Top 10 things to do in Orlando this week: Aug. 21-27

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Caught in a Cat Romance
Wednesday, Aug. 21
8 p.m.
BART, 1205 N. Mills Ave.
407-796-2922
facebook.com/kittensofindustry
free
We almost suspect that local artist Jaime Torraco (aka Kittens of Industry) consulted some kind of web algorithm oracle before planning this show, because it seems to combine all the things people love most: kittens (everyone knows the Internet runs on cats), Lady Gaga references, affordable art, reused materials, people dressed like cats, chances to win free stuff, the smug knowledge that you are helping homeless animals by spending money on cool shit for yourself … if she adds cronuts, she might just spark a riot. Trendy snacks and SEO aside, this event is a solid bet for local art fans: Torraco is an up-and-coming illustrator/painter, and this is her first solo show. You may have seen her in OW’s pages recently as a finalist in our Blue Moon Artfully Crafted Box Contest, where she decorated one of our street vending boxes to adorable effect, or in our coverage of the B-Side Artists sixth annual showcase back in June. Regardless of whether you’re already familiar with Torraco’s work, you should show up and shake her paw. – Jessica Bryce Young
Caught in a Cat Romance

Wednesday, Aug. 21

8 p.m.

BART, 1205 N. Mills Ave.

407-796-2922

facebook.com/kittensofindustry

free

We almost suspect that local artist Jaime Torraco (aka Kittens of Industry) consulted some kind of web algorithm oracle before planning this show, because it seems to combine all the things people love most: kittens (everyone knows the Internet runs on cats), Lady Gaga references, affordable art, reused materials, people dressed like cats, chances to win free stuff, the smug knowledge that you are helping homeless animals by spending money on cool shit for yourself … if she adds cronuts, she might just spark a riot. Trendy snacks and SEO aside, this event is a solid bet for local art fans: Torraco is an up-and-coming illustrator/painter, and this is her first solo show. You may have seen her in OW’s pages recently as a finalist in our Blue Moon Artfully Crafted Box Contest, where she decorated one of our street vending boxes to adorable effect, or in our coverage of the B-Side Artists sixth annual showcase back in June. Regardless of whether you’re already familiar with Torraco’s work, you should show up and shake her paw. – Jessica Bryce Young
Fill the Grill Cook-off
Thursday, Aug. 22
6:30 p.m.
Whole Foods Market, 8003 Turkey Lake Road
407-355-7100
wholefoodsmarket.com
free
You can forget Rachael Ray’s 30-minute meals. They might not be pro chefs, like the queen daytime TV cook herself, but the four contestants in this year’s Fill the Grill challenge bring some fierce culinary chops to the table. Here’s how it’ll go down: The winners of the first round (Kendra Lott of Edible Orlando beat Ricky Ly of TastyChomps on Aug. 8) and the second round (blogger Christine Pittman of Cook the Story defeated Nicole Aidelbaum of Where Orlando magazine on Aug. 15) head into the kitchen tonight for a final cooking showdown to be crowned Fill the Grill champ. Here’s where it heats up: The cooks are only given 20 minutes to shop and $20 to spend on ingredients; then they have another 20 minutes to prepare their dish using only a grill. You can watch the whole thing go down live at Whole Foods Market tonight; our fingers are crossed that their limited budget allows for a tasty bite for the cheering crowd. – Aimee Vitek
Fill the Grill Cook-off

Thursday, Aug. 22

6:30 p.m.

Whole Foods Market, 8003 Turkey Lake Road

407-355-7100

wholefoodsmarket.com

free

You can forget Rachael Ray’s 30-minute meals. They might not be pro chefs, like the queen daytime TV cook herself, but the four contestants in this year’s Fill the Grill challenge bring some fierce culinary chops to the table. Here’s how it’ll go down: The winners of the first round (Kendra Lott of Edible Orlando beat Ricky Ly of TastyChomps on Aug. 8) and the second round (blogger Christine Pittman of Cook the Story defeated Nicole Aidelbaum of Where Orlando magazine on Aug. 15) head into the kitchen tonight for a final cooking showdown to be crowned Fill the Grill champ. Here’s where it heats up: The cooks are only given 20 minutes to shop and $20 to spend on ingredients; then they have another 20 minutes to prepare their dish using only a grill. You can watch the whole thing go down live at Whole Foods Market tonight; our fingers are crossed that their limited budget allows for a tasty bite for the cheering crowd. – Aimee Vitek
The Tontons
Thursday, Aug. 22
with the Woolly Bushmen, Neon NiteClub, Meiuuswe
9 p.m.
Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.
willspub.org
$6
In the deluge of press packets from unknown bands that flowed in this past year, Houston indie-rock band the Tontons was one that stuck with us. And then, whaddya know, local promoter (and apparent mind-reader) Norsekorea comes along and brings them to town on their first swing through Florida ever. You probably hadn’t heard of them either, but that could soon change with all the festival gigging they’ve been doing lately. This autumn, they’re slated for high-profile fests like CMJ, Pop Montreal and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. But first, they’re coming here. With a sharp pop sophistication that’s more evocative of ’90s England than modern-day Texas, their breezy, hook-bright indie rock is made especially distinctive by the deep, soulful voice of frontwoman Asli Omar. With a songbird ability that allows them to detour down some lovely, nostalgia-lined alleys (torch songs, ’60s pop, old-time folk), the Tontons should be a good up-and-coming cap to a refreshingly eclectic bill. – Bao Le-Huu
The Tontons

Thursday, Aug. 22

with the Woolly Bushmen, Neon NiteClub, Meiuuswe

9 p.m.

Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.

willspub.org

$6

In the deluge of press packets from unknown bands that flowed in this past year, Houston indie-rock band the Tontons was one that stuck with us. And then, whaddya know, local promoter (and apparent mind-reader) Norsekorea comes along and brings them to town on their first swing through Florida ever. You probably hadn’t heard of them either, but that could soon change with all the festival gigging they’ve been doing lately. This autumn, they’re slated for high-profile fests like CMJ, Pop Montreal and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. But first, they’re coming here. With a sharp pop sophistication that’s more evocative of ’90s England than modern-day Texas, their breezy, hook-bright indie rock is made especially distinctive by the deep, soulful voice of frontwoman Asli Omar. With a songbird ability that allows them to detour down some lovely, nostalgia-lined alleys (torch songs, ’60s pop, old-time folk), the Tontons should be a good up-and-coming cap to a refreshingly eclectic bill. – Bao Le-Huu
Love Your Shorts Film Festival's Summer Rewind
Friday, Aug. 23
8 p.m.
Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford
loveyourshorts.com
$5
Attending a short film festival is kind of like eating dinner at a tapas bar – each individual bite is small, but it all adds up in the end. For the easily bored, it’s a heaven-sent opportunity to try everything on the menu. And  this year’s Summer Rewind presents only those dishes recommended by the chef: It’s a tight group (just 10 in all) of the shorts that won awards at the overflowing smorgasbord of the Love Your Shorts fest earlier this year. There’s an innovative music video, a Florida-flavored mini-noir, some sci-fi, some romance, some animation, and a couple of challenging documentaries. Runtimes range from two to 15 minutes, so whether you hate a film or love it, you won’t have too long to savor it. – Jessica Bryce Young
Love Your Shorts Film Festival's Summer Rewind

Friday, Aug. 23

8 p.m.

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford

loveyourshorts.com

$5

Attending a short film festival is kind of like eating dinner at a tapas bar – each individual bite is small, but it all adds up in the end. For the easily bored, it’s a heaven-sent opportunity to try everything on the menu. And this year’s Summer Rewind presents only those dishes recommended by the chef: It’s a tight group (just 10 in all) of the shorts that won awards at the overflowing smorgasbord of the Love Your Shorts fest earlier this year. There’s an innovative music video, a Florida-flavored mini-noir, some sci-fi, some romance, some animation, and a couple of challenging documentaries. Runtimes range from two to 15 minutes, so whether you hate a film or love it, you won’t have too long to savor it. – Jessica Bryce Young
Phat-N-Jazzy Presents '80s Soul Night and Michael Jackson Video Tribute
Friday, Aug. 23
9 p.m.
The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.
407-246-1419
thesocial.org
$7
It might be the king of pop’s birthday they’re celebrating but the party’s all for you, Orlando. Phat-N-Jazzy presents a special ’80s soul night featuring live music from Square Biz, which brings together members of the Gerry Williams Band and the Legendary JCs to cover classic R&B, from Prince to Chaka Khan to Teena Marie, as if the summer weren’t hot enough already, dang. DJ BMF will also be there doing his Michael Jackson video mix in tribute to the birthday boy. On the Facebook event page, they request that people turn up in their vintage gear; we’d like to plead with you to take that request as seriously as you took those styles back in the day. This sounds like a retro party done right, so if you’ve been waiting around for someone to tell you something good, listen up, ’cuz ain’t nobody loves you better than P-N-J. – Ashley Belanger
Phat-N-Jazzy Presents '80s Soul Night and Michael Jackson Video Tribute

Friday, Aug. 23

9 p.m.

The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.

407-246-1419

thesocial.org

$7

It might be the king of pop’s birthday they’re celebrating but the party’s all for you, Orlando. Phat-N-Jazzy presents a special ’80s soul night featuring live music from Square Biz, which brings together members of the Gerry Williams Band and the Legendary JCs to cover classic R&B, from Prince to Chaka Khan to Teena Marie, as if the summer weren’t hot enough already, dang. DJ BMF will also be there doing his Michael Jackson video mix in tribute to the birthday boy. On the Facebook event page, they request that people turn up in their vintage gear; we’d like to plead with you to take that request as seriously as you took those styles back in the day. This sounds like a retro party done right, so if you’ve been waiting around for someone to tell you something good, listen up, ’cuz ain’t nobody loves you better than P-N-J. – Ashley Belanger
A Brief History of the Blues
opening 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23
through Sept. 22
Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St., Sanford
407-323-2774
jtfolkart.com
free
Collection of 18 art pieces by Lucy Hunnicutt.
A Brief History of the Blues

opening 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23

through Sept. 22

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St., Sanford

407-323-2774

jtfolkart.com

free

Collection of 18 art pieces by Lucy Hunnicutt.
Secret Lake RunYak
Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m.
Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry
runyak.com
$30
This race might be labeled as one for “all fitness levels,” but unless you have a few athletic bones in your body, you might see the RunYak live up to the latter part of its name. Don’t let that discourage you, though, because even kids (over the age of 13) are invited to contend in the part-run/part-paddle battle, and we bet they might even give the adult competitors a run (har!) for their money, as $50 gift cards are awarded to the top male and top female individual competitors. It’s a clash where the pavement meets freshwater: Competitors start with a 2.3K run before launching into a 3K paddling sprint across the lake and then finish with another 2.3K run. Bring your own kayak or paddleboard if you have one; if not, a limited amount will be available for rental with advance reservation. Knowing our luck, we’d clumsily turn this water-centric duathlon into a full-blown triathlon by falling into the lake and having to swim the rest of the way to shore. Let’s hope you were blessed with more athletic skills than we were  – or at least a couple of strong swimmer arms. – Aimee Vitek
Secret Lake RunYak

Saturday, Aug. 24

8 a.m.

Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry

runyak.com

$30

This race might be labeled as one for “all fitness levels,” but unless you have a few athletic bones in your body, you might see the RunYak live up to the latter part of its name. Don’t let that discourage you, though, because even kids (over the age of 13) are invited to contend in the part-run/part-paddle battle, and we bet they might even give the adult competitors a run (har!) for their money, as $50 gift cards are awarded to the top male and top female individual competitors. It’s a clash where the pavement meets freshwater: Competitors start with a 2.3K run before launching into a 3K paddling sprint across the lake and then finish with another 2.3K run. Bring your own kayak or paddleboard if you have one; if not, a limited amount will be available for rental with advance reservation. Knowing our luck, we’d clumsily turn this water-centric duathlon into a full-blown triathlon by falling into the lake and having to swim the rest of the way to shore. Let’s hope you were blessed with more athletic skills than we were – or at least a couple of strong swimmer arms. – Aimee Vitek
The Movement Fall 2013 Kickoff Party
Saturday, Aug. 24
with DJ Tony Touch
10 p.m.
The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Ave.
thelazyafternoon.com
$20
By now, we get visibly excited when special events crop up at the Orange Studio in Mills 50. The most recent of which is the latest installment of the Movement, a rotating party regularly put on by the Lazy Afternoon DJ collective meant as an homage to early DJ parties that helped music evolve. Lazy Afternoon is always tasteful in delivering a solid rotation of local DJs, but they also bring in huge names like this party’s featured talent, veteran DJ Tony Touch. If you bought a car in the last year with free satellite radio, you might recognize the DJ from his Sirius Radio program Toca Tuesdays where he mixes soul, funk, Latin, hip-hop and house. His last mixtape, released earlier this summer, features guest spots by Mos Def, Eminem and the Wu-Tang Clan. With complimentary drinks with admission, expect a dance party – and if we’re lucky, maybe some breakdancing from the influential B-boy. – Ashley Belanger
The Movement Fall 2013 Kickoff Party

Saturday, Aug. 24

with DJ Tony Touch

10 p.m.

The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Ave.

thelazyafternoon.com

$20

By now, we get visibly excited when special events crop up at the Orange Studio in Mills 50. The most recent of which is the latest installment of the Movement, a rotating party regularly put on by the Lazy Afternoon DJ collective meant as an homage to early DJ parties that helped music evolve. Lazy Afternoon is always tasteful in delivering a solid rotation of local DJs, but they also bring in huge names like this party’s featured talent, veteran DJ Tony Touch. If you bought a car in the last year with free satellite radio, you might recognize the DJ from his Sirius Radio program Toca Tuesdays where he mixes soul, funk, Latin, hip-hop and house. His last mixtape, released earlier this summer, features guest spots by Mos Def, Eminem and the Wu-Tang Clan. With complimentary drinks with admission, expect a dance party – and if we’re lucky, maybe some breakdancing from the influential B-boy. – Ashley Belanger
Super Joy Riders: Do Gooder Bike Ride
Sunday, Aug. 25
10 a.m.
meet at the eastern entrance of the Lake Eola Farmers Market
superjoyriders.com
free
On the last Sunday of every month, a group of people dress up in superhero outfits, get on their bikes and meet up at the eastern entrance of the Lake Eola Farmers Market. From there, they ride around downtown doing good deeds – they pick up trash, help old ladies cross the street, ensure that people don’t get away with not picking up after their dogs – then they get together afterward at Urban ReThink to drink mimosas and reflect on their activities. Yes, really. And you can join in on this act of improv philanthropy, too. It’s free and all you have to do is break out your cape, show up on your bike and look for the Dog Powered Robot Space Racer and the crowd of superheroes hanging out by the Farmers Market at 10 a.m. We’d join you, but we, uh … we’ll just see you when it’s time for the mimosas. – Erin Sullivan
Super Joy Riders: Do Gooder Bike Ride

Sunday, Aug. 25

10 a.m.

meet at the eastern entrance of the Lake Eola Farmers Market

superjoyriders.com

free

On the last Sunday of every month, a group of people dress up in superhero outfits, get on their bikes and meet up at the eastern entrance of the Lake Eola Farmers Market. From there, they ride around downtown doing good deeds – they pick up trash, help old ladies cross the street, ensure that people don’t get away with not picking up after their dogs – then they get together afterward at Urban ReThink to drink mimosas and reflect on their activities. Yes, really. And you can join in on this act of improv philanthropy, too. It’s free and all you have to do is break out your cape, show up on your bike and look for the Dog Powered Robot Space Racer and the crowd of superheroes hanging out by the Farmers Market at 10 a.m. We’d join you, but we, uh … we’ll just see you when it’s time for the mimosas. – Erin Sullivan