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What kind of world would it be?
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🤔 "If I-4 has no God", "Orlando was a movie" and "Florida was a country"...

What kind of world would it be?

Happy April Fools’ Day, y’all. 

I thought about making some sort of joke about the I-4 eyesore — otherwise known as the Majesty Building — finally being torn down, or better yet, actually being finished. But I feel like all of those jokes are all played out already, so I opted to spare you. 😝 I’ll leave the joke-telling to more qualified Orlandoans like local comedian and prankster Rauce Padgett.

Padgett is notorious for making fun of the City Beautiful, whether in this video poking fun at the thrills and dangers of I-4 or this one portraying Orlando as a movie where swans are the heroes we all need. There’s also his short where he imagines what it would be like if Florida became its own country.

All jokes aside, let’s get to today’s news…

As photographer Steven Madow said, “Some people wonder why they call Orlando The City Beautiful… locals know.” 📸: @stevenmadow | 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 

📰 Two Florida businessmen may save the Orlando Sentinel from being sold to Alden Global Capital. As stated bluntly by Orlando Weekly, the hedge fund is well known for its proclivity for purchasing and subsequently blowing up newsrooms. (Orlando Weekly

🚫 Orange County Convention Center will not act as a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children arriving from the U.S. border. Apparently, FEMA had approached Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings about using the center... but the site’s already too busy. The hope was that the convention center could offer a better, more humane arrangement for kids and circumvent the controversies plaguing existing detention centers., (WKMG

📌 County-run senior centers, gyms, fitness centers, and outdoor courts in Orange County are reopening on Monday, April 5. The faculties will only be operating at 50 percent capacity, and the day also marks the date when; Florida’s vaccine eligibility age will be lowered to 18 years and up. (Orlando Weekly

🛣 A “ground depression” closed the 408 exit ramp at Orange Avenue yesterday. Apparently, a tree and a light pole were swallowed up in the hole that went into Lake Lucerne. (WKMG)

🍽 Bites and Bubbles shared good news this week with the announcement it’s moving into a bigger building down the street in the Mills 50 District. It’ll be occupying the old Belicoso Cigar and Four Rebels Taco spot in Mills Park starting in mid-May. (Bungalower

🎭 Opera Orlando’s performance of “Carmen” opens tonight at the Dr. Phillips Center and tickets are apparently going fast. There are less than 100 seats left for tonight’s performance and only 12 left for Saturday’s matinee of the fiery masterwork from Georges Bizet. Tickets start at $19. Here’s a taste of what to expect. (Opera Orlando on Instagram

In COVID-19 news… 

📊 Florida reported 5,294 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 87 new fatalities, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 2.06 million. There are currently 33,425 reported residents dead, and a fourth surge of the virus is feared by medical officials. March’s average death rate was 83  victims a day, a drop from February’s daily fatality average of 156. (Orlando Sentinel)

  • Related: A new nationwide survey by scholastic researchers from Boston University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says COVID deaths have been largely underreported in Florida’s rural communities. (Orlando Sentinel

💰 Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed $1,000 bonuses for teachers and principals to be paid for with federal COVID-19 funds. The $216 million teacher bonus plan would be separate from the governor’s proposed $3,000 bonuses for teachers who have completed his suggested civics training. (Orlando Sentinel

💉 Florida is getting more than 800,000 vaccines next week. That number includes more than 300,000 shots of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine along with more than 500,000 in total of the Moderna and Pfizer shots. (Orlando Sentinel)

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Today

🎶 Make moves to Lil' Indies to catch a performance by the great Kaleigh Baker COVID-19 safety protocols strictly enforced (Mills 50)

🎶 Jam out with local jazz and funk ensemble, Leisure Chief at this week's outdoor concert at The Plaza Live (Milk District)

🏒 Cheer on the Orlando Solar Bears to a win over the Florida Everblades (Parramore)

🎤 Watch Opera Orlando's performance of "Carmen" in-person at the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown) - Sponsored

Tomorrow

🎬 Hey cinephiles, watch this year's Oscar shorts on the big screen at the Enzian or stream 'em to your living room through April 8 (Maitland/Online)

🎬 Pony up for a night of "Sister Act 1" outdoors on the big screen and some good eats from Jimmy Hulas

🐝 Learn the basics of beekeeping like what goes into maintaining a hive and how to acquire bees (Online)

Saturday

🏑 Ready your quarenteam and head to the shuffle courts for a good ol' fashioned-game of shuffleboard (SoDo)

🚲 Go on a bike tour and learn about some of your favorite spots in Ivanhoe Village (Ivanhoe)

🌸 Spring Fiesta in the Park is back at Lake Eola and you're invited through Sunday (Lake Eola)

🍿 Head to The Nook for a night of movie trash (they're watching "Catwoman") and tasty local brews (Milk District)

🎶 UCF Choirs invite you to an evening of music celebrating unity and the 100th anniversary of the women's suffrage movement (Downtown)

📚 Check out this day-long celebration of books including writing workshops and a panel of bestselling authors from all over the country like NYT best-selling author Angie Thomas, in conversation with Ayana Gray (Online)

🐰 Hop over to Delaney Street Baptist Church for Easter Fest '21 including games, crafts, an egg hunt, and lots of fun for the whole family (Delaney Park)

Sunday

🖼 Take a guided tour of the Orlando Museum of Art's current exhibit: A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean (Loch Haven Park)

🍻 Sunday Funday proper with fitness first followed by brunch and brews at Orlando Brewing (SoDo)

👋 Make friends with other couples in Orlando over a virtual coffee chat (Online)

Monday

✔️ Learn the basics of composting from Charlie of O-Town Compost (Online)

One more thing

Tickets for Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando go on sale today.  As we told you earlier this week, EDC’s organizers are hoping to stage a comeback at Tinker Field in November. Tickets start at $179.99. 

My question is, who’s ready for a music festival? Are you into it? Does it frighten the crap out of you thinking about being around so many people again? I want to know what you’re feeling. Send me an email, katie@pulp.town, subject line: Dance like no one is watching. 

That’s all for today folks. Thanks for hanging in there with me through the end. May none of you fall victim to any terrible April Fools’ jokes today. 🙏 

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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