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

Selections: Our picks for the best things to do in Orlando this week
Photo by Adrian Sala

Wednesday, 14



The work that Planned Parenthood does across the country is in the paradoxical position of being both increasingly essential and increasingly under fire; a chance to go beyond lip service support and to actually contribute, tied to incredible music is like a triple score. You're in luck –Wednesday's benefit show at Will's Pub gathers three of the most exciting femme-led electronic acts currently active in Florida, and pairs them with readings from Alexia Clarke of the stellar Phosphene Girl zine. Regular readers of this publication will no doubt be familiar with the works of fast-rising projects Tiger Fawn and Lush Agave and their unique combinations of the avant-garde with very different eras of popular music. New to the eyes and ears of Orlando music fans, however, will be Tampa's Naga, a future-forward collision of experimental electronics and modern R&B shimmy, courtesy of video artist Pia Love and SPQR's Colby Smith. Naga's music is all gleaming neon, tropical fauna and Miami pirate radio signals ghosting in and out. The duo are true originals, equally at home playing the International Noise Conference in Miami as they are covering Frank Ocean. Get in on the ground floor with this incredible group before albums come out on Hot Releases and More Records. One hundred percent of all door proceeds goes to Planned Parenthood, as well as proceeds from a raffle that includes prizes from Park Ave CDs, Enzian Theater, Illuminated Paths and more. Worth your time, your ears and your money. – Matthew Moyer

with Tiger Fawn, Lush Agave, Alexia Clarke | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $5-$7

Thursday, 15

RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party


While we love having new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to watch on Netflix, one aspect of the original show that we miss is the short films. Even though they were originally included as filler for episodes where the movie's running time was a little too short, the riffing on short films like The Home Economics Story or Are You Ready for Marriage? provided some of the best laughs in the show's 10-season original run. This week, some of the MST3K alumni – including Michael J. Nelson ("Mike"), Kevin Murphy ("Tom Servo") and Bill Corbett ("Crow") – get together at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville, Tennessee, for a one-night short film festival broadcast live to theaters across the country. Three theaters in town are carrying the simulcast: the Winter Park Village Regal, the Universal CityWalk AMC and the Cinemark at Artegon. We've got movie sign! – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | multiple locations | | $12.50-$14.91

Thursday, 15

One City – One Pulse


Orlando artists aim to provide a space of inspiration and remembrance in the larger Orlando community at the One City – One Pulse art exhibition, one year after the Pulse tragedy. While the event is free, donations go toward OnePULSE and QLatinx. Coinciding with the Third Thursday Gallery Hop in the Downtown Arts District, artists present work across all mediums at Gallery 29 and the Magic Gallery, both located inside CityArts Factory. Since last year's tragedy, the community of Orlando has rallied around those groups that were targeted and continues to do so one year later. According to the event's Facebook page, the theme is "Diversity and Inclusion in the Orlando, LatinX and LGBT community." Event organizers have called for local writers to submit poetry, short stories and essays in both Spanish and English to share written perspectives, in addition to the artwork. – Virginia Vasquez

5:30 p.m. | through July 15 | CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave. | 407-648-7060 | | free

Saturday, 17

Festival of the Sea


Something is fishy in Festival Park. What could shrimp, lobsters, fish, oysters and other bivalves be doing nearly 50 miles from the ocean? It could only be the Festival of the Sea. A surf experience on turf complete with live music; a beer and wine garden; and a kids area with face painting, a bounce house and clowns making balloons, Festival of the Sea is meant to bring out those who share a taste for the bounty of the sea with multiple seafood vendors. – Jacob Galvin

11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St. | | $10-$25

Saturday, 17



Fear not: D.C. hardcore is alive and well in 2017. And not, as you might suspect, just as an empty echo of its salad days – look no further for a perfect snapshot of the modern capital sound than the twin pairing of Give and Protester, bands who pay due respect to their history while still managing to carve out a space that's entirely their own. Give is a love letter to D.C.'s now-infamous Revolution Summer, but not a tribute – post-hardcore unafraid to branch into grunge and psychedelic sounds. Playing powerful hardcore punk grounded in the early-'80s Northeast (now with a metallic twinge, as per March's Hide From Reality LP), Protester takes a stand so fresh that they'll likely go down as the definitive straight-edge band of our time. When they play alongside Triple-B Records standout Unified Right and Orlando's fast-charging Flamethrower, don't expect anything less than a testimony to today's real-deal hardcore. – Madeleine Scott

with Protester, Unified Right, Flamethrower | 9 p.m. | Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road | | $5-$7

Monday, 19

Music Mondays:Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary


The joint Enzian and Park Ave CDs cinematic partnership has not only redeemed the usual dismal prospects for fun on a Monday night, it has also brought to Orlando (well, Maitland) sonic/visual gems on Nick Cave and X Japan that otherwise would have to be given even more sad/exclusive screenings on our lonely laptops. This week's offering, however, has a hell of a lot of potential. Seasoned documentarian John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon) offers up a labor of love tribute to one of the all-time and most mercurial greats of jazz music, saxophonist and free-jazz innovator John Coltrane. How does one even approach a career that included both the tuneful bop of Blue Train and the mind-melting scree of Ascension? Very carefully? With the cooperation of Coltrane's family and associated record labels, Scheinfeld attempts to merge hagiography and personal remembrances to present a complete portrait of one of the most complex figures in modern American music. An early review in LA Weekly may claim that Coltrane's music gets at times crowded out by a procession of talking heads, but interviews with Wayne Shorter and home movie footage with Alice Coltrane have us nonetheless very intrigued. – MM

9:30 p.m. | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | $11

Tuesday, 20

Let Mayor Dyer Cook You Breakfast Tacos


Mayor Buddy Dyer's fondness for breakfast tacos is no secret. When leaders from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts floated plans to open a few bars and restaurants on the open land to either side of the facility, Buddy – their across-the-street neighbor – had no demands for the team "other than a place where he can get breakfast tacos," he told the Orlando Business Journal. Which is why it's less surprising, though still surpassingly weird, that the mayor will be making breakfast tacos for the masses. Yes, for 45 minutes, your elected city leader will be in the kitchen at Bikes Beans & Bordeaux, sleeves rolled up and slinging egg, chorizo and bacon tacos on homemade tortillas. Why, though? Like we said, the man loves his breakfast tacos, and after the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Bumby multi-use path, he got to chatting with the owner of B3 and actually volunteered to come in and do a Taco Tuesday takeover. Why doesn't matter, though – we're just looking forward to the Most Special Taco Tuesday ever. – Jessica Bryce Young

5 p.m. | Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux, 3022 Corrine Drive | 407-427-1440 | | taco prices TBA

Sunday, 18

Orbits & Ice Ages: The History of Climate


Conversing with someone who has an asteroid named after him probably isn't something you get to do very often. The Central Florida Freethought Community's monthly educational events are made for those who crave intellectual talks that feed their minds, and this month's speaker has a pretty impressive résumé. Dr. Daniel Britt, UCF Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, has served on the science teams of the Mars Pathfinder and Deep Space Network NASA missions, and is currently researching the physical properties of the mineralogy of asteroids, comets, the moon and Mars under multiple NASA grants. We all know of the controversial "debate" over climate change, and Britt's taking the opportunity to launch into the past to offer a bit of perspective on the difference between climate and weather, and how it's affected the planet over millions of years. This is a good way to hop in on a lecture with Professor Britt without paying tuition. – Kristin James

1-3 p.m. | University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park | 407-644-6149 | | free

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