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Tommie Mot, owner of a skateboard shop on Robinson Street, drafted bandanna-clad artist Andrew Spear to create a skateboard with an image of Van Halen on it. Then he had Spear replicate the portrait in a mural on the back wall of his shop. It’s all part of a counter-cultural mar-keting ploy: The shop does not have Van Halen’s permission for the skateboard line, and Mot as-sumes the rocker’s lawyers will threaten to sue him – which will create publicity for both the art-ist and the shop. Spear calls it “con art.” spearlife.com Con-Art BOSTON POPS Festival of Orchestras Broadway phenom Kelli O’Hara headlines a salute to Cole Porter. When it comes to orchestras, probably nobody is more famous than the Boston Pops, who are sure to sell out the Festival of Orchestras concert in Longwood March 18. But conductor Keith Lockhart and his Pops are offering an extra treat this time around – a salute to Cole Porter featuring a Broadway phenom, Kelli O’Hara, who has been nominated three times for a Tony 54 ORLANDO HOME & LEISURE Award and has appeared in such beloved Broadway productions as The Light in the Piazza and the long-running revivals of South Pacific and The Pajama Game. With O’Hara will be Broadway leading man Brian d’Arcy James, who has starred in Shrek the Musical, Titanic and Sweet Smell of Success. If those two can’t begin the beguine, I don’t know who can. festivaloforchestras.org. TONY KUSHNER Rollins College A provocative playwright is sure to challenge audiences. Playwright Tony Kushner is not afraid of fashioning creations that are larger than life. One of his recent plays was called The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, and his best-known work, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Angels in America, is subtitled A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. Fantasia is a good word for what he’s all about: making bold pronouncements, sometimes morphing into fantastical takes on America and the world. Kushner, who also wrote the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Caroline or Change (with composer Jeanini Tesori), will be at Rollins College next spring as part of the Winter Park Institute program, which aims to promote intellectual discourse on the Rollins campus and in the surrounding community. He’ll take part in an onstage conversation at Rollins April 12 and will return the next morning to discuss his work. Expect fireworks. rollins.edu/wpi. SEPTEMBER 2010

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