Sunday, January 29, 2006


Welcome to Our New Blog

Keeping up with the times, The Other offers a new way to keep up with the latest happenings and changes in Orlando's multifaceted entertainment landscape.

This blog replaces the old Updates section of the web site. For the time being at least, I will leave the older posts available at their usual place. I may also transfer some posts to this new format.

Remember that the entire text of The Other Orlando and Universal Orlando are available for your reading pleasure on the main site.


Arts Fest 2006 Runs February 2 - 12

Orlando's vibrant artistic and cultural side is on display during the annual ArtsFest celebration to be held February 2-12. ArtsFest, presented by United Arts of Central Florida and Bank of America, is a sampler of more than 200 free arts and cultural events held in various locations throughout Central Florida.

Participants can watch a ballet dress rehearsal, catch a play, tour an art gallery, explore historical exhibitions, attend an opera or a performance by a philharmonic orchestra, enjoy professional marionette theatre and many other family friendly events. While the events are free, some have limited seating and require advance registration.

For more information, call 407-363-5816 or visit


Mad Cow Takes You on "Bad Dates"

Orlando's Mad Cow Theater Company announces the Central Florida premiere of BAD DATES by playwright Theresa Rebeck - a hilarious, fresh and touching comedy about a woman who wants it all: motherhood, a potent career and a dynamic love life.

BAD DATES details one woman's odyssey to survive her shoe shopping addiction and her man problems. Haley is a single mother with a collection of 500 pairs of shoes, a teenage daughter, a stress-to-make-you-scream job and a crew from the mob as her bosses. What's she missing? - a love life would be nice. So Haley chooses a pair of shoes twice a week and jumps back into the dating pool. Her retelling of her adventures in middle-aged date-land is a laugh-out-loud funny saga taking us from a Buddhist retreat to the Romanian mob and all through Manhattan. With a nod to Sex and the City and Bridget Jones' Diary, this Sweet Charity-like heroine is as endearing as she is hilarious. John Simon of New York Magazine said "You will not want to miss this charming play".

An award-winning playwright, Theresa Rebeck has also written for some of television's most well-known series including, Law and Order, Third Watch and NYPD Blue along with the films Harriet the Spy and Catwoman. Other work for the theatre includes Omnium Gatherum, co-written with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilarous, which recently enjoyed an acclaimed Off-Broadway run, Spike Heels, an adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, and The Actress.

BAD DATES will be the 52nd production by the award-winning Mad Cow Theatre, which has never repeated a playwright in its eight-year history. Directed by Dave Russell, the production features Robyn Pedretti as the incurably romantic, shoe-loving Haley. The creative team includes costumes by Nicole Bartet, set design by Jason Young and lighting by Ryan Gravilla.

BAD DATES runs February 2 - 26, 2006 at Mad Cow Theatre, 105 South Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando. Tickets can be purchased through the Mad Cow Box Office at 407.297.8788 or online at


Universal Raises Prices

Universal Orlando has raised ticket prices to its two theme parks. However, you can still save a little money if your order our tickets online.

The current prices are as follows:

At the gate:

One-day, one-park: $63 + tax ($52 + taxchild 3-9)
Two-day, two-park: $107.95 + tax for all ages

Online prices:

One-day, one-park: $59.75 + tax ($48 + taxchild 3-9)
Two-day, two-park: $99.95

In addition, when you purchase the two-day option online, you get one kid's ticket (3-9) free for every ticket purchased and three additional days free (5 consecutive days) OR three days free (5 consecutive days) OR save the second day for use at a future date, with no expiration date.

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