Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Top 6 Picks for October 25th and 26th

Saturday October 25, 2014
Noon to 2pm Free. Distance Music at Lake Eola for Walking Audience, Train Horns and Brass Choirs. Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL. A first in music - come and hear a giant sound sculpture created by geometrically spaced train horns that you can see with your ears as you walk around it!

6pm to 11pm Free. College Park Jazz Fest. Along Edgewater Drive College Park. Several stages of live jazz in a street party.

9:30pm to 11:30pm Free but get some tapas and drinks. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL. Hot blooded flamenco dancers.

Sunday October 26, 2014 
10pm to ?  Free. Art in the Park. Dickson Azalea Park Rosearden Dr, Orlando, FL. Spend time with other artists, share, and tap into creative consciousness. This isn't an organization, it's a group of like-minded artists coming together to create, network and inspire one another in this beautiful local park in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Set up anywhere you wish in the park, but we will mostly gather near the stage area. This event is totally free and open to anyone who wants to participate! All forms of artwork are encouraged. Things to bring- art supplies, chairs, blankets, musical instruments, friends, snacks, drinks, cameras, business cards, words of encouragement, and positive energy. Since we are spending time at this park, we are NOT allowed to sell any items but we can meet and mingle and promote upcoming events. Bathrooms are limited to across the street at Langford Park. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Call 828-974-1105 if you have any questions.

10am to Noon Free. Super Joy Riders. Eastern entrance of the Lake Eola Farmers’ Market. Participants dress as superheroes and ride en masse around the city as they check off their scavenger hunt-like list of Do Gooder Duties; collecting litter, helping senior citizens cross the road, returning shopping carts, basically performing small acts of kindness for an hour and a half of hilarity and love.
The Super Joy Riders: Do Gooder Bike Ride is an exercise in community organizing and active engagement. We hope to use the ride as an opportunity to show how helping people can be simple, fun, and easy, especially while wearing a cape. You + Superhero Costume + Bike = Best Sunday Ever.

Noon to 2pm Free but get some grub. Florida Gospel Jam. Fish on Fire 7937 Daetwyler Drive Belle Isle FL. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nothing Beats Bingo at Pulse

Bingo is usually associated with a crowd of retirees at the local Moose Lodge. However when presented by Anna-Rexia and Dysen-Terri, at Pulse, bingo can become a fun romp. I didn't pick up a bingo card since my hands were busy, but Katie Windish played along.

The cross dressed outfits were a riot of black and white stripes along with plenty of fishnets. After a few Yuengling beers it started to seem like victory was always close at hand.

Pulse (1912 Orange Ave, Orlando, FL) is supposed to be Orlando's premiere gay bar, it offers a world of fun and fantasy. Inside there are three unique worlds: The Lounge, Ultra Bar and The Adonis Room. Since 2004, Pulse has been serving up unmatched live entertainment and tantalizing liquid libations, courtesy of the renowned staff and entertainers.

Bingo was presented rather early in the evening before the place gets packed. I haven't sketched there yet when the party is in full swing. Anna-Rexia was hilarious, offering plenty of slutty tongue in cheek quips that kept everyone laughing as the lusted for just one win.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jack Kerouac's Girlfriend Interviewed at the Kerouac House

In 2010 one of Jack Kerouac's girlfriends, Joyce Johnson, visited the small College Park Cottage where Jack wrote "The Dharma Bums." Jack and his mother rented the back rooms in those days. "Listen Joyce," he wrote from Orlando to his girlfriend in New York City on a winter day in 1957. He had big news. He was tearing along on a new novel, "greater than 'On the Road'." he wrote. It would be called The Dharma Bums, and he described gazing up at the stars over Florida for inspiration about how to wrap it up. Joyce recalled, "I thought I'd never met anyone who'd lived with more absolute freedom … A need to keep moving, as if whenever he stayed anywhere too long, he exhausted the present by soaking it in too intensely."

Several college students were filming a documentary about the legendary "Beat Generation" author. David Amram, a musician who also knew Jack was there to be interviewed as well. "Jack had a kindness and devotion to writing." Amram explained. "He was always listening and watching like a great reporter. He was always writing epiphanies and inner feelings." "By your words ye shall be known." Yet for many Kerouac remains an enigma. Local news journalist and writer Bob Kieling has researched Kerouac for years, while writing about Kerouac's Orlando connection. New material always surfaces. While in Orlando, "On the Road" was published and suddenly Kerouac was famous. Kerouac's life spun out of control and he drank himself to death in 1969 at the age of 47. "How shall we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy. To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life." wrote Walter Pater. The key of course is to not burn out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kerouac House Yard Sale Raises Money for the Resident Author Project

The Kerouac Project hosts resident authors every few months in the house where Jack Kerouac wrote the Dharma Bums and where he was living with his mom when On the Road became a best seller putting him on the literary map. Jack really couldn't handle the fame and he ended up drinking himself to death at a very young age. Jack is a writer who burned bright and was insanely prolific.

The Kerouac Project is a grassroots local organization hat purchased the College park home and maintains it for resident authors. The author get to live rent free with all expanses paid giving them the freedom to truly focus on their writing. The present author is Anne Marie Ni Churreain. She hails from the North-West of Ireland. Her work has appeared in various journals such as Poetry Ireland Review and The London Magazine. Anne Marie is the co-founder of the Upstart Arts Collective. I met Anne at a recent potluck dinner held in the Kerouac House. She comes from an incredible family with so many siblings that she can't even be sure of the number. Her father was raised in an orphanage and so the home is filled with multicultural foster children along with her actual biological siblings. At home she is seldom alone, so the Kerouac House is a very different setting.

Once a year the Kerouac Project asks people to donated items for a Yard Sale. This is an awesome place to find books since these folks actually read printed books. Terry always finds some item she can't live without and I relax in a lawn chair to get a sketch. Proceeds from the yard sale help keep authors coming to Orlando. Caitlin Doyle, who was a resident author last year has returned to Orlando to get away from the constant cold in Milwaukee. This is a testament to the warm reception writers get when they call Orlando Home. She will be going for her doctorate degree so that someday she will find a secure university position with tenure while she continues to write her poetry. Conversations at a Kerouac House potluck get intense, ranging from domestic violence to the state of art in America today. With enough wine, we just might solve the world's problems.

Mark Your Calendar! On Wednesday October 22, at noon, there will be a dedication ceremony at the Kerouac House (1418 Clouser Ave, Orlando, FL), commemorating the houses recent induction into the Florida Historic Marker Foundation. Local Newscaster Bob Kealing discovered this homes tie in to the author of On The Road as he was researching an article commemorating the posthumous 75th birthday of Jack Kerouac.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Trinity Ecology Mosaic Was Created as a Cummunity Project

Lynn Tomlinson supervised the creation of a huge multi-paneled mural for the Trinity Prep School. Students helped to decide what element should be on each panel. Parents and students helped with the grouting. On this day grout had to be wiped off of the mosaic to show more of the ceramics. People came in shifts to help out. When I got to Trinity Prep, I had to ask around to find the classroom where all the creation was happening.

Some panels were on tables being grouted and these panels in the sketch were leaning against the wall to be cleaned. Volunteers and Lynn wiped away grout to showcase the colorful ceramics. All of the birds and animals in the mosaic are native to Central Florida. Some of the leaf shaped ceramics had the names of contributors enscribed. This was a labor of love with everyone lending a hand.

Unfortunately Lynn and her family have left Central Florida to go to Baltimore, so it is unlikely that we will be seeing any more of her mosaics lightening up the walls around town. I always seem to reporting on amazing talents that are leaving or have left Orlando.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Alice Takes Wonderland Rehearsal

Linda Elchak of NAO Dance choreographed Alice Takes Wonderland in 2010. The production was staged in a warehouse on Hanging Moss Road in Winter Park. It was clear that the curtains had just been hung from the rafters. This was a playful production with bright costumes and props. The production encouraged improvisational dance, so every rehearsal and production was unique. Dancers could break away from any structured mold to express themselves in the moment.

The rehearsal involved a complete run through of the show. The stage was barely elevated which meant that people sitting in the front row were right on top of the action. There was less of a performer to audience disconnect. Props were simple, direct and fun. like rabbit ears, a clock, and suitcase. The magic came from the performances which were playful and fun.

With dance, I like to get the sketches done and then relax and simply enjoy the movement on stage. The front entry foyer was converted into the Mad Hatter's tea party and guests got to be part of the immersive experience. Since this production I've never heard about this space being used again. The space must have returned to its industrial origins.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bike Polo Requires Xtreem Sport Dexterity

On June 5th, I went to Langford Park (1808 East Central Blvd Orlando FL), around 6pm to watch an Orlando Bike Polo match. Not everyone had arrived yet so the bikers sat and talked. They flipped their bikes over and tuned them. The front wheels on several bikes had the spokes covered which I imagine is to keep the ball from passing through. Each contestant had a mallet which was long enough to reach the ground and was often used as a kick stand by the goalies who kept their feet on the peddles.

Once enough players arrived the split up into two teems with three bikers per team. The action is fast and furious. One of the younger bikers was working on a hopping maneuver to change directions.  He would stop and balance the bike in location and then hop up and down to change directions. Crashes were quite common. One wheelie resulted in the bike flying out from under the rider who landed hard on his tailbone. Another biker skidded into the fence inches from me. At the start I asked if I'd be out of the way leaning against the fence. As a spectator however, you are better off standing, so you can jump out of the way in case of a headlong crash.

As the first match was winding down, more bikers arrived to play in the second match. These Bike Polo matches happen every Friday starting around 6pm. Stop out to watch or play sometime. This is a unique urban experience.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Top 6 Picks for October 18 and 19

Saturday October 18, 2014
1pm to 3pm Free. Family Days at the Maitland Museum. Maitland Art Center, 231 Packwood Avenue West, Maitland, FL. Gather your family for an afternoon of quality time together at the A&H's Family Days at the Museum! The program is FREE! Family Days at the Museum is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month, and each program is held in a different location within the A&H Museums. Join us for this afternoon of family fun!

5pm to 8:15pm Free. Woman of Wonder 2. Coliseum of Comics - Fashion Square Mall 3201 E Colonial Dr #M-11, Orlando, Florida. All ages mixer Celebration and Benefit for Women's Residential and Counseling Center.
Silent auction of original Wonder Woman art
Silent auction of Wonder Woman collectibles
Local and national artists (Artist Alley)
Wonder Woman Children FacePaint

9:30pm to 11:30pm Grab a drink or some Tapas. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL. Hot blooded Flamenco Dancing.

Sunday October 19, 2014
10am to 2pm Free. V2lab's - The Zombie Meat (Mystery Meat 3). Downtown Orlando 201 S Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida. I / V2lab would like to make this a Halloween event; So if possible come dressed as a zombie (#zombiemeat)! And as always this is an all ages event and everyone is welcome no matter what you drive (or if you have to walk...or ride a bike..or crawl...?). We'd also like to get the vendors (when released) to pass out candy to kids as well!

Noon to 5pm Grab a beer. Sunday's with Smiling Dan. The Falcon Bar & Gallery, 819 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL. DJ music for the afternoon.

9pm to 11pm Free. Solo Acoustic Spoken Word. Natura Coffee & Tea, 12078 Collegiate Way, Orlando, FL. 407 482-5000

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Marilyn Monroe zombie leaves a sweet musty smell in City Arts Factory.

I had to drop off some cards for Barbara Hartley at City Arts Factory (29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL). The place according to the website is usually closed on Monday but on this Indigenous People's Day it was open because artists were dropping off their work for the Day of the Dead show happening in October.

While I was chatting with Tr3 Mark Harris at the front desk, Paul Joachim walked in. Paul sculpts life sized chocolate sculptures.  Paul had dropped off a life sized Marilyn Monroe zombie sculpture and he wanted to touch up he paint job. The sign next to her read, "Do not touch. Do not eat." Which is very ironic since there were plenty of open bite wounds causing her to bleed red syrup. An exposed bone was visible on her left shin. Denna Beena told Paul that every guy who viewed the sculpture thought she might be having her period. Paul had considered making a small card to put under her dress that said,Hard Rock "You should be ashamed of yourself." He thought better of it.

Paul had done a clean sculpt of Marilyn and then he added the gouges, blood and pasty purple skin tone. When he was working on her face he had to walk a fine line, making her look like Marilyn but dead. A huge bite out of her right cheek exposed her jaw bone and she was missing some teeth. There was an amazing synergy between Marilyn's mouth and Andrew Spear's mural behind her. Both pieces of art treated the female sumptuous lips and teeth with loving detail.

Paul told me that the drive to City Arts Factory with the sculpture in the back of the truck was harrowing. Orlando's cobble stone streets sent her dancing and shimmying in the back of the truck, Thankfully she didn't topple over. After this show , Paul hopes that Hard Rock Cafe might inherit Marilyn for next year's Halloween season. Halloween Horror Nights might be another home for her. I was surprised to find out that chocolate keeps rather well. It gets harder with age.

Mark Your Calendar! CityArts Dia de los Muertos and Monster Factory Exhibit is opening tonight, October 16th 6-11pm.  Phantasmagoria will be there to entertain and amaze and there will be a Day of the Dead Parade with larger than life sized skeletons. The show will remain up through November 14th.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sin is in at the Venue.

7 Deadly Sins is an original work that combines contemporary dance, visual art, performance art, poetry, music and culinary art to examine topics of temptation and sin. Lust, pride, gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy and greed come together to entice audience members through an interactive art gallery setting. Featuring performances by Emotions Dance Company, visual art by award winning body painter and Skin Wars Season 1 2nd place finalist, Shannon Holt, visual art by award winning body painter, Brit Lytle artwork by Patrick Fatica, Amanda Panacea, Scott Sharky Hodges, Thomas Thorspecken, Adrian Calle and others, spoken word performances by E.J. Younes, Jesse Bradley, and Ashley Equality Inguanta, aeral performances by The American Circus Arts Academy, and a variety of refreshments from local food vendors to satisfy your inner glutton.

Performances are on:
Friday October 17
Saturday October 18
Friday October 24
Saturday October 25

7-10pm  at The Venue (511 Virginia Drive. Orlando FL)
Tickets $25 at The Door.
This program contains some mature themes and may not be appropriate for children under 13.