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Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

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

Friday, Oct. 6

Culture Pop!: Drawing the Unseen


If you missed 2015's Dalí exhibition at the Maitland Art Center, you didn't just miss out on Salvador's Saturnian giraffes and Martian self-portraits; you also missed a nifty selection of way-out watercolors by André Smith, the founder of the Research Studio himself. The new show Drawing the Unseen: Artists Explore the Subconscious, opening Friday, gives you the chance to remedy that. In 1936, after moving to Maitland and establishing the artists colony he called the Research Studio, Smith published Art of the Subconscious, 33 etchings accompanied by short texts that he produced using the Surrealist exercise known as "automatic drawing": He set paper on the easel, cleared his mind, then drew whatever floated into his consciousness. The resulting works "have in them the topsy-turvy qualities of dreams: vivid during the occurrence, but seldom recalled upon awaking," as Smith put it. The delicate, emotional images are dazzlingly hyper-detailed, massing layers of familiar objects in wholly fantastical juxtapositions, with poetic titles like "Women Know Where Men Love Best to Roost." Drawing the Unseen accompanies Smith's work with that of five local artists, and the Friday night Culture Pop opening party accompanies first views of the show with their usual campus-wide celebration of the senses – artist talks, live jazz, free food, cash bar, and one-night-only pop-up exhibitions strewn throughout the beautiful grounds. – Jessica Bryce Young

6-9 p.m. | Art and History Museums – Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland | 407-539-2181 | | $5

Friday, Oct. 6



Kick off a month of Oktoberfest celebrations at the Orange County Library's Booktoberfest. You'll be able to sample a tasty variety of beers as you participate in a round of beer trivia from Curtis Earth Trivia and shovel traditional German food down your gullet courtesy of Rogue Pub and Chef 1 Studios. Live music is provided by the Central Florida Accordion Club, which is a thing that we did not know existed until now. Don't be fooled by the name: This is not the kind of library event where you'll be shushed by a mean librarian, and there's nary a required reading assignment in sight. That being said, if you want to sign up for a library card during the event, drunk photos make the best ID photos. Just sayin'. – Nicole Dudenhoefer

6:30 p.m. | Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd. | 407-835-7323 | | $20-$25

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7

The Best of the Second City


Chicago's pioneering improv comedy troupe, the Second City, is an institution. It's been a career-launching point for comedians, actors and directors who have risen to become household names since its inception in 1959. Second City's touring company, made up of young unknowns currently working and studying at one of the theater's several locations, returns to the Dr. Phillips Center this weekend for two nights. Don't expect much in the way of audience suggestions and "Yes, and"-ing. They'll be performing sketches from the Second City's repertoire that include some written by the likes of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Bill Murray back before anyone knew who they were. And who knows? Maybe in 30 years, another touring company will be performing sketches written by some of the actors in these shows. – Thaddeus McCollum

7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. Saturday | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | | $39.25

Saturday, Oct. 7

Com Truise


While synth-wave practitioner extraordinaire Seth Haley is seemingly on a quest to answer Leonard Cohen's final, ghostly question, "You want it darker?" with a resounding "Yes!" as ghosts finally take over the machine and the grooves become altogether colder and more subtly menacing, that's only part of the story. See, Haley, as Com Truise, has been going all Vangelis and Blade Runner on us, and a good portion of his audience might not even realize it. Haley recently released his new album, Iteration (Ghostly International), and it's the last in an abstract conceptual trilogy of albums that finishes the story of android astronaut (yup) Com Truise – soundtracking his last moments on the danger-ridden planet Wave 1 before he gets the well-deserved happy ending and shot at love that eludes most of us. Regardless of the themes, Iteration is Com Truise's strongest album yet, recommended for fans of the Drive soundtrack, the Chromatics, New Order remixes and vaporwave. Do androids dream of electronic sheep? Maybe. But it's a safer bet that their dreams are scored by Com Truise. – Matthew Moyer

with Cleopold | 9 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | | $18-$20

Saturday, Oct. 7

Ten10 Fest

Music One of the linchpins of the Virginia Drive beer strip throws a party for itself this week with an all-day lineup of 10 bands. What's really unique about this block party, though, is that Ten10 collaborated with some of the bands on the bill to create a limited-edition "Artist's Ale" for them. Fat Night gets a "Sun Go Down Pale Ale" brewed with hibiscus for a striking pink color. Wrestling-metal spectacle American Party Machine flavored their "Red-y to Rumble Pale Ale" with whiskey-soaked oak spirals and Atomic Fireball cinnamon candy. And garage-pop queens Wet Nurse name their blueberry witbier "So Wit Goes" after their most recent album. This will be the only chance you get to try these beers while watching the bands that helped brew them, so get there early enough to try them all. – TM

with Fat Night, Shak Nasti, Bask, American Party Machine, Wolf-Face, Wet Nurse and more | 1 p.m. | Ten10 Brewing, 1010 Virginia Drive | 407-930-8993 | | $10-$30

Saturday, Oct. 7



Orlando's ninth annual night of the living dead returns to Audubon Park with another all-ages block party for zombie lovers. The festival and night market features zombie- and Halloween-themed vendors, food trucks, a DJ, and children's activities for little zombies. There's also a cash bar, costume contest and face-painting, so don't fret if you don't think you have zombie attire. Look out for the live music and beer garden with bratwurst outside of Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux. Groan and shuffle your way through the zombie walk, or, if you're looking for a more relaxed experience of the undead, bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch Beetlejuice on the big screen outside Redlight Redlight. – Hind Berji

5-10 p.m. | Audubon Park Garden District, Corrine Drive and East Winter Park Road | | free

Saturday, Oct. 7

Ariel Bui


Although she's breaking out of Nashville, Ariel Bui is through and through a product of the Central Florida music scene, having graduated with a music degree from Rollins College where she was a particularly active mover at WPRK 91.5-FM. Now, she returns as a budding artist of some accomplishment. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff), Bui's 2016 eponymous debut album has garnered some legitimate press with its indie-noir take on classic countrypolitan sounds. As part of her return, she'll be doing a full Orlando blitz with appearances on WPRK, speaking at her alma mater, a listening party at Park Ave CDs (7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11) and a solo performance at the Gallery at Avalon Island (7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14). But the Will's Pub appearance that kicks off her homecoming tour will be the only local opportunity to see this upward, homegrown artist on stage with the full band package. Further proof that this is a local event at heart: One dollar of every ticket sold will go to the Billy Manes Foundation. – Bao Le-Huu

with Timothy Eerie, Zoya Zafar, Talk With Your Hands | 9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $7

Sunday, Oct. 8

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert


If you're a veteran Star Wars fan, you've seen the original films in a multitude of formats: on the big screen, on the small screen, letterboxed, pan & scan, original cut, special editions, probably even a LEGO version at some point. So the opportunity to see the original Star Wars in a new way is a pretty big deal. This week, the Orlando Philharmonic plays Episode IV: A New Hope on a big screen in the Dr. Phillips Center's Walt Disney Theater, minus the soundtrack. Instead, the orchestra performs John Williams' iconic score (including, we hope, the Twentieth Century Fox fanfare) live. It should give new life to the film, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. But if this is your first time seeing the film, remember: No matter what you see on the screen, Han. Shot. First. – TM

7:30 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | | $49-$99

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