Calendar April 22-28
Tired of the old stereotype that women and gadgets don’t mix? Check out the Women’s Center Art Gallery’s opening tonight of “Women and Technology.” Robots will surely abound, as will the occasional snack and glass of cheap wine. The opening begins at 7 p.m. and is free. If you are like many Americans, you have no clue about the genocide of the Armenians, which Hitler realized that no one recognized, and so he continued with his own. Join the Armenian Student Association at 8 p.m. in Embarcadero Hall, where there will be speakers, film clips, music and more to end Armenian Genocide Commemoration Week. This event is also free.
The I.V. double feature on Friday nights is finally back in action! Magic Lantern Films will showcase the recent indie hit “The Station Agent,” followed by Wes Anderson’s classic “Bottle Rocket,” which showcases the entire Wilson clan. “The Station Agent” starts at 8:30 p.m., followed by “Bottle Rocket” at 11. Tickets are $4 for each film, but get there early! SB is in for a treat tonight as the world’s smoothest satirist takes hold of Velvet Jones. Richard Cheese, king of lounge cover songs, will be playing some of his hits including a lounge-tastic version of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice.” Velvet Jones is located at 423 State St. The show begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at www.presaleticketing.com.
Fans of Latin music, take note, L.A.-based Quetzal will be performing tonight in the MCC Theater. Their unique mix of bolero, rock and blues will have you on your feet, impassioned by their music as well as by their experiences in the inner city. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Arts & Lectures ticket office. The show begins at 8 p.m. So, maybe you don’t know what happened to his face – FYI, it’s from lupus – but that damn “Kiss From a Rose” song has been stuck in your head since the summer between sixth and seventh grades. That’s right, Seal is headed our way and will be at the Santa Barbara Bowl at 7 p.m. performing his bald-headed hits. Tickets start at $27 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. The SB Bowl is located at 1122 N. Milpas St.
Yikes! Karen Hughes, former adviser to our friend G.W. Bush, recently quit her prestigious position to spend more time with her family and move back to Texas – hell, Artsweek would have hit the road running, but apparently this woman has nerves of steel. She will be speaking today at 3 p.m. in Campbell Hall about her book, Ten Minutes From Normal, which chronicles her life in politics. Tickets are $8. A little more in the liberal direction, punk quartet the Distillers will also be gracing our campus this evening, performing their fast and loud hits in the Hub. The show will go down at 8:30; however, don’t plan on seeing publicized band the Icarus Line; they dropped out and have been replaced. Tickets are $15 through the A.S. Ticket Office.
Swing by the Wildcat Lounge’s Sound Room on Monday night at 10 to bid farewell to an I.V. staple, Honey White, who will be playing their last show for awhile with fellow local band Square One. Since the boys will be going their separate ways, they will be happy to rock you one last time. The Wildcat Lounge is located at 15 W. Ortega St. Man, L.A. sure gets all the cool music, like Tuesday night’s sure-to-be-amazing Pinback show at the Troubadour. Cool band, cool venue. Too bad L.A. has all that shitty traffic; I guess you can’t win them all. The Troubadour is located at 9081 Santa Monica Blvd. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.
He revealed the truth behind the seedy fast-food industry in his book Fast Food Nation, and now he’s exposing the “pot, porn and illegal immigration economies,” in the book Reefer Madness, which is far cooler than, say, the disposable diaper economy. Eric Schlosser will be speaking at Campbell Hall at 8 p.m., followed by a book signing. Tickets are $8 and available at the A.S. Ticket Office. The MCC is one of the finest resources for culture here on our campus, consistently bringing us lectures, music and films for cheap or free. Tonight is no exception, with the free showing of the Vietnamese documentary Green Dragon, which follows Vietnamese refugees fleeing from the Vietnam War and housed in California military bases. This is a free event and begins at 6 p.m.