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Theatre Downtown’s farewell party, Artegon Orlando opening and United Arts grants workshops 

Culture 2 Go: a monthly arts news roundup

Pay tribute to Theatre Downtown’s 25 years at the corner of Orange and Princeton with a “roast” and farewell party on Nov. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the evening’s entertainment, which includes a raffle of items donated by other local arts groups in support of Theatre Downtown’s plans to continue producing shows after they vacate their longtime home early next year. The company’s contact list was recently lost, so email to stay up to date on their future projects.

After several delays, the Artegon Orlando marketplace opens in the former Festival Bay Mall Nov. 20, featuring a “village” of 165 art galleries, craft workshops and artisans’ boutiques. Grand opening festivities include a performance by the Phantasmagoria steampunk troupe presented by Gods & Monsters, which bills itself the nation’s second-largest comic and collectible shop.

It’s never too early for artists to start planning grant applications, and United Arts has announced a series of free seminars to assist potential recipients of their 2015 Artist in Community Grants. The program awards up to $2,500 per project in matching funds, and distributed $24,816 to 13 artists this year. Workshops run Jan. 10 through Feb. 3 across local counties, but you must RSVP in advance through

Now playing

The Best of Enemies, through Nov. 16 at Orlando Shakes … Play de Luna presents Disorderly Conduct, through Nov. 22 at Art’s Sake.


Tick, Tick … Boom! Nov. 13-24 at Breakthrough Theatre … I & You, Nov. 14-Dec. 14 at Mad Cow … Fatica & Blue’s Monster, Nov. 15 and 17 at the Venue … Miss Carol Lee and Matthew Arter in You’ve Caught Me Again, Nov. 17 at the Abbey … Bret Shuford in Charming: A Tale of an American Prince, Nov. 24 at the Abbey … A Christmas Carol, Nov. 28-Dec. 22 at Theatre Downtown … A Christmas Carol, Dec. 3-28 at Orlando Shakes … The Phantom of the Opera, Dec. 3-14 at Dr. Phillips Center … Season’s Greetings: A Steve and Eydie Holiday Tribute, Dec. 7 at Theatre Downtown … 2015 Orlando Fringe Lottery and Merry Fringein’ Xmas, Dec. 8 at Orlando Shakes.

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