With spring in the air, the arts are in the streets. This month's First Friday will feature performances by the fire manipulation group Pyroteque, golf-theme performance art with Behind the Masque, and live music featuring Joe and Louis Stevenson, the Shaun Piazza Band and Alfonzo Dog on 10th Street. Friday will also be opening night for Hale Tiki, a retro Polynesian-theme lounge on Broad Street.
The album: Pawn Shoppe Heart, The Von Bondies. (Sire)
RATING: HHH 1/2 stars out of HHHHH
The Detroit quartet's CD is a smoothed-over garage-rock album that finds improbable reconciliation between punk and soul.
Although singer/guitarist Jason Stollsteimer dominates the show, vocal support from bass player Carrie Smith and additional guitarist Marcie Bolen throws a feminine curve into his blistering pitch, and raw drums from Don Blum perforate the sometimes-too-glossy veneer.Blazing through songs at about three minutes per track, The Von Bondies thrash through hardcore rock offset by scorching blues sideshows, shifts driven by guitars that swing from the metallic shards of Broken Man to the twangy clip of Right of Way.
- Chuck Campbell, Knoxville News-Sentinel
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (NEW LINE, two-disc set, $39.92; single DVD, $27.95) The horror remake comes in two flavors on DVD, bloody and extra bloody. A single-disc edition has only bare-bones extras accompanying the update of the 1974 tale of travelers hunted by a clan of cannibals. Hardcore gore fans will want to shell out for the two-disc set, packaged with an embossed metal silhouette of chain saw master Leatherface. The two-disc version has an alternate opening and ending and organizes other deleted footage into a documentary detailing the filmmakers' cuts. Three commentary tracks include remarks from director Marcus Nispel, producer Michael Bay and co-stars Jessica Biel and Eric Balfour. The set also offers background on mass murderer Ed Gein, whose story inspired the movies.
The Richmond County Main Library, 902 Greene St., will show House of Sand and Fog on April 26 as part of its free film series. The other movies are: Intolerable Cruelty Monday; The Virgin Suicides Monday, April 12; Grave of the Fireflies Monday, April 19. Call 821-2600.
Arnold Palmer will be at the Mayor's Masters Reception on Monday at the Georgia Golf Half of Fame.
The Atlanta Braves wrap up the preseason with a set of games against the Boston Red Sox at Turner Field on Friday and Saturday. Friday's game starts at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday's game begins at 1:05 p.m. Tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.com.
QUILTERS : University of South Carolina Aiken's University Theatre presents 8 p.m. today-Saturday and Monday, 3 p.m. Sunday, O'Connell Theatre in the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; $12 adults, $7 students, faculty, staff; (803) 641-3305.
WALTON'S ART FOR INDEPENDENCE: Opening reception 5:30 p.m., exhibit runs Friday-April 29, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; Georgia Artists with Disabilities Exhibition and local disabled artists; pieces for sale; free, donations accepted; benefits Walton Foundation Fund; 826-5809.
MAGELLAN: REPORT FROM VENUS: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and April 16-17; 471 University Parkway, Aiken; see major findings by Magellan spacecraft's mission to Venus; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 for kindergarten-12th grade, $1 University of South Carolina Aiken faculty and staff members; (803) 641-3769.
DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT JUNIOR SKILLS COMPETITION: 1 p.m., The First Tee of Augusta, 3165 Damascus Road; for boys and girls, 7-14; prizes awarded in each age group and first, second, third place; free; 739-1904.
BREAKFAST AND BOOK-SIGNING: 9-11 a.m., Lucy Craft Laney Museum, 1116 Phillips St.; Freddie Lee Peterkin and his book, Imaginary Justice; complimentary breakfast available; R.S.V.P. 724-3576.
SWAMP SATURDAY: 9:30 a.m., Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; trained volunteers lead groups on two-hour walk through swampland, scenic overlooks; wear comfortable shoes; free; 828-2109.
FREE MOVIES, AUGUSTA: Screening of Intolerable Cruelty, 6:30 p.m., Richmond County Main Library, 902 Greene St.; 821-2600.
FRIENDS AND FANS
Contemporary singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins and legendary songwriter John D. Loudermilk will join Augusta resident and musician Larry Jon Wilson at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Tickets for the performance are $20 general and $35 VIP. VIP tickets include an onstage reception with the artists. For more information, call 722-8341.
Contact Tharon A. Giddens, features editor, at (706) 823-3347, or firstname.lastname@example.org.