Arts & Culture » Arts Stories & Interviews

Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Mar. 16-22



Wednesday, 16

Red Bull Wings at Work: Outdoor Workspace


Ever walked around Orlando and thought to yourself, "You know what this city needs more of? Offices." Then you're in luck; today, workers looking for a change of scenery from the drab cubicles and white walls of their office buildings can grab their laptops, throw on some sunglasses and head on over to Red Bull's outdoor workspace in front of the Dr. Phillips Center. The plaza is decked out in conference tables and seating areas, with plenty of places to hold meetings, brainstorm or work on projects. But no matter how much work you end up actually getting done, rest assured knowing that there's at least one thing you'll have to show for the day: a really red sunburn. – Deanna Ferrante

8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Seneff Arts Plaza, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | free

Wednesday, 16

Let's Talk About Trump


If you're a Donald Trump supporter, the past few weeks probably have been downright exhilarating. For everybody else (present company included), it has been horrifying. As Trump wins a shocking number of states and delegate votes in the Republican primaries, naturally most everyone who's not with him has one massively important question: WTF? Local political consulting business You Should Run, founded by former Orlando Weekly contributor Dave Plotkin, has an event planned to help you come to terms with Trump's candidacy and connect with others like you. The organization is inviting Democrats, Republicans, NPAs and undecideds to gather and listen to panelists answer questions about Trump and have an open discussion about the best ways to respond to his candidacy. No media spin, no social media memes, no pundits – straight talk about how to come to terms with Trump. The discussion will be followed by live comedy, music and activism. The event is free, but you'll need to RSVP (email [email protected]), and space is limited. Local nonprofits and activist organizations are welcome to set up tables to showcase their community work (email [email protected] for information). Sorry, Trump supporters, you aren't welcome inside, but you can protest and rally outside as long as you keep it peaceful. "The antidote to mass-media manipulation is conversation and community," the event's Facebook page says. "Let's Talk About Trump, Orlando, and let's do something about this." – Erin Sullivan

6 p.m. | Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park | | free

Thursday, 17

Boy Kong and Marla E Art31 Installations


You already read our feature on Art31, the Art & History Museums – Maitland's monthlong art extravaganza, last week. (Right?) We focused on the art center's main show, Material World: Glass, Rubber & Paper, in that article, but wait – there's more! As part of this year's emphasis on experimenting with nontraditional materials, they offered three local artists residencies at Factur, Orlando's spiffiest maker space. Boy Kong, Marla E and Dan Hess have each been working with the 3-D printers, laser cutters, lathes and shop bot at Factur to expand and explore their practice, and Thursday night, two of them will share the results. Popping up in the History Center's courtyard during the Third Thursday Gallery Hop will be installations by Boy Kong, who has created a giant fiberglass sculpture adorned with his signature mix of street art and traditional Asian motifs, and Marla E, who has taken the textures and colors of her Urban Plaster works three-dimensional on large cubes of laser-cut acrylic and welded metal. (Catch Dan Hess' installation at Canvs March 31.) – Jessica Bryce Young

6-9 p.m. | Heritage Square, Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd. | | free

Friday, 18



The phrase "speed of sound" probably unleashes cringeworthy memories related to the hellish, somehow Grammy-nominated single from Coldplay, but in the decade since its release, the art world has recovered. Orlando-based visual artist Synthestruct is taking a much more pleasing approach to the auditory realm by showcasing artwork built around cymatics, a creative visual study of how sound vibrates around us all. Lil Indies, which sits right next to Will's Pub, will be the viewing site for these videos and still images, as well as drinks galore. If any of the framed pieces catch your eye (or ear), you're in luck; the art is for sale, as are various limited-edition prints. – Kim Slichter

7:30 p.m. | Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave. | | free

Saturday, 19

Orlando Together Parade


This is the second time that the pay-what-you-will coffee biz Downtown Credo hosts a community parade-cum-bike rally through the Parramore neighborhood. This year's parade includes a float-building design-hack challenge in which chosen teams will have two hours to build a float that honors the five pillars of what Credo believes brings Orlando together: art, education, health, sports and tech. The parade will flow from the Downtown Rec Complex along Parramore Avenue and end up at Z.L. Riley Park for a massive block party at noon with food trucks, kite-flying and local vendors. – Brendan O'Connor

8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Downtown Recreation Complex, 363 N. Parramore Ave. | | freeSaturday, 19



This is a homecoming show for internationally known DJ and producer XXYYXX, né Marcel Everett. The 20-year-old Central Florida native got his start locally with the now-dormant Relief in Abstract label, and his blend of brooding synths, chopped-and-screwed vocals and head-nodding beats found viral success thanks to the Internet. The young Everett got to tour the world, finding audiences in Europe, Japan and everywhere in between. Now living in Los Angeles, Everett returns to Orlando with a new single, "Red" – as well as remix and production work for the likes of Troye Sivan and Australian singer Vanessa Elisha – under his belt. Since this is his first Orlando show in quite a while, expect an enthusiastic crowd eager to see what new tricks Everett has learned over the last few years. – Thaddeus McCollum

with Jim-E Stack | 8 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $15

Sunday, 20

Will's A Faire


With the success of Southern Fried Sunday's 10th Anniversary Show a done deal, the organizers of SFS are teaming up with the taste-makers of the Lovely Boutique Market to throw another big shindig this Sunday at beloved Mills 50 watering hole Will's Pub. At Will's A Faire, you've got the likes of Zap Dragon & the Attack, Fast Preacher and Timothy Eerie rockin' out on the outdoor stage, while more than 50 vendors offer vintage and handmade merchandise for sale. Retro home goods, records, music memorabilia, motorcycle accessories, local art, jewelry and fashion – everything you wish grandma and grandpa hadn't thrown out will be there. If shopping and dancing has got you tuckered out, feel free to recharge with a little Southern food from various food trucks. Immediately following the free outdoor shows, be sure to catch the whiskey-swiggin' Ben Prestage as he takes you to the depths of Mississippi one blues lick at a time. – Marissa Mahoney

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

Monday, 21



There's already enough epic emotion and post-rock atmosphere between St. Louis' Foxing and Atlanta's O'Brother to be worth the outing. But special attention should be paid to opener Tancred, a vehicle for musician Jess Abbott that's on the rise for good reason. She's long had the melodic chops of a bona fide indie queen, but the upcoming new album (Out of the Garden) should be a watershed point for the band. It's coming out on tastemaker indie label Polyvinyl April 1, and is produced notably by Anna Waronker (That Dog.) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross/Off!). A major crystallization of their '90s indie-rock sound, it packs big guitar power that ups them to the next level and instantly aligns Abbott with the leading ladies of Swearin', Potty Mouth, Waxahatchee and Bully, who should probably start scooting over and setting a place for her now. Once this album comes out in a couple of weeks, she'll have legitimately earned a seat at that illustrious table. ­– Bao Le-Huu

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.