World AIDS Day In the 18 years since the first observation of World AIDS Day in 1988, the thematic umbrella has traveled from that year's "Communication" to the current (actually 2005-2010) theme, "Keep the Promise to Stop AIDS." Leaving no stone unturned, the message covers the concerns of family, gender, community, global and youth awareness. In commemoration, the Orange County Health Department director, Dr. Kevin Sherin, joins Joy Metropolitan Community Church pastor John Middleton in remembering the devastating and ongoing toll of this 25-year world plight, with performances by the Orlando Gay Chorus and soloists as well as poetry readings. As the centerpiece, local artist Keith Theriot produced 30 panels — each measuring 3 by 6 feet — that creatively sketch the disease's timeline, which complement the powerful quilt panels that remember local victims. The next day, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, the Center on Mills Avenue hosts the seventh annual Rainbow Health Fair, offering screenings, door prizes, massages and other health information to interested parties. It may be a solemn anniversary, but it's not one to be missed … or forgotten. (5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Joy Metropolitan Community Church; free; 407-894-1081;

The Hate Bombs Semi-legendary garage rockers the Hate Bombs return from the dead more often than Jason Voorhees. We think that's a good thing (the return of the Bombs, not hockey-mask boy). Gleefully bashing out their revivalist rock & roll as if the last four decades had never happened, this local act's onstage enthusiasm guarantees a rave-up. Of late, the band has attracted the attention of the perpetually kerchiefed Little Steven, who's approached them about a record deal and is considering a 12-song batch of new recordings. Responsible for this particular resurrection, along with assembling the motley but talented bill supporting them, is prominent indie DJ Smilin' Dan (Independent Bar, WPRK-FM 91.5). To top off the party, he'll spin alongside Orlando Weekly's own turntable slayer, music columnist Bao Le-Huu. (with Mike Dunn & the Kings of New England, the Country Slashers, Medic; 8 p.m. at Back Booth; $8-$10; 407-999-2570)


Iraq for Sale While the concept of documentaries about corporate shenanigans at home and overseas (gasp!) is hardly groundbreaking, Robert Greenwald's latest exposé, Iraq for Sale, will turn more than a few heads. Greenwald is no stranger to taking on big business: In 2005 he tackled big-box superstores in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and he's produced a number of other corruption-revealing films. This time, he takes on private contractors in Iraq, who he says are profiteering at taxpayers' expense. At the very least, Iraq for Sale attempts to highlight "what happens when corporations go to war," but don't let that label fool you. The doc features interviews from frustrated workers, soldiers, their families and others working on the Iraq reconstruction effort. Greenwald's crew tried to secure interviews with bigwigs from Blackwater, Titan/L3 and the illustrious Halliburton, but they didn't want to talk. Surprise, surprise. (9 p.m. at Redlight Redlight; free but reservations required; 407-539-1711;

Homemade for the Holidays Arts & Craft Market Fair Trade advocate Julie Norris turns the front lawn of her Dandelion Communitea Café into a wonderland of Orlando crafters every Saturday through Christmas. Here's the place to score affordable jewelry, clothing, art, health and beauty products, handmade incense and more homespun items for the discriminating people in your life. With preference given to vendors providing original, sustainable, organic and animal-friendly products, the sale takes the guilt out of holiday binge shopping. Holly Riggs, Tanya Alexandra and representatives from Orenda Herbal, Lumina's World and the Global Community Co-Op, among dozens of others, are busy as elves readying for the event, which can be compared to the similar Grandma Party Bazaars. (1 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 23, at Dandelion Communitea Café; free; 407-362-1864;

Band Marino See our story here.(with Look Mexico, the Heathens, Yip Yip, Inkwell, 5 p.m., all ages; also with the Wynn Brothers Band, Summerbirds in the Cellar, Yip Yip, Gasoline Heart, 10 p.m.; both shows at Back Booth; $11 ticket includes CD and must be pre-ordered; 407-999-2570;

Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase Back for its 15th year, the necessarily cutting-edge Brouhaha showcase of local independent and student flicks once again shows off the best and weirdest in Central Florida filmmaking. OK, scratch the "Central" part; the student entries for this year represent UCF, Valencia Community College and Full Sail Real World Education and Winter Park High School, as well as the Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota), FSU (Tallahassee) and the University of Miami. Shoehorned into the crush of the holiday season, this year's lineup may not garner the attention of last year's late-October run, but you'd do well to take time out from your weekend shopping to spend a couple of hours taking in this raft of films. (12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3; Enzian Theater, Maitland; $5; 407-629-0054)


A Letter Without Words Here's a documentary lovingly stitched together by Lisa Lewenz, who came to realize that filmmaking was in her blood. Lewenz stumbled upon a forgotten box of films — edited, titled and dated — taken by her grandmother, Ella, who was way ahead of her time. From a wealthy family, Ella passionately chronicled her life in pre-World War I Berlin as well as when Nazism insinuated itself into her society (1914-1938), forever changing her family and country. Lisa used those relics as a starting point for her own project, which took her to Germany to revisit the locations where her grandmother long ago aimed her lens. The resulting project, released in 1998, is both painfully personal and uniquely historic. The screening hosted by the Jewish community center comes at a time when we need to remember the slippery slide of personal freedom at the push of a dictator. (7 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida, Maitland; free; 407-628-0555)

Peaches We enjoyed Peaches' concert in support of 2000's The Teaches of Peaches, though the show was basically raunchy rap karaoke. The backing tracks belched out bass, drowning out the electronic squiggles that made these beats unique on record. Still, Peaches' charismatic, voraciously horny persona rendered such concerns irrelevant. After suffering the two subsequent uneven full-lengths, we had to be dragged to a summer tour stop, only to be amazed by Peaches' new all-star band, the Herms: J.D. Samson (Le Tigre) on keytar, Radio Sloan (The Need) on guitar and Samantha Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe) on drums. This group injects raw power into Peaches' electro-punk tunes. She still raps graphically about sex while wearing next to nothing, but her music now upstages her antics. (with Quintron, Miss Pussycat; 9 p.m. at the Club at Firestone; $15-$17; 407-872-0066)


The Bellydance Superstars Looking for something to stir your creative soul? Called "Riverdance with bare midriffs" by the Times of London, the world-renowned Bellydance Superstars bring their exotic take on tradition to town. This group was formed in 2002 by music mogul Miles Copeland, the founder of I.R.S. Records, the U.K. punk label that first released the Police, R.E.M, the Go-Go's and Oingo Boingo, along with many others. The troupe is distinguished as a forerunner in American tribal-style bellydance, a daring, unparalleled twist on the tribal art form from the Middle East that blends authentic bellydancing techniques with American pop music and glittery Hollywood style, as well as other multicultural influences. Not your typical bellydancers, the Superstars represent an experimental evolution. (8 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre; $32-$38; 407-228-1220)

Contributors: Amber Foster, Bao Le-Huu, Billy Manes, Andrew Miller, Susie Orr, Lindy T. Shepherd, Bart Zino

Contributors: Amber Foster, Bao Le-Huu, Billy Manes, Andrew Miller, Susie Orr, Lindy T. Shepherd, Bart Zino




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