Monday, July 24, 2017

City of Orlando adopts new panhandling laws

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 4:51 PM

As expected, this afternoon Orlando City Council passed sweeping new panhandling laws that will take effect immediately. Proposed by Mayor Buddy Dyer's administration, the new laws cover a wide array of restrictions– for instance, you can no long ask for money or receive donations from cars that are stopped at...

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Orlando: Meet your new city flag

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 3:24 PM

What's blue, yellow and is the newest symbol of our community? Orlando commissioners approved a new flag Monday to represent Orlando at City Hall and other city-owned venues. To celebrate, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, commissioners and other city officials will gather next Monday, July 31, to raise the flag for...

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Universal will replace Dragon Challenge with new Harry Potter coaster

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 2:35 PM

The Dragon Challenge has been officially slain. Universal announced today that the famous Hungarian Horntail and Chinese Fireball will officially retire to make way for an all new roller coaster experience in the Hogsmeade area. On September 5, The Dragon Challenge will close permanently and construction for the new attraction...

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Former RavPig/Cask & Larder chef Scott Pizzo introduces new menu at Highball & Harvest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Scott Pizzo, the recently appointed chef de cuisine of Highball & Harvest inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, introduced new items to the modern-Southern resto's bill of fare, and we got a chance to sample some of his creative dishes at a recent media dinner. Our faves: Grilled romaine with...

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Kevin Fonzo to stage 'La Tavola' pop-up dinners

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:50 PM

As Kevin Fonzo prepares to hand over K Restaurant's keys to new owner Chad Phelps this week, the noted chef (and inaugural BITE Award recipient) is already prepping for the next phase of his culinary career. We told you earlier this month that Fonzo would focus his time and energy...

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NBA all-star and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will appear at Rollins next April

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:49 PM

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the 7-foot-tall athlete and activist, will appear at Rollins College for a talk next April. His book Writings on the Wall – Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, released last year, discusses his perspectives on the racial and political divide in America along with his experiences...

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Van Morrison announces two Florida shows for 2018

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Irish troubadour Van Morrison has today announced two – and only two – Florida shows for 2018. And though neither is in Orlando, these are within driving distance; and don't look for the often-pugnacious artist to change his mind anytime soon about adding more. Van Morrison plays the James L. Knight...

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Cindy Wilson of B-52's to honor Billy Manes at Will's Pub this Thursday

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 12:44 PM

This Thursday, B-52's vocalist Cindy Wilson is stopping by Will's Pub for the Orlando leg of her solo summer tour, and she's dedicating the show to the late Billy Manes. Manes passed away Friday, July 21, at the age of 45, surrounded by his husband Anthony Mauss, friends and family...

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Rufus Wainwright is coming to Dr. Phillips Center in 2018

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 12:39 PM

Today, Rufus Wainwright announced an Orlando concert set for early 2018 in an intimate theater venue, perfect for a performer whose latest album – Take All My Lives: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets – sets Shakespeare's words to music and whose second commissioned opera is set to debut this fall. (To say nothing of...

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Florida faces $1.1 million legal tab in 'Docs vs. Glocks' fight

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Florida will pay $1.1 million in legal fees to attorneys who challenged a controversial state law that sought to prevent doctors from asking patients about guns, a group representing opponents said Monday. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced the legal-fees agreement more than five months after a federal...

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