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Selections: Our picks for the best things to do in Orlando this week

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Wednesday, 19

Quartet for the End of Time

MUSIC

Feeling just a touch apocalyptic these days? Got Holocaust on the brain, after observing our White House press secretary repeatedly attempt to whitewash it out of history? Perhaps a piece of music written "in homage to the Angel of the Apocalypse, who lifts his hand toward heaven, saying, 'There shall be time no longer'" would fit the mood. The thing is, Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, while written and performed under the most brutal conditions imaginable, is not the violent or tragic music you might imagine. Messiaen composed the Quartet after being captured as a French soldier during the German invasion of 1940 and premiered it in January 1941, at a prisoner-of-war camp. In an unheated barracks, before an audience of prisoners and German officers, some of the gentlest, most serene, and most deeply weird sounds of the 20th century were born into the frigid air. The instruments available were, predictably, far from perfect – Messiaen composed around the cello's missing string and the stuck key on the piano. None of it mattered. The Quartet's sublime movements play with time and rhythm, refusing to be constrained by convention, denying time's supremacy. Messiaen's mediation on the phrase "There shall be time no longer" could imply the end of the world – or it could mean a liberation from time's tick-tock altogether. Come listen and decide for yourself. – Jessica Bryce Young

7 p.m. | Timucua Arts White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave. | timucua.com | $20

Friday, 21

Golden Pelicans

MUSIC

It's largely a given locally that if you are at all involved in or a spectator of the local DIY/punk scenes, then you're aware of area slime-punkers Golden Pelicans. What sometimes gets lost in this familiarity is that large swathes of the country are now aware of them as well. Following up on a well-received live 7-inch on Third Man Records recorded while on tour – that's Jack White of the White Stripes' boutique label, yes – the Pelicans are releasing their newest LP, Disciples of Blood, not on drummer Rich Evans' scuzz-ward Total Punk but on big-time scum merchants Goner Records (Jay Reatard, King Khan & BBQ Show), and Friday night is the release show after a string of out-of-town shows, including an appearance at the Cheap Heat Fest. The salient facts about Disciples of Blood are this: The Golden Pelicans are a lethal combo of juvenile delinquent sass as practiced by Bonn Scott era AD/DC and the MC5, and this album is a perfect primer for new listeners. On the aesthetics front, Disciples has Medusa-inspired cover art, and that is an eternal win in our books. Their time is now. – Matthew Moyer

with Sueves, the Woolly Bushmen, Bubble Boys | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $7

Saturday, 22

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

EVENTS

Feeling famished in the realm of deliciously scientific nights on the town? The event rolling into the Dr. Phillips Center this week could be the remedy required to remove that hunger pang. The mastermind behind the 14-season behemoth that is Good Eats and author of multiple New York Times bestsellers, Alton Brown, is the quick-witted maestro who brought the scientific game show-like tour of cuisine and destruction "Edible Inevitable" to Central Florida back in 2015. His past acts have involved potentially dangerous experiments being performed by audience members, like the 10-second ice cream machine and the 3-minute Mega Bake Oven. This Food Network legend has proven he can seamlessly fuse humor, crowd involvement, mind-expanding material and creative food into one act. So if you yearn for an adventure in science, then chance being Alton Brown's next onstage co-star for an evening by snatching some tickets up. – Nick Wills

3 & 8 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org | $35-$125

Saturday, 22

Tribute to Morgan Steele

MUSIC

Almost a year later, we're still missing Morgan Steele. Orlando's eccentric, one-of-a-kind artist left this world after a car accident on April 23, 2016, in a year that saw incalculable loss and death. Gone as he is, Morgan continues to inspire the local community with the art he left behind, including the many iterations of Rativa, his own bizarre twist on Mickey Mouse. Orlando Weekly writer Liz Langley said it best in our paper's tribute to Steele after his death. "The eccentricity, the gentleness, the manic productivity, the environmental clean-ups, the rants and the rats are recurring themes when people talk about Morgan Steele," she wrote. "His passing drained a lot of light and color from our Orlando world, but oh, how grateful it made us for the many worlds he left behind." Friends gather this weekend to celebrate the many worlds this legend left behind with tributes from Orlando freak rockers Franchise and Eugene Snowden, among others. – Monivette Cordeiro

with Gargamel!, Dirt McCoy & Friends, Franchise, Love Destruction, Eugene Snowden, Jim O'Rourke | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $5

Saturday, 22

Downtown Pour

EVENTS

Is there a better way to spend a Saturday night than at the booziest block party in Orlando? Downtown Pour is returning to Church Street, bringing with it beer, wine and liquor samples from more than 30 different vendors. You'll definitely be able to sip and sample your money's worth this year: It's just $15 for online tickets (but $25 if you wait until you get to the door). Whether you're looking to socialize or get sloshed, there are plenty of spirits to go around, with offerings from Tito's Handmade Vodka, Hell or High Watermelon, RumChata and Tijuana Sweet Heat. The drinks are free, but you'll be charged if you decide to break up those cocktails with a bite from a participating restaurant vendor. If you do down your weight in sangria and craft beers, just make sure you drag a designated driver to the festivities or call yourself a Lyft. – Deanna Ferrante

4-7 p.m. | Church Street, between Orange and Garland avenues | downtownpour.com | $15

Sunday, 23

Sinkane

MUSIC

Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab never put down roots when growing up. Born in London, the multi-instrumentalist also spent time growing up in Sudan and Ohio. Similarly, his musical output pulls from multiple traditions – West African, krautrock, disco, jazz – swirling them together into the kind of danceable gumbo that eclecticists go nuts for. He's also the music director of the Atomic Bomb! Band – a sometime supergroup that includes members of Antibalas, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem – devoted to playing the music of Nigerian musical legend William Onyeabor. His newest album, this year's Life & Livin' It, has raised Sinkane's profile considerably thanks to catchy leftfield jams like "Telephone" and "Favorite Song." Opener Eric Slick is best known as the drummer for Dr. Dog, but is currently branching out with his own solo project. – Thaddeus McCollum

with Eric Slick | 6 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $10-$12

Tuesday, 25

Larry Fulford & Alex Luchun

COMEDY

The only good thing about the tendency of talented comedians to leave town once they've cut their teeth is that we get to be really excited when they come back to town. After they host Record Store Day at Park Ave. CDs on Saturday, April 22, Alex Luchun and Larry Fulford take over the Dirty Laundry space for a welcome reunion. Fulford has been based out of Chicago for the past year, and Luchun traded one swamp for another with his move to New Orleans. The pair used to be known in town for their Life's a Gift series of comedy shows that included randomly selected challenges, and we hope we get to see these guys work off of each other again at what should be a well-attended show. – Thaddeus McCollum

8:30 p.m. | Will's Dirty Laundry, 1030 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | free

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