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.
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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.
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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

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