Selections: Our picks for the best things to do in Orlando this week

Shovels and Rope
Shovels and Rope

Wednesday, 5: Phat N Jazzy 23rd Anniversary: Questlove
Phat N Jazzy, the boundary-pushing hip-hop night that used to grace the Social every week, may no longer be a regular thing, but its annual birthday party has become something to look forward to. This year, local institution DJ BMF brings in Questlove – normally known for providing the beat on the drums for the Roots – for a two-night DJ engagement. Questlove's DJ sets often show off his encyclopedic knowledge of hip-hop history with plenty of deep cuts that play right into the established laid-back feel of prime Phat N Jazzy grooves. And even though Questlove may be in town with Jimmy Fallon, it's cool to pretend that he came in just for this gig. – Thaddeus McCollum

with DJ BMF | 9 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $25-$45

Wednesday, 5: Christopher Belt
Second only to electro-druid Bruce Haack instructing Mr. Rogers and his audience of youngsters on the ins and outs of synthesizers back in 1968, leftfield guitarist Chris Belt took the silver medal in the avant/public-airwaves stakes by being tapped to provide musical ambience for a live taping of NPR's Science Friday wonkfest at the Bob Carr on March 28. And going from strength to strength – and that's not even counting his recent stellar turn as part of Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra – Belt will now be holding court at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in a solo recital setting. On tap for Belt tonight will be an ambitious program of classical guitar renditions of "12 Études" by Heitor Villa-Lobos, "Tellur" by Tristan Murail and, intriguingly, "Electric Counterpoint" by Steve Reich. The young composer and guitarist is a master of his craft, sure, but refreshingly he's not afraid to throw a whole box of spanners in the musical works without warning. – Matthew Moyer

8 p.m. | Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park | 407-636-9951 | | $10

Thursday, 6: 1st Thursdays: Before I Die
We all have a bucket list of things we want to do before we croak, whether it includes sky-diving, winning an Oscar or learning to play the mandolin. No matter what our hearts want to accomplish before we kick the bucket, the Orlando Museum of Art is giving everyone the opportunity to show off their vision of a well-lived life with its new "Before I Die" community art wall. The event, part of the museum's regular 1st Thursdays art parties, will feature artists' aspirations of fulfilled lives and allow guests to finish the statement "Before I die, I want to..." on a collection of art walls displayed around the exhibit. An eclectic evening isn't complete without music and food, supplied by DJ Atnarko Bear and Hawkers Asian Street Fare, although reading through the dreams of fellow Orlandoans might be entertainment enough in itself. You might even pick up something to add to your own list. – Deanna Ferrante

6-9 p.m. | Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-896-4231 | | $10

Friday, 7: Crock Pot
The Henao Contemporary Center – located just north of Lee Road on Edgewater Drive, miles away from what anyone considers a thriving cultural district – has proven to be the little venue that could. Riding high on the wave that last month's Body//Talk-curated Contact Festival brought to the multi-use facility, tonight's Crock Pot party gets back to the Henao's bread and butter – art – while retaining some of that DIY party spirit. Local artists like Lucy Fur, Joe Quillsong, Ryan Temple and Tobar show off work while Eduardo Smet and Havetelo do some live mural-painting. Meanwhile, a who's-who of local Soundcloud producers (Donny Blanks, Tedd.gif, Grant, Gwadcip$, etc.) provide beats for a gallery vibe that's way more street than museum – which describes the Henao to a T. – TM

7 p.m. | Henao Contemporary Center, 5601 Edgewater Drive | | $5

Friday, 7: Shovels & Rope
Hailin' from the Holy City (Charleston, South Carolina), Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope were friends before joining as bandmates, and bandmates before marrying and collaborating on the title of "parent." In 2010, cameras began following the folk duo for the documentary The Ballad of Shovels and Rope, which chronicled their life as a self-described "two-man family band," touring and creating the album O, Be Joyful (Dualtone) in a makeshift home on wheels with their dog, named Townes van Zandt. Winners of the Americana Music Association's 2013 Song of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year awards, this family affair has since upgraded their cross-country apparatus and released a new album, Little Seeds (New West Records), which maintains their country, folk, punk and DIY roots. Hearst and Trent are at their most personal, and perhaps their most political, on Little Seeds with tracks such as "Invisible Man," touching on Trent's father's life with Alzheimer's, and "BWYR," their lyrical statement to the 2015 Charleston Emanuel AME shooting. Though we can't tell y'all what to do – just as when Hearst declares in "Hollowpoint Blues" (Shovels & Rope) "Well I won't let nobody tell me what I do" our recommendation for seeing this wife-and-husband duo is strong. – Nicolette Shurba

with Matthew Logan Vasquez | 6 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $20

Saturday, 8: Drink Around the World
Always wanted to try sangria in Spain? Have ein bier in Germany? What about take a shot of Jameson in Ireland? This weekend, you can have the opportunity to try premium drinks from those countries and many more without ever leaving Orlando at Drink Around the World. Once again, Wall Street Plaza teams up with Orlando Pub Crawl and Orlando Sport & Social to deliver a culturally boozy experience to satisfy the inner traveler in you. Tickets include access to each country along with full-sized signature cocktails. – Rachel LeBar

6-9 p.m. | Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets | | $20-$25

Saturday, 8: Legendary Jam 3: Red Bull BC One Orlando Cypher
Your head may have been increasing the rate at which it spins as of late, but fret not, for that noggin-swirling does not need to go to waste. Red Bull's premier worldwide breakdancing competition offers our prideful city a chance at breaking off some international success on the waxed-up dance floor. The cyphers, or dance circles, that line the road to Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, this year's site of the Red Bull BC One World Final, settle in 35 cities across the globe, including Orlando, thanks in part to the influence of 2015 World Champion Vicious Victor, crew member of both the MF Kidz and Squadron and an Orlando native. He, along with Wicked of Phaze II Crosstown Crew and Supah Mario of Miami's iPhlow Crew, will pick the winner of the local competition. The winner gets flown to Amsterdam to compete against 34 other finalists for the last remaining spot on the Red Bull BC World Final on Nov. 4. So if a ticket out of the country and a chance at a new life is what you find digable, then throw on Beastie Boys' Ill Communication, pump up your Reeboks and start friction-burning through some unfolded cardboard boxes, because your new life could start next week. – Nick Wills 

7 p.m. | The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive | 407-704-6261 | | $15

Saturday, 8: Subhumans
As the 1980s dawned, and most of the first-wave British punk bands were safely ensconced on major labels, punk renewed itself as a working-class phenomenon in the form of a radical, communal, art and music collective known as Crass, and immediately bands started springing up in their fiery wake. This was a more radicalized "anarcho-punk." Hailing from Wiltshire, the Subhumans were an especially notable entrant to the scene – a combustibly outraged outfit that dealt in young, loud and snotty but also was enlightened in their focus on the collapsing social order. Where the Sex Pistols had simply screamed "No future for you," Subhumans screamed back "Why?" and "We'll find a new way!" They cut a number of impressive EPs and singles before delivering their magnum opus, The Day the Country Died. And decades later it's still like a blow to the head; all catchy, grimy velocity and incisive outrage with just the right hint of collective optimism. Subhumans walked it like they talked it, living collectively, releasing their records themselves, and playing scores of benefit shows for causes and comrades. The band broke up for a time in 1985, but unlike many of their contemporaries, the Subhumans were lucky (cursed?) enough to survive and endure, reuniting to tour and record for Fat Wreck Chords, careening from the late 20th century into a 2017 that we can imagine must seem like wearily familiar territory. – MM

with After the Fall | 7:30 p.m. | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St. | 407-934-2583 | | $15-$18

Sunday, 9: Indie Lens Pop-Up: National Bird
Sonia Kennebeck's impressive and furious documentary (executive-produced by Errol Morris and Wim Wenders) follows three military veterans who served in the U.S. drone program, and are now grappling with the guilt of the faceless killings they ordered or executed. Whereas it might be assumed that the video-game unreality of drone warfare – unmanned planes dropping bombs at locations seen only via satellite surveillance video – would lessen the dreadfulness of bringing down death upon other humans, in fact it seems to have the same effect as firing weapons face-to-face. Perhaps even worse, based on the hollow-eyed mien of the protagonists of this doc as the cumulative effects of shame and remorse seep in. Words like "chilling," "heart-breaking" and "enraging" have popped up in reviews of the film, and seem to barely scratch the surface of the horror and significance of this issue. This IndieLens pop-up screening is presented by the Global Peace Film Festival, which returns in September. – Jessica Bryce Young

2 p.m. | Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park | | free

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