Saturday, April 21 is one of those days where there is almost too much going on. Only almost, because in reality, I don't think it's possible for too much to be going on.
All day long is Record Store Day, when a bunch of new, special release records (y'know, that stuff made out of vinyl) will go on sale in limited quantities. And Celebrated Summer Records, 3620 Falls Road, will be participating, carrying new Record Store Day records by Flaming Lips, Mastodon, Deerhoof, RunDMC, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Arcade Fire, Feist, Animal Collective, Otis Redding, Afrika Bambaataa, Of Montreal, Aretha Franklin, Rainer Maria, Tegan & Sara, The Misfits, Poison Idea, Integrity and many, many more. Other record stores throughout the country are participating,. too.
Record Store Day is huge, so be sure to get there early. Celebrated Summer opens at 11 a.m..
Later that day, there will be an opening reception for "Swords Buried Deep," by illustrator Benjamin Marra, at Spur Gallery, 3504 Ash St., from 6:30 - 8:30. Marra is a ridiculously talented and rather controversial artist and creator of the underground comics Night Business, Gangsta Rap Posse and The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Down (yes, he turned the New York Times columnist into an action hero).
Marra has also done work for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vice Magazine, Playboy, Nylon and many more.
Musician-turned-author Sam McPheeters will be reading and discussing his new novel, "The Loom Of Ruin," from 7-9 p.m. at Atomic Books. McPheeters has been in the bands Born Against and Men's Recovery Project and has written for Maximum Rocknroll and Vice Magazine.
But there are things happening on other days, too.
For example, on Saturday, April 14, Minas Gallery & Boutique, 815 W. 36th St., will host a poetry reading by Joseph Harrison and Stephen Kampa at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Also, be sure to check out Kathy Strauss' art exhibit, Time/Space/Matter, which runs through May 31.
And on Thursday, April 26, get ready to get your game on at The Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St. It's Nintendo Challenge Night and the game of choice will be Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. The event starts at 10 p.m.. There's an entry fee to play, but winners take home cash.
If your parents ever said you were wasting your time playing video games, now's your chance to prove them wrong.