Archive for February, 2013

Review: Dead Sara live.

ORLANDO — It was pouring on Monday night. Standing safely inside the Amway Center, glancing out the panoramic windows on the terrace level, I watched downtown Orlando get positively soaked from the kind of torrential downpour more typical of the rainy season in June than of February. The skies seemed dark and ominous, almost threatening, [...]

Review: ”Wicked.”

ORLANDO – It says something about our continued national fascination with the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” that not only have generations been raised on the adventures of Dorothy in the land of Oz, but that L. Frank Baum’s classic story continues to inspire artists today. Director Sam Raimi’s new movie “Oz the Great [...]

Vacation home industry teaches “Property Management for Dummies.”

CELEBRATION – Since the housing market crashed in 2008 and Florida found itself in the unenviable position of leading most other states when it comes to home foreclosures, it’s been a common practice for banks to impose liens against customers who have fallen well behind on their mortgage payments. But it isn’t just banks that [...]

Review: ”Hollywood En Pointe.”

ORLANDO – Decades after Hollywood established the practice of taking hit Broadway musicals and turning them into Academy Award-winning movies, the opposite trend has proven to be equally durable, most notably through the efforts of Disney. The theme park giant, which launched the first feature-length animated movie in 1937 with “Snow White and the Seven [...]

Freelining with Mike Freeman: The hopeless urge for premature spin.

Psst. Hey, did you hear? It’s already over. Yes, you know what I’m talking about. The presidential election is over …. no, not 2012, but 2016. It’s already been decided. If there’s one way to spot a die-hard political junkie, it’s to see how much spin they generate in the days following a presidential election. [...]

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