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JOSHUA BELL Orlando Philharmonic Invisible no more, a superstar violinist isn’t playing for tips. Joshua Bell has become famous for being unrecognizable. Three years ago the world-renowned violinist put on a baseball cap and took his fiddle into the bowels of the Metro system in Washington, D.C., where he played for 45 minutes. Set up in that situation as a social experi-ment orchestrated by Washington Post colum-nist Gene Weingarten, who won a Pulitzer Prize for telling the story, Bell made only $32 and change – if you don’t count the $20 do-nated by somebody who knew he was listening to a Grammy Award win-ner and likely would have paid a lot more for a sit-down concert. None of that is apt to happen when Bell returns May 14 to make his sec-ond appearance with the Orlando Philharmonic at Bob Carr, where he sold out the place in 2008. Bell, who made his Carn-egie Hall debut at 18, is a violin superstar who plays a legendary 300-year-old Stradivarius. With Tchaikovsky’s fa-mous Violin Concerto No. 1 on the bill (and the baseball cap presumably absent), the Phil’s audiences are likely to rec-ognize talent when they hear it – and to make tickets to Bell’s concert extremely hard to get. orlandophil.org. ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL Loch Haven Park Our annual postcard from the edge still the same, but forever different. It started as an off-the-wall idea back in 1992 – to bring together 28 theater groups from around the world and put them on make-shift stages in abandoned storefronts scattered around Orlando’s downtown. But the Orlando International Fringe The-atre Festival has turned into a lot more than that. Coming into its 20th year, it shares a birth year with the Florida Film Festival and is the oldest Fringe in the U.S. It is also one of the WWW.OHLMAG.COM largest, with more than 23,000 tickets handed out for 70-plus shows on nine Loch Haven Park stages over 12 days in May. Festival lovers like to make it out as a freakfest, but actually you’ll see a little bit of everything at the Fringe, from mainstream comedies to per-formance art that stretches every definition you can dream up. (Last spring’s festival included a show that was actually an overnight camping trip with performance artist Brian Feldman to Wekiwa Springs State Park.) And you’ll see every kind of person, from kids to hipsters to the seniors who make up the bulk of the volunteer corps. Expect all that and more when the 20th annual Fringe rolls around May 19-30. orlandofringe.org. Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops SUMMER ORLANDERSMITH AND BAKER Atlantic Center for the Arts Obie winners are resident artists at the Atlantic Center. A long drive down a nar-row road on the Florida coast seems an odd way to find a couple of New York’s hottest playwrights. But that’s where they’ll be when New Smyrna Beach’s Atlantic Center for the Arts hosts Dael Orlandersmith and An-nie Baker as master artists next June and July. The Obie Award-winning Orlandersmith is a performer and poet as well as a drama-tist, best known for her plays Beauty’s Daugh-ter and Yellowman, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Baker is a newer discovery: Her play, Circle Mirror Transformation, which opened last fall off-Broadway, also earned her an Obie Award. The pair will be at the Atlantic Center as part of the first theater residency the nationally known artists’ retreat has had in years; they’ll be accompanied by a third theater artist, whose name hadn’t been announced at press time. The three will be working with two dozen mid-career and emerging artists (an opportunity to be grabbed at by Central Florida playwrights), and each will present some kind of reading or program for the public. Watch for them June 27-July 17. atlanticcenterforthearts.org. l Museums/History The Orange County Regional History Center thehistorycenter.org Winter Park Historical Association winterparkhistorical.com Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida holocaustedu.org Osceola County Historical Society Museum osceolahistory.org Maitland Historical Museum maitlandhistory.org The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum zoranealehurstonmuseum. org Museums/Science Orlando Science Center osc.org Museum of Art and Sciences moas.org Concert Venues Amway Arena orlandovenues.net Hard Rock Live hardrock.com House of Blues houseofblues.com Firestone Live firestonelive.net The Social thesocial.org BackBooth backbooth.com 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater lvenation.com UCF Arena ucf.edu King Center for Performing Arts kingcenter.com ORLANDO HOME & LEISURE 55 Photo: courtesy the boston PoPs orchestra

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