Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, April 20-26

Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, April 20-27

Wednesday, 20

The NOFX Hepatitis Bathtub Book Tour


"The first time I drank piss was on a fire escape overlooking downtown Los Angeles" – that's the first line of NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, and it's a pretty good precursor for what the rest of this book holds. NOFX, formed in 1983 by Fat Mike, Eric Melvin, Erik "Stinky" Sandin and Aaron "El Hefe" Abeyta, is arguably one of the most influential punk rock bands ever to come out of SoCal, and in the past three decades of touring, they've collected a trove of stories about fetishes, murder, suicide, addiction, poor eating habits and more than one anecdote about pee. If you want to hear more tales of debauchery from the horse's mouth, NOFX is coming to Orlando for a book signing for Bookmark It at East End Market, perhaps the most unlikely pairing of artist and venue since last week's Kronos Quartet concert in the Villages. Book purchase is required for admission, but be warned: They're signing books only – no records, no body parts, no catheter bags. – Monivette Cordeiro

7-9 p.m. | East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive | | $22.99

Thursday, 21

This Little Underground at Florida Music Festival


The city's largest and longest-running music festival has again invited Orlando Weekly music column This Little Underground to be a guest curator. For the third year in a row, the TLU showcase takes over the Social with a fresh selection of vetted homegrown acts worthy of more attention than they've received. In the headlining spot this year is the sweet grit of garage-soul act the Sh-Booms, who've made the most turbo reboot in recent memory with mighty new frontwoman Brenda Radney and are currently one of Orlando's best bands to discover – and now, rediscover. Reverist is an indie-pop act whose skyscraping synths and gigantic melodies are as prime for breakout as it gets. Panther Camp earns their spot by doing anthem punk the right way: soaring, strong and straight down the line. The union of noted MC Jorok and pure songbird Kristen Warren, Project Eden is the kind of peanut-butter-and-chocolate magic you hope for when hip-hop and soul get together. And Mike Dunn is an esteemed veteran who's recently gotten back in the game to reclaim his own roots-rock crown. Together, they're a cross-section of Orlando music that deserves some more ears. And what's that, Scrooge? Oh, yeah, it's FREE. – Bao Le-Huu

with the Sh-Booms, Mike Dunn, Project Eden, Reverist, Panther Camp | 7 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | free

Thursday, 21

Emeril Lagasse


Skip the Food Network reruns for a night and come out to see one of the country's first celebrity chefs work his culinary magic in person. Learn the tricks of the trade from Mr. BAM! himself, Emeril Lagasse, as the master chef cooks up classic New Orleans recipes from his new book, Essential Emeril. Audience members can ask this world-renowned chef, restaurateur and television personality questions during a live Q&A with Emeril and local food celeb John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, making it the perfect time to get a pro tip on how to spruce up your green-bean casserole recipe. Stick around after the presentation and Emeril will sign your copy of his latest cookbook, which is actually pretty BAM! – Deanna Ferrante

8 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | | $35-$99.50

The Joy Formidable


Wales-born guitar-destructo trio the Joy Formidable have been perfecting that intensely difficult and slippery balance between blown-out ear punishment and angelic sweet pop hooks that the Jesus and Mary Chain first discovered in the release of "Just Like Honey." But don't misunderstand, they're not just some sunglasses-wearing copyists; they've found their own sugar-sweet and razor-sour voice, previously on "Whirring" and The Big Roar, and especially on new album Hitch. And the news that they recorded this album in a custom studio in Wales and commissioned Alan Moulder (studio work with Curve, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails) to mix it is heartening. Hitch is an LP that wouldn't sound out of place in the '80s, '90s or 2000s, and you should treat yourself to the sight of this band tearing the guts out of their songs with vicious glee onstage. ­– Matthew Moyer

with the Helio Sequence | 7 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $17-$59.50

Friday, 22

OvaryAct, Orlando!


Not that any form of cancer is a walk in a park, but ovarian cancer is particularly insidious. The disease is the No. 1 killer out of all types of gynecological cancer, partly because early detection is so rare. The most common point at which it's diagnosed is Stage 3, at which point the five-year survival rate is a mere 39 percent. In an effort to increase awareness, encourage women to get screened and raise money for research, some of the luminaries of the local scene are putting on a benefit show at Will's Pub. Retro garage rockers the Woolly Bushmen are joined by the Knick-Knacks, the Welzeins (who are also donating the proceeds from the first 50 copies of their new EP sold that night), Thee Wilt Chamberlain and Zap Dragon & the Attack. The lineup is pretty strong, even though we count only one pair of ovaries on the bill (shout-out to Knick-Knacks frontwoman Jacie Madison's reproductive system), which should make for a good turnout for a good cause, but save some cash for the silent auction, with prizes from plenty of local bars, venues and restaurants. – Thaddeus McCollum

with the Woolly Bushmen, the Knick-Knacks, the Welzeins, Zap Dragon & the Attack, Thee Wilt Chamberlain | 8:30 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10 suggested donation

Friday-Sunday, 22-24

Mozart's Impresario and Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias


The newly rechristened Opera Orlando, in its days as Florida Opera Theatre, set a precedent of presenting lesser-known and sometimes more challenging operas – a very welcome precedent – but even for them, this latest production is a stretch. Poulenc's surrealist opera Les Mamelles de Tirésias tells the tale of a woman who tires of her life of drudgery and pregnancy – so she becomes a man, removes her breasts (they're balloons!) and watches them float away. Her husband, whom she has forced to dress as a woman, is concerned about the future of humanity, so he figures out how to bear children and produces more than 40,000 in one day. (Mamelles was written in 1945, and there's a serious subtext here about a war-ravaged nation needing to repopulate and a female populace unready to go back meekly into the kitchen, but it's easy to lose in the absurd plot.) As if that weren't enough, Opera Orlando levels up the difficulty by wrapping Les Mamelles de Tirésias in Mozart's The Impresario, in classic play-within-a-play fashion. In The Impresario, a deep-pocketed patron takes over a struggling opera company and forces them to stage his favorite show – here, Les Mamelles. Just to add another layer to the fun, director Eric Pinder has adapted Impresario to place it in modern-day Orlando (expect the in-jokes to fly). We're simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated just thinking about it. – Jessica Bryce Young

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday | Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | | $10-$66

Saturday-Sunday, 23-24

Filmless Festival Orlando


The Third Coast International Audio Festival curates recorded stories from around the world and gets them out to as many people as possible. Think NPR's StoryCorps, but a little more global. The organization puts together a weekly radio show, "Re:sound," on WBEZ Chicago (also the home station of your mom's favorite quiz show, "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me"), along with a weekly podcast, but this is the first time they're bringing their live Filmless Festival event to anywhere outside of Chicagoland. Over two days, Scott Carrier, Sarah Geis and Maya Goldberg-Safir – a trio with at least one more Peabody Award than any other trio you know – present their Podcast Therapy workshop, in which audience members describe their problems and are prescribed specific podcasts to help them out; screen curated audio works from around the world accompanied by custom animation in Scott Carrier's Writing on the Stall presentation; and even teach you how to start your own podcast if you have an idea but no clue where to start. It's just the kind of weekend that might serve as the beginning of your own story. – TM

6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 37 S. Magnolia Ave. | | $12-$50

Saturday, 23

Functionally Literate: Derrick Austin and Vidhu Aggarwal


Just because it's National Poetry Month doesn't mean that you have to hide yourself in your home and hoover up all the Allen Ginsberg you can get your hands on, although, admittedly, that is a solid idea. Complementing your solitary reading, Functionally Literate satisfies the need for live submersion into rhyme and meter. The series, which hosts writers roughly four times a year for readings and book signings, has only grown more popular since its birth in 2012, bringing in authors such as Jeff VanderMeer and David James Poissant in recent years. At this edition, award-winning poets Derrick Austin (Trouble the Water) and Vidhu Aggarwal (The Trouble With Humpadori) take to the stage to read from their collections, and although entry is free, it's recommended that you get tickets ahead of time to guarantee yourself a seat. – Kim Slichter

7 p.m. | The Brookhaven Warehouse, 1300 Brookhaven Drive | | free

Saturday, 23

Panic! Presents: Ortrotasce


Nic Hamersly of Sarasota is the analog man who fell to earth, trapped in a digital world. But as Ortrotasce, his minimal synth project, he comes off more forward-looking and -sounding than a lot of modern gearheads. Ortrotasce is late-night music for the delicate dance of cybernetics interfacing with human tissues and organs, rather than a nightclub mating-ritual soundtrack. Though his recorded output is ethereal and frigid, drained of human affect and defect, watching him live is an oddly visceral experience. Here you see human-machine collaboration at its most direct as Hamersly feverishly moves from machine to machine in his synth-porn array to re-create these songs live in the moment. Ortrotasce evokes synth-punk and -pop past and present, without tumbling down a nostalgia wormhole; this rare live appearance is part of Spacebar's Panic! club night. – Matthew Moyer

10 p.m. | Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St. | | $5Friday, 22

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