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

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Wednesday, March 29
Antony and Cleopatra
THEATER
The big thing to know about Orlando Shakes' production of Antony and Cleopatra, which premieres this week, is that the Shakes snagged veteran actor Michael Dorn – best known as the Klingon Worf, son of Mogh, on one of the greatest series of all time, Star Trek: The Next Generation. And while there are plenty of theater insiders who would say that the Shakes should focus more on casting capable local thespians in roles of such magnitude, it's undeniable that the big name will draw plenty of extra ticket sales during the play's run. While, yes, Dorn is an actor and not literally a Klingon Starfleet officer, comparisons between Dorn's iconic role and this turn as Shakespeare's love-dumbed Roman general will undoubtedly abound. ("Klingons do not pursue relationships. They conquer," is a quote that comes to mind.) Dorn's brother in typecasting, Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker on TNG) visits Orlando on Saturday, April 15, for a guest narration spot with Orlando Philharmonic, so hard-core Trekkers may want to look into a double-feature weekend later this month. – Thaddeus McCollum

7:30 p.m. | through April 30 | Orlando Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. | 407-447-1700 | orlandoshakes.org | $25-$60

Thursday, 30
Dinosaur Jr.
MUSIC
Dinosaur Jr. formed in 1984 after J. Mascis and Lou Barlow's hardcore band, Deep Wound, called it quits. While Dinosaur Jr., for the most part, deviates from their blisteringly fast predecessor, they aren't an ordinary indie band. Instead, they're a trio that has thoughtfully utilized their experiences with music of all kinds to write genre-bending records spanning the course of decades. Taking influences from Neil Young, the Replacements, and even the Birthday Party, Dinosaur Jr. effortlessly unites bandleader Mascis's heavily distorted, but bright and bittersweet, style of guitar playing with Barlow's driving, thumping Ramones-esque bass lines to create a captivating, yet intentionally imperfect sound. The stellar dynamic between Mascis and Barlow, who spent nearly 16 years away from Dinosaur Jr. to front Sebadoh, is the subtle secret ingredient the band has used to create what Mascis once eloquently coined "ear-bleeding country." Not only that, but the perpetually hair-in-face Mascis has never been one to bask in critical or audience praise, admitting in 2005 that, for awhile, "most people thought we sucked." In 2017, Dinosaur Jr. continues to accidentally and shambolically prove those people wrong. – Jesse Feinman

with Easy Action | 7 p.m. | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. | 407-648-8363 | thebeacham.com | $25-$40

Saturday, April 1
A Mediocre Time With Tom & Dan
COMEDY
BDMS rejoice! No longer satisfied with the shadowy depths of their Baldwin Park studio, Tom and Dan emerge into the light – oh, the horrible light! – this Saturday at Hard Rock Live. Fans can finally view the podcasters in their true form without all of the special effects and Hollywood glitz they typically use to camouflage their wolfish features and guttural intonations. For a pittance of $5, devotees can see with their own eyes why Tom and Dan's physical appearance has been shrouded in mystery for so many moons. If the congregation is large enough, perhaps it will add to the improvisational powers of the podcasters and form a whirling cloud of debauchery strong enough to shatter the ancient goblin's curse, replacing Tom and Dan's current terrifying facades with their original fatherly suburban features and allowing them to return to their families and former lives as claims adjusters. But until the Eve of Reckoning at the Hard Rock Live, Tom and Dan remain captives in their appalling corporeal prisons, consuming dangerous amounts of White Claw seltzer simply to get through each agonizing day. There's also two guys doing standup. – Abby Stassen

with Matt Fernandez, Will Blaylock | 8 p.m. | Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-5483 | hardrock.com/orlando | $5

Sunday, April 2
Wax Idols
MUSIC
Hether Fortune has compressed a long musical life into a short period of time, including stints in White Lung and Hunx and His Punx, but for the last several years she has devoted herself fully (and most satisfyingly) to her solo vehicle, Wax Idols. And it is through Wax Idols that she has created her most personal and world-beating music yet – through three albums and a few singles – Fortune is reinvigorating the deathrock template for a whole new generation of fans that prefer to check out a punk show over the local goth night. Wax Idols is like the perfect hybrid of the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees (and yeah, we know that Robert Smith was a member of the Banshees for a minute), but filtered through Rowland S. Howard's high noir drama and PJ Harvey power. And now you can add newly-minted label head to Fortune's resume. After releasing material through Slumberland and Hozac, Fortune just launched the Etruscan Gold label to release her own music and be a force of "resistance and change" against the industry. We're fucking into it. While Wax Idols' inclusion on this bill may seem incongruous at first, Fortune has gone on the record repeatedly about her musical appreciation for Thursday, and even released 2015's American Tragic LP through Thursday's Geoff Rickly's Connect imprint. But let's be honest, amongst this Sunday's more rockist lineup, Wax Idols will shimmer like a brilliant (but very, VERY cursed) jewel. – Matthew Moyer

with Thursday, Touché Amoré, Basement | 6:30 p.m. | House of Blues, Disney Springs | 407-934-2583 | hob.com/orlando | $25

Monday, April 3
Clipping.
MUSIC
Thankfully, the Orlando stop for this experimental hip-hop group got upgraded from an originally scheduled opening spot for the Flaming Lips (with whom they're touring and who will be playing that same night at House of Blues) to a full headlining show of their own downtown. It's a good thing because this hot-buzzing, Sub Pop-signed L.A. crew is a whole lot to unpack. But what else would you expect from the union of a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies, a film-score composer and an original cast member of Hamilton? Cerebral and challenging, these avant-garde astronauts are one of the furthest reaching hip-hop acts in the game. In both lyric and sound, they're dizzyingly conceptual. Sonically, they take electronic, rap, noise and industrial and push it all into the great wild beyond. Their explorations are pregnant with thesis and their verses crammed with subtext and very well-read references. Taken all together, it's a wormhole that's hyper-literate and fiercely futuristic. This show is one of the most exciting concert prospects this year, and it's one of only two peel-off headlining dates during their touring run with the Lips. – Bao Le-Huu

with They Hate Change | 7 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $15-$18

Tuesday, April 4
1984
FILM
Presented as a tribute to recently departed actor John Hurt (Alien, V for Vendetta, Hellboy), this screening of the 1984 adaptation of George Orwell's seminal foray into science fiction has absolutely nothing to do with the nationwide protest of President Trump's administration. That protest, specifically targeting Trump's plan to cut the National Endowment for the Arts from the 2018 budget, as well as his administration's Orwellian disregard for objective truth, also takes place at theaters across the country on Tuesday, April 4, but this screening at the Enzian is in honor of the acclaimed actor's work – like the time he hooked Harry Potter up with a wand in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Ahem. Big Brother is watching you. Practice your doublethink. – TM

6:30 p.m. | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | enzian.org | $11

Tuesday, April 4
Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly
EVENTS
Six years after being shot in the head during an assassination attempt, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords doesn't need to use a lot of words to inspire a crowd. Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, have taken their pain and turned it into a strong force for advocacy against gun violence and promoting reform laws. Last year, the couple visited victims' families and survivors of the Pulse massacre to let them know they weren't alone in the fight. "Stopping gun violence takes courage," Giffords said in a short speech in Orlando. "We must never stop fighting." It's not clear whether Giffords and Kelly will discuss the impacts guns are having on American lives at Rollins College, but they do plan to talk about how to find hope in each other when the world offers little. – Monivette Cordeiro

7:30 p.m. | Warden Arena, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | 407-646-2145 | rollins.edu | $20-$50

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