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Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Jan. 6-12



Wednesday, 6

Orlando Story Club: Resolution!

LITERARY The word "resolution" is a double-edged sword. When people use it around this time of year, they're usually talking about their plans for the future – plans to be better or improve themselves in some way. But resolution can also denote the end of something, whether it's the solution to a problem or the thrilling dénouement of a novel, film or piece of music. This meeting of Orlando Story Club, its first since April 2015, takes "Resolution!" as its theme. Whether you're firmly resolved to stand and tell a story of your own, or you're easing into a resolution to do more public speaking, this is a congenial gathering full of laughter, food and drink, plus proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Orlando. – Jessica Bryce Young

7 p.m. | The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive | | $5

Wednesday, 6


MUSIC Probably one of the best things to come out of Brevard County, the fuzz-punk musings of Flashlights will reign supreme at Punk on the Patio's debut. The monthly concert series, created by Foundation Presents, is an effort by the indie concert promoter to inject more local music into downtown's show offerings. The night isn't restricted to punk, though; the indie-pop melodies of the three-piece band Out Go the Lights and guitar riffs of Slumberjack will also be there to entertain. The $5 cover comes with a free drink, if you need more enticement to sweeten up this event. – Monivette Cordeiro

8 p.m. | Enter the Patio via Olde 64, 64 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $5

Wednesday, 6

Dancing Lessons

THEATER Playwright Mark St. Germain seems to be fascinated by the human brain in all its quirkiness. His plays Freud's Last Session and Becoming Dr. Ruth have psychologists as protagonists, but in his latest play, it's more a matter of observing psychological disorder in process. When an awkward Aspie approaches his angry neighbor (a badly injured dancer) for dance lessons, both experience a wide range of human emotion: embarrassment, bitterness, fear, amusement and eventually affection. This production of Dancing Lessons stars Steven Lane (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Into the Woods) and Ginger Lee McDermott (Bad Dog) as the mismatched pair, and it's the Orlando Shakes directorial debut for Cynthia White, OST's director of new play development. – JBY

7:30 p.m. | through Feb. 7 | Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St. | 407-447-1700 | | $21-$46

Friday-Sunday, 8-10

Jon Lovitz

COMEDY Best known for his performances as part of Saturday Night Live's more memorable casts, where he coined the phrase "that's the ticket," or as Emperor Todd Spengo in the less-memorable cult classic Mom and Dad Save the World, Jon Lovitz graces the stage of the Orlando Improv for a special engagement tonight through Sunday. Lovers of old-school deadpan comedy from the likes of Norm MacDonald, Kevin Nealon and Dennis Miller should brave the touristy part of town for a night of cheeky humor by this living legend of unremarkable movies. Get in the mood for a good laugh by downloading one of "The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre" recordings or streaming The Ridiculous 6, now on Netflix. – Justin Braun

6:30 p.m. Friday, 6 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday | Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive | 407-480-5233 | | $30

Saturday, 9


MUSIC Hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, Ozzfest vets Nile rose to prominence in the mid-'90s opening for heavy music gods like Obituary but distinguishing themselves from dimmer metalheads with a cinematic flourish that led many to claim Nile brought death metal back from the dead. (That makes maybe one zombie trend music heads don't roll their eyes into the backs of their heads over?) With 2015's What Should Not Be Unearthed, the band beckons their namesake Egyptian muse in what might be their most spiritual release yet – but don't go expecting some ponderous metal-gospel; pounders like "Call to Destruction" crush the windpipe on typical evangelist-like fodder. Intense imagery, deliberate philosophical exploration and the legacy of Nile fuse to create what's possibly their heaviest record to date, in subject and style alike. – Ashley Belanger

with Sons of Ragnar, Bhavachakra, Emporos, Darkness by Design | 6 p.m. | The Haven, 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park | 407-673-2712 | | $17-$20

Saturday, 9

Silversun Pickups

MUSIC If you like the Bravery, Shiny Toy Guns, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Manchester Orchestra, then you'll love the textural alternative indie pop of Silversun Pickups. Hailing from the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, the band known for its driving rhythms and ethereal melodies plays selections from their most recent album, Better Nature. Produced by Jacknife Lee (of U2, Two Door Cinema Club and Crystal Castles fame) and mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Alan Moulder (known for his work with My Bloody Valentine and Nine Inch Nails), the album is the debut release from the band's own New Machine Recordings. Self-described as "harmonious and intimate, high-flying and deeply personal," Silversun Pickups are a perfect sonic experience for emotional hipsters who prefer to dance the night away wearing worn-out Chuck Taylors, skinny jeans and T-shirts from bands you've never heard of but should. – JB

7 p.m. | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | 407-228-1220 | | sold out

Tuesday, 12

Total Punk Turnbuckle Tuesdays

MUSIC Sick of bands trying to twist your arm to pay a cover to chill at Will's? Total Punk's new weekly hangout might turn your head. It's called Turnbuckle Tuesdays, and it's totally free every week. Plan to shotgun your Cigar City can, then crush it on your forehead like the true brute you are, while iconic vintage wrestling videos from the '80s and '90s slam against the screens and Total Punk's stamped garage punk powerbombs your eardrums. On certain weeks, expect the occasional band to turn out too. Total Punk promises to pad the rest of the calendar with tasteless movie screenings to ensure this new night is a piledriver to any other time-suck that might come up. – Ashley Belanger

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

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