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Get Fit Orlando!

Sometimes, my personal favorite fitness plan is fitness whole pizza in my mouth. Needless to say, this makes it even more crucial for me to stay active to help my body and mind stay healthy. Jogging around my College Park neighborhood is nice for about two weeks in the fall, and then becomes unbearably hot, and it’s totally impossible for me to stay motivated under these circumstances. So, how to stay motivated, active, fit and healthy here in Orlando this summer? Never fear, fitness buffs! There are gym and fitness club options to suit every level, goal, and budget! So, lace up those snazzy new sneakers you bought when you made that New Year’s resolution to start working out six months ago, and let’s hit the gym!

Looking for more than just a lonely row of exercise bikes and intimidating weight benches? Need some camaraderie in your fitness quest? Look no further than the Orlando Sport and Social Club, Orlando’s largest organizer of adult sports leagues! They organize leagues for flag football, softball, soccer, sand volleyball, and kickball, as well as happy hours, bar crawls, and other social events! The best of both worlds, fitness, bars and FUN! Check out http://www.orlandosportandsocialclub.com/ to learn more!

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Boxing at Orange Avenue Gym

Are you looking to take your fitness and athletic abilities to another level? Are you ready to commit to a community to like-minded folks looking to improve their body on every level, with coaches who will drive you to excel to the best of your capabilities? Well, Crossfit Milk District may be the fitness community for you. They consider all of their clients athletes, and help them train accordingly, with a consideration of the whole human body’s physical capabilities and needs. Head on over to http://www.crossfitmilkdistrict.com/ and follow @CrossFitMilkDistrict on Instagram to get started!

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Is indoor cycling more your style? Do you want fantastic instructors, great music, and a great environment to help you on your fitness journey? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, spin on over to CycleBar Winter Park, the place for premium indoor cycling in Winter Park! The offer classes open to all ages and fitness levels, offering an unparalleled multi sensory journey each time you spin! Each ride is complete with amazing music, stunning video-graphics, and rider-specific performance data in the CycleTheater. Rock the Ride at https://winterpark.cyclebar.com/ and @CycleBar on Instagram.

Are you ready for the ultimate gym experience? Do you want classes covering all the basics, such as ultimate cardio, kickboxing, and yoga? Looking for a gym that’s close to home? Orange Ave Gym has a state-of-the-art facility, offers flexible classes and instruction as well as membership options without contracts and registration fees! This gym is exactly what YOU need it to be! Their trainers are dedicated, experienced, and ready to help you get into the best shape of your life! Check out http://www.orangeavegym.com/ to find out more.

So, whether you’re a soft-bodied pizza fanatic looking to do some cardio so you can not be out of breath after walking to the corner store, or you’re a committed athlete with a desire to challenge your body to its physical limits, Orlando has the perfect fitness option for you. From organized sports leagues, intense whole-body training, and indoor cycling, to a classic and convenient gym experience, you will find YOUR fit with Orlando Sport and Social Club, Crossfit Milk District, CycleBar Winter Park, and Orange Ave Gym! I’m about to start my new gym regimen, but right after this slice of cheese with pineapples…

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Art and Community: David Matteson

David Matteson is an artist, curator, and arts advocate extraordinaire. A graduate of Rollins College, Matteson is currently Associate Curator of Education at the Orlando Museum of Art, and has been included in exhibitions at A Place Gallery, the Orlando Museum of Art, A.I.R Gallery in New York, and Art In Odd Places Orlando. 

Matteson’s artistic practice is focused on identity, taking a confessional approach to multiple mediums, including book arts, journaling, and performance. Much of his practice is driven by confessional writing, which he uses in combination with visual imagery to create intimate, vulnerable and heartfelt work.

As a curator, Matteson is dedicated to creating inclusive and engaging programming that emphasizes accessibility. The Museum currently offers many programs for community members, such as the Art With Purpose program at the Zebra Coalition. The weekly program introduces at-risk LGBTQ youth to constructive creative projects and facilitated studio activities relating to identity, such as visual journaling. The program was spearheaded by another Rollins graduate, Grace Loescher, and is currently directed by Matteson. 

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Other programs Matteson oversees include Art’s The Spark, which has a mission of increasing the museum’s accessibility to memory-impaired individuals. The program provides guided tours of the galleries for individuals and their caregivers as well as art-related discussion and private studio time, and is free of charge. Creative Connections is a similarly structured free program, offering sensory-friendly guided tours of the galleries as well as private studio sessions, catered towards adults with learning and developmental disabilities. Off the OMA campus, the Coalition for the Homeless and OMA offer a weekly Family Art Reach program at the Coalition’s facilities, with studio activities guided by an instructor, which is also free of charge.

If you are interested in hearing David Matteson speak, he will be giving a lecture on the Wyeth family of 20th Century Realist painters on March 8 at noon as a part of the Art Sandwiched In program. He also hosts first Wednesday gallery tours of the permanent collection and current exhibitions on view.

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Engaging In Art With Amy Galpin

Amy Galpin’s approach towards curation is constantly evolving. “I am drawn to strong sight lines and work that is multi-layered and rich in content. I like to create moments of wonder and also provide content that people can choose to read or ignore.” Galpin has worked at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum since 2013. She previously worked as associate curator of art of the Americas at the San Diego Museum of Art, gallery coordinator at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, a non-profit gallery with a mission of promoting women’s contributions to the arts, and has held faculty positions at Depaul University, Columbia College, and University of Illinois, Chicago. Since she has been in Orlando, Galpin has facilitated many awe-inspiring and thought-provoking exhibitions at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, as well as programs providing our community with an opportunity for deeper understanding of and engagement with the arts.

Galpin has an interest in creating exhibitions that reflect current events and elicit dialogue and debate. Her curatorial projects since working at CFAM express this interest, with the inclusion of two of the most critically engaging exhibitions to grace the walls of an Orlando museum in recent memory— Fractured Narratives: Strategies to Engage (2014) and Displacement: Symbols and Journeys (2016). Galpin is currently working on several upcoming projects, including an exhibition titled “Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science” and several long-term projects, including one on Margaret Bourke-White and a show on the relationship between modern American art and Christianity.

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As curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, an educational museum, she fulfills an additional role as an educator through the creation of programs and exhibitions reflecting CFAM’s mission. “Teaching is at the core of our mission. We always ask ourselves when planning a program: How does this relate to our mission? How does this relate to teaching?” The Cornell Fine Arts Museum occupies a special place in the community because of its free admission and programming. Galpin says she is very proud to work at a museum that is free, stating “Not all museums are able to do this—so it is a real treat to work somewhere that can offer opportunities for families, for example, without asking them to pay.”

There are many opportunities to engage with Amy Galpin and discussions about contemporary art at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, including weekly tours on Saturdays at 1 PM, as well as Sundays at 1 PM at the Alfond Inn. There is a lecture by Dr. Adrienne Childs, co-curator of The Black Figure In The European Imaginary on March 8th at 6 PM, and a performance art piece at Knowles Chapel on March 21st at 6 PM. All programing is free and open to the public.

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Anna Cruz and Adam Lavigne Collaborate

Anna Cruz and Adam Lavigne are luminaries of Orlando’s DIY art scene. A collaborative artistic effort, and each a powerhouse in their individual practices, the pair’s zines, murals, and other works are a presence in a vibrant and active community of artists, makers, and other creatives. I first came across Anna Cruz’s work in 2015 as a part of Agencies, a feminist art show that was originally held in now-defunct the Space, a crusty and enigmatic venue above the Anthony’s Pizza on Colonial Drive that had mostly hosted punk shows until 2014. When the Space shut down and  Time Waste Management’s A Place Gallery opened in the “sister space” next door, Anna and Adam held their first collaborative show, Do Aliens Perceive Kerning? as the gallery’s inaugural event.

Cruz’s graphite drawings and mixed media works are intriguingly expressive, frequently employing text and sequential formats as well as self portraiture and subtle references to art history. Anna says about her studio practice, “My background is in painting, although drawing has always been my favorite medium. I like the simplicity that line allows for in describing form, and then figuring out how shape and color can play into my image-making without disrupting the drawing. Recently, I have been making work in the form of murals, zines, digital collages, and .gifs developed from imagery and text I find from the internet.” She lists her biggest artistic influences as Matisse and Picasso, as well as contemporary painters such as Dana Schutz and Dasha Shishkin.

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Lavigne has an academic and studio background in drawing, and says he only worked with graphite, colored pencil, pastel, and other dry media for a long time. Recently, however, within the last year, he has started painting on walls. He draws inspiration from alternative and small press comics and manga, as well as artists such as David Shrigley and Dash Shaw. “The idea of a comic has always attracted me, but I always end up making something that’s not really a comic.” Lavigne and Cruz both list a week-long workshop with artist Aidan Koch at the Sequential Artists’ Workshop in Gainesville as a major influence on their practice.

Lately, the two have been creating and releasing zines under their imprint, Lemon Press, which recently had tables at both Orlando Zine Fest at Will’s Pub and St. Pete Zine Fest. The first title they released collaboratively under the Lemon Press name was Art Historical Survey, a zine of drawings created on samples of colored paper the two passed back and forth in a drawing-and-responding process. They are both currently attending a residency in North Carolina with other Orlando artists. You can see their work here in in town at the Orlando Museum of Art gift shop, where they have zines and paintings available for sale as well as the District at Mills 50, where their collaborative mural (a part of the show Permanent vacation) graces the walls. Follow them on Tumblr for a look at more of their work:  Here and Here

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Studio Visit: Lesley Silvia

Lesley Silvia always seems to have an incredibly ambitious art project in progress in her home studio in Casselberry. The artist moves between multiple mediums in her explorations of identity, perceived hysteria, mental illness, and dysfunction in human connection, creating large-scale plaster sculptures, intimate 2D paintings and cut paper, as well as time-based video and sound works, and projects based in relational aesthetics. Reminiscent of contemporary artist Kiki Smith, Silvia frequently chooses animals as one focus of her subject matter— a cat with two bodies, a wolf with two heads, a fox with three heads— using them as empathetic analogies for amplified and distorted human characteristics and emotions. The resulting works are uncanny and striking manifestations of the anxieties of identity, which seem to draw from some universal anima and animus of our collective unconscious.

Frequently, Silvia’s sculptures and larger works begin as simple pencil sketches in a personal sketchbook, which she translates expertly into 3D, using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials, including taxidermy supplies.  While her work is conceptually driven, Silvia is equally committed to craft and expression, her own hand and skill visible across the many diverse disciplines she invokes in her practice.    

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Having recently graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art with her master’s degree in studio art in mid-2016, Silvia has carried the momentum of her thesis show That’s Hysterical! into a flurry of local exhibitions and appearances. In September of 2016, she participated in Art In Odd Places Orlando, an outdoor contemporary art festival, working with her husband Jared Sylvia on Rhizomatic Sounds. Sounds was an interactive installation that allowed participants to experience hearing spontaneously generated sentences in an unexpected location— right outside the Orlando Public Library downtown! More recently, Silvia’s work has graced the walls and spaces of a number of beloved local establishments, her delicate paper cut outs framed and displayed at Redlight Redlight, and her large, plaster sculptures and a video at Gallery at Avalon Island as part of the Artborne Annual group exhibition.

Things haven’t slowed down for Lesley Silvia in 2017. In the past several weeks, she has worked tirelessly creating new work for the FLAME group show at Orange Studio, curated by Winston Taitt, which opens on February 16th. She is also currently working on her addition to the new Sam Flax wall mural project, accompanied by contributions by artists Boy Kong, Chaya Av, Chris McAlister, Danny Rock, Jack Void, and SKIP. Be sure to check it out next time you are at Sam Flax! If you keep track of what Lesley Silvia is up to, chances are you’ll get a good introduction to all the best art that is happening in Orlando.

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Orlando Indie Comedy Festival: Third Time’s Still a Charm

Three years ago, the first Orlando Indie Comedy Festival was announced; I was at least as skeptical as I was excited. I watched the comedy scene grow over the last three years I was part of it. Performers multiplied like Gremlins. Open mics sprang up at whatever hookah-bar-possibly-drug-front would have us. And the comedy was only getting funnier. 

I lived in Orlando for eleven years, was heavily involved with the music scene, and I knew how difficult it could be to generate interest in artistic events and endeavors. Fickle and fluctuating crowds left independently produced comedy shows look turned inside out, for their emptiness. 

I wasn’t sure if Orlando needed, or even wanted, a full-on comedy festival.

But that didn’t matter. It was going to happen.

After a heartfelt personal pitch for Maria Bamford to headline (she sweetly declined with a very charming video), organizers secured popular punk rock/everyman headliner, Kyle Kinane, and comics from all across the country descended on Orlando for a long weekend at a festival that was, quite frankly, trial by fire.

The shows were packed. In some cases, people were turned away from smaller venues Bull & Bush and Spacebar for fear of violating fire code. Local comics housed their visiting peers to help keep travel costs low.

Maybe it was a fluke. Maybe people only came out because they were itching for something new.

But year two yielded the same results. Eddie Pepitone and Sean Patton co-headlined. First timers, returning comics, and specialty show: Late Late Breakfast (Chicago) lit up stages in the Milk and Mills 50 Districts. Lightning strikes twice.

Due to very unfortunate circumstances, the tragic passing of festival co-founder, Orlando comedian Matt Gersting, the 2016 festival wouldn’t happen until January 2017. But the passion and momentum sustained from the first two years. OICF 3 proved to be a much-needed release for many, due to the unprecedented darkness of the year; in fact, it was a smashing success. 

It provided Orlando audiences with four days of non-stop laughs, comics the opportunity to grow their fanbase, and everyone the chance to come together, meet new people, and possibly make lifelong friends. OICF  donates proceeds to mental health organizations, and raised over $10,000 in its first three years.

I caught up with several out-of-state comics to see what drew them Orlando, what moments stood out, and the appeal of comedy festivals as a whole.

Photo Credit: Jon Yehling
 

Mary-Devon Dupuy (New Orleans, LA) :
I had heard good things about the festival from friends from New Orleans as well as Chicago. I’m only two years into doing comedy, so this was my first festival outside of my hometown. Late Late Breakfast is an amazing show. Ian Aber (Atlanta) eating cookies off a paper towel conveyor belt had me in tears. Orlando had a really incredible group. I laughed until I cried a few times. It was challenging for me, and that’s a good thing.

Rachel Weeks (Denver, CO):
The fest was full of awesome moments. I’m always delighted to see Jackie Kashian (Los Angeles) live. She’s one of those performers that makes you feel her stories in your gut. And Late Late Breakfast is a wild and crazy joy that prioritizes silliness, which I love. We Still Like You is my favorite show in the country right now and adds a nice mix of funny and real. But my favorite moments were just catching up with comics I haven’t seen in awhile and meeting new people who all love to do comedy. Comedy festivals are like summer camp for comics. They recharge your batteries, remind you why you love comedy and encourage you to get back out there and do it.

 

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Scott Eason (Huntsville, AL) :
I had several friends that had done the festival previously and sung its praises so I was excited to see for myself. Late Late Breakfast is always an awesome show. Watching Ethan Simmons-Patterson (Brooklyn) eat a sardine off of Dave Losso’s (Chicago) chest will forever be burned into my mind. Festivals are an opportunity to meet people from all over the country and see their comedy and have them see yours. You can make valuable connections as well as friends that can last a lifetime.

Aaron Naylor (Kansas City, MO) :
The most appealing aspect of doing a festival in Orlando was seeing all of the awesome people that I met from the 2015 OICF. Also, the weather. My three favorite moments in no particular order would be a beautifully drunk Sean Finnerty (Irish comic from Orlando, now in New York) asking the Barley & Vine crowd to stand for the Irish National Anthem and then singing “Zombie” by The Cranberries. The whole crowd joined in and it was beautiful. Another moment was when Danny Maupin (Chicago) played “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys at Whiskey Lou’s and then led a 50-person conga line. The last one would have to be a collective of all the goofs and yuks we had in the Travelodge. So many funny and amazing people coming together and having fun was the best.

The good times of the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival are not confined to the shows and stages. The streets of the Milk District and Mills 50 come alive with dozens of comics, some old friends, some meeting for the first time, who can’t help but keep the party going. It’s like an encore for bystanders.

If you’re not careful, that energy can be contagious, and you might find yourself lost in a moment where everything feels like it could be okay.

They say laughter is the best medicine because it is. It’s ours, and because it’s unregulated, it’s allowed to work wonders. 

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Orlando Indie Comedy Festival: The Result and Reflection of Orlando’s Burgeoning Stand-Up Scene

In 2011, Orlando had two regular weekly open mics devoted exclusively to stand-up comedy. Six years later, there’s a mic, showcase, or show every night of the week, promoters bringing national comics to bars of all sizes, and an annual comedy festival, now in its third year.

For whatever reason, stand-up comedy finally exploded in Orlando, FL.

 

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There has long been a stand-up presence in Orlando, between Bonkerz Comedy rooms and The Improv, but there hadn’t been that nightly, exciting, underground aspect of stand-up one associates with larger cities in America. Shows were relegated to the weekends at two-drink minimum clubs cycling through touring headliners while occasionally allowing a handful of rotating locals to host or feature.

Today, the Orlando comedy landscape has evolved into a much larger, more diverse, and far more frequent beast.

In The Improv’s downtown absence, Kyle Raker (Norsekorea Presents) brings bigger, if slightly cultish, acts to Backbooth.

“There’s little I can do to guarantee people will actively seek out upcoming comedy shows,” Raker explains. “ H owever, through the efforts of the local comics, it seems that a greater spotlight is getting shone on shows of all sizes here in town.

We’ve managed to bring some real fun shows here, like Randy and Mr. Lahey of Trailer Park Boys, Eric Andre, and Brian Posehn. I definitely feel like a part of the success of those shows has been built on the efforts of the people who are in the trenches on a weekly basis.”

 

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Smaller bars, like Bull & Bush and Spacebar, launched recurring comedy showcases, and Orlando staple, Will’s Pub, eventually dipped a big toe in the indie comedy pool.

Bull & Bush’s showcases on the first and third Saturdays each month host primarily Central Florida comics, but have attracted comics from around the state, eager to perform for attentive crowds in the cozy neighborhood pub.

Spacebar’s weekly Wednesday showcase, now in its fourth year, provides an opportunity to catch touring nationals. Ben Kronberg (Comedy Central), Sam Morril (Conan), and Zach Sherwin (Epic Rap Battles of History) have all appeared at the stage-less, intimate bar.

Will’s Pub was home to “Shady Brunch,” an early afternoon Sunday showcase where admission included a free Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

The Orlando comedy scene has grown considerably, in that there is actually a scene now.

In fact, it’s been around long enough to experience the most bittersweet of all smaller-big-city scenes: the uprooting of talent to larger pastures.

Comedian Heather Shaw hosts multiple shows and stand-up mics around town.

“When I started, the Orlando comedy scene was a powerhouse of talent,” recalls Shaw. “The scene today is a bit more sparse but, really, it’s due to all of those fantastic comics I started with moving off and ‘moving up,’ if you will. I think these kinds of things are cyclical and we’ll start to soon see more talent from new comics and more growth overall.”

In fact, in less than a decade, many comics who got their start in Orlando, absorbing generous stage time provided by their peers, have taken what they’ve learned to New York, L.A., Chicago, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Some are touring. Some are racking up TV credits. Some are sharing stages with their heroes.

And what they’ll forever have in common is they once called Orlando home.

Check out four days of comics from all over the country at the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, January 19-22, 2017. www.orlandoindiecomedy.com

**All photos courtesy of Jon Yehling.

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Orlando’s Third Annual Indie Comedy Fest Is This Month!

 

If laughter is the best medicine, the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, a four-day, multi-venue event spanning Orlando’s hippest districts, could serve as intensive therapy.

Now in its third year, the locally cultivated festival brings dozens of nationally touring stand-up comics and specialty shows from all over the country to The City Beautiful, shines a light on the vibrant comedy scene happening right in its own backyard, and donates all of the proceeds to mental health advocacy programs.

In previous years, heavy-hitter headliners K yle Kinane, Eddie Pepitone and Sean Patton anchored the long, often sleepless, often sober-less weekend that, at its core, has one simple goal in mind: show people a good time while supporting a great cause.

All Photos Credit to: Jon Yehling. Featuring: Eddie Pepitone playing a game with Dave Losso.

“ It’s something that Orlando has never had on the scale of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” explains festival co-founder, Doug McPherson. “From the first meeting we had when the festival was nothing more than a cool idea, we talked about donating the proceeds to a charity. Mental health charities made the most sense to us because it’s something everyone is affected by either directly or indirectly.”

Festival organizers also manage to keep ticket prices reasonable. $40 gets you access to every show at every venue for all four days, including headliner shows, this year featuring M ark Normand (Comedy Central, Conan), J ackie Kashi an (L ad y Dynamite, Maron), and festival repeat performer, Trae Crowder (Liberal Redneck).

“One of my favorite things about being involved with this festival is getting to watch the evolution in the careers of all the comics,” says McPherson. “A great example is Tennessee comic, Trae Crowder, who got himself down here the first two years and now, due to his hard work and success with the Liberal Redneck videos, we were able to offer him one of the headlining slots.”

All Photos Credit to: Jon Yehling. Featuring: Alex Luchun hilariously vaping.

Fox recently purchased the Liberal Redneck concept for a half-hour comedy starring Crowder, co-written by Party Down co-creator, John Enbom.

And that’s perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Orlando Indie Comedy Fest. Most of the shows take place in small, intimate spaces, ideal for stand-up comedy, so there’s the very real possibility you could see a star of tomorrow in a bar not much bigger than a living room.

For tickets, lineup and venue information, visit orlandoindiecomedy.com.

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Adopt, Don’t Shop!

Searching for the purr-fect companion? Get whiskered away at these fabulous pet adoption spots right here in Orlando!

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Have a New Years resolution to spend more time with friends? How about exercising? Doing something good to give back to your community? Adopting a rescue kitty could help you achieve all of these resolutions, and add so much to your life! Your new cat will be your best friend, your exercise and play companion, and will be eternally grateful to share your life! Start the new year off right with your new furry friend!

Orlando Cat Cafe in Clermont is the coolest spot to meet cats and sip on java— it’s a bit of a drive, but so worth it for these fine felines! They even offer fun activities, such as yoga with cats, and kitty-themed pilates. Or, just chill, drink coffee, and snack on pastries while you meet lovable, adoptable cats! Make a reservation today!

Orange County Animal Services always has hundreds of adoptable pets to choose from, and they could all use a helping hand. While adopting a kitten is tempting, the shelter is a great place to think about opening your heart and home to an older kitty— they easily fit into busier lifestyles and often have a harder time finding homes. Your adoption fee includes spay/neuter, micro-chipping, vaccinations, and even an Adoption Welcome Kit!

Before you take a new family member into your home, it’s really important to make sure you’re ready for the commitment and work that entails. Potty training, litter maintenance, clawed furniture, expensive and unexpected vet bills, etc. Also, keep in mind that a pet is NOT a good surprise gift for anyone. Adopting a pet is a commitment to that animal for its entire life! However, if you still think a pet is the perfect idea, and you are ready, you should look into adopting a rescue kitty here in Orlando!

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Carnival of the Animals!

Kangaroos, elephants, tortoises, and even a swan! A menagerie of fun and musical activities for your family…

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Carnival of the Animals, the humorous musical suite by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, is pretty great in its own right. Each movement is represented by a different animal— hens and roosters, swift animals, tortoises, elephants, kangaroos, the aquarium, animals with long ears, birds, fossils, and the swan. One of my personal favorite poets, Ogden Nash, even wrote a few funny lines inspired by the piece!

“At midnight in the museum hall

The fossils gathered for a ball

There were no drums or saxophones,

But just the clatter of their bones,

A rolling, rattling, carefree circus

Of mammoth polkas and mazurkas.”

A rolling, rattling, carefree circus sounds a little bit loud for midnight, but fun for an afternoon! So much for the imagination to go wild with! But can you imagine this fantastic piece of music brought to life, by an actual orchestra, actors and narrators, and illustrations? How about themed activities, coloring stations, and a chance to try out a real musical instrument? Well, if you’re looking for an outrageously fun, kid-friendly, musically themed activity, you’re in luck! The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting Carnival of the Animals at the Plaza Live lobby as its second season of the Symphony Story Time Series, just for young kids! It’s the perfect way to satisfy your young ones’ desire for playful cacophony and wild fun, without doing any damage to your living room furniture, or adopting an exotic animal as your new family pet!

Bouncing kangaroos, some particularly plucky dinosaur bones, pecking hens, flitting fish, a jungle buzzing with excitement and anticipation, all presented by professional musicians and artists! Showtime begins at 10am with thirty minutes of fun-filled activities! 

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