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Thu-Jan-2019 Dirtybird Records' J. Phlip spins for free at Celine

Fresh off the Holy Ship!…

Thu-Jan-2019 Florida Reps. Soto, Díaz-Balart propose bill to give Venezuelans temporary immigration protections

U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Mario Díaz-Balart have proposed a bipartisan bill to allow Venezuelans fleeing their country's humanitarian crisis to become eligible for the Temporary Protected Status program, also known as TPS.…

Thu-Jan-2019 Florida Power & Light plans major solar energy expansion by 2030

Florida Power & Light said Wednesday it plans a major expansion of solar-energy projects during the next decade, as the state’s utilities move forward with generating more renewable energy.

FPL said it will install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030, with solar facilities expected to be built across the state. The company, which plans to eliminate its last coal-fired plant by the end of this year, currently has about 5 million solar panels installed.

In a statement included in FPL’s announcement, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he supports such efforts amid continued increases in population and electricity use.

“We live in the Sunshine State and solar energy is a natural resource that should be seriously considered.…

Thu-Jan-2019 Local artist Synthestruct shows off high-tech art at Orlando Science Center's Otronicon

Orlando Science Center’s annual Otronicon, a showcase of cutting-edge technology, has always had a hands-on component.…

Thu-Jan-2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King discusses the recently pardoned Groveland Four at Writer's Block Bookstore

Seventy years after four African American men were falsely accused of raping a white woman in Lake County, Florida, officials have finally pardoned the Groveland Four – and part of that is due to Gilbert King.…

Wed-Jan-2019 Florida commissioner under fire after saying Muslim congresswoman might 'blow up' Capitol Hill

A South Florida commissioner has come under fire after saying that U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Muslim congresswoman from Michigan, might "blow up Capitol Hill."

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Hallandale Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub made the comments on Facebook Jan. 8 after signing a petition to remove Tlaib from office.…

Wed-Jan-2019 Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy introduces bill to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour

It's been almost nine and a half years since the federal minimum wage was last raised, but today over 100 Democrats – along with Florida congresswoman and Winter Park resident Stephanie Murphy– introduced a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour.

Led by Democrats Bernie Sanders and House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott, the "Raise the Wage Act of 2019" would essentially boost the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 through annual increases, as well as end provisions allowing employers to pay workers under the age of 20, tipped workers, and employees with disabilities less than the wage floor.…

Wed-Jan-2019 Lionel Richie announces Orlando greatest hits show for March

Super-smooth crooner and R&B hitmaker Lionel Richie announced a very select set of spring dates for his "All the Hits" North American tour and, well, Orlando music fans should prepare to be romanced.

The tour is a sequel of sorts to his 2017 co-headlining tour of the same name with Mariah Carey.

Lionel Richie headlines the Amway Center on Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m.…

Wed-Jan-2019 The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' will be visible over Orlando this weekend

All week the Central Florida Astronomical Society has been celebrating Moon Week, and Sunday’s culmination is this viewing party in honor of the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON! The scientific name is a “total lunar eclipse” – but at totality, the Earth casts a reddish shadow on the moon, which is why it gets called a blood moon; this eclipse also falls during the first supermoon (a full moon that falls on or near perigee and thus appears larger and brighter than usual) of 2019; and of course, January's full moon is known colloquially as the Wolf Moon.

All of which is to say that what you're getting is a SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON, which sounds much cooler than “total lunar eclipse,” just saying.…

Wed-Jan-2019 20 free shows happening in Orlando this week

Wednesday, Jan. 16
Eugene Snowden's Ten Pints of Truth 10 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
The Daniel Heitz Band 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.

Thursday, Jan. 17
Leisure Chief 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Thursday Jazz Jams 8 pm at Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park.
Thursday Night Hang: Steve Luciano Trio 8 pm at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park.
Like Father, Monere, the Hamiltons, Chalet Girls 8 pm at Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.
Songwriter Night with Jonnie Morgan 7 pm at The Hourglass Brewery, 480 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood.
Strange Angels 8 pm at The Imperial at Washburn Imports, 1800 N. Orange Ave.
Swamp Sistas See, Hear and Say 7 pm at Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road.
The Vegabonds 7 pm at Park Ave CDs, 2916 Corrine Drive.

Friday, Jan. 18
J. Phlip 10 pm at Celine Orlando, 22 S. Magnolia Ave.
Mid Life Crisis Band 9 pm at Wing Shack, 4650 E. Michigan St.

Saturday, Jan. 19
Afterlife 9 pm at Wing Shack, 4650 E. Michigan St.
Honest Havoc, the Matt Sam's Band 8:30 pm at Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave.

Sunday, Jan. 20
Ancient Sun 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.

Monday, Jan. 21
Open Mic Hip-Hop
9:30 pm at Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park.
Open Mic Mondays 6:30 pm at West End Trading Company, 202 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford.
Reggae Mondae: Florida Man 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.

Tuesday, Jan. 22
The Groove Orient
10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Open Mic Night: Blake Trent 8 pm at Copper Rocket Pub, 106 Lake Ave., Maitland.

Get our top picks for the best events in Orlando every Thursday morning.…

Wed-Jan-2019 Orlando is now painting parking boxes for its new 'dockless' bikeshare system

In a moment of utter self-defiance, the City of Orlando has begun painting parking boxes across downtown to remind citizens where to park their "dockless" Lime bikes – yes, dockless – when they're finished riding.

Kind of defeats the point, right?…

Wed-Jan-2019 A new food hall may be coming to Orlando's Ivanhoe Village

A Tampa-based food hall is looking to open a new location in Orlando's Ivanhoe Village neighborhood.

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the Hall on Franklin, which currently has a location in Tampa Heights, is negotiating a new retail space in the Yard at Ivanhoe.…

Wed-Jan-2019 Osceola County among top Airbnb vacation rental markets in Florida

Airbnb hosts in Florida welcomed more than 4.5 million guests to the state in 2018, and a good portion of those visitors stayed in Osceola County.

The vacation rental platform announced Tuesday that Osceola County homeowners hosted 640,000 guests last year and earned $82.6 million.…

Wed-Jan-2019 Florida Reps. Eskamani and Smith lead Orlando arts funding town hall

The federal government might be shut down, but our Florida state representatives Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith were still hard at work yesterday afternoon, hosting a town hall discussion with local arts leaders at the Orlando REP, and delivering a passionate call-to-action supporting the full restoration of cultural funding from Tallahassee.

Reps. Eskamani and Smith were introduced on Jan. 15 to a theater of arts supporters by the REP's development director Vicki Landon, and Central Florida Community Arts founder Joshua Vickery, who helped organize the afternoon event. Eskamani and Smith were joined by other elected officials, including Sen. Geraldine Thompson and Rep. Amy Mercado, along with administrators from important Orlando arts organizations.…

Wed-Jan-2019 Florida lawmaker seeks warning stickers for prescription opioids

Florida lawmakers continue to respond to the state’s opioid epidemic, with Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, filing a bill Tuesday that, among other things, would require pharmacists to place red warning stickers on prescription drug bottles containing opioids or other controlled substances.

The warning stickers would be required to flag the addictive nature of opioids and the risks of overdoses.…

Wed-Jan-2019 Florida public schools have a shortage of science, math and English teachers

The State Board of Education is expected Wednesday to approve a report that details a shortage of certified science, English and math teachers in Florida’s public schools.

The annual report points to issues such as a scarcity of certified teachers in subject areas such as general science, physics and chemistry when compared to fields such as elementary education. Also, it details factors such as teacher-education programs turning out relatively few science and math teachers.

“The shortage areas … represent certification areas where substantial proportions of teachers who are not certified in the appropriate field are being hired to teach such courses, where significant vacancies exist and where postsecondary institutions do not produce enough graduates to meet the needs of Florida’s K-12 population,” the report said.

The report, which will go before the state board during a meeting in Pensacola, recommends designation of “critical teacher shortage areas” for the 2019-2020 school year.…

Wed-Jan-2019 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis targets Airbnb over West Bank policy

Don’t expect Gov. Ron DeSantis to plan an Airbnb stay as part of his first foreign trip as the state’s top executive.

The governor announced Tuesday that Florida employees will no longer be reimbursed for Airbnb stays while traveling, as the state considers economic sanctions over the home-sharing platform’s decision against listing properties in the West Bank, an area that is a major flashpoint in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

“My hope is that Airbnb will rescind that policy,” DeSantis said during an appearance at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton. “I don’t think they quite understood what they were getting into on this.”

Claiming a “moral obligation” to oppose the Airbnb property-listing policy for the West Bank, DeSantis said the State Board of Administration will determine by the end of this month if Airbnb is subject to a new Florida law that prohibits state investment in companies that boycott Israel.

The State Board of Administration, comprised of DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, oversees the investments of the state’s pension program.

On Tuesday, Airbnb issued a statement that it “unequivocally rejected” the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, or “BDS,” movement targeting Israel in support of Palestinians.…

Tue-Jan-2019 What happens when all stages on the 1000 block of Mills Ave. are lit up

Karborätor, Solar Flower and Red Rodeo (Grumpy's)
Bryan Raymond and She/Her/Hers (Uncle Lou's)

In both my first experience at Grumpy’s Underground Lounge last summer and my new venue recap at the end of the year, I noted the connective potential of the new spot as a next-door neighbor to colorful scene incubator Uncle Lou’s and another link on the crucial live music chain of Mills Avenue.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Guests witnessed the birth of a new baby giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom

This Monday, some Disney guests riding the Kilimanjaro Safari Savannah attraction in Animal Kingdom saw, Mara, one of the Masai giraffes, go into labor.

The driver of the safari trucks slowed down their vehicles so that riders could capture the event with their phones.  Kilimanjaro safaris was temporarily closed while the giraffe gave birth to her six-foot tall calf at around 2 p.m.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Orlando International Airport sponsoring donation drive for government employees during partial shutdown

The Orlando International Airport Management Council is sponsoring a donation drive to assist employees of the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Aviation Administration during the partial government shutdown. …

Tue-Jan-2019 The Orlando Phil and Second City comedy group will team up this February

Two very different but very august entities in the performing arts world - the Orlando Philharmonic and the famed Second City comedy troupe - are set to team up next month in the City Beautiful for what is sure to be a very intriguing event.

As part of their 2018-2019 Pops series, the Phil is partnering with the influential Second City improv group - long a proving ground for a who's who of comedy legends in the U.S and Canada - for an evening of sketch comedy, new music and symphonic favorites.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Orlando housing prices continue to go up, while overall sales drop

The Orlando Regional Realtor Association released its annual report for the 2018 housing market, showing the average prices of homes are continuing to increase while sales drop.

The report shows that since 2017, the overall median price of Orlando homes has gone up to $232,500 from $220,000.

Correlated to the price increases, sales have gone down by 3.2 percent since the previous year.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Florida could soon allow drivers to keep their licenses on cellphones

Florida could soon allow drivers to keep digital licenses on their cellphones and present them as identification.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Tonstartssbandht stops into Will's Pub for a homecoming show this week

Get ready to rock with hometown heroes Andy and Edwin White, also known as the noise-rocking and riff-looping project Tonstartssbandht.…

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