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Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Aug. 3-9 

Saturday, 6

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest


Hey! Listen! This concert is music to Legend of Zelda fans' ears, literally. The beloved game series' instrumental soundtrack is brought to life by a full orchestra synced to a highlight reel that pulls from everything from Link's Awakening to Wind Waker. Since many fans have spent a good portion of their waking lives hearing these pieces over and over and over again as they try to get through that darn Water Temple, expect to hear a lot of the audience humming along on the down low. Just don't be that girl who brings her own ocarina and tries to play along. – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | | $47.68-$132.88

Saturday, 6

Peeping Tom Cats


Look, there's a barrel of Golden Retriever puppies behind you! OK, cat people, now that we've distracted the dog lovers, we can talk about the latest quest for local kitty domination at the Peeping Tom Cats exhibition this weekend in the Mills 50 district. Artist Erin Colleen promises "a fairly ferocious, fantastically feline" reception in what used to be the coffee shop Propagation but is now the District at Mills 50. Colleen's collection of tabbies, Persians and Russian blues remind us cats have spirits of their own, and we might as well follow their furry orders. – Monivette Cordeiro

7 p.m. | The District at Mills 50, 1221 N. Mills Ave. | | free

Saturday, 6

Welcome to Deadland Launch


"The world ended while we were playing cards." Zachary Linville's first novel, Welcome to Deadland, hews faithfully to the established zombie-pocalypse tropes, which may have something to do with how it beat out all others to win Nerdist's first publishing contest and got itself a hardcover release on Inkshares. Nerdist, the fanboy empire headed by Chris Hardwick (tiny, excitable host of AMC's Talking Dead), officially premiered the novel at San Diego Comic-Con this month, but this local pre-pub appearance is in honor of the fact that the author is a UCF grad and the book is set in Orlando. A ragtag group of college-age zombie fighters hacks their way through the infected city in this first of the Deadland series, from the university, through the housing developments and even up from Miami, and they're all heading toward ... well, you'll get no spoilers from us, but only a non-Orlandoan couldn't guess the magical place they're all going to meet up. – Jessica Bryce Young

7 p.m. | Barnes & Noble, 2418 E. Colonial Drive | 407-894-6024 | | free

Sunday, 7

Uncomfortable Brunch Presents: Visitor Q


It's kind of surprising that a Takashi Miike film hasn't made it into the lineup of Uncomfortable Brunch yet, but they've sure picked a doozy to start with. Visitor Q's plot, such as it is, revolves around a Japanese family – dad, mom, and teenage son and daughter – who are visited by the unnamed stranger of the title. While the family's pre-existing history of incest, prostitution and videotape is disturbing enough, the visitor inspires a new level of depravity that we can't accurately describe. Suffice to say that it involves breast milk and someone getting their dick stuck in a corpse. Miike often uses styles that replicate documentaries or home movies, which serves to heighten the unease that watching this family go about their business causes. If you've ever heard the stereotype of the Japanese being into some weird sex stuff, this brunch will not divest you of that impression. – TM

noon | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10-$12

Sunday, 7

Daddy Yankee & Don Omar


If we're talking fight metaphors here – and the Kingdom Tour is definitely going all-in with the boxing imagery – we'd be up there in the realm of Ali-Frazier: That's how big of a deal the pairing of Daddy Yankee and Don Omar on one stage, for one night, is. Yankee vs. Omar, the thrilla in the Amway! Whose style of reggaeton will reign supreme? In a market of increasingly bloated ticket prices for big concerts, this show boasts a hell of a lot of bang for your buck. In one corner is Daddy Yankee, he of "Gasolina" fame, and Barrio Fino, the album that lodged reggaeton firmly in the mainstream. In the other corner is Don Omar, the firebrand behind the "Reggaeton Latino" anthem and the influential King of Kings album. Is it a cliché if we say that the only winner here is the fans? – Matthew Moyer

8 p.m. | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 407-440-7000 | | $19-$159

Monday, 8

Poison the Well


Back in the heady, sweltering days of the Florida post-hardcore renaissance (circa 1997-2001), Miami's Poison the Well held a place near the top of the metalcore pantheon. They gained a devoted following on the strength of their doomy riffs, screamy vocals and super-moshable breakdowns: the perfect soundtrack for a generation of angsty youths with nothing to do but go to matinee shows. This show kicks off an extremely short (only five dates) reunion tour for the band. While founding guitarist Derek Miller has skipped this limited reunion tour to focus on his work with his successful noise-pop project, Sleigh Bells, previous reunion shows in New York and New Jersey were reportedly as sweaty and thrashy as ever. – TM

with Wrong | 8 p.m. | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St. | 407-999-2570 | | $20-$25

Tuesday, 9

Us the Duo


Husband-and-wife team Michael and Carissa Alvarado of Us the Duo became popular Vine stars for their 6-second song covers, proof that the paths to a recording contract these days are as varied as the people who pursue them. Their most recent album, Just Love, dropped just a few weeks ago, and it drapes songs about relationships and love in vaguely rootsy pop hooks. Joining them are North Carolina's Gardiner Sisters, whose biggest claim to fame is a cover of Frozen's "Let It Go" that blew up on YouTube in 2014. We, for one, welcome our new social media overlords. – TM

with Gardiner Sisters | 7:30 p.m. | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | 407-228-1220 | | $18-$25

Tuesday, 9



Formed by hardcore vets who were tired of teenage angst, and by the sound of it, seemingly tired of the chore that is life, Richard Gage Allison and Noel Mateus channeled an epic reserve of dramatic ennui into their new musical vehicle, Pawns.

And Pawns channel a whole new world of inner damage. They're postpunk as far as they share the undeniable forward propulsion of a Joy Division or Chameleons but Pawns are gothic with a capital G: the almost impossibly histrionic baritone of vocalist Allison, guitars like little knives, even a rhythm section that seems poised for a nervous breakdown. Think of Sisters of Mercy, She Past Away, Anasazi, or early Siouxsie and the Banshees. Pawns know that there's a beauty in surrendering to the void. Give in to them, and then give up. – Matthew Moyer

with Maudlin, Autarx | 10 p.m. | Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave. | 407-898-0009 | $5

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