Arts & Culture in Orlando, Jan/Feb 2010
Festivals, Concerts, Arts & Culture.
ArtsFest, presented by United Arts, will be held Feb. 4 – 14, 2010. The festival includes 205 free events in 75 venues throughout Lake, Osceola and Seminole counties and provides a free taste of the arts. Participating organizations include: The Mad Cow Theatre, Orlando Ballet and Orlando Museum of Art. Admission to all activities is free; some require advance reservations.
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College is featuring three new exhibitions in its Spring 2010 Collection, opening Jan. 23. “Wonderful and Curious”is a natural history collection expanded to include many artifacts owned by former president of the university, Hamilton Holt; “Man and the Machine”features propaganda posters from the Stalin regime; and “Out of the Shadow”features works from 19th-century American women. Gallery hours are Tues. – Fri. 10 – 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 12 – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for college students and children.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College presents “Man and the Machine.” Beginning Jan. 23, 2010, the new exhibit will display a selection of rare, Stalinist-era propaganda posters along with American and British propaganda posters from World War I. Admission is $5.
Mount Dora Center for the Arts is featuring a new exhibit, “A Textured Sense of Time,” by painter Arthur Natale through Feb. 8, 2010. Gallery hours are: Monday through Friday 10 – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present the sixth concert in its 2009-2010 Super Series, “Pops à la Arthur Fiedler” on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 and 8 pm. Tickets range from $13 – $65.
The Orlando Repertory Theatre is presenting the following shows for its 2009 – 2010 season:
•”The Giver” (Jan. 29 – Feb. 28)
•”Berenstain Bears On Stage: A Bear Country Musical” (Feb. 27 – March 28)
•”Ramona Quimby” (April 17 – May 23)
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The Orlando Science Center presents The Festival of Chocolate weekend March 6 – 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will feature chocolate tastings, a creative workshop for kids, educational chocolate museum and more. Admission is included in Orlando Science Center ticket price, which is $17 for adults and $12 for children.
Orlando Science Center presents Otronicon, a convention that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the art, technology and science that form the foundation and future of the videogame and simulation industries. The convention will be held Jan. 15 – 18, 2010. Admission is $17 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 – 11.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater will perform “Hamlet”Jan. 27 – March 13 and “All’s Well That Ends Well”Feb. 10 – March 14. Shows run Thursdays through Sundays and ticket prices range from $14 – $38.
The Plaza Theatre will be featuring the following concerts in February:
•Al Di Meola – Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.; tickets range from $29 – $47.50
•The Robert Cray Band – Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.; tickets range from $32.50 – $42.50
The Plaza Theatre presents the following shows during the month of January:
•Foundation presents: City and Colour, Jan. 11, 2010. Tickets are $20.
•Gaelic Storm, Jan. 14, 2010. Tickets are $17 in advance, $22 day of the show.
•Zach Deputy, Jan. 15, 2010. Tickets are $10.
•Central Florida Jazz Society presents: Kid Dutch & His New Orleans Music, Jan. 17, 2010. Tickets are $15.
•Leo Kottke, Jan. 22, 2010. Tickets start at $20.
•Christopher Cross, Jan. 23, 2010. Tickets start at $22.
•The Subdues, Jan. 28, 2010. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of the show.
•Guy Davis, Jan. 30, 2010. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of the show.
Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater’s “It’s No Mystery!” series presents “Nunsense: A-Men!” Jan. 15 – 30, 2010. Performed by an all-male cast, the comedy show depicts the little sisters of Hoboken putting on a musical variety show fundraiser. The audience can expect tap dancing, an audience quiz and an evening of comedy. Tickets are $17.
The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities will be held in Hurston’s hometown of Eatonville, Fla., Jan. 23 – 31, 2010. The festival celebrates Hurston’s life, literary works and the cultural contributions of people of African ancestry. Festivities include museum exhibitions, public talks and concerts. The events are free to attend.