The only nighttime Art Festival in Florida, the 38th Maitland Rotary's Art Under the Stars is a magical experience for artists and patrons alike.
Oct. 3 to Nov. 2 – The Who’s ‘Tommy’ at Mad Cow Theatre
See it...Feel it... You know the music. Pete Townshend's groundbreaking rock opera “Tommy,” 1993 Tony Award and Drama Desk winner, will open the season at the Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando on Oct. 3. Join the amazing journey for this mind-expanding tale of the world's first pinball wizard-turned-messiah. Call 407-297-8788 or visit madcowtheatre.com
Oct. 3, 4 and 5 – Art Under the Stars – the 38th Maitland Rotary Art Festival
The only nighttime Art Festival in Florida, the 38th Maitland Rotary’s Art Under the Stars is a magical experience for artists and patrons alike. With continuous live entertainment on two stages sponsored by Performing Arts Maitland, the art show and sale will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 3, noon to 10 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5, surrounding Lake Lily in Maitland. And it’s all free! Call 321-303-1404.
Oct. 3 to Jan. 4 – Art of the American West at the Mennello Museum
The Mennello Museum celebrates its 15th anniversary with dual exhibits: “George Catlin’s American Buffalo” and “The Taos Society of Artists” curated by Director Frank Holt. Inspired by the natural beauty, the Taos Society was the first to establish an art colony in the American West. In the new exhibit, opening Oct. 3 (with an opening reception on Oct. 10), Frank Holt presents 12 artists, working from 1915 to 1927, who were fascinated by the landscape, the light and the Pueblo lifestyle. George Catlin (1796–1872) journeyed to the Great Plains, painting more than 140 American Indian tribes. Forty original Catlin paintings from the Smithsonian Museum will show the role of the buffalo in Plains Indian culture. Call 407-246-4278 or visit mennellomuseum.com
Oct. 4 – What the Dickens Are You Wearing?
The What the Dickens folks, who celebrate the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, invite us to a showcase of Victorian fashion from the time of Dickens’ life and works. Set for Oct. 4 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Orlando Public Library, the fashions will be presented by the Central Florida Costumers Guild. We’ll see how Charles Dickens (and his characters) would have dressed in styles from 19th century London. Visit WhatTheDickensOrlando.com
Oct. 4 – GLBT Community Center’s Black & White Gala
The GLBT Community Center will host its annual Black & White Gala on Oct. 4 at the Orlando Museum of Art. The Museum is going through a facelift and will have two new exhibits open, plus the soon to open J. Hyde Crawford and Anthony Tortora Gallery. The new gallery not only comes with $8.3 million dollars of art (the largest bequest the museum has ever received), but it is appropriate that the gallery is named for two men who were in a loving relationship. The Gala features VIP cocktails, a string quartet, food by John Michaels Events, live and silent auctions, dessert stations, entertainment and a preview of the museum’s new exhibits. Call 407-394-8741 or visit thecenterorlando.org/BW for tickets.
Oct. 4 – Grammy Award-winning Chicago to rock Daytona Beach
Hailed by former President Bill Clinton as one of the "most important bands in music since the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll,” the legendary band Chicago is the first American rock band to chart top-40 albums in six decades. In 2013, Chicago’s multi-platinum bestseller, “The Very Best Of Chicago - Only The Beginning” charted at No. 1 on Billboard and on Billboard Magazine's list of Top-100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at No. 13. Chicago will perform at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Peabody Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets. Call 800-745-3000 or visit PeabodyDaytona.com
Oct. 6 and 7 – ‘Ladies of Eola Heights’ – A Come-Out-With-Pride event
Fresh from their summer run at The Abbey, “The Ladies of Eola Heights” will partner with Come-Out-With-Pride to return for two performances only on Oct. 6 and 7. Michael Wanzie’s wildly successful story of the estranged Locksdale sisters, who are reunited at their family home in the Eola Heights neighborhood of Orlando to plan their daddy’s funeral, is as funny as it is touching. Visit AbbeyOrlando.com
Oct. 6 to Nov. 9 – ‘Click, Clack, BOO!’ at Orlando Rep
It’s Halloween, and Duck, Pig, Cow and Hen cannot wait to throw a party, complete with apple bobbing, candy bowls, and a spook-tacular costume contest – against Farmer Brown’s wishes! Based on the book by Doreen Cronin and Betsey Lewink, Farmer Brown is afraid of Halloween, but the barnyard crew save the day as they show Farmer Brown that “a little scare can be big fun” in this new musical. Call 407-896-7365 or visit orlandorep.com
Oct. 7 and 8 – Sesame Street Live at CFE Arena
“Everyone is special” is the message of the all-new Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” show visiting the CFE Arena on Oct. 7 and 8. Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the fun of friendship while singing, dancing and sharing cookies! Tickets at the CFE Arena Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at ticketmaster.com
Oct. 10 to 31 – ‘Phantasmagoria V’ – the fifth all-original Halloween celebration
The fifth anniversary of what has become an annual Halloween celebration – this year titled “Phantasmagoria V – Death Comes for ALL” – will haunt the Shakespeare Center at Loch Haven Park from Oct. 10 to 31. With new stories, large-scale puppets interacting with live actors, dance, music, explosive stage combat and haunting storytelling, I dare you to join this fearsome troupe of storytellers and dancers as they present tales of terror from literary giants such as Poe, Carroll, Dickens and others. Under the inspired direction of John DiDonna, Kevin Becker and Seth Kubersky, with choreography by Mila Makarova and Dion Leonhard, for tickets call 407-328-9005 or order online at OrlandoAtPlay.com
Oct. 11 – The Orlando Philharmonic presents ‘Cirque de la Symphonie’
The Orlando Philharmonic’s top-selling show returns to the Bob Carr PAC on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cirque meets Symphony in this all-new show featuring classical music brought to life as world-class acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and strongmen perform amazing feats of strength and daring. Aerialists soar overhead as the orchestra below accompanies with musical suspense. Selections include works by Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov and Kabalevsky as well as Leonard Bernstein and John Williams. Call 407-770-0071 or visit orlandophil.org
Current – Body art painter Shannon Holt finalist on TV’s ‘Skin Wars’
Congratulations to Deland artist Shannon Holt who was a contestant on the reality TV show “Skin Wars” – a body painting competition. From 10 of the best body painters in the country, Shannon made it all the way to the final episode. Shannon is the first runner up, and while she did not get the big money, she did get an incredible boost to her career. She has appeared on the “Daily Buzz” and the “Queen Latifah Show,” she’s had paintings appear in the New York Post and on billboards in NYC and LA, and Star Magazine did a special ‘Shannon issue’ with our diva-artist on the cover! Congratulate her at ShannonHoltArt.com and check out her clip at http://bit.ly/1rvSGcW