Culture for the Week of Feb 10, 2014 by Josh Garrick

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Culture for the Week of Feb 10, 2014 by Josh Garrick

Feb 13, 20, and 27 – Winter With the Writers at Rollins College

A prestigious group of award-winning writers takes part in the FREE Winter With the Writers at Rollins College this month. The season includes Hemingway Award-winner Justin Cronin on February 13 at 7:30 pm (master class at 4 p.m.); Authors Alan Michael Parker and Laura van den Berg on February 20 at 7:30 pm; and Madison Smartt Bell on February 27 at 7:30 pm (master class at 4 pm). Discussions and readings are free and open to the public. Visit 


Justin Cronin



Let THIS be the year you surprise your ‘significant other’ with an evening that celebrates the creativity of Central Florida with tickets to a LIVE PERFORMANCE or one of Orlando’s GREAT RESTAURANTS. Here are a few suggestions:


Now through March 9 – The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I and II

There is no higher recommendation than – the Florida theater event of the season. A cast of 27 actors play over 150 characters in this unique, two-part, dramatic and comic masterpiece that captures the genius of Charles Dickens. Combining outrageous characters with theatrical spectacle, The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I and II leads the way to a must-see theatrical event at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Visit or call 407.447.1700


Nicholas Nickleby


Feb 13, 14, 15 – The Candy Bar by DRIP

Thanks to the performance/entertainment group DRIP, you may treat your Valentine to a night of sweets in an evening that combines ‘sweet’ art installations, an art show, a live band, dancers, flying paint, water and sand. Local artists ‘create’ with sweet and/or intoxicating edibles for you and your Valentine including the lollipop tree, marshmallow art, gummy bear cocktails; a martini glass arch and life-sized candy board games. On February 13, 14, and 15, each ticket includes a white DRIP T-shirt for you to wear (and take home) as a splattered and ‘custom-cut’ souvenir. Located at 8747 International Drive in Orlando, tickets are available at


Candy Bar by Drip


Feb 14 and 15 – Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore’s Valentine Cabaret

Two of our favorite and most talented singing actors, Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore, will present a cabaret performance called Hooray for Love! Promising a funny and romantic evening of songs to add that ‘loving touch’ to your weekend, the performances bring us many of their ‘hits’ from the famous New York cabaret club, Don’t Tell Mama. Performances are Feb14 at 7:30 pm and Feb 15 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at the Satellite Event Center at 9501 Satellite Blvd in Orlando. Visit


Hooray for Love!


Feb 14 to 16 – Romeo & Juliet by the Orlando Ballet

It’s official – Romeo and Juliet is the world’s ‘favorite’ love story, and the drama of this quintessential classic will be brought to life as Robert Hill, Director of the Orlando Ballet, choreographs a new ballet for the “star-crossed lovers.” Set to Prokofiev’s evocative score, this beloved story could serve as the perfect, romantic Valentine’s ‘gift’ for your love. Call 407.426.1739 or visit


Orlando Ballet Romeo and Juliet


Feb 14, 15, 16 – The Antiques & Garden Show at OMART

If her favorite ‘quality time’ activity is antiquing, The Orlando Museum of Art's Council of 101 presents the 32nd Annual Antiques Vintage & Garden Show from February 14 to February 16. This year the event falls on Valentine’s weekend with antique dealers from across the U.S. offering antique furniture, paintings, jewelry, rugs, porcelain and collectibles as well as garden inspirations and speaker Cynthia Brumback. The Council of 101 Tea Room will be open throughout the show at 2416 North Mills Avenue in Orlando. Call 407.896.4231 or visit


The Antiques & Garden Show at OMART


The Antiques & Garden Show at OMART


Feb 14 to 24 – Breakthrough Theatre presents Bedrooms: 5 Comedies

In a play called Bedrooms, the Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents a full evening of comedy by presenting 5 short plays – all in one evening. Written by playwrights Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor, the ‘romantic’ themes range from a potential ménage a trios to love in a senior citizen home. Featuring 5 different casts and 5 different directors, this evening of romantic comedy runs from February 14 to 24. Located at 419A W. Fairbanks Avenue, visit or call 407-920-4034


Bedrooms: 5 comedies


Feb 15 – Warner Bros. Valentine's Date Night

A different – and admittedly quirky – Valentine’s Date Night is offered by the Orange County History Center for an adults’ evening of cartoons offered up from the Warner Bros. cartoon chest. Over time, the Warner Bros. gag-writers, working with gifted animators and designers, won six Academy Awards. The ‘Valentine Show’ will include Stupid Cupid, Porky's Romance, Carrotblanca, and Bug's Valentine, among others. With popcorn, wine, champagne, and chocolate available, this date night is one for the ‘history books.’ Call 407.836.8500 or visit


Warner Bros Date Night


Feb 25 to March 2 – War Horse on the Broadway Series

She’ll have to wait two weeks to use the tickets, but she’ll adore you for sharing this World War One drama of courage, loyalty and friendship in the next offering from the Orlando Broadway Series. Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and caught up in an extraordinary journey as Albert, too young to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to bring him home. This powerful drama, filled with music and song, packed theaters in London and New York. With the theatricality of life-sized puppets that ‘bring to life’ galloping horses, call 800.448.6322 for your tickets.


War Horse


… and for the Valentine’s Foodies:


Now through Feb 15 – Lovers’ Day at Taverna Opa

Taverna Opa, the Greek eatery on I-Drive, celebrates with a $65 prix-fixe dinner for two featuring libations and traditional Greek cuisine paired with live entertainment. Including ‘A Toast to Love,’ light starters, and a main course of large prawns or double-cut lamb chops, followed by chocolate-drizzled baklava, the menu is a bit of Mediterranean heaven. At Pointe Orlando at 9101 International Drive, call 407.351.8660 for reservations.


Taverna Opa, Orlando


Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster, Orlando’s justifiably famous steakhouse, will offer a dinner for two,  including a bottle of champagne or wine; salad; 8-ounce filet, 12-ounce prime strip, 16-ounce rib-eye or salmon; asparagus, chateau potatoes (so good), sautéed mushrooms, or Osage spinach; and chocolate mousse or cheesecake with berries. The cost is $200 per couple, gratuity included. (A Surf & Turf for Two upgrade is optional!) Call 407.645.4443


Christner Steakhouse


Now through Feb 14 – A Sweet Deal from 4 Rivers Smokehouse

All of Johnny Rivers’ 4 Rivers Smokehouse’s are celebrating Valentine’s Day at The Sweet Shop, the restaurant’s in-house bakery, by offering complimentary cookies (one per child) to decorate and enjoy on February 14. Children may obtain their ‘cookie ticket’ at any 4 Rivers Smokehouse locations, and redeem their ticket for a cookie and decorating supplies at the bakery’s counter. 4 Rivers has locations in Winter Park, Winter Garden and Longwood. Call 407.4RIVERS.


Johnny Rivers 4 Rivers Smokehouse


Feb 19 – United Arts Hosts National Audience Expert Matt Lehrman

Hosted by United Arts of Central Florida, arts consultant Matt Lehrman will bring his Audience Everywhere Workshop to Orlando on February 19. The professional workshop covers everything from attracting attendees, selling tickets, developing donors, and raising public awareness. The workshop is appropriate for executive and artistic directors, as well as marketing and board leadership. The workshop begins at 9 am at the Maitland Civic Center. To register, visit or visit


Matt Lehrman


Feb 20 to March 30 – Busytown (for Children of All Ages)

Richard Scarry’s stories and characters come to life in Busytown from February 20 to March 30 at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Using imaginative music and movement, Huckle Cat takes the audience on a tour of his neighborhood – introducing Farmer Pig and Grocer Cat, Construction Worker, and Fire Chief – all working together to keep Busytown ‘busy.’ For children of all ages, call 407.896.7365 or visit




Feb 21 to Mar 2 – The Orlando Premiere of Terminus

The Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) will present Mark O’Rowe’s darkly visceral – and very Irish work – Terminus at the Shakespeare Center from February 21 to March 2.  The often hilarious and always-surprising play finds three individuals – a lonely young woman, a guilt-filled mother, and an awkward young man – living in a world of singing serial killers, avenging angels and lovesick demons. First produced at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 2007, call 407.328.9005 for reservations.




Feb 21 and 22 – Concertos by Candlelight: Vivaldi and Bach

The 2014 Concertos by Candlelight presents a playful and passionate program featuring Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto and Credo for Choir coupled with violinist Lara St. John performing Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Bach Festival Orchestra. Performances are set for February 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm at Rollins College in Winter Park.  Call 407.646.2182 or visit


Concertos by Candlelight





Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators