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Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, June 8-14



Thursday, 9

Diane Rehm


Loyal NPR listeners know Diane Rehm as the shaky-voiced weekday morning host who posits insightful questions to politicians and other newsmakers. But that characteristic quake isn't a result of Rehm's age, but rather a symptom of her battle with spasmodic dysphonia, a voice disorder cased by involuntary muscular spasms in the larynx. While many radio hosts might have thrown in the towel after developing the condition, Rehm hasn't let the condition take away her focus on powerful journalism, resulting in a prestigious Peabody award in 2009. Our local NPR affiliate, WMFE, hosts Rehm this week for a discussion about her career – as well as her analysis of the current presidential race – along with a Q&A session. WMFE has stepped up their live game in recent years, with Orlando appearances from Ira Glass, "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another." Maybe soon we'll get a live taping of "Echoes" with John Diliberto. Fingers crossed. – Thaddeus McCollum

7:30 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St. | 407-514-1756 | | $75

Thursday, 9

Finding the Fountain of Youth Tacky Tourist Party

EVENTS It's not every day you get the chance to wear a sun hat, a tropical Hawaiian shirt and chubbies while checking out exhibits in the Orange County Regional History Center, so you really shouldn't pass this one up. Ponce De Leon first explored our lovely state in 1513, looking for rejuvenation and the secrets of eternal youth. Keep the dream alive at the Tacky Tourist Party, which promises to be a celebration of the Sunshine State's silliest visitors. Come decked out in your most absurd tourist gear and learn about Ponce's journey in the Finding the Fountain of Youth exhibit. The evening brings entertainment from guitarist Jeff Scott, scavenger hunts, shuffleboard games and, of course, a costume contest. We recommend lathering up in SPF 50 and bringing a lawn flamingo if you're really in it to win it. – Harry Sayer

6-9 p.m. | Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd. | 407-836-8500 | | free

Thursday, 9

Plague Vendor


Between their 2012 reunion and the release of their first album in 17 years (Freedom) last summer, there are a whole lot of people cranked to see Swedish punk legends Refused. And the righteous garage-punk of Atlanta's the Coathangers is always worth it. But the hot new blood of Plague Vendor is what makes this bill extra virile. The young California band has been kicking up lots of street heat with the raw power of both their music and their physical live performances. Their latest album, Bloodsweat, is unequivocally one of the most ball-grabbing records to drop this year, boiling over with a dark, swashbuckling sound that dangles on the high wire between post-punk blackness, fevered punk danger and greasy rock swagger. It's a cliff dive of fire and urgency that promises to be electric on stage. Show up early for this one, trust us. – Bao Le-Huu

with Refused, the Coathangers | 8 p.m. | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $25

Thursday, 9

Freedy Johnston


To kick off a new, intimate series of shows in their Lennon Room, Hard Rock Live has tapped indie troubadour Freedy Johnston to headline the first of these "Living Room" shows. They chose wisely. Johnston's music and songwriting style – simple, direct, all minor-keyed and peopled with a collection of the damned and the even more damned – is full of a million tiny heartbreaks unfolding right in front of you, details that might otherwise be missed in a crowded bar or impersonal auditorium. Johnston had a taste of the big time during the alt-rock explosion with his song "Bad Reputation" in 1994, but has since shunned the mainstream, preferring a more personal path to expression. This is a great chance to see a songwriting talent who still has that elusive "it," hopefully shorn of as many trappings of the rock show as possible. – Matthew Moyer

8 p.m. | The Lennon Room, Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-5483 | | $25

Saturday, 11

Copper Bones


Ain't nothing like a good two-piece rock band. But in recent years, the local crop has gotten lean, as evidenced by the waning of the once-regular Two Piece Mini Fest. However, some fresh, relatively undiscovered blood like Howling Midnight has been surfacing and showing real promise. Certainly one of the most noteworthy is Copper Bones, who aren't actually new. The band has been around for years and its ranks pack deep scene cred from Orlando music canon acts like My Hotel Year, Peterbuilt and the Attack. But they weren't always a duo. Now they are, with a total embrace of the concept as a heavy riff-rock band that's burly, boss and much-needed around here. And their brand-new album, Exhibit A, lays the beef on thick. For the standard $5 cover at this release show, you'll receive the CD and free Terrapin Sound Czech Pils until the keg floats. – Bao Le-Huu

with Jernigan, A Brilliant Lie, Meiuuswe | 9 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $5-$7

Saturday, 11

Mills 50 Madcap


The window for outdoor drinking scavenger hunt runarounds is rapidly closing – unless you're some weirdo who actually enjoys physical activity in the summer – but the Mills 50 Madcap looks like it's worth baby-powdering your crotch for. Teams of up to six people meet at the Brass Tap to pick up instructions and clues, then race through the hippest Main Street District to solve puzzles, find hidden treasures and, of course, drink. Prizes include gift certificates to area bars – or you can skip the middleman and try to win bottles of vodka from Tito's. Pro tip: Wheeled conveyances are banned, but costumes are encouraged, so you finally have a reason to buy those adjustable stilts you've had your eye on. – TM

noon-7 p.m. | The Brass Tap, 1632 N. Mills Ave. | | $15

Saturday, 11

Science Night Live


The worst part about the Orlando Science Center is that they allow children inside. Thankfully, this night they aren't. Science Night Live is reserved for science-loving grown-ups who want to observe and mingle among other nerds. This event, combining the social and the science, gives geeks a chance to try a variation of hands-on experiments and challenges in multiple exhibits, like the "mindbender mansion" and "kinetic zone"; compete in science trivia; view out of this world sights through a giant telescope in the observatory; and take in PechaKucha presentations where speakers keep things concise: just 20 slides and just 20 seconds per slide. The Dr. Phillips CineDome will even be playing two films. On the other hand, if things get a little too academic, just find where the food and alcohol are sold. – Bridgette Norris

8-11:30 p.m. | Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St. | 407-514-2000 | | $15

Sunday, 12

Art X Social Change Night


Maybe you're not so great at organizing a protest or shouting at the top of your lungs into a bullhorn. That's OK. Creating social change isn't limited to chants and demonstrations. It can also be a powerful poem, a compelling design on a placard or a painting that captures the spirit of the movement. If that's how you like to make your mark on the world, check out Art X Social Change Night at Spacebar. This free event features different kinds of art media, including visual art, music and spoken word performances, poetry, dance and plays, focused around varying themes of social justice. Part of the proceeds will benefit ArtReach Orlando, a Winter Park arts outreach program that works with underserved children in Orange County. – Monivette Cordeiro

4-8 p.m. | Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St. | | free

Tuesday, 14

Displacement Gallery Talk


Displacement: Symbols and Journeys, another bravura show curated by Amy Galpin, opened at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum May 21. The show explores borders and boundaries, but before you assume it's a heady conceptual brew of liminality and intersectional politics, pull up: This is a straightforward examination of the physical barrier between the United States and Mexico. Certainly there are looks at cultural appropriation, alienation and hybrid states of being, but mostly it's focused on U.S.-Mexico immigration. "I wanted to create a show for our community that melds my interest in artistic movement across the Mexico and United States border, but that also provides a space to think about immigration and the power of cultural symbols to usurp political boundaries," says Galpin, who points out that the 2016 presidential race has made the struggles of refugees starkly apparent. This gallery talk with three Orlando-based artists – Rima Jabbur and Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz, who have work in the show, and Leah Sandler, who assisted with the catalog – promises to deliver takes hot and cold, tender and furious, personal and political. – Jessica Bryce Young

6 p.m. | Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | 407-646-2526 | | free

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