Florida Culture for the Week of March 12, 2017 By Josh Garrick


Florida Culture for the Week of March 12, 2017 By Josh Garrick 

NOW to March 19 – The Central Florida Fair 
The Central Florida Fair celebrates it 105th Year by judging and honoring the work of young people in central Florida in the areas of Livestock, Agriculture, Horticulture, STEM education, 4-H, FFA, and the Arts. Free and paid concerts are offered along with the biggest Midway experience in Florida. Note: located at 4603 West Colonial Drive in Orlando, March 18 is the 6th Annual Caribbean Festival Day. Paid concert tickets include admission to the Fair. Visit centralfloridafair.com
Central Florida Fair


Central Florida Fair

Central Florida Fair

NOW to March 19 – Bike Week Daytona 
The thousands of ‘Bikers’ who descended on Daytona Beach may know about the ‘World Center of Racing’ where they can learn about the history of racing and the racing legends who made the City famous, and Harley lovers know about ‘Destination Daytona,’ a shrine to Harley-Davidson. Bikers can also check out the ‘Space Race’ in Florida’s history at the Museum of Arts & Sciences; one of the largest, historic lighthouses at Ponce Inlet, or the laid-back Biker may just want to walk the boardwalk overlooking the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach’. Visit daytonachamber.com The World’s Largest Motorcycle Event

NOW to March 24 – Orlando Shakes’ “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (LLL)
Almost every Shakespearean play has to do with whether the boy ‘gets the girl’ or if he misses tragically. In LLL, however, ‘self-denial’ serves Shake’s comic muse. At the court of Navarre, the young King and three courtiers swear an oath to put aside pleasure in favor of serious study. The Princess of France (and her maidens) however, show the men that “love conquers all” in this romantic comedy at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Call 407.447.1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org.  Orlando Shakes’ “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (LLL)

NOW to March 26 – “The Great Gatsby” On-Stage
Taking on another work of the world’s great literature, our Shakespeare Theatre is performing “The Great Gatsby,” drawn from what is arguably America’s greatest novel. Played in movies by Robert Redford and Leonardo DiCaprio, this highly esteemed work explores love, morality, identity, and the (corruption of) the American Dream. The work is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Call 407.447.1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org ‘The Great Gatsby’ On Stage

NOW to April 9 – Curious George and the Golden Meatball 
That inquisitive Monkey, star of books, movies, and the award-winning PBS TV show, is in a new musical-for-all-ages to celebrate ‘All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day.’ George heads to Rome for the ‘Golden Meatball Contest,’ and along the way, he discovers the secret ingredient known by all the best chefs. At Orlando Rep, call 407.896.7365 x1 or visit orlandorep.com Curious George and the Golden Meatball

NOW to April 30 – DINOSAURS Make a Home in Leu Gardens 
It’s ‘Jurassic Park’ meets Leu Gardens as we discover what life was like millions of years ago thanks to the artistry of Guy Darrough. Darrough creates dinosaur figures that look like the real ones did when they ruled the Earth and may be found throughout the 50-acre botanical gardens. A free, self-guided ‘DinoHunt Guide’ is available for paleontologists of all ages. Visit leugardens.org Family Fun ‘Dino Day’ at Leu Gardens

March 16 – ‘Brain Candy Live! With Adam Savage’ & Michael Stevens 
If you’re as intelligent as you think you are, THIS show is for your MIND. Adam Savage has joined forces with Michael Stevens, and they are bringing three TONS of toys and tools for a ‘minds-on’ theatrical experience at the Dr. Phillips Center. Like an adult play-date with Albert Einstein, Adam and Mike answer questions and question answers. A VIP package is available. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org 

‘Brain Candy Live! With Adam Savage’ & Michael Stevens

March 17 to April 9 – Destiny of Desire, a Satire in Winter Garden 
If you are a soap opera fan, this outrageous modern comedy is for you. With the music, drama, and burning passions of a Mexican telenovela, one stormy night in Mexico, two baby girls are born – one into wealth; the other into poverty. When the babies are maliciously swapped, the stage is set for outrageous misfortune and/or remarkable destiny at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, call 407.877.4736 or visit gardentheatre.org
Destiny of Desire, a Satire in Winter Garden

March 17 & 18 – 150 Musicians from 30 Cities Unite to Perform in Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John 
Opening the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra’s 5th season, the Pops Concert entitled ‘Jazz, Joel & John,’ will be split in two, with the first half featuring the CFCArts Big Band performing music from the Big Bands of World War II. Nostalgic, romantic and ‘fun’ songs fill the second half with Billy Joel’s and Elton John’s iconic hits. Songs include Uptown Girl, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Candle in the Wind, Your Song, and many more! Call 407.937.1800 x 710 or visit CFCArts.com/jazzjoeljohn 

CFC arts Photo credit Divine Likeness Photography, Jason M. Bailey, Mike and Kate Bustillos. 150 Musicians from 30 Cities Unite to Perform in Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John

March 18 at 8 pm – Dr. Phillips Center Presents ‘Pilobolus: Shadowland’
Created by the world-famous dance company Pilobolus, ‘Shadowland’ combines dance with fast-paced multimedia, projected images and moving screens. The story involves a teenage girl who sleeps, dreams, wakes, spins, is swallowed by ‘darkness,’ and THAT is the beginning. This signature work combines Pilobolus’ amazing acrobatic dance with the heart of a love story. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org 

 Dr. Phillips Center Presents ‘Pilobolus: Shadowland’

March 18 at 8 pm – Rimma Plays Tchaikovsky at the Bob Carr Theater
The New Jersey Symphony Conductor Gemma New will lead the Orlando Philharmonic in an all-Russian program, featuring our own (brilliant) Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois performing Tchaikovsky’s wondrous Violin Concerto. Shostakovich’s response to Stalin’s condemnation of his artistic style, (written under fear of arrest and death) is here in his Symphony No. 5, along with a world premiere by the young Russian composer and violinist Lev Zhurbin. Call 407.770.0071 or visit orlandophil.org 

 Rimma Plays Tchaikovsky at the Bob Carr Theater

March 24, 25 & 26 – Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Gabriel Preisser 
Opera Orlando presents Mozart's magnum opus ‘Don Giovanni’ set in a present-day college fraternity. The "big man on campus" metaphor works with Mozart's masterpiece, because the tale of too much power in the wrong hands is both timely and timeless. Orlando’s own Gabriel Preisser takes on the title role of ‘frat-brother-gone-wrong’ with players from the Orlando Philharmonic, dancers from the Orlando Ballet and members of the Opera Orlando Chorus all led by Conductor Elaine Rinaldi. Visit operaorlando.org 

Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Gabriel Preisser

March 24, 25 & 26 – The Orlando Ballet with Special Guests in “MasterWorks” 
The Orlando Ballet sets up its own challenge taking on one work each from what may be the three GREATEST CHOREOGRAPHERS of the 20th Century. Orlando Ballet Director Robert Hill, with deep ties to our nation’s two great ballet companies, has taught, trained, and challenged to bring the Orlando dancers to this point, and he even managed to get LIVE music for this ‘Olympic Ballet’ program. Having watched him build this team, if you have ever followed my advice PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM. When the Orlando Ballet COMPANY takes the stage with this program, you’ll be seeing an Olympic laurel wreath, a SuperBowl trophy and the NBA finals playoff all rolled into one. ‘MasterWorks’ includes choreography by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Twyla Tharp. I predict greatness and urge you to be there to experience it. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
 The Orlando Ballet with Special Guests in “MasterWorks”

March 25 at 8 pm – TANGO LOVERS at the Bob Carr Theater
With a cast of 20 extraordinary artists, March 25 brings to Orlando the dynamic, elegant and sensuous Tango in a 2-hour performance of elegant dance and music. Featuring an award-winning cast accompanied by a live orchestra, TANGO LOVERS transports the audience through breathtaking costumes, perfect choreography, and the power of skillful interpretation. This performance wants to persuade you, “Tango is the highest form of Dance.” At the Bob Carr Theater, call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
 TANGO LOVERS at the Bob Carr Theater

Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators