Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Dec. 9-15 

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Wednesday, 9

Life's a Gift

COMEDY Local comedians Alex Luchun and Larry Fulford have been working on their Life's a Gift show for most of the year, even taking the show out on the road a few times to work out the kinks. What's emerged is one of the highest regarded comedy shows in Central Florida right now. Relying as much on audience participation as the wit of hosts Luchun and Fulford, no two Life's a Gift shows are the same, but they all feature a nicely wrapped present that may or may not hold your heart's desire. The commerciality of the holiday season may add a little poignancy to this particular outing, but the real gift that Fulford and Luchun give us is the ability to laugh at both them and ourselves. But mostly them. – Thaddeus McCollum

9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $5-$7

Friday, 11

Orlando Weekly's 25th Anniversary Party

EVENTS As you've probably picked up on from the rest of this issue's blowout anniversary coverage, Orlando Weekly turns 25 this year. We're finally getting that break on car insurance premiums and rental fees that we've been dreaming about, and to celebrate, we're taking it back to the old school with a '90s-themed spectacle all over Cheyenne Saloon and Church Street. Put on your best '90s costume for a chance to win prizes. We'll have live bands and DJs playing hits from that decade to get you grinding harder than at your first middle school dance, plus an open bar and surprise appearances from people we're not supposed to tell you about. Thanks for sticking with us, Orlando; let's get you a drink. – Thaddeus McCollum

7-11 p.m. | Cheyenne Saloon, 120 W. Church St. | | $25-$45

Friday, 11

Quintron & Miss Pussycat

MUSIC It's intensely musical, majorly cerebral and madcap visually any time New Orleans wonders Quintron & Miss Pussycat pair up and head to town. Him, the inventor whose electronic whimsies have been employed by revered musicians like Laurie Anderson and Fred Armisen, but who remains the supreme master of his music technologies including the Drum Buddy and his tricked-out synthesizer. She, shaking maracas and providing backing vocals, the haunting spectacle whose genius puppets have invaded art museums and featured in their own dedicated Vice web series alike. They're a special duo, unparalleled in their distinct brainy realm of left-field musicians whose multidimensional artistry seeps into every performance to dazzle crowds. Only adding to the intense build-up are seasoned art rockers Obliterati and explosive scene force Manic & the Depressives as openers. Prepare to goof off and grin. – Ashley Belanger

with Obliterati, Manic & the Depressives | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10-$13

Saturday, 12

Holiday Lights Ride

EVENTS While the holidays are packed with pure nostalgia in many ways, many of us have fond memories of driving around in the back seat of Grandma's car to cruise through "the good neighborhoods" to look at extravagant light displays. Or maybe you were too short to see out the window and just had to listen to your grandma and aunt "oooh!" and "aaah!" while you were stuck looking at the back of their seats. Either way, Bikes Beans & Bordeaux re-creates that feeling with a community bike ride that replicates the vaguely voyeuristic thrill of creeping through a neighborhood that's not yours to check out strangers' light displays. Luckily for you, shorty, your bike won't block your view this time. Just make sure to add some light displays of your own to your bike for safety. – Thaddeus McCollum

6 p.m. | Bikes Beans & Bordeaux, 3022 Corrine Drive | 407-427-1440 | | free

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1995 – A One-Night Event Celebrating the Music and Culture From That Year

MUSIC Remember 1995, a gangsta's paradise, the first time we deemed Brad Pitt the sexiest man alive, and that awful catalyst when white people had only just begun stiffly wriggling to the Macarena? Well, that's not exactly the kind of nostalgic vibe you can expect to find revived at Will's Pub this week, when the Pauses and Teen Agers present a wonderwall of rock hits from the year, including evocations of unique acts like Radiohead and Björk. We suspect that like the 1994 show last year, it'll be the more mainstream numbers from bands like Green Day and Foo Fighters that get both the bands and the crowd really jumping around, though. Add in laughs from local stand-up comedian Larry Fulford (fingers crossed, poking fun at major 1995 figures like O.J. Simpson and Bill Gates), an array of throwback party favors, a Seinfeld photo booth and a DJ set from '90s know-it-all Jason Ferguson and it becomes a tasteful evening of transportation (which might help erase the painful knowledge that the No. 1 record in 1995 was Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do"). – Ashley Belanger

with the Pauses, Teen Agers, Larry Fulford, DJ Jason Ferguson | 9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $12-$15

Saturday-Sunday, 12-13

American Kennel Club Eukanuba National Championship

EVENTS If the National Dog Show didn't slake your thirst for capering canines this Thanksgiving, swing on by the Orange County Convention Center to feast your eyes on some of the finest purebred specimens of man's most faithful friend. Nearly 5,000 dogs will compete for the championship, arranged in eight categories based on breed: sporting, hound, toy, non-sporting, working, terrier, herding and miscellaneous. If you find your attention flagging, drop by one of the 86 vendors with booths at the event, or stop by the Agility Invitational, the Obedience Classic or the Juniors Classic Rally events taking place concurrently with the main show. An official Meet the Breeds session will allow you to get up close and personal with some of the 181 golden retrievers, 103 dachshunds, 88 French bulldogs and 77 poodles (just to name a few) that will be competing in the championship – with figures like that, you run the very real risk of drowning in puppy love. Don't say we didn't warn you. – Bernard Wilchusky

8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday | Orange County Convention Center, 9899 International Drive | 407-685-9800 | | $10-$25

Sunday, 13

Grandma Party Bazaar

EVENTS "Is this a party for grandmas?" asks my own grandmother at dinner the other night. She was browsing Facebook, like all 76-year-olds do, and stumbled upon the Grandma Party Bazaar. Taking place at Stardust Video & Coffee in Audubon Park, the Grandma Party brings together some of Orlando's most eclectic artists and musicians for a till-the-keg-runs-dry good time. Don't waste hundreds of dollars on that iPad Mini for mom. Buy local! It'll pull at the heartstrings harder than mass-produced tech gear. If you can't make it, but are still feeling the grandma vibe, tune in to WPRK 91.5 FM as they broadcast live from Stardust. DJ Nigel John kicks the party off while local favorites Wet Nurse, Timothy Eerie and many more take to the stage throughout the day. But don't worry about these "grandmas" judging your bad behavior – there's plenty of room on the naughty list. – Marissa Mahoney

10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road | 407-623-3393 | | free

Tuesday, 15

High on Fire

MUSIC In metal, there are two things that are prized above all else. The first is forging your own unique path. The second is never, ever straying from that path. High on Fire has, over the course of the band's 15-year existence, mostly managed to do both, helping to usher in a wave of doomy, riff-driven metal in the early '00s and then continuing to refine its possibilities over the last decade and a half. While other bands – we see you, Mastodon – have been unable to resist the urge to "expand their horizons," leader Matt Pike has kept High on Fire sharply focused on being one of the most potent purveyors of Les Paul-fueled heaviness around. Although the band stumbled a bit with 2010's Snakes for the Divine, their last two Kurt Ballou-produced albums (including this year's Luminferous) have been both richly textured and thuddingly aggressive. And while Pike's struggles with alcohol temporarily sidelined High on Fire for a minute a couple of years ago, the band is again firing on all cylinders, producing some of the best and most ferocious heavy metal around. – Jason Ferguson

with Crowbar, Gillian Carter, Nixa | 6:30 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $20


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