Orlando’s ties with puppets are pretty tight. There’s the obvious connection to the Disney and Universal parks, and IBEX Puppetry, owned by Jim Henson’s daughter, Heather Henson, is based out of Thornton Park. One of IBEX’s puppeteers, Hannah Miller –famous for making a contest-winning video for They Might Be Giants’ song “Am I Awake” with director Jack Fields – was diagnosed with neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis last year, and has been in and out of the hospital. To help raise money for her treatment, puppeteers from the Central Florida Puppet Guild are throwing a puppet slam that features handmade creations in a series of short plays, sketches and performances. Leave the kids at home, though: This puppet show is for adults only. Expect a mix of ribaldry to rival Statler & Waldorf, and poetic pieces that will make you forget that the characters on stage aren’t technically alive.
7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 | The Venue, 511 Virginia Drive | 407-412-6895 | thevenueorlando.com
| $5 minimum donation