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Slava’s Snow Show Falls on Central Florida

An evening at the theater (or, theatre if you’re super fancy).

Who doesn’t love that? I know I do. Particularly if it has any association with Cirque du Soleil. So I was super-stoked when I was invited to catch Slava’s Snow Show while it’s in town for a short run at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Now first of all, what the heck is a “Slava”? Well, Slava is the most celebrated living clown” and is founder of the Slava’s Fools Unlimited. His “Snowshow” is rated as a “classic of the 20th century” and has been touring the globe for 22 years non-stop. (Woah – he must be exhausted!) He’s also the original Cirque du Soleil’s clown genius.

“The deeply imaginative Slava, who draws on the vaudeville approach grounded in the
innocence of discovery, takes his audience on a dreamlike journey reconnecting them with their
inner child.”

Pushing Ball Wide (V.Vial)

Simply put, Slava’s Snow Show is an awesome theatrical experience and a profoundly moving spectacle full of vibrant wondrous images, delightful comedy, enchanting music and snow — lots and lots of snow.
If you have a chance you should check out this entertaining show before it melts its way out of Orlando. I don’t think you’ll be sorry….


And here’s a little video I captured of a rather sticky moment. Sorry for the low quality.

Location deets:

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S. Magnolia Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

* Full disclosure: While I was invited to this event by a friend, we were provided complimentary tickets. I was not asked nor encouraged to write about it.

The Orlando Eye is Nearly Complete

It’s getting closer and closer. And we’re getting more and more excited! It’s been fun to watch the progress of the development of the Orlando Eye over the past year, and while the exact “opening date” hasn’t been announced yet, the completion of the passenger capsules on the wheel can only mean that time is near.

Check out this fun video posted by Visit Orlando:



What are your thoughts on this new Central Florida attraction?

Skeletons: Animals Unveiled! Invades Orlando

Make no bones about it – the additions to the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex just keep growing and growing! One which was just recently announced that caught our eye is Skeletons: Animals Unveiled!, and it’s pretty much what you would imagine it would be.

“Skeletons will exhibit over 400 skeletons in clever never-before-seen poses and dioramas and brand visitors with a whole new respect for the animal kingdom.”

Are they all real? Apparently so. Each of these species will be represented in a way that’s natural to their environment and habitat. So chances are you’ll run into this guy:

Skeleton

(Photo via Skeletons: Animals Unveiled Instagram.)

I mean, what do you think? Based on this limited insight about this new exhibit, will you visit?

The Skeletons: Animals Unveiled! attraction is currently scheduled to open next month (March).

Location deets:

Skeletons: Animals Unveiled!
8441 International Drive, Suite 250
Orlando, FL 32819
405.814.0006

SkeletonMuseum.com

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Stop Bullying & End Hate: The Official Standup Tour

Looking for something entertaining to do this weekend that’s also tied to a good cause. We’ve the perfect thing for you: The Official Standup Tour. This free, all-ages concert in Celebration features former American Idol and The Voice contestants, as well as several other music acts all joining together to help keep anti-bullying and hatred top of mind.

Stand Up Tour Flyer
Here’s a little about The Official Standup Tour:

The Official Stand Up Tour’s mission is to bring awareness by shining a light on the rampant social issue of bullying that plagues today’s youth through epic concert events.

In addition to today’s concert there is a [ticketed] VIP meet & greet with some of the talent on the roster. If you’re a fan and are interested you can purchase tickets here*.

If you end up going we’d love to hear all about it!

* not an affiliate link

College Park JazzFest

Such a great, fun local neighborhood event. We’ve talked about it here before, and have attended in the past. Unfortunately we won’t be able to make it this weekend, which is a big bummer because we’ll be missing TIFFANY! Yes – the one and only 90s pop icon. Not quite sure why this hasn’t been promoted more or she’s not getting higher billing…there’s also nothing about the appearance on her official website.

2014_CPJazzFest_FlierFor all complete info on this event check out the College Park Jazz Fest website.

Do you usually hit-up this local neighborhood festivity? We’d love to know what your favorite thing about it is.

Orlando Airboat Tours

Aren’t you guys always looking for new and exciting things to do in Central Florida? Perhaps a little excursion an hour or two away, a little adventure? Me, too. Enter Orlando Airboat Tours located in the Kissimmee area. Now, candidly I don’t venture out to that part of Central Florida too terribly often. We were recently invited*, though, to come enjoy this outdoor adventure–which, oddly, has been on my “to do” list for months-and-months–and did a friend and I did so a couple of weeks ago.

First off, my adventure companion and I headed over to the Orlando Airboat Tours headquarters (address below) to check in, and then quickly zipped over to the boat boarding site, which is actually just down the street from the headquarters base. And it went something like this:

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Our Chariot.

The boat (helmed by Captain Bill on this day) typically seats up to six people. We were joined by two other folks so ours only had a total of four.

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Getting started.

I was a little bit nervous about the weather as we started out…really even before I left my house in downtown Orlando. But the sky eventually opened up and the afternoon turned out to be quite beautiful. So we hopped on our boat and started our journey down a very, very long waterway. This afforded us the opportunity to pick up some speed and build anxiety for all of the wild creatures we were praying not to…err, hoping to encounter.


Now, we didn’t quite get to see all of the wild animals (i.e., alligators) we were hoping to. We later learned from Captain Bill that this is alligator season, so most of them were hiding out…with good reason. But we did have a few chance encounters with some baby gators, and then this happened:

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Beyond breathtaking, and for me personally, the highlight of the tour. Stunning, right? Obviously there are no guarantees for a replication of this for every adventure, but here’s what most visitors can expect:

“As these airboat tours are in a natural, living environment (Central Florida’s subtropical climate promotes the growth of lush vegetation providing natural habitats for a variety of species) taking you through the swamp marsh and wet prairie they are not only educational, but fun and enjoyable.”

I mean, who doesn’t want to spend a Saturday afternoon this way?

Location deets:

Orlando Airboat Tours
4275 Neptune Road
St. Cloud, FL 34769

OrlandoAirboatTours

Here’s a fun hyperlapse video we captured on our excursion:

* Full disclosure: Pulse of Central Florida was provided two (2) complimentary tickets to experience Orlando Boat Tours. Big thanks to the team!

The Thirsty Topher in Ivanhoe Village

This might possibly be one of my new favorite places to grab a drink in Orlando. The Thirsty Topher isn’t technically that new, I suppose – it’s actually been open for about a year – but I’m just now getting around to giving it a look-see.

I popped in with a friend not too terribly long ago after a show at The Venue. The location, nestled in the Ivanhoe Village just a few blocks north of Virginia Avenue, is almost a word-of-mouth find for locals. Walking up, the bar is quite welcome, tucked behind a wall of foliage yet an open concept once you pass by it.

One of the best things about The Thirsty Topher is, of course, their drinks. A huge offering of craft beers (including one of my new obsessions), it’s easy to get lost in the variety of the delicious menu. The ambience is also extremely conducive to chatting with whomever you might’ve shown up with…or perhaps the stranger sitting next to you. Low lights when it’s dark outside and high ceilings. I do recall music playing, but not overwhelmingly loud like many places around town. I’m actually really looking forward to spending some time here in the fall, when we hopefully start to experience some cooler temperatures here in Central Florida.

If you haven’t been yet here’s a little of what you can expect:

Location deets:
The Thirsty Topher
1609 Alden Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

Haven’t had a chance to check out The Thirsty Topher yet and want some other opinions? See what local residents are saying on Yelp.

And here are some other local articles:

Enzian Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

Enzian Theater dropped an email to subscribers this past week announcing a month-long tribute to the late Robin Williams during December. Highlighting such classic pieces like “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Good Morning Vietnam.” Personally, one of my favorites is “Mrs. Doubtfire” but it’s not on the schedule. Out of those being featured I have to say “Dead Poets Society” is the one I’m most eager to see.

For more info on this and other special programs and showings visit Enzian’s website.

Which Robin Williams movie are you looking forward to seeing?

The Enzian Theater is located at:

1300 South Orlando Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751

Enzian.org

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Terror on Church Street Comes Back To Life…Sort Of

Who remembers Terror on Church Street?! I’m takin’ it waaaaay back right now. I recall visiting Orlando when I was younger and always wanting to visit this used-to-be-downtown-staple Of course, now we get our fights from events such as Halloween Horror Nights and Howl-O-Scream.

Well, some of the original folks behind Terror on Church Street are bringing it back to life, so to speak, with a new haunted experience that will live at The Majestic located on North John Young Parkway. It’s a little bit of an odd location – ok, A LOT a bit – but I’m sure there’s a very logical reason for it ($$$). Currently raising money for the project, Nightmares at The Majestic will offer to scare its visitors 24 dates during the month of October. You can read more about it in an article recently published on OrlandoWeekly.com.

Nightmares at the Majestic

What do you think? We’ll you be checking this out during the Halloween season? Or are there too many other events going on?

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?

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