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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Falcon’s Fury, Orlando Ballet & Orlando Soup

Live Active Cultures: A pre-Fringe Fest roundup of entertainment news

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The Orlando Ballet, which was left homeless after its former facility was found to be infested with toxic mold, announced plans to relocate into the Loch Haven Park community center, which will get a $5.5 million renovation. Their $1-per-year lease will be a big boon for the Ballet, which is looking at substantially higher rent to perform at the new DPAC.

Even better is the news that the Ballet will “provide low-cost use of the center for community groups and nonprofits to include event, rehearsal or performance space.” I’d love to see all Orlando arts institutions using taxpayer-subsidized facilities (including Shakes and Mad Cow) required to commit a minimum number of hours each month to opening their space at cost to emerging companies that can’t afford their own infrastructure.

Snap Space, the photography gallery inside the historic Cameo Theater on Colonial Drive, debuted their latest exhibit Friday, May 2, with an opening party featuring entertainment by DJ Nigel John and cocktails by Courtesy Bar. Edge of a Dream, which can be viewed during gallery hours (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday), features images by nationally known photographers Richard Tuschman, Tom Chambers, Wendy Sacks, Heather Evans Smith, Thomas Dodd, Sydney Cash, Kristian Schuller and Elise Bloom.

Lastly, at the risk of stepping on the toes of our food section, I’d like to draw your attention to the inaugural Orlando Soup, inspired by similar events in Chicago and Detroit and happening 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at East End Market. A $7 donation gets you a bowl of vegetarian soup (made from local ingredients by Slow Food Orlando) and a chance to hear pitch presentations for proposed community improvement projects involving technology, art, urban agriculture or social justice. The audience’s favorite proposal receives $5 from each attendee’s ticket and reports back on their progress at a follow-up event.

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