Changes are on the way for next year’s Orlando Fringe Festival.

The 22nd Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival will be adding three new venues next May. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO – The 22nd Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival won’t be held until next May, and the lottery for selecting which artists produce shows there doesn’t happen until November.
But in the meantime, there’s a lot of changes going on behind the scenes for Fringe – including the addition of three new venues where shows will be performed.
“We’ll have more than 90 shows next year,” said George Wallace, the general manager of Fringe.
Last May, the two-week long event known as the 21st annual Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival had its more successful year yet. Fringe achieved some records this year, with more sold-out shows than ever before.
In May 2011, Wallace noted, Fringe sold out 32 of its 70-plus shows. This year, they doubled that score.
“We oversold more than the year before,” Wallace said, adding that this was the main reason why Fringe opted to expand the number of venues where shows can be performed. Continue reading

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

The 8th Annual Red Chair Affair kicks-off Central Florida’s arts and cultural season. Don’t miss an evening of performing groups and local visual artists. It’s your ticket to sample this season’s cultural offerings throughout Central Florida.

The Central Florida Theatre in Process Weekend Choices and Picks are in — now no one can say there is nothing going on!
Each week CFTiP will provide resources and links to a variety of events playing in the Central Florida area, along with news and views! To get involved, join the conversation at our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/.
Upcoming events this weekend include:
* The 8th Annual Red Chair Affair at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center auditorium in downtown Orlando. This is the Annual Kickoff to the Performing Arts Season featuring 14 mainstage groups, as well as lobby and VIP events! General admission is $22, and for student or senior, it’s $15. This is Family friendly entertainment. For information: https://www.facebook.com/events/346190242121827/ Continue reading

Part lounge, part art gallery, and a forum for ”Street artists”: Welcome to the Extra Large Gallery.

The Extra Large Gallery is at 431 E. Central Boulevard in Orlando. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO – It’s called “Raw Nerve,” and the titles of artist Tramaine Dion’s pieces — “A Slave To Taste,” “PILE dRiver,” “Minkey’s War” and “VIPER Vixens” – sums up the images he tries to capture on his acrylic hardboards.
“Everything that’s on this wall is all his stuff,” said Suzy Andrews. “He’s actually done art for Hard Rock Café.”
Dion’s exhibit, “Raw Nerve,” is on display now through Sept. 8 at the Extra Large Gallery, where Andrew works serving drinks to the customers. Located at 431 E. Central Boulevard, in-between Thornton Park and Lake Eola Park, the gallery has a lounge, a bar, and walls covered with the artwork of Dion – who has followed in the tradition of what Todd Ulmer, who runs Extra Large Gallery, calls “street art.”
“Street art is people who started tagging on walls and doing graffiti,” Ulmer said, adding that Extra Large has put a focus on highlighting the creative works of street artists like Dion.
“We’ve been very fortunate,” he said. “I’m hoping to keep bringing this art to Orlando.” Continue reading

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