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;;Aida's Big Phat Florida Film Festival This first iteration of the film festival named for local philanthropist Aida Molina celebrates the unusual, experimental and original films created by independent Florida filmmakers. In addition to film screenings, Tim Dunn and other organizers have set up a July 7 opening night party at One Eyed Jack's and a Q&A session with actress Mink Stole, star of John Waters' cult films Hairspray, Serial Mom and others, at Orange County Regional History Center. Celebrities Fred Schneider of the B-52's and Frances Milstead (Divine's mom), along with local celebrities Savannah, Michael Wanzie, Miss Sammy and Doug Ba'aser, will also be making appearances at the event. (continuing through Monday, July 10; various times at the Parliament House Footlight Theater and Orange County Regional History Center; $5-$50; 407-896-5838)

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;;The Orlando Salsa Congress Calling all salseros! Here's the event for you, billed as the biggest event of its kind to hit Central Florida, with back-to-back dance activities booked into a couple of short days like an abundant booty squeezed into Latex capris. Thirty workshops! Fifty showcases by top performers from around the world! Nightly parties with hot DJs! Cool pool parties! Competitions that qualify for the world championships! The energy will kill you! We're just kidding you on the last one, but the fever will be running high. And for those out of the loop, we're talking salsa dance here, not hot sauces, though there is a crossover when it comes to dipping. (Thursday-Sunday at Rosen Plaza Hotel; prices vary; 407-275-0943; www.orlandocongress.com)

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;Symphony Salsa: Hot & Latin Love Themes By divine coincidence, on the same night that the Orlando Congress starts cooking, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra dishes out music Latin-style, with dancing as well. OPO musician Daniel Flick has arranged a two-part program that'll start with familiar strains from Rodrigo and Chick Corea. The second half is devoted to the premiere of Flick's own Latin dance suite, featuring Spanish dance by guest performers Leticia Jimenez and Juan F. Espinoza. Flick promises, "This program is a celebration of vibrant rhythms and passionate energies." (7 p.m. at Harry P. Leu Gardens; $30; 407-770-0071)

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;14th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games This frickin' furrie fascination just won't die. Fourteen years running, Orlando Magic's Stuff has been hosting on his home court this silliness for his harebrained counterparts around the country. The redeeming value for this overstuffed affair is that it raises funds for New Hope for Kids, a charity that provides comprehensive services for grief and loss to area children and their families, including granting wishes for young ones with life-challenging illnesses. Now Stuff has a few homies — Klaw from the Orlando Predators and Knightro from the University of Central Florida — to help him cavort. Watch out for fouls. (1 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Saturday at TD Waterhouse Centre; $9; 407-648-4900, ext. 13)

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;;Ministry/Revolting Cocks This show has been on House of Blues' calendar since late last year, but every time we see it, we get excited. Two of the (many) sides of Al Jourgensen's intense personality will be trotted out this evening: the megalomaniacal, post-apocalyptic, piss-and-vinegar, thorn-in-the-Bush-family's-ass side (that would be Ministry) and the megalomaniacal, party-like-a-rock-star, Hell's Disco, out-nastying-Larry-Flynt side (that would be RevCo). Yeah, we said "megalomaniacal" twice, but we mean it in a good way. Jourgensen is a disgustingly singular individual and one of the only real personalities puked up by the industrial movement. (Hell, forget the "industrial movement" and let's just say "alternative music.") He tells some of the best stories ever to be true and has lived a dozen lives in the time it's taken you to waste one … so as far as we're concerned, he can be as much of a control freak as he wants to. We're head over heels in love with the new Ministry disc (Rio Grande Blood, perhaps the least subtly political disc to be released since Let's Start a War), but we exhort you not to sleep on the ridiculously fun new RevCo either. No, it's not Beers, Steers and Queers, but it's got Rick Nielsen and Jello Biafra. Really, how can you argue with that? (with Pitbull Daycare; 7 p.m. at House of Blues; $32.50-$36; 407-934-2583)

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;Moving Pictures Are you a modern-day warrior with a mean, mean stride? Of course you are. And is your mind for rent to any god or government? No, absolutely not. Which is why you will be at the next installment of Hard Rock Live's Classic Albums Live. You are Tom Sawyer, or at least you fancied yourself Tom Sawyer 25 years ago when Rush released Moving Pictures, an album many prog-rock geeks consider their best. (We beg to differ: 2112 is superior because Rush was still a power trio and hadn't gotten all futuristic yet.) A quarter-century is a long time, but you'll be amazed at how topical the album still is today. Take a listen to "Witch Hunt" and see if W. doesn't come to mind. Some rock is timeless. (8:30 at Hard Rock Live; all ages; $18-20; 407-351-5483)

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;The Munny Show 2 Last December, Winter Park's Überbot store promoted its collection of designer toys by hosting a competition to design the best "Munny" — plain white vinyl figures just begging to be customized according to an owner's unique artistic vision. The wildly successful contest drew more than 70 entries, representing everything from military themes to horror-movie iconography to orthodox Judaica. In other words, it was the most successful experiment in putting a colorful face on a blank object since Madonna released Like a Virgin. Here's banking on the sophomore event to be just as popular, culminating in tonight's celebratory show of elaborately festooned submissions. The subtitle of last year's exhibition — "The Best Party Ever in the History of Ever" — certainly gives Round Two a lot to live up to. (7 p.m. at Überbot; free; 407-788-8237)

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;Hot Import Nights Undaunted by Volkswagen's calls to "unpimp," these car enthusiasts, both corporate and homegrown, are showcasing some of the most modified cars in the country — with the help of some super-hot models, of course. In addition to checking out the hot rides, Hot Import Nights also hosts a bikini fashion show, a poker tournament and MC and B-boy battles. D-Roc of the Ying Yang Twins will perform with his other group, Da Musicianz, and other local talent will take the stage throughout the day. Whether you go to get ideas for your car, to drool over sexy women or to laugh at these ricers, you won't be disappointed. (5 p.m. at Orange County Convention Center; $25; www.hotimportnights.com)

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;;Thor vs. Killer Robots We really don't like quoting from press releases, but this little tidbit was too good not to share: "During Thor's long career he has shared the stage with rock and entertainment luminaries like Lou Diamond Phillips and Jason Priestley" — OK, those are the name he lists first, only to go on to add "Metallica, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Motörhead, the Dictators, DOA, John Candy, WASP, Donald Sutherland, Manowar and Liberace." Add to that list our own live-action, battle-ready GWAR-meets-Transformers outfit, Killer Robots. This night will see a showdown between the muscular fake Norseman from Canada and the rattletrap fake robots from Orlando, and we feel confident in asserting that it may well be the most unforgettable night to take place on any Orlando stage this year. Did you hear us? Thor (Thor!) will be battling the Killer Robots (Killer Robots!) live and in person. We keep saying it and we still can't believe it. (with Destroy Destroy Destroy; 9 p.m. at Duke's, 843 Lee Road; $8; 407-645-4558)

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;;Fertility The wonder of natural reproduction is of the utmost importance to artist Brittany Cabral, whose current exhibit salutes procreation in all its forms — and just might help rescue the concept of "fertility" from Western culture's EPT-related panic. Tonight's opening reception gives Cabral the chance to appear alongside her mixed-media works, which carry her pro-procreation agenda through collage, photography and painted elements. (Her influences, she says, range from the precision and detail of the Northern Renaissance painters to the emotional exuberance of 20th-century African-American artist Romare Bearden.) We're so down with the whole plan that we won't even point out the wonderful faux pas in Cabral's bio, which depicts her as "growing up in Virgina." Talk about a mindset; isn't that the place where there's womb for everybody? (7 p.m.-10 p.m. at Pom Pom's Tea House and Sandwicheria; free; 407-894-0865)

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; Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Amber Foster, Steve Schneider, Lindy T. Shepherd, Bob Whitby

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