Pad Party at SpringHill Suites, May 4

Date: May 04, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm

Enjoy some food and drinks while giving back to your community! The Pad Party is a charity event to collect feminine hygiene products. All the items collected will be donated to DVSAS and Lighthouse Mission. These products can be very expensive and are seldom donated compared to food products or clothing. So, let’s help our local shelters out by stocking up on pads, tampons and other feminine hygiene products!

Location

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bellingham
4040 Northwest Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98226

Contact: jasleen.aulakh20@gmail.com

Kinski with The DTs and Stereo Donkey at The Green Frog, April 29

Date: April 29, 2017

Time: 9:30 pm

Sometimes you just want to play FASTER. For a band whose extensive discography has historically been primarily instrumental and prone to modifying adjectives like “post-“ and “space-“, the last couple of years have been a left turn down a twisted alley of fuzz pedals, blown tube amps, and a kind of raw power befitting of the Stooges. There are quiet moments here and there but you get the feeling they’re only there so the drummer can catch his breath. 7 (or 8) finds Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where 2013’s Cosy Moments left off but also pushing their sound into even more singular territory.

7 (or 8), the title itself a wry observation echoing the confusion created by their extensive catalog, is in fact their SEVENTH (or eighth depending who you ask) LP and second for new label home Kill Rock Stars, having previously released several LPs on Sub Pop and other discerning independent labels. Recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am), 7 (or 8) comes in the midst of a more prolific period for the band. “It always takes us awhile to write a record but this one came quickly. We’ve stopped worrying about it so much and just get on with it, which is easier on the soul,” says guitarist/singer Chris Martin. This mindset, alongside their newfound lyricism, has revealed a band that is slyly self-aware, hinted at through years of tongue-in-cheek song titles but now fully evident. The quicker pace has also instilled a palpable confidence and energy on record.

That being said, 7 (or 8) hits like a ton of bricks. The double helping of riffs in the form of “Detroit Trickle Down” and “Flight Risk” leave the listener nearly out of breath. Martin, Lucy Atkinson (Bass), Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Guitar), and Barrett Wilke (Drums) stretch out a bit over the course of the record, marrying their more expansive sound with proto-punk fury, but they rarely let up until the last song, album highlight “Bulletin of the International String Figure Association”. One of the last songs written for the record, “Bulletin…” eases into a nearly 11 minute crescendo of rock bliss, gently flirts with a string section at the same time, and then floats back down to Earth in a perfect denouement. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands on the cover, Kinski strive to make art that is uncompromising and on their own terms and 7 (or 8) is a refreshing reminder that rock music in 2015 can still be a unique and cathartic experience.

The Dt’s originated as a threesome at the tail-end of 2001. Guitarist Dave Crider (Mono Men, Watts, and head honcho of Estrus Records) and Diana Young-Blanchard (chanteuse, writer, and song stylist, Madame X) are long-time friends who conceived the idea of forming a band with heavy influences of 70’s-style-hard-rock, injected with a flavorful dose of soul sensibility, likened to that of greats like Otis, Al, and Ike & Tina to name a few. Shortly after the dynamic duo design, they latched onto powerhouse drummer Phil Carter and spent their first year blowing people’s minds with a full-on, Hard Soul sound rarely matched by any group twice their number. Amazingly fluid and charismatic, these three musicians set the foundation for the Dt’s, although the band has morphed and evolved through the years, as most great bands tend to do. In 2003 keyboardist Patti Bell was added to the fold. Bell’s jazz background helped establish an original groove-feel that meshed uniquely with the hard rock power of Crider’s guitar, freeing up space that ultimately had to give way to further musical experimentation – you might say the damn busted wide, and nobody wanted to stick their finger in the hole. It was during this configuration that the Dt’s released their first full-length of mainly original songs, Hard Fixed.

Bell flew the coop and the kids were on the streets again, playing in triangulation, and happily so. But as chance would have it they soon acquired the player they hadn’t really been looking for, and bassist Scott Greene earned his spot as the fourth member of the Dts just days before being whisked off to play his first shows with the band in Spain. It was during this tour that the Dt’s second release, Nice-n-Ruff: Hard Soul Hits Volume I, was devised and soon after recorded with legendary engineer, Jack Endino.

The Dt’s struck a major chord with the rock-lovin’ Spaniards, (Blanchard was named one of the top ten vocalists of 2005 in the popular, Barcelona-based rock publication, Popular 1), and have since returned to play packed houses all over the country, as well as in Portugal, the U.K., and more recently, Brazil. After returning from their Spanish tour in October of 2005, the group laid down tracks for their third full-length recording, appropriately titled Filthy Habits, with engineer Johnny Sangster. In May of 2006 the Dts invaded Mars Studio once more, completing the second half of Filthy Habits with Mr. Endino. Filthy Habits is the latest release from the Dts, completely original, completely Dt’s, and completely their best record!

The Dt’s are stronger than ever in 2008. With the latest addition of killer rhythm section (Michael Van Buskirk, AKA, Mikey Funster on drums and Matthew Zielfelder on bass guitar) the Dt’s have become legendary.

The Green Frog
1015 N State St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-306-8273
http://www.acoustictavern.com/

Kinski with The DTs and Stereo Donkey at The Green Frog, April 29

Date: April 29, 2017

Time: 9:30 pm

Sometimes you just want to play FASTER. For a band whose extensive discography has historically been primarily instrumental and prone to modifying adjectives like “post-“ and “space-“, the last couple of years have been a left turn down a twisted alley of fuzz pedals, blown tube amps, and a kind of raw power befitting of the Stooges. There are quiet moments here and there but you get the feeling they’re only there so the drummer can catch his breath. 7 (or 8) finds Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where 2013’s Cosy Moments left off but also pushing their sound into even more singular territory.

7 (or 8), the title itself a wry observation echoing the confusion created by their extensive catalog, is in fact their SEVENTH (or eighth depending who you ask) LP and second for new label home Kill Rock Stars, having previously released several LPs on Sub Pop and other discerning independent labels. Recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am), 7 (or 8) comes in the midst of a more prolific period for the band. “It always takes us awhile to write a record but this one came quickly. We’ve stopped worrying about it so much and just get on with it, which is easier on the soul,” says guitarist/singer Chris Martin. This mindset, alongside their newfound lyricism, has revealed a band that is slyly self-aware, hinted at through years of tongue-in-cheek song titles but now fully evident. The quicker pace has also instilled a palpable confidence and energy on record.

That being said, 7 (or 8) hits like a ton of bricks. The double helping of riffs in the form of “Detroit Trickle Down” and “Flight Risk” leave the listener nearly out of breath. Martin, Lucy Atkinson (Bass), Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Guitar), and Barrett Wilke (Drums) stretch out a bit over the course of the record, marrying their more expansive sound with proto-punk fury, but they rarely let up until the last song, album highlight “Bulletin of the International String Figure Association”. One of the last songs written for the record, “Bulletin…” eases into a nearly 11 minute crescendo of rock bliss, gently flirts with a string section at the same time, and then floats back down to Earth in a perfect denouement. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands on the cover, Kinski strive to make art that is uncompromising and on their own terms and 7 (or 8) is a refreshing reminder that rock music in 2015 can still be a unique and cathartic experience.

The Dt’s originated as a threesome at the tail-end of 2001. Guitarist Dave Crider (Mono Men, Watts, and head honcho of Estrus Records) and Diana Young-Blanchard (chanteuse, writer, and song stylist, Madame X) are long-time friends who conceived the idea of forming a band with heavy influences of 70’s-style-hard-rock, injected with a flavorful dose of soul sensibility, likened to that of greats like Otis, Al, and Ike & Tina to name a few. Shortly after the dynamic duo design, they latched onto powerhouse drummer Phil Carter and spent their first year blowing people’s minds with a full-on, Hard Soul sound rarely matched by any group twice their number. Amazingly fluid and charismatic, these three musicians set the foundation for the Dt’s, although the band has morphed and evolved through the years, as most great bands tend to do. In 2003 keyboardist Patti Bell was added to the fold. Bell’s jazz background helped establish an original groove-feel that meshed uniquely with the hard rock power of Crider’s guitar, freeing up space that ultimately had to give way to further musical experimentation – you might say the damn busted wide, and nobody wanted to stick their finger in the hole. It was during this configuration that the Dt’s released their first full-length of mainly original songs, Hard Fixed.

Bell flew the coop and the kids were on the streets again, playing in triangulation, and happily so. But as chance would have it they soon acquired the player they hadn’t really been looking for, and bassist Scott Greene earned his spot as the fourth member of the Dts just days before being whisked off to play his first shows with the band in Spain. It was during this tour that the Dt’s second release, Nice-n-Ruff: Hard Soul Hits Volume I, was devised and soon after recorded with legendary engineer, Jack Endino.

The Dt’s struck a major chord with the rock-lovin’ Spaniards, (Blanchard was named one of the top ten vocalists of 2005 in the popular, Barcelona-based rock publication, Popular 1), and have since returned to play packed houses all over the country, as well as in Portugal, the U.K., and more recently, Brazil. After returning from their Spanish tour in October of 2005, the group laid down tracks for their third full-length recording, appropriately titled Filthy Habits, with engineer Johnny Sangster. In May of 2006 the Dts invaded Mars Studio once more, completing the second half of Filthy Habits with Mr. Endino. Filthy Habits is the latest release from the Dts, completely original, completely Dt’s, and completely their best record!

The Dt’s are stronger than ever in 2008. With the latest addition of killer rhythm section (Michael Van Buskirk, AKA, Mikey Funster on drums and Matthew Zielfelder on bass guitar) the Dt’s have become legendary.

The Green Frog
1015 N State St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-306-8273
http://www.acoustictavern.com/

A Musical Midsummer Night’s Dream at Peace United Church of Christ, May 5 – 21

May 05 – May 21, 2017

Four star-crossed lovers wander into an enchanted forest with high hopes of righting their love lives. But the forest is filled with impish fairies who like nothing better than to turn things topsy-turvy, and in the clearing a group of very blue-collar actors are rehearsing a play which they believe will be “high art.” Shakespeare’s hilarious plot and all his famous quotes are preserved in a musical/modern-language retelling of this timeless tale!

Performance Dates and Times:
 
May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm
May 21 at 2:00 pm

Tickets: General Admission tickets are $15 and may be reserved by calling 507-282-6117.

Location

Peace United Church of Christ
1503 2nd Avenue Northeast
Rochester, MN 55906

Website: http://onceandfutureclassics.org/

Cinco De Mayo Bonspiel at Dakota Curling in Lakeville, May 5 – 7

May 05 – May 07, 2017

Come be a part of the first annual Cinco de Mayo spiel at our newly dedicated 6 sheet curling facility in historic downtown Lakeville MN!

May 5 – 7th
Open Format
32 Teams

  • 3 Game Guarantee
  • $280 per team (includes tax)
  • All meals and beer provided for curlers all weekend
  • Eye openers both Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • Pig Roast and DJ on Saturday night

Registration closes April 25th or when full

Visit our website for more information about hotel block reservations.

Dakota Curling
20775 Holt Ave
Lakeville MN 55044
(952) 479-0322
http://dakotacurling.org/

Alton Brown Live at Civic Center Music Hall, April 30

Date: April 30, 2017

Time: 9:00 am

“Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science”, the follow-up to the smash “Edible Inevitable” tour, will hit the road in 2016. Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. 

Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. “I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again.

Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 297-2584
http://www.okcciviccenter.com/

Outrun Child Abuse 5K Color Run at Kingfisher First Baptist Church, April 29

Date: April 29, 2017

Time: 9:00 am

Join us at the Baptist Church parking lot 1340 S. 13th St. Kingfisher, OK. @ 9am for a 5K run for Child Abuse Awareness Month!

Come run and enjoy hot dogs, chips, and a drink for $2! Raffles, music, and a worthy cause! This will be a COLOR RUN so if you don’t’ order a t-shirt, you are encouraged to wear white. Register by April 16th and get a FREE T-SHIRT! All proceeds will go to the Kingfisher County M-CART team to aid in their fight to END CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT!

Location

Kingfisher First Baptist Church
1340 S. 13th Street
Kingfisher, OK 73750

Contact: 405-375-3893

Organizer’s Profile: https://www.facebook.com/KingfisherMCART

Obscura Day 2017: The Republic of Molossia in Dayton, May 6

Date: May 06, 2017

Time: 10:00 am

Tour the Republic of Molossia, the World’s Smallest Sovereign Republic – the country down the street!

Join us on Obscura Day to meet the President and First Lady of this diminutive self-declared nation. Learn all about Molossia and hear the stories, history and quirks of this unique little country inside a country. Molossia has its own money, stamps, post office, bank, telephone system, radio station and more, anything that every other nation has, in a small package – and you’ll see it all as you visit.

No passport required, but if you bring one the President himself will stamp it as he takes you on a tour, literally, from one end of the nation to the other. Welcome to Molossia!

Additional Details:

  • Directions to The Republic of Molossia can be found on Google Maps, search Molossia!
  • This event is free, but capacity is limited. RSVP REQUIRED.
  • Sensible shoes and sunscreen are suggested; as there is very little shade and almost no pavement in Molossia. Souvenir water bottles will be provided!

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The Republic of Molossia
226 Mary Lane
Dayton, Nevada 89403
707-733-6656
http://www.molossia.org/

Rise and Shine Placerville 2017 at Lion’s Park, April 29

Date: April 29, 2017

Time: 8:00 am

Join the Community and Make Placerville Shine!

  • Register by area or project for a day of fun and comraderie;-)
  • Mark your tools and come to Lion’s Park at 8 and we’ll break into teams
  • Listen to some quick safety notes, we’ll get right to work!
  • Help get the city parks ready for lots of spring and summer fun!!
  • Get to know your neighbors and make a new friend!
  • Know that you are making a difference
  • Costs you only some time and muscle
  • Grab a lunch with your team before you leave your work site.
  • We’ll be so grateful for your service!
  • Feel amazing!!

Lion’s Park
3633 Cedar Ravine Road
Placerville, CA 95667
530-642-5232

An Evening with David Sedaris at The Arlington Theatre, May 3

Date: May 03, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm

David Sedaris’ sidesplitting Santa Barbara shows have quickly become a local tradition. Returning with his strange-but-true experiences, spot-on satire and impeccable storytelling, Sedaris will reveal why he is among today’s greatest American humorists. His bestselling books like Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, wildly popular contributions to NPR’s This American Life, wry pieces in The New Yorker and numerous other humorous endeavors have endeared him to audiences worldwide, and his hilarious Santa Barbara shows have made him a perennial favorite. Join Sedaris for another can’t-miss round of wickedly witty observations and fantastically fun book signing. (Mature content)

$25 – $45 : General Public
$19 : UCSB Students (Current student ID required)

The Arlington Theatre
1317 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-4408
http://www.thearlingtontheatre.com/