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



Friday, Dec. 15

The Art of Solidarity


A commemoration of those who have selflessly dedicated themselves to helping improve the world around them (including Orlando Weekly reporter Monivette Cordeiro), this is Central Florida's way of honoring its most effective grass-roots leaders. Presented by Central Florida Jobs With Justice, this year's awards dinner is titled "The Art of Solidarity," and with the voice of NPR's "Marketplace," Renata Sago, as master of ceremonies, the evening ends with a silent auction for social justice art by local and national artists. – Xander Peters

7 p.m. | Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-451-2472 | | $30-$1,000

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15-17

Florida Is Loud Fest


Though organizer and performer – Ad Nauseum, Flying Limbs, etc. – Glen Ritchey would have been easily forgiven for passing on the opportunity to run a three-day underground festival pretty much by himself again, here we are with the second edition of Florida Is Loud upon us. The lineup for the big Saturday show at Will's is pretty formidable, with a Miami contingent – including Holly Hunt, Shroud Eater and Other Body – anchoring a bill that includes Jacksonville's Wørsen and Tampa's Meatwound. The two bookending shows at Uncle Lou's promise to be deafening and intimate, with local-heavy lineups including Burn to Learn and Freakazoid along with Yashira and Petrichor (and an Integrity cover band). This whole weekend of FIL shows is a labor of love and personal enthusiasm that is so worth your time and dollars ... and advance earplug investment. Proceeds benefit the Zebra Coalition. – Matthew Moyer

7 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave. | | $10-$18

Saturday, Dec. 16

Orlando Zine Fest


At the risk of compromising journalistic integrity, we can opine that last year's Orlando Zine Fest was an absolute blast – a well-attended showcase of local DIY print creativity. But we can say with absolute objective certainty that this year's fest builds on last year's success exponentially and puts OZF in the big leagues of Florida zine events. Hosting 52 separate zine creators from all over the state – and some from outside – the place is going to be bursting at the seams with idiosyncratic talent (keep an eye peeled for Bonk!, Heat Trash, Street Type and Lemon Press). Zines are pretty much the last physical medium of expression that hasn't been commodified or monetized or hierarchized to death. A quick cut-and-paste collage zine is every bit as valid and enjoyable as a glossy perfect-bound tome – and the immediacy of publication allows voices that increasingly get crowded out of mainstream discourse their say. Bring plenty of pocket money; there will be prime holiday gift fodder here; and with Florida Is Loud happening in the same building, it's going to be a DIY hive. – MM

5 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | free

Saturday, Dec. 16

Georgio "the Dove" Valentino


South Florida native Georgio Valentino's search for kindred musical spirits ended up bringing him to the Low Countries of Europe. Along with his band, La Société des Mélancoliques, Valentino fuses his love of moody soundtracks and experimental rock into a body of work that revels in moody soundscapes, cryptic lyrics and gothic-jazz groove. Valentino recently announced that he is retiring from music, putting a capstone on his career with his final release, The Future Lasts a Long Time – which means that this is your last chance to see "the Dove" before he flies off forever. – Thaddeus McCollum

with Swords of Fatima | 10 p.m. | The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St. | | free

Sunday, Dec. 17

Grandma Party Bazaar


After a decade and a half, Stardust Video & Coffee's Grandma Party Bazaar is an Orlando holiday tradition. With handmade crafts from local artisans, live music from area bands, raffles, giveaways and food, it's basically a holiday encapsulation of the essence of Orlando. It's our favorite opportunity to grab something unique for that hard-to-buy-for person on our list. Parking is always in short supply, so bikes and ride services are your best bets. – TM

10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road | | free

Sunday, Dec. 17

Katy Perry


It's strange listening to Katy Perry after hearing "Roar" so much last year. As one of the official songs of the Hillary Clinton campaign, it served as an anthem for traditionally marginalized groups forced into silence to roar their truths to the world. One Donald Trump presidency and a #metoo movement later, the Grammy award-winning pop singer's battle cry rings bittersweet. If you anticipated more rabble-rousing chants in the era of the protest, you'll stay waiting – aside from her "Chained to the Rhythm" hit with Skip Marley, the larger-than-life performer keeps it subtle on her latest album, Witness. Still, Perry knows how to have a good time, so expect dazzling visuals and a community belt-out of "I Kissed a Girl" before the night is over. – Monivette Cordeiro

with Purity Ring | 7 p.m. | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 800-745-3000 | | $47.50-$849

Monday, Dec. 18

Zoya Zafar


Recently lauded by TLU's Bao Le-Huu for her "beautiful jazz voice that can captivate with just the faintest exhalation" and picked as a local musician to keep an eye on, we can only add that we were captivated by Zoya Zafar's recent set at a house show. We sat raptly at her feet as she performed with a quiet intensity putting her in line with the opening chords of "Cocovado" and Weyes Blood's elegant phrasing. Monday, Zafar headlines the big stage at Will's alongside a grouping of other emerging locals. Attend to either chase the winter blues away or embrace them fully. – Matthew Moyer

with Dearest, Volcanist, Lexi Long | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | $5