Friday, November 8, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 9 and 10, 2019

Saturday November 9, 2019
10am to 5pm $10-$15 Orlando Maker Faire. Central Florida Fairgrounds 4603 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808. If you like combat robots, you'll LOVE Robot Ruckus. The signature event during Maker Faire Orlando 2019 will feature robots from 150 grams to 250 pounds in two arenas, and special appearances from your favorite televised robot battle teams! Learn more: 
For 2019 we are expanding the Combat Robot event at Maker Faire Orlando 2019 with a new name, twice the space, more seating, and more of your favorite teams from TV!
The Maker Faire Orlando 2019 ticket includes Robot Ruckus!

8pm to 10pm $10 Emily Dendinger’s play The Grand Illusion Show (which will involve some magic). Orlando Shakes, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803.

In Emily Dendinger’s The Grand Illusion Show, Adelaide Hermann must fight her nephew Leon with wit, will, and magic to win the rights to her dead husband’s magic show. “This play is a magic trick, and like all good magic tricks, what you think is happening in the text isn’t necessarily what’s really happening in the story.”

10:30pm to Midnight Order a drink of food. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801. Hot blooded flamenco dancing set tom acoustic guitar.

Sunday November 10, 2019 
11am to noon. $5 Yoga. Lake Eola near red gazebo.

1:30pm to 4:30pm $5. Accidental Historian Urban Sketching Workshop: Sunday in the Park with Thor. For students 14 to 24 years old.
Bridging past and present, this workshop guides students to capture the present day in a sketch beside the photographic past. Inspired by a 1920s photo by T.P. Robinson, we will sketch the Sperry Fountain at Lake Eola. The fountain is made of wrought iron and has a duck base with water flowing from the ducks’ beaks and an acanthus leaf.
Students in this workshop are tasked with creating a modern interpretation of the fountain. The sketch will begin with the same sepia watercolor tones that exist in the photo. In the distance, however, is the amphitheater, which is brightly painted with the colors of the rainbow. Trees will likely block your view of the fountain, but you will learn how to walk around to catch a view and add it to your sketch.
All skill levels are welcome. Sketching materials will be provided by Sam Flax Orlando. The sketching portion of the workshop will take place outdoors. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and bring water and a snack. Participants can bring a folding chair or stool to sit.
Workshop schedule • 2 p.m. Meet inside the Orange County Regional History Center
• 2:05 p.m. Introductions
• 2:25 p.m. Tour of The Accidental Historian exhibit
• 3:15 p.m.Sketching instruction outside at Sperry Fountain at Lake Eola Park
• 4:30 p.m. Sketchbook Throwdown
About the Instructor: Thomas Thorspecken
Thomas “Thor” Thorspecken is an illustrator and journalist working in and around Central Florida. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In his ten years as a freelance illustrator in New York, one of his assignments for the Daily News included sketching historic buildings throughout the city for a column called “Undiscovered Manhattan.” Thor relocated to Orlando in 1993 to work for Disney Feature Animation. After a decade, the studio closed, and so he continued to pursue his passion for art through teaching and sketching.
His website and blog,, began in January 2009 with a resolution to post a sketch every day. He describes it as “his way to finally put down roots, to become part of a community, one sketch at a time.” More than 4,000 sketches later, he’s still capturing our community.
Follow Thor on Instagram: @analogartistdigitalworld, Twitter: @analogartist, Facebook: Analog Artist Digital World, and subscribe to his blog:
About the Series: The Accidental Historian Young Artists Urban Sketching Workshops
Catch the world around you one sketch at a time! Join Urban Sketchers Orlando for any, or all three, sketching workshops in downtown Orlando for artists aged 14 – 24. In conjunction with the History Center’s newest exhibition, The Accidental Historian, these classes for all skill levels will get you sketching on location and capturing history as it happens. All art supplies are included, courtesy of Sam Flax.

4pm to 6pm Free. Morgan Samuel Price Art Opening. The University Club, 150 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801.

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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