Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, May 4-10 

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Thursday, 5

Ignition Reunion: Baauer


History may never remember dance music producer Harry Bauer Rodrigues, but the 26-year-old can claim at least one thing that will forever be immortalized in time: the Harlem Shake. You might cringe now, but let's not forget when those videos of groups dancing to a short excerpt of the 2012 song "Harlem Shake" were actually funny. Admit it, you've probably been in one, whether it's because your boss forced you or you just got swept up in the Shake Storm. It's been a few years since the Harlem Shake dominated our news feeds, but the man behind the meme has been anything but dormant. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Baauer at Venue 578 as he spins bangers from his debut album, Aa, which features heavy hitters Future, Pusha T and M.I.A., among others. – Marissa Mahoney

with Prince Fox and Cheat Codes | 10 p.m. | Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave. | 407-872-0066 | | $10-$20

Friday, 6

Deca-Dance: Tittie-Thyme's 10th Release


If there's anything we love more than the Tittie-Thyme collective's zines, which encourage women to express themselves in creative ways, it's their release parties. In addition to picking up a copy of the latest issue, you can often find people selling homemade arts and crafts, raffles for unique prizes and plenty of music. For the release of their 10th issue, Tittie-Thyme is turning the world-famous Uncle Lou's into a palace to tie into the "decadent" theme. Plus, they're bringing in three female-fronted bands to provide the soundtrack: Melbourne indie rockers the Knick-Knacks, pop punk powerhouse the Areolas and a reunion of the Palmettes, featuring Tittie-Thyme collective member Sabra Starr. The band called it quits a little over a year ago when two members moved away, so this show might be your only chance to see the six-person indie pop group for a while. – Thaddeus McCollum

with the Knick-Knacks, the Areolas, the Palmettes | 9 p.m. | Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave. | $5 suggested donation

Saturday, 7

Baby Owl Shower


No toilet paper games at this baby shower. The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey is hosting its annual Baby Owl Shower to raise funds for their clinic, which cares for orphaned raptors (birds of prey) that have been displaced from their nests. The center uses the funds to buy food, medications and other supplies for the baby birds. Just the food category encompasses "287 pounds of fish, 148 quail, 595 chicks, 679 mice, 93 rats, 5,000 crickets and 4,000 mealworms," according to the center's website. You can make a donation or pick up a gift from the Center's wishlist. And unlike a baby shower where you don't see the little person you're buying gifts for, this baby shower lets you see cute, non-releasable baby birds. – Monivette Cordeiro

10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland | 407-644-0190 | donations accepted

Saturday, 7

Marathon AMF


The wave of appreciation for modern classical music in Orlando shows no signs of cresting. In the past couple of years, we've witnessed an unusual sight: adventurous, young listeners (well, young-ish) filling seats at classical concerts, or even standing at rock clubs, to hear music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Alvin Lucier. No one local group can claim credit for the shift, but Accidental Music Festival has been a big influence. Now they're presenting possibly the summer's most ambitious new music event: the Marathon AMF, Saturday at Timucua. Starting at noon, 10 short programs stretching over six hours will function as a kind of buffet of contemporary composition, interspersed with artist interviews and the shared wine-and-potluck mingling that Timucua is known for. Guests can come and go, stay for a few sets or settle in for the whole thing, and be treated to work by Glass, Reich, Terry Riley, William Duckworth, Györgi Ligeti and other giants of experimental, minimal and modern composition. As our definition of "classical music" becomes more fluid, the current of fandom grows stronger; jump in and give it a try. – Jessica Bryce Young

noon | Timucua Arts White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave. | | $10 suggested donation

Saturday, 7

Smashington 2016


The Mills 50 district has carved out its own autonomous arts and culture interzone within metro Orlando, both in terms of the flurry of gigs at venues like Will's and Uncle Lou's and larger, collaborative events like Total Punk's Total Fuck Off Weekend and this, the Smashington Festival. Billed as a showcase for local artists and musicians, Smashington is presented by Soul of da City as a full-scale showcase for local talent. And this year's event is an incredibly ambitious undertaking: five stages, four venues, more than 80 musical acts, performance art, vendors, local businesses and street art showcases. The participating venues have themed stages; Will's (Soul Sisters), Uncle Lou's (Vybe), St. Matthew's (hosting both the Jamfam and Drunken Masters stages), and a hip-hop marathon at the Kult Clothing Block Party at True Serenity. Given that it's just a one-day event, this is going to be a deluge of audio and visual stimuli. – Matthew Moyer

5 p.m. | Mills Avenue between Virginia Drive and Weber Street | | $10

Saturday, 7

Of Misery & Medicine


Self-deprecation seems to be a given in the mind of an artist. So as far as stereotypes go, Michael Reyes goes for the gold by describing his art pieces, under the name Terribly Odd, as "exhaustingly mediocre work." What follows, however, goes beyond stereotypes and into a world of uniquely dark and somber art. For his latest show, Of Misery & Medicine, Reyes explores the surgical realm through six new pieces, focusing on how physicians operated when medicine was a much more grisly practice. Take advantage of the champagne bar at Pop Gallery, and remind yourself why it's great to not be alive at a time during which strychnine was commonly found in a physician's toolbox. – Kim Slichter

5 p.m. | Pop Gallery, Disney Springs, 1504 E. Buena Vista Drive | 407-827-8200 | | free

Sunday-Thursday, 8-12

Prince Harry's Invictus Games


The word "invictus" means "unconquered," the perfect term to describe tenacious veterans who have persevered despite their injuries. At this year's Invictus Games, over 500 military competitors from 14 nations around the world are competing in 10 different sporting events, using the grit and determination they carry beyond the battlefield. A star-studded opening ceremony featuring appearances by James Blunt, First Lady Michelle Obama and England's Prince Harry kicks it all off. These games are meant to shine a light on the holistic recovery that can occur through sport for injured and ill servicemen and women, so as you watch these athletes compete, remember that they represent thousands of others around the globe who struggle every day because of battle wounds, whether visible or not. – Deanna Ferrante

opening ceremony 6 p.m. Sunday, games various times through May 12 | ESPN Wide World of Sports, 700 South Victory Way, Kissimmee | | $18-$65

Sunday, 8

Iron Reagan


Richmond crossover thrash supergroup Iron Reagan (featuring members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour) hearken back to an earlier generation of thrash icons – Exodus, DRI, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault – but their sound manages to evade the cartoonish excess and nostalgia overload of the "retro thrash" movement. Iron Reagan succeeds by distilling their music down to the bare essentials of speed and anger. And if heavy metal and hardcore history shows us anything, it's a winning combination. Legendary metal label Relapse seemed to think so too, snapping them up and releasing the well-regarded LP The Tyranny of Will in 2014. The quintet is staging a brief incursion into Florida this week, and it's a lucky stroke for Orlando. If you like your metal loud, streamlined and ready for a circle pit at a moment's notice, have we got a Sunday for you. – MM

with False Punk, American Party Machine, Rhythm of Fear | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10-$12

Monday, 9

Pabst Can Derby


Aping the old pinewood derby of Boy Scouts days, PBR sets up its Pabst Can Derby at probably the most appropriate venue in town this week. The idea is simple: Make a car out of a PBR can, place it at the top of an inclined track and pit it against another car to see which one's faster. Drag will definitely be a factor, so try not to put the mouth of the can in the front. You can build your own PBR car at home out of the empties in your recycling bin, or just stop in and use one of the pre-made cars on hand. And if, however improbably, your car ends up needing repairs, Will's has plenty of raw materials behind the bar. – TM

8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | free


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