Club at Firestone reopening Even though it never really closed, and even though they're not quite done doing what they're planning to do, this "ribbon-cutting" event should give onlookers a reasonable idea of the direction the "new" Firestone is headed. Events like "Latin Ladies Night" will still be happening, and it's doubtful that a week will go by without DJ Nasty or Disco & the City Boyz playing there, but with a slate of rock shows, indie dance nights and more and bigger high-profile artists (Ice-T is coming in on Friday), it's poised to be a much more diverse venue than it's been recently. This particular evening will find the club hosting a DJ set by VHS or Beta, live painting by Dalek (go, Space Monkey, go!) and a set by Miami indie rockers Modernage, as well as all kinds of local scenesters — Andrew Spear, Kittybat, MOT and others — doing what they do best. (9 p.m. at the Club at Firestone; $10; 407-872-0066)


David Lee Roth You may have noticed that we're somewhat partial to David Lee Roth, given that we find a way to fit his name into this feature about once every other issue. So we're naturally as pumped for the Nuclear Rainbow's umpteenth Hard Rock gig as we were nonplussed to read a New York Times account that described his recent Big Apple concert as something of a debacle. After winning the crowd over with the requisite battery of Van Halen hits, said reporter Sia Michel, Dave totally lost them by dancing a soft-shoe, foisting a two-song bluegrass set on them and telling a "rambling" story about a woman "with her pants on backwards." Now, to us, that sort of behavior just falls into the category of "being Dave," but we have to admit we were concerned by the image the story conjured of a mass exodus from the dance floor — until we came across a reference Michel (who, not coincidentally, was until very recently the editor of Spin magazine) made to Roth additionally singing "a half-step too fast." Let's review here: A "step" is a unit of pitch, not tempo, and anybody who can get those wires crossed probably also thinks the light year was Carl Sagan's favorite tool for measuring elapsed time. Whew! Just as we've always said, you can't believe the Times, and David Lee Roth rules. Dude. (7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live; $27.50-$33; 407-351-5493)


Subhra Guha Singing in a relatively modern North Indian classical style, Guha bridges that gap between well-respected (she's a guru) and accessible, forcefully keeping traditional music alive amidst the blare of MTV. The two forms Guha indulges in the most are khayal and thumri, both of which emerged in the mid-to-late 18th century and which are quite complementary. Before her performance, a presentation will be given explaining Agra Gharana (the musical "school" of which she is a disciple). Guha will be accompanied by both tabla, played by Nitin Mitta, and harmonium, played by Humayun Khan. (7 p.m. at Orlando Science Center; $20-$25; 407-333-3667)

Buff Monster and the Soft Serve Tour In the thick of its ambitious drive to host three special events in as many weeks, the pop-culture gallery and retail emporium known as Überbot throws its doors open to Buff Monster and the other artists of the Soft Serve tour, who are bringing their celebration of fun and aesthetics in a variety of media to 25 U.S. cities. The creative techniques showcased will range from painting to screen-printing to wheat-pasting to video, the common thread being that all the featured artists have custom-apparel deals with Line Showroom. Music from the Dim Mak and Hydra Head labels will provide a soundtrack while gamers prove their mettle at video table tennis on monitors hauled in by event co-presenter Rockstar Games. Sounds like information overload in the best possible sense. (7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Überbot; free; 407-788-8237)


Jurassic 5 L.A.'s quintet of perpetually nostalgic mic-passers has by now cemented their place in the lexicon of tru-skool hip-hop. A rap fan engaged in any one of endless pop quizzes given by another fan on their knowledge of the game can throw in a "J5" and buy himself a free pass on at least one ill-advised name-drop (so long, Snow!). So when Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir, Mark 7even and Nu-Mark announced this year that their backbone — producer DJ Cut Chemist — was leaving the group and that they would release a major label album without him, listeners were thrown. J5's past collaborations (including Floetry, Ozomatli and Blackalicious) have titillated the headphones, but now their first single would feature Dave Matthews. It may be unfair that Jurassic 5 are not only judged on the quality of their latest album — Feedback is a genial but disingenuously boastful outing — but on how the new music serves or shames the entire late-'90s new indie movement, and the road has long been the boys' saving grace. They have always maintained the ability to leave the reviews at home so they can reconnect to their musical souls on stage, and this time around, maybe more than ever, they have some catching up to do. (with X-Clan; 7 p.m. at House of Blues; all ages; $22-$25; 407-934-2583)

Mark Stewart Benefit Show Tiffany Coy knows how to turn tragedy into triumph. After the untimely death of their friend Mark Stewart, Coy and several of Stewart's friends have gathered together to put on a metal show that the 22-year-old DeVry student would be proud of. Local metal bands Boxplow, the Chaos Form, Aneu, Nex Mortalis, Ignid, Perdiem and Doom Farmer will rock Fox Lake Park to raise money for the victim's family. In addition to the music, the event will have raffles, food, and bikini and tattoo contests with cash prizes. (noon at Fox Lake Park, Titusville; $5 minimum donation; 386-795-3914)

2006 And 1 Mixtape Tour Think you have mad streetballin' skillz? Can you school the And 1 players and NBA pros? Prove it. This seventh annual competition pits Orlando's finest street basketball players against the And 1 team, made up mostly of past competition winners. The day starts out with open competitions to determine the best of the best, who are then chosen to play in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. It's not quite the NBA, but it's pretty damn close. (3:30 p.m. at the UCF Arena; $20-$50; 407-823-6062)

Aesthetic Ramblings Best of Orlando winner COMMA Gallery has one of the few cultural events kicking during this stretch of dog days. It launched its new season in July, ahead of the traditional come-September approach. Aesthetic Ramblings: A New Language of Art, a group effort described as "a Journey Through Nature and Consciousness," offers "a variety of landscapes both natural and metaphorical." If you're missing the buzz of cultural socializing, make sure to attend the gallery's Second Tuesday artist reception, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 8. COMMA's going to be packed for this event, as the word spreads fast about the choice pieces that make their way here. (through Aug. 31 at COMMA Gallery; free; 407-894-4505)


World Yo-Yo Contest What are the major requirements for a venue to be used by yo-yo champions in heated battles? A 22-foot ceiling and 10,000 square feet of space. Indeed, what goes down goes way up (and then down again) at the World Yo-Yo Contest, which has been running since the 1930s and is dominated by Asian masters. But that first up-down maneuver is like jumping on your skateboard to these extreme athletes, who've been practicing eye-dazzling moves that include tricks such as the "Flying Trapeze Green Triangle," "Cow Wrap Combo," "Kink Fu" and "Gyroscopic Flop." (hall opens Wednesday, contest begins Thursday at Rosen Plaza Hotel; $37 spectators; 800-YoYoGuy; www.worldyoyo

Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Amber Foster, Steve Schneider, Lindy T. Shepherd, Justin Strout

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