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;Lost Surfboard Painting There's not much written about surfboard artist Sean Spoto, but plenty of his work has been ridden. (Sorry.) Spoto is one of the artists at Lost Enterprises and a browse through the online gallery of his surfboards ( shows that he's busy and keen on colorfully aggro scenarios. If that surfboard you've been craving didn't make it under your tree, try your luck at the in-store promotion at Ron Jon's on I-Drive with Spoto. The amped artist will be in action, painting a new board that'll be raffled off at the end of the afternoon. It's a long shot, but someone will go home smiling. This is the final stop on Spoto's tour, which also included stops Dec. 26 in Cocoa Beach and Dec. 27 in Fort Lauderdale. (noon-4 p.m. at Ron Jon's Surf Shop; free; 407-481-2555)


;Empyrean Local metallians Empyrean have been tooling around town in various incarnations since 2001, and their sound evinces the textured maturity that comes from years of trying valiantly to create a vibe that goes beyond metal clichés. With arrangements that are complex but melodic and a noticeable reliance on loud-soft dynamics, Empyrean clearly wishes to be tagged Orlando's heavy-but-smart band. Vocalist Adam DeLancett employs that whole scream/growl thing that Cave In singer Stephen Brodsky uses to great effect. It's too bad that the singing part of the equation is so flat, as everything else in this band's heavy-ass trick bag is appealing. Visceral without being dumbed-down, intricate without being Dillinger Escape Plan and melodic without being too corny. (with Since October, Fire at Will, Phoenix Mourning, Symphony in the Courtyard; 8 p.m. at the Social; $7; 407-246-1419)



;;Bowl-A-Palooza Now sporting a catchy catchall name, this city's end-of-the-year football circus is likely confusing to those allergic to all things pigskin. But we'll knock it out for you in one tackle: two bowl games, one parade and a concert by Third Eye Blind strung out over six days and nights (starting Dec. 26). There are a couple of other events thrown in by Florida Citrus Sports, which is pushing the goings-on as the "party of the year," but here's the meat and potatoes. Game: Champs Sports Bowl (University of Maryland versus Purdue University), 8 p.m. Friday at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium; $50-$60. Parade: Orlando Citrus Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, downtown; free. Concert: Third Eye Blind, 1 p.m. Saturday at Lake Eola Park; free. Game: Capital One Bowl (University of Arkansas versus University of Wisconsin), 1 p.m. Monday at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium; $65-$75. Overall forecast: Lots of drunken hootin' and hollerin' on downtown streets. (; 407-423-2476)


;Lewis Black Please, enjoy Lewis Black while you can. We're not sure how much longer he'll be with us. We're convinced, after watching years of his politically charged stand-up gigs and stints on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, that one day soon his head might literally explode. Sure, the shaking that accompanies his rage-boiling-over delivery is, by this point in his career, as much schtick as anything else, but we get the sense that deep down, when the cameras are off and he's not taking ;lame roles in lamer movies (ahem, Unaccompanied Minors), the way-too-high-blood-pressure act may not be that distant from reality. If so, Black can't possibly sustain it much longer. In the meantime, though, he's damn funny. (7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live; $37.50-$45, sold out; 407-351-5483)



;;The Wailers Aston "Family Man" Barrett has a chip on his shoulder the size of a Kingston joint. A quarter-century after Bob Marley's death, it seems that Barrett's nonstop touring with the Wailers has become little more than a campaign to have his contributions to Marley's legacy recognized as nothing short of integral. Lawsuits for credits (and money), lengthy historical revisions of the Marley saga and other weirdness put something of a sour taste in our mouth. Why? Because everyone in the world already knows that Barrett (along with his late brother Carlton and still-running Wailers Al Anderson and Earl Lindo) were the Wailers that helped make Bob Marley famous. Dude, nobody's arguing with you, so simmer down. While the above-mentioned never-ending nature of the Wailers' tour schedule may make a show by them seem less than special, they're one of the few trading-on-legacy bands around that's definitely worth seeing. Because, after all, they are legends. (with Scholars Word; 8 p.m. at House of Blues; $15-$45; 407-934-2583)


;Community Kwanzaa Cele-bration Kwanzaa's catching on, and Orlando has a continuing tradition with this annual downtown event. The afternoon celebration takes place on the fifth of the seven days of the tradition born from African philosophy and based on seven principles that build a sense of family, community and culture: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Hear gospel singer Shirley Murdock and see an African fashion show, a presentation of the principles, African dancers and drummers, art displays and children's crafts. Tickets are on sale at area YMCAs. (4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Orange County Regional History Center; $10-$12; 407-351-3584)


;;The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD While technology may be a primary factor in the lessening of the importance of the theater itself in the moviegoing experience, it turns out the future cuts both ways. Live performances of opera and classical music are nothing new to fans of PBS or those who remember what the "A" in A&E used to stand for. Nonetheless, even the best home-theater setup is likely to pale in comparison to a digitally transmitted high-def live broadcast of opera in a full-sized cinema. At least that's what the marketing department at the famed Metropolitan Opera are hoping as they kick off a six-opera series of HD live broadcasts into theaters this week with Mozart's The Magic Flute. The "live" factor is interesting, if only because it's unnecessary; it is a movie theater, after all, so some bit of nonreality is expected. Still, the Met's a powerful institution, and this is bound to be a provocatively staged and riveting performance of the famous opera. (1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Waterford Lakes Stadium 20; $18; ;



;;Cyndi Lauper "On my darkest days, I wear my brightest colors," lovable Long Island belter Cyndi Lauper once squeaked in deference to a wardrobing timeline reminiscent of a cardiac arrest EKG. Lauper's never been just about a rainbow of faux-colored hairstyles and thrift-torn couture. Her hangar-demolishing howls and impish whispers are the stuff of dramatic legend, winning Lauper closet space in the "Don't be afraid to let them show!" dressing rooms of tear-jerking types the world over. Last year's The Body Acoustic may have been a too-adult rehash of her perky oeuvre, but a new release she's recording now is said to be a dance-floor return. And if you've seen Cyndi dance with a trash can in the classic "Money Changes Everything" video, then you know that can only be a good thing. Her show is the top of the New Year's Eve bill for "Turn on the Night!" at CityWalk (broadcast live on CN8), which also includes a fancy dinner and fireworks. (with Tower of Power; 8 p.m. at CityWalk at Universal Orlando; $109-$169; 407-224-2690)




;;Van Morrison See our full story here.

;; Contributors: Jeff Billman, Jason Ferguson, Billy Manes, Lindy T. Shepherd


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