Josh Garrick: Culture Worthy of Your Calendar

Returning for its seventh fashionable season, Harriett's Park Avenue Fashion Week is a celebration of fashion and design.

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Oct 19 – Harriett's Park Avenue Fashion Week Runway Show

Returning for its seventh fashionable season, Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week is a celebration of fashion and design, and a weeklong tribute to Central Florida’s greatest philanthropist – Harriett Lake. The big fashion runway show is this Saturday, Oct. 19, when we mingle with the fashion elite in the tent in Central Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Visit

Now through Nov. 10 – ‘Jackie and Me’ at the Orlando Rep

In this play for young people, Joey is assigned to write a paper about baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Thanks to a magical baseball card, Joey returns to 1947 to meet the legend in person, and sees Robinson’s determination and dedication during the time of segregation. Lessons are learned that forever change Joey’s definition of courage. The show will play at the Orlando Rep in Loch Haven Park. Call 407-896-7365 or visit

Now through Nov. 10 – ‘Dracula’ by Shakespeare and Co.

Orlando Shakes invites us to experience “Dracula” in a one-man tour-de-force that uses Bram Stoker’s original text of journal entries and newspaper clippings for an evening of bloody thrills. “Dracula” works its dark sorcery through Nov. 10. Call 407-447-1700 or visit

Now through Oct. 31 – ‘Phantasmagoria IV – Hell Hath Risen’

The fourth installment of what has become an annual Halloween celebration, this year titled “Phantasmagoria IV – Hell Hath Risen,” is the best version so far. With the best written script, the finest acting and inspired choreography, this homage to Poe, Dickens, and other literary masters is under the inspired direction of John DiDonna, Kevin Becker and Seth Kubersky, with choreography by Mila Makarova and Dion Smith. Call 407-328-9005 or order online at

Today through Oct. 20 – Orlando Ballet’s 40th anniversary

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, and the fifth year with Rob Hill as artistic director of the Orlando Ballet, the Company will present “Tribute” on Oct. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Oct 20 at 2 p.m. “Tribute” promises a weekend of fan favorites and pas de deux from the Company’s history. Unfortunately, it also signals the final performances of prima ballerina Katia Garza as a member of the Company, and that alone is reason not to miss these performances. For tickets, visit

Today through Nov. 23 – Orlando Shakes introduces young audiences to live jazz

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater will introduce young audiences to jazz in the world-premiere musical “A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure” – with music by legendary jazz composer Allen Toussaint. In performance through Nov. 23, “Magic Tree House” follows Jack and Annie on a mission to inspire young artists to share their talents with the world as they search for the young Louis Armstrong. Complete with live jazz band, this new musical transports audiences back to 1915 New Orleans, where the streets are filled with music. Call 407-447-1700 or visit

Oct. 18 to Nov. 17 – ‘Venus in Fur’ at the Mad Cow

In this sexy, funny hit – direct from Broadway – the Mad Cow Theatre introduces us to Vanda, an unusual young actress who arrives to audition for the lead in playwright Thomas’ adaptation of the erotic novel, “Venus in Fur.” During the audition, Thomas finds himself heading into dangerous territory as this battle-of-the-sexes asks the audience, “Does Art imitate Life?” Written by comic master David Ives, for tickets call 407-297-8788 or visit

Oct. 18 to Nov. 4 – Breakthrough Theatre enters ‘The Twilight Zone’

The Breakthrough Theatre will present four episodes from the classic series, "The Twilight Zone" from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. The four episodes are: “Night Call,” in which telephone calls haunt an elderly man; “The Lonely” (written by Rod Serling); “Shadow Play,” in which a murderer tries to convince those about him that the world is his recurring nightmare; and “The Living Doll,” in which a father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll. The Theatre is at 419 W. Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park. For reservations, call 407-920-4034.

Oct 19 – Free Concert in the Park at Mead Garden

The Florida Young Artists Orchestra and the Maitland Symphony Orchestra are inviting us to "Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun, Two Orchestras Performing a Concert of One” in a free concert on Oct. 19. There will be two concerts presented on the stage at Mead Garden in Winter Park with the FYAO offering a classical concert at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Maitland Symphony Orchestra in a ‘pops’ concert at 7 p.m. The concerts are free, family friendly and open to all. Call 321-303-1404.

Oct. 23 – Emanuel Ax and Johannes Brahms

‘Greatness’ is a sometimes an overused word, but Emanuel Ax is, without a doubt, one of the great pianists of our time. This guest artist with the Bach Festival Society will perform a program of works by Brahms including his Piano Sonata No. 2 at the Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus. The performance is set for Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Call 407-646-2182 or visit

Oct. 24 – From Christie's Auction House

Before it closes on Oct. 27, “A Passion for Collecting” at the Orlando Museum of Art will present Christie's Michael Bass, who will discuss "What's Hot and What's Not" on Oct. 24 at 1:30 pm. Bass will speak and then engage the group in a gallery walk through the exhibit. The event is free with paid admission. Call 407-896-4231 or visit

Oct. 26 – Cows ‘n Cabs – a culinary charity event

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits’ David Larue and celebrity chef John Rivers return with Cows ‘n Cabs, a charity event with a rustic theme presented in Winter Park’s West Meadow. Inspired by local cuisine, and working to end poverty in Central Florida, 100 percent of ticket sales benefit the Community Food & Outreach Center and Elevate Orlando. Along with top culinary talent, attendees enjoy live music; a photo booth; a game of Wine Ring Toss (where guests win bottles of wine); and a silent auction. Admission is $110. Visit or email [email protected]