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What’s good this weekend?: San Fermin, “Indirect Effect,” Efervescent Collective

March 21, 2014
Effervescent Collective. Credit: James Oshida.

Effervescent Collective. Credit: James Oshida.

Local gallery Area 405 is taking on the look of some sort of curated woodworking shop for its new exhibit, Indirect Effect. L.A.-based artist Jennifer Gilman creates drawings with sawdust on the floor and Christian Benefiel makes sculptures out of timber.

From the Short List: “Local band Orange Horse plays its last show ever at Metro Gallery with the Jack Starr Band, Gezus Kake, and Goodbye New Plans. Gallery 788 holds a ‘Rap Cats‘ benefit for Charm City Animal Rescue, with performances by Femi the Drifish, Adam Selene, Rabbi Darkside, and more. Girlfriend in a Coma sings the sad songs of Morrissey and the Smiths at the Ottobar, with openers I’m the Man interpreting the work of Joe Jackson. Don’t miss: R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius, who this month released the excellent surprise EP Fvck & Love, performs at Baltimore Soundstage.”

Our critic at SXSW said the avant-pop of San Fermin was one of the highlights at the festival. See for yourself at the Metro Gallery.

Effervescent Collective‘s show Butter Knife is meant for people who find dance “a little scary, distractingly sexy, wildly confusing, or just not for you.” Our critic found it is all of those things, “but all in the ways we want art to be scary, sexy, and confusing.” See them perform at the Single Carrot Theatre.

From the Short List: “New York sludge-metal band Mountain God plays the Sidebar. Ava Luna makes art-pop danceable at the Crown. Fat Possum Records band Solids play the Gold Bar with local openers the Matrimonials and Small Apartments. The Deen Ween Group pushes the little daisies at the Ottobar. Brutal death-metal locals Visceral Disgorge plays the Sidebar with Dehumanized, the Merciless Concept, and Coffin Dust.”

What do Passion Pit and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party have in common? They’ve both remixed the song “Peaches,” by buzzy Los Angeles duo In the Valley Below, who swing by the Ottobar.

It’s the last weekend to see Everyman Theatre’s production of The Dresser, about a traveling Shakespeare troupe performing King Lear in the midst of Nazi bombing raids. As we found in our review, there are more than several parallels between “Sir,” the aging thespian in the company, and Lear himself.

From the Short List: “The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series at An die Musik, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, features Tony Denikos and Kings of Crownsville’s Steve Johnson.”