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Steroid Edition: What to see and hear in the weeks ahead

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Blues for kids

The great local blueswoman Catherine Denise (who had a terrific opening set for Gary Clark Jr. last week at Sam’s) will play a free show to benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign, a movement of “people committed to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.” The show will take place 6pm-10pm Thursday, September 22, at Joe’s Crab Shack (4711 NW Loop 410). “I will donate 10 percent of all sales to No Kid Hungry,” Joe’s manager Jimmie Taylor told the Current. “There will be no ticket price and no donation buckets. All you have to do is show up, enjoy the music, and have a good time.” Oh, and eat and drink. For more information, visit,, and


Artslam is back

And this time it’s “high-kicking, wood-cracking, whooping-cranin’, and scissor kicking” its canvasses. More than over 40 local artists (plus Austin’s Eek! Creations) will sell martial-arts-themed stuff, and the folks at Game Over Video Games will put up a Mortal Kombat tournament on the big screen. Meanwhile, DJ Louie Dollars will be hosting Wu-Tang karaoke. And the music is solid: local heavyweights Education and The Hawks (of Holy Rosary) plus The Great 85 going toe-to-toe against recent Austin transplants The Copper Gamins. $5-$8, 8pm Sat, Sept 24, White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Marys,


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Wanna be a DJ?

Ernest Gonzales (Mexicans With Guns) will be giving lessons on digital DJing at the Guadalupe starting on Saturday, September 24. (If you miss this round, the two-hour classes will be held again on October 8 and 22 and November 5 and 12. The 10-hour Ableton course costs $150 and is open to anyone ages 16 and up. For more information, call the Guadalupe at (210) 271-3151.


TMC Music Video Competition

You have until October 10 to submit your music video to the Texas Music Coalition Video Competition. The winner in the Best Song, Best Video Composition, and Best Overall video will be shown at Studio 1400 (1400 West Ave) on November 20 (and, for the time being, that’s the Grand Prize, I guess). “Of course there are prizes,” TMC Music Video Competition chair Patrice Villastrigo told the Current on Monday. “I am working with a studio to create the prize packages … Should know within a couple of days.” Online voting starts October 15, and there is a $10 fee for submissions (free for TMC members). Visit for details on prizes and how to submit.

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