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

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25

Opera Wars


Opera Del Sol founder Nicole Dupré is on a mission. "If we want people to fall in love with this art form, we've got to shake it up," she told Orlando Weekly recently, and the group's first local show seems solidly aimed to do just that. Opera Wars presents some of the best-known operatic arias ("Ride of the Valkyries," "Nessun Dorma") in the setting of an intergalactic cruise, complete with sexy singing space crew and a "pre-launch experience" consisting of a dinner-and-mingle before the show. Food is by Farm & Haus; the script includes references to Star Wars, Star Trek and Firefly; costumes and makeup are a little bit Bowie, a little bit burlesque. Beam us up. – Jessica Bryce Young

7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday | The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive | | $35-$60

Thursday, Nov. 23

Need a Drink?

Whether you're catching up with old friends or trying to relax after a stressful day of cooking 900 different things and navigating family politics, the post-Thanksgiving nightcap is an essential capstone for some. But finding a place that's open can be tricky. Check our website,, before you head out for all the info we have on who's serving and who's not.

Friday, Nov. 24

Miracle on Orange Opening Party


Booze is as endemic to the holidays as candy canes and gelt, and this year, one of downtown's top craft cocktail bars is going all-in on a holiday revamp sure to put some wassail on your chest. The Courtesy Bar has been selected as one of 56 bars across the country to participate in Miracle, a program that turns high-minded cocktail bars into winter wonderlands covered in nostalgic holiday decor and featuring special holiday cocktails for an entire month. Miracle on Orange – the name of the Courtesy's branch – serves up special drinks like a Snowball Old Fashioned or How the Gimlet Stole Christmas. (Spoiler alert: He used gin.) Ten percent of sales through Dec. 24 benefit Action Against Hunger, so save your change and spend it here instead of tossing it in the Salvation Army's red hate-bucket outside of Publix. – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | through Dec. 24 | The Courtesy Bar, 114 N. Orange Ave. | 407-450- 2041 | | various menu prices

Friday, Nov. 24



Every Afrobeat band is essentially a Fela Kuti cover band, doing its part to keep the fire of Kuti's perpetual groove stoked and ready for future generations to discover. How fitting, then, that Orlando's most charismatic musical showman, Eugene Snowden, got his start locally as the frontman of Umoja, an Afrobeat collective active from 1994 to 2002. The band takes its name from the Swahili word for "unity," a principle reflected in the ability of a 10- to 20-piece band to lock into a groove and build something bigger than the sum of its parts. Let's face it: You won't find anything else that encapsulates the spirit of the season nearly as well on Black Friday. – TM

9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10

Monday, Nov. 27



We know that we consistently urge you not to miss this event or that event, but if you are at all intrigued by the post-millennium tension woven into song by 6lack, you'd better not miss this one-night stand at the Plaza Live. After rising through the ranks of battle rappers in Atlanta, living out of a backpack and hustling studio time whenever he could, 6lack prevailed with platinum single "PRBLMS" in 2016 and followed that up with the heady, opiated sonic heartbreak that is the Free 6lack album, even opening for the Weeknd. Finally, with all of his dreams within his grasp, 6lack abruptly pulled the plug on his musical career in early November with a simple Twitter post postponing all future live engagements to spend more time with his young daughter. So the remaining Florida shows on the "Free 6lack" tour are the last chance for a good bit to experience his seductive, ethereal, late-night take on R&B. Don't sleep (but you may dream). – Matthew Moyer

with Sabrina Claudio | 7 p.m. | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | | $27.50-$102.50

Tuesday, Nov. 28

Battalion of Saints


Tough week, right? You just faced down the extended family gauntlet, explaining and justifying the myriad of (probably bad) life choices you made. Sure would be nice for a quick blast of supercharged adrenaline from your (or somebody else's) youth to kinda remind you why you fucked it all up in the first place. Oh happy day! Pioneering Cali hardcore band Battalion of Saints are storming into Bombshell's Tavern (!!) ready for a good ol' metalheads vs. punx showdown. We kid, but BOS circa 2017 is still a ferocious live presence, with perennial frontman George Anthony leading the charge. Their debut album, The Second Coming, still holds up with the best of first-wave hardcore, and you're sure to hear a good portion of it. Fair warning. – MM

with Nobodys, the Cryptics | 7 p.m. | Bombshell's Tavern, 5405 Edgewater Drive | 407-730-3999 | | $13-$15

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