September 18, 2013

Top 10 things to do in Orlando this week: Sept. 18-24

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues
Wednesday, Sept. 18
7 p.m.
Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.
407-440-1700
amwaycenter.com
$10-$150
Has the return of football not quite slaked your desire for blood sport? Fear not, because hockey season is back this week as the Tampa Bay Lightning kick off the pre-season at Amway Center. The Lightning, who finished with an 18-26 record last season, take on the St. Louis Blues in the first of a four-game series. (The following games take place in Tampa and St. Louis.) This week’s bout is the second time the Lightning have made the trip to Amway, and this time around the team aims for a better showing than their 2011 appearance, when they lost by a goal to the Blues. – James Austin
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues

Wednesday, Sept. 18

7 p.m.

Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.

407-440-1700

amwaycenter.com

$10-$150

Has the return of football not quite slaked your desire for blood sport? Fear not, because hockey season is back this week as the Tampa Bay Lightning kick off the pre-season at Amway Center. The Lightning, who finished with an 18-26 record last season, take on the St. Louis Blues in the first of a four-game series. (The following games take place in Tampa and St. Louis.) This week’s bout is the second time the Lightning have made the trip to Amway, and this time around the team aims for a better showing than their 2011 appearance, when they lost by a goal to the Blues. – James Austin
Feenixpawl
Thursday, Sept. 19
10 p.m.
Tier Nightclub, 20 E. Central Ave.
407-317-9129
tiernightclub.com
$10
The Australian house music duo performs a live set in the club.
Feenixpawl

Thursday, Sept. 19

10 p.m.

Tier Nightclub, 20 E. Central Ave.

407-317-9129

tiernightclub.com

$10

The Australian house music duo performs a live set in the club.
Gold Fields
Friday, Sept. 20
with Rush Midnight, Saskatchewan
9 p.m.
Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.
willspub.org
$8
Fans of Reptar, who were just in town for Total Bummer, will – if they have not by now – want to check out Australia’s Gold Fields before missing out on their first visit to Florida since releasing their debut, Black Sun, earlier this year. Their dancey sound is backed by gang vocals, which, when done right, always impart that youthful notion that the whole world is a party. When their vocal does thin out, as on opening track “Meet My Friends,” you can see why Astralwerks, the label that’s also home to British indietronica band Hot Chip, scooped up the Aussies. Required listening before heading out, though, is “Happy Boy,” because although it slows down the album’s upbeat trajectory a little, it’s a song that will surely stick with you – a sentimental standout. It’s best to go in with familiarity, so you don’t have to track it down later. – Ashley Belanger
Gold Fields

Friday, Sept. 20

with Rush Midnight, Saskatchewan

9 p.m.

Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.

willspub.org

$8

Fans of Reptar, who were just in town for Total Bummer, will – if they have not by now – want to check out Australia’s Gold Fields before missing out on their first visit to Florida since releasing their debut, Black Sun, earlier this year. Their dancey sound is backed by gang vocals, which, when done right, always impart that youthful notion that the whole world is a party. When their vocal does thin out, as on opening track “Meet My Friends,” you can see why Astralwerks, the label that’s also home to British indietronica band Hot Chip, scooped up the Aussies. Required listening before heading out, though, is “Happy Boy,” because although it slows down the album’s upbeat trajectory a little, it’s a song that will surely stick with you – a sentimental standout. It’s best to go in with familiarity, so you don’t have to track it down later. – Ashley Belanger
Halloween Horror Nights
Friday, Sept. 20
6:30 p.m.
through Nov. 2
Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza
407-363-8000
halloweenhorrornights.com
$38-$91
For seasoned Halloween Horror Nights vets, it’s all about scoping out the lineup of haunted houses beforehand (many of which are inspired by your favorite gory flicks and TV series, whether it be The Walking Dead, The Cabin in the Woods or Resident Evil), to ensure your lengthy line-waiting isn’t in vain. But if you’re a HHN newbie, we’ve got your back – and if this is your first time, you’ll need it. Trust us, the haunted houses are insanely elaborate and worth the wait, but if you’re looking for a less interactive experience, head to the stage for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and a Rocky Horror Picture tribute show. Also, don’t think for an instant you’re safe roaming around the streets, not with the abundance of “scare zones” with titles such as “The Farm” and “Survivor’s Camp.” If, in the end, your inner wimp creeps out, you could always join jovial Homer Simpson in Krustyland – unless, of course, Krusty the Clown creeps you the eff out. Honestly, once you’re in, there’s no escaping, so tread wisely. – Aimee Vitek
Halloween Horror Nights

Friday, Sept. 20

6:30 p.m.

through Nov. 2

Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza

407-363-8000

halloweenhorrornights.com

$38-$91

For seasoned Halloween Horror Nights vets, it’s all about scoping out the lineup of haunted houses beforehand (many of which are inspired by your favorite gory flicks and TV series, whether it be The Walking Dead, The Cabin in the Woods or Resident Evil), to ensure your lengthy line-waiting isn’t in vain. But if you’re a HHN newbie, we’ve got your back – and if this is your first time, you’ll need it. Trust us, the haunted houses are insanely elaborate and worth the wait, but if you’re looking for a less interactive experience, head to the stage for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and a Rocky Horror Picture tribute show. Also, don’t think for an instant you’re safe roaming around the streets, not with the abundance of “scare zones” with titles such as “The Farm” and “Survivor’s Camp.” If, in the end, your inner wimp creeps out, you could always join jovial Homer Simpson in Krustyland – unless, of course, Krusty the Clown creeps you the eff out. Honestly, once you’re in, there’s no escaping, so tread wisely. – Aimee Vitek
PechaKucha Night Orlando v11
Friday, Sept. 20
7-10 p.m.
The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Ave.
facebook.com/pechakuchaorlando
$10
The format of this international informational phenomenon, branded with the Japanese word for chit-chat, is the same in every city: Each person stands up and speaks with the visual aid of 20 slides, displayed for only 20 seconds each; participants and audience mingle before and after. “Mingling” and “chit-chat” seem like pretty inconsequential activities … maybe PechaKucha Orlando thought they’d scare you off if they claimed to be “brain-melting” and “life-changing,” but those would also be fair descriptors. PechaKucha Orlando organizer Eddie Selover curates an inspiring mix of messages at each PechaKucha Night, with speakers telling stories that might make you laugh, might make you cry, or might make you walk out of the room determined to live a different life. This edition includes presentations from Chris Castro on the urgent need for energy sustainability, Amy and Nathan Selikoff on how a 1,000-mile bicycle trip affected their marriage, and Phil Zoshak on his journey from addiction to self-actualization with the help of gaming. Not small talk. – Jessica Bryce Young
PechaKucha Night Orlando v11

Friday, Sept. 20

7-10 p.m.

The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Ave.

facebook.com/pechakuchaorlando

$10

The format of this international informational phenomenon, branded with the Japanese word for chit-chat, is the same in every city: Each person stands up and speaks with the visual aid of 20 slides, displayed for only 20 seconds each; participants and audience mingle before and after. “Mingling” and “chit-chat” seem like pretty inconsequential activities … maybe PechaKucha Orlando thought they’d scare you off if they claimed to be “brain-melting” and “life-changing,” but those would also be fair descriptors. PechaKucha Orlando organizer Eddie Selover curates an inspiring mix of messages at each PechaKucha Night, with speakers telling stories that might make you laugh, might make you cry, or might make you walk out of the room determined to live a different life. This edition includes presentations from Chris Castro on the urgent need for energy sustainability, Amy and Nathan Selikoff on how a 1,000-mile bicycle trip affected their marriage, and Phil Zoshak on his journey from addiction to self-actualization with the help of gaming. Not small talk. – Jessica Bryce Young
5th Annual Pirates of the Saint Juans Festival
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21
7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday
Little Fish Huge Pond, 401 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford
407-221-1499
stjuanspirates.com
$20 for pub crawl Friday
We fondly reminisce on the folklore of the early days of the Saint Juans Festival, when Moire Wisdom and her fellow Little Fish, Huge Pond buccaneers stormed the streets of downtown Sanford in swashbuckling revelry. And for this year’s fifth annual event all hands are on deck, as the land-lubbing (and now adult-only) street party expands to two full days. On Friday, area seadogs and their wenches roam around a variety of downtown Sanford watering holes, and on Saturday they compete in peg-leg races, pirate corn hole games and tug-of-war bouts. Hoist yourself up to the bar and guzzle down rounds of grog, while Chuck Culbertson, Plush Monsters and other bands fill your sails with live tunes. You might even hear the legend behind the Saint Juans Festival shenanigans: something or other about a pirate named Banny Benny Barton who got some booty on the shores of Lake Monroe. Then again, drunken men tell many tales – some of which tend to land way overboard. – Aimee Vitek
5th Annual Pirates of the Saint Juans Festival

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21

7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday

Little Fish Huge Pond, 401 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford

407-221-1499

stjuanspirates.com

$20 for pub crawl Friday

We fondly reminisce on the folklore of the early days of the Saint Juans Festival, when Moire Wisdom and her fellow Little Fish, Huge Pond buccaneers stormed the streets of downtown Sanford in swashbuckling revelry. And for this year’s fifth annual event all hands are on deck, as the land-lubbing (and now adult-only) street party expands to two full days. On Friday, area seadogs and their wenches roam around a variety of downtown Sanford watering holes, and on Saturday they compete in peg-leg races, pirate corn hole games and tug-of-war bouts. Hoist yourself up to the bar and guzzle down rounds of grog, while Chuck Culbertson, Plush Monsters and other bands fill your sails with live tunes. You might even hear the legend behind the Saint Juans Festival shenanigans: something or other about a pirate named Banny Benny Barton who got some booty on the shores of Lake Monroe. Then again, drunken men tell many tales – some of which tend to land way overboard. – Aimee Vitek
Russell Brand
Saturday, Sept. 21
8 p.m.
Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd.
407-351-5483
hardrock.com
$61.50-$76.50
The fact that the very mention of his name elicits either disdain or worship – and nothing in between – is testament to disheveled Brit troublemaker Russell Brand’s cockeyed relevance, even if his brand of comedy isn’t always intended to be funny. Surely there’s a thesis to be written on whether his incendiary observations are the work of a pop-cultural genius or some alchemy of opportunism and narcissism – in fact, look no further than the comment sections on stories reporting his ouster from a GQ Awards afterparty this month following him reminding the audience that designer Hugo Boss crafted Nazi uniforms for Hitler. Nonetheless, Brand somehow slithered, via MTV, into that odd relevance that allows for Hollywood remakes (Arthur) and brief marriages (Katy Perry). On this aptly titled “Messiah Complex” tour, Brand takes on the mental health of historic heroes and criminals like Jesus, Gandhi, Che Guevara and Adolf Hitler (again), jumping, as he does, from one lit-up tangent to the next. You’ll either love it or hate it; that’s his thing. – Billy Manes
Russell Brand

Saturday, Sept. 21

8 p.m.

Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd.

407-351-5483

hardrock.com

$61.50-$76.50

The fact that the very mention of his name elicits either disdain or worship – and nothing in between – is testament to disheveled Brit troublemaker Russell Brand’s cockeyed relevance, even if his brand of comedy isn’t always intended to be funny. Surely there’s a thesis to be written on whether his incendiary observations are the work of a pop-cultural genius or some alchemy of opportunism and narcissism – in fact, look no further than the comment sections on stories reporting his ouster from a GQ Awards afterparty this month following him reminding the audience that designer Hugo Boss crafted Nazi uniforms for Hitler. Nonetheless, Brand somehow slithered, via MTV, into that odd relevance that allows for Hollywood remakes (Arthur) and brief marriages (Katy Perry). On this aptly titled “Messiah Complex” tour, Brand takes on the mental health of historic heroes and criminals like Jesus, Gandhi, Che Guevara and Adolf Hitler (again), jumping, as he does, from one lit-up tangent to the next. You’ll either love it or hate it; that’s his thing. – Billy Manes
Films4Peace Screening
Saturday, Sept. 21
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.
407-896-4231
films4peace.com
free
Sometimes we love big corporations. Whatever your feelings about capitalism vis-à-vis art, that philanthropic impulse that springs up when profits are high often leads multinationals to throw huge dollars at under-funded artists for projects that would never happen otherwise. (Lookin’ at you, Red Bull Music Academy and Rolex Arts Initiative and Fondazione Prada.) Films4Peace is an annual initiative bankrolled by sportswear company Puma, which each year funds a group of contemporary artists to make short films about peace in celebration of World Peace Day, and makes it possible for arts institutions around the world to screen them for free. So yeah, we love The Man when he’s making it possible for us to see work by the likes of African LGBT artist Zanele Muholi, 
incisive photo-collagist Rob Carter, the sculptural social commentary of Wilmer Wilson, irreverent performance artist Athi-Patra Ruga, or the eye-smashing graffiti-inspired Brazilian collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus. We’re so grateful, we might even buy a new pair of Pumas. – Jessica Bryce Young
Films4Peace Screening

Saturday, Sept. 21

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

407-896-4231

films4peace.com

free

Sometimes we love big corporations. Whatever your feelings about capitalism vis-à-vis art, that philanthropic impulse that springs up when profits are high often leads multinationals to throw huge dollars at under-funded artists for projects that would never happen otherwise. (Lookin’ at you, Red Bull Music Academy and Rolex Arts Initiative and Fondazione Prada.) Films4Peace is an annual initiative bankrolled by sportswear company Puma, which each year funds a group of contemporary artists to make short films about peace in celebration of World Peace Day, and makes it possible for arts institutions around the world to screen them for free. So yeah, we love The Man when he’s making it possible for us to see work by the likes of African LGBT artist Zanele Muholi, incisive photo-collagist Rob Carter, the sculptural social commentary of Wilmer Wilson, irreverent performance artist Athi-Patra Ruga, or the eye-smashing graffiti-inspired Brazilian collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus. We’re so grateful, we might even buy a new pair of Pumas. – Jessica Bryce Young
Tideup
Saturday, Sept. 21
9 p.m.
The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.
407-423-3060
thefalconbar.com
free
And here we thought Anna Wallace of Moon Jelly had her soprano nailed better than anyone in Orlando. Then along comes the new single from Tideup, “A Dance in the Dark,” to prove that Noelle Indovino can throw down too. Her vocal calls to mind ’80s greats like Kate Bush, but there’s nothing dated about Tideup’s sounds, thanks to the glitch percussive and bass sensibilities of Ben Guzman, the other half of the duo that’s got us all worked up for a smoke-machine-like vibe at the Falcon. It’s an intimate space and Tideup is yet again a perfect choice to inhabit it for one of the craft beer bar’s rare but well-curated live music nights. Heads up: If you dig Tideup’s new single live, for a limited time they’re offering free downloads on their Bandcamp (tideup.bandcamp.com). It’s certain to be a lush night for all ye lushes. – Ashley Belanger
Tideup

Saturday, Sept. 21

9 p.m.

The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.

407-423-3060

thefalconbar.com

free

And here we thought Anna Wallace of Moon Jelly had her soprano nailed better than anyone in Orlando. Then along comes the new single from Tideup, “A Dance in the Dark,” to prove that Noelle Indovino can throw down too. Her vocal calls to mind ’80s greats like Kate Bush, but there’s nothing dated about Tideup’s sounds, thanks to the glitch percussive and bass sensibilities of Ben Guzman, the other half of the duo that’s got us all worked up for a smoke-machine-like vibe at the Falcon. It’s an intimate space and Tideup is yet again a perfect choice to inhabit it for one of the craft beer bar’s rare but well-curated live music nights. Heads up: If you dig Tideup’s new single live, for a limited time they’re offering free downloads on their Bandcamp (tideup.bandcamp.com). It’s certain to be a lush night for all ye lushes. – Ashley Belanger
Imagine Dragons
Monday, Sept. 23
7:30 p.m.
CFE Arena, University of Central Florida
407-823-6006
cfearena.com
$32.50-$37.50
Live alt-rock music by the Las Vegas-based band.
Imagine Dragons

Monday, Sept. 23

7:30 p.m.

CFE Arena, University of Central Florida

407-823-6006

cfearena.com

$32.50-$37.50

Live alt-rock music by the Las Vegas-based band.