Florida Culture for the Week of January 13, 2018 By Josh Garrick


Florida Culture for the Week of January 13, 2018 By Josh Garrick 

Sandy Shugart in Concert in Winter Garden 
TONIGHT – Jan 13 at 8 pm
Orlando's Sandy Shugart is the President of Valencia College, as well as a musician and poet. For Shugart, they are integral aspects of his life’s journey as the President of a successful and growing college. Believing that you have to touch people's emotions to change their beliefs, the multi-talented college president returns to the Garden Theatre TONIGHT to create an evening of folk-influenced, acoustic coffeehouse-style music and song. Call 407.877.4736 or visit gardentheatre.org Sandy Shugart in Concert in Winter Garden

“Jake Owen -- The Good Company Tour”
January 18 at 8 pm 
This local boy “done good.” Known for his high-energy performances with a laid-back style, native Floridian Jake Owen has six No. 1 singles to date – the 2X Platinum anthem “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Platinum-certified hits “Beachin’,” “Anywhere with You,” “Alone with You” and “The One That Got Away.” The Vero Beach native recently released his fifth studio album, “American Love,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums. Join Jake at the Dr. Phillips Center by calling 844.513.2014 or visiting drphillipscenter.org “Jake Owen -- The Good Company Tour”

Neil Simon’s “Rumors” presented by CFCArts Theatre
Jan 19 to Feb 4 
Comic genius Neil Simon gives us a hysterical, door-slamming farce as four couples descend on the home of the deputy mayor of New York for his 10th wedding anniversary. BUT the host has accidentally shot himself. While the guests assume it was intentional, they spend the evening hiding the truth from other guests while trying to figure out what actually happened. The result is at the CFC Black Box Theatre in Winter Park. For tickets, call 407.937.1800 or visit cfcarts.com Neil Simon’s “Rumors” presented by CFCArts Theatre

“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” at Mad Cow Theatre 
Jan 19 to Feb 18
From the twisted, comic mind of Charles Busch, Mad Cow offers us a ‘straight-up,’ ‘no-holds-barred’ Manhattan comedy with a “mid-life crisis” at the heart of the play. Leading lady Marjory Taub lives a hollow, but dramatically opulent life in which she yearns to study philosophy but is stuck picking out chandeliers. Her luxuriously depressing life is given a second look, however, upon the arrival of an old friend. Call 407.297.8788 or visit madcowtheatre.com “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” at Mad Cow Theatre

Orlando Philharmonic Presents “Rimma Plays Mendelssohn”
January 20 at 8 pm
The Orlando Philharmonic calls upon the combined talents of three Central Florida Super-Stars as Concertmaster/Violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois joins Conductor Eric Jacobsen in a program that begins with a World Premiere by Composer Stella Sung. Bergeron-Langlois is featured in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, a work treasured by musicians and audiences alike. The program concludes with Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, one of the composer’s best-known and most popular works. At the Bob Carr Theater, call 407.770.0071 or visit orlandophil.org 
Orlando Philharmonic Presents “Rimma Plays Mendelssohn”

Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz at the Dr. Phillips Center 
January 23 at 7:30 pm 
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2007, Browne has released fourteen studio albums and four collections of live performances. Known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education, he is a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, and received an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College for a “musical career that has successfully combined intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice." Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz at the Dr. Phillips Center

Riverdance: 20th Anniversary Tour
January 26 to 28 at the Dr. Phillips Center 
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in “Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour.” Drawing on Irish traditions, the performers bring Irish dance and music into the present day for audiences of all ages and cultures in an innovative blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland, none has brought together the energy and spectacle of Riverdance. The Washington Times called the show, “A phenomenon of historic proportions.” Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
Riverdance: 20th Anniversary Tour

Lillian Verkins’ Abstract Art -- “From Whence We Came”
NOW to Feb 1 with Opening Reception Jan 11 from 5 pm to 7 pm 
In her art exhibit “From Whence We Came” at Seminole State College Fine Art Gallery, one of Central Florida’s great abstract painters refers to Carl Sagan’s expression, “We’re made of star stuff.” Her large works ‘explode’ with clouds of stars and a ‘big-bang’ of vibrant colors. Swirling and re-forming into new creations, she calls the paintings‘Spacescapes,’ and she promises some 3-D works as well. At 100 Weldon Blvd in Sanford, call 407.708.2040 Lillian Verkins’ Abstract Art -- “From Whence We Came”

“Native Gardens” at Shakespeare Center 
NOW to Feb 4 
Discover a new comedy of good intentions and bad manners by Karen Zacarías when cultures (and gardens) clash, turning neighbors into feuding enemies. A high-powered lawyer and his very-pregnant wife realize ‘the American dream’ when they purchase a house next door to the very traditional Virginia and Frank. A disagreement over a long-standing fence soon spirals into a war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement where no one comes out smelling like a rose. Call 407.447.1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org “Native Gardens” at Shakespeare Center

and looking ahead … 

February 14 to March 11 
Tickets for the most successful musical in history – The LION KING – are on-sale NOW, and even with an extended run, there will be many performances that sell out weeks before the show opens. Twenty years ago, The Lion King won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and then went on to earn more than 70 major awards in New York and London alone. Seen by more than 90 Million people, The Lion King’s amazing success exceeds that of any Broadway show in history. The music, a fusion of Western popular music and rhythms of Africa, features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from the animated film. Tickets starting at $35 may be purchased at drphillipscenter.org or by calling 844.513.2014

Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators