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Taken for Looks Photographers give us their perspectives on events, situations and even emotions through their work. What if their motive was to deceive? That question is the focus of this exhibit featuring seven photographers. The work explores different angles, subject matter and setups that either show reality or deceive the viewer. Give it a shot and see if you can figure out where the truth lies. (continues through Sept. 1 at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach; free; 386-506-4475)



Orlando Carnival We've been saying for years now that this annual three-day spectacular is the sleeper event of this town, and it's time to say it again. The overwhelming passion that pulls together this "Caribbean-style Mardi Gras" celebration is reflected in the innumerable details — handmade floats that have been hidden away in area warehouses waiting for the Sunday morning parade (which follows the traditional all-night "j'ouvert" pre-party that starts at 2 a.m.); the sparkles and feathers meticulously placed on the all-important costumes that will dazzle and amaze; and the overloaded menu of food, activities and music that awaits in Tinker Field over the three-day celebration. Thankfully, the Orlando Carnival Association has finally gotten onto the Internet, as the specifics can be hard to nail down. But know that more than 50,000 revelers will be at play downtown over Memorial Day weekend. (noon-midnight Friday-Sunday at Tinker Field; $15-$25; 407-293-2440;

Chutney Soca Rave Celebrating their 10th anniversary in style, the DJs of Natural Mystic Soundsation will be making their birthday party an integral part of this year's Carnival celebrations. In addition to the Guyanese crew's typically explosive sets of Trinidad-touched hip-hop (aka "chutney"), dancehall and other island-centric funk, they're also bringing in DJs from around the country and Canada to help 'em celebrate. (10 p.m. at Florida Citrus Bowl Varsity Club; $10;

Fin Fang Foom Named after the occasionally annoyed evil alien dragon of Marvel comics lore, this Chapel Hill group has been bashing out angular, melodic post-punk long enough to see it go out of style and come back again. Possessing neither the gruffness nor the scaliness of their namesake, FFF nonetheless delivers a city-crushing roar that could make an angry dragon proud. (with New Roman Times, The Dark Romantics; 9 p.m. at Will's Pub; $5; 407-898-5070)

Oasis 19 Fans unite for the 19th installment of Orlando's original science fiction and fantasy convention this weekend. In addition to the usual RPG gaming and dealer booths, the event boasts a charity auction chock-full of memorabilia donated by fans and artists and a masquerade on Saturday. Special guests include prolific novelist Steven Brust, Fantasy artist Ellisa Mitchell and Carla Ulbrich, a filk singer (for those not in the know, filk is folk music about sci-fi and fantasy topics). (noon Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sheraton World Resort; $30;



Zombie March Orlando It sounds like a scene straight out of George A. Romero's fondest daydream, but a little, partially decomposed birdie tells us that zombies will be sashaying down Park Avenue in Winter Park this Saturday, parading their rotting bods before an unsuspecting audience of merlot-swilling onlookers. And, as if that's not enough, the whole shocking scene will be repeated just a couple of hours later at Lake Eola, in front of an equally unprepared phalanx of downtown joggers and their cowering pet Weimaraners. While this moaning, groaning experiment in guerrilla theater can be traced to the most elemental of motivations — i.e., getting a reaction, any reaction — it's also a stealthy promotion for that evening's run-through of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Universal CityWalk, which we're told will be shadowcast according to an all-zombie motif. Say what you will about the aggregate mental capacity of midnight-movie crowds, but we think that kind of promotion takes brains. BRAINS! (5 p.m. at Park Avenue, Winter Park; 7 p.m. at Lake Eola; movie and show, midnight at AMC Loews Universal Cineplex 20; $8; 407-354-5998;



Yngwie Malmsteen Somebody recently sent us a link to a YouTube capture of "Stars," the headbangers-for-Africa video from 1985 that includes a seeming half-hour of all-star shredding. Guess whose fret-burning feats of self-indulgence held up best two decades later? Eternal punchline Yngwie J. Malmsteen, who, it was curiously reassuring to be reminded, played with a fluidity and immaculate sense of phrasing that put him miles beyond his contemporaries. Malmsteen's swift decline into self-parody — helped along not only by the wholesale collapse of '80s metal, but by his own out-of-control ego, questionable personal habits and (most heinous of all) a move to Florida — has utterly overshadowed his instrumental prowess. Tonight, he gets another chance to prove that he may indeed have deserved the "God" nickname he so readily welcomed. (with Orange Sky; 7 p.m. at House of Blues; $19.50-$21.50; 407-934-2583)

Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Amber Foster, Steve Schneider, Lindy T. Shepherd


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