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Incoming! Melt Banana, Retox – Mon, 11/28

The third choice in our Monday conundrum comes in the form of Japan’s long-loved Melt Banana. Does anyone listen to this band anymore? I’m really glad I did, once. Since ’94, their insanely spastic, incredibly fast, super tight brand of in-your-face punk rock has crossed all boundaries, leaving them in a class of their own. My head still kind of hurts from their show at Joe’s Style Shop, years ago, when a shirtless dude punched me in the back of my head, after I tried politely asking him to stop smashing into me and everyone around him. HAH! Even as a youngster, I was a boring old man. Although these tired old ears can’t quite take it anymore, I encourage anyone with an adventurous side to check out this awesome music; their live show is especially impressive, and never intentionally promotes violence!

Harlow’s

8PM, $12, 21+

Incoming! Caravels, Di Bravura, Leer, Mellican Mon, 11/28

Las Vegas’ Caravels has a very mid-west hardcore emo thing going on, and they do it really well. Their sound is dense and huge and powerful (except, of course, when the breakdown comes!). Sacramento’s Di Bravura is NUTS. The two songs on their split with Mane Horse sound like at least three bands playing at the same time, with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong singing over it all. Yikes. San Jose’s Leer and Santa Cruz’s Mellican will be there to up the mosh-ante. Damn good thing that Digitalis is hosting an all-ages shows; the kids need to come to this one.

Digitalis, 1115 H st.

7:30PM, $5, all ages

Incoming! Miami Horror, Geographer, DJ Shaun Slaughter Mon, 11/28

Three shows on a Monday night! What are we going to do?!!? Well, let’s discuss our options. First, we have Australia’s Miami Horror, a synth-based, clap-your-hands, it’s-always-summer-time dance band. Think Neon Indian meets Sixteen Candles, meets every young cool kid on earth. San Francisco’s Geographer has a more “Chris Isaak or the Smiths as a techno band” approach to electronic music, with a strong “back of your hand placed against your forehead as you feign fainting” vibe. Quality stuff, should be a great night if you dig this scene. But, let’s move onto option number two…

Sacramento State University Union Ballroom, 6000 J st.
7:30PM, $10 CSUS students, $15 general, all ages

Things to do: WUNDERCARS! California Automobile Museum Thru May 2012

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MidMo Holiday FUN Raiser: Dec 3

We’re heading toward our awesome annual holidy party- the MidMo Holiday FUN Raiser! This year the party will be Saturday, December 3, at Luigi’s Fun Garden at 2050 20th Street. We’ll have raffles, prizes, snack, a DJ, AND the debut of the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER BAND! As always, we’ll be collecting toys for needy kids- this year all proceeds will go to the Sacramento Children’s Home. The FUN Raiser is FREE, but we hope you’ll bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child.

We’ll see you there!

Saturday, December 3, 6PM
Luigi’s Fun Garden
2050 20th Street, Midtown

Food for Comics Drive

At the risk of sounding cliche, it’s the time of year to give back. Do it in a fun way at the Food for Comics Drive.

On November 19th (This Saturday!) at Empire’s Comics Vault on Fulton Ave., customers will get $2.00 off selected comics when they bring in two or more canned goods or non-perishable foods. All horror goods and horror-related merchandise will also be 20% off. Local comic book artist Jason Dube, owner of Scattered Comics, will be there, as well as San Francisco “Horror Hostess” Miss Misery.

 

One of Jason Dube's characters

 

Enhance your karma and your comic book collection!

 

Things to Do: Sacramento Living Library, Michele Hébert Sunday, November 20

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Art Picks- November 2011

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MINI ART GOLF TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!

Verge Center for the Arts is hosting their annual Holiday Open House this evening featuring a MINI GOLF COURSE inside the building designed and constructed by Verge resident artists. This is one of our best undertakings to date. In addition to the golf, artist studios will be open for viewing, we’ll have snacks, and Ruhstaller Brewing will be serving beer. This is going to be a fantastic night!

When: Thursday, November 10, 6-10pmWhere: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Midtown

Entrance is FREE golf is $15 individual, $40 for a team of 4.

SEE YOU TONIGHT!!!!!!!!

Ramblin’ Jack Elliot- TONIGHT

“These songs are not for the tourists,” says the Brooklyn teenager who ran away from home to join the rodeo back in the mid-1940s. The same one who became the last travellin’ partner to Woody Guthrie, the same one who taught young Bob Dylan his talkin’ blues. The mother of folksinger Odetta dubbed him ‘Ramblin’ Jack Elliott for his laconic Will Rogers-like drawl and drawn out storytellin’.. Now at age 80, he is a National Medal of Arts winner and just picked up a Grammy Award last year for a great album of dark county blues titled A Stranger Here. Would there be anywhere else to be than Harlow’s ( 2708 J St.) on Friday, Nov. 4 to see him ? Early show-7 pm.

 

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