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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.

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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.

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?

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.

5k Foam Fest Orlando

You guys, friend to Pulse @ColleenBurns and I are totally doing the 5k Foam Fest next month. I mean, we’re not afraid to get a little dirty. Check it:

Doesn’t that look foamtastic?! Have any of you ever done one of these before? I myself am pretty stoked about the Death Drop, which is about 40 feet tall.

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(Photo courtesy of 5kFoamFest.com.)


Location deets:

Little Everglades Ranch
17951 Hamilton Road
Dade City, FL 33523

This race is a little different from others in that not only are there tons of obstacles along the three-mile excursion but there’s lots and lots of foam. I’m not even sure I know how to prepare for that, but we’ll be sure to share some pictures of everything shortly after the race on May 10.

If you’re interested in finding out more or registering (not an affiliate link), visit 5kFoamFest.com. You can also keep up via Twitter and Facebook.

Perhaps we’ll see you there?

Bike to Work with Buddy

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Leave your car at home May 9, and bike to work along the Orlando Urban Trail!

The 29th Annual Taste of Winter Park

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The annual Taste of Winter Park is coming up on Wednesday, April 16th, and our stomachs are already growling thinking about it. Have you guys ever been to one of these events?

More than 40 of the area’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners are expected to participate including:

  • Bagel King
  • Barefoot Wines
  • Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
  • Bungalow 23
  • Carmel Café and Wine Bar
  • Cocina 214
  • Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub
  • Hamilton’s Kitchen
  • Italio
  • Javatino
  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
  • Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream
  • Marlow’s Tavern
  • Peterbrooke Chocolatier
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • The Meat House
  • The Wine Barn
  • Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
  • Tolla’s
  • Winter Park Chocolate

In addition to these and other, there will be a fun little competition where these vendor can win in seven categories including best entrée, appetizer/side dish, beverage, dessert, healthy dish, Florida-inspired dish and booth display.

Follow The Taste of Winter Park on Facebook and on Twitter.

Location deets:

Winter Park Farmers’ Market
200 West New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Tickets can be purchased for $40 if you’re a Chamber member. All others can buy tix for $45 both in advance (Winter Park Chamber of Commerce) and at the event.

#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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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….

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