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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Orlando Museum of Art may be moving to Lake Nona

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 12:38 PM

There's a chance the Orlando Museum of Art may soon be on the move to Lake Nona, thanks to one of the world's largest private art collectors. The Orlando Business Journal reports that billionaire Joe Lewis, the investor in Lake Nona developer the Tavistock Group, has proposed a potential...

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Local artist Synthestruct shows off high-tech art at Orlando Science Center's Otronicon

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Orlando Science Center’s annual Otronicon, a showcase of cutting-edge technology, has always had a hands-on component. But this year, one artist is taking that to a new level. Ginger Leigh, known professionally as Synthestruct, is known for creating both still and moving images by using technology to interpret soundwaves....

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King discusses the recently pardoned Groveland Four at Writer's Block Bookstore

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Seventy years after four African American men were falsely accused of raping a white woman in Lake County, Florida, officials have finally pardoned the Groveland Four – and part of that is due to Gilbert King. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author shed light on the incredible atrocities perpetrated against the...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' will be visible over Orlando this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 1:35 PM

All week the Central Florida Astronomical Society has been celebrating Moon Week, and Sunday’s culmination is this viewing party in honor of the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON! The scientific name is a “total lunar eclipse” – but at totality, the Earth casts a reddish shadow on the moon, which...

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Florida Reps. Eskamani and Smith lead Orlando arts funding town hall

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 11:48 AM

The federal government might be shut down, but our Florida state representatives Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith were still hard at work yesterday afternoon, hosting a town hall discussion with local arts leaders at the Orlando REP, and delivering a passionate call-to-action supporting the full restoration of cultural...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Guests witnessed the birth of a new baby giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 3:56 PM

This Monday, some Disney guests riding the Kilimanjaro Safari Savannah attraction in Animal Kingdom saw, Mara, one of the Masai giraffes, go into labor. The driver of the safari trucks slowed down their vehicles so that riders could capture the event with their phones.  Kilimanjaro safaris was...

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Disney just made their timeshare program a lot less appealing

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 10:36 AM

Disney’s timeshare division, Disney Vacation Club, has seen incredible growth since it first began in 1991. By the mid-2000s, the Disney timeshare division had become the highest-rated in the world, with one of the most robust resale markets ever seen in the industry. One of the most appealing aspects...

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After years of speculation, Disney World's last remaining nightclub might finally be closing

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 10:26 AM

With the Rix Lounge at Coronado Springs becoming a full-service restaurant and the still sorely missed Pleasure Island district all but a distant memory, the final nightclub at Walt Disney World is the often-overlooked Atlantic Dance Hall. This large club, also known as the Atlantic Dance Club, has been...

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Monday, January 14, 2019

You now have a shot at seeing 'Hamilton' in Orlando for $10

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 12:20 PM

The mega-hit Broadway show Hamilton is now offering extremely discounted tickets for all performances, even the ones that are sold out. Starting Sunday, Jan. 20, the Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller will raffle off 40 tickets at $10 each for the Jan....

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Universal closes one of its oldest restaurants, hopes for new synergy

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 10:53 AM

Earlier this month Universal quietly and surprisingly shuttered its popular Beverly Hills Boulangerie, which was located just inside the main entrance to Universal Studios Florida. With its vast array of baked goods, cheesecake and coffee drinks, the bakery  was a must-visit for many guests. Sitting nearly untouched since opening...

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