Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Mar. 23-29

Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Mar. 23-29

Wednesday, 23

Bob Saget


Danny Tanner is the dad we all wish could navigate us through puberty, but if you were to ask actor-comedian Bob Saget how he feels about it, well, those would be "the dirtiest words you can say to me." Saget has since come to grips with his role as the picture-perfect TV dad with this year's reboot of Full House, but with his Tanner duties wrapped up for now, he's got plenty of time to hit the stand-up stage with a raucous routine (and sing the Fuller House theme song with pop star Carly Rae Jepsen in Milwaukee, but that's another story in and of itself). Also on tap for this evening of laughs is quick-witted UCF student Gray Bigler, winner of the 2015 Last Knight Standing competition. – Marissa Mahoney

8 p.m. | CFE Arena, 12777 Gemini Blvd. | 407-823-3070 | | $25

Wednesday, 23

Native Vision: Exploring Urban Shamanism Through Cinema


When Jordan Thomas Mitchell found himself living in Beijing for six years producing high-concept work centered on fictionalized music and performance – think Ziggy Stardust but less glam – he eventually decided to push those performances to the next level by turning one of those projects into a film. Native Vision, the result of that project, follows an artist's interactions with a loosely formed "cult" in Beijing, and is intended to be a participatory shamanistic experience. Jean Baptiste, the main character of the film, greets the audience and invites them to participate in the ritual consumption of the film's signature drink, Earth Eater, a blend of tequila, champagne and smoked plum juice. While the trip may not be as hallucinatory as your average ayahuasca binge, the elimination of any barriers between reality and fiction is sure to give your doors of perception a good squeegeeing. – Thaddeus McCollum

7 p.m. | Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave. | 407-595-2713 | | free

Thursday, 24

The Baseball Project


As spring training games start wrapping up in the Grapefruit League, the diehard baseball fans in the Baseball Project head down to Florida for a mini-tour. The supergroup, comprising Peter Buck and Mike Mills of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5, Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate and Linda Pitmon of Zuzu's Petals, wears its love of America's favorite pastime on its sleeve, having recorded three albums of songs about baseball. With topics ranging from baseball cards ("The Baseball Card Song") to catchy mini-biographies of both famous and forgotten players ("Ted Fucking Williams," "Larry Yount"), the Baseball Project is sort of a musical version of Ken Burns' Baseball documentary series: You don't have to know a lot about baseball to enjoy it, but it sure doesn't hurt. – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | House of Blues, Disney Springs | 407-934-2583 | | $15

Thursday-Saturday, 24-26

Paul Strickland & Stewart Huff: Fringe Year Round


As part of their mission to bring Fringe's most popular shows back for patrons who may have missed them the first time around, Orlando Fringe presents six shows by two award-winners from last year's festival. Paul Strickland and Stewart Huff each present three shows, making up a sort of Redneck Weekend of inventively staged storytelling. Falling more into the big-fish/shaggy-dog school of exaggeration, Strickland performs Ain't True and Uncle False ("learn how they made black-eyed peas by punching green peas!"), Papa Squat's Store of Sorts and Tales Too Tall for Trailers; Huff, a self-described "liberal Southern road comic," ruminates on the South's absurdities in Donating Sperm to My Sister's Wife, Darwin Versus Rednecks and Sense Ain't Common. With six approximately one-hour-long shows to choose from, a different pair each night, it's up to you to determine just how much down-home wisdom you need: a little or a whole damn lot. – Jessica Bryce Young

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. each night | Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. | | $14

Friday, 25

Skizzy Mars


In the style of Kid Cudi and Kanye West, New York rapper Skizzy Mars' rhymes won't get you pumping your fist inside the club, but for the Netflix-and-chill stuff that happens after the party, it's perfect. The intro from his latest single, "Comb," starts out slow enough, almost ethereal, but quickly jumps into "When I get you out them clothes girl, I swear it's fucking magic/Get you in them sheets, I'mma be a fucking savage." Skizzy brings his rapping and crooning to Orlando tonight at Backbooth. Tickets won't break your bank so, as the young rapper recommends on another single, "Dive in, the water's fine/Swim good, enjoy the tide." – Monivette Cordeiro

7 p.m. | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St. | 407-999-2570 | | $15

Friday, 25

Black Cobra, Bongzilla


We promise, no weed jokes here, because they're all stupid unless ... you know. But this metal lineup is so loaded with heavy stoner sounds that just the looks of it gives us a contact high. At the top of the marquee are resurrected Wisconsin burners Bongzilla, who are, as their name amply declares, one of the resin-caked genre's nastiest, most devout legends. But rounding out this CVLT Nation tour bill is a murderer's row of like-minded riff lords including Brooklyn's Kings Destroy, Ohio's Lo-Pan and, most notably, San Francisco's Black Cobra, whose fire-breathing punk sludge is probably packing the hottest buzz of the lot right now for very good reason. All told, it's a quadruple dose of thick, sticky, icky music that's so from and for chronics that it makes a Cypress Hill concert seem like just a break in the boys' room. – Bao Le-Huu

with Kings Destroy, Lo-Pan | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $15

Saturday, 26

United We Brunch


What's the one thing you crave after a crazy Friday night out? Day drinking! Nurse your hangover with a Bloody Mary and some toast and eggs at United We Brunch, where brunch destinations from all over Orlando come together for the ultimate afternoon meal. Come knock down a few mimosas and beers while enjoying brunch tastings from your favorite restaurants, including Artisan's Table, Cask & Larder, Maxine's on Shine, This N That Eats, Kasa, the Coop and many more. It's either a great way to start another night on the town or a great excuse to spend the rest of the day loafing around in a bacon-induced coma. Don't worry, we won't judge. – Deanna Ferrante

noon-3 p.m. | The Orchid Garden, 126 W. Church St. | | $35-$65

Saturday, 26

David Bowie Tribute Art Show


He was Halloween Jack. He was Aladdin Sane. He was the Starman. David Bowie was never just David Bowie; the musician, Goblin King and space explorer had a way of transforming himself into a slew of beings. Maybe it's this metamorphic ease of his that allows him to keep living in people's hearts despite his recent passing. One such avenue of artistic eternal life can be found at the Falcon's David Bowie Tribute Art Show. More than 20 local artists band together for a show dedicated to all things Bowie. The event brings in the likes and art of DJ Clulow, Vespa and Zakiya Stubbs for a free event honoring the musician that touched so many lives, both down here on Earth and up in space. – Kim Slichter

opening reception 9-11 p.m. | The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St. | 407-423-3060 | | free

Saturday, 26

Pictures at an Exhibition


The final show of the Orlando Philharmonic's 2015-2016 Classics series is a barn-burner, from Wagner's swooping Overture to Tannhäuser to Ravel's plucky, sinuous Alborada del gracioso to the eponym composition, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Pictures is one of those stirring pieces of classical repertoire that gets lots of play in TV commercials and movies – in recent years it's popped up everywhere from Terrence Malick's somber Tree of Life to The Simpsons – and it's a crowd-pleaser, the kind of piece that gives almost every chair in the orchestra a chance to show off. But the real reason you won't want to miss this concert is the debut of a new work by local composer Keith Lay, Venus and Vulcan in America, commissioned by the Orlando Phil. Lay says of his newest piece, "With this symphony, I playfully update the myth of Venus and her brilliant inventor husband, Vulcan, with a new ending: one in which Vulcan wins his wife's heart. It is a mythical 'revenge of the nerds' edition that suits our time, where intellect is mightier than the sword. By mixing fragments of Wagner with my own language and inspiration from Ravel's orchestration, I have sought to create a showpiece for the OPO that exploits its virtuosity." Based on what we've heard from Lay in the past, there's no doubt Venus and Vulcan will fulfill all expectations. – Jessica Bryce Young

8 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St. | 407-770-0071 |  | $21-$72


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