Now through Nov. 10 – ‘The Book of Mormon’ rings Orlando’s bell
Having won the best musical Tony Award – and every other award you ever heard of – one might think this musical has brought us the ‘Rapture’ … if it weren’t for the blasphemy! “The Book of Mormon” features a book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, the creators of “South Park,” and it’s worth seeing just to see Orlando sung about as a teenager’s idea of ‘heaven.’ Performances are at the Bob Carr. Visit Ticketmaster.com or call 800-982-2787.
Now through Nov. 10 – “Jackie and Me” at the Orlando Rep
In this play for young people, Joey Stoshack is assigned to write a paper about Jackie Robinson. Joey goes back to 1947 (by holding a magical baseball card), meets the legend in person, and sees Robinson’s determination during that time of segregation. The lessons learned forever change Joey’s definition of courage. Call 407-896-7365 or visit orlandorep.com
Now through Nov. 23 – Orlando Shakes introduce young audiences to live jazz
The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is introducing young audiences to jazz in the musical “A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure,” with music by legendary jazz composer, Allen Toussaint. In performances through Nov. 23, “Magic Tree House” follows Jack and Annie as they inspire the young Louis Armstrong to share his talent. Complete with live jazz band, call 407-447-1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org for tickets.
Nov. 8 to 10 – PlayFest – A Festival of New Plays
The Orlando Shakespeare Theater will present its annual new play festival – PlayFest – from Nov. 8 to 10 in a weekend featuring seven plays, panel discussions and a keynote speech from award-winning playwright and Pulitzer finalist, Lee Blessing. Several events – including the Blessing speech – are free. The new plays are performed by local actors (with script in hand) and are all works-in-progress. The Blessing speech is Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., and the Playwright’s Panel (also free) is Nov. 10 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets to individual PlayFest readings are $5. Visit orlandoshakes.org for the complete schedule. Call 407-447-1700 for tickets.
Nov. 8 – Art & History Museums – Maitland creates ‘Culture Pop!’
The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) have renamed their Culture & Cocktails series, and the revamped series is now called “Culture Pop!” In this new creation, “the Art comes off the walls” and pops up around campus, inviting guests to art ‘happenings’ while enjoying music by Performing Arts of Maitland. Maitland Poets and Writers will present literary readings, as guests are encouraged to extend their stay and enjoy food and wine pairings in A&H’s Courtyard. The Series begins Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Call 407-539-2181 or visit artandhistory.org
Nov. 9 – Orlando’s finest chefs compete at HRC Food Festival
The HRC “Cook Orlando” Food Festival and Competition combines the fun of watching Florida’s finest chefs compete in a cooking competition with the opportunity to sample their culinary creations with signature cocktails. The event begins at noon on Nov. 9 at the Lake Eola Farmers Market with participating restaurants as varied as Fresh, K Restaurant, Maxine’s on Shine, and The Rusty Spoon. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Visit hrc.org/cookorlando
Nov. 9 – ‘Great Day in the Country’ – in Oviedo
This is the 40th anniversary for Great Day in the Country, a huge, family-oriented arts and crafts event hosted by the GFWC Oviedo Woman's Club. Along with 350 arts & crafts, business and community booths, entertainment is provided throughout the day on two stages. There is a children's play area and – of course – food of all kinds. The annual talent show is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the arts and crafts are judged with thousands of dollars in prize money. Located on the grounds of Lawton Elementary School in Oviedo, the event offers free admission, free parking, and a free shuttle. Visit GreatDayOviedo.org
Nov. 9 and 10 – Bach Festival Choral Concert
The Bach Festival Society will present “A Child of Our Time,” by Sir Michael Tippett, in three performances on Nov. 9 and 10. "The world turns on its dark side," the work proclaims, but it remains a work of hope. Presented in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, other composers on the program include Stephen Paulus, John Williams and Morton Gould. The works will be performed by the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra with Sharla Nafziger, soprano; Laura Pudwell, alto; Curtis Rayam, tenor; and Michael Dean, baritone. Performances take place at Rollins College in Winter Park. Call 407-646-2182 or visit bachfestivalflorida.org
Nov. 11 – Science Center Sculpture to honor Tuskegee Airmen
The Orlando Science Center (OSC) will erect the first monument in the nation to honor the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. in a ceremony immediately outside the OSC. The event will be attended by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and 12 surviving Red Tail pilots and their families and will include a flyover by a P-51 Mustang — the plane flown by Red Tail pilots during World War II — courtesy of Fantasy of Flight. To complement the festivities, the OSC will show the film “Red Tails,” a fictionalized portrayal of the pilots from Nov. 8 to 11. Call 407-514-2000 or visit osc.org/redtails
Nov. 14 – Happy Hour to Fight Hunger
We can help fight hunger by joining the Winter Park Chamber for a happy hour at Winter Park Village featuring entertainment, drinks and appetizers provided by generous Winter Park Village restaurants. Ticket proceeds benefit Feed the Need Winter Park, a new – and necessary – community effort to raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Last year Second Harvest distributed more than 36 million pounds of groceries (that’s 24 million meals) to the thousands of our neighbors who are still struggling to feed their children. We can help on Nov. 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Contact Ashley Ringler at 407-644-8281 or [email protected]
Nov. 14 to Dec. 29 – ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ at Orlando Rep
That shiny red nose leads the way to the Orlando Repertory Theater for the holiday season as all the memorable characters and songs from the classic television special remind us that being different can be a good thing. Based on the animated TV special – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” directed and conceived by Jeff Frank – this holiday tradition speaks to all of us. Visit orlandorep.com or call 407-896-7365.
Nov. 15 to 24 – Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees
“All That Glitters” is the theme of the 27th annual Festival of Trees, running from Nov. 15 to 24. Each year the Council of 101 transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a holiday wonderland, bringing thousands of people to the Museum. Generous and talented businesses, clubs, and designers sponsor trees, decorations and displays to be auctioned off, making this one of the Museum’s biggest fundraisers of the year. The Festival includes The Great (Gatsby) Gala on Nov. 15, Senior's Day on Nov. 19, and the Reindeer Romp on Nov. 20. Call 407-896-4231, ext. 254, or visit omart.org/programs/festival-trees