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February 21, 2011

Feb. 21 - 27 in nightlife: Future Islands, Lady Gaga, Transmodern Festival, Jonathan Richman

newFlyerCA55x88.jpgThe beautiful poster at right? It's to promote that free Future Islands show at the Patterson I blogged about a while ago. The show also celebrates Creative Alliance's artist residency program. Elsewhere this week, there are a surprising number of shows in Spanish, starting tonight. And, at least one show by a Madonna knock-off.

On Monday, tropicalia songwriter Vinicius Cantuaria and guitarist Bill Frisell perform a low-key jazzy set at An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Starts at 8 p.m. $33.

On Tuesday, enjoy a night of Spanish minimal synth at Golden West courtesy of the excellent Argentinian-Berliners Mueran Humanos. This a rare show. Listen to "Cosmeticos para Cristo (Cosmetics for Christ)" here. Doors open at 10 p.m. $5.

On Wednesday, the free weekly Friendsdayz party takes place upstairs at the Ottobar. 9 p.m. at 2549 N. Howard St. Free for 21 and over. In D.C.: Subterranean A hosts an all-Baltimore show - Lower Dens, Weekends, Secret Mountains. Starts at 8 p.m. at 1432 R St. NW. $7.

On Thursday, new wave rules at the Ottobar; Twin Shadow performs. 8 p.m. $10. Of general interest: Lady Gaga plays a sold-out Verizon Center. Expect watered-down covers of "Express Yourself."

On Friday, Catonsville's Height kicks-off a long tour at Golden West. Emily Slaughter, of AK Slaughter, will also perform. 10 p.m. at 1105 West 36th Street. $5. Also: Dan Deacon and Matmos' Martin Schmidt perform at a benefit for the Transmodern Festival at Floristree, 405 W. Franklin. Lexie Mountain, who you might also know from the Midnight Sun comments section, hosts. Starts at 9:30. $12.

On Saturday, the Patterson hosts two free sets by Future Islands. The acoustic set starts at 7 p.m. at the main gallery, followed by a full performance at the theater at 9 p.m. 3134 Eastern Ave.

On Sunday, adorably nebbish Jonathan Richman croons at the 8X10, 8-10 E. Cross St. No doubt his banter will be better than James Franco's, who'll be playing "James Franco, Oscar host" at the Academy Awards around the same time. Doors open at 7 p.m. $14.

On a separate note: I'm always looking to include more bar-centric events on these calendar posts, but aside from Elliott's Pour House, which is aggressively pro- social media, I don't get many heads-up. Bars, listen here, send your upcoming events to

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Posted by Erik Maza at 1:32 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Nightlife Pocket Guide


Any black history month nightlife events? There has gotta be some out there or somebody that even cares

Yes, we care, Tif. We did a pretty big Black History Month package a few weeks ago in Live, with all kinds of events, from family stuff to nightlife and even movies. A bunch of these events have come and gone, but here are several more options:

cool thanks!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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