Many of our most brilliant artists and musicians are also among our most damaged; the very passions that inspire their works can also lead to deep depression, addiction or suicide. But not everyone accepts this as intractable or, worse, glorifies it. Friends and family members of Frankie 45 Campagna and Adam Carter, Spector 45 bandmates who committed suicide a few weeks apart earlier this year, are organizing 45 Fest Friday to honor their memories, raise awareness of the mental health issues faced by artists and enjoy rock n roll from Hello Lover, Jim Suhler, the Assassins and more. And, appropriately, it all goes down at one of Spector 45s favorite venues, Club Dada (2720 Elm St.). Helping the effort are the Dallas Suicide and Crisis Center, Deep Ellum Community Association and some of Dallas most revered visual artists, who painted about 45 guitars (many donated by Guitar Center) for sale at The Art of the Guitar from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kettle Art Gallery (2714 Elm St.), the Deep Ellum gallery owned by Frankie 45s father, Frank Campagna. Visit kettleart.com.
Fri., Oct. 21, 7 p.m., 2011