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Classical guitarists and music students Stephen Krishnan and Robby Brown will perform back-to-back at the Cactus Café Thursday. Initially both Krishnan and Brown had no intentions of becoming professional guitarists but now hope to teach classical guitar in the future. 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Garza | Daily Texan Staff

Stephen Krishnan was 4 years old when he first began playing the classical guitar. Krishnan — now a UT senior pursuing his Bachelor of Music in guitar performance — met classical guitarist Robby Brown, who is pursuing the master’s degree at the Butler School of Music, when he came to UT. Brown and Krishnan perform back-to-back at the Cactus Cafe on Thursday, setting the stage for acclaimed classical guitarist Alexander Milovanov from Belarus.

As a freshman in high school, Brown began playing the electric guitar, became interested in jazz guitar and began to study jazz music in his senior year. 

“I just wanted to explore music in a deeper way and learn different styles of guitar playing,” Brown said.

Hailing from a family of artists and musicians, Brown began his undergraduate studies at The University of Southern Mississippi as a jazz studies major, learning classical guitar on the side because it was a
required elective.

“As time went on, I realized I love to play it, and I just kept on practicing and practicing, and eventually classical guitar took over,” Brown said. 

Brown switched his major to guitar performance his junior year. He later
auditioned for and joined
UT’s master’s program.

Krishnan, on the other hand, has been playing classical guitar since childhood. He began training in classical guitar with the Suzuki Program, an early childhood music program, when he
was 4.

“I never went into taking guitar lessons with the expectations of becoming a professional guitarist,” Krishnan said. “My family wanted me to learn to play a classical instrument, and it was originally going to be violin. None of us had any idea what the classical guitar was at that time, but, when we went to a music school in Connecticut and heard one of the performers play the classical guitar, my parents and I just fell in love with the
instrument instantly.” 

Krishnan continued the Suzuki Program until he was 16 years old. He knew he wanted to pursue his undergraduate studies in music, and he began applying to various schools. He finally chose UT because he wanted to train under guitar professor Adam Holzman. The classical music scene in Austin also offered him numerous opportunities to teach and learn the classical guitar, according
to Krishnan.

Both Krishnan and Brown now compete in guitar competitions. Krishnan competes as a part of the UT Guitar Quartet, an undergraduate-only ensemble, while Brown competes in solo competitions. He recently won the Classical Minds Festival and Competition held in Houston in June 2013.

Krishnan and Brown are both part of the UT Guitar Studio led by Holzman. They each spend up to six hours every day perfecting
their craft. 

“Classical music is seen as an elite form of music, but people should seek out and experience classical music for what it is,” Brown said. “Being surrounded by all the great guitar players in the studio and having a good teacher who knows how to make a guitar player sound great is a really
great motivator.”

Holzman has been working with Brown for a year and half and with Krishnan for three and a half years.

“They are both hardworking,” Holzman said. “You have to be incredibly inquisitive, talented, musical, disciplined and hardworking
to succeed.”

Krishnan has also been a volunteer at the Austin Classical Guitar society, which hosts several concert series for performers and organizes events and education outreach programs for
the community.

“He’s someone who welcomes the audience into the experience,” said Matthew Hinsley, executive director at ACG. “He’s one of the most kind, patient individuals. Outright mastery of the
subject is a critical element that’s going to make him a successful teacher.”

Brown and Krishnan both hope to become more involved in teaching classical guitar in the future. While Krishnan hopes to give more performances as part of a guitar ensemble, Brown aspires to be a concert artist and also pursue his doctorate degree in music.

“Music means a lot to me,” Brown said. “Music inspires me to live life.”

Public Relations senior Kristin Kingsbury is one of eight UT students chosen to compete in this year’s Kerrville Folk Festival. Judged by a panel, the contestants will play original folk and country music at the competition at Cactus Cafe. 

Photo Credit: Sam Ortega | Daily Texan Staff

Talent manifests itself in many corners of the Forty Acres, but eight singer-songwriters at UT have been chosen to compete for the chance to perform at this year’s Kerrville Folk Festival

The eight singer-songwriters will play original folk and country music at the live competition at the Cactus Cafe. The songwriters will be judged by an esteemed panel comprised of booking agents, studio owners and others in the music businesses. 

Public relations senior Kristin Kingsbury, one of the eight performers, said her passion for singing and writing songs goes back to childhood. 

“I wrote a few songs when I was still in elementary school, but when I got my first guitar at 13, I really began to get the writing bug,” Kingsbury said.  “My first love will always be singing, but songwriting is a very close second.” 

Kingsbury said that in high school one of her professors nicknamed her the “songbird.” She was inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” 

“The poem immediately became an anthem for me,” Kingsbury said. “As the poem states, ‘the caged bird sings of freedom’ and in the same way, I feel that singing and songwriting gives me that freedom.” 

Theatre and dance freshman James Johnson, another of the performers, said in addition to freedom, he experiences “musical hunger,” an uncontrollable need to write music. Johnson’s inspiration comes from memories and emotions he felt compelled to write about in his life. 

“I write about anything I feel. Those two songs that I will perform were written as an outlet for some feelings that were trapped inside of me,” Johnson said. “If I feel something and it doesn’t just pass as most feelings do, I know I have my next song.”

Kingsbury said her favorite part about songwriting has always been the lyrics and being able to craft songs that convey a feeling while still maintaining a sense of mystery. Writing songs that range from issues about relationships of any kind to songs about how she sees the world, Kingsbury said she uses music to make sense of her life. 

Johnson says music allows him to find closure when he cannot find words to describe how he feels, and he hopes his songs will help someone find the same closure he has found. 

“I want to be able to show people that they are not the only ones that feel the way they do,” Johnson said. “Music unites us. I feel like no matter your race or ethnicity, we all understand music. Music is the one thing we can all create and all understand. And to be able to create something that powerful is an experience that I could never quite explain.”

Will Shirey, pre-public relations sophomore and event coordinator for the Kerrville singer-songwriter competition, said singer-songwriter and folk music is powerful in its simplicity and vulnerability. 

“Because it’s so stripped down, the music and the story of the song really have to play off of each other well to work,” Shirey said. “A good folk songwriter is just a good storyteller that can use the added dimension of an instrument to make you feel even more emotion.” 

Many genres of music garner elements of theatricality with large stage productions and other distractions. Shirey said with singer-songwriter and folk music, there isn’t anything for the performers to hide their lyrics behind. The performers have to put everything out on stage. 

“While it would obviously be incredible to win, I’m mostly just honored to be selected and so excited for the opportunity to perform for the judges and other people from the Austin music scene,” Kingsbury said. “I grew up always wanting to be a singer and just loving music. It’s weird to think about because it’s just sort of been there for as long as I remember — this idea that I was meant to do it.” 

No matter who wins, all eight performers will have the opportunity to perform for important people in the music industry. Shirey said this competition is just the starting point for many of the musicians. 

“It’s not just for hard core folkies or slam poets, but they’ll love it too,” Shirey said. “I’ve listened to all the musicians and they all have something really special to bring to the night, and who knows, maybe you might just find a musician you’ll want to keep up with.” 

Live music defines Austin. Ever since the late 1960s, music has flourished here, and anybody who has ever taken a walk down Sixth Street can see how important live music is to the city’s cultural identity. In fact, I still remember the first time I came to Austin; the sights, sounds and smells of the music venues lining the streets downtown left an impression that I won’t ever forget. I felt like Austin was a true music town, which was a huge part of why I decided to come to school here. And the fact that the Cactus Cafe — an especially historic venue that helped launch the careers of The Dixie Chicks, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith and many other venerable music legends — was on UT’s campus only furthered my conviction that I was choosing a school connected to Austin’s vibrant music scene. But the true relationship between UT and the local music is tenuous at best, despite the Cactus Cafe’s presence on campus. Every UT student has a lot to gain from taking advantage of the Cactus Cafe, and we can all do more to take part in Austin’s unique music scene.

With the impending arrival of SXSW — the annual music, film and technology mega-festival that descends upon Austin for 10 days — it is a better time than ever to examine the relationship between UT and Austin’s music scene. This relationship is definitely complicated, but it isn’t what I expected it to be when I first decided to come to school here. When I visited UT five years ago as a junior in high school, I was thrilled by the live music all around me, and especially by the fact that such an historic venue was in the Texas Union, right in the middle of UT’s campus. But soon after settling in to my dorm room, I started to realize that the UT campus was a world away from the vibrant music community I saw when I visited, even though the Cactus Cafe was right outside my bedroom window.

In reality, the idea of Austin as a music town plays only a very minor role in our identity as a student body. How many students on this campus appreciate how important the Cactus Cafe is?  How many don’t even know that it exists?  The University attempted to shutter the Cactus Cafe in 2010, in no small part because they simply didn’t think it mattered to the UT community and wasn’t worth the financial commitment, and this speaks volumes about how little appreciation we have for Austin’s live music tradition.

Granted, there are plenty of UT students who love live music and do everything they can to take advantage of what Austin has to offer, but this is likely nothing more than a product of the sheer size of UT’s student body. In fact, my impression after my freshman year was that UT’s only real engagement with the Austin music scene was during the Austin City Limits music festival each fall. We have such a deep, rich and varied music scene at our fingertips all year long, not just during that one weekend in September or October, and it is a shame that this isn’t a bigger part of who we are as a student body.

The Cactus Cafe is an amazing resource and a true musical treasure that is literally sitting right in our backyard, and it’s time that UT students start to appreciate its value. I recently spoke with Matt Munoz, the director of the Cactus Cafe, and he made it clear that attracting more UT students to shows is one of the venue’s main goals for the future. He told me that after a good show, he often hears UT students saying, “’Wow, I didn’t even know this was here.’  This is part of our longtime goal on campus, to get these younger kids on campus engaged.”  According to Munoz, the Cactus Cafe is always looking to book younger, UT-based bands and hosts a monthly open mic night focused on UT students. But our campus community is still disappointingly disengaged with the Cactus Cafe and Austin’s vibrant music scene in general.

In the upcoming months, the Cactus Cafe will host countless rising stars of the music world, as well as well-established acts from Austin and beyond. For instance, in the month of March alone you can see country and rock legends Tom Russell, Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely. These are musicians people cross the state to see live, and all you have to do is cross the street. But even if you can’t make it to a show, you can always just stop by for a beer; the Cactus Cafe is open all week as a common space for UT students to meet and relax. The fact is that UT is in a unique position to benefit from Austin’s one-of-a-kind music scene, and we are blessed to have a venue like the Cactus Cafe right on our campus. We should take advantage of it.

Nikolaides is a Spanish and government senior from Cincinnati, Ohio.

More than two years after a controversial recommendation to close down the Cactus Cafe & Bar, University Unions executive director Andy Smith will retire from his position on Aug. 31 after 27 years with University Unions.

“I have great hopes for the new executive director,” Smith said. “[University Unions] will be left in good order. Our budget is in pretty good shape after taking cuts like everyone else.”

Smith said the position is an opportunity to help build on University Unions’ student life centers and its recent expansion.

University Unions recently overtook the management of the Student Services Building and Hogg Memorial Auditorium. University Unions already oversees the Texas Union, Student Activity Center and the Student Events Center.

Smith said the University hopes to hire a new executive director during the summer months to ease the transition.

In 2010, Smith was criticized for a proposal to close the Cactus Cafe & Bar, a historical live music performance venue opened in 1979 in the Texas Union.

The University Union Board of Directors supported Smith’s proposal to phase out the cafe and the UT Informal Classes program to save around $122,000 for a 2 percent staff pay increase during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 biennium.

Students, members of the Austin community and musicians opposed Smith’s recommendations and formed the Save the Cactus Cafe campaign, which garnered more than 8,500 supporters in a Facebook group created by UT staffer Wiley Koepp, who served on the nonprofit’s board of directors.

The University eventually announced Cactus Cafe would remain open in partnership with KUT Radio, which would financially support the venue. KUT hired a new manager to run the cafe, replacing former manager Griff Luneburg.

UT alumna Hayley Gillespie, a critic of Smith’s recommendation, was a graduate student in 2010 and said she worked with the Graduate Student Assembly and Save the Cactus Cafe to attempt to maintain the venue.

Gillespie said Luneburg dedicated his life to the venue only to be replaced after Smith’s proposal.

“I wish the people who made it a better place would get the retirement benefits Smith is going to receive,” Gillespie said.

Despite criticisms, Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly, who oversees UT student life, said Smith was a leader who fulfilled his responsibilities during his time at the University.

Reagins-Lilly said the executive director is required to make many budgetary recommendations, and Smith worked very closely with the Dean of Students office when recommending the closing of Cactus Cafe.

“You never know, with any decision, how people will react,” Reagins-Lilly said. “[That year] is not central to his success.”

Responsibilities of the executive director include managing University Unions’ “student-centric business and service enterprise,” according to the job listing for the position posted on UT’s website.

Candidates for the position should have a master’s degree and 10 years of experience in a director role at a student facility.

Reagins-Lilly said the hiring committee, which will include student leaders, will consider internal and external applications.

Printed on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 as: University Unions director retires 

Patterson Hood, also a member of Drive-By Truckers, will be performing in Austin beginning on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Andy Tennille.

Photo Credit: Andy Tennillee | Daily Texan Staff

In the 57-plus-year history of the rock ‘n’ roll singer/songwriter, a recognizable archetype has emerged: that of the brash blues-shouting rock band frontman who can also lay down the electric guitar and bear his or her soul with a set of sparse, introspective, acoustic-based songs. It is a trend that arguably began with Bob Dylan, was mastered by Neil Young and has continued through the years with albums by songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Beck, Ryan Adams and Dylan’s son, Jakob Dylan.

Patterson Hood is a proud inheritor of this tradition. As singer/songwriter and bandleader for the Drive-By Truckers, his primary job is to bash out straight-ahead dirty Southern rock in ballrooms and music halls across the country. However, over the last decade, and despite the Truckers’ relentless touring and recording schedule, Hood has also managed to release three intimate, stripped-down solo records, the last of which, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, came out in September.

“The Truckers, we kind of thrive on a certain amount of anarchy,” Hood said via telephone, about 170 miles outside of San Diego en route to Austin. “Like, I never tell anyone what to do more than maybe a suggestion at the most in that band. So with this I had this very specific ... I wanted it to be sparse, I didn’t really want any kind of lead guitar-type playing or anything like that. I wanted to keep it personal and intimate.”

This week Hood will bring his softer acoustic approach to two Austin stages: a two-night stand beginning Wednesday at UT’s Cactus Cafe, followed by a 6:30 p.m. Friday performance on the BMI stage as part of the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

“I’m totally psyched about all of it,” Hood said. “Austin’s always been one of my favorite cities. In the last few years it’s kind of hit where we get to Austin and then have another show the next day somewhere else and we don’t get to hang out. So it’s going to be cool having, like, three days there. That’ll be a great experience.”

Hood is accompanied on the road by his backing band, the Downtown Rumblers, as well as fellow Athens, Ga., residents Page and Claire Campbell of the alt-folk duo Hope For Agoldensummer. The group is in the final leg of a four-week tour that wraps up Thursday in Central Texas before Hood rejoins the Truckers.

“It’s been great, one of my favorite tours ever,” Hood said. “When I put this tour together, we were very careful to kind of book it mainly in venues that were small and intimate and that tended to be seated shows, more like the Cactus. But we also had like three festival shows mixed in with it, and I was kind of curious how this show would work on the big outdoor stage kind of thing. But it’s really kind of amazed me how well it’s worked. The show the other day in San Francisco was at Golden Gate Park, and, I mean, there were literally thousands of people there, and it went over really, really good. It worked in that setting far better than I ever would have predicted.”

The band will play Wednesday and Thursday night at the Cactus at 8:30 p.m. before hitting the big stage at ACL Friday. It will be Hood’s first performance at the revered venue since a South By Southwest showcase for ‘No Depression” back in 2006.

“I think it’s going to be great,” Cactus Cafe manager Matt Muñoz said. “This album in particular is a little bit less Drive-By-Trucker-y, in-your-face kind of rock ‘n’ roll and a little bit more of an Americana thing. So I think it’s the right room.”

Weekend Recs: Erin Ivey, Voices of Veteran, Austin Gorilla Run

WHAT: Erin Ivey Concert
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Texas Union, Cactus Cafe
ADMISSION: $10

Erin Ivey has built a reputation as one of Austin’s best urban folk singers. Her 2011 album, Broken Gold, a collaboration with R&B-dub trio The Finest Kind, was recently named one of the last year’s best albums by Texas Music Magazine and KUT’s Kevin Connor. However, in contrast to that more experimental album, Ivey will be switching gears this Friday at the Cactus Cafe with a stripped-down, solo performance.

WHAT: Every Veteran Has a Story to Tell
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9 to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Texas Capitol: Texas Capitol Visitors Center
ADMISSION: Free

Take a trip by the Texas Capitol to see the exhibit “Every Veteran Has a Story to Tell.” Rather than merely having historians providing perspective on modern wars from World War II to Iraq, the exhibit will feature interviews conducted by the Voices of Veterans program directly from Texas veterans. While far from the being able to experience war, the exhibit will provide a realistic understanding of the emotions that occur in war every day.

WHAT: The Austin Gorilla Run
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Fado Irish Pub
214 W. Fourth St.
ADMISSION: $100

Though somewhat pricey, the $100 admission for the second annual Austin Gorilla Run will go directly to The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, which protects the endangered Mountain Gorilla and creates jobs in Uganda, Rwanda and the Dominican Republic of Congo. The price also includes a gorilla suit to keep, brunch from Fado Irish Pub at the afterparty and a music performance by Achachay. But the chance to run a 5k with 749 fellow runners through downtown in full gorilla costume is simply priceless.

WHAT: City Wide Annual Free Day of Dance!
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: EsquinaTango, Cultural Society of Austin
209 Pedernales St.
ADMISSION: Free

The group EsquinaTango will be sponsoring free dance lessons all day Saturday in Austin featuring their long list of expert dancers. Whether it is Brazilian street dance, samba or salsa and whether you are a beginner or pro, there will be a time for just about anybody to get moving in Austin.


 

Bartenders Chris Lueck and Andrew Alter serve drinks to concert goers at Cactus Café Saturday night. With the help of KUT, Cactus Café has remained operational through publicity and higher attendance.

Photo Credit: Trent Lesikar | Daily Texan Staff

A year after the Cactus Cafe announced its partnership with KUT Radio, the iconic cafe is financially stable while still upholding the Bohemian-refuge vibe guests have always loved, managers said.

The University announced the partnership last year on May 19 after budget woes nearly forced the University to permanently close the Cactus’ doors. A massive reaction from students and citizens forced the University to reconsider and explore other options.

Administrators eventually decided a relationship with KUT would be best to increase Cactus Cafe attendance, publicity and sustainability according to a May 2010 statement from Juan Gonzalez, the vice president of student affairs. The management officially transitioned in August.

The Cactus has varied its music program and added fresh talent to its weekly band listing in preparation for this summer, said the Cactus’ director Matt Munoz, who coordinates the relationship between KUT and Cactus Cafe. He said the partnership between the two has allowed both entities to benefit from one another.

“We definitely see more people in [the Cactus Cafe] when we push shows through KUT,” Munoz said. “In April, we did an artist-in-residence show with David Ramirez. KUT did a live studio session with him and [featured him by] playing a song of the day of his. He also performed every Wednesday at the Cactus Cafe.”

Munoz said 150,000 to 200,000 people listen to KUT every quarter hour. He said he tries to book artists that will cater to the younger local crowd that is tuning in to the radio station.
“Texas music matters,” Munoz said. “We look for somebody who has a draw locally, regionally and even nationally.”

The partnership has allowed the Cactus to hit all of its budgetary goals, and KUT has helped to generate donor support, Munoz said. He said operations are under control and now he is focusing on what the partnership can do creatively.

Chris Lueck, the Cactus Cafe’s bar manager, said the Cactus has moderate business during summer days but attracts full houses during evening shows. He said the cafe has extended its happy hour, allowing students to enjoy better-priced drinks from 4 to 7 p.m.

“We keep in mind that we serve students and they have a student budget,” Lueck said. “It’s a fairly quiet place where you can get some studying done. It’s much better than going to a library.”

Lueck said new sound and light systems have given the cafe a more professional setting for incoming artists. He said the Cactus has a rich tradition of musical shows for every taste in music and the new managers are trying to uphold that tradition.

A new menu, which will include different coffee and food items, will be released this fall. Food from Tacodeli is in the works to be added to the menu.

Environmental science senior Kendra Bones said she is always surprised to see endless lines for coffee at Starbucks when just next door, the Cactus offers organic coffee at an affordable price. She said many professors and teaching assistants hold their office hours at the Cactus, making it a place not just for socializing, but for studying as well.

“I think this bar is underestimated by students because they think of it as an older place,” Bones said. “It’s the kind of place where you can make it what you want it to be, social or study.”

Music Monday

The scene in July was magnificent. Amid the standing room-only crowd at the Cactus Cafe and the soft clinking of cocktail glasses and dim lighting, Marmalakes took the stage.

For the night, the cafe wasn’t a listening room as much as it was a holding place for like-minded attendees clapping in sync with the band and cheering wildly, as they did in Marmalakes’ rolling epic “VITTORIA.” At other times, Marmalakes spun a web of delicate, almost overwhelming emotion, as in their back-country ballad, “Cast On.”

Made of Max Colonna on bass, Josh Halpern on drums and Chase Weinacht on guitar — all members share vocals — Marmalakes has the ability to transfix audiences with their constantly shifting style. One of their most recent songs, for instance, “Hands Alone in the House,” is a delightfully sinister throwback to the dark murder ballads of old.

Marmalakes will take the stage this Saturday at the Cactus Cafe opening for Alejandro Escovedo, an Austin music icon in his own right.

The band got together to collectively answer some questions The Daily Texan had in anticipation of their upcoming show.

The Daily Texan: When did Marmalakes first get started, and how?

Marmalakes: We’ve known each other since middle school and went to high school together. Josh and Chase began playing duo drums and guitar sets about four years ago, and Max joined in about two and a half years ago. We started playing under the moniker “Marmalakes” shortly after Max joined.

DT: One adjective to describe Marmalakes’ music?

Marmalakes: Folkie-dokey.

DT: What was the first CD you purchased with your own money?

Josh: Who Let The Dogs Out by Baha Men (at Toys “R” Us).
Max: Astro Lounge by Smash Mouth.
Chase: The “Space Jam” soundtrack. I was obsessed with Michael Jordan as a kid.

DT: If your band could collaborate with any living musician in the world, who would it be?

Marmalakes: Joanna Newsom.

DT: What album have you listened to the most in the last week?

Max: Mezzanine, Massive Attack.
Josh: Being There, Wilco.
Chase: The Orchard, Ra Ra Riot.

DT: What was the best show you’ve ever played?

Marmalakes: Our EP release show at the Cactus Cafe in July was pretty spectacular. We unexpectedly sold it out and shared the stage with our friends Little Lo and Mother Falcon. Seriously one of the best nights, period.

DT: What is your favorite song to play live?

Marmalakes: It changes all the time, but recently “Auctioneer” has been going really well.

DT: When you were forming the band, were there any alternate band names you didn’t pick?

Marmalakes: “The Poogly Wooglies” was on the short list, but we figured that was too close to “Piggly Wiggly.” The early duo sets were billed as “Luigi” and then “A.M. Tealights.”

DT: Where is your favorite place to eat in Austin?

Marmalakes: Tom’s Tabooley, the Old School BBQ & Grill and Juan In A Million.

DT: What is your favorite website or blog?

Marmalakes: Daytrotter.com.

DT: What is a perfect day for you?

Marmalakes: Coffee, listen to John Aielli, rehearsal, Frisbee, silly stuff, Bananagrams, bike ride, coffee, show, listen to KVRX.

DT: What’s the best thing about Austin?

Marmalakes: Tex-Mex.

DT: What’s the worst thing about Austin?

Marmalakes: There are so many bands all playing so often that you could never get a chance to see as many as you’d like.

DT: Describe your perfect sandwich.

Marmalakes: “The Ainsworth” at Fricano’s Deli.

DT: What are you reading right now?

Max: “Principles of Biochemistry,” Fifth Edition.
Josh: “The Jason’s Deli Catering Guide.”
Chase: “The Voyage Out,” Virginia Woolf.

DT: The usual coffee shop order?

Marmalakes: Quack’s iced coffee.

DT: Best pair of shoes?

Marmalakes: Anything not too worn out to dance or run in.

DT: Your favorite breakfast cereal?

Josh: Raisin Bran.
Max: Honey Nut Cheerios.
Chase: Apple Jacks.

DT: Fill in the blanks: If I weren’t ___, I would be ___.
Max: If I wasn’t Chase, I would be Josh.
Josh: If I wasn’t Max, I would be Chase.
Chase: If I wasn’t Josh, I would be Max.

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WHAT: Marmalakes with Alejandro Escovedo
WHERE: The Cactus Cafe
WHEN: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
WEB: marmalakes.bandcamp.com
TICKETS: $5