Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Dec. 16-22

Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Dec. 16-22

Wednesday, 16

Camp Movie Night: The Star Wars Holiday Special

FILM It's almost here. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters this Friday, Dec. 18, and is set to become the biggest movie release of all goddamn time. But are your expectations set too high? Are you ensuring that you endure prequel-level disappointment by putting J.J. Abrams' take on a galaxy far, far away on a pedestal before you even see it? Fear not. Marc With a C is here to knock down your enthusiasm several levels by hosting a screening of the notorious 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, which aired exactly one time on CBS and was so hated that it was never rebroadcasted or released on home media in any form. For some reason, the producers of the special felt like alienating the audience right away by having the majority of the dialogue be in Shyriiwook. (That's the main Wookiee language, which has more than 150 words for "wood." Thanks, Wookieepedia!) Watch as Chewbacca's wife, Malla, learns how to cook from a four-armed Harvey Korman. Cringe as Chewie's dad, Itchy, gets really into a borderline pornographic performance by singer Diahann Carroll. Be grateful when Bea Arthur sings a song about closing time at the Mos Eisley cantina because it means you're almost done. After watching this special, it will be impossible to be let down by The Force Awakens, even if Kylo Ren turns out to be the secret identity of Jar Jar Binks. – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | The Geek Easy, 114 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park | 407-332-9636 | | freeWednesday, 16

The Bowery Shadows: a reading of Patti Smith's work

LITERARY Patti Smith's latest book, M Train, opens with the line "It's not so easy writing about nothing." Call that poetic license (a license Smith certainly possesses in perpetuity); M Train could more accurately be described as being about everything. Just like the punk poet-priestess' earlier memoirs Just Kids (soon to be an HBO series), Woolgathering and The Coral Sea, this latest encompasses nothing less than the birth of an artistic soul. Nicholas Sellitto, impresario of the Modern Music Movement, had been meaning to create a Patti Smith event and when he saw she had a new book out, figured it was a good time to take the leap. The Bowery Shadows will follow the pattern of earlier MMM events like William Burroughs: Midnight Exterminations: readings accompanied by music apropos to the poet – in this case, Smith's poems will be read by Megan Faubel, Ashley Inguanta and Lisa Bugayong (of Obliterati), with the angular saxophone accompaniment of another Obliterati member, Jim Ivy. We feel sure this talented quartet will raise the shadows and ghostly presences that swirl though Smith's work, along with the populist punk spirit of the Bowery. – Jessica Bryce Young

9 p.m. | The Parkview, 136 S. Park Ave., Winter Park | free

Thursday, 12

SquareLando InstaShow

ART Squares are a big deal. In the not-too-distant past, squares were the primary means by which we interfaced with media: televisions were square, computer monitors were square and even pictures, before Instagram relaxed its restrictions and rectangles became all the rage, were square. So show some love to one of the world's most useful polygons at a gallery show that's all about the square. Over 44 artists are participating, including local worthies Andrew Spear, Thomas Thorspecken, Morgan Wilson, Parker Sketch and Jaime Margary. All art featured at the show is available for purchase, and all of the pieces are restricted to a square aspect ratio. The InstaShow doubles as the soft opening for CityArt's new Pop Up Gallery, a space for youth artists in the Central Florida region. Be there, or be square. – Bernard Wilchusky

opens 5 p.m. Thursday | CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave. | 407-648-7060 | free

Friday, 18

Travis Scott

MUSIC Nobody can touch Travis Scott's style in the hip-hop or pop world, and his 2015 debut, Rodeo, could not have been more hotly anticipated or more righteously received. Since he joined Kanye West's GOOD Music, his fans have hungered for more than the mixtapes and bold production that allowed Scott's reputation to explode (notably on Rihanna hit "Bitch Better Have My Money") before anyone even knew they needed his "Antidote." It's one of the year's biggest tracks, and you can bet Venue 578 will explode when he invokes its infectious trippy sway live. – Ashley Belanger

8 p.m. | Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave. | 407-872-0066 | | $45-$65

Saturday, 19

The Scene III Alternative Hip-Hop Music & Art Festival

MUSIC It will be a spectacle at Venue 578 when the Scene III draws upon rad artists to create a live interactive community mural to captivate the cheer you can always expect at this massive party. The hip-hop festival features too many acts to name 'em all, but highlights include Phraydoe Peans & Mango Beats, Split Soul and Nosis. Plus there will be spoken word and B-boys and -girls, a vinyl swap meet, T-shirt and merch expo, and rad DJs keeping spirits bumpin' all night. It's also a toy drive, so bring something for the kiddies. – Ashley Belanger

8 p.m. | Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave. | 407-872-0066 | | $10

Saturday, 19

Sweater Fest

MUSIC The usually scarcely populated and grimy back lot of the Spacebar and Sandwich Bar in the Milk District is about to get a lot more warm and fuzzy. You know that holiday sweater you swore you would never wear after 2012? It's time to dust it off for Saturday's Sweater Fest. Besides the multiple circles of friends expected to form in the back lot, prepare your eyes and ears for the groovy goofiness that is silent disco. But we won't go into too much detail about that – it would ruin the fun! The outdoor stage won't be blasting the NSync Christmas album, but think of this year's selection of bands as an all-star lineup with SWIMM's party-ready psychedelia and Fat Night's jazzy funk. – Marissa Mahoney

with SWIMM, Fat Night, Someday River, Thrift House, Harum Scarum, Timothy Eerie, Die Tryins and Frankasaurus Fresh | 7 p.m. | The Milk District, 2428 E. Robinson St. | happycamper | $10

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