Best Bets: Lydia Loveless coming to Green Frog


Ohio singer Lydia Loveless, who recently released her new album, "Somewhere Else," to critical acclaim, performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.

Lydia has crafted 10 songs that are stark in their honesty, self-examination and openness, without ditching the ribald, spit-in-your-eye attitude of her previous recordings.

Recorded at Sonic Lounge in her hometown of Columbus, "Somewhere Else" is more elemental than any of Loveless' previous material; it's about longing for the other - whether that's something emotional, physical, or mental.

Stephen Ray Leslie opens. Cover is $10. More at,


Los Habaneros, a Cuban band based in New York City, plays for a dance concert at BAAY, 1059 N. State St., at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

Los Habaneros is lead by vocalist Gerardo Contino, formerly of NG La Banda. There will be DJ music before and after the concert, and lessons in salsa and other Latin rhythms will be provided by Rumba Northwest throughout the evening.

Beer and wine is available for those 21 and older. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

General tickets are $15 advance, $20 at door; student tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door, available at Café Rumba, 1140 N. State St.

Details: 360-595-7369, 360-594-2360,


Events taking place on Saturday, April 5 are:

-Workshop: Handmade paper from plants and reuse fibers, at noon at the Dakota Art Store, 1415 Cornwall Ave. Materials fee $5; 360-676-8548

The workshop class, with Rachel Simpson, demonstrates how to create handmade paper, add texture from reusable items such as yarn, thread, plants, paper. This will include the elements of design: line, color, shape, form, space, and texture. By making recycled paper - this can be used later for stationary, gift tags, matting for framed pictures, a handmade journal, or for other artwork.

-Eberhard Eichner from the RE Store presents: "The Re-Use, Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose Revue" at noon at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Free; 360-676-8548

A puppet play with following "show & tell" for all ages. With puppets and stage made entirely from re-claimed materials and a story as rag-tag as its characters, this show is an all fun time with a re-use message.

-RARE Lecture: Furniture from Hollow Core Doors at 3 p.m. at Allied Arts of Whatcom County Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave. 360-676-8548

Get inspired in how to re-purpose these overlooked and marginal materials as ready-to-go parts for fine furniture, like blanket chests and chairs.

-Clearbrook Dixie Band at 3 p.m. at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Free; 360-676-8548

The Clearbrook Dixie Band plays traditional jazz and swing - music from the 1920s through the 1950s plus a variety of other tunes in toe-tapping arrangements.

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