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Publisher Graham Jarrett Associate Publisher Leslie Egan Editor Erin Sullivan Editorial Arts & Culture Editor Jessica Bryce Young Associate Editor Ashley Belanger Staff Writer Monivette Cordeiro Calendar Editor Thaddeus McCollum Digital Content Editor Colin Wolf Interns Marissa Mahoney, Bernard Wilchusky Contributors Rob Bartlett, Jenn Benner, Jeffrey C. Billman, Rob Boylan, Justin Braun, Teege Braune, Patrick Cooper, Jason Ferguson, Christopher Garcia, Hannah Glogower, Matt Gorney, James Greene Jr., Holly V. Kapherr, Faiyaz Kara, Audrey Kristine, Seth Kubersky, Bao Le-Huu, Nick McGregor, Cameron Meier, Jeff Meyers, Dave Plotkin, Richard Reep, Steve Schneider, Yulia Tikhonova

Satan makes sense? Anyone who says the Quran does not allow killing in any way is being disingenuous at best, and flat-out lying at worst (“Orlando Muslims, community leaders talk about Islam and terrorism,” Dec. 7). But of course lying is also allowed in Islam to protect the true aims of Islam and Muslims. It’s a term called “Taqiya” in their faith.

Advertising Senior Multimedia Account Executive Dan Winkler Multimedia Account Executives Allison Daake, Lindsey Hahn, Scott Navarro, Michelle Rogers Classified and Legal Rep Jerrica Schwartz Marketing and Events Marketing and Events Director Brett Blake Events and Promotions Manager Brad Van De Bogert Promotions Coordinator Rachel Hoyle Marketing/Promotions Interns Kyle Kowalski, Sydnie Blakey, Meghan Brooks Creative Services Creative Services Director Adam McCabe Creative Services Manager Shelby Sloan Graphic Designer Christopher Kretzer Business Business Manager Stacey Commer Business Assistant Allysha Willison Circulation Circulation Manager Keith Coville Euclid Media Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew Zelman Chief Operating Officers Chris Keating, Michael Wagner Chief Financial Officer Brian Painley Human Resources Director Lisa Beilstein Digital Operations Coordinator Jaime Monzon National Advertising: Voice Media Group 1-888-278-9866, Orlando Weekly Inc. 16 W. Pine St. Orlando, Florida 32801 Phone 407-377-0400 Fax 407-377-0420 Orlando Weekly is published every week by Euclid Media Group Verified Audit Member

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40 First time for everything

12 Origin story

42 Freaks and geeks

How the Orange Shopper gave birth to Orlando Weekly with a little help from the Toronto Sun

13 Gifted and talented

Orlando Weekly: It’s not just a job. It’s an adventure

Beck Stein, via Facebook

Orlando Weekly and the Orlando Fringe grew up together

43 Stardust memories

Peter O’Sullivan laid the groundwork that transformed a throwaway shopper into required reading for Central Florida

In its 16 years Stardust Video & Coffee has become a vital cultural crossroads for Orlando

15 Lost in time

Here’s hoping that the best is yet to come for Orlando Weekly

A writer remembers the Weekly’s first editor as her champion and mentor

17 The wonder years Canadians are out, Detroiters are in

18 From the archives: 1994-1998 21 Orlando Music Awards 1997-2002 Orlando Weekly’s annual event created sensational capsules of Orlando sound

25 Throwback Thursday That time, it was personal

26 Flashback: From the pages of Orlando Weekly

29 The Scranton years Orlando Weekly is sold again

30 Parks department

47 All you need is now

48 “Bao Ferguson” This Little Underground columnist Bao Le-Huu reflects on his trajectory from OW reader to live music critic

51 Hat tricks Learning to be a writer and designer on the fly

52 We built this city Over the years, Orlando Weekly helped the city – and this writer – get past awkward stages and growing pains

55 Life, the universe and everything One of Orlando Weekly’s newest staffers talks to one of its oldest

calendar 56 Selections

Orlando Distribution Orlando Weekly is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader.

Eye Drive: Jim Hill talks about covering Orlando’s tourist corridor

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2003: Orlando Weekly makes its case against the Iraq War

59 Down the Road

35 In Lou of cash

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Looking back at Lou Pearlman’s astonishing money-laundering conspiracies

81 Free Will Astrology

36 Personals problems

81 Lulu Eightball

Remembering the time the MBI raided Orlando Weekly and arrested three of its staffers

81 Gimme Shelter

39 Orlando, un-chained

82 Savage Love

33 Stand your ground

An Orlando native reflects on the city’s transformation from food desert to foodie hub

Saying ISIS represents all Muslims is like saying the KKK represents all Christians. There’s always some bad apples in a group that ruin it for everyone.

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Doesn’t the Bible also condone slaughtering groups of people based on religion? Deuteronomy is full of genocide, if I remember correctly. Religious texts are, for the most part, violent and outdated. If going to a place where you can hear someone motivate you to be a better person and be surrounded by people who also like doing this activity on a regular basis makes your life better, great. As a Satanist I don’t understand the draw of believing in a greater power or whatever, but I do believe that people should be able to pray or preach or dress or celebrate without fear or consequence as long as they are doing so peacefully. Katie Fillingim, via Facebook

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Origin story

How the Orange Shopper gave birth to Orlando Weekly with a little help from the Toronto Sun By Erin Sulli va n


n 1990, The Simpsons, an animated spin-off of the cartoon shorts that once were part of the Tracey Ullman Show, debuted as a 30-minute show. “Ice Ice Baby,” the B-side to rapper Vanilla Ice’s single “Play That Funky Music,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Jim Henson died. The Berlin Wall fell. Universal Studios Florida opened its doors. And The Weekly hit the streets (driveways, actually) of Orlando for the first time to tell you all about it. Once a throwaway rag known as the Orange Shopper, the little publication (although “little” may not be the correct word for a pub that put out 175,000 copies

The Simpsons debuts as a 30-minute show

each week) had been purchased in 1989 by the owners of the Toronto Sun, as part of a package that included small publications around the state. In 1990, the Sun, which had dabbled in U.S. media before when it purchased the Houston Post in 1983, rebranded and relaunched several of those publications – including the Orange Shopper – and named them all The Weekly. The directive was, according to a story published in the Orlando Sentinel in 1990, to put out a mild-mannered publication that informed but didn’t offend: People won’t invite you into their homes if you’re little more than a common scold. So goes the theory at Orlando’s newest publication, The Weekly, a middle-ofthe-road newspaper with features and

Jim Henson dies

Pee Wee’s Playhouse ends

entertainment news. Begun earlier this month, the tabloid-size newspaper isn’t after critical-essay awards. A report on Orlando’s University Club, for instance, concentrated more on the luncheon menu than on policies that bar blacks and women from membership. Instead, The Weekly, launched at a time when advertising lineage among Florida newspapers is rather anemic, is aiming for friendly rather than shrill. It will include movie and restaurant reviews, personality and lifestyle features. “There will be weeks when our stories are softer and other weeks when they are tougher,” Peter O’Sullivan, the publication’s 41-year-old editor, said recently. “But I don’t want us to be a weekly whiner. After all, we’re going to homes unordered.” The Weekly, with circulation of 175,000, is free, thrown in the driveways and on the doorsteps of homes in Orange and Seminole counties. It is owned by Toronto Sun Publishing Corp., also parent company of the Osceola News-Gazette and Osceola Shopper, dis-

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tributed in the Kissimmee-St. Cloud area. The Canadian publisher, which owns five dailies and a string of weeklies in Canada, is one of the feistiest newspaper companies in North America, industry analysts say. – “Newspaper aims for friendly image,” Orlando Sentinel, Oct. 26, 1990 It didn’t take long for the new publication to take hold – within a couple of years, it revamped not just its image but also its business model. It stopped home delivery and adopted the current distribution model (pickup at local businesses and in boxes around the city). The publication hired local columnists and editor Jeff Truesdell to lead the editorial department. It adopted a spicier voice and wasn’t afraid to take well-placed aim at those in power when warranted. But as both Truesdell and longtime columnist Liz Langley relate in the following essays, there was one man in particular – founder Peter O’Sullivan, who died at his home in San Diego in 2013 – to whom the Weekly, as we now know it, owes its greatest debt.


First Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival

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Berlin Wall comes down

Sam Rivers moves to Orlando

First Gay Day at Walt Disney World takes place

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Gifted and talented Peter O’Sullivan laid the groundwork that transformed a throwaway shopper into required reading for Central Florida By J Eff TruESdEl l


he Weekly — as it started out — was a gift in my life and, fair to say now, the life of Central Florida. The giver was a man named Peter O’Sullivan. A brilliant and mischievous Brit, Peter led metro dailies in Houston and St. Louis before returning to the racy Canadian tabloid where he’d earlier made his mark, and in 1990 the Toronto Sun dispatched him to Orlando with a mission: Remake a throwaway newsprint product, the Orange Shopper, recently purchased by the Sun. Because I’d already worked with Peter to launch a newspaper from scratch, he asked if I was interested. I wasn’t – not really. Dim outsiders routinely dismiss Orlando as a bland plastic paradise of man-made tourist magnets, and having been a reporter in South Florida, I mistakenly held that view times two. But I revered Peter. Before I signed on to help create what eventually became Orlando Weekly, I imagined a quick exit. I stayed 12 years, because I’d never had so much fun. It debuted that October as a feature

Orlando’s old City Hall building is destroyed in Lethal Weapon 3

magazine meant to deliver advertising to your lawn, whether you asked for it or not. Soon enough it became a pickup guide to the events, trends, politics and players worth celebrating – and a dart for any that deserved it. When then-May then-Mayor Glenda Hood targeted tattoo parlors as the scourge of a rebounding downtown, we cajoled movers-and-shakers – a college administrator, a leading businessman – to strip and show us their ink. Such playful irreverence was part of the paper’s DNA. Who but the Weekly would examine the connecting tissue in a single weekend that welcomed two big gatherings of men, one the conservative religious Promise Keepers, the other hirsute gay bears? We played ahead of the curve. Long before the condos and street fountain arrived to define Thornton Park, we profiled the pushy visionary, Phil Rampy, who christened it; although The Blair Witch Project would hit the covers of Time and Newsweek, OW readers met the local filmmakers much earlier, and they traveled

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Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is established

to the Cannes film fest with cameras we gave them to docu document their trip. Did we amuse ourselves? You bet. (An early feature about over-thetop public restrooms was assigned, I think, because the headline was inevitable: “Splash in the can.”) But point-of-view storytelling was there from the start, and the activist edge only grew sharper. During the soft opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we snuck international PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk inside. When Jeb Bush tried to hide his biggest early backers in a gubernatorial campaign, we made the rest of the media take note by finding and printing the names. To list more – so many more – would risk the offense of overlooking them all. What lingers is this: Orlando Weekly created a community. Because so many creative folks came and went in Central

Universal holds its first Halloween Horror Nights event

Florida, it always felt like one big meet-and-greet, and the Weekly aspired to be the open invitation. It spoke to those who wanted to be a part of it – and some who walked in the door became faces of the franchise. Credit goes to them, and to every contributor whose ideas and talent pushed it forward, inviting readers to go, to listen, to laugh, to fume, to see, to act, to vote, to engage. Mostly, though, I credit Peter O’Sullivan, who got it started so the rest of us could follow through. Jeff Truesdell was editor of Orlando Weekly from October 1992 through May 2002.

Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood elected

Jeff Truesdell hired as editor of The Weekly


Orlando Predators arena football team forms

Pearl Jam plays at the Edge

UCF President John Hitt is inaugurated

Shaq drafted to the Orlando Magic

Lou Pearlman founds Backstreet Boys

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Lost in time A writer remembers the Weekly’s first editor as her champion and mentor By l iz l a n glEy


’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears … in ... rain. Time … to die.” I don’t know how many times I heard Peter O’Sullivan, the founding editor of Orlando Weekly, make this speech from Blade Runner. He loved it. He savored the bad-assery. Sometimes he’d just say the first line, and you’d completely believe him. He was British, fercrissakes, a world traveler and spellbinding storyteller. If he made it to the “Time … to die …” part, he would always laugh. He had a laugh like a lascivious pixie – one who just heard a joke so dirty he still couldn’t believe his pixie ears. “Charm” doesn’t begin to cover it. That’s who started your paper. I met Peter in 1990, before blogging,

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ebooks and the infinite space of the Internet democratized media. If you wanted to write something people would read, you had to convince some editor that you merited precious real estate on their pages. I was 26 and sure of only one thing: that I could turn phrases like Fred turned Ginger. So I wrote a letter to Peter, the editor of this new outlet, The Weekly, a fresh voice on the pin-thin menu of Orlando media, hoping I might fit in. Years later, he would tell me he read that letter and thought, “Wow, she’s really kind of snotty. … Yeah, I’ll call her.” After contributing some freelance work to The Weekly, I took over the back-page column called “The Juice,” with Peter alternately guiding and goading me to be better, braver, more curi-

Splendid China attraction opens

Massive rave happens at the Edge with Dust Brothers (who eventually became Chemical Brothers)

ous and more confident. He called me Huntress Thompson, and let me do pieces that helped earn us protest threats (when I discovered you could buy pre-blessed communion wafers in any religious store and, as I recall, suggested canapé recipes for them), a Florida Press Association award (a Valentine’s Day gift guide that included a poster of “Penises of the Animal Kingdom”) and most importantly, readers. The Weekly was owned by the Toronto Sun, and in a few short years they brought Peter back to Canada edito be their edi tor-in-chief. He handed The Weekly, with Weekly its template as a sharp, funny, solid alternative, to Jeff Truesdell, who went on to define it as a clever, important media source in Orlando. Because Jeff was willing to step into Peter’s role as my mentor, too, I moved through this change car like one of those cartoon characters about to step off a milehigh girder, when mag another girder magically swings into their pathway and takes them even higher. Had a differ different team been in

The Weekly circulation: 100,000 copies each week. Liz Langley was a columnist for Orlando Weekly from its inception through 2002.

LGBT-focused newspaper Watermark publishes its first issue


The Club at Firestone (now known as Venue 578) opens

place in 1990, the Weekly might never have lasted so long, launched or sustained so many careers, or given Orlando a welcome new voice. It wasn’t just us that Peter affected this way, but I wouldn’t realize that for a while. For as often as I heard Peter relish the “time to die” speech, it never occurred to me that he would. I can’t remember how I found out, just that it was in the summer of 2013, and it was like getting hit in the chest with a shovel. Some days it still is – and it wasn’t until I went to his memorial in Toronto, and heard the stories from people there about what a great mentor, innovator and champion for their careers he was, that it really dawned on me how many people he affected. People talk about artists seeing beauty in the world that most people can’t. They never, ever talk about editors that way. Editors are better at seeing the truth, which usually isn’t pretty, much less beautiful, but the good ones hear things in their writers that aren’t evident to everyone. Peter heard our distinct voices, often when no one else did, and he knew how to bring out the best in us. He did something I don’t know if people have time to do anymore: mentored, cajoled and went out of his way to create opportunities for us, until before we knew it, we had become infinitely better – without losing the quirks that made us stand out to begin with. He made us feel like we could do anything. So we did. Thanks to Peter, Jeff and the Weekly, I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Time … to keep looking.

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Shaq’s first rap album, Shaq Diesel, debuts

AAHZ reopens

A UCF committee agrees to name school’s mascot “Knightro”

FIFA World Cup games played in Orlando

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The wonder years Canadians are out, Detroiters are in By E rin Sulliva n


y 1993, Florida Sun Publications, the arm of the Toronto Sun Publishing Corp. that ran The Weekly, was losing money. According to a story in the Sentinel, it had actually been losing money every year since the Sun purchased its group of Florida papers in 1989, so it’s no wonder the company was willing to sell The Weekly just a few years after it was founded. In 1980, Ron Williams and Laura Markham had just moved back to Detroit after graduating from Antioch College. They had $5,000, and they used it to found a newspaper called the Metro Times, an alt-weekly publication that distinguished itself by putting investigative and counterculture reporting at the forefront. After a few rocky years, they not only hit their stride – they started making money. “By 1993, we were profitable, and we decided to expand from Detroit into additional markets,” says Williams, who today is the executive director of Free Speech TV, which calls itself “the alternative to TV networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations.” At that time, he says, the alternative newsweekly business was growing, and there were strong, active weekly papers in all of the top 25 media markets in the country. It would have been foolish to set up a publication to challenge an existing altweekly in a top market, he says, so he and Markham analyzed cities that were lower down the food chain instead. “Orlando was one of the cities that rose to the top of our list,” he says. “One, because it didn’t really have an alternative newsweekly. Two, it was one of the The Weekly is sold to Alternative Media Inc.

fastest-growing cities in America.” In 1994, the media company that Williams and Markham had formed, called Alternative Media Inc., purchased The Weekly. In 1995, the company redesigned the publication and christened it Orlando Weekly. Per the Sentinel,, AMI had studied the Central Florida market and decided to focus mostly on music, arts and entertainment; Williams says he quickly realized that wasn’t necessary – there was plenty of fodder for the same kind of aggressive alternative news coverage that set Metro Times apart in Detroit. “Before I came to Orlando, I dismissed Orlando as having no ‘there’ there,” he says. “I thought that the theme parks created a lot of visitors, and that those visitors had no authentic connection to the city. They were passing through, spending a lot of money and isolated around the theme parks. But once I got into it, and we started publishing, I discovered there was an emerging hipster scene that ironically was taken to a whole new level by

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Will’s Pub opens

the frustrated creative community of the theme parks.” Williams says he was surprised by the number of highly talented artists who were employed by the parks by day, “but at night they let loose,” giving the city an unexpected countercultural dimension. “The creative community and theme parks really enriched the arts and cultural scene, and they also really moved the political scene in a more liberal, progressive direction,” he says. “Otherwise Orlando conservacould be very conserva tive. We actually found Orlando to be pretty liberal. There was a large LGBT scene, and I think a lot of that is that the theme parks were this magnet for fairly well-paid crecre ative types who lived in Orlando and helped transform the city.” Orlando Weekly hired an investigative report reporter named Edward Ericson Jr. (who is today a staff writer at City Paper in Baltimore) to delve into the darker side of this sunny city, and he established a structure in which the editor of the publication didn’t answer to the paper’s publisher – instead, he says, Jeff Truesdell (who kept his job as editor through the transition and into 2002) answered directly to Williams, just as the publisher did. That way, he says, the editorial department never felt pressured by the interests of advertisers and held true to its investigative mission. The publication cultivated a bold, progressive editorial voice that questioned everything. “Doing this kind of agenda-setting, seri-

NSync perform for the first time at Pleasure Island

The Weekly is renamed Orlando Weekly


Painter Bob Ross dies

ous investigative work actually turned out to provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” he recalls. “It was good for ad sales and business. We differentiated our publications by distinguishing ourselves with this kind of thing. It turned out that even though it was expensive and unusual, it helped us to break out and distinguish ourselves in the broader market.” It wasn’t going to last forever, of course. By 1999, Williams says, he was tired. He’d worked in the industry for nearly 20 years and was ready for a break. He and Markham sold all of their publications, including Detroit Metro Times, the San Antonio Current and Orlando Weekly – to another media company, Times Shamrock Communications in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for around $20 million. “We felt they would be good stewards of the situation, and that they had a sensitivity to our social mission,” he says. “It was a good bet. They allowed those publications to continue for quite some time to move forward with the same kind of editorial vision and many of the same people we had put into place. I think some of the publications did their best work after we sold.” Tough as the media market may be, Williams says he thinks there will always be a place in the community for an altweekly, as long as the publication stays true to its founding mission. “My challenge to Orlando Weekly as you make this transition is that I’d love to see you guys commit to the fact that alternative newsweeklies can be very powerful forces for change in their local communities,” he says. “If alt-weeklies reinvent themselves under a very small number of owners, and reinvent themselves as profitable businesses, but don’t reaffirm their social mission, then these publications are soulless. … Embrace the outsiders. Embrace the disrupters.”

Backstreet Boys achieve international fame

Orlando passes its anti-rave ordinance


UCF graduate Brian Wheeler founds the first Tijuana Flats

Sapphire Supper Club Opens

Wall St. Plaza opens with One Eyed Jack’s and the Loaded Hog


Last Xanadu House of the Future closes in Kissimmee

Orlando Weekly launches Orlando Music Awards

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From the archives: 1994-1998 april 15-21, 1994

Ever since the Orlando City Council gave its initial endorsement to a curfew for those under age 18, debate has been simmering over both the need and legality of such a measure. Should it survive a final vote on April 18 – and there’s every indication it will – the curfew will take effect June 1. While we can cheer the council for a tireless campaign against youthful selfexpression, a wimpy teen curfew is not enough. Herewith, a modest proposal: Give Hood and friends a copy of William Gibson’s cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, which contains a real solution to the rampant diversity that threatens downtown. Set about 100 years in the future, the novel involves a young computer hacker named Case on a mission to contact two supercomputers with minds of their own. Along the way, Case and his main squeeze, Molly, stop at a resort town called Freeport. Built under a dome, Freeport is a completely controlled environment. Sunlight is artificial, daytime is a hologram special effect, and the “stars” in the faux night sky form constellations in the shape of playing cards, dice and martini glasses. Credit checks are done at the entrance to ensure that only those who can afford to patronize Freeport’s merchandise, clubs and restaurants are allowed in; losers are redirected to the decidedly downscale urban sprawl outside. Thus, only the “right” people get in for the “right” reason. – Denise Salvaggio, “Peasant Under Glass”

april 15-21, 1994

About Zima, the drink that asks you to “try a zip” – it zucks. As a lesson in promotion, though, it’s invaluable. Zima is doing what they should have told you to do in college: Look good and never go away. If our military planned assaults this effectively, we’d win at everything. – Liz Langley, “Zima: Ze mistake is trying to drink it,” Bar Belle 18

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Last week, the city of Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board gave a hearty thumbs-down to a proposed expansion by Fairvilla Video. The self-proclaimed “adult megastore” hoped to convert a building next door to warehouse space, a move that would allow the Orange Blossom Trail business to increase its display area from about 9,500 square feet to about 12,000. Egged on by a small but vocal group of opponents, the board decided the expansion posted a threat to the “health, welfare and safety” of the local populace. Those opposed to the expansion contend that the community doesn’t want such businesses befouling it, a demonstrably false claim. The number that attended the hearing – about 40 – doesn’t even represent a good lunch-hour crowd at Fairvilla. – Eric Dentel, The Lowdown

aug. 31-Sept. 6, 1995

It’s astonishing to me that the abortion issue is still even debated in this country. Women should not be willing to discuss it any more than African-Americans would discuss giving up the right to vote. – Liz Langley, “Norma McCorvey’s abortive efforts,” The Juice

March 20-26, 1997

Back in August or so, Mayor Glenda Hood announced her concern with the doings of children downtown. Long forbidden by ordinance from the would-be antiseptic nightclub district after dark, teenagers were unaccountably visible on street corners on Sunday mornings. What could they be up to? The mayor wanted answers, but the answer was clear, preordained, as was the remedy. They’re on drugs! – Edward Ericson Jr., “Raver Madness”

Jan. 22-28, 1998

Dear Mayor [Glenda] Hood, Your campaign to build a performing arts center across from City Hall has spent at least $50,000 in public dollars so far, and now the City Council has pledged $100,00 for a site plan. At no point has the public endorsed the expense, and there’s no sign you intend to ask. We must trust that you want to boost both downtown and the arts, because you give us no choice. But there’s a better idea. … Redirect your spending from the palace to the peasants. – Jeff Truesdell, “Dear Mayor Hood”

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had been steaming up clubs like J.J Whispers and the Junkyard in Casselberry for years. It helped us decide to strike quickly when Jam magazine ended its sevenyear Jammy Awards tradition. We organized the inaugural Orlando Music Awards based on the Detroit Metro Times model, inviting musicians, promoters, club owners and assorted music folks to form a board that set the ground rules for categories, nominomi nations, judges and voting, with winners elected by OW readers. The mission: “To recog recognize and celebrate the Central Florida music scene, and to help nurture and promote the careers of independent area musicians.” Hundreds of people got involved, and the board meeting discussions were spirited, to say the least. The galvanizing effect was the ultimate satisfaction created sensational – who knew there were so many different kinds of music and musicians to be championed? From 1997 to 2002, the special issues and giving late-night residency to DJs like Icey and Kimball Collins, which was the devoted to the music awards published dawn of Orlando’s globally lauded elec- under editor Jeff Truesdell and the CD produced every year by Mark Padgett cretronic dance music scene. By 1997, new owners Alternative Media ated a capsule of Orlando sound. The Inc. brought bragging rights to the Detroit awards parties – one-night productions Music Awards. Staff became enthusiastic that grew in size each year – moved from that Orlando music was a thing to boast the Sapphire Supper Club to the Club at about, too. By then, Sam Rivers and his Firestone to House of Blues to Hard Rock “acid jazz” collaborators were regulars at Live, thanks to business partners. But the Sapphire Supper Club, and Rob Thomas OMAs were never moneymakers and prac-

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Orlando Weekly’s annual event capsules of Orlando sound By L indy T. Shep h er d


rlando’s music calendar was hardly sleepy when I joined the staff in January 1991. We focused on listing shows and highlighting original music, and the synergy between Orlando Weekly and clubs, promoters and players was evident. In August 1991, the first Lollapalooza (Jane’s Addiction headlined) drew 27,000 fans to Central Florida Fairgrounds. By spring 1992, the Edge opened downtown, booking national acts Walt Disney World celebrates its 25th anniversary

Walt Disney World debuts FastPass

UCF grads debut The Blair Witch Project


Stardust Video and Coffee opens

Legendary Langford Hotel closes

SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove opens

Times Shamrock purchases Orlando Weekly

Patty Sheehan becomes first openly LGBT member of Orlando City Council

Sapphire Supper Club The Orlando Music Awards CD’s 16 tracks led with “At the Strip” by Swingerhead and ended with “Don’t Say Goodnight” by Rocket 88, both bands emblematic of the days when swing and rockabilly ruled the day. The liner notes read: “This is not a compilation of nominees and winners, although some are included. Rather, it intends to showcase the diver diversity of an original local music scene – hip-hop to hard rock, swing to ska, folk to funk and techno. These are the sounds of our city.”

oct. 21, 1998 The Club at Firestone This was the year after Orlando’s City Council passed the “anti-rave” bill, due to citizen complaints about kids streaming out of clubs as church services started. Meanwhile, the Southern rock sound was going pop on the airwaves, and Orlando bands were getting signed to major labels.

The Club at Firestone Growing sophistication is reflected in the CD selections: Sam Rivers’ RivBea Orchestra playing “Colours,” Gargamel growling “Midnight Sexy,” plus avantrockers Obliterati with “Believe Me,” co-produced by Q-Burns Abstract Message, whose own track “… Here for the Both of Us” also appeared, courtesy of Astralwerks.

“Lonesome Dave” Peverett (Foghat) dies in Orlando

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Trivium forms


Islands of Adventure opens at Universal

tical concerns put them on hiatus. The OMAs’ too-short, ambitious burst celebrated hometown acts for who they were and what they brought. The awards process endured the pop music monster that brought Orlando national attention for the Backstreet Boys and NSync, bands that had no actual ties here. Maybe the OMAs overreached, but at the time when outsiders were paying attention to the sounds coming “from” Orlando, the Weekly championed what was next.


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oct. 14, 2000 House of Blues Sanford rhythm and blues was represented by Noble “Thin Man” Watts, a yearly favorite, who dusted off “Digging In” for the CD, showcasing his tenor saxophone. Collaborators Beef Wellington and Swamburger contributed “Better 2 Groove.” The 69 Boyz dropped jaws at the OMAs ceremony with a 12-minute, Bollywood-scale hip-hop production, featuring more than a dozen flag-wavers to complement the bulging arsenal of rappers, dancers and hype men and women on the suddenly small stage.

oct. 13, 2001 Hard Rock Live The Joint Chiefs rocked the CD with “Girl Can’t Take It,” co-written by local superstar Eugene Snowden of Umoja fame. The piano-driven Amy Steinberg’s irreverence and eclectic performanc-


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es were represented by the song “Begin,” which cued the cult of Amy and a new force of women on the otherwise male-dominated music scene.

oct. 12, 2002 Hard Rock Live Though there was no CD produced, the production quality for the awards show was at its zenith, as were drunken onstage antics. Excellent music included hyperactive sets by Andromeda, Indorphine and Supervillains, catching praise from OW’s ’s new music editor Jason Ferguson. It wasn’t long before he and new editor Bob Whitby folded the Orlando Music Awards into Best of Orlando. Lindy T. Shepherd worked for Orlando Weekly for nearly two decades from 1991 to 2010, serving as calendar editor, arts editor, web editor and all the roles she filled in between.

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Throwback Thursday That time, it was personal By Steve Schneider


mortifying confession: Back in the late 1990s, Orlando Weekly was so desperate to cultivate its personals section that the occasional employee was forced into being the photo ad of the week. I myself did such duty, and the evidence here shows exactly how desper-

informed – after the issue went to press, natch – that I would actually have to go on a date with whomever responded. Which is why I ended up spending two memorable evenings with agreeable lonelyhearts. (Only two, you scoff? Hey, our circulation was a lot of lower back then. Don’t shame.) One was a dark-haired, kind of empty-eyed young woman who declared an affinity for funny movies, “like the one ate we were. Because even in those more with that guy in it.” She ordered some sort innocent times, no alternative publication of “con pollo” dish and asked the waiter to with genuine options would have staked hold the chicken. The other was a delightfully acerbic the fortunes of its matchmaking operation on a listings editor who looked like the last Paula Poundstone type I really could have seen myself becoming buds with – except guy to leave .38 Special. Imagine my chagrin when I was that we happened to run into a local activ-

ist of my acquaintance, who spent about 15 minutes explaining his political philosophy to her in his absurdly squeaky voice. “I’m kind of a Wobbly,” he divulged. “And me without my mace,” she muttered. The takeaway? Beggars can’t be choosers. Staffers shouldn’t be ringers. And take anything you hear on a blind date with a grain of pollo. Because if you responded to an Orlando Weekly photo ad 20 years ago, chances were, the call was coming from inside the house. Steve Schneider was on staff as listings editor and later arts & culture editor, for Orlando Weekly from 1997 through 2006.




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From the pages of Orlando Weekly

The Legendary JC’s form

Florida recount causes Supreme Court to hand presidency to George W. Bush

Mystery Fun House on I-Drive closes

Lou Pearlman becomes majority owner of Church Street Station


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Infamous party hangout Harley Hotel closes


First writer moves into Kerouac House for a three-month residency


Jeff Truesdell departs as editor of Orlando Weekly after a dispute with publisher Mike Johnson

Yab Yum Coffee House, the Globe, Harold and Maude’s and the Kit Kat Club sold to new owner of Wall Street Plaza

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Sapphire Supper Club becomes the Social

Mall at Millenia opens


Bob Whitby is hired as Orlando Weekly’s new editor

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Splendid China closes, becomes a haven for midnight stoners

First phase of Baldwin Park neighborhood is complete

Tracy McGrady becomes the only Orlando Magic player to score over 60 points


Buddy Dyer is elected mayor

Hurricane Charley strikes Central Florida


Redlight Redlight opens


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The Scranton years Orlando Weekly is sold again By E rin Sulliva n


n 1999, Alternative Media Inc.’s principals were tired. Alternative weeklies had proven to be a lucrative business model, and Williams says he was ready to move on. “Every so often you want to change up and refresh, reset,” he says. “That’s what we did. We did realize in 1999 that it was a really good time to sell. … We were ready to step aside. We had worked hard.” AMI had multiple offers for the publications, and they ultimately chose to sell to Times Shamrock Communications because the family-owned media business didn’t express interest in breaking up the format or reimagining the publications – they wanted to build on the success that AMI had with the alternative-weekly format. “I don’t think we saw the dot bomb coming,” he says. The “dot bomb” did eventually come, and although alternative weeklies had historically weathered recessions, downturns and changing media trends fairly well, the Internet wasn’t just a trend. It caught up with every print publication in the nation. Orlando Weekly responded by launching in the late 1990s and creating Bloggytown, its inaugural news blog, which adopted the same snarky, offbeat tone as its print counterpart, Happytown™.

From the archives: 1999-2014 March 2-8, 2000 To anyone who really wants either a long or lucrative Disney career (something I will never have), here is my advice: Never stand up for your rights; don’t worry about your skills or talent; simply get to know the right people; and for goodness’ sake, never, ever tell the truth. – Al Krulick, “A serf exiled from Mouse monarchy,” Real Politics

July 5-11, 2001 NSync have fallen prey to the evil of irony, titling their current single “Pop” and its host album Celebrity (perhaps in a vain attempt at social criticism for

Orlando celebrates first Come Out With Pride event

dummies). “It’s just about respect,” rasps former fruit-filing Justin Timberlake. No, it’s not. It’s about breakfast cakes. Two weeks after Pop Tarts sponsored the Backstreet Boys’ Black and Blue nightmare at T.D. Waterhouse Centre, in came Pillsbury, plugging its softer, gentler Toaster Strudel in a ploy for their own teen-market share. What’s more, they called their recent concert Strudelpalooza. Oh, heartburn. – Billy Manes, “Warmed over,” The B List

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Despite 2,000 complaints to state investigators alleging that the modeling company [Lou] Pearlman owned from September 2002 to October 2003 was a scam, the state attorney general’s office decided the case wasn’t worth pursuing. (Recall that Pearlman publicly, and vehemently, distanced himself from the companies in question by suing dozens of Options Talent consultants and employees for $100 million, alleging they misled him during negotiations for Pearlman’s takeover. That got him a big headline in the april 2-8, 2003 Sentinel. What the paper didn’t report was You gotta hand it to the brave men and that Pearlman dropped the suit in April.) But Pearlman isn’t satisfied. Perhaps women collectively known as the House pissed off at the months of bad press, Republicans. A month after erasing the word “French” Pearlman’s newest offering, Fashion Rock from the House cafeteria; a couple of days LLC, has gone on the offensive, inundat-

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer indicted in March; Billy Manes runs campaign to replace him. Dyer, however, is exonerated by April

Ravenous Pig opens in Winter Park


Backstreet Boys sue Lou Pearlman for the second time

after floating the idea of digging up the red, white and blue remains of Americans buried in the dishonorable soil of France; and less than 24 hours after the bombs began falling on Baghdad, our proud leaders drafted a resolution “recognizing the public need for fasting and prayer in order to secure the blessings and protection of Providence for the people of the United States and our Armed Forces during the conflict with Iraq ...” (The Senate passed a similar resolution via voice vote a week earlier.) House Resolution 153 passed 346-49. (Twenty-three tough-minded lawmakers answered “present,” 16 didn’t vote). In these troubled times, who would reject a formal appeal to God, especially when proffered from such a divinely inspired body of public officials? – Jeffrey C. Billman, “Dear God, please help us smite the Iraqis”

Final manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums, written in Orlando, returns here

Church Street purchased by developer Cameron Kuhn


Original Will’s Pub closes

Lou Pearlman’s financial troubles trigger foreclosure of Church Street Station

The Daily City launches its culture and events blog

ing his critics with lawsuits. On June 4, Fashion Rock, which sells weekend conventions to wannabe actors and models for $1,500 a pop, filed a lawsuit against 200-plus named and unnamed detractors and 50 unnamed companies. He’s alleging defamation, invasion of privacy, misappropriation of trade secrets, civil conspiracy and racketeering. – Jeffrey C. Billman, “Pearlman’s jihad,” Slug

oct. 19-25, 2011 Just as thousands have been doing in lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park since September, those who are part of Occupy Orlando are laying claim to public space to protest economic inequality in the United States. In Orlando, Senator Beth Johnson Park was chosen because of its proximity to the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, which has been singled out for special opprobrium by leftists because it lobbies for business-friendly legislation – a term associated with corporate tax loopholes and stripped-down worker protections. After a sizable march kicked off the occupation on Oct. 15, Doug Head, former Orange County Democratic Executive Committee chair, accused the chamber of “indoctrinating” potential political candidates through its Leadership Orlando program. “They all get trained, in that building, on how to screw you,” he told the crowd during Saturday’s protest. The chamber’s director of communications and president of Leadership Orlando, Ruth Mustian, could not be reached for comment. – Jeff Gore, “The long haul”

Feb. 27-March 5, 2013 Long after the public figures stopped showing up in Sanford and the crowds of protesters dispersed, local groups and supporters keep [Trayvon] Martin’s memory alive. On Feb. 5, 2013, Martin’s birthday (he would have been 18 this year), a crowd held a subdued celebration honoring the teen in Goldsboro, a small, traditionally African-American neighborhood in Sanford. They didn’t call for vengeance, they didn’t cast blame and they didn’t gather in anger – they called for the community to come together to combat violence. – Erin Sullivan, “Six things that have barely changed since Trayvon Martin’s death”

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Parks department Eye Drive: Jim Hill talks about tourist corridor By Seth KuB er SKy


’ve been covering Central Florida’s attractions in Orlando Weekly for almost a decade, but long before there was a Live Active Cultures column, Jim Hill’s Eye Drive was watching the theme parks for the Weekly. Hill is now a popular Disney Dish podcaster and entertainment blogger for the Huffington Post, but he returned to talk with me about OW’s occasionally contentious quarter-century covering Mickey’s empire.

Orlando Weekly: How did you start writing for the Weekly? Jim Hill: I was actually recruited by

Jeff Truesdell. He had read “California Misadventure,” a story that I had written for the OC Weekly … and wanted to reprint it in Orlando Weekly. As he and I were reworking “California Misadventure” so that it would be more Orlando-centric/friendly, Jeff and I got talking about how he wanted to start running a column in Orlando Weekly that would focus on Central Florida’s theme parks and the people who worked there. I thought that that sounded like a fun gig. What were some memorable stories you covered for OW?

I think the piece-by-piece dismantling of Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida at Disney-MGM Studios was probably the most memorable and toughest story to cover. I knew a number of people who worked there at that time … operating at the very top of their game. And it was just sad and infuriating to watch all of these talented artists, animators and story Church Street Station reopens, then goes into foreclosure again


now? It’s just full of these WDW executives who are focused on finding new ways to sell character-based merchandise inside of covering Orlando’s the theme parks. To these guys, the greatest perk of working inside this building isn’t that it’s artist- and creative-friendly, people just get swept out the door because but rather that there’s a multithe micromanaging suits who were in story parking garage with charge of Feature Animation at Disney assigned slots just steps away. at that time didn’t have a clue about how to make a movie that modern audiences What are the most significant would actually want to go to. moments in Orlando attracThe best two films that were ever made tions during the 25 years OW at WDFAF – Mulan and Lilo & Stitch – has been around? slipped in under the wire. They were This one’s easy. It’s been made at times when the execs back in watching Universal Studios Burbank were primarily focused on pro- Florida rise up out of the ducing what they thought were prestige ground and throw open its projects, Fantasia 2000 and Dinosaur, back doors. Universal obviously in California. So they never thought to flailed around for a number meddle with what was going on down in of years as it tried to find its Florida. But once Stitch became the sec- place in the Central Florida ond hit in a row to come out of WDFAF, tourism market. But eventuthat’s when Disney’s supposedly creative ally the Universal Orlando Resort found executives turned their attention to the its footing, created a brand identity that was distinctly different than Disney and company’s animation studio in Florida. emerged as serious competition for the Did you ever get any reaction (positive or Mouse – which had become a little too fat negative) from the parks or insiders about and happy over the past 25 years. Well, that’s all changed now. If anyone something you wrote for OW? I had a number of animators reach out seriously believes that the Mouse is building and thank me for shining a spotlight on Pandora: The World of Avatar and/or Star what was going on at Walt Disney Feature Wars Land out of the kindness of Mickey’s Animation Florida. They appreciated that heart, I have some Central Florida swampsomeone [was] paying attention as Disney land to sell them. The Wizarding World executives seemed hellbent on driving the of Harry Potter now has Disney looking over its shoulder. It genuinely bothers Titanic straight into that iceberg. Disney had just spent over $100 million Mouse House managers that when people building this state-of-the-art animation talk about hyper-detailed, truly immersive studio, which had actually been designed theme park attractions, they’re not talkby the folks who had previously worked ing about anything that the Imagineers in Disney-MGM’s fishbowl. The end have designed and built recently. Rather, result was this facility that was designed it’s something that Mark Woodbury and to reflect the way modern-day animat- the team at Universal Creative got built ed features were actually produced. And in half the time and with a third of the

Orlando Opera declares bankruptcy


Amway Center opens

Bob Whitby resigns from his post as editor of Orlando Weekly

SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau drowned by killer whale Tilikum


budget that WDI would have needed to build a similar project. Of course, the upside is – since Disney now feels that it has to seriously compete with Universal in the Central Florida tourism market, reclaim the higher ground in the theme park sphere, if you will – we all win. There are some flat-out amazing rides, shows and attractions that are due to pop in and around the tourist corridor over the next 10 years. Which will give Orlando Weekly staffers plenty of fun new things to write about. I really enjoyed my time writing for the Orlando Weekly. As a guy who started out in print, it was great fun to have a weekly column again. Jeff Truesdell was a great boss and a very willing collaborator. Sadly, when he got fired, the new editor wanted to take the Weekly in a different direction, so Eye Drive went from once a week to twice monthly to monthly to not running anymore. But it was genuinely fun while it lasted. And I’m proud to have been (even for a short time) a member of the Orlando Weekly staff. So happy anniversary, guys! Here’s hoping that the Weekly gets to spend the next 25 years doing an equally fine job covering the more colorful aspects of living in and around the Metro Orlando area.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Orlando

Erin Sullivan is hired as editor of Orlando Weekly

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Stand your ground

2003: Orlando Weekly makes its case against the Iraq War By Steve Schneider


he spring of 2003 wasn’t an easy time to work for a liberal newspaper in Central Florida. The Bush administration was revving up to its predetermined invasion of Iraq. And though millions worldwide were pouring into the streets in protest, here the voices of dissent were relatively few and easily shouted down. On the day the war began in earnest, I was walking past a certain bar and grill on Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. I looked up, and I saw that its marquee now read, “Go America; dropping warheads on foreheads.” For weeks, Orlando Weekly had been laying out its case against the war. Our insight into the situation was hardly unique; we were simply as up on our Seymour Hersh as the next guy. But thanks to the courage of then-editor Bob Whitby, our opposition was clear and steadfast. Our reasons included some that are heard frequently today (like the risk of destabilizing the Middle East) and others that, while even more important, have never gotten as much play (like the nagging fact that an unprovoked attack on another sovereign nation is a war crime). As I recall, on the week that America’s military received the go order, our paper’s front cover carried the tagline, “Neither shocked nor awed.” The Weekly paid a price for its stance. Many local businesses called our circulation department and demanded that we remove our papers from their premises. Some were incensed at our alleged lack of patriotism; others merely shrank from being associated with such a “controversial” viewpoint. Through it all, our position never wavered. And if the powers that

be on the business side secretly wished we would knock it off and stop causing trouble, it never filtered down to those of us in the editorial bullpen. I have never been prouder to be part of this organization – which means that, by the transitive property, I have never been prouder to hold any job. Just as it was impossible then to claim especial wisdom regarding Iraq, it’s inappropriate now to take any pleasure in having been proved right. Only a churl cries, “Called it!” when the cost is half a million dead and counting. Still, it satisfies me deeply to know that, almost 13 years later, Orlando Weekly is still going strong, still a voice for progressive humanism in this community and beyond. Oh, and that aforementioned Winter Park watering hole? Out of business, and for some time now. Maybe they went bust from all the veterans’ discounts.

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In Lou of cash

Looking back at Lou Pearlman’s astonishing money-laundering conspiracies that sentenced him to 25 years in prison By Ashley BelA n g er



ike incurable acne even Jessica Simpson-endorsed Proactiv couldn’t heal, Orlando’s cultural face in the mid- to late ’90s bore the pop blemish of boy bands defining our city for international audiences. In 1995, Backstreet Boys debuted their first official video, which starts out with an Orlando radio icon, XL 106.7’s Hildi Brooks (most recently with WMMO), introducing “Orlando’s own Backstreet Boys” in a mock on-air segment that prefaces the video for “We’ve Got It Goin’ On.” To outsiders, this was Orlando, where Disney’s The All-New Mickey Mouse

Club met religiously on Thursdays and our high schools pumped out pop icons faster than Zac Efron could bat a lash. “If you grew up here during that time, yeah, [boy bands] were very much a part of high-school culture,” says Dave Plotkin, longtime Orlando Weekly contributor, columnist and former art director who’s spent his entire life here exploring (and scrutinizing) our city. “These kids went to high school here. Joey Fatone went to high school here. And you’d see Britney Spears appearing at a mall, or you’d see posters for it. That kind of stuff. That was real.”

What’s surreal is what happened to these young stars who fell into the grip of weasel impresario Lou Pearlman, whose bulging pockets sang in the background of the biggest boy bands, starting with New Kids on the Block. Plotkin became obsessed with Pearlman, the astonishing local schemer who notoriously took advantage of young talents (resulting in lawsuit after lawsuit after the boy-band bubble burst). Plotkin says at the time, everybody knew someone who worked for Pearlman. He began taking note of the bizarre rumors he’d hear on campus at University of Central Florida or read about in national press, and then on a whim, Plotkin announced in 2002 in an informal email newsletter, “Cap’n Dave’s Weakly Reader,” (which he compiled out of sheer personal interest and grew to hundreds of subscribers) that he’d be looking into Pearlman for his next update. That turned the head of then-OW editor Bob Whitby, who responded to request that Plotkin report officially for OW, resulting in the cover story “Lou’s next move” (Oct. 17, 2002). Pearlman eventually was brought to justice, of course, not for exposing himself to Lance Bass (accused of such in 2007), or siphoning an inordinate percentage of profits from his entertainers (every band he’s ever worked with has sued him for fraud or misrepresentation), but for exploiting gullible average folks who bought into his similarly nauseating talent agency scheme, conducted at Trans Continental Companies. This landed Pearlman behind bars in 2008 (sentenced to 25 years in prison; his expected release is March 2029), with an estimated $300 million owed to those he ripped off. In his piece, Plotkin thoroughly investigated TCT (who became defensive about his “negative questioning” and denied him access to certain parts of the office on the flimsy excuse of retaining “trade secrets”). For the story, he spoke directly to Pearlman, who was mind-bogglingly even-keeled, even teasing. One particular quote from the exchange was omitted from the original story but remained etched in Plotkin’s head and is still tearin’ up his heart after all these years. “The answer that he gave that kind of stuck with me was in response to my question ‘How long can this last?’” Plotkin says. “Because every person who’s young thinks that pop is really relevant to their time and it’s just the same fucking tricks. … But the answer he gave was, ‘This won’t run out as long as God keeps making little girls.’”

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Remembering the time the MBI raided Orlando Weekly and arrested three of its staffers By BoB Whit By


s fate would have it, I wasn’t in the office on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, the most auspicious day of my Orlando Weekly tenure. That was the day the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation took their best shot at silencing us, their most vocal critic, and failed. The MBI failed at many things over the years due to their incompetence, questionable tactics and lack of oversight. We called them Orlando’s Keystone Kops, but that didn’t really reflect their malevolence and vindictiveness. These were cops who enjoyed fondling strippers until the moment they busted them, conveniently misplaced evidence, looked the other way when informants broke the law, arrested old ladies for selling commonly available porno vids and sent dick pics to girlfriends on agency-issued phones. These guys – and they were almost all guys – were off the leash. Lovable, bumbling cops they were not. I was on my way out of town for a threeday weekend of camping and drinking beer when I got a call from the publisher,


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who had ducked behind a Dumpster to avoid arrest. The MBI raided a Weekly job fair and arrested three classified advertising employees on charges of selling ads to prostitutes, so my day off was canceled. Naturally the MBI made a big show of it, tipping off TV and radio stations beforehand. On cue, pliant reporters showed up and shouted morally indignant questions at our employees as they were perpwalked to waiting vans. Showmanship counts. I get that. In due time, the MBI’s case fell apart and they settled out of court for costs. No need to recount the tale here. The nut is that they wanted to silence our drumbeat of coverage, and the ads were a way to do it. It all felt big and important at the time, and it was. I still believe that journalism has no higher duty than holding accountable people in positions of public trust. The MBI was just being the MBI. Pick a fight with a snake and it will do its best to bite you. What still disappoints is how little interest other journalists had

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in what was really happening. It was just easier to cover the splash. There was no in-depth reporting in the Sentinel about the Weekly’s contentious history with the MBI, no supportive editorials about the chilling reality of police using public resources to shutter a newspaper. The Weekly sold hooker ads and wrote some stuff, so they got busted. What more could there be to that story? My takeaway from eight years in Orlando is that we tried not to swallow the bullshit. In 2002, when I arrived, Orlando was a medium-sized city run like a small town by people confident they wouldn’t face a lot of questions from a

lapdog press. It was hip-deep in cronyism and convenient morality. I don’t live there anymore, but I’d guess it hasn’t changed that much. Many of the same people are still in charge. We failed, of course, sometimes spectacularly. But I still bask in the warm glow of that one time we didn’t, that time we poked the snake hard enough, in just the right place, to get it to bite. Bob Whitby was the editor of Orlando Weekly from 2002 to 2010. He’s now a science writer at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Go Hogs!

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an orlando native reflects on the city’s transformation from food desert to foodie hub By H olly V. Kap H er r

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say it  to  everyone  who  marvels  at  the  fact  that  I’m  a  born-and-bred  Orlandoan  who  also  chooses  to  live  here as an adult: Orlando is not the same  place it was when I was growing up here  in  the  1980s  and  ’90s.  More  specifically,  the food and restaurant culture in 2015 is  totally different. To be even more specific:  Now there is one.  Where  it  once  took  10  years  to  make  delicious  dreams  like  Korean  tacos  or  gourmet burgers (which bloomed in other  parts  of  the  country)  a  reality  here,  now  we’re the first ones in the country to sport  major  food  trends.  Somewhere  between  the time I left Orlando for college in 2002  and  returned  in  2007  to  start  my  adult  life,  the  identity  construct  known  as  a  “foodie” was born; everyone started taking  pictures  of  their  lunches;  and  words  like  “sous-vide,”  “charcuterie”  and  “locavore”  became part of everyday conversation. It’s  hard  to  say  whether  there  was  one  cataclysmic  culinary  event  that  lifted  Orlando  from  its  strip-malled,  chain-restaurant doldrums and gave it a place in the  national  food  firmament,  where  it  solidly  (if  precariously)  sits  now.  Was  it  in  2007  when  James  and  Julie  Petrakis  opened  Orlando’s  first  gastropub,  the  Ravenous  Pig, in Winter Park? Was it when the illustrious  James  Beard  Foundation  culinary  awards  came  to  town  to  announce  their  2014  semifinalists  (which  included  the  Petrakises  as  well  as  several  other  local 

carnivore carnivals, it practically invented  the  idea  of  family-style  sides  and  brought  New York’s Mad Men-esque power lunch to  chefs from Daytona to Lake Buena Vista),  Central Florida. their first-ever live announcement, at the  4721 E. Colonial Drive, 407-894-4491,  newly  minted  East  End  Market?  Was  it the establishment of the mobile food truck  courts,  hangouts  and  “Bazaars”?  Or  the  opening of food halls like East End Market,  dexter’s the  new  Market  on  South  and  the  soonDexter  Richardson  changed  over  his  to-be-realized  Artegon  Marketplace?  Or  Fairbanks Avenue shop, Dexter’s Wine and  the  flourishing  of  cottage  industries  like  Cheese,  to  a  50-seat  restaurant  with  chef  Wondermade  marshmallows,  Blue  Bird  Adrian  Mann  in  1988,  and  became  one  Bake Shop and Skyebird?  of  Orlando’s  unstoppable  dining  forces.  In  any  case,  Orlando’s  restaurant  mar- After a move or two, Dexter’s Winter Park  ket is arguably one of the toughest in the  settled in Hannibal Square in 1999; they’ve  country. Storefronts and food trucks alike  added a few more locations over the years,  seem  to  come  and  go  as  quickly  as  after- and  now  you’ll  be  lucky  to  wedge  in  past  noon  thunderstorms,  especially  in  some  the  throngs  (especially  the  uber-popular  of  our  more  famous  “cursed”  locations  Thornton Park Sunday brunch). There are  (I’m  looking  at  you,  corner  of  Canton  now  four  Dexter’s,  but  the  wine  selection  and Park). But there are some time-tested  at  each  one  is  still  aces  and  the  chicken  favorites  that  still  stand  and  still  either  tortilla pie is still messy and delicious. require  a  reservation,  have  a  line  out  the  multiple locations, door,  or  simply  just  do  good  business  by  serving  solid  food  to  a  loyal  following.  Here  are  three  of  them,  along  with  three  Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ beloved spots that just didn’t make it. Before  the  long-A-F  lines  out  the  door  of 4 Rivers’ brisket empire, Bubbalou’s was  slicing up smoked meats and opening localinda’s la Cantina tions faster than you could say “fried okra.”  Steakhouse The  Lee  Road  spot  opened  in  1986  is  the  Gather around the indoor fire pit, sip an  original, and though it’s undergone a little  extra-dirty  martini  or  a  couple  of  glasses  sprucing up here and there, the place still  of  smoky  pinot  noir,  and  order  one  of  looks the same, and the food is just as good  the  best  steaks  in  town  from  a  legendary  as it was 30 years ago.  steakhouse  open  since  1947.  The  restau- 1471 Lee Road, Winter Park, 407-628-1212,  rant doesn’t just take cues from a la carte

Any woman  who  grew  up  here  and  says she didn’t walk by Lakeside’s giant  window looking out onto Lake Eola and  dream  of  having  her  wedding  there  is  lying. After the owner, Lee Rose, passed  away  in  2003,  the  place  just  couldn’t  hold it together. Now it’s World of Beer,  and the view is just as picturesque as it  was when it was the place to celebrate a  special occasion.

Patsio’s The much-loved Greek diner opened  in  1984  and  was  both  family-friendly  and  a  hangover  haven  (it  was  open  24  hours).  It  closed  to  much  dismay  in  2014;  the  owner  cited  exorbitant  rent  as  his  reason  for  jumping  ship.  There’s  a  GoFundMe  account  to  relocate  the  diner, but so far it’s only raised $720.

the Bubble room It was  “always  Christmas”  at  the  Bubble  Room,  one  of  Orlando’s  weirdest  (but  most  well-loved)  restaurants.  The  ultra-eclectic  decor,  both  inside  and out, was the real draw. There were  thousands  of  trinkets  and  toys  in  the  1940s-theme  restaurant,  all  of  which  were auctioned off when the restaurant  closed in 1998. Those who still pine for  the Bubble Room’s Orange Crunch Cake  can  visit  its  sister  restaurant,  still  open  on Captiva Island. holly V. Kapherr has written about food, arts and culture, and restaurants for Orlando Weekly since 2007.

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First time for everything Orlando Weekly: It’s not just a job. It’s an adventure By J e f f r e y B i l l m a n


n absolutely no way did I deserve my first job in journalism, or even my first (and only) internship. I was still in college – a rising junior at the University of Central Florida, the beneficiary of one, maybe two J-school classes – when I applied for and, likely owing to a lack of competition among my more careerminded peers – landed an internship at the Weekly under the tutelage of thennews editor Ed Ericson Jr. This, despite the fact that I knew shit about writing, shit about reporting, shit about records searches or interviewing techniques, shit about the shopworn alt-weekly ethos. I could barely fucking type. And so I showed up on day one – in a tie and khakis, an alt-weekly sin for which Ed, who favored shorts and Bermuda shirts, promptly reprimanded me – and was immediately thrown into the deep end. Ed had this story that had been sitting on his desk about a billionaire time-share mogul named David Siegel (the same David Siegel of Queen of Versailles fame) who had (allegedly) gotten his start in that classic Florida way, the swampland scam. Ed knew it was a good story, but it needed legwork, and I was the legs. So for the next three months, I found myself poring through records in dusty government offices all over Central Florida (this is pre-digitization, mind), driving to South Florida with Ed to harangue a guy who wouldn’t return our calls (I was rewarded Local musician Ralph Ameduri Jr. is fatally shot in Winter Haven

Casey Anthony trial begins

with a bottle of rum), corresponding by snail mail with sources in Europe, meeting for hours with our unexpectedly effusive subject, and, several months after my internship ended, having Ed be gracious enough to slap my co-byline on his writing. (The story, by the way, was called “Outrageous Fortune.” It won some awards.) Around then, Ed announced that he was leaving – to Hartford, I think, or some other godforsaken snow globe of a place. And I, being just naive enough to do this, sent an email to the editor, Jeff Truesdell, asking if I could have Ed’s job. I’m sure he had a good chuckle. Jeff did hire me, though, a couple of months later, as a part-time editorial assistant, $10 an hour. Then, after I graduated, he hired me for a real job, staff writer – still only $10 an hour or thereabouts, but fulltime nonetheless. And for the next seven years, that’s what I did: I wrote about Orlando, about Glenda Hood and Buddy Dyer and Rich Crotty and Daisy Lynum and Ric Keller, first under Jeff and later under Bob Whitby, both of whom – like Ed – taught me far more about this profession than I could ever learn in a classroom. I learned how to develop sources and dig through court records, how to think critically and write with verve. I discovered the intrinsic power of a 5,000-word The Daily City holds its first Food Truck Bazaar

Orlando’s ban on feeding the homeless goes to court

narrative about police abuse or corporate malfeasance or transportation policy or impermeably dense zoning issues. I incurred the wrath of politicians and those rat bastards at the MBI. I forged friendships that I still hold very dear, even years and a thousand miles apart. More than anything, during my years at the Weekly I came to understand how essential an alt-weekly is to a maturing city, both in its watchdog role at City Hall and its cultural coverage. No matter where I’ve gone in my career – Orlando to Philly to Orlando to Jacksonville and now to Raleigh-Durham, where I edit another altweekly – I’ve found this to be true: Great cities need great alt-weeklies. I’d like to think that this publication had something to do with making Orlando as great as it is today. Jeffrey C. Billman is editor of the Independent Weekly. He was editorial assistant, then staff writer, then senior staff writer for Orlando Weekly from 2000 to 2009.

Marena Grant Morrisey retires as director of the Orlando Museum of Art after 42 years


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After three weeks, Anthony is acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter

Gov. Rick Scott elected, promptly begins ruining things

Universal Orlando closes beloved Jaws ride for good

The Dwightmare: Dwight Howard leaves the Orlando Magic

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Orlando Weekly and the Orlando Fringe grew up together By Seth KuB er SKy


rlando Weekly isn’t the only cultural institution celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Our readers’ repeat pick for Best Arts Event in our annual Best of Orlando poll, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival – recently rebranded simply “the Orlando Fringe” – is turning 25 next year. To mark the dual milestones, we asked some key figures from the Orlando Fringe’s past and present for their memories (good and bad, in reverse chronological order) of how the festival and the Weekly have matured side by side.

George wallace Current executive director; Fringe volunteer since 2003

I’ve had so many highs and lows the past decade, but there are a few that stand out. My favorite Fringe/Weekly memories always center around the Fringe issues. It’s like Christmas morning when the Fringe edition comes out, from the cover to the stories, because Orlando Weekly always has a different take on things, and I appreciate that. Accepting the Orlando Weekly “Best Of” awards are also high on my list, because Orlando Weekly knows how to put on a party – but I think Fringe throws a pretty great party, too! I am glad we have gotten to grow up together.

Michael Marinaccio Current festival producer; Fringe artist since 1997

In 1999 I was in a show at the Fringe titled Electra at the Wiener Stand. After our final performance we went to the beer tent, where we met a bespectacled man who told us that he loved the show. We spoke with him for a while, with an openness that comes with decompressing after concluding a final performance and drinking lots of beer. A few days later, I opened Orlando Weekly and read details of that conversation written by the man we had met, Steve Schneider. It was a love note to us that concluded with a Christmas wish that we all stay in Orlando where we were sorely needed. It weighed on me, and even though I moved away for a time, it helped me realize that my place was here in Orlando, and at the Fringe.

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Fringe, I fondly remember that OW sponsored the Orlando Fringe and served as the festival’s printed program. I was so grateful for this because at the time there was not enough money in the budget for Fringe to create its own program. As the former producing artistic director of Orlando Fringe and current indie theater producer/artist, I remain grateful that so much coverage in editorial, previews, reviews and advertising is out there in OW for Fringe and the arts groups within. I don’t know if this is credited as an OW thing exactly, but it does give Seth Kubersky the review clout to be on the Critic’s Choice panel for Orlando Fringe’s award ceremony, and while I appreciate the fun spirit and popularity value in the Best of Orlando Readers Poll or Audience Choice awards of any sorts (thank you for Fringe’s annual Best of Orlando notice as well as my own personal awards), I love the value and expertise offered by Seth and his fellow critics Elizabeth Maupin and Matt Palm in both reviews and awards.

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Chris Gibson Former assistant producer (2001) and co-producer (2002-2004)

My worst Fringe memory was finding out that one of the downtown venues was flooding and that we needed to find a space and build a new one. We did it, but the terror of that day, the fear that our artists were in harm’s way, still haunts me. My best Fringe memory is in the beer tent, naturally. I believe it was the 2002 festival when Fringe central was at the History Center. We had brought the infamous Orlando cabaret duo Mark and Lorna to perform at the tent. It was quite a celebration. That night and those people, my heart will never forget.

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My memory of Orlando Weekly is that it represented the art culture of the city for me. The immense support and respect that the Weekly gave the festival really validated us in the community’s eyes and helped us to grow.

terry olson Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival founder and first producer

The Weekly was always supportive of the

Fringe, but in the third year of the Fringe, I think I had heard that a conservative religious radio station had been warning its listeners about the Fringe, while the Weekly ran a headline “Fringe a forum for Religious Right” because of a production of an anti-abortion-leaning play. That was the best and the worst – to have ALL sides of our community offended, but to have all sides of our community OFFENDED.

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Stardust memories

Brett and Katherine Bennett in the early years

In its 16 years Stardust Video & Coffee has become a vital cultural crossroads for Orlando By Je ssica Bryce you n g


ustomers of Stardust Video & Coffee who walk in for the first time these days probably wonder at the name – even more so if they’re coming in for a cocktail, an art show opening or to see a band. “Video”? Huh? But those who’ve loved the place for more than a decade of its 16 years on East Winter Park Road know that, despite its many fun functions, it began life as, yes, a video store, with shelves full of bulky VHS tapes. Owners Brett and Katherine Bennett (then Katherine Howe; they married a year after opening the store) moved from Atlanta to open the store in 1999, and it’s not surprising that it became such a matryoshka of multiple uses, because as Orlando Weekly’s Theresa Everline noted in her Aug. 18, 1999, story on Stardust’s opening, though they loved film, neither had ever worked at a video store before. (“That didn’t seem odd,” note[d] Howe wryly, “until after the fact.”) “We opened the store in March of 1999, and started out serving coffee, baked goods, and renting movies, which were categorized by country and director,” Katherine Bennett remembers. “We opened the kitchen in 2001, and also started serving beer and wine at that time too. And we started with liquor in 2010.” Longtime employee and local artist Doug Rhodehamel notes that, as Netflix became dominant, “adding the bar kind of changed everything.” “We weren’t renting anything. We had food, but we needed an influx of money,” he says. Stardust does still rent DVDs, though, notes Bennett. “There are so many movies on Netflix, but there are so many missed out on. People think, because there’s so much on there, how could there be anything else?” So why, in this 25th anniversary issue, single out Stardust? Partly because there isn’t room to list every business that moved Orlando’s cultural goalposts forward (I see you, Park Ave CDs, and you too, Enzian Theater … and and and). But mostly because Stardust was/is so many things to so many people. It may have

started out as a place to pick up a flick and get a caffeine jolt, but in the 16 years it’s been around, it’s become so much more. Bennett says, “My theory is that pretty early on it became what whoever was coming in needed it to be.” The name of the store, a reference to Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories, is appropriate, because for a lot of us, it’s where we formed our best Orlando memories. It’s where you rented your first Jarmusch film. It’s where you got endlessly checkmated at Chess Club. It’s where you ate a Rhodehamel “concept waffle” and drank a Stoner (not telling; order it for yourself ). It’s where you saw noisy bands like SSLOTS or performance art like Le Busboy. It’s where you saw Rhodehamel’s first Orlando art show, “Coathanger Stories.” It’s where you dressed up as Margot Tenenbaum and danced under a giant cardboard jaguar shark hanging from the ceiling. And now it’s where you purchase your locally grown organic kale on Monday nights. It’s where you do your holiday shopping every year, at the Grandma Party Bazaar. It’s where you shop for used books. It’s where you taste your way through too many kinds of Scotch in the Scotch Bar, and decide to stick to the craft cocktails served in the Slanted & Enchanted Bar from now on. It’s where you study, where you first-date, where you pre-game, where you feed your hangover the next day. With characteristic understatement, Bennett says, “It changes based on who’s coming in.” “People stopped renting movies. So we adapted.”

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ums by the likes of Hasan Elahi or Judy Rushin, no more retrospectives on the level of Jess: To and From the Printed Page, no Here’s hoping that the best is yet to come for Orlando Weekly more delightful group exhibits like The Mysterious Content of By E rin Sulliva n Softness. Please forgive our momene had a good run under Times weeklies had yet to fully realize: events. tary crisis of faith. With the Over the past three years, Orlando Shamrock. For 15 years the recent gift to Rollins of the Scranton-based company kept Weekly has launched the Orlando Beer Alfond Collection and CFAM’s us humming along, even during the most Festival, the annual Halloween-themed impending Fractured Narratives severe recession in modern times. In 2013, Orlando Zombie Ball, a monthly pub crawl though, the family that owned Times called Drink Around the Hood, a craftshow, the sun peeked over the Shamrock decided to tighten up their cocktail competition called Mixer and a horizon – now, with the inauoperation. They announced that they’d put fine-dining restaurant showcase called gural Orlando Museum of Art all of the alternative newsweeklies they Bite Night. Florida Prize in Contemporary owned – Baltimore City Paper, Cleveland And that’s just the beginning. We’ve had a documented heart condition for Art, we’ve seen the light. – Jessica Bryce Scene, Detroit Metro Times, Orlando Weekly served you for 25 great years so far, which she took medication. But she also Young, “Artists compete for the Florida Prize Orlando. Here’s to 25 more. happened to be one of the people who fall at the Orlando Museum of Art” and San Antonio Current – up for sale. within the gap created by the 2012 U.S. “All of these papers have been strong, Supreme Court ruling that allowed states profitable investments for us for many From the archives: to opt out of Medicaid expansion, which March 18-24, 2015 years,” George V. Lynett Jr., CEO of Times- 2013-2015 was a key part of the Affordable Care Act’s Shamrock, told employees, according to a Last week, Florida once again caused intention to make health care available to the nation’s eyes to collectively roll when story published in the Scranton Timeseveryone. it came to light in a report by the Florida Tribune. “We have enjoyed operating in Feb. 13-19, 2013 In the ensuing two years, 23 states have Center for Investigative Reporting, pubthese diverse markets and the decision to The streetlights serve as the spotsell was difficult. However, as we look to lights, and a row of classic cars acts as refused to expand Medicaid, including lished by the Miami Herald, that Gov. Rick refocus and double down on our efforts at the backdrop as 72-year-old Jack Lewis Florida, which rejected $51 billion from Scott had allegedly forbidden state staffhome in Northeast Pennsylvania, it made sits perched on the tailgate of his pickup the federal government over the period ers from invoking terms that hint at the of a decade to overhaul its Medicaid pro- scientific reality of climate change. – Billy sense for us to offer these more distant truck, plucking a banjo. papers for sale to someone who could take Every Friday night for the past 22 years, gram to include people who work, but do Manes, “Gov. Scott seems to think that the them to the next level of growth.” Lewis has sat in the same spot in this not make enough money to qualify for the best way to deal with climate change is to just The publishers of the San Antonio Ocoee parking lot, near the intersection of Affordable Care Act’s subsidies. They, like not talk about it” Current and Cleveland Scene, Michael Route 50 and Maguire Road. And, just as many, are victims of a political war – one Wagner and Chris Keating, pounced on it has for all of those years, a crowd builds that puts the lives and health of up to the opportunity. They partnered with around him as he plays – musicians with 17,000 U.S. residents and 2,000 Floridians June 10-16, 2015 Andrew Zelman, who had been consider- banjos and fiddles and guitars and mando- annually in jeopardy, in the name of rebelIn October, according to the New York ing purchasing the Cleveland Scene when lins and upright basses join him, spectators ling against President Barack Obama’s Times, Disney summoned 250 of its tech Times Shamrock first announced it was in folding chairs settle in for a show, curi- health care plan. – Billy Manes, “The perils workers and told them that they were up for sale, and in 2014, they formed ous passers-by stop to watch the unusual of Florida’s refusal to expand Medicaid” being laid off. Their jobs weren’t being a company called Euclid Media Group. scene. – Ashley Belanger, “Roadside attraction: eliminated – they were being replaced Today that company owns the Current, the The Ocoee parking lot bluegrass jam” by workers employed by HCL America, a aug. 6-12, 2014 branch of a company based in India that Scene, Metro Times, the Riverfront Times of St. Louis, and Orlando Weekly. About a year ago, prospects seemed contracts with American companies to hire Under Euclid, the company has april 9-15, 2014 bleak for touring shows of contemporary cheap labor from overseas. HCL imports experienced astronomical growth on the [Charlene] Dill’s death was not unpre- art in Orlando. We feared that there would contract workers to take over tech jobs at a web, as well as in an area that many of the dictable, nor was it unpreventable. She be no more new work shown in our muse- portion of the cost of what companies pay to hire their own employees to do the same work. HCL America has been contracting with Disney since 2012, and Disney Trayvon Martin NBA All-Star Game Dr. Ena Heller takes over Glen Gentele is Paul McCartney surprises shot by vigilante in takes place in as director of Cornell appointed director of the Orlando with a concert at says this most recent round of layoffs is Sanford Orlando Fine Arts Museum Orlando Museum of Art Amway Center part of a “restructuring” of its technology group. Not only were the Disney workers restructured out of jobs – the story says that they were also instructed to train their 2013 2014 replacements, at the risk of losing severance pay and benefits if the new workers couldn’t perform their new duties adequately. Right-to-work state, indeed. – Erin Times Shamrock Mad Cow Theatre moves Sullivan, “Disney imports cheap overseas help St. Pete entrepreneur Mark Wayne of Red puts Orlando Weekly to its Church Street East End Market opens signs 20-year lease on to replace local workers because it can” Fox Lounge fame dies



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“Bao Ferguson”

This Little Underground columnist Bao Le-Huu reflects on his trajectory from OW reader to live music critic by b ao l e - h u u


s a critical reader and serious music fan, Orlando Weekly was always the city’s gold standard in music journalism to me, and it was almost singlehandedly because of Jason Ferguson (OW music editor and columnist 2002-2008, ongoing contributor). Long before I got to know him as a colleague, years before I even contemplated doing this myself, he was the first local critic that struck me with undiluted honesty and truth.

One of the earliest, most crystal moments I can remember as a reader was some comment he wrote about Jason Mraz. Now, beating up on Mraz isn’t difficult, but that guy was omnipresent at the time, and it was all fucking wrong. Ferguson’s jab was brief and passing – he didn’t expend many words just to undress a sack like that – but it was so incisive as to be jarring in the generally beige haze of music journalism then. I actually reread that shit aloud to my friends right there on the spot. From then on, I tuned in every time. Though the Sword, Vietnam and Aterciopelados pop out, it’s a little hard to recall all the bands he first clued me in on, no doubt a symptom of covering thousands of bands myself over the years. But above all the great recommendations he made, the most vital thing Ferguson did was act as a bastion and defender of the critical voice in art (something his Notable Noise column of Sept. 15, 2005, reasoned with beautiful and humorous flair). Be it in music, film, restaurants, anything, everything – I’ve always looked to opinion as the springboard to real discourse. Although a longtime fan, it wasn’t until I was a fellow music columnist (for Orlando CityBeat, the Sentinel’s earnest but shortlived attempt at youth relevance) that I finally made Ferguson’s acquaintance. We frequently ended up at the same concerts and so had countless hours of critical conversations about what we saw and heard. We never actively colluded, but we often 48

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found ourselves on the same side of music scene issues. He called it from his corner and I from mine at the same time, and there was enough general alignment that aXis Magazine snidely lumped us together as “Bao Ferguson” for a while there. It was like some two-headed hawk fighting on the same front, and it was quite a time. I believe editorials are the best, most valuable thing that OW does. And Ferguson’s work is music commentary par excellence. Instead of rote monkey reporting, his writing has always been rich in perspective, something with both eloquence and teeth. To scenesters clouded by hubris or partisanship, the words in his column were caustic. To clear-eyed thinkerreaders, however, they were thunderbolts of straight dope. Many of the former perceived him to be hostile to the local scene, but they were bent by selfinterest and fragility. Those with the capacity for honesty, however, could see his advocacy for this city plainly. It was something he expressed with at least as much gusto, clarity and frequency as any of his censure. Most importantly, it was the kind of tough, activating love that rightfully believes that holding our scene up to thoughtful, honest critique was the healthiest, most progressive thing to do to advance it.

If that sounds a little like someone you should know pretty well by now, well, I hope so. I’ve been yelling in your face almost every week for nearly a decade now and that’s precisely the kind of ethos I try to continue here with This Little Underground in this same space, the one with which I was personally entrusted by Ferguson himself, where it all started for me as a local reader, at Orlando Weekly. Bao Le-Huu began contributing to Orlando Weekly in 2006, and is now a live music columnist exploring the local scene through This Little Underground.

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Hat tricks Learning to be a writer and designer on the fly By Dave P lotkin


rlando Weekly is in my veins. It’s in my DNA. Since the beginning, OW has upheld the tradition of Orlando’s famously low barrier to entry, accessible to young journalists and artists who wanted to audition their skills in front of a critical audience. I was a part of that audience in middle school, just a few years after The Weekly first started printing. For a short while, issues were delivered to our driveway in a little plastic bag. That’s how I came to discover writers like Billy Manes and Liz Langley, whose boozy adventures first tempted me to go downtown at age 15. In 2002, back home from a media internship in New York, I was restless and self-publishing an email blast called “Cap’n. Dave’s Weakly Reader” about things in Orlando that made me crazy. Bob Whitby was OW’s editor and an email subscriber. When I wrote that the next issue would feature a story about boy-band con artist Lou Pearlman, Whitby asked if I could write it for Orlando Weekly instead. That 600-word assignment ended up becoming a 2,900-word cover story. Whitby filled my first draft with red-inked edits, and I eventually got Pearlman himself on the phone for an interview (he’s a loud-breather). The writing wasn’t amazing, but it was one of the first articles to shine a light on Pearlman’s schemes. The next month, in November 2002, Whitby asked me to start a weekly column about the local media. He titled it “Slug,” a name that I still hate. I was in way over my head. For the next year, I got to tour local TV news stations and the Sentinel, writing snarky pieces about what I’d seen, pissing off my hosts. After a visit to the Sentinel in 2002, I called their editorial offices “a dismal realm of slap bracelets and Hammer pants.” In January 2003, I giddily published an internal email sent by editor Tim Franklin to his staff, calling for a “Young Readers Task Force” to think up ways to get young people interested in the sagging paper. I had absolutely no business writing a media column, and most of my subjects hated me. At age 23, this was exhilarating.

Writing for OW was like earning a master’s degree in how to conduct interviews and fact-check stories, and how to work with an editorial team. I was late on every single deadline, and Whitby eventually fired me after a year. This would not be my last time getting fired by OW. For the next few years, I edited another local paper out of UCF, The Independent, and focused on things that could actually earn me a living. But I occasionally wrote critical emails to Whitby, which resulted in a 2005 Best of Orlando award for “Best Candidate for Orlando Weekly Public Editor.” “HappyTown™ is so tantalizingly close to being a feature that works,” I wrote in one message. “Why not a blank Paint Your Own Cover issue?” I proposed in another. “That way, you’d produce 60,000 examples of better cover design.” But you always hurt the ones you love, and I did love Orlando Weekly. I also wanted to redesign it so badly. My chance came in 2011, when OW was searching for a new art director. I wrote my résumé on a Stardust Video & Coffee receipt (yes, roll your eyes), and asked new OW editor Erin Sullivan to give me a shot. I had to lay out my first issue in two days, and my computer died on the second day at work. The shoestring editorial budget meant that I had to make do with a retired Mac desktop and a longoutdated version of the Adobe Creative Suite. I experienced the Pinwheel of Death every single day. I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I knew what I liked. The redesign brought the paper out of the black-and-white days, and I got to write and experiment in the role. In March 2012, I wrote an April Fool’s cover story describing how the capital of Florida was moving to Orlando, complete with semi-obscene visuals of the new building. After yet another all-nighter, and with the paper running late again, Sullivan mercifully let me go. We cried and hugged, and I got to pass the paper off to local design firm Laughing Samurai, which felt pretty damn good. A year later, Sullivan invited me back to write a political column, which I titled “Give Me Your Money.” It worked, and to this day, people are still giving me their money. Dave Plotkin was a columnist for Orlando Weekly from 2002 to 2003, art director in 2011 and became a columnist again in 2014.

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We built this city

Over the years, Orlando Weekly helped the city – and this writer – get past awkward stages and growing pains By B i l ly Ma n e s



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exist today around the world for those lucky enough to still be breathing – grew defiantly from the triumphs and tragedies of our little town in transition. Sure, you could buy the Rolling Stone superlative codifications of a rave culture run amok and the nitrous oxide after-parties and the stupid jeans and stupid ’zines that made it all blend into that color wheel of 4 a.m. splendor. Mostly, though, it was about being poor and being out, so when we scraped our quarters from the couch cushions (right next to the poppers!), we made certain that we were fit to be seen (or tied). The “faggot” thing was actually a preface to my semi-permanent arrival here. I was touring with a band from Canada called Treble Charger (along with the Dandy Warhols, because, Jesus Christ, where did my life go?) the summer before I made the big Orlandoan leap. They were sound-checking, I was stall-snorting, everything was a brilliant blur; at some point there was skinny-dipping. What struck me about downtown Orlando, having just survived the towering heights of downtown Tallahassee, was its humble vitality. I knew, just as I Billy Manes was a columnist, classifieds sales representative, staff writer and senior staff writer for Orlando Weekly from 1997 through 2015.


aggot!” It wasn’t my first memory of the etched and sketched green-haired forest of downtown Orlando in 1997, but for some reason, it’s one of the more resonant echoes of a Wall Street of long ago. There’s a context to verbal defiance, a certain hue to hurled directives intended to dissipate more than to maim, and on this particular occasion, it suited the mood of Orange Avenue. It didn’t even hurt. We were all outsiders, Ponyboy, but some of us weren’t so far outside that our seating arrangements were sidewalk skateboards and our pale faces pierced and bleating epithets that were so weakly piercing. Yab Yum, the Go Lounge, Kit Kat Club – all of it was virtually anomalous to what we see at downtown’s core in the thickets of pinstripes and the cigar-clouds of ambition now. The lawyers are in love. The lawyers won. But it was far from a disappointment to arrive on the landlocked island of downtown Orlando in the late ’90s. We were the pigs, we were the swine, at least to some degree, but that didn’t mean that we didn’t matter. Some of the greatest friendships ever forged in Orlando – friendships that

knew when I spent childhood summers here with my father post-divorce, that this was where I belonged. Where Visage happened. Where people knew of Adam Ant and Strawberry Switchblade. You could go to Barbarella’s (now the Independent Bar) and slap the floor with post-teenage angst and leather tassels affray. Orlando was, and is, where suburban met urban at the mall. But I’m not here to spin a yarn about the way it used to be; I frankly can barely remember anything beyond my last published adjective. What I will say is that Orlando became my home by the virtue of some wonderful people and an atmosphere of luck. Yes, I rode the boy-band horse right into the pool of NSync manager Johnny Wright at a party at his house; yes, I did see Lou Pearlman without a shirt; yes, I know things I shouldn’t know about a lot of people. Yes, this town and this paper have been kind to me. When I grew out of plastic pants, Orlando did, too. When I needed to mature a bit in order to function as an adult, Orlando kind of followed. I wrote my first music feature for Orlando Weekly in late 1997. I wrote my last feature for Orlando Weekly, arm-wrestling the mayor (whom I ran to replace in 1995!), in June of this year. I just want to say a quick few words about the space between. This town – and especially Orlando Weekly – defined me in more ways than anyone will ever know. From the ups of digging for ginger pubic hairs in public restrooms on St. Patrick’s Day (it happened) to the downs of letting a whole town carry my grief when my then-husband Alan Jordan killed himself on April 8, 2012. From my fights with politicians, my bizarre political career, the awards and bonhomie that have followed and the promise of what’s to come – there isn’t a more decorated version of grateful I can think to issue, so I’ll just say that I’m super fucking grateful. I’m over at the gay paper Watermark now, sometimes even sporting my own green hair. But if you ever want to tap me on the shoulder and hear a story or two about everyone you thought you knew, please do. Orlando Weekly built this city and it built me. I will never forget. This “faggot” will never, ever forget.

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Seems like you’re the only constant at OW through the years.

I’ve outlived them all. That’s a scary thought.

a problem, and ended up in jail because he was scamming people. Then there was the Orlando Music Awards, which we put together. That was really something.

What was Orlando like in those days?

Were you here when the Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation began arresting OW staff in the “Weekly Shame Operation?”

Church Street was really happening, before Downtown Disney and Universal CityWalk came out. That day was The parks would weird. There was a bus in adults to job fair going on at downtown Orlando, a hotel, and I was and they would walk there, but I was leavto Cheyenne Saloon, ing as the MBI and Firestone, Wall the cameras were Street Cantina. It coming up the stairs. was pretty neat, but Then I just heard when they stopped everyone was getOne of Orlando Weekly’s newest staffers talks to one busing adults in, ting arrested. They of its oldest downtown became were accusing us of a ghost town. There racketeering, and By Mon ivette Cor d ei r o was also a really that ultimately hurt the Orlando Weekly. n 1993, as a bright and ambitious Dan the sun is at.’ So I went to Key West strong art commuWinkler was knocking on the doors of because I thought it would be something nity going on before When the case Mayor against us got kicked The Weekly for an advertising job, this like Jamaica. It’s nothing like Jamaica. Orlando out of court, you writer still had a pacifier in her mouth Key West is a dirty little rock. And it Glenda Hood almost didn’t hear anything. somewhere in Los Angeles. Twenty-two wasn’t my lifestyle. I have a brother that destroyed it singleThere I think that news years later and one diaper less, we’ve lives in Orlando, so I came to visit him and handedly. was a time when was buried in the met at the paper currently known as the decided to stay. Orlando felt very back in the Sentinel. Orlando Weekly: Dan now has the glitzy people title of senior multimedia account execu- When you started, this wasn’t called the magical; Some people still were laughing, there were a lot of par- don’t know the outcome of that case. tive, and I started as a staff writer in June. Orlando Weekly, correct? In honor of OW’s 25th anniversary and No, it was called The Weekly. I started ties. It was a fun place to be. Sometimes it seems like a whole other life. because Dan has some cool things to say, in 1993. How do you see OW differentiate itself I talked to him about living and working The column “News of the Weird” in The from other media? in O-town. Weekly made me laugh, so I thought ‘Why What about the music scene? The mantra of alternative papers is love not work for them?’ I knocked on their Orlando made national and global news us, hate us, at least you know you’re getting Monivette Cordeiro: How did you get door and said, ‘I’d like to work for you.’ for the music here. A lot of the best DJs the truth. The reason we have the readerThey told me they weren’t hiring. After in the world are from here, and they had ship we do and a great audience is because here? Why did you come to Florida? Dan Winkler: I’m from the suburbs of the third time, I told them they didn’t have a certain Orlando sound, like acid jazz they know they’re getting the straight Philadelphia, and I just remember it was to pay me because I’d work on commission and techno mixed together. Lou Pearlman information. People who’ve worked here very overcast for a long period of time. only. A month later, they gave me a salary built his empire of boy bands here, like are very dedicated to the product, and Backstreet Boys and NSync. But Lou had our readers have this feeling of ownership I said, ‘I want to go someplace where and the rest is history. about the publication because it speaks to them more so than other media.

Life, the universe and everything


Euclid Media Group buys Orlando Weekly

Bar-BQ-Bar and Roxy Nightclub close


Red Fox Lounge closes

Construction begins on I-4 Ultimate

In wake of historic Supreme Court Orlando City Soccer decision, Orlando holds massive holds its inaugural gay wedding on steps of City Hall match as an MLS team

OW celebrates 25 kickass years in business!

You need to have a passion for it. Embrace it. The OW has its own culture. The same people are still reading the paper 20 years later, and that speaks volumes to the quality of the publication. I would love to think I’d be around at the OW for a while, but if the time comes when I have to leave, it will be a very sad time for me, but I’ll thank them for a wonderful ride.


Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, SunRail and Snap! Space open

Orlando Eye opens at I-Drive 360 complex

Maitland Art Center wins National Historic Landmark status

Orlando Weekly moves its offices back to downtown Orlando

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Life’s a Gift Local comedians Alex Luchun and Larry Fulford have been working on their Life’s a Gift show for most of the year, even taking the show out on the road a few times to work out the kinks. What’s emerged is one of the highest regarded comedy shows in Central Florida right now. Relying as much on audience participation as the wit of hosts Luchun and Fulford, no two Life’s a Gift shows are the same, but they all feature a nicely wrapped present that may or may not hold your heart’s desire. The commerciality of the holiday season may add a little poignancy to this particular outing, but the real gift that Fulford and Luchun give us is the ability to laugh at both them and ourselves. But mostly them. – Thaddeus McCollum



9 p.m. | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $5-$7

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As you’ve probably picked up on from the rest of this issue’s blowout anniversary coverage, Orlando Weekly turns 25 this year. We’re finally getting that break on car insurance premiums and rental fees that we’ve been dreaming about, and to celebrate, we’re taking it back to the old school with a ’90s-themed spectacle all over Cheyenne Saloon and Church Street. Put on your best ’90s costume for a chance to win prizes. We’ll have live bands and DJs playing hits from that decade to get you grinding harder than at your first middle school dance, plus an open bar and surprise appearances from people we’re not supposed to tell you about. Thanks for sticking with us, Orlando; let’s get you a drink. – Thaddeus McCollum


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8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday | Orange County Convention Center, 9899 International Drive | 407-685-9800 | | $10-$25


If the National Dog Show didn’t slake your thirst for capering canines this Thanksgiving, swing on by the Orange County Convention Center to feast your eyes on some of the finest purebred specimens of man’s most faithful friend. Nearly 5,000 dogs will compete for the championship, arranged in eight categories based on breed: sporting, hound, toy, non-sporting, working, terrier, herding and miscellaneous. If you find your attention flagging, drop by one of the 86 vendors with booths at the event, or stop by the Agility Invitational, the Obedience Classic or the Juniors Classic Rally events taking place concurrently with the main show. An official Meet the Breeds session will allow you to get up close and personal with some of the 181 golden retrievers, 103 dachshunds, 88 French bulldogs and 77 poodles (just to name a few) that will be competing in the championship – with figures like that, you run the very real risk of drowning in puppy love. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. – Bernard Wilchusky


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1995 – A One-Night Event Celebrating the Music and Culture From That Year

Holiday Lights Ride While the holidays are packed with pure nostalgia in many ways, many of us have fond memories of driving around in the back seat of Grandma’s car to cruise through “the good neighborhoods” to look at extravagant light displays. Or maybe you were too short to see out the window and just had to listen to your grandma and aunt “oooh!” and “aaah!” while you were stuck looking at the back of their seats. Either way, Bikes Beans & Bordeaux re-creates that feeling with a community bike ride that replicates the vaguely voyeuristic thrill of creeping through a neighborhood that’s not yours to check out strangers’ light displays. Luckily for you, shorty, your bike won’t block your view this time. Just make sure to add some light displays of your own to your bike for safety. – Thaddeus McCollum


6 p.m. | Bikes Beans & Bordeaux, 3022 Corrine Drive | 407-427-1440 | | free

Remember 1995, a gangsta’s paradise, the first time we deemed Brad Pitt the sexiest man alive, and that awful catalyst when white people had only just begun stiffly wriggling to the Macarena? Well, that’s not exactly the kind of nostalgic vibe you can expect to find revived at Will’s Pub this week, when the Pauses and Teen Agers present a wonderwall of rock hits from the year, including evocations of unique acts like Radiohead and Björk. We suspect that like the 1994 show last year, it’ll be the more mainstream numbers from bands like Green Day and Foo Fighters that get both the bands and the crowd really jumping around, though. Add in laughs from local stand-up comedian Larry Fulford (fingers crossed, poking fun at major 1995 figures like O.J. Simpson and Bill Gates), an array of throwback party favors, a Seinfeld photo booth and a DJ set from ’90s know-it-all Jason Ferguson and it becomes a tasteful evening of transportation (which might help erase the painful knowledge that the No. 1 record in 1995 was Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do”). – Ashley Belanger



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Grandma Party Bazaar “Is this a party for grandmas?” asks my own grandmother at dinner the other night. She was browsing Facebook, like all 76-year-olds do, and stumbled upon the Grandma Party Bazaar. Taking place at Stardust Video & Coffee in Audubon Park, the Grandma Party brings together some of Orlando’s most eclectic artists and musicians for a till-the-keg-runs-dry good time. Don’t waste hundreds of dollars on that iPad Mini for mom. Buy local! It’ll pull at the heartstrings harder than mass-produced tech gear. If you can’t make it, but are still feeling the grandma vibe, tune in to WPRK 91.5 FM as they broadcast live from Stardust. DJ Nigel John kicks the party off while local favorites Wet Nurse, Timothy Eerie and many more take to the stage throughout the day. But don’t worry about these “grandmas” judging your bad behavior – there’s plenty of room on the naughty list. – Marissa Mahoney



10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road | 407-623-3393 | | free

with the Pauses, Teen Agers, Larry Fulford, DJ Jason Ferguson | 9 p.m. | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $12-$15


High on Fire MUSIC In metal, there are two things that are prized above all else. The first is forging your own unique path. The second is never, ever straying from that path. High on Fire has, over the course of the band’s 15-year existence, mostly managed to do both, helping to usher in a wave of doomy, riff-driven metal in the early ’00s and then continuing to refine its possibilities over the last decade and a half. While other bands – we see you, Mastodon – have been unable to resist the urge to “expand their horizons,” leader Matt Pike has kept High on Fire sharply focused on being one of the most potent purveyors of Les Paul-fueled heaviness around. Although the band stumbled a bit with 2010’s Snakes for the Divine, their last two Kurt Ballou-produced albums (including this year’s Luminferous) have been both richly textured and thuddingly aggressive. And while Pike’s struggles with alcohol temporarily sidelined High on Fire for a minute a couple of years ago, the band is again firing on all cylinders, producing some of the best and most ferocious heavy metal around. – Jason Ferguson

with Crowbar, Gillian Carter, Nixa | 6:30 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $20

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THEWEEK CONCERTS/EVENTS Eugene Snowden’s Ten Pints of Truth 10 pm; Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.; free. Fuck the Facts, Deformed, Cave Moth, Kaya 9 pm; Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave.; $8; 407-270-9104. The Imperial’s Acoustic Soundcheck With Ben Torres 9 pm; The Imperial at Washburn Imports, 1800 N. Orange Ave.; free; 407-228-4992. Orlando Music Group Open Jam 10:45 pm; St. Matthew’s Tavern, 1300 N. Mills Ave.; free. Reggae Night with Hor!zen and DJ Red I 10 pm; The Caboose, 1827 N. Orange Ave.; free; 407-898-7733. THURSDAY, DEC. 10

CONCERTS/EVENTS Aterciopelados, Ulises Hadjis 8 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $30$40; 407-246-1419. Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Riot Agents, Thrashaholica, Sinkholes, Warm Like Winter, Destructonomicon, Disfunction 6 pm; Bombshell’s Tavern, 5405 Edgewater Drive; $13$15; 407-730-3999.

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OPERA/CLASSICAL Christmas Carillon Concerts 1 & 3 pm; Geert D’hollander performs Christmas music concerts on the 60-bell singing tower. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $12-$18; 863-676-1408;

CONCERTS/EVENTS The Areolas, Vicious Dreams, the Rawtones, Kudzu 9 pm; St. Matthew’s Tavern, 1300 N. Mills Ave.; free.

Duppies, Paddington Ambush, the Ambassadors 8 pm; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $8.

The Delta Saints, the State of How, Wilder Sons 7 pm; Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St.; $10; 407-999-2570.

Grant, Native Feel, Gruvv 10 pm; Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St.; $3-$5.

Don’t Cry It’s Friday, Murdurface, Accidental Hero 7 pm; The Haven, 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; $10; 407-673-2712.

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Dr. K & Friends Blue Jazz 8 pm; Chef Eddie’s,

595 W. Church St.; free; 407-595-8494. House of Lightning, Dead Meat, Cultellarii, Double Sex 7 pm; The Space Station, 2539 Coolidge Ave.; $6. Infected Mushroom 9 pm; Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave.; $15$25; 407-872-0066. Infiltr8:Celebr8 Christmas Celbr8tion 10 pm; Sandwich Bar, 2432 E. Robinson St.; $5 minimum donation; 407-421-1670. Kevin Griffin (of Better Than Ezra) 8 pm; Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.; $33-$35. Mango Beats 10 pm; Debbie’s Bar, 1422 State Road 436, Casselberry; free; 407-677-5963. Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Obliterati, Manic & the Depressives 8 pm; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $10-$13.

Reggae Lou, Soul Vibration, Rising Lion 9 pm; Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave.; $5; 407-270-9104. Woven In, Transcendental Telecom, Wheeler Newman & the Cosmic Roots Collective 9 pm; Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St.; $5; 407-228-0804. Yogurt Smoothness, Slumberjack, the Welzeins 8 pm; Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free. The Yuletide Jukebox With Louis DeFabrizio 8 pm; Redlight Redlight, 2810 Corrine Drive; free; 407893-9832.

OPERA/CLASSICAL Christmas Carillon Concerts 1 & 3 pm; 30-minute Christmas music concerts on the 60-bell singing tower. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $12-$18; 863-676-1408;

Fall Opera Theatre Workshop 7:30-9 pm; The first half features the opera Gallantry, a one-act parody of a soap opera. The second features songs from three Broadway classics. Valencia College East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; free; 407-582-2900. SATURDAY, DEC. 12

CONCERTS/EVENTS 1995: The Pauses, Teen Agers, Larry Fulford, DJ Jason Ferguson 9 pm; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $12-$15. The Company 10:30 pm; Tanqueray’s, 100 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-649-8540. DJ Smilin’ Dan 10 pm; Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.; free. Empire All-Black Party 10 pm; Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave.; $25$45; 407-872-0066. CONTINUED ON PAGE 61



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12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl While you could pay $20 to get into this pub crawl – which takes you to 12 different spots downtown where you’ll enjoy complimentary or cheap booze – you can also bring an unwrapped toy worth at least $20 to donate to a needy family and get into the pub crawl for – well, not exactly free, but you’ll feel better about donating a toy than slipping the cashier a Jackson. We promise. 7:30 p.m. Friday; Wall St. Plaza, Wall and Court streets; $20;

SantaCon Thornton Park’s annual Santa gathering takes place in conjunction with similar gatherings across the world. The concept is simple enough: Dress as Santa (or an elf, reindeer, etc.), join the horde and wassail from business to business, spreading cheer and consuming beer. Just remember the strict rules about not making any children cry. 11 a.m. Saturday; Thornton Park District, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street; free; Science Night Live! Craft Beer Edition Adults take over the Orlando Science Center for this great date night. Learn all about the science behind craft beer while sampling the results, then do a bunch of science-y stuff with a slight buzz, like look through the giant refractor telescope, conduct lab experiments in Dr. Dare’s laboratory, or just experiment with food and beer pairings in your mouth. 8-11 p.m. Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $15-$25;

Silversun Pickups Jan. 9 at the Plaza Live Matisyahu, Dec. 16 at the Plaza Live Shaggy, Dec. 17 at House of Blues Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Dec. 18 at Will’s Pub Leon Russell, Dec. 18 at the Plaza Live The Outlaws, Dec. 19 at the Plaza Live Ben Prestage, Dec. 31 at Will’s Pub

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jan. 20 at the Dr. Phillips Center Galactic, Jan. 21 at the Plaza Live

Patti LaBelle, Feb. 20 at the Dr. Phillips Center

Torche, Jan. 22 at Will’s Pub

Hunter Valentine, Feb. 21 at Will’s Pub

Arlo Guthrie, Jan. 23 at the Plaza Live

Daley, Feb. 22 at the Social

Colin Hay, Jan. 30 at the Plaza Live Def Leppard, Jan. 30 at Amway Center

JJ Grey & Mofro, Dec. 31 at House of Blues

Jim Jefferies, Jan. 31 at the Plaza Live

Orgy, Jan. 8 at West End Trading Co.

Barry Manilow, Feb. 2 at Amway Center

Silversun Pickups, Jan. 9 at the Plaza Live

Graham Nash, Feb. 3 at the Plaza Live

Mickey Avalon & Dirty Nasty, Jan. 12 at the Social Ani DiFranco, Jan. 15 at the Plaza Live SFS 10 Year Anniversary: Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson and more, Jan. 17 at Will’s Pub

Mutemath, Feb. 19 at House of Blues

Napalm Death, the Melvins, April 8 at the Plaza Live The Used, April 19-20 at House of Blues

The Zombies, Feb. 24 at the Plaza Live Creed Bratton, Feb. 25 at Backbooth O.A.R., Feb. 26 at House of Blues

Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, April 20 at the Dr. Phillips Center

Moody Blues, March 8 at the Dr. Phillips Center

Underoath, April 24 at Hard Rock Live

Europe, Feb. 4 at House of Blues

Gordon Lightfoot, March 10 at the Plaza Live

Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas, June 25 at Amway Center

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine, Feb. 5 at House of Blues

Less Than Jake, March 17-18 at the Social

Justin Bieber, June 30 at Amway Center

Trailer Park Boys, Feb. 13 at Backbooth

Logic, March 28 at the Beacham

Yanni, Feb. 13 at the Dr. Phillips Center

They Might Be Giants, April 6 at the Beacham

Twenty One Pilots, July 1 at Amway Center





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Quintron & Miss Pussycat MUSIC It’s intensely musical, majorly cerebral and madcap visually any time New Orleans wonders Quintron & Miss Pussycat pair up and head to town. Him, the inventor whose electronic whimsies have been employed by revered musicians like Laurie Anderson and Fred Armisen, but who remains the supreme master of his music technologies including the Drum Buddy and his tricked-out synthesizer. She, shaking maracas and providing backing vocals, the haunting spectacle whose genius puppets have invaded art museums and featured in their own dedicated Vice web series alike. They’re a special duo, unparalleled in their distinct brainy realm of left-field musicians whose multidimensional artistry seeps into every performance to dazzle crowds. Only adding to the intense build-up are seasoned art rockers Obliterati and explosive scene force Manic & the Depressives as openers. Prepare to goof off and grin. – Ashley Belanger

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Hypnotix VI: Auditor, Felix Nemat, Robb Blak, Mortos 9 pm; Bikkuri Lounge, 1919 E. Colonial Drive; $10; 407-970-1777. Mannheim Steamroller Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd.; cost of admission; 407-363-8000.

Marc With a C’s Annual Marathon Holiday Show 8 pm; The Geek Easy, 114

S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park; free; 407-332-9636. Michel Doneda and Tatsuya Nakatani 8 pm; The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave.; donations encouraged.

7:30 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $25-$30; 407-2281220;

Mija 10 pm; Gilt Nightclub, 740 Bennett Road; $10$30; 407-504-7699.

Straight Jacket, Only You, the Sweaters, Lauren Galant, Canvas, Sweet Hangs, Harbor Point, Seconds to Paradise 6 pm; Copper Rocket Pub, 106 Lake Ave., Maitland; $10-$12; 407-636-3171.

Nashville South No. 4: Gasoline Heart, Mike Dunn & the Company, Hannah Harber & the Lionhearts, Stephen Rock, more 8 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $10; 407.246.1419.

Tommy Frenzy’s Hard Drive, Murdurface, Torn Truth, Jupiter Groove 7 pm; West End Trading Company, 202 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford; $5; 407-322-7475.

Quality Control: Lou Enygma, Maya the Magi, B8TA 9 pm; St. Matthew’s Tavern, 1300 N. Mills Ave.; free.

Under the Blacktop 9 pm; The Hourglass Brewery, 255 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; free; 407-719-9874.

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A Very Body//Talk Christmas 10 pm; The Milk District Pavilion, 2432 E. Robinson St.; $5-$7.

opera/ClassiCal A Classic Christmas 2 & 6 pm; This program features your favorite Christmas works performed by the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra. Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $25; 407-646-2000; Christmas Carillon Concerts 1 & 3 pm; Geert D’hollander performs 30-minute Christmas music concerts on the 60-bell singing tower. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $12-$18; 863-6761408; Fall Opera Theatre Workshop 7:30-9 pm; The first half of the concert features the 20th-century opera Gallantry, a one-act parody of a soap opera. The second half features


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scenes and songs from three Broadway classics. Valencia College East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; free; 407-582-2900. Lake Eola Holiday Concert: Violectric Classical and modern rock mashed with holiday tunes. Saturday, 7 pm; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free; 407-246-2827. The Met Live in HD: The Magic Flute 12:55 pm; An encore screening of the very first Met Live in HD opera broadcast to theaters. multiple locations; $24; Sunday, dec. 13

ConCerts/events 2PM, Tony Macaluso 2 pm; Villa ConRoy, 1521 W. Ivanhoe Blvd.; $12 donation. All I Want for Christmas: Third Eye Blind, Jamie Lawson, Simulcast 7 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney

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West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $29.50; 407-934-2583. Ancient Sun 10:30 pm; Tanqueray’s, 100 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-649-8540. Bulletproof Stockings 7 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $15; 407-246-1419. Colt Ford 7 pm; Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave.; $35; 407-872-0066. Mannheim Steamroller Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd.; cost of admission; 407-363-8000. Sea Cycles, Thrift House, Common Man 8 pm; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $5; 407-748-8256. Silver Bells: The 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert 4:30 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $25-$30; 407-2281220; [MUSIC] Aterciopelados see page 58 cOntinued On paGe 64

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Yogurt Smoothness, the Dull Blades, Tam Tam the Sandwich Man, Pasty Cline, Carrion Joe 9 pm; Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St.; contact for price; 407-228-0804.

Christmas Carillon Concerts 1 & 3 pm; Geert D’hollander performs 30-minute Christmas music concerts on the 60-bell singing tower. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $12-$18; 863-676-1408;

Jazz Meets Motown 7 pm; Bohemian Hotel Celebration, 700 Bloom St., Celebration; free. Possessed by Paul James, the Burke Brothers, Lauris Vidal 8 pm; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $8-$10.

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ConCerts/events A Classic Christmas This program features your favorite Christmas works performed by the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra in the beautiful Knowles Memorial Chapel. -13, 2 & 6 pm; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $25; (407) 646-2000;

Film Speak: White Sands 6 pm; The Guesthouse, 1321 N. Mills Ave.; free. Gottem, Pictures of Vernon, Harsh Radish, Slumberjack, Yikes 8 pm; The Space Station, 2539 Coolidge Ave.; $5.

RDGLDGRN, Duckworth, Arcadence, Levity 7 pm; Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St.; $10; 407-999-2570. Reggae Mondae with Kash’d Out 10 pm; Tanqueray’s, 100 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-649-8540.

Renee Is a Zombie, Dear Rabbit, the Uke-A-Ladies 8 pm; Olde 64, 64 N. Orange Ave.; free; 321-245-7730. Uncle Lou’s Xmas Party: Yogurt Smoothness, Room Full of Strangers, Carrion Joe 6 pm; Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave.; free; 407-270-9104. tueSday, dec. 15

ConCerts/events Con Leche 10 pm; St. Matthew’s Tavern, 1300 N. Mills Ave.; free. The Groove Orient 10:30 pm; Tanqueray’s, 100 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-649-8540. High on Fire, Crowbar, Gillian Carter, Nixa 6:30 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $20; 407-246-1419. Hour 24, Contentions, Sleeping Sons 7 pm; Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St.; $10; 407-999-2570. Jazz in the Courtyard with the DaVinci Jazz Experiment 7-9 pm; Cafe DaVinci, 112 W. Georgia Ave., DeLand; free; 386-873-2943. Jazz Tuesdays 7:30 pm; The Smiling Bison, 745 Bennett Road; free; 407-898-8580. Michael McDonald 8 pm; Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd.; $33-$63; 407-351-5483. Orlando Cantastic Food Drive: Dogs on Acid, Year of Glad, Living Decent, Henrietta 6 pm; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $7-$10; Twisted Tuesday With Tears of a Tyrant 9 pm; Red Lion Pub, 3784 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park; $2 suggested donation; 407-677-9669.

opera/ClassiCal Young at Heart Christmas Concert 2 pm; The Bach Festival Society’s amateur senior chorale celebrates Christmas with this public concert. The group’s repertoire covers many styles and genres, specializing in favorite standards and show tunes; Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park; free;

Film Boruto: Naruto the Movie The eleventh film based on the manga by Masashi Kishimoto. Sunday, 12:55 pm and Monday, 7 pm; multiple locations; $15.98; Home Alone 25th Anniversary The highestgrossing comedy of all time. Wednesday, 7:30 pm; multiple locations; $12.50;

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Janis: Little Girl Blue Oscarnominated director Amy Berg examines Joplin’s story in depth for the first time on film, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, often beleaguered artist. Through Thursday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $11; 407-629-0054; Letters to Santa: Elf Children receive a letter-writing kit to craft their wish list for Santa, then Santa will swing by the theater to pick up all the letters and will be available for purchasable photos after the movie. Sunday, 11 am; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $11; 407-629-0054; Marathon Mondays: TMNT Movies Watch the tolerable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and TMNT II: Secret of the Ooze, then vote on whether to watch the awful TMNT III or the also-awful Michael Bay reboot from 2014. Monday, 5 pm; The Geek Easy,


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114 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park; free; 407-332-9636. Movie on the Lawn: The Santa Clause Enjoy complimentary hot dogs, popcorn and hot chocolate on the lawn before the movie starts. Saturday, 6 pm; St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Windermere; free; 407.876.4991;

who has friends. P.S. Thanks for the wings! Love, Clarence.” Saturday, noon; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $8; 407-629-0054; The Second Mother Brazilian film about Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Through Thursday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $11; 407-629-0054;

Movies Out Loud: Santa Claus The Movie Jeff Jones and Mitzi Morriss make fun of the 1985 Dudley Moore holiday film about one of Santa’s elves who gets lost in New York City. Wednesday, 8 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $10; 407704-6261;

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Enjoy a flight of three different wines whie gearing up for the release of Episode VII. Wednesday, 7:30 pm; The Swirlery, 1508 E. Michigan St.; $10; 407270-6300;

Rifftrax Live: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny A live, neverbefore-seen riffing on one of the strangest Christmas movies ever made. Tuesday, 7:30 pm; multiple locations; $12.50;

Star Wars Party Screening of the original trilogy with raffle prizes, games, trivia and giveaways. Costumes encouraged. Saturday, 2-10 pm; Gods & Monsters, 5250 International Drive; free;

Saturday Matinee Classics: It’s a Wonderful Life “Dear George: Remember no man is a failure

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classic tale with the Muppets and Michael Caine. Wednesday, 11 am; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; Winter in the Park: The Polar Express Travel on the Polar Express through the Uncanny Valley and end up at Santa’s Workshop. Friday, 7 pm and Sunday, 2 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free;

ThEaTEr A Christmas Carol David McElroy plays 37 different characters in this one-man adaptation of the Dickens favorite. Thursday, 7:30 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $20; 407-704-6261;

Let’s Hang On! A special holiday engagement from America’s No. 1 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $30; 407-846-6257; Miracle on 34th Street A charming play inspired by the 1947 film about mail fraud. Fridays, 8 pm, Saturdays, 2 & 8 pm and Saturdays, Sundays, 2 pm; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $25-$33; 407-877-4736; Orange Blossom Trail Living Nativity Spectacular Wanzie’s hilarious depiction of a Living Nativity as imagined by a ragtag crew of characters recruited

from along Orlando’s infamous North Orange Blossom Trail. Saturdays, 7:30 pm; Footlight Theatre, The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $18-$20; 407-425-7571; The Perfect Gift Stacia hates how the holidays are all about shopping and no longer about family and traditions. She ends up under a bridge with a couple of homeless friends on Christmas Eve and discovers that sometimes all you have to do is listen to your heart to find holiday spirit. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 pm and Sundays, 4 pm; Marshall Ellis Theatre, 1300 La Quinta Drive; $15$20; 720-989-3283;

Peter and the Starcatcher A wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a nameless orphan came to be Peter Pan. Wednesday, 2 & 7:30 pm, Thursday, 7:30 pm, Friday, 10:30 am & 7:30 pm, Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm and Tuesday, 10:30 am; Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, 812 E. Rollins St.; $30-$55; The Picture of Dorian Gray Find out if love conquers all or if Dorian succumbs to his flawed sense of self. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2:30 pm; Shoestring Theatre, 380 S. Goodwin St., DeLand; $12$15; 386-227-7444; cOntinued On paGe 68

A Christmas Carol Theatre Downtown presents their annual traditional reading of Dickens’ classic. Mondays-Saturdays, 8 pm; Central Christian Church, 250 W. Ivanhoe Blvd.; $22; 407-841-0083; Christmas With Elvis Featuring the awardwinning Ted Torres with Grammy Awardwinning special guests the Blackwood Quartet. Thursday, 7 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $23-$30; 407-321-8111; Crachit Christmas Feast: Dickens by Candlelight Enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner followed by the opening night performance of Dickens by Candlelight. Friday, 6:45 pm; Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, 812 E. Rollins St.; $75; Dickens by Candlelight A three-person interactive show providing theater-goers with a unique opportunity to experience A Christmas Carol the way it was intended to be told: as a ghost story. Saturday, 8 pm; Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, 812 E. Rollins St.; $35; Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 11 am, 2, 5 & 8 pm and Sunday 1 & 5 pm; Walt Disney Theater, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.; $33.75$93.75; 844-513-2014; Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings This musical comedy offers the best of Forever Plaid tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top. Wednesday-Thursday, 2 pm, Friday, 7:30 pm and Saturday 2 & 7:30 pm; Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Ave., Winter Park; $30-$40; 407-645-0145; Guys & Dolls Nathan Detroit runs the biggest dice games in town while nightclub singer Adelaide waits for him at the altar. Thursday, 7:30 pm, Friday, 8 pm, Saturday, 2 & 8 pm and Sunday, 2 pm; IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora; $9.50-$19.50; 352-383-4616;

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Playwrights Round Table Workshop All writers are welcome to bring any piece they’re working on, from a ten minute short to a full length work. Sunday, 1 pm; Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater, 8267 International Drive; free; 407-363-1985; The Secret Garden Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned by a cholera outbreak when she is 11 years old. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2:30 pm; Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W. Church St.; $32-$45; 407-297-8788; UCF Dream Roles These performances showcase the growth and development of students through their time at Theatre UCF in the performance of a role they hope to play professionally in the near future. Saturday, 7 pm and Sunday, 4 pm; UCF Black Box Theatre, Theatre Building, Main Campus; free; 407-823-1500;

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Grandma Lee As seen on America’s Got Talent. Wednesday, 7 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $10; 407-480-5233;

Central Florida Ballet: The Nutcracker One of the top five outstanding productions of the holiday classic in the country, according to CNN Headline News. Saturday, 2 & 7:30 pm; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $24-$80; 407-685-9800;

Holiday High Tide A very special holiday edition of the indie comedy show. Expect a seasonal-themed live sketch and improv comedy with a dash of music. Wednesday, 8:30 pm; Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St.; $5; 407-228-0804. King of the Hill In this knockdown, drag-out comedy battle, seven professional ensemble members compete in a series of improv scenes and games to win your laughter, your applause and the coveted spot atop the hill. Saturdays, 9:30 pm; SAK Comedy Lab, 29 S. Orange Ave.; $12-$15; 407-6480001;

Best of the Jest Comedy Showcase Hosted by Devin Siebold. Tuesdays, 9 pm; Olde 64, 64 N. Orange Ave.; free; 321-245-7730. Carrot Top The prop comic redefines comedy. Monday, 6:30 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $39.50-$49.50; 407-2281220;

Tone Bell As seen on NBC’s Whitney and Bad Judge. Thursday, 7 pm, Friday, 6:30 & 9:45 pm, Saturday, 6 & 9:45 pm and Sunday, 6 pm; Orlando


New York City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Balanchine’s stunning choreography shines amidst awe-inspiring set pieces, ornate costumes, and grand one-of-a-kind visual effects. Thursday, 7 pm; multiple locations; $18;

arT openinGs/events Holiday Sale Event Enjoy delicious bites from local food trucks, participate in a raffle of framed artwork, observe live painting by a local artist and choose from hundreds of masterpieces at up to 50 percent off retail price. Saturday, 10 am-4 pm; Baterby’s Art Gallery, 6848 Stapoint Court, Winter Park; free; 888-6829995;

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Life’s a Gift: Larry Fulford and Alex Luchun A celebration of life and people, our talents and mistakes, the connections that we make, and all of our perfect imperfections. Wednesday, 9 pm; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $5-$7;



Comedy at the Caboose Hosted by Apollo Replay. Thursdays, 8 pm; The Caboose, 1827 N. Orange Ave.; free; 407-898-7733.

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Shows I Go To Paris Benefit Art Show Collection of photographs from Shows I Go To photographers. Proceeds benefit families of the Paris attack victims. Music from the States and DJ Dizzle Phunk. Wednesday, 8 pm; Olde 64, 64 N. Orange Ave.; $3-$5 suggested donation; 321-245-7730.

ContinuinG tHis week 100 Years of Hannibal Square: Historic and Contemporary Photographs of West Winter Park Exhibition Through Feb. 21, 2016; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $8; 407-836-8500;

Enduring Documents: Selected Photographs From the Permanent Collection Through Jan. 3, 2016; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2526; Esherick to Nakashima This exhibit exemplifies the passion and vision that successfully blurred the boundaries between art, sculpture and furniture. Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 am-5 pm; Modernism Museum Mount Dora, 145 E. Fourth Ave., Mount Dora; $8; 352-385-0034;

Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2526; Girls in Masks Katherine Bennett presents most than a dozen images of young, heroic girls wearing Lone Ranger-style masks. ongoing; Stardust Doubleleg Gallery, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free. Harold Garde: Mid-Century to This Century A selection of 30 paintings and works on paper that span Harold Garde’s 70-year exploration of Abstract Expressionism. Through Jan. 3, 2016; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $8; 407-896-4231;

Holiday Hoopla Dan and Sandra Carr present 20 years of homemade holiday cards. Through Jan. 2, 2016; Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.; free; Introducing Zora Neale Hurston Through Jan. 15, 2016; Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, 227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville; donations accepted; 407-647-3307; Jeff Whipple: The Distinguished Speaker Series A new exhibit from Jacksonville artist Jeff Whipple. Through Saturday; Alt_Space

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Animalia: Henry Horenstein Through Feb. 7, 2016; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach; free; 386-506-4475; Art on the Green Eleven acres of Central Park are enriched with large-scale works by seven artists. Through March 1, 2016; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; Bramson & Demeter Art from Michael Bramson and Brian Demeter. Through Dec. 31; The Hourglass Brewery, 255 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; free; 407-719-9874. British Invasion Exhibition A curated selection of Beatles photos from the archive of their U.S. tour manager. Through Jan. 3, 2016; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $11; 407-896-4231; A Brush With Light and Sound Art by Glenn Grishkoff and Brian Ransom about surviving cancer and using sound to heal. Through Dec. 20; UCF Art Gallery, 12400 Aquarius Agora Drive; free; 407-823-3161; C-Note Collection Original art and framed prints under $100, just in time for the holidays. Through Jan. 8, 2016; The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.; free; 407-423-3060. Celebrating 50 Years: Maitland Civic Center Through Jan. 3, 2016; Art & History Museums - Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $3; 407-539-2181; Choose the Wolf You Feed ArtReach and artist Boy Kong put together an art show featuring a group of children that live in the community of Bithlo. Through Friday; Redefine Gallery, 29 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-648-7060; Courage to Create A special art exhibition featuring paintings by Betty H. Austin and Margarete Garbe, both of whom encountered distinct social pressures and challenges while pursuing their artistic visions. Through Friday; CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-648-7060.

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Gallery, 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-4231753; Jess T. Dugan: Every Breath We Drew Photographic portraits exploring gender, sexuality and identity. Through Jan. 3, 2016; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407646-2526; Kohjiro Kinno Photography that showcases Kinno’s fascination with the ocean. Through Feb. 11, 2016; The White Wall Gallery, 999 Douglas Ave. #2221, Altamonte Springs; free; 407-6825343; La Creatura A dynamic exhibition of sculptural works created by members of the Florida Sculptors Guild. Through Jan. 16, 2016; Crealde School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; 407-671-1886; Live, Love, Laugh Through Jan. 31, 2016; Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N. Thornton Ave.; free; 407-3621864; Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves. Through Jan. 3, 2016; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 72

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E. Princeton St.; $5; 407-2464278; Mid-Florida Quiltmakers: Commemorations and Connections Through Jan. 18, 2016; Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-539-2680; Midway: Portrait of a Daytona Beach Neighborhood, 1943 Through Jan. 15, 2016; Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural & Educational Center, 1000 Vine St., Daytona Beach; free; Neighborhood ‘99: Midway Revisited Through Jan. 15, 2016; Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural & Educational Center, 1000 Vine St., Daytona Beach; free; On Assignment: Robert Snow – At Sea With OCEARCH Through Feb. 7, 2016; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach; free; 386506-4475; Sandro Chia: Fantasy and Myths Through Jan. 3, 2016; Museum of Art DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand; $10; 386-734-4371. Sculptures by David Hayes Through Oct. 30, 2016; Museum of Art DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand; $5; 386-7344371;

Second Nature: Brad Temkin – A Survey Through Dec. 18; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach; free; 386-506-4475; Selected Fine Art Faculty Exhibition Through Dec. 18; Anita S. Wooten Gallery, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; free; 407-582-2298; Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture A sculpture exhibit based around the concept of touchable, hands-on, threedimensional art. Through April 17, 2016; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-647-6294; Small Things Considered A group exhibition and holiday sale of art. Through Jan. 9, 2016; Arts on Douglas, 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-428-1133. The Sum of Many Parts: Quiltmakers in Contemporary America Through Jan. 18, 2016; Crealde School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; 407-671-1886; Tiffany Lamps and Lighting From the Morse Collection Through Jan. 20, 2016; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-6455311;

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Two Points on a Plane: The Paintings of Charles Hinman Through Jan. 10, 2016; Museum of Art DeLand – Downtown, 100 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand; $10; 386-7344371; Wild Is the Wind An unconventional visual exploration of freedom and innocence by selected international photographers and fine artists. Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 am-4 pm; Snap Space, 1013 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-5551212; Young Urban Art Project A free graffiti art class for both children and adults. First come, first served. Class limited to 15 students. Sundays, 3-4:30 pm; Source of Athletics, 1468 N. Goldenrod Road; free; 786-3186525;

EvEnTs [EVENTS] Mug With Doug the Pug see page 76

The 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl Get free admission to this Christmas-themed pub

crawl by donating an unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more. Friday, 7:30 pm; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free-$20; 407-8490471;

Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; Christmas at Gaylord Palms Holiday displays including over 2 million twinkling lights and larger-than-life decorations, visits with Santa, Cirque Dreams UnWrapped live show, ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Alpine Rush snow tubing and more. Through Jan. 3, 2016, 10 am-8 pm; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $28.99-$44.99; 407-586-4423;

Annual Holiday Craft Show Enjoy handmade items by local artisans, free entry, free parking and weekly raffle prizes. Jewelry, wreaths, ornaments, fabric crafts and home decorations are just a few of the many wonderful gifts available for purchase. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 am-6 pm and Sundays, 12-4 pm; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192, Kissimmee; free; 407-8466257;

Christmas at the Leu House Local interior designers deck the halls of the Leu House Museum. The 11-room estate is adorned with holiday trimmings, Christmas trees and unique decorations to inspire visitors. Through Jan. 4, 2016, 10 am-4 pm; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $10; 407246-2620;

Chanukah on the Park A Chanukah family festival featuring a grand menorah lighting, singing performances by children, live Jewish rock music, dreidels, chocolate Chanukah gelt, Chassidic dancers, clowns, face painting, jugglers, and a $1,000 grand raffle drawing. Sunday, 5 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West

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from all over fill the south parking lot at Fashion Square. second Sunday of every month, 6-9 pm; Orlando Fashion Square, 3201 E. Colonial Drive; various menu prices; Dos XX-Mas Block Party Win prizes and presents from Dos Equis in the tortilla toss competition. Saturday, 10 pm; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free; 407849-0471; Grandma Party Bazaar Enjoy live music while browsing through a holiday bazaar full of locally made gifts from tons of different artisans. Sunday, 10 am; Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free; 407-6233393; grandmapartybazaar. Holiday Craft Show Shop handmade for the holidays with over 20 artisan vendors. Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Aba’s Attic Boutique, 3183 S. Conway Road; free; 407-722-2648; Holiday Happy Hours Enjoy complimentary cocktails while shopping for everybody on your naughty list. Friday, 7-9 pm; Fairvilla Adult Mega Store, 1740 N. Orange Blossom Trail; free; 407425-6005; Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate The 20-room, Mediterranean-style mansion is decorated by volunteers 76

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and sponsored designers with this year’s design theme: To Grandfather’s House We Go! Includes admission to Bok Tower Gardens. Through Jan. 3, 2016, 10 am-5 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $20; 863-6761408; Holiday Lights Ride Take a group bike ride around town to look at holiday lights displays and sing carols. Saturday, 6 pm; Bikes Beans & Bordeaux, 3022 Corrine Drive; free; 407-427-1440; Intersection Live Join “Intersection” Host Matthew Peddie and panelists for a live taping of the WMFE 90.7 talk show, focusing on the performing arts in Central Florida. Thursday, 7 pm; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; free; 407-896-7365; Light Up UCF Winter carnival with ice skating, pictures with Santa, rides, games, movies and more. Prices for activities vary. Through Jan. 3, 2016; CFE Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd.; free-$19.95; 407-823-6006. Mug With Doug the Pug A free meet and greet with social media sensation Doug the Pug. Wednesday, 2-3 pm; Hard Rock Hotel, Universal Orlando; free; 407-5037625; mugwithdougthepug.

Nightmare Before Christmas Party Celebrate a creepy Christmas with themed food and drink specials, vendors and the Tim Burton film playing all night. Costumes encouraged. Sunday, 4 pm; Oblivion Taproom, 5101 E. Colonial Drive; various menu prices; 407-8024800; Original Sin Cider Paint Party Four models are body painted in themes reflecting four Original Sin ciders that are on draft. Thursday, 7 pm; Copper Rocket Pub, 106 Lake Ave., Maitland; free; 407-6363171; Orlando Weekly’s 25th Anniversary Party Party like it’s 1990, and celebrate 25 years with us at the Cheyenne Saloon. Enjoy live music and surprise performances from the ‘90s while sipping on drinks from an open bar. Friday, 7-11 pm; Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House, 128 W. Church St.; $25-$45; 407-839-3000; Pop Swap Record Fair Bazaar Local vendors sell and swap records, DVDs, books, comics and more. Sunday, 1 pm; Park Ave CDs, 2916 Corrine Drive; free; 407-447-7275. SantaCon A horde of Santas take over Thornton Park to spread as much Christmas cheer as you can take. Saturday, 11 am; Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue cOntinued On paGe 79

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and Washington Street; free; Science Night Live! Craft Beer Edition Learn about craft beer while tasting plenty of samples. Saturday, 8-11 pm; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $15-$25; 407-514-2000; Second Thursday Art and Wine Walk Walk around Thornton Park to check out art and wine at various stops. Thursday, 6:30 pm; Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street; $10. Silent Benefit Party A one of a kind dance experience that raises money for local arts and culture education programs. Friday, 10 pm; Source of Athletics, 1468 N. Goldenrod Road; $10-$20; 407-205-2682;


Steve Madden A meet and greet with shoe mogul Steve Madden, hosted by television personality Julissa Bermudez. Saturday, 3-4:30 pm; Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail; free; 727-341-6235. Tasty Tuesdays Food trucks take over the parking lot behind the Milk District every Tuesday evening. Tuesdays, 6:30-10 pm; The Milk District, East Robinson Street and North Bumby Avenue; various menu prices; tastytuesdaysorlando.

Winter in the Park Enjoy ice skating in the middle of Winter Park. Fridays, 3-10 pm, Saturdays, 10 am-10 pm, Sundays, 12-8 pm and Mondays-Thursdays, 3-9 pm; Central Park’s West Meadow, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $12;

lEarning Healthy Eating With Locally Grown Food Free presentation on healthy eating with locally grown foods. Sample food from the gardens at Lake Meadow Naturals Farm. Saturday, 9 am; Lake Meadow Naturals, 10000 Mark Adam Road, Ocoee; free; 407-399-7670. TEDxOrlando Salon Vote on two TED talks to watch and discuss. Thursday, 7 pm; Valencia College Winter Park Campus, 850 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park; free;

liTErary Brian Kilmeade Book Signing and Lecture on Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates Book signing and lecture from the Fox and Friends comic relief. Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm; WDBO, 4192 John Young Parkway; free; 844-932-6965. Draft Punk Workshop Draft work writing and performance workshop series. Thursday, 8 pm; The Milk Bar, 2424 E. Robinson St.; free; 407-896-4954.

Emilyann Girdner Meet Emilyann Girdner, author of The Haunted Realm, sequel to The Labyrinth Wall. Saturday, 4-6 pm; Barnes & Noble, Altamonte Mall, 451 Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; free; 407-261-0252. Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word Poetry and spoken word open mic. Wednesdays, 9 pm; Austin’s Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-975-3364; Shannon Bell Book Launch Signing of Mortality Lost, the fourth and final book in the Mortal One Series. Saturday, 2-4 pm; Writer’s Atelier, 336 Grove Ave. Suite B, Winter Park; free; 407-6971261; Wine and Conversation With Vanessa Blakeslee Blakeslee introduces her debut novel, Juventud. Friday, 6-8 pm; Writer’s Block Bookstore, 124 E. Welbourne Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-335-4192;

Family An Afternoon With Santa Enjoy face painting, cookies, crafts, games and a visit with Santa Claus. Bring a toy to donate to Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ Holiday Heroes Toy Drive. Saturday, 2-5 pm; Magnolia Park, 2929 Binion Road, Apopka; $4 per child; cOntinued On paGe 80

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Cake Pop Decorating With Santa Santa and the Rosen Centre Chefs show guests cake pop decorating. Visits with Santa and lunch or dinner buffet are included. Saturday, 11:30 am-8 pm; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive; $9.95-$23.95; 407996-8551; Christmas in Toyland Enter the wondrous world of Toyland, where Christmas comes to life through the music and songs of some of your favorite Christmas movies, stories and characters. Thursday-Friday, 7:30 pm; Northland Performing Arts Center, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood; $10-$12; 407-949-4000; Elf the Musical Jr. Musical based on the hit movie starring Will Ferrell. Thursday, 7 pm; Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis; $5-$10; 352-3577777;

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Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball. Friday, 7 pm; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; $85-$2,397.50; 800-745-3000.


Tabletop Tuesdays Have fun coordinating with teammates in cooperative gaming or enjoy the satisfaction of winning against opponents in games of strategy and skill. Register in advance. Tuesday, 7:15-8:15 pm; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7323;

The BattleFrog Series Open Championship Obstacle course race. Saturday, 7:30 am; Rock Springs Run State Reserve, 30601 County Road 433, Sorrento; $5-$150; 321-2362899; Candy Cane 5K A family friendly 5K with medals awarded to top male & female runners in various age categories. Includes Santa, a costume contest, a prize for largest team and a free kids fun run. Saturday, 7-10 am; Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs; $25-$35; 407-588-2170. Color Therapy Yoga Stretch, relax and awaken your visual senses in the Community Room. Sunday, 11 am; Artegon Marketplace, 5250 International Drive; donations accepted; 407-351-7718; Insane Inflatable 5K A course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever produced. Saturday, 8:30 am; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $64-$100; 407-295-3247;

UCF Knights vs. FAU Owls Mens basketball. Saturday, 7 pm; CFE Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd.; $10-$25; 407-823-6006. UCF Knights vs. St. Johns Red Storm Womens basketball. Sunday, 2 pm; CFE Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd.; $5; 407-823-6006. Vanessa Welch Reindeer Run A holiday fun run with live entertainment, treats, a costume contest and a free kids run. Saturday, 7:15 am; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $27-$35; 407-896-1160; Yoga in Lake Eola Park This weekly yoga group, which is taught by a rotating band of yogis, meets either at the northeast corner of the park near Panera Bread, or at the northwest corner by the amphitheater. Everyone is welcome. Sundays, 11 am; Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave.; $5 suggested donation. n


Give Kids the World Family Dinner A memorable evening with families involved in Give Kids the World’s wish fulfillment program. Wednesday, 5 pm; Give Kids the World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee; free; 407-3964567;

But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Saturdays, Sundays, 2 & 5:30 pm; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $14-$20; 407896-7365;

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Happiness sneaks through a door you didn’t know that you left open,” said actor John Barrymore. I hope you’ve left open a lot of those doors, Aries. The more there are, the happier you will be. This is the week of all weeks when joy, pleasure and even zany bliss are likely to find their ways into your life from unexpected sources and unanticipated directions. If you’re lucky, you also have a few forgotten cracks and neglected gaps where fierce delights and crisp wonders can come wandering in. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What state of mind do you desire the most? What is the quality of being that you aspire to inhabit more and more as you grow older? Maybe it’s the feeling of being deeply appreciated, or the ability to see things as they really are, or an intuitive wisdom about how to cultivate vibrant relationships. I invite you to set an intention to cultivate this singular experience with all your passion and ingenuity. The time is right. Make a pact with yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Like Metallica jamming with Nicki Minaj and Death Cab for Cutie on a passage from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, you are redefining the meanings of the words “hybrid,” “amalgam” and “hodgepodge.” You’re mixing metaphors with panache. You’re building bridges with cheeky verve. Some of your blends are messy mishmashes, but more often they are synergistic successes. With the power granted to me by the gods of mixing and matching, I hereby authorize you to keep splurging on the urge to merge. This is your special time to experiment with the magic of combining things that have rarely or never been combined. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I hope you can figure out the difference between the fake cure and the real cure. And once you know which is which, I hope you will do the right thing rather than the sentimental thing. For best results, keep these considerations in mind: The fake cure may taste sweeter than the real one. It may also be better packaged and more alluringly promoted. In fact, the only advantage the real cure may have over the fake one is that it will actually work to heal you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There’s a sinuous, serpentine quality about you these days. It’s as if you are the elegant and crafty hero of an epic myth set in the ancient future. You are sweeter and saucier than usual, edgier and more extravagantly emotive. You are somehow both a repository of tantalizing secrets and a fount of arousing revelations. As I meditate on the magic you embody, I am reminded of a passage from Laini Taylor’s fantasy novel Daughter of Smoke & Bone: “She tastes like nectar and salt. Nectar and salt and apples. Pollen and stars and hinges. She tastes like fairy tales. Swan maiden at midnight. Cream on the tip of a fox’s tongue. She tastes like hope.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I bought an old horoscope book at a garage sale for 25 cents. The cover was missing and some pages were water-damaged, so parts of it were hard to decipher. But the following passage jumped out at me: “In romantic matters, Virgos initially tend to be cool, even standoffish. Their perfectionism may interfere with their ability to follow through on promising beginnings. But if they ever allow themselves to relax and go further, they will eventually ignite. And then, watch out! Their passion will generate intense heat and light.” I suspect that this description may apply to you in the coming weeks. Let’s hope you will trust your intuition about which possibilities warrant your caution and which deserve your opening.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The secret of being a bore is to tell everything,” said French writer Voltaire. I agree, and add these thoughts: To tell everything also tempts you to wrongly imagine that you have everything completely figured out. Furthermore, it may compromise your leverage in dicey situations where other people are using information as a weapon. So the moral of the current story is this: Don’t tell everything! I realize this could be hard, since you are a good talker these days; your ability to express yourself is at a peak. So what should you do? Whenever you speak, aim for quality over quantity. And always weave in a bit of mystery. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Ducks are the most unflappable creatures I know. Cats are often regarded as the top practitioners of the “I don’t give a f---” attitude, but I think ducks outshine them. When domestic felines exhibit their classic aloofness, there’s sometimes a subtext of annoyance or contempt. But ducks are consistently as imperturbable as Zen masters. Right now, as I gaze out my office window, I’m watching five of them swim calmly, with easygoing nonchalance, against the swift current of the creek in the torrential rain. I invite you to be like ducks in the coming days. Now is an excellent time to practice the high art of truly not giving a f---. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): My old friend Jeff started working at a gambling casino in Atlantic City. “You’ve gone over to the dark side!” I kidded. He acknowledged that 90 percent of the casino’s visitors lose money gambling. On the bright side, he said, 95 percent of them leave happy. I don’t encourage you to do this kind of gambling in the near future, Sagittarius. It’s true that you will be riding a lucky streak. But smarter, surer risks will be a better way to channel your good fortune. So here’s the bottom line: In whatever way you choose to bet or speculate, don’t let your lively spirits trick you into relying on pure impulsiveness. Do the research. Perform your due diligence. It’s not enough just to be entertained. The goal is to both have fun and be successful. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus was a pioneer thinker whose ideas helped pave the way for the development of science. Believe nothing, he taught, unless you can evaluate it through your personal observation and logical analysis. Using this admirable approach, he determined that the size of our sun is about two feet in diameter. I’m guessing that you have made comparable mis-estimations about at least two facts of life, Capricorn. They seem quite reasonable but are very wrong. The good news is that you will soon be relieved of those mistakes. After some initial disruption, you will feel liberated. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian inventor Thomas Edison owned 1,093 patents. Nicknamed “The Wizard of Menlo Park,” he devised the first practical electrical light bulb, the movie camera, the alkaline storage battery and many more useful things. The creation he loved best was the phonograph. It was the first machine in history that could record and reproduce sound. Edison bragged that no one else had ever made such a wonderful instrument. It was “absolutely original.” I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because I think you’re due for an outbreak of absolute originality. What are the most unique gifts you have to offer? In addition to those you already know about, new ones may be ready to emerge. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Here’s an experiment that makes good astrological sense for you to try in the coming weeks. Whenever you feel a tinge of frustration, immediately say, “I am an irrepressible source of power and freedom and love.” Any time you notice a trace of inadequacy rising up in you, or a touch of blame or a taste of anger, declare, “I am an irresistible magnet for power and freedom and love.” If you’re bothered by a mistake you made, or a flash of ignorance expressed by another person or a maddening glitch in the flow of the life force, stop what you’re doing, interrupt the irritation and proclaim, “I am awash in power and freedom and love.”

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B Y D A N S AVA G E I’m a 24-year-old gay male with few resources and no “marketable” skills. I have made a lot of bad choices and now I struggle to make ends meet in a crappy dead-end job, living paycheck to paycheck in an expensive East Coast city. Recently, someone on Grindr offered me $3,000 to have sex with him. He is homely and nearly three times my age, but he seems kind and respectful. I could really use that money. I have no moral opposition to prostitution, but the few friends I’ve spoken to were horrified. Part of me agrees and thinks this is a really bad idea and I’ll regret it. But there’s another part of me that figures, hey, it’s just sex – and I’ve done more humiliating things for a lot less money. It makes me sad to think the only way I can make money is prostituting myself, because my looks aren’t going to last forever. And let’s face it: Prostitution is an ugly and messy business, and it wouldn’t impress a potential future employer. Stressed Over Taking Elderly Man’s Payment To Eat Dick

I shared your letter with Dr. Eric Sprankle, an assistant professor of psychology at Minnesota State University and a licensed clinical psychologist. “This young man is distressed that he may have to resort to ‘prostituting himself,’ which suggests he, like most people, views sex work as the selling of one’s body or the selling of oneself,” said Dr. Sprankle, who tweets about sexual health, the rights of sex workers and secularism @DrSprankle. But you wouldn’t be selling yourself or your body, SOTEMPTED, you would be selling access to your body – temporary access – and whatever particular kind of sex you consented to have with this man in exchange for his money. “Sex work is the sale of a service,” said Dr. Sprankle. “The service may involve specific body parts that aren’t typically involved in most industries, but it is unequivocally a service labor industry. Just as massage therapists aren’t selling their hands or themselves when working out the kinks of some wealthy older client, sex workers are merely selling physical and emotional labor. “He will have to be selective about whom he shares his work experiences with and may have to keep it a lifelong secret from family and coworkers,” said Dr. Sprankle. “This could feel isolating and inauthentic. And while I am not aware of any empirical evidence to suggest men who enter sex work in this manner later regret their decision, this young man’s friends have already given him a glimpse of the unfortunate double standard social stigma of pursuing this work.” I also shared your letter with a couple of guys who’ve actually done sex work – one a bona fide sex worker, the other a sexual adventurer. “I was struck by the words SOTEMPTED used to describe sex work: ugly, messy, humiliating,” said Mike Crawford, a sex worker, sex-workersrights activist, and self-identified “cashsexual” who tweets @BringMeTheAx. “For many of us, it’s actually nothing like that. When you strip away the moralizing and misinformation, sex work is simply a job that provides a valuable service to your clients. Humiliation or mess can be involved – if that’s what gets them off – but there is absolutely nothing inherently ugly or degrading about the work itself.”



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“It’s true that he could wind up regretting doing the paid-sex thing,” said Crawford. “Then again, there’s a chance of regret in almost any hookup. Lots of people who didn’t get paid for sex wind up having post-fuck regrets. I’d also encourage him to consider the possibility that he might look back and regret not taking the plunge. I’ve met plenty of sex workers over the years who wish they had started sooner.” “I don’t regret it,” said Philip (not his real name), a reader who sent me a question about wanting to experience getting paid for sex and later took the plunge. “I felt like I was in the power position. And in the moment, it wasn’t distressing. Just be sure to negotiate everything in advance – what’s on the table and what’s not – and be very clear about expectations and limits.” Philip, who is bisexual, wound up being paid for sex by two guys. Both were older, both were more nervous than he was, and neither were lookers. “But you don’t really look,” said Philip. “You close your eyes, you detach yourself from yourself – it is like meta-sex, like watching yourself having sex.” It has to be said that there are plenty of people out there who regret doing sex work – their stories aren’t hard to find, as activists who want sex work to remain illegal are constantly promoting them. But feelings of regret aren’t unique to sex work, and people who do regret doing sex work often cite the consequences of its illegality (police harassment, criminal record) as chief among their regrets. One last piece of advice from Crawford: “There is a pretty glaring red flag here: $3,000 is a really, really steep price for a single date. I’m not implying that SOTEMPTED isn’t worth it, but the old ‘if it sounds too good to be true’ adage definitely applies in sex work. Should he decide to do this, he needs to screen carefully before agreeing to meet in person. The safety resources on the Sex Workers Outreach Project website ( are a great place for him to learn how to do just that.” I’m a straight twentysomething woman. I recently gave my partner a blowjob. He was enjoying it, obviously, and then he said, “I’m feeling brave. I want you to finger me.” I have never fingered a man before, and he has never suggested that he might be into that, so I was caught off guard. I responded, “But we don’t have lube!” He didn’t say anything, and I finished him off without fingering him. He hasn’t brought it up since. He is a manly man and conservative. I want him to be able to experience that if it’s something he wants to experience, but I don’t know what to say! 2 Prod Or Not 2 Prod

You don’t have to say anything. Just buy a little bottle of lube – not a full-size bottle (most of those look like giant cocks, and we don’t want to scare this manly man to death) – and set it on the nightstand. When he notices it, 2PON2P, smile and say, “That’s for the next time you’re feeling brave.” On the Lovecast, it’s the one-minute wonder show! Listen at

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that on Extra Space Storage will sell at public auction, to satisfy the lien of the owner, personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the following locations: December 23rd, 2015 at the times and locations listed below.The personal goods stored therein by the following: 9:30a.m. at the Extra Space Storage facility located at: 1101 Marshall Farms Rd, Ocoee 34761 (407) 8770191 #D268-Cheryl Jean-Household items #I496-Jimmie Mitchell-two beds, living room set, furniture #A029-Ruthie Williams-Household goods #B153-John Deter-Household goods. 11:00a.m. at the Extra Space Storage facility located at: 5603 Metrowest Blvd. Orlando, Fl. 32811 (407) 445-0867 #5077 Sabina Busjith Household goods, #7011 Carolyn Rozier Household goods, #5019 Delroy Steele Household goods, #5166 Willie Gardner Household goods, #2277 Sandra Cameron Household Goods, #3022 Betuna Laplace Household Goods, #3014 Samantha Loreus Household Furniture, #6064 Michael Siddons Clothes, crib, #2265 Nekeia White Household goods, #2055 Carols Goncalves Household Furniture, # 2184 Dawn Weaver Household Items, #3020 Jose Farguharson 3 couches, dining table, king bed, cabinet, dresser, #2303 Joao Cruz Household Items, #6049 Tammi Mathis Personal items, bags and boxes, #2135 Derek Bluestein Boxes, electronics, #2039 Paskenzy Saint Amour Household Furniture, # 2091 Ervin Kenon Personal boxes, bags etc, #6084 Rev. Derek Sands Tools etc, #1002 Giselle Fils Household Furniture and items 12:30p.m. at the Extra Space Storage facility located at: 5592 L. B. McLeod Rd. Orlando, Fl. 32811 (407) 445-2709 #305 Veronica Valdez – household items #705 Antony Larry – Household goods #851 Ten 55 Productions Inc – household items #883 Sonia Bush – School supplies #203 Shareka Knight - household items #724 Terronce Pugh – household items #336 Deborah Browne – household items 1:30p.m. at the Extra Space Storage facility located at 3501 Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL. 32839 (407)839-5518 #4112-Nicole Ellis-Household Items #4104-Ashley Lopez-Household goods #1033-Lavon Cobb-Couch, Boxes and equipment #2096-Latoya Williams-Household Items, Beds and Couches #1049-Amber Deters-3 beds, Stove, fridge, two dryers, washer, dressers, boxes, dining room table #4022-Barbara ManuelHousehold Items #3074-Maria CatoniHousehold Items #4086-Terrence Herring-Clothes and bags #4038-Hector Cruz- Personal items #3017-Scott ReidHousehold Items 3:00p.m. at the Extra Space Storage facility located at: 1420 North Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 650-9033 #156 David GlickenFurniture 4:00p.m. at the Extra Space Storage facility located at: 1001 Lee Rd. Orlando. Fl. 32810 (407) 539-0527 2175 Kennard Mcalmont-Household items, 2093 Kimberly Shepard-Office, 3112 Tynisha Dunnell-Furniture and household items, 3017 Ricky CorbinHousehold items, tools, clothes, 2099 Jason Molohon-Household goods, 2070 Chanena Thorne-Furniture, 3077 Antwanette Ancrum-Furniture, 3095 Peter Patrick-Seasonal items, 2091 Michael Rawls-Household goods, 1141 Rudolfo Sims-Household goods, 2012A Shawna Lane-Totes 11:00a.m. at the Extra Space Storage facility located at: 11971 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando, Fl. 32825 (407) 380-0046 #106 Robert Burton – garage items, car. #218 Cynthia Howard – household goods, furniture. #320 Lorenzo Ferguson Jr. – furniture, boxes, household items. #1112 Aldo Facchinei – furniture, household goods. #1227 Daniela Segovia – bed, household items, little boxes. #1619 Edward Lewis – household goods, furniture. #2019 Valerie Placeres – furniture, household

items 2:00p.m. at the Extra Space Storage facility located at: 13125 S. John Young Pkwy. Orlando, Fl. 32837 (407) 240-0958 #307-Linda Kranert-household goods,#123-Hazel Powell-household items,#720-Garvey Johnson-piano, cabinets, #1053-Crucita Sloan-household items,#100-Luis V Andrade-household items,#709-Keith Lock-personal items,#149-Diana Andrade-household items,#1021-Agnes Feliciano-household items,#977-Maria Sanchez-household items,#601AYudelka Diaz-household items, #226-Ivelisse Torres-home items,#138Katharine Hinton-home items. The auction will be listed and advertised on Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE PERSONAL PROPERTY OF THE FOLLOWING TENANTS WILL BE SOLD FOR CASH TO SATISFY RENTAL LIENS IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA STATUTES, SELF STORAGE FACILITY ACT, SECTIONS 83.806 AND 83.807. CONTENTS MAY INCLUDE KITCHEN, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, BEDDING, TOYS, GAMES, PACKED CARTONS, FURNITURE, TOOLS, TRUCKS, CARS, ETC. THERE’S NO TITLE FOR VEHICLES SOLD AT LIEN SALE. OWNERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO BID ON UNITS. LIEN SALE TO BE HELD ON THE PREMISES WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 30, 2015 AT LOCATIONS & TIMES INDICATED BELOW. VIEWING WILL BE AT THE TIME OF THE SALE ONLY. PERSONAL MINI STORAGE FORSYTH - 2875 FORSYTH RD. WINTER PARK, FL 32792 - AT 10:00AM: #211-Evutch, Natasha; #222-Gomez, Mauricio; #236-Porter, David; #300-Ramirez Jr-Wilfredo; #390-Lincoln, James; #391-Scharfetter, Derek; #399-Myers, Andrew; #468-Bell-Jamel De’Leon; #470-Bennett, Rohan; #475-Gray, Keisha; #488-Hays, Gwendolyn;#531-Love, Amber Rose; #577-Snell Jr, William; #582-Kranwinkel Marquez, Arlen; #935A- Folowoshele, Rachael vin #4T1VK13E9PUO50262; B1-Padilla, Anthony vin#LHJGLKBRXEB600002, vin#LYDTCKPH481201385;C2-Nevarez MICHIGAN MINI STORAGE - 200 W. MICHIGAN ST ORLANDO, FL 32806 - AT 10:30AM: #59 Mirta Jean; #82 Jeremy Karsen; #208 James Jones 111 PERSONAL MINI STORAGE LAKE FAIRVIEW - 4252 N ORANGE BLOSSOM TR. ORLANDO FL 32804 - AT 11:30PM: #55 Michael C Gallagher; #67 Veranicia D Lima; #68 Maria Soto; #76 Jeremy Johnson; #85 Jonathan Gonzalez Ortiz; #135 James Daniel Harris; #172 Antwan J Baily; #192 Englebert Bourne; #238 James Peak; #248 Dennis E Burnett; #293 Quidry Drashawin Young; #298 Damon Brissett; #328 Kristopher Kyle Bekemeyer; #331 Ashley Pivowar; #451 Matthew Jason Petty; #614 Mark Whipple II; #667 Olga M Idelfonso; #847 Lejerian Mwaquis Payne; #864 Cathy Martoccio; #918 Jasmine Leila Andrews; # 926 Chanel Shacahn Wright Hollinshead PERSONAL MINI STORAGE WEST - 4600 OLD WINTER GARDEN RD. ORLANDO FL 32811 AT 12:00PM: #95-Crystal G Mitchell; #98-Denise S Sims; #125-Kim T Woodliff; #126-Aisha A Snow; #137-Sherika T Clark; #151-Jemyker Nesmon; #155-Rosie Kendrick; #203-Metro Sports Miguel Rodriguez; #204-Terry Allen Beden; #260-Santiago Manzanares Uresti; #327-Vergenia F Hair; #407-Jualandra V Davis Jr;#408-Cynthia C Pressley; #461-Reginal S McKinney; #462-Shawn L Hair; #471-Arika R Frazier;#479James L Bibbs; #483-Dana A Delaine; #484-Julia M Harden; #485-Julia M Harden;#528-Joyce E Hensley-Adams; #534-Marjorie B Robinson; #537-Jennifer J Yon; #616-Sheron Y McGee; #618-Monique A Charles; #637-Eric T McBride.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY STATE OF FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION: 7/Latimore CASE NO.: DP14-464 IN THE INTEREST OF:K.B. DOB: 04/03/2009, Minor Child. SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF TPR ADVISORY HEARING STATE OF FLORIDA TO:Tineka Stanley Address Unknown A Petition for Termination of Parental Rights under oath has been filed in this court regarding the above referenced child(ren), a copy of which is attached. You are to appear on January 14, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at the Thomas S. Kirk Juvenile Justice Center, 2000 East Michigan Street, Orlando, FL 32806, before honorable Judge, Daniel P. Dawson, for a TPR Advisory. You must appear on the date and time specified. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS TO THESE CHILD(REN). IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILDREN NAMED IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR YOU MAY BE HELD IN CONTEMPT OF COURT.The mother/father are hereby advised, pursuant to §63.802(6)(g), Florida Statutes, that a parent whose rights have not yet been terminated has the right to seek a private adoptive placement for the child(ren), and to participate in a private adoption plan, through an adoption entity as defined in §63.032, Florida Statutes. As required by §63.165, Florida Statutes, the Department further gives notice of the existence and purpose of a state registry of adoption information. The purpose of the Florida Adoption Reunion Registry is to reunite persons separated by adoption where both parties seek such reunion. Persons affected by an adoption may list themselves and their contact information on the registry. Registration is completely voluntary. Additional information is available at Reunion-Registry.htm. Contact information for the registry is as follows: Florida Adoption Reunion Registry, Florida Department of Children and Families,1317 Winewood Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0700. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration, 425 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801, telephone 407-836-2303 within two working days of your receipt of this summons. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8771. Witness my hand and seal of this court at Orlando, Orange County Florida on this 19th day of November, 2015. CLERK OF COURT By: /s/ Deputy Clerk Jill Fowler, Esquire, Florida Bar No.: 0045276, Senior Attorney for Children’s Legal Services, State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, 400 West Robinson Street, Suite N211, Orlando, FL 32801, (407) 317-7417 Telephone (407) 317-7126 - Fax.


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Legal, Public Notices Citation by publication Divorce The State of Texas TO: Lizzie Nicholas, and to all whom it may concern, Respondent GREETINGS: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00am Monday next following expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Hiemann Circle, Richmond, TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The: ORIGINAL PETITION FOR DIVORCE AND REQUEST FOR DISCLOSURE OF NICK JOSEPH FRANK, was filed in the 387th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas May 19, 2015 against LIZZIE NICHOLAS, being numbered 15-DCV-223557, and entitled IN THE MATTER OF THE MARRIAGE OF NICK JOSEPH FRANK AND IN THE INTEREST OF AUSTIN SONNY FRANK, MICHELLE VANESSA FRANK, TIFFANY GABRIELLA FRANK, MINOR CHILDREN. The suit requests DIVORCE.The court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree dissolving the marriage and providing for the division of property which will be binding on you.The court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree in the children(ren)’s interest which will be binding upon you, including the termination of the parent-child relationship, the determination of paternity and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child(ren)’s adoption. Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 14th day of September, 2015. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT, Fort Bend County Texas, BY/s/ Ana Alas, Deputy District Clerk, Telephone (281) 6337661, Petitioner’s Attorney: THOMAS A. MARTIN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, 1018 PRESTON SUITE 500, HOUSTON TX 77002, 713-222-0556. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION STATE OF FLORIDA, OFFICE OF FINANCIAL REGULATION J & J MULTI SERVICES CO., LLC Administrative Proceeding Docket No. 56606 J & J Multi Services Co., LLC and Jacques Jeanty and Jean Jeanty, individually 4300 South Semoran Blvd., Unit 102, Orlando, Florida 32822 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an Administrative Complaint (with Notice of Rights) has been filed against you by the State of Florida, Office of Financial Regulation, for failure to comply with certain requirements of Chapter 560, Florida Statutes. As such, your written defenses, if any, must be received at the address provided below by 5:00pm ET, on Jan 1, 2016. (30 days from the first date published) TBD by newspaper FAILURE TO RESPOND AS PRESCRIBED will result in a default entered against you regarding the allegations and penalties contained in the Administrative Complaint, including but not limited to, a total administrative fine imposed of $52,300 and a 25 day suspension. A copy of the Administrative Complaint may be obtained from, and your response must be filed with the Agency Clerk of the State of Florida, Office of Financial Regulation as follows:GIGI HOLDER, Agency Clerk, State of Florida, Office of Financial Regulation, Post Office Box 8050, Tallahassee, FL 32314-8050, Email:, Tel: (850) 410-9889, Fax: (850) 410-9663. A copy of your response should be sent to:Linje Rivers, Senior Attorney, State of Florida, Office of Financial Regulation, 200 East Gaines Street, Suite 550, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0376,Tel: (850) 410-9887. Mo/day, mo/day, mo/day, mo/day.



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION: 03 CASE NO: DP13-279 IN THE INTEREST OF: J. E. DOB: 10/05/2012, A MINOR CHILD SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF ADVISORY HEARING FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS AND GUARDIANSHIP STATE OF FLORIDA TO: Emmanuel Echevarria, Address Unknown A Petition for Termination of Parental Rights under oath has been filed in this court regarding the above referenced child. You are to appear before the Honorable Tim Shea, Circuit Judge, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., at the Thomas S. Kirk Juvenile Justice Center, 2000 East Michigan Street, Orlando, FL 32806 for a TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. You must appear on the date and time specified. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS TO THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR YOU MAY BE HELD IN CONTEMPT OF COURT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding or event, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Orange County, ADA Coordinator, Human Resources, Orange County Courthouse, 425 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 510, Orlando, Florida, (407) 836-2303, fax: 407-836-2204. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711 to reach the Telecommunications Relay Service. This summons has been issued at the request of: Brittany Nesmith, Esquire, Children’s Legal Services, CLERK OF COURT BY: /s/ DEPUTY CLERK.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA DIVISION: 07/Latimore/Pine Hills CASE NUMBER: DP12-362 In the Interest of B.W., female child DOB: 06/13/2011 , I.W., male child DOB: 03/07/2010 SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF ADVISORY HEARING FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS STATE OF FLORIDA To: TRAVIS JEFFREY COCHRAN, Address unknown WHEREAS, a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights under oath has been filed in this court regarding the above-referenced child; you are hereby commanded to appear before Judge Alicia Latimore, on December 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Orange County Juvenile Justice Center, 2000 E. Michigan Street, Orlando, Florida 32806, for a TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY/ADJUDICATORY HEARING. You must appear on the date and time specified. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS TO THIS CHILD (OR CHILDREN). IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD (OR CHILDREN) NAMED IN THE PETITION. Pursuant to Florida Statute 39.802(4)(d), the mother/father are hereby informed of the availability of private placement with an adoption entity as defined in Section 63.032(3) Florida Statues, by including written notice in the summons served with this petition and at an advisory hearing if they are present for the hearing. Pleadings shall be copied to Kim Crag-Chaderton, Attorney for the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, 882 S. Kirkman Road, Ste. 200, Orlando, Florida 32811. WITNESS my hand at the Clerk of said Court and the Seal, this 17th day of November, 2015. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (Court Seal) By: /S/ Deputy Clerk.

NOTICE OF SALE Pursuant to F.S. 713.585 At 9;00AM on Dec 26, 2015 Billis Auto Center 1710 N. Forsyth Rd. ORL, FL32807, (407) 657-1808. Will sell the following vehicle(s) to Satisfy claim of lien. Seller reserves the right to bid and refuse any or all bids. Sold As-Is, No warranty. Seller guarantees no title. Terms cash. Satisfying the lien prior to sale may redeem said vehicle(s). You have a right to a hearing at any time prior to sale by filing a demand for hearing in the circuit court. Owner has the right to recover possession by posting bond per. F.S. 559.917. Any proceeds in excess of lien will be deposited with clerk of courts. 2006 CHRY VIN# 2D4FV47T96H154829 Lien Amt: $ 5747.60

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that on Extra Space Storage will sell at public auction, to satisfy the lien of the owner, personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the following locations: December 30th, 2015 at the times and locations listed below. The personal goods stored therein by the following: 12:00p.m. at the Extra Space Storage facility located at: 610 Rinehart Rd. Lake Mary, FL 32746 (407)-333-4355 0472-Angela Singleton-Household Goods, 0468-Charles Lightcap 111-Household Goods, 0666-Andrea Cunningham-Household Goods, 1046-Roger Holt-Household Goods, 0456-Frederick Overall- Household Goods,1018-Maryann Grant-Household Goods, 0449-Sergio Lowe-Household Goods, 0047-Isabel Alvarado-Household Goods, 0337-Ronald Orenic-Office Supplies, 0078-Miguel Machuca-Hosehold Goods, 1050-Mia Ira-Household Goods,2018-Darnell Harrison-Household Goods

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: Signal 10 Towing and Recovery, Inc. gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/24/2015 9:00:00 AM at 1505 Ross Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34744 pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Signal 10 Towing and Recovery, Inc. reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. L9NTEACB7E1002431 2013 TAOI Notice is hereby given to the owners, lienholders, and other interested parties that the following described abandoned vehicles will be sold at auction for cash to the highest bidder at 2:00 pm, December 15, 2015 at 2851 St Johns Parkway Sanford, FL. 32771 : 2006 Jeep Commander 1J8HH58226C328244. Seller reserves the right to reject any bid and the right to bid. NOTICE OF AUCTION Personal property of Eddie Englehart, Unit 25, will be sold for cash to satisfy owner’s lien in accordance with Florida Statutes Self Storage Facility Act on December 26, 2015 at 8 AM. Property consists of car and truck parts. Sale to be held at premises of South Orlando Mini-Warehouse, 414 Fairlane Avenue, Orlando, FL 32809. ●

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NOTICE OF SALE Vehicles will be sold as is, no warranty. Seller reserves the right to refuse any bid. Terms of bids are cash only. Buyer must have funds on hand at time of sale: 2003 Dodge VIN# 1B3EL36X33N586866 2003 Chevy VIN# 2G1WW12E039363702 2002 Ford VIN# 1FMRU15L02LA57770 2005 Kyoo VIN# RFBSHAAE85B371391 1994 Toyota VIN# 4T1GK13E0RU057337 2002 Buick VIN# 2G4WS52J621203596 To be sold at auction at 8:00 a.m. on December 23, 2015, 7301 Gardner Street, Winter Park, FL. 32792 Vehicles will be sold as is, no warranty. Seller reserves the right to refuse any bid. Terms of bids are cash only. Buyer must have funds on hand at time of sale. Constellation Towing & Recovery LLC

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA DIVISION: 07/Latimore/Pine Hills CASE NUMBER: DP14-532 In the Interest of P.B., DOB: 01/19/2013, Child SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF TRIAL FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS STATE OF FLORIDA To: Azum Chang or Azam Chang: address unknown; WHEREAS, a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights under oath has been filed in this court regarding the above-referenced children; you are hereby commanded to appear before Judge Alicia. Latimore on February 16, 2016 @ 1:30 p.m. at the Orange County Juvenile Justice Center, 2000 E. Michigan Street, Orlando, Florida 32806, for a TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS TRIAL. You must appear on the date and time specified. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS TO THIS CHILD (OR CHILDREN). IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD (OR CHILDREN) NAMED IN THE PETITION. Pursuant to Florida Statute 39.802(4)(d), the mother/father are hereby informed of the availability of private placement with an adoption entity as defined in Section 63.032(3) Florida Statues, by including written notice in the summons served with this petition and at an advisory hearing if they are present for the hearing. Pleadings shall be copied to Veraunda I. Jackson, Attorney for the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, 882 S. Kirkman Road, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32811, WITNESS my hand at the Clerk of said Court and the Seal, this 1sth day of December, 2015. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (Court Seal) By: /S/ Deputy Clerk. NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned, Adam John Chitarath, of 1617 Cherry Ridge Dr., Lake Mary, FL 32746 County of Seminole, pursuant to the requirements of the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, is hereby advertising the following fictitious name: Above One Culture It is the intent of the undersigned to register “Above One Culture” with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Dated: 4 of December, 2015

O R L A N D OWE E KLY.COM/J OBS CASTO is in search of a F/T Maintenance Supervisor. Must have 3+ years of experience in a similar role. Visit for more information. Resumes may be sent to Engineer: Siemens Energy, Inc. seeks Field Service Engineer, Orlando, FL. Perform field maintenance of projects in the Power Generation Industry. Required: Bachelor’s or foreign equiv in Engineering or related field + 5 yrs of field service exp in the gas turbine industry. Prior exp must include: V-Frame technology exp including CT commissioning & start-up, CT combustion system tuning (emissions & dynamics) & CT Fact-finding; be capable to interact w/ other engineers as well as w/ all levels of the customers personnel on the day to day activities of an outage; & exp in a large multinational corporation. Up to 80% domestic & international travel req. Offer of employment w/ Siemens is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check & drug screen, subject to applicable laws & regulations. Mail resumes: Brett Sanchez, Siemens Energy, Inc., 4400 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826. Please reference BS/EF. Applicants must be authorized to work in US permanently. PAID IN ADVANCE! Make $1000 A Week Mailing Brochures From Home! No Experience Required. Helping home workers since 2001! Genuine Opportunity. Start Immediately! (AAN CAN)

Engineer: Siemens Energy, Inc. seeks Loads Engineer, Orlando, FL. Calculate loading on horizontal axis wind turbines, using in-house aero-elastic programs. Required: Master’s or foreign equiv in Aerospace, Mechanical Eng, or related field + 3 yrs of exp in the job offered or an acceptable alternate occupation. Prior exp must include: dynamic & fatigue analysis; IEC 61400-1; extensive knowledge of aero-elastic theory; & proficiency in MatLab. Approximately 10% domestic/international travel. Alternatively, employer will accept Bachelor’s in the above-listed fields + 5 years of exp in the above-listed fields. Offer of employment w/ Siemens is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check & drug screen, subject to applicable laws & regulations. Mail resumes: Brett Sanchez, Siemens Energy, Inc., 4400 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826. Please reference BS/HL. Applicants must be authorized to work in US permanently.

Hospitalist at Central Florida Hospitalist Partners, P.A. in Orlando, FL: Provide direct medical care and treatment of patients in a hospital setting. Clinical examinations, diagnosis, formulation of treatment plans, ordering tests, arranging specialty care, conducting daily inpatient rounds. Hours 7 days on followed by 7 days off; rotating days and nights. MD, completion of internal residency, board eligibility with American Board of Internal Medicine and license to practice medicine in the State of Florida required. Send resume and salary requirements to j.gorman@

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Salon Chair Rental Rustic Industrial French design 10 chair salon has a few chairs to rent! Located in Winter Park just between 436 and 17-92. A very warm elegant salon with lovely clientele just away from the crowded downtown area. Very roomy work space with a relaxed atmosphere and incredibly comfortable sinks your clients will enjoy not to mention a large parking lot to accommodate clientele. We are strictly a hair salon but have great neighbors down the way at New York nails for mani pedis! J and Company Hair Studio is a must visit to truly appreciate the space you would be renting. Please email if interested in seeing jandcompanyhairstudio@ If you stop by please ask to speak to the owner, Jennifer. Orlando’s best kept secret!

Licensed Mental Health Therapists or Mental Health Interns Behavioral Support Services 6130299

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Inbound Call Center Sales Manager Tourico Holidays Inc. 6127134

Billing Support Clerk Cathedral Corporation 6131302

Nail Technician-The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Marriott International 6131321

Client Services Agent Tourico Holidays Inc. 6127128

Sr. HR Business Partner 25601BR Jones Lang LaSalle 6128723

GENERAL LABOR - TEMPORARY Pro Image Solutions 6131355

Home Agent Sales Associate ThinkDirect Marketing Group 6127121

Preschool Teacher The Learning Center 6131301

Lab Specialist - Portfolio Content Creation I Full Sail University 6131404

Laundry Helper Cast Members Walt Disney World Resort 6130059

Urologist General Orlando Health 6130849

Alumni Connection Specialist Full Sail University 6131399

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Airport Coordinator (Part-Time) Give Kids The World 6131288

Paid Search Specialist American Safety Council 6131398

Floral Host/Hostess - Part Time, Walt Disney World Walt Disney World Resort 6130057

Project Opportunities Engineer Addison 6129553

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Travel Agent Coordinator / Specialist Hotelbeds 6130994

Front Office Agent Caribe Royale Orlando 6131356

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Software Architect Florida Virtual School 6127226

Virtual Certified HOPE Instructor Florida Virtual School 6127225

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Multiple Account Representative / Collector Positions Available GC Services 6127199

Food & Beverage Manager Paramount Hospitality Management 6127187

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Business Relations Sales Representative Better Business Bureau Central Florida 6130700

Bilingual (Spanish & English) Team Manager Sears Holding 6129757

Welder - Iron Worker Smart Ride, Inc. 6128303

Business Development / Appointment Specialist iAgentPro 6128063

Supervisor Materials and Purchasing National Airlines 6130730

Assistant Director of Nursing Coastal Health and Rehabilitation Center 6131322

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Business Continuity / Vendor Management Coordinator - Fort Pierce or Palm City Harbor Community Bank 6131307

Concierge - Orlando (Part Time, limited Full Time available) Expedia, Inc. 6130357

House Person B Resort located in the Walt Disney World Resort 6129716

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Sales Agent (Vacation Counselor) Daytona Beach Diamond Resorts International 6129696

Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Marketing Seminole State College of Florida 6129332

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