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Courtroom artist

I read your article and truly appreciated that you gave me the benefit of the doubt (“Forget Casey; what was Feldman’s motive,” For Reels, July 7).

There was more interest than I ever thought at my being at the trial. After talking with close friends, I realized that I was in fact, very naive about the fact that my recognition at the trial has affected so many people. Something many people don’t likely know about me is that as a young person, at one point, I served as a lawyer in Teen Court. I thought I might be a lawyer. I appreciated the judicial process and have also sat in on numerous trials as a spectator over the years (and always remained in the background).

In hindsight, I should not have been so careless as to think I would not be recognized, but I am waking up to my own private/public life dilemma and while I still don’t agree that everything I do is a performance (that’s why I spend so much time publicizing my specific projects), I know that in the end, it is a good thing because my dream to be a world-renowned conceptual artist that impacts people in various countries is progressing.

I can see now that people who know me (or follow my work) were only excited to see me, someone they recognize, on TV. With this note, I simply wanted to address the questions you posed in your piece. I didn’t respond to most comments in social media because I felt with my statement, I was letting them know how I felt. I am truly grateful to my fans and followers of my work and chalk this up to a lesson that will stay with me. Thank you for listening and for appreciating my work over the years.

Brian Feldman

Artistic Director, Brian Feldman Projects

Orlando

Best mea culpa

It happens every year: We throw everything we’ve got into putting out a big, shiny Best of Orlando issue, we check the pages to make sure everything is in its place and then the issue comes out and … something’s wrong.

In the reader’s poll category for Best Place to Camp, readers overwhelmingly voted for “Southport,” which we took to mean the 52-acre Southport Community Park in southeast Orlando. However, that park does not permit camping; the winner of that category should have been Southport Park, 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee, 407-933-5822, southportpark.com.

Also, Shipyard Emporium’s Capt’n Eli root beer is not the only root beer on tap around these parts, as we asserted; Spooky’s Black Cat Café also has root beer on tap.

We regret the errors.

This year, we also omitted the names of two very important people who contributed to the issue: copy editor Katie Westfall and calendar editor Aimee Shea, both of whom wrote and tallied their hearts out for the issue.

Also missing: One of our writer’s picks, which was lost in the shuffle (although the photo that was supposed to accompany the writeup did run on page 52):

Best place to see random local musicians for free

Orlando Public Library

101 E. Central Blvd.

407-835-7323, ocls.info

The Orlando Public Library isn’t just about books anymore. In fact, it now hosts a slew of special events every month, and our favorite is the “Music in the Library” series that takes place every Friday. The low-key concert series showcases live local musicians – some of whom you’ve probably never heard before, which makes it even better – in an environment that’s clean and smoke free. And the price can’t be beat: No tickets to buy, no cover fee. Just come in and enjoy the show.

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