;Symbiotic Relationships Tucked away on the first floor of Orlando City Hall in what's called the Terrace Gallery is a new show of seven notable local artists/professors who aren't native to this country: Hadi Abbas and Jagdish Chavda (UCF); Abraham Gebremichael and Rima Jabbur (VCC); and Peter Schreyer, Rigoberto Torres and Camilo Velásquez (Crealdé School of Art). Curator Pamela Ocaña based the exhibit — photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed media — on the philosophy of the Latin phrase "e pluribus unum," which translates as "out of many, one." Because of the artists' diverse backgrounds, the collection of works form a hodgepodge of cultures and viewpoints that they hope will translate into a message of unity to viewers. (8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Jan. 7 at the Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall; free; 407-246-4279);
;Inside Out: Sam Rivers Jazz fans saddened by the absence of Sam Rivers from their weekly schedule (due to the closing of Will's Pub): Weep no more. While those Will's nights found Rivers and his big band working out some the hundreds of compositions that Rivers has crafted, this show at the Atlantic Center for the Arts will demonstrate the results of a 20-day residency at the center. Along with dancer/choreographer Lori Belilove and author Karen Cushman, Rivers took advantage of the beautiful surroundings and supportive atmosphere to create a new work, which will be presented — along with those of the other artists-in-residence — at this one-night event. (7 p.m. at Joan James Harris Theater, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach; $10; 386-427-6975);
;;Freaky Chakra and Q-Burns Abstract Message Operating under the unlikely auspices of a yoga pressure point gone all awry, Daum Bentley has been creeping down the blacklit corridor of electro-dance for some 13 years, spending a large part of his career as one of Astralwerks' first significant signings. San Francisco may be Bentley's home, but his gold-plated mingle list has placed him around the world professionally with such luminaries as Toni Halliday (Curve), Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto), Cornershop, Dubtribe and Rabbit in the Moon. His last full-length, Moonroof Operator, released in 2003, was hailed as a return to form (whatever that means, table-twirlers), and these days he's on the live PA/sundry remixes circuit (whatever that means, Blow-Pop–chewers). Expect brainy hyperspace when the Chakra clashes with the Q-Burns in a lounge-like situation. (10 p.m. at the Peacock Room; $5; 407-228-0048);
;;Rockoff: Gargamel! vs. The Punching Contest Upset at being tossed from their traditional perch atop the Best Metal Band category in Orlando Weekly's annual Best of Orlando issue by the Punching Contest, who was also voted Best Punk Band, local freak-metal stalwarts Gargamel! have challenged the upstarts to a "rock-off" to determine … well, nothing, really. This gig is obviously in good fun and will provide an opportunity to witness how weird our city's heavy metal scene is (and has been for a while). (10 p.m. at Copper Rocket Pub; $5; 407-645-0069);;
;;An Afternoon With Kevin Smith We've got more research to do before we solve the mysteries of the universe, but those who are specifically curious about the View Askewniverse are in luck. Kevin Smith — the creator of the fictional world that's home to film characters Jay and Silent Bob — is making himself available for interaction as part of an all-day program hosted by the Florida's Future Filmmakers. "An Afternoon With Kevin Smith" promises a "No Holds Barred Q&A Session," following a screening of Smith's cult favorite Clerks and a panel discussion with the Florida Independent Film Task Force Committee (Ralph Clemente, Gregg Hale, Paul Lazarus, Wayne Morris, Paul Sirmons). You might have to fight for the microphone, but imagine the overwhelming sense of accomplishment that will come from knowing the answers to those questions — about Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back — that have been burning in your heart, if you dare to ask them. (Doors noon, program 2 p.m. at Orange County Convention Center; $35; 321-274-9678);;;
;;Paramore Teenage boys are the Warped Tour's dominant demographic. On a distribution chart, they'd engulf the entire venue, except the stage, where a solitary dot would represent Paramore's 17-year-old Hayley Williams. Paramore injected this year's Warped lineup with adrenaline as well as estrogen, playing sprightly power-pop tunes that sliced through the lumbering breakdowns and self-pitying screeds wafting from adjacent tents. In the punk/hardcore scene, "positive" and "upbeat" have become synonymous with "Christian," and Paramore's presence at the Cornerstone festival seems to cement that connection. The group lets its sunny demeanor communicate its spirituality, eschewing the God shout-outs that cap sets by its Bible study buddies Underoath. Paramore's members range in age from 15 to 21, which gave the Franklin, Tenn.-based group a certain by-the-kids, for-the-kids appeal on a bill top-loaded with their elders. Warped inspired us to reconsider Paramore, because its concerts are conversion experiences. When Williams starts headbanging during the choruses, setting autumn-oak hair in motion, and the guitarists punctuate their riffs with leaps, midpaced tunes suddenly feel frenetic, and melodies lodge securely in listeners' craniums. (with Hit the Lights, Cute Is What We Aim For, This Providence; 5 p.m. at the Social; sold out; 407-246-1419);;;
;Rachel Carson's Silent Spring Last year's renovation of the elegant Cornell Fine Arts Museum added more space, opening up the possibility for expanded programming, such as the Environmental Landscape film series that kicks off this weekend with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Voiced by Meryl Streep, the 1993 documentary chronicles the trials of the early environmentalist who published her book Silent Spring in 1962, warning about the long-term damage that could be caused by the use of chemical pesticides. If only we'd listened. (3 p.m. at Cornell Fine Arts Museum; $5; 407-646-2526);;
;;UCF Golden Knights vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles It's the Battle of the Bling. After a 52-31 loss to the Golden Eagles at their last meeting, the Golden Knights are eager to earn respect from their Conference USA rivals. Though many people rush to think that last season was a fluke, it's much too early to give up hope. If the team can cut down on the amount of mistakes made on the field and if a decent amount of fans shows up to cheer them (a perennial problem at the Citrus Bowl), our hometown boys shouldn't have any problem sending the Golden Eagles packing. (7:30 p.m. at Florida Citrus Bowl; $24-$30; 407-849-2020);
;;Rent Some 5,595,844 minutes since its 1996 Broadway debut, the singing-junkies-with-AIDS joy of Jonathan Larson's Rent still endures, with touring productions forcing suburban grandmothers to dig in purses for candy and hankies every time a trannie gets evicted. A lackluster film adaptation last year may have dulled some of its edge — not to mention the weird fact that the early '90s are now officially cartoonish to the eye — but Larson's La Bo-hip swan song is still big on heart, which is presumably why it can play in Melbourne. (8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at King Center for Performing Arts, Melbourne; $38.50-$48.50; 321-242-2219);;
;Contributors: Amber Foster, Jason Ferguson, Billy Manes, Andrew Miller, Lindy T. Shepherd, Bart Zino
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