Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

More than 100 orchestra and rock musicians will come together to present an eclectic concert featuring some of the best music ever to come out of England.

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Through June 29 – Elton John's ‘AIDA’

Following the story line of Verdi’s famous opera, Elton John and Tim Rice took the timeless love story from Egypt and created a rock musical that won both Tony and Grammy awards on Broadway. Now Director Derek Critzer has created a new production being presented at The Venue at 511 Virginia Drive through June 29. This is a special opportunity to see a Broadway musical with extraordinary local talent. Tickets at

Through Aug. 18 – Summer Nights at Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center will stay open late on Friday and Saturday nights this summer giving guests the opportunity to immerse in laser light shows; see planets in the Observatory; explore hands-on challenges in Sportsology; see a Hollywood feature-length film; and explore four floors of exhibits. Through Aug. 16 the Science Center will be open until 9 p.m. (the 28,000 watts of lights and sounds of laser light shows can be experienced at 9 p.m. for the Beatles, 10 p.m. for Led Zeppelin, and 11 p.m. for Pink Floyd). Call 407-514-2000 or visit

Through July 27 – ‘Rapunzel’ at Orlando Shakespeare

In a playful adaptation by Brandon Roberts from the story by the Brothers Grimm, Orlando Shakespeare offers a summertime tale for the whole family. Shut away in a lonely tower, Rapunzel grows, and so does her hair! Will Rapunzel escape the clutches of her evil captor? Find out in this contemporary adaptation with an Orlando Shakes twist. Arrive early and Shake Out The Sillies as members of the cast offer pre-show fun for the whole family. Call 407-447-1700 or visit

June 20 to Sept 7 – OMART offers the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

The Orlando Museum of Art will offer a preview of the new exhibit: “Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art” in a reception June 20 beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit presents 10 artists working in diverse mediums, combining materials, and creating work from reclaimed materials along with imagery that reflects the dynamic – and challenging – nature of art today. Admission is $5. Call 407-896-4231 or visit

June 20 – Calling London: Two Sides of the Best of British Music

More than 100 orchestra and rock musicians will come together to present an eclectic concert featuring some of the best music ever to come out of England as Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts) presents Calling London: Two Sides of the Best of British Music. Focused on symphonic compositions of the early 1900s and rock ‘n’ roll from the late 20th century, this concert features everything from “Pomp and Circumstance” to the greatest hits of The Beatles. Set for June 20 at 8 p.m. at Northland Church in Longwood, tickets are $10. Visit or call 407-937-1800.

June 20 to 30 – Breakthrough Theatre presents ‘Once On This Island’

From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Seussical,” “Ragtime”) comes the Olivier Award-winning “Once On This Island,” the musical adaptation of the popular fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” Directed by Wade Hair with musical direction by Justin Scarlat, “Island” will be performed from June 20 to 30 at The Breakthrough Theatre in Winter Park. For reservations call 407-920-4034.

June 20 to July 20 – ‘Cock’ at the Mad Cow Theatre

“Cock” is the adults-only story of what happens to John and his troubled relationship with his boyfriend as John meets a woman who is more than the best friend a gay man could hope for. Facing a new kind of guilt, John decides to ‘straighten it out’ in this playful look at one man's sexuality and choices that challenge the status quo. Performed at the Mad Cow Theatre from June 20 to July 20, call 407-297-8788 or visit

June 20 to July 19 – Back by popular demand – ‘SHOUT! The Mod Musical’

In one of the funniest musicals ever presented at the Winter Park Playhouse, “SHOUT! The Mod Musical” returns to the Playhouse from June 20 to July 19. The hit musical tells the story of five women coming of age in 1960s London and features an incredible collection of ’60s classics by Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, LuLu and more. The production features a powerhouse cast and is highly recommended. Call 407-645-0145 or visit

June 21 – World Giraffe Day at Central Florida Zoo

The Central Florida Zoo will celebrate its newest residents in the first ever World Giraffe Day on June 21 beginning at 10 a.m. The longest day of the year is the perfect day to celebrate the world’s tallest animal, and the celebration will include games, children's crafts, face painting, and animal encounters. Included with zoo admission, donations support the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Call 407-323-4450 ext. 100 or visit

June 21 — Brian Regan Live at the Bob Carr

Critics and audiences agree that Brian Regan is one of the premiere comedians in the country. With the perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Regan will perform at the Bob Carr PAC on June 21 at 8 p.m. Regan, whose fans span generations, recently made his 25th appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman,” the most of any comedian. Tickets are available at the Amway Center,, or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

June 21 to 23 – Chicken of the Sea Mermaid brings ‘goodness’ to Orlando

Celebrating 100 years as an iconic American brand, Orlando is the next stop on the Chicken of the Sea Great American Gratitude Tour – a 56-city journey honoring local nonprofits. Stops in Orlando include the Florida Mall on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; June 22 from noon to 8 p.m.; and on June 23 at Wal-Mart at 11250 E. Colonial Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can have their pictures taken with the Mermaid and take home themed giveaways. At some point in the tour 10 lucky participants will win $10,000 to use for the community service project of their choice. Visit

June 22 – Orlando Jazz Orchestra presents Big Band Classics

Under Musical Director Greg Parnell, former drummer for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra performs authentic selections from the libraries of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Harry James, and other luminaries. The Orchestra will perform classics from the 1950s and ’60s at the Plaza Live at 425 N. Bumby Ave. in Orlando on June 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit

June 23 – Sovereign Brass in a new home

Celebrating 20 years of appearances on the Orlando Philharmonic’s Sounds of Summer Series, the Sovereign Brass will display their sovereign royalty as the first of the Philharmonic groups to perform in what will soon be the Orchestra’s new home at Plaza Live at 425 N. Bumby Ave. Works to be performed include the group’s “greatest hits,” spanning the brass repertoire from Gabrielli to Bernstein. Join the group for hors d'oeuvres before the performance, welcome them to their new home, and enjoy highlights of their extraordinary 20-year musical journey. Call 407-770-0071 or visit