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Have you been to Deland lately? You know, Stetson, antiques, cool bars, great walking town? Did you know they had their first BarCampDeland last weekend? I ended up seeing more people we know from the Brevard Space Coast Creatives group there, although Chad who is a regular at our Happy Hours in Orlando made it too. It was a really great event, with the $6 lunch coupons at any of the great downtown lunch spots, and especially a few awesome talks from: a filmmaker who visited India, a pro-photo couple, a sound hacker, a graphics programmer and an inspired designer. There were lots of other great talks, but at some point Kathryn and I decided to kick back on the porch of DaVinci's with a beer and recap my recent trip to the NYC Maker Faire. I was very glad to have met the organizer of the affair, Ray Villalobos. Serious Kudos goes to Ray and his whole team for a number of reasons, but also because I don't think I've ever seen so many babies at a BarCamp. :)
Another really awesome thing you missed recently was the Urban ReThink Broomstick Pony Derby. Please check out this awesome gallery from the Orlando Sentinel and video from the Orlando Weekly. This was one of the greatest displays of creativity, foolishness and poor athleticism I have ever been a part of. Can't wait until next year!
This month's Orlando Happy Hour: 10/22 at The Courtesy
It's hard to believe we've been without our home at Crooked Bayou for almost two years now, though Hawker's, The Falcon and Gringos have been good to us. I got a tip from a fellow creative about a new cocktail bar called the Courtesy that's very near Gringos. He said the cocktails are fresh and exciting (they server beer and wine too, and make their own soda), and I figure if we get hungry then our favorite taco stand is just across Washington.
Happy Hour #71 at The Courtesy - Tweet it, share it, bring your cocktail snob friends!
The regular time and date: Monday, October 22nd, 6pm until 9-ish. Parking meters downtown are free after 6. Parking on Orange Ave is free after 7.
Other Events this Month
- Sat 10/13, 1pm - 6pm
TEDx Orlando: Mixed Greens
Garden Theatre, Winter Garden
Just like the real TED but cheaper at $75, organized by Dave Casey (of Familab and Mini Maker Faire) and friends.
- Sat 10/13, 9am - 5pm
BarCamp TampaBay (plus CodeCamp)
USF School of Business, Tampa
TampaBay always has an ambitious plan for their event, and the venue is really stellar. Make it if you can!
- Thu 10/18, 7pm
Orlando Tech Meetup
Envy Labs, The Plaza, Orlando
I was glad to see Patrick's app Bhavanga launch last month, and the announcement that the 20th floor would soon house a startup work space.
- Sat 10/20, 9am - 6pm
DrupalCamp South Florida
Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale
Drupal is not just for cultists; the White House, Martha Stewart, Greenpeace and Ozzie Osbourne all use it, as well as FLCreatives.
- Sat 10/20, midnight
Trash Cinema 101: Night of the Living Dead
The Venue, Virginia Dr, Orlando
Logan Donahoo loves trashy movies - think: John Waters. Throw in some daemonic pixie dust, and booze for good measure.
- Wed 10/24, 6-9pm
Artisan Night Market by The Daily City
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Art and Culture in East Orlando? Food Trucks? Only Mark Baratelli has the guts and talent to pull it off and keep my attention.
- 10/26 - 10/28
FullSail University, Winter Park
A charity hackathon that lasts a whole weekend. This is their second year, so pay attention. Go get your elbows dirty with these geeks.
- 11/3, 1pm - ?
ELLA Music Festival
The ACRE, Edgewater Drive, College Park
Florida Women Making Art and Music, which is a real treat every year. Robert and his crew are top-notch entertainers.
- 11/9 - 7pm
Accidental Music Fest presents Deerhoof
The Plaza Live, Bumby, Orlando
Chris Belt brings you contemporary (pop) composers, here in your backyard. Openers are Levek and Telethon
- 11/9 - 11/11
Startup Weekend Orlando
Voxeo, The Plaza, Orlando
Orange Ave and downtown will get pitched by these enthusiastic and creative entrepreneurs. The best part? You are one of them too.
- 9/20 - 10/18
Packet Switching Art Show
Center for Emerging Media, Livingston, Orlando
Artists and Architects created pieces based on the theme of Packets from, you know, the Internet.
- 10/12 - 10/31
Phantasmagoria III by Empty Spaces Theatre Co
Orlando Shakes Center, Loch Haven Park, Orlando
Edgar Allen Poe, Berthold Brecht, Amanda Palmer and Jim Henson had a baby, and he has been putting on this show every Halloween for 3 years now.
- 10/15 - 10/28
Passport to Ivanhoe Village by Yelp
Lake Ivanhoe, AKA Antique Row, Orlando
Celebrating (and infiltrating!) Ivanhoe Village via cool & creative ways to connect people with great local businesses
- 10/18 - 11/9
Handmade Puppet Dreams by IBEX
CityArts Factory, Pine St, Orlando
Every year Heather Henson and crew gather some of the best puppets and spooky sculptures, usually part of the Orlando Puppet Festival.
Always worth checking out
I'm always really excited to see awesome people doing so much great stuff here in our little state. I hope you are too.
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