Morningwood, Margo Veil, Bold Art, Montanagraphic and more

Thursday • 2

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! The Popcorn Flicks series of al fresco movie screenings has a song in its heart this month, employing MGM's 1974 anniversary omnibus, That's Entertainment!, as a crowd-pleasing clip reel of some of the greatest moments Hollywood ever put to music. Our favorite is the Anchors Aweigh! sequence that has Gene Kelly dancing with 'toon mouse Jerry; you may see more sophisticated sights during the 11-day ArtsFest that tonight's screening inaugurates, but we doubt any will be more enchanting. (7 p.m. at Central Park, Winter Park; free; 407-629-1088)

Friday • 3

MORNINGWOOD Let's start by letting the corporate whores have their plug: This is a "private" show put together by O-Rock to promote the new The Morning After show with Drew Garabo and Mel Taylor. Tickets are not available at The Social or at any of the regular locations and must be scored by (duh) listening to The Morning After. Fine. Whatever. We'd listen to freaking Bud Hedinger if it meant we got to see the half-hit wonder that is Morningwood in person. This band is inexcusably shallow, transparently manufactured and worse yet, includes a former Wallflower in its ranks, but it's gone and made the most infectious rock single of the past few years in the form of "Nth Degree," a song that soars and shines with all the sunny perfection of 30 years of pop studio tricks rolled into four minutes of singalong stupidity. We love the song; we hate ourselves for loving it. We could mumble under our breath about Marc Bolan never getting a fair shot in America and how The Sweet did this stuff so much better, but then we'd wind up sad, old, muttering bores with no sense of fun. Seventies glam was just as (or more) premeditated and superficial as Morningwood (hello, it was called glam). Yeah, there oughta be less premeditated music on the radio. However, the notion that rock & roll needs to remember how to have fun trumps any such ideology, and Morningwood fits the bill nicely. Too bad we'll be embarrassed by everything we just wrote in about 14 minutes. (with Plain Jane Automobile; 9 p.m. at The Social; 407-246-1419)

Saturday • 4

SUPER SNACKS FOR THE BIG GAME We thought it was much cooler when they called it the "Super Bowl of Snack Foods," but I guess the meek little corporate hippies at Whole Foods didn't want the NFL lawyers to send Jerome Bettis down on All You Can Eat Day. We like the Super Bowl and all, and we spend more than we probably should on organic food at Whole Foods, but this is one of those never-the-twain-shall-meet kinda things that bugs us. When it comes to Super Bowl parties, even we would probably avoid one that boasted of "small-batch hummus" as a culinary centerpiece. Though we applaud Whole Foods for using this promotion to try and get more people to indulge in "gourmet snacking," there are just some things that needn't be gussied up. Of course that won't stop us from stocking up on those amazing marinated mozzarella balls and microbrews that will undoubtedly be part of the event, but if you think we're sharing that loot with our Super Bowl guests, you don't understand how selfish we are. (1 p.m.-5 p.m. at Whole Foods Market; free; 407-673-8788)

MARGO VEIL, AN ENTERTAINMENT Last October, when Theatre UCF mounted its production of playwright Len Jenkin's avant-garde comedy Margo Veil, an Entertainment, we said that it sounded as if the bar was being raised for on-campus drama. Apparently, the Southeastern judges for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival agreed: They've tapped Margo to compete for regional honors next week in Jacksonville. In the meantime, the cast is running through a pair of refresher performances on home ground, allowing theatergoers who missed last fall's well-received engagement to finally see what all the buzz is about. (8 p.m. at Black Box Theater, University of Central Florida; also 2 p.m. Sunday; $15; $35 Saturday ticket includes reception; 407-823-0867)

BOLD ART Not every artist exhibiting in town is aiming for fame and fortune. Some use the medium as a means of expressing emotions – a catchall for the overflow, if you will – such as the artist known as durkART, who says, when contemplating the state of the country under the Bush administration, if he weren't painting (colorful abstracts inspired by disco music of the 1970s and 1980s), he'd be drinking. A member of Orlando QUACK (Queer Art Collective), durkART and fellow QUACK painters Frank LoPinto and Dave Dodson will share the objects of their obsession in Bold Art, a collection of still lifes, landscapes and abstracts. (reception 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at The Center; through Feb. 28; free; 407-228-8272)

MONTANAGRAPHIC When Rollins College graduate Robert C. Beck was a teenager, his parents packed him off to their summer home in Montana to keep him out of trouble. Instead of partying with friends, he says, he climbed big rocks and became intimately familiar with the historically rich Bitterroot Valley. Beck shares the personal relationship he developed with this strange and wonderful countryside – situated south of Glacier National Park in the Northern Rockies – in a series of black-and-white photographs that are hand-bound in his just-released book, Montanagraphic. Beck specializes in lithography, which he practices on his own press (acquired years ago in Boston) in a collaborative studio called Stone Wing Press in the Central Florida Research Park. Stone Wing promotes new artists' projects and operates in conjunction with UCF's Flying Horse Editions. Beck has created broadsides from the book for this opening exhibition, along with a few lithographs, and the book is up for sale, with the price to be set somewhere in the $1,000 range for the limited edition of 100. (reception 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Stardust Video & Coffee, Winter Park; through Feb. 28; free; 407-733-6097)

Sunday • 5

DEBORAH LIPSTADT A professor of Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt is the author of History on Trial: My Day in Court With David Irving (2005). In this book, Lipstadt recounts her 2000 trial in London as the defendant in a libel suit brought by Irving, who took offense to the writer's description of him as a Holocaust denier and a right-wing extremist in a previous book she penned about the Holocaust denial movement. The judge ruled in her favor, finding that it was "incontrovertible" that Irving was a Holocaust denier. Still denying the Holocaust, Irving was recently arrested in Austria. Meanwhile, Lipstadt is touring the lecture circuit, still talking about Holocaust deniers and the emergence of a new anti-Semitism. Her appearance here in town is a collaboration between the Holocaust Center and Temple Israel in Longwood. (7 p.m. at Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida, Maitland; free; 407-628-0555)

Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Steve Schneider, Lindy T. Shepherd

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