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Strike Outs Bowling at Fashion Square Mall

Fashion Square Mall is really, really trying to step up its game. And quite honestly I’m really happy to see it (the whole area could use a breath of fresh air) – although I still question what the end result will be. We already know there are plans for an Element by Westin hotel to be added into the mix of shopping and dining, and now Strike Outs–a bowling and game facility–has just opened. Check out their Facebook Page:

Not personally my cup of tea but 1) I wouldn’t mind checking things out at some point and 2) I imagine this bowling/movie package would be quite appealing to a family looking to do something fun together one evening or on the weekend.

Fashion Square bowling

You can keep up with future developments on the Fashion Square Mall website or by Liking them on Facebook.

What do you think? Excited about all of the new development in this part of Central Florida?

Jazz Tastings in Maitland

Tucked on the side of a little plaza near Lake Lily in Maitland is the unassuming restaurant/bar Jazz Tastings. I heard about it from a few friends who wanted to check it out, but none had ever been.

Not knowing really what to expect, we opted not to eat dinner there, even though I read on Yelp and their site that they offer a number of delicious food options. Instead, we decided to head there for a few drinks. Jazz Tastings is an intimate space and not at all what I was expecting. It was every bit the sophisticated, relaxing atmosphere they promote it to be.

The room is long and narrow, but has a good amount of seating and a small L-shaped bar near the kitchen. While the smaller size of the place might seem like a negative, it’s truly the opposite because you’re that much closer to the stage.

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Speaking of the stage, the whole point of the bar is to showcase phenomenal Jazz talent, and boy have they succeeded. We were there on a Friday night and the performers were ridiculously good. I was really blown away by the vibe of the place, how into it the audience was and just how well it all just “worked.”

Jazz Tastings is open six days a week, so you have no excuse not to check it out!

The Lucky Lure in Ivanhoe Village

I’ve been driving by The Lucky Lure for the almost year it’s been around in Ivanhoe Village, which is just north of downtown Orlando if you’re not familiar. I finally got an opportunity the opportunity to pop-in this past rain-drenched weekend. Gotta say I am not a fan.

I can see where this dive would appeal to a particular niche (think PBR, Natty Lite, and Coors Lite), but there’s nothing from my recent visit that connected me to it or left me wanting to go back again. I’d much rather head down the street to Imperial down the street and hang out there (with the domestic beer and wine crowd).

The Lucky Lure II

Occupy your time with pool and foosball.

The Lucky Lure I

The Bar Area

The Lucky Lure is co-owned by Amy Smith (AKA Lounge, 57 West) and Mike Blaise (Go Lounge), so there’s definitely some bar/nightlife experience behind the establishment. It also runs some pretty great happy hour deals, if that’s something you typically look for when deciding on a bar to go to.

Now, while I’m obviously not personally a fan of this little bar, one of the great things about the location is the opportunity to catch an awesome Central Florida sun setting over Lake Ivanhoe across the street (the place has an open-air concept).

Location deets:

The Lucky Lure
1427 North Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32804

If you wanna see what other folks are saying about their own experience at The Lucky Lure–including at least three reviews about a “rude, prick bartender”–check out Yelp.

Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center Preview

(This post is a guest post from Pulse friend Colleen Burns.)

Dr. Phillips Performing Art Center

It’s coming! Orlando, our backyard is currently being landscaped by some bad-ass people! That’s right, on Nov 6th, the ribbon cutting of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Phase 1, is when our new backyard will be unveiled and everyone can frolic and play amongst the world of arts and culture.

What does that mean? Well I was lucky enough to join the Yelp Orlando Elite Squad (http://www.yelp.com/biz/yelps-vip-dr-phillips-center-hard-hat-tour-orlando) and get a sneak peak of everything that is going on at 455 South Orange Ave, in the heart of DT Orlando.

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Now I am sure you are saying, “yeah, yeah, I have heard about it.” I get it, you can go visit the website, walk by in astonishment of the amazing architecture, and read what shows are coming to town… But, let me tell you some things you may not know yet.

- #ArtsForEveryLife (https://twitter.com/hashtag/artsforeverylife?src=hash) – check it out, that’s right, this is not just the opera and what you imagine such a high-end performing arts center to be; this is for everyone!

- No stairs walking into this glorious building – that’s right, it’s on everyone’s level. All shows ranging from Classical Opera, Ballet, to a Rock show will all enter in one door and mix and mingle before heading into the actual theaters.

- They used neutral colors all throughout because they want the people to add all of the life and color. (adore this)

- Phase 1
Walt Disney Theater (seats 2,700±)
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater (seats 300±)
– Phase 2
Acoustical Theater (seats 1,700±)

- You may enter and mix and mingle even if you do not have a ticket to a show, enjoy this amazing spot anytime you wish. The goal: come early, stay late, enjoy!

- The front is all glass so everyone driving or walking by can see in and know they are invited.

- The venue itself will include two grand performance theaters, a community theater, outdoor plaza and performance space, rehearsal rooms, banquet space, administrative offices and an educational facility.


– The community theater’s seats are all removable to accommodate various layouts for shows and so there will never be an empty seat in the house.

- The entire site is more than nine acres in size

- Glass railings all throughout so you can see what is happening all around you

- There will be a 300 ft bar on the ground ground floor

- Throughout phase 1 there is 10,000 sq feet of education space – including viewing rooms to the dressing rooms so students can get to experience and dream of their future in theater. Also, when Phase 2 is completed, another 10,000 sq feet of education space will be added, totally 20,000 sq feet of education space total.

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- The grand staircase, as you enter into the building, is actually an inverted amphitheater going up all 5 flights with brilliant acoustics

- Magnolia will be functional during the day but closed off each evening for valet services.

- From the entrance of the building all the way back to city hall, will be able to host a 20,000 person concert.

- They paid carful attention to the back of house as well so the production staff would also have a positive experience. The loading doc leads right to the back of the largest theater and easily accessible via freight elevator for the community theater.

- There is a catering and liquor license that covers the entire load in area in the back for production staff’s leisure to host BBQs etc. so they do not have to leave the premise.

I don’t know about you but all of these facts blew me away! I am most excited about the casual evenings here to just sit back and enjoy our community. What are you most excited about?

The Naked and Famous at The Beacham

Summertime always brings ’round some really great music festivals and tours. One we’re extremely looking forward to is The Naked and Famous, who’ll be coming to The Beacham next month, June 10th. The Naked and Famous have actually been around for several years but I’ve only recently discovered them. Where have I been?

This is currently one of my favorite tracks of theirs, off of their most recent album “In Rolling Waves” (which is so good).

Location deets:

The Beacham
46 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
TheBeacham.com

You can catch the show by purchasing tickets here (not an affiliate link).

Win 2 Tickets to See Kellie Pickler at The Plaza Live

We’re not necessarily huge fans of Kelly Pickler, per say, but she’s done pretty well for herself since her days on American Idol, plus The Plaza LIVE is a fantastic venue to see any artist you like perform in. (We also hear Kelly’s a pretty decent person and that’s always a big plus in our book!). So…if you’re a fan, head over to The Plaza Live’s Facebook Page for a chance to win two (2) free tickets to watch Kelly perform this coming Friday.

Here’s more info (via The Plaza’s FB Page):

Kelly Pickler

If you’re always on the lookout for great concerts in Orlando, stay tuned to The Plaza LIVE.

*Please note: This sweepstakes is not facilitated through us. We’re just helping get the word out.

Popcorn Flicks: Mary Poppins

We Love Popcorn Flicks! Such a fun idea, although as we get into the summer months it can be quite hot out (event is outdoors). Nonetheless, it’s a great community event and a good time for anyone.

New to the area or never heard of Popcorn Flicks? No worries:

“The City of Winter Park and Enzian collaborate to produce a cinema series in Winter Park. The series is called “Popcorn Flicks” and features classic films for the whole family. Popcorn Flicks are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. The films are FREE and open to the public. We encourage you to bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends and join us!”

So next month is Mary Poppins. How can you not love this classic?

Location details:

Central Park
251 S. Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Get all the deets on Enzian’s website. What’s movies have you seen in the Popcorn Flicks series?

More upcoming Popcorn Flicks:

#myCFLview

This past weekend we published an Instagram post (inspired by the beautiful weather) charging our fellow Central Floridians to “show us their view” with the hashtag #myCFLview – whether it’s enjoying the amazing weather, hitting up events, going places, etc. We got a few great pics and wanted to share them (with owner permission, of course).

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@natelibrarian

If you’ve got a great view you’d like to share with us, post using the hashtag #myCFLview to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got….

Top “Escapes” From Our Theme Parks

A Forbes article titled “5 Great Escapes From Orlando’s Theme Parks” was circulated around the interwebs this past week, and with a title like that you know our ears certainly perked up. Actually, many of the local folks we follow posted or mentioned something about it, and we’d love to hear your thoughts.

We love all of the local theme parks (it’s my bread & butter, so to speak), but one of the reasons Kim and I started this blog six years ago is to provide insight and talk about local things…living in our great Central Florida apart from the global theme parks located in our collective back yard. So referencing this Forbes article on “escaping theme parks” what are some of your favorite places, things that didn’t make the list here?

If you haven’t seen the article here are the five it mentions:

Thoughts?! Good suggestions?

To read the full article on Forbes.com click here.

* We originally caught wind of this article via a Facebook posting by Downtown Orlando. Thanks!

‘Pluto’ Plays at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Single mother Elizabeth Miller is having a bad day. A tree has crashed through her ceiling, the fridge is on the fritz, a forceful crowd threatens to invade her family’s kitchen — and then there’s the odd new family pet! At the center of this chaos, time stands still as mother and son jump-start their relationship and try to confront reality together across the breakfast table.”

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If this doesn’t leave you a little more than intrigued, I’m sure this will:

Location deets:

Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803

‘Pluto’ is playing now through Sunday, March 23rd. For times and ticket prices, visit the OrlandoShakes.org.

* There are no affiliate links contained in this post, and we do not benefit from any tickets sales as a result. We have, however, been provided complimentary tickets to enjoy an upcoming show.
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