Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Jorge Estevez DNA Test


Jorge Estevez, a WFTV Channel 9 news anchor, was invited by Pam Schwartz, the Orange County Regional History Center Chief Curator, to take an Ancestry DNA test to learn more about his family history. She also researched the family histories of other well-known Central Floridians, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer;  journalist Brendan O’Connor of the Bungalower; Toni Pressley, Orlando Pride soccer team defender; and Geraldine Thompson, state representative and senator and founder of Orlando’s Wells’ Built Museum.

Jorge met Pam at the History Center Research Library where she asked him about what he did know about his family history. To do the DNA test he had to spit into a test tube which was a great photo opportunity for Melissa Procko, History Center Research Librarian, who was documenting the moment with video and still photography.

A line of Jorge's family tree comes from Cuba which turned out to be problematic for online research since Cuban records must be researched from the courthouses and archives on the island. Pam was afraid she might have bit off more than she could chew, but she enlisted the help of a genealogist who specializes in Cuban research. This genealogist also does research for a TV program called Finding Your Roots.

It turns out that Jorge comes from a family line which is renowned for being public servants who notarize documents. Being a notary in those days was a position of high honor. She even found their notary stamps. The family line was researched way back into the 1500s. Jorge joked that he has never had a tattoo, but he is considering getting a tattoo of one of those ancient hand-drawn stamps since it means so much to him.


Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Last Door

Ethos Physical Theatre Company of New Jersey presented this press preview of The Last Door. A monkey entered the stage swinging from the ropes with abandon. A large lumbering tortoise entered the stage from the left. Their exchange brings to light that they are stuck inn a zoo enclosure. their keepers were gone for an unknown reason. Perhaps it was an apocalypse. They argued about the one door out and weather it was locked. All the while the tortoise made its way across the stage which is I assume where the door might be located. Then the monkey had a revelation that might lead to their freedom.  But at that moment the play was suddenly over. It couldn't have been more than ten or fifteen minuets. The audience sat dumbfounded for another 10 minutes thinking that there might be more to the story. At least let us know it they made their way out into the world. But the story was over before it began.

The  tortoise was kind of interesting as a puppet requiring two handlers, and the monkey was acrobatic but not quite as entertaining as Cirque du Soleil acrobatics. It was an existential children's fable with no discernible moral. I felt a bit duped to have entered the door to the theater and was thankful when I found it on the way out. Regardless I got a decent sketch.


Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hansel and Gretel Dress Rehearsal


Orlando Opera presents Hansel and Gretel at the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 South Magnolia Avenue Orlando FL). Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic retelling of the ever-popular Grimm fairy tale features a lush score and charming characters that, on Christmas Day in 1931, became the first complete Metropolitan Opera radio-broadcast performance.

The cast includes mezzo-soprano Sarah Purser as Hansel, soprano Jillian Marini as Gretel, soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel as the mother, baritone Ben Ludwig as the father, and tenor Jess Muñoz as the witch. Opera Orlando’s music and education director Robin Jensen conducts, and creative director Grant Preisser directs. Come and get lost in the woods this holiday season.

Hansel and Gretel shirked their chores and played together with childish abandon. Then their mother arrived and discovered that Hansel had gotten no work done. Gretel had managed to keep sweeping even as she played but they were scolded anyways.

All the trees on stage were on wheels, so the stage shape shifted throughout the production. A banner above the stage was used to project the lyrics which weren't much needed since the production was in English. However the witch at this rehearsal was difficult to hear, which was probably a technical issue that will be worked out. A large gingerbread man doubled as the oven towards the end of the evening.

Wood nymphs and plenty of stage mist created some mystery as the children got lost and fell asleep in the woods. An enthusiastic cast of children helped sell the horror of the fate of Hansel and Gretel. The children were dressed up like gingerbread Gumbys with large flat mittens and featureless faces.

The witch and a wood nymph wandered into the audience several times, breaking the fourth wall and adding some intimacy to the production. Perhaps because this is a familiar story line, the ending seemed anti-climactic. Clearly staged for children, this could be a fun family outing.

Tonight's final performance on Sunday December 9, 2018 at 2pm is unavailable which I assume means sold out. Tickets


Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, December 8, 2018

God Bless Cambodia at the 2018 Fringe


In God Bless Cambodia, Randy Ross is a chronically single man who decides to travel the world through four continents after the loss of a job. He hopes to change his luck with love. Yet as he highlights his many relationships it becomes clear why he is hopelessly single. His world travels world result in more sexual misadventures.

Reading a travel guide book he learns that you can travel cheap if you travel like a backpacker. On a trip to his local camping store he meets a colorful sales person. He asked for a 60 liter backpack with a waterproof cover, and the salesman had him covered. He added "I don't know if your going to Bangkok, but if you are, I highly recommend a massage at a place called tugs." Taken aback, He noted the info and decided to ask for a travel shirt. "In Ko Samui there is a body spa called the curious finger." The salesman sniffed his pinkie to relive the memory. TMI but in the end Randy spent $500, but as he left the shop he decided not to shake the salesman's hand.

Much of the show was laugh out loud funny. I can identify with this middle aged man's desire for travel after the loss of a relationship. It was like Eat, Pray, Love, minus the praying and with high class literary sex instead of love.


Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, December 7, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for December 8 and 9, 2018

 Saturday December 8, 201810am to 1pm Sold Out. James Richards USK 10 X 10 Workshop. corner of S. Park Avenue and W. New England Avenue, Central Park, Winter Park. GPS ping at 251 S. Park Ave.
On-location Urban Sketcher artist, educator and urban designer, James Richards will bring to the class and into your sketchbook an international inspiration from his journeys and drawings in 45 countries around the world: In this workshop, you will learn the secrets of creating a convincing illusion of 3-dimensional depth on the 2-dimensional paper surface! Creating this illusion is the essence of location drawing, yet is one of the most consistent sources of questions in my workshops and online classes. Abstract concepts will become clear with examples from the worlds of stage and film, followed by demonstrations of how those concepts can be translated to location sketching. You will learn a range of classic, foundational techniques that demystify creating a sense of depth, as well as a number of cool tricks I’ve learned over decades of creating believable worlds on paper. By workshop’s end, you will see city scenes in a different way and will bring a new sense of believability to your urban sketches.
LEARNING GOALS:




  • Seeing the view as 3 distinct planes: foreground, middle ground, and background
  • A toolbox of techniques:
  • Value
  • Line weight
  • Level of detail/texture
  • Diminishing size
  • Overlapping
  • Simple perspective
  • Color 
  • Jim’s tricks for creating a strong foreground “frame”
  • Understanding how set designers and filmmakers have historically created the illusion of depth, and what we can learn from them.
  • Creative use of pens, pencils, and watercolor to achieve depth 

  • 4pm to 6pm Free. Young Voices. JB Callaman Center 102 North Parramore Ave Orlando FL. Teen Open Mic Every second Saturday of the month.

    7:30pm to 9:30pm Free. Black Cow Jumps. Winter Park Public Library, 460 E New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Banks Helrich. Black Cow Jumps is immersive live theater, uncovering relationships, philosophy and the absurdity of life. This playful performance will conclude with an open talk back. Come enjoy music, performance art and storytelling -- along with complimentary wine, cheese and crackers. Sign up by calling 407-623-3300, ext. 3.

    Sunday December 9, 2018
    Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola near red gazebo. Bring your own mat.

     1pm to 5:30pm Free.  Family Day on the Second Sunday.  The Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. The make-and-take craft table is open from noon-2:30 p.m., and docents are available to give mini-tours of the museum. Then it's open house in the galleries until 4:30 p.m.

    2pm to 4pm $5 Film Slam. Enzian Theater, South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL. Experimental Films, Puppet Films, Art Films, Bartenders throwing bottles, Gangsters, a Music Video. Program starts at 1pm sharp. Tickets are still only $5. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow screening.




    Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Callbacks

    Callbacks told the story of Mike Rossi (Danny Baynard) and Terry Stein (Jay T. Becker), two aging actors whose careers lead them into the "small world" of theme park acting. They played the parts of Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the explorers who forged their way through the Louisiana Territory. Over the course of the years performing the same show over and over, they find the value of friendship and learn that life doesn't have to end in a theme park dressing room, if they're lucky. Based on over 11 years of experience as a theme park actor, writer Thom Mesrobian crafted a knowing and hilarious valentine to actors and anyone who's every wondered what goes on behind the castle doors.

    Catie Walsh (Sarah Lockhard) as Sacagawea unwittingly became a love interest when Terry became infatuated with her. She smartly avoided love in the workplace. Filled with heart, humor and romance, "Callbacks" delivers an inside look at the people who make theme parks some of the happiest places on Earth. Mike Rossi was adamant about always going to auditions but Terry Stein grew complacent with his role in the theme park show. When the show was shut down Mike bounced to a new position quickly while Terry found it hard to find a new role. Mike ended up rising up to a managerial position and when he bumped into Terry he took him under his wing.

    I enjoyed the show. It reminded me of working for Disney as an animation artist for 10 years. The studio was started in trailers set up in the theme park parking lot and during the internship I could see cast entering their dressing trailers next door. All day, I could hear guests screaming as they plummeted down in the Tower of Terror.

    The show was directed by Mark Hartfield, former show director at Universal Studios. "Callbacks" featured original incidental music composed by Ben Shepler. Costumes were by Cristina Hartfield and the production Manager was Tonya Mesrobian. Stage manager was Sarah Moening.

    Mark Your Calendars! Thought this show isn't part of the Winter Fringe Mini-Fest, I thought I would remind you that Mini-Fest is coming! It will run from January 10 to 13, 2019. A Winter Mini-Fest button is $3. A pass to 5 shows is $65. A show ticket and button are needed to get into any show. This 5 Pass includes admission to 5 shows during the 2019 Winter Mini-Fest (WMF).  This is a $10 savings over the regular price of 5 WMF tickets.

    Unused allocations are non-transferable and non-refundable.  This pass is valid for the 2019 WMF, January 10th - January 13th. This pre-paid 5 pass does not guarantee entrance to a show.  You will need to redeem your allocations through the box office to receive a ticket to the specific performance you have selected. Quantities are limited, get yours today!


    Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    FOX Station

    Pam Schwartz was asked to go into the FOX News Station for an interview about an exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center. The exhibit was Things come apart which featured photos by Todd McLellan that showed everyday objects like smart phones and lawnmowers blown apart to show all the parts.

    Things Come Apart has ended and has been replace by Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. This is another Smithsonian traveling exhibition but the History Center staff has created a section that uses the Genome to tell something about Central Florida history. Five Central Florida celebrities were asked to give DNA samples and Pam used that information and online resources to research their family trees. Mayor Buddy Dyer found out that is family has ties back to the Revolutionary War making him and his sons eligible for admission into the Sons of the American Revolution. Former Senator Geraldine Thompson found a relative she never knew about. A man had been trying to find his father for many years. When Geraldine's DNA went online it became clear that he and she were related. Her brother was this man's father. Unfortunately her brother has died so this man can never meet his father in person, but he has an aunt he has never met, and they have stories to share.

    The TV cameras had just one operator. For the most part the cameras were fully automated wandering from mark to mark like Roombas. The cameraman didn't seem to have much to do. An hour of waiting, and a quick recording session resulted in just moments on the final cut shown on TV.


    Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Patron's Pick for Murder at Fringe


    Mallory Sabetodos Vance produced Patron's Pick for Murder which was a truly interactive "who done it" at the 2018 Fringe Festival. Patrons met outside the Firehouse Museum behind the Shakes and it was in this pre-show quay that the cast mingled with patrons. The mystery was already a foot. Michelle Papaycik played the part of an actress in a show called "Michelle and Lars go to Mars". This was clearly a spoof of some of the Fringe's worst possible shows. Rabid fringe fans mingled with actresses and self appointed theater critics. A simple 2 by 4 door frame was the entrance to the main staging area up on a slight hill under a huge live oak tree. I focused my attention on the line of patrons as they mingled with the cast.

    Bikini Katie was the guest star for this press preview and she played up the part of being a true diva. A sip from her water bottle resulted in her immediate demise from poison. After this the patrons could interact with the cast asking questions to try and surmise who had killed Katie. Strangely enough you could even ask the corpse for her thoughts, which is a real luxury for a detective to have. As I was sketching, Pam Schwartz was working the crime scene to try and solve the mystery. She is a born detective, but she was not able to solve this crime. The final motive when reveled was quite simple, but I will keep it to myself should you ever have a chance to experience this show for yourself. The show becomes more exciting when you ask the right people the right questions. You would get out of the show what you put into it.


    Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Monday, December 3, 2018

    Winter Garden Farmer's Market


    The Winter Garden Farmers Market (104 S Lakeview Ave, Winter Garden, FL ) is open every Saturday from 9:00am to 2pm in beautiful Historic Winter Garden.  It has quickly grown into a community staple and offers a large selection of vendors from locally grown produce and baked goods, to homemade soaps and fresh flowers. Dogs are welcome. Enjoy live music every Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. There are Holiday Carriage Rides through downtown Winter Garden on December 8, 15 and 22, 2018 from 5pm to 9:30pm  starting at the Winter Garden Downtown Pavilion.

    Other Winter Garden Holiday Events to watch for this season...

    December 7
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
    Show at City Hall, 6 to 9 pm
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on
    the Plaza, 7 to 9 pm
      
    December 8
    A Very Merry Farmers Market
    with Santa, 9 am to 2 pm
    Holiday Music and Horse Drawn
    Carriage Rides, 5 to 9 pm
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
    Show at City Hall, 6 to 9 pm
    Sleigh Ride with Santa! 6 to 9 pm

    December 14
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on the
    Plaza, 7 to 9 pm
    December 15
    A Very Merry Farmers Market
    with Santa, 9 am to 2 pm
    Holiday Music and Horse Drawn
    Carriage Rides, 5 to 9 pm
    Holiday Movie Night
    (Carolers Pre-Show), 6 to 9 pm
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
         Show at City Hall, 6 to 9
     
    December 16
    Holiday golf cart parade, 4 to 7 pm 
    December 21
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on
    the Plaza, 7 to 9 pm 
    December 22
    A Very Merry Farmers Market
    with Santa, 9 am to 2 pm
    Holiday Music and Horse Drawn
    Carriage Rides, 5 to 9 pm
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
    Show at City Hall, 6 to 9 pm
    December 28
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on
    the Plaza, 7 to 9 pm


    Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Sunday, December 2, 2018

    A Christmas Carol at Orlando Shakes


    I have seen A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens many times so I am a bit jaded, however this production far exceeded my expectations. The set felt like an attic and there was a staircase at the front of the stage that heightened that effect. The play began with the sounds of an excited party below the stage, and then the actors walked up from that excitement onto the stage.

    Steven Paterson did an amazing job as the crotchety Scrooge. Paul Bernando got to perform some very angst filled scenes as the chain covered Bob Marley's Ghost. Amazingly he also performed as the kindly ghost of Christmas Present. Many actors got to play up to seven different characters and I didn't even notice. Tiny Tim, played by Sebastian Cranford had the thinnest legs, making him a perfect fit for the part.

    The Shakes really seems to be stepping up their game when it comes to effects in their staged productions. A ghostly door knocker was represented by a framed photo in a spotlight held by an actor from behind. When the ghostly knocker came to life the actor pressed his face into the mesh of the canvas creating a ghostly three dimensional apparition. The ghost of Christmas future was a huge hooded puppet that moved around the stage freely. A four poster bed rose from a trap door and the curtains floated down from above.

    More important than the flash however was the emotional heart of the production. This is a great show to warm even the coldest heart this holiday season. It is nice to see innocence and kindness win over a hard heart.

    Performances of A Christmas Carol continue through December 30, 2018 at the Orlando Shakes (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803) in the Margeson Theater.
    Tickets are $30 to $53.


    Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Saturday, December 1, 2018

    Smallest Gallery in Orlando


    Trevor Fraser, an entertainment reporter for the Orlando Sentinel put out a call for artists on Facebook for what he called the Smallest Gallery in Orlando. The gallery consisted of a small strip of wall between two doors. I decided to incorporate my 12th Night Orlando Shakespeare Theater sketch to fill the space and my submission was approved.

    Trevor and his wife Lindsay Fraser decided to host a party where guests could paint in the sketch. I arrived about an hour early and projected my sketch on the wall and then painted in the dark line work. I Did a bit of painting on the central Shakespearean actor and then relaxed along with Pam and watched as people finished the painting. f course everyone had their own style so the disparate areas didn't entirely tie in together but that is part of the charm.

    All the food served was part of a "Beet Off" between he and Lauren Delgato. Everything had beets in it, Beet hummus, beet salad, beet cupcakes. It is amazing the variety of tastes you can get from a humble beet. It was a fun afternoon.

    This little mural wasn't quite finished by the end of the party, so I am not sure if it ever was completed. There was some talk of using this sketch in the Orlando Sentinel for an article about the gallery, but there was no budget so I saved it for this site. The Noor Salman trial was just beginning and unfortunately the Sentinel also didn't buy any of the 70 or so courtroom sketches I did for that trial. Only CNN, Channel 9 and Channel 6 and the Orlando Weekly used some of those sketches. March was a crazy month.


    Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com