The Short List

An A&E Pocket Guide for November




Walt Disney World

The Lights Fantastic

11/10-1/3 The Osborne Family’s Spectacle of Dancing Lights will be glowing soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, meaning Ozzy, Sharon and the kids can’t be far behind. Uh, wrong! They’re the Osbournes, and rock’s Prince of Darkness has nothing to do with the local extravaganza, as some would believe. The originator of the Osborne Lights was Jennings Osborne of Little Rock, Ark., who in 1983 put up a sizable number of decorations around the family home at his daughter’s request. Within 10 years, the display had grown to more than 3 million lights, but neighbors complained and in 1994, the Osbornes had to shut it all down. Cue the Mouse, who came to the rescue and moved the whole shebang to Central Florida. Sadly, Jennings Osborne died this past July. But his spirit still burns brightly: All of the features that were part of the family’s original decorations—from the 100 flying angels to the 70-foot tree—are included in Disney’s display (above), which has grown to 5 million lights that are synchronized to “dance’’ to music.
 


 

Going Buggy

All Month. Forget those low-class bugs scurrying across your kitchen floor. Orlando Science Center has exclusive roach races as part of its Harry’s Big Adventure exhibit. Harry (above) is a praying mantis character who headlines the bugs-are-cool show, which includes many, er, “hands-on’’ exhibits.
 


 

Auto Mania

Short on cash for new wheels? Well, at least you can dream —big—at the exotic Winter Park Concours d’ Elegance (11/6) and the somewhat more down-to-earth Central Florida International Auto Show (11/24-27).
 


 

Unlimited Calling

11/12-13 Need rock? Then check out Orlando Calling, a two-day extravaganza with about 60 acts performing across four stages in and around the Citrus Bowl, including Bob Seger, Kid Rock, The Killers, The Raconteurs (above), Chris Isaak, Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Branch and Los Lonely Boys.
 


 

Festival Bounty

Marvel at the fruits of the artistic spirit at Disney’s Festival of the Masters (11/11-13), then get into the Christmas spirit during Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees (11/12-20).
 


 

Stage Frights

11/1-6 Gomez, Morticia, Lurch, Uncle Fester and the rest of the creepiest clan around drop in at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre for eight performances of The Addams Family. Kooky, spooky and ooky. But you already knew that.

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