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Selections: Our picks for the best things to do in Orlando this week 

Thursday, 23

Local Music Merch Swap

EVENTS

It's an unfortunate fact, but many local bands don't end up recouping their investment when they shell out their own money to have T-shirts or CDs made. The possible reasons are plentiful: Maybe the band broke up; maybe the minimum order was larger than their fanbase; maybe there was a mastering problem and the record sounded like crap. A lot of merch ends up sitting in boxes in garages all over town, waiting to be pulled out for nostalgia's sake. Or, if we're lucky, it gets spread out on a table at a merch swap like this and local scene enthusiasts get to take what they want for free. It's a one-stop shop for fans who want to learn more about Orlando's musical past – or just want to pick up another copy of that CD they lost years ago. Most of the merch will be free to anyone who wants it, though some sellers may want to charge for some of the rarer items on display. Stick around to hear plenty of tales of "back in the day," as well as to take in performances by the Pizza Brothers, Bob Hershberger of Bob on Blonde, and Mikey Cortes doing a solo Summer Spiders set. – Thaddeus McCollum

7 p.m. | Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road | 407-623-3393 | stardustie.com | free

Friday-Sunday, 24-26

Orlando Ballet: Masterworks

DANCE

The twists and turns of critical opinion that works of art take as they age from brand-new to established classic are slippery indeed. Take Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite, one of the masterworks presented by Orlando Ballet in this program. The choreographer made the dance on a set of Sinatra songs in 1982, well after the crooner had gone from fresh young hitmaker to elder statesman. At a 1983 concert, Ol' Blue Eyes himself compared "Strangers in the Night," one of the songs in Tharp's Suite, to pineapple yogurt (i.e., sickly-sweet and lacking edge). Yet Tharp's treatment took a song that was in the lame trough between new and classic, fusing it with modern movement and restarting its 15 minutes of cool. Perhaps inevitably, by the '90s, Sinatra Suite was itself being called clichéd. However, following that well-trod path, Tharp's loose-limbed pop paeans are again being hailed as challenging chefs d'oeuvre, just as Sinatra's boozy ballads are said to have set the standard for noir masculinity. All of which is a long-winded way of saying that everything old is eventually new again, and wine's not the only thing that improves with age: Also on the program are Serenade, with choreography by George Balanchine and music by Tchaikovsky, and Fancy Free, with choreography by Jerome Robbins and music by Leonard Bernstein. – Jessica Bryce Young

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org | $35-$95

Saturday, 25

Secret Boyfriend

MUSIC

North Carolina's Ryan Martin is one of the more important figures in the U.S. post-noise/experimental music underground. The Carrboro resident not only organizes the annual Savage Weekend event – a festival devoted to noise and outsider sounds with an energizing dose of adventurous performance art – but he also runs the well-curated Hot Releases label, an outlet for the likes of Russian Tsarlag, Housefire, Lack and Unicorn Hard-On. Equally as important – if not more so – is the ever-evolving work he does as Secret Boyfriend, a prolific solo performing/recording concern since 2008. Starting out as an almost noise/Sebadoh hybrid, Secret Boyfriend's music has transformed into a thing of uncommon, alien and fragile beauty, with an outpouring of home-recorded hymns that veer between ambient textures, primitive body music, and absolutely heartbreaking ballad sketches. Martin keeps a purposely hazy profile, releasing limited-run cassettes for the most part, and then two incredible LPs on equally cryptic label Blackest Ever Black, so this rare live Central Florida experience is a chance to slice through the fog of obscurity to witness the beating heart that guides the machines. – Matthew Moyer

with i_like_dog_face, Lush Agave, Mother Juno | 9 p.m. | Sandwich Bar, 2432 E. Robinson St. | 407-421-1671 | $5

Monday, 27

Cherry Glazerr

MUSIC

They're actually named after a real person (a vamped-up riff on SoCal NPR morning anchor Chery Glaser), and they're the brainchild of 19-year-old rocker Clementine Creevy, whose own name is almost as evocative. Most importantly, this Los Angeles band is on the rise. With gathering momentum and music that pumps with young feminist pulse (a dollar of each ticket sold goes to Planned Parenthood), they're resembling a nascent juggernaut. In the few years since forming in high school, they've already gone from an open-ended garage-punk act on Burger Records to a heftier, more pointed rock band with their new album on Secretly Canadian, Apocalipstick. But with the added worth of the textured, angular dream of Hardly Art band Ian Sweet and the perfectly moody bummer punk of Chicago's Lala Lala, this is one of those loaded bills worth the whole ride. – Bao Le-Huu

with Ian Sweet, Lala Lala | 7 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $13

Monday, 27

Weedeater

MUSIC

Hailing from Cape Fear (we shit you not), North Carolina, the doom metal trio Weedeater first came to our attention via the name and CV of frontman/bassist Dixie Collins. Collins' past projects include tar-huffers like Sourvein and Bongzilla, but most importantly the violent and self-immolative sludge outfit Buzzoven, whom we once saw open for GWAR and render GWAR's haunted house theatrics obsolete by being covered in their own actual blood by the end of their set, and who imploded in a splatter of drugs and recrimination. And yet, Weedeater, despite their own share of self-loathing, physical injury and drug issues, have now been a going, functional unit for more than 17 years and five albums. Newest album Goliathan is their most focused statement yet, bringing in mad scientist engineer Steve Albini to distill their agonized deep Southern gothic sludge down to its purest essence. Weedeater incorporate elements of suicidal country and blues into their "weed metal" template, as well as the vibes of a lifetime spent pushing everything to the absolute limit. Live, they are equal parts unpredictable and undeniable. Get slow. – Matthew Moyer

with ASG, Hollow Leg, Ad Nauseum | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $15-$18

Monday, 27

Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances

MUSIC

If you're fully vested in the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album, witnessing a re-creation is a gamble. The 1966 offering was one of the first of that era in which a few striving pop artists attempted to elevate all songs on the LP format to holistic parity, rather than polishing up singles as individual entities. Pet Sounds – the 14-song original ending with "Caroline, No," digital consumers, not the sprawling reissue – is now viewed as canonized. Its tales of profound YA confusion, translated through Brian Wilson's brilliant pet orchestration concepts, create an unintentional illusory parallel to all of mid-1960s pop music. It's been 17 years since the Wondermints (a band of passionate '60s pop fans) first backed Brian Wilson to attempt the impossible – a live version of this tract of artisanal imperfections turned neo-cosmic alignment – and those dates raised the arm hairs of the skeptics. This time, original band members Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine (one of the original vocal timbres squaring the circle) are onboard as well. The first set, leading up to the full Pet Sounds hearing, offers deep cuts for the super-fans; the encore has the golden oldies salve for any philistines in tow. Take the gamble. – Matt Gorney

8 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org | $35-$95

Tuesday, 28

Science Friday

LEARNING

That radio voice that lures you into wanting to know more about the bacteria on Mars or how Tuvan throat singing works? It belong to Ira Flatow, the host of NPR's Science Friday, which is coming this week to Orlando for a special taping focused on engineering the future. Flatow and the audience will get to explore cool inventions, like bionic prosthetic devices that use electrical impulses to move, and resource-sniffing robotic "ants." There will also be battling robots built by young engineers and a panel with Jackie Quinn and Rob Mueller of NASA's Kennedy Space Center to talk about turning moon dust into necessities for astronauts that are hard to send into space, like water, bricks and rocket fuel. Tickets are $45, but for a little extra cash, you can meet the radio legend himself. – Monivette Cordeiro

7:30 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St. | wmfe.org | $45-$65

Tuesday, 28

Science on Screen: Pi

FILM

For those science-minded intelligentsia (read: nerds) who are wondering: Yes, if you try really hard, you should be able to catch both Science Friday and this special screening of Darren Aronofsky's directorial debut, Pi. The black-and-white feature, which follows a mathematician who discovers secret information buried within the pattern of large numbers, put Aronofsky on the map for its disarming visual style, its creeping sense of paranoia and a standout soundtrack from former Pop Will Eat Itself frontman Clint Mansell. Enzian brings in UCF math professor Barry Griffiths and Rabbi Sholom Dubrov to really drill down into the themes of mathematics and Judaic mysticism that permeate Pi in a post-film discussion. – TM

9:30 p.m. | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | enzian.org | $8

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