“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

The power of digital to fight human trafficking

Advances in digital technology can be used to fight human trafficking.

ORLANDO — January was the month when activists work to raise awareness of a devastating ongoing problem: human trafficking.
Starting on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Jan. 11, the month is dedicated to sounding the alarm and issuing a sobering reminder that we all possess a powerful weapon to fight human trafficking: digital communications.
The same tools that allow companies to connect directly with new and existing customers, and to encourage customers to embrace their products, also can be utilized in the global war against sexual slavery.

There are an estimated 21-30 million people who are enslaved in the world, more than at any time in human history. The tragic faces of modern slavery include children forced to become soldiers in bloody civil wars, girls as young as 13 who get sold into prostitution, and migrant workers exploited in the workforce. Continue reading

Real estate marketing in 2017: Tips for going digital

ORLANDO — Heading into 2017, Realtors have plenty of creative opportunities to find new customers digitally.

ORLANDO — Heading into 2017, Realtors have plenty of creative opportunities for finding new customers — and not necessarily in the old-fashioned way, like putting out lots of those For Sale signs that people see when they’re driving around.
The trend in marketing this year is far more likely to be digital.
Times have changed.
There was a time when Realtors wanted a prominent office right in their city’s urban core, inviting prospective buyers to drop by and start a search for their dream home.
Today, it seems what a Realtor needs most is a virtual office — an online presence that stands out and provides crucial information, particularly for first-time home buyers in their 20s who are used to conducting every possible search on their smart phone. Continue reading

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