Freeline Productions releases “Bloody Rabbit” in paperback, Kindle

"Bloody Rabbit" follows one man's terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start -- in a world spinning out of control.

“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.


ORLANDO — Freeline Productions has released a gripping and eerie new novel, “Bloody Rabbit.” The book by author Michael W. Freeman examines one man’s painful efforts to climb out of a dark hole of hopelessness and despair following the economic crash, and how his own feelings of inferiority contribute in a sometimes frightening way to his downfall.
We are introduced to the world of R.T. Robeson, who, by his mid-40s, thought he was firmly settled into a comfortable and well-established life. But as the story unfolds, the Great Recession has claimed virtually all he had…including his job, house, car and self-worth. After two years of unemployment, his life finally starts to turn around when he lands a new, lower paying job.
Now he finds himself riding the city bus to a neighborhood he might never have considered living in before, resting all his hopes on securing a tiny apartment that’s become available. Not even the unit’s unsavory history discourages him from his desperate need to lease the space. And yet, as the landlady accepts his application, a ‘tiny win’ that would otherwise be celebrated, Robeson still finds it nearly impossible to fight off feelings of being a failure. Read more »

Coming up: National Chicken Wing Day at WingHouse

National Chicken Wings Day is held annually on July 29.

National Chicken Wings Day is held annually on July 29.

TAMPA – Ask yourself one question, and quite honestly: have you earned your wings?
Crawford Francis Ker, the former offensive linebacker for the Florida Gators, certainly hopes so.
That’s because Tuesday, July 29 marks a special day for Ker: it’s National Wing Day, which not surprisingly means the folks at his own WingHouse Bar & Grill restaurant chain plan to do their own special celebrating.
Ker, the CEO of the Largo-based franchise and alumni of the National Football League, plans to be offering deals on this special day to get as many customers as possible in a soaring wing mood.
National Chicken Wing Day is celebrated annually on July 29, devoted to highlighting the rich variety of chicken wings that are available – hot and spicy, mild, boneless, sticky sweet, served with blue cheese, celery sticks or plum sauce, and, as the sponsors of this day of celebration like to note, offering plenty of protein. Read more »

Central Florida Theatre In Process In-Cite: Weekend Picks!

The gay comedy-drama "Next Fall" opens at the Orlando Museum of Art on Friday.

The gay comedy-drama “Next Fall” opens at the Orlando Museum of Art on Friday.


The Central Florida Theatre in Process weekend choices and picks!
There are tons of openings, continuing shows, upcoming events and auditions/education!
OPENING THIS WEEK
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SUMMER SHORTS 2014, a collection of 7 short original plays by member playwrights, presented as one evening of entertainment, debuts July 25th in the Santos Dantin Studio Theatre at the John and Rita Lowndes Orlando Shakespeare Center. CAUTION: Some adult language and themes, plays may not be suitable for all ages. THE ROULETTE CLUB by David Muschell, directed by Daniel Cooksley — Four anonymous, suicidal strangers come together for an experiment in dying. Featuring Laura Dewey, Logan Curran, Damani Riley and Deena Flowers. Read more »

I-Drive restaurant imports fresh scallops from the oceans of Alaska

The Oceanaire restaurant on International Drive is hosting a special five course meal next weekend, made up of Alaskan delicacies.

The Oceanaire restaurant on International Drive is hosting a special five course meal next weekend, made up of Alaskan delicacies.


ORLANDO — Commercial fishing is a major industry in the state of Alaska, and this has been the case for literally hundreds of years, ever since Alaska Natives began harvesting salmon in the early 17th century.
One of the most popular meals to come out of the frigid Alaskan waters is fresh Alaska Weathervane Scallops. But if it seems like a trip to Anchorage is the only way to sample them, think again. For anyone living in the tropical climate of Orlando, it’s now as easy as a trip to International Drive.
That’s where the Oceanaire Seafood Room restaurant is making available to all scallop connoisseurs a serving of Alaska Weathervane Scallops – as part of the seafood restaurant’s special offering, the Alaska Seafood & Wine Weekend five course menu.
This specialty item will be available next weekend only, from July 25-27. Read more »

Freelining with Mike Freeman: Hate-filled propaganda

"Jud Suss" remains one of the most notorious films in cinema history, a savage promotion of anti-Semitism under Nazi Germany.

“Jud Suss” remains one of the most notorious films in cinema history, a savage promotion of anti-Semitism under Nazi Germany.


It’s a truly bizarre and uncomfortable experience to watch the notorious Nazi propaganda film “Jud Suss” 74 years after it was first released in Germany, a lavish costume drama where the residents of a German empire are made to suffer after the introduction into their pleasant world of a cunning, conniving Jew.
It’s an absolutely scary film to watch, and not at all in the way that the filmmakers likely intended. Watching an angry German mob scream out “Jew!” in shrill, hate-filled tones, and demand not only his murder (by execution) but also the exile of all Jews from their village — and then to recall that this was a box office smash in Germany in 1940 — is like watching horror at its most grimly, painfully realistic.
Those blood thirsty mobs, of course, were meant to be heroes because they shared the Nazi party’s prejudices. The fact that these “heroes” seem so eager to blame all their problems on a single man who happens to be Jewish, and to eagerly support the separation of all Christians from Jews, offers a uniquely disturbing glimpse into what it must have been like in Germany in 1940, when the movie hit cinemas — and just two years after the November 1938 Kristallnacht, the Hitler-ordered destruction of Jewish temples and businesses in his campaign of brutality, intimidation and anti-Semitic rage. Read more »

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