A slew of local talent comes together at the Elvis & Bowie Birthday Party to celebrate the two legendary showmen, and what might have been. Publicity photo

ARTS Picks: Elvis & Bowie Birthday Bash

“Elvis is a major hero of mine,” said David Bowie in 1996, according to The Ziggy Stardust Companion website. “I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.” And rumor has it that Elvis Presley was impressed by Bowie as well. Country star Dwight Yoakam claims that […]

Martha Saunders at Chroma Projects Gallery. Photo by Eze Amos

First Fridays: January 5

As a painter, I’m always looking for the state of surprise and enchantment,” says Martha Saunders, whose “Transmutations” show is on view at Chroma Projects Gallery this month. Most of the paintings in the show will come from Saunders’ decade-long project Reading Series, a rumination on how the human system digests information. The series “started […]

Ryan Marley Grant, Sebastian Green and Will Ashby (aka Fanciful Animals) crank out their own form of musical brain candy at Magnolia House on Wednesday. Photo by Eze Amos

Clocking in with math rockers Fanciful Animals

Fanciful Animals songs often begin the same way most rock songs do: with a riff. While jamming during band practice a while back, Will Ashby picked out a riff on his guitar and it sounded unusually cool. “Play that again,” said bassist Ryan Marley Grant, and so Ashby did, over and over and over again, […]