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

Friday, Sept. 22

Limited Edition

art

Art worlds collide at this show, a collaboration between UCF's Flying Horse Editions and Snap Orlando. In the past seven years or so, Patrick Kahn has reinvigorated the art scene with his Snap! photo festival and, eventually, galleries of the same name, which combine discerning curation and genuinely exciting opening night parties (it's hard to hit both of those marks; most galleries are good at either one or the other). And FHE's Theo Lotz is Orlando art royalty, the son of inventive local painter Steve Lotz and the current custodian and guiding light of the internationally renowned print studio right in our backyard. This show brings together work by 18 artists from around the globe, including global luminaries like Chakaia Booker and Patricia van de Camp and exciting locals like Tes One and Synthestruct. – Jessica Bryce Young

7-10 p.m. | Snap Orlando, 1013 E. Colonial Drive | snaporlando.com | free, RSVP requested

Friday, Sept. 22

Ami Dang

music

Baltimore's Ami Dang – an accomplished producer, electronic musician, vocalist and sitar player, and an outspoken Sikh-American – has risen up from that city's fertile underground over the last few years to become one of the most exciting young experimental artists in the U.S. In the past she's referred to her music as "Bollywave," but that only scratches the surface of her music. Hers is a world's worth of popular music forms across cultures, continents and eras, all melding together in avant-garde and earworm-worthy arrangements. Joining Dang for this show only is Alex Alexopoulos' Wild Anima, a beguiling mix of ambient synths and gently patient grooves, falling somewhere between Lisa Gerrard's solo work and Constance Demby. And ably holding down the local end is the one-human vocal orchestra Lush Agave and the dream factory of Broken Machine Films. For so many reasons, this show is a timely and essential event. It's rare for learning and healing and dancing to intersect to this blissful degree. – Matthew Moyer

with Lush Agave, Wild Anima | 9 p.m. | Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road | 407-623-3393 | stardustie.com | $5

Friday, Sept. 22

Brian Regan

comedy

Though you may expect someone a little edgier to be one of the most popular comics among fellow comedians, Brian Regan has developed a reputation for being one of the most hands-down hilarious performers among his peers. The lack of blue material in his repertoire often gets him labeled as a "clean" comic, but even a casual observer can tell that Regan doesn't need to go blue to get laughs, and if it weren't pointed out to you, you probably wouldn't notice. Regan capitalizes on his clean-cut, wacky-dad image on stage, accentuating observational humor and storytelling by physically acting out caricatures of the people involved in his jokes, and often giving himself short shrift as a lumbering, primitive dummy. But his recent deal to produce two new comedy specials for Netflix – and packed theaters around the country – prove that Regan is dumb like a fox. – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org | $49.75-$59.75

Saturday, Sept. 23

The Church

music

Australian dark-alternative legends the Church are following in the footsteps of fellow postpunk outliers like Modern English and Psychedelic Furs by eschewing the overt trappings of the nostalgia circuit – package tours, theme parks – and going at it hard like a young-and-hungry band. The Church – best known for U.S. radio hit "Under the Milky Way" from 1988's Starfish and "Metropolis" from Gold Afternoon Fix  – create a beguiling sound that combines deep, almost proto-shoegaze atmospherics with high existential drama and choruses that seem to reach up and taunt the very heavens. The Church is road-testing songs from new album Man Woman Life Death Infinity alongside a rich selection of classics. If only for the chance to swoon under the gale-force wind of romance that is "Under the Milky Way," attendance is encouraged. Afterparty at I-Bar, surely? – MM

with Helio Sequence | 7 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $25-$99

Saturday, Sept. 23

World's Biggest Eye Contact Experiment

events

In 1997, Dr. Arthur Aron and colleagues published a study outlining how he had induced closeness between sets of strangers by having them stare into each other's eyes for four minutes and ask each other a set of 36 personal questions. Two of the subjects ended up getting married six months later. It's a great how-we-met story, way better than having to explain Tinder to your grandkids 50 years from now. This weekend, you can get your chance to replicate those results for yourself – whether romantically or bromantically – by sitting across from a stranger at Lake Eola Park and staring into their eyes for a minute. It's a local spinoff of a worldwide event coinciding with the U.N.'s International Week of Peace, organized locally by the Elar Institute. We can't guarantee that you'll hit it off with your randomly matched partner, but if it doesn't work out, pull out your phone and start swiping right. – TM

5 p.m. | Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive and Washington Street | eyecontactexperiment.com | free

Sunday, Sept. 24

Together Pangea

music

Each band on this bill is worth the time on their own. Load 'em up three-tall on a single stage, and the punch and value become exponential. Springing from the current and fertile Californian punk soil that is a foundation to entire scene microcosms like Burger Records, L.A. headliner Together Pangea are among the leading edge of today's garage punk. As for NYC's Tall Juan, we were at his underground Orlando debut just this summer and were completely electrified by the Latin heat of his punk rock. And the cranked-up grunge-pop of Infinity Cat Recordings' band Daddy Issues absolutely roared opening up for Diet Cig here back in April. This is the chance to see why we're so hot on these bands all in one shot. – Bao Le-Huu

with Tall Juan, Daddy Issues | 6 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $12-$14

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Mastodon

MUSIC

Mastodon may now be one of modern metal's most definitive touchstone bands, but they're thoroughly the product of an elite underground that is the gold standard of street cred. And if there's any a lineup that is both reminder and reaffirmation of that fact, this is it. The sleazy humor of Eagles of Death Metal is one of the most singular and delicious phenomena in contemporary hard rock. On the opposite pole of the artistic spectrum, but every bit as worthy, is the epic instrumental intelligence of Chicago's Russian Circles, long one of the certified cornerstones of the post-metal vanguard. Together, this triad of titans in their own right is a sterling testament to the spectrum, expression and accomplishment of today's heavy music. – Bao Le-Huu

with Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles | 7:30 p.m. | Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-7625 | hardrock.com | $35-$70.50

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