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Princess Superstar Upping the ante on their recently christened tradition of bringing the bitter aftertaste of MisShapen Greenwich Village night life to Saturdays (on Thursdays!), this week the Club at Firestone plays willing turntable host to pretty mess Princess Superstar. Known in tight circles as both an "over it" rapper and a beat-matching jockey of discs, Princess Superstar (née Concetta Kirschner) will stick to the DJ booth this time out, although a dominatrix-clad rehash of last year's sci-fi nihilism epic, "My Machine," would be preferred. Just hearing her turn "existential" into "existench-y'all" was enough to turn our legs into snort straws. Kirschner's reputable twirling antics even landed her on the "Celebrity Spin" cover of the Village Voice earlier this year. Here in Orlando, she'll have to settle for a blip in the centerfold. Now who's "over it"? (9 p.m. at the Club at Firestone; $10; 407-872-0066)

Naturally Central Florida Believe it or not, Central Florida's natural environment hasn't been completely overrun by urban sprawl just yet. And if you ask the producers of Naturally Central Florida, they'll tell you it doesn't have to be.

Naturally Central Florida was originally a seven-part series that focused on seven major ecosystems, including the Indian River Lagoon, Kissimmee Prairie, St. Johns-Econlockhatchee Mosaic and the Green Swamp. Now, for your viewing pleasure, it's been converted into a one-hour special that will air on PBS. Naturally Central Florida aims to draw greater attention to ecosystems that are in need of protection, and hopes to help foster a greater appreciation for these areas and what they mean to the area's rapidly growing population. A DVD version is also available from the UCF Metro office. (8 p.m. on WMFE-TV; 407-823-0108,


The 11th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Mickey and Minnie know how to entertain kids, but once a year they bring in the sommeliers and chefs to party with adults for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. For this year's "Exploring Regional Flavors" theme, more than 20 marketplaces will feature beer, food and wine from Italy, France, Thailand, South Africa, Scandinavia and other countries (taste-size portions will cost $1.50-$4.50). It's all included with the cost of regular park admission — even the "Eat to the Beat!" concert series, with music from the likes of the Family Stone Experience (Oct. 1-3), Little Richard (Oct. 17-18) and Jon Secada (Nov. 9-12). For an added fee, take in one of the 1,200 beer and wine seminars, as well as private wine and cheese tasting dinners and cooking classes (reservations required). (11 a.m.-9 p.m. through Nov. 12; Epcot; $71.36; 407-824-4321)


Doug Stanhope A year ago when Doug Stanhope came to perform at the Improv, we called him a "high-minded degenerate." Boy, we didn't know how right we were. His set last August was a misanthropic stream of dirty, dirty stories about sex and drugs and drugs and sex, peppered with audience-berating rants that had us fearing that his eyes would meet ours. But we expected that. What we didn't expect was that he'd announce a bid for the presidency … and be serious about it. Stanhope's a master bullshit-caller, and like most of us, he's had just about enough of the two-sides-makes-it-"equal" bullshit that is our current political system. So, he's running as a Libertarian (surprise!). Best stump-speech bit: "Fuck your yellow ribbon. Give the troops a beer." (9 p.m. at Back Booth; $10-$12; 407-999-2570)


The Sideshow Candy Coated Youth Series Renaissance man Pat Fatica reveals what he's been working on this year: more than 30 spooky paintings of girls and carnival rides, just in time for Halloween. One of Back Booth's founders, he has worked as a graphic designer, theater director and filmmaker since he left the bar business. The opening night of this exhibit, which celebrates Fatica's return to his favorite medium, also kicks off the Halloween celebrations at the Peacock Room with food, music and the unveiling of their terrifyingly delightful holiday décor. (8 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Peacock Room; free; 407-228-0048)


Black Orpheus This may be one of our favorite movies of all time, so we're very excited that it's being shown as part of the Latin American Cultural Festival. Though well-known for its soundtrack (which, despite Stan Getz's protestations, introduced most folks in the U.S. to bossa nova), Black Orpheus is a thoroughly compelling piece of filmmaking. Directed by a Frenchman, the movie is an artful retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice that captures the sweltering, joyous and percussively musical vibe of Rio de Janeiro. Not to be missed on the big screen. (6:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater; $8; 407-629-0054)


Ed Gein We wanted to study up on serial killer Ed Gein before seeing the band of the same name, so we rented 1974's Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile. Among the highlights: Ed ("Ezra" here) listens wide-eyed as his mother warns him that women are disease-infested whores; Ma's friend Maureen invites Ed to a séance, channels her late husband and commands, "Give her physical love," in a disconcerting man-voice; Ed escorts a kidnapped barmaid to a party at which the guests are indelicately exhumed corpses. Much as Gein's mother catalyzed his misogynistic murders, so did George W. Bush inspire Ed Gein the band to commit musical mayhem. This Syracuse-based trio grinds its ax against the government on lacerating tracks such as "Christianity as Foreign Policy." Having seen things end badly for Gein and his victims, we're pleased that these young men channel their hostility into thrashy metalcore instead of post-mortem mutilations. (with Heavy Heavy Low Low, Night Like These, The Banner; 5 p.m. at Back Booth; $8-$10; all ages; 407-999-2570)

Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Amber Foster, Billy Manes, Andrew Miller, Susie Orr, Bart Zino

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