Party Planning Committee: July 16 - 21



We hereby present a very special edition of the Party Planning Committee, because your good-time event mistress Calapatra is actually planning a rad backyard party on Saturday. If I have ever crashed a party of yours, y'all are welcome to mine. (Come to think of it, this invites half the town. Oh well.) As for the rest of the week, here are my suggestions—or choose your own path and click here to search our entire events calendar.

Heartless Bastards
  • Heartless Bastards

Tuesday (Tonight):
Tolstoy says every happy family is alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This might seem a propos during Richard Manning's reading from his new memoir, It Runs in the Family, at Shakespeare and Co. tonight at 7. First, read Erika Fredrickson's review.

You'll come away with serious environmentalist cred if you go to the Shakespeare and Co. reading with Kate Davies and Florence Williams, authors about environmentalism and boobies, respectively. These things are connected, I assure you.

After all that literary fun, might I suggest drinking some whiskey and doing a li'l two-step this evening? You have a choice between good ole Steve Earle or the super-talented Sarah Jarosz. Tough choice, I know, but I personally would opt in favor of seeing the rising star, so you can say "I saw her when."
You could also do both, most likely, since Steve Earle will probably wrap up at the Wilma just as Sarah Jarosz is starting at the Top Hat. That right there is the glory of our downtown.

This is no evening to take yourself seriously. Weird Al plays the Wilma, but if you don't have $40 in bones lying around, there's a Super Valu Show (I just made that up) at the ZACC, with six touring punk bands, including one all the way from France.
Oh! There's also New Belgium's Clips Beer and Film Fest, and Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy at a free show at Monk's. Dammit, I can only be in so many places at once.

The litany of summer radness continues, with a Bike and Brew tour and the Northside/Westside Block Party and Heartless Bastards at the Top Hat. Whew.

On this, Calapatra the Calendar Editor's birthday, nothing seems more suitable than hanging out in the ZACC Below with goofy kids like Buddy Jackson and Bozeman's Party Like Thieves.

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