Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, July 13-21 

click to enlarge Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde

Wednesday, 13

Making the Milk District a Main Street

CIVICS

Orlando currently has nine Main Street neighborhoods, but if our friends living in the Milk District had their way, the area east of Thornton Park known for being the home of T.G. Lee Dairy would be No. 10. Being designated a Main Street means getting financial assistance, technical help and intensive training, and in turn, the commercial neighborhood district raises matching funds and creates a plan to strengthen itself. If you would like to know how becoming a Main Street can improve the streets around the Milk Bar, Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria, and the Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, there's an informational meeting tonight to learn how to make that happen. If you're a little lost, it's the place where everyone's wearing "The Milk District" trucker hats. – Monivette Cordeiro

6:30-7:30 p.m. | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | facebook.com/themilkdistrict | free

Thursday-Sunday, 14-17

Bastille Day Celebration Extravaganza

EVENTS

Audubon Park Garden District might celebrate Bastille Day every year, but never like this – for the first time ever, their annual Bastille Day Celebration lasts four whole days. Popular events like baguette fencing and La Femme du Fromage's lauded wine and cheese pairings return, along with the all-new Bubbles Bash sip and stroll. Marie Antoinette will even make an appearance during those four days, though she should probably keep away from the on-site guillotine. We wouldn't want her to lose her head, after all. – Jarleene Almenas

5 p.m. Thursday, various times through 8 p.m. Sunday | Audubon Park Garden District, Corrine Drive and Winter Park Road | apgardens.com | free-$50

Thursday, 14

Equus

THEATER

One of the more ambitious shows to hit the Orlando theater scene recently, Equus is the tale of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who is both sexually and religiously obsessed with horses. The 1973 play was written by the late Peter Shaffer; local artist Jeremy Seghers directs this production, which takes over the grounds of the Acre. The green, tree-filled oasis in northern College Park possesses rustic charm and plenty of space for crowds to watch this eccentric tale play out. The horses in the play may not be real, but the ambience might make up for it. – Harry Sayer

8 p.m. | through July 24 | The Acre, 4421 Edgewater Drive | theacreorlando.com | $23

Thursday, 14

Create Grand Opening

MUSIC

It's been a minute since Venue 578 had a weekly large-scale dance night, but Alliance Events, the team that curated the beloved, bygone Ignition night in the same space, returns this week with a new concept: Create. With a focus on providing four different areas, each devoted to different subgenres of dance music, the idea is to "create" your own experience. Whether you're into tech house, trap, dubstep, drum & bass or just straight-up classic house, you'll find a spot to find your groove in. For this premier edition of the weekly night, Alliance is bringing in some pretty big regional names with Atlanta's Sunday Service headlining the main stage and Tampa sample-loving dubstep producer Midnight Tyrannosaurus headlining the "Bassment." It's certainly too early to tell if Create will maintain this level of talent every week, but it's off to an auspicious start. – Thaddeus McCollum

with Sunday Service, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Landis LaPace, Alex Wood and more | 10 p.m. | Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave. | venue578.com | $5-$10

Friday, 15

Culture Pop: Untold Stories

ART

Story time! Art openings may be a dime a dozen in Orlando, but the Culture Pop series at Art & History Museums – Maitland never disappoints. This edition features the new Untold Stories exhibit, which consists of a collection of oil paintings by Trent Tomengo that depict working-class residents of Maitland from the turn of the century, alongside an exhibit of works on loan from Lakeland's Polk Museum of Art that detail personal and historic themes in the African-American narrative. At this opening night party, you can participate in an interactive art activity that mirrors the theme by helping to create a clothesline storyline, incorporating your own untold story into a larger narrative. Plus, the usual accouterments – live music, free appetizers, readings from local writers and a chance to talk to the artists directly – abound. – TM

6:30-9 p.m. | Art & History Museums – Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland | 407-539-2181 | artandhistory.org | $5

Friday, 15

Zakk Wylde

MUSIC

Best known for a memorable stint as one of the only guitar players extroverted enough to be a creative and visual foil for Ozzy Osbourne – while at the same time not being eaten alive (not even figuratively) by Ozzy's fans for having the temerity to fill Randy Rhoads' shoes – on metal classics like No Rest for the Wicked and No More Tears, Zakk Wylde further proved his mettle/metal as frontman for swampy thrash outfit Black Label Society. From there he laid down solos for everyone from the Rippingtons to Black Veil Brides and dabbled in designing custom guitars and amplifiers for the more metallically inclined. Wylde recently dropped solo album Book of Shadows II, which shows that the old road dog still has more than a few tricks left, looking inward far more than ever before. Wylde played Orlando earlier this year as part of the shred-errific Generation Axe package tour, but this is your chance to check him out when he's running the show. – Matthew Moyer

with Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, Jared James Nichols | 7 p.m. | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | 407-228-1220 | plazaliveorlando.com | $26-$49.50

Sunday, 17

Soul Fried Sunday: Orlando United Edition

MUSIC

As a group of six rowdy 20-somethings, the Underhill Family Orchestra is awfully good at what they do. As their recent debut album, Stories of Appalachia Proper, showcases, the sextet finds a balance between soul, rock & roll and a contemporary country sound, and not like the lousy-yet-popular mainstream "country" music nowadays. Think Lady Antebellum but way less pop, way less annoying and a lot more folk and rock. The self-proclaimed "orchestra" is joined by the Sh-Booms, Chakra Khan and 27 other acts at a special Soul Fried Sunday: The annual multi-venue blowout takes place at Will's Pub and St. Matthew's Tavern this year. Event organizers have teamed up with the GLBT Center, and proceeds fund long-term mental health counseling for Pulse survivors, staff and the families of the victims. It's a win-win. – Bridgette Norris

with the Sh-Booms, Chakra Khan, the Woolly Bushmen, Moonmen From Mars and more | 3 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., St. Matthew's Tavern, 1300 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $12-$15

Monday, 18

The In-Between Series: Lush Agave

MUSIC

The In-Between performance series has been presenting the best in local avant garde music for over a year now, but the majority have been instrumental performances. This will change squarely on Monday when Lush Agave takes the stage. The solo vehicle for classically trained vocalist Alisha Erao, Lush Agave creates her music around intricately interconnected vocal loops and choral drones. The voice is the instrument, or more accurately, with Lush Agave the voice is the orchestra. Taking cues equally from Meredith Monk and Joan La Barbara with echoes of the work of Dead Can Dance and perhaps even Laurie Anderson, Lush Agave's work is enchanting and adventurous. The moods created are hushed, hymnal and healing. As always, these shows are free. – Matthew Moyer

7 p.m. | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | 407-317-8367 | avalongallery.org | free

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