Freeline Productions releases novel “Koby’s New Home”

Freeline Productions has released the novel "Koby's New Home" by author Michael W. Freeman.

Freeline Productions has released the novel “Koby’s New Home” by author Michael W. Freeman.


Freeline Productions has just released the fiction novel “Koby’s New Home,” the story of a man, a stray kitten … and an apartment complex filled with lost souls.
The novel, written by author, playwright and journalist Michael W. Freeman, is now available on Amazon, as a Kindle eBook, and through the Freeline Productions online bookstore. The book takes a sometimes humorous, often scary look at the challenges of economic dislocation.
Having lost his job and now struggling to find a new one, William Grabinski is forced to rent a small room in an old, decrepit building. Feeling lonely and isolated there, he can’t resist adopting a kitten that cries at him from the building’s courtyard on a cold December day. Now tiny Koby has a home.
It starts out very much like a heartwarming and sentimental story of a depressed man who finds comfort and happiness in caring for this sweet, adorable kitten. But it isn’t long before the book heads off in a much darker direction. Read more »

Orlando Philharmonic brings audiences Home for the Holidays

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra held their annual Home for the Holidays concert on Saturday.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra held their annual Home for the Holidays concert on Saturday.


ORLANDO — Tradition is a key word this time of year, when late November is filled with events that have been held around this time for decades, meant to usher area residents and visitors into the Christmas spirit.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra did just that on Saturday, when they used the final weekend in November to bring audiences Home for the Holidays.
The OPO’s annual holiday concert, held at the Bob Carr Theater, attracted a large crowd, many of them festively dressed, for a concert that ranged from holiday favorites (“Jingle Bells,” “O, Holy Night”) to some new songs to the OPO’s holiday repertoire, including “Cradle Hymn” by Kim Andre Arneson.
Albert George Schram, the conductor of the program, said he thought this was a beautiful hymn that their audience would appreciate.
“Sit back,” he told the audience, “and let us touch your heart.” Read more »

Central Florida Vocal Arts opening “Grimmly Ever After” tonight

Fabiola Rivera and Jonatan Rodriguez perform in "Grimmly Ever After," which opens tonight.

Fabiola Rivera and Jonatan Rodriguez perform in “Grimmly Ever After,” which opens tonight.


ORLANDO — Central Florida Vocal Arts was born in 2012 at a kitchen table in a Baldwin Park apartment, according to founder and current Chief Executive Director Theresa Leigh Smith-Levin.
It’s focus is “to provide paid performance opportunities for professional and pre professional young artists and to train and nurture the artists of tomorrow,” according to their website. They have produced several local productions, including Soap Opera at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival and The Quest: Choose Your Adventure.
The group, in many of its productions, employs a focus on mixing opera and other genres, as well as using a technique where audiences literally choose the path of the show in the style of those old “choose your adventure” books of the past.
This Friday, they open Grimmly Ever After at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. in Loch Haven Park. Read more »

Historic Bob Carr Theater undergoing big changes

The historic Bob Carr Theater is undergoing major interior renovations right now, and will soon get new carpeting throughout the building.

The historic Bob Carr Theater is undergoing major interior renovations right now, and will soon get new carpeting throughout the building.


ORLANDO — There are plenty of changes going on at the Bob Carr Theater.
Some of the changes are cosmetic, particularly to the interior. Other changes have to do with the mix of talent being booked there, which is increasingly diverse.
At the same time, the theater at 401 W. Livingston St. in downtown Orlando is remaining true to its longtime patrons, particularly those who have spent years watching performances in the Bob Carr auditorium by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
For decades, Bob Carr Theater was one of the premiere performing arts auditoriums in Orlando, with seating for 2,518. It was first built as a center for live shows in 1926, when the Orlando Municipal Auditorium was constructed. It was extensively renovated between 1975 and 1977, and renamed after former Orlando Mayor Bob Carr. Additional renovations were done in 1991.
In recent years, it has undergone some more changes, although not in terms of construction. For years, Bob Carr Theater was the home for the Broadway in Orlando tours, bringing to the city major Broadway productions like “Wicked,” “Evita,” “Jersey Boys,” “War Horse,” and many others. Read more »

Clean Beauty Bar praised as a great addition to Park Avenue

The staff at Clean Beauty Bar, including founder and CEO Kelly Newton (third from the left), join with Winter Park's vice mayor, Sarah Sprinkel (fourth) for the grand opening celebration of Clean Beauty Bar, Park Avenue's only all-natural and organic day spa.

The staff at Clean Beauty Bar, including founder and CEO Kelly Newton (third from the left), join with Winter Park’s vice mayor, Sarah Sprinkel (fourth) for the grand opening celebration of Clean Beauty Bar, Park Avenue’s only all-natural and organic day spa.


WINTER PARK — Clean Beauty Bar celebrated its grand opening last week, and has already been hailed by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce as a great new addition to the very popular Park Avenue, and by city leaders as a terrific new business.
Clean Beauty Bar, the only organic and natural day spa and boutique on Park Avenue, attracted a very strong turnout during their grand opening celebration on Thursday, Nov. 3. The event was an opportunity for the public to learn more about the day spa and their all-natural and organic treatments, which includes their signature menu of massage therapy, skin care, waxing and tinting, and nail care.
It wasn’t long before the entire day spa at 170 E. Morse Boulevard was jam-packed with guests enjoying an evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and the unveiling of an exciting holiday menu of organic treatments, Tingle All The Way.
“This is our grand opening today,” the day spa’s founder and CEO, Kelly Newton, said as she welcomed in the guests. It also wasn’t long before business and city leaders were providing a strong endorsement of Clean Beauty Bar. Read more »

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