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Thursday•23

2007 Central Florida international Auto Show There'll be a lot of eye candy at the 2007-Model Central Florida International Auto Show — a pair of Corvette "VIN Twins" from 1957 and 2007, the world's longest police car (27 feet), a 2006 Bugatti Veyron and one of the most exotic cars in the world. But we're really excited about two things: the off-road adventure course, sponsored by Toyota, and taking a good hard look at the Honda Fit. The former is going to be hoot because it's a chance to bash over logs, sling gravel and even climb a hill in someone else's ride; the latter is eyebrow-raising because of the dinky car's "Magic Seats" that you can rejigger into four "modes." In "refresh" mode, the front seats fold flat, into something resembling a bed, and for the first time in the history of the subcompact you can have wild sex without getting a gearshift knob lodged in your ass. That's handy because you meet the nicest people in a Honda. (noon-10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center West Concourse, 9800 International Drive; $9; 407-685-9800)

2007 Central Florida international Auto Show There'll be a lot of eye candy at the 2007-Model Central Florida International Auto Show — a pair of Corvette "VIN Twins" from 1957 and 2007, the world's longest police car (27 feet), a 2006 Bugatti Veyron and one of the most exotic cars in the world. But we're really excited about two things: the off-road adventure course, sponsored by Toyota, and taking a good hard look at the Honda Fit. The former is going to be hoot because it's a chance to bash over logs, sling gravel and even climb a hill in someone else's ride; the latter is eyebrow-raising because of the dinky car's "Magic Seats" that you can rejigger into four "modes." In "refresh" mode, the front seats fold flat, into something resembling a bed, and for the first time in the history of the subcompact you can have wild sex without getting a gearshift knob lodged in your ass. That's handy because you meet the nicest people in a Honda. (noon-10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center West Concourse, 9800 International Drive; $9; 407-685-9800)

Friday•24

Cuatro, Poetry and Songs Concert If you find below-the-radar cultural events intriguing, then keep your eye on a relatively new Puerto Rican venue, Café D' Antaño. They specialize in throwing artsy events for Latinos of all nationalities and their parties are well worth checking out if you're looking for fun off of the beaten path. This weekend, the Institute of Fine Arts of Central Florida is hosting a two-evening cultural event at the café titled "Cuatro, Poetry and Songs Concert," featuring a litany of Puerto Rican performers. For those unfamiliar, a cuatro is a type of four-string guitar native to Spain but heavily used in Puerto Rican music as well. Accomplished cuatro player Harold Hernández is performing at the event, as is 8-year-old cuatro player Alexandra Rodriguez. She's somewhat of a musical prodigy and will probably steal the show. Ramiro Malagón, Luís Colón, and Efraín "Jataca" Rivera are also on the bill. (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Café D' Antaño, 911 N. Mills Ave., free; 407-362-0064)

Deftones We must admit that we wouldn't have been too terribly heartbroken if Chino Moreno's recent melodramatic M.I.A. from the Deftones turned out to be permanent, as we thought these guys didn't have any juice left in 'em. When we heard the album that resulted from his selfish tantrum — the recently released Saturday Night Wrist — we remembered why the Deftones have always been our favorite of the nü-metal movement. First, they're not a nü-metal band, even though they're willing to tour with Korn, the mooky hip-hop influences and/or adolescent simplicities that dominated the genre have little effect on the Deftones' sound. Second, they're smart, both as songwriters and as musicians, employing riffs and arrangements that are as interesting as they are effective. Third, they just rock, as demonstrated by the double-barrel glory of Saturday Night, which, as usual, is represented on the radio by its worst track (the meandering "Hole in the Earth"), but contains an easy half-dozen of the Deftones' best songs. (with Deadsy; 7 p.m. at House of Blues; $24-$62; all ages; 407-934-2583)

Saturday•25

International Afro-Centric Circus Astounding clowns, tumbling acts and animals roll into the west side of town for the International Afro-Centric Circus. The 10-year-old show — one of only two black circuses in the U.S., the other being the more established UniverSoul Circus — uses audience participation and a youth ceremony to instill important values into children of all races. In what owner Gary Nelson calls "edutainment," the performers work anti-violence and pro-family messages into the two-hour extravaganza, with several show times daily through Dec. 3. The Georgia-based company continues to pick up steam next year with performances in 30 cities already booked. Next time around, the tickets might be higher, so catch 'em this time around. (1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 pm Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Magic Mall; $15; 973-280-1204)

International Afro-Centric Circus Astounding clowns, tumbling acts and animals roll into the west side of town for the International Afro-Centric Circus. The 10-year-old show — one of only two black circuses in the U.S., the other being the more established UniverSoul Circus — uses audience participation and a youth ceremony to instill important values into children of all races. In what owner Gary Nelson calls "edutainment," the performers work anti-violence and pro-family messages into the two-hour extravaganza, with several show times daily through Dec. 3. The Georgia-based company continues to pick up steam next year with performances in 30 cities already booked. Next time around, the tickets might be higher, so catch 'em this time around. (1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 pm Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Magic Mall; $15; 973-280-1204)

Saturday • 25

La Oreja de Van Gogh There's something eerily both bubblegum and avant-garde about naming a pop-rock band after Vincent Van Gogh's act of self-mutilation, but in 1996 five college students from Spain did exactly that. Like the unhinged painter, La Oreja de Van Gogh (Van Gogh's Ear) captured the imagination of their inner-circle and then set out to define a new sound in Spanish pop that combined head-bobbing, energetic pop-rock and poetic lyrics with which the masses could identify. The group's deftly orchestrated sonic musings did not fall of deaf ears, and in 1998 Sony Music distributed their debut album, Dile al Sol. With four albums and five millions records sold worldwide, LOVG has become the Spanish ambassadors for mainstream rock en Español, setting the tone and conquering the Latin American market and much of Europe in the process. Now LOVG is courting new fans in the U.S. via their tour after Guapa that kicked off in October in Puerto Rico. (8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live; $42-$52; all ages; 407-351-5483)

La Oreja de Van Gogh There's something eerily both bubblegum and avant-garde about naming a pop-rock band after Vincent Van Gogh's act of self-mutilation, but in 1996 five college students from Spain did exactly that. Like the unhinged painter, La Oreja de Van Gogh (Van Gogh's Ear) captured the imagination of their inner-circle and then set out to define a new sound in Spanish pop that combined head-bobbing, energetic pop-rock and poetic lyrics with which the masses could identify. The group's deftly orchestrated sonic musings did not fall of deaf ears, and in 1998 Sony Music distributed their debut album, Dile al Sol. With four albums and five millions records sold worldwide, LOVG has become the Spanish ambassadors for mainstream rock en Español, setting the tone and conquering the Latin American market and much of Europe in the process. Now LOVG is courting new fans in the U.S. via their tour after Guapa that kicked off in October in Puerto Rico. (8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live; $42-$52; all ages; 407-351-5483)

Sunday•26

Tech N9ne See our full story here. (with Treal; 7 p.m. at House of Blues; $25-$30; all ages; 407-934-2583)

Wednesday•29

UCF Guitar Night Somehow, it's hard to picture a college jam session that includes in the lineup composers such as Agustín Barrios. Yet, for one magical evening, you can sit back and enjoy exactly that: It's UCF's Guitar Night, an every-semester student recital that interprets the musings of some of history's most renowned classical guitar composers. Under the direction of Dr. Eladio Scharrón, aspiring music majors will play their hearts out to the likes of Sor, Telemann, Barrios and others, spanning nearly 500 years of guitar composition. Along with the classics, you'll also hear a variety of solo pieces, but don't expect anyone to toss in their favorite rendition of "Free Bird" at this gig — that one's all you. (8 p.m. at Music Rehearsal Hall, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-1051; music.ucf.edu)

The Hold Steady See our full story here. (with the Sugar Oaks; 9 p.m. at the Social; $12; 407-246-1419)

Tuesday•28

Reservoir Dogs Believe it or not, there once was a time — 14 years ago, to be precise, the moment of Reservoir Dogs's arrival on the scene — when it wasn't mandatory for every indie crime drama to counterbalance intense violence with smartass postmodern banter and a soundtrack of snarkily repurposed pop. But once a film has inspired its own line of McFarlane Toys action figures and been paid homage by the Muppets, remembering that its influence was ever less than ubiquitous becomes darn near impossible. Try to summon up that previous era of comparative innocence during tonight's history-minded screening of Quentin Tarantino's landmark directorial debut, and you'll have a better shot at recognizing the cultural A-bomb he exploded when he introduced us to the most colorful (literally) gang of criminals seen on a screen since Robert Shaw and company took the Pelham One Two Three. If some insufferable film geek seated three tables away from yours insists on loudly ticking off the narrative elements Tarantino swiped from John Woo and Ringo Lam, just remember that innovation is always relative; and feel free to point out that Fozzie Bear never thought that much of City on Fire anyway. (9:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater, Maitland; $5; 407-629-0054)

Contributors: Amber Foster, Lissette Corsa, Jonathan Cunningham, Jason Ferguson, Steve Schneider, Bob Whitby, Bart Zino


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