Pet Adoption Weekend asks folks to put Paws Over Politics

​Charlie is a dog available for adoption this weekend at Paws over Politics. (Photo by Whitney Boylston).


LEESBURG — With President’s Day approaching on Monday, a nonfit group committed to finding homes for abandoned, abused and stray pets is asking area residents to put “Paws Over Politics.”
In an effort to boost the adoption rate in Lake County, the organization L.E.A.S.H. Inc. is inviting people to come out to the Via Port Florida Mall in Leesburg this weekend to hopefully fall in love with a pet in need of a home.
And as President’s Day gets closer, they are encouraging people to spend the weekend thinking less about today’s political climate, and more about … well, just how cute those cats and dogs can be.
“With today’s contentious political climate, residents can celebrate Presidents Day, whether a Re’pup‘lican, Demo’cat,’ or somewhere in between, by opening their home to a new friend,” the organization based in Leesburg noted in a news release. Continue reading

“Koby’s New Home” is a novel for the Trump Era

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

“Koby’s New Home.” Cover graphic by Sherrie Smith; cover designed by Michael Freeman.

“Koby’s New Home” is the story of a man, a stray kitten … and an apartment complex filled with alienated tenants, many of them now lost souls. The book, which takes a sometimes humorous, often unsettling and scary look at working class and middle class economic dislocation, was written in October 2016, just a few short weeks before the presidential election that brought Donald Trump to the presidency. It’s a book about the blue-collar white pain and seething anger that found a champion in Trump, and “Koby’s New Home” is very much about the new Trump Era this country has shifted into.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:
Having lost his job and now struggling to find a new one, William Grabinski has no choice but to rent a small, dirt cheap unit 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.
The kitten, which Grabinski names Koby, is shivering and starving. He stares up at the man who stops and speaks to him, wondering if he’s a threat or not. The kitten allows Grabinski to pick him up ….
The purring machine quickly goes off. 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. Continue reading

“Picasso at the Lapin Asile” is a wild and crazy Mad Cow play

Wesley Slade, Glenn Gover, and Robert Johnston star in Mad Cow Theatre’s production of “Picasso at the Lapin Asile.” (Photo courtesy of Mad Cow Theatre).


ORLANDO — Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Asile” is, well, a lot like Steve Martin in general: silly, light hearted, but sometimes deceptively so, with a surprising degree of sly social commentary popping up.
His 1993 play, which looks at the chance meeting between artist Pablo Picasso and scientist Albert Einstein in a bar in Paris, The Lapin Agile, is not a play concerned much about historical accuracy, history lessons, or becoming a character study of two legendary men. It’s really … well, Steve Martin, being goofy and often charming in the same way he was in the 1970s on all those “Saturday Night Live” episodes when he gave us the “wild and crazy guy.”
Martin has been a highly influential figure since the 1970s in stand up comedy, television and the movies, and he’s always demonstrated a particular gift for over-the-top physical comedy. Continue reading

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