An A&E pocket guide for OCTOBER

Al Bello

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto returns to HBO when he goes up against Delvin Rodriguez (above left, shown fighting Pawel Wolak), but you can watch the fight live at the Amway Center. Cotto lost a couple of fights last year, while Rodriquez has won two straight on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Will Rodriquez score an upset?,

Through 12/8
If you don’t have time for a spontaneous cross-country adventure, then take a short trip to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College for Questions of Travel. Based on the poem of the same name by American poet Elizabeth Bishop, this small exhibit features works that are the products of artists’ journeys and provides insight into global citizenship.

Michael Bublé co-wrote four songs on his critically acclaimed new record, To Be Loved, promising “a wonderful journey about all different kinds of love.” The Canadian crooner is bound to sing smash hits such as “It’s a Beautiful Day” and “Close Your Eyes” when he performs at the Amway Center.,

King Ludwig invites you to celebrate his marriage to Maria Teresa of Saxonia at the Alive After Five Oktoberfest on East First Street in downtown Sanford. Enjoy live music and local artists (below), plus food and beverage sampling. Don’t miss the authentic German cuisine from Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café.,

Sweets, treats, eats and beats abound at the 18th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Savor the flavor of an outdoor concert series; meet celebrity chefs; learn about wines, cheeses and decadent desserts—and then dig in. Epcot at Walt Disney World.

Before Twilight, True Blood and Dark Shadows, Bram Stoker’s Dracula laid footprints in which generations of the literary undead would walk—if vampires left footprints. Using Stoker’s original text, Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director Jim Helsinger wrote its one-man show, Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker, blending spellbinding suspense with gothic horror.


More than 70 teams of 20 paddlers, plus drummers and race boats designed like ancient Chinese dragons take to the water at the Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival on Village Lake at Downtown Disney’s West Side. Watch Mayor Buddy Dyer participate in a sport that combines strength with teamwork—all to benefit breast cancer research.

10/25 & 27
Joel Revzen, principal conductor of the Arizona Opera, will guest-conduct the Orlando Philharmonic’s performance of Rossini’s comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville. Revzen promises “familiar tunes, brilliant singing and unexpected plot twists” from one of the most enduring popular Italian operas. Jeffrey Buchman, whom Opera News magazine calls “a formidable talent,” will guest-direct at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.


The third annual Electric Daisy Carnival at the Citrus Bowl’s Tinker Field will feature multiple stages showcasing electronic music, DJs and theatrical performers, plus installed and roving visual art, combined with carnival rides and spectacular fireworks. There’s nothing else like it.



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