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Josh Garrick: Culture for your Calendar

One Voice Orlando: A Celebration in Song, is the benefit concert from the opera community for the Pulse tragedy.
by: Josh Garrick Columnist

Now to Oct. 2 – Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Even if you have champagne tastes, and a beer-bottle pocket, we can all afford to indulge our palates in this glorious, month-long celebration of Orlando’s sophisticated dining universe. The annual Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month includes more than 90 restaurants offering three-course meals for $33. The month-long event benefits The Russell Home for Atypical Children, with $1 from every meal donated to the home. A complete list of restaurants is available at

Now to Oct. 9 – ‘West Side Story’ opens Orlando Shakes season

The most famous of the contemporary “Romeo and Juliet” stories finds idealistic young lovers Maria and Tony caught between rival street gangs. Their struggle to love and survive in a world filled with hatred and violence is one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching musical dramas of all time. Based on the original concept by Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Maria," "Tonight," and "America." Highly recommended. Visit

Today and Sept. 9 – ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

The Biblical story of Joseph and his ‘coat of many colors’ comes alive onstage as the young Joseph, favored by his father, is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Featuring a fantastic choir, live music by the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra and many of the finest actors in Central Florida, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical offers an adventure of family and faith at Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road in Longwood. Assigned seats are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Priority and premium seating is available. The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Recommended. Call 407-937-1800, ext. 710, or visit

Today, Sept. 9 & 10 – Third annual Florida Local Food Summit

Florida's top food and farming entrepreneurs, chefs and foodies begin their weekend Summit to celebrate all things food and farming with farm tours, farm-to-table meals, a Grower's Festival and classes. the farm tours are free; and the Summit, including breakfast and lunch ($50) will be held tomorrow, Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at East End Market. Recognized throughout the world as a leader in humane animal husbandry and environmental sustainability, the keynote speaker is fourth generation cattleman Will Harris. His presentation is free and open to the public on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. in the East End Market Courtyard. Visit

Sept. 9, 10 & 11 – Billie Holiday’s story and songs at the Dr. Phillips Center “Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill” recounts Billie Holiday's life through the songs that made her famous. It’s 1959 in a small bar in Philadelphia, and Holiday puts on a show that leaves the audience witness to one of the last performances of her life. Through her poignant delivery, one of the great jazz artists of all-time shares her loves and losses. For this performance the Pugh Theater will be transformed into a 1950s era nightclub with cocktail tables for four at stage level so that patrons will feel as though they are in the club. Produced by Cultural Fusion Productions, call 844-513-2014 or visit

Sept. 9 to 19 – The Breakthrough Theatre presents ‘Dearly Departed’

In the David Bottrell/Jessie Jones comedy, "Dearly Departed" (set in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt), the beleaguered Turpin family attempts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral. The Turpin's other problems, however, keep overshadowing the occasion. In desperation, the Turpins turn to their neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits, who pull together in their hour of need. The Breakthrough Theatre is located at 419A W. Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. Call 407-920-4034 or visit

Sept. 9 to Oct. 2 – Central Florida premiere of ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ the musical

With a ‘white trash’ craving for excitement and fame, two nobodies in Depression-era Texas meet, feel a ‘spark,’ and set out to chase a dream. Too quickly that spark leads the young lovers’ to robbery and murder. This musical, infused with blues, gospel and rockabilly, was nominated for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score in 2012. While “everyone loves a bad boy,” the musical’s mature subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences. Call 407-877-4736 or visit

Sept. 9 through Sept. 30 – Sanford Seminole Artists at the Casselberry Art House

The art exhibit "The Wonder of Art" will show the diversity of the members of the Sanford Seminole Art Association (SSAA) with works including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed-media. An opening reception, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 9, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Showcased at the Casselberry Art House, the exhibit may be seen during regular Art House hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The Art House is located at 127 Quail Pond Circle. Call 407-262-7700, ext. 1122, or visit

Sept. 11 – Central Florida Ballet honors 9/11 with benefit performance

The Central Florida Ballet commemorates the 15th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center with “9/11 An American Moment,” a ballet to be presented at 2 p.m. at Northland Church in Longwood. Created in 2006, “9/11” honors and re-creates the American patriotism, courage, faith, and pride in response to the attack. During the hour-long performance various types of dance are featured with a soundtrack that includes news-broadcasts. Audience favorite Israel Rodriguez is featured in the production, which received recognition in 2007 by the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Call 407-849-9948 or visit

Sept. 11 – One Voice Orlando – Opera’s response to the Pulse tragedy in Orlando

‘One Voice Orlando: A Celebration in Song,’ is the benefit gala concert from the opera community in response to the Pulse tragedy in Orlando with the performance taking place in Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center. “National stars and musicians have joined in this outpouring of support and generosity for the victims, families and those impacted by this horrific shooting,” said Gabriel Preisser, executive director of Opera Orlando. Internationally renowned David Charles Abell will conduct and legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes will be one of the evening’s hosts. All performers are donating their services with tickets at $25 to $125 available at or by calling 844-513-2014. Highly recommended.

Sept. 14 – Singer–songwriter Bebel Gilberto at Dr. Phillips Center

World-renowned singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto has earned multiple Grammy nominations while captivating fans with her trademark electronic bossa nova. One of the top-selling Brazilian artists in the U.S., Gilberto transports listeners to Brazil with her bossa nova-infused melodies and performance style. In addition to living and breathing all types of Brazilian music as a child, she was exposed to the greats from Debussy to Billie Holliday. After Bebel moved to New York City in 1991, “I learned what I wanted musically,” she says. “I think there I became a New Yorker – with a Brazilian heart of course!" Call 844-513-2014 or visit

Sept. 15 to Oct. 14 – The ‘ Small Works Show’ at CityArts Factory

The CityArts Factory will host the “ Small Works Show” with an opening reception on Sept. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. With a diversity of artwork including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, the public is invited and the event is free. City Arts Factory Gallery hours are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. You’ll find the CityArts Factory is at the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street in Orlando. Call 407-648-7060 or 407-312-0708 or visit

Sept. 16 to Jan. 1 – Highlights from the James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett Collection

The Orlando Museum of Art continues its relationship with James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett who have been, over a period of 40 years, building an exceptional collection of contemporary art that not only represents prominent artists, but also reflects the collector’s passion for discovering new talent before it is critically proven. Their regard for artists is demonstrated by their practice of collecting an artist’s work in depth. Cottrell and Lovett began collecting in the late 1970s with acquisitions including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Call 407-896-4231 or visit

Sept. 16 – Stand-up comedian Gary Gulman

Originally from Boston, Gary Gulman has been a college football player, an accountant, a barista, a doorman, a waiter, and a high school teacher. Now he is one of the most popular touring comics and one of only a handful of comedians to perform on every late night comedy program. He's made three TV specials, three albums, and marked his 20-year anniversary in stand-up with the "Its About Time Tour," (because) the New York Times wrote, "Gary is finally being recognized as one of the country's strongest comedians." His show at the Dr. Phillips Center starts at 8 p.m. Call 844-513-2014 or visit

Sept. 17 – Musical Gala of Mexican Independence at Dr. Phillips Center

Casa de México invites the public to its traditional Gala Concert to celebrate Mexican Independence. Presented for the first time at the Dr. Phillips Center, this year’s concert features Opera Orlando performing with the Orlando Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Kensho Watanabe. Tenor Leonardo Villegas, soprano Ana Villeda, and baritone Gabriel Preisser performing aria highlights will represent Opera Orlando. In addition, the Gala will feature Mariachi Cobre with the Orlando Philharmonic in a presentation created exclusively for Casa de México. Call 844-513-2014 or visit

… And looking ahead

Sept. 21 to 25 – Cirque du Soleil presents ‘OVO’

The now-legendary Cirque du Soleil returns to Orlando presenting its newest touring show, “OVO,” never before performed in Florida. Thrilling more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 2009, “OVO” (‘egg’ in Portuguese), offers up a colorful ecosystem where insects work, eat, crawl, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. As with all Cirque shows, the cast of “OVO” is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in a variety of acrobatic acts. Visit,, or, or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

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