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Monday, February 27, 2017

What is going on with this creepy Avatar Land robot?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Last night during the Oscars, Disney debuted a new commercial highlighting their soon-to-open Pandora: The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom, and, good lord, why is that Na’vi robot so incredibly uncomfortable to look at? The 30-second spot starts with Avatar director James Cameron telling you about how cool The...

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After 52 straight years, the Easter Surf Fest in Cocoa Beach is canceled

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 10:39 AM

After more than a half-century of Easter day surfing, the 52-year-old Easter Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach, Florida, has been canceled due to budget restraints. In 2015, the famous surfing competition was moved from the pier to a larger park nearby to provide more parking and vendor area, but now...

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St. Matthew's Tavern hosts sexy voodoo masquerade party for Fat Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Mardi Gras, everyone’s favorite excuse to start Lent with a hangover, descends upon St. Matthew’s Tavern with a themed show that features live music, singing, burlesque performances and more from Blacklist Babes Cabaret. Wear a mask and get a free prize, plus be entered to win a grand prize from...

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Memento Mori pays tribute to the original goth, Edgar Allan Poe, at Independent Bar

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM

This month’s edition of Independent Bar’s goth night features an Edgar Allan Poe theme, along with an exhortation to come “dressed to impress.” Whether that means donning a corset decorated with the blackest raven feathers, barrel staves to make yourself a cask of amontillado, or just doing the old use-a-pendulum-to-saw-yourself-in-half...

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Wow, look at this deal on bottle service

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Maybe don't ruin local art installations to promote your nightclub?

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HBO's Bill Maher will perform at the Dr. Phillips Center this summer

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Bill Maher, comedian and on-again-off-again BFF of former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, will perform at the Dr. Phillips Center this summer. While details on "An Evening with Bill Maher" are scarce, we're assuming this evening will involve many "hot takes" about how liberals are pansies, weed is awesome and Islam...

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Talbert T. Gray, the first black TV newsman in Florida, gives insightful look into "the media" at downtown library

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 10:18 AM

Though certain demagogues may disagree, “the media” plays many important roles in a free and civilized society. In addition to contributing to an informed – or willfully ignorant, whatever – public, the media often reflects changing times and attitudes, particularly as it grows to include underrepresented groups and viewpoints. Talbert...

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Ladies Get (2)Lit combines readings and music by women to raise money for Planned Parenthood

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Local feminist anthology zine Tittie Thyme, already known for its raucous zine release parties, is joining up with two other DIY tomes – the stellar perzine Phosphene Girl and the singular literary/photography zine Let’s Kiss – to put on an evening of readings and music billed as a celebration of...

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

T.L. Williams, CIA veteran turned author, will answer most of your questions tonight at Orlando Public Library

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 3:41 PM

As Americans learn more about what Russia's role was in hacking the 2016 U.S. election, author T.L. Williams' spy thriller Zero Day: China's Cyber Wars couldn't be more timely. The 2017 novel by the former CIA operations officer is the third installment for his protagonist Logan Alexander, a former...

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Get a first look at Orlando City Stadium at their open house party this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 3:22 PM

The seesaw of Orlando sports interest may see Magic fans dragging their butts in the dirt on one end, but Orlando City fans couldn’t hoist their famous purple flags any hi gher on the other. That is, before 25,500 impassioned fans welcome (strong word) New York City FC in their...

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