“Josh Recommends” for January 10, 2020 by Josh Garrick

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“Josh Recommends” for January 10, 2020 by Josh Garrick 

'Becoming Dr. Ruth'
NOW to Feb 9 at Orlando Shakes 
Everyone’s heard of Dr. Ruth Westheimer -- the radio and TV sex therapist. Few, however, know the journey that preceded her fame. From fleeing the Nazis to joining the Haganah in Jerusalem, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Mark St. Germain’s story of her life is filled with humor and the life-affirming spirit of the girl who became “Dr. Ruth.” Americaʼs most famous sex therapist. Dr. Ruth will be played by Eileen DeSandre. Visit orlandoshakes.org or call 407.447.1700 ext. 1. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49325204422_a585a3109a.jpg
'Becoming Dr. Ruth'

Ford-ify the Arts – A Gallery Celebration
Jan 11 beginning at 7 pm 
This is your chance to join Mayor Buddy Dyer in a Benefit Event to celebrate the recent move of the City Arts Factory to the historic Rogers Kiene Building AND its recent “Outdoor Garden Courtyard Expansion.” Dress is “Jazzy, Snazzy or Formal,” and the donated ticket price is $150. There will be ART (of course), wine and food, and LIVE entertainment. Tickets at Fordify.Eventbrite.com 
Ford-ify the Arts – A Gallery Celebration

Orlando Philharmonic Presents “Aretha: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul”
January 11 at 2 pm and 8 pm at the Bob Carr Theater 
A Tribute to the “Queen of Soul,” this program features Philharmonic favorite Capathia Jenkins – returning after the success of “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” – and three-time Grammy Award nominee Ryan Shaw performing such iconic hits as “Respect,” “Think,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Amazing Grace,” and so many more. Visit drphillipscenter.org or call 844.513.2014 

Orlando Philharmonic Presents “Aretha: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul”

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
January 12 at 3 pm at the Dr. Phillips Center 
With its unique sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is one of the greatest jazz bands of all time. Sought after for concert and swing dance engagements, the present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has toured consistently since then, playing an average of 300 dates a year around the world. Mr. Miller said, “A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” (It does!) Visit drphillipscenter.org or call 844.513.2014 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

“Men on Boats” at Mad Cow Theatre 
Jan 15 to Feb 9
Ten explorers. Four boats. One GRAND Canyon. 150 years ago. “Men on Boats” is a semi-historical re-telling of the 1869 Powell expedition when one-armed Captain John Wesley Powell and a crew of amazingly loyal volunteers charted the course of the Colorado River. Jaclyn Backhaus's celebrated play questions the myth of manifest destiny through gender-swapped colonial adventuring. Call 407-297-8788 ext 1 or visit madcowtheatre.com 
“Men on Boats” at Mad Cow Theatre
“Men on Boats” at Mad Cow Theatre

“Relics, Reliquaries, & Objects of Desire
Opening Reception Jan 16 at 1 pm to Jan 28
The exhibit currently showing at the South Florida State College Museum of Florida Art at 600 West College Drive in Avon Park, Florida includes the work of nine Florida Artists who are exploring the “function, symbolism, and power” of relics. I’m happy to be ONE of those artists – in this case showing 9 of my LARGEST works in a beautiful college Gallery setting. Call 863.784.7240 or visit mofac.org 

“Relics, Reliquaries & Objects of Desire”
Art by Josh Garrick. “Relics, Reliquaries, & Objects of Desire”
Artist Josh Garrick. “Relics, Reliquaries, & Objects of Desire”

“The Lion in Winter” at CFCArts Theater 
Jan 17 to Feb 2
The “Christmas gathering” in the play “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman is dysfunctional to the extreme. Forget all the good feelings you may have from two weeks ago. The Christmas of 1183, in Chinon, France, has more than your typical family squabbles, especially with the King’s three sons all vying for the throne. For an Xmas Holiday full of lies and treachery, this is the play for you. Add a cast of local “stars,” and visit CFCArts.com or call 407.937.1800 

“The Lion in Winter” at CFCArts Theater

“The Lion in Winter” at CFCArts Theater

“Kiss My ART Live with Marla and Boris”
Jan 21 beginning at 9 pm at Maxine’s on Shine 
Stir up some “verbal trouble” with two of our favorite Arts figures in town WITH our most glamorous restaurateur (Maxine) and we’ll all enjoy an extra drink as Marla E and Boris talk to the” notorious Ted Bogert.” Ted is a Coach, Mortgage Pro, Social Media Specialist, Team Strategist, Community First Advocate, annnnnnnnnd host of The TED SHOW. Finally, he will be asked the questions many are dying to find out about. Visit maxinesonshine.com 

“Kiss My ART Live with Marla and Boris”

Orlando Native MICHAEL SCOTT back in his role as GENIE in ALADDIN
Jan 22 to Feb 9 at Dr. Phillips Center 
“Aladdin,”is the hit musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film that opened on Broadway in 2014 … AND has grossed over $1 billion since that Night!! I am very excited to report that Orlando native Michael James SCOTT, (who played the Genie on Broadway and in London), will “come home” to play the role in Orlando. A graduate of Dr. Phillips H.S, Scott has appeared in 8 Broadway productions. We’re thrilled to have you “come home” Mr. Scott, AND that gives an already “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” show several more reasons to get your tickets NOW. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org 

Orlando Native MICHAEL SCOTT back in his role as GENIE in ALADDIN

Orlando Native MICHAEL SCOTT back in his role as GENIE in ALADDIN

Orlando Native Michael Scott reprises his role as GENIE in ALADDIN in Orlando

Orlando Native Michael Scott reprises his role as GENIE in ALADDIN in Orlando

“Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen” Opening Reception
Jan 24 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Orlando Museum of Art 
The “Highwaymen” are a group of African-American Artists celebrated for their distinctive paintings of Florida’s natural environment. Beginning in the 1950s, these self-taught artists depicted the state’s scenic coastline and wild back-country in dazzlingly idealized colors and tones. Tropical sunsets, palm trees, herons, and sunlit water-ways are iconic images of Florida in part thanks to the paintings the Highwaymen created. In the postwar 1950’s these ‘affordable’ paintings found an enthusiastic clientele while being ‘unseen’ by the “establishment galleries and museums.” The Artists sold their paintings from the side of the road, and it was from this practice that the name “Highwaymen” came to be. Call 407.896.4231 or visit omart.org 
Painting by James Gibson. “Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen” Opening Reception
Painting by James Gibson 
 
BEEHIVE -- The 60's Musical at the Winter Park Playhouse 
Jan 24 to Feb 22 -- Previews: January 23 & 24
Created by Larry Gallagher and told from the perspective of six women who came of age in the 1960s, this Off-Broadway musical recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power! Celebrating iconic female singers like Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Connie Francis and Lulu, the show features over 30 of the most memorable songs of the era including “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Where the Boys Are,” “One Fine Day, and many more! For tickets call 407.645.0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org 
BEEHIVE -- The 60's Musical at the Winter Park Playhouse
 
“Tchaikovsky’s Greatest Hits” by the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra
Jan 25 at 8 pm at the Bob Carr Theatre (one mile north of Dr. Phillips Center)
The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra will perform several of Tchaikovsky’s greatest works beginning with the ultra-romantic “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture. Orlando will then be the only city in which the Orchestra performs two of Tchaikovsky’s concertos, Piano Concerto No. 1. with the thunderous opening chords – among the most famous in all classical music, and Violin Concerto in D Major—one of the best-known violin concertos ever written. This HIGHLY RECOMMENDED concert includes one of Russia’s great orchestras performing the greatest hits of Russia’s greatest composer.
Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2020/russiahits/
“Tchaikovsky’s Greatest Hits” by the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

Anne of Green Gables at Orlando Repertory 
Jan 27 to Feb 23 
This beautiful story, based on the beloved novel of an orphaned girl who finds not only a home, but a family, is a faithful dramatization of the beloved classic. Marilla and her brother request an orphan boy to help work their farm, but they are mistakenly sent the high-spirited red-head named Anne Shirley. Trials and tribulations come to pass, but Marilla and Matthew admit Anne is the best thing that ever happened to them … and Anne comes to understand she is a loved and worthwhile person. Visit orlandrep.com or call 407.896.7365x1
Anne of Green Gables at Orlando Repertory
Anne of Green Gables at Orlando Repertory

FAVO’s 100th Art Show !!!!!
Feb 7 from 5pm to 9 pm 
Showing that “doing GOOD leads to a Karmic return of GOOD,” I’m excited to report that the First Friday Show of Feb 7 will celebrate FAVO’s 100th art show. It was a brilliant idea – for a CHURCH – to turn an abandoned motel into a bee-hive of artist studios, and I send CONGRATULATIONS from ALL of Central Florida’s Artist Community to Will Benton who has made this adventure … work. With LIVE Music by Stevie Hedrick, food trucks, a ‘kids creative table,’ and several of our favorite Artists including Crystal Dombrosky, Monte Olinger, Denisse Berlingeri, Cheri Riechers, Mimi Hwang, Ken Austin, and so many more, this FREE event is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
FAVO’s 100th Art Show !!!!!

… and coming up … 

GIRL of the GOLDEN WEST with Opera/Orlando 
Feb 7 at 7:30 pm and Feb 9 at 2 pm 
Sung in English and presented in the Wild West atmosphere of the Cheyenne Saloon and Ceviche Ballroom. I LOVE the way our “new” Opera Company continues to re-invent itself AND the way in which Opera is presented. Just think – an original “Golden West” atmosphere – with great singers. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
GIRL of the GOLDEN WEST with Opera/Orlando

CINDERELLA by the Orlando Ballet 
Feb 14 to 16 
Dreams really do come true at Cinderella, presented by Orlando Ballet. You’ll have a Ball (wink) with the notorious Stepsisters and the charming Fairy Godmother, (as the pumpkin turns into a carriage right before your eyes!) With choreography by Victoria Morgan, Prokofiev’s haunting score, and LIVE music provided by the Orlando Philharmonic, this production is supported by Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. Visit orlandoballet.org or call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
Dancer: Kate-Lynn Robichaux (USA) Photography by Michael Cairns 2019. CINDERELLA by the Orlando Ballet
Dancer: Kate-Lynn Robichaux (USA) Photography by Michael Cairns 2019
 
NEW Cirque du Soleil Show at Disney
The new Cirque du Soleil show being conceived in Montreal and coming to Disney World in March 2020 has announced its name –“Drawn to Life.” The show is a true collaboration between Cirque and Disney as it features the art of DISNEY Animation fully integrated into the show. “Drawn to Life” begins (preview) performances March 20. Visit cirquedusoleil.com or call 855.473.7783. 

NEW Cirque du Soleil Show at Disney to Begin Performances

Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators

 

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