JIMM ROBERTS Bill Cockrell will be providing tunes, Urban Think will be providing refreshments and noted local photographer Jimm Roberts will be signing his new, tongue-trippingly titled tome, Southernmost Art and Literary Portraits: Fifty Internationally Noted Artists and Writers in the South. For a moment, allow yourself to remember that you live in Florida, a state of crazy people that, believe it or not, is part of a vibrant, kooky and intelligent Southern artistic tradition. (6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Urban Think Bookstore; free; 407-650-8004)
ROLLINS DANCE XX As good as an encore presentation of your favorite TV series, Rollins College is using their spring event to recap productions that you might have missed the first time around. This annual collaboration between the departments of dance at both Rollins and Valencia Community College is made up of three original pieces: "Bolero," staged by Gerard Alexander of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; "Four by Three," choreographed by W. Robert Sherry, Rollins director of dance; and "Heartland," which is the step work of Lesley Brasseaux, who's on the faculty at both of the represented schools. (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Annie Russell Theatre, Rollins College, Winter Park; $10; 407-646-2145; also 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at Valencia Community College Performing Arts Center; $6; 407-582-2900)
SHONEN JUMP'S YU-GI-OH TCG CHAMPIONSHIP We're not ready to wager that it'll ever match the sex appeal of that other card game, but a trading card game that offers a chance to "prove that you are a champion" and win "unprecedented prestige and prizes," well, that's at least intriguing in our book. Tournament players compete in "40 minute Swiss rounds, cut to Top 8 single elimination finals on Day 2." Who knew trading card games were so technical? Not us. But when you're playing for prizes like a laptop and "Des Volstgalph" (a Yu-Gi-Oh card brand-new to North America), who wouldn't be a tad legalistic? Especially when finishing in the top eight gets you an invitation to Nationals. Take that, Texas Hold 'Em. (8:30 a.m. at Osceola Heritage Park's Exhibition Building, Kissimmee; also 9 a.m. Sunday; $3 per day; $5 weekend pass; tournament entry fees $15-$25; 352-404-9500)
CHILI CHALLENGE "Think outside the bean." Well, at least try to think past the corny slogan. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is sponsoring this second annual event, where you can sample chili from "mom and pop" businesses as well as well-known restaurants around town. Things might get a little heated (bad pun intended) as teams prepare chili for parents and children and everyone in between to sample. You can't beat an event that offers free admission to children under 12 and unlimited half-price ticket coupons (print as many as you like from the website). But really, why would you want to be cheap when all the profits are going toward Second Harvest, a nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties? After all, you'll just be spending the few bucks you save on antacid, while in Second Harvest's hands, the money will actually feed people. (Noon-5 p.m at Heritage Square, downtown Orlando; $10; 407-295-1066, ext. 24).
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO "Oh crap! Mozart's turning 250 this year. We better do something!" We don't know for sure, but we've got a sneaking suspicion that this sentence was uttered somewhere in the halls of Orlando Opera, as the haste with which this last-minute addition to their season was announced was somewhat surprising. (Operas aren't known as the most spontaneous organizations when it comes to planning; if you want to talk about the whiskey-drinking, pill-popping, naked mud-wrestling parties we think they engage in, well, that's a different story.) We dig surprises, we dig Orlando Opera and despite the fact that we first thought Chuck Jones wrote it, we dig The Marriage of Figaro. Do yourself a favor and reward OO's "spontaneity" and show up for what's sure to be a great performance. You never know, they might put on a mud-wrestling contest next. (7:30 p.m. at Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts; also 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26; $13-$24; 407-426-1700)
Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Amber Foster, Lindy T. Shepherd, Nada Taha, Avery Wood
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