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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Monday Movie Review

WANZIE:
In the interest of full disclosure I must declare that I am a sucker for any comedy that centers around a funeral. To be fair, THIE IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is but yet another in an ever growing list of formulaic flicks about family dysfunction and the mayhem which ensues when all the far flung family members who have put miles between themselves by choice are forced back together for a family function, whether that be a wedding or a funeral. Formula or not; “been there, seen that” or not; I love these types of films when they are well done and this a very well done film of that type with an able cast of comedic A-listers to boot.
3 1/3 PINK TRIANGLES

DOUG:
I love slice of life films. I love dark comedy. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is one of the best combinations of both those genres to come along in a long time. It is a delightful film and I loved it!
3 1/2 PINK TRIANGLES

TRAGIC KINGDOM PARTY Debuts at PH This Saturday

ATTENTION:
ALL DISNEY CAST MEMBERS
GET IN FREE!

(with active WDW Cast Member ID)

 

WANZIE WILL BE POPPING UP ALL OVER THE PLACE ENGAGING PARTY GOERS IN DISNEY TRIVIA ALL NIGHT LONG AT THIS FABULOUS DEBUT PH PARTY

Picture(s) Of The Week

The 2014 Edition of the EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL is now underway:

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Short Takes

"I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded: dead."
- Woody Allen

“A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.”
- James Beard

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!”
- James Beard

“A party without cake is just a meeting.”
-
Julia Child

“I don’t think America will have really made it until we have our own dressing. Until then we’re stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians, and Caesarians.”
Pat McNelis

“Mayonnaise is mankind’s greatest single contribution to life on this planet.”
- Wanzie

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Now Playing

Monday September 29

$10
www.AbbeyOrlando.com

Through October 5
Industry Night – Monday September 29


The Garden Theatre
$29 / $25 Students & Seniors
www.TheGardenTheatre.org

Through October 3
SYLVIA
Theatre Downtown

$22 Adult/$18 Students & Seniors
407.841.0083

Through October 4
THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG
The Winter Park Playhouse

$38 evenings / $35 Senior Evenings / $28 matinees
$25 Third Thursday evening / $20 industry & Students
Student rush "$10@10"
407.645.0145
www.winterparkplayhouse.org

Through October 10
LES MISERABLES
Orlando Shakes

$20 - $55
407.447.1700 Ext. 1
www.orlandoshakes.org

ARTLANDO and FREE MUSEUM DAY
Loch Haven
Park & Orlando Museum of Art

(Scroll down to WORLD IN BRIEF section for complete details)
Museum Admission FREE!
Festival: $5 Suggested donation

Through November 10

EPCOT Park – Walt Disney World

Included with required regular theme park admission / food and wine costs extra

REMAINING SHOWS:
EAT TO THE BEAT CONCERT SERIES

During Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:

TONIGHT - September 25
THE COMMODORES

September 26 & 27
CHRISTOPHER CROSS

September 28 & 29
HANSON

September 30 through October 2
AIR SUPPLY

October 3 through October 5
STARSHIP

October 6 through October 8
SUGAR RAY

October 9 & 10
FUEL

October 11 & 12
SISTER HAZEL

October 13 & 14
RICHARD MARX

October 15 & 16
BILLY OCEAN

October 17 through October 19
NIGHT RANGER

October 20 thought October 22
SMASH MOUTH

October 23 & 24
JIM BRICKMAN

October 25 & 26
LOS LONELY BOYS

October 27 & 28
WILSON PHILLIPS

October 29 through October 31
Dennis DeYoung from STYX

November 1 & 2
38 SPECIAL

November 3 through November 5
BOYZ II MEN

November 6 through November 7
DAVID COOK

November 8 through November 10
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY

All Concerts are FREE with regular theme park admission and are presented three times nightly:

5:30PM 6:45PM 8PM

THE AMERICAN GARDENS AMPHITHEATER
Situated across from THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE attraction
on the far side of World Showcase

EAT TO THE BEAT
Dining Packages
Include a sit-down meal in your choice of Epcot restaurants
And
Reserved Seating for concert on that dame day:
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/food-wine-eat-to-the-beat-dinner-package/

For Complete Festival Details
Including Featured Countries/Regions and their Tapas Menus & Wine Pairings, VIP Tours, Tastings, Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, Book Signings and Special Events:
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/

ARTS EVENT – ARTLANDO and MUSEUM DAY LIVE
Enjoy free admission to Orlando Museum of Art as part of the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live and a celebration of Orlando's arts & culture at ARTLANDO sponsored by Orlando Weekly. This is a family-friendly event in Loch Haven Park featuring performing arts, an outdoor art walk, live painting, the Food Truck Bazaar, drinks and more! A $5 donation for Artlando is suggested.

ARTLANDO and MUSEUM DAY LIVE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

LOCH HAVEN PARK & ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART

Confluence of Rollins Ave / Mills Ave / Princeton Street

CLICK ON THE LINK BELEOW TO

RESERVE YOUR FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

COMEDY – HYPNOTIST RALPH CUCCURO
Experience The Power of Hypnosis live at The Venue where the stars of the show are the people on stage.  Volunteer to come on stage and have the audience cheer for you like the star that you are, as your personal power gets multiplied and magnified. Everyone in The Venue will have fun, will laugh, will be amazed, will be HYPNOTIZED and will feel so good with The Power of Hypnosis.

THE VENUE
511 Virginia Drive

(Just two blocks off Orange)

Orlando FL   32803

 $12 Advance / $15 At door 

407.412.6895

THEATER – THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG
The Winter Park Playhouse presents the award-winning Broadway musical comedy that boasts a book by the legendary American playwright Neil Simon, musical score by Tony-Award winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Academy Award, Grammy and Golden Globe winner Carole Bayer Sager. This funny, romantic musical was inspired by the real-life relationship of Hamlisch and Sager and tells the story of an established composer and his relationship with an aspiring, free-spirited female lyricist.

Veteran Actor/Director Michael Edwards returns to The Playhouse to direct and Christopher Leavy will music direct. The professional cast will include real-life couple and Playhouse founders, Roy Alan and Heather Alexander in the lead roles, and Kevin Kelly, Josh Roth, Brian Wettstein, Gabi Guinta, Kayla Kelsay and Jill Vanderoef in supporting roles. The Playhouse trio will accompany the cast with Christopher Leavy on keyboard, Sam Forrest on percussion and Ned Wilkinson on multiple instruments. 

THEY’RE PLAYING
OUR SONG

September 12 – October 4, 2014

THE WINTER PARK PLAYHOUSE
711 Orange Avenue Suite C
Winter Park, FL 32789

$38 evenings / $35 Senior Evenings / $28 matinees
$25 Third Thursday evening / $20 industry & Students

Student rush "$10@10" offers $10 tickets (for students 25 years and under) 10 minutes prior to a performance when seats are available.

407.645.0145

www.winterparkplayhouse.org

Coming Attractions

In this section you will find opening dates for future attractions so you may plan ahead. Emboldened listings indicate events added as of this edition of your GRAM.

September 26

THE WIZARD OF OZ Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
September 27 TRAGIC KINGDOM PARTY Parliament House
September 29 Andrea Canny (untitled as of now) Cabaret at The Abbey
October 3 The Who’s TOMMY Mad Cow
October 5 MARC ANTHONY Bob Carr PAC
October 6 LADIES OF EOLA HEIGHTS The Abbey
October 7 SESAME STREET LIVE! MAKE A NEW FRIEND CFE Arena at UCF
October 8 PINK COLLAR COMEDY SHOW Orlando Improv Comedy Club
October 10 PHANTASMAGORIA V: DEATH COMES FOR ALL Orlando Shakes
 

LEE & PAUL: SILENCE IS GOLDEN – Comedy Illusions

The Venue
October 12 LITTLE MISS PARLIAMENT HOUSE Footlight Theatre
October 13 John Ryan & Eddie Cooper (untitled as of now) Cabaret at The Abbey

October 15

The Best of Enemies Orlando Shakes
October 17 Killer Joe Theatre Downtown
  JEKYL & HYDE Osceola Center For The Performing Arts
  SEVEN DEADLY SINS The Venue
October 19 ELAINE BOOSLER Plaza Live Orlando
  EARTH WIND & FIRE Hard Rock Live!
October 21 ENRIQUE INGLESIAS & PITBULL Amway Center
October 22 RINGO STARR and his All Star Band King Center
October 23 THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY Orlando Shakes
October 25

Orlando Ballet’s PETER AND THE WOLF

The Garden Theatre
October 27 Big Bang Boom’s GATHERING THE MAGIC The Venue
November 1 PLAYFEST Orlando Shakes
November 2 SUSAN BOYLE in Concert King Center
November 7 BEATNIK 2 The Venue
  DRIVING MISS DAISY Osceola Center For The Performing Arts
November 14 I & YOU Mad Cow
November 18 MIKE BIRBIGLIA Hard Rock Live!
  JAMES TAYLOR Amway Center
November 21 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Sonnentag Theatre at the Ice House
A Note from Wanzie

I hope many of you will join me at this Saturday’s TRAGIC KINGDOM PARTY at PH. It’s going to be a blast. Nicole and Robert are “theming” every bar to a different Magic Kingdom land or attraction with a leaning toward “The Dark Side of the Magic.”

The Footlight Player shows at 10 PM and Midnight are, of course, going to be geared to the overall theme; so that should make for two very interesting shows.

Yours truly will be on hand popping up all over the place initiating spontaneous rounds of Disney-related trivia, and handing out prizes on the spot. I’ll be asking trivia questions to people in line under the breezeway, to people seated in the courtyard, and outside the Bear Den. I’ll be popping in to pose questions in the Rainbow Café, and in the Footlight Theatre before each of the female impersonation shows.

If you see me and I don’t see you, just tap me on the shoulder and ask me to ask you a question.

Also, I wanted to remind you (in advance of all the Come Out With Pride (COWP) coverage in the next edition of your WANZeGRAM), that COWP has contracted for two encore performances of Wanzie’s LADIES OF EOLA HEIGHTS to be performed as Official Pride Events benefiting the organization, which produces the now weeklong Pride celebration in Orlando. The performances will be on Monday and Tuesday, October 6 and 7, at 7 PM, at The Abbey. Tickets are being sold exclusively by COWP. Reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be arranged by clicking on the following URL:

www.ComeOutWithPride.com/ladies

If you haven’t seen the show, I will unashamedly state that it is my favorite of any show I’ve ever written, and I will further state that with Blue Star, Sam Singhaus, Dame Beth Marshall, and Frist Lady of the Orlando Stage – Peg O’Keef appearing in this play under the most able direction of Kenny Howard, this is a show not to be missed…if I do say so myself (And I do).

And how excited am I that it is Epcot Food and Wine Festival Time! This is no time to be poor. It’s an expensive event, and one at which in years past I would freely drop a hundred plus bucks enjoying, but alas, that type of expenditure is not in the cards at the moment. So why am still excited – for two reasons:

1.  I was ill last year and unable to go on the annual group visit orchestrated by friend Misty Hutt every year; and now that I am well, I have no intention of missing out on this year’s edition of that adventure which is always filled with wonderful friends and reverie. And it will be perfectly fine by me that I won’t be able to eat my way around the world as is usually my gluttonous custom. (Truly, I usually eat more than anyone else in the group of 25 or so people – although I will say Karen Brown gives me a run for my money), because by the time I go on the group outing, I will have already enjoyed reason number two for my excitement regarding the Festival:

2.  I recently wrote a letter to WDW Guest Services to make them aware of something I thought was amiss regarding a certain service they provide, to which I was a party as part of a friend’s birthday celebration at Disney Parks, to which I had been treated. I will not reiterate here what that issue was, because at the heart of my communiqué to Disney was my sincere praise for a somewhat new product Disney had just quietly launched to the general public, and for which they seemed sincerely interested in receiving feed back. I was hugely impressed by this service, except for the one factor with which I took issue, and about which I felt certain the powers that be at Disney were unaware. I won’t reiterate the issue because I am convinced that those in a position to rectify the problem were sincerely grateful for my input, and that immediate steps were taken to ensure future guests would not encounter that which had upset those in my party. As a result of my consequent phone conversations with members of the Guest Services team (Calls were directed to me and initiated by them after receiving my letter. Great customer relations!), the folks at Disney graciously invited my friends and I to enjoy their all-new—for-2014 ULTIMATE DAY AT EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL TOUR- with their compliments, which we are set to embark upon on Sunday, October 5, and it sounds absolutely amazing:

The tour begins with a champagne toast at 10:15 in the morning with a “lite bite” followed by front-of-the-line escorted admission to TEST TRACK, SPACESHIP EARTH, FINDING NEMO, and SOARIN’. After a brief break on our own, we meet back up with others who are on their various tours for a private sit-down luncheon in the old WONDERS OF LIFE Pavilion with a Disney Chef describing the six different tapas offerings that will be served us, which have been selected from the various kiosks at the Festival. Each of the six dishes will be paired with a wine or beer or spirit. Then we all go on the “tour within the tour,” which is the guided walking tour through the green houses that the LISTEN TO THE LAND boat ride floats through. It’s called THE BEHIND THE SEEDS TOUR. After that brief tour concludes, we will be escorted to the entrance of World Showcase where we will be met by a second Disney Chef who will give a personalized overview of the various kiosks while we enjoy another glass of champagne and a 3-course meal of tapas plates from various kiosks selected by the Chef, who will also give a little background on what we are eating. Then it’s off to our reserved seating for the 5:30 PM EAT TO THE BEAT concert by STARSHIP. Upon our arrival at The America Gardens Amphitheater, we are to be greeted with yet another flute of champagne, and then we bid goodbye to our guides. After the concert, it’s free time to explore the Festival or World Showcase Attractions before showing our credentials for admission to a VIP viewing area for ILLUMINATIONS.

The cost of this tour, should anyone care to join us on October 5, is $399.00 per person, which does not include required theme park admission. Pricey? Yes, but it sounds likes it’s going to be worth every penny (albeit not my pennies this go around – Thank You, Disney!) And I can tell you from past experience, these new VIP group tour offerings are amazingly well designed, and administrated with great attention to detail and superior guest service, with all the little Disney touches for which one might hope. I am so looking forward to being among the very first to experience this inaugural tour offering.

Should you care to book this adults-only tour, offered only on Thursdays and Sundays during the festival, you may do so by calling 407.560.4033.

And by the way, The BEHIND THE SEEDS TOUR is only $20 ($16 for kids) not including required theme park admission, and is available every day of the week. Tours commence about six times throughout the day, during sunlight hours. To book that tour, you can call 407.WDW.TOUR (407.939.8687).

Anyway, all this talk of Food & Wine has made me hungry. So I think I’ll sign off now and go have a drink.

I’m WANZIE and That’s All I Wrote!

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