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



Wednesday, Nov. 8
More Q Than A: Lost Highway

More Q Than A, downtown's premiere film series for cinema fiends, teams up with the Pauses' two-night tribute to the year 1997 for this screening of David Lynch's jazz-noir murder ballad mindfuck from that year. The film was criticized as kind of a dud when it was first released 20 years ago, but it's developed a cult following in the years since thanks in part to its soundtrack that's equal parts Angelo Badalamenti jazz freakouts and dark '90s staples like Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and Rammstein. Expect to hear a couple of selections performed live at the other part of the 1997 tribute Friday and Saturday night at Will's Pub. – Thaddeus McCollum

7 p.m. | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | | $5-$7

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 10-11
Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando

Electric Daisy Carnival brings back its three neon dreamscape stages for an event that pushes the boundaries of your imagination. The lineup includes some of the best acts in electronic dance music with artists like Armin Van Buuren, Grizzly, REZZ, Zedd, Marshmello (pictured), Grum, Bleep Bloop and many more. A rare back-to-back set from Grammy-nominated Diplo and A-Trak is a show highlight that shouldn't be missed. True to its name, there are thrilling carnival rides throughout Tinker Field's transformed adult playground, along with an eclectic crew of decked-out dancers, stilters, aerialists, circus performers and other whimsical characters. Just remember to stay hydrated. – Nicole Dudenhoefer

1 p.m.-midnight | Tinker Field, 287 Tampa Ave. | | $109-$349

Saturday, Nov. 11
Mills 50 Historic Homes Tour

Mills 50's got a lot of character. That's probably why it was recently named as one of "12 Neighborhoods Across America That Are About to Get Crazy Popular" by Thrillist (thanks for the rent increase, guys). This week, the Mills 50 Main Street program hosts a tour of a selection of homes built from the 1920s-1950s that give the neighborhood some of its identity, followed by drinks at the Guesthouse and appetizers from Black Rooster Taquería. Because no tour of Mills 50 is complete without booze and bites. – TM

1 p.m. | Colonialtown Neighborhood Center, 1517 Lake Highland Drive | | $35-$40

Saturday, Nov. 11
Orlando Beer Festival

One day, four hours, and more than 150 of Central Florida's finest brews. But leave the funnel at home, folks – the Orlando Beer Festival is all about the flavors. Featuring unique and seasonal concoctions from more than 40 premium breweries, including Guinness, Sea Dog Brewing, Crooked Can, Black Cauldron Brewing, and many, many more, this fall festival will make you an expert in America's favorite drinkable pastime. You can also expect live music, wine tasting, food trucks, interactive games to test your waning sobriety and of course, lots of bizarrely named beers. Brett Broke My Heart, Local Love Red, Purple Skink IPA and our favorite, You Shall Not Pabst. Don't forget: Designated driver tickets are also available if you want to be the best friend ever. – Brian Leng

1-5 p.m. | Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St. | | $25-$75

Saturday, Nov. 11

On the same night that Jay-Z holds court at the Amway Center, down the street at Backbooth another crucial MC will also be making a very rare Orlando appearance. Jonwayne, the mysterious Californian rapper and producer, first came to prominence through his stint with influential hip-hop label Stones Throw Records, but quickly made his own reputation with innovative, eclectic productions and a surprisingly resonant and unique delivery. Titling his 2015 mini-album Jonwayne Is Retired gave many fans more than a little worry, but luckily he came roaring back earlier this year with Rap Album Two, released on his own Authors Recording Company. Step to this. – Matthew Moyer

with Danny Watts, EMV, Rick Haze, Nosis | 7 p.m. | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine Street | 407-999-2570 | | $12

Saturday, Nov. 11

Whether you know him as Hova, Jiggaman, Beyoncé's husband or simply Shawn Carter, rap giant Jay-Z is making Orlando the sixth stop for his 4:44 tour. Fans can expect a more introspective, intimate side of Jay from his 13th studio album, with 4:44 favorites like "Kill Jay-Z," "The Story of O.J." and "Family Feud," and since it's a Jigga show, you can bet on a generous sampling of hits from over the years. Though the album may perhaps show a tamer side of Carter, the tour still promises all of the bravado the Grammy award-winning rapper is known for. Ride the wave of "Hova" chants at Amway Center and see special guest Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, who will feature some material from his debut album, The Autobiography. – Hind Berji

with Vic Mensa | 8 p.m. | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | | $26.50-$172

Sunday, Nov. 12
Dressed to the 9 3/4s

Leave Dapper Day to the muggles at Disney – witches, wizards, squibs and all magical folk in between will be dressed in their vintage best this weekend for "Dressed to the 9 3/4s" event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, sponsored by the Central Florida Slug Club. While not as nerve-wracking as a Yule Ball, you're still going to want a Slytherin-themed flapper costume, a wand and enough energy to laugh at all the Hufflepuffs in poodle skirts. We're kidding, of course, in the spirit of healthy competition, but be aware that winners of the best moving painting will win points for their House. – Monivette Cordeiro

11 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, 6000 Universal Blvd. | | price of admission

Sunday, Nov. 12

Austrian blood-drinkers Belphegor are that rarest of creatures in the black metal firmament – a European BM outfit that doesn’t mind a lengthy bout of U.S. touring to spread their diabolical word. You’ve got one chance to see this band in Florida and it’s right in our own backyard at that haven for metal and all things loud, the … um, Haven. If you’re a fan of corpsepaint, spikes, leather, occult imagery and blistering speed, Belphegor should be right up your alley, with a tortured sound redolent of Marduk and Watain. Tourmates Cryptopsy and their dizzying brand of death metal shouldn’t be missed either. Get evil. – Matthew Moyer

with Cryptopsy, Panzerfaust, Sons of Ragnar, Ebullition | 6 p.m. | The Haven Lounge, 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park | 407-673-2712 | | $20-$23

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