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Marsha Bemko, Antiques Roadshow Prepare to uncross those fingers, because Antiques Roadshow is rolling into Orlando with a progression of events. While Roadshow doesn't make its first TV-taping appearance here until June 30, executive producer Marsha Bemko makes an earlier stop to give a talk for the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art public lecture series. Bemko won't appraise your spit-shined knickknacks, but the screening of Behind the Scenes With Antiques Roadshow will impart the 11-year history behind the four-time Emmy-nominated series that continues to quell channel surfing (because you know you can't resist watching the excitement when old folks strike it rich over heirloom salt shakers). Bemko's talk also features antique-hunting tips, plus she answers the burning questions: What makes a city Roadshow-worthy, and how collectors can unearth relics from overstuffed basements and attics and get them to the experts' table. (7:30 p.m. at John M. Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College, Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311;



;10th Annual Central Florida Koi Show Some people have poodles, Pomeranians or Chihuahuas. Others have koi fish. Although it's not really the type of playful accessory you can carry in a designer handbag, this Japanese breed of carp has spawned a legion of fanatics in Orlando who've organized themselves into the Orlando Area Koi and Pond Club. This weekend marks their fishiest fest of the year. Proud aficionados from around the country gather to celebrate and show off their specimens, which are said to bring good fortune to their owners. Attendees can choose to participate in seminars about breeding and caring for koi ponds and can purchase fish and other pond supplies from specialty vendors, all while observing some of the finest lucky fish in the world. The climax of the affair is the declaration of the Grand Champion koi specimen at noon Sunday. (10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn Resort, free;


;;Spartacus Orlando Ballet brings back the highly dramatic and physical Spartacus, choreographed by the late Feranando Bujones, for three shows this weekend. Speaking to Bujones' legacy as an innovator, Orlando Ballet was the first American Ballet company to perform Spartacus, and it is still considered one of the company's most grand. The ballet focuses on the life of a soldier sold into slavery and trained as a gladiator, only to escape and later lead a slave army against the Roman Republic. Spartacus is sold to a different owner than his beloved Phrygia, but they are reunited after both escape. If you've been following HBO's Rome series, this dance conjures the passion and brutality without the British accents and with less cleavage. (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Carr Performing Arts Centre; $14.50-$70; 407-426-1739;




;Crüefest Örlandö Who doesn't love superfluous umlauts? Certainly not the organizers of Crüefest Örlandö, a joint philanthropic adventure between Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe. In the past 10 years, Neil's Skylar Neil Memorial Fund has raised more than a million dollars for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research, and Sixx's Running Wild in the Night foundation has raised $40,000-plus for the Covenant House. Duke's is the sporty rock & roll host for the annual fund-raiser, and it bills the event as "the loudest, rudest, most aggressive charity event to hit Florida." We're not sure about the rude part, but because the show runs 12 hours, from afternoon to late night, there's plenty of time for action to develop. After some last-minute dropouts and additions, seven bands are slated for the lineup (Decepcion, Wet Lucy, Asphalt Valentine, Resin8, Hookers N Blow, Automaniac and Black Halo), and crowd capacity is limited to 500. Buy a ticket in advance and get a free T-shirt; other free merchandise will be given out during the rock marathon. (2 p.m.-2 a.m. at Duke's; ages 18 and up; $21.50-$25;


;Taste of Chaos Roll up your sleeves, pour on the sunscreen and prepare to perspire at this alternative rock fest, just moved from Orlando Weekly's parking lot to the much-roomier Tinker Field. Plenty of young, aggressive rockers will take center stage at the not-for-the-faint-of-heart event. The all-ages show features headliner the Used, touring right after the release of the band's third album, plus a litany of others including 30 Seconds to Mars, Senses Fail, Saosin, Chiodos, Aiden and Evaline. For an element of surprise, the show turns loose Battle of the Bands winner Archers NewRival. You probably haven't heard of them either, but the kids love 'em — we know this because it's an all-ages show that starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at University Surf and Skate locations. (5 p.m. at Tinker Field; $27.75-$30.25 day of show;


;;The New Pornographers No, the Canadian indie rock super-group isn't touring behind a new album, but we don't care. Any reason is reason enough to give them a heroes' welcome. Because Neko Case's star exploded like mad, the band is sometimes associated with the occasional contributor (who, contrary to rumor, will not be performing with them), but A.C. Newman's the sun in this galaxy. Filled out by a sizable cast of noted musicians, the New Pornographers may be overflowing with talent but their collective sound is remarkably cohesive and has made them the darlings of critics and hipsters alike. Resplendent with large and lively orchestration, the group should be a real treat to hear live. (with the Postmarks, 7 p.m. at Club Firestone; all ages; $18-$20; 407-872-0066;



;Sweet Charity Last we heard, beloved pout princess Molly Ringwald had resigned herself to the soft-focus lenses of French soft-core porn, so it comes as mild comfort to see that she's resurfaced, even if it is as a "taxi dancer" in this thrice-revived tale of a gold-digging gal's failed romances. Long before If My Friends Could See Me Now was co-opted by Kathie Lee Gifford for that Carnival Fun Ship Cruise, it was an anthem of female liberation (by way of stalking one's way into a celebrity's bed. So, not really liberation at all, then). Regardless, the coveted role has passed through the grabbing hands of Debbie Allen, Shirley MacLaine and Christina Applegate already, meaning that Ringwald — our fave misunderstood preteen in the early years of The Facts of Life — will probably be perfect for the part, if only for turning rejection into an art form. Poor Charity. Poor Claire. Poor Molly. (through March 18 at Carr Performing Arts Centre; $35-$61; 407-849-2020;


;Art at the Movies Some of us didn't notice, but movie buffs everywhere recognize Bob Peak, regarded as the father of the modern American movie poster, and the way he shaped and livened those colorful but sometimes dull marquee promotions. Revisit the old Hollywood nostalgia with a gander at a handful of Peak's original paintings and movie posters at the Art at the Movies exhibit. Peak, who took movie posters from a simple collage to elaborate artistic illustrations, designed posters for movies such as My Fair Lady, Apocalypse Now, Superman and Star Trek. Companion exhibit Sixteen Unforgettable Years of the Florida Film Festival will be on display alongside Peak's exhibit; both are on display until May 20. (through May 20; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Winter Park; $5; 407-647-6294;


; Contributors: Bao Le-Huu, Aya Kawamoto, Billy Manes, Brittany Middleton, Susie Orr, Deanna Sheffield


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