Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, July 27-Aug. 2 

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Wednesday, July 27

Art Night Out: Exercises in Alternative Comics and Zines

ART

Zine culture seems to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance locally, with releases of homemade publications like Tittie-Thyme and Is It Over Yet? becoming anticipated events. Even the American Library Association devoted a section to the creation and curation of Florida zines at its national convention a few weeks ago. This week, aspiring zine-makers get the chance to learn about making their own zines and comics from local artists Anna Cruz and Adam Lavigne. The pair leads a hands-on workshop that focuses on teaching drawing and collage techniques along with a discussion about DIY publishing. You may end up going home with a little zine of your own to show your friends. And since this is part of OMA's Art Night Out series, you even get a free cocktail to get your creative juices flowing. Just sign up quickly, as spots are limited. – Thaddeus McCollum

6-8:30 p.m. | Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-896-4231 ext. 261 | omart.org | $30

Wednesday, July 27

Kool Keith

MUSIC

After a tornado delay last month that left him stranded in an airport, Mr. Gerbik, aka Rhythm X, aka Dr. Octagon, aka Black Elvis, aka Kool Keith, is set to play his rescheduled Orlando show. Kool Keith is an MC among MCs: a legend, an innovator and a 30-year veteran of hip-hop and the music biz. He's one of the few artists from the Golden Age of rap to remain active and relevant due to his various guises, musical collaborations and his trademark warped sci-fi themes and XXXplicit lyrics. Keith's career began in the late '80s with the Bronx collective Ultramagnetic MC's. Together they scored an avalanche of classics that serve to this day as a blueprint for hip-hop. Keith and the Ultras gained global underground recognition for their work and among their contemporaries – like Marley Marl, Native Tongues and KRS-One – were sought out for production work, and had the good fortune to appeal to the burgeoning alternative and electronic crowd that kick-started the cult of Kool Keith. – Kyle Eagle

with DJ Nigel John | 9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $16-$20

Thursday, July 28

Out of the Blue

ART

The multitalented Jennifer Medina hasn't been seen around Orlando for a while (last time we saw her was when her band Colorsphere played at Stardust with Moon Jelly). But Time Waste Management, the art collective behind A Place Gallery, has brought her back into the fold with this one-night-only show of her photographs and videos. Medina, a Venezuelan-born artist, has lived recently in both Los Angeles and New York, and her work reflects the bicoastal bright young things she runs with – candy-colored, dreamy images of gorgeous humans in the flush of youth (like those pictured at left), partying, meditating, trying on and casting off various versions of themselves. This show is your only local chance to sneak a peek into her visual diary and maybe even meet Medina herself. – Jessica Bryce Young

8-11 p.m. | A Place Gallery & Studios, 649 N. Mills Ave. | timewastemanagement.org | free

Friday-Sunday, July 29-31

GeekyCon

EVENTS

Show the world your inner geek at the annual three-day convention where all fandoms unite: GeekyCon. Whether you're a Potterhead, a Whovian or even a Disneyphile, there are a variety of different events over the three-day gathering to get your geek on. Cosplay your favorite character, meet other members of your fandom, or even dance along to Harry and the Potters over at the Geeky Music Festival. You can also meet and get autographs from stars like Jurassic World's Ty Simpkins, YouTuber Jon Cozart, Supernatural's Osric Chau, Geekycon staple Tessa Netting and others. Learn the ins and outs of creating a fictional language with David Peterson, creator of Game of Thrones' Dothraki and Valyrian languages and The 100's Trigedasleng tongue. Explore the marketplace for your favorite memorabilia, listen to panels by YA writers, or even play some Muggle Quidditch. Don't want to go back to the real world? There's even a workshop on how to be a Full-Time Geek! – Jarleene Almenas

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday | Orange County Convention Center, 9899 International Drive | geekycon.com | $49-$249

Friday, July 29

Whiskey Business

EVENTS

"Ain't no party like an Orlando Weekly party, 'cause an Orlando Weekly party don't stop," is a rumor around town, but we've heard it pans out. Check it out for yourself this Friday at Whiskey Business, where you'll be able to sample the best whiskeys, scotches, bourbons and ryes in downtown. You have to purchase your own cigar to go with it, but the entertainment and gourmet bites will be provided. Performers include Blue Star, Tayeh, Kissa and DJ Nigel, and if you still want more after that, the Guns N' Roses concert is a few blocks away later that night. If you plan to stumble your way there after you've ingested liquor, perhaps rethink that and invest in buying a discounted ticket for a designated driver. – Monivette Cordeiro

6 p.m. VIP, 7-10 p.m. general admission | Cheyenne Saloon, 126 W. Church St. | 407-377-0400 | whiskeybusinessorlando.com | $35-$75

Friday, July 29

Curren$y

MUSIC

Casual hip-hop fans might be forgiven for not immediately recognizing Louisiana rapper Curren$y, but the unique arc of his long tenure in the rap game (itself something of a rare phenomenon), means that record collectors and ringtone rap fans alike have no doubt heard him; dude's got an incredible catalog of solid work. Curren$y got his start in 2002 and signed to Master P's No Limit label as part of the 504 Boyz group. As that enterprise foundered, Curren$y shifted over to Lil Wayne's Young Money imprint, guesting on The Carter. It wasn't until 2008 that his first solo album (This Ain't No Mixtape) dropped. But since then, Curren$y has been beyond prolific, with a handful of albums and over 18 mixtapes, not to mention collabs with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Wiz Khalifa. The laconic, seemingly perpetually stoned rapper's newest album, Canal Street Confidential, could very well be the one that catapults him into the pop consciousness. This Orlando appearance, part of the Stoned on Ocean tour, is a chance to see an underground rap icon engage with the mainstream on his terms. – Matthew Moyer

7 p.m. | Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave. | 407-872-0066 | venue578.com | $30-$100

Friday, July 29

Guns 'N Roses

MUSIC

We would love to see the contracts that are allowing this Guns 'N Roses tour to happen. Not for the dollar amounts (we can't count that high) and not for the hospitality riders (probably just fancy water and vitamin packets). No, we want to see the ironclad clauses that are a) getting the band (ahem, Axl) on stage in a timely fashion every night, and b) keeping these guys from murdering him. We have to assume that these contracts include multi-generation hexes and threats of blackmail, because they are definitely working; from all reports, every show on this reunion tour has gone off exceedingly well – both with and without Axl confined to Dave Grohl's throne. Even though we're bummed Izzy Stradlin isn't on board, having Axl, Slash and Duff (Duff!) onstage together and kicking ass is as satisfying as it is suprising. – Jason Ferguson

with the Cult | 8 p.m. | Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place | 407-423-2476 | campingworldstadium.com | $60.50-$250

Saturday, July 30

National Dance Day

DANCE

National Dance Day Orlando is coming at a pretty much perfect time. In a summer full of sadness, there's really no better panacea than to keep dancing. The annual event offers a full day of free dance classes taught by legit dancers. One of those legit dancers is Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer from So You Think You Can Dance, although he may not measure up to everyone's favorite, Twitch. During this dance-filled day, there will be a tribute to Pulse from Keep Orlando Dancing, so participating dancers might even get their 15 seconds of fame. – Bridgette Norris

8:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. | Seneff Arts Plaza, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | nationaldancedayorlando.com | free

Sunday, July 31

Pints for Pulse

EVENTS

While all of the various events raising money for the Pulse victims and their families are worth looking into, here's an event that we'd be interested in even if it weren't a benefit. Festival Park gets taken over by more than 80 breweries distributing unlimited samples to festivalgoers for four hours. While you try out brews from the likes of Cask & Larder, Cigar City, Crooked Can, Lost Coast, JDub's and so many more, you can take in live music, burlesque performances and a drag show on the stage, or drop some cash to win some great prizes in a charity raffle. And definitely fill your stomach with something to soak up the booze from one of the many food trucks that will be on hand. All of the ticket sales go to the victims of the Pulse shooting, so this is one Sunday Funday that deserves to get sold out. – TM

12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. | Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St. | 200bdms.com | $50 <

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