Weekly Rochester Events #377: Bartholin's Gone But His Gland Lives On

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Man did I have a busy week. Last Thursday I got out to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.). First up was Yer MomMySpace link (formerly Your Mom) who were awesome — still spewing raw female sex-energy and rock-and-roll. Unfortunately they had a guy who did some poetry and played tambourine, giving the band a Linda McCartney style, girly edge. I got another look at My PenisGarageBand linkMySpace link as well and found them to be kind of like punk-groove-rock, or ska without most of what makes it ska but with a heavy rock sound instead (if that makes any sense).

On Friday I didn't get up early enough to get to all those lectures at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) so I spent most of the day ripping all my CD's instead — or at least finishing off the collection as I had most of them in the computer already. I still want to keep the CD's around, but I don't have a need for them to be accessible so I put the discs in the cake boxes I had for blank CD's. I realized I could use a 5 1/4" disk box to store the liner notes and back covers — they fit great. So now all my CD's fit in about a quarter the space they originally did. I also made some fresh bread and recorded it on the camera. As I had promised (prior to editing this paragraph) I did indeed get it posted — on Saturday morning with plenty of time to spare!

That night I went to The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) to see the Upstate Invitational. To be honest, I wasn't all that impressed. Everything seemed rather sterile and more a demonstration of technique than of substance. Not to say that it was awful, just not great.

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From there I went to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Visual Music: The Animation of Oskar Fischinger. Most of it was at least interesting, and some downright fascinating. In his München-Berlin Wandering (Walking From Munich to Berlin) he snapped single frames of people and lanscapes on his film camera which then formed a natural animation of the whole trip — fascinating both in its documentation of 1927 Germany and in its fast-forward, point-of-interest-centric view of the journey. Seelische Konstruktionen (Spiritual Constructions) was a silhouette film (I gathered that animating silhouettes was a common technique of the time) where the characters mutate unnaturally before your eyes. The techniques used here seemed to be recalled in one of his last films, Motion Painting No. 1 in which (according to the title card) he filmed oil painting on sheets of glass, creating the illusion of a painting being constructed without a painter. It's really a fascinating work as the images transition from one style to another gradually by covering prior styles to obliteration. For Ein Spiel in Farben (A Play in Colors), because abstract art was banned in Nazi Germany, it failed to pass the state censors, yet by resubmitting it unchanged as a demonstration of a new color film technique, it passed. All in all, it was a tremendously interesting presentation.

Later on I went to the Saints and Sinners burlesque show at TiLT Nightclub and Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.) I thought this fell far short of my expectations — I have this idea that burlesque is somewhere between titilating and erotic, and that it has a high-brow contrast to it. (Just to prove I'm not nuts, or at least prove that I'm nuts in another way, I checked my The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (1992, Houghton Mifflin; 1994, INSO Corporation) and found that it says, "a literary or dramatic work that makes a subject appear ridiculous by treating it in an incongruous way, as by presenting a lofty subject with vulgarity or an inconsequential one with mock dignity.") This show was okay although it missed on both ends of the spectrum. I mean, it was a bit titilating, but disconcerting to watch actresses who weren't confident; and it touched a bit on "lofty subjects" but not-that-lofty. I guess I'm looking to have my prejudices and stereotypes turned inside out by, say, a couple sexy, scantily clad, women debating string theory.

On Saturday for lunch I stopped at the new Saint Aubyn's House of Soups (133 Gregory St., formerly M & J Deli) I was particularly impressed by their cream of mushroom soup because it was made with big slices of mushroom tasted mostly like mushroom instead of like butter, cream, and salt with a little mushroom taste as I've had before. Someone I met didn't like it because it was thickened heavily with wheat, but I like wheat too. And heavily thickened soups. They are open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and are close enough to the bars near South and Gregory to take a trip there to grab something.

That night I went to the Dryden to see Some Like It Hot. It's a pretty hilarious movie about a couple male musicians trying to escape the Chicago mob after witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. They hide out by by dressing in drag and joining an all-girl band.

After that I stopped at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) for what I had predicted would be a great show. First was Four Barrel Ghost"MySpace link who surprised me by doing some spectacular fast rock/rockabilly. The MotorpsychosMySpace link were next: a 3-girl-fronted band (with a guy drummer) who do tight-ass, lightning-fast rock-and-roll. The Grinders were next and rocked hard and briefly to fit The BlastoffsMySpace link who didn't even get to start until around 2 a.m. and rocked the house one more time.

It was at this show that I realized that I really like loud music because I can't hear people's idle conversation — unlike at the movies, nobody can talk over a thousand-watt sound system.

Sunday evening I went to The Little (240 East Ave.) to see CSA: The Confederate States of America. I thought the movie was pretty good — a fictional documentary about the history of America from the time of our Civil War assuming the Confederacy had won and the guts of it was that slavery was never abolished. Logically, this led to things like the denial of women's suffrage (since the argument for the 17th Amendment was rooted in the 15th Amendment.) However I thought it illogical that the stock market would have crashed in 1929 — would the Industrial Revolution have been such a dramatic event if there had been a source of slave labor? Similarly, where the heck did John F. Kennedy come from in this alternate reality — wouldn't he have grown up with slaves like everyone else and become a completely different person?

Regardless, it does bring the state of racial equality in this country to the forefront of discussion. Although the commercial interludes seemed to be a distraction and an highlighted too strongly by the filmmakers, the contrast of a fictional TV show called "Runaway" (where they capture escaped blacks) to what is its identical twin, "Cops" (where they capture criminal suspects, and disproportinately more blacks relative to the population-at-large) was a good one.

Oh yeah, and the sound at the theater was very quiet, marring the presentation. I mean, it was barely as loud as a normal speaking voice, so every time somebody moved in the theater or coughed, you'd miss dialog. Strangely, there was also someone who appeared to be reading the text to someone else whose vision wasn't very good — although they were trying to be quiet, they were still louder than the movie.

After that I was once again at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) This time it was to see GaybotMySpace link who did a typically wild and chaotic set finishing with a great rendition of Louie, Louie. The DonkeysMySpace link were next and were kind of like a 1960's flavored power-pop band and not very interesting to me because it's such a familiar style. Casiotone for the Painfully AloneMySpace link (also at LiveJournal) was still really good although I thought he was better without incorporating The Donkeys heavily in the set. Also, I got the impression he was trying to be an actor portraying the strong feelings he had for the songs in the past.

On Monday my old StarTac cell phone finally died for good. Well, it's not dead really — it's just that the top half doesn't work anymore. I took it apart and the little ribbon cable that connected the two halves tore. I tried fixing it by soldering the wires together, but they're spaced too close together: 6 wires are spaced across 2 millimeters (5/64") or about 75 wires per inch. I managed to get 2 connected but gave up after screwing up on the third. The funny part is that the phone still works — at least the bottom half does when it's plugged in, so I can still use it in my cradle at home and it'll still work in the car using a headset. It's only got to last through July and then I can cancel fucking Sprint, as that's when my 2 year contract is up.

That night I got the "tall bike" out of storage and headed to The Little (240 East Ave.) for Emerging Filmmakers Series. I was sad to see that the much smaller theater was only partly full, meaning that about a quarter as many people showed up as did in January to see the same group of films but couldn't due to projection problems.

Three of the films were by Maria Rosenblum with the expectation that she could attend — she made it here in January but couldn't attend this screening. Couch Lips was a poignant and somewhat amusing take on artists versus art collectors — an artist is selling one of his works to a snobbish collector but his daughter can't help but be drawn to touching the sensual lips-shaped couch. Railroad dealt with an artist who's wrestling with trauma from his childhood. It utilizes some clever edits to create a disjoint universe out of the manic creative process. Magnetic Poles was also very good: a polished short film about a couple at the end of a relationship — wherein the woman is forced to act to escape her disinterested and passive-aggressive boyfriend.

Real Men In a Locker Room by Seth Werlin and Caleb Durand celebrated Tango by Zbig Rybczynski — a film shown as part of the Wormhole exhibition last year at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) In their version, Werlin and Durand copied themselves in overlapping actions inside a locker room. They followed a similar technique as Rybczynski although instead of using film mattes, they disassembled the sequences into single-image frames and manually cut themselves out using Photoshop. The effect was pretty good, and as they noted in discussion afterward, they selected the locker room because it's an incubator for pure masculine expression even though they (like many men) are not particularly athletic.

Finally, Reading Marcus by Rochester LoFilm was a funny piece about a guy who goes to get a reading from a psychic. Rochester LoFilm apparently gets together once in a while to create a spontaneous film. The idea is to bring a script ideas, flesh out a script, select locations, shoot scenes, edit, and complete a whole short film in a weekend. It was started in Hollywood (I think) by film-industry people who were waiting for their next job and wanted to stay in practice. I hope to get involved with them to gain some real-world experience in the medium.

On Tuesday I went with a friend of mine to try out the House of Sushi at Golden Port Dim Sum (105 East Ave.) Neither one of us though it was very good — certainly not artful sushi but just fish-and-rice (the rice, by the way, was rather al dente which further detracted from the experience.) We decided to do an A-B test so we went right over to California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) While their "sushi" also wasn't artful, it was slightly fresher, slightly better, and the atmosphere was so much more casual and welcoming.

That night I again took the tall bike to Christ Church of Rochester (141 East Ave.) to see Ossia New Music perform three pieces. First up was Rolf Rudin's Two Essays. The first part felt like an orator making an empassioned speech. The second was unbridled ranting. Both were quite good. Krzysztof Penderecki's String Quartet No.2 was next. In it, three violins and a cello created whispering, stringed-voice demons growing to a more audible discussion. In the middle of the piece, a bat flew around the church for a few minutes then returned to its perch behind one of the columns, possibly drawn by the hissing strings. John Deak's Lady Chatterley's Dream featured snippets of speech taken from Lady Chatterly's Lover utlizing a spectrum of stringed instruments to punctuate a selected retelling in poetic brevity.

From there I went to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) once again. First up this night was Roger HoustonMySpace link who played in his simple, melodic synth-and-vocal style. I have to appreciate his ability to hide behind nothing: no tricks, band, or vocal effects. Unfortunately it was only me and another loyal fan snapping digital pictures to enjoy the whole set. Next was The SpacesMySpace link who are a solidly good, very loud, fat, full, and fast bar-rock band — well-worn territory but at least they do it well. Finishing up the night was Houston Bernard who pulled out his giant inflatable penis and did a raunchy bisexual (but mostly-gay) sex-themed hip-hop performance. It was absurdly spectacular.

Needless to say, I fell behind getting the website put together and didn't end up doing much of anything on Wednesday night. Well, at least as far as getting out to a show or anything. I do what I can to let my vicarious readers down.


JayceLand Pick This afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. is another in the Department of Mathematics Colloquium Series in Hoyt Auditorium at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) Professor Joseph W. Dauben from Lehman College (250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., Bronx, NY) will speak on Marx, Mao and mathematics: nonstandard analysis and the Cultural Revolution. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) (1372 E. Main St.) will be hosting a Customer Town Meeting tonight with CEO Mark Aesch at Pittsford Town Hall (11 S. Main St., Pittsford) starting at 6 p.m. [source: Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) website]

Polly PanicGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) starting around 7 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

This evening at 8 p.m., The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) will be showing Room at the Top as part of their Workshop Film Series. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar]

JayceLand Pick Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Contemporary Percussion Ensemble starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Invasion Of The Body Snatchers starting at 8 p.m. Perhaps a little McCarthyism with your morning alien invasion? [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting great instrumental funk from The Filthy Funk, and Space AgencyMySpace link starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Pure Kona Poetry Open Mic Night is at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight starting at 7:30. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

Tonight in the gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. is a Mixed Media Show by faculty of Nazareth College (4245 East Ave., see also the campus map). [source: City Newspaper]

Tonight at Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is an Opening Reception for photography by Stephen Spinder titled Budapest/Transylvania from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. [source: Image City Photography Gallery flyer]

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is a series of Video Screening and Artist Talk with The Abortion Diaries interviewing women who have had abortions. Filmmaker Penny Lane will no longer be able to attend. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

273 Cups of Tea, photographs of Nepal by Elena Dubas opens tonight at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show runs until May 14. Also, Within Reach, photographs by Ron Brancato opens tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. next door at the Printing and Book Arts Center and runs until April 30. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Tonight at The Montage Live (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is Paula Poundstone at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. [source: Montage calendar]

Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is talented guitarist and singer Kinloch Nelson, and Kathy Johnson starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) will be hosting How We AreMySpace link, and The Polar Bear ClubMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: artsound website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia starting at 8 p.m. In the first of movies by Sam Peckinpah this weekend, bounty hunters track a man for impregnating a Mexican warlord's daughter. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Community Living Center (CLC) at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) is Seth Faergolzia, disorienting chaos from GaybotMySpace link, superfast, synth-pop, novelty songs from Worm QuartetMySpace link, and Myriad starting around 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Inward Becomes an AnthemMySpace link will be in Room 120 at Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.) tonight at 9 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

The FashionistasMySpace link, Gak AttackMySpace link, and Good Friends With Sharp ScissorsMySpace link will be at Door 7MySpace link (299 Gregory St.) starting around 9 p.m. Note the new location. [source: WITR calendar]

Amazing experimental jazzy band JerseybandGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at awful Milestones (170 East Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: WITR calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Spy Bar (139 State St.) is good jazzy, chaotic music from Deadly Pillowfight AccidentMySpace link, very tight modern rock band VeluxeMySpace link, and satirical gospel band with who play Klezmer-inspired rockabillyness The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: band calendar] [21+]

April Fool's Day

JayceLand Pick O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid this afternoon at 2 p.m. In this Sam Peckinpah special edition (at a special time of day), a gunslinger-turned-lawman is hired to hunt his former partner-in-crime. Stars Kris Kristofferson and Donnie Fritts with the film editor responsible for this edition, Paul Seydor will be on hand to introduced this version restored through Peckinpah's notes. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

This evening starting around 7 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) is the opening for an art show by Gretchen Lee. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Acoustic soloist Nora KaminskiMySpace link will be at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. for her CD Release Party. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cisco Pike starting at 8 p.m. Kris Kristofferson will again be on hand to introduce this film in which he starred as a musician who gets involved with drugs and blackmail in 1970's Los Angeles. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

At Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. will be PUNCH! Sketch Comedy. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Top Pick The Montage Live (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) will be hosting Excellent surf-rock and a great stage show from The IsotopesMySpace link, and great punk-rock/hard-rock band The UV RaysGarageBand linkMySpace link, okay hard-rock/metal instrumental band Moustache, and TrysteroGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. The Isotopes sent an e-mail guaranteeing this is their best show all year although it's a bit of a tautology to say so. [source: WITR calendar]

Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is Hünü? (featuring members from Colorblind James Experience) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [21+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Ponys, The AssaultGarageBand linkMySpace link, great rock-and-roll from The Juliet DaggerMySpace link, and The StraightawaysMySpace link starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight's another Betty's Sing-a-Long at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave.) starting around 10.

Daylight Saving Time Begins — Set your clock ahead one hour from 2:00 a.m. standard time to 3:00 a.m. daylight saving time in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is the last Extreme Sunday's featuring free admission to see the Extreme Materials exhibition. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Wild Bunch starting at 7 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, Roger Ebert describes this Sam Peckinpah movie: "This is not the kind of film that would likely be made today, but it represents its set of sad, empty values with real poetry." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is another Hip Hop Haven from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is hosting their weekly Open Mike Poetry tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Son Of Kong this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Shortly after the original King Kong was completed, the crew cranked out a sequel. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link will be hosting FIASCO! Season 2: The Hospital, an improvised soap opera performed at The Drama House at The University of Rochester (Fraternity Rd. at Alumni Rd., east corner of the Fraternity Quad, details on River Campus Map) tonight at 7:30 p.m. [source: Geva Comedy Improv e-mail]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m. is The Eastman Horn Choir directed by Peter Kurau. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is blendered disco, synth-pop, and power-pop from Gil Mantera's Party DreamMySpace link, and Knife CrazyGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

There's also Open Mic Poetry at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

From 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. to day in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another 50th Anniversary of Books Sandwiched-In featuring The Democrat and Chronicle Assistant Managing Editor Sebby Wilson Jacobson discussing Marjorie Williams' The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family, And Fate. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail] [all ages]

In an early afternoon show, The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Municipal WasteMySpace link, Recidirist, Barroness, great, wild, classic-style punk from DestruxMySpace link, and Start the DestructionMySpace link starting around 3 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Montage Live (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is another Words of Wisdom Talent Showcase — essentially a hip-hop/spoken-word open mic night. [source: Montage calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Pretty Baby starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House calendar puts it this way: " Louis Malle's American debut is a controversial, disturbing, yet visually beautiful tale about a prostitute (Susan Sarandon) in 1917 New Orleans. Her 12-year-old daughter (Brooke Shields in the role that made her a star), raised in her brothel, begins to attract the patrons." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is really awsome rock-and-roll from Boss MartiansMySpace link, excellent punk-rock/hard-rock band The UV RaysGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Nate Clendenen starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Over at The Montage Live (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) starting around 10 p.m. is a metal show featuring PsyopusGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Tony Danza Tapdance ExtravaganzaMySpace link. [source: WITR calendar]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Mic from 8 to 10. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) is Artists Networking: With a Little Help from My Artist Friends — The Women of DRAW featuring Evelyne Albanese, Joanne Benedict, Elyse Capell, Christine Knoblauch, Kate Lipsky, Anne Marcello, and Carolyn Marshall. [source: Arts and Cultural Council e-mail]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is an Informational Meeting for artists and performers interested in participating in ARTWalk (University Ave. at Atlantic Ave.) events.

Tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) is Tom BrosseauMySpace link, and Fred Vine starting around 8 p.m. [source: artsound website]

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Old SweetheartsMySpace link. [source: Freetime] [21+]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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