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May 2, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

New primitive

He's on his way. He's the amazing and legendary Billy Childish, one of the founders of the Stuckist art movement in the U.K., singer/songwriter in the garage-rock-punk bands Thee Mighty Caesars, Pop Rivets, the Milkshakes, the Delmonas, the Natural Born Lovers, Thee Headcoats and The Buff Midways, and writer of such critically acclaimed novels as "My Fault" and "Notebooks of a Naked Youth" and over 40 other books and collections of poetry.

He'll be in town for the showing of his new work at the OX-OP Gallery, and will follow the opening with a solo blues and spoken word performance at the adjoining Grumpy's.

Don't think - just go! You'll be glad you did.

- Sa May 7
Grumpy's, 1111 Washington Ave. S.
Call for ticket prices and times.
340-9738, www.grumpysbar.com.

Wild thing

Before she opens her mouth and starts screaming, Yasuko Onuki looks about as powerful as your average 5-foot-tall, 98-pound woman. She steps up to the mic and smiles, and you think, "This will be nice." But it isn't.

Seconds later, after Melt-Banana begins their aural onslaught of pounding and wailing guitars and drums, you're running for cover from the snarling, spitting, screaming Yasuko, from the high-pitched demon that seems to be buried somewhere in her throat and trying to claw its way out.

They are so much fun. I told comic book legend Stan Lee about their cover of the "Spider-Man" theme song, and told him to check it out. I haven't heard from him since.

- Sa May 7, 9 p.m.
7th Street Entry, 701 1st Ave. N.
338-8388, www.first-avenue.com.

Holly Day can be reached at lalena@bitstream.net.