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Selections: Selections: Our picks of the week's best events, Feb. 24-Mar. 1



Thursday, Feb. 25

MC Chris

MC Chris didn't just suck in a bunch of helium and then step up to the mic – that's actually how his voice sounds. Now that the 40-year-old nerdcore hip-hop pioneer has gotten over the "nerdcore" label, he's more focused on his rap game than ever – when he isn't changing his new baby's diapers, that is. He might rap about some typical geeky stuff like comic books and Star Wars, but a lot of his beats are pretty dope, and the fact that he self-releases his discography in a harsh music economy earns a lot of respect. This Thursday, see, hear and feel MC Chris shake the walls of the Social in anticipation of his new album about Batman villains, Foes All Fall, due out this fall. – Marissa Mahoney

7 p.m. | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $15-$17

Thursday, Feb. 25

Central Florida Fair

This year, the Central Florida Fair encompasses three weekends of rickety carnival rides, fried Oreos and swine showmanship. Try to keep your lunch down with the rest of the thrill-seekers on stomach-churning vertical drop rides, or mill around the craft exhibits and admire the perfectly hand-stitched pillow covers. Events throughout the fair include dancers, musicians, cooking demonstrations, bake sales, educational booths and children's activities. But it wouldn't be a true traditional fair experience without listening in on the rooster crowing contest, watching a group of farmers tow their cows around a pen like show poodles, or checking out the hottest trends of the poultry, rabbit and cavy fashion revue, which we can only assume includes guinea pigs sporting the latest looks from Calvin Klein. – Deanna Ferrante

4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sundays, through March 13 | Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive | | $10

Thursday, Feb. 25

Creed Bratton

When the American version of The Office premiered, many fans of the U.K. version denounced it for a mere rip-off that didn't ascend to the comedic heights nor plunge to the cringey depths of the original. But it didn't take long for the writers of the show to deploy their secret weapon: the supporting cast. The Office ended up launching the careers of actors and writers like Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms and Craig Robinson, and also re-launched the career of Creed Bratton. Playing the mysterious quality assurance manager, also named Creed Bratton, Bratton infused the character with a darkly homicidal streak that belied the real Bratton's original claim to fame: lead guitarist for flower-powered 1960s rock band the Grass Roots. The band had a string of hits like "Let's Live for Today," "Sooner or Later" and "Midnight Confessions," though Bratton himself was kicked out of the group in 1969. Now on tour with a show that combines both of his careers, Bratton tells funny stories about the acid-soaked '60s and/or his time at Dunder Mifflin, punctuated by songs he's written over the past 60 years or so, disproving F. Scott Fitzgerald's assertion that there are no second acts in American lives. – Thaddeus McCollum

with Larry Fulford | 8 p.m. | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St. | 407-999-2570 | | $20-$40

Thursday, Feb. 25

More Q Than A: The Story of a Three Day Pass

Local culture movers Patrick Greene, Kyle Eagle and Joshua "Uncomfortable Brunch" Martin have joined forces in a new venture – their monthly film series, More Q Than A, launches tonight in the upstairs theater at Avalon, bringing a twinge of joy to the hearts of all the old DMAC fans. (Look it up, kiddies.) The first film they'll present is Melvin Van Peebles' 1968 The Story of a Three Day Pass, a black-and-white film about an African-American soldier on leave in Paris. Those who only know Van Peebles from Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and therefore expect a blaxploitation flick may be surprised at this film's whimsical Nouvelle Vague style (and actually, those who saw Sweet Sweetback as blaxploitation weren't paying very close attention, either). Showtime is 7:30, but doors open an hour before that and you may want to use the time for snacking: The Daydream Pizza truck will be on hand, and coffee and tea by Vita Luna Café will be available inside the gallery. This film – and Van Peebles' whole career – makes us feel too many feelings to explore within the constricted word count of a Selection of the Week, so it's a good thing the Harp & Celt is right next door for post-film debates. We have a feeling this is gonna be a thing. ­– Jessica Bryce Young

7:30 p.m. | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | | $5

Saturday, Feb. 27

Super Freestyle Explosion

Though Florida's contributions to the national musical landscape are thought of too often as just Mickey Mouse boy bands (Backstreet Boys, NSync) or vehicles for douchebags (Creed, Limp Bizkit), there was a time in the late '80s and early '90s when South Florida's burgeoning dance scene gave birth to a new style so fresh and of-the-moment that New Yorkers promptly stole credit for it. But freestyle the genre was named after Freestyle the band, started by Miami's "Pretty" Tony Butler, who would go on to produce hits for genre stars like Debbie Deb and Trinere. Butler's original Freestyle is one of the highlights of the lineup for this weekend's Super Freestyle Explosion, which also brings you Stevie B., Exposé, JJ Fad and many more. It's a fascinating encapsulation of a scene that became the soundtrack for countless school dances and day camp field trips for people of a certain age (ahem). Sadly, you will have to leave your roller skates at home. – TM

with Stevie B., Jody Watley, Lisa Lisa, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Exposé, Freestyle, Zapp, JJ Fad, the Jets, Timmy T, Jojo (of the Mary Jane Girls) | 7:30 p.m. | CFE Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd. | 407-823-6006 | | $33-$75

Saturday, Feb. 27


Whether you're trying to pitch a Pride and Prejudice and Werewolves spin-off or are stuck writing the next Great American Novel, the friends you've antagonized by constantly talking about your book might need a break this weekend. What better place for an aspiring writer than Litlando? The conference on Saturday covers seven major topics, including weird fiction, flash fiction, contemporary poetics, the role of comic books in America and the necessary subject of literary publishing. The folks at the Drunken Odyssey organizing Litlando call it "the day-long literary equivalent of an MFA," and at $25 a ticket, that's the cheapest degree we've seen in a long time. – Monivette Cordeiro

11 a.m.-7 p.m. | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | | $15-$25

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 27-28

Downtown Food & Wine Fest

There doesn't really need to be an excuse for daytime drinking, but if you insist on one, there's always the Downtown Food & Wine Fest over at Lake Eola. The annual event is in its eighth iteration, and it's presenting you with as many options as ever. Dive right into meals from over 30 local eateries while pairing your plate with your choice of 50 domestic and imported wines. Don't forget the music, either; the two-day event has a full schedule of solo acts and bands, from the Brooklyn-based, alternative-sounding American Authors to the longtime rockers known as Firefall. Bring along a blanket to lie on or a chair to rest in, because you'll be eating and drinking even after the sun goes down. – Kim Slichter

noon-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday | Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Robinson Street | | $20

Saturday, Feb. 27

Uli Jon Roth

In our round-up of 2015's best releases, we mentioned Uli Jon Roth's Scorpions Revisited, noting that the iconic ex-Scorpions guitarist had, by re-recording mid-'70s Scorpions tracks, gone down a route not unfamiliar to aging rockers with decreasing royalty checks. That he wildly succeeded in updating those songs – "Dark Lady" and "Virgin Killer" most notably – without losing the originals' rougher, more adventurous edges was a feat unto itself, but perhaps not all that surprising, considering Roth's legendary guitar-playing abilities and stubborn refusal to compromise his creative visions. It's doubtless that this set will feature a big chunk of material from Scorpions Revisited, but one hopes Roth also digs into his unfairly maligned solo material, which is thick with psychedelic spirituality and absolutely mind-blowing guitar work. – Jason Ferguson

with Andy Temmons, Jennifer Batten | 7 p.m. | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | 407-228-1220 | | $20-$30

Sunday, Feb. 28

The Grey 8s at the Grand Collab

For over a year, we've been singing the praises of the Grand Collab as one of the city's most refreshing live-music serials. Its diverse-by-design format and curation have been a small goldmine for open-minded seekers of new Florida music, turning us on to more young acts (fresh finds like Heavy Drag, Hypoluxo, Kristen Warren and Harsh Radish) across the genre spectrum (hip-hop, soul, rock, punk, you name it) than perhaps any other series. But, unquestionably, one of the all-time best discoveries seen there was Miami's the Grey 8s. They were an unannounced bonus at the Grand Collab last year, sneaking their set in alongside also-impressive sister band Heavy Drag. With a blues-punk sound that's all thrill and narcosis, they ended up ruling. The Grand Collab remains a bit of an under- heralded jewel, trying nobly to celebrate and blend the colors of a live scene too divided along tribal lines. But if there's one to check in on, the headlining Grey 8s will guarantee the goods. – Bao Le-Huu

with WordChemist, Soul Vibes, Maya the Magi, TKO, the Very Large Array | 7:30 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $7

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