Our editors’ picks of the best things to do this week.
Wednesday 25 August
Pop firebrand and paranormal podcaster Kesha (nee Ke $ ha) threw caution to the wind, not letting her Orlando fans down and keeping that Orlando date on her full band tour “Kesha Live”. This is the only Florida date of the entire trip, so think about this one carefully. “Bring on. Your. Boogie. Feet. It’s about to drop !!!!!!! Thank goodness. Let’s party,” Kesha enthused when the tour was announced months ago, and While the Delta variant has cooled the spirits somewhat on the live music front, expect a “Show” with a capital “S.” No less than Betty Who is the tour opener. 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., hardrock.com, $ 49.50 to $ 100.50.
Thursday August 26
The Drums of Umöja
An extraordinary soul singer from Orlando makes his long-awaited live return to City Beautiful, but it is with the percussive sector of his longtime project Umöja Afrobeat. Expect some heavy practice on the drums, hopefully Snowden sports his Fela Kuti-inspired sets, and an opening set from Katie Burkess and Snowden in which a Jim O’Rourke (RIP) cover is promised. 9 p.m., Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., willspub.org, free.
Saturday August 28
Justice for Samuel Célestin Protest rally
Juneteenth Coalition and OCFL NAACP are organizing a demonstration of solidarity with the family of Samuel Celestin, a young man who died after being tased by the Ocoee and Windermere police. Noon, Lake Eola Park, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street, juneteenthprotestcoalition.org, free.
Saturday August 28
Comedic royalty Katt Williams regrets to inform you that ‘World War III’ is imminent – which honestly seems plausible given the past two years – as he takes his battle-themed tour at Addition Financial Arena. this weekend after demolishing Jacksonville on Friday night. Williams can currently be seen on your choice of screens with a new film The house next door: meeting the blacks 2, or any pop culture news site of your choice with the factual and honestly intriguing claim that canceling culture isn’t that bad. Williams is an irresistibly kinetic artist and will have no problem making the UCF arena feel downright intimate. 8 p.m. Addition Financial Arena, 12777 Gemini Blvd. North, additionfiarena.com, $ 59 to $ 250.
Saturday August 28
Sanford Punk Party
Sanford will get a little louder and brat for a third year this weekend, as Sanford Punk Fest takes over West End Trading Co. Punk Fest will feature a great selection of local scum dealing with punk, hardcore and ska, including including Debt Neglector, 430 Steps, Yellow Day Union, You Vandal, The Longest Hall, Flag on Fire, Neverender, Backstabber, Pangolin, Ebenezer & the Scrooges, TV Generation, Born Losers and Sticky Steve. It’s going to be a nearly 12 hour affair, so stay hydrated – we’re sure West End will be happy to help. 1:00 p.m., West End Trading Co., 202 Sanford Ave., Sanford, drinkatwestend.com, $ 7 to $ 10.
Sunday August 29
You will see Metropolitan Opera soprano Kirsten Chambers in the full Orlando Opera production King for a day early enough, but this weekend you’ll get to see her and her pianist husband tackle an afternoon of Italian music – from Puccini to Verdi to Bocelli – in this intimate musical affair. 2:00 p.m., University Club, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, operaorlando.org, $ 45.
Monday August 30
Enzian Theater continues its “Meet the Filmmaker” series this week and, honestly, it’s going to reach a high point of heated conversation as writer / performer / artist / singer / hellraiser Lydia Lunch makes her triumphant return to Orlando. The luncheon, whose appearances in Orlando are legendary, will hold the court for an in-person question-and-answer session following the screening of the new documentary Lydia Lunch: The war is never over. Tracing the career of this American icon through the decades, from her No Wave debut with Teenage Jesus in the 1970s through books, solo albums, movies and now leading a wild ensemble that includes noise- Weasel lifers Walter and Bob Bert, Lunch did it all and, most importantly, never lost his fire, focus and anger. Filmmaker Beth B. has truly given this icon the film portrait it so much deserves. Questions? Save them for Monday! 8:30 p.m., Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, enzian.org, $ 12.