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
Xaviera Simmons, 'Red Number Two,' (2016) chromogenic color print, courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery

Friday, Sept. 29:
Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science

Someone once said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture – meaning, we guess, that it's mostly impossible and maybe pointless. Clearly we enjoy a challenge, as we expend thousands of words per week writing about music, food, art, and so on, but sometimes the maxim proves true. For instance, the massive exhibition taking over the Cornell Fine Arts Museum for its fall 2017 season. The connecting principle between all the work in this group show is time: "as scientific fact, as relative experience, as aesthetic archive." We've been trying to wrap our heads around that, but talking about Time as Landscape feels like knitting about football or maybe trying to eat soup over the telephone. We can only recommend you go and experience it in person – we'll be there, trying to crochet the weather. – Jessica Bryce Young

through Dec. 31 | Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | 407-646-2526 | | free

Friday, Sept. 29:
Café Tacvba

Widely considered to be one of the most important and adventurous rock bands to emerge from Mexico, Café Tacvba have been fearlessly stretching the boundaries of rock & roll since the early '90s. From raw, folk-punk beginnings, the band has since restlessly experimented with genres as diverse as hip-hop, tejano and electronic music. They've won Latin Grammys and played Coachella, and the irony of Café Tacvba doing a triumphant U.S. tour as Trump continues blathering about a border wall with Mexico and "bad hombres" surely won't be lost on attendees of their show. – Matthew Moyer

8 p.m. | House of Blues, 1490 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista | 407-934-2583 | | $39-$75

Saturday, Sept. 30:

Celebrate creativity and community at Orlando's biggest annual art event Saturday at Loch Haven Park. Catch up with over 150 local artists who display, create and sell interactive pieces on-site, some of which will be entered into the city's largest live-art competition. The all-day event also includes more than 20 food trucks from Tasty Takeover, a kids zone with special programming and activities, and, of course, happy hour. In the evening, the park transitions to Artlando After Dark as the performing arts stage shifts from kid-friendly programming to performances from Opera Orlando, Phantasmagoria and Flamenco del Sol, to name a few. Activities are paced evenly throughout the day, so you'll never feel like you're missing out, no matter what time you arrive. – Hind Berji

11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St. | | free-$25

Saturday, Sept. 30:
Mark Kozelek

Indie rock has few personalities on the provocation level of Mark Kozelek, a man who makes even artistically sympathetic intellectuals clutch pearls like none other. Despite his prickly reputation, however, the Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon frontman delivered an extraordinarily intimate and generous performance here in this very theater back in 2015. His color was on display, but only with enough salt to make it interesting and authentic. (To want him any other way is to not fully understand the man.) It was an event of true engagement, with enough vulnerability to debunk much of the cloud surrounding him. He was confessional, human and wholly in the moment – for almost three hours. Of course, all this up-close revelation can instantly evaporate with the gale force combo of a stiff sensibility and a big mouth. But this is the ideal venue for what Kozelek does, and he knows and appreciates it. When the conditions are as right as they are here, this is the kind of performance not to be missed. Unless you're in the War on Drugs. – Bao Le-Huu

6:30 p.m. | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | | $35-$40

Saturday, Sept. 30:
Venom Inc.

Venom (pre-Inc.) burst out of the U.K. metal scene in 1981 with a raw, noisy sound that owed as much to punk as it did to Judas Priest, and then upped the ante with overt Satanic imagery, festooning baphomets over everything in sight. Venom delivered beyond mere shock, though, with songs like "Black Metal" and "In League With Satan" still sounding fresh and culty decades later. Fast-forward through the intervening years and Venom has split into two. Mercurial frontman Cronos fronts a "Venom," but the rest of the classic trio – guitarist-songwriter Mantas and drummer Abaddon – reconvened a couple of years ago as Venom Inc. with the addition of bassist-vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, a dynamo of a frontman who fronted the band during a brief spell in the '90s. And now the Inc'ers are on a never-ending tour – China, Japan, South America – playing any club that dares book them. Or to sum things up concisely: This is the Venom that actually likes to play classic Venom songs. – MM

with Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust | 7 p.m. | The Haven, 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park | | $22-$99

Sunday, Oct. 1:
John Mulaney

Baby-faced comic John Mulaney first got our attention as a writer on Saturday Night Live, that bastion of weekly satire that no one admits to liking until it's the only thing calling out the emperor for having no clothes. But when he tried to make the jump to a prime-time sitcom, Mulaney, in 2013, neither audiences nor critics were kind. Returning to stand-up with a Netflix special titled The Comeback Kid was prescient, however, as the young comic was able to show that he still had plenty of untapped talent. And a Broadway show with Nick Kroll, Oh, Hello, in which the two reprised the cantankerous old men they premiered on Kroll Show, was a delightfully stupid hit. Mulaney returns to Orlando this week with plenty of new material and a voice credit on new Netflix animated show Big Mouth, which premiered last week. Don't call it a comeback; he never left. – Thaddeus McCollum

7 & 9 p.m. | Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-5483 | | $35-$45

Sunday, Oct. 1:
Sound of Ceres

Listen to "Gemini Scenic" from Sound of Ceres' upcoming album, The Twin, and the echoed-out, ghostly vocals of Karen Hover will conjure images from Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris. A symbiotic relationship of sci-fi and fantasy, Sound of Ceres' live performances of The Twin promise an autumnal blessing with hand-crafted anachronistic costumes, magical lighting whipped up with mirrors and lasers, and vocals that echo our future's past. Exhibiting adroit DIY behaviors, members of the band have devised an ocular and aural production synthesized out of 20th-century German literature, pulpy short stories, vintage and modern detritus, and the imaginative frontier to deliver an immersive encounter that explores the strangest possibilities of the human existence. – Nicolette Shurba

with Breathers | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $8-$10

Thursday, Sept. 28:
Black Sabbath: The End of the End

At a 2013 press conference announcing the release of their swan-song recording, 13, the members of Black Sabbath were asked to identify the biggest challenge they had faced in making the album. Guitarist Tony Iommi, who was at the time undergoing treatment for lymphoma, broke into an ear-to-ear grin and replied, "Not dying." Four years later, Iommi is in remission but Sabbath is defunct, laid to rest after a farewell show last February in the group's hometown of Birmingham, England. Concert flick The End of the End, which documents that final gig, is being sent to theaters around the globe for one night only, putting audiences in the VIP seats for the last airing of metal classics like "Paranoid," "Iron Man" and "War Pigs" – and taking them backstage for behind-the-scenes banter that will hopefully hew to the same trademark good-natured ghoulishness that even the specter of death couldn't slap out of Iommi's mouth. – Steve Schneider

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

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