Now through Jan. 4 – ‘Bats: Myths and Mysteries’ at the Science Center
At “Bats: Myths and Mysteries,” the new exhibit at the Orlando Science Center, visitors see 30 of the flying creatures of the night (safely enclosed), including African fruit bats, Asian fruit bats, leaf nosed bats, and a local variety called “the big brown bat” – for real. Guests may try a pair of giant bat ears to experience the sensitivity of bat hearing, and search for replica bats concealed in a variety of habitats. Kind of scary – think Halloween. Visit osc.org
Now through Nov. 16 – Orlando Shakes presents ‘The Best of Enemies’
Mixing the poison of prejudice with the beauty of friendship, the play “The Best of Enemies” is based on a true story about the relationship between a hate-filled leader of the Ku Klux Klan and an African-American civil rights activist as the unlikely pair find themselves working together during the 1971 desegregation of Durham, N.C., schools. In performance now through Nov. 16 at the Orlando Shakespeare Company – with a free opening night party on Oct. 17 – visit orlandoshakes.org or call 407-447-1700 ext. 1.
Oct. 17 – Celebrating the roaring ’20s for 20th year of Planned Parenthood
With three health centers – including a new facility in Kissimmee – Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando sees over 21,000 patients each year. 2014 is the organization's 20th anniversary, and they’ll celebrate with a Roaring ’20s fundraiser on Oct. 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Orchid Garden at Church Street. For a suggested donation of $100, the evening will include an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, music and a special update from PPGO's president and CEO. Call 407-246-1788 or visit ppgo.org/annualevent to learn more.
Oct. 17 and 19 – Peter Brook’s version of ‘La Tragedie de Carmen’
You may think you know “Carmen,” but on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. and 19 at 2 p.m., the Florida Opera Theatre will present Peter Brook's adaptation of the opera in a version more aligned with the Merimee novella. “It's much more raw and visceral,” says Director Eric Pinder. “By re-arranging the order of the famous arias, a completely different take on the story emerges.” We will still enjoy the much-loved music of Georges Bizet with Robyn Rocklein starring as Carmen, and Brent Reilly Turner as Don Jose. Performances are at Trinity Prep in Winter Park. Tickets may be purchased at floperatheatre.org or by calling 407-718-4365.
Oct. 17, 18 and 19 – The vampires are havin’ a ball with the Orlando Ballet
The Orlando Ballet Company invites us to the Vampire's Ball, a back-by-popular-demand evening of vampires and ghouls (and sexy dancing) with tongue-in-cheek references to classical ballets and old-time vampire movies. Think Halloween – with a musical score ranging from Bach to Adele. These creatures come to life on Oct. 17, 18 and 19 in a full-length ballet with choreography by Orlando Ballet’s own Artistic Director Robert Hill. Grip your seat as you are glamoured into craving more at the Bob Carr PAC. Call 407-426-1739 or visit OrlandoBallet.org
Oct. 18 – Boktoberfest Plant Sale at Bok Tower Gardens
We are invited to celebrate the fall planting season with free admission to the magnificent Bok Tower Gardens featuring more than 40 plant vendors from around the state of Florida on Oct. 18. There will also be live entertainment, German food and craft beers, children’s activities, live carillon music, and guest garden speakers ready to help with gardening tips from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 863-676-1408 or visit boktowergardens.com
Oct. 18 and 19 – Masterful Mozart at the Bach Festival
An all-Mozart concert will open the season for the Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. The Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra in E-flat Major will be performed with co-concertmasters Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez and Alvaro Gomez as soloists. The brilliantly energetic “Overture to The Magic Flute” will be presented followed by the hauntingly grandiose Mozart “Requiem” at the Knowles Chapel on the campus of Rollins College. Call 407-646-2182 or visit bachfestivalflorida.org
Oct. 18 and 19 – Winter Springs’ ARToberFEST
Can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest? The Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce has you covered with their seventh annual Winter Springs ARToberFEST. This family-friendly event showcases the work of 100 artists as well as up-and-coming high school and college artists. Food includes German delicacies and beer; children can have their faces painted and/or create their own art pieces while live music is presented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19 at the Winter Springs Town Center. Call 407-278-4871 or visit oviedowintersprings.org
Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 – The Central Florida ZOO Boo Bash
The kids will love trick-or-treating in the wildest neighborhood in town during ZOO Boo Bash at the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford. It's a safe, fun, and not-too-scary event where kids in costume can fill their goody-bags at the Zoo’s trick-or-treat stations. No costume, no problem; the Zoo’s face painter will help you out. A costume contest will be held at 1 p.m. each day. Event included in general zoo admission. Call 407-323-4450, ext. 100.
Oct. 19 – Earth, Wind & Fire at Hard Rock Live Orlando
Earth, Wind & Fire is America's seventh top-selling musical group of all time. “Born” in Chicago in 1969, the group is still going strong in its fifth decade, making music that connects the 20th and 21st centuries. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Earth, Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards while selling more than 90 million albums worldwide. These musical legends will be at Hard Rock Live at 8 p.m. on Oct. 19. Call 407-351-LIVE or visit ticketmaster.com
Oct. 23 to Nov. 22 – Orlando Shakes presents ‘The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley’
Young audiences are invited to a whirlwind, musical travelogue as Orlando Shakes opens its Fall Children’s Series with “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” from Oct. 23 to Nov. 22. Based on the character created by Jeff Brown, Stanley Lambchop makes a wish to be as flat as a pancake… and his wish comes true! In two-dimensional form, Stanley becomes the ultimate exchange student, teaching young audiences that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. A printable Flat Stanley is available at orlandoshakes.org. For tickets call 407-447-1700, ext. 1, or visit orlandoshakes.org
Oct. 24 to Nov. 19 – ‘High Fidelity,’ an art exhibit by James Cornetet
Orlando-based artist James Cornetet began his career as an architect, but his interest in the arts has resulted in his artwork earning recognition at international levels. Cornetet’s “High Fidelity” series represents the culmination of his skills as the images feature “butterflies at an unprecedented fidelity,” photographed by a custom CNC camera that enables him the ability to create the 1,000 mega-pixel images of these beloved insects. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 24 beginning at 7 p.m. at Jai Gallery in downtown Orlando. The artist will be present. RSVP by calling 407-921-0693 or by email to [email protected]
Oct. 25 – Saddle up for the fourth annual Cows 'n Cabs
Dust off those fancy Western boots and get on down to Winter Park's West Meadow on Oct. 25 for the fourth annual Cows ‘n Cabs to benefit the Community Food & Outreach Center. At this Western-themed event, guests may expect some fancy food, music and spirits from more than 18 of Central Florida's top restaurants including 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Kres and K Restaurant, alongside newcomers such as Soco and P is for Pie Bakeshop. You can guess about the cows; the cabs are cabernets. Visit cowsncabs.com
RESCHEDULED: Nov. 13 – Poet Laureate Billy Collins at Rollins College
The Rollins Winter Park Institute brings world-renowned speakers to Central Florida. The Institute will present two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, who will read from his collected works and then share the stage for a reading by local high school student-poets who are winners of a contest judged by the master poet. The event has been rescheduled from its original date on Oct. 16 to Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., the event is free and open to the public. Call 407-691-1995 or visit winterparkinstitute.org