Saturday, December 16, 2006


NASCAR Cafe Is Closed

NASCAR Cafe at Universal Orlando's CityWalk is all boarded up for a multi-million dollar makeover that will transform it into NASCAR Sports Grille.

No word on when it will reopen.


Every Christmas Story Ever Told

I was worried when I heard that the cast of this year's production of "Every Christmas Story Ever Told" at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival was different than last year's. I needn't have worried.

This is quite simply the funniest Christmas show you are likely to find anywhere. There is just one holdover from last year's production, Tim Williams, who steps into the role of the curmudgeonly Dickens purist vacated by Eric Hissom (and does it very well, too). Newcomers Mark Lainer and Rob Maitner are equally good.

This is a show that relies heavily on topical references (there are many updates from last year) and ad libs and this cast is up to the challenge. One of the evening's real treats is watching the performers crack each other up.

Trust me on this one. Just go. You'll thank me. The show runs through December 24 at the Shakespeare Festival. Click that link for more info.

You can also read Steh Kubersky's review from Orlando Weekly.

Monday, December 11, 2006


Get Socked In Orlando

The bustling marketplace that is International Drive is an ever changing kalaidoscope of merchants.

I just noticed that there is a new outlet store for my favorite brand of socks. Yes, socks. When I was thinking of writing this post it occured to me that you have to be pretty keen on a sock to remember the brand name, so I guess I'm a fan of Thorlo. I discovered Thorlos when I was outfitting for a hiking trip years ago and I've been searching them out ever since.

So I was pleased to see that they now have an outlet store at 5632 International Drive, just east of Kirkman. It's tucked back in a strip mall, so it may take some finding. It's worth it, because the store stocks every sock Thorlo makes, and it's a lot more than hiking socks. For instance, they have a whole line of military socks!

Thorlo has a web site, too.

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