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How to smell capitalism

Theme parks are remarkable studies in high capitalism, worth a field visit for every earnest student of business anthropology, mostly for their exquisitely complex form.  We have reached a plateau of mannerism when it comes to the theme park style and look, with each one trying to out-do the other in overstimulating glitz.  What seems dramatically under-designed is the entry ticket booth, and it is here that the theme park really reveals itself to the proletariat as nothing more than a machine designed to extricate a breathtaking amount of your hard-earned money and give it to those who need it the least, the wealthy theme park owners.  I've designed a few, renovated some, and observed many, and they all smell the same. Here is how it works.
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Big Bad Wax closes at Mount Dora

Big Bad Wax, a juried show of encaustic artists, closes this weekend at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.  I wrote a review of this show which appears in the Orlando Weekly.  If you are reading this and are able to get to Mount Dora this weekend, it is worth a look. [caption id="attachment_1111" align="alignleft" width="532" caption="Nudoso, by Maria Lara Whelpley"][/caption]
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Art Capsules soon to be released

Art Capsules: The Contemporary Art Scene in Central Florida and Beyond assembles a collection of short essays covering the contemporary visual arts scene in Central Florida and the inflow of past and present-day streams of creativity from afar. Beautifully designed and handsomely illustrated with representative works by the a
rtists discussed, this volume is a keepsake for those with a keen interest in contemporary visual arts, particularly art connected with Florida.
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Searching out the glass half full

Renewed prosperity seems uncoupled from renewed confidence, and a shaken America timorously steps into the new future of uncertainty.  The official storyline of the economic recovery began in 2009 almost as soon as the stock market lost half its value, and masses of unemployed people listened to cheery reports that the recession was over because businesses said it was over.  “Technically, the economy had already escaped the grip of recession,” one wit said in September 2009, while unemployment surged to 10%.  With waning confidence in our institutions and leaders to guide us, people seem to be at a loss to define a shared future of abundance and beauty.  Insidious corrosion has eaten it away in all the traditional places, and a sea change is slowly shifting the character of this country towards a new and different future.
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Imagined Futures

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Visions of abundance and beauty