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Lee Ranaldo - art show and more European dates announced

Taking his art and his band out the road, Lee Ranaldo's just announced more dates for his May/June run of dates in Europe, along with news of a solo drawing show entitled "Lost Highways" opening March 30th - May 4th, at the Jan Dhaese Gallery in Gent, Belgium.

Meanwhile, his tour dates with The Dust have been updated  (new in bold below), with their upcoming Scandinavian tour starting next Thursday at Vega in Copenhagen:

April 3rd DK Copenhagen - Vega
April 4th DK Aalborg - 1000Fryd
April 5th NO Oslo - BLÅ
April 6th NO Bergen - Landmark
April 7th NO Stavanger - Folken
April 8th SWE Stockholm - Kägelbanan / Södra Teatern
April 9th FIN Helsinki - Tavastia

May 25th BE Kortrijk - De Kreun
May 26th BE Antwerp - Trix
May 27th FR Paris - La Machine du Moulin Rouge
May 29th FR Nîmes - This is not a love song / Paloma
May 30th SP Barcelona - Primavera Festival
May 31st FR Lyon - Nuits Sonores festival (w/ Disappears, Wooden Shjips)
June 1st IT Padova - Festival / Summer student festival / Je t'aime
June 3rd IT Marina di Ravenna - Beaches Brew Festival
June 4th IT Bolzano - Sudwerk
June 5th DE Schorndorf - Manufaktur
June 6th BE Arlon - L'Entrepot
June 7th PT Porto - Optimo Primavera Porto / Optimo Festival

Elvis @ 21?

Well, as far as rumours for the Lost Weekend go that might be a little far fetched, but Savage Pencil took the opportunity to imagine how Thurston Moore might enjoy the Matador birthday celebrations in Vegas a little too much later this year.

You can see the comic strip for yourself in the latest edition of The Wire magazine and you can find more of Edwin Pouncey's excellent Savage Pencil work here.

Lee Ranaldo & Leah Singer At Hudson Valley C.C.

“Space Within These Lines Not Dedicated,” A Collaborative Installation by Leah Singer and Lee Ranaldo, will be opening Thursday, Oct. 30 at Hudson Valley Community College’s Teaching Gallery.

The Greatest T-Shirt Of All Time... apparently not available in men's sizes.  Though this doesn't address the imbalance of unequal pay for equal might be the single worst thing about being a man other than sharing a gender with Adam Carolla.  (Maria

Sleeveface - Something Else You Can't Do Properly With A CD

The slideshow function at the Sleeveface flickr page is highly recommended.  At least until you get to the shot of the Lard 12". Or perhaps that's where business picks up (as Jim Ross might say). 

Stay Easily Impressed, San Diego


Visualizing The Possibility That A Christopher Moltisanti-Curated Pollard Exhibit Will Not Suck

(Thanks to Patrick for passing this along - GC)

STUDIO DANTE,New York City- "Do The Collage", the debut art exhibit featuring the noted collage works of Robert Pollard, will be held December 9th and 10th, 2007.

Pollard's exhibition will consist of more than 50 collages that date from 1990 through 2007. Using collage elements from 1930's - 60's era magazines, pamphlets and found obscure pictoral paperbacks as his primary tool, he portrays allegorical personas and mhallucinogenic-type environments to create small, almost random synapses of unmistakable compositions with sardonic titles, each serving as a story unto itself. The Artist's media utilizes the archetypes of the working class, becoming pawn deities and martyrs
found within the strata of near fantasy religion and the collective unconscious.

Do The Collage is being hosted by two close friends of Pollard: visual artist Todd DiCiurcio and actor Michael Imperioli, who, along with his wife Victoria, are the Artistic Directors of Studio Dante.

Pollard's art will be the subject of a 2008 Fantagraphic Books release, "Town of Mirrors : The
Reassembled Imagery of Robert Polllard."

Studio Dante is located at 257 29th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue) in Manhattan. Opening night is Sunday December 9th from 6 PM to 10 PM and the exhibit will continue thru Monday, December 10th from 12 Noon to 10 PM.

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