In its ongoing quest for a wider audience, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra is tweaking its formula a bit as the 2019-2020 season gets underway. In its choice of venue, its educational strategy and its programming, the orchestra’s leadership is trying different approaches. More
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Who doesn’t want to punk it up on a Monday night? You get your chance at Swan Brewing, where Zurich’s Überyou and Stuttgart’s Hell and Back are stopping during U.S. tours that climax with Gainesville’s three-day The Fest 18 next weekend. Joining them are Lakeland’s Butch Queen & the Bad Habits in a show produced by Will Shaffer of Unwholly Bikes. If Europunk on a Monday night isn’t your taste, keep scrolling for more options in our updated music calendar. More
In the 13 years it has been in business, Lakeland’s Indie Atlantic Films has carved out a niche in the video and film production industry, producing visuals for businesses, schools and colleges and nonprofit organizations. Now the company has produced its first feature-length film, a documentary that is getting some attention in the American film-festival circuit and already has won a couple of awards. More
Based on packed houses at three LkldLive Tom Petty tributes, this is a town that loves the Gainesville-bred rock star. There’s another chance to wax nostalgic for the late leader of the Heartbreakers Friday at the RP Funding Center when Classic Albums Live re-creates “Damn the Torpedoes,” Petty’s hit-filled, breakout album from 1979. More highlights and our updated music calendar: More
Cedric Wilson spent years on the wrong side of the law, but now owns a promotional business in North Lakeland and directs music videos, including a new version of local rapper Stephon’s “Ducking Grady” that features appearances by Polk County’s sheriff. Judd tells Bay News 9 he agreed to appear in the video because “it’s the right thing to do” and will strengthen ties between law enforcement and the community.
We’re not sure how much of the music will be live, but one of the more interesting events this weekend is a free, family-friendly “Down the Rabbit Hole” performing arts festival at Munn Park on Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Performers include singer-songwriter Courtney Plummer and several local dance troupes, as well as roaming actors dressed as characters from Tim Burton movies. Also: food trucks and other vendors.
Also, Creative Loafing says it’s worth driving from Tampa to Lakeland Friday night to hear Jeremy & the Clones, Clang! and The Welzeins at Hillcrest Coffee. So it’s probably really worth it to drive, bike or walk from wherever you are in Lakeland. Keep scrolling for our updated live music calendar. More
Showcase time: “Universal Language” at LkldLive 7 p.m. tonight presents hop-hop and spoken word artists Black Boi, AJA Lorraine, Pryderawk, Rook Rudered and Bub Bizzle. Indie bands are the focus Saturday night at Union Hall when Mister Handsome celebrates the release of their single, “Terrible Things,” supported by appearances from The Drain Outs, 48 States Away and Viewers Like You. Keep scrolling for our updated music calendar: More
DINING: Restaurant critic Eric Pera graces downtown’s Garden Bistro with three stars each for food and service and four stars for ambience, likely because of the commanding view of Lake Mirror from its covered patio. The airy lunch spot has added an evening light bites menu Tuesdays through Fridays for sunset al fresco noshing. Facebook: Garden Bistro | Garden Bistro at Night
ART: Evolve Arts & Music Festival from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at ART/ifact Studios aims to bring “awareness to art in all shapes, sizes and forms.” (The article isn’t online yet. We’ll add a link once it’s posted.) Facebook
Lakeland’s Florida Dance Theatre joins with Casselberry’s Emotions Dance to present “The Hope Movement” performances aimed at raising awareness of cancer and benefitting Orlando Health’s UF Health Cancer Center. Two shows take place this weekend in Orlando, and a spring performance is planned in Lakeland | Learn more, get tickets