Attending Orlando Photo Organization Snap’s Fifth Anniversary

Last night (Friday), I attended Snap! Orlando’s five year anniversary.

Snap! Space Orlando

 

Founded by Patrick Kahn, Snap! Orlando centers around photography.  Some photographers are local.  Others are national and international.

For those of you on a serious budget, the event would have hurt your piggy bank.  Entree fee was ten dollars.  Plus I bought beer priced at five bucks. For many art events, these prices are typical.  So, I’m somewhat used to it.

Some folks may be put off by yuppies, for there seemed a plenty.  Yet, you aren’t there for the people, you’re there to support the art.  (I usually go for the art and eye candy.)

Many cameras were working this night, patrons used everything from camera phone to professional cameras.  I used my camera phone.

Almost every month an event happens here. So, if you can spare the money, a visit to Snap! Orlando is well worth it.

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Orlando’s Ivanhoe Antique Row: Excellent Night Spot for the Over-Thirty Crowd

Last Saturday night, I cruised to Orlando’s Ivanhoe Antique Row, named because of the area’s antique shops and its existence next to Lake Ivanhoe.

First spot I entered was The Imperial. The Imperial at Washburn

Mostly an over-thirty crowd was here. Plus most of the patrons were dudes. Yet, some women still were present.

As The Imperial also served wine, my mind focused on the menu’s beer. Don’t expect to see your typical beer here. The menu consisted of beers from all over the world. I don’t know if the appropriate words are “craft beer”. Yet, I’ll just take a wild guess and say it is. For five bucks, I drunk a German beer called EKU. Also, the server poured the beer in a glass for me, a nice touch. Most beers are priced five bucks and up. If the beer menu was designed to keep out cheap-drinking hipsters, it worked.

Noticing the dim lights, two impressions ran across my mind: Either, you bring a date here or you come here to hide. Since, I don’t date much, I’ll keep The Imperial in mind in case I need a hideout.

The second spot I entered was The Hammered Lamb.The Hammered Lamb

I entered in through the patio area. Just like The Imperial, a mostly over-thirty crowd was here. Yet, it was almost an even mixture of men and women.

The DJ spun mostly 90’s hip-hop, something I enjoy. He really floored me when he played Outkast’s “Elevator (Me and You)”.

I’m still singing that song as I write.

“Me and you, your momma and your cousin too/ Rollin down the strip on vogues/ Comin up slammin Cadillac doez …”

I ordered a bottle of Bud Light. I didn’t know the price. After handing the bartender a five, he handed me a buck back. I thought four dollars to be high for a Bud Light. Yet, I brushed the thought away.

I walked inside. The bathrooms are unisexual. Plus people play darts and ping pong in the far back. A bar counter exists inside also.

I later learned the DJ’s name was Oam. Another DJ is there on Friday’s.

What Oam did next inspired me wanting to return on another Saturday night. First, he played Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa”. Then, he played Sneaker Pimps “6 Underground”. Then, he played The Beatles’ “Come Together”. And the mix worked!

As much as I enjoyed The Hammered Lamb, I did find one little thing annoying. I ordered a coke. I swore the guy said the drink was a dollar-fifty. I handed him five bucks. He handed me three bucks back minus the fifty cents he still owed me.

Sure, it was just fifty cents. Yet, it was my damned money, not his to keep. As they pay their tabs with cash, I can imagine other customers being done the same way. After awhile, stuff like that adds up moneywise. Now, if I wonder if my Bud Light was actually four dollars.

Overall, I enjoyed The Hammered Lamb. Still, the thing about my fifty cents annoyed me. Then, again, that might have been an honest mistake.

Last spot I entered was Lucky Lure, a patio style bar.Lucky Lure

90s and early 2000’s rock played. The crowd contained a more eclectic mix than the previous two bars. Right along with casually dressed yuppies, I saw punkers, working class people and some dude who was definitely in touch with his feminine side. Also, I found people I knew from Orlando’s Mills 50 area.

I ordered Bud Light. For three bucks, I received a 12 ounce can.

After handing the bartender a twenty, he examined it to see if it was fake.

As someone who worked retail, I don’t blame people for doing that.

Out of all three bars, Lucky Lure is the more social one. Even if you didn’t know anyone, you are still likely to find conversation with someone. I found new friends that night.

I spent the rest of the evening at Lucky Lure.

There is another spot in this area. I just didn’t go to it. I’m referring to Savoy. I’m not homophobic. That’s just not my scene. Still, people on yelp.com have written positive things about the place.

Overall, I think Ivanhoe Antique Row as a good alternative to Downtown Orlando, especially for the over-thirty crowd.

Because it was Memorial Day Weekend, I think I might have been lucky to find parking. This because the door guy at Hammered Lamb told me the area is usually busier. Still, unlike Downtown Orlando, parking is free

I plan on returning in the future.

Peacock Room Group Show (5-26-2014)

Tonight (Monday), I attended Peacock Room’s Group Show, an event featuring five artists. The Peacock Room exists in Orlando, Florida. The artists featured tonight was Mickey Bear, Lisa Sullivan Dunlap, Noah Howell, Brett J. Barr and Unladylike. Unladylike are two artists named Megan Steward and Kelly Berry.

Not many people showed. I think Memorial Day Weekend had something to do with this.

The artwork will be up for three weeks.

Here’s some pics.

Orlando International Fringe Festival 2014

Last Saturday night, I attended the 2014 Orlando Fringe Festival.

Orlando Fringe Sign

An annual event since 1992, the The Fringe centers around theater productions. In recent years, it has taken place at Loch Haven Park.

I didn’t go to any plays.  Usually, I drink brew in the court yard and chat with friends.

Here’s some photos. Enjoy.

 

 

Lions on Wall Street

Last Thursday, I attended Lions on Wall Street, an art event in Downtown Orlando.  The event happened in Downtown Orlando’s Wall Street section.Wall Street Cantina in Orlando

 

As the pic shows Cantina, the actual Wall Street location was in front of Tiki Lounge.

After talking with one of the artists, I found out Lions on Wall Street  may happen twice a month on Thursdays starting at 7PM.

The following are pics of the event.  Most folks I eventually learned their names.  Unfortunately, others I didn’t.