Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, May 18-24

Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, May 18-24

Wednesday, 18

Period Bomb


Miami's Period Bomb hearkens back to the Slits, Lunachicks and Super-Heroines: bands that cut a loud, proud and visually flamboyant swath through the punk scenes of their respective times. Period Bomb beats the boys at their own volume-dealing game and adds just the right hint of "I'll cut you if you look at me sideways" intensity. On the evidence of the EPs released so far, the band is pitched perfectly between riot grrrl and postpunk weirdness. Live, the whole experience veers toward DIY punk psychedelia, with dirt, glitter, sweat, rhinestones, blood, spandex, vinyl and confrontation making for the perfect spectacle ... and soundtrack. – Matthew Moyer

with Problem Child, Manic and the Depressives, Skatanabis, Burundunga | 8 p.m. | Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave. | 407-898-0009 | $4

Thursday, 19

Yong: Pop Jungle


This Third Thursday gallery hop brings a special highlight: Redefine Gallery's exhibition by Brazilian street artist Yong. His colorful creations draw on everything from graffiti to cartoons to 8-bit video games, resulting in work that's both immediate and, well, fun. For this exhibit, Pop Jungle, Yong draws inspiration from his homeland in a show full of Brazilian native animals and endangered species that's downright Amazonian. Plus, Redefine promises an interactive mural that we can't wait to check out. This is one of your only local chances to pick up limited edition prints from the internationally exhibited artist, or you can go the cheap route and pick up a pack of super cute stickers for only $8. – Thaddeus McCollum

opening 6-10 p.m., exhibition through June 10 | Redefine Gallery, 29 S. Orange Ave. | 407-648-7060 | | free

Friday, 20

Def Leppard


We thought the cab driver was trying to be funny when he picked us up to take us to the Def Leppard show a few months ago and was all "Didn't you hear it was canceled?" and we were all "LOL, really funny dude." But it wasn't funny, because it was true: The triple-bill show in January with Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla was canceled at literally the last minute (there were folks waiting outside the Amway for doors to open) due to vocalist Joe Elliott's persistent laryngitis. Well, here we are five months later, and Elliott's voice has apparently been rested enough for the band to reschedule the gig, only this time Styx has been replaced in the lineup by REO Speedwagon. At this point in time, Def Leppard has become such a well-oiled rock & roll nostalgia machine that debating their merits is an irrelevant exercise; you either love them or you couldn't care less. However, for those fans who do love them, the band delivers an excellent, high-energy show that, yeah, may lean a little too heavily on pre-recorded tracks for purists, but also completely and unapologetically delivers the '80s melodic rock goods. – Jason Ferguson

with REO Speedwagon, Tesla | 7 p.m. | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 800-745-3000 | | $18-$797.50

Friday-Sunday, 20-22

Spring Book Sale


Like teen pop stars, books are subject to a rise-and-then-fall popularity curve. So those 50 copies of, say, Gone Girl the library purchased last summer to keep up with borrowers' demands, well ... this summer about 48 of them are probably twiddling their thumbs on the shelf. Their downfall is your windfall, though, as deaccessioned library books make up a significant part of the Friends of the Library book sale at the downtown Orlando Public Library. Come find a stack of beach reads plus audiobooks, DVDs, CDS and vinyl at rock-bottom prices. To get even better prices plus first crack at the good stuff, join Friends of the Library ($15 at the door) and you can get 10 percent off and attend the members-only presale Thursday evening. Stacks on stacks on stacks. – Jessica Bryce Young

members-only preview, 5-7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday | Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd. | 407-835-7323 | | free

Friday, 20

Gold Gone Wild Tour


Celebrated beats and rhymes imprint Fool's Gold Records is staging another of their annual Gold Gone Wild package tours, proving that their acts are as capable live as in a studio. Australian DJ and producer Tommy Trash headlines this year, with support from a sampling of Fool's Gold's current roster; this Orlando date boasts supporting sets from Gladiator, Nick Catchdubs and Madeaux. Sounds on offer on the evening include Trash's signature manic house, the ADD dancefloor ragers of DJ duo Gladiator, and Madeaux's madcap remolding of EDM, all showing off the versatility of the Fool's Gold roster circa 2016. No one here is coasting on past glories or label cred. Only Florida date. Don't sleep. – MM

with Tommy Trash, Gladiator, Nick Catchdubs, Madeaux | 8 p.m. | Tier, 20 E. Central Blvd. | 407-222-9732 | | $15

Saturday, 21

People's Community Garage Sale


Garage-sale hunting usually starts with you looking for a vintage-chic vanity with a distressed finish, but somehow, you end up buying those bedazzled decorative pillows that you know damn well don't match your couch. If you're looking for a good bargain and don't want to waste a Saturday morning, check out the People's Community Garage Sale by Organize Now. Aside from cool furniture and household item finds, the community organization is also holding a raffle and fish fry, and the proceeds help send the nonprofit's members to the People's Convention in Pittsburgh to discuss social justice initiatives with activists from across the country. Sounds like a sweet deal to us. – Monivette Cordeiro

7 a.m. | Organize Now, 134 E. Colonial Drive | | free

Sunday, 22

Shady Brunch Comedy Show


Expanding on the boozy Sunday offerings of the Uncomfortable Brunch film series, Will's Pub starts a similar concept for fans of comedy this week. The Shady Brunch Comedy Show, hosted by Shaw Smith, is scheduled for every fourth Sunday of the month to bring some of the area's best comedic talents to the day-drinking crowd. This inaugural edition features a strong lineup, comprised of Heather Shaw, Alex Luchun, Ross McCoy, Mike Charette, Ian Vanieer and Tim Murphy. The $5 cover also includes a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary to get your laughing muscles lubed up. Plus, if you get too tipsy and need something healthy to soak up some of the mimosa in your belly, the Vegan Hot Dog Cart will be on hand to help sober you up without pumping you full of nitrates. – TM

3 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $5

Tuesday, 24

Plant Based Wine Pairing Dinner


When it comes to fancy food events, vegans get the fuzzy end of the stick – most of those dinners are Bacchanalian feasts of marrow bones and foie gras and runny French cheeses. People who don't eat animals like to get Bacchanalian once in a while, too, but they rarely have the chance. Dixie Dharma and Quantum Leap are looking to change that with this four-course prix fixe dinner. There will be wine pairings with each course, and the plates will not be laden with meat, milk, or any other animal products. Based on our experience of the Dixie Dharma menu at Market on South, however, they will be loaded with enough decadence to make anyone feel like they're living the gourmet life. – JBY

7-10 p.m. | Quantum Leap, 1312 Wilfred Drive | | $50

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