October 30, 2013

Top 10 things to do in Orlando this week: Oct. 30-Nov. 5

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Jacuzzi Boys
Thursday, Oct. 31
with Lovely Bad Things, King Grincewicz and His Grincewicztones
9 p.m.
Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.
willspub.org
$10
While riding your Halloween-candy sugar high, stop at Will’s Pub for a little extra glaze. Peddling their self-titled full-length released in September, Jacuzzi Boys bring their cool, lazy garage rock back to town. Dependable for their lit-up live performances, they won’t short the crowd on bass-driven songs, mumbled verses or cigarette smoke. Along for the ride with Jacuzzi Boys, Lovely Bad Things will treat us to a turned-up, Pixies-esque ruckus. Their latest release, The Late Great Whatever, paints a fuzzed-out surf rock landscape with pastel indie nuances and girl-echoes-boy vocals. Then, to assure that this show will turn into a boozy singalong, King Grincewicz and His Grincewicztones also jumped on the lineup. The wedding band-like ensemble covers jams such as “Louie Louie” and “Doo Wah Ditty” while wearing bow ties and cummerbunds, though they may throw in “Monster Mash” and ditch the formalwear for the festive occasion. – Billy Table
Jacuzzi Boys

Thursday, Oct. 31

with Lovely Bad Things, King Grincewicz and His Grincewicztones

9 p.m.

Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.

willspub.org

$10

While riding your Halloween-candy sugar high, stop at Will’s Pub for a little extra glaze. Peddling their self-titled full-length released in September, Jacuzzi Boys bring their cool, lazy garage rock back to town. Dependable for their lit-up live performances, they won’t short the crowd on bass-driven songs, mumbled verses or cigarette smoke. Along for the ride with Jacuzzi Boys, Lovely Bad Things will treat us to a turned-up, Pixies-esque ruckus. Their latest release, The Late Great Whatever, paints a fuzzed-out surf rock landscape with pastel indie nuances and girl-echoes-boy vocals. Then, to assure that this show will turn into a boozy singalong, King Grincewicz and His Grincewicztones also jumped on the lineup. The wedding band-like ensemble covers jams such as “Louie Louie” and “Doo Wah Ditty” while wearing bow ties and cummerbunds, though they may throw in “Monster Mash” and ditch the formalwear for the festive occasion. – Billy Table
Nine Inch Nails
with Gary Numan
Thursday, Oct. 31
7:30 p.m.
Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.
800-745-3000
amwaycenter.com
$35.50-$99.50
We’re not sure which blew our minds more, when the Associated Press embarrassingly printed that Nine Inch Nails covered Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” on this tour or the fact that we get to hear that throbbing wound of a song live on Halloween night. Plus, Nine Inch Nails has a storied live show that rumor has it will make those KISS and Paul McCartney Amway shows from earlier this year look like shadow puppet plays. May everyone in attendance come back haunted. – Ashley Belanger
Nine Inch Nails

with Gary Numan

Thursday, Oct. 31

7:30 p.m.

Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.

800-745-3000

amwaycenter.com

$35.50-$99.50

We’re not sure which blew our minds more, when the Associated Press embarrassingly printed that Nine Inch Nails covered Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” on this tour or the fact that we get to hear that throbbing wound of a song live on Halloween night. Plus, Nine Inch Nails has a storied live show that rumor has it will make those KISS and Paul McCartney Amway shows from earlier this year look like shadow puppet plays. May everyone in attendance come back haunted. – Ashley Belanger
Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Friday, Nov. 1
7 p.m.
Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.
407-896-2442
orlandomagic.com
$12.90-$1,225.65
Orlando Magic fans are in for a special treat at this year’s home opener against those fearsome New Orleans Pelicans. Not only is it the Magic’s 25th anniversary as a team, but the team is also celebrating one of their franchise’s best players with a ceremony honoring Tracy McGrady, now that he has officially retired from the NBA. T-Mac was only dropping threes for the Magic for four seasons, but those years represented some of the seven-time All Star’s best and also drove him to become an NBA All Star in the first place, following Grant Hill’s disappointing injury that forced McGrady to step up as a scorer. But that’s the past, and everyone knows the Orlando Magic is all about the future, as they take this second year to rebuild what Superman destroyed. And who knows? With a firecracker shooting guard like Victor Oladipo, perhaps the future is now? – Ashley Belanger
Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Friday, Nov. 1

7 p.m.

Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.

407-896-2442

orlandomagic.com

$12.90-$1,225.65

Orlando Magic fans are in for a special treat at this year’s home opener against those fearsome New Orleans Pelicans. Not only is it the Magic’s 25th anniversary as a team, but the team is also celebrating one of their franchise’s best players with a ceremony honoring Tracy McGrady, now that he has officially retired from the NBA. T-Mac was only dropping threes for the Magic for four seasons, but those years represented some of the seven-time All Star’s best and also drove him to become an NBA All Star in the first place, following Grant Hill’s disappointing injury that forced McGrady to step up as a scorer. But that’s the past, and everyone knows the Orlando Magic is all about the future, as they take this second year to rebuild what Superman destroyed. And who knows? With a firecracker shooting guard like Victor Oladipo, perhaps the future is now? – Ashley Belanger
J. Robbins
Friday, Nov. 1
with War on Women, the Pauses
9 p.m.
Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.
willspub.org
$10
Well, this was a lineup just waiting to happen. Veteran rock musician J. Robbins is probably best known for his band Jawbox, or, if you’re super-savvy, Office of Future Plans, a more psychedelic recent offering that continues his legacy as a consistent rock songwriter. But for locals, J. Robbins’ name was on tongues when Orlando band the Pauses released their debut, A Cautionary Tale, in 2011, because he produced the long-awaited release. Now the pair shares a stage for the first time locally since, and joining them is hardcore punk band War on Women, whose wailing feminism is sure to generate incredible energy live. Robbins’ set will cover acoustic versions from his collection, spanning Jawbox to Burning Airlines to Channels and on up to Office of Future Plans. And honestly, it’s been too long since we’ve seen the Pauses, since vocalist Tierney Tough has been on tour with Matt Pond all dang year. – Ashley Belanger
J. Robbins

Friday, Nov. 1

with War on Women, the Pauses

9 p.m.

Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.

willspub.org

$10

Well, this was a lineup just waiting to happen. Veteran rock musician J. Robbins is probably best known for his band Jawbox, or, if you’re super-savvy, Office of Future Plans, a more psychedelic recent offering that continues his legacy as a consistent rock songwriter. But for locals, J. Robbins’ name was on tongues when Orlando band the Pauses released their debut, A Cautionary Tale, in 2011, because he produced the long-awaited release. Now the pair shares a stage for the first time locally since, and joining them is hardcore punk band War on Women, whose wailing feminism is sure to generate incredible energy live. Robbins’ set will cover acoustic versions from his collection, spanning Jawbox to Burning Airlines to Channels and on up to Office of Future Plans. And honestly, it’s been too long since we’ve seen the Pauses, since vocalist Tierney Tough has been on tour with Matt Pond all dang year. – Ashley Belanger
Progeny: An Interactive Installation Opening Reception
Friday, Nov. 1
5-7 p.m.
Through Nov. 23
Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach
386-427-6975
atlanticcenterforthearts.org
free
Art show by Luke Aaron Clark and Bryce Hammond.
Progeny: An Interactive Installation Opening Reception

Friday, Nov. 1

5-7 p.m.

Through Nov. 23

Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach

386-427-6975

atlanticcenterforthearts.org

free

Art show by Luke Aaron Clark and Bryce Hammond.
Orlando Greek Festival
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 1-3
4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland
407-331-4687
orlandogreekfest.com
$3
Picture a jovial outdoor scene: The air fills with the bouzouki strains of live band Ellada; the Hellenic Dance Troupe moves in choreographed unison; you take a sip of Mythos lager while munching on grilled lamb and fresh fried saganaki cheese. No, you aren’t spending the afternoon in Athens. You’ve landed at the Orlando Greek Festival, an annual three-day fête of food, music and family-friendly merriment held in the backyard environs of Maitland’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. It might sound like all fun and games, but at this fest you can also gather some knowledge of Greek history and culture, with iconography demos by Katerina Papaioanou and architecture tours of the church. There may not be a fabulous view overlooking the Aegean Sea, but it’s certainly the closest you’ll get to the Greek Isles without ever leaving Orlando. – Aimee Vitek
Orlando Greek Festival

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 1-3

4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland

407-331-4687

orlandogreekfest.com

$3

Picture a jovial outdoor scene: The air fills with the bouzouki strains of live band Ellada; the Hellenic Dance Troupe moves in choreographed unison; you take a sip of Mythos lager while munching on grilled lamb and fresh fried saganaki cheese. No, you aren’t spending the afternoon in Athens. You’ve landed at the Orlando Greek Festival, an annual three-day fête of food, music and family-friendly merriment held in the backyard environs of Maitland’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. It might sound like all fun and games, but at this fest you can also gather some knowledge of Greek history and culture, with iconography demos by Katerina Papaioanou and architecture tours of the church. There may not be a fabulous view overlooking the Aegean Sea, but it’s certainly the closest you’ll get to the Greek Isles without ever leaving Orlando. – Aimee Vitek
Viva la Vida: A Celebration of Life on the Day of the Dead
Saturday, Nov. 2
7-10 p.m.
Museum of Art – DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
386-734-4371
moartdeland.org
$65
The dead don’t want you to weep and wail or fear their clacking bones; they want you to remember them with joy – music, dancing, plenty of sweets and plenty of calacas – those happy, gaily decorated skeletons you see at Mexican Day of the Dead festivals. The typical American Halloween party tends to focus on the iconography of death in a less thoughtful, more gory way (shambling, blood-spattered zombies covered in open wounds), as opposed to the warm-hearted Mexican Dia de los Muertos, in which all the skeletons are grinning and all the ghosts are your own beloved departed ones. The Museum of Art – DeLand chose to focus on that more convivial kind of celebration with their mercado-themed fundraiser: Mexican beer, margaritas and the Mayan Grill Food Truck will sustain bodies while spirits are raised by roving mariachis, sugar-skull face painters and a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest. – Jessica Bryce Young
Viva la Vida: A Celebration of Life on the Day of the Dead

Saturday, Nov. 2

7-10 p.m.

Museum of Art – DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand

386-734-4371

moartdeland.org

$65

The dead don’t want you to weep and wail or fear their clacking bones; they want you to remember them with joy – music, dancing, plenty of sweets and plenty of calacas – those happy, gaily decorated skeletons you see at Mexican Day of the Dead festivals. The typical American Halloween party tends to focus on the iconography of death in a less thoughtful, more gory way (shambling, blood-spattered zombies covered in open wounds), as opposed to the warm-hearted Mexican Dia de los Muertos, in which all the skeletons are grinning and all the ghosts are your own beloved departed ones. The Museum of Art – DeLand chose to focus on that more convivial kind of celebration with their mercado-themed fundraiser: Mexican beer, margaritas and the Mayan Grill Food Truck will sustain bodies while spirits are raised by roving mariachis, sugar-skull face painters and a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest. – Jessica Bryce Young
Fall Fiesta in the Park
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 2-3
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Lake Eola Park
407-855-0606
fiestainthepark.com
free
Fall is the season for outdoor festivals in Orlando, and the weather is usually perfectly cool for the annual Fall Fiesta in the Park, giving you the ideal excuse to spend a day (or two!) outside perusing arts and crafts booths. Each year people from all over the Central Florida area come in droves to this expansive weekend-long event, as more than 600 vendors set up shop all the way around Lake Eola to sell all sorts of goodies – artwork, jewelry, clothing, crafts, handmade pieces, food items and more. Last year we scored novel finds like locally made dried pasta and hand-sewn pet accessories, but you never know what kind of treasures you’ll scoop up while shopping at this sprawling fiesta. – Aimee Vitek
Fall Fiesta in the Park

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 2-3

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Lake Eola Park

407-855-0606

fiestainthepark.com

free

Fall is the season for outdoor festivals in Orlando, and the weather is usually perfectly cool for the annual Fall Fiesta in the Park, giving you the ideal excuse to spend a day (or two!) outside perusing arts and crafts booths. Each year people from all over the Central Florida area come in droves to this expansive weekend-long event, as more than 600 vendors set up shop all the way around Lake Eola to sell all sorts of goodies – artwork, jewelry, clothing, crafts, handmade pieces, food items and more. Last year we scored novel finds like locally made dried pasta and hand-sewn pet accessories, but you never know what kind of treasures you’ll scoop up while shopping at this sprawling fiesta. – Aimee Vitek
Kurt Vile
Saturday, Nov. 2
with and the Violators, Beach Fossils
6:30 p.m.
The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.
407-246-1419
thesocial.org
$17
Touring on Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze (or is it the deluxe edition? Or his EP split? The man works too much), Kurt Vile is finally, finally coming to Orlando five albums into his mumbling but notable indie rock rise to fame. On Matador and citing Pavement as an influence, Vile’s breed of lo-fi home recordings features introspective social commentary over fuzzy, fast guitars. His new album might be his calmest offering yet, but fingers crossed we’ll hear some of the more charged older tunes as well from the constant hitmaker. The openers aren’t exactly slouches, either, so get there early to check out the reverb-happy Beach Fossils, whose second album, Clash the Truth, may not be as catchy as their self-titled debut, but experiments with sounds to warm a chillwaver’s heart. – Ashley Belanger
Kurt Vile

Saturday, Nov. 2

with and the Violators, Beach Fossils

6:30 p.m.

The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.

407-246-1419

thesocial.org

$17

Touring on Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze (or is it the deluxe edition? Or his EP split? The man works too much), Kurt Vile is finally, finally coming to Orlando five albums into his mumbling but notable indie rock rise to fame. On Matador and citing Pavement as an influence, Vile’s breed of lo-fi home recordings features introspective social commentary over fuzzy, fast guitars. His new album might be his calmest offering yet, but fingers crossed we’ll hear some of the more charged older tunes as well from the constant hitmaker. The openers aren’t exactly slouches, either, so get there early to check out the reverb-happy Beach Fossils, whose second album, Clash the Truth, may not be as catchy as their self-titled debut, but experiments with sounds to warm a chillwaver’s heart. – Ashley Belanger
At My Chamber Door
Thursday, Oct. 31
9 p.m.
The Space, 1206 E. Colonial Drive
deadprecedence.com
$2
Jorgen Trygved offers Orlando a hybrid event, sort of a mashup of an art installation, a costume party and a haunted house. At My Chamber Door is not exactly an entry in the indie haunt field, à la Shallow Grave and A Petrified Forest, but neither is it “just” an art show. Instead, expect to be scared shitless among artful environments – a hall of mirrors, a writhing mass of bloodthirsty maenads – not the usual pipe-and-drape and store-bought mask boo! startles. The multitalented Trygved is joined by artists Winter Calkins, Cassandra Wilcox and Coral Tschannen (whose work will have a custom soundtrack by Abbott Jones); you may remember some of these names from the charmingly oddball I Believe in You show in August. (If not, go to photos.orlandoweekly.com to refresh your memory.) Dance party with DJ Childheart and food by La Empanada round out a beautifully spooky Samhain night. – Jessica Bryce Young
At My Chamber Door

Thursday, Oct. 31

9 p.m.

The Space, 1206 E. Colonial Drive

deadprecedence.com

$2

Jorgen Trygved offers Orlando a hybrid event, sort of a mashup of an art installation, a costume party and a haunted house. At My Chamber Door is not exactly an entry in the indie haunt field, à la Shallow Grave and A Petrified Forest, but neither is it “just” an art show. Instead, expect to be scared shitless among artful environments – a hall of mirrors, a writhing mass of bloodthirsty maenads – not the usual pipe-and-drape and store-bought mask boo! startles. The multitalented Trygved is joined by artists Winter Calkins, Cassandra Wilcox and Coral Tschannen (whose work will have a custom soundtrack by Abbott Jones); you may remember some of these names from the charmingly oddball I Believe in You show in August. (If not, go to photos.orlandoweekly.com to refresh your memory.) Dance party with DJ Childheart and food by La Empanada round out a beautifully spooky Samhain night. – Jessica Bryce Young