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Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, March 30-April 5 

Wednesday, March 30

Ask Me Another


National Public Radio listeners in Orlando have enjoyed a renaissance of in-person appearances in recent years, from David Sedaris and Ira Glass to "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" with Peter Sagal. The New York-based quiz show "Ask Me Another," which is recording at the Bob Carr on Wednesday night, hasn't been broadcasting on 90.7 FM as long as some NPR favorites, but it's rapidly attracted fans with host Ophira Eisenberg's deadpan delivery of the devious puzzles and Jonathan Coulton's Weird Al-worthy musical clues. Special guests at the Orlando taping will include Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, NASA scientist Gioia Massa and NASA landing and recovery director Melissa Jones. The best seats went early to NPR subscribers, but some are still for sale to the general public; snag one so you can impress your friends Groundhog Day-style by knowing all the answers when the episode airs. – Seth Kubersky

7:30 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St. | 844-513-2014 | | $30

Wednesday, March 30

The Roast of Sean Finnerty


The Orlando comedy scene has been hit hard by success. Through sheer stubbornness, local comics created a network of open mic nights, showcases and even an annual festival over the past few years where they could improve their craft, take risks and learn how to be better performers. But as our local comedians get better, their sights are drawn to other, bigger cities. In the last few months, we've lost Tom Feeney to Atlanta, Clayton Anderson to Washington, D.C., and Preacher Lawson to Los Angeles. Now Sean Finnerty, Orlando's funniest Irish comic, is headed to New York City, the place he first landed when he arrived in the States. To send him off, a big group of his peers – including Tommy O'Neill, Marie George and "Tom and Dan"'s Ross McCoy – are going to tear the everloving shit out of him. Expect some sparks to fly as the comics come up with their most creative insults for Finnerty – we anticipate enough anti-Irish sentiment to make us think we're in the 1850s – but each comic will also have to endure jabs from the others as well. Tears may be shed in the end, but they'll more likely be from having to say goodbye to a friend than from hurt feelings. – Thaddeus McCollum

8 p.m. | Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St. | | $5 suggested donation

Thursday, March 31

San Holo


If, during the haze of Miami's Ultra Music Festival two weeks ago, you remember bumping to the futuristic beats of Dutch DJ-producer San Holo, here's your chance to hear him again. The 25-year-old San Holo – real name Sander Van Dijck – is coming to the Social this Thursday. Probably best known for his remix of Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode," which currently has close to 85 million views on YouTube, San Holo's sonic mix of trap and bass brings experimentation within EDM to a new level. – Monivette Cordeiro

10 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $10-$20

Friday-Sunday, April 1-3

Spooky Empire Retro Con


For the most part, cons are filled to the brim with geeksphere entertainment. Daleks weave around a countless array of Supernatural and Harry Potter cosplayers while anime art is sold at every corner. There's more to life than pop culture, however, and Spooky Empire's Retro Con is here to serve. While the April rendition of the event is a much smaller version than the main October one, there's still plenty to capture a horror lover's eye. Line up to meet shock rocker Alice Cooper or Nightmare on Elm Street's Heather Langenkamp, among other celebrity guests, but remember to set some money aside to explore booths that sell everything from clothing to home decor to sometimes even coffee. Between the costume contest and the traditional Zombie Walk, you'll find something for your dark, macabre heart to fawn over. – Kim Slichter

5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday | Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive | | $35-$65

Friday, April 1

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike


Christopher Durang takes on Anton Chekhov in this comedy at Orlando Shakes. Durang, known for his biting absurdism, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013 for this mashup of Chekhovian characters and themes. Vanya (a name borrowed from Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya, along with significant portions of the plot) and his sister Sonia live on an estate in rural Pennsylvania, supported financially by their movie-star sister, Masha. When Masha returns home unexpectedly with her young boyfriend in tow, the siblings' lives get thrown into upheaval for a weekend that includes a costume party, striptease, infidelity and voodoo. Arrive early on opening night for hors d'oeuvres and a brief chat with director Eleanor Holdridge to gain some insight, but as Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote, "Even if you've never read a word of Chekhov, you're likely to find plenty to make you laugh." – TM

pre-show 6:15 p.m.; show 7:30 p.m. | through May 1 | Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St. | 407-447-1700 | | $21-$46

Sunday, April 3

Reflecting Florida: Storytelling Through Image and Word


We sometimes worry that we're heaping too much on Bookmark It's shoulders. The indie bookstore inside East End Market takes up less space than the magazine area at a Barnes & Noble, yet they manage to fit in a wide assortment of books by local authors alongside a well-curated selection of buzzy new novels, memoirs, cookbooks, kids' books and more. Plus, they host an almost constant stream of events and programs – like this one, a continuation of their Reflecting Florida series. It's a double launch for two new nonfiction books that shine a light on very different facets of the state. Gary Monroe takes on a fascinating but lesser-known Floridian artist of the 1900s in E.G. Barnhill: Florida Photographer, Adventurer, Entrepreneur, showing how Barnhill created the nation's imagined vision of Florida with his tourist photos and postcards – you'll recognize these sunsets and swamps, with their bumped-up colors and hazy contours. In Forty: Newspaper Stories 1970-2014, Jeff Kunerth collects 40 of his most arresting stories from a career as a reporter at a daily newspaper. Both authors will be on hand for a discussion moderated by local historian Rick Kilby, and will sign books and answer questions after the talk. – Jessica Bryce Young

1 p.m. | Bookmark It, East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive | 407-389-9870 | | free

Sunday, April 3

Poca's Hottest Sauce Cook Off


Whether you like your sauce smoky, sweet or hotter than hell, Poca's Hottest Sauce Cook Off is the place to find the flavors you've been craving. This annual parking lot party features local craft vendors, live music and all the hot sauce you can handle. You'll have to splurge on a tasting ticket to try the cookoff competition entries, but there's a complimentary taco bar included with admission. Poca's is known for its themed condiments inspired by local musicians and artists, and many of them, including Rocketfish, Jessy Lynn Martens and FunkUs, plan to perform at the party. But the real way to warm up your insides won't be with Fiddle Fire sauce, but with a donation to the cook off's fundraiser for Fern Creek Elementary School's food bank, which also allows guests to score the hot deal of $5 off admission by bringing along nonperishable food items. – Deanna Ferrante

with Thomas & Olivia Wynn, Kaleigh Baker, Terri Binion, Jessy Lynn Martens, Rocketfish, Milka | 1 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $12

Monday, April 4

Jacuzzi Boys


Miami-based power trio Jacuzzi Boys deal in a strain of garage rock that attempts to assimilate both the big hooks of Big Star and the tuneful nihilism of Jay Reatard. But, as one would expect from a band whose name references the hot tub of choice of the '80s, the party-hardy antics are turned up to an almost ridiculous degree in the live arena. And it's live where their sun-dazed freakouts come into the proper focus. The Boys are in the midst of a brief Southern jaunt to commemorate the vinyl release of their Happy Damage EP on their own Mag Mag imprint. Summer is for all intents and purposes already here in Florida, so why not make a night of it? – Matthew Moyer

with the Woolly Bushmen, Tight Genes | 8 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $10

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