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Time to get off that couch and drop some lbs while getting your butt cultured. The tours, art fests and B-Ball are in full swing. Local hip hop flavor set to open for Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia at Firestone Live this month.

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01 That Awkward Moment

Opens Sat, Feb 1st Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been- at that confusing “moment” in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So...where is this going?”

02 Sevendust w/ Butcher Babies/ Wilson/ (N)Ception HOUSE OF BLUES 407.934.BLUE • www.HOB/ Sat, Feb 1st • $22 Adv/$24 Dos / 7pm Drs /All Ages



11 Craft Beer Week Mon, Feb 10th:

06 The Monuments Men

Opens Fri, Feb 7th Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray Cate Blanchett, John Goodman Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

07 Ralphfest 3 featuring: Sebadoh

THE SOCIAL 54 N. Orange Ave 407.246.1419 Sat, Feb 8th • $15 Adv/$15 Dos / 7pm Doors / 18+

09 UCF Men’s Basketball vs UCONN 03 The Airborne Toxic Event

THE SOCIAL 46 N. Orange Ave 407.246.1419 • Thur, Feb 6th • $25 Adv/$35 Dos/ 7:30pm Doors / 18+

04 Queens of the Stone Age HARD ROCK LIVE 6050 Universal Blvd. 407.351.5483 • Fri, Feb 7th • $35-$49/ 8pm/ All Ages

12 Craft Beer Week Tue, Feb 11th:

5pm: GNARLY BARLEY presents ‘Pineapple Express’ w/ Terrapin and Orange Blossom Brewing Terrapin releases its newest project! With pineapple desserts, pineapple topped tacos and other Terrapin and brand new Orange Blossom Brewing releases on tap! 5pm: FRANK N STEINS Sam Adams Tap Spot Light Limited releases beers being tapped throughout the night! Trivia, prizes, games, glassware giveaways, and even a raffle to win a custom Sam Adams cooler! 6pm: CAFE TU TU TANGO Dogfish Head Dinner A Hopeclipse Now! Beer and food pairing with Dogfish Head experts and a special menu for the evening.

13 Craft Beer Week Wed, Feb 12th:

08 Magic vs Pacers

AMWAY CENTER 407.839.3900 • Sun, Feb 9th • $44-$2062/ 6pm

5pm: ORLANDO BREWING Happy Hour Kick off the weeks event at our local brewery! 6pm- SMILING BISON Smoked Pig Fest A whole smoked pig paired with your favorite Stone beer and new limited release Stone brews.


UCF ARENA 12777 Gemini Blvd. 407.823.6006 • Sun, Feb 9th • $15-$25 / 6pm/ All Ages

10 Panic! At The Disco w/ The Colourist HOUSE OF BLUES 407.934.BLUE • www.HOB/ Sun, Feb 9th • $29 Adv/$35 Dos / 6pm Drs /All Ages

5pm: WINTER PARK Craft Walk Join local craft experts at at Dexter’s in Winter Park to experience multiple craft beers in Winter Park. We will make stops at Luma, Prato and Eola Wine to sample great beers with local craft beer experts. 5pm: OBLIVION presents the Great Orlando Smoke Out Head over to Oblivion to experience a special one- nightonly menu of smoked foods paired with Lagunitas favorites and some special releases. 6pm: GRAFFITI JUNCTION Longwood Sam Adams 3 Craft Beer Night Multiple rare and limited release beers, prizes and trivia.

14 Craft Beer Week Thur, Feb 13th:

5pm: FRANK N STEINS Ultimate Uber Extraordinary Skeetball Boulder Beer Skeetball Tournament Join Boulder, Colorado’s oldest craft brewery, for some amazing beers, prizes and fun! 6pm: WILL’S PUB Teaching and Old Dog New Tricks Featuring Brew Dog and Anchor Join the original craft brewery, Anchor, to try their brand new beers in an epic launch and stay to welcome back an Orlando favorite from Scotland, BrewDog!

09 15 Craft Beer Week

05 Fantastic Fear of Everything

Opens Fri, Feb 7th Starring: Simon Pegg Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children’s author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by an irrational fear of being murdered.When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent, and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in Jack’s script, what should be his ‘big break’ rapidly turns into his ‘big breakdown’ as Jack is forced to confront his worst fears; among them love, laundry and serial killers.


Fri, Feb 14th:

8pm: RED LIGHT RED LIGHT Lips of Faith New Belgium Dessert and Beer pairing (until its gone) After dinner with your sweetheart or just out to meet up with friends, join us at Red Light Red Light for an unforgettable limited release beer and dessert pairing.

16 Craft Beer Week Sat, Feb 15th:

4pm: GREAT ORLANDO CRAFT BEER FEST Featuring rare finds and some never seen before or again beers from Stone, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Sam Adams, Orlando Brewing, Abita, Anchor,Terrapin, Sierra Nevada, and Orange Blossom Brewingall at your favorite bars downtown!

15 Craft Beer Week Sun, Feb 16th:



4pm: DEXTER’S Winter Park Snap Shot Sunday Introducing the newest member of the craft family Snap Shot from New Belgium! Stop in for a sample (or pint) of your favorite New Belgium beer, taste items from the incredible menu to pair with your beer and get tagged in a #SnapShot !

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16 Universal Studios Mardi Gras presents Daughtry UNIVERSAL STUDIOS 407.363.8000 • Sat, Feb 8th • $92 Single Park/ $128 Both Parks/ Check Park Hours/ All Ages The spirit of Mardi Gras isn’t bound to the Big Easy; the connection sparks as the parade rolls by, as the beads fill the air, when the music swells as the stage lights rise. Join the party with a dazzling parade, beads by the handful, and the most amazing concert line-up ever.

17 Universal Studios Mardi Gras presents Barenaked Ladies UNIVERSAL STUDIOS 407.363.8000 • Sat, Feb 8th • $92 Single Park/ $128 Both Parks/ Check Park Hours/ All Ages

18 Universal Studios Mardi Gras presents Thomas Rhett


24 Endless Love Opens Fri, Feb 14th Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) star in Universal Pictures’ ENDLESS LOVE, the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.

25 The Hip Abduction w/ Resinated THE SOCIAL 46 N. Orange Ave 407.246.1419 • Sat, Feb 15th • $8 Adv/$10 Dos/ 8pm Doors / 18+

26 Rock Hard Revue Valentine’s Weekend Edition

THE ABBEY 100 S Eola Drive 407.347.5035 • Sat, Feb 15th • $15 Adv/$20 Dos / 8pm Doors / 3+


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS 407.363.8000 • Sat, Feb 8th • $92 Single Park/ $128 Both Parks/ Check Park Hours/ All Ages

THE BEACHAM 54 N. Orange Ave 407.246.1419 •

30 Flogging Molly

31 Taco Tuesday



20 Universal Mardi Gras presents

Collective Soul UNIVERSAL STUDIOS 407.363.8000 Sat, Feb 8th • $92 Single Park/ $128 Both Parks/ Check Park Hours/ All Ages

29 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings w/ Valerie June

HOUSE OF BLUES 1490 E. Buena Vista Dr. 407.934.BLUE • www.HOB/ Tue, Feb 18th • $35 Adv $38 Dos/ 6:30pm Doors The 10th Annual Green 17 Tour hits 28 cities, including one of their biggest stops at the House of Blues, to share some ‘Whiskey in a Jar’ and sing the usual ‘Drunken Lullabies’ with a couple thousand of their drinking buddies. Hit Raglan Road for a pint to warm up for the frenzied mess known as a Molly dancing crowd... or better yet moshpit!

19 Universal Studios Mardi Gras presents Robin Thicke UNIVERSAL STUDIOS 407.363.8000 • Sat, Feb 8th • $92 Single Park/ $128 Both Parks/ Check Park Hours/ All Ages This summer’s pop bad boy, Robin taught himself to play piano at the age of 12 and by 16 was writing and producing songs for artists like Brandy, Color Me Badd, and Brian McKnight. By the age of 21, he had written and produced songs on over 20 gold and platinum albums including Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, Pink, Christina Aguilera and others. By 2013, he had amassed a host of award nominations and radio hits. But none of that compared to the worldwide success of “Blurred Lines”,

ENDLESS LOVE... the redux

ROBOCOP... the re 27 John Henton

IMPROV ORLANDO 9101 International Drive 407.48.5233 Thu, Feb 13th-Sun, Feb 16th • $15$40/ 8pm/ 21+

28 Surfer Blood



BACKBOOTH 37 W Pine St • Sun, Feb 16th • $12/ 6pm/ All Ages

WALL STREET CANTINA 19 N Orange Avenue 407.420.1515 • $2 Tacos/$2 Corona’s/$2 Margaritas Tues, Feb 18th • 18+

32 Mystery Science Theater 3000

ENZIAN 1300 South Orlando 407.629.0054 • Wed, Feb 19th • Free/ 7:30pm/ 18+ Grab a beer (or two) and some munchies at Eden Bar and enjoy a FREE outdoor movie on the lawn at Enzian. Come thirsty for Jell-o shot movie trivia during the show – answer a question correctly and you get to pop back a shot! Also featuring a special evening happy hour from 7PM -11PM, this night of great drinks and fun flicks is best enjoyed under the stars with your buddies by your side. The mad and evil scientist, Dr. Clayton Forrester, has created an evil little scheme that is bound to give him world global domination but first thing’s first. He plans to torment Mike Nelson and the robots by sending them a real stinker of a film to watch called,“This Island Earth.”


21 Trey Anastasio Band HOUSE OF BLUES 1490 E. Buena Vista Dr. 407.934.BLUE • www.HOB/ Tue, Feb11th • $39.50 Dos / 6:30pm Doors /All Ages

22 William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet

CENTRAL PARK 251 Park Avenue South 407.629.0054 • Thur, Feb 13th • Free/ 7pm/ All Ages Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. The gun-toting members of the families wage a vicious war on the streets as the star-crossed lovers meet their tragic destiny.

23 Robocop Opens Fri, Feb 14th Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish



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33 Pompeii Opens Fri, Feb 21st Starring: Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

34 Thin Lizzy, CCR, The Stooges, KISS cover show WILL’S PUB 1042 N Mills Ave Sat, Feb 22nd • $7-$10/ 8pm/ 18+ This greatest hit line up includes bands that are Not Thin Lizzy, Not Kiss, Not The Stooges and many more things that just aren’t what they seem, but sound killer just the same. Close your eyes and make believe!

38 Dirty Bingo STARDUST LOUNGE 431 E. Central Blvd. 407.839.0080 Tues, Feb 25th, 10pm, Free

39 UCF Men’s Bball vs Rutgers UCF ARENA 12777 Gemini Blvd. 407.823.6006 • Wed, Feb 16th • $15-$25 / 6pm/ All Ages

40 $1 Drink Night @ Chillers

CHILLERS 33 W Church St • Wed, Feb 26th • No Cover/ 21+ Orlando’s longest running and best tradition lives on at Chillers. Each and every Wednesday, they offer $1 wells, domestic bottled beers, and frozen daiquiris from 7:30-close! That’s not all..YES, there is more. You can also get $1.50 imported beers, $2 Jager, Goldschlager, and Rumplemintz shots!


46 Non-Stop

Opens Fri, Feb 28th Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Nate Parker This suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.



35 Mardi Gras @ Sea Dog

47 Solar Bears vs. Kalamazoo Wings

SEA DOG BREWING CO. 8496 Palm Parkway/Lake Buena Vista 321.329.5306 • Sat, Feb 22nd • 3-7pm/ All Ages

AMWAY CENTER • 407.839.3900 Sat, Feb 28th • $12-$65/ 7:30pm/ All Ages

48 3 Days to Kill

36 Orlando City vs Toronto ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX 407.93994263 Sat, Feb 22nd, 1pm/6pm, Single $20/All Day $30 The Walt Disney World® Resort and Major League Soccer have teamed up to bring you the 5th Edition of the Pro Soccer Classic set to take place Wednesday, February 19 through Saturday, March 1, 2014. This action-packed event will feature 8 teams competing in 16 games across 4 game days. Participating teams include: Philadelphia Union,Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls, Montreal Impact, Columbus Crew, Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City Soccer Club and Brazil’s Fluminense FC.




41 41 Charlie Murphy

IMPROV ORLANDO 9101 International Drive 407.48.5233 Thu, Feb 27th-Sun, 2nd • $27/ 8pm/ 21+


42 Iron & Wine (solo)

THE SOCIAL 46 N. Orange Ave 407.246.1419 • Thu, Feb 27th • $30 Adv/$35/ 5pm/9pm/ 12+/18+

43 Fifth Harmony w/ Before You Exit

Opens Fri, Feb 28th Starring: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission- even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.

49 Donnie Disco presents Excision II w/ Ill Gates/ Dirtyphonics HOUSE OF BLUES 407.934.BLUE • www.HOB/ Fri, Dec 28th • $30 Adv/ $35 Dos / 8pm /All Ages

50 Magic vs Miami Heat AMWAY CENTER 407.839.3900 • Sat, Mar 1st • $44-$2062/ 7pm

HOUSE OF BLUES 407.934.BLUE • www.HOB/ Thu, Feb 27th • $20 Adv/ $22 Dos / 6:30pm /All Ages


44 Still The Sky’s Limit 37 ReTox! Sunday Funday

WALL STREET PLAZA (HOOCH/WAI TIKI) 19 N Orange Avenue 407.420.1515 • Sun, Feb 23rd • 21+ Sun and fun out on Wall St Plaza every Sunday, with drink specials at Wai Tiki, Hooch and games on all the big screens. Retox and rehydrate with your fellow downtown party elite!


BACKBOOTH 37 W Pine St • Fri, Feb 28th • $10-$12/ 8pm/ 18+

45 Jennifer Nettles HARD ROCK LIVE 6050 Universal Blvd. 407.351.5483 • Fri, Feb 28th • $40-$125/ 8pm/ All Ages



Monday 5pm - Happy Hour at Orlando Brewing. Kick off the Craft Beer week at our local brewery 6pm - Smiling Bison Smoked Pig Fest with Stone Brewing Beer Pairings

Wednesday 5pm - Winter Park Craft Walk with stops at Luma, Prato & Eola Wine company 5pm - Oblivion presents the Great Orlando Smoke Out with Lagunitas 6pm - Grafti Junction Sam Adams Craft Beer Night

Friday 8pm - Until it’s gone. Redlight, Redlight New Belgium Lips of Faith Beer & Dessert Pairing

Tuesday 5pm - Gnarly Barley presents Pineapple Express with Terrapin & Orange Blossom Brewing 5pm - Frank & Steins Sam Adams Tap Spot Light 6pm - Café Tu Tu Tango Dogsh Head Beer Dinner

Thursday 5pm - Frank & Steins Ultimate Uber Extraordinary Boulder Beer Skeetball Tournament 6pm - Will’s Pub: Teaching an old dog new tricks featuring Brew Dog & Anchor

Saturday 4pm - 7pm Orlando Craft Beer Festival, Downtown. Featuring rare nds and some never seen before, or again, craft beer.

Sunday 4pm - 7pm Dexter’s Winter Park Snap Shot Sunday. Introducing the newest member of the craft family, Snap Shot from New Belgium!


WHO: JUICY J (Three 6 Mafia) featuring DUB T • AFROWHITEY • PROJECT PAT • TRAVIS $COTT WHERE: FIRESTONE LIVE WHEN: FRI, FEB 21st • DRS 7:00pm • Tix $30-$125 INFO: • 407.872.0066 aXis> Joining Juicy J from Three 6 Mafia and debuting the new mixtape, what’s new with Dub-T? DUB T: I just released my brand new mixtape ‘The Catalina Wine Mixer’ that’s free on Soundcloud or if you’re a Spotify fan you can check it out there also. We’ve got some great production from Universal Producer Jaywan, Tony Keyz and Get Wild Productions on the mixtape, also very excited to say it’s been getting a pretty good response online and hand to hand. But coming up is this month I was fortunate enough to be able to open for Juicy J of Three Six Mafia, Project Pat, and Travis $cott! aXis> You’ve been on a lot of stages, what makes the Firestone stage unique, any great moments there? DUB T: I’ve had a ball at Firestone with my former band Greyscalemusic, rocked the stage with First Hit, and the Machine Gun Kelly show this past July. I’m gonna have to call it a tie with Greyscalemusic and the Machine Gun Kelly show.The Machine Gun Kelly show was my largest solo exposure and that’s more of the direction I’m in now so that’s dope to me. But you know being in a group is like a family and we won a battle so that helped build a great moment with Greyscalemusic at Firestone, overall great venue. aXis> Hip Hop seems to be losing ground to EDM, what’s needed to bring it back to the forefront? DUB T: I think that Hip-Hop needs to evolve more into aligning itself with other types of successful music to keep it’s growth moving forward. I’m actually closing out the Juicy J show with my new song ‘Know About Me’ that my producer Tony Keyz cooked up that combines Trap-Beats and Hip-Hop that’s something new and fresh and that’s what I think people want. And with EDM music if you listen to Track #2 on ‘The Catalina Wine Mixer’ Sweatin’ (Pop Molly) I give a hip-hop story of what I think is really keeping the EDM movement rolling along.

aXis> Who is AfroWhitey? AfroWhitey: AfroWhitey is made up of vocalist DeeRobes & DJ / Producer Dustin Hulton from Orlando, Florida. We are about having fun making music. It means so much more, but at the core its about following our hearts by doing what we love to do. Hip hop and dance music have always thrived off of “2 turntables and a microphone” in the early days, so no surprise we would work well together blending the two genres. In this situation we are able to create that blend of classic hip-hop and artistic dance music in a live setting. aXis> Does hip hop get it’s fair due in Otown? AfroWhitey: Hip-hop is consistently evolving and influencing culture, so Orlando is no exception. We are fortunate to receive so much love having brought that hip-hop element to another genre. Performing and producing old school/classic hip-hop can be tricky at times, but for the most part it is very acceptable to adapt the fusion of sounds. Orlando just wants to hear good music and there is so much here. We’ve found that thinking outside the box seems to get the most love. aXis> Your music is a blend of hip hop and EDM. Do you feel that electronic music is becoming more prevalent in hip hop and vice versa, and who are your influences in those genres? AfroWhitey: Both genres have already merged pretty heavily. A few years back there was a fine line as to whether you were going to a hip hop show or an EDM show. Now most of the acts can be seen on the same stage performing their own shows or collaborating on stage together. This is beautiful for us since we focus on a touch of both genres in our style. As for our Hip Hop influences, Outkast is definitely one of our favorites. Growing up, we always jammed out to The Roots, Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde. Recently Macklemore & Ryan Lewis & Kid Cudi have been holding it down. As far as EDM, we’ve always been big fans of Hybrid, Rusko is fresh, and Daft Punk have been rockin it. We listen & work on every style from Miami bass to Hip Hop to Dubstep, so I guess you could say that we are influenced from all over.

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V-DAY love is in the air... even if you’re broke... so take our advice...

Don’t let this year’s V-Day turn into D-Day because your bank account is looking lower than normal. You can still keep Cupid shooting his arrow your way without missing your rent payment for March. So throw away the expensive (and not to mention old) dinner and a movie routine. GET HER IN A BIKINI DISCOVERY COVE When: Valentine’s Day Where: Discovery Cove Sea World Cost: Three packages available Okay, so this may not be the cheapest gift, but it will last you until summer. The three Valentine’s packages that can be included with the regular admission are available for the entire month of February. Call 877.434.7234 for more information and reservations.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE CUPID’S MASQUERADE BALL When: Feb 7th (8pm-1am) Where: Fields Fiat Showroom • 131 N Orange Ave Cost: $20 Adv/ $25 Dos This wild Valentine’s party featuring a live auction, raffles, great food and a free round, will be held at the Fields Fiat Showroom in Downtown Orlando! With Orlando’s beautiful people masked in their formal attire, you never know who you may end up dancing with. Discover your inner animal and pet some of the other animals attending, all to benefit the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center! For tickets:


Some people spend weeks and a lot of money planning their dates in anticipation for Valentine’s Day but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to show your significant other how special and important they are without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas of what to do if you want to have a romantic and special Valentine’s Day but don’t have the money for anything too extravagant. • Have a picnic- This is something that definitely doesn’t require an obscene amount of money and is something that anyone can enjoy. Just go to Publix and pick up some subs, some snacks, and something special for dessert and you’re set.Throwing in some candles and going to a park that is quieter is a good idea and makes for a more romantic evening. • Spend the day at the beach- The beach is a great place to go if you don’t want to spend too much. Grab some towels, some snacks, maybe a bit of tanning oil, and hit the road. A day at the beach is always something fun and the only thing you may have to pay for is parking! • Cook together- Dinner on Valentine’s Day can get expensive, so go on the internet and find a dish that you both enjoy, go grocery shopping together, and then cook! Cooking together also gives you some time to spend alone together and buying the ingredients definitely won’t be as expensive as going to a fancy restaurant for dinner. • Go to a fancy restaurant…for dessert- This way you get the best of both worlds! You are able to get dressed up and go to a fancy restaurant all while spending less money. Pick the fanciest restaurant you can find, get the most extravagant dessert on the menu, and you’ll still be under budget.


Although Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a blissful day filled with love, this is also a day where some people can make some of the worst decisions of their lives. Here are some things to keep in mind when going about your Valentine’s Day. • DO NOT call your ex- Even if Valentine’s Day brings up some fond memories that the two of you shared, it is most likely not the right day to call them sobbing and hoping that they’ll take you back. You broke up for a reason and I’m sure you don’t want to deal with that all over again. So if it’s a choice between your couch or a date with your ex, be wise and choose the couch. • DO NOT break up with someone- Even if you’re in a relationship you’re not particularly happy with, stick it out another day. Don’t break up with someone on Valentine’s Day, even if you have been waiting to pull the plug on the relationship. Pretend that you’re sick so you don’t have to go out on a romantic excursion, just hold off one more day so you don’t have to make things even harder on the person you’re going to break up with. • DO NOT be a third wheel- Your best friend may have been trying to be nice and ask you to join her and her boyfriend on their date, but politely decline. Being a third wheel will make Valentine’s Day that much harder on you, you will definitely be better off sitting at home and having a movie marathon and gorging on some junk food. • DO NOT expect the world from your date- Valentine’s Day can be special, but it definitely isn’t the most special and romantic day in the world. Go with the flow and take everything as it comes because if you expect too much, I can almost guarantee that you will be disappointed and you’ll ruin the night for both you and your date. - Arielle Ozery • February 2014


KEEPING YOU HIP TO THE hops For the love of brew... and your VDay boo!

SHOW HER YOUR HEART WITH A PINT OF LOVE! Let’s face it- February brings one particular holiday to mind, especially the girls: Valentines Day. Whether or not you like, it’s still a holiday you recognize. Single? What better way to get over your fear of Valentines then drown your sorrows with a beer. Here’s a couple beers that will help ease your pain: Lagunitas Lucky 13: Maybe you’re trying to get lucky on that love bird holiday... So, this ultra-megamondo red ale first made in 2006 to celebrate brewing ultra hoppy ales. It is a medium bodied, medium carbonated with a lot of hop bitterness. May not get you lucky, but it’ll definitely get you feeling good coming in at an 8.0% ABV. Someone break your heart? Get a Flying Dog Raging Bitch! This is an American IPA augmented with Belgian yeast.This 20th anniversary beer jumps out of the glass and nips at your taste buds.

So, not a cynic on this love filled day? I’ve got some beers that you will enjoy with your sweetie... Try these out! New Belgium Frambozen: This is a brown ale sweetened with fresh raspberries. It is deep ruby in color, with flavors just as rich. Starts velvety smooth and ends tart and slightly dry -- big but refreshing, like your relationship right?? And, who doesn’t love chocolate on this beautiful holiday??? How about Young’s Double Chocolate Stout? This is a creamy, full bodied stout brewed with a rich, dark chocolate taste, not too sweet. The roasted malts balance out the sweetness. Whether you love Valentines Day or hate it, Good Beer Is Always The Answer!






DJ M-SQUARED DJ • Musician

How long you lived in Otown? Qualities or traits do you have I’ve lived in Orlando for over 23 years. that help you do what you do? Having true passion and dedication   towards my craft as a Producer, DJ Title or claim to fame in life? • AXISMAG.COM MAGAZINE & PROMOTIONS My monumental achievement thus and performer.  Consistently workfar in my career as a Producer/ DJ ing hard to reach the world creatively has to be winning the “USA Red through the power of music.  Bull Thre3style National Championship.” Also, being casted on the VH1 A goal in the next few years? TV show “Master of The Mix.” I got If I had to choose one, it would be a chance to work with industry leg- to have one of my records from ends like Producer Just Blaze and DJ my EP project I’m releasing first quarKid Capri.  My most recent claim to ter this year entitled “Mood Designer fame would be headlining Universal 2.0,” positioned in the Billboard Top Studios CityWalk on NYE! And re- 100 Chart.   vently voted Best DJ and receiving a mural from Red Bull as a part of the Why is Otown a cool place? Because it’s home to many talented #WingsToWalls campaign.  artists in the Music and Arts commuPhrase that best describes you? nity.  The city truly supports the many Living life with passion by Designing Arts culture, which is contributing to the vibrancy of town. the Mood.


Where do you go to escape? Venues like: Lil’ Indies, Rock N Roll Heaven and Santiago’s Bodega to name a few. Santiago’s is definitely my favorite spot right now, you have to try the beef tenderloin.   If you were Mayor, what would you change? Mandatory “3 Day weekends,” at least two times a month! Lol!  Then, I would create more programs and scholarships for kids that what to be singers, songwriters and musicians. Lastly, after working hard all week, I would give free vouchers out for dinner at Santiago’s every Friday!   One thing you could never live without? MUSIC & lots of Red Bull!

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ALLISON WALKER Media Personality How long have you been in Orlando? Almost 7 years.

How long have you been in Orlando? Since summer league in July.

A goal you hope to reach in the next few years? Fill the arena! Sell out games, and the Olympics.

Title or claim to fame in life? Singing with Regis. I asked you really sang with Regis?? Yes and all the older folks think that’s pretty cool

Why is Orlando a cool place to be? The weather, it’s peaceful and ofcourse because the Magic are here.

A one-liner or phrase that best describes you? “Feathery” Should I even ask you what that means?? Yes you better ask me what it means, it means “Greatest of all” “better than best” not just better but “Feathery.”

Where do you go to escape in Orlando? I go to the movies by myself wearing my hoodie, but not looking suspicious!

Qualities you have that help you do what you do? My work ethic, working hard and my outgoing personality, my mentality, wanting to be great and working on my craft.

If you were Mayor, what would you change? I would build more homeless shelters, there are alot of homeless people downtown I’d want to help them and I would build more recreational centers.

Who do you feel is the coolest person in Orlando? The freshest person in Orlando is Mr. Devos and maybe Kyle O’Quinn

Title or claim to fame in life? Entertainment Reporter/Anchor... I get to make people happy for at least 90 seconds each night!


A one-liner or phrase that best describes you? It takes way more effort to be grumpy or spiteful than it is to smile. So I smile.

Media Personality How long you been in Orlando? 3 & 1/2 years

Qualities you have that help you do what you do? I like to approach celebrities using comfy “bar talk.” It’s essential for our chemistry. I also get a high off of surprising interviewees with subjects that other reporters may not have researched.

Claim to fame or title in life? That one time Reddit,The Chive,Tosh.0, and HLN were discussing my sex life. I never want to see my name on an airplane banner again.   Phrase that best describes you? I submitted ten puns to a pun contest, hoping one would win, but no pun in ten did.  Qualities you have that help you do what you do? I was diagnosed with Witzelsucht a couple months ago & it has really turned out to be a blessing.What is Witzelsucht, you ask?  As defined by Wikipedia, it is a set of rare neurological symptoms characterized by the tendency to make puns, or tell inappropriate jokes or pointless stories in socially inappropriate situations.    Coolest person in Orlando? It depends on how much I’ve been drinking.    A goal for the next few years? If I’m happy, healthy, and still making people laugh in the next few years then consider the goal reached. 

Who do you feel is the coolest person in Orlando? My Elvis tribute artist boyfriend. A goal you hope to reach in the next few years? To continue this love affair I have with my job, and to produce more on-air stories that get a “how’d they pull that off?” reaction. Oh, and for Clooney to beg us to be a co-host. Why is Orlando a cool place to be? It makes me think of Care Bears and puppies. I think the palm trees I never grew up around have something to do with that.

Why is Orlando a cool place? This is the only place where I can hang with Mickey, get tanked at Finnhenry’s and get weird at the Woodshed all in one day. Also, it’s not North Korea. 

Where do you go to escape? I can’t tell you. It’s my hiding spot when I need to hunker down on my work. But it is French-themed an I don’t even particularly care for that cuisine.

Where do you go to escape? Good Counsel Camp. If you were Mayor, what would you change about the city? If I am ever running for Mayor of Orlando, run me over.   You could never live without? My precious little feline, Luna. I have a soft spot in my heart for cats; places like the Cat Protection Society in Eustis do wonderful things and don’t get enough attention. I don’t know what I would do without Luna. 

If you were Mayor, what would you change? Cinco de Mayo should be a a mandatory “City Skip” day. One thing you could never live without? McDonald’s $1 ice cream cones!

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JAY BONADIO Jr Fashion Entrepreneur



How long have you been in Orlando? I moved from Cocoa Beach about a year and a half ago. Claim to fame? I am a street artist that over time became a Clothing designer. i am the CEO JbonEnterprise which includes, JbonClothingCo: a progressive street wear brand, & Brimskins: a patented fabric adhesive template that allows you to customize any hat brims. Both are sold worldwide.

A phrase that best describes you? I am Obsessed to progress. I have a bad habit of never being satisfied with my work.   What qualities help you do what you do? I am extremely dedicated and very business motivated. but most of all I enjoy being a leader. Who is the coolest person in Orlando?  I think anyone who is doing what they love is cool in my book.

A goal you hope for in next few years? To continue to move at a steady & consistent rate. Our goal is to be in Selected major retailers within the next 6 months.. I aim to see it become a global brand just like every other hat company that is out there now.   Why is Orlando cool?  Orlando is a growing city. It’s a perfect median between a large city like LA, Miami or NYC and a town like Cocoa Beach.

Where do you escape? I enjoy going back to my roots which is walking the streets and alleys doing some original art..   If you were Mayor?  I would really like to see more culture around the city. More lifestyle events that allow local artist to come out and showcase theyre work and talents.   One thing you could never live without? MUSIC. music keeps my mind going!

“Anyone that is doing what they love is cool in my book...”

ALEX MAJOR Collegiate Athlete



How long have you been in Orlando? Three years. Claim to fame in life?   Division 1 collegiate athlete.   Phrase best describes you? Work hard, play hard.   Qualities you have that help you do what you do? Hard working, motivated, creative & ambitious.   Who do you feel is coolest person in Orlando? The police officer who let me off on a speeding ticket, he was pretty cool!

Songwriter • Musician Title or claim to fame? My name is Andrew Shepard. I sing and play guitar in the rock band Roadkill Ghost Choir. Phrase best describes you?   Up shit creek without a paddle. Qualities you have that help you?  I am incredibly socially inept so this helps out with focusing on music and writing, not partying and being a social juggernaut. My lack of social skills could be a blessing in disguise. A lonely, lonely disguise.    Who do you feel is the coolest person in Orlando?  Damn, there are quite a few people that I find to be good, cool people. it’s hard to narrow it down to the coolest of the cool. I guess I’ll  go with Bob Opsahl.The obvious choice.  A goal you hope to reach in the next few years?   I hope to continue touring and

Why is Orlando cool? It is home to one of the best Universities in the nation.. UCF!   Where do you escape? The soccer field or the beach!   One thing you could never live without? Florida weather!


making records with more success. I’ll most likely end up being the dude trying to sell you dehydrated meat over the phone.   Why is Orlando cool?   I think Orlando is a cool place to be because it is still establishing itself in the music and art world. There are a lot of good people working hard to make Orlando even cooler. Watching it grow is pretty special and rare.  

Media Personality How long in Orlando? 16 years, moved here Dec 1997. Claim to fame in life? Ha! The first gay guy to run for Orlando mayor? Senior staff writer at Orlando Weekly, mostly, and all the media tangents that implies. Martyred gay activist. Raconteur.   Phrase best describes you? Everything and nothing at the very same time.   Qualities you have that help you do what you do? I like the sound of my own voice, but more than that, I love good, comfortable conversations. It definitely makes reporting more colloquial and less abrasive in my world.

Where do you go to escape (in Orlando)? When I am in Orlando, I usually find myself at Will’s Pub drinking that beer stuff and listening to that music stuff.  If you were Mayor?   I’d shutdown all those terrible nightclubs downtown. I’d rule with an iron fist.    Could never live without?   A guitar. Hot ham water is a close second.

A goal you hope to reach in the next few years?   To have a good amount of work experience in the gym and hopefully some of my own clients. 

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Who is the coolest person? Stephanie Porta, Organize Now! Director. Activist, power player (according to Sentinel), daughter of the Sentinel’s Central Floridian of the Year, Katie Porta.

A goal in the next few years? Stop grieving, start living. Basic stuff. I’m happy at the pace I’m puttering along. Why is Orlando cool? Well, there are some pretty important people who are also pretty approachable.The line between us and them isn’t so prominent, meaning it’s easier to be a progressive community (sometimes) than in other more vertical cities.   Where do you go to escape? New Orleans? Or my bed.   If Mayor, what would you change? I would like to see more public involvement in large spending decisions, and I’d like tourist taxes to be eligible for use in our neediest communities. Also, better shopping downtown, more foot traffic, less homogenized “leisure” and more artful, dirty escapism.   You could never live without? My dogs, Anastasia and Victoria. They’re twin minpins, so that’s sort of one thing. Oh, and Orlando Weekly. It pays me to live.

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How long have you been in Orlando? I moved to Orlando, from Tampa in the late 90’s and did the east coast, west coast program till 2007 and since a downtowner. Claim to fame or title in life? To some it is that I patented an invention that keeps your socks together in the washer and dryer - to others it is that I am responsible for a respectable amount of boy meets girl moments. I point to whichever one makes the most sense at the time.     A phrase that best describes you? Three headed dragon in a medium sweater...   Qualities or traits that help you?  A few degrees in Law always help, but club ownership really requires the ole BA in psychology, I likely have a Ph.D. from life experience by now!    Coolest person in Orlando? That’s easy, Gene DuPont over at Dancer’s. Makes me look like a forensic accountant.

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Goal you hope for next few years? To view my high self opinion with less skepticism.   Why is Orlando a cool place to be? I’ve watched Orlando open its arms and create opportunities to so many of my peers, friends, competitors, and mentors over the years. It’s a city that hasn’t stopped progressing and surprises many with its metrics and accomplishments.   Where do you go to escape? Starbuck’s and the South of France. Ideally a Starbucks in the South of France.   If you were Mayor, what would you change about the city? That’s a tough one, make us a carbon neutral sustainable city or extend the drinking hours, both equally noble and difficult goals.   One thing you can’t live without? Goals.



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How long lived in Otown? 4 years 7 days 3 hours 22 mins and 14 seconds 33 milliseconds.   Claim to fame or title in life? Professional Wakeboarder.    Phrase that best describes you? YOLO... I’m totally kidding. I hope people didn’t shut the magazine after reading that.    Qualities that help you? I love that adrenaline feeling, that’s why I am into a lot of sports. Wakeboarding gives me the biggest rush. I wouldn’t say I am an adrenaline junkie, but pretty close    Coolest person in Orlando? Mickey Mouse...duhhh! But, if we are talking about real people, my homie Ryan Lamos. Coolest cat I know.

Goal in the next few years? Since winning the lottery or growing a mustache probably won’t happen.A more realistic goal would definitely be training hard to be ranked number one in the world !   Why is Orlando a cool place to be? It is considered to be the Mecca of Wakeboarding. That is probably why most of the top 10 riders live in Orlando.    Where do you go to escape? I go back to my family’s in Ft. Lauderdale.   If you were Mayor? Only thing I would really want to change is the speed limit on the 408 from 55mph to 70mph !   You could never live without? Sports. I would be so bored with out them.

JR SCHUMANN Media Personality passionate person they know…whether it’s passionate about my radio station or my Philadelphia Eagles…I’m always “all in.” Coolest person in Orlando? Present company excluded of course, I would have to say Paul McCartney. I think he just bought a condo inWinter Park, right? A goal for the next few years? I have a list of a few goals, but mainly – my focus is my own personal growth and helping others do the same. There is always room to grow and improve in everything we do. Why is Orlando a cool place? There’s ALWAYS something cool happening in the city…There is absolutely ZERO reason for anyone to ever be bored!

Title or claim to fame in life? [ I came up with SnapChat. Haha not really. I’m the Program Director and Afternoon Host for WWKA “K92-3, Orlando’s Country” Phrase that best describes you? [Schumann, “If better is possible, good is not enough.” I don’t know who said it, but that’s absolutely what I live by. Oh, and “if you’re not living your own plan for your life – you’ll end up living someone else’s and they don’t have much planned for you.” – Jim Rohn. What qualities or traits do you have that help you do what you do? First, I have to go with “passion” – anyone that knows me will likely agree that I’m the most


Where do you go to escape? I’m still a kid in a lot of ways – this being one of them. I absolutely love theme parks and roller coasters. So, any chance I get, that’s where I go! If you were Mayor? I’d continue to improve public transportation, however SunRail will certainly be a HUGE plus! Could never live without? Personally, I’m absolutely lost without my cell phone. From an Orlando perspective – Christner’s Prime Steak and Lobster. If they ever closed, I’m not sure what I would do.


TIERNEY TOUGH Musician •Artist How long have you been in Orlando? I was born here, and will probably never leave. Claim to fame or title in life? No idea. I’ll leave it open to interpretation. Actually, I’m really good at leaving things open to interpretation. I also really like playing music.   Phrase that best describes you? Whatever’s clever or never. I think I just made that up.   Qualities that help you do what you do? I’m extremely ambitious and hard on myself, which simultaneously debilitates and encourages me to do more. Is there a better way to do things?   Coolest person in Orlando? There are so many hard-working folks that make this city go round, that it’s hard to pin

down just one. At the moment, I think Ashley Belanger, the music editor at Orlando Weekly, keeps us all in check and up to date. Goal you hope to reach next few years? I’m going to write a second album with my bandmates. And then one day I’m going to visit Iceland.   Why is Orlando a cool place to be? It’s just always in flux, which I think, keeps things interesting. I’m always impressed with anyone who follows through with any decent idea here.   Where do you go to escape? The internet. Films. Other places I can’t tell you about, because then they won’t be escapes!   Thing you could never live without? Coffee!

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20 COOLEST PEOPLE IN ORLANDO How long you been in Orlando? 31 years

Coolest person in Orlando? Sheriff Jerry Demings. Don’t you agree?

Claim to fame or title in life? Working my way up through the ranks to become the first female Chief of Police in Orlando.

A goal you hope to reach in the next few years? My goal is to work hard to ensure the road of opportunity runs through every neighborhood in Orange County.

Phrase that best describes you? “Never afraid to fight the good fight.” Qualities or traits do you have that help you do what you do? I am a woman of faith who believes in something bigger than myself. I have the courage to take risks (excellence evades you without it!), I don’t worry about things beyond my control, and I am sure of my purpose: serving people; not things.

Why is Orlando a cool place? Orlando is a city of great diversity of people and opportunities. We have growing industries such as tourism, healthcare, education and technology. Our diversity makes us strong. Where do you go to escape? That’s classified.

If you were Mayor, what would you change about the county? I want to reshape the way we think about government and put the emphasis back on serving people. Service and leadership mean focusing on the people. It’s about water quality in Bithlo, safe streets in Orlando, world-class schools for our students and great opportunities for our growing businesses as well as our people. I want to shift the focus back to serving people. One thing you could never live without? My attitude.

“Never afraid to fight the good fight.”

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JAMIE WATSON Professional Athlete

How long have you been in Orlando? I moved here in the beginning of 2011. I would normally go back to Texas in the offseason, but after a season here, I didn’t want to leave! Title or claim to fame in life? My claim to fame was being a professional soccer player, but now it’s being named one of the top 20 coolest people in Orlando, clearly! All kidding aside, I’m pretty proud of getting to do what I love for a living.   A one-liner or phrase that best describes you? I feel like I’m a blessed guy who is  positive and upbeat and cares a lot for others.    Qualities you have that help you do what you do? I’m competitive and hard working. I know I’m not the best to ever play the game, but I think you can always make up what you lack in talent, with hard work.   Who do you feel is the coolest person in Orlando? Honestly, everyone is cool in their own way. Orlando has some amazingly talented people in a variety of fields.   A goal you hope to reach in the next few years? The big goal for my team is to win another championship for Orlando. If we can do that, I hope to be part of the group of guys who makes the move to MLS with the team. I’m getting married in December so I’m hoping to be a great husband and hopefully a father soon!   Why is Orlando a cool place to be? Like I said earlier, this city is so dynamic that there is something for everyone. It’s so incredibly diverse, and the people of the city really get it.   Where do you go to escape in Otown? I like going to Crane’s Roost and walking around the lake with my fiancé, Caley, and and my dog, Eli. If I ever need to get out of Orlando for a bit, New Symrna Beach is my go to spot.    If you were Mayor, what would you change? I think mayor Dyer is doing a great job.Without him, the landscape to the city wouldn’t be going under this massive renovation and upgrade. He’s far better at making big decisions than I could ever be, so I’ll leave it to him to make those decisions!   One thing you could never live without? I couldn’t live without my faith in God.There have been plenty of hard times and difficult moments in my life, but my faith and relationship with God helped me pull through and come out even better for it! It’s amazing how uplifting prayer can be and I’m thankful for everything I’ve been blessed with in my life! • FEBRUARY 2014







MICHELLE BEEBS Musician • Entertainer How long in Orlando? Let’s see.... I believe I settled in Orlando in 1918, no wait 1921, wait, I can’t remember. Claim to fame? Fulltime Superhero/ Dance Party Starter, Part time  John Stamos fanatic  Phrase describes you?   Not really sure how to answer this as I am a firm believer that ego kills talent ( but I’ll make something up if you really need me to )! Qualities that help you? Well, being able to fly  defi-

nitely helps me travel and saves a TON on airfare. Staying positive helps a lot when crap happens in life.

be making enough money to be my own “Shark Tank” and invest in other peoples awesome dreams!   Where do you escape? Wherever my mind takes me at the time.   If you were Mayor? Skateboarding would be legal downtown and I would abolish tow zones.  #BeebsForMayor!   One thing you could never live without? John Stamos!

Coolest person in Otown? I would have to say that the Orlando Music scene might be “the coolest” part of Orlando that I’ve experienced. Oh, and The Money Makers and Chuck Dinkins cause he knows all the good sneaky skate spots.   Goal for next few years? The band to have its own cartoon series and I’d also like to

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BRENT HERNANDEZ Nightlife & Brew Entrepreneur

How long been in Orlando? Almost 13 yrs.   Claim to fame or title in life? Founder/co-owner of Redlight Redlight craft beer parlor.   Phrase that best describes you? Beer Nerd.   Qualities or traits do you have that help you do what you do? I have a pretty good palate for beer.

Who do you feel is the coolest person in Orlando? Ron Raike at Cask & Larder.  Ron’s been working in the Craft Beer scene here for years, I’ve learned a lot from him.  And now he’s in a place where he can really experiment and brew amazing beers.    Goal for the next few years? Move into brewing beer.We filed our Federal Brewers notice in November to brew small batches at Redlight, just waiting on approval.

Why is Orlando a cool place to be? It’s really growing in population as well as culture. I’m really excited to see distinct neighborhoods forming, Audubon Park Garden District for example as well as Milk District, Thornton Park, College Park...   Where do you go to escape? Decatur, GA, 1 of my favorite bars is there the brickstore pub, and we have some friends that have bars & restaurants there.

If you were Mayor, what would you change about the city? Make it easier on small business!     One thing you could never live without?   Sour beer.

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CORI YARCKIN Vocalist • Performer

How long been in Orlando? Apart from living in LA for four years, pretty much my whole life.   Claim to fame or title in life? Ex-Rockstar, Orlando Magic Dancer and In-game   Host/Emcee, “Huge in Japan”... oh and Gloria Estefan mowed my lawn last year... NBD.    Phrase that best describes you? “I wish I was a little bit taller...“  ---Skee-lo

Qualities you have that help you do what you do? When I have a gut feeling about something, I don’t think twice, I just do it.    Who do you feel is the coolest person in Orlando? Stuff!    A goal you hope to reach in the next few years? I would love to travel abroad more.  Dying to go to Thailand!     Why is Orlando a cool place to be? Orlando is an extremely under-rated city.  I think it took me moving away to really appreciate all that it has to offer, but now that I’m back, I really LOVE it.  Its still relatively an inexpensive place to live, there are tons of great restaurants/bars, lots of lakes to play on, warm weather, its close to the beaches, has great sports between the Magic, Orlando City, and UCF, and we have the greatest theme parks in the world!   Where do you go to escape? My house.  I live on a lake and its just so peaceful here.    If you were Mayor, what would you change about the city? Not sure really... more dog parks??   One thing you could never live without? My puppies. 

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How long have you been in Orlando? I’ve lived in Orlando since my freshman summer at UCF in 2006. Claim to fame or title in life? I’ve been called a “Hippie-Ninja” by a few different people. Not sure what that means. Phrase that best describes you? “This isn’t where I parked my pirate ship.” Qualities that help you do what you do? I think it’s a combination of serious passion for music, the willingness to trust people, extreme stubbornness and A.D.H.D. Coolest person in Orlando? The guys behing FMF.They’ve enabled lot of connections for me and many people that I know through their work with the music scene. A goal for the next few years? I’d like to continue creating events to push the boundaries of genres in Orlando until our city grows into a state where people will continually support all music events. Imagine a bar-hopping scenario entirely based around human creativity where people can show love

DAVE MARREN Nightlife Promoter to live music, dance music, lyricism, local food, local art and local craft brewers.All the time. Why is Orlando a cool place to be? In one day, you can go to an art museum, eat at a cuban cafe, surf in Cocoa, catch happy hour at a college bar, drink around the world at Epcot and listen to some great live music downtown. Where do you go to escape? Clearwater Beach or anywhere I can write music and practice martial arts. If you were Mayor? Repeal all sound ordinances, extend legal curfews and make it a criminal act to use the word “Hoagie” to describe any sandwich south of Maryland. You could never live without? Tea.The first step to recovery is admitting that I have an addiction.







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When: Feb 8th - May 31st (8:30pm/9:30pm) Where: Universal Studios (post party Citywalk) Cost: Varies (Park Admission included)

When: Sat, Feb 22nd (10pm - 2am) Where: Wall St Plaza Downtown Cost: $5

Every weekend from now until after Spring Break, Universal Studios will be transformed into the “Big Easy” for the biggest Cagun celebration on the east coast. Order up the extra tall ‘Hurricanes’ and ride the rides to the background music of Robin Thicke, Weezer, Gavin Degraw and Barenaked Ladies live on stage. Take the after party out onto Universal Citywalk with free admission to select clubs with your Mardi Gras ticket stub. Pat O’Brien’s at CityWalk is an exact replica of the famed New Orleans watering hole where it’s Mardi Gras 365 days a year! Enjoy Hurricanes on the Patio Bar with the famous flaming fountains, eat Cajun favorites in the Main Bar, or join the gang in a sing-along in the Piano Lounge.

February is the season of Mardi Gras…but this year Fat Tuesday falls on March 4th…but if you are like us, and I think you are…we can’t wait that long and are going to start the good times early by throwing a Pre-Pardi Gras Block Party on Saturday Feb. 22nd! In typical Wall Street Plaza fashion, we’ll have beads, bands and booze! Les bon temps roué!...or something like that! Live on stage Beebs & Her Moneymakers with RJ Harmon swinging the blues.


When: Tue, Mar 4th (5pm - 2am) Where: Wall St Plaza Downtown Cost: $5

COCOA VILLAGE MARDI GRAS When: Sat, Feb 22nd (Gates open at 5pm) Where: Concert at Riverfront Park Mainstage

Once a year at Wall Street Plaza we turn Wall Street into Bourbon Street and this year that night falls on March 8th for our annual Fat Tuesday Block Party! The party starts early and goe late with all the things you love about New Orleans...we’ll have crawfish cooked on the street, Hurricanes, live music, beads, beads and beads! Get there between 5-7pm and your first Hurricane is free!

For all those hitting the beach for an early Spring Break, make Cocoa Village your Mardi Gras destination. During the News 13 “Parade of Floats” at Cocoa Village Mardi Gras, spectators can catch hundreds of beads from over 30 fabulous floats. Following the parades the Riverfront Park mainstage lights up with the Pat Travers Band!

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