noon-10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center, 407-685-9800; $8 adults, $4 students and seniors)
HAWKEYE While local power trio Hawkeye may want to press-release themselves these days as "rambunctious punk-infused rock" or "indie rock without all the 'indie'," we sort of preferred it when they called themselves "'60s and '70s rock with an amphetamine punch," because it sounded like it tasted better. You, too, can take a sip of their mystery punch when they hawk (ahem) their second release, Handshake, at this CD release party, where they'll probably have turned the knobs up to 11 by the time bearded bassist Rory Mundwiler removes his shirt to reveal unlikely tattoos. At least that's what happened last time we saw them, when they opened for Five Eight. Handshake boasts all of the sort of lonely-guy trappings you would expect from a DIY EP song titles like "We're Not Married" and "Mr. Sincerity" but it also offers a certain urgency draped in blood/heart-red. Plus, the cover is a big Mariah Carey butterfly ... for no apparent reason. We like Hawkeye because we don't understand them. (with The Hex Tremors, Franchise, Jeff Ingelfretz; 9 p.m. at Back Booth, 407-999-2570; $5)
VIXENS AND VILLAINS Stocks may rise and fall, utilities and power companies will collapse, but nipple tape never sleeps. Witness the example set by Orlando's very own AntiBabes, who, a mere two weeks after lending their flair for fetishistic performance art to Theatre Downtown's The Rocky Horror Show, are back with yet another extravaganza of spankings, sass and suggestiveness. This one has a comic-book theme, with the ladies and gents of Jodi Thomas' pain & pleasure brigade working hard to titty-twist the last vestige of innocence out of your fondest four-color memories. Music is provided by DJ Circle K and others; to top it all off, there'll be toxic-sludge wrestling. Attendees are encouraged to dress like superheroes and/or their arch nemeses an idea that's bound to tickle the fancy of any unreconstructed cape worshipper. Just don't expect any congratulatory cards from the self-protective sphincter boys at Marvel Enterprises, who recently sued the makers of the video game City of Heroes for allegedly making it too easy for gamers to crank out online simulations of Spider-Man and the Hulk. Frankly, we'd like to see some overzealous copyright lawyer just try to put the sleeper hold on an AntiBabe aficionado in a polyurethane Galactus mask. And that's not a figure of speech, either. We mean we'd really, really like to see it. (10 p.m. at AKA Lounge, 407-839-3707; $7, $5 with costume)
7:30 p.m. at House of Blues, 407-934-2583; $22.50-$50)
MAKULU It's not unheard of for graduates of the dance program at Rollins College to sprout their own professional modern troupe, but it's not often that they stay in town as did the duo behind U-Turn Dance. The group's debut production, Now, hit rocky hurricane timing at the end of August, so we hope Makulu will take up the slack. This original work takes its inspiration from African-American history but transcends into something more universal, explains creative manager Craig Johnson. The history is a personal one artistic director Dario Moore, who founded U-Turn several years ago in Washington, D.C., is a direct descendant of one of the last survivors of the Rosewood massacre. What to expect? Costumes that are abstracted versions of animals. Rhythm and movement based on tribal African dance blended into ballet traditions. And a chance to see what's coming up behind the only other local contemporary dance troupe of note, Voci. (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Preparatory School theater; 407-695-8366; $12 advance, $17 at door; www.U-turnDance.com)
6:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, 407-351-5483; $27, $30)
8 p.m. at The Social, 407-246-1419; $7)
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