Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, May 11-17

Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, May 11-17

Wednesday, 11

Colleen Green


In 2013, the year she released her second solo album, Colleen Green played more than 200 shows. That kind of work ethic is exceedingly rare these days, even in the indie/punk circles Green travels, but you should not assume that the L.A.-based rocker is some sort of ambitious striver trying to hustle her way into success. It's just that Green takes her DIY approach seriously, staying true to the ethics that inform the scene she came up in – you don't get Nobunny to give you your first gig if you're a poseur – while playing incredibly affable grunge-pop that manages to be accessible and personal. Green's records – especially her latest, I Want to Grow Up – are tinged with the sort of friendly stoner vibe that's both legit and loose, with her laid-back delivery riding atop muscular chords and a strong melodic sensibility. And you know, after three years of being a road warrior, she puts on a pretty good show. – Jason Ferguson

with Ben Katzman's Degreaser, Wet Nurse, Maximino | 9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10

Thursday, 12

The Kitty Beautiful Mewvie Night Fundraiser


Even though a good friend visited one of the OG "cat cafés" in Tokyo years ago and sagely commented, "There's nothing more sad than paying money for a roomful of cats to ignore you," it's a business model that has (little, furry, keyboard-playing) legs. Cat cafés have opened stateside and thrived in cities like San Francisco and Austin, and now Orlando is on the cusp of getting its own: the Kitty Beautiful. This Mewvie Night event is intended as an early chance to take a peek at the Kitty Beautiful's digs, sample their baked goods and meet some of the feline attractions; it's also a fundraiser to get over the final hurdles standing between you, cat-man and -lady, and total nirvana. The movie screening this evening will be The Princess Bride, but honestly it could've been Cannibal Holocaust and the audience wouldn't bat an eye. We just don't think it's the movie that people are coming to coo appreciatively at on this night. – Matthew Moyer

7 p.m. | The Kitty Beautiful, 223 N. Magnolia Ave. | 321-209-2081 | | $10

Thursday, 12

Agencies: Embodiment


High-minded arts collective Agencies has put together its third show, this one widening the focus to encompass a multiverse of bodily possibilities: How do we choose between the boundaries of the body and the transcendence of the imaginary? This and other questions of self-identity are asked and answered by 15 artists, working in various media and hailing from various cities, states and nations – locals Leah Sandler, Kate Shults, Tess Bonacci, Anna Cruz, Barbara Lezcano, Marie Patrick and Harper C. Thomas are joined by artists from Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong. Two evening receptions are planned, for tonight and Saturday (both starting at 7 p.m.), as well as open gallery hours from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Check Agencies' Facebook page or Tumblr for teaser images and a schedule of performances. – Jessica Bryce Young

7 p.m. | A Place Gallery, 649 N. Mills Ave. | | free

Thursday, 12

Green Velvet


Techno alien Green Velvet is the star-crossed musical and visual persona that sprang from the mind of Curtis Jones, a Chicago techno and house producer, in 1993. From the start, Green Velvet was on a whole other level than Jones' myriad other projects. Sporting a neon green mohawk and cyberpunk shades, Green Velvet cut a glammy, fantastical figure amongst his more anonymous techno brethren, with more than a hint of Bowie and Numan. And his music is as immediate as it was unique, built around undeniable webs of beats and bizarre, quirky vocal samples, as heard on early hits like "Answering Machine" and "Preacher Man." One of his more recent releases is an intriguing collaboration with Detroit techno godfather Carl Craig. The globe-crossing Green Velvet has maintained his creativity and mystique to the present day and will play the second anniversary of the Deep Therapy night as his sole Florida engagement. – MM

with Atnarko, Carlos Mendoza | 10 p.m. | Tier Nightclub, 20 E. Central Blvd. | 407-222-9732 | | $20

Friday, 13

Florida Prize Exhibition Opening Preview Party


We've gushed plenty over the Orlando Museum of Art's Florida Prize in Contemporary Art in its previous two years – you don't need our recommendation to know that this is the don't-miss show of the year. And we can tell you that the 10 Floridian artists competing this year are as exciting as the previous two groups. New in 2016, however, is the glitzy opening gala spangled with music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres from 10 different caterers (each bite inspired by an individual artist) and the chance to meet and mingle with the 10 contenders. The winner of the 2016 prize will be announced at the party, and as usual that winner will receive a large cash award – but this time, party attendees will both help fund the prize and be able to vote in a People's Choice award. Not just delicious, but also democratic. – JBY

7-10 p.m. | Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-896-4231 | | $55-$75

Saturday, 14

Florence + the Machine


Fairy tale-sounding tracks with sinister undertones, combined with the soft alt presence of flower crowns, provide a realm in which Florence Welch flourishes. The vocalist and her accompanying Machine have grown since their 2009 debut, but their lyrical and overall essence remains the same: one of opposing forces but also one of light and power. If this consistency is any indication, their show at the Amway will prove to be no different. Create your own assortment of gardenias and roses to place on your head and take in the recent creation that is How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful for a night full of Grammy-nominated treats. – Kim Slichter

with Anderson .Paak | 7:30 p.m. | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 407-440-7000 | $83-$102.50

Sunday, 15

Taste of Florida


Though culinary events of this caliber often have prohibitive price tags, this Florida-centric feast, hosted by co-op Local Roots, won't necessarily break the bank. Plus, you'll get to try tastings from some of the best area restaurants that focus on local ingredients and historic Floridian cuisine. And if that's not enough to get your palate moist, take note that each tasting is paired with beer from specific Florida brewers. Some of the pairings announced include the Strand with Red Cypress, K Restaurant with Cigar City, the Smiling Bison with Playalinda and Swine & Sons with Cask & Larder. Top it all off with live music and the lovely surroundings of East End Market and you've got close to a perfect date night for your favorite foodie or the beer nut in your life. – Thaddeus McCollum

1-4 p.m. | East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive | 321-422-3276 | | $45

Sunday, 15

Beer 'Merica


For a hopping time with a brewtiful crowd (all right, no more puns), come join us at Beer 'Merica this weekend to celebrate American craft beer. Organized by Orlando Weekly in conjunction with CityBev, one of the area's biggest distributors, this Sunday afternoon of beer-guzzling to kick off American Craft Beer Week takes place near Lake Ivanhoe in Gaston Edwards Park. For $25, try unlimited samples of 100 different American brews, including ones from Big Storm Brewing, Florida Beer Company and Goose Island. Beer 'Merica will also have live music and morsels to chow down on as you find the perfect draught. – Monivette Cordeiro

2-6 p.m. | Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave. | | $15-$45

Monday, 16

Amy Schumer


After three seasons of Inside Amy Schumer and the runaway success of her film Trainwreck, there's no denying that Amy Schumer is one of the top comedic talents working in the country today. Her bitingly insightful commentary on how women are portrayed in media – like in the Inside sketch "Last Fuckable Day," in which Schumer, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and others take a jab at Hollywood's tendency to stop casting female actors of a certain age in romantic leads – has opened the door for frank discussions about sexism and sexuality. She comes to CFE Arena this week fresh from filming the fourth season of her Peabody Award-winning Comedy Central show, and is currently working on a script with Jennifer Lawrence to follow up Trainwreck. This is an exciting chance to see a performer at the top of her game. – TM

8 p.m. | CFE Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd. | 407-823-6006 | | $36-$125

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