Science Fiction, Science Future Exhibit at Orlando Science Center

Let your imagination run wild with the possibilities of the future in our latest exhibition, Science Fiction, Science Future, presented by The Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting Foundation, coming to the Orlando Science Center from January 29 to May 9, 2022.

The exhibit will also be a key feature of this year’s Otronicon Science Festival and Tech Expo, when it returns as a fully in-person onsite event during Presidents Day Weekend, February 18-21.

Created by the renowned Scitech in Perth, Australia, and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Science Fiction, Science Future will allow you to move objects with your mind, disappear right before your eyes, interact with a robot that copies your movements and experience augmented reality in action.

Science Fiction, Science Future

When you look back at iconic works of science fiction, they often predict the innovations of the future. Tablet computers, GPS, automatic doors, and even biometric health data tracking were all just figments of the imagination when they first appeared on Star Trek in the 1960s. Now, these are everyday technologies.

Science Fiction, Science Future gives you the chance to explore the technology that classic science fiction predicted for our future while you imagine what comes next. How long do you think it will take for robots to walk the streets with us? They already built our cars and explore space. You could predict the next great invention!

Science Fiction, Science Future

Inside the exhibit, you will also be able to draw and describe what you think houses, transportation, and our planet will look like in the world of tomorrow.

Will we live on Mars, get around using jet-pack rockets, or have a robot cook our meals? It’s up to you to decide.

We live in an exciting time in a world that is constantly changing due to technological advances. For example, it used to be fantasy to have robots works for us but now they vacuum our homes, act as personal butlers, and even do complex tasks like performing surgeries!

Find out more about the science fiction predictions that could become realities in this thought-provoking exhibition. Make sure to check out Science Fiction, Science Future while it’s at the Orlando Science Center.

The future is here, and it’s in your hands! For more info, timed-entry tickets, and health and safety guidelines, please visit www.osc.org.

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2022 Garden Rocks Concert Series Line-Up

2022 Garden Rocks Concert Series

I am really excited to share that the popular Garden Rocks Concert Series is returning to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival this March!

New this year, internationally recognized artists will bring the groove to the America Gardens Theater stage Friday-Monday, while local Orlando bands step into the spotlight Tuesday-Thursday.

The series features something for everyone – from returning favorites like The Guess Who, Rick Springfield and Simple Plan to Latin hitmakers Melina León and Claudia Leitte, Christian music superstar TobyMac and groovin’ legends Kool & The Gang.

2022 Garden Rocks Concert Series Audience

2022 Garden Rocks Concert Series Line-Up

  • March 4-5 – The Guess Who
  • March 6-7 – Rick Springfield
  • March 11-12 – Melina Leon – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 18-19 – Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW
  • March 20-21 – Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 25-28 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • April 1-2 – The Spinners
  • April 3-4 – The Pointer Sisters
  • April 8-9 – Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • April 15-16 – Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW
  • April 17-18 – Don Felder, Formerly of The Eagles
  • April 22-23 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • April 24-25 – Claudia Leitte – NEW
  • April 29-30 – Berlin
  • May 1-2 – TobyMac
  • May 6-7 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • May 8-9 – The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 13-14 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW
  • May 20-21 – A Flock Of Seagulls
  • May 22-23 – Collin Raye – NEW
  • May 27-28 – Thelma Houston – NEW
  • May 29-30 – Little River Band
  • June 3-6 – Simple Plan
  • June 10-13 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • June 17-20 – Plain White T’s

Beginning January 19th, guests can secure their spot at the show by booking a Garden Rocks Dining Package available Friday-Monday.  Find out more by visiting FreshEPCOT.com

Please remember that in order to experience the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, guests must have both valid admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date.

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Dr. Phillips Center Announces 2022 Shows

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

A diverse array of musicians, comedians, and entertainers are set to perform in Walt Disney Theater and Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center in the new year!

Newly Announced Dr. Phillips Center Shows

Dr. Phillips Center Presents Pat Metheny SIDE-EYE with James Francies & Joe Dyson
Dr. Phillips Presents Pat Metheny SIDE-EYE with James Francies & Joe Dyson
  • Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Pat Metheny

It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Pat Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition and, at one point, winning seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums.

In 2015 he was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, becoming only the fourth guitarist to be included (along with Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery) and it’s youngest member. Metheny has spent much of his life on tour, often doing more than 100 shows a year since becoming a bandleader in the 70s. He continues to be one of the brightest stars of the jazz community, dedicating time to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and established veterans alike, helping them to reach their audience as well as realizing their own artistic visions.

Dr. Phillips Center Alvin Alley
Dr. Phillips Center Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 22 & 23, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.

The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings and online platforms. Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory.

Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”

Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Jay Leno
Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Jay Leno
  • Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Jay Leno

Acclaimed TV late night host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artists, pioneering car builder and mechanic and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

Jay Leno’s late night television rating domination included two decades as the host of the #1-rated The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After the first two years, Jay Leno never lost a single ratings year in which he served as host.

Leno is the recipient of many honors, including Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide awards, Harris Poll selection as most popular star on television, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, The Mark Twain Prize, recipient of the Patriot Award given by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and being the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.

Dr. Phillips Center Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.

About Frankie Valli

The original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles, with unforgettable tunes like “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ‘63 – Oh What A Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and of course, “Grease.”

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Valli’s legendary career was the inspiration for the Broadway juggernaut Jersey Boys.

Frankie Valli is not only a pop music icon, but also an actor, having been featured in the iconic television show, The Sopranos, as Rusty, the capo in the Lupertazzi crime family, as well as Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy, And So It Goes, alongside Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons continue to tour throughout the U.S. and abroad to packed houses, receiving nightly standing ovations from thrilled fans of multiple generations.

Dr. Phillips Center Shen Yun
FL Falun Dafa Association Presents Shen Yun 2022
  • Date: Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2022
  • Time: Show times vary

About Shen Yun

The culture of ancient China was divinely inspired. Shen Yun’s works reflect this rich spiritual heritage… Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!

Tickets for these performances are on sale now at www.drphillipscenter.org!

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