Timeless Brilliance
Norman Van Aken’s 1921 restaurant combines superb cuisine and artistry in the heart of Mount Dora.

Springs Eternal
As Disney Springs nears completion, the new flavors dished out by famous faces are causing quite a buzz.

Jazz Freedom

Musician Sam Rivers hit 80 in 2003. To celebrate, he did what he did best: He took to the stage.

DoveCote Divine
From superb French cuisine to creative craft cocktails (and a heavenly happy hour), the restaurant earns its place as a downtown gem.

The Power of Music and Song

The artistic director of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has turned an all-volunteer choir into a work of fine art.

What's Hot

Orlando's Music Beat

Interviews with musicians at the forefront of the Central Florida scene.

Tom Waits For No Man

The story of Bobby Ace; semi-professional third-rate road musician half-way between last call and last chance, playing the songs of Tom Waits in seedy saloons and half-empty roadhouses. It is only when he loses himself in his fictional onstage persona that Bobby finds out who he truly is. This concert performance featured actor Cole NeSmith in a bravura solo performance and nu-jazz band La Lucha, with a host of very special musical guest artists, live on the Timucua White House stage.

Invasion of the Burgers

Yes, they’ve come to take you away. So enjoy the journey with our mouthwatering guide, including an analysis of Burgermania, the Burger Bucket List, chains and local faves and a map of the burger galaxy.

freelance writer, playwright, jazz advocate

As a writer on assignment, I've traveled to Italy, Scotland, England, New Orleans, California and New York City, with a specialty on all things Orlando. Whether it's a story about Arts & Crafts houses in Florida or new styles in computers, a Mounted Police squad or alien abduction insurance, I've written it. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.

Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic, currently for Orlando Magazine. James Beard Foundation judge, knowledgable champion of world cuisine and avid advocate of undiscovered chefs. I can write about the front of the house of a restaurant as well as the kitchen with equal expertise. Founding member, goFLA/SunshinePlate Central Florida.

My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 32 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001; creator of House Theater Project and the year-long 13in13 series of shows.

"Best local playwright - Joseph Hayes" - Orlando Sentinel

Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new and original jazz from Central Florida since 2008, showcasing the best that Central Florida has to offer in jazz to appreciative audiences, giving creative hometown and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries, in person and online. Board member, Timucua Arts Foundation.

COEB brings together a network of musicians, actors, theater professionals, writers and promotors in a conspiracy of creatives.

Theater and music take on a new meaning when art is performed in living rooms, gardens and uncommon performance spaces.

Community Foundation of Jacksonville Art Ventures Fund Grant; Two-time United Arts Professional Development Grant; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship; Telly Award for best independent video script; Galati Research Grant; "Playing by the Lake" Festival; Awesome Foundation grant; Florida Magazine Association "Charlie" Award; Three-time Artist-in-residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts; Board member, Timucua Arts Foundation; Founding member, GoFLA/Sunshine Plate; Creator, 13in13; co-founder, Burry Man Writers Center; publisher, Spice Maven Press.