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The Arts Connection - January 3, 2008

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Brian "Cannonball" Maguire, drummer for the bands The Delusionaires and Big Jef Special, has been a fixture in the Orlando music scene for more years than many other musical veterans can remember. His laid back, slightly jazzy technique is a reflection of the man's personable nature and quirky sense of style.  On December 10th, Maguire was in a serious motorcycle accident.  Originally, the prognosis was grim, but on December 16th he opened one eye, marking the beginning of a slow journey toward recovery. In the proceeding weeks Brian has started responding to some verbal commands, has shown he can move all limbs, and is now able to open both eyes.

As is with many working musicians, Brian has no medical insurance. In an effort to alleviate the financial and emotional strain, friends, family and numerous members of the Central Florida arts community are working together to create entertaining fundraisers with high caliber artistry. The Cannonball Relief Concert is this Saturday, January 5 at 8pm at CityArts Factory.  It will feature the Hindu Cowboys, Terri Binion and the Bible Belt Orphans, Thomas Wynn and the Believers and a 1-time reunion appearance by the local band, Florganism.  There's also an art auction with work by many local artists, including John and Lynn Whipple.   Tickets are $10; CityArts Factory is at 29 S. Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando.


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In this segment, a look at some of the cultural highlights for this month - inlcuding:

The Titanic Experience at the Orlando Science Center

Masters of Surf Photography 2 at the Brevard Art Museum

Launch 2008 is a collection of new plays by Playwrights Rountable - it runs tonight, Friday and Saturday at Theatre Downtown

The Womens Caucus for Art' 2nd Regional Juried Exhibition opens Sunday and there's a Reception this Tuesday, January 8 from 6-8pm at the Osceola Center for the Arts in Kissimmee.  It's called Matriarchs & Madonnas , and runs through January 25. 

and The Smallest Witnesses: The Crisis in Darfur Through Children's Eyes at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center


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 CASTING CALL - follow this link to read online

Bill Dudley talks to Michael Newton, the author of Florida's Unexpected Wildlife



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