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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015 3 years ago

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Central Florida Community Arts, the "umbrella organization" to several arts entities, will hold a free open house on Sept. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.
by: Josh Garrick Columnist

Now to Oct. 11 – ‘Fancy Nancy’ opens season at Orlando Rep

Based on the children’s book by Jane O’Connor illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy is ready for the spotlight from her twinkly tiara to her sparkly slippers. She even gives lessons to her friends about how to be fancy. But someone else gets picked to be the star of the show, and Nancy has to play a tree. That is a crisis for our little heroine. The appeal of this show, for kids of all ages, is to watch Nancy learn about kindness and teamwork. Call 407-896-7365 or visit

Now to Sept. 24 – 10th anniversary of Fashion Week at the Mall at Millenia

Orlando’s Mall at Millenia will roll out the red carpet for its 10th annual Fashion Week beginning Sept. 17 and featuring six runway shows – most open to the public as well as the Mall’s philanthropic event benefitting Runway To Hope. Highlights include Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. – Neiman Marcus’ Fall Trend Report; Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. – Emerging Designs by Sanford-Brown College Orlando; Sept. 19 at 7:30 a.m. – Bloomingdale’s Makeup Event; and Sept. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – the Fall Collection Brunch Benefit hosted by Laura Brown, executive editor of Harper’s Bazaar. Visit

Sept. 18, 19 and 20 – First ever International Cakes Convention comes to Orlando

In the first Cake Fair of its kind in the United States, celebrity cake artists Buddy Valastro, Mich Turner (who has baked for the Queen of England), Ron Ben-Israel and Roland Mesnier will share the high-caliber stage Sept. 18-20 at the Orange County Convention Center before a crowd of 30,000 professionals and enthusiasts. The show will also feature Cake Central’s Sugar Arts Fashion Show; a live Global Cake Challenge; cake competitions; 75 hands-on classes taught by 40 of the world’s best cake artists; and a wedding, chocolate, kids, and sugar art zone. Visit

Sept. 18 to 28 – Breakthrough Theatre presents William Hoffman’s ‘As Is’

Winner of the Obie and Drama Desk Awards, “As Is” was originally presented Off-Broadway in 1985 and then transferred to Broadway where it was nominated for a Tony Award. “As Is” focuses on the effect AIDS, at that time a new pandemic, had on a group of friends living in New York City. The play tells of the relationship between an HIV-positive man and the ex-lover who returns to his side in his time of need. Portraying the fear that gripped the nation as HIV first spread, this production is directed by Wade Hair and features Anthony Marando and Marcus Davila. Call 407-920-4034 or visit

Sept. 18 to Oct. 31 – Robin Maria Pedrero at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art

The very popular Florida artist, Robin Maria Pedrero is an award winner with work in museums and in worldwide collections. A signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Ms. Pedrero was awarded Best Florida Artist 2012 by Baterbys Art Gallery. Her colorful paintings and sculptures of nature, gardens, and skies invite the Public to meet this lovely lady at her opening at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art on Sept. 18 beginning at 6 p.m. Call 352-483-2900 or visit

Sept. 19 – Central Florida Community Arts hosts free open house

Central Florida Community Arts, the “umbrella organization” to several arts entities, will hold a free open house on Sept. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. Events include tours of the facilities, introduction of all programs (choirs, orchestras, theater and youth programs), live music, refreshments, raffle prizes, registration for classes, and new member orientation. With a welcome from Executive Director Joshua Vickery, the Open House will take place on the grounds of Central Christian Church, 250 S.W. Ivanhoe Blvd. in Orlando. The event is free and open to the public.

Sept. 19 – Elvis tribute show with Ted Torres Martin

Winner of the 2014 Heart of the King Award, Ted Torres Martin will bring his live stage production “Back to Live” to the Athens Theater in Deland on Sept. 19. The multimedia production is a first-of-its-kind musical performance featuring Presley’s hits, film sequences, live performance and concert segments. Torres Martin works with backup singers and a live band in a show that was named one of the top-5 tributes in the world. Call 386-736-1500 or visit or

Sept. 19 – Frankie Says, “Relax, Come Get Some Badness”

Come watch an empty art gallery build into a “monster of color, light, sound, and more.” Compulsive do-gooder-bad-boy Frankie Messina has asked for every local artist’s worst piece of art. There are no limits to the style (LOL) of the art. Current Galleries – at 116 E. First St. in Sanford – is known for experimentation, and a Bad Art Show is always a fun show. Artists walk in with the art; it gets hung, priced and sold that night. There will also be eclectic performances, live music, independent films, and more. Contact Frankie Messina at [email protected]

Sept. 19, 20 and 21 – ‘The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play’ … etc. etc. etc.

Fresh from a sold-out run in Tampa, Osceola Arts will present “The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister” in a laughter-filled run Sept.19 to 21 at the Osceola Center in Kissimmee. Written in the tradition of British drawing room comedy, the plot finds playwright Sutton McAllister suffering a stroke and he nearly dies. Chock full of characters with questionable motives, this new comedy will have you laughing along as you wonder who’s who, what’s what, and where is the not-quite-dead Sutton McAllister? Visit

Sept. 21 – Doris Dear – direct from NYC – at The Abbey in Orlando

Coming to Orlando from a sold-out run in New York City, “The Perfect American Housewife,” Doris Dear, will bring her critically acclaimed cabaret show to The Abbey on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Seen in countless movies and TV shows, Doris Dear will tell stories of growing up in the suburbs with her parents, Taffy and Duke, and her poignant journey to become the perfect American housewife. Through songs and original stories, Doris will share her dreams. Ah, but dreams don't always work out the way we plan – do they? Tickets at or visit

Sept. 25 to Oct 25 – The Garden Theatre presents ‘La Cage aux Folles’

The town of Winter Garden is a beautiful community, with a look that is 1950s America. The Garden Theatre is integral to this other-era feeling, and I consistently congratulate them on the professionalism of their musicals. It says much about today that this “we-only-look-conservative” community has chosen to begin its season with the ultimate gay musical – Jerry Herman’s brilliant “La Cage aux Folles” – the first show ever to win the Tony Award for Best Musical three times. Considered controversial when it first opened in New York City in 1983, this musical – in which chorus girls defy you to determine if they are women or men – exemplifies family, community, acceptance, love, and a forward thinking Board of Directors. Directed by Rob Winn Anderson, the show features Matthew Arter as Albin and Brian Minyard as Georges, and it comes highly recommended. Call 407-877-4736 or visit

Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 – Theater students at Rollins College present ‘Reefer Madness’!

“Reefer Madness” is a tongue-in-cheek musical that pokes satirical fun at the now infamous 1938 propaganda film of the same name. Jimmy and Mary are a clean-cut high school couple until they are lured into trouble by (shock!) evil marijuana pushers. By smoking the evil weed, Jimmy and Mary soon move from merry-making to misery to misdeeds and murder. Offering contemporary audiences a timely message about the “cost” of fear-mongering, the performances are presented for mature audiences by theater students at Rollins College in Winter Park. Call 407-646-2145 or visit

Sept. 25 – Orlando Museum of Art preview reception for …

The Orlando Museum of Art opens its fall season with a double opening of two exhibits that “speak to each other” in fascinating ways. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, we are invited to an opening reception for “Harold Garde” and “MetaModern,” both of which deal with the concept of “modern” and both of which open on Sept. 26.

Sept. 26 to Jan. 3 – ‘Harold Garde: Mid-Century to This Century’

Harold Garde is a living legend. A brilliant and refreshingly outspoken working artist who still paints every day, Garde’s extraordinary career spans over 70 years. Graduating from Columbia University in 1951, Garde was immersed in the New York art world just as Abstract Expressionism brought the art world’s attention to New York City. Garde’s paintings reflect his engagement with this movement as the spirit of creativity, discovery, and the vitality of gestural painting have remained central to Garde’s work. “Harold Garde: Mid-Century to This Century” brings together 35 paintings that highlight the breadth of Garde’s career.

Sept. 26 to Dec. 6 – ‘MetaModern’ at Orlando Museum of Art

In the fresh and provocative work presented in “MetaModern,” contemporary artists refer both literally and conceptually to iconic design objects of the mid-20th century. This exhibit includes video, sculpture and works on paper by 19 international artists. Call 407-896-4231 or visit

Sept. 26 – Rhino Day at the Central Florida Zoo

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 26, we are invited to celebrate Jahi and PJ, the Central Florida Zoo’s greater one-horned Indian rhinos. By participating in crafts, games, and a chance to get up close to and touch a rhino, we are helping support rhino conservation and working to save these incredible animals from extinction. This event is included in general Zoo admission; additional fees may apply. Call 407-323-4450, ext. 100, or visit

Sept. 26 – Artlando – one day, one festival, all the arts

From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 26, Loch Haven Park in Orlando will become Artlando, a free day to celebrate all the arts with 80-plus artists displaying, selling and creating art. An outdoor performance stage will showcase groups from the Orlando Ballet to Orlando Fringe, while the Kid’s Zone will offer the Philharmonic “petting zoo,” chalk art, balloon animals, and live painting. Programming goes from family-friendly during the day to edgy as Artlando After Dark offers an on-stage nightlife experience. The Orlando Museum of Art, with its air-conditioned environment, offers varied exhibits from its participating galleries. Visit Artlando on Facebook.

Sept. 26 and 27 – Moore Dance Project at the Center for Contemporary Dance

Moore Dance Project will preview new works exploring themes of aging, identity and culture in form, shape and space. In a performance at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park, the audience is invited into the rehearsal studio for an intimate preview of emerging works from the area's only professional African-American dance ensemble. The Center is at 3580 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-695-8366 or visit

Sept. 27 – Juan Carlos Salazar sings in tribute to Simon Diaz

Juan Carlos Salazar is a Venezuelan singer, musician and composer with over 25 years of performing internationally. He has recorded 12 solo albums in a career during which Juan Carlos has participated in concerts featuring singers including Julio Iglesias and Jose Jose. His concert at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Dr. Phillips Center will be a tribute to the popular Venezuelan composer Simon Diaz, the author of "Caballo Viejo,” later recorded as "Bamboleo." Six Venezuelan musicians will accompany Juan Carlos. Call 844-513-2014 or visit

Current – The Winter Park Playhouse receives prestigious recognition

The Winter Park Playhouse has stepped into the national spotlight having received membership in the prestigious National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the premiere national service organization dedicated exclusively to musical theatre. This recognition places The Winter Park Playhouse among such recognized companies as Goodspeed Musicals from Connecticut, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Public Theatre in New York City, and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Congratulations to all the hard-working singers, actors, dancers, directors, musicians and technicians who have brought the Playhouse to this new level of professional recognition. Call 407-645-0145 or visit

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