Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jesus Christ Superstar rehearses on the front porch of a Maitland Law Firm.

Sylvia Katherine Viles is directing Jesus Christ Superstar. I met Sylvia at a casting call for the Petrified Forest this last year. She insisted I get in costume and get ghoulish make up so that I blended in with the cast. As I arrivedat the Jesus Christ Superstar rehearsal, the cast was on the porch stretching. Sylvia was her warm bubbly self and gave me a warm hug. She explained that, "JCS has been a bucket list show since I was a child. Since my singing voice and gender have combined forces against me and the role of Judas will alas never be mine, directing the show is my dream come true. Add to the mix being able to do it at Bay Street Players, my home theater and the excitement is literally bursting out of me.  For you younger performers this was my "RENT" or "Spring Awakening", "BARE" etc., it was a show that spoke to me. It still speaks today." As a child Sylvia grew up loving this show. Judas is portrayed as a caring person Who tried to save Jesus. It is a roll reversal similar to what you see in "Wicked".

The cast was going to practice choreography on the steps to the porch. The final set will have a series of ascending steps so this was a perfect opportunity. They usually rehearse inside the building but there was some sort of open house going on.  Jesus was late. He thought the rehearsal was at 3pm. They needed to rehearse a musical number called "what's the buzz". Sylvia stepped in for Jesus and descended the steps as the cast knelt down beside her. Her shirt said "Bite me" on one of those candied hearts. She improvised her lines about how great her dad was and then the cast danced, doing hand slaps and then circling Jesus singing and clapping. Steven Johnson (aka Tim Gunn) did the choreography. New movements were worked in with each run through of the scene. A car leaving the parking lot broke up the action. I shouted "Car on stage!" and everyone scrambled up the steps to get out of the way. I think they should leave the car in the final stage production.

The cast then broke into groups and sang "When will we ride into Jerusalem?"  "What's the buzz, tell me whats a happening." They sang to each other as they sought gossip. The final run through was flawless and they cheered for having nailed down the blocking while maintaining spontaneity. The Sun had burst through the the trees heating up the porch steps, so Sylvia called a break and the next guerrilla rehearsal spot was on the driveway beside the house in the shade. I stayed behind and finished putting washes on the sketch. It was a gorgeous house and a beautiful, if hot day. I saw on a Facebook post later in the week a group photo of the cast that said, "The Cast of Jesus Christ Superstar doesn't sweat, we sparkle!" You have to love such youthful exuberance. I'm a bit sad that I can't see the final production because in a week ill be in Istanbul in Turkey which is a Middle Eastern country much like where these gospel stories first began.

Mark Your Calendars! Jesus Christ Superstar with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice will be performed at Bay Street Players (109 North Bay Street Eustis, FL)  from April 10 to May 3, 2015. Get your tickets now.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois rehearsed a stunning Sibelius Violin Concerto.

As part of the Music Director Candidate search, Leslie B. Dunner, conducted the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. I sketched an open rehearsal on March 20th at the Bob Carr Theatre. The Bob Carr used to be a Theatre but new orange letters were put up announcing it as a theater. Theater is the English spelling while Theatre is used everywhere else. There is no difference in meaning. Some Americans make distinctions, for instance, that a theater is a venue while theatre is an art form, or that a theater is a movie theater while a theatre is a drama venue. If that is the case, the Bob Carr had been demoted since the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center opened, from an art form to a venue.

When solo violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois walked on stage, she smiled at the Director and took her place standing in front of the violin section. I knew immediately that this would be an amazing rehearsal. She was relaxed and ready. Leslie B. Dunner is the final Music Director Candidate to conduct the Philharmonic. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s international search for a new Music Director was announced in the spring of 2013. Over 12 months, a committee comprised of orchestra musicians and community members spent over 2000+ hours to screen a slate over more than 275 candidates from around the world to  choose five finalists, who each conducted a classical program during the 2014-2015 season. The orchestra plans to announce its new Music Director in Spring 2015. The finalists were, Alondra de la Parra, Steven Jarvi, Eric Jacobsen, Dirk Meyer, and Leslie B. Dunner.

After the first half of the rehearsal was over and the orchestra was taking a break, Michael McLeod came over to say hello. He joked with me that Denise Sudler had noticed that I had sketched her at my art opening at Maxine's and that she hadn't granted consent allowing me to sketch her visage. I countered that there was plausible deniabitity. She is just 1/2 inch high in the sketch, it could very well be Wendy Wallenberg who had posed several times to try and get in the sketch. I first met Wendy when I sat on stage in the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and sketched the audience. She was in the front row. I'm surprised she didn't get up and stand on stage in front of me to block my view of the audience. She missed that opportunity.

Back to the rehearsal. Rimma's loose sweater flowed and her pony tail bobbed as she performed. The Sibelius concerto was complex crisp and uplifting. It is amazing how so many instruments can blend their sounds to express a universal joy that is greater than any single sound. Yet the violin rejoiced in it's liberating sound. There is a magic in experiencing a live orchestration like this. There were some fits and stops as Leslie inspired subtleties from different instruments. He was all about precision and purity of performance. Michael felt that Leslie was doing an amazing job conducting. I haven't seen all the conductors perform so I don't feel qualified to judge. I did see Alondra de la Parra conduct and I was swept away with her playful vigor. Only the musicians truly know which conductor inspired them to give their all. If you want to see what audiences are saying, you can find #OPOsNewMaestro. Let the voting begin.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekend Top 6 Picks for March 28th and 29th.

Saturday March 28, 2015
10am to 4pm Free. Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk and Urban Art Festival. Hannibal Square Heritage Center 642 W New England Ave, Winter Park, Florida. The sixth annual festival celebrates the works of more than 25 artists, including members of the original Florida Highwaymen and the B-Side Artists collective. A highlight will be the demonstrations of life casting by Crealdé artist-in-residence Rigoberto Torres, who is creating a sculpture of Richard Hall Jr., a decorated Tuskegee Airman and Hannibal Square neighborhood hero. Featured music: the Porchdogs Cajun and Zydeco Band and Orisi Risi African Folklore. A "Kid-folk" workshop offers "The Aztec Encounter and Musical Parade." Food trucks will be serving.

10am to 5pm Free. Scooters 4 Hooters and Ellen's Walk With the Angels. Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, Florida. A day of fun including a 4k walk, 22 mile escorted scooter ride, live bands, silent auction, vendors, and much more!!!

3pm to 5pm Free.  'STRUCTURE & PERSPECTIVE' Artist Panel Conversation. Snap! Orlando Snap! Space / Snap! Orlando 1013 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida. Join us at Snap! Space 3-5 PM for an artist panel conversation with:
Please RSVP here.
Their work is currently on display in our 'STRUCTURE & PERSPECTIVE' exhibit. Learn more about the artists at.

Sunday March 29, 2015
11am to 2pm No cover, order Brunch. Kaleigh Baker for Rejuvenation Brunch. Maxine's on Shine 337 Shine Ave, Orlando, FL. Brunch is meant to be delicious, lighthearted and whenever possible shared with friends and loved ones. What better way to enjoy the day than with soothing and grooving sounds played live from some of the area’s best soft rock and folk musicians from 11am to 2pm while we rejuvenate the very essence of your well cocktailed souls? Full and eclectic brunch menu, ginormous hand crafted bloody Mary’s, mimosas, and sangria.
For brunch entertainment, one time Orlando resident Kaleigh Baker returns to the stage. Truly one of our greatest talents that now resides more on the road, then our humble abode…come out and hear her voice full of blues and soul, as all things become better within the fold, of her music, our food & drink, and an atmosphere conducive to celebrating life is very good in the Greater Orlando Neighborhood. Also see original art from Analog Artist Digital World on display.

11am to 4pm. Free. Bach Fest Musicians perform in the Maitland Art Museum. 231 Packwood Ave, Maitland, FL.

Noon to 2pm. Free. Letters of Love. Gather at Lake Eola at the green space near the corner of Eola and Central. We'll write letters of encouragement and love to and for the people of Orlando. Then we’ll distribute them throughout the city.

Romantic eatery with regular live music, featuring an eclectic menu & whimsical '40s-style decor.337 Shine Ave, Orlando, FL

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Teaching Urban Sketching at China Garden.

At Elite Animation Academy (8933 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando, FL), I have been teaching Urban Sketching to three very talented students. Megan has her own car, so she is in a perfect position to find places and events to fill her sketchbooks. Mathew absolutely loves the idea of going out into the community and sketching. He said, that he had waited his whole life for this chance. Samuel, who was usually accompanied by his father, tended to be uncertain when I suggested warm up sketch exercises in the class room. When we went out on location however, he was a natural. He would boldly sketch in a scene directly in ink, and I admired his approach.

On this day, we went to China Garden (8833 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando, FL) to practice cafe sketching. Megen and Samuel sat in a booth and Mathew joined me at a center table. In this class I had introduced everyone to watercolors and I let them go for a solid hour and a half as they focused on completing a sketch. At Elite we use office paper that has been three hole punched to fit on animation peg bars. This keeps the sheets of paper flush to each other so the animation stays in place. Unfortunately, office paper is very thin which makes it less than ideal for watercolor washes. I kept advising students to invest in nice sketchbooks with at least 100 pound paper. Samuel was the first to get his own set of Urban Sketching supplies while Mathew and Megan limped by on the office paper. I decided to do a sketch on the animation paper to see how it wrinkled.

I ordered a General Tao's chicken as a late lunch to eat as I sketched. The order took forever to arrive. People sitting at a table next to us had been sitting there since our class arrived and they were grumbling about how long they had been waiting. The woman noticed Mathew sketching and she said, "Be sure to catch my good side." Students had to borrow my water brushes which are a bit dried out it  hard to squeeze the water out of them.   I saw Megan squeezing her brush like she was trying to strangle it death. I gave her more water, which helped. She joked with me that she expected to see herself strangling the brush in my sketch. She is right, I missed a golden sketch opportunity there. I offered Mathew my fortune cookie, and he popped it into his mouth without cracking it open to check his fortune. He ate his fortune! I don't know if he will ever know what it was.

I'm proud of each of these new Urban Sketchers. Megan came up with a strong composition in which the details in the figures she drew were offset by large open spaces of the booth backs. Samuel is like a focused machine when he works on location and Mathew has a strong eye for gesture and composition. If they each develop the habit of sketching daily, they will be grow in leaps and bounds outside the confines of a studio or classroom. Unfortunately there were no enrollments for the next 10 Urban Sketching classes, but that is just as well since I will be sketching in Turkey for three weeks as Terry and I explore this ancient country.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Glancing inside my skull and neck.

I've started seeing doctors again about finding a solution to constant head aches and neck pain. This has resulted in constant blood tents and getting MRI's of my skull and neck. It also results in testing my patience in waiting rooms. This fellow across from me was able to nod off while he waited.

An MRI is an adventure. You lay down on a white plank and a face and neck clamp is hinged over your head to keep your head still, much like in a roller coaster. Then you are rolled back into a tight cylinder to wait. Their is one tiny mirror inside which allows you to glance at the technician behind the controls. Sketching would have been impossible. The metal on the pencil and the spiral binding on the sketchbook would have caused havoc because of the huge magnets that must spin around inside the machine.

What followed was a loud series of screeches, clicks and beeps. I imagined they set the beat to music and I danced to the tones inside my head. I didn't move a muscle. If there was something wrong in there, I wanted them to find it.

At the headache doctors office, I listened as Dr. Scharfman listed a series of symptoms of the patient in the room next to me in his sing song voice. Maybe some of the symptoms are just in the patients head rather than being caused by an incurable pinched nerve. No doctor has ever offered a solution to pain. It is far too mercurial. They only offer increasing dosages of drugs. I had a doctor try to burn the nerve that might be causing the problems at the 5th disk of my vertebrae, but he prayed to God to guide his hands and I suspect god didn't listen.

I've decided to start running again each morning at 7am. Having a more active lifestyle isn't a cure but it couldn't hurt. Well, I take that back. It has been several years since I ran a 5k and my legs feel like lead. I'm just jogging maybe a quarter mile around my neighborhood, but I'm pleased that I can still go the distance. I'm also going to start researching neck exercises online. I stretch my neck each morning in the shower but I need to strengthen those muscles which might help. At least I am taking steps to find my own cure.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ciara Shuttleworth has settled in as the new resident author at the Kerouac House.

The Jack Kerouac Project sponsors resident authors every few months at the Kerouac House in College Park. Jack Kerouac was living in the back rooms of this house with his mother  when he got the news that his novel, "On the Road" was being published. He also wrote "The Dharma Bums" while living here. Ciara Shuttleworth is now the resident author. I first met her at a potluck dinner held in her honor. I have to confess that I knew nothing about her writing before going to the potluck. She read a poem before we all dug into the fried chicken and healthy salads arranged in the dining room. The poem was the first she had written after moving into the home. It left a strong impression, the lonely sound of a train's horn and the beauty found in wreckage, and then the wine and conversations flowed.

Ciara Shuttleworth was born in San Francisco and grew up in Nebraska, Nevada, and Washington state. Talking to her on the front porch, I learned that she had been struck by a car while training for a marathon. She showed me the scar on her ankle. She was told she couldn't run again, but she didn't accept that, and she began to run despite the pain. She fought her way back to an active lifestyle and she gets up each morning at 6am so she can run before the Florida heat sets in. She said her thoughts flow when she runs.

Ciara was a visual artist before she realized she had to write poetry full time. She showed me the stark black and white portraits she used to do by letting me flip through the images on her phone. Her father is a well known poet but she has struck out early in her career to make a name for herself. One poem, "Sestina" was written in an inspired moment in college in reply to a professor introducing the class to the poetic form. The poem uses so few words to express loss and sadness. Several composers have taken this lean, succinct poem and set it to music. She sent it to the New Yorker on a whim and  her submission was accepted.

I arrived after fighting traffic that caused me to miss a turn and causing me to make an illegal U-turn to avoid a blinking train crossing. She welcomed me on the front porch and then set to work in the back room of the Kerouac House. The ceiling in this room slants down at a sharp angle and it almost touched my head causing me to hunker down a bit. She was refining a poem she was working on. She described her process briefly. She tends to write her poems in a Moleskin notebook when the idea is fresh and raw. These moments are very private and emotional. She then goes back through the notebook and begins to mine for ideas and thoughts that go into the final poem. The original hand written poems are like the sketch and when she types it into the Macbook Pro laptop computer, that is when things get serious. The screen saver showed a view of a California beach. The same image was tacked to the writing studio wall. She put it there because there was already a tack in the wall. It would be a shame to waste it.

She paused for a long delicious moment gazing out the back window at the bright green foliage. In the poem she was working on, a cormorant flashed its black wings against the intense sun which is too bright to look at directly. Her poem was full of vibrant imagery that could leave you wanting to laugh with delight and cry at the same time. Clearly her years as a painter had helped her as she related sights and emotions with brevity. There is a weightless quality to he words, like flight is the natural order of the world. While smoking outside a bar in NYC's Hell's Kitchen with a friend, she saw an intoxicated boy making a futile pass at a girl. That moment became art. One poem she was working on, she ripped up into tiny pieces and threw it away in the other room. "It was getting too preachy" she explained. Once that happens it is best to let go and start over. This wasn't a loss but rather a victory since she got it out of her system. "Yes, good poems are hard to write. Someone close to me said he has written more mediocre poems than anyone else ever, which ultimately doesn't matter since he's also written some good ones." she later told me. What is important is the habit and joy in creating.

Ciara took a break when her poem was done and I had placed my last wash on the sketch. Since she was also a visual artist, I was a bit reluctant to show the sketch which is by definition never quite finished. She seemed to appreciate it and she shared it with her dad. While talking on the back stoop, she asked me, "Do you do any creative writing, like fiction or poetry?" That caused me to pause. All I do is observe and share my thoughts. I'm more of a reporter than an artist. Perhaps I could go back through all my writing and mine out sincere moments of revelation and amazement. I tend to live vicariously always on the fringe looking in. I don't know how to trust enough to share raw emotion, but I'm glad to know there are people who can.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dandelion featured an Art Opening for the Berrios-Myers Project 52.

I went to an art opening at Dandelion Communitea Cafe (618 N Thornton Ave, Orlando FL). At the start of 2014, friends and artists Deliz Berrios and Bethany Myers challenged each other to complete one small piece of art each week for an entire year. The result is Project 52, a show 12 months in the making, featuring the 104 works created by Deliz and Bethany as they met their weekly deadlines. Originally, it was an exercise in motivation. Along the way, it became an art show.

Bethany Myers’ style changed dramatically throughout the year, ranging from reality to abstract surrealism. A concussion in January influenced strange paintings. By spring her art returned to her familiar style of blind contour drawing and bold colored paintings.“It wasn’t easy to think of subject matter that was cohesive. I gave up on that early on and moved forward with a variety of ideas.“

Deliz Berrios’ work reflects her personal life and perspective on a variety of subjects ranging from current states of mind to figurative work. Patterns and color emerge in her art, a clear reference to her
graphic design background. “Working at this small scale I was able to experiment and be playful. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was able to convey.” Besides having all 52 originals from both artists on the walls, there was also a box full of prints which made for a very affordable way to purchase art.

At the opening I got to meet both artists in person. It was my first time meeting Deliz and her skills as a figurative artist are inspiring. I have met Bethany a few times at artist critiques, and again, I identify with her work which feeds off of direct observation. Bethany's husband Jim is the drummer for the "Milk Carton Superstars" which is a rock group I sketched several times before. They also performed at this opening. Bethany, Jim and guitarist Guy Larmay came to my art opening the other night. It is so encouraging that artists support each others exhibitions.

Lucy Sky performed first on guitar and he was then joined by his wife Heather Ashworth Pereira. Heather is another artist I have met at artist critiques. The last painting she showed featured a man holding a gun and the barrel of the gun felt uncomfortably close to the edge of the painting. Ironically I'm working on a movie poster right now which had the same issue. I had no idea Heather was also a talented singer.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Taste of the Nation has helped fight hunger for 25 years.

On August 9, 2014 I went to the Orlando World Center Marriott (8701 World Center Drive Orlando FL) to sketch Taste of the Nation which is the nation's premiere culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation's top chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 Taste of the Nation events across the United States and Canada with the goal to raise critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. No Kid Hungry, Share our Strength, organizes the events. The beneficiary's in Orlando are, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Second Harvest Food Bank secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. Last year with the help of donors, volunteers,  and a caring community, the food bank distributed nearly 64 million pounds of grocery products- the equivalent of more than 53 million meals. On average more than 55,000 people receive assistance provided by Second harvest every week. Second Harvest recently moved into a new 100,000 square foot hunger relief center. This puts the bank in a position to fill the gap of what our community really needs.

Coalition for the Homeless was founded in 1987 by concerned citizens who noticed the growing problem of homelessness in our community. It has grown into the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida and the largest residential facility for children. Their mission is to transform lives of homeless men, women and children by providing critical services to end their crisis of homelessness. The Coalition has three residential facilities and an off site community housing program. Case managers develop individualized self sufficiency plans which include educational opportunities, job skill training, budget management, counseling and more. Services are provided to over 600 people each night including 150 children. They served over 300,000 meals and provided over 245,000 nights of shelter last year.

I decided to sketch the Captains Grille (Epcot, 1700 Epcot Resort Blvd., Orlando, FL) as they set up and served patrons. They served a plate that had cauliflower puree topped with pan seared scallops. Mixed greens were mixed with spiced rum raisins with hazelnut vinaigrette and placed on top. To say it was delicious is an understatement.  The chef shared the recipe but I can not share it for legal reasons. I plan to try and make it myself someday since this culinary army made it look so easy.  The scallop dish was ironically the only plate I got to taste. By the time my sketch was done all the food vendors were packing up. $301,317 was raised at the Orlando Taste of the Nation to fight hunger.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hank Williams comes to life in "Lost Highway".

Andy Matchett left me a message to let me know tech rehearsals were in progress for Hank Williams "Lost Highway at the Sonnentag Theatre at the Icehouse in Mount Dora. Andy stars in the show as Hank Williams. The show opened with Hank's mom sitting in a rocking chair on her porch reminiscing about her son's childhood. He was a mamma's boy. Opposite her on stage, a blues man sang a soulful tune. Hank went to this singer and played an early song he wrote about a UPA worker who was disgruntled. Hanks mentor asked, "Did you ever work for the UPA?" "No" said Hank. "Well, why you singing about someone Else's problems?" "You have to use your own experiences." Hank took the words to heart and is songs blossomed,

Hanks wife was an interesting character. She recognized his talents and helped promote him. Then she decided she needed to step into the spot light and sing. The trouble is, she was tone deaf. I grimaced when I first heard her and thought, how did they cast such an awful singer? But the actress probably had to rehearse many times to hit those notes.  Hank let her sing beside him and even write a few bad songs. But his talents would drown her out until she would stomp off stage in a huff. His earnings he would hand over to her and he would never see a dime. He loved her dearly but also wanted to kill her at times. The attention she craved, she found in the arms of other men and eventually she left hank.

Hank Williams flame burned bright and he achieved all his success in his 20s. But he turned to drink and even performed drunk sometimes. He had a mean streak when drunk and his band mates just had to put up with it. A truck stop waitress tended her bar for much of the show. She acted as the narrator, explaining Hanks influence on the people of Alabama and the whole country. As Hank performed she would be bobbing her head or sweeping the floors to the sway and beat of his songs. Her love and appreciation of the music was contagious. She dreamed of one day escaping the waitressing and driving off in a fancy car. That dream came true when a drunk Hank Williams entered her cafe. She left with him that night and drove his Cadillac while they howled at the moon. Instead of being a romantic interlude however, he passed out. She stayed with him until morning but that was their only night together.

While being driven between gigs, Hank passed out in the back seat of his car. The driver thought he was sleeping, but he had died at the tender age of 29. There was enough alcohol and drugs in him to pickle the man, but the coroner politely wrote it off as a heart attack. The band released several albums after Hanks death and those sad songs were more popular than ever. It is as if people need a performer's sadness to feed off of even after death.

Hank Williams "Lost Highway" written by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik Directed by Darlin Barry runs from March 20 to April 12, 2015 at the Sonnentag Theatre in the Icehouse 1101 North Unser Street Mount Dora FL.

$20 All Adults (Fri- Sun)
$18 All Adults (Thursdays)
$17 Groups (15 or more)
$15 (age 18+ with student ID)
$10 (ages 5 - 17) Showtimes: Thursdays: 7:30 PM

Fridays: 8:00 PM Saturdays: 2:00 PM or 8:00 PM
Sundays:   2:00 PM
Call for Saturday show times

Friday, March 20, 2015

Weekend Top 6 Picks for March 21 and 22.

Saturday March 21, 2015  Downs Syndrome Awareness Day wear crazy socks.
9am to 6pm Free. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Central Park South Park Ave, Winter Park, FL. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Local, and National artists share their art in tents.

 6pm to 8pm Tickets $10 presale or $15 at the door. Emotions Dance Annual Cocktail Benefit Fundraiser. The Venue 511 Virginia Drive. Orlando FL. The company will be showcasing some of its best-loved works at the cocktail benefit, while guests enjoy refreshments from Fat and Happy Orlando, music, raffle items, and a large silent auction with over 20 different items from Orlando’s finest organizations. The company is still graciously accepting silent auction items, and organizations interested in donating items should contact Artistic Director Larissa Humiston directly (

8pm to 10pm Free. Happy Birthday, Jack! The Imperial 1800 North Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL. You can meet other Kerouac fans to celebrate Jack’s birthday. This is not a Kerouac Project event, but it should be fun!

Sunday March 22, 2015
11am to 2pm. Lauris Vidal for Sunday Rejuicination Brunch. Maxine's on Shine, 337 Shine Avenue, Orlando, FL. Great food, great art from Analog Artist Digital World to adorn the walls. Brunch is meant to be delicious, lighthearted and whenever possible shared with friends and loved ones. What better way to enjoy the day than with soothing and grooving sounds played live from some of the area’s best soft rock and folk musicians from 11am to 2pm while we rejuvenate the very essence of your well cocktailed souls? Full and eclectic brunch menu, ginormous hand crafted Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, and sangria.  RSVP’s Strongly Suggested! Maxine’s welcomes one time Orlando resident, now living in Tennessee multi-instrumentalist, luthier, singer/songwriter Lauris Vidal back to Orlando and back on our stage playing laid-back original and cover tunes to ease your weekend.

1pm to 3pm  Free Yoga. Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL. Every week.

7pm to 10pm  Peyote Moon for Serendipity Sunday Supper Club. Maxine's on Shine, 337 Shine Avenue, Orlando, FL. Great food, great art from Analog Artist Digital World to adorn the walls. Serendipity Sunday Super Supper Club is an early Sunday evening at Maxine’s providing a surprising yet relaxing, savory experience for all senses while enjoying inspired organic music, before you start your week.
Peyote Moon is an Orlando based quartet who play and sing a variety of songs from classic rock to country – plus original songs. Vocal harmonies and positive, upbeat lyrics are stressed to help you enjoy and de-stress. RSVP’s Strongly Suggested!