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Friday, March 30, 2007

Things to Do (3/30 – 3/31)

Here is the most recent installment of Evan Finch's occasional Things to Do email newsletter.

Art Adams
Radio Radio
Friday, March 30

Art Adams is a bona fide old 1950s rockabilly cat, and a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (yes, there is a Rockabilly Hall of Fame). He’ll be playing Radio Radio this Friday, and cover is a ridiculously cheap $5. Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes will open around 9 PM. You’ll find the club at 1117 East Prospect in Fountain Square.

Phone: 317.955.0995

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St. Benno Fest
Saturday, March 31

I’m not sure who Saint Benno is, or why Germany thinks so much of him. But he’ll be arriving (I know, just play along) around 6 PM at the Athenaeum (401 East Michigan Street) Saturday night, accompanied by (and this is the important part) “Herr Bock,” who is a professional goat impersonator wearing a straw hat. Bock beer will flow, springtime will be officially welcomed, and a polka contest and grand march will inevitably ensue. Entertainment is to be provided by Jay Fox and his Bavarian Showtime Band. Tickets are $15 at the door, or $12 in advance if you call that number underneath this line of copy.

Phone: 317.630.4569 ext. 1

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National Hamster Ball Derby
A PetCo Near You
Saturday, March 31

Beginning at 2 PM this Saturday, hamsters inside plastic balls will race down an eight-foot track in heats of four. Winning hamsters will receive trophies and some sort of fancy hamster accoutrements. There is an exciting (if somewhat misleading) flash animation at: . That page also has a space for you to enter your zip code, and find the participating PetCo nearest you. Spectators are welcome – and if you have a competitive hamster and a ball, bring it along. Registration is free, and it will give your hamster a rare opportunity for self-actualization.

Phone: Varies from store to store

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Steve Earle’s Kid
Spencer’s Stadium Tavern
Saturday, March 31

Justin Townes Earle, of Nashville, has been playing music for several years with the Swinders and the Distributors. Saturday night, he’ll be at Spencer’s (nice place, Spencer’s) doing a solo set. Door is $7, and the show starts at 8 PM. You’ll find Spencer’s at 802 South West Street, where it meets McCarty.

Phone: 317.916.8888

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Wes Janz is Associate Professor of Architecture at Ball State, and he’s fascinated by the potential of “leftover material” to serve as building materials for the urban homeless. On Friday, April 6, from 5 to 9 PM, the Dean Johnson gallery ( will host a group installation exhibit with the work of Janz and his students. Between now and then, you can read a good Archinect article about Janz’ “One Small Project” by going to: .

Neko Case is playing The Vogue on Tuesday, April 10. Tickets are $20 in advance, on sale now from the Vogue ( or any Ticketmaster outlet.

From 6 to 9 PM on Friday, April 13th, the Harrison Center for the Arts will present new work by textile artists Elyce Elder and Karen Woods (with music afterwards by North Carolina singer/songwriter Jason Harrod).

And a little later on Friday, April 13th, New Jersey’s Yo La Tengo will be playing The Vogue. Tickets to that show are $15 in advance, and are on sale now from the Vogue ( or any Ticketmaster outlet.

I’m done talking about Josh Roush.

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The Lucky Find Gazette, which so fascinated me last week with antique envelope liners, now bedazzles me with Phrygian Bonnets and a canny observation vis-à-vis Papa Smurf:

Seriously, anybody who can wax eloquent on The Scarlet Pimpernel and then segue neatly into a discussion of 1972 NHL expansion teams has a place in my heart.

Speaking of the NHL, you can still get copies of Gump Worsley’s autobiography at:

And speaking of things with places in my heart, check out these melamine, paint-by-number dinner plates:
M. Zane Grey, 7:42 AM