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;;Rent Critics have preached the gospel of Broadway's Rent since it first blessed the stage in 1996. To be impervious to such adoration, you'd have to have been under quite the impressive rock for longer than the 525,600 minutes that make up a year. Even then, 2005's feature film adaptation served as a gateway to a whole new legion of fans, so really, what's the excuse? But there's hope for nonbelievers yet! The boho youths of the East Village are trucking down here for a live performance at the Carr Performing Arts Centre. For three nights only, experience the music, the passion — the magic! Pass up this opportunity and you might reconsider shrugging off that rock. (8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday at Carr Performing Arts Centre; $20-$55; 407-849-2020; www.orlandocentroplex.com)

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;;Oxford Collapse We were surprised to see Sub Pop get on the dance-punk bandwagon by signing Oxford Collapse, because Brooklyn is a loooong way from Seattle — both physically and spiritually. And the OC — not The O.C. — gained significant notice in some circles for the perceived groove of its debut records. Except for a few times (Plexi, Sprinkler and that whole bands-from-Halifax-that-aren't-Sloan phase come to mind), Sub Pop rarely lets us down, and with Remember the Night Parties, the OC lets its freak flag fly. With guitars all twisted up in wiry angles and lung-constricting melodies flying from the mic, it's easy to ignore the four-on-the-floor beat … mainly because it's gone, replaced by careening post-punk tempos that are smart enough to be interesting, but not so smart you get confused. (with Thunderbirds Are Now!, 9 p.m. at AKA Lounge; $8-$10; 407-246-1419)

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;The Orlando HamCation Amateur Radio & Computer Show Cell phones might've made instant, wireless communication a cinch, but about 3 million ham radio fanatics worldwide still like to keep it old-school. If you don't know why so many people would bother worrying about low-tech transceivers, signal-to-noise ratios and frequency modulations in a high-tech age, just go out and ask one of the passionate transmitters at the 61st annual Orlando HamCation. You won't be able to talk to your father 30 years in the past through a ham radio like Jim Caviezel did in the movie Frequency, but you might win the SDR 1000 Flex Radio grand prize that's being raffled at the end of the weekend. Then you can ask one of the geeks what an SDR 1000 can do. (Noon-7 p.m. Friday, ;9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at Central Florida Fairgrounds; $8-$10; 407-814-0434; www.hamcation.com)

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;;Marcia Griffiths As a member of Bob Marley's trio of backup singers — known as the I-Threes — Marcia Griffiths was often overshadowed by Bob's wife, Rita, and confused with the other member of the trio, Judy Mowatt. But after leaving Bob's band, she's emerged as the most dynamic solo artist of the three. Loved and respected in Jamaica as something of an Aretha Franklin figure, her dreamy coo is reminiscent of the female stars of '60s Motown. Out of character for most reggae artists, she had a big American dance hit, "Electric Boogie" (aka "The Electric Slide"), which spawned a dance of the same name that continues to be a blast at parties and sure beats that goofy macarena. (with Beres Hammond; 7:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Live; $29-$45; 407-351-5483; www.hardrocklive.com)

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;Journey Yeah, yeah, we know. Steve Perry's not in the band and hasn't been for years. Heck, we're so up on all matters Journey that we even know the Steve-that-is-not-Perry (Augeri) is no longer in the band either, despite his amazing vocal (and nominal) resemblance to the original singer of "Open Arms." Kicked to the curb after a throat infection forced him off some dates (sorta the way Perry was asked to leave when he needed hip-replacement surgery), Augeri has been replaced by a non-Steve who, much to the shock of those who insist that Journey is a bunch of soft-rock pansies, used to sing for Yngwie "Unleash the Fucking Fury" Malmsteen. It's true, the guy who sang "Now Your Ships Are Burned" is now belting out "Wheel in the Sky." Weirder things may have happened in the world of 1980s rock, but we're not sure what. ;(7 p.m. at House of Blues; all ages; $50-$120; 407-934-2583; www.hob.com)

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;Antiquated Miniatures to Modern Art Styles: New Paintings by Sam Rai The COMMA team of Kim Sumner and Karen Carasik have uncovered yet another local treasure; this time, Windermere artist Sam Rai Sharma, whose new watercolor paintings arrive at COMMA after a December exhibition in Manhattan and before they head to Bombay. Years ago, Sam Rai "fell under the spell of the Indian Mughal miniatures at the Jaipur Museum" — painted on handmade paper with stone and vegetable colors; the brush made from squirrel hair —and later earned his master's degree from India's Delhi College of Art in 1965. Considered a master of watercolor, his pieces are collected internationally, and he'll share his story and visions at the opening reception. (6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at COMMA Gallery, through April 6; 407-376-1400; www.commagallery.com)

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;Valentine's Day Concert If you're one of those people who buy into Valentine's Day and are searching for a romantic dinner date because you forgot to get reservations at Le Fancy restaurant, one solution lies in a picnic basket at Harry P. Leu Gardens. As cheesy as it sounds, romance fills the air this year as Orlando's resident retro band Swingerhead, fronted by the oh-so-charming Michael Andrew, performs Rat Pack numbers as well as originals. Lovebirds need only bring chairs or blankets (for cuddling) and pack a hamper with sexy foodstuffs. If you wind up a bottle of wine short, cocktails are provided by Barfly, including a Valentine's special created just for the event. Take notice of the people in the back celebrating "Singles' Awareness Day" — the ones pouting by the bar and bitterly praying for rain. (7 p.m. at Harry P. Leu Gardens; $25; 407-246-2620; www.leugardens.org)

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;;Four Eyed Monsters See our full article here. (9:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater, Maitland; $8 screening, special Valentine's Day menu available; www.enzian.org; www.foureyedmonsters.org)

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;OLA Fest Kicking off its third year today, Orlando Latin American Film and Heritage Festival aims to "enrich and not just entertain" us with real Latin culture — there's so much more than listening to cars blasting reggaeton out their windows on Orange Avenue Friday nights. This five-day event highlights many Latin filmmakers (like the Brazilian producer of critical darlin' City of God and the Golden Globe winner Central Station) but don't miss two new emergences of culture: the "Latino Roots of Hip Hop" showcase at AKA Lounge, a mix of DJs, breakdancing and spoken word (10 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15; $5) and the graffiti art exhibition — it's not just for hoodlums anymore (1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Heritage Square; free). (Tickets to individual events available for purchase online; $100 pass buys access to all events; 407-992-1200; www.olafest.org)

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; Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Jennifer Heimburg, Brittany Middleton, Susie Orr, Omar de la Rosa, Makkada B. Selah, Lindy T. Shepherd

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