Selections: The best things to do in Orlando this week


Thursday, 8

Sins & Grins


Deadly Sins Brewing is already an oasis for craft beer fans in the middle of Winter Park's are-we-really-calling-it-the-SoFa District. And their event schedule, featuring everything from a running club to food truck nights, have made it a burgeoning public living room in an area of town that's been lacking an informal community hub. This week, Deadly Sins invites some regional comedians to try out the space and test the waters for a regular stand-up showcase. Sins & Grins draws comics from the Orlando and Daytona areas – like Javaris Temple, Casey Crawford, Jasmine Jewel and Sareth Ney – and gives them a microphone and the chance to do their best to make craft beer shoot out of the noses of laughing patrons. Napkins provided. – Thaddeus McCollum

8-10 p.m. | Deadly Sins Brewing, 750 Jackson Ave., Winter Park | 407-900-8726 | | free

Wednesday, 7

Child Abuse


Their moniker is as lurid as a particularly sketchy power electronics ensemble, but fear not, the members of Child Abuse (which includes two no-doubt doting dads), take pains to clarify that their band name is more of a descriptor than an intent: "brutal children's music," which somehow makes total sense. For indeed, Child Abuse is a bass-electronics-drums explosion of loud, attention-starved tantrums right in line with, say, a Christmas without the right presents on offer. Bassist-vocalist Tim Dahl will be familiar to sharp-eyed and scum-oriented local concertgoers, being a member of Lydia Lunch's torture brigade when she supported the Genitorturers here last summer. Child Abuse's music will be likewise familiar to devotees of the singular Skin Graft aesthetic: grimy chaos, art pranks and blown-out noise masking (accidental or not) adventurous compositions. There are some callbacks to the new "no-wave" scene that Skin Graft fostered in the late '90s, but there're also more than a few nods to early Butthole Surfers, hesher metal and maybe even a lick or two of free jazz. Maybe. The trio headlines a bill with local fellow travelers Obliterati and Norway's Golden Oriole. Skronk 'em if you got 'em. – MM

with Obliterati, Golden Oriole | 9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $7

Friday, 9

Tears for Fears


Putting aside the headscratcher of a double bill with Hall & Oates – are enterprising bookies taking odds on which duo will implode first on this tour or what? – any chance to hear the titanic songcraft of Tears for Fears in its natural environment (the arena) is very welcome. The duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith started in 1981 and hit it big only one year later with their debut album The Hurting; but it was Songs From the Big Chair where the group made their unquestioned contributions to the heartbreak pop canon. Whether it was "Shout" or "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," the band casually unveiled hit after hit. They may have splintered after 1989's The Seeds of Love with, well, no love lost between the two members, but their songs weren't intended for the same "Best of the '80s" dustbin as many of their contemporaries. Soon after the band reunited in the early '00s, their "Mad World" became a moody centerpiece to the film Donnie Darko, and a deluxe reissue of Big Chair only added to their swooning yet world-beating synth-pop mystique. Prom's coming late this year, but is it ever here. – Matthew Moyer

with Hall & Oates | 7 p.m. | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 407-440-7900 | | $32-$126

Friday, 9



Way back in 2006, rapper T.I. was checking into the Delano Hotel in Miami when he and his friend heard the sounds of someone in pain. They looked up at the balcony above them and saw a man suffering from injuries sustained in a botched suicide attempt. T.I. called the authorities and an ambulance came to take the injured man away. It wasn't until a little while later that he learned that the suicide victim was Creed frontman Scott Stapp, who had thrown himself off the balcony during a drug-fueled mental breakdown. "He immediately took care of the situation and saved my life," said Stapp of T.I.'s intervention. Four years later, T.I. assisted authorities in Atlanta in talking a man off the ledge of a building by shooting a personalized video message and sending it to the man. This week, T.I. brings his Hustle Gang tour to Venue 578, reminding us who popularized the word "trap" with nearly two decades of hits, from "Rubber Band Man" to last year's surprisingly conscious Us or Else: Letter to the System. Get saved. – TM

8 p.m. | Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave. | 407-872-0066 | | $40-$60

Saturday, 10

RAINN Benefit


As a replacement for the cancelled PWR BTTM date at Backbooth, local bookers Norsekorea kept the date and rebooked the show as a fundraiser for the nonprofit RAINN – the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. The new lineup is equal parts challenging and exciting, featuring a trio of local female-identified projects. You've got deranged punk malcontents Wet Nurse, along with the hazy indie-jangle of Chelsea Ybarra's Sugarplum and spiky pop-punk trio Cool Grandma. New d-beat project Disgender will not, sadly, be able to play the show. One hundred percent of door proceeds go to RAINN. Support the alignment of outsider aesthetics with results-oriented activism. – MM

with Wet Nurse, Sugarplum, Cool Grandma | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St. | 407-999-2570 | | $5

Saturday, 10

Saturday Matinee Classics:Black Orpheus


The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, whose love was stronger than death but not stronger than human curiosity, has been retold by writers as varied as Ovid, Rilke, Tennessee Williams and Thomas Pynchon, but this Brazilian film version holds its own in the reboot pantheon. Here the young lovers pass not through Hades itself, but through the slums of Rio during Carnaval, pursued by a killer dressed as Death. It's best known for introducing bossa nova to a wider audience with its soundtrack featuring Luis Bonfá and a pre-"Girl From Ipanema" Antônio Carlos Jobim. But the true revelation of the film is the radiant Marpessa Dawn as Eurydice, beautiful and melancholic, most full of life as it's being stolen from her. – Jessica Bryce Young

noon | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | | $8

Sunday, 11

Chefs Collab


The Ravenous Pig hosts a one-night Italian-themed collaboration dinner event with its chef Nick Sierputowski and Bruno Zacchini of Pizza Bruno. Sierputowski has been serving up flavorful dishes for nine years, since the Ravenous Pig's opening. Zacchini is a Swine family alum, and is also beloved for his Big Bruno's Bites cart and his work at Third Wave in New Smyrna Beach before opening the brick and mortar Pizza Bruno roughly a year ago, where his pies have gained fame amongst those who weren't already followers. The two chefs are set to provide a Mediterranean trip for the palate: raw melon and prosciutto-cured fish, squid-ink tagliatelle, porchetta and tiramisu cannoli. – Virginia Vasquez

6:30-9:30 p.m. | The Ravenous Pig, 565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park | 407-628-2333 | | $65

Monday, 12

Orlando Love


This week marks the passing of one year since the Pulse tragedy, and Orlando pays tribute to the fallen. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and other community leaders and elected officials will be hosting a remembrance ceremony at Lake Eola to honor all of those that we lost on that night. Grammy award-winning recording artist Olga Tañón and Sisaundra Lewis, a former contestant on The Voice, use the strength of their singing voices to remind us of the strength of the Orlando community. The memorial reading of the 49 names might be the hardest part to hear, but the unity of our city speaks volumes in itself. – Kristin James

7 p.m. | Walt Disney Amphitheatre, Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave. | | free


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