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Chicago: two great small press events this week

We wish we could wing our way over to Chicago for  The Small Press & Comics Symposium and the Chicago Zine Fest as they both sound amazing! The Small Press & Comics Symposium is on Thursday from 4-8pm and has panelists for zines and comics (including Chris Ware!) and a special bonus that Lilli Carré did the poster for it! The Chicago Zine Fest is Friday and Saturday and includes readings, exhibitors, workshops and even a DIY film festival that Lilli has a film in. Check their website for full listings and info:

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Flatstock at SXSW Festival

If you're going to be in Austin for SXSW be sure to check out LO Artists Dan Black & Jessica Seamens (as Landland) and Jason Munn at the 29th Flatstock poster show from Wednesday March 16th – Saturday March 19, 2011. Attendance is free! Full info here: Flatstock SXSW image from

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Recommending: Calder Quartet

Calder Quartet with Andrew WK (from Facebook) We saw Calder Quartet play two really great pieces of music this weekend at the Portland Central Library at a free event put on by Friends of Chamber Music (and hey, we're all friends of chamber music, aren't we?). They are playing two shows this week at PSU, the second of which I'm recommending as they are playing a piece by one of my favorite composers, Leoš Janáček. Leoš Janáček with his wife in 1881 (from Wikipedia) They are also doing one of the pieces they performed at the Library, Fred Frith's Lelekovice (1991), that was compelling, kinetic and definitely worth experiencing in-person. Tickets & information here: Calder Quartet Mon & Tue,...

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The George Chen Variety Show

Anyone who knows my brother knows he is involved in many things so it is only fitting that he should combine his interests into a variety show in Berkeley tomorrow night! Here's a great article in the East Bay Express all about it. Wish we could be there!

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