I read your article and truly appreciated that you gave me the benefit of the doubt (“Forget Casey; what was Feldman’s motive,” For Reels, July 7).
There was more interest than I ever thought at my being at the trial. After talking with close friends, I realized that I was in fact, very naive about the fact that my recognition at the trial has affected so many people. Something many people don’t likely know about me is that as a young person, at one point, I served as a lawyer in Teen Court. I thought I might be a lawyer. I appreciated the judicial process and have also sat in on numerous trials as a spectator over the years (and always remained in the background).
In hindsight, I should not have been so careless as to think I would not be recognized, but I am waking up to my own private/public life dilemma and while I still don’t agree that everything I do is a performance (that’s why I spend so much time publicizing my specific projects), I know that in the end, it is a good thing because my dream to be a world-renowned conceptual artist that impacts people in various countries is progressing.
I can see now that people who know me (or follow my work) were only excited to see me, someone they recognize, on TV. With this note, I simply wanted to address the questions you posed in your piece. I didn’t respond to most comments in social media because I felt with my statement, I was letting them know how I felt. I am truly grateful to my fans and followers of my work and chalk this up to a lesson that will stay with me. Thank you for listening and for appreciating my work over the years.
Artistic Director, Brian Feldman Projects
Best mea culpa
It happens every year: We throw everything we’ve got into putting out a big, shiny Best of Orlando issue, we check the pages to make sure everything is in its place and then the issue comes out and … something’s wrong.
In the reader’s poll category for Best Place to Camp, readers overwhelmingly voted for “Southport,” which we took to mean the 52-acre Southport Community Park in southeast Orlando. However, that park does not permit camping; the winner of that category should have been Southport Park, 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee, 407-933-5822, southportpark.com.
Also, Shipyard Emporium’s Capt’n Eli root beer is not the only root beer on tap around these parts, as we asserted; Spooky’s Black Cat Café also has root beer on tap.
We regret the errors.
This year, we also omitted the names of two very important people who contributed to the issue: copy editor Katie Westfall and calendar editor Aimee Shea, both of whom wrote and tallied their hearts out for the issue.
Also missing: One of our writer’s picks, which was lost in the shuffle (although the photo that was supposed to accompany the writeup did run on page 52):
Best place to see random local musicians for free
Orlando Public Library
101 E. Central Blvd.
The Orlando Public Library isn’t just about books anymore. In fact, it now hosts a slew of special events every month, and our favorite is the “Music in the Library” series that takes place every Friday. The low-key concert series showcases live local musicians – some of whom you’ve probably never heard before, which makes it even better – in an environment that’s clean and smoke free. And the price can’t be beat: No tickets to buy, no cover fee. Just come in and enjoy the show.