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

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Thursday, June 1

Crumb

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The album art to Crumb's self-titled and self-released (August 2016) EP Crumb suggests an interminable sea of pink slime and polluted aquatic dreams. Photographs of the band on their website are similarly syncretic, a mélange of insouciance found on city-apartment couches, in verdant backyards, and during live performances in dimly lit venues. Three minutes into their EP, a bricolage of psychedelic rock sounds and jazz notes delicately surprises the aural senses. Unsurprisingly, the band was born out of collegiate friendship – Lila Ramani (guitar and vocals), Jesse Brotter (bass), Brian Aronow (synth/keys and saxophone) and Jonathan Gilad (drums) pair lugubrious lyrics and undertones with tunes that make you want to dance, or at least nod your head. Crumb play the Henao Center with tourmates and jangle-pop specialists Lance Bangs (not the filmmaker) and locals Room Thirteen and the Welzeins. – Nicolette Shurba

with Lance Bangs, the Welzeins, Room Thirteen | 8 p.m. | Henao Contemporary Center, 5801 Edgewater Drive | henaocenter.com | $5

Thursday, June 1

The Great Florida Road Trip Tacky Tourist Party

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We usually see the straw hats, gaudy Hawaiian shirts and sunblock-covered noses before we really see the people underneath them. They're travelers, but above all, they're thrill-seekers in search of the best the state has to offer, whether it's historical landmarks or food. The Orange County Regional History Center is paying tribute to the tourists, with all of the cringey clichés included, at the Great Florida Road Trip Tacky Tourist Party. Florida natives will be no strangers to the mini-Cuban sandwiches and Key lime pies and shuffleboard, and the Tacky Costume Contest is a good chance to put that lei you got at a luau party six years ago to use. Author Cathy Salustri will be there to discuss her book, Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida, and to remind us that it's not about the destination – it's about the journey. Which – let's be real – will probably include a few stops at the beer and wine cash bar. – Kristin James

6-9 p.m. | Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd. | 407-836-8500 | thehistorycenter.org | $10 suggested donation

Friday, June 2

Florida Prize Preview Party

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In this year's selection of Florida-based artists competing for OMA's annual Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, the divisions of the current art scene rise more starkly than ever before. Earlier iterations of the show gathered a more homogenous group, whereas 2017's exhibition careens from Old Master-style representational oil painting to multi-channel video. It should make for a lively exhibition, as well as a lively opening party – everybody loves the "but is it really art" debate, right? OK, even if you don't enjoy a good art fight, you can meet the artists, see the show, snack on the work of 10 caterers (including Bulla, Reyes Mezcaleria, Soco and more, each of whom will interpret one of the artists in edible form); sip beer, wine or cocktails; and chill to DJ Stereo77. Sounds like a party to engage all the senses. – Jessica Bryce Young

7-10 p.m. | Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-896-4231 | omart.org | $50-$30

Saturday, June 3

Koo Koo Kanga Roo

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Ebullient Minnesota dance pop duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo don't really consider themselves to be a children's band, but their high-energy songs – paying adoration to everything from dinosaurs to pizza to how great moms are – create a sugar-rush buzz that's as popular with the kindergarten crowd as it is with adult children. It's silly, bordering on stupid, but that's kind of the point. It's fun. And before their evening show at the Geek Easy this week, they're taking their act to Orlando Public Library for a show targeted at their younger fans. So drop the ego, cool guy, and get ready to dance. – Thaddeus McCollum

2 p.m. (Orlando Public Library) & 6 p.m. (The Geek Easy) | Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd. | The Geek Easy, 114 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park | ocls.info | facebook.com/thegeekeasy | free-$8

Saturday, June 3

Macy Gray

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There are few venue-artist combinations that work as well as the sultry-voiced songwriter and R&B icon Macy Gray and the prestigious Parliament House. Parliament House's pedigree of hosting Gay Days events is only bolstered by the addition of Gray. Since she called for a "Sexual Revolution" in her 2001 album, The Id, the artist and activist has not slowed in bringing her beliefs to life through her lyrics. "White Man" is Gray's latest sonic statement, and the song holds a message of the power of collective collaboration, according to an interview Gray held with Fader magazine. It's been 18 years since Gray released "I Try"; since then the singer's dynamic career has traversed a range of music styles including feverish disco boogies, pop ballads and her unique, raspy take on jazz. While Gray has not been one to shy away from inventive or exploratory work, Stripped is seen as a return to some of her earlier form. – Jacob Galvin

7 p.m. | Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail | 407-425-7571 | parliamenthouse.com | $20-$30

Saturday, June 3

Taste of Haiti

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The Taste of Haiti festival showcases Haitian cuisine, life and heritage, celebrating the Haitian presence in Central Florida and inviting anyone who is unfamiliar with the island to "discover, experience, live and love the Haitian culture." Hosted by Modernique Events and Taste of Haiti Orlando, the event is a fundraiser for a hospitality education program in Haiti and the United States run by the Haitian Culinary Alliance (HCA). Taste of Haiti comes right on the heels of the May 22 decision by the Trump administration to only temporarily extend protected status for 50,000 Haitian hotel and theme park workers to stay in Florida. In just six months, these workers face potential deportation to a country grappling with hunger and housing crises, with little to no job opportunities. HCA President Stephen Durand and other culinary leaders aim to broaden Haiti's image through tourism and gastronomy, and advocates for workers to put pressure on President Trump to support Haitians in Florida who contribute to both the American and Haitian economies. This festival showcases the soul of Haiti through food, live music, poetry, performances and competitions, providing a chance to appreciate what exactly makes the Haitian culture unique. – Virginia Vasquez

2-8 p.m. | Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 S. Orange Ave. | facebook.com/tasteofhaitiorlando | free-$10

Monday, June 5

Destruction

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Alongside similarly heavy-minded Euro fiends like Sodom and Venom, Germany's Destruction were part of a proto-thrash vanguard that both inspired and mirrored what was happening on America's West (Metallica, Slayer) and East (Anthrax, Nuclear Assault) coasts. And it was Destruction who were true inheritors of the trashy leather-encased excellence of a Motörhead, a Mercyful Fate or a Judas Priest. Led by a hulking maniac named Schmier (not even fucking around), Destruction exploded right out of the gate with instant classic Infernal Overkill, a lethal mix of trashy excess, furious speed and lethal melodic chops, quickly – there was no other way with this band – followed by Eternal Devastation and Mad Butcher. In 1989, the dreaded "creative differences" led to Schmier leaving the band for a decade, but when he rejoined, Destruction began firing on all cylinders again, rightly hailed as elder statesmen of metal. This rare stateside jaunt should feature a setlist packed with the classics, as the group is currently working on an album of re-recordings of older material. Frenzy will ensue. – Matthew Moyer

with Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Demons Within | 7 p.m. | The Haven, 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park | thehavenrocks.com | $20-$23

Tuesday, June 6

Cop City/Chill Pillars

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Total Punk is known for cutting-edge curation by label head and Golden Pelican Rich Evans, who honed his tastemaking acumen when running the now-defunct Floridas Dying label. So for his 40th birthday party on Tuesday, it makes sense that he'd resurrect one of the shining stars of the Floridas Dying roster, South Florida's Cop City/Chill Pillars. Though they've been dormant for a while, their ability to combine post-punk rhythms with garage-punk ferocity and whip them up into a face-melting storm on stage is the stuff that $5 weekday-night show dreams are made of. It's a feat they've never quite managed to replicate on record, but a recent cassette release of demos on New York label Haord gives us hope that they'll give it another shot soon. – TM

with Curleys | 9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | free

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