Category Archives: Fun

Enzian Theater – A Stop on Santa’s List

Some very lucky children (who had obviously been very good) got a visit from Santa recently. His sleigh touched down outside the Enzian Theater and Santa moseyed inside… take a look:

And, if the weather ever warms up, your children will love the Enzian’s next Popcorn Flick featuring The Iron Giant on December 16 at Winter Park’s Central Park.

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Orlando Live – A Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes

Last night I had the opportunity to get a backstage look at Orlando Live, a kicking local broadcast featuring all things about the City Beautiful. Viewers can tune in for the live show or watch past episodes on-demand. I had never been behind the scenes at a working television studio during a broadcast before, so it was quite the experience!

Orlando Live is filmed in Studio 1A at Full Sail, an exciting place all on its own; especially the Backlot area! (By the way, the nationally syndicated morning television show The Daily Buzz is filmed in Studio 1B, right next door! Cool!)

Studio 1A at Full Sail

So, I arrived an hour-and-a-half early in order to watch the run through of the show as well as a walk through of my own segment so the camera people could figure out their angles, shots, etc. I couldn’t believe how many people it takes to produce this show… lots of camera men, sound guys, directors, prop people, production staff, etc. I was very impressed!

I took a seat in a green room of sorts (ironically it had one wall painted green–for a green screen probably) along with the two other bloggers being featured, Kim Taylor and Ashley K. Edwards, both of the Pulse of Central Florida.

Kim Taylor, Bess Auer, and Ashley Edwards

After a short run-through, we were fitted for microphones and then ready to go.  In the studio audience were Kyle Menard from Brink Magazine as well as my hubby @swimmerjoe and his younger brother, Tyson Auer, a stand-out-baseball player from UCF who is getting a shot at playing with the Angels this spring. Tyson brought a few other friends to support me as well… and I needed it because I was nervous!

SwimmerJoe in the studio audience

Uber-Host Peter Murphy came back to chat for a few minutes before we went live… I don’t know how he stays so calm and relaxed just moments before broadcasting!

Bess and host Peter Murphy moments before the show's live broadcast

Well, the show began and I got the opportunity to shoot a few quick pics before my segment:

The control room

House music

Singer Aaron Childree and band

Colleen Burns presenting a Yelp segment with her assistant, Haley the Yorkie

And then it was time for the blogger segment, so Kim, Ashley, and I took our seats by Peter.  I wanted to capture the moment, and I just had time to quickly shoot this movie with my iPhone, with only seconds to spare!

Our segment began and in his casual manner, Peter set us at ease and got us talking about blogging about the Orlando scene.  Kim and Ashley seemed like old pros and I found myself beginning to enjoy it, too. Suddenly, though, just as Peter was interviewing me, my phone buzzed with my son texting me… Peter grabbed my phone! Talk about bad timing!  But at least my son was thrilled to get a “shout out” on a live broadcast!

Top 5 editor Bess Auer being interviewed live.

Well, I made it through the broadcast and loved it!  If you haven’t ever seen Orlando Live, I highly recommend you peruse some of the past episodes “on demand” at their Vimeo site.  It’s a great place to find out loads of info about our great city as well as hear some fabulous local musicians of note.

After I got home, I had a chance to go through my hubby’s swag bag he snagged as a studio audience member. It was provided by Yelp Orlando and was loaded with fun stuff. If you are not familiar with Yelp, it is an awesome site to find out anything about local places, such as restaurants, eateries, coffee shops, day spas, etc. Colleen Burns does a really incredible job heading it up, and I loved talking with her last night. (And her little cutie pie Haley, too!)

Swag from Yelp Orlando

I will post my segment just as soon as I get a copy, but in the meantime you can watch the full program here.  Thanks for a great time, Orlando Live!  You are now a regular program for me to watch… simply awesome!

To see more photos from last night, visit the Top 5 Facebook page.

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First a Flash Mob now a Flash Opera?

We saw this posted on the Enzian Theater’s Facebook page, so we had to share! We love it… opera sprung upon unsuspecting patrons at Eden Bar… hahahahaaa!

I had heard some rumblings about opera making a re-emergence here in Central Florida, and so maybe this is just the beginning! We’re hoping so!

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Flash Mob in Orlando! Be a Part of It!

The Top 5 is so excited that a flash mob is being organized in Orlando to celebrate tourism!  So, what’s a flash mob, you ask? Here’s one performed in Stockolm in tribute to Michael Jackson:

So, we definitely want to be a part of this, and we’re sure you do, too. First of all, sign up here: FLASH MOB FACEBOOK INVITE

Who:
Singers, Dancers, EVERYONE (that means you and me). They’re hoping to have one core group to be our “voice” and then have EVERYONE else in our community that wants to be part of history…and well, something very cool.

How:
Sign up here and put your email into the comments. All event locations and times will be handled via email…not through Facebook.

Flash mob choreographer:
Michael Wanzie, master of all that is entertainment.

When:
End of January (have to be vague about the date at this point, but they have already zoned in on the event and location). The goal will be to target a time when the MOST people can be present.

Where:
Rehearsal will be announced 2 days before the event via email. They will then announce, via private email…where we will rehearse (1 hour).

Event:
You will learn where the event will happen the night prior to the actual event.

Cost:
$0 but the memory will be priceless!

Why:
There is no doubt this will go viral. What we’ll hope for is the event will be impactful, moving and help clearly illustrate that Orlando is open for business and we’re FUN.

We love this idea! Come on, Orlando, and let’s make it BIG!

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Orlando Live – The Blogger Episode!

The Top 5 is so excited to be on Orlando Live, a kicking broadcast that focuses on all things Orlando. Hosted by Peter Murphy, the show explores everything the City Beautiful has to offer, including local celebs ranging from Dwight Howard, Mayor Buddy Dyer, celebrity chefs, musicians and their bands, singers like Jacqueline Jones, and many many more!

Occasionally Murphy focuses on bloggers, including J from J’s Everyday Fashion, Mark Baratelli of The Daily City, and Gustavo Hernando of Dafoodie to name a few. This Sunday night, Murphy is turning his attention to Top 5 editor Bess Auer and the Pulse of Central Forida’s Kimberly Taylor and Ashley K. Edwards.  We’ll be discussing things to do in Orlando as well as what makes this City such a wonderful place to live and work.

J from J's Everyday Fashion being interview by Peter Murphy.

So, how can you see the special blogger episode?  Tune in and watch LIVE this Sunday night, starting at 9 pm…there is surely the potential for some major bloopers!  So remember on Sunday night to go to Orlandolivestreaming.com to see it.

We’ll definitely give a shout out to the Top 5 fans! Woot!

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The Science of the Circus – See How It All Works!

The “Ambassadors of Laughter” from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will make a special appearance at the Orlando Science Center to entertain, educate and engage the public. During the show, audience members will join actual Ringling Brothers clowns on stage to try their hands at some of these famous stunts, and you will have a chance to win family four-packs to see the circus.  That’s pretty cool!

Ever wonder how circus performers can perform antics including balancing on a high wire the way acrobats do?  The clowning team makes learning science fun and comical. See firsthand how concepts like balance, wind resistance, gyroscopic stability, and gravity impact tricks such as plate spinning, acrobatics and juggling.

 

The Ambassadors of Laughter will tickle your funny bone with lighthearted antics that offer a sneak preview of Fully Charged, the all-new 141st Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth® playing the Amway Center this January 13th-17th.  For tickets and more information, visit www.ringling.com

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Twilight Stars Invade Orlando – Watch Your Necks!

If you are a Twilight fan–and, yes, there are millions out there!–some of the stars of the movies will be featured at the Official Twilight Convention right here in Orlando, December 10-12 at the Disney Hilton.

Here’s some of the stars you can see (photos from the official website):

Peter Facinelli - Dr. Carlisle Cullen

Chaske Spencer - Sam, the Werewolf

Charlie Bewley - The Volturi Tracker Demetri

So, be sure to check out the convention and all the fun happenings including:

  • The Saturday Night Volturi Vampire Ball
  • Vampire makeovers
  • Sunday brunch and charity auction
  • Fantasy faces and body art

Sounds like a blast to us…just watch your neck with all these vampires in town!

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