Welcome to the new home of Orlando’s Culture and Events Examiner, your insider’s guide to the best (and sometimes worst) in Central Florida’s arts and entertainment scene.
Hey, you in the back – stop snickering! Contrary to what some might claim, this town isn’t only surgar-coated playground“Orlando” and “Culture” are words that go naturally together. Ok, so the City Beautiful can’t boast a Lincoln Center or Hollywood Bowl; that doesn’t mean Orlando isn’t home to fine examples of every artform under the (extremely hot and humid) sun.
Come here for hard evidence that Orlando not only has some culture, its got many of them! Here’s just a sampling of the kind of events you’ll find previewed and reviewed here over the upcoming months:
High Culture: The Orlando Opera may be dead (RIP), but the classical performing arts are still kicking, thanks to groups like the Orlando Ballet and Philharmonic. Theater thrives here too, at every end of the spectrum: from big Broadway touring productions at the Centroplex (and someday at the new Dr Phillips Performing Arts Center) to black-box community stages, and every play and musical in between. Don’t forget the visual arts scene, from openings at the Orlando Museum of Art to folk art festivals and downtown gallery hops.
Pop Culture: Orlando may not have become “Hollywood East” as was once predicted, but the town still has a strong connection to the world of movies, music, and television. Whether covering the hottest local concerts, telling you how witness a TV show taping, or just finding the best place to catch a flick, this is your depot for “6 Six Degrees of Orlando” ammunition.
Ethnic Culture: Central Florida is home to a multi-textured melting pot of dozens of different ethnicity, religions, cultures, and lifestyles – and there’s a parade or festival for every one. Come here for coverage of the food, fashion, and fun to be found in Orlando’s rich diversity.
Geek Culture: Fanboys and fangirls of all stripes flock to Orlando, and they bring their cult obsessions with them, often on an overwhelming scale. Science fiction conventions, zombie marches, comic book swaps, and haunted houses only scrape the surface of nerd-bait the Examiner will bring you.
Park Culture: Theme parks are as much a part of Orlando’s culture as cars are in Detroit. Learn tips for surviving the attractions like a local, along with details on the seasonal celebrations and annual events that make the parks a mecca for foreigners and Floridians alike.
Most of all, the Examiner exists because of you, the reader. So send suggestions to [email protected] on what you want to see covered, and we’ll do our best. But better get started soon: there’s a lot of culture out there!