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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Orlando author Vanessa Blakeslee launches her newest book with a party at the Imperial

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 9:06 AM

It’s been too long since we’ve heard from Vanessa Blakeslee, the UCF grad and local author. She’s been stretching her wings, doing stints at various writers’ residencies around the country, but now she’s back to kick off the tour for her third book, Perfect Conditions, with a launch party...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Disney World increases prices for annual passes and parking

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 3:09 PM

Walt Disney World raised the prices of its annual passes and parking on Tuesday. Here are the new annual pass prices for Florida residents, according to Disney World. Platinum Plus: $849, previously $829 Platinum: $749, previously $729 Gold: $609, previously $589 Silver: $479, previously $439 Weekday Select: $319, previously...

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Steve Martin and Martin Short coming to Orlando next spring

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 1:48 PM

Two out of three amigos are coming to Orlando. SNL legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their "Now You See Them, Soon You Won't" tour to the Hard Rock Orlando on April 5, 2019. The two friends recently premiered a joint Netflix special on May 25 titled...

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Trevor Noah to come to Central Florida in first ever arena tour

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 1:08 PM

Host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show and stand-up comedian Trevor Noah is set to bring his new arena tour to the Sunshine State early next year. The "Loud & Clear Tour" 2019 will kick off the new year, arriving in Tampa at the Yuengling Center on Jan. 20....

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star JB Smoove coming to Orlando this March

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 1:04 PM

Comedian JB Smoove, also known as Larry David's roommate, Leon Black, on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, will bring his "Lollygaggin'" tour to Orlando next spring. Smoove will be at the Hard Rock Live Saturday, March 30. Tickets go on sale October 19.  Besides giving Larry indispensable advice like, "you can't...

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Walt Disney Company donates $1 million to Hurricane Michael relief efforts

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 10:19 AM

In response to Hurricane Michael's devastating impact on Florida’s Gulf Coast region, the Walt Disney Company has donated $1 million to the Florida Disaster Fund. The company also announced that any donations from Disney employees will be matched dollar for dollar through their Disney Employee Matching Gifts program. "All of us...

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Mayhem on Mills returns to Will's Pub to crack a few skulls

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM

This is no-mercy sporting at its best, and it takes place at one of Orlando’s finest establishments – the parking lot outside Will’s Pub – instead of a vast, sterile arena. So for those of you who are sick and tired of fake-news wrestling, where matches are as choreographed...

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Bill Frederick Park hosts both the Asian Cultural Expo and Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

This free-to-the-public cultural event will host interactive workshops in Tai Chi, Filipino Tinikling dance and Japanese Taiko drumming, as well as performances of Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian and Vietnamese dance. The Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival happens at the same time, where you can view more than 70 teams facing...

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Orlando community leaders create children's book to help explain Pulse tragedy

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 5:55 PM

Orlando community leaders have come together to create My Tío's Pulse, an illustrated children's book to help kids understand the 2016 mass shooting at the gay nightclub where a gunman killed 49 people. All profits made from the sale of the book will go to the Orlando United Assistance...

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Two chameleonic actors play eight roles in 'The Mystery of Irma Vep' at Orlando Shakes

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

On the extremely slim chance that you saw Olivier Assayas’ ’90s indie-rock masterpiece, forget it – great movie, but that Irma Vep has nothing to do with this one. Charles Ludlam’s “Comedic Penny Dreadful” was born in the rarefied high-camp atmosphere of 1984 off-off-Broadway, a truly distinguished pedigree indeed...

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