September 26, 2013

Fall Guide 2013 highlights: 33 select events we cannot wait to attend

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Oct. 4-Oct. 13
Art & Algorithms Festival
First things first: Yes, it’s a haul. Titusville is about an hour away, but some things are worth the travel time and we’re betting that this is one of them. A 10-day digital arts event, Art & Algorithms brings 3-D digital mapping projection, a holographic and lenticular art exhibit, a short film festival and more to the Space Coast – fitting, since the men and women of the aeronautics industry have plenty of experience creating beauty from math. Various times daily; downtown Titusville, Julia Street and Hopkins Avenue South, Titusville; visit website for details; artandalgorithms.com.

Oct. 4-Oct. 13
Art & Algorithms Festival

First things first: Yes, it’s a haul. Titusville is about an hour away, but some things are worth the travel time and we’re betting that this is one of them. A 10-day digital arts event, Art & Algorithms brings 3-D digital mapping projection, a holographic and lenticular art exhibit, a short film festival and more to the Space Coast – fitting, since the men and women of the aeronautics industry have plenty of experience creating beauty from math. Various times daily; downtown Titusville, Julia Street and Hopkins Avenue South, Titusville; visit website for details; artandalgorithms.com.
Oct. 5
The Festival of Bacon
This is the first official go-round for this outdoor pig-inspired fete, and hungry festgoers get the chance to sample a multitude of bacon-inspired dishes created by more than 30 local restaurants – OLV, Porkie’s Original BBQ and the Hammered Lamb, among others. The buck doesn’t stop there, either, because you can wash down that salty, greasy pork with bacon beer and bacon cocktails (yes, you heard that right) and listen to live music provided by local standbys, including songstress Kaleigh Baker, one-man band Ben Prestage, country trio Good Luck Penny and more. With a paid ticket, you receive $10 in “bacon bucks” to spend on samples, which range from $2-$5. 11 am-7 pm Saturday; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; $25-$35; festivalofbacon.com.

Oct. 5
The Festival of Bacon

This is the first official go-round for this outdoor pig-inspired fete, and hungry festgoers get the chance to sample a multitude of bacon-inspired dishes created by more than 30 local restaurants – OLV, Porkie’s Original BBQ and the Hammered Lamb, among others. The buck doesn’t stop there, either, because you can wash down that salty, greasy pork with bacon beer and bacon cocktails (yes, you heard that right) and listen to live music provided by local standbys, including songstress Kaleigh Baker, one-man band Ben Prestage, country trio Good Luck Penny and more. With a paid ticket, you receive $10 in “bacon bucks” to spend on samples, which range from $2-$5. 11 am-7 pm Saturday; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; $25-$35; festivalofbacon.com.
Oct. 6
Hey Bartender
Fans of Redlight Redlight and the Courtesy will likely be interested in this 2013 documentary from Douglas Tirola that examines the resurgence of craft cocktail and bartending culture by following the struggles of two very different bartenders. One is an injured Marine who redirects his focus to become a bartender at the world’s best cocktail bar, and the other is a man who leaves his white-collar job to open his own dive; both stories are colored in by commentary from renowned bartenders. 1 pm Sunday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $10; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.

Oct. 6
Hey Bartender

Fans of Redlight Redlight and the Courtesy will likely be interested in this 2013 documentary from Douglas Tirola that examines the resurgence of craft cocktail and bartending culture by following the struggles of two very different bartenders. One is an injured Marine who redirects his focus to become a bartender at the world’s best cocktail bar, and the other is a man who leaves his white-collar job to open his own dive; both stories are colored in by commentary from renowned bartenders. 1 pm Sunday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $10; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.
Oct. 8
Sigur Rós, Julianna Barwick 
Winter is coming! The Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós changed their tune a bit aggressively on this year’s release Kveikur, but the decision was met with critical acclaim. This is their first time appearing in Orlando, and you can expect their visuals to be as spacey as their sound. No doubt experiencing Jónsi Birgisson’s unique falsetto live will make it even more fun watching him and the rest of the band when they appear in the next season of Game of Thrones. 8 pm; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; $27.50-$47.50; 407-823-6006.
Photo by Yoshika Horita

Oct. 8
Sigur Rós, Julianna Barwick

Winter is coming! The Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós changed their tune a bit aggressively on this year’s release Kveikur, but the decision was met with critical acclaim. This is their first time appearing in Orlando, and you can expect their visuals to be as spacey as their sound. No doubt experiencing Jónsi Birgisson’s unique falsetto live will make it even more fun watching him and the rest of the band when they appear in the next season of Game of Thrones. 8 pm; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; $27.50-$47.50; 407-823-6006.
Photo by Yoshika Horita
Oct. 9
Growth in Transition: Sustainable Development – Fiction or Challenge?
Most of us already feel that listless anxiety about disparate (and huge) issues conflating into a giant mess of a future, but few are equipped to offer much more than small solutions or oversized rhetoric. Alexander Likhotal, a former adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev, attacks the issue of sustainability in a growing global culture with a unique, seemingly clinical perspective. Likhotal addresses the interconnectivity of our financial, ecological and social challenges, attempting to force a holistic solution that needs to come sooner than later. 10:30-11:30 am Wednesday; UCF Student Union, University of Central Florida; free; ucfglobalperspectives.org.
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Oct. 9
Growth in Transition: Sustainable Development – Fiction or Challenge?

Most of us already feel that listless anxiety about disparate (and huge) issues conflating into a giant mess of a future, but few are equipped to offer much more than small solutions or oversized rhetoric. Alexander Likhotal, a former adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev, attacks the issue of sustainability in a growing global culture with a unique, seemingly clinical perspective. Likhotal addresses the interconnectivity of our financial, ecological and social challenges, attempting to force a holistic solution that needs to come sooner than later. 10:30-11:30 am Wednesday; UCF Student Union, University of Central Florida; free; ucfglobalperspectives.org.
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Oct. 11
Artist-in-Residence One: Josette Urso Opening Reception 
One of the best things to happen on the art scene last year was the return of artists in residence to the Maitland Art Center, just as founder Andre Smith originally intended. Brooklyn abstract painter Josette Urso spent six weeks living and working on the beautiful grounds; in April, she told Orlando Weekly: “I work very intuitively, so I will bring only a ‘blank slate’ mind. Maitland’s environment will take me where it wants me to go.” Tonight is your chance to see where that was in oil paintings, watercolors and drawings inspired by her surroundings at the museum. 6-8 pm Friday; Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $3; 407-539-2181; artandhistory.org.
“Bushwick (all the way) Through, 2011, ink on paper, 23 x 29,” Drawing by Josette Urso

Oct. 11
Artist-in-Residence One: Josette Urso Opening Reception

One of the best things to happen on the art scene last year was the return of artists in residence to the Maitland Art Center, just as founder Andre Smith originally intended. Brooklyn abstract painter Josette Urso spent six weeks living and working on the beautiful grounds; in April, she told Orlando Weekly: “I work very intuitively, so I will bring only a ‘blank slate’ mind. Maitland’s environment will take me where it wants me to go.” Tonight is your chance to see where that was in oil paintings, watercolors and drawings inspired by her surroundings at the museum. 6-8 pm Friday; Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $3; 407-539-2181; artandhistory.org.
“Bushwick (all the way) Through, 2011, ink on paper, 23 x 29,” Drawing by Josette Urso
Oct. 17
Malick Sidibé Documentaries
Cosima Spender’s roughly hourlong Dolce Vita Africana expands understanding of the joyous and wild times in which Malian photographer Malick Sidibé worked, capturing the sly wit of the photographer (and his portrait subjects) and rocking an irresistible Afro-pop soundtrack. Malick Sidibé: Portrait of the Artist as a Portraitist is an eight-minute short, featuring a recent interview with Sidibé suffused with his charm and sweetness. Go early so you can peruse the Cornell’s Sidibé exhibit beforehand, if you haven’t already. 7 pm Thursday; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2526; rollins.edu/cfam.

Oct. 17
Malick Sidibé Documentaries

Cosima Spender’s roughly hourlong Dolce Vita Africana expands understanding of the joyous and wild times in which Malian photographer Malick Sidibé worked, capturing the sly wit of the photographer (and his portrait subjects) and rocking an irresistible Afro-pop soundtrack. Malick Sidibé: Portrait of the Artist as a Portraitist is an eight-minute short, featuring a recent interview with Sidibé suffused with his charm and sweetness. Go early so you can peruse the Cornell’s Sidibé exhibit beforehand, if you haven’t already. 7 pm Thursday; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2526; rollins.edu/cfam.
Oct. 18-Oct. 20
Nerdapalooza 2013 
Nerdapalooza is your friend. Not your only friend. But a little glowing friend. It seems if all jocks think about is sports, then all these nerds think about is music, because this year’s lineup is beefed up, including They Might Be Giants and Nerf Herder as headliners. The festival also features more than 40 bands over three days, as well as an indie game showcase, vendors and visual artists. Plus – bonus item – the first day is free. It’s a stupid fun time that makes us wish we could always be stupid! Forever! 5 pm; Orange County Convention Center, 9990 International Drive; nerdapalooza.org; free single day; $70 weekend pass.

Oct. 18-Oct. 20
Nerdapalooza 2013

Nerdapalooza is your friend. Not your only friend. But a little glowing friend. It seems if all jocks think about is sports, then all these nerds think about is music, because this year’s lineup is beefed up, including They Might Be Giants and Nerf Herder as headliners. The festival also features more than 40 bands over three days, as well as an indie game showcase, vendors and visual artists. Plus – bonus item – the first day is free. It’s a stupid fun time that makes us wish we could always be stupid! Forever! 5 pm; Orange County Convention Center, 9990 International Drive; nerdapalooza.org; free single day; $70 weekend pass.
Oct. 19
The Falcon Presents: 4th Annual Zombie Art Show
The Falcon’s indefatigable procession of themed group shows continues with their fourth Zombie Art Show, a collection of works inspired by those who walk after death and crave brains. These exhibitions-slash-parties can be a mixed bag (pretty much by definition), and it’s hard to predict what you’ll see when get there, but we’re quite taken with some early images from this year’s show that we’ve seen – in particular, Plinio Pinto’s series of bloody undead redheads. 8 pm Saturday; The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.; free; 407-423-3060; thefalconbar.com.
Art by Plinio Pinto

Oct. 19
The Falcon Presents: 4th Annual Zombie Art Show

The Falcon’s indefatigable procession of themed group shows continues with their fourth Zombie Art Show, a collection of works inspired by those who walk after death and crave brains. These exhibitions-slash-parties can be a mixed bag (pretty much by definition), and it’s hard to predict what you’ll see when get there, but we’re quite taken with some early images from this year’s show that we’ve seen – in particular, Plinio Pinto’s series of bloody undead redheads. 8 pm Saturday; The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.; free; 407-423-3060; thefalconbar.com.
Art by Plinio Pinto
Oct. 20
Accidental Music Festival Presents the Dublin Guitar Quartet
This world-class Irish ensemble has a weakness for Ligeti, Glass, Part and Reich – and if you recognize those composers without their first names, you’ll get along just fine with the Dublin Guitar Quartet. Touring on their soon-to-drop album of Philip Glass string quartets (to be released on Glass’ own recording label), they perform in Orlando courtesy of the Accidental Music Festival, which morphs into a consistently forward-looking presenting group in the months between festivals. Their dedication to new music as opposed to old chestnuts serves them, and their audience, well. 7:30 pm Sunday; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $22; accidentalmusicfestival.com.

Oct. 20
Accidental Music Festival Presents the Dublin Guitar Quartet

This world-class Irish ensemble has a weakness for Ligeti, Glass, Part and Reich – and if you recognize those composers without their first names, you’ll get along just fine with the Dublin Guitar Quartet. Touring on their soon-to-drop album of Philip Glass string quartets (to be released on Glass’ own recording label), they perform in Orlando courtesy of the Accidental Music Festival, which morphs into a consistently forward-looking presenting group in the months between festivals. Their dedication to new music as opposed to old chestnuts serves them, and their audience, well. 7:30 pm Sunday; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $22; accidentalmusicfestival.com.