Music to Your Ears
Celebrate the spirit of St. Valentine or singles awareness at a neighborly love-infused showcase at Synchro Studio (512-B Yale SE). The recital, titled Meat Heart, brings together locally beloved prankster duo The Jeebies, passionate collective Fando, solo experimentalist Lady Fox (Mauro Woody) and Denver-based garage devotees The Matildas and Pacific Pride. Come together on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. Romantics and realists of all ages are invited, and admission is $7.
Over the last decade, the annual Breakin’ Hearts fest has served as a perennial hub for the greater Duke City hip-hop community. Equal parts workshop, bazaar, art show and performance/competition, the three-day event ramps up on Friday evening at Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory (2637 Texas Street NE) with workshops on dance, choreography, battle tactics and poppin’. On Saturday at Warehouse 508 (508 First Street NW), witness deejaying, breakdancing, popping-and-locking and beatboxing battles, spins by DJs Randy Boogie, Fleg and Sek Uno and performances by 2bers, Zoology Crew and Saywhut?! Presale tickets are $15 at L.A. Underground (2000 Central SE), and day-of-show admission is $20. For the full schedule, visit bit.ly/breakinhearts11
Burque + klezmer 4EVA
During the late-1800s to early-1900s, Jewish klezmorim musicians crossed paths with early American jazz and a distinctive brand of klezmer was born. Both revival and pre-jazz klezmer are based in Romanian lauturi tradition, and melodies reminiscent of emotive exclamation are instrumentally expressed in dreydlekh (ornamental) styles like violin’s krekhts (Yiddish for “sobbing”). The 2013 KlezmerQuerque fest marks a decade of celebration in Burque. The three-day event kicks off on Friday, Feb. 15, and draws to a close on Sunday evening. From a joyous, participatory Shabbat service to a lively dance party to workshops on klezmer music and dance to documentary screenings, experiencing this year’s event at Congregation Nahalat Shalom (3606 Rio Grande NW) promises community revelry and aural stimulation.
If you’re a hardcore audiophile courting an obsessive cinephile (or vice versa), I have your perfect post-holiday entertainment. From Sunday, Feb. 17, to Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) screens two wildly divergent music docs that are sure to inform and impress both music and film lovers. Beware of Mr. Baker chronicles the volatile existence of Ginger Baker, who’s most well known as the drummer for Cream. The film provides a glimpse into the rage and heroin-fueled career and life of Baker. Combining conversations with the chainsmoking 73-year-old morphine addict, performance footage and interviews with artists like Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Carlos Santana, the flick illuminates the bright corners of a dark path. Director Shirley Clarke’s Ornette: Made in America explores the life of legendary free jazz composer, saxophonist, trumpeter and violinist Ornette Coleman. Featuring a vivid recreation of Coleman’s childhood, performance footage and interviews with luminaries like William S. Burroughs and Buckminster Fuller, Ornette provides a keen glimpse into the world of an American free jazz prime mover. Beware of Mr. Baker screens at 4:45 and 8:30 p.m., and Ornette: Made in America shows at 6:45 p.m.