American Ninja Warrior Show to Film at Universal Orlando in May 2015

If you’re a fan of NBC’s hit reality competition show American Ninja Warrior, then you’ll want to be in the audience when it films at Universal Orlando this May.

American Ninja Warrior

The show features athletic competitors racing through an extremely tough obstacle course for a chance to win the coveted title of American Ninja Warrior and the $500,000 grand prize.

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Out and About: Artegon Marketplace Offers a Place to Shop and Support Local Businesses

Recently I paid a visit to Artegon Marketplace to see what it had to offer for shoppers, and I found it to be a good place to shop local businesses.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

While Artegon is anchored by nationally known retailers like Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Sheplers, the interior of the building has been redesigned from its former incarnation as Festival Bay.

Now the interior of the mall houses The Village at Artegon. These are kiosks featuring local businesses ranging from food to clothing to services like framers. I ended up shopping at quite a few while I was checking the marketplace out.

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SeaWorld Orlando Teases New Rollercoaster for 2016 #nothingfaster

Hot on the heels of debuting the new Sea Lion High show, SeaWorld Orlando is ending the week by teasing the coming of a new rollercoaster for 2016.

SeaWorld Orlando - Manta rollercoaster

SeaWorld Orlando – Manta rollercoaster

This morning the theme park sent out a cryptic email to media that read:

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Sounds Like Summer Tribute Concert Series Returns to Epcot Starting June 7, 2015

Sounds Like Summer Concert SeriesEvery summer for the last few years, Walt Disney World has hosted the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot, and it’s been a guest favorite.

The dates and band line-up has just been announced for the 2015 series, so get ready to party this summer with the following bands:

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Trilogy Orlando Hosts The Good Life Festival with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bo Bice, and Lou Gramm April 25

Classic rock’s Blood, Sweat & Tears will be teaming up with singers Bo Bice and Lou Gramm for an April 25 concert at The Good Life Festival hosted by Trilogy Orlando in Groveland.

Trilogy Orlando Hosts The Good Life Festival with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bo Bice, and Lou Gramm April 25

Iconic jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat and Tears originally formed in 1967, and their second release, Blood, Sweat and Tears, won the 1970 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It generated hits like “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” and “When I Die.”

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Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery Opens at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen is the newest farm-to-fork experience at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, featuring ingredients grown on property.

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen at JW Marriott

Food from The Kitchen will utilize seasonal ingredients from the 7,000-square-foot on-site garden at Whisper Creek Farm as well as fresh eggs from a recently added chicken coop. The menu features snacks, small plates and sandwiches, charcuterie and cheese boards, and flatbreads, created under the direction of Chef de Partie Jason Shapiro, who has also been involved in the creation of Whisper Creek Garden.

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Out and About: Peter Hook Brings Joy Division and New Order Favorites to Plaza Live Orlando

Seeing Peter Hook and The Light live at the Plaza Live was like taking a trip back in time. The calendar may have said it was April 19, 2015, but the music said it was the 1980s.

Peter Hook and The Light live at Plaza Live Orlando 4-19-15

That’s because Hook was co-founder of the bands Joy Division and New Order, and his show incorporated plenty of songs from those bands.

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Universal Orlando to Host 25th Anniversary Concert Series Starting May 23

As part of Universal Orlando‘s 25th Anniversary year, the theme park will host a short six-week concert series starting May 23.

Pitbull

The concerts will be held inside Universal Studios, on the Music Plaza Stage, and are included with regular park admission.

Here is the full listing of headliners scheduled to appear:

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Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard Presents Spring Concert April 26, 2015

Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard Spring ConcertCentral Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard, Central Florida’s only LGBTQ+ marching and concert band, presents its Spring Concert, “Love Is in the Air,” on April 26.

The concert will feature some of the best known and loved songs from pop, classical, and jazz.

It will take place at 3pm in the Mandell Studio Theatre at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803.

Tickets are $10, and are available at CFSOF.com or at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

Out and About: Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s James and the Giant Peach is Fun for Families

On Sunday afternoon, we went to see the Orlando Shakespeare Theater production of James and the Giant Peach. It’s a well-known story, so I was curious about how this theatre company would make it come alive.  They did not disappoint.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater production of James and the Giant Peach

The pre-show is always entertaining, and it was this time as well. Mr. Grasshopper and our tour guide, were so much fun!  The kids enjoyed this part of the show and it raised the excitement for the rest of the show.

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Out and About: Sea Lion High Debuts at SeaWorld Orlando

Last week I had the chance to check out the new Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High show at SeaWorld Orlando for The Disney Blog, but I wanted to share my opinion of the show with CitySurfing Orlando readers, too.

Clyde and Seamore's Sea Lion High show at SeaWorld Orlando
This show features the sea lions Clyde and Seamore, who are getting ready to graduate Sea Lion High, with scholarships to go to Ocean University. On the last day of school, they find out they have to retake some classes if they want to graduate.

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Tom+Chee Set to Open First Florida Location in Lake Buena Vista

Driving through The Crossroads shopping center in Lake Buena Vista recently, I spotted banners for a new Tom+Chee restaurant, soon to open.

Tom+Chee Lake Buena Vista

Tom+Chee is an eatery specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup (aka Tom + Chee). Owners Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward opened their first location in Cincinnati in 2009, appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in May 2013, and the concept just exploded.

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Out and About: Extreme Celebrates Pornograffitti 25th Anniversary in Concert at House of Blues Orlando

In 1990 Extreme‘s Pornograffitti album came out, and I was blown away by how good it was from start to finish. It was rock with a touch of funk and a lot of attitude, with some beautiful ballads thrown in.

Extreme at House of Blues Orlando Apr 15, 2015 - shot of the band

Flash forward 25 years, and I’m waiting inside the House of Blues Orlando, waiting to hear Extreme perform the entire Pornograffitti album live. Yes, I’d heard most of the songs live in various concerts over the years, but this would be the first time I would hear the album played all the way through.

Extreme at House of Blues Orlando Apr 15, 2015 - shot of the band

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41st SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In Lights Up the Skies of Lakeland April 21-26, 2015

Aviation fans will want to check out this year’s SUN ‘n FUN when it returns to Linder Airport in Lakeland April 21-26.

A wide variety of planes can be seen at Sun ’n Fun, including these beautiful DC-3’s and other historic and modern aircraft. Photo: Kirk Garreans

A wide variety of planes can be seen at Sun ’n Fun, including these beautiful DC-3’s and other historic and modern aircraft. Photo: Kirk Garreans

Throughout the week, there will be impressive airshows during the day from the likes of the Breitling Jet Team from France (April 21, 24, & 25) and the USAF Thunderbirds (April 25 & 26). There will also be night airshows on April 22 and 25 (this date includes fireworks).

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Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators to Rock WJRR’s Earthday Birthday 22 on April 25, 2015

As part of a spring tour to support their recent album, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will take part in WJRR’s Earthday Birthday 22 on April 25 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

Slash, of course, is a legendary guitarist who has performed in bands like Guns N’Roses and supergroup Velvet Revolver. He’s also released several solo albums, including last year’s World on Fire.

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