December 11, 2013

Top 10 things to do in Orlando this week: Dec. 11-17

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Everything Is Terrible! Holiday Special 2013 "A New Beginning"
Wednesday, Dec. 11
8 p.m.
Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.
willspub.org
$10
Anyone who’s ever tried to find a unique way to say, “Happy holidays!” knows how excruciatingly one-note this time of year can be, but it’s unlikely any of us has put as much time exploring the nuances of season’s greetings as found-footage/comedy website Everything Is Terrible, currently touring with their irreverent holiday-themed live show and film, Everything Is Terrible! Holiday Special. To make it happen, one of the site’s founders, Commodore Gilgamesh, describes a Chinese-water-torture viewing process involving hundreds of VHS tapes, mining bargain bins everywhere for the gems that put a twinkle in Bad Santa’s eye and regularly make the group heroes of the Internet. – Ashley Belanger
Everything Is Terrible! Holiday Special 2013 "A New Beginning"

Wednesday, Dec. 11

8 p.m.

Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.

willspub.org

$10

Anyone who’s ever tried to find a unique way to say, “Happy holidays!” knows how excruciatingly one-note this time of year can be, but it’s unlikely any of us has put as much time exploring the nuances of season’s greetings as found-footage/comedy website Everything Is Terrible, currently touring with their irreverent holiday-themed live show and film, Everything Is Terrible! Holiday Special. To make it happen, one of the site’s founders, Commodore Gilgamesh, describes a Chinese-water-torture viewing process involving hundreds of VHS tapes, mining bargain bins everywhere for the gems that put a twinkle in Bad Santa’s eye and regularly make the group heroes of the Internet. – Ashley Belanger
Blank and Beautiful: Book Art by Chelsey Hyatt
through Jan. 1, 2014
Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road
407-623-3393
stardustvideocoffee.tumblr.com
free
Many book artists focus their artistic practice on papermaking or bookbinding, honing their skills on the craft of books’ creation. Although she possesses those technical skills, Chelsey Hyatt came to book art as a lover of the word. Hyatt, who studied textile design at SCAD, fell under paper’s sway while assembling her fine arts portfolio, for which she presented a collection of altered found books and wrote a children’s book that she screen-printed on fabric. She has always been drawn to books, she says, though she soon realized that few of her classmates were the kind of voracious reader that she was. – Jessica Bryce Young
Blank and Beautiful: Book Art by Chelsey Hyatt

through Jan. 1, 2014

Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road

407-623-3393

stardustvideocoffee.tumblr.com

free

Many book artists focus their artistic practice on papermaking or bookbinding, honing their skills on the craft of books’ creation. Although she possesses those technical skills, Chelsey Hyatt came to book art as a lover of the word. Hyatt, who studied textile design at SCAD, fell under paper’s sway while assembling her fine arts portfolio, for which she presented a collection of altered found books and wrote a children’s book that she screen-printed on fabric. She has always been drawn to books, she says, though she soon realized that few of her classmates were the kind of voracious reader that she was. – Jessica Bryce Young
Headbang 'n Buttonmash Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 13
with Team Rock-It, Infinite Earths, Ad Nauseum, Michael Seuss
7 p.m.
The Geek Easy, 114 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park
407-332-9636
facebook.com/hbnbm
toy or comic donation
Area metal fans likely already know about Orlandooom promoter Jared Oates’ new website, Headbang ’n Buttonmash (hbnbm.com), but if you’re unfamiliar, it’s a niche site that mixes reviews of the latest video games and metal releases with editorial features on the same two-pronged subject area. Maybe that’s what the devil-horn hand sign has stood for all along? Either way, they’re throwing a holiday party at the Geek Easy, featuring nerdcore hip-hop from Team Rock-It, progressive black metal from Infinite Earths, drone from Ad Nauseum and hip-hop from Michael Suess. Rather than charge a typical entry fee, HBNBM shows some seasonal cheer by asking instead for unwrapped toys or comic books to exchange for entry, which will then be donated to kids who otherwise might go without this year. – Ashley Belanger
Headbang 'n Buttonmash Holiday Party

Friday, Dec. 13

with Team Rock-It, Infinite Earths, Ad Nauseum, Michael Seuss

7 p.m.

The Geek Easy, 114 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park

407-332-9636

facebook.com/hbnbm

toy or comic donation

Area metal fans likely already know about Orlandooom promoter Jared Oates’ new website, Headbang ’n Buttonmash (hbnbm.com), but if you’re unfamiliar, it’s a niche site that mixes reviews of the latest video games and metal releases with editorial features on the same two-pronged subject area. Maybe that’s what the devil-horn hand sign has stood for all along? Either way, they’re throwing a holiday party at the Geek Easy, featuring nerdcore hip-hop from Team Rock-It, progressive black metal from Infinite Earths, drone from Ad Nauseum and hip-hop from Michael Suess. Rather than charge a typical entry fee, HBNBM shows some seasonal cheer by asking instead for unwrapped toys or comic books to exchange for entry, which will then be donated to kids who otherwise might go without this year. – Ashley Belanger
Pusha T
Friday, Dec. 13
with Rob Capman, D-Squad, Main, Blackout Cliq
7 p.m.
Firestone Live, 578 N. Orange Ave.
407-872-0066
firestonelive.net
$20-$75
Together again! When Pusha T released his solo debut, My Name Is My Name, in October, many an approving smile crossed the faces of music fans who immediately recognized the rapper riding shotgun to Kanye West’s production. However, although West is omnipresent on the album, it’s Pusha T’s jokey decision-making that keeps you grinning, so it’s especially exciting he’s in town touring on this major 2013 release. It’s a perfect follow-up for folks who made the trek to Tampa to catch West on his Yeezus tour (where, incidentally, his name wasn’t his name) at the end of November, especially considering the overlapping sample of West’s “New Slaves” on Pusha T’s “King Push.” But enough about ’Ye, this tour is about Pusha T, and if you’ve been sleeping on this release, consider this a sweet serenade to wake you up in time to get to 
Firestone. – Ashley Belanger
Pusha T

Friday, Dec. 13

with Rob Capman, D-Squad, Main, Blackout Cliq

7 p.m.

Firestone Live, 578 N. Orange Ave.

407-872-0066

firestonelive.net

$20-$75

Together again! When Pusha T released his solo debut, My Name Is My Name, in October, many an approving smile crossed the faces of music fans who immediately recognized the rapper riding shotgun to Kanye West’s production. However, although West is omnipresent on the album, it’s Pusha T’s jokey decision-making that keeps you grinning, so it’s especially exciting he’s in town touring on this major 2013 release. It’s a perfect follow-up for folks who made the trek to Tampa to catch West on his Yeezus tour (where, incidentally, his name wasn’t his name) at the end of November, especially considering the overlapping sample of West’s “New Slaves” on Pusha T’s “King Push.” But enough about ’Ye, this tour is about Pusha T, and if you’ve been sleeping on this release, consider this a sweet serenade to wake you up in time to get to Firestone. – Ashley Belanger
McRae Art Studios Holiday Open House
Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14
6-9 p.m. Friday, 4-9 p.m. Saturday
McRae Art Studios, 904 Railroad Ave., Suite 200, Winter Park
mcraeartstudios.com
free
Here comes the part when you need to start crossing off items on your holiday gift-giving list. For the art enthusiasts on that list, there’s nothing quite like unwrapping a hard-to-find original that hasn’t been hanging in just any old gallery around town. That’s why every year we book it to McRae Art Studios for the Holiday Open House, because it’s one of only two times throughout the year the warehouse studios in Winter Park opens to the public for tours and visits with the 21 resident artists. More than 700 works will be showcased during the two-day event – from paintings to sculpture works to jewelry and pottery. Plus, this year McRae adds a collection of infrared photography by guest artist Ellie Diez-Massaro, along with the impressionist oil paintings of Rollins grad Robin Johnson. Looking for something “unique” for kooky Aunt Edna? Need to wow the Monet-loving mother-in-law? Check and check. – Aimee Vitek
McRae Art Studios Holiday Open House

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14

6-9 p.m. Friday, 4-9 p.m. Saturday

McRae Art Studios, 904 Railroad Ave., Suite 200, Winter Park

mcraeartstudios.com

free

Here comes the part when you need to start crossing off items on your holiday gift-giving list. For the art enthusiasts on that list, there’s nothing quite like unwrapping a hard-to-find original that hasn’t been hanging in just any old gallery around town. That’s why every year we book it to McRae Art Studios for the Holiday Open House, because it’s one of only two times throughout the year the warehouse studios in Winter Park opens to the public for tours and visits with the 21 resident artists. More than 700 works will be showcased during the two-day event – from paintings to sculpture works to jewelry and pottery. Plus, this year McRae adds a collection of infrared photography by guest artist Ellie Diez-Massaro, along with the impressionist oil paintings of Rollins grad Robin Johnson. Looking for something “unique” for kooky Aunt Edna? Need to wow the Monet-loving mother-in-law? Check and check. – Aimee Vitek
Santarchy
Saturday, Dec. 14
7 p.m.
downtown Orlando
orlandosantarchy.com
free
It’s that time of year again. Christmas is around the corner and people are getting into the holiday spirit. Santa is even coming to town – well, when we say town, we mean bars. And when we say Santa, we mean a host of merry Orlandoans in their finest St. Nick garb. Santarchy features more than 100 sloshed Santas sharing good cheer and good beer throughout the downtown Orlando area. This event, one of many occurring in various cities all around the world, aims to spread good will and ensure a merry Christmas for all, and for all a good time. The spirited crew will meet up at Casey’s on Central, and organizer Josh Manning notes that “Santa has guilted naughty business owners into special drink deals and gift cards giveaways,” so no doubt there’ll be merriment aplenty.  – James Austin
Santarchy

Saturday, Dec. 14

7 p.m.

downtown Orlando

orlandosantarchy.com

free

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is around the corner and people are getting into the holiday spirit. Santa is even coming to town – well, when we say town, we mean bars. And when we say Santa, we mean a host of merry Orlandoans in their finest St. Nick garb. Santarchy features more than 100 sloshed Santas sharing good cheer and good beer throughout the downtown Orlando area. This event, one of many occurring in various cities all around the world, aims to spread good will and ensure a merry Christmas for all, and for all a good time. The spirited crew will meet up at Casey’s on Central, and organizer Josh Manning notes that “Santa has guilted naughty business owners into special drink deals and gift cards giveaways,” so no doubt there’ll be merriment aplenty. – James Austin
Body // Talk: A Kitschy Xmas Dance Party
Saturday, Dec. 14
10 p.m.
The Space, 1206 E. Colonial Drive
facebook.com/v00d00music
free-$5
Taking the concept of an ugly sweater party to the next level, this month’s edition of Body // Talk (indie dance party) sets a scene at the Space for the essential Florida Christmas by inviting Thee Wilt Chamberlain with their surf-rock jingle-jangle instrumentals as the featured band. It’s free before 11 p.m. if you’re wearing kitschy Christmas gear (break out those light-up antlers!) or $2 to come as you are. After that, entry goes up to $2 if you dress according to theme and $5 if you’re determined to be a Grinch about it. In addition to the band, there’s tons of holiday surprises, like strategically placed mistletoe, a massage room to soothe your year-end nerves and Santa stopping by to blow off a little steam by roasting the partygoers. Also featuring DJs VSN QST and Allen Duncan of Native Feel, it’s shaping up to be a night to knock your stockings off. – Ashley Belanger
Body // Talk: A Kitschy Xmas Dance Party

Saturday, Dec. 14

10 p.m.

The Space, 1206 E. Colonial Drive

facebook.com/v00d00music

free-$5

Taking the concept of an ugly sweater party to the next level, this month’s edition of Body // Talk (indie dance party) sets a scene at the Space for the essential Florida Christmas by inviting Thee Wilt Chamberlain with their surf-rock jingle-jangle instrumentals as the featured band. It’s free before 11 p.m. if you’re wearing kitschy Christmas gear (break out those light-up antlers!) or $2 to come as you are. After that, entry goes up to $2 if you dress according to theme and $5 if you’re determined to be a Grinch about it. In addition to the band, there’s tons of holiday surprises, like strategically placed mistletoe, a massage room to soothe your year-end nerves and Santa stopping by to blow off a little steam by roasting the partygoers. Also featuring DJs VSN QST and Allen Duncan of Native Feel, it’s shaping up to be a night to knock your stockings off. – Ashley Belanger
Celebrate Dogs! Presented by AKC and Eukanuba
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 14-15
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center, 9899 International Drive, South Concourse
800-423-6036
celebratedogsorlando.com
$20
If you’re a crazy dog person (don’t judge), this is the event where you can totally geek out among people who get you. You can wander through the massive showcase of breeds in the exhibition halls, where representatives of pretty much every kind of purebred dog recognized by the AKC will be ready to meet and greet you. You can watch dogs involved in performance sports, like dock diving and agility, competing in national invitational matches. You can shop in the massive vendors hall, where you can buy everything from fancy baubled leashes to breed-specific T-shirts to dried-up animal parts for your dog to chew on. And you can (of course) attend the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, where show dogs from 40 countries compete for that coveted, elusive Best in Show title. Seriously, dog people. This thing comes to town once a year, and people travel from all over the country to attend it – check out the crazy RV scene behind the convention center where people camp out while they participate for proof – and it’s right in your backyard. – Erin Sullivan
Celebrate Dogs! Presented by AKC and Eukanuba

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 14-15

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center, 9899 International Drive, South Concourse

800-423-6036

celebratedogsorlando.com

$20

If you’re a crazy dog person (don’t judge), this is the event where you can totally geek out among people who get you. You can wander through the massive showcase of breeds in the exhibition halls, where representatives of pretty much every kind of purebred dog recognized by the AKC will be ready to meet and greet you. You can watch dogs involved in performance sports, like dock diving and agility, competing in national invitational matches. You can shop in the massive vendors hall, where you can buy everything from fancy baubled leashes to breed-specific T-shirts to dried-up animal parts for your dog to chew on. And you can (of course) attend the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, where show dogs from 40 countries compete for that coveted, elusive Best in Show title. Seriously, dog people. This thing comes to town once a year, and people travel from all over the country to attend it – check out the crazy RV scene behind the convention center where people camp out while they participate for proof – and it’s right in your backyard. – Erin Sullivan
Grandma Party Bazaar
Sunday, Dec. 15
with Butterqueen, the Haroux, Join Hands, Jr. Meowzer, Pop//Nazi, Sloppy Mistress, Mojave Wilde and Fun-Dipped Productions
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road
407-623-3393
grandmapartybazaar.tumblr.com
free
December brings a very important annual event to Orlando: another installment of the Grandma Party Bazaar. (It used to be “every so often,” but these days it’s a holiday-ish affair.) “Oh,” you say, “another crafty market,” you say, “Sure, all right.” But no. No, no, no. You need to focus on the word “party” just as much as “bazaar”; GmaPty is a True Orlando Thing – born here, perfected here, deeply, deeply Of Here. The photo booth? Backdrop designed by Doug Rhodehamel, so just plan your engagement/baby/whatever pics to fall on Sunday because you won’t find a better spot. The bands? All formed in 2012-2013, thus exposing your brain, heart and earholes to a brand-new range of kickassery. The vintage vendors? New, and mostly without local brick-and-mortar storefronts, so the only place to try that crazy jumpsuit on is right here. And did we mention the wandering circus performers? You’ll find beard oil, terrariums, hammocks, zines, aprons, bitters, stationery, forktopi, artisanal nail polish, original art and more – all made by hand and waiting just for you in Your City Beautiful. – Jessica Bryce Young
Grandma Party Bazaar

Sunday, Dec. 15

with Butterqueen, the Haroux, Join Hands, Jr. Meowzer, Pop//Nazi, Sloppy Mistress, Mojave Wilde and Fun-Dipped Productions

10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road

407-623-3393

grandmapartybazaar.tumblr.com

free

December brings a very important annual event to Orlando: another installment of the Grandma Party Bazaar. (It used to be “every so often,” but these days it’s a holiday-ish affair.) “Oh,” you say, “another crafty market,” you say, “Sure, all right.” But no. No, no, no. You need to focus on the word “party” just as much as “bazaar”; GmaPty is a True Orlando Thing – born here, perfected here, deeply, deeply Of Here. The photo booth? Backdrop designed by Doug Rhodehamel, so just plan your engagement/baby/whatever pics to fall on Sunday because you won’t find a better spot. The bands? All formed in 2012-2013, thus exposing your brain, heart and earholes to a brand-new range of kickassery. The vintage vendors? New, and mostly without local brick-and-mortar storefronts, so the only place to try that crazy jumpsuit on is right here. And did we mention the wandering circus performers? You’ll find beard oil, terrariums, hammocks, zines, aprons, bitters, stationery, forktopi, artisanal nail polish, original art and more – all made by hand and waiting just for you in Your City Beautiful. – Jessica Bryce Young
Locally Grown Words Book Fair
Sunday, Dec. 15
Noon-4 p.m.
East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive
eastendmkt.com
free
It’s going to be a pretty  exciting Sunday in Audubon Park. Not only is Grandma Party taking over Stardust for the day, just around the corner at East End Market residents and visitors will find a local book sale. That’s “local book fair” as in “local books,” BTW; organizer Kim Britt wants to bring East End’s locavore ethics to consumers of the printed word, and plans to open a bookstore called Bookmark It inside the market in January. Orlando-grown publishers Burrow Press and Beating Windward will man tables, as will local stalwarts Kerouac House and Florida Review (UCF’s literary journal), along with individual local authors too numerous to mention, all flogging their wares. With Bookmark It joining Park Ave CDs’ tastily curated books section and Stardust’s equally well-edited selection of used volumes, Audubon Park looks to be staking a claim to the title of Orlando’s best-read neighborhood. – Jessica Bryce Young
Locally Grown Words Book Fair

Sunday, Dec. 15

Noon-4 p.m.

East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive

eastendmkt.com

free

It’s going to be a pretty exciting Sunday in Audubon Park. Not only is Grandma Party taking over Stardust for the day, just around the corner at East End Market residents and visitors will find a local book sale. That’s “local book fair” as in “local books,” BTW; organizer Kim Britt wants to bring East End’s locavore ethics to consumers of the printed word, and plans to open a bookstore called Bookmark It inside the market in January. Orlando-grown publishers Burrow Press and Beating Windward will man tables, as will local stalwarts Kerouac House and Florida Review (UCF’s literary journal), along with individual local authors too numerous to mention, all flogging their wares. With Bookmark It joining Park Ave CDs’ tastily curated books section and Stardust’s equally well-edited selection of used volumes, Audubon Park looks to be staking a claim to the title of Orlando’s best-read neighborhood. – Jessica Bryce Young