| Mar 9, 2014
| 9:52 AM
I'll confess to being pretty clueless about many sports icons, but Arnold Palmer, now 84, seems in a class all by himself, especially in Orlando. "Arnie" belongs to all of us.
My mom liked to tell this story. One spring a half-century ago, she loaded...
| Feb 6, 2014
If you're still suffering from holidays hangover, brace yourself: Universal Studios' Mardi Gras is back, and it's bigger.
This year's celebration, starting Saturday, runs on 20 select nights spread over four months — from before Valentine's Day...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 3:11 PM
My favorite person connected to Super Bowl 48 was the guy asking questions while dressed as Mozart on Tuesday's Media Day. At least he brought a little culture to the football media (and more about my disgust with the media later). Phillip Hajszan...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 4:45 AM
We still can't see a whole lot of what's going up at Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. That construction wall is maddening to anxious Potterheads, who must wait until summer for unveiling and exploration.
| Feb 27, 2014
| 6:27 AM
You could be forgiven for feeling a bit of déjà vu while watching the Mardi Gras parade at Universal Studios, even if you haven't thrown back a hurricane or two. It's all shiny and glittery, with strands of colorful beads zipping past your head, that...
| Oct 26, 2013
For a state that faces decisions that could change the face of Florida, you'd expect that our elected officials would have some idea on whether to expand gambling or stand pat.
The Florida Legislature has already spent $400,000 on a study to help...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 5:54 AM
All students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have worn the Sorting Hat. It's a big deal. The tattered, brown topper magically divides the student body into members of different "houses" — Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 4:02 PM
Most of you probably have no clue who Eric Eisnaugle is.
In fact, if I told you I had an Eisnaugle problem, you might suggest I get an Ace bandage. Or some anti-inflammatory cream.
That's completely understandable. Eisnaugle, after all, is merely a...
| Jan 23, 2014
On his Facebook timelinel, veteran jazz trombonist Bill Allred recently posted advice he once received about his instrument from an early music teacher:
"On those two tubes, there is every note you will ever need for the rest of your musical life. You...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Tilikum, the orca at the center of the depressing documentary "Blackfish," has killed three humans and remains, relatively speaking, free — he's an ongoing attraction at SeaWorld Orlando, making the big splash that gets everybody wet. Anyone who has...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 10:32 AM
A recent Flashback about the origins of ballet in Orlando, entwined with the Ebsen and Royal families, inspired letters from readers about the couple whose Royal School of Dance influenced generations of Central Floridians for almost 40 years, beginning...