8 p.m. at Will's Pub; 407-898-5070; $6)
10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Orange County Convention Center; 800-645-7798, www.orlandohomeshow.com; $8)
OEDIPUS THE KING Oedipus the King is more than just the story of a guy who got a little too close to Mommy. It's a 2,500-year-old text that set the standard for Greek tragedy and thus every serious example of stage drama that's come after it. That rich pedigree is one of the reasons that veteran director/performer (and theater-history teacher) John DiDonna chose Sophocles' immortal narrative for the debut of his Empty Spaces Theatre Company the latter the latest in a seemingly endless string of producing collectives this workaholic has helped to establish. DiDonna says that he and Empty Spaces co-founder Seth Kubersky have treated Oedipus like a new play, breaking it down to its primal essentials and building it back up as a typically experimental evening of outdoor theater that emphasizes "tribal" and "ritual" elements. Even if those words ordinarily fill you with theatergoing dread the cast of Hair was a "tribe," remember? DiDonna's spotless rep is impetus enough to look forward to this talked-about foray, which will be enhanced by live drumming, chanting and Asian puppetry. As Freudian icon Oedipus moves ever closer toward his eye-gouging destiny, a highly athletic 12-member chorus will gyrate to rhythmically compelling musical accompaniment that's to be banged out on drums, flutes, gongs, wood blocks, rattles and some instruments created especially for this production. Kick out the jams, motherfuckers. (8 p.m. at Studio Theatre Courtyard; through April 17; 407-328-9005; $12, $15)
THE SWORD OK, we've gotta admit that we never really got on the Trail of Dead bandwagon, but that's okay. We understand we can't love everything, plus we heard their last show here was completely, explosively awesome. But there are two things that do make us very excited about this show. The first, obviously, is that it will be happening at the old Beacham Theater. Anyone who went to the Guided by Voices show there was either saying, "Man, I remember when there used to be great shows here all the time; this is so awesome" or "Man, why aren't there more shows here? This is so awesome." And for good reason: Although the location is a money-making machine in its current incarnation as a dance club, it's one of the most atmosphere-rich spots in town with the added bonus that the atmosphere is historic. There are great sight lines throughout, good sound, easily accessible drinks and an inescapable sense of going to see something special. If there were even just one great rock show a month here, we would be so happy. Like we said, AYWKUBTTOD doesn't quite qualify for us; however, the opening band most certainly does. Formerly known as The Sword of Doom (!), this Austin group completely kicked our ass at South by Southwest. If you couldn't figure it out by their name, they're a metal band, something you would have known as soon as one of the guitarists whipped out his BC Rich and plugged it into his two-headed amp. Definitely in the High on Fire school of rumbling doom-groove, we can't wait to hear how monstrously loud they sound in this fabulous venue. (with … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Octopus Project; 6:30 p.m. at Beacham Theater/Tabu; 407-648-8363; $15)
11 p.m. at House of Blues-Blues Kitchen; 407-934-2583; free)
ROSEANNE BARR The reason the erstwhile "Domestic Goddess" named her current tour "Let the Healing Begin …" is because SHE HATES IT when people toss off that trite idiom. We'll take it as a good sign the bitchy female icon hasn't mellowed out too much since she yapped her way to the top in the late 1980s. Sure, this grandma has dropped more than a few sloppy pounds, polished up her personal grooming and cleaned up the outright crudeness in her comedy. But that hasn't cured her chronic state of exasperation; she still finds plenty of fodder to get worked up about, from dieting to Dubya. Fans who've followed her from the very beginning of her career as a stand-up comedian report that this tour is a reunion with Barr's brilliantly rebellious spirit. And the lady says it's not about the money, it's about the attention. That's an attitude we can relate to. (7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live; 407-351-5483; $28.50, $32.50)
7 p.m.-10 p.m. at Taste; 407-835-0646; free)
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