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Culture for Your Calendar: 06.09.17

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See Josh Garrick's picks in his weekly arts and culture calendar.
by: Josh Garrick Columnist

Through June 11
'Finding Neverland’

Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, “Finding Neverland” is the incredible story of the creation of “Peter Pan.” Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles for inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their widowed mother. Based on the boys’ make-believe adventures, he writes the play that has astounded theater-goers ever since. Adding pixie dust and a lot of “believing,” Barrie leaves his old world behind for Neverland, where the wonders of childhood last forever. Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando presents this performance at the Dr. Phillips Center. Call 844-513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.

June 9 to 19
‘Geezers’

The Tommy Lee Johnston play, “Geezers,” introduces us to some wonderful people enjoying their “golden years” in a retirement home. Jack, a pathologically shy, 27-year-old man, begins a job there, but it’s the “geezers” who wind up helping Jack. On the road to his epiphany, Jack learns from this wise group of mentors in this heartwarming drama about growth, learning, wisdom and love. At the Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park, 419A W. Fairbanks Ave. For more information, call (407) 920-4034 or visit breakthroughtheatre.com.

June 10
‘Madagascar — A Musical Adventure’

Famous for the level of training received by young ones (grades 3 to 8) at the Orlando Rep, their summer camp production this year is a true musical “adventure.” Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and those diligently hilarious Penguins as they bound onto the stage of the Orlando Rep. They have escaped from New York’s Central Park Zoo with the realization that “feeding time” is different in the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. At 1 p.m. For more information, call (407) 896-7365 or visit OrlandoRep.com.

June 11
‘Sounds of Freedom Band’ Remembrance Concert 

Celebrating the culture, diversity and history of our nation, the Sounds of Freedom Band will present “We. Are. Americans.” The concert will feature music from American composers that celebrates the history that shaped our country. Presented at 3:30 p.m. at the Orlando Rep Theater at Loch Haven Park, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando. Visit centralfloridasoundsoffreedom.com.

June 15 and 16 
‘Aladdin and the Magic Lamp’

It’s a magical sandstorm of Arabian Tales as Aladdin seeks help and advice from wise genies, a powerful sultan and his own mother to find a way to meet the princess. In Orlando Shakes’ telling, Aladdin learns it takes more than a wish to make a good impression. At 10:30 a.m. Call (407) 447-1700, Ext. 1, for more information.

June 17 
Tig Notaro 

Tig Notaro is a comedian, actor and writer, named by Rolling Stone as “one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.” Tig writes, produces and stars in the autobiographical Amazon series, “One Mississippi,” with the first season producing nominations from WGA, GLAAD and The Critic’s Choice Awards. Nominated for an Emmy as well as a Grammy for her 2016 HBO special “Boyish Girl Interrupted,” her memoir, “I’m Just a Person,” is a New York Times Bestseller. In addition to her talk-show appearances, Tig recently sold out Carnegie Hall. At 8 p.m. at The Plaza LIVE. Visit plazaliveorlando.org.

June 18 
Father’s Day at Leu Gardens

Leu Gardens honors dads by opening the gardens for free on his special day. Even if every day is special with Dad, the gardens invite the whole family to stroll the pathways that cover 50 acres. Then, stop by the historic Leu House to take a tour of the home and learn about the families who once lived there. General admission is $10 adult and $3 children (5 to 17) and free for dad (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Visit leugardens.org.

Through July 2 
‘Animal Crackers’

From 1928, Mad Cow Theatre brings us the crazy, laugh-out-loud Marx Brothers musical-comedy, “Animal Crackers.” Low-brow humor rules as “Animal Crackers” takes us into Margaret DuMont’s dignified weekend party, only to see it made more interesting by Groucho and other questionable guests. Dignity is banished in this farce that recalls how much fun it can be to poke fun at pretension.  Fun Fact: The script includes No. 53 of AFI’s Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time. Call (407) 297-8788 or visit madcowtheatre.com.

Through Aug. 20 
Orlando Museum of Art’s 2017 Florida Prize

The Orlando Museum of Art will open its fourth annual exhibit of the OMART Florida Prize at 7 p.m. June 2 (a ticketed event). The exhibit features 10 of the most progressive artists working in the state today; one artist will be selected to receive a monetary award, while each will be represented by a significant body of work at the museum through Aug. 20. Call (407) 896-4231‎ or visit OMART.org.

Through Sept. 4 
‘Identity: An Exhibition of You’

“Identity” at the Orlando Science Center is a three-part interactive experience that explores our unique identities. In the age of the “selfie,” the new exhibit helps answer the question, “How well do we know ourselves?” By checking our physical (e.g. fingerprints), psychological (personality types) and social identities (our relationships), we learn how we are different and how much we are the same. Highly Recommended at 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. Call (407) 514-2000 or visit osc.org

June 27 
Diana Ross: In the Name of Love Tour

Diana Ross’ remarkable career, spanning five decades, has resulted in major awards and music history milestones. This consummate performer is one of the most iconic female singers of all time. As lead singer of The Supremes, Diana Ross helped shape the sound of popular music with her love of life and sheer human spirit that make her the most prominent woman in popular music history and pop culture of the late 20th century. Feel the magic 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center. Call 844-513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.

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