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Relief in Abstract 2-Year Anniversary Show
Wednesday, July 10
with XXYYXX, Fortune Howl, Spied on Bikes, Out Go the Lights
9 p.m.
The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.
407-246-1419
$10
Relief in Abstract Records is a cultural gem in Orlando – a true collective, based on friendship, talent and mutual support. To celebrate their two-year anniversary and the success that comes with it (that they seem to still find genuinely and pleasantly shocking), they’re throwing a party at the Social, a venue that has long been revered by locals as downtown’s most serious stage. And things have definitely gotten serious for Relief in Abstract, with artists like XXYYXX reaching a worldwide audience and lifting up the label to international cognizance. It’s a big deal, and you can expect XXYYXX to be on top of the world at the anniversary show, alongside label-mates Fortune Howl and Spies on Bikes. Joining them is Out Go the Lights, an indie Orlando band who’s sorely been missed from the scene in their one-year show hiatus. True to RIA’s ever-uplifting nature, they’re also sharing the spotlight by celebrating lifestyle clothing brand Hari Kari’s first anniversary. – Ashley Belanger
Relief in Abstract 2-Year Anniversary Show

Wednesday, July 10

with XXYYXX, Fortune Howl, Spied on Bikes, Out Go the Lights

9 p.m.

The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.

407-246-1419

$10

Relief in Abstract Records is a cultural gem in Orlando – a true collective, based on friendship, talent and mutual support. To celebrate their two-year anniversary and the success that comes with it (that they seem to still find genuinely and pleasantly shocking), they’re throwing a party at the Social, a venue that has long been revered by locals as downtown’s most serious stage. And things have definitely gotten serious for Relief in Abstract, with artists like XXYYXX reaching a worldwide audience and lifting up the label to international cognizance. It’s a big deal, and you can expect XXYYXX to be on top of the world at the anniversary show, alongside label-mates Fortune Howl and Spies on Bikes. Joining them is Out Go the Lights, an indie Orlando band who’s sorely been missed from the scene in their one-year show hiatus. True to RIA’s ever-uplifting nature, they’re also sharing the spotlight by celebrating lifestyle clothing brand Hari Kari’s first anniversary. – Ashley Belanger
Popcorn Flicks in the Park:Grease
Thursday, July 11
8 p.m.
Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park
407-629-0054
enzian.org
free
Those of us who’ve seen Grease a gazillion times just can’t get enough of prude-turned-babe Sandy Olsen (Olivia Newton-John) and her bad-boy boyfriend Danny Zuko (John Travolta). We know all the hand motions to “Greased Lightning” and all the words to “You’re the One That I Want.” The romantic musical, filmed in the late ’70s about teens in the ’50s, turned 35 years old last month, and if you grew up any time within the past three decades, you’ve most likely seen it at least once. While Michelle Pfeiffer managed to squeeze out a sequel in 1982’s Grease 2, there’s nothing quite like the original. We have a feeling this week’s outdoor Popcorn Flicks in the Park showing might drum up a whole new generation of Rydell High fans – not to mention an increase in local retail sales of tight black leather pants. – Aimee Vitek
Popcorn Flicks in the Park:Grease

Thursday, July 11

8 p.m.

Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park

407-629-0054

enzian.org

free

Those of us who’ve seen Grease a gazillion times just can’t get enough of prude-turned-babe Sandy Olsen (Olivia Newton-John) and her bad-boy boyfriend Danny Zuko (John Travolta). We know all the hand motions to “Greased Lightning” and all the words to “You’re the One That I Want.” The romantic musical, filmed in the late ’70s about teens in the ’50s, turned 35 years old last month, and if you grew up any time within the past three decades, you’ve most likely seen it at least once. While Michelle Pfeiffer managed to squeeze out a sequel in 1982’s Grease 2, there’s nothing quite like the original. We have a feeling this week’s outdoor Popcorn Flicks in the Park showing might drum up a whole new generation of Rydell High fans – not to mention an increase in local retail sales of tight black leather pants. – Aimee Vitek
InsideOut
Friday, July 12
7 p.m.
Joan James Harris Theater and studios, Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach
386-427-6975
atlanticcenterforthearts.org
free
It’s always a gamble to preview the Atlantic Center for the Arts’ InsideOut event, the public reception that happens at the end of each ACA residency, because the master artists have total freedom to chart their own course for time spent with the their associates; if a painter wants to spend three weeks making macramé, visitors at the end of the process shouldn’t expect to see studios full of oil portraits at InsideOut. Risky as it might be to make predictions, though, we couldn’t resist this time around, because Residency #150 is a stunner. Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson, dancer/choreographer Victoria Marks, and photographer Jessica Craig-Martin are all at the vanguard of their fields, and if the final product of the three-week-long process each has led her associates through is as powerful/rebellious/incisive as each woman’s own work, the evening is sure to be exciting – even if it’s completely unexpected. – Jessica Bryce Young
InsideOut

Friday, July 12

7 p.m.

Joan James Harris Theater and studios, Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach

386-427-6975

atlanticcenterforthearts.org

free

It’s always a gamble to preview the Atlantic Center for the Arts’ InsideOut event, the public reception that happens at the end of each ACA residency, because the master artists have total freedom to chart their own course for time spent with the their associates; if a painter wants to spend three weeks making macramé, visitors at the end of the process shouldn’t expect to see studios full of oil portraits at InsideOut. Risky as it might be to make predictions, though, we couldn’t resist this time around, because Residency #150 is a stunner. Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson, dancer/choreographer Victoria Marks, and photographer Jessica Craig-Martin are all at the vanguard of their fields, and if the final product of the three-week-long process each has led her associates through is as powerful/rebellious/incisive as each woman’s own work, the evening is sure to be exciting – even if it’s completely unexpected. – Jessica Bryce Young
Kathy Griffin
Friday, July 12
8 p.m.
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.
407-849-2020
orlandovenues.net
$52-$73
She’s a comedian, she’s an LGBT activist, she’s a cougar and she’s hot. Here she comes, ladies and gentlemen. Kathy Griffin, one of our leading ladies in comedy, is here to tell “dick jokes” ­– her words, not ours – and she’s going to do it in style, as always. A two-time Emmy winner, renowned TV personality and stand-up veteran, Griffin comes to shake things up when her tour hits Orlando this Friday. Just as loyal fans would expect, she holds nothing back, making copious references to her lady bits and her favorite Hollywood trainwrecks. She throws jabs at everyone and, if you’re lucky, she might even insult her audience a little bit. Of course, it’s all in good fun. – Lauren Killer
Kathy Griffin

Friday, July 12

8 p.m.

Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.

407-849-2020

orlandovenues.net

$52-$73

She’s a comedian, she’s an LGBT activist, she’s a cougar and she’s hot. Here she comes, ladies and gentlemen. Kathy Griffin, one of our leading ladies in comedy, is here to tell “dick jokes” ­– her words, not ours – and she’s going to do it in style, as always. A two-time Emmy winner, renowned TV personality and stand-up veteran, Griffin comes to shake things up when her tour hits Orlando this Friday. Just as loyal fans would expect, she holds nothing back, making copious references to her lady bits and her favorite Hollywood trainwrecks. She throws jabs at everyone and, if you’re lucky, she might even insult her audience a little bit. Of course, it’s all in good fun. – Lauren Killer
Bastille Day
Saturday, July 13
5-7 p.m.
Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive
facebook.com/gardendistrict
$22-$30
Put down that good ol’ American Budweiser, pick up a glass of Bordeaux and get ready for the fifth annual Bastille Day celebration in Audubon Park. With last week’s Fourth of July celebration, they’re keeping the freedom train going by commemorating the French Revolution with some of our favorite French features in the name of “liberté, égalité, fraternité.” This Fête de la Fédération honors the day in 1789 when French patriots stormed a fortress-prison in Paris, essentially ending the French Revolution. So grab your beret and use this Parisian-inspired neighborhood party to learn why a nice glass of Beaujolais goes so well with a stinky piece of brie at an “Artisan Cheese and Fine Wine Pairing” with Chef Tonda of La Femme du Fromage. Making the deal even sweeter, dessert will consist of exquisite French macarons, provided by the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando. Last year, tickets sold out quickly (oh là là!) for the Garden District fundraiser, so get yours tout de suite! – Kelly Chambers
Bastille Day

Saturday, July 13

5-7 p.m.

Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive

facebook.com/gardendistrict

$22-$30

Put down that good ol’ American Budweiser, pick up a glass of Bordeaux and get ready for the fifth annual Bastille Day celebration in Audubon Park. With last week’s Fourth of July celebration, they’re keeping the freedom train going by commemorating the French Revolution with some of our favorite French features in the name of “liberté, égalité, fraternité.” This Fête de la Fédération honors the day in 1789 when French patriots stormed a fortress-prison in Paris, essentially ending the French Revolution. So grab your beret and use this Parisian-inspired neighborhood party to learn why a nice glass of Beaujolais goes so well with a stinky piece of brie at an “Artisan Cheese and Fine Wine Pairing” with Chef Tonda of La Femme du Fromage. Making the deal even sweeter, dessert will consist of exquisite French macarons, provided by the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando. Last year, tickets sold out quickly (oh là là!) for the Garden District fundraiser, so get yours tout de suite! – Kelly Chambers
8th Annual Crazy '80s Pub Crawl
Saturday, July 13
7:30 p.m.
Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets (check-in)
orlandopubcrawl.com
$17-$20
So, Bono, Sting, Simon Le Bon and Robert Smith slip into a cocaine hallucination lubricated by bathroom vomit and lip gloss only to find themselves, with locked arms, sliding unstoppably in the direction of Grace Jones’ spiked crotch. “Shine!” they all scream in unison for no real reason. Now that’s an ’80s pub crawl we’d like to see. This particular downtown indulgence of the nostalgic variety – one that coincidentally takes place on the 28th anniversary of the event that saved everything, Live Aid – isn’t likely to live up to that sparkling demise, though it did reportedly attract more than 2,000 receding revelers last year. The “crawl,” as it were, basically involves paying a flat drunkard’s fee and hopping bar regions hourly: starting down by Independent Bar and eventually stumbling down Church Street, as one does. It will not, however, take you back 30 years to when your style of dancing was acceptable. Nor will it deliver you to Grace Jones’ crotch. – Billy Manes
8th Annual Crazy '80s Pub Crawl

Saturday, July 13

7:30 p.m.

Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets (check-in)

orlandopubcrawl.com

$17-$20

So, Bono, Sting, Simon Le Bon and Robert Smith slip into a cocaine hallucination lubricated by bathroom vomit and lip gloss only to find themselves, with locked arms, sliding unstoppably in the direction of Grace Jones’ spiked crotch. “Shine!” they all scream in unison for no real reason. Now that’s an ’80s pub crawl we’d like to see. This particular downtown indulgence of the nostalgic variety – one that coincidentally takes place on the 28th anniversary of the event that saved everything, Live Aid – isn’t likely to live up to that sparkling demise, though it did reportedly attract more than 2,000 receding revelers last year. The “crawl,” as it were, basically involves paying a flat drunkard’s fee and hopping bar regions hourly: starting down by Independent Bar and eventually stumbling down Church Street, as one does. It will not, however, take you back 30 years to when your style of dancing was acceptable. Nor will it deliver you to Grace Jones’ crotch. – Billy Manes
Lemuria
Monday, July 15
with Teen Agers, Marky and the Sharks
8 p.m.
Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St.
407-999-2570
backbooth.com
$5-$7
Stoked. That is the only word to describe how the fortuitous apparition of melodic pop-punk band, Lemuria, on Orlando’s summer show calendar made us feel when Norse Korea made their reveal a few weeks ago. With timelessly upbeat song stylings and a gang vocal approach dominated by the sunshine of guitarist Sheena Ozzella’s singsong lead, the timing could not be more perfect. And though it’s been five years since their triumphant Asian Man releases first filled our lungs with fresh air, they’ve lost none of that buoyancy in their latest release, this year’s The Distance Is So Big. Expect new songs like “Brilliant Dancer” and “Chihuly” to get as big a rise out of the crowd as old favorites like “Hours” or “Dog,” if perhaps for different reasons. Enjoying Lemuria has always been effortless, and having them in town now gives us a great new reason to sweat the summer. – Ashley Belanger
Lemuria

Monday, July 15

with Teen Agers, Marky and the Sharks

8 p.m.

Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St.

407-999-2570

backbooth.com

$5-$7

Stoked. That is the only word to describe how the fortuitous apparition of melodic pop-punk band, Lemuria, on Orlando’s summer show calendar made us feel when Norse Korea made their reveal a few weeks ago. With timelessly upbeat song stylings and a gang vocal approach dominated by the sunshine of guitarist Sheena Ozzella’s singsong lead, the timing could not be more perfect. And though it’s been five years since their triumphant Asian Man releases first filled our lungs with fresh air, they’ve lost none of that buoyancy in their latest release, this year’s The Distance Is So Big. Expect new songs like “Brilliant Dancer” and “Chihuly” to get as big a rise out of the crowd as old favorites like “Hours” or “Dog,” if perhaps for different reasons. Enjoying Lemuria has always been effortless, and having them in town now gives us a great new reason to sweat the summer. – Ashley Belanger
Appleseed Cast
Monday, July 15
with the Life and Times, Muscle Worship
8 p.m.
The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.
407-246-1419
thesocial.org
$12
Still ticking after nearly 15 years is feat enough for any band. However, the remarkable thing about Kansas’ Appleseed Cast is the staggering ground they’ve covered in their evolution. But the hallmark sound that’s justifiably earned them both fans and critical acclaim alike filters the high spirit of the emo well from which they sprung through the transcendental lens of math-y post-rock. That sweet, fine-tuned spot yields both sophisticated instrumental language and anthemic revelation. It’s the best of both worlds, as they say, and it’s terrain on which they’ve laid firm claim. And the triumphant result is music that’s head-rushing in dynamics, heart and beauty. On the gust of their first LP in four years – the soaring Illumination Ritual (on Graveface Records) – expect the boys to return with new purpose to drop some major catharsis. – Bao Le-Huu
Appleseed Cast

Monday, July 15

with the Life and Times, Muscle Worship

8 p.m.

The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.

407-246-1419

thesocial.org

$12

Still ticking after nearly 15 years is feat enough for any band. However, the remarkable thing about Kansas’ Appleseed Cast is the staggering ground they’ve covered in their evolution. But the hallmark sound that’s justifiably earned them both fans and critical acclaim alike filters the high spirit of the emo well from which they sprung through the transcendental lens of math-y post-rock. That sweet, fine-tuned spot yields both sophisticated instrumental language and anthemic revelation. It’s the best of both worlds, as they say, and it’s terrain on which they’ve laid firm claim. And the triumphant result is music that’s head-rushing in dynamics, heart and beauty. On the gust of their first LP in four years – the soaring Illumination Ritual (on Graveface Records) – expect the boys to return with new purpose to drop some major catharsis. – Bao Le-Huu
Tiny Waves Presents: A Benefit for Homegrown Co-op
Monday, July 15
8 p.m.
Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.
willspub.org
$5
The local art/music/weirdness collective has added a new arrow to its quiver: philanthropy. Tiny Waves has plans for all future events to include “a civic or altruistic component in addition to the music,” according to Steven Head, one of the organizers of the first event to occur under the new order. Monday evening’s festivities at the Will’s/Lil’ complex benefit the Homegrown Food Co-op, a source of locally grown organic produce. In return for a donation to the cause, enjoy local bands (Trails and Wet Nurse dropped out just before press time, but Nova Joven, Maximino and Moon Jelly are on to play), a screening of the documentary Ingredients, raffled-off prizes (co-op memberships and produce boxes), free seed bombs, good beer, a smoke-free environment and warm feelings. (Even if Will does manage to fix the A/C before show time.) – Jessica Bryce Young
Tiny Waves Presents: A Benefit for Homegrown Co-op

Monday, July 15

8 p.m.

Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.

willspub.org

$5

The local art/music/weirdness collective has added a new arrow to its quiver: philanthropy. Tiny Waves has plans for all future events to include “a civic or altruistic component in addition to the music,” according to Steven Head, one of the organizers of the first event to occur under the new order. Monday evening’s festivities at the Will’s/Lil’ complex benefit the Homegrown Food Co-op, a source of locally grown organic produce. In return for a donation to the cause, enjoy local bands (Trails and Wet Nurse dropped out just before press time, but Nova Joven, Maximino and Moon Jelly are on to play), a screening of the documentary Ingredients, raffled-off prizes (co-op memberships and produce boxes), free seed bombs, good beer, a smoke-free environment and warm feelings. (Even if Will does manage to fix the A/C before show time.) – Jessica Bryce Young