Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Nov. 11-17 

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Slow Magic

Thursday, 12

MUSIC Mystery shrouds electronic producer Slow Magic, who wears a colorful mask when he elevates the dancefloor with his tricky twists. His 2014 release, How to Run Away, pushes his "Serenity Now!" style with fresh bounce and curious craft (a nurturing reminder to listeners that you can be chill without being braindead). Critics applauded Slow Magic's deft jams, and fans of Triangle (his previous release that launched him to a broader audience, on which he toured with hometown hero XXYYXX) will be happy to be set adrift on its trance-inducing vibes live. Slow Magic is like a freaky Pied Piper here, luring listeners to more intriguing edges of dance music while convincing them he's just a guide to their independent soul-searching and epiphany-triggering escapes. – Ashley Belanger

with Daktyl | 9 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $15

Master Class

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 13-15

THEATER There was a hashtag on Twitter last week, #grownladycrush, that trended briefly after being mentioned on NPR. And after everyone got done nominating their moms and grandmas, some pretty admirable ladies were named: Elizabeth Warren, Gloria Steinem, Emmylou Harris. But there was something missing among the worthy women, a certain lack of badassery, that could've been remedied if anyone had included this #grownladycrush: Maria Callas. Scandal, controversy and myth accrued around the life of the operatic soprano known as La Divina, the iconic bitch-goddess who was immortalized not just in the recordings she left behind or the still-told tales of her legendary feuds and stormy love affairs (including the central one of her life, with Aristotle Onassis pre-Jackie O), but also in the Terrence McNally play Master Class. Sung music by Verdi, Bellini and Puccini ornaments Florida Opera Theatre's first theatrical production, a Tony Award-winning show that uses the framing device of a Juilliard class taught by Callas near the end of her career to explore the Everest-peak highs and Mariana Trench lows of her life. The members of audience are the "students" to whom the diva lectures, so look sharp: You might get called on. – Jessica Bryce Young

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday | Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | | $33.75-$69.75

Orlando Beer Festival

Saturday, 14

EVENTS We might be a tiny bit biased, because this event is our own, but the Orlando Beer Festival is where you should be this Saturday. Touting itself as the beer festival Orlando deserves, the event will feature your favorite local craft beer, breweries and beer bars, all the way from Sarasota to Titusville. But what's drinking without a little music to go along? Plan on bringing your blankets and lawn chairs to hear the Sh-Booms, the Mellow Relics, Mike Dunn and the Getbye. We're also excited about the food trucks, a play area for adults who never grew up and some quality whiskey sampling. –Monivette Cordeiro

noon-6 p.m. | Festival Park, 2911 Robinson St. | orlando | $30-$70

Art Uprising

Saturday, 14

EVENTS No small amount of fuss was made during Factur's soft opening last year. It was the vanguard of the so-called maker movement here in Orlando, a putative manufacturing revolution that centered around the kind of grassroots, high-tech industrial initiatives made possible by affordable 3D printing. So it should come as no surprise that a place whose main selling point is the tools it offers DIYers here in O-town (3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, welding facilities ... we could go on) should play host to the work of nine local artists. Come for the music and paintings, stay for the cerebral juxtaposition of timeless artistic techniques alongside the most advanced manufacturing technologies available today. And once you're done stuffing your brain full of art and science, stuff your face full of food truck munchies. – Bernard Wilchusky

7 p.m. | Factur, 520 Virginia Drive | 407-801-3228 | | free

Ladies Get Lit

Saturday, 14

LITERARY The DIY zine scene is thriving in Orlando, particularly in the area of zines created by women. Tittie-Thyme, a zine created by a collective of talented ladies, is known as much for their entertaining hodgepodge of art, poetry, fiction and non-fiction as they are for their fun release parties featuring live music, readings, raffles and a carnival-like atmosphere. Joining them for the release of their eighth issue are Let's Kiss and Phosphene, issuing their second and first volumes respectively. Far from your usual staid literary event, this party will also have live music from some of Orlando's coolest female songwriters like the Areolas' Holly Herzog, proving Tittie-Thyme's adage, "Femme is not frail." – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave. | | free

Music on Mills

Saturday, 14

>MUSIC Same old cause, same old fun. The four gatekeepers of the Mills 50 District – Wally's Mills Avenue Liquor, Will's Pub, BART and St. Matthew's Tavern – will be working a hard day's night this Saturday as they host the second annual Music on Mills festival. But they don't just work a hard day's night. These local venues are bringing back Music on Mills to continue the funding they started with last year's festival, which goes toward public art and neighborhood safety projects. If there's one thing we can say about the collection of bands this year, it's that they've got soul. Groove to the beat with local funksters Leisure Chief or break it down on the dance floor with the legendary Tony Cook – the man behind the drum kit when the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, got up off of that thing. When you aren't cutting rug, take a peek at some of the art in the vendors market or refuel with food truck grub. It's for the hood, man. – Marissa Mahoney

5 p.m. | Mills 50 District, 1200 Weber St. | 407-748-8256 | | $10-$15

Lewis Black

Sunday, 15

COMEDY Righteous indignation has always been Lewis Black's schtick, and the comedian has plenty to work with these days. From the presidential race to mass shootings to police brutality, there's ample material in headlines lately to rile up Black. We're glad that his "Back in Black" segment still lives on in the post-Jon Stewart Daily Show era, but it can be a real treat to see the veteran comedian get to address his pet peeves in longer bursts. Just bring earplugs if your hearing is important to you: Black can get loud. – TM

7 p.m. | Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-5483 | | $37.50-$63

The In-Between Series featuring Elizabeth A. Baker's Toy Piano Project

Monday, 16

MUSIC The next edition of the already forward-thinking music monthly the In-Between Series will be one of its most intriguing and innovative yet. St. Pete's Elizabeth A. Baker is an avant-garde composer and pianist currently championing the obscure world of toy pianos through her technological eye. Baker's studious zeal for this instrument will unfold across works by John Cage (probably the most famous to have seriously explored the instrument), Eli Ponder-Twardy and her own four-movement piece written specifically for the arrangement at this show ("Experimental Suite for Toy Piano with Electronics and Drums"). With techniques to involve contact microphones built by Baker herself, guitar pedals, a computer processor and an old Speak & Spell, she'll be demonstrating sonic possibilities that few have imagined for the toy piano as deeply as she has. Interestingly enough, her accompanist will be drummer Leo Suarez, whose genre-spanning associations include the raging new heavy-music contender Meatwound, a band we recently called "Florida's next heavy threat." It's a formula for a radical recontextualization of this instrument that promises to shatter its small percept. – Bao Le-Huu

7 p.m. | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | 407-913-1426 | | free/donations accepted


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