With 10 military performers and 6 civilian air vessels, the Cocoa Beach Air Show delights and awes guests seated in the exhilarating drop zone. Against the ocean’s gentle lapping, the daredevil performers careen into the sun, writing invisible graffiti on the sky with impeccable grace, speed, and cursive. U.S. Navy Seals Leap Frogs launch from passing planes, floating ethereally to the sand just feet away from the drop-zone seating area. A B1B Lancer fighter jet screams across the blue expanse, leaving torn sound barriers and envious seagulls in its wake.
Equipped with 3-D capabilities and digital sound, Spotlight Theatres Searstown 10 can easily handle the increasingly sophisticated demands of modern film projection. The theater is also preparing for future innovations coming down Hollywood's pipeline. Here are three upgrades on the horizon:
The latest action extravaganza based on Greek mythology. As the greedy Tantalus is punished by the gods and trapped between water he can't drink and food he can't reach, audiences feel like they're there with him thanks to the magic of 3-D glasses with the lenses removed.
Advances in CGI and multitrack editing have allowed Hollywood to layer the final five minutes of every Best Picture?winning film into a single cathartic joyride. The festival circuit has praised the sequence where Michael Corleone orchestrates an assassination of Forrest Gump, Rocky, and Mozart just as they board swan-ships in the Grey Havens, only to be avenged by hordes of medieval Scotsmen led by Lawrence of Arabia.
Dances With Wolves
Now that technology has caught up to Kevin Costner's original vision of the frontier on the cusp of modernity, this classic has received a digital remastering. Lieutenant John Dunbar is stationed on the edge of Sioux territory, but soon finds himself torn between the opposing worlds of unstoppable Western expansion and simple tribal virtues. The bittersweet film tells the universal tale of old versus new. Also, everyone rides unicorns.
The Bluesmasters Music Festival brings together entertainers fluent in the language of lament for an all-day celebration of melancholy set to music. The lyrical lineup kicks off at 11 a.m. with left-handed guitar legend Eric Gales, followed by artists such as John Mayall, Elvin Bishop, and Shemekia Copeland. Headliners The Bluesmasters (featuring Mickey Thomas and a special guest) will round out the evening at 10:15 p.m. with a satisfying set of regret-filled rock. Festival-goers enjoy the entertainment from lush lawn seats, and are invited to bring low-slung lawn chairs and blankets to sit on or build into forts shaped like a castle fit for Cinderella. Osceola Heritage Park’s gates will swing open for entrance and seat scouting at 10 a.m., and Groupon-purchased tickets will be waiting at will call.
The view of Florida wildlife from the lakeview terrace at The Lazy Gator Bar needs
no food or drinks to make it worthwhile. Over buckets of beers and colorful mixed drinks resting on tables, the setting sun casts an orange-pink glow that adds a charming touch to the airboats coming in from a tour. This glow even makes the 8- and 9-foot-long alligators?who soak in a pool at the live gator and bird exhibit adjoining Black Hammock Gift Shop?look friendly. Waiters bring out bar snacks from the restaurant, while guests to linger over drinks as bands play live music on weekends.
As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
Legendary rock icon and influential multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter struts his decades of musical savvy as his latest tour rollicks generations of fans. A child prodigy, Winter has built a long-lasting career on imagination and inimitable virtuosity. Famous for such classic-rock staples as “Tobacco Road,” “Free Ride” and the hummable No. 1 hit “Frankenstein,” the performer left his forever stamp on popular music by pioneering the use of keyboard body straps, synthesizers, and solar-powered kazoos in his live shows. Winter whisks away audiences on an electrifying trip through his oeuvre, hitting all the hits and running through genres with no regard for the genre guard.