Things to do this week: Animal Collective, NKOTB, Celeste Barber, Bastille Bash, RPDR Werq the World Tour | Things to do | Orlando

Our editors’ picks of the best things to hear, see, do, laugh at and bang with a wand this week.

Thursday July 7

left for dead
Chuck Schuldiner left this cursed plane of existence in 2001. The Orlando musician was best known as the mainstay singer-guitarist of death metal innovators Death, who helped perfect the death metal model of guttural vocals, riffs that sounded really bloody (possible!) and a fascination with the bloodier side of life – then, over the course of seven studio albums, took particular pleasure in twisting and stretching that original template into wild new shapes and forms. Late last year, Tampa’s Brass Mug hosted a two-night musical tribute to the art of Schuldiner with star ensembles (the majority of fellow creatives with Schuldiner) recreating classic death music. Several participants in that event — Death alumni Rick Rozz and Terry Butler, as well as Gruesome’s Gus Rios and Matt Harvey — banded together after those shows as Left to Die. The brief is simple and yet herculean: Play Death’s classic second album, Meadow, live on stage every night of a North American tour, plus a handful of other classic Death metal tracks. These men are uniquely qualified for this daunting task, and you better not miss it. The openings are Skeletal Remains, Mortuous, and Intoxicated. 7 p.m., The Haven Lounge, 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park,, $22. — Matthew Moyer

Friday July 8

The Boozy Cauldron Tavern: A Magical Cocktail Experience
A magical pop-up cocktail experience in which you will travel to a magical universe of cocktails and mystery. 6, 8 and 10 p.m., The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive,, $55

Ryan Davis The comedy. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive,, $29 to $34

Blue Streak Mamas, Big Jef Special, Howling Midnight 8 p.m., West End Trading Company, 202 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford, $8

Flutter, Quebecois, Couple Therapy, Clarity, Bloom Dream 7 p.m., Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, $7-$10

Guaco 7 p.m., House of Blues, Disney Spring, $44.50-$99.50

Jen in the Right Light, Strayin’ Anchors, Treis and Friends 8 p.m., Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., $10-$12

Ring of Purity, Ekkstacy 8 p.m., The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., $25-$46

Saturday July 9

Bastille Day
At one of Orlando’s top annual events, you can shop the French Market, sample wine and cheese pairings, spot the traveling Marie Antoinettes, sign up for a four-course Bordeaux tasting dinner, make baguette fencing, bring a beach chair for an outdoor screening of Wes Anderson The French Dispatch, or ooh-la-la at the Moulin Rouge burlesque show by the VarieTease troupe. Saturday all day, various locations in the Audubon Park Garden District,, free – $150

The Boozy Cauldron Tavern: A Magical Cocktail Experience
A magical pop-up cocktail experience in which you will travel to a magical universe of cocktails and mystery. 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive,, $55

animal collective
The last time indie-electronic stalwarts Animal Collective were scheduled to perform in Orlando was in 2016, the show was unfortunately – and inevitably – scrapped due to a death in the family. The band members went above and beyond to make up for this, however; in 2019, Avey Tare (featuring Deakin) and Geologist performed a show in their solo appearances that drew raves and swoons from the sold-out crowd. Fast forward to 2022, and Animal Collective is on tour again – this time behind a new album boats of time — and again beset by logistical hurdles, like a brush with COVID that derailed a number of shows in May and June. But the group is undeterred, embarking on a new North American tour this week with a group of start-up shows here in the Sunshine State. Animal Collective will be playing the Beacham, a good fit as the quartet have long moved beyond their underground (masked) roots and reached a large audience that will no doubt be eager to see them. boats of time, released earlier this year, was hailed as a harmonious (heh) balance between the band’s earlier, wild, free-form experimentation and their latter-day flair for a memorable tune or three. During this tour, in addition to a healthy serving of new music, Animal Collective promises a musical journey that “reflects on their two-decade career so far, and the surprises that lie ahead.” No small feat considering these animals’ discography now boasts 11 full albums. So get ready to zone out and maybe even leave your body for a bit. Nowadays, any escape through facilitated daydreaming is welcome. 6 p.m., The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave.,, $31. —MM

iParty with DJ Matt Bennett
A few years ago, Robbie from Victorious put down his insulting puppet Rex and traded him in for a set of bridges. And that’s how the Nickelodeon mainstay shows like iCarly, victorious and sam and cat found new life as DJ Matt Bennett. Prepare to “freak the monster” this weekend as Bennett brings his iParty to the House of Blues, spinning nothing but classic hits from Nickelodeon and Disney. Kids of the 2000s, take note: Bennett goes into overdrive with a playlist from Disney movie soundtracks like Lemonade Mouth, High School Musical and Cheetah girls. Nickelodeon’s hits in its record bag tap into shows like iCarly and Big time Rush. (Was I the only one who didn’t know that Selena Gomez sang the shake it theme song?) With this party exploding on TikTok, don’t have FOMO – “take a hint” and live with the people who are too young to be millennials and don’t really understand what’s going on with Gen-Z. 8:30 p.m., House of Blues, Disney Springs,, $15-35. —Patricia Tolley

Buckberry, Gunshine 8 p.m., The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., $30-$50

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Foxing, hailing death 6 p.m., The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave., $18

Jack Graham and Friends 8 p.m., Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park, $20

Neha Kakkar 8 p.m., Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., $85

Rupaul’s Drag Race Werq the world tour 2022 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., $38.50-$63.50

Sunday July 10

New Kids On The Block
And speaking of the generation gap… Young people, lock up your Gen-X parents, NKOTB is coming to town. And they’re leaning heavily into the nostalgia factor with another installment of their “Mixtape” tour, sharing the stage with various 1980s pop peers. supporting acts in the form of Rick Astley, Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue. Each has been able to fill arenas at various points in their careers…or for Rickroll millions. The structure of the show is actually quite innovative, reminiscent of old variety show tours in the form of a long set (or one side of a tape) with acts bouncing around two stages, playing a few songs a la time. Apparently, the OG boy band even indulges in a flash or six pack abs, so get ready to scream. Hangin’ hard isn’t optional, it’s required. 7:30 p.m., Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.,, $19-$959. —MM

Jim Florentine Of Crank Yankers, that metal show. 7 p.m. Sunday, Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive,, $20

Tremolords, The Steeples, The Chotchkies, Kissing Betty 5 p.m., Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., $10

Olga Ferroni, Kalinka Tango 3 p.m., Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park, $25-$35

squad house 7 p.m., House of Blues, Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista, $41.25-$70

celeste barber

Monday July 11

celeste barber Influencers and Insta addicts, beware. 7 p.m. Monday, Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd.,, $52.50-$77.50

Porch Coffin, PONS, Baseline, Leg Biters, Clarity 8 p.m., Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., $10-$12

TTN, Tongues of Fire, Really Fast Horses, Bummer Camp
8 p.m., Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Room, 1016 N. Mills Ave., $5

tuesday july 12

Matt Maeson, 1-800-Brennan-Collect 7 p.m., The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, $25


Official competition
When a billionaire entrepreneur impulsively decides to create an iconic film, he demands the best. Renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) is recruited to lead this ambitious undertaking. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland,, $12

A series of monthly screenings of short films from independent Florida filmmakers. 2 p.m. Sunday, Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.,, $11

Orlando International Film Festival
Annual showcase for filmmakers and the film industry. From Saturday July 9 to Friday July 15. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive,, $25 to $1,000

Saturday morning classics: Breathless
A new 4K restoration of Godard’s classic. Little thug Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) panics and impulsively kills a policeman while driving a stolen car. On the run, he turns to his aspiring journalist girlfriend, Patricia (Jean Seberg), who hides out in his Paris apartment while he tries to scrape together enough money to bring the couple to Italy. Saturday noon, Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland,, $9


July 7-10

The Rocky Horror Show
In this lively show, lovers Brad Majors (Eric Raterman) and Janet Weiss (Erika Thibeau), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the strange mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Jakob Preston). Historic State Theater, 109 N. Bay Street, Eustis,, $11-$20

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
An unjustly exiled barber returns to 18th century London to exact revenge on the lustful judge who framed him and raped his young wife. Tony Award winner Kenny Howard created an immersive experience for this staging of Sondheim’s musical. The Mezz, 100 S. Eola Drive,, $15-$60

July 8

scary and gay
Think Goose bumps – only more gay! Renaissance Theater Company, 415 E Princeton St.,, $15

July 8-10

The B is for Bullsh! you First series PRT
New game festival. Central Florida Community Arts, 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd.,, $12-$20

Set in the places where rock & roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically rich city of Tennessee. West End Theater, 115 W. First St., Sanford,, $25

On your feet! The story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
As an adult in 1970s Miami, young Gloria breaks with her family’s expectations and embarks on a musical journey with bandmate Emilio. Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden,, $15-$30

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