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Mon-May-2019 Winter Park/Maitland Observer folded as of May 17

The May 17 edition of the Winter Park/Maitland Observer – a newspaper that's documented the Central Florida communities for more than 30 years – was its last, the Orange Observer reported last week.

"It breaks out hearts that we won't be here to tell our readers and the residents of Winter Park and Maitland and what's happening in their communities," executive editor Michael Eng told the Orange Observer.…

Mon-May-2019 Universal Orlando reveals new details about Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Universal Orlando revealed new details this morning about the queue and the coaster itself for "Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure," the world's first "story coaster."

In the ride's queue, guests will enter ruins behind Hagrid's hut that Hagrid uses for his groundskeeping duties.…

Mon-May-2019 Orlando Shakes to host free Tony Awards viewing party

Orlando Shakes is hosting a free Tony Awards viewing party on Sunday, June 9, from 6 to 11 p.m.

Guests will watch Broadway's biggest award ceremony on a big projection screen in the Margeson Theater, the Shakes' largest theater.

James Corden will host the awards, which will feature performances from the Tony Award-nominated shows.…

Mon-May-2019 11 Orlando restaurants participating in Dine for Paws event Tuesday

No need to lug a 50-pound bag of food to donate to the Pet Alliance tomorrow (although that would certainly be appreciated, too).

The annual "Dine for Paws" fundraising event, benefiting the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, is tomorrow, May 21.…

Mon-May-2019 They might look cute now, but the Brevard Zoo's newest residents will soon be the stuff of nightmares

When the Brevard Zoo’s new Rainforest Revealed area opens this fall there will be a few more residents than the zoo had originally planned for - eight, to be precise. Four Brazilian whiteknee tarantulas and four Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating tarantulas, all still babies, are part of a massive wildlife trafficking case that saw 250 baby tarantulas confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.…

Mon-May-2019 First storm of 2019 hurricane season may form east of Florida tonight

An area of low pressure is likely to form south of Bermuda late Monday, and the National Hurricane Center says there's a medium chance it will be the first tropical or subtropical depression of the 2019 hurricane season.

The early morning update says there's a 60 percent chance that the disturbed area will develop as early as this afternoon or early Tuesday morning.…

Mon-May-2019 When Spider-Man tells you to buckle up, you buckle up – as shown in new United Airlines safety video

Airline safety videos aren’t known for their entertainment value, but United Airlines is trying to change that, thanks to a brand-new one featuring Spider-Man. The Easter egg-filled video is part of a marketing partnership between the airline and this summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home that also includes United being the official airline for the movie. Multiple employees of United were also featured as extras in the film.…

Mon-May-2019 Massive fire rips through a Florida Keys luxury resort just months after it opens

Less than five months after opening, Bungalows Key Largo went up in flames earlier this month, shutting down the resort for months. The fire caused an estimated $3.2 million in damage, though, thankfully, no one was hurt in the massive early-morning blaze.…

Mon-May-2019 Band of the Week: Videma


Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week."…

Sun-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'Fury in Sound'

If we’ve learned anything from the Evil Dead franchise, it’s that going into the woods and reading incantations from an ancient tome rarely ends well. So consider this fair warning: When four friends (Esteban Vilchez, McKenzie Jo Frazer, Christopher Baker, Amanda Lane Decker) gather on the fringes of the Fringe beer tent and begin fooling around with a Ouija board, watch out for full-bodied possessions and other freaky phantasmagorical manifestations.…

Sun-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'Ray Bradbury's H2O'

David Lee already has a well-earned Fringe Lifetime Achievement Award, but after his latest one-man triumph, he might have to regenerate like a Time Lord so that he can be presented with another. In Ray Bradbury’s H2O, Lee and producer/director Margaret Nolan return to the seminal sci-fi author’s short stories, bringing three classic tales ("The Lake," "Picasso Summer" and "The Million Year Picnic") to quietly compelling life on the intimate Goldman stage.

With H2O, Lee again allows audiences to experience the power of storytelling in its purest form, allowing the literary yet accessible text – assisted by some atmospheric sound effects – to speak for itself without flashy production values.…

Sun-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'War Paint'

As a cisgender male, I’m fortunate that society doesn’t expect me to spend over 10% of my waking life on personal grooming, but thanks to first-time writer/performer Lily Garnett, I’ll now have a little more empathy the next time I’m waiting on my wife to apply her makeup. Garnett begins her autobiographical monologue War Paint barefaced, and applies her “battle armor” in stages throughout the show, while stripping away the layers of cultural pressures that underlie her complex, codependent relationship with cosmetics.…

Sun-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'The Animatronicans: Under New Management'

Usually, when a beloved theme park attraction undergoes a major update, it emerges from refurbishment with the spark that once made it special ripped away (think the Enchanted Tiki Room, or Epcot’s original Imagination pavilion.) But The Animatronicans are the exception that proves the rule, because the runaway stars of 2016’s Fringe are now “Under New Management” but funnier than ever before.…

Sun-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'Meatball Seance'

John Michael just wants to introduce his new boyfriend to his mother. Unfortunately, she died a little over 2 years ago.…

Sun-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'Shakespeare's Terminator the Second'

Hark, and attend well this tale of future woe, in which Skynet hath slain the human race as verily as Aaahnold murdereth the English language.
I might be biased because I worked on the Universal Studios attraction for several years, but I consider Terminator 2: Judgment Day to be James “King of the World” Cameron’s crowning achievement, regardless of what Titanic and Avatar’s box office receipts might say.…

Sun-May-2019 Court rejects appeal as execution looms for Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long

With the scheduled execution of serial killer Bobby Joe Long less than a week away, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday rejected a challenge to his death sentence.…

Sun-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'Death Face'

Last year, writer-director Adam McCabe confronted Fringe audiences with a grim sci-fi fable about a world where people can be murdered with the flip of a switch. This year, he returns with Death Face, a high-concept black comedy that’s equally as edgy and misanthropic, although with more morbid laughs.…

Sat-May-2019 MegaCon brings a ton of celebrities and geeky fun to the Orange County Convention Center this week

Now that Spooky Empire has turned traitor and is taking its convention over to Tampa, there’s only one con in town with real star-drawing power, and that’s MegaCon. This weekend, you can meet, greet and selfie with stars like best-ever Doctor-and-companion team David Tennant and Billie Piper (Doctor Who); Marty (Michael J. Fox), Doc (Christopher Lloyd), Lorraine (Lea Thompson), Biff (Tom Wilson) and Principal Strickland (James Tolkan) from Back to the Future; and even Shazam! star Zachary Levi.…

Sat-May-2019 Opera Orlando takes on Benjamin Britten's children's opera 'Noye's Fludde'

Opera buffs know this as Benjamin Britten’s setting of an English miracle play about Noah’s Ark to his vivid, sophisticated original music. Fans of Wes Anderson, on the other hand, will recognize it as the charming children’s pageant staged in Moonrise Kingdom.…

Sat-May-2019 Orlando Science Center's annual Mess Fest is back and slimier than ever


Orlando's messy, gooey and fun-filled science experiments return this weekend to the Orlando Science Center.

The Mess Fest features three brand new mess zones, along with five mess zones from previous years.

Mess Fest, an annual event, happens this year from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. The event helps kids and adults learn scientific theory by performing gooey and slimy experiments.…

Fri-May-2019 Opponents of offshore drilling join 'Hands Across the Sand' on 30 Florida beaches

Activists and environmental groups will join hands on the beach on Saturday for a midday synchronized event across 95 worldwide locations.…

Fri-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'VarieTease: Lilly Loses Everything'

I’ve got a confession to make: I’ve never been a big fan of “Lilly,” the baby-voiced character that narrates preshow announcements at the Venue. But for the final new VarieTease fantasia before the building is demolished, creator/choreographer Blue Star (with the aid of collaborator/writer Patrick Fatica) has finally found a way to make me empathize with her prepubescent alter ego.…

Fri-May-2019 Gruters: Republican Party of Florida 'not supportive' of federal plan to resettle 1,000 migrants per month in South Florida


Updated: The Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel reported late Friday afternoon that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the agency does not have imminent plans to send migrants to Broward and Palm Beach counties.…

Fri-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'Dandy Darkly's All Aboard'

Dandy Darkly (aka New York-based writer/performer Neil Arthur James) may look like Captain Spaulding raided Elton John’s closet and commandeered the Polar Express, but don’t judge this book by its glittering cover. In All Aboard, Darkly invites his audience on an express ride into the dark heart of gothic Georgia, where long-buried ghosts are still as close as the local superstore.…

Fri-May-2019 Fringe 2019 Review: 'Space Hippo'

There’s a subtext of existential dread underlying many shows at this year’s Festival, but leave it to Space Hippo to make that unspoken angst explicit in this unexpectedly sophisticated surreal knee-slapper. Scientists warn that life on Earth will be extinguished in only five years, but instead of doing something sensible to stop our extinction, short-sighted politicians decide to distract the public from their imminent demise by launching a hippopotamus towards the sun.…

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