates to his "What You See Is What You Get" tour, and Orlando is now on the itinerary, with a date set for November.…

Thu-Feb-2020 Bollywood crossover icon A.R. Rahman returns to Orlando in June

Iconic Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman is set to return to Orlando in June as part of a North American tour kicking off in late May. Florida fans of the soundtrack maestro have only this one chance to see Rahman in the state, as of this writing.

The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack mastermind is currently working on an ambitious "We Are the World"-style song project called "Hands Around the World" to raise awareness of climate change.…

Thu-Feb-2020 Central Florida Dems endorsing Bloomberg can't feel great watching him get eviscerated by Elizabeth Warren

Narrowed down to six candidates, last night's debate in Las Vegas, the ninth of 12 total debates, was about staying power and consistency – like a boxer in the late rounds of a marathon bout.

But Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, was little more than a punching bag in the ring.…

Thu-Feb-2020 Human Hacking Conference in Orlando teaches criminal strategies to corporate executives

The most frequent lie we tell is when we agree we've "read the terms and conditions" before clicking. Because, well, we haven't.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Court rules Florida can’t keep ex-felons from voting because they're poor

Delivering a harsh rebuke to Gov. Ron DeSantis, an appeals court on Wednesday upheld a federal judge’s decision that the state cannot bar voting by felons who can’t afford to pay court-ordered fees and fines.

A requirement that felons pay “legal financial obligations,” such as fees, fines and restitution, to be eligible to vote was part of a state law passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature last year. The law was aimed at carrying out a 2018 constitutional amendment that restored voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in October that it is unconstitutional to deny the right to vote to felons who are “genuinely unable” to pay financial obligations.…

Wed-Feb-2020 A new, right-wing Florida coffee shop called 'Conservative Grounds' opens this weekend

Tampa Bay will soon be home to a coffee shop dedicated to Trump, guns, and conservative values.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Voice actors behind 'Halo' and 'Super Mario Bros.' join MegaCon Orlando lineup

Amid the costumed delights and animated sights at this year's MegaCon Orlando will be the voices of beloved video game characters, performed by the very actors who bring them to life on your PC or console.

The two most notable are from the Super Mario and Halo franchises.

Charles Martinet, the voice actor behind Mario, also voices a handful of other characters in the series, including Mario, Luigi – and Baby Mario and Baby Luigi – Toadsworth, Wario and Waluigi. So one visit means you can chop it up with most of the Super Mario gang.

Also on hand will be Steve Downes, known for voice work on Halo and Super Bomberman games, and the TV show The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Rounding out the video game cast members are Paul Nakauchi from Overwatch (and he also was an actor actor in Carmen Sandiego), Troy Barker from The Last of Us and Batman: Arkham Knight, and Feodor Chin, also from Overwatch, and Warcraft: Misfits of Pandaria, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

MegaCon officials announced the lineup additions this week, ahead of the convention to be held at the Orange County Convention Center this April 16 through 19.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Wander the brick streets at the Sanford Porchfest, where bands play free all day

For the last couple of years, the residents of Downtown Sanford have been showing us the meaning of community unity with the annual Sanford Porchfest. This free event is a unique grass-roots music festival hosting a lineup of local artists who perform on private porches around the downtown area.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Turkish gothic band She Past Away to play exclusive Florida show in Orlando in September

Crossover Turkish post-punk stars She Past Away are returning to Florida later this year, still riding high on their sell-out show in Tampa last year.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Seminole County alligator flips inflatable kayak, stranding two boaters

Imagine your nice, relaxing kayak ride being rudely interrupted by an alligator who flipped over your inflatable boat. That's exactly what happened to two kayakers on the Econlockhatchee River on Monday, and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents.

The kayakers, who ended up getting lost after the incident, had to be rescued by the Alert team at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
In a video shared on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, rescue crews flew in on a helicopter to locate the kayakers.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Willie Nelson is on the road again, and he's stopping in Orlando Friday night

As the man himself famously sings, country icon Willie Nelson is currently “on the road again” and this particular leg of the Red Headed Stranger’s never-ending tour winds down at the Dr. Phil on Friday.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Fake Four rapper Ceschi tops a deep bill of left-field Florida talent at Will's Thursday

The one and only Ceschi may top the marquee, but this concert is essentially a jammed showcase for leading alternative rap label Fake Four Inc., probably the most boundary-pushing hip-hop imprint alive with a roster of dazzling diversity.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Comic actor Mike Delamont leaves the floral power suit behind for a 'One Night Stand' in Orlando Wednesday

Canadian comedian, playwright and actor Mike Delamont has been a Fringe favorite for years, best known for his recurring God Is a Scottish Drag Queen series of comic monologues.…

Wed-Feb-2020 In-Between Series kicks off 2020 by blasting faces with the noise beat of Bl_ank

Bl_ank at the In-Between Series, Feb. 17

Downtown experimental music serial the In-Between Series just kicked off its 2020 season with one of its most intense chapters yet. Capitalizing on the touring migration bonanza caused by Miami’s big annual International Noise Conference, the latest feature was Bl_ank. This audiovisual noise percussion act is the solo project of Nashville artist William Hicks, a man who keeps collaborative company with cats from defining bands like the Flaming Lips and Deerhoof.

Going in, this was the only edition of the In-Between Series out of the many I’ve attended that not only offered but actively encouraged earplugs. A good omen if ever there was one.…

Wed-Feb-2020 George Zimmerman sues Democratic presidential candidates over Trayvon Martin birthday tweet

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, has filed suit against presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren for posting tweets about Martin on Feb. 5, which would have been his 25th birthday.

The lawsuit argues, though the tweets never mention him by name, the posts unfairly tie him to white supremacy and gun violence.

“Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Trespasser at Orlando theme parks under investigation after posting YouTube videos

A series of YouTube videos showing Central Florida theme park trespassers after-hours is being investigated by law enforcement.

The videos, posted by content creator Matthew St. Cyr, feature him trespassing after hours into attractions at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

St. Cyr has explored several theme parks, including off-limits areas of Disney's Expedition Everest roller coaster at Animal Kingdom and a closed slide at Universal's Volcano Bay water park. Because of these videos, his YouTube channel has gained over 27,000 subscribers.

Theme parks aren't the only place St. Cyr has inspected on camera — he's also taken unauthorized tours inside an abandoned hospital, a funeral home and a mansion.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Marc Maron has some thoughts on Orlando and Tampa: 'Bad food, we had bad food in Florida'

Podcast king and comedian Marc Maron was in Florida over Valentine’s weekend, and he had some interesting observations about Orlando and Tampa.

In a new episode of his “WTF” podcast, Maron has a pretty great conversation with journalist (and Mia Farrow-Woody Allen offspring) Ronan Farrow, but he spends the opening minutes of the episode talking about his shows at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live and the Straz Center for Performing Arts in Tampa, which he played on Feb. 15 and Feb. 14, respectively.

"I tried to choose the most grownup-looking of the hotels. There was no theme to the hotel, no pirate theme, no fun and games, no animals.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Flu is a bigger worry for Florida than coronavirus

The flu remains a far deadlier illness to worry about in Florida than the coronavirus, state lawmakers were told on Tuesday.

While the coronavirus that started in China has spawned massive media attention – and reams of misinformation – Tampa General Hospital physician and University of South Florida faculty member John Sinnott said the state has more pressing health risks right now.

“Influenza is the elephant in the room no one is talking about,” Sinnott told members of the Senate Health Policy Committee.…

Wed-Feb-2020 Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

Every morning on Magic 107.7 FM, Leslye Gale discusses the most interesting Orlando Weekly stories of the day on "Chad & Leslye." Check out Leslye's picks today.

Is It Fair To Make A Squirrel Water Ski?…

Tue-Feb-2020 Dochi and RoyalTea join the East End Market in Audubon Park

Orlando foodies will be delighted to hear that Dochi and RoyalTea are teaming up to take residence on the second floor of East End Market.

Dochi (formerly Mochi Dochi) has capped their string of pop-ups at East End Market by making a home there. The irresistible mochi doughnuts are made with Japanese rice flour to create a soft, airy texture. Dochi’s signature crispy-chewy doughnuts are now served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with weekday hours yet to be determined.

And soon to join Dochi upstairs at East End, the teahouse masters at RoyalTea brew up exciting beverages such as fresh fruit tea (made with pureed fruit), cheese mousse tea (tea topped with thick whipped cream cheese), traditional bubble tea, matcha and coffees.

So many restaurants, so little time.…

Tue-Feb-2020 Maitland's Enzian Theater seeks second screen in scaled-down improvement plans

The Enzian Theater still wants a second screen. …

Tue-Feb-2020 Eatonville's DaJen Eats keeps hauling forward, with food truck debut on Tuesday night

Chef Jenn Ross of DaJen Eats & Creamery has been serving up Jamaican-inspired classics since 2017, first out of a Citgo gas station on North Orange Blossom Trail and then at her Eatonville eatery starting in 2018. Now she's bringing her all-vegan meals to the masses, with a new food truck debuting at Tuesday's Tasty Takeover.

Born in Jamaica, Ross, whose first name is short for Jenneil, is known for her eclectic spin on vegan food, incorporating what she calls a "Jamaican flair."…

Tue-Feb-2020 Primus to pay tribute to Rush with live 'A Tribute to Kings' show in Orlando this June

Primus have announced dates for a big North American tour starting in May, and the band's sole Florida appearance on this trek will be here in Orlando. Now, that's notable news enough on its own, but there's more to this particular tour.…

Tue-Feb-2020 Sunset Music Festival returns to Central Florida this May with a heavy lineup of EDM and dance music stars

Sunset Music Festival, or “Sunset 2.0” as it's being rebranded now, dropped its first wave of 2020 artists early Monday, Feb. 17.…

Tue-Feb-2020 Massive bird migration captured on radar over Florida

On Monday, the radar from the U.S. National Weather Service captured a massive swarm of birds migrating from South America over Florida.

The agency posted a clip of the radar to its official Twitter account Monday morning, showing the giant swarm of birds flying over Key West.

“Key West radar has had a busy night, but not because of weather!,” tweeted the National Weather Service. “The most impressive display of migratory birds so far this year occurred overnight.…

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