Share on Nextdoor

50 BOOKS/50 COVERS, Sept. 29 Go on, judge books by their covers at AIGA's traveling exhibition of the year's best in cover design. Mingle with the hipsterati at Lure Design's Virginia Avenue studio, and enter to win a copy of Felice Varini: A Different Point of View. (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lure Design;; $5)

JUNQUE, A MINIATURE SCULPTURE GARDEN, Sept. 30 Orlando gets its own Watts Towers? Doug Rhodehamel unveils his latest trash utopia, the "Stardust Botanical Gardens" at the venerable temple of caffeine. Rhodehamel and five other local artists – Frank Gady, Kim Jones, Rachel Lloyd and Megan Paquette – have contributed sculptures to be permanently displayed amongst the attractive flora and coffee-drinking fauna in front of Stardust. (noon at Stardust Video & Coffee; 407-623-3393; free)

JUNOT DIAZ READING, Oct. 5 In his debut short story collection, Drown, Diaz explores the immigrant experience in cool, stark prose that nevertheless retains a sense of humor. (The story "How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie" exhibits the grim yet flippant outlook typical of newcomers to America.) (3 p.m. at Room 101, Communication Building, UCF; 407-823-1169; free)

AN EVENING WITH FRIDA KAHLO, Oct. 7 Valencia Community College faculty members present three lectures on various aspects of the notorious Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Ed Szymanski will discuss how her paintings "reflect her suffering and pain, and the pain of women in general" (as a young girl, Kahlo was in a horrific accident in which she was literally run through; this was a theme she returned to over and over). Yolanda Gonzalez will speak about Kahlo's relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera, the equally notorious muralist; and Roberto Batista will discuss Kahlo's politics. (6:30 p.m. at Valencia Community College East Campus, Building 3 Atrium; 407-582-2338; free)

LA FILLE MAL GARDEE, Oct. 7 "The Misbehaved Daughter," set in 18th-century France, is a farcical ballet about a headstrong girl trying to choose a husband: handsome but poor or stupid but rich? Not a terribly original setup, but sometimes the traditional stories work best. Samantha Dunster choreographed, with additional passages set by Fernando Bujones. (8 p.m. at Carr Performing Arts Centre; also 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; 407-426-1739;; $12-$65)

PHOTOSHOP WORKSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, Oct. 8 and 15 Milton Heiberg leads two sessions of a one-day class aimed at helping photographers who need to get up to digital speed. Curves, levels, channels and layers (the Photoshop functions used to prepare images for the web) are covered, as is stitching images together to form panoramic photo illustrations. (9 a.m.-noon at Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park; 407-671-1886;; $65-$85)

BASKETBALLS AND PLATES: JEFF KOONS AND JULIAN SCHNABEL, Oct. 11 As part of the OMA Art Appreciation Series "What Makes Art Art?" associate curator Jan Clayton presents a slide lecture on these two provocateurs of the '80s art world, then conducts a guided tour. (7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Orlando Museum of Art; 407-896-4231, ext. 262; reservations required;; $20-$25)

AIGA ORLANDO PRESENTS GREG GORMAN, Oct. 13 Celebrity portrait photographer Gorman shows examples of his work – he's shot Andy Warhol, Uma Thurman, Leonardo DiCaprio and just about every other shiny star of the late 20th century. He'll also discuss his career and answer questions; since Gorman seems to consider himself the "celebrity" in "celebrity portrait photographer," the talk should be amusing. (6 p.m. at Ivanhoe Plaza Downtown, in the Anderson-Delaney Room, on the second floor;; $5-$20)

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY WORK-SHOP WITH RICK LANG, Oct. 15 Ready to take the next step from "say cheese"? Rick Lang, director of photography at the school, explains lighting, composition and what the heck all those buttons on your camera really do. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park; 407-671-1886;; $65-$85)

MAKE ART YOUR BUSINESS, Oct. 22 Here's a full day of workshops for the artist who wants to improve himself on the marketing end of things, taught by local professionals in the arts community who know what they're talking about. Learn how to mat and frame your work, pitch it to a gallery and get a good press write-up. Instructors include Jeanine Taylor, Nancy Jay and Mary Frances Emmons. (9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park; 407-671-1886;; $65-$85)

FALL JAZZ STROLL , Oct. 22 Walk through the gardens with only the moon (and some candles) to light your way. Live jazz from Dr. Otto Gomez Band, Julie Lyon Quartet and Phillip Martin. Break out your picnic basket and bring your own blanket. (7 p.m.-10 p.m. at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 407-246-2620;; $14-$24)

THE PURCELL SISTERS, Oct. 29 Sisters Lauren and Anne Purcell demonstrate the meaning of "Southern hospitality" and show you a thing or two about hors d'oeuvres. They'll also be signing their book Cocktail Parties Straight Up. (noon-4 p.m. at Urban Think! Bookstore;; 407-650-8004; free)

ACA PROJECT RESIDENCY: INSIDE-OUT, Oct. 29 and 30 The 116th installment of the Atlantic Center for the Arts' artists-in-residence program draws to a close at the end of the month, and work created during the residency will be exhibited. Friday night, puppeteer/filmmaker/artist Paul Zaloom and his associate artists will present a film-based performance piece; on Saturday, theater/film artist Janie Geiser and multimedia artist/theater director Theodora Skipitares direct a live performance with their associate artists incorporating movement, puppetry and other media. (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach; 386-427-6975;; $5)

SCRIBBLES AND GRAFFITI: CY TWOMBLY AND JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT, Nov. 1 As part of the OMA Art Appreciation Series "What Makes Art Art?" associate curator Jan Clayton presents a slide lecture on two masters of the absurdly lucrative scribble, then conducts a guided tour. (7:30p.m.-9 p.m. at Orlando Museum of Art; 407-896-4231 ext. 262; reservations required;; $20-$25)

FREE GRANT WORKSHOP WITH PETER SCHREYER, Nov. 5 Crealdé's executive director leads a workshop opening artists' eyes to grant opportunities from the state of Florida, United Arts and others. (2 p.m.-4 p.m. at Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park; 407-671-1886;; free)

MERRITT ISLAND FIELD TRIP WITH MILTON HEIBERG, Nov. 5 Shoot the rising sun and the "abundant bird life" with noted wildlife photographer Heiberg, who calls this spot "one of Florida's best-kept secrets for a photo op." (6 a.m. at Parish Park, Titusville; 407-671-1886; $30-$40)

ALEX SANCHEZ READING, Nov. 6 Sanchez's gay-themed young-adult novels (five and counting; his Rainbow Boys series is closer to Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat series than the Sweet Valley High books so popular in the '90s) bring hope, or at least parity, to GLBT teenagers. His readings are typical teen hangouts on the couch, and are "always a good time," according to Urban Think staff. (2 p.m.-5 p.m. at Urban Think! Bookstore; 407-650-8004;; free)

BOB MORRIS READING, Nov. 10 The local writer and personality reads from Jamaica Me Dead, his latest Caribbean noir. If he doesn't bring the Red Stripe, order a beer at the bar (a bookstore with a bar … it's like they're inside my head.) (7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Urban Think! Bookstore; 407-650-8004;; free)

SUNSET & SYMPHONY FALL CONCERT AT BOK SANCTUARY, Nov. 12 Bok Sanctuary in Lake Wales is a rich man's folly, in the best kind of way: No expense was spared in the 1929 construction and decoration of a 205-foot carillon tower, a 20-room mansion and gardens over 245 acres. The list of famous architects, artists and artisans involved is too lengthy to recount here, but Frederick Law Olmsted designed the gardens, which should give an idea of the splendor. At 6 p.m., the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present a program of "pops and light classics." The park opens at 4 p.m.; there will be an "instrument petting zoo" (Ooh! an oboe!) from 4:30 to 5:30; and the "picnic decorating contest" judging starts at 5. Box dinners can be preordered from the Carillon Café, or bring your own. (4 p.m. at Bok Tower Sanctuary, Lake Wales; 863-676-1408;; $10-$12)

BILLY COLLINS READING, Nov. 15 Do not miss this event. Not many poets of this caliber – Collins was a very high-profile U.S. poet laureate from 2001-2003 – are as comfortable performing as they are creating; Collins' funny, accessible work is mirrored in his reading style. In poems similar to William Carlos Williams, he demystifies poetry without devaluing it: "By now, it should go without saying / that what the oven is to the baker / and the berry-stained blouse to the dry cleaner / so the window is to the poet." (6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Urban Think! Bookstore; 407-650-8004;; free)

Scroll to read more Fall Guide articles


Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.