;Orlando Team Meet-n-Skate ATTENTION, BRUISERS: The Florida Rollergirls are expanding to the metro Orlando area, and they want you to want them. Whether you're 6-foot-5 or just act like it, the roller ladies need skaters, hosts, refs, techies — you name it. They're having a "meet-n-skate" at Semoran Skateway, where they'll teach you the basics (how to skate) and then show you the ropes (playing rough). All you have to do is worship at the altar of quad skates. These ladies were undefeated last year in their first season, so get on the derby train. (8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at Semoran Skateway, Casselberry; 407-834-9095;


;22nd annual Everglades Coalition Conference What's this town got to do with the Everglades? Besides residing in the same state, it's in Kissimmee that the headwaters of the Everglades ecosystem begin, and it's at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort that the four-day, 22nd annual Everglades Coalition Conference will be held, hosted by Audubon of Florida. No telling which of the invited muckety-mucks of high stripes might actually show up (hopefully not just because of the golf course) — including Georgie Bush, Mellie Martinez, Charlie Crist and Arnie Schwarzenegger. This conference — claimed to be the "largest annual forum for debate of Everglades conservation and restoration" — is designed to get down to business, specifically the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. The Everglades Coalition "consists of 48 local, state and national conservation and environmental organizations dedicated to full restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem, from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes into Lake Okeechobee, through the ‘River of Grass,' out to Florida Bay and the Keys." Registrations are still being accepted. (Thursday-Sunday at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Golf Course; $150 ;for conference, not including hotel accommodations; conference info only, 954-;942-3113, hotel info, 866-996-6338; ;


;Project Elements: An Urban Fashion Show Hip-hop may have been founded upon the four elements of MC'ing, DJ'ing, graffiti and breakdancing, but Elements, UCF's resident hip-hop union, factors fashion into the equation at Project Elements: An Urban Fashion Show. Elements has hosted scores of events celebrating hip-hop, with the mission to present the many facets of the culture to the public in a positive forum. This event showcases fresh perspectives in hip-hop fashion. Anticipate threads from underground hip-hop label Spit Gear along with the nascent Diversitile and the Christ Culture Movement, both lines headed by UCF students. Local wonder DJ Luminous provides the soundtrack for the walk-off. (7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at Pegasus Ballroom HI, University of Central Florida, Orlando; free; 407-823-4832;




;Walter Arnold's Gargoyles and Grotesques Take an Internet expedition or just ask around, but when tracking down the history of gargoyles and grotesques, there are no solid answers. The mystery just adds to the fascination of those stone beasties, large and small, which have adorned architecture since medieval times and likely before that. Still, there are some solid facts — "gargoyles" originally referred to sculptures that were made to catch water and "spit" it away from a roof; "grotesques" are the sisters/brothers who just sit and look, um, pretty. Maybe they were made to ward off evil, maybe not, but Chicago stone carver Walter Arnold, who's been devoted to the creatures since he was a kid, has heard legends aplenty and doesn't subscribe to any one of them in particular. Arnold prefers to make them using the techniques he honed in Italy and still employs in his shop. He kicks off his exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum with a demonstration of his imaginative skills, cutting through limestone to make an icon. Here's one way to entice goth kids out into the daylight. (slide presentation and carving demonstration;4 p.m. at Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Winter Park, continuing through Feb. 25; $5; 407-647-6294;


;18th annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities Most of us locals prepare ourselves for the Street Festival of the Arts portion of the Zora festival that comes around every January, including this one, marking the 18th annual affair. But there's always so much more that goes on before that Jan. 26-28 outdoor party, starting with the free reception for art exhibit The Eatonville Quilters — Celebrating a Community Tradition (6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, Eatonville; free). The display of local heritage is considered a companion show to Orlando Museum of Art's heralded Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt exhibition, which officially opens Jan. 27. Bridging the two exhibits is a special event, "In Conversation with the Gee's Bend Quilters" (7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Orlando Museum of Art; $10). For the entire lineup of the Zora festival and to purchase tickets, go to


;Art for a Cause: A Fund-raiser for the HOPE Foundation While we may not have completely cottoned to the bric-a-brac schtick of CityArts Factory, it's safe to say that this particular humanitarian endeavor is worthy of notice. The HOPE foundation, recently launched by local couple Rick and Krissy Todd, aims to bridge the gap between homeless people and existing social services that are available but extremely difficult to access. By working with faith-based organizations and larger corporations, the Todds hope to tackle the issue in a more comprehensive manner than existing Band-Aid remedies can, calling for education, rehabilitation, apprenticeship, prisoner re-entry programs and, of course, shelter. Art for a Cause, held in the gift-shoppy Q Gallery, features a silent auction of paintings, photographs (John Ellis), sculptures and "other eclectic items." Live jazz from Tom Tomasetti and Mike Kahn will wiggle your hors d'oeuvres 'n' wine, while speaker Joan Faulkner of the ONE Campaign wiggles your tear ducts 'n' wallets. A concert by Leland Grant follows, as does a philanthropic rush of self-satisfaction with the knowledge that you've done something. You! (7 p.m. at Q Gallery at CityArts Factory; donation; 407-701-9382; RSVP at


;Bobby Bare Jr. It's a little hard for a performer saddled with a "Jr." to step out of the shadow of "Sr." — especially when dad was responsible for "Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)." Honestly, Bare Jr. isn't trying too hard, and that's to his credit. Understanding his dad's way with storytelling songs and honest country music, Bare Jr. seems content to update that approach slightly by just adding a considerable dose of roots-rock volume. This definitely ain't a Hank Sr./Hank Jr. thing, though, as the younger Bare's musical honesty is hard to criticize. The Social should be applauded for booking this as an early, all-ages show on a Saturday, as this gives the mixed audience of hipsters and grown-ups who have fallen in love with Bare Jr.'s music no excuse to miss the show. (with I Love Math; 6:30 p.m. at the Social; $10; all ages; 407-246-1419;



;Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer Most modern "punk rock," especially that of the pop-punk ilk, is disposable, shallow and unrelated to the revolutionary energy that excited us all those years ago. We know what good punk rock is, and Philly's Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer is not it — there's a pogo-ing backbeat going on, but at the end of the day, Zolof's songs are really tightly wound pop ditties. But that doesn't mean that we have to hate them. They've got a dreamy name and are ceaselessly good-natured in their songwriting approach. And while those songs don't make us want to overturn the power structure, they do make us want to sing along. There's something to be said for that. (with the Loved Ones, the Riot Before, the Attack; ;5 p.m. at Back Booth; $10; all ages; 407-999-2570;


;Battle of the parks See our On The Side column this week.


; Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Aya Kawamoto, Billy Manes, Brittany Middleton, Lindy T. Shepherd


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