Best Of 2020

Best History Lessons
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'Wait Five Minutes: The Floridian Podcast'

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You may think you know Florida history and lore – Ponce de Leon, orange groves, Spook Hill, blah blah – but you won't know what you're missing until you devote a few hours to catching up on "Wait Five Minutes." Nick D'Alessandro poetically explores the past and present of this green swamp of ours, sorting fact from myth and chronicling his findings in a personal yet universal way – from Kermit Weeks to Henry Flagler, Lou the Homosassa hippo to Ice Age mastodons. (And if you get the title, give yourself 5 Official Floridian points.)

Arts & Culture: Best of Orlando 2020

Arts & Culture: Best of Orlando 2020

Arts & Culture

Best Arts Event or Art Festival
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1st: Epcot International Festival of the Arts disneyworld.disney.go.com

2nd: Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival orlandofringe.org

3rd: The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival wpsaf.org

Best Burlesque Troupe
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1st: Corsets & Cuties, a Burlesque Cabaret corsetsandcuties.com

2nd: Les Vixens lesvixens.com

3rd: The Ladies of the Peek-a-Boo Lounge instagram.com/ladiesofthepeekaboo

Best Comedy Club or Night
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1st: SAK Comedy Lab sakcomedylab.com

2nd: Orlando Improv Comedy Club

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3rd: Shit Sandwich Comedy Showcase bullandbushorlando.com

Best Dance Company
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1st: Orlando Ballet orlandoballet.org

2nd: Phantasmagoria phantasmagoriaorlando.com

3rd: Central Florida Irish Dance centralfloridairishdance.com

Best Film Fest or Series
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1st: Florida Film Festival floridafilmfestival.com

2nd: Orlando Film Festival orlandofilmfest.com

3rd: Uncomfortable Brunch enzian.org

Best Gallery
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1st: CityArts orlandoslice.com

2nd: Mills Gallery millsgalleryorlando.com

3rd: Snap! Orlando snaporlando.com

Best Literary Reading Series
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1st: Orlando Story Club orlandostoryclub.com

2nd: Loose Lips

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3rd: Functionally Literate burrowpress.com/fl

Best Local Actor
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1st: Carlos Navarro iamcarlosnavarro.com

2nd: Ben Ptashinsky instagram.com/equityben

3rd: Laura Hodos laurahodos.com

Best Local Author
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1st: James Holmes jamesholmesauthor.com

2nd: Owl Goingback

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3rd: Kristen Arnett