Friday, May 31, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for June 1 and 2, 2019

Saturday June 1, 2019
8am to 1pm Free. Parramore Farmers Market. The east side of the Orlando City Stadium, across from City View. Purchase quality, fresh and healthy food grown in your own neighborhood by local farmers, including Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando, and other community growers.

10am to 4pm Free. Sanford Farmers Market. First and Magnolia Sanford Fl.  

8pm to 10pm Free. Shuffleboard. Orlando's Beardall Courts 800 Delaney Ave Orlando FL.
1st Saturday of each month. Free fun! 
  
Sunday June 2, 2019
10am to 4pm Free. Lake Eola Farmers Market. Lake Eola Park, Orlando, FL 32801.

Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola near red gazibo.  

Noon to 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Violinist Lisa Ferrigno. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789.


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, May 30, 2019

Hombre at Fringe


Hombre was a contemporary dance show choreographed by Ana Cuellar. The show poster featured an anatomical drawing of a man's musculature as he clutches his heart with beam of red light emanating outwards. The theater went dark and the first dance number had the entire cast on stage as they used their cell phones to light their way. Titled Monotony, the dance seemed to showcase the ways people are isolating themselves thanks to the distractions of the digital world. At times, the dancers literally could not  be seen. It was thrilling, but impossible to catch in a sketch.

Ana doesn't usually dance in the shows she choreographs, but she did appear in the middle of this Fringe show. She danced with Brett DeBeaulieu in a daring routine that featured plenty of strength and acrobatics. I have a renewed respect for Ana's abilities as a dancer after seeing her leap through the air and tumble over Brett's shoulders.

Original music in the show was by Alejandro Padilla and sung by Bruno Sanger. There was a dance that acted as a tribute to Pulse. The common theme running through this show was love and finding one's self. The final routine was set to music based on a poem by Lori Aach called Essence. The back scrim turned a bright red. Twice, a dancer in a bright red dress danced with vestiges of flamenco passion. The goal was poetry in motion, and the combination of the arts' forms suspended the audience for a rare moment between a sense of wonder and hope.


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, May 29, 2019

Florida Man at Fringe


I sketched a tech rehearsal for Florida Man. We all know about the Florida Man twitter feed where you can read the insane headlines that make Florida appear like a Looney Toons version of the Wild West. Such headlines include, "Florida man takes a bubble bath in Wendy’s kitchen sink and gets fired," or "Florida man arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after throwing alligator through a fast-food chain’s drive-thru window."

This Fringe show allowed the  audience to pick one of three headlines that would affect the plot of the show. J. Scott Browning directed the cast. Florida Man's (Adam Murray) abode was simply a small couch with milk crates functioning as side tables and a coffee table. Pizza boxes were littered everywhere. The basic premise of the show was that Florida Man lived with a curse, but he wanted to live a life separate from the headlines.

Florida hick standards abounded, like shopping at Walmart or dealing with an apathetic drive-thru hostess.  Of course being a tech rehearsal the show was disjointed with many pauses for blocking. It was clear however that the cast was having fun and the show was light-hearted fun. Two smarmy newscasters (Andy Gion, Trenell Mooring ) would announce the headlines with false saccharine sweet humor. It became clear that Florida Man had more heart than the headlines that defined his existence to the rest of the world. Florida man deserved to find Florida woman (Sharon Yost), and together they might carve out some form of a life beyond comical headlines.


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, May 28, 2019

My Left Tit at Fringe


My Left Tit, written by Gwen Edward, is about two years in the lives of a cancer patient and her faithful mutt, Omie, from initial diagnosis, through experimental treatments, up until the final hours. Brandon Roberts played all the parts in this play about facing a horrible diagnosis and a pup's faithful love and devotion given with boundless energy. Roberts shifted quickly back and forth between the heart felt monologue of the female owner and the endearing antics of her energetic pup. Lighting cues helped separate these quick mercurial jumps back and forth.

The pup dreamed of chasing fireworks that exploded in the sky. Like Wile E. Coyote in  the roadrunner cartoons, he ordered packages that would arrive at the doorstep. Any time the doorbell rang he would bark wildly and bound down the aisles of the theater. He constantly bragged that his front paws were like lion's paws. His energy and enthusiasm were a stark contrast to the female owner's heartfelt reflections on life and her gallow's humor in the face of death.

Only days before seeing the show, my pup had cornered a baby possum, which she then chomped on and dragged to the center of the back yard. She dropped it on a dead patch of lawn and the possum lay still as death. I grabbed her leash before she bit it again and dragged the pup inside. I returned to the baby possum to see it lying lifeless, but breathing. I ran inside to call animal services and as I did, I saw the possum get up and walk calmly away into the bushes. I  forgot that possums play dead as a survival mechanism. For this reason, I identified with the stuffed possum that was strewn on the stage.

For any dog owner who understands the endless support and devotion of an energetic pup, this was a heartfelt show with humor to balance out the harsh reality we all must face someday.


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, May 27, 2019

Static at Fringe


New Vintage Ensemble, from New Orleans, LA, presented Static, a hybrid theater, live concert production that told the story of a son using music as a means to cope with losing his father to dementia.

The show is the work of playwright Connor Kelly O’Brien, who created it after hearing Daniel Amedee’s music. The theater was dark and on the black curtain behind the performers, projections moved with the forms' outlines in white.  I could decipher some street scenes and pedestrians moving. The theater remained dark for the duration of the show with isolated spot lights focusing on each performer, in turn, as they traded back and forth while the narrative progressed.

Connor sat house left, going through boxes of his past memories. He was never as close as he hoped he could be to his father. As his father developed dementia and his days were numbered, the son decided to take him on a road trip to try and rekindle some form of connection. The show was about the love between people and the way we cope with the hard things in life.  

All the music by Daniel was original and mesmerizing. This wasn't your typical musical stage production. The dark, brooding production left in its wake sadness at the ways people deflect from any form of connection, with idle conversation that never gets to the heart of what should be said. Though the play felt like a personal reflection on loss, it was fictional.


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, May 26, 2019

The Hammered Dog at Fringe


Freeline Productions, from Orlando, presented Hammered Dog in the Red Venue at Fringe.

Shy, insecure, and emotionally fragile, Sandra (Sarah Lockhard) met the handsome, sexually possessive Ted (Steven Johnson) at a nightclub  Sandra was clearly unsure of herself in the loud club, but when she spotted Ted, she perked up. She hesitated before approaching him and when she finally worked up the nerve, he turned to walk away and her drink splashed on his shirt. Her cursed and stormed off. Later she considered cutting herself in the alley, but he intervened, becoming her knight in shining armor. The title of the play came from Ted describing other men he would make fun of at the club. He would watch them get hammered and then try and hit on women. He would laugh at their failures and then hit on the girls himself since he was such a catch. He called these losers Hammered Dogs. I despise those who denigrate others in an attempt to raise their own self-worth.

This chance interaction quickly led to an intense, volatile relationship. He had to be the most self-absorbed and lazy boyfriend of all time. When she offered him a home cooked meal, he insisted she get him a Publix rotisserie chicken instead. It was his one redeeming quality, since Publix does have some good chicken. He was jealous at every turn, saying she was lucky to have found him. He was one of the most repulsive characters I have seen on stage.

Ted's horrible behavior mirrored behavior she had experienced from her dad in the past. Her only life line was a gay older co-worker (Todd Allen-Long) who helped her out and listened to her, hoping she could get her life back on track. His affection and support would have driven Ted mad. So each intimate conversation was a ticking time bomb.

Under the strain of her obscure past and Ted’s emotional manipulation, her life took a fateful turn.  Some wounds never heal.

Tickets for Hammered Dog are $12 plus the $10 Fringe Button.
Only one show date remains and that is tonight:
Sunday, May 26, 2019 9:15 PM to 10:15 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

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Dandy Darkly's All Aboard at Fringe


Dandy Darkly's All Aboard was a high energy hour of sinister story telling. "Where were you the night the Gaybird Steamer ran off her tracks?" Resplendent storyteller Dandy Darkly served up another audacious hour of hypnotic Southern Gothic grotesquery: creepy robots, African spider gods, beauty shop gossip and inbred redneck freaks. Oh, also trains!

An ongoing stream in the flowing story line was the mass marketing of Lollybot, a toy that every child had to have. It had a hypnotic single eye. Of course, I couldn't help but think of the pink Lollybot of Dog-Powered Robot fame. The mastermind behind his marketing mania was similar to Henry F. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life. He only cared about the money that could be made. Greed ruled supreme.

The story told was delivered at a feverish pitch the entire show, much slipped by me as I concentrated on the details of costuming and the set. Giant golden spiders embellished Dandy's shoes and lapel. Tassel's waved and Dandy gestured. Glittering golden tights and puffy sleeves fully engrossed my attention. A golden goblet on a tiny side table lit by candles, was used to quench Dandy's parched lips when he needed to pause to let a story point sink in.  A quilt of spiders, pumpkins, top hats, Easter eggs, presents, and a one-eyed robot acted as a backdrop for all that unfolded.

The existential world of the south he painted was dark, mysterious, and sinister. Danger loomed at every turn.

Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe button.
Remaining show times are:
9:00 PM
2:45 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

Friday, May 24, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Fringe Picks

Saturday May 25, 2019
5:30 PM to 6 PM $10 plus a $10 Fringe Button. Ladies Room: The Musical. Bikini Katie Productions, Orlando, FL. Four women meet in line for the ladies room. They explore poor dates, societal expectations, friendship, and why there's ALWAYS a line for the women's restroom. From the writer of Beneath the Bikini, and the composer of Buggin Out: A Small Musical, this musical journey is sure to entertain. Taking place in the ladies room by the blue venue, you'll want to get in line to grab these tickets! Just like these ladies, you gotta go! It's sure to be #1.
13 and Up - Strong Language, Adult Content
30 Minutes

7 PM to 8PM $12 plus a $10 Fringe Button. The Agony and the Ivories.  Grown Man Productions, Chicago, IL. He feels the music and he feels your pain. Actor, musician, and SAK Comedy Lab alum Bill Larkin stands behind a keyboard to perform his original comedy songs tackling subjects such as aging, homosexuality, self-esteem and social media. As seen on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Los Angeles Times calls him "bitingly satirical". Weird Al Yankovic himself is "a big fan". Intended for mature audiences.
18 and Up - Strong Language, Adult Content
60 Minutes

9 PM to 10 PM $12.00 plus a $10 Fringe Button. My Left Tit: A Sort True Tale of the Magical Bond Between a Dog and her Person.  Moustache Running Club, Fayetteville, AR Brandon Roberts shares a whimsical and touching tale of the perfectly matched pair of Omie the dog - who has taken on a vital mission - and her person, Gwen, who is fighting a battle of her own. Typically known for his non-verbal work with Gromalot Theatre Factory, this is Brandon's first solo (and speaking) engagement at Orlando Fringe. All earnings from the show will be donated to the New Community Project. newcommunityproject.org
13 and Up - Strong Language, Adult Content
60 Minutes

Sunday May 26, 2019
1 PM to 2 PM $12 plus a $10 Fringe Button. Pack Animals. Scantily Glad Theatre, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Ever been to summer camp? Took a shit in the woods and wiped using pages from your guidebook? Speared the patriarchy on a hot dog stick and toasted it over a roaring fire?
After getting lost in the woods, a multi-badged Woodpecker and a
wildernessly-inept Beaver must set aside their differences to find their way home. JOIN US for an adventure through the untamed forest of sex, puppets, bushcraft...and campfire songs!
13 and Up - Strong Language, Nudity, Adult Content
60 Minutes

5 PM to  8 PM $60. Urban Sketching Workshop at Orlando Fringe with Thomas Thorspecken.
Loch Haven Park 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando, Florida 32803. Meet at Rocket Thrower Statue between Rep and Shakes. There are benches around it. Urban Sketchers Orlando continues in its third year to bring a variety of courses on urban sketching techniques taught by talented local instructors in their home cities. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join us.
DESCRIPTION:
The goal of this workshop will be to sketch the Green Lawn of Fabulousness during the golden hours as the sun sets. Instruction will be provided on how to populate the scene and how to keep darkening the painted aspect of the sketch as the light grows dim.
The FRINGE is a quirky and colorful event, so students are encouraged to get inspired by color and light. A tree might flair up a bright orange as the setting sun hits it or the lights as they come on may create a romantic glow.
Thorspecken is a correspondent for the Urban Sketchers organization since 2009 and has been an official Urban Sketching instructor for three years. An illustrator and journalist he is working in and around Central Florida and has been documenting arts and entertainment for over a decade in one sketch a day for his online news site, Analog Artist Digital World. Thorspecken was an animation artist for Disney for 10 years and has taught courses at Full Sail University and Elite Animation Academy. USk Correspondent
Instructor Thomas Thorspecken will have copies of his FRINGE Sketchbook at the workshop, which contains over 200 paintings done live at the FRINGE over the past 10 years. "I have been inspired by this unique Orlando institution and I hope to share that passion with artists who attend."

 7:15 PM to 6:15 PM $12 plus a $10 Fringe Button. Ray Bradbury's H2O. Susan Turner and Kangagirl Productions, Orlando, FL
Ray Bradbury's H20- Three short stories: The Lake, Picasso Summer and The Million Year Picnic are brought together for the first time in a World Premiere by David Lee, recipient of The Orlando International Fringe Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award and The Critic's Choice Awards for Best Director, Best Solo Drama and Best Male Performer.
13 and Up
60 Minutes


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, May 23, 2019

Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland, and the Golden Age of Hollywood


I met Melanie Gall seven years ago when she presented The Sparrow and the Mouse at Fringe. This year, she returned to bring the heavenly singing of Deanna Durbin to Fringe audiences. The play began with the premise that a reporter wanted to interview Deanna because of her association with Judy Garland. She talked about how the two young actresses became friends, because they were about the same age, and also part of the MGM Hollywood Studio System that controlled every aspect of their lives and schooling.

Judy was surprisingly unsure of her singing abilities, but Deanna was certain of her golden operatic voice. In the 1930s, Deanna was a far greater star. A favorite of Roosevelt, Churchill, even Mussolini, her first kiss made front page news in the New York Times. The two women were friends and rivals for the duration of their careers, having two very different and distinct singing styles. While Louis B. Mayer was away on a trip, he instructed his people at MGM to "drop the fat one." They misunderstood and mistakenly let Deanna go. Soon after Deanna was released by MGM, Universal Studios gave her a contract on the 13th of June and cast her in the September production of Three Smart Girls, which became a major smash hit.

One film would skyrocket Judy into American culture and that was The Wizard of Oz. The studio first wanted Shirley Temple, but Darryl Zanuck would not lend her out to MGM. A Hollywood executive wanted to offer the part to Deanna. She was hesitant, since Judy was under contract and also her friend. She turned the role down because the executive disparaged her friend. He asked her to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow just to try it on for size. Melanie sang the song with such clarity and sincerity that it was a slice of heaven.

Judy abused drugs and Deanna eventually left the studio system at the age of 27 to try and live a normal life in Europe. Deanna stayed on through the war years since she felt it gave the boys on the front hope. In the final scene, Deanna sang a song she and Judy used to play together when they were wide-eyed and young, being fresh to the Hollywood studio system. She held up a photo of Judy and she at the piano. It was a warm and fitting tribute. If you love the warmth and romance of the Hollywood classics, then this is the show for you.

Tickets are $12 plus the $10 Fringe Button.

Remaining show times are:

5:45 PM
2:00 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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Girl at Fringe


Beth Marshall is directing, Girl, written by Megan Mostyn-Brown, a hard-hitting drama at this year's Fringe. When the audience entered the Gold Venue there were three black boxes on the stage and a blue suitcase. Girl consisted of three intimate stories which create a compelling account of the female adolescent experience and what it means to be "home."

The play opened with a young girl, Hannah (Chloe Shaw), seated on the center box. Hate and ugly were scrawled on her legs. Her sister had recently died and she was trying to come to terms with this harsh reality. Days of the week flashed on the screen above her head and we watched as she spiraled downward. She had become numb and the only reality was the feeling she got when began cutting herself. Her sister might not have lived the most exemplary life, but she began to emulate her, going so far as to buy a red-haired wig to look like her.

The second scene introduced a tom boy, Lucy (Alexa Carroll), with a Polaroid camera around her neck. She didn't try and blend in with the upper crust snobbish girls in school, preferring to keep to herself and document the moments of her life with the camera. A group of students began talking about sex and asked, "Where is the strangest place you have done it?" Well, she hadn't actually had sex yet, but when confronted with the question she said, "In a tree," and was shocked that they believed her. a classmate, Isaac (Matthew Gray), later called her out in private saying she was better than that. He walked her home and they began talking as if they had been friends for years. The girl's mom, (Sierra Vennes), sat house right and began talking about the mistakes she had made in life and how she hoped she could protect her daughter from making the same mistakes.  Ultimately, that goal is impossible.

Lydia (Rachel Comeau) performed the final scene alone. Her performance was stellar. Without going into details, I will say her story had heartbreak and pain, with hope in the end. She brought the entire audience on her emotional journey and we were faced with the harsh reality of what she had to face. She cried and laughed and tried to stay strong through it all. She is the one actress I didn't sketch, but I just had to stop and watch her performance without the interruption of glancing down at the page. She held new life dear and close to her chest, discovering what it meant to be at home.

This was heart-wrenching theater at its best. A tour-de-force of emotions.

Girl is in the Gold Venue inside the Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 Mills Ave N, Orlando, FL 32803.
Tickets are $6 along with the $10 Fringe button.
The remaining show dates are:
7:00 PM

6:30 PM
7:00 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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pollywood at Orlando Fringe


Polly Esther had been through some pretty rough times, but no matter how bad things got, she could always listen to a Weird Al Yankovic recording and laugh. She addressed the Fringe audience wearing a Weird Al t-shirt. Her excitement was manic and contagious. She heard that Al would be getting a star on Hollywood's walk of fame. This is an honor that has to be paid for, but it is still an honor.

Since she loves Weird Al so much, she decided she had to go to Hollywood to see him when his star was unveiled. The trouble was, she didn't have the money for a plane flight or hotel stay. Deena Ronayne from Orlando Fringe advised her to start a Go Fund me page to raise money for the trip. Polly took her advice and was surprised when she actually raised the money needed for the trip. She actually surpassed her goal by a bit and decided to get a pair of sandals with plenty of bling so she would blend in on the Hollywood strip.

She hadn't planned ahead for the trip very much, since it never seemed quite like a reality. The morning she had to leave for the airport she hadn't packed a thing. She performed a manic mime of the frantic struggle to pack, which was quite hilarious. Polly's 37 hour adventure was as fun and quirky as Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

The map taped to the back wall with green frog tape showed her trip route to Hollywood. She had the names of all her contributors and added them to the map alongside the route. When she was in Hollywood, she met one of Weird Al's entourage and he invited her to a VIP party on the day of the unveiling. When she met Al, she was amazed that he looked her right in the eye and he loved her name "Polyester!" It wasn't until that moment that it occurred to me that her first and last name, when said quickly, was a synthetic fabric used in cheap clothing lines. 

The bottom line is that this was a fun story about one woman's dream coming true in ways she never expected. Dream big and sometimes you might just reach the stars.

Pollywood is in the Blue Venue inside the Orlando Shakes, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803.
Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe button. 
The remaining show times are:

10:45 PM
8:45 PM
3:30 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

Monday, May 20, 2019

Abridged Orlando Fringe Sketchbook



The Abridged Orlando Fringe Sketchbook documents 10 years of the Orlando Fringe in sketches. The project began in 2009 and today, 10 years later, the sketching continues. Above is a sample of the first 10 pages of the book.

This Abridged Fringe Sketchbook is 110 pages with over 200 full-color sketches. The book is going to press now and will be available by the 2019 Orlando Fringe Festival. Each year has a few paragraphs highlighting my favorite shows of the year. The goal has been to assemble every sketch done at Fringe shows over the past 10 years at an affordable price.

The books will sell for about $25 at the Orlando Fringe. If you would like to pre-order a book, contact pam-schwartz@hotmail.com. If you pre-order, we will arrange to give you the book when you arrive at the Fringe Festival.  We can take orders via pay pal, checks, or of course, the preferred cash. The books can now be found out on the Green Lawn of Fabulousness and inside the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the Fringe Merchandise booths. I pulled aside one for myself since I now fear they might sellout. If they do sell out we will print more books which can be delivered or picked up after Fringe.

A much larger 249 page book that has all the original articles written for Analog Artist Digital World is also being produced if we have enough pre-orders and interest!


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

Ladies Room: The Musical at Orlando Fringe


Ladies Room: The Musical presented by Bikini Katie Productions was an absolute delight. The audience sat in folding chairs place in each stall. One stall was empty, so I plopped myself down as I travel with my own chair. Bikini Katie quickly warned me that that particular stall would be used during the production. I erased the sketch I had started and began fresh. I was particularly panicked since this show is just a half hour long. A bearded pianist sat at his keyboard in the handicap stall.

Once the audience was settled in, four women entered the ladies room. They sang about poor dates, societal expectations, and friendship. One woman hadn't dated for a long time and she was on a date with a guy who turned out to be a real jerk. She seriously didn't want to go back out to face him, fearing she might not make it through the night alive.

A woman wearing a tiara was having her birthday with friends and she was getting as drunk as possible. Her song was interrupted when she ran into the stall I had sat in and hurled. She was the only woman who noticed the musician in the handicap stall. It was a fun way to break the fourth wall.

A thin fashion model of a woman changed her dress and hair styles several times. She seriously had multiple dresses and wigs. Any time she lost interest in a guy she would change her look and find a new guy.

The fourth woman in the group was sort of the mom figure. She had everything in her purse that might necessary to help her younger and misguided friends. She was there for her sage advice. These four woman banded together to help each other get through the night.

Without giving away more details, I can just say that this show was such a fun time. It was the most unique venue this year for sure and the music and performances were amazing. This is my favorite musical so far this year. I hope the show is ultimately fleshed out even further. Definitely get in line for the Ladies Room you will be glad you did.


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, May 19, 2019

The Agony and the Ivories at Fringe


Grown Man Productions, Chicago, IL, presented Bill Larkin behind the piano in the Brown Venue. I have to say right up front that this was the funniest show I have seen so far at this year's Fringe. Bill was from Orlando working at the SAK Comedy Lab before he moved to Chicago. He is an actor, musician, and most defiantly a comedian. He feels the music and he feels your pain.

He sang a song about his twin brother. It was the first song he ever wrote when he was just 8 years old. The beautiful chord progressions that followed lead me to believe a Disney ballad might follow. Instead the ballad was about how the family only wanted one child. Then followed his dreams of killing his brother and how the world would be such a better place once he was gone. It was hilarious and unsettling all at once, a viscous and crazy childhood dream.

Another song about his childhood involved the lengths he had to go to to see some porn. It involved a long trip into town on his trust bike. His destination, six miles away, was the magical Davidson's Pharmacy that carried a special type of magazine. Way in the back of that den of drugs were the magazines, from Time to Woman's Day, but up above those behind an orange, plastic screen were the objects of his dreams - Playboy and Penthouse magazines. He was able to reach the forbidden fruit and he hid it inside a Life Magazine. Lost in the splendor of what he saw, his cover was blown when a proprietor tapped him on the shoulder. He ran for his life and biked home in the rain.

He then explained how easy children have it today. He asked a member of the audience to set the timer on their iPhone to see how long it might take him to find some porn on his phone. The timer was set and his fingers flashed across the screen. Within 14 seconds he found a site and screamed. It took 14 seconds. He shouted it out for all to hear. He then walked over to the outdoor stage door, opened it, and sunlight streamed in. "14 seconds!" he shouted.  I laughed so hard my sides hurt.

This is just a dry sampling of the hilarity that ensued. His songs tackled subjects such as aging, homosexuality, self-esteem, and social media.  Weird Al Yankovic himself is "a big fan."

The Agony and the Ivories is in the Brown Venue at the Orlando Shakes, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803. 

Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe Button needed for every show.

Remaining show times:

6:15 PM
8:15 PM
10:45 PM
5:30 PM
7:00 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

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Coconuts, Coral, and Cow S#it at Fringe


The title for this show was quite misleading. I walked into the preview assuming I would find a strange comedy. Instead, I found a compelling personal drama. Actress Sara Kunz stood on a chair looking down into an abyss. Wind whistled in our ears as she subtly swayed forward and back. She began to cry. The moment lingers, allowing the audience time to realize that she might be willing to jump. The theater went black.

Sara excitedly considered a challenging hike in Hawaii. She loved physical challenges, they allow her to push to her physical limits and beyond. The park announcements in her iPod headset kept reminding her of the dangers. The announcer offered much needed humor, since she seemed to be directing her recorded commentary directly at Sara.

At an outdoor festival, Sara discovered that people would actually pay her money when she performed with her hula hoop. She showed us her act, which was incredible and graceful. She beamed when performing, a human flame, making the hula hoop move in unexpected and magical ways. Realizing that people actually paid her for her art, she decided to travel the world, busking along the way to supplement her life. Her parents didn't think this was a wise life choice, but her mind was made up.

Someone she thought was her friend took a part of her that sent her into a spiraling depression. The scene I sketched had her seated in a therapist's office as she described how her life had been put on hold. We returned to the Hawaiian hike where she was crossing a dangerous ravine that only had a PVC ladder as a crossing point. The ladder was across two chairs, but her terror as she crossed was palpable. I identified with this scene as I had just painted a mural and reaching up to paint the sky, high on the wall, was terrifying on the tall swaying scaffolding.

This performance was testimony to the fact that Sara had not only overcome the horrible experience in her past, but that she also has the strength to share her story so that others who might feel the same guilt and debilitating shame might realize that they are not alone. So don't go to Coconuts, Coral, and Cow S#it expecting comedy, go to be challenged and inspired by the strength of the human spirit. I highly recommend the show.

Tickets are $8 plus a $10 Fringe Button.
The Green Venue is in the black box theater behind the Repertory Theater, 1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

Remaining show times are:

2:00 PM
6:15 PM
5:45 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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Fringe Picks

Saturday May 18, 2019
3 PM to 4 PM $12.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. Black Wood. Gold Venue in the Orlando Museum of Art 2416 Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803.
Carpenter Aunt Productions, Orlando, FL
It's 1967, and Caroline Logan has just joined the cast of TVs top supernatural soap opera. But will nervous network censors and a vampire with line trouble derail her career before it's begun? Probe the dark shadows of dysfunction in a hilarious and poignant new comedy written by Fringe fave Steve Schneider (Escape From Baldwin Park, Ominous George) directed by Dave Russell (president, SAK Comedy Lab), and starring a cast of top O-Town talent.
13 and up - Strong Language, Adult Content

8 PM to 9 PM  $12.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. A Showgirls Musical. Orange Venue in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803.
JMEG Theatrical, Winter Garden, FL
Sequins. Sabotage. Sex in the pool? Based on every one's favorite career killing cult classic, JMEG Theatrical takes you to the 90's with a parody musical that is sure to have more than just your eyes popping. Nomi Malone arrived in Las Vegas with just a suitcase and a dream. So pack your ice cubes, hitch a ride, and wear your best Versayce!
18 and up - Nudity, Adult Content, Strong Language
This show includes strobe lighting effects.

10:30 PM to 11:30 PM  $12.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. Corsets and Cuties: #Celebrate. Black Venue in The Venue 511 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803. 
Corsets and Cuties, LLC, Casselberry, FL
Fringe veterans Corsets & Cuties have made their home at The Venue since their sold-out debut August 2014. Sponsored by Premier Couples Superstore, the Cuties personally welcome guests and attendees to their shows and the troupe intends to light up the night this May in the Black Venue. With a different guest star each night you never know what's gonna happen with this troupe. Be a part of the Cutie's party and "have a good damn time."
18 and up - Strong Language, Nudity, Adult Content

Sunday May 19, 2019
3 PM to 4 PM  $12.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. Black Cow Jumps. Purple Venue  in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803. 
Banks Helfrich, Clermont, FL
Multi-vignettes that place the human back into humanity. Visceral reflections of how we perceive ourselves when we remove our veils, and shift into authenticity. An observation of reality in a performance space to create a clarity and frankness that we all crave, if only we are willing to see ourselves in others. An invitation to pause long enough to experience our Ah-ha moments in a room full of people desiring connection. Life soup.
18 and up - Strong Language, Adult Content

5:30 PM to 6:25 PM  $11.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. The Hammered Dog. Red Venue in the
Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803.
Freeline Productions, Orlando, FL
Starring Fringe favorites Sarah Lockard, Steven Johnson and Todd Allen-Long! From the creative team of 2016 Purple Patrons Pick Murder Sleep. Shy, insecure and emotionally fragile Sandra meets the handsome, sexually possessive Ted at a nightclub where a chance interaction quickly leads to an intense, volatile relationship. Under the strain of her obscure past and Ted’s emotional manipulation, her life takes a fateful turn. Some wounds never heal.
13 and up - Adult Content

9:45 PM to 10:55 PM $10.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. How to Eat a Bear. Brown Venue  in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803.  
Crafty McVillain, Orlando, FL
Best friends Dave and Mark decide that they will stop at nothing to satisfy their inexplicable craving for bear meat and find out the hard way that their quest will lead them down every path except victory.
13 and up


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, May 16, 2019

Ray Bradbury's H2O at Fringe


Susan Turner and Kangagirl Productions is presenting H20, conceived and performed by David Lee. I went to a tech rehearsal to sketch. The production is centered around three Ray Bradbury short stories. The Lake had a young boy yearning for a moment alone by running along the shore. When truly alone, he began to miss Tally, perhaps his sister or a dear friend who he used to help build sand castles. At 12 years old she swam out into the lake, never to return. He built half a sand castle hoping she would return to build the rest.

In The Season of Calm Weather, George Smith and his wife were vacationing in France. He didn't mind the art of Caravaggio or the thick wormed yellows of a Van Gogh sunflower, but he truly loved the paintings of Pablo Picasso. He hoped to one day pay Picasso $5000, telling the artist "Give us the sea, the sand, that sky, or any old thing you want, we'll be happy." George took a walk along the beach and in the distance saw a tan old man drawing in the sand with a popsicle stick. He was drawing incredible figures. He was completely absorbed in his work drawing one figure and then another, and another. The sand flew as he sketched wildly. What appeared was free-running bacchanal, with satyrs, fauns, wine-dipped maidens, prancing unicorns, and piping youths dancing toward distant meadows, woodlands, ruined temples, and volcanoes.

The artist stopped and discovered George standing behind him. The artist shrugged his shoulders as if saying "Look what I've done; see what a child? Allow an old fool this, eh?" He wanted to run back to his room for a camera to capture the scene but there wasn't time, the sun was setting fast and the tide was coming in. He only had time to walk along the length of the creation to soak it all in before the sun slipped below the horizon.  Then, the tide came in, ironing the sand flat. I loved this story which was a reminder that nothing we create will last forever. However as artists, we can't help ourselves.

The third story was The Million Year Picnic, about a family trip to Mars. Blue lights on the edge of the stage created subtle ripple patterns on the ceiling and walls of the theater. This visual clue tied together the three stories, which each had the common element of water. The stories were at times haunting and foreboding about how small we are in the grand scheme of the universe. David did block out each scene by moving around the stage taking on the parts of each character in turn. His goal was to focus on the rich language of Bradbury. This created a staged reading where Ray Bradbury's mesmerizing phrasing could shine. It was raining hard while this rehearsal took place further emphasizing the theme of H2O as the storm pounded the theater roof. There was magic in every moment.

Ray Bradbury's H2O is in the Yellow venue in the Orlando Shakes,  812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803. Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe button. The show runs 60 minutes.

The remaining show dates are:

7:30 PM
12:15 PM
8:30 PM
10:45 PM
7:15 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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Corsets and Cuties: #Celebrate

Corsets and Cuties made their Fringe debut in 2014. Since then, the shows keep selling out. I first sketched them that year, and I have been following their entertaining antics ever since. The Fringe show opens with the jingle song of Premier Couples' Superstore. What followed was a fun night of burlesque, mixed with singing prowess and comedy. There was some unexpected news that their aerialist had fallen recently at the pirate dinner theatre, so he would not be performing.

Veronica Paige did a hilarious and sensual routine in which she essentially made love to a delicious handful of carbs as she stripped, a Hawaiian Sweet Roll I believe. Her Rubenesque might not fit into many pencil thin fashions, but she put those thin girls to shame and looked beautiful. Black gloves and a flowing semi transparent robe made for some fine old-school burlesque.

Crumbcake Cutie did a hilarious routine in which she was baking a cake. Orlando Sentinel theater reporter Matt Palm was in  the audience, seated toward the back away from the crowd. Crumbcake strutted up to him once she had stripped down, and shook her bootie right in his face. He realized he was now the center of attention and gave her a playful pat on the butt, as it seemed she would not go away until he did.

Barbie Rhinestone gave a high energy routine in her polka dot dress. She radiated smiles. Nicki Jay performed to a Lady Ga Ga song and she moved with so much energy that I had to just stop for a bit and watch. I will figure out how to get that level of energy into a sketch someday. Pam seated next to me always jokes, "I always know when Nicki Jay is performing, because your brush stops moving and you just stare."

Corsets and Cuties offered an amazing night of Burlesque. You never know what will happen. Super fun with a big side of sexy.

There are 4 show dates. Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe Button. They are in  the Black Venue which is in The Venue 511 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803.

11:59 PM
10:30 PM
10:30 PM
11:59 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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Black Wood at Fringe

Pam and I happen to have been binge watching Dark Shadows, a goth 1960s live TV show. The show ran for an incredible 1,225 episodes. We are still watching the first season, though it seems like it has been forever. Black Wood, written by Steve Schneider and directed by David Russell, recreated what it might be like for the cast of that tradition of live TV. I have a rather personal memory of watching Dark Shadows as a child. My mother was diagnosed with cancer and she spent most of her time in a NYC hospital away from our suburban New Jersey home. Towards the end, she came home and I would sit in bed with her watching Dark Shadows each day. To me the show seemed dark and sinister, often dealing with people struggling to stay alive after having their blood sucked away by Barnabas Collins... a VAMPIRE! This was one of the last memories I had of being close to my mom. I was 10 years old.

Black Wood featured a young method-acting student, Caroline (Melanie Leon) landing a prize role right after graduating from acting school. Her excitement and enthusiasm was thrilling. The long time cast of the show, however, was jaded, just trying to get through each episode without stumbling. To open her first appearance, Caroline read an opening monologue into the mic. Her throaty, reflective, and dreamy performance was perfectly in line with every intro that proceeded the actual on-air drama. In her monologue, she dreamed of how her life would change once she was finally confronted by Black Wood. The intern on the program, William (Hannibal Callens), was black and he tried to hold back a giggle. This was an ongoing joke.

The cast were professional actors faced with having to go live before the cameras for each show with only a brief rehearsal and script rundown. The sinister vampire of the series was Peter, playing Victor (J.D. Sutton.) He had a magnificently chiseled face, reminiscent of Vincent Price. One constant when watching the TV show live is that actors often stumbled horrifically over their lines. In this stage comedy, Victor as an aging actor was the one who would forget his, leaving the cast stunned as they tried to redirect him on the live broadcast. It left room for plenty of comedy and dark terrified stares off into the scary unknown.

This is my favorite Fringe show so far. I have the advantage of being in the midst of watching Dark Shadows. If you have never seen the goth 1960s drama, then some of the subtle jokes might be missed. But I had a blast. When Caroline let it slip that she was proud to be working on a soap opera, the whole cast gasped. They didn't like referring to their show as a soap opera. They preferred to call it a daytime drama. Soap operas suck, but reality bites. I am certain that Barnabas Collins would approve.

Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe Button. Show dates are:

Thursday May 16, 2019 at 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Saturday May 18, 2019 at 3 PM to 4 PM
Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
Saturday May 25, 2019 at 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
Sunday May 26, 2019 at 10:45 PM to 11:45 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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Showgirls at Fringe

On May 14th the Orlando International Fringe Festival begins. It will be 14 days of fun and theatrical fancy. Fringe is the longest running Fringe Theatre Festival in the United States. It is founded on the principle of being 100% uncensored, unjuried, accessible, and inclusive. 100% of ticket sales are returned to the performers.  To Fringe you need to get a Fringe Button, necessary to get into any show. No button = no entry. Tickets are around $12 and most shows run for about an hour.

The first show I saw was A Showgirls Musical presented by JMEG Theatrical, Winter Garden, FL. The show featured sequins, sabotage, and sex in the pool. Nomi Malone arrived in Las Vegas with a dream of being a famous showgirl. When she arrived, she caught a ride from a stranger and immediately had all her possessions stolen. She took her anger out on a random car and in the process met a girl who took her in.

The first club she worked in was a total dive. When told to show her breasts she said she wasn't getting paid enough and stormed out. She changed her tune over time - for the money - and she did a disgruntled lap dance for a customer. As a 20-somethinglearning for the first time, she yearned to fit in on the strip. She saw a woman walk by in a dress she loved. She wanted the dress, which she bought with money borrowed from her friend. It was $900.  Though she bought it, she didn't bother learning how to pronounce Versace. "Ver-sayse!"

A musical-sex-in-the-pool number brought an audition opportunity and advancement. But, even a better showgirls' troop was far from ideal. There was plenty of glitter and cat fights in the dressing rooms. She fought her way to the top only to find it wasn't really what she had even wanted.

The press preview I saw had technical difficulties, in that the mics kept cutting out, so I didn't hear half of what some characters said. That said, This is still a show I would recommenced for fun dance and plenty of sass!

Tickets for the remaining show dates. The show is in the Orange Venue in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Don't forget to get your Fringe button as well.
10:00 PM
8:00 PM
10:30 PM
8:15 PM
6:30 PM
10:15 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, May 12, 2019

Chef Nite


Chef Rashaad Shears was lured to Central Florida by Disney. They were looking for talented chefs for their themed restaurants. For a time, it was a dream job, but eventually things changed. Rashaad set out on his own, setting up Chef Nite in a warehouse (3477 Parkway Ctr Ct, Bldg 608 Orlando, Florida) which he converted into a kitchen and teaching space. Now, he works on his own introducing couples and groups to the pleasures of cooking, while also catering custom meals and offering personal chef experiences.

Pam is a fine chef herself, cooking each weekend by taste and experimentation. She arranged for us to take this cooking course together. Finding the workshop was an adventure in and of itself. It was at the end of row of warehouses. It reminded me of a scene in Good Fellas, where the wife of a mobster was encouraged to walk into a dark alley to get some free clothes. Inside burly men loomed in the dark. She got spooked and drove off. We weren't spooked, and when we got inside we found a warm inviting kitchen space. The converted warehouse space allows for individualized cooking stations and prep areas. All the food items, appliances, tools, equipment, and knives were provided. Outside the entry was a home-grown herb garden.

The longest lesson was on using a knife. We would be dicing all the vegetables for our creations. As he put it, boys know from adolescence how to firmly grip a long, firm handle. He demonstrated the rocking motion needed for quickly slicing the vegetables and demonstrated ways to avoid also slicing off a finger in the process. Safety was repeatedly stressed, with a sense of humor.

There were four couples taking the class. The next step was to mix a bowl of spices for our personal creation. Pam has a refined palette so she mixed our spices. There was no step-by-step process, each couple was free to blend to their own tastes. One couple was snuggling the whole time, which was mildly distracting, but also a little adorable.

This was a different kind of date that gave us a shared memory. We already worked well together in the kitchen, but this was also a way to mix and mingle with a larger group as we created. When our dishes were finished, we shared our dish with others and they tasted our creation. I might be biased, but I think that what Pam and I cooked that night was pretty spectacular.

Should you want a unique date night contact Rashaad Shears at Chef Nite.


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, May 11, 2019

Aloma Bowl


My intrepid group of urban sketching students from Crealdé School of Art went for a sketch outing to Aloma Bowl (2530 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792) which is just a block away from the school. On Sundays Tournaments are held, so there are some pretty talented bowlers working the lanes.

The goal of this sketch workshop was to help students catch gestures in their sketches. For the first half hour of class we worked in the Crealdé studio, doing quick, two minute sketches to catch gestures. We used a round shaped radio to substitute for a bowling ball and posed, keeping gesture and storytelling in mind. I stressed the importance of using fluid action lines to catch the motion.

The Aloma Bowl lanes were active when we arrived and they grew more crowded as we sketched. I made the rounds, showing the different stages of my sketch as I progressed, and also giving tips and some demonstrations on how to catch a pose in repeated attempts as the parson stepped up to the line to bowl again and again. The large overall sketch was intended to demonstrate one point perspective. I suggested that students only focus on the bowling pins on one lane so they didn't spent much time obsessing over that one detail.

Families came in to bowl, and guard rails were raised on either side of the one bowling lane so that stray balls didn't go down someone else's lane. For the very small kids there was a ramp that could be put on the line and the child just had to get the ball to the top of the ramp and gravity would "bowl" the ball down the lane. I had never seen that contraption before. The first bowler I sketched was finished with his game after only a few times of going up to the line to bowl. I started getting better about watching the score board of people I was sketching, because the board could let me know if I had much time to sketch the people before their game was over. My quick demo sketch stressed the importance of making the figures in the foreground dark against the illuminated lanes. I didn't spend much time on the sketch since I kept checking in with each student as they worked.

There is a wonderful energy to a bowling alley, as folks celebrate their strikes or spares and chat between games. The place had an auditory buzz about it, punctuated by the loud sounds of the pins getting smashed. As an artist, it is exciting to feed off that energy and try to infuse some of it into each sketch. This was unfortunately the last class with this crew of talented artists. It is always hard to say good by after working with artists for six weeks straight.

My next Urban Sketching: Tips and Techniques class starts June 16, 2019 running each Sunday Morning from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Usually, the first hour we cover a premise in the Crealdé studio and then we break out into the community around the school to sketch on location.


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, May 10, 2019

Orlando Fringe Abridged Sketchbook



The Abridged Orlando Fringe Sketchbook documents 10 years of the Orlando Fringe in sketches. The project began in 2009 and today, 10 years later, the sketching continues. Above is a sample of the first 10 pages of the book.

This Abridged Fringe Sketchbook is 110 pages with over 200 full-color sketches. The book is going to press now and will be available by the 2019 Orlando Fringe Festival. Each year has a few paragraphs highlighting my favorite shows of the year. The goal has been to assemble every sketch done at Fringe shows over the past 10 years at an affordable price.

The books will sell for about $25 at the Orlando Fringe. If you would like to pre-order a book, contact pam-schwartz@hotmail.com. If you pre-order, we will arrange to give you the book when you arrive at the Fringe Festival. If there is enough interest we will print more books. We can take orders via pay pal, checks, or of course, the preferred cash. As an added bonus, prints and original Fringe paintings, are being offered at HALF OFF. $100 per print, and $200 for an original. Should you want me to frame the art I can arrange that for $100 more. If you order original art, you will receive an Abridged Orlando Fringe book thrown in for free.

A much larger 249 page book that has all the original articles written for Analog Artist Digital World is also being produced if we have enough pre-orders and interest!


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

Weekend Top 6 Picks for May 11 and 12, 2019

Saturday May 11, 2019
10am to Noon Free. Empty The Tanks Worldwide. Outside entrance to Sea World Orlando, 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821. Empty The Tanks worldwide is a global event which aims to raise awareness of the truth behind Sea World and other captive marine animal facilities. This is a day for everyone around the world to stand up against marine mammal captivity. The abuse and exploitation of these sentient beings has no place in the 21st century.

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

10:30pm to 12:30pm Get food and drink. Son Flamenco.  Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801. Hot blooded  Flamenco dancing set to acoustic guitar.

Sunday May 12, 2019
10am to 4pm Free. Lake Eola Farmers Market. Lake Eola, Orlando, FL 32801.

Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Near red gazebo in Lake Eola Park. Bring your own mat.

1pm to 4:30pm Free. Family Day. 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.


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, May 9, 2019

Thursday Night Hang: Chris Cortez Trio


At Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts (1905 Kentucky Ave. Winter Park Fl), Chris Cortez performed on guitar and vocals; Ron Jenkins was on bass and Walt Hubbard was on drums. Chris is an international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, he ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz and Hot Paris. He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.

This was a free jazz jam session and great sketch opportunity. I was able to find a small table in the front row to set up and relax to the music. They have a small bar in the back of the room for drinks and some snacks. Blue Bamboo is one of the newer venues in Central Florida and they are always hosting amazing musical talents. Blue Bamboo is part venue, part recording studio, part art gallery. More of a concert hall than a night club, they're open to all ages and present all kinds of music, theater, dance, and spoken word events.  They're also available for private parties. Check the web site to stay up to date on all that is happening.

There is a Thursday Night Hang with the Dave Sheffield Trio tonight May 9, 2019 starting at 8pm.
The trio has been performing together for almost 30 years, and the group is regarded as one of the finest jazz trios in the central Florida area. The group features Dave on piano, Jeff Green on bass, and Don Sanderson on drums. This is an authentic jazz trio with repertoire consisting of standards from the American song book. The group can easily crossover from easy listening dinner music, to hard bebop.Admission is free.


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, May 8, 2019

Creative Cay Life Dawing


Monthly artists meet at Creative Cay (5959 Anno Ave, Pine Castle, FL 32809) for life drawing sessions. The fee is $10. Old school drawing horses are circled around the model stand. It is the type of artistic environment that makes me feel at home. When you enter the studio large historic photos from the Disney Feature Animation greeted me. I always feel proud to have been a small part of that period of animation history. I don't get out there as often as I would like since events I plan to sketch often are during the same hours.

Most evenings the models wear costumes so that there is a fun theme for the night. This evening the theme was "Dawn of Man" so less was more. We listen to music that supports the theme for inspiration as we work. It makes for a great work environment.

Most poses were 5 minutes or less, so there is always a high pitched frenetic energy in the room. When the model took a break, I took that as a a cue to do a sketch of the studio space and sketch the model in his bathrobe.

I really should get out to these type of sketch opportunities more often. It loosens me up and helps the next sketch done on location feel more spontaneous and inspired. Artists have sketched since the days of cave paintings. It is  important to keep that tradition alive in this digital age. Most of the sketches I did this night were done digitally on mu iPad using Procreate. It is hard to get messy since there is nothing to spill when working digitally.


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, May 7, 2019

UCF Woodwind Ensembles


UCF Celebrates the Arts presented UCF Woodwind Ensembles in the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater inside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801). The stage is referred to as the Pegasus Stage. The evening began with an Oboe Trio. As they performed I was busy sketching the audience around me.

The UCF Flute Knights performed Pegasus Gallop and March of the Trolls which I rather enjoyed. The UCF Clarinet Choir performed The Tournament which had four movements, The Entry of the Knights, The joust, Lament for the Wounded and Triumph of the Victors. I always like compositions that follow linear story lines.

The Centaurus Woodwind Quintet was followed by UCF Saxophone Ensemble. 17 saxophone players crowded the stage with every shape and size of saxophone. They performed Colonial Song and Molly on the Shore both composed by Percy Granger.The final performance was excerpts from Carmen by Georges Bizet. The stage was filled with every form of woodwind. One instrument I had never seen before it looked like a six foot tall paperclip. It was a contra bass flute and gave off a deep resonant sound.


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, May 6, 2019

Fisher Fiesta


Fisher Miga was the little Pomeranian pup who brought joy to so many in his recurring role as the dog behind Dog Powered Robot. I was back stage for the very first performance of that epic show and still remember the wild and boisterous laughter from the crowd. Every artist was given the same 3 minute song to act as the inspiration for their performance and Dog Powered Robot blew the concept wide open. I peeked out from behind the back stage curtains to catch a glimpse of the wild reception.

The Fisher Fiesta was a low key party to celebrate the dog who made so many people smile. Fisher was diagnosed with cancer, on top of the other health issues he was dealing with, and his humans, Evan and Christie Miga wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to pet his little head before his ailments got worse. He was doing great given his circumstances, Christie and Evan described the last months as bonus time. Every day that Fisher was happy and comfortable was a gift.

He definitely seemed on his game, begging for treats and greeting people as they arrived.  The whose who of the Orlando Theater Community showed up to pet the little guy. I of course struggled with one last sketch. By the end of the party, Fisher retired to Christie's back room studio where he had a comfy spot under her art table. City Commissioner Patty Sheehan was there discussing big green eggs and smoking meat in the kitchen with Pam. Photo albums were out showing the vast collection of magazine articles and clippings about the famous Pomeranian and Dog Powered Robot. I was proud to see some of my framed prints among the archives.

When Pam and I finally left, people were still arriving. Opera director Eric Pinder was parking as we pulled away. That little puppy lived an operatic life. Evan announced on Facebook on March 31, 2019 that they had to let Fisher go on Saturday morning. He passed peacefully in a small park in Christie’s arms, looking into Evan's eyes, and surrounded by love. The cancer got the best of him over that last week. Fisher was a world traveler, a performer, a therapy dog, and a friend to so many. He is, and forever will be, deeply missed. I am publishing a book about the past 10 years of Orlando Fringe and he appeared so many times in my sketches, being one of Fringe's biggest stars.


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