Friday, November 15, 2013


Ivory Daggers art from the Ivory Daggers Facebook page.

The 13th Annual International Pop Overthrow - New York  runs through this weekend at the Bar Matchless club. Some of the acts include Corin Ashley, The Recordettes, Zombies Of The Stratosphere, Dave Rave, Lannie Flowers, Vegas With Randolph, and Starbelly. On Sunday afternoon, there’s a special Girls Afternoon Out! showcase with Bibi Farber, Madison Cano, Ivory Daggers, Party Lights, and Changing Modes. Psychedelic masters The Anderson Council wrap things up with a 10:30 set on Sunday night.

As noted by writer Lori Rackl in yesterday’s From The Blogs column in the Chicago Sun-Times, there will be a Dr. Who Trivia Contest at Municipal Bar + Dining tomorrow at 5:30 PM. Don’t Blink: A Doctor Who Quiz will be hosted by Geeks Who Drink. Contestants will be divided into teams of no more than six players, and there will be cash prizes. Theres a $5 fee for participating. Municipal Bar + Dining is located at 216 W. Ohio Street in the River North area. 

Tickets are now on sale for David Crosby’s February 8th and 9th shows at City Winery in Chicago.

Six Poets, Six Voices will give local writers an opportunity to present their work at the Grassroots Clothing And General Store in Barrington on Thursday, November 21st. The six poets are Tamara Tabel, Wendy Anderson, Terry Loncaric, Maria-Viktoria Abricka, Michelle Brinckerhoff, and J. Horton Palmer. Admission is free. 

Drummer Brad Elvis currently performs with The Handcuffs but has a quite a history on the local music scene. He recently shared a link on Facebook regarding veteran rock photographer Della Perroe’s Live From The Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana’s Local Music Scene exhibition. In addition to a shot of Brad Elvis rising above his drum kit back in his days with The Elvis Brothers, Perrone snapped photos of Adrian Belew, Dee Dee Ramone, U2, and numerous local bands. Live From The Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana’s Local Music Scene is currently on display at the Sousa Archive in The Harding Band Building on the University Of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana. Admission is free.

Speaking of The Handcuffs, they’ll be on a quadruple bill, along with I Lost Control, The Blissters, and Hard Kiss at Martyrs’ next Friday, November 22nd. The music starts at 9:00 PM.

Congratulations to UK animator Simon Tofield on the fifth anniversary of creating the first Simon’s Cat video. Anyone who has a cat knows Tofield’s clips are funny and painfully true.

Some dreams could come true if I had a plane ticket to California. Hows this for a Broken Hearted Toy dream double bill? Debbie Peterson of The Bangles will be opening for Terry Sylvester, former guitarist-harmony vocalist of The Hollies at McCabe’s in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 24th. Peterson is best known as a drummer, but also plays guitar and sang lead on some of The Bangles hits. Shell be joined by John Wicks of The Records. Admission is $20. If by any chance, Sylvester, Peterson, and Wicks perform a song together, will someone please post it on YouTube?

Childrens author Allan Woodrow will be signing copies of his books next Friday at 6:00 PM at the Barnes and Noble in Deer Park. In addition to his fun and imaginative prose, he’s promising there will be games and giveaways and activities. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Woodrow at my writers groups recent book reading, and he really knows how to engage the crowd.

In other news related to my writers group, Cherie Colyer’s YA/paranormal novel, Hold Tight, has reached the #42 spot on Amazon in Mysteries and Thrillers. I’m a little over halfway through the book, which is a sequel to Colyer’s previously published Embrace. Hold Tight ups the suspense, with the young heroine Madison seeming to be in grave danger throughout much of the tale.

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