KING KONG She made 94 movies in all, but Fay Wray will always be remembered as the terrified plaything of the most dangerous primate the world has ever known (with the possible exception of that guy who used to sing lead for the Spin Doctors). Mark the recent passing of seminal scream queen Wray with a free outdoor screening of her 1933 classic, King Kong, thrilling once again to the sight of her eternally youthful form ascending the Empire State Building as the sole passenger of the Monkey's Paw Express. An introduction by locally based, nationally published film critic (and blogger par excellence) Charles Martin will reveal more tidbits concerning this timeless tale of cross-species attraction. (8 p.m. in Central Park, Winter Park; www.enzian.org; free)
THE LATE BP HELIUM We must say that we're a touch, um, weary when it comes to Of Montreal, Elf Power and the entire now-fragmented Elephant 6 scene. What was once an inspired storm of psychedelic creativity has bumbled its way into being a navel-gazing coven of semi-fey dorkiness. Bassist Bryan Poole who played with both Of Montreal and Elf Power is but one of many cross-band collectivists to emerge from E6's Athens nucleus, but when it comes to his own project, The Late BP Helium we must say that we're almost ready to take back all the horrible things we said about our ruined expectations. Reverting to the wide-eyed pop mysticism that made early E6 endeavors so interesting, Poole/BP Helium is willing to try anything on his records. Though drenched in sugary pop, Poole summons up a multitude of sonic ideas and, most importantly, is unafraid to rock when necessary. (with Of Montreal, Sugar Oaks; 9 p.m. at Will's Pub, 407-898-5070; $8)
1 p.m.-5 p.m. at Daytona Beach Community College, Building 110, 386-506-3195; free)
ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Opening their 2004-2005 "Focus Series" (each program zeroes in on a particular composer) with a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony and a handful of his sinfonias, it looks like the Orlando Phil has found yet another way to repackage standard works. The OPO claims that this series will be "a new approach to beloved classics" that "highlights the best of the chamber orchestra repertoire." The "new approach?" An in-the-round presentation. That's it. A new seating arrangement. We've said it before and we'll say it again: We love the OPO and we think they're all marvelous musicians with an excellent understanding of the material. But somebody in the main office needs to be slapped, because the OPO doesn't need to sugarcoat every single performance as a "new approach" or "opera without words" or some sort of "classical music for dummies" thing. All this does is diminish the power of the music and further alienate those who might be intimidated. Sure, have a performance at Leu Gardens; sure, have a cute little pops program every now and then; but jeez, don't waste the prodigious talents at your disposal on recycling much-recycled works. It bores those of us who care and feels silly to those who don't. (7 p.m. at the Margeson Theater of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center; 407-896-6700; $25, $32)
acoustic in-store performance, midnight at Park Avenue CDs, Winter Park, 407-629-5293; free; also Wednesday, Sept. 22, with Don't Look Down, Strikeforce Diablo; 8 p.m at The Social, 407-246-1419; $12)
LICKGOLDENSKY/COLISEUM/ BREATHER RESIST Holy crap! This is a shit-hot day for record-store gigs (see Hot Water Music, above) and this is a shit-hot triple bill. We all know that Altamonte Springs is a hotbed of noisy spazz-punk (it is, right?) and this show which features the ultra-awesome Lickgoldensky (from Philadelphia) and the fraternal Louisville bands Breather Resist and Coliseum (BR's guitarist Evan Patterson is the brother of Coliseum's Ryan Patterson) is gonna bring out all six of the kids to whom these bands are rightfully gods. That means that all the rest of us are just gonna have to trudge up I-4 and represent. (7 p.m. at O-Zone CDs, 407-862-1002; $7)
9 p.m. at Will's Pub, 407-898-5070; $6, $8)
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