Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, April 13-19 


Thursday, 14

Amber Tamblyn


Although you might recognize Emmy-nominated actress Amber Tamblyn from her work on television shows like House or Joan of Arcadia, this Hollywood hotshot doesn't just perform other people's words; she writes her own. Tamblyn has had three acclaimed collections of poetry published since 2005. Join her as she reads from her latest work, a haunting and provocative collection called Dark Sparkler, which explores the lives of more than 25 actresses lost before their time, from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy. It's a topic that Tamblyn is deeply familiar with as an actress, and in the book, she expertly paints an empathic picture of the often sordid and tragic lives of these celebrities. It's an opportunity you won't want to miss because, after all, who better is there to tell you about the side of this industry hidden underneath the glitz and glamour of stardom than a star herself? – Deanna Ferrante

6:30 p.m. | Barnes & Noble, 2418 E. Colonial Drive | 407-894-6024 | | free

Thursday, 14

David Cross


But if Amber Tamblyn's poetry doesn't speak to you, maybe the stand-up comedy of her husband, David Cross, is more your speed. The 52-year-old comedian, actor and writer is more than just a trophy husband; he was involved in several critically successful television shows in the late '90s and early 2000s, like Arrested Development and Mr. Show, both of which have been given encore seasons on Netflix. This is Cross' first tour since the two married in 2012, but don't expect hacky marriage material. As a writer on par with his wife, Cross' comedy delves into biting cultural criticism, often taking jabs at consumerism, politics and sexism, as evidenced by the name of this comeback tour: "Making America Great Again." – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-5483 | | $28

Friday, 15

Formento+Formento: Cinematic Chronicles


Husband-and-wife creative powerhouses BJ and Richielle Formento aren't your average couple. For more than a decade, the duo have traveled all over with their Siamese cat family in their 1969 Airstream, shooting photographs that have been described as a cross between David Lynch and Edward Hopper. They've shown at Art Basel Miami Beach and the Robert Klein Gallery, but their latest collection, Cinematic Chronicles, brings Snap! Orlando guests a creepy, albeit somewhat sexy, look at America, Cuba, Mexico and India. Beat the crowds at the Cannes Film Festival by getting a special showcase of the team's short film Voyage as well, which artfully documents the dire struggle of refugees. The Formento twosome will be there in the flesh, but keep in mind that their cats will probably not be making a special appearance. – Kim Slichter

7 p.m. | through June 4 | Snap Space, 1013 E. Colonial Drive | | free

Friday, 15

Illuminated Paths Showcase


This Space Station show marks the last date of a brief but ambitious Illuminated Paths Showcase tour up and down the East Coast, both starting and ending in Florida. The tour is in conjunction with Broken Machine Films, the visual sibling to IP, a purveyor of strange and stunning projections and films built up from forgotten equipment. On this night a number of the more singular acts on the IP roster strut their stuff: Maximino, Ray Brazen and Ryan Harris. This showcase also features a rare visit to Orlando from Miami's Omebi. All of these artists, both sonic and visual, specialize in repurposing, reconceptualizing and finding the hidden beauty in so much disposable pop culture detritus. The evening promises to be ethereal and brain-scrambling in equal doses and a very fine use of your Friday-evening free time. – Matthew Moyer

with Maximino, Ray Brazen, Ryan Harris, Omebi | 8 p.m. | The Space Station, 2539 Coolidge Ave. | 321-352-2804 | | $5

Saturday, 16

Record Store Day


Record Store Day is upon us again, and while, yes, we are sympathetic to the critiques of the event (shutting smaller labels out of pressing plants for a good portion of the year, eBay scum flipping exclusives immediately), it's still pretty fun. Especially with Park Ave CDs leading the charge with a slate of creative events planned. There's an RSD Fair and Outdoor Market going down in front of the building that hosts a block of Florida-based record labels and distributors; the Uncomfortable Brunch people are on hand to screen music-related movies in the parking lot the night before to entertain those hard-core camp-out line inhabitants; comedians Alex Luchun and Larry Fulford MC the event with comedy, contests and giveaways outside all day to help pass the waiting time. Plus, you've got other options: Retro Records, East-West Music and Rock & Roll Heaven are all participating in this year's madness. Why not visit 'em all? – MM

8 a.m. (but some people start lining up the night before) | Park Ave CDs, 2916 Corrine Drive | 407-447-7275 |

Saturday, 16

Florida Cheese Festival


No one knows who invented cheese; some archaeologists presume that it was a happy accident resulting from using animal stomachs to store milk. But whoever that lucky shepherd was, we owe them a debt of gratitude. Without cheese, life just wouldn't be the same: no pizza, no mac & cheese, no mozzarella sticks, no grilled cheese sandwiches – basically no joy whatsoever. This weekend, cheese lovers are invited to downtown DeLand for the inaugural Florida Cheese Festival, which presents a slew of varieties from more than 12 countries. But here's the best part: It's all you can fucking eat. Someone has seriously underestimated Central Florida's appetite for the King of All Dairy Products. You can pair your cheesy feast with beer and wine from Stella Artois' mobile Airstream bar, or take in a documentary about pimento cheese while eating pimento cheese in the Artisan Alley Garage. And if for some reason you're still hungry after gorging on gorgonzola, brie, gruyére and cheddar, there are plenty of restaurants to try in DeLand's charming downtown district. Apologies to the lactose-intolerant, but you're definitely missing out on this one. – TM

11 a.m.-6 p.m. | downtown DeLand, Indiana Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard | | $10-$15

Saturday, 16

Steve Hackett


The general consensus among those who harbor opinions about Genesis is that the band lost its way when Peter Gabriel left the band and Phil Collins stepped up to the mic to replace him. But that discounts two good-to-great Genesis albums released after Gabriel left (A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering); those two albums were the last to feature guitarist Steve Hackett, and it's fair to say that it wasn't until Hackett left that Genesis truly abandoned their progressive-rock roots for the shiny (and lucrative) pastures of crossover pop-rock. In the 40 years since Hackett left Genesis, he's occasionally entertained the idea of a reunion, and has even gone back and re-recorded some of the material he originally did with the band, but his career has been resolutely rooted in continuing to expand on the compositional and instrumental ideas he pioneered in the early '70s with Genesis. (Yes, he was the first guitarist to do fingertapping on a rock record.) He is an unapologetically dyed-in-the-wool prog-rocker, and while his contemporary work veers into the more hard-edged end of the spectrum, the core of what made him such an essential part of Genesis' most impressive work is still a vital element of his approach now. – Jason Ferguson

7 p.m. | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | 877-435-9849 | | $49.50-$150

Saturday, 16

Scumalabooza: Tom & Dan's Seventh Anniversary


Seven years ago, when Tom Vann and Daniel Dennis of WTKS 104.1's "Monsters in the Morning" decided to try their hand at the podcast game, they couldn't have predicted the massive show of support they wound up receiving from fans. "A Mediocre Time With Tom and Dan" quickly rose to become the No. 1 local podcast in Central Florida, and the duo even got hired by WTKS to create "A Corporate Time With Tom and Dan," an FCC-compatible version of their show. And any fan of Tom and Dan can tell you: They love to give away stuff. From their Tumbleweed Comedy Tour that brings free standup to area bars and restaurants to their Bad at Business beer festival that gives away free beer, Tom and Dan like to hook their fans up. So it's no surprise that for this seventh anniversary party, Tom and Dan are offering up a wide variety of free entertainment. Magician Kostya Kimlat joins Chinese acrobat Liang and juggler Charles Peachock to provide the kind of vaudevillian variety show that the Beacham was known for in the 1920s, and resident one-man band king Ben Prestage stomps his way through a swampy set of country-tinged blues. Now if we can just get their fans to stop flooding our Best of Orlando readers' poll with votes for Tom and Dan for "Best Meat." – TM

6 p.m. | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. | 844-866-6326 | | free

Monday, 18

The In-Between Series: The Captured Bird


There's a certain fierce glee in digging up a gem at a yard sale; it feels like winning. But most of us stop there, clutching our prize in our hot little hands, whether it's a vintage tube amp or a genuine Pucci minidress or a treasured book half-remembered from childhood. For violinist Sarah Morrison (Obliterati), receiving a 1966 copy of The Fireside Book of Children's Songs, a volume of simple folk songs from around the world, was not just a welcome gift but the catalyst for an enchanting musical program. For the latest installment of Avalon's In-Between Series, Morrison and friends (Matt Davis, cello and theremin; Anna Wallace and Alisha Erao, vocals) present "new and original melodies and compositions woven from glimmering threads of looped violin, viola, cello, voice, theremin and percussion ... all under projections of the original, magnetic artwork of the book." The program is named for Russian folk song "The Captured Bird," just one of the songs the ensemble plans to perform. Between the weird skills/skilled weirdness of the players and the trippy beauty of the original '60s illustrations, this should be an evening of powerful emotion. – Jessica Bryce Young

7 p.m. | Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | | free


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