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Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, June 1-7



Wednesday, 1

Drag the River


A devoted local fan base of hard-drinking diehards keeps the stream of national touring alt-country and country-rock acts through Orlando pretty steady (Chuck Ragan was just here last month, Cory Branan will be here June 17 and Austin Lucas and Matt Woods will both be here July 8). But because their near-perfect balance of gruff texture and hard twang has long been some of the best of the lot, any time Colorado's Drag the River comes to town is a red-letter day. Emerging from the notable country and punk crossroads of Suburban Home Records alongside names like Two Cow Garage, Tim Barry and Joey Cape, Drag the River has managed to outlive road wear, band drama (some of which has transpired on our stages here) and physical injury (some very recent) to see their 20th anniversary as a band. Happy birthday, boys, and many sweet and blurry returns. Be sure to show up early for notable hometown talent like Bartender Brian and Johnny Knuckles. – Bao Le-Huu

with Bartender Brian, Dancehall Revelry, Johnny Knuckles | 8 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10-$12

Thursday, 2

She Wants Revenge


She Wants Revenge, the duo of musical chameleon Justin Warfield and producer Adam Bravin, has reunited for a tour marking the 10th anniversary of their self-titled debut. She Wants Revenge the album became a Hot Topic and goth club staple upon its release, based around tunes like "Out of Control" and "Tear You Apart." Full disclosure: I saw them at the House of Blues nearly a decade ago, and in spite of myself I was charmed by their music, which at that point was an unself-consciously dour mix of Suicide, Soft Cell and New Order. Songs glide along on a minimalist sinewave pulse – recalling all the good songs on Closer – and Warfield's tortured baritone, reciting snatches of what had to be a teenage diary. Postpunk for the masses. A net positive. – Matthew Moyer

8 p.m. | House of Blues, 1490 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista | 407-934-2583 | | $15-$30

Saturday, 4, and Monday, 6

Copa America Centenario


Be a part of history when the Copa America football tournament comes to Orlando this week. This is the tourney's 100th anniversary, making it the oldest international continental football tournament in history. This year in particular is special, as it'll be hosted outside of South America for the first time ever. Sixteen teams from two different conferences in the Americas are pitted against one another in 10 stadiums across the United States, and the City Beautiful is fortunate enough to host two of the opening group games this week at Camping World Stadium. Saturday's game has Costa Rica facing off against Paraguay, and Monday's match has Panama playing Bolivia. Tickets are a little pricier than your average Orlando City game, but hey, bragging about the seeing the first Copa America games in the states to your grandchildren will be priceless. – Harry Sayer

5 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Monday | Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place | | $50-$375

Saturday, 4

The Pink Fire Revue


Not only does the Gallery at Avalon Island have a decent air conditioner, but they also have nice big windows. Which means you can look out and experience the schadenfreude of watching people walk around in the heat while you keep cool inside with this cross-disciplinary art event. Experience visual depictions of sound from Synthestruct while poets like John King and Tod Caviness read over a backing of improvised electronic music from the likes of Jon Curtis and Pressurewave. Presented by Functionally Literate, the Drunken Odyssey and the In-Between Series, this event brings together some of our favorite local artists for a special experience. – Thaddeus McCollum

7 p.m. | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | | free

Saturday, 4

Sandra Bernhard


Are you ready to feel the Bernhard? OK, now that we've got that out of the way (look, it was inevitable), we can kvell over the thought of La Bernhard, here, in our tiny town. There's no one like Bernhard, who's perfected a dirty-mouthed, confrontational, vicious-diva persona over three decades of performance. It's hard to define her act, but she came up in comedy like an unholy combination of Lenny Bruce and Patti Smith and blazed through film (she almost stole King of Comedy from Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis), TV (she played TV's first out lesbian character on Roseanne) and stage (her off-Broadway show Without You I'm Nothing, With You I'm Not Much Better was also released as a double album and on video). By some accounts, that ferocious edge isn't quite as keen or mean as it once was; you might expect a loosely improvised monologue akin to her daily Sirius XM show, "Sandyland." Her performance at the P-House is part of this weekend's Gay Day festivities, and she's joined by '90s R&B star Deborah Cox ("Nobody's Supposed to Be Here"); also listed are "adult film stars" and "foam party," so just imagine the possibilities. – Jessica Bryce Young

8 p.m. | Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail | 407-425-7571 | | $25-$75

Saturday, 4

Erotic City Comes Alive


One of the problems with so many legendary musicians dying lately is that it's tough to come up with a decent tribute to such iconic artists. While the Valentine's Day David Bowie tribute at Will's Pub hit the mark by allowing for varying interpretations of Bowie's expansive catalog, one only has to look at Lady Gaga's hacky Broadway version of Bowie – or Madonna and Stevie Wonder's milquetoast recitation of the "Purple Rain" refrain – to see how easily they can go wrong. So for this tribute party, DJs BMF, Nigel John and Andrew Spear aren't looking to replicate Prince's vibe, just celebrate it. The three big Prince fans promise five hours of nonstop jams from Prince and Prince-related artists, including hits, B-sides, bootlegs and remixes – these aren't the kind of guys to just press play on 1999 and let it go – accompanied by some of Prince's best videos mixed live. The Hideaway, recent recipients of an Andrew Spear mural commemorating the Artist, supplies a cash bar and a no-fee ATM, and a raffle with lots of cool prizes – like an Audio-Technica turntable and vinyl reissues of 1999 and Prince's eponymous 1979 album (featuring a majestic back cover photo of a naked Prince astride a winged Pegasus) from Park Ave CDs. You shouldn't have to be told this, but dressing up is encouraged, especially if your get-up is purple. You may want to skip the heels unless you can dance in them comfortably. – TM

9 p.m. | The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Ave. | | $10

Sunday, 5

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA


Florida isn't known as the Gunshine State for nothing. George Zimmerman's recent sale of the pistol he used to kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin prompts a needed conversation by locals on guns and their impact on society. Why not start with a free screening of Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA this weekend at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando? The 2016 documentary looks into the gun violence that affects everyday Americans and the gun companies resisting stricter gun regulations. The event, presented by the Global Peace Film Festival, the League of Women Voters, and the Peace & Justice Initiative at Valencia College, aims to join together groups who want common-sense gun laws. – Monivette Cordeiro

1:30 p.m. | First Unitarian Church of Orlando, 1901 E. Robinson St. | 407-898-3621 | | free

Monday, 6

The Hooten Hallers


The sound of primal rock mixed with hillbilly soul blasts from the stage when the Hooten Hallers barrel into your town, all rockin' bones rhythms and guitar/sax/drums attack. The hard-touring trio from Missouri are known for their raucous shows and have already performed 52 gigs in 18 states since the start of this year. Formed back in 2007, the Hallers feed off classic American roots sounds. Since their inception, they have released several albums through their Big Muddy Records imprint, including Greetings From Welp City in 2012 and Chillicothe Fireball in 2014. But recordings only tell half the tale of the Hooten Hallers, so you'd be well advised not to miss this one. – Bridgette Norris

with Prison Wine | 9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $5-$7

Tuesday, 7

Loose Lips


The monthly event formerly known as the Bohemian Woods returns with a new name and a new venue to offer up more hot takes on current events. Event host Tod Caviness hand-picks five writers to read essays and writings that deal with anything that's happened in the news over the past month, and what follows are more often than not hilarious or poignant critiques and reflections on the world today. Swing on over to Lil Indies (next door to Will's Pub) on Tuesday, have a glass of wine (or three) and see what the city's coolest cats have to say. – HS

8 p.m. | Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave. | | free

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