Florida Culture for the Week of March 30, 2015 by Josh Garrick

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Florida Culture for the Week of March 30, 2015 by Josh Garrick

NOW to April 19 – The Philadelphia Story at Mad Cow

When main-line Philadelphia’s Tracy Lord decides to get married (again), her ex-husband and a tabloid reporter turn up just before the ceremony in this classic satire of ‘Society meets tabloid journalism.’ The romantic comedy was written in 1939 by Philip Barry only to become a film classic starring Cary Grant and Kathryn Hepburn in 1940. As timely today as when it was first written, call 407.297.8788 or visit madcowtheatre.com


The Philadelphia Story at Mad Cow


NOW to April 26 – James and the Giant Peach

Based on the children’s’ classic by Roald Dahl, a young orphan named James runs away from his conniving aunts only to find himself in the center of a giant peach?!? Surrounded by human-sized insects, James is joined by a wise Grasshopper and a pessimistic Earthworm on his wild adventure. Arrive early to join Shakes cast-members for pre-show activities that help young audiences Shake Out The Sillies. Call 407.447.1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org


 James and the Giant Peach


April 3 & 4 – Easter Rod Run & Car Show

Hosted by the Early Irons Car Club, and held at the DoubleTree Orlando UCF at 11801 High Tech Avenue, there will be a Free ‘cruise-in’ on Friday from 6 to 9 pm, and Car Show on Saturday, April 4 including awards, 50/50 drawing, games, music, vendors, NSRA safety inspections and more. A visit is Free. Car Registration is $15; vendors $20. For more, call Dave at 407.679.1686.


Easter Rod Run & Car Show


April 3 to 20 – Breakthrough Theatre’s ‘Bad Girls of Broadway’

Being ‘Bad’ has never been so much fun as when the Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents a revival of their 2012 musical revue Redlight: The Bad Girls of Broadway. There really is an R-rating to this musical revue (based on nudity and sexual situations), but on the lighter side the songs come from shows including Sweet Charity, Hair, Cabaret, Rocky Horror, Best Little Whorehouse, Gypsy, Chicago and (wink wink) some Disney musical parodies. Directed by Wade Hair and choreographed by Lori Babson Jessup,
call 407.920.4034 or visit breakthroughtheatre.com for tickets.


 Breakthrough Theatre’s ‘Bad Girls of Broadway’

Pictured: Marisa Quijano   Photo Credit: Kristen Wheeler


April 4 – Pilobolus Dance Theatre

Founded in 1971, Pilobolus has built an international reputation by showing the expressiveness of the human body. Pilobolus exemplifies amazing physicality, shape-shifting, shadow-play and more while collaborating with the brightest minds the world over. These collaborations result in amazing choreography, and Pilobolus has been recognized for decades for its developments in dance and multimedia art. In one HIGHLY RECOMMENDED performance at the Dr. Phillips Center, call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org




©Grant Halverson/ADF


April 7, 14, 21, 28 – Inside the Courts

Inside the Courts is a Free 4-week class that offers a behind-the-scenes look at our local court system. Providing an up-close experience of the workings of the judicial branch, the program addresses frequently asked questions related to imposing sentence, juveniles who break the law, eligibility for bail, and domestic violence injunctions. ‘Taught’ by 9th Circuit Judges, this informative program is held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Jury Assembly Room of the Orange County Courthouse on April 7, 14, 21, and 28. Participants may park in the city garage for $2 per evening. Visit ninthcircuit.org/about/programs/inside-the-courts to register.


Inside the Courts class


April 7 to May 17 – Shrek the Musical at Orlando Rep

Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical TYA brings the story of everyone’s favorite Ogre to life on-stage. In a faraway kingdom, that ‘should be’ the happiest place on earth, (wink wink) the magic is turned upside down when an ogre rescues a feisty Princess! Throw in a cast of fairy tale ‘misfits’ and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a hero. Luckily, there’s a potential hero stomping around the Magic Forest … and his name is Shrek. Call 407.896.7365 or visit orlandorep.com


Shrek the Musical at Orlando Rep


April 8 to 11 – A Dolphin Tale at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

International attention came to the Clearwater Aquarium when the story of Winter, a bottlenose dolphin rescued in 2005 – and fitted with a prosthetic tail – became a movie in 2011. The 2014 sequel features Winter and another rescued dolphin named Hope.  Now the Aquarium is offering the Dolphin Tale Adventure with re-built scenes, movie images and props used in the films including a Dolphin Play area, Beach Rescue, Sawyer’s Bikes, Dr. McCarthy’s Lab and a hands-on live Touch Tank in the same tank used for the movies. In a special ‘Meet the Stars’ event, actor Nathan Gamble will be on-hand – April 8 to 11 – for a meet and greet included with the price of admission. Visit seewinter.com or call 727.441.1790


Nathan Gamble, Dolphin Tale 2


A Dolphin Tale at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium


April 9 – Jane Pauley Reminds Us – Your Life is Calling

Award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Pauley has spent her life in the public arena, most recently as an advocate for aging Baby Boomers entering life’s ‘second chapter.’ In conversation with Billy Collins, she will discuss her latest book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life as part of the Winter Park Institute Speakers Series on April 9 at 7:30 pm at Rollins College. The event is free and open to the public. Visit WinterParkInstitute.org or call 407.691.1995.


 Jane Pauley Reminds Us – Your Life is Calling


April 10, 11, & 12 -- MegaCon Returns to the Orange County Convention Center

True to its Mega name, MegaCon is one of the largest comic book/sci-fi conventions in the nation. With something for all ages, MegaCon invites attendees to meet and visit with their favorite comic book artists and TV/film stars, buy collectibles, enjoy gaming events, and participate in activities from the Heroes MegaWalk to the Cosmos Party. This year’s Media stars include Stan Lee, Norman Reedus, Ron Perlman, and Cary Elwes at the Orange County Convention Center. Visit MegaConvention.com




Stan Lee


Norman Reedus


April 10 – Bacchus Bash to Benefit CFHLA Foundation

This charitable event really is a ‘BASH’ having grown to become Orlando's Biggest Street Party, featuring over 70 food and beverage booths and hosting 25,000+ attendees annually.
All the eating, drinking, and entertainment benefit Education with the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Foundation having awarded $1,000,000 to Hospitality students of Central Florida over the years. Beginning at 5 pm on April 10, Bash vendors are all over the Orlando Premium Outlets (most of which stay open with special sales), and this crowd knows how to P A R T Y !! Admission is free. Register at bacchusbash.eventbrite.com


Bacchus Bash to Benefit CFHLA Foundation


April 10 – Public Sing-Along of Handel's MESSIAH

If you’ve never sung along to Handel’s majestic MESSIAH – but wanted to – the Messiah Choral Society invites you to join them for a Free public sing-along on April 10 at 7:30 pm. Presented at the First Congregational Church in Winter Park, chorus master Karen Lecky-Springer will lead ‘all assembled’ through selections from the famous oratorio. (the words to the Hallelujah Chorus are easy to remember!). No ticket required. Visit messiahchoralsociety.org or call 321-285-6382


Public Sing-Along of Handel's MESSIAH


April 10 -- Icarus at the Edge of Time from UCF School of Performing Arts

Presented by UCF School of Performing Arts, Icarus at the Edge of Time is a musical in which music, science and film come together in a collaboration by Philip Glass, Brian Greene, David Henry Hwang, and Al+Al. Set in outer space, a boy challenges the might of a black hole in this re-imagining of the classic myth. Featuring an original score by Philip Glass, Icarus will be narrated by Kate Mulgrew with the score performed by the UCF Symphony Orchestra. At the Dr. Phillips Center, a FREE Ticket is required. Call 407-823-1500


Kate Mulgrew


April 11 and 12 -- Orlando Rep and UCF Choirs Present Civil War Voices

Presented by UCF and the Orlando Repertory Company, Civil War Voices tells the passionate and often heart-breaking true stories of those who lived through the Civil War conflict, using actual words from diaries, letters, and other writings. Featuring songs of the period, including Battle Hymn of the Republic and Amazing Grace, Singer/Actors bring the characters to life as they join with a Choir to deliver a powerful evening of story and song that also serves as the culmination of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. At the Dr. Phillips Center on April 11 at 12:30 pm and April 12 at 10:30 am, a Free Ticket is required. Call 407-823-1500.




And looking ahead …

May 27 – The Chef’s Night Series at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

As if providing an extraordinary 70,000 meals EACH DAY is not enough, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida recently kicked off its Chef’s Night Series with a fund-raising dinner created by Chef John Rivers. Chef’s Night brings renowned chefs into Second Harvest’s Kitchen to celebrate great food and raise money for the Culinary Training Program which has a record 100% placement rate of putting the formerly unemployed and/or homeless to work as culinary professionals. The 14-week program provides free cooking and kitchen training while also providing students with employability skills. You can help. The next Chef’s Night will feature Chef Kevin Fonzo on May 27. Purchasing a table – or even one seat – can make a very real difference in the lives of those who need it most.  Make your reservations by calling Lanette Jarvis at 407.514.1048.


Dave Krepcho, President of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Chef John Rivers, founder of 4Rivers Restaurant Group

Dave Krepcho, President of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Chef John Rivers, founder of 4Rivers Restaurant Group



Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators