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Happytown | 12/25/2008 | By Billy Manes, Ian Monroe, Lindy T. Shepard, Bob Whitby

When we heard Jesus was in town working on a production of Godspell at the GOAT (Greater Orlando Actors Theatre) space and celebrating his birthday, we decided that there’s no time like the pre...[MORE]


Happytown | 8/28/2008 | By Billy Manes, Ian Monroe, Deanna Morey

In its August issue, Orlando magazine ran a profile titled “The Natural” about the dazzling life of Winter Garden jack-of-all-trades Mark Pulliam, a former New York Yankee and an artist to the s...[MORE]


7/17/2008 | By Avery Beckendorf, Jeffrey C. Billman, Faiyaz Kara, Seth Kubersky, Bao Le-Huu, Billy Manes, Ian Monroe, Deanna Morey, Lindy T. Shepherd, Justin Strout, Jessica Bryce Young, Bob Whitby

Can you believe another year has passed? It seems like only yesterday that we were printing our fabulously popular Best of Orlando issue – which by the way is the original and best Best of Orland...[MORE]

The MBI busts heads and Rich Crotty attempts to smile

Happytown | 3/10/2005 | By Jeffrey C. Billman, Billy Manes, Ian Monroe

The no-fun police are at it again. On March 4, officers from the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation raided five smoke shops in Orange County and confiscated $2 million worth of pipes and bongs. The...[MORE]

We cruising with losers and marathon man misses his mark

Happytown | 2/3/2005 | By Jeffrey C. Billman, Billy Manes, Ian Monroe

Yes, we were disappointed in November's election results. And for a while, we too entertained conspiracy theories in a vain attempt to explain the unexplainable – Diebold stealing votes, aliens s...[MORE]

After moving to our new digs, we receive a message from God

Happytown | 12/23/2004 | By Bob Whitby, Billy Manes, Jeffrey C. Billman, Ian Monroe

Happytown™ groupies take note: This column, and the newspaper it carries on its broad shoulders, has a new home. So please direct your love, flowers, vitriol, acerbic wit, undergarments, donatio...[MORE]

John Kerry comes to Orlando

Happytown | 10/21/2004 | By Lindy T. Shepherd, Billy Manes, Leigh de Armas, Ian Monroe

Time and place: 6 p.m. Oct. 18, Barnett Park, next to the Central Florida Fairgrounds. There was dust in the air from the dirt roads kicked up by the heavy traffic and the brilliant lamps in the Kerry...[MORE]

Patriot Acts and "Bush like me"

Happytown | 10/14/2004 | By Bob Whitby, Billy Manes, Lindy T. Shepherd, Ian Monroe

Art as a means of protest? Say it ain't so. We thought art was supposed to be pretty and make you feel good, then along comes this group of artists who are getting all political on us. And before an e...[MORE]

Buddy Dyer turns artist

Happytown | 9/23/2004 | By Lindy T. Shepherd, Bob Whitby, Billy Manes, Ian Monroe

When we heard that our teddy bear of a mayor had entered a piece of his own art into a special competition just for county and city employees and their families, we naturally had to have a look. (And ...[MORE]

Code Pink and Hurricane Ivan

Happytown | 9/16/2004 | By Bob Whitby, Tom Levine, Billy Manes, Ian Monroe

Though W. can't be bothered to attend a military funeral, the folks from the local chapter of Code Pink think the ever-escalating death toll in Iraq is something worth noting. Which is why about 30 of...[MORE]

Facing hurricane Charley

Happytown | 8/19/2004 | By Bob Whitby, Billy Manes, Jeffrey C. Billman, Ian Monroe

Friday afternoon, Aug. 13: Stop at Nick's Discount Beverage on Crystal Lake Road and the line's out the door. Friggin' Charley. Why is it spelled that way anyway? Some dude with a thick accent walks i...[MORE]

Judicial Poll, Susan Clary and Twiggy

Happytown | 8/12/2004 | By Jeffrey C. Billman, Jessica Bryce Young, Bob Whitby, Ian Monroe, J. J. Marley

Lawyers! You may think they're bottom-feeding scumbags, but we kinda like 'em. Especially this time of year when the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers gives them a chance to bitc...[MORE]

Don Howard and US Express

Happytown | 7/1/2004 | By Jeffrey C. Billman, Billy Manes, Jessica Bryce Young, Steve Schneider, Bob Whitby, J. J. Marley, Ian Monroe

Our happy town is infused with a maddening puritanical streak. Here in the land of the mouse, we breathe an unhealthy atmosphere of religiosity and moralism. Orlandoans are, to be blunt, prudes. Nee...[MORE]

Protesting and changes for Back Booth

Happytown | 6/17/2004 | By Bob Whitby, Jason Ferguson, Jeffrey C. Billman, J.J. Marley, Ian Monroe

What makes this a happy town, as opposed to a just another repressed, conservative, Southern town? Protesters, baby, protesters. We love 'em, bless their little bleeding hearts. Anybody who would ...[MORE]

No loitering in front of Mexican consulate

Happytown | 6/10/2004 | By Bob Whitby, Billy Manes, J. J. Marley, Ian Monroe, Sally Watt

Apparently there's a new crime on the books in The City Beautiful: loitering while Mexican. Signs went up recently in the alley just east of the Mexican Consulate at 100 West Washington St. in down...[MORE]

Nancy's Guys & Dolls closes

Happytown | 5/27/2004 | By Bob Whitby, Billy Manes, Jeffrey C. Billman, Ian Monroe

We could blather on about the closing of Nancy's Guys & Dolls, the little concrete-block box of a bar nestled in a parking lot where Robinson Street turns into Crystal Lake Drive, but that would be di...[MORE]

Lawsuits against Bush and the Xtreme Pro Challenge

Happytown | 5/6/2004 | By Bob Whitby, Billy Manes, Jeffrey C. Billman, Ian Monroe, J. J. Marley

A guy named Rick called Happytown™ HQ three times last week to ask if we were going to write anything about the $50 million lawsuit filed by a Texas woman alleging that she had been drugged and ...[MORE]

Playboy 50th anniversary tour and welcoming a new Sentinel editor

Happytown | 4/8/2004 | By Billy Manes, Ian Monroe, Bob Whitby

When we caught wind that Playboy was bringing its 50th Anniversary tour to press its dirty pillows against the windows of The Club at Firestone, we were naturally offended. Not so much because of the ...[MORE]

Bush campaign kickoff and Winter Music Conference

Happytown | 3/25/2004 | By Jeffrey C. Billman, J. J. Marley, Ian Monroe, Emily Ruff, Steve Schneider, Lindy T. Shepherd

George Bush's re-election campaign kickoff March 20 brought a predictable mix of dirt-under-their-fingernails blue-collar types (sporting "I'm Not Fonda Kerry" shirts) and pant-suited, middle-class su...[MORE]

Robbers on High Street, Demon's Claws, Ashlee Simpson, TSOL and more

Selections | 4/7/2005 | By Jason Ferguson, Micky Michalec, Andrew Miller, Ian Monroe, Steve Schneider, Lindy T. Shepherd

Thursday • 7 FLORIDA ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL Sadly, for many people in Central Florida, electronic music comes down to a "breaks vs. trance" dichotomy. Those people would likely not be in...[MORE]

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