Thursday, January 10, 2013

Newsy Bits: Anthology Closes, Pacific Magazine Music Feature and more...

So I have been meaning to catch up but let's just say I'm taking my time getting into the swing of a new year, and the time I set aside to write seems to disappear quickly when I'm bouncing around town on my new bike or going to the zoo or hanging with Darren or playing Words With Friends (guilty). So anyway, you've heard that 4th & B and now Anthology have closed down. I would guess that you can probably expect both venues to reopen under new owners at some point, but nobody can really be sure at this point. CityBeat covered the story quite thoroughly this week, as did the U-T, and I was on NBC news last week to chat about it (you can read their article here). I thought it would be inappropriate to mention the divorce of the owners, but apparently that is fair game and the most obvious reason behind the closure.

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I also meant to share the link to Pacific Magazine in case you hadn't seen the music feature yet. Me, Pyles, Tim Maze, Candace Mandracia, Johnny Shockey, and Freddie Harb were asked to make music assessments and predictions. Pretty cool, I have to say.

I really didn't have a whole lot of other stuff to talk about that I haven't mentioned already. 91X has their 30th Anniversary party this weekend so that is a pretty awesome achievement. I remember being a kid on my skateboard and listening to early versions of the station (I loved Duran Duran and Tears For Fears at the time), and we've all seen them transform over the years and endure radio ups and downs and ownership changes. Congratulations to everyone who has been a part of the station over the years.

And speaking of anniversaries...the Casbah has been around for 24 years now, and though the whole month is part of the celebration, I guess you can call this weekend the official anniversary weekend, with Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys on Friday and Mrs. Magician, The Howls, The Short Eyes, and Teenage Burritos on Saturday. You can grab Big Sandy tickets for just $5 at M-Theory.

And while I'm talking about the Casbah...a while back I Am Not A Hipster shot some scenes at the club and the movie screened at Sundance and with a couple showings around town, and if you helped Kickstart the project, you should have your DVD by now, but if you still haven't seen it, you can catch a screening on Thursday night at the Ken Cinema. Go here for information.

Ok, early morning biking means I'm going to sleep.

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