Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Aug. 10-16 

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Thomas Sanders

Thursday, 11

Pink Mass

MUSIC

Pink Mass are everything your family, teachers, religious leaders and sundry authority figures warned you about regarding the perils of punk music made gloriously, debauchedly manifest. Aesthetically, Pink Mass are a supremely fucked hybrid of the Mentors, GG Allin, Sleep Chamber, Genitorturers and Sadist. Clad in leather, spikes and a mélange of bondage gear, subtlety in intent and theme is not their forte. Sonically, Pink Mass' music is an unholy hybrid of grindcore, war metal and raw, raw punk; in other words, a white-noise battering ram. The whole leather-wrapped package is about extremity on all sensibilities and fronts. The Theatre of Cruelty is real. Not safe for the faint of heart or ears. – Matthew Moyer

with Pisskvlt, Drycraeft | 9:30 p.m. | Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave. | 407-898-0009 | $5

Friday, 12

Hello, Basquiat

ART

The multivalent creative space known as Defined Enterprises regularly brings novel experiences to Altamonte Springs (not always thought of as an arts hub). The photography, video and recording studio also hosts a small gallery, and this show takes it over with an homage to the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. The street artist and musician died of a heroin overdose in 1988, but is still emblematic of a certain late-'70s moment when graffiti, hip-hop and punk coalesced and intersected in downtown Manhattan. Like his contemporary Andy Warhol, his style – both personal and artistic – is sui generis, yet so distinctive it's easy to render a recognizable "tribute," and that's what these artists have done. Expect food and drink, affordable works on the walls, live jazz and a candlelight vigil at 10:30 p.m. – Jessica Bryce Young

7 p.m. | through Oct. 8 | Defined Enterprises, 279 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs | 321-972-4800 | definedenterprises.com | $5

Friday, 12

Two Cow Garage

MUSIC

Over the past 15 years, Ohio's Two Cow Garage have grown from alt-country also-rans to one of the more exciting straight-up rock & roll bands working today. Songwriters Micah Schnabel and Shane Sweeney have shed the twangy trappings of genre evident in early songs like "Farm Town" and "Hillbilly" to embrace forward-thinking "Americana" that reflects America-as-it-is instead of America-as-it-was, evident on last year's single "Let the Boys Be Girls." That focus on the present translates to their live performance as well, as the band pours their hearts into singalong anthems and weary reflections alike. With a new album, Brand New Flag, pushed back from August to October, expect Two Cow Garage to take the stage with something to prove as they debut plenty of new material. – Thaddeus McCollum

with the Hamiltons, Shurwood | 9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $10

Saturday, 13

The Third Man

FILM

Today at noon the Enzian presents The Third Man, the 1949 masterpiece written by Graham Greene, directed by Carol Reed (of Oliver! fame) and starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. It's often called the greatest British movie ever made, and that's actually an understatement – set and shot in post-war Vienna, The Third Man serpentines through moral ambiguity and the limits of friendship as only Greene can do it, showcasing Cotton and Welles at the top of their game. The film recently underwent a 4K restoration, and though the Enzian doesn't have a 4K projector – that's one improvement that will apparently arrive with the proposed expansion – it should still look spectacular, even projected digitally instead of on film. If you're an Enzian member, reserve your table now. If you're not, buy your ticket online right away and arrive early. Either way, prepare yourself for a religious experience. – Cameron Meier

noon | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | enzian.org | $8

Saturday, 13

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Reading

THEATER

While diehard Potterheads have undoubtedly acted out all of the parts in the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at home, tickets to see both parts of the production at the Palace Theatre in London run upward of $1,300 on StubHub, and that doesn't include airfare. So this free live reading of the newest (and supposedly final) entry in the Potter mythos is as good as it's going to get for many local fans thirsty for a chance to see the adventures of Harry Potter's youngest son, Albus, and his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy. A veritable who's-who of Orlando actors have committed to the roughly four-hour reading, produced with special permission from publisher Scholastic. The reading is envisioned as a benefit for Pulse victims, so bring some cash to throw in the donation bucket before you belly up to some butterbeer and hunker down for a long night. – TM

7 p.m. | The Geek Easy, 114 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park | mygeekeasy.com | free (donations accepted)

Saturday, 13

Panther Camp

MUSIC

Though its market share is big around here, the standard of pop-punk is actually pretty uneven. Orlando's Panther Camp, however, are easily one of the area's most reliable flagships, not because they reinvent the template or anything; they simply nail it better than most. As their brand-new EP (The Hated, the Loved, the Willing and the Wicked) attests, their gift for classic anthems is both natural and unabashed. And live, they're a forceful unit with a triumphant frontman. To really party up this notable local release, they've gathered a cast of diverse but equally melody-minded talent from the city and beyond including Look Mexico, the Sh-Booms, Abandon the Midwest and Mike Dunn. In addition to a stacked five-band bill, admission includes a copy of the new EP and pizza (while supplies last) from the most hot-buzzing new eatery in town right now, Pizza Bruno. Line up early for this one. – Bao Le-Huu

with Look Mexico, Mike Dunn | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $10-$12

Sunday, 14

Ultimate Storytime With Thomas Sanders

COMEDY

People make a living all sorts of ways: robbing from the rich to give to the poor, selling their hair to buy a watch chain for a man who sold his watch to afford a fancy barrette for the now-missing hair, midlevel marketing scams. Central Florida native Thomas Sanders grabbed onto video app Vine and climbed his way to the top, becoming one of the most popular artists on the platform. In a world where most people don't have the attention span to finish reading this sentence, Sanders found a way to capitalize on our "ooh look, a squirrel!" mentality and turn it into plenty of acorns for the winter. A theater kid with musical talent and a knack for saying a lot with very little time (I guess you could just call that "concise"), he's amassed more than 7 million followers and is coming to Orlando with his Ultimate Storytime tour (a nod to his popular "Storytime" Vine series, in which he jumps into strangers' interactions on the street and provides his own comedic narration). Recent Vines feature backstage rehearsal footage with lots of singing; musical humor can go bad faster than one of his six-second viral videos, but Sanders has the melodic and comedic chops to pull it off. Ultimate Storytime showcases how modern viral video stars can transition from phone screens to the live stage. After a caffeine-fueled binge viewing of hundreds of his Vines, we can't wait to see what stories he'll tell in person. – Abby Stassen

7 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $20-$35

Sunday, 14

David Liebe Hart

MUSIC/COMEDY

Outsider artist David Liebe Hart brings his trademark style of uneasy anti-humor to Orlando for an evening of comedy featuring a multimedia performance that combines music, puppets and videos. Most widely known for his roles on the Adult Swim shows Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule, Hart has gained attention in fringe comedy circles for his eccentric-yet-engaging brand of absurdist wit. The Orlando date of the tour is part of an extensive nationwide circuit alongside electronic musician Jonah "Th' Mole" Mociun, with whom Hart recently collaborated to create some of his most experimental material to date. – Tyler Barney

with the Crack Rock Opera, Reverend Argus Faux, Hypercube Laboratory | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $10-$12

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