Culture for your Calendar 06.23.17

See Josh Garrick's picks in his weekly arts and culture calendar.

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Through July 2 
‘Animal Crackers’

From 1928, Mad Cow Theatre brings us the crazy, laugh-out-loud Marx Brothers musical-comedy, “Animal Crackers.” Low-brow humor rules as “Animal Crackers” takes us into Margaret Dumont’s dignified weekend party, only to see it made more interesting by Groucho and other questionable guests. Dignity is banished in this farce that recalls how much fun it can be to poke fun at pretension.  Fun Fact: The script includes No. 53 of AFI’s Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time. Call (407) 297-8788 or visit

Through July 9 
David Hare’s ‘Skylight’

A multiple award-winning British drama, “Skylight” presents the aftermath of an extramarital romance and the way it affects everyone it touched. After the affair, feelings of betrayal and guilt send lovers Kyra and Tom in opposite directions. Eventually Tom (and his son) confront Kyra for an ending that is both “thrilling and dangerous.” At the Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. Call (407) 297-8788 or visit

Through July 23
‘Aladdin and the Magic Lamp’

It’s a magical sandstorm of Arabian Tales as Aladdin seeks help and advice from wise genies, a powerful Sultan and his own mother to find a way to meet the princess. In Orlando Shakes’ telling, Aladdin learns it takes more than a wish to make a good impression. At 10:30 a.m. Call (407) 447-1700, Ext. 1, for more information.

Through Aug. 4
‘Herblish: A Chromatic Journey’

Conceptual and commercial art photographer “Herblish” exhibits a collection of portraits that explore the relationship between color, shape and texture — and the human face. Best known for his photographs of body-painted models, the exhibit is free and open to the public at the Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee. Call (407) 846-6257 or visit

June 23 and 24 
Mascot Games

Returning to the Amway Center, the Mascot Games feature 30 mascots from sports teams across the country, competing in a variety of games. These family-friendly games create real sports competition, as mascots from the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and Arena Football League battle like gladiators to become champion of the mascot world. Proceeds benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children grieving the death of a loved one. Tickets start at $12. Visit or

June 24 
The World Ballet Competition’s 11th Anniversary Gala Performance

The Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center, with a stage perfect for ballet, has hosted The World Ballet Competition and Gala every year since 2007. The competition and gala not only bring acclaim — and an economic boost to Orlando — but also offer cash awards among the highest of any international dance competition. The gala that concludes the weeklong competition is an extraordinary evening of talent including winners from the week of competition and guest artists from around the world. Gala performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. Visit

June 24 and 25 
‘PAW Patrol Live!’

PAW Patrol is on a roll with their first live tour! It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Chase, Marshall, Skye, Zuma, Rubble, Rocky and the newest pup, Everest. Using each of their unique skills and teamwork, the pups make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. At the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Call 844-513-2014 or visit

June 27 
Diana Ross: In the Name of Love Tour

Diana Ross’ remarkable career, spanning five decades, has resulted in major awards and music history milestones. As lead singer of The Supremes, Diana Ross helped shape the sound of popular music with her love of life and sheer human spirit that make her the most prominent woman in popular music history and pop culture of the late 20th century. Feel the magic 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center. Call 844-513-2014 or visit


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