Arts & Culture » Arts Stories & Interviews

Deerhoof, Susannah, Tristeza, Rebirth Brass Band and more


Thursday • 17

DEERHOOF We're having trouble believing that Deerhoof is already on their seventh officially released CD, since we're still trying to finish digesting their last two (2003's Apple O' and 2004's Milk Man). Their most recent, The Runners Four, clocks in at nearly an hour, and was even preceded by a wispy EP earlier this year. However, Deerhoof is not recklessly expanding their discography. This is a band that's growing more and more meticulous, while simultaneously becoming more and more productive. The result is some fantastic, forward-looking pop that's as off-kilter and weird as it is gut-punchingly well-done. And, bizarrely enough, it's also very popular, which is something we find hard to rectify with the fact that these guys are some of the most indie-rockin' mofos on the planet. We never thought the day would come, but it looks as though the Kill Rock Stars label may be headed for the world domination it's always deserved. First The Decemberists, now Deerhoof. Next up: Hella on TRL. (with The Band of the Name; Dance, Jenny; 8 p.m. at Will's Pub; $10; 407-898-5070)

ROMAN HOLIDAY The biggest enemy of the Popcorn Flicks outdoor film series isn't any curfew or lack of public interest – it's Mother Nature, who keeps pelting downtown Winter Park with rainstorms that always seem to alight on the third Thursday of the month. Witness this long-delayed screening of the 1953 Gregory Peck/Audrey Hepburn classic, originally scheduled to go before the P-Flicks projector last March before the cruel elements had their way. Hopefully for this time around, hurricane season is truly over. (7 p.m. at Central Park, Winter Park; free; 407-629-1088)

Friday • 18

THE FEST 4 Four years in, and the punk rock extravaganza put on by the guys at No Idea has turned into a freakin' juggernaut of mammoth proportions. It may be one of the best music festivals in the Southeast, thanks mainly to the intimacy the organizers insist on. A hundred or so bands spread out over five venues in three days means a whole lot of punk rock, and for your paltry admission fee, you'll get to lay your eyes on Against Me, Fin Fang Foom, Ted Leo + Pharmacists, J Church, Dillinger Four and a bunch of other bands you've only seen on MySpace. (through Nov. 20 at various venues in Gainesville; $45;

H.G. CARRILLO An English professor writing a book about a teacher isn't exactly a man-bites-dog moment in the literary world. But H.G. Carrillo's debut novel, Loosing My Espanish, is an intense meditation on history and social roles that has less to do with its high-school-teacher plot and quite a lot to do with what it means to be both Afro-Cuban and Cuban-American. It's a book that (as you could probably tell by the title) depends heavily on Carrillo's inventive use of language, and this reading will put that inventiveness on display. (1 p.m. at Valencia Community College, Osceola Campus, Room 2-101; free;

SUSANNAH Oh, how the Orlando Opera does have its fun even when it's performing a tragedy. The company opens its season with a Bible-belted American opera – and there aren't many of them – written by Carlisle Floyd while he was teaching at Florida State University in the early 1950s. (There's a Nov. 17 reception where the composer will be in attendance, $125). The story is decidedly one of the South, telling the tale of Susannah, a poor young innocent living in a shack with her drunken brother. She unjustly becomes the talk of the town and is shunned, her reputation tarnished; then the preacher gets hold of her and everything goes to hell. An hour and a half before each performance, there's a free preshow discussion, plus a host of other social events. (8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carr Performing Arts Centre; $25-$120; 407-426-1700;

SUNBURST SHOWCASE OF STARZ That title is a mouthful of expectoration, and why not? It's the perfect moniker for a celebration of the spitting image. For the most part, this weekend's Sunburst Convention of Celebrity Lookalikes & Impersonators is an insider affair, with a hotel full of uncanny (and some slightly more canny) doubles putting their seemingly familiar mugs in front of anybody plugged-in enough to do their McCareers some good. But on Friday and Saturday afternoon, the general public is herded in to witness performances by some of the event's finest walking, talking and singing Xeroxes. (Entertainers without preset routines will be interviewed onstage by a "comedy emcee." Whee doggies!) At press time, the showcase lineup hadn't been finalized, though a list of confirmed convention attendees included dead ringers for Steven Tyler, Sam Kinison and Ethel Mertz. Now there's a trio you never thought you'd see outside a post-burrito nightmare. (1:30 p.m. Friday at Rosen Plaza Resort; also 1:30 p.m. Saturday; $10; 407-226-9088)

REPLANTING SALE Hanging along the east side of the University of Central Florida campus is almost 80 acres known as The Arboretum. In the wilder parts, to the north of the man-made lake, there are trails that lead wanderers through a cypress dome and oak hammock, and there's what's left of the original 12-acre garden carefully groomed with ornamental and native plants. Last year's storms gave the greenery quite a beating, and this weekend's sale of hundreds of bonsai, ornamentals, herbs, ferns, indoor foliage and Florida native plants will help to fund the replanting needed to restore the beloved collections. (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Arboretum, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-2761)

Saturday • 19

REBIRTH BRASS BAND If your annual trip to the Big Easy – for, let's say, Voodoo Fest or Mardi Gras – is cancelled due to fears of inept government infrastructure or possibly being shot in the face because you were mistaken for an aid worker, worry yourself no more, for a fat slice of 'awlins is visiting O-Town. The vivacious sounds and raucous rhythms of RBB will stomp and march their way through town, extolling the virtues of brass band tradition with a twist. Rebirth blends their traditional feel with contemporary sensibilities, coming up with a sound that's as appealing to purists as it is to jam-band fans. Booming up-tempo tunes, spirituals, rags and marching numbers are infused with heavy funk, pounding rhythms and pop, rock and rap nuances. Their music graduated from the streets of New Orleans and now Rebirth plays theatres and festivals worldwide, imparting the feeling of what it was like to be a rocker at the turn of the 20th century. (9 p.m. at The Social; $15; 407-246-1419)

ALL IN FOR THE RED CROSS' TEXAS HOLD 'EM TOURNAMENT The latest rage in fund-raising is poker, and the American Red Cross of Central Florida isn't missing its place at this table. Needless to say, the Cross' coffers are low – around the world – and if we want to continue to count on their support, we need to play along with every carefully orchestrated event we can. As has become de rigueur, there will be prizes galore and drink specials. (5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Roxy; $250 donation requested to participate, $25 donation for spectators; 407-447-7226)

Wednesday • 23

INDIAN DANCE CONTEST OK, there's this scene in Bride and Prejudice where the goofy white guy insults Aishwarya Rai by saying all the dancing going on at the Indian wedding he's attending doesn't look any harder than "patting the dog and screwing in the light bulb," but that's not the sort of dancing that'll be going on at this contest. With local DJs spinning soca, chutney, bhangra and Indian hip-hop, there's no doubt that the contestants are going to be a few booty-shakes south of "traditional," meaning that this is gonna be the kind of Indian dancing that might even make Ash blush. (9 p.m. at Element; $10; 321-239-3691)

TRISTEZA Hate to admit it, but we thought these guys broke up. We knew James Lavalle left the band a couple years ago to lead The Album Leaf to the top of the charts (cough, cough), and it's been at least that long since we heard any new music from them. But, lo and behold, just last week, a new album – and a double album at that – showed up, and it seems that the time "off" has made Tristeza that much better. They're still locked into that whole indie-rock-in-outer-space thing that requires bands to pound away atmospherically at the same three notes over and over again, but now there's a new intricacy to the songs that makes them seem less like elongated drones and more like sturdy, complex constructions. You can still totally vibe out to 'em, but then you'd miss the point. (9 p.m. at Will's Pub; $8; 407-898-5070)

Contributors: Jason Ferguson, John Prinzo, Steve Schneider, Lindy T. Shepherd

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.