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Tue-Sep-2018 Rick Springfield to play Orlando in November with Tommy Tutone and Greg Kihn

Eighties pop mastermind Rick Springfield today announced an Orlando date as part of his fall "Best in Show" U.S. tour, and with a lineup that reads like a Billboard hit singles chart from that decade, Springfield is bringing Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone along with him!

Rick Springfield Presents Best in Show with Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone is happening on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live . Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 28

Tue-Sep-2018 Led by Dan Terminus, strong synthwave bill takes Orlando back to the future

Dan Terminus, Moondragon, Gregorio Franco and ACP PRO, Will’s Pub, Sept. 23

I’ve already noted how interesting and fortunate it is that Orlando-based promoter Endoxa Booking – most famous for being a leading impresario of heavy music – has lately expanded into indie rap with such taste and commitment.…

Tue-Sep-2018 April Freeman, Democratic candidate in Florida's CD 17, dies at age 54

April Freeman, the Democratic candidate in Florida’s Congressional District 17, died Sunday night, her husband announced on Facebook.

She was 54.…

Tue-Sep-2018 There's still aid available for Irma home repairs in Orange County

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said Monday it has started making assistance available to low-income residents in certain counties whose homes were damaged last year in Hurricane Irma.…

Tue-Sep-2018 Weeki Wachee Mermaids visiting Sea Life Aquarium this week

The famed mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will be swimming among the creatures of Orlando's Sea Life Aquarium this week.

The mermaids will be at the aquarium from Sept. 28 to Oct. 21, "performing unbelievable underwater feats" every hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and doing meet-and-greets from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to Sea Life Orlando's website.…

Tue-Sep-2018 A pet kangaroo named 'Storm' is running loose in a Florida neighborhood right now

A pet kangaroo named Storm escaped from an animal sanctuary in Florida this morning and is still on the loose.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 45-pound marsupial was first reported missing Tuesday morning, and was last seen in the Jupiter Farms area of Palm Beach County.…

Tue-Sep-2018 'Bachelor in Paradise' couple to hold meet-and-greet in Orlando tonight

Stars of your mom's favorite reality franchise will make their way to Orlando tonight to meet the fans.

Bachelor in Paradise fiances Chris Randone and Krystal Nielsen will be holding a meet-and-greet at Topgolf, located at 9295 Universal Blvd.,  tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Randone and Nielsen starred in the fifth season of ABC's Bachelor in Paradise — a spin-off of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise where the audience's favorite previously rejected contestants go to a remote tropical destination to make a second attempt at finding love.

The meet-and-greet is free to attend. Attendees will also receive coupons for $10 off game play.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views.…

Tue-Sep-2018 This Winter Park resident has spent $50K saving shelter dogs one heartworm treatment at a time

Not to be sappy, but we could all use a little good news, right? So here's a wonderful person doing an excellent thing.…

Tue-Sep-2018 Flagler County Sheriff has to appear in court this week because he keeps inferring people are guilty upon arrest

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly, a man who often brags about how many people he packs into his jail and how poorly he treats them, has been subpoenaed this week to address his long history of "prejudicial" language.

Attorney Joshua Davis, who is representing Flagler Beach Commissioner Eric Cooley in a domestic violence dispute, filed a motion for a gag order against Staly in response to a release issued from Sheriff's Office following Cooley’s arrest.…

Tue-Sep-2018 Orlando Pride's Marta awarded her sixth Women's World Player of the Year title

On Monday, Orlando Pride standout and Brazilian superstar Marta received the honor of her sixth FIFA Player of the Year award during a ceremony in London, making her the all-time leader in the award.…

Tue-Sep-2018 Foxtail Coffee moving into former Hubby Bubbly space in College Park

Yesterday we told you that the folks behind Hubbly Bubbly in College Park had sold the building as they received an offer they couldn't refuse.

Here's the blithely written note again for your reading pleasure:

We told you a coffee shop would be moving in and, in an announcement today that came as no surprise to many, that coffee shop will be: Yep, that's right, Foxtail Coffee. Look for them to open before the end of the year; they will renovate the interior and exterior to "fit the Foxtail aesthetic with a blend of wood and metal accents."

Now, re the building itself, I should clarify a few further points.

I was admonished via email yesterday by Heather Unger, who's overseeing the sale of the building. She said she was "disheartened" by the article I wrote yesterday and that nothing about it was "professional."…

Tue-Sep-2018 Disney World shifts to date-specific, demand-based pricing for all tickets

Just like taxes and death, there’s no escape Disney World’s annual price increases.

In recent years the annual event has become biannual, with increases every spring and fall.…

Tue-Sep-2018 The latest rumor says Epcot is about to add the 'bear necessities'

Last year it looked pretty set in stone that Epcot would be receiving two new countries in the World Showcase, as part of the park’s estimated $2 billion update.

Both Brazil and Spain were all but announced for the Disney World’s second theme park.…

Tue-Sep-2018 Despite record attendance, Animal Kingdom will soon see an entire land shut down with nothing confirmed to replace it

Despite rumors of its demise stretching back years, Disney surprised many this late last week when they confirmed to cast members that Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Animal Kingdom will close next month.

Recent rumors have pointed to the behind-the-scenes mini-land as transitioning to a seasonal attraction, only being open during the busiest times of the year, but with cast members now destaffing the mini-land just ahead of the busy holiday season, any seasonal operations seem unlikely, at least for the time being.…

Mon-Sep-2018 Here's a totally not mad Ron DeSantis

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is totally not mad that people are calling him out for hanging with racists instead of going after his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum.

DeSantis, whose most recent racist scandal involves keeping $20,000 from a Republican donor who called President Obama a "F—— MUSLIM N——," has been criticized for speaking four times at conferences organized by David Horowitz.…

Mon-Sep-2018 Goblin to play iconic Suspiria sountrack live in Central Florida this December

Halloween just got an extension in Central Florida. As part of a North American tour set to start in late October, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin have just announced a Tampa date set for later this year where the band will be playing their iconic score to Dario Argento's 1977 horror masterpiece Suspiria … with the movie screening simultaneously. 

Goblin play the Suspiria soundtrack live with a bonus live set of original compositions at the Orpheum in Tampa on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available here.

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

Mon-Sep-2018 Bill Nelson donates $10K from Al Franken PAC to charity following report

Not long after sexual allegations involving Sen. Al Franken surfaced, Sen. Bill Nelson said he would donate to charity any contributions he received from Franken's political action committee.

The only problem, according to a report from CNN: Nelson didn't follow through with his word in whole, in that he had yet to donate $10,000 his campaign received from a previous election system – half of the money received from Franken's Midwest Values PAC – prior to the report.…

Mon-Sep-2018 Carson Kressley replaces Michelle Visage as grand marshal at Come Out With Pride Orlando

RuPaul's Drag Race judge and original Queer Eye fashion expert Carson Kressley will be replacing fellow squirrel friend Michelle Visage as the talent grand marshal at Orlando's Come Out With Pride parade next month.

Organizers of the Oct. 13 event say Visage will no longer be attending the parade because of a scheduling conflict with a filming opportunity in the United Kingdom.…

Mon-Sep-2018 Someone hung a 'Re-Elect Trump' banner in Disney's Magic Kingdom last weekend

A "Re-Elect Trump" banner was briefly displayed at Disney' Magic Kingdom Sunday afternoon.

The banner, which read "Re-Elect Donald J. Trump.…

Mon-Sep-2018 New Florida laws on animal abuse, PTSD benefits take effect Oct. 1

Laws will take effect next week that will add benefits for first responders who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and impose harsher penalties on people who abuse animals, along with 19 other measures signed by Gov. Rick Scott after the 2018 legislative session.

The laws taking effect Oct. 1 range from allowing credit cards to be used for background checks when firearms are purchased to doling out tougher punishment for people who steal bee colonies or trespass at airports.

Most laws crafted during the legislative session, including the state’s $88.7 billion budget, hit the books on July 1.…

Mon-Sep-2018 One of Orlando's biggest developers is building a 'mini-theme park' on I-Drive

Unicorp, the development company behind ICON Orlando 360 (previously known as I-Drive 360), has been slowly moving forward with their transformation of the nearly 14-acre block that stretches from Sand Lake Road to Via Mercado along International Drive and Universal Boulevard.

After looking at the possibility of residential units and other less tourism-focused projects for this area, Unicorp founder and CEO Chuck Whittall has announced a slew of new attractions for the ICON Orlando 360 block that also includes The Vue at 360 plaza, I-Shops, and a Wyndham hotel.

The Wyndham will replace many of the dated stand-alone two-story buildings with two new hotel towers that will have a combined 800 rooms.…

Mon-Sep-2018 Disney's next big idea for Epcot might be a Mary Poppins carnival ride

Back in 2016, when Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced Epcot would be going under a multi-year transformation to become “more Disney, timeless, relevant, [and] family friendly,” there wasn’t a lot of details on what exactly that would entail.

Since then, a new Guardians of the Galaxy indoor roller coaster, a trackless Ratatouille dark ride, an updated 360-degree Circle-Vision film in China, and a redo for Future World have all been announced.…

Mon-Sep-2018 Band of the Week: The Grizzly Atoms

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

Mon-Sep-2018 Hubbly Bubbly in College Park closing Friday

After serving the fine residents of College Park and beyond for nearly five years, Hubbly Bubbly will close Friday, September 28.

Why you ask? Well, according to a note posted on the restaurant's window, money.

"There was simply an offer that we couldn't turn down for our fun little building," reads the not-so-fun little note.

"The good news is we are less than 3 miles up the road in our new downtown location at 131 N. Orange Ave."
Needless to say, the workers inside the falafel joint were less than enthused by owner Georgie Joubran's blithe missive but, in my review from 2014, Joubran readily admitted he was a businessman, not a poet.

Moving into the space will be a coffee shop.…

Mon-Sep-2018 Tennessee Truffle's Nat Russell cooks at the Imperial Monday night

In case you hadn't noticed, the Imperial at Washburn Imports in Ivanhoe Village has been steadily improving and expanding their food offerings after owner John Washburn brought on chef Jeannine Gage (former proprietor of Ivey's Kitchen and catering manager for Hunger Street Tacos) as food operations manager.

As her title suggests, Gage oversees the kitchen at the Ivanhoe Village location and will do the same at the Winter Park location when it opens in late October/early November.

The hope, she says, is to have one full-time cook at each location with Gage shuttling between the two locations for menu development.

Gage has been whipping up such meals as summer corn and asiago risotto with sea scallops, and sous-vide tenderloin steak atop truffled potato gratin with chimichurri at Imperial's kitchen since July.

Now the Imperial is instituting a venture for talented local chefs called Monday Night Bites, a culinary campaign that'll see chef Nat Russell of Sanford's Tennessee Truffle helm the kitchen inside the furniture shop Monday night.

The showcase fits right into to Gage's vision of making the Imperial a regular destination for gastronomes.

"We've been looking for ways to up our food game at the Imperial, and we've been wanting to collaborate with local chefs and food producers, so I thought [Monday Night Bites] would be a great way to do both at the same time." 

Gage will, ahem, gauge public response to the first Monday Night Bites, but the plan, she says, is to have the event take place at least monthly, and then bi-weekly and, hopefully, every week.

And much like the furniture inside Washburn Imports, Monday night's event will take on a decidedly Indo-Asian theme.
"I knew of John's extensive trips all over Asia to find these great pieces," says Russell, "so I thought why not create a melange of flavors from India to China?"

Indeed, fashioning papadums, bao, satay and fermented black bean paste presents a bit of a departure for Russell, whose Sanford resto specializes in creative Southern staples.

But, for the CIA-trained Russell, it shouldn't pose a problem.

Future Monday Night Bites will see Alex Carjaval of Black Bean Deli, Chelsie and Jamie Savage of Sanctum Cafe, and Gage's former employers Joe and David Creech of Hunger Street Tacos take over the kitchen.

The inaugural Monday Night Bites will run from 5-10 p.m. with dishes ranging from $7-$12.

Chefs interesting in taking part in future Monday Night Bites can contact Jeannine Gage directly at jeannine@imperialwinebar.com.

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