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Dew Action Sports Tour Attention X Games—lovers: This event is better than any Tony Hawk video game you could imagine. Aside from Ludacris performing — yes, Luda will be there — the athletes in these quasi-daredevil competitions will pull off tricks that are well worth the price of admission. The Dew Action Sports Tour is essentially a traveling competition that draws some of the finest alternative skateboard, dirt-bike and motocross athletes in the world. And, frankly, this is dangerous stuff; expect to see a few broken bones. On the milder side, the tour includes DJs, an airbrush tattoo parlor and designated areas where fans can borrow digital equipment to shoot live footage on site. The tour is designed to be family-friendly, so parents who are bold enough can let their kids learn how to ride motocross on a miniature course. Be sure to cheer Orlando BMX rider Tom Haugen. (2:30 p.m.-9 p.m.Thursday, 2:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday at TD Waterhouse Centre; $12-$14; 407-849-2020;

Orlando Weekly "Out & Loud" Cocktail Party No, it's not tacky to talk about an event with our own name on it, so don't even go there. And whether the party in question is either "out" (sort of — it's in the Veranda courtyard) or "loud" (probably not — the term "sassy jazz" is bantered in the press release) doesn't really matter. What does is that Orlando Weekly is dedicated to pulling its pink weight in the Big Gay Weekend, and is doing so in style. There will be music (DJ Robby Clark, the Midnight Ramblers), nibbly bits (Pigs? Blankets?) and booze (free drinks until 8 p.m.!). For just $25, you can come out and pretend that you're sooo gay that your living room is outside and that your sound system actually lives and breathes. (6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Courtyard at the Veranda Bed & Breakfast Inn; $25; 407-849-0321;


Yeah Yeah Yeahs Oh man, did we get tired of hearing about freaking Brooklyn. For 30 seconds or so, it seemed that the best band ever was being burped up out of Williamsburg, while we were trying to forget that they ever existed. Yet the three-year interim between Fever to Tell and this year's follow-up, Show Your Bones, allowed us plenty of time to sharpen our claws and prepare to hate … nay, loathe whatever cooler-than-thou "rock" Karen O and crew decided to throw at us. Boy, were we surprised when we fell in love with the first half of the album. After the midpoint, it grew redundant, but the swanky, angular punch of "Gold Lion," "Way Out" and "Fancy" had us just about ready to go out and buy a white belt. (7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live; $25-$32; 407-351-5483)

Grand Opening of Destiny Nightclub It'll cost you, but that's the tradeoff for inflating your social status by partying in a virgin club, before intoxicated movers and shakers make it dirty. Located in the Universal area, Destiny is home to two entrepreneurs — veteran club owner Rick Rodriguez and resident DJ Mike "Hitman" Wilson — who are banking on the love of house. Is there still a house scene in Orlando? Destiny will be the proving ground, with Paul Oakenfold and Sandra Collins spinning at the start-up. (8 p.m. at Destiny Nightclub; $25-$35; 407-351-9800)


Herb Day Festival Usually, when lovers of herbs get together for a festival, you can bet that hippies and reggae fans will be involved; this event may not be much different. In conjunction with National Herb Day, the good folks at the Dandelion Communitea Café are legitimately celebrating the widespread use of herbs. Various types of medicinal and culinary greenery will be for sale, with a few plant giveaways. Later that evening, the free screening of Kilowatt Ours is highly recommended if films about conservation and the growing energy crisis are your cup of tea. (2 p.m. at Dandelion Communitea Café; free; 407-362-1864)

Saturday Spin Series Tired of listening to the same DJs playing the same nightclubs? DJ fans and spin enthusiasts alike, rejoice! Park Ave CDs now offers a change of scenery, without the cover charge. On Saturday, the indie record store launches its Saturday Spin Series, a weekly open-mike night of sorts for aspiring DJs and veterans alike — any style, any format welcome. If you're interested in spinning, find details at or drop a line on their MySpace blog. (7 p.m-10 p.m. at Park Ave CDs; free; 407-629-5293)

Sixth Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Central Florida once again hosts its fall fund-raising walk and day of lively pet activities. Packs of pups and their owners will meander through the park set up with various vendors, all in support of the organization that rescues and places more than 6,000 animals in new homes annually. The competitions are the crowd-pleasers at Wiggle Waggle, with awards given to the furry companions in five categories: best costume, best owner look-alike, best trick, best singalong and best tail-wagger. (10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Oval Park, Lake Mary; free-$20; 407-248-1758)


Fuck the Facts Their name is what got our attention, but this Canadian outfit is more than just a shocking moniker. FTF spews out phantasmagoric noisecore that's heavy (they are signed to Relapse) but also bristling with a post-grindcore, semi-industrial insanity that's truly something to behold. Their set won't be the most mellifluous to roll through town this week, but it will be the most unchained. (with Misery Index, Strong Intention, Nailshitter; 6 p.m. at Back Booth; $12; all ages; 407-999-2570)

Live From NY's 92nd Street Y Why does Frank Rich hate America? Why does he write columns for the New York Times and books — such as his latest, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina — that paint our president as an incompetent, lying sumbitch? Why can't he just accept that President Bush is making the world a better place, one bomb at a time? Anyway, if you're one who listens to such liberal tripe, catch a showing of Barbara Walters' interview with Rich on the Live From NY's 92nd Street Y real-time broadcast via satellite from New York at a special listening party at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. (7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, Maitland; $8; 407-645-5933)


Pet Shop Boys Sunday's Come Out With Pride parade unofficially continues on Wednesday night when a caravan of modest sedans with "=" bumper stickers makes its way to the Hard Rock for what may be the best concert of the year. This year's Fundamental release has been hailed in most circles as a glorious return to form for the sarcastically smirking duo — with good reason. It's packed with uptempo dance-floor hooks ("I'm With Stupid," "Minimal") and orchestral bravura ("Numb," "I Made My Excuses and Left"); the Boys have never sounded more important. Notorious for bold stage theatrics, on this tour their stage set boasts a gradually expanding box that might or might not be a commentary on the geometrics of geopolitics. Whatever the case, "It's a Sin" will be played, as will "West End Girls." Which do you choose, the hard or soft option? (8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live; all ages; $45-$75; 407-351-5483)

Contributors: Jeffrey C. Billman, Jonathan Cunningham, Jason Ferguson, Amber Foster, Billy Manes, Lindy T. Shepherd, Bart Zino

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