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

Cut Copy
Cut Copy

Wednesday, Nov. 29
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Fans of Frank Capra's beloved look at small-town American life, 1946's It's a Wonderful Life, will find plenty to be thankful for at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater this season. The Shakes is bringing the film to the stage in the form of a live '40s-style radio broadcast. While the actors do their best impression of Jimmy Stewart's kind-hearted everyman, George Bailey, and his guardian angel, Clarence, a full-fledged foley artist re-creates the sounds of Bedford Falls, breathing new life into a holiday classic. What else do you want? The moon? You want someone to lasso the moon and pull it down for ya? – Thaddeus McCollum

7:30 p.m. | through Dec. 30 | Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, 812 E. Rollins St. | 407-447-1700 | | $25-$50

Friday, Dec. 1
This is a dream come true for goths and alt-rockers "of a certain age" and darkly inclined young'uns: Poptone is Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets and Tones on Tail – joined by the musical shot-in-the-arm that is Haskins' daughter Diva Dompé on bass – running through the greatest moments of all three groups. Expect a postpunk primer. And expect the absolutely unexpected in the form of surprise opener Geneva Jacuzzi, a bonkers hybrid of futuristic theatrics and top-drawer synth-pop, like Tron crossed with Bowie and Nina Hagen. Arrive early, it goes without saying. – Matthew Moyer

with Geneva Jacuzzi | 6 p.m. | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $30-$40 over Lake Ivanhoe. Proceeds from the event benefit Ivanhoe Village Main Street. – Nicole Dudenhoefer

Saturday, Dec. 2
West Fest
The West Art District over in Parramore has brought an explosion of color and vibrance to the all-too-often neglected neighborhood. This weekend, they celebrate their success with a block-party open house that offers visitors the chance to see renowned graffiti artists paint live murals while B-boys and -girls compete in a breakdancing competition and live music fills the air. If you have kids, make sure they don't wear their good clothes, because the kids art area is sure to leave them a multicolored mess. But if you join the free graffiti workshop in the evening, expect the same thing. – TM

noon-midnight | West Art District, 1011 W. Central Blvd. | | donations

Saturday, Dec. 2
Songs of the Season
So long as the weather outside isn't frightful, this collaborative holiday performance just might be delightful. Songs of the Season brings together Full Sail's music production wonks and the talented instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers of Rollins College, as well as local teen-team Docs & Dellas and other Orlando-area artists. It's all held on the front lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center, so pack your picnic for a night on the grass. Anyone selling coquito yet? – Brian Leng

6 p.m. | Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | | free

Sunday, Dec. 3
Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings
As part of World AIDS Day, take in a showing of Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings on Sunday. The film, screening in the Orlando Museum of Art SunTrust Auditorium, is part of the annual Day With(out) Art, an observance of the disproportionate toll taken on the art world by the disease. This year, video works by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell seek to center black narratives within the AIDS crisis; in 2016, African-Americans represented 44 percent of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. After the screening, stay for an audience talkback with Sam Graper, community relations manager at Orlando Immunology Center. – Jessica Bryce Young

1:30 p.m. | SunTrust Auditorium, Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-896-4231 | | free

Monday, Dec. 4
The Obsessed
Legendary Maryland doom metal trio the Obsessed are a late, but very welcome entrant to the crowded slate of prime late-2017 shows, and a bit of a coup for Endoxa Booking. The band, led by singer-guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich (also of Saint Vitus ill-repute), are touring behind both new album Screed and a reissue of their milestone self-titled debut album. The band has existed in one form or another since the late 1970s, and though they released the major label album The Church Within in 1994 to high hopes in a post-Nirvana landscape, their progress has been stalled by both Wino's occasional returns to Saint Vitus, his Spirit Caravan project and some personal trials along the way. Wino has some friends and fans in high and unlikely places, including Henry Rollins, Ian McKaye and Dave Grohl, and with recent reissues shining a light on previously hidden-gem songs, they're not going to be every discerning stoner's lil' secret for much longer. Get slow. – Matthew Moyer

with Druid Lord, Electric Dawn | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $12-$15

Tuesday, Dec. 5
Cut Copy
Australian electro-pop project Cut Copy stops into the Plaza Live this week for a night of bleeps, blips and bass. The group's hit single "Lights & Music" was all over the place back in '08, and chances are it still gets stuck in your head from time to time. Cut Copy is touring on their latest album, this year's Haiku From Zero. Expect bright, bouncy beats made for the dancefloor – or, more likely, the many, many lawns of the festival circuit. Spring awaits. – TM

7 p.m. | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | | $25-$35


Since 1990, Orlando Weekly has served as the free, independent voice of Orlando, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming an Orlando Weekly Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today because you love us, too.

Scroll to read more Arts Stories + Interviews articles

Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.