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Six Parts Seven The minimalist architecture of the Six Parts Seven's instrumental sound hits hardest when it's taken out of context; a split CD with the Black Keys is a study in contrasting shades of a rusty color, while a fantastic disc of remixes (Lost Notes and Forgotten Songs) contains reconstructions courtesy of atypical remixers like Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Will Johnson (Centro-Matic). That's not to say 6P7 can't deliver the goods on their own, but it is a testament to the strength of their unique approach to acoustica that it shines so brightly in unfamiliar lights. (with the Oaks, Look Mexico; 10 p.m. at Back Booth; $7; 407-999-2570)

Bonde do Role See full story here. (with Diplo, Kittybat, Pauly Crush, Mot, Diddles, Y-Not, Bodywerx, Capt'n Awesome; 10 p.m. at Club Firestone; $10; 407-872-0066)


Madama Butterfly It seems the stage can't get enough of doomed love, and why should it? Bitter splits and overwhelmingly tragic finales have been tapped as fodder for the most famous dramas ever written. Perhaps summing up the sore subject most adequately is Giacomo Puccini's seminal opera Madama Butterfly, which the Orlando Opera presents at the Carr Performing Arts Centre. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, in the 1890s, it's the classic tale of a love that didn't stand a chance between a naive geisha (Butterfly) and United States Navy Lt. B.F. Pinkerton. For this performance, world-renowned soprano Soojin Moon plays the titular role in her first U.S. performance. It goes without saying that the love dissolves in tragedy — the stage wouldn't have it any other way. (8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Carr Performing Arts Centre; $25-$120; 407-426-1700;

Rollins Dance XXI Last year's show reportedly included clogging, but don't get your hopes up because it didn't make the cut this year. Still, a repertoire of modern and contemporary jazz pieces promises interest. Faculty and students of Rollins College and Valencia Community College team up once again for this annual performance (which will move to Valencia for two shows, 8 p.m. March 30-31; $6; 407-582-2900). Two of the pieces are reconstructions of Martha Graham's choreography. Graham, of course, is considered a pioneer and driving force in the evolution of modern dance. Other pieces include L'Esprit, a spirited modern piece with comic undertones choreographed by Lesley Brasseux, and another about a woman trapped in New York, trying desperately to get back home, choreographed by W. Robert Sherry. (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Annie Russell Theatre, Rollins College, Winter Park; $10; 407-646-2145)

What Women Want/Fashion Fights Cancer Fashion has long separated the fabulous from the hopelessly tragic, but for one weekend at least, Orlando's International Fashion Society brings the sects together for a worthy cause. On Friday, March 23, What Women Want dives right into the good stuff — pampering spa sessions, free giveaways and an expo showcasing fresh trends in accessories. Fashion Fights Cancer satisfies haute expectations the following night with a high-energy, high-fashion runway event. Show proceeds go to the Give Hope Foundation, a charity aligned to assist the families of children suffering from catastrophic illnesses. Established designers and up-and-comers are slated to glide down the runway along with local head-turners, including a special collection presented by students of the International Academy of Design & Technology. The night reigns on after the final bow, thanks to after-parties at various downtown hot spots, including live music at the Peacock Room. (What Women Want, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday at Nu Visions in Photography, free; Fashion Fights Cancer, 8 p.m. at International Bridge at Lake Eola, $40; 407-325-1753;


Digital Imagery of Ray Bornstein Nude paintings are a mixed bag. They run the gamut between pious and downright modest to X-rated images bordering on porn. Ray Bornstein's digital paintings rank somewhere in the middle. Bornstein, who died last September after a battle with cancer, believed that his abstract nudes fall between sexual repression and carnal sins of the flesh. So his colorful and abstract paintings take a stab at the spiritual and emotional psyches. (Hey, why not? Nudes have become almost overrated.) The memorial exhibit features nearly two dozen pieces and a number of smaller manipulated photos — all of them with a focal point on his own body. Don't get too worked up because there's nothing racy or raunchy at this show. But if you're in the mood for bright abstract nudes this is the place to be. (opening reception 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Millenia Fine Art; free; 407-304-8100;

Clipse See full story here. (with Low Budget, Vets of Kin; 10 p.m. at Club Firestone; $20-$25; 407-872-0066)


Project Spotlight's Spring One-Act Festival It takes just 30 minutes to get through each of these one-act productions at UCF's Project Spotlight Festival, but this guerrilla-style approach provides enough time to make it a hit. The acts are produced, performed and, in many cases, written entirely by UCF students. Each night, the young drama hopefuls present ambitious half-hour blocks in genres ranging from the grand scheme drama to musicals to the outright weird — but that's the whole point. With no common theme threading through these presentations of amateur talent, the audience can only expect the unexpected. You might not even see the same show twice if you attend all three nights. Twelve shows in four nights render this production a satisfying fill for 30 minutes of your unoccupied time. (2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at UCF Conservatory Theatre, University of Central Florida; $15;

Sherman's March While the Florida Film Festival wages its heroic campaign this week, the Orange County Regional History Center celebrates its own film coup. The center is the chosen venue for the History Channel's premiere of the new 90-minute film Sherman's March, with an introduction by executive producer Margaret G. Kim; the rest of the world has to wait until April 22 for the television broadcast debut. Sherman's March retells the story of the famous general's scorched-earth offensive, which sent his troops on a 650-mile "march to the sea" from Atlanta to Savannah, destroying everything in its path and effectively devastating the already deteriorating Confederate forces. The history center's two exhibitions, The Civil War and Gone With the Wind — which have attracted record attendance and continue through May 15 and April 14, respectively — provide a suitable backdrop for the occasion. (3 p.m. at the Linda W. Chapin Gallery, Orange County Regional History Center; free with admission, RSVP required; 407-836-8500;


Kid Koala We've ranted repeatedly about the scratch-tastic goodness of Montreal's Kid Koala, and we certainly understand if you're tired of hearing us prattle on about this turntable genius. Even though he's renowned in ever-widening circles, there's no reason why the Kid shouldn't be a millionaire by now. So, please, for the sake of all that is holy, come and see Your Mom's Favorite DJ. (10:30 p.m. at the Social; $15; 407-246-1419; www.the

Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Brittany Middleton, Deanna Sheffield, Lindy T. Shepherd

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