Thursday, May 25, 2017

Eco-sci-fi writer Jeff VanderMeer headlines Burrow Press' Functionally Literate

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:24 PM

Tonight's Burrow Press event isn't "just" a reading (not that there's anything less than delightful about their readings); it's a meeting of the minds between two environmental thinkers with very different takes on the natural world. Jeff VanderMeer, acclaimed author of the dystopian Southern Reach trilogy, released his latest novel,...

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PechaKucha Night returns to the Dr. Phillips Center for its 20th outing

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:22 PM

In Orlando, it's been difficult for pechakucha to hold onto its mundane and simplistic nature. Originally created as a business presentation format, it became popular worldwide as a more culture-oriented fun night out, a way to give talks on anything from how to embroider to the top thrash-metal basslines of...

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This 'Judgmental Map' of Magic Kingdom is pretty accurate

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Judgmental Maps, the site behind last year's brutal map of Orlando, recently released a new Magic Kingdom edition, and it's just as "judgy" as you'd expect. Click the photo above for a larger version. The new Disney map covers all the basic locations and it's fairly spot on. A few...

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Puddles Pity Party coming to Orlando in July

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Take a seat, Pagliacci, there's a new singing clown in town. Songbird-creepy-clown hybrid Puddles is taking his Puddles Pity Party covers show on the road and there's an Orlando date penciled in for the summer. The 7-foot-tall crooning clown – backed by Postmodern Jukebox live – gained notoriety for his...

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Three Florida beaches named 'Best in America' by Dr. Beach

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 12:38 PM

Dr. Beach, arguably the authority on all things beachy, has once again confirmed what Floridians and snowbirds already know: The best beaches in America are here in Florida. However, according to this year's list, Siesta Beach is as good as it gets. Dr. Beach, also known as Stephen Leatherman, released his...

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs bill ending 'tampon tax'

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Today, Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved a bill that would make feminine hygiene products tax-exempt. The bill, which covers items like tampons, pads and menstrual cups, was included in a $180 tax cut package passed by Florida Legislature and will go into effect next January, reports the Associated Press. The tax cut...

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Universal's Volcano Bay is now officially open

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Volcano Bay, Universal's new water theme park, has officially opened today. This morning's grand-opening celebration included an elaborate ceremony involving drummers, singers, outrigger canoes and, of course, the "native" Waturi islanders. To mark the official opening, islanders handed Universal president Bill Davis a ceremonial “lotus stone,” which then caused an...

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Del the Funky Homosapien proves being weird and articulate aren't mutually exclusive

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 9:57 AM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND Del the Funky Homosapien and Sean Shakespeare, The Social, May 23 In perspective and aesthetic, Del the Funky Homosapien has often seemed more from outer space than the West Coast. The chill step and left lean of his signature lyrics and flow have made him one...

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Orlando's Haitian community calls on Trump to keep his promise

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 8:23 AM

As they stood in front of Universal Studios in Orlando this week, the local Haitian community chanted one message for President Donald Trump: "Keep your promise." Haitian refugees say they want the Trump administration to continue expanding immigration protections into the long term. Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security...

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Rick Scott vetoes bill to tear down Florida's 'liquor wall'

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 7:44 AM

Pointing to concerns about preserving small-business jobs, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a heavily debated and lobbied measure that supporters said would repeal a relic of the nation's emergence from Prohibition. The so called “liquor wall” law, which requires hard spirits to be sold in separate facilities from most...

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