Music Tonight: Friday, April 20


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It's the closing performance for the 25th season of the Eureka Chamber Music Series tonight at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church ($30/$15 for Calvary Lutheran Church members/$10 seniors/$5 children). The Ariana Quartet will work through a program with Shostakovich's Quartet No. 1 in C major as well as Ravel's Quartet in F Major, then take a breather before concluding with Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor, with a little help from pianist Tian Ying. If you don't know anything about the featured composers I would like to point you in the direction of Julian Barnes' excellent novel The Noise of Time, which is partly about Dmitri Shostakovich's immense and unique talent being sloughed off at the edges and boxed up by the mad machine of Stalinism as he attempts to work and survive inside the arbitrary lines of brutality and dumb chaos.

Also at 7 p.m., there's a good hip-hop show at The Siren's Song, featuring a (mostly) West Coast cast. The Bay Area's Z-Man is an MC on the renowned Hieroglyphics Label while DJ True Justice hails from Berkeley. Oso Negro and DJ Surebert roll out from Oregon and the lovely Eva Rhymes brings her voice all the way from Baltimore. Together they have banded for the Clock Strikes Thirteen Tour — a 1984 reference — and intend to entertain our fair people on this most holy and hokey of weed holidays. Local flavor provided by Nac-One and C4RB0N CROO ($10).

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