Robot Dreams

Who is Shakey Amy? She's an advocate, a Lakewood resident, a music lover, a wife, a videographer, a woman with dystonia. OK, so what is dystonia? It's a neurological disorder causing severe, repetitive and painful muscle contractions. It's not something to wish upon anyone as there is no cure--efforts can only be made to stop the symptoms...or at least reduce them. As far as Shakey Amy, this minimalization effort is where you come in. From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday night, Club Dada hosts I Wanna Be a Robot: A Benefit for Shakey Amy. Bands the likes of Florene, Wonderfool, Tah Dahs, Laura Palmer, JD Whittenburg and others will perform as visual artists offer up a silent auction. All, yes, that's right, all proceeds go toward the surgery that will provide Amy with a baclofen pump (a treatment often effective in curtailing those torturous contractions). A worthy cause for sure, but it's especially special given that you can rock out right alongside Amy and her loved ones at the I Wanna Be a Robot show. Admission is $10. For more info on the event, Skakey Amy and dystonia, visit
Sat., Aug. 9, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., 2008
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Merritt Martin
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