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Friday, March 17, 2017

Former WKMG meteorologist Elizabeth Hart launches home-renovation show

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Fans of HGTV-style shelter porn have a newly local focus for their enthusiasm: Former WKMG meteorologist Elizabeth Hart launches her new show Ready, Set, Renovate on April 8. Hart became interested in home renovation when she purchased some investment properties, improved them, and rented them out. That’s when she fell in love...

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Enzian pays tribute to Carrie Fisher with a screening of 'Postcards From the Edge'

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Carrie Fisher was more than just the actress who played Princess-turned-General Leia Organa in four of the Star Wars films. She was also a gifted writer and script doctor. Her 1987 novel, Postcards From the Edge, won her acclaim for its humorous take on serious issues like substance abuse, inspired...

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Comedian Dave Hill bridges the worlds of music and comedy at Will's Pub

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Music and comedy is one of those pairings like peanut butter and chocolate, or pineapple and pepperoni (shut up and try it), which just seem to work for whatever reason. Take the career of Dave Hill, a comedian who got his start as a musician playing in '90s one-hit wonders...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Exclusive interview with new Orlando Fringe executive director Alauna Friskics

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 2:47 PM

The Orlando Fringe Festival recently announced the hire of Alauna Friskics as the organization's new executive director, replacing George Wallace. Alauna has been working as executive director of the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, which she helped develop from renovation into a $1.4 million venue. Friskics will transition into her new...

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Sandwich Bar hosts Orlando Language Exchange for budding bilingualists

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Taking a cue from a similar program in Gainesville, the Orlando Language Exchange is a group of language enthusiasts who want to broaden their linguistic horizons. The rules are simple: show up, let people know which languages you speak by putting flag stickers on your shirt, then grab a drink...

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Royal Caribbean announces details on another record-breaking cruise ship

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Less than a year after debuting the world’s largest cruise ship, the Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is at it again with another record-breaking cruise ship, the Symphony of the Seas. Royal Caribbean gave new details on the massive cruise ship, including confirmation that it will sail out of...

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Sarasota Film Festival 2017 reveals lineup

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM

The 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival, scheduled for March 31 – April 9, announced its lineup of films and celebrity guests today. The festival will screen 79 features and 130 shorts at the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater and Sarasota Opera House (both in downtown Sarasota), with Diane Lane, Rory...

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New theater at Pointe Orlando Regal squirts you with water and tickles your legs, among other things

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Just as the approvals move forward for the first new movie theater in the tourist district in over a decade, the Regal Pointe Orlando 20 & IMAX debuts one of the most technologically advanced theater experiences in the United States. A single screen at the Pointe Orlando movie theater has...

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Nora's Sugar Shack debuts monthly pop-up art gallery this week

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 7:00 AM

A new monthly pop-up art series debuts at Nora’s Sugar Shack in Ivanhoe Village this week. Nora’s Sugar Pop promises to be a fun look at the favorite local artists of Nora Brooker and Apartment E’s Frankie Messina. The first edition showcases photography by Robert “Kap” Kaplinger, with a...

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Local leaders look back on Pulse at WMFE panel

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Almost nine months after the attack by a gunman that killed 49 people at the gay nightclub Pulse, local leaders sat down to talk about how the tragedy impacted them and the community at a panel hosted by 90.7 WMFE's Matthew Peddie. The panel was part of the "Taking Your...

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