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Selections: Our picks for the best things to do in Orlando this week 

Thursday, 24

Destroy All Poets


Having just returned from the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado, where they competed against some of the top slam poets in the country, the Safe Words Poetry Slam team is wasting no time in getting back to work. This week sees the team begin its 2017-18 season with a four-round poetry slam where four teams of poets perform their best pieces in rounds devoted to topics like sports and games or the age-old battle of sharks versus dolphins. Welcome back, poets! – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | The Milk Bar, 2424 E. Robinson St. | 407-440-8771 |

Friday, 25

Social Distortion


Sporting one of the longest careers in punk rock, Social Distortion is coming up on four decades of devotion to three chords and the truth. They scored a series of hits in the 1990s with singles "Story of My Life," "I Was Wrong" and a punked-up cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." And frontman Mike Ness – the only constant member of a frequently changing lineup – continues to write tunes that pay tribute to classic rock & roll, country and rockabilly. Opener Jade Jackson, a young songwriter whose debut album, Gilded, has garnered positive attention from the likes of Rolling Stone and NPR, might seem like an odd pairing until you learn that Ness produced her album. Time to break out that can of Royal Crown pomade that's been gathering dust in your medicine cabinet. – TM

with Jade Jackson | 7 p.m. | House of Blues, 1490 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista | 407-934-2583 | | $38.50-$83.75

Friday, 25



Bringing back together the multidisciplinary team responsible for last year's Space Is the Place at A Place Gallery, this show finds illustrator Maressa Roberts (Em's Revenge) and digital artist David J. Lajas, aka Catalyst, teaming up again. The two have been hard at work in the interim, with each presenting new works individually – an audio-interactive projection mapping display from Catalyst and new pop-culture refracting visual art from Em's Revenge. Additionally the duo will debut two installation pieces they cooked up jointly. Along with sinister (but glam) house beats from DJ/style maven Deviant Art Heaux – whose A-Shop now occupies the former A Place space, if you're a stickler for conceptual unity – the event promises full sensory overload. Repurpose pop fizz and high art and make it your own. – Matthew Moyer

7 p.m. | Henao Contemporary Center, 5601 Edgewater Drive | 407-272-0317 | | $5

Saturday, 26

Arts for Carts


Some dogs hop on three legs, or wear eyepatches like pirates, or can't hear a damn thing you say but loyally lip-read your commands. Lovey Loaves is the Orlando sanctuary devoted to saving, rehabbing and helping find homes for animals who've had a tough time of it, but still have love to give. Arts for Carts is their annual fundraiser, and before you start thinking this is some drab do-gooder lentilfest, allow us to point out that this party looks like a blast. It's a Roaring '20s theme, so dress up and be prepared to do the Charleston – and to take your turn in the "slo-mo booth" for a gorgeous, unique video – plus the usual: hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a live DJ and a silent auction of art and jewelry. It might be nice in the midst of this heavy political climate to have some fun and spend some money that you know is going to a good cause, mightn't it? – Jessica Bryce Young

7:30-10 p.m. | Disney's Boardwalk Resort, 2101 N. Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista | 407-494-2707 | | $55

Sunday, 27



Between the dreamy dynamism of Kinder Than Wolves and the heartfelt crunch of Expert Timing, this was already a notable next-gen bill of Orlando indie rock. But once DieAlps! were added, it suddenly became a big deal. These darlings of the Tampa Bay scene have been steadily rising since emerging in 2014 on indie pillar New Granada Records. But while their introductory self-titled EP showed potential, their freshly released debut full-length album (Our City) officially makes them a band to watch. The excellent new record is the document of an extraordinary leap in progress, one that's taken their waltzing pop charm and given it new rock wings and an open sky in which to fly. With twinkling melodies surfing big swells of guitar, the result is a realized expansion that delivers substance and sparkle in equally brilliant measure. Add in the good locals and the emo intricacy of South Florida's Woolbright and this bill is a noteworthy sampler of Florida's next indie class. – Bao Le-Huu

with Kinder Than Wolves, Expert Timing, Woolbright | 8 p.m. | The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St. | 407-423-3060 | | $5 suggested donation

Tuesday, 29

Death Valley Girls


Young West Coast deathtrip freaks Death Valley Girls perfectly embody the various hues of Los Angeles' weirdo heritage, be it the witchy menace of the Manson girls, the Runaways' total trash, Iggy passed out on the Sunset Strip, the deathrock vileness of the Hell Comes to Your House comp or the pulpy seduction of Hollywood Babylon. Visual evidence bears this out too, with the band looking like a school folder collage of the Cramps and the Jesus and Mary Chain. But the proof is always in the sonic pudding and Death Valley Girls truly shine with their occult soundtracks (including a few albums for slack tastemakers Burger Records), an immediate brew of shoegaze, C86, the Brian Jonestown Massacre and a dash of the Gun Club. We've read a few intriguing things about the members sporting black cloaks onstage and writing "666" on their foreheads; is it for real? Who cares! See you at the séance. – MM

with Soapbox Soliloquy, TV Dinner | 7 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10

Thursday, 24

Other Body


Young Miami skronk trio Other Body are part of a young vanguard of new bands from Miami – influenced by the noise weirdness coming out of the Churchill's/Rat Bastard nexus – that are reinvigorating guitar music in South Florida along with Period Bomb, Teepee, Smut and Pariuh. Other Body deal in a molten, volcanic hybrid of post-rock and psychedelia where riffs and vocal melodies bend and warp under torque and tension from an unforgiving rhythm section. But like the best U.K. shoegaze, the tunes underneath are undeniable. The band are taking the songs from their recent Total Bust mini-album out for a road-test on a brief "Florida or Bust" tour, trading in the fetid heat of Miami for ... well, more fetid heat, but still. With locals Junior Bruce, Uh, and Freakazoid on board, this bill is pretty much a précis on the state of new, weird Florida heaviness. – Matthew Moyer

with Junior Bruce, Uh, Freakazoid | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10

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