Now through April 29 – Presses and Prints at OMA Back in 1974, when Congress allowed the National Endowment for the Arts to actually help the arts in our country, the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) received a grant from which 27 works were purchased. That collection is a prime example of why enlightened governments help the arts, as the collection has increased tenfold to include more than 270 works by major artists including Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, Louise Nevelson and Elizabeth Peyton. Now OMA presents “Presses, Publishers and Prints: Selections from the Contemporary American Graphics Collection”, running through April 29. Featuring the finest of OMA's lithographs, silk-screens, etchings, woodblocks and works on paper, this is the strongest group of works within the Museum's holdings. Call 407-896-4231 or visit omart.org
March 9 – Parker Sketch at Culture & Cocktails He’s the hottest young painter in Central Florida, and his contributions to the arts community include museum shows, gifts, silent auctions and a free discussion group — about Fine Art, of course — that continues to grow and grow. He is Parker Sketch, and if you haven’t seen his work, it’s time to check it out this Friday, March 9, at the always-fun Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H)’s monthly Culture & Cocktails event. C&C takes place the second Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 210 W. Packwood Ave. in Maitland. The evening’s activities include music by Cure for Caska, poetry readings, works by A&H’s Sketch Club and food from Fork in the Road Food Truck. Admission is $5, which includes one drink ticket. Visit ArtandHistory.org or call 407-539-2181.
March 14 – Kathy Ireland Entrepreneur, philanthropist and supermodel Kathy Ireland will headline Heart of Florida United Way’s 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, March 14. Co-chaired by Helen Donegan and Karen Dee, The Women’s Leadership Council raises awareness, funds and volunteer support for women and children dealing with domestic violence and poverty. A heartbreaking 65 percent of clients served by United Way partner agencies are women. Ireland is the CEO of a $1.9 billion design empire, and works diligently to improve education, reduce poverty and help families prosper. The luncheon will take place at the Hilton Orlando Convention Center at 6001 Destination Parkway. Tickets are available at hfuw.org or by calling 407-429-2111.
March 15 — If he likes it then he oughta put a ring on it The Heaven Event Center is the perfect home for Orlando’s first ever “NotWedding” — an aptly named alternative bridal show that takes the form of a big, fake wedding. Complete with emotional ceremony, dinner and dance-party reception, brides-to-be are offered a unique way to see wedding vendors in action. The goal is to inspire brides and promote local businesses while having a great time. This is NotWedding’s first year in Orlando, and the event is scheduled for March 15. With engagement season in full swing, if your hand is sporting some shiny new bling, you can visit and buy your ticket at TheNotWedding.com
March 16 to April 1 – ‘The Foreigner’ The Jester Theater Company makes its second home at the beautiful Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, where they will produce the comedy “The Foreigner” from March 16 to April 1. In this comedy, Charlie Baker considers himself to be “the world’s dullest man”, but his friend Sgt. Froggy LeSueur has a plan to change all that. Froggy takes his friend on a vacation where the scheme includes making Charlie appear as a foreigner who can’t speak English. Their plan backfires when lodge guests share with Charlie their deepest secrets and most sinister plans. The act will star Keith Smith as “the foreigner” and Bill Warriner as his friend Froggy. The theater is in the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden. Call 407-877-GRDN (4736) or visit gardentheatre.org
March 16 – Lord of the Dance Sixteen years after Michael Flatley created “Lord of the Dance”, it is selling out arenas as the world’s highest-grossing dance show. We can join the 60 million people who have already seen this hit show when the tour arrives in Orlando on Friday, March 16, at the Bob Carr PAC for two performances only. Visit OrlandoBroadway.com or call 1-800-982-2787 or 407-704-6116.
Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and fine art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-522-3906.