Monday, June 17, 2019

Juice Box Heros at Fringe

Kevin Burke presented Juice Box Heroes at Orlando Fringe. This straight forward show was about stay at home dads. He shared photos of his daughter and then baby photos of his son. He shared a photo of his son on a trip to the Grand Canyon and it was a shot of his son set against the grandeur of the view yet with his eyes averted to look at his cell phone. This photo sparked an Internet meme sensation and people photo shopped his son and various outlandish situations all the while lost in the digital haze of his phone.

When Kevin took his children to the playground the mothers on the sidelines wondered why this stay at home dad was spending time with his kids instead of mom. Kevin had a long history of working as a comedian and this show proved that he has the chops to keep an audience engaged and laughing while he laces his stories with sincere parenting stories.

His story of teaching his baby girl to ride a bike was heart wrenching when he was then years later teaching her to drive a car. He was basically teaching her to have independence and a life of her own. Kevin knows how to read a room and his interactions with audience members felt like the jovial exchanges one might have with relatives. This was a solid show with plenty of heart.

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

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Great and Powerful Tim: Who Dunnit? at Fringe

The Great and Powerful Tim from Los Angeles presented Who Dunnit, a hilarious magic show gone wrong. I sketched a press preview and Tim Hoffman made it seem that there had been no rehearsals for this 1926 magic show in any form. At every turn the magic tricks went wrong. Tim had just flown in to Orlando and unloaded his bag of tricks moments before his press preview. On trick involved a locked box shown in the foreground of my sketch. The problem was that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the airport decided they had to cut the lock on his lock box for security reasons. This was just one funny mistake among the many that followed. It was the random mistakes that caused the greatest laughs.

One lucky audience member was called on to the stage to act as a world famous magician who rivaled Tim's scatter shot attempts at magic. The volunteer was coached to die on stage and Tim as a bumbling butler was tasked with saving the show. All the technical mishaps could not have been  rehearsed. I laughed out loud the entire show because Tim and the audience knew that if anything could go wrong it would. It was an absolutely side splitting hysterical performance. It had to be the funniest show I saw this year.

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

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Emotions Dance Auditions

I went to an Emotions Dance audition. I have been sketching this dance company founded my Larissa Humiston for years and I am always curious to see the new talent that might joint its ranks. The Emotions Dance Studio is in a new location since the last time I had sketched there. The parking lot  in front of the large building was full so I circled around the block to search for paring. Right behind the building was a parking lot for the Sun Rail which was quite convenient. Next to the building was a sink hole filled with cat tails and many loud croaking frogs.

The dance studios were upstairs. Many pictures lines the walls of the stairwell highlighting many moments in the dance companies history. On the door Emotions was broken down into words signifying each letter. Excellence, Motivation, Opportunities, Teamwork, Individuality, Open Communication, Nurturing,and Self love. I arrived a bit early along with some dancers who were planning to audition.

The dance studio was spacious. The front wall was covered with mirrors along with black curtains which could be drawn to stop dancers from watching themselves. Larissa lead everyone in some rigorous warm ups and dance moves. She liked to joke that she is getting creaky with age, but she was demonstrating every difficult move for the new comers. Each dance move had an  exotic French name for it. I kind of wish there were French terms for sweeping fluid lines of crisp sharp and angular lines. I might make teaching art so much more exotic.

The professional dancers were also in the room so if someone needed to watch how a move was done they could watch a pro for answers. There was just one male dancer auditioning among the 20 of so dancers. I would think that raised his chances of being cast.

Everyone did very structured routines which looked exhausting. The dancers then broke up into groups to do a series of moves across the floor set to music. Mixed in to these moves were moments of improvisation. As the name of the dance company suggests the key was to express emotions through movement.

If you want to see Emotions Dance in person check out The Shift: Choreographer's Showcase happening at Central Florida Community Arts Black box Theatre (250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804) on June 18, 2019 at 6 PM.The Shift in partnership with Emotions Dance Inc, occurs three times per year throughout Central Florida and provides a “preview” of professional contemporary, modern, jazz, and ballet companies season of works. Audience members will have a chance to meet the directors and choreographers after the showcase and find out more about the abundant and diverse professional companies in the area. Audience members will also have a chance to purchase tickets to upcoming performances and events with discounts and special VIP experiences.

Featuring works from:
Emotions Dance
Crawford Jazz Project
Thomas Wilkins
Florida Dance Theatre
Coco Loupe
Ariel Clarke
Tori Sarau
CG and Dancers

Tickets are $20for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
If the 6pm show sells out, they will be adding an 8pm show. One night only!

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

Friday, June 14, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for June 15 and 16, 2019

Saturday June 15, 2019
9am to 2pm Free. Solar Panel Installation and Training (Energy Eco-Action). The Lamp and Shade Fair 1336 N Mills Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803. IDEAS will be partnering with the City of Orlando’s Commissioner Patty Sheehan and a sustainability focused social innovation enterprise called L.E. Rigby Innovations to pilot a solar training experience.
Together, we plan to provide a unique, one-day opportunity for young professionals to gain hands-on training in the solar energy industry by physically supporting the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on the side of this amazing local business to light up the most beautiful Pulse mural here in Orlando.
In addition to the installation, participants will benefit from a one-on-one educational experience around how energy plays a critical role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan.

10am to 4pm Free. Commander's Call. Museum of Military History 5210 West Irlo Bronson Hwy Kissimmee FL 34746. This ongoing program is held on the 3rd Sat of each month is designed to appeal to families, military memorabilia collectors, history buffs, re-enactors & others interested in military history. In addition, persons interested in displaying, trading or selling their military items such as honor coins, swords, photographs, military buttons, scale model boats & planes, military art, uniforms or other equipment register in advance by calling the museum to reserve a spot. Re-enactors & veterans are welcome to come in uniform to add to the history & authenticity of the military experience. Non-military booths such as healthcare providers, home improvement, local attractions or other businesses are invited to be vendors for minimal donation.
INFO & Register: 407-507-3894 or to register your table space.

8:30pm to 10:30pm Free. Body//Talk x Acp Pro x Crux at Synthwave Arcade.  The Geek Easy 114 S Semoran Blvd, Ste 6, Winter Park, Florida 32792. Stranger things are going down again this summer, with new vibes from beyond from the upside down provided by Crux, Midnight Inspector of Body Talk, and ACP PRO...go beyond synthwave to the retrofuture. 

Sunday June 16, 2019

10am to noon. Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class. University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811. The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources.

Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola Park near Red Gazebo. Bring your own mat. 

Noon to 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Brian Hayes. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Members of the public are invited to visit our historic home museum on a Sunday afternoon to listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

90 Lies a Minute at Fringe

Paul Strickland an Orlando Fringe veteran brought 90 lies a Minute to this year's Fringe Festival. From the title I thought this might be a one man play about the political lies of our POTUS. Instead this hilarious comedy featured stories from relatives in the deep south.

He presented in quick witted succession three stories inherited from Uncle False, plus a song. The first story was about a cranky old family car that seemed best fueled by an endless stream of cursing. Another story had the family home straddling two time zones which allowed for family to step back in time an hour when aunt Ima passed away. Another story was about a sunken city and a politician making false promises that citizens were easily duped into believing.  It was at this point that I felt he might be making an allegory about the sad state of affairs in politics today.

Paul the pulled the strings of the story together with a solo song with his acoustic guitar to back him up. All the laughter was followed by poignant reflections in song. The tall tails seemed like family stories that might be told after a large holiday meal. Ain't True and Uncle False could be any one of our own relatives.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Myrlande Bebe

This post is about the shooting that took place at the Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. It contains difficult content, so please do not read on if you feel you may be effected. 

This article and sketch have been posted with the express written permission of the interviewee. Analog Artist Digital World takes the privacy and wishes of individuals very seriously.

Myrlande Bebe is the mother of Jason Josaphat, one of the 49 people murdered at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. Chelsea, her daughter-in-law sat with her. Jason was born on August 8, 1995 and was 20 years old when he died.  Jason loved to draw. He wanted to do 3D animation and also studied photography in high school. He studied at Valencia Community College for 6 months and then went to Southern Technical School where he made the president's list and was on his way to becoming a CPA. He planned to travel the world and some day go to Haiti, which is where Myrlande was born.

"I never heard of Pulse until that night." Myrlande explained. On June 11, 2016 she was working a 12 hour shift. Jason is one of three brothers. They were known as the 3 Js: Jamal, Justin, and Jason. Their sister Miriam had just flown in from Arizona to visit. Her birthday was on June 13th, so they were making plans to celebrate. Myrlande called Miriam before she got home and found out that Jason had gone out. When Jamal arrived home she asked him where Jason was. He didn't know, so he called Jason and left a message. Exhausted from a long day of work, she went to bed, but she couldn't sleep.

In the middle of the night her phone started ringing. Miriam picked it up and heard Jason on the other side. She shouted, "Mom, Jason is in trouble! Call 911!" Myrlande took the phone, "Where are you?" she asked Jason. He was panicking. "There are a lot of dead people on the floor, call 911!" She started screaming and Jamal asked, "What is wrong? Mom calm down." On the phone Jason explained that he was at Pulse. "I'm in the bathroom, I'm trapped and I can't get out." The last thing he said was, "He's coming," and he got off the line.

Myrlande and Jamal immediately drove to Pulse Nightclub. The call had taken place around 3:25 am and the drive was around 15 minutes. They were outside Pulse from about 3:40 am to 6 am and felt that they had seen everything. They knew Jason was trapped in the bathroom and they both wanted to rush inside to get him. Police had secured the scene making that impossible. "It felt like I was in Iraq, it was terrible." she said. "My heart was aching." She saw a young man crying. He said, "I lost him." She asked him what happened. "Some crazy man just started shooting at us," he said. Anyone she met that night, she asked, "Did you see my son?" Everyone was crying. There was blood everywhere. "We saw ambulances taking people." She had never seen dead bodies before. They would pick them up by the two arms and two legs and haul them to a truck. It was a disaster, a nightmare.

At 6 AM police said, "If you don't see your family member here, go to Orlando Regional Medical Center, you can claim them there." Myrlande gave one of the nurses Jason's name and described a tattoo he had on his chest, which he had designed himself. She gave them a picture of her son. They couldn't find him. They asked for his medical and dental records as well. She couldn't believe what was happening. She and Jamal had to return home without knowing where Jason was.

That night she had a dream about Jason. She was in a market place with her daughter and niece. She looked up and saw her son. He had his favorite color on, which was green. She saw him far far away. She shouted his name and ran towards him. He passed behind a pole and disappeared. She woke up feeling anxious.

The next day she went to the Beardall Center. She sat patiently waiting to find out if her son was in a coma or if he was at the hospital somewhere. Someone asked to talk to her and they delivered the news. All the records she had given them matched. She found out her daughter's birthday that her son was dead. Her daughter said, "Mom, I will never again have another birthday." It was a nightmare for them all. It wasn't easy to find out that her son had gone out to have a good time, and didn't make it back home.

Myrlande later learned that Jason fought hard for his life that night. Jason had the courage to talk to the gunman. The last bullet Jason took shielded someone else. Patience Carter had been shot in the leg and Jason helped to keep her calm. Just before the bathroom walls were breached by police, the gunman started to shoot again.  Jason covered Patience with his body and took the bullet. Myrlande was told that he died instantly and didn't suffer.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The War: an Immersive Radio Drama at Fringe

Phoenix Tears Productions presentted The War: an Immersive Radio Drama. I witnesses The War from afar. The Fringe audience sat on the steps of the Rep Theater as a researcher from S.C.R.O.L.L. asked them questions and sent them on a mission to seek the truth about a group of rebels and terrorists who threatened the state. Since I was sketching, Pam Schwartz joined the researches to immerse herself in the drama. Audience members were each given head phones and they wandered behind the theater to learn more about the rebels. Mallory Sabetodos Vance was the lead researcher.

With my sketch done, I joined the audience when they returned to share their discoveries. What the audience discovered defied every premise and theory that the researches had considered basic truths. The rebels were not the angry and reckless terrorists that they had thought. The rebels wanted peace as much as anyone. We traveled back in time to witness the beginnings of the war.

A strange aspect of the show is that actors interacted with the audience but they were acting without talking, instead relying on pre-recorded audio. Everything that had triggered the war was a misunderstanding. People had died for no reason. Peace was still in reach if people could put aside their political bias and band together for the common good. The choice of this audience at the end resulted in a log war that resulted in many deaths but ultimately ended the war.

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

Goodbye at Fringe

Goodbye by John Mark Jernigan a new play directed by Chris Crawford with music by Anthony R. Smith. The show starred T. Robert Pigott and he was seated center stage at the start of the show. Various interpersonal dinettes spiraled around him. Two men (Brian Brammer, Jeffery Correia) began an affair. One was cautious ant the other threw himself into the relationship without a second thought. A  young mother (Lauren Culver) was overwhelmed by the responsibilities of raising a new born child. She met a young man (John Mark Jernigan) in the park and his friendship helped give her strength. He adored the child and his attention gave her moments of rest. Later as she expressed her gratitude and affection he let her know that he was gay. The last relationship was between the main character and his sister. Their relationship was  about contentious but you could tell she loved him, despite their differences.

As these scenarios played out it slowly became apparent that they were all moments from the main characters pas life. He had been impetuous and passionate. He been open to ta young mothers plight and given her hope, and his relationship with his sister had given them both strength because of the shared history.

For some reason an urn stood quietly on a stool at the back of the stage.  As I sketched I wondered what it might mean. The main character began talking about his love of scuba diving and how quiet and serine it was under water. As he sank below the shimmering surface of the ocean he began to cry. Needless to say, it is hard to breath through the air tank respirator while crying. His sister reacted with shock and dismay to a call she received.

They say your life flashes before your eyes when it is your time to die. Perhaps that is what just transpired. Though never stated implicitly we were left wondering if that vase was full of ash. The lesson learned might be that we should live life without compromise. Nothing is guaranteed. All we can do is love and support each other along the way. The smallest kindness can have a huge impact on someone else's life.

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

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Fury and Sound: The Séance at Fringe

Scott Browning and Nathan Felix presented Fury and Sound. The premise of  the show was that a group of friends (Esteban Vilchez, McKenzie Jo Frazer, Christopher Baker, Amanda Lane Decker) wandered to the edge of the Orlando Fringe Festival to communicate with the dead. The actors and audience met near the Rocket Thrower statue which is at the entrance of Loch Haven Park off of Princeton Avenue. I decided to sketch the musicians and vocalists who were n a grassy knoll near the Orlando Science Center. The technician at a folding picnic table was responsible to broadcast the live performance to headphones worn by each member of the audience. I was also given head phones so I heard the show while Pam joined the crowd to experience the seance first hand. I know a Ouija board came into play.

Actors and the audience moved from location to location. They ended up at an area with a circle of rocks which acted as benches. I saw them performing with small lights or the flash light feature of their phone, off in the distance. I heard the voices of the deaf whispering in my ears. The spirits were restless.

I however remained focused on a live performance of the chamber orchestra (Symphonic Underground, led by Daniel Cortes) and choir performing the score live on an adjacent lawn. The cello, several violins and a flute added a classical mysteriousness to the proceedings in which a young murdered woman's soul is brought back from the dead. This was the first performance of the piece at Fringe and they director gave his tech a high five being relieved that the technology had actually worked.

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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Church of Saint Bearer

Church of Saint Bearer was written by Irene Pynn and directed by Robert Cunha. The audience was ushered into the theater under the premise that they were going to a worship service. The helpful hymnal advised that we should cover our cough. There are often people who cough
as they settle in at a theater but I was more aware of the coughs and even coughed myself.

Mentor Higgins (Brett P. Carson) stood behind the pulpit and asked the congregation to stand, he then lead the audience in a series of calls  and responses. I remained seated since I was sketching. Higgins said: "We pray, therefore," "We think." replied the congregation. Someone in the congregation coughed.

Outside the church people were getting sick. It was an epidemic. Dave (Malakai Green) a young parishioner had doubts about his faith in the face of this epidemic. Higgins gave him academic answers but as the horrors escalated he too questioned his faith. Victor stumbled in and fell to the floor. His cheek had been bitten off. Blood was everywhere. Anyone infected could turn and attack others. One parishioner stabbed another hoping to stop the spread of the infection.

Higgins had to contemplate murder to keep the peace. Blood spattered on the Japanese screen room divider and the shadow of a woman's lifeless hand was projected on the back of the screen. Religion no longer offered serene wisdom. Only chaos and horror remained.

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

Friday, June 7, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for June 8 and 9, 2019

Saturday June 8, 2019
11:30am to 1pm Free. Firelei Báez Artist Talk and Book Signing.  The Mennello Museum of American Art 900 E Princeton St, Orlando, Florida 32803. Artist Firelei Báez will present a FREE talk, on the occasion of the Mennello Museum of American Art's new exhibit IMMERSION INTO COMPOUNDED TIME AND THE PAINTINGS OF FIRELEI BÁEZ.
Please RSVP at
Báez is best known through her extraordinary paintings of lush landscaped-figures, intricately patterned tignons, and otherworldly bodies with striking eyes. Here, she considers the reality of ones current social and the historic construction of cultural self in America. These complex, inter sectional bodies and symbols alongside large-scale portraits are painted in vibrant, swirling colors, which intermingle time and character. For Báez, “identity is malleable, negotiated,” and given strength by the female body and mythology of her being.
IMMERSION INTO COMPOUNDED TIME AND THE PAINTINGS OF FIRELEI BÁEZ is curated by Katherine Navarro, Mennello Museum of American Art. A fully illustrated bilingual catalog on the exhibition has been published, and will be available for purchase and artist signing.
Firelei Báez was born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She earned her BFA at The Cooper Union School of Art in 2004, participated in The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2008, and later earned her MFA at Hunter College in 2010. Báez currently lives and works in New York City. She has held residencies at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, The Lower East Side Print Shop and The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace. Báez has had solo exhibitions at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Pérez Art Museum Miami, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, among others. Báez was included in the 2018 Berlin Biennial, the United States Biennial Prospect.3, New Orleans, the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time’s LA>LA exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles and at the 2017 Venice Biennale with the Pinchuk Art Foundation’s Future Generation’s Art Prize exhibition. Her work is in the collections of the BNY Mellon Art Collection, Pittsburgh, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, Sindika Dokolo Foundation Collection, Luanda, Angola, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Jaffa, Isreal. She is currently represented by Kavi Gupta, Chicago and James Cohan, New York.

6:30 Silent Auction, 7pm Show. $20 General Admission. Play in a Day. Lake Howell High School 4200 Dike Road, Winter Park, Florida 32792.
Beth Marshall Presents PIAD 2019
This year's PIAD features all women writers, directors and stage managers.
100 artists
78 women/22 Men
All proceeds benefit the BMP Theatre Scholarship Fund & TOP TEENS!
Sponsored by Pom Pom's Tea House and Sandwicheria and Penguin Point Productions
Cost: VIP $25 (Front Two Rows/ Advance Seating/Raffle Tickets/First Dibs on Silent Auction)
General Audience-$20
*This show is asterisks for everything, so if this offends you, please take the time to leave now.
Tickets on Sale Now at
Producing Artistic Direction - Beth Marshall
Production Stage Manager - Blue Estrella
Assistant Producer - Clark Levi
Assistant Production Manager - Gabriel Neil Barnert
Technical Director/Light Design - Jordan Laica
Assistant Technical Director - Dylan Molitor
Program/Logo/Projection Design - Ben Lowe
Box Office Manager - Chris Foster
Front of House/Silent Auction Manager - Jacyln Thomas
Assistant Front of House/Raffle Manger - Theresa Rogers
Website Manager - Winona Wiley
PEPE' (In Drag as a Woman)
Kristen Neander
Andy Haynes
George Wallace
Writer: Irene L. Pynn
Director: Ashley Sox
Stage Manager: Kendall Myers
Actors: Josh Lefkowitz, Robert Cuhna, Jacoline Frank, Caiti Fallon, Alexa Carroll
Writer: Katie Thayer
Director: Christine Robison-Laurence
Stage Manager: Emerson Short
Actors: Sharon Barnert, Sierra Vennes, Brenna Arden, Katie Stokes, Peri Goldberg
Writer: Grace Trotta
Director: Veronica Nia Kelly
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Kaitlyn Harrington
Actors: Alicia Salgado, Avis-Marie Barnes, Jazzlyn Whiddon, Matthew Gray
Writer: Tracey Jane
Director: Roberta Emerson
Stage Manager: Olivia Winslow
Actors: Bennet Preuss, Ken Preuss, Melanie Leon, Jac Ledoux
Choreographer/Director: Genevieve Bernard
Dancers: Sarah Lockard, Katrina Soricelli, David Gabriel, Katherine Fabian
Writer: Chanel Gomaa
Director: Jessica Hoehn
Stage Manager: Caitlin Eriser
Actors: Joshua Huff, Laura Powalisz, Anthony Morehead, Sarah Isola
Writer: Vanessa Carmona
Director: Gail Chase
Stage Manager: Madisen Mckenzie
Actors: BeeJay Aubertin-Clinton, Noel Gates, Michelle Kurtiak, Tiffany Marie Ortiz
Writer: Rose Helsinger
Director: Mackenzie Borglum
Assistant Director/Mentor: Paige Gober
Actors: Jackson Chase, Hanna Swindler, Vangeli Tsompanidis, Camryn Chiriboga
Writer: Ciara Hannon
Director: Tara Kromer
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Shonda L. Thurman
Actors: Eislinn Gracen, Bella Crider, Chloe Shaw, Delaney Polk

Stage Crew:
Leah Klasing
Dana Huss
Brooke Adragna
Justin Daniels
Quinn Hoeck
Jade Pryor
Props Crew:
David Brinkley
Meg Quiroga
Costume Crew:
Abby Lamarre
Meridith Clure
Ariana De Jesus
Isis Gonzalez
Emma Johnson
Allison Smith
Lindsea Loughlin
House Crew:
Concessions Manager/SM Swing - Destiny Sam
Usher/Raffle - Emillie Scheetz
Usher/Raffle - Faith Ridgeway
Silent Auction - Stella Maria Rodriguez-Fernandez
Silent Auction - Destiny Gonzalez
House - Nikolaj Thankski
House - Lindsea Loughlin

7:30pm to 11:30pm Welcome Potluck for Deirdre Coyle. Kerouac House 1418 Clouser Ave, Orlando, Florida 32804.
You are invited to join us in welcoming Kerouac House Summer resident Deirdre Coyle. This event is a potluck dinner, so please bring something to eat and/or drink and share.
Deirdre Coyle is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Republic, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, Hobart, Joyland, and elsewhere. She is a columnist at Unwinnable Monthly. Her website is

Sunday June 9, 2019
12:30pm to 2:30pm Free. Love and Kindness on the Lawn.  Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801.
Join the One Orlando Alliance at the Seneff Plaza in downtown Orlando as we gather in gratitude to celebrate community and the spirit of #OrlandoUnited!
This free event is a time to enjoy local music, food trucks, share some hugs and create happy memories while remembering those who continue to need our love and support.
At 1:30 p.m., we will host our special giant "human heart" photo opportunity, and at the close of the event, attendees can participate in a group Loving Kindness Meditation, led by Puja Madan of The Mindfulness Map.
Additionally, we will have plenty of #ActLoveGive signs to fill out and take with you to help continue spreading the message of love and kindness.
Love and Kindness on the Lawn is part of the Orlando United: Acts of Love and Kindness movement. Visit for more information.

1pm to 4pm $5. Dog Day Afternoon Pup Crawl. Ten 10 Brewing 1010 Virginia Drive Orlando FL.
Pups are welcome at the Dog Day Afternoon Pup Crawl! Adults purchase a wristband for $5 at Ten 10 Brewing Company and receive drink specials at 11 participating bars and businesses - Conrad's Shanty, GB's Bottle Shop and Tasting Bar, Green House Realty, Gotkarma, Grape and The Grain, Nora's Sugar Shack, Ten 10 Brewing Company, The Brass Tap - Mills 50, The Guesthouse, The Thirsty Topher and Will's Pub! The first 100 pups accompanied by an adult will receive a complimentary bandana! All pups will receive a few treats! 50% of the wristband sales will be donated to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando! Pet Alliance will be at Ten 10 Brewing Company and The Brass Tap - Mills 50 with adoptable pups! Many thanks to our sponsor Tito's Handmade Vodka!

1pm to 4:30pm Free. 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.

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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

How to Eat a Bear at Fringe

Crafty McVillan from Orlando Florida presented How to Eat a Bear which was about two moronic friends that got  a craving to eat a bear. You can think of Dumb and Dumber the movie but make it a musical. As crazy as the concept sounds I was enjoying the silliness for much of the show. A bear wearing a red tie (Paul Ebert) acted as the narrator in he beginning of the show masking himself as a human. He tried to convince the audience that it would be a good idea to send him some humans since clearly he would not eat them since he was Hu-man himself.

Mark (Luke Balagia) and Dave (Mack Stine), a pair of college-dropout decided after playing an Oregon trail computer game, that it would be cool to catch and eat a bear. Their attempts always resulted in them getting hurt. An attempt to order bear meat at Publix failed resulting in a hunting expedition to the local zoo.

At one point the bear cornered one of the boys behind a rock and red streamers flew up as he attacked to represent blood. The simple low cost set pieces added to the comic feel of the show. In a hospital the boys tried to hit on the nurses (Danielle Burch, Brianna Barrett) but they missed the mark with every moronic attempt at trying to prove their manliness.

Some of the songs were quite clever and the singing performances were on key.  I had low expectations going in, but had some fun watching these guys fail at every turn. Perverseness laced with pain can be quite entertaining.

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wonders in Motion at Fringe

2nd Sight Dance from Orlando presented Wonders in Motion which delivered new and innovative ways to combine dance with the art of Magic and illusion to entertain audiences. The company had one male dancer who seemed to be the lead choreographer along with 4 other female dancers. The show began with a red balloon which was on a string. When the string was cut the balloon magically did not rise.

In another routine the female dancers all dances and as they moved red lights turned on at the tips of their fingers. It wasn't magic but it was magical to watch the red lights arch with the movement and then turn off when the dancers were still. Metal rings were held bu several dancers and they interlocked and broke free of one another as the dancers spiraled around each other.

A fun high energy number had the dancers dressed in hazmat suits as they performed an act of  clairvoyance as they guessed the number an audience member had picked. The music was Pure Energy by Information Society. It was a much needed fun interlude.

Another dance seemed to be a tribute to Pulse. A refrigerator sized box was rolled out that had gauzy curtains on all sides. It was lit from inside by a single bare bulb. As the female dancers danced the male dancer emerged from the box with the bare bulb casting giant shadows as he did so. Pam explained that it might have symbolized him coming out of the closet. The routine ended with large rainbow colored streamers and a dancer collapsing in grief.

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Black Cow Jumps at Fringe

Banks Helfrich founded Black Cow Jumps which uses theater as an exploration of reality through life. Banks was alone walking around the stage area after the Fringe recorded announcements were finished. The rest of the cast must have been sitting in the audience. For instance Banks started talking to a woman behind me and it sounded like they had recently been in a relationship. He brought her on stage and they started to talk. They had clearly not been destined to be together for long. Banks wasn't ready to settle into a long term relationship. he was all over the map. She had met someone new and things were working out. It was hard to tell if this was fact or fiction the line was blurred.

Another woman described her pregnancy with twins and the pain in loosing one child at birth. She didn't abandon that life which had never stepped foot on earth but she honored how much the child had meant to her. She honored the life that might have been. The other twin lived and she raised him with the memory of his lost sister. It was an incredibly heart wrenching story. Later her son asked her what traits would make for a good president. In describing those traits to him, she realized that she was describing her ability to negotiate and reason with people. She decided that her voice was needed and she decided to run for president. With so many Democratic candidates running right now she may well be in the running. She has my vote.

Another woman talked about how she grew up wanting to have children. That was her childhood dream and she met the man of her dreams and made that dream a reality. She raised her son but soon realized she wanted to feel the rush of new life inside her again. Her family was large enough so she decided to be a surrogate mother for another couple who could not have children themselves. What she didn't plan on was a miscarriage which left her and the couple devastated.

One volunteer from the audience was brought on stage and Banks sat across from her and developed a friendship, and rules for their relationship. I had the deepest respect for the volunteer since she had no idea what the boundaries were for this new relationship as it developed. Reality and theater were closely entwined. Banks defined Black Cow Jumps simply as "Life Soup."

Upcoming performances are:

June 22, 2019 @ 7pm Jack Kerouac House (free event, bring something edible to share.
September 14, 2019 @ 7:15 Winter Park Public Library (free event, wine and cheese - must RSVP)
November 9, 2019 @ 7:15 Winter Park Public Library (free event, wine and cheese - must RSVP) December 7, 2019 @ 7:15 Winter Park Public Library (free event, wine and cheese - must RSVP)

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

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Origins of my Magic at Fringe

Cody Clark who is from Louisville Kentucky had his second appearance at the Orlando International Fringe Festival this year. In this show he answered the question  of where his magic comes from. It consisted of traditional slight of hand tricks like knotting a rope and having the knot slip off of the rope.

Cody's show isn't all about the tricks. he is on the Autism spectrum and he described how his love on magic helps him in his very social choice of a career as a magician. This was a unique biographical magic show that showed how he saw things as a person with autism. Autism affects fine motor skills, so card tricks and other sleight of hand can be hard for Clark. But having autism benefits his craft as well. He said his tendency to fixate on things, whether it’s rehearsing or marketing, makes him very disciplined. He was loud and direct in his delivery and under that lies an undeniable enthusiasm and charm. Part of his earnings from the Fringe would go to an autism awareness organization. The rest he joked would go to his beer tent fund.

On his first trip to  the Orlando Fringe he stayed with Gail and Al Pergande's home. On that occasion the transmission on his car died out which could be an emergency for any performer on the road. It set him back $3500. He set up a Go Fund Me and bravely set that problem to the back  of his mind as he drew in crowds to his show. Gail and Al were in this audience and happy to be hosting him again.

One of his tricks consisted of making lemonade from a single lemon, a cup and a lemonade canister. I included those props in my sketch. Just like his lemon of a transmission, Cody accepted that when you get a lemon you make lemon aid. One lucky audience volunteer got to taste the results. We were all lucky to get to watch Cody's enthusiasm. He knows how to find mentors and continues to grow as a magician and performer. He recently got to perform with one of his idols in Las Vegas. Sometimes dreams do come true if you acknowledge the difficulties but keep performing with plenty of faith.

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

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Pack Animals at Fringe

Scantily Glad Theatre from Victoria, BC, presented Pack Animals at this year's Orlando Fringe. The premise it pretty straight forward. Two girl scouts get lost in the woods. One is a scout with plenty of merit badges (Holly Brinkman) who was confident she could navigate their way out with her trusty compass, while the other with just a few scattered badges had never camped in her life. The huge stage seemed cavernous for this intimate production.

When the inexperienced camper (S.E. Grummett) had to go to the bathroom she asked her fried for her guide book. She didn't need the book to learn something new, but instead ripped out several pages to wipe. When done, she handed off the book and a trowel to a lucky audience member. The songs in the show were light-hearted, lyrical, and quite funny.

One guy in the front row of the audience kept interrupting the girls to let them know that they weren't doing things right. After a few of these interruptions, it became clear that he was a plant. I think that during the run of the show they recruited various male Fringe artists to take on the role of the heckler. He became a focus for their searing and funny feminist sarcasm.

Puppetry was used to define the attributes of various forest creatures. The creatures all seemed to have the habits and attitudes of annoying guys. A much bigger forest creature, the bear, caused some chaos, but the campers survived. Overall this was a fun hour of wacky gay theater with just a dash of nudity.

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

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Flute on its Feet

The Flute on its Feet was one of the more classically refined shows at this year's Fringe Festival. Zara Lawler, a classically trained flutist, made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony. Dancer C. Neil Parsons is a veteran of dozens of Fringe Productions, most recently Fruit Flies Like a Banana. Together they performed eight pieces. What was unique was that Zara on flute would often join Neil in the dance moves as she played.

The most unique performance came when Zara interacted with an orange steel square rack similar to a clothes rack in size and shape. She circled the rack and walked through it. Then she stood inside and maneuvered herself until she was standing on her head while still playing flute. Later, she lay on the floor and let the rack roll over her like a railroad car.

Neil's dances were at times mechanical and at time graceful. It was modern dance with a quirky edge. There was audience interaction as the attendees were divided in half and one side began a round, followed by the other side repeating the lyrics. Think row row row your boat, only with more refined lyrics, "Music Alone Shall Live."

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