Florida Culture for the Week of July 10, 2016 by Josh Garrick

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Florida Culture for the Week of July 10, 2016 by Josh Garrick

Current – Over $17 Million Raised for Orlando Pulse Club Victims 
On June 30 it was announced that the organizations Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida (The Center), the National Compassion Fund and OneOrlando had combined to raise over $17 million to assist the families of the 49 killed, the 53 who were shot and the hundreds targeted June 12 at the Pulse night club. The partnership was formed to ensure all funds collected for victims are disbursed in a unified process to expedite funds, ensure transparency and safeguard against fraud. “Words cannot express how grateful we continue to be for the outpouring of generosity our communities received as people from around the globe continue to contribute funds to OneOrlando to deliver the critical help and healing the victims’ families and survivors need to aid in their recovery,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Equality Florida raised $7 million largely via social media in a campaign that has set records for online philanthropy. The statewide LGBT organization partnered immediately with the National Compassion Fund, experts in managing disbursement following mass shootings. Donations are still being accepted; to support the victims’ families and survivors, visit OneOrlando.org.
 Current – Over $17 Million Raised for Orlando Pulse Club Victims

NOW to July 18 -- Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents "Urinetown the Musical" 
This oddly named musical won three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic's Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, so YES, it’s the real-deal. It’s also a comic satire of the legal system, social irresponsibility, corporate mismanagement, governmental interference, and musical theatre itself. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, ‘Urinetown’ is said to have catapulted the American musical comedy into the 21st Century with its wicked comedy and incisive honesty. Directed by Jamaal Solomon and music directed and choreographed by Angelyn Rhode, call 407.920.4034 or visit breakthroughtheatre.com/tickets/
Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents "Urinetown the Musical"
FINAL PERFORMANCE – July 10 at 7:30 pm – Encore! presents RAGTIME The Musical

Encore! Cast is a super-talented, all-volunteer, 300-member organization dedicated to providing Disney Cast Members an outlet for expression in the performing arts as well as supporting Central Florida charities. Their next performance, RAGTIME, is set in turn-of-the-century New York. Weaving together the stories of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring Harlem musician, they confront the very timely contradictions of wealth and poverty, hope and despair, and what it means to be an AMERICAN. The performance will benefit USO Central Florida. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
Encore! presents RAGTIME The Musical

July 12 at 6 pm –Bloomingdales presents Artist Victor Bokas in ‘Bokaslicious’
The name ‘Bokaslicious’ has just the right amount of whimsy to introduce the eclectically fun artwork of Orlando’s Victor Bokas. On July 12 at 6:30 pm, Bloomingdales will present Victor and his work in an Opening Reception on their 3rd-floor furniture showroom. Supporting local Artists, Bloomingdale's provides an ‘art gallery’ which allows viewers to ‘see’ the artists' work as if displaying it in their homes. Victor grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, amid the images of palm trees, Florida kitsch and lush colors, along with tributes to his Greek heritage of statues, columns, and olives appear in his work. Active in the local arts community, Victor was awarded both the Orlando International Airport mosaic art project and the Winter Park Art Festival poster. The event is Free. Come and meet Victor Bokas, and let's get "Bokaslicious at Bloomingdale's!"
loomingdales presents Artist Victor Bokas in ‘Bokaslicious’

July 14 at 7 pm – A Taste of Jazz with the ‘Professors of Jazz’ at Dr. Phillips Center
Nationally-known Jazz Artists are coming to the Dr. Phillips Center to lead a weeklong Jazz Workshop with July 14 set aside as a time for these exceptional Artists to take the stage for a special, one-of-a-kind jam session and concert. Following the concert, the audience is invited to meet the Artists while sampling Bourbon and Whiskey with ‘light bites.’ The entire event is $29 with all proceeds going directly to fund the School of the Arts Jazz Camp. Special Note: Musicians and vocalists interested in participating in the Summer Intensive may request a scholarship to register for this full-day camp. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
A Taste of Jazz with the ‘Professors of Jazz’ at Dr. Phillips Center

July 15 – 9:30 am to 11 am – BUTTERFLY BUDDIES in the Nehrling Gardens 
Share ‘quality-time’ with your child and teach them the wonders of nature as you learn about Florida’s butterflies in a class for children and their guardians. Learn about butterfly identification, life-cycles, and what butterflies tell us about the world as you tour the historic butterfly haven of Nehrling Gardens. You can even take home a mini butterfly garden of your own. The suggested donation of $15 includes supplies and expenses for one child and their parent/guardian. Nehrling Gardens is at 2267 Hempel Ave. in Gotha. Visit NehrlingGardens.org.
BUTTERFLY BUDDIES in the Nehrling Gardens

July 15 to 17 – Dance Theatre of Orlando presents K.E.Y.S., a Choreographer Showcase
In a season dedicated to themes of life and happiness, K.E.Y.S. will feature a collection of works from choreographers that reveal ‘keys to finding happiness’ in a program that will include a special piece created to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando Tragedy. The choreographers include Marshall Ellis, Daniel Hunalp, Alex Jones, Jani Walsh-Weber, and Cindy Wilson. “Live! a Tribute,” created by Ms. Wilson for the victims of the Orlando Tragedy, will feature live drummers and singers with a song written, composed and performed by France Neil. K.E.Y.S. will be performed on July 15, 16, and 17 at 8:30 pm at the ME Theatre at 1300 La Quinta Drive in Orlando. Visit dancetheatreoforlando.com/productions
 Dance Theatre of Orlando presents K.E.Y.S., a Choreographer Showcase

July 15 at 7 pm – ‘Purple Masquerade,’ the Prince Tribute Band at Daytona Bandshell 
Summer at the historic Daytona Beach Bandshell means FREE concerts and amazing entertainers. Located in Oceanfront Park, the scenic amphitheater was built in 1937, and can host 5,000 people. ‘Purple Masquerade’ is THE Prince Tribute Band, known for high energy concerts of Prince’s greatest hits. With elaborate costumes and a very real stage presence, Prince is ‘channeled’ by James Kincherlow as he sings ALL the songs we love including ‘Lets Get Crazy,’ ‘1999,’ ‘Raspberry Beret’, ‘Poplife,’ and of course, ‘Purple Rain.’ No tickets required. 
‘Purple Masquerade,’ the Prince Tribute Band at Daytona Bandshell

July 15 & 29 & Aug 26 – FREE MoviEola Film Series 
The FREE outdoor movie series in Orlando’s Lake Eola Park begins each evening at 6 pm with activities and music from Mix 105.1. Bring the whole family (along with blankets, chairs, and snacks) to enjoy this year’s movies including July 15: Inside Out; July 29: Jurassic World; and August 26: Minions. Arrive early to secure your spot and enjoy some of the pre-movie activities. Movies begin promptly at 8:15 pm. Call 407.246.4484.or visit cityoforlando.net/parks/movieola 
FREE MoviEola Film Series

July 22 to Aug 7 – Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Orlando Rep 
The REP goes “Under the Sea” with the full Broadway version of this classic musical. Based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson and one of the most beloved animated films of all time, the mermaid Ariel sees Prince Eric and wants to be “Part of Your World.” Making a bargain with a witch, Ariel becomes human, but loses something precious. This love story features a brilliant score including “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “She’s In Love,” “Kiss the Girl”, and more. Call 407.896.7365 or visit orlandorep.com

Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Orlando Rep



Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators