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Hot Press: Ke Francis’ wood cut, ‘Rabbit Trap, Tar Baby and Flood Waters,’ is one of his works on display at OMA


Urban Think! the Thornton Park bookstore that closed its doors in March 2010 then sent out surveys over the summer asking people to help come up with a new name and concept for the space, is gearing up to re-open (albeit in a different format) in early 2011. Details on what’s in the works are slim at the moment. We contacted Urban Rethink (which is what Urban Think Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind Urban Think! has been calling the space for months now) for more information, but were told the business isn’t ready to reveal much yet, except to say that the new venue will be home to a café and regular programming and that it plans to open in the first quarter of the year. Despite the fact that the store hasn’t been operating for nearly a year, the space has continued to hold events. In December, Voci Dance and puppetress Tamara Markes Lares used the venue to stage Macabre Vignettes 3, an art installation/modern dance performance. And on Jan. 7, Urban Rethink will host two events: A release party for Drupal 7 by the Florida Drupal Group (if you’re a CMS geek, you’re probably already in the know, but if you’re not, Drupal is a free, open-source content-management system that’s releasing its newest iteration) at 6:30 p.m. and a Bad Film Appreciation Society movie at 8 p.m. The Drupal party is free, but there’s a $6 cover charge if you stick around for the film. More news on Urban Rethink’s resurrection when we get some. Urban Rethink is located at 635 E. Central Blvd.

Closing this week: The Grab-n-Go Show at Neon Forest Gallery (1741 S. Orange Ave.), featuring works of art for sale for $100 or less, closes on Jan. 8. Rob Reedy’s show of sculptures and mixed-media, Doodah DADA, at the Maitland Art Center (231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland) closes on Jan. 9.

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