September 28, 2019

Orlando Weekly Fall Arts Guide 2019

From live music, comedy, and theater, to visual and performing arts and much more, Orlando Weekly's Fall Arts Guide is the definitive review of everything to see, do, hear, taste and touch this autumn. On stands now and online, check out the guide to know what's going on.

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Orlando Weekly Fall Arts Guide 2019

Sept. 20 through Jan. 12, 2020   
Edward Steichen:  In Exaltation of Flowers
Mennello Museum of American Art, mennellomuseum.org, $5; Orlando Museum of Art,  omart.org, $15   
Edward Steichen grew into his full powers late in life, serving as director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art for 15 years, where he presented the legendary group show The Family of Man. But this exhibition is an intriguing look at the making of the preternaturally accomplished photographer, showing work from a time before his stern modernism took complete hold – and before he put painting aside to focus on the camera. The massive panels of "In Exaltation of Flowers" are at OMA, seven vividly romantic portraits commissioned as "floral personifications" by a wealthy New York family, while 20 photographs chosen for their close association with the murals hang at the MMAA. (For full image credits on art above and left, see page 9)   
Photo Credit: Edward Steichen, "Gloria Swanson," (1924). Gelatin silver print, 9 7/16 x 7 1/2 inches. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Grace M. Mayer, 1989. © 2019 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society, New York. Photo: Art Resource

Sept. 20 through Jan. 12, 2020

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers

Mennello Museum of American Art, mennellomuseum.org, $5; Orlando Museum of Art, omart.org, $15

Edward Steichen grew into his full powers late in life, serving as director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art for 15 years, where he presented the legendary group show The Family of Man. But this exhibition is an intriguing look at the making of the preternaturally accomplished photographer, showing work from a time before his stern modernism took complete hold – and before he put painting aside to focus on the camera. The massive panels of "In Exaltation of Flowers" are at OMA, seven vividly romantic portraits commissioned as "floral personifications" by a wealthy New York family, while 20 photographs chosen for their close association with the murals hang at the MMAA. (For full image credits on art above and left, see page 9)

Photo Credit: Edward Steichen, "Gloria Swanson," (1924). Gelatin silver print, 9 7/16 x 7 1/2 inches. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Grace M. Mayer, 1989. © 2019 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society, New York. Photo: Art Resource
    Sept. 21 through Dec. 29  
Ut Pictura Poesis: Walt Whitman and the Poetry of Art
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park,   
cfam.rollins.edu, free   
This show is a glorious peek into a surprisingly deep pocket of Whitmaniana in Rollins College's archives. The Cornell curators have plunged their hands into the special collections at Olin Library and brought up handfuls of treasure – more lumpy hand-forged coins than glittering jewels, to be sure, but valuable and exquisite nonetheless. The collation of various artists' personal responses to Whitman (man and poet), installed alongside archival manuscripts and photos, transcends what could be a dreary educational display to sing its own quirky song. Like most CFAM exhibitions in recent years, it's a bijou experience, not a sprawling pageant, but it feels right-sized. The catalog available in the museum gift shop is worth the card-swipe, particularly in light of all the free exhibitions the CFAM treats us to year-round.   
“Major American Poets” by Richard Baker, 2013, image credit: Gouache on paper; The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, gift of Barbara and Theodore Alfond; image courtesy of the artist and Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Mass. /
Sept. 21 through Dec. 29

Ut Pictura Poesis: Walt Whitman and the Poetry of Art

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park,

cfam.rollins.edu, free

This show is a glorious peek into a surprisingly deep pocket of Whitmaniana in Rollins College's archives. The Cornell curators have plunged their hands into the special collections at Olin Library and brought up handfuls of treasure – more lumpy hand-forged coins than glittering jewels, to be sure, but valuable and exquisite nonetheless. The collation of various artists' personal responses to Whitman (man and poet), installed alongside archival manuscripts and photos, transcends what could be a dreary educational display to sing its own quirky song. Like most CFAM exhibitions in recent years, it's a bijou experience, not a sprawling pageant, but it feels right-sized. The catalog available in the museum gift shop is worth the card-swipe, particularly in light of all the free exhibitions the CFAM treats us to year-round.

“Major American Poets” by Richard Baker, 2013, image credit: Gouache on paper; The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, gift of Barbara and Theodore Alfond; image courtesy of the artist and Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Mass. /
Oct. 12   
Wayne Brady
8 p.m. at the Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, drphillipscenter.org, $39.50-$65   
The most successful product of SAK Comedy Lab's improv comedy troupe returns to Orlando for a homecoming date on his current tour. Brady is best known as a regular on both the U.K. and U.S. versions of improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, but his résumé includes everything from talk-show host to soap opera star to Broadway sensation. Welcome home, Wayne.   
Photo courtesy Dr. Phillips Center
Oct. 12

Wayne Brady

8 p.m. at the Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, drphillipscenter.org, $39.50-$65

The most successful product of SAK Comedy Lab's improv comedy troupe returns to Orlando for a homecoming date on his current tour. Brady is best known as a regular on both the U.K. and U.S. versions of improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, but his résumé includes everything from talk-show host to soap opera star to Broadway sensation. Welcome home, Wayne.

Photo courtesy Dr. Phillips Center
Oct. 12-14   
South Asian Film Festival
Enzian Theater, enzian.org, $12-$55   
Enzian's annual South Asian Film Festival is an opportunity to get a look at films about the Indian subcontinent and its diaspora. This year's lineup includes four features about topics as diverse as Tibetan refugees and an Indian-American stand-up comic. For the best variety, check out Chhota Cinema, the annual showcase of short films that offers five different perspectives on Indian life.   
Photo courtesy Juno Films / Tenzin Dolker in "The Sweet Requiem"
Oct. 12-14

South Asian Film Festival

Enzian Theater, enzian.org, $12-$55

Enzian's annual South Asian Film Festival is an opportunity to get a look at films about the Indian subcontinent and its diaspora. This year's lineup includes four features about topics as diverse as Tibetan refugees and an Indian-American stand-up comic. For the best variety, check out Chhota Cinema, the annual showcase of short films that offers five different perspectives on Indian life.

Photo courtesy Juno Films / Tenzin Dolker in "The Sweet Requiem"
Oct. 13   
Mayhem on Mills: Halloween Horror Fights II 
3 p.m. at Will's Pub, willspub.org, $15  
One of the campy highlights of early-'90s World Championship Wrestling was the "Chamber Of Horrors" match, which culminated with Abdullah the Butcher getting shocked in an electric chair by Cactus Jack. Expect punk-inspired local wrestling fed Mayhem on Mills to take at least a little inspiration from that at their Halloween-ish October outdoor card. An early confirmed match with Florida lucha sensation Serpentico facing off against Chuckles the Clown in a "coffin match" suggests this just might be the case.   
Photo of Serpentico by John Moses
Oct. 13

Mayhem on Mills: Halloween Horror Fights II

3 p.m. at Will's Pub, willspub.org, $15

One of the campy highlights of early-'90s World Championship Wrestling was the "Chamber Of Horrors" match, which culminated with Abdullah the Butcher getting shocked in an electric chair by Cactus Jack. Expect punk-inspired local wrestling fed Mayhem on Mills to take at least a little inspiration from that at their Halloween-ish October outdoor card. An early confirmed match with Florida lucha sensation Serpentico facing off against Chuckles the Clown in a "coffin match" suggests this just might be the case.

Photo of Serpentico by John Moses
Oct. 12-14   
Orlando Film Festival 
Cobb Plaza Cinema Café 12, orlandofilmfest.com,  $20-$300   
In regard to the sheer number of films screened, the Orlando Film Festival is the biggest film fest in town. Taking over downtown's Cobb Plaza theater for more than a week, the festival offers more than 200 shorts and features, along with panels and workshops covering all aspects of filmmaking. The celebration doesn't stop after the screenings, though; nightly afterparties are one of the big draws for those looking to rub elbows and network.   
Photo via Orlando Film Festival/Facebook
Oct. 12-14

Orlando Film Festival

Cobb Plaza Cinema Café 12, orlandofilmfest.com, $20-$300

In regard to the sheer number of films screened, the Orlando Film Festival is the biggest film fest in town. Taking over downtown's Cobb Plaza theater for more than a week, the festival offers more than 200 shorts and features, along with panels and workshops covering all aspects of filmmaking. The celebration doesn't stop after the screenings, though; nightly afterparties are one of the big draws for those looking to rub elbows and network.

Photo via Orlando Film Festival/Facebook
Oct. 18-19   
Immerse 
5-11 p.m. at Downtown Orlando, creativecityproject.com, free-$150  
Creative City Project's Immerse 2019 will be a weekend of saying "Art!" and "Art?" The website promises that the event will "help you live the exciting life you deserve." Who doesn't want that? The event will have large-scale interactive installations from the World of Corkcicle and Architect of Air's luminaria, which is self-described as a cross between a "womb and a cathedral." You can explore winding paths and domes filled with colored light. High-flying performers and more than a hundred actors, musicians, artists and other creatives will entertain all weekend. Pro tip: Look out for small pop-up venues to really personalize your experience.   
Photo by John Owens / Immerse, Architects of Air, *kATENA
Oct. 18-19

Immerse

5-11 p.m. at Downtown Orlando, creativecityproject.com, free-$150

Creative City Project's Immerse 2019 will be a weekend of saying "Art!" and "Art?" The website promises that the event will "help you live the exciting life you deserve." Who doesn't want that? The event will have large-scale interactive installations from the World of Corkcicle and Architect of Air's luminaria, which is self-described as a cross between a "womb and a cathedral." You can explore winding paths and domes filled with colored light. High-flying performers and more than a hundred actors, musicians, artists and other creatives will entertain all weekend. Pro tip: Look out for small pop-up venues to really personalize your experience.

Photo by John Owens / Immerse, Architects of Air, *kATENA
Oct. 20   
"Last Podcast on the Left" 
7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, hardrock.com, $27.50-$47.50   
Live recordings of popular podcasts are filling up rock venues just as quickly as your favorite bands, and "Last Podcast on the Left"?'s "Back in the Habit" tour, courtesy of core trio Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski, is no exception. "Last Podcast" tackles grim and ghostly subject matter both real-world and fantasy – serial killers, UFOs, supernatural phenomena and more. The trio are hardened road dogs, so rest assured this won't be some snoozy mumblefest. The timing of their Orlando stop is spookily seasonal.   
Photo via Last Podcast on the Left
Oct. 20

"Last Podcast on the Left"

7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, hardrock.com, $27.50-$47.50

Live recordings of popular podcasts are filling up rock venues just as quickly as your favorite bands, and "Last Podcast on the Left"?'s "Back in the Habit" tour, courtesy of core trio Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski, is no exception. "Last Podcast" tackles grim and ghostly subject matter both real-world and fantasy – serial killers, UFOs, supernatural phenomena and more. The trio are hardened road dogs, so rest assured this won't be some snoozy mumblefest. The timing of their Orlando stop is spookily seasonal.

Photo via Last Podcast on the Left
Oct. 22-27   
Les Misérables
Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, drphillipscenter.org, $54.50-$164.50   
Way before Lin-Manuel Miranda took over Broadway with Hamilton, the venerable "Les Miz" was the biggest musical about a revolution that theater-goers had on the menu. This touring production is based on the Tony-nominated 2014 Broadway revival that freshened up the window-dressing while keeping the giant rotating barricade intact. Do you hear the people sing?   
Photo by Matthew Murphy / The touring company of Les Misérables performs “Master of the House”
Oct. 22-27

Les Misérables

Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, drphillipscenter.org, $54.50-$164.50

Way before Lin-Manuel Miranda took over Broadway with Hamilton, the venerable "Les Miz" was the biggest musical about a revolution that theater-goers had on the menu. This touring production is based on the Tony-nominated 2014 Broadway revival that freshened up the window-dressing while keeping the giant rotating barricade intact. Do you hear the people sing?

Photo by Matthew Murphy / The touring company of Les Misérables performs “Master of the House”