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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 4 years ago

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Frank Loesser's Tony Award-winning musical "Guys and Dolls" introduces audiences to the most gentlemanly mobsters you'll ever meet.
by: Josh Garrick Columnist

April 16 to May 9 – ‘Putting It Together’ with Stephen Sondheim

This not-to-be-missed musical revue mixes the famous Sondheim wit, word play and sophistication to celebrate Stephen Sondheim's incomparable career in musical theatre. Set in a chic Manhattan cocktail party, the musical features 30 of Sondheim’s most-loved songs including numbers from “Into the Woods,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” and much more. Presented at the Winter Park Playhouse, call 407-645-0145 or visit

April 17 – A Night In Rio with Sergio Mendes and Eliane Elias

Grammy award-winner and undisputed master of Brazilian jazz pop, Sergio Mendes brings his unique musical blend to the Dr. Phillips Center. Mendes’s fusion of Brazilian roots with American jazz and R&B combine to create an all-new sound. Mendes will be joined by Grammy-nominated pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, who blends her Brazilian roots and sultry vocals with her impressive instrumental piano jazz. The performance will be April 17 at 8 p.m. Call 844-513-2014 or visit

April 17 to 25 – ‘Guys and Dolls’ at Rollins College

Frank Loesser’s Tony Award-winning musical “Guys and Dolls” introduces audiences to the most gentlemanly mobsters you’ll ever meet, but players like Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit are no match for the dolls who hold their hearts. With songs like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” this all-American musical will be performed by talented students at the jewel-box Annie Russell Theater at Rollins College from April 17 to 25. Call 407-646-2145 or visit

April 17 and 18 – CFCArts presents ‘Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS’

The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in “Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS.” Adapted from the classic film, the musical includes favorite Disney tunes – “Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You” performed by CFCArts members of the Intermediate Program (third through sixth grades). Tickets are $10 each, with children 12 and under admitted free with proceeds going to support the CFCArts orchestra, community choirs and School of Performing Arts. “Jungle Book” will be performed at Calvary Assembly at 1199 Clay Street in Winter Park on April 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. Visit or call 407-937-1800.

April 18 – Free book festival at UCF

The UCF Book Festival is an annual event held at the University of Central Florida to bring a literary experience to the Central Florida community for ages infant to senior. Held this year on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the festival draws thousands of readers, and features internationally recognized authors and illustrators, book signings, sales, exhibitors, book appraisals, author panel discussions, and readings. Hosted by UCF’s College of Education, this is a free event. Call 407-823-2465 or visit

April 18 – Free outdoor family concert at Loch Haven Park

Join the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for Music of the Movies, its third annual free outdoor family concert in Loch Haven Park. The event will include food trucks, an instrument petting zoo, pre-concert entertainment by Mr. Richard at 4 p.m., the REP Power Chords at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. concert of movie themed music. Conducted by Chad Shoopman, the concert will offer themes from “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars” and “The Incredibles,” as well as classical music popularized by movies. No ticket required. Visit

April 19 – Earth Day in Winter Park and Arbor Day tree giveaway

This free family event, presented by the city of Winter Park, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Central Park. Events include a Green School Grant Award, the kick-off of the Green Workplace Challenge, live music, food and beverage vendors, and an electric car show. A kid’s zone will offer games, face painting, a ‘slime challenge,’ and T-shirts from Rollins College. In celebration of Arbor Day, the urban forestry division will host a live oak tree planting at 1 p.m. with arborists on site to give away one-gallon containerized trees for residents to plant at home. Call 407-599-3364 or visit

April 19 – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan will perform in Orlando on April 19 at 8 p.m. You now have one more reason to be thankful that we have a new Performing Arts Center. Call 844-513-2014 or visit

April 19 to 25 – The seventh annual Winter Park Paint Out

This free weeklong event to support the Polasek Museum celebrates the art of painting done en plein air (French for “in the open air”). Back for its seventh season, the Winter Park Paint Out features new events, 25 artists, and even more artist demos. Throughout the week, artists can be spotted all over town creating original artwork reflecting the beauty of life in Winter Park. The paintings are immediately displayed and available for purchase in the galleries of the Polasek Museum at 633 Osceola Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-647-6294 or visit for a complete schedule of events.

April 21 – Tony Award winning ‘Pippin’ at the Dr. Phillips Center

“Pippin” is a high-flying, death-defying hit musical filled with acrobatics, feats of magic, and songs from the composer of “Wicked.” Winner of four Tony Awards – including Best Musical Revival – “Pippin” follows one young man’s perilous journey as he chooses between a simple, happy life or risking all he has for a single flash of glory. This revival of a much-loved Broadway classic is filled with circus tricks and acrobatic routines at the Dr. Phillips Center from April 21 to 26. Visit or call 844-513-2014.

April 21 – Story of Klimt Masterpiece in free public lecture

Anne-Marie O’Connor, author of “The Lady in Gold,” will be the featured speaker at the Morse Museum’s Hugh F. McKean Public Lecture on April 21. Titled “The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece,” the talk will share details of the life of the Jewish society lady who was the subject of this masterpiece. Confiscated by the Nazis, the decade-long legal battle that led to its recovery has had ramifications throughout the art world. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College. Admission is free. Visit or call 407-645-5311.

April 24 – The 50-Plus Resource Expo

Service providers, health care agencies and housing consultants are all under one roof on April 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. when the Orange County Commission on Aging presents a free resource expo to bring us together with professionals who work with the 50-plus community. Entertainment – and a meet and greet – will be offered by jazz legend Jacqueline Jones at the Renaissance Senior Center at 3800 Econlockhatchee Trail. Visit or call 407-265-0534.

April 24 to May 10 – Mad Cow Theatre’s 13th annual Cabaret Festival

Over the course of 17 days, Mad Cow Theatre will present 25 cabaret performances of jazz, pop, and Broadway. Along with headliners including The Broadway Boys, Will & Anthony Nunziata, Orlando’s own The Edge Effect, and the perennial favorite It Was a Very Good Year will transport audiences back to 1968 and 1978 with music from the Beatles to Marvin Gaye. Mad Cow Theatre is at 54 W. Church St. in downtown Orlando. Call 407-297-8788 or visit for the complete schedule.

Current – Kissimmee dog on Milk-Bone's list of ‘Dogs Who Changed the World’

For Tober, a 4-year-old golden retriever, saving lives is all in a day's work. During a party, Tober detected a guest beginning to have a seizure. Tober alerted partygoers and got help in time for doctors to administer medical care. A top dog graduate of the Canine Assistants School, Tober is the canine guardian of Kissimmee’s Lori Eagen, and was one of nine dogs chosen by Milk-Bone in a nation-wide search for four-legged heroes. A special Hero Dog Card (think doggie baseball card) was created to recognize Tober's achievements. Visit

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