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Polasek Museum hosts 6 t h Winter Park Paint Out

Central Florida Arts - 2 hours 52 min ago
http://www.trbimg.com/img-5350449e/turbine/os-polasek-winter-park-paintout-20140417/187/187×105 The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will host its sixth annual Winter Park Paint Out beginning Sunday, April 20. Orlando Arts Blog … Continue reading
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James Cameron Talks about Pandora and Avatarland at Disney World on Reddit

The Disney Blog - 3 hours 7 min ago

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Director James Cameron recently participated in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. There wasn’t any news broken about building the world of Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but he did mention it in response to a question:

thewineburglar asked:

I am beyond excited to be able to step foot into Pandora. Any details you could share with us about the park expansion at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World? Even the tiniest detail would be awesome! Thanks for taking time to talk to us fans.

jamescameronama responded:

Well, Disney are doing a first-rate job designing it. It’s going to be completely spectacular. It will be like being on Pandora. You will see real floating mountains. It’s going to be a very magical experience just to be there and walk around. And the two rides will be absolute state of the art. But I don’t how much they want to say about what those rides specifically will be, so I probably shouldn’t say anymore than that. But from what I’ve seen so far, it will be amazing. I will be sad it’s in Florida, because I won’t be able to go a lot to it.

If you’re at all into movies, and particuarly James Cameron’s movies, you’ll enjoy reading the full AMA:

Cameron also talked about the ongoing pre-production of the Avatar sequels:

“The second, third, and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They’re essentially all in pre-production now because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.”

The Avatar sequels are scheduled for release December 2016 through 2018. Avatar-land is currently expected to open in 2017.

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Castle 6-20: That ’70′s Show Preview

The Disney Blog - 4 hours 46 min ago

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We’re taking a groovy trip back in time on Monday night’s Castle. That’s right, after almost a month off, the show is back with the first of four new episodes to finish out the season.

The mystery of the episode is going to revolve around a crime from the 1970′s. It all starts with construction workers find the body of a mobster who disappeared in that decade. Beckett and Castle land the case, so they have to track down any lead they can that hasn’t run cold.

Which brings them to a star witness who thinks it is still the 70′s. So, in order to get any information out of him, they are going to have to play along. I know from the pictures that will involve dressing the part, but I bet we get some slang from the time as well.

Frankly, I think this sounds like a fun twist on the familiar crime solving format of the show, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

While I know nothing specifically, I bet they will be moving forward with their wedding plans as well. After all, if they are getting married in May (like for the season finale anyone?), they’ve still got a lot of work to do to pull that off.

Flash back during the normal time slot on Monday, and then flash on over to Carstairs Considers and read my recap on Tuesday.

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Western Way

Analog Artist Digital World - 6 hours 26 min ago

The Western Way Shopping Center sign is located on West Colonial Drive a block west of North Tampa Avenue. A big Department of Motor Vehicles building is right up the block. The sign hearkens back to a time when Colonial Drive was the main road to get from cost to coast. Colonial Drive (State Route 50) runs throughout Central Florida, from Weeki Wachee on the west coast, to Titusville on the east. The highway is called by different names in different regions, such as Cortez Boulevard in Hernando County and Colonial Drive in much of Orange County. Parts of the highway east of 436 (Semoran Boulevard) follow the Old Cheney Highway, the original road that ran from Orlando to Titusville. I've driven Colonial all the way to the west coast of Florida, and it is a step back in time sprinkled with plenty of old Florida towns and long stretches of rural cattle farms and citrus groves. In 1955 the Western Way Shopping Center on West Colonial Drive opened with Moses Pharmacy and Landis Stone’s Hardware Store as anchor tenants.

Excerpt from From the Florida sand to the City Beautiful: A Historical Record of Orlando, Florida, by E.H. Gore, published in 1951: “Mr. Charles D. Sweet, a surveyor from Louisiana, located in Orlando in 1873. He had traveled up and down the Mississippi Valley and got a desire to see what Florida looked like. When he arrived in Orlando, he liked it so well he decided to locate. He surveyed part of the city when it was incorporated in 1875 and laid out some of the streets. He wanted to make Gertrude Street a main thoroughfare through Orlando but when the South Florida Railroad was built in 1880, it followed through a large portion of that street. That street was named for his sister Gertrude. He was elected to the board of Aldermen in 1880 and served as mayor in 1881. He wanted to name the streets running east and west after different mayors so started out with Marks and Sweet streets, but some time later the name of Sweet Street was changed to Colonial Drive. He was one of the pioneers who helped change Orlando from a village to a city.”

There were maybe five or so pedestrians who walked by as I sketched. People tend to try and cross the four lanes of Colonial on foot to get to fast food restaurants or 7-11s. The Orlando-Kissimmee region was ranked as one of the most dangerous pedestrian regions in the country, with more than 550 pedestrians killed from 2000 to 2009. This translates into 61 deaths a year or about one death every week. Colonial Drive alone has claimed 40 lives in the past five years. Colonial was a constant blur of speeding gas fumed traffic as I sketched. Were I to try and get to the Magic Mall across the street, I would have to risk life and limb. When I did leave I stepped into my steal box of a car for some form of protection before pulling out into the anger fueled traffic.
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Florida Dance Theatre Presents Celebrate Dance Festival & Gala Performance

Central Florida Arts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:40
The Celebrate Dance Festival returns to Lakeland April 25-27, and includes an extended weekend of dance events.   Master classes taught by professional dancers will be available April 25-27; a gala performance April 26 at Florida Southern College’s Branscomb Auditorium … Continue reading
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Is Walt Disney World one of the 10 most disappointing destinations in the world?

The Disney Blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:34

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A travel website has listed Walt Disney World as one of the 10 most disappointing destinations in the world:

Paying $99 per day to be trapped in a park surrounded by other peoples’ children and fully grown adults who like Disney? No thanks. Even a bottle of water will run you $2.50 once you’re within reach of the Mouse’s greedy grasp.

Really? All that tells me is that the person who had that experience didn’t spend the time to learn how to get the most value out of their vacation to Walt Disney World.

What advice would you give a travel to help them not avoid disappointment in the Walt Disney World vacation?

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Theater review: ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?’ from Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration)

Central Florida Arts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:43
http://www.trbimg.com/img-5351fcdd/turbine/os-goat-who-is-sylvia-review-orlando-20140418/187/187×105 There’s no point putting it off, so here goes: There’s a lot of talk about sex with animals in “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” Orlando Arts Blog … Continue reading
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New Track Revealed as More Walls Come Down Around Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The Disney Blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:16

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Inevitably, I release a construction update video and a day or two later, more walls come down around the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It happened again, so yesterday I went back to get photos and video of the newly opened areas.

Operations training is well underway with many cast members on Day 3 of training. We could start seeing Cast Member previews and then soft openings next week some time, but no official word on that.

A few more photos below the jump in case you can’t watch the video.

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Be sure to see our previous update for many more photos and another video showing the rest of our April Update.

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April 17 More Food and few freebies

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Once Upon a Time 3-18: Bleeding Through Preview

The Disney Blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:30

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Poor Hook! Just when he thought he had one obstacle out of the way so he might have a chance with Emma, Zelena curses their love and then threatens Hook if he doesn’t kiss Emma, thereby taking all her magic from her. (Although really, how twisted is that relationship if we stop and think about it. The connections between Hook and Neal and Neal’s mom and Emma and Neal and…. Really, I see Jerry Springer in their future.)

But the focus is shifting back to Regina and Cora this week. Yes, you read that right, Cora. In the modern Storybrooke, Regina is going to be trying to use magic to reach the other side and find out from Cora exactly why Cora gave up Zelena in the first place. It might help them come up with a way to defeat Zelena.

Speaking of which – someone is going to stumble on Zelena’s ultimate master plan. And Zelena is going to find and steal Regina’s heart. So she’ll have a heart and Charming’s courage. Now she just needs a brain. Might we be seeing Dr. Whale again soon or is that why she wants Snow’s baby? And what does she hope to get from Gold with a nice dinner outside his cage?

Meanwhile, the flashback is going to fill in Cora’s back story with Rose McGowan reprising her roll as young Cora. We’ll get to see first hand how and why Cora gave up Zelena.

I can’t wait to see how this all plays out. Despite Easter, it will air at the usual time (it’s the only one of ABC’s usual Sunday shows on this week in fact.) And I’ll be recapping over at Carstairs Considers as usual after I’ve seen it.

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Theater review: 'The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?' from Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration)

Attention Must Be Paid - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:24
There's no point putting it off, so here goes: There's a lot of talk about sex with animals in "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?"

Modern Widow's Club

Analog Artist Digital World - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:00

Carolyn Caple Moor founded the Modern Widows Club that has met every third Thursday for the past 29 months at her Orlando home. Carolyn lost her husband Chad Moor on Valentines Day in 2000 in a hit and run auto accident as they drove home from diner. I saw one of Chad's original sketches of a horse on display in the home when I first entered. He was a gifted artist. There are 11.4 million widows in this country and 3.5 million of those women are under 65. Carolyn finds strength and hope as she reaches out to help others. She shares inspiration and mentors every woman who enters her home. These meetings are a safe place where incredibly honest conversations blossom.

A fire was setup in the fire pit on the back patio as dusk settled in. There was plenty of food and drink inside and everyone mingled through the social hour. I poured a white wine and settled in to sketch outside. The fire started to fade, but Mackensey used some dry palm husks as kindling to reignite the blaze. I got to learn about her camping experiences in Colorado where she earned a patch as an expert fire starter. I used this time to pencil in the perspective. As women came out, I quickly placed them in the sketch. The wind kept blowing the fire's smoke and ashes my way, so by the end of the night I smelled like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

Mackensey Moor, Carolyn's daughter, was busy setting up a Skype session on her laptop with  Becky Aikman the NYC Author of  'Saturday Night Widows'. Martha Curtis-Garry skyped in via Rome, Italy at 2am her time and actually talked to Becky from iPhone to laptop. It is so amazing how digital tools are changing the way we communicate. Carolyn panned the laptop around so Becky could see everyone in attendance. Becky complimented everyone's shoes since that is what she saw on her end of the digital divide. Becky's book was about her journey along with six friends after they were all widowed. She went to a widow's group and some psychologist was wallowing in negativity while outlining the five stages of grief.  Becky doesn't believe in set steps to grief, everyone is different. She suggested the group might want to focus on some more positive viewpoints and after the meeting, the head of the group told her she wasn't welcome back. This was an all time low for her, being kicked out of a support group. As a journalist, she decided to form her own group and each of the members knew their stories would become part of a book she was writing. One of the participants said she felt naked, but brave. Another Widows meeting in NYC involved a lingerie sample party where everyone got to try on their favorite frilly outfits. Why hadn't I been invited to sketch that meeting?!

Becky mentioned one joint meeting where the widows club met with a widowers club in NYC and then the conversation turned to how men are different from women. I think they forgot there was one man sketching in the shadows. A woman might feel guild if she dated soon after her husband's death, but men can compartmentalize their emotions. They might truly love the wife that they lost, but there was no guilt in getting back out and dating. Men envy the strong binding friendships that women have. Men's conversations seldom venture and deeper than sports along with one word grunts. The group of women in NYC were fairly affluent, but the conversation in Florida turned to women who have to give up their homes and scrape by when their husband's income is no longer available. Insurance money is only a short term fix for a lifetime to come. Widows seem to be invisible in many societies.

The atmosphere of the meeting I was sketching felt warm and supportive. After the Skype session conversations returned to warm often funny memories. One woman related the fun and playful game of trying to beat her husband to the TV remote. I realized she wasn't talking in the past tense. Memories shared are very much alive and in the moment. Another woman related that her husband used to watch so many Crime Scene Investigation shows, that she thought he might be plotting to kill her without leaving evidence. Laughter erupted frequently as stories were shared. One woman had been to the "Love" themed Pecha Kucha" event that Carolyn and I had been presenters for. Based on the talks she heard that evening, she decided to sign up on OK Cupid an online dating sight. She glowed as she showed me an iPhone photo of the handsome guy she is now dating.

After the meeting I sat in the living room chatting with Carolyn and Mackensey. I had been sitting silently sketching all night and was a bit hungry for conversation. When Carolyn's other daughter Meagan walked in with her freshly showered hair, I realized I might have over stayed my welcome. I was surprised that I was the last to leave. Vicki Garcia had left white Easter Lillies for everyone to take home. Carolyn gave me some lilies as I left with instructions to cut the stems before putting them in a vase.  I handed the lilies to Terry when I got home. She asked where I got them, and I told her. "You could have lied you know, I would have believed you." Darn, men can be so stupid sometimes. This morning one white bloom opened to the sunlight, a symbol of hope and resurrection.


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500,000 Meals For Osceola County Kids

The Daily City - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:52
Empowered to do more in the community, Osceola Connected is a group of 20+ organizations that are partnering with international non-profit Feeding Children Everywhere to package 500,000 healthy meals for hungry families in Osceola County. The meals packaged during the event will be distributed to organizations who provide human aid and to local food banks in Osceola County. This event is open to the public and is need of volunteers to help reach the meal goal.

On May 3rd and 4th, hundreds of community members from the Central Florida area will gather in Mills Park to hand-scoop, weigh, seal, and box over 500,000 healthy lentil casseroles. Even though some spots are filled, the event is still in need of volunteers to help package meals. The organizers will also have to raise the funds to cover the cost of the meals, $125,000 and need your help to reach their goal. All ages are welcome to attend the event and donations of newly purchased canned goods are welcome.

This event will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at the Kissimmee Civic Center and St. Cloud Civic Center and May 4th at Celebration Health and Celebration Town Hall 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here to learn more about this event and how people can make a difference around the world.

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Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) is a social charity based in Orlando, Fla. The FCE concept was launched in 2010 and their mission is to empower and mobilize people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. The driving mission is to mobilize individuals from all walks of life, empowering them to answer the need to end hunger through their own personal actions. Hunger Projects show groups that they are having a tangible impact on the hunger crisis, as their involvement makes distribution possible. The food is provided at no cost to local organizations in the U.S. and in different regions around the world. To date, the FCE team has mobilized 70,000 people and shipped more than 15 million meals worldwide. Please visit www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com to learn more or contact Director of Marketing, Allison Riggs at allison@feedingchildreneverywhere.com or 813-389-3178.
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What are your top Walt Disney World Souvenirs?

The Disney Blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:34

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If you’ve ever met Steven Miller of Disney Park’s merchandise team, then you know what a honest, knowledgeable, and passionate guy he is. Steven has put together a great video highlighting some of the Magic Kingdom’s top selling souvenirs including a few must-have items for any trip:

I know a lot of families like to arrive at the parks with ears, pins, and autograph books already in hand. If that’s you, you can order most of the items Steven mentioned from the Disney Parks section of the DisneyStore.

Other than the fantastic memories, what items do you consider the top souvenirs from your Walt Disney World visits?

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Eye to Eye with the Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360 | Visit Orlando

OrlandoSmiles' YouTube Channel - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:33
Take a tour with Visit Orlando as we get up to the height of the Orlando Eye in a helicopter! Thanks to Air Force Fun Orlando for the ride! :)
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Banshee Roller Coaster POV at Kings Island theme park in Ohio

AttractionsMagazine's YouTube Channel - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:28
Virtually ride the new Banshee roller coaster at Kings Island theme park through our point of view (POV) video. Banshee opened on April 17, 2014. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=attractionsmagazine Subscribe to our Print magazine: http://attractionsmagazine.com/store Visit our Blog: http://attractionsmagazine.com/blog Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/attractions Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/attractionsmagazine Watch our TV show: http://attractionsmagazine.com/theshow Find more Videos: http://www.youtube.com/attractionsmagazine Download our free iPhone and iPad apps. Also look for us on the Nook and Nook app for Android.
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Dulcimerica 244 - "Live From Shreveport Pt. 2"

Bing Futch's YouTube Channel - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:00
The second in a series of videos from the home of Karen and John Keane. Bing plays Melodica on the Keane's original tune "Mossy Aussie (Song of the Yowie)." Bing Futch endorses, and is endorsed by, Folkcraft Instruments ( http://Folkcraft.com ), V-Picks ( http://V-Picks.com ) and General Case (http://GeneralCase.com) Please help support Dulcimerica with a donation! https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=10719933
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State of the City 2014 Interviews

CityofOrlando's YouTube Channel - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 08:17
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Space Apps Challenge Krakow 2013 Opening Talks

JohnnyDiggz' YouTube Feed - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 08:15
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Fractured: Simple Truths in Abstraction

Central Florida Arts - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:43
Join us for the opening reception of FRACTURED – a solo exhibition featuring the work of Michael Wyshock on Thursday, April 24th from 7p – 10p!  Wyshock’s collection of mixed-media paintings explore the realm of human nature through abstract depictions … Continue reading
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