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



Thursday, Oct. 19

Whose Mouth Should I Use to Talk?

It's been a slow-moving delight for us to observe Brandon Geurts' artwork evolving in the past few years – but, with his removal to Tampa while he earns his MFA, we haven't seen nearly enough of him on walls around town. That changes this week, when Gallery Eola presents Geurts' solo show, called Whose Mouth Should I Use to Talk? We asked Geurts how he might describe that evolution, and he said: "I think my work's become more claustrophobic and anxious? It's certainly way less 'metal' than it used to be ... the influences/ideas that inform my work have become more mature and multifaceted." His earlier pieces had a dark, hidden quality (that, yes, appealed to metal fans – Geurts designed a cover for Black Sabbath's 2014 Record Store Day release), but that horror has turned itself inside out in the past year. Rather than being suspended in caverns of darkness, now his figures emerge from a screaming candy-colored neon swirl, distorted in poses that owe equally to Francis Bacon and classic body-horror cinema. – Jessica Bryce Young

7 p.m. | through Nov. 9 | Gallery Eola, 818 E. Washington St. |  407-793-6982 | | free

Thursday, Oct. 19

Dia de los Muertos & Monster Factory

In the season of all things spooky and creepy, CityArts Factory is bringing a twist to downtown's Third Thursday Gallery Hop with its eighth annual Dia de los Muertos & Monster Factory exhibit. Although the exhibit runs until Friday, Nov. 10, the opening night's block party is where the real fun happens. This unique event features artwork inspired by Halloween and the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday from local and international artists. Salvador Live demonstrates a live speed and action painting show – with breakdancing. Phantasmagoria's acrobatic contortions might make you cringe, but you'll be awestruck by their macabre cirque performance. Among all the action, the Tamale Co. food truck will help the monsters rumbling in your stomach under control with their fresh, authentic servings. – Nicole Dudenhoefer

6-11 p.m. | through Nov. 10 | CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave. | | $5 suggested donation

Thursday, Oct. 19

Conor Oberst and Tim Kasher

In the late '90s and early 2000s, Omaha, Nebraska's Saddle Creek Records dominated the indie landscape in a big way, largely on the back of Bright Eyes and Cursive, projects that were masterminded by Conor Oberst and Tim Kasher, respectively. Now, more than two decades later, Oberst tours mostly under his own name, while Kasher rotates between Cursive, the Good Life and solo outings. Both Oberst and Kasher are currently touring on records put out this year – Oberst's Salutations and Kasher's No Resolution. Both men have grown into songwriters with a penchant for exploring disillusionment with modern life and the struggles of relationships. But while Oberst has carved out a place in mid-tempo Americana, often collaborating with the likes of Dawes and the Felice Brothers, Kasher has proven to be more of an experimentalist, often incorporating string arrangements, interludes and conceptual narratives into his albums. Rounding out this bill is current Saddle Creek star Frances Quinlan, lead singer of label standout Hop Along. – Thaddeus McCollum

with Frances Quinlan | 7 p.m. | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $29-$31

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22 

Maker Faire Orlando

In a world obsessed with do-it-yourself activities and life-hack videos, the Maker Faire combines arts, science and tech aficionados in one dynamic setting. The community-organized event brings local inventors, artists, designers and craftsmen – some of whom will sell the items they exhibit – to the Central Florida Fairgrounds in its fourth year of innovative fun. Produced by the Maker Foundation, the fair is not just for science lovers and crafters, but for anyone simply curious about how things work. No need to worry about chasing robots around the grounds; the exhibits are mostly in the air-conditioned indoor exhibit halls. Who knows? The Maker Faire might inspire you to create your own hacks or take that 3-D printing class. – Hind Berji

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday | Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive | | $10-$25

Sunday, Oct. 22


Electropop chanteuse Halsey is currently crossing the country in the company of fellow pop formidables Charli XCX and PartyNextDoor to promote her new album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, the follow-up to 2015's concept album-with-hooks, Badlands. The 22-year-old has come a long way since her first big hit, the Chainsmokers collaboration "Closer," holding her own in recent songwriting partnerships with Sia and the Weeknd on two of Hopeless Fountain Kingdom's standout tracks. Expect a future-forward dance party of the highest order. – Matthew Moyer

7 p.m. | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 407-440-7900 | | $26-$300

Monday, Oct. 23

Foreign Dissent 4

For the fourth year running, Will's Pub in the Mills 50 district is copping a handful of international punk bands before they get to Gainesville for the annual Fest later this month. Seven acts hailing from Britain, Europe, Australia and Central America take the stage for this one-night event, and their sounds and styles of punk are as far-ranging as their passports. Ghouls, a London-based quintet, brings catchy jump-around rhythms bordering on ska. Apologies, I Have None, also out of London, bring a vibe that's expansive and more melancholy. Russia's Riot Gang has mastered the old art of getting crowds to jump up and down with their heavy guitars and relentless percussion. In Costa Rica's Carrusel, you'll find a nostalgia that recalls the earlier days of alternative, and maybe, if you look close enough, their mystery fifth band member – a mongoose. Austria natives ASTPAI, meanwhile, return for their second time to Foreign Dissent, and promise once again punchy, hard-rock melodies and poppy sing-along choruses. – Brian Leng

with Intenable, Apologies I Have None, ASTPAI, Ghouls, the Riot Gang, Carrusel, Tim Hampshire | 7 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10

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