Afrohead Premium Aged Dark Rum: A Review


For blogging purposes, I received a free bottle of Afrohead Premium Aged Dark Rum. In 1997, Australian Toby Tyler moved to the Bahamas. In 2007, he began serving his house rum at his restaurant on Harbor Island (also known as Briland). The rum bottle’s label contained the image of a Bahamian woman. Soon, locals and people from around the world visited Briland for the rum with the “afrohead” on it. This inspired the name Afrohead Premium Aged Dark Rum.

I mixed Afrohead with Coke. As for the taste? Let’s just say I’m going to fix me another Cuba Libre (rum and coke) after writing this blog. On the real tip, Afrohead contains a strong taste. Stronger than other rums I had drunk in the past. Plus the taste touches nowhere near the awful rum nightclubs sneak on you.

Lil Indies in Orlando serves Afrohead in the “Snaxappeal” cocktail. Snaxappeal features Afrohead, lemon, Vitaluna, coconut milk and Demerara. Also, Orlando’s Nova Restaurant serves Afrohead.

On their website. Afrohead lists other cocktails.

Personally, I think Afrohead deserves shelf space at a Central Florida liquor store. When I posted my pic on Instagram, someone asked where can they get a bottle. I suggest selling Afrohead at Wally’s on Mills Avenue. Many Central Floridians hold Wally’s as a local treasure.

However one gets a hold of it, Afrohead definitely satisfies rum lovers. Time go make my Cuba Libre.


8 Saturday Things to do in Orlando for June 27, 2015

Here are eight Saturday things to do in and around Orlando for June 27, 2015. One event is a huge pool party. Another is an art event.  Four events, including the pool party, are DJ events. The other three contain live entertainment.

1. FSOB presents AQUATIC BASS 5: From 11am to 10pm at Monumental Hotel-Orlando, located 12120 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32821.

Aquatic bass 5 june 27

Words from Facebook:

It’s that time of year again to start the summer off right!
We’re kickin off the series this year on JUNE 27th and celebrating my Birthday like last year, but this year there are a BUNCH of June birthday’s, so come out to help all of us celebrate the right way! Come hang at our favorite place to play by the pool and listen to AMAZING talent play KILLER new music all day long! This event is kid friendly event until dark.

Superstars of BA$s and BrEakZ
!!The LEGENDARY!! The Godfather!

***** F R A N K I E * B O N E S *****

Performing a breaks set like you’ve never heard, so if you missed him at F.S.O.B. Miami Massive this past March, DO NOT miss him here.

But wait, there’s more…

You also get these superstars for the whole day of fun!!

Rob-E & Security
Jason Brown
Seth Vogt
Dave Gluskin

Yes, you’ve read that statement correctly. I’ve been buying vinyl from folks ready to part with their collections, and a couple of those collections came with turntables. I have my own All Deck’d Out decks, so I have 4 extra now. Someone this summer will win one of the pairs I’m having tweaked just for this! It will be a summer long promotion and the winner will be announced by the HEADLINER at the last event in September to close the summer proper! Stay tuned for the pictures of the project as it unfolds on this event page!

$10 per entry
13 entries for $100
30 entries for $200

Decks retail estimated at $2200.00 once tricked out by All Deck’d Out!

Check out their work on this link!

Please CALL the Monumental Hotel directly
407-239-1222 to book your room for the Aquatic Bass 5 Pool Party Event.

Mention the AQUATIC BASS Pool party when making your reservation to get the Discounted rate!

Double Beds- $79.00 plus tax
King Bed- $69.00 plus tax

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask for Ashley Nelson the Sales Manager at the hotel.


Absolutely No outside alcohol allowed! The Pool side bar will be open for folks presenting ID!

Solo cups only for hotel guests, so pretty please, NO glass anywhere near the pool deck. Coolers to be kept in your room please.

The grill will be hot and the hotel will be cooking all day.


Aquatic BASS welcomes the following vendors:

Ace Smoke Shop
Tobacco Store · Hookah Lounge
Stop by their Cabana for a toke on their Hooka!

Harsh Clothing

Earth Tribe Designs
Beautiful body jewlery!

Social Menace Clothing

TMac Massage
The soothing hands of Torrence Mack to get the kinks out!


Adults = $20 right NOW!

Family friendly event!
Under 12 = Free
12-17 = $5 at door day of party

Get them now before price increase at the door day of!

Security provided by the world class staff from Venue 578 that were so friendly last summer! You will feel safe here.

2. Snap! Orlando presents : ‘SNAP! BOOK DAY’: From 11am to 4pm at Snap! Orlando, located Snap! Space / Snap! Orlando 1013 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida.

Snap book day June 27

Words from Facebook:

Snap! Orlando presents : ‘SNAP! BOOK DAY’

Saturday, June 27th, 11:00am – 4:00pm. (No cover)

Join us for an afternoon of mimosa and coffee with art and photo books, limited edition European periodicals, magazines and art guides. This is the kick-off to a recurring event held on select Saturdays at Snap! Space. Since there will be rare/signed books, and delicate pages, along with some mature subject matter, we request that NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13 be admitted at this event. Thank you for your understanding!

Collectors are willing to pay steep prices for the world’s finest art and photography books. We’ll be showcasing signed rare editions from the likes of Duane Michals, Gottfried Helnwein, Irwin Olaf, Mei Xian Qiu, Sebastiao Salgado, Tom Chambers, Zun Lee, Viviane Sassen and many more. Sometimes these books have captured an era or a location, sometimes they have helped to coin an artistic trend, most often they are simply the finest work of a particular artist or photographer.

Along with art and photography books, you’ll enjoy the best periodicals in fashion, European magazines, photo magazines and architectural guides. Past and current editions will be on view for your perusing pleasure! Also on view is our current exhibition, ‘LIFE IN REAL TIME.’

Free parking in Snap! Space’s lot on Thornton Ave. behind the building. Snap! Space is the 5,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor gallery home of Snap! Orlando, a 501(c) 3 charitable foundation with the mission to celebrate master photographers, and artists, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography and art worldwide.

3. Lo-Fi Scramble… A Renegade Brunch: From 12pm to 4pm at Barley and Vine Biergarten, located 2406 E Washington St, Orlando, Florida 32803.

lo fi scramble june 27

Words from Facebook:

Lo-Fi Scramble is back again on Saturday June 27th at a new venue, Barley and Vine Biergarten, with a very special edition, during Cigar City All-Tap Takeover!

The Lo-Fi crew has gone rouge with a Pop-Up Brunch care of Tara Vernau and J Travis Smith‘s Uncommon Catering!!

Tunes will be provided by Lola B. and Romano Arcaini.

All of your drinks delights care of Benjamin Gray!
All You Care to Drink Bottomless Mimosa, and a Tasty Craft Beer Selection!

Enjoy some of your favorite Brunchie Munchies, A La Carte, and expect the ever-changing menu to be Cigar City-Beer-Centric!

Beer-paired brunch suggestions, and some some special beer inspired FREE treats via Uncommon Catering and Cigar City Brewing!

Come Thirsty, HUNGRY, and ready to listen to some Brunchy tunes, a la the Lo-Fi crew!

4. Mini House Club Blast Off Party!!: From 2pm to 6pm at True Serenity, located 100 Montana St, Orlando, Florida 32803.

minihouse june 27



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Words from Facebook:

Saturday June 27th 2pm-6pm

Mini House Club presents: Blast Off Dance Party!

Mini House Club bring you a family friendly dance party and creative workshop!

DJ Dance Party
Mini DJ Lab
Mini Art Lab
Chill Out Yoga

Mini House Playdate DJs:

FoxForce005 (Chillin Music)
Ken Masters (SIK, NY)
Slac Master Rob (Chillin Music, Bass Penguin)

Orlando’s favorite club DJs will be spinning a cool dance music blend for the kids and parents too! Mini House Club brings you our electric family friendly sound of bouncy happy beats kids are familiar with mixed with classic house tracks that will get you grooving on the dancefloor with your Minis!

Come experience this wonderful kid and music friendly community space True Serenity , transformed into a Mini Club – your kids can dance, create music inspired crafts with The Kamm School and learn about DJing and making music in the Mini Music Lab. A fun and safe environment for a family friendly party!

We are happy to partner with Calm Kids Yoga, who will chill out the Mini clubbers from 5-6p whilst the dance party continues in the fairy garden.

Don’t forget your mats and your good vibrations!

This event is focused on kids age 5-12, but all kids are welcomed with a parent!

5. TERRORIZER (Ex- Morbid Angel) W/ Thicket, Dark Disciple & More: Starts 7pm at West End Trading Co., located  202 S Sanford Ave, Sanford, Florida 32771.

terrorizer june 27

Words from Facebook:

Red Rabbit Entertainment + West End Live

W/ Special Guests:

Dark Disciple

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Ages 18+ Welcome (Under 18 Allowed W/ Parent)
Doors open @ 7pm!!

West End Trading Co.
202 S. Sanford Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771

Tickets On Sale:

6. 27 CLUB: Starts 8pm at Will’s Pub, located 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803.

27 Club June 27

Words from Facebook:

27 CLUB: A tribute show featuring an all-star band honoring the music legends that died at age 27!

WITH: Ian Cummings, Sterling Schroeder, Addison Muha, Joey Davoli, Nevin Zink, Robert John, Rafe Carrino, Andy Smith, Austin O’Kelly, and Robert Gomez!


= = = = =

SATURDAY, JUNE 27th, come experience a show like no other, a loving tribute featuring live renditions of songs from the legendary musicians in the “27 CLUB”, those that left us too soon at the young age of 27. Featuring songs from Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and more!

Now featuring a tribute set of MTV Unplugged: Nirvana Live In New York from Zap Dragon and the Attack!

An all-star band featuring authentic recreations for each song is sure to deliver an exciting and interactive show with plenty of surprises, and the music will be the star. Come laugh, cry, and dance with us!

Tickets are sure to sell out quickly!

18+ $10 cover, $12 day of show
Tickets on sale now online!

7. HOOPLA  | DJ BABY ANNE & DJ BELLA | Vizion 1 & PMD: From 8pm to 1:15am at Native, located 27 W Church St, Orlando, Florida 32801.

Baby Anne June 27

Music from Facebook:







$10 limited pre-sale:
** 1 drink ticket with every PRINTED online ticket (excludes WILL CALL)


$25 (only 20 available)
$450 (2 available) – 8 entries and 2 premium bottles


8. Charlie Megira, Doug Carrion, Wild J and the Phantoms: Starts 9pm at lil indies, located 1036 N Mills Ave (Next Door to Will’S Pub), Orlando, Florida 32803.

Charlie megira june 27

Words from Facebook:

Charlie Megira is coming to town !!!!

Wild J and the Phantoms (the wildtones)

Guest appearance :
Doug Carrion (Doug C and the blacklisted)


8 Friday Things to do in Orlando for June 19, 2015

Here are 8 Friday things to do in and around Orlando for June 19, 2015.  Three events contain live entertainment, including a free show. Five events are DJ nights.  One is a costume party. Another involves spinning 45s.

1. Rhythm League’s  3rd Fridays: From 6pm to 12am at Stigma Tattoo Bar, located 17 S Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801.

3rd Fridays Stigma Tattoo Bar

Words from Facebook:

Inaugural Event!! – In the spirit of Detroit, New York & Miami, we are the Rhythm League.

Join us from HAPPY HOUR – Midnight for a unique gathering in an unique atmosphere.

Network – Cocktail – Dance
… can even get tatted in the parlor

2. HOUSE OF LIGHTNING + WRONG + RAPTUROUS GRIEF +  WASTE LAYER + GROSS: Starts 7pm at BACKBOOTH, 37 W Pine St, Orlando, Florida 32801.

House of lightening at backbooth june 19

Words from Facebook:

Non-Prophet Organization and Norsekorea presents proudly bring to you:

House of Lightning


Rapturous Grief

Waste Layer –


Doors at 7pm/All Ages/$8 advance/$12 day of show


3. FREE SHOW!!! Ska (PUNK) Night with Chieforia (Jax) & The Lost Project (San Antonio, TX): Starts 9pm at West End Trading Co., located 202 S Sanford Ave, Sanford, Florida 32771.

Free Ska June 19

Words from Facebook:

Ska-punk-fusion band Chieforia are making the drive down from Jacksonville for this one!

Teaming up with them are San Antonio, Texas indie-ska-punk band The Lost Project.

UNDER 18 must be accompanied with a parent or guardian

4. Cory Branan (solo) with Austin Miller, Henry Toland & Christina Bowers: Starts 9pm at Will’s Pub, 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803.

corey branan at will's

Words from Facebook:

Cory Branan (solo acoustic)
with guests Austin Miller, Henry Toland & Christina Bowers

doors at 9 pm / 18+ / $10-12
tickets available at: & Park Ave CDs

Throughout his career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone’s damn good. He has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter (Chuck Ragan recently called him “the greatest songwriter of our generation”), fierce lyricist (in Lucero’s “Tears Don’t Matter Much” they sing that Cory has, “a way with words that’ll bring you to your knees”), and a hyperdynamic performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than ‘60s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder. Across three albums, he’s made collective struggles poetic and breakthroughs into sympathetic acts of populist heroism.

Cory Branan is a natural-born storyteller, his seemingly conversational, painstakingly crafted anecdotes benefitting from a hard-eyed stare at hydra-headed life experiences. Not unlike his musical and literary pedestal sitters, from John Prine and Leonard Cohen to Raymond Carver and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cory’s gift for detail and phrase-turning is a thing of wonder.

Cory has a well-documented history with groups like former label mates Lucero, musicians of his ilk who trend toward the rawer end of roots music (The Loved Ones’ Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, The Hold Steady, The Gaslight Anthem, Two Cow Garage, Drag the River’s Jon Snodgrass), and rock stars like Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), who has covered Cory’s gorgeous “Tall Green Grass” and been a reoccurring tour mate.

Never one to shy away from an itinerary of non-stop cross-country shows, Cory possesses a unique performance style that enables him to gravelly sing a coy double entendre in one ear of the audience, while yelling the most beautiful love song into the other.


5. Social Menace Manda presents ~BASS DREAMS~ vol 1… STORY TIME GRIME: From 9pm to 2:30am at Venue 578, located 578 N Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801.

Storytime Girme


Words from Facebook:

Social Menace Manda presents

“““““` vol 1. “““““`

Let’s twist it up a bit shall we!!!

A night of BASS filled grimy beats
Makes us move our dancing feets
So come on out and enjoy the show
We like to get crazy, this you know 🙂

Are you guys ready for some fun?
We’re cuttin loose for this one
Show up in costume and make it good
Whether it be the Beast or Little Red Riding Hood
The BEST costume wins the prize
So go all out and impress our eyes!!


============ STARRING ============



ft. live vocal performance by




= JG$ =






= RICH-D =








= E-Z =

This is gonna be one for the books friends and family!!!
come celebrate with the fam as we welcome Adam Ha back to THE SCENE!! This is the first show that officially sets off …




in costume $10.00

not in costume $12.00

VIP (21+) $20.00
(private seating & cocktail service)


no poi please

HOOKA’S available for rental

~~~~~~~Costume Contest Prize~~~~~~~

$50 Cash
Social Menace Tee &
Social Menace Snap Back


Underground Clothing Company

Sponsored by

Social Menace Manda

6. Infiltr8:Celebr8 with Jon Charnis ( Innervisions / All Day I Dream ) + Atnarko  + Mathew Scot: Starts 10pm at Sandwich Bar, located 2432 E Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803.

Infilt8 at Sandwich Bar June 19

Words from Facebook:

Infiltr8:Celebr8 and Listen Carefully are proud to bring you All day I Dream / Innervisions artist Jon Charnis. Making the journey from LA to Orlando to deliver his deep and dreamy sound to your ears. We cant wait for his first time in Orlando. Can you dance to this beat ?

****Jon Charnis****


****Mathew Scot****

More about Jon Charnis

After years of producing music under various guises, Jon Charnis found his true calling in the slower, darker, and deeper shades of house music. This re-invention was part of a bigger shift in the artist’s life, as he relocated from Washington DC to Los Angeles, and launched a new moniker under his actual birth name. From there on, it didn’t take long to make his impact felt. His track ‘Prophecy’ was spotted by Innervisions boss, Dixon, who signed the track to his prestigious Berlin based label after road testing it at some of the world’s premier parties. He followed this up with an official remix of Art Department’s Burning Man anthem, ‘Robot Heart’ on No.19 Music, a collaboration with production partners Lovecraft and Prab K. The streak continued with releases on more top labels including Supernature, All Day I Dream, and Leftroom Records.

As a DJ, Jon Charnis’ international profile has risen just as quickly. With gigs at world renowned spots including Space, Ibiza and Sonar, Barcelona, 2013 saw Jon playing across the globe in Berlin, Munich, London, and Amsterdam. Further, 2014 has already seen appearances across the US, South America, and Europe, as this fast rising musician continues to bring his unique brand of melodic, powerful, and expertly crafted music to the dancefloor.

Jon Charnis has received support by world renowned DJs such as Tale Of Us, Dixon, Ame, Art Department, Thugfucker, John Digweed, Steve Lawler, and Audiofly to name a few.

7. 45 Fridays w/ DJ BMF at Lil’ Indies: From 10pm to 2am at lil indies, located 1036 N Mills Ave (Next Door to Will’S Pub), Orlando, Florida 32803.

45 Fridays

Words from Facebook:

I’m back with my box of lil’ records every Friday night from 10-2! Expect funk, soul, disco, boogie, 80s grooves, hip hop & more!


Lil’ Indies is located directly next to Will’s Pub in the Mills 50 District. Be sure to check out Indies BRAND NEW front room, back porch & rotating drink menu!

8. Heights [ HereAndNow | D.C ] at PEEK Downtown: From 10p, to 2:30am at Peek Downtown, located 50 E.Central Blvd ,Suite B, Orlando, Florida 32801.

Heights at Peel Downtown

Words from Facbook:

Peek Downtown Presents

Heights[ HereAndNow | Washington D.C ]

with opening DJs

Mario Rosenthal
Skylar Williams
Danton Saunders

June 19, The new PEEK downtown (aka the Olde Suite B)

HEIGHTS may be a new name to your ears, but he’s been in the scene for over a decade. Hailing from New York, he has traveled much of Europe, and now calls Washington D.C. home. As a trained jazz musician growing up, many say his roots influence his signature style and groove selection in the club. He is curator of HereAndNow, a monthly podcast with acclaimed international guests, as well as parties of the same brand. As his productions pick up and his reputation grows, look for HEIGHTS at a club or festival near you!

Friday June 19th
Arrive early for free entry
5 dollar cover after 11:30pm
21 and up only


6 Sunday Things to do in Orlando for June 14, 2015

Lot to do this Sunday.  For June 14, 2015, here are six things to do in and around Orlando. One is a DJ event. The rest are live entertainment.

1. Kill the keg with The Woolly Bushmen, The WildTones, Richard Sherfey and All God’s Children!: 12pm to 5pm at The Lodge, located 49 N Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801.

The SH-booms at the lodge

Words from Facebook:

The Sh-Booms
The Woolly Bushmen
The WildTones
Richard Sherfey and All God’s Children

Free admission
Free food
$5 Kill the keg!

This is the rebirth of the soul enterprise!

2. Above Sundaze: Starts 4pm at Vain Skyloft, located 22 South Magnolia, Orlando, Fl.

Above Sunaze

Words from Dennis Mero:

Above Sundaze is every Sunday at the Sky Loft Roof Top of Club Vain and is brought to you by Kenneth Santo Domingo, Dj Prankstisci and Dennis Mero.

No cover, free Mimosas and Sangria 4-6pm for the ladies. 10$ unlimited Mimosas and Sangria 4-6pm for the Gentleman.

Doors open at 4pm-??

We play Big City Sounds (deep house, G-house, Techno, Reggae and Sunday Hip-hop)

3. Daily Grind, Wild Flyer, Drop July, RKind & Kids Without Heroes: Starts 7pm at West End Trading Co., located 202 S Sanford Ave, Sanford, Florida 32771.

Daily Grind

Details aren’t final. Yet, check here for updates:

4. Sunday Summer Revival Series w/ Eugene Snowden ( Old Tyme Gospel and Roots):  Starts 8pm at The Imperial at Washburn Imports, 1800 N Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32804.

Eugene Snowden

Words from Facebook:

Come forget your troubles and get happy and then some with that old time feeling. Special guests dropping by. and anyone Who wants to do some singin,
, playing and testifyin bring whatever you want and come by!
This church serves booze!!! and the spirits will rise.


5. Kristopher James w/ special guest: Starts 7pm at lil indies, located 1036 N Mills Ave (Next Door to Will’S Pub), Orlando, Florida 32803.

Kristopher James at Lil indies


6. Henrietta + Meridian (members of Signals Midwest) + Dryspell + Steven Gray: Starts 8;30pm at Will’s Pub, located 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803.

Henrietta plus Meridian at Will's Pub

Words from Facebook:

SRB Productions Presents

Meridian (members of Signals Midwest)
Steven Gray (of Dikembe)


Will’s Pub
1042 N Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL
$8 / $10 – 18+
Doors at 8:30 PM

Meridian is the rootsy alt-rock project of Max Stern, frontman of Cleveland punk band Signals Midwest, as well as his younger brother Jake. The siblings have played together for years, with their first official release as Meridian, the folksy, acoustic Aging Truths, released in 2012. “Aging Truths was essentially a bedroom project Jake and I took into the studio and attempted to flesh out over a few days,” says Max Stern. “The Cathedral was very different—from the start, it was clear that it was going to be a full-band record. It was really special to watch it come to life over the span of several months.”

Henrietta was started by a few good friends in various bedrooms, basements, living rooms, and questionable spaces through out central Florida in the summer of 2008.


8 Things to do in Orlando This Week: May 25 to May 28, 2015

I present 8 things to do in Orlando this week from Monday to Thursday, this week of May 25 to May 28, 2015.  One event involves a funeral for the Confederate flag. Two nights are literary. Three nights contain live entertainment. One night is a DJ night. Also, last but not least, is the showing of a bad movie.

1. Monday, May 25:  Confederate Flag Funeral: 1PM to 2PM at Greenwood Urban Wetland. located 1411 Greenwood St, Orlando, Florida 32801.

Confederate Flag Funeral

Words from Facebook:

To mark the 150th anniversary of the end of Civil War, multi-media conceptual artist John Sims organizes a 13-state funeral for the Confederate flag.

Sims has planned multi-state belated funerals led by 13 poets across 13 confederate states signified by the 13 stars of the Confederate flag on the 13th hour (1 p.m. EST) of Memorial Day. The services are intended to invite a moment of reflection, remembrance and closure. In each of the participating states, teams (poets, artists, musicians, and community organizers) have been set up to organize various funerals, which may include burials, cremations, and rallies. States included are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Prior to the Memorial Day event, John Sims will release a 13-flag funeral Video Poem featuring 13 poets, one from each of the 13 Confederate states. All funeral services will be streamed live on May 25, 2015 at 1 p.m. EST.

The Confederate Flag: A Belated Burial in Florida event will be held at the northwest end of the Greenwood Urban Wetland park, nearest the Elmwood St. parking loop/dog park.

Visit or for more information on the other state-based events.

2. Tuesday, May 26: Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist Outreach – Paul Hardin: Starts 7:30pm at The Gallery at Avalon Island, located 39 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801.

Paul Harding at the Gallery on Avalon Island

Words from Facebook:

Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist Outreach: Paul Harding – Reading followed by Q & A and book signing.

Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family, Enon (Random House, 2013) and Tinkers (Bellevue Literary Press, 2009), which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN American Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. In an interview with Publishers Weekly about his work, Harding has said that he is “interested in the greater whole of which we are a part, but cannot perceive. That makes death an interesting threshold. It fascinates me in the context of our mortality.”

Harding was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, MA and has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College. Before becoming a writer, Harding played drums in the rock band Cold Water Flat, with which he toured North America and Europe several times and recorded two albums. Harding has a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Currently, he lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

The appearance of Paul Harding is made possible by Atlantic Center for the Arts Maser Artists In-Residence Outreach Program. Paul Harding is a Pabst Endowed Chair for Master Writers.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (407) 317-8367

3. Wednesday, May 27: BAD MOVIE NIGHT – The Garbage Pail Kids Movie: From 7:45pm10:45pm at The Geek Easy, located 114 S Semoran Blvd Suite 6, Winter Park, Florida 32792.

Garbage Pail Kids the movie

Words from Facebook:

Marc With a C is hosting another installment of our “bad movie night”. Last month, we watched the “so bad it’s good” classic, “Troll 2”, This time? There’s no salvation. No bright spots to look forward to. Just a wretched wreck of a film. And… it’s FREE!

There’s not much plot to explain. The Garbage Pail Kids were basically just illustrations on trading cards. Someone had the bright idea of making them “come to life” on screen, because apparently we all needed to be punished. The numbers speak for themselves: this is one of the most horrifyingly incompetent, inappropriate and mind-numbingly awful pieces of crud you’ll ever sit through. We guarantee it.

And the best part? Every time you buy a draft beer, you get a raffle ticket to enter you into a drawing to win some prizes! Of course, you’re not eligible to win unless you make it through the whole movie, because we’re sadistic. Come grab, dinner, watch a movie, and possibly win some stuff. Do you have what it takes to sit through this mess? Do you have a strong enough liver for the liquid courage it’ll take? Can you bring yourself to eat while watching this movie?

4. Wednesday, May 27: The Imperial’s Acoustic Soundcheck w/ Rick Krasowski; From 9:00pm to 12:00am at The Imperial at Washburn Imports, located 1800 N Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32804.

Rick Krasowski

Words from Facebook:

Ancient Sun’s frontman Rick Krasowski comes to jam with us tonite. Friends, Craft Beer and Wine. No Cover21+


5. Wednesday, May 27: Fox Force 005 & Solfunkshun (Live Bass) @ TORQUE: From 10:00pm  to 2:00am at Native, located 27 W Church St, Orlando, Florida 32801.

Torque Drum and Bass May 27

Words from Facebook:

Jungala & Nocturnal Children presents:

‘Florida’s longest running premier Drum ‘n Bass weekly’ EST. ’99

w/ Residents:

Circle K

Inside the Chamber>>>>>>>>
MAY 27 2015

Fox Force 005 & Solfunkshun (Live Bass DnB)

Fox N Solfunk aka
Beauty and The Beast aka
Queen of Noise and Dubsapien

Whatever you wanna call this combo, know that it will be a special night at NATIVE for TORQUE!

Queens of Noise and Chillin Music’s own Fox Force 005 and Dubsapiens own Solfunkshun will be combining forces to bring you some body movin’, floor stompin’
Drum and Bass with **Live Bass**

Don’t miss this special occassion!

Of course they will be rockin’ along side TORQUE’s residents and pioneers,
Circle K and Collaborator!
Extend your Memorial Day weekend party all the way to Wednesday!


21 & up
$5 entry

6. Thursday, May 28: Melt Banana featuring The Hamiltons / Spires of the Lunar Sphere: From 6:00pm to 10:00pm at BACKBOOTH, located 37 West Pine Street, Orlando, Florida.



Words from Facebook:



Additional Info:
$15 adv

$17 dos

all ages


7. Thursday, May 28: Lounge Diggaz: Starts 9:00pm at lil indies, located 1036 N Mills Ave (Next Door to Will’S Pub), Orlando, Florida 32803.

Lounge Diggaz


8. Thursday, May 28: The S.A.F.E.! Words! Poetry! Slam! presents DESTROY! ALL! POETS! II!: Starts at 8pm at The Milk Bar, located 2424 E Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803.

Boxing ref

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The original themed-round poetry slam returns! This time, the team captains will be determined by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place positions after The Grand! Slam! with the Grand! Slam! Poet! Laureate! taking the month off and serving as sacrifice poet for the bout, with a poem that fits the categories of Rounds 1, 2, and 4. Three poets get picked from a mound to join one of four teams! Each team will have four poets, including the team captains!



Round 1: #GhazalsOverEverything! All ghazal round! If you don’t know what a ghazal is or have one in your arsenal, GOOGLE THE FORM AND WRITE ONE.

Round 2: The Legend! / Dairy! Round! In tribute to The Milk Bar and The Milk District, all poems must be about legendary figures, things, or places — real or imaginary, living or deceased, and / or dairy products!

Round 3: #BeneathTheCovers! A special COVER POEMS ONLY round n which all poets sent up by their team get a special 3:20 time limit! The catch is (gasp!) ALL COVERS MUST BE MEMORIZED! Cover poems read off a source (paper, notebook, phone, et cetera) as well as poem performed by their original author earn the poet and their team a score of zero for the round! Spoken word covers of song lyrics and Rap verses allowed and encouraged!

Round 4: #EkphrasisOverEverything! All ekphrasis round! If you don’t know what an ekphrasis poem is or have one in your arsenal, GOOGLE THE FORM AND WRITE ONE. All forms of ekphrasis accepted: Songs, recordings, paintings, photographs, statues, architecture, music videos, clips and footage, et cetera!


As always, 1 extra seasonal point will be given to those individuals who perform poems that can be sent up in multiple rounds (Ekphrastic ghazals that are also Legend! / Dairy!) Cover poems that fit the criteria of all rounds will award the poet who recites them a whopping 4 points towards the season! Group-pieces are allowed and encouraged, including in the cover round! For the cover round, the performing poet may cover the work of another competitor or even one of their team-mates, but group-covers CANNOT include the poem’s original author, not even on beatbox in a group-piece. (The idea is that poets tribute each other.)

While the team captains will be determined by the results of The Grand! Slam!, ALL POETS ON THE MOUND MUST PRESENT EVIDENCE THAT THEY ATTENDED THE ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE. This may include a Fringe button, tickets to a Fringe show, or proof of visiting The Poetry Vending Machine — either as a customer or volunteer author. Any poets who wish to hop on the mound unable to present evidence of their attendance at The Orlando Fringe Festival must receive a co-sign from three other poets willing to confirm that they were there. (Basically, if you want to slam in this event, go to The Fringe Fest.)


Editor’s note:  The Fringe is over by now.



3 Friday Things To Do in Orlando 5-22-2015

For Friday, May 22, I present three exciting events.  Two are DJ nights. One is live entertainment.

1. The Bloody Jug Band: 9PM to 1AM at Tanqueray’s, located 100 S Orange Ave. in Downtown Orlando.

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All Night Jamboree w/ The Bloody Jug Band
@ Tanquerays Bar – FRIDAY, May 22nd

Music Starts @ 10:00pm


2. 45 Fridays with DJ BMF: 10Pm to 2AM at lil indies, located 1036 N Mills Ave. DJ BMF spinning 45s

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I’m back with my box of lil’ records every Friday night from 10-2! Expect funk, soul, disco, boogie, 80s grooves, hip hop & more! Special guest DJ Cub will be holding it down Friday May 22.


Lil’ Indies is located directly next to Will’s Pub in the Mills 50 District. Be sure to check out Indies BRAND NEW front room, back porch & rotating drink menu!

3. Bass Penguin 4th Fridays: Starts 10PM at Spacebar, located 2428 E Robinson St.

Bass Penguin

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Lace up the sneakers and come dance to Future Bass Music with live DJs and special guest Bassist Solfunkshun (every 4th Friday) @Spacebar #The Milk District. FREE COVER. Craft Beer, Wine and Champagne. 18+

::::: DJ K8 :::::
::::: Rob Slac :::::
::::: FoxForce 005 :::::

Bassist Solfunkshun w/ The Dubsapiens playing live bass throughout the night

Gonna be a special night of bass music!