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Friday, September 17, 2021

Clearwater Marine Aquarium's latest expansion hopes to help fight Florida's manatee crisis

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 5:26 PM

Ten years ago, Clearwater Marine Aquarium was overwhelmed by visitors after being thrust into the spotlight by the international stardom of its rescue dolphin Winter. As attendance and awareness of the Gulf Coast aquarium rose, so did the need to update many of the habitats at the facility. An $80...

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Orlando Museum of Art plans to open Chihuly rooftop garden at new downtown campus

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 12:29 PM

Orlando Museum of Art's planned downtown location isn't going to rest on the laurels of the nearly 100-year-old institution. Per a new report from GrowthSpotter, the OMA campus will include the first-ever rooftop garden of glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly. OMA plans to create both a sculpture garden...

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Orlando Shakes to require negative COVID-19 test or proof of vax for upcoming shows

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 11:34 AM

Orlando Shakes doesn't want your house or theirs to have a plague on it. The stalwart theater company just announced new admission restrictions on their upcoming shows, requiring either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination for all attendees. The rules around what test can be used are...

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Half-day theme parks offer a cheaper, more relaxed alternative to packed attractions

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 3:21 PM

Despite billions of dollars being spent on new attractions in marquee parks across Orlando, the future of the amusement industry can be found on a relatively small construction site in Winter Haven, Florida. The Legoland Florida resort is often an afterthought for those visiting Orlando, but parent company Merlin...

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With a major new attraction likely in the works, Tampa's Adventure Island looks to move out of the shadow of other Florida water parks

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 3:07 PM

With competition from more than half a dozen water parks in the Orlando market, Tampa’s Adventure Island is often an afterthought. Based on how the decades-old water park looks compared to its sister parks like Aquatica and Water Country, USA, the park seems to be the outcast of the...

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South Asian Film Festival returns to Maitland's Enzian in October

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 1:52 PM

Maitland's Enzian Theater and the Asian Cultural Association are bringing back the South Asian Film Festival for a landmark 27th year, and it's only a few weeks away. Dubbed "Beyond Bollywood," the South Asian Film Festival happens at the Enzian over a long weekend from Saturday-Monday, Oct. 2-4. Attendees...

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Orlando wrestling offshoot Mayhem on Mills announces Halloween event and new venue

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 11:37 AM

Mayhem on … Virginia? Local indie wrestling fed Mayhem on Mills has announced a return to live action around Halloween and a surprising change of locale. In a video posted on Facebook, announcer and hype-man Chuck Steak, dolled up like a fortuneteller, announced Mayhem's long-awaited live return would be...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Watch legendary comedian Norm Macdonald, who passed away this week, roast Florida's swinger culture

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 10:52 AM

Legendary writer, comedian and actor Norm Macdonald died yesterday at the age of 61. He leaves behind a legacy of hilarious stand-up sets, TV show episodes, movies and interviews. In 2014, he talked about doing stand-up in Florida on “The Howard Stern Show” and being offered sex and drugs...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Everything Is Terrible plots Orlando return in 2022

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 12:39 PM

Culture-jamming weirdos Everything Is Terrible have announced their "Kidz Club" 2022 tour, with a long overdue return to the City Beautiful in and amongst the cross-country run of dates. The Kidz Club show hits Will's Pub — or "William's Public House," as they called it in back in 2018 — on Feb. 19,...

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Monster Jam will roar back in to Orlando in 2022

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 10:50 AM

Like the sun rising every morning, you can count on truckapalooza Monster Jam returning to the City Beautiful every year. And, sure enough, Monster Jam will roar into Camping World Stadium in May. Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando will again become the site of a weekend of spectacular...

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