The "House" concept is alive in Orlando
A coffee shop, a meeting place, an authentic community focal point, a music space, a cause, a movement, a philosophy, a cool guy. Ben Hoyer accepts payment for his coffee based on customer donations, and lives a meaningful life in the process. In his words: Life is worth living. I refuse to merely exist. I pursue a life of meaning and purpose, fulfillment and joy.
The Timucua White House
"The performance space in Benoit Glazer's home is exquisite, from the brick walls around the stage to the seating balconies to the lighting on the visual artwork. Fill that with the noise of some of the best jazz, classical and experimental acts active today, and we can thank god the musical director for Cirque du Soleil and his musically prodigious family invite the public to share this gift for free." - Orlando Weekly
A creative and collaborative hub located in Orlando's historic Thornton Park. By day, enterprising professionals in diverse fields from the arts to technology work here. By night and on weekends, they welcome the community with a “What will I discover today?” assortment of talks, workshops, and gatherings.
The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend are included. All that is required is that you do your work.
Poetry readings, theater, food trucks, farmers markets, live music, big couches, coffee. I've done spoken word there with David Amram, and what's better than that?