Plus, good luck on deciding which of these 11 events you want to do tomorrow.

🗣Real talk: Have we as a society forgotten how to listen?

Plus, good luck on deciding which of these 11 events you want to do tomorrow.          

Welcome to Friday, folks. 

Today we’re starting off with a big question: Have we as a society forgotten how to listen? To truly listen? Even and especially when we don't agree with the other person? And assuming so, what can we do to change it?

That's what we're looking to answer right now in our partnership with Listen Courageously — and we want you to be a part of the conversation. What is Listen Courageously? Glad you asked. 😉 It's a movement combining an award-winning film and transformative virtual workshops on the power of empathic listening. And for the first time ever, we’re teaming up with our sister publications to host one of these said workshops on May 13. (Here’s how to get your ticket.)

We’ll gather (virtually!) with readers from our sister newsletters across the country in Portland, Pittsburgh, Miami, and Seattle. The goal? To become more aware of our listening blocks, so that we can better engage in heart-centered conversations that lead to mutual respect and understanding. (Amen!)

Here’s more about the event and the Floridian behind the film. (P.S. Pulptown+ members get 20% off — you can find the discount code down below in the member section. 👇) 

Now let's talk about what's going down in Florida's legislative session, where to get 2-4-1 BBQ sandwiches tomorrow, and finish with a lot of good, wholesome content. OK?

Food for thought. 📸: @pulptown | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day! 

What Orlando is talking about

We typically stick with all feel-good news on Fridays, but it's a big day in the Florida legislature — it's actually the last day of the regular legislative session — and I thought it'd be wise to catch you up on what's happening there. As of writing, and in no particular order, state lawmakers appear poised to pass, or have passed, the following: 

🏈 A resuscitated version of a controversial bill banning transgender female athletes from participating on girls’ and women’s high-school and college sports teams.

💚 The conservation-minded Florida Wildlife Corridor Act. (This bill passed both the Senate and the House unanimously.)

🗳 Legislation adding further hurdles to the voting process such as restrictions on ballot drop boxes and other measures that have caused civil rights activists to call foul in other states. (This one passed the Senate 23-17 and the House 77-40.)

💉 A possible ban on vaccine passports.

💵 A $101.5 billion state budget that includes $8 million allocated to address Florida’s recent rash of manatee deaths and an expansion of Medicaid health care coverage for uninsured newborns and their mothers. (The budget will be voted on today.)

🚨 A bipartisan police reform package that some lawmakers feel doesn’t go far enough.

Phew! If there’s anything we missed, let us know, and please keep in mind that some of these proposals are still subject to change. If passed, their next stop will be Gov. DeSantis' desk.

In other news...

🍔 4 Rivers Smokehouse is offering BOGO barbecue sammies all day long tomorrow. It’s how the Orlando-born BBQ joint likes to kick off national barbecue month, and honestly, what’s better than one BBQ sammy? You guessed it — two!  (Orlando Weekly

🍪 The story behind the making of Table Ghost Kitchen is the kind of good, uplifting content we love to share in this newsletter. Orlandoan Ryan McKenzie was furloughed from his dream job at Tiffins in Animal Kingdom early on during the pandemic. That loss quickly turned into a win because it led McKenzie and his girlfriend to making cookies and now savory food too by way of Table Ghost Kitchen. (Ryan McKenzie on Facebook

💰 Today is THE day to support your favorite local art org. It's the last day of the United Arts Collaborative Campaign and any donation you make to orgs like Central Florida Community Arts, Orlando Fringe, Opera Orlando... (the list goes on and on!) will be matched by 15%. And that match doubles to 30% if you're a new donor. Do it today. Right now. Right this second. OK? (United Arts Central Florida on Instagram)

💊 Here’s your friendly reminder that tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and you can unload any unused prescription meds at several drop-off locations around town. (WKMG

🖼 “Black Mary,” the photography exhibit that reimagines Mary Poppins as a modern-day Black woman, is moving to its new home at the Eatonville Branch Library tomorrow where it’ll stay through June 30. The powerful free art exhibit is by a local mother-daughter duo. Cool, right? (Orlando Weekly

📅 It’s National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day y’all, and Diamond here is an 11-year-old stunner who is in need of some humans who love her and want to shower her with the attention she deserves. (Orlando Weekly

🌳 Today also happens to be Arbor Day! The City of Orlando may be out of free trees, but the Arbor Day Foundation would be happy to give you 10 to plant. (Arbor Day Foundation)

Joining us for our Listen Courageously event? 

Become a Pulptown+ member today!

Members are getting a discount on tickets to the event right now. It’s one of the many perks we offer them in exchange for their financial support month-to-month. (It’s less than a once-a-week frou-frou coffee, y’all — you can either pay $8/mo. or $80/year!)  

Join us for more discounts like these, members-only features in your newsletter, and the feel-good feeling of supporting local journalism and community-centric storytelling. (<--- That's the real deal right there. 😍)


❓ Test your friends on their "Friends" knowledge and who can eat the biggest hamburger (Maitland)

👟 Raise awareness for and participate in this year's AIDS walk from anywhere (Online)

🚲 Get on two wheels and bike the city via this month's Critical Mass excursion monthly (Loch Haven Park)


🌳 Shop this outdoor pop-up market with 20+ vendors featuring locally made goods, curated vintage, clothing, and more (Ivanhoe)

🖼 Head to Nora's Sugar Shack for an outdoor art show by local artists (Ivanhoe)

🌿 Go on a scavenger hunt to find all the plants from A-Z at Leu Gardens through May 31 (Audubon Park)

👒 Pull out your derby hats and prep your livers for mint juleps — it's derby time (Sanford)

🖼 Shop local makers at this monthly outdoor pop-up behind the Falcon Bar (Thornton Park)

👟 Lace on those running shoes for the 2021 Color Run 5k at Osceola Heritage Park (Kissimmee)

🌱 Get on your bike (or rent one!) and join Fleet Farming for a volunteer swarm ride to plant neighborhood gardens (Audubon Park)

🎶 Watch the Bach Festival Choir perform American folksongs and spirituals on the big stage outdoors (Downtown)

👒 Enjoy a Derby Day yacht rock-themed brunch at Maxine's on Shine (Colonialtown)

🍿Grab a blanket and watch "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" on the big screen (Maitland)

💪 Get moovin' with the Milk District in this fitness challenge now through May 31 (Milk District)


🎟 Don't miss this outdoor screening of Bolshei's Ballet's "Romeo and Juliet" (Downtown)


🌌 The Empire has destroyed the last Jedi Holocron! Help restore the Jedi history with a fun trivia night (Online)

One more thing

Know what I just realized? 

Next time I see you, it’s gonna be May. 🙄 (You’ll be lucky if you only see this meme once today.) 

Enjoy your weekend out there, friends, and if you have someone/something/some event you’d like to hear me talk about on Monday’s episode of the 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast, will you pretty please send it my way by 2 p.m. today? You know the drill:, subject line: For the podcast

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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