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Event Picks: Film fest, Cirque, Octoberfest, wine stroll and more

Here’s a look at some of the top events taking place this weekend. Visit the complete events calendar by clicking on “Events” in our main menu.

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12th annual Global Peace Film Festival

September 16 @ 8:30 pmSeptember 21 @ 9:00 pm
WATCH FILMS • GET INVOLVED • CHANGE THINGS 45 films at locations in Winter Park and Orlando! September 16-21, 2014 Find out more »


400 West Church Street
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and… Find out more »

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Event Pick: Virginia Dr Live & Wine Stroll

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This Saturday is Ivanhoe Village’s Virginia Dr Live event.

The annual event includes a wine stroll where you get a passport to stop in at 12 different locations to sample different wine and checkout the various businesses.

There is also a beer garden, food trucks and other street vendors.

Tickets to the wine stroll are $15 ($10 for Bungalower Members).

The event is from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. but the last glass of wine is poured at 9:00 p.m.

Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Photo Tour: Soco in Thornton Park opens in former HUE space

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Soco (Website | Facebook) is now open in Thornton Park.

The new restaurant is located in the former HUE space at 629 E Central Blvd [GMap].

They describe themselves as southern contemporary cuisine with a progressive culinary approach.

The menu has been crafted by Chef Greg Richie (also responsible for the changes and upgrades at CityFish next-door).

It includes some unique items such as grilled meatloaf on lobster mashed potatoes, deviled duck eggs and a cassoulet of confit duck and boiled peanuts.

The decor is more contemporary than southern (or more Co than So). They also has some nice local photography throughout.

They are currently in their soft opening, which means they will be offering their full dinner menu and bar service from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 daily. They do accept reservations.

Here’s a look at a photo tour of the inside of Soco in Thornton Park and a look at the menu from Wednesday evening: Continue Reading →

Third Thursday downtown offering food, culture, tech and more

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We’ve been big fans of all the activity happening downtown on the third Thursday of the month.

There’s the Downtown Arts District’s Third Thursday Gallery Hop, the Church Street District’s Taste of Church Street, Orlando Tech’s Tech Meetup and the Downtown Orlando Partnership’s Social, all taking place on the third Thursday each month.

Now the organizations are getting together to help market and coordinate all of the activities. Most of the events happen in a corridor that runs down Pine St from Magnolia Ave to Orange Ave and then down Church St [GMap].

Organizers say they plan to add a street art team to coordinate visual, music, and performance art along the suggested corridor to connect the various events.

They hope to continue to grow the event over time as other downtown organizations get involved.

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No cars on Robinson Street by Lake Eola this Sunday, just bikes and people

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The Florida Department of Transportation in partnership with the City of Orlando will be holding our city’s first Ciclovia.

A Ciclovia [Wikipedia] is a Spanish term meaning cycleway. They are a long-standing tradition in South America where they close miles of roads every Sunday.

During a Ciclovia event the roads are closed to cars, but not to people for walking or biking.

This first Ciclovia event in Orlando will take place this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Robinson St, between Rosalind Ave and Eola Drive. This is the part of Robinson St is just north of Lake Eola [GMap].

Downtown Orlando residents and visitors are encouraged to bike, roll and stroll along Robinson Ave, where activities will be set up for all ages.

Highlights include a tricycle race, a bike ride hosted by Cycling Savvy instructors, and a games area featuring giant chess and checker boards.

FDOT secretary Ananth Prasad tweeted back in May that the Central Florida district was interested in hosting a Ciclovia event. The only other Ciclovia’s in Florida have been in Miami and Clearwater.

We’re told this event will only take place on this one Sunday and will not be recurring at this point.

Click here for the schedule of activities for the Ciclovia on Sunday.

What do you think of the idea? Where else would you like to see a ciclovia?

Trend Studios to open in the Church Street Exchange building

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Trend Studios (Website | Facebook) salon plans to open in the Church Street Exchange building alone Pine St.

The salon offers everything from hair extensions, color, cutting edge cuts, and ombre’s which they specialize in.

They also throw regular parties and a yearly fashion show.

The salon is currently located just down Pine St in the Tinker Building. We’ve heard that the Orlando Weekly will be moving into the Tinker Building.

The salon plans to open in the Church Street Exchange building later this fall.

Also opening in the retail spaces at the exchange building are Iron Yard and Extract Juice Bar and Lounge and they are working on putting a rooftop garden on the building.

Here’s our previous coverage of everything happening in the Church Street Exchange building.

RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar to open in former O-Town Pizza location in College Park

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We told you back in July that the RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar (Website | Facebook) planed to open in the former Hangar Space in College Park.

Now, the Ocoee restaurant plans to open their College Park location in the former O-Town Pizza & Wings spot further down Edgewater Dr.

Owner Brian Buttner told Bungalower they purchased the O-Town Pizza building at 2625 Edgewater Drive [GMap].

“Owning the building was more beneficial then renting the Hanger space,” he said.

O-Town Pizza and wings closed back in May.

The building is located at 2625 Edgewater Drive [GMap].

RusTeak describes themselves as a “local restaurant and wine bar featuring hand crafted flatbreads, pastas and burgers.”

Buttner says they will be open by mid-October.

The Hangar space has sat empty since their closing in April.

H/T to College Park Paper.

Image from Bungalower archive

Decision on The Princeton at College Park delayed due to time

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The City Council didn’t complete the first read of the proposed ordinances for The Princeston at yesterday’s City Council meeting because they ran out of time.

Almost 70 people had signed up to speak and over 40 had spoken when they had to end the meeting because of a budget hearing schedule for 5:00 p.m. but there were more that wanted to speak.

The public testimony will continue on September 29 at their next meeting. This will still be considered the first reading of the proposed changes to allow the development. There would need to be a second reading at the following meeting.

You can read our previous coverage of The Princeton at College Park including more renderings and discussion on the proposal here and here.

Orlando Magic to install temporary Mag_c display around downtown


The Orlando Magic plan to build a temporary display of the word “Magic” with a missing “I” and move it around downtown.

The idea is that residents can take photos as the letter “I” and post to social media. According to the documents filed with the city, residents will be eligible to win prizes and interact with Orlando Magic talent.

“We are looking forward to sharing this unique, interactive way for our fans to engage with the Magic,” Lisa Cotter, Orlando Magic Vice President of Marketing told Bungalower.

The structures weigh approximately 1,000 pounds and stands six-and-a-half feet tall and 28 feet wide.

The display will first be installed at Lake Eola from September 24 to October 25, then at Wall Street on October 28 and then at the Amway Center Plaza the following day, where it will remain until June 2017.

In addition, the Magic will install a banner on the bridge between the Geico Garage and the Amway center reading “Pure Magic.”

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Workers begin demolishing round building downtown

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Workers began removing the honeycomb panes from the round building this morning.

The brise soleil panels will be saved to be used in a future project.

Bungalower has learned that it will take two to three weeks to remove all the panels from the old American Federal Building and to demolish the entire building.

There are 119 panels on the building and their goal is to remove eight to ten each day. Continue Reading →