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Finally getting to high-five Emil Amos

A date with Om, Sir Richard Bishop and Jeremy Barnes

2013 Om/Sir Richard Bishop tour poster
David V. D'Andrea
I'm a notorious recluse/hermit. I imagine myself as a postmodern Emily Dickinson—Gchat and Facebook message as letter, yo—but, as yet, I'm nowhere near the writer she was and probably more closely resemble late-stage Howard Hughes. As an introvert, one of the things I dig the most about social networking is the ability to share in the lives and experiences of artists I admire. I never thought I'd be able to tell Ann Magnuson that "Folk Song" will always be in my sonic top ten.

Another rad artist I "know" via Facebook is Emil Amos. When I heard Lilacs & Champagne, my mind was blown. I messaged him to that effect and he kindly requested my friendship. Amos, of Om, Grails and Holy Sons, is extremely talented and hella gracious, and I'm psyched to high-five him this evening. Transcendent drone-metal duo Om performs tonight at Sister (409 Central NW), along with guitar virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop and Jeremy Barnes. I'll see you there. Read all about Bishop in Siring Superlative Sound. Check out related A/V below. Sister • Om • Sir Richard Bishop • Jeremy Barnes • Thurs Feb 14 • 10 pm • $10-13 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com

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Be the Alibi's Valentine

Love songs for our readers

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Skullcrusher Mountain

Jonathon Coulton loves his monsters. Whether he's singing about zombies trying to find an acceptable compromise with their intended victims ("we're not unreasonable, no one's going to eat your eyes") or a kraken's wistful desire to befriend the ships it inevitably crushes with its massive tentacles, he approaches these subjects from an unexpected and often surprisingly tender perspective.

No surprise then to find that he offers a similar take on the evil genius who is the subject of the song "Skullcrusher Mountain." Yes, he's twisted. Yes, he's murderous. But he also feels the pangs of love and the heartbreak of being rebuffed.

For anyone who has ever given their crush a heartfelt gift and wondered "What's with all the screaming?"

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The Daily Word in purple squirrels, drug-testing for St. Michael's students and Whitney Houston dead in a hotel room

Macaulay Culkin is now Willem Dafoe.

St. Michael's high school in Santa Fe may institute a random drug-testing policy.

Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel room, possibly by her bodyguard.

A purple squirrel in Pennsylvania.

1930's musicians' reaction to the demise of live musical accompaniment in movie theatres.

The Falkland Islands are experiencing a food shortage.

These Marine snipers employed an SS symbol nearly identical to the Nazi SS runes as their own, but apparently it's all a big misunderstanding....

Take your Valentine on a date... to an NYC sewage treatment plant.

Check out this nifty Gene Vincent tour documentary from 1969.

On this day in 1980 Christina Ricci was born.

V.21 No.6 | 2/9/2012

Love Notes

You, our beloved readers, submitted hundreds of short messages to your sweethearts. We printed them in this week’s issue, and you can read them all here.

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Alibi Flickr Photo of the Day

Valentine Edition

Posted to Alibi's Flickr photo pool by our sweet friend Miss Minie.

46/50 Corazón

Had a lovely Valentine's day :)
Do you know how hard it is to arrange pearls on a silky dress? DO YOU?
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Alibi Flickr Photo of the Day

Valentine Edition

Posted to Alibi's Flickr photo pool by our pal Design.Her.

Cupid's Arrow

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Happy Valentine's Day lovers and lonelies.

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Alibi Flickr Photo of the Day

Valentine Edition

Posted to Alibi's Flickr photo pool by our pal Martini Mike.

Love I

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AKA Martini Mike

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The Treehouse

The audience sat on rugs designed by Joan Weissman as part of 516's Form and Function exhibit. I prefered to stand.
The audience sat on rugs designed by Joan Weissman as part of 516's Form and Function exhibit. I prefered to stand.

The Treehouse is an always different open mic and poetry performance held the second Saturday of each month at 516 ARTS. There's an hour or so of first-come, first-read writers, followed by the featured poet; in the past, Jennifer Pontzer and Bob Reeves, among others, have headlined.

This past weekend's performance was an "erotic" version (see our mention of it in Culture Shock). Dinah Frank, the alter ego of a local writer who bears a striking resemblance to Lisa Gill, presented a love story to French filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Really, though, it was an unflinching recollection of the madness of youth and love and obsession, as well as a look at what terrible lengths people to go to figure out who we are. Plus, there was audience interaction.

As a first performance, there were some kinks (of the non-erotic kind) to be sure, but it was a welcome alternative to an evening filled with poems about blind love.

So, what did you do to mark (or erase) Valentine's Day?

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