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Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Oct. 28-Nov.3



Wednesday, Oct. 28
Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards
[SPORTS] After the post-Dwight drought, fans are finally feeling refreshed and optimistic about the Orlando Magic this season. Since general manager Rob Hennigan has been molding this young pup team into true playoff contenders over the last two years, we're curious to see how they hold up against playoff regulars the Washington Wizards. The overall success of the Magic hinges upon the off-season development of shooting guard Victor Oladipo and point guard Elfrid Payton, but we're most looking forward to seeing how power forward Aaron Gordon has stepped up his game since his rookie season last year. Keep in mind the Wizards still have John Wall, who has helped their team develop one of the best backcourts in the NBA. It isn't going to be easy for the Magic to pull a W on their opening night, but they're going to be fun to watch regardless. You've got magic and wizards coming together for one special occasion. Sparks are bound to happen. – Marissa Mahoney

7 p.m. | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | | $12.25-$250

Friday, Oct. 30
[MUSIC] The Scottish electronic pop stars released their sophomore album, Every Open Eye, in September to desired effect. The lead singles – "Never Ending Circles" and "Leave a Trace" – have a shimmery pulse that charge through the futility of fighting against tired old relationship patterns. Their light upbeat sound paired with deep lyrical angst masterfully re-creates that desperate need to eradicate confusion with heady positivity. Get an earful of their latest live – their show has proven worth all the raving folks do about this jubilantly consistent act. – Ashley Belanger

7:30 p.m. | House of Blues, 1490 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista | 407-934-2583 | | $27

Saturday, Oct. 31
Family Fiesta
[EVENTS] East End Market is turning 2 today, and you can help this business celebrate its birthday by attending its Family Fiesta. The five-hour celebration is a day away from the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos and on Halloween, though it's early enough that you shouldn't miss any quality trick-or-treating. The Market plans to have an artisan market in the courtyard where you can get your face painted, make a mask or create a flower crown. You can also listen to some Mexican rancheras and walk through a cemetery garden where you can try to find a dead person you can honor, as that's what the Day of the Dead is actually about. – Monivette Cordeiro

noon-5 p.m. | East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive | | free

Saturday, Oct. 31
Astro Wave: An Interactive Voyage
[MUSIC] Few musicians take a cover show as seriously as Gerald Perez. The main man behind Maximino and bass player for Thee Wilt Chamberlain made waves locally last year with tributes to Prince's Purple Rain and the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction that went above and beyond what one normally sees at cover shows. This year, Perez and his crew of musicians, aided by Shine Shed and Broken Machine Films, create a sci-fi throwback to the dark side of New Wave. After turning the three rooms of Will's Pub into a spaceship (the "USCSS Lucky Star") and planetary outpost, the band will perform '80s songs often overlooked in the erroneous version of that decade that pop culture has rewritten. (Sisters of Mercy over Bon Jovi, AS IT SHOULD BE.) There will be a costume contest in the middle of both shows, along with a surprise that Perez refuses to share with anyone. Pick up a special Leeloo Dallas multipass ticket at Park Ave. CDs, and customize it with your photo for a one-of-a-kind souvenir that'll also nab you a free drink if you're one of the first 20 to dock. – Thaddeus McCollum

9 and 11 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10-$12

Sunday-Monday, Nov. 1-2
Queering History: A Polylust History Lesson
[DANCE] Was Abraham Lincoln gay? How high did Betsy Ross let her freak flag fly? Just how many licks did it take to get to the center of Percy Bysshe Shelley's tootsie pop? The Polylust burlesque troupe is taking to the stage in its final two performances to help you answer some of history's burning mysteries. These lovable ragamuffins have been blasting Orlando's underground with their queer-and-body-positive shows for the past two years, but now, they're turning into butterflies and scattering to the wind. This cabaret-style farewell performance will feature eight striptease performances punctuated by bawdy theatrical skits starring the stodgy icons of yesteryear. So strap in, strap on (if that's your thing), and get ready for a freaky-weird romp into the annals of history. – Bernard Wilchusky

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

Sunday, Nov. 1
Art on the Green
[ART] After a week of installation in which they were blessed with perfect weather, seven artists with Miami roots officially unveil their takeover of Central Park today. The 11 acres of Winter Park's central green space are enriched with large-scale works by Lydia Azout, Maria Cristina Carbonell, Robert Chambers, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Emmett Moore, Cristina Lei Rodriguez and Frances Trombly, in an out-of-doors gallery curated by Suzanne Delehanty, founding director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. All are worth a stroll-and-peruse, though we are especially looking forward to seeing Duval-Carrié's "La Porte d'Haiti," a multicolored fairytale pavilion, and Moore's "Points of Pine," which "stretches across the lawn like a giant blanket woven of wood." – Jessica Bryce Young

through March 1, 2016 | Central Park, Park Avenue at West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park | | free

Tuesday, Nov. 3
Tom Segura
[COMEDY] Comedian Tom Segura stops into the Improv this week for a one-night stand. The everyman comedian's first special, Completely Normal, debuted on Netflix last year and introduced the comedian's deadpan humor and love of bad reality television to a wider audience. Segura hosts a podcast, "Your Mom's House," with his wife, fellow comedian Christina Pazsitzky, that's been nominated for a Best Comedy Podcast award from Stitcher, and the juvenile sense of humor that both comedians share translates into some graphic – though oddly touching – bits in Segura's repertoire about the perks of marriage. Catch him now before his next special, Mostly Stories, is released later this year. – Thaddeus McCollum

7 p.m. | Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive | 407-480-5233 | | $20

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