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



Wednesday, Sept. 13

CANCELLED - Lydia Loveless


With a voice that's pure muscle in a bottle, Midwestern kicker Lydia Loveless first knocked us down in 2012 as a 21-year-old phenom at a Bloodshot Records showcase at the Social where she managed to shine even alongside the usually eclipsing spectacle of wild-man labelmate Scott H. Biram. Her distinctive brand of country-rock has always been the bridging of her two poles of influence: country and punk. And she's made such a bright career working the rich ground between them that her music is now approaching a more synthesized and nuanced place all its own. But none of it's at the cost of edge. Loveless may be adding more hue and shade to her expression, but she's still interpreting the American roots with toughness and expansion. And she remains an icon of heart, nerve and steel. – Bao Le-Huu

with the States | 8 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $15-$17

Thursday, Sept. 14

Café con Leche With Aramis Ayala


In case you didn't know, the best way to discuss local politics is over café con leche and guava pastries. With a mouth full of Melao Bakery's pastelillos, you'll do more listening than talking, and you're going to want those ears to listen to Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speak candidly at an event hosted by the Central Florida chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The embattled prosecutor stood up to Gov. Rick Scott when he removed her from first-degree murder cases after she stated she wouldn't pursue the death penalty under her administration. Ultimately, she lost her petition to stop the governor from taking her cases away before the Florida Supreme Court. Between that and her efforts to improve the juvenile justice system, we're sure she's got a lot to talk about. – Monivette Cordeiro

9-10 a.m. | Melao Bakery, 2001 Consulate Drive | | $5

Thursday, Sept. 14



California's Warpaint bring their moody summations of love – both of others and the self – off their 2016 album, Heads Up, to the Southeast this week. Oscillating between stark declaration and yearning inquiry, the musicians of Warpaint sing, chant and whisper serious and existential questions, such as the hypnotically confrontational "Did you come undone?" on the subtly hip-hop derived track "By Your Side," or the vulnerable probe at human connection "How to make you feel all right?" on "The Stall." The answer key leaves listeners with equal parts hope and a need to stay after class. Warpaint have been honing their live chops on big stages opening for Depeche Mode, so expect arena moves in intimate miniature. – Nicolette Shurba

with Swimm | 7 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $20

Friday, Sept. 15

Baggage Claims and Virtual Views Opening Night Party


Hybrid vigor! Orlando Museum of Art opens two new exhibitions Friday and both of them are group shows, which always lends a lively dynamism. Expect sparks to fly – of the creative kind, not the-art-is-malfunctioning kind – at Virtual Views, a collection of electronic, digital, light-based, interactive and internet art that spans the history of the electronic medium from the 1960s through the present. Baggage Claims presents work by 18 artists exploring the effects of mobility on global culture (and this reporter is unreasonably excited to hear that a work by Andrea Zittel, her favorite artist, will be in the show, as well as a photographic documentation of the famous Hussein Chalayan "Afterwords" runway show from Spring/Summer 2000). A performance of "Arranging Suitcases," by Avery Lawrence, is scheduled during the opening party. – Jessica Bryce Young

6:30-8:30 p.m. | Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-896-4231 | | $10

Saturday, Sept. 16

Felt in the Jaw Book Release Party


Orlando literary luminary Kristen Arnett celebrates the publication of her debut collection of short stories, Felt in the Jaw (published by Split Lip Press), in requisitely absurdist fashion: with a Saturday-night reading at her local 7-Eleven. The Best of Orlando Readers Choice "Best Local Author" winner invites the public to grab a hot dog off the rollers, pop the tab on a Steel Reserve malt liquor tallboy, and take a big gulp of delicious fiction. The event has garnered national attention, with a write-up in the New York Times, so be sure to show up before the hot dogs sell out. – Leah Sandler

7 p.m. | 7-Eleven, 481 N. Orlando Ave., Maitland | | free

Saturday, Sept. 16

Caveman Cult


Updated: Black Witchery has had to drop off the show due to travel difficulties post-Hurricane Irma. The show will continue with Caveman Cult as headliner

Florida has been the reluctant birthing ground of some of the most disgusting, antisocial, occult and (so it follows) good underground metal for the past several decades, from Nasty Savage to Gruesome. But this Backbooth show is like a pristine showcase of truly fuck-you South Floridian heaviness. Miami's Caveman Cult might have some Torche personnel, but they lack any of that heavy groove. Instead, Caveman Cult are like a primitive, bestial whirlwind of noise, blood and distortion. They mean it. Black Witchery are on a whole other level, delving deeply into occult and satanic imagery (and practice) for a truly committed, black-robed visual spectacle backed up by screeching, evil, hyperspeed black metal just the way Sarcofago and Beherit used to do it. On Sunday, both bands decamp to Tampa to open for next-level Colombian black metal duo Inquisition. If you like your metal raw and bloody, consider this your tip-off. – Matthew Moyer

with Koroidia, Grave Ascension | 7 p.m. | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St. | 407-999-2570 | | $12-$15

Monday, Sept. 18

War on the Catwalk


Get your red M&Ms and champagne ready – the Shakespearean drama that is the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race comes to Orlando for a literal drag war on the catwalk in glitzy costumes and fabulous wigs that will leave you tongue-popping the halls, as mother Alyssa would say. Current f***ing reigning champion Sasha Velour competes against Aja, Nina Bonina Brown, Shea Coulee, Farrah Moan and Alexis Mateo, while former competitor Trinity "The Tuck" Taylor hosts. Get ready to be snatched – and for a 20-minute read by each queen on everyone's favorite Miss Congeniality. – MC

7 p.m. | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | 877-435-9849 | | $22-$159

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