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Friday-Monday, 4-7
The Great Irish Hooley

Labor Day weekend marks the halfway point to another St. Patrick's Day, and if you can't wait for March to go all out with your Plastic Paddy celebrations, make your way down to Raglan Road at Downtown Disney for an Irish celebration that's surprisingly authentic. The Great Irish Hooley brings in a slew of real Irish musicians for a long weekend of performances, from the traditional seisiún-style songs of the West Coast Trio to the Celtgrass of JigJam to the modern pop of the counterintuitively named Screaming Orphans. Bring the bairns and get their faces painted while you sample four limited-edition beers from Ireland's Rye River Brewing, including a Raglan Road saison made exclusively for the weekend. Make sure to try chef Kevin Dundon's new seafood-centric dishes while you're there. – Thaddeus McCollum

noon | Raglan Road, Downtown Disney, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive | 407-938-0300 | raglanroad.com | various menu prices

Sunday, 6
Life in Color

Paying an exorbitant amount of money for someone to spray non-toxic paint in your mouth and onto your clothes while you dance to EDM may not sound like a smart idea, but you should at least try it once. Life in Color, advertised as the "World's Largest Paint Party," comes to Orlando this weekend at the Central Florida fairgrounds on Colonial Drive. Featuring Showtek, Henry Fong and TroyBoi, this year's event has an improved paint formula that's not going to smell and stick to your skin for a week. Conceived by college kids at Florida State University, Life in Color suggests you ruin your white clothes and bring them to the party to be a canvas for all that paint they're going to throw at you. Tickets are $48 to $50 per person, and this year, organizers will attempt, in between the bumping and grinding, to teach how color was created. – Monivette Cordeiro

6 p.m. | Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive | lifeincolor.com | $48-$50

Tuesday, 8
Christopher Paul Stelling

"I think once they heard the finished record, I got a phone call," Christopher Paul Stelling says. He is the latest Central Florida musician to arrive nationally. Newly on Anti Records, the same boutique label that vaulted venerated Orlando hip-hop group Solillaquists of Sound back in 2009, the rootsy troubadour joins a big-league roster alongside names like Tom Waits, Neko Case and Wilco. But as with most artists that finally break, the road's been long and underground, tracing back to his native Daytona Beach via the Orlando indie scene. Now, the art he's been honing all these years is finally seeing full daylight and his itinerary these days includes high-profile stops like the Newport Folk Festival and NPR's Tiny Desk where his dazzle can catch more listeners. Read our interview with Stelling at orlandoweekly.com. – Bao Le-Huu

with Henry Toland, Austin Miller | 7:30 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $7

Sunday, 6
Uncomfortable Brunch Presents: The Holy Mountain

If you've never had the Uncomfortable Brunch experience, this month might be the time to try it. Each month, the UncoBrun crew chooses another fidget-inducingly embarrassing movie to screen while brunch is served, making this Orlando's most awkward dining event. But unlike such pain-, excrement- and wang-filled treats as Salò, or the 120 Days of SodomWetlands and Shame – the featured entertainment at earlier Uncomfortable Brunches – Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain, a 1970s counterculture classic, is filled with gentle, almost sweet, moments. (Though there are also wangs. And excrement.) – JBY

noon | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | uncomfortablebrunch.com | $10-$12

Friday, 4
50 Cent Effen Vodka Bottle Signing

If you miss his show at Gilt on Thursday, you can still catch 50 Cent in town on Friday when he signs bottles of the new liquor he's invested in, Effen Vodka. (The name of which makes it really fun to order, by the way.) Don't be fooled: 50 Cent still has way more than two quarters to his name. The bankruptcy filing that made news recently was an attempt to dissuade a jury from assessing additional punitive damages in a civil suit brought against him by a woman whose sex tape he posted on his website. So the fact that he's signing bottles of his latest investment at a liquor store out by UCF shouldn't be seen as a desperate move to pay bills. Rather, Curtis Jackson is displaying the same business acumen that helped him make a fortune when Coca-Cola bought Vitamin Water. So go get some Effen Vodka, but don't presume that Fiddy needs the Effen money. – Thaddeus McCollum

8:30 p.m. | Pat's Liquor Leaf & Wine, 4250 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo | 407-365-0998 | patsliquororlando.com | $28.99 per bottle

Friday, 4
KRS-One

People looked to blastmaster KRS-One (short for "poet," duh) in the '80s not just as a fiery (and seminal) hardcore hip-hop frontman of Boogie Down Productions, but also as "the Teacher" into the '90s when his socially conscious solo career shoved fans into adopting new perspectives. Last year, an overview of his influence was released, The Essential Boogie Down Productions/KRS-One, and every current rapper should probably bounce back and remind themselves of its crucial lessons in responsible celebrity. (See "I'm Still #1": "Now it's my turn, and I am concerned/about idiots posing as kings/what are we here to rule?/I thought we were here to sing/and if we ought to sing, then let us begin to teach/many of you are educated, open your mouth and speak.") His truths are still resonating, so don't be a dummy and miss out while KRS-One's school is thankfully still in session. – AB

with SplitSoul, Moody Green, Nosis, Novice | 7 p.m. | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St. | 407-999-2570 | backbooth.com | $16

Wednesday, 2
Earth

Ears have been ringing for weeks in anticipation of Earth's descent into Orlando. Their distinct heavy pull leveraged expansive drone and psych experimentations in the '90s to echo the dissonance and doom of the cosmic ether. We were all ethereally floating through life without an ear bent to acknowledge it when Earth disbanded, but guitarist Dylan Carlson set that world on blast by reviving the project in 2003. Last year's release, Primitive and Deadly, creates otherworldly textures and casts you naked and afraid in its spell, particularly by the time you reach its core, the 11-minute sprawl of the sparse yet dramatic "From the Zodiacal Light" with its alien vocal wails. – Ashley Belanger

with Holy Sons, Secret Tracers | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $15

Wednesday, 2
Happy Hour Art Tour

In the eternal quest to gorge your eyes with beauty while sticking to a diet budget-wise, the monthly free tours of the Alfond Inn's collection of contemporary art are a vital new activity. You can wander in and look at the art on your own any time, of course – donated by Rollins alums Barbara and Ted Alfond, the Alfond Collection is an ever-growing body of works by significant contemporary artists, most of which are installed at the hotel (though pieces are rotated fairly often, and sometimes they make their way into shows at Rollins' Cornell Fine Arts Museum). But on the first Wednesday of each month, CFAM staff lead a tour of the art, giving insight and background into the works scattered throughout the five-floor hotel. Conveniently, it's scheduled right around happy hour, and the hotel just so happens to have a cozy little bar offering happy-hour specials ... the perfect place to discuss your new knowledge over a drink or two. – Jessica Bryce Young

5:30 p.m. | Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park | 407-998-8090 |  cfam.rollins.edu | free

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