Nick Prevas is truly an "artist of all trades." The 30-year-old Charles Village resident writes and directs films, works on graphic design projects, plays guitar and sings in the band White Lodge. He even handles communications and media for the American Visionary Arts Museum. Originally from Highland, Prevas tells b that there's no place he'd rather be than Baltimore: "There's just an energy to our city like no place else. I lived in L.A. for a few years and couldn't ever get the vibe there like I can in Charm City. There's no pretense (most of the time), you can connect with genuinely creative and talented people and there's some weird inspiration I get from living here that just can't be put down in words." Through that inspiration, Prevas creates film shorts and music videos that have been shown at festivals and galleries across the country. Most recently, he co-produced a video of artist Scott Weaver showing his 100,000+ toothpick sculpture, "Rolling Through the Bay," which you can see looping in AVAM's current exhibition "All Things Round." On Saturday, Prevas will perform with White Lodge at the Windup Space in a tribute to Tom Waits. Here, he talks to us about Soul Cannon (who he created album art for), his dislike for romantic comedies and the ambiguity of fanny packs.
Worst pet peeve? Having to wait for Net¿ix streaming to buffer. Also, $5 bank card fees and people who don't use crosswalks.
What's on your iPod? Tom Waits' new album "Bad As Me," Soul Cannon's "The Mixed Ape" and the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" are on constant rotation.
Last concert/gig you went to? Turn Around Norman at the Windup Space
Your worst habit? Procrastinating and biting my nails
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? 3-D movies
Favorite/least favorite band? Favorites: Radiohead, the Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Quartet Offensive. Least Favorite: Anything pop rarely does it for me, except for Spice Girls.
Favorite/least favorite artist? Favorites: Alex Gross consistently blows my mind; my good friend Matt Bovie; and I'm really inspired by French artist Stephanie Lucas who's featured in AVAM's "All Things Round."
Last movie you liked/disliked? Liked: "Drive." I sincerely hope Hollywood takes a turn toward this kind of cinema again. It reminded me of how awesome early Tarantino and Scorsese ¿lms were.
Favorite ¿lmmaker? David Lynch
Favorite/least favorite genre of movie? Favorite: Noir and neo-noir, anything dark and mysterious. Least Favorite: Romantic comedies.
Last video that made you snort with laughter? YouTube video of Sexy Sax Man Sergio Flores playing "Careless Whisper" throughout L.A. hotspots.
TV shows you can't get enough of? Anything on AMC: "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," "Mad Men." Also, I'm hooked on "Party Down."
Favorite book you recently read? I'm reading "A Games of Thrones" now. The HBO show got me hooked.
Last great meal you had? Earthquake roll at Yama Sushi in Hampden
Food you hate? Anything I can't pronounce
Favorite place to get a drink? The Windup Space
Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Fanny packs for both
Best art exhibition you've seen lately? I really liked a few shows I saw at a recent visit to the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, "Masters of the Visual Universe" and "Excavatum."
AS TOLD TO LAURA LEFAVOR, B
If you go
What: Tom Waits Tribute with White Lodge
When: 10 p.m. doors Saturday
Where: The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., Station North